Ricky Gervais Returns To The Office For Comic Relief

first_imgAfter a 10 year break, Slough’s most famous salesman David Brent – played by Ricky Gervais in The Office – will be back on our screens on Friday 15th March with a Red Nose Day special – The Office Revisited.This time employing his talents as a music producer, the legendary office boss is looking to launch the career of young urban artist Dom Johnson, whilst vicariously pursuing his own dream of making it big in the music industry.Not wanting to miss a beat, Brent appoints himself manager, producer, and agent as he tries to worm his way back into rock and roll. Fans of The Office will be excited to know that the whole of ‘The Serpent who guards the gates of Hell’ will be shown during this special episode along with an amazing Brent self-funded video ‘Equality Street’.Gervais said: “I had an absolute blast bringing back my old friend David Brent. And of course, as a failed pop star myself, my favourite bit about the whole experience was having an excuse to “go and get the guitar” and actually write the songs I mentioned in The Office. The really funny thing is, that while I was at it, I wrote three more brand new songs too. So if Comic Relief is around in another 10 years you might get to hear those as well. Biddly Bong!”A star-studded line-up of the nation’s favourite comedians will be doing something funny for money as Red Nose Day celebrates its 25th anniversary with a fantastic evening of unmissable TV: Comic Relief – Funny for Money.A stellar line up of presenters – Michael McIntyre, Rob Brydon, John Bishop, Zoe Ball, Lenny Henry, Davina McCall, Jack Whitehall, Nick Grimshaw, Jonathan Ross, Dermot O’Leary, Claudia Winkleman, Alan Carr, David Walliams and Russell Brand – will entertain from start to finish, with original sketches from the stars of the comedy firmament promising to keep the nation roaring with laughter. Don’t miss it.To view trailers of The Office Revisited go to youtube.com/rickygervais and for more information visit rednoseday.com.last_img read more

Hes trying to make a buck off our backs Kanesatake grand chief suspends talks

first_imgLindsay RichardsonAPTN News Kanesatake Grand Chief Serge Simon came to the bargaining table with his council on Friday expecting an apology that, in the end, never came.As a result, Simon said he’s decided to cut off all talks with Oka Mayor Pascal Quevillon after the mayor refused to apologize for derogatory comments about the Mohawk territory.Simon and his band council met with federal and provincial governments earlier in the day in an attempt to diffuse tensions over a land dispute between Kanesatake and neighbouring Oka, northwest of Montreal.“The Mayor simply opened up this issue – and [Mohawk] council wasn’t prepared,” he told reporters. “It made it look like we refused or were hiding something, and we weren’t.“We have to take this back to the community somehow and start explaining, but what are we going to explain?” Simon added.The grand chief met with Marc Miller, parliamentary secretary to the federal minister of Crown-Indigenous relations and Quebec’s Indigenous Affairs Minister Sylvie D’Amours, at the downtown offices of Quebec Premier Francois Legault – who was not present for Friday’s trilateral encounter.As he left the discussions, Simon said he and his council had decided they “were not going to give the mayor any more importance.”“Yes the bridges are cut,” Simon told reporters alongside Ghislain Picard, regional chief of the Assembly of First Nations for Quebec and Labrador. “We’ll have no more discussions with him. My council agrees with me.“I think the population of this province should be looking at this mayor and really recognizing that he’s really not on the right track,” Simon added.Emotions have run high since news broke of local developer Gregoire Gollin’s intention to give back 60 hectares to the federal government as an ecological gift with the possibility that it would be eventually purchased by Kanesatake.Quevillon offended many on the territory when he raised concerns about becoming encircled by Kanesatake.Quevillon has said property values would decline and raised fears of illegal dumping and an expansion of cannabis and cigarette merchants.Oka’s mayor met with Miller and D’Amours following their discussions with the Mohawk leaders.On his way into the office tower, Quevillon told reporters he didn’t know what he was supposed to be apologizing for – and that he was unaware that the grand chief was expecting an apology prior to talks progressing.“What I understand is that I used words like smoke and pot shacks,” he said. “That’s the reality unfortunately. What we are seeing is the reality.”Quevillon said the Mohawks claim the land on which his town is settled, and his population feels as if they have been “taken hostage” by land disputes, including those in Deux-Montagnes, and a parcel of land in Mirabel – an ancestral hunting ground of the Mohawk people, according to Simon – that was also returned to the federal government earlier this year.“It’s 300 years that Oka is there, and we’re being told that, finally, these are lands that belong to the Mohawks,” he said.Simon said Quevillon’s comments Friday morning made things worse.“He made it clear he’s not going to apologize about what he conceives as the truth when he describes my community,” Simon said.“My community has several social problems, yes. But what’s he’s describing … it’s not the will of my council to propagate those social problems.”Despite the conflict with the Oka mayor, Simon said he had positive discussions with Miller and D’Amours.He said they talked with him about opening up more formal lines of communication between his council and the federal and provincial governments regarding land claims and expanding Kanesatake’s territory.For his part, Miller said he wasn’t expecting today’s meetings to result in a “historical breakthrough,” but rather to open the table to discussions while denouncing the use of inflammatory or sensationalist language moving forward.“It’s very important to have truthful information so that both communities can digest it and come to opinions as to what [the proposed agreement] is,” Miller explained. “The false information is very concerning for both federal and provincial governments.”“These exchanges of words, these dialogues – even in front of reporters – are done with the utmost respect, because we know we have learned from our lessons in the past,” he added.D’Amours said that she was satisfied with the outcome of the meetings with both the grand chief and Quevillion.“I’m very happy that we were able to have a day of frank dialogue with stakeholders,” D’Amours said.“I think we need to remember what the citizens want, and the citizens don’t want a crisis. So I think that both parties – even if both gentlemen don’t speak – the two parties agree that there has to be a dialogue, and there also has a be respect towards the population who don’t want a second crisis.”But, Simon said, any discussion about the expansion of Kanesatake is premature.His people will need to be consulted and vote on whether or not to accept any donations of land that the Mohawks already claim as theirs.“Our community still has to decide,” Simon said. “I think the mayor pressed the panic button a little too quickly.”With files from The Canadian Press.lrichardson@aptn.ca@sentimtllast_img read more

FCC votes along party lines to end net neutrality

first_imgThe Federal Communications Commission repealed the Obama-era “net neutrality” rules Thursday, giving internet service providers like Verizon, Comcast and AT&T a free hand to slow or block websites and apps as they see fit or charge more for faster speeds.In a straight party-line vote of 3-2, the Republican-controlled FCC junked the longtime principle that said all web traffic must be treated equally. The move represents a radical departure from more than a decade of federal oversight.The big telecommunications companies had lobbied hard to overturn the rules, contending they are heavy-handed and discourage investment in broadband networks.“What is the FCC doing today?” asked FCC chairman Ajit Pai, a Republican. “Quite simply, we are restoring the light-touch framework that has governed the internet for most of its existence.”The push to eliminate net neutrality has stirred fears among consumer advocates, Democrats, many web companies and ordinary Americans afraid that the cable and phone giants will be able to control what people see and do online. But the broadband industry has promised that the internet experience for the public isn’t going to change.The FCC vote is unlikely to be the last word. Net neutrality supporters threatened legal challenges, with New York’s attorney general vowing to lead a multistate lawsuit. Some Democrats want to overturn the FCC action in Congress.“The fact that Chairman Pai went through with this, a policy that is so unpopular, is somewhat shocking,” said Mark Stanley, a spokesman for the civil liberties organization Demand Progress. “Unfortunately, not surprising.”On Thursday, about 60 demonstrators gathered in the bitter chill of Washington to protest the FCC’s expected decision. Just before the vote, the hearing room was briefly evacuated and searched for unspecified security reasons.The FCC subscribed to the principle of net neutrality for over a decade and enshrined it in rules adopted in 2015.Under the new rules approved Thursday, the Comcasts and AT&Ts of the world could slow down or block access to services they don’t like or happen to be in competition with. They could also charge higher fees of rivals and make them pay up for higher transmission speeds. They just have to post their policies online or tell the FCC.Such things have happened before. In 2007, for example, The Associated Press found that Comcast was blocking or throttling some file-sharing. And AT&T blocked Skype and other internet calling services on the iPhone until 2009.Thursday’s rule change also eliminates certain federal consumer protections, bars state laws that contradict the FCC’s approach, and largely transfers oversight of internet service to another agency altogether, the Federal Trade Commission.Angelo Zino, an analyst at CFRA Research, said he expects AT&T and Verizon to be the biggest beneficiaries because the two internet giants can now give priority to the movies, TV shows and other videos or music they provide to viewers. That could hurt rivals such as Sling TV, Amazon, YouTube or startups yet to be born.However, AT&T senior executive vice-president Bob Quinn said in a blog post that the internet “will continue to work tomorrow just as it always has.” He said the company won’t block websites and won’t throttle or degrade online traffic based on content.Internet companies such as Google, Twitter and Facebook have strongly backed net neutrality.Netflix said in a tweet it is “disappointed in the decision to gut #NetNeutrality protections that ushered in an unprecedented era of innovation, creativity & civic engagement. This is the beginning of a longer legal battle.”White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the Trump administration “supports the FCC’s effort to roll back burdensome regulations. But as we have always done and will continue to do, we certainly support a free and fair Internet.”FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, a Democrat appointed by President Barack Obama, lambasted the “preordained outcome” of the vote that she said hurts small and large businesses and ordinary people. She said the end of net neutrality hands over the keys to the internet to a “handful of multibillion-dollar corporations.”With their vote, she added, the FCC’s Republican commissioners are abandoning the pledge they took to make a rapid, efficient communications service available to all people in the U.S., without discrimination.But Michael O’Rielly, a GOP commissioner appointed by Obama, called the FCC’s approach a “well-reasoned and soundly justified order.”The internet, he said, “has functioned without net neutrality rules for far longer than it has with them.” The decision “will not break the internet.”New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a Democrat, has been investigating what appear to be large numbers of fake public comments submitted to the FCC during the net neutrality comment period. He said 2 million comments were submitted under stolen identities, including those of children and dead people.___Associated Press Writer Chris Rugaber in Washington contributed to this story.last_img read more

BC premier says wildfires prompted unprecedented second state of emergency

first_imgVANCOUVER – Premier John Horgan says successive B.C. governments have budgeted “laughable” amounts of money to fight wildfires that are becoming all too common through the ravages of climate change.Horgan said Tuesday during a visit to Prince George that the sky in the northern city turned jet black one morning last week from fires burning in nearby communities.“We have serious challenges for public health and we need to adapt our policy making, working with all levels of government to make sure that as we go forward we’re better prepared,” said Horgan, flanked by federal Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, Mayor Lyn Hall and Grand Chief Ed John of the First Nations Summit.“Clearly, we are going to overshoot the budget again this year, which has happened repeatedly,” Horgan said, adding both federal and provincial governments must ensure adequate resources are available to safeguard communities.He said wildfires prompted an unprecedented second state of emergency in the province in the last 12 months after floods this spring, but he’s confident there’s enough contingency in the budget to provide the needed support.Canadian Armed Forces troops have been deployed to B.C. during the floods and wildfires this year, as well as for fires in 2017.Sajjan said troops have increasingly responded to disasters across Canada as climate change takes a toll on the environment.“We as a government do realize that we need to take steps in terms of how do we mitigate some of these things as we work very closely in trying to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, do our part as the rest of the world needs to do theirs.”British Columbia budgeted $63 million for wildfire suppression for the 2018-19 season but has already spent $274 million, according to figures from the Forests Ministry. It said last year’s budget allocated the same amount of money, but the firefighting efforts cost $649 million.More than 2,000 evacuees headed to Prince George after being ordered out because of an 850-square-kilometre blaze threatening an area from Fraser Lake to Fort St. James.Smoke from distant wildfires is forcing residents in parts of the province to stay indoors, especially if they have pre-existing conditions such as asthma, and tourism is being affected where skies are hazy.Teck Resources temporarily shut down its lead smelting operations in Trail, saying a supplier plant that provides oxygen is closed due to poor air quality that is affecting lead smelting.As part of the city’s wildfire prevention program that started in 2005, Hall said the community will discuss what steps it can take to mitigate future wildfires, including clearing the forest floor of debris.Lori Daniels, an ecology professor at the University of British Columbia’s faculty of forestry, said only about one third of B.C. communities have wildfire prevention plans though the risk of such disasters is increasing.She said it’s time for the public to support initiatives including tree removal in forests close to homes as climate change creates hotter, drier conditions after decades of fire suppression policies that led to an accumulation of dead trees and twigs that act as fuel for fires that can quickly get out of control.“This is an issue for all of us who live near burnable vegetation, which is pretty much a large proportion of Canadians, even in urban areas where we have forests that could catch on fire with these extreme weather conditions,” Daniels said.Community wildfire prevention plans would assess hazards, including small and big trees that need to be cut down in areas where homes are built close to forested areas, she said.“In many places in B.C., the forests adjacent to communities are so dense that even when you drop water on them from a water bomber the water all stays at the top of the trees and never makes it to the ground where the fire is travelling.”Logan Lake fire Chief Daniel Leighton said the community began a wildfire prevention program with provincial grants after extensive fires in the province in 2003 during a record-dry summer.He said the current program involves youth employed through a summer job-creation initiative that has them trimming branches and picking up debris to rid the forest floor of fuel.Between 150 to 180 hectares have been treated by hand since 2003 though small amounts of land are also clearcut, he said, adding that part of the program was a “hard sell” for people opposed to logging that’s done through a corporation set up to put money back into the community.“Once you start cutting down trees and thinning them down some people don’t like it, although they don’t like the fires either. But the last few years have been an awakening for some people.”He said public meetings provided residents with information about the benefits of the program that has attracted attention from other jurisdictions wanting to follow suit, including Colorado, Ontario and elsewhere in B.C., where similar but much smaller programs exist in a few areas including Kamloops, Merritt and some ski resorts.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.last_img read more

Centenarian voters to be treated like VVIPs on polling day Delhi CEO

first_imgNEW DELHI: Special arrangements would be made for Delhi voters who are aged 100 and above on the polling day, including pick-up and drop facility, and they will be greeted at booths with bouquets and selfies to make them “feel like VVIPs”. Delhi goes to polls on May 12 and Chief Electoral Officer Ranbir Singh said, there are 96 centenarian voters in the city, and women outnumber men in this category. “We have been trying for the last four months to identify all voters who are aged 100 or above. This is a first such initiative to cater to elderly voters who were born before Independence and have seen the first general elections in 1952. For us, they are VVIP voters and they will be treated as one,” said, Ranbir Singh. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesAccording to data shared by the Delhi CEO Office, there are 42 male centenarian voters and 54 female. “A senior officer will go to the house of each of these centenarian voters, residing nearest to the polling station in a constituency, and escort them to booths. They will also motivate them to vote unless they are bedridden and their health doesn’t permit,” the CEO said. “But, if such voters are still eager to vote despite their frailty, we will make all possible arrangements, to ensure they exercise their franchise. They will also be given priority in voting, so they don’t have to stand in line,” he said. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarAt polling stations they will be greeted with bouquets and polling staff would take selfies with them, Singh said. Among the centenarian voters on the electoral roll are 111-year-old Bachchan Singh, a resident of West Delhi’s Tilak Nagar and 110-year-old Ram Pyari Shankwar, who is suffering from age-related ailments for the last one decade and lives in East Delhi’s Kondli. “He has never missed out on voting as far as I can remember as he understands the value of even one ballot. He barely remembers things now since he suffered a stroke couple of months ago, though, he is able to walk and speak. So we will take him to the polling booth,” Bachchan Singh’s grandson, Gurucharan Singh, said. The Delhi CEO said, in keeping with the theme of ‘Accessible Elections’, proper facilities would be provided to the voter with disabilities. “For visually-challenged voters, a dummy sheet would be kept at the polling station, on which they can feel and get to know about the candidates, and the serial number before exercising their franchise,” Singh said. A facility for having a companion is also there, besides, wheelchair and ramp facilities would be provided for such voters. As many as 164 candidates are in the fray in Delhi, where the polls are largely being seen as a triangular contest among the AAP, BJP and the Congress. Of the over 1.43 crore voters in Delhi, 78,73,022 are male and 64,42,762 female, while 669 belong to the third gender. The number of overseas electors stands at 40 while the count of service voters is 11,005.last_img read more

Priyanka helps child with tumor in Allahabad

first_imgAllahabad: Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi has extended a helping hand for a minor girl suffering from tumor here in Uttar Pradesh. The girl’s parents on Friday contacted Gandhi and expressed their inability to bear the cost of their daughter’s treatment. Gandhi immediately contacted senior party leaders Rajiv Shukla, Hardik Patel and Mohd Azharuddin and directed them to arrange for the child to be taken to AIIMS Delhi. Shukla sent the child, her parents, Azharuddin and Patel to Delhi in his six-seater charter plane while he later left for Delhi by train. Congress leader Jitendra Tiwari said that Gandhi has said that she will personally take care of the child’s treatment in All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Delhi.last_img read more

Ohio State mens soccer drops third straight game in overtime

OSU sophomore midfielder Abdi Mohamed dribbles the ball against UC Santa Barbara at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. Credit: Ohio State AthleticsThe Ohio State Men’s Soccer team remains winless on the season, losing a tough match 2-1 against Oregon State on the road in double overtime.The Buckeyes first goal of the game, and first of 2016, came from forward Nate Kohl. The junior was able to work his way around a defender to net his first career goal in the 28th minute.Ohio State entered the half with a 1-0 lead. Oregon State, however, would not go quietly into the night.In the 64th minute, freshman midfielder David Norman Jr. had a driving run into the box, where he was able to play the ball to junior forward Jordan Jones who put it into the back right of the net for the equalizer, at 1-1.The game winner would not come until double overtime, where the Beavers would come out on top.Just 17 seconds into the second overtime period, Oregon State sophomore forward Don Tchilao was able to surpass multiple defenders in the box and find the back of the net for the win.The Buckeyes again were outmatched on the offensive side of the ball, being outshot 19-7, despite having the advantage in corner kicks at 12-5.Foul calls were a trend throughout the match for both teams — 13 issued to Ohio State and 12 to Oregon State.The Buckeyes are still looking for their first win, falling to 0-4-0 on the season.It is the second year in a row that the team is off to a slow start, after beginning last season with a 1-4 record. OSU would eventually bounce back and rattle off eight straight victories to get back on track en route to a Big Ten Championship season.Coach John Bluem’s squad hopes to turn things around at home this Friday at 7:30 p.m. as they take on their first Big Ten opponent in Northwestern. read more

The 1 Passion propels walkon Eddie Days

Eddie Days doesn’t look much like a basketball player. Generously listed at 6 feet, and weighing 180 pounds, the stocky Days looks more like he should be playing running back for Jim Tressel than guard for Thad Matta. But Eddie is more passionate about basketball than most people are about anything. He simply loves the game. At Richmond Heights High School near Cleveland, Eddie was a star. As a senior in 2006, he averaged 22 points, six rebounds and five assists per game, and was named first-team All-Ohio. But despite all of his success, he still didn’t have any Division I scholarship offers. Eddie had opportunities to play for Division II or Division III schools, but that wasn’t what he had in mind. Even when Eddie was young, he said his dream was to play basketball for the Buckeyes. “I always wanted to come (to Ohio State). My dad came here. All my family lives here in Columbus,” Eddie said. “I couldn’t imagine going anywhere else.” Unbeknownst to Matta and his staff, Eddie decided to pay his way and try to walk on the basketball team at OSU. He loved the game too much to stay away. “Even before tryouts my freshman year, I would play ball at the RPAC probably five hours a day,” Eddie said. “Not even just to stay in shape or just because I knew I was trying out, but just because I loved playing.” After those daily, five-hour sessions, he’d hit the weights. “If I didn’t play ball,” Eddie said, “I was having a bad day.” When the day of the tryouts came, Eddie walked up to the Schottenstein Center and, along with 11 other guys, ran a few drills and scrimmaged for about a half-hour. The whole process lasted about 45 minutes. That was it. Everything Days worked for came down to that moment. “Right after tryouts were over, Jamar Butler, Daequan Cook and David (Lighty) were in there watching tryouts,” Eddie said. “Jamar came up to me afterwards and said: ‘The coaches like you. They think you’re probably going to be the one.’” Eddie made the squad. “He was just so, so excited,” said Judie Days, Eddie’s mother. “I can’t explain how excited he was.” Eddie planned to take the bus straight back to his residence hall, but that didn’t exactly happen. “I ended up just sitting on the bus for like an hour, just riding and kind of reflecting on how I played that day,” Eddie said. “I’d probably have to say that would be my favorite memory.” But his happiness was short-lived. During his junior year of high school, Eddie passed out during a morning basketball practice. After running a battery of tests, the doctors at the Cleveland Clinic discovered he had a rare heart condition. Days was put on medication and had no problems following the fainting incident, but OSU doctors didn’t want to take any chances. They wanted to take a closer look at the problem. By the time the doctors were satisfied and cleared Eddie to play, the roster was full. Eddie was denied his chance to be a part of the team. “That was really devastating,” Judie said. “That was really hard for him and (his family).” After being let down, Eddie wouldn’t let up. He kept up with his daily marathon gym sessions, and even started helping the women’s basketball team practice to get more gym time. Though Eddie wasn’t able to play for the men’s team, the way he played during tryouts earned their respect. Former Buckeye guard Jon Diebler has known Eddie since 2007, and said the team thought highly of him. “Eddie’s a guy who has always been around the program, and whenever we would have open gyms Eddie was welcome to come and play,” Diebler said. “Even when he wasn’t on the team, he would still come and play because we knew the type of player he was.” When Eddie came back in 2007, the roster was full and the team didn’t hold tryouts. The following year there was a tryout, but the team ultimately decided not to take anyone. Three years had passed, and Eddie still wasn’t where he wanted to be. Some thought it was time for him to try something else, but he refused to give up. “I even asked him at one point. I said, ‘Well, would you maybe want to think about going into coaching?’ But he said, ‘No, I want to play,’” Judie said. “He was adamant.” So for a fourth consecutive year, Eddie attended tryouts. This time, he made it. “It finally worked out,” Eddie said. “I think they just wanted somebody who would play hard and understand that if they make the team, they may not play a lot, but they still have to bring it every day in practice. And I understood that.” Eddie was a practice player, and said he loved it. “My role was to bring it every day in practice. Especially this year, with five or six freshmen, just to kind of be a leader and show them how things are done and lead by example,” Eddie said. “I think it helps when you play hard on scout teams and the practice team against the starters. It really helps them out.” Eddie was routinely matched up with some of the best players in college basketball. His first year, he was in charge of checking Evan Turner in practice. This year, he guarded William Buford, Diebler and Lighty. “Eddie’s a guy who’s really strong, so he would be really physical with us and he did a great job of guarding us,” Diebler said. “He would challenge a lot of our shots, and I know by him guarding, you know, myself, Dave and Will, it made us better.” Eddie said he loved the opportunity. “I loved playing and practicing against NBA-caliber players every day,” he said. “The things I’ve learned from these coaches and the times we had together, you know, with my teammates and everything, we really became like a family. Especially this year.” Eddie didn’t get a chance to play in many games, but on March 20, with about three minutes left in the Buckeyes’ pummeling of George Mason in the third round of the NCAA Tournament, the OSU faithful at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland started a chant. It was quiet at first, but continued to gain volume. “Ehh-dee, Ehh-dee, Ehh-dee,” the crowd chanted. Shortly thereafter, Matta relented to the crowd’s request, and Eddie entered the biggest tournament in college basketball. “The Eddie chant,” Judie said. “I just could not believe it.” Eddie was fouled at the end of the game, and was sent to the foul line where, in front of his hometown and many members of his family, he hit one of two free-throw attempts for the first and only point in his collegiate career. “For me, (the free throw) felt like 20 points,” Judie said. Eddie wasn’t as excited as his mom, but still enjoyed the moment. “I had a lot of friends and family there,” he said. “It was definitely a good night.” Eddie said he’s definitely going to miss playing for the Buckeyes, but he’s going to miss the people on the team and the times they had most of all. “We were really like brothers,” he said. “It doesn’t matter where we are or what we’re doing; it was always a good time, a lot of laughs.” Diebler remembers Eddie being a fierce pingpong competitor, sometimes showing up 90 minutes before practice just to play a few games and be with the guys. Although Diebler claims to be the pingpong king, Eddie could hold his own. “He was definitely top-five,” Diebler said. Though the experience ended abruptly, and ultimately short of the team’s lofty goals, Eddie said he doesn’t regret a second of it. “I’m really going to miss the program,” he said. “It hasn’t really hit me yet that it’s over.” Now, Eddie will focus on finishing his last quarter at OSU, from which he plans to graduate in June with a degree in consumer sciences and a minor in business. But don’t be surprised if you see him tearing up the RPAC sometime soon, you know, for old times’ sake. read more

Alisson trains with Liverpool

first_imgNew Liverpool signing Alisson Becker trains with his teammates for the first time.The shot-stopper was seen training at Melwood, the club’s training base for the first time since signing from AS Roma. Alisson joined Liverpool for £67million this summer, a deal which has made him the most expensive goalkeeper in the planet.Liverpool made signing a new player between the goal posts a priority this summer and are hoping the Brazil international will provide much-needed improvement in that department after they saw off competition from Chelsea and Real Madrid.The reds posted videos of training on social media today and fans quickly revealed their happiness in seeing the new goalkeeper in training.With one fan posting, according to Mirror Football: “for the first time in years, a Liverpool goalkeeper catches the ball at first attempt.”Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.Alisson has revealed his joy about playing for the reds and can’t wait to get started.“It’s a dream come true for me, to be able to put on the shirt of such a prestigious team that’s used to winning,” Alisson told the club’s official website.Liverpool manager also revealed his excitement about having the player join his team.“When I heard about the opportunity to sign of the best young goalkeepers in the game, I know we had to make it happen,” Klopp said.“I spoke to the owners and they were also excited about bringing him here.”last_img read more

United not giving up on top four hopes Valencia

first_imgManchester United captain Antonio Valencia has echoed the sentiments at the club stating that nobody is giving up on the chase for a top-four place in the League.United’s next game is at home against Huddersfield Town on Boxing Day, and the former Wigan man urged the squad to develop a consistent run in the bid to secure a top-four spot.”Absolutely,” he replied when asked by MUTV if the top-four scrap remains alive, prior to Saturday’s 5-1 win over Cardiff City.“Nobody is giving up at all. You know there is half a season left to play so it’s all about working hard, battling and playing well.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.”We know we have got the quality within the squad to be able to do that. It is all about being focused and the aim is still to get into those top four places. We also want to go as far as we can in the Champions League – why not get to the final? Why not try to win the two cup competitions we are still involved in?”Wagner’s men are on a relegation fight but the fact the festive fixture is at home is of a benefit to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.”I think it is good,” explained Valencia. “The main thing is to get everyone together at Old Trafford after Christmas and it is a great fact we don’t have to travel as it’s on our doorstep. Playing in front of our fans is always a special occasion.”We are getting the chance to make them happy and hopefully put any recent bad results behind us to get into good form again. We need to start putting a string of wins together and putting in a good performance to make the fans happy.”last_img read more

5 Wilmington Students To Perform In Northeast Youth Ballets The Nutcracker

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Five Wilmington residents will perform in Northeast Youth Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker.”The local residents are Cecilia DaCunha, Jacqueline McGonigle, Michaela McGonigle, Elly O’Connell and Emily Pinto.Northeast Youth Ballet’s “Nutcracker” is the enchanting journey of a young girl named Clara in 1835 Germany who embarks on a journey through a winter wonderland to a palace of sugary sweets.Featuring the talents of more than 160 dancers who auditioned from the Greater Boston area, along with international guest artists hailing from Chile, Italy, Colombia and New York, the production will return to the J. Everett Collins Center for the Performing Arts in Andover.“The Nutcracker” will run December 6 to December 9. Tickets range from $27 to $35 and can be obtained through http://northeastyouthballet.org or by calling 800-595-4849.For those who qualify, complimentary tickets are also available through NYB’s STARS Program, a community outreach program created to encourage and educate children and individuals of all ages who might not otherwise have the opportunity to attend the ballet. This group includes students, senior citizens, special needs organizations and military families from the inner city and surrounding communities.(NOTE: The above information is from Northeast Youth Ballet.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Thank You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related39 Wilmington Dances To Perform In The NutcrackerIn “Community”Wilmington Ballet Students To Appear In “The Nutcracker”In “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, December 9, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

HSBC Swiss office raided

first_imgHSBC Swiss office raided349 viewsHSBC Swiss office raided349 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00HSBC Swiss office raided349 viewsBusinessThis won’t be the most dramatic raid on a bank you’ll ever see – but the implications of it could be enormous. Geneva’s public prosector, Yves Bertossa, making his way to the lakeside offices of HSBCVentuno Web Player 4.50This won’t be the most dramatic raid on a bank you’ll ever see – but the implications of it could be enormous. Geneva’s public prosector, Yves Bertossa, making his way to the lakeside offices of HSBClast_img read more

Tofail hopes agitating students will go back home

first_imgFile Photo of Tofail AhmedCommerce minister Tofail Ahmed on Friday hoped the agitating students will leave streets and return home as all of their demands have already been accepted by prime minister Sheikh Hasina.“All the demands placed by the students have been accepted by the prime minister and she is a very kind leader …We hope the students will go back home and they won’t do anything jeopardizing the country’s reputation,” he said, reports UNB.The minister said this while addressing as the chief guest a special extended meeting of Bhola sadar upazila Awami League (AL) at his own residence at Gazipur road.Tofail ruled out any possibility of dialogue with the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) at the moment. “They are talking about dialogue now. The prime minister called them for talks before the election on 5 January 2014 but they did not come.”He warned that if the BNP does not participate in the next general elections, the party will have to suffer more.Sadar upazila AL president and upazila parishad chairman M Mosharraf Hossain chaired the meeting.last_img read more

1500 hens burnt alive in Munshiganj

first_imgHensAt least 1500 hens were burnt to death while 20 sacks of feeds were turned to ashes in a fire at a dairy farm at Boktarkandi village in Gozaria, Munshiganj on Wednesday, reports UNB.Locals said the fire ensued from an electric short-circuit around 2am at the farm jointly ventured by Bazlur Rahman and Jewel of the village and soon gutted down the entire farm, burning all its fowls.On information, firefighters rushed in and doused the flame after one hour frantic effort but the fire took its toll beforehand, said Saiedur Rahman Khan, team leader of Gozaria fire service and civil defense.last_img read more

Panchagarh road crash toll rises to 10

first_imgpanchagarhAnother person, who sustained injuries in a road accident at Dashmile in Panchagarh sadar upazila on Friday night, died on the way to Rangpur Medical College Hospital, raising the death toll from accident to 10, reports UNB.The deceased are Lovely Khatun, 29, wife of a certain Saidul Islam, her son Yasin Ali, 7, of Jothasna village, Rezaul, 22, son of Azizar Rahman from Shitlihasna village in sadar upazila, Anitya, 20, from Utkura village in Kaliaganj union of Boda upazila, Rasel, 20, son of Abdur Rashid of Gayabari village, Faridul Islam, 20, son of Abdul Khaleq of Uttar Kashempur village, Yunus Ali, 28, son of Shafiqul Islam of Gariagach village, Mozammel, 38, son of Azizul Islam of Mominpara village, Monir, 6, son of Yusuf Ali of Gariagach village and Rahela,25, of Bhangapara in Tetulia upazila.Panchagarh sadar police station officer-in-charge Akkas Ali said the Tentulia-bound bus from the district town collided head-on with a truck carrying electric poles from Bhajanpur in the upazila around 7:45pm while the truck was giving passage to another stationary bus, leaving five people dead on the spot and 25 others injured.Among the injured, three died at Panchagarh Modern Sadar Hospital while two others on the way to Rangpur Medical College Hospital.Police, two units of Panchagarh and Tetulia fire services, members of Border Guard Bangladesh rescued the injured and admitted them to the hospital.Policemen seized the truck but the driver managed to flee the scene.Meanwhile, Panchagarh deputy commissioner Sabina Yeasmin distributed Tk 20,000 to the families of each victim.A five-member probe committee, led by additional district magistrate Ehetesham Reza, has been formed to investigate the incident.The committee has been asked to submit its report within three days, said Golam Azam, additional deputy commissioner of the district.last_img read more

Starbucks Announces It Will Close All Its Stores On May 29 For

first_imgPhoto: APA plain-clothed police officer, right, mans a position behind the counter at the Starbucks that has become the center of protests Monday, April 16, 2018, in Philadelphia. Starbucks wants to add training for store managers on “unconscious bias,” CEO Kevin Johnson said Monday, as activists held more protests at a Philadelphia store where two black men were arrested after employees said they were trespassing. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma)Starbucks, trying to tamp down a racially charged uproar over the arrest of two black men at one of its stores in Philadelphia, announced Tuesday it plans to close all its U.S. stores –which amount to more than 8,000— for several hours next month to conduct racial-bias training for its nearly 175,000 workers.The announcement comes after the arrests sparked protests and calls for a boycott on social media.Starbucks says the stores and corporate offices will be closed on the afternoon of May 29.Starbucks, which once urged its employees to start conversations about race with customers, found itself through the looking glass: under fire for its treatment of black people.The company reacted from a high level: Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson said the arrests should not have happened and the company said he met with the two men. Starbucks also said the employee who called police no longer works at the store, but declined to give further detailsThe episode highlights the risks large corporations run when they tie their brands so closely to social messaging. In 2015, then-CEO Howard Schultz shrugged off the “Race Together” fiasco as a well-intentioned mistake and pressed on with his public efforts to engage in the debate over race in America.Johnson was scrambling to keep the Philadelphia incident from shattering the message Schultz was going for: Starbucks is a corporation that stands for something beyond profit.“The more your brand is trying to connect emotionally to people, the more hurt people feel when these kinds of things happen,” said Jacinta Gauda, the head of the Gauda Group, a New York strategic communications firm affiliated with the Grayling network. “They are breaking a promise. That’s what makes it hurt deeper.”Beyond racial relations, Starbucks has staked much of its brand on its dual promise of providing good customer service and treating its employees well, said John Gordon, a restaurant industry analyst with Pacific Management Consulting Group.The Seattle company has a reputation for well-managed stores, “a point of difference that allows them to sell primarily drinks and coffees that have a higher cost,” he said.But in a multinational company with more than 28,000 stores worldwide, there has “to be a situation every day where some human being handles things wrong. You can’t have that many employees and not have something stupid happen,” Gordon said. “Even with a huge operations manual that lays out what to say and what to do, you can’t cover everything.”Still, Starbucks has set its own high bar.Last month, the company claimed it had achieved 100 percent pay equity across gender and race for all its U.S. employees and committed to doing the same for its overseas operations, an initiative publicly backed by equality activist Billie Jean King.The company also touts the diversity of its workforce, saying minorities comprise more than 40 percent of its employees in the U.S.In 2016, Starbucks promised to invest in 15 “underserved” communities across the country, trying to counter an image of a company catering to a mostly white clientele.One of those stores opened in Ferguson, Missouri, the scene of the 2014 protests that erupted following the police shooting of Michael Brown, one of several such killings that moved Schultz to launch the Race Together campaign.Those efforts are in stark contrast to the video that went viral over the weekend showing the two black men being arrested by police who were called by an employee.Officials have said police officers were told the men had asked to use the store’s restroom but were denied because they hadn’t bought anything and they refused to leave.A Starbucks spokeswoman said Tuesday that the employee no longer works at the store, but declined to give further details.On Monday, about two dozen protesters took over the Philadelphia shop, chanting slogans like, “A whole lot of racism, a whole lot of crap, Starbucks coffee is anti-black.” The hashtag #BoycottStarbucks trended on Twitter.Johnson, who called has called the arrests “reprehensible,” arrived in Philadelphia this weekend to personally confront the crisis. He met with the two men Monday, the company’s spokeswoman said. Johnson had also promised to revamp store management training to include the “unconscious-bias” training.“I watched the video, which was hard to watch. That is not what Starbucks is about. That is not representative of our mission, our values and our guiding principles,” Johnson said.Gauda, who has developed workplace inclusion and diversity strategies for corporate clients, cautioned that any unconscious-bias training should not be treated as “special subject” but incorporated as a core part of its employee training. She warned Starbucks against treating Philadelphia as a one-off affair, urging the company to investigate whether there were any warning signs.“I would suspect that this particular issue is something that has occurred before,” Gauda said. “The company is in crisis mode now, but they should not look at this as an isolated issue.”Gauda and other corporate communications experts said they were impressed that Johnson immediately took a hands-on approach to addressing the crisis, saying his efforts would pay off in an age where corporations are under the glare of social media.“I’m actually surprised he is handling it the way a CEO should be handling it. He went in head first and he took the blame for it,” said M.J. McCallum, vice president and creative director of Muse Communications, an advertising and communications agency with an African-American focus. “I definitely applaud that. Most people won’t jump on the bomb.”“Starbucks has a great reputation. They stand for a better culture. They have stores in inner cities,” McCallum said. “I think he realizes what this one incident can do for his brand.” Sharelast_img read more

Ecarmas Named USTA Kentucky Tennis Family of the Year

first_imgThe Ecarma family has been very involve in the local tennis community, both on and off the court. Rex Ecarma has served as a coach on the junior level for the past two years, while sons Xavier and Landon have won several titles. Story Links University of Louisville men’s tennis coach Rex Ecarma and his family were recently named United States Tennis Association (USTA) Kentucky 2018 Tennis Family of the Year. “We are honored to receive this award,” said Ecarma. “Xavier is one of the only juniors in Kentucky tennis history to win four National doubles tournaments in one calendar year and was the highest-ranked junior boy nationally in Kentucky for most of the year. Landon also won a national doubles title and moved up from No. 68 to No. 18 in the Southern USA Rankings. I was happy to serve as 2017 USTA 16 and Under Team South coach in 2017 and the 12 and Under Team Kentucky Coach in 2018.” “But the star of our family is my wife, Melissa. She keeps us all on the same page and loves us through our wins and losses. She always encourages us to put Jesus Christ and our family relationships as the main priorities in our lives. We thank the USTA/Kentucky for this prestigious award.” Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Bengal civic volunteer arrested for killing mother

first_imgKolkata: A civic volunteer was arrested on Sunday for allegedly beating his mother to death in West Bengal’s Hoogly district, police said. “Rabin Kundu, a resident of Hoogly district’s Arambag was arrested for allegedly beating his septuagenarian mother to death today morning. He will be produced before the court tomorrow (Monday),” an officer from Arambag Police Station said. Kundu allegedly attacked his mother with a wooden stick after the woman had an altercation with one of their relatives, police said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life According to eye witnesses, Kundu’s mother had a verbal spat with his aunt over some family issues, which irritated the youth. After his aunt left, he attacked his mother with a stick, beating her repeatedly and the old woman became senseless, a neighbour said. The injured woman was then taken to Arambag sub-divisional hospital where she was declared brought dead. “It was a shocking incident. We handed him over to the police,” the neighbour said.last_img read more

We want speed limit reduced before a child is hit hundreds back

first_img Road safety is a subject close to Geoff’s heart after his son was killed in a cycling accident five years ago. He said: “My grandchildren have said themselves that they are scared to cross the road. I’ve taught them to stand and listen as well as look. Endon High School “The problem is that the traffic has absolutely accelerated in the last five years. I stopped a lorry driver one day and he said it’s because of the congestion on the main roads, so using Clay Lake makes it quicker and saves time. “So what was a quiet road years ago is a major thoroughfare now. It’s far better to be proactive, than waiting for an accident to happen.” The petition was set up by Geoff and parents Helen Bradshaw and Angela Berrisford. Read More’Make your passion infectious…’ Council gives parents fund-raising tips ahead of axing 248 school crossing patrols Angela has two children who both attend Endon High School. The 38-year-old, of Brown Edge, who works for Network Rail, said: “On Clay Lake the children are forced to cross on a blind bend with cars travelling at 40mph. We want to reduce the speed limit to 30mph. “We all know that if you are hit by a car going at 40mph you’re dead and we’re expecting kids to cross the road on a 40mph blind bend. “You’re expected to walk your children to school but that doesn’t make it any safer, it just means we’ll all be killed because we can’t see around the blind bend. “Someone is going to die, before any action is taken.” Read MoreDrivers asked to take care around gritters on motorways as winter approaches Parents have contacted Staffordshire County Council and requested that a safe walking route assessment is undertaken. The authority says it is looking into improving road safety in the area. Helen Fisher, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “We do listen to residents and work with local communities when there are issues affecting their neighbourhood. “County Councillor Keith Flunder and the parish council are currently exploring a number of options to improve road safety in the area. These proposals will be presented to highways officers for their consideration.” Philip White, cabinet member for learning and employability, added: “This has not previously been a route of concern, but as parents have contacted us now we will review it in the near future.” Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page. And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive. Clay Lake, Endon He said: “I live at the top of Clay Lake and my grandchildren are both pupils at Endon High School. When they are crossing the road I am in dreadful fear of them getting knocked down. “Sometimes it would take them up to five minutes to cross the road. I’ve seen other children having some problems coming from Brown Edge because of the speed at which the cars are coming around and the large trucks – it’s frightening. “That’s why I want to help the children to cross safely. They don’t have experience and some have headphones in and are chatting. I see near-misses on regular occasions where children go half way across the road and have to run back again.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailHundreds of families have backed a campaign to slash the speed limit on a busy road used by scores of school children everyday. Calls have been made for safety measures on Endon’s Clay Lake to help pupils heading to the village’s high school and primary schools. And parents want to see the speed limit reduced from 40mph to 30mph along with an improved walking route for youngsters. StokeonTrentLive has previously reported how Endon with Stanley Parish Council has come up with a ‘wish list’ of improvements for the stretch including a new footpath near the junction of Edge Lane to help pupils cross over. Community leaders are also asking for improved signage to help slow motorists down. Now a petition started by residents calling for a reduced speed limit along with safety measures has attracted more than 300 signatures. Geoff Blood has lived on Clay Lake for 35 years and started the petition after witnessing the struggles children face when trying to cross over the road. Police search for missing womancenter_img Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Driver named following fatal collision Punter found hiding in bushes last_img read more

New Latin America 2019 offerings from the Globus family of brands

first_img Posted by Friday, July 20, 2018 Tags: Globus, Latin America New Latin America 2019 offerings from the Globus family of brands Travelweek Group center_img Share TORONTO — The Globus family of brands has released its 156-page Latin America brochure.There are 41 options in all, ranging from four to 20 days and encompassing Mexico, Central America and South America.  Escorted and independent tours as well as cruises are also included.Available year-round, the programs are operated by Globus as well as value-brand sister company Cosmos, plus Monograms, offering packaged holidays for the independent traveller, and Avalon Waterways with cruises to the Amazon and to the Galapagos Islands.There is one Globus tour to Mexico – best-seller ‘Wonders of Mexico’s Yucatan’ – and, in Central America, escorted tours to Costa Rica offered by both Globus and Cosmos.Monograms’ independent tours to Central America are offered to Costa Rica, Guatemala and Panama. Within South America clients can tour several countries on one Globus, Cosmos or Monograms tour, or concentrate on just one such as with Globus’ Peru Splendors or Monograms’ Brazil Highlights.More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJUrban travellers will gravitate to Monograms’ three independent Getaway tours to Rio, Buenos Aires or Santiago.  Each four-day package includes hotel with breakfast, a half-day sightseeing tour and the services of a Monograms Local Host to assist with sightseeing, shopping and dining suggestions.When clients book air through Monograms on any of their itineraries, they’ll also receive free private transfers between the airport and their hotel.New to Cosmos is a 14-day Norwegian Cruise Line cruise from Buenos Aires to Santiago with including a stop in the Falkland Islands. Including pre- and post-stays in Buenos Aires and Santiago and with an optional extension to the Easter Islands, this trip ranges from 19 to 23 days.Avalon Waterways’ cruises onboard the five-star Delfin III (built 2015) includes immersion learning from expert naturalists. The three-day cruises are combined with visits to Lima, Machu Picchu and Cusco. In the Galapagos, Avalon has chartered the 16-passenger yacht Treasure of Galapagos, which was completely refurbished in 2017.More news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoFor more information see agentlingo.ca. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more