first_imgThe family of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes walked out of an inquest into his death on Friday after a submission from the lawyer for Cricket Australia that the coroner should not rule on claims the batsman been subject to threatening language.Hughes was hit on the back of the neck by a rising delivery when playing for South Australia in a domestic match at the Sydney Cricket Ground on November 25, 2014. He died two days later in a Sydney hospital. (Inquest into death of batsman Phillip Hughes opens in Sydney)The inquest before New South Wales coroner Michael Barnes heard its final submissions on Friday after an emotion-charged week that exposed a rift between the Hughes family and Australia’s cricket establishment. (Phil Hughes’ death unites old cricketing foes)In the family’s submissions to the inquest, which were leaked to the Australian newspaper, his father Greg alleged that hostile comments and a barrage of “illegal” short deliveries aimed at Hughes made the SCG a “very unsafe workplace” that day.The inquest earlier heard a submission from cricketer Matthew Day that New South Wales fast bowler Doug Bollinger had admitted saying “I am going to kill you” before Hughes was hit by a short-pitched ball from Sean Abbott.Bollinger denied making the comment when he gave evidence, while other players, including Hughes’s batting partner at the time of his death, Tom Cooper, said they had not heard it.The Hughes family exited the court room on Friday when Cricket Australia’s lawyer Bruce Hodgkinson agreed with the earlier advice of the counsel to the coroner that he should not make comment on the ‘sledging’.advertisementLocal media said that the Hughes family had openly displayed disbelief at some of the evidence given by players and Cricket Australia officials during the hearing.Barnes is to release his findings on Nov. 4.last_img read more

first_imgMaxwell Award (outstanding player) What am I missing here? Luck goes 11-1, Weeden goes 11-1, Weeden’s numbers are…well…just look at them. I understand Luck didn’t have the weapons Weeden did, but how do we know Weeden’s weapons weren’t simply a product of Weeden doing Weeden things? Do we have empirical evidence of any of OSU’s stars (Blackmon, Cooper, Randle, Moore et al) being great before Weeden took over at the helm? We don’t? Okay. Lou Groza Award (best kicker) One of the running jokes among college football bloggers this season has been that schools need to start paying kickers more money (see: Boise, Alabama, OU, etc). I know Sharp missed the big one up in Ames, but he’s done an incredible job replacing Bailey and his numbers are up there with anyone else in the nation.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Photo Attribution:Emily NielsenBig thanks to one of my readers (honestly can’t remember who) for the idea for this post.College football’s most prestegious, not to mention awkward (Herbstreit handed out more awkward handshakes than the 12th man on an NBA bench), non-Heisman awards were doled out last Thursday night in Orlando, Florida.The country’s third best team sent exactly one representative to collect a trophy he likely sewed up in January with this press conference.To highlight what a political process the college football awards season is, consider: Baylor’s Kendall Wright had significantly better stats than Justin Blackmon throughout the season and wasn’t even a finalist for the award while Brandon Weeden and Bob Griffin had the same stats and Griffin was the runaway winner for the Heisman while Weeden watched from his couch.The point of this post is not to opine on who was left off of which ballot, but rather to show that OSU is indeed competing with that nation’s elite at nearly every position.Shall we? Let’s go.Heisman (no idea what this means anymore) We’ve gone over this ad nauseam, but the fact remains that OSU pumped out two guys this year who were at least talked about (if not voted for) in the Heisman race. You want to talk abou things that are big in recruiting? Take a ballot with your school receiving Heisman votes into an 18-year old’s house and see what happens. Heck, bring it over to my house and see what happens. Fred Biletnikoff Award (best wide receiver) I thought Berry Tramel made a good point in one of his blog posts the other day – if Deion never happened, OSU could be looking at a school three-peat for the Biletnikoff. OSU has become a premiere place for wide receivers to become great, which is what makes Kendall Sanders’ de-commitment all the more curious.center_img John Mackey Award (best tight end) Okay, so they can’t be elite at every position. It’s too bad too, because I think Horton (and Youman for that matter) is an elite athlete who kind of gets lost in the hurry-up, spread-it-out offense. Stick him on Stanford or USC and he’d have 30 catches for 350 and 6-7 TD. Doak Walker Award (best running back) One of the great travesties of this season (as much as something happening in the context of the season of a division one sport can be categorized as a “travesty”) was how greatly Joe Randle got overshadowed by Weeden2Blackmon. He didn’t get nearly the carries Richardson got, but I think his per carry average says it all. Randle is absolutely a top ten running back in the country and he gets two more years to prove it.last_img read more

first_img Learning All About Aquavit with Christian Krogstad Modern Nomad is a weekly column dedicated to mobile gear, must-see world destinations, tips for life on the road, and traveling better through technology.Unfortunately, the internet ensures that nothing — even today’s modern speakeasies — is truly “secret” anymore. But these four exclusive Chicago bars can still be difficult to find and even more difficult to access even with the right info.Room 13 at The Old Chicago Inn Bed & Breakfast (Lakeview)Room 13 may be the city’s most exclusive speakeasy. The nondescript entrance is tucked neatly into an alleyway near the corner of Belmont and Sheffield. There are only three ways to gain entry: know the password, be a guest of the adjacent Old Chicago Inn B&B, or purchase a yearly membership. This is a true Roaring Twenties-era jazz club and guests are expected to dress accordingly (jackets for the gentlemen, cocktail attire for the ladies). They’ve even gone so far as to trademark the tagline “Drink in Some History™”. For $55 per couple, B&B guests can choose to add a Speakeasy Flight to their stay. The package includes a sampling of four classic cocktails, all handcrafted while the bartender describes their significance and historical influences.The Office at The Aviary (West Loop)One of Chi-town’s most classic speakeasies is The Office at The Aviary. There are only two ways to get into this basement venue: either by invitation or by booking a private party of at least 16 people. The small plate and cocktail menus are as pricey as the bar is exclusive (think $20 and up for a “typical” cocktail). Although the joy of telling your significant other that you’ll “be staying late at The Office tonight” is well worth the price of admission.Related: Micro Guide: ChicagoThe Violet Hour (Bucktown)As perhaps the city’s oldest speakeasy, The Violet Hour is somewhat of an institution among Bucktown locals. The bar is open to the public, provided you can navigate your way through the tacky, eclectic mural outside. There’s no sign and only a small door handle marks the entrance. As an added bonus, visitors can register for TVH’s Master Beverage Classes. Each class introduces bartending newcomers to a distinct aspect of classic mixology, including Syrup 101 and Seasonality and Bitters: Function versus Fashion.East Room (Logan Square)Imagine a private DJ party in your friend’s basement, then add a bit of garish gentleman’s club decor. That’s about the size of East Room where simple, exposed brick, jet black curtains, and cheap canned beer set the scene. The entrance to this secret no-frills bar is hidden behind a nondescript black door in an alley off Medill. There’s no signage of any kind and only a simple red light above the door indicates when the bar is open. Unlike the city’s other modern speakeasies, the bar menu here is modestly priced and don’t expect to find anything too fancy.(Photo via Flickr) The Best Small-Space Furniture for Living Tiny The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date How to Identify, Treat, and Survive a Spider Bite Editors’ Recommendations PrepDeck Makes Meal Prep Work a Breezelast_img read more

first_imgThe Department of Transportation and Public Works continues toplow and clear all 100-series highways around the province,today, Jan. 24, with the exception of the Cobequid Pass on Highway 104 (Amherst to Glenholme). This stretch of Highway 104is expected to remain closed until late afternoon, or possibly early evening. Blowing snow is still creating hazardous conditions on majorhighways. Motorists are urged to stay off the roads and allow snowplowsand trucks to continue clearing all highways. For highway information call the snow line recorded message at1-800-307-SNOW (7669). -30-last_img read more

first_imgLe comité Halifax 2014 a annoncé aujourd’hui 10 novembre la création de son programme des partenaires des associations des Jeux du Commonwealth, qui met l’accent sur le développement sportif dans l’ensemble du Commonwealth. Le programme vise à appuyer les 70 nations et territoires du Commonwealth à l’extérieur du Canada en les aidant à atteindre leurs objectifs en matière de développement sportif. « Notre candidature repose sur un héritage durable ici chez nous et partout dans le Commonwealth », a déclaré Scott Logan, chef de la direction d’Halifax 2014. « Pour que les Jeux du Commonwealth connaissent du succès, tous les athlètes doivent être en mesure de participer avec fierté et dignité, et croire qu’ils ont été en mesure de se préparer de leur mieux. Conformément à l’esprit des Jeux, nous sommes d’avis que nous sommes responsables d’aider les athlètes à atteindre cet objectif. » Le programme d’Halifax 2014, qui a été formé après avoir discuté avec différentes associations des Jeux du Commonwealth, est conçu pour répondre aux besoins des associations et pour s’assurer qu’il offre un soutien qui aura une incidence sur le développement des athlètes et des systèmes sportifs à l’échelle du Commonwealth. Plus précisément, le programme des partenaires des associations des Jeux du Commonwealth offrira un accès à des entraîneurs de renommée mondiale et des experts en sciences sportives, ainsi qu’à de l’équipement pour les sports d’équipe. Le programme mise sur le programme d’héritage de la candidature d’Halifax 2014 qui a été annoncé au cours de la phase de mise en candidature nationale afin de s’assurer que les avantages des Jeux du Commonwealth de 2014 débutent au cours des phases de mise en candidature et se poursuivent bien au-delà des Jeux. Grâce à des investissements axés sur le soutien des centres régionaux d’entraînement de haute performance, le programme d’héritage de la candidature d’Halifax 2014 a offert un financement total de 75 000 $ partout au Canada atlantique. Le programme des partenaires des associations des Jeux du Commonwealth poursuit également la tradition de Jeux du Commonwealth Canada, qui offre une vaste gamme de programmes de développement sportif financés par le gouvernement fédéral dans les pays des Caraibes et de l’Afrique du Commonwealth en développement depuis le début des années 1990. « Il s’agit d’une excellente occasion de continuer à miser sur le modèle de partenariat qui a déjà fait une si grande différence dans des douzaines de communautés du Commonwealth », a souligné Dr Andrew Pipe, président de Jeux du Commonwealth Canada et membre du conseil d’administration d’Halifax 2014. « Puisqu’il est axé spécifiquement sur le développement sportif, ce programme contribue à bâtir la capacité et à élever la norme globale de performance à l’échelle du Commonwealth, au profit de tous les athlètes des Jeux de 2010, de 2014 et des années suivantes. » Le programme utilise le sport comme outil de développement pour les personnes individuelles et les communautés, et il permet aux entraîneurs canadiens de mieux comprendre ce qui est nécessaire pour offrir une meilleure expérience des Jeux aux athlètes, tout en enrichissant le développement sportif du Canada. « Le sport est un véhicule qui permet de rassembler les gens, peu importe la culture, la géographie, la langue ou la situation économique », a affirmé Rachel Bedingfield, conseillère de Jeux du Commonwealth Canada, athlète locale et anciennement interne en development sportif au Kenya. « Grâce à ce programme, les jeunes chefs de file en matière de sport peuvent acquérir des compétences tout en contribuant aux systèmes sportifs d’autres pays. Il s’agit d’une situation favorable à toutes les parties. » Disposant d’un budget de 700 000 $, le programme des partenaires des associations des Jeux du Commonwealth offrira un soutien direct d’environ 10 000 $ aux associations aux cours des 12 prochains mois, c’est-à-dire pendant la phase de candidature internationale. Les Jeux du Commonwealth sont une manifestation sportive et culturelle internationale qui a lieu tous les quatre ans et au cours de laquelle des athlètes provenant des 71 nations et territoires du Commonwealth sont en compétition. En décembre 2005, la ville d’Halifax a été retenue comme ville candidate du Canada aux Jeux du Commonwealth de 2014. Le comité Halifax 2014 est en compétition avec la ville de Glasgow, en Écosse, et la ville d’Abuja, au Nigeria. Il se concentre à l’heure actuelle sur ses efforts pour préparer et remporter la candidature internationale, qui sera décernée par la Fédération des Jeux du Commonwealth le 9 novembre 2007 au Sri Lanka.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – Statistics Canada says wholesale sales gained 0.1 per cent to $63.1 billion in April.The small increase came as gains in machinery, equipment and supplies and the food, beverage and tobacco subsectors were offset by a drop in the motor vehicle and parts subsector.The agency says wholesale sales in volume terms were unchanged.Sales were up in three of the seven subsectors.The machinery, equipment and supplies subsector climbed 2.3 per cent to $13.0 billion, while the food, beverage and tobacco subsector rose 1.9 per cent to $12.1 billion.The motor vehicle and parts subsector fell 4.0 per cent to $11.5 billion.last_img read more

first_imgSACRAMENTO, Calif. — California utilities again are facing severe financial pressures from the possibility that their equipment sparked catastrophic wildfires, including two that are now burning at either end of the state.The pressure comes even though Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation in September giving utilities some relief beginning next year.The law made it easier for utilities to pass along costs from fire-related damages to consumers and also avoid possible bankruptcy from a series of major fires that occurred during the 2017 fire season that produced more than $10 billion in losses.But there was a gap in the law: No damages specific to 2018 were included, so utilities face a higher bar to bill customers to cover those costs. And this year already supplanted 2017 as the most destructive in California’s recorded history.Authorities have not determined a cause for either of two major blazes burning now, but Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and Southern California Edison have reported irregularities with their equipment near the time and place where both ignited.A woman who owns land near the site where a deadly wildfire started in Northern California said Monday that Pacific Gas & Electric Co. sought access to her property just before the blaze started because the utility’s power lines were causing sparks.PG&E shares have lost more than a third of their value since the Camp Fire broke out northeast of San Francisco, destroying thousands of homes and killing dozens of people as it levelled the town of Paradise.Moody’s Investors Service said Monday that the “shortcomings” in the legislation reflect negatively on PG&E’s credit rating, which is barely investment grade.“Moody’s negative outlook incorporates the view that additional financial stress for PG&E is likely,” Moody’s spokesman Joe Mielenhausen said in an email. “Going forward, we will look for signs of additional legislative and regulatory support for the utility as it works through various legal processes.”Last week PG&E told state regulators that it detected a problem on an electrical transmission line near the site of the blaze minutes before the fire broke out. The utility later said it observed damage to a transmission tower on the line, and a PG&E spokeswoman said the company will co-operate with any investigations.Betsy Ann Cowley, a property owner near the site said PG&E sought access to the area before the fire started, telling her power lines were sparking.Southern California Edison told regulators there was an outage on an electrical circuit near the site where the Woolsey Fire started in Ventura County. It quickly spread into Malibu and destroyed hundreds of homes.SoCal Edison said the report was submitted out of an abundance of caution and there was no indication from fire officials that its equipment may have been involved. The report said the fire was reported around 2:24 p.m. Thursday, two minutes after the outage.Shares of parent company Edison International have tumbled more than 20 per cent since the fire started.California is one of just two states that hold electric companies entirely liable for damage caused by their equipment, even if they followed all safety precautions. The new law makes it easier for them to pass some of those costs along to consumers.Utilities lobbied aggressively to eliminate that strict liability standard but lawmakers dropped the idea amid pressure from insurers, trial lawyers and fire victims.Instead, legislators passed a law making it easier for utilities to manage the costs without going bankrupt. They created two mechanisms for investor-owned utilities to shift the costs of wildfire lawsuits onto their customers— one process that begins in 2019, and another for the 2017 fires.For reasons that remain unclear, they law left the rules unchanged for 2018.“The priority was on addressing 2017 victims and putting in place some fire-safety measures,” said Paul Payne, a spokesman for Sen. Bill Dodd, a Napa Democrat and the bill’s author. “The focus was on making 2017 victims whole.”It’s too soon to say whether the Legislature will take up another fight over the 2018 fires, Payne said.SoCal Edison officials say the Legislature needs to do more to shield utilities from wildfire-related liability.“SCE believes the state can do more, including enacting fire-smart building codes, particularly in high fire risk areas, and ensuring the proper allocation of risk for the often-tragic consequences of wildfires,” spokeswoman Justina Garcia wrote in an email.A PG&E spokesman, Paul Doherty, did not respond to questions about the legislation, saying “our entire company is focused on supporting first responders.”Sen. Jerry Hill, a Redwood City Democrat and longtime critic of PG&E, called the report of troubles on PG&E’s lines in the area extremely worrisome.“At some point we have to say enough is enough and we have to ask: Should this company be allowed to do business in California?” Hill said. “These fires take a spark, and at least in the last few years fires have been caused by negligent behaviour by PG&E. We need to see how we can hold them responsible, or look at alternative way of doing business.”Hill said he was exploring legislative options to keep a closer check on PG&E, including the possibility of breaking up the utility.“They are a monopoly and they act as a monopoly,” Hill said. “That is a problem when the motive is profit, and that just may not be the right motive for providing utility services.”___Associated Press writer Garance Burke contributed from San Francisco.Jonathan J. Cooper, The Associated Presslast_img read more

FedEx is dropping a contract for air shipment of packages for Amazon within the United States, reducing its ties with an online retail giant that is expanding its own delivery business.FedEx said Friday that it will not renew the contract for domestic FedEx Express handling of Amazon shipments when the deal expires June 30.Spokeswoman Katie Wassmer says the move will let FedEx focus on thousands of other retailers including Target, Walgreens and Walmart.The move doesn’t affect FedEx ground shipments inside the U.S. for Amazon.In a statement, Amazon says only that it respects FedEx’s decision and thanks the delivery company for serving Amazon customers over the years.The Associated Press read more

Wrapping up a visit to the country, Edmund Mulet, the Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, also listed among the signs of tangible progress the disappearance of the so-called zone of confidence separating north and south.He noted in addition that the two former warring forces are now working together on security issues along with the UN peacekeeping mission in the country (UNOCI) and French Licorne forces, according to a UN spokesperson. “Even so, much remains to be done,” the spokesperson added, saying that Mr. Mulet requested donors to continue to provide support to the peace process and to streamline their efforts in the maintenance of peace in Cote d’Ivoire.UNOCI is helping to pave the way for the polls, which were scheduled for 30 November but have been delayed for the third time.Elections are one of the key benchmarks of last year’s Ouagadougou Agreement, the political accord reached in neighbouring Burkina Faso that aims to reconcile Côte d’Ivoire’s Government and the rebel Forces Nouvelles. 12 December 2008Genuine progress has been made in identifying the population and registering voters for the long-delayed elections in Cote d’Ivoire, a key element in resolving a political crisis that in 2002 divided the West African country into a rebel-held north and Government-controlled south, a top United Nations official said today. read more

25 May 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the international community to step up efforts to help Africa attain its potential for peace and sustainable development, saying the continent continued to influence the global agenda by reminding the world of its responsibility to the most vulnerable. In his message to mark Africa Day, which commemorates the founding in 1963 of the Organization of African Unity, now known as the African Union (AU), Mr. Ban said the United Nations was a key partner of Africa, supporting the continent’s efforts in various fields, including peace and security, social and economic development and regional integration.“The independence movement that swept Africa five decades ago brought many new members to the United Nations, resulting in a new focus on the continent’s development needs and heightened emphasis on greater democracy in the management of international relations,” the Secretary-General said.“By consistently reminding the international community of its responsibility to the most vulnerable, and affirming that we are all members of a global family of nations, Africa has helped to reshape the global agenda,” he added.This year’s anniversary has particular significance because it also marks 50 years of independence for several Francophone African States, as well as Nigeria, the continent’s most populous nation.The UN has played a key role promulgating the fundamental values of the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights among the diverse nations of African, Mr. Ban said.“Our extensive presence on the ground in Africa encompasses peacekeeping, peace-building, mediation and conflict prevention, and there is growing cooperation between the United Nations and the African Union Commission, exemplified by regular dialogue between the Security Council and the AU Peace and Security Council,” he said.The September Summit on the Millennium Development Goals offered yet another venue for upholding UN’s commitments to Africa and supporting the continent’s efforts to implement its New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD, the Secretary-General said. As an economic programme of the African Union, NEPAD aims to provide a policy framework for accelerating economic cooperation and integration among African States.“Africa is poised to capitalize on its potential. On this Africa Day, let us rededicate ourselves to fruitful partnerships in pursuit of peace and sustainable progress for all the continent’s people,” he added. read more

“I’ll try and do my utmost to fulfil my tasks at the end of the day to produce something which would be considered by the world at large to have been a successful counter-terrorism activity,” Javier Ruperez told reporters at his first news conference in New York.The CTC draws its mandate from Security Council resolution 1373 – adopted in the wake of the 11 September 2001 attacks against the United States – which compels countries to report regularly on their efforts to combat terrorism.Mr. Ruperez hailed progress since the measure’s passage. The sensitivity concerning terrorism has been changed around the world “precisely because of the existence of that resolution,” he said.On staffing for the office he heads, Mr. Ruperez pledged to make proposals on staffing shortly, but estimated that 30 to 40 people would be required. “I want to have a very lean and efficient structure,” he explained.He said his future activities would include a visit to Washington, D.C., to meet with representatives of the Organization of American States (OAS), which he said “has developed a very robust system of counter-terrorism measures.”Mr. Ruperez said he also anticipated talks with officials from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which was “doing a very good job as far as controlling terrorist financing.”Asked about the current situation in Iraq, he said, “What we are watching right now in Iraq has all the appearance of terrorist acts, and those people who are using violence for the purpose of achieving political goals and on the way killing civilians, innocent people, and using this indiscriminate violence to me are terrorists,” he said.”Terrorism is trying to eat up our own reasons for being,” he observed. “It is the fight against reason, it is the fight against the principles of the United Nations.”A national of Spain, Mr. Ruperez said terrorism has sadly been a part of both his national and personal life. “I was kidnapped by the Basque terrorists in 1979,” he recalled.Spain had been able to assert its power as a democratic State. “I think that we were able to build up a very strong sense of what we wanted to achieve against the terrorists,” he said. “Even if it does take place, the world will continue, and democracy will continue, and freedom will continue.”We know that the fight will be a bit longer, but at the end of the day we will prevail,” he said. read more

Ohio State has named its next women’s basketball coach. The school announced Tuesday that Washington coach Kevin McGuff will be the next coach of the Buckeye program. “We are excited with the opportunity for Kevin to lead our women’s basketball program,” said OSU athletic director Gene Smith in a released statement. “He is a proven leader and has done a marvelous job everywhere he has been. We welcome him back to his home, Ohio.” The move comes less than a month after splitting ways with former coach Jim Foster on March 19. Foster spent 11 seasons in Columbus and garnered a 279-82 record. McGuff, who spent nine seasons at Xavier (214-73) in Cincinnati before jumping ship to Washington in 2011, led the Huskies to a 21-12 finish that ended in a loss to Pacific in the Women’s National Invitation Tournament second round this year. “I am extremely excited and humbled to be the next women’s basketball coach at Ohio State,” McGuff said in a released statement. “This is an amazing opportunity for my family and me to come back to the state of Ohio. I would like to thank Gene, (executive associate athletic director) Miechelle Willis and President (E. Gordon) Gee for putting their faith in me to be their next head coach. As someone who is from state of Ohio, I know how special of a place this is and my goal is to have Ohio State competing at the highest level of women’s college basketball.” According to a press release, McGuff, who was 41-26 in two seasons with Washington, signed a contract extension on March 26 through 2020. An OSU spokesman said the terms of McGuff’s contract will be made available at a press conference Wednesday. read more

first_img“It can be a dangerous strategy, particularly if we came in with about the same vote and then transfers are more difficult,” Gallagher said.The former TD, whose stronghold is in Donegal and the west of the constituency, added that he has an ability to secure votes in the counties of Laois, Offaly, Kildare, Meath and Louth.He agreed that opinion polls suggest that Sinn Féin will take a seat along with Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil, but cautioned that it was “much too early yet” to predict what will happen.Fine Gael has already selected incumbent MEPs Mairead McGuinness and Jim Higgins as it targets two of the four available seats in the constituency. Labour has selected senator Lorraine Higgins, Sinn Féin is running councillor Matt Carthy, and the Green Party is running councillor Mark Dearey.Incumbent independent MEP Marian Harkin is seeking to retain her European Parliament seat, and independent senator Rónán Mullen is also contesting the election. Independent TD Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan will indicate next week whether he intends to run.Read: ‘Ming’ Flanagan will tell us if he is running for Europe after St Patrick’s DayRead: Another senator is running for Europe in Ireland’s biggest constituency PAT ‘THE COPE’ GALLAGHER, the veteran Fianna Fáil MEP, has said that the two-candidate strategy that the party is pursuing in the new Midlands-North West European constituency could be dangerous.He has also admitted that it is unlikely the party will take two seats, telling Karen Coleman on Radio EP: “I am only wish we could take two seats, but of course I am a realist.”He was speaking ahead of the party’s final selection convention which is due to take place in Mullingar this weekend. Two candidates will be picked to contest the 15-county four-seat constituency for Fianna Fáil.Gallagher is certain to take one of the nominations with Senator Thomas Bryne also likely to be nominated. Seanán Ó Coistín, a former independent candidate in Ireland East, is also putting his name forward.Gallagher, who has been in the European Parliament since 1994, said the decision to run two candidates had come from “the hierarchy of the party” with one running east of the Shannon and the other west of the river in what he said is “a very large constituency”.last_img read more

first_imgMédecine alternative : des mouvements oculaires pour l’autoguérisonFrance – Découvrez la thérapie des mouvements oculaires, mise en lumière par Le Point. Une médecine alternative qui permet de soigner le stress post-traumatique.La thérapie “des mouvements oculaires de sensibilisation et de retraitement”, appelée EMDR, est une forme d’autoguérison qui permet de soigner les syndromes de stress post-traumatique. Elle donne de bons résultats sur les victimes d’accident, de viol, de catastrophe naturelle, en les aidant à classer les pensées liées au choc dans l’espace “souvenirs résolus” du cerveau. Dès lors, les symptômes liés au traumatisme disparaissent.Une séance d’EMDR consiste pour le patient à raconter à haute voix le choc qu’il a subi. Le thérapeute lui fait réaliser pendant ce temps des séries de mouvements oculaires, tout en lui envoyant des stimuli sonores et visuels, afin d’agir sur les deux hémisphères du cerveau. Cette technique peut être effectuée chez un psychothérapeute, un psychiatre, un psychologue ou un psychanalyste agréé. Le 31 octobre 2010 à 16:12 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

first_imgWayne Rooney has revealed his final days at Manchester United were embarrassing.The Manchester United all-time top scorer insists his failure to start the club’s league cup final against Southampton and the UEFA Europa League final against Ajax convinced him his time at the club was over.Despite having a bit-part role in manager Jose Mourinho’s squad, the former England international remained the captain as well as a living icon during his final season at Old Trafford.However, his reduced status in the dressing room meant Rooney was ’embarrassed’ to lift both trophies.Rooney told Sky Sports: “I came on for one minute in the Europa League final. I was about to come on against Southampton in the League Cup final, and in those moments it was embarrassing.“It was getting to a point where I was embarrassed. I thought “I can’t keep doing this”, as hard as it was to leave United.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“In the Southampton game, [manager Jose] Mourinho came to me and said: ‘I want you to lift the trophy.’ I was like: “Well, I didn’t even play in the game.’”“He was persistent with it, and I literally lifted it and moved it on. What was I doing? I need to move on and go somewhere else.”Rooney called time on his United career in the summer of 2017, joining his boyhood club Everton with Romelu Lukaku moving in the other direction in a separate deal.However, his time at Goodison Park would be equally difficult and he made the move to the MLS this summer.He enjoyed an impressive campaign in the United States and his family have flourished in their new environment.last_img read more

first_imgArsenal’s forward Alex Iwobi has revealed that Sporting was lacking in composure in their Thursday night match, adding that the club deserves credit for being very compact and difficult to break.“We have to give credit to Sporting because they were very compact and they made it difficult for us, but maybe that composure was lacking a bit today,” Iwobi said via official club’s website.Discussing about the red card after Aubameyang found himself through on goal, he continued: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.“It’s a bit sad, especially when you’re seeing Pierre running and he’s so fast that we knew he was going to get there, but I guess it was a smart challenge from Mathieu, but it was unfortunate for us and we were unable to get the goal.”While also talking about Wolves at the weekend and aiming to finish top of the group, Iwobi concluded:“We will go again and start analysing Wolves and that’s not going to be an easy game because they’ve been doing well this season, so onto the next one.”last_img read more

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTarr, Robertson & Gordon Secure $30,000 In State Funding For Wilmington Senior Center ImprovementsIn “Government”OP-ED: Why Wilmington Residents Should Care About A Woburn 40B ProjectIn “Government”Massachusetts Lottery Eyeing Wilmington As Location For New Regional OfficeIn “Business” Dear Editor,We would like to take this opportunity to thank Senators Cindy Friedman and Bruce Tarr and Representatives Richard Haggerty, David Robertson, and Kenneth Gordon for their continued support in the Woburn Neighborhood Association’s objection to the Ledges Project. The State Delegation from Woburn and Wilmington sent a joint letter to the Mass Department of Environmental Protection outlining their objections to the project and asking them to take immediate action. The text of the letter is below.Sincerely,Michael L Raymond, ChairmanWoburn Neighborhood Association++++++++++++++++++++++Office of Heidi ZischGeneral CounselMass DEP 205B Lowell StWilmington, MA 01887Attorney Zisch,We write to you with great concern about the environmental impact regarding the “Ledges” project located at 1042 Main Street in Woburn, MA, and the widespread effects it will have on both the local and regional human and animal populations, forest ecosystem, and groundwater runoff. While we support accessible and affordable housing opportunities in the greater Boston area, the impact the proposed project has on the surrounding neighborhoods in terms of dust, noise, and construction on an environmentally damaged plot leads us to believe that such a project’s negatives far outweigh any perceived benefits. We believe that MassDEP would likely share in our and our constituents justified concerns,Firstly, with 420,000 cubic yards of soil set to be removed, the project not only radically alters the community but also exposes all residents to dust and debris as a result of the extensive blasting. Of particular concern to us is the great amount of Silica dust that will be created. As we are sure you know, silica contributes to increased risks of a myriad of cancers, a heightened risk of OCPD, and is the direct cause of silicosis. These risks are especially concerning due to the presence of young children and the elderly nearby, living in homes not typically insulated against such fine particle matter. Even if such particles do not enter the homes and business of residents, fine particles that land on cars, playsets, and pathways will be directly stirred up and breathed by thousands of people. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health recommends that workers who deal with silica change their clothes and park their vehicle in sheltered areas at the worksite, noting that fallen particles on clothes and cars still raise the level for illness. The residents of Woburn and Wilmington do not have this luxury, and instead are forced to be exposed to contaminates without any choice but to abandon their homes. This is egregious.Secondly, we wish MassDEP to address the radical changes such a development will have on the water percolation and runoff, especially with respect to the change in how the plume of the Olin Chemical site has continuously spread. As we are sure you are aware the chemicals leaked from the Olin Chemical property have created a larger plume than previously expected, With the removal of vegetation, top soil, and the creation of thousands of square feet of non-permeable surface we are concerned with the exacerbation that concentrated percolation and drainage will have in extending the plume. By creating non-permeable surfaces and removing topsoil storm-water run off potentially increase in concentration, pushing chemicals spreading through the bedroom even further rather than being held and released more slowly as the current topography of the site allows. As you are also aware, the Wilmington area cancer study is still an ongoing matter, and evidence suggests a correlation between the appearance of rare cancers and the chemicals present in the Woburn/Wilmington watershed.Thirdly, our delegation is concerned about the noise and light pollution on nearby residents. While the area is developed, the lowering of the elevation of the hill and the removal of the trees changes the dynamic of the light and noise pollution tremendously. It is no secret that studies show that exposure to light and sound during evening hours leads to higher rates of stress, depression, anxiety, and more in children. The size and scope of a project that radically alters the landscape will decrease the health of the population, decrease the values of existing property, and compound an already tenuous public health picture.As the project is moving forward, urgent action is greatly needed. We ask that you, within your powers, take into account our objections with the project so that the good people of Woburn and Wilmington do not lose their health, homes, or happiness. As always, if you have any questions on the above points, the project in general, or our other numerous concerns please do not hesitate to reach out to our respective offices.Sincerely,Representative David RobertsonRepresentative Richard HaggertyRepresentative Kenneth GordonSenator Bruce TarrSenator Cindy FriedmanLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.last_img read more

first_imgIndia go into the World Cup as favourites and one of the main reasons why they have this tag is their well-rounded bowling attack. Virat Kohli has plenty of attacking options as far as his bowlers are concerned and this gives the captain a lot of confidence.Former Australian bowler and multiple World Cup winner Glenn McGrath believes that India’s pace ace Jasprit Bumrah will play a huge role in shaping India’s journey at the marquee event. He also cautioned that India should not chop and change too much and always stick to their strengths.”If a combination works, I see no reason to change that. Bumrah will be the key to India’s success. He needs to bowl well in the powerplay and at the death. The runs you save in the powerplay really matters,” McGrath said.’Middle overs are important’ Indian cricket team Ian Kington/AFP/Getty Images”Bumrah needs to be accurate, mix his slower ones up nicely. His short deliveries must catch batsmen by surprise, as he did in IPL. Middle overs are very important. This is where many teams let the opposition off the hook. Hardik Pandya’s role here will be important,” he further added.Much of India’s success in ODIs over the years has been because of the consistency of their top order and the Australian legend believes that it should continue even in the tournament. However, according to him, they can only be successful if they are willing to adapt and adjust to conditions and then dig in for the long haul.”As we saw in the last few days, 300-plus is the norm. So India’s top order — Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli — must click. They need to be patient and judicious in shot selection to put runs on the board. It depends upon how they adapt,” McGrath further added. Rohit needs to find formIANSFor India, the form of the openers is a concern as both Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan have not looked anywhere close to their best in the two warm-up games. Although captain Virat Kohli did not sound too concerned with his openers, India need them to stand up and be counted on the day when it matters the most.Also, the pitch at Southampton has always been a flat one that produces high-scores, a factor that could force India to go in with Bhuvneshwar Kumar as the third seamer. There could be a toss up between Ravindra Jadeja and Kedar Jadhav as the second all-rounder in the side after Hardik Pandya.last_img read more

first_imgBaltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, along with the Baltimore City School Board, introduced new CEO of the Baltimore Public Schools, Dr. Gregory Thornton, during a news conference Feb. 18 at John Eager Howard Elementary School. A life-long educator who once turned down an opportunity to study medicine free of charge because he was committed to becoming a teacher, Thornton comes to Baltimore after spending the last four years serving as superintendent of Milwaukee’s public schools. There, he helped raise graduation rates and improve student achievement scores at a rate higher than the national average, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress Trial Urban District Assessment for 2013. In her introductory comments, Rawlings-Blake spoke of some of the challenges facing the Baltimore public schools and touted the 21st Century Buildings initiative, an effort to build new schools and renovate existing ones with the aid of $1.1 billion in funds secured by the Baltimore delegation to the Maryland legislature in Annapolis. “Our city school buildings” explained the mayor, “still are the oldest in the state. Many were built in the early part of the 20th century and some unfortunately…are still standing from the 19th century,” she said. “Leaking roofs,…unreliable heating and cooling systems, unusable bathrooms and water fountains had become the norm in too many of our schools and I can’t tell you what it means to me that future generations of Baltimore’s children—current and future—will see new schools, renovated schools, and first-class schools right here in Baltimore.” The sorry state of the school buildings was also attested to by Marcellis McQueen, a fourth grader and reporter for Cool School News, the John Eager Howard Elementary School newspaper. “Our water is always green or brown. Our bathroom, it’s dirty and is always getting flooded and needs improving,” Marcellis said. The young student reporter also noted that he would like to see better gym facilities and a student lounge where kids could receive additional help in subjects such as math. Thornton, whom the Mayor described as “a seasoned administrator” and “an outstanding partner in working to provide [the] world class education that we all want for Baltimore’s children” will take over for interim CEO Tisha Edwards, who oversaw the implementation of Common Core State Standards in the Baltimore public school system in July. In addition to continuing the implementation of Common Core, Thornton will be tasked with overseeing increased access to technology for Baltimore’s public school students, an effort he also helped oversee during his time in Milwaukee. According to Thornton, “On any given day, my kids [in the Milwaukee school system] are out on job sites, not as laborers, they are out basically looking at the role technology plays in every aspect of life.” The necessary tech infrastructure will be installed as part of the 21st Century Buildings initiative, but Thornton said he wants to work to increase access to technology beyond the walls of the schoolhouse for Baltimore’s public school students. “Kids gotta have access at home,” he said. “What I think premiere cities are trying to do is to create a way in which, no matter where you plug in, any time—kid’s laying in bed and can’t sleep, he takes his cell phone and gets caught up. That’s my goal.” In addition to being a life-long educator, Thornton is a grandfather and is accompanied in his move to Baltimore by his wife and fellow educator, Theresa Thornton, whom he has known since they were both 15 years old.last_img read more