• One kanwariya dead another 4 injured as two bikes collide

    first_imgMuzaffarnagar: One kanwariya was killed and another four were seriously injured after two bikes crashed into each other on the Delhi-Dehradun national highway near Barla village here, police said on Saturday. The accident occurred on Friday night, killing 23-year-old Arun from Haryana, they said, adding that the injured were shifted to a hospital. In another incident in the same village, a labourer, identified as Arif, was killed on Friday night at a kawar camp along the highway when he accidentally fell in a pan of boiling oil. The family members of Arif staged a protest after laying the body near the camp, demanding compensation, police said. The body was sent for post-mortem after the police intervened, they said.last_img read more

  • Ed Sheeran And Benedict Cumberbatch Donate Clothes To StarStudded Charity Auction

    first_imgA host of famous faces including Ed Sheeran, Dame Helen Mirren, Hugh Laurie, Sir Chris Hoy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jeremy Irons and Fern Britton have joined forces with Turn2us to help fight fuel poverty in the UK by donating items for the charity’s biggest ever celebrity clothes auction.The auction is part of Turn2us’ No Cold Homes campaign to raise awareness of the millions of people across the UK struggling to afford to heat their homes. As a national charity helping people in financial hardship to access welfare benefits, charitable grants and other support, Turn2us hears regularly from people suffering in cold homes because they can’t afford their energy costs. New research by the charity found that half of low income working households are struggling with these bills, with a third skipping meals as a result.The auction will raise funds to help more people access vital financial support to help with their energy costs in time for the colder winter weather. It features a fantastic range of designer and high street brand coats, jackets and jumpers donated by over 20 popular personalities.Bidders can go for Ed Sheeran’s O’Neill jacket, or an army jacket given to Jeremy Irons on the set of the third Die Hard film (Die Hard with a Vengeance). Honor Blackman’s cashmere Ralph Lauren jumper will be up for grabs too, alongside a vintage Nicole Farhi coat from journalist and presenter Jane Moore and a leopard print Antipodium coat donated by Lauren Laverne.Sports fans can opt for a signed Team GB cycling top from six-time Olympic champion Sir Chris Hoy or a long padded Arsenal jacket made famous by manager Arsene Wenger. To add to a spectacular celebrity list, top designer Ben de Lisi has donated several bright and beautiful coats from his Principles range and Olly Murs has bucked the trend by offering one of his trademark trilby hats.Simon Hopkins, Chief Executive at Turn2us said: “We believe that no one should have to live in a cold home and through our auction we hope we can raise awareness of the struggle so many people face and raise funds to allow us to help more people access the support they desperately need. We’ve got some fantastic well known faces on board who have given so generously to our auction, and we urge the public to get involved so that more people can afford to stay warm and healthy this winter.”Commenting on her participation in the auction, Dame Helen Mirren said: “There are so many people who can’t afford the basic essentials like a warm home and food for their families. That’s why the Turn2us No Cold Homes campaign is so important and I’m pleased to play a part in helping more families get the vital help they need this winter.”The auction will be hosted on eBay from Monday 30 November to Wednesday 9 December 2015. For more information, please visit read more

  • The Stars Tanya Talaga wins RBC Taylor Prize for Seven Fallen Feathers

    first_imgToronto Star reporter Tanya Talaga has won the $25,000 RBC Taylor Prize for a book about the struggles of Indigenous people in Thunder Bay and the toll it is taking on young lives.The book, Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death and Hard Truths in a Northern City (House of Anansi Press), was spawned by a reporting assignment that sent Talaga to the northwestern Ontario city in 2011.“I was supposed to write an article on why Indigenous people don’t vote in elections,” Talaga recalled. “When I sat down with Stan Beardy, who was then Grand Chief of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation, he looked at me and asked, ‘Why aren’t you writing a story about Jordan Wabasse?’ I didn’t know who Jordan was. He said, ‘Jordan has been missing for 70 days.’”Talaga said she was shocked and horrified to learned that seven Indigenous youth had died under tragic circumstances in Thunder Bay since 2000. Noreen Taylor, founder of the Taylor Prize, and 2018 winner Tanya Talaga. (TOM SANDLER / FOR THE TORONTO STAR) Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

  • Iran using First Nations leaders as pawns in sad game says Foreign

    first_imgBy Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsIran is using a group of Manitoba First Nations leaders as “pawns” to distract from its own “abhorrent record” on human rights, said a spokesperson for Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird.A senior diplomat in Iran’s Ottawa embassy met Monday with former Roseau River First Nation chief Terry Nelson and two Dakota chiefs Monday to discuss a possible trip to Tehran.The diplomat, Kambiz Sheikh-Hassani, the charge d’affaires at the Iranian embassy, told the chiefs that officials were “working very hard” to bring the group to Tehran.Nelson was accompanied in Monday’s meeting by Canupawakpa Dakota Nation Chief Frank Brown, Dakota Plains Wahpeton First Nation Chief Orville Smoke and former Sioux Valley First Nation chief Ken Whitecloud.Baird’s spokesman Joseph Lavoie said in an emailed statement that Iran was exploiting “tragedy” and playing a “sad game” with the First Nations leaders.“The Iranian regime is now attempting to exploit tragedy and feign concern as yet another PR stunt to distract from its own abhorrent record,” wrote Lavoie. “We hope the Aboriginal leaders in question won’t allow themselves to be used as pawns in this sad game the Iranians are playing.”Nelson said it’s Canada that uses First Nations leaders as pawns to divide and control the situation in Canada.“Aren’t the nice, friendly Indians that are given money by the government of Canada used as pawns also?” said Nelson. “Doesn’t Canada use First Nations as pawns? They always have. All the good Indians get to be in the front of the stage to meet with (Prime Minister Stephen Harper) and the bad Indians, ‘We got some SWAT police there just in case you get out of hand.’”Nelson was referring to January’s Crown-First Nations gathering and the police presence around First Nations protesters outside the building where the meeting was held.Nelson said Canada and the U.S. are selective in their choice of human rights abusers. He said Saudi Arabia gets treated differently than Iran.“Saudi Arabia doesn’t have democracy, there are huge human rights issues there,” said Nelson. “It’s a real big human rights game. As long as the country is friendly, human rights never become an issue.”Nelson is in Ottawa this week blitzing embassies with information. He and his supporters visited 17 embassies Tuesday, including those belonging to Iceland and Bolivia.“Iran is not the issue. We are presenting information to 120 embassies and we’ve received some pretty good reaction,” he said. “There is a history here of the reality of First Nations. We shouldn’t have 80 to 90 per cent unemployment. It’s caused the deaths of thousands and thousands of First Nations people.”Two Mohawks travelled to Ottawa Wednesday to support Nelson. One of the men who uses his Mohawk name Tekarontake said Nelson has support for his attempts to reach out to Iran.“There are no bad intentions. They are just trying to bring awareness to the world community about the human rights violations committed against our people,” said Tekarontake, who is originally from Kahnawake and lives in Akwesasne. “We all have a common struggle, we all seem to have a common enemy that has continued to lie to us for over 500 years.”Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn Atleo said Nelson and the Dakota chiefs’ efforts to reach out to Iran is the result of a “broken” relationship between Canada and its Indigenous peoples.“Decisions to reach out internationally reflect the deep disconnect that has unfolded in this country. The original treaty relationship has been broken,” said Atleo. “When relationships break down, it results in conflict, frustration and anger. I support all First Nations taking strong stands to raise awareness of these issues and have it reflected back to Canada.”Atleo said Canada still needs to respect the “basic fundamental human rights of our children for education, proper health and care (and) for clean drinking water.”Iran has, over the years, repeatedly called out Canada over the treatment of First Nations people on the international stage. In the mid-1920s, Iran, then known as Persia, supported a request by Haudenosaunee hereditary Chief Deskaheh to have the League of Nations consider a Six Nations Confederacy for formal membership as a state. The attempt eventually failed, and the federal government dissolved the Six Nations Confederacy Council and imposed an Indian Act band government.Iran, however, has a history of repressing its own Indigenous population.The Iranian Kurds, which occupy the northwestern region of Iran, have faced repression from both the Iranian government under the Shah and theIslamic Republic that emerged after the Shah was overthrown.Iranian Kurds, who have tried to establish a degree of autonomy in Iran, faced not only violent repression and the assassination of its political leaders, but also systemic discrimination in everything from employment to political participation, according to Amnesty International.Kurdish regions are economically neglected, Kurds have “restricted access to adequate housing,” and Iran bans parents from registering their children with select Kurdish names, according to the human rights group.jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

  • Germany gives Jens Weidmann 2nd term as Bundesbank chief

    BERLIN — The German government has given the green light for Jens Weidmann to head the country’s central bank, the Bundesbank, for a second eight-year term.Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Cabinet decided Wednesday to formally propose to the country’s president that Weidmann serve a second term starting May 1.Weidmann has been a prominent and sometimes dissenting voice on the European Central Bank’s governing council. He has been a skeptic, and at times outright opponent, of ECB stimulus programs backed by the majority of council members under ECB President Mario Draghi.Weidmann has been mentioned as a possible successor to Draghi, whose eight-year term expires in October. Other candidates include former Finnish central bank chief Erkki Liikanen, former European monetary affairs commissioner Olli Rehn, and French central bank head Francois Villeroy de Galhau.The Associated Press read more

  • UN meeting on bolstering counterterrorism efforts in West Africa concludes

    12 July 2007More than a dozen West African nations met with donors and international organizations at a meeting sponsored by the United Nations this week to discuss regional technical needs to bolster regional counter-terrorism measures. Characterizing the one-day meeting yesterday as successful, Sergey Karev, Officer-in-Charge of the Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee’s Executive Directorate (CTED), told reporters today that the meeting’s objectives – to hear first-hand of West African countries’ technical needs while donors relayed information about their resources and expertise – had been fulfilled.Participants discussed the implementation of Security Council measures pertaining to counter-terrorism, in particular resolution 1373 (2001), a landmark text adopted in the wake of the September 2001 attacks on the United States.The resolution calls on countries to implement a number of measures to enhance their ability to counter terrorist activities nationally, regionally and globally. It also established the Counter-Terrorism (CTC) to monitor compliance with its provisions.There will be two tracks of action following this meeting, Mr. Karev said. While an action plan will be prepared regarding assistance for West African nations, these countries will also be in direct contact with donors and providers of technical assistance.“We hope that we will reach good results in the near future,” he said.Sixteen States – Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo participated in yesterday’s meeting, which was also attended by nearly two dozen donor nations and international organizations.While committed to combating terrorism, most nations in the region lack the technical and financial resources to fully carry out their counter-terrorism efforts.Mr. Karev highlighted the benefits of providing assistance on a regional, and not bilateral, level. Regions often experience common problems – such as porous borders – and thus a collective approach results in saving time and in donors saving money because help would reach several countries simultaneously and avoid duplication.As part of its work to facilitate technical assistant to States, the CTED seeks to line up countries needing support with the various counter-terrorism programmes that donors and organizations have available in such areas as drafting terrorism-related legislation, financial law and practice, training for law enforcement personnel, customs control and enhancing financial regulations. read more

  • Ban to visit Middle East to encourage Israelis and Palestinians to reengage

    “My visit comes at an important moment,” Mr. Ban told a news conference at UN Headquarters, as he announced his travels to Jordan, Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. Israeli and Palestinian negotiators began preparatory talks at the beginning of January in Amman under the facilitation of King Abdullah of Jordan and the country’s Foreign Minister, Nasser Judeh.“I will be there to encourage both sides to re-engage in earnest and create a positive atmosphere for moving forward,” Mr. Ban stated.Direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians stalled in September 2010 after Israel refused to extend its freeze on settlement activity in the occupied Palestinian territory. That decision prompted Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to withdraw from direct talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, which had only resumed a few weeks earlier after a two-year hiatus.The Secretary-General also noted that today marks the one-year anniversary of the uprising in Egypt that led to the removal of the regime of Hosni Mubarak. “On this important day, I want to congratulate the people of Egypt on their peaceful transition to democracy and their determination to push for continuing change,” he said.Referring to yesterday’s announcement of a partial lifting of the state of emergency in the country, Mr. Ban encouraged the transitional authorities to pursue the peaceful and early handover of power to civilian government, to uphold human rights, to release political detainees and accelerate the pace of reform. 25 January 2012Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that he will travel to the Middle East next week to encourage the Israelis and the Palestinians to re-engage to move the peace process forward. read more

  • Litro gas prices to be reduced from today

    Litro Gas today announced that as per the provision made in the Budget – 2016 presented by the Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake Gas prices have been reduced with effect from today.The Executive Chairman of the Litro Gas Co Mr Shalila Munasinghe said that accordingly, the price of the 12.5 kg Cylinder of domestic Gas will be Rs 1346.00 within the Colombo area. Prices of the 5 kg and the 2.5 kg Cylinders will be Rs 572.00 and Rs 273.00 respectively.

  • German unemployment rises in December as seasonal factors weigh on jobs market

    German unemployment rises in December as seasonal factors weigh on jobs market AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jan 7, 2014 2:15 am MDT BERLIN – Germany’s unemployment rate rose to 6.7 per cent in December, an increase of 0.2 percentage points on the previous month.The Federal Labor Office said Tuesday that 67,000 more people were out of work last month in Europe’s largest economy. That took the total up to 2.87 million.When adjusted for seasonal factors, 15,000 fewer people were out of work and the rate remained unchanged at 6.9 per cent for the fourth month in a row.The average number of jobless over the past year was 2.95 million, an increase of 53,000 compared to 2012. But because more people were employed, too, the jobless rate fell 0.1 percentage point to 6.9 per cent. read more

  • No 5 Ohio State wrestling takes down No 6 Illinois

    Wrestling at full strength for the first time in nearly a month, the No. 5-ranked Ohio State wrestling team (10-2, 4-2 Big Ten) downed No. 6 Illinois with a 25-9 victory. The match took place in front of a sold-out crowd Friday night at Oak Harbor High School, in Oak Harbor, Ohio. Bolstered by the return of redshirt sophomore and reigning 133-pound NCAA Champion Logan Stieber, who competed for the first time since December because of a leg muscle strain in early January, OSU took seven matches from the Fighting Illini. After falling behind, 3-0, following senior 125-pounder Nikko Triggas’ opening defeat, OSU ripped off four straight victories to regain control of the match. Stieber capped his return to action with a pin against Illinois’ eighth-ranked senior Daryl Thomas in 2:04. Sophomore Hunter Stieber, Logan Stieber’s brother, secured his team-leading 24th victory of the season with a 10-2 win against Illinois redshirt freshman Steven Rodrigues in the 141-pound match. Sophomore Cam Tessari took home a 6-1 victory in the 149-pound match with Illinois redshirt freshman Caleb Ervin, and redshirt sophomore 157-pounder Josh Demas emerged with a 10-3 decision against Illinois redshirt freshman Matt Nora. Illinois managed to draw close with wins in two of the next three matches, but OSU redshirt freshman Kenny Courts and heavyweight redshirt junior Peter Capone earned wins via decision in the final two matches to wrap up OSU’s fourth conference victory. OSU is set to take on Michigan in its second-to-last match of the regular season at 6 p.m. Friday in Ann Arbor, Mich. read more

  • RAF copilot so badly injured in plane nosedive that he competed in

    first_img 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. Flt Lt Jones described how the aircraft, previously cruising at 33,000ft over the Black Sea as it flew from the UK to Camp Bastion in Afghanistan, was violently shaking and he could hear the rush of wind outside. Flt Lt Andrew Townshend arriving at Bulford Military Court The pair were flying a Voyager aircraft, which the RAF uses for transporting passengers and for air-to-air refuelling. Library imageCredit:Sgt Neil Bryden RAF/MoD An RAF co-pilot was so severely hurt when a plane with 187 on board nosedived that he competed in Prince Harry’s Invictus Games for injured service personnel, a court martial heard.Flight Lieutenant Nathan Jones, 34, fractured his back and was left with several other injuries after the incident and was medically downgraded.He told the hearing how he crawled along the ceiling to wrestle back control of the plane, saving the lives of those on board by steadying the Voyager aircraft after it was sent into a 4,400ft-dive in just 29 seconds.The court heard he was initially pinned to the ceiling by the sudden dive and had to be carefully pull back the controls for fear of “snapping the wings off”. The cockpit of a Voyager aircraftCredit: Cpl Graham Taylor RAF/MoD The cockpit of a Voyager aircraft Flt Lt Nathan Jones, centre, with friends and family during the 2016 Invictus Games closing ceremony Describing how it began, Flt Lt Jones said: “It felt like a rumble, a bit of turbulence, and then suddenly I hit the roof.”There had been turbulence throughout the flight, so you would initially think that but when you’re pinned to the roof you know it’s not turbulence.”When you’re on the roof, you know it’s going to be nose down. I remember there being lots of sounds, the main sounds felt like a rush of wind on the outside of the aircraft.”He added: “I then crawled along the ceiling, and as you have seen the doorway into the cockpit is lower than the ceiling.”So I had to climb through the opening. Then when I got into the cockpit, that was when I saw everything was pitch black. I could see we were going into the sea, or something very dark.”There were a lot of flashing lights in the cockpit, everything was stuck to the ceiling and Flt Lt Townshend was shouting ‘get back into your seat, I can’t get the auto pilot out’.”Flt Lt Jones added: “The aircraft was violently shaking. I had never experienced anything like that before.” An RAF Voyager refuelling aircraft on take off at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada USA  Flt Lt Nathan Jones, centre, with friends and family during the 2016 Invictus Games closing ceremonyCredit:CAMERA PRESS/ED/JL/MoD A camera belonging to his co-pilot and captain of the flight, Flt Lt Andrew Townshend, had jammed the controls as he moved his seat forwards, sending it plummeting.Flt Lt Jones’ actions helped save the lives of those on board, who were “pinned to the ceiling and thought they were going to die”.Flt Lt Jones was an accomplished skier and rugby player before the injury. At the Invictus Games in Orlando in May 2016, he represented Team GB swimming and cycling, earning a bronze for the 50m backstroke.He told Bulford Military Court, Wiltshire, that he had left his seat to fetch a cup of tea when the plane suddenly “rumbled” and he “hit the ceiling” on February 9, 2014. Flt Lt Andrew Townshend arriving at Bulford Military CourtCredit:Solent The court martial heard that after diverting to an airbase, 49-year-old Flt Lt Townshend lied when filing a tech-log in which he attributed the cause of the incident to a mechanical fault.He allegedly then lied days later while under oath at a service inquiry, by insisting the incident was a result of a technical error.Flt Lt Townshend denies two counts of perjury and making a false record in relation to lying, but admits negligently performing a duty in relation to causing the camera to collide with the side-stick.The court heard he deleted photos he took in the cockpit after the incident.Flt Lt Jones recalled Flt Lt Townshend, based at RAF Northolt, taking photos on the flight, and occasionally showing him the screen of his Nikon DSLR to show off his pictures.He also overheard him having a “geeky” conversation with someone on board about photography prior to the incident. He managed to recover the aircraft from the dive by pulling back on the side stick, but did it gently as he was “aware that if I pulled back hard it would most likely snap the wings off”.With one hand, he said, he gripped on the cockpit overcomb and with the other he pulled the joystick. Eventually, he was able to regain control, and the plane levelled out as he fell into his seat. The plane then diverted to the nearest airfield at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey, so casualties could be treated and the cause could be diagnosed.Flt Lt Jones said at the time he believed it to be an auto-pilot malfunction and even thought it appeared to be a “perfectly functioning aircraft”.He was badly injured with a fractured back, prolapsed disc and nerve damage as well as having blood pouring from a split in his head and fingers.He is still receiving treatment today after undergoing surgery and other lengthy procedures and has been medically downgraded since the incident. Flt Lt Jones, from Colwyn Bay but based at Brize Norton, said he had flown with Flt Lt Townshend many times previously.The court earlier heard Flt Lt Townshend was “bored” and “practicing taking photos” when his camera jammed the controls, causing the plane to dive in a matter of seconds.While flying, he took photos of the views, passing aircraft, the inside of the cockpit, instruments used by pilots and the speed and altitude dials, the court martial heard.He claims the camera fell from a shelf to block the controls, but the prosecution alleges the camera had been placed in front of an arm rest and wedged against the joystick as he moved his seat.The trial continues. It felt like a rumble, a bit of turbulence, and then suddenly I hit the roofFlt Lt Nathan Jones The court also heard a recording of the moment the plane went into its dive as Flt Lt Townshend screams: “Jesus Christ.”After a few seconds, he is heard yelling at Flt Lt Jones: “Get into your seat!” An alarm started sounding as the autopilot is disengaged and there were audible yells of “Mayday. Mayday.”Eventually, the aircraft begins to level out, when one of the pilots is heard saying: “What the hell just happened?”last_img read more

  • Budapest and Sochi to host IHF Beach Worlds Handball Championship

    ← Previous Story EHF CL: Aalborg grab last ticket for knock-out stage Next Story → Nine handball nations in race for IHF World Championships 2021 and 2023 The Council of the International Handball Federation has awarded to rights to host the Men’s and Women’s Beach Handball World Championships in 2016 to the Hungarian Handball Federation while the Handball Union of Russia has landed the rights to host the Event in 2018.Budapest and the beautiful Margarethen Island will host the best 12 teams from across the globe in a unique setting, while the Olympic city of Sochi will be the venue for the Event in 2018.These two events will further continue to the growth and development of beach handball which has taken huge steps in the past decade, including being added as a sport in the programme of the Youth Olympic Games starting from 2018. read more

  • The 8 rules of table manners everyone needs to know

    first_imgTABLE MANNERS ARE (partly) what separates us from animals. However, sitting at a table and eating neatly, quietly and politely is something not a lot of us have mastered yet.Of course, nobody cares what you do in the privacy of your own home, but when out and about with others it might be better to keep these tips in mind.Let’s talk about chewing.Been told you chew with your mouth open? Close it.This is the first rule of table manners. Seeing food roll around in someone’s gob is just nasty.NASTY.When is it OK to start eating?The general consensus is that when eight people or fewer are sitting down to dinner, you can start eating when everyone else is served, including your host. Source: TumblrAt larger events, start eating when the people sitting on either side of you have been served.What should I do with my cutlery?Fork in the left hand, knife in the right (though no one will really hate you if you switch over, we guess). Source: ShutterstockYou probably shouldn’t lick food off your knife, or wave cutlery around while you’re talking. It just looks bad.Which bread roll is my bread roll? Source: Flickr/RosieTulipsWe’ve all made the mistake of eating someone else’s roll, or getting thoroughly confused about which is your side plate.Generally, the rule is “liquids on the right, solids on the left” – so the bread roll on the plate to your left is your bread roll.What if I need something from the other end of the table?Ask someone else to hand you it. Whatever you do, don’t lunge wildly over the table to grab the gravy boat. Source: TumblrReaching over someone while they’re eating is just unpleasant for everyone involved. Trust us.What if I need to burp/cough/sneeze? Source: GiphyIf you HAVE to burp/cough/blow your nose at the table, don’t just let it rip. Be discreet about it. Again, it’s nasty.So what do you do with your elbows?Keeping our elbows off the dinner table has been drilled into us since birth, but it’s not a hard and fast rule. Source: ShutterstockAccording to Etiquette Scholar, it’s fine to put your elbows on the table when you’re not using your cutlery. In fact, leaning forward on your elbows during a dinner conversation “shows that you’re listening intently”. So now.Where do I put my cutlery when I’m finished my meal?Placing your knife and fork beside each other diagonally on your plate is a pretty much universal sign of a finished meal. Source: Flickr/shira galWith these tips you are all set to eat a meal in a moderately fancy restaurant. Don’t ask us about the very fancy ones. We have no idea.7 annoyingly tricky words and tips to help you spell them>7 simple grammar rules EVERYONE should know>last_img read more

  • Dublin star Flynn steps outside comfort zone and helps to promote suicide

    first_imgSamaritans 116 123 or email Pieta House 01 601 0000 or email Aware 1890 303 302 Console 1800 201 890 Teen-Line Ireland 1800 833 634center_img ‘For him to suffer in silence with it for so long, it was a bit of a wake-up call’‘We Wear More’ – GPA aim to uncover the mental health issues beneath the county jersey Childline 1800 66 66 66 DUBLIN FOOTBALL STAR Paul Flynn has revealed how nervous he was about stepping outside his ‘comfort zone’ and becoming an ambassador for suicide awareness.But the two-time All-Ireland medallist insists any work he has put in has been worth it after receiving correspondence that he steered one person away from suicide.Forward Flynn, who turns 28 today, lost a pal to suicide and was prompted to publicise the work of suicide and self harm centre Pieta House.He talked about the issue on Brendan O’Connor’s TV show early last year and admitted that while it was difficult to discuss, it was worth it.“After the show that I did, the Saturday Night Show, I got a message saying they knew somebody that was thinking about [suicide], dying, whatever way you say it with regards to suicide, but that they didn’t, they sought help and that, ‘look, you’ve saved one person’s life’,” revealed Flynn.“I was just saying it that if nothing else happens after that, I don’t care. That was enough on its own. There’s no doubt about it. It’s a very important issue to address. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO“And I was so nervous doing the show that time because it’s not my comfort zone. I can talk about sport or football but when you’re talking about something that you’re not really that tuned into, it’s difficult.“But after that (the message), it definitely was worth it.”‘We Wear More’Flynn praised the work of the Gaelic Players Association who recently enlisted several high profile players to front their ‘We Wear More’ mental health campaign.“People have contacted me, not just players but in different places through the GAA circuit,” said Flynn. “I direct them to the right people. I’m not a counsellor or anything like it. Some people do contact me so I pass them on and try to help that way.”Flynn is currently gearing up for Sunday week’s Leinster football final with Dublin and claimed that Kerry’s win over Cork in Sunday’s Munster football final was the best performance of any team in the Championship so far.“I’d say Kerry’s was probably the best performance of the year so far, they were class, there’s no doubt about it,” said FlynnHe also confirmed that Bernard Brogan will be available for selection after overcoming the hamstring injury which kept him out of the semi-final win over Wexford.“He’s training away,” said Flynn. “He’ll put himself in contention. He looks good to go, yeah.”Helplines:last_img read more

  • SP 500 Nasdaq and Russell 2000 close at record highs

    first_imgWall Street ended a week of milestones with a few more Friday.The benchmark S&P 500 index closed at an all-time high, just two days after the current bull market in U.S. stocks became the longest in history. The Nasdaq composite and the Russell 2000 indexes also ended the day at all-time highs.Technology companies, the best-performing sector in the market this year, accounted for much of the gains. The price of oil snapped a seven-week losing streak, finishing this week about 5 percent higher.The rally capped another solid week for the stock market, which has been riding a wave of strong corporate earnings even amid uncertainty over simmering global trade tensions.“It appears that the market is really focusing on fundamentals,” said Rob Eschweiler, global investment specialist at J.P. Morgan Private Bank. “We’re at the very tail end of earnings season and there’s no other way to characterize the earnings season other than ‘spectacular.’”The S&P 500 index gained 17.71 points, or 0.6 percent, to 2,874.69. It has now finished with a weekly gain in seven out of the last eight weeks.last_img read more

  • House condemns Trump racist tweets in extraordinary rebuke

    first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — In a remarkable political repudiation, the Democratic-led House voted Tuesday night to condemn President Donald Trump’s “racist comments” against four congresswomen of color, despite protestations by Trump’s Republican congressional allies and his own insistence he hasn’t “a racist bone in my body.”Two days after Trump tweeted that four Democratic freshmen should “go back” to their home countries — though all are citizens and three were born in the U.S.A. — Democrats muscled the resolution through the chamber by 240-187 over strong GOP opposition. The rebuke was an embarrassing one for Trump, and he had appealed to GOP lawmakers not to go along, but there were four Republican votes for the resolution.The measure carries no legal repercussions for the president and the vote was highly partisan, unlikely to cost him with his die-hard conservative base.Before the showdown roll call, Trump characteristically plunged forward with time-tested insults. He accused his four outspoken critics of “spewing some of the most vile, hateful and disgusting things ever said by a politician” and added, “If you hate our Country, or if you are not happy here, you can leave!” — echoing taunts long unleashed against political dissidents rather than opposing parties’ lawmakers.The president was joined by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California and other top Republicans in trying to redirect the focus from Trump’s original tweets, which for three days have consumed Washington and drawn widespread condemnation. Instead, they tried playing offense by accusing the four congresswomen — among the Democrats’ most left-leaning members and ardent Trump critics — of socialism, an accusation that’s already a central theme of the GOP’s 2020 presidential and congressional campaigns.last_img read more

  • PierreEmerick Aubameyang Arsenal must improve

    first_imgDespite opening their Europa League Group E campaign with a win, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang feels that there is still work to be done at Arsenal after conceding two late goalsThe Gabonese striker marked his European debut for the Gunners with a brace on Thursday night at the Emirates with Danny Welbeck and Mesut Ozil also getting on the scoresheet.But, with a 4-0 lead heading into the final 14 minutes, Arsenal then conceded two late goals against Ukrainian side Vorskla Poltava via captain Vladimir Chesnakov and Vyacheslav Sharpar.“I think we played well in the first half and at the beginning of the second as well and we scored four goals, but we need to improve and fight to not concede goals like we did in the last few minutes,” Aubameyang told the club website.The 29-year-old was cup-tied for Arsenal last season after playing for Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League prior to his January arrival.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.Now Aubameyang has his sights set on helping Arsenal better last season’s semi-final appearance in the Europa League.“Of course [we want to win it], especially for me because I didn’t play in the Europa League last year and I am really happy to be back in this competition,” he said.“We want to go to the final of course, it is an objective and hopefully we will do well in our next games.”In the other Group E game, Sporting Lisbon beat Azerbaijani side FK Qarabag 2-0.last_img read more

  • Hundreds expected for massive Freedom of Information block party October 25

    first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Nassau, 08 Oct 2014 – A massive downtown Nassau street party aimed at creating an urgent call for transparency in government transactions is expected to draw a capacity crowd Saturday, October 25.Set for Charlotte Street South from 3 to 8 pm, the block party with a cause is part of an increasingly vocal campaign for a Freedom of Information Act. It is being organized by Save The Bays in partnership with a combination of diverse business and civic groups including the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers’ Confederation, Citizens for a Better Bahamas and the Coalition for Responsible Taxation with numerous sponsors including Van Breugel’s Restaurant, Bristol Wine & Spirits and Sands.“The momentum demanding passage of a Freedom of Information Act is gaining strength every week with more individuals and groups signing petitions, talking about transparency and urging legislation that will prevent all governments – not just this government, but all governments — from engaging in secret deals in which the very public being affected do not even have the right to participate in decision-making that will impact their lives,” said Joseph Darville, Education Director for Save The Bays. “The public has a right to know and to participate in the public’s business.” Darville’s claim of growing momentum in the demand for transparency is supported by the activity Save The Bays, the Chamber of Commerce and other groups have experienced. More than 6,000 people have signed the online petition at calling for passage of a Freedom of Information Act, an Environmental Protection Act and other measures and Save The Bays’ Facebook page has set a record for a local non-governmental organization with more than 17,000 friends and fans.Chamber Chairman Robert Myers said freedom of information is one of the basic tenets of the Chamber’s platform.“The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers’ Confederation is proud to support the efforts of civic society and the private sector who strive to promote open, transparent and accountable governance,” said Myers. “It is through the legislation of a Fiscal Responsibility Act that includes freedom of information, whistle blower and ombudsman acts, and the enforcement of the rule of law that The Bahamas will attain the kind of open governance and stability required to provide real progress and opportunity for its people and the country at large.”The party, free and open to the public, will feature performances by The Bahamas’ best-selling musical artist, KB and the Rhythm Band. In addition to music, there will be food, drinks, t-shirts and other entertainment.According to Save The Bays CEO Lindsey McCoy, interest in legislation bringing government into the sunshine has mushroomed since the first demonstration in March in Rawson Square.“The day of the demonstration we had a terrible downpour and yet even that did not dampen spirits,” she said. “When we counted the groups and how many people they represented – including union chiefs from the country’s largest unions and associations of unions – we realized that more than 60,000 people were represented. And it was amazing to see how many visitors coming off the cruise ships or walking through historic Nassau were interested – most stunned that we did not already have Freedom of Information.”Proponents of transparent government, particularly in approvals of developments impacting lifestyle, culture and the environment, have consistently pointed to the small number of countries still operating in the dark. Among them are North Korea and Guyana, the latter, however in the process of implementing legislation. Other hold-outs that recently enacted freedom of information legislation include Brazil, El Salvador, Malta, Mongolia and Yemen.“The Bahamas is in the company of a diminishing few outliers,” said McCoy. “We hope that all this attention will bring results and make it possible for all informed citizens to take part in the processes that impact them.” She also encouraged Because of tight security at both the north and south ends of Charlotte Street, which will be closed off for the block party, numbers will be limited for any given hour. Vendors are being invited to take part and offer food, crafts and t-shirts supporting the cause. Recommended for you Radical rogues ruining Bahamas tourism reputation Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Related Items:bahamas chamber of commerce, bran mccartney, charlotte street, dna, fnm, freedom of information act, hubert minnis, joseph darville, nassau, rawson square, Save The Bays Bahamas Min. Finance vs opposition on Civil servant pay Former Bahamas PM warns new Govt to remain “humble”last_img read more

  • Robber hits downtown Vancouver bank

    first_imgA robber walked into a downtown Vancouver branch of Chase Bank just before 5 p.m. Wednesday, presented a demand note and then fled through the north doors with some cash.Vancouver police quickly formed a dragnet through downtown and searched for the bandit.He was described as a thin white man in his mid- to late 30s, with a scruffy beard. He is tall — well over 6 feet, according to at least one witness — and wore a gray jacket and a white beanie with ear flaps, according to emergency radio traffic monitored at The Columbian. He may have carried a bag.The bank is at 1205 Broadway.The suspect had not been found as of late Wednesday night.last_img read more

  • Connecticut to increase minimum wage to 15 an hour by 2023

    first_imgThe Connecticut State Senate has approved legislation to increase the state’s minimum wage from $10.10 (£7.97) an hour to $15 (£11.84) an hour by 2023.The senate approved the bill on 17 May 2019 with a vote of 21-14; the House of Representatives issued its approval of the legislation the week prior to this. The bill is now being transferred to Connecticut’s Governor Ned Lamont (pictured), who will sign it into law.Lamont said: “Working families are the backbone of our state; if they are not financially stable, Connecticut will never be. With this increase in minimum wage, thousands of hard-working women and men, many of whom are supporting families, will get a modest increase that will help lift them out of poverty, combat persistent pay disparities between races and genders and stimulate our economy. This is a fair, gradual increase for the working women and men who will invest the money right back into our economy and continue supporting local businesses in their communities.“I’m proud that Democrats came together and took another strong step forward to protect working families. I particularly want to acknowledge state representative Robyn Porter and state senator Julie Kushner, whose leadership in their respective chambers ensured this bill received final legislative approval.”Once enacted, the first minimum wage increase will take effect on 1 October 2019, raising pay to $11 (£8.68) an hour. This will further increase to $12 (£9.47) an hour on 1 September 2020, $13 (£10.26) an hour on 1 August 2021, $14 (£11.05) an hour on 1 July 2022 and finally $15 an hour on 1 June 2023.From 1 January 2024, the minimum wage will be indexed to the employment cost index, which is calculated by the US Department of Labor.Governor Susan Bysiewicz added: “Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour brings Connecticut one step closer to eliminating the gender pay gap because nearly 60% of minimum wage earners in our state are women.“I applaud the members of the State Senate for standing with women across our state and voting in favour of legislation to increase the minimum wage. Women’s issues are economic issues and if we want to grow our economy, we need to ensure that women have financial security in order to provide for their families.”last_img read more