Sir Richard Branson To Speak At CITY Gala Fundraiser

first_imgOn Monday, February 15, 2016, Community Inspiring Today’s Youth (CITY) — a 501c3 non-profit organization that supports and mentors underserved teens and young adults in developing their own small businesses in Los Angeles — hosts its second CITY Gala Fundraiser at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles, immediately following The 58th Annual GRAMMYs.Keynote speaker is entrepreneur and philanthropist Sir Richard Branson (founder, Virgin Group), who was knighted for his “services to entrepreneurship.” Emcee for the night is Jeff Timmons of the Grammy-nominated pop group 98 Degrees. The event is an exclusive, invitation-only black tie fundraiser featuring an open bar, open buffet, honor ceremonies, live musical entertainment, a charitable poker tournament, tours of the Playboy Mansion grounds, celebrity meet and greets, as well as a live and silent auction. Sponsors include JetSmarter and AirVuz.Sir Richard Branson says, “It is my privilege to speak at CITY GALA 2016 in support of these at-risk young adults that are starting on a similar challenging entrepreneurial path as I did at their age. To see that they are successfully harnessing their potential through CITY’s 46-week micro entrepreneurship program and how they are launching their own start-up businesses, that is a true testament to the brightness that is emerging from this next generation.”CITY founder and executive director Chandra Stovall says, “We are beyond honored that Sir Richard Branson is helping us bring awareness to these young budding entrepreneurs and CITY’s business development programs. As one of the worlds most renowned and innovative business leaders, he is the perfect fit to inspire at-risk and underserved youth to take a more directed path in life.”Funds raised at the charity gala will support CITY and its non-profit programs for LA youth, as well From the Heart Productions, Fire Life Foundation, The Scheer Foundation and Supporting Our Servicemen (SOS).The first CITY Gala took place on Oscars night in 2014, featuring keynote speaker James Cameron and special guests Charlize Theron, Sean Penn, Halle Berry, Tyrese Gibson, Gene Simmons and Paris Hilton, as well as live musical entertainment provided by Ne-Yo. The event raised over $350,000 for charitable causes.For more details and event admission information, click here or email info@citygala.org.last_img read more

The truth is still out there The XFiles is coming back again

first_img Facebook Login/Register With: The truth is out there: “The X-Files” is coming back.Fox said Thursday it has ordered a second chapter of what it’s calling an “X-Files” “event series.” The 10-episode series will air during the upcoming 2017-18 TV season.The 1993-2002 drama about paranormal events and UFOs returned in 2016 for a six-episode run with stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Fox said Duchovny and Anderson will be back as Mulder and Scully for the new season from creator and executive producer Chris Carter.Production on “The X-Files” is set to begin this summer. An air date was not announced by Fox. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Khalifa Haftar’s forces press offensive on Libyan capital

first_imgTripoli: Forces backing Libya’s unity government battled to push back an offensive by strongman Khalifa Haftar on Sunday as his troops approached the gates of Tripoli after air raids overnight. Haftar’s self-proclaimed Libyan National Army, galvanised by victories in its eastern stronghold and in the country’s desert south, announced an offensive early this month to seize the capital from the UN-recognised administration of Fayez al-Sarraj. But his forces have faced fierce resistance from armed groups backing the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), including powerful factions from the western city of Misrata. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe bloodshed has derailed efforts to bring peace to a country where jihadists and people smugglers have exploited the chaos unleashed by the NATO-backed overthrow of dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011. At least 227 people have been killed since Haftar’s forces launched their offensive, the World Health Organisation said Sunday, adding that a further 1,128 have been wounded. Clashes intensified on Saturday when forces loyal to the GNA announced a counter-attack. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”We have launched a new phase of attack. Orders were given early this morning to advance and gain ground,” said Mustafa al-Mejii, a spokesman for GNA forces. Sustained rocket and shellfire could be heard in several districts of Tripoli on Saturday, after several days of less intense fighting and stalemate on the ground. Explosions were heard from the city centre overnight, and some witnesses reported air strikes. Pope Francis, delivering his traditional Easter message, called for an end to “conflict and bloodshed” that was killing “defenceless people” in Libya. “I urge the parties involved to choose dialogue over force and to avoid reopening wounds left by a decade of conflicts and political instability,” he said. Tripoli air traffic was suspended overnight to Sunday for “security reasons”, the city’s only operating airport said Sunday. At least two flights were re-routed from Mitiga airport to Misrata, more than 200 kilometres (125 miles) to the east, the airport’s authorities said on their Facebook page. They said flights had resumed early in the morning to Mitiga, east of the capital. The former military airbase was hit by an air strike on April 8, claimed by the LNA, and has since only operated between 5:00 pm and 8:00 am (1500 and 0600 GMT). The GNA counter-attack put pro-government forces back in control of Ain Zara, in the southern suburbs of Tripoli, where an AFP team confirmed pro-GNA forces had advanced, shifting the front line a few kilometres south. GNA spokesman Mejii told AFP on Sunday morning that “after a long day of military success, our forces are consolidating their (new) positions.” Some witnesses spoke of air raids and drones, but Mejii said the blasts were caused by strikes from LNA helicopters aimed at “terrorising civilians”. He said they had not caused any casualties but had taken place away from the front lines, without offering any further details. Military sources say the ageing Soviet and Russian fighter jets used by both sides are not equipped to carry out night time strikes, but Mejii said Haftar’s forces have a helicopter with night vision capabilities. The UN’s Libya envoy warned Thursday of “a widening conflagration” in the North African country. Ghassan Salame told AFP that “international divisions” prior to the assault on Tripoli had emboldened Haftar, who is backed by Russia and seen by his allies Egypt and the United Arab Emirates as a bulwark against Islamists. The White House revealed Friday that US President Donald Trump reached out personally to Haftar, as a push at the United Nations to broker a ceasefire hit trouble. A statement said that Trump “recognised Field Marshal Haftar’s significant role in fighting terrorism and securing Libya’s oil resources,” adding that “the two discussed a shared vision for Libya’s transition to a stable, democratic political system.” Observers saw Trump’s words of praise for the strongman as evidence of US support that explains Haftar’s determination to pursue his offensive to seize Tripoli. On Thursday, Russia and the United States opposed a British bid backed by France and Germany at the UN Security Council to demand a ceasefire in Libya. Russia insisted on having no criticism of Haftar in the proposed resolution, while the United States said it wanted more time to consider the situation.last_img read more

US homebuilding falls 111 pct in May but permits to build at

WASHINGTON – U.S. builders broke ground on fewer homes in May, but the pace of construction remains significantly higher than a year ago as the real estate sector increasingly reflects the stronger job market.The Commerce Department said Tuesday that housing starts last month fell 11.1 per cent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.04 million homes. Economists say that starts increased so sharply in April — surging 22 per cent to an annual rate of 1.17 million — that some giveback was inevitable in May.And in a promising sign for the months ahead, approved building permits rose increased 11.8 per cent to an annual rate of 1.28 million — the highest level since August 2007.“While the May starts data was a bit of a disappointment, the permit data was much stronger than expected suggesting starts should continue to improve in coming months, supporting job creation and the broader economy,” said Dan Greenhaus, chief strategist at the brokerage BTIG.There were fewer starts last month in all four major geographic regions: the Midwest, Northeast, South and Midwest, driven in large part by a monthly decline in the rate of apartment construction.Still, housing starts have increased 6 per cent year-to-date, aided by the spillover effects of strong job growth and relatively low mortgage rates. Construction firms appear ready to increase building activity of both houses and apartment complexes in the coming months to satisfy the growing demand for housing.Employers have added 3.1 million jobs over the past 12 months — new paychecks that are flowing into the housing market as more Americans have the income to buy new houses at a median price of roughly $300,000. Sales of new homes have climbed nearly 24 per cent year-to-date, according to a separate Commerce Department report.There are also more Americans renting. Even though job growth has accelerated, the economy has slowly crawled back over the past six years from the Great Recession. The Washington-based think-tank Urban Institute estimated in a recent report that 13 million additional households will be renting by 2030, compared with 9 million additional homeowners.But the increased demand has kept supplies tight, feeding expectations that builders will respond by breaking ground on more houses and apartment complexes in the coming months.As of April, the market for new homes had 4.8 months of supply, compared with 5.6 months a year ago. A healthy market generally contains six months’ worth of supply.Builders also have an increasingly positive outlook on sales.The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Monday rose to 59 this month, up five points from 54 the May reading. Readings above 50 indicate more builders view sales conditions as good rather than poor.Mortgage rates have started to climb, although they remain low by historic standards.The average 30-year, fixed mortgage rate was 4.04 per cent last week, according to the mortgage firm Freddie Mac. That is up from 3.87 per cent in the prior week. by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Jun 16, 2015 6:45 am MDT Last Updated Jun 16, 2015 at 10:30 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US homebuilding falls 11.1 pct. in May, but permits to build at highest level since 2007 In this Monday, June 8, 2015 photo, a worker carries a load of lumber to a new home construction site in Mechanicsville, Va. U.S. builders broke ground on fewer homes in May, but the pace of construction remains significantly higher than a year ago as the real estate sector increasingly reflects the stronger job market. (AP Photo/Steve Helber) read more

Torstar reports 2345M quarterly loss predicts another challenging year

Torstar reports $234.5M quarterly loss, predicts another challenging year TORONTO – Torstar Corp., which owns Canada’s largest circulation newspaper, predicts another challenging year after reporting a $234.5 million loss in the fourth quarter, mostly as a result of writing down the value of its newspaper businesses.The red ink included $213.3 million of non-cash items related to asset impairments at its continuing operations. Those included $130.6 million within the Metroland Media group of smaller newspapers and $70.5 million at the Star Media group, which includes the company’s flagship Toronto Star.“Metroland Media Group and Star Media Group are expected to continue to face challenges in 2016 as a result of continued shift in spending by advertising,” said the company’s executive vice-president and chief financial officer, Lorenzo DeMarchi, in a conference call with investors.Print advertising declines were moderate, he said, but it’s difficult to predict if that trend will continue this year considering the continued evolution of advertiser markets and economic volatility.Advertisers have responded positively to Star Touch, a tablet-only product from the Toronto Star that launched about five months ago, said John Cruickshank, president of Star Media Group.In January, the app cracked more than 200,000 downloads, with users reading an average of three days per week, he said. But David Holland, Torstar’s president and CEO, said growth in the app’s audience is slower than originally anticipated.The Star Touch audience is rising at a slower rate than La Presse’s app, said Cruickshank. He attributed that to the Toronto Star continuing to print a daily paper, whereas La Presse scrapped its physical edition, as well as potentially different dynamics of an English-language market compared to La Presse’s French-speaking audience.The company expects to make a net investment of about $10 million this year in Star Touch, most of it during the first half of the year. Last year, net investment spending in the app was $14 million on a pre-tax basis.The company plans to break even on the platform by 2017, said Holland.The app is part of the company’s push towards a more digital future, he said, as is their recent acquisition of VerticalScope, a North American digital media business.“We are in the midst of a meaningful transition,” he said. “We did not expect this transition to be easy, but we do believe it will ultimately prove to be very worthwhile.”The transition has included cost-cutting measures, including outsourcing the printing of the Toronto Star. The switch should create $4 million of savings this year and $10 million annually thereafter. The move is expected to result in 220 full-time and 65 part-time job cuts.The company recognized $7.5 million of restructuring and other charges in the fourth quarter, down from $10.9 million in the comparable 2014 period. The company expects 90 positions to be eliminated and $6.3 million of annualized cost savings as a result of the restructuring provisions in the fourth quarter.In total, Torstar estimates restructuring initiatives undertaken last year will produce about $22.5 million in savings in 2016.Torstar holds an investment in The Canadian Press as part of a joint agreement with a subsidiary of the Globe and Mail and the parent company of Montreal’s La Presse. by Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 2, 2016 5:09 am MDT Last Updated Mar 2, 2016 at 9:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Exports drive UK car manufacturing in November as domestic demand falters

British car manufacturing falls -4.6% in November as 161,490 cars leave UK factories.Domestic demand declines -28.1% but exports rise 1.3%.More than 1.5 million cars made this year-to-date, the majority for export to global markets. UK car manufacturing fell -4.6% in November, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 161,490 cars left British factories last month, driven by overseas orders, which rose 1.3%.In November, exports reached their highest proportion of output this year at 85.0% but production for the home market continued to falter, falling for the fourth month in a row. It dropped -28.1%, the largest decline in 2017, as consumer confidence decreased and speculation over negative government policies towards diesel affected the market.Year-to-date, more than 1.5 million cars have rolled off production lines, with nearly eight out of 10 destined for one of 160 global markets. While export volumes remain stable, production for the home market is down -9.0%, resulting in overall output falling -2.0% since January.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,Brexit uncertainty, coupled with confusion over diesel taxation and air quality plans, continues to impact domestic demand for new cars and, with it, production output. Whilst it is good to see exports grow in November, this only reinforces how overseas demand remains the driving force for UK car manufacturing. Clarity on the nature of our future overseas trading relationships, including details on transition arrangements with the EU, is vital for future growth and success.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

ExxonMobils Liza Phase 2 to produce over 200000 barrels of oil

ExxonMobil said today it has funded the Liza Phase 2 development offshore Guyana after it received government and regulatory approvals.Liza Phase 2 will produce up to 220,000 barrels of oil per day and further capitalize on the significant development potential of the Stabroek Block, where ExxonMobil estimates producing more than 750,000 barrels of oil per day by 2025.A total of six drill centers are planned as well as approximately 30 wells, including 15 production, nine water injection and six gas injection wells. Phase 2 startup is expected in mid-2022 and will develop approximately 600 million barrels of oil. Liza Phase 2 is expected to cost $6 billion, including a lease capitalization cost of approximately $1.6 billion, for the Liza Unity floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel.“With the government of Guyana and our partners, ExxonMobil is bringing industry-leading upstream capabilities to build upon Phase 1 and further develop the shared value of Guyana’s resources,” said Liam Mallon, president of ExxonMobil Upstream Oil & Gas Company. “We are actively pursuing significant development potential from numerous discoveries in the Stabroek Block.”Liza Phase 1 remains on track to achieve first oil by the first quarter of 2020. It will produce up to 120,000 barrels of oil per day at peak rates utilizing the Liza Destiny FPSO, which is expected to arrive offshore Guyana in the third quarter of 2019.Pending government and regulatory approvals, a final investment decision is expected later this year for a third phase of development, Payara, which is expected to produce between 180,000 and 220,000 barrels per day with startup as early as 2023. ExxonMobil is evaluating additional development potential in other areas of the Stabroek Block, including at the Turbot area and Hammerhead.By the end of 2019 ExxonMobil will have four drillships operating offshore Guyana. Following well completion activities at the recently announced Yellowtail discovery, the Noble Tom Madden will move to the Hammerhead-2 well. The Stena Carron is completing a well test at the Longtail-1 discovery, and will then move to the Hammerhead-3 well.Later in 2019, the Stena Carron will drill a second well at the Ranger discovery. The Noble Bob Douglas drillship is completing development drilling operations for Liza Phase 1. ExxonMobil will add another exploration drillship, the Noble Don Taylor, in the fourth quarter of 2019.As the projects proceed, the partners’ investment in the Guyanese economy continues to increase. The number of Guyanese nationals supporting project activities more than doubled in 2018 to more than 1,000. ExxonMobil and its co-venturers spent nearly $60 million with more than 500 Guyanese vendors in 2018. More than 1,500 Guyanese companies are registered with the Centre for Local Business Development, which was founded by ExxonMobil and its co-venturers in 2017 with the mission of supporting local businesses to become globally competitive.The Stabroek Block is 6.6 million acres, or 26,800 square kilometers. Current discovered recoverable resources are estimated at more than 5.5 billion barrels of oil equivalent. The 13 discoveries on the block to date have established the potential for at least five FPSO vessels producing more than 750,000 barrels of oil per day by 2025. ExxonMobil affiliate Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited is operator and holds 45 percent interest in the Stabroek Block. Hess Guyana Exploration Ltd. holds 30 percent interest and CNOOC Petroleum Guyana Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CNOOC Limited, holds 25 percent interest. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedExxonMobil forges ahead with US$4.4 B Liza Phase 1 developmentJune 16, 2017In “Business”Environmental Impact Assessment for Liza Phase 2 underway- ExxonJanuary 18, 2018In “Business”5.5 billion barrels of oil from Stabroek Block – ExxonMobilMarch 7, 2019In “Business” read more

Pres Granger meets with diplomats on Guyanas political situation

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDiplomatic Community urges respect of CCJ rulingJune 18, 2019In “latest news”Int’l community urges ‘expeditious’ adherence to CCJ ordersJuly 15, 2019In “latest news”Pres. Granger says there is no deadline for electionsJuly 25, 2019In “latest news” President David Granger, this morning, addressed members of the Diplomatic Corps on the current political situation in Guyana.The event was held at State House. Members of Diplomatic Community The diplomatic community has been following with keen intent the political situation in Guyana, particularly in light of the rulings of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ).On June 18, 2019 – following the court ruling validating that the government was defeated by a no-confidence motion – the diplomatic community urged that the ruling be respected.A joint statement was issued by the United States Ambassador to Guyana Sarah-Ann Lynch, the United Kingdom High Commissioner Greg Quinn, the High Commissioner of Canada Lilian Chatterjee and head of the EU delegation Jernej Videtič.Then on July 15, 2019, several other members issued another statement urging compliance with the CCJ orders – that the Constitution of Guyana be followed.A joint statement was issued by the United States, Great Britain, and the European Union. read more

Israel Ramat Hasharon show comeback signs

Hapoel’s city rivals and the leaders, Maccabi Rishon LeZion made and easy job for themselves and beat H.C Beer Sheba 31:20 after quick 11:3 lead. Saar Frenkel’s stay with 100% league wins. From the 2nd place, Hapoel Ashdod beat Bnei Herzliya 34:20 with 7 goals by Dor Kalderon. In The bottom of the table, Hapoel Ramat Gan lost again – 23:25 to Maccabi Kiryat Motzkin and H.C Holon beat Hapoel Kiryat Ono 33:25. SGS Ramat Hasharon has started the season with the club’s biggest budget ever. But very bad performances led the management to change the head coach and bring the israeli national team assistant coach, Assaf Levy. On Friday he had his first major test with the struggling chmpions, Hapoel Rishon LeZion. It was balanced match until the 43th minute, when the reds led by 16:17 with a great performance by the bosnian goalkeeper – Pedja Dejanovic.  ← Previous Story French “blackout” in Hamburg set new negative record – 38 goals for 60 minutes! Next Story → HANDBALL TV MANIA: Almost 12.000.000 in Germany, 2.600.000 in France! Photo credit: Hadar Van Colle, Israel Handball Federation H.C Ness Ziona conquered the 4th place again after 26:23 on Ironi Rehovot. The orange tigers took a 18:13 lead in the beginning of the second half and that was too much for Rehovot. On Monday: 19:30 – Hapoel Rishon LeZion – Hapoel Ramat Gan, Maccabi Rishon LeZion – Ironi Rehovot, 20:00 – Maccabi Kiryat Motzkin – Ironi Rehovot, H.C Ness Ziona – Hapoel Ashdod, 20:30 – Bnei Herzliya – H.C Holon, Hapoel Kiryat Ono – SGS Ramat Hasharon. From that moment on – great offensive play by Levy’s players was too much for the champions. Ramat Hasharon scored easy goals because of pathetic mistakes by the reds and won 28:21. Written by Dean Shmuel Elmas read more

Paula Ungureanu to leave CSM Bucharest

← Previous Story Israel: The playoffs started without surprises Next Story → FC Barcelona avoid defeat in Logrono – Who will be No.2 in Spain? Legendary Romanian goalkeeper Paula Ungureanu has decided to leave the most ambitious project in Romanian handball CSM Bucharest. The 39-years old goalkeeper will change t-shirt after three years in Bucharest.“It is a beautiful stage of my career, which I am very proud of. I decided it was time for me to go to another project, but, naturally, CSM Bucharest will remain part of my heart. I want to thank all the people I worked with here and the fans of the team because they have always made us feel like we are the plus that any band needs! “ – said Paula Ungureanu.UNGUREANU’S CAREER: 1998–2002Rulmentul Brașov 2002–2004Universitatea Remin Deva YearsTeam 2016–CSM București 2004–2006Hypo Niederösterreich CSM BucharestPaula Ungureanu 2013–2016HCM Baia Mare 2008–2009Podravka Koprivnica 2006–2008Dunaferr NK 2009–2013Oltchim Râmnicu Vâlcea read more

AEK Athens are the first finalists of Struga 2019

← Previous Story YOUTH WCh 2019 semi-final! Egypt and Portugal repeat success of Junior teams! Next Story → Jose Toledo had knee surgery – RK Vardar next three months without Brazilian aek athens handballStruga 2019 tournamentStruga handball tournament AEK Athens are the first finalists of the traditional 47th tournament in Struga, North Macedonia.The Greek vice-champios won two matches of Group B against domestic team RK Butel 25:21 and the ninth team of Swedish championship in the last season – Eskilstuna Guif 31:30 to ensure the first position and the final match on Saturday where the rival will be the better from RK Eurofarm Rabotnik – RK Struga clash.Here is the decisive moment of the clash AEK – Eskilstuna (31:30) and wasted chance for draw in the last attack of the Swedish team… read more

Porto Sofarma win Portuguese Super Cup 2019

Belenenses 2013Sporting CP33–32aetPorto Benfica Porto handballPorto Sofarmaportuguese handball 1990Benfica Benfica 1993ABC Braga Madeira SAD 1994Benfica Not played (1997 season) 1991ABC Braga Not played (1984–89 seasons) 1992ABC Braga 2012Benfica29–26Sporting CP 2017ABC Braga26–21Sporting CP Sporting CP 1996ABC Braga 1999ABC Braga 1998Sporting CP 2018Benfica29–24Sporting CP Benfica ABC Braga 2011Benfica28–20Águas Santas 2003Porto31–28Águas Santas Sporting CP 2010Porto29–28Belenenses 2002Sporting CP18–16Porto Sporting CP 2001Porto 2014Porto29–28Sporting CP 2016Benfica25–24ABC Braga ABC Braga Not played (2004–09 seasons) FC Porto Sofarma have won the first trophy in the new season of Portuguese handball. The team coached by Magnus Andersson won the Super Cup by beating Aguas Santas 28:22 (14:12) in the opener of the season.This was the first Super Cup trophy for the Portuguese champions since 2014 and the seventh in total.The new season in Portugal will be very interesting as three teams, beside Porto, Benfica SL and Sporting CP have championship ambitions.Here are the list of Super Cup matches in Portugal since 1983. 2015ABC Braga26–24Porto ABC Braga 1983Belenenses 2000Porto 1995Porto ← Previous Story RK Vardar and FC Barca Lassa for complete IHF Super Globe 2019 semi-final Next Story → Aalborg Handbold win Danish Super Cup 2019 read more

EHF Champions Leugue winners with 1000000 EUR prize from season 20202021

← Previous Story PSG Handball win French Super Cup 2019 Next Story → Kasper Sondegaard to retire in summer 2020 The men’s EHF Champions League 2020/2021 will be played in the new system with only 16 teams instead of 28, how it is now.The European Handball Federation has prepared the new system alongside new budget for the teams which will enter competition, winners, etc.The new EHF Champions League winners should receive prize of 1.000.000 EUR in total. EHF Champions League

10 of the greatest Robin Williams quotes to live by

first_imgROBIN WILLIAMS, BELOVED star of films like Mrs Doubtfire, Aladdin and Dead Poets Society, has died at the age of 63. Yesterday, the world lost a brilliant comedian, actor, and childhood hero to many.A great deal of the characters he portrayed on screen are famed for their way with words, and Williams wasn’t too shabby himself. Here are some of his most memorable quotes.On confrontation: Williams in 1977 Source: AP/Press Association ImagesNever pick a fight with an ugly person, they’ve got nothing to lose.On crowd-pleasing comedy: Williams and his daughter Zelda in 2009 Source: AP/Press Association ImagesWhen in doubt, just go for the d**k joke.On the male brain: Williams with the Denver Broncos cheerleaders in 1979 Source: AP/Press Association ImagesSee, the problem is that God gives men a brain and a penis, and only enough blood to run one at a time. On God: Source: Chordewa66/YouTubeDo you think God gets stoned? I think so… look at the platypus.On success: Source: EMPICS EntertainmentFrom his wonderful 1998 Oscars speech, which you can watch in full here.Most of all I want to thank my father, up there, the man who when I said I wanted to be an actor, he said, “Wonderful. Just have a back-up profession like welding.”On his battle with alcoholism: Source: AP/Press Association ImagesAfter I quit drinking, I realised I am the same asshole I always was; I just have fewer dents in my car.On finding your way: With Jeff Goldblum and Billy Crystal in 2006. Three legends. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesWhat’s right is what’s left if you do everything else wrong.On performance: Source: The Canadian Press/Press Association ImagesStand-up is the place where you can do things that you could never do in public. Once you step on stage you’re licensed to do that. It’s an understood relationship. You walk on stage – it’s your job.On staying true to yourself: Source: AP/Press Association ImagesYou’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.And on the concept of death: Source: AP/Press Association ImagesDeath is nature’s way of saying, “Your table is ready.”More: Remembering Robin Williams (1951-2014)>You have four more Robin Williams films to look forward to>last_img read more

When it comes to state tenders there is a fear of small

first_imgThe Eircode system, officially announced in April, has already met with significant resistance from stakeholders, before its planned implementation in the spring.The Freight Transport Association of Ireland (FTAI), for example, has expressed concerns about the new system, and written to new Communications Minister Alex White to that effect.FTAI General Manager Neil McDonnell told TheJournal.ie today that Eircode needed to be “reviewed by a technically competent person”, at the very least.A spokesperson for the Department of Communications did not respond to requests for comment in time for publication.Read: Here’s what Ireland’s new system of postcodes will look like>Top tips on winning public contracts if you are an SME> Gary Delaney, director of GPS Ireland and Loc8 CodeThe complex, labyrinthine three-year experience has left Gary Delaney with a few, distinct impressions.Firstly, he argues that the government must follow its own guidelines for best practice, specifically the notable “10/10 Circular”, which was distributed by Finance Department Assistant Secretary Robert Watt in August 2010.It lays out nine major ways in which the public procurement process can “facilitate SME participation.”“These must go from guidelines to regulations,” said Delaney.Secondly, he is troubled by the fact that the tender process for Eircode excluded an Irish SME that was “already working with the state.” The decision to implement a minimum criterion for annual turnover is consistent with law and justified both in terms of the nature of  the procurement and the demands which will be made of a postcode management licence holder… Excerpts from the European Commission’s letter to the Irish governmentWhat this means is that the preliminary questionnaire for companies bidding for the Eircode tender breached EU regulations by not allowing small businesses to consolidate their expertise and revenues above the €40 million minimum, for the purpose of a consortium bid.This point had earlier been rejected by the Department of Communications, in response to a complaint brought by Delaney after the opening of the Eircode tender in January 2011.In a letter sent to Delaney in February that year, and seen by TheJournal.ie, the department said the following: THE IRISH OWNER of a leading GPS company has accused the government of having “a fear of small businesses”, after he was blocked from bidding for the controversial new national postcode system Eircode, for having an annual turnover of less than €40 million.Gary Delaney, director of GPS Ireland and Loc8 Code, told TheJournal.ie that Ireland’s public procurement system needs immediate change, and that it puts SMEs at a disadvantage, despite EU regulations and the government’s own best practice guidelines.The Cork businessman was responding to a letter sent by the European Commission to the Irish government, and seen by TheJournal.ie, which warned that the Eircode tender process violated an EU directive.The letter also asked that Irish authorities take steps to “avoid similar errors” and report back to the Commission. And yet when it came to designing a national address code, we didn’t get a look-in.Among those private sector partners is none other than Garmin, the world-leading GPS company, which uses Delaney’s address codes in Ireland.Thirdly, it has strengthened his conviction that if the government is serious about getting small companies involved in public procurement, then tenders can and should be sub-divided into smaller, discreet projects.center_img When it comes to state tenders, there is a fear of small businesses. There has been a failure to recognise that major tenders can be broken down into parts to engage SMEs. Loc8 Code has been used by An Post, it has been used by the HSE for its major emergency planning, it has been used by several local authorities, and it has been used by a number of commercial entities. The use of a minimum turnover limit…does not preclude SMEs from participation as consortium members.The EU Commission, despite finding a breach on the part of the Irish state, claims it is barred from launching an “infringement procedure” itself, and has suggested to Delaney that he request a review of the tender within Ireland.The 10-year contract was, in the end, awarded to Capita Ireland in January of this year, and the new national postcode system is set to be in place by Spring 2015.last_img read more

Those anti dog poo messages on beaches in Co Clare are working

first_imgIF YOU TAKE your dog for a walk at two Co Clare beaches don’t be surprised if you hear a voice in your ear telling you to make sure you pooch doesn’t poo on the sand.No seriously, last month Clare County Council installed an audio system at beaches in Kilkee and Lahinch that broadcast some anti-dog poo messages like: “Respect the Banner and keep Lahinch clean”, “Bin your litter or take it home” and “Always pick up after your dog and enjoy your walk.”Before you poo poo the idea, listen to the vice-chair of the council Tony O’Brien who says that the idea seems to be working.“The devices have been installed since 16 July and early figures suggest that they are already helping to change people’s behaviour. There has been a 50% reduction in dog fouling in Kilkee, while incidences of dog fouling have more than halved in Lahinch,” he reports.“It is becoming socially unacceptable for people to litter or to leave dog foul on the footpath, and people want to lend their support to such devices.”Clare County Council take the lead in providing up to date dog stats and says that there were 1,472 dogs at Lahinch beach in just one week last month. Kilkee also proves popular with 1,008 dogs in the same period.But the council digs even deeper, measuring peak times for dog walking in ‘dogs per hour’. Lahinch seems to get the most dog walking action between 7-8pm with 20 dogs per hour.Kilkee owners like to walk dogs a little earlier with a peak 15 dogs per hour between 3-5pm.So there, your completely non-official fact of the day, dog walking is measured in ‘dph’, remember it.Read: The government must do more… to deal with dog poo >Read: A small town in America have elected a dog as their mayor >last_img read more

First national youthled campaign in support of pill testing launched in Australia

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Young Australians have launched a campaign calling on politicians to introduce pill testing in a bid to prevent drug overdose.The first national campaign of its kind, #BeHeardNotHarmed was launched last month at Melbourne nightclub Revolver by Students for Sensible Drug Policy, Australia’s youth drug law reform organisation.With Australians being the highest consumers of ecstasy, coordinator of Harm Victoria’s Dancewize program Stephanie Tzanetis says it is clear that Australia’s punitive approach to drug use is not working. While Dancewize does not condone drug use, it also doesn’t condemn it, and says pill testing is all about helping to minimise the risk.“The reality is, Australia has one of the, if not the, largest illicit drug-taking community in the world. What we are wanting to do is to take a pragmatic approach to try to give people balanced information about the risks involved, and try to get people to modify their behaviour, even just slightly, so they’re less likely to run into harm,” Ms Tzanetis told Neos Kosmos.According to the National Drug Strategy Household Survey last published in 2017, about 8.5 million Australians aged 14 or older had used an illicit drug in their lifetime, 11.2 per cent having used ecstasy.Citing the United State’s prohibition of alcohol in the 1920s, Ms Tzanetis says evidence shows a zero tolerance approach often has the opposite effect, instead strengthening criminal networks, with consumers less likely to access health services.George Hatzimanolis, Manager for Youth and Family Services at Odyssey House Victoria, says the conversation around pill testing is long overdue.While some opponents of pill testing have raised concerns it may inadvertently give people the green light to try drugs, which could lead to experimentation with heavier drugs, leading to more instances of drug abuse, Mr Hatzimanolis disagrees.Having worked with people suffering from drug addictions for 17 years, he says it is important to identify the type of drug user at the centre of the conversation.“Most young people that use drugs at festivals are what we call ‘recreational drug users’. They’re not your stereotypical drug user that the media portrays. These young people, most of them are still living at home with parents, are usually uni students, or have full-time employment, and they use maybe monthly, fortnightly, and or only at festivals,” he explains.“Most would save their money, buy a pill or two, put those in their pocket, and walk towards the festival. Usually there are police dogs that are present, which frightens a lot of people. The logical thing to do I guess is to dispose of your drugs … but if they’re pills, they just swallow the whole lot. So when you look at the issue, it’s about minimising risk.”REDUCING RISKSWhile Mr Hatzimanolis agrees with pill testing, he says other services need to be offered alongside, including counsellors and educators, as well as giving out pamphlets with information and even a wrist band with a phone number to call in case of an emergency.The type of pill testing being advocated for in Australia includes GC-MS technology. It can give a rather definitive answer as to what the compounds are, so long as they are not less than five per cent, Ms Tzanetis explains.Despite this however, pill testing is by no means a guarantee that the user will experience no harm, as there are a number of individual factors to consider. They include a person’s physiology and psychology at the time of use, as well as the general setting and even the temperature on the day – risks increase once temperatures hit 30 degrees celsius and above.“The thing that we don’t ever want to do when we’re delivering a pill testing service, is give some kind of guarantee,” says Ms Tzanetis.“The safest way not to experience drug related harm is not to use a drug. But the reality is a lot of people are using drugs, so we want to respond to the reality of the situation rather than simply continuing to say ‘Don’t use drugs’. So there’s always a disclaimer that there will be a risk.”She says the most important thing about the pill testing service is actually having face-to-face contact with people.“It’s like a tool of engagement to be able to go to someone and say ‘Well you think you have this in front of you, and the person that provided it for you might genuinely believe that’s what they gave you. But did you know that it also contains something like cement? Or something that’s really high risk?’ And so the results are surprising.“If we were to simply say ‘Don’t do drugs’, you lose someone; they’re not willing to listen because their experiences and the experiences of their friends are proving differently – most of the time they are alright, but really they’re taking a risk, and we want to reduce the instances of harm.”An Irish Pill testing machine demonstrated by Dr David Caldicott, an Irish Emergency Consultant, living and working in Canberra, and the designer of Australia’s first government-sanctioned pill testing program at a demonstration on the sidelines of Splendour In the Grass, Northern New South Wales, Saturday, July 20, 2019. Photo: AAP Image/Regi VargheseOTHER EXAMPLESPill testing has been successfully used abroad for years. It was first introduced as a government sanctioned initiative in The Netherlands, where it has been running for almost 30 years, while Belgium recently reached 20 years of drug testing. Today there are 11 different countries in the EU, as well as the UK, Canada, parts of the USA and New Zealand.Australia has so far had two pill testing trials at music festivals, both of which have shown the benefits.The Greens have gotten behind the campaign, seeing the matter as a health issue and a means to save lives, with the Liberals and Labor party not yet fully on board.So what will be the outcome if Australia doesn’t get on board, and continue to take the approach it is currently?Ms Tzanetis says we need only look to the opioid crisis currently unfolding in North America, where the death toll from opioids far exceeds the road toll; of 70,200 overdose deaths in 2017, 47,600 involved opioids.“That has been created because of novel psychoactive substances like opioid analogues that are very strong, and they’re adulterating the entire illicit drug market,” she explains.The Penington Institute released a report last month, revealing that in Australia the rate of preventable drug overdoses has been increasing steadily over the last 10 years.“So the more money we’re throwing at taking a zero tolerance approach and trying to stop everyone from using drugs, it hasn’t been working – in fact it does the opposite to what you intend. So you may completely disagree with people using drugs at all, but we can all agree that we want to avoid drug-related harm and deaths. What we want to do is what actually works, and it might seem counterintuitive for some people if they’re not familiar with harm reduction strategies, but when you actually give people credible information that is balanced about the risks, they’re more likely to modify their behaviour in a way that they’re less likely to experience harm. And that’s what pill testing does.”last_img read more

Pourquoi les poils pubiens sontils bouclés

first_imgPourquoi les poils pubiens sont-ils bouclés ?Vous avez sans doute remarqué : que vos cheveux soient bruns, blonds ou roux, raides comme des baguettes, bouclés ou frisés, en matière de poils pubiens, la diversité est bien moins riche. Si la couleur varie facilement, ces poils sont eux le plus souvent bouclés. Mais pourquoi ?L’homme est loin de faire partie des espèces animales les plus poilues (du moins à l’exception de quelques spécimens) mais n’en déplaise à certains, certaines parties de notre corps se recouvrent d’une pilosité inévitable. C’est le cas des aisselles, des jambes, du menton (pour ces messieurs) mais aussi des parties intimes, dans la région du pubis (d’où le nom). Un endroit où le poil semble respecter ses propres règles.En effet, que vous ayez les cheveux blonds, bruns ou roux, il est possible que vos poils pubiens ne suivent pas la tendance. Plus intriguant, que vous ayez les cheveux raides comme des baguettes, légèrement bouclés ou crépus, ces poils eux, semblent toujours adopter une forme bouclée. Pourquoi ? A vrai dire, les scientifiques n’ont pas totalement élucidé le mystère mais quelques théories semblent apporter une réponse.Les poils pubiens, un symbole de maturité sexuelle “Tant qu’il y a pelouse, il y a match”. Le proverbe n’est pas d’une grande classe mais il a le mérité d’illustrer une partie du propos : les poils pubiens sont un symbole de maturité sexuelle. Et pour cause, chez les filles comme chez les garçons, c’est à l’âge de la puberté que les premiers poils font leur apparition sur les organes génitaux. Ce qui démarre comme un simple duvet s’affirme au fil des années devenant une véritable pilosité.A l’approche de l’âge adulte, les poils deviennent plus longs, plus épais, bien que ceci varie d’une personne à l’autre. Quand certains arborent une vraie toison, chez d’autres, les poils forment davantage une fine couche éparse. L’origine du processus n’a rien de secret : c’est la production des hormones, augmentant dès la puberté, qui déclenche l’apparition des poils pubiens et favorise plus ou moins leur développement.Mais qu’en est-il de leur forme particulière alors ? Eh bien, selon les théories, cette forme bouclée pourrait s’avérer utile de différentes façons une fois l’âge des rapports sexuels venu. De la protection au diffuseur de phéromones L’une des théories pour expliquer la forme des poils pubiens suggère que celle-ci permettrait de protéger les parties intimes. Plus épais et bouclés, les poils formeraient en effet une sorte de couche de protection en cas de rapports sexuels. Car qui dit coït, dit frictions plus ou moins prononcées qui peuvent entrainer à terme irritations voire lésions cutanées.   Une autre théorie évoque elle, le rôle des phéromones, ces substances chimiques qui agissent comme des messagers entre les individus. Selon certains spécialistes, la forme courbée des poils pubiens permettrait à ces derniers de retenir avec plus d’efficacité les phéromones émises par les glandes apocrines situées au niveau de l’aine. De quoi augmenter le pouvoir d’attraction ! Enfin, une dernière théorie explique que la toison intime pourrait protéger contre les bactéries. Le problème est que si ces théories paraissent convaincantes, pour le moment, aucune n’a été confirmée avec certitude. Mais les tendances actuelles permettent d’y apporter un peu plus de crédit. Non aux poils, oui aux infections ? Aujourd’hui, beaucoup ont déclaré une véritable guerre aux poils pubiens jusqu’à privilégier l’épilation intégrale, chez ces dames comme ces messieurs d’ailleurs. Une tendance qui, si elle a fait son chemin, est loin d’être sans conséquences comme en ont alerté les médecins. L’épilation intégrale favoriserait en effet non seulement les irritations mais aussi les infections.À lire aussiPourquoi l’eau des océans est-elle salée ?Sans parler des blessures engendrées par des rasages et des épilations maladroites ! Une étude menée en 2013 à l’Université de Californie de San Diego a constaté qu’entre 2002 et 2017, le nombre de mésaventures incluant une guerre contre les poils intimes avait été multiplié par cinq. Ainsi, dans 83% des blessures péniennes, un rasoir était impliqué ! 22% était à attribuer à des ciseaux…Protection ou diffuseur de phéromones, vos poils pubiens sont donc bien plus utiles que vous ne pensez. Autant d’éléments qui devraient vous convaincre de leur laisser au moins un peu de liberté. Rassurez-vous, même si vous les laissez tranquille, vos poils ne pousseront pas indéfiniment, à une certaine longueur, ils sont génétiquement programmés pour arrêter de pousser. Et voilà, vous savez tout !Le 24 septembre 2018 à 18:07 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

AMS Transportation Study Finds US Infrastructure Improvements Critical to Maintaining Competitive Edge

first_imgThe Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Transportation Division released a study in September, examining how improved Brazilian infrastructure and the continuing decline of U.S.  infrastructure impacts the U.S. soybean exports and global market share.According to the study, although the U.S. is still the dominant country in the world soybean market, the U.S. market share of soybean world trade is declining.“This study quantifies the decline that results from changes in ocean freight rates and Brazil’s infrastructure development. The results suggest that the U.S. world market share could further decline by 20 percentage points without improvements in the U.S. infrastructure from the farm to the port,” the report states. “A decline of 1 percent in the U.S. soybean market share is equivalent to $500 million lost in export sales, based on a world soybean trade volume of 100 million metric tons and today’s price of soybeans.  Market shares for the United States, Argentina, and Brazil converge and reach equilibrium over the study period, despite the variability of the ocean freight rates.”The study states while Brazil can import production technology and increase planted area to expand exports, its capacity is limited without a transportation system that includes all major modes (truck, rail, barge and ocean vessel) utilized by the U.S.“The multivariate sensitivity analysis results indicate that in the long run, the United States, Brazil, and Argentina market shares depend on the countries’ exporting capacity, which in turn depends on the underlying technology and infrastructure from farm to port and—in the case of the world soybean market—the competitiveness of ocean freight rates,” the study states. “It also can be concluded from the sensitivity analysis that the United States’ infrastructural improvements are critical for maintaining its competitiveness in the world soybean market. Improved U.S. infrastructure would result in an increase in market share, more competitive U.S. exports, and higher income to farmers.”ASA plans to use the results of the study in advocacy efforts to maintain and modernize the U.S. infrastructure system. Click here to see the entire study.last_img read more

WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS Topsfield Fair Tickets Available At Recreation Office Until September

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Get Discounted Admission Tickets To 8 AttractionsIn “Community”WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Topsfield Ticket Sale Ends SOON; Rec Basketball League Deadline Is October 5In “Community”Wilmington Rec Selling Topsfield Fair Tickets; Has Openings In Vollyeball, Upholstery Workshop & MoreIn “Community” WILMINGTON, MA — Come on in to get your Topsfield Fair tickets!The Wilmington Recreation Department has admission and ride tickets for sale until noon on Thursday, September 27.Admission tickets cost $11 each (these can be used any day that the Fair is open) and are valid for anyone age 8 and up. Ride tickets cost $25 for a book of 10 rides.To purchase these tickets, stop by the Recreation Office in Town Hall (Room 8). The Office is open from Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Wilmington Recreation Department.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.last_img read more