DD Motoring: Bridging a 100 year gap for a Donegal family

first_imgIt’s coming near closing time and the doorbell jingles as someone calls in looking for a picture frame in a big hurry.By Brian McDaidThey are not able to wait to get a frame made to order, so they spot a display frame sitting in the studio which takes their fancy. Advertisement An old black and white photo is removed from it. It’s one of the many old photos that was in this house before it was a photographic studio or picture framing shop, from the days when it was my grandfather’s home.The picture is of his mother Roseanne Coyle who lived up in Listack outside Letterkenny.As I’m fitting the new photo, taping up the back for the waiting customer, the thought passed through my head, I and my great granny worked together for this customer.My great granny’s photo is sitting frameless on my desktop, I decided to post the photo up on social media, complete with her name and where she was from. Advertisement The faded pictured of Rosanne Coyle which made the connection with the past and the present in the journey an sad story of Private John Coyle. Photo Brian McDaid.Sure enough that evening it’s the notification bells on the phone that is now chiming as the likes and comments drifted on to the page.As people that remembered my aunt Bida Deeney remarked the resemblance in the both of them.Messenger Then a private message arrived from one of my Facebook friends, who I didn’t think I recognised telling me that Roseanne Coyle, my great granny, was also her great, great granny through her son John.Growing up visiting my grandfather’s home, William Coyle at the foot of the town, I thought he had only the one brother Charlie that lived in the old home place in Listack. And other than a brass nameplate with “J. COYLE” on it that sat in Listack for years and then ended up in my grandfather’s house after that.The battle scares on the the brass name plate of J. Coyle 3209 who fought in World War 1.Photo Brian McDaid.After my grandfather passed away, I asked my aunt Bida a few times about the nameplate thinking that it belonged to my uncle Johnny.But Bida just said it was my grandfather’s older brother John and that he fought in the war and that was that.Peace Park Around 10 years ago the late Paddy Harte included me in a group that went to Belgium to visit the Peace Park which he built to remember the Irish who fought in the world wars.I was there when families located graves of loved ones for the first time in these far off fields of France and Belgium.Something that was never talked about at home.And when I got home, I tried a few times to research the owner of the brass plate that we had and no one seemed to know anything about.Paddy Harte looking through the letter and names left in the Memorial register at the war memorial. in Belguim. Photo Brian McDaid.Then a simple post on social media this week and the power of one picture and social media made the connection with two separate parts of the same family, who both lived nearby each other for nearly 70 years!Both having the same story to tell of the loss, in very different ways, of the same person over 100 years ago.And either one not knowing that both had searched in their own way for Private J. Coyle who fought in World War 1.Paddy Harte pictured with Cllr. Tony McDaid, Cllr. Padraig Mc Laughlin and Cllr Terence Slowey as they arrive at the Ulster Memorial hall.in Belgium. Photo Brian McDaid.On bank holiday Monday this week, following the posting of the single photo of Rosanne Coyle on Facebook and a few messages and phone calls later, the granddaughter of Private John Coyle, who has travelled the longest journey, called at the home of his late brother William, who once lived at Lower Main St. Letterkenny.Celine Sweeney was welcomed in as she told the difficult story of Private John Coyle.Celine’s grandmother Catherine qualified as a nurse in 1901 and returned to her native Donegal to take up a nursing post at the asylum in Letterkenny for a time.John Coyle was a farmers son who was to emigrate from Donegal to Scotland, first working as a boilermaker’s assistant before enlisting with the army in 1908.Catherine and John may have met in Donegal or in Scotland where both of them worked. In May 1913, Catherine gave birth to a son, John Joseph Coyle.Outbreak of WarThe outbreak of war was announced on August 1914 and John was immobilised that same month and was part of the 1st Battalion of the Irish Guards to go to war at the front in France.In October that year Catherine gave birth to a baby girl at the Western District Hospital, Glasgow, her daughter was christened Roseanne Coyle after John’s Mother back in Donegal.The notice for John Private John Coyle 3209 to head off to the war in 1914. Photo Brian McDaid.Catherine decided to take her two children back home to Donegal in December where her own family helped her to look after them.Her partner, still in France at the front, John’s Battalion took heavy losses, and John sustained a head injury and was taken to hospital in France before being shipped back to the hospital in England and even nearer home to a hospital in Derry.The effects of warIn the war records that Celine gathered on her grandfather, his behaviour, which firstly described John as “a good worker”, changed to that of one who was “absent from his company” on the 13/11/14 to 30/11/14 and speaking improperly to a Sgt.In waiting for 15/11/17 (168 hrs detention), as he was moved from hospital to hospital and even was sent home for s months to recuperate at one stage, he fought in Vivieries and the Battle of Aisne and fought back the Germans to retake a wooded area near the village of Soupir.The Germans tried to counter-attack to seize back the ground but the position was held.Six members of the Irish Guards were killed that day and 25 were injured – John was one of the injured.He received two gunshot wounds one to his right arm and one to his leg.The brass Name plate of John Coyle who fought in World War 1.Photo Brian McDaid.In his medical report along with his injuries, John is described as having Neurasthenia, a medical term not used anymore, but commonly used in World War 1.It describes a mechanical weakness of the nerves, constant headache emotional stress and depression.Yet he still was considered fit enough towards the end of the war to sent him back to the front line in 1917.After which his military records shows was awarded the 1914 star medal and the victory medal.John never came home after the war, his mother Roseanne believed that he may well have died in action, and like his partner Catherine, both heard no word back.Many years after his granddaughter retraced John steps, she was to find out that he changed his next of kin to that of another woman he married in England.Sadly that was also to end in failure for John, who was split up in the 1920s and few were to hear of him after the 1930s.Catherine was only 48 when she died in the early 1930s and John’s mother Rosanne died in the 1940s as did John Joseph, who passed away in 1943 on his 30th birthday.On Monday this week Celine Sweeney, who has travelled the longest journey in putting together this very sad and long judgemental road that her family have travelled, visited the former home of her grandfather’s brother Willie and shared her account with her cousins in a book that she had commissioned on the army history of her grandfather that fought in World War 1.What she didn’t know that day that her grandfather’s brass plate was there waiting for her, a plate that was issued to John Coyle on the 6th of August 1914, the day he was mobilised to go to war and on the 6th of August 2019, she would be given that same his army plate which sat for over 100 years waiting for someone to claim it.Small worldWhile Celine was visiting her grand uncle’s house this week, which now is a photographic studio, and seen a picture of her great grandmother that was posted on Facebook that made the all-important connection this week, she got a pleasant surprise to see another familiar face in another display frame, that of her granddaughter Lauren Anne, who got her first communion photos taken in the studio eight or nine years ago not known then that there was a family connection.Roseanne Coyle picture alongside her great great great granddaughter Lauren Anne in the former home of Willie Coyle which now is a photo studio. Photo Brian McDaid.For years in the studio, her picture has sat side by side with a picture of her great, great, great grandmother Rosanne Coyle of Listack, which Lauren’s great grandmother Roseanne Coyle, Catherine and John’s daughter was called after all them years ago.And which is why the Anne in ‘Lauren Anne’ is called after her great grandmother nearly 100 years on.DD Motoring: Bridging a 100 year gap for a Donegal family was last modified: August 8th, 2019 by Brian McDaidShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Kurtenbach: Tua to the Raiders? It’s all setting up just right

first_imgAs I wrote earlier this week, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr should be playing for his job on Sunday.A competent organization treats Raiders-Titans as a referendum on the sixth-year quarterback.Because not only is the Raiders’ game against the Titans a de-facto play-in game for the postseason, on a more basic level, given the way Carr has played the last two games — given the way Carr has played the last three seasons — if he cannot beat Ryan Tannehill, at home, in a must-win game, then he’s …last_img read more

Mars Opportunity for Life Must Tolerate Salty Acid

first_imgThe first slew of scientific papers from the Mars Exploration Rover mission appeared in Science Dec. 3,1 with the focus of interest on Opportunity’s evidence for past water at Meridiani, because Spirit found only “volcanic rock rubble and inorganic soils” in the presumed lakebed at Gusev Crater.  Jeffrey Kargel (U.S. Geological Survey) sums up the 11 reports this way:2The analyzed rocks mainly consist of iron oxides and hydrated magnesium, calcium, and iron sulfates; they were deposited in or altered by salty, acidic water, perhaps a sea.  Together with orbital observations, the reports for the first time document the geology and geochemistry of a martian hydrological event.  The results indicate aqueous sedimentation or aqueous alteration and are consistent with models of a warmer, wetter martian past.Some of the features, like polygonal cracks, could have a non-aqueous explanation, such as repetitive freezing and thawing of ice, he admits, and the laminae could be explained by “ultracold concentrated acid solutions.”  The consensus view, however, involves cycles of wetting and drying, with minerals spending a good deal of time soaking in water.  But water, water everywhere was surely none to drink: “The mineral jarosite detected at Meridiani Planum requires highly acidic conditions,” he says, and the other minerals are consistent with an acid brine environment: “The mineral assemblage and chemistry is typical of acid mine drainage systems affected by sulfide oxidation …. Does martian geochemistry resemble a global acid mine pollution site of ochre and sulfate mineralization?” he asks.    Now that scientists believe there was some water for some time, how does this bode for hopes life existed in the past, and perhaps survives to this day on the red planet?  The ESA’s Mars Express found methane, he reminds us, which could be a biomarker (see 11/14/2004 headline).  Kargel can’t rule it out, but it seems a stretch:Could martian methane be formed by life?  Might Meridiani Planum’s salts be linked through life and water to regional concentrations of methane?  Life exists on Earth at acidities and salinities comparable to those inferred for Meridiani Planum.  A cold acid-sulfate geochemical model of Meridiani Planum overlaps with some models of the ocean on Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons where life could exist.  Such “extreme environments” are rare on Earth, but may be common elsewhere.  Few terrestrial species tolerate conditions that are simultaneously supercold, salty, and acidic; none of those that can survive such extremes also generate methane, but maybe on Mars they do, or maybe martian methanogens live in more alkaline and reducing regions.Opportunity’s ORV racetrack resembles no other place on earth, but it resembles somewhat the Rio Tinto acid mine drainage in Spain, which has specialized microbes.  Nevertheless, “Mars may never have been very earth-like,” he sighs, and “Although Meridiani Planum provides a record of aqueous processes, it might be a poor astrobiological site.”    The paper by Squyres et al.3 on the evidence for water, hopeful as it begins, explains why.  It says that, although “High acidity and salinity do not pose insurmountable challenges to microbial life on Earth,” the organisms that survive it are specially built: “Such organisms, however, belong to specialized populations that have evolved to survive in highly acidic or saline environments.  It is less clear,” therefore, “that such conditions are suitable for the kinds of prebiotic chemical reactions commonly invoked to explain the origin of life” (see 09/17/2002 headline on problems with salt).  Not only that, but there’s another challenge any incipient life would have faced.  Rover Opportunity found wind-driven sand among the assumed water-deposited minerals.  This suggests that “ water on Meridiani Planum may have been regionally extensive but temporally discontinuous, increasing the difficulty of biological persistence over long time intervals.”    What does the debate about Martian water and life mean to us at home, who live on a privileged planet, where life is found in every environment from acid mine drainages to the lush thickness of tropical rain forests?  The remote plausibility of any life on Mars contrasts sharply with what we observe on Earth, where living things thrive in the sea, in the desert, in caves, in the mountains, in the air, and on bustling freeways filled with humans driving to work, including scientists heading to NASA centers and universities, eager to read the latest radio signals from their distant robotic emissaries.  How will we interpret the answer to the question: is there, or was there ever, life on Mars?  Kargel concludes his summary with the alternatives:The possible future discovery of life (or fossil life) beyond Earth, anticipated for millennia, would complete the Galilean revolution that removed Earth and its life from the center of the universe.  Alternatively, if we search martian aqueous deposits and find them barren, then Earth might be seen as the only land of the living for light-years around.  Methane and salts may then provide humans with raw materials for building a new civilization on Mars and with an increased respect for life on our own planet.1Linda Rowan, “Opportunity Runneth Over,” Science, Vol 306, Issue 5702, 1697, 3 December 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.306.5702.1697].2Jeffrey S. Kargel, “Proof for Water, Hints of Life?” Science, Vol 306, Issue 5702, 1689-1691, 3 December 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1105533].Someone send Kargel a copy of The Privileged Planet video; he’s got Galileo and Copernicus and their views mixed up.  They were creationists and put God at the supreme position in creation, not man; Earth was a “cosmic sump” where the dregs and filth descended, and Satan was at the center of the Earth.  Moving Earth to the status of a planet was a promotion, not a demotion, explains Dennis Danielson (editor of The Book of the Cosmos) in the film.    So here we stand, after centuries of wishful speculation, and after years of eager anticipation and certainty by some scientists that the rovers were going to find a waterbed of life on Mars, and they find the equivalent of a salty acid mine drainage.  Yuck; sic the EPA on this place.  If we were microbes, we would look for better real estate.  Just because some microbes manage to get along under those conditions on Earth doesn’t mean they originated there.  That’s the point some astrobiologists tend to forget.  Earth’s acid- and salt-loving bacteria have elaborate molecular machinery to help them cope with the poison.  It’s the last place any knowledgeable astrochemist would choose to have life come into being.    The Mars of 2004, now in much clearer focus, is dramatically different from that of Percival Lowell, H.G. Wells and Carl Sagan.  It’s a toxic, dry, freezing wasteland that only a wishful-thinking astrobiologist could hope would provide company for the cosmically lonely humans who seek fellowship with aliens rather than a Creator.  They don’t have to wait for proof Mars is lifeless; with what we know already, it is profoundly a time for “increased respect for life on our own planet.”  The next logical step should be increased reverence for the Creator of planets and life.(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Qhubeka founder praises cycling team

first_imgAfrica’s first professional continental cycling outfit, Team MTN-Qhubeka, has been hugely beneficial to Qhubeka, the charity’s founder, Anthony Fitzhenry said on Thursday. Interestingly, when he first thought of starting the initiative, bicycles weren’t on top of the list for Fitzhenry. “When we started Qhubeka we wanted to get the internet into rural areas,” he admitted. “The awareness the team has brought to the charity has completely surpassed my expectations,” Fitzhenry said in a statement. “I was completely surprised by the amount of support. “In partnering with World Bicycle Relief, Qhubeka has become a global organization,” Fitzhenry said. “We’re much bigger now in that there’s a head office in Chicago, with engineers in China, where people manage the supply chain. It gives us much more capability and longer sustainability. “The goals are still the same. We’ve learnt a lot of things along the way. Going forward, we’d like to get more government support too.” “We’ve been delighted at the major brands in the world who’ve come on board. People like MTN and Coca-Cola getting involved is really good for us,” Fitzhenry said. What has surprised Fitzhenry the most in the last few years was the willingness of big companies to support Qhubeka. “My view has always been that charities with common goals should not be working against each other but should be working together and leverage their resource.” ‘Education is the key’ ‘Working together’center_img The charity started in 2005 and has since distributed over 40 000 bicycles. It has found that a child’s commute to school can be reduced by up to 75% with a bicycle. Fitzhenry said Qhubeka has increased its capability by joining forces with World Bicycle Relief. In the past they have worked together sourcing bicycles and bicycle parts, and this year they formalised the relationship to work towards a common goal. 25 October 2013 “Our objectives are still clear. There are 12-million children walking to school in South Africa, and we want to change that.” Distributed over 40 000 bicycles “What the internet does is it levels the technology playing field, because you could have a child who is sitting in a Kwazulu-Natal rural area who has got access to the best content in the world with the internet. The problem we found soon after was a lack of access to schools. “Education is the key to building a good life. We found some children were walking to school for up to three hours and were exhausted by the time they got there.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

As the EBook Market Matures, Amazon Will Face Stiff Competition

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… According to a new report by Forrester Research’s Sarah Rotman Epps, eBooks and eReaders are slowly but surely becoming mainstream. However, while Amazon is the current market leader among early adopters of this technology, Rotman Epps predicts that later adopters will not feel the same loyalty towards Amazon. This, according to the report, will open up a lot of opportunities for other players in the market, including Sony and large mass-market retailers like Walmart.According to Forrester’s data, just about 1.5% of all US online consumers currently own an eReader – but it’s important to note that this number is up from 0.6% a year ago. Forrester estimates that about 3 million eReaders will be sold in the US in 2009. By 2013, this number will grow to 13 million. Now, more consumers than ever before are aware of the existence of eReaders (37%) and the number of survey respondents who intend to buy an eReader in the next six months has grown to 6% compared to 2% last year.Amazon currently has the lead among early eBook adopters. Once eBooks become mainstream, however, Rotman Epps argues, this lead could easily dissipate. While Rotman Epps doesn’t talk a lot about hardware devices in her report, the reality is that the Kindle isn’t exactly a major step forward in the history of industrial design. Early adopters and ‘tech optimists’ (as Forrester likes to call them) are willing to look beyond this, but in the mainstream market, hardware design might play a major role in consumers’ buying decisions.The Next Wave of eBook AdoptersAccording to Forrester, the next wave of eBook adopters tends to read more books per months than early adopters and will probably consist of younger males who are less likely to be married and have children. The problem for eReader manufacturers, however, will be to get this group to buy dedicated devices. Rotman Epps argues that a large percentage of this group will probably read eBooks on devices they already own (like the iPhone), unless prices for eReaders come down significantly (under $100). It’s All About the PriceForrester’s Rotman Epps argues that the high price of eReaders is currently holding back mainstream adoption. A $99 device, Rotman Epps notes, would bring a lot of additional readers to eBooks and eReaders. Most importantly, though, the eBook and eReader market is still in flux. As the next generation of readers is likely to be very different from the previous generation, Amazon will have to work hard to keep its current lead. Can Amazon Hold On to Its Lead?Unlike Rotman Epps, however, we think that Amazon will likely be able to hold on to its current lead. After all, it has already forged strong – though sometimes contentious – relationships with most publishers and it currently offers the best integration between its store and its eReader. Barnes & Noble’s new eBook store will be a strong contender here, though we have yet to see the Plastic Logic eReader device that B&N will use to compete with the Kindle. Sony, too, is making a major push in the eBook market again, though in terms of mindshare in the US, Amazon and the Kindle are currently the clear leaders (both in the mainstream and among early adopters).While “Later Adopters May Not Be As Loyal To Amazon.com” makes for a good subtitle, the next generation of eBook adopters is just as likely to consider Amazon as the natural place to go to for eBooks, especially given that the company is already the #1 online retailer for regular books.What About the B2B Market?The Forrester report only focuses on consumers. We would argue, however, that there is also a large professional market for eReaders, where the current price isn’t too big an issue. Just last week, for example, iRex, an eReader manufacturer that mostly aims for the B2B market, announced the launch of its electronic flight bag for pilots – which is basically an iRex eReader with Jeppesen’s charts loaded on them.What’s the Killer Product for eReaders?The Forrester report argues that once eReaders hit the $100 barrier, users will quickly start to adopt these devices. But is price really the only issue here? Are there any other “killer apps” or devices that could drive mainstream adoption even before $99 eReaders become a reality?Our own Dana Oshiro just argued in our backchannel that a subscription book club (maybe run by Oprah) could bring a lot of new users to eReaders. And then, of course, there is still the mystical Apple tablet that might make for a great eReader – among other things – and which will surely cost more than $99. Would You Buy an eReader?What is holding you back from buying an eReader? The iPhone? The price of the current generation of eReaders? Or the well-designed reading solution called ‘the book’? Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#E-Books#NYT#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting frederic lardinois 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Sex, Drugs, Theft and Destruction: What Really Goes On Inside An Apple Retail Store, And Why You Should Be Afraid

first_imgGizmodo has published an amazing story about shenanigans inside Apple stores. Somehow Gizmodo got current and former Apple store employees to dish about the naughty stuff that goes on. The list includes breaking stuff just for fun, stealing, sexual harassment, plain old consensual sex (sometimes inside the store), fraud and drugs.But the grossest, creepiest thing: Geniuses looking through people’s hard drives for nasty personal photos, collecting them and sometimes even posting them on the Internet.Women, BewareReporter Sam Biddle writes: “If a woman walked in, her stuff would get digged through, shared and laughed at. Team bonding. Your iPhone camera roll isn’t safe.”Quote from one tipster: “I used to be an Apple store Expert and the most common practice by Geniuses was going through young girls computers and emailing their private photos to themselves so they could have them for personal use.”Another Apple employee tells a tale of a girl who brought in a computer with a broken display. They took it out back to fix it, went through her photos, found naked pictures she’d taken of herself, and “added that to the collection.”Biddle sums up:“There are – and always will be – miscreants in every job… But when emails arrived in droves repeating the same naughty phenomena, you have to wonder why a company whose rep is as sterling as Apple’s seems to have such a pattern of internal havoc.”One tipster who claimed to be a former Apple employee who had opened retail stores in North America and Asia wrote: “The corruption within Apple goes straight to the top… Apple is fracturing from the inside out.”It’s an amazing, scary, must-read story with lots of screen grabs, emails, documents and photos. See the full story here.Image courtesy of Reuters. dan lyons Tags:#Apple#Genius#imac#iPad#iPhone#iPod#retail Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Bryant unveils NBA China academy plans

first_imgMission Hills Group will design and build the school and its six indoor courts, but it will be operated by NBA China.The NBA already has three training academies in China for top male and female prospects.NBA China chief executive David Shoemaker said in a Mission Hills press statement: “This groundbreaking NBA Basketball School in Haikou further builds upon our commitment to developing young basketball talent in China. “We are delighted that Mission Hills Group shares our vision and are thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute to the government’s pledge to grow a sporting culture in Hainan Province.”Hainan, sometimes referred to as China’s equivalent of Hawaii, already hosts a Barcelona football academy, also in partnership with Mission Hills.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Along with football, basketball is the most popular sport in China and Bryant said the new facility — construction begins later this year — will be a boon to the Chinese game.“The Chinese youth will benefit from a complete approach to player development that combines NBA-quality coaching with NBA-level training,” said the retired five-time NBA champion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“I believe this partnership will lift the game of basketball to a higher level in China.”The 39-year-old was in the city of Haikou, on the southern Chinese island of Hainan, to unveil the project. PH chess team eyes 7 golds or more in 2017 ASEAN Para Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Retired basketball superstar Kobe Bryant enjoying himself during his Mamba Mentality Tour on Saturday night, June 25, 2016, at Araneta Coliseum in Cubao. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLos Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant announced plans Tuesday for China’s first NBA basketball school, a development the 18-time All-Star says will improve the game in the country.The NBA Basketball School-Mission Hills Haikou will be open to male and female players from junior up to professional level after its completion in 2019 and could help unearth the next Chinese basketball star.ADVERTISEMENT View commentscenter_img Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul LATEST STORIES Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterslast_img read more

Janhvi Kapoor belly dances in sports bra and mini shorts for a challenge. Watch video

first_imgJanhvi Kapoor is known for many things and her dancing skills is one of them. The actress who is known as a great Kathak dancer can also move her belly like no other.This video of Janhvi Kapoor belly dancing on the track, Dance Deewane has left us speechless. Her moves are just outstanding.The video that Janhvi shared as her Instagram story was captioned, “Belly dance warm up to #DanceDeewane. thankyou Shashank Khaitan for this challenge!!” Janhvi Kapoor’s Instagram storyIn the video, the Dhadak actress can be seen standing in the studio while she grooves to the track. For the challenge, the 22-year-old was dressed in a pink sports bra and a pair of white mini shorts.She looked gorgeous as she stood barefoot while dancing with her hair tied in a ponytail. She accessorised her look with some chunky bracelets.On the work front, Janhvi is currently shooting for her next film, Takht. In the film, she will be sharing screen space with Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Kareena Kapoor, and Vicky Kaushal.ALSO READ | Janhvi Kapoor kicks off Roohi Afza with Rajkummar Rao: Karne aa rahe hai attention ko kabzaALSO READ | Janhvi Kapoor on repeating an outfit: Itna bhi paisa nahi kamaya ki har roz naye kapdeALSO WATCH | Janhvi Kapoor in Dhadak and Sridevi in English Vinglish have something in commonlast_img read more

Bolt and Colours Very Popular in China

first_img The name Usain Bolt, the Jamaican colours and the national symbols are instantly recognizable Name recognition has incredible potential for Jamaican tourism Story Highlights For a few brief hours, businessman Hugh Graham of Paramount Chemicals knew what it felt like to be an international celebrity.Mr. Graham, who was one of several businessmen accompanying Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller on her recent visit to Beijing, China, found himself surrounded by quite a large group of friendly Chinese, in the middle of Tiananmen Square, who simply wanted to take a picture with him dressed in his black, green and gold Jamaican shirt.There was no language barrier as they repeated time after time, “Bolt”, almost with reverence. Soon a long line was formed as repeatedly he patiently posed for photographs. Noticing the line getting longer and starting to feel tired, he made good his escape.“That was a real good feeling, a real moment of feeling proud to be a Jamaican and a deep respect and understanding of what people like Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser (Pryce) did when they came to Beijing in 2008,” Mr. Graham said, a few days later in an interview with JIS News.From the Chinese capital of Beijing to the busy metropolis of Shanghai and right across the world’s most populous country, the name Usain Bolt, the Jamaican colours and the national symbols are instantly recognizable.This was confirmed by Mayor of Shanghai, Mr. Yang Xiong, who informed the Prime Minister on her official visit to his city on August 24, that “Jamaica is actually a very familiar name to the Shanghai people because of two things, coffee and sprint athlete Bolt.”Businessman and Chairman, Jamaica Fire Brigade, Jalil Dabdoub, believes this name recognition has incredible potential for Jamaican tourism.  “Just the fact that we are from Jamaica, it is almost like we are celebrities immediately. We are treated at a much higher level than you would normally see and I have been coming here for 25 years and I have seen the changes ever since Bolt won the (2008) Olympics,” he said.Mr. Dabodoub, who was with Mr. Graham during his trip to Tiananmen Square, believes  the time is ripe for Chinese investment in tourism as well as the aggressive promotion of Jamaica as a destination for the thousands of Chinese who travel abroad each year.It is a view shared by Jamaica’s Ambassador to China, His Excellency Ralph Thomas. Both men however, point to one main barrier, the current visa restriction.“When the people came to us about tourism, they were saying that the difficulty that they had in terms of getting visa to get to Jamaica was one of the things that have been holding them back and I think that once that goes, once that opens up, we are going to see a lot of other areas (open up) with it,” Mr. Dabdoub said.Ambassador Thomas explains that with the Jamaican Embassy located in Beijing, the country’s capital, it can be quite expensive and time consuming for residents in other cities to acquire a visa to the island.He supports the call for the removal of visa requirements. “My view of it is that visa abolition is something that could cause many visitors to come to Jamaica,” said Ambassador Thomas.He further points out that with the rise of personal incomes in China, more persons are travelling to far destinations, are staying longer and spending more. Currently, Jamaica receives less than one per cent of its visitors from China.The Ambassador may get his wish. On the final day of her trip to China, the Prime Minister informed that the Government will be revisiting the visa issue. “When we get back to Jamaica, working with your Ambassador to Jamaica, and our Ambassador to China, we are going to be looking at the whole question of the visa situation, so that Jamaica will be able to welcome more Chinese visitors,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said in a meeting with the Shanghai Mayor.She pointed out that with the number of Chinese visiting other countries, “there is no reason that with our strong history and bond of friendship, Chinese visitors should not be visiting Jamaica as well.”According to Mayor Yang, in the Caribbean, Jamaica falls second to neighbouring Cuba in terms of visitor arrivals from China.Statistics show that in 2012 the number of outbound Chinese tourists was some 83,182,700, up 18.41 per cent when compared with 2011. They mostly visit the United States of America, Russia, France, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and the Maldives. They repeated time after time, “Bolt”, almost with reverencelast_img read more

NGO GMB Keeps Alang Ship Recycling in the Dark

first_imgzoom The Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) has “turned a cold shoulder” to requests by the NGO Shipbreaking Platform to visit the shipbreaking yards on the tidal beach of Alang.According to the Platform, for the past two months the Indian authority has refused to reply to repeated requests, submitted via the Indian member organisation Toxics Link, to visit and see the working and environmental conditions at the shipbreaking yards.“By refusing to reply to the requests to visit the yards, the GMB has opted to keep the negative environmental and labour impacts of the operations at Alang out of sight,” NGO Shipbreaking Platform said.“This lack of openness is disappointing and represents a decision by the GMB to keep Indian ship recycling in the dark ages,” Ingvild Jenssen, Director and Founder of the NGO Shipbreaking Platform, said.The European Commission is expected to prohibit the recycling of EU-flagged ships in beaching yards when it publishes its upcoming list of approved ship recycling facilities in non-EU countries.The EU list represents an important turning point for sustainable ship recycling by setting a benchmark for an industry in which standards have been historically absent.last_img read more