October 18, 2019

Garth Brooks And Trisha Yearwood Join Jimmy Carter To Build Homes In

first_imgCountry music stars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood raised walls on a Habitat for Humanity home this week in Memphis, Tennessee, alongside former President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter.Trisha Yearwood helped build a home in Memphis, TennesseeThey will return next year to build and repair more homes during Habitat’s 33rd Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, scheduled to take place Aug. 21-27, 2016.Garth Brooks helped build a home in Memphis, TennesseeCredit/Copyright: Ezra Millstein/Habitat for HumanityEach year, President and Mrs. Carter join Habitat for Humanity volunteers in a different location to build homes and improve communities, and raise awareness of the critical need for decent and affordable housing in the U.S. and around the world.President and Mrs. Carter helped build a home with Habitat for Humanity in Memphis, Tennessee“Rosalynn and I are thrilled to play a role in helping Habitat continue the great work underway in the Uptown neighborhood of Memphis,” said President Carter. “We look forward to returning in August next year and by then, I know a wonderful family will have made this house we are starting today a home – where they can find the strength and stability they need for a brighter future.”Since 1983, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis has been dedicated to eliminating substandard housing throughout the city, where more than 29 percent of the population lives below poverty level, according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Habitat for Humanity has served more than 445 Memphis families through new home construction and an additional 80 families through critical home repair projects in the Uptown neighborhood. With support from volunteers and donors, Habitat will help improve living conditions for Memphis families during the Carter Project, as well as continue to improve communities in the city and surrounding areas.Habitat’s Carter Project volunteers will conduct multiple projects during the build week, including new home construction, beautification projects such as minor repairs, painting and landscaping, and Aging in Place projects, including critical home repairs, weatherization, and modifications to enhance accessibility and mobility for low-income seniors.“We are excited to work alongside President and Mrs. Carter, our volunteers and the partner families in Memphis next year,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “The efforts in Uptown are great examples of what can happen when members of the public, private and social sectors invest in a neighborhood. Tremendous opportunities lie ahead for families who will have a mortgage they can afford and the stable foundation they need to build strength and self-reliance.”Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood’s involvement in the 2016 Carter Project will make it the country music stars’ eighth time to volunteer with President and Mrs. Carter. Brooks and Yearwood have been supporting Habitat since 2007, including building homes after Hurricane Katrina and in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake.last_img read more

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Video Shows Moment Earthquake Shook Southern Spain and Northern Morocco

Rabat – video uploaded on YouTube by EspanaHoy shows a shocking moment when the magnitude 6.2 earthquake shook Southern Spain and Northern Morocco early on Monday.The footage, which lasts over a minute, shows two dining room table chairs and a picture hanging on a wall massively shaking during the earthquake.Beginning with the scary sound of the earth rumbling below, typical of a seismic movement, the video depicts the powerful force of the 6.2 earthquake followed by five aftershocks that hit the Strait of Gibraltar at 4:22 UTC Monday morning. History proves that a strong earthquake such as this one that struck the Mediterranean would more than likely cause many human casualties, as well as infrastructure damages.The hospital of Al Hoceima in northern Morocco, the earthquake’s epicenter, reported that one eight-year-old child died and four more people were injured.This video shows the great strength of the “groundwater extraction” that caused a disturbance along the Alhama de Murcia fault prompting the seismic movement. read more

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A Rendezvous with Dates in Ramadan: Their Benefits and Significance

Rabat- Ramadan is that time of the year when all 1.8 billion Muslims can enter the realms of spirituality and introspection, sympathize with the poor, develop patience, and get rid of bad habits. While it is all that and more, Ramadan is also the best time for dates.Dates…those naturally sweet, underrated fruits that finally get their time in the spotlight during Ramadan!During the holy month, the ftour table is simply not complete without dates, even if just for show. Although they contain an abundance of health benefits, sometimes their potentials are unknown even to people who eat them at every ftour because of their religious significance. Dates were mentioned 20 times in the Qur’an. Muslims traditionally break the fast with dates since the Prophet Mohammed, peace be upon him, said: “When any one of you breaks his fast, let [it] with dates for that is a blessing; if there are no dates then with water, for that is a means of purification,” as narrated by al-Tirmidhi.Ironically, the dry fruits keep the body hydrated when fasting thanks to the levels of sugar, making them a means of purification to metabolism in Ramadan.Health benefits of datesDates are known to be a source of minerals, potassium, magnesium, vitamins, iron, and fiber. They ooze with natural glucose, which helps keep the body energized and hydrated during long hours of fasting.Breaking the fast with dates stimulates blood sugar levels to return to normal, which also make dates a good pre-workout snack. As a matter of fact, the drier dates are, the higher their sugar concentration gets. Diabetic patients are advised to consume dates in moderation, following exercise and a balanced diet. If not, the dates will cause their blood glucose to shoot up, according to the International Diabetes Federation.Doctors at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCM-Q) conducted research on what makes dates healthy other than the fact that they contain vitamins. The researchers sought to analyze the blood of research participants who ate date varieties after fasting for twelve hours for presence of beneficial phytochemicals, a chemical compound found in plants.Although the results have not been revealed yet, the research hopes to pinpoint which variety of date fruits contain higher concentrations of beneficial phytochemicals.Karsten Suhre, professor of physiology and biophysics at WCM-Q, said: “[It]would allow us to make better dietary recommendations to help people protect their health.”A specialist in food science and health, Dr. Sweety Mathew, and a professor of medicine at WCM-Q, Dr. Stephen Atkin, both confirmed that dates “have significant health benefits if incorporated into a healthy diet.”They added that the large amounts of phytochemicals in dates reduce risk for heart diseases. Phytochemicals contain antioxidant , anti-inflammatory properties, anti-cancer properties, and neuroprotective properties, yet this is not widely known.Dates are not only an excellent fast breaker, they are also an ideal nutrient to add to the suhur meal before fasting.Where did dates come from?The date palm, known as nakhla in Arabic, comes from a family of palm trees that can reach 23 meters (75 feet) in height and can live up to 100 years.Fossil records revealed that the date palm has existed for 50 million years, while the cultivation of dates is traced back to prehistoric Egypt. Remains of dates from over 7,000 years ago were discovered by archaeologists in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Syria. Archaeologists believe that dates have originate in modern-day Iraq, although it is widely believed that Saudi Arabia was the first to introduce them to the rest of the world.Date palms require a dry and hot climate, and it takes four to eight years to produce fruit. Date palms are found in the Middle East, North Africa, and India; in California, Florida and Arizona in the US; and in Spain.The date harvest begins when the skin starts to soften, usually in August to December or January in the northern hemisphere. Fresh dates are either soft with a glossy skin, semi-soft or dry. Fresh dry dates contain less moisture and have a long shelf-life when packaged tightly in a refrigerator, remaining fresh for eight months.Deliberately dried dates can be kept up in a refrigerator for a year.Date production has increased in the last century; according to the UN Food and Agriculture organization, global production of dates has increased from 1.8 million tonnes in 1961 to 2.8 million in 1985 and 5.4 million in 2001, with major production in the Middle East and North Africa.Compared to the doubling of the global population over 40 years, date production has increased 2.9 times. Total global exports of dates increased by 1.71% over 40 years. Top varieties of datesThere are many varieties of dates, each with distinct features and taste. Saudi Arabia cultivates approximately 40 types of dates. Morocco also produces multiple date varieties in the Draa-Tafilalet region, including majhoul or medjoul, anbara, and deglet noor. Deglet NourCredit: Alibaba PhotosDeglet Noor is known as the “queen of all dates.” It has a soft, honey-like flavor and is semi-dry. Deglet Nour is well-known in the Middle East and the Maghreb, but especially in Tunisia, its leading producer. It can also be found in many US stores.  Majhoul/medjoulAhlam Ben Saga/Morocco World NewsMajhoul dates rival the “queen of dates” in popularity.Majhoul dates have a caramel-like flavour and coffee-brown color that make the mouth water, especially in Ramadan.Majhoul are naturally dry dates, due to their firm and wrinkled texture.Majhoul are also high in calories and fiber. The high fiber levels make it a good solution for health problems such as constipation.KholasCredits: greenfronds.comNext to Majhoul, Kholas dates are also widely consumed in Morocco. They look and taste like honey, and have soft sticky flesh. Kholas dates contain high levels of Vitamin A, which is good for the eyes.SukkariCredits: mtjre.comAnother popular date in Morocco, sukkari dates are sugary as their name suggests. They are crisp and have a very sweet flavor. These small jewels can be a replacement for sugar and sweets, as they are not only sweet but contain folic acid, protein, iron, and of course, fiber.AjwaMoroccan-style serving of ajwa: Ahlam Ben Saga/Morocco World NewsAjwa dates are dark and can be either soft or dry with a smooth taste and sweet flavor. The ajwa date is exclusively found in Saudi Arabia and people on the Umrah pilgrimage break their fast with them in Ramadan.The ajwa date has a significant place in Islam, as it is said in hadith that the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) used to break his fast with seven ajwa dates.This feature is part of an exclusive series at Morocco World News for Ramadan. Also in the series is:Ramadan: An American PerspectiveWhat Tourists Should Expect When Visiting Morocco during Ramadan10 Places to Have a Delightful F’tourBodybuilding Best Practices during Ramadan15 Types of People During RamadanHow Moroccan Pass Their Time during Ramadan read more

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After slow start Ohio State mens basketball takes down Nebraska in overtime

It wasn’t necessarily a textbook performance from the Ohio State men’s basketball team (18-10, 10-5), but it still got the job done Saturday night at Nebraska (14-14, 6-9). Despite a sluggish start, 17 turnovers and two players fouling out, the Buckeyes toppled the Cornhuskers 65-62 in overtime. With the win, OSU’s postseason flame still burns, albeit dimly. Freshman guard JaQuan Lyle poured in 19 points, including a pair of free throws that sent the game into overtime and three key buckets down the stretch in overtime. Alongside Lyle’s strong showing, sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop had 16 points and classmate Jae’Sean Tate had 15 and a dozen rebounds. Junior forward Marc Loving matched Tate’s 15 points. Outside of this quartet, no other Buckeye scored. Both teams got off to horrendous starts, as they settled for jump shots that simply were not falling. OSU shot just 1-of-10 from the field in the first 11:36, while Nebraska missed 11 of its first 14 shots, too. The result of this indolent start was a 6-2 Nebraska advantage in the first nine minutes, with Tate being the only Buckeye to register in the scoring column. It was a forgettable way to get out of the gates. But as it turns out, OSU quickly did forget its lackluster start. The Buckeyes flipped a switch, peeling off a 13-5 run over a nine-minute period to snatch a 15-13 advantage.During that span for the Cornhuskers, a lack of aggressiveness plagued them. They continued to settle for too many jump shots, converting on just one of their six attempts from downtown.More of the same sloppy basketball ensued up to the halftime horn, with Nebraska holding a one-point lead, 22-21, at the break. The 43 combined points made for the lowest total in the first half of a Big Ten game this season. Freshman forward Jack McVeigh led the Cornhuskers with six points, while classmate Glynn Watson Jr. had five points and four rebounds. As a team, Nebraska shot just 26 percent from the field, including a painful 3-of-17 performance from 3-point land. For OSU, only three players — Tate, Bates-Diop and Loving — scored. Loving led the way with 11 points and three rebounds on 3-of-7 shooting. Tate added six points and four boards, while Bates-Diop registered four points, although he needed seven shots to do so. When the second half began, the Buckeyes were noticeably more aggressive. After an opening 3-pointer by McVeigh, OSU started driving to the basket, either getting fouled and going to the free throw line or connecting on easy layups. The Buckeyes’ first 13 points in the second period came from the charity stripe or inside the paint. At the 10-minute mark, amid a 20-5 run, the Buckeyes were leading 41-30.That momentum-shifting stretch was spearheaded by Lyle, who used a combination of the inside and outside game to score 11 straight points for OSU. It started to look like the Buckeyes were pulling away, but the Cornhuskers had other plans. Back-to-back 3-pointers from Watson and McVeigh immediately breathed new life into Nebraska. Then, a few possessions later, junior guard Tai Webster knocked in a 3-pointer from the top of the key, which cut OSU’s lead down to two points and fired up the white-and-red clad crowd. Over the course of the next four minutes, the two teams traded punches. Nebraska got it to as close as one on two separate occasions, but OSU also had an advantage as large as five in that stretch. After slicing OSU’s lead back to one point at the 1:19 mark, Lyle missed a layup, giving it back to the Cornhuskers with a chance to take the lead. Andrew White III didn’t squander the opportunity. The junior guard buried a contested 3-pointer from a few steps beyond the line, giving Nebraska its first lead in 17 minutes. Trailing 56-54, OSU got its chance to counter. Lyle dribbled the ball at the top of the key, as the clock dwindled, eventually taking his man off the bounce and forcing a foul. The freshman composed himself and knocked down the game-tying free throws. A turnover by Nebraska and a last-second heave from freshman Mickey Mitchell clanked off the rim, sending the game to overtime. In the bonus period, Lyle carried the Buckeyes. Loving scored OSU’s first points, but after that, the freshman guard used his size to take his man off the dribble, weaving to the rim for three consecutive layups.  The third and final one ended up becoming the game-clincher for OSU after the Cornhuskers’ final few chances came up short.McVeigh led Nebraska with 16 points and four rebounds. Next up for OSU is one of its hardest tests to date, a matchup with No. 8 Michigan State on Tuesday at the Schottenstein Center. Tipoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. read more

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Petra Kvitova Is The Most Unpredictable Player In Womens Tennis

Venus Williams2667278.7%– Victoria Azarenka1244274.7%– Mary Pierce1425074.0%– Billie Jean King1272484.1%– Steffi Graf2783289.7%– Virginia Wade1224971.3%– Petra Kvitova, the tennis star from the Czech Republic, is 6-feet tall, left-handed and can crush her forehand and serve. She has won Wimbledon twice in her career, the only currently active woman to accomplish that feat besides Venus and Serena Williams, who each won their first two from 2000 to 2003. At the moment, Kvitova is ranked No. 6 in the world, and was once ranked No. 2. The week before this year’s Australian Open began, she won the Sydney International by thumping four players, including three-time Slam champion Angelique Kerber, and beating the relentless Ashleigh Barty in a three-set final.Oh, one more thing: There’s good reason to believe she won’t last long in this month’s Australian Open. Of all the women with at least two major titles since 1968, when the Open Era began, none have lost as often, on average, at Slams as Kvitova, the master of disaster.On Monday in Melbourne, Kvitova had an unusual performance: She easily won her first round match by beating Magdalena Rybarikova in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2. Kvitova looked a bit shaky in the first set, when she lost her serve twice and landed just 45 percent of her first serves. But she was much cleaner in the second set, and now — maybe — she can relax and have a strong tournament. She also could improve her winning percentage at majors, which was 70.2 percent at the start of the tournament, the lowest figure among the two-or-better Slam winners in the women’s Open Era. Svetlana Kuznetsova1526171.4%– Chris Evert2993789.0%– Amelie Mauresmo1314375.3%– Justine Henin1412883.4%– Hana Mandlikova1424078.0%– Lindsay Davenport1985179.5%– Monica Seles1803185.3%– Evonne Goolagong Cawley1292782.7%– Jennifer Capriati1404077.8%– Kim Clijsters1323181.0%– Serena Williams3314588.0%– Martina Navratilova3064986.2%– Martina Hingis1533282.7%– Maria Sharapova1944979.8%– Margaret Court961090.6%– Kvitova’s Slam performances are the worst of her peersWinners of multiple Grand Slams by Grand Slam record, 1968-2018* Petra Kvitova923970.2%– *Excluding this year’s Australian OpenSource: WTA Garbine Muguruza602273.2%– Arantxa Sanchez Vicario2105479.5%– Angelique Kerber984170.5%– Tracy Austin611580.3%– Li Na903174.4%– PlayerWinsLosesWin% There are seven other active women who, like Kvitova, have won at least two major titles. All of them have won more of their matches at Slams (Kerber, who had 10 first-round major losses in her first five years on the tour, is still ahead of Kvitova with 70.5 percent). Since Kvitova’s second Slam victory, she has gone no further than the quarterfinals at a major. She has only done that twice, both times at the U.S. Open, in 2015 and 2017. In the rest of her majors she has not gotten past the fourth round. In her career, Kvitova has lost in the first round of a Slam nine times. Serena Williams, who has won 23 majors, is 331-45 at Slams (88 percent) and has lost in the first round only once.Two of Kvitova’s first-round losses occurred last year, in the Australian Open and Wimbledon, the best tournament for her game. (At Wimbledon, she lost to Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-0 in the third set of their match. Sasnovich had never gone past the third round of a Slam.)So how can a player with so much talent, and so much power, end up looking timid and uncertain? After a promising career start, Kvitova approaches the early rounds of Slams as calmly as when parachuting from an airplane. “When I was younger, I played better on the Grand Slams than the other tournaments,” she said after losing in the first round of Wimbledon last year. “Now is the time when I’m playing better on the other tournaments.” Asked more about the defeat, she said: “The nerves were there again.”Worries at the beginning of a Grand Slam tournament are not uncommon — even Roger Federer, who has won 20, has spoken about being nervous in the first round. But the best players in the world usually overcome that.Some of Kvitova’s more recent woes could be due to the time she was attacked at home by a man with a knife in December of 2016. She didn’t return to the game until the 2017 French Open, which she lost in the second round (she had the same result at Wimbledon). But later that year at the U.S. Open, she reached the quarterfinals, her best result since 2015.Kvitova still has time to cure her Grand Slam disease. She is 28 years old and a natural on the grass of Wimbledon, despite her first-round loss there last year. At the Australian Open, she has an excellent draw, facing unranked players until the fourth round. Her opponent in that round could be Aryna Sabalenka, an up-and-coming 20-year-old who was beaten in straight sets by Kvitova in the Sydney International. Sabalenka is seeded No. 11.Even if Kvitova never improves her Slam winning percentage and finishes her career in last place, well, someone has to be there. She could just call herself the most unpredictable multi-Slam winner in women’s tennis history — not ideal, but definitely unique. read more

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EYEWITNESS Its a gas…

…to sell EnmoreThe PNC must be rolling in mirth now that Enmore Estate hasn’t only been shut down and allowed to turn to bush, but it’s now been officially put on the block to be hocked — lock, stock and barrel!! Some folks are asking if that sequence “made sense”: run the estate down into “bush” and then put it up for sale. Of course it makes sense…if you’re the PNC! What this means is that some company favoured by them will be able to argue with a straight face they got Enmore at a ridiculous bargain basement price because it was “so run down”!!As Raphael Trotman once described such favoured companies…at one time or other, they make “political investments” for the party of their choice. And they hit the jackpot when that party gets into Government! But back to Enmore and the PNC. Because of its history, Enmore – like Leonora on the WCD – was always seen as a redoubt of the PPP. There was Kausilla the Martyr of Leonora in 1964, of course, to remind the PPP faithful of the perfidy of the PNC. And it didn’t surprise anyone when the latter shut down that estate in its first round of downsizing sugar back in 1976.We all know about Enmore because of Dr Jagan’s oath at the graveside of the 5 protesting sugar workers killed in 1948. And Enmore has stood with the PPP ever since. Now when it’s resold…expect that link to be deliberately severed at the neck. And we know this can happen in any number of ways – the first one being beggars can’t be “choosers”! And right now, with 5700 of them fired in one fell swoop, with no jobs in sight, ex-sugar workers are certainly beggars!One thing we can predict for sure is GAWU ain’t coming back with those folks who’ll be rehired at Enmore! Apart from the PNC’s and the buyer’s druthers, the workers themselves at that location were turned off by the lack of aggressiveness from the union. But your Eyewitness was rather taken aback by some of the claims the SPU is making on the estate.85 percent mechanisation? Say what??!! Is this a sop to the buyer that they won’t need too many workers? With the rainy seasons now extending year round…they’ll be lucky to have 30 per cent mechanisation!! And zero for harvesting!!Another claim was Enmore has a 60,000 tonne sugar producing factory!! Are we living in an alternate universe? Firstly, how will they get 60,000 tonnes of sugar from 6,900 hectares of land? Has Enmore EVER produced even HALF of that total??Looks like someone’s been having a gas, smoking weed even before it’s been legalised!!…with injecting gas!!Your Eyewitness has kvetched before, on the proclivity of the Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson, to mouth off on matters of which it is obvious he doesn’t have the foggiest notion! Take his continued insistence of talking about landing gas from Exxon’s Stabroek field to fuel a mega-power generation plant – even though the oil giant insists it makes better economic sense to pump back the gas into the field to bring up more oil.Now this technique isn’t exactly cutting edge; in fact, Norway has used it successfully for over three decades to deliver an additional 4billion equivalent of oil from the North Sea!! Has Patterson even asked Exxon what’s the cost/benefit ratio of using that option?? And that maybe he can build a new power plant with the extra money??Does Patterson even know that the gas pumped back won’t be going anywhere – and will be recycled until the oilfield is depleted?In the end, he’ll have a gas field is he still wants some gas!!…with oil reserves upWell, it’s official…we now have OVER 4 billion barrels of oil reserves. So can we start celebrating? That uppity NYT reporter – with over 30 years of oil experience — says there’s a lot to be done before that.But what does he know?? Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMaking hay…December 6, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Rearguard action…June 1, 2018In “EYEWITNESS”EYEWITNESS: Martyrs…June 16, 2017In “EYEWITNESS” read more

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We all could have died if it was not for the bravest

first_imgHe added: “There are always fights and screaming here. There’s always blood. It can be so bad. I fear that my daughter will see it.“I have no idea what to do now. My whole life is gone. My daughter doesn’t understand that everything is gone.“We’re in a hotel today. I don’t know what we do tomorrow.“Nobody was believing there was fire because we have to call the garda every week.“Everything is gone.”There were no injuries in the incident.Five units of the Dublin Fire Brigade were called to the scene, as well as an ambulance, a ladder, six pumps and a commanding unit – eight units in total. https://jrnl.ie/3058816 Walid Ibrahim with his daughter Mya A FATHER WHOSE apartment went up in flames in Dublin yesterday has told how nobody believed the fire was real as the alarm ‘went off every week’.Walid Ibrahim was living with his 10-year-old daughter in the apartment complex in Clongriffin, north Dublin, when it went up in flames.The fire alarm went off at around 5.30pm but Ibrahim saw nobody moveBut for the quick actions of the garda on the scene, the father said things could have been very different.Ibrahim, who lived directly below the where the fire started, told TheJournal.ie: “Every few days this fire alarm goes off. It happens all the time so somebody has to walk out and hit a button on a switchboard to stop it. This time I hear the alarm and I think it’s the same thing. My daughter runs outside and tells me it’s a real fire.“We left straight away but there were so many people who didn’t know what was going on.”Walida said the quick-thinking actions of a garda saved the lives of many people in the apartment complex.He added: Source: Paddy Ryan/Twitter “He was doing everything – he was jumping everywhere and pushing doors and letting people know it is a fire.”A man has been arrested in relation to the blaze and is being held at Coolock garda station in north Dublin.Walid said gardaí have been called to the apartment complex a number of times in the past six months. By Garreth MacNamee Share791 Tweet Email1 Read: People who falsely call themselves “dietitian” or “speech and language therapist” can now be jailed >Read: Minister wants secrecy over foster home abuse lifted > Nov 2nd 2016, 3:13 PM We all could have died if it was not for the bravest garda I have ever seen in my life.“Full respect to him. He is the one that got everyone out of the place . Everyone was thinking it was another joke because it was the alarm. Apartment fire in Clongriffin. Fire services on scene. pic.twitter.com/0RqzUbTWAH— VOTE for EU!! May 23-26. (@PolymathBGD) November 1, 2016 Apt fire in Clongriffin @rtenews pic.twitter.com/iyC6QBWOKg— Paddy Ryan (@paddyphilipryan) November 1, 2016 Short URL Source: Dublin Fire Brigade/Twitter We’re attending a domestic fire in #Clongriffin tonight. 6+ fire engs, 1 amb on scene. Crews used breathing apparatus. 1st 999 call at 1738. pic.twitter.com/O7IBFXCoNG— Dublin Fire Brigade (@DubFireBrigade) November 1, 2016 ‘We all could have died if it was not for the bravest garda I have ever seen in my life’ A man who lost his home in the Clongriffin fire tells of the devastation at the apartment complex. Source: not paying attention/Twitter 49,689 Views Wednesday 2 Nov 2016, 3:13 PM 25 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Cork loses out as passengers continue to flock to Dublin Airport

first_img By Fora Staff Take me to Fora Cork loses out as passengers continue to flock to Dublin Airport The capital’s hub is taking a massive chunk of Ireland’s total air traffic. 18,331 Views Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: 56 Comments Image: DAA Share Tweet Email5 http://jrnl.ie/3345388 center_img DUBLIN AIRPORT IS taking an ever-increasing share of Ireland’s total air traffic, according to new data.New aviation statistics published by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show that the capital handled almost 85% of all passengers travelling through Irish airports in 2016.That’s up about five percentage points on its traffic share four years ago.Just under 33 million passengers travelled through Irish airports last year, an increase of 10.3% on the previous 12-month period measured by the CSO.More than 27.7 million passengers passed through Dublin, up 11.3% on the year before.Regional hubsCork Airport has seen the biggest dip in its traffic share since 2012, dropping three percentage points to just under 7% of all flights in 2016.The other main airports – Shannon, Knock and Kerry – saw marginal drops in their share of total air traffic.Unsurprisingly, Waterford was the only airport that saw a decrease in passenger numbers, dropping a massive 60%. The south-east hub lost its sole scheduled service in June of last year when Belgian airline VLM pulled its service to London Luton. Source: CSOClick here to view a larger image.RunwayThe most popular countries of origin and destinations for Irish travelers were the United Kingdom and Spain. Outside of Europe, most traffic went to and from the US.DAA – the semi-state that operates Dublin Airport – recently announced that 2.2 million people used the hub last month, up 2% on the figures for March 2016.The company was recently granted a five-year extension to build its long-overdue north runway, slated for 2020.Preliminary works on the €320 million project began last year. It is expected that construction of the 3.1km runway will kick off later this year. A third terminal is also potentially in the pipeline.Ryanair chief Michael O’Leary has on a number of occasions criticised the projected cost of developing Dublin’s second runway. Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary Source: Frank Rumpenhorst/DPA/PA ImagesAer Lingus boss Stephen Kavanagh previously warned that Dublin is turning away business because its existing infrastructure can’t handle extra traffic.Speaking at the National Civil Aviation Development Forum in February, Kavanagh said the state’s largest airport will turn away traffic in 2017 because of poor infrastructure, which is already “constraining growth in 2018″.He warned before that if Dublin doesn’t “extract maximum value” from existing infrastructure and invest in facilities to handle connecting traffic, it could see carriers migrate to Reykjavik or elsewhere.Sign up to our newsletter to receive a regular digest of Fora’s top articles delivered to your inbox.Written by Conor McMahon and posted on Fora.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Wednesday 19 Apr 2017, 6:15 AM Read: Work is starting on Ireland’s largest commercial development outside DublinRead: Whatever happened to… A giant Disneyland-style theme park in north Dublin? Apr 19th 2017, 6:15 AM Short URL Image: DAAlast_img read more

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Vic Market to be open all hours

first_imgMelbourne’s Queen Victoria Market will be open seven days – and nights – a week under a $250 million redevelopment plan launched this week by Lord Mayor Robert Doyle.The draft plan – the result of 18 months of talks – has been conceived to secure the market’s viability over the next 80 years.The City of Melbourne’s proposals include a revolutionary new schedule that could see stalls open three times more often – increasing the turnover of the market from $91 million to $690 million a year.Mayor Doyle said current trading hours were too limited and extending shopping times would allow a wider variety of stalls. Currently the market shuts up shop as early as 2.00 pm and is closed two days a week.“We intend this to be a market so that it gets used from first thing in the morning right through into the evening and night-time,” said the mayor.The plan includes transforming the main car park on Queen Street into a green plaza, which will include a monument commemorating the site as Melbourne’s first cemetery. Franklin Street will be realigned to run next to the plaza as a tree-lined boulevard including footpaths and bike lanes.Cr Doyle said the area would create a vibrant meeting place linked to a pedestrian-friendly section between Victoria and Therry Streets.“During the day, in the evening and even into the night you’ll go down to the market and the lights will be on.”A move to build a car park under the market’s heritage sheds has been abandoned after the council’s recent $76 million purchase of warehouses and shops on the corner of Queen and Therry streets.The draft masterplan – now open to public consultation – suggests that when implemented it could result in a four-fold increase in jobs.Sections such as the Dairy Produce Hall, Meat and Fish Hall and heritage sheds are to be retained but improved with new amenities.Meanwhile traders, many of who were deeply concerned over the original underground car park idea, have expressed qualified support for the planKon Kardaras, president of the Queen Victoria Market Traders’ Association, told the ABC that the market had been under-utilised for years.Mr Kardaras said while cafés and bars would find it easy to stay open seven days a week, it would be difficult for some of the market’s “family-based” traders.“If we were to move to a system of a seven-day-a-week operation, you really can’t sustain that family-based model,” he said.“Changing that will change the fundamental feel and the vibe of market.“Let me assure you traders and myself are very, very clear the fundamental feel of the market cannot change.”Fishmonger George Milonas told reporters he welcomed the council’s proposals.“We already have a good market but it desperately needs an upgrade because it’s been neglected for 20 years,” he said.Between 2 March and 29 March you can share your thoughts on the City of Melbourne’s plan for Queen Victoria Market’s redevelopment at http://participate.melbourne.vic.gov.au/projects/queenvictoriamarket/, or visit the QMV’s ‘engagement hub’ at 452 Queen Street. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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31 WWE Results Uniondale New York Tag main event

first_img WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Twitter Google+ 3/1 WWE Results: Uniondale, New York1. R-Truth def. Fandango2. WWE Divas Champion Nikki Bella def. Paige3. Goldust def. Stardust4. Jack Swagger def. Adam Rose5. Erick Rowan def. Adam Rose6. Zack Ryder def. Bo Dallas7. WWE Tag Team Champions Cesaro & Tyson Kidd def. The Ascension, The New Day & The Prime-Time Players8. Roman Reigns def. The Big Show in an Uniondale Street Fight.9. John Cena & Ryback def. WWE United States Champion Rusev & Seth RollinsSource: The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four OnlineRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Shawn Michaels Pinterest SPOILERS: 3/22 and 3/23 Impact TV taping results from Windsor, Ontario, Canada Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Now Playing Up Next Asuka says she only hit her back and is okay after injury scare at WWE live event Facebookcenter_img Videos Articles Cesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The Bar Ronda Rousey Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next John Cena Happy Nikki Bella Has Moved On Nikki Bella thinks shes embarrassed John Cena over their split WhatsApp Videos Articles WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Insight Editions announces “WWE: The Official Cookbook” set for release on March 19last_img read more

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State Scores Well On LongTerm Care Report Card

first_imgAlaska ranked 5th in the nation in a recent state scorecard on long-term services for older adults, the disabled, and family caregivers. However, local experts say gaps in the system can cause big problems.Download Audiolast_img

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TCS Saves 16 Million Reduces Training Time by 20 Through Automation of

first_imgThe $15.5 billion (2014-15 revenues) Tata Consultancy Services has saved about $16 million in costs by automating a part of its training programme for freshers, apart from reducing training time by almost 20 percent.The Mumbia-based software services exporter sees a scope to save as much as $128 million annually by automating its ‘Initial Learning Program’.”The innovation helps faculty to use time saved due to automated graded assessment to coach those needing ‘in-person training’. Self practising trainees improve their learnability in the formative stage. The innovation fuses faculty-designed business rules with technology-driven automated assessment,” the Tata Sons Innovista Awards committee told The Economic Times.Besides, the company has also deployed digital learning tools to pick out “high-performers” during the training period.TCS has given jobs offers to about 35,000 freshers in the current financial year. The company has rolled out a online learning portal for the freshers to do a part of the coursework before joining the company.The company’s headcount stood at 3,19,656 as of 31 March, 2015.IT firms spend about $4,000 per employee and yet have to contend with 10 to 15 percent attrition every year, raising overall costs.  Domestic IT companies are currently investing a total of $2 billion in training programs for the freshers every year, according to Nasscom.Bengaluru-based IT firm Infosys has already given training to nearly 25,000 employees in design-thinking, and plans to extend training to 22,000 more in the current financial year. Besides, it has imparted training to about 1,000 employees in artificial intelligence.”Almost every IT company has strategies to train and re-skill. It’s becoming an increasingly important part of how IT companies will be able to grab hold of the digital economy. I would expect more innovations around training,” an analyst with a Mumbai-based brokerage said, requesting anonymity.Recently, Wipro CEO TK Kurien said that the company’s focus on automation will bring down its headcount by a third in the next three years.last_img read more

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Child rape suspect killed in gunfight

first_img.A man, suspected of being involved in the murder of an eight-year-old girl, was killed in an alleged gunfight in Kholadanga area of Jashore early Wednesday, reports UNB.Police identified the deceased as Shamim, 30, a resident of the area.Kotwali police station’s in-charge Apurba Hasan said they sent a team to Kholadanga around 3:00am after being tipped off that two gangs of drug traders were engaged in a gunfight.”The police team came under fire as soon as it reached the spot,” the OC said.Police also claimed to have recovered a shutter gun and 50 yaba pills.Shamim was a suspect in the murder of schoolgirl Trisha. Her body was found in a sack in a ditch behind the house of a neighbour at Dharmatala on Monday evening, a day after she went missing.Police said they suspect the child was raped before she was killed.A case was filed in this connection.The law enforcement’s version of the event was, however, not verified independently as no version of that incident was available immediately either from any witnesses or from any members of the suspect’s family.last_img read more

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NPRs Favorite Movies Of 2017

first_img Share Call Me By Your Name, Get Out, The Florida Project, The Big Sick, Coco and Girls Trip all made NPR’s top list.The three of us — NPR movie critic Bob Mondello, Pop Culture Happy Hour host Linda Holmes and me, a writer for the NPR Arts Desk and Pop Culture Happy Hour panelist — didn’t share our lists of favorite 2017 movies with one other beforehand, so it’s interesting to see us all agreeing on so many great films (The Big Sick, Call Me By Your Name, The Florida Project and Get Out).But you’ll also see films championed by just two or, in many cases, only one of us. That helps make the final list a bit more idiosyncratic than a lot of other year-end rankings out there. But it also means you might find a film or two that one of us (*cough* Linda *cough*) would never put on a list of favorites in a million years. (Three Billboards, are your ears burning?)You might not agree that a given film belongs on this list, or we might have left your favorite off. But that’s the point. Movies inspire discussion and debate, so why shouldn’t end-of-year lists do the same? — GlenAnsel Elgort drives getaway cars in Baby Driver.Baby Driver (Bob)Just watch the three-minute, single-take shot where headphone-sporting heist-driver Baby (Ansel Elgort) bops down an Atlanta street, past graffiti and shop-window signs that match song lyrics he’s hearing, gets coffee for his gangster buds and then heads back up the same street past different graffiti and signs that match song lyrics he’s now hearing. Gorgeous, funny and verrrry Edgar (Shaun of the Dead) Wright. It took the writer/director 28 takes to get right, and it’s sublime enough to make you not care (or at least not care as much) that Kevin Spacey is in the movie. — BobThe Big Sick (Bob, Linda and Glen)Kumail Nanjiani plays himself in the year’s most engaging romantic dramedy, which he and his wife, Emily V. Gordon (played by Zoe Kazan), based on their own meet-cute romance. The title refers to the fact that, unknown to either of them at the time, she was very ill, but that was hardly their only challenge. A clash of cultures — his folks hoping for a traditional Pakistani bride, hers (Holly Hunter and Ray Romano) taking a while to warm to him — contributes to making this one of the year’s happiest treats. — BobRyan Gosling plays a replicant assigned to take out replicants in Blade Runner 2049.Blade Runner 2049 (Bob and Glen)Thirty years after the events of 1982’s Blade Runner, things have gotten even worse; replicants have been rebooted and upgraded, and Ryan Gosling’s K — a replicant assigned to take out replicants — may or may not be in love with his AI companion. Denis Villeneuve’s take on the world created by Ridley Scott is deeply thoughtful and darkly beautiful, and it’s got a stronger story to tell than the original did — one that Villeneuve, bless him, proceeds to fracture and complicate to create a rich puzzle-box of a film, filled with images you won’t soon forget. — GlenBPM (Beats Per Minute) (Bob)An urgent French drama about AIDS activists in Paris in the early 1990s. Protease inhibitors are just being introduced — too slowly, according to the activist group ACT UP. So activists are throwing “blood”-filled balloons to disrupt government forums, tossing crematory ashes at insurance confab buffet tables and invading pharmaceutical offices. Robin Campillo’s film follows Sean, a bright-eyed, boyish rabble-rouser, as he gets visibly sicker and falls for a new ACT UP member who is not HIV-positive. As the light starts to go out of Sean’s eyes, the film’s emotional temperature soars. (This one won the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival.) — BobCall Me By Your Name (Bob, Linda and Glen)Apricots ripen in the orchard, and romance ripens pretty much everywhere in this gorgeous, coming-of-age-in-the-’80s story penned by James Ivory (his first screenplay in 14 years). It’s based on André Aciman’s novel in which a 24-year-old grad student (Armie Hammer) spends a summer in Italy assisting an American professor and connecting with the prof’s 17-year-old son (Timothée Chalamet). Director Luca Guadagnino’s images are lush, summery, surprising (ancient statues surface in the Mediterranean as if they’d just been taking a dip); and the script will open tear ducts far more resilient than mine. Just extraordinary. — BobCoco (Bob and Linda)Pixar’s film about a Mexican boy who dreams of being a musician is colorful, dreamlike, kind-hearted and moving. It’s a film of enormous imagination — both in the neighborhoods of Mexico and in the Land Of The Dead, the place young Miguel winds up during the celebration of Dia de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead. But it’s also one of generosity and thoughtfulness; one that, like Inside Out, shows off Pixar’s capacity to make abstract concepts like memory feel tactile and present. — LindaFionn Whitehead plays World War II soldier Tommy in Christopher Nolan’s epic Dunkirk.Dunkirk (Bob)More than 300,000 Allied troops were rescued in a World War II operation so enormous most filmmakers would use strategizing generals to help audiences understand it. Writer-director Christopher Nolan wants us to experience it as the troops did, so he shoots in IMAX and tells their stories in their own time frames — a week on the beach, a day at sea, an hour in the air, all unfolding at once in a patchwork that somehow captures the shattering terror of war. Masterful visual storytelling on an epic scale. — BobEx Libris: New York Public Library (Linda)Yes, you do want to watch a three-hour documentary about the New York Public Library. You do! Director Frederick Wiseman’s latest does give you a look at the grand Manhattan building with the lions out front. It does visit with the enormous organization’s leadership during searching conversations about what a 21st-century library should do. But Ex Libris is also a beautiful piece about New York City — its neighborhoods, its volunteers, its curious citizens and the little library branches where kids get help with homework. — LindaFaces Places (Bob)Diminutive Agnès Varda — who, at 89, is one of only two surviving members of the French New Wave — and street artist/photographer JR, 34, make a mischievous Mutt-and-Jeff pair as they wander the French countryside in this documentary, seeking France’s soul. Enchantingly, they mark their progress by taking (and pasting on buildings) gigantic portraits of the people they meet. A coal miner’s daughter bursts into tears when she sees herself plastered on the front of her soon-to-be-demolished house; others burst into smiles as the soles of Varda’s feet roll by, tanker-car sized, on a train. — BobTransgender singer Marina (Daniela Vega) navigates the fallout of her boyfriend’s sudden death in A Fantastic Woman.A Fantastic Woman (Bob)Young transgender singer Marina (Daniela Vega) celebrates her birthday in Santiago, Chile, with her much older boyfriend, only to have him suffer an aneurysm. Doctors at a hospital can’t save him; they can, however, treat Marina as a freak and a murder suspect while her boyfriend’s family is even more cruel. Director Sebastián Lelio treats Marina with the same sensitivity and gives her the same abiding strength as he did the title character of his 2014 award winner Gloria. Marina is heroic, striking and charismatic — a pretty damn fantastic woman. — BobThe Florida Project (Bob, Linda and Glen)Sean Baker’s 2015 film Tangerine might be as famous for its low-cost production (it was shot on an iPhone) as for its stunning performances and moving story. Here, Baker has more resources to play with as he follows a 6-year-old girl who lives with her mom in a grungy motel in the shadow of Walt Disney World that often houses the very poor. Naturalistic and unforgettable, The Florida Project features a surprisingly sweet turn from Willem Dafoe as the motel manager who tries to balance enforcing the rules and acting like an on-site surrogate parent. — LindaGet Out (Bob, Linda and Glen)Jordan Peele made a horror film that is also a comedy that is also a satire that is also a blistering provocation in the best way. Daniel Kaluuya as Chris, a young black man meeting the parents of his white girlfriend, captures every step of the escalation from wariness to anxiety to terror, while a brilliant supporting cast spins faster and faster around him. Seminars will be held on the mark Peele left on American cinema with a piece of work that is both timely and timeless. — LindaGirls Trip (Linda)Everything a raunchy best-friends comedy should be, Girls Trip arrived in the heat of summer blessed with a crackling script from Tracy Oliver and Kenya Barris and the distilled greatness of its leads — Regina Hall, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and 2017’s Been Around A While But Still Feels Like A Breakout Comedy Person Tiffany Haddish. The set pieces are unforgettable, the friendships are deeply felt, and the inevitable epic fight is just the right combination of wrenching, hilarious and mesmerizing. — LindaIn God’s Own Country, two ranch hands (Alec Secareanu and Josh O’Connor) find love on a Yorkshire sheep farm.God’s Own Country (Bob and Glen)Yes, OK, it’s about two young male ranch hands on a Yorkshire sheep farm who find each other amidst a harsh, unforgiving natural environment, but just you keep your cheap “Brokeba-a-a-a-a-ack” jokes to yourself, thank you very much. Writer/director Francis Lee’s film is by turns tough and tender, as Johnny, a self-loathing Brit, warily circles the lonely, sensitive and soulful Gheorghe, a beardy Romanian whose sweater game is seriously on point. What these two find together may not be conventionally romantic, and it may not last, but it is real, and it matters, hugely, to both of them. And to us. — GlenThe Killing Of A Sacred Deer (Glen)Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos’ second English-language film — following up last year’s creepily funny The Lobster — is even darker, somehow, and returns to the theme of family, one of his favorites. Colin Farrell plays a surgeon engaged in a quasi-paternal friendship with a squirrelly young man (Barry Keoghan) for reasons cloaked in mystery, until they suddenly, and violently, aren’t. Lanthimos coaxes his usual affectless, off-kilter performances from his actors, to drive home the decidedly unsettling mood he so prizes. Not a light or diverting film, but a marvelously twisted and unforgettable one. — GlenGreta Gerwig’s directorial debut follows Lady Bird (Saoirse Ronan) through her final year of high school.Lady Bird (Bob and Linda)Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut, which she also wrote, follows Lady Bird (Saoirse Ronan) through her final year of high school as she prepares to leave the home of her parents (Tracy Letts and a brilliant, uncompromising Laurie Metcalf). It beautifully captures the excitement and disappointment of teenage love stories, the heartbreak of blithely damaged friendships, and the push-pull of mothers and daughters who cannot figure out good ways to exist together or apart. — LindaThe LEGO Batman Movie (Glen)Will Arnett returns to voice — with a rasp that could shred hickory — everybody’s favorite Extruded-Plastic Protector of Gotham. It’s a kids’ movie, so there’s a lesson to be duly learned; in Lego Batman’s case, it’s to open himself to others, to risk building a family that can replace the one he lost. But what makes the movie work is how thoroughly and affectionately the producers know every historic iteration of the character, and his universe. Funny, fast, a bit too frenetic at times, but it really … clicks. — GlenLogan (Bob)In what feels like a Western, Hugh Jackman is the reluctant claw man, weather-beaten, weary and majestic as he shines up his badge one more time. His surroundings, dark and dystopic even when the sun shines brightly, make this X-Men installment feel grounded in a way most comic-book movies don’t. There are stretches where it’s possible to forget you’re watching a superhero epic, and others where the director pulls out the ultraviolent stops on a special-effects scale that actually makes sense — not overblown and rocking city blocks, but human-sized. — BobSteven Spielberg’s The Post stars Tom Hanks as Washington Post editor-in-chief Ben Bradlee. (Also pictured: David Cross, John Rue, Bob Odenkirk, Jessie Mueller and Philip Casnoff.)The Post (Bob)Steven Spielberg got the script for his long-planned Pentagon Papers movie in February, rounded up Tom Hanks (as Washington Post editor-in-chief Ben Bradlee) and Meryl Streep (as Post publisher Katharine Graham), and leapt into production as if he were producing a little indie flick on the fly. Only this story is big: a political melodrama with the First Amendment at risk, a power-mad president called to account by a crusading press, and a woman who doesn’t just find her voice but … well, as Spielberg does, I should let you fill in the blanks. — BobJessie Pinnick plays a teenage girl figuring herself out in Princess Cyd.Princess Cyd (Glen)You can see the film that Stephen Cone’s small, thoughtful and searchingly kind movie could become, in someone else’s hands. Certainly, the setup implies a familiar conflict: A blunt, headstrong teenage girl goes to stay with her aunt, a successful writer, for a couple weeks. But the struggle at the heart of Princess Cyd lies not in these two women’s fiery clash, but in their halting but determined efforts to connect, to understand one another and realize what they both want. There’s nothing didactic or self-impressed, here: As in all of Cone’s films, questions of faith and queer sexuality intersect at oblique angles, such that they remain questions — sincere, deeply felt and quietly revelatory. — GlenA performance artist (Terry Notary) practices his craft at a black-tie event in the arts-world satire The Square.The Square (Bob)A Swedish arts-world satire about the pretensions of a cutting-edge museum director whose do-good impulses have unpredictable (which is to say, ghastly) results. There’s the performance artist at a benefit who nearly rapes a dinner guest, the equestrian statue that ends up as rubble, the lovemaking interrupted by chimpanzee (about which no one says a word) and lots of other set-pieces (think of them as museum exhibits). Director Ruben Östlund (Force Majeure) makes every frame look suitable for hanging. It’s a hoot — as is Elisabeth Moss , who owns that chimp. — BobRey (Daisy Ridley) begins to learn the ways of the Force in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Glen)Writer Rian Johnson jumps into the Star Wars franchise with both feet, wearing a jetpack, and delivers a rip-roaring, hugely satisfying chapter, filled everything we expect — space battles, buckled swashes, dudes in robes muttering pure hokum about the Force — and adds, believe it or not, nuanced characterization. Yes, the dualistic symbolism of the series’ classic Dark Side versus Light Side beef is essential, but eight episodes in, it’s about time characters’ choices are no longer telegraphed by the color of their space couture. Last Jedi also leans into the franchise’s wry humor, to great effect, and finds time to introduce a diverse spate of new characters who feel like they belong. — GlenThor: Ragnarok (Glen)Handing the third installment of a wildly uneven superhero sub-franchise to a director known for his quirky sense of humor and lo-fi indie vibe was a risk — but it was one that paid off for Marvel hugely. Now that we’ve come to know Chris Hemsworth’s bluff, buff thunder-warrior, Taika Waititi got a chance to take him somewhere new — literally (a gladiator planet) and thematically (a wry, twinkling comic sensibility). There’s plenty of super-powered spectacle on display — much of it gorgeous — but Thor: Ragnarok succeeds by finding the human, and the humor, in the god. (Alien.) (Whatever.) — GlenFrances McDormand plays Mildred Hayes, a mother determined to find her daughter’s murderer, in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (Bob)The darkest of dark comedies, Martin McDonagh’s scabrous script is smart, funny, affecting and filled with commentary on race. It feels like the sharpest Coen brothers movie the Coen brothers didn’t make, possibly because it has Frances McDormand in the lead. McDonagh (In Bruges) loves to mix violence with comic patter, and in McDormand, he has found an American muse: a grieving mom who puts up the titular signs to embarrass police chief Woody Harrelson into finding her daughter’s rapist/killer. Doesn’t sound like a laugh riot? Well, wait’ll you hear what the stars (including Sam Rockwell and Peter Dinklage) do with the dialogue. — BobWhose Streets? (Bob)This wrenching street-level documentary tells the story of how Ferguson, Mo., became a near-war zone in the days after the killing of Michael Brown. It eschews voice-overs, police interviews and news footage to rely almost entirely on the words and stories of black residents who felt their neighborhood was being invaded. “We’re trying to mourn, and you came here with 300 cop cars and riot gear and canine units,” says a local activist. Cellphone video documents that assertion, accompanied by the palpable sorrow in voices and visages. — BobWonder Woman (Glen)Forget that lackluster third-act battle with a CGI-enhanced Ares (wait, I don’t have to tell you to forget it? You already have?), and focus on the big picture: Patty Jenkins made a superhero movie that featured an honest-to-Hera hero: hopeful, inspiring and selfless. Gal Gadot imbued the Amazing Amazon with a steel spine and beating heart, and Allan Heinberg’s script set her loose in World War I. As a result, millions of women with no interest in superheroes got a chance to watch a fully realized version of themselves kicking butt for justice, and many understood (maybe for the first time?) what all us nerdy dudes have been going on about, all these years. — GlenYour Name (Bob)What initially seems like a bright, funny body-switching rom-com about two teens — a Tokyo high school boy and a country girl a few years younger — turns into a darker, more affecting story in Makoto Shinkai’s adaptation of his own novel. The writer-director provides gorgeous images and pop songs to augment a harrowing survival tale that blends elements of Japan’s recent real-life nuclear reactor meltdown with the last reel of the disaster movie Deep Impact … plus time travel. In short, it’s anime doing what anime does best. — BobNicole Cohen produced this story.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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Harris County Reminds Homeowners June 30 Is Deadline To Pay Delinquent Property

first_img Share Photo: Jeff Turner via FlickrHarris County is reminding property owners who have delinquent taxes to pay their accounts or set-up a payment plan by June 30. The biggest negative consequence of delinquent property taxes is foreclosure.The Office of Ann Harris Bennett, Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector & Voter Registrar, is reminding property owners who have delinquent taxes to pay their accounts or set-up a payment plan by June 30 to avoid having their accounts turned over to collection attorneys.A news release from Bennett’s office noted they have sent nearly 90,000 notices to delinquent tax account holders who have not yet paid their 2017 property tax bill.“If you cannot pay your account in full, I strongly urge you to contact my office to see if you qualify for a payment plan,” Bennett said in the news release.Accounts turned over for collection will be subject to an additional 15-20 percent in attorney’s fees. Moreover, they could ultimately result in the property being sold at the Harris County Tax Sale.Property tax payments and payment plan applications can be completed through the website www.hctax.net and by phone at 713-274-8000.Additionally, payment and applications can be submitted at all Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector’s branch locations or by email at: tax.office@hctx.net.last_img read more

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Expert Discusses Affordable Care Act Enrollment

first_imgAn expert in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as Obamacare, thinks that the roughly 350,000 people who live in the Houston metropolitan area and have individual coverage through it will enroll again this year.Open enrollment in the ACA starts this Thursday, November 1.Houston-based non-profit Community Health Choice is one of four local health insurance providers offering ACA plans. In an interview with Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin, CEO Ken Janda explained people can enroll on the government website healthcare.gov, as well as on Community Health Choice’s website, and the websites for other providers.“Most people will see very small rate increases. Our rate increases sort of range between 6 to 8 percent. Frankly, some of the other competitors are even lower than ours in terms of their rate increases,” noted Janda.PremiumsPremiums vary by age and Janda detailed that, depending on your income, people can get a subsidy which lowers the costs.Janda said most of the people who don’t enroll are relatively young and what he describes as “the working poor.” “For most of those people, even a subsidized premium is more than they fell they can afford.”Janda also commented the age of people who could get insurance through the ACA is a factor. “Once you get over about age 50, the percentage of people not buying drops quite a bit, but when you’re 25 or 30 years-old and young and indestructible those are the folks that tend not to be buying right now.”Community Health Choice has outreach programs to inform the public about the ACA and Janda said that his organization works closely “with all the federally qualified health centers and with Harris Health and with many other community based organizations to get the word out as best we can,” although he lamented that federal funding for outreach has decreased.Lawsuit led by TexasJanda also touched on the Texas-led federal lawsuit that aims to terminate the ACA arguing that, after the passage of the GOP’s tax plan last year — which also repealed a provision of the law that required people to have health insurance — the law is no longer constitutional.Janda’s organization disagrees with the lawsuit but he doesn’t think the litigation will impact enrollment this year.He would support a discussion on an alternative to the ACA and specified that there is a need for providers “to have the ability to have more flexibility in the benefits offered.” “It’s a very rich benefit package and I think there’s some people who would like to have lesser benefits,” Janda noted, while adding that another aspect in which the law could be improved is giving states more flexibility in the administration of the ACA.Community Health Choice offers the aforementioned bronze plans, which are the least expensive. Additionally, they offer silver plans, which have an intermediate cost, and the gold plans, which have higher premiums, but lower deductibles and co-payments. 00:00 /11:11 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Share Listenlast_img read more

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The Christmas Concoction

first_imgCandied fruits, fruit peels, assorted nuts, juices, and spirits soaked and blended joyfully in the concoction of liquor, rum and brandy for an exotic dough preparation brought together for sinful and aromatic Christmas cakes. Mouth-watering, isn’t it? Filled with gaiety for the Christmas season, The Imperial New Delhi had put together Cake Mixing Ceremony on 20 October. Senior  Executive Vice President and General Manager at The Imperial New Delhi,  Vijay Wanchoo said,  ‘The traditional cake mixing ceremony spread joie de vivre and camaraderie for Christmas. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The occasion is incomplete without the traditional cake and we at The Imperial have been continuing this tradition with lot enthusiasm and festive spirit.’The cake mixing is a Christmas tradition dating back to many years and is also a pre-cursor to the occasion. It is a pre-requisite for settling the liquor in the mix of nuts, fruits and spices, covered with cinnamon. Christmas fun starts with this ceremony which is considered to be a harbinger of good fortune and joyous times.last_img read more

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Princess Relaxation Report taking vacation just to sleep

first_img SANTA CLARITA — From politics to work stress, people need to catch up on sleep more than ever. According to Princess Cruises’ seventh annual Relaxation Report, Americans are using valuable vacation time for things unrelated to vacation such as catching up on sleep and running errands.When it comes to catching more shut-eye, a majority of working Americans (72%) take at least one day off a year just to sleep, and two out of five Americans (40%) take five or more days off per year (a full work week), just to catch up on sleep according to the recent survey by Wakefield Research for Princess Cruises.If they are not using their vacation time to sleep, many Americans are trying to get things done. In fact, 68% of Americans admit they’ve used a vacation day for something other than vacation including family emergencies (37%), doctor’s or dentist’s appointments (36%), sick days for their children or loved ones (31%), home projects (23%) and running household errands (23%) – compared to 2015, when 54% said they had done so. Sadly, it’s no wonder Americans are so tired, vacation time has become hard work.More news:  Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?In observance of National Relaxation Day, it’s time for Americans to let go of the guilt and stress they feel when trying to relax, especially when on vacation. Forty-three percent of Americans admit they frequently feel guilty for relaxing, holding steady from 2015. Ninety-one percent of working Americans say they look forward to sleeping while on vacation, but it appears that the stresses of everyday life are getting in the way of a good night’s sleep on vacation. More than a third (35%) of working Americans, including half (50%) of Millennials, often feel more stressed when they’re on vacation because they can’t stop thinking about work. The lack of sleep is even getting in the way of leisure activities with nearly half of Americans, including 65% of Millennials, admitting they frequently skip events or activities on vacation because they’re simply too tired.As one of the world’s leading cruise lines, Princess Cruises, is committed to ensuring its guests come back from vacation feeling refreshed, renewed and rejuvenated. As part of its Come Back New Promise Princess Cruises partnered with leading experts in both the science and beauty of sleep to develop the new Princess Luxury Bed. Together with sleep expert Dr. Michael Breus and designer Candice Olson, Princess Cruises now delivers its guests the ultimate night of sleep at sea.More news:  Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perks“Sleep and relaxation should be a guilt-free necessity every person should seek in their day,” said Dr. Michael Breus, board-certified sleep expert. “We all want to get the sleep we need while on vacation, but sometimes being in a new place and sleeping in an unfamiliar environment will disrupt a good night’s sleep. This is why I’ve partnered with Princess Cruises to design a luxury mattress and sleep program that will deliver the most restful, rejuvenating sleep at sea.” Posted by Friday, August 12, 2016 << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Share Princess Relaxation Report: taking vacation just to sleeplast_img read more

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RIU Hotels Resorts team tackles 800 kilos of rubbish – and wins

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> RIU Hotels & Resorts team tackles 800 kilos of rubbish – and wins Share Posted by Wednesday, May 8, 2019 RIU says the initiative was planned for a time of year when the river was not flowing. The team’s work helped to clear the waste before the rainy season starts in Baja California. RIU Hotels and its water sports partner Scuba Caribe have also worked in coordination with ‘Zero Waste’ to clean up the sea bed around the beaches of El Médano, Ocho Cascadas and Hacienda. Scuba Caribe offered one of its boats, their team of volunteered staff, accompanied by citizens’ groups and the Regional Coordination of the Federal Maritime Lad Zone in Cabo San Lucas (Zofemat) to work together to collect rubbish located several metres underwater.Zero Waste is a project created by a group of women with the aim of supporting and creating solutions to care for the environment. The goal they aim to promote among their partners is to consume only what is necessary to stop the mass production of disposable materials and to turn to recycling as a last resort. RIU Hotels is also following its strategy to eliminate plastic from more than 90 of the chain’s hotels. By 2020, it aims to get rid of all single-use plastics and in 2021 it will negotiate with all its suppliers to reduce the use of plastic and foster reuse. BY 2022 it will stop using plastic water bottles and water dispensers will be installed in all the hotels. PALMA DE MAJORCA — RIU Hotels & Resorts recently cleared 800 kilos of rubbish from Arroyo Seco in Baja California to stop it from reaching the sea. The initiative benefitted from the collaboration RIU recently joined, ‘Zero Waste Los Cabos’, a program that works to contribute and support positive environmental changes. Collaborators from the departments of RIU Palace Baja California, RIU Santa Fe and RIU Palace Cabo San Lucas participated in the initiative, aimed at preventing the waste that had gathered from the Arroyo Seco river from reaching the sea, where it would pollute the area’s ecosystem. Some 155 colleagues from the RIU’s entertainment, housekeeping, maintenance, bar and dining departments spent several hours cleaning the large amounts of waste that has gathered by the Arroyo Seco Bridge. In previous years, tonnes of waste have been washed into the sea by the river, causing pollution of the seabed and its ecosystem. Travelweek Group Tags: Giving Back, RIU Hotels & Resortslast_img read more

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Barclays Keeps Positive Builder Outlook as Housing Skies Clear

first_img January 4, 2013 420 Views in Data, Government, Origination Share Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Barclays FHA Investors Lenders & Servicers QRM Regulation Service Providers Underwriting Standards 2013-01-04 Tory Barringercenter_img Barclays Keeps Positive Builder Outlook as Housing Skies Clear With the fiscal cliff negotiation out of the way–at least, the first phase of it–analysts at “”Barclays””:http://group.barclays.com/home assert in a “”new release””:https://live.barcap.com/PRC/servlets/dv.search?contentPubID=FC1891134&bcllink=decode that “”housing policy is transitioning from being a source of negative headline risk to a potential positive factor for the housing stocks.””[IMAGE]As the haze surrounding the state of the mortgage interest tax deduction (MID) lifts and the “”Federal Housing Administration””:http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/federal_housing_administration (FHA) prepares to make reforms to its business model, analysts Stephen Kim and John Coyle note that “”anticipated policy changes have been less severe than feared.”” While part of the fiscal cliff tax bill limits itemized deductions in some cases (due to a provision known as the Pease Restriction), Barclays does not believe the scaling back will affect higher-end home purchasing behavior, thus leaving homebuilders relatively unscathed. “”To begin with, the limitation also applies to deductions like charitable donations, so it is unclear how much any impact from the deduction limitation will affect home buying activity versus giving to charities,”” the analysts write. “”Moreover, mortgage rates are exceptionally low now, approximately 48 percent below their 20-year average of 6.46 percent. This means that the MID is theoretically less important now than in prior periods, since the benefit from locking in a lower mortgage rate will help offset the loss of the mortgage interest deduction.””The bigger threat to homebuilders–FHA’s commitment to reform its lending standards, fees, and scope in an effort to repair its financial situation–also appears to be less of a worry than first thought. [COLUMN_BREAK]So far, newly confirmed commissioner Carol Galante has committed to several major steps to be taken by the end of January: the cessation of reverse mortgage origination, an increase for down payments on loans above $625,000, and the tightening of standards for borrowers with FICO scores below 620.Those reforms are merely “”cosmetic”” and shouldn’t affect purchases very greatly, Barclays asserts.””For instance, reverse mortgages do not relate to home purchases; borrowers of loans over $625,500 should easily manage a 5% down payment; and only 3.4% of FHA’s recent loan volume went to borrowers with FICO scores below 620. Overall, we expect these changes to be incremental rather than transformative, and thus to have only a modest dampening effect on housing demand,”” Kim and Coyle write.However, should the agency take further steps to tighten standards–such as increasing down payments on entry-level buyers–builders will likely start feeling the effects.Another concern for housing and mortgage industry professionals is the nebulous “”qualified mortgage”” (QM) rule, which establishes the type of loan for which a lender is legally protected from future lawsuits. The ambiguity of the term has remained a point of debate for analysts, industry experts, and politicians, but Barclays believes a clarification is on the way very soon. While the firm originally expected the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to issue a final standard as soon as January 21, Kim and Coyle now believe the QM definition standards may be released as early as January 9. This is critical, they say, as the current environment has many banks (particularly smaller institutions) erring on the side of caution, creating a restrictive credit market.With the road seemingly clear, Barclays maintained its “”Positive”” outlook for homebuilding and building products.””To be sure, the mortgage policy decisions facing regulators are far from being resolved, but we now believe that investors have essentially come up the learning curve on these issues,”” the analysts write. “”Going forward, we think mortgage policy issues will pose a more modest threat, and that clarification on these issues during the year could provide incremental upside to the stocks.””last_img read more

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