Sunset6TV Announces Digital Network For Emerging Creators

first_imgMelissa Bessey 647-588-6413 – DirectMelissa@mediaallure.comOriginal release available here: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:Sunset6.TV Announces Digital Network For Emerging Creators  Toronto – AUG.15. 2017 – Local production house, Sunset6 Videos announce the launch of Sunset6.TV, a digital platform that hosts’ original, educational and entertaining web channels. The station is launching today with a series of five initial programs and more, to be announced with new episodes airing weekly throughout the fall, exclusively on the network.“When we think of success, we think of the beach! Magnum P. I., who embodies both success and beach living, directly inspires the Sunset6.TV network. We want to help creatives and innovators of all kinds, feel free to pursue whatever their passion is and S6 TV has the tools to help them do it.” – Harry P., Owner, Sunset6Sunset TV Network’s mission: Capture Success For questions, quotes and interview requests contact:  LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Facebookcenter_img Advertisement Advertisement About Sunset6.TV:Started by two guys who used to shoot music videos. After immersing themselves in the entertainment industry, they both noticed a common thread of questions and uncertainty that float around among up-in-coming artists and people who want to break into creative fields like the music and film industries. Seeing a huge need for support for emerging artists, Sunset6.TV was born. Login/Register With: S6 TV Fall 2017 Show Lineup:·      MVM – Motivation Video Monday, with host Mark DeMontis·      BVN – Business Video Network, with host Nic Coutu ·      MVX – Music Video Experience, with host Camyl Buenaventura·      IVG – Indie Video Gamers, with host Richard Lavignasse ·      EVA – Entertainment Video Advice, with host Sarah Fisher Sunset6.TV is an online network focused on delivering educational and entertaining content that helps those interested in the entertainment industry get started.last_img read more

Cyprus UN mission welcomes European Commissions support for demining projects

31 July 2007The United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) today lauded the signing of a €4 million contract between the European Commission (EC) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) to clear remaining mines inside the buffer zone patrolled by the world body. The United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) today lauded the signing of a €4 million contract between the European Commission (EC) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) to clear remaining mines inside the buffer zone patrolled by the world body.In a press release, the mission commended the EC for its continued financial assistance “to continue the important task of rendering the buffer zone free of all mines and ultimately returning the land to civilian use.”To date, the UNDP – through its Partnership for the Future, Mine Action Centre programme which was launched in November 2004 – has released more than 2 million square metres of land and removed over 2,800 mines from the Mediterranean island.Last November, Nicosia, the capital, was declared mine-free after the Partnership cleared the area of its last mines, capping off a two-year campaign.UNFICYP pledged its full support to the Partnership in completing “this important work” in the buffer zone, which is 180 kilometres long and covers around three per cent of the surface area of Cyprus. read more

How code of silence feeds deadly web of violence

Darren Montour, acting deputy chief of Six Nations police, speaks after a March press conference updating the probe into a triple homicide. Behind him are photos of the victims, whose bodies were found in November west of London, near Oneida Nation of the Thames. July 2018 – Accessory charges against the three suspects in the death of Dustin Monture are stayed by the Crown. The main suspect, Darryl Shawn Hill, took his own life two months earlier.Oct. 17, 2018 – The youth’s murder charge in the Douglas Hill case is withdrawn by the Crown, just weeks after charges against Shipman and the two women were dismissed following an Ontario Court preliminary hearing.Nov. 3, 2018 – The bodies of Melissa Trudi Miller, 37, who was seven months pregnant with a baby boy at the time of her death, Alan Porter, 33, and Michael Jamieson, 32, all from Six Nations, are found with an abandoned stolen grey pickup truck at the opposite end of Bodkin Road from where Douglas Hill’s body was discovered in 2017. Miller had been Douglas Hill’s common-law wife at the time of his death.Nov. 23, 2018 – Kirsten Bomberry, 36, of Six Nations, is arrested and charged with three counts of accessory after the fact in the triple homicide. She was denied bail in February and remains in custody.March 7, 2019 – Police announce the arrests of two men and one woman, all from Six Nations, in the triple homicide. Court documents indicate the deaths may have happened on or about Oct. 30 at Six Nations, “and elsewhere,” five days before the discovery of the bodies.Shipman, 36, is charged with three counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of all three victims; Thomas Bomberry, 30, is charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of Miller and Porter; and Jamie Beaver, 32, faces one count of second-degree murder in the death of Miller. Both Shipman and Beaver were in custody at the time of their arrests. Police won’t say if there is any relationship to the other two unsolved homicides.Shipman has a history of stealing vehicles and impaired driving. He was charged with attempted murder in 2014 after a man was stabbed in the temple. After a year on the lam, Shipman pleaded guilty to aggravated assault. He was arrested the day before the three bodies were found after a car was stolen and police were involved in a chase. He was charged with theft and disqualified driving.Thomas Bomberry has faced charges for car theft, assault, breaking and entering, drug possession and disqualified driving. He was facing a charge for stealing a vehicle in Burlington last June.Beaver already had charges for theft, possession of stolen property, arson, possession of break-in instruments and failing to comply with her probation order. She was arrested for driving while under suspension on the day after the bodies were discovered.All three return to court on May 9. “We can see how certain groups can simulate and emulate the methods of criminal organizations, even if they are involved in illicit activity and prepared to use violence to achieve their ends,” he said. “In this case, you have simply a cloistered community where the main players keep popping up in extreme.”The adage in the police world is that authorities deal with one per cent of the population 99 per cent of the time. But, Arntfield added, that it’s “unusual” to see “a handful of players” involved in so many cases.He said that rural crime needs to be its own area of study because it is different that the urban models used for research. “Rural criminal groups tend to organize somewhat differently and to not necessarily be as regimented,” he said, which makes it difficult to prosecute them as criminal organizations under the law.What could be happening at Six Nations is a “rural crime syndicate,” and perhaps more than one, which is often familial and multi-generational.Dumping the bodies in the same vicinity may follow a “least effort principle” where criminals, who are creatures of habit, return to old haunts where they know they can safely hide evidence, Arntfield said.The police still hope people will come forward with more tips as the prosecution moves forward. They wouldn’t say if there would be other arrests.“We’re trying to solve this for the betterment of everyone here, including those families of the accused. They’re community members as well,”  Montour said.jsims@postmedia.comsgamble@postmedia.comCHRONOLOGY OF VIOLENCEFeb. 21, 2017 – Dustin Monture, 27, found unconscious on the front lawn of his Six Nations home. Initially, witnesses thought he had been beaten. Once he was rushed to hospital, it was discovered that he’d been shot behind his ear. He died at hospital. Two men and a woman, all from Six Nations, are charged with accessory to murder. Named as murder suspect, but never arrested or charged, is Darryl Shawn Hill.June 24, 2017 – Douglas Hill, 48, disappears from his Brantford home.Aug. 17, 2017 – Douglas Hill’s body is found in a shallow grave on Bodkin Road in Middlesex County, 100 kilometres from Six Nations and just outside of Oneida of the Thames First Nation. He had been beaten to death with the claw end of a hammer.July 12 to Aug. 1, 2018 – A female teenager from Six Nations is charged with second-degree murder in Douglas Hill’s death. Three other people – two women and Nicholas Joel Shipman – are arrested and charged with accessory to murder. Also troubling was the involvement of a female youth who was charged with murder in Douglas Hill’s death. Her identity is protected by the Youth Criminal Justice Act. Her charges were dropped last fall before the three bodies were discovered.Six Nations Police acting deputy chief Darren Montour referred to a “so-called subculture” of crime, and of people “we know who they are from repeat offences that we’ve arrested them before. “Crime, especially violent crime, is not new to Canadian Indigenous communities, places of widespread abuses, usually with deep roots back to the cultural atrocities of residential schools and elimination of language and customs.While First Nations people make up only five per cent of the country’s population, they represent 27 per cent of inmates in the federal prison system.Add in a distrust of authority, both within the community and outside, and it creates the ideal conditions to stop the case in its tracks.But given the stakes, perhaps because of the number of dead and how deeply Six Nations has been traumatized, there has been co-operation from the people who live at Six Nations to solve the homicides.Both OPP Det. Insp. Peter Liptrott, the major case manager, and Montour said at the recent news conference that the community has been helpful when the police have been asking questions and making public appeals for information.“We’ve been welcomed here,” Liptrott said. “We’ve been welcomed on Oneida. We have been working with our policing partners hand in hand, that is absolutely not a reason why it’s taken four months to get here today.”Montour, who grew up on Six Nations and has deep roots with people, said he has seen people stepping up to help.“My dealings with the community have been totally positive,” he said. “Of course, there’s going to be people out there that are going to have a negative opinion about it, which is normal in any investigation, and there are going to be people out there who don’t like us.“That’s understandable. But on the other side there are people that realize we’re needed here and appreciate the efforts that we’re putting forth.”But both officers said the investigation has been both “complex” and “complicated,” requiring enormous police resources from the OPP, Six Nations and Oneida.Western University professor Michael Arntfield, a former police officer, suggested that the cases could be related and that a loose criminal organization – not an established group with a definition like the mafia or a biker gang – could be at the root of the crimes. OHSWEKEN – At the back of the community hall, the grieving families of three dead Six Nations residents whose bodies were found in November on a rural road in Middlesex County were quiet and respectful when the police announced last week that suspects had been arrested in the deaths.They heard that the people taken into custody and charged with second-degree murder were some of their own.The arrests brought some relief in a case that is drenched in sadness. For a few minutes after the March 7 news conference at The Gathering Place by Grand, members of the families of Alan Porter and Michael Jamieson stood together, wanting to publicly thank the police for their dogged investigation.“We’ve lost a lot,” said Amber Porter, Alan’s sister-in-law. “Not just us but this community. We’re all related.”Her comment sums up what’s been a devastating time for the Indigenous community south of Brantford, the largest First Nations community by population in Canada.While a quick drive along the main roads of the community show real strides toward economic prosperity, the community of 15,000 has been plagued by a persistent crime wave and shocked by five homicides, two of them unsolved, since 2017.While there were arrests in the 2017 deaths of Dustin Monture, 27, and Douglas Hill, 48, the prosecutions came to a halt before heading to trial.The most recent deaths of Melissa Trudi Miller, 37, Porter, 33, and Jamieson, 32, whose bodies were found Nov. 3 just outside of Oneida of the Thames First Nation southwest of London, 100 kilometres from Six Nations and not far from where Hill’s body was discovered a year earlier, have heightened the clang of the alarm bells signaling something deeply troubling happening within Six Nations.“It seems like here at Six Nations, you can get away with killing anybody – as long as you don’t say anything,” said one man who asked to be identified only as a community member.“People seem to clam up. I think they’re afraid of a group of people.”The man said some people don’t have a lot of faith in Six Nations police. “If someone came forward with information, how do you know the police won’t tell the wrong person? Who do you trust?”A quick review of the dead and the accused suggests some troubling connections. Some have lengthy criminal histories. Nicholas Shipman, 36, was charged with accessory in Douglas Hill’s death before the charges were dropped at an Ontario Court preliminary hearing. He is now charged with three counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of Miller, Porter and Jamieson.Both he and co-accused Jamie Beaver, 32, who faces a single second-degree murder charge, were in custody at the time of their arrests in connection with the three deaths.Victim Melissa Miller, 37, one of the three found dead in November, was seven months pregnant when she was slain. Douglas Hill had been her common-law spouse before his death. Douglas Hill Michael Arntfield read more

Sudanese leaders welcome role of UN as envoy continues talks in region

Mr. Sahnoun’s travels come as the parties continue working in Naivasha, Kenya, to finalize an accord to end Sudan’s 20-year civil war. His trip is focused on assessing the UN’s potential support for a comprehensive peace agreement.The envoy, who arrived in Kenya late last month, had “constructive exchanges” with the leaders of the two parties at the talks, First Vice-President of Sudan, Ali Osman Mohamed Taha, and the Chairman of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), John Garang, according to UN officials, who said both leaders welcomed a future UN role in their country.Mr. Sahnoun also held consultations with the chief Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) mediator, Lt. General Lazaro K. Sumbeiywo.In Addis Ababa, he held in-depth discussions with the Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU), Alpha Oumar Konaré, on UN-AU cooperation in implementing a comprehensive agreement. He also conferred with Tekeda Alemu, Ethiopia’s State Minister for Foreign Affairs.Mr. Sahnoun, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Adviser for Africa, is scheduled to remain in the region until 18 March for further visits and meetings.Last October, the Security Council, in a Presidential Statement, requested Mr. Annan “to initiate preparatory work, as soon as possible, in consultation with the parties, the IGAD facilitators and the International Observers, on how the United Nations could best fully support the implementation of a comprehensive peace agreement.”UN aid agencies have high expectations for peace since the ongoing conflict has been the principal source of acute suffering among the Sudanese people. Except for a brief peace from 1972 to 1983, Sudan has been plagued by civil war since gaining independence in 1956.An estimated 2 million people have died as a result of the fighting which, coupled with natural disasters, has left Sudan with the largest number of internally displaced people (IDPs) in the world – some 3 to 4 million. Hundreds of thousands of Sudanese have also sought refuge abroad. read more

Ugandas child soldiers trapped in vicious cycle of war UNICEF says

Many former child soldiers in Uganda who have been freed from rebel militia groups have been drawn again into armed conflict – this time with the national army, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) reports, throwing a spotlight once again on an issue the UN says the world should know more about. “UNICEF urges all authorities involved to screen out children in its own ranks of military, as well as local militia,” UNICEF Communication Officer Chulho Hyun said. “It is their responsibility to reject all underage recruits. This is a message that should be clearly communicated, from the highest level in the command structure and the highest level of Government, to all involved in the demobilization of the recruits.” Although recruitment of children under 18 may not be a systematic issue right now, UNICEF is very much concerned about receiving continuous reports of child recruitment. Last April these child soldiers topped a list of “Ten Stories the World Should Know More About” compiled by the UN Department of Public Information (DPI). For the past 19 years, the Ugandan Government has been fighting the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a militia group that has commonly abducted children during night time raids and forced them into armed conflict. UNICEF estimates that some 20,000 children have been abducted, as many as 12,000 of them since 2002. “The association of children with fighting forces is in direct violation to the international humanitarian laws, including the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and its Optional Protocols, which Uganda has ratified. Recruitment of children under age 18 into the military is specifically banned by the convention,” Mr. Hyun said. Many former child soldiers have no other job skills and working for the army is often seen as a lesser of two evils. UNICEF believes those who were abducted into the LRA have already suffered enough and need comprehensive rehabilitation. “Any affiliation with the military will lead to additional suffering to the children,” Mr. Hyun added. The former child soldiers need a chance to be reintegrated into the society. They need to find their families, return to school and have a normal life, which could take quite a long time. “We are advocating a period of disconnect between the end of captivity, and the time an individual requires in making a firm decision on a future course of action. Whether he or she will be with the military or not, that period of disconnect has to be maximized as much as possible,” Mr. Hyun said. “We certainly see this issue requiring continued monitoring and advocacy.” read more

Home construction picks up driven by buildings condos CMHC says

OTTAWA – Home construction in Canada picked up last month, driven by British Columbia and Alberta, defying expectations that homebuilding activity would cool down.The seasonally adjusted annual rate of housing starts rose to 222,324 units in July, up from 212,948 in June, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. said Wednesday.The ramp-up likely reflects strong demand for new housing from the end of last year into the start of this year, TD Bank economist Diana Petramala said, adding that the new construction market tends to lag real estate demand, which has started to fall.Petramala said regulatory changes over the past year including tougher mortgage qualification rules have prompted a shift for some first-time homebuyers from existing homes to cheaper, newly built dwellings.“Some of the momentum could potentially carry forward into the second half of the year before new home construction eases along with the existing home market next year,” she said.Last month, the Canadian Real Estate Association reported that national home sales figures in June posted their largest monthly drop in seven years. CREA is expected to release July sales data next week.The annual pace of urban home construction increased by 5.5 per cent last month to 206,122 units, driven by a rise in multiple urban starts — generally apartment buildings, townhouses and condominiums — while single, detached home starts slowed.Multiple urban starts increased by 10.4 per cent to 141,950 while single-detached urban starts fell by 3.9 per cent to 64,172. Rural starts were estimated at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 16,202 units.Regionally, the annual pace of housing starts in B.C. surged 20 per cent compared with June while Alberta saw an eight per cent increase. The annual pace of starts in Ontario was up one per cent.“Much of the recent strength has been concentrated in B.C., where starts have rebounded back close to record highs after slowing late last year,” Royal Bank senior economist Nathan Janzen wrote in a report.The housing start data came as Statistics Canada also reported the value of building permits issued in June rose to $8.1 billion, up 2.5 per cent from May and the second highest value on record.The overall increase came despite a 0.9 per cent drop to $5.0 billion in the value of residential building permits in June. The value of permits for single-family dwellings fell 12.5 per cent, while plans for multi-family dwellings rose 12.5 per cent in June to $2.7 billion.The value of building permits for non-residential structures in June rose 8.8 per cent to $3.0 billion. by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 9, 2017 7:01 am MDT Last Updated Aug 9, 2017 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Home construction picks up, driven by buildings, condos, CMHC says read more

Malis peace train cannot be turned back senior UN official tells Security

“The window of opportunity to consolidate and sustain peace and stability in Mali stands wide open, but may also close unless sustained commitment by all stakeholders is upheld, with the support of the international community,” Special Representative of the Secretary-General Bert Koenders told the 15-member Council. The head of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) noted the importance of creating synergies between the UN, the African Union (AU), the European Union (EU), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and other key partners. Mr. Koenders’ briefing follows Mali’s establishment of a new National Assembly, as well as the gradual return of public administration to the northern part of the country, where recent shellings in Gao, Timbuktu and Kidal have nevertheless raised security concerns. Rooting out extremism, he said, relies on winning the hearts and minds of the local population through internationally supported national efforts “to ensure the establishment of an effective and efficient administration to implement critical rule of law, human rights and recovery programs that foster reconciliation and community cohesion.”Referring to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s latest report on the situation in the West African nation, Mr. Koenders noted the importance of active participation in the peace efforts by all sectors of Malian society, among them women, young people and civil society.“The peace train has finally left and the station and it cannot turn back,” the senior UN official said. Addressing journalists after the briefing, Mr. Koenders said the Security Council had noted the political progress made in the past months, including informal UN-facilitated discussions between the Government and armed groups, which are contributing to preparing the ground for an inclusive political dialogue. He noted that during today’s briefing, the Council, as Mr. Ban had done in the report, underlined that the inclusive political process should start as soon as possible based on a consensual roadmap and timeline. “With this roadmap, all parties must sit together now without preconditions,” he said. “It is also important that the armed groups rise to the occasion and participate.”Speaking after a full morning of meetings and closed-door consultations, Ambassador U. Joy Ogwu of Nigeria, Council President for the month of April, echoed Mr. Koenders, calling on the Malian Government and the armed groups in northern Mali to urgently agree on the roadmap.Reading a presidential statement, Ms. Ogwu said the negotiation process must be “inclusive, credible” and “open to all communities of the north of Mali” with the goal of securing a political solution to the crisis and long-term peace and stability, while respecting the sovereignty of the Malian state.She and the other members of the Council welcomed the Government’s recent appointment of a high-level representative to participate in the negotiations. The Council also noted that authorities have officially started the process of cantonment, ultimately leading to a veritable disarmament, demobilization and reintegration process. “Malians have a historic chance to overcome the crisis and to achieve a lasting, social and political contract with the north,” Mr. Koenders said referencing Mr. Ban. “They must grasp this opportunity with both hands and the UN will accompany them all the way.” Returning to the security situation in the country, Mr. Koenders strongly condemned the reported killing of French hostage, Gilberto Rodrigues Leal, who had been kidnapped by armed men in November 2012. The senior UN official also reiterated his call against the use of improvised explosive devices (IED) after initial reports today that a vehicle operated by MINUSMA personnel hit an IED, leaving the staff injured in a level 2 hospital in the country.To combat the insecurity, the UN Mission has taken a series of measures, including strengthening its military patrols to 800 a month, Mr. Koenders said, as well as deployment of five new helicopters which will serve as “the ears and the eyes” of the Mission. In the northern regions where inter-community clashes have been recorded involving Tuareg and Peuhl communities, UN human rights teams are also being deployed to establish the facts and dissuade further violence.On a wider scale, the challenges in Mali are parts of the problems faced by the Sahel region and require regional support. IN that regard, Mr. Koenders noted the importance of the UN Integrated Strategy put forward by Romano Prodi, the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Sahel. It aims to bolster governance, security, humanitarian requirements and development, while enhancing coordination in four spheres between the Governments of the region, between members of the international community, reaching out and listening to the people of the Sahel, and within the UN system.These topics are likely to be included on the agenda for next week’s international conference on Mali, due to be held in Bamako. The conference is a follow-up to last year’s Brussels meeting where the UN had stressed the importance of a dual trek political and military solution to stabilize the country. read more

Nvidia decides to start licensing its GPU tech and visual patents

first_imgThere was a time when Nvidia’s complete attention was on providing PC users with the best graphics cards and GPUs. But then the market shifted, and mobile platforms arrived. So Nvidia also shifted its focus and embraced mobile platforms with the introduction of its Tegra system-on-a-chip (SoC) line.However, the market for GPUs and the devices consumers want to buy continues to change, so Nvidia is making another shift. Only this time, it’s not another new product line, it’s sharing the company’s GPU architecture and patent portfolio with others.Nvidia has announced that it intends to start licensing its GPU technology and visual computing patents for others to use and extend however they wish. It means Nvidia will be able to earn revenue from the use of its technology by others without having to do anything other than making its GPU designs and documentation available.For Nvidia’s partners choosing to pay for such a license, it unlocks access to Kepler architecture GPUs that are DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.3, and GPGPU capable, as well as scaling from smartphone power levels right through for use in high-end desktop PCs and even supercomputers. There’s also the option to add to the base functionality Nvidia offers, allowing the flexibility for some hopefully quite novel applications.Nvidia isn’t exactly new to the area of technology licensing. In the past both Sony and Microsoft have agreed to license deals to get the company’s technology into their games consoles. Nvidia’s patent licensing is also already very profitable with Intel paying the company over $250 million in license fees every year.By opening up its technology to everyone for a fee, Nvidia can expect to see a significant jump in its revenue while continuing to focus on research and development for next-generation designs. At the same time, don’t expect Nvidia graphics cards and SoC solutions to disappear. This is just an expansion of their offerings, not a shift away from their core business.last_img read more

My abortion story I was horrified The doctor was talking about childcare

first_img No one can really know what it’s like to have an abortion unless you’ve actually had one. Three women reveal the reasons why they had abortions, how they coped with the procedure and aftermath, and living with the taboo in a country that doesn’t allow terminations.*Deirdre’s storyI AM A professional, working mother who travelled to the UK last year. My contraceptive pill failed over the summer.I was certain of two things before I took the pregnancy test, that I was definitely pregnant and secondly, that I would not be able to continue the pregnancy.We did not want another childThere were many reasons for this, including my own mental and emotional health, the health of our children, the time and financial support we have available to our children. Alongside all the practical reasons, in my heart, I just did not want to be pregnant.I knew that we could not go through it all again. The choice to have an abortion, was one grounded in the absolute certainty that it was, in so many ways, the absolute right choice for me, for my husband and for our children.My decision was straightforward and rapid, everything else related to it was anything but. My heart was broken and my head was in a complete mess.Researching optionsI can honestly say that the days between taking the pregnancy test and travelling were among the worst of my life.I researched ordering the pill online, but the uncertainty of whether or not it would make it through customs, coupled with the waiting time and the prospect of a possible 14-year prison sentence all combined to put me off that idea.I searched online for ways to induce miscarriage and consumed thousands of grams of Vitamin C over those days, to no avail.Any of the clinics I called required that you visit over two days in order to take the abortion pill. An overnight stay was not an option. This meant that I faced the prospect of travelling, on my own, to another country, to have a surgical procedure done. This was absolutely terrifying to me.I had to go and buy some thingsI bought a dressing gown, slippers, sanitary pads, and a small case with wheels as I knew that I couldn’t carry any weight after the procedure. There is little more unbearably surreal than the woman behind the counter of the luggage shop coming to help me to find a cheap and hand-luggage friendly wheelie case and asking cheerfully, “Going anywhere nice?”The loneliness of that airport was a very profound experience. I wondered about those women and couples around me on the early morning UK flights. How many of them were doing the same thing?At a time when I felt shamed, silenced and stigmatised by my own country (all of which made me, and continues to make me, incredibly angry), it was such a wonder to me to receive the compassion, empathy, kindness and support of the British staff in the clinic. Their warmth, openness, sense of normalcy and expression of horror and quiet anger at what Irish women are made to endure made everything so much easier to bear.I will never, ever forget those wonderful nurses and how they supported me when my own country wouldn’t and didn’t. They were true angels, in every sense of the word.Nurses and doctors being allowed to do their jobs and to care for women in accordance with what the women needed.*Sam’s storyI HAD AN abortion in London 16 years ago.When I found out I was pregnant it was a shock, albeit a shock that centered me like never before. Rather than wallow in self pity and regret at the bad decisions I had made, I became determined to put my life back on track.This may be difficult for many to empathise with. Having a child at that time would only have compounded the issues I was faced with. I would not have been able to sever the toxic relationship I had allowed to build up with the father.Stressing about logisticsWhile my mind was made up, I do remember the stress over the cost and need to travel. I could not pay for the flight by cash, so had to admit to my parents that I needed their help.This was so difficult, but they saw and agreed with my reasons for going ahead with a termination. I received a counselling session to ensure I was making the right decision. I was able to finally discuss my situation without judgement and received great support from them.I felt so ill after the procedure. I’d severe cramps and was throwing up. I just wanted to sleep it all off, but I had to get up and run to the airport for my flight. That was really awful.Having to muster the strength after such a serious procedure, trying to hold it together physically throughout the trip home, it’s indescribable how low you feel and how much you just want to be home.RecoveringOnce home it took a day or two to recover physically. To this day I can count on one hand the number of people to whom I have told my story.The normal reaction is one of pity and “you poor thing”. They mean well, but it does sadden me that they think this is something I was forced into or was too young to understand fully.In a way I was lucky, I had the money and ability to make the trip, many don’t. It takes away from the reality of the situation in that I made this choice and so have many Irish women before and after me.*Bairbre’s storyI HAD AN abortion was I was 18 years old. It was almost ten years ago.I found out I was pregnant just after my 18th birthday. I had missed my period and was really nauseous for a few weeks. It was my mum who was concerned, I didn’t ever dream it would happen to me.My boyfriend at the time and I were always careful with contraception.Pregnancy testMy mum insisted I went to our GP to check if I was pregnant. I gave a urine sample and within minutes my life literally turned upside down.I was horrified. The doctor was talking about childcare in college and how they have creches. I couldn’t believe it.I left the doctor in disbelief with my mum. She said there are more options to consider. The doctor had mentioned nothing about aborting the pregnancy.I was so scared and confusedI didn’t know what to do. I was lucky enough to have the love and support from both my mum and dad. I was in a relationship at the time and he was just as shocked as I was. Although he was totally there for me and hugely part of the decision making process, the final decision was mine and he respected that. I decided to have an abortion.My mum researched everything, I had no ability to do it myself. I was in shock and didn’t know where to start. She came with me to Amsterdam.Because I was in the middle of doing my leaving cert exams we flew over and back in the same day. I also didn’t want to take more than one day off school because I didn’t want people to ask where I was. Only my closest friends knew.The day is a hazeI had the abortion in a clinic and after a few hours we left and flew home. Feeling like nobody could find out was the worst part. I was so upset and confused but had to pretend as though my life was as normal as it had been a few weeks before.The next day I went to school just like a normal school girl but really on the inside I was distressed, sad and angry. The emotional stress, the guilt, the feeling I had a secret were hard to deal with.I went to a therapist once with my boyfriend. I thought I was totally okay, but really I just wanted to pretend it never happened. And that is what I did.It wasn’t ever mentioned again at home really. Maybe every once in while, which I feared. It made me extremely uncomfortable if the topic of abortion came up in conversation with friends. I was so pro-choice but so nervous of reactions if they were to find out.Only recently have I been able to actually talk about it with my close friends openly.*Names have been changed to protect the women’s identities.Opinion: ‘We don’t need female traffic lights. We do need decent maternity pay’>Debate Room: Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan and Nessa Childers debate the EU’s merits> By Caitriona O’Neill and William Gallagher Saturday 1 Apr 2017, 9:30 AM Share158 Tweet Email2 My abortion story: ‘I was horrified. The doctor was talking about childcare in college’ We asked three women to share their abortion stories. Apr 1st 2017, 9:30 AM Short URLcenter_img 288 Comments Caitriona O’Neill and William Gallagher 7,751 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

La Californie se dit prête à affronter le Big One

first_imgLa Californie se dit prête à affronter le Big OneLa catastrophe qui s’est abattue sur le Japon réveille l’inquiétude des Américains face aux risques de séisme qui menacent la Californie. Mais les autorités de l’Etat se veulent rassurantes, en affirmant être “prêtes” à affronter le Big One, nom donné au tremblement de terre qui pourrait dévaster la Californie.Mike Dayton, le directeur des programmes d’urgence de l’Etat de Californie, a tenté d’apaiser les craintes de la population américaine en affirmant que “les services publics sont prêts pour une catastrophe”, rapporte le site de la fondation Ushuaïa. Mike Dayton a précisé “travailler en étroite collaboration avec des géologues et des ingénieurs nucléaires”, pour préparer l’Etat aux risques de séisme qui menacent la Californie. À lire aussiQuand des Américains assistent à la naissance d’un bébé phoque sur une plageCelle-ci est située comme le Japon sur la ceinture de feu du Pacifique. La région est régulièrement frappée par de forts tremblements de terre rappelant aux Californiens le séisme de magnitude 7,8 qui en 1906 avait fait trois mille morts. Plus récemment, le 17 octobre 1989, un tremblement de terre avait fait 63 victimes et engendré à San Francisco des dégâts estimés à six milliards de dollars.Dans une récente étude, des scientifiques révélaient qu’un tremblement de terre de très forte intensité, le Big One, avait 70% de chances de frapper la Californie dans les trente prochaines années.Le 17 mars 2011 à 15:34 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

The Firefly 2 is a God Among Vapes

first_img Firefly 2 is a vape defined by its simplicity. There are two buttons — and you hold both to turn it on and set it to work. That’s it. You have a battery, mouthpiece, lid, and the chassis of the thing. No filters or screens. No extra tools or fiddly bits. Just you, your ground herb of choice, and some of the smoothest vapor around.So what makes this so special? In a word: everything.For starters, the Firefly is visually striking. It’s simple, a little bulky, but glows with a gentle, titian hue. The glow comes from the heating element itself, and the light is scattered through the frosted glass of the bowl. Even better — the bowl doesn’t need to be cleaned in the same way the ovens of traditional vapes do. That’s because, unlike most vaporizers, the Firefly heats air before it hits your herbs. With no direct contact between a heating element or oven and your material, you’ll get a more even “burn” with a softer flavor. At the same time, the Firefly’s vapor is rich and full-bodied. Even better, the convection-style heater doesn’t keep roasting your herbs after you’re done with a pull — a major source of waste for vape users.Using it is simple — just hold the two capacitive touch buttons (overkill?) down until the green light is solid and inhale slowly. Heat-up never takes more than a few seconds, and once the light came on, I’d challenge myself to pull until it shut off (about fifteen seconds). My little game had a dual purpose, though — as you pull, again unlike with standard vapes, the heating temperature increases. This is what gives it the thick, heady vapor — as the temp rises, you’ll run through a blend of different compounds that aerosolize at different temperatures. Odd as it sounds, the only way I can describe it is rising coaster of flavor. But, there you go.As things heat up, you’d suspect that the Firefly would scorch the lungs, but that’s where another clever facet of the design comes into play. The Firefly cools vapor by passing it over a large (relatively speaking) glass plate. That allows the vapor to dissipate heat, dramatically dropping in temperature before it hits the sensitive tissue of your precious abdominal internal air sacs. Not only is that just a cool, geeky way to solve the problem, but it makes the assembly super easy to clean.Most vapes, like the QuickDraw 500 have several pieces that you’ll need to scrub out. Their heating chambers are also often difficult to reach and clean effectively unless you’ve got a lot of q-tips and rubbing alcohol. Comparatively, the wide-mouthed bowl is easy to scoop out and tidy-up, and then you just need to quick the glass vapor path a quick wipe down every now and then, and you’re golden. Ostensibly, I should be cleaning the mouthpiece too, but after some pretty consistent use, I haven’t noticed anything that really needs it.That’s basically it, honestly. The Firefly is amazing because it’s simple and it works. Vapor quality cannot be overstated, plus, it heats up so fast I don’t notice at times. Each draw is thick and potent — filled with all the rich flavonoids and volatile compounds you could want. Plus, without having to heat your material continuously, you don’t waste anything.If there’s one tiny downside, it’s… no wait, yeah no there isn’t one. You don’t need anything else, really. You can download the app and crank the temperature slightly higher, but that’s not a big thing because the vape runs through all the temps you need with each full draw anyway. It can burn concentrates too, using a special pad if you’re into that kind of thing. And it comes with two batteries so you can always have one charged and ready to go.It’s definitely on the expensive end at $330, but the experience is immediately engaging. Once you start, you’re not going to want anything else. I speak from experience.ProsFast Heat-upSmooth DrawsWell-constructedComes with two batteriesConsExpensiveShort-ish Battery LifeBottom LineThe Firefly 2 Stands among the best portable vaporizers ever made.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. DaVinci MIQRO Vaporizer Review: Vaping Gets TinyMysterious Incident at E-Cig Plant Left 29 Sick, Fire Chief “Bewildere… Stay on targetlast_img read more

What does future hold for the 179th interchange?

first_imgJim Carlson knows his dream house is close at hand, if he can land the right deal.It’s not a down payment that he’s negotiating, but rather the price of his land to sell. He bets his P-shaped 7 acres, with a long driveway that widens around an unfinished home and an old horse training arena, is worth about $500,000 today.Someday soon the land could triple in value. That is, if Clark County decides to lift a zoning overlay that has rendered the land in his neighborhood practically undevelopable.“If I can’t sell it as developable property, what does 7 acres and an old farmhouse sell for in that area?” Carlson asked. So he said he plans to wait. “We’re not going to leave $1 million sitting on the table.”Commercial interests are eyeing the Fairgrounds neighborhood, but the land is placed under what is called “urban holding.” The overlay curtails development in select places so buzzing projects — like business parks and housing subdivisions that have cropped up around Clark County — don’t overwhelm older roads and infrastructure.Good news arrived in 2015 for landowners like Carlson, private developers and economic development officials, when the state awarded $50 million to rebuild the Interstate 5 interchange near 179th Street.last_img read more

Does Certain Music Give You Chills Heres What It Might Mean

first_imgStudies show those of us who experience the physical phenomenon of musically induced chills are wired differently Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Oct 27, 2017 – 10:56 am You know the feeling. Listening to certain songs can deliver an experience beyond explanation, where all your body knows to do is shiver in the presence of this grand emotional moment. The hair on your arms stands tall and the moment takes over. In France they call this “frissons.” Here, we call it the chills.Evidently, this physical phenomenon in reaction to music doesn’t happen to everyone. Studies show those of us who experience the physical phenomenon of musically induced chills usually have more active imaginations and reflect more deeply on emotions. Turns out that not only does your skin tingle, but brain scans show chill-prone individuals may be hard-wired for stronger emotions.”We found that people who reliably and frequently get the chills from music have more fibers connecting the auditory cortex to the emotional feeling and emotional processing states,” says lead study author Matt Sachs, in an interview with the University of Southern California.But why does certain music do this to us while other music doesn’t? Reader’s Digest suggests a few commonalities in chill-inducing music, including songs that build with anticipation, citing Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit” and Pink Floyd’s “Great Gig In The Sky.”Other musical elements that strike a nerve are moments that “subvert expectation” such as a key change or vocal harmony or anything that connects with a strong emotional memory for the listener.For me, there are ineffable moments in Björk’s “Hyperballad,” Machine Head’s “Burning Red” and Ani DiFranco’s “Hour Follows Hour” and “School Night” that strike this magic nerve, but as they say, results — and opinions — may vary. One thing’s for sure, chills are not something we can summon without the right inspiration. For further reading check out some more psycho-musical and see what your favorite music reveals about your personality.Read More: Björk Teases New Album, Calling It Her “Tinder Record”Read more Twitter Does Certain Music Give You Chills? Here’s What It Might Mean Facebook Email Does Music Give You Chills? does-certain-music-give-you-chills-heres-what-it-might-mean News last_img read more

Trial of 4 more BNP leaders nears final stage

first_imgBNP standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain and Mirza Abbas, vice chairman Abdullah Al Noman and party chairperson’s adviser AKM Mosharraf Hossain. Photo: Prothom AloTrial proceedings against four BNP leaders — standing committee members Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain and Mirza Abbas, vice chairman Abdullah Al Noman and party chairperson’s adviser AKM Mosharraf Hossain — are set to enter the final stage.The proceedings are being conducted in four special judge courts of Dhaka.All the four courts are now recording the cross-examination of the investigation officers.After prosecution’s closing argument, the defence will complete their arguments and then the courts will fix the date of delivering the verdicts.The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) filed a case against Mirza Abbas during the regime of military-backed caretaker government in 2007. The remaining cases against the three BNP leaders were lodged by the anti-graft watchdog during the ruling Awami League tenures.Bangladesh Nationalist Party leader Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain told Prothom Alo that he had been framed intentionally in a false case.After jailing BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia, the ruling party is stepping up the trial proceedings against other BNP leaders so that they stay away from taking part in the upcoming general election, he added.On 8 February, the fifth special court of judge Md Akhteruzzaman handed down the verdict in the Zia Orphanage Trust case, convicting and thus sentencing former prime minister Khaleda Zia to five years in jail. Shortly after the pronouncement of the verdict, Khaleda landed in the abandoned central jail building at Nazimuddin Road in the capital.The ACC filed a money laundering case against Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain on 6 February, 2014. The charges said that he had illegally transferred Tk 95 million in a bank in London. Dhaka special judge court has so far recorded deposition of eight witnesses.The BNP leader’s lawyer Borhan Uddin told Prothom Alo Khandaker Mosharraf during his stay in London with his wife from 1969 to 1975 invested money in UK stock market but he never laundered money.The ACC filed a case against Mirza Abbas for amassing wealth worth over Tk 75 million beyond known sources of income on 16 August, 2007. The court completed recording of 22 witnesses except the deposition of the investigation officer, said ACC’s lawyer Mir Ahmed Ali.Lawyer of Mirza Abbas, Abdur Rezak Khan, told Prothom Alo that the High Court recently cleared the way for trial of Mirza Abbas case that was filed during the military-backed caretaker government.Like Mirza Abbas, former livestock and fisheries minister Abdullah Al Noman is facing trial proceedings in a case filed for amassing wealth beyond known sources of income in 1998.Noman’s lawyer Borhan Uddin said the case was filed to harass the BNP leader politically.The ACC filed a case against former state minister for energy AKM Mosharraf Hossain on charges of taking a car worth nearly $9.5 million and $5000 from Niko Resources in 2012. The court completed recording deposition of 23 witnesses so far.ACC lawyer Mir Ahmed Ali told Prothom Alo that the cases were filed based on specific allegations. The lawyer is hopeful of proving all the allegations and said that the trial proceedings may be completed in three to four months.*The article originally published in Prothom Alo print edition has been rewritten in English by Imam Hossain.last_img read more

Returning officers may get ballots 25 Dec

first_imgelectionj-660x330Polling materials, except ballot papers, have already been sent to 63 districts as Bangladesh prepares for its next general election.The election commission supplied 12-14 items to every district, except Dhaka, on 8-9 December. Ballot papers will be sent to districts four to five days before the polls slated for 30 December.According to EC’s list, the items include transparent ballot boxes, electronic voting machines (EVM),electoral rolls with photograph, ineffaceable ink pens, rubber seal (official seal), marking seal, stamp pad, glue, brass seal, charger light (lamp), calculators, stapler, stapler pin, large and small sacks.Some materials, such as ball-point pens, white papers, carbon papers, knife, needle, candle, matchboxes, glue pot, stamp pad ink and iron or plastic plates, are also procured from local markets.”We may send the ballot papers to the returning officers by 25 December,” said Khondker Mizanur Rahman, EC’s joint secretary.They will then be sent to upazilas two to three days before the election. The ballot papers and other polling materials will be handed over to presiding officers at upazila headquarters a day before the election.”From there, the materials will be taken to 40,199 polling stations across the country,” he said, adding that they started collecting election materials six months ago.Helicopters and EVMsHelicopters will also be used for transporting election items and officials to and from polling stations in remote places in Khagrachhari, Rangamati and Bandarban.Mizanur said the EC had asked returning officers for lists of polling stations where air transport would be needed.”Most of these remote polling stations are in Khagrachhari,” the official said.Apart from helicopters, the election will also see the use of EVMs. But these machines will not be used in all 300 constituencies.About 900 EVMs will be used in six constituencies – Dhaka-6 and 13, Chattogram-9, Rangpur-3, Khulna-2 and Satkhira-2. Some 2.12 million voters will be able to cast their votes through the electronic machines.As many as 104.2 million voters will elect their representatives in parliament from among 1,841 candidates.last_img read more

Postgame Quotes Notre Dame at Louisville

first_img(Malik Williams has given you defense, rebounding, that’s been consistent. When he’s able to score in the paint like he did, what does that add?) “A lot. He’s never been truly a back-to-the-basket kind of player and he’s come a long way. Again, some of the interior players that he’s going against every single day don’t get scored on by many. He’s a one-trick pony if he sits on the perimeter. We need him to be versatile, and it really starts with his energy level because he can keep balls alive, he can get offensive rebounds, he can get stick-backs, there’s nothing that’s stopping him from doing that. We tried to position him on the floor in our offense a little differently today to try to take advantage of some of the things that he can do – slipping to the rim, get him running on ball screens towards the basket, rather than out from the basket, getting him to offensive rebound from outside-in versus inside-out. It’s tougher for him because he’s not the bulkiest guy in the world, but he’s a difference maker on the defensive end.” Notre Dame Head Coach Mike Brey (On helping team stay together during difficult season) “We kept battling there. It’s a great group of kids. They have taken some big punches in this league—that’s what happens in this league. Luckily, we’ve come in every day, they’ll come back tomorrow and work. We got a chance at an NCAA tournament team (Clemson) again on Wednesday. We’ve not beaten anybody in the upper division. I said, ‘We need to get one of those teams before this thing ends.’ But, it’s a great group of kids that work, but they’re back on their heels a little when you’ve been punched like we’ve been punched in this league. It’s a league of men. One thing I’m impressed with what Chris has done with his program is he’s stayed old in his first year with the grad transfers. There’re some dudes out there, and we’re in a different rotation, and many times, it showed up out there on plays at the basket, plays in the lane, loose balls. Certainly, a big summer of strength training for our program. ” Story Links (On whether Christen Cunningham’s ability to take over a game is innate) “I think he knows. I think he can sense that some of their ball screen coverage was opening up where he can get into the lane. They weren’t being very aggressive with their hedges and so I think, he’s smart enough to figure out that, ‘Hey, I can attack now. If they are going to drop their foot, if that big guy is going to drop his foot, I’m going get in the lane and either make a play for myself or my teammate.’ I think once he hit one or two at the basket, you could see his confidence coming out. Again, when your point guard has a boatload of confidence and is playing downhill, it’s a lot easier at those other four positions to play the same way.” (Notre Dame has been able to stick close to some very good teams. Talk about the defensive game plan for D.J. Harvey and T.J. Gibbs.)  “That’s what I said to our team. An outsider may say, ‘Hey they are having a subpar year in comparison to what Coach Bray has done for so many years because of the injuries.’ What I see is a team who is playing well as of late. Just like Boston College, they were playing well. It’s a one possession game at Virginia with 20 seconds left in the game. Florida State, much like us, they were in charge of the game virtually the entire time. So, we felt like Notre Dame was coming in with a lot of confidence and playing their best basketball of the season. They had nothing to lose, and they probably look at us and see the box scores we’ve put together the last few games and say, ‘Hey, we can get one. It says a lot about our team. We’ve been a really good defensive team ever since the Pittsburgh game at Pittsburgh, and it’s why it’s allowed us to have opportunities to win. We haven’t always won, and I know that, but at the same time, it’s given our team a chance to win, to be in one possession, two possession games down the stretch.” (On V.J. King’s increased playing time today) “He’s played better in practice. Again Dwayne hasn’t played as well, and as much as Dwayne’s given us all year long, he’s still getting his shot, he’s still playing. You know that feeling when it’s like, ‘I know I can help, I need to help’ He’s been working like a dog in practice, in a good way. Although he didn’t shoot well at Boston College, he provided some really good minutes, did some good things, continued that effort in practice. Again, you play well in practice, you’re going to get your shot in the game. You do well in the game then your opportunities get extended, and he put himself in a great position these last couple games.” (On limiting Louisville to only two 3-pt. field goals while allow 50 percent shooting) “You would think if you handle the arc like that, it would be a better game, it would be a closer game. We knew they like to shoot the three and they made a bunch of threes. So, we got out to shooters, now you give up stuff around the bucket, you’re more vulnerable around the bucket. Those count too, and they can’t blow you out, for the most part, you can kind of hang around. But for us, in the second half, I think we had it at five, six, five, six, seven, five, six, and then, we aren’t able to get a defensive rebound or make enough free throws to get it to one possession and make it interesting. It’s really been our offense all year. We can’t find a third and fourth scorer. We score 61 points all the time, like ever. Even in practice, every day, it’s always 61. We can never get that sucker to 70. It’s unbelievable, it’s unbelievable.” (On the team’s reaction to the play of VJ King) “Well, I think what you saw was guys that love their teammate. It’s just genuine. When VJ scored, I think everybody on our bench was up. You feel like every point, with where our team has been offensively the last four games, is a relief in and of itself. But when a guy like VJ, who has gone through a lot, sticks to the end and makes such an effort to get the ball, I just think that the love his teammates have for him is genuine and you can see it in that moment.” (What is a caveman drill?) “Anything that requires some physical toughness. It’s not all pretty pick and pop threes. It’s put your boxing gloves on and get in the paint. Figure out a way to get the ball.”  Louisville head coach Chris Mack(Opening statement) “I’m happy for our group. This league can steal your confidence, rob you your confidence at times. Playing some of the best teams in the country. Social media can rob individuals of confidence sometimes. I don’t care if you say ‘put it away.’ Kids have grown up with it. I’m really happy for our group. They’ve worked hard the entire year. From the time those guys arrived on campus and worked with our staff, to be able to go out on senior night the right way… being able to face all the adversity, some will say ‘self-inflicted, not playing well.’ Like I said. This League can rob you of your confidence at times. And for our guys to be able to respond the way they did today, I’m really happy for them. I’m happy for our three seniors who chose Louisville in a very, very tough time. A very uncertain time. To provide the stability they have, both as players, and more importantly as people. So, we recognize we got one more game, obviously not here. On the road against one of the best teams in the country. It feels good. I know in our guys there’s a sense of relief. A feeling of monkey is off our back. And now we press forward and we start playing a little bit better like we did today.”(About the message to these guys over the last several days, and then what it ended up being today on the court.) “Well, it’s funny because, I think all along, for the most part, we’ve played pretty well defensively. We’ve been, over the last three or four weeks, a top 15, top 20 defense statistic-wise. But the ball hasn’t gone in. We haven’t scored 60 points in a game the last four games. And that’s not something I’m used to. Like I said in the opening statement, you get robbed of confidence sometimes in this league because of the different styles you play against, the terrific defenses you play against. But I thought our energy level on defensive was terrific. I still think we have to work through some mental demons on the offensive end, to be quite honest. We still go 2-for-22 from the three-point line, and again, and yet we almost score 80 points. So we were doing something right and I think a big part of that was the energy on the offensive glass and just our ability to get to the lane a little bit more today. Like I said, confidence is an amazing thing in sports.”(Speaking of confidence, talk about the game that VJ King had.) “Great. I’m happy for him. VJ’s been wanting to play more. He’s wanted to play better when he had his opportunities. It’s hard to describe how good of a kid he is. I know people only see him as a basketball player, so the struggles he’s gone through to be able to play as confident as he has the last couple of games – he’s given our team a boost in energy. I’m hopeful that the confidence issues he’s had in the past… just play all out. And I think he’s done that. He’s given us a tremendous boost on the offensive glass. If you look at his numbers from last year, he never offensive rebounded. And regardless of how he’s played this year, he’s done that. And I just think that’s a more aggressive VJ. We need guys to step up when others aren’t playing as well. I cannot say enough about his character. And that’s not lip service. I can’t say enough. He never hangs his head. He never talks about this coaching staff behind their backs. Never talks about a teammate ‘well, I would do this’, he just… he’s raised amazingly. And he’s an incredible person. I’m just glad it’s working out in the last few games for him.” (What have you done specifically for V.J’s confidence when he’s not playing against Duke and Virginia here?) “I think it’s not so much what a coach will do for somebody’s confidence. I really think that’s tough to say ‘Hey, I’m going to inject you with some confidence.’ I think it comes down to V.J. finally having enough. He came up to see me and said ‘Coach, I want to play and I want to do whatever I can for the team to win. I’m not asking for you to play me 30 minutes a game.’ I think that’s the first time all year that he’s really put himself out there like that. Again, when you have the type of character he does and the type of ability that he does, I thought I owed that to him.”center_img (Opening Statement) “They’re an NCAA tournament team. I thought their physicality in the lane and being a little older than us in some spots won out, and we were so bad from the foul line in the second half and we’ve been overall a pretty good free throw-shooting team. If you’re going to make it interesting, you’re going to have to hit those free throws. Impressed with their physicality, and I know they maybe hadn’t played as well, but I thought they played very well today. I know they didn’t shoot it well, but they played well today.” (On Louisville assistant coach and former player Mike Pegues) “He always had a great feel for the game. I’ve always said, ‘If it weren’t for Mike Pegues, I wouldn’t have the Notre Dame job.’ I rode Mike Pegues hard at Delaware, and two of our guards were here in town and we got together last night, told some great stories. I think what Louisville is lucky to have is they have a great teacher. Mike is a great connector with young people, and I think he’s a brilliant young coach. He’ll be a head coach, if he wants to be, very soon. But, the big guys, in this program, are lucky to have Mike because he’s played inside, he has great footwork and hands, but he’s got a way of connecting with young people. I’m very, very proud of him. But man, did he make me look good when I was a younger coach and had more hair.” (On performance of junior guard T.J. Gibbs) “I think the guards that they put on him—and he draws the best defender—the guards that they put on him really got after him and take him away, and that’s been the case a little bit. He got loose a little bit in the second half there, but for the most part, T.J. Gibbs has been first in the scouting report and they’ve really kind of taken him away. They try to get us going there in the second half, and then, they started defending him again. He’s the key for us. When he can get going, it helps us.(On recruiting V.J. King) “Well, in D.C., we go back there a lot, you know it’s been a good town for us with (freshman guard Prentiss) Hubb and Harvey from there. We didn’t do much with him and I think Louisville did a great job of getting on that early and getting it done pretty early, if my memory serves me correct. But, saw him a lot and was always really impressed with it, and I’m not surprised to see him blossom. It gets to be very mental and I think for him, you’re seeing a guy getting more confident. It’s the ebb and flow of the season, trying to keep a kid confident. I’ve got a couple of guys that I’m trying to keep them believing and confident when you’re having a tough stretch.” Print Friendly Version (What kinds of things did you do inside to get that kind of advantage? I think it was 46-26. What was the emphasis there?) “If anybody’s been at our practice, it seems like all of our practices are open lately, we have just been warring it up. We do some caveman drills to try to bring out that toughness, that fight, and this group hasn’t been used to that. I’m just a firm believer that you earn what you get and you get what you earn. If you shoot 2-for-22 you figure out a way to get those 20 misses. You figure out a way to limit another team to one shot. Punch them in the mouth, figuratively and go get the basketball. I think our team took some steps forward, really the last couple of games. We didn’t play very well offensively but we got 18 offensive rebounds at Boston College and then we followed it up today by winning the battle of the glass by 19. Which is where we need to be.” (On junior guard V.J. King’s impact on Louisville) “He is a slashing, driving…and obviously, he’s on the upswing. It sounded like he had a tough January or whatever, but he’s really a gifted guy. V.J. King and (Notre Dame sophomore guard) D.J. Harvey come from kind of the same spot, and they’re both guys that, when they’re in attack mode and getting into the lane and feeling good about themselves and confident, they really help their team and it looks to me like V.J. King is on the upswing.” (On Louisville’s rebounding) “It’s been a bit of a weakness of ours, being able to keep people off the offensive board. It’s one of the fears that I’ve had since the beginning of league play, and a lot of it is they’ve got really good athletic ability and quick jumpers that were up on there—I don’t know how many. It’s a little bit of our youth, a little bit of some young guys. We couldn’t squeeze any loose balls down there under our basket. How many times did it go off our foot and they have another possession? If you’re going to have a chance in this atmosphere, you’ve got to get those. It’s been a weakness and a trait of a younger group all year.” (On how Darius and V.J.’s performances change the dynamic of the rotations?) “Two of our better athletes. I know this defensively, both of them can contain the ball when they’re locked in. V.J. specifically in the first half was phenomenal defensively. He’s chesting drivers, those guys are taking bad shots. He’s 6’6, he’s got really good feet, great size and he’s playing aggressive on the defensive end. Darius is a game-changer. He has to be a guy that can be consistent and can be counted on, but there are things that he can do that quite honestly some of his teammates can’t, and that’s what’s been the frustrating thing at times about DP because he’s got it in him and when he has nights like today it’s good to see because he’s continued to battle and get better. (What does it say about Jordan’s growth as a player that he can go 1-for-6 from three and still have 22 points and 11 rebounds?) “I think that he did some gritty things today. Sometimes in Jordan’s short time in college, in the first two years, it’s been one of those things where if his jump shot is falling, now his energy level is up, he is rebounding, he is out on the break. But, if his shot is not falling, it’s a little bit easier to disappear in some of those areas, and I thought he didn’t do that today.  He missed a few threes, some good looks. We ran some stuff for him, but he had an offensive rebound to start the second half, which I felt like in past games, he would be at the 3-point line, watching and hoping Dwayne or Malik would get it. We need to be firing on all cylinders, and Jordan giving that type of energy in other areas is huge for our team. We need that type of growth to continue.” (How recent was that?) “A few weeks ago.” (On the break before Saturday’s game at Virginia) “I do. I do. We’re going to give them off a couple of days. We’re going to lift on Tuesday. You have the mandatory one day off, but I’m going to give them a couple days to focus on their classes, get away from the game and come back and be super recharged and refreshed to start back on Wednesday on the basketball court.”last_img read more

Ladysmith snake expert catches his biggestever Mozambique Spitting Cobra

first_imgIf you live in Ladysmith, then you surely know that there are many snakes, venomous and non-venomous, roaming all around town.With this in mind, local snake expert Fanie Cilliers was called out to a home in Cannon Road where a massive Mozambique Spitting Cobra was lurking.To set the scene, Fanie went out to try and catch the very same snake approximately two weeks ago. When he arrived at the home, the snake eluded him by darting into a hole in the ground.He flushed out the hole with water and when the snake popped out, he grabbed its head with a ‘grab stick’.In the heat of the moment, the snake almost managed to latch onto Fanie’s hand.It got away and made its way back into the hole, not coming out until Saturday (March 24).Also read: Watch: Snake expert removes African Rock Python from police van near LadysmithAlso read: Watch Video: Mommy, there’s a snake on the stoep – 5.29-metre Python found near Ladysmith WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Also read: Deadly Rinkhals snake found outside Ladysmith homeAlso read: Watch: 8-year-old boy bitten by snake at primary school in LadysmithAfter a three-hour struggle, Fanie managed to get his hands on the snake.The homeowners stood and watched in amazement, as the Mozambique Spitting Cobra was massive and bigger than any other specimen Fanie has captured in Ladysmith.The snake measured in at a whopping 1.65 metres, a really big female indeed.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

Upgrades for Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport include bigger lounges 11th gate

first_img Posted by Tags: Billy Bishop Airport Thursday, October 13, 2016 Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — PortsToronto has approved plans for upgrades and enhancements to the terminal at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.The plans include increasing the terminal’s footprint to accommodate the airport’s growth since 2010, when the terminal was built, and to further enhance its passenger experience. Specific improvements include reconfiguring terminal space to accommodate passenger processing needs in anticipation of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection preclearance facility at the airport as previously announced by Prime Minister Trudeau and President Obama in March 2016.The enhancement project will also add more space in both passenger lounges, allowing for more seating and additional amenities such as retail, food and beverage services. An 11th gate will also be added, to increase the terminal’s operational flexibility and efficiencies during peak travel periods and weather events.“The improvements that are being proposed will take shape in the coming months, and are geared at better accommodating the 2.5 million passengers that travel through the airport each year, as well as further enhancing the world-class experience that is currently offered to passengers by adding more seating, retail and food services, and ultimately preclearance into the U.S.,” said Geoffrey Wilson, CEO of PortsToronto, owner and operator of Billy Bishop Airport.More news:  Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaPortsToronto says the terminal upgrade will be “as seamless as possible” for travellers and airport partners and will not disrupt the surrounding community. The project will get underway later this month and is expected to be completed in 2018. Upgrades for Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport include bigger lounges, 11th gatelast_img read more

US FDA finds no salmonella outbreak source at D

first_img U.S.: FDA finds no salmonella outbreak source at D … You might also be interested in February 19 , 2019 “As we enter 2019, we continue to focus sharply on implementing our operating strategies, and taking aggressive action to transform our Company to meet consumer demand for healthy and convenient food products.”The drop in net sales of bananas – down 4% year-on-year to US$1.7 billion – was primarily due to lower sales volume in the Middle East and Europe, along with lower selling prices in Europe, partially offset by higher selling prices in the Middle East and North America. Worldwide banana pricing increased by 3% per unit, while the company’s unit costs were 5% higher and its total volume was 7% lower.In Del Monte’s ‘other fresh produce’ segment, net sales increased by 22% year-on-year to US$2.44 billion thanks largely to increased sales volume in the fresh-cut fruit and vegetable businesses, as well as increased sales volume and selling prices in the vegetables product line thanks to the acquisition of Mann Packing.Within the segment, net sales of gold pineapple decreased 1% to US$487.9 million, while volume rose 2%, pricing decreased 3% and unit cost was 5% higher. Net sales of avocados increased 5% to US$329.2 million, with volume up 33%, pricing down 21% and unit cost was 23% lower.Meanwhile, net sales of fresh-cut fruit increased 3% to US$510.6 million, while volume grew 2%, pricing increased 1% and unit cost was 1% higher. Volume of fresh-cut vegetables increased four-fold, with net sales rising to US$433.2 million, while pricing decreased 21% and unit cost was 23% lower. FDA inspects Del Monte facility after vegetable tr … center_img Fresh Del Monte: Lower banana profits contribute t … U.S.-based multinational Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. (NYSE:FDP) has reported a net loss of US$21.9 million in the financial year 2018, compared to net income of US$120.8 million in 2017.The company says the result for the period ended Dec. 28 is largely due to higher fruit and distribution costs across the business and lower banana sales volume.Gross profit for the year was US$279.8 million, down 16% from 2017, but net sales rose 10% to US$4.49 billion. The company said the increase in net sales was driven by the company’s other fresh and prepared food business segments as a result of last year’s acquisition of Mann Packing Company, partially offset by lower net sales in the banana business.“We had higher sales in North America, driven by our acquisition of Mann Packing Company in 2018,” said Mohammad Abu-Ghazaleh, chairman and CEO.“This strategic acquisition accelerated our efforts to diversify our presence in the fresh and fresh-cut vegetable industry. We’re proud of how well the integration has gone during a year in which we faced a number of other challenges, including port delays, severe winter weather events and truck shortages in the U.S., along with higher operating costs. Court affirms Del Monte’s US$29M arbitration win a … last_img read more