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Gary Sinese To Host Got Heart Give Hope GalaGary Sinese To Host Got Heart Give Hope Gala

first_imgActor Gary Sinise will return as the host of this year’s Got Heart, Give Hope Gala.On Wednesday, April 17, 2013, Hope For The Warriors will honor combat wounded service members, their families, and families of the fallen at the Got Heart, Give Hope Gala at The Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, Washington, D.C.The black-tie event will feature television and movie actor Gary Sinise as the awards ceremony host. Hope For The Warriors is a national nonprofit organization that assists combat wounded service members, their families, and families of the fallen.On February 14, Valentine’s Day, Hope For The Warriors will reveal this year’s honorees for Hope & Courage Awards. The awards will be presented to each honoree by Sinise at the Got Heart, Give Hope Gala. The Hope & Courage Awards will be presented to representatives from each branch of the military, in addition to family members of wounded and fallen service members. Hope For The Warriors will honor the courage of each award recipient, focusing on the hope they inspire through their remarkable stories of recovery and achievement.“Service members and military families demonstrate overwhelming courage and resiliency in the face of adversity,” Robin Kelleher, Hope For The Warriors President said. “The Gala celebrates and honors their courage as they deal with extraordinary challenges.”Sinise is a member of the nonprofit’s advisory council and the founder of the Gary Sinise Foundation. Hope For The Warriors is one of the foundation’s charity partners.Country singer James Wesley will be the musical guest for the evening. Wesley is a GAC Top 20 Country Singer and singer of the hit singles, Didn’t I and Real. He has performed for Hope For The Warriors in the past and is devoted to supporting service members and military families.For more information about the 2013 Got Heart, Give Hope Gala, click here.The mission of Hope For The Warriors is to enhance the quality of life for post-9/11 service members, their families, and families of the fallen who have sustained physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty. Hope For The Warriors is dedicated to restoring a sense of self, restoring the family unit, and restoring hope for our service members and our military families.Source:PRWeb.comlast_img read more

The Elders Hail Progress In Iran Nuclear TalksThe Elders Hail Progress In Iran Nuclear Talks

first_imgMeeting in Cape Town, The Elders today hailed the positive steps taken in recent weeks on the Iranian nuclear crisis.The new-found flexibility and seriousness being shown by all sides in tackling the dispute was a source of particular satisfaction.Looking ahead to the next round of talks in Geneva between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries in November, as well as a planned visit to Iran by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), The Elders called on all parties to maintain the same constructive and determined spirit – with a view to an early resolution of all issues.Kofi Annan, Chair of The Elders and former UN Secretary-General said: “A comprehensive approach is essential, to get to the core of the legitimate concerns that, for many years now, have made this issue one of the most worrisome on the global agenda. All nations have rights and responsibilities in equal measure. You cannot have one without the other.“This is an historic opportunity that should not be dropped. If the international community can get this right, the possibility of transforming the negative dynamics plaguing the Middle East for the better is the great prize to be won.”Recognising the potential opposition to a deal that leaders in both the United States and Iran face, The Elders praised the courage being shown by both the Obama Administration and the new Iranian Government headed by President Hassan Rouhani.last_img read more

Yankees Baseball Legend Bernie Williams Raises Awareness Of Devastating Lung DiseaseYankees Baseball Legend Bernie Williams Raises Awareness Of Devastating Lung Disease

first_imgNew York Yankees all-time great Bernie Williams is teaming up with Boehringer Ingelheim to raise awareness of a lung disease called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) that his father suffered from for years before he passed away in 2001.Back in Puerto Rico, Williams’ father Bernabé inspired him to play baseball and make it to the Major Leagues. He also taught him to play guitar, which has become Williams’ second career since retiring from baseball.In honor of his father’s battle with IPF, Williams has joined the Sin Aliento campaign to turn his family’s devastating experience with this rare lung disease into a chance to help other families. Williams hopes to educate and empower others who think they may have IPF to seek early diagnosis and treatment and is encouraging people to visit the campaign website – and share the videos and educational Spanish content through social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter using #SinAliento. In addition, they can sign up to the Sin Aliento™ program and receive monthly information in Spanish via e-mail or text messages.“Whether I was in centerfield or at bat, my dad was always my biggest fan. He seemed invincible. So when he was finally diagnosed with IPF after battling symptoms like breathlessness and a debilitating cough that persisted for many months, it was devastating to me and my family,” said Williams. “Sharing my dad’s story is so important because it will help others get the answers they need sooner and easier.”IPF is a rare and serious lung disease that causes permanent scarring of the lungs, and makes it difficult to breathe. Symptoms of IPF include breathlessness during activity, a dry and persistent cough, chest discomfort, fatigue and weakness. Although considered “rare,” IPF affects up to 132,000 Americans, and according to the The Lancet, Hispanics are more likely to suffer from the disease with a 15% higher incidence than the general population. Also, about 50,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed every year with IPF – enough to fill a baseball stadium.“Boehringer Ingelheim is proud to partner with baseball legend Bernie Williams who can speak personally about how IPF affected his dad and his family,” said Al Masucci, vice president, IPF Business Unit, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. “Through the Sin Aliento campaign, we hope to educate people to recognize the signs of the disease and take action to see a doctor as early as possible. It is important that a correct medical diagnosis is determined as IPF is often misdiagnosed.”The symptoms of IPF are similar to, and often confused with, other more recognizable diseases such chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, or congestive heart failure. There are IPF treatments available, including supplemental oxygen, cough management and pulmonary rehabilitation, which can include special exercises or breathing strategies. In 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first drugs specifically indicated for the treatment of IPF.last_img read more

UNESCOs head condemns killing of Indian papers bureau chiefUNESCOs head condemns killing of Indian papers bureau chief

“I condemn the murder of Kishore Dave,” the Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, said in a statement, referring to daily Jai Hind’s bureau chief in the city of Junagadh in the western state of Gujarat.According to UNESCO, Mr. Dave was killed on 22 August and his assailants are reported to have been arrested. “I trust that legal proceedings already underway will shed full light on this crime, which undermines journalists’ ability to carry out their work and contribute to open and informed public debate,” Ms. Bokova said in the statement.UNESCO issues statements on the killing of media workers in line with Resolution 29 adopted by the entity’s member states in 1997, entitled ‘Condemnation of Violence against Journalists.’ read more

Ohio State mens hockey teammates have different outlooks as pro prospectsOhio State mens hockey teammates have different outlooks as pro prospects

Junior defenseman Sam Jardine (21), senior forward Chad Niddery (19) and senior forward Tanner Fritz (16).Credit: Photo Illustration by Mark Batke / Photo editor, Photos by Kelly Roderick (center), Michael Griggs / For The LanternOhio State men’s hockey senior forward Tanner Fritz stood outside the locker room with his hands tangled inside his shirt. The more he spoke about plans for the future, the more his voice softened.Minutes later, a smile broke across the face of his teammate, junior defenseman Sam Jardine. The Chicago Blackhawks’ draft pick spoke proudly about his draft day, but as he discussed his NHL status, his tone changed from self-confident to self-precautionary: he’s still working toward a contract. As Jardine spoke, Chad Niddery sauntered down the hallway that leads to the OSU locker room. Upon hearing he’d been requested for an interview, the Buckeyes’ senior forward half-jokingly declined his requirement to speak. Why would anyone want to talk to him?Moments later, Niddery, the guy that unsuccessfully suppressed his disdain for interviews, couldn’t mask excitement for the next stage in his hockey career, a stage that will likely earn him another stamp on his passport. Three guys. Three different situations. Three entirely different perspectives on the future. On its roster, OSU has two players who were selected in the NHL Entry Draft and four who were invited to 2014 NHL development camps but have not been drafted. Below is a comparison of three Buckeyes who share the same locker room, but belong to different categories with regards to their future.Senior forward Tanner FritzNHL Status: Undrafted, Attended Chicago Blackhawks Development Camp last JulyAfter graduation, Fritz wants to play professional hockey, and if he can have it his way, he’ll play in North America.Aside from being contacted by the Nashville Predators his sophomore year, Fritz’s invite to the 2014 Blackhawks development camp was his first indication his future might lead to the NHL.The OSU captain has 92 points in 117 games played. He caught the eye of NHL scouts last season when Blackhawks representatives, who were at an OSU–Michigan game to watch Jardine, approached Fritz after the game, he said.Chicago’s representatives believed Fritz fit the Blackhawks’ style of play and wanted to introduce him to the organization, he said.“It’s a pretty humbling experience,” Fritz said of attending the development camp. “Just seeing how fortunate and lucky (the Blackhawks) are … it’s every kid’s dream to be in that position.”Chicago instructed Fritz to make better use of his speed and shot, he said.In his final season, Fritz is working to improve his play with the knowledge that scouts are always in attendance and that small plays can make a big impact. “You know there’s always going to be people watching,” Fritz said. “It doesn’t take much for them to notice you.”Still, Fritz acknowledged there’s a chance he won’t receive additional NHL attention, in which case he might make use his connections in the business to earn a tryout. While NCAA athletes are not permitted to have agents, many have family advisers to assist their career decision-making. Fritz, however, does not have one.He’s a lone rider in limbo, but said he’s not nervous for the future. Junior defenseman Sam Jardine NHL Status: Selected by Chicago Blackhawks in 2011 NHL Entry Draft (169th overall)Jardine had just arrived home when the Blackhawks officially claimed his rights in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Before his selection, he had become uneasy about falling to the sixth round and left his house to calm himself.By the time he had returned, Chicago’s chief amateur scout Bruce Franklin, who recognized Jardine when he was playing for the Camrose Kodiaks of the Alberta Junior Hockey League, called Jardine to relay the good news: The then-future Buckeye was NHL property. In his third season with OSU, Jardine has 25 points in 74 games played, often logging time on the Buckeyes’ top defensive pairing.With his foot in the door, Jardine is now working toward earning a contract from the Blackhawks when he’s finished at OSU. Unlike Fritz, he has a family adviser. “Everyone always tells you that as soon as draft day comes, you’re right back into the pool with everyone else again,” Jardine said. “I put a lot of pressure on myself.”The Blackhawks are keeping tabs on Jardine. Representatives from Chicago attended multiple games last season and Blackhawks’ development coach Mark Eaton was in Columbus for the OSU–University of Nebraska-Omaha series earlier this year.Jardine will have contact with Chicago throughout the year, but any comments the Blackhawks make are general, as they are wary of infringing on the instruction of Buckeye coach Steve Rohlik, Jardine said. “You put in the work so that you’re performing for the team here, for Ohio State,” Jardine said. “The extra benefit of that is preparing yourself for the NHL.”Senior forward Chad Niddery NHL Status: Undrafted, not invited to a 2014 NHL Development CampThe Buckeyes’ addition of freshman defenseman Janik Möser might have done as much for the team’s blue line as it has for its fourth-year forward applying for dual-citizenship in Germany.“I’ve always dreamed of going overseas,” Niddery said. “I’d love to go to Germany or Sweden or Switzerland and play over there.”Niddery, whose grandmother is German, will often get language lessons from Möser, who grew up in Mannheim, Germany. Knowing basic German is a requirement for citizenship and something Niddery seems to have his heart set on learning before he attempts to play overseas. During a five-minute discussion of his hockey future, Niddery mentioned the prospect of playing professional hockey in North America only in passing. At 24, Niddery said he doesn’t consider the idea of starting in the lower tiers of American or Canadian professional leagues as enticing as his preferred option.He plans to follow the path of two members of the OSU hockey staff. Buckeye director of hockey operations Layne LeBel and associate coach Brett Larson each played professional hockey in Germany.The connections will be key for Niddery, the senior said. European recruiting is mostly done via word of mouth.“I’m at the age where I have buddies that (play) over there now,” Niddery said. “Basically you just have to network as much as you can just to get that one opportunity.”Niddery’s optimism comes during what might be his career-best season. He’s logged one goal and three assists through 11 games, four points shy of last year’s career-best point total for a season.Any nerves for the future are hidden by his electric excitement. “Get paid to play hockey overseas? Man, that’s living the dream,” Niddery said. “That’s how I look at it.”As the three teammates ponder their professional futures, the Buckeyes are just one game into Big Ten play. OSU fell to Michigan State, 3-1, Thursday night at the Schottenstein Center to start off its conference season. read more

Someday Well Appreciate Alabama And Clemsons Historic DominanceSomeday Well Appreciate Alabama And Clemsons Historic Dominance

There’s perhaps nothing more alluring in sports than the notion of unpredictability, that what you’re witnessing isn’t scripted, that anything could happen. George Mason. Leicester City. Buster Douglas. These narratives are the reason we keep coming back year after year.Recently, though, it seems like the improbable has taken a back seat to the foreseeable — at least in a few major American sports.On Monday at 8 p.m. Eastern, the Alabama Crimson Tide and Clemson Tigers will clash in the College Football Playoff final. It will mark the fourth consecutive season the two will have met in either the finals or semifinals. On the hardwood, the Cleveland Cavaliers have battled the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals in four consecutive seasons.1That streak, however, will … not continue. And on the ice, the Washington Capitals have skated into the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round of three consecutive Stanley Cup Playoffs.But though it might seem like it happens all the time, it’s actually pretty rare for the same teams to square off in the postseason year after year.For example, the MLB playoffs date back to the late 19th century and feature only three instances of teams meeting three seasons in a row.2The Anaheim Angels and Boston Red Sox played each season from 2007 to 2009, the Kansas City Royals and New York Yankees played each season from 1976 to 1978, and the New York Yankees and New York Giants played each season from 1921 to 1923. The NFL playoffs have seen a single instance of teams meeting exactly four years in a row3The San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers played each season from 1995 to 1998. and a single instance of teams meeting five years in a row.4The Oakland Raiders and Pittsburgh Steelers played each season from 1972 to 1976. In the WNBA, the Minnesota Lynx and Phoenix Mercury played in four consecutive playoffs from 2013 to 2016. In the men’s NCAA basketball tournament, there have been eight instances of teams meeting in three consecutive tournaments.5Seattle and Oregon State played each season from 1962 to 1964, Utah State and Arizona State played each season from 1962 to 1964, UCLA and San Francisco played each season from 1963 to 1965, UCLA and New Mexico State played each season from 1968 to 1970, UCLA and Long Beach State played each season from 1970 to 1972, Providence and Pennsylvania played each season from 1972 to 1974, and Utah and Kentucky played each season from 1996 to 1998. And in the women’s NCAA basketball tourney, Notre Dame and UConn faced off in the Final Four, in either the semifinals or finals, an incredible five consecutive times from 2011 to 2015. Boston Celtics-Philadelphia 76ers1965-695 MLB MatchupSpanYears Oakland Raiders-Pittsburgh Steelers1972-765 Nebraska-Penn State1994-963 10 matchups tied3 NBA/ABA Florida State-Miami1987-926 Alabama-Oklahoma1978-803 Baltimore/Washington Bullets-New York Knicks1969-746 Boston Celtics-New York Knicks1951-555 NFL New York Yankees-New York Giants1921-233 Consecutive postseason meetings really are few and far between. And in college football, where turnover among top-tier programs is unavoidable and injuries are prevalent, it’s striking that the same two contenders are about to produce a tetralogy. After bruising, monthslong schedules, we’re left with orange and crimson once again.Even though the teams are familiar, there’s still plenty to be excited about in Monday’s title game. Don’t let the betting line fool you; this year’s installment promises to be the best matchup yet between the two schools. Source: ESPN Boston Celtics-Syracuse Nationals1953-575 Green Bay Packers-San Francisco 49ers1995-984 Possible matchupSpanYears MatchupSpanYears Kansas City Royals-New York Yankees1976-783 33 matchups tied2 In college football, the playoff is so new that it’s harder to look at consecutive matchups in a historical context. But we can guess at which teams might have faced off in a playoff by looking at the teams that ended each season since World War II in the top four of Elo ratings. Anaheim Angels-Boston Red Sox2007-093 Playoff rematches are rare in the big three pro sportsLongest streaks of the same teams meeting in consecutive postseasons for MLB, NBA/ABA and NFL Fort Wayne Pistons-Rochester Royals1950-545 Time spans considered are 1903-2018 for MLB, 1933-2018 for the NFL and 1947-2018 for the NBA/ABA.Source: LSU-USC2005-073 MatchupSpanYears Alabama-Oklahoma1973-764 Florida-Nebraska1995-973 Programs that missed out on playoff rematchesPairs of college football teams with the longest streaks of finishing a season in the top four in Elo ratings, 1946-2013 7 matchups tied4 Nebraska-Oklahoma1971-744 The ESPN Stats & Information Group has tracked total efficiency back to 2005. This year’s Alabama squad ranks first (96.9) of all Football Bowl Subdivision teams in that time frame, and Clemson ranks 15th (91.6). Each enters the game racking up more than 525 yards and 44 points per contest, so it will no doubt be the best offensive matchup we’ve seen in the playoff between the two programs. Compared with each previous meeting, this will be the worst Alabama defense Clemson has faced and the best Tigers’ defense the Tide has played — though the two teams are separated by only about 4 points of defensive efficiency.Alabama’s program has never been known as a high scorer, but it now features the most efficient offense of any team in the past 14 years. But the Tide will stare down a defensive line that is months away from playing in the NFL,6With the notable exception of Dexter Lawrence, who remains suspended over a banned substance found in a drug test. which is likely why the Tigers tout the nation’s third most-efficient defense since 2005.Quarterbacks under Alabama head coach Nick Saban are often more game manager than gunslinger and generally operate in a system that skews conservative. Not this year. No team averages more yards per passing attempt than Alabama’s 11.34. Tua Tagovailoa and Jalen Hurts have each posted Total Quarterback Ratings that would rank in the top five among quarterbacks with at least 100 action plays in a season since 2004.7The first season for which we have data for that stat. In total, Alabama QBs have contributed 247.09 expected points on passes this year, 105.8 more than any previous season under Saban and the fourth-most by any team in a season since 2004, the first year for which data is available. The passing attack has accounted for 50 touchdown passes8To just six interceptions. and a team Total Quarterback Rating of 94.1, the best marks produced by an SEC offense over at least the past decade.The offense of Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney features an elite rushing attack, and quarterback Trevor Lawrence could become the first freshman QB to lead a team to a national championship since Oklahoma’s Jamelle Holieway in 1985. Where the team is most improved, however, is in its ability to dominate the line of scrimmage on the defensive end. “They wanted to be the best ever,” Swinney said of his defensive line, which leads the nation in sacks (52), quarterback contacts9Which measures the total number of times opposing quarterbacks were hit by a team’s defense. (312) and pressure rate10Which is the percentage of dropbacks in which the opposing quarterback was sacked, was under duress or was hit by a team’s defense. (43.7 percent). Under defensive coordinator Brent Venables, the unit averages 7.96 expected points added per contest on run defense, the fifth-best mark since the statistic was first tracked in 2004.The trophy case at both schools is getting full: Alabama is looking for its third title in the past four years, while Clemson is looking for its second in the past three. But don’t think these two programs are approaching the game as just the humdrum, foregone conclusion of their seasons. The matchup may have become predictable to us as viewers, but the teams are as eager as ever to face off for college football’s ultimate prize.“It is Clemson,” Alabama tight end Irv Smith Jr. said. “So it is a little more personal.”Neil Paine contributed research.Check out our latest college football predictions. read more

Blackout woes for Essequibo continues as GPL trying to fix problemsBlackout woes for Essequibo continues as GPL trying to fix problems

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGPL’s CEO apologises for prolonged power outages in Region 2September 10, 2018In “latest news”Essequibo Coast GPL generator reportedly moved to Bartica for RegattaApril 1, 2018In “latest news”Essequibians fed up with GPL, constant power outagesJuly 9, 2017In “Local News” Residents living along the Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) have been plagued, once again, with a series of power outages which have affected persons throughout the region; and according to these residents, the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) seems incapable of ending their woes.This publication was told on Saturday that while the utility company is trying to bring the electricity situation under control, only two of the five standby generators at the Anna Regina Power Station are up and running. As such, engineers are appointed to work on a 24-hour shift.It was related that residents have been affected by this issue, which is a major inconvenience.Additionally, the business community in the region is complaining about the significant losses which they have incurred, since frozen items thaw and spoil.Further, this publication was told that there is a heavy cost attached to running individual standby generators and the high fuel prices are adding to the burden of residents as well as the wider business community.Amid these concerns raised, calls were also mounted for the supply of new generators, which were promised by the Government to be installed before the end of this year. Residents are hoping that the site would be completed in time for the installation so as to ease their ongoing distress.In response to the calls, a statement issued by the power station on the Essequibo Coast revealed that two of their standby generators suddenly went down and they were forced to put a load shedding arrangement in place.Additionally, a backup generator which arrived on Friday developed technical problems, but residents were assured that the engineering department was working beyond the call of duty to restore a stable flow of electricity.In the past months, episodes of blackout and prolonged power outages have become one of the usual scenarios in many communities and regions at large. Apart from Region Two, numerous pleas were also made by its neighbouring Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) for a stable supply of electricity.In one instance, the power supply to the community of Canal Number Two was cut for almost 12 hours.“We always getting blackout, sometimes more than two time every week and it does last the whole day. The last time it cut off at seven and they come till in the night to put it on back after more than five reports,” one resident said.Meanwhile, in Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica), a few months ago, prolonged periods of blackouts forced Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo to host his weekly press conference outdoors.At that time, he blasted the Government, noting that here is an obvious lack of short- and long-term solutions to address GPL’s inefficiencies. read more

Driver attempts hit and run hits 5 cars in the processDriver attempts hit and run hits 5 cars in the process

first_imgTHE DRIVER OF a black 4×4 involved in an accident with a taxi in Chicago on October 30th clearly did not want to face the consequences.The driver refused to get out of the car and exchange insurance information, and in fact made several attempts to get away before the taxi driver snapped and started banging on the cars window.The driver of the SUV (later revealed to be stolen) then took off, ramming into four other cars in the process.  The video is pretty shocking. Source: K MooreThe taxi driver is out of work while his taxi is repaired, and is also facing disciplinary action for confronting the driver of the stolen car.The driver of the black car was later arrested.Tow truck driver watches helplessly as car rolls downhill>Deer’s incredible escape from car caught on camera>last_img read more

Blur playing in Dublin this summer but where did you stand onBlur playing in Dublin this summer but where did you stand on

first_imgPod LiveBlur were one of the main players of the Britpop scene in the nineties, dueling with Oasis for the honour of number one chart positions, best haircuts, and general laddishness.Both bands played in Ireland frequently in the nineties, with dates at The Point Depot, the RDS and Oxegen for Blur and Pairc Uí Chaoimh and Slane for Oasis.Where did you stand on the Blur/Oasis divide though? Poll Results: BLUR WILL BE playing their first Irish gig in four years this summer, a gig at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Kilmainham, Dublin.Damon Albarn and co will play on Thursday 1 August, which probably rules them out of playing at Oxegen, which has moved this year to the first weekend in August.The band last played in Ireland at the Punchestown festival in 2009 and most recently released a complete box set of their work called Blur 21.Tickets for the IMMA gig go on sale this Thursday morning at 9am, priced €62.50. Couldn’t care less (621) Oasis til I die (589)center_img I liked both (858) Blur forever (375) Blur foreverOasis til I dieI liked bothCouldn’t care lessVoteLet us know your favourite Blur (or Oasis) tunes and memories in the comments section below…9 reasons why we’ll do anything for Meat Loaf, but we won’t do that> How did yelling goats in pop videos become a thing?last_img read more

Public appeal for woman missing from WaterfordPublic appeal for woman missing from Waterford

first_img Monday 18 Feb 2019, 10:41 PM Image: An Garda Síochána Public appeal for woman missing from Waterford Mary Ryan hasn’t been seen since December. By Sean Murray 35,473 Views Image: An Garda Síochána GARDAÍ ARE SEEKING the public’s help in tracing a missing Waterford woman.Mary Ryan was last seen at Clonard Park, Waterford on 15 December 2018.The 54-year-old is described as being 5’7″ in height, of slight build and with black hair.Despite the picture provided of Mary showing her with blonde hair, it is now dyed black, gardaí said.It is not known what she was wearing when last seen.Anyone who has seen her or can assist in locating her is urged to contact Waterford Garda Station on 0531 305 300, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111. Share164 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL 4 Comments Feb 18th 2019, 10:41 PM last_img read more

Interest ratesInterest rates

first_imgThe recent decision by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) to hold official interest rates at their current level of 4.5 percent, is a bonus for Australians borrowing to buy their homes. We could possibly get through 2010 without another change to official interest rates.And because of the way so many small and medium sized businesses are financed off the family home, it could also be good news for business owners. However, we’re now in August and it’s worth trying to pinpoint where we are in terms of the trend line for interest rates. I’m predicting that we’re currently in a pattern of holding on official interest rates. I say this because there’s an election this month and the Reserve typically likes to avoid political entanglement (even though they say it makes no difference to monetary policy). Also driving my optimism is that the last interest rate rise in May – which took the official rate to the current 4.5 percent – was the sixth in a series. I have no reason to say that six is a magical number indicating a complete interest rate cycle, but I can say that the six rate rises were aimed at controlling the inflationary threat from the Rudd stimulus spending, and that the rate rises seem to have succeeded. Which brings us to the third main reason why I think the RBA is in no hurry to raise the official rate again soon, and that is the often ignored subject of inflation – a subject we should not overlook given that controlling inflation is largely why the Reserve changes official interest rates. The current headline rate for Australian inflation is 3.1 percent. Since the RBA aims to keep inflation within the bounds of two and three percent, 3.1 per cent may look like a failure, but it isn’t so. The Reserve averages the inflation numbers over an entire cycle and the fact that the RBA has not changed official interest rates this week means they are not concerned. Moreover, the RBA is looking at the detailed inflation data which comes in a quarterly series, the most recent of which was the June quarter inflation numbers. This quarterly series had annual inflation at 2.7 percent (after adjustments that take the anomalous rises out of the equation) and more important, a downward trend for the quarter from 0.8 percent to 0.5 percent. So, when interest rates go up and down we must remember that they largely move to ensure inflation is kept between two and three percent. We will know more when the September quarter figures are published. But for now inflation seems to have stabilised after the spending stimulus, and we could possibly get through 2010 without another change to official interest rates. Mark Bouris is the Executive Chairman of Yellow Brick Road, a financial services company offering home loans, financial planning, accounting & tax and insurance. Email Mark on or check for your nearest branch. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2s Erica unfollows exbeau Shaheer on social media isKasautii Zindagii Kay 2s Erica unfollows exbeau Shaheer on social media is

first_imgKuch Rang Pyar Ke Aise Bhi actors Shaheer Sheikh and Erica FernandesShaheer Sheikh/InstagramHere’s a piece of heartbreaking news for fans of alleged former lovers Erica Fernandes and Shaheer Sheikh. The actress, who is currently seen in Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2, has unfollowed Shaheer on Instagram. The good looking actor, however, continues to follow her. Shaheer and Erica had worked together in Sony TV’s Kuch Rang Pyaar Ke Aise Bhi where they played the roles of Dev and Sonakshi, respectively.Although there were strong rumours of the two dating each other during the time when the show was on air, both Erica and Shaheer never admitted to their relationship and had always maintained that they are ‘just good friends’.It was being said that the alleged couple broke up because of Shaheer’s infidelity. However, Erica had then responded to the reports and reiterated that Shaheer and she were just friends. She further requested gossip mongers to stop making accusations at the cost of someone’s character.Currently, Erica is rumoured to be dating her Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 co-star Parth Samthaan. The buzz is that a lot has been brewing up between the alleged lovebirds. The couple is going strong and is spending more time together than usual. Apparently, Parth and Erica often arrive together on sets and also wait for one another to have afternoon and evening meals together. Not just that, they often leave the sets together as well.While it is not known as to what went wrong between Erica and Shaheer, we wonder if the actress’ growing closeness with Parth is the reason behind her unfollowing Shaheer and thus putting an end to her former relationship? Erica Fernandes and Parth Samthaaninstagramlast_img read more

From Chinese girl to chicken roll Heres how racism is still prevalentFrom Chinese girl to chicken roll Heres how racism is still prevalent

first_imgGetty ImagesUS President Donald Trump has been slammed across the world for his xenophobic attacks against people he perceives as outsiders. In a barrage of tweets, Trump had written that those (referring to four women democratic congresswomen) who don’t like the US should go back. Three out of four of them were born in the United States.What many don’t know is that while this is xenophobia on a larger scale, racism exists across the world. A BusinessTech report said that India is the second most racist country in the world with 60 percent of the population facing racism by their own countrymen. One Twitter user from India also tweeted a story of a little girl who was teased by her friends due to her appearance. One boy allegedly called her a ‘Chinese girl’ and another called her a ‘chicken roll’.”This is my friend’s Instagram account, which she runs in her daughter’s voice. The experiences of a child growing up in Bangalore. Ching lives in Bangalore. Yesterday she spoke to her mum about casual racism in her school bus, among kids. #bengaluru #bangalore,” Sabbah Haji Baji, a Twitter user wrote.Sabbah attached two photos of an Instagram post which the little girl’s mother runs for her. In the post, the mother wrote in the girl’s voice, “My school bus is a privately owned and operated school bus because the school’s buses don’t pick up KG kids and drives students only from Std. 1. So we have students from Joseph’s Boys, Cotton Boys, Sacred Heart Girls in my bus.”She went on to say, “One day, I told mum that the boys in my bus are naughty on our way back home. One called me “Chinese Girl” and the other one called me “chicken roll”. I didn’t like it. It wasn’t nice.”The girl went on to say that her parents made her feel better. In a P.S., the girl said, “If you’re the one teasing people or calling people names, STOP IT. It’s not nice.”This is my friend’s Instagram account, which she runs in her daughter’s voice. The experiences of a child growing up in Bangalore.Ching lives in Bangalore. Yesterday she spoke to her mum about casual racism in her school bus, among kids. #bengaluru #bangalore— Sabbah Haji Baji (@imsabbah) July 25, 2019 What was sad was that students who are barely five or six years of age said this which shows how the parents and other elders in their lives address those who do not look like them.In India, people are constantly made fun of their looks, if they do not look like how Indians normally do. Many are called “Chinki”, “Momos seller”, “drug dealer” and if the person is dark, they are outright called ugly.Migrants from Africa are also discriminated against and even subjected to racial violence. For example, in March 2017, a disturbing video surfaced of a mob of men attacking a group of Nigerian students in a mall in Greater Noida. The violence increased rapidly when they were beaten up with steel rods and chairs.With these instance occurring at an alarming rapidity, one thing which is for sure is that Indians cannot accept those who do not look like them. When this was pointed out, an AAP MLA from Delhi said, “If we really had any problem with black people we would have never shared houses with Tamilians.”last_img read more

Swing with The Tom Cunningham OrchestraSwing with The Tom Cunningham Orchestra

first_imgOn Feb. 28 at 9 p.m., the Tom Cunningham Orchestra will be performing a three hour set of early Swing music, 1930-36, including selections from Benny Goodman, The Dorsey Brothers, Jimmie Lunceford, the Boswell Sisters, and others.  The location is the Spanish Ballroom in Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Boulevard.  Adult admission is $18.For more information, contact or call 571-572-3356.last_img

Paula Faris to Launch Podcast on Faith for ABC NewsPaula Faris to Launch Podcast on Faith for ABC News

first_imgThe first season of ‘Journeys of Faith’ will feature ten episodes, posting every Wednesday. Episodes will be available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, TuneIn, Spotify, Stitcher and the ABC News app.  ABC News has in recent months placed new emphasis on podcasting, which has gained new interest from a variety of media companies as consumers flock to the format. Pew Research found in July that 44% of Americans ages 12 and older said they have ever listened to a podcast, according to Edison Research and Triton Digital survey data, while 26% said they have listened to a podcast in the past month, compared with just 9% in 2008.ABC News in late March launched a podcast called “Start Here,” a twenty-minute session hosted by Brad Mielke that taps ABC News personnel to offer insight on events shaping the world. The Disney-owned news outlet has experimented with new kinds of digital audio for a few years,  launching an ABC News audio channel on the ABC News app about three years ago.Faris in July said she would leave her roles on “The View” and a co-anchor on the weekend edition of “Good Morning America” to focus on doing stories of greater consequence.  “This is a passion project of mine so I’m incredibly involved in the process,” she said. “It’s a new venture and the team helping put this together has been incredible – we’re all learning together and committed to its success.”Booking guests for the venture has been easy, she added. “I’m finding there’s a real hunger to talk about one’s personal faith.” Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 The podcast has conjured up memories from her past. “I’m going back to my college radio days, so it’s been a treat. I’ve long maintained that TV can be cumbersome to produce – it’s a lot of effort from many, for a few moments on screen,” she said. ” In the audio space, especially in the podcast format, there’s something so intimate about the medium and the conversations you’re able to have. Come as you are, don’t worry about your exterior. We’re talking about the interior: matters of your heart and mind.”She is eager to speak to people of different beliefs. “We’ll speak with those practicing Christianity, Orthodox Judaism, Islam and Atheism,” she said, adding: “This podcast is an opportunity to listen and learn from one another – respecting that faith is the core and foundation for so many, yet no two faith journeys look alike. I hope listeners will also be encouraged and inspired by the stories.”Faris wants listeners  “to feel like they’re a fly on the wall and right there in the room with us.” Subsequent episodes will be released on Wednesdays. The first season will feature ten. Paula Faris recently served as one of the co-hosts on ABC’s “The View.” Now she’s about to examine a different kind of perspective.The ABC News journalist will launch a new podcast, “Journeys of Faith,” during which she will interview influential people and talk to them about how they’ve used faith and spirituality at crucial moments in their lives. The first three episodes will be released Wednesday, November 14 and feature interviews with “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts; country-music artists Luke Bryan and Hillary Scott; and political commentator Ben Shapiro. Other first-season guests who have been slated include Kellyanne Conway, Tim Tebow, Reza Aslan, Sam Harris, Marla Maples, Sherri Shepherd and Melissa Joan Hart.“My faith is my rock and foundation. It’s been the glue of my marriage when I wanted to walk, it’s grounded me in triumph, and carried me through tragedy. I honestly don’t know where I’d be without it, and I know there are so many who feel the same way,” Faris said via an email exchange. She added: “In covering news and sports the better part of 25 years, I know firsthand we just don’t talk to our interviewees about their faith. Tell us about your latest project. Tell us about that controversial statement you made. Tell us about that game-winning catch. But, just don’t tell us about God, Allah or Jesus, etc. There’s no mainstream media platform that’s giving people the platform and opportunity to talk about what they believe and why they believe it. That is, until now.”last_img read more

Bypoll in 5 assembly seats in WB will be held on MayBypoll in 5 assembly seats in WB will be held on May

first_imgKolkata: By-poll to five assembly constituencies of West Bengal will be held on May 19 and the votes there will be counted along with those of all the Lok Sabha seats, the Election Commission said. The five assembly seats – Darjeeling, Islampur, Kandi, Habibpur (ST) and Bhatpara – fell vacant after the sitting MLAs resigned following their nomination to contest the Lok Sabha elections. Polling for the parliamentary constituencies of Darjeeling and Raiganj were held on April 18. Islampur assembly seat falls under Raiganj LS constituency. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata Kandi assembly segment is under Baharampur Lok Sabha constituency where polling will be held in the fourth phase on April 29. Habibpur falls under Malda Uttar parliamentary seat and Bhatpara under Barrackpore Lok Sabha constituency. These two seats will go to polls on April 23 and May 6 respectively. The Election Commission on Saturday night said the notification for the by-polls will be issued on April 22. While the last day for filing nomination will be April 29, the last date of withdrawal of candidature will be May 2.last_img read more

The Russian DogFaced Boy who Became a Global SensationThe Russian DogFaced Boy who Became a Global Sensation

first_imgIn 1884 the celebrated showman P. T. Barnum introduced to the American public what he called “The most prodigious paragon of all prodigies secured in over 50 years.” It was indeed remarkable and caused a great sensation in the U.S. The curious public gathered to glance at the wonder discovered in a distant forest of Russia.As soon as the curtain lifted, the audience saw a young man, dressed in a neatly tucked Russian military uniform.P.T. Barnum.His entire face was covered with silky brown hair and resembled that of a dog rather than a human being.The marvel was standing still, observing the anticipating crowd and suddenly released a deep growl.Ladies gasped, gentlemen gazed with their mouths open, and finally, the audience burst into applause. Jo-Jo, “The Dog-Faced Boy” was a success.A portrait of Yevtishchev.Jo-Jo’s real name was Fyodor Yevtishchev. His father Adrian suffered from hypertrichosis, a hereditary disease that manifested itself in excessive hair growth all over his face and body.Adrian and Fyodor were discovered in a Russian forest by two hunters who took great interest in the unusual family and brought them to a local fair.Fyodor with his father.Adrian could barely speak and tried numerous times to escape back to the wilderness, however, he was prevented from doing so by being carefully watched and kept in comfortable conditions.In 1874 The Liverpool Mercury provided a detailed article on the story of the “Hairy-faced people” and their journey to Europe. According to the tabloid, Adrian and Fyodor were treated by their captors with great care and attention.Studio portrait, date unknown.The two were exhibited around Russia and even introduced to the Tsar himself, who regarded them with great interest. Later on, they were brought to Europe, where their appearance caused a great stir.In Paris, Adrian became known as “L’homme chien” (dog man) and attracted crowds of curious and awestruck people.On arrival to England, the family was placed in a luxurious hotel and examined by a number of doctors. They agreed that Adrian was about fifty years old and had five teeth in total, while his son possessed only four.Poster : The Dog Man and His Son Fedor.The physicians came to the conclusion that Fyodor was about two or three years old and inherited the unique condition from his parent. As to the boy’s mother, the only thing Adrian could remember was that his wife was dead.One of the hunters that brought the family to England mentioned that he had interviewed some peasants from the village near the forest where the marvels were discovered. Many of them claimed that they had seen a dog-faced woman nursing a baby in the woods.Satirical portrait of Adrian and Fyodor Jeftichjew.The question remained among the experts was whether the two presented were a biological joke of nature or the last descendants of a hairy-faced race of people.Jolly little Fyodor, who appeared to be very active, playful and curious, charmed those around him. He spoke broken Russian and was very much amused to see the experts examining his father. When one of the senior doctors approached young Fyodor, the boy pointed merrily to the physician’s bald head and then to his own face, suggesting to share some of his silky hair with the old man.Fedor Jeftichew, c. 14 years of age.It seems that wherever life placed him, Fyodor would instantly become everyone’s favorite. Another English newspaper called The West Cumberland Times introduced him as a happy child with a very nice face and very playful manner.Traveling around Europe at an early age allowed the boy to learn foreign languages. Later, he would amaze his audience by addressing them in German or French.According to the periodical, Fyodor’s hair was parted all the way down his face, and could be brushed from each side of the nose, just like that of a Skye terrier.Photograph taken between 1888-1896.English newspapers were kind to the unusual visitors. Many of them stated that there was nothing repulsive in Adrian’s appearance and described the two as an extraordinary and wonderful phenomenon. Adrian seemed to enjoy the comfort of civilization and, in particular, cognac. He died supposedly succumbing to a liver disease he had developed due to excessive drinking.At the age of 16, Fyodor met one of Barnum’s talent agents and signed a contract with the famous impresario.Phineas Taylor Barnum possessed the exceptional talent of promoting his performers. Some of the advertising techniques he came up with have been used in marketing ever since.Advertisement for Fedor Jeftichew’s sideshow.He knew that in order to attract more spectators, Jo-Jo needed an impressive story behind his character, so he created one without hesitation. According to the legend, the boy was discovered by hunters in a remote forest of Russia along with his dog-faced human father who turned out to be so violent and wild, that the hunters had no choice but shoot him right away.With a mysterious and horrifying background of this kind, Fyodor attracted crowds of people in New York and all around the States. An agent from the Russian Government would accompany Jo-Jo during the American tour to ensure his safety and comfort.According to The Marion Star newspaper, Jo-Jo spoke Russian and German tolerably well and sometimes made himself understood by using basic English, which the American public enjoyed very much.Read another story from us: The Multi-Talented ‘Bearded Lady’ who Became a Victorian SensationDuring his career, Fyodor would travel with Barnum’s show all over the world. His last performance took place in Greece, where he contracted pneumonia and died in the city of Saloniki in 1904.last_img read more

SVG ready for Air Canada Rouges yearround direct serviceSVG ready for Air Canada Rouges yearround direct service

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> SVG ready for Air Canada Rouge’s year-round direct service Share TORONTO — St. Vincent and The Grenadines is gearing up for the arrival of even more Canadians this year, with Air Canada Rouge set to increase direct service from Toronto to St. Vincent.Weekly Thursday flights, which will run on Air Canada Rouge between Toronto’s Pearson International and Argyle International Airport, will resume on Oct. 25 and continue on a year-round basis. A second weekly flight will be operating on Sundays during the peak winter travel season, between Dec. 16, 2018 and April 28, 2019.“We are very excited to have such a recognized partner in Air Canada Rouge for the year-round direct flights,” said Glen Beache, CEO of the St. Vincent and The Grenadines Tourism Authority (SVGTA). “In opening Argyle International Airport last year, and now offering year-round flights out of Toronto for the first time, we look forward to welcoming even more Canadian travellers to St. Vincent and The Grenadines.”This is the second year the airline has offered direct flights after the opening of Argyle Airport in St. Vincent in February 2017, and the first time it will be offering year-round service to Canadians.More news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoSaid Mark Galardo, Vice President, Network Planning, Air Canada: “Air Canada is pleased to offer increased frequency and year-round service to St. Vincent and The Grenadines beginning this winter. Our decision is based on the strong performance of this route when we launched it last year, and we are proud to be the first North American carrier to serve the islands.”The SVGTA will host a series of Canadian Roadshows this month to offer more information on flights, destination activities and accommodations. The schedule is as follows:24: Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON25: Oakville, ON26: Kingston, ON27: Ottawa, ON28: Montreal, QCFor more information on the roadshows, or to attend, email can also learn more about St. Vincent and The Grenadines by visiting Tags: Air Canada rouge, St. Vincent and the Grenadinescenter_img Travelweek Group Friday, September 7, 2018 Posted bylast_img read more

More Aussies make pilgrimage into IsraelMore Aussies make pilgrimage into Israel

first_imgThe number of Aussies travelling into Israel for pilgrimage doubled in 2010, with a survey finding that religious trips made up 60 percent of Aussie travellers touching down in the Middle Eastern country.Compared to 2009 the survey released by the Israel Ministry of Tourism for 2010 found that 75 percent of those visitors defined themselves as Christians.Israel Trade Commission in Sydney Tourism Manager Merav Gonen explained that Christian Tourism was a key focus for the country, with the region recently pushing the “unique experience” through Youtube and testimonials. Ms Gonen added that there was “great untapped potential” from the Aussie market which the Group plans to target over the coming year.A statement from the Commission read that most journeys into Israel begin in Jerusalem with people visiting the Church of the Holy Sepulchre as well as the site of the crucifixion and burial of Jesus. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more