Real life hero confronts bike thief and wins

first_imgTHIS NEW YORKER was going about his business on a normal day when he saw a man remove a wheel from a bike and walk away.The man didn’t look like the owner of the bike, so the passer-by decided to take him on.  And he won. Source: greglooNow, where is Ireland’s bike ninja?6 people who made a balls of things on last night’s Celebrity Apprentice>8 outrageous quotes from Kanye West’s BBC interview>last_img

120 scientifiques sélèvent contre le gaz de schiste au Québec

first_img120 scientifiques s’élèvent contre le gaz de schiste au Québec120 chercheurs et professeurs de plusieurs universités québécoises se sont réunis pour protester contre l’exploitation du gaz de schiste dans la province francophone canadienne. Tous réclament un moratoire, qu’ils estiment être une “mesure d’urgence”.Il y a trois ans, d’importantes réserves de gaz de schiste ont été découvertes dans la vallée du Saint-Laurent. Plusieurs firmes ont alors obtenu l’autorisation des les explorer, et une trentaine de puits ont été creusés. En raison des inquiétudes des écologistes et des riverains face à la dangerosité de l’exploitation de ce gaz enfermé dans des roches perméables, le ministre de l’Environnement de la province, Pierre Arcand, a commandé un rapport au Bureau d’audiences publiques en environnement (BAPE) qui a lancé à l’automne dernier une importante consultation sur le sujet. Une étude dont les conclusions viennent d’être publiées, préconisant une évaluation environnementale plus poussée.À lire aussiPourquoi l’hélium change-t-il la voix ?”Le Québec se doit d’approfondir l’expertise sur le plan technique et scientifique, notamment en matière de géologie, d’hydro-géologie, de traitement des eaux usées, d’aménagement du territoire et de cohabitation harmonieuse avec la population”, a souligné le ministre, cité par le Figaro. Mais les chercheurs québécois réunis dans un collectif demandent plus. Ils réclament un moratoire interdisant l’exploitation du gaz de schiste dans le province, une filière qui ne “rencontre aucun critère d’acceptabilité”, estiment-ils dans un communiqué rapporté par le site Cyberpresse. La technique utilisée pour extraire ce gaz, la fracturation hydraulique, “porte atteinte à la qualité de l’eau et de l’air et pose des risques pour la santé et la sécurité des populations et des écosystèmes. Elle s’avère peu rentable et pourra même coûter cher à notre société” alertent les scientifiques.Cette méthode est déjà pratiquée aux Etats-Unis et au Canada, où elle crée la polémique, et suscite aussi des inquiétudes en France où des autorisations de prospection ont été accordées il y a près d’un an par le ministère de l’Environnement. Celui-ci vient de suspendre ces autorisations, dans l’attente des conclusions d’une étude sur l’impact environnemental de l’exploitation du gaz de schiste, visant à déterminer s’il est possible ou non d’utiliser une méthode d’extraction “propre”.Le 9 mars 2011 à 17:15 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Geek Deals Save 230 on Alienware Gaming Desktop Samsung EVO 128GB MicroSDXC

first_imgNeed a new gaming rig? Walmart is currently offering a killer deal on the six-core Alienware Aurora gaming desktop. For a limited time, you can save 16 percent off the sticker price. 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and moreNeato Botvac D3 Wi-Fi Laser Navigating Robot Vacuum for $239.99 at Walmart (List price: $399.99).Eufy RoboVac 11S Slim Self-Charging Robotic Vacuum for $199.99 at Amazon (Coupon code: Clip $30 Coupon – List price: $229.99).Eufy RoboVac 30 Self-Charging Robotic Vacuum for $214.98 at Amazon (List price: $269.99).iRobot Roomba 980 Wi-Fi Smart Robotic Vacuum for $699 at Walmart (List price: $899.99).Anova Sous Vide 800W Bluetooth Precision Cooker Immersion Circulator for $79.99 at Amazon (List price: $149).Masterbuilt 30-inch Digital Electric Smoker for $120.65 at Amazon (List price: $203.51).Gooloo 500A Peak 10000mAh QC 3.0 Portable Power Bank Car Jump Starter (Up to 4.5L Gas or 2.5L Diesel Engine) for $29.99 at Amazon (Coupon code: EYD9G5L9 – List price: $49.99).Walker’s Razor Slim Electronic Hearing Protection Ear Muffs for $34.99 at Amazon (List price: $45.81).Chef’s Choice 15 Trizor XV EdgeSelect Professional Electric Knife Sharpener for $99.99 at Amazon (List price: $210).Arctic King 9,100BTU Remote Control Portable Air Conditioner for $269 at Walmart (List price: $458).Mpow Solar Outdoor Motion Activated Security Wide Angle 20-LED Light (4-Pack) for $28.99 at Amazon (Coupon code: 8AX5FP7D – List price: $45.99).eufy Lumos 9W 60W-Equiv A19 Soft White (2700K) Wi-Fi Smart LED Bulb (2-Pack) for $25.99 at Amazon (List price: $34.99).Tacklife 20V MAX 1/2-inch Cordless Drill Driver Set with Hammer Function for $57.39 at Amazon (Coupon code: CQTMLPD2 – List price: $69.99).DEKOPRO 168 Piece Socket Wrench Tool Kit for $55.99 at Amazon (Coupon code: JZZSS7KD – List price: $79.99).Tacklife 3-Piece Universal Socket Set for $5.92 at Amazon (Coupon code: URNMKOG9 – List price: $8.97).For more great deals go to TechBargains.last_img read more

Miss Teen TCI Malique Ferrette home now

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Massive 8.2 earthquake rocks Mexico and Guatemala; 32 people dead. Recommended for you Miss Teen TCI Contestants to be unveiled Related Items:guatemala, malique ferette, miss photogenic, miss teen Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 11 Feb 2015 – She is back! After a show stopping performance and representation at the Miss Teen Universe pageant in Guatemala City, Guatemala, Malique Ferrette is returned to Turks and Caicos yesterday. The Miss Teen TCI organization called it a series of unfortunate events which delayed Miss Ferrette getting back more quickly; a volcano erupted in Guatemala and forced the airport’s closure, grounding flights and making even next day connections home nearly impossible for the teen and the contingent, which included her mother. The first title holder for the country not only earned best face with the Miss Photogenic award at the Saturday night contest, but was dynamite in drama getting the longest time to put on her talent at the show – her focus on domestic violence. See photos of Malique at the Miss Teen TCI Facebook page; also on hand to greet Malique upon her return, Miss Universe Turks and Caicos, another stand out, Shanice Williams. Miss Teen TCI Malique lovely in Guatemala Citylast_img read more

Pandora Shareholders Approve Takeover by Sirius XM And Pandora CEO Roger Lynch

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Pandora Media’s stockholders approved Sirius XM’s proposed takeover, and with the deal set to close shortly Roger Lynch will be out as Pandora’s CEO.Lynch will exit once the deal officially closes, the company announced after the shareholder vote Tuesday. Sirius XM CEO Jim Meyer will lead the combined company, which brings together Pandora’s music and audio streaming business and Sirius XM’s core satellite-radio business. Lynch was named CEO in September 2017 after heading Dish Network’s Sling TV.In addition to Lynch’s departure, other senior Pandora execs also exiting include general counsel Steve Bene, CFO Naveen Chopra, and chief human resources officer Kristen Robinson.Sirius XM’s all-stock acquisition of Pandora, first announced in September, is expected to “close shortly” subject to customary closing conditions, according to Pandora. Originally valued at $3.5 billion, the deal is now worth less than $3 billion with the decline in Sirius’ stock since it was announced. Back in November, Lynch — in announcing third-quarter 2018 earnings — had said, “I couldn’t be more excited about Pandora joining forces with SiriusXM. A combined Pandora-SiriusXM will create the world’s largest audio entertainment company, bringing Pandora additional resources to accelerate growth and building on SiriusXM’s leadership in the car, subscription expertise, and unique content.”Sirius XM’s stock has dropped 18% since the Pandora deal was announced. A big reason for that has been “the lack of potential synergy quantification, as well as limited public disclosure from SIRI on Pandora’s future [free cash flow] trajectory under its stewardship,” B. Riley FBR analyst Zack Silver wrote in a note Tuesday. Now that Pandora’s shareholders have OK’d the deal, “we believe SIRI will have more latitude to discuss potential synergies and its pro forma financial outlook” when it reports Q4 earnings on Wednesday (Jan. 30).Under the terms of the deal, each share of Pandora common stock will be converted into 1.44 newly issued shares of Sirius XM common stock. Sirius XM common stock will continue to trade under the existing ticker symbol “SIRI” on the Nasdaq Global Select Market, while Pandora is expected to be delisted from the New York Stock Exchange.Separately Tuesday, SiriusXM announced that its board approved an additional $2 billion of common stock repurchases, taking the company’s total authorization to $14 billion since the inception of the stock-buyback program in early 2013. It also announced a quarterly dividend of 1.21 cents per share of common stock.At the special meeting of Pandora stockholders, holders of approximately 75% of the outstanding voting power of Pandora voting securities were voted, with approximately 97% of the votes cast in favor of the transaction.center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

Playing Super Smash Bros with a GameCube controller will cost 100

first_imgIf you’re a fan of the Super Smash Bros. games, then chances are you grew up playing them with a GameCube controller. When the Wii appeared you could play Super Smash Bros. Brawl with the GameCube controller through the built in support on the console. Now Nintendo is set to continue that support on the Wii U by way of an adapter.The Wii U GameCube controller adapter was revealed a couple of weeks ago, but without a price attached. A day after Nintendo’s great E3 presentation and the official pricing has been announced.The adapter on its own, with support for up to for GameCube or WaveBird controllers, will cost $19.99. If you don’t own a GameCube controller already you can buy a brand new one for $29.99. So that’s a combined cost of $49.98 with the game costing $59.99 on top.Nintendo is allowing you to save $10 if you need to buy everything mentioned above. A bundle will be offered containing the adapter, a new GameCube controller, and the game for $99.99. I suspect that’s probably going to be the most popular option, because even if you own a controller already it’s nice to have a spare and you’re going to have to purchase the adapter and game anyway.Nintendo hasn’t confirmed the release date for Super Smash Bros. on the Wii U yet beyond saying it will launch during the 2014 holiday season. So I expect the adapter will be available the same day or maybe just before.There is another way of looking at this adapter release that’s also positive: if you’ve got a GameCube and your controllers are looking a little worse for wear, Nintendo is going to offer you a supply of brand new ones for the next couple of years at least.last_img read more

NBA players are walking all over Commissioner Adam Silver

first_imgAdam Silver is too close to the players, and they’re eating him aliveThe Cavs sat their starters again, and the epidemic of healthy scratches is making the NBA look bad to the consumer and its television partners. Unlike David Stern, who was a friend to the owners and a hardliner with players, Adam Silver has become too close to the players and now they’re taking advantage of him.Silver wants to be the good guy, but pro sports commissioners need to be able to take unpopular stances and look like the “bad guy.” This problem is of Silver’s own making, and to fix it he needs to start being more like David Stern and Roger Goodell, and less like a substitute teacher.Russell Westbrook shouldn’t come close to winning MVPRussell Westbrook had another substandard national TV game against the Warriors last night, but people will still apologize for him. People who value triple doubles as the be-all-end-all of player value love Westbrook, but Colin sees it differently.He thinks Westbrook is a delusional volume chucker who is shooting more than ever and with a lower shooting percentage than ever. That won’t make him any less popular, but Colin sees through act. Westbrook is all about Westbrook, he’s not making anyoone else better.“He’s a delusional ball hog, and he’s bad in television games.”Guests:Sam Farmer – L.A Times NFL reporter is in-studio to discuss the Tom Brady jersey video; why Marshawn Lynch to the Raiders should happen; if Colin Kaepernick will get signed; if Romo to the Texans is a possibility; and the top stories from next week’s league meetings.“Cousin Sal” Iacono – Actor and comedian is in-studio to break down the NCAA Tournament so far; if he would avoid hiring Wichita State’s Gregg Marshall because of his wife’s antics; and why Duke is so easy to hate.Jay Glazer – Fox Sports NFL Insider to release an extended version of the Tom Brady jersey thief video; why the identity of the thief is shocking; and why there is likely more fallout to come.Jim Jackson – 14-year NBA veteran and FS1 NBA Analyst is in-studio to break down the NCAA tournament to this point; why Coach Cal doesn’t get credit; if Gregg Marshall’s wife’s antics are a problem; and if NBA players are taking advantage of Adam Silver.Peter Schrager – Fox NFL Insider joins the show to discuss the upcoming NFL owner’s meetings; if Marshawn Lynch will end up with the Raiders; and his latest NFL mock draft.last_img read more

EAT Club acquires Taro to expand its corporate lunch program

first_imgEAT Club, the lunch delivery service that counts companies like Facebook, Postmates and others as customers, has acquired meal delivery service Taro. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.Taro’s business model worked by shipping pre-made meals directly to consumers. With the acquisition, however, Taro will no longer serve customers directly. Instead, it will be folded into EAT Club’s corporate program that enables employees to select their individually packed lunch.“EAT Club is the only food delivery service for businesses that treats eating in the workplace as a personalized culinary experience,” Taro co-founder and CEO Krishna Mehra said in a statement. “When we set out to expand our reach and distribution beyond family dinners, EAT Club emerged as a natural partner with its unique approach of delivering employees individualized selection within a collaborative atmosphere. EAT Club is making it possible for thousands of new workers to experience Taro’s food and flavors, and we are proud to join forces with them in increasing workplace satisfaction.”What attracted EAT Club to Taro was its emphasis on healthy, authentic meals, and its approach to managing food production and distribution, EAT Club CEO Doug Leeds told TechCrunch.“They’ve built some really interesting things we want to keep competitively secret on the equipment side,” Leeds said. “From top to bottom, we were pretty excited about what we were seeing at Taro. We’re going to take their people, tech, recipes and food production processes, and apply them to our existing customers.”Leeds, the former CEO of IAC Publishing, joined EAT Club last year. Despite his short tenure, this marks the second acquisition under his leadership. Last year, EAT Club acquired lunch box delivery service Farm Hill.EAT Club has served more than 17 million meals to employees to date, which comes out to about 25,000 meals a day. Given the amount of energy required for that level of production, EAT Club has implemented what it’s calling a Zero Carbon Initiative. Through the initiative, EAT Club will offset its carbon footprint by matching its electricity usage with renewable energy generation. EAT Club also plans to make all of its packaging either recyclable or compostable and support landfill recapture programs.“By far, the biggest carbon impact of our business is in the delivery — the transportation aspect,” Leeds said. “But we wanted to go further than that. In our production, it was in all of the energy we used to cook food. We wanted to see what is the actual carbon footprint of the entire operation.”On the employee-side, EAT Club plans to provide stronger commuter benefits and is looking to move its Los Angeles-based office to a location closer to the metro line, Leeds said. To date, EAT Club has raised more than $46 million from investors like August Capital, Trinity Ventures and Sodexo Ventures.last_img read more

Save up to 30 with G Adventures Stop Book and Go sale

first_img Friday, November 3, 2017 Posted by Save 20% on select Cuba tours includingCuba Colonial (15 days, Havana to Havana) was $2,629, now $2,103Biking in Cuba (eight days, Havana to Havana) was $1,899, now $1,814More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJFor more information visit gadventures.com/stop-book-and-go. TORONTO — With G Adventures’ year-end ‘Stop, Book and Go’ sale, clients looking to travel by Jan. 31, 2018 can save up to 30% on select trips to South America, Southeast Asia, Mexico and Cuba.“It’s not too late to pack your bags and check another destination off your bucket list,” says Aizaz Sheikh, Canadian Marketing Director, G Adventures. “There’s still time for one more adventure and we hope our ‘Stop, Book and Go’ sale will help agents secure additional bookings in the remaining two months of 2017. We’re offering huge savings on some of our most popular destinations and itineraries.”Bookings must be made by Dec. 31, 2017 for trips departing before Jan. 31, 2018. Highlights include:Save 20% on select Peru tours such as:Inca Empire (15 days, La Paz to Lima) was $2,749, now $2,062Amazon Riverboat Adventure in Depth (nine days, Lima to Lima) was $2,799, now $2,239Peru Panorama (15 days, Lima to Lima) was $3,549, now $2,959More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionSave 20% on select Southeast Asia tours including:Thailand & Laos Adventure (14 days, Bangkok to Hanoi) was $1,909, now $1,575Vietnam on a Shoestring (12 days, Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi) was $1,209, now $967Cambodia on a Shoestring (10 days, Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City) was $1,089, now $871Sailing Thailand Phuket to Phuket (seven days, Phuket to Phuket) was $2,199, now $1,759Save 30% on select Mekong River Cruises including:Mekong River Encompassed (eight days, Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City) was $2,879, now $2,015 Tags: G Adventures << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Travelweek Group Share Save up to 30% with G Adventures’ ‘Stop, Book and Go’ sale Save 15% on select South America tours including:Highlights of Chile & Argentina (10 days, Santiago to Buenos Aires) was $2,399, now $1,919La Paz to Buenos Aires Adventure (15 days, La Paz to Buenos Aires) was $2,099, now $1,980last_img read more

Cryptocurrency in the Era of GDPR

first_imgGreat guest post by Aubrey Hansen.Since the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, came into effect in the EU, internet activity and behaviour have changed. Websites and other online services are now required to ask permission (or at the very least, notify people) before doing anything with a user’s data, therefore reducing the number of personalised ads that European citizens see. Of course, the GDPR does much more than this, effectively forcing all companies to protect people’s information and treat it with the utmost care. However, when it comes to cryptocurrency, the question of protecting one’s data and information becomes a complex topic.Transparency in cryptoMost cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Litecoin pride themselves on being financially transparent, in the sense that anybody can see and follow the transactions of any wallets, provided they know the wallet’s public address. This is, in fact, one of the most critical aspects of many well-known coins, separating cryptocurrency from traditional finance. The problem is that if the transactions are transparent, are these coins GDPR compliant?The answer is tricky, but it all comes down to whether data which is stored on the blockchain after every transaction is considered to be Personally Identifying Information, which is anything that can be used to identify a specific individual. By this definition, at first glance, it seems that no cryptocurrency broadcasts Personally Identifying Information because there appears to be no way of seeing which wallets belong to which people, but this would be a mistake. While the average person cannot use transaction and wallet data to track somebody, governments have certainly been able to in the past.The monitoring of Bitcoin transaction data has been used numerous times to find and locate people suspected of criminal activity. There are even companies which specialise in tracking and following illicit behaviour via cryptocurrency. This clearly means that transaction data can be considered as Personally Identifying Information when in the right hands, and that sadly many cryptocurrencies are therefore not GDPR compliant.But what about privacy coins?There are, however, a handful of cryptocurrencies which broadcast extremely little data to their blockchains with each transaction. These are known as privacy coins, and their masking of transaction data means that they are mostly untraceable. In fact, they are so untraceable that they have been getting governments worried, such as Japan and France. Even intelligence agencies are unable to track them, which means that they provide no Personally Identifying Information on their blockchains whatsoever.Privacy coins such as Monero and Zcash are, in fact, GDPR compliant. This has brought some additional interest to them, with users flocking to exchanges such as CoinPayments and Binance, which both stock multiple privacy coins including Zcash, PIVX, and Beam. Investing in GDPR complaint coins may become key in the years to come as it could be these types of coins which are one day sought after within the EU. This does not mean that non-privacy coins such as Bitcoin will wither away and disappear, but it suggests that in the future, there may be a bigger push for privacy coins to be used instead.last_img read more

Wanderers A Novel Hardcover – July 2 2019 reviewed

first_imgIf you would like to have your company featured in the Irish Tech News Business Showcase, get in contact with us at Simon@IrishTechNews.ie or on Twitter: @SimonCocking By @SimonCocking review of Wanderers, available from Amazon here. See more book reviews here.A decadent rock star. A deeply religious radio host. A disgraced scientist. And a teenage girl who may be the world’s last hope. From the mind of Chuck Wendig comes “a magnum opus . . . a story about survival that’s not just about you and me, but all of us, together” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).Shana wakes up one morning to discover her little sister in the grip of a strange malady. She appears to be sleepwalking. She cannot talk and cannot be woken up. And she is heading with inexorable determination to a destination that only she knows. But Shana and her sister are not alone. Soon they are joined by a flock of sleepwalkers from across America, on the same mysterious journey. And like Shana, there are other “shepherds” who follow the flock to protect their friends and family on the long dark road ahead.For as the sleepwalking phenomenon awakens terror and violence in America, the real danger may not be the epidemic but the fear of it. With society collapsing all around them—and an ultraviolent militia threatening to exterminate them—the fate of the sleepwalkers depends on unraveling the mystery behind the epidemic. The terrifying secret will either tear the nation apart—or bring the survivors together to remake a shattered world.As Leonard Cohen said, you want it dark? Well Chuck Wendig aims to give it to you darker. This is a long and epic tale of the ultimate death and destruction of a large percentage of humanity, partly through their own doing. Some characters stand up more strongly than others, and, interestingly, one of the most compelling ones, the well named AI called Black Swan is one of the best. Black Swan AI is both the saviour and possibly also the destroyer of humanity. Various characters believe it is acting as a tool to help them, but ultimately everyone has to question who is in control, and in whose interests they are acting in.In this day and age, with Climate Change becoming an ever present concern you could say that this is, to some degree, an ecological thriller. Humanity’s impact on the earth is a key element in this story, with a good level of knowledge given about previous pandemics and their impact on the human race. Several other reviews compare this book to The Stand by Stephen King, and the reference is even made within the book. This meta-referencing of other fictional works seemed to damage the story a little for our taste. Maybe it is all very breaking the fourth wall to have fictional characters referring to other fictional stories, but it seemed to break the illusion a little for us.In some ways too the story seemed to suffer by having a Clinton like president and a Trump-like, redneck, opportunist, rich, challenger. When reality is too bizarre and concerning fiction faces a challenge to take us to completely different scenarios, rather than merely replicating and taking to a slightly further extreme what we have in reality. Especially when our current reality is frequently a gross caricature of anything that has preceeded it in US politics.If you like your future dystopias dark and apocalayptic then this is the book for you!More information about Irish Tech News and the Business ShowcaseFYI the ROI for you is => We now get over 1.5 million monthly views, and up to 900k monthly unique visitors, from over 160 countries. We have over 860,000 relevant followers on Twitter on our various accounts & were recently described as Ireland’s leading online tech news site and Ireland’s answer to TechCrunch, so we can offer you a good audience!Since introducing desktop notifications a short time ago, which notify readers directly in their browser of new articles being published, over 16000 people have now signed up to receive them ensuring they are instantly kept up to date on all our latest content. Desktop notifications offer a unique method of serving content directly to verified readers and bypass the issue of content getting lost in people’s crowded news feeds.Drop us a line if you want to be featured, guest post, suggest a possible interview, or just let us know what you would like to see more of in our future articles. We’re always open to new and interesting suggestions for informative and different articles. Contact us, by email, twitter or whatever social media works for you.Homelast_img read more

My mom failed my children and me

first_imgIt sounds harsh, but she did. I know we are not supposed to speak ill of the dead, but she really did fail both me and my children.She smothered me with love and did everything for me. She would make my lunch for school before I had even woken up as a young child.I remember her smile and her absolute belief in me.How she would hold me and scold me. How she made me feel better even when I was sick. She was the perfect mother while she lived.Then she got sick, diabetes took its toll, robbing her of her sight and her will to live. Her final years were a tragic waste – I was only 14 years old at the time of her passing. I suppose her death was a blessing; her last few years had been trips into and out of hospital. But she never stopped having time for a quick hug or a smiling “I love you”.So, as you read this, you are wondering how she failed…Well, to be honest, she did not fail in an earthly sense, but my children missed out. They never got a chance to meet the most wonderful person in my world. My dad was okay, but my mom was the healer of wounds, the educator of life, the first woman I truly loved… We would sit watching TV – her being blind made my job very important. I was the designated “explainer” of what was happening on the screen, and I would regale her with descriptions of what I could see so that she knew what was happening.Even some 36 years after her death, I sometimes still suddenly blurt out, “He has a big knife and is opening the door” or some other inane description of what I can see while the family are watching the telly… Much to the amusement of my children, who shout out “We know, dad, we can see!”I smile, as it is her lasting legacy to me and I am so happy I have that little quirk  connecting us over time, a never-ending reminder of someone I loved with all my heart as only a child can love and who unconditionally loved me.She failed me because I needed her to live. I did not get a chance to see her get old and fragile – she was in the prime of her life one minute and dying the next. The dying part took several years and we were closer than ever. But more importantly, my children never got to meet their gran and she never got to see me marry my beautiful wife. She was not there when I held my daughters for the first time and realised I was a parent…So, to all those who read this, cherish your time with your mother! No matter how long or how short, enjoy each day, each hour and every minute!I miss you, mom…Diabetes prevention WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite last_img read more

A lady with a passion for the roadA lady with a passion

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite We’ve all seen them around town in their brown uniforms, but just what is a Public Safety officer really? Well, in the old days, we called them traffic cops. The Gazette recently spoke to one of our own, Officer Leandra Christina Fourie.As a female officer in brown, she started at Public Safety (then known as Protection Services) in 2009. In December that year, she went to Pretoria for six months to study for her Traffic Diploma. Officer Fourie says it was a difficult six months, as she had to leave her family behind. But, being the determined person she is, she achieved her goal and was rewarded as the ‘Best Student’ among 108 officers at the end of the course. She also achieved Cum Laude and a trophy for her performance. On returning to Ladysmith, she enjoyed working on the road and gaining more experience. She explains that a Public Safety officer’s primary responsibility is to protect and serve the citizens in the jurisdiction where he or she is working. Primary duties are to enforce the NRTA (National Road Traffic Act) and CPA (Criminal Procedure Act), and ensure that road users who fail to comply will be prosecuted or even arrested if necessary.Officers sometimes have a hard time with difficult motorists, but all they ever want is for the community to show them respect.“I always wanted to be a traffic officer,” says Leandra. In 2011, she started studying for her National Road Traffic Management and Municipal Policing Course, and in 2013 she achieved her diploma. Last year, she was proud to announce that she had achieved her degree.“I am very proud of my achievements, because I really worked hard. My passion is my job,” she enthuses.“I take my job very seriously and I expect motorists to be equally serious about respecting the rules of the road,” says an adamant Leandra.She also imparts road safety tips to pupils at various schools in town, teaching the children about the rules of the road and allowing them to ask questions.last_img read more

Five questions that will define the college football weekend

first_imgAL.com1. Can Mississippi State jump on Alabama early? Touchdowns scored in the first quarter in the game immediately following LSU under Nick Saban: zero, zero, zero, zero, zero, zero, and zero. All but one of those games was against Mississippi State, and the one that wasn’t may be the blueprint Dan Mullen’s Bulldogs need to follow. In 2012, Alabama returned to Tuscaloosa after an emotional comeback at LSU, and Texas A&M immediately took the Tide by storm, rolling up a 20-0 first quarter lead and hanging on for a 29-24 win.And while we’re at it, here’s a relevant statistic Mississippi State must reverse in hopes of winning: three, 10, seven, seven and seven. Those are the points – total – Mullen teams have scored in his five games against Alabama.1b. Similarly, can Arkansas sneak up on LSU? This is only the fourth time in Les Miles’ now 10 seasons in Baton Rouge that LSU has played an SEC game immediately after Alabama, and the Tigers didn’t score a touchdown in the first quarter of the previous three games, either. LSU will likely run it three or four times for every pass, just like Arkansas would like to do.There’s little doubt Arkansas has improved from its 2013 version, but they’re running out of chances to prove it. 2. Why is Miami only a three-point underdog to Florida State? Let’s answer a question with another question: is it the Hurricanes or the Seminoles that has won its past three games by an average of 44-20 while out-gaining opponents by an average of 523-314 and posting an 8-2 turnover advantage? That would be Miami. Which team has had to pull a rabbit out of its hat twice in its past three games, and turned the ball over eight times over that span (while forcing only six)? That’d be FSU.Miami ranks 16th nationally in turnovers forced at home, and Florida State ranks 105th nationally in turnovers lost on the road. And while we’re at it, Miami’s true freshman quarterback Brad Kaaya has posted a 172.7 quarterback rating since the beginning of October (9.9 yards per attempt with eight touchdowns against two picks), compared to Jameis Winston’s 144 rating (8.2 yards/attempt, 10 TDs, 7 INTs). Oh, and Miami has ripped off 275 rushing yards per game and 7.05 yards per carry over that span, compared to Florida State’s 134.8 yards per game and 4.11 per carry.That might have something to do with it.3. Can Bo Pelini take a step forward? The last time Pelini won a road game over a ranked team? A 17-14 defeat of No. 12 Penn State on Nov. 12, 2011, a pre-sanction, two-head-coaches-ago Penn State. Of course, Pelini hasn’t gotten many opportunities in the Big Ten, but that’s kind of the point. He’s got an opportunity to close an 11-1 regular season and win an imminently winnable Big Ten West, starting with Saturday’s trip to No. 20 Wisconsin. What’s he going to do with it?4. Who staves off the grim reaper, Auburn or Georgia? There are games with higher Playoff impact on the schedule, particularly the one across state lines to the west, but no other game has quite the morbid, knife-at-each-other’s-throat finality that Auburn at Georgia offers. The winner keeps whatever SEC and national championship hopes its allowed to have alive, while the loser faces the reality that 2014 is a sunken season. Combine that with a game that could easily end 38-35 with a combined 500 rushing yards and this one could have the highest entertainment value of the weekend.5. Can the most important team in college football knock off Ohio State? And by that I mean Minnesota, the crux of TCU’s argument to hold off Baylor. Not much is going to change between the Bears and Frogs this week, with Baylor off and TCU visiting Kansas, but a 10-2 or 9-3 Minnesota could be enough of a strength-of-schedule bump to tip the scales in TCU’s favor. And now the 7-2, newly-ranked Gophers face one of the most difficult closing stretches in college football, hosting No. 8 Ohio State on Saturday, and then visiting No. 16 Nebraska and No. 20 Wisconsin.Other intriguing but not as pressing questions: – Florida and South Carolina play this Saturday in Gainesville. Either South Carolina will be 4-6 or Florida will be 5-4. There actually isn’t a question here, I just wanted to make sure you were aware.– Which Texas A&M team shows up against Missouri, the one from the Auburn game or the one from the four games before that?– How does Mark Stoops handle his first true, on-the-field crisis? On Oct. 11 Kentucky was 5-1 and a bowl game looked inevitable. Now they’re 5-5 and have to win at Tennessee or at Louisville to secure what looked nearly guaranteed a month ago. Kentucky hasn’t won in Knoxville since 1984, by the way.– Who wins the ACC’s de facto consolation game? No one has paid much attention to either team since Clemson dropped that stunner at Florida State, but the Tigers have run off six straight wins while allowing a national best 3.83 yards per play, and Paul Johnson has put together one of his best seasons yet, winning six games by 11 points or more en route to an 8-2 record and No. 22 ranking. The Jackets’ two losses came by six (to Duke) and five (to North Carolina).– Who blinks first, Georgia Southern or Navy? And by “blinks,” I clearly mean passes. Georgia Southern leads the nation with 385 rushing yards per game and 49 rushing touchdowns and ranks second with 7.2 yards per carry, while Navy ranks second at 350 rushing yards a game and second at nearly 57 carries a game.– Can Charlie Strong keep it rolling? It’s taken a while, but Texas has started to look like a Charlie Strong team in its two-game winning streak, beating Texas Tech and West Virginia by a combined 67-29 and rushing for 455 yards in the process. Now he goes to chilly Stillwater in what amounts to a bowl game to get to a bowl game for both Texas (5-5 with TCU on Thanksgiving) and Oklahoma State (5-4 with Baylor and Oklahoma waiting). AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatixlast_img read more

Manchester Airport reaches new passenger milestone

first_imgNewerWaldorf Astoria Dubai International Financial Centre opens in United Arab Emirates OlderEmirates goes global with in-flight Wi-Fi coverage MAG, the owner of Manchester, London Stansted and East Midlands Airports, has this month seen a 1.8 per cent year-on-year increase in passenger numbers. Manchester welcomed nearly three million passengers in June, an increase of 3.8 per cent on June last year, as the north’s global gateway reached a total of 29 million passengers served in the past year. Direct, long-haul connectivity continues to drive Manchester’s growth, with passengers on scheduled long-haul flights up ten per cent year-on-year.For example, the increased frequency of Qatar Airways’ service to Doha meant there was a 43.3 per cent increase in passengers travelling to the Middle Eastern hub, with passengers travelling to Singapore increasing by 23.8 per cent.London Stansted Airport continues to grow and saw an increase in passengers of one per cent compared to June last year, as it welcomed 2.7 million passengers. East Midlands Airport saw a reduction of 4.2 per cent in passenger numbers this month, but still welcomed well over half a million (536,303) to the airport, departing to popular European holiday destinations. ADVERTISEMENTThe airport saw a 40 per cent increase in passengers travelling to Turkey, alongside a 7.3 per cent increase in passengers starting their summer holidays in Jersey.Graeme Elliott, corporate affairs director, MAG said: “Manchester Airport serving more passengers than ever before shows the benefits of an increase in competition and choice that our expanding long-haul network is delivering. “With more connections to destinations on offer, Manchester Airport continues to demonstrate the key role it can play in rebalancing the UK economy, boosting inward investment and business opportunities into the Northern Powerhouse and further afield.”last_img read more

Rep Potvin MecostaOsceola ISD official speak to committee about jobs training

first_img08Oct Rep. Potvin, Mecosta-Osceola ISD official speak to committee about jobs training LANSING – Rep. Phil Potvin, R-Cadillac, offered testimony before the House Committee on Workforce and Talent Development today regarding his legislation to support job training programs at intermediate school districts.Rep. Potvin is the sponsor of House Bills 4750 and 4751, which seek to expand current programs that allow community college-based employment programs to receive funding from income tax revenue. Steve Locke, Director of Career and Technical Education at the Mecosta-Osceola Intermediate School District’s Career Center, joined Rep. Potvin in giving testimony and answering the committee’s questions.“This legislation is about expanding opportunities for local job skill training and growing our local business,” Rep. Potvin said. “Our local businesses need access to specialized skilled training as they continue to grow, and our area career tech centers can help fill that need.”Rep. Potvin referenced the Cadillac area’s strong base of manufacturing jobs, and highlighted a number of businesses from Big Rapids, Reed City and Cadillac that could have their employees trained at the local career tech centers instead of having them drive to Traverse City or Grand Rapids.“It’s very important to be able to offer job specific training at local career centers,” Locke said. “In visiting with area manufacturers, there is certainly a growing and continuing demand for skilled workers. It’s inefficient to send employees 50 to 60 miles away to get training when we have the facilities and the certified instructors at the Mecosta-Osceola career center.”The House committee is expected to vote on the legislation in the near future. Categories: Newslast_img read more

Rep Glenn announces local office hours

first_imgFriday, April 267:30 to 8:30 a.m. at H&H Bakery and Restaurant, 200 S. Mable St. in Pinconning. Categories: Annette Glenn News 19Apr Rep. Glenn announces local office hours “As your representative in Lansing, remaining open and accessible to you is one of my top priorities,” Glenn said. “I look forward to speaking with residents about their issues and concerns.”No appointments are necessary to attend office hours. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Glenn’s office at (517) 373-1791 or AnnetteGlenn@house.mi.gov. State Rep. Annette Glenn announced her in-district office hours for the month of April. The representative will be available at the following times and locations:Monday, April 22Noon to 1:00 p.m. at Tropical Smoothie, 985 S. Saginaw Road in Midland.last_img read more

United Nations Admits to Its Role in the Cholera Outbreak in Haiti

first_imgShare31Tweet2Share15Email48 SharesAugust 18, 2016; New York TimesIn January 2010, a catastrophic 7.0M earthquake struck Haiti with an epicenter near the town of Léogâne, killing anywhere from 100,000 to 316,000 people and displacing an estimated three million inhabitants. Ten months later, what would become the world’s worst cholera epidemic in modern times, killing at least 10,000 people to date and sickening an estimated 800,000 more, broke out in the rural Center Department of Haiti, about 65 miles north of the nation’s capital, Port-au-Prince. By the first ten weeks of the outbreak, cholera had spread throughout Haiti.Those outside Haiti assumed that the earthquake somehow caused the outbreak. However, researchers found that between 1985 and 2004 there were only three serious outbreaks of cholera in more than 600 natural disasters. Moreover, the outbreak would have required the preexisting presence of the Vibrio cholerae bacterium. Cholera had not visited Haiti in the previous 100 years.The Haitians immediately suspected the newly installed contingent of Nepalese UN peacekeepers (where cholera is continuously endemic) as having carried the disease with them to Haiti. In a country with no working sewers and roads that are often too decrepit for tanker trucks, sanitation infrastructure is at best makeshift. These UN personnel dumped their contaminated waste into a major river.Even as evidence mounted in the early months and then over the years for its culpability (studies traced the bacterial strain of cholera as being similar to the strain in Nepal), UN officials stubbornly denied responsibility—until now. Philip Alston, a New York University law professor and one of the UN’s special advisers, issued in the bluntest possible language a confidential report about the cholera epidemic, seen by the New York Times, that the UN could not dispute.The office of Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has acknowledged that the United Nations played a role in the initial outbreak and that a “significant new set of UN actions” will be needed to respond to the crisis. The secretary general’s acknowledgment, by contrast, stopped short of saying that the United Nations specifically caused the epidemic. Nor does it indicate a change in the organization’s legal position that it is absolutely immune from legal actions, including a federal lawsuit brought in the United States on behalf of cholera victims seeking billions in damages stemming from the Haiti crisis.In an update, the New York Times reported that the UN’s “auditors found that poor sanitation practices remained unaddressed not only in its Haitian mission but also in at least six others in Africa and the Middle East.” Despite the horrific and shameful lessons learned in Haiti, UN peacekeepers throughout the world are still lax in their adherence to established protocols for wastewater, sewage, and hazardous waste disposal.Whomever is to blame, whatever the consequences should be for the UN’s years-long stonewalling and the consequent impasse for those Haitians seeking redress, and whether and how much suffering Haitians should be compensated, the cholera epidemic in Haiti must still be eliminated. To date, the cholera eradication program in Haiti has failed.Infection rates have been rising every year in Haiti since 2014, as the [United Nations] struggles to raise the $2.27 billion it says is needed to eradicate the disease from member states. No major water or sanitation projects have been completed in Haiti; two pilot wastewater processing plants built there in the wake of the epidemic quickly closed because of a lack of donor funds.Even though the world’s attention long ago moved on, Haiti needs and deserves the political will, sustained attention, and above all else the money to help build new sanitation systems, to supply vaccines, and to closely monitor the progress made against this devastating disease. Perhaps the UN’s qualified confession to culpability will help move itself and the world to finish what they never really started in Haiti following the earthquake. The UN is not the only inter-governmental and international organization accused of stonewalling and shoddy work that is in need of redemption.—James SchafferShare31Tweet2Share15Email48 Shareslast_img read more

The Presidents Voter Fraud Commission Is This What Bias Looks Like

first_imgShare17Tweet11Share6Email34 SharesMax Pixel. Creative Commons 0.September 16, 2017; Chicago TribuneBecause ensuring all citizens can register and vote and that elections at all levels are fairly conducted is the bedrock of democratic practice, NPQ has followed the progress of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity since it was first announced. Alas, concerns that the Commission is more an effort to suppress the vote of minority and Democratic voters than about solving real problems persist.The Commission’s charter seems straightforward: “The Commission on Election Integrity will study vulnerabilities in voting systems used for federal elections that could lead to improper voter registrations, improper voting, fraudulent voter registrations, and fraudulent voting. The Commission will also study concerns about voter suppression, as well as other voting irregularities.” But the president’s repeated unsupported claims of mass voter fraud created concern about the Commission’s “real” agenda.This past week, the Commission held its second formal meeting. Following the lead of the president, the Commission’s co-chair, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, used Breitbart News to promote his own unfounded charges that the results of New Hampshire’s 2016 election were swayed by illegal voters. “According to statistics released by the Speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives,” he said, “on the date of the general election in November 2016, there were 6,540 same-day registrants who registered to vote in New Hampshire using an out-of-state driver’s license to prove their identity…It is highly likely that voting by nonresidents changed the result.”New Hampshire’s Secretary of State Bill Gardner, a Democrat, who serves alongside Kobach on the Commission, publicly challenged this conclusion and rejected the idea of a rigged election as baseless: “You questioned whether our election as we have recorded it is real and valid and it is real and valid.” He also noted that wild and unsupported allegations make doing the work of the Commission impossible.Adding to worries about a biased process was the discovery of an email from Commission member Hans von Spakovsky, a Heritage Foundation Senior Fellow. Von Spakovsky’s appointment had already prompted questions about his ability to be objective, given his very public prior assertions of widespread illegal voting. Just days ago, the Campaign Legal Center obtained a message he had written that ended up in Attorney General Jeff Session’s inbox. As reported by the Chicago Tribune, von Spakovsky argued, “There isn’t a single Democratic official that will do anything other than obstruct any investigation of voter fraud and issue constant public announcements criticizing the commission and what it is doing, making that it is engaged in voter suppression.”The Democratic Maine Secretary of State challenged von Spakovsky’s ability to continue to serve. According to the Tribune, “Dunlap said von Spakovsky was trying to keep people like him from serving, adding that he is well respected by legislators in both parties in Maine. ‘It really taints Mr. Spakovsky’s participation on the commission. If he had any dignity, he’d step down.’” For his part, von Spakovsky has indicated he will not resign and that the email was a private communication.With all this drama swirling around, the Commission did hold its second open meeting and heard from several panels of experts who were asked to speak about voter turnout. Some saw these panels as composed less of impartial scholars than partisan advocates. Alan King, another Democrat on the commission, said “he had misgivings as about the direction in which his Republican colleagues are moving.”If we’re just going to parade people through to say what they want them to say, this isn’t a good approach. This nation deserves a legitimate commission that gives a fair shake to the evidence. If you don’t have that, it’s a total waste of everyone’s time.While there are voices speaking up in protest against a biased process that seems headed toward recommendations that would making registering and voting harder, those who control the Commission either see a problem that isn’t there or, more sinisterly, desire to suppress the votes of black, Latinx, and poor Americans. The concerns NPQ raised as the Commission got going have not eased: “That the commission is led by individuals who have been actively working to challenge voting rights and make it harder to vote makes it very hard to trust their words. That they appear to be ignoring the vulnerability of our voting systems to manipulation by hackers and the possibility of foreign interference adds to the concern of those now speaking to, and against, their work.”—Martin LevineShare17Tweet11Share6Email34 Shareslast_img read more