Piper Perabo Joins Forces With International Rescue Committee

first_imgThe International Rescue Committee has announced that it is joining forces with Golden Globe nominated actress Piper Perabo to raise awareness of the needs of refugees and people who have been displaced by conflict, religious persecution or political oppression around the world.Perabo joins an impressive team of IRC Voices: young, prominent artists including Rashida Jones, John Legend, Morena Baccarin, and Joshua Redman, who have all committed to doing their part to speak up on behalf of some of the world’s most vulnerable.“I have tremendous admiration for the work the IRC does both in the United States, and around the world,” Perabo said. “Whether it’s assisting refugees who have been forced to flee the Syrian conflict or guiding refugee youth through the New York public school system, their work is important, impactful and transforms lives. I am excited and honored to join the IRC’s team.”Perabo first learned about the IRC from a relative who works as a caseworker for the IRC’s refugee resettlement program in Boise. She was inspired by the work the IRC does to assist refugees who have been given sanctuary in the U.S. as they start to rebuild their lives. Over the coming year Perabo will have the opportunity to visit select IRC programs around the world.“At a time when it is easy to dismiss humanitarian crises as insoluble or incomprehensible, the IRC is delighted that Piper Perabo should add her voice to those ready to stand up for human dignity,” said the IRC’s president, David Miliband. “I hope that Piper Perabo’s example inspires others to believe that man-made problems require ingenuity and commitment, not a shrug of the shoulder. These values have defined America’s story for many years, and they have rarely been more needed than today.”Perabo was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role as Annie Walker in USA Network’s “Covert Affairs,” now in its fifth season. She has also appeared in several Hollywood films including “Imagine Me & You,” “Cheaper by the Dozen,” “Cheaper by the Dozen 2,” “The Lazarus Project” and “Coyote Ugly.” In 2009, Perabo made her Broadway debut in Neil Labute’s “Reasons to be Pretty.”The IRC was founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein. Since then, the organization has enjoyed the support of many high profile artists, including Marc Chagall, Don Cheadle, George Clooney, Paul McCartney, Paul Newman and Liv Ullmann.last_img read more

NBA Star Luol Deng Raises Funds To Support South Sudan

first_imgOn Saturday, NBA All-Star and Miami Heat Forward, Luol Deng, announced his efforts to address the humanitarian crisis currently facing millions of people in his native country of South Sudan.Deng and the Luol Deng Foundation aim to raise funds in honor of his 31st birthday on April 16. Deng has set a goal of $100,000 to be contributed to UNICEF’s humanitarian programs supporting the most vulnerable children and families in South Sudan.The crowdfunding campaign on Crowdrise.com will run through the end of April. Funds will be donated to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF in support of UNICEF’s emergency response with a focus on alleviating food insecurity and malnutrition in South Sudan. UNICEF is training health providers and partners on how to treat children with severe acute malnutrition through the Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food which is a protein and vitamin-rich peanut paste. Together with the World Food Programme (WFP), UNICEF has set-up a joint Rapid Response Mechanism (RRM), designed to dispatch teams to provide nutrition services directly to children in hard-to-reach conflict-affected areas. The RRM package saves lives through combining food assistance with preventive and curative nutrition, health interventions and access to safe drinking water and hygiene, targeting the underlying causes of malnutrition.Deng is calling on others to join him in supporting UNICEF’s emergency efforts to reach displaced children and families with lifesaving treatment and other essential services as part of UNICEF’s broader humanitarian response. UNICEF is working closely with partners to provide safe drinking water, immunizations, maternal and newborn health care, child protection and education – including in hard-to-reach areas affected by heavy fighting. Deng will match the first $50,000 in funds raised by the community.Deng said, “South Sudan is my home and I am humbled to be in a position to help those suffering from lack of access to basic needs, especially the children facing severe acute malnutrition. I hope to raise awareness of their plight and inspire others to support the millions of South Sudanese people who are in urgent need of lifesaving assistance.”The world’s newest country became an independent state in 2011 following decades of civil war. Approximately 9.6 million South Sudanese people – more than half of whom are children – have been affected by conflict. Many displaced families remain without shelter, access to food and water and are at risk of disease due to the lack of sanitation facilities. The rainy season and related flash flooding exacerbate the humanitarian crisis by flooding camps for displaced people, destroying shelters and flooding facilities with contaminated water.In 2016 it is expected that 7.5 million people will suffer from food insecurity, while more than 235,000 children will suffer from life-threatening severe acute malnutrition. In remote areas and those difficult to access, these numbers are expected to increase significantly. The time to act is now.Donors are invited to contribute to the campaign here. No amount is too small to help the residents of South Sudan. For example, a $10 gift can provide 21 packets of Ready-to-Use-Therapeutic Food which can bring a child back to a healthy weight within six to eight weeks, $25 will provide 743 packets of micro-nutrient powder and $50 can provide 58 packets of therapeutic milk.last_img read more

Shriners hosting Family Day in Fort St John this Sunday

first_imgThe entire event is by donation and residents are welcome to come at any time during the day. A silent auction will also be included with all funds going to the cause.Shriners Family Day goes from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. this Sunday. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Shriners of BC and Yukon will be hosting their annual Family Day event at Brown’s Socialhouse this Sunday.The event is a fundraiser for Shriners hospitals and Shriners Care For Kids. Shriners hospitals treat major orthopaedic issues such as clubfoot, as well as those with cleft lips, and burn victims. Five children from the North Peace are currently being treated in Shriners hospitals.The first Shriners Family Day in the Peace Region was held in Dawson Creek, while the Shriners have hosted the event in the Energetic City for the past three years.last_img read more

Nepal a year after peoples movement sparked change UN envoy hails progress

“This is a key moment in the peace process in Nepal,” said Ian Martin, Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the south Asian nation of 27 million people. Mr. Martin heads the UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN), which is mandated to support Nepal’s peace process by monitoring the arms and armed personnel of the former adversaries and by assisting the election for a Constituent Assembly.A decade-long armed conflict which brought a death toll of 13,000 and paralyzed life in the countryside came to a formal end with the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Accord last November. A year ago this week, a 19-day “people’s movement” which saw hundreds of thousands of people take to the streets in cities and towns across the country culminated in the king relinquishing executive power and reinstating Parliament.In the 12 months since, the peace process has unfolded rapidly. The alliance of seven political parties and the Maoists set an ambitious timetable leading to the election of the Constituent Assembly.In December last year the Security Council authorized an advance deployment of arms monitors and electoral advisers. On 23 January, UNMIN was established with a 12-month mandate.“The management of arms and armed personnel has gone very well, with both the Maoist army and the Nepal Army cooperating with the United Nations in the registration and storage of weapons and the registration of Maoist personnel,” said Mr. Martin.Over 30,000 Maoists have been registered and remain in cantonments monitored by the UN, while the Nepal Army remains in its barracks. The first phase of this process was completed in mid-February. “This has contributed to establishing a climate for progress in the peace process.”The former insurgent Maoists joined a new interim legislature in January, and in April entered the new Interim Government, heading up five ministries.“At the start of 2006, nobody would have thought it possible that Nepal could have come so far so quickly. At that time, the armed conflict was raging in the countryside and democratic rights were under attack,” Mr. Martin said. Nepal’s independent Election Commission recently announced that the planned June date for the election was not technically feasible, and that conditions for a free and fair election were not yet in place. This has caused concerns among Nepalese political parties, which have yet to decide upon a new date.“A delay in the planned June election should not be considered a disaster, but neither is it a guarantee that a later date will lead to a successful election,” noted Mr. Martin. “There are valid concerns that a delay in the Constituent Assembly election could open space for spoilers. It is important now that the Interim Government, political parties and civil society cooperate to ensure public security and a climate where parties and individuals can campaign freely and vote freely.” It will also be important that the Interim Government uses this time to deal with issues raised by the diverse range of groups which have been traditionally marginalized, according to UNMIN. In the southern plains of the country, an area known as the Terai, strikes and demonstrations have been almost continuous in recent months and over 60 people have lost their lives.“Inclusion is another key issue in the success of the peace process,” explained Mr. Martin. “This election is not just an election for one parliament and government: it is for the one-time Constituent Assembly, which will determine the very nature of Nepal’s future democracy.”The envoy emphasized that the electoral system must be accepted by all groups as broadly fair. “Traditionally marginalized groups must feel that they have been properly consulted and listened to, so that they have a motive for cooperating rather than wanting to boycott or wreck an election,” he said.Also today, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Nepal issued a statement welcoming the progress achieved since the movement began last April while cautioning that more must be done, citing the need to address accountability and the right to justice of the many who have suffered violations or abuses at the hands of the State or the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (CPN-M), both during and after hostilities.OHCHR-Nepal paid tribute to the role played by human rights defenders both during and after the people’s movement, known as Jana Andolan. “They continue to be vital partners for the Office in its daily work,” the statement said. 24 April 2007One year after democracy and human rights demonstrators sparked a series of events that led Nepal to embark on a peace process, the senior United Nations envoy there today said the determination of the country’s people to ensure its success remains a cause for optimism. read more

UN Commission on Sustainable Development ends 12th session

“The international community is not on track and efforts must be scaled up. Achieving the targets is doable,” the chairman, who is also the Norwegian Minister of the Environment, Børge Brende, said in his concluding summary. “The time-bound targets are specific, practical and realistic. They are technically feasible and financially affordable. For too many years we have had too little action.“Let us all embark on a decade of implementation.”The agreed Millennium Development Goals would have governments worldwide provide 1.6 billion people with safe drinking water and 2 billion people with basic sanitation by 2015. By 2020, the living conditions of 100 million slum dwellers would have to be substantially improved. The Commission was the first substantive review of the progress made to reach targets set at the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa, which include many of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Challenges identified by the more than 80 government ministers in attendance included improving access to safe drinking water, ensuring effective water management and infrastructure investment, improving regulatory frameworks and strengthening local governance. The role of women in making water policies was also seen as essential, Mr. Brende said. Many delegations stressed the need for governments to include sanitation in the Poverty Reduction Strategies (PRSs) submitted to the World Bank and in their national development plans. Improved regulatory standards, increased development aid to build sanitation infrastructure and transfer of relevant technologies to developing countries were also seen as important needs, he said. In the area of human settlements, ensuring security of property tenure for the poor was a prerequisite for people to access funding to improve their homes. Women needed legal recognition of their rights to property and inheritance, he said. Speakers also emphasized the importance of cooperation between slum communities and local authorities in upgrading existing slums, Mr. Brende said. Some delegates said paying more attention to the development of rural areas might reduce the pull of the rural poor to urban slums. The Commission elected Ambassador John Ashe of Antigua and Barbuda as chairman of its next session. read more

Afghans entitled to live free from fear intimidation says UN chief condemning

Hours later, another blast too place in Kabul’s Green Zone, where the defense ministry, US embassy and NATO headquarters are located, killing 22, and wounding more than three dozen. Taliban militants claimed responsibility for both attacks, and a media statement noted that the extremist group had warned Afghan civilians not to attend election rallies. The UN chief expressed his “deep sympathies” to the victims’ families, the Government and the people of Afghanistan.“All Afghan citizens – whether voters, candidates or election-related staff – have the right to be free from fear, intimidation and violence”, underscored Mr. Guterres. “Attacks against civilians are unacceptable and those who carry out such crimes must be held accountable”.Meanwhile, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) tweeted that the Taliban attack “showed despicable disregard for civilian life and fundamental human right to participate in democratic process”. The tweet added that such attacks, “with scores of civilian casualties, are a violation of international law”. Security Council renews UN mission mandateFollowing on from news of the two attacks, the Security Council met in routine session and renewed UNAMA’s mandate, which expired on Tuesday. While the updated text retains the mission’s core mandate, it also includes some strengthened language, including a commitment to continued monitoring and reporting on “violations and abuses against children”.As Member States addressed the Council, all the ambassadors expressed condolences to the Government and its people for the horrific attacks, many highlighting that UNAMA was needed now more than ever.A full report on the mandate renewal meeting will be available through our Meetings Coverage Section. The video of the Security Council consultation is here: One of the explosions took place at an election rally for President Ashraf Ghani in Charikar, north of the capital Kabul, killing 26 and wounding 42, according to news reports. The president was reportedly addressing the crowd, ahead of the vote scheduled for 28 September, when a motorcyclist detonated a suicide bomb at a checkpoint leading to the event.The head of Parwan hospital, Abdul Qasim Sangin, said children were among those killed and the death toll is likely to rise.Today’s Taliban attack on election rally at #Parwan showed despicable disregard for civilian life & fundamental human right to participate in democratic process. Such attacks, with scores of civilian casualties, are a violation of international law. #Afghanistan pic.twitter.com/EGzFnv283w— UNAMA News (@UNAMAnews) September 17, 2019 read more

How The Eagles Went From Catastrophe To Champion In Two Years

11999Rams12.8142007Giants8.6 AV FROM … 5199449ers10.3182001Patriots7.6 102003Patriots9.0231998Broncos6.7 102002Buccaneers356297232010Packers482674 4199449ers6736103172005Steelers562783 Draft value is determined by the expected value of the pick where the player was selected, based on AV.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com 112006Colts9.0242016Patriots6.7 81997Broncos9.4212014Patriots6.8 62017Eagles10.3192012Ravens7.4 Much of that talent was concentrated up front, where six of the team’s nine starters on the offensive and defensive lines were taken in the first two rounds of the draft (and a seventh, Brandon Brooks, was drafted in the third round). By concentrating on the big guys in the trenches, Roseman built a team whose strengths resembled those of the champions of a different age, such as the 49ers, Cowboys and Packers teams that dominated early in the salary-cap era.Between its offense and defense, Philly got 101 total points of approximate value out of its linemen this season, including 62 from the quintet of Jason Kelce, Lane Johnson, Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham and Brooks. The last Super Bowl winner that got more combined approximate value from its offensive and defensive lines were those 2000 Baltimore Ravens again. And here, too, Philly was only bested by a handful of champs: 111998Broncos593695242012Ravens403272 122009Saints623193252015Broncos352762 32000Ravens4361104162004Patriots563389 YearTeamOLDLTOTAL Few champs have had as much draft talent as the EaglesAverage draft value on roster (weighted by approximate value) for Super Bowl champions since 1993 132010Packers8.7 21993Cowboys12.0152015Broncos8.4 Uses Pro-Football-Reference.com’s positional designations, which are incomplete for players who did not start or were primarily backups.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com 91997Broncos554297222008Steelers423274 72002Buccaneers10.3202008Steelers7.2 32000Ravens11.1161996Packers8.4 61995Cowboys613899192011Giants443882 21996Packers5550105152016Patriots494190 92011Giants9.2222004Patriots6.8 41995Cowboys10.5172009Saints7.7 AV FROM … 71993Cowboys574198202001Patriots483381 52017Eagles5744101182003Patriots424082 At long last, the Philadelphia Eagles are finally world champions, after knocking off the New England Patriots in a shootout of historic proportions. Like most Pats Super Bowls, its outcome came down to the wire, as unheralded backup QB Nick Foles ultimately outgunned Tom Brady to win MVP honors. Philly fans celebrated in the only way they knew how: They danced atop cars, scaled lampposts, ran naked through the streets and generally lost their minds in a night of jubilant mayhem. No matter who you were rooting for, it was a lot to process.What might have been forgotten Sunday night, though, was just how far the team had come in such a short period of time. A little over two years ago, the Eagles were in a state of disarray after a series of failed personnel moves by former coach/GM Chip Kelly. They’d sputtered to a disappointing 6-9 record before Kelly was fired in 2015, and were staring at a roster stocked with far too many overpaid veterans. It seemed like it might take a while to restock the team with enough talent to contend again.But once-and-future personnel honcho Howie Roseman moved quickly to erase Kelly’s miscues. He ditched DeMarco Murray, Byron Maxwell, Kiko Alonso and Sam Bradford — the cornerstones of Kelly’s madcap offseason plans of a year before — and used some of the spoils to eventually pick up receiver Alshon Jeffery and running back Jay Ajayi. And although he traded up in the draft (usually a no-no) to grab franchise QB Carson Wentz — a gamble that so far has panned out extremely well, at least until Wentz went down with an ACL tear in Week 14 — Roseman also made a smart, low-risk play to bring Foles back to Philly as an insurance policy.Needless to say, the repair job paid big dividends. And the Eagles’ Super Bowl team might provide a new (old) blueprint for future championship rosters, built as it was by stockpiling raw talent and amassing powerful offensive and defensive lines.In addition to extending talented players already on the roster, Roseman admitted that one of his strategies while rebuilding the Eagles was to go after highly drafted players who washed out with other clubs. “Those guys, being drafted that high, they obviously have traits in their body that you can bring out with the right coaching system,” Roseman told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. According to Chase Stuart’s system of measuring the amount of draft value on a roster (weighted by each player’s approximate value), the Eagles had more impact players who were high draft picks than any Super Bowl winner since the 2000 Baltimore Ravens — and they ranked sixth-best among champs during the free-agency era.1Since 1993. YearTeamWeighted Draft 82013Seahawks475198212007Giants403878 The Eagles were built along the trenchesTotal approximate value (AV) contributed by offensive and defensive lines for Super Bowl champions, 1993-2017 132014Patriots543993 YearTeamOLDLTOTAL 11999Rams6253115142006Colts662490 122005Steelers8.8252013Seahawks6.1 YearTeamWeighted Draft Given those powerful lines and a talented array of skill-position players who saved their best production for the games that mattered most — Ajayi, Jeffery, Nelson Agholor, Zach Ertz, Corey Clement and Torrey Smith all put up more scrimmage yards per game in the playoffs than in the regular season — it makes sense that Foles was in a position to thrive during his magical postseason run. Losing Wentz to injury was a major blow, but this roster might have been uniquely equipped to adapt to and overcome that loss.That was a testament to how quickly and effectively Roseman overhauled the Eagles in the wake of the Chip Kelly era. It wasn’t very long ago that Philly’s first-ever Super Bowl crown seemed like a pipe dream — but with the help of some shrewd roster shuffling, it became a reality. read more

Jealous New Yorker strangled UK student he met on Muslim dating site

first_imgSammy Almahri Sammy Almahri pictured outside Cardiff Crown Court, where he is standing trial accused of murderCredit:WALES NEWS SERVICE The court heard Almahri was found in Tanzania and arrested on an Interpol arrest warrant on January 19 before being returned to Britain.Cardiff Crown Court heard he pleaded guilty to manslaughter, but denies murder.Almahri claims he was suffering from “abnormality of mental function”. He claims he was in a psychiatric state of hearing “the voice of God” telling him to kill Miss Aburas.The court heard Almahri claims he is not guilty of murder because his responsibility is diminished.Mr Thomas said: “We submit quite simply this was the killing of a defenceless woman by a jealous and dangerous man.”The court heard Almahari claimed he worked and travelled on behalf of the FBI, but Mr Thomas said: “That seems to be fictitious.”The trial continues. Nadine Aburas' body was found in a room at the Future Inns hotel in Cardiff Bay We submit quite simply this was the killing of a defenceless woman by a jealous and dangerous manRoger Thomas, prosecuting The court heard Miss Aburas, who lived alone in Cardiff Bay, met Almahri on an internet dating site called MuslimMatch.com.Mr Thomas said: “They became friendly and contacted each other regularly by telephone, text and Skype. The friendship developed.”It’s clear Almahri visited Nadine two or three times in 2013 and she travelled to New York to see him in the summer of 2014.”The court heard Almahri was “besotted” by Miss Aburas – showering her with money and expensive presents.Mr Thomas said: “There can be no doubt their friendship developed into an intimate relationship.”But the court heard Miss Aburas – described as a “slim, petite, Muslim lady” of 5ft 3ins and 9st had “suffered violence” during the last meeting.She returned home with an injured lip. The court heard Miss Aburas, a student, then began seeing other men in her hometown of Cardiff.center_img Miss Aburas called police to say she had been raped by Almahri in New York and claimed he had also attempted to strangle her.The court heard Almahari became “increasingly jealous”, then began bombarding her with abusive messages. The court heard he warned her: “You will be in hell.”Mr Thomas said she was concerned that Almahri would show topless pictures of her to her family.Almahari travelled from the United States to see Miss Aburas and booked into the Future Inns hotel near her home on December 30 2014.But shortly after 3am on December 31, Almahri is said to have left the hotel and travelled in her car to Heathrow Airport before flying to Doha in Qatar.Miss Aburas’s body was found at around 12.20pm on New Year’s Eve by the duty manager of the hotel and police were called. A millionaire businessman from New York City strangled his British girlfriend in a hotel room after meeting her on a Muslim dating site, a court heard.Nadine Aburas, 28, was found on New Year’s Eve by hotel staff hours after her killer fled in her car to drive to Heathrow airport to escape justice, jurors were told.The court heard Sammy Almahri, 44, had hung a “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door of a room of the Future Inns before allegedly fleeing abroad.Prosecutor Roger Thomas said: “This was the killing of a defenceless woman by a jealous and dangerous man.” Nadine Aburas’ body was found in a room at the Future Inns hotel in Cardiff BayCredit:WALES NEWS SERVICE Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Column Why is the EU observing Bulgarias elections this Sunday

first_imgRecently, Eoghan Murphy TD was appointed by the Chairman of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe to lead the short term observation mission to Bulgaria for their parliamentary elections this Sunday – an important moment in Bulgaria’s political history.EU member state Bulgaria has 29 political parties, 7 coalitions, and 2 independent candidates contesting the elections; in all 8200 candidates will contest 240 seats. Notably, the Bulgarian electorate has never returned the same government to power since it chose democracy as its political system. Here, Murphy explains the reasons for the OSCE’s presence and outlines what the international team is there to do.WHEN MORE THAN 200 international observers descend on Bulgaria to witness the parliamentary elections this week, it will be the first time since 1997 that the country has hosted such a full-fledged observation from the OSCE and its Parliamentary Assembly.So, after 16 years, why are we returning?Let me begin by pointing out that, as the political figure appointed to head this mission on behalf of the OSCE, our presence here is independent from some of the topical items that may appear in the news.Bulgaria has moved a great distance in political, social and economic terms in two decades, since those times when the path to Brussels was considered as something inconceivable. It is 16 years since the last electoral observation mission here and the OSCE is returning to a very different political landscape.A new level of opennessFrom our own pre-election visits, observations and briefings, we have seen election officials functioning with a new level of openness during this campaign, and I hope those same officials are proud to welcome the international observers this month. At our best, observation missions help keep trust and integrity in a system in which we are all invested.No one in Sofia should view the presence of observers this year as any sort of a step back. On the contrary, Sofia’s decision to welcome OSCE observers – as enshrined in national law and Bulgaria’s international commitments – is recognition of Bulgaria’s stature within Europe and dedication to multilateral cooperation on our shared democratic goals. While we cannot be in every OSCE country to observe every election, we always strive for a geographic balance – observing electoral contests throughout our diverse region from Vancouver to Vladivostok, including EU countries, like Bulgaria.An opportunity to reaffirm our democratic principlesWith every election, no matter the present day political challenges, we have an opportunity and a responsibility to reaffirm our democratic principles. People’s dissatisfaction with the political class (a notion hardly unique to Bulgaria during the current global recession), the polarised political debate (not uncommon either), and intense competition between the parties are just some of the ingredients that make the 12 May elections a defining moment in Bulgaria’s history.As an elected parliamentarian myself, with many elected colleagues and friends in the OSCE region, I have been in a position to witness first-hand, significant changes that have been brought about by people of different nationalities in different countries exercising their democratic rights. And whatever the outcome on election day, it is fundamentally important that people have trust in the election itself for these rights to maintain and to thrive. This is particularly true in challenging times.We are not coming to Sofia to question Bulgarians’ ability to hold free and democratic elections, but rather to send a signal that the OSCE stands ready to actively support this country just like any other participating State. We come to proclaim our shared commitments to fundamental freedoms so necessary to our collective security community.Process to ensure the will of the people is expressed and respectedThroughout the country on Sunday we will be present with open eyes, and come Monday, we will share our observations with the public. And should actions on election day impact the level of trust in this country’s democratic institutions, we will report them accurately and without bias to the international community.For elections, as thrilling as they can be, in the end, are always about more than the personalities on the ballot. Every election is a test, not so much about the strength of parties but the strength of processes, a nation’s chance to affirm its own commitment to democratic governance. It is up to all those who participate in this process to ensure the will of the people is not only expressed but accepted and respected as well.Eoghan Murphy is the Fine Gael TD for Dublin South East.Read: More from Eoghan Murphy on TheJournal.ie>last_img read more

She was living in a derelict building dripping with damp under a

first_img‘She was living in a derelict building dripping with damp under a tin roof. The year was 1998’ During the making of No Country for Women, we journeyed with women today to learn more about their mothers’ and grandmothers’ lives, writes Anne Roper. Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4076464 By Anne Roper Jun 19th 2018, 7:01 AM Tuesday 19 Jun 2018, 7:00 AM Floundering forests: The challenges facing the Irish forestry industry>I’m 27. I’m living at home. Going through the same hall door since I was in a school uniform’> Share366 Tweet Email1 center_img GRANGEGORMAN AND BALLINASLOE mental asylums, Tuam and the Navan Road Mother and Baby Homes, Gloucester and High Park Magdalene Laundries: I’ve long wondered why so much of Irish history is about locking people up.In a new TV documentary series, No Country For Women, psychiatrist Brendan Kelly reckons: ‘Ireland put more people into mental hospitals per head of population than any country in the world’.Carceral institutions acted as a threatening force of social control. Those who held the power over them become intertwined with the history of the Irish women living in them.Anniversary yearNo Country for Women was made to mark the 100th anniversary year of Irish women’s vote. The Proclamation of 1916 had promised equality of citizenship but after the Free State was formed, those promises were soon clawed back by law and practice.The British colonisers may have left the building, but the rein of new Ireland was grabbed by Ireland’s Catholic middle class men. UCD historian Lindsey Earner-Byrne calls them those ‘in the bowler hats’.A coloniser often stakes claim to a country through erecting edifices to their power. The British built some of Ireland’s oldest workhouses, county homes and asylums. But when the British left, taking social service monies with them, Ireland made an alliance with the Catholic Church and their buildings.Religious orders took overReligious orders took on education, health and social care within them. Much was supported through the unpaid services of poor women and children placed in Mother and Baby homes, Magdalene Laundries, industrial schools.These institutions were connected through a social and economic system. The Local Government Act of 1923 effectively incarcerated single mothers as guilty of an ‘offence’.  Those incarcerated for ‘illegitimacy’ became ‘illegitimate’ citizens and effectively denied the most basic rights.Working to put a roof over her head was made difficult by law for many women. Marriage was one solution. Joining a religious vocation or emigration were two others. But with no divorce and most property held in men’s legal hands, who really benefited and why?One answer may be that for a new State in turmoil in the wake of Independence and Civil Wars, placating those who fought in numbers was essential for stemming the chaos. Defending Catholic property owned by men and protecting work done by men through legislation was also a solution.Women’s role in the homeFrom the 1920s, successive Irish governments put obstacles in the way of pensions and women sitting on juries.  Rape, violence, property and inheritance cases were largely judged by men.Laws also censored sexual health information and banned the sale of contraception. Social welfare, housing benefits, inheritance and domicile were placed in the hands of brothers, fathers, husbands, sons.In 1937, Ireland formalised the lot by solidifying women’s role in the home as part of the Constitution. It almost seems it didn’t matter where the home was as long as women were contained there: marital or institutional.No Country for WomenDuring the making of No Country for Women, we journeyed with women today to learn more about their mothers’ and grandmothers’ lives. We visited old asylums, workhouses and mother and baby homes.Samantha Long remembers when her mother was still living in a Magdalene Laundry, aged 50. How she was living in a derelict building dripping with damp under a corrugated tin roof. The only heat came from an open-door cooker and her mother’s thin winter coat. The year was 1998.I spent a day more recently filming in a now disused mental asylum. Mementos of so many past lives still haunt the corridors: a mildewed wallet, an icon of the Virgin with child, a fraying ironing board where patients worked unpaid amid the dormitories and cells. Such are the gravestones of Irish inequality.Yet the legacy is still being felt today: the Dail is still only made up of 22% women. Women are still paid 14% less than men. Only 16% of women figure on company boards. 22% of Irish women experience levels of domestic and sexual violence. Rape statistics increased last year by almost 30%.Sentencing in rape cases varies significantly and almost half of perpetrators get their terms reduced on appeal. In the wake of #MeToo, sexual harassment accusations against the powerful continue.Denials still happening Cause and effect are the questions No Country For Women tries to examine as it looks back over 100 years. Because women have a voice now, women can vote.As Samantha Long says: ‘Today we need to look at the denials that are still happening to women: women shouldn’t be living in direct provision or with small children in a hotel because of  homelessness. Women and girls need to know the value of their vote so discrimination never happens again…’Anne Roper is the writer, producer and director of No Country for Women. No Country For Women will be broadcast across two night on RTÉ One on 19 and 20 June at 9.35pm. Additional content available on www.rte.ie/player.   Writer, producer and director Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 50,240 Views Anne Roper 45 Comments last_img read more

Les plats préparés néfastes pour la santé

first_imgLes plats préparés : néfastes pour la santé ?France – Selon une enquête présentée dans l’émission Pièces à conviction ce soir, les plats préparés issus de l’alimentation discount seraient très mauvais pour la santé. Selon cette même enquête, quinze jours d’alimentation à base de plats préparés bon marché pourraient suffire à détériorer la santé. Trois journalistes se sont prêtés à un test alimentaire. Le premier s’est nourri exclusivement de plats préparés et industriels pendant 15 jours, le second exclusivement de nourriture bio et le troisième a gardé son alimentation habituelle, plus ou moins saine selon les jours.En deux semaines, le journaliste s’étant nourri de plats préparés bon marché a pris deux kilos et son taux d’acides gras saturés a été multiplié par trois. De même, la quantité des conservateurs E210 et E215 dans son organisme a été multiplié par 3 à 7. Malgré ces résultats, le Dr Pierre Souvet, président de l’Asef (Association santé et environnement France) qui a participé à l’enquête, tire une conclusion assez optimiste : “En faisant cette étude, nous voulions montrer qu’en changeant d’alimentation, il était possible de se dépolluer rapidement”. Il faut tout de même souligner que tous les ménages n’ont pas les possibilités financières pour se nourrir d’aliments bio. Le 28 juin 2010 à 14:39 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

BAHAMAS ETendering and Supplier Registrar System to Lead to Greater Accountability and

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 22, 2017 – Nassau – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Hon. Peter Turnquest announced that this Government administration is keeping its promise to bring greater accountability, transparency and modernity to the Bahamas Government by changing how persons and businesses bid for Government purchasing opportunities, otherwise known as Procurement.Procurement will move from a very paper-based time consuming process to an online automated system that utilizes standardized forms, with clearly defined evaluation criteria.   Interested bidders can prepare and submit documents through the online portal, which will be known as the E-Tendering and Supplier Registrar System.­During a press conference at his office on Tuesday, December 19, 2017, DPM Turnquest explained how the re-development of the Government’s Procurement process will allow it to to align its procurement activities and systems with international standards and practices.“More importantly, these initiatives will leap the country forward in terms of having transparent and accountable use of public resources that will ultimately expand opportunities for a greater number of Bahamian businesses and save tax payers some money in the process.”The DPM said the Government is a major procurer of goods, works and services in the country, spending in excess of $1.475 billion to deliver public services.    “This underscores the importance of having in place effective, fair and efficient procurement arrangements, to ensure that the best value is obtained for the monies being spent.”He also noted that it also reinforces the need for transparency and accountability in how these transactions are conducted.   He said the Government is committed to establishing the appropriate frameworks to achieve this goal.“We are well advanced in the update to the 2010 Public Procurement Bill and intend very early next year to introduce a brand new procurement bill 2018 for the consideration of Parliament.    This bill will call for the establishment of a fully digital procurement platform and its attendant electronic Vendor Registry System.”DPM Turnquest explained that the enactment of the Public Procurement Bill 2018 scheduled for early in the upcoming year will strengthen the regulatory framework around Government Procurement.  It will provide, inter alia for:The establishment of a public procurement department;Establishment of a public procurement board; andThe appointment of a Public Review Tribunal to give recourse to persons who believe that there has been an injustice rendered to them during the tendering process.He said, “The benefits of this new architecture go beyond just the logistical and operational aspects of the acquisition of goods and services for qualified vendors.“Consistent with our election pledge, this enabling mechanism affords even the smallest vendors an opportunity to participate in business opportunities with the Government, creating substantial new opportunities for Bahamian small businesses.”The DPM said the reforms support and deliver greater accountability, transparency and efficiency with its service providers going forward, hence the need for an awareness campaign.He said all qualifying Bahamian businesses will be able to register to do business consistent with their qualifications.   Moreover, all persons visiting the portal will be able to view business opportunities, know all the offers available, monitor the process and see who is awarded contracts and at what price, and the justification behind the award.Through these reforms, the Government is also providing increased opportunities for small and medium-sized Bahamian businesses to participate in national procurement initiatives, which is supportive of their growth and the invaluable role they play in job creation.Entrepreneurs and companies should register their businesses through the online Vendor Registry, to be found at www.bahamas.gov.bs/eprocurementThe portal is set to launch February 5 and so persons interested in providing goods and services to the Government should update their documents (including tax compliance certificates) to be ready.By: Llonella Gilbert (BIS)last_img read more

Anderson Paak Chance The Rapper Miguel More To Honor Mac Miller With

first_imgNews https://www.instagram.com/p/Bn4ZIwkH8l8/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet https://twitter.com/JColeNC/status/1038171577110544385 Artists Honor Mac Miller With Tribute Concert anderson-paak-chance-rapper-miguel-more-honor-mac-miller-tribute-concert As the world continues to mourn the loss of the young rapper, artists of various genres unite to honor and celebrate him at a special show on Oct. 31 in Los AngelesAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Oct 3, 2018 – 6:24 pm There is no doubt that the world dearly misses the late rapper Mac Miller. Many artists across genres have paid tribute to him since his untimely passing at age 26 on Sept. 7. The tributes will continue with a star-studded concert set to celebrate his life, featuring many of artists who have shown him love, including Anderson .Paak, Chance the Rapper, Miguel and many more. The special show will be held in Los Angeles at the Greek Theater on Oct. 31, Miller’s family has announced. Anderson .Paak, Chance The Rapper, Miguel & More To Honor Mac Miller With Tribute Concert Tickets for the tribute concert go on sale this Friday Oct. 5. More information on tickets to the show, as well the Mac Miller Circles Fund, can be found here.Fiona Apple: “I Wanted To Stay Friends With Him And I Never Got His Number”Read more https://twitter.com/AndersonPaak/status/1047198642728124416 https://twitter.com/chancetherapper/status/1038165803370270720center_img Twitter Email The stellar lineup features an impressive variety of artists who loved the young rapper, including Anderson .Paak, Miguel, Earl Sweatshirt, Schoolboy Q, Thundercat, Vince Staples, Action Bronson and Ty Dolla Sign, all of whom collaborated with him at some point. Others who will perform in his honor include Chance the Rapper, who went from being a big fan to close friend of Miller’s—Miller brought him on tour when he was first starting out. Additionally, John Mayer, SZA, Travis Scott, Domo Genesis of Odd Future, Dylan Reynolds, J.I.D and Njomza are on the bill. The proceeds will benefit the newly established Mac Miller Circles Foundation, created by the rapper’s brother in his memory to bring the arts to underserved youth. Miller’s mother, Karen Myers, who helped organize the concert, reflected on the positivity shining through for the upcoming show and the new foundation established in his name.”The support we’ve experienced is evident in this amazing lineup and is a testament to Malcolm’s incredible life. His father, brother and I are beyond thankful to everyone who is working to make this concert happen along with every fan and every friend for continuing to support Malcolm and his vision,” Myers shared in a recent statement. “He was a caring, loving human with a smile that could light up the sky and a soul that was out to make the world a kinder place and the MMCF will continue to do just that.”As a silver-lining to the dark spot his death left, the dedications, shout-outs and love musicians and fans alike have shown for him since then has been truly heartwarming, and shows the positive impact the young rapper had on so many lives. His legacy will live on in his music and within the people he positively impacted who share that light. Staples posted a shout-out to him on the day of his passing, quoting one of Miller’s verses on a song they collaborated on, “Heaven.” “‘I must’ve died and went to heaven…currently in shock it’ll hit me in a second. What’s your question? You need a blessing right? Or you just wondering what heavens like.’ I’ll see you soon. Thank you for everything…for all of this. I love you,” he shared on Instagram. https://www.instagram.com/p/BncmUd-n3dG/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet https://www.instagram.com/p/Bnt_GTOF9kb/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link https://twitter.com/JColeNC/status/1038175395172864000 Facebook last_img read more

Full Show Bail Reform Lawsuit The History Of Blackface And Musician John

first_img X Listen On Friday’s Houston Matters: Harris County’s new misdemeanor bail rules are the target of a new lawsuit. A group of bail bond companies filed suit on Thursday to stop the rules from going into effect. Gabrielle Banks with the Houston Chronicle brings us the latest.Also this hour: With recent controversies surrounding photos surfacing of public figures in blackface, we learn about the history of blackface and how it’s been used to influence thinking about African Americans.Then, from a court ruling on a proposed high-speed rail line connecting Houston and Dallas, to a tiger being discovered in a Houston home, we break down The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the week’s news.And musician John Oates of the best-selling duo Hall and Oates tells us about his new album Arkansas, in which he pays homage to his roots.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img 00:00 /00:00last_img read more

How Wevr Dreamscape Immersive Reinvented The Blu for LocationBased VR

first_img Popular on Variety “The Blu: Deep Rescue” is the first location-based VR experience produced by Wevr, and Rowell explained that the company saw this as a chance to expand on the idea of the franchise. “We saw it as a huge opportunity to advance The Blu,” he said. The original title was very much made for VR first-timers looking for a breathtaking experience. “The home product didn’t really have a specific narrative,” said Rowell.“Deep Rescue” on the other hand is a social VR experience, designed to be experienced by groups of up to 6 participants at a time. “Once you put more than one person in VR, it changes the experience,” said Rowell. Giving those 6 players a direction and purpose required not only a plot, but also a narrator to guide them through the experience, which totals about 10 minutes.Wevr produced “The Blu: Deep Rescue” in partnership with Dreamscape Immersive, which has a bit of a different take on location-based VR than some of the other companies in the space. Like The Void and Nomadic, Dreamscape uses physical props to give participants a heightened sense of immersion. In the case of “Deep Rescue,” this includes the railing of an underwater platform, and controls for a kind of deep-sea scooter. “It’s another presence multiplier,” Rowell said.However, Dreamscape doesn’t build out complicated stages with numerous doors and walls. Instead, participants are being led around on a relatively small open stage, which has been optimized to fit into typical mall architecture. And while Dreamscape experiences are interactive, the company doesn’t emphasize gamification with overly complex puzzles and challenges, as to not put participants to work too much. “It’s actually not that much fun,” quipped Dreamscape co-chairman Walter Parkes about gamification, stressing that the company would always put stories first.The goal of each experience was to give participants the feeling that they step into a movie, added CEO Bruce Vaughn. “The audience, they are the stars, they are the characters.”Dreamscape’s setup includes small trackers that are being attached to each participant’s hand and feet, which allows the company to estimate the movement of their bodies, and then replicate those movements with avatars in VR. The result is a more social experience, which includes the ability to give each other high-fives — or in the case of “The Blu: Deep Rescue,” allows divers to wave at each other as they zoom around with their underwater scooters. Wevr built a total of 6 different paths for these scooters, guiding them to the conclusion of the story while at the same time allowing each and every participant to explore different areas. “Once we put you on the scooter, you want to see that other person’s story,” said Rowell, who suggested that this may drive people to try the experience more than once.Speaking of: Wevr CEO Neville Spiteri said that his company wasn’t quite done with “The Blu” either. “Our commitment as a company is to grow it going forward,” he said, adding that the home VR version had been “a profitable franchise” for the Venice, Calif.-based startup.All the while, the company is looking to reach new audiences with “Deep Rescue.” People who don’t own a VR headset, and perhaps never experienced virtual worlds before. Said Rowell: “We hope that it will be a beacon for people to try VR.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 When HTC first introduced its Vive virtual reality (VR) headset in April of 2016, “The Blu” quickly became one of the most talked-about launch titles: With its ability to transport viewers onto the deck of a sunken ship, and face-to-face with a giant 80-foot whale, it offered viewers a deeply moving experience of presence and immersion. “It was a really great introductory piece to VR,” recalled “The Blu” director Jake Rowell in a recent interview with Variety.Now, Rowell and his colleagues are at it again, and about to unveil a new version of “The Blu” that has been optimized for location-based VR. “The Blu: Deep Rescue” sends up to 6 participants onto a rescue mission to locate and save a whale at sea. The experience os one of 3 launch titles for the first permanent VR center run by AMC-backed Dreamscape Immersive, which is opening its doors in Los Angeles this Friday.last_img read more

I came out to my friend in a séance

first_imgHow do I convince my mum to accept my sexuality and wish me happiness?Meet the gay Spaniard who dated 7 men in 7 cities and made it into a vid seriesGay Bermuda tourism CEO: LGBTI boycott ‘counter-intuitive’ after marriage equality reversalRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/i-came-friend-seance/ GAYSTARNEWS- We asked if he was related to anyone sitting in the room and it slowly spelt out my friend Leanne’s name.Then we asked the spirit a series of questions about our lives. We even asked it personal things that only ourselves individually would know and Ken got them right.Ken ended up telling us little pieces of information for our futures like who would get married first, who would earn the most money and how many kids we’d each have.‘Is someone here hiding a secret?’But then Leanne asked: ‘Is someone here hiding a secret?’I had previously come out to Leanne a few weeks before and it wasn’t a secret to Amelia either. But for the last friend sitting around the ouija board, Marcella, she had no idea I was gay.The cup moved slowly towards ‘Yes.’Then she asked: ‘What is the secret?’It moved again, but this time to the letters G, A, Y.This spirit essentially outed me, so I took the bull by the horns and owned it. ‘It’s true, Marcella,’ I said. ‘I’m gay.’She was confused at first but gave me the biggest hug afterwards and told me she loved me.After that, we packed up the board and said a short prayer… apparently you have to do this so the spirit doesn’t hang around.–––James Besanvalle is the family editor of Gay Star News. You can follow him on Twitter or Instagram. All names in this article were changed to protect the identities of the people involved.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Coming out can be a scary experience, but how about doing it amongst candles and ghosts during a séance?A séance is a process of contacting spirits and a ouija board is the board of letters and numbers in which to do it. The idea is the spirit acts through a moveable pointer to guide it along the ouija board and spell out answers to questions.center_img eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) So my friends and I decided to make our own board one night and give it a go.It was during a sleepover and there may or may not have been wine involved.Séance: Trailer for Ouija Movie. | Photo: BagoGames / FlickrWe cut out the letters of the alphabet, along with the words ‘yes’ and ‘no’.And then we sat in a circle, each placing a finger on top of a cup in the middle.‘Who are we speaking to?’As we started chanting to bring out any spirits in the room, the cup started moving.I was freaked out… and we all promised we weren’t pushing it.So we asked: ‘Who are we speaking to?’It started moving towards the letter K, then E, then N. Ken.Séance. Photo: Fabrice Florin / Flickrlast_img read more

Do you think you have what it takes to sell digital advertising

first_imgThe Digital Sales Consultant will be required to maximise advertising sales revenue through the development of quality business relationships and promotion of new/existing advertising products to potential clients.Our ideal candidate will be passionate about selling, have experience in digital advertising, and possess excellent presentation and closing skills.Required:•  A good digital media sales understanding•  Driver’s Licence•  Own TransportEssential duties include:Build sustainable relationships with local clientsEnsure that the current print clients are exposed to our digital platforms/offeringsCome up with strategic initiatives to make the site more profitableAttend regular training sessions and meeting updates from the central digital team. Take responsibility to ensure that you communicate all digital product understanding and strategies to the branch manager, sales manager and sales repsCreate custom proposals based on client’s short and long-term needsDevelop a thorough understanding of the brands with which you are workingAssist in trafficking and managing new as well as existing campaignsWork with editorial team and developers to implement custom campaignsTrack and report on the development and growth of the siteSet up and conduct client meetingsDevelop, execute and manage a multi-platform sales strategy for new and existing clients with the sales manager in order to meet digital and print sales targets.Continue to build on existing relationships with clients and ensure that you understand their business strategies.Source and secure new business in a creative and innovative mannerPresent and promote our brand to prospective clients.Compile and present Power Point presentations to key clientsDeal with admin accurately and adhere to deadlinesKeep up to date with industry digital sales trends and competitor activity relating to your portfolio and beyond.Our Ideal Candidate:You have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of digital media (web and social media)Ability to contribute in a team-based environmentA passion for all things digitalYou’re self-motivated and results orientedOutgoing, resilient personalityUnderstand and enjoy the thrill of the saleYou’re confident and not willing to accept averageYou don’t take yourself too seriously and can have fun!Ability to work on tight deadlinesProblem solving skillsA drive to learn new things and grow in the digital sphereExceptional written, verbal, phone and presentation skillsStrong computer skillsBachelor’s degree preferredPlease attach a full CV to HEREPLEASE NOTE: If you have not been contacted within 14 days, please consider your application unsuccessful. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite We have a vacancy for a Digital Sales Consultant A dynamic local newspaper publishing group is currently looking for a digital-savvy, highly-motivated sales professional to join our sales team. The responsibilities of the role are to enhance digital sales revenue as well as grow the current client-bases within our local branch sales division.This is an exciting role, helping to transition / educate existing print as well as new clients into the digital world. The role is a hands-on one, which encompasses a variety of responsibilities ranging from planning strategic digital offerings for clients to actively executing these offerings through sales calls. This role has a joint responsibility to the newspaper branch, as well as a central digital team who drive the digital strategy. You will work closely with print sales, production, ad operations and editorial teams.last_img read more

LAX to get billion dollar upgrade

first_imgvideo art at LAX Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P Considered to be the city’s biggest public works project, LAX airport is getting a major facelift to increase its capacity and create a more enjoyable experience for local and overseas travellers. At an initial cost of US4.11 billion The Bradley West Project will provide greater capacity to the Tom Bradley International Terminal’s (TBIT) west side with the addition of 18 new boarding gates to accommodate new generation jumbo aircraft.The project will position LAX to carry on its role as a leading international gateway to serve customers and new Airbus A380 super jumbo jets and Boeing 787 Dreamliners in the future.The ‘Great Hall’ is being constructed with 140,000 square feet of premium dining, retail shopping, other passenger amenities and airline club lounges.The projects is also planning to improve airport safety and security including US$1 billion being spent in direct and indirect improvements to passenger safety and security.Further enhancements to improve passenger comfort and convenience include dual passenger loading bridges for faster boarding, an upgraded customs immigration inspection for more efficient passenger processing, secured corridors between Terminal 3, TBIT and Terminal 4 which allows connecting passengers easy transfers.The Bradley West Project is expected to create 4,000 construction related jobs during the four year project schedule. TBIT will remain open for normal operation during construction which will mostly be phased for minimal impact to passengers.Additionally, Terminal five is also undergoing a supreme upgrade providing a more modern fresher feel for domestic passengers.Passengers will enjoy new world class dining and retail options along with renovations to US customs and border protection, expanded security checkpoint facilities,  in-line Baggage screening and new refurbished elevators and escalators.As with all renovation work to LAX, the terminal will remain open with as little as possible interruption to passengers. LAX Ticket office LAX – arrival halllast_img read more

Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians

first_imgArizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians “I thought it was an outstanding practice (on Saturday).  I think we finished 16 minutes early.  The pace of practice, we set a standard and we set a pretty good standard and hopefully we can maintain that.  There were a lot of young mistakes, but overall I thought it was an excellent first day.”If you had to pinpoint a couple of things that you’ve got to get better at kick return, what would they be?“Well, we’ve got to do a better job blocking.  Kickoff return, especially, we got to get somebody that’s just going to pound it.  Get it out and get it past the 20 (yard line).  Quit looking for a home run, just get it past the 20 and good things will happen.  Punt return, we got to do a better job of blocking the gunners, especially when we single them.  Justin Bethel does a heck of a job, and we’ve got enough good corners who should be able to do the other side, and again, take the ball and get it north.  I’m anxious to see those guys in that phase play a little more live football in pads.”Are you leaning more towards Patrick Peterson in that punt return role?“We know what he can do.  I don’t need to see him, and he doesn’t need to practice it.  So, it’s a matter of just go back there and catch balls pre-practice and be ready to go at a drop of a hat.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   What did you think of J.J. Nelson catching balls in traffic?“He had of a heck of day yesterday.  It was nice to him make a jump.  He was playing a little bit slow in the spring.  Played real fast yesterday, and I think he caught the DBs attention also.”The competition between A.Q. Shipley and Ted Larsen at center“They both have a lot of experience in this system.  They both look like little refrigerators.  They look a lot alike and they play a lot alike, smart and stuff.  It’ll be one of those things, don’t miss any practice, don’t get hurt.”What about your offensive line as a whole?“We got tremendous competition there also, like our defensive line.  Earl Watford had a great spring.  He’s fighting to get on the field, and my job — I got to find him a spot to get on the field because he’s playing pretty well right now, whether it be fullback, tight end, an extra lineman somewhere because he can run so fast for a lineman and catch the ball.  I toyed with the idea of putting him at tight end in the spring, but we had so many young tight ends that we needed to look at.”How has Tyrann Mathieu looked to you?“Just doing just like he did in the spring.  It looks like he’s back to being himself and that’s a good thing.  The guys love him, everybody loves him and it’s good to see him have the spirit back because he didn’t have it last year.” GLENDALE, Ariz. – Head coach Bruce Arians, now in his third year with the Arizona Cardinals, meets the media each day during training camp.Here, in this space, we’ll highlight many of the key topics and personnel conversations he has with reporters following the morning walk-through.“(Sean Weatherspoon) has re-aggravated a hamstring strain.  I don’t think it’s anything serious.  He’ll take today off.  I think he just wants to get in pads; be fresh for pads (on Monday) being a wily old veteran.  Shaq Riddick aggravated his hamstring he had in spring.  He’s in the MRI now, see how severe that is.  And Darryl Sharpton had a little hip flexor but he seems to be very minor. Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Do you see more balance in the offense this year?“I would hope so.  You would always like to stay somewhere in the 50-50 range and then let the fourth quarter dictate whether you’re ahead or behind on how the rest of the stats, but the first three quarters we want to be balanced.  I like the competition in the running back room.  Pretty much every position on the field right now there’s quality competition which normally brings success and depth.”Do you require a lover or a passion for the game from your players?“You’re not going to be on this team unless you have great passion for the game.” – / 23 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more