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After Modi’s attack, Naidu to stage day-long protest in Delhi seeking special status for Andhra Pradesh

first_imgAndhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu will stage ‘Dharma Porata Deeksha’ (a day-long protest for justice) at the Andhra Bhavan in New Delhi on February 11 seeking special category status for the state and fulfillment of state bifurcation assurances. The chief minister will observe a fast starting 8 am on February 11 and submit a memorandum to the President on February 12.At his Guntur rally on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi failed to address Andhra’s long pending demand of special category status and fulfilment of state bifurcation assurances. Thousands of people staged protests on the roads of both Vijayawada and Guntur sporting black dresses and holding empty black pots. People were also seen holding placards that read, “Go back, Modi”.Addressing a public gathering in Andhra Pradesh’s Guntur, Narendra Modi said Chandrababu Naidu is only interested in the securing the future of his son. Modi said Naidu says he is his senior. “You are senior but in changing your political partners. You are senior in leaving one group and joining the other,” Modi said.The prime minister targeted Chandrababu Naidu saying he a man who betrayed his own father-in-law.Chandrababu Naidu, on the other hand, said, “The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders should understand the anger of people towards the central government, which failed to fulfil state bifurcation assurances.”The Chief Minister also said that after his appeal, the Telugu people staged silent protests during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He then dismissed the allegations of BJP leaders that the TDP government tried to create hurdles for the BJP meeting.advertisementNaidu has participated in ‘Dharma Porata Deeksha’ in 11 districts of Andhra Pradesh so far and is going to stage the 12th ‘Dharma Porata Deeksha’ in Delhi tomorrow (February 11). The chief minister will also pay tributes to the Mahatma Gandhi statue at Rajghat and Ambedkar statue at Andhra Pradesh Bhavan.Leaders of several opposition parties are going to extend their solidarity to the chief minister’s protest in Delhi.He had staged an indefinite fast at the Andhra Pradesh Bhavan in October 2013. He was forcibly shifted to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital on the fifth day for deterioration of health. Naidu observed fast on his birthday last year in Vijayawada demanding fulfilment of state bifurcation assurances.Also read: Chandrababu Naidu a betrayer who backstabbed his father-in-law NTR: PM Narendra Modi in Andhra PradeshALSO WATCH| By Congress-mukt India we will fulfil Gandhi’s dream, says Narendra Modilast_img read more

10 months agoChelsea boss Sarri says he wants Cesc to stay

first_imgChelsea boss Sarri says he wants Cesc to stayby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri says he wants Cesc Fabregas to sign a new deal.Senior Chelsea stars Fabregas, David Luiz and Gary Cahill are all on contracts that expire next summer, but Sarri intends to “respect” the Blues’ policy of only offering one-year extensions to players aged 30 and older.”In this position we have only two players, Jorginho and Fabregas, so for me it would be really a problem without Cesc,” said Sarri.”I want him to stay, I don’t know the final decision of Cesc and the club of course.”But for me it’s very important and if Cesc will go I think that we need to buy another player, and it’s not easy because, technically, Cesc is a very important player.”And I think that in the market it’s very difficult to find a player with his characteristics.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Boosted by Hardik Pandya option, India look to seal ODI series vs New Zealand

first_img Press Trust of India Mount MaunganuiJanuary 27, 2019UPDATED: January 27, 2019 18:35 IST Hardik Pandya is back in the ODI squad after BCCI lifted the provisional suspension (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia are eyeing an unassailable series lead with victory in third ODI at Bay Oval on MondayHardik Pandya has joined the India squad after his suspension was lifted pending the appointment of ombudsmanVirat Kohli has been rested for the last two ODIs and the subsequent T20I series in New ZealandA well-deserved break on the cards, India captain Virat Kohli will be aiming to seal the ongoing five-match series when his team squares off against a confused New Zealand in the third ODI in Mount Maunganui on Monday.The Indian captain has been given a break as part of BCCI’s workload management programme and he would ensure that he finishes his assignment Down Under on a high after the maiden Test and ODI victories in Australia.An unassailable 3-0 lead would be a fitting revenge to India’s abject 0-4 humiliation during the 2014 limited-overs series.One of the primary focus of Monday’s encounter could be inclusion of Indian cricket’s latest enfant terrible Hardik Pandya, who is coming back from provisional suspension for his loose talk on a TV chat show.Pandya’s presence lends solidity and balance to the side and the skipper has time and again admitted it. The Baroda all rounder’s replacement Vijay Shankar is a decent cricketer but is yet to possess the X factor that Pandya has. That Shankar was given only two overs in the second ODI is an example that he is still not ready to shoulder extra responsibility.Pandya is a few clicks quicker than Shankar whose bowling in the three ODIs that he has played has not been penetrative.Pandya can also bat at No.6 if situation arises and his busy approach in batting can also get the scoreboard ticking in middle overs as the skipper wants.Otherwise Indian team doesn’t require much tinkering.advertisementNew Zealand, on the other hand, have looked clueless against India’s wrist-spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, who accounted for 12 of the 20 wickets in the last two ODIs.Kuldeep has looked the most menacing as he claimed two four-wicket hauls in the first two ODIs, while Chahal returned with two wickets on both the matches.Seamers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami also have done their job well, getting crucial breakthroughs for the team.India’s batting too have complemented the bowlers, looking rock solid in both the games with Shikhar Dhawan’s return to form lending the team the much-needed support at the top.If he had scored an unbeaten 75 in the first ODI, he cracked a 67-ball 66 in the second game.Vice captain Rohit Sharma, who had flopped in the first ODI, too entertained the spectators with a strokeful 87 en route his 14th century stand with opening partner Dhawan.Skipper Kohli also looked in good nick in both the matches, while Ambati Rayudu seemed to have found his mojo back with a 49-ball 47 on Saturday.An ageless Mahendra Singh Dhoni too continued his rampaging run with yet another unbeaten 33-ball 48 to take India across the 300-run mark, while Kedar Jadhav has also grabbed the role of a finisher with both hands.While the batting looked in place, there is a slight concern about the visitors fifth bowler’s slot where Pandya might fit in.India are yet to finalise their middle-order ahead of the World Cup.Once Kohli takes a break following the third ODI, Dinesh Karthik might get a place to boost the middle-order in the skipper’s absence.The team management might also think of handing an India debut to the very talented Shubman Gill.For Black Caps, captain Kane Williamson, who had top-scored in the first ODI, looked good during his short stay in the second ODI, while all-rounder Doug Bracewell tried to take the game to the wires with a 46-ball 57 but none of the other batters could convert their starts.”There’s two games in a row now where we’ve not had control at any stage, but we need to take small steps,” Williamson said.”Some of the dismissals were a result of us going too hard maybe. If you have wickets in hand, you never know. But we didn’t have wickets in hand. Those are the lessons that we need to take ahead.”SquadsIndia: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Vijay Shankar, Shubman Gill, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Siraj, Khaleel Ahmed, Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya.New Zealand: Kane Williamson (captain), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Martin Guptill, Colin de Grandhomme, Trent Boult, Henry Nicholls, Doug Bracewell, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Colin Munro, Ish Sodhi, Micthell Santner, Tim Southee.Also Read | New Zealand police warn public to beware of Virat Kohli’s Indian team in funny postAlso Read | I will close my eyes and bowl wherever MS Dhoni wants me to: Kedar JadhavadvertisementFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Hardik PandyaFollow Virat KohliFollow Kane WilliamsonFollow Rohit SharmaFollow Shikhar Dhawan Boosted by Hardik Pandya option, India look to seal ODI series vs New ZealandIndia tour of New Zealand 2019: While Virat Kohli will play his last match on the tour on Monday, India, boosted by Hardik Pandya’s presence in the squad, will be hoping to take an unassailable 3-0 lead.advertisementlast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Steve Smith booed during partnership with David Warner

first_imgWorld Cup 2019: Steve Smith booed during partnership with David WarnerWorld Cup 2019: Steve Smith was booed during his innings for Australia who took on Afghanistan in their opening match of the 2019 Cricket World Cup on Saturday.advertisement Rajarshi Gupta BristolJune 1, 2019UPDATED: June 1, 2019 23:47 IST Steve Smith and David Warner during the Cricket World Cup match between Afghanistan and Australia. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSteve Smith was booed by the Bristol crowd during Australia’s World Cup 2019 openerSmith was also booed during a warm-up match before the World Cup startedOn Saturday, David Warner was also reportedly booed by a certain section of the crowdSteve Smith was booed when he walked out to bat for Australia durng their opening World Cup 2019 match against Afghanistan in Bristol on Saturday. Smith was Australia captain during the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town.Incidentally, David Warner, who along with Smith was banned for a year after admitting to tampering with the ball, was batting at the other end. The moment Smith faced up to Hamid Hassan, the crowd booed the former Australian captain.Steve Smith and David Warner were banned for 12 months while Cameron Bancroft was banished for 9 months in one of the biggest scandals in modern-day cricket.Both Warner and Smith were welcomed warmly in India during the Indian Premier League. Warner in fact went on to score 692 runs from 12 matches for Sunrisers Hyderabad and he won the Orange Cap.Steve Smith replaced Ajinkya Rahane as captain of Rajasthan Royals midway into the 2019 IPL..But it has been a different story in England so far.According to an Australian journalist, David Warner was booed by a certain section at the ground – later, he was seen signing autographs. Steve Smith, who was booed during a warm-up match earlier in the tournament, did not seem to be the crowd favourite on Saturday.David Warner, meanwhile, hit a half-century and shared a 96-run stand with Australian skipper Aaron Finch.Australian coach Justin Langer had earlier said he knew what to expect in England but hoped crowds around the country would show more respect to Smith and Warner during the World Cup.advertisementYou know you feel for them personally. They are going to have to have thick skin. We have talked about earning respect. I think it is really important that people show some respect as well. Because they are humans, they are really good cricketers. They made a mistake. They have paid the price for it. Big price actually. I feel for them as people more than anything else, Langer had told ESPNcricinfo.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli hurts his thumb during training sessionAlso Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow AustraliaFollow AfghanistanFollow Steve SmithFollow David Warnerlast_img read more

Independent Investigative Unit Legislation Introduced

first_imgPolice will no longer lead investigations into serious incidents that involve police, through amendments to the Police Act introduced today, Oct. 28, by Justice Minister Ross Landry. The amendments will allow the province to create an investigative team independent of law enforcement agencies. The team would investigate serious matters such as death, serious injury, sexual assault, or public-interest concerns, which have either resulted from, or allegedly resulted from, serious incidents involving the police. “Creating this arms-length investigative team is about modernizing the system and maintaining public confidence,” said Mr. Landry. “This independent unit will provide transparency, impartiality and integrity to any investigations and their outcomes.” The model was developed through consultation with key policing partners, the Public Prosecution Service and academics, then shared with a broader group for feedback. The feedback was incorporated in the bill. The team will be made up of a director, two civilian provincial investigators, seconded police officers as required and administrative support. Decision-making authority will reside solely with the civilian director. “We are very pleased to see the creation of this team become a reality,” said Mr. David Walker, president of the Nova Scotia Police Board. “As the body that provides civilian oversight and governance to municipal police boards, I believe this unit reflects the accountability and transparency that is vital.” The legislation follows an international trend of civilian involvement from these types of investigations. The team should be operational by the end of 2011. “The creation of this independent unit in no way indicates that the police, in their investigations of such matters to date, have been anything but professional and objective,” Mr. Landry said.last_img read more

Harry Belafonte To Be Honored At Robert F Kennedy Ripple Of Hope

first_imgThe Robert F. Kennedy Ripple of Hope Awards will take place on December 13, and celebrates leaders of international business, entertainment, and activist communities who have demonstrated a commitment to social change.Honorees reflect Robert Kennedy’s passion for equality, justice, basic human rights and his belief that we all must strive to “make gentle the life of this world.”The 2017 Ripple of Hope Awards dinner will honor Harry Belafonte (singer, songwriter, actor & activist); Alex Gorsky Chairman of the Board and CEO Johnson & Johnson); Hamdi Ulukaya (Founder, Chairman and CEO Chobani, LLC). Master of Ceremonies: Alec Baldwin and hosts: Ethel Kennedy, Kerry Kennedy, Tim Cook, Philip W. Johnston, B. Scott Minerd, Marvin S. Rosen, Robert & Hope Smith, Pedro Torres-Mackie and Donato Tramuto. Special guests to include: Tony Bennett, Trevor Donovan, Kathryn Erbe, Susie Essman, Peter Frampton, Whoopi Goldberg, Cheryl Hines, Catherine Keener, Keegan-Michael Key, Tony Lo Bianco, Matthew Modine, Lena Olin, Gloria Steinem, Alfre Woodard, Usher and others.WHERE: New York Hilton 1335 Avenue of the Americas (6th Avenue between 53rd & 54th St)Tickets here.last_img read more


first_img Facebook We are still looking for people to donate their photos & videos for our diabetes PSA! Please help out for this important PSA. Your help is much appreciated and will be remembered Deadline is Wednesday at 9am‪#‎jigsawcasting‬ ‪#‎toronto‬ ‪#‎diabetes‬ ‪#‎type1‬ ‪#‎type2‬ ‪#‎diabetesawarness‬Diabetes Affects 1 in 3 People, Jigsaw Casting Ltd. Wants You to be a Part of Our Upcoming PSA! Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment DescriptionWe are looking for people, with or without diabetes, to volunteer their photos & videos of everyday activities for our Diabetes PSA! We are looking for photos & videos from ordinary to extraordinary moments in your life: vacations, sporting events, concerts, cottages, getting manicures with the girls, celebrations, etc. Please share your footage with us and you could be featured in our Diabetes PSA! (There must be 3-6 people in your pictures or videos). Ideally looking for pictures of groups of adults but parents can submit with photos including their kids.Details & Submission InformationIf interested in this project, you must submit in order to be considered.Please e-mail the following to: info@jigsawcasting.com1. Your name & age2. Photo(s) &/or video(s) of your everyday activities with your friends or family! (Where we can clearly see your face. Ideally no hats or sunglasses).3. Please confirm you give consent for us to use your photos if selected.4. Your primary contact information (phone number & email address) *If you are a represented actor, please include your union status & your agent’s contact information5. Please write ‘PROJECT DIABETES’ in subject line of e-mail, along with your name and age. (E.G. PROJECT DIABETES- Mia Johnson- age 30)Submissions are due by: Wednesday, August 10th at 9am (However the earlier you submit the better!)Questions or Concerns*If you have already submitted for this project, you do not need to resubmit your information*This is a union job*If selected, we will require written permission from everyone in the footagePLEASE JOIN OUR FACEBOOK GROUP FOR FUTURE CASTING CALLS: LEARN MORE ABOUT BECOMING A PERFORMER AND PROTECTING YOURSELF GO TO: SUMACH ST / 3RD FLOOR / TORONTO, ON M5A 3J7 / T: (416) 360 0336 Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Union clings to GM plant in area where Trump promised jobs

first_imgOne of the last industrial anchors in what was once Ohio’s manufacturing core is now on life support, just a little over a year after President Donald Trump told people not to leave and promised that jobs would come back to the area.General Motors announced Monday it will stop small-car production at its assembly plant near Youngstown and consider closing it for good. Labor union leaders and others behind a campaign to save the plant in Lordstown are holding onto hope that they can persuade the automaker to find another use for the factory.But its outlook is bleak after GM announced production of the Chevy Cruze would stop in March, halting work at the assembly plant that already had lost two shifts and 3,000 union jobs since the beginning of last year.GM said Lordstown is one of five factories up for possible closure as it restructures to cut costs and focus on autonomous and electric vehicles. What happens to those plants will be discussed during contract talks with the United Auto Workers union next year.The once-bustling GM operation in northeastern Ohio’s Mahoning Valley is one of the few remaining ties to an era when thousands worked in steel plants and factories in Youngstown and surrounding communities.“That plant is the economic lifeline of the whole valley,” said Lordstown Mayor Arno Hill. “When we lost steel, that plant carried us through.”Bobbi Marsh, who has worked at the Lordstown plant since 2008 and whose father was there 42 years, said so many other jobs depend on the plant.“I can’t believe our president would allow this to happen,” she said Monday.“It’s like we’re in a limbo now,” said Marsh, a single mother who said she has a teaching degree to fall back on if the plant is closed. “But it’s nowhere near the money I was making,”Youngtown is in a Democratic and labour stronghold, where President Donald Trump won over a surprising number of voters two years ago because of his promise to bring work back to the U.S.At a rally near the plant last year, Trump talked about passing by big factories whose jobs “have left Ohio,” then told people not to sell their homes because the jobs are “coming back. They’re all coming back.”Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown called GM’s announcement move “corporate greed at its worst.”Brown, a longtime labour union ally, said in a statement that “the company reaped a massive tax break from last year’s GOP tax bill and failed to invest that money in American jobs.”U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan, a Democrat who represents the Youngstown area, called on the president to take action.The two Democrats also pointed out that taxpayers bailed out the automaker a decade ago and have expressed frustration during past months over their attempts to talk with GM CEO Mary Barra about how to keep the plant running.Just last week, politicians and union leaders kicked off a campaign to keep the Lordstown plant operating.UAW Local 1112 President Dave Green said Monday that there’s still hope. “We are determined to do everything we can to convince General Motors to make Lordstown part of the future of auto manufacturing,” he said.Ohio’s incoming governor, Republican Mike DeWine, said he plans on meeting with GM officials and make a case for the plant after he takes office in January.John Seewer, The Associated Presslast_img read more

OkCupid dating website protests antigaymarriage campaign contribution by Mozillas new CEO

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Martha Mendoza, The Associated Press Posted Mar 31, 2014 7:48 pm MDT OkCupid dating website protests anti-gay-marriage campaign contribution by Mozilla’s new CEO SAN JOSE, Calif. – The appointment of a new CEO by the company that makes the Firefox Web browser has prompted board members to quit, a Twitter frenzy and a push back from a leading dating website because he supported California’s former gay marriage ban.Mozilla, the non-profit maker of the Firefox browser, infuriated many employees and users last week by hiring co-founder Brendan Eich to lead the Mountain View company. In 2008, Eich gave $1,000 to the campaign to pass California’s Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment that outlawed same-sex marriages in California until the U.S. Supreme Court left in place a lower-court ruling striking it down.The contribution was publicly reported and drew some negative attention two years ago, when Eich was Mozilla’s chief technology officer. But when he was promoted to CEO last week, his support of the ban took on more gravitas.Three of the Mozilla Foundation’s six board members have quit, according to a Wall Street Journal blog, and thousands of employees and community members weighed in on Twitter over the weekend.On Monday, New York-based dating service replaced its usual home page for users logging in with Firefox.“Hello there, Mozilla Firefox user. Pardon this interruption of your OkCupid experience. Mozilla’s new CEO, Brendan Eich, is an opponent of equal rights for gay couples. We would therefore prefer that our users not use Mozilla software to access OkCupid,” the message says.OkCupid President Christian Rudder said he and the firm’s three other co-founders decided to post the message after discussing Eich’s appointment over the weekend.He said 12 per cent of OkCupid’s approximately 3 billion monthly page views come through Firefox, while 8 per cent of the site’s users are gay or lesbian.“We don’t think this was the right thing for people to donate money to, and this is someone we do business with so we decided to take action,” Rudder said.Mozilla, which is promoted with the slogan, “Doing good is part of our code,” responded Monday with an emailed statement saying the company supports equality for all, including marriage equality for gay couples.“No matter who you are or who you love, everyone deserves the same rights and to be treated equally,” said the statement. “OkCupid never reached out to us to let us know of their intentions, nor to confirm facts.”Mozilla says about half a billion people around the world use Firefox, which has free, open software written in part by volunteers. Firefox has been losing market share to Google Inc.’s Chrome browser in recent years.___Follow Martha Mendoza at . read more

Security Council condemns latest wave of deadly attacks in Iraq

The attacks, which took place on 8 and 9 September, reportedly targeted Iraqi security forces, police recruits and markets, and left more than 50 people dead and more than 200 others injured.In a statement issued to the press, the 15-member body expressed its deep sympathy and sincere condolences to the victims of these “heinous” acts and to their families, and to the people and the Government of Iraq. “The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed,” the statement added.The Council also reminded States that they must ensure that measures taken to combat terrorism comply with all their obligations under international law, particularly international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law. read more

Half of maternity units close their doors to women in labour amid

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Ms Walton said midwives were suffering stress and burn out in their attempt to keep mothers and babies safe.”This new RCM report shows a system that is about to buckle at the  seams and only able to deliver high quality care through the efforts and dedication of its staff,” she said.The survey found that two thirds of senior midwives said that community staff had be called in to cover the labour and delivery suited, with 45 per cent saying this restricted the home birth service.In the submission, the RCM called for a 3.9 per cent uplift for staff, plus an increase of £800 for every point on national pay scales.Elizabeth Duff, senior policy adviser, from the National Childbirth Trust said: “It’s appalling that a shortage of midwives means that so many units have been closed time and again so that pregnant women are pushed from pillar to post in the throes of labour.“When a maternity unit closes at short notice, women in advanced labour may be told to travel miles to another hospital, leaving them anxious and frightened about having their baby in a car or by the roadside.”A Department of Health spokesperson said: “We want the NHS to be one of the safest places in the world to have a baby and patients should be reassured we continue to have enough midwives in the NHS, with 1600 more than in May 2010.”Maternity units cannot predict when exactly women will give birth and temporary closures are well rehearsed safety measures which we expect trusts to use to safely manage peaks in admissions.” Half of maternity units had to close their doors to women in labour last year due to shortages of staff, leading midwives have warned.New figures from the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) show that units closed their doors on 209 occasions, with one forced to turn women away on 33 occasions.Overall, 49 per cent of units closed last year – a rise from 39 per cent the previous year, the RCM’s analysis found.Midwives said they were being forced to refuse home births to women who wanted them, and to turn others away from units, because they were too few staff or beds to cope with pressures.Parenting groups said women in labour were being forced to travel miles, and left in fear of having their child in the car or by the roadside.Gill Walton, General Secretary of the RCM, said mothers and babies were suffering, as a result of a shortage of 3,500 midwives.“All of this again shows how UK maternity services are overworked, understaffed, underfunded and struggling to meet the demands being placed on them. This is deeply worrying for the quality of care women are receiving, and the safety of services,” she said.The report, based on a survey of heads of midwifery across the UK was published as the union gave evidence to the NHS Pay Review Body.last_img read more

Dab campaign to remember boy who died in his sleep goes global

first_imgHe says the support for Daniel’s family has been “phenomenal”, adding: “It has overwhelmed us all.” Hundreds of people took part in a mass dab for six-year-old Daniel Harris who died just before Christmas #dab4Daniel— BBC Radio Nottingham (@BBCNottingham) January 1, 2018 #dab4Daniel Newark Flowserve Brazil U9 @NFFC thank you!— Rob Thain (@RobThain) December 30, 2017 Around 700 family and friends attended the ‘mass dab’ for the schoolboy at a park in the village of Fernwood, in Newark, yesterday, while others around the globe have also joined in.  Dabbing, which has its origins in the Atlanta hip-hop scene, involves a person turning their head to the side and putting their inner elbow up to cover their nose and mouth as if they are sneezing.Iain Moulds, a family friend, remembers Daniel as a “lovely boy who was always smiling”, describing him as someone who was “very popular amongst his school and footballing friends”. “We’ve had immense support from our local community and town in general.  However with the power of social media we have had dabs posted from all over Australia, New Zealand, Russia, the US and mainland Europe,” he says.“We’ve had ex-footballer John Barnes, boxer Kell Brook, our local MP Robert Jenrick, Jay McGuiness from The Wanted , Nottingham Forest FC, Lincoln City FC, Nottingham Panthers Ice Hockey and various emergency services from all over the world.”   Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker and pundits Alan Shearer, Jamie Carragher and Paul Merson have also all shared tweets paying tribute to the football-mad boy.His mother, Katrina Thompson, said she was “overwhelmed” by the phenomenal support shown to her family.“I have so many people to thank but cannot name everyone. Today was a truly phenomenal turnout and we’re overwhelmed by everyone’s support,” she wrote in a Facebook post.“Some people have travelled miles to be here. I couldn’t thank everyone personally but I am so amazed by all of you. You’ve made the day perfect.” Friends and family of a young boy who died before Christmas have taken part in a ‘mass dab’ in his honour following the success of a celebrity-backed social media campaign.  Thousands across the UK and beyond have joined in to #dab4Daniel in memory of six-year-old Daniel Harris, from Nottinghamshire, who died unexpectedly in his sleep on 23 December. He set up the #dab4Daniel Facebook page on Christmas Day as a way for his friends and the local community to do “something positive for his mum and dad”, and it has since taken off globally.“Daniel was always dabbing!” the 40-year-old told The Telegraph. “It was his thing and so I thought it might just raise a smile for the family and give people a chance to express their sorrow positively in a way that would also bring some comfort.” Hundreds have come out in #Fernwood near #Newark to remember 6yo Daniel Harris by doing a #Dab4Daniel. He died suddenly two days before Christmas #CapitalReports— CapitalEastMids News (@CapitalEMNews) January 1, 2018 Helen Auld, who does not know the family personally, also set up a Just Giving page to raise donations for the family.“We have been inundated with ideas and offers from people and organisations all over the UK who want to help us have a memorial event,” adds Mr Moulds. “So this will be considered at the appropriate time.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Heidi Browning, who helped organise the event, said: “It was a fantastic event, very emotional, but a perfect tribute for a gorgeous little boy.”last_img read more

One family lost four out of five children to drug addiction

first_img Short URL Tuesday 29 Nov 2016, 8:30 PM 14,757 Views THE MINISTER IN charge of the national drugs strategy has called on communities to take control and report drug dealing at a local level.Speaking to reporters earlier today, Catherine Byrne said her own community in Inchicore had been “ravaged” by drugs.She expressed particular concern about young people who are being “sucked in” and asked to distribute drugs at local level or citywide.“We all have a responsibility to do as much as we can to stop criminal activity, particularly targeting young people, because when you’re at a vulnerable young age – as young as 12 now – you can be targeted.”Byrne also spoke of young people being intimidated by gangs because one of their siblings is an addict or a dealer. 12 Comments Image: Leah Farrell/ Share7 Tweet Email1 center_img ‘One family lost four out of five children to drug addiction’ Members of the public are being urged to report drug dealing in their area. “Young people who have never been involved in any kind of drugs before, any kind of issue around drugs and they may be targeted because they’re in a group of people.”Drugs are killing an awful lot of young people in our communities. I can tell you one family in my own has lost four members of their family, out of five children this person has lost four members. There’s too many parents and grandparents rearing children now because family members have passed away of addiction and I think we need to be conscious all the time.Assistant Commissioner John O’Driscoll, who also spoke today as Crimestoppers highlighted its anonymous ‘Dial to Stop Drug Dealing’ line, said gardaí would not have achieve many of the results they have had without the help of communities.So far in 2016, 104 calls have been made to the confidential phone line. As a result of calls last year, crack cocaine, methamphetamine, cannabis, and firearms were seized and a number of people were charged with possession for sale and supple.Sometimes people give information in relation to something which they think is fairly minor, but it could actually lead to a very significant results. By and large, clearly a lot of the information will relate to those who are dealing on the street. But it could be the missing link for us in getting to someone who is further up the chain.“Remember the people who are involved in drug selling, are the people who are involved in the death, that arises from drug use, all the implications in terms of abandoned needles and social problems within the area,” O’Driscoll said.“All these people who you read about today who are major drug dealers, started off at one time as small dealers and that is how you prevent this problem from continuing at the pace that it has developed over recent years.”Members of the public concerned about dealing in their area, can contact the Dial to Stop Drug Dealing line confidentially on 1800 25 00 25. Read: Two dozen people arrested by gardaí in major drugs sweep>Read: Man arrested after cannabis and cocaine worth €250,000 is seized> Nov 29th 2016, 8:30 PM By Michelle Hennessy Image: Leah Farrell/ Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Church of Scientology cleaning up needles on Dublins Sheriff Street

first_img 95 Comments Church of Scientology cleaning up needles on Dublin’s Sheriff Street The church has said it was welcomed by locals when volunteers visited recently to plant flowers. Apr 24th 2017, 12:01 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 29,768 Views Image: Church of Scientology National Affairs Office By Michelle Hennessy Share428 Tweet Email1 Image: Church of Scientology National Affairs Office Short URL THE CHURCH OF Scientology has been cleaning up and planting flowers around Dublin’s Sheriff Street.It is understood members of the church have made a number of visits to the inner city area, which hit the headlines last year after a number of gangland killings. In a report on one such visit, seen by, campaigns director for the church’s national affairs office, Jerry Alred said locals have welcomed them, coming out of their homes to watch them plant flowers.“Every week that we come to clean there are some older gentlemen standing in front of the church and they welcome us and smile. There are a lot of nice people in Sheriff Street. Sheriff Street itself looks a mess and needs another clean up.”He said groups from the church have been to the inner city street “at least six or seven days” and have removed “almost two hundred bags of rubbish easily” from the area.Alred told that volunteers had been “clearing up rubbish, picking up needles and planting some flowers”.He said Dublin City Council had provided planters for them to fill. The council said its central area office has liased with any residents or voluntary organisations willing to do cleanups of local areas.“Dublin City Council would provide litter picking tools, refuse sacks and planters/flowers at various locations across the central area if any interest was shown,” it said in a statement.“In April 2017 the City Council provided litter picking tools and planters/flowers to the Sheriff Street area following a request from a voluntary organisation (Foundation for a Drug Free World) in support of a local clean up.”Foundation for a Drug Free World is a division of the Church of Scientology.The church opened its national affairs office in Dublin last year at 4 Merrion Square.  Its website says it is designed as a centre for the church’s outreach across Ireland.It was modelled after the office in Washington which it says was established to “facilitate cooperation between American political and cultural leaders and the church’s social and humanitarian missions”.The church’s registered company here, which has failed to gain religious or charitable status, recorded a profit of €48, 803 in Ireland last year.Its website says it coordinates a number of campaigns here, including efforts to battle drug addiction, improve scholastic performance and educational opportunities for children, and reduce crime and prison recidivism.Read: The Irish Church of Scientology returned to profit last year>Read: Ireland’s blasphemy laws unlikely to prevent Louis Theroux’s Scientology film from being released here> Monday 24 Apr 2017, 12:01 AMlast_img read more

METALSHARK BRO is Your Number One Comic for Shark Week

first_img Keto Turns Your Smartphone Into Your Car KeysCovert Dock for Nintendo Switch Fits in Your Pocket Stay on target Hello team METALSHARK BRO! Thank you so much for talking to us at Geek! For those who don’t know, can you tell us a little bit about yourself for our readers?BOB: My name is Bob Frantz. I live in Cincinnati, Ohio by way of Virginia Beach, Virginia. I’ve been writing comics and self-publishing comics since 2009. My first published work was a 4 issue, all ages mini-series released by Action Lab Entertainment called “Monty the Dinosaur.” Kevin and I started writing together in 2016. We have one published work together (last year’s IF Anthology from Alterna Comics)and have self-published two other books. Impressive, right. Ha!KEVIN: I’m a single dad with custody, a podcaster, and a writer. I am originally from Queens, NY but I now reside in Williamsburg, VA. I’m never sure how much or how little to write in these blurbs, no one wants to know my favorite color or that I spend late nights pondering washable crayons, the number forty-two and Quantum physics.WALT: I was a latchkey kid when I was growing up.  The only things I had waiting for me when I got home were some pop-tarts and G.I. Joes.  I’d devour those heavenly pastries and get to work on creating an elaborate story for my Joes.  Secret agents, master plans, sneak attacks, and even relationships for them.  I’ve always loved telling stories and I’ve tried multiple mediums.  Music, screenplays, movies, acting, and finally comics. Comics allowed me to explore all the stories I wanted to tell. No limits. I’ve since created 3 of my own personal IPS with Shiver Bureau, Cubicles, and Haxor.via KickstarterNow, for what we’ve all been waiting for, tell us ALL about METALSHARK BRO!BOB: METALSHARK BRO is Off the coast of Bali, a shark swims along and casually looks for his next meal. Beelzbra, the douchey nephew of Satan, interrupts this tranquil life to transform the fish into an anthropomorphic shark with a penchant for brutal murder. You know, the natural origin of most heroes. However, the arrogant little demon promises to return Metalshark Bro to his “normal” shark form upon the collection of nine cursed souls. However, the “return” Beelzbra promised doesn’t happen. Naturally, our hero vows revenge against his treacherous maker. Our anti-hero chases Belzbra through time and reality, battling necromancers, zombie soldier on mastodon skeletons, a corrupt priest, and his army ninja nuns. The craziness just goes on and on.This honestly has to be one of the most insane Kickstarters ever. Sharks and Metal? Wicked. You tell us a little bit on the Kickstarter page how METALSHARK BRO got started when you heard a radio DK talking about scientists playing AC/DC for sharks? Can you tell us a little more about that? Was the rest of the team as deeply devoted to the project the minute you told them about it?BOB: There isn’t much more to tell. I was driving back to Cincinnati after a fun con weekend. It was early. I was punch drunk and half asleep and I heard the story about the sharks, and it was like a bomb went off in my head. Called Kevin (because I knew he would be up for his day job) giggling like a child. I could barely relay the story to Kevin. I was so weak. After about two or three minutes I managed to get it out. Kevin was excited. I think it was contagious or we were both exhausted (Kevin was at the con as well) and feeling extra silly.Anyway, we just started brainstorming. AND METALSHARK BRO WAS BORN!!!!! I mean, if it wasn’t for the DJ in Richmond, Va reading that news story then this unholy terror wouldn’t be. This weekend jock on a classic rock station made the world a better place. We should build him a statue or something.via KickstarterHow long did it take you and Kevin to develop the story from the initial idea? Did you both immediately know you wanted to work with Walter [Ostile] for art, Shawn [Greenleaf] for letters/editor and Chas [Pangburn] for editor when you started to develop?BOB: The drive from Hampton, Virginia to Cincinnati is about 9 hours. I was on the phone with Kevin workshopping and brainstorming this thing for most of it. By the time I got home, We had the first arc mapped out.As for the rest of the team, We had worked with Shawn in the past. He is a good editor/letterer/designer. He’s a jack of all trades and a good dude. Chas was a dude I knew from Twitter. I knew he was a dope editor and we had talked about working together. So this seemed like the perfect time.Now Walt is the man. Kevin and I have been fans of Walt’s work for some time and were looking for a book to do together. The metal gods smiled upon us when Walt’s schedule opened up. We pitched Walt, he liked it, and here we are! HERE WE ARE!!!You guys seem to be having an absolute blast with METALSHARK BRO. It looks SO gnarly and brutal. It also shows what the medium of comics can do. Was that what you were going for in making this comic? Pushing the boundaries a little, while just having fun with your friends and making comics?KEVIN: We were just going for different. We were going for so silly it’s dumb, but we will take gnarly, brutal and other much cooler adjectives over my less exciting ones.Bob and I always have fun working together, whether it’s on Word Bros. Or making comics our work style is similar, so it’s all fun until it comes time to pitch.When you add Walter to that mix, it’s just three guys sitting in different areas of the country having a blast throwing ideas back and forth until we can cultivate the best ones.WALT: With a title like Metalshark Bro, the art really has to deliver on the promised ridiculousness. There’s a freedom though, knowing that you can really push it as far as you want. Not just towards the brutal metal aspect, but the silly side of things. Bob and Kevin are open to suggestions and giving my room to explore my stupid fun side. I mean I gave a flying eyeball a bowler hat and put beard stubble on a sharkman. They didn’t even blink.via KickstarterWalter, what was the process like for you to take Kevin and Bob’s script and turn into something so hardcore?WALT: It’s been great. They want to make this comic as metal as possible, and I’ve been able to add all kinds of craziness on top of what was already insane. It’s, dare I say, ludicrous. We know there isn’t any restrictions. We get to push it as far as we can image and that freedom makes my inner child shred the most killer 10-minute solo ever shredded.There are some killer rewards for your Kickstarter, including pins and copies of the physical and digital. What are some other stellar goodies that backers will be able to get? (That you’re ready to disclose!)KEVIN: I’m both saddened and excited to see the two pieces of original art go. Both Adam Ferris and Christian DiBari crushed those pin-up pieces and as much as we’d like to keep them— the backers come first. I think being able to be killed by MSB is a reward backers are sleeping on. You can get killed in a comic by a fictional Sharkman anti-hero, why wait for death when you can design your own? The additional content stories are what I’m really stoked for and hope we can get to in stretch goals. They are pure lunacy, and I think the readers will love them.WALT: I know I am looking forward to those pins, I want one for every single piece of clothing I own. I think the coolest perk is being drawn into the book. You could flip open the book and see yourself staring back out at you. How trippy is that? If you want to throw in a little more green, you can also see Metalshark Bro laying down bloody murder on your little, illustrated alter-ego. When someone asks you what you did today, you can say “I was killed by a demon cursed shark. Top that.”via KickstarterSuper important question. What bands or songs are exclusively on METALSHARK BRO’s playlist?KEVIN: Metalshark Bro! By Don CardenasAnthRAX –Now it’s Dark.Iron Maiden- Two Minutes to MidnightMetallica- Master of PuppetsMegadeth- Killing is My Business… or Hook in Mouth ( had to get a fish related one in there)Slayer- South of HeavenSlipknot- SurfacingSoulfly- Eye for an EyeSepultura- Refuse/ResistBob will say Motörhead – Killed by Death.BOB: Killed by Death by Motorhead has been my Metalshark Bro anthem. The song perfectly sums up the book.WALT: Obviously, MSB’s gonna be shredding those metal bands. Slipknot, Motörhead, Anthrax, GWAR, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Slayer, Maiden, Tool, and basically anything that melts off your face. That’s obvious, but MSB also has a soft side. When he’s relaxing after a long day of slaying monsters, you can find him crushing the chorus to Alanis Morissette’s Ironic.Thank you guys so much for talking with us! Do you have any other projects in the future our readers should be looking out for? Also, where can they find you (via social media) and this dope Kickstarter?KEVIN: Bob and I are currently working on something called “Chase the moon” with our good friend, Drew Moss. And after that, we will be trying to pitch a project we started working on with Tony Gregori who is a wonderful human being as well.You can find me on Twitter or Instagram. will get readers to the Kickstarter as well. Thank for talking to us, we appreciate it!BOB: THERE ARE NO OTHER PROJECTS!!!! IT’S ALL METALSHARK BRO ALL THE TIME!!!! THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME. IT IS GREATLY APPRECIATED.You can and definitely should back the dope METALSHARK BRO right now on Kickstarter.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Photographer digs out memories of April 5 tornado

first_imgThe Columbian reported on the 40th anniversary of the tornado in 2012.Forty-two years ago, a deadly tornado struck Vancouver. Larry Crispien took photographs of twisted metal, crumpled brick walls and a collapsed school roof on April 5, 1972.And then?“I forgot about them,” Crispien said. “I had them in a suitcase in storage, which is where all our pictures have ended up.”His collection of disaster photographs became the sort of archival stash you’d find only if you went looking for something else.And he did.“My son is getting married in June,” Crispien said, and he went looking for collections of family snapshots to show at the wedding reception.That’s when the Camp Bonneville-area resident found a packet labeled “1972 tornado.”Six people died when two buildings — a supermarket and a bowling center — collapsed.The tornado also destroyed Peter S. Ogden Elementary School, which was rebuilt a mile to the east.Crispien was 19 back then, and a graduate of Washougal High School working in food service at St. Joseph Community Hospital (now PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center).Crispien said he probably wasn’t working that day, or he would have remembered being in the hospital when injured people started arriving.But Crispien’s long career as a C-Tran bus driver did keep him close to one aspect of that disaster. The original “Ogden Elementary was right across from where C-Tran is now,” he said.last_img read more

Time Americans Spend Using Social Networks Surpasses EMail

first_imgBad news: Promotional direct mail volume is way up of year prior, 19 percent. Our newsletters are competing with a lot more volume in the inbox.Good news: open rates are up. “Open rates increased for the third quarter in a row.” Bad news: Clickthrough rates dropped to the lowest level Epsilon has recorded.Check your open and clickthrough rates. If your open rates are up, you need to use these numbers to counter the drop in clickthroughs clients could see as a sign of bad performance. This study can add a third part validation for the view that a drop in clickthroughs does not have to indicate a less effective campaign.Click here to download the study … Nielsen released some startling figures yesterday for anyone involved in the business of media.In February, social network usage exceeded Web-based e-mail usage for the first time.As you fight to sell that e-mail sponsorship, some of the numbers—like these—might be against you. While every content publisher’s newsletter is different, if the one you sell is tracking along with what is going on throughout the web, your clickthroughs are down.If this becomes an issue, I recommend you bring this just released study from Epsilon on your next call. The study is based on the performance of 7.7 billion promotional e-mails in Q4 2008. While we don’t sell ads in the direct marketing campaigns these e-newsletters represent, we share the same Internet and readers. It is the behavior of both of these that should concern us. Here are some survey results:last_img read more

Why Vances Portfolio Merger Makes Sense

first_img“They were never separate communities as we’ve always brought them together through our events and website. The only area that was separate was in the circulation databases,” says Laurel Didier, publisher of the magazine.They’ve merged those lists now, leaving them with just under 63,000 subscribers—the largest database in the industry, the company also draws about 80,000 unique visitors per month, while the group’s largest event, the biennial Woodworking Machinery & Supply Expo, drew more than 5,200 attendees to its last show, up 5 percent over 2011 and 15 percent over 2009. Didier says it’s smaller show, Cabinets & Closets, is on track to top last year by 25 percent.Reducing production output by two-thirds has obvious benefits from a cost perspective as well, but Vance is putting a lot of that money back into the product. Folios that could be as small as 52 pages are doubling now in an aggressive image-heavy redesign, while a new responsive site is coming in January. And no staff cuts were associated with the consolidation, Didier says.While killing the existing brands is admittedly a risk—Wood Products alone is over a century old, starting in 1896—creating a single resource has its benefits.”The marketplace often got confused with all the wood book names. It made sense to stick with one trusted brand,” Didier says. “Woodworking Network resonates with our audience. They like and expect to see the daily newsletter every morning at 6 am. has enjoyed consistent growth in terms of advertising support, unique visitors and overall page views. Having one brand makes our name and message stronger.” Vance Publishing is consolidating its woodworking portfolio into a single title, Woodworking Network, in a move it hopes will save money and strengthen its growing core.Formerly three separate magazines—Custom Woodworking Business, Closets and Wood Products—the new entity officially merges those audiences. They’d already begun to get closer over the last several years through joint community channels however.Woodworking Network has actually existed as a website for almost two decades, though in 2010, Vance shifted its focus. The brand got its current moniker and went community-first with an emphasis on, as the name suggests, networking. Events and social media were inclusive of Vance’s entire woodworking portfolio, serving as the vehicles for those peer-to-peer relationships.last_img read more

House Panel to Mark up Milcon Spending Bill Next Week

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR House Appropriations subcommittees are expected to mark up two fiscal 2016 spending bills next week including military construction-veterans affairs, reported CQ.With the FY 2016 budget resolutions passed last month by the House and Senate sticking to the Budget Control Act caps for defense and non-defense spending, a combined $1.017 trillion, the allocation for the milcon spending measure shouldn’t vary much from the current year’s level. Both chambers’ resolutions stuffed $38 billion in extra funds into DOD’s war funding account as a way to sidestep the statutory spending caps, though, so appropriators could opt to allocate some of the additional funds to military construction needs.By moving the milcon spending measure early, House Republicans could be confronting President Obama to veto a popular bill. The White House has indicated the president would not sign any appropriations bills that don’t exceed the mandated budget caps, putting the president on a collision course with the GOP.  In the absence of a spending deal between congressional Republicans and the White House, the FY 2016 appropriations process could be easily derailed, according to the story.The other spending measure expected to be taken up next week is energy-water. Both spending bills could reach the House floor before the end of the month.last_img read more

Flags at halfstaff for former Alaska attorney general

first_imgFormer AK Attorney General Grace Schaible in an interview at KUAC in Fairbanks. (Credit KUAC)Flags are at half-staff in honor of former Alaska attorney general and lifelong University of Alaska advocate, Grace Schaible of Fairbanks.Listen nowSchaible died Saturday at the age of 91.Schaible grew up in Juneau, graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, George Washington University and Yale Law School. Returning to Alaska, she practiced law in Fairbanks, and in 1987 became Alaska’s first woman attorney general under former Governor Steve Cowper.In a news release announcing Schaible’s passing, Gov. Bill Walker refers to her as “giant of Alaska history,” who “shattered the glass ceiling” as Alaska’s first woman attorney general.Current Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth, the second woman to serve in the Alaska attorney general post, called Schaible “a pioneer who inspired her and other strong female leaders.”Schaible also served as a University of Alaska regent, on the Permanent Fund Board and the UA Foundation, helping raise money for the Museum of the North and UAF Geophysical Institute. Proceeds from the sale of a home she donated to the University are the basis of an endowment at the University of Alaska Southeast.Schiable also donated an extensive collection of art to the UA museum.Flags will fly at half-staff in honor of Grace Schaible through Tuesday.last_img read more