ESPN’s College GameDay Announces Its Week 0 Location

first_imgKirk Herbstreit on the set of ESPN's College GameDayNEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)The 2019 college football season kicks off in just 11 days. Less than two weeks from now, college football fans will finally have something to do on Saturdays.To kick off the season, Florida and Miami face off in a “Week 0” contest. The Gators and Hurricanes will battle for state supremacy – sorry Florida State and UCF.With the season back on our televisions, so too, is College GameDay.Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Rece Davis and Desmond Howard are back as well. On Tuesday afternoon, ESPN revealed where the crew will be stationed for the first game of the year. College GameDay kicks off from Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World on Saturday, August 24..@CollegeGameDay will have a magical start to the college football season ✨The show will be live from Magic Kingdom at @WaltDisneyWorld for Week 0.— ESPN (@espn) August 13, 2019Earlier this week, Miami head coach Manny Diaz revealed his starting quarterback for the game. He’s going with Jarren Williams over Ohio State transfer Tate Martell and partial 2018 starter N’Kosi Perry.It’ll be interesting to see if Martell stays with the Hurricanes after the news.Meanwhile, Dan Mullen and the Gators ride with last year’s starter Feleipe Franks to lead them to the promised land this year.The action kicks off from Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida on August 24. The game will be televised on ESPN at 7:00 p.m. ET.last_img read more

Province QEII Foundation Pledge 14 Million to Improve Cancer Care Wait Times

first_imgCancer patients in Nova Scotia will get better care and shorter wait times thanks to the province’s $10.1-million contribution to the radiation therapy project. The QEII Foundation has also committed to raise $4 million for equipment for the Nova Scotia Cancer Centre at the QEII Health Sciences Centre. The provincial investment will help expand the cancer centre, build new radiation therapy bunkers and buy new equipment. “This is a significant investment in the future of cancer care in Nova Scotia,” said Health Minister Maureen MacDonald. “The new equipment and expanded bunker will help to reduce wait times and improve patient care for years to come. Partnerships like this one with the QEII Foundation will help the government to live within its means and continue to provide needed services.” The QEII Foundation is a non-profit, charitable organization established to strengthen health care at the QEII Health Sciences Centre. The foundation invests in projects to acquire leading-edge patient care technology, ground-breaking medical research and community-based disease prevention programs. Bruce Marchand, vice-chair of the QEII Foundation’s volunteer board of trustees, pledged the foundation’s support for the radiation therapy project and announced a campaign to raise $4 million for new equipment and upgrades. “Cancer is something that affects Nova Scotia families every day,” said Mr. Marchand. “We need advancements like this and that’s why the QEII Foundation is standing behind the project and asking Nova Scotians to give generously.” The radiation therapy project was announced in March 2007, when Nova Scotia received $24 million from the federal government. Since then, a review with cancer centre staff determined that additional funding would be needed to provide adequate space and equipment. Cancer experts anticipate an increased demand for radiation therapy and Nova Scotia is preparing to meet that. Dr. Tetteh Ago, chief of radiation oncology for Capital Health, said the investment bodes well for the future of cancer care in Nova Scotia.”This will enable us to provide world-class radiation treatment,” said Dr. Ago. “It will help us meet our goal of making wait times for Nova Scotians requiring radiation treatment among the shortest in Canada.” The radiation therapy project is a $39.5-million initiative that will significantly improve the amount and quality of radiation therapy Nova Scotians receive in the province’s two cancer centres. It is funded by the Department of Health, Health Canada, Capital District Health Authority, the QEII Foundation, the Cape Breton District Health Authority and the Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation, which contributed $1 million to an expansion taking place at the Cape Breton Cancer Centre.last_img read more

Ontario television reporter speaking out about harassment on the job

first_imgHAMILTON – A southwestern Ontario television reporter is speaking out about the stream of harassment she faces at work after misogynistic comments were hurled her way three times last week.CHCH reporter Britt Dixon says female reporters deal with harassment regularly while on the job, highlighted by three incidents over four days last week where men yelled a vulgar phrase at her.The latest incident occurred as Dixon interviewed a Hamilton police officer in uniform in front of a police station.The officer stopped the interview and arrested the man, charging a 23-year-old American with causing a disturbance.Dixon says the other two incidents occurred while she was at Mohawk College talking to students about returning to school after the five-week faculty strike.The college has apologized to Dixon and is conducting an investigation.“I’d like to think the strong stance that both the college has taken and police have taken will hopefully get a message across to people that it’s not funny, it’s unacceptable and it shouldn’t be happening,” she said.Dixon said she was talking to Hamilton police media officer Jerome Stewart about victims of impaired driving when the man allegedly yelled the remark around 3 p.m. on Friday.Yet she’s been criticized for going public with her message.“Some people think it’s a joke, but it’s harassment in the workplace,” Dixon said.“Those people are harassing me at my workplace. I don’t think people would go into a bank or an office and shout that and expect to get away with it.”There’s been a slew of similar incidents across the country.In August, police charged a Newfoundland man with causing a disturbance after he yelled the phrase at a reporter. Police laid a mischief charge against another Newfoundland man who yelled the same thing toward a journalist in April.And in 2015, a Toronto FC soccer fan shouted the phrase during an interview with CityNews reporter Shauna Hunt. His friend laughed, dismissing the comment as a joke.That man was fired by Hydro One after the station aired the video. He was later rehired as part of an arbitration process, Hydro One said at the time.last_img read more

UN Mission chief calls Colombias congressional elections a clear step forward in

The mid-March elections were the first after the signing in 2016 of a peace deal between the FARC-EP and the Colombian Government that ended the Western hemisphere’s longest-running conflict in which more than 200,000 people were killed.“While it is too early to take stock of a peace process that has set ambitious and long-term goals, we already observed that it has achieved a notable reduction of violence in the congressional elections,” Jean Arnault, head of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia, set up two years ago to monitor and support implementation of the peace deal.He said that the presidential election is now five weeks away, “and against a background of political polarization, the campaign so far has confirmed the trend towards a reduction of electoral violence.”  Among legislative developments, he said the Constitutional Court had endorsed the Law on the Status of the Opposition, which among other things provides opposition parties with access to media, funding and representation in the Senate and the Chamber of Representatives for runners-ups in vice- and presidential elections.It also declared constitutional FARC’s political participation, including 10 Congressional seats provided for in the Peace Agreement.Turning to the socioeconomic reintegration of FARC members, under a new decree, the Superintendent of Banks can provide banking services to former FARC members in the reintegration process – excepting those on international sanctions lists.The next few months provide an opportunity to bring together government institutions, local authorities and social organizations – Jean Arnault, Head of the UN Verification Mission in ColombiaRecognizing a number of new institutions as “a substantial change,” Mr. Arnault said “the next few months provide an opportunity to bring together government institutions, local authorities and social organizations to press forward” with the peace agenda.He also asserted that the last couple of weeks have brought new challenges to the peace process, such as the arrest of a FARC leader on drug trafficking, which “reverberated in a country that remains divided around the peace process.Mr. Arnault added that both sides were calling for calm and continued to pursue the path of the Peace Agreement, calling it “very important in addressing misgivings and mistrust among former combatants in the reintegration areas.”The Mission wholeheartedly supported the reintegration of former combatants on a more solid basis before the end of the Government´s mandate.   “Weaknesses in this effort can only increase the risk of the drift of some ex-combatants to criminal groups,” he explained. Citing the Secretary-General’s report on the Mission, he said “the ingredients for a breakthrough are known – viable productive projects, functional cooperatives and the availability of land –  and much of the legal and technical preparation has been done.” As negotiations between the Government and the National Liberation Army have resumed, Mr. Arnault told the Council that both parties have reiterated their interest in UN support to implement a future ceasefire. “The Security Council will make the appropriate decisions in due time,” he continued. “Meanwhile we will do our best to ensure that the design of the ceasefire is as robust as possible.”In implementing the Peace Agreement, Mr. Arnault stressed that circumstances have occasionally tested the commitment of the two parties, saying: “They have stayed the course.” “The unanimous support consistently voiced by the Council have helped sustain their resolve.  It will continue to be a source of confidence and strength,” he concluded. read more

Brock exercise research centre sets sights on improving health and wellbeing of

LeaAnn Cayer (right) demonstrates how the Power Cord facilities accommodate a full range of exercises for individuals with spinal cord injury.The Brock-Niagara Centre for Health and Well-Being was officially introduced to the Niagara community on Oct. 22. at the centre grand opening.With more than 150 guests in attendance, the ribbon was cut by individuals that represent the bonds that bridge the development of academic and community innovations.“With an aging Niagara population, a healthy exercise program can not only enhance the quality of life, but also reduce medical complications for individuals,” says Debbie O’Leary, the centre’s director and professor of health sciences.“All of our members come to us with the goal of improving their overall health,” she says. “Our programs help them to actualize their health goals through exercise and lifestyle management skills.”The facility is one of Brock University’s new transdisciplinary centres and is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for people across the lifespan, including older adults. Its primary focus is on individuals with an array of health conditions, chronic diseases and risk factors such as obesity and type II diabetes.“Having a facility dedicated to special populations allows members to feel comfortable coming to the exercise on a regular basis.” says Corey Burghall, who now works at the centre after graduating from the Kinesiology program in 2012.The centre currently offers four programs that provide a holistic approach to health and well-being. The programs include, Heart Strong, SeniorFit, Power Cord and Brock TEAM (Therapeutic Exercise for Amputees in Motion).These programs support individuals living with spinal cord injury, cardiovascular disease, multiple sclerosis or the loss of a limb, in a welcoming social environment along with other healthy Niagara seniors looking to stay fit.“Building relationships and working with members allows for me gain hand on experience and training,” says Casey Knegt, who is a fourth-year student in Kinesiology. “It is a very rewarding feeling when you take members through orientation and develop an exercise program that will fit their needs and make a positive impact on their life.”The community facility, which has been in operation for the past six months, is currently home to more than 300 participants and still growing.“The Power Cord program has helped me feel stronger, happier and more connected to the community,” says LeeAnn Cayer, who has been involved with the spinal cord injury program since its inception.“The student volunteers truly provide an open and comfortable place to exercise,” she says. “They bring important knowledge, but also an open mind that allows them to learn from participants and build healthy relationships – something you can’t get at other gyms.”Left to right: Carol Reid (SeniorFit member), Kim Gammage (director, SeniorFit), James Mandigo (Interim Dean, Faculty of Applied Health Sciences), Neil McCartney (Provost & VP Academic), Jim Bradley (MPP, St. Catharines), Brian McMullan (Mayor, St. Catharines), Jack Lightstone (President, Brock University), Debbie O’Leary (director, Brock-Niagara Centre for Health & Well-Being), John Suk (Board of Trustees Chair), Gary Libben (VP Research), David Ditor (director, Power Cord), and Dennis Hernandez (Power Cord member) read more

Brock community invited to check out Human Library

Just like a good book, every individual is filled with a vast array of interesting knowledge waiting to be explored.Members of the Brock community, each from a different part of the world, will share chapters of their own background and history during the University’s inaugural Human Library event happening Thursday, Nov. 15.Participants, or “readers” as they’re known, have the opportunity to sign up for 15-minute conversations with the “human books” to learn more about where they came from, what brought them to Brock and similarities and differences between Canada and their home country.“The point is to meet someone from another place, to find out what their story is and to learn what you might have in common with them,” said organizer and Liaison Librarian Karen Bordonaro. “It’s a visual and real-life way for the Library to connect people with information — not just journal articles and books, but other people.”Volunteers leading the conversations hail from Palestine, China (mainland and Hong Kong), Brazil, Cambodia, United Arab Emirates, Ghana, India, Serbia, Uzbekistan, Spain, Mexico, Canada and the U.S.The Human Library event will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. in the study rooms along the main corridor of the Matheson Learning Commons in the James A. Gibson Library.While the main purpose is to connect people on campus to one another and share knowledge, the event also serves as a chance for international students, as well as other members of the Brock community, to practise their English-speaking skills with strangers through small talk, Bordonaro said.The event is Brock Library’s contribution to International Education Week.Bordonaro said the Human Library was made possible through the efforts of a number of Library staff, as well as Donna Pearce, Program Development Co-ordinator for ESL Services, and Luiza Guimaraes, Student Skills Development Co-ordinator for the Goodman School of Business.Set to retire from Brock in January 2020, Bordonaro hopes to see the project continue annually into the future.“All it takes is a few minutes of your time and it can open your eyes to another world you might not be aware of,” she said. “We can learn so much just by reaching out and talking to people.”For more information or to sign up to participate in the Human Library, visit the Brock Library website. Walk-ins will be accepted on the day of the event if space remains available. read more

Football Scouting Rutgers Scarlet Knights

BreakdownRutgers is on the rise as a team, improving in multiple positions statistically from last season and earning its way to a .500 record thus far.But it will take more than just a little improvement to knock off an OSU team that is outscoring opponents by more than 44 points, and averages 3.7 takeaways a game.OSU has too strong of an offense and too stout of a defense for Rutgers to potentially upset the Buckeyes. With Big Ten play opening this Saturday, the Scarlet and Gray should have no problem emerging with an unblemished record. OffenseThe offense of Rutgers benefitted from the dynamic play ability of Grant, who currently leads the team in both rushing touchdowns and receiving yards. But the Scarlet Knights will need to look elsewhere for offensive production this week.Leaning heavily on a potent running attack led by junior running back Robert Martin, Rutgers has averaged 4.7 yards per carry. Overall, the team has totaled 881 rushing yards, a mere 38 yards behind OSU’s rushing attack.In terms of passing, senior quarterback Chris Laviano has struggled to provide consistency. Completing just 52.5 percent of his passes, the team has struggled to put the ball in the hands of its receivers, resulting in a passing offense that ranks 110th in completion percentage.Senior wide receiver Andre Patton has recorded three of Laviano’s five touchdown passes this season, He averages 13.5 yards per reception. Sophomore wide receiver Jawuan Harris is second on the team with 183 yards, trailing only Grant.The offensive line has struggled to keep pressure away from Laviano. On average, he has been sacked 2.3 times per game. With the play of OSU’s defensive lineman so far, it could be a long day for the senior. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights make their entrance before an NCAA football game against the Iowa Hawkeyes on Sept. 24 at High Point Solutions Stadium. Credit: Courtesy of TNSIt’s been more than a week since the Ohio State football team took the field against an opponent. With rain expected this Saturday, Buckeye fans will most likely need to don their ponchos and rainboots to watch OSU open Big Ten play against Rutgers.Led by former OSU defensive coordinator Chris Ash, the Scarlet Knights have earned their way to a 2-2 record so far, with wins over Howard University and New Mexico. Last week, Rutgers fell to Iowa 14-7 in a defensive battle that saw each team netting more than 350 total yards a piece, but failing to frequently find the endzone.While Rutgers is in good hands with Ash at the helm, the Buckeyes appear to have the upper hand in this matchup, both statistically speaking and in terms of skill.Two top performers for the Scarlet Knights — wide receiver Janarion Grant and defensive tackle Darius Hamilton — were lost to injury last week. OSU coach Urban Meyer gave his sentiment to the team and the injured players.“Any time a young guy gets hurt you just wish them the best, and they’re both really good players,” Meyer said. DefenseRutgers has struggled to slow opposing offenses this season. Surrendering 399 yards per game, the Scarlet Knights have not produced similar numbers with Ash at the helm as OSU did during his tenure in Columbus.Although the team has not shown a stout defense this year, Meyer said the schemes Rutgers runs are Ash’s through and through, and look nearly identical to the Buckeyes approach.“Yes, it’s our defense,” Meyer said.Redshirt sophomore Kiy Hester currently leads the team in total tackles, followed by sophomore linebacker Deontre Roberts. Last season, Rutgers ranked nearly last in pass yards allowed. After ranking 118th nationally in that category, the Scarlet Knights have underwent a complete overhaul of the position.Opposing offenses have been limited 206.7 yards per game against Rutgers. Even with the improvements of the secondary, the team’s defense has been gashed so far this year against the run.OSU has leaned heavily on its rushing attack this season, while the Scarlet Knights have struggled to keep opponents under 200 yards per game on the ground. read more

FC Barcelona Lassa and PSG Handball are two biggest brands in handball

According RESULT Sports the two most successful handball teams in digital world are PSG Handball and FC Barcelona Lassa. The two brands which are supported by their football sections attracted the highest number of fans on five social networks, while behind them are Rhein Neckar Lowen, Vive Kielce and THW Kiel to fill the first five positions.Take a look on TOP 25 teams in world of handball, but also comparation between two best leagues – DKB Bundesliga and LIDL Starligue. European Digital Handball Top25 & League comparison @DKBHBL vs @LidlStarligue right before start of new season! #smsports #digisport— RESULT Sports (@resultsports) August 25, 2017 ← Previous Story Mikkel Hansen extends with PSG until 2022: I am simply delighted Next Story → GO EAST: Andreas Wolff to Kielce in 2019? read more

11 individuals having the absolute time of their lives

first_imgYouTube/Chris HarperSomeone is being allowed to stick their head out the windowCan’t see the image?  Try reloading the page. Via ImgurSomeone is having a much needed laughProwinwall.netSomeone is going to DisneylandYouTube/KAftCTwitter/leoieSomeone is surfing for the first timeTumblrSomeone’s loved one has just come home for the first time in a long timeYouTube/Levan FosterAnd someone else has managed to fit an entire burger in their mouthThis is the one we’d like to be achieving right now, truth be told.Can’t see the image?  Try reloading the page.  Via Imgur9 things to make you smile on International Happiness Day>21 reasons to be happy here in Ireland> IT’S THE WEEKEND, and hopefully you’re having fun.  Maybe you’re just kicking back and taking it easy, or maybe it’s a special day, one which you’ll remember forever.Everyone has them, the really super days that make you feel like you are literally having the time of your life.There are people having those times right now, just like these guys.Someone is having a partyexcusememeSomeone is meeting their favourite animalTumblrYouTube/TheEllenShowSomeone is getting a puppyCan’t see the image?  Try reloading the page. Via Imgur BrannonSomeone is just taking a moment to smell the flowers and really enjoying itCan’t see the image?  Try reloading the page. Via ImgurSomeone is finding out they’re going to be a grandparentlast_img read more

HandsOn Black Widow Camera Holster for CostConscious Photographers

first_imgIf you carry around a DSLR for extended periods, you may find a camera holster works better than a neck strap. The new, lightweight Spider Black Widow camera holster securely holds all but the heaviest cameras and lenses at a price ($55 direct) that is half that of the pro-focused, pro-priced SpiderPro holster. With both, you attach a metal pin and optionally a baseplate to the tripod socket on the base of your camera, which slides and locks into the holster on your belt or a Spider belt.With the affordable Black Widow Holster, the clip is a high-tech reinforced plastic rather than metal. It’s designed to slide onto any most any belt or you can buy a smaller Black Widow nylon belt from Spider ($16). Slide the camera-pin combo in, it locks in place; press the red lever on the side, it unlocks and slides out. The optional Black Widow baseplate (also $16) is a thin piece of metal that lets you offset your camera a bit from your body (see photo). The pin remains is robust but you need your own wrench to secure it rather than the included hex-key wrench that stores inside the big Spider Pro’s baseplate. That’s the biggest inconvenience. I used the Black Widow with a medium-size digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera and wide-angle to telephoto zoom weighing four pounds, total. The clip (holster) didn’t feel overburdened then or with a flash that pushed the weight closer to six pounds. Never when I walked or ran was there an issue of the camera coming loose from the holster, although you’d be crazy not to have a hand on the camera, since it’s going to bounce around. For camera-lens combinations well over five or six pounds (and many thousands of dollars in gear costs) I’d want the reassurance of the heavier original. Photographers carrying lenses and flashes on a photo belt is nothing new; adding the camera makes as much or more sense. I’ve been using the original Spider Holster (see review) for almost a year. It works well when you’re carrying around a heavy camera and big lens. For extended shoots, I prefer it much more than even the comfiest neck strap. But the belt is bulky; I left it by mistake in a fancy New York City lounge where I was doing a photo shoot and the manager who found it thought she was looking at a weightlifter’s belt. Given that a pro camera, motor drive battery pack, and long telephoto lens can exceed 10 pounds, she was not far off. With the Black Widow, which ships in early December, Spider now has a line that makes sense to a wide variety of photographers: The Black Widow, $55 for the package, for mainstream DSLRs. Use the companion Black Widow belt if you’re dressed casually or loop it through a regular belt if you need to dress up. Spider suggests its own belt provides a chic look that’s right for any occasion; I thought the SpiderPro and Black Widow nylon-and-Velcro belts exude some of the DNA of those back braces worn by associates at Home Depot. Regardless, for only $16 extra, get the belt, then also go buy a wide leather belt at H&M or Forever 21, and decide which is more to your liking. The Black Widow holster is light enough that you’ll want to use it, on your own belt, with any camera too big to fit in a pocket. There is no ride too violent at Six Flags or DisneyWorld to shake a camera loose from the Black Widow holster. The  SpiderPro Camera Holster System for serious photographers with heavy cameras. Don’t think of the $110 cost; think of the value of what you’re carrying around. The SpiderPro Camera Holster Box, $100, basically the Pro system with the holster (clip), baseplate, and pin, but without the heavier nylon belt. Then you can attach the holster to any wide belt you own, or the black, nylon (and slightly better finished) equipment belts from Lowepro or Thinktank. But here, too, omitting the belt ($30 by itself) only saves you $10 over the complete system, so there’s little point in not getting the complete package. Pricing quirks and belt fashion aside, the Black Widow system is the perfect way to carry any small or midsize DSLR or, for that matter, a video camera. It’s always ready and except when you’re shooting, there’s nothing in your hands or slapping you in the chest as you walk along. Dozens of photo gadgets come along each year that get labeled as ingenious yet never catch on; the SpiderPro and Black Widow holsters are the real deal.last_img read more

NHL Stanley Cup Playoff Teams Get Assist From Apple

first_img NHL Aims to Debut ‘Smart Puck’ Tech in 2019Students create Jennifer, the world’s first autonomous humanoid ro… Stay on target The National Hockey League inked a deal to bring Apple tech to the sidelines during this month’s Stanley Cup playoffs.A new video coaching system, including iPad Pro tablets and Mac Pro computers, was installed in all 16 tournament arenas.Three iPad are positioned at each team’s bench; the slate comes loaded with an app that allows users to view highlights in near real-time. So, rather than waiting for the end of a period, coaches can access video quicker—providing immediate insight into a player’s performance.“By the time the player gets off his shift, that content is available within a minute … from the time it actually took place,” NHL Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Peter DelGiacco told the Associated Press.“Today, generally speaking, a lot of that would be done between periods, and there’s a limited amount of time,” he continued. “This kind of gives the coaches and the players real-time access so that they can make adjustments.”via AppleDuring testing in the regular season, the new monitors, headsets, and video trainers helped coaches overturn calls more than a quarter of the time. The mobile tech will also help crack down on dawdling decisions.“I think it’s been important since the beginning of the year,” Ottowa Senators coach Guy Boucher told the AP.First rolled out to Stanley Cup contenders, the league’s “cohesive in-arena video technology system” will be installed in all 31 NHL arena in time for the start of the 2017-18 season, a spokeswoman told Geek.As part of the implementation, on-ice officials will also use iPad Pros to conduct video reviews.The National Hockey League, according to the spokeswoman, teamed up with Apple to bring technology into the game, and bring the game into the future.Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Jumping onto the high-tech sports bandwagon, the NHL regularly confers with National Football League and Major League Baseball officials about their video technology, David Lehanski, NHL senior vice president of business development, global partnerships, and sponsorship sales, told AP.The NFL has used Microsoft Surface tablets on sidelines for three seasons, though not everyone is a fan. New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick in October ditched the devices, telling reporters at the time that “I just can’t take it anymore”; that “they’re just too unpredictable for me.”last_img read more

Employee Benefits Professional of the Year shortlist unveiled

first_imgThe shortlist for the Employee benefits professional of the year 2016 award has been announced.This award recognises individuals who have made a significant contribution to the industry.The 2016 shortlist for the Employee benefits professional of the year is:Joanna Bean, head of reward, UK and Ireland at Samsung.Paul Bissell, head of reward and policy at Three UK.Masha Boldyreva, rewards director, Europe at Mondelez International.Debbie Cam, colleague services manager, queries and benefits at Home Retail Group.Ian Hodson, reward and benefits manager at the University of Lincoln.John Mayor, head of UK rewards at Danone.Sally Purbrick, head of reward at Anglian Water.In 2015, Ant Donaldson, global product expert, benefits at E.On, was named Employee Benefits Professional of the Year. Previous winners include John Chilman, group reward and pensions director at FirstGroup and Neal Blackshire, benefits and compensation manager at McDonald’s Restaurants.The winner will be announced at the Employee Benefits Awards and Summer Party. The event will take place at the Artillery Gardens at the HAC, London, on Friday 3 June.For more information and to book your place.last_img read more

Goldfein Addresses ADC National Summit Stresses Service and Community Quality of Life

first_img ADC AUTHOR Air Force Chief of Staff David Goldfein addressed the 2019 Defense Communities National Summit Tuesday in an afternoon question-and-answer session.Below are a few highlights of Gen. Goldfein’s comments:On Quality of Life Issues: Goldfein emphasized that quality schools and military spouse employment are two major issues that drive decision-making by service members and their families. “As I visit installations, the number one quality of life issue of airmen with children is access to good schools,” Goldfein said. “As we make basing decisions and factor in quality of life issues, airmen are not going to stay if it means moving their kids from location to location and put them into schools without quality. First and foremost, communities’ investments for a quality school system are resources well invested.”On Spousal Employment and Retaining Families: Goldfein highlighted that the Air Force is a highly college-educated and family-oriented service which often means including two professionals in the household. “The more states and communities can do to allow spouses to easily re-license in his or her profession, the better for retention,” Goldfein said. “It really comes down to quality of service and quality of life – how to assure the entire service experience is as rich and fulfilling as possible.”On Defense Community Support: “Communities are already embracing and supporting our service members and their families,” Goldfein said. “Everything communities can do to support and embrace airmen and their families and welcome them as part of the community is important and appreciated. Again, if we can make the service experience as rich as possible it helps maintain retention and allows our service members to be a part of something bigger than themselves.”ADC photo by Will Noonanlast_img read more

Police use tear gas to apprehend man who pulled a gun on

first_imgPolice have taken into custody the man who barricaded himself into a residence in Mountain View after pulling a gun on a police officer Thursday morning. After negotiations failed they released tear gas into the building, and he was apprehended. No one was injured.Police vehicles block off N. Flower Street in Mountain View.An Anchorage Police Department release says an officer saw 26-year-old Eric Nebreja at the Shell station near North Flower Street at about 9:20 in the morning. Police had been searching for the vehicle since last week. Nebreja saw the officer and tried to drive away, but he hit another vehicle with his car. When the police officer tried to approach the suspect, Nebreja ran away. The officer tried to taze him, but failed. Then Nebreja pulled a gun on two officers then fled the scene on foot. He soon after broke into an apartment complex and barricaded himself inside.Area residents were evacuated and nearby schools were put on lock down.Over the next four hours police and SWAT teams tried to negotiate with the suspect. Finally, around two pm, they fired tear gas into the residence and he surrendered.Nebreja already has felony warrants for Misconduct Involving Weapons, Assault and Escape. Charges for Thursday’s incident are still pending.last_img read more

Civic chiefs call on Harish Rao

first_imgManoharabad: The elected representatives of local bodies called on former minister T Harish Rao and MP Kotha Prabhakar Reddy on Wednesday. They invited them for the swearing-in ceremony of Mandal Praja Parishad. Manoharabad MPP Puram Navaneetha Ravi, vice MPP Vithal Reddy and ZP Chairperson Hemalatha Shekar Goud, farmers coordination Surender Reddy, Anjaneyulu, R Nani Goud, ex MPTC Krishan Goud, Narsinga Rao and others were present.last_img

Heres how Hong Kong is bringing people together for voicing mass dissent

first_imgMass mourningApart from being the central public space for the movement, the district of Admiralty in Hong Kong was also the place of mourning as thousands gathered to lay down flowers and offer prayers for a protestor who plunged to his death after climbing a construction scaffolding at the Pacific mall on Saturday.Outside Pacific Place where marchers put down flowers and messages for the young protester who sadly passed away last night. RIP ?? #不撤不散— Missy Lao (@missy_lao) June 16, 2019一個人的喪禮,梁先生安息??— 三爪 (@sanzhao4) June 16, 2019The 35-year-old man named ‘Leung’ was wearing a yellow raincoat bearing the words “Carrie Lam kills Hong Kong,” reported Apple Daily.While the public is hailing the man as a martyr, the police are treating the case as suicide, reported Hong Kong Free Press.Last words from the martyr At Pacific Place Hong Kong:全面撤回送中 Withdraw ELAB in entirety 我們不是暴動 We are not rioters釋放學生傷者 Release students and wounded protestors林鄭下台 Carrie Lam step downHelp Hong Kong— 李軒朗 Timothy (@timothylee_hk) June 15, 2019From democratic party officials to legislators, people started using the deceased protestor as a symbol of the protest.Democratic Party lawmaker Roy Kwong, distraught by his failure to save protester who died, tells protesters: “I don’t want to lose any more comrades.” He urges protesters who remain to resort to no “blood, injuries, arrests” while he & other lawmakers will go after Carrie Lam— Chris Lau (@hkchrislau) June 16, 2019Political illustrations by acclaimed Chinese satirist Badiucao and Gianluca Costantini gave tribute to the ‘raincoat boy’.【R.I.P. Raincoat Boy】A young life passed away for HongKong tonight. I don‘t know your name my bro. But you will be known and you will be remembered, always!This drawing is for you. There is #NoChinaExtradition in heaven.一个年轻的生命为香港陨落,我会记住,祝你安息。#反送中— 巴丢草 Badiucao (@badiucao) June 15, 2019Anti-extradition law protester Paul holds a digital placard reading: “Carrie Lam killed Hong Kong. The police are cold-blooded.” RT @HongKongFP #HongKongprotest #hongkongisnotchina #HongKong #NoChinaExtradition #反送中 #反送中大遊行— Gianluca Costantini (@channeldraw) June 16, 2019Young HopeThe protest is also increasingly celebrated for having a large number of young participants.Many stories coming out from Hong Kong’s peaceful demonstration. I’d like to share one. I met a family of nine, spanning three generations. The grandfather marched last Sunday. Today the whole family decided to come out together after witnessing events that unfolded this week— Alexandra Stevenson (@jotted) June 16, 2019Aged activists and participants of the march have expressed that they felt hopeful of the state of Hong Kong’s freedom after witnessing the large young turnouts in the protests.”I’m very encouraged by the younger people. If it was just us [the older generation] the city would be finished,” said 75-year-old Mr Wu, reported The Guardian. “I was a refugee. I escaped China when there was a famine, and I saw people being shot there. The Communist party isn’t to be trusted.” Around 2 million people participated in the mass movement against the proposed extradition bill on Sunday, June 16.Denise Ho/TwitterDressed in black, millions of people came together from all sections of the society to demand the Chief Executive of Hong Kong, Carrie Lam, to step down and permanently scrap the contentious extradition bill.The ongoing public uprising against the pro-Beijing Hong Kong government over the severely criticised extradition bill has brought focus on how non-violent mass movement has rekindled the spirit of democratic dissent.On Sunday, as close to 2 million people gathered to voice their dissent, the number broke the protest’s previous record of 1.2 million protesters. The recent protest made it the biggest mass demonstration that the country has witnessed in its history. Hong Kong. RIGHT NOW.Never seen anything quite like it.— Hamish Macdonald (@hamishNews) June 16, 2019From singing songs to switching on the flashlights of their phones, the mass mobilisation was seen thriving in the Admiralty district of Hong Kong.桥上桥下的暴徒用手机电筒相互辉映 高喊香港人加油 场面一度十分感银?#反送中 #antiextraditionlaw #nochinaextradition #AntiELAB #hongkongprotest #ilovehk— 回眸腐笑百媚生 (@arellawzw) June 16, 2019As night falls, out come the lights #HongKong— Bill Birtles (@billbirtles) June 16, 2019“Do You Hear The People Sing?,” from musical Les Misérables and the anthem of Hong Kong protests in 2014, resurfaced in Sunday’s demonstrations over the controversial China extradition bill:— CNN (@CNN) June 16, 2019One of the most powerful moments of peaceful solidarity and cohesion in the mass demonstration was when the sea of people parted and gave way to an ambulance passing through the blocked roadway. Even eight buses were given way to pass through the crowded streets.網上見到的視頻,巨量的人群如摩西過紅海一般,讓路給救護車。香港人不是暴徒。— 三爪 (@sanzhao4) June 16, 2019HK protesters are the best: Here they are making way for at least eight buses that got stuck after protesters occupied the road— Vicky Wong 黃瑋殷 (@vickywong710) June 16, 2019last_img read more

Nobel Prize for Congo Surgeon Exposes Regions Deadly Threat

first_imgBy CARA ANNA, Associated PressJOHANNESBURG (AP) — The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to a Congolese surgeon brings rare global attention to a region surging for decades with rebel conflict that now threatens efforts to contain a deadly Ebola outbreak.As Dr. Denis Mukwege describes to the world how he stays in his hospital, protected by United Nations peacekeepers, to avoid further attempts on his life, teams of health workers not far away in eastern Congo feel an uncomfortable kinship as they combat Ebola amid the daily ring of gunfire.Denis Mukwege, center, celebrates with his staff after learning he has been awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, at the Panzi hospital in Bukavu, eastern Congo, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. (Norwegian Church Aid via AP)War in the vast region once had the aim of trying to unseat a president, or hunt down those suspected of genocide in neighboring Rwanda, or simply claim a piece of Congo’s trillions of dollars in mineral wealth. Now the conflict has splintered, with dozens of rebel groups traumatizing a population that sometimes has little idea who is behind a deadly attack.That chaos has brought a steady, horrific flow of women, girls and even babies into Mukwege’s hospital as he operates day by day on survivors of the harshest kinds of sexual violence. Women and girls are raped with the barrels of guns. Their genitals are shot or burned.Trauma can beget trauma, and the emergence in August of the Ebola virus in the jittery region for the first time has posed the kind of challenge many health workers have never seen before. So far 135 Ebola cases have been confirmed including 74 deaths.Fears and rumors about the virus have spread as quickly as outreach teams can refute them. Some health workers, confronted by angry families or communities, have been attacked as they try to carry out vaccinations or promote safe burials. The virus is spread via the bodily fluids of those infected, including the dead.Some suspected of having contact with Ebola victims have fled. The World Health Organization worries openly about the virus spreading into “red zones” where the rebel threat is so high that carrying out health work is almost impossible.“It basically couldn’t get worse,” said Anne Rimoin, an associate professor of epidemiology at UCLA who directs teams of researchers in the Ebola outbreak zone. Two team members in recent weeks have been injured by people throwing stones, she said.The threat of attack means Ebola efforts are limited to daylight hours as teams and their armed escorts, usually U.N. peacekeepers but also Congolese security forces, hurry to get off the roads before dark.“That is very unlike other outbreaks,” Rimoin told The Associated Press. With communities “already traumatized by decades of conflict,” the presence of armed escorts can bring further anxiety.Meanwhile, local authorities who have had contact with rebel groups in previous efforts such as routine vaccination campaigns are negotiating with the fighters for urgent access, as any Ebola victim left untracked could cause a new round of cases.Alarm about the insecurity has grown. Last week after Red Cross workers were attacked and badly hurt, the U.N. Security Council called for an end to hostilities as it prepared to visit Congo and discuss, among other things, the fighting that has displaced about 1 million people in the Ebola-affected North Kivu province alone.“An extremely challenging and dangerous environment,” WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told the council, describing the attacks since the outbreak began: a “full-scale” assault on a Congolese military base, ambushes of U.N. peacekeepers, a rocket explosion and an attack on the town at the center of Ebola efforts that killed at least 18 people and shut down health work for days.Friday’s announcement of the Nobel prize, the first in Congo’s history, brought a burst of jubilation and tears in Panzi hospital as Mukwege was finishing his second operation of the day. “Hallelujah,” people said, as medical workers in scrubs danced and women wiped their eyes.The award brought a new round of global calls to end the sprawling conflict and let health workers across the region care for others without fear of violence.“A durable peace,” the U.N. secretary-general’s special envoy to Congo called it while congratulating Mukwege on his win.But it won’t be easy. Even as Congo’s government claimed partial credit for the efforts of the Nobel winner, who has been an outspoken critic, the outgoing President Joseph Kabila wants the U.N. peacekeepers, one of the region’s few stabilizing forces, to prepare for withdrawal.Both Congolese and health workers also are bracing for December’s long-delayed presidential election, which could bring fresh unrest. All hope the Ebola outbreak can be ended before then.The vote, Mercy Corps’ deputy country director Whitney Elmer said on Friday, “may lead to more violence and make an already unstable situation worse.”___Follow Africa news at read more

Acoustic Bass Strings Market 2019 Top Brands Preamps Qualitative Insights Key

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Mediator Main rebel group did not sign Mali peace accord

first_img 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Mohamed Mahmoud Ag Ousmane, who said he was a member of a group within the separatist coalition, said that there was still time for other groups to sign.“We hope that the other groups come to sign the peace accord in their own turn,” he said.The Coordination of Azawad Movements, known by its French initials CMA, however, said in a statement that none of its members were represented at the signing in Bamako.International mediators had hoped that a peace agreement could bring stability to north Mali after several chaotic years. But a growing number of attacks in recent weeks had cast doubts on all groups signing this planned accord. The violence has left more than 40 people dead since April 27, according to government figures.The United Nations said in a statement that it welcomed the accord, but that mediators should work on provisions that would bring all parties to sign.Ban called on mediators “to identify those provisions of the agreement that are achievable pending a signature by all parties,” the statement said.The United States welcomed the formal commitment, and urged “all Malian parties to sign the Accord to underscore their concrete commitment to peace,” according to a U.S. State Department statement. Sponsored Stories A number of African presidents and diplomats came to Bamako for the peace accord signing, including Rwandan President Paul Kagame and Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe.___Associated Press reporter Carley Petesch in Dakar, Senegal contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Bruce Whitehouse, associate professor of anthropology at Lehigh University and Mali expert, said the accord without the major separatist groups doesn’t mean much.“They are the people who started the last rebellion and the ones before that,” he said, adding that there likely wasn’t enough support in the fractious separatist demographic.“I see the status quo with skirmishes going on with the line of control between government-held and rebel-held territory,” he said, adding that the U.N. will have a more difficult time policing the sides.The peace deal came after months of negotiations in Algeria between Mali’s government, Tuareg separatist groups and armed groups allied with the government.All parties had reaffirmed a cease-fire back in February during talks in Algeria. But on April 27, a pro-government armed group took over the Tuareg town of Menaka, sparking the Tuareg rebels and coalition separatists to begin attacks, hitting towns including Goundam, Tenenkou and Lere.Some factions of traditionally nomadic Tuaregs, wanting greater autonomy for the country’s northern region, have risen up against the central government in Mali several times since the country’s independence from France in 1960. The most recent uprising opened the door for jihadists to seize half of Mali after government forces scattered in 2012. That prompted a French military intervention in 2013. A peace accord was also signed in Burkina Faso in 2013 that has been repeatedly violated. Another cease-fire was reached in the summer of 2014. BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Mali’s main separatist Tuareg rebel group did not sign a peace accord that the government and other armed groups agreed to on Friday, dimming prospects of stability in the West African country.Algerian foreign minister Ramtane Lamamra, who represents the mediators, said Mali’s government, allied armed groups and two groups under the separatist coalition signed the agreement, but three groups in the coalition, including the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad, did not. Comments   Share   New Valley school lets students pick career-path academiescenter_img Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober How men can have a healthy 2019last_img read more

Doing it HER way singer rises as focus remains

first_imgDoing it H.E.R. way: singer rises as focus remains on music NEW YORK, N.Y. – When Gabi Wilson is H.E.R. — her R&B singer stage name — she is usually rocking big hair and big sunglasses, rarely showing her full face to her fans.The point is to give the public one simple thing to focus on: the music.But other days, her hair is pulled into a ponytail or a bun and her face is clear, like the time she was being driven in an Uber with a friend and “Best Part,” her Top 5 R&B hit, came on the radio.“I love that song ‘Best Part,’” H.E.R. recalled the driver saying, adding that he was in his late ’60s. “It reminds me of my wife.”“I wanted to cry,” she added. “It was so special.”That anonymity proved two things for the singer: Her choice to release music without giving too much detail about her life worked, and her fanbase is not just made up of teenagers who mainly consume music through streaming — R&B purists love her, too.Since Sony’s RCA Records announced H.E.R. mysteriously in 2016, she has become a rising R&B star, achieving success on the road, on streaming services, the charts and even at awards shows.Songs like “Best Part,” ”Focus” and “Losing” perfectly blend the alternative R&B sound that’s popular today with the traditional R&B sound that some feel is missing from the contemporary music scene.Her first two EPs — “H.E.R., Vol. 1” and “H.E.R., Vol. 2” — gave her an immediate fan base thanks to the songs’ honest lyrics and vibey melodies, as she sang about complicated relationships and love lapses. Most people wouldn’t think she just turned 21 months ago.“The way that I released the music did exactly what I wanted it to, which was make people just listen to the music,” said H.E.R., which stands for “Having Everything Revealed.” ”(And) just listen to the message for what it is because we tend to listen with our eyes sometimes. Sometimes it’s all about hype, and I didn’t want hype. …I don’t want people to love my music because of what I look like or who I know or whatever.”“I feel like maybe some people wouldn’t have accepted the music if they knew I was 19,” said H.E.R., who was that age when her first EP dropped. “Some people, they make these assumptions before they even listen to the music.”“Vol. 1,” her seven-song set, was named iTunes’ R&B album of 2016. She earned a nomination for best new artist at the 2017 Soul Train Awards. And she opened on tour for Bryson Tiller and completed her first headlining tour.But this year, she reached the Top 10 of the R&B charts with “Could’ve Been,” the gold-selling “Focus” and the platinum hit “Best Part,” a duet with Daniel Caesar. She earned a whopping seven nominations at the upcoming Soul Train Awards, making her the most nominated act. And she opened on the road for Chris Brown and will launch her second headlining tour on Saturday in Atlanta.She is Apple Music’s latest “Up Next” artist and ranks sixth among R&B acts on the streaming platform. Her success has been so major that a male singer has copied her likeness and released songs under the name H.I.M.“I don’t like to acknowledge it,” she said of the copycat.H.E.R. grew up in the San Francisco Bay area to a black father and Filipino mother. She was originally introduced to the public as a piano prodigy at age 10, appearing on the “Today” show and covering Alicia Keys’ music. She was signed to Sony at 14 and said though she wanted to release music at times — she did try with the song “Something to Prove” in 2014 under Gabi Wilson — she appreciates the time she had to develop as an artist and work on songwriting and grow as a pianist, drummer and guitar (she plays electric, acoustic and bass guitar).Keys, who met H.E.R. over a decade ago, had similar beginnings: She was originally signed as a teenager and didn’t release her first song, the No. 1 hit “Fallin’,” until she was 20 in 2001.“I was signed when I was 14 and then had been developing all the way up to the first album and probably a lot like H.E.R.,” Keys said. “You feel super anxious because you have all of this music you’ve been working on for years. You have your dreams and you have your wishes and of course you find yourself hoping that it’s going to all work out. Sometimes you’ve got to sit for a minute and wait for that right moment. That’s hard — that discipline is almost just as hard.”“I saw H.E.R. developing as an artist, and she really had this thing about her that was so exciting because it was such serious musicianship,” added Keys. “And then fast forwarding now, X amount years later, to where she is now and seeing that all come together, I think the beauty of that is the fact that she was really able to take her time and be an artist and develop and be a young girl. Her eyes and her destiny have always been on this place and needed to land in this world. And it’s only going to get brighter, bigger and better.”This year H.E.R. released her second pair of EPs, titled “I Used to Know Her” parts 1 and 2, taking on new sounds and moods in comparisons to her earlier projects. A full album is expected next year.She’s even revealing more of herself: In the music video for “Could’ve Been,” released last week, you can even see her face.“I think everything will be revealed in its proper time and slowly, like the developing of a polaroid — that’s kind of what you see and what her reveal is,” said manager Jeff Robinson, who signed both H.E.R. and Keys to his MBK Entertainment company when they were teens (he no longer manages Keys).“There was never any hiding — just a concentration on the music,” he added.For H.E.R., she’s just happy to have connected with fans of all ages in an organic way.“I’m so thankful that at this point, even if you see my face or know who I am, it doesn’t matter, because you already love the music,” she said. “You’ve already accepted it.”_____Online: In this Aug. 13, 2018 photo, R&B singer Gabi Wilson, better known as H.E.R., poses for a portrait in New York. She is Apple Music’s latest “Up Next” artist and ranks sixth among R&B artists on the streaming platform. (Photo by Victoria Will/ Invision/AP) center_img by Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press Posted Nov 7, 2018 7:52 am PDT Last Updated Nov 7, 2018 at 12:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more