Sister of teacher who died in La Loche shooting returns to work

first_imgThe sister of one of the victims in a northern Saskatchewan school shooting has been working with youth in the community where her brother was killed to make sure their voices are heard.Caitlin Wood’s older brother, Adam Wood, was one of four people killed when a young man opened fire at a home and school in La Loche, Sask., in January 2016.A major theme in the wake of the shooting was a lack of support and opportunity for young people in the north.Driven by how fondly her outdoors-loving brother spoke about the community, Wood recently returned to La Loche as part of her master’s work at Ryerson University to interview young people about what they thought would make things better.“What (media) were saying about this community didn’t line up with what my brother had spoken about the community,” said Wood, 32.“When these things are being said on behalf of the community it was like from outsiders, it wasn’t from insiders and it was never from youth representatives, even though youth were in the school when that happened.”The project asked participants what was good about their life, what made them strong, what needs to change and what should childhood look like.The 11 participants, between the ages of 13 and 19, took photographs or drew pictures to respond to the questions and then Wood interviewed them.In response to the question “what is your life like?” a participant named Harry said that he was thinking of starting a restaurant.“Because, in this community, after that (school) shooting, after that tragedy, it felt a little sad, and I want to make this community happy again,” he said.Emily offered picture of a road, saying they needed to be fixed “because they become obstacles in obtaining necessary health and emergency services.”Wood’s project was recently profiled in the Saskatchewan children’s advocate’s annual report. Advocate Corey O’Soup said he was inspired by Wood’s work.“Caitlin’s work was just an example of how something positive can come out of something so negative,” he said. “She’s truly amazing to be able to do that and to go back into the community where tragedy struck her family.”La Loche Mayor Robert St. Pierre said the community is still grieving more than two years after the shooting and needs a lot of help.“We’ve got a lot of people that are dealing with the traumatic event that occurred and we’ve got staff that are there that are still dealing with it … that haven’t coped with it yet,” he said.Wood, who now works at Ryerson, said the project taught her the importance of listening to youth.“We need to figure out ways to talk to them and we bring in their insights into everything that we’re planning,” Wood said.“Otherwise we’re not going to meet their needs, we’re going to fail every time and so I think that’s absolutely vital.”— Follow @RyanBMcKenna on Twitterlast_img read more

Anita Hill opens up about Me Too her testimony Kavanaugh and the

first_imgTORONTO — Stories of women who have been sexually harassed, assaulted or mistreated have dominated the headlines and social media for more than a year as the message of Me Too has spread across nearly every industry around the world.But now one of the movement’s most prominent icons says society needs to learn to recognize and address situations that could lead to sexual harassment long before they become full-blown lawsuits and crises.Anita Hill, the U.S. attorney and academic who accused a Supreme Court Justice nominee of sexual harassment decades ago, spoke with The Canadian Press ahead of a Dec. 3 visit to Toronto to deliver a speech at the Canadian Women’s Foundation annual The Exchange breakfast.“Often managers don’t want to address these issues in these workplaces so they send everyone to HR, but I would love for a manager to be trained to identify behaviours that are likely to escalate to more egregious behaviour and to not only identify but know how to respond,” Hill said.“When you don’t prevent gender harassment it creates this permissive culture in the workplace and in many cases that permissive culture becomes an incubator for much more serious behaviour.”Hill became a household name in 1991, when she testified against Clarence Thomas, saying he sexually harassed her while was her supervisor at the Department of Justice. She also alleged that he asked her out several times and often discussed sex at the office.Following Hill’s testimony, the Senate confirmed Thomas to the Supreme Court in a 52-48 vote. A CBS and New York Times poll conducted just after the testimony found 54 per cent of respondents thought Hill’s accusations were untrue and she faced significant public backlash.Nonetheless, she galvanized the women’s movement, which drew comparisons between her case and the recent accusations levelled by Christine Blasey Ford and two other women against Justice Brett Kavanaugh, which were not enough to prevent him being named to the Supreme Court.Following her testimony Hill said she saw the number of sexual harassment complaints more than double, legislation pass allowing for recovery and compensation for victims of sexual harassment and an openness around discussing the problem.“We had a record number of women who were willing to come forward and share their stories and many of them raised a generation of children who understood that sexual harassment was wrong, that it was illegal and that they did not deserve to be treated in that way,” Hill said.“Unfortunately things like the Kavanaugh hearing set us back…but I think we are much smarter now, much more informed and there are much more people working on this than there were 27 years ago and that is why I think we can make progress.”However, Hill stressed that progress cannot come without paying particular attention to those who face added barriers because of their ethnicity, religion, gender identity or sexual orientation.Hill said research has shown that minority women who come forward with claims of sexual harassment are sometimes treated differently from their majority peers.“Sexual harassment can impact any woman, but it will not necessarily impact all women in the same way,” Hill said.Several women have reached out to her over the years seeking advice on how they can come forward with sexual misconduct claims. The volume and intricacies of their situations and her busy schedule mean she refers them to organizations and people that can likely help, but Hill said there is never a simple answer as to what these women should do.She said it is hard to know why some industries have been rife with sexual misconduct accusations against public figures, while others, including Canada’s Bay Street, have been much more quiet since the Me Too movement began with a wave of allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein last October.Hill argues that coming forward is difficult for anybody, especially because research she’s read suggests 60 per cent of those who make such claims will face retaliation.Many also face difficulties navigating non-disclosure agreements — a silencing tool that she noticed was rampant after her testimony. Violating such an agreement can trigger legal implications and make it difficult to find another job.“There is still a lot of resistance. I don’t think there is smooth sailing for anyone,” Hill said. “My situation is different because it was so public and was politically driven, but I don’t know that anyone who comes forward and makes a charge of sexual misconduct, harassment, can have an easy time in a system that often assumes that they are not being truthful.”That system is also grappling with stories of unintended consequences stemming from Me Too, including men who are refusing to take meetings with or mentor women for fear of being wrongly accused of misbehaviour.Hill hasn’t heard of any instances of this kind of backlash, but said it “worries” her because it could “become an excuse for not doing the things they weren’t doing anyway.”She feels it also shows why men need to be part of the Me Too conversation.“We need men to be on board with us, not only because in many cases they are the decision-markers, but also because sexual violence affects them,” she said.As Me Too moves forward, she said it’s important that its proponents do not underestimate “the resistance,” which she saw in full force following her own testimony.“As much progress as we have made, there were efforts to reduce that progress or nullify that progress,” she said.“I am hoping at this point, we can move and work in our spaces, whether it be the private or public sector, to become problem solvers, to see sexual harassment not as something you want to address as a risk or a lawsuit, but because it occurs in your workforce and is causing institutional damage.”Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Two Bangladeshi nationals arrested with 200 kg of heroin

Two Bangladeshi nationals have been arrested with heroin in Dehiwala.The Police said the Bangladeshi nationals had in their possession 200 kg of heroin at the time of the arrest. The heroin was valued at approximately Rs. 2400 million. (Colombo Gazette)UPDATE: Heroin found in Dehiwala largest in Sri Lankan history

UN envoy to meet with African Union mediator on Darfur peace talks

The United Nations top envoy in Sudan is headed to Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, for a one-day meeting with the newly-appointed African Union (AU) mediator for the Darfur peace talks.Jan Pronk, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Sudan, will discuss preparations for the forthcoming round of talks with AU mediator Salim Ahmed Salim. The talks, between the Government of Sudan and Darfur’s two rebel groups, are scheduled to start on 10 June in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja. A previous round of talks there stalled in December, and since then the AU has been working to revive negotiations.The UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), meanwhile, has reported a number of security related incidents over the past week in Darfur and in southern and eastern Sudan. In one incident on 31 May, suspected members of the rebel Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) detained members conducting a UN mortality survey near Nyala in South Darfur. Their vehicles were searched and staff were interrogated. They were released after three hours, the mission said. read more

Senegalese refugees flood Gambia to escape clashes UN agency says

More than 4,500 Senegalese have swamped villages along the Gambian border over the past few days, adding to the 1,600 people who crossed the boundary during the first six months of this year, according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).The Casamance, located south of Gambia and separated from the rest of Senegal by the Gambia River, has been the scene of sporadic clashes between the Senegalese military and separatist rebel forces since 1982. Reports say the Government has launched a fresh offensive against the rebels, the Movement of Democratic Forces of Casamance, UNHCR added.After visiting the villages of Gifanga and Kusumai, UNHCR staff say Senegalese refugees now outnumber the local population. Many host families whom have taken in many of the new arrivals can no longer cope with more people and local authorities have had to open up a school and training centres to house the newcomers. Food is another concern, as the locals do not have enough to share with the refugees, who brought little food with them.“We are in the middle of the rainy season and the new crops have just been planted. Food reserves from last year would have been exhausted by this time of year,” said Ron Mponda, UNHCR chief of mission in Gambia.The refugee agency will deploy another emergency officer to Gambia and is considering the distribution of one-time food assistance and improving the sanitation facilities in the communal shelters. There are now about 12,500 refugees in Gambia, including the latest arrivals. About half are from Sierra Leone, while some Liberian refugees remain in the country. read more

Mens hockey Ohio State rides special team success to weekend sweep of

Ohio State forward Mason Jobst holds off a Wisconsin forward as he crashes into senior goaltender Matt Tomkins during a Big Ten tournament semifinal game at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. OSU lost 2-1. Credit: Courtesy of Ric KruszynskiOhio State (3-1-2, 1-1-0-0 in Big Ten) got the special teams going, and maintained strong goaltending to earn victories in both games this weekend against University of Massachusetts Amherst (3-3-0, 0-0-0 in Hockey East).Game OneTwo power-play goals by junior forward Mason Jobst lifted Ohio State to a 3-1 victory in the first game of the series on Friday. The two goals were the first two of the season on the power play for the Buckeyes, who were a disastrous 0-for-20 on the man advantage coming into the game.UMass started the scoring early with a goal from sophomore forward Niko Hildenbrand at the halfway point of the first period. The Buckeyes didn’t wait long to answer, with sophomore defenseman Matt Miller ripping a one-timer past freshman goalie Matt Murray to tie the game just over five minutes later. Sophomore forward Sam McCormick and junior forward Brendon Kearney tallied the assists on the play.The big story of the night came from the special teams, with Jobst netting Ohio State’s first power play goal of the season in the middle of the second period. Jobst’s goal came on a 5-on-3 advantage off a rebound from a shot by senior forward Matt Weis. The Buckeyes led 2-1, and outshot the Minutemen 17-14 through two periods.Jobst found the back of the net for the second time Friday, again on a man advantage from a pass by junior forward John Wiitala. Junior forward Dakota Joshua also earned an assist on the play, and the goal put Ohio State up 3-1 just 4:07 into the third period. The tally proved to be the final goal of the game.Ohio State went 2-for-4 on the power play and a perfect 5-for-5 on the penalty kill. Junior goalie Sean Romeo had another impressive outing, making 24 saves. He gave up only one goal for the third straight game. Murray had 21 saves for the Minutemen.Game TwoThe Buckeyes scored at the same level, but it was Romeo and senior defenseman Janik Möser who earned career firsts in the 3-0 shutout victory in game two of the series.Senior forward Kevin Miller scored the first goal for Ohio State midway through the first, with assists from junior forward Tanner Laczynski and Joshua. Laczynski earned a second assist in the following period, this time on a shot by Moser. The goal was Moser’s first of his Ohio State career that has spanned 66 career games in a Buckeyes’ uniform.Matt Miller almost earned his second of the series late in the second period, but, after a review of the play, the puck did not cross the line, and the game remained 2-0 after two periods. Ohio State led UMass in shots 24-14 through two.It was more of the same for the Buckeyes in the third. Laczynski tallied his third assist of the night with under three minutes to go in the game on a shot by Weis to put some insurance on the Ohio State lead. Kevin Miller also earned an assist on the play.Romeo made 23 saves in his first career shutout for the Buckeyes, Miller had 29 saves in his second loss of the series. Romeo continues to improve his numbers with each successive game, and now has an impressive .942 save percentage along with a 1.3 goals against average.The power play went 0-for-6 in Game 2, moving the total tally to 2-for-30 on the season. The penalty kill continued to be a strength for Ohio State, as the three stops on Saturday has Ohio State at 20-for-21 while playing a man down.Ohio State held UMass’ best player, freshman defenseman Cale Makar, without a point in either game. The Colorado Avalanche drafted Makar with the No. 4 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.Ohio State plays a pair of games against Robert Morris, the first at 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center, and the second at 7 p.m. on the road in Pittsburgh. read more

Nokia announces over 3 million downloads per day at the Ovi App

first_imgAs far as most smartphone customers are concerned, there’s maybe only three names when it comes to mobile app marketplaces: Apple‘s App Store, Google‘s Android Marketplace and maybe Windows Phone 7‘s new Windows Marketplace. Depending on how savvy the person you ask is, they might also mention the Palm App Store, too.One company’s app presence you never hear much about? Nokia, a company that is by common perception losing the smartphone war. But maybe it’s time to start talking about Nokia again: they have just announced that Ovi Store downloads have reached the 3 million per day milestone, and 400,000 new developers have signed up in the past year.How do those stats break down? It’s not App Store gangbusters, but it’s not bad: 92 developers have pushed apps live that have downloaded over a million times, and the Ovi Store in total has seen more than a billion downloads in the past year. Not shabby for an App Store no one ever talks about, is it?Press ReleaseNokia’s Ovi Store Downloads Hit 3 Million a Day as Developer Support SurgesMore than 400,000 new developers in past 12 months; 92 developers each top 1 million download mark; 1.5 million downloads of Qt software development toolkitsEspoo, Finland – Nokia today announced that its Ovi Store has reached 3 million downloads per day, a milestone spurred by overall global demand and a recent update that gives users of Nokia’s new Symbian smartphone family a friendlier look and feel as well as more popular apps and games. The company is also gaining significant software developer momentum with more than 400,000 new developers joining Forum Nokia in the past 12 months, and 92 surpassing the million download milestone for their apps.In related news, the Nokia Qt Software Development Toolkit (SDK) and the Qt SDK combined have been downloaded 1.5 million times as developers discover this approach can improve the speed and efficiency of creating apps for mobile devices, including smartphones such as the new Nokia N8, Nokia C7 and Nokia C6-01, which are shipping, and the recently announced Nokia E7. In a strategic move last month, Nokia announced unified application development around the Qt framework to simplify creating apps for Symbian-based devices and products that will be powered by the new MeeGo operating system. Developer video testimonials for the Qt framework are available at of popular and creative new Symbian smartphone content on Ovi Store include:• Swype: With one continuous finger or stylus motion across the keyboard, Swype ’s technology enables users to input words faster and easier.• NHL GameCenter™ Premium: Keep up with your favorite hockey team by listening to live radio, checking stats and scores, or by watching highlights and condensed games.• WhatsApp Messenger: A smartphone messaging app that uses 3G or WiFi to connect with friends and family. Switch from SMS to WhatsApp to send and receive messages, pictures, audio notes, and video messages at no cost.Since Nokia began shipments of its new Symbian smartphones, starting with the Nokia N8 on Sept. 30 of this year, the top downloaded free app globally was Q Torch, a utility app that turns your device into a flashlight, by CellApp Technology of India (also among top three in Europe, India and Southeast Asia/Pacific); the top downloaded paid app was Angry Birds, the smash hit game, by Rovio Mobile of Finland (also among top three in North America, Southeast Asia/Pacific and Europe) and the third most popular item downloaded globally was Need for Speed Shift HD, a game that delivers the thrill of high-performance racing by EA Mobile of the U.S. (also among top three in Central and South America, and Southeast Asia/Pacific).Break-out information on the most popular regional apps and their developers is available at“The rapid growth on Ovi Store to pass the 1 billion annualized downloads mark demonstrates that Nokia is a competitor in both scale and size when it comes to its services,” said Scott Ellison, vice president of mobile and consumer connected platforms at IDC. “With Nokia’s stronger focus on the Qt platform and improved developer ecosystem, Nokia should continue to see its developer numbers increase as developers see profit from new revenue shares, operator billings and the ever-growing user base around the world.”“Without any promotion or marketing dollars, in a few weeks we’ve hit 200,000 downloads in Ovi Store faster than we did with App Store,” said Anton Gauffin, CEO of BLStream, creator of the game Crazy Hamster. “We’re very positively surprised with what we’ve seen on Ovi, and we’re on track to exceed our App Store performance even though we’ve been there longer.”“Ovi Store is on a strong trajectory fueled by new apps and games from a growing number of partners and more than 250,000 new consumers signing up for Ovi every day,” said Tero Ojanperä, executive vice president, Services, Nokia. “The number of daily downloads has increased from about 2 million to 3 million since September. We anticipate our progress will continue as we have just begun shipping our new Symbian smartphones.”About OviBy combining Ovi by Nokia services with smartly designed Nokia devices, the result is a uniquely enriched mobile lifestyle. More than 250,000 new users sign up for Ovi every day, joining 165 million people in virtually every country worldwide who already experience Nokia services. Ovi comes to life with experiences such as: a rapidly growing content store for the easiest access to popular apps and games; the world’s best maps; millions of music tracks; and great messaging capabilities to connect with people who matter most. A collection of health, education and agricultural information services called Ovi Life Tools are available in remote areas of China, India, Indonesia and Nigeria. In addition, Ovi Mail is popular among those without PC access, and a commercial mobile banking service, Nokia Money, has been created with India’s Yes Bank.last_img read more

From Millwall to Las Vegas The Kerryman who battled it out with

first_img“It was very disappointing as I didn’t feel any enjoyment out of getting a first championship appearance under those circumstances. Particularly because of the loss and a friend of mine and a fellow goalkeeper had that happen to him.“I felt it was totally unjust how that whole thing played out. I know it meant I got a championship start (the following June against Westmeath) but the rule was crazy that someone who got sent off in July can’t line-out for their team nearly a year later. It was just bananas but they were the rules.”And it just so happens that the 20-year-old who could start instead of Cluxton today won an All-Ireland U21 crown last season with Murphy as his goalkeeping coach. Bryan Murphy playing for Dublin in 2003 Source: Inpho****Long before Murphy ever wore blue, he was a promising young player rolling off the green and gold production line, which by the early 1990s had started to gather pace.A Kerry minor in ’93 and ’94, Murphy soldiered alongside players who would go on to become part of GAA royalty. He lists off his former minor team-mates: Darragh Ó Sé, Daire O’Cinneide, Liam Hassett, Eamonn Fitzmaurice, Mike Frank Russell, Barry O’Shea and Denis O’Dwyer.“We wouldn’t have realised how good some of the household names I mentioned were going to be, but they were all brilliant underage players,” Murphy says. A Munster title was annexed in ’93. The following year they went one better and claimed provincial and All-Ireland honours.“I bumped into Denis O’Dwyer on St Patrick’s Day in Killorglin this year for the first time in a long, long time. We were remarking that we were just glad the smartphones weren’t out back then!” he says before breaking into a fit of laughter.“All innocent fun. That connection when you bump into guys you would have played with over 20 years ago – you still remember.“Back then the Kerry senior team were going through a transition so unusually there was a lot of emphasis put on that success of the ’94 minor team.“It was the first All-Ireland minor since the ’88 success and Kerry hadn’t won an All-Ireland senior since ’86. In ’94 the minor and junior team won All-Irelands so that year would have produced quite a lot of the mainstay of the Kerry senior team as they broke back into All-Ireland success in ’97.”Murphy considers himself fortunate to have been around for the All-Ireland success. In between his minor seasons he spent time on trial at Mick McCarthy’s Milwall as he chased a professional career in soccer.He trained alongside the first team where Irish internationals Kenny Cunningham and Mark Kennedy and American goalkeeper Kasey Keller were plying their trade.“I was over for a few weeks. It was a fantastic experience. I performed solidly but not enough as many have gone before, to earn a contract. Looking back, if I did get a contract I wouldn’t have had the ’94 success and might have gone a different road. No regrets, looking back.“I would have been disappointed back then that I didn’t get to go back but looking back now I wouldn’t change a lot of the memories I have and what I learned from it and applied to other aspects of my game in GAA and soccer.” Bryan MurphyAfter completing his Leaving Cert the following summer, Murphy’s “mindset was to give soccer another go.” He signed up for Colaiste Ide Senior College in Dublin and joined League of Ireland First Division side Kilkenny City.Colaise Ide had a successful side filled with Irish schoolboy internationals and went on to win Dublin, Leinster and All-Ireland titles, but things were trickier with Kilkenny City.They were an amateur side made up mainly of teenagers and managed just two draws and 25 defeats in 27 games that season. Murphy reckons he was possibly the busiest goalkeeper in Europe that season.“We struggled, all my friends would always remind me how much we struggled,” he laughs.“The games I played in, I had loads to do. We had a very young side playing against higher standard opposition.” The 1995 First Division League of Ireland season Source: WikipediaOne of the two games they didn’t lose that season was against title-chasing Drogheda United, who were a semi-professional outfit. Murphy managed to keep a clean sheet and his outstanding display led to acclaim and 10/10 ratings in the national media.“That half-season have benefited me, as if you’re performing in the League of Ireland teams across the water are observing you,” he explains. Trials followed at Celtic and Crewe Alexandra but no offers arrived until a left-field inquiry came from a US college.At the time Boston University had Galway native Robert Forde (who went on to play with Shamrock Rovers and Galway United) on their books, but he was graduating soon and they wanted to recruit a first-year scholarship student.Boston’s Irish-based scout James O’Toole paved the way for an unlikely twist in Murphy’s journey.“Boston University came in,” says Murphy. “A concrete offer of a four-year scholarship that was probably worth a couple of hundred thousand dollars.“It was pretty hard to turn around and convince my parents that sticking around and playing League of Ireland was going to be a better option than a guaranteed education and experience in the States. We had a happy compromise. I got to go to the States play soccer and they were happy I got to go to college, so that was how it played out.“It was an amazing experience. I went over for pre-season in ’95 and I hit the ground running. The facilities were incredible. It was a massive eye-opener. It’s all now in place with elite inter-county football and professional sport, but it was obvious then the Americans were absolutely miles ahead of what I would have been accustomed to in terms of strength and conditioning.“From an enjoyment standpoint, it was excellent. College anywhere is a fantastic experience. As much as I had the soccer to enjoy and the social side, we were under pressure to maintain grades or the scholarship would be under jeopardy and you wouldn’t be eligible to play.“Boston University was a Division 1 athletic university and they had a strict criteria but I managed to keep all that ticking over and keep everyone happy. It was brilliant. My first game was in the University of Las Vegas Invitational. To go from wind and rain out in west Kerry or north Dublin, to 35 degree Celsius and playing a soccer match in Las Vegas was a strange transformation.“The team I came into as an 18-year-old would have been highly ranked nationally. They were the number one ranked team when I joined them and we performed very strong winning three conference championships in the America East and we played in the NCAAs which is the big college tournament for any sport.“Back then it was the infrastructure the US Soccer Federation used for developing their players so I regularly played against US, Jamaican and South American schoolboy internationals. We got to travel around the country and we were very well looked after. Everything in terms of your travel, your welfare and well-being were attended to.” 24,226 Views Short URL By Kevin O’Brien ****After his US adventure, Murphy moved to Dublin in the summer of ’99 and took up a job in the advertising industry. Initially, he made the three-hour spin home on weekends to play for Beaufort, and he even captained Mid-Kerry in their Kerry SFC quarter-final defeat to West Kerry in 2000.By the following year, Murphy threw his lot in with Dublin club Naomh Barróg, who draw their players from Kilbarrack in north of the county. He had a connection to the club after becoming friends with a number of Barróg players, including former Dublin player Dave Moore, during his time in the States.They were a senior club at the time and challenging for promotion from Division 2.In the winter of ’01, following Tommy Carr’s departure as Dublin county boss, Tommy Lyons took charge. Murphy’s outstanding shot-stopping in his debut campaign had drawn the attention of Lyons and he called the Kerryman up to his squad for the ’02 season.“I just felt, living and working in Dublin, and Kerry having a settled management team and squad, it was highly unlikely they were going to ask me to come down,” explains Murphy of the decision to switch his allegiance from green and gold to blue. Dublin manager Tommy Lyons in 2002 Source: INPHO“Under no way assuming I was any better than the goalkeepers than the goalkeeper that were already there, I wanted to see if I was up to the standard.“I got a slagging then and to this day my mates never let me forget it. I don’t say this lightly, I’m very proud I’m from Beaufort and Kerry. I’m very proud I’ve been fortunate to play for Beaufort, Kerry and Dublin.“You had the likes of Larry Tompkins, Shane Fahey back in the day who went from Kildare down to Cork. Other players have made the change, Karl O’Dwyer went from Kerry to Kildare and so on.“Guys have done it and I love that it’s not common in the GAA. When someone has to do it for where they’re based geographically and the practicalities of it, you’re looking at it as a being a professional: ‘I’m out here to represent myself, my family, all the coaches who’ve supported me and I absolutely want to beat any opponent including my former county.’“That would have been the mindset. I’m sure that would be the same as anybody else who’ve changed allegiances.” Source: INPHODavy Byrne’s retirement during the ’02 National League pitted Murphy up against a 19-year-old Stephen Cluxton for the Dublin number one jersey. Lyons rotated his keepers during the league that year and Murphy made his inter-county debut in a Division 2 clash against Offaly in Tullamore in March ’02.An Irish Independent report from that game stated Murphy “turned in a stunning display to earn his side a share of the spoils.” Despite being rivals for the starting position, Murphy and Cluxton would become close friends.“My initial impression of Stephen really hasn’t changed,” he says. “He was then and is still always excellent and always professional.“What we did well was there wasn’t a formal goalkeeping coach on the squad back then but we’d take it upon ourselves to apply drills we’d done, we researched drills and had a structure in place to do our thing together. That helped build up a strong rapport in that first season.“As is the case with anyone, the longer you’re in someone’s company you get the know them a lot better and we would become better and better friends as we got to know each other.“We sat beside each other on buses, roomed together on away trips and got to know our respective partners and families as well.”Cluxton eventually established himself as the first-choice and Murphy wasn’t to know then he was working with a man who would become an all-time great.In his brilliant autobiography Dub Sub Confidential, John Leonard (another Cluxton understudy who came along a few years after Murphy) gave in insight into Cluxton’s dedication to his craft.“When I was training I was trying to get any edge I could,” Leonard wrote. “Initially, I tried to go in earlier than Clucko but I couldn’t. He was in at 5 o’clock at training two hours ahead of everyone else. You could never get there before him.” John Leonard and Stephen Cluxton in 2008 Source: Donall Farmer/INPHOFortunately for Murphy, he didn’t have to worry about trying to get there ahead of Cluxton during his inter-county career.“We’d often travel to training together and go home together. So I knew I’d be arriving at the very least at the same time as him anyway.“He was always punctual. Start early, finish late. We had friendly competition in trying to knock over 45s and from the sidelines and all that.“Two things wouldn’t have been common back then and it just goes to show how far the game has transitioned. The short kick-out wasn’t an option, you’d get dropped off the squad if you tried one back then.“The other thing, a goalkeeper coming up the field to take a free would have been unheard of. Even back then you could see that Stephen had serious accuracy – not only from his long kick-outs but when he was shooting from left, centre or right at 40 metres or further he was ridiculously accurate.”Murphy won a Leinster title in ’02 and made his only championship start against Westmeath two years later, a game Dublin lost by 0-14 to 0-12 points to the eventual provincial champions.“I don’t remember a huge amount about it,” Murphy says of running out towards the blue wall of Hill 16 that day.“We knew Westmeath were a serious team. They had Dessie Dolan, Gary Connaughton and these All-Stars. They won an All-Ireland U21 in 99. The media were assuming Dublin had the history and this was a formality but that wasn’t the mindset of us going in.“It turned out to be a tight game, I didn’t have a huge amount to do, good point-taking from both teams and I think from memory Gary Connaughton made a crucial save late in the game and we just never did enough on the day to deserve it. Fair play to Westmeath they went on and got that Leinster title after.“It was mixed emotions because there was a certain element of pride to represent Dublin in a senior championship match but it was very disappointing that we didn’t win the game. I’d like to think I did everything I could on the day.”Murphy stepped away from the Dublin set-up at the end of the ’04 season to focus on work and family, but continued to line our with Naomh Barróg for years. Not the type of fella to sit still, before long he was immersed in coaching the next crop of stars in his adopted county.He played alongside Dessie Farrell for the Dubs and in 2007 started to cut his teeth on the coaching side of things alonside the Na Fianna legend.“Like a lot of the Dublin team during that era, he always made me feel welcome, we’d great friendships, great craic and plenty of slagging,” says Murphy. “I kept in touch and got a phone call.“Dessie is the kind of fella, when you get a phone call and if there’s something requested he’s a hard man to say no to because you just don’t want to say no. He’s such a gent.” Two-time All-Ireland U21 winning manager Dessie Farrell Source: Presseye/Philip Magowan/INPHOMurphy worked as goalkeeping coach, with some additional defence work, on the Dublin minor sides in ’11 and ’12, winning two Leinster medals and an All-Ireland crown. Then they moved onto the U21s and added four provincial titles and two All-Irelands in five seasons.A decade and a half after challenging Cluxton for the jersey, Murphy coached the young man who’s doing the same this season.“I was very privileged to work with Evan last year with the All-Ireland winning U21 side. Evan performed extremely well throughout the entire campaign. Very composed for such a young goalkeeper he was only 19, 20 during the campaign and excellent in terms of distribution.“As brilliant as Clucko is and has been, Jim Gavin made sure Evan got game-time during the National League. As the unfortunate circumstances happened in the Longford game, Evan was ready and he stepped right into it. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO“Coming in for a five-time All-Ireland winning absolute legend of the game, probably the best goalkeeper who’s ever played, Evan seemed to step into his stride seamlessly. I’d be delighted for the two of them to get the start.“As a career-long friend of Stephen and given his contribution, you’d hate for anyone to be ruled out of a game because of injury and I sincerely hope he makes a recovery to start in the Leinster final and lead out the team.“If Evan gets the call, I absolutely would be rooting and wishing Evan every success and he’s done everything as he should have and would be very deserving of his start in Clucko’s place if that happens to be the situation.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! From Millwall to Las Vegas: The Kerryman who battled it out with Cluxton for the Dublin jersey Beaufort native Bryan Murphy embarked on an unusual career path that briefly saw him become the Dublin no. 1. Laois boss Sugrue following in the footsteps of South Kerry giants Micko and Páidí‘It’s more of a pride thing that it’s all us this year. All the players we have are from Kildare’ Share118 Tweet Email9 Sunday 24 Jun 2018, 7:00 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: InphoIN THE LEINSTER semi-final against Longford two weeks ago, Evan Comerford became the first goalkeeper not named Stephen Cluxton to play a championship game for Dublin in 14 years.It’s a little-known fact that the last player to do so was a Kerryman. Beaufort native Bryan Murphy, a minor All-Ireland winner with the Kingdom in 1994, was between the posts for the 2004 Leinster quarter-final against Páidí Ó Sé’s Westmeath, which Dublin lost.A rib injury could keep Cluxton out today’s provincial final against Laois and 14 years ago it was his suspension that paved the way for Murphy to make his first championship start for the Sky Blues. Source: Bryan Keane/INPHOCluxton was sent-off in Dublin’s 2003 All-Ireland quarter-final defeat to Armagh for aiming a kick at Stephen McDonnell and Murphy made his championship debut aged 28.The Parnells stopper was suspended for their championship opener the following season, meaning Murphy donned the number one jersey made famous by legends like Paddy Cullen and John O’Leary.“I think Stephen McDonnell came out recently and mentioned there might have been a little bit of pre-activities that happened,” Murphy tells The42, referencing comments made by the Armagh legend five years ago where he admitted to giving Cluxton a “wee jab into the stomach” seconds earlier. Source: INPHOAnd just like that Murphy was summoned from the bench in Croke Park against the reigning All-Ireland champions. It capped an unlikely sporting journey that took in Kerry, Millwall, Boston and Las Vegas, among others, en route to becoming just the sixth player in over a half-century to man the goals for Dublin in the All-Ireland SFC.“I was lifted out of the stand, and in you go,” recalls Murphy. “Unfortunately it was a momentum changer for Armagh who went on to win that game. That 25 or 30 minutes flew by and there were no real shots of goal as Armagh just picked off their points and just managed to close out the game. Follow us: Jun 24th 2018, 7:01 AM No Comments last_img read more

Saayii Tolof –Part 191 EPISODE 15 Difficult Marriages Nyaaka Oolu Chi

first_imgEvil Gossip Many villagers envy their class status due to poverty and low self-esteem. They feel that Yarr Harr is haughty, arrogant and vain unlike her husband who is simple and accommodating. Some people took special interest to go around the village spreading false rumours about the family.Kongosa The busy body or Kongosa is Yaa Ndaate. She goes around and speak to whoever wants to hear her gossips. “Wonders shall never end! Ngorr is sent home from her matrimonial abode being accused of trying to poison Omar when he decided to marry a beautiful girl as a second wife. Who is she, ‘Madam Untouchable’? She married a Muslim man and should have expected that her husband can marry up to four wives if he can and ofcourse he can as he is rich man. Did Omar’s mother give birth to her son only for her? Some women abuse their position as the first wife. I’m a first wife, ‘Awo’, but will not stop my husband from marrying many wives so far as he is addressing my needs.” “Didn’t you see her mom, Yarr Harr, who is a one and only wife to Baa? She controls him all throughout their marriage up to old age. He dares not marry another wife and Yaa boasts about it,” said Mbissine. “The ‘juju’ is broken,” said Ndaate.Money Palaver Yaa became pissed off as the money is no longer flowing in abundance as before. Business is slow for Amadou and he is already married with a son and had made this known to his parents. “I can no longer lavish money as before because I’m married now and have to take care of my family. You have to start up a small business in order to supplement what I’m giving you as allowance. I know it is going to be difficult for you and please don’t blame me. You have to understand my reality.” That was Amadou’s point when Ngorr came from her matrimonial home. “How are you going to be feeding yourself?” he asked his sister without mincing words. “What sort of stupid question is that? How is the family feeding itself? If you can answer that question then that is fine with me.” “Let us be realistic here because Omar will no longer be feeding you because you are out of his house and I don’t blame him. I would have done the same. Go and beg your husband to take you back or you try some form of petty business to feed yourself. I cannot feed you as I have a young wife and child to take care of.” Ngorr went into tantrums. “Hey! Villagers, come and hear this ingrate of a sibling! Who taught how you to fish? Was it is not my husband and my humble self? What have you ever bought for me since you left school and established your family business? You are very selfish but I don’t blame you. Allah made me and my survival is in his hands. As for for the advice you have given for me to go and beg my husband, that is not your business.” “’Yalla-Yalla beye sa toll.’” (God does not come down and work on your farm.) Ngorr hurls insults on her brother and called him all sorts of names.Ngorr She is at home preparing lunch. Yaa came with an almost empty pot of mayonnaise quarreling. “Look at the pot of mayonnaise, who has finished it clean like this?” she asked. “Why is this anger? I took some but did not finish it. But why are you angry? Have you not forgotten so soon? I use you bring groceries that would last for more than a month before being replenished until you would dispose of them by giving to neighbours. Take it is easy mom! You should know that no condition is permanent. I was a giver until my predicament which is just a trial that will not last long by the grace of Allah.” “Moreover, that is not my only complaint. Where is my D100 note which I kept under my pillow inside my bedroom?” Ngorr wept bitterly for being accused of stealing. She then asked: “Who is keeping your keys? Are they not in your purse which you carry always? Mom, give me a break! You are choking me to death.” That is the straw that breaks the camel’s back. Now you have resorted to accusing me of stealing your D100? Ngorr you have suffered.” She raised her hands and prayed to Allah. “Judge my case with them. My case is in your hands.” “My D100 is lost and I should not ask you? Who are you? You have to go and beg your husband to take you back. I am very tired of taking care of you.” “When I was in the city, how much have I been giving you as monthly allowance apart from the groceries I’ve been providing?” “We are talking about the present not the past.” Baa He came and found Ngorr sobbing bitterly and enquired what her problem is. But before she answered her dad, Yaa chipped in. “I lost my D100 and also found out that the Mayonnaise was finished. I asked and she took offence. I should not state my mind because someone will be offended?” Baa took a different approach. “I do not like how you are treating our daughter. Where should she go in a situation of distress? Is it not her parents’ abode? This girl is a good daughter and should not be maltreated her situation of distress when she is undergoing trial and tribulation. We should show her love and concern in her time of need. She did everything for us when she was in her matrimonial home. Yaa don’t be ‘puroh’ a throat (meaning ungrateful) which does not praise the food that passes through it last.” Ngorr shook her head. “Thank you dad! You’ve shown me that I can always trust your judgment.” “I know your daughter is always right, according to you, but no one can prevent me from asserting my ‘freedom of expression’.”Yarr Harr She went and met Ngorr sitting down under the verandah and gave her a machete. “What is this for?” Ngorr asked. “What is machete used for? You are no longer a city lady but a village woman. Let us go to the farm.’ Ngorr got up put a basket on her head and then head to the farm with her mum.The Gossips They met Kongosa and Mbissine who greeted them and then vanished out of sight. The duo stopped and then started a gossip on Ngorr and her mother. “The world is three days, yesterday, today and tomorrow. Who would have believed that these two proud peacocks would walk past us with baskets on their heads heading for the farm? Yesterday, it was farm hands that were harvesting their crops and Ngorr would come to the village with a flashy car to pick up their farm produce to take to the city for their consumption. The have been bluffing about this that they consumed fresh farm produce but now they are very broke. The other day I learnt from their close neighbour that they were fighting over Mayonnaise and D100 which was said to be stolen. Ha! Ha! Ha! ‘Yalla mo baah chi borom tahikow’ (Allah is very good to the owner of the story building.) To be Cont.last_img read more

Lopetegui set for awkward encounter with Ronaldo Messi is the best

first_imgNew Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui is set to face an awkward first meeting with Cristiano Ronaldo after having proclaimed his rival Lionel Messi “the best player of all time”To the shock of many, Lopetegui was announced as Zinedine Zidane’s replacement for next season and will officially commence his duties at Real after the World Cup.The current Spain boss has previously spoken of his admiration for Messi in the past on various occasions and has emphasised his belief that the Barcelona star has no equal in this world.“It’s extremely unlikely that we’ll see another player like him,” said the new Real boss.Prior to his appointment with the European champions, Lopetegui had an interview with the Spanish news publication “20 Minutos” and he again praised Messi.“He’s made the difference in so many ways over a continuous period of time” and that it’s “a joy to watch him play”.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.The upcoming World Cup may be Messi’s last chance to win it with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner now in his thirties.But Lopetegui is certain that the Argentina team can challenge at Russia with their “extraordinary squad with extraordinary players”.Lopetegui: “Messi es el mejor jugador de la historia”— Manipulando (@Manipulando_) June 12, 2018last_img read more

Report Eden Hazard makes contract demand

first_imgAccording to reports, Eden Hazard has told Chelsea that he will not extend contract unless they qualify for the Champions League.Hazard had been linked with a move to European Champions Real Madrid all summer.Madrid since losing Ronaldo to Juventus have been looking to sign a quality replacement and the Belgian is top of their list.Hazard had initially talked about his desire to leave Stamford Bridge but announced recently he would be staying this year.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“For the moment, I am happy,” said Hazard. “I have two more years of contract and we will see what will happen.“Leave this year? I will not leave. I’m fine here, we’ll see what happens in a year or two.”Chelsea now have a contract on the table for the playmaker, reportedly worth £300,000-a-week on a five-year deal but there are no indications that this contract will be signed.And according to The Sun, Hazard will only think about signing a new deal if Chelsea finishes top 4 in the Premier League this year.last_img read more

Employees Protest Poor Working Conditions in State Office Buildings

first_img Share Rachel Zein for The Texas TribuneState employees protest unsanitary work conditions early Friday morning outside the Texas Health and Human Services Commission Office’s Brown-Heatly building, in Austin on August 17, 2018.Joanne Day is no stranger to problems in her workspace. In her nearly 20 years working at a state health agency, she’s dealt with mold, leaking rainwater and falling drywall — all issues she blames on poor funding of the state’s facilities commission and mismanagement within her agency.But after reading a recent report by The Texas Tribune that revealed the mold incursion in the Austin State Hospital 636 building, Day still felt a shudder rip through her body.“I was surprised, but not surprised,” said Day. “I was appalled. I was disappointed that someone else is going through this.”On Friday morning, a group of state employees gathered outside of the main campus of the Health and Human Services Commission holding signs with illustrations of rats and roaches. They were protesting what they believe are poor working conditions and failed maintenance responses in state office buildings. Earlier this month, Department of State Health Services employees were relocated from a state hospital building where a mold infestation had invaded some of their desks, chairs, carpeting and keyboard hand rests. The move was announced one day after the Tribune uncovered the conditions.Simon Andrade, whose workplace was directly affected by the mold invasion, said he was “frustrated” that the problem wasn’t addressed sooner — and more frustrated that his coworkers had to go to the media to seek help instead of getting help from senior leadership.“I think [the mold] has been disruptive in our work having to move locations, having to work in conditions that don’t give us everything we need to get our jobs done,” Andrade said. “As state employees, our concerns fell on silent ears.”This isn’t the first unsanitary issue in state buildings. Last year, the health commission said its Austin building was overrun by several hundred rats— and had to pay $60,000 for exterminators.But the recent issues with mold has energized workers with the Texas State Employees Union to call on the Health and Human Services Commission and the Texas Facilities Commission to not ignore requests for building maintenance, and to move employees immediately if there’s a building issue. State employees are already calling on lawmakers to properly fund the Texas Facilities Commission next session in order to avoid problems with building conditions.“If you’re seeing multiple state agencies dealing with issues around facilities, it just begs the question of what’s been the state’s approach to establishing safer work environments for their employees,” Andrade said.But state employee Sarah Swallow said the recent case can’t be the only the state building that has mold — she’s heard that most state buildings have the same issues. Swallow said she’s looking at the Legislature to “do whatever it needs” to sort out the problems so working conditions can improve for her and thousands of other state employees.“The Legislature needs to do something, do whatever it takes,” said Swallow, who declined to give the specific agency where she works. “Because for whatever reason, the Texas Facilities Commission is not willing or not able. It’s just ridiculous the amount of things that go unaddressed.”The Texas Health and Human Services Commission and Texas Facilities Commission didn’t immediately return requests for comment Friday morning.Disclosure: The Department of State Health Services has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. Find a complete list of them here.last_img read more

Norton Is Running for 15th Term in Congress

first_imgD.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton wants to continue to serve the residents of the District of Columbia and said she has the energy to do it.Norton, a Democrat, was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives as a delegate in 1990 and has been re-elected with no serious opposition since then. The delegate said she wants the residents to give her another two-year term to continue the progress she has built.Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District of Columbia’s delegate to the U.S. Congress, is running for her 15th term in Congress. (Courtesy photo)“What does D.C. need in times like these,” Norton, 80, told a gathering of 30 people at a penthouse located in the District Wharf on Jan. 27. “In times like these, District residents need a congresswoman who knows what to do and knows how to do it. In times like these, we should show resistance and we will not rest until D.C. becomes the 51st state.”Norton, who the late District mayor and council member, Marion Barry, referred to as “our warrior on the Hill,” said she wants to continue her advocacy of D.C. statehood, noting that 73 percent of the Democratic Caucus in the House and 20 U.S. senators have endorsed her bills for statehood and work as a member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure to bring or enhance federal government projects in the District. The delegate also hopes to continue to fund the DC Tuition Assistance Grant program (DCTAG) that helps District students attend public and private universities in other states at the rates of their in-state residents and with a grant, respectively.“I have preserved DCTAG even under Donald Trump,” Norton said.Norton said that despite the Trump administration’s coldness toward the District, there is a brighter future ahead.“The polls show that Democrats can take back the House and the Senate,” the delegate said. “I have spent most of my time working under Republicans and I accumulated wins despite GOP control. Imagine what I can do for the District is the Democrats win back the House.”Perhaps Norton’s most compelling argument for a 15th term is her longevity. She is the 27th most senior member of the House and the second most senior in the Congressional Black Caucus.Norton is the ranking Democrat on the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit. If the Democrats win back the House in 2018, she could be the chairman of that subcommittee and there is an outside chance that she could chair the whole committee, Transportation and Infrastructure, depending on what her senior colleague on that committee, U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) decides to do.Norton has been credited with bringing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to St. Elizabeths West campus and her legislative efforts have led to the development of the Southeast and Southwest Waterfront, the Walter Reed campus in Ward 4, the Navy Yard in Ward 6, and funding for the Frederick Douglass and Memorial bridges.However, Norton said that her biggest challenges have been fighting Republican efforts to undermine the District.“In 2016, I helped overturn 15 attempts to block the District’s laws and some of those were attempting to wipe out our gun laws,” she said. “Return me to Congress and I will keep protecting you from Republicans. I have done all of this without a vote on the House floor.”As of now, only congressional representatives from states are allowed to have voting representation. Norton has fully embraced the statehood movement that calls for a representative in the House and two U.S. senators based primarily on District residents paying federal taxes and have obligations of citizenship but have no vote in either body of Congress.Dr. Julianne Malveaux, president emerita of the Bennett College for Women and a well-known columnist with the National Newspaper Publishers Association, firmly supports Norton.“Eleanor Holmes Norton understands that our work is never done,” she said. “She has been a voice for people of color, women, students and dreamers. She was talking and doing something about sexual harassment before it became popular.“She has worked across the aisle consistently and because of her, 96 percent of all D.C. residents have health insurance.”While Malveaux has embraced Norton, some have yet to fully commit to the congresswoman. Greg Davis, a resident of Ward 7’s posh Hillcrest neighborhood, told the AFRO that he likes Norton but that the city is changing and not in his favor.“Del. Norton has seen a lot of change in the city,” Davis said. “She was there when I could afford to buy a house in the city and now it would be a struggle for me to do so. I’ll have to see what she does.”While Norton respects the sentiments of Davis, she has one message for District residents.“Send me back for the 116th Congress,” she said.Norton has one opponent in the Democratic primary, Kim Ford, and she faces perennial D.C. Statehood Green Party candidate Natale Stracuzzi.last_img read more

Elon Musk Smacks Down Mark Zuckerberg on AI

first_imgThe CEO of Facebook held a Q and A this weekend from his backyard. Zuckerberg’s been doing a lot to clean up his image — traveling around the country, meeting all kinds of people, and showing a new level of transparency with doting followers. In the session, he screen questions about all kinds of things, including one about the apocalyptic potential of AI.“I watched a recent interview with Elon Musk,” they asked. “And his largest fear for the future was AI. What are your thoughts on AI and how it could affect the world?”Elon Musk has been pretty vocal about his mistrust of AI, and for a damned good reason, but Mark Zuckerberg isn’t so sure.“I think people who are naysayers and try to drum up these doomsday scenarios. I just, I don’t understand it. It’s really negative, and in some ways, I actually think it is pretty irresponsible,” Zuck said. “In the next five to 10 years, AI is going to deliver so many improvements in the quality of our lives.”After someone sent that to Musk, the Tesla, Space X, and Boring Company CEO shot back.“I’ve talked to Mark about this,” he said. “His understanding of the subject is limited.”I’ve talked to Mark about this. His understanding of the subject is limited.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 25, 2017Musk is known for his quirks, but it’s not common for one business titan to knock another so directly. That their opinions differ so strongly, though, points to deep divisions on how people in the tech community feel about AI.For one to claim that it is a “fundamental risk to the existence of human civilization” so much that he wanted special regulations and rules put in place, as well as an upending of our entire economic system and another to think those predictions are dangerously overblown is curious.While I’ve definitely beat my own drum about AI before (it really does keep me up at night), there are quite a few positives too. I’m smart enough to admit that sometimes I get too into the bad side of things.It’s possible, for example, for AI to slot into American society at least rather easily. Yeah, we could be looking at a lot of lost jobs, but we’re also about to lose millions and millions of baby boomers to retirement. Many fields are expecting massive labor shortages soon. It’s possible AI will simply help us make up the difference.Weirdly, though, I think that’s rather pessimistic. A more “apocalyptic” scenario, like a major economic shift could be humanity’s greatest blessing. I, for one, would love to have benevolent robot overlords. And to be free from the need to work on anything at all. Hey, it works in Star Trek!Kirk and Picard just wouldn’t be able to run around doing all their cool things if they had to worry about something as infantile as money. I see the potential of robots to totally revolutionize the way we live, freeing humans from work forever and allowing us to enjoy whatever we like and indulge our many curiosities. Isn’t that way more awesome than flipping burgers or trading stocks?Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Indian millennials eat out thrice a month

first_imgA majority of Indian millennials in cities, including Delhi, eat out over three times in a month, reveals a survey. CBRE, a real estate company, conducted a survey among more than 1,200 restaurants in key locations of Delhi/NCR, Mumbai and Bengaluru. It was found that 60 per cent of Indian millennials make more than three visits a month for eating out, read a statement. Indian cuisine still dominates the country’s taste palate with a 24 per cent share, followed by multi-cuisine with a 22 per cent share. Asian cuisine and cafes are the third and fourth preferred choices of diners. Other cuisines including Mexican, Mediterranean, Lebanese and Arabian are gaining significant traction among consumers. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIndian cuisine offerings too are evolving with restaurants specialising in Odiya, Bengali, North Eastern, Tibetan, Chettinad and Awadhi cuisines. Casual dining restaurants (CDR) are a category that has gained significant traction in the past couple of years, accounting for almost 46 per cent of all restaurants that were part of the survey. In terms of nationality, almost 82 per cent of the restaurants were domestic standalone outlet/chains with around 18 per cent restaurants being of international origin. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveUS-based restaurants accounted for almost 70 per cent of the restaurants in the international category. In terms of location, choices were divergent; while 62 per cent of all international restaurants are located in malls; 68 per cent of all domestic restaurants are located on high streets.”Increasing globalisation, growing exposure to international trends and cuisines have led to India’s food and beverage segment going through a transformation in recent years.” Anshuman Magazine, Chairman, India and South East Asia, CBRE, said in a statement.last_img read more

Chargers fan egged the team headquarters after Los Angeles move announced Video

first_imgThe egging was busted up by the cops, and the Chargers are still moving to L.A. So basically, this dude took two L’s on the evening. Hopefully, it was worth catching a vandalism charge.Next up: Raiders to Vegas. This all sucks.Hurt is real for Chargers fans. Man egging Chargers HQ after news they’ll announce move to LA Thursday @nbcsandiego #NBC7— Omari Fleming (@OmariNBCSD) January 12, 2017 Advertisement Yesterday, the Chargers announced they are relocating to Los Angeles in 2017. The Bolts have called San Diego home since 1961. In the end, the team and the city couldn’t come to an acceptable agreement on a new stadium. Next season, they will play their home games in the 30,000 seat StubHub Center in Carson, home of the Los Angeles Galaxy. There are like 10 Texas high school stadiums that are bigger than that.Needless to say, die-hard Chargers fans were not happy with the announcement that their beloved team was going to be loading up the moving trucks in short order.One fan showed up to the team head quarters at Charger Park to express his displeasure by throwing a dozen eggs at the team headquarters. While the symbolism is rich, it wasn’t a full out assault as it was some lazy soft toss.Hurt is real for Chargers fans. Man egging Chargers HQ after news they’ll announce move to LA Thursday @nbcsandiego #NBC7— Omari Fleming (@OmariNBCSD) January 12, 2017last_img read more

Organic Snacks Market Expected to garner 240352 million by 2025

first_img“Organic Snacks Market by Product Type, Distribution Channel, and Generation: Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2018 – 2025,”the global organic snacks market was valued at $8,783.2 million in 2017, and is expected to garner $24,035.2 million by 2025, registering a CAGR of 13.6% from 2018 to 2025. Snacks are small servings of food eaten between main meals. Organic snacks are food prepared using ingredients that comply with the standards of organic farming. Organic food is also Genetically Modified Organism (GMO)-free and are free of artificial additives and can be better digested by the human body. It includes snacks such as potato chips, corn chips, tortilla chips, and bakery products such as bagel, biscuits, doughnuts, cheese snacks, nut bars, pretzels, crackers, pita chips, and confectionery such as chocolates, candies, candy bars, and other snacks. As consumers tastes have expanded in an increasingly globalized world, many consumers are experimenting with organic foods to satiate their desire for unique taste experience and to align with their increased focus on healthy lifestyles. As a result, organic foods have gained a lot of popularity over the last decade as they are considered safe and a rather healthy option by many consumers.Download Sample Copy Of Report@ growth of the organic snacks industry is driven by increase in disposable income of people along with rise in the living standards of consumers around the globe. Furthermore, hectic lifestyle and increase in the need for convenience and ready to eat food drive the growth of the market and help increase the organic snacks market size. Furthermore, growth in adoption of organic farming practices in various developed region is one of the top impacting factors driving the growth of the organic snack food market. Growth of the retail network in emerging economies, such as India, China, and Brazil, has led to increased availability of organic snacks, thus supplementing the organic snacks market growth. However, high cost of production hampers the widespread adoption and act as the major restraint for the global market. On the contrary, rise in disposable income and increase in willingness of people for buying premium and environment-friendly products in the emerging nations are expected to provide opportunities for the market growth in the coming years.Salty snacks segment garnered the highest share in the organic snacks market by product type. The rise in popularity of innovative products with different types of flavor and ingredients attracts consumer toward salty snacks and thus contributing to the market growth. Apart from this, changing lifestyles, food consumption habits, rise in disposable incomes, and increase in food convenience are the major factors impacting the growth of the organic snacks market.Send Me Enquire@ on distribution channel, the retail stores segment dominated the organic snacks market in 2017 and is expected to retain its dominance throughout the organic snacks market analysis period due to the fact that these retail stores are located near residential areas and require less efforts purchasing goods. In retail stores, customers can check and compare products before buying and can own them immediately. This ease of purchase adds to the popularity of this segment, thus acting as a key driver of the global organic snacks market.By generation, the baby boomers generation is expected to experience the fastest CAGR through the organic snacks market forecast period. This high growth is due to increase in knowledge about health and fitness coupled with the improvements in the retail distribution channels that makes acquiring packaged food such as organic snacks easy.Key Findings of the organic snacks market:Based on product type, the salty snacks segment was the highest contributor to the organic snacks market and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 11.8% from 2018 to 2025.Based on distribution channel, the retail stores segment was the highest contributor to the market in terms of value in 2017 and is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 11.7% from 2018 to 2025.Based on generation, the millennial segment is expected to grow at a steady CAGR of 12.8% from 2018 to 2025.E-commerce segment accounted for 16% of the total organic snacks market share in 2017 and is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 15.9%.In terms of value, North America contributed around two-thirds of the global market share in the organic snacks market in 2017. The key players profiled in the report include Pure Organic, PRANA, Made in Nature, Kadac Pty Ltd, Navitas Naturals, Hormel Foods, Hain Celestial, Conagra Brands, General Mills, and Woodstock Farms Manufacturing.The other market players (not profiled in this report) include SunOpta, Simple Squares, YummyEarth, Inc., Utz Quality Food, LLC, Eat Real, Creative Snacks Co., NurturMe, Annies Homegrown Inc, Navitas Organics, Clif Bar & Company, My Super Foods, Sprout, Peeled Snacks, Beanitos Inc., Late July Snacks LLC, 8 Rabbits, Cussons Australia Pty Ltd, Kraft Heinz, Kewpie Corporations, Louisville Vegan Jerky Co., and Organic Food Bar.About Us:Allied Market Research provides global enterprises as well as medium and small businesses with unmatched quality of “Market Research Reports” and “Business Intelligence Solutions.” AMR has a targeted view to provide business insights and consulting to assist its clients to make strategic business decisions and achieve sustainable growth in their respective market domain.We are in professional corporate relations with various companies and this helps us in digging out market data that helps us generate accurate research data tables and confirms utmost accuracy in our market forecasting. Each and every data presented in the reports published by us is extracted through primary interviews with top officials from leading companies of domain concerned. Our secondary data procurement methodology includes deep online and offline research and discussion with knowledgeable professionals and analysts in the industry.Contact:David Correa5933 NE Win Sivers Drive#205, Portland, OR 97220United StatesToll Free (USA/Canada):+1-800-792-5285, +1-503-894-6022, +1-503-446-1141UK: +44-845-528-1300Hong Kong: +852-301-84916India (Pune): +91-20-66346060Fax: +1⟨855⟩550-5975help@alliedmarketresearch.comWeb: www.alliedmarketresearch.comlast_img read more

LGBT Labour condemns MSPs intern due to conversion therapy link

first_imgThe statement reads: ‘LGBT Labour are disappointed that the Scottish Labour Party’s Equalities Spokeswomen hired an intern from a Christian Action Research and Education (CARE) programme.‘CARE are an organization that campaigned against both equal marriage and repealing Section 28, and have previously donated money to organizations and events that promote conversion therapy and other related activities.‘LGBT Labour was proud to ensure Labour Party policy at the General Election pledged to end conversion therapy. We maintain our commitment to ensuring conversion therapy is made illegal and will continue to push for legislation to be brought forwards to ensure that the practice is made illegal.‘LGBT Labour calls on Scottish Labour to revoke this internship and cut ties with the organisation CARE.’Read our statement on the hiring of an intern from an organisation that promotes conversion therapy by Scottish Labour Equalities Spokeswoman.We believe Scottish Labour must revoke this internship and cut ties with the organisation CARE.— LGBT Labour (@LGBTLabour) July 31, 2018 Peter Tatchell ‘shocked’LGBTI rights activist Peter Tatchell said: ‘I’m shocked that a Labour spokesperson on equalities would have an intern from CARE, given that the organization was previously exposed as having helped fund a so-called gay cure conference. It seems totally inconsistent with Rhoda Grant’s commitment to LGBT and human rights.’ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) US court rules trans women as ‘men who identify as women’ in locker room dispute Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… LGBT Labour marching at London Pride (Photo: Instagram) UK universities failing LGBTI students mental health – 4 in 5 are strugglingcenter_img A CARE spokesperson denied any affiliation between the group and gay conversion therapy programmes.The spokesperson said: ‘Graduates on our well-respected educational scheme take voluntary internships. The bursary is to fund the study programme – the lectures and the study weekends.‘CARE gave a small gift to Anglican Mainstream in 2009 but the gift was in no way intended as an endorsement of all that was discussed at the conference.‘It is entirely false to label CARE a gay-cure charity. We do not support or advocate for any so called “gay-cure”.’Grant is also the Labour MSP for Highlands and Islands.GSN has reached out to Grant for comment.Also on Gay Star News:Labour councillor resigns over trans women using female bathrooms Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS- UK government: Gay cure therapy is ‘ineffective and potentially harmful’Hawaii becomes 12th US state to ban conversion therapy for minorsAfter shooting: Puerto Vallarta Tourism safe for LGBT travelers?Read the full article on Gaystarnews: : LGBT Labour has today released a statement condemning the hiring of an intern from an organization that promotes conversion therapy by Scottish Labour Equalities Spokeswoman Rhoda Grant .last_img read more

Singaporean flight searches soar for weekend getaway

first_imgColombo, Sri Lanka ranked fourth place in the fastest growing list, increasing by 168 per cent, followed by Hong Kong which saw an increase of 167 per cent since last month. In identifying the fastest growing travel destinations, Skyscanner found searches for flights to Shanghai have increased by 241 per cent, with Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh following closely behind, showing that Vietnam continues to grow in popularity with Singaporean travellers. In the top ten overall most popular destinations list, Bali has come in top place closely followed by Bangkok, Hong Kong and Phuket, with Kuala Lumpur completing the list at the fifth most popular destination for Singapore travellers. As Singaporeans get ready to enjoy a long weekend celebrating national and religious holidays, flight searches on global travel search site Skyscanner have almost doubled in the last month alone. “We have recently seen a real preference for short breaks, with people clearly looking for different things from their holiday”, Skyscanner marketing manager Ira Novianqi said. “From shopping meccas in Shanghai and Hong Kong, getting amongst the energy of Vietnam to relaxing on beaches in Sri Lanka and Malaysia, Singaporeans are keen to experience the best of Asia in a short time.” Source = ETB News; LBlast_img read more

Marking its 10th birthday last Friday AdinaVibe

first_imgMarking its 10th birthday last Friday, Adina-Vibe Darwin hosted a shindig for loyal supporters, guests and clients, noting the positive changes a decade has brought to the city and its skyline.In the hotel itself, hardworking housekeepers have changed more than 753,190 sheets and 970,280 pillow cases and the reception team has checked in over 800,000 guests. Brekkie Chef, Gina Ragasa has been with the hotel since opening and estimates she and the kitchen team have cracked and cooked around 358,200 eggs, fried more than 22 tonnes of bacon and grilled six tonnes of snags.TFE Hotels’ Chief Operating Officer, Chris Sedgwick, said the best companies were made up of the best people and he was incredibly proud to celebrate the birthday milestone with his team.“Birthdays are a time for celebrations,” Mr Sedgwick said. “But it is also the perfect time to acknowledge the incredible effort our behind-the-scenes and front-of-house teams have put into ensuring our guests feel like they have had a home-away-from-home with us over the past ten years.”The Adina-Vibe Darwin is celebrating its 10 year milestone with a two-for-one Saturday night special during March 2019.**Subject to availability. Some conditions apply.last_img read more