10 months agoNewcastle boss Rafa Benitez hopes for busy transfer market

first_imgNewcastle boss Rafa Benitez hopes for busy transfer marketby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafa Benitez hopes to be busy during the January market.But he doesn’t expect a bumper transfer budget from owner Mike Ashley.”I am used to wheeling and dealing all my life,” he said. “I don’t think I was breaking the record in transfer windows, never, ever, with any of my teams. “We had to sell players to buy players. I don’t have any problem with that if you do things in time and find the right players. The main thing is to find the right players.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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PO Ferries Sees Rise in ZeebruggeTeesport Volume

first_imgzoom Pan-European ferry operator P&O Ferries has reported a 16 percent uplift in freight units on its service between Zeebrugge and Teesport during the third quarter of the year compared with 2015.Between July and September, P&O Ferries’ two ships on the route, the Bore Song and the Mistral, carried 22,499 units of freight, representing an increase of more than 16 per cent on the 19,349 units carried in the corresponding period last year.The two 25,000 ton vessels sail six times a week each between Zeebrugge and Teesport.“Our freight volumes between Zeebrugge and Teesport have risen encouragingly in the last twelve months as continental customers have become more aware of just how convenient a gateway this north-eastern port is for cities in the north-west such as Manchester and Liverpool,” Nick Pank, P&O Ferries’ Head of Sales Development on the North Sea, said.The increase in volumes comes on the back of the company’s decision to double freight capacity at Zeebrugge in order to meet increased structural demand from exporters to Britain.The expansion, which includes a fourth berth, is expected to provide the ferry company with the capacity to handle 700,000 units of freight every year at the Belgian terminal compared with the current figure of 370,000.last_img read more

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What is Boxing Day and how did it get its name

first_imgLONDON — In Britain and other countries like Australia and Canada, the day after Christmas is a secular national holiday known as Boxing Day. Here’s a brief look at some theories about how the holiday got its name and how people celebrate it:NO NEED FOR BOXING GLOVESWhile no one seems to know for sure how it came to be called Boxing Day, it definitely has nothing to do with the sport of boxing. Perhaps the most widely held understanding of its origins comes from the tradition of wealthier members of society giving servants and tradesmen a so-called Christmas Box containing money and gifts on the day after Christmas.It was seen as a reward for a year’s worth of service. Other believe it comes from the post-Christmas custom of churches placing boxes outside their doors to collect money for distribution to less-fortunate members of society in need of Christmas cheer.Some trace it to Britain’s proud naval tradition and the days when a sealed box of money was kept on board for lengthy voyages and then given to a priest for distribution to the poor if the voyage was successful.There are other explanations, but it’s clear the designation has nothing to do with the modern habit of using the holiday for shopping at “big box” stores selling televisions, computers and the like.SHARING THE WEALTH, AROUND THE COMMONWEALTHNo one knows for sure when Boxing Day started, but some believe it was centuries ago, when servants would be given the day after Christmas off as a day of rest after feverish preparations for their masters’ celebrations.Others trace it back even earlier, to the Roman practice of collecting money in boxes — they say Roman invaders brought this practice to Britain, where it was taken up by the clergy to collect money in boxes for the disadvantaged.The tradition gained popularity during the Victorian era and has flourished to this day. The British Empire may now be a thing of the past, but Boxing Day is still celebrated in some other parts of the Commonwealth, including Canada, Australia and Kenya.SO IF THEY’RE NOT BOXING, WHAT DO PEOPLE ACTUALLY DO ON BOXING DAY?Boxing Day has evolved into a day of relaxation and indulgence — and shopping. It is filled with sporting events (including a marathon soccer schedule tailor-made for TV viewing from a comfortable couch) and it is often a day when people open their homes to family and friends who drop by for turkey, ham and perhaps half-consumed bottles of wine left over from Christmas dinner.In Britain it used to be a day for fox hunting in the frost-tinged countryside, but that practice has been mostly banned for more than a decade now. In its place, “Boxing Day Sales” have flourished, with many Britons lifted from their post-Christmas torpor by the lure of low prices in department stores.Gregory Katz, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Highway 29 closed between Chetwynd and Moberly Lake Road

first_imgUPDATE – The highway is now open in both directions.CHETWYND, B.C. – Highway 29 is closed from Chetwynd and the Moberly Lake Road.A collision has caused the closure and an estimated time of opening is not available as of 10:20 p.m. Friday. The only detour is through Dawson Creek and Fort St. John.Drivebc.ca says the next update on the collision will be released at 12 p.m. on Saturday, December 1.If you’re in the area, let us know what you see, email news@moosefm.calast_img

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Which conference has the recruiting edge

The SEC has secured an upper hand in college football. The conference has won the last five BCS National Championships and finished last season with six schools ranked in The Associated Press Top 25, one more than any other conference. The Big Ten, which has appeared in two BCS National Championship Games, is one of the conferences vying for second billing. The facts point to an SEC advantage on the field, and this advantage might start in the classroom. Compared to schools in the Big Ten, most SEC institutions fall short academically. U.S. News & World Report ranks every university in the country each year based on average acceptance rate, retention rate, graduation rate and SAT and ACT scores, among other criteria. In these rankings, SEC universities fall short of those in the Big Ten. The average ranking for an SEC school is 99th. Big Ten schools come in at an average of 53rd. Michigan State, the lowest ranked school in the Big Ten, is tied for 79th nationally with the fourth-best SEC school, Alabama. The Big Ten consists of 11 universities and the SEC has 12 institutions. These lower academic standards might be an asset in recruiting high school players as they lengthen the list of available recruits and therefore directly affect on-field performance. “What the SEC will do is several teams will sign more borderline kids. They take more chances on kids that may or may not qualify,” said Scott Kennedy, director of scouting for Scout.com. “A Big Ten team doesn’t want to have three or four borderline kids on their list.” Steve Helwagen, staff writer for recruiting website Bucknuts.com, agreed. “I think that that is pretty obvious that some of those (SEC) schools can get the at-risk kids,” Helwagen said. “It doesn’t take a math wizard to realize that gives them an incredible competitive advantage if they are able to pull from a larger pool of players to build their roster.” SEC schools hauled in 73 of Rivals’ top 250 high school prospects in the 2011 class, compared to only 27 for Big Ten schools. Despite the apparent correlation between poorer academic performance and better recruiting classes, Ohio State coaches don’t see a problem. “I don’t think our admissions policies have hindered us at all,” quarterbacks coach Nick Siciliano said. “We try to do our best to recruit the best student-athletes we can find.” Besides college rankings, the SEC also falls short in the Academic Progress Rate. APR is “a term-by-term measure of eligibility and retention for Division I student-athletes that was developed as an early indicator of eventual graduation rates,” according to the NCAA website. Big Ten schools rank 46th on average in APR, versus a 53rd-place average for SEC universities. One SEC coach said academic deficiencies are not an advantage. “Illinois, Ohio State, they are going to recruit the same kids that we recruit,” Auburn safeties coach Tommy Thigpen said. “All of us fall in the same line. With the exceptions of the Stanfords and the Dukes of the world, we all go after the same kids.” Thigpen, a Rivals 2011 top 25 recruiter, has recruited in both conferences. He was on the Illinois staff from 2003–04. Coaches from Florida, Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Tennessee declined to speak with The Lantern. Barry Every, a national analyst for Rivals, also fails to see any advantage from academics. “The SEC schools still have to meet the minimum standards to get into school as the Big Ten schools,” he said. “They have the same standards as Michigan State and Michigan.” The NCAA Division I requires a student-athlete to have a minimum of a 2.0 high school GPA and a sum ACT score of 86, averaging to a 21.5 on the 36-point scale, to be eligible, according to the organization’s website. Though these marks are uniform across all D-I schools, individual university requirements are often much higher. For example, Michigan’s most recent freshman class averaged an ACT score between 28 and 32, according to the university’s website. Thigpen admitted Auburn’s willingness to “hold a kid’s hand,” but said the school would not do so for an entire team of athletes. OSU running backs coach Dick Tressel, differing from his fellow OSU assistant, Siciliano, indicated that the school’s higher academic standards help focus the staff’s recruiting. “Early on in the process, there are so many prospects that we have directed away from (at-risk recruits) a little bit,” Tressel said. “Hey, we’ve got these higher standards so we just have some early decisions to make.” Though the role of academics might be disputed, the idea that SEC schools gain an advantage from their location faces little opposition. The seven states that house SEC schools produced 87 top 250 recruits in this year’s class compared to just 38 from the seven states representing the Big Ten. As recruits are added to the list, the disparity becomes further magnified. “It’s just where they are located,” Every said. “Approximately 2,500 high school players a year sign D-I; 500 of them are coming from two states (Florida and Georgia) from the Southeast.” SEC coaches have taken notice. “For us,” Thigpen said, “the pool is bigger of skilled athletes.” Location aside, academics do seem to play a factor. The top-five-ranked schools in the SEC and Big Ten (Vanderbilt, Northwestern, Michigan, Wisconsin and Penn State), as ranked by U.S. News & World Report, secured only 12 top 250 recruits. The top two schools, Vanderbilt and Northwestern, did not manage one. Though it might not be the biggest point of emphasis, the willingness and ability of the schools in the SEC to recruit student-athletes with lower academic results might help them on the field. “The standards are almost exactly the same for everyone,” Kennedy said. “The leniency of the schools to sign those players and wait for them to see if they will get in is a little more lenient in the south.” read more

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Rooney reveals some exEngland players are jealous of the current stars

first_imgFormer England captain Wayne Rooney claims some of his ex-teammates are jealous of the success of the current crop of playersRooney, England’s 53-goal record scorer, who never got past a major quarterfinal during his international career recently admitted he wants only the best for the current players after saying goodbye after the friendly against the US.“I know there are some ex-players who I’ve spoken to who can’t come to terms with England doing well,” Rooney told several national newspapers before Sunday’s Nations League showdown with Croatia and reported by ESPN.“That is wrong. I’m not like that. I’m a fan now. I want England to do well. I’m proud to have played for England so many times and I always have been.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I’ve had my time. I’m happy with what I’ve contributed to the national team and I look forward now to the next few years and watching this team progress.“I’ve enjoyed being around Gareth [Southgate], the players, the coaching staff and seeing how it’s all developing.“I wouldn’t say I’ve got regret [over my England career]. The main thing is that I can look back and say to myself I gave everything. It didn’t always work. It didn’t always pay off. But I have given everything when playing for England and I’ve tried to make us successful.“Sometimes everything just isn’t enough. But no, I’ve got no regrets. I’ve had my time and it didn’t quite work out in terms of trophies. I’m happy with my international career and I’ll always look back and be proud of what I achieved for England.”last_img read more

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Charlie Austin banned for two games after abusive gesture

first_imgSouthampton striker Charlie Austin has been handed a two-game ban by the English FA for his gesture during the club’s 3-1 home loss Manchester City, Goal claims.The former Queens Park Rangers striker was booed when he was substituted off in the 68th minute and appeared to make an abusive sign towards the travelling City fans last month.The Football Association charged the 29-year-old with making “an abusive and/or insulting” gesture and he will miss the next Premier League against Leicester City this weekend as well as the FA Cup replay against Derby County on January 16.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…This is not the first time Austin has found himself in disciplinary matters with the FA. In 2016 the striker received a three-match ban for violent conduct following an altercation with Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl.Austin also was shown a red card as a QPR player during a 2-0 win against Burnley, after finding the back of the net against his former club.The striker’s suspension leaves Saints boss Ralph Hassenhuttl with only Shane Long, Sam Gallagher and Michael Obafemi as his only options in attack.last_img read more

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Official Ronaldo accepts €188m deal over tax evasion

first_imgPortuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has agreed to a fine and suspended prison sentence for tax fraud in Spain after appearing before a judge today in MadridThe 33-year-old has been accused of defrauding the Spanish government since 2017 after allegedly using shell companies outside of the country to hide the earnings he made from image rights between 2011 to 2014.But now the prolonged court battle has finally reached its end with Ronaldo having struck a deal with Spain’s state prosecutor and tax authorities.This saw the Juventus forward plead guilty in exchange for a suspended two-year sentence with Ronaldo not required to spend any time in prison due to being a first-time offender in Spain.Now BBC reports that Ronaldo turned up smiling and giving a thumbs-up to everyone as he entered the courtroom with the case lasting about 15 minutes.The star had hoped to enter the courtroom through the backdoor for security reasons due to his fame, but his request was denied by the judge and so, therefore, he came through the front door.Ronaldo was then seen arriving out of the courtroom today in Madrid smiling with his Spanish partner Georgina Rodriguez and paused to sign some autographs for fans before leaving in a black van.However, today’s outcome didn’t come without a heavy price as Ronaldo will be required by law to pay €18.8m in fines.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).Below is a video by Spanish journalist Rubén Cañizares showing the moment a smiling Ronaldo arrived at the Madrid courts.Así ha llegado Cristiano Ronaldo a la Audiencia Provincial. De la mano de Georgina, firmando autógrafos y sonriente: “Estoy perfecto” pic.twitter.com/zandMqqMGm— Rubén Cañizares (@Ruben_Canizares) January 22, 2019Meanwhile, the Portuguese’s former Real Madrid team-mate Xabi Alonso also appeared in court today for the first time, charged with similar image rights offences which amount up to €2m from between 2010 to 2012.But the 37-year-old Spaniard has denied breaking any laws in Spain and told journalists “Yes, all good” as he arrived in Madrid.Lionel Messi, Jose Mourinho, Javier Mascherano, Marcelo, Luka Modric, Alexis Sanchez, Ricardo Carvalho, Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao and Fabio Coentrao have all faced similar charges in Spain in recent years.last_img read more

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Construction Of Diagnostic Centres Continues

first_img Recommended for you Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Related Items:diagnostic centres, jamaica, National Education Trust Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Feb. 24 (JIS) – The Government has allocated $20 million to continue the construction of three diagnostic and care centres to cater to students with special education needs in rural Jamaica.Details of the allotment are outlined in the 2015/16 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.The project will be financed through the Consolidated Fund and is being implemented by the National Education Trust.Diagnostic centres will be located at the Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College in St. James; Church Teachers’ College in Manchester; and the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) in Portland. The centres will alleviate the need for parents to take their children to Kingston for assessment at the Mico Child Assessment and Research in Education Centre (CARE), which is currently the only such facility in the island. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Prisoners captured

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 5, 2016 – The three men who escaped her Majesty’s Prison on Friday were by Saturday morning recaptured.  While there still remains no details on how the men broke out of the prison and no information on where the men were found or how they were recaptured, residents are relieved that the trio – jailed for burglary, arson and illegal entry – were returned to HMP where they will either serve out their sentences or are awaiting trial.  There is also no word on whether the trio will be hit with criminal charges for that Friday afternoon prison break. Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #prisonercapturedcenter_img #MagneticMediaNewslast_img read more

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Avengers Endgame toys new poster hit Walmart shelves

first_imgAvengers: Endgame toys could be showing up at a Walmart near you.CNET’s Caitlin Petrakovitz spotted a new line of Hasbro toys themed after the Marvel movie at an Arizona Walmart on Saturday. Some of the playthings showcase the heroes in costumes that resemble the white outfits that debuted in the movie’s recent Honor teaser trailer.New Avengers: Endgame toys appear to be trickling onto shelves at an Arizona Walmart. Caitlin Petrakovitz/CNET Figurines spied wearing the new costume include Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, Captain America and Iron Man. avengers-endgame-ronin-black-widow-walmartHawkeye no more? Clint Barton is known as Ronin on the packaging for these Hasbro figures. Caitlin Petrakovitz/CNET Clint Barton, whom the packaging refers to as Ronin instead of Hawkeye, wears a black outfit seen in teasers.avengers-endgame-captain-america-hasbro-walmartCaptain America dons a new suit. Caitlin Petrakovitz/CNET And the version of Hulk seen on the shelf appears to be similar to the hero shown in an alleged Hulk photo from February, which led to speculation that a version of Professor Hulk (a merged Brunce Banner and Hulk personality) might debut in Endgame.avengers-endgame-hasbro-at-walmart-cp-3Hulk’s face appears to be a little more Bruce Banner-like in the Titan Hero Series line seen at Walmart. Caitlin Petrakovitz/CNET Part of the Walmart display also shows a new Endgame poster, which includes a very fiery-looking take on the Hulk.avengers-endgame-walmart-posterA new poster for Avengers: Endgame is part of the toy display at Walmart. Caitlin Petrakovitz/CNET Some of the figures, such as the Titan Hero Series line depicting Captain America and Black Panther, wear a more classic costume that’s closer to their appearance in their standalone films.avengers-endgame-walmart-iron-man-cap-black-panther-cpThree Titan Hero Series figures on the shelf at Walmart: Iron Man, Captain America and Black Panther, all in costumes like those in their standalone films. Caitlin Petrakovitz/CNET These Avengers: Endgame toys don’t reveal anything about the movie’s plot beyond what we’ve already seen in the trailers, and it’s worth noting that movie tie-in toys don’t always reflect scenes that ultimately end up in films. CNET has reached out to Walmart for comment. Hasbro didn’t comment on the Walmart release when reached by CNET.For now, we do know Endgame is likely to be a three-hour film and that it’ll tie up the ongoing story that’s been part of all the previous Marvel Cinematic Universe movies so far. We also know it’ll be in theaters worldwide April 26. Tags How to watch every Marvel movie in the perfect order Toys and Tabletop Games TV and Movies 🚨#AvengersEndgame toys are on shelves! Spoilers ahead**Are they spoilers if we saw some of these in the trailer? In any case, click-thru at your own risk pic.twitter.com/J441Os5tew— cait petrakovitz 👑 (@misscp) March 30, 2019 How to watch every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in the right order 3:41 Post a comment 0 Now playing: Watch this: 26 Photos Share your voice Marvel Walmart The Avengerslast_img read more

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Rafael Nadal says he is not stupid guy to do this thing

first_img Australian Open 2019: Novak Djokovic Wins Final Over Rafael Nadal Former world number one Rafael Nadal says he is “not this stupid guy” to stay stubborn and not make changes in order to improve his game. Rafael Nadal says he has made mistakes in his career and he does not shy away from accepting the fact of making mistakes. The 17 time Grand Slam winner says the experience he has gained for more than a decade has been vital. The Spaniard says it is vital for one to make mistakes. It gives an opportunity for one to learn from them.”Like everybody, I made mistakes, I did things well, but everything I did, it was with my heart, you know, and believing that was the thing that works better for my tennis career and for my personal life, too,” said Rafael Nadal, as reported by Tennis World USA.”Of course, I make mistakes. I am not this stupid guy that says I will not change, never in my life (smiling). That sounds very arrogant from my perspective, no? Of course, I will change things that I will do. But experience is important, and at the same time is important to have — is good sometimes to have mistakes, too, because you need to learn,” the world number two added. OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty ImagesEven though Rafael Nadal has dedicated most of his life to tennis, it has not stopped him from enjoying when he is away from court. Rafael Nadal says he has not missed a lot in his life.”Probably, being honest, I am happy to have the chance to work very hard on the tennis court when I had the chance to work. But at the same time, I am very happy that I was able to enjoy my personal life outside of tennis, too, no? It’s true I went partying, I went fishing, I played less than my friends, I was very focused on tennis, yes, but for me, tennis has been a very important part of my life but not everything,” said Rafael Nadal.”So that’s important that I am 32, almost 33, and I don’t have the chance that I missed a lot of things in my real life. That’s something that I’m proud of,” he went on to add. Closecenter_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:05/0:48Loaded: 0%0:05Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:43?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

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City Of Houston Community Groups Work To Reach SpanishSpeaking Flood Victims

first_imgFlorian MartinState Rep. Armando Walle, D-Houston, speaks about the importance of getting flood recovery information to Spanish-speakers.The Greenspoint area in north Houston was one of the hardest-hit during the recent flooding.Its population is about two-thirds Hispanic, many of whom speak little or no English.State Rep. Armando Walle, D-Houston, said when he visited a temporary shelter the night of the flooding, he noticed that not a lot of Spanish-speakers were coming in.That’s why he and Mayor Sylvester Turner decided to partner with community organizations to reach out to Spanish-speaking flood victims.“They shouldn’t fear the city of Houston, or these organizations because they were just there to help,” Walle said. “They weren’t ICE, you know. And I don’t mean that in a joking way. I’m being very serious about that. They’re not immigration authorities. They’re just there to help.”Mary Moreno is with the Texas Organizing Project, one of the groups that’s doing outreach among Greenspoint residents.She said they are going door to door to make sure Spanish-speakers get all the information they need.“A lot of it is disseminated in English,” Moreno said. “So if it’s not on Univision, or Telemundo, or in one of the Spanish-speaking papers, they’re not getting it.”Moreno said she wants flood victims to know that their citizenship or immigration status doesn’t affect their eligibility for help.You do have to be a legal resident in order to get assistance from FEMA. But it’s sufficient to have one family member who is a citizen or green card holder. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share 00:00 /01:16 X Listenlast_img read more

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HoustonArea Teachers Helping Students In Shelters

first_imgRaise Your Hand TexasHouston-area teachers are eager to offer their services for kids in shelters who have been displaced by Hurricane Harvey.Teachers Volunteering in Shelters is a newly formed group of Houston-area teachers who are organizing to help children in the flood-ravaged areas of Southeast Texas brought on by Hurricane Harvey. They only enlists certified, experienced teachers who can provide high-quality childcare and learning opportunities to children and teens of all ages. The group has already dispatched teachers to the George R. Brown Convention Center, NRG Center and Church of the Apostles Houston.Simone Kern, Director of Literacy Interventions at YES Prep Public Schools, started the group on Facebook. Kern, who is currently recovering from surgery and cannot volunteer in the shelters herself decided to put her administrative skills to work by organizing teachers and connecting them with shelters in need.“We know more than 200 shelters are operating in the Houston area. Parents in those shelters need high-quality childcare they can trust, so that they can take a shower, call the insurance company, work on their house, and know that their kids are in good hands,” said Kern. “Our kids are very vulnerable right now and we want to make sure childcare is safe, effective, and therapeutic—and working with certified teachers is a great way to do that.”Kristen McClintock, a member of the group and a special education teacher at West Side High School in Houston I.S.D, felt the need to do something to help children after Hurricane Harvey devastated the Houston area. As a special education teacher, McClintock was especially aware of the needs of children with autism, learning disabilities or other special needs.“I was ready to begin the school year this week and after Hurricane Harvey hit, I knew I had to do something to help our students,” McClintock said. “One of the first things I thought about were those children with autism who are sensitive to noise. It’s really loud in the Convention Center, so I started out by setting up a ‘sensory space’ that would allow these kids to calm themselves. We’ve also had a lot of noise cancelling headphones donated, so that also helps.”The group would like to coordinate with other area shelters and relief efforts to ensure that its teachers can provide their childcare and educational services in an effective, safe way to as many children as possible. Shelters and relief organizations can contact the group via Facebook or e-mail at teachervolunteershouston@gmail.com. Sharelast_img read more

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Now cash on delivery of train tickets

first_imgYou can now book a rail ticket online and get it delivered at home where the payment can be made. Initiating this “cash on delivery” (CoD) system rail ticketing, IRCTC is targeting those customers who are reluctant to use their credit or debit cards as well as those who don’t have net-banking facility.“One has to just book the ticket online and payments will be made at the time of delivery of tickets,” said a senior IRCTC official involved with the project.This scheme has been launched on pilot basis and the service will be available in more than 200 cities initially. Customers can book a ticket 5 days prior to commencement of journey.While Rs 40 will be charged for the delivery of each Sleeper Class ticket, Rs 60 will be charged for an AC class ticket. Anduril Technologies through their website and their App – BookMyTrain.com is authorised for providing CoD services.last_img read more

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Pollution machines to be set up at 11 places

first_imgKolkata: The state Pollution department is going to set up machines at 11 different locations in the city and its adjoining districts to measurepollution.Currently, there are machines to measure pollution at two places in the state: near Victoria Memorial Hall and Rabindra Bharati University.Now, initiatives have been taken up to install machines to measure pollution at different locations.The places where the machines will be installed include Maddox Square, Beadon Street, Basanti Devi College, Jadavpur, near Administrative Training Institute (ATI) in Salt Lake and Joka IIM. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedSame machines will be installed near Barrackpore Police Training College. In Hooghly, it will be set up at Chinsurah.A pollution measuring machine will also be installed in Birbhum.The top brass of the department went to different spots to identify suitable places for setting up themachines maintaining all the parameters.According to the experts, this is a major step taken to check pollution in the state. With the setting up of the machines, a data on pollution can be prepared, which is essential to take subsequent steps to curb the same. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPThe work of installation of the machines will be carried out soon without any delay and the top brass of the department will be supervising the work to ensure timely completion of the project.In the past seven years, the state Environment department has taken up several projects to check pollution and now the situation is going to improve further after the machines are installed.It is learnt that steps would be taken later to install similar machines in other parts of the state as well.last_img read more

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Posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award for Girija Devi

first_imgThe prestigious Sumitra Charat Ram Award for Lifetime Achievement for 2017 will be posthumously conferred on thumri maestro Girija Devi on November 17.The award, that was instituted six years ago to honour the memory of Delhi’s well-known art patron, Sumitra Charat Ram, will be presented at the Kamani Auditorium by Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri and accepted by the late singer’s daughter, Sudha Datta. In previous years, the award has been given to leading artists like Pt Birju Maharaj, Kishori Amonkar, Pandit Jasraj and Pandit Hari Prasad Chaurasia, among others.Shobha Deepak Singh, Sumitra Charat Ram’s daughter and director of Sriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra (SBKK), who initiated the award, said, “It is with a heavy heart that we are presenting this award posthumously. She sang at the Kendra’s Shriram Shankarlal Music Festival only in March this year and little did one know that her words at that time would be prophetic. She had said, ‘I don’t know for how long I’ll sing, but singing at SBKK is always like homecoming. I have been part of the SBKK family since 1952 when I sang at the Constitution Club when the Kendra was founded'”.The event will also witness an audio visual presentation on Girija Devi, and will conclude with a musical tribute by her disciples.A recipient of the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second highest civilian award, Girija Devi, known famously as the thumri queen, was a celebrated classical singer of the Seniya and Benaras gharanas. She performed classical and light classical music and helped elevate the profile of thumri. Her repertoire included the semi-classical genres kajri, chaiti, and holi and she sang in the khayal, Indian folk music and tappa styles. She passed away on October 24, 2017.The Sumitra Charat Ram Award is given to those individuals who have greatly contributed to the field of Indian classical music and dance or other disciplines of Indian art and culture, including theatre during the last 15 years and who have had a significant impact in promoting a particular art form.Sumitra Charat Ram belonged to the illustrious Shri Ram family and played a key role in the revival of the performing arts traditions, specially kathak and Hindustani music in north India. She was also the founder of Shiram Bharatiya Kala Kendra.Girija Devi, one of the foundational figures of Banaras and Senia gharana, who brought thumri from the courts and kothas onto the proscenium stage, died after a cardiac arrest. She was rushed to BM Birla Hospital in Kolkata but died hours after being on ventilator. Minutes before she concluded the Wajid Ali Shah thumri in Bhairavi, she was bringing alive musical flirtations and the pain of unrequited love in the more sensuous thumris. The Purabiya lilt in place, the laughter in tow. Shekhar Sen, chairman of Sangeet Natak Akademi, sat alongside her to accompany her on the vocals. Girija Devi, while introducing him, asked gently, “Ye Shekhar hain, Beta kya karte ho tum?” Everyone laughed. She was unfazed and asked again. Sen eventually managed, “Kuch nahi, Appa ji,” Girija Devi laughed along, then let the laughter die down before taking a paan out of her silver paandaan. After putting it in her mouth, she began to sing ‘Humse najariya kaahe pheri re balma’. As the audience let their appreciation show, Girija Devi responded with a smile and a glance. The diamond nosepin flashed, playing havoc with the hearts of those present.Girija Devi was born to Ramdeo Rai, a zamindar, and grew up in Banaras, singing shaadi ke geet for her doll’s wedding. Her father taught her, after which she trained under Sarju Prasad Misra and Chand Mishra. Not allowed to sing for Nawabs of the time by her husband in Varanasi and Kolkata, as it wasn’t appreciated if upper-class women sang in public, she began singing for radio and at conferences where she was much appreciated. Her musical journey found Dr Radhakrishnan, Sarojini Naidu, Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi in the audiences in the 1960s and 70s. She was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1989 and Padma Vibhushan in 2016.ianslast_img read more

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WestJet goes pink to support breast cancer awareness

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> WestJet goes pink to support breast cancer awareness Monday, October 1, 2018 Tags: Charity, WestJet Sharecenter_img TORONTO — WestJet and over 13,000 WestJetters are rallying together to support breast cancer awareness initiatives during the month of October through uniform updates, the CIBC Run for the Cure and fundraising campaigns.For the third consecutive year, WestJetters’ uniforms will look a little pinker in October with custom-designed pink neckwear and hats that have been made available to employees with 100% of the purchase price going to the Canadian Cancer Society.New for 2018, pink ‘personality’ pins were created and are available by donation for WestJetters to show their support year-round.As the official airline of the Canadian Cancer Society CIBC Run for the Cure, WestJet has raised more than $441,000 for breast cancer research and programs since 2013.“As a proud supporter of the Canadian Cancer Society and the breast cancer cause, we are delighted that WestJetters have raised more than $441,000 in the last five years for life-saving breast cancer research and programs through our annual fundraising campaigns,” said Richard Bartrem, WestJet Vice-President Marketing Communications.More news:  Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portal“Over half of our workforce is represented by women and it’s incredible to see us continue to unite together and show what our caring spirit can do in support of a tremendous cause. We are committed to making breast cancer beatable and will be proudly wearing pink this month to help bring awareness to those who have been affected by the disease.”On Sept. 30, some 40 teams of more than 360 WestJetters and their families will also participate in the Canadian Cancer Society CIBC Run for the Cure, at over 18 locations across Canada.Carly Schur, National Director of Corporate Programs for the Canadian Cancer Society, notes that progress is being made against breast cancer, with the survival rate for the disease now at 87%. “More work needs to be done because breast cancer is still the most common cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death among women in our country. We are very thankful for WestJet and our other partners who are committed to funding breast cancer research, awareness and support programs, while also participating in the CIBC Run for the Cure which engages Canadians in this work,” said Schur. Travelweek Group Posted bylast_img read more

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Local residents can meet with Rep Noble on March 5

first_img State Rep. Jeff Noble will host an open office hour on Monday, March 5 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Plymouth District Library located at 223 S. Main St. in Plymouth.“I’m looking forward to connecting with community members at my monthly office hours,” Rep. Noble said. “Residents who are interested in discussing legislative matters or have questions related to state government are encouraged to stop by at their leisure.”No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Noble at 517-373-3816 or via email at JeffNoble@house.mi.gov. Categories: Noble News 26Feb Local residents can meet with Rep. Noble on March 5last_img read more

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German broadcast group ProSiebenSat1 has confirme

first_imgGerman broadcast group ProSiebenSat.1 has confirmed earlier reports that it is launching a pair of pay TV channels, ProSieben Fun and Sat.1 Emotions.ProSieben Fun will be a general entertainment pay TV service with shows from the main ProSieben channel sitting alongside US series and movies. ProSieben said that some series will premiere on the channel, which will also carry sports programming.Fun will be carried on Deutsche Telekom’s Entertain IPTV service.ProSieben said that Sat.1 Emotions will “revolve around dreams, desires, romance and love”. It will be programmed with telenovelas, series and movies from Sat.1 and, again, some of these will debut on the pay channel before free-to-air. The channel will, along with its stablemate Kabel Eins, on various pay TV services in Germany.last_img read more

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