By Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFTFlickr [DSC07624 by Amanda Govaert, September 10, 2011, CC BY-ND 2.0]When you take a vow of marriage, you are making a promise to protect, honor and love your spouse for the rest of your days. But what happens when you make that same vow for your country at the same time? Which vow do you honor when you and your spouse are expecting your first baby and there is a deployment on the horizon? Which vow do you honor when the twin towers are bombed on September 11th and your family is terrified but so is your country? And which vow do you honor when your spouse is diagnosed with stage 4 cancer?While all marriages have their own challenges, there are certain issues that are unique to military marriages. I have lived near an Air Force base for over 12 years now. In that time, I have had the privilege of both working with military families within my profession and making personal, lifelong friendships with military families. While I know that I certainly cannot and will not capture every single challenge that military marriages face, I would like to speak on a few that I have noticed within my experiences with these extraordinary families.Who/What comes first?- While many marriages may find themselves in a constant balancing act between job and family, military families seem to be faced with the biggest and most challenging balancing act of all… they are forced to choose between fighting for their country and fighting for their family. And, in many cases, there is no choice at all. The country must come before anything else. This means that dad may be overseas when his first born child takes his first steps. Or, mom may only get to see her son graduate from high school via the internet. While it may be easy for the high school graduate to understand why mom cannot be present for such a momentous occasion, it isn’t so easy to explain that to the baby who just took his first steps without his dad present.On the Move- Just when it feels like things are settled with jobs, friends, houses, and school, it’s time to make that move again. It’s time to, once again, pick up and move to another location and do it all over again. Many military families are required to move every few years; and many of the places they have to go are places that they have never been. A new life has to be re-established each time.The Reality- Let’s face it. The reality is, what these service men and women do is dangerous. At each deployment, families find themselves thinking about the terrifying possibility that their spouse/parent may not make it home; that those hugs and kisses they give and receive could possibly be the last they get and give. But, just because those fears are there does not mean that the world stops around them. There are still obligations to be fulfilled (ie mouths to feed, bills to pay, jobs to work). The family left on stateside must continue on.The Aftermath- It’s easy to assume that once deployment is over and the service member is back safely, everything returns just as it was before. But, all military families who have been through deployments know that this just isn’t the case. While the initial days of return are filled with joy and excitement, the days, months, and sometimes years that follow can be trying and difficult. What these service members have seen and done overseas can have a lasting effect on them and can bleed into their interactions with their families and friends. Many family members have told me that the person they sent overseas was not the same person that returned home to them.This list only captures a very small portion of challenges unique to military marriages and families. It’s important to acknowledge that these challenges can create emotional turmoil and a multitude of stressors. Resentment, fear, jealousy, anger, and disappointment, among others, are experienced. But, in the end, these families display an enormous amount of resiliency, hope, strength, and wisdom that can inspire and guide us all. I am so grateful for the battles that our military members fight for us and the ones that their spouses continue to fight as well.This post was written by Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT, the social media and webinar coordination specialist for the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development concentration on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.
Varsha Bhosle, daughter of well-known playback singer Asha Bhosle, committed suicide at their Peddar Road residence here on Monday, police said. She was 56.According to police, Varsha shot herself in the head twice at around 12:30 p.m. Monday. Officials said she shot herself with a licensed weapon. However, they said facts will have to be verified.Even as police were investigating the matter, they have not found anything that might ascertain the cause of the suicide. No suicide note has been found yet. However, initial investigation points to depression as the main cause of her suicide. Her body has been sent for post-mortem.Varsha lived in Prabhu Kunj building with her mother in the Peddar Road locality in south Mumbai. A flat in the building is also occupied by Asha’s elder sister and singing legend Lata Mangeshkar.Varsha, who used to work as a freelance journalist, was divorced from sports journalist Hemant Kenkre. She wrote columns for the web portal Rediff.com, The Sunday Observer and the Gentleman magazine, among other freelancing projects.She has also been a playback singer for some Hindi and Marathi movies and performed in a few concerts alongside her mother.She was depressed for many years and had also tried to commit suicide in 2008 and 2010 by consuming heavy doses of sleeping pills. She was immediately taken to hospital.Varsha mostly stayed with her mother Asha, who was attending a function in Singapore when the incident occurred.
Immediately after their unbeaten run at the Cricket World Cup was ended by Pakistan, New Zealand’s players were joking and laughing in their changing room.It wasn’t that they took Pakistan lightly or failed to give their best effort. Far from it.It was just time to enjoy the gratification of going down swinging, to accept that a better team beat them on an overcast Wednesday in Birmingham, to cop it on the chin, and look forward to the next assignment.”A bit of a blip,” was how allrounder Jimmy Neesham described New Zealand’s first defeat in seven group matches.”We’re not the type of team that takes losses really hard,” Neesham added. “We’ll have a couple of beers as a team and kind of talk about how that game went, and then we’ll pretty much park it, and we’ll hit our scouting in the morning pretty fresh.”The scouting report on Saturday’s opponent at Lord’s will have been impressive.Australia is on top of everything.The Australians lead the standings, one point above the Kiwis.They are the first and only team to have nailed down a semifinals berth. To join the defending champions in the playoff stage, the Kiwis need one point from their last two group games. (Accuweather screengrab)Australian paceman Mitchell Starc leads the wicket-takers list with 19, three more than anyone else. His usual new-ball partner Pat Cummins has 11. The Kiwis’ best is Lockie Ferguson with 15. Of the five bowlers to take 5-wicket hauls at the tournament, two are Australian: Starc and Jason Behrendorff, whose combined left-arm pace and guile blew away England on Tuesday at Lord’s, and stripped the home side of the No. 1 ranking in one-day international cricket.advertisementThe bowlers have successfully defended 307, 334, 381, and 285 in their last four matches, all but one after being sent in to bat first. (Accuweather screengrab)David Warner leads the run-scorers list with 500, only four more than his opening partner and Australia captain Aaron Finch. They are averaging 91 as a pair.They have scored five fifties each, including two centuries each.The best Kiwi is also their captain, Kane Williamson, who has 414 runs including two centuries.In stark contrast to Warner and Finch and the great platforms they are providing, New Zealand’s openers have become brittle.After batting through to beat Sri Lanka in the opening match, Martin Guptill and Colin Munro have deteriorated. In the following matches, No. 3 batsman Williamson has been forced to come in with the new ball still practically new: Bangladesh (sixth over), Afghanistan (first over), South Africa (third over), West Indies (first over), and Pakistan (second over).Also Read | Australia vs New Zealand: Dream11 Playing 11, Captain and Vice-Captain Prediction for World Cup 2019 Match 37Also Read | Don’t want to tempt fate: Finch not keen on resting Starc or Cummins vs NZ
Akshay Ramesh New DelhiApril 28, 2019UPDATED: April 28, 2019 13:04 IST IPL 2019: Virat Kohli has loved batting against the Delhi Capitals in IPL ( Courtesy by BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSRCB haven’t lost an IPL match at the Feroz Shah Kotla since 2010RCB are heading into Sunday’s match against DC on the back of 3 successive winsDC have managed to win only 2 out of 5 matches at home in IPL 2019Royal Challengers Bangalore will take on Delhi Capitals at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Virat Kohli’s hometown in a crunch Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 on Sunday.There’s a lot at stake for the two teams who are at the opposite ends of the IPL 2019 points table. While Delhi Capitals, who are placed third on the eight-team table, will seal a playoff spot if they win on Sunday, RCB need a win to keep their outside chances of making the last four alive.Despite having won three matches on the bounce, RCB are still rooted at the last spot on the points table. A defeat at Kotla would ruin any chances of what could still prove to be one of the most remarkable comebacks in the history of the IPL.Competing at the venue he had played in all his life to become the criketing superstar he is today, Virat Kohli will want to prove a point against the Delhi Capitals. Also, RCB will be keen on avenging their early-season defeat to DC.Kohli has amassed 802 runs against Delhi Capitals over the years the most he has scored against any opponent in the IPL. The RCB captain will be raring to lead his team from the front.Kohli hasn’t managed to trouble the scorers much after the match-winning hundred against Kolkata Knight Riders on 19 April. However, the India captain is heading into the Delhi clash on the back of a three-day break that should have helped him regain focus.Watch @Heini22 and @SHetmyer fire up at the net practice session in Delhi. Can’t wait to see these guys #PlayBold tomorrow! pic.twitter.com/w8gtMk2UF5advertisementRoyal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 27, 2019Royal Challengers Bangalore will also be bolstered by their stunning record at the Feroz Shah Kotla. They have not lost a match at the iconic venue since 2010, winning their last six matches against Delhi in Delhi.Last year, usual suspects Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers combined to help RCB gun down a 182-run target against Delhi Capitals at the Kotla. While Kohli struck a 40-ball 70, de Villiers smashed 72 not out from just 37 balls to help RCB complete a successful chase.However, it will be difficult for the two flamboyant batsmen to get going on the Delhi Capitals pitch that has played slow in IPL 2019. Both teams have some big-hitters who love some pace on the ball. However, a little bit of patience and good shot selection are a must on the Kotla track.Delhi Capitals have lost three of their five matches at the Kotla in IPL 2019. Their batsmen have struggled on the sluggish wickets on offer at home. However, Shreyas Iyer’s men can take confidence from the way they beat Kings XI Punjab at home in their previous match at the Kotla.Skipper Shreyas Iyer, who spoke to the media on the eve of the big-ticket clash, said his team now has a fair idea of the Kotla pitch and he is confident of an improved batting show against RCB.”It’s an advantage for us because we get to practice in the afternoon and we have been doing that in the night games. We are now aware of the wickets, how it’s going to play we have a fair idea now,” Iyer said.”In all the coming three games we are playing here, Chennai and then back again and it’s kind of a similar wicket. So it’s a blessing in disguise for us to be going through this condition.”Also Read | From fairy tale beginning to 6 losses in a row: Kolkata Knights Riders’ woes at IPL 2019Also Read | Unadkat credits Steve Smith’s backing for match-winning spell vs SRHAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow Royal Challengers BangaloreFollow Delhi CapitalsFollow IPL 2019Follow Feroz Shah Kotla IPL 2019: Virat Kohli arrives at Kotla as RCB look to dominate DC againIPL 2019, DC vs RCB: Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore are set for a must-win clash against Delhi Capitals at the Feroz Shah Kotla which has been one of their favourite hunting grounds in the recent pastadvertisement
graphs Afghans celebrate World Cup warm-up match win over Pakistan with gunfire in KabulFor Afghanistan, still searching for peace after decades of war, the victory was especially sweet because it came against Pakistan. commentary Reuters KabulMay 25, 2019UPDATED: May 25, 2019 17:34 IST Afghanistan cricket fans celebrate their team’s victory over Pakistan (Screengrab: @cricketworldcup)HIGHLIGHTSAfghanistan beat Pakistan in a World Cup warm-up match on May 24Afghans celebrated the victory with gunfire in KabulThere was also criticism of the gunfire which regularly greets sporting successAfghanistan’s victory over Pakistan in a warmup match for the Cricket World Cup on Friday was greeted with prolonged volleys of celebratory gunfire and prompted a rare show of unity in a country split by increasingly bitter political divisions.Lifted by a controlled 74 not out by Hashmatullah Shahidi and a quickfire 49 from Hazratullah Zazai, the Blue Tigers chased down Pakistan’s total of 262 to win by three wickets in a timely boost before the World Cup starts on Thursday.For Afghanistan, still searching for peace after decades of war, the victory was especially sweet because it came against Pakistan.Many Afghans accuse their neighbour of supporting the Taliban and fuelling instability in their country, a charge which Pakistan, for its part, denies.As the match concluded, automatic gunfire rang out across Kabul as fans rushed into the streets of the Afghan capital in now a familiar celebration of cricket success.Afghanistan’s fans know how to celebrate a victory!Some of them perform the ‘Champion Dance’ after their narrow win over Pakistan @DJBravo47, what do you think? pic.twitter.com/GPzf0Y3N5TCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) May 24, 2019The rise of Afghan cricket has been a remarkable by-product of the decades of turmoil that forced millions into refugee camps across the border in Pakistan, where young men uprooted from home and with little to occupy them learned the sport.On social media, politicians set aside brawls in parliament and bitter accusations of corruption, incompetence and nepotism to hail the team under Gulbadin Naib who hope to make the semi-finals.advertisement”We, the Afghans, defeated Pakistan in cricket,” tweeted Amrullah Saleh, a former intelligence chief now running on President Ashraf Ghani’s team for elections in September.”Yes it happened this evening and a massive mark was registered in history.”Similar messages came from a range of other officials and political figures.In a sporting concession, Gen. Asif Ghafoor, the powerful head of the Pakistani military communications wing, sent a tweet saying “Well played Afgan Cricket Team”.Amid the congratulations, there was also criticism of the gunfire which regularly greets sporting success.”Celebrating with gunfire is a shame, those who are interested in gunshots can join ANDSF, we need them on the battlefield,” said Abdul Moqim Abdulrahimzai, a senior official in the interior ministry, referring to the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Pakistan players can stay with wives but only after India matchAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Expectations high for Virat Kohli’s IndiaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow 2019 World CupFollow Afghanistan cricket teamFollow Pakistan cricket team scorecard view more view less No data available! advertisement
zoom The global containership orderbook stood at 368 vessels of a combined 2.8 million TEU as of the start of November, representing a 58% drop in TEU terms since its peak in July 2008, Clarksons Research informed.The size of the orderbook declined continuously month-on-month this year until October, when it reached 2.6 million TEU, its lowest level since December 2003. Meanwhile, the containership orderbook as a percentage of the fleet also declined, to below 13% in TEU terms in September, its lowest level on record.“Overall, the decline in size of the Korean boxship orderbook has been the key driver behind the changing profile at a global level,” Clarksons Research said.Traditionally, Korean yards have led boxship sector contracting, taking 49% of global orders in TEU terms from 2008 to 2016, notably receiving 56% of 8,000+ TEU orders in TEU terms in the same period. With the recent slowdown in containership ordering, especially in the 8,000+ TEU sector, the Korean boxship orderbook has shrunk to 0.6 million TEU as of the start of November, down 31% since October 2015 in TEU terms.As a result, in May, the Korean boxship orderbook for the first time on record became smaller in size than that of both Chinese and Japanese builders, whose orderbooks stood at 1.4 million TEU and 0.6 million TEU as of the start of November, respectively.Although this shake up has primarily been driven by a decline in larger boxship ordering, Chinese yards have also had an impact by competing in the 8,000+ TEU sector, having taken 36% of orders in 2017 so far, in numerical terms, up from only 18% in full year 2008. Additionally, Chinese yards still dominate sub-3,000 TEU boxship contracting, and have increased their share of orders from 54% in 2008 to 72% in 2017 so far in numerical terms.“Given the recent limited appetite, a significant new dynamic in big boxship ordering will be needed to generate a significant shake up the profile of the containership orderbook once again,” Clarksons concluded.
CALGARY – A man high on fentanyl or some similar powerful opioid caused a series of hit-and-runs on a Calgary expressway and almost overdosed before being revived, city police said Thursday.The growing use of new synthetic opioids that can be lethal even in very small amounts has led to more motorists being found severely impaired and near death, according to some emergency responders.“We’ve had cases where people have pulled over as they’ve gone into … cardiac arrest,” said Alex Forrest, head of the United Fire Fighters of Winnipeg union.“People think they can drive (while on opioids), they’re looking after children. They believe they can handle it.”Calgary police Insp. Ken Thrower said it was a “miracle” no one was seriously injured or killed in the collisions Wednesday night.Motorists called 911 to report an erratic driver who was colliding with other vehicles.The driver eventually crashed. When officers got to the scene, they revived him with naloxone — a drug used to prevent overdoses from powerful opioids such as fentanyl.“They revived him and prevented him from overdosing,” Thrower said. “The officers had trained and administered that properly and may have well saved the individual’s life.”Police laid charges of impaired driving and careless driving.Calgary police are receiving more reports of drug-impaired driving including opioids, cannabis and other less-powerful drugs.Thrower said the increase may be due to more public awareness about the dangers of drug-impaired driving, similar to the growing public response to drunk driving.Forrest said first responders in Winnipeg respond to opioid-related calls virtually every day, including in homes and vehicles.Police forces across the country have warned of the growing use of opioids such as fentanyl, a synthetic drug 100 times more powerful than heroin, and its even more-powerful relative, carfentanil.Mothers Against Drunk Driving said it has seen a big increase in drug-related driving offences, but the vast majority involve softer drugs such as cannabis.“I think the reason why you see so much cannabis is because a lot of young people use it and they don’t see it as impairing as alcohol, so they’re willing to take the risk of … getting behind the wheel,” said the group’s chief executive officer,” Andrew Murie.“I think with other drugs … the impairment is so severe that I don’t think most of those users see driving as an option.”The federal and provincial governments have stepped up efforts to detect and deter drug-impaired driving with the looming legalization of marijuana next year.New roadside saliva-test kits that can detect a wide variety of drugs are being implemented and public awareness campaigns are being planned.In Saskatchewan alone, 56 police officers are trained as drug recognition officers, with 18 more scheduled for training soon, according to RCMP.Murie called on provincial governments to ensure licence-suspension rules are tough enough for when marijuana becomes legal.He said one example would be a zero-tolerance requirement for cannabis for new drivers under 21, similar to the rules for alcohol.“The provinces have been a little slow … but we’re getting indications that they’re moving on that.”— By Steve Lambert in Winnipeg with files from Jennifer Graham in Regina.
Universal Music has chosen Nordoff Robbins as their 2015/16 staff charity partner in support of the music therapy charity’s 40th birthday celebrations.Both organisations have enjoyed a long standing relationship over the years, thanks to the mutual belief and understanding that music has the power to change lives.Janie Orr, Chief Executive, EMI Music Sound Foundation and head of the Universal Music charity office said: “Over the years, Universal has enjoyed a special relationship with Nordoff Robbins. Music drives everything that both organisations do and the charity holds a special place in our heart – as is the case across the music industry. We are proud that our staff have chosen to support this wonderful charity during their 40th birthday year and look forward to an exciting, music-filled year ahead.”Staff will be supporting Nordoff Robbins’ work transforming the lives of vulnerable people through music therapy by fundraising and giving up their time through a series of initiatives during the charity’s 40th birthday year. In fact, teams across the company have already raised over £850 through a staff quiz and ‘UMG Sing!’ choir lunchtime performances. Nordoff Robbins take over from Great Ormond Street Hospital as Universal Music’s staff charity for the coming year.“We are proud and excited to be working closely with Universal Music during our birthday year. It’s fantastic to have the opportunity to share our life-transforming work with even more people who love music and want to reach out and help bring its life-transforming power to those who really need our help,” said Jo Carter, Director of Fundraising and Communications, Nordoff Robbins. “We’re ready to support staff every step of the way and here’s to an inspiring and mutually beneficial year for all involved!”
EDMONTON — Canada’s energy industry may be facing increased costs from having to reduce emissions of a potent greenhouse gas more than expected.The industry, as well as the federal and Alberta governments, has promised to cut methane emissions by 45 per cent.A study released on Tuesday suggests methane emissions are so much higher than previously believed that reductions will have to almost double to achieve that goal.An industry spokesman says oil and gas producers still plan to reach the targeted cut.But Patrick McDonald of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers warns that new regulations shouldn’t load industry with too many new costs.An Environment Canada spokeswoman says if methane emissions are indeed higher, regulations will have a proportionately greater impact.The Alberta government says it remains committed to the 45 per cent cut.
“Indian Mission in Colombo has taken up the issue of attack on Indian fishermen with Sri Lankan authorities. They have informed that they are investigating the case,” an MEA spokesperson said in New Delhi. The 16 fishermen from Rameswaram were attacked on Saturday while they fishing near the International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) in Palk Straits. “They damaged the boats, snapped the fishing nets and attacked us with logs and stones,” he alleged.A Fisheries Department official described the attack as a violation of human rights.Earlier, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs has asked its mission in Colombo to take it up the issue with Sri Lankan authorities. Police in Rameshwaram said the Lankan naval personnel had attacked the fishermen with wooden logs, stones and bottles, resulting in serious injuries.A 25-year-old youth, who suffered a fracture, said it was a “brutal” attack by the Lankan navymen who surrounded 25 boats of the fishermen. The Sri Lankan authorities have informed India that they are investigating the incident. However, a Sri Lankan Navy spokesperson in Colombo refuted the allegations of attack on Indian fishermen. India has lodged a complaint with Sri Lanka over an alleged attack on a group of Indian fishermen by the Sri Lankan navy, PTI reported.According to the PTI news report 16 Tamil Nadu fishermen were injured in an alleged mid-sea attack by Sri Lankan naval personnel, prompting India to take up the issue with Colombo, which said it is investigating the incident.
President Maithripala Sirisena says a Presidential commission will be appointed to investigate allegations involving SriLankan Airlines and Mihin Lanka.He says the commission will be appointed once the Presidential commission which investigated the alleged treasury bond scam hands over its final report. The Minister had also said that his hands were tied in some aspects and so he was unable to do what he wanted to do. Minister of Public Enterprise Development Kabir Hashim had earlier this year called for strict action to be taken against a “mafia” at SriLankan Airlines. Hashim had said that action must be taken against some former and current SriLankan Airlines officials based on the J.C. Weliamuna Report on the National airline. (Colombo Gazette)
“I look around and can clearly see efforts to create this alliance taking shape,” said Mr. Ban in his remarks to the Heads of State segment at the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru, known also as the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 20). “That circle of action must continue to grow. Governments as well as business, finance, civil society, academia and all sectors must join forces,” he added.COP 20, which opened on 1 December, brings together the 196 Parties to the UNFCCC, which is the parent treaty of the landmark 1997 Kyoto Protocol, in an attempt to hammer out the new universal treaty, which would enter force by 2020. The Conference wraps up this Friday.Last week, Mr. Ban presented to the General Assembly his report on the post-2015 agenda entitled “The Road to Dignity by 2030,” which today he said has been received with positive feedback from Member States. “We can end poverty. Transform our economies. And protect both people and the planet. Poverty eradication and environmental sustainability go hand in hand,” the UN chief said. But we cannot eliminate poverty and build sustainable economies without strengthening climate resilience and utilizing cleaner, safer sources of energy, he added. We cannot fully meet the climate challenge without enhancing prosperity, equity and environmental protection for all.With the Lima Conference ending on Friday, Mr. Ban called for a draft negotiating text that can serve as the foundation for a meaningful, universal climate agreement next year in Paris. This agreement needs to contribute to placing the world on a pathway that keeps average global temperature rise below 2ºC above the pre-Industrial stage – the safety threshold scientists say could prevent climate change from “spinning out of control.”The Secretary-General said he was encouraged that yesterday the Green Climate Fund crossed the $10 billion initial capitalization goal and that the additional pledges from developing countries today have sent a “powerful signal to the world.”“Let’s make Lima, COP 20, a place we write our history and we reaffirm our commitment to make this world better world for all,” he added. Credit: UNFCCC
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRohee: President’s justification of Durban Park scandal a cover-up of horrendous proportionsNovember 28, 2016In “latest news”PPP claims corruption rapidly escalating under Coalition GovtOctober 1, 2016In “latest news”LGE 2018: Despite challenges PPP/C says it won 52 of the 80 Local Authority AreasNovember 14, 2018In “latest news” …calls for Procurement Commission to assume its role and function The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) in a strongly worded missive has outlined that while the David Granger lead Administration has remained ambiguous in providing the exact amount that was expended in establishing the now ‘scandalous’ Durban Park project- With conservative estimates form independent professionals placing it in the realm of over $1 billion- it was observed that more works are being conducted on the facility.See the party’s full statement below:The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) wishes to note that the Durban Park fiasco seemed to be a never-ending scandal. To date, the Government has persistently refused to disclose the real cost of this project. Despite all the scandals and suspicions which permeated this project from the inception, the Government has failed to hold any form of inquiry or investigation in relation to it.The PPP is aware that there are dozens of contractors who have not been paid for works done and for materials supplied to that project. The Party is also aware that the names of contractors which were read out by Minister David Patterson in the National Assembly as creditors of this project were false and misleading.It was drawn to our attention that the names of several persons, who are actually owed money, were never called by Minister Patterson and persons whose names were mentioned by him are not owed.The nation is unaware of the current status of the private company which Minister of Education, Dr Rupert Roopnarine, and other cohorts of APNU incorporated, own and operated at the project site. We were subsequently told that this company spent hundreds of millions of State funds and attracted hundreds of millions of liabilities which tax-payers’ monies were used to pay off. Indeed millions are still owed by this company.President David Granger himself admitted that he was aware of this misuse and abuse of public funds.The PPP has observed that they are works currently ongoing at the site. Again, no public tendering was done. The nation remains unaware as to who is executing this work, what is the value of the work being done and from where the finances have been sourced.The PPP reiterates what it stated before; the level of unaccountability that has overwhelmed this project is criminal.The PPP also wishes to express its deep disappointment at the omission of the Public Procurement Commission to assume its constitutional mandate and discharge its statutory functions although its members have been appointed several months now. The Party is aware that Cabinet continues to preside over and unlawfully interfere with the award of contracts.The Procurement Act provides that once the PPC is established, Cabinet’s no-objection role in the award of contract ceases. The Party is aware that the said Act allows Cabinet to conclude the consideration of contracts that were pending before the PPC was appointed. That period has long expired.The PPC is therefore obliged to assert itself and assume its role and functions. The PPP calls upon the Commission to do so immediately.
How can we begin to regain the confidence of our citizens if the highest European body, the Council of heads of state and government, is not reliable?We will never regain the trust of our citizens if we do not honour our promises. THE PRESIDENT of the European Parliament has said EU leaders should follow up on a promise to break the link between Irish sovereign and banking debt – saying any attempt to stall the deal could prove disastrous for the EU as a whole.Addressing the Dáil this morning, Martin Schulz called on European heads of state and government to follow up on June’s pledges – to break the vicious circle between banking and sovereign debt – before Ireland takes the presidency of the European Council in 2013.Schulz said his personal conviction was that while individual countries had to live up to their responsibilities to others, this was “one side of the coin”.“The other side of the coin is solidarity – if one family member gets into troubled waters, the others are called upon to offer a helping hand,” he told TDs.“The Irish programme should be adjusted before the end of the year along the lines of the June European Council conclusions,” Schulz said to great applause.The German added that the biggest problem facing the European project as a whole was its lack of trust. Ireland had “took the burden on your shoulders to avoid the crash of the system of all the other countries,” he said – arguing solidarity had been shown by other European countries in lending to Ireland to get over its financial burden.The unemployment seen by Ireland was an example that the “recipe isn’t fully working”, he said.“The first lesson from the crisis is that we need a robust supervisory system to ensure that can never happen again,” Schulz argued. He said the European Parliament had first proposed a scheme for pan-European financial regulation two years ago, and it would continue to do so.Schulz also said it was vital that the next EU budget – which is currently under negotiation, and due to be finalised at a summit next month – not be cut, as Ireland was a clear example of how EU funds could be channelled to individual countries for their own good.Ireland had benefited from a total of €30 billion in European funding since it joined the union 40 years ago, Schulz said, heralding Ireland as a clear example of how the European project had been to the benefit of individual countries.This would be threatened if the EU budget was cut, Schulz said, telling Enda Kenny: “You can count on me – but be sure, Taoiseach, I count on you as well.”Read: The European Parliament has a new president… but who is he?
NEW YORK — Retailers are dangling perks like higher pay, extra discounts and more flexible schedules to lure temporary holiday workers in a tighter labor market.They’re also more determined to lock in their workers earlier. Macy’s and Target are holding their first nationwide recruitment fairs, and others like Hhgregg Inc. are making it easier to apply for temporary holiday jobs via mobile devices.“It’s a scramble for people, and we have to get creative,” said Hari Pillai, CEO of Speed Commerce, which plans to hire about 450 workers at its warehouses and call centers this season for clients including Yankee Candle. That’s a 50 percent increase over last year. Pillai noted that he increased pay by 20 percent to 25 percent in tight labor areas like Ohio.Some companies are also widening their standards. Significantly more companies said they would be more willing to hire temporary workers with criminal backgrounds than two years ago, according to job listing site Snagajob.com.“It’s reflecting that people have changed their views on what’s good enough,” CEO Peter Harrison said.Harrison also noted that many of his retail clients, which include companies like arts and crafts retailer The Michaels Cos. and Target Corp., want to have their holiday hiring done by the end of October. In the past, it was complete by early November.
The trooper was taken to Kendall Regional Hospital. Because he was wearing his seat belt, his injuries were not severe.The vehicle was eventually towed from the scene and crews cleaned up debris off the highway.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Northbound State Road 826 is currently shut down at NW 58 Street due to a crash involving a #FHP patrol vehicle that rolled over. The Trooper sustained minor injuries and is OK. Thankfully he was wearing his seatbelt. #buckleup #seatbeltssavelives pic.twitter.com/VRUVo6CZ1D— FHP Miami (@FHPMiami) December 3, 2018 NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – An investigation is underway following a trooper-involved crash that shut down the Palmetto Expressway for several hours Monday morning.Florida Highway Trooper Marcos Varon collided with a parked pickup truck involved in construction work on the Palmetto Expressway along the northbound lanes of SR 826 at Northwest 74th Street.His patrol car rolled over several times after the crash.7Skyforce flew over the scene where tires and debris could be seen scattered all over the road.Both vehicles involved sustained extensive damage. However, the cause of the crash remains unknown.
WILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Friday, August 3, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 89. Southwest wind 3 to 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.In The Community: Come and enjoy music-themed movies on the Swain Green every! Family friendly movies will be shown on Friday nights in August starting at 7:45pm. Tonight’s film is COCO. Check the library’s Facebook page in case of inclement weather. This program is presented by the Wilmington Memorial Library in partnership with the Wilmington Rotary.In The Community: The Yoga Loft Cycle, inside the Yoga Loft at 3 Lopez Road, is celebrating its Grand Opening with free classes. Learn more HERE.At The Library: Just Dance at 10am. Middle Ground Book Club at 3pm. Summer Movies on the Swain at 7:45pm. [[Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Video Exercise at 10am. Special Exercise at 11am. Bingo at 1pm. Cards at 1:30pm. [Learn more HERE.]At The Town Museum: The Wilmington Town Museum is open from 10am to 2pm.In The Community: The Town Beach is open today. Lifeguards are on duty from 10am to 8pm. Admission is FREE for residents. Proof of residency is required. Learn more HERE.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For August 17, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For September 11, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For August 13, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”
WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington School Committee meets this Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 7pm in the Large Instruction Room at Wilmington High School.There are some newsworthy items on the agenda, including:The School Committee will receive an update on the forthcoming Youth Risk Behavior Survey at the Middle School and High School.The School Committee will receive an update on the NEASC Collaborative Conference’s upcoming visit to the High School as part of its reaccreditation process.The School Committee will receive an update from Athletic Director Tim Alberts on Fall 2018 Athletics.The School Committee will receive a personnel update and FY19 financial status report.The School Committee will review the SEEM Collaborative’s Annual Report & Audit.The School Committee will discuss whether or not to post employment contracts online, in response to a request of the Finance Committee.Superintendent Brand will discuss the district’s Special Education Pre-Referral Process.The School Committee will discuss the evaluation process for the Superintendent.The School Committee will receive subcommittee reports and any public comments.The meeting will be telecast live by Wilmington Community Television on WCTV-Meetings — Channel 22 on Comcast and Channel 38 on Verizon. The meeting will also streamed on WCTV’s website HERE.Wilmington Apple intends on reporting on many of the items above – and any other news that comes from the meeting.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSCHOOL COMMITTEE To Discuss New School Year, New Administrators & New Goals At August 28 MeetingIn “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: Homework, Bullying, Vaping, Grants, Gymnastics & More To Be Discussed At June 12 MeetingIn “Education”Superintendent Brand Announces His TEN Goals For The 2019-2020 School YearIn “Education”
00:00 /01:08 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Charter networks, like Harmony Public Schools, will start to receive $200 per student for buildings and other facilities, like science labs and playgrounds, starting in the 2018-19 school year.It’s not uncommon to find charter schools teaching kids in former grocery stores, old furniture warehouses and other unconventional schoolhouses.Since charter schools started in Texas in the late 1990s, they’ve haven’t received any dedicated funding for their facilities.That will change in 2018-19 school year, when charter schools start to receive $200 per student to pay for rent or build facilities.“It’s a historic achievement for charter schools in Texas,” said David Dunn, president of the Texas Charter Schools Association.Texas joins 15 other states and Washington, D.C. that provide charters with facility funding, based on the number of their students, according to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. Here in Texas, charter schools have pushed for this kind of facility funding almost since they started two decades ago. Dunn’s association actively started lobbying for it in the 2009 Texas Legislature.They finally gained the funding in the school finance bill passed at the end of the special session this August. It included up to $60 million for charter school facilities. During both the regular and the special session, public school advocates wanted lawmakers to put more money into traditional public schools.“Well, it’s not taking anything away from traditional public schools,” Dunn said. “And in fact, what it is is growing the revenue for all of public education.”Others argue that public schools – especially those that are growing very fast – haven’t seen needed money for their facilities.Dunn said that the new funding means that many charter schools can expand and enroll more students on the waiting list. Overall, charter schools in Texas enroll about 275,000 children. X Share
If you have a Nintendo Switch, chances are you also have The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The new Zelda is a massive, phenomenal game that you can and should play for dozens of hours. But eventually, you’re going to want to play something new on your Nintendo console/handheld hybrid. Switch Games That Aren’t Zelda is a new column highlighting cool, smaller Switch games to check out once you’ve saved Hyrule.Shantae is a such a weird little cult series. The original game hit the Game Boy Color all the way back in 2002 after the Game Boy Advance was already a thing. And for nearly a decade that was it. But after enough fan clamoring (and licensed games paying the bills) WayForward’s signature platforming series came back in a big way. All of a sudden we had multiple new Shantae games to play on DS, 3DS, mobile, PC, and home consoles. They even began to sort of blend together.Shantae: Half-Genie Hero stands out not just because it’s the most recent entry. It’s also the first entry design specifically for consoles and not handhelds with pixelated screens. I backed the Kickstarter and played a bit of the game on Wii U, but now that this not-Zelda game has been saved by the Nintendo Switch, I can finally tell you about this dream of a genie adventure.Shantae games have always been classic action-platforming games that tend to lean more towards the Castlevania side of the Metroidvania equation, and not just because Shantae’s purple hair attack is extremely whip-like. Players jump through treacherous environments, defeat monsters, activate magic items, and buy upgrades.As you progress, you gain access to different animal transformations by dancing, allowing you to explore familiar spaces in new ways. You can climb as a monkey, charge as an elephant, fly as a bat, swim as a mermaid, and more. Stringing multiple powers together becomes extremely satisfying because just when it feels like you’re so powerful you’ll break the game, the level design becomes smart enough to adjust to your new skills and really show off.Although you’ll definitely need to return to old areas with new transformations, in general Half-Genie Hero isn’t quite as interconnected and nonlinear as its predecessors. You actually travel to discrete levels on a world map and there’s more of an emphasis on straightforward platforming than exploring. The game is also a little short as a result.Fortunately, the platforming is great and inventive, throwing out new ideas like racing on flying carpets or hanging on fish hooks in a fake mermaid cannery. Inti Creates, developers of great Switch action-platformers Blaster Master Zero and Mighty Gunvolt Burst, even gave WayForward a hand since they’re fans of the series. But look elsewhere to really scratch the Metroid itch.However, the biggest difference between Half-Genie Hero and past Shantae games is the upgrade to gorgeous, illustrated HD visuals. Sprite-based Shantae games always had fantastic, detailed, pixel animation. But seeing those artists unrestrained is a visual feast. Shantae herself is a ball of energy, always perky and bouncing to the music sung by her own voice actress. The different levels of the vaguely middle-eastern (in a Super Mario Bros. 2 kind of way) world, like sand tombs and pirate hideouts, pulse with life and color and expression. On the Switch it looks like a revelation considering past handheld entries of the series. It felt like one too thanks to the generous HD rumble support.If you haven’t yet played Shantae: Half-Genie Hero now is a great time to fix that, and even if you have you should revisit in time for the character-swapping pirate DLC out soon. As always, it’s on the Switch, it’s not Zelda, and it’s very good.Want to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch.Buy it now!The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WindNintendo SwitchEssential Nintendo Switch AccessoriesView as: One Page Slides1/51. The bosses fights typically break from the game’s strict 2D platforming.2. Different animal transformations let you explore the levels in new ways.3. Using magic spells to vanquish foes.4. This is the first Shantae game with HD, illustrated art, and the wait was worth it.5. Instead of exploring one connected world, fly to different levels on a map.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Controller Patent Teases SNES Games on SwitchPlay These Nintendo Switch Games Before ‘Pokemon Sword and Shield&… Stay on target