Ryan Sheckler Announces Annual Charity Golf Tournament

first_imgProfessional Skateboarder and philanthropist Ryan Sheckler and the Sheckler Foundation are proud to announce the 10th Annual Oakley Charity Golf Tournament and Gala, taking place September 9-10, 2017 in partnership with Monarch Beach Resort & Golf Links in Dana Point, California.Sheckler Golf 2017Year after year, the gala and tournament attract notable athletes and celebrities such as: Klay Thompson, Wilmer Valderrama, Brody Jenner, Josh Duhamel, Kendra Wilkinson, Lil Jon, Kelly Slater and many more to dine, golf and raise money to benefit the Sheckler Foundation’s “Be the Change” initiative — a web-based program designed to help injured action sports athletes and children in need. For more information, click here.The two-day event will kick off Saturday, September 9, 2017, with a gala honoring Steve Astephen, a Sheckler Foundation board member and Ryan’s agent for over 10 years known for managing the world’s top action sports athletes. The gala will welcome guests with a red carpet entrance and cocktail reception featuring a cigar lounge followed by silent and live auctions, dinner, entertainment and much more.The following day, guests will enjoy a vintage nautical themed golf tournament featuring a full-day of hole activations on Monarch’s one-of-a-kind golf course with views of surf breaks at every hole. Golfers can enjoy lunch and entertainment on the green, a sunset cocktail hour, 200-ft. helicopter ball drop, raffles, awards ceremony and more.last_img read more

Supporters opponents line up to make their case at Site C review

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Supporters, opponents line up to make their case at Site C review panel hearings FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Supporters of BC Hydro’s Site C hydroelectric project appear to have torn a page from the environmental strategy book, signing up in droves to participate in upcoming federal environmental review hearings.Thousands of documents had been filed by the Monday night deadline with a joint federal-provincial review panel, including dozens of applications to speak at the hearings beginning Dec. 9 in Fort St. John.That includes groups as diverse as the BC Business Council, the B.C. Roadbuilders, the Cement Association of B.C. and the New Car Dealers of British Columbia.The list also includes one-time political heavyweights Blair Lekstrom, the former provincial energy minister, and his predecessor and now Conservative senator, Richard Neufeld. Both represented the Peace River region during their time in politics.“I live in the Peace Region and have recreated in the effected area on numerous times over my lifetime and recognize that there will be a need to give and take as we move forward as a province,” Lekstrom wrote in his application.“This project will affect my interests in a way that I am supportive of as it will help ensure we electricity self-sufficient in our province.”During the hearings next month, Lekstrom said he will address the economic benefits of the project and “the misconception that some people have that this dam is being built so that our province can export the power or that all of this power will be used to run the proposed LNG projects.”Federal regulations were changed, imposing strict time limit and criteria for participation, after environmental groups encouraged followers to sign up to appear at hearings into the controversial Northern Gateway pipeline proposal.In that case, community hearings began in January 2012 and wrapped up last June. The Site C hearings are scheduled to being Dec. 9 and wrap up by the end of January.The Peace River Regional District said it will present the panel with a long list of mitigation measures that will need to be put in place. The district also questioned the business case for the project and the $8-billion price tag, favouring instead gas-generation to meet energy needs.“It is my suggestion that a moratorium be placed on this process. An overview by (B.C. Utilities Commission) is needed,” Arthur A Hadland, the area director on the regional district.The cumulative effects of Site C and the Liberal government’s liquefied natural gas plans will be like an “industrial tsunami” in the Peace River region, he said.The $7.9-billion dam would produce enough electricity to power 450,000 homes per year for 100 years. It would flood about 5,000 hectares of the Peace River Valley, creating an 83-kilometre, 9,300-hectare reservoir between Fort St. John and Hudson’s Hope.Opponents say the cost, in dollars and to the environment, is too high. BC Hydro says the province cannot meet future energy needs without the green energy of a the massive hydro project.The dozens who have signed up to oppose the project include Ken and Arlene Boon, ranchers who will lose their home if the project proceeds, and the Treaty 8 Nations.BC Hydro has said in thousands of pages submitted to the panel that the project will result in some significant adverse environmental, social, economic and health effects.But “those effects are justified by the need for and benefits, including the benefits to sustainable development,” the Crown agency wrote.If approved, the project would take seven years to construct and would begin producing electricity in 2022 or 2023.– By Dene Moore in Vancouver by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 26, 2013 12:46 pm MDT read more

First States supported by UN Peacebuilding Commission report substantial progress

The two countries, both recovering from years of civil war and factional fighting, were the first to be put on the agenda of the UN Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) when it was set up in 2006, to prevent post-conflict nations from relapsing into bloodshed.“Sierra Leone is on the threshold of transformation in its engagement with the Commission as well as its socio-economic development,” Foreign Minister Samura Kamara told the Assembly’s annual General Debate.“With support from the Peacebuilding Commission and the Peacebuilding Support Office, as well as other international and local development partners, Sierra Leone continues to make significant gains in the areas of good governance, human rights, gender equality and the fight against transnational organized crimes.”Foreign Minister Laurent Kavakure of Burundi. UN Photo/Paulo FilgueirasBurundian Foreign Minister Laurent Kavakure reported that substantial progress has been made in conjunction with the PBC. “In light of the notable advances already made since our country was put on the agenda of the Peacebuilding Commission, Burundi thinks it is time to progressively withdraw from the Commission’s agenda to leave room for other countries which have greater need,” he said. Both ministers stressed the importance of the theme of this year’s 68th Assembly, which is to set the stage for long-term sustainable development in the decades following the end of the current Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) cycle, which seeks to slash extreme poverty and hunger and a host of other social ills. read more

Assessing Your Risk Tolerance

By Gary Meeks, RICP®          My goal in writing this article is to get you thinking about what risk is and provide some tools to help you access your risk tolerance and make better investment decisions.Risk takes on many forms but is broadly categorized as the chance an outcome or investment’s actual return will differ from the expected outcome or return. Risk includes the possibility of losing some or all of the original investment. Different versions of risk are usually measured by calculating the standard deviation of the historical returns or average returns of a specific investment. Source: https://investopedia.com/terms/r/risk/aspI’m going to give you some important factors to consider when determining the level of risk that is appropriate for you.Investment Objective:Growth: Saving for retirement in 30 years? You may be able to bear some risk in hopes of higher returns to meet your objective of having enough saved to get you through your retirement years. Growth investments such as stocks may be appropriate to help you meet your investment objective with potentially higher returns and more volatility.Growth & Income: Just retired and need income? Now is not the time to take high levels of risk. Often, a balance between fixed income (bonds, CDs, fixed annuities) and stocks may help investors meet their objective of income with some growth.Principle Protection: You have adequate income and you’re over age 80. Money market instruments such as CDs, savings and short-term treasury securities may be most appropriate to keep your money safe and liquid if you need it for emergencies. At this point, investing in risk assets is probably not appropriate for you.The above are just three examples and is not comprehensive of all possible investment objectives or investment alternatives.Time Horizon:Short-term investors should avoid risk, and medium-to-long term investors may need to take some risk to achieve the growth they need to accomplish their financial goals. The higher the risk, the higher the potential return.Since 1928, the S&P 500 stock index has had negative returns 30 times over the last 90 years. What is the most consecutive negative years? Answer: Four, 1929-1932. Two times during the last 90 years, the index was down three years in a row. The most recent was 2000-2002. https://www.macrotrends.net/2526/sp-500-historical-annual-returns  is the source for this data.Volatility:Volatility is a statistical measure of the dispersion of returns for a given security or market index. In most cases, the higher the volatility, the riskier the investment. Volatility can either be measured by using the standard deviation or variance between returns from that same security or market index. Source: https://www.investopedia.com/terms/v/volatility.asp.If the degree of volatility in your investment keeps you awake at night, you should probably consider a less risky investment. The volatility of stocks is generally greater than the volatility of bonds or other fixed income investments.Rating:Rating agencies such as Moodys, Standard & Poor’s, and Fitch rate issuers of bonds and insurance companies as to their ability to meet their financial obligations. These ratings can help you asses the risk of certain fixed income investments.The following shows Standard & Poor’s ratings and ability to meet financial obligations.AAA     Extremely StrongAA       Very StrongA          StrongBBB     AdequateAll the above ratings are considered “Investment Grade.” which means the issuer has a relatively low risk of default. The following are considered “Speculative Grade” or low quality and risk of default is greater. BB       Less vulnerable in the near-term but faces major ongoing uncertainties.B          More vulnerable but currently has the capacity to meet financial commitments.CCC     Currently vulnerable.CC       Highly vulnerable; default has not yet occurred but is expected to be a virtual certainty.C          Currently highly vulnerable to non-payment.D          In defaultSource for the above: www.spratings.comInvestment sales literature often includes ratings information, so look for it when your making an investment decision.Before investing, know your investment objective and risk tolerance. If you need help, seek advice from a competent financial advisor.Gary D. Meeks, RICP®, is a registered representative offering securities and advisory services through Cetera Advisor Networks LLC, member FINRA/SIPC, a broker dealer and Registered Investment Adviser. Cetera is under separate ownership from any other named entity. 90 W 100 N STE 6, Price, UT 84501 (435) 637-8160.  The information in this material is not intended as tax or legal advice.  It may not be used for the purpose of avoiding any federal tax penalties. Please consult legal or tax professionals for specific information regarding your individual situation. Investors can not invest directly in indexes. The performance of any index is not indicative of the performance of any investment and does not take into account the effects of inflation and the fees and expenses associated with investing. “The Standard & Poor’s 500 is an unmanaged group of securities considered to be representative of the stock market in general. Past performance does not guarantee future results.” read more

Football Bill Belichick headlines Ohio States coaches clinic

For the second time in a month, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick visited the Buckeyes football team.On Thursday, Ohio State held its 86th annual coaching clinic, allowing coaches from all levels to come and listen to other high-profile coaches. The clinics’ headliner was five-time Super Bowl champion Belichick.After being introduced by OSU coach Urban Meyer, Belichick kicked off the event by giving advice on what he does as a head coach to ensure success for his team.“Coordinators are head coaches on their respective side of the ball,” he said. “Position coaches are head coaches of the positions they coach.”The reason these coaches are given independence is due to the strict path and vision Belichick lays out for those that play and coach under him.“You have to make explicit and clear what won’t be compromised,” he said. “Make clear what won’t and will be tolerated. You know when you walk out of that facility you’ve got to be happy with what they’re trying to do for you.”He continued to break down his advice down to those that make up most of the team; the players.“The last two-thirds or three-fourth of your team are role players,” he said. “They are not the top players but are critical to the success of your team. We all want good, great players but in the end there’s a cap on that. It’s the bulk of the rest of the players that decide your scheme and style of play.”The Super Bowl winning coach said that in his system he looks for players that are tough, smart, and dependable.Belichick also touched upon preparation, which is what some consider to be what he is best known for. He looks at every single practice, walkthrough or film sessions as an opportunity to improve. “Performing well under pressure is what it’s all about,” he said. “What we try to do is be more demanding in practice on every level. For example, crowd noise is going to be much harder in practice than would be in a game.”Throughout his speech Belichick was different than what is typically seen during his press conferences. He was opening up about his strategies and elaborated on the claims and statements he would make. He even made a few jokes here and there, getting a group of hundreds to laugh with him.The clinic followed with defense and offensive coaches separating to listen to chalk talk from OSU offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson and defensive line coach Larry Johnson, who dissected Xs and Os on their respective side of the ball.During Wilson’s speech, he gave talked about his methodology for creating a fast-paced offense.“Consider calling (offensive scheme) something else if you can go faster with it,” he said. “The more you have to tell and say, the slower you go. The more you have to make your players think, the slower you go.”The coaching clinic will continue on Friday starting at noon. Fridays lineup includes Meyer, OSU defensive coordinator Greg Schiano, OSU offensive line coach Greg Studrawa and Hall of Fame coach Lou Holtz. read more

Gulags were compassionate educational institutions say trans rights campaigners

In its Tweets, Goldsmith LGBTQ said: “The ideas of TERFS and anti-trans bigots literally *kill* and must be eradicated through re-education.”Ms Graham said: “I said that I thought their choice of language, in talking about lists and purging people was intended to shut down debate about trans people and the law. I then received unpleasant and dehumanising threats about being sent to the Gulag. I feel bad for other trans people because this kind of response by some makes them seem so extreme and intolerant.”Goldsmith LGBTQ subsequently attempted to justify the threat to send Ms Graham to the Gulag by stating that “sending a bigot to one is actually a compassionate, non-violent course of action.” Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, who survived eight years imprisoned in a Gulag incarceration, brought its horrors to the world’s attention in his 1973 book The Gulag Archipelago.Soviet files show that 1,053,829 people died in the camps between 1934 and 1953, mostly as a result of deliberate starvation.The historian Anne Applebaum, author of Gulag: A History, said: “It was an incredibly brutal system designed to eliminate Stalin’s’ enemies and terrorise the wider population. Most of the inmates were innocent of anything we would regard as a crime.”Ms Graham said: “The LGBTQ group’s interpretation of the history of the Gulag system is madness.”Goldsmiths Students’ Union has now suspended the group and withdrawn its support for its activities, saying the Gulag threat – and subsequent refusal by the group to apologise for it – clearly breached the students’ union code of conduct. The original Twitter thread from Goldsmith LGBTQ, since removed In a statement backed by Goldsmiths University the students’ union said: “We condemn the abhorrent content of the tweets and they are in complete opposition to the views and values of the Students’ Union.”Members of Goldsmiths LGBTQ refused to comment when approached by The Daily Telegraph. The rest of Goldsmith LGBTQ's Twitter thread justifying the Gulag system Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Students at a leading London university have been condemned as blind to reality after defending the system of Soviet Gulag labour camps where thousands perished as “compassionate” places of rehabilitation.Trans rights campaigners at Goldsmiths University described the Gulags as benign places where inmates received education, training and enjoyed the opportunity to take part in clubs, sports and theatre groups.In fact most historians agree they were a brutal network of labour camps used by Stalin’s Soviet dictatorship to incarcerate internal opponents and so-called “enemies of the state”, resulting in the death of more than an estimated 1.05 million people.During a bizarre exchange on Twitter the LGBTQ group at Goldsmiths Student Union described life in the Gulags as “rehabilitatory” and “educational”.Paradoxically the thread was written as an apparent justification for an earlier post by the same group which threatened to send a political opponent “to the gulag”.The threat was made against Claire Graham, a special education needs teacher, who wrote objecting to LGBTQ Goldsmith’s threat to target feminist academics who they claimed were prejudiced against transgender individuals.Tans activists refer to these women by the derogatory term TERFS, claiming they are guilty of hate crimes for their opposition to allowing men undergoing gender transition to use women’s toilets and other female only spaces. The Twitter thread went on to state that the CIA had spread “lies” about the Gulag system, adding: “First myth to debunk: ‘u work until u die in gulags!’ The Soviets did away with life sentences and the longest sentence was 10 years. Capital punishment was reserved for the most heinous, serious crimes.“The penal system was a rehabilitatory one. The aim was to correct and change the ways of criminals.”It added: “Much like wider Soviet society, everyone who was ‘able’ to work did so at a wage proportionate to those who weren’t incapacitated and, as they gained skills, were able to move up the ranks and work under less supervision. The rest of Goldsmith LGBTQ’s Twitter thread justifying the Gulag systemCredit:archive.today “Educational work was also a prominent feature of the Soviet penal system. There were regular classes, book clubs, newspaper editorial teams, sports theatre and performance groups.”In contrast, mainstream historians have concluded that the gulag system, which reached its peak under Joseph Stalin’s rule, was a system of forced labour camps used to incarcerate a wide range of convicts, from petty criminals to political prisoners – including Stalin’s left-wing, Trotskyist opponents and gay men and women. The original Twitter thread from Goldsmith LGBTQ, since removedCredit:archive.today read more

Verizon Wireless LTE network goes down

first_imgVerizon Wireless has been making a big deal of their 4G LTE network lately, and for good reason: it’s already one of the nation’s fastest and most widespread 4G networks. Unfortunately, that network took a dive last night, and as of this writing is still down. The worst part is that customers who own the HTC Thunderbolt, Verizon Wireless’ flagship 4G LTE device, were left not just without 4G service, but also without 3G service thanks to a known issue with the phone. Ouch.Verizon Wireless’ corporate Twitter feed has confirmed the 4G outage, and has been providing updates on it as the day goes on. Unfortunately, they haven’t provided an estimate as far as when 4G service will be restored. The company’s 3G network is operating normally, so most customers aren’t feeling the pinch.AdChoices广告Considering the number of devices that support Verizon’s 4G network is still pretty slim, the number of people hurting from the outage is still relatively small. After all, aside from a number of cellular modems and a MiFi device, the only available handset that supports LTE is the Thunderbolt. The upcoming Droid Charge by Samsung will also be a 4G device, and Motorola Xoom users will be able to update their devices to 4G later this spring, but other than that there are no 4G devices with release dates just yet.Even so, it’s a bit of a black eye for Verizon Wireless, who’s been aggressively advertising its 4G speed, rolling out LTE in new cities, and pushing handset manufacturers to roll out new devices as quickly as possible. It’s also not good news for a company that prides itself on its network reliability. In the meanwhile, 3G customers won’t notice a difference, and those users with a MiFi or a 4G modem will default to 3G connectivity until 4G access is restored.Read more at Twitter (@VerizonWireless) via Engadgetlast_img read more

We are absolutely disgusted by the justice system in Ireland Family of

first_img Apr 5th 2017, 5:55 PM Updated 5.55pm THE MOTHER OF a man whose death was caused by his best friend’s dangerous driving has said she is disgusted with the sentence handed down to him.Kevin McCarthy (23) was driving at around twice the speed limit when he entered a bend in the road near Brittas, Co. Dublin. He lost control of the car and hit trees and a pole before the car flipped over and travelled 115 metres on its roof.Thomas Carroll was a back seat passenger in the car. Family and friends, who were present during the hearing today, walked out en masse when Judge Pauline Codd imposed a sentence of four years with two and a half years suspended.McCarthy of Rossfield Park, Tallaght, Dublin pleaded guilty on a previous date at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to one count of dangerous driving causing the death of 21-year-old Carroll on the N81 near Brittas, Co Dublin on 29 May, 2014.McCarthy has 73 previous convictions. They include one for careless driving and offences of driving a car with no NCT, driving without insurance. The majority of his other convictions are for documentary road traffic offences.McCarthy took the stand to make a tearful apology to the victim’s family, telling them:I’m very very sorry for all that happened.NegligentJudge Codd said that Carroll’s death was caused by a negligent act as opposed to an intentional act and that the court must assess the degree of criminal recklessness involved. She said that sentencing was not an exercise in vengeance or an act of retaliation.She said that any sentence must contain a sufficient element of general deterrence to the public and McCarthy not to drive at excessive speed. She said McCarthy’s previous record indicated a lack of respect on his part for road traffic law.She said that McCarthy had acknowledged fully his responsibility and his remorse was great. She said the sense of loss had deeply affected him and noted that he had said he would never forgive himself.“He now has to live with that guilt and he’ll carry that burden for the rest of his life,” she said.DisgustedSpeaking outside the courthouse the victim’s mother Nicola Carroll said:We are absolutely disgusted by the justice system in Ireland. A year and a half is simply not enough for our beloved son, brother and daddy to our granddaughter Kayla who will grow up without her daddy. By Declan Brennan and Isabel Hayes Wednesday 5 Apr 2017, 5:55 PM Image: Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews.ie 61 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3325291 Image: Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews.iecenter_img “Kevin McCarthy will walk free in 18 months and live his life as normal while we will suffer a life sentence.”McCarthy’s sister Sinead McCarthy told the court that she didn’t intend to take away from grief of the victim’s family but said her brother’s life had been ripped apart.She said her brother “absolutely loved” the victim. Since the crash he had withdrawn from contact with friends and family and locks himself in his room.She said he disappeared for days and the family found out recently that he was going to the crash scene to talk to the victim.Judge Codd said she was taking into consideration the impact of McCarthy’s action on the victim’s family. She said the harrowing and extremely distressing head injuries sustained meant they had to consider having a closed coffin at his funeral.In victim impact statements read out in court, Carroll’s mother, brother and two sisters described the pain of losing their son and brother in such horrific circumstances that they were advised to hold his funeral in a closed casket.The funeral directors worked for 12 hours to ensure they could see his body and hold his hand one last time, the court heard.His mother, Nicola Carroll, said she was “distraught” at how he died and often thinks of how terrified he must have been in his final moments in the car. She said her son Glen, who was called to the scene by Carroll’s friends, was still traumatised by what he saw that night.‘I miss him terribly’McCarthy told gardaí he had been hanging out with his group of friends that evening like they usually did. He said he was driving the group back to Tallaght and Carroll was sitting in the back passenger seat when the car spun out of control into some trees.It flipped over twice and spun around about 10 times before coming to rest on the wrong side of the road.The court heard McCarthy had not been drinking on the night of the crash.McCarthy told gardaí he was travelling at around 100-120 km/h at the time, which he said was the speed limit on the road. However, the court heard the speed limit was 60km/h and this was signposted on the road about 300 metres before the crash site.“I never went out that night planning on hurting anyone,” McCarthy told gardaí.Tom was one of my best friends. I miss him terribly.McCarthy sat with his head bowed and wiped his eyes several times during the sentence hearing.He wore a necklace with a picture of his friend “to remind him every day”, Garda Maria Dolan said.Read: Man to appear in court charged with death of elderly Kerry farmer >Read: Judge dismisses Go Safe speeding cases, calling them a ‘charade’ and ‘embarrassing’ > ‘We are absolutely disgusted by the justice system in Ireland’ – Family of tragic car crash victim Kevin McCarthy has been jailed for the manner of his driving in a crash that killed his friend Thomas Carroll. Short URL Share Tweet Email 43,231 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Bowen honours Calwell biography

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram 300 people crammed into the Museo Italiano in Melbourne’s Carlton district last week for the launch of I am Bound to be True: the life and legacy of Arthur A Calwell. Written by Calwell’s daughter Mary Elizabeth, the book tells the story of Australia’s first Minister for Immigration, and the man widely regarded as the father of Australian multiculturalism. Arthur Calwell (1896-1973) entered Federal Parliament as ALP member for Melbourne in 1940. During WWII he served as Minister for Information in the Curtin government, and at war’s end became Australia’s first Immigration Minister in Ben Chifley’s Labor administration. As the architect of Australia’s post-war immigration program, Calwell ensured hundreds of thousands of European refugees were able to find a better life, far from their war-torn homelands. With his strong links to the trade union movement and his skillful presentation of the need for immigration to drive Australia’s industrial growth, he overcame resistance to mass immigration by promoting it under the slogan “populate or perish”. Officially launching the biography, current Immigration Minister Chris Bowen described Calwell as “one of the most substantial figures of the second half of the 20th century in Australian politics,” as well as being a misunderstood figure. “This is a substantial book about a substantial man. He is justifiably recognised as the father of Australia’s immigration, not just as the first immigration minister, but as the intellectual driving force behind that program,” said Mr Bowen. In homage to his predecessor, Mr Bowen described many of Calwell’s initiatives that created today’s multicultural society, including how Calwell, as early as 1941, had argued that people of Chinese heritage in Australia should be offered full naturalisation rights. Bowen reminded the audience that it was Calwell in 1947 who had first chipped-away at the White Australia Policy, moving amendments to the restrictive Immigration Act of 1901. “His argument for a generous program of resettlement to Jewish refugees after the war, means that Australia is the host to more Holocaust survivors – and descendants of Holocaust survivors – than any nation in the world other than Israel”, said Mr Bowen. Most widely known for his remark, “two Wongs don’t make a White” made in Parliament in 1947, Bowen said that it was “intellectually lazy” for Calwell’s detractors to define him by that one comment. “How many people know that when Arthur Calwell said [that], he was actually answering a question from a Mr White?” said Mr Bowen. “It may not have been the best-judged comment he ever made, but look at his actions and not just his words.” Also in the audience to celebrate the book’s launch were Federal Members Simon Crean and Maria Vamvakinou. Mr Crean said that it was important to reflect that post-war Australia had a population of seven million people, which had trebled within 50 years, due to the policy foundations laid by Arthur Calwell. “Immigration has been great for this country, economically, socially and culturally,” said Mr Crean. “Calwell’s values were developed through his Catholicism – values that went to the issues of fairness, equality and social justice – and that all people were created equal before God.” Maria Vamvakinou spoke on behalf of Prime Minister Julia Gillard who described Arthur Calwell as a great Australian whose contribution to the nation was substantial and enduring. The PM added that “no one could be more suited to writing the biography than his daughter, who writes from a close personal perspective but who writes as an author and scholar in her own right: no father could wish for a more faithful daughter.” I Am Bound to be True: The Life and Legacy of Arthur A Calwell by Mary Elizabeth Calwell is published by Mosaic Press. ISBN 9781743241400.last_img read more

CosmoGirl Enlists Teenage Correspondents to Cover 2008 Election

first_imgTaking a page out of MTV’s Rock the Vote! playbook, CosmoGirl! has hired a pair of teenage correspondents as political reporters to cover the 2008 presidential race.Glenna Schubert, an 18-year-old Washington, D.C.-based college student, will write about the race from the nation’s capitol. Katie Glueck [right], 18, a Kansas high school senior, will serve as traveling correspondent. Glueck was in Iowa last week and in New Hampshire earlier this week for the first round of primaries. Both young women are filing blog posts and video dispatches for CosmoGirl.com.“Katie has a keen interest in politics and the issues that affect and interest our readers, such as college tuition, global warming and the war in Iraq,” says CosmoGirl! executive editor Chandra Czape Turner. To fill the correspondent position, CosmoGirl conducted a nationwide search, publishing a call for applications in the editor’s letter in the print magazine. “Katie we felt was the best of the lot—a keen reporter who wasn’t afraid to ask the tough questions in a sea of adult reporters and politicians,” Turner says. “Part of Katie’s job is to talk with readers about what issues they think are most important and then finding out from the candidates about how these issues are represented in their platforms.”Glueck will be traveling to South Carolina next week for the Republican primary.So far, Turner has been pleased with the copy turned in by their pair of cub reporters. “We already have a nice dialogue going on from our readers,” Turner says, adding that she expects reader engagement to increase as the election draws closer.last_img read more

BJP Lawmaker Now marry fair Kashmiris

first_imgMuzaffarnagar: A BJP lawmaker explaining the merits of the Centre’s move to end special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 offered this appalling point – that party workers could now marry fair women from Kashmir. Vikram Saini, UP legislator, is no stranger to controversy. His misogynistic statements have been caught on camera. With the government’s Kashmir decision, BJP workers could now go there, buy plots of land and get married, Vikram Saini said on Tuesday at a function at Muzaffarnagar to celebrate the Article 370 move. “The workers are very excited and those who are bachelors can get married there. There is no issue now. Earlier, there was lot of atrocities on women. If a woman from Kashmir got married to a man from Uttar Pradesh, her citizenship would be revoked.”last_img read more

Well be in power again if PM Hasina

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina addresses the 6th National Convention of Krishibid Institution Bangladesh (KIB) at its premises in the city on Saturday. Photo: PIDPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said the common people are now getting the benefits of her government’s development programmes as it has been able to lower the inflation rate with sustainable GDP growth, reports UNB.”If people cast their votes for us, we’ll be in power again, if they don’t we won’t be there in power,” said the prime minister while speaking at the 6th National Convention of Krishibid Institution Bangladesh (KIB) its premises in the city.The Awami League government is in power for the two consecutive times, she added.”Bangladesh economy has made a good progress…we’ve been able to lower the inflation rate…it’s now 5.4 to 5.6 per cent, and the economy is strong as we’re maintaining 7.78 per cent GDP growth. Now the grassroots are getting the benefits,” she said.Agriculture minister Matia Chowdhury was present as a special guest at the programme held with KIB president AMM Salehin the chair. KIB secretary general Md Khairul Alam delivered the welcome speech.Returning to power in 2009, Sheikh Hasina said, the Awami League government has taken long-, mid-, and short-term programmes to take the country forward.”We’re now marching ahead with the programmes.”She said the government wants to lead the country towards prosperity as Bangladesh is now the third largest vegetable-producing country, while 8th in potato, 7th in mango and 3rd in fish production.”Our country is now totally self-reliant…now we’ve to go for value addition to our products…we’ve to go for food processing as well,” the prime minister said.Hasina said the socioeconomic status of people is improving while the local market is expanding. “We can sell our processed foods within the country as well as export those after fulfilling the local demand and earn foreign exchange.”Hasina said the government has given a special attention to food processing and encourage investment in this sector. “We’ll produce more foods, process those, meet our own local demand and export the surplus ones to fetch foreign currencies.”The prime minister said the government has also given importance to research to enhance production. “Through research, the government has improved the production of rice, fish and vegetable. We also decoded the jute genome,” she added.Hasina said the government is providing all-out support to farmers through investing in research and giving all agri-related facilities.Describing irrigation as the important component of agriculture, she said the government wants to encourage the use of renewable energy for this purpose.Hasina said she requested the agriculture minister to encourage cooperative system for using solar panel in irrigation as its use by a single person is costlier.Referring to some natural disasters like floods in the past, Sheikh Hasina said the agriculture sector is first affected by various calamities like early and long-lasting floods, draughts, landslides, tidal upsurge and earthquakes. Keeping these in mind, she said, the government has been developing modern food storages and silos in the county to ensure up to 2200,000 metric tons of food storage to meet crisis during any crisis.She sharply criticised the post-75 governments like of Zia, Ershad and Khaleda who never wanted Bangladesh to be self-sufficient in food.Governments after 1975 violated the agriculture policy framed by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and they never wanted development of the farmers and improvement of the lifestyle of the common people.They destroyed institutions like BADC for which the country could not achieve desired development in the agriculture sector, she added.Earlier, the prime minister inaugurated the convention by hoisting the national flag and releasing doves and balloons.President and CEO of IFDC Scot J Angel also spoke on the occasion.last_img read more

Construction Industry Expected To Be Drag On Houston Economy In 2017

first_imgFlorian MartinThrough November, developers started more than $14 billion worth of buildings in 2016 – a 15 percent drop from the previous year.In its monthly report, construction research company Dodge Data & Analytics finds developers in Greater Houston started $766.7 million worth of new buildings in November.That’s a sharp decline of 40 percent from the same month a year earlier.The biggest drop – 74 percent – comes in nonresidential construction. “We have enough office space, the boom (in) petrochemical plant construction is winding down, and industrial space is responding to the market,” said Patrick Jankowski, regional economist with the Greater Houston Partnership.He expects the decline to continue throughout this year and probably into 2018.Of course, this will have an effect on jobs and the Greater Houston Partnership forecasts 16,000 job losses in the construction industry this year.“If it wasn’t for the losses that we’re going to see in construction this year, job growth in Houston would be fairly healthy,” Patrick said. “But what we’re going to see is the construction industry actually being a drag on Houston’s economy in 2017.”Overall, the Partnership forecasts the Houston area will create 29,700 net jobs this year. Listen Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:05 Xlast_img read more

Andrew Garfield dedicates Tony Award to LGBTIQ community

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Andrew Garfield has won a Tony award for his performance in Angels in America. | Photo: CBS GAYSTARNEWS- Andrew Garfield has used his Tony Awards acceptance speech to honor LGBTI activists who fought for community’s equal rights. Garfield won the Tony for best lead actor in a play for his role as Prior Walter in the iconic gay play,  Angels in America.The actor who has long advocated for the LGBTI community called out bigotry against the community in his acceptance speech.‘At a moment in time where maybe the most important thing that we remember right now is the sanctity of the human spirit, it is the profound privilege of my life to play Prior Walter in Angels in America because he represents the purest spirit of humanity,’ Garfield said.‘And especially that of the LGBTQ community. It is a spirit that says no to oppression. It is a spirit that says no to bigotry, no to shame, no to exclusion. It is a spirit that says we are all made perfectly. That we all belong.‘So, I dedicate this award to the countless LGBTQ people who have fought and died to protect that spirit, to protect that message: For the right to live and love as we are created to.’ Let them bake cakes!Garfield wrapped up his moving speech with a quip throwing shade at a recent Supreme Court decision to rule in favor of a baker who refused to bake a cake for a gay couple’s wedding‘We are all sacred and we all belong, so let’s just bake a cake for everyone who wants a cake to be baked,’ Garfield said.Andrew Garfield won Best Actor at the #TonyAwards for Angels in America. During his acceptance speech he gave a message of support to the LGBTQ community (and threw shade at conservative evangelical snowflakes): “Let’s just bake a cake for everyone who wants a cake to be baked.” pic.twitter.com/g9RBGSxZGF— Adam Best (@adamcbest) June 11, 2018 eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Happy Potter Director has Tony Awards audience sing Happy Birthday to his boyfriendAndrew Garfield adorably fangirls over Drag Race’s Miss VanjieAndrew Garfield is open to having gay sexRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/andrew-garfield-dedicates-tony-award-to-lgbtiq-community/last_img read more

Dr Mahesh Sharma inaugurates exhibition on International Yoga Day

first_imgThe Minister of State for Tourism and Culture and Civil Aviation, Dr Mahesh Sharma inaugurated the exhibition “Yoga Chakra, Tradition & Modernity – a Multi-media encounter with Intangible Culture” on the occasion of International Yoga Day, at the Rabindra Bhawan in New Delhi. The exhibition is a part of the larger endeavour of the Ministry of Culture, to present Yog Parv, a festival of Yoga in the context of performing and visual arts as well as workshops and interactive session in three interlinked segments. The Yog Parv has been organised by the autonomous organisation of Ministry of Culture, Sangeet Natak Akademi, in association with sister organisations and museums from across the country.Speaking on the occasion, Dr Mahesh Sharma said the fact that the International Yoga Day was celebrated across the world is a matter of great pride for India. The celebration of Yoga Day has given India a unique recognition in the world, the Minister said. The Minister highlighted the significance of Yoga depicted through various forms of cultural activities. Yoga is a part of our culture and our ancient culture has found a place worldwide with the celebration of Yoga Day, the Minister added. Dr Sharma said that177 different countries from across continents and cultures have adopted the idea and have joined India in this initiative to celebrate yoga worldwide.The exhibition ‘Yoga Chakra’, curated by Sushma K Bahl and Archana B Sapra with support from Sangeet Natak Akademi highlights the all encompassing philosophy of life sustaining practices across ages, cultures and continents for meditation and stress relief. The ensemble features 370 works by over 150 artists from across India, including historic masterpieces sourced from museums and institutions as well as several fresh new age creations by contemporary artists. It showcases the all inclusive multicultural multimedia Indian creativity through a convergence of illustrated manuscripts, paintings, photographs, books, interactive installations, digital work, and films for health, happiness and healing. Displayed in three interlinked thematic segments – Gyana, Dhyana and Karma – the exhibition relooks at the ancient Indian traditions and tenets, from a modern perspective through a convergence of visual and performing arts, science and life styles, as well as faiths- Hindu, Buddhist, Jain, Sikh, Zorashrian, Sufi and other sacred practices.The other aspects of the festival integral to the concept of yoga include dance performances, music concerts, theatre, lecture demonstrations, discourses, talks, workshops, meditation sessions, and consultations with Yoga experts as well as an interactive arena to experience a host of herbal remedies and organic cuisine from across the country.The Sangeet Natak Academy has partnered with various prestigious Institutions including the National Museum New Delhi, Lalit Kala Akademi, Sahitya Kala Akademi, Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, Indian Museum Kolkata, Allahabad Museum, Isha Foundation and AYUSH, besides Museum of Sacred Arts from Belgium and other Indian cultural institutions to highlight the importance of this great traditional Indian practice over 5,000 years old.The exhibition will provide a wholesome experience to visitors giving them an opportunity to feel and understand the concept of Yoga as it is practised, encompassing the traditional within the contemporary context of modern lifestyles. The festival will be a celebration for enhancing our lifestyle by providing focus on how to improve our wellness and good health through different aspects of Yoga.The ‘Yog Parva’, has been organised to celebrate the International Day of Yoga from June 21 to 27, 2015 at Rabindra Bhavan premises, New Delhi.last_img read more

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first_imgJust watch. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 7 Comments   Share   Progress going great! 💪🏾 pic.twitter.com/Lm4CzIDIUM— David Johnson (@DavidJohnson31) February 8, 2017Yep, nothing to see here — just a 225-pound man defying physics by launching himself out of a pool and onto the pool deck. And he’s doing so with a not-completely-recovered MCL sprain.This is more confirmation David Johnson is not human. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo When the Cardinals eased concerns about running back David Johnson’s knee injury that occurred on New Year’s Day by saying it was only an MCL sprain a day later, it was expected he’d take a few months to recover.A few days short of six weeks since then, we could assume Johnson is nearing total recovery.If you need more proof that Johnson’s progress is going great, well, he posted on Twitter that “progress is going great!” That message accompanied this video, which …. just watch. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_imgThe best hotel near Gatwick Airport with parkingSkyscanner’s top pick: Hampton by Hilton, London Gatwick AirportThis is how to make sure your travel is stress free: a representative from the airport will meet you at the door and park your car for you in a safe, off-site area, whilst you head into your cosy suite or jump into a transfer for your flight. Kids also stay for free in this hotel. Enquire about the ‘Park & Fly’ packages after making your booking through Skyscanner. Take the hassle out of airport parking and book now ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedGatwick Arrivals & Departures | Live Flight InformationGet Gatwick arrivals and departures information in real time with Skyscanner’s flight status board. Whether you’re jetting off on holiday or meeting family at the airport, we’ve got all the live, accurate flight information you need. Find cheap flights from Gatwick  Search airport hotels Download our app Find out your…11 top hotels near London Heathrow Airport (LHR) close to all terminalsLooking for a hotel near London Heathrow with parking, a shuttle service, free Wifi or a business centre? These hotels near Terminal 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 are perfect for stopovers and early morning flights from Heathrow, whether you’re travelling on business or catching a flight to somewhere sunnier…Bristol Airport Arrivals & Departures | Live Flight InformationGet Bristol Airport arrivals and departures information with Skyscanner’s flight status board. Find cheap flights from Bristol Find Airport Hotels Download our app To find departure status, cancellations and delays on the flight board above. Simply scroll through today’s departures and arrivals or search for a flight number to check… The best hotel near Gatwick Airport with spa facilitiesSkyscanner’s top pick: Copthorne Hotel, Gatwick AirportAirport hotel doesn’t necessarily mean skimping on the experience. This sixteenth century converted farmhouse has it’s own gym, pool and spa facilities, whilst also accommodating for families in some of the suites and offering a variety of activities in the local area. The White Swan is a great choice for home cooked food, and there’s an airport shuttle service too. Book a room and get spa luxury as well as airport convenience The best hotel near Gatwick Airport with meeting rooms and business centresSkyscanner’s top pick: Sofitel London Gatwick This Sofitel is located inside the North Terminal, which is ideal for any business travellers getting connections from the rest of the UK or other international destinations. It’s the place to impress too – take your clients to the Kua Bar for craft cocktails and light bites, or make use of their meeting rooms for a conference. It’s a 4 star hotel, so you can expect all of the luxury touches, including a 24/7 gym, pool and concierge service on site. Book a hotel that suits your business and travel needsThe best hotel near Gatwick Airport for familiesSkyscanner’s top pick: Tanglewood GuesthouseWith family rooms, outdoor space and cots provided, this is a great airport hotel for the if you’re travelling with little ones. Tire them out in the garden before enjoying a home cooked meal in this family run B&B. There are free transfers to the airport in the morning and in the evening, which is sure to cut down that last minute stress of making the journey to the terminal at 6am. Overnight parking is also free.Book a family room so you don’t have to rush to the airportLooking for more information on airport hotel options? Take a look at our top choices:Edinburgh Airport HotelsManchester Airport HotelsBirmingham Airport HotelsDublin Airport HotelsLiverpool Airport HotelsGlasgow Airport HotelsBelfast International Airport HotelsHeathrow Airport HotelsWant more tips on where to stay and things to do in London? Read on…The best budget stays and cheap hotels in LondonThe UK capital can be an expensive place to visit, but did you know that you can stay there for as little as £0 per person, per night? 10 of the best bars and pubs in LondonChoosing where to enjoy your favourite tipple can be a tough choice in this pub-loving city. Don’t worry, we’ve done all the hard drinking for you and come up with our list of the top ten pubs in London.London with kids: 10 things for families to see and do in LondonThe capital may be a grown-up’s playground, but there’s plenty for the little ones to see and do, and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. Hotels near London Gatwick: North TerminalHampton by Hilton Sofitel Premier Inn Skyscanner’s top pick: Premier Inn, London GatwickNeed somewhere to grab decent food close-by, preferably in the hotel restaurant? Check. Got to have your Costa Coffee first thing? Check. Business facilities? Check. Not to mention this hotel is within walking distance of the check in gates for the North Terminal, and if you need to change airport terminal last minute, they have two minute shuttle transfers to the South Terminal too. Book a room right beside the North Terminal Hotels near London Gatwick: South TerminalBloc Hotel Courtyard by Marriott YotelSkyscanner’s top pick: Bloc Hotel, GatwickThe Bloc Hotel is a great choice for accommodation close to the South Terminal, in fact, you can’t get much closer – it’s actually located within the terminal! Take a look at the map to see exactly where. There’s also valet parking, free WiFi, HD TVs in each room and waterfall showers. You’ll have the choice of Gatwick’s South Terminal shops and restaurants on your doorstep too. Book a room right beside the South Terminallast_img read more

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first_img by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Jun 20, 2019 10:28 am PDT FILE – In this May 2, 2019, file photo, “Jeopardy!” sensation James Holzhauer speaks after being presented with a key to the Las Vegas Strip in front of the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign in Las Vegas. The Nielsen company says that 14.5 million people watched Holzhauer’s final show on June 3. That’s when the professional gambler from Las Vegas was beaten after 32 consecutive wins and more than $2.4 million in prize money. (Caroline Brehman/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP, File) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK — A case can be made that “Jeopardy!” savant James Holzhauer is one of the year’s biggest TV stars, although a short-lived one.An estimated 14.5 million people watched him on June 3, when the professional gambler from Las Vegas lost for first time after 32 consecutive wins and $2,464,216 in prize money, the Nielsen company said. He left with the 16 highest one-day scores in the show’s history.The television ratings also put him in good company. In fact, no television series this season (football excluded) averaged more viewers per episode on the first night they aired. Not “The Big Bang Theory,” not “NCIS,” not even “Game of Thrones,” although all those shows gain more viewers when time-shifting is figured in.In fact, the initial airing of the “Game of Thrones” series finale on HBO, considered the biggest event of the year in television, reached 13.6 million people, Nielsen said.The first four games of the NBA Finals between Toronto and Golden State all had fewer viewers in the U.S. than Chicago librarian Emma Boettcher’s take-down of Holzhauer.Close “Jeopardy!” watchers had a hint that June 3 was Holzhauer’s last show because news of his defeat leaked on the Internet before the show aired. “Jeopardy!” is taped well in advance, and show producers knew for weeks when Holzhauer’s defeat would air but kept it secret until the day before.It’s hard to argue, however, that the leak significantly increased the show’s viewership. Holzhauer was nearing the show’s all-time record for winnings, and two of the episodes that aired the week before his defeat gathered more than 13 million viewers, Nielsen said.“Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek punted when asked at Wednesday’s “NHL Awards” in Las Vegas who would win in a match between Holzhauer and all-time money winner Ken Jennings. He noted that another “Jeopardy!” champ, Brad Rutter, had never lost to another human being (Rutter was topped in a competition with an IBM computer).Four of Holzhauer’s episodes ranked among the 10 most-watched entertainment programs of the year, a list topped by the 18.5 million who tuned in to the series finale of “The Big Bang Theory.” Again, the numbers don’t include people watching on subsequent days.It was the biggest audience for the show in 14 years, since 18 million people watched on the night that Jennings’ 74-game winning streak was snapped.“Jeopardy!” is popular even without a dynamic player. The show averaged around 9 million viewers for a week in March before Holzhauer made his debut.It won’t be the last time viewers see him, however. “Jeopardy!” has an annual tournament of the year’s best players, and it’s hard to imagine him not being there.“Our ratings were great when James was doing well,” Trebek said, “so it’s very likely you’ll see him again, folks.”David Bauder, The Associated Press ‘Jeopardy!’ champ Holzhauer a winner in TV ratings, toolast_img read more

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