Best Practice for Digitizing Government Services

first_imgAn open letter to H.E. George M. Weah Dear President Weah:I applaud your interest in Information Technology (IT) in view of your allocation of funding to computerize student registration at the University of Liberia, and recently the rollout of mobile money tax payment to enable people to pay their taxes via their mobile devices.While those efforts are worthy, I would urge you to take a broader view of Information Technology (IT) by integrating it with your strategic economic plan. The government under former president Sirleaf started the IT revolution in Liberia by connecting Liberia to the high-speed Internet that connects the West African sub-region to Europe and it was a success. Businesses and consumers are already benefiting from the success of that investment in lower Internet costs, etc.To continue expanding IT in the public sector, the government needs an IT strategy to deliver technology across the government with efficiency and scale. However, this cannot be accomplished without a Chief Technology Officer (CTO) role. This person will collaborate with agencies of government to design an IT vision and strategy for the government, engage the private sector, and the University of Liberia to promote IT education, etc. Right now, every government agency is doing their own thing which is not the most efficient way to manage IT resources across the government or any large organization for that matter.Another important aspect of IT is Governance and Security. As the government becomes more digital, the threat of cyber thieves hacking government systems to steal valuable information increases substantially. Without a coherent IT strategy in place, policies do not get developed and implemented, and the government IT systems will be vulnerable to compromise and worse.Thanks for your time and I wish you great success!Best Regards,Philemon GeorgeShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Rebels step up in win

first_imgMyers easily could have included herself on the list of Rebels who showed up Wednesday as the forward finished with eight points and 13 rebounds. It was two offensive rebounds that sparked Flintridge Prep’s first big run of the night. The Rebels, who entered the second quarter down 12-9, went on a 9-0 run capped by Myers’ put-back at 3:27 in the second quarter. It was only 20 seconds earlier that Myers had collected an offensive rebound and passed to teammate Megan Musashi for a quick basket. “We were pretty anxious before this game,” Myers said. “But sometimes nerves are a good thing. If you’re nervous, you force yourself to focus better. You just have to take control of your nerves. That’s the big thing.” LA CA?ADA – There were several areas to highlight in the Flintridge Prep girls basketball team’s 52-40 CIF-Southern Section Division IV-A quarterfinal win on Wednesday night, but perhaps the most impressive statistic took place over a 16-minute span. That’s when the Rebels (23-3), the No. 2 seed in the division, out-scored visiting Murrieta Calvary Chapel 31-12 in the second and third quarters to secure a berth in Friday’s semifinals. Flintridge Prep will face Beaumont (24-2), a 56-47 winner over Irvine, at a site to be determined after a coin flip today at 9 a.m. “This was such a big win; I’m so excited,” Rebels senior Laurel Myers said. “Today, everyone stepped up and played.” center_img Flintridge Prep appeared to rise up during tense moments, but the Warriors (20-7) crumbled. In the third quarter, Flintridge Prep forced 10 turnovers, the last of which resulted in a Courtney Robinson four-footer before the close of the quarter to give the Rebels a 40-24 lead. The Rebels’ pressure defense forced more than 25 Warriors turnovers while holding Calvary Chapel to seven or fewer points in two quarters. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

City ends its bid to annex

first_imgTemple City officials estimated the area contains 8,000 to 9,000 people. Scores attended the council meeting and jeered when city officials said a majority of them favored annexation. Temple City officials mailed ballots to area residents. Resident Bob Ridley said only about 40 people returned them. James Cole said many in the unincorporated areas believe they have what they consider overbuilding under control and that it would be a step backward to join Temple City. “I have some advice for Temple City,” he said. “Clean up your business districts, restrict the number of bridal shops, which many people believe are fronts for prostitution. Get your growth under control, get a farmers’ market. Spend some of those millions you have in reserve.” Mayor Judy Wong, David Capra and Fernando Vizcarra voted to end the annexation effort, saying the new areas might cost the city more in additional services than in expected revenue. “Times change,” Capra said. “Right now it would not be a good move to follow through with this.” Cathe Wilson and Kenneth Gillanders voted to continue the annexation process. “I’m not ready to give up yet,” Wilson said. “We need further study to see what we can do. If it comes to a vote and we fail, then we fail.” emanuel.parker@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4475 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TEMPLE CITY – The City Council voted 3-2 Tuesday night to cease efforts to annex an unincorporated area north of the city. The area is bounded by Arcadia on the east, Eaton Wash on the west, Huntington Drive on the north and Temple City’s borders on the south. Residents who live in the area told the City Council in no uncertain terms they like county services and don’t want to join Temple City. “I hope you will just leave us alone and improve what you have,” Mark Briskie, a 25-year resident of the area, told the council. last_img read more

Zidane happy to have his feet up

first_img“I don’t know what I’m going to do,” the 45-year-old added. “The most important thing is the decision I’ve taken, the rest we’ll see.”Zidane, who scored twice in the 3-0 final victory over Brazil in 1998, was talking on the eve of a gala match pitching the World Cup-winning French team, minus then-captain Didier Deschamps who is now in Russia with the France team, against an international XI to mark the 20th anniversary of France’s win.Zidane quit Real on May 31, saying he had decided to leave at the top and that it was time for a change for himself and the club, as well as admitting he was unsure of his ability to maintain his winning record at Real.But he said no other club was involved in his decision to part ways with Real and although experts have linked him to the French national team coaching job, Zidane insisted he is eyeing no other position at this time.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Former French football player Zinedine Zidane smiles on June 11, 2018 in Saint Denis, suburban Paris, as he attends an event marking the 20th anniversary of France’s 1998 World Cup victory. © AFP / Eric FEFERBERGPARIS, France, Jun 11 – Zinedine Zidane said Monday he was happy to have some time off after stepping down as Real Madrid coach just days after steering the Spanish giants to a third successive Champions League trophy.“I’ve got my feet up and am feeling good,” Zidane told AFP at the inauguration of a playground in Saint Denis, the north Parisian suburb that is home to the Stade de France where he starred for the French team that won the 1998 World Cup.last_img read more

MUST WATCH: See what Roma and Bayern Munich fans did after the 7-1 mauling

first_imgIt’s rare to see such respect between two sets of fans, especially when on the pitch one side has hammered the other 7-1 in their own back yard, but AS Roma and Bayern Munich fans showed their true class on Tuesday night, by applauding each other and then exchanging scarves despite the presence of heavy segregation.Fans only ever seem to make news for deplorable acts, so it’s quite refreshing to see a more respectful side to hardcore support.Bravo.last_img

Man United sensation! Red Devils star ‘nears Real Madrid switch after falling out with Van Gaal’

first_img1 Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea David de Gea’s broken relationship with Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will see the goalkeeper move to Real Madrid this summer.That’s the sensational claim made by Spanish newspaper AS, who are reporting the La Liga giants will meet the 24-year-old’s €30million buyout clause at the end of the season.The Red Devils hierarchy are desperate to keep the ex-Atletico Madrid shot-stopper at the Premier League side, and have offered the Spain star a £100,000-a-week contract.But De Gea’s deteriorating relationship with Van Gaal, according to the publication, means his future may lay away from United.Victor Valdes’ arrival at Old Trafford raised eyebrows and the former Barcelona man could become the Dutchman’s No.1 next season.last_img read more

Cup Clasico tests Madrid resurgence

first_imgThe next day Julen Lopetegui was sacked, owing to what the club said was a “great disproportion between the quality of the staff of Real Madrid and results.” Barca were top of La Liga, Madrid ninth.There will be little comfort then for Madrid that Messi could be missing again on Wednesday, a niggle in his thigh leaving coach Ernesto Valverde, and Messi, with a decision to make.If Messi plays – and Valverde was optimistic on Sunday – it will be because he is fit. Barcelona have indicated they will not risk their captain with a gruelling month ahead.The 2-2 draw at home to Valencia last weekend means their lead in La Liga is six points over Atletico Madrid and eight over Real, but with games away to Athletic Bilbao, Sevilla and then Real in the next four weeks, there is little room for complacency.Dotted between are two legs against Lyon in the Champions League, the holy grail for Barcelona this season, and perhaps the one trophy they really crave after years of underachievement.Last month, Messi even had to reject claims they would be better off out of the Copa del Rey.“It was said that we had given up in the cup, that we didn’t want it,” he said. “But in no way is this the case.”The fervour of any meeting with Real Madrid dictates it cannot be taken lightly. As Barca’s stirring comeback against Sevilla in the quarter-finals showed, the players picked will not be holding back.But for the club, and their season, it is possible Barcelona need this match less than their opponents.Revenge is one thing. Madrid’s hammering in the autumn was the final humiliation at the end of a miserable run but their trajectory, despite a dip at the start of the year, has been generally upward since.“It was a complicated time for them psychologically,” said Valverde, after the semi-final draw. “Now they are in a different moment.”This is a chance for Madrid to wrestle back momentum. They will hope that beating Barcelona over two legs, even in the Copa del Rey, can knock them out of their stride.– ‘Phenomenally well’ –After Real’s win over Alaves on Sunday, Santiago Solari said his team were ready to fight. He has played up the spirit in the camp and there have been some impressive performances to back it up, most notably against Sevilla.“The spirit is like a family,” Solari said. “I think they are doing phenomenally well.”But as coach, this is Solari’s biggest test. He has put his faith in youth but how might Alvaro Odriozola, Sergio Reguilon and, in particular, Vinicius Junior handle their first Clasico, at the Camp Nou?Gareth Bale was quiet against Alaves but could he follow Isco and Marcelo as the next big name made to fight for his place?Santiago Solari faced the media on Tuesday ahead of a Clasico that could held strengthen his position as Real Madrid coach © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYS“I see Gareth focused, connected and plugged in,” Solari said last week. “I want him to perform how he knows he can.”Solari’s own future is on the line too. He has a contract until 2021 but his position is likely to be reviewed in the summer, when blockbuster games like these will surely spring quickest to the mind of president Florentino Perez.A domestic trophy would certainly help Solari’s case. Barcelona have won the Copa del Rey in each of the last four seasons, even if its prestige now pales in comparison to the league and Champions League. For Real, there is more than just the cup at stake.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick as Barcelona humiliated Real in October © AFP/File / GABRIEL BOUYSMADRID, Spain, Feb 5 – One hundred days will split the last Clasico from the latest one and for Real Madrid the prize in the rematch is more than a place in the Copa del Rey final.When they trudged off the Camp Nou in October, the big screens above them flashed 5-1 to Barcelona, with Luis Suarez scoring three and without Lionel Messi at all, their best player injured and sitting in the stands.last_img read more

End of road work in sight

first_imgThe westbound side will be closed today, and the eastbound side will be shut down Thursday, Rivas said. It’s all worthwhile, said Councilwoman Cathy Warner, who lives on that side of the city. “It’s just like your house,” Warner said. “You have to do a new roof every so many years. This is just regular maintenance that has to be done.” If the city did nothing, the streets would be in even worse shape, she said. The project is part of the city’s five-year maintenance plans, Warner said. The idea is to repave every street once every five years, she added. WHITTIER – Just get through this week. That’s the message for Mar Vista Street residents and commuters who have been enduring the repaving of a large portion of the busy thoroughfare. Work on the street from College Avenue to Ocean View Avenue has been under way for the past couple of weeks, but by Friday it should be completed, said Sebastian Rivas, foreman for Hardy and Hardy Inc. of Santa Ana, which was awarded the $202,000 contract from the city. But this week won’t be easy, with paving planned for that area today and Thursday. For people driving on Mar Vista, David Pelser, Whittier’s public works director, said they should be careful. “As always if you’re going through a construction zone, you want to slow down, be alert and be prepared to yield the right of way,” Pelser said. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Man United’s mega money transfer frenzy! Bale, Hummels and seven more possible signings

first_img 4. Sami Khedira – a bargain to be had from Real Madrid? Check out the details, below, then find out which Real Madrid team-mate could potentially join Khedira at United by clicking right… – World Cup winner Sami Khedira is out of contract with Los Blancos at the end of the season and seems to favour a move to United or back home to Germany. FC Schalke are interested in the midfielder so it is up to Van Gaal to tempt Khedira with a better offer. 9 9 9 7. United rumoured to be front runners for PSV’s exciting attacker Memphis Depay – Now click to see another World Cup winner rumoured to be United’s number one target – Despite being contracted at PSV until 2018, United are front runners to complete the signing of the winger, but may have to spend up to £25m for his services. 9 6. Kevin Strootman to finally sign from Roma? More info below, then click right to find out which £25m-rated international team-mate of Strootman is also on the radar – Having been linked with the Red Devils all season, it seems only injury has prevented Strootman making the move to Manchester. Rumours suggest that current club Roma have offered the Dutch midfielder a new contract, but Van Gaal will do his best to secure Strootman’s signature. 3. PSG’s Gregory Van Der Wiel – Clyne alternative? Click right to see which World Cup winner could be on his way to Old Trafford – If the Clyne move stumbles, Van Gaal could look to PSG’s Gregory Van Der Wiel. The right back was a consistent member of the Dutch national team managed by Van Gaal. 2. Nathaniel Clyne to follow Luke Shaw from Southampton? Read about how the deal could work, below, then click the arrow above, right, to see which PSG defender is linked with an Old Trafford move – Strengthening the defence has been a priority since the start of the season for the former Holland manager and it is reported that a deal for Southampton’s right back, Nathaniel Clyne, is close to be completed for around £17m. Winger, Antonio Valencia has stepped in to the right back position but Van Gaal is after someone to cement their name in the position. The Saints’ need for a striker could see United’s out of favour Javier Hernandez move south after his loan deal with Real Madrid is completed. 9 8. Mats Hummels to follow Klopp out of Dortmund? Click right to see which City favourite could end up playing in red! – Mats Hummels is reportedly Van Gaal’s number one summer target and with Borussia Dortmund losing manager Jurgen Klopp at the end of the season, don’t be surprised to see a player exodus, with Hummels leading the way. Who would you like Manchester United to sign this summer? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below.For more Man United news, views and videos, check out this Red Devils Facebook page 9. Nigel De Jong (AC Milan) – Former Manchester City star Nigel De Jong could also be on his way to Old Trafford according to reports. The AC Milan midfielder is wanted by Van Gaal to add some steel to the centre of his midfield. De Jong, who will be a free agent this summer when his AC Milan contract expires, has offers from Juventus, Roma, Sevilla and teams in MLS, but reports say he’d prefer to join United. 9 9 1. Could Juventus star Paul Pogba be heading back to Manchester? Read all about it, below, then click the yellow arrow above to see more summer targets for the Red Devils – Manchester United’s Daley Blind believes that the Red Devils can mount a serious title challenge next season and, having only lost twice in 2015, United look certain for a top four finish this campaign. But what do they need to push on next season and have a serious tilt at the title? The Red Devils spent big last summer and the return of Champions League football next season will swell the coffers, so expect Louis van Gaal to have money to spend in the next transfer window. With Michael Carrick turning 34 in the summer and still a key figure in the side, Van Gaal will need to bolster his midfield and there could be no better signing surely than the man who got away, Paul Pogba. The Frenchman is understood to be open to a move from Serie A and a big money bid from United could yet tempt him back to the Premier League. 9 9 5. Gareth Bale – title-clinching signing? Get the lowdown, below, then click to see the Dutch internationals who could reunite with Van Gaal in Manchester – David De Gea’s sensational season for Manchester United has attracted a number of sides, including Real Madrid. The Spanish giants are reportedly keen on bringing the Spain international goalkeeper from Old Trafford to the Bernabeu, with reports saying United will only listen if Gareth Bale can be used in a swap deal. While De Gea has been vital for United in their top four quest, would Bale’s contribution at the other end make the difference in a title race? last_img read more

CATHEDRAL QUARTER TO CO-HOST SECOND CAROL TRAIL

first_imgInside St Eunan’s CathedralThe Cathedral Quarter committee will co-host Letterkenny’s second ecumenical carol service on The Church Lane on Friday, 18th December at 7.30pm.Organised in association with Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce and the Town Team, the carol service is facilitated by Trinity Presbyterian Church, St Eunan’s Cathedral and Conwal Parish Church. The event marks the second ‘Community Carol Trail’ in Letterkenny and all are welcome to come along and participate in a very memorable evening.The carol trail will begin with Christmas Carols and readings at Trinity Presbyterian Church on Letterkenny’s main street at 7.30pm.Carol singers are asked to be in the church around 7.15pm, where the group will sing two hymns and listen to a short reading. Derek Fleming will play the organ in the church and at various other points on the trail. The group will then make its way up the Church Lane in a candlelit procession which is being put together by Letterkenny CDP and donations can be made on the night. The group will stop mid-way outside the Gospel Hall where a short passage will be read.Then it’s off to the top of the Church Lane and left towards Mount Southwell, stopping outside Cullinane Steele Architects at the Market Square. This building was once home to the Methodist Church in Letterkenny and here the group will listen to a short reading, followed by a rendition of ‘Hark the Herald Angels Sing’. This famous carol was written by Charles Wesley, younger brother of the founder of the Methodist Church, John Wesley.The next stop on the trail is the landmark of Letterkenny, St. Eunan’s Cathedral, where another two well known Christmas carols will be sung, followed by a short reading. The carol service will end at Letterkenny’s oldest building, Conwal Parish Church at the top of the Church Lane for more carols and a short reading.The evening will finish with tea and mince pies sponsored by The Mountcharles Group who provide catering for Pramerica at Conwal Parish Church Centre. Hymns on the night include: ‘O Come all Ye Faithful’, Silent Night, O Come O Come Emmanuel, Once in Royal David’s City, Love Came Down at Christmas and O Little Town of Bethlehem. This unique event promises to be a very special evening and hopes to give people the chance to take time and reflect on the real message of Christmas; ‘goodwill to all.’ The Cathedral Quarter would like to thank Toni Forrester from Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce, Billy Alexander and Reverend Tommy Bruce from the Trinity Presbyterian Church, Very Reverend Fr Eamonn Kelly and his secretary from St Eunan’s Cathedral, Canon Stuart Wright from Conwal Parish Church and Dessie Larkin, Town Centre Manager.So, come along on Friday, 18th December and enjoy a very special night in Letterkenny’s Cathedral Quarter.CATHEDRAL QUARTER TO CO-HOST SECOND CAROL TRAIL was last modified: December 9th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cheney, Congress and fed workers get a raise

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The measure provides most civilian white-collar civil servants with at least a 2.1 percent overall average pay increase. Uniformed military personnel will receive a 3.1 percent increase in basic pay next year. The 1.9 percent pay hike also applies to the vice president – who is president of the Senate – congressional leaders and Supreme Court justices. The pay for Cheney, House Speaker Dennis Hastert and the chief justice of the United States, who is now John Roberts, will go from $208,100 to $212,100. Associate justices move from $199,200 to $203,000 and House and Senate majority and minority leaders’ pay jumps from $180,100 to $183,500. WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush on Thursday outlined pay raises that take effect in January for federal workers, members of Congress and judges – even Vice President Dick Cheney. Congress passed the pay raises earlier this year, but Bush was required to sign an executive order detailing the pay hikes before the end of the year. The president’s annual salary of $400,000 is not affected by the legislation. The cost-of-living raise lifts salaries for members of the House and Senate by 1.9 percent from $162,100 this year to $165,200 in 2006. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

DONEGAL PAINTING FETCHES TOP PRICE AT AUCTION

first_imgThe painting ‘Early Morning In Donegal’ by Paul Henry which fetched the top price at auction.A painting of a Donegal landscape by artist Paul Henry has fetched the top price at one of Ireland’s best-known art auctions.Adam’s regards its Christmas Important Irish Art auction as “a barometer of the health of the Irish art market”.And the top price, €160,000, was achieved for Early Morning in Donegal by Henry – comfortably exceeding the €70,000-€100,000 guide. Managing director James O’Halloran said the sale had been “a huge success with 86 per cent of lots sold” for a total of €1.6 million.Another painting The Egg Collectors by Mark O’Neill, which used to hang in the Sandhouse Hotel in Rosnowlagh, made €6,200 at the same auction. DONEGAL PAINTING FETCHES TOP PRICE AT AUCTION was last modified: December 13th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:auctiondonegalpaintingPaul Henrylast_img read more

10,600 classrooms to come up in Rajasthan

first_imgAs part of an action plan for time-bound implementation of budgetary announcements, 10,600 new classrooms will be constructed at a cost of ₹1,181 crore in Rajasthan’s government schools and the information technology infrastructure strengthened. The utilisation of budgetary allocation is set to improve quality of education in the State.Minister of State for Education Govind Singh Dostasara said here that the new classrooms would include computer rooms, science laboratories, library rooms and arts and crafts rooms. Besides, the projects for renovation of 83 school buildings and construction of 23 new buildings will be taken up this year.Mr. Dotasara said at Shiksha Sankul here that the Education Department would establish IT labs in the schools which were yet to be connected with the new communication network. “We are taking steps for ensuring a high quality of education and making available basic facilities of drinking water and toilets in the schools,” he said.The Minister said the works such as construction of boundary walls of schools would be taken up under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, while regular monitoring would be carried out to provide all facilities to the students.last_img read more

Philippines shows promise despite losses to Indonesia, Thailand in Asean Grand Prix

first_imgDuterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Head coach Shaq delos Santo said he is thankful of the outcome because its showed team’s character which is essential in its quest to medal in the coming Southeast Asian Games.“The coaching staff is very proud of the players because they gave everything they got,” he said. “We just fell short. We need this kind of exposure and finally to get get completed.”The Philippines missed the services of key players Alyssa Valdez and Mika Reyes who are recuperating from minor injuries and will join the team in the coming training camps.Mau also felt that the team was coming in hot because of the short time they were allowed to warm up inside the busy Terminal 21Mall courts.“I thought we didn’t really got off to a good start for the game. We’ re actually starting to with a super crunchtime of a warm up,” said Mau. “I didn’t actually got to to my pre-game ritual, every thing was kinda off from the beginning.”ADVERTISEMENT She added: “And the girls, we just didn’t have the energy going into the match. So I think the next game we gotta change that if they’re gonna give us a little bit of time to warm up or we probably gotta do that on our own before we get here.”The Philippines went on to drop its second game in a row but the team went down swinging before yielding a 25-13, 25-21, 23-25, 25-20 loss to perennial Southeast Asian Games champion Thailand Saturday afternoon.Mau paced the Filipinas anew with 12 points  against the Thais.The Nationals hope to end their campaign on a winning note against Vietnam on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Fun & Games: Noah Lyles wants to win, celebrate just like Bolt MOST READ View comments DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Becoming his own mancenter_img This jewelry designer is also an architect Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano Members of the women’s volleyball team head back to the bench after the loss to Indonesia. —MARC ANTHONY REYESNAKHON RATCHASIMA, Thailand—Finally, after all the hoopla involving its formation, the Philippine women’s volleyball team got to know how it stood in the scheme of things.Its heart-breaking five-set defeat at the hands of Indonesia, 25-21, 26-28, 12-25, 25-18, 15-9, in Friday’s Asean Grand Prix opener gave a glimpse of what the much-followed squad is capable of doing.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ “You know we are a strong team, we have our definite strengths and weaknesses so we were able to get through and show what we are made of and what we can do well,” said top spiker Kalei Mau.“But you know it’s not how you started, it’s how you finished so I thought, obviously Indonesia wanted it more,” added the FIl-American open hitter, who scored 15 points versus Indonesia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40For starting libero Dawn Macandili, the game revealed how little they know each other on court.“They (Indonesia) are not that tough, but I think we need to develop chemistry on the court,” said Macandili. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Jersey review by Baahubali man SS Rajamouli: Nani Babu, just loved you anthe

first_imgNani’s recently-released film Jersey is receiving huge applause from audience and critics. Many celebs have come forward to give a thumbs up to both the debutant director Gowtham Tinnanuri and the film’s hero Nani.SS Rajamouli, who never shies away from appreciating good work, took to Twitter to share his views about Jersey. He said that everyone who is involved in the film can be proud of it.The director wrote, “Heart warming and joyful.. #Jersey is full of superbly written, crafted and Directed scenes… Well done Gowtam Tinnanuri… A film which everyone involved can be proud of.. Nani “Babu”… Just love you anthe.. (sic).”Earlier, Allu Arjun and Jr NTR also took to Twitter to praise Nani and the film.Bro @NameisNani , you have hit the ball out of the park with a stellar performance! Brilliant, Brilliant, BRILLIANT ! I will cherish your performance for a long time to come and I am super proud of you #JerseyJr NTR (@tarak9999) April 19, 2019Just watched JERSEY. Brilliant heart touching film. I loved every aspect of it. Congratulations to the entire team. @NameisNani you rocked the show , your best film & best best performance by far. All artists & technicians did a splendid job. @ShraddhaSrinath @anirudhofficialAllu Arjun (@alluarjun) April 19, 2019nailed it . Last and most imp. the captain Gowtham Tinnanuri . Splendid work . Steady & Bold . Such a sweet film. Movie lovers …its a Must watch.Allu Arjun (@alluarjun) April 19, 2019#JERSEY is a wonderful sports drama, @NameisNani gari honest performance really touching & takes the film to next level. Dir @gowtam19 is genuine in every frame of the film @anirudhofficial BGM is brilliant ,Congratulations to my friends @vamsi84 @SitharaEnts for the success pic.twitter.com/wa79naIQ2hadvertisementMaruthi director (@DirectorMaruthi) April 19, 2019#JERSEY will be celebrated and it will be remembered. The film stays with me. In love with@Nameisnani’s performance. Brilliantly done @gowtam19 & @ShraddhaSrinath is a class act. Congratulations allSudheer Babu (@isudheerbabu) April 19, 2019Heartful congratulations to @NameisNani and @gowtam19 for a beautiful emotion driven film! Cheers to the entire team of #Jersey A must watch indeed… pic.twitter.com/4fXJ2kIbRiMM* (@HeroManoj1) April 19, 2019India Today reviewer Janani K wrote, “Jersey is a film that celebrates the gift of life and teaches us to take life with a pinch of salt. It will move you, inspire you and make you look at your own life in a different way.”The film, directed by Gowtam Tinnanuri, traces the life of an aged cricketer who tries to prove his worth. The sports-drama stars Nani, Shraddha Srinath and Sathyaraj in the lead roles.Several critics call Jersey the best Telugu film that has released so far in 2019. The box office collection of the film will be a testament to the statement.MOVIE REVIEW: JERSEYALSO SEE | Priya Varrier and Roshan Abdul get cosy in a car for photoshootALSO WATCH | Scripts are decided depending upon the audience: Actor Nanilast_img read more

ABB Gets ‘Red Dot Award’ for Its New RCS

first_imgzoom ABB, has been awarded the prestigious “red dot award” 2014 for the tabletop operator control unit of its new Remote Control Station (RCS).RCS TabletopAn international panel of 40 experts assessed products submitted by more than 1,800 manufacturers, designers and architects from 53 nations, evaluating the degree of innovation, functionality, quality, ergonomics, durability and ecological compatibility.“The new design of the RCS tabletop unit was created following ABB’s ‘Operator in focus’ concept. This concept addresses crane operators’ performance and well-being as the container handling industry continues to expand the scope of remote operations and searches for ways to improve productivity as the ships get larger and the cranes taller,” said Heikki Soljama, head of ABB’s Marine and Cranes business unit.“This year the world’s first remote ship-to-shore crane operators will be joining their stacking crane operator colleagues in a centralized remote control room. Now both operator groups will be able enjoy operating comfort, top quality and leading edge technologies.”RCS Control roomThe new RCS is based on extensive ergonomic and usability studies, and provides many improvements for crane operations. The most used controls are placed within a primary reach zone that supports the operator’s natural work flow, making the job as comfortable as possible.The ‘Operator in focus’ concept aims to improve operator effectiveness and occupational health through the ergonomic design of the entire operator working environment. This includes the entire control room from lighting and noise absorption solutions to the location of adjacent areas, such as locker rooms, dining and meeting areas, in addition to the remote control systems and related operator workstations.The product design competition has existed since 1955 and is an internationally recognized quality seal for design.ABB also won this prestigious award in 2013 with its Azimuth lever design, used in Azipod® powered ships to control propulsion speed and steering angle.ABB, April 11, 2014last_img read more

Slowdown in Shipping Industry Impacts Clarksons’ Earnings

first_imgzoom London-based provider of integrated shipping services Clarkson PLC (Clarksons) has seen a robust performance during the first half of 2016 despite continued challenging market conditions in many of its markets.Namely, Clarksons recorded a slight increase of 1 percent in its revenue for the period which increased from GBP 145.3 million (USD 187.6 million) seen in the first half of 2015 to GBP 147.2 million (USD 190.1 million) reported in the first half of 2016.Underlying profit before taxation was GBP 21.8 million, down from last year’s GBP 23.6 million, which after acquisition related costs resulted in a reported profit before taxation of GBP 17.5 million, against GBP 10.8 million seen in the same period a year earlier.The first half of 2016 incorporates a full six months of results from Platou, whereas the first half of 2015 included five months post acquisition.“The global shipping industry is experiencing the most challenging rate environment seen in many years which, as previously highlighted, has inevitably impacted the group’s performance for the first six months of 2016,” Andi Case, Chief Executive, said.“In the current uncertain macro-economic environment, we believe our markets will continue to be highly challenged, with low levels of newbuilding contracting and a prevalence of spot business continuing to limit forward visibility of earnings,” Clarksons said.Global economic and political uncertainty continues to impact the international shipping, offshore and capital markets, Clarskons said, adding that the difficult trading environment would be reflected in the group’s performance for the year.last_img read more

Teen Egyptian girls case puts legal system under spotlight

first_imgCairo: The prosecution of a 15-year-old girl who killed a bus driver after he allegedly tried to rape her has reignited debate over the treatment of women in Egypt’s legal system, including the practice of virginity tests and blaming victims of sexual violence. In July, the teenager made headlines after she confessed to police that she stabbed to death a bus driver who she alleged had kidnapped her in a deserted rural area near Cairo and sought to sexually assault her at knife point. The girl said she tricked her alleged assailant, took away his knife, and stabbed him several times before running away. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USShortly after her arrest, the teenager was required to undergo a virginity test, an invasive procedure that rights groups say in itself amounts to sexual assault. Several women’s rights groups have offered legal assistance, arguing for leniency for the teen because she defended herself against a sexual attack. They hope that a judge’s ruling in her favor could set an important legal precedent and help challenge what they view as a deep-seated misogynistic culture of blaming female victims rather than male attackers. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”This case reveals the dualism in Egyptian society,” said Intissar Saeed, president of the Cairo Foundation for Law and Development. “I myself have sympathized with her since day one. But when I wrote about her on my Facebook page some male lawyers attacked the girl on my page saying she was not a decent woman.” The teen’s name was widely published in the Egyptian media. However, The Associated Press does not generally identify individuals who say they have been sexually assaulted or those under the age of 18 who are accused of crimes. The case highlights the culture’s obsession with female virginity. In conservative areas, relatives celebrate a new bride’s loss of virginity by brandishing a bloody sheet in public, a practice they believe affirms the family’s honor. Unlawful virginity examinations garnered attention in 2011 when several women said they were detained by military personnel and forced to undergo virginity tests while protesting the interim military government that took over the country after the ouster of former President Hosni Mubarak. During her interrogation, the girl said she was on a date with her boyfriend before riding the bus a statement that could easily undermine her reputation and probably her credibility in conservative Egyptian society, where dating is frowned upon. Her boyfriend, along with a friend of his, are in custody pending investigations into any potential links to the crime. After her detention, the girl was required to undergo a vaginal test which determined she was a virgin which in the Egyptian context could be viewed as helpful to her case. Saeed explains that this test is a routine legal procedure whenever a woman reports a rape or alleged rape. Yet, she finds it irrelevant in this case. “She said (the bus driver) tried to rape her but did not so I believe there was no need for this examination,” said Saeed, whose advocacy group is part of the teen’s legal team. Feminists have been campaigning for the girl’s release and calling for her to face a lesser charge than murder. However, last month, the investigating judge upheld an appeal by the prosecutor against an earlier court decision to release her and ordered her detained for another 30 days.last_img read more

Stars Support 2014 Blue Shirt Day To STOMP Out Bullying

first_imgOctober is National Bullying Prevention Month, and STOMP Out Bullying hopes that students around the world will join celebrities in participating in Blue Shirt Day on October 6.Video: Mario Lopez BLUE SHIRT DAY WORLD DAY OF BULLYING PREVENTION 2014STOMP Out Bullying founder Ross Ellis, the initiative aims to get as many people as possible across the globe to wear blue on World Bullying Prevention Day to raise awareness of the problem of bullying.“The goal of the initiative is to give students a “call to action” where they not only GO BLUE, but they create events, talk about the issue in class and work together to stand up for others and to end bullying in their school communities,” said Ross. “In its sixth year, Blue Shirt Day World Day of Bullying Prevention has had an impact around the world. Each year more and more schools participate. Reports from schools show that the initiative has shown there is a slight decrease in bullying and cyberbullying.“Bon-Ton stores is the exclusive shirt sponsor selling the STOMP Out Bullying™ limited edition 2014 Blue Shirt in their stores and online. Marvel Comics is releasing a series of variant covers that depict superheroes spotlighting the issue. In each image, a Marvel hero comes to the aid of a lonely or targeted teens. Armour Lunchmakers and Breakfastmakers, as well as Groupon and other companies are joining the initiative to help put an end to bullying.”Among the celebrities who have filmed PSAs for this year’s campaign are Chloë Grace Moretz, Robin Roberts, James Marsden, Josh Gad, Abigail Breslin, Mario Lopez, Taylor Schilling, Cyndi Lauper, Kristen Bell, Megan Hilty and Justin Long.Find out more here.last_img read more

Indigenous family in Ontario makes history with 3 generations of practising lawyers

first_imgDelaney Windigo APTN National NewsAn Ontario family has made history.They’ve become the first Indigenous family with three generations of practising lawyers.last_img

Six Sri Lankans of Dubai security company charged with theft

Six Sri Lankan staff of a security company in Dubai have been charged with stealing Dh1,198,000 from a vehicle they were transporting.The six Sri Lankans admitted in the Court of First Instance to the charge of theft of the funds that belonged to several branches of a shop in Dubai, Khaleej Times reported. They hid in the flat and also in Sharjah. Around 1:30pm on May 6, they went to a shop at the Deira Metro station where they were supposed to collect funds. One of them pretended he was going to the washroom. As his accomplices distracted the staff at the shop, that accused went to the cash transporting vehicle and stole the money bags after the driver, who trusted him, opened the safe door for him. The driver thought the guard would be taking empty bags as usual. The six guards staged the theft and secured cover for one of them while he stole the big cash.They gathered later at a flat in Al Rashidiya where each of them received Dh160,000 and left the remaining for various expenses. The incident took place between May 6 and 10.The main accused admitted during investigation that they planned the theft a few days in advance.They rented a flat for the purpose and decided to split the money and transfer most of it back home through money exchange outlets. The two cleaners — who are at large — have also been accused of helping and abetting the guards by letting them use their IDs to transfer some of the money (Dh84,000) to Sri Lanka. All the money in different currencies was recovered from them.They paid one of the cleaners, whom they met in Sonapur labour accommodation, Dh2,500 to let them use his ID. Two Sri Lankan cleaners have been charged in absentia with possessing some of the stolen amounts. Once they took the cash, the guards fled the scene in two cabs and went to Sharjah where they changed their clothes. In the evening, they gathered in the rented flat in Al Rashidiya.The main accused was arrested shortly later. Part of the money was recovered from him. He told the police that some of his theft partners managed to transfer their shares outside by using others’ IDs.Apart from Dh1.1million, the guards also stole SR976, 118 Omani Riyals, 1,190 Qatari Riyals and $740. read more

Precision Drilling relies on US growth as Canadian revenue percentage falls

CALGARY — Strong growth in U.S. oilfield activity made up for declines on the Canadian side of the border as Precision Drilling Corp. beat analyst expectations with first-quarter results posted Thursday.The Calgary-based driller reported a 23 per cent increase in activity in the U.S. compared with the same period of 2018, while its Canadian operations declined by 33 per cent, a trend that it said is continuing in the current quarter.“Of note in the quarter, only 36 per cent of our company’s revenue was generated in Canada,” said chief financial officer Carey Ford on a conference call.“This is the lowest percentage in the history of Precision, reflecting both the success of our investments outside of the Canadian market and the particularly weak industry activity experienced in Canada.”The oilfield services industry has been hit by lower producer spending plans this year, blamed on a shortage of investment capital, delays in building new pipelines and the current Alberta government production curtailments.The industry relocated 16 Canadian rigs to the U.S. in 2018, up from six in 2017, and is continuing to send rigs south of the border this year. Two of the relocations have been Precision rigs.Precision said Thursday it decided to save money this year by not paying to register 75 of its Canadian service rigs with industry associations because they were unlikely to be deployed. (Service rigs are smaller than drilling rigs and are used to complete, maintain and retire oil and gas wells after they are drilled.)Precision said its current active U.S. drilling rig count of 80 rigs has remained steady from the end of 2018, despite slightly declining industry activity levels.On the call, CEO Kevin Neveu said he’s noticed improvements in Canadian customers’ mood since the United Conservative Party defeated the NDP government in the provincial election last week and that could result in an upswing in activity.The new government, to be sworn in next week, has promised to lower corporate taxes, cancel the provincial carbon tax and remove the NDP’s cap on oilsands emissions.“I think there is going to be a little better tone from our client base today than there might have been even just three weeks ago,” he said, adding better realized oil prices in the first quarter are also driving a more confident mood.Precision reported net earnings of $25 million or eight cents per diluted share for the quarter ended March 31, compared with a loss of $18 million or six cents in the same quarter a year ago.Revenue for the three-month period grew to $434 million, compared with $401 million.Analysts on average had expected a loss of five cents per share and revenue of $409 million for the quarter, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Precision’s earnings beat and its plan to retire $84 million in debt by the end of May were both impressive feats, said Tudor Pickering Holt & Co. analysts in a report.During the quarter, Precision sold its five Mexico-based drilling rigs for US$48 million — excluding that sale and restructuring charges, it would have earned about $1 million, it said.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:PD) read more

Cultural traditions in Portugal Uganda and Ukraine added to UNESCO heritage protection

The meeting in Ethiopia of parties to the international convention is designed to preserve the world’s intangible cultural heritage. Five nominations for inscription on the list have been examined by representatives of 24 States Parties to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, who form the committee.The three new additions to list of intangible cultural heritage include Portugal Bisalhães tradition of making black pottery and traditional Ma’di Bowl Lyre music and dance, which is one of the oldest cultural practices of the Madi people of Uganda.Also added to the list are Cossack songs sung by communities of Ukraine’s Dnipropetrovsk region, which tell stories about the tragedy of war and personal relationships of Cossack soldiers.Intangible cultural heritage, according UNESCO, encompasses practices and living expressions are handed down from one generation to the next. To be inscribed by the Committee elements must comply with a series of criteria, including contributing to spreading the knowledge of intangible cultural heritage and promoting awareness of its importance. The Urgent Safeguarding List aims at taking appropriate measures for those intangible cultural heritage expressions or manifestations whose viability – that is whose continuous recreation and transmission – is threatened. Only those countries that have ratified the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage can present elements for inscription on the lists. The updated The Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity presently number 339 inscribed elements. The current session of the Committee will end on 2 December. read more

Closure of immigration court in Kentucky causes concern

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Problems with the condition of a building where an immigration court is located have caused weeks of hearings to be canceled.The Louisville Courier Journal reports the court closed August 15. General Services Administration spokesman Adam Rondeau says the agency hasn’t been able to work with the lessor to address issues.- Advertisement – Officials didn’t disclose what issues contributed to the closure. Some immigration advocates say the elevators had problems.Immigrants and their attorneys will now have to handle cases in Memphis, Tennessee. Immigration cases were filed in Memphis before the Louisville court opened in April 2018.Attorneys worry immigrants may miss key deadlines to file asylum applications or motions. It’s unclear how long the court will be closed. read more

Mens hockey kicks year off strong Logan Stieber picks up another honor

WrestlingThe OSU wrestling team picked up a 22-15 win over Penn State on Sunday to bring its record to 5-3.Redshirt-senior Logan Stieber earned the 2014 Male Athlete of the Year award from the Touchdown Club of Columbus on Jan. 6. A three-time national champion and two-time Big Ten Wrestler of the Week, Stieber’s current winning percentage of .971 makes him No. 1 in school history.Stieber and the Buckeyes are set to take on Michigan State on Friday at 7 p.m.Women’s gymnasticsIn November, the OSU women’s gymnastic team announced the addition of two 2016 athletes in Casey Carvalho and Jamie Stone. Coach Carey Fagan said in a released statement she is excited about the level of natural talent and excellence the girls will bring to the team.Meanwhile, the Big Ten Preseason Coaches’ Poll placed the Buckeyes at fourth and named sophomore Tenille Funches and freshman Taylor Harrison “gymnasts to watch.”OSU kicked off its season by defeating the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh on Friday.The Buckeyes are set to welcome Michigan and West Virginia for their home opener on Saturday at 4 p.m. Men’s hockey The new year provided a generally successful start for the men’s hockey team as well. Including a 4-1 loss to Penn State on Saturday, the Buckeyes won or tied three of their first four games in January. OSU brought its record to 7-10-2 with a win against Mercyhurst, 6-3, a tie against Mercyhurst, 2-2 in overtime, and an overtime win over Penn State, 5-4.Senior forward Matt Johnson was named the Big Ten First Star of the Week on Jan. 6, after scoring four goals over the team’s two games against Mercyhurst, including his first career hat trick. It was the Stillwater, Minn., native’s first career conference weekly award.Next, the Buckeyes look to avenge a December loss to Michigan at home on Friday at 7 p.m. While Buckeyes around the country are anticipating the outcome of Monday night’s National Championship football game, the rest of the Ohio State athletic department has been busy raking in wins, awards and new prospects. From women’s gymnastics and rowing, to men’s gymnastics, hockey, volleyball and wrestling, winter generally sports started on high notes for Buckeye teams. Men’s gymnasticsThe fifth-ranked men’s gymnastics team concluded its preseason schedule on Saturday at the annual Alumni Exhibition. The Buckeyes are set to host Illinois in their regular season opener at St. John Arena on Jan. 24 at 4 p.m. after taking part in the Windy City Invitational on Jan. 17. Men’s volleyballDespite picking up its first two losses of the season on Thursday and Friday, the OSU men’s volleyball team has a winning 3-2 record. The Buckeyes just returned from Hawaii where they fell to both Hawaii, 3-1, and University of California Irvine, 3-0.They’re set to play Limestone at 7 p.m. Friday in Columbus.On Tuesday, the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association named two Buckeyes Players of the Week. Senior outside hitter Michael Henchy earned Offensive Player of the Week, while sophomore setter Christy Blough took the defensive title. read more

Water cannon bought by Boris Johnson for £322k sold for just £11k

It is understood that as prime minister Mr Cameron privately indicated he would license water cannon if there were a repeat of the 2011 riots.  A source close to Boris Johnson said: “In the wake of the London riots, with a worrying rise in knife crime and with his hands tied by the political decisions in the Home Office, Boris made tackling crime his number one priority.”During his time as mayor he reduced the murder rate by 50 percent and brought overall crime down by 20 percent. This is a legacy the new mayor has sadly been unable to match.”The sale was announced as details were revealed of 72 youth projects that will receive the latest round of grants from the Young Londoners Fund.The schemes, aimed at diverting young people away from crime, will receive a share of £13.2 million and include the Ben Kinsella Trust, Redthread and Football Beyond Borders. Three water cannon bought by Boris Johnson for more than £320,000 while he was London Mayor have been sold for just £11,025.Current Mayor Sadiq Khan announced yesterday that “we have managed to finally get rid of them” as it was revealed they had been sold to a firm that will dismantle them and export the parts.The machines were bought by Mr Johnson from Germany in 2014 – before their use had been licensed on British mainland.Then-Home Secretary Theresa May banned their use in riot situations in 2015, and later used the purchase to ridicule Mr Johnson in the Tory leadership race after David Cameron resigned.The machines cost £322,000 to purchase second-hand and then refit – including £32,004 for low emission zone compliance, £19,035 for re-painting, £3,109.20 for signage, and £970.50 for the fitting of radios and CD players.They have now been sold to Nottinghamshire-based Reclamations (Ollerton) Ltd, who will strip them and sent the individual parts overseas. Mr Khan said: “For too long, London taxpayers have had to bear the brunt of Boris Johnson’s appalling botched water cannon deal. This has been another waste of taxpayers’ money by Boris Johnson.”Londoners continue to live with his vanity. I am pleased we have managed to finally get rid of them and I made an election promise to Londoners that I would claw back as much of this cash as possible, and pump it into helping young people at risk of being affected by crime and giving them better life opportunities.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

The EU plans to impose sanctions on more Russians

first_imgAll sides in the conflict must now work together to ensure the hundreds of families bereaved can get the answers they need, and that the remains of the victims of the crash can be recovered and repatriated without delay.“This tragic incident highlights the urgent need to bring the conflict in Eastern Ukraine to an end.”GazaThe meeting of Foreign Ministers also discussed the situation in Gaza and the Middle East. Flanagan said:“We condemned both the rockets attacks into Israel and the very high level of civilian casualties in Gaza, and have stressed again the need for any military action to be proportionate.We called on the parties to resume meaningful negotiations with the aim of achieving a comprehensive peace agreement based on a two state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on the 1967 borders.“We have also discussed the humanitarian aspects of the crisis in Gaza and underlined the need to provide access for humanitarian assistance.”Yesterday Minister Flanagan announced funding of €500,000 for the United Nations’ emergency appeal for families affected by the devastating conflict in Gaza.Read: Flight MH17 and Gaza to dominate EU Foreign Affairs meeting>Read: Ireland is providing €500k in humanitarian aid to Gaza> EU FOREIGN MINISTERS have decided to impose sanctions on more Russians.In a meeting in Brussels they agreed to expand the criteria for listing people and entities against whom sanctions can be imposed.The move is in response to continuing instability in Eastern Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea.Speaking after the EU Foreign Affairs Council today – Minister for Foreign Affairs, Charlie Flanagan, said:“Sanctions can encourage all sides to come to the negotiating table and reach a peaceful solution to their differences.“Today we also made it very clear that we are willing to consider further measures if the situation does not improve.”MH17Ministers also discussed the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 over Eastern Ukraine last week.Minister Flanagan said, “I joined with my European colleagues in expressing our deepest sympathies to those who have lost family and loved ones on flight MH17.“We are calling for a full, thorough and independent international investigation to ensure those directly and indirectly responsible are held to account and brought to justice.last_img read more

Samsung definitely not interested in buying webOS

first_imgThere was a lot of buzz last week about Samsung being a possible suitor for HP’s webOS, either as a licensee or even to buy the ex-Palm mobile operating system. Samsung’s CEO Choi Gee Sung has, however, cast aside any doubts about his company’s level of interest at IFA 2011 as far as an acquisition goes: it’s zero. Choi’s sentiment was echoed by a Samsung spokesperson back in Seoul as well, so it’s clearly not just a personal opinion.Choi takes issue with the “trend” of mobile tech companies acquiring an OS — which we can assume is an obvious poke at both HP and RIM (who purchased QNX) and probably even a subtle elbow in Google’s ribs for acquiring Android back in 2005. He also assures that Samsung is working much harder on stepping up its software game than those outside the company might think.That Choi and Samsung genuinely aren’t interested in buying webOS shouldn’t really come as a surprise. The company enjoyed a very successful launch of its own Bada OS and has received solid reviews so far for its first batch of Bada 2 smartphones. Would Samsung really want to shuffle developer resources from its own creation to learn someone else’s mobile OS inside-out, maintain it, and support it going forward? No.Would Samsung still be interested in licensing webOS? Possibly. If Samsung’s concerns about the Google/Motorola deal one day lead it to shy away from Android, webOS might be an interesting alternative — provided someone else wants to take care of its development. Samsung is already looking after Bada internally, but it’s making good money on smartphones with licensed OSes like Windows Phone that other companies are looking after.Read more at Bloomberglast_img read more

Woodland boy becomes honorary rescue swimmer in Alaska

first_imgWhen 8-year-old Andrew Bishop was given the choice between family trips to Hawaii or Disney World, visiting Boston to watch a Bruins game or going to Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, the choice was easy.“He pointed to the Coast Guard,” said Andrew’s mom, Stephanie Bishop.Andrew, who is nonverbal and nonmobile, has for years had a fascination with rescue swimmers. The love dates back four years, when a 4-year-old Andrew watched “The Guardian,” a Coast Guard rescue swimmer movie starring Kevin Costner and Ashton Kutcher.“He watched it repeatedly, like continuously,” Bishop said. “But he was 4. We thought he would get over it. But he didn’t — ever.”So when Make-a-Wish’s Alaska and Washington chapter selected Andrew as a wish recipient, Stephanie Bishop and her husband, T.J., knew they needed to include a Coast Guard visit among the options for Andrew. They printed off pictures of each activity and let Andrew choose.They weren’t surprised when Andrew passed up Mickey Mouse for Kodiak, Alaska. Stephanie, T.J., Andrew and younger brother Aiden left their Woodland home for Kodiak on Thursday and returned Monday night.last_img read more

Haitian Government makes major donation to Turks and Caicos 630 generators among

first_img Related Items:#, #magneticmedianews, #TCIreceivesdonationfromHaiti Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, October 30, 2017 – Providenciales – A monumental gift arrived on board the Kristina cargo ship direct from Port Au Prince, Haiti loaded with a generous contribution from the Haitian Government to the Turks and Caicos Islands in the aftermath of deadly hurricanes Irma and Maria.  This is the first official gift from the Government of nearby Haiti and the items were handed over to Minister of Home Affairs, Hon Delroy Williams and DDME director, Dr. Virginia Clerveaux on Monday by Haiti’s Consul to the TCI, His Excellency Jacques Adolphe.HE Adolphe said, “it is our contribution to our neighbors the Turks and Caicos where so many of our compatriots reside and who consider this beautiful by nature country their second home.”Usually Haiti is on the receiving end of the gifts during a storm season, and while we are still 31 days from the end of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season, Consul Adolphe explained that Haiti is counting its blessings that no catastrophe has come its way via hurricane this year, so far.The supplies include:  630 generators, 1000 sheets of plywood, 4,500 tarps, 2,000 sheet rock and 4,000 metal roof sheets which were presented to TCIG.On behalf of Haiti’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, who is the former Ambassador to the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos, Antonio Roderigue, the Consulate office explained:  “We know how to be prepared and this is our chance to return our gratitude for the years of being supported when we have been devastated by storms. It is a show of solidarity; we are acting on behalf of the people of Haiti.”It was explained to #MagneticMedia that the items were donated and TCIG alone will oversee and determine the distribution of the supplies.   There have been other donations shipped to TCI from Haiti since the back to back September storms. Boyfriend protects woman from gunshots in Provo shooting; ‘critical’ in hospital Prime Minister breaks ground for Darliston Serviced Lots Development Gold Medal Shaunae & Maicel in Celebrity Wedding, Bahamian style at Atlantislast_img read more

Gadhafis burial delayed for further investigation

first_imgTRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — The burial of slain leader Moammar Gadhafi has been delayed until the circumstances of his death can be further examined and a decision is made about where to bury the body, Libyan officials said Friday, as the U.N. human rights office called for an investigation into his death.The transitional leadership had said it would bury the dictator Friday in accordance with Islamic tradition. Bloody images of Gadhafi’s last moments in the hands of angry captors have raised questions over his treatment minutes before his death. One son, Muatassim, was also killed but the fate of Gadhafi’s one-time heir apparent Seif al-Islam was unclear.Justice Minister Mohammed al-Alagi said Seif al-Islam was wounded and being held in a hospital in the city of Zlitan. But Information Minister Mahmoud Shammam on Friday that the son’s whereabouts were uncertain.Shammam said Gadhafi’s body was still in Misrata, where it was taken after he was found in his hometown of Sirte, and revolutionary forces were discussing where it should be interred.Thursday’s death of Gadhafi, two months after he was driven from power and into hiding, decisively buries the nearly 42-year regime that had turned the oil-rich country into an international pariah and his own personal fiefdom.last_img read more

32 use group risk benefits to attract and retain staff

first_imgJust under a third (32%) of employer respondents use group risk benefits to attract and retain key members of staff, according to research by industry body Group Risk Development (Grid).Its Group risk annual employer research report, which surveyed 501 UK organisations with between five and 1,000 employees, also found that only 16% of employer respondents make a point of providing regular communications about their benefits package.The research also found:30% of respondents detail group risk protection benefits in their employee benefit statements.21% of employer respondents see group risk benefits as a major selling point at interviews.38% of respondents clearly lay out group risk protection benefits on their intranet or staff handbook.12% of employer respondents make a point of not actively communicate their group risk benefits to ensure they are not abused.Katharine Moxham (pictured), spokesperson at Grid, said: “When staff need practical support, if diagnosed with a critical illness, or are unable to work through ill-health or injury, for example, then these benefits come into their own. It is imperative that employers understand how best to use group risk benefits and the supporting services that come along with them so they can let their staff know how to access them when needed.”last_img read more

Anchorage Assembly budget makes several cuts to increase police force

first_imgThe Anchorage Assembly passed a $504 million operating budget during it’s Tuesday night meeting, up slightly from last year’s budget of $488 million. Increases are going primarily to pay for a larger police force.Listen Now Modest cuts were made across the board to departmental budgets, grant programs and public transportation.Assembly member Eric Croft summed up a process that’s gone relatively smoothly since the budget was first introduced by the mayor’s administration a few months ago.“(There are) cuts all over this budget to make up for concentrating on police,” Croft said during member comments. “It does make cuts in every other area except public safety in order to put more cops on the street.”The budget passed seven to four, with conservative assembly members opposed because they say it grows the size of local government amid a lean fiscal environment.last_img read more

Watch Congress leader Hardik Patel slapped at rally in Gujarat

first_imgHardik Patel was slapped during a public meeting in Gujarat.Twitter/ANINewly inducted Congress leader and Patidar champion Hardik Patel was slapped during a public meeting in Gujarat on Friday, April 19. The shocking incident happened in Gujarat’s Surendranagar district during a Jan Aakrosh Sabha.In the video that has been doing the rounds on the internet, the Patidar leader was addressing the rally when a man went up to him with a paper in his hand and attacked him.The attack on Hardik Patel comes a day after BJP spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao had a shoe hurled at him while he was addressing a press meet at the BJP headquarter in New Delhi.According to reports, the man who slapped him has been detained but he is yet to be identified.#WATCH Congress leader Hardik Patel slapped during a rally in Surendranagar,Gujarat pic.twitter.com/VqhJVJ7Xc4— ANI (@ANI) April 19, 2019 Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel had joined the Congress a couple of days ago.Twitter25-year-old Patidar quota agitation leader Hardik Patel will contest the Lok Sabha 2019 election from Jamnagar on a Congress ticket after joining the party on March 12.Gujarat will go to polls on April 23. The results will be announced on May 23.last_img read more

Democratic Megadonor Houston Trial Lawyer Steve Mostyn Has Died

first_img Share Pu Ying Huang for The Texas TribuneHouston attorney Steve Mostyn in his office on Sept. 13, 2017.Steve Mostyn, a top Democratic donor and prominent Houston trial lawyer, has died. He was 46.According to a statement released by his wife, Amber, Mostyn died Wednesday after “a sudden onset and battle with a mental health issue.” She did not disclose the cause of death.“Steve was a beloved husband and devoted father who adored his children and never missed any of their sporting activities. He was a true friend, and a faithful fighter for those who did not have a voice,” she said.The statement also said: “If you or a loved one are thinking about suicide, or experiencing a health crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline right now at 1-800-273-8255.”  Asked why no major Democratic candidate for governor had yet emerged, Mostyn said “the problem is if we go and ask someone to run for governor then they expect us to fund them with a tremendous amount of money, and you’re talking about a state that has 20-plus media markets, right? I mean it’s an expensive proposition to do.” “You know we’ll be there to do our part, for sure, and other folks have got to step up to do their part,” Mostyn told the Tribune. “People say I’m not here to do the politics, and I say we’re slowing down on a lot of things. We’re just a little bit slowing down. We were running pretty hard for 20, 25 years.” Mostyn said he had deliberately decreased his political activities in part to encourage other Democratic donors to open their wallets.“We’ve lowered our head down because a lot of times what’s happened is people just think we’re going to do it,” Mostyn said.  “And so we’ve asked other people to do it, and they want to do it, and I want other people to get credit for doing it. I mean this is a giant, giant state. If we were trying to flip Vermont, we’d be done.”Mostyn seemed wistful when he talked about his desire to spend more time with his children and enjoy the simpler side of life.“I want to go watch Friday night football with my son and go to my little girl’s swim meets and I want to do all those things,” Mostyn said. “I’ve got a nephew we raised who’s 19 and he’s off at college, and I’ve got a 16-year-old and I’ve got a 10-year-old. And we’re at the point where, you’re running, running, running, and you look up one day and you say, ‘We’re doing fine, but are we really enjoying the things we want to be enjoying?’ I’m not saying I’m going away anywhere, but we’ve formed these groups and we’re on these boards and certainly we’re there participating with them, but we’ve asked people to — you know, guys, you’ve got to build a broader coalition.” The Mostyns were among the top contributors to former state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte‘s failed 2014 run for lieutenant governor, giving her campaign more than $100,000.“Mine is just shock,” Van de Putte said tearfully Thursday. “He was a very dear friend. He loved his state and he loved his kids. … He felt fervently about Democratic candidates and politics. He will leave a void that will be very difficult to fill,” she said.U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called Mostyn “an extraordinary, luminous person who poured himself into securing justice for the voiceless and underrepresented.”“Our nation has lost a great hero, and the Mostyn family has lost a beloved husband and devoted father,” Pelosi said in a statement.In Amber Mostyn’s statement, she asked those wishing to honor her husband’s life to consider supporting the Mostyn Moreno Foundation, which helps children with special needs, or the Special Olympics of Texas. The Texas Tribune interviewed Mostyn in mid-September right after Hurricane Harvey struck Houston. Mostyn made it clear he was taking a wait-and-see approach on any Harvey-related lawsuits.He was far more effusive about his other passion — politics.Toward the end of the interview, Mostyn candidly spoke of his increasingly diminished role as a Democratic mega-donor. He said he was growing tired of almost single-handedly funding top Democratic candidates in a state hostile to their party. Mostyn is also survived by his daughter, Ava, his son, Mitch and his nephew, Skyler Anderson.Mostyn grew up in Whitehouse, a small town in East Texas, and graduated from the South Texas College of Law. He made his fortune suing insurance companies on behalf of homeowners after hurricanes. He and his wife, also an attorney, have long been considered the state’s most powerful Democratic backers, spending millions on Democratic campaigns in Texas and beyond.But Mostyn didn’t just spend money behind the scenes. He often made his opposition to Republican leaders and policies known in plain and public terms. In 2010, he famously paid for full-page ads in Texas newspapers calling Gov. Rick Perry a “coward” for refusing to debate his Democratic rival, former Houston Mayor Bill White.“Steve was a giant,” Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa said in a statement. “He was the epitome of a Texas Democrat – big, bold, fearless, and caring. He dedicated his professional and personal life to fighting for the little guy.”Mostyn gave more than $2.3 million toward Democrats’ 2014 efforts to elect candidates including Wendy Davis, who ran for governor. In total, he had given Davis more than $3 million over the course of her political career. Since 2000, he had donated more than $24 million to political causes in his name and in his law firm’s name, according to Texas Ethics Commission records.“I am heartbroken,” Davis tweeted Thursday. “Texas has lost an extraordinary person. Steve was a committed and effective fighter for justice, a wonderful husband, father and friend. He leaves behind a lasting impact on everyone who’s life he touched.” last_img read more

Long life linked to shorter period of illness

first_imgThe findings in a study of nearly 3,000 people contradict the notion that the older the people get, the sicker they become and the greater is the cost of taking care of them.“Most people struggle with an ever-increasing burden of disease and disability as they age,” said study leader Nir Barzilai, Professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. “But we found that those who live exceptionally long have the additional benefit of shorter periods of illness – sometimes just weeks or months before death,” Barzilai said. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The study appeared in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. The data for the study was collected from two studies with participants from North America, England, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Analysis revealed a consistent pattern of delayed onset of illness in the centenarian groups compared to their respective comparison groups. The findings suggest that discoveries made in one group of centenarians can be generalised to diverse populations.last_img read more

PrivacyOriented Origin Policy for Firefox

first_imgPrivacy-Oriented Origin Policy for Firefox by Martin Brinkmann on January 19, 2019 in Firefox – Last Update: January 19, 2019 – 19 commentsPrivacy-Oriented Origin Policy is anew browser extension for the Firefox web browser that blocks Firefox from sending Origin headers under certain circumstances.To understand what Privacy-Oriented Origin Policy does, it is necessary to understand how the same-origin policy and cross-origin resource sharing works.The same-origin policy is a security model that restricts access to resources, e.g. JavaScript scripts, based on the origin (made up of scheme, hostname, and port); this is done to prevent cross-site scripting and cross-site request forgery attacks.Cross-Origin Resource Sharing bypasses the same-origin policy so that other sites may request resources protected by the same-origin policy.When a browser makes a cross-origin resource request, it adds a reference to the HTTP header that includes the origin that triggered the request. In other words: it tells the server the request is made to that you came from a certain domain, e.g. https://www.example.com:8080.Privacy-Oriented Origin Policy may modify these requests to block the information from being revealed to the site the CORS request is made to.The extension comes with several modes of operation; the default mode, relaxed, relies on heuristics to determine whether it is save to strip the origin header. Aggressive mode on the other hand strips all origin headers. Both modes work on GET requests only.Relaxed mode won’t remove the origin header if the request includes cookies, authorization header, or username, password, query, or hash data in the URL.Some sites, often those that use cross-origin resource requests for legitimate purposes, may break when the extension is used as requests may fail if the origin header is not sent with requests.Privacy-Oriented Origin Policy comes with options to whitelist domains. If you notice breakage, e.g. some site functionality is not available when the extension strips the Origin header, then you may add it to the whitelist to allow requests on that domain.The settings give you even more control over the process:Change the global mode (aggressive or relaxed).Enable overrides, e.g. using aggressive on certain sites or whitelisting sites.Select types of requests, e.g. font or stylesheet, that you want handled in relaxed mode like in aggressive mode.Exclude root domain matches, to allow requests between non-www and www domains that share the same root, e.g. example.com and www.examplec.omExclude requests using patterns.Closing words and verdictPrivacy-Oriented Origin Policy is another browser extension that attempts to improve user privacy by restricting built-in functionality. It requires a bit of trial and error to make sure that essential features don’t break because of it.Firefox users who use uMatrix, uBlock Origin, NoScript or other content blockers that can block third-party requests offer an alternative.Now You: Do you use privacy extensions?Summary12345 Author Rating5 based on 5 votes Software Name Privacy-Oriented Origin PolicySoftware Category BrowserLanding Page https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/privacy-oriented-origin-policy/ Advertisementlast_img read more

Adventure South NZ announces all trips operating after New Zealand qua

first_imgSource = World Expeditions Adventure South NZ announces all trips operating after New Zealand quakeAdventure South NZ, a division of World Expeditions, which specialises in cycling and walking holidays in New Zealand, has confirmed that all its travellers, guides and staff are safe and accounted for in the wake of the earthquake that hit New Zealand’s South Island east coast overnight.The magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck around 180kms north of Christchurch city at 12.02 this morning.Whilst the tremors were felt by the Adventure South team in their homes, evidently there is no damage in the city.Adventure South NZ General Manager, Mike Smith, says they have been in contact with all accommodation providers this morning and they have not been damaged and that the roads linking them are also unaffected.“This is positive news, because it means that for all our travellers that are currently in the field, or due to arrive into New Zealand in future days and weeks, our trips will continue to operate as normal,” he said.Mr Smith wants to assure clients that there will be no disruption to upcoming trips.“While our thoughts are with those families and businesses that have been affected by this recent quake, it is business as usual for us here in Christchurch.“Aside from disrupted sleep last night, the team are preparing for a busy week ahead.“I’d like to assure clients on upcoming trips with us to not be concerned and we look forward to continuing to provide great New Zealand holidays for all our customers.”last_img read more

LaFave sponsoring teletown hall for UP residents

first_img Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain is sponsoring a tele-town hall for the residents of Delta, Dickinson, and Menominee counties.“I am always trying to find new and better ways to listen to people,” Rep. LaFave said. “This tele-town hall is a great way to communicate with people from a large area, and I encourage everyone to participate.”The tele-town hall is scheduled for Tuesday, June 6 at 7 p.m. EST, 6 p.m. CST. Although the discussion will be centered around government fiscal responsibility, auto no-fault, and other current issues, people are encouraged to call in with any questions or concerns they may have. The initial call for the event will come from Rep. LaFave’s office, but if someone misses the call, the number to dial is (855) 756-7520 ext. 35322.For questions regarding the tele-town hall, residents are encouraged to contact LaFave’s office at (517) 373-0156 or BeauLaFave@house.mi.gov. 06Jun LaFave sponsoring tele-town hall for U.P. residents Categories: LaFave Newslast_img read more

Bill protecting concealed pistol license holders gains committee approval

first_img19Sep Bill protecting concealed pistol license holders gains committee approval Categories: Runestad News Rep. Runestad: People who forget to renew CPL do not deserve felony chargeThe House Judiciary Committee chaired by state Rep. Jim Runestad today advanced legislation protecting concealed pistol license holders from facing excessive and unreasonable punishment simply for forgetting to renew their licenses before the expiration date.CPL holders currently face the possibility of a five-year felony if they are found in possession of a concealed pistol even one day after their license expires. Individuals who carry a concealed pistol without ever obtaining a CPL face this same penalty.“A felony charge is much too harsh of a penalty for someone who has every intention of following the law, but makes one simple oversight,” said Runestad, of White Lake. “We must make sure the punishment matches the crime.”House Bill 4458 creates a six-month grace period after the license expires where people who remain eligible for a CPL would be subject to a civil infraction with a $330 fine. The fine could be waived if the individual receives a renewal license within 60 days of the violation. The bill moves to the full House for consideration.Runestad co-chairs the House’s Second Amendment Caucus, a bipartisan group of legislators committed to defending and advancing the right to bear arms.“This is a great example of the type of legislation the Second Amendment Caucus was formed to help advance,” Runestad said. “People are being unfairly punished for exercising a fundamental right, and that must stop.”###last_img read more

LaFave Grant helps increase access for Upper Peninsula veteran services

first_img08Feb LaFave: Grant helps increase access for Upper Peninsula veteran services Categories: LaFave News State Rep. Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain cosponsored legislation Wednesday encouraging counties across the state to establish and maintain veteran service offices through a new grant program.Under the measure, each county with a veteran service office that satisfies pre-approved requirements would receive $25,000, plus an additional amount based on the number of veterans in the county. To continue receiving the grant, an established county veteran service office must meet benchmarks for staff performance and reporting while maintaining the previous year’s funding level.“One of the biggest headaches for veterans is finding their local liaison to help connect them to the benefits they are seeking,” LaFave said. “Not every county in Michigan has a veteran service office. This makes access to important services difficult for veterans in those counties. If Michigan wants to be a leader in veteran services, we need to prioritize it at a local level.”Under the current veterans benefit model, the state supplies the Veteran Service Coalition with a grant to provide benefit services to veterans. Depending on the county, a Veteran Service Officer may only be available for a few hours each month at a single location.“The grant will encourage counties to establish their own veteran service office with accredited service officers,” LaFave said. “I can’t stress enough how crucial it is to have an accredited service officer present in every county to extend the reach of our services. The window of opportunity for some cases is too slim to not have a presence statewide.”The measure, House Bill 5536, now moves to the House Military and Veterans Affairs Committee for consideration.last_img read more

Oregon Nonprofits Unhappy about Unrequested Radio Ads

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesApril 24, 2014; Statesman JournalThe old adage in the nonprofit sector is that any media coverage is good media coverage. In Oregon, three nonprofits are going against this old salt and are complaining about being included in a series of radio spots aired by Barbara Jensen, a candidate in a Republican primary for a seat in the state assembly. The charities believe that listeners may get the false impression that they support Ms. Jensen’s campaign, not to mention the presence of inaccuracies in the radio spots.In February, Jensen announced that she would be running in the Republican primary for the assembly seat vacated by Rep. Kim Thatcher, who is running for the Oregon senate. The district is apparently heavily Republican, having a reported 3,000-voter registration edge over Democrats. Earlier in her career, Jensen had been part of a state initiative to consolidate 12 state data centers. Her role has been described as serving to “plan and build” the new data center. Apparently, the process was incredibly expensive—far more than originally intended—and by some accounts was a disaster.Jensen’s opponent, Bill Post, is a former conservative radio talk-show host. Jensen petitioned Post’s former radio station, demanding equal time, and she was award 566 minutes of airtime. She’s chosen to devote a majority of that to public service announcements in which she describes the work of some area nonprofit organizations.Unfortunately, she did not ask those nonprofits, and she did not check with them what she should say. The result is that at least three of the featured organizations are unhappy.Lou Jaffe of the Oregon World War II Foundation is reported as saying that listeners might believe the organization supports Jensen’s candidacy despite disclaimers during the ad. “Her tone of voice and what’s said is terrific,” Jaffe said, “but at the end of the day, what’s this really about?…It sounded like we were endorsing a candidate. I frankly went ballistic.”Lyndon Zaitz of the Keizer Heritage Foundation agrees, arguing that the disclaimer is at the end of the ad, and if anyone even did pay attention, it might already be too late and the perception of endorsement would be in the listener’s mind. Given that nonprofits are not allowed to openly endorse any candidate running for office, “…we just can’t have that,” Zaitz said.Kyle Dickinson of Union Gospel Mission (UGM) is reported as saying the organization was unhappy that they had not been contacted and asked what they needed before the ad was written and aired.The UGM ad can be heard here. It contains several inaccuracies, including the address for donations, and calling the agency a “food bank.”Jensen’s not asking for permission or for assistance in developing the ads suggests at best a lack of sense of protocol and, at worst, a personal agenda. The perception could be that she is building her campaign on the backs of the good reputation of local nonprofit organizations.—Rob MeiksinsShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

Adobe will no longer provide Flash for mobile devi

first_imgAdobe will no longer provide Flash for mobile devices and is also pulling back from browsing on TVs to concentrate on PC browsing and mobile apps.Vice-president and general manager of interactive development Danny Winokur said on a blog posting that HTML5 was now universally supported on major mobile devices, in some cases exclusively, and that it no longer made sense to develop Flash Player in the browser to work with new mobile device configurations following the upcoming release of Flash Player 11.1 for Android and the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet.In a related post, Pritham Shetty, vice-president, video solutions, said that Adobe remained committed to support premium video to multiple devices but would not support browsing on a TV given that apps rather than browsing to a website would be primary way for viewers to access video and games on TVs and peripherals. He said that Adobe would continue to support TV apps with the ability to embed Flash video in native HTML apps and Flash-based apps packaged with Adobe AIR, the element of Flash that supports the deployment of applications, games and HD video on devices and systems including set-tops and TVs.Support for Flash Player was seen as a differentiator for the struggling Google TV platform, and industry observers have seen Adobe’s decision as a blow to the latter. The UK YouView project, French ISP Free’s Freebox and Liberty Global’s Horizon set-top also supported Flash.last_img read more

YouTube has recorded a large increase in the numbe

first_imgYouTube has recorded a large increase in the number of viewers to the RBS 6 Nations rugby tournament channel since the start of the 2014 championship.According to RBS 6 Nations, views of videos on the channel to date number 3.79 million, with over 60,000 subscribers.The numbers represent a solid increase on 2013. From February 3-9 this year, the channel recorded 558,228 views, compared to about 405,000 views for the comparable period last year.The channel airs video highlights of all matches in the competition.“We are delighted with the popularity of the channel to date this season and very pleased we have seen an increased viewership in comparison to 2013,” said RBS 6 Nations Chief Executive John Feehan.“The partnership with YouTube is a great addition to our digital plans and we will continue to bolster the channel with excellent footage, both on and off the pitch, for the remainder of the Championship.”last_img read more

Richard Halton Connected BBC Red Button support an

first_imgRichard HaltonConnected BBC Red Button support and the addition of content from “major international brands” are among the innovations planned for UK connected TV platform YouView this year, according to CEO Richard Halton.Speaking at TV Connect yesterday, the chief exec said that YouView is now “capable of supporting a potentially infinite number of internet TV channels” following an over-the-air update to YouView boxes that were first brought to market in 2012, and said that it had plans to add more services to the existing YouView offering.“We have a path of continuing innovation that extends over the course of this year. You’ll see new content from major international brands, you’ll see support for the BBC’s Connected Red Button, which we will launch in time for a quite extraordinary summer of sport in 2014,” said Halton.He added that YouView was focused on “futureproofing” its service in order to guarantee its long-term success.“Making sure that we’ve built a technology and an ecosystem that can continue to develop is absolutely vital for retaining our relevance as the world around us continues to develop. The untold story of YouView, which I think is perceived as a broadcaster and network-backed business, is in actual fact it’s a software and technology powerhouse,” said Halton.“We’re adding more channels and more content as we go, with everything from Sky Store, their new on-demand transactional VoD service that launched just before Christmas, through to S4C, the Welsh public service broadcaster. The YouView model is very broad. We welcome a range of content from all different types of provider,” he added.Giving an update about the service, Halton said that, 18 months on from its launch, YouView receives around three and a half million on-demand views every single week. “The vast majority of those [YouView] boxes are connected and people are watching three or four half hour shows every single week,” he said.Halton did not provide a figure for the current number of YouView households or how many boxes had sold to date, simply saying that it was in a “significant number of homes” and is the “fastest growing TV platform in the UK.”“To give you a sense of YouView’s growth trajectory, more YouView boxes were connected in the UK last year than TVs from the UK’s number one TV provider. If you add together the TVs manufactured by the number two, number three and number four manufacturers in the UK and those that were connected, YouView was bigger than all of those companies combined. So we’re getting to a position of relative scale,” he said.last_img read more

TV manufacturer Sharp has extended its partnership

first_imgTV manufacturer Sharp has extended its partnership with middleware provider Espial by choosing the Espial TV browser for additional mid-range smart TV models in some countries. Espial software is currently deployed in various Sharp AQUOS LED TV models in North America and other regions globally.“Smart TV shipments continue to increase as consumers access Internet video and other apps directly from their TV sets” said Kirk Edwardson, head of marketing for Espial.“High performance HTML5 support has become a critical element of Smart TVs, as top TV manufacturers like Sharp aim to enhance user experiences and support a growing number of HTML5 based Internet video apps. At Espial, we will continue to build on our success in providing HTML5-based user experiences for smart TV manufacturers and pay-TV operators worldwide.”last_img read more

Streaming content has overtaken live programming a

first_imgStreaming content has overtaken live programming as “the viewing method-of-choice” among Americans, according to Deloitte’s latest ‘Digital Democracy Survey’. The ninth edition of the research report claims that, on a monthly basis, 56% of US consumers now stream movies and 53% stream TV, compared to 45% who prefer to watch TV programs live.Among millennials aged 14-25, nearly 60% of time spent watching movies occured on computers, tablets and smartphones, making movie viewing habits “decidedly age-dependent,” said Deloitte.Some 68% of respondents were also found to ‘binge-watch’ three or more episodes of a given programme in one sitting, with 31% of Americans doing so on a weekly basis.“Personal viewing experiences and the ability to consume media at your own pace is significantly impacting how US consumers value their content devices and services,” said Gerald Belson, vice chairman, Deloitte and US media and entertainment sector leader.“Today, binge-watching, and the ability to watch what we want, when we want, and where we want, is an exciting cultural phenomenon that is shifting consumer behaviours and attitudes towards curating an individual experience.”The survey found that the internet was the most valued service to an overwhelming 93% of millennials. Despite this, 58% of millennial internet subscribers said they still value pay TV, with 22% of those who don’t currently own a television planning to purchase a new television within the next 12 months.However, a quarter of millenials also said they had either cancelled their pay TV subscriptions in the last 12 months or hadn’t had pay TV for more than a year.The research surveyed more than 2,000 consumers, aged 14 and older in the US to assess technology, media, and telecommunications consumption trends.last_img read more

Anthony Jewitt 4K UHD TV content and channel provi

first_imgAnthony Jewitt4K UHD TV content and channel provider Love Nature has named former Red Bull Media House executive Anthony Jewitt in the role of director of partnerships.UK-based Jewitt will oversee Blue Ant Media and Smithsonian Networks-backed Love Nature’s global SVOD and linear television distribution, excluding North America. He will also take the lead on building the business, and driving strategic initiatives, partnerships and business development. Blue Ant International will continue to manage Love Nature’s programme sales.Jewitt was previously director, affiliate sales and programming at Red Bull Media House, overseeing he global launch and distribution of Red Bull’s subscription linear TV service and the sale of Red Bull’s linear and digital programming across northern Europe.Jewitt will join the Love Nature team at the forthcoming MIPCOM market in Cannes.“Anthony brings over a decade of experience in global content distribution and partnerships to his role as Director, Partnerships,” said Jo Parkinson, managing director, Love Nature International.“By leading the charge with international affiliate relations and platform partnerships, Anthony will be a key player in Love Nature’s mission to bring our library of stunning 4K natural history content to wildlife and nature lovers across the globe.”last_img read more

Michael Paull The rise of sportsfocused online vi

first_imgMichael PaullThe rise of sports-focused online video provider BAMTech and of live online sports is complementary rather than disruptive of traditional pay TV, according to company CEO Michael Paull.In an onstage interview at the NAB Show, Paull also played down the idea that non-sports fans could churn from pay TV as more entertainment content became available from other sources.Paull said that services such as Major League Baseball’s MLB.tv, which is delivered by BAMTech, are “complementary to traditional television”, bringing additional content to audiences over and above what is available from other sources. “I don’t view my job as to disrupt anything,” he said.Playing down the idea that the rise of OTT TV gives non-sports fans an alternative to traditional big-bundle subscription services, Paull said that while there are “hardcore sports fans” that will always sign up to view everything, there are also a lot of people that just want to watch the World Series. He said most viewers would continue to take mainstream pay services.“There are people that are not huge sports fans, but when it gets to be really entertaining and dramatic, everyone becomes a sports fan,” he said.OTT TV allows service providers to ‘micro-programme’ and bring new events and background content to the fore, he said.Paull admitted there are consumer segments, particularly among younger age groups, that are not interested in pay TV, primarily because they look to mobile first. He said behaviour was driving the rise of new consumer services rather than the other way round.On the rise of mobile viewing and moves to unlimited data packages, Paull said that “unlimited plans…will provide people with the ability to watch as much video as they want”. He said that for the content industry, “this is definitely good news”.Paull said that one key trend is that the wealth of data available now allows content providers to “super-serve their customers,” which will also help with programming decisions and investments. “I think data will play a very important role in the future of television.”He said that “building more sophistication in data analysis is critical” for online programmers. It is key to use data to ensure quality and data can also be used to provide services such as dynamic ad insertion, which BAMTech is doing, he added.BAMTech was created by Major League Baseball to enable it to address its customers on the internet, and has been responsible for streaming baseball on the web for 14 years.Disney took a US$1 billion (€900 million) stake in the business last year and the company is now a joint venture between MLB, Disney and the National Hockey League. BAMTech Europe, a JV with Discovery that will power Eurosport online, is also in the process of being set up.last_img read more

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first_imgThe European Commission has urged the European Parliament and member states to finalise key legislation and complete its Digital Single Market strategy by 2018.In its mid-term review of the 2015 Digital Single Market plan, published last week, the EC said that “good progress has been made” overall, and that it has delivered 16 key measures – which adds up to 35 proposals and policy initiatives in total.However, it outlined three three main areas where further EU action is needed: to develop the European Data Economy to its full potential; to protect Europe by tackling cybersecurity challenges; and to promote online platforms as responsible players of a fair internet ecosystem.“The commission has lived up to its promise and presented all main initiatives for building a Digital Single Market. Now, the European Parliament and member states need to adopt these proposals as soon as possible, for new jobs, business and innovation to take off across Europe,” said vice-president for the Digital Single Market, Andrus Ansip.“Two years on, we propose to update our strategy to reflect new challenges and technologies. We need cyber-secure infrastructure across all parts of the EU so that everyone – everywhere – can enjoy high-speed connectivity safely.“We have already agreed on strong EU rules for personal data protection; we now need to make sure that non-personal data can flow freely to assist connected cars and eHealth services. We need high-performance computing along with a digitally skilled workforce to make the most out of the data economy. All these areas are essential for Europe’s digital future.”The EU has already reached important agreements to end mobile roaming charges on June 15, 2017 for all travellers in the EU; to release the 700MHz band for the development of 5G and new online services; and to allow portability of content by as early as 2018, so that Europeans can travel with the films, music, video games or e-books they have subscribed to at home.The EC claims that a “fully functional Digital Single Market” could contribute €415 billion per year to the EU’s economy and create hundreds of thousands of new jobs.last_img read more

Catalin Itu Liberty Globals central European sate

first_imgCatalin ItuLiberty Global’s central European satellite TV arm, UPC DTH, has named Catalin Itu as its new managing director.Itu takes over from Michael Lee, who is leaving the company. Lee has served as chief executive of UPC DTH since 2013.Itu, who is currently vice-president of sales and operations at UPC DTH, will take up his new post on October 1. He previously held positions in Orange Romania, Bosch Communications Romania and Astral Telecom.“I am very happy we are able to appoint Catalin to this role, he has extensive experience in DTH business and am looking forward to have him lead the next phase of growth of our DTH business across the CEE region. I would like to thank Michael for his long-term leadership and contribution to the Group and to wish him all the best for the future,” said Severina Pascu, CEO of UPC Central & Eastern Europe.last_img read more

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first_imgVideo viewing will help smartphones to pass computers for the first time this year as the preferred way for UK adults to access the web, according to eMarketer.The research firm said that adults will spend one hour 59 minutes a day on their smartphone in 2017, compared to one hour 58 minutes for desktop and laptops, with the rise of mobile use attributed largely to digital video viewing.Videos, particularly on social media platforms, as well as the popularity of messaging apps were defined as “the key drivers behind the mobile uptick” with mobile use expected to rise in the coming years as computer use continues to fall.Daily time spent on smartphones in the UK will reach 2 hours 14 minutes by 2019, compared to 1 hour 54 minutes for desktops and laptops,according to the research.Overall, the forecast shows that this year UK adults will spend 2 hours 45 minutes per day with mobile-only devices, including tablets, and will watch an average of 31 minutes per day of digital video on these devices – up 13.5% from 2016.Adults in the UK are also tipped to spend one hour each day on social networks this year, with 34 minutes of that time spent accessing these platforms via a smartphone.In terms of overall media consumption, adults in the UK are expected to spend an average of 9 hours 31 minutes per day with “major media” in 2017, up 0.5% from last year.eMarketer predicts that digital media, including mobile, will account for 49.6% of all media time this year, while TV will account for a 31.7% share – down 2.3% compared to 2016.“Mobile use is increasingly coming to mean smartphone use in the UK, so it’s no surprise to see the time spent forecast tilting ever-more in that direction,” said eMarketer senior analyst Bill Fisher.“The trend within this trend is the growth in social media and video time. More than any other media on any other device, UK adults are migrating their social media and video habits to smartphones.”last_img read more

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first_imgLiberty Global-owned Polish cable operator UPC Polska has introduced download to view on its Horizon Go mobile TV product.The new feature allows Horizon Go users to download video-on-demand content to their mobile device for offline viewing. The new functionality is available for users of iOS and Android devices.The download feature can be used on up to five devices that have already been used to view streamed content from Horizon Go. Selected content will be available on the device to which it has been downloaded for 14 days.Horizon Go in Poland currently offers 131 channels available for in-home viewing and 111 for out-of-home viewing. Since the end of geo-blocking, content can be viewed across the EU on any devices.Separately, UPC Polska has expanded the line-up of channels it takes from Kino Polska Group – also known as SPI International/Filmbox.The operator now offers Gametoon HD, FightBox HD and DocuBox HD from the group as part of its Max package. The channels are also available as part of the Horizon Go offering and eSports channel Gametoon HD will additionally be available as part of the lower-tier Select package until March 3.last_img read more

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first_imgThe Nordic markets have among the highest uptake of SVOD services in Europe, but Netflix is struggling, new research has revealed. According to industry expert Ampere Analysis, the average market share of Netflix in the region is just 49%, compared to an average of 71% in the rest of Western Europe.Local players like Viaplay, TV2 Play, C More and the regional version of HBO account for the majority of streaming service contracts in the region. In every other Western European market except Germany, Italy and Spain, Netflix claims the majority of SVoD subscriptions. The Nordic flair for noir is reflected by the analysis of content currently in production or development (but not yet completed or aired) in the region. According to Ampere, 47% of all shows are crime or thrillers. Although the local linear channels and broadcasters have far more shows in development than local streaming players (59 different shows versus 23 from streaming players), an even greater proportion are crime. More than half (52%) of all shows in production for linear channels are crime compared to just 39% for streaming players, suggesting that international services are not doing enough to cater to the crime-hungry audience.Elinor Clark, analyst at Ampere Analysis said: “The Nordic countries are home to the most dynamic streaming TV markets in Europe and local players have had to deal with a rapid transition of TV viewers to streaming services. “Content is now the key battleground and, while Nordic Noir has served the region well, there is indication that local players will now look to develop comedy and period drama as the next big push.”last_img read more

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first_imgYou may say I’m a streamer, but I’m not the only one, as John Lennon might have sung had he been chief executive of a Hollywood studio. Media companies’ plans to jump into the streaming world have again been in the news this week, with both Viacom and Disney revealing some of their thinking as they posted their latest quarterly numbers.Viacom’s CEO Bob Bakish hailed the acquisition of free-to-view advertising-supported OTT TV network Pluto TV as a “game changer” for the company, giving it instant access to an established scale OTT play.Pluto TV will provide Viacom with a significant ready-made OTT user base and a technical platform on which to build future services.Speaking to analysts after Viacom posted its fiscal Q1 results, Bakish said that Pluto “fits squarely” into the company’s strategy of creating a differentiated direct-to-consumer streaming service that could exploit its content library and maximise the value of its advertising capabilities and relationships.Disney meanwhile broke out its D2C revenues – combined with international – in a new line for the first time in its Q1 results. Disney chief Bob Iger said that his company would demonstrate Disney+ at its Investor Day in April and provide “detailed insight” into its overall direct-to-consumer business.Iger also said that Disney was looking “more aggressively at international rollouts of Hulu” once it increased its stake in the streaming outfit as a result of its acquisition of Fox’s entertainment business. He said more detail would be provided once the acquisition, which will up Disney’s stake in Hulu from 30% to 60%, is complete.The strategies of Viacom and Disney stand at opposite ends of the spectrum of studio efforts to jump on the streaming bandwagon.Viacom – which of course lacks anything like the scale of entertainment giant Disney – believes that free is the key.Bakish believes that Pluto TV’s free, ad-supported service can serve as a marketing tool for both old-fashioned pay TV channels and the studio’s new range of niche SVOD offerings such as Noggin and Comedy Central Now, but that it can also deliver value in its own right by enabling the company to make money through targeted advertising from content that is largely lying idle.The gamble is that Viacom can make more from this library content through creating additional advertising inventory than it could through licensing rights to SVOD players. Bakish says that current programming will continue to sit on pay TV affiliates’ platforms rather than on Viacom’s own D2C services.Bakish is not alone right now in believing that AVOD is a concept whose time has come. NBCUnviversal is also focusing on ‘free’ as the key to achieving scale, though in its case with a pay TV-authenticated model – a kind of streaming variant on the traditional dual-revenue model of distributing pay TV channels with advertising.Viacom also sees Pluto TV as a vehicle to extend its reach both domestically in the US, where Bakish foresees an opportunity for affiliates to use the service to attract and secure the loyalty of the growing army of cord-cutting and cord-never broadband-only subscribers, and internationally, where Pluto is already expanding in Europe.Disney, by contrast, is betting that it can sit alongside SVOD leaders such as Netflix and Amazon with a subscription service anchored around high-profile shows, notably Jon Favreau’s forthcoming Star Wars series.On the Disney earnings call, Iger expressed his confidence that “presented with an overabundance of choice, consumers will look to brands they know to sort through the options and find what they actually want”. He said that the strength of Disney’s brands would allow it to “break through the competitive clutter and connect with consumers”.Whether Disney+ can “break through” in an increasingly saturated market where Netflix is struggling to win new subscribers, at least in the US, remains to be seen. But Iger and Disney are betting not so much on beating Netflix at its own game as on a belief that the SVOD market is actually ripe for further segmentation. Disney+ is one leg of the studio’s three-pronged SVOD strategy alongside ESPN+ – which Viacom says now has two million paid subscribers, double the number just five months ago – and Hulu, the combined free and pay streaming platform that Disney will take majority control of when its acquisition of 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets is complete.Iger said that Disney can “serve the consumer better by segregating all three” services, a statement that reflects his belief that established brands will be key to winning consumers in the streaming world, with Disney+ aiming primarily for a ‘family’ audience – albeit in the form of an offering will itself be home to other brands such as Marvel, with their own distinct following.This strategy hinges on some consumers looking for offerings that reflect particular tastes, while other sign up for multiple services. It also relies on the strength of certain brands to ‘cut through the clutter’ and capture subscribers’ attention. But whether large numbers of consumers will bite is uncertain. The multiplicity of SVOD offerings – from Netflix through Disney+ down to Viacom’s ‘targeted’ offerings – could equally lead to consumer confusion and resistance.I hope someday you will join us, and the world will be as one, as the Lennon song has it. Perhaps then the next big story in video services will be the return of the aggregator – a ‘super-provider’ that can provide the single-provider billing and universal content discovery that would really ‘cut through the clutter’. A bit like a pay TV operator, or perhaps Amazon or Apple. Of course, this still leaves unknown how much consumers will actually be willing to spend on the streaming video services that Disney and others have spent so much effort to build.last_img read more

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first_img“Substantial damage was caused to the inside of the vacant property. No one was injured as a result of the incident.“We are appealing to anyone who may have any information regarding this incident to contact detectives at Strand Road Police Station on the non-emergency number 101, quoting reference 711 on 24/10/16.Information can also be given anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”Read more at: http://www.derryjournal.com/news/crime/arsonists-substantially-damage-derry-building-1-7650791 DC MARSHALLDerryELMWOOD ROADPOLICE APPEAL OVER ARSON ATTACK ON VACANT DERRY PROPERTYSTRAND ROAD POLICE STATION DETECTIVES are appealing for witnesses with information about an arson attack on residential premises in Derry.The incident happened on Elmwood Road in the city.Detective Constable Marshall said: “It was reported sometime between Wednesday October 19 and Monday October 24 2016, an arson had taken place in a residential premises in the Elmwood Road area of the city on Monday afternoon. POLICE APPEAL OVER ARSON ATTACK ON VACANT DERRY PROPERTY was last modified: November 3rd, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweetlast_img read more

It followed seizures of cocaine over the past year

first_imgIt followed seizures of cocaine over the past year worth an estimated £600,000 in Belfast and at Nutts Corner.A number of men have already been arrested and charged in connection with the probe.MAN ARRESTED OVER POLICE PROBE INTO £600,0000 COCAINE SEIZURE was last modified: December 14th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet POLICE say a man has been arrested as part of an ongoing investigation by detectives into the supply of controlled drugs in the North West.The 29-year-old was detained in Claudy, Co Derry under the 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act.He has been taken to Coleraine Police Station for questioning.center_img 0000000 COCAINE SEIZURE4600BelfastclaudyMAN ARRESTED OVER POLICE PROBE INTO £600NUTTS CORRNERlast_img read more

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first_imgThese employers will be on hand to answer questions and discuss training and employment opportunities with anyone interested. The job fair will also see the addition of local apprenticeship providers who have vacancies from GCSE to Foundation Degree level.Eileen McGrinder, Skills Project Officer at Derry City and Strabane District Council said: “Economic development and the provision of local jobs within the District is a major priority within the Council’s Strategic Growth Plan. “The job fair will therefore be an important driver towards these objectives and the Council is delighted to be partnering with the Department for Communities, EURES Cross Border Partnership and the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection to bring this event to Derry. ShareTweet CITY HOTELDerryDerry and Strabane CouncilDerry to host major ‘Cross Border Job Fair’ todaydonegalMayor Michaela BoyleQUEEN’S QUAYstrabane THE Department for Communities in partnership with Derry City and Strabane District Council, EURES Cross Border Partnership and the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection is hosting a major ‘Cross Border Job Fair’ in Derry today, Wednesday, June 19.The Cross Border Job Fair will take place in the City Hotel on Queens Quay between 1 pm and 7 pm – and admission is free. More than 50 employers will take part with representatives from across many different sectors including the IT, manufacturing, hospitality, care and retail sectors. “The fair will offer jobseekers an invaluable opportunity to meet with prospective employers from across Derry, Strabane and Donegal to discuss and apply for actual jobs which are currently available and ready to be filled!”Stephen McGlew from the Department for Communities (DfC) said: “We are delighted to be working in partnership with Derry City and Strabane District Council in organising and delivering this job fair.“This initiative is an excellent opportunity to make connections, get advice, and apply for real employment opportunities. “Indeed, the fair also represents DfC’s ongoing commitment to bring together local stakeholders to work in close partnership and deliver recruitment initiatives that are tailored to shared local needs.”Joe Lavery, EURES Cross Border Partnership Ireland – N Ireland Coordinator added: “This year’s job fair will showcase a range of employers and vacancies in the North West cross border area and give jobseekers as well as job changers from both jurisdictions the opportunity to seize local, worthwhile opportunities. “We’re therefore looking forward to a very successful event.”Inviting jobseekers from throughout the North West to attend this year’s event, Declan Doherty from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection (DEASP) concluded:“The Job Fair has something for everyone – and I’d therefore encourage anyone, whether in work, unemployed or simply assessing education and training options, to explore the wide-ranging opportunities available on the day.“Indeed, if you’re in the market for a new career or simply looking for the first step on the ladder, this really is an unmissable event and the place that you need to be!”A range of support organisations will also be on hand to provide advice and guidance on training and employment programmes currently available for anyone seeking to upskill or retrain.The Cross Border Job Fair is being organised by the Education and Skills Delivery Partnership (ESDP) – established by Council as an outcome delivery partnership under the Strategic Growth Plan to support the education and skills ambitions outlined in the plan. Along with partners, ESDP are supporting employers to secure and develop the skills they need to increase productivity, and enable individuals to find fulfilling employment and progress in today’s competitive and dynamic world of work.Further information about the Cross Border Job Fair in the City Hotel, Derry, is available by contacting Eileen McGrinder or Nicky Gilleece, Skills Project Officers at Derry City and Strabane District Council on 02871 253253 or the Employer Engagement team at employerengagementteam@communities-ni.gov.uk Tel: 028 90909338.Derry to host major ‘Cross Border Job Fair’ today was last modified: June 20th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags:last_img read more

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first_img Twitter National NewsNewsWatch Flight 93 chime tower an ‘everlasting concert by our heroes’ By Daniella HankeySep 10, 2018, 04:43 am 280 0 Pinterest Facebook Four 40-foot (12.2-meter) containers of remaining debris from the crashed airplane were buried there during a private ceremony on June 21.The memorial was funded with $46 million from 110,000 private donors, including $6 million to design and build the Tower of Voices. Volunteers are well on their way to the goal of planting 150,000 seedlings around the 2,200 acre (890 hectare) park. It attracted about 400,000 visitors last year.The dedication comes two days before the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. President Donald Trump is expected to attend that memorial ceremony Tuesday in Shanksville, along with Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke.Shanksville is about 75 miles (120 kilometers) southeast of Pittsburgh. Daniella Hankey Previous PostDeadline arrives for severe weather assistance applications Mail Linkedin Home NewsWatch National News Flight 93 chime tower an ‘everlasting concert by our heroes’ Next PostMiss New York Nia Franklin crowned 2019 Miss America It was “the day that lives were lost so that other lives were saved. And heroes were made over the skies of Shanksville,” said Ridge, who served as the first secretary of the Homeland Security Department when it was created after 9/11.The roughly 93-foot (28-meter) structure represents the final phase of the Flight 93 National Memorial. Each chime generates a distinctive sound, and rows of trees that ring the site symbolize sound waves.“Together their voices will ring out into perpetuity, with this beautiful Somerset County, Pennsylvania, wind,” park Superintendent Stephen Clark said.The national park at a the crash site, about 2 miles (3 kilometers) north of Shanksville, also includes a memorial plaza, dedicated on the 10th anniversary in 2011, and a visitor’s center that opened three years ago.As a cold, driving rain pelted the hills, memorial architect Paul Murdoch spoke of the plan, which uses the wind to activate the chimes. The remaining chimes are expected to be installed in the coming weeks.“These chimes respond to unanswered cries of voices not spoken again, but remembered in the vibrations of a monumental tower,” Murdoch said.They range from 5 to 10 feet (1.5 to 3 meters) long, weigh as much as 150 pounds (68 kilograms) and are tuned.Nearly 3,000 people died in the Sept. 11 attacks, when terrorists seized control of four planes. They flew two of them into the World Trade Center skyscrapers in New York and the fourth into the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.“These guys are the real heroes,” said retired truck driver Stefan Robbins, visiting the memorial from Lexington, Kentucky. “They didn’t sign up — they’re not a cop, they’re not a firefighter.”The Flight 93 passengers learned in mid-flight they had been hijacked and responded heroically, declaring “let’s roll” as they confronted their adversaries inside the plane.Thirteen passengers on the plane made a combined 37 phone calls during the attack, getting information about the other three hijackings and crashes.“When they learned that, it galvanized them as a group,” Clark said. “They said, ‘We’re not going back to any airport. This is a suicide mission.’”As some passengers apparently tried to storm the cabin, the hijacker at the controls then rolled the plane, trying to throw them off balance, before the aircraft became inverted and crashed at 563 mph (906 kph) on the edge of a reclaimed strip mine at 10:30 a.m.The impact ignited about 100 hemlock trees. Hemlocks are used as symbols throughout the memorial’s design, including the tower.A 17-ton (15-metric ton) sandstone marks the impact site, located within a 44-acre (17.8-hectare) fenced-off area of the field where crash debris landed, referred to as the “sacred ground.” Access to that part of the park is limited to family members of the passengers and crew. (AP)- The heroism of airline passengers and crew who died when hijackers crashed their plane into a Pennsylvania field was remembered Sunday with the dedication of a concrete-and-steel tower that will ring with wind chimes for every one of them at the spot where they fell to earth.Relatives of the 40 people killed during the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, helped ring eight of what will eventually be 40 aluminum chimes at the Flight 93 National Memorial site, and former Gov. Tom Ridge said the Tower of Voices will be “an everlasting concert by our heroes.”The dedication occurred nearly 17 years after passengers on the hijacked flight from New Jersey to California fought back against a band of terrorists who then crashed the jetliner into a rural field. Officials concluded the terrorists were aiming the Boeing 757 toward Washington, to be used as an enormous airborne weapon. Google+ Tumblrlast_img read more

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first_img Tumblr Facebook Google+ Mail Linkedin NewsWatchPolitical NewsTop Stories Vice President Pence to stump for Morrisey in West Virginia By Daniella HankeyOct 18, 2018, 04:20 am 318 0 Next PostChanging fall colors coming on in parts of West Virginia Home NewsWatch Vice President Pence to stump for Morrisey in West Virginia BRIDGEPORT, WV (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is attending a rally this weekend for Republican U.S. Senate nominee Patrick Morrisey in West Virginia.Morrisey’s campaign says in a statement the rally will be held in Bridgeport on Saturday evening at the Engine and Airframe Solutions Worldwide facility at the North Central West Virginia Airport.The event is open to the public.Pence attended a rally and private fundraiser for Morrisey in Wheeling in July. President Donald Trump held rallies for Morrisey in the past two months in Charleston and Wheeling.Morrisey, who is West Virginia’s attorney general, faces Democratic incumbent Sen. Joe Manchin in the Nov. 6 election. Pinterest Previous PostPuppeteer who played Big Bird on ‘Sesame Street’ retiring Twitter Daniella Hankeylast_img read more

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first_imgThe Federal Reserve is not currently forecasting a recession.                                         – Ben Bernanke, January 10, 2008[1] With Ben Bernanke’s exit as Chairman of the Federal Reserve, every political physician will opine on his legacy.  Many will view him as the savior of capitalism.  The others will agree, but caveat the compliment by stating his monetary mischief eventually exceeded its necessity.  So while some may debate recent Federal Reserve policy, all condone his reaction to the Great Recession of 2008.  His legacy will be viewed as having acted promptly, properly, and aggressively to the greatest economic threat since the Great Depression, for quantitative easing and negligible interest rates are universally proclaimed to have stabilized the economy and set the stage for future growth.  This author disagrees. Determining what Bernanke’s Federal Reserve should have done in a recession – and whether or not Bernanke acted properly – requires an examination of what causes recessions.  Just as doctors can only properly treat patients with an understanding of germ theory, economists can only restore economic health through an understanding of business cycle theory.  All cures require the cognizance of causality. Bernanke has always been portrayed as an “expert” on the Great Depression, so surely he must understand the true cause of business cycles.  In 2002, he clearly stated he knew the origin of recessions (or at least deep recessions, a.k.a. depressions) and believed them relegated to history, never to return: I would like to say to Milton [Friedman] and Anna [Schwartz]: Regarding the Great Depression. You’re right, we did it. We’re very sorry. But thanks to you, we won’t do it again.[2] What did the Federal Reserve do that Bernanke swore would never be repeated?  What was this transgression it committed in causing the Great Depression?   Bernanke, and all “monetarist” economists, blame the central bank’s contraction of the money supply.  But clearly this did not cause the 2008 Great Recession, for none of the monetary metrics ever decreased.  Faced with such facts, the Chairman of the Federal Reserve could reach one of two conclusions: either the 2008 Great Recession (and possibly all other recessions) had some different cause or causes relative to the Great Depression (which is nonsensical), or the monetarist theory of business cycles was in error.  Bernanke chose the former.  He chose unwisely. Is there a better explanation of the business cycle?  One which describes all recessions and depressions?  One which explains the widespread and severely erroneous judgment of businesses in forecasting the future as revealed in the “bust”?  One which illustrates why it is a cycle, and why this cycle first appeared in the 19th century?  One which justifies why capital goods industries are more sensitive to booms and busts relative to consumer goods industries?  One which explicates why significant money supply expansion precedes every single recession? The Austrian school of economics has such an explanation.  When a central bank increases the money supply with fiat currency, it artificially decreases interest rates.  As interest rates are a universal market signal to all businesses, investments which previously appeared unprofitable now seem to make economic sense.  However, these expenditures are actually being “malinvested” relative to the natural level of interest rates as determined by the supply and demand of savings. When a central bank ceases or severely mitigates its expansion of the money supply, the natural level of interest rates reasserts itself, and a recession ensues.  Recessions are the beneficial period by which previous investment wastes and errors are corrected.  The Austrian theory of the business cycle explains every phenomenon exhibited by every business cycle, and further explains its historical onset (concomitant with central banking and/or fiat currency). Recessions, while they may be postponed, cannot be avoided.  As the eminent Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises noted: There is no means of avoiding the final collapse of a boom brought about by credit expansion.  The alternative is only whether the crisis should come sooner as the result of a voluntary abandonment of further credit expansion, or later as a final and total catastrophe of the currency system involved.[3] Bernanke chose the latter (and has timed his exit superbly to cover his culpability).  So what should he (or any central banker) have done when overseeing a recession?  Only one directive applies: do not interfere with the economy’s adjustment process (a.k.a. recession).  Do not prevent the liquidation of assets (or companies) with bailouts.  Do not stimulate consumption and discourage savings through deficits and other means.  And above all, do not inflate the money supply again which will only bring another recession in the future (which is why business cycles are, indeed, cyclical). In light of what should not be done in a recession, Bernanke’s actions are an abject failure.  For he responded to the Great Recession by advocating (with his Treasury troupe in tow) and/or performing a troika of trouble: big bailouts, huge deficits, and massive monetary expansion.  In this dire economic situation, he responded with a disastrous blend of monetary omnipotence and judgmental incompetence. The Bernanke legacy will eventually be known for what he has caused: severe recessions, high inflation, and just possibly, a “final and total catastrophe of the currency system involved.”  We will never forget you Ben, nor forgive you. Christopher P. Casey, CFA®, CPA is a Managing Director at WindRock Wealth Management (www.windrockwealth.com).  Using Austrian economic theory, Mr. Casey advises wealthy individuals on their investment portfolios to maximize their returns and minimize risk in today’s world of significant government intervention. Mr. Casey can be reached at 312-650-9602 or at chris.casey@windrockwealth.com. [1]       Associated Press “Bernanke: Fed Ready to Cut Interest Rates Again”.  The Washington Post.  10 January 2008. . [3]       von Mises, Ludwig.  Human Action: A Treatise on Economics (Irvington: Foundation for Economic Education, 1996). [2]       Bernanke, Ben.  “On Milton Friedman’s Ninetieth Birthday”, At the Conference to Honor Milton Friedman, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL. 8 November 2002.  .last_img read more

In This Issue Dollar is in same position as y

first_imgIn This Issue. * Dollar is in same position as yesterday. * But there are a couple of bright spots today! * Aussie Trade deficit drops significantly! * China to stimulate their economy. And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts. Oil Plunges Below $50! Good Day!…  And a Tom Terrific Tuesday to you! The Spinners song: I’ll be around, greets me this morning. Talk about a song with a beat, rhythm, and you can dance to! (sounds like I’m on Bandstand, HA!)  Well day one away from the desk, was interesting, when I encountered technical problems and the Pfennig had a delayed departure. These were not your normal, everyday technical problems, we had to call in the guys from Jacksonville to look into the problem! But all is well now, and everything worked like a charm all day yesterday, so getting the Pfennig out on time this morning should be a lay-up. Well, this morning is much like yesterday morning in that the dollar still has the conn. But there are a couple of bright spots this morning, and one really dark spot. let’s start with the really dark spot. The Russian ruble is plunging again, and is back above 60 (at 63 and change).  The price of Oil dropped below $50 yesterday, and that was the catalyst to the ruble plunge. Yes, the other petrol currencies are also doing the rope a dope, but the dollar is pounding them all, just not as badly as the ruble is getting pounded this morning. So. Let’s spend a minute with this latest drop in the price of Oil. $48. WOW!  It’s quite a phenomenon, how quickly this price dropped, don’t you think? Those out there that have far greater gray masses than I, think that this drop has come because of a supply glut. Really? From $100 to $48, because of a supply glut? I guess in this day and age, anything is possible, eh? But I prefer to think of this as something that has happened because of outside forces. I’m not able to talk about the conspiracy thought I have, so I’ll just leave it at that!  There is a supply glut, though, I’ll admit to that, but that can’t be the single factor here. Not with that kind of fall. I see that another 17 Oil rigs closed down here in the U.S. last week. Recall last week I told you about how closing Oil rigs was a sign that the price of Oil had gotten too cheap, and that we would probably see the closing of Oil rigs continue. My good friend, and author that everyone should read, Dennis Miller, told me that you can’t really associate the Oil industry having problems with Oil rigs closing, and then he went on to explain why. I truly appreciated his contribution.  So, apparently, I’m barking at the wrong tree here. But you know me, I’m so darn hard-headed, I’m going to keep barking until the squirrel gives up and comes down! So, all along I’ve been telling you about countries that are enjoying the price drop of Oil. And you can add Australia to that list! The Aussie November Trade Deficit fell to A$925 Million, VS an estimate of A$1.6 Billion.  Exports rose 1% from Rocktober, along with imports. Of course the cheaper A$ gets some credit for this nice looking report. But if the Aussie Trade Deficit can print as pretty as this in November, imagine what the December print will look like!   So the two of the bright spots in the currencies today are the Aussie dollar (A$) and N.Z. dollar/ kiwi. The A$ got things moving in the right direction when the Trade data printed, but then really got on the rally horse when it was announced that China was going to inject $1 Trillion in stimulus into their economy. Now, let’s see, what does Chuck have to say about this meddling in the economy, for he has been so darn tough on the U.S., Japan, U.K. and Eurozone for their meddling. Hmmm. Well, this is what I think. Front and Center the thing to think about here is that there’s a MAJOR difference between China and those other countries that meddled and are still meddling in their economies, and that is China has the Treasure Chest of reserves / cash that they can dig into and not upset the applecart with debt.  the other countries simply added to their debt, so that future generations will have to deal with. But I’m no fan of meddling in economies, but if you have to meddle, and all countries and their Central Banks these days think they know better and that they have “to do something”, then I would rather it came from money that was saved for a rainy day, than from future generations’ taxes and liberties. Kiwi joined the A$ in rallying on the news of the good Trade data and the Chinese $1 Trillion of stimulus. I just have to wonder if this love for these two is a one-day and done thing, which has been the MO lately.  The news in the early part of 2014 was all about the rate hikes in N.Z. and eventually it will return here this year, but problem not until the 2nd half of the year. Gold has found its way above $1,200 again. , I see where the great Porter Stansberry believes that Gold has hit its bottom and is ready to take off again. I’ve always held Porter in high regard, and his calls have been bang on in the past few years, so much so that I’m telling you this now. Now I can’t say stuff like that, but Porter can, and I can tell you that he said it, so heed his words folks. He’s so darn smart! Another guy that I believe is quite intelligent, James Rickards, says that investors should buy their Gold now while they can, because he feels that when it begins to soar, that obtaining physical Gold will be difficult.   Of course these are guys that might have vested interest in telling you to buy Gold now. and then they might just want to help you so they can make tons of money in the future the next time they tell you to do something!  Whatever the reason, these are just opinions by these guys, and they could end up being wrong, right? I’m interested in the Gold / Oil ratio.. It has caught my attention. Just another thing for me to keep track of, and I’m not sure it tells me anything. but I’m intrigued and think it just may tell me something if I study it long enough! HA!  Anyway, the Gold / Oil ratio yesterday was 1 oz. of Gold cost 23.9 Barrels of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) Oil.  Just for grins I went back in history and found that in 1973, the ratio was 1 oz. to 41.4 Barrels of WTI.  Now, I’m not saying that the ratio is going to go back to 1973 levels. NO WAY! I’m not saying that! I’m just saying for it to get there, the price of Oil would have to drop more.  So, can anyone guess why I picked 1973?  At the same time, another fellow that I believe is smarter than the average bear, (way smarter actually!) Mike “Mish” Shedlock, has posted some nasty things to say about the Chinese renminbi becoming the next reserve currency.  I’ve always held what Mish had to say in high regard, but I do believe that either he didn’t understand what was asked, or something was misunderstood, period.  Because, you long time dear Pfennig readers know that I’ve said that by the end of this decade, which is now 5 years from now that the renminbi would be the reserve currency, not now, not next year!  They, the Chinese, still have tons of work to do, of which, Mish pointed out in his rant, but one has to step back and take note of all the changes the Chinese have made to date that are going to allow their currency to become the reserve currency, and the promises they’ve made to make the remaining ones. Remember, the Chinese were the ones that said that , “It’s time for an end to the dollar standard”.. not me, not anyone else in the West, but the Chinese, and if I’ve learned one thing from my years of studying the Chinese, they don’t say stuff just to impress people! The only say things when they mean to do something about them! So, the so-called safe havens are back on the front page of the newspaper this morning. Japanese yen, if you can get past the heavy, belly laughing, is rallying. U.S. Treasuries, again, if you can get past the laughing, are below 2% (10-year) and when you count inflation they are negative, and Gold. well, this one finally makes sense, are all stronger this morning.  I don’t know if you noticed one long-time upstanding member of this so-called safe haven club, is missing. The Swiss franc. The franc is weaker again this morning, and once again the cross with the euro is getting dangerously close to the 1.20 floor the Swiss National Bank (SNB) set for the cross a few years ago.  (1.2014, as I write). Remember what I told you the SNB would have to do to defend this cross, and going to negative rates won’t really do the trick for too long. The SNB would have to sell francs and buy euros. And who would want to own euros right now? Speaking of Treasuries. the Treasury bubble just keeps getting air pumped into it. I don’t know any other way to explain this. The Treasury bubble should have popped 5 years ago, but it’s still floating around the room avoiding the pins. The 10-year has a 1.99% yield today. And like I just said, when you factor in inflation, the 10-year yield is negative. OK, so let me get this straight, for 10-years you get to have the U.S. Gov’t use your money, and you pay them?  Oooooh, where do I sign up for that? Here? Oh, thank you kind sir, you have been so helpful with my money. To whom do I make this check that represents my life savings to? . What? You don’t think that scenario doesn’t play out? Better think again my friend. The euro just slipped below 1.19. When I turned on the screens this morning, the euro was trading in yesterday’s clothes, but has just slipped below 1.19. The poor beleaguered single unit has had to endure a lot lately. Greece, Draghi’s love affair with all-out QE, recessions all around. Speaking of negative yields on Gov’t bonds. the German Gov’t bond, called bunds, is trading with a negative yield. OUCH! Now that’s going to leave a mark!  What does these bond moves indicate to us? Well, if you ask the bond king, Bill Gross, he would tell you that it means that the Fed won’t hike rates until late in 2015, and maybe not then either!  Speaking of Bill Gross, have you seen the massive withdrawals from the PIMCO bond funds follow Gross to Janus Funds?  No wonder they call him the bond king, the size of these moves were mega-massive! The U.S. Data Cupboard is back on board today, but first, yesterday’s Data Cupboard fare was vehicle sales for December, which were very nearly bang on with expectations, thus making it a real December to remember for car companies! (remember platinum and palladium should be beneficiaries of cars being built for sale). OK.. today’s cupboard has Factor Orders for November (that seems so long ago, right? ) Rocktober’s Factory Orders printed a negative -.5%, and the expectations for November are for another negative print.  I know it’s only Tom Terrific Tuesday, but, this Friday is a Jobs Jamboree Friday. It’s never too early to start thinking about this report and all the games the BLS plays with it. I say that facetiously, of course, but there is always a touch of seriousness with me when it comes to the BLS. For What It’s Worth. Well, I found this, and thought it played nicely in the sandbox with my call that Japan is a basket case. the whole article can be found here: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-01-02/death-nation-japanese-births-drop-lowest-ever-deaths-hit-all-time-high   And here are a few snippets.. Supporters and opponents of Abenomics may debate the metaphorical death of Japanese society as a result of the terminal hyper-Keynesian, hyper-monetarist policies implemented by Abe and Kuroda for the past 2 years until they are blue in the face, but when it comes to the literal death of Japan, there is no debate: as the FT succinctly puts it “deaths outnumbered births in Japan last year by the widest margin on record, underscoring the scale of the challenge facing the government as it tries to ensure a dwindling pool of workers can support growing ranks of pensioners.” Indeed, while Japan may or may not survive the collapse in the Yen, which will send the Nikkei225 soaring although nobody will be able to enjoy this unprecedented paper wealth because nobody can afford to eat, drive or heat their house, and all Japanese companies will be long bankrupt, it now looks almost certain that the death of Japanese society will not be due to a runaway printer, but due to, well, death itself. As the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare reported earlier this week, while Japan recorded 1.001 million births in 2014, or the lowest number in recorded history, this was offset by 1.27 million deaths: also the highest on record. Chuck again, the article goes on to give you numbers and data on the how the drop in population will take place and when. You know, I’ve described this demographics problem in Japan several times in the past, and I keep telling you that Japan’s problems center around how they will not allow foreigners to take up residence in their country. They need them badly, but. it’s not going to happen in Japan, they would rather go down with the ship rather than fixing the hole in the floor of the boat! To recap. Much of the same dollar strength today as yesterday, but we are seeing a couple of bright spots in A$’s and kiwi, yen, and Gold.. the price of Oil has fallen below $50 and the latest plunge in black gold, Texas Tea, has caused another plunge of the Russian ruble. Aussie Trade data was better than expected, and China announced that they would spend some of their treasure chest cash in the amount of $1 Trillion to stimulate their economy, and Chuck describes the difference in meddling here. The 10-year U.S. Treasury has a yield below 2% again, making it actually negative when you factor in inflation. Where do I sign up for that?  Currencies today 1/6/15. American Style: A$.8125, kiwi .7730, C$ .8490, euro 1.1895, sterling 1.5200, Swiss $ .9900, . European Style: rand 11.7385, krone 7.7160, SEK 7.9260, forint 268.25, zloty 3.6190, koruna 23.2670, RUB 62.83, yen 119.30, sing 1.3360, HKD 7.7535, INR 63.57, China 6.1256, pesos 14.95, BRL 2.7125, Dollar Index 91.61, Oil $48.66, 10-year 1.99%, Silver $16.26, Platinum $1,214.38, Palladium $799.00, and Gold. $1,210.40 That’s it for today. Well, baseball will announce the newest Hall of Fame class today. Three pitchers, Randy Johnson, John Smoltz, and Pedro Martinez appear to be shoo-ins for the Hall, thus making this year’s class as strong as last year’s.  I’m a real stickler on the Hall of Fame, and I have problems with a lot of the players that get elected. They should all be held to the same on-field performances of the Babe, Stan the Man, Cy Young, and so on. if not, why are they getting in? Because they were the best of their era? That doesn’t cut it with me!  Oh well, it is what it is. Congrats to those that get elected today.  Football in St. Louis and Missouri is over, our college basketball teams are very good this year, hockey plays a couple games a week, and baseball is still a ways off. these are the dark days of winter for sports here. UGH!  Dionne Warwick is singing: Walk on by to me right now, I just melt when I hear her sing that song. It rained a little bit here yesterday, but not a big thing, and I was able to sit outside most of the day. I’m reading another James Patterson book right now. I’m hooked on this guy’s books, and he sure has a lot of them!  OK, I’ll get out of your hair for today. I hope you have a Tom Terrific Tuesday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Marketslast_img read more

Tuscaloosa Police need your help finding the woman

first_imgTuscaloosa Police need your help finding the woman in several photos they released this afternoon.The person pictured is a suspect in a harassment investigation that began at Chick-fil-A on McFarland Boulevard in Tuscaloosa.If you have any information on the identity and whereabouts of the woman pictured, please contact Tuscaloosa Crime Stoppers at 205-752-7867.last_img

NEW YORK — Aware that the New York Knicks are stil

first_imgNEW YORK — Aware that the New York Knicks are still learning a new offensive system, the Washington Wizards wanted to put pressure on Carmelo Anthony. It worked especially well in the third quarter.Paul Pierce and Garrett Temple each scored 17 points, and the Wizards beat the Knicks for the fourth straight time, 98-83 on Tuesday night.Trailing 45-40 at halftime, the Wizards dominated a quarter that cost them a few games last season. They forced New York to miss 16 of 22 shots while limiting Anthony to just 2 for 6 from the floor.Washington broke open the game with a 14-0 run in the quarter, when it outscored New York 32-15.“I thought we established our defense. We picked up our pressure,” said Pierce, who had eight points in the period.“I think we did a great job of mixing up our coverages on (Anthony) at times. I was putting pressure on him. Then when he moved, Otto (Porter) had a chance to guard him. A number of guys that gave him different looks.”Kevin Seraphin came off the bench and had 15 points for Washington, which won its third straight game. Backup guard Andre Miller added 12 points.Iman Shumpert had 19 points for the Knicks (2-2), who had won their last two games. Anthony chipped in 18 points despite shooting 8 for 23 from the floor.“I thought they sped us up tonight on the offensive end, took us kind of out of our rhythm, our flow of offense,” Anthony said. “I think that was a big key, especially coming out in that third quarter. They made their run in the third quarter and seemed to take control of the game.”The Wizards swept the series last season and haven’t lost to New York since April 9, 2013.After Amare Stoudemire’s layup made it 56-all with 6:33 remaining in the third, Pierce started Washington’s run with a 19-foot jumper. After John Wall’s free throw, the Wizards started to pull away on a 3-pointer by Temple and a finger roll layup from Wall that extended the lead to 64-56 with 3:19 left.Backup center Seraphin then hit a pair of jumpers to extend the lead to 70-56 with 1:13 left to play in the quarter before Tim Hardaway Jr. stopped the run with a jumper with 51 seconds left in the period.New York missed 10 shots from the field and committed three turnovers during its scoreless drought. “We wanted to take them out of the triangle. Make them catch the ball in places we wanted them to catch the ball in,” Temple said.The Knicks drew within 77-71 with 7:53 play after Shumpert’s fourth 3-pointer of the night, but Seraphin and Miller added a pair of baskets that pushed the lead back up to 81-71 with 6:56 to go.“In the third quarter, they wanted it more than we did to start that third quarter and it was tough to get the momentum back after they got control of it,” Knicks coach Derek Fisher said.(ADRY TORRES)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

MARSEILLE France – Twotime champion Gilles Simon

first_imgMARSEILLE, France – Two-time champion Gilles Simon of France rallied to beat Karen Khachanov of Russia 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 in the first round of the Open 13 on Monday.The seventh-seeded Simon, who won the first of 12 career titles here 10 years ago, next faces either countryman Julien Benneteau or 17-year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov.Russian veteran Mikhail Youzhny reached the second round with a 6-1, 4-6, 7-5 win against 18-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas, a Greek player ranked 205.Youzhny, who broke Tsitsipas’ serve five times, will play either sixth-seeded Richard Gasquet or Robin Haase of the Netherlands.Tunisia’s Malek Jaziri beat Russia’s Andrey Kuznetsov 6-3, 6-3 and next plays defending champion Nick Kyrgios of Australia, who is seeded third in Marseille.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

PIRAEUS The administration of Olympiakos is ready

first_imgPIRAEUS- The administration of Olympiakos is ready to renew its confidence in coach Pedro Martins for the rest of this campaign and next  season as well. On his end, the Portuguese tactician has already sent a clear signal that not only does he want to stay at Olympiacos but he wants the main players of the squad to remain with him in Piraeus.“I am completely satisfied at Olympiacos, but I am not happy that we did not reach the point of competing for the title. I feel great here with all the people in the team and it is my great desire to stay, “the 49-year-old Martins said.To a question about next season’s roster:“The ability of our players is far superior to last year. Everyone has managed to raise their value. In the summer we had to assemble  a new team. Right now, all players have shown what they can do. Everything depends on the market, but it is our desire to keep all of our players at the club “.Beyond that, Pedro Martins referred to Olympiacos’s game against Atromitos in Faliro on Sunday (12:30 o’clock New York time), stressing that regardless of which players will be used, the goal is to always play good football to satisfy the fans.“We do not know yet who will be available, because some players have had long trips and participated with their national teams. We will see their condition and we will decide. I always want to present a good showing for our fans, regardless of who we play. We wants victories and titles, we know that the difference between us and PAOK is a large one but we will not stop trying. Aside from the points, we want quality football and our fans have realized that. That sort of style of football is our great promise”, said Martins.Pape Abou Cissé also made a statement with the Senegalese center-back revealing that he is aware of the interest in his services from teams located outside of Greece.“I feel very tied with this club, we are a family. My only regret is that we could not win the league title. I know that there is interest, but I don’t listen at all, I am focused and happed at Olympiacos,” Cissé said, who later referred to his presence with his country’s National Team in Copa Africa, which will take place in Egypt this summer.” It’s a success that we made it to the final stage, and that I got to share those moments with my teammates. We want to win the trophy for the first time because Senegal is a country that has never won the Copa Africa.For the match against Atromitos, Cisse said: “It’s a small derby, we want to win. It is an important match for Atromitos, who wants to beat us to third place. We are playing at home, we have to be focused. We had a lot of absences due to the international break during the lead-up to the Atromitos match but we have to try to do everything we can so that we can win”.It is worth noting that the the “red and whites” match with the Peristeri-based club will take place with a sold-out Karaiskakis Stadium since the tickets that had been still available on Friday were less than two thousand in number.New Rumors Swirl Around FortounisThe Turkish Press continues to circulate rumors that Constantinople powerhouse, Fenerbachçe S.K., is interested in acquiring Greek attacking midfielder Kostas Fortounis from Olympiacos. Turkey’s “Fanatik” newspaper in an article on Friday (29/3) said that “Fener’s” coach, Ersun Yanal, has concluded that Fortounis was his chosen player so that Fenerbahçe can improve their midfield. Yanal’s assistant, Recep Karatepe did not only scout the 27-year old Greek international in the match Olympiacos played against Aris recently but instead he scouted Fortounis in two other matches as well. The same report from “Fanatik” uncovered that an order has been given to the director of transfers for “Fener” Damien Comolli to start negotiations with Olympiacos to acquire Fortounis.A the same time, there are rumors that Italian side Lazio have Fortounis in their transfer “crosshairs” as well.This coming Wednesday (3/4), Olympiacos will appeal against the decision of the Super League Disciplinary Committee’s primary decision to continue the derby with Panathinaikos that was interrupted in the 70th minute at OAKA.If the “Reds” win the appeal, they will then win the match by a court decision with the score of 0-3 and Panathinaikos will be docked three points. If the “Greens” win, the date will have to be decided so that the two sides can resume for what would’ve been the last 20 minutes of the match.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Writer Maggie OFarrell has survived some terrifyi

first_imgWriter Maggie O’Farrell has survived some terrifying episodes. She’s had a machete pressed to her throat during a robbery, once contracted amoebic dysentery while traveling and nearly bled out while giving birth to her first child.All told, O’Farrell says she has experienced 17 different brushes with death — each of which she details in her new memoir, I Am, I Am, I Am. The book was inspired, in part, by O’Farrell’s daughter, who was born with severe eczema and life-threatening allergies. O’Farrell says she wanted to understand what happens to people when they come “back from the brink.””These experiences always take up residence inside us,” she says. “We’re different people afterwards. We’re wiser, we’re a little bit sadder — but also we value what we have.”Interview Highlights On a frightening incident that happened when she was 18 and working at a retreat in a mountain valley I was on this walk … and I realized I had seen [a man] further down the valley, and I still don’t know how he got ahead of me to intercept me on the way up, and so I walked past him and then he came after me. And he said he wanted to show me a bird on the lake, and so he put his binocular strap around my neck, and I knew, as everybody does, that it wasn’t right, it wasn’t true, it wasn’t just about the bird, and I knew he meant to harm me. … I think there is a kind of almost animal instinct, a bit like dogs sniffing each other; you know that somebody means you harm.So I talked my way out of it. I just ducked out under the binocular strap and I talked to him and I kept him talking and I asked him about the birds and I knew that the only way I could save myself — because he was a lot bigger than me and he was a lot stronger than me — the only way to get out of there was to use my brain instead. …[Police] didn’t tell me anything, but they asked me about the incident in very close detail and then asked me to look at some photographs and to say if I saw the person with the binoculars among these photographs, which I did, and I pointed him out. I knew what had happened. I could sense it, and I said to them, “He has killed someone, hasn’t he?” And they wouldn’t tell me anything, but then a few days later I read in the newspaper that a girl had been killed, that she had been raped and then strangled and then buried not very far from where I had been walking.On overhearing a nurse say she was going to die when she was hospitalized with encephalitis, a virus in her cerebellum, at age 8 As a child nobody tells you things. All the conversation about you and your illness and your symptoms and your prospects are all done elsewhere — they’re all told to your parents when you’re not in the room. So you have to become this person who picks up on things. You’ve got to look at … the facial expressions of the people looking after you, your parents and the nurses and the doctors, you’ve got to try and interpret the silences around you, what people are saying and what they’re not saying.And so hearing from this nurse in the corridor mistakenly let slip that I was expected to die, I think that was the biggest shock to me. When I heard it, I knew it in a sense. It didn’t come as a huge shock, but it made everything that was happening around me suddenly made sense. I thought, “Of course. Of course I’m dying. How did I not realize that?” …You couldn’t hear that and not be changed by it. And then when I didn’t die they said I wouldn’t walk again, that I would lead a life of incapacity. And so for whatever reason, I managed to find a loophole out of both of those destinies that were mapped out for me. So I’ve always felt, really, since then, or I’ve grown up with this sense that I lived this almost charmed existence, that I managed to hoodwink these two paths in life, and almost as if I’m living on borrowed time or extra time. … I’ve always been really filled with the idea that I must make the most of it and I must live the biggest and the broadest life I possibly can, because it’s been a gift twice over.On nearly bleeding out during the birth of her first child I labored for three days — three very long days and nights, I would like to say — and after three days the baby’s heartrate was dipping and it was showing signs of distress. So I said I really need to talk to a doctor. … And the doctor who came to my bedside was the very same doctor who I had seen all those months before who had been so rude to me, and so I begged for a cesarean. … And he did grant me a cesarean, but he said it would go down on my notes as medically unnecessary and thought I was being hysterical and lying.So basically what happened in the operation was that because the labor had gone on for so long, my son had got jammed in an immovable position and so they had to kind of wrestle to get him out, poor child. And during that something must’ve ruptured because I started hemorrhaging and started losing blood. This is quite graphic, all my intestines came out. Everything came out of my abdomen, so they had to try to get it all back in again, and stop the bleeding and it was all going pretty badly wrong.On staying calm when her daughter is experiencing a life-threatening allergic reactionThe most useful thing that someone told me — and this is a friend of mine who actually is a play therapist, so she’s trained to play with children in hospital — and [what] she said to me is, “What you have to remember is that your emotions and your daughter’s emotions are on a loop. So whatever you’re feeling … she is feeling — and vice-versa. … If she is terrified and panicking, you need to be calm, because whatever calm and confidence you exude, she will pick up, because it’s all in a loop.”And that’s one of the single best pieces of advice I ever had on being a parent to a child with additional needs, that you’ve got to hang onto that.Therese Madden and Thea Chaloner produced and edited this interview for broadcast. Bridget Bentz, Molly Seavy-Nesper and Scott Hensley adapted it for the Web. Copyright 2018 Fresh Air. To see more, visit Fresh Air.last_img read more

This year malaria got a cool new cartoon Aardman

first_imgThis year, malaria got a cool new cartoon. Aardman Animations, creator of the popular “Wallace and Gromit” claymation films, and actor Hugh Laurie teamed up for a 2-minute video on the history of this disease, which claims 450,000 lives a year. It’s called “Malaria Must Die, So Millions Can Live.” And it stars “Mozzie the Mosquito.”It’s very clever. And accurate. But some malaria specialists are actually more impressed with a 1943 anti-malaria video, produced by Walt Disney for the U.S. government and starring the Seven Dwarfs.The 10-minute film explains how malaria is spread — and how it might be stopped. And it’s surprisingly relevant in 2018.”I gotta say, it was a very well-done video,” says Daniel Sledge, an associate professor of Political Science at the University of Texas, Arlington.”It’s very practical,” he says. “Avoiding standing water is really critical. Screening windows is really critical.”In his research, Sledge has focused on malaria control and eradication in the United States, particularly before 1950.The Disney video details many of the important measures Americans took to protect themselves from malaria, he says: getting rid of standing water, screening windows, papering over cracks in the walls, even weeding ponds and lakes to make it easier for fish to eat mosquito larvae.Most of the things they describe are “really, honestly, best practices,” he says.Lessons for todayBut not everything in the video holds up. Coating standing water in oil to prevent mosquitoes from breeding, for instance, would ruin drinking water in addition to causing environmental damage. And in many places, it’s impossible to weed the vast bodies of water where mosquitoes breed.In the film, Bashful happily pumps clouds of green insecticide over a lake. “A thin film of Paris green is strong enough to kill the wigglers [mosquito larvae], but won’t kill the fish,” the narrator confidently explains. Paris green was an insecticide used mainly in the 1940s but was soon replaced by the more powerful DDT. DDT, of course, has been banned in many countries for its environmental and health side effects.Spraying with insecticides still plays a role in preventing malaria, especially in Africa. The insecticides — including, in some countries, DDT — are sprayed on the walls of homes, where some mosquitoes rest after feeding.Other techniques shown in the video are still widely used.”Bed nets, certainly,” says William Moss, professor of epidemiology, international health and molecular microbiology and immunology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.Moss’s expertise is in malaria control in sub-Saharan Africa. While malaria still exists in many parts of the world, including Asia and Latin America, it is most deadly in Africa. About 90 percent of the yearly deaths happen there, Moss points out.Bed nets treated with insecticides are perhaps the most widely used method to prevent the spread of malaria, Moss says. “Millions and millions of nets have been distributed throughout sub-Saharan Africa in the past decade,” he says, calling them a “cornerstone” of malaria control.”That’s had an important impact on reducing numbers of infections and child mortality,” Moss says. Indeed, the treated bed nets have reduced child deaths — from all causes, not just malaria — by 20 percent, the CDC says.Moss also highlighted the importance of getting rid of standing water and making home improvements to prevent malaria.”If you close the open eaves and put screens on [windows], that can have a major impact,” he says. He says these techniques may be hard to apply on a wide scale in sub-Saharan Africa. “But it is an important strategy,” he adds.In the 21st century there are other tactics critical to treating malaria and preventing its spread — notably diagnostic tests and new medications to treat the disease.How cartoons help malaria controlThe Disney video comes in two languages, English and Spanish, so it’s likely that Latin America was a target audience in addition to the U.S., where malaria was still a problem in many parts in 1943.Regardless of its intended audience, Sledge says, “the Disney video was very well-done and probably had very high-quality technical advisers.””Slightly updated, it would be very useful,” he adds — for preventing not just malaria but other diseases as well, such as dengue, West Nile, yellow fever and Zika.The fun, sometimes silly animation seems to lighten the mood and make the instructions more fun to follow. After all, when it comes to fixing up a house yourself, sometimes you might feel a little Dopey or Grumpy.”It has a broad appeal,” Moss says. The video reminded him to Dr. Seuss’s wartime pamphlet, “Ann Drinks Blood.” Ann — short for anopheles, the type of mosquito that carries malaria — loves going out at night (“she’s a real party gal”) and drinking… GI blood. The lighthearted illustrations had a serious message: American soldiers were at risk of contracting malaria in many battlefields, but they could take steps like covering up and using bed nets to minimize their risk.Bigger pictureAs important as those measures were, however, they are mostly individual-level efforts. There are larger improvements communities and governments can make in to prevent and eradicate malaria.William Moss says there’s a sort of “philosophical divide” in addressing malaria. Some researchers focus on high-tech interventions, he says, while others believe improving socioeconomic status — especially the condition of homes — “is really critical to decreasing malaria.”For instance, in the video, a mosquito bites a poor man suffering from malaria, and transmits it to a rich man — who then falls into financial ruin because he’s unable to work.”There’s a very strong link they’re trying to make between malaria and poverty,” Moss says. Researchers often focus on the rates of mortality from malaria, he says. Perhaps focusing on the economic costs as well could prompt changes, he says.Daniel Sledge points out another crucial way the United States controlled malaria: creating county-level health departments to monitor and prevent disease outbreaks.”In the United States, we put in place high-quality local public health infrastructure, disease surveillance, things along those lines – to make sure these diseases are not a problem,” Sledge explains.The efforts outlined in the video may help individuals protect themselves and their neighbors from the disease, but some changes need to come from the top, he says.”You can do all this stuff, but if you don’t make it permanent, the disease will come back,” he says.Melody Schreiber (@m_scribe on Twitter) is a freelance journalist in Washington, D.C. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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first_imgImagine for a minute: A company makes a vaccine that protects kids from a life-threatening disease but, with little warning, decides to stop selling it in the U.S.That’s exactly what happened last year in West Africa, for a vaccine against rotavirus — a disease that kills about 200,000 young children and babies each year.As NPR reported in November, the pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. Inc. announced it was ending a long-term agreement to supply its rotavirus vaccine, RotaTeq, at a reduced price to families in four West African countries. At the same time, the company began selling the vaccine in China, for more than 12 times the price.Merck’s decision meant that more than 2 million babies were at risk of missing the vaccine, health experts told NPR.”You have a major manufacturer of a vaccine announcing that they’re going to exit from the market, and it created a bit of a panic for countries that were accustomed to having this vaccine,” says Deborah Atherly of the nonprofit PATH, which helps develop vaccines for low-income countries.Now the situation has changed — for the good.After NPR broke the news of Merck’s pullout, other vaccine manufacturers stepped up to fill in the gap. “Because of these efforts, very few to no children will miss out on rotavirus vaccination in these four countries,” Gavi wrote to NPR in an email.This is a huge success story, Atherly says. “We deal with tons of challenges in global health, and this is one, in which the global health community rallying with the countries, has really created success.”Rotavirus is a ubiquitous infection. “Almost every child, whether you live in the U.S. or you live in a developing country, is infected with this disease,” says Dr. Mathuram Santosham, a pediatrician at Johns Hopkins University who has studied the disease for more than 40 years. In rich countries, the infections are rarely lethal but can be severe. Before the U.S. introduced the rotavirus vaccine in 2006, infections caused more than 50,000 hospitalizations each year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.In poor countries, without good health care systems, rotavirus can be deadly. Children can have six to 20 bouts of diarrhea in a day and dehydrate extremely fast, Santosham says. “It is particularly important for the children in the poorest countries — and the poorest children in the poor countries — to receive this vaccine.”But the vaccine is expensive. Here in the U.S., it costs about $200 for a course of two-to-three doses administered in the first year of a baby’s life. So in 2012, the two companies that manufacture a vaccine, Merck and GlaxoSmithKline, agreed to drastically reduce the price for poor countries to about $10 a course.For six years, the pharmaceutical companies stuck to those agreements. GSK delivered nearly 220 million doses to 42 countries. And Merck delivered more than 30 million doses to four countries in West Africa — Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Mali, and São Tomé and Príncipe.But last year, Merck informed UNICEF and Gavi that it would not ship about a third of those doses for 2018 and 2019. And in 2020, the company would stop supplying the vaccine altogether to West Africa. The company told NPR that “supply constraints” were preventing it from fulfilling its agreement to the West African countries. The company also expressed “deepest regret to all of the parties involved” in an email to NPR.It looked like more than 2 million babies would go without the vaccine. At the time, GSK told NPR it wasn’t able to help the countries in West Africa because the company was experiencing its own supply problems. “We also cannot confirm the availability of the doses necessary to support new programmes in 2019,” the company wrote in an email.But then after NPR’s story aired, GSK changed course. The company is now filling in almost half of the vaccine gap left by Merck. Earlier this year, GSK begun supplying Rotarix to the Ivory Coast — where nearly a million babies are born each year. “GSK is pleased that we have sufficient capacity and hopes to fulfill the demand for Rotarix in Ivory Coast for as long as required,” a spokesperson wrote in an email to NPR.The other part of the vaccine gap will be filled largely by one of two Indian pharmaceutical companies. Last year, the World Health Organization gave its stamp of recommendation two new rotavirus vaccines, Rotavac and Rotasiil, which are manufactured by Bharat Pharmaceuticals and Serum Institute of India, respectively. Back in November, health experts said three West African countries — Mali, Burkino Faso, and São Tomé and Príncipe — would eventually switch to these vaccines. But that was expected to take at least two years.Now all three countries are speeding up the timeline and plan to roll out the new vaccine by 2020, says Heather Deehan, chief of UNICEF’s Vaccine Centre. In the meantime, the countries are relying on stocks of the Merck vaccine to continue immunizations.”As a result of a strong collaboration among UNICEF, the countries and manufacturers, there was no interruption in the countries’ vaccine programs,” Deehan says.In a follow-up interview with NPR, Merck’s chief marketing officer, Michael Nally, said that one reason the company ended its agreement with Gavi was because the competing vaccines were more desirable for low-income countries than RotaTeq. GSK’s vaccine requires one less dose, while the Indian vaccines will be less expensive.”We’ve had to come to a conversation around, we are probably not going to be the product of choice in those markets,” Nally said.In the meantime, Merck has successfully launched sales of RotaTeq in China. The vaccine is now available in at least seven Chinese provinces, and a course costs about $130, or about 12 times the cost of the vaccine in the West Africa. Merck’s Chinese distributor, Chongqing Zhifei Biological Products Co., hopes to obtain more than $450 million worth of the vaccine in the next several years. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

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first_imgThe ABCD North End / West End Neighborhood Service Center will celebrate their annual holiday party on Friday, December 14 at 12:30 p.m, complete with a performance by the North End Music & Performing Arts Center at 3:30 p.m.See the holiday party flyer, as well as the service center’s December calendar, posted below. Click on the images to enlarge.last_img

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first_imgDid we miss something? Add it to the comments below. Follow @northend.waterfront on Instagram and tag #northend or #bostonwaterfront to have your photo featured! Saturday, May 18 4:30PM Out of Rushmore’s Shadow: The Luigi Del Bianco Story. Stop by I AM Books and here about how 8-year-old Lou Del Bianco found out that his Grandpa Luigi was the Chief Carver on Mount Rushmore and his life changed forever. 10:30AM Lecture: From Clark’s Square to Methodist Alley: North End Church. Stop by the North End Library to hear the North End Historical Society president and local historian, Alex Goldfeld, give an illustrated presentation about Old North, New Brick, First Baptist, and many other houses of worship in the neighborhood. Other Boston churches, like the Manifesto Church and Old West, will be included for context and comparison, see additional details here. Need to submit a post? Great, start here! Currently 10:30AM Piccoli Lettori – Italian reading group for little ones. Join I AM Books for its Italian reading group for little ones! Children (0-4) and their parents will engage in multiple readings and games for a fun morning of Italian language and learning. Currently Currently 1:00PM NEMPAC Music Theatre Troupe present Once Upon a Mattress. Stop by the Improv Asylum for NEMPAC’s Music Theatre Troupe production of “Once Upon a Mattress” and watch it captivate students with the work of Rodgers & Hammerstein, by Mary Rodgers (music), Marshal Barer (lyrics), and Dean Fuller & Jay Thompson (book) specially adapted for young people to perform. or additional questions, please contact NEMPAC’s Educational Programs Director Manda S. Amodio mshepherd@nempacboston.org. Today is Thursday, May 16 and here’s what else you need to know for today… From the Community: Odd, Various & Together 10:00AM NEWNC Election at the Nazzaro Center. Stop by the Nazzaro Center for the annual election for the North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC) from 10am-2pm. All residents in Ward 3, Precincts 1-4, over 18 are eligible to vote. 5:00PM Wharf District Public Realm Vision Video Charrette, New England Aquarium Learning Lab, Harbor Garage, 1st Floor on the waterside. The Public Realm Vision Video will illustrate a future for the Wharf District that encourages extraordinary possibilities and new opportunities, while fitting in and meeting neighborhood needs today. It will be aimed at decisions-makers, government officials and developers in determining the future of our neighborhood. Community input on content is encouraged. Keep up with what’s happening on the Events Calendar.center_img Fundraising Dinner at Lucia Ristorante to Support St. Stephen’s Church Friday, May 17*Advertisement* 6:00PM Italian American Writer’s Association Open Mic and Literary Reading. Stop by I AM Books at 189 North Street for its Italian American Writer’s Association open mic and literary reading night. It is our 10th Anniversary and we are celebrating a decade of community news at NorthEndWaterfront.com! Keeping this website going takes a lot of time, money and hard work. Advertising doesn’t bring in enough to pay for reporting or editorial work. But we do it because we believe community news is important – and we think you do too. If everyone who reads this site, who likes it, puts in a bit to pay for it, then our future would be much more secure. Contribute online at the links below or checks can be made out to North End Boston LLC, 343 Commercial St. #508, Boston 02109. Become a Patron to receive free rewards including neighborhood photo calendars, custom mugs and special updates from the editor.*Become a Patron (Rewards!)* or *Make a One-Time Contribution* 1:00PM Whole Harmony at Shake the Three. Stop by 67 Salem Street for an afternoon of tasting New England grown herbal teas and fire tonics. 1:00PM Meet Harriet, Daughter of Paul Revere. Diane Lent brings to life Harriet Revere, one of Paul Revere’s 16 children. Join her in reminiscing about her father’s dramatic life, the adventures of her many siblings, nieces, and nephews, and growing up in the historic North End at 19 North Square. 5:00PM NEMPAC Music Theatre Troupe present Once Upon a Mattress. Stop by the Improv Asylum for NEMPAC’s Music Theatre Troupe production of “Once Upon a Mattress” and watch it captivate students with the work of Rodgers & Hammerstein, by Mary Rodgers (music), Marshal Barer (lyrics), and Dean Fuller & Jay Thompson (book) specially adapted for young people to perform. or additional questions, please contact NEMPAC’s Educational Programs Director Manda S. Amodio mshepherd@nempacboston.org. 8:00AM Free Ferry Day. Celebrate the start of the 2019 ferry service to the Harbor Islands. Catch the ferry to either Spectacle or Georges Island right from downtown Boston’s Long Wharf North. The ticket window opens at 8 AM. On nice weather days, all free ferry tickets are distributed before 11 AM, with all of the departures listed below completely booked at that point, see additional details here. Weather Forecast: 10:00AM Free History Walking Tour. Join Scot Krueger of the Friends of the Boston Harborwalk at the Boston Harbor Hotel for a combination virtual and walking tour to examine the role that geology has played in the history of Boston, see additional details here. 7:00AM Bike to Work Day. Join Boston-area residents at City Hall Plaza to celebrate National Bike to Work Day. There will be free breakfast snacks and an expo on City Hall Plaza from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Registration is free and encouraged. By registering, you can reserve a limited-edition Boston Bikes t-shirt, see additional details here. 1:00PM Friday Films at the North End Library: Women’s Pictures: When Women Ruled the Movie Box Office. Join the North End Library in April and May for their Friday Films series: Women’s Pictures: When Women Ruled the Movie Box Office, curated and introduced by Professor Barry Marshall. This week’s film is I Know Where I’m Going, see additional details here. Join the capital improvements campaign with a special fundraising dinner at Lucia Ristorante (415 Hanover St.) next Tuesday evening, May 21st at 6pm.  Filmark Hospitality Group is donating the complete evening, dinner and wine, continue reading. Plan your events with the Community Calendar:last_img read more

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first_img What’s New in TechnologyLatest News for EntrepreneursOur Best Videos be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 https://www.blackenterprise.com/4-tech-solutions-will-give-small-law-practices-big-advantage/ https://www.blackenterprise.com/4-tech-solutions-will-give-small-law-practices-big-advantage/ At Transcription Outsourcing, we regularly interact with our clients in the legal industry. Our conversation often shifts to their business, and, considering we help them with their operations, I hear about other technologies they leverage.We work with both large and small law firms, and I find that larger firms use SaaS and other tech solutions that help them streamline their business in ways that some smaller firms aren’t. Not only that, small firms don’t have fewer tasks than the larger firms. In fact, sometimes there is more to do, as there are fewer teammates to take on a share of responsibilities.Just like with any other industry, if a law firm is overrun with administrative tasks, they’re taking time away from doing what makes them money: practicing law. While companies like mine outsource many of those tasks, there are tech solutions that small firms should also be leveraging that can help them improve operationally. Here are a few that have helped smaller firms compete with their larger counterparts.Cloud-Based Legal CalendarsEasily collaborate with your team using a calendar system. There are several intuitive cloud-based calendar solutions that provide firms with an encompassing scheduling solution that even the most modern law firms would be proud to use. When a firm moves their calendaring to the cloud, it synchronizes across all devices, making it easy for teammates to view each other’s schedule and set meeting times for collaboration.Practice Management SoftwarePractice management software enables lawyers to increase efficiency. Every law firm I’ve talked with that has invested in practice management software have been glad they did. An excellent practice management software platform enables firms to do all of the following administrative tasks from one single portal:Create invoicesManage cases and clientsGo paperless by putting their documents in the cloudPay vendorsRead more at www.businesscollective.com…Ben Walker is a CEO, entrepreneur, and visionary leader that enjoys helping others become successful in business. Ben’s company, Transcription Outsourcing, provides user-friendly and cost effective transcription services for the medical, legal, law enforcement, and financial industries for organizations all over the world. Ben is a sought after thought leader and has made contributions to publications like Entrepreneur Magazine, Built in Colorado, CoBiz Magazine, and LinkedIn. Follow Ben’s Tweets: @datatranscriber.BusinessCollective, launched in partnership with Citi, is a virtual mentorship program powered by North America’s most ambitious young thought leaders, entrepreneurs, executives and small business owners.last_img read more

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first_img Gloves Latest From Our Partners Standard Ranked Rashguard King Ryan Longsleeve Shirt Dana White addresses contender status of Colby Covington, Leon Edwards, Corey Anderson Timeline of Israel Adesanya’s Rapid Rise to UFC Contender Good Night Tee Gordon Ryan Competition Kit Esther Lin, MMA Fighting “Janitor? What’s a janitor?,” he remembers thinking, “But it kind of stuck with me, and then I realized [what it meant]. When I started fighting, they kept calling me Janitor, so it’s like, okay, I’ll take it.”Even back then, Matyushenko never took himself too seriously. He’d drop in on random fan expos clad in his silliest attire, embracing the gimmick with open arms. That nondescript guy standing across the room, the one who’s wearing a newsboy cap and ‘Vlad the Janitor’ garb? Oh, that’s a UFC fighter. (Mop sometimes included.) Latest From MMA Warehouse We laugh at grainy video of Keith Hackney raining down blow after blow onto Joe Son’s kibbles n’ bits, but no one can downplay how much balls it all took in the first place. Crazy sonuvabitches like Matyushenko did this before doing this was actually a thing, for no real money, for no real fame, only for the thrill that shot down their back when they heard the crack of that one good shot.”I remember talking to some top MMA promoters, including Dana White and those guys, Joe Silva — nobody thought it was going to grow this big,” Matyushenko says. “In a way, it’s a miracle.”Now there’s a lot more that goes into it. It’s becoming more sophisticated. And in a way, I like this, because it’s not brawling anymore. It’s not just guys coming from the bar, getting drunk and saying ‘let’s fight.’ It’s a science.”MMA, I think, is the hardest language to speak. You can go between Russian and Chinese or whatever — but MMA, it’s like an alien language.”Vladimir Matyushenko made his professional MMA debut in 1997, the same year Bill Clinton began his second term and America banded together in overwhelming support of “MMMBop.” Already in his mid-twenties, Matyushenko was an accomplished wrestler for the Soviet national team, and in true NHB fashion, his first, second and third pro fights all took place within a few hours of each other in some grimy dive in Baton Rouge.”Three fights in one night,” he remembers. “And I’ll tell ya, I didn’t get hit at all… but my hands were freakin’ swollen from just hitting the guys.”In theory, Matyushenko says, he liked the tournaments of old. They were truth. You beat everybody and you were the true winner. The true champion.The thing is though, MMA is also the kind of sport where you tend to get hurt no matter what you do. Whether you win or lose, muscles and bones are still colliding at velocities they probably weren’t designed to handle.So now that one-nighters are effectively dead, Matyushenko must admit, he’s more than happy to wave goodbye to them, just as he is to most of the idiosyncrasies that came hand-in-hand with competing in the kind of fly-by-night, borderline illegal activity that coaxes the riffraff through its doors and often forgoes any traditional sense of objectivity.”Sometimes you had to go freakin’ chase the promoter, where’s my money, b–ch? And then you had a second fight,” Matyushenko laughs. “A few times in my career I didn’t even get paid at all.”The wildest story is when I broke my nose. I went to fight in Brazil against Carlos Barreto. He was a big huge guy, and I don’t know what my manager was thinking. He was like, no, you’re going to get this guy. The guy is like 265, on steroids. I just watched him hitting pads and he’s breaking these pads, like… dude, okay, I’m going to fight him?”He kicked me as hard as he could. I remember my hands were up. Whack! Broke my nose. He freakin’ tore his knee! He fell down and had torn his knee just because he had kicked so hard! He just falls down and I’m looking around like, what the hell just happened? After that we go in an ambulance, this little tiny ambulance, and they put the sirens on. In Brazil nobody cares, they’re all cutting in front of us. We’re both laying in back of the ambulance, and I’m like, man, is this a dream or something?” Top Contenders for Fight of the Year Apparel When it comes to anecdotes, Matyushenko has hundreds of them, each one a bizarre snapshot of a time and era that exists only in the memories of those deranged few that lived through it.Of course there’s a few regrets, too, but that’s a given. You don’t make it 18 years in anything without a situation occasionally going awry.”I was supposed to fight Fedor Emelianenko in Japan,” Matyushenko wistfully says. “That would’ve been a good fight, too. If I would’ve done that and beaten him, then who knows, maybe you wouldn’t know Fedor Emelianenko, you’d know Vladimir Matyushenko.”The 43-year-old pauses, chuckling at the idea. “But it didn’t work out because my ex-manager… I don’t want to say he didn’t do a good job, but for some reason it just didn’t happen.”The one regret that irks Matyushenko the most, though, came early; and this one’s had time to marinate in all the sour juices of the ‘what ifs.’Just a few years into his fighting career, Matyushenko was scooped up by the UFC and set right to work within its light heavyweight division. At the time, the promotion was desperate to find any half-decent warm bodies to challenge its biggest star, the bleach-blonde killer from Huntington Beach with the flames roaring up his trunks, record-breaking champion Tito Ortiz.Matyushenko was given one tune-up fight, then fed to the UFC’s young lion.”It would’ve changed my life if I would’ve beaten Tito Ortiz for a championship,” Matyushenko sighs. “I always wanted to be a champion, I know that. But I gave it to him fair and square. I think I wasn’t ready mentally. I was a contender, but fighting for a championship, all of a sudden the media and stuff like that, I was a little bit overwhelmed.”If I could take it back, I’d be a little more prepared mentally for [the big stage]. Because if I won… that would be nice.”Vladimir Matyushenko lost to Beltran on Friday night, succumbing to exhaustion and a third-round north/south choke in a fight he was likely winning right up until he wasn’t. There were still a few flashes of the young Belarusian; the steady procession of stiff jabs, a couple winging right hands, and even the faintest glimmer of a grin that crept across his face in the midst of a firefight.Afterward Matyushenko wiped the blood from his nose and laid his gloves down in the center of the Bellator cage. It was a good moment, a genuine moment. The end of one life giving way to the start of another.The mention of his adored nickname, “The Janitor,” even elicited a pop from the crowd — though more than a few of those decibels were likely from amused onlookers asking their friends whether that guy with the mic really just called the old-timer a master of the custodial arts.Matyushenko chuckles again as he thinks back to the day he was first given his flattering surname, when American coaches spotted the shabby 18-year-old mopping up mats at a qualifying Olympic meet in Siberia. The next afternoon Matyushenko crushed the tourney field to win gold, and afterward he spotted the same coaches berating their dumbfounded club.”You guys lost to the Russian janitor! He’s not even a wrestler! He just signed up yesterday for the tournament! I just saw him cleaning the mats yesterday!”Matyushenko just smiles. “I didn’t speak any English, and so when I came to America, Mark Coleman and all those guys are still calling me, hey janitor, what’s up! More: So it’s not a surprise that even on the last fight week of his career, Matyushenko was still enjoying the ride.If it was up to him, this wouldn’t be the end. The actual fights themselves, they were never the problem. It’s the training that’s become harder and harder over the years. Injuries he unwisely pushed through now come back to haunt him; joints ground down by hundreds of thousands of hours of wear and tear, making daily activities just that much harder than they used to be.It’s hard for him to say, but that slog back to the whetstone simply isn’t fun anymore. “It’s always something hurts,” Matyushenko admits.”Maybe I was procrastinating too, or maybe I should have retired earlier. But it’s fun to fight. People watch you on TV, people recognize you in public places and say hi. It’s a good time.”It doesn’t matter who it is, when they raise your hand, that’s the best feeling in the world. A lot of fighters, we fight just for that feeling. Not for the money or the fame or whatever, but just that feeling, it’s very addictive. And when the referee raises your hand, and all the audience is clapping, it’s… wow.”Matyushenko almost tasted that feeling one last time on Friday night, although the end he got is at least easier to swallow than most. Other members of the old guard, the Randy Coutures, the Chuck Liddells, they left with another concussion and one more regret. By contrast, Matyushenko departed on his own terms, his pride tucked firmly in his back pocket and a fulltime West Los Angeles coaching gig straight ahead of him.Maybe someday Matyushenko will win that elusive world title through osmosis. Maybe, with his guidance, one of these young whippersnappers who has it so easy will reach the mountaintop the Old Bear never could.Either way, mixed martial arts will always only have one Janitor. And through it all, we were glad to have him.”I’m completely happy,” Matyushenko reflects. “I wish I achieved a little more. I wish I won a few more fights. But I’m happy, and I’m not done with MMA. I like what I do. Hopefully it’s not my last interview, and I’m going to be coaching some big champions and you guys are still going to call me up.”To the fans, I just want to say thank you. Without you, I wouldn’t have done it. And I definitely wouldn’t have fought for that long, that’s for sure. So, thank you.” Greatest Highlights of Anderson Silva’s Career Should Frankie Edgar finally fight at bantamweight? Coach Ricardo Almeida weighs in Morning Report: Jorge Masvidal praises Conor McGregor: ‘The dude is a f*cking G, bro’ ‘I’m just looking around like, wow… that’s how far we’ve come.’ MMA Fighting ‘Maybe I was procrastinating, or maybe I should have retired earlier. But it’s fun to fight.’ Lockdown duffle bag The drive from West Los Angeles to Temecula, Calif. runs a little under two hours if you’re lucky. All concrete and parks and faded stars peaking out through the smog, and if the Gods of West Coast Traffic smile down on your journey, that pesky brake pedal won’t feel the loathsome stomp of your foot as you merge south onto the I-15.Fortunately, on this night, Vladimir Matyushenko is as lucky as can be.It’s the last ride for MMA’s most affable custodian. The end of a career that spanned three decades, from the days of NHB headbutts and barroom tough guys, through the pageantry and half-baked schemes of the MMA boom, all the way to today’s global monster, where world-class athletes vie for blue chip sponsorships and 7-year-olds everywhere trade osoto gari attempts as they once traded Topps cards.”I’m a little bit sad, but I’m happy too,” Matyushenko reflects from behind the wheel, 72 hours out from his final hurrah against Joey Beltran at Bellator 116.”I mean, it was a good ride. It was fun.”Back in 2003, Vladimir Matyushenko semi-retired from mixed martial arts. A young Andrei Arlovski, still a few years away from his Pitbull apex, had slugged Matyushenko with a ferocious right uppercut that left him sporting a swollen jaw and peanuts for pay. Afterward, sullen in the locker room and pushed farther from title contention, Matyushenko asked himself, just what the hell am I doing? “I have to get a real job and go work,” he remembers thinking. “Because the sport, it wasn’t really going anywhere. It was kind of stuck there.”Naturally, that half-hearted attempt at normalcy didn’t last. Once Matyushenko was back in the gym, ending sparring sessions against prospective UFC fighters with his blood running hot, a sly grin accompanying that gnawing realization, ‘s–t, I still can beat these guys up,’ it was only a matter of time before he caved.So, on that frosty spring night in Toronto eight years later, when Matyushenko returned the favor by blasting Jason Brilz with a right uppercut that brought 55,724 people to their feet inside the Rogers Centre, it was the sweetest flavor of irony. This wasn’t a parking lot or dark-lit pub or a sleazy rundown nightclub. This was a big boy arena. A bastion of legitimacy packed to the rafters, broadcast worldwide and covered by major global outlets.”It was my favorite moment. It was huge,” he marvels. “I won my fight in 20-something seconds, and I’m just looking around like, wow… that’s how far we’ve come.”It’s not just my achievement. It’s more of an overall achievement. Like, finally, not just myself, but all the sport is being recognized. And to me it’s a good feeling, because you want to be part of something big.”These days, oversaturation is the buzz word peppering every hot sports take. The era of the tough guy is behind us, killed by state regulation and a hungry young generation. With a new UFC event being announced seemingly every 26 seconds, it’s easy to become jaded. But it’s also easy to forget just how unlikely of a success story this all really is. Colby Covington rips ‘diva’ Robbie Lawler for leaving American Top Team over a photo Sale More From ProMax 440 BJJ GI Which is More Dangerous – MMA or Football? 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The MMA world has been buzzing since news broke on

first_imgThe MMA world has been buzzing since news broke on Bloody Elbow about Fedor Emelianenko’s return to active competition. While many organizations seem to be interested in signing the former PRIDE kingpin, nothing has been made final just yet.Vadim Finkelschtein appeared on Submission Radio and he gave an update on Fedor’s situation, and debunked some old rumors and talking points that were no longer relevant today. According to him, M-1 is no longer interested in co-promotion and negotiations are all about Fedor’s money.”When it comes to M-1 we are not really interested in any kind of co-promotion,” Vadim said through a translator. “M-1 is a self-contained, European promotion which has no less than 12 shows a year, and this number is about to grow every year.””It’s complicated to make a co-promotion. It’s a hard thing. It’s about money, and when it comes to Fedor, it’s only his choice. He has a very wide choice of MMA organizations in the world, and who will make a better offer to him will get Fedor.””I don’t think that a co-promotion with Bellator is possible. The other time when we co-promoted with Strikeforce [it was] because Fedor had a contract with M-1. Now it’s a different story. And, well to repeat what I said before, I want to say that M-1 don’t really need any co-promotion.”In the past, word is that Fedor was off put with Dana White’s comments about him, and it was among the reasons he stayed outside the Octagon. Vadim says though, that none of that will matter especially during today’s negotiations.”Well I don’t think that story can influence somehow Fedor’s decision to choose UFC or any other MMA promotion. If they will make a good offer to him that will be good for himself, then he can accept this. Also Bellator can make a better offer. So I don’t think that situation can influence it somehow.””Dana talked a lot. [He] talked a lot about Fedor, about Vadim, and he talked bad. But Fedor understands that it all was just PR. He’s not in a bad relations with Dana and he doesn’t feel anything bad about him.”Vadim was also asked about the chances of the UFC to finally sign Fedor, and whether the Reebok deal and potential loss of sponsors would affect his decision.”I’m not sure, but I don’t think it’s going to be a big problem because I think Rebook is interested in Fedor as well as the UFC, and I think if they really want this they will find some ways.””I think UFC have a big chance to sign Fedor. It depends on what offer they will make. If Dana would not only talk, but do some things [and] will make a good offer to Fedor, they have a big chance then.”He also discussed recent statements made by Khabib Nurmagomedov, stating that he hopes Fedor ‘understands that MMA has changed a lot’.”Fedor never actually never left MMA, he just didn’t fight,” he said. “He was always involved. He saw the level of the fighters, he saw the level of the champions, and well he was involved. He didn’t miss anything. He has trained constantly and been self-active.””He never stopped training. He always gave master-classes, always had sparring, and so on. So his physical form is very good now. He didn’t lose anything. All he needs now is some time to get ready to get prepared, because I see fire in his eyes. He is ready mentally to fight. All he needs is to take some training and he will be able to beat any fighters and the strongest fighters in the world.” Greatest Highlights of Anderson Silva’s Career Apparel Bloody Elbow Lockdown duffle bag Bigfoot open to rematch against Fedor Latest From MMA Warehouse King Ryan Longsleeve Shirt Standard Ranked Rashguard Timeline of Israel Adesanya’s Rapid Rise to UFC Contender Standard BJJ Gi View all 99 stories Conor lashes out at Herb Dean, says Khabib was ‘riddled in panic’ during bus attack Accessories Robert Whittaker hails ‘Wonderboy’ the best ‘outside fighter’ in MMA Top Contenders for Fight of the Year In this Storystream White: McGregor didn’t like my comments about Masvidal being ‘too big’ for him Sale Good Night Tee Nightmare Matchup for UFC’s Biggest Stars Latest From Our Partners More: Brock Lesnar’s WWE Future After UFC Retirement UFC 240: Fights to make Gordon Ryan Competition Kit White on Nunes-Cris rematch: ‘That’s the fight I want to make’ More From Overeem: After 2005, who did Fedor fight? ‘He fought cans’ Vadim: ‘UFC have a big chance to sign Fedor’ ProMax 440 BJJ GI Gloves MMA legend Fedor Emelianenko is coming out of retirement Which is More Dangerous – MMA or Football? UFC on ESPN: Covington vs. Lawler fight cardlast_img read more

Heres What It Costs to Buy in Roslindale

first_imgHere’s What It Costs to Buy in Roslindale Where beautiful (and moderately affordable) condos and single-family homes abound. Sign up for Home & Property newsletters. Design, real estate, and pretty things for living.* Sign up for our weekly home and property newsletter, featuring homes for sale, neighborhood happenings, and more. 5/19/2017, 12:19 p.m. 000center_img By Madeline Bilis· Print Photo by Andrew Watson on Flickr/Creative CommonsPut simply, Roslindale is a gold mine of beautiful homes. Impressive (and moderately affordable) condos and single-family houses abound in the neighborhood—that is, until they’re snapped up in the blink of an eye.It’s no surprise houses in Rozzie are popular. On average, they command just $367 per square foot, which is considerably cheaper than Allston, Brighton, South Boston, and even East Boston. Thanks to a new report from real estate analytics firm NeighborhoodX, we can take a look at Roslindale’s price breakdown in detail.While the average asking price hovers between $300 and $400 per square foot, individual properties in Roslindale range from $233 to $590 per square foot. The home with the least expensive price per square foot is a condo in a jaw-dropping antique building. The most expensive listing is a smaller two-bedroom condo near the Commuter Rail.“For context, Roslindale is priced comparably to Dorchester,” explains Constantine Valhouli, cofounder of NeighborhoodX.Dorchester averages at $335 per square foot, and much like Rozzie, tops out at $595 per square foot. Roslindale, however, is still more expensive than Roxbury, Hyde Park, and Mattapan.Want to see how home prices line up across the neighborhood? See the chart below.last_img read more

President Donald Trump Called New Hampshire a DrugInfested Den

first_img 000 President Donald Trump Called New Hampshire a “Drug-Infested Den” The Washington Post obtained details about President Trump’s early conversations with the leaders of Mexico and Australia. Print Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.* 8/3/2017, 10:20 a.m. center_img Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! By Lisa Weidenfeld· Photo via APNew details have emerged about President Donald Trump’s early conversations with foreign leaders. The Washington Post obtained transcripts of Trump’s January conversations with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, as well as Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, both of which revealed some contentious exchanges about his planned border wall and refugees.Of particular interest to New Englanders, however, is the moment where he’s discussing the flow of illegal drugs into the United States. After telling Nieto, “We have a massive drug problem where kids are becoming addicted to drugs because the drugs are being sold for less money than candy,” he went on to pinpoint a particular location that he thought was struggling.“I won New Hampshire because New Hampshire is a drug-infested den,” he explained. (While he won the primary in New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton won the state, and the rest of New England, in the presidential election.) As president, his actions on the opioid epidemic have so far included considering cutting 95 percent of funding for the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Additionally, a budget blueprint released back in March suggested he was interested in heavy budget cuts to the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Health and Human Services. A White House commission working to fight opioid abuse that Governor Charlie Baker is a member of recently urged the president to declare a national emergency about the issue, but he has not done so yet.But New Hampshire wasn’t the only New England state to come up in his chats with foreign leaders. His conversation with Turnbull turned to a discussion of refugees that President Obama had promised to accept from Australia. While previous reports had suggested the phone call ended acrimoniously, with Trump arguing that the United States should not have to accept the refugees, the new report offers a clearer picture of how the conversation went down, and provides context for the earlier reports that he compared the refugees to the Tsarnaev brothers. The president argued against accepting the refugees, saying, “I guarantee you they are bad. That is why they are in prison right now. They are not going to be wonderful people who go on to work for the local milk people,” apparently a reference to dairy farms the refugees could work for.Turnbull countered that the U.S. had already agreed to accept the refugees, using terms undoubtedly familiar to the businessman: “There is nothing more important in business or politics than a deal is a deal.”Trump’s response? He claimed the refugees could “become the Boston bomber in five years.”The refugees, according to Turnbull, “were economic refugees who had not been accused of crimes.”The issue seems to have been a real sticking point for the new president, who told Turnbull “this is going to kill me” and “I am the world’s greatest person that does not want to let people into the country. And now I am agreeing to take 2,000 people.” The two countries continue to negotiate the specifics of resettling the refugees, though the general outlines suggest the United States will follow through on its end of the deal.last_img read more

Five Open Houses in the South End to See This Weekend

first_img 3/8/2018, 11:11 a.m. Photo via Redfin1. A Stunning Bi-Level Unit141 Worcester Street #1, South EndPrice: $1,499,900Size: 1,384 square feetBedrooms: 2Baths: 2.5Open houses: Saturday, March 10, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.,Sunday, March 11, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.Photo via William Raveis R.E. & Home Services2. A Posh Little One-Bedroom32 E Springfield Street #2, South EndPrice: $615,000Size: 630 square feetBedrooms: 1Baths: 1Open houses: Saturday, March 10, 11 a.m-1 p.m.,Sunday, March 11, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.Photo via Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty3. A Stately Residence Near the Pru243 W Newton Street #1, South EndPrice: $1,485,000Size: 1,435 square feetBedrooms: 2Baths: 1.5Open house: Sunday, March 11, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.Photo via Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage4. A Condo on the South End/Back Bay Line18 Wellington Street #1, South EndPrice: $979,000Size: 1,075 square feetBedrooms: 2Baths: 1.5Open house: Sunday, March 11, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.Photo via Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty5. An Exceedingly Elegant Single-Family120 W Newton Street, South EndPrice: $3,539,000Size: 3,010 square feetBedrooms: 3Baths: 2.5Open houses: Saturday, March 10, 12-2 p.m.,Sunday, March 11, 12-2 p.m.The Boston Home team has curated a list of the best home design and home remodeling professionals in Boston, including architects, builders, kitchen and bath experts, lighting designers, and more. Get the help you need with FindIt/Boston’s guide to home renovation pros. Sign up for Home & Property newsletters. Design, real estate, and pretty things for living.* 66370 Sign up for our weekly home and property newsletter, featuring homes for sale, neighborhood happenings, and more. center_img Print Five Open Houses in the South End to See This Weekend Including a posh little one-bedroom and an elegant single-family home. By Madeline Bilis· last_img read more

Five Capes in and Around the City to Tour This Weekend

first_img 404 Photo via Weichert REALTORS®5. A Spacious Single-Family111 Running Brook Road, West RoxburyPrice: $549,900Size: 1,637 square feetBedrooms: 3Baths: 3Open houses: Saturday, August 11, 12-2 p.m.,Sunday, August 12, 12-2 p.m.The Boston Home team has curated a list of the best home design and home remodeling professionals in Boston, including architects, builders, kitchen and bath experts, lighting designers, and more. Get the help you need with FindIt/Boston’s guide to home renovation pros. Sign up for our weekly home and property newsletter, featuring homes for sale, neighborhood happenings, and more. For Sale/Rent Five Capes in and Around the City to Tour This Weekend These single-family open houses hover in the $500,000 range. Sign up for Home & Property newsletters. Design, real estate, and pretty things for living.* Photo via Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage1. A Charming Three-Bedroom587 Poplar Street, RoslindalePrice: $460,000Size: 1,289 square feetBedrooms: 3Baths: 1Open houses: Saturday, August 11, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.,Sunday, August 12, 12-2:30 p.m.Photo via William Raveis R.E. & Home Services2. A Freshly Painted Abode59 George Road, QuincyPrice: $499,900Size: 1,308 square feetBedrooms: 3Baths: 1.5Open houses: Saturday, August 11, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.,Sunday, August 12, 12-1:30 p.m.Photo via Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage3. A Retro Residence Near the Gore Estate75 Edward Road, WatertownPrice: $679,900Size: 1,456 square feetBedrooms: 3Baths: 2Open houses: Saturday, August 11, 12-1:30 p.m.,Sunday, August 12, 12-1:30 p.m.Photo via Weichert REALTORS®4. A New Construction Garden Duplex403 Metropolitan Avenue, RoslindalePrice: $480,000Size: 1,275 square feetBedrooms: 3Baths: 2Open houses: Saturday, August 11, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.,Sunday, August 12, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. By Madeline Bilis· Print 8/9/2018, 10:49 a.m. last_img read more

US Open 2019 Branden Grace plays impressive shot from hospitality tent

first_imgThough players are entitled to free relief from grandstands and hospitality areas, sometimes, it’s preferable to hit from the premium tight lie of a hospitality floor. At least that’s what Branden Grace would like you to believe.On the 493-yard par-4 10th at the 2019 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, Grace ripped his first drive of the day more than 293 yards — straight into the hospitality tent on the left side of the hole. It’s a pretty poor miss when you consider the layout of the hole.See just how far left Grace’s drive traveled?Incredibly, he decided to play the ball where it ended up, which was right on top of the stairway that leads to the fans’ viewing area.Approach shot from the hospitality area! #USOpen pic.twitter.com/owymU5JMOO— U.S. Open (USGA) (@usopengolf) June 13, 2019last_img read more

Jon Rahm roasted by pros fans for preposterous Wimbledon look

first_imgJon Rahm won the Irish Open on Sunday evening with a scorching final-round 62. As a follow-up act, he wore a preposterous outfit to Wimbledon on Wednesday. It’s hard to say which move garnered him more attention.The cameras cut to Rahm during Wednesday’s Center Court session, and screenshots soon followed. He was there to watch Roger Federer take on Kei Nishikori. Federer won. Rahm lost. Thomas Pieters was first to the bloodbath, firing off a tweet skewering the 24-year-old’s look. “Im on the floor,” he wrote.@PepperellEddie take it from here boss. Im on the Floor 😂 @CHANEL @HUGOBOSS @gucci @Hermes_Paris please help pic.twitter.com/104szOb5cV— Thomas Pieters (@Thomas_Pieters) July 10, 2019It’s worth breaking down what, exactly makes this Rahm look so absurd. Three factors in particular stand out:1. The shirt. Maybe Rahm was standing in solidarity with the U.S. Women’s National Team as they paraded the streets of New York. Otherwise, it’s hard to justify this star-spangled Mickey-Mouse-from-Fantasia inspired print, which clashes particularly with his bright blue patterned tie. Not good!2. The shades. Again, on their own, these bad boys are not necessarily offensive. But paired with the jacket, shirt, look, vibe — you need to own these if you’re going to pull them off. Rahm is not owning these. Ryder Cup teammates Justin Rose, Paul Casey and Ian Poulter have always dabbled in questionable eyewear, so this may be a good thing, long-term. But in the moment? A little tough.3. The look. Jon, you’re at Wimbledon here, mate. You could at least pretend to be enjoying yourself, no? Instead he looks lost in deep, dark thought. Perhaps considering why he was left out of Justin Rose’s photo from the Royal Box a day beforehand, with a crew that included European Ryder Cuppers Danny Willett, Lee Westwood, Tommy Fleetwood, Thorbjorn Oleson, Thomas Bjorn and Sergio Garcia. Perhaps regretting not going bolder with his jacket, maybe a bright white or blue blazer to fully commit to the absurdity of the All-England Club. With all that said, I’m glad nobody hard-cuts to me during random moments of sporting events; it’s unlikely to be a flattering look.Great day at Wimbledon in The Royal Box with these beautiful people! Shook hands 🤝 Fed and Nadal yesterday. Let’s hope the magic rubs off on me for next week! pic.twitter.com/jd0Zq5RUbd— Justin ROSE (@JustinRose99) July 9, 2019last_img read more

A disabled MP has spoken of her pride at being abl

first_imgA disabled MP has spoken of her pride at being able to speak openly about being dyspraxic, after having to hide her diagnosis from employers for years before she entered parliament.Emma Lewell-Buck (pictured) was previously a social worker but was “acutely aware that if there were any job cuts that would come around, it would be used against me and I would be the first one in the dole queue”.She said sheused to take work home with her at weekends, work late into the evening andstart early in the morning because, like many other disabled people, she feltshe had to “go the extra mile” and “work that little bit harder to proveyourself or keep up”.She wasspeaking at the launch event of Neurodivergent Labour (see separate story), a political campaign group that will fight forthe rights of people with neurological differences such as autism, dyslexia,dyspraxia and dyscalculia, both within the party and in wider society.Lewell-Buck,the shadow minister for children and families – who later confirmed toDisability News Service that she is happy to be described as a disabled MP –said that being dyspraxic affected her every day in her work.She said:“Every single thing I do I need to prep for meticulously, down to the tiniestdetail. “But I’m oneof the lucky ones because I am in a job where I can openly speak about mydisability and I can use my profile to raise awareness.”The MP forSouth Shields said she was only diagnosed at the age of 27, after beingassessed by an educational psychologist on the advice of a lecturer while shewas studying for a masters degree.She said:“My whole life clicked into place. I suddenly realised why, when I was growingup, I always felt different to other kids and always used to isolate myself. “I realisedwhy I put my shoes on the wrong feet, why I couldn’t tie my laces properly,button my coat up, why I was always spilling my drinks and why the whole familyalways referred to me as ‘our clumsy Emma’. “I wasalways so frustrated that things that used to come so easily to other kids wereso, so hard for me.”This caused“tremendous low self-esteem and self-confidence” as a child, she said.But she saidshe now saw her dyspraxia as an advantage.She said: “Ijust see it as I’m a little bit different to some of those around me. I’veembraced it. “It doesn’tdefine me, it’s just part of me. I’ve been forced to adapt and face thosechallenges, and come up with solutions, and I certainly don’t feeldisadvantaged.”She thankedthose neurodivergent party members who had developed the idea of the neworganisation, as well as shadow chancellor John McDonnell, who has supportedthe idea over the last three years and spoke at Saturday’s launch event.She said:“It is thanks to you that people like me have the confidence to talk about andembrace who we are and thanks to all of you that the fabulously neurodivergentpeople have been given this platform to help us on the way to that much-neededsocietal and cultural shift.”Lewell-Bucksaid that she, McDonnell and other Labour colleagues were “determined to changethe culture of our society and how neurodivergent people and people withdisabilities are treated. “Ourapproach is a clear move away from the dehumanising and debilitating hostileenvironment we have seen under the Tories to one where people will be treatedwith dignity and respect.”She said itwas “the neurodivergent people in this world who have always been the bigthinkers, and creators and innovators. “We are theones who always have the ability to think outside the box and come up withsolutions to some of the world’s greatest problems.”Among thedecisions agreed by the launch event was to endorse a draft Labour autism andneurodiversity manifesto that neurodivergent party members have spent threeyears developing.Included inthe manifesto are calls for neurodiversity training for all teachers andteaching assistants as part of their “core training”, support forneurodivergent students, smaller class sizes, and neurodiversity to be includedin the school curriculum.Lewell-Buck,who is leading on Labour’s special educational needs and disabilities (SEND)reforms, said the proposals in the draft manifesto were “an exact fit to thosethat I have been arguing for behind the scenes in my team meetings”, becauseshe was committed to making SEND “an embedded and intrinsic part of our overalleducation system”.She saidthat a good education “can make the difference between where you begin in lifeand where you end up. “I am livingproof of that: a dyspraxic, dyslexic, shy working-class girl, growing up on theestate where I did, and never destined to be a member of parliament. “So goodeducation can absolutely make the impossible happen. I am proud to be a LabourMP and I am very proud to be dyspraxic.”She added: “You have all stopped me feeling different and I have found my home and for that alone you are always going to have my help and support, and I look forward to working with you all.”A note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

Multikulti on Valencia Street to Close After 16 Years

first_img 0% Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% The rest of the store’s items are full price, though they were vanishing on Wednesday as customer after customer came in to say goodbye.“What! What! It’s for real?” said one woman, her arms outstretched.“I know, I know,” Darwish said. “It’s been a long time here.”The shop is one of a few weird spots left on Valencia Street, customers said.“It’s just not your typical Valencia Street shop,” said Julie Mahony, who was buying a pair of pig-patterned socks and a lunchbox made to look like a first-aid kit. Mahony, who has been coming to the shop for 15 years, said it did not sell “overpriced furniture” and was not filled with “reclaimed wood” like other outlets on the street. She would shop here for costume parts or other knickknacks, and lamented the loss.“I will always think of you when I wear these socks,” she said as she left.Some of the dozens of designs at Multikulti. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.Randy Jimenez, the manager of the clothing and accessories store Therapy two doors down, said he used to go to the shop often in his drag queen days to buy quality makeup instead of going to expensive stores downtown. He said Multikulti and Therapy were among the “last few” quirky shops on the corridor.“He kind of held that eccentric Valencia Street feel — and it’s gone,” he said. “It’s a sign of the times.”Darwish would change the shop often. When he first opened before 2000, it had some musical instruments and dancing accessories, he said, and the jewelry that still sits in display cases. Based on customer feedback, he began adding items, particularly geared towards the festival-going crowd. “Some people like stuff for Burning Man, some stuff for going to festivals — so I changed the merchandise,” he said. “It was fun.”Darwish said the landlord was selling the building and that his long-term future at the spot would have been uncertain. The shop’s last day will be December 31, and his own plans for the future, it seems, are unclear as well. As one customer said, the only certainty on Valencia Street is change.“That’s the thing with Valencia Street,” said Atoya Gibson, who has been coming to the shop for 10 years and lives around the corner. “Every other month things are changing. Nothing lasts.” center_img The clothing and accessories shop Multikulti, which has been on Valencia Street for the past 16 years, is shutting its doors in a month and a half, its owner said, because of a rent spike.“The rent is gonna increase,” said Reda Darwish, adding that he was presented with a three-year lease option that would have cost him $5,000 a month – too much for the costume shop to afford. Even with that guarantee, the rent would likely have gone up more after that, he said. “I know after these three years it’s gonna jump to double.”Multikulti, located at 539 Valencia St. near 16th Street, is filled with items for festival-goers, Burners, or quirky clothing aficionados. Groucho Marx noses, masquerade masks, and other costume parts are half off before the closure, and the mannequins themselves were on sale – $5 for a plastic leg, $3 for a torso.last_img read more

Popsicles at the park Not without proper documentation says SF park ranger

first_imgA neighborhood ice cream vendor dodged a $192 fine this week with the help of Mission residents.  The citation was reduced to a warning shortly after neighborhood activists angrily took to social media, saying that the citation was unfair — that In Chan Kaajal Park at 17th and Folsom was built for the community, and the vendor was doing no harm. “We fought for eight years to get this park built for the people of this neighborhood. Now that it’s here [Rec and Park] has nothing better to do than stand around harassing and ticketing the ice cream man,” Nancy Pili, an educator at the Good Samaritan Family Resource Center, tweeted. Pili witnessed the ranger giving the paletero a ticket. She said she asked the ranger what the peddler was being cited for, and he replied “3.10,” parks code for “vending without a permit.” 0% In an email, Rec and Park spokeswoman Connie Chan said the ranger, Raul Garcia, “had previously warned the vendor, in both English and Spanish, that he was not allowed to sell without proper permits, including a health permit to ensure food safety.”Unpermitted popsicle (and other treat) sales are common in the city’s parks, including at Dolores Park, which accounted for 38 percent of vending citations citywide last year.Mission Local was unable to contact the paletero. His name was not immediately released by Rec and Park, though we have learned he purportedly goes by “Sanchez.”On Thursday, Rec and Park contacted Pili on Instagram, saying that the vendor’s citation had been “downgraded.” “Through the Department’s citation review process, the Chief Park Ranger downgraded the citation to a warning,” Chan confirmed. In Chan Kaajal Park opened last June, the city’s first new park in a decade. For some 17 years, community members rallied to convert the former parking lot into a green space.“This is a community open space, and it’s inequitable to charge immigrant vendors at our parks,” said Merilyn Duran, a community organizer with PODER, a local environmental justice organization. “It’s part of our community to have people vending on the street,” she said. “I mean, it’s ice cream.” Duran said the incident highlights a double-standard in the Mission’s parks. She said she very frequently sees people letting their dogs run off-leash in parks. That’s the same level of offense under the park code, which says dogs cannot be off their leashes in public.  “We’re not saying we hate dog owners,” she said. “We’re thinking about the disparities between folks being targeted and fined.” center_img Tags: parks • street vendors Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Distillations Strikes and gutters at Mission Bowling Club

first_imgI believe that. Justine is a woman of compelling contradictions. The first time I met her, she told me this story about herself:Just before she turned 18, Justine’s mother decided it was a scandal that her wild, tomboy daughter had never been confirmed in the church. She demanded that Justine go through the process. Justine, not quite yet independent, had no recourse — and so she went to be confirmed, wearing a tight and revealing red dress. After the service, where the holy words were said over her in a moment every bit as uncomfortable as you can imagine, Justine went home to get ready for a wild night of drinking with friends. But from her window she saw a propane tank explode out on a neighbor’s property, setting up a fire that threatened to engulf the whole area. Justine ran outside and began digging a fire stop, in her red dress, as the flames roared closer. Her efforts might very well have saved her homestead, but when the firefighters pulled her out her dress was melted to her body and they had to rush her to the hospital. When her mother came to visit her in the intensive care unit, all Justine could think to say, drugged and in pain, was: “Momma, tonight God and the Devil were at war for my soul.” There is a city surrounded by Detroit, Justine tells me. It’s a city enveloped by another city, and it once had the most bars, per capita, of any place in America. In the heyday of Detroit’s industrial revolution, it became a settlement for Polish immigrants coming in to work the assembly lines; gradually they converted the warehouses, churches, and markets around them into bars, each one amassing its own lifetime customers.Twenty years ago, Justine’s boyfriend heard about one of these bars — a perfect dive bar — in this city within a city, and the two of them went to see it. There they found what Justine describes as the most perfect jukebox in the world, and they met Eddy, a wrinkled old man who owned this bar and had been tending it most of his life. A painting of his wife, made in the 1950s when she was young and beautiful, hung on the wall beside the top-shelf booze. The woman herself lived above the bar but never came down. And as Eddy told them his story and poured them some scotch & gingers, Justine fell deeply in love with him.She got up, and put quarters in the jukebox, and a moment later, Eddy asked her boyfriend why he wasn’t dancing with her. The boyfriend said that wasn’t something he did. So Eddy walked around the bar and asked Justine if he could have a dance. Idon’t know who won. I don’t care. All I know is that I don’t want to go back to bowling alleys and mini-golf. I don’t see the point of adding better beer and craft cocktails to experiences that were never good enough to hold my interest anyway, things that were only a way to kill time with people I never liked quite enough to try and do something really special with. It’s worth exploring new places. That’s a worthy goal. But the truth is: I was in this bar/bowling alley ironically.A server came up to the balcony, where we’d been sitting alone all this time, to tell us that the place is closing down — at 8:30 — and we’d need to settle up. Justine looked at me inquisitively, wondering what we were going to do next. Maybe something more adventurous? That’s more like it. Just a few blocks up and over, there is another converted warehouse that now serves as a bar and mini-golf course. I know that some people go there because they sincerely like mini-golf, and some people go there for the unexpected novelty of playing mini-golf inside a San Francisco craft beer bar — but I have no idea what the ratio is. If this trend keeps up, however, we’ll soon have a whole district dedicated to drinking mediocre cocktails made of high-end booze while we play the favorite games of the places we deliberately ran away from. Was bowling and mini-golf always that much fun? Or does this represent a fundamental failure of a rich and tech-savvy metropolis to actually invent something better to do?Justine knows bowling, and enjoys it. “Growing up in the blue-collar Midwest? Oh yeah, guys joined leagues, my childhood was filled with it,” she said. “It was there, it was a thing to do.”But like me, she admits, she’s not very good at bowling. We both agreed that pool is the game we always wanted to be good at. “It takes me a while to get back into it,” she told me. “My first three games are terrible, then I suddenly get good, and everybody assumes I’ve been pulling a fast one on them this whole time.” That got her boyfriend up on his feet — not to dance with her, but to tell Eddy that this wasn’t okay, and he couldn’t do that.Eddy took the “no,” and went back to slinging beers. A year later, his bar was incredibly popular, in part from all the cool kids Justine’s boyfriend had brought. A few years after that, Eddy died and the bar fell apart, and now it’s gone. Tonight we were in San Francisco, sipping craft drinks at Mission Bowling Club on an upstairs balcony overlooking six regulation-sized bowling lanes within a converted warehouse. People who look an awful lot like hipsters are playing frames. I don’t know what Justine thinks of all this, although we both think it’s a fascinating view to drink by. But I can’t help wondering: Are these people bowling ironically? If they were, how could I tell?“Is it all in the wrist?” I asked out loud.“What?” Justine said.“Nothing.” I waved it away. Subscribe to Mission Local’s daily newsletter Email Addresslast_img read more

SAINTS had their World Club Challenge hopes dashed

first_imgSAINTS had their World Club Challenge hopes dashed by a ruthless first half South Sydney Rabbitohs performance.In front of a packed Langtree Park, four tries gave the visitors a 24-0 half time lead before they made the game safe in the second half.Keiron Cunningham’s men worked hard and put their bodies on the line but Souths were simply too strong in all facets of the game to secure their first world title.Saints’ supremo put faith in the same side that won at Salford last week with both Luke Thompson and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook on the bench.Souths looked formidable on paper – and got off to the best possible start when Glenn Stewart dove onto a kick through after just three minutes.Saints forced a drop out from the restart, but another penalty – somewhat harshly given for ball stealing – gave Souths a shot in front of goal.Reynolds making no mistake for 8-0.Saints almost hit back moments later; the ball swept right for Mark Percival to slide over from close range – but the video ref ruled he didn’t ground the ball.Saints defended more pressure and more sets but conceded again on the 20 minute mark.The ball was shifted right at pace, Joel Reddy made the break, cut back inside and Dylan Walker side stepped his way to the line.And moments later Greg Inglis ghosted through the defence after an error.Saints forced a dropout from the restart – lifting the crowd – and then a penalty and another drop out got them repeat sets.Souths were more than to the challenge though and turned defence into attack.With ten minutes remaining they drove down the field and a cross field kick took the most unluckiest of bounces if you are a Saints’ fan – straight into the welcoming arms of Joel Reddy.Mark Percival had another one chalked off right at the end the first half and Adam Swift was unlucky as he chased Wilkin’s kick in the final ten seconds.Saints began the first half with two strong clearing kicks but it was a kick from the Bunnies that led to their fifth try of the night.Luke Keary mopping up after a towering bomb.On 52 minutes Saints peppered the Souths’ line and went close through Wilkin and then Tommy Makinson who was bundled into touch.Seven minutes later Chris McQueen finished off another fine move to increase the advantage.Saints had their chances in the final 20 minutes – Swift combining with Lomax for one – but the South were simply too dominant and defence.Joel Reddy added his second try and Reynolds notched over a one pointer in the final stages to underline Souths’ world crown.Match Summary:Saints:Tries:Goals:Rabbitohs:Tries: Stewart, Walker, Inglis, Reddy (2), Keary, McQueenGoals: Reynolds (5 from 7), Luke (0 from 1)Drop: ReynoldsPenalties:Saints: 5Souths: 7HT: 0-24FT: 0-39 Ref: Richard SilverwoodAtt: 17,980Saints:1. Jonny Lomax; 2. Tommy Makinson, 17. Mark Percival, 3. Jordan Turner, 5. Adam Swift; 6. Travis Burns, 12. Jon Wilkin; 10. Kyle Amor, 9. James Roby, 8. Mose Masoe, 21. Joe Greenwood, 11. Atelea Vea, 15. Mark Flanagan.Subs: 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Alex Walmsley, 18. Luke Thompson, 25. Andre Savelio.Souths:1. Greg Inglis; 2. Alex Johnston, 3. Dylan Walker, 4. Bryson Goodwin, 5. Joel Reddy; 6. Luke Keary, 7. Adam Reynolds; 8. George Burgess, 9. Issac Luke, 10. David Tyrrell, 11. Glenn Stewart, 12. John Sutton, 15. Ben Lowe.Subs: 13. Jason Clark, 16. Chris McQueen, 17. Thomas Burgess, 20. Chris Grevsmuhl.last_img read more

Boil water advisory for parts of Whiteville

first_imgWHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — A boil water advisory is in effect for some residents in Whiteville.City of Whiteville Safety and Risk Management Officer Hal Lowder, Jr. said the boil water advisory is for water customers impacted by the water outage in the areas of North Lee Street.last_img

Johnson garden featured on Azalea Garden Tour

first_img Searching for unique touches is a passion and her garden reflects many of her unique finds.Johnson’s dogs are another passion and her backyard is designed with them in mind.All plants that could be trampled by exuberant pets are elevated in pots and troughs for protection and easy maintenance.Related Article: 2019 Azalea Festival Home Tour: Sullivan HomeThis is the garden’s first time being on the Garden Tour.“My garden is different than a lot of others, I think, in that I haven’t been nurturing mine for a long time,” Johnson said. “Mine has been much more of a rehab, restore situation before and after which I think people will find interesting.”The garden also offers eclectic seating around a fire pit.The Cape Fear Garden Club’s Azalea Garden Tour runs Friday through Sunday. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Azaleas come in many different colors.Color is very important to the owner of this garden, Susan Johnson, and she uses it abundantly on her front door and in the vibrant pots placed on her front steps.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Salvation Army begins Angel Tree and Red Kettle initiatives

first_imgMajor Mark Craddock introduces the Angel Tree program at Independence Mall (Photo: Justin McKee/WWAY) Wilmington, NC – The Salvation Army of Cape Fear, serving New Hanover, Bladen, Pender, Columbus, and Brunswick counties, is pleased to announce that 3,000 children will be helped this year in the annual Salvation Army Angel Tree program which, with generous help from the community, gives children in need the Christmas of their dreams.To start the new Angel Tree Season, The Salvation Army will host an Angel Tree Kickoff on Friday, November 16, 2018, at 12:00 Noon inside the Independence Mall (San Felipe Entrance). The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary will host the event and provide volunteers to assist Angel Adopters.- Advertisement – The Community Brass Band will provide Christmas music. The Salvation Army is pleased to share that Harris Teeter serves as the main sponsor of The Salvation Army Angel Tree.Placed within Independence Mall, the Angel Tree will operate from November 10 – December 10, 2018. On the tree are printed angels that have the name, age, and gift suggestions for a child “angel” registered in the program.Each angel is ready for members of the community to “adopt” (purchase gifts) for Christmas. Businesses and community organizations that would like to adopt angels or volunteer for the program can call Dottie Playforth at 910-762-2070 for more information.Related Article: Burgaw Christmas parade cancelled due to inclement weatherWhen ready to return Angel gifts to The Salvation Army, Angel Adopters may return their unwrapped, new gifts to the following locations:The Angel Tree in Independence Mall, Wilmington.The Salvation Army Family Store at 1411 Floral Parkway, WilmingtonThe Salvation Army Family Store at 820 N Second St., WilmingtonThe Salvation Army Family Store at 4566 Long Beach Road, SouthportThe Salvation Army is also kicking off its annual Red Kettle Campaign, with a goal of raising $325,000. The money raised in the Red Kettles helps with The Salvation Army’s social service programs. In 2018, The Salvation Army of Wilmington, NC has served more than 4,000 people through its social service programs that provide food, clothing, and emergency financial assistance to those in need.Over 1,000 additional people received service through The Salvation Army Red Shield Center of Hope.Community members who would like to volunteer to ring the bells can call Angela Fox at 910-762-2070.“The Salvation Army is grateful for the community and community partners. Because of their generosity, we can serve residents in need at Christmas and throughout the year with our social service programs,” said Major Mark Craddock , Corps Officer of The Salvation Army Wilmington, NC Corps.last_img read more

Google Finds Search Hijacking Virus on 1 Million Computers

first_imgAdvertisement Google users will now be greeted with a yellow warning at the top of their search results if they are affected, according to the security blog KrebsonSecurity.Damian Menscher, a Google security engineer, said the malware appeared to find its way onto computers via fake anti-virus software, also known as scareware. Unsuspecting victims download the software, which then uses a vulnerability in Windows takes control of web searches.When a search is entered, instead of going straight to Google it is first sent to servers controlled by the cyber criminals, which modify and redirect the traffic. – Advertisement – The ruse was discovered when engineers temporarily shut down one of Google’s data centres for maintenance. Normal search traffic was diverted to another of the firm’s sites, but Mr Menscher noticed more than a million computers were still trying to contact the dormant data centre.Further investigations uncovered the unique traffic signature generated by the malware, which Google will now detect and encourage victims to remove from their computer.The intiative is another sign that internet firms are becoming more aggressive in their response to cyber crime. Microsoft recently shut down the world biggest source of spam through the courts, and Virgin Media and TalkTalk have implemented systems, to warn broadband subscribers if their computer is infected or visiting a dangerous website respectivelySource: Telegraph Newslast_img read more

Huawei working on new entry level mobile phones for Africa

first_imgAdvertisement Following recent media reports that Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei Technologies has decided to put off its entry level smartphone segment, the company has reiterated that the market segment will always be an important part of its business strategy.Reports had suggested that the company will now focus on the middle-to-high-end space.But Yudi Rambaran, the product marketing director for Huawei South Africa, explained that whilst the Company is primarily focused on the mid-to-high-end space, it would continue to service the entry level segment. – Advertisement – “Our focus is indeed on the mid-tier and high end segments. However, for Africa and including South Africa, we will continue to bring some entry level devices to the market based on our market share ambitions and consumer requirements. In addition, we will continue to evaluate our key focus areas and adjust according to market conditions as well as our strategies.”Huawei’s IDEOS Android smartphone range, launched to the Kenyan and Ugandan market four years ago, strengthened the Company’s entry level smartphone portfolio in Africa. In May 2011 Huawei’s leadership lauded the phone’s performance, claiming at time the IDEOS was the “top selling device”.Rambaran told ITWeb Africa that the company has maintained the Ascend Y220 android smartphone within the operator channels and will be going into retail at a R599 price point, the Company’s most affordable smartphone offering.“Based on smartphone sales we’ve had a few of number one smartphone market share months in 2014, specifically around the Y220 and Y22000 models… so from that perspective, we know there is a demand for entry level models,” he said.Huawei has now brought to market the higher spec Y221 model, which is pitched at a slightly higher margin within the R800-to-R850 price range. However, the company is confident that operators will support the offering, subsidise the solution and help bring the price down closer to the entry price point.Referring to media reports that the company is distancing itself from the entry level mobile phone segment, Rambaran explained that this notion was more from a global view and Western ideal perspective.“… the majority of the entry level smartphones do not sell within the Western markets,” said Rambaran. The truth is that it is standard practice within the mobile space to focus on the mid-to-high tier segment because that is where the margins are, he explained. “This is where Huawei’s marketing efforts will be concentrated on.”At the same time the Company has recognised the strong consumer demand for a recognised brand, entry proposition across South Africa and Africa. To this end Rambaran also confirmed that the Company will be releasing three new entry-level products/ models in 2015.Huawei’s strategy has always centred on the desire to establish itself as a recognised brand in its own right. The intention is to build on the progress it believes it has made in this regard, to leverage off its evolution from ODM to OEM, and to grow the mid-to-high end segment within Africa, a market the Company describes as “aspirational and key to its growth strategy.”In November 2014 the company shipped more than three million smartphones in Eastern and Southern Africa.Larking Huang, general manager at Huawei Consumer South Africa has described 2014 as good for the company’s consumer device business.He added that in South Africa alone the company has shipped more than a million units, making Huawei the number 2 smartphone provider in the Middle East and Africa region.Credit: IT Web Africalast_img read more

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Synthetic enzymes could help ID proteins

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: Jade BoydPHONE: 713-348-6778E-MAIL: jadeboyd@rice.eduSynthetic enzymes could help ID proteins‘Smart’ catalysts programmed to recognize specific molecular shapeUsing a rare metal that’s not utilized by nature, Rice University chemists have created a synthetic enzyme that could help unlock the identities of thousands of difficult-to-study proteins, including many that play key roles in cancer and other diseases.The research was published online this week in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.“We have combined the chemical capabilities of rhodium with what biology already knows about recognizing and selecting specific proteins,” said study co-author Zachary Ball, assistant professor of chemistry at Rice. “The result is a tool that, in many ways, is more powerful than any biological or chemical approach alone.”Ball began studying dirhodium catalysts more than three years ago. He did not start out trying to create enzymes with them, but he was intrigued by a study that showed dirhodium catalysts could be used to modify tryptophan, one of the 21 amino acids that are the basic building blocks of life.Catalysts enhance chemical reactions by increasing the rate of reaction without being consumed themselves. In living things, proteins called enzymes serve the same purpose. But unlike many inorganic catalysts, enzymes are very selective. In a process that biologists often liken to a “lock and key,” enzymes associate only with molecules that match their shape exactly. This prevents them from spurring extraneous reactions throughout the cell.Ball and postdoctoral research associate Brian Popp wondered if they could marry the selectivity of enzymatic reactions with a rhodium-based catalyst. They tested the idea by attaching their catalyst to a short segment of protein that can wrap with other proteins, like strands of rope fiber. This “coiled coil” wrapping motif is common in biology, particularly in signaling proteins. Signaling proteins are those that activate or deactivate key processes like apoptosis, the “programmed death” response that’s known to play a key role in cancer.“Signaling pathways are like a trail of dominoes,” Ball said. “Dozens of proteins can be involved, and they interact one after the other in a cascade. In most cases, the interactions are both fleeting and weak. They are difficult to observe with traditional methods, and as a result we are still in the dark about the roles that key signaling proteins play in health and disease.” Ball said his and Popp’s synthetic enzyme strategy might help solve that problem. In their tests, the chemists were able to develop synthetic enzymes that could selectively bind with proteins and attach tags that would allow biologists to identify them.In addition to tryptophan, the method worked with phenylalanine and tyrosine, two amino acids commonly found in signaling proteins. And recent unpublished studies indicate the researchers’ strategy might work for even more amino acids.Ball said the process must be refined before it can be used in the majority of biology labs, but he and Popp are already working toward realizing broad applications of the strategy.The research was funded by the Welch Foundation and Rice University.last_img read more

Better batteries from the bottom up

first_imgAddThis ShareCONTACT: Mike WilliamsPHONE: 713-348-6728EMAIL: mikewilliams@rice.eduBetter batteries from the bottom upRice University researchers build microbatteries with nanowire heartsRice University researchers have moved a step closer to creating robust, three-dimensional microbatteries that would charge faster and hold other advantages over conventional lithium-ion batteries. They could power new generations of remote sensors, display screens, smart cards, flexible electronics and biomedical devices.The batteries employ vertical arrays of nickel-tin nanowires perfectly encased in PMMA, a widely used polymer best known as Plexiglas. The Rice laboratory of Pulickel Ajayan found a way to reliably coat single nanowires with a smooth layer of a PMMA-based gel electrolyte that insulates the wires from the counter electrode while allowing ions to pass through. The work was reported this week in the online edition of the journal Nano Letters.“In a battery, you have two electrodes separated by a thick barrier,” said Ajayan, professor in mechanical engineering and materials science and of chemistry. “The challenge is to bring everything into close proximity so this electrochemistry becomes much more efficient.”Ajayan and his team feel they’ve done that by growing forests of coated nanowires — millions of them on a fingernail-sized chip — for scalable microdevices with greater surface area than conventional thin-film batteries. “You can’t simply scale the thickness of a thin-film battery, because the lithium ion kinetics would become sluggish,” Ajayan said.“We wanted to figure out how the proposed 3-D designs of batteries can be built from the nanoscale up,” said Sanketh Gowda, a graduate student in Ajayan’s lab. “By increasing the height of the nanowires, we can increase the amount of energy stored while keeping the lithium ion diffusion distance constant.”The researchers, led by Gowda and postdoctoral researcher Arava Leela Mohana Reddy, worked for more than a year to refine the process.“To be fair, the 3-D concept has been around for a while,” Reddy said. “The breakthrough here is the ability to put a conformal coat of PMMA on a nanowire over long distances. Even a small break in the coating would destroy it.” He said the same approach is being tested on nanowire systems with higher capacities.The process builds upon the lab’s previous research to build coaxial nanowire cables that was reported in Nano Letters last year. In the new work, the researchers grew 10-micron-long nanowires via electrodeposition in the pores of an anodized alumina template. They then widened the pores with a simple chemical etching technique and drop-coated PMMA onto the array to give the nanowires an even casing from top to bottom. A chemical wash removed the template.They have built one-centimeter square microbatteries that hold more energy and that charge faster than planar batteries of the same electrode length. “By going to 3-D, we’re able to deliver more energy in the same footprint,” Gowda said.They feel the PMMA coating will increase the number of times a battery can be charged by stabilizing conditions between the nanowires and liquid electrolyte, which tend to break down over time.The team is also studying how cycling affects nanowires that, like silicon electrodes, expand and contract as lithium ions come and go. Electron microscope images of nanowires taken after many charge/discharge cycles showed no breaks in the PMMA casing — not even pinholes. This led the researchers to believe the coating withstands the volume expansion in the electrode, which could increase the batteries’ lifespans.Co-authors are Rice graduate student Xiaobo Zhan; former Rice postdoctoral researcher Manikoth Shaijumon, now an assistant professor at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Thiruvananthapuram, India; and former Rice research scientist Lijie Ci, now a senior research and development manager at Samsung Cheil Industries.The Hartley Family Foundation and Rice University funded the research.last_img read more

Undocumented immigrants report stress psychological and physical loss

first_imgFacebookTwitterPrintEmailAddThis ShareRice UniversityOffice of Public Affairs / News & Media RelationsDavid Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduAmy McCaig713-348-6777amym@rice.edu Undocumented immigrants report stress, psychological and physical lossRice study examines impact on undocumented Mexicans living in USHOUSTON – (Feb. 4, 2019) – Many undocumented Mexican immigrants suffer psychological and physical losses related to their migration to the U.S., according to a new study from researchers at Rice University.Luz GarciniThe study, “High Price Paid: Loss and Distress Among Undocumented Mexican Immigrants,” appears in the Journal of Latinx Psychology. It examines migration-related loss and psychological stress among undocumented Mexicans living in the U.S. The lead author hopes the research will highlight the mental health concerns and the challenges faced by this vulnerable population.“Learning about and quantifying the impact of migration-related loss on the wellbeing of undocumented immigrants is essential to identify strategies helpful to lessen the negative effects of such losses,” said Luz Garcini, a postdoctoral research fellow in Rice’s Department of Psychological Sciences, a faculty scholar at the Baker Institute for Public Policy and the study’s lead author.Garcini studied the prevalence of different types loss among undocumented Mexican immigrants in high-risk neighborhoods. She and her fellow authors were also interested in identifying the prevalence of clinically significant distress associated with this loss.They organized these losses in five categories: symbolic self, which assesses the loss of traditional cultural beliefs, values and behaviors; interdependence, which assesses the loss of social position and support; home, which assesses the loss of house, land, country and possessions; interpersonal, which assesses the death of or separation from friends or family; and intrapersonal integrity, which assesses the loss of autonomy, well-being and familiar food.The authors found that migration-related loss was extremely high across all categories. Almost all of the immigrants in the study suffered due to the loss of their homes (98 percent), long separation from family members (96 percent) and loss of their symbolic self (95 percent). About 87 percent reported loss of interdependence and about 81 percent reported loss of intrapersonal integrity.These losses were also linked to psychological stress, the study found. Psychological stress was measured using the Brief Symptom Inventory, a 53-item scale that is widely used to determine clinically relevant levels of psychological stress. Immigrants who experienced personal loss, particularly death of family members abroad or physical separation from family, reported the highest levels of psychological stress.Data for the study was collected from November 2014 to January 2015. The average age of participants was 38 years old. Most of them were female, married, had little formal education and lived on a monthly household income of less than $2,000. Most of them had been living in the U.S. for more than 10 years in mixed-status families, where some relatives are undocumented and others are legal residents or U.S. citizens.The study was coauthored by Thania Galvan of the University of Denver, Juan Pena of the University of New Mexico, Elizabeth Klonoff of the University of Central Florida, Deborah Parra-Medina of the University of Texas, and Khadija Ziauddin and Christopher Fagundes of Rice University.The study was funded by the Ford Foundation.-30-For more information or to request a copy of the paper, contact Amy McCaig, senior media relations specialist at Rice, at 713-348-6777 or amym@rice.edu.This news release can be found online at http://news.rice.edu/.Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related materials:Luz Garcini bio: https://www.bakerinstitute.org/experts/luz-maria-garcini/Headshot link: https://news.rice.edu/files/2018/06/Luz-Garcini-21nukhm.jpgPhoto credit: Jeff Fitlow.Photo link: https://news.rice.edu/files/2019/02/pexels-photo-568027-1lwfvkb-pmioae.jpegPhoto credit: 123rf.comLocated on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,962 undergraduates and 3,027 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is just under 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for lots of race/class interaction and No. 2 for quality of life by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/RiceUniversityoverview.If you do not wish to receive news releases from Rice University, reply to this email and write “unsubscribe” in the subject line. Office of News and Media Relations – MS 300, Rice University, 6100 Main St., Houston, TX 77005last_img read more

Shark Tanks Mr Wonderful Talks About MBAs and More – Toronto News

first_img RelatedHow Toronto Schools Can Help You Pay for Your MBAEarning your MBA can be an expensive prospect. In Canada, tuition at the most expensive MBA programs can cost more than $100,000 for full-time and part-time students. This can be difficult for some low-income applicants. So, what are some Toronto schools doing to help offset the cost of tuition, living,…March 7, 2018In “Featured Home”Schulich Professor Honored, and More – Toronto NewsThis week has seen strides for Toronto’s business schools, so lets take a look at some of the highlights. Serving the Public Good – Corporate Knights Ed Waitzer, professor at the Osgoode Hall Law School and York University’s Schulich School of Business in Toronto, is the newest recipient if the Corporate…June 4, 2018In “Featured Home”Views from the 6: Top Employers in TorontoHome to the Maple Leafs, “Licky-Boom-Boom-Now” MC Snow, and those wacky Kids in the Hall, Toronto, Ontario, Canada is a piebald metropolis of 2.6 million with its own unique tempo. Our neighbor to the great white north feels much more like its own sovereign territory—one that not only actively welcomes…May 17, 2016In “Featured Home” regions: Toronto ‘Shark Tank’s’ Mr. Wonderful Talks About MBAs, and More – Toronto News Last Updated Mar 30, 2018 by Jillian MarkowitzFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail center_img About the AuthorJillian MarkowitzView more posts by Jillian Markowitz Take a look at some of the top stories coming out of the Toronto business schools this week.Kevin O’Leary: Here’s How Much an MBA Matters in Business – CNBCKevin O’Leary may be one of the most successful businessmen in Canada now, but when he graduated from the University of Waterloo in 1977, he struggled to even land an entry-level job. After two years of frustration and rejection, O’Leary decided to pursue an MBA at Western University Canada’s Ivey Business School. The business giant, known on ABC’s Shark Tank as “Mr. Wonderful,” sees his decision to enroll at Ivey as a turning point in his life.“The real value of an education is who you meet while you’re getting it,” O’Leary said in an interview with CNBC. “Think about that if you’re in college right now.”“‘The great thing about an MBA is not the technical skills you’ve learned—because frankly, to be honest with you, I forgot all of those—it was the people I met in my class,’ O’Leary explains. ‘Where are they now? Running banks, they’re industrialists, they’re venture capitalists, they’re investors, they’re all around the world,’ he says. ‘I can pick up the phone and say, ‘Hi. Mr. Wonderful here, let’s talk about a business idea.’”You can read more about O’Leary’s education and success here.Bank of Canada Fellowship for Rotman School Professor Renewed for Second Term – EurekAlert!In 2013, Peter Christoffersen, professor of finance at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management was awarded the Bank of Canada Fellowship, which was recently renewed. The Fellowship Award goes to academics whose research provides insight in areas essential to the bank. Christoffersen has been committed to researching new technology and its effects and potential in the finance realm.“The Bank is pleased to renew its support for Professor Christofferesen’s work,” said Governor Stephen S. Poloz. “He is helping to shed light on some important issues facing Canada’s financial industry.”Learn more about Christoffersen and the Bank of Canada Fellowship Award here.Schulich Students Win Developers’ Den Competition – RemiNetworkTwo groups of students from York University’s Schulich School of Business placed in the top three in this year’s Developers’ Den international case competition. The winning team was made up of four students from Schulich’s Master in Real Estate and Infrastructure (MREI) program: Derek Wei, Jordan Trinder, Alannah Bird, and Bao Nguyen. The competition, which took place on March 23rd, is in its eighth year.“The Developers’ Den competition provides an important opportunity for the best students to develop and showcase their analytical, creative and presentation skills as emerging talent in front of leaders within the real property sector,” said Jim Clayton, who was recently appointed to the Timothy R. Price Chair at Schulich’s Brookfield Centre in Real Estate and Infrastructure. “We are grateful for the tremendous support the competition receives from industry and alumni.”Check out more about the competition here.last_img read more

Woman Who Admitted to Dropping Baby to Her Death Gets Probation

first_img Woman Who Admitted to Dropping Baby to Her Death Gets Probation By Jack Phillips July 13, 2017 Updated: July 13, 2017  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Crime and Incidents Share A 20-year-old woman who was convicted of dropping her baby to her death in Chicago received probation, it was reported this week.Mubashra Uddin, who was initially charged with first-degree murder in the death, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter, the Cook County state’s attorney’s office said.On Thursday, she was sentenced by Judge Carol Howard 48 months’ probation and received a $573 fine, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.“This has been a tragic event in the life of a naive 19 year-old girl. Although she will be forever haunted by what occurred, the end of this case will enable her to salvage the remainder of a productive life,” Uddin’s attorney, Adam Sheppard, told the newspaper.Uddin threw the baby from an eighth-floor window after hiding her pregnancy from her Muslim-Pakistani parents, the Chicago Tribune reported. After hiding it for nine months, she gave birth to a seven-pound, 11-ounce baby girl in her the family’s high-rise apartment on West Eastwood Avenue in 2015.After the birth, Uddin said she heard her mother’s footsteps before throwing the child out the window, according to prosecutors. A man then discovered the child at around 11:45 p.m. local time before calling 911. The infant was pronounced dead an hour later. Uddin was arrested the day after her infant died. streetAccording to ABC7, only her boyfriend and another friend knew about her pregnancy. She apparently wore only baggy clothes to conceal her bump.(Google Maps) (Google Maps)“The act of dropping a newborn out of an eighth-story window to its eventual death is exceedingly evil, exceedingly cruel,” Judge James Brown said at a court hearing in 2015.But her childhood friend explained the situation to another Cook County judge, “At that moment she probably wasn’t thinking and she cracked … because the Mubashra I know wouldn’t do something like this if she was in right state of mind,” ABC7 reported.Her friend said that Uddin’s home had been quite difficult. “Sometimes she felt under pressure to be this perfect daughter … even pressure to be this perfect Muslim woman that prayed, fasted, was humble and also didn’t make mistakes,” the person said, as reported by the Chicago Tribune.Her boyfriend’s mother said that Uddin’s parents removed her from school after they learned of their relationship. “With all her family has put her through, I’m surprised she didn’t jump out of the window herself,” the mother told DNAInfo.com. “No one is mad or upset because we all know the household she’s coming from.”At her sentencing, Uddin received credit for serving 603 days in jail.  center_img Show Discussion Share this article (Cook County Sheriff’s Office) last_img read more

Southern California Fire Thats Putting 20000 People Under Evacuation Orders May Have

first_img US News  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Southern California Fire That’s Putting 20,000 People Under Evacuation Orders May Have Been Set Intentionally By Wire Service Content August 9, 2018 Updated: August 10, 2018 Share this articlecenter_img About 20,000 residents are under mandatory evacuation orders as a Southern California fire — which authorities say was set intentionally — spread this week.The Holy Fire started Monday in the Cleveland National Forest and has so far destroyed 12 structures, according to fire authorities.A man has been arrested in connection with the fire that is wreaking havoc near the border between Orange and Riverside counties, which are among the most populous counties in California.The Holy Fire has burned 6,200 acres and is 5% contained.Although it’s not the largest fire burning in the state, there are growing concerns about how it could affect residential communities — including Lake Elsinore. Some small communities in Riverside County are under mandatory evacuation orders affecting about 7,000 residential structures, according to authorities.Forrest Gordon Clark, 51, was being held at the Orange County Jail on Wednesday on suspicion of two counts of felony arson, a count of felony threat to terrorize and misdemeanor resisting arrest, the Cleveland National Forest said via Twitter. He is being held on $1 million bail and expected in court on Thursday.The charges being leveled could carry a life sentence, said Susan Schroeder of the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.“Arson is a terrible crime that destroys dreams,” she said in a press conference Wednesday.Witness statements, physical evidence and fire burn patterns connected the man to the fire, said Shane Sherwood with the Orange County Fire Authority.Volunteer Fire Chief Mike Milligan told the Orange County Register that Clark was screaming in the community and sent an email that said “this place will burn” last week.Before he was arrested, Clark told a cameraman he was asleep when the fire started and had no idea how it began.“Who would go out with low humidity, and high wind and highest heat temperatures this time of year and intentionally set the forest on fire?” asked Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer during Wednesday’s press conference.An excessive heat warning for the fire area has been issued with temperatures higher than 100 degrees.“We know this district burns, but it should never burn because of an intentional act,” Spitzer said. “This shouldn’t be called the Holy Jim Fire, this should be called the Holy Hell Fire.”Spitzer added that his constituents are “scared” and “fleeing their homes.”“They’re leaving property behind, they’re putting everything they can in the back of their cars as quickly as possible.”Fire officials warned residents to heed evacuation orders.“Even if you’re miles way, you want to be prepared if you’re near the fire area or in an environment that can burn,” said Thanh Nguyen with the SoCal Team One Fire Management Team, who suggested having a packed bag ready to go.Top Three Largest Fires in CaliforniaFirefighters in California are battling 15 large fires.The largest fire in California history is the Mendocino Complex Fire, which consists of the Ranch and River fires — in Northern California. That blaze has burned burned 302,086 acres and injured two firefighters, as of Wednesday evening.The second biggest fire is the Carr Fire in Shasta County, also in Northern California. The deadly fire has been burning for more than two weeks and consumed 176,069 acres as of Wednesday. It has killed seven people and destroyed more than 1,100 homes.The third largest is the Ferguson Fire, near Yosemite National Park, with 94,992 acres. That fire has lasted more than three weeks and killed two people. Share Show Discussionlast_img read more

Video Hurricane Florence Starts to Hit North Carolina Beach

first_img US News  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this article Share QualityAuto 1080p720p480p360p240pRewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video The 11 a.m. update on Hurricane Florence has the storm at a Category 2 just south of Wilmington, North Carolina. The winds are near 105 mph with higher gusts as it moves to the northwest at 12 p.m., according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC).Heavy rainbands with tropical-storm-force winds spreading across the Outer Banks, North Carolina, and coastal southeastern North Carolina. “Life-threatening storm surge and rainfall expected” soon, the NHC said.  Rewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video Storm surge warnings and hurricane warnings are in effect for all of North Carolina and most of South Carolina.North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and Georgia declared states of emergency for the storm.  Rewind 10 SecondsNext UpLive00:0000:0000:00ChromecastClosed CaptionsSettingsFullscreen  click to watch video “It truly is really about the whole size of this storm,” National Hurricane Center Director Ken Graham told The Associated Press. “The larger and the slower the storm is, the greater the threat and the impact—and we have that.”Forecasters have said that Florence’s eye could come on shore on Sept. 14, near the North Carolina-South Carolina line. Then it is likely to hover along the coast Sept. 15. New video footage shows Hurricane Florence’s storm surge inundating parts of North Carolina’s beach.Scroll down for more videosNBC Charlotte posted video footage at around 12 p.m. on Sept. 13, of the ocean water moving swiftly over the beach next to a home in Rodanthe, North Carolina. Tim Fitch sent in the footage to the station. Video: Hurricane Florence Starts to Hit North Carolina Beach By Jack Phillips September 13, 2018 Updated: September 13, 2018 Show Discussionlast_img read more

MEXICO BEACH Fla—Searchandrescue teams began f

first_img MEXICO BEACH, Fla.—Search-and-rescue teams began finding bodies in and around Mexico Beach, the ground-zero town nearly obliterated by Hurricane Michael, an official said on Oct. 12 as the scale of the storm’s fury became ever clearer. But he gave no details on the number of dead.The death toll across the South stood at 13, not counting any victims in Mexico Beach.Miami Fire Chief Joseph Zahralban, leader of a search-and-rescue unit that went into the flattened town, said: “There are individuals who are deceased. We do not have a count, but we are working to identify them.”Zahralban spoke as his team — which included a dog — was winding down its two-day search of Mexico Beach, the town of about 1,000 people that was nearly wiped off the map when Michael blew ashore there on Oct. 10 with devastating 155 mph (249 kph) winds.Blocks and blocks of homes were demolished, reduced to piles of splintered lumber or mere concrete slabs, by the most powerful hurricane to hit the continental U.S. in nearly 50 years.As the catastrophic damage across the Florida Panhandle came into view 48 hours after the hurricane struck, there was little doubt the death toll would rise. How high it might go was unclear. But authorities scrapped plans to set up a temporary morgue, suggesting they had yet to see mass casualties.State officials said that by one count, 285 people in Mexico Beach defied mandatory evacuation orders and stayed behind. Whether any of them got out at some point was unclear.Emergency officials said they have received thousands of calls asking about missing people. But with cellphone service out across vast swaths of the Florida Panhandle, officials said it is possible that some of those unaccounted for are safe and just haven’t been able to contact friends or family to let them know.Across the ravaged region, meanwhile, authorities set up distribution centers to hand out food and water to victims. Some supplies were brought in by trucks, while others had to be delivered by helicopter because roads had yet to be cleared of debris.Residents began to come to grips with the destruction and face up to the uncertainty that lies ahead.“I didn’t recognize nothing. Everything’s gone. I didn’t even know our road was our road,” said 25-year-old Tiffany Marie Plushnik, an evacuee who returned to find her home in Sandy Creek too damaged to live in.When she went back to the hotel where she took shelter from the storm, she found out she could no longer stay there either because of mold.“We’ve got to figure something out. We’re starting from scratch, all of us,” Plushnik said.President Trump announced plans to visit Florida and hard-hit Georgia early next but didn’t say what day he would arrive.“We are with you!” he tweeted.Shell-shocked survivors who barely escaped with their lives told of terrifying winds, surging floodwaters and homes cracking like eggs.Emergency officials said they had done an initial “hasty search” of 80 percent of the stricken area, looking for the living or the dead.Gov. Rick Scott said state officials still “do not know enough” about the fate of those who stayed behind in the region.“We are not completely done. We are still getting down there,” the governor added.Federal Emergency Management Agency chief Brock Long said he expects to see the death toll rise.“We still haven’t gotten into the hardest-hit areas,” he said, adding with frustration: “Very few people live to tell what it’s like to experience storm surge, and unfortunately in this country we seem to not learn the lesson.”Long expressed worry that people have suffered “hurricane amnesia.”“When state and local officials tell you to get out, dang it, do it. Get out,” he said.On the Panhandle, Tyndall Air Force Base “took a beating,” so much so that Col. Brian Laidlaw told the 3,600 men and women stationed on the base not to come back. Many of the 600 families who live there had followed orders to pack what they could in a single suitcase as they were evacuated ahead of the storm.The hurricane’s eyewall passed directly overhead, severely damaging nearly every building and leaving many a complete loss. The elementary school, the flight line, the marina and the runways were devastated.“I will not recall you and your families until we can guarantee your safety. At this time I can’t tell you how long that will take, but I’m on it,” Laidlaw wrote. “We need to restore basic utilities, clear our roads of trees and power lines, and assess the structural integrity of our buildings.”By Russ Bynum and Brendan Farrington  Official: Searchers Find Bodies in Hurricane-Stricken Town By The Associated Press October 12, 2018 Updated: October 12, 2018  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   Share this article Sharecenter_img Show Discussion Crime and Incidents Boats are seen among the rubble along the canals Oct. 12, 2018, in Mexico Beach, Fla., two days after a Category 4 Hurricane Michael devastated the small coastal town just outside PANAMA CITY, Fla. (Pedro Portal/Miami Herald via AP) last_img read more

When will the world stop dehumanizing our Palestin

first_imgWhen will the world stop dehumanizing our Palestinian people who just want to be free? Headlines like this & framing it in this way just feeds into the continued lack of responsibility on Israel who unjustly oppress & target Palestinian children and families. #FreePalestine https://t.co/p3X3j8WtwM— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) May 5, 2019 Here’s @RepRashida direct quote, “There’s a calming feeling I always tell folks when I think of the Holocaust.” And her “history” of what happened after is a fantasy based on lies spread to delegitimize the state of Israel. https://t.co/5akpUSApIE— Liz Cheney (@Liz_Cheney) May 13, 2019 President Trump Calls Out Rep. Rashida Tlaib for ‘Highly Insensitive’ Remarks on the Holocaust By Janita Kan May 13, 2019 Updated: May 13, 2019 In an interview on the podcast “Skullduggery,” the Palestinian-American lawmaker said she felt a “calming feeling” when she thinks about the Holocaust—a genocide that saw about 6 million Jews killed. train tracks at Auschwitz View of the railway tracks at the former Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in Oswiecim, Poland, on Holocaust Day, Jan. 27, 2014. (Janek Skarzynski/AFP/Getty Images)“There’s always kind of a calming feeling I tell folks when I think of the Holocaust, and the tragedy of the Holocaust, and the fact that it was my ancestors—Palestinians—who lost their land and some lost their lives, their livelihood, their human dignity, their existence in many ways, have been wiped out, and some people’s passports,” Tlaib said.“And just all of it was in the name of trying to create a safe haven for Jews, post-the Holocaust, post-the tragedy and the horrific persecution of Jews across the world at that time. And I love the fact that it was my ancestors that provided that, right, in many ways. But they did it in a way that took their human dignity away and it was forced on them,” she added.The president is among the many Republican lawmakers who have condemned the Michigan congresswoman for her comments and her version of what happened during the Holocaust. Many of them have called for Democratic leadership to “take action” against Tlaib for her comments.“There is no justification for the twisted and disgusting comments made by Rashida Tlaib just days after the annual Day of Holocaust Remembrance,” House Minority Whip Steve Scalise( R-La.) said in a statement, reported Fox News. “More than six million Jews were murdered during the Holocaust; there is nothing ‘calming’ about that fact.”“Unfortunately, this is far from the first display of heinous anti-Semitic comments coming from Democrat House members this year, and it’s clear this is now the norm for their caucus,” Scalise added. “It’s long past time for Speaker Pelosi to take swift action and make it clear that these vile comments have no place in Congress.”House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) said that Democratic leaders should weigh in.  LINKEDINPINTERESTREDDITTUMBLRSTUMBLEUPON   “Surely now Speaker Pelosi⁩ & ⁦Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) will finally take action against vile anti-Semitism in their ranks. This must cross the line, even for them,” Cheney wrote.Tlaib has responded to the criticism on Twitter and in a statement through her representative. Policing my words, twisting & turning them to ignite vile attacks on me will not work. All of you who are trying to silence me will fail miserably. I will never allow you to take my words out of context to push your racist and hateful agenda. The truth will always win.— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) May 13, 2019 Democrat Rep. Tlaib is being slammed for her horrible and highly insensitive statement on the Holocaust. She obviously has tremendous hatred of Israel and the Jewish people. Can you imagine what would happen if I ever said what she said, and says?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 13, 2019 “Policing my words, twisting & turning them to ignite vile attacks on me will not work. All of you who are trying to silence me will fail miserably,” she said. “I will never allow you to take my words out of context to push your racist and hateful agenda. The truth will always win.”Tlaib had previously defended Palestinians after the terror group Hamas launched hundreds of missiles at Israel. Hamas and another group, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, fired more than 600 missiles at Israel in less than 24 hours earlier this month, which resulted in four Israeli deaths and several more injured.center_img “When will the world stop dehumanizing our Palestinian people who just want to be free? Headlines like this & framing it in this way just feeds into the continued lack of responsibility on Israel who unjustly oppress & target Palestinian children and families,” Tlaib wrote. She shared a missive by activist Yousef Munayyer, who criticized the headline of a New York Times story that read “Gaza Militants Fire 250 Rockets, and Israel Responds with Airstrikes.”NTD News reporter Zachary Stieber contributed to this report. Follow Janita on Twitter: @janitakan Politics Share President Donald Trump has called out Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) for her recent comments about the Holocaust, accusing the congresswoman of “hatred of Israel and the Jewish people.”“Democrat Rep. Tlaib is being slammed for her horrible and highly insensitive statement on the Holocaust. She obviously has tremendous hatred of Israel and the Jewish people. Can you imagine what would happen if I ever said what she said, and says?” Trump said on Twitter on May 13. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill on Feb. 27, 2019. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images) Share this article Show Discussionlast_img read more

Todd Lamirande APTN News Prime Minister Justin Tru

first_imgTodd LamirandeAPTN NewsPrime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a cabinet shuffle on Wednesday, adding new ministers and shifting responsibilities for others.Carolyn Bennett is becoming the minister of Crown-Indigenous relations – dropping “northern affairs” from her title.Dominic LeBlanc, previously the minister of fisheries, oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, will now be overseeing northern affairs in his new portfolio. He’s now the minister of intergovernmental and northern affairs and internal trade.The significance of splitting northern affairs from Crown-Indigenous relations is unclear.A release from the prime minister’s office states, however, that Bennett will continue working “to renew the nation-to-nation, Inuit-Crown and government-to-government relationship between Canada and Indigenous peoples.”A spokesperson from Bennett’s office said the minister will remain responsible for any negotiations and agreements concerning Indigenous people in the North.Any non-Indigenous issues in the North, including contaminated sites and the devolution of Nunavut, will fall under LeBlanc’s portfolio.In a press release, Yukon Premier Sandy Silver, Northwest Territories Premier Bob McLeod and Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq congratulated the new cabinet ministers and stressed the need for a “more flexible approach to federal-territorial infrastructure funding.”Meanwhile, Jane Philpott remains the minister of Indigenous Services.As the new minister of natural resources, Amarjeet Sohi will be answering questions on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, along with other important pipeline projects.He’s taking over the portfolio from Jim Carr, who will become the new minister of international trade diversification.tlamirande@aptn.calast_img read more

Workers with the City of Halifax remove a statue o

first_imgWorkers with the City of Halifax remove a statue of Edward Cornwallis in January 2018.Angel MooreAPTN NewsA statue of Edward Cornwallis has been sitting in a warehouse since the City of Halifax removed the controversial effigy last January.To some, Cornwallis was regarded as the father of Halifax. But to others, he was a brutal British General who issued a bounty for Mi’kmaq scalps in 1749.After much debate, and public controversy, city council voted to remove the statue as a step towards reconciliation. On Thursday, councillors took another step towards reconciliation.Halifax Regional Council announced a 10-member committee that will decide what to do with the statue, and how to honor Mi’kmaq history.Half of the committee is nominated by the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs.Chief Roderick Googoo of We’koqma’q First Nation, a co-chair of the committee, said in a statement from city hall that it is important the public remains involved in the process, and that Indigenous history is honored.“The Mi’kmaq have been here since time immemorial and it is important that our history is also recognized and told. This process will start the dialogue on how we tell our stories, together.”Protesters gathered in Halifax in January to call for the removal of the controversial statue of the infamous General Edward Cornwallis.Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief Morley Googoo said the darkest parts of history should not be kept secret.“We need to look at new narratives, the old narratives had a lot of misinformation, a lot of no information and people react to that and only know that. The new narratives will be better for all of us in Canada,” Chief Morley Googoo said in a telephone interview.Deputy Mayor Waye Mason said it is important to move forward, and is pleased with the committee, “I am truly excited by these diverse backgrounds, knowledge and thoughtful collaborators around the table.”The committee includes experts in Mi’kmaq history, social justice, linguistics, community experience, and more.Christina Simon from Paqntkek First Nation said that Cornwallis is a part of history, and we have to learn the good and the bad.“The reason that you learn history is to ensure that is does not repeat itself,” she said in a text message.The committee meetings are expected to start this fall.amoore@aptn.calast_img read more

The Bookmark that charges your phone

first_imgYou know what blows up? Lithium Ion Batteries. You know what doesn’t? A Solar Panel. Safer, much more eco-friendly, and a whole lot more cheaper than an external battery, a solar panel may take slightly longer to charge your gadgets, but it does so with clean energy that’s free of cost.The Solar Paper by Yolk literally fits two high-efficiency solar panels into a product the size of your phone, but just a dazzling fraction of the thickness. Thin enough to be used as a bookmark (although it comes with a rather beautiful leather pouch of its own), the Solar Paper can harness the sun’s energy to charge your devices. The two-fold design can even be made to expand by magnetically plugging in more panels. The Solar Paper comes with a hub on the top with a seven-segment LCD panel that measures electrical current. The device even comes with its own auto-shut and auto-resume feature in case the sunlight gets temporarily obstructed by a cloud or any other object.The Solar Paper charger is clean, conscientious, and card-thin. It also doesn’t need periodic charging, like that clunky old power bank of yours.Designer: YolkBUY NOWBUY NOWSharePinShareFlipSharePocket1.0K Shareslast_img read more

Newport Avenue Market in Bend Oregon Wins Unified Grocers Award

first_imgNewport Avenue Market in Bend, Oregon Wins Unified Grocers Award 0 Google+ Tumblr Facebook Share. Pinterest E-Headlinescenter_img Twitter (Photo above: Family kitchen staff preparing meals. Photo by Newport Avenue  Market)Newport Avenue Market, known to many as the food hub of Central Oregon offering shoppers both mainstream and specialty grocery options, was recently awarded the Ben Schwartz Retail Grocery Visionary Award from Unified Grocers. This is the tenth year that Unified Grocers has presented the award to an outstanding independent retailer, and the first time this award has been given to a single store. Rudy and Debbie Dory and their daughter Lauren Johnson, owners of Newport Avenue Market, accepted the award at a special awards dinner last week in Los Angeles.“It’s an honor to receive this prestigious award and I’m proud that Newport Avenue Market is the first single-store recipient,” said Rudy Dory.In presenting the award, Bob Ling, president and chief executive officer, Unified Grocers, said that Newport Avenue Market has thrived because it’s a reflection of the Dory family. “Rudy, Debbie and Lauren are committed not only to their customers and their staff but also to the local community and that’s reflected in their many successes over the years,” said Ling.“Their passion to create a unique shopping experience is clearly evident as you walk through the store,” he added. “Innovation, quality and a friendly, knowledgeable staff are central to the success of Newport Avenue Market and that’s why customers come from near and far.”The award is given to an independent retail grocer or grocery company that is a leader and innovator in the retail grocery industry. The award recognizes retailers who, by their practice and example, have consistently demonstrated initiative, creativity and leadership within their businesses and, in the process, have inspired others to think and act creatively and with passion in the grocery field. To be eligible, retailers must be — or have been — a member of Unified Grocers or one of its predecessor companies.Located on the west side of Bend and locally family-owned since 1976, Newport Avenue Market offers shoppers both mainstream and specialty grocery options, all in a vibrant environment. Their expansive selection of high-quality, in-demand food and beverage items, otherwise known as the “Triple G” – Groceries, Gadgets and Gifts! – keeps shoppers always on their toes.The store employs over 100 “internal foodies,” with an average employee tenure of 10+ years.541-382-3940www.newportavemarket.com LinkedIn By CBN on February 19, 2015 Emaillast_img read more

Bends Vacation Rental Controversy Keep the Solution Simple

first_img E-Headlines By Pamela Hulse Andrews CBN Publisher/Founder, Bend, Oregon Google+ Email Upon receiving complaints about livability issues regarding vacation rentals in local neighborhoods, the Bend City Council chose to proceed cautiously and appoint a 23-person task force consisting of various stakeholders (residents, property owners, managers and tourism representatives) who have been reviewing and attempting to make recommendations about regulating vacation rentals.Recently the Bend Planning Commission took testimony from local residents, vacation property owners and managers as it reviews new regulations that could impact the vitality and viability of the vacation rental business as well as homeowners ability to rent out their residents.The vacation rental controversy stems mostly from two westside neighborhoods who have, in some views, an over abundance of homes that are rented out to visitors. The vast majority of the time the visitors come and go and no one is bothered by their presence. However, occasionally there’s a problem when late night celebrations become noisy and out of control bothering surrounding neighbors. It’s easier to resolve some of these problems when the house is managed by a responsible and professional property manager.But often the house has been rented by an absent homeowner and the only recourse the neighbors have is to call the police (or try to resolve it themselves). The lack of accountability in these cases is aggravating.Overtime it’s understandable that neighbors impacted by unruly tenants become frustrated and resent the vacation rentals. So it seems appropriate to try to put some regulations in place that would alleviate some of these challenges. Neighbors should be able to contact a responsible party in charge of the vacation rental.The volunteer task force under the guidance of city staff have been meeting since last October to draft new regulations. The task force was divided on the outcome, some wanting very strict regulations but most agreeing that changes are in order.It appears that during the task force deliberations one particular task force member wanted to eliminate vacation rentals completely. He had become excessively resentful of a neighbor who turned their residence into a vacation rental and has vowed to get even, resorting to bullying the visitors to his neighborhood. The complaints on both sides of this case made finding a simple solution challenging just like any neighborhood disagreement might be.One thing remains clear, as the deliberations continue: vacation rentals are a significant contributor to our economy.As Doug La Placa of Visit Bend points out Bend’s tourism industry has grown substantially over the past 10 years and with that growth so too have Bend’s tourist amenities evolved (restaurants, breweries, shopping, entertainment, recreational assets, etc.). However, during the same timeframe, the inventory of available hotel and motel rooms has not kept pace with the growth and evolution of the other segments of Bend’s tourism industry. As a result, vacation rentals have become an integral component of Bend’s thriving tourism economy. Ten percent of the available lodging units in Bend are vacation rentals, but 18 percent of Bend’s visitors stay in vacation rentals.Vacation rental tenants should be subject to the same kind of courtesies that residents adhere to: keeping the noise down, parking in your own driveway, maintaining your property and not having numerous people coming and going at all hours of the night. Vacation rental companies and most homeowners who rent out their homes to visitors are cognizant of being a good neighbor. But they can’t always control the behavior of their guests and the city then faces a dilemma to resolve these issue.The answer: keep it simple. Don’t make it so complicated and restrictive that vacation rental are eliminated.Neighbors should have access to responsible parties so they can let them know about problems. Any rented living space, whether long-term or part-time should be monitored by the owner who must take responsibility for the problems. At the same time neighbors should not be able to harass visitors and make their stay uncomfortable.Any plan to put a cap on vacation rentals within neighborhoods should not be too stringent and inflexible. Current vacation rentals should be allowed to continue under new regulations. Restricting what homeowners can do with their property can most certainly generate lawsuits.It would be really unfortunate to make vacations rentals so difficult for homeowners and property managers that Bend became known as an unfriendly place for tourists. Tourism is a top economic contributor in Bend and thanks to Visit Bend it is increasingly known as a destination of choice for travelers from all over the world. Having distinctive and affordable accommodations in the form of short-term rentals is important to our tourism industry and overall economy. on March 10, 2015 0 Share.center_img Facebook Tumblr Bend’s Vacation Rental Controversy. Keep the Solution Simple. 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Redmond and Bend City Officials Prepare for Uber

first_imgRedmond and Bend City Officials Prepare for Uber Facebook Share. Pinterest Google+ Given the number of tourists and growing population in Central Oregon it is noticeably peculiar that the region is without popular app-based ride sharing services such as Uber. City officials in Redmond and Bend are working to change that by allowing app-based ride sharing options in Central Oregon as soon as December.Changes to city ordinances are currently underway with the Redmond Airport (RDM) at the forefront due to the high demand for transportation to and from the airport.“Uber is looking at Redmond and the airport is one of the primary reasons for coming here because of the over 30,000 people that get on and off planes each month,” Redmond City Manager Keith Witcosky said.As transportation network companies continue to grow in popularity it is becoming commonplace for airports the size of RDM to offer app-based ride sharing services.RDM is revamping their codes to create fair competition between cab companies and Uber while providing the best service for travelers.“The problem that the airport faces is that currently we only do an annual fee of $250 for taxi companies. If Uber has 500 cars that are driving we need to figure out how to track that. This is forcing us to take a good look at our whole system and bring the process into the twenty-first century with more of a per trip fee,” Redmond Airport Director Zachary Bass said.Uber drivers will be stationed off-site in what is called a geofence. Uber uses technology within the app to build a virtual fence that allows the airport to track every pick up and drop off. Drivers must be within the geofence to receive a call and pick somebody up from the airport. RDM will continue charging companies an annual fee in addition to adding a per visit fee giving cab companies with a smaller fleet of cars the same advantage as Uber.“Travelers are used to using their phone to access rides so if people can’t land in an airport and use their app to get transportation it’s going to be viewed as an inconvenience. It is great for Central Oregon to elevate itself technologically by giving the choice of Uber,” Witcosky said.The planning stages are vital for a successful launch. Witcosky has worked directly with Uber’s Oregon Public Affairs Manager Jon Isaacs to ensure that policies are in place to create fair competition between cab companies and Uber. Ensuring that wheelchair accessible vehicles are offered and that drivers have clean background checks and driving records are priorities.“We want to make sure that whether people are using a cab company or if they’re selecting Uber we’re looking out for the users as well. And that’s what we’re trying to figure out in writing the codes,” Witcosky said.Witcosky intends to get the city ordinance proposal to the Redmond City Council by October 25 with the goal of having Uber operating in Redmond in December and at RDM in January.Uber encourages cities to revamp their entire system so that every company is operating on the same codes. However, there are widespread concerns that Uber will hurt the current transportation companies.“Transportation network companies may have a negative impact on existing taxi companies and car rental agencies. On the other hand, it may expand jobs and make it easier for tourists to get from place to place without extra burden on our network of streets,” Bend City Councilor Victor Chudowsky said.According to Isaacs, Uber launches have successfully boosted the transportation industry in cities like Portland and Boise.“In Portland more cab companies have popped up because the new codes revolutionize and grow the whole industry. It should offer more transportation options and we are excited to partner with cab companies,” Isaacs said.EDCO Executive Director Roger Lee believes Uber will be beneficially to people in Central Oregon.“EDCO is a longstanding advocate for competition and innovation because customers win in the short and long term where these are encouraged. Uber’s particular business model allows local residents to supplement their income while providing new options for locals and tourists alike,” Lee said.Bend Assistant City Manager Jon Skidmore has been working to allow Uber to operate by updating Chapter 7.35 of the City Code that regulates taxi-cabs.“City staff has met with Uber to better understand their business model and services offered. Uber representatives provided some draft code language for consideration. As we work with the business community and City Council on this issue we will be reaching out to all stakeholders for comments and suggestions. We will work with all involved to make sure the community is protected and the taxi-cab companies can successfully operate within the regulatory environment created,” Skidmore said.In updating the City Code on transportation Bend would be working to shift the administrative responsibility of background checks, insurance coverage verificationand inspection of driving records from the City of Bend Police Department to the actual company providing the transportation services. In most cases the transportation network companies have stricter requirements than the city according to Skidmore.Skidmore and City of Bend staff plan on meeting with taxi-cab companies and the Bend Economic Development Advisory Board in October with the goal of having a proposal in front of City Council in November.The culture of Bend and Central Oregon seem like a perfect match for an entrepreneurial tech company like Uber.“Bend is really appealing because of its burgeoning tech industry, downtown area, breweries and booming tourism. We realize it’s a car dependent area to live and we hope to help clear up traffic congestion with ride sharing while providing a safe option for people,” Isaacs said.Although Uber is a worldwide company they are able to customize specialty services at the local level to accommodate the needs of the people they serve. In Portland they encourage small business owners to hang signs in their cars that say ‘ask me about my business’ so drivers can advertise their business. They offer a product called Uber Ski which would allow drivers with a ski rack on their car to take people to Mt. Bachelor. Isaacs is excited to get rolling with tailor-made services to meet the needs of the people in Central Oregon. on October 4, 2016 Emailcenter_img Twitter LinkedIn Tumblr By David Clewett CBN Feature Writer 0 E-Headlineslast_img read more

Bricks from Kenwood Gym in Bend Oregon Available for Community

first_imgBricks from Kenwood Gym in Bend, Oregon Available for Community Share. Google+ Twitter LinkedIn Pinterest By CBN 0center_img on April 6, 2017 E-Headlines 1,000 bricks distributed Saturday, April 8 from 11am to 1pm at High Desert Middle SchoolInterested community members are invited to obtain a brick from the former Kenwood gym during a distribution event Saturday, April 8 from 11am to 1pm at High Desert Middle School. One thousand bricks, in all, will be distributed to the public on first come, first serve basis, with each individual allowed to receive one brick. The bricks were cleaned and prepared thanks to contractor Kirby Nagelhout Construction as a donation to Bend-La Pine Schools and the community.“We want to allow members of our community the opportunity to celebrate the Kenwood gymnasium for the unique place that it was, while also looking forward to rebuilding,” said Superintendent Shay Mikalson.The process to rebuild a gym at Highland Magnet at Kenwood School is currently underway, with a proposed timeline for the new gym to open in the fall of 2018. The school district hired BBT Architects and design meetings begin next week.The brick distribution will coincide with Bend-La Pine Schools’ Classified Job Fair taking place at the same location, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.Facts About Kenwood SchoolOpened for the 1919-20 school year.Gym built in 1950.Oldest school building in Bend-La Pine Schools that has been in continual use as a schoolThe school was originally built with open-air hallways in a U-shape. The hallways were lined with archways that allowed rain, snow and wind in and also opened onto a large courtyard.In 1923, the archways were blocked off and sealed. A fourth side of the school was built a few years later.Part of the courtyard was covered by the building of the school’s media center in the 1970s.Jack Ensworth was named National Teacher of the Year in 1973 while he was a teacher at Kenwood (Ensworth Elementary School is named in his honor.)A magnet program began at the school in 2000 with six classrooms dedicated to the Scottish storyline model.In 2006, the program became school-wide.Anecdotes:When the gym was built in 1950, it was the largest floor in Bend. The opening was marked with square dancing.Sheep and pigs once grazed in the outdoor courtyardA porcupine in a cage lived in the hallway.The school closed in 1935 when a student contracted polio.The school also closed in 1938 when the circus came to town.Neighbors planted victory gardens in the front lawn during World War II. Tumblr Facebook Emaillast_img read more

I Shot the Deschutes

first_imgI Shot the Deschutes Tumblr Google+ Pinterest Business & Industry, E-Headlines Share. LinkedIn Twittercenter_img Email (Big Eddy | Photo courtesy of Seventh Mountain Resort)Do you ever remember being a kid and wanting something so bad, but your parents wouldn’t let you have it. Here is a brief story about what I wanted and how it turned into a career.In the 1970s our family vacation was a week stay at Sunriver. My father would present at seminars allowing for our vacation. As a kid I would ride my bike around the property with a fishing pole looking for that perfect spot. I usually found success at the marina with a worm and bobber just after the ODFW truck came and stocked the river. I wasn’t picky, I just wanted to make sure I returned just after dark with enough fish to fry.About the year 1980 when I went to my usual spot, I noticed a new shack built at the marina. As an inquisitive young boy I hung out at the shack and asked numerous questions and of course looked at the shirts they had for sale. I was captivated by a black shirt with a purple faded writing that said “I shot the Deschutes”, I had to have it! I wanted the shirt so bad I left fishing early just to tell my parents about it. I got the usual answer, “We’ll see.”The next day my mother took me to the marina to take a look. I have a feeling it was the $10 price tag that made her reluctant to buy the shirt. Instead she used the excuse, “Well you have to run the river first”. The obvious counter to such a statement is “Let’s go shoot the Deschutes!” At this point any cautious mother is going to look for an out. “The trip costs $7, if you save your allowance you could go next year.” Deal!For a year I saved quarters from doing dishes, I saved birthday and holiday cash. The next summer we went to Sunriver we went straight to the marina and I dropped $7 in coins on the counter so I could shoot the Deschutes and get my shirt. The man at the counter counted the money and politely said “the trip is $8 now”. My mother said, “Looks like you are going to have to save a little more”. I went ballistic! I made it a personal mission to make sure that if my vacation dreams were squashed that so would everyone else’s. Fortunately my father had a compromise.The next day we drove to GI Joes in Bend and bought a four-man raft. It became our family tradition to inflate the raft, plug the valves with gum/tape, tie the raft to the car roof, walk the shuttle and float from Harpers Bridge to the Sunriver Marina. I even got my shirt.When something is as captivating as an adventure down the Deschutes River, impressions are huge. A simple shirt lead to running a river, which lead to a lifetime of employment. It’s also about the interactions we have — my first season guiding on Big Eddy I recognized one of the older guides but couldn’t place it. We contemplated over it for days. I finally told him this story as how I got my start as a raft guide. He then remembered the kid that he had to disappoint by a dollar at the old marina shack. It was how he handled that difficult interaction that helped get me on the path of being a rafting guide.Now close to 40 years later I have been guiding whitewater rafts for 25 years and manage the rafting operations at Seventh Mountain Resort. We take thousands of families down Big Eddy every year with the focus on making every trip a memorable vacation and hopefully create rafters for life.seventhmountain.com on July 11, 2019 By Justin Wellman, Recreation Manager, WorldMark Seventh Mountain 1 Facebooklast_img read more