Récipiendaires de lOrdre de la NouvelleÉcosse pour 2015

first_imgCinq Néo-Écossais éminents, reconnus à l’échelle internationale comme chefs de file dans leurs domaines respectifs, ont été reçus dans l’Ordre de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Le premier ministre Stephen McNeil en a fait l’annonce aujourd’hui 30 septembre. « Nous rendons hommage chaque année à des Néo-Écossais issus de tous les horizons mais qui ont tous quelque chose en commun, a dit le premier ministre McNeil. Chacune de ces personnes a consacré sa vie à contribuer à l’amélioration de la qualité de vie des autres et, par le fait même, à créer une province plus solide et plus prospère. » Les récipiendaires de l’Ordre de la Nouvelle-Écosse pour 2015 sont : — Dre Margaret Macdonald Casey, Halifax : la docteure Casey a été fournisseuse de soins de santé, éducatrice et championne des intérêt de la collectivité. Elle fait partie d’un petit groupe de professionnels de la santé qui a reconnu le besoin urgent et non satisfait des familles du quartier nord d’Halifax en matière de soins de santé accessibles et respectueux, et elle a beaucoup travaillé à prodiguer ces soins. Elle a défendu l’idée qu’il fallait remédier à des problèmes sociaux comme la pauvreté, l’analphabétisme et le racisme pour pouvoir améliorer les soins de santé. — Louis E. Deveau, Dartmouth : M. Deveau est originaire de Salmon River dans le comté de Digby. Il a fondé Les Algues Acadiennes Limitée, une multinationale de la biotechnologie spécialisée dans la fabrication de produits techniques dérivés d’algues marines, produits qui sont exportés dans plus de 80 pays. Son entreprise a été désignée l’une des sociétés les mieux gérées au Canada depuis 13 ans, elle a reçu des prix pour la sécurité, les exportations, l’excellence en environnement et son éthique des affaires. — Martin Rudy Haase, Chester : M. Haase est l’un des écologistes ayant les plus longs états de service en Nouvelle-Écosse. Il a lutté contre les pesticides dangereux, l’extraction minière de l’uranium, l’énergie nucléaire et la coupe à blanc. Il a été membre fondateur de la Friends of Nature Conservation Society en 1954, organisme qui a sauvé une île au Maine en évitant qu’on coupe tous les arbres qui la recouvraient. M. Haase a été le premier propriétaire foncier à donner une servitude de conservation au Nova Scotia Nature Trust, protégeant ainsi une bande de terre sur les rives du lac Bras d’Or en 1996. — Sharon Hope Irwin, Sydney : Mme Irwin a consacré 40 ans à faire en sorte que les garderies soient accueillantes, abordables, accessibles et polyvalentes. Sa garderie a intégré avec succès des enfants ayant un handicap visuel, des enfants souffrant d’ostéogénèse imparfaite et des enfants souffrant de paralysie cérébrale. Elle a créé l’organisme sans but lucratif Trait d’union : Réseau national pour l’intégration des enfants ayant des besoins particuliers en service de garde, et elle a parcouru le Canada pour transmettre son message d’accueil. — Alistair MacLeod, Dunvegan, comté d’Inverness (à titre posthume) : M. MacLeod est réputé être l’une des plus belles voies de la littérature au Cap-Breton. La langue et la culture gaéliques, celles de ses ancêtres, l’ont beaucoup influencé et il a été en mesure de traduire l’esprit et la valeur des traditions orales dans ses histoires qui, à leur tour, ont été traduites en 17 langues. Son œuvre a été saluée de nombreuses fois, y compris en 2001 lorsque M. MacLeod a reçu le prix littéraire international IMPAC de Dublin pour son roman intitulé No Great Mischief. Le Conseil consultatif sur l’Ordre de la Nouvelle-Écosse choisit les récipiendaires parmi les nominations que présentent les citoyens de la province. Les récipiendaires de 2015 ont été mis à l’honneur lors de la 14e cérémonie d’investiture qui s’est tenue à Province House à Halifax. L’Ordre de la Nouvelle-Écosse a été créé en 2001 et il est la plus haute distinction conférée par la Province. Les récipiendaires ont le droit d’utiliser les lettres O.N.S. après leur nom.last_img read more

Claudia Winkleman Leads StarStudded Comic Relief Danceathon

first_imgStrictly Come Dancing’s Claudia Winkleman is calling on the nation to take part in the first ever Comic Relief Danceathon.The six hour non-stop dance frenzy will take place on Sunday 8th March at The SSE Arena, Wembley and in locations across the country – all to raise money for Red Nose Day 2015.Claudia will be joined by a host of stars and the UK’s dance glitterati, including some familiar faces from the dance world; Arlene Phillips, Chelsee Healey, Rachel Riley, Rufus Hound and Zoe Ball, BBC Radio 2’s Jo Whiley and Got to Dance’s Adam Garcia and Kimberly Wyatt, and more great names to be announced over the coming weeks.Over 2,000 fundraisers will dance non-stop for 6 hours at the flagship event with the dance style and teacher changing every 30 minutes. They’ll cover 50’s jive, 60’s swing, 70’s disco, 80’s anthems, Street dance, Latin, Hip-hop, Bollywood and West End Musicals. Shimmying stars will take to the stage to keep fundraisers’ spirits high, dance feet moving and pounds pouring in for Red Nose Day.The Wembley places are limited, but anyone can get their groove on and join in the fun. Families can dance along for the full six hours in their sitting rooms, friends can set up a Danceathon in a village hall and sports clubs can host an event in their gym. Do it with a group or on your own – but the plan is to get the entire nation dancing between 12pm and 6pm on March 8th.Claudia Winkleman said: “This just might be the greatest day of our lives. Wherever you live in the UK, if you like dancing, we’d love you to take part in the Comic Relief Danceathon. I am ridiculously excited.”The money raised by the Comic Relief Danceathon is spent by Comic Relief in the UK, and across Africa, helping vulnerable and disadvantaged people to turn their lives around.For more information about the Comic Relief Danceathon head to www.rednoseday.com/danceathon.last_img read more

Province seeking public input for improving the Forest and Range Practices Act

first_imgThe Forest and Range Practices Act governs on-the-ground forest and range activities on B.C.’s public forests and rangelands.According to the Government, feedback from the engagement process will inform changes to the Forest and Range Practices Act and regulations that are planned over the next two years.Feedback can be provided until July 15, 2019.Feedback forms are available online through the Government of B.C.’s website. VICTORIA, B.C. – The Government of B.C. is seeking public input for improving the Forest and Range Practices Act.Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, Doug Donaldson, says making changes to the Act will help strengthen the Government’s oversight of the forest sector and improve forest management.“Making changes to the act is essential to strengthen the Government’s oversight of the forest sector and improve public trust in how our forests and rangelands are managed. We want to improve the legislation to ensure it will continue to sustainably manage our forests and rangelands in the face of climate change.”last_img read more

Closing Bell TSX ends higher as traders hope for limited US government

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed higher Tuesday as traders hoped that a partial shutdown of the U.S. government won’t last long enough to cause serious damage to the U.S. economy.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,847.44 +60.25 0.47%S&P 500 — 1,695.00 +13.45 0.80%Dow — 15,191.70 +62.03 0.41%Nasdaq — 3817.98 +46.50 1.23%The S&P/TSX composite index climbed 60.25 points to 12,847.44, held back by mining stocks which fell alongside prices for oil and metals.Falling commodity prices and a weaker economic outlook from the Bank of Canada helped push the Canadian dollar down 0.21 of a cent to 96.85 cents US, even as the American dollar weakened against other currencies.The bank’s senior deputy governor, Tiff Macklem, said the central bank expects third- and fourth-quarter growth to come in at two to 2.5%. It had previously forecast growth in the July-September period at 3.8% and at 2.5% in the final quarter.Strong manufacturing data helped send U.S. indexes higher after Congress failed to approve a short-term funding agreement before midnight Monday night due to a political impasse rooted in a long-running dispute over President Barack Obama’s health-care law.The Dow Jones industrials ticked 62.03 points higher to 15,191.7, the Nasdaq climbed 46.5 points to 3,817.98 and the S&P 500 index gained 13.45 points to 1,695.The Institute for Supply Management’s September index showed rising expansion, coming in at 56.2 on top of a 55.7 reading in August. Economists had expected the index to ease slightly to 55.The clock is also ticking towards an even more worrisome prospect, an Oct. 17 deadline when the U.S. government hits its debt limit and begins to run out of cash to pay its bills.“I think the real volatility, uncertainty and excitement is coming up with the debt ceiling,” said Kash Pashootan, portfolio manager at First Avenue Advisory in Ottawa, a Raymond James company.“What concerns me is I don’t believe the politicians truly understand the impact that could be felt by the economy and the markets if they don’t reach a resolution. It seems the only thing they’re concerned about is their agenda.”Despite the current impasse, critical parts of the government, from the military to air traffic controllers, will remain in operation. Analysts said significant damage to the U.S. economy was unlikely unless the shutdown lasted more than a few days.But with the Republican-controlled House and Democratic-controlled Senate in a stalemate, it was unclear how long the shutdown would last.Meanwhile, the shutdown is being felt in creating an absence of what is usually market-moving data.On Tuesday, traders were also supposed to take in the latest reading on construction spending but numbers were held up because of the shutdown.Also, traders had been looking to Friday and the release of the government’s September employment report. That has also been put on hold with the U.S. Labor Department saying it won’t collect data or issue reports during the shutdown.The TSX industrial sector 1.5% gained with Canadian National Railway (TSX:CNR) ahead $1.66 to $106.03.The energy sector rose 0.87% while oil prices were lower for a third day amid worries about the effect of the shutdown on the U.S. economy and weak Chinese manufacturing data. The November crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange dropped 29 cents to US$102.04 a barrel. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) improved by 45 cents to C$32.82.Utilities also lent support, up 1.13% with Atlantic Power (TSX:ATP) ahead 31 cents to $4.73.Miners were the biggest TSX weight with the gold sector down about 2.6% as prices for the traditional safe haven retreated. The December contract fell $40.90 to US$1,286.10 an ounce. Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) dropped 58 cents to C$18.60.The base metals sector was down 1.4% while metal prices were also lower with December copper down five cents at US$3.27 a pound. First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) shed 59 cents to C$18.59.In corporate news, shares in automaker Ford rose 32 cents or 1.9% to US$17.19 in New York as its U.S. sales rose 6% in September, with strong car sales making up for slower sales of SUVs.But General Motors dipped six cents to $35.91 as its September sales dropped 11% from a year ago. Even the company’s big pickup trucks saw sales declines, with the Chevy Silverado down almost 11% and the GMC Sierra off 2%.TOP STORIESCanada’s five best and worst performing energy stocksWhy the U.S. shutdown is actually a good thing for investors21 cheap stocks that offer double-digit returnsWireless upstart Mobilicity files for creditor protectionCanadian economic growth stalling, BoC’s Macklem warnsWHAT’S ON DECK WEDNESDAY ECONOMIC NEWSEuropean Central Bank announces interest rate decision UNITED STATESU.S. Fed chairman Ben Bernanke speaks at St. Louis Fed conference 8:30 a.m.ADP National Employment Report (Sept): Economists expect 180,000 jobs, up from last month CORPORATE NEWSUNITED STATESMonsanto Company Q4 earnings: Analysts expect a loss of 43¢ a share read more

Army commander to appear before PSC

The Secretary to the Ministry of Industry and Commerce and the General Manager of the Industrial Development Board (IDB) have also been summoned by the PSC tomorrow. Army Commander Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake is scheduled to appear before the Parliament Select Committee (PSC) investigating the Easter Sunday attacks tomorrow.Former Minister Rishad Bathiudeen has also been summoned to appear before the PSC tomorrow.

Hackers steal millions of Bulgarians data Russian tie seen

SOFIA, Bulgaria — Bulgarian officials say unidentified hackers have stolen the personal details of millions of people from Bulgaria’s national revenue agency and note a possible Russian link in the case.Prime Minister Boyko Borissov called an emergency meeting Tuesday of all law enforcement services to consider the potential harm to the country’s national security. Finance Minister Vladislav Goranov told reporters after the meeting that the hackers behind the breach contacted local media using a mailbox from a Russian domain.The leak, the biggest in the Balkan country, contains names, personal data and the financial earnings of individuals and companies. According to local media, the hackers have stolen the details of some 5 million of the country’s 7 million people.Goranov said the government has requested help from the European Union’s cybersecurity agency.The Associated Press read more

US airlines expect record crowds over Labor Day weekend

WASHINGTON — Airlines expect record crowds over the week-long Labor Day period.The trade group Airlines for America forecast Tuesday that 17.5 million passengers will fly on U.S. carriers between Aug. 28 and Sept. 3. That’s 2.5 million passengers a day and a 4% increase over the same week last year.The busiest day is expected on Friday, Aug. 30, when the group forecasts just under 3 million people will board a U.S. airline.The airline group says carriers have added seats even though Southwest, American and United have cancelled thousands of flights while their Boeing 737 Max planes remain grounded.Transportation Department figures show that travel demand has been strong all year, with fares at or near record lows, after adjusting for inflation. The numbers don’t include extra fees.The Associated Press read more

Hudak urges Liberal government to reject Chryslers ransom demand

TORONTO – Ontario’s Liberal government should refuse to give Chrysler hundreds of millions of dollars in “ransom” money and end its $3 billion a year “corporate welfare” program, Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak said Monday.Chrysler still owes the province $800 million from the bailout it received during the recession in 2009, and should not try to blackmail the federal and Ontario governments for a reported $700 million, part of a $3.6-billion investment in its plants in Windsor and Brampton, said Hudak.“Should we pay a nine figure ransom to Chrysler? Of course not,” he said. “We should use the money to lower taxes for all, so all companies can create jobs, instead of giving handouts to the very few.”Asked why he was using such harsh language about a large auto company that employs thousands of Ontario workers, Hudak insisted he wasn’t attacking Chrysler.“I don’t blame the corporations for chasing the handouts,” he said. “I blame the Liberal government for being in the handout business.”Governments should not pick winners and losers, and cutting taxes instead of giving some companies money would make it a level playing field for all, added Hudak.“Once you say ‘Yes’ all the time, where do you ever stop,” he asked. “There is no proven economic rationale that says you can subsidize your way to prosperity.”Premier Kathleen Wynne called Hudak “irresponsible” and accused the Conservative leader of abandoning Ontario’s automotive manufacturing sector.“Tim Hudak’s vision of Ontario apparently doesn’t include the auto sector,” she said. “I think it’s naive to suggest that any Ontario government wouldn’t have to work with the auto sector to help them to make the investments that would make them globally competitive.”Wynne said Ontario knows Chrysler is talking with other governments that will also offer the automaker incentives to locate in their state or country.“The reality is that part of that environment is competing with other jurisdictions that are working in partnership with business to invest in the future,” she said.“I don’t understand why any leader of any party in this province would think that it was a good idea to walk away from the auto sector, to make a decision that would literally put at risk hundreds of thousands of jobs.”The Liberals like corporate welfare because it allows them to stage photo-opportunities as they hand out big cheques or open new plants, said Hudak.“I know that Kathleen Wynne can cut a very pretty red ribbon _ and no doubt it’s going to be a red ribbon because this is all about politics, but it’s not good economic policy,” he said.Honda set up a new manufacturing plant in Alliston in 1998 without any government money because Ontario had lower taxes and electricity costs, but things are so bad under the Liberals now they have to pay companies to move here, added Hudak.“The only way for business to open up in Ontario is you have to bribe them with hundreds of millions in taxpayer subsidies,” he said. “I think you should start saying ‘No’ to the corporate extortion that you’ve got yourself into.”The Conservatives also complained that most of the $3 billion a year the province gives to corporations goes to large, foreign companies such as Samsung, which Hudak noted is a direct competitor to Waterloo, Ont., based BlackBerry.“It seems like it’s never the small and medium-sized companies, and it seems like it’s never Canadian companies,” he said.The federal Conservative government set aside an additional $500 million in the recent budget for its Automotive Innovation Fund, but did not release details. The fund was launched in 2008 with a commitment of $250 million over five years and renewed last year for another five years.Follow @CPNewsboy on Twitter by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 24, 2014 8:57 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Hudak urges Liberal government to reject Chrysler’s ‘ransom’ demand read more

Depth Chart Week 3 at Oklahoma

WLB33 Dante BookerOR48 Joe Burger47 Justin HilliardJr.Rs. Sr.Rs. Fr. CB8 Gareon Conley3 Damon ArnetteRs. Jr.Rs. Fr. LS49 Liam McCullough44 Aaron MawhirterRs. Fr.Sr. Week 3 defense at Oklahoma PR2 Dontre WilsonOR5 Corey SmithOR4 Curtis SamuelSr.Rs. Sr.Jr. C65 Pat Elflein79 Brady TaylorRs. Sr.Rs. So. TE85 Marcus Baugh88 A.J. AlexanderRs. Jr.Rs. Fr. SAF24 Malik Hooker34 Erick SmithRs. So.Jr. SAF7 Damon Webb4 Jordan FullerJr.Fr. WR5 Corey SmithOR1 Johnnie DixonRs. Sr.Rs. So. DE6 Sam Hubbard            OR11 Jayln Holmes          97 Nick Bosa     Rs. So.Jr.Fr. P95 Cameron JohnstonSr. WR-Z83 Terry McLaurinOR82 James Clark9 Binjimen VictorRs. So.Rs. Jr.Fr. RB25 Mike WeberOR4 Curtis Samuel2 Dontre WilsonRs. Fr.Jr.Sr. RT59 Isaiah Prince76 Branden BowenSo.Rs. Fr. H-Back4 Curtis SamuelOR2 Dontre WilsonJr.Sr. CB2 Marshon LattimoreOR12 Denzel WardRs. So.So. K92 Tyler Durbin96 Sean NuernbergerSr.Jr. QB16 J.T. Barrett10 Joe  BurrowRs. Jr.Rs. Fr. Week Two special teams versus Tulsa LT  74 Jamarco Jones75 Evan LisleOR63 Kevin WoidkeJr.Rs. Jr.So. KR2 Dontre WilsonOR82 James ClarkOR1 Johnnie DixonSr.Rs. Jr.Rs. So. DT77 Michael Hill             67 Robert Landers       Rs. Jr.Fr. RG54 Billy Price78 Demetrius KnoxRs. Jr.Rs. So. The third-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes head to Norman, Oklahoma, this week for the pre-conference showdown of the year against the No. 14 Oklahoma Sooners.On Tuesday, OSU released its Week 3 depth chart. Redshirt sophomore linebacker Dante Booker sat out last game versus Tulsa, but Meyer said on Monday that he is probable to play.Week 3 offense at Oklahoma MLB5 Raekwon McMillan38 Craig FadaJr.Rs. Sr. WR-X80 Noah BrownOR21 Parris Campbell11 Austin MackRs. So.Rs. So.Fr. LG73 Michael Jordan69 Matthew BurrellFr.Rs. Fr. DT86 Dre’Mont JonesOR53 Davon Hamilton      Rs. Fr.Rs. Fr. DE59 Tyquan Lewis13 Rashod Berry18 Jonathan CooperRs. Jr.Rs. Fr.Fr. SLB35 Chris Worley17 Jerome BakerRs. Jr.Rs. Fr. read more

Prince William admits there is not much sleep going on at Kensington

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Duke of Cambridge addressing the National Mental Health and Policing Conference in OxfordCredit:Andrew Matthews/PA Wire The Duke of Cambridge has admitted there is “not much sleep” going on at his Kensington Palace home at the moment, after news the Duchess is expecting a third baby.Currently suffering from extreme morning sickness, the Duchess is today being cared for at Kensington Palace while the Duke attended a conference on mental health and policing in Oxford.The Duke, already a father of two, said baby number three is “very good news”, adding: “We need Catherine to get over this first bit and then we can start celebrating.” Mark Collins, chief constable and NPCC lead for mental health and policing at Dyfed-Powys Police introduced the Duke as the conference key note speaker, congratulating him on the baby news.”Thank you for saving the announcement until the day before the national conference,” he joked. “I can assure you timing is everything.”In a speech, the Duke highlighted the strength’s of UK first responders, saying in all his trips overseas he has “never encountered a culture of policing as it is in this country – discreet, low-key, with a sense of humour and great common sense”. The visit comes a day after it was announced he and the Duchess are expecting their third baby; a brother or sister for Prince George and Princess Charlotte.Prince George, four, is also due to start school on Thursday, in a busy week for the Cambridges. “It’s a really difficult job, and the fact that it goes on every day under our noses without most of us noticing is testament to your skill in doing it,” he said.”Our whole way of being as a nation owes its peaceful existence to what you do, day in day out; and we are very proud of you.” The Duke added: “We need Catherine to get over this first bit and then we can start celebrating.”It’s always a bit anxious to start with, but she’s well.”Kensington Palace announced news of the third Cambridge baby before the Duchess had reached 12 weeks of pregnancy, after she was unable to fulfil a public engagement at a children’s centre yesterday due to ill health. The Duke of Cambridge addressing the National Mental Health and Policing Conference in Oxford The Duke of Cambridge joins a breakout session with public and police professionals who have been affected by mental health challengesCredit:Andrew Matthews/PA Wire Spending around an hour meeting dignitaries, police officers and mental health professionals, the Duke went on to make a key note speech about the importance of speaking about mental health challenges. Emphasising the importance of speaking about mental health issues and the pressures of the job, he added: “Being a first responder is tough enough as it is.  “These pressures are not going to go away.  “Therefore, it is properly essential you are equipped to withstand the realities of 21st century policing.  “If more openness about mental wellbeing is part of the solution, as I believe it is, then I would like to help you with that.”The Duke went on to join workshops to listen to working on the front line, praising the changing culture around openness in mental health in the UK.”I have noticed that sometimes other countries are still quite a long way behind realising how much potential there is to make things better by talking about something of the things that can go wrong or are difficult,” he said. The Duke said: “There’s not much sleep going on at the moment.”Congratulated on the announcement the Duchess is expecting by chairman of Oxfordshire County Council Zoe Patrick, the Duke replied: “Thank you, it’s very good news.” The Duke of Cambridge joins a breakout session with public and police professionals who have been affected by mental health challengeslast_img read more

Russian hit squad put poison on Sergei Skripals front door police believe

first_imgA Russian hit squad poisoned Sergei Skripal and his daughter by smearing nerve agent on his front door, police disclosed last night.Counter-terrorism police revealed for the first time that they believed Colonel Skripal and his daughter Yulia “first came into contact” with the Novichok nerve agent at their home.Scotland Yard added that the “highest concentration of the nerve agent” had been discovered on the front door of Col Skripal’s home in a cul-de-sac close to Salisbury city centre.Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey, who was also hospitalised, is thought to have become ill after going to the house and was one of the first on the scene.The disclosure will intensify the manhunt for the would-be assassins who had targeted Col Skripal, 66, and his 33-year-old daughter. It will also heap further pressure on the Kremlin, which is accused of being behind the attack, for putting at risk anybody who had gone to the Skripals’ home. Police wore specialist equipment to examine the front door The Metropolitan Police said 250 counter terrorism detectives continue to work “around the clock” on the investigation, supported by experts and intelligence officers..Police have gathered more than 5,000 hours of CCTV and examined over 1,350 exhibits that have been seized. Around 500 witnesses have been identified and hundreds of statements taken.Traces of the Novichok nerve agent have been found at other sites in Salisbury, including a pizza restaurant and pub the Skripals visited before collapsing on a bench in a shopping precinct on Sunday March 4th. These were “at lower concentrations to that found at the home address”. “I would like to reiterate our thanks to the people of Salisbury for their patience and understanding. We are very aware of the impact the closure of these scenes has had on the local community and businesses and we are very grateful for the support and cooperation that has been, and continues to be, shown whilst the police investigation and recovery process takes place.”The attempted murder of the Skripals has plunged the UK into a diplomatic crisis with Russia.  Police wore specialist equipment to examine the front doorCredit:Andrew Matthews/PA Wire “As we start to see scenes handed back by the national investigation, Wiltshire Police will now work with Wiltshire Council and other partners who are leading on the recovery process to assess and agree the next steps that need to be taken to safely return sites to the public. At all times public safety will remain the number one priority for all agencies involved. Police say the highest concentration of the nerve agent was found on their front door in SalisburyCredit:Social media/East 2 West 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. Deputy Assistant Commissioner Dean Haydon, Senior National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism Policing, said: “At this point in our investigation, we believe the Skripals first came into contact with the nerve agent from their front door. “We are therefore focusing much of our efforts in and around their address. Those living in the Skripals’ neighbourhood can expect to see officers carrying out searches as part of this but I want to reassure them that the risk remains low and our searches are precautionary. Police say the highest concentration of the nerve agent was found on their front door in Salisbury Specialist search teams are starting to finish their inquiries and are handing control of sites back to Wiltshire Police, including the cemetery where Col Skripals’ wife and son are buried and The Maltings shopping precinct close to where they collapsed. The inquiry will take many months. Wiltshire Police Deputy Chief Constable Paul Mills said: “The Wiltshire Police support to the Counter Terrorism Policing Network investigation remains ongoing and is likely to do so for a number of months. It is an extremely challenging investigation and police and partners continue to manage a number of unique and difficult issues. “I’d also like to thank the local community for their continued support and understanding. The unique circumstances of this investigation means that officers are likely be in the area for several weeks and months.” The Skripals remain in hospital in critical condition, fighting for their lives. Col Skripal was a former Russian military intelligence agent who sold secrets to MI6. He was jailed in Russia but sent to Britain as part of a spy swap in 2010.last_img read more

A former Ireland international on why the FAI needs drastic change

first_imgA former Ireland international on why the FAI needs drastic change Gareth Farrelly believes there are institutional issues within the organisation. Gareth Farrelly (file pic). Image: Andrew Paton/INPHO Short URL Sunday 31 Mar 2019, 12:00 PM Mar 31st 2019, 12:00 PM Image: Andrew Paton/INPHO Fundamentally how it’s been set out is with a view to [John Delaney] staying [in the association]. There’s a huge emphasis and focus on Euro 2020 and the fact that there are going to be games in Ireland. In some ways, that’s a legacy. That’s how they want the epitaph to be written on the basis of a particular narrative as to what they’ve done. The point being for a considerable period, they’ve always been able to control that narrative. While people have been able to present things in the past, they’ve always managed to bat it away or deal with it, and return to normal services. My hope is that that won’t be the case [anymore].”Farrelly believes the entire the FAI board, a number of whom have been in their current roles for over a decade, also face serious questions.“I don’t think that [the issue lies] solely at John Delaney’s door — there are huge questions to be asked of the board as well. That’s when you have to look back further and look at the period of time that John Delaney’s been involved and also how he’s surrounded himself with people who will naturally seek to protect him and also themselves.” Last Tuesday’s Ireland-Georgia game was interrupted by a tennis ball protest. Source: Bryan Keane/INPHOAnd as for Tuesday night’s tennis-ball protest at the Aviva Stadium during the Ireland-Georgia game, Farrelly is closer to the Richie Sadlier line of thinking than the somewhat contrary views espoused by Eamon Dunphy and Ronnie Whelan among others.“My understanding is that fans are incredibly frustrated. They pay a lot of money and they’ve also been fed a particular narrative for a period of time. There’s an epiphany to this. Despite what people probably knew all along, they never really had the evidence to support it.“So for me, people are entitled to show their frustration if they want to. I haven’t got an issue with that. You’ll always get people who make more on this and say it may have had an impact on the performance or the game. I don’t buy into that. Talk is easy. The difficulty you had is people wanting to protest previously and having been stopped from doing so. I know for a period of time, there have been flags removed, people have been searched going into grounds… People are free and should be able to protest if they want to.”There has been much talk and debate in recent days about the CEO role, which has been undertaken on a temporary basis by Rea Walshe, with a permanent successor to Delaney to be announced in due course. However, Farrelly believes there are deeper issues to be discussed than the identity of the organisation’s leader and that the focus should remain elsewhere for now. “It’s a really good question, but I don’t think we’re at that point at all. Niall Quinn has been mentioned and Niall spoke really well, but I don’t think we can get to that. My issue on what tends to happen in all of these dramas, scandals, episodes — as soon as something happens, people are already writing the lists of who the new incumbents are going to be. It’s very easy to dive into something where I don’t think it’s well-placed at this time. Fundamentally, everything is as it is.Mick McCarthy and his players did a brilliant job winning their first two games. In some ways, there’s a restoration of positivity around performance, but these governance issues and the questions that need to be asked in front of Oireachtas are the next immediate critical point. I don’t think you can start to have a conversation about who the next person should be [as CEO] because again, there has to be a due diligence process in that. The media will naturally promote certain people, but of some of the people I’ve heard so far, some of them are heavily connected to the current regime. I don’t understand how the media could write about that. What’s needed now is a fundamental, institutional change for the benefit of Irish football.“I believe it’s an institutional issue and if you look at institutional problems or corruption or lack of governance, lack of systems and procedures and all of those things, it’s fundamentally been allowed to happen, because there hasn’t been adequate checks and balances in place.“They stopped the media asking questions in AGMs [a number of years ago]. I don’t know any other associations where that’s been the case and equally from a media point of view, there are some fabulous journalists in Ireland who can hold their own anywhere, yet there was an acceptance that you can’t ask questions, so it’s controlled propaganda. It’s been like this for a period of time. You’ve had the initial salvo and disclosure of information. I believe there’s possibly more to come, but we aren’t really further forward, are we? They are bullish enough and resourced and capable enough to seek to ride this particular situation out.” Gareth Farrelly counts Everton, Aston Villa and Bolton among his former clubs. Source: EMPICS SportFarrelly continues: “I’ve always felt that there needs to be more questioning. There needs to be more accountability and responsibility. These people need to be challenged, and I don’t think that’s happened. What we have now, I don’t think it’s the end by any means, but it’s positive compared to where we were at — an uneasy truce of what we can ask, what we can’t ask, what we can do, what we can’t do. We’ve kind of gone beyond that, which is good. “There’s incredible talent in Ireland. I’ll always think there’s an opportunity to do things properly. Far too often, it’s easy to move onto the next thing without really getting to the bottom of it. What has always fascinated me, going back to the Genesis Report, and I was home between 2004 and 2006, is that I don’t see how you can carry out a check on yourself and put forward recommendations. There has to be an independent review and it has to be wholly independent — that’s been a big problem. You look around the world at institutions that have recently had issues. Any of those investigations or reports or recommendations have all been independently undertaken. That’s what people have to push for — ask the serious questions. Challenge these people and make them responsible for what they’re doing.“What tends to happen is when something happens, we forget what’s gone before. It’s important to set out so many things that have happened in the last few years that need to be brought back into people’s minds again.”Farrelly is also concerned at how the FAI have often sought to silence dissenters, often through legal means, despite their criticisms and questions appearing to be totally valid, as seemed to be the case with the recent Sunday Times reporting.In a world of freedom of expression, people were injuncted or challenged or threatened. Even when it’s true. People have had a lot to lose and have had to take a view on things, and that’s a really poor indictment on where we’re at.”In addition to his work as a sport and litigation lawyer, the 43-year-old Dubliner spends time working as a Football Association Independent Football Panel Member and a Uefa MIP Participant, which is described on its official website as “giving [former internationals] the tools for match-winning performances in football administration and management as part of a second career”.“There’s a mandate from Uefa,” Farrelly explains. “They want more ex-players involved not just as managers, coaches and different things, but they want more ex-players involved in the management and administration of the game. I think that’s a good thing. We’re in New York next week for the sixth session, focusing on US sporting models. So the course has been excellent, but for me, I’ve been very fortunate with education and constantly trying to continue to learn. The course kind of gives you that.” John Delaney and the FAI have been rarely out of the headlines in recent weeks. Source: Gary Carr/INPHOSo given his clear interest in football administration, there is one natural follow up question: would Farrelly ever consider working within the FAI one day?“Not at the minute,” he says. “But the flipside for me is I’m an incredibly proud Irishman. I was fortunate to do all of the things I dreamt about, representing my country from when I was a boy. So you never lose that love of your country. The thing at the moment is that change is needed and we need to support the people who have been advocating this and the people who have been isolated when it hasn’t been in the mainstream, despite these things going on.“These things are under the spotlight now, but there are a lot of people who have been speaking out about this for quite a long time. They’ve been quite isolated and people haven’t wanted to listen to them. And they were fundamentally right. But nothing has been proven yet. I hope firstly that those questions are asked and that we get worthwhile answers.”Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: https://the42.ie/4567356 29,180 Views center_img 36 Comments Gareth Farrelly (file pic). By Paul Fennessy Share15 Tweet Email2 SPEAKING ABOUT THE politics of sport is not something everyone associated with football is always comfortable with.Players, coaches, pundits, journalists and everyone else affiliated with the beautiful game in some instances prefer to stick to what is going on the pitchAnd when the topic of debate is a powerful organisation such as the Football Association of Ireland, there is a particular reluctance to delve too deep. Some individuals are concerned about being denied progression in the game as a result of criticisms, while others simply are uninterested in rigorously engaging with the less-than-sexy topic of football administration.However, there are many others in the game who are more than willing to ask serious questions of the powers that be. Ex-Ireland internationals Richie Sadlier and Niall Quinn as well as former manager Brian Kerr have all spoken passionately in recent days of their misgivings in relation to the people responsible for running football in this country.Former Aston Villa, Everton and Bohemians midfielder Gareth Farrelly is another individual who certainly could not be accused of shying away from the topic. Despite having to watch events from afar in England, where he now works as a lawyer, Farrelly has been vocal on Twitter about the ills affecting the sport he loves.With all the various controversies and changes that have been implemented — the €100,000 loan, the previously undisclosed financial arrangements, the sudden switch of CEO — there is an overriding sense that there are still more questions than answers, some of which it is expected will be asked when John Delaney and co attend an Oireachtas hearing due to take place on 10 April.And while much of the attention has been on the former CEO and newly appointed executive vice-president, Farrelly believes it is wrong to focus overly on one individual, suggesting instead that there is an institutional problem within the organisation.“It’s a really important time,” he tells The42. “I think there’s an opportunity for change, which is really important for Irish football, but I’m also quite cautious, because you’re obviously dealing with people who are quite capable, well-resourced and experienced. So there’s an obligation and a responsibility from the media to maintain a focus and a scrutiny on this. Subscribe Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Samsung reportedly asks for Galaxy Fold review units back over screen issues

first_img Angela Lang/CNET Sprint Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Close up with the Galaxy Fold screen, notch and hinge $299 at Amazon Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) 1:54 What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. 0 Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $210 at Best Buy Foldable Phones Mobile Motorola Samsung,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Galaxy Fold gives foldable phones a black eye Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Samsung is reportedly seeking the return of its Galaxy Fold review units. Sarah Tew/CNET Having already delayed the Galaxy Fold’s April 26 launch, Samsung is now reportedly retrieving review units after problems arose with screens on some of the foldable phones.The company is asking reviewers to send the sample phones back, Reuters reported, citing an anonymous source, after some of them highlighted screen issues last week. Samsung had initially told CNET that its review period would last 10 days before the Fold was to be returned, leaving just a few days’ gap between the return date and the original delivery date of the Galaxy Fold we ordered.The problems affecting the $1,980 devices included screen damage, flickering and (in a single reported case) a bulge. CNET’s Galaxy Fold review unit remains undamaged. $155 at Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Best Buy I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Now playing: Watch this: $520 at HP Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Sarah Tew/CNET $6 at Tidal Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Read the Rylo camera preview Sarah Tew/CNET $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express See It $60 at Best Buy Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Share your voice $59 at eBay See it Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Chris Monroe/CNET See It CNET may get a commission from retail offers.center_img The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Share your voice TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. null See at Amazon Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) 60 Photos Apple iPhone XS 7 See It Read the AirPods review Rylo “We will take measures to strengthen the display protection,” Samsung said in a statement Monday. “We will also enhance the guidance on care and use of the display including the protective layer so that our customers get the most out of their Galaxy Fold.”This reaction suggests that the company has learned from the 2016 Note 7 debacle, in which exploding batteries forced the company to discontinue that model.Meanwhile, other foldable phones, including Huawei’s Mate X and a rumored reconfiguration of the Motorola Razr, are poised to hit the market in the coming months.Read: Galaxy Fold “loss” could be Mate X and foldable Motorola Razr’s gainFirst published April 23, 3:28 a.m. PT.Updates at 3:47 a.m. and 8:25 a.m. PT: Added more details. Turo Boost Mobile Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $999 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Read Google Home Hub review Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Tags JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Comments See at Turo Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $999 $999 Read DJI Osmo Action preview $999 Sarah Tew/CNET DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Tags The Cheapskate Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Amazonlast_img read more

Alaska Exempt From New Federal Clean Power Rules For Now

first_imgBy Dori (Own work) via Wikimedia CommonsAlaska will not have to comply with new federal mandates to cut carbon emissions from power plants, at least not yet.Download AudioSen. Lisa Murkowski says she got word in a phone call from EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.“And she said, ‘I listened to you.’”In the draft rule, Alaska would have had to cut emissions by 26 percent. Murkowski, at a hearing in April, told McCarthy the target was unreachable and that Alaska was different, in part because its limited grid is cut off from all other states. The final rule says the EPA doesn’t have enough information to set target reductions for Alaska and other areas cut off from the national grid. Murkowski says that’s what McCarthy told her.“And she said we realized we didn’t have the data and we didn’t have the data for good reason, because it effectively doesn’t exist. And so she said we realized we could not advance this at least for some time.”The new national rule, released today, requires other states to eliminate about a third of the carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 2030. The final rule doesn’t apply to Alaska, Hawaii, Guam or Puerto Rico.“I wouldn’t use the word exempt. I would use the word defer,” says Janet McCabe, head of the EPA’s air quality office.That’s Janet McCabe, head of the EPA air quality office.“We intend to work with those jurisdictions and other sources to get information and move forward to finalize a plan. We do not set out a schedule for that at this time but we will move forward with that.”Murkowski says she repeatedly pressed McCarthy on when the rules for the non-contiguous areas  might be ready and she got no definite answer. The senator says it was her impression time might run out on the Obama Administration before then. Murkowski was visibly happy about the news.Now, the question is whether she, as chairman of the Senate Energy Committee will join Republican efforts to block the rule from going into effect in other states. Murkowski says she hasn’t had enough time to look at the final version.last_img read more

2 students open fire in US school killing 1 wounding seven

first_imgAll the victims were aged 15 or older.TwitterAn 18-year-old student was killed and seven others were critically injured in a shooting incident on Tuesday (May 7) at a suburban Denver school near the capital of the US western state of Colorado.”It is with extreme sadness that we can confirm that one student at the STEM School was killed in today’s #stemshooting incident. The immediate family has been notified. Douglas County Coroner Jill Romann has not officially identified the student stating it’s an 18-year-old male,” the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said on Twitter.Two male students were apprehended after the shooting at the STEM School in the Highlands Ranch area. Addressing a press conference, Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said that the two shooters walked into the school and opened fire on students in at least two classrooms. “Two suspects entered the school just before 2 pm (local time) and got deep inside the school and engaged students in two separate locations,” according to Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock.The sheriff said a number of students were shot and wounded; all the victims were aged 15 or older.A handgun and the suspects’ vehicle have been recovered by the police. As of now, no information has been shared on any other weapons that may have been used.School shootings have since become a frequent occurrence in the US, where firearms killed nearly 40,000 people in 2017, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Since Columbine, an estimated 226,000 children in 233 schools have been exposed to the sight or sound of gunfire, according to a Washington Post investigation.The worst shootings to date were those at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut in 2012 (20 young children and six adults were killed) and at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last year (17 dead).The number of firearms in circulation has continued to grow (now at 393 million in a nation of 326 million people), and mass shootings have become a disturbingly regular part of American life.last_img read more

Sandy Hook Moms To Santa Fe Families Feel What You Have To

first_img Share Laura Isensee/Houston Public MediaMichele Gay and Alissa Parker founded the nonprofit, Safe and Sound Schools, after their daughters Josephine and Emilie were killed in the Sandy Hook school shooting in 2012.This week, about 400 people are gathering in Houston for a national summit on school safety, including educators, law enforcement officials, counselors and architects. Two moms whose daughters were killed in the Sandy Hook school shooting are helping lead the event, which is also sponsored by Crime Stoppers of Houston and the regional service center of the Texas Education Agency.Beforehand, the two moms, Michele Gay and Alissa Parker, talked with News 88.7 about their nonprofit Safe and Sound Schools, their meeting with some Santa Fe families and how to improve school safety.Q: Can you tell me about Safe and Sound Schools?Michele Gay: The mission really is to help prepare schools for safety and that’s about helping them learn to better prevent, respond to and recover from any type of school-based tragedy. And that’s very much a personal mission for us, given that we founded the organization in honor of our daughters, Joey and Emilie.Q: I’m very sorry for your loss. With the summit coming up, can you tell me about the meeting that you’ve had with some of the Santa Fe families?Gay: It was a real blessing for us before embarking on this summit to be reminded of why we do this work — and just to sit and talk. We shared our personal experiences, our challenges in terms of recovery, things that we learned in hopes that, perhaps, we save them a couple of steps on the journey. And more than anything, just really encourage them to be kind to each other, kind to themselves. To know that it’s a marathon, not a race.Alissa Parker: It’s always really emotional for me to go and talk to people who’ve gone through something similar to what we have — in whatever capacity. It takes me back to that experience and that tragedy. And it reminds me why it’s so important to continue to be an advocate.Q: You said that you try to help them skip a few steps. What specifically do you mean?Parker: It’s not about skipping steps. It’s about thoroughly going through the steps. It’s about not trying to rush your process, to feel what you have to feel, to process what you have to process. Healing takes a long time. In fact, it goes on your entire life. So, I think it’s accepting that it’s a long process and having patience with yourself. Their process is their process and no one should tell them how to do it.Gay: Maybe saving missteps is a better way to phrase that, because there aren’t really any shortcuts, unfortunately. But I know for us, it was helpful to learn from others about some some pitfalls on the journey. It was shared with us early on that we would be served to keep our mission true to our girls. It became obvious that it would be helping communities come together around their schools and school safety. Avoiding the politics would be something that would save us a tremendous amount of heartache and personal pain and would really help us to to propel this positive legacy.Q: There’s been some very sad news in the last couple of weeks of continued trauma and loss both with Parkland and Sandy Hook. How much is this secondary trauma something that you worry about?Parker:  I think that when a traumatic event occurs, the ripple effects last a very long time. It’s easy for people to underestimate how long those remain. It’s important for us to be able to identify those things in ourselves and identify those in the loved ones around us. Unfortunately, it’s not a perfect situation in which we can. It’s something that I think we want to wrap a pretty bow on and say, ‘We’re good. We did it. The end date is here. I have healed.’ But it’s not that simple.Gay: I would agree and the losses in Parkland, they rippled through us immediately. And then very shortly, the loss of our friend Jeremy (Richman) in Newtown just underscores how important it is that we stay connected, take care of each other, check on each other.We were talking with the other families — this is the club that no one wants to belong to. But it is the family that will never leave you and will take good care of you. We do have this sort of family across the country of survivors from tragedies like ours and some that are not quite like ours, but very tragic nonetheless. And we do, I feel, a very good job of sending each other a text from time to time, picking up the phone from time to time, doing a gut-check here and there. Keeping a watch on each other in a way that I think probably nobody else could.Q: Shifting gears for a moment to your mission and what you’re trying to do, what do you see as most lacking when it comes to school safety?Gay: There’s no shortage of people that want to do the right thing. It’s just that sometimes we get really comfortable in our silos. Maybe law enforcement doesn’t know what the school officials have been working on. And the school officials don’t necessarily know of some of the things that the school-based staff have been working on. So, I think collaboration is one of the greatest challenges and it also happens to be one of the things that caused us to put this summit together.Q: In the Texas Legislature right now, there are some bills to increase funding for school safety, especially for security and hardening schools. Do you feel like that is the way to go?Parker: I think that each of those different components are equally important. So, if you focus only on one, you drop the rest of the balls. It is a juggling act. So, yes, we support any legislation that funds any of those different components. But does one of them solve it all? No. It definitely is something that you have to balance, always.Gay: I would say one thing that we really dislike — and maybe that’s because we’re parents and I’m a former elementary school teacher — is the term of hardening schools. It sounds so cold. It sounds like that picture you might have in your mind of a school as a prison and that is certainly not what we are promoting when we talk about school security, school infrastructure, design and tools and technology. Yes, those things are tangible … But in this day and age, the amazing thing is that we can have those things and we can still have a warm, beautiful, inviting environment.This interview was edited for length and clarity.last_img read more

Asbury UM Church to Fight Streetcar Line

first_imgThe Asbury United Methodist Church was founded in 1836.One of the District’s oldest Black churches is challenging a proposed streetcar line that will cut into its property and significantly damage its century-old infrastructure.Asbury United Methodist Church is located at the corner of 11th and K Streets., N.W., and has been there since its founding in 1836. However, one of the District Department of Transportation’s (DDOT) tentative streetcar plans includes building a Union Station-Georgetown streetcar. This has upset members of the predominantly Black church because it will cut 12 feet into its front lawn, destroying its marquee, retaining wall, sidewalk, and an 80-year-old Dutch Elm tree. Additionally, during construction the church’s stain-glass windows and bell tower could be damaged.The other plan will leave the front lawn intact but eliminate parking on K Street. Floyd Robinson, a member of the church with a family lineage that goes back as far as the Civil War era, is not happy with any of the plans. “We’ve been at that spot for 178 years and now they want to do this,” Floyd Robinson, 85, said.Asbury is the oldest Black church in the District that remains on its original site and it is listed on the D.C. Inventory of Historic Sites and on the National Register of Historic Places. The church played a role in the Underground Railroad and in the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Prominent Asburyans include the late civil rights activist and educator Mary McLeod Bethune, former District administrators Carol Thompson Cole and Robert Mallett, and Dr. Clive Callendar, world-renowned surgeon and advocate for African-American organ donations.The plans for the 3.3 mile streetcar line start at 3rd Street., N.E. and will proceed west to 34th Street., N.W. It will primarily go through the K Street corridor, internationally known as the location of prominent legal and lobbying firms, trade associations and political organizations.What really bothers church leaders is that the plans were formulated without their consultation.“We do not believe that DDOT has given proper deference to Asbury’s designation as a significant historic site, and it has not engaged in the kind of robust consultation and citizen engagement process we should expect of public agencies when an action it seeks to undertake is so consequential,” said a letter co-authored by the Rev. Lanther Mills and Board of Trustees Chairman James Nero and  sent to DDOT officials. “We respectfully request DDOT to reconsider its proposal as designed to eliminate its deleterious impacts on one of the oldest and most historic African-American churches in the city of Washington.”Forty church members attended a public hearing on the matter on Oct. 2 at the Carnegie Library in downtown. Three large tables had maps of the streetcar line area and there were posters on the project around the room. DDOT officials also were on hand to answer questions.Tawanna Jackson, a church member, viewed the displays and said she supports progress but is wary of the city’s plans. “Streetcars are so large,” she said, voicing concern about church damage and parking. “Church members will have to park somewhere else and that will affect other cars and public transit.”Lezlie Rupert, the streetcar line’s project manager, talked with church members at the hearing and said that she is listening. “This process today is not the end of the story,” Rupert said. “I am happy to see the church members here and they are speaking up. We will work with the church and do what is in the best interest of the church and the city.”The next public hearing on the streetcar line is in November and the public engagement process will continue until late 2015, when a final decision on the project will be made by the DDOT. Mills said church members will not sit idly by and let the church be negatively impacted by the streetcar line.“We will connect with our council member, Jack Evans, and Mayor Vincent Gray and [mayoral candidates] Muriel Bowser and David Catania,” the minister said. “We have not made a decision on whether we will take to the streets on this. Not yet.”last_img read more

The Vixen criticizes RPDR for glossing over race issues compares RuPaul to

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- In the episode, when Ru implies The Vixen aggravated tensions between Aquaria and Miz Cracker by ‘stirring the pot’.Having already been questioned about her arguments with Eureka, The Vixen then thanked her fans and exited the stage.When Asia O’Hara then criticized the group and herself for not doing more to convince The Vixen to stay, RuPaul began shouting,‘Look at me, look at me, goddamnit!’ he said. ‘I come from the same goddamn place she comes from! And here I am! You see me walkin’ out? No, I’m not walking out. I fucking learned how to act around people and how to deal with shit. I’m not fucking walking out and saying, “Fuck all y’all!” That’s disrespectful.’‘It just seemed very vapid’Now the Vixen has had her say in an interview with Into. In it she says: ‘Ru is there to be a moderator and it felt like I was having a fight with her’When asked ‘Do you feel like Ru read a lot of negative intention into everything you did?’ The Vixen responds: ‘Yeah, it felt like I was talking to a Reddit troll. It was like, with her being a person in the public eye, you think that she would understand that I had more layers than that.’She also said: ‘It just seemed very vapid and I think even on the show I did a good job of showing that I was a person with intention and that there was more to me than trying to get under two girls’ skin for some type of reason. It was an insult to my character [and] it was very out of touch with who I am.’The Vixen also reveals in the interview that her mother was in hospital when the reunion episode was shot. She added that when she offered to not attend and be with her mom, she told her not to because viewers would think she was being ‘petty.’She furthermore criticized the show’s producers for the way they tackle issues around race. Referring to the time she accused Aquaria of creating a ‘narrative’ around race during their argument in April, The Vixen said: ‘The next day when we talked to producers again and did our boy interviews, no one gave me any indication that I had done something good. It was like they wanted to steer away from the conversation. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… The Vixen has spoken out about the explosive new episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race in which RuPaul questions the drag queen about instigating drama on the show, as well as the show’s general treatment of queens of color. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)center_img RuPaul erupts as Asia O’Hara defends The Vixen for storming off RPDR reunion stageRacial tension emerges among Drag Race season 10 rivalsKameron Michaels ‘upset’ over RPDR queens not choosing her to winRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/the-vixen-criticizes-rpdr-for-glossing-over-race-issues-compares-rupaul-to-reddit-troll/ ‘It was more like, “Do you really think she tried to create a narrative?” I was surprised it even aired and that the audience accepted it the way that it did. It felt like the show thought that I was petty for making it about race.’‘They skipped over the most important conversation of the series’She added that her appearance on the show started ‘this conversation on real issues, which they glossed over — they skipped over the most important conversation of the series! I think so much of the conversation that we’ve started has been about the problems of the fandom and I think this reunion shows the problems on the show.’The Vixen’s comments follow fellow RPDR alumni Bob the Drag Queen pointing out that white RPDR queens tend to have more social followers than queens of color.Sometimes Drag Race makes me realize other things about the world. NOT ALL, but a lot of the most popular queens fall into the thin white category. And NO black queens, except @RuPaul, have over a million followers. It’s not the show. It’s the fandom. pic.twitter.com/ngevUfrSfU— Bob The Drag Queen (@thatonequeen) June 15, 2018‘Sometimes Drag Race makes me realize other things about the world,’ tweeted Bob. ‘NOT ALL, but a lot of the most popular queens fall into the thin white category. And NO black queens, except @RuPaul, have over a million followers. It’s not the show. It’s the fandom.’‘I don’t need “help”‘Further addressing the conversation about her return to the show, The Vixen today tweeted: ‘I don’t need “help”. I’m not going through “Something” I’m not “troubled” in any way. After I left the reunion there was a lot of talk about my needs. I need to be treated with RESPECT. I brought important issues to the show and a lot of Ratings. That’s all.’H/T IntoGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . The Vixen and RuPaul | Photo: RPDRlast_img read more

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first_img News | Digital Radiography (DR) | June 28, 2019 Springfield Clinic Deploys 17 Carestream Digital X-ray Systems Springfield Clinic implemented 14 Carestream DRX-Evolu read more Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more Related Content News | Artificial Intelligence | June 03, 2019 SIIM and ACR Host Machine Learning Challenge for Pneumothorax Detection and Localization The Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) are collaborating… read more News | February 04, 2009 Orthopedic Practice Goes Digital, Picks Up Carestream’s DR, CR Imaging Systems Technology | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 25, 2019 Samsung Announces New iQuia Premium Digital Radiography Platform Samsung has announced iQuia, a new digital radiography (DR) platform of premium products and technologies that improves… read more Technology | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 Shimadzu Medical Systems Receives FDA 510(k) for FluoroSpeed X1 RF System Shimadzu Medical Systems USA, a subsidiary of Shimadzu Corp., announced they have received U.S. Food and Drug… read more Videos | Radiographic Fluoroscopy (RF) | August 09, 2019 VIDEO: Demonstration of the Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Radiographic Fluoroscopy System Shimadzu displayed the FluoroSpeed X1 conventional radiographic fluoroscopy (RF) system at the Association for Medica read more News | Digital Radiography (DR) | June 12, 2019 Utah Valley Hospital Purchases Nine Carestream Imaging Systems Utah Valley Hospital (Provo, Utah) has installed nine Carestream imaging systems that equip its radiology staff to… read more February 4, 2009 – As part of its conversion to a digital medical imaging environment, Orthopedic Associates of Meadville, in Meadville, PA, ordered the latest computed and digital radiography solutions from Carestream Health, including a KODAK DIRECTVIEW DR 3500 System, KODAK DIRECTVIEW Classic CR system and KODAK DIRECTVIEW Long-Length Imaging System. “Carestream Health’s CR and DR systems offer productivity-enhancing features that will speed our workflow and capture the wide range of imaging exams required by our busy multi-physician practice. These platforms are also renowned for their ease of use, which should help our technologists adjust quickly to a digital environment,” said Philip Frndak, M.D., president, Orthopedic Associates. The practice has five physicians and five physician assistants, and performs up to 20,000 medical imaging exams a year. Dr. Frndak said the practice selected the versatile floor-mounted DR 3500 system because its fully motorized movements deliver excellent productivity for a wide range of exams. The arm maintains constant alignment between the x-ray tube and the Bucky for rapid patient positioning. The compact, single-cassette CR system will be equipped with long-length imaging software to deliver 35 x 84 cm images for long-bone, spine and other applications. Fully automated stitching software saves time by eliminating the need to orient, order, and align images. For more information: www.carestreamhealth.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 23, 2019 Konica Minolta and Shimadzu to Co-market Dynamic Digital Radiography in the U.S. Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas Inc. along with Shimadzu Medical Systems USA announced a collaborative agreement to… read more Advances in long-length digital radiography are creating opportunities for visualization during spinal surgery, as well as pre- and post-operatively. Image courtesy of Fujifilm Medical Systems News | Digital Radiography (DR) | May 29, 2019 Dynamic Digital Radiography Used to Assess Undifferentiated Dyspnea A clinical study presented at the American Thoracic Society (ATS) 2019 annual meeting, May 17-22 in Dallas, described… read more Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Norwegian Cruise Line makes first steel cut on brand new Norwegian Bliss

first_img Travelweek Group Tuesday, November 1, 2016 Norwegian Cruise Line makes first steel cut on brand new Norwegian Bliss Tags: Norwegian Cruise Line Posted bycenter_img Share PAPENBURG, Germany — The first piece of steel for the new Norwegian Bliss has been cut, marking the beginning stages of Norwegian Cruise Line’s 16th vessel and the first one designed specifically for Alaska.Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and MEYER WERFT executives gathered at the MEYER WERFT Laser Center in Papenburg, Germany on Oct. 28 to mark the ceremonial start of construction of the new ship, which is set for delivery in Spring 2018. Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holidays Ltd., pressed the start button of the computer-controlled cutting machine, officially commencing construction.“As we close in on Norwegian Cruise Line’s 50th anniversary, we are thrilled to celebrate the start of construction for Norwegian Bliss, our latest and most innovative ship yet,” said Del Rio. “Norwegian Bliss will offer the ultimate in Alaska adventures, both on and off the ship, and we look forward to welcoming guests onboard in June 2018.”Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. President and Chief Executive Officer Frank Del Rio (center) joins NCLH Executive Vice President of Vessel Operations Robin Lindsay (right) and MEYER WERFT Managing Partner Bernard Meyer (left)The third ship in the line’s Breakaway-Plus class, Norwegian Bliss will be the first cruise ship custom-built with features and amenities for the ultimate Alaska cruise experience and the first Norwegian Cruise Line ship to make its debut in Seattle. At approximately 167,800 gross tons and accommodating 4,000 guests, Norwegian Bliss will sail weekly seven-day Alaska cruises each Saturday from Pier 66 in Seattle, featuring calls in Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway and Victoria, British Columbia, along with scenic glacier cruising.More news:  Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at seaAdditional details on the ship’s accommodations, dining and onboard offerings will be shared in the coming months. Norwegian Bliss will be available for reservations beginning January 2017. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more