6 days agoIbrahimovic slams Maldini: AC Milan are a disaster

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Ibrahimovic slams Maldini: AC Milan are a disasterby Carlos Volcano6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLA Galaxy star Zlatan Ibrahimovic is sorry to see the state of former club AC Milan.The Swede slammed Paolo Maldini’s work as director.He told Gazzetta dello Sport: “Milan are a disaster. They’re all talk and no action.“This is not the club everyone fell in love with, in Italy and all over the world. Perhaps there are too many wrong people who should be elsewhere.“Paolo Maldini doesn’t have what it takes to be a director, whereas in his playing career he was one of my all-time favourites.“In fairness, Maldini does have a difficult task, because it’s not easy to do well with limited resources.” last_img read more

Horrifying! Girl injured after parasailing accident

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Bulgarian FA slams England boss Gareth Southgate over racism concerns

first_img Next Reuters SofiaSeptember 14, 2019UPDATED: September 14, 2019 09:10 IST Reuters PhotoThe president of the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) Borislav Mihaylov has expressed his indignation and disappointment over comments by England manager Gareth Southgate about the prospect of racism at next month’s Euro 2020 qualifier in Sofia.Southgate, who plans to consult his players before the Oct. 14 game, said he feared they could face racial abuse in Bulgaria after an away fan allegedly targeted winger Raheem Sterling when the teams met at Wembley last Saturday.The FA said an individual was ejected from the stadium for “discriminatory abuse” during England’s 4-0 win.But in a statement bfunion.bg/news/46366/0 on its website on Friday, the BFU said such concerns were “groundless, inappropriate and unnecessary”.In a letter sent to European soccer’s governing body UEFA and the FA, former Bulgaria goalkeeper Mihaylov said: “We have not received any official information regarding discriminatory language used by a Bulgarian supporter at Wembley Stadium.”Even if this were the case, however, we believe that generalisations and the creation of needless tension by official members of the English team is absolutely unacceptable and in contradiction with the spirit of mutual respect and fair play, the core values of both UEFA and the BFU.”England top Group A with a maximum 12 points from four games, while Bulgaria are bottom with two from five matches.UEFA has ordered the BFU to partially close the Vasil Levski national stadium for England’s visit after supporters were found guilty of racist behaviour in matches earlier this year.Bulgarian supporters made monkey chants at the visiting black players when England last travelled to Sofia in 2011, prompting UEFA to fine the BFU 40,000 euros.advertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow England vs BulgariaFollow Gareth SouthgateFollow Bulgarian Football Union Bulgarian FA slams England boss Gareth Southgate over racism concernsGareth Southgate had said he feared they could face racial abuse in Bulgaria after an away fan allegedly targeted winger Raheem Sterling when the teams met at Wembley last Saturday.advertisementlast_img read more

Jamaica Preparing for Post-IMF Era

first_img Strengthening the macro-fiscal capacity of the Finance and the Public Service Ministry and its agencies responsible for economic policymaking is among the strategies being pursued to continue the country’s economic growth agenda after arrangements with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) end.Jamaica’s US$1.6-billion Precautionary Stand-By Arrangement (PSBA) with the IMF is slated to conclude in September 2019, and the country’s programme relationship with the Fund could end at that time.Portfolio Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, informed that in furtherance of this objective, two agencies affiliated with the IMF were engaged last year to help train 40 economists from the Ministry, Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN), Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) and the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) in macro-fiscal modelling and detailed forecasting.The agencies are the Institute for Capacity Development and the Barbados-based Caribbean Regional Technical Assistance Centre (CARTAC).“This deepening and strengthening of our macro-fiscal capacity is something that we intend to continue this year. It begins with being able to use and manipulate the complex models that forecast, given certain inputs, how an economy is likely to respond to certain policy adjustments,” he said.Dr. Clarke was speaking at the 14th regional Jamaica Stock Exchange Investments and Capital Markets Conference, at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston, on January 23.Another strategy being pursued in ensuring economic sustainability in the post-IMF era, is engagement of academia to ensure adequate training in public financial management at the undergraduate and graduate levels.“We believe that as we strengthen public financial management in the educational curriculum, so that persons who work in government and the private sector have the opportunity to learn in a formal environment, the best principals, it will be to the (country’s) advantage over the long-term,” Dr. Clarke said.The Finance Minister applauded the Jamaica Stock Exchange for hosting the conference, which he said is “well-timed coming at the start of the year and right at the beginning of the budget season”.Being held under the theme, ‘Expanding our Borders: Securing our Future’, the conference, from January 22 to 24, seeks to examine areas of growth, challenges and advancements that are shaping societies and world economies.It is also looking at how economies and businesses can best manage such rapid changes and capitalise on opportunities for progress.The three-day conference brings together world-class leaders and industry experts, who willingly share their success and secrets and demystify complex topics into common language that business people and professionals from every sector can understand. Portfolio Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, informed that in furtherance of this objective, two agencies affiliated with the IMF were engaged last year to help train 40 economists from the Ministry, Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN), Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) and the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) in macro-fiscal modelling and detailed forecasting. Jamaica’s US$1.6-billion Precautionary Stand-By Arrangement (PSBA) with the IMF is slated to conclude in September 2019, and the country’s programme relationship with the Fund could end at that time. Strengthening the macro-fiscal capacity of the Finance and the Public Service Ministry and its agencies responsible for economic policymaking is among the strategies being pursued to continue the country’s economic growth agenda after arrangements with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) end. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Tuesday Night Tunes Summer Concerts at the Maritime Museum

first_imgMaritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax kicked off its Tuesday Night Tunes series today, June 3, as part of its annual Oceans Week event, The Ocean Plus You, open free to the public. Today’s launch included a short set of ocean-related songs by Jiggers Mist, with songs by the main performer James Devine. Jiggers Mist will start the summer concert series on Tuesday, June 7, which will include Mariners, a new song dedicated to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. The series is in its fourth season and has grown to include weekly concerts on Tuesday nights over the summer months. These free performances include a range for all musical tastes – from Acadian and Celtic to sea shanties, African drumming, classical, roots and jazz. “We are excited to host Tuesday Night Tunes at the museum and be a part of the fantastic summer activities that happen on the Halifax waterfront,” said Kim Reinhardt, manager of the Maritime Museum. With support from Waterfront Development and the Canadian Maritime Heritage Foundation, this popular series is performed in the museum’s outdoor courtyard. During bad weather, concerts will be held indoors in the Small Craft Gallery, located at the museum. Audiences will experience an entertaining hour of live music from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, the same night as the museum’s community evenings, where admission is free from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. throughout the year. “We’re proud to support our partners at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic to bring back Tuesday Night Tunes,” said Jennifer Angel, acting CEO, Waterfront Development Corporation. “Diverse, high quality, accessible and free entertainment makes an exceptional Tuesday evening at the water’s edge.” For more information on the concert lineup follow the Maritime Museum on Twitter or like it on Facebook, visit maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca or call 902-424-7491.last_img read more

Video goes viral after couple performs Love Stunt on bike

first_imgNew Delhi: A video that is doing rounds on the Internet shows a couple doing “Love stunt” on a bike. While the boy is driving the bike, the girl is sitting in front of him on the fuel tank.The video was shared by an IPS officer HGS Dhaliwal, he captioned the video “Need for new sections for MV Act [Motor Vehicle Act] violations!! Rajouri Garden crossing’. The video is said to be shot near Rajouri Garden crossing in West Delhi. The indecency and the show of affection at a public place is not only dangerous for the couple but also looked dangerous for the other motorists on the busy road during the night hours. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesThe girl on the bike can be seen sitting on the fuel tank facing the man who was riding the bike. They later indulged in some intimate Public display of affection in the middle of the road leaving the commuters stunned and shocked. In a 17-second video shot on mobile from within the car the couple is seen not just without a helmet but is also seen getting intimate. “This couple needs to be punished, they are not just risking their lives but also putting others lives in danger by performing this dangerous public display of affection,” said a commuter Pardeep Chowdhary. While the boy is seen not just driving the bike but is also seen changing lanes as the girl sitting opposite to him on the fuel tank blocks his face. In response to the video posted on Twitter, a senior Delhi traffic police officer said “As the registration number is not clear in the video, it cannot be prosecuted on the basis of video.”last_img read more

Imperial Oil profit drops 13

CALGARY — Imperial Oil is reporting a 13% drop in second-quarter earnings, citing lower commodity prices and higher planned maintenance.Net income was $635 million, or 75 cents per diluted share, for the quarter compared with $726 million or 85 cents per share in the same period last year.Revenue came in at $7.5 billion for the quarter compared to $7.8 billion year over year. [np-related]The Calgary-based company says gross oil-equivalent barrels of production averaged 269,000 barrels a day versus 292,000 barrels in the same period last year.It says lower production was due primarily to planned maintenance activities at Syncrude and Cold Lake along with the impact of divestment of natural gas assets completed in 2011.Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters were expecting Imperial to post revenues of about $6.2 billion.Imperial is in the early stages of weighing a liquefied natural gas export terminal on Canada’s West Coast in order to get a better price for the gas it produces in province’s northeast.The acreage Imperial has in the Horn River Basin contains dry gas, which can fetch a price several times higher in Asia than it could in North America, which is awash in supplies.Earlier this month, CEO Bruce March said the $10.9-billion Kearl oilsands mine was nearly complete and on track to start up later this year.He also said all of the gargantuan pieces of equipment had finally made their way to the mine site in northern Alberta.Calgary-based Imperial, which is majority-owned by U.S. energy giant ExxonMobil (NYSE:XOM), ran into legal trouble transporting giant modules manufactured in Korea to Alberta through the United States.The enormous shipments moved across the Pacific and along rivers to Lewiston, Idaho, where they were to be transported by truck the rest of the way to northern Alberta.The initial plan was to move the shipments along two-way highways through Idaho and Montana, but legal challenges arose because local residents and conservation groups didn’t want the megaloads moving along those scenic routes.Eventually, Imperial broke up the loads into smaller parts and applied to ship the equipment along Interstate highways instead.In December, Imperial’s board of directors approved an $8.9-billion expansion that will begin producing 110,000 barrels per day by late 2015.When the Calgary-based firm announced in 2009 that it would build the Kearl mine, it expected three phases of roughly the same size. Later, it decided to instead build the mine in two phases, with smaller projects along the way to boost output in increments.For the next phase of Kearl March said Imperial has set aside space at fabrication yards in Edmonton to construct the modules.Imperial has vast steam-driven oilsands operations at Cold Lake, a 25% stake in the Syncrude Canada oilsands mine, a handful of refineries across Canada and a chain of Esso-branded fuel stations. read more

Closing Bell TSX closes higher as resource stocks rise amid tame Chinese

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market registered a solid triple digit advance Tuesday as positive inflation data from China boosted commodity prices and resource stocks.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,484.05 +139.49 1.13%S&P 500 — 1,568.61 +5.54 0.35%Dow — 14,673.46 +59.98 0.41%Nasdaq — 2,804.67 +18.54 0.67%The S&P/TSX composite index ran ahead 139.5 points to 12,484.05 after government data showed China’s consumer prices rose at a 2.1% rate in March.That was down from the previous month’s 3.2% and well below the official target of 3.5% for the year. Wholesale prices in the world’s second-largest economy declined by 1.9% compared with last year.The showing gives China some leeway in being able to take further measures to stimulate growth, particularly if industrial production figures coming out next week show activity weaker than expected.“It’s a good thing for us in Canada (because) it allows them to do whatever they need to do to make sure their economy continues to move higher,” said Allan Small, senior adviser at DWM Securities.“The hope is that they continue to build up their infrastructure and that can only be good for what we offer here in Canada, materials and mining and commodities and so forth.”The Canadian dollar rose 0.1 of a cent to 98.4 cents US amid positive housing data.Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. reported that housing starts in Canada were at an annualized rate of 184,028 units last month, up slightly from 183,207 in February. That was well above the 175,000 economists had forecast.U.S. indexes gained strength during the afternoon after aluminum company Alcoa got the first-quarter earnings season off to a positive start after the market close Monday by beating earnings expectations and delivering a strong outlook.The Dow Jones industrial average gained 59.98 points to 14,673.46, the Nasdaq composite index climbed 15.61 points to 3,237.86 and the S&P 500 index moved up 5.54 points to 1,568.61.Alcoa posted net income in the first quarter of US$149 million, or 13 cents per share, compared with $94 million, or nine cents per share, a year earlier. Earnings ex-items came in at 11 cents per share, beating analysts’ forecast of eight cents per share, according to FactSet.But Alcoa’s revenue fell to $5.83 billion from $6.01 billion a year earlier and was below the $5.91 billion that analysts predicted as results were weighed down by depressed aluminum prices, which offset strong demand from auto and plane makers.However, the company still sees demand for aluminum growing 7% in 2013, with gains cutting across many industries. Its stock was unchanged at US$8.39 after rising 15 cents Monday ahead of the earnings announcement.Online auto retailer CarMax, home goods retailer Bed Bath & Beyond and banks Wells Fargo and JPMorgan Chase are among other companies that will report earnings later this week.Elsewhere on the corporate front, the largest shareholder of fertilizer company Agrium (TSX:AGU) has been shut out in its attempt to win a spot on the company’s board and push its agenda for change. All 12 of Jana Partners’ the company’s nominees were elected to the board during today’s vote, denying the five that had been nominated by Jana for a spot.Jana had thought it had enough votes to have two of its nominees sit on the board. However, it said that votes were revoked to prevent them from the winning seats. Agrium closed down $2.80 to C$96.53.BlackBerry (TSX:BB) shares were up 20 cents to $15.10 as presales of its BlackBerry Q10, a new generation model with a physical keyboard, began at Canadian carriers Rogers (TSX:RCI.B) and Telus (TSX:T). Bell (TSX:BCE) will begin preorders on April 19.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B) shares were eight cents higher to $4.08 after The Wall Street Journal reported that Toronto-based Porter Airlines is preparing to announce an order for up to 30 CSeries jets from the Montreal-based transport company.It says Porter, which currently uses only Bombardier turboprop planes in its fleet, signed a letter of intent with Bombardier in December. Porter said Tuesday that it will hold a news conference to announce growth plans Wednesday in Toronto.Copper was up seven cents to US$3.44 a pound, taking the base metals sector up 3.25%. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) climbed $1.37 to C$29.37 while First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) advanced 28 cents to $19.24.The gold sector was up 3.4% as June bullion gained $14.20 to US$1,586.70 an ounce. Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) gained 40 cents to C$27.16 while Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) was up $1.04 to $32.97.The energy sector drifted 2.4% higher as June crude on New York Mercantile Exchange shed early losses to gain 84 cents to US$94.20 a barrel. Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) rose 90 cents to C$29.84 and Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) was 86 cents ahead to $32.04.The financials sector was also higher, up 0.67% and Royal Bank (TSX:RY) was up 74 cents to $60.18.In other corporate news, U.S. retailer J.C. Penney has ousted CEO Ron Johnson after only 17 months on the job. The department store chain has rehired Johnson’s predecessor, Mike Ullman.The announcement came after a growing chorus of critics called for Johnson’s resignation as they lost faith in an aggressive overhaul that included getting rid of most discounts in favour of everyday low prices and bringing in new brands and its shares fell 12.22%.SNC-Lavalin (TSX:SNC) was up 40 cents to $43.40 after it said its jointly owned Saudi engineering company, SNC-Lavalin Fayez Engineering, has been awarded a contract to work on a new refining and petrochemical facility in the Middle Eastern country. No financial details were provided.The strong showing put the TSX back into positive territory for the year, albeit by only about 50 points.The TSX tumbled 3.27% last week in the wake of Chinese purchasing managers indexes that missed forecasts, disappointing expansion data for the American manufacturing and service sectors with the week capped by big job creation disappointments last month in Canada and the U.S.The TSX Venture Exchange gained 13.38 points to 1,054.77.Here’s the news investors were watching today:Agrium directors re-elected after bitter proxy fightRBC CEO defends use of outsourcing as Ottawa zeroes in on supplierKPMG resigns as Herbalife auditor after insider tradingBlackBerry’s Q10 smartphone with physical keyboard to be sold in Canada this monthON DECK WEDNESDAYECONOMIC NEWSU.S.2 p.m.Federal Reserve releases FOMC MinutesCANADANothing on tapCORPORATE NEWSCANADANovaGold Resources Inc earnings after market closeU.S.Family Dollar Stores Inc earnings before market open read more

Hamilton Councillors may opt to make changes to truck routes after

A group of Councillors are getting ready to hear from Hamiltonians who are concerned about large industrial trucks in city neighborhoods. The city can opt to make changes to the current truck routes, something that hasn’t been looked at for nearly a decade.Chelsea Cox lives downtown and works with an advocacy group called “The Truck Route Reboot”. Community members have said the intersection at Cannon and Wellington is one of the troubling spots.Transport trucks try to make the corner but don’t want to go up on the sidewalk so they go right into the bike lane.There hasn’t been an analysis of the roads since 2010 and since then a number of bike lanes have been installed. The truck route subcommittee resumes March 26th. read more

MP wants Kinder Morgan to register with Elections BC as thirdparty advertiser

BURNABY, B.C. – A Vancouver-area member of Parliament believes energy giant Kinder Morgan should register with Elections BC as a third-party advertiser because of firm’s pipeline expansion ads.The civic election period has begun, and Elections BC rules say anyone who runs ads on an election issue must register as a third-party advertiser and disclose costs within 90 days after the Nov. 15 election.New Democrat MP Kennedy Stewart, who represents Burnaby-Douglas, says in a letter to Elections BC that Kinder Morgan is running television and radio advertisements about the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.Stewart says the pipeline proposal is a key campaign issue for municipalities such as Burnaby and Vancouver, and he accuses the company of trying to influence voters.He says residents deserve to know how much Kinder Morgan is spending on advertising.A spokeswoman from Kennedy’s office says Elections BC is looking into the issue and a decision is expected soon. by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 9, 2014 11:49 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MP wants Kinder Morgan to register with Elections BC as third-party advertiser read more

Geri Horner 44 confirms she is pregnant with her second child

first_imgGeri Horner has announced she’s expecting a baby with her husband Christian.The former Spice Girl – who already has 10-year-old daughter Bluebell from a past relationship – announced the news via a cryptic post on her Instagram and Twitter accounts.It is her first child with husband Christian Horner, 42 and a sibling for her daughter Bluebell Madonna, 10.An official statement from the 44-year-old’s team read: “Geri and Christian are absolutely delighted to announce they are expecting their first child together.“The couple is overjoyed with the good news and cannot wait to welcome the newest addition to their family.”Geri borrowed a line from her single It’s Raining Men to announce her happy news on her social media channels. She wrote: “God bless Mother Nature #mamaspice”.She also shared as sketch of a heavily pregnant woman alongside the caption. 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. Geri married Formula One boss Christian Horner in a traditional ceremony at St. Mary’s Church in Woburn, Bedfordshire in May 2015.last_img read more

Warmer than average autumn expected after UK summer heatwave

People enjoy the sun at Carsington Water in Derbyshire during the latest spell of warm weather Credit:Danny Lawson/PA People enjoy the sun at Carsington Water in Derbyshire during the latest spell of warm weather  Forecaster Dean Hall said there will be “quite a marked change to the feel of things” from the middle of the week as conditions turn “fresher and more changeable”.It is likely to stay cooler throughout next weekend, he said, with “no real sign of any return of the heat that we have been seeing over the recent days”.It comes amid a sweltering European heatwave, with holidaymakers in Portugal and Spain feeling the brunt of the sun.The mercury is being driven higher by a hot air mass moving north from Africa, bringing dust from the Sahara Desert.British holidaymakers abroad are being warned to avoid spending time in the sun during the hottest part of the day and to keep hydrated. Last week, local records were smashed in eight areas of Portugal, while Lisbon broke a 37-year-old record, with the thermometers reaching 44C (111.2F) on Sunday.Red health alerts for extreme heat have been issued for more than half the country, with thermometers passing 46C (114.8F) over the weekend. “Further, warmer-than-average temperatures does not necessarily mean sunshine – it can be warm and cloudy too.”Temperatures could potentially peak at 34C (91.4F) in Essex or Norfolk on Tuesday, after a balmy weekend where the hottest temperature on Sunday was 30.2C (86.36F) recorded in Northolt, Greater London, the Met Office said.However, not all of the UK will be gazing into clear blue skies – much of Scotland and Northern Ireland will start the week with some rain. England and Wales are to stay generally dry and warmer, with the exception of possible thunderstorms across the south east on Tuesday. The mercury will need to climb significantly if it is to come close to England’s current August record – 38.5C (101.3F) reached in Faversham, Kent, in 2003.However, maximum temperatures are likely to dip to around the mid-20Cs mark come Wednesday. 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. The hot, dry conditions led to several Portuguese wildfires.In Spain, heat warnings were issued for 41 of the country’s 50 provinces.The stifling conditions played a part in the deaths of two men, one in Barcelona and the other in the southern region of Murcia, according to Spanish authorities. After a sweltering hot summer, the UK could see warmer-than-average temperatures in the autumn, according to the Met Office.Its three-month outlook does not suggest the hot weather will last that long but it may be “warmer than average”, according to Bonnie Diamond, of the Met Office.The outlook – used by planners, businesses and government to start plotting weather-related decisions – shows an increased chance of high-pressure systems close to the UK, meaning settled conditions are more likely than unsettled weather from our typical Atlantic weather systems.Ms Diamond said: “This means there is an increased likelihood of warmer-than-average temperatures and below-average rainfall.”It must be noted, however, that this does not necessarily mean temperatures will be hot or that a ‘heatwave will continue’, as above-average temperatures can mean one or two degrees above average, for which August, September and October are 19, 16 and 13 Celsius respectively. read more

Everyone was equal we left our egos at the door Why I

first_imgEveryone was equal, we left our egos at the door: Why I volunteered at Apollo House Hazel Larkin tells her personal experience of what supporting residents meant to them – and to her. IT’S BEEN a week since Apollo House was vacated.While not wishing to pretend that I was a key person in the chain of people who made Apollo House work, I was there. I was on the inside. I saw how things worked; and – believe me – they worked.  It was not, as some would contend, a bunch of clueless do-gooders who had ideas surpassed by their capabilities.From the moment I pulled up at the gate for my first shift, I was left in no doubt that this was a well-oiled machine. Unless security had your name at the gate, you weren’t allowed onto the premises. Once in the building, everyone needed to sign in, no matter who they were.Volunteers were assigned to different teams – depending on their interests, expertise, education and skills – and each team was easily identifiable by the colour of the hi-vis vests they wore. I was on the Support Team (blue vests!) and each shift started with a handover meeting, after which tasks were designated.For the most part, we just needed to be there, to be friendly, and warm and loving towards the residents. We sat and chatted with them. If there was a pressing need, we addressed that to the best of our abilities. If practical help was necessary, we did what we could. In the course of the two and a half weeks I was in and out of Apollo House I – like everyone else there – undertook a variety of tasks. Residents watch TV in a common room in Apollo House before they vacated the building a week ago. Source: Sam Boal/RollingNewsI took people to the bank to open accounts; went on outreach runs – bringing food, clothes, toiletries, and sleeping bags to those on the streets; I took residents ‘shopping’ to the fifth floor, where donations were kept. I did bathroom and bedroom checks – to help ensure that everyone in the house was safe, and that there was no alcohol, drugs or drug paraphernalia; I cooked.Most of all, most importantly of all, I spoke with the residents, learnt about – and from – them. They told me of their hopes, fears, expectations, desires, histories, and how grateful they were to actually be in Apollo House.Apollo House was the first real home many of the 84 residents who moved through her had known for months – or even years. It was a place where they could leave their belongings and know they were safe. It was a place where they could shower (thanks to the plumbers who provided and fitted showers free of charge the second day of the ‘occupation’); where they could wash and dry their clothes (thanks to the donated appliances); where they were fed healthy, delicious meals and snacks (thanks to the donation of a fully-fitted kitchen, copious amounts of food, and the work of professional chefs).One of the best things about Apollo House was the camaraderie, the fellowship, the unity we felt. We left our egos at the door, and went in with willing hearts and hands to do what we could for the residents, and for the wider community of homeless people in Dublin. Everyone was equal regardless of their status, designation, or reason for being in the House. Stores of donations from members of the public inside Apollo House. Source: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ieFirst and foremost, it was a home for the residents. It was a place where they were treated with respect and dignity. The ground rules of Apollo House were designed by the residents themselves. One of those rules was that no drink or drugs were to be brought in, and only one resident was asked to leave for breaking that rule.There are nay-sayers who scoff at the efforts of those who were involved in Apollo House and say that – because the court order was obeyed – the takeover was not a success. Who defines success?I think the 84 people who moved into accommodation would call it a success. I think the people who had the Department of Social Protection accept Apollo House as an address for the purposes of receiving benefits, would call it a success.Other success stories include the man I first encountered on the streets during an outreach run on 26 December. The next time I saw him was two days later – as he sat at a table and ate a hot meal; a new resident of Apollo House. He’d been living on the streets for nine months after losing first his job, and then his accommodation. In Apollo House, he found a home again. He felt safe for the first time in nearly a year.Then there was the young man who – having been moved to more permanent accommodation – came back the following day to do a soup run. He was no longer homeless, he declared, so he wanted to help those who were. And let’s not forget the Apollo Baby – the child born to one of the residents (although in a hospital, not in Apollo House itself) in the week between Christmas and New Year. Residents and volunteers gather in Apollo House. Source: Sam Boal/RollingNewsApollo House was a personal success story for me, too. I loved seeing the residents’ health improve – resulting from a combination of good food, reduced stress, safety, a wellness programme operated on the premises, and medical care being available 24/7. People came asking, some sheepishly, if they could revisit the fifth floor for more clothes because they’d put on weight, and the ones they had no longer fit.I left the building knowing I’d made firm friends with more than 20 people. While we left Apollo House on the 12th, we did so knowing we’d started something. We haven’t finished.Hazel Katherine Larkin is a mum, doula, social psychologist, human rights lawyer, writer and activist. Her book on trauma and survival, Gullible Travels: A memoir, is here.“Not one person left behind” – there’s a cheerful defiance about Apollo House this evening> Share303 Tweet Email1 Thursday 19 Jan 2017, 9:24 AM 60 Comments 153 Views https://jrnl.ie/3193116 center_img Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Hazel Katherine Larkin Jan 19th 2017, 9:24 AM Hazel Katherine Larkin last_img read more

Facebook says outages due to ‘server configuration change’

first_imgNEW YORK — Facebook says its lengthy outages over the past day were the result of a “server configuration change.”The outages affected countless users and advertisers worldwide. Some people weren’t able to reach Facebook’s website and apps, including Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp.The length of the outage is another publicity problem for a company already dealing with privacy issues and regulatory probes. The outages started midday EDT Wednesday. There were still sporadic problems Thursday morning.Facebook did not say how many users were affected or why the outage was so long. In a tweet about 24 hours after the problems began, Facebook apologized and thanked people for their patience. It didn’t elaborate on the server change.last_img read more

Quader questions National Unity leaders moral position

Quader questions National Unity leaders moral position

first_imgAwami League (AL) general secretary Obaidul QuaderRuling Bangladesh Awami League has once again questioned moral position of the key leaders of new opposition coalition—‘National Unity Process’—for forging alliance with the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).AL general secretary Obaldul Quader raised the question after a number of BNP leaders including party acting chairman Tarique Rahman were convicted in 21 August 2004 grenade attack case.“The killers and masterminds of the 21 August grenade attack have been sentenced to life-term imprisonment. How do Dr Kamal Hossain and former president Badruddoza Chowdhury forge so-called national unity with that party (BNP)?” Quader said at a programme at Institution of Engineers’ Bangladesh (IEB) on Thursday.The BNP leaders, however, rejected Wednesday’s verdict in the grenade attack case, terming it politically motivated and a plot to destroy the opposition.After criticising Kamal and B Chowdhury for joining hands with the BNP through a city rally last month, the AL general secretary renewed his criticism of the National Unity Process leaders, saying the parties that forge political alliance with ‘killers, convicts and self-proclaimed corrupt persons’ would never get support from the people.“Those who are talking about democracy, rule of law and ethics in every word will make unity with the killers of 21 August. The people will never trust and accept them,” said Quader, also road transport and bridges minister.He termed the Unity Process leaders morally and politically bankrupt.Leaders of both the National Unity and the main opposition BNP have called for restoration of democracy and electoral system in the country.About BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir’s remark that the 21 August case verdict is ‘dictated’ by the government, Quader said, “Can anyone with minimum conscience make such comments?”“Mufti Hannan in his confessional statement said the attack was carried out at the behest of Tarique Rahman. How can the verdict be dictated? Killer Tajuddin was sent abroad to safety; how can this verdict be dictated one?,” asked Quader.The AL leader went on to say that BNP chairperson and the then prime minister Khaleda Zia cannot deny the responsibility of the attack since she was at the helm of home ministry at that time.last_img read more

Why you should always use YouTubes PrivacyEnhanced Mode

Why you should always use YouTubes PrivacyEnhanced Mode

first_imgWhy you should always use YouTube’s Privacy-Enhanced Mode by Martin Brinkmann on May 23, 2018 in Music and Video – Last Update: May 23, 2018 – 17 commentsYouTube launched a new feature on the site recently that it called Privacy-Enhanced Mode. You find the option when you open the embed options on the site to embed video code on third-party websites.YouTube videos can be embedded on third-party sites like mine directly so that visitors to my site can play the videos without having to click through to YouTube first.Privacy-Enhanced Mode is a new option that YouTube added to the embed preferences that improves privacy when embedding videos on third-party sites.When enabled, YouTube won’t store information about visitors to pages on your site that have YouTube videos embedded on them unless visitors interact with those videos. Think of it as click-to-play; unless you click, YouTube promises that it won’t store information about you.The mode was added in the wake of the European Union’s launch of GDRP, the General Data Protection Regulation, on May 25, 2018.Default YouTube video embeds set cookies on user systems as soon as they open web pages with embedded YouTube videos. Google may use the cookie to deliver targeted advertisement, add information to the user’s profile, or track the user.YouTube Privacy-Enhanced ModePrivacy-Enhanced Mode is disabled by default when you open the embed options and needs to be enabled manually.Here is what happens when you check the box:The default YouTube embed code without privacy-enhanced mode enabled looks like this:The YouTube embed code for videos with privacy-enhanced mode looks like this:The core difference is that YouTube uses a new URL to deliver the video to the site. Instead of using the main domain youtube.com, it uses youtube-nocookie.com.Whenever you see a video that uses the nocookie domain, it is set up with the privacy-enhanced mode.Since enabling privacy-enhanced mode for a video is just a change of the URL, it is relatively easy for webmasters to replace all embedded YouTube videos on their sites with the new code as you simply need to replace https://www.youtube.com/embed/ with https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed/.How that is done depends on the site and the technology that you use.  If you have access to phpMyAdmin, you could run the following command on the wp_posts table if you use WordPress.Note: Create a backup of the table before you run the command.update wp_posts set post_content = replace( post_content, ‘https://www.youtube.com/embed’, ‘https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed’);You may also want to run the following command if you embedded videos using HTTP instead of HTTPS (usually the case if you started to embed videos many years ago.update wp_posts set post_content = replace( post_content, ‘http://www.youtube.com/embed’, ‘https://www.youtube-nocookie.com/embed’);The embedded video still works afterward and users benefit from this as it blocks YouTube from collecting data unless they interact with the video on the page.I have replaced the URL of all YouTube videos embedded with the privacy version on Ghacks.SummaryArticle NameWhy you should always use YouTube’s Privacy-Enhanced ModeDescriptionYouTube launched a new feature on the site recently that it called Privacy-Enhanced Mode. You find the option when you open the embed options on the site to embed video code on third-party websites.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more

Dad of man who claims painkillers turned him gay says hes lying

Dad of man who claims painkillers turned him gay says hes lying

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- He continued: ‘It was his general mannerisms. A parent knows their child. I don’t know why he has waited to come out with all this. His whole life has been a lie. He has told me in the past that he admitted that he started experimenting with a lad when he was younger,’ he said.Scott’s stepmother Gail then told Mail Online he had slept with at least one man when he was 17.[embedded content]Dr Ranj Singh also appeared on the This Morning show segment to offer some professional advice to Scott Purdy.The openly gay doctor said he was happy Scott was happy with his life now, but it’s just not possible – in his professional opinion.Dr Ranj said a side effect of the drug is a change of sexual desire. He said what it probably did was help him ‘express what was already there.’Scott said in the segment he’s not in contact with any members of his family ‘through other reasons.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Scott Purdy came out as gay about two weeks ago via a Facebook status.He alleged painkillers for his chronic injury turned him gay, so he had to break up with his girlfriend.When the news broke, it made viral headlines and Scott appeared on ITV’s This Morning show.Scott said besides a brief experimentation phase when he was younger, he only had eyes for women.He said: ‘I never had no desires for men. I didn’t look upon men like “I really want you.”‘Nigel Purdy: ‘His whole life has been a lie’But now his estranged father is calling him out for lying.Scott’s father Nigel claims relatives always thought he was bisexual because he had previously slept with a man.Nigel told The Mirror: ‘I know my son and we have always just assumed he was bisexual. As it turns out, he is gay. It’s just the way he was, even when he was younger.center_img The father of the man who claimed painkillers turned him gay says his son is lying about having no previous attraction to men. Scott Purdy says painkillers turned him gay. | Photo: This Morning / ITV Man who says painkillers turned him gay doesn’t want to stop taking themThe lessons gay men can learn from ‘handsy’ Kevin SpaceyThe lessons gay men can learn from ‘handsy’ Kevin SpaceyRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/dad-of-man-who-claims-painkillers-turned-him-gay-says-hes-lying/last_img read more

SanDisks Ultra and Extreme microSD Cards are Heavily Discounted this Memorial Day

SanDisks Ultra and Extreme microSD Cards are Heavily Discounted this Memorial Day

first_imgIt’s the Memorial Day weekend and if you’re looking to score a good tech deal today then SanDisk has you covered on a wide range of microSD cards.Update: Samsung’s Memorial Day sale on microSD cards is now live too. You can check it out here.Pretty much everyone knows by now that SanDisk makes some of the finest memory cards around. They’re cheap, reliable and very fast. But if you bring the price even lower, then the ‘value for money’ factor just goes through the roof. And right now, the company’s Ultra and Extreme lineup of cards in a number of storage configurations are heavily discounted. This means that whether you have a phone, tablet, camera, drone, dash cam, or whatever, you can expands its storage two-fold without having to bust your bank wide open. It’s a deal no one should miss and we’ll let you dive right into it without saying anything more.Buy SanDisk 16GB Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Memory Card with Adapter – Was $11, now just $5.79Buy SanDisk Ultra 32GB microSDHC UHS-I card with Adapter – Was $15, now just $6.95Buy SanDisk Ultra 64GB microSDXC UHS-I card with Adapter – Was $25, now just $11.23Buy SanDisk 128GB Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Memory Card with Adapter – $19.99Buy SanDisk Ultra 200GB microSDXC UHS-I card with Adapter – $30.95Buy SanDisk 256GB Ultra MicroSDXC UHS-I Memory Card with Adapter – $39.99Buy SanDisk 64GB Extreme microSDXC UHS-I Memory Card with Adapter – $16.13Buy SanDisk 128GB Extreme microSDXC UHS-I Memory Card with Adapter – Was $69, now just $25.58Buy SanDisk 256GB Extreme microSDXC UHS-I Memory Card with Adapter – $54.99Buy SanDisk 400GB Extreme microSDXC UHS-I Memory Card with Adapter – Was $250, now just $97.99Buy SanDisk 512GB Extreme microSDXC UHS-I Memory Card with Adapter – $199.99In case you haven’t noticed, there are two cards on sale in total here. One is from the Ultra lineup which is more of a mainstream thing whereas the Extreme is meant for professionals. Basically, if you need a little more oomph from your microSD card then you should invest in the Extreme. If you just need to get some work done without caring too much for fast read or write speeds then the Ultra card is your best friend here.Planning to shoot 4K video? Then make sure that you go for the Extreme card. It is perfect for phones, tablets and drones that have 4K capability. It will also make sure that your device does not overheat while recording due to its higher specification and speed rating. Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

Jacó Happenings

first_imgNo related posts. Freddy “Salsiboy” Camachois organizing a special surf tournament for the end of the year and he is hoping to get sponsors. The two-day surf event will be held Dec. 28-29 in Jacó Beach in front of Malecón Restaurant. Not only is he looking for sponsors, he is asking that people donate old boards, leashes, fins and surf equipment for prizes for participating kids. For more information, contact Freddy at 8881-7209.The Jacó Puppet Factory is offering an activity program the week of Dec. 17-21 for children aged 7-10 every day Mon.-Fri. from 1-4 p.m. They offer puppet making, singing activities and exercises such as yoga poses and dance movements suitable for children. They will also be making Christmas tree decorations. Teacher Kathleen Heinemanhas has more than ten years teaching experience while teacher Lalena Bennett has theater and dance experience and is a freelance artist. They are located at Casa Lalena in Playa Jacó off of the Pops road opposite of Soda Garabito. Cost is $20 per day with a minimum sign-up of two days required as many of the puppets take two days to make. Call now to reserve a spot. The program will start again after Christmas on Wednesday, Dec. 26. Contact Lalena at 8861-7149 or 2643-6074, and Kathleen at 8580-8481.If you are looking for a road trip: This weekend down in Palo Seco in Parrita in front of the Hotel La Isla, the Circuito Nacional will be starting the National Surf Circuit. Mark your calendars for JungleJam, which will be in town again here at Docelunas Jan. 17-20, 2013. The line up will be featuring Billy Kreutzman from the Grateful Dead, Otiel Burbridge from the Allman Brothers and Scott Murawski from Max Creek. The Ryan Montbleu Band and ZAC Deputy will round out the bill for the U.S. bands, and there will be some other local bands filling in. Thursday is a fan club/VIP ticket holder show, Fri.-Sat. is 7 a.m.-1 p.m., and Sunday is family-friendly. Kids under 14 get in free and there will be face painting, puppet people and stuff for kids to do. Sunday runs from 3-11 p.m. and was a huge hit last year. For more information or to get tickets, contact DoceLunas at 2643-2211.Lastly, the administrative offices of the Garabito Municipality will be closed from Dec. 21-Jan. 2.christina_truitt@yahoo.com Facebook Commentslast_img read more