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first_imgOn NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams on Friday night, Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges talked with special correspondent Chelsea Clinton about his work to end childhood hunger in America.You can watch the clip here.Describing Jeff’s work with Share Our Strength: No Kid Hungry in an article on, Clinton wrote, “Listening to his commitment and enthusiasm relaying progress on fighting childhood hunger through summer meal programs stretching from Arkansas to Montana was as compelling as any role he’s ever played on screen.”Bridges was interviewed in Las Vegas, Nevada as he visited a library where at-risk children receive free meals when school is out through the federal summer meals program. The following day, he joined Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval to raise awareness of free summer meals to families in need, and the role Governors can play in expanding these programs.Summer is the hungriest time of year for many kids, as school meals disappear. Family food budgets are stretched tight with low-income parents reporting to spend $300 more on food each summer month. The federal summer meals program helps children get the healthy food they need when school is out. These free, healthy meals are available to kids and teens across the country, but only a fraction of those in need have access. Many low-income families don’t even know the summer meals program exists.Since 2010, Bridges served National Spokesperson for the No Kid Hungry campaign and has been a tireless advocate for ending childhood hunger in America.“Jeff serves as a voice for the 16 million voiceless children who struggle with hunger in this country,” said Tom Nelson, President of Share Our Strength. “This summer, he’s traveling the country, working on-camera to raise awareness about summer meals, and behind-the-scenes to build the political will needed to surround children with healthy food every day of the year.”last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – UPS Canada is launching a new cargo bike delivery pilot project in Toronto this week as part of a broader green initiative.The shipping company says the pilot will run for six to eight months using a custom-made cargo bike to deliver packages in and around the York University area in the north part of the city.UPS says outcomes from the pilot will determine the company’s strategy for cargo delivery by bicycle on a larger scale in Toronto and potentially other cities across Ontario and Canada.The company says the initiative is part of a broader UPS ambition to bring sustainable practices and services to the communities they serve.In the longer term, UPS says it wants to test and potentially deploy electric motorized bicycles to boost the efficiency of this delivery mode.UPS says the success of its bike delivery pilot program was first demonstrated in 2012 in collaboration with Hamburg, Germany.last_img read more

first_imgEDMONTON – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says her government is suspending talks with British Columbia on the purchase of electricity from that province.She says it’s the first step in Alberta’s fight against the B.C. government’s move to obstruct the Kinder Morgan oil pipeline expansion project.She says $500 million annually for B.C.’s coffers hangs in the balance.Notley says she met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Edmonton today on the pipeline issue and is calling on the federal government to end the dispute.She says the federal government needs to be specific about what it will do to ensure that the pipeline expansion moves ahead.The B.C. government has said it plans to ban increased shipments of diluted bitumen off the province’s coast until it can determine that shippers are prepared and able to properly clean up a spill.last_img read more

first_imgSnowfall warnings are also still in effect in the areas around Fort Nelson, Grande Prairie, Beaverlodge, and Peace River.Environment Canada is suggesting motorists postpone any non-essential travel until conditions improve. Up-to-date road conditions can be found at FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A winter storm warning remains in effect for the BC Peace Region this morning.Environment Canada says the warning is still valid because hazardous winter conditions are expected. Total snowfall amounts of between 20 and 30 centimetres are expected in the Peace by late tomorrow.A low pressure system will move into the BC interior today, creating a strong easterly flow of moist air over northeast BC. The snow is forecast to ease Friday afternoon. In addition, strong northeast winds gusting to 60 km/h will give areas of blowing snow through Friday morning.last_img read more

Marrakech- According to General John R. Allen, US President Barack Obama’s Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Fight the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Morocco is one of 60 countries that have joined the US-led international coalition to fight the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also known as ISIL.In an article in the online journal Defense One last week, General Allen described ISIS as a “clear and present danger to the U.S.”“What we’re facing in northern Iraq is only partly a crisis about Iraq. It is about the region and potentially the world as we know it,” he said. Allen outlined the coalition’s objectives against ISIS on the State Department website and listed 60 countries that have agreed to take part in the coalition to eliminate the terrorist organization.Although Morocco is on the list, its specific contribution is not specified, which signals that its role is perhaps limited to intelligence.Morocco did not participate in the Paris meeting held on September 15, which was devoted to devising a strategy to destroy ISIS.30 countries attended the Paris meeting, including the United States, the United Kingdom, China, Russia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, and Jordan.Along with Egypt, Morocco has a substantial number of troops and military equipment at its disposal. Morocco is already assisting the coalition by stopping ISIS recruiting networks from encouraging young people to join Jihadists in Syria and Iraq.Morocco has also enacted legislation targeting money laundering for terrorist purposes.A report published by CNN earlier this month said that over 1,500 Moroccans have joined the ranks of terrorist groups in Syria, including IS.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

The Washington Post is reporting that the Federal Trade Commission will allege that Facebook misled users about its privacy practices as part of an expected settlement.The federal business watchdog will reportedly find that Facebook deceived users about how it handled phone numbers it asked for as part of a security feature and provided insufficient information about how to turn off a facial recognition tool for photos.Advertisers were reportedly able to target users who provided their phone number as part of a two-factor authentication security feature.The FTC didn’t respond immediately to a request for comment. Facebook had no comment.The complaints will reportedly be detailed in a settlement on Wednesday. Facebook won’t be required to admit guilt but will have to submit to federal oversight, the newspaper reported.The Associated Press read more

The 15-member CARICOM, of which Haiti is a member, played an important role in trying to work out a compromise between then President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and his opponents earlier this year. Mr. Aristide eventually left Haiti for the Central African Republic and is now in Jamaica, which currently holds CARICOM’s presidency.Meanwhile, a UN multi-disciplinary team assessing requirements for a UN peacekeeping mission has been wrapping up its work. Led by Hocine Medili, that team’s members are beginning to return to New York, spokesman Fred Eckhard said. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said 80 per cent of the schools in the provinces and in the capital, Port-au-Prince, are now open. UNICEF workers are scheduled to distribute school supplies in the towns of Cap Haitien and St. Marc this week in preparation for a countrywide “Back to School” campaign, targeting more than 1.5 million students and 50,000 teachers.UNICEF is also training midwives and distributing obstetric health kits. Fear, however, has been keeping attendance at health clinics low, Mr. Eckhard said. read more

“Progress of this magnitude is remarkable,” World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Lee Jong-wook said. “I congratulate countries for their successful efforts in protecting children from measles. I am certain that with increased commitment from governments and further support from the international community, even more can be accomplished.”Global measles deaths dropped 39 per cent to an estimated 530,000 in 2003, from 873,000 in 1999, with the largest reduction occurring in Africa, the region with the highest burden of the disease, where estimated measles deaths decreased by 46 per cent.”In many places where families once lived in fear of losing their children to measles, they’re now protected by an effective and inexpensive vaccine,” UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Executive Director Carol Bellamy said of the scourge that beyond its death toll also sickened 30 million more children, leaving many with life-long disabilities like blindness and brain damage.”What clearer proof could there be of the value of investing in immunization?” she added. “We now have the opportunity to replicate this successful model as we tackle other child killers such as malaria.”The dramatic decline in deaths has been made possible through the commitment of governments to fully implement the WHO/UNICEF strategy for sustainable measles mortality reduction, seeking to achieve routine measles immunization coverage of at least 90 per cent in every district. As measles wards shut down all over the African continent, a long-term budget item in many hospitals can be freed up to save children from other diseases.But millions of children still remain at risk. Malnourished and un-immunized children under five years of age, especially infants, are at high risk of contracting measles and are more vulnerable to death. The vast majority of measles deaths are found in low-income countries. Each year more than 130 million children are born and “we must reach each and every one with measles vaccination,” Dr. Lee said. read more

by The Associated Press Posted May 18, 2014 10:31 am MDT This film image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows a scene from “Godzilla.” (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures) ‘Godzilla’ debuts with $93 million, making it largest May opening for Warner Bros. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email LOS ANGELES, Calif. – “Godzilla” has smashed its way to the top of the box office.The 3-D monster movie from Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures had the second-largest debut of the year this weekend with $93.2 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.“Godzilla” trails Disney-Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” which opened with $95 million in April, and sits just above “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” which debuted with $91.6 million this month.Paying homage to the 60-year-old franchise in tone and spectacle, the latest iteration continues the legend of 1954 Japanese original — Ishiro Honda’s “Gojira.” Reviews of the film were positive — it earned a “fresh” rating from review aggregator, with 72 per cent of film critics responding positively.Legendary Pictures President Jon Jashni said the film did better than expected partly because it was “starting to get sampled even by those who didn’t think it would necessarily be for them. They didn’t have nostalgic feelings for it.” He said friends or family members likely recommended the movie to those viewers.Jashni added that the success of “Godzilla” is “validating” after last year’s “Pacific Rim” and “Jack the Giant Slayer” performed below expectations for the Warner-Legendary team.The film, directed by Gareth Edwards, also helped eliminate the bad memory of another of the franchise’s remakes, Roland Emmerich’s “Godzilla,” released in 1998 and starring Matthew Broderick. Backed by Sony, the film opened with $44 million.Two other reboots — “Godzilla 1985” and “Godzilla 2000” — also flopped.May is prime real estate for studios looking to launch or advance franchises. The top two opening weekends of all time in North America occurred in May — “The Avengers” opened with $207.4 million in 2012 and “Iron Man 3” debuted with $174.1 million in 2013.“Godzilla,” starring Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen, marks the largest May opening ever for Warner.It’s also the year’s biggest opening for Imax globally. It generated $103 million and 14.35 million admissions from 16,946 screens in 64 markets outside the U.S. and Canada.“Godzilla” knocked last weekend’s No. 1 hit, Universal Pictures “Neighbors,” down to No. 2 in its second weekend.The raunchy Seth Rogen and Zac Efron-led comedy earned $26 million, bringing its domestic total to $91.5 million.Rounding out the top three was “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” with $17 million. So far it’s earned a total of $172 million domestically.Also opening this weekend was Disney’s feel-good sports drama “Million Dollar Arm,” starring Jon Hamm, which landed at No. 4 with $11 million.“The summer is about having a diverse lineup, and this film will have legs,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak. “If superheroes and monsters aren’t your pleasure, you can go see a more character-driven sports movie.”In its fourth weekend, Fox’s femme-fueled comedy “The Other Woman,” starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton, gained $6.3 million, bringing its domestic total to $72 million.___Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theatres, according to Rentrak. Where available, latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released on Monday.1. “Godzilla,” $93.2 million ($103 million international).2. “Neighbours,” $26 million ($13.5 million international).3. “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” $17 million ($32 million international).4. “Million Dollar Arm,” $11 million.5. “The Other Woman,” $6.3 million ($8.2 million international).6. “Heaven Is for Real,” $4.4 million.7. “Rio 2,” $4 million ($7.6 million international).8. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” $3.8 million ($1.3 million international).9. “Legend of Oz,” $2 million.10. “Mom’s Night Out,” $1.9 million.___Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theatres (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to Rentrak:1.”Godzilla,” $103 million.2.”The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” $32 million.3.”Neighbours,” $13.5 million.4.”The Other Woman,” $8.2 million.5.”Frozen,” $7.8 million.6.”Rio 2,” $7.6 million.7.”Obsessed,” $4.7 million.8.”Transcendence,” $4.6 million.9.”Qu’est ce qu’on a fait au Bon Dieu?!,” $4.2 million.10.”The Target,” $2.5 million.___Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC. read more

Aaron Rodgers is arguably the greatest quarterback of all time,1By career quarterback passer rating, he is. so it’s hard to imagine that there could ever be too much Rodgers in a game plan. Yet this seemed to be the problem for Mike McCarthy and Green Bay through the first nine weeks of the season. On Sunday, though, the Packers flipped the script for a 31-12 victory against the Miami Dolphins, a win keyed by one of the best rushing performances in the Rodgers era.The Packers entered Week 10 last in the NFL in share of running plays on first down (39.6 percent) despite being second in the league in play success on those runs (48.5 percent).2A successful first-down play is defined as getting a first down or touchdown or gaining at least 40 percent of the yardage needed to convert a first down. But on Sunday, they ran on more than half of their first downs (51.85 percent) and gained 142 yards on their 14 carries, including 117 yards on nine carries by Aaron Jones.Even with their Week 10 performance, the Packers still stand out when we juxtapose how often they run on first down with how well they run: On Sunday, the Packers weren’t just taking advantage of a soft run defense to make this kind of structural change: Miami entered the game in the middle of the pack in play success allowed to opponents running on first down. Instead, a renewed focus on the run has been in the works in Green Bay for several weeks.Just giving the ball to Jones was a massive step in the right direction for Green Bay. He only recently became the Packers’ primary running back. After serving a suspension the first two games of the year for a substance abuse violation, Jones split snaps with Ty Montgomery and Jamaal Williams largely because of the Packers’ passing emphasis. McCarthy saw him as an incomplete running back because of his shortcomings as a blocker and as a receiving threat.“There’s more to playing the position than just running the football,” McCarthy said in early October. And that’s especially true if running the football is not remotely a point of emphasis for a team.But that’s changing now. And why shouldn’t it? Let’s compare the first 19 games of Aaron Jones’s career to the first 19 games of another back with a Hall of Fame quarterback who ended up changing his team’s scheme:Jones: 154 carries for 942 yards (6.12 yards per rush), 8 rushing TDsAlvin Kamara: 157 carries for 869 yards (5.54 yards per rush), 10 rushing TDsWhile NFL teams generally run too much — especially on first down — it’s a problem specifically when defenses are geared to stop the run. But that’s not the case for teams facing Green Bay. Like Kamara and the Saints last year, Jones has a quarterback whom defenses fear so much that they don’t dare put an extra defender in the box to stuff the running back.This season, the Packers have faced eight or more defenders in the box on first down just eight times in 272 snaps, a league-low rate of 2.94 percent (8.75 percent is average). Defenses are pretty much willing to concede the run — similar to how teams defend the Los Angeles Rams, who face stacked boxes almost as infrequently (3.8 percent). But the Rams, who are the only team better than the Packers in rushing success rate (51.1 percent), run the ball on first down 56.3 percent of the time, including 49.4 percent in the first half, when the score of the game is less likely to influence these play calls.Can the Packers, at 4-4-1, maintain this newfound offensive balance and ride their running ways to the postseason? Their first test will be Thursday at Seattle before they travel to Minnesota in Week 12 in a game that could determine an NFC wild-card spot. The promos and advertisements for that Sunday Night Football contest will spotlight Aaron Rodgers, but the Packers featuring less of him may be the key to getting that victory.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

After their win against Vermont, field hockey players Aisling Coyle and Aisling McKeon ran over to the sideline, practically finishing each other’s sentences. Coyle, a sophomore midfielder from Glasgow, Scotland, and McKeon, a junior midfielder from Galway, Ireland, are just two of the international students on the team this year. While growing up within a nine-hour drive from each other, they had similar experiences while starting their hockey careers. For example, both started playing for club teams when they were around 7 years old. “Club back home is a lot more intense,” Coyle said. “Girls play at a high level on club teams when they are in their teens.”Hockey is not as intense at the university level in Europe as it is in America, Coyle said. McKeon and Coyle took advantage of opportunities to play at Ohio State in order to continue playing at the level they were used to in European club play. Coyle talked to every big hockey school before deciding to come to OSU, she said. She noticed OSU had quite a few international players, and even Scottish players on some teams. “I knew I would have something in common with others,” she said. “There were people I would relate to.”McKeon’s decision to play for OSU was made a little differently. “I had family and friends that lived in the States and brought the idea to my parents,” she said. “Everything was predetermined and pre-organized.”Coyle and McKeon are enjoying their time in the states, but admit hockey is a little different in America. In America, “hockey is a lifestyle,” McKeon said. “In Europe it is your hobby.” One of the biggest adjustments they had to make was getting used to America’s on-the-go lifestyle. “I remember eating and having to take my meal to go one time, wondering what in the world was going on,” McKeon said. “Back home we have more time to sit and enjoy a meal, more time to relax and talk.”“Now we have gotten used to it and tell the others to hurry up,” Coyle added.The popularity of the sport is also different. In Europe, most kids participate in field hockey, Coyne said. The lack of a men’s national field hockey team illustrates the lack of interest in the sport in America, they said. America “is the only country to not have a men’s team,” Coyle said.After spending the last few years in America, both Coyle and McKeon said they could envision field hockey becoming a more popular sport in the States. “You have money, you can afford the best coaches,” McKeon said. Coyle and McKeon have both started each of the team’s eight games this season. Coyle ranks third on the team with 10 points.Both plan on returning home after graduation. read more

Ohio State sophomore defensive end Chase Young (2) takes down Northwestern senior quarterback Clayton Thorson (18) in the first half of the B1G Championship Game vs. Northwestern on Dec. 1. Ohio State won 45-24. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorRobert Landers knows Chase Young.Not “The Predator,” not the 6-foot-5, 265-pound specimen who lines up at defensive end, using his hands to easily swipe past seemingly any tackle in the Big Ten. He knows Young as the “little brother” in the defensive line room.And as the big brother, the redshirt junior defensive lineman uses the physical attributes Young has against him.“We make fun of it,” Landers said. “He’s like a little brother in the room, so you have to pick on your little brother a little bit.”But after the performance Young had against No. 21 Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship on Saturday, Landers knows one thing for sure.“I would rather play with him than against him,” he said.Lining up on the left side against the Wildcats, Young recorded three tackles, all of them sacks, forcing a fumble in the second quarter, which led to an Ohio State field goal. He also batted up a pass from Northwestern redshirt senior quarterback Clayton Thorson at the line of scrimmage leading to an interception by redshirt junior cornerback Damon Arnette.Young said the quarterback matchup created a good opportunity for him and the rest of the defensive line, saying the game plan was running different blitzes to overcome what the offensive line was giving them.But even as a player consistently getting into the backfield, forcing Thorson to rush his throws, Young would not take any of the credit the stats gave him after the game had concluded.“It felt real good, but I am going to give all of my glory to God,” Young said. “I’m going to give it to God, to me trusting in coach [Larry] Johnson, trusting in the process, coach [Urban] Meyer for recruiting me here, I’m going to give it to my teammates because without them, the sack today I wouldn’t have even got if they didn’t do their job right.”This game was much more than just a three-sack performance for the sophomore defensive end. It was an opportunity to take over the defensive line, to make it his room, his unit. It was an opportunity for Young to set the tone as something to spring board into the 2019 season.Because the young guys are watching. Freshman Tommy Togiai said he sees a “relentless effort” out of Young, something that defines him as a player.“He brings that energy and that playmaking ability that he brings. He’s just crucial for the whole defense,” Togiai said. “Whenever you need a big play, he’s there.”Young does not see himself as that leader of the defense, that vocal leader Landers or redshirt junior defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones is. He plays by example.“I don’t say really too much out of my mouth,” Young said. “I just try to play and hopefully people follow, hopefully people get energy off of what I do on the field.”However, Landers thought Young took a step forward.“I feel like tonight was a night where we needed him to step up big time,” Landers said. “He did and I honestly feel like he exceeded all expectations that we had for him, that we have had for him tonight.”Opponents are beginning to find out about who Young is as a pass rusher, about the expectations that are attached to a player like him, with the physical frame he has, the sheer ability he possesses, what he considers to be God-given.Freshman defensive end Tyreke Smith said Young is proving to opposing quarterbacks that he needs to be planned for.“I know when a quarterback sees Chase Young in there, I know he’s thinking like ‘I always got to keep him in mind,’” Smith said.Landers knows Young as a sophomore defensive end. He knows him as a “little brother.” But when asked what was the first thing that came to mind when thinking about Young, he laughed and shook his head.“The Predator,” Landers said. “The boy was ballin’ tonight.” read more

first_imgREVENUE OFFICERS SAY they seized €45,000 in cash at Dublin Port yesterday as part of an “ongoing investigation”.Officers from Revenue’s Customs Service detained the cash under the Proceeds of Crime legislation from a man in his 30s who was attempting to board a ferry to Holyhead.Investigations are ongoing.Read: Revenue has spent €67,000 on the property tax helplineRead: Fuel laundering plant with 7 tonnes of toxic waste uncovered in MonaghanRead: Revenue has ‘almost more confidence’ in helpline after alleged fraudlast_img

first_imgEvery time another quadcopter drone video surfaces, where a handful of engineers have managed to program a couple dozen of these little robots to fly around performing utterly fantastic choreographed maneuvers, I can’t help but watch them over and over again. Most people struggle to pilot just one of these little machines without destroying them, so controlling many of them simultaneously seems impossible. My time with the Heli-Max 1SQ quadcopter confirmed just how great those demonstrations are.There’s a lot of things to consider when choosing a quadcopter (or personal drone.) Many models are specifically designed for indoors or outdoors, and you want to make sure whichever one you chose is easy to repair. If you’ve never flown a quadcopter before, you will crash it. Not just once or twice, either. Your first quadcopter needs to be able to survive your ham-fisted attempts at learning how to use it.The 1SQ uses a vey simple design, and is clearly built with the understanding that you will need to repair it. The individual arms that hold the motors can be replaced and re-wired with ease. The rotors themselves come off easily, and the kit for the 1SQ includes four replacement blades. The wiring for each motor connects to the board at the center of the quadcopter using easy to remove plastic connectors. The center board is protected by a flexible plastic shell that can be removed or replaced quickly. In the event that you have managed to flip the quadcopter, the shell will make sure nothing happens to the board.Getting from the box to your first flight is pretty simple. The quadcopter comes pre-assembled, so all you need to do is charge the included 250mAh battery. 1SQ includes a USB charging block that takes the battery on the opposite end. The charger uses a series of mildly confusing blinking lights to let you know how everything is going. When the light is solid, you are ready to fly. The battery slides in to the bottom of the quadcopter and plugs in the front. As soon as the quadcopter has power, a red light glows from the top of the board and you are ready to turn on your radio controller and start to fly. With the battery connected, the 1SQ weighs 1.1oz.Flying the 1SQ is simpler than you might think. The included radio gives you a small screen that lets you know how much power you are providing, allowing you to quickly tweak if necessary. Even outdoors, the gyro stabilizer on the quadcopter quickly compensates for wind or changes in terrain. If things get out of hand and you lose control of the quadcopter, the instructions clearly show that as long as you cut the power to the blades you will drastically minimize the risk of damaging the copter. Having personally crashed this 1SQ more times than I would care to admit, I can say that it holds up very well as long as you follow the flight instructions.For $100, Heli-Max has done a great job making a beginners quadcopter. You are unlikely to be performing any mid-air flips as a novice, but the included radio is equipped to handle advanced users as well. For more advanced enthusiasts that prefer to use their own transmitter, the 1SQ works with AnyLink compliant transmitters as well.last_img read more

first_imgWe worked out about six months ago that we had a range of storylines that were being driven by women. So we thought it’d be great fun to have them all collide on the one night.DeCourcy says the plot has been “slightly orchestrated” to get all the women in the same place but that the episode will see a number of storylines coming to a head.“There are no men, they are off looking after the babies or they’re taking a little holiday or they’re at the other end of the phone, and we have about 11 or 12 of our really strong female characters fighting it out,”So there’ll be slaps and there’ll be secrets and there’ll be lies and there’ll be reveals and there’ll be lots of dancing. Source: RTÉ – IRELAND’S NATIONAL PUBLIC SERVICE MEDIA/YouTubeAs part of further shows based around International Women’s Day, RTÉ will also broadcast an hour-long documentary tomorrow called Women on Walls.The programme focuses on the first four female members of the Royal Irish Academy as well as eight living female scientist in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths.Read: The pay difference between Irish men and women is getting bigger >Read: What Irish women want: ‘We must demand what is right and challenge what is frightening’ > 48 Comments Mar 8th 2017, 9:48 AM Share59 Tweet Email3 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Fair City is having an all-female episode… and they’re all heading to the pub The show is celebrating International Women’s Day. Source: RTÉ Fair City/Twitter Short URL We are delighted to have an all female #FairCity episode on March 8th to mark #InternationalWomensDay #herecomethegirls!— RTÉ Fair City (@RTEFairCity) March 6, 2017 TONIGHT’S EPISODE OF Fair City is to feature an all-female cast to mark International Women’s Day.In a first for the RTÉ soap, no men will feature in an episode with about a dozen female cast members sharing the screen time.The premise sees the women locked in McCoy’s pub with RTÉ saying that “the cocktails flow” as the night progresses.“We have been planning this for a long time,” executive producer Brigie deCourcy told Morning Ireland. By Rónán Duffy 18,557 Views Wednesday 8 Mar 2017, 9:48 AMlast_img read more

first_imgFor the Burnley goalkeeper, his friend Joe Hart and he have a really good relationship and will fight for the positionGoalkeepers Tom Heaton and Joe Hart are now in a friendly competition to defend Burnley’s goal.And Heaton talked to The Lancashire Telegraph about it.“I had his backing 100 percent and it was the same the other way around,” said Heaton.“He and I go back a long, long way. We sit next to each other in the dressing room at the training ground, we’re very good pals, and what I like about us is that we both deal with the situation as it is.”Burnley FC v Manchester City - Premier LeagueMatch Preview: Burnley vs Liverpool Boro Tanchev – August 30, 2019 Premier League leaders Liverpool travel to Burnley for the Matchday 4 of the 2019-20 Premier League campaign.“He’s been absolutely brilliant in difficult circumstances for him,” he added.“I think for me, despite everything that’s gone on, his performances have been excellent.”“We’ve struggled for results and performances at times and when he gave me the nod it was an interesting one,” Heaton commented.“Despite those facts, I actually think that Joe has been my player of the season so far.”last_img read more

first_imgIn March, Vibe Media Group announced a set of changes to position the magazine for survival— including four-day work weeks and salary cuts of 10 to 15 percent—and to counteract a 42 percent slide in first-quarter ad pages, per PIB.The magazine also planned to cut its guaranteed rate base by 25 percent in July to 600,000 copies and drop frequency to 10 times per year.Unfortunately, none of those tactics worked. According to a statement emailed to FOLIO:, the staff was in the middle of preparing a Michael Jackson tribute issue when they received the news. In a memo to staff, Vibe Media Group CEO Steve Aaron said the “collapse of the capital markets” and “the lack of investment resources to restructure the huge debt on our small company has made this outcome become a reality.”Vibe Ventures was acquired by The Wicks Group, a New York-based private equity firm, in the second half of 2006 for $36 million in a half cash, half debt transaction.”At the end of the day it’s a tough environment for everybody but it’s extremely difficult for magazines that depend on the fashion and auto categories,” Len Burnett, who helped launch Vibe, told FOLIO:. “And it’s even tougher to try to recover or do well during a time that you haven’t been able to expand the brand in an environment that demads it at a time like this.”The memo is reproduced here in full:Dear VIBE Team:It is with a heavy heart that I share some tough news, VMG is closing down effective today, June 30 due to lack of additional financial investments.It’s been an 16 incredible years since VIBE’s inception. There are very few magazines with the richness of history and breadth of talented visionaries who created the powerful lens in which VIBE viewed and shaped urban music and culture.Ever since I first set foot in this courageous company, I’ve regarded myself as incredibly fortunate to be be involved with this remarkable brand and group of individuals whose performance has never been nothing short of outstanding. We finished 2008 in an improved position versus the prior year, and accomplished so much, including:-Editorial Awards -Editorial transformation into content dept -New Ad accounts being broken -The Most Mag Launch -Award winning re-design -Profitable digital operation growth and improvements and programs such as Best Rapper Ever, #1 Stan, etc. -Mobile VIBE launch -Micro-site development to start off.-V Sessions -Improved PR coverageUnfortunately, over the last several months, a confluence of events has obviously posed VMG to exceedingly serious challenges.The collapse of the capital markets has impacted us greatly. Over the past several months, we have actively pursued investment resources while working intensively with our bank to find a solution. But the deal market right now remains very poor and at the end of the day, the lack of investment resources to restructure the huge debt on our small company has made this outcome become a reality. The print advertising collapse hit VIBE hard, especially as key ad categories like automotive and fashion, which represented the bulk of our top 10 advertisers, have stopped advertising or gone out of business. It’s also unfortunate that in a recession many companies reduce the multi-cultural campaigns. These facts, coupled with the continuing decline of the music industry not to mention the newsstand wholesaler consolidation in early 2009 all negatively impacted our business in a significant way.The relentless economic situation has depressed our growth initiatives on the digital front. To be clear, VMG has made significant improvement in this part of our business, but not at the accelerated pace required to offset the devastating effects of the most severe recession in our lifetime and the accompanying print losses.I want to thank you all for your hard work and commitment, and for all of the adventures along the way. I’ll miss this place a lot, but I’ll miss you all and the magic you create. Vibe will be remembered as a shockingly brilliant content company that everyone can be proud of and I look forward with great excitement to all of future endeavors you all pursue. With great affection and respect—Steve RELATED: Quincy Jones Wants Vibe BackAnother music magazine has succumbed to the unfriendly ad economy. Vibe magazine is shutting down today, a spokesperson confirmed to FOLIO:.The June/July issue will be its last and the Web site will remain open for one more month, but without new content, said the spokesperson.last_img read more

first_imgJharasangam: Guru Pournima celebrations were held on a grand note at Sri Dattagiri Maharaj Ashram in Bardipur on Wednesday. Dharmapuri peetham Seer Satchidananda Saraswati attended the programme as the chief guest. He said spirituality is the basis for mental peace. He advised everyone not to indulge in altercation. He asked everyone to take part in social service.last_img

first_imgRahul Gandhi, president of India`s main opposition Congress party, addresses his supporters during a rally described as Jan Aakrosh or public anger at Ramlila ground in New Delhi, India, April 29, 2018. Photo : ReutersCongress president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said his mother and United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi is more Indian than many Indians.Replying to a question on personal attacks by prime minister Narendra Modi on him and the foreign origins of his mother, Gandhi said it shows the quality of the prime minister”.”Modi has anger inside him. He has got anger for everybody. Not only for me. I am a lightning rod of that anger. I attract that anger because he sees a threat from me. But his anger is his problem,” Gandhi said while addressing media persons here.The Congress leader said Modi makes personal attacks to distract from issues. “It’s not my problem. My problem is how to help the people of this country. I am not going to be distracted by him. I have now learnt to deal with him,” he added.Gandhi also said: “My mother has also lived larger part of her life in India. She is more Indian than many Indians I see.””My mother has sacrificed for this country, she has suffered for this country and it shows the quality of the prime minister when he makes these types of comments. It shows the quality of the man and I am happy to let him do so. If he enjoys, if he likes it… have a nice day,” he said.”Modi only wants to distract the people of Karnataka. He talks about personal attacks. He talks about all sorts of different things, except what they are going to do for the people,” Gandhi said.”When he realises he is coming into a space from where there is no escape, he distracts and creates anger. We are not going to let him distract or create anger. We are going to defeat the BJP. This is disrespectful to have the type of discussions that our Prime Minister have when it comes to this election,” he added.Replying to a question that Modi had said Congress was only raising Dalit issues, Gandhi said: “That is our job. We will defend the rights of Dalits, we will raise their issue.”Gandhi also slammed Modi for the Rafale deal and said “it was a great deal for the prime minister and his businessman friend”.”Modi said Rafale was a very good deal. I agree with him. It was a very good deal for the Prime Minister and his businessman friend, who is in Rs 45,000 crore debt, who has never built an aeroplane in his life,” said Gandhi.”They have taken away jobs from Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), the youngsters of Karnataka. Thousands and thousands of technical jobs of the highest value addition could have come to Karnataka. But Modi chose to give that deal to his friend,” he added.Gandhi further said: “He didn’t follow the procedure, he didn’t ask the Cabinet Committee on Security. He paid Rs 1,500 crore for the plane that the UPA worked out at Rs 700 crore….Absolutely smashing deal for Modi.””You can see the effects of it and the amount of money they are throwing around in the state,” the Congress President added.last_img

first_img Share MLK Battle Of The Bands Competition – Houston/FacebookMonday (Jan. 15) is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. And each year, in conjunction with the annual MLK Grande Parade, several high school marching bands from Texas and other nearby states come to Houston for the annual MLK Battle Of The Bands Competition on Sunday, Jan. 14.The competition consists of a field show (similar to University Interscholastic League marching contests) where bands play music from a variety of genres, including jazz, hip-hop, country, and rock. And the students occasionally engage in unofficial playing competitions of their own off the field.Ahead of the event this weekend, Houston Matters producer Joshua Zinn talks with Keavon Runnels, music director at Stephen F. Austin High School, which is hosting the event, and two students in the band: Maria Maldonado and Yasmine Peña.last_img read more