Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh has been dogged by criticism from some fans and media members that he’s underachieved in Ann Arbor. Colin Cowherd does not share this opinion.This afternoon, Cowherd offered his support for Harbaugh in a segment on his show. His lengthy monologue outlined why he doesn’t believe Harbaugh has come up short thus far at his alma mater.The major building block of Cowherd’s argument is his belief that Michigan is a program that should be winning “9.5-10 games” per season with the right coach. He’s basing this on a set of criteria including academic reputation, recruiting base and location of the school.Harbaugh has won 10 games three times in four seasons and is averaging 9.5 wins per campaign. “Jim Harbaugh took over a program averaging 6 wins. He’s averaging 9.5. He’s hitting his number.” — @ColinCowherd pic.twitter.com/KYWFqmnfBM— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) September 18, 2019Most of the points Cowherd is hitting on are relevant. Harbaugh has won double-digits three times, a number Michigan hit just four times in the 15 years before he took over.Also, while the Wolverines have recruited at a high level under Harbaugh, his home base isn’t as fertile as some schools in the South.However, the overriding issue most Harbaugh critics have isn’t the number of games he wins, it has been the ones he hasn’t won. He’s 0-for-4 against Ohio State, just 2-2 against Michigan State and lost last year to Notre Dame.Additionally, Ohio State, Michigan State and Penn State have all won the Big Ten East in the last four years. Michigan has not.Until those facts change, Harbaugh will face some ridicule.
Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Mike Henry, is calling for a change in the behaviour of road users, in order to reduce road fatalities.He noted that while road fatalities to date are 25 less than the 185 deaths recorded over the corresponding period in 2016, the figure is still high.“While the trend suggests that we are on track to achieve another below-300 year, I will not be satisfied until I see a significant change in the behaviour of our motorists and all road users in general,” he said.“We must slow down. We must curb our aggression. We must control our emotions. We must obey the rules and regulations of the road code. We must drive with due care for the next road user. We must not be distracted. Stop driving and texting,” he implored.Minister Henry was speaking in an interview with JIS News at the ninth annual Jamaica Driver and Traffic Safety Expo held at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre on Saturday (June 24).Westmoreland has recorded the most road fatalities since the start of the year. The western parish accounted for 34, or approximately 21 per cent, of the 160 road fatalities recorded up to June 23.Next is St. Catherine North with 15; St. Ann with 14; Hanover, Manchester and St. Catherine South with 11 each; while Clarendon and St. James have both recorded 10 road traffic deaths since the start of 2017.Meanwhile, the Minister said that timely access to medical care is critical in ensuring the survival of road crash victims.“The further away you are from a health facility that can treat your injuries, the less chance you have of surviving the golden hour,” he said referring to the period within which the victim is likely to survive.According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the patient’s chance of survival is greatly increased if he/she receives medical care within an hour of injury.Studies show that at least 50 per cent of fatalities can be averted if victims are admitted to hospital within that first hour.Jamaica has signed on to the United Nations Decade of Action 2011-2020, and, in so doing, made a commitment to reduce road fatalities by 50 per cent by 2020. Story Highlights Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Mike Henry, is calling for a change in the behaviour of road users, in order to reduce road fatalities. “While the trend suggests that we are on track to achieve another below-300 year, I will not be satisfied until I see a significant change in the behaviour of our motorists and all road users in general,” he said. Westmoreland has recorded the most road fatalities since the start of the year. The western parish accounted for 34, or approximately 21 per cent, of the 160 road fatalities recorded up to June 23.
zoom U.S. Federal Maritime Commission Chairman Mario Cordero has identified the congestion issues that are plaguing the country’s ports as a priority for the Commission to address in 2015.Starting in September 2014, FMC Commissioners led public forums concerning port congestion and international supply chain efficiency issues. Chairman Cordero noted that this focus is in keeping with the Commission’s 2014-2018 Strategic Plan.“Among the Commission’s statutory goals is the assurance of an efficient ocean transportation system. The efficient operation of the Nation’s ports is squarely within that mandate and paramount to the Commission’s responsibilities. As we move forward, I look forward to a thorough review of the issues and views that have been provided from various maritime industry stakeholders. The FMC will continue its role in protecting the shipping public and addressing unreasonable or unjust practices by carriers or marine terminal operators,” said Cordero.Image: POLB
zoomIllustration/Image Courtesy: Pxhere under Public Domain license Newly-established dry bulk owner and operator EuroDry, created via Euroseas’ spin-off of its dry bulk business, is exploring merger possibilities in the sector.Aristides Pittas, Chairman and CEO of EuroDry, revealed in the company’s second quarter results that the Greek shipping company was looking into potential merger opportunities with other fleets in “accretive transactions”.Pittas did not disclose any further details of the opportunities at hand. However, he added that aside to potential mergers the company was also evaluating vessel acquisitions.“We believe it is still an opportune time to pursue growth either through individual vessel purchases or by consolidating with others who would like to become shareholders of a publicly listed drybulk company,” he said.“We are optimistic about the prospects of the drybulk markets as the orderboook is close to its lowest levels of the last 20 years and new regulations coming in effect in the near future will likely keep the supply of vessels in check; this will allow increases in demand to positively influence earnings and values.”For the second quarter of 2018, the company reported total net revenues of USD 6.1 million representing a 29.1% increase year-on-year. EuroDry reported net income for the period of USD 0.5 million for the period, as compared to a net loss USD 0.3 million for the same period of 2017.On the other hand, feeder owner and operator Euroseas reported net revenues of USD 9.8 million, and a net income of USD 2.1 million for the second quarter of the year.According to Pittas, during the second quarter, the containership market continued its recovery.“Although charter rates peaked in early May and have softened since, they remain at levels noticeably higher than their respective periods of last year. Expectations for continued economic growth across many developed and developing countries and low levels of orderbook support our guarded optimism that charter rates, especially for feeder vessels, will further improve in the latter part of the year and in 2019, provided that U.S. induced trade wars do not escalate significantly,” he said.“Thus, we have been fixing our vessels that open up for recharter for periods between 3-12 months at profitable levels but also aiming to have staggered renewal periods to be able to participate further in the strengthening market which we anticipate.”He added that the company is also considering investment opportunities of either individual vessels or fleets that could be accretive to the company’s shareholders.
Eight stories in the news for Wednesday, Sept. 20———PACKED DAY AWAITS PM TRUDEAU IN NEW YORKPrime Minister Justin Trudeau has a packed agenda today in New York City as he prepares for his speech on Thursday before the United Nations General Assembly. He is scheduled to hold bilateral discussions with the leaders of seven countries and take part in the Bloomberg Global Business Forum to discuss trade and the global economy. Trudeau will also participate in an armchair discussion with U.S. philanthropist Melinda Gates before speaking to more than 6,000 young people at WE Day UN.———FREELAND: NO REPORTS OF CANADIAN VICTIMS IN MEXICO QUAKEForeign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says there are no reports of Canadian casualties following a magnitude 7.1 earthquake in Mexico. Rescuers and volunteers continue to frantically dig through the rubble of collapsed schools, homes and apartment buildings, seeking survivors of Mexico’s deadliest earthquake since 1985 as the number of confirmed fatalities numbered well over 200 early today.———BOMBARDIER WORKERS TO RALLY IN TORONTOThe union representing Bombardier workers says employees at the company’s aerospace plant in Toronto will walk out today — a move meant to pressure Boeing to drop a trade complaint against Bombardier. Unifor national president Jerry Dias says the rally is intended to give workers a voice during the ongoing dispute between the two companies. Boeing has filed a trade complaint accusing Bombardier of selling its C-Series passenger jets to a U.S. airline at an unfairly low price with help from government subsidies.———MULCAIR: IMPORTANT FOR NEW NDP LEADER TO HAVE SEATOutgoing NDP leader Tom Mulcair says it is important for his successor to have a seat in the Commons — an issue playing out in the current battle to replace him. Ontario legislator Jagmeet Singh is the only leadership contender without a federal seat. He is running against three sitting MPs: Ontario’s Charlie Angus, Manitoba’s Niki Ashton and Quebec’s Guy Caron. Referring to Singh, Angus said yesterday that he can’t understand how someone can lack a seat and want a promotion to be prime minister.———CONSERVATIVE CANDIDATES TO HOLD FIRST DEBATEFour men vying for the leadership of Alberta’s new United Conservative Party will take part in their first debate tonight in Calgary. Jason Kenney, Brian Jean, Doug Schweitzer and Jeff Callaway will be looking to persuade party members that they have what it takes to topple Rachel Notley’s majority NDP government in the next election. There will be four more debates — in Edmonton, Red Deer, Fort McMurray and Lethbridge — before party members pick a leader next month.———FUNERAL TODAY FOR MOUNTIE KILLED IN COLLISIONA regimental funeral will be held today in Moncton, New Brunswick for a Mountie who was killed last week when he stopped to help motorists change a tire on an SUV. Const. Frank Deschenes of the Nova Scotia RCMP was helping two people when a cargo van plowed into his cruiser near Memramcook, N.B. Deschenes — known or his efforts to get drivers to slow down when driving past emergency vehicles — had just gotten married this summer.———HOSPITAL RECEIVES RECORD DONATIONThe Peter and Melanie Munk Charitable Foundation has donated another $100 million to the Toronto cardiac centre bearing the Barrick Gold founder’s name — the largest single charitable contribution ever to a Canadian hospital. The donation brings the foundation’s support of the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre and the University Health Network where it is housed to more than $175 million since 1993.———LABATT PLANS $460M INVESTMENT IN CANADALabatt Breweries of Canada says it will pour $460 million into its operations between 2017 and 2020 to help boost growth. The maker of such brands such as Labatt Blue, Budweiser and Alexander Keith’s says the figure includes $62.2 million towards brewery operations this year. Labatt employs more than 3,500 people in Canada and will celebrate its 170th anniversary this fall.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— A court hearing is scheduled in St. Jerome, Que., for a man involved in an Amber Alert this week involving his 6-year-old son.— Sentencing hearing in Calgary for Allan Shyback, found guilty of manslaughter in the 2012 death of his partner Lisa Mitchell.— The federal Liberal, New Democrats and Conservatives will hold national caucus meetings in Ottawa.— Statistics Canada will release July stats on travel between Canada and other countries.— Gov. Gen. David Johnston and Sharon Johnston welcome Canadian athletes who will compete in the Toronto 2017 Invictus Games.
21 September 2007Expressing concern at reports of yesterday’s deadly incident in Georgia between units of the Ministry of the Interior and Abkhaz de facto personnel, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for restraint on all sides. Two Abkhaz were reportedly killed and several others wounded or taken prisoner in the incident.In a statement issued by his spokesperson, the Secretary-General called on all parties “to exercise maximum restraint and to prevent any further escalation of the situation.”The UN Observer Mission in the country, known as UNOMIG, is currently conducting an investigation, spokesperson Michele Montas said.In a report to the Security Council in July, Mr. Ban urged the Government and Abkhaz sides to bolster cooperation on security, economic and humanitarian issues, and noted that the parties must “redouble their efforts to avoid action that could lead to a renewal of hostilities.”Fighting in the country 14 years ago drove nearly 300,000 people from their homes.UNOMIG was established in August 1993 to verify compliance with the ceasefire agreement between the Government of Georgia and the Abkhaz authorities in the country. Its mandate was expanded following the signing by the parties of the 1994 Agreement on a Ceasefire and Separation of Forces. In an April resolution, the Council voted unanimously to extend UNOMIG’s mandate by six months until October.
The bodies of two people who were among three who drowned when they went to have a bath in a river in Muttur were recovered this morning.According to the police media unit all three people had gone for a bath yesterday and one person drowned while the other two were missing. The police said that the bodies of the two people who went missing were recovered by the navy this morning.The Muttur police are conducting further investigations.
By Julie JohansenSusan Fielder Ehler presented a request to rezone to the Land Use Committee of Castle Dale City on Thursday at the committee’s regular September meeting.The request was to rezone 2.93 acres at 760 North Center Spartan Avenue from RR-1 (rural residential) to CC-1 (central commercial) so the land can be utilized for a specialty beverage and snack kiosk. This business would serve a number of coffee drinks with other emphasis on healthy beverages for high school students. The plan includes demolition of the old Fielder home and placing a drive-in kiosk on the cement trailer pad.A public hearing is required to make a zoning change and will be held on Oct. 24 at the next Castle Dale Land Use Committee meeting.Elements Traverse then approached to committee to discuss buying property at 690 North Bell Avenue (the Esplin home) to make a group home/business office for the organization’s therapy-based wilderness adventure for young adults. This is a company that focuses on young adult clients and their unique needs.Elements Traverse had not been placed on the agenda so no action could be taken by the committee, but committee members listened while the representative described their needs for a larger, owner-based business office and home. Questions by the committee included parking, traffic, numbers of staff housed there and noise.This company will also be at the next Land Use Committee meeting on Oct. 24 hoping to receive permission to locate their business in Valley View. The committee told the representative they had three options: a group home permit, rezoning to commercial or a conditional use permit for residential zoning. More information on this company can be found at elementstraverse.com.Following the Oct. 24 meeting, recommendations from the Land Use Committee will be presented to the Castle Dale City Council during its next regularly-scheduled meeting.
Tennis players are allowed to take 20 seconds before serving at Wimbledon, as they are in all Grand Slam tournaments. Some players think it’s time for this rule to start being enforced — with a “shot clock,” a phrase borrowed from basketball and other sports.“I think it’s the only way to go, to be honest, because how are you supposed to know as a player how long 20 seconds is, or 25 seconds, between a point?” asked Andy Murray, last year’s champion, in a post-match press conference Monday. Two other players — Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka and former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki — have also endorsed the idea.The 20-second rule is almost never enforced. Some players complain this gives those who abuse it an unfair advantage, by giving them extra time to recover. Slow play can also turn off fans and disrupt tournament schedules. Yet some players value extra time to gather their thoughts, catch their breath and wipe their brows. The issue starkly divides the men’s game’s two living legends, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, who have comparable career accomplishments but very different paces of play.A first-time violation of the 20-second rule at a Grand Slam match earns merely a warning. The next and all subsequent violations cost a point. But because umpires almost never hand out time violations, players often flout the rule — sometimes dozens of times in a single match.That last sentence is qualitative, not quantitative, because data isn’t readily available. Umpires are supposed to track time between points from their chairs, but unlike other stats and events they monitor during a match — the score, aces, first serves in — time between points isn’t reported as an official stat. And the Grand Slams, the men’s tour and the women’s tour don’t include time violations among player stats.Without an official shot clock to refer to, I took an unofficial one — the stopwatch on my smartphone — to two men’s matches on Centre Court at Wimbledon on Saturday. The first pitted Nadal, known for his slow play, against Mikhail Kukushkin. The second featured Federer, famously fast between points, against Santiago Giraldo.1I counted the time between when the prior point was officially over — the ball landed out of play or bounced twice — and when the server made contact with the ball for his first serve. I didn’t count the time before a player’s first serve in a game, nor his first of two serves in his serving turn in a tiebreaker, nor just after changing sides of the court in a tiebreaker. I didn’t include any serves which were delayed by factors outside the server’s control — such as a challenge to a call, or a loose ball on the court. I also missed a handful of points in Federer-Giraldo because, hey, I’m not a human stopwatch.According to my stopwatch, Kukushkin and especially Nadal were in no hurry, while Federer and Giraldo raced through their encounter. Kukushkin averaged 18.7 seconds before serves, and went over the 20-second limit about one-third of the time. Nadal averaged 22.5 seconds before serves, and went over the limit more than two-thirds of the time.Meanwhile, Federer averaged 15.3 seconds before serves, and went over 20 seconds on just 4 percent of his service points. Giraldo averaged 16.6 seconds, and went over the limit 18 percent of the time.2If Nadal and Kukushkin had played at Giraldo’s pace, their match would have been faster by 13 minutes and 57 seconds. If they’d served at Federer’s pace they would have been done 19 minutes and 9 seconds sooner.The pace of these Saturday matches was particularly relevant because two days earlier, Nadal’s defeated opponent in the second round, Lukas Rosol, complained that Nadal wasn’t penalized for slow play. In his post-match press conference Rosol said, “The referee was not going with the rules.” He added, “Always best players, they’re taking much more than the normal players, you know, and nobody is telling them nothing.”Federer weighed in that same day, saying, “I just think it’s important that we, as players, play up to speed.” He added, “What I don’t want is that we lose viewers because we play too slow” — noting that he recently found himself among such impatient viewers while watching a match on TV. “They were playing so slow I was like, ‘OK, I really — I can’t watch it.’”Raw averages don’t tell the whole story. Perhaps Nadal and Kukushkin were playing bruising rallies that required longer recovery time, or were playing many pivotal points, at deuce or break point. To see which factors were significant drivers of how long players took between points, I cross-referenced each serve with stats that Wimbledon data-provider IBM offers journalists at the tournament: how many strokes the prior rally had, and whether it ended with a winner, an unforced error or a forced error. I also tagged each point as either significant or not. Significant points included any point in which the server trailed — since breaking serve is so rare on Wimbledon’s fast grass — plus 30-all, 40-30, deuce and any advantage or tiebreaker points. Then I combined all the serve timings I had for each player from Saturday’s matches — 302 timings in all, at least 50 for each man. And I ran a series of ANCOVA regressions.It turns out long rallies do make a difference: According to the regressions, each extra stroke in a rally adds about four-tenths of a second to the time the server takes before the next point. The four players also added about two seconds to their pre-serve routine before crucial points. But even after controlling for these factors, the identity of the man serving mattered, too. Kukushkin added about two seconds per serve compared to Federer, while Nadal added seven seconds.3Giraldo didn’t add a significant amount of time, nor did it matter how the prior point ended — by winner, or forced or unforced error — so I removed that from the final analysis. Rally length, importance of points, and the presence of Kukushkin and Nadal all were highly statistically significant (p<0.0005).Many tennis fans know that Federer plays faster than Nadal. The two all-time greats often have been compared on pace of play — such as in this video showing Federer finishing a service game in the time it takes Nadal to play one service point — as well as on more significant accomplishments, such as number of Grand Slam titles won. This analysis, of just one match for each, won’t settle anything — and I have better things to do than time every match.4Federer and Nadal sometimes go against the grain. I timed a handful of their serves in their Tuesday matches. Federer sped through his penultimate service game of his fourth-round match against Tommy Robredo, but he slowed down significantly when serving for the match — not when a man in the crowd yelled out, “Roger, marry me!” but after Robredo won three straight points and threatened to break. Nadal, meanwhile, was brisk, by his standards, late in the second set of his fourth-round match against Nick Kyrgios. In the next set, as he bounced the ball before serving at three games apiece, umpire Carlos Bernardes gave Nadal a time violation — a mere warning Nadal shrugged off to win the point. However, Nadal went on to lose the match in four sets. Without more comprehensive data, the analysis does suggest that Nadal’s pre-serving routine — including toweling off, picking between at least three balls, touching his face and clothing, bouncing the ball and then rocking his body — affects his pace of play more than the punishing rallies he’s known for.There are other, incomplete or indirect indicators of players’ pace of play, many of which corroborate the finding that Nadal takes his time before serving. I’ve stopwatched players at prior Grand Slams and found there, too, that Federer is fast and Nadal is slow. Occasionally television broadcasts report average time between points during matches. “You can see on TV the stat, sometimes the average time is 28 or 30 seconds,” Wawrinka said. Federer was told in his press conference that a broadcast of Nadal-Rosol showed Nadal averaged 25 seconds between points. These stats are unofficial, however, and not recorded or compiled in a systematic way.The crudest method to approximate pace of play is to divide the total time a player is on the court by the number of points he or she plays. Nadal ranks first among men’s tour regulars in time per point, at 46.5 seconds over the last year. Federer is among the fastest, at 38.5 seconds.5The WTA Tour, which governs women’s events outside Slams, doesn’t report as many stats as the men’s ATP World Tour, making comparisons difficult. Also, time between points has been a bigger priority for the ATP, which attempted to crack down on slow play at the start of last year with rule changes and an emphasis on greater enforcement. The WTA, like the Slams, allows 20 seconds before serves at its events.Simply dividing time by points is crude because it doesn’t account for time elapsed during points themselves. It also bundles together Grand Slams — where players get 20 seconds before serving — and tour events, where men get 25 seconds. One indicator that the Slam rules aren’t enforced and aren’t heeded by players: Nadal, Federer and the average man all take longer per point at Grand Slams than at tour events.At Wimbledon, Nadal averaged 40.7 seconds per point, while Federer has averaged 7.2 fewer seconds — with Novak Djokovic and Murray, the other two men to win Wimbledon in the last decade, closer to Nadal’s pace. Again, this measure includes actual tennis, not just time in between tennis. Just 23 percent of rallies in Federer matches through the fourth round extended past four shots, compared to 27 percent for Nadal and 39 percent for Murray.Will Wimbledon take up players’ suggestions for a shot clock? It’s not clear. I saw Pascal Maria, the umpire who presided over the Nadal-Kushkin match, outside Centre Court on Tuesday and asked him about my data and about time violations. He declined to comment. A spokeswoman for the All England Club, which hosts the tournament, told me umpires had handed out 33 time violations as of Tuesday — or fewer than one every six matches. Some of these were mere warnings; she didn’t know how many times players lost points for playing slow. She declined to comment about slow play and the possibility of a shot clock.CORRECTION (July 2, 6:14 p.m.): An earlier version of this article said the analysis consisted of a series of logistic regressions. It was a series of ANCOVA regressions.
Sempertrans, the conveyor belt business segment of Austrian based Semperit Group, has entered into an exclusive distribution agreement with Australia’s ConvaTech. The exclusive sales and distribution agreement for Sempertrans conveyor belts for the Australian market was signed in Newcastle, Australia. Thomas Fahnemann, Semperit’s CEO and Peter Slattery, ConvaTech’s Chairman expressed their excitement about their new business partnership, “combining Sempertrans’ first tier conveyor belt technology and extensive product portfolio with ConvaTech’s premium service offering to Australian mining and industrial sites.”By teaming up with Sempertrans, ConvaTech, which is the leading Australian conveyor maintenance services provider, is able to complement its existing range of quality products with Sempertrans’ heavy duty textile and steel cord conveyor belts. In recent years, Sempertrans says it has continuously extended its global market footprint by winning new customers. Boris Illetschko, Sempertrans General Manager, said he was “thrilled the company is now able to offer in Australia its conveyor belt products through such a capable and reputable partner like ConvaTech.” He added that “Sempertrans reputation in conveyor belt design and materials research and development, leads the global market with the highest quality conveyor belt products, standards and customer service. The Sempertrans product range offering for the Australian market will include the complete package of steel cord, textile and solid woven heavy duty belt constructions for surface and underground, fire resistant and anti-static FRAS applications, across all market sectors. This package will be price competitive and a high quality alternative for customers in the Australian market.”Due to the large Australian mining industry, the continent is one of the biggest and most demanding conveyor belt markets worldwide. The numerous mining sites as well as the port facilities, which rank among the largest and busiest bulk handling facilities in the world, drive the market growth. Sempertrans will supply the Australian market from selected sites across its four production plants in Poland, France, India and China. Out of its nine locations across Australia, ConvaTech will supply Sempertrans conveyor belts “and continue to provide its exceptional service to the Australian mining and industrial companies with bulk conveying needs.”
Gay marriage takes centre stage at the Constitutional Convention this weekend, where it will be decided whether to recommend that it be put to a referendum. Christian Daly tells us why he thinks it is time Ireland legislates for same-sex marriage. He writes:A COUPLE OF days before her birth it was all panic stations. Will she take to me? What if I don’t look after her correctly? Am I suited for this? But then I’ll never forget a certain moment on the day of her birth when she woke and began to cry. I picked her up and held her in my arms and she suddenly stopped and fell back to sleep. It was from that moment the realisation hit me and all those fearful thoughts left my mind. I became sedated with a warm feeling and the notion that everything is going to be okay.Being a fatherI’ve been a father for nearly nine years now. All the ‘firsts’ are my fondest memories – the nappies, the late night feeds, teething, the first steps, potty training, tying her shoe laces, her first day of school, her first stage performance in the Olympia with the National Performing Arts School, the list is endless and still ongoing.Her fondest memories are of all the foreign holidays we have taken together, but there is not a night going to sleep where she doesn’t want her back scratched or a story told. The way I approach fathering is by constant commitment, love and devotion. The combination of all of these approaches have nurtured my little baby into a healthy, smart and caring young girl.Did I mention I am gay and have a fiancée? We have been in a committed relationship for the past five years.Being engagedHe loves her like she is his, and she him, like he is hers. So where is the threat? There are thousands of children all over the world without a home or parent and I am sure not one of them would reject the opportunity of being the subject of a good, solid life in the surroundings of people who love them. It shouldn’t matter whether the parent is male or female. I believe that it is down to what a parent tells a child, and the approach they take on matters, for example, such as a different race, or a different accent being spoken in her school.These are questions she has asked the obvious “why” to, and my response has always been simple and truthful: “Everyone is equal, people may look or sound different than others, but if you care about somebody you wont even let the thought enter your mind.” She completely agrees with me and understands it.Being adoptedBeing unable to conceive a child is not a ground for annulment. I will add here that I am adopted, and my adoption has not had the slightest effect on my life – all I know is I was raised in a loving and caring family my entire life, which has been my guidance on giving such love and devotion to my daughter. To have a child is not a sole requirement of marriage and the Catholic Church agrees with this.Times change and we must adapt with them. The time for marriage equality is now upon us. When the question “why are you getting married?” is put to any couple, gay or straight, the same answer is given: “because we love each other.” My fiancé and I do, and we are fortunate enough to have a child in our relationship that can benefit from the limitless amount of love and affection that she so requires, and isn’t that what a marriage and parenting is based on – love and affection?Christian Daly is currently completing his BA Honours Degree in Film and Television at the National Film School (IADT). The Constitutional Convention is debating marriage equality this weekend. For more information on marriage equality can be found here. Read: Kerry County Council backs same-sex marriage>Read: Almost 1,000 civil partnerships in Ireland in 2012>
A new find by a Greek-US team that consists of archaeologists, architects, conservators, and divers has raised the number of shipwrecks around the island of Fournoi from 22 to 58, AP reports.The exposed to strong winds sea between the larger Islands of Samos and Ikaria is filled with small rocky islets and had been considered a rather dangerous shipping route.Lamp base with the signature of lamp maker Octavius Photo: Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities / G. KoutsouflakisA body of researchers from the RPM Nautical Foundation that has been working in collaboration with Greece’s Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities since 2015, has located traces of three more ancient shipwrecks with pottery cargoes, and two from later times, announced Greece’s culture ministry.Mechanical detachment from lamps Photo: Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities / G. KoutsouflakisThe first experts’ report indicates based on the cargo that while travelling on routes from the Black Sea, Asia Minor, Italy, Spain, Sicily, Cyprus, the Levant, Egypt, and North Africa, the ships met their fate in the Aegean due to sudden storms that sent them straight onto the rocky cliffs in the area.Abandoned anchor in front of the village of Kamari Fourni Photo: Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities /G. Koutsouflakis“The excitement is difficult to describe, I mean, it was just incredible. We knew that we had stumbled upon something that was going to change the history books,” underwater archaeologist and co-director of the Fournoi survey project Dr. Peter Campbell of the RPM Nautical Foundation told Reuters.More than 300 objects – mainly amphorae – have offered archaeologists rare insight into where goods the likes of mostly wine, oil, fish sauces, and honey were being transported around the Mediterranean.The research team of 2018 Photo: Ephorate of Underwater Antiquities / B. MentogiannisThe eastern Aegean Sea off Fournoi is filled 4th and 2nd century B.C. shipwrecks as well as with some from the 5th-6th centuries AD. Even though it is not uncommon to find more than two ships having sank near the same location it is rare to find a ships’ graveyard so big.“I would call it, probably, one of the top archaeological discoveries of the century in that we now have a new story to tell of a navigational route that connected the ancient Mediterranean,” Campbell said adding that the team believes there are even more shipwrecks to be discovered. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Le nouveau dashboard de la Xbox 360 dévoilé ?Postée hier sur Youtube, une vidéo semblerait révéler ce qui sera la prochaine mise à jour de la page d’accueil de la Xbox 360, prévue cette automne.Et si plusieurs questions restent en suspens (comme la prise en charge de la reconnaissance vocale en français), d’autres semblent moins incertaines au vu de la vidéo.L’habillage de l’ensemble, très horizontal, est homogénéisé par rapport aux systèmes d’autres supports Microsoft comme Windows 8 pour les ordinateurs, ou Mango pour les smartphones. Chaque “page” thématique (paramètres, social, jeux, vidéos…) et sous-rubrique peuvent être jointes par le biais de la manette, ou d’un simple geste de la main, grâce à Kinect.Pour ce qui est de la reconnaissance vocale, on observera un simple “dites Kinect” sur le Film. Mais ce dernier ne comportant aucun son, on ne peut se faire une idée précise sur les possibilités et la qualité des commandes à la voix de la console. À lire aussiOncologie : quand le jeu vidéo réduit le temps de traitement des patientsPour tous les gamers, il faudra donc se contenter de cette “mise en bouche”, s’il ne s’agit pas d’un montage réalisé par un farceur du Web. Mais il faut bien le dire, cette vidéo donne envie d’en savoir plus.Découvrez la démonstration vidéo du dashboard de la Xbox 360 en cliquant ci-dessus :https://www.maxisciences.com/microsoft/la-nouvelle-page-d-039-accueil-xbox-360-devoilee_art17421.html Le 3 octobre 2011 à 11:31 • Maxime Lambert
Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen nowWith new life under Trump administration, fresh Pebble Mine details releasedNow that the Trump administration removed a key roadblock, Pebble is chugging through the bureaucratic process needed to get approval to build its mine. The U.S. Army Corps Engineers on Friday said the Pebble Limited Partnerships’ permit application is complete.Elizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageCoastal communities react to proposal to open nearly all Alaska offshore waters to drillingFor years, the debate over offshore drilling in Alaska has focused on the Arctic. But this week, the Trump administration proposed opening almost all Alaska waters to oil and gas leasing, from Southeast to the Bering Strait to the Canadian border.Rachel Waldholz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageKuskokwim Bay communities seek aid after wind stormBoth Platinum and Quinhagak are applying for aid following a high-speed wind storm that ripped through the communities days before Christmas.Anna Rose MacArthur, KYUK – BethelStudy recounts discovery of ‘ancient Beringian’ ancestors of indigenous peoplesUniversity of Alaska Fairbanks archaeology professor Ben Potter and an international team of scientists he worked with has discovered evidence of a previously unknown, ancient people who were among the first to cross over from Asia to Alaska more than 15,000 years ago. The scientists based their findings on analysis of DNA from two infants buried more than 11,000 years ago at a site south of Fairbanks.Tim Ellis, KUAC – Fairbanks‘Microbial Worlds’ art exhibit bridges arts, sciencesAn art exhibit opens Friday at Alaska Pacific University that draws together work from many disciplines. The show “Microbial Worlds” celebrates microscopic life and seeks to offer a bridge between the arts and sciences.Robert Hannon, KUAC – FairbanksAK: Leaving Alaska on the ferryAlaska is a big place, but doesn’t have a lot of roads to show for it. It does have the Alaska Marine Highway System though, which many people travel by ferry. Some use it to move to Alaska, and others when it’s time to leave, including Alaska Public Media Correspondent Vikram Patel.Vikram Patel, Alaska Public Media – M/V Columbia49 Voices: Frieda Koper in AnchorageThis week we’re hearing from Frieda Koper in Anchorage. Koper owns the Flying Dutchman pastry shop, a family business that’s been around for 36 years.Dave Waldron, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage
Starting on February 25, the festival will see Ahalya as its opening performance. Ahalya, the wife of the sage Gautama Maharishi, believed to be seduced by Indra (the king of the gods), cursed by her husband for infidelity, and liberated from the curse by Rama. The performance is portrayed by Arupa Lahiry – disciple of Guru Chitra Visweswaran.The next act for the day will be Draupadi. Chaste and virtuous, divinely beautiful, endowed with youth and intelligence, she was a warrior princess whose anger destroyed the sinful Kauravas dynasty. This act is portrayed by Soundarya Srivathsa – disciple of Late Guru Narmada. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The second day of the festival will open with Soorpanakha. Soorpanakha was the sister of the main antagonist, Ravana, King of Lanka, is the catalyst of the chain of events leading directly to her brother’s demise. This production is portrayed by Dakshina Vaidyanathan – disciple of Gurus Saroja Vaidyanathan and Rama Vaidyanathan.The next act is Karna. He was the son of Surya and one of the greatest warriors in the Mahabharata, who fought against misfortune throughout his life and kept his word in every circumstance. Karna is portrayed by Sathyanarayana Raju – disciple of Late Guru Narmada. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixUsha Rk : Arts Consultant: Dance became her companion during her schooling days. Training under the venerable Gurus of the Raja Rajeshwari Bharata Natya Kala Mandir, Gurus CR Acharya and Vempati Chinna Satyam, Usha chose to take up research and academic aspects of dance that enabled her to develop her dance writing skills. A pioneer in the sphere of organising cultural and artistic initiatives, Usha Rk has carved a niche for herself as a nurturer and propagator of immense talent. Conceptualising and creating some of the path breaking dance and music festivals, Usha worked with many of the legends in the music, dance and film worlds. Whether it was thematic festivals like “Swarna Sankhya” or the grand music festival “Raga Tala” and “Nritya Dhara” celebration of International Dance day, featuring over 175 dancers or the PR led concerts of music and art, almost all her endeavours have been successful and appreciated.Interesting thematic dance programs like Thyagaraja Vaibhavam, Margam – a festival of varnam, Rama Katha, Diksha – based on the compositions of Muthuswamy Dikshitar, Padams and Javalis, Dwaaram, Radha Madhurya etc by Usha have attained exceptional success.Her complete dedication to promoting and propagating the arts is significant and noteworthy, where for the past seven years she has been presenting artists and performances with a view to preparing the next line of superstars in classical dance basis goodwill and personal resources primarily.
More than 1.1 million Costa Ricans live in poverty, according to the latest household survey from the National Statistics and Census Institute (INEC), released Thursday.Extreme poverty reached its highest recorded rate in the last six years, according to the annual report on poverty in Costa Rica.The 2015 Household Survey reported an overall poverty rate of 21.7 percent, slightly lower than the 22.4 percent reported in 2014. Meanwhile, extreme poverty continues to rise — from 5.8 percent of the population in 2010 to 7.2 percent in 2015.The report was a mixed bag for the country, depending on location. Income for rural families was up 4.1 percent, to an average of ₡678,682 ($1,285) per month, but urban families saw a 1.2 percent decrease in income, to ₡1,125,672 per month ($2,100). The GINI coefficient, which measures inequality, remained steady at 0,516 overall but rose in rural areas over the past year, indicating a wider income gap.Public assistance to poor families also increased during the last year by 9.3 percent per household on average and 6.9 percent per person.The report had some clear positive notes. Households in the Chorotega region — the area made up of Guanacaste province and the lower part of the Nicoya peninsula that belongs to Puntarenas — saw a nearly 22 percent jump in income over the previous year, to ₡830,707 per month or roughly $1,550. The rise in income was mirrored by a drop in poverty from 33.2 percent in 2104 to 27 percent in 2015.Extreme poverty there fell from 12.1 percent in 2014 to 10.4 percent in 2015. INEC reported that improved employment indicators and a reduction in the average household size were contributors to the spike in income.INEC also released a profile of Costa Rica’s poor. Poor Costa Ricans are more likely to live in a single-mother household and have a higher-than-average number of children under 5 years old and dependents (children under 14 years old or adults over 65 years old living in the same home). More than 77 percent of poor Costa Ricans work in the informal sector and have roughly three years less schooling than their peers who are not poor. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica poverty hits young people the hardest, says new survey Troubling statistics: Nearly a quarter of Costa Ricans live in poverty Costa Rica is 20 percent more expensive than other Latin American countries Costa Rica unveils partnership with Oxford University to tackle persistent poverty
Swissôtel Hotels & Resorts had a lot to celebrate last night at their Sydney hotel Presidential Suite, bringing industry friends together to mark their 30th global Anniversary, the launch of their first hotel in India and a new culinary team at the Swissôtel Sydney.To mark the milestone 30th anniversary, the hotel group launched a 30 per cent discount on the best overnight rate for bookings 30 days in advance across all of their international hotels, which has now been lifted to 29 after adding Kolkata this month. Executive Chef Justin Zammit with a sampling of the desserts Swissôtel Sydney’s Renee Bou-Samra, Samantha Noble & Swissôtel Singapore, Carolyn Tay The new five star deluxe hotel is part of Kolkata’s second City Centre shopping mall, and features 147 rooms, three restaurants, lobby and rooftop poolside bars, as well as conference facilities and banquet spaces. However, it was the new culinary team at the Swissôtel Sydney that stole the show last night, offering guests a sampling of their new menu, which included a twist to a traditional Bellini, mouthwatering canapés and delectable desserts. The team is helmed by Executive Chef Justin Zammit and F&B Manager Brook Sargeant, together bringing years of domestic and international experience, and have revamped the entire food and beverage options at the Swissôtel Sydney and in particular the hotel’s signature restaurant, Jpb.For more information on any Swissôtel property, visit www.swissotel.com Swissôtel Sydney General Manager, Wayne Horbach, Dir Media Relations, Carolyn Tay, Executive Chef Justin Zammit & F&B Manager, Brook Sargeant Source = e-Travel Blackboard: D.M
Dr. Daryl Fairweather Home Prices Homebuyers Redfin 2019-03-18 Donna Joseph in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News March 18, 2019 696 Views Share According to a Redfin report, home Prices in February recorded the smallest year-over-year gain since March 2012 at 0.6 percent and a median of $287,400. The prices fell more than 8percent in San Francisco and San Jose. Newark, Milwaukee, and Buffalo saw prices rise more than 10 percent, the report found. “When home prices are going up quickly, buyers feel like they are forced to move fast and purchase a home before prices rise even more. Now that home prices are growing slower than inflation (prices for consumer goods were up 1.5 percent annually in February), there really isn’t much downside to taking your time,” said Daryl Fairweather, Chief Economist at Redfin. “And now that mortgage rates are no longer going up every week, buyers in many markets have the luxury of knowing that whether they buy now or later they will pay about the same for a home.”The report noted that home prices fell in 10 of the 85 largest metro areas tracked by Redfin, with the largest year-over-year declines in Bridgeport, Connecticut (-15.2percent), San Jose, California (-11.3percent) and San Francisco (-7.9 percent). Newark (12.2 percent), Milwaukee (11.8 percent) and Buffalo, NY (11.7 percent) were the metros with the biggest increases in home prices from last year. Completed home sales recorded an increase nationally for the first time in seven months and only the third time in the past 12 months in February, up 1.9 percent from the prior year. Redfin data indicated that the overall trend in home sales has been falling since late 2016. February may be the start of a reversal in this trend as home sales fell in 41 of the 85 largest metro areas that Redfin tracks. The report stated that the number of homes for sale at the end of the month was up 2.9 percent from a year earlier in February. The number of homes newly listed for sale fell from February 2018 (-4.8 percent).Home-selling speeds, previously at 35 days on market last May, slowed year-over-year again in February. The typical home that sold in February went under contract in a median of 59 days, two days longer than a year earlier.”Because homes are sitting on the market longer and the market is less competitive than last year, first-time homebuyers now have a better chance of winning a home,” said Fairweather. “That could mean more potential buyers in the spring. Home sales are already rebounding this month, and that trend may continue now that the market is more balanced,” Fairweather said. Read the full report here. Home Prices: Smallest Annual Gain Since 2012
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