Province Invests 18 Million in Signature Styles

first_imgThe largest employer in New Waterford is getting a boost from the province to invest in new technology and position it for future growth. Signature Styles Canada Corp. will receive $1.8 million through the Industrial Expansion Fund to strengthen its competitiveness with the purchase of a new call-centre system. “The province supports businesses that invest in technology and innovation and this company is investing $6 million in increased productivity and growth,” said acting Minister of Economic and Rural Development Bill Estabrooks. Signature Styles recently expanded its traditional women’s clothing catalogue base to a web-based marketing approach. The leading-edge technology is expected to increase the company’s profitability, which would have a positive impact on the local economy and the community. “The company is focused on increased efficiency and profitability,” said Lisa Lavin, site director for Signature Styles. “The faith the province has shown in our operation, in combination with New Waterford’s high-quality labour force, means Signature Styles has a strong future in New Waterford.” The four-year loan, which is payable from 2009 to 2012, requires the company to maintain employment at current levels to qualify for loan forgiveness. Signature Styles is an established company that has been in business for more than 100 years. It has operated a customer contact centre in New Waterford since 2003 and employs about 350 people, with an annual payroll of $7.5 million. This provides direct tax benefits to the province of about $600,000 annually. The Industrial Expansion Fund helps industries with innovation and technology, and contributes to a prosperous and sustainable business climate for Nova Scotia. The fund helps protect jobs and support businesses to be more competitive and sustainable. It provides financial support, such as loans and guarantees, when many traditional sources are reluctant to do so.last_img read more

UN official arrives in Chad for talks on future of peacekeeping force

Under-Secretary-General Youssef Mahmoud and other officials with the world body is expected to spend nine days in N’Djamena holding discussions with Chadian authorities on the fate of the mission, known as MINURCAT.Earlier this month the Security Council extended the mandate of MINURCAT through 15 May, but Chad has called for the withdrawal of the mission’s military component, saying it has served its purpose and it was better for Chadian forces to take over security responsibilities.Alain Le Roy, Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, said the technical roll-over of the mission until mid-May would “give some time to try to find agreement with the Chadian authorities.” He recently visited the country for talks with Government officials.Meanwhile, MINURCAT today handed over 74 all-terrain vehicles to a Chadian security unit responsible for protecting refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the east of the country, according to a press release issued by the mission.The new vehicles, bought through the UN Trust Fund, have been procured to help the Integrated Security Detachment (DIS), a unit composed of national police and gendarmes, secure camp sites that are home to hundreds of thousands of people from inside Chad and from neighbouring CAR and the Darfur region of western Sudan. 23 March 2010A senior United Nations official arrived today in the Chadian capital to lead talks with that country’s Government on the future of the UN peacekeeping force in the African country and the neighbouring Central African Republic (CAR). read more

Wealthsimple launches roboadviser service in UK its 2nd international market

TORONTO — Wealthsimple’s robo-adviser services are now available in the United Kingdom.Earlier this year, the Toronto-based company tested an invitation-only trial version of the product in the U.K.CEO Michael Katchen says the U.K. expansion fits in with Wealthsimple’s plan to build a global financial services firm.The U.K. is Wealthsimple’s second international market after launching in the United States at the end of January.The company currently has more than 40,000 clients in Canada and the U.S. with $1 billion in assets.

West African leaders back UN envoys calls for protecting waraffected children

In the final communiqué adopted and issued last week in Senegal at the end of the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), leaders from that region declared their commitment to respect the “inalienable principles” contained in the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.They also called on Member States to implement the agenda for action proposed by the Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Olara Otunnu, which calls for the inclusion of child protection measures in ECOWAS peacekeeping activities, and the development and strengthening of a civil society network for protection and advocacy in the region.The leaders’ text also proposes to make ECOWAS a child solder-free zone with initiatives aimed at reducing the recruitment of youngsters as fighters and the strengthening of traditional African values for the protection of children.”The most important asset for Africa is its enormous human resource and intellectual capital, especially that of its youth,” Mr. Otunnu said as he pledged a partnership between the UN and ECOWAS “to ensure the protection, rights and well-being of all the children of this sub-region.”On the recommendation of Mr. Otunnu, ECOWAS established a child protection unit within its Secretariat last year. read more

Timely preparations imperative to credible free transparent elections in Nigeria says UN

“This is imperative for ensuring a credible, free and transparent election,” the Secretary-General said in a statement issued by his spokesperson, which noted that Mr. Ban spoke by phone to President Goodluck Jonathan and to opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari in recent days.In those conversations, the Secretary-General encouraged respect for the Abuja Accord which both men willingly adopted and which commits them to non-violence, peace and tolerance during the elections.Mr. Ban looks to Nigeria’s authorities to uphold their commitment to ensure a violence-free election and put in place adequate security measures so that citizens across the country are able to exercise their civic duty safely and without fear.He hopes that the forthcoming elections will meet the high expectations of the Nigerian people and the international community. “The successful conduct of these polls would strengthen Nigeria’s democracy and enable the country to continue to play a leading role in the promotion of regional peace and security,” the statement said. read more

Duncan MacDonald among Brock faculty staff to win art awards

– Jennifer Wallace Patron of the Arts AwardSponsored by The St. Catharines Downtown Association– Sarah Giovannone – Yoga by Sarah – IndoorShoes – Chris and Catharine Lowes – Mahtay Cafe Established Artist AwardSponsored by the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre– Matthias Bork (Visual Arts) – Tim Denis (Theatre/Music) – Geoff Farnsworth (Visual Arts) – Rick Gratton (Music) – Lynne Honsberger (Music) – Kevin Richard Hotte (Music) – Duncan MacDonald (Visual Arts) “Being awarded the Established Artist Award was a big surprise to me,” MacDonald said. “As an artist who has been exhibiting for about 20 years, it is encouraging to know that my artwork resonates with the local community.”MacDonald said he plans to use his $400 prize money from the award to buy a piece of art by recent Brock University Visual Arts graduate Ben Mosher.MacDonald was one of a handful of winners either from Brock or with a connection to the school. Seven of the nominees had Brock connections.“I am very pleased to see Professor Duncan MacDonald win the Established Artist Award,” said Carol Merriam, interim dean, Faculty of Humanities. “It’s a well-deserved recognition of his body of creative work to date, in both its quality and its almost infinite variety. That the recognition comes from his peers in the Niagara Arts community demonstrates the value and impact of his creative practice.”In addition to MacDonald, Debbie Slade, the outgoing director of Brock Centre for the Arts won the Making a Difference Award while Janis Barlow, former Arts Administration lecturer won the Volunteer in the Arts Award.The winners were selected by an independent jury of local arts community members covering various artistic disciplines.Below is a complete list of the nominees.Arts in Education AwardSponsored by the Department of Dramatic Arts, Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, Brock University– Kasia Dupuis – 4Cats Arts Studio – Dena Colling Gelentso – Carly Manley – Catherine Parayre Emerging Artist AwardSponsored by Centre for the Arts, Brock University– Jacob Bergsma (Music/Comedy) – Mary-Maria Bourdeau (Music/Dance/Theatre) – Lindsay Jack Brauweiler (Poetry) – Mike Enns (Film) – Emma Lee Fleury (Music/Visual Arts) – Maureen Brown Gratton (Visual Arts) – Maggie Groat (Visual Arts) – Chad MacDonald (Visual Arts) – Kathy McBride (Visual Arts) – Sarah Milan (Visual Arts) – Jordan Versluis (Visual Arts) – Ann-Marie B. Zammit (Music/Theatre) Making a Difference AwardSponsored by the Department of Visual Arts, Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, Brock University– Marcie Bronson – Jane Elliott – Ballet Etc. – Mendelt Hoekstra – IndoorShoes – Katie (KT) Job – Katia Perez Mendez – Debbie Slade Volunteer in the Arts AwardSponsored by Scotiabank St. Catharines– Janis Barlow – Sara Palmieri Duncan MacDonald, Brock University associate professor and chair of Brock’s Visual Arts department, accepts his award for Established Artist at the St. Catharines Arts Awards held Saturday night.It was a moment Duncan MacDonald and others at Brock won’t soon forget.In one of the last celebrations to be held at the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre, MacDonald, Brock University associate professor and chair of Brock’s Visual Arts department won the Established Artist Award at the St. Catharines Arts Awards Saturday night. read more

The Gold Gloves Are Finally Going To The Best Fielders

ALPDallas Keuchel1 Because MLB has expanded (offering more starting slots at a given position, and therefore the opportunity for more variance relative to average) and the quality of defensive metrics has improved (allowing metric creators to be more confident in handing out highly positive ratings), the average defensive quality of an “All-Defense” team selected purely using metrics has gradually increased since 1958.4That is the first year when two players at each position, one in each league, got Gold Gloves. Gold Gloves were first awarded in 1957, with one at each position across both leagues. But the average quality of actual Gold Glove winners’ fielding had stayed relatively flat for over 50 years — right up until the introduction of the SDI.The gap between the real Gold Glove winners and what we’ve defined as the sabermetric ideal reached an all-time high of 14 runs in 2005. That year, voters infamously gave Derek Jeter a Gold Glove for what was one of the worst defensive seasons ever at shortstop according to the numbers. Defensive metrics were improving all the time, but the voters didn’t appear to be paying attention.The tide turned, however, with the adoption of the SDI in 2013. Immediately upon its inclusion in the voting process, the average statistical quality of a Gold Glove winner skyrocketed, from 10 runs below the sabermetric ideal in 2012 to half that a year later. Obviously, this is a bit of a circular finding: We’re judging Gold Glove winners against a statistical standard determined by one of the same metrics that goes into the SDI itself. But the leap between the pre- and post-SDI eras is still striking.So striking, in fact, that it even goes beyond what would be expected from the direct influence SDI has on Gold Glove voting by dictating 25 percent of the vote.“We think it’s influenced the managers’ and coaches’ voting,” Vince Gennaro, SABR’s president and a member of the SDI committee, said about SDI in a telephone interview Tuesday. On top of the SDI numbers’ algorithmic role in the voting process, Gennaro believes they have had a pronounced effect in combating incumbency bias and other reputation-based flaws in the human side of the voting. In other words, because they’re so widely available (they’re even listed on the ballots given to Gold Glove voters), the advanced metrics have also influenced the other 75 percent of the vote they don’t directly control.“[Say] you’ve got a guy who’s not a perennial Gold Glove guy, but he really caught your eye this year,” Gennaro said. “Then you see he had 17 runs saved, versus a guy who won it last year at 7. I think it could be very much a validating thing, and it might tip you to make that vote.”Because it essentially involves measuring players against the plays they didn’t make, defense has always been one of the toughest areas of baseball to evaluate statistically. And the absence of detailed defensive data in the past might have caused voters to err on the side of a reputation that was no longer valid (or never was deserved). But now, advanced metrics provide evidence to either support or tear down commonly held beliefs about a player’s defensive prowess, giving them a large amount of sway over both the human and computerized aspects of the Gold Glove process.This isn’t to say that every Gold Glove now conforms to the advanced metrics. For instance, Kansas City Royals teammates Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez won this year despite ranking sixth and seventh at their respective positions in SDI. But aside from Hosmer and Perez, every other Gold Glover ranked in the top three in SDI at his position, and 10 of the 18 winners ranked first. AL3BManny Machado1 ALLFYoenis Cespedes1 NLRFJason Heyward1 NL1BPaul Goldschmidt2Brandon Belt AL2BJose Altuve3Ian Kinsler LEAGUEPOSITIONGOLD GLOVE WINNERSDI RANKSDI LEADER (IF DIFFERENT) NL3BNolan Arenado1 ALRFKole Calhoun1 NLCFA.J. Pollock3Odubel Herrera NL2BDee Gordon3Danny Espinosa From Tampa Bay’s Kevin Kiermaier to San Francisco’s Brandon Crawford, it was hard to tell this year’s list of Gold Glove winners, announced Tuesday night, from a list of players with the best advanced defensive metrics. That’s no coincidence: Since 2013, Rawlings, the mitt-maker that annually hands out the Gold Glove hardware, has incorporated a statistical component known as the SABR1Which stands for the Society for American Baseball Research. Defensive Index (SDI), giving it at least 25 percent weight in the voting. (The rest of the vote belongs to Major League Baseball managers and coaches.)2SDI gets “at least 25 percent” because SDI can receive more weight — as much as 30 percent, in practice — depending on how many human voters fail to send in their ballots. But the impact of analytic tools is probably undersold by that number. Instead, the case can be made that the advanced stats have almost completely taken over the Gold Glove competition.You can see this effect in how much more closely recent Gold Glove winners have matched the selections that would have been made using only defensive metrics:3In this case, using’s measure of fielding runs above average, adjusted such that the average MLB player (across all positions) has a value of 0 runs saved. The precision of’s metric — which uses defensive runs saved for seasons since 2003 and Total Zone for years before that — has changed over time. In recent years, it uses metrics that correspond very closely with those that make up SDI. NLLFStarling Marte2Christian Yelich NLCYadier Molina3Buster Posey ALCSalvador Perez7Caleb Joseph NLSSBrandon Crawford1 ALCFKevin Kiermaier1 NLPZack Greinke1 ALSSAlcides Escobar1 AL1BEric Hosmer6Mike Napoli Likewise, it isn’t completely clear that a wholesale metric takeover of the Gold Gloves would be a good thing. While we can measure whether Gold Gloves are getting closer to the sabermetric ideal, it will take further research to see whether that development means having a Gold Glover in the field leads to his team playing better defense.But since the introduction of the SDI, the Gold Glove process has undeniably become more quantitative. And that’s a pretty big shift for an award that used to be as allergic to meaningful statistics as any in the game. read more

Ohio State mens tennis slices Baylor moves to NCAA semifinals

The No. 4-seeded Ohio State men’s tennis team has advanced to the NCAA Championship Tournament semifinals after defeating No. 5-seeded Baylor, 4-2, in the quarterfinals Saturday. The Buckeyes continue their run at the NCAA Championship against No. 1-seeded Virginia today. Virginia defeated the Buckeyes, 4-1, on Feb. 20. OSU seniors Balazs Novak and Shuhei Uzawa listed the Cavaliers as one of the toughest opponents the team could face in this tournament. “We’re really excited to play them,” redshirt sophomore Devin McCarthy said. “We lost to them at National Indoors (Feb. 20) and thought it was close enough that we could win.” The match against Baylor was the first in the tournament that the Buckeyes didn’t win, 4-0. It was also the team’s first match against a seeded opponent. OSU had to fight hard for the doubles point but was eventually able to secure it, allowing the team to lead, 1-0, in the beginning of the match. The Buckeyes started down by one match in doubles action when Baylor sophomore Roberto Maytin and senior John Peers defeated senior Matt Allare and redshirt freshman Peter Kobelt, 8-3. After the initial loss, OSU doubles pairs, Novak and freshman Blaz Rola, and junior Chase Buchanan and Uzawa, were able to secure the doubles point for the Buckeyes. Uzawa and Buchanan rebounded from a 5-4 deficit in the match against Baylor seniors Sergio Ramirez and Jordan Rux to win their match, 8-6. Novak and Rola also contributed to the doubles point by beating Baylor juniors Julien Bley and Kike Grangeiro, 8-3. McCarthy said the team needs to keep working on the doubles point to continue to be successful. “Everyone has their own individual things they need to work on,” he said. “But the doubles point is really big.” The two teams moved onto singles action where OSU only surrendered two points and picked up three more to give the team the win. Rux was able to defeat OSU freshman Ille Van Engelen, 7-5, 6-1, and Maytin defeated Allare, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4, for Baylor’s only two points of the match. Buchanan, Rola and Novak provided the last three points OSU needed to win the match and advance to the next round. Buchanan finished with a 6-2, 6-2 victory against Ramirez, and then Novak defeated Bley, 7-6, 6-3. Rola took the remaining singles point, defeating Peers, 4-6, 7-6, 6-3. The winner between OSU and Virginia will face the winner of the match between Georgia and Southern California on Tuesday. read more

British charity sells Somme battlefield plot without telling members

When King George V, Edward, Prince of Wales, and General Julian Byng visited the Western Front in July 1917, they climbed the Butte de WarlencourtCredit:Military History Collection / Alamy King George V, Edward, Prince of Wales, and General Julian Byng visit the Western Front in July 1917. On July 1, 1916, some 19,240 British troops lost their lives on the first day of the Battle of the Somme.In one of the bloodiest battles in human history, one of the most contested pieces of land on the Western Front was the Butte de Warlencourt – a hill on an otherwise flat plain, dubbed ‘a miniature Gibraltar,’ which changed hands between Germany and the allied forces three times in two years.Now, approaching 100 years since the end of the First World War, a very different fight has flared up over the Butte’s ownership, involving a British amateur history organisation and its angry members.The Western Front Association used its members’ donations to purchase the acre of land for a modest 5,000 French Francs (£670) in 1990, and has maintained it ever since. But last month the famous Butte was quietly sold to the group’s former chairman, Bob Paterson, in a deal struck behind closed doors. The WFA’s 6,500 members only found out in a newsletter earlier this week.The move has been branded disgraceful, disappointing and arrogant, and some have cancelled their membership as a result. One trustee resigned their position after the vote was taken in their absence, and the Charity Commission has said it will investigate the sale. The white chalky remains of the Butte de Warlencourt surrounded by battle-scarred countryside, painted by William OrpenCredit:Military History Collection / Alamy “To think that they feel they can make a decision such as this without even having consulted any member is disgraceful and even more so disappointing,” added another member, Genevra Charsley.A spokesperson for the Charity Commission said: “Charity trustees are under a legal duty to act in the best interests of their charity. This is an important principle of charity law and critical to maintaining the confidence of supporters and the wider public. The white chalky remains of the Butte de Warlencourt surrounded by battle-scarred countryside, painted by William Orpen “Poor timing, lacks transparency, smacks of cronyism, indifferent & dismissive to members,” said one WFA member, Nick Champion. The WFA insist that it is not a commercial sale, and that they were forced into the position by rising insurance costs and the fact they are not based in France. “The executive committee did not shy away from a difficult decision and we gave it considerable thought,” said trustee and legal advisor to the group, Richard Hughes.“There could be unexploded ordnance there, people could fall on the hill and injure themselves, and in the nasty, litigious climate we live in today, it is seven or eight trustees who carry the can, not the 6,500 members,” he added.“Bob is the best buyer at the best time for this. He lives nearby and has a long association with the WFA. The agreement means that there is a 25-year commitment from him to maintain the site and its heritage, as well as keeping access open. We have committed to sponsoring the notice boards and maintaining our relationship with the Butte.”The site is understood to have changed hands for around €14,000 and according to the WFA, Mr Paterson, who was chair between 2014-2016, “has several thoughts and plans to both maintain the Butte de Warlencourt as a heritage site and encourage more visitors to the site by, for example, developing its web and social media presence.”Mr Paterson could not be reached for comment, but Richard Hughes said: “Nobody can make money on the land. If he tried to do anything like build a visitor centre, he’d lose a fortune.” “We will be contacting the trustees of the Western Front Association to ensure that they have taken all appropriate steps in decision-making around the sale of Butte de Warlencourt.”The Butte de Warlencourt was one of very few key battlefield sites in the Somme that was owned and protected by a charity. While some Britons run bed and breakfasts which cater to First World War tourism in the Somme, only a handful of famous battle sites are privately owned, including the nearby Lochnagar mine, bought in 1978 by Richard Dunning, who was awarded an MBE for his services to First World War remembrance. The Butte de Warlencourt saw some of the fiercest fighting of the First World War, with the hill changing hands between the Germans and Allied forces three timesCredit: Christiaan May / Alamy In November 1916, the landscape was very different. Aged 25, and having already won a Victoria Cross, Lt Colonel Roland Bradford, the commanding officer of the 9th battalion Durham Light Infantry, was ordered to attack the German forces controlling the Butte. “It is wonderful, when one considers the difficulties under which our men were working and the fearful fire to which they were exposed, that they held on for so long as they did. And it makes you proud to be an Englishman,” he said, after the failed mission.“The Butte de Warlencourt had become an obsession. Everybody wanted it. It loomed large in the minds of the soldiers in the forward area and they attributed many of their misfortunes to it. The newspaper correspondents talked about ‘that miniature Gibraltar.’ So it had to be taken.” A poppy wreath at the Butte de Warlencourt memorial, Somme, France 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. read more

Total Lubricants in new three year European deal with ArcelorMittal

first_imgTotal Lubricants, a leading player in the global lubricants market and ArcelorMittal, the global leading steel and mining company, has signed a three-year European supply agreement related to the purchase of a complete range of maintenance lubricants, technical support and associated services. The deal, signed on September 8, marks more than 20 years of partnership between both groups. “It ensures the security of supply, enjoying the benefits of Total’s worldwide presence. The core of the agreement concerns highly efficient lubricants which increase the reliability of steelmaking equipment. The agreement optimises the cost, including the cost of maintenance operations and the lifecycle of key assets and equipment, minimising downtime and production losses. The collaborative approach of both companies reflects perfectly ArcelorMittal’s strategy to be the most efficient and competitive producer of steel products.”“Today, we expect from our partner not only favourable commercial conditions, but also lubrication improvement programs to increase the productivity of our assets. Total Lubricants is a proven partner introducing the Total Cost of Ownership approach,” said Sanjay Pandya, General Manager of ArcelorMittal, European Procurement Organisation. “Focusing on the steel industry is a strategic choice for Total Lubricants made a long time ago. Currently, steelmakers are focused on efficiency and cost reductions. A long-term partnership with ArcelorMittal allows us to introduce new lubrication solutions aimed at equipment efficiency, and increasing the profitability of production sites,” said Mathieu Soulas, CEO of Total Lubricants.The statement said that the partnership of Total Lubrifiants and ArcelorMittal represents a focus on the future and on mutual performance. ArcelorMittal operates iron ore mines in Europe in both Ukraine and Bosnia.last_img read more

Albemarle on course for 2021 commissioning at Kemerton lithium hydroxide conversion site

first_imgAlbemarle has begun earthworks at the Kemerton Strategic Industrial Area, in Western Australia, for the construction of the company’s Kemerton lithium hydroxide (LiOH) conversion site.Albemarle recently received environmental approval from the federal and state government for the Kemerton plant and has followed this up with the groundbreaking.Eric Norris, Albemarle President, Lithium, said: “The site earthworks at Kemerton today are on track with our projections. Achieving this milestone underscores our commitment and confidence in developing LiOH operations in Western Australia and in our overall strategy to drive significant shareholder value and meet our customers’ demands.”The Kemerton plant is expected to have an initial capacity of 60,000 t/y of LiOH with an ability to expand to 100,000 t/y over time. The commissioning of the site is expected to start in stages during the course of 2021.last_img read more

TDK reinvents the boombox for the 21st century

first_imgSomeone in the 80s would think the iPod to be completely magic. “You mean I can store every song I’ll ever listen to on this little box the size of a cassette tape?” that person would ask before happily spiking their trust boombox to the pavement once and for all.Yes, the iPod and its ilk are a better way to enjoy music portability than a boombox, it’s true, but sometimes, I miss the communal aspects of the trust boombox. The iPod might be an incredible gadget, but you can’t walk onto a New York City subway with one and inflict gangster rap at an ear-spllitng decibel upon all of your other passengers, nor can you use your iPod to DJ an impromptu street breakdancing battle. I’m delighted to see that TDK has decided to revive the iconic boombox with this 3 Speaker affair, which leaves behind 80’s aesthetics while still being badass enough to carry around on your shoulder.Unlike the boomboxes of yore, the TDK model features USB, 3.5mm or auxiliary ports that allow you to connect your iPhone, iPod, PMP or flash drives. Sounds is delivered by a pair of 6-inch coaxial drivers and a high excursion subwoofer of the same size, while a combination of touch and dial controls help give the boombox its sleek looks. Best of all, depending on how you look at it: TDK’s boombox keeps it real by requiring old school D-batteries, although you can also plug it into an AC slot if need be. Price is to be announce. Release date should have been 89, but it’s more likely to be sometime in the next few months.Read more at TDKlast_img read more

Before Ted What was it like to work with Dermot Morgan

first_img Share11 Tweet Email2 Subscribe for more videos Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: 11 Comments 18,857 Views Feb 24th 2018, 10:01 PM Before Ted: What was it like to work with Dermot Morgan? The much-loved comedian died 20 years ago – we spoke to his former collaborators Gerry Stembridge and Barry Devlin. Saturday 24 Feb 2018, 10:00 PM By Daragh Brophy Short URL “OUR ATTEMPTS TO collaborate always ended in us enjoying ourselves so much so that we wasted time and got nothing actually written.”Gerry Stembridge and Barry Devlin tell similar tales of writing with Dermot Morgan – planned work sessions often went awry. Stembridge, co-creator with Morgan of the hugely successful radio satire Scrap Saturday, says they quickly found it was better to work separately and compare their scripts at the end of the week.Devlin, who worked with Morgan on the Live Mic in the early 80s and produced some of his most popular parody records, says the comedian was never short of inspired ideas – getting him to write it all down, however, was sometimes a challenge: “You could never, for instance, get him to repeat a story.”last_img read more

San Diego vaccination rates higher than state and national rates health survey

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – More parents in San Diego County vaccinate their children on average, compared with those across the state and nation, according to a survey released Thursday by the county Health and Human Services Agency.The survey revealed that 80.6 percent of county children between 19 and 35 months have received recommended vaccines. That’s just above the federal government’s Healthy People 2020 recommended target of 80 percent.The percent of fully immunized children in the state and nation is 65.3 and 70.7 percent, meanwhile.“We’re ahead of California and the United States, and that is great news for our children,” said county public health officer Wilma Wooten. “The higher the vaccination rates, the lower the risks of children getting sick and infecting others.”County staff conducted nearly 4,000 surveys and made more than 550,000 random calls between July 2016 and May 2017 to gather data.Interviewers asked questions regarding vaccination status across different age groups to determine how many people have up-to-date immunizations. Interviews were conducted in multiple languages to secure a more comprehensive sampling of the local population, according to the county.The percent of county adolescents between 13 and 17 years old who have been vaccinated against chickenpox, Tdap and meningococcal disease also exceed federal targets as well as state and national averages.However, additional education is needed on the human papillomavirus vaccine’s ability to protect against cancer, Wooten said. Only 54 percent of local adolescents were up-to-date on the HPV vaccine. That’s higher than state and national averages of 49 and 43 percent, respectively, but below the federal goal of 80 percent.HPV causes most cervical cancers, as well as cancers of the vulva, vagina, penis, rectum, anus and throat, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Influenza vaccine data was more encouraging.Eighty-one percent of county residents 65 years or older got a flu shot during the 2015-16 season, according to the county survey, which surpasses the federal goal of 70 percent that also was the average statewide and nationally.The survey also showed that 67 percent of high-risk people between the ages of 18 and 64 — including those with heart, lung, diabetes and immune system problems — also got their flu shot, compared with 42 percent in the state and 46 percent across the U.S.Survey data is important in planning additional education and outreach campaigns, Wooten said.“Vaccines are the most effective tool we have to keep San Diegans healthy,” Wooten said. “We must do all we can to inform our San Diego communities about how to protect themselves from vaccine preventable diseases.” Posted: July 26, 2018 San Diego vaccination rates higher than state and national rates, health survey says July 26, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Herrera Beutler votes in favor of Violence Against Women Act extension

first_imgCongress passes bill renewing anti-violence lawU.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, voted on Thursday in favor of both proposals to extend the federal Violence Against Women Act.The first of those bills, which was defeated, was backed by House Republicans and added new provisions to the anti-violence law, including “more assistance for law enforcement to prosecute criminal offenders, more accountability for funding, and stronger oversight to ensure fair and constitutional criminal proceedings in tribal courts,” Herrera Beutler said Thursday.The House then passed the Senate’s version of the plan, which extended the Violence Against Women Act to include protections for immigrants, tribal women and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Herrera Beutler was one of 87 House Republicans to support the Senate’s plan. The vote sends it to President Barack Obama for signing“As a woman, a daughter, a sister, and a friend to others who have suffered the trauma of sexual assault or domestic abuse, I believe Congress has a duty to provide relief for victims of violence and help deliver swift justice to the perpetrators,” Herrera Beutler said in a statement. “It’s been a disservice to our communities that the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act has been stalled for several months now, and today I took action that would put an end to the delay.”Washington’s Democratic Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray also voted in favor of the Senate plan to reauthorize the anti-violence act.– Stevie Mathieulast_img read more

Police search for missing Port St Lucie child

first_imgPORT ST. LUCIE, FLA. (WSVN) – – A child has been reported missing out of Port St. Lucie.Four-year-old Chelsea Noel was last seen on Southwest Keats Street, Saturday.She was last seen wearing a long, pink nightgown that reads “princess.” Police searching for 4 yoa, Chelsea Noel, who walked out of her house in the 4600 block of SW Keats St around SW Becker Rd at 9:50pm. Police K-9, helicopter, and patrol on scene.If you see her call 9-1-1— Port St. Lucie PD (@PSLPolice) December 3, 2017Noel has short braids and a birthmark from her neck to her chest.If you have any information on the whereabouts of this child, please contact the Port St. Lucie Police Department at (772) 871-5000. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Helicopter rideshare taxi crashes in New York

first_img Tags Mobile Tech Industry Culture Post a comment The helicopter is pulled out of the Hudson River Drew Angerer / Getty Images One of a fleet of helicopters being used as part of Blade’s ride-sharing service was been forced to make an emergency landing in the Hudson River in New York on Wednesday Blade called the landing “safe,” with the helicopter coming down on floats near the heliport.  “There were no passengers on board. The pilot was not injured and immediately exited the aircraft,” Blade said. At the time, the helicopter taxi was being moved to the West Side Heliport to be refueled by Zip Aviation. As there were no injuries, the incident won’t be investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board, Blade said. All Blade services, which allow people to book by the seat, or charter or crowdsource a flight, are operating normally. Both the New York City Fire Department and the NYPD had flagged the crash earlier on Wednesday. “FDNY members remain on scene of a helicopter crash in the Hudson River,” a fire department tweet said. “The helicopter is tied to the pier at this time. The pilot is on land, and was the only person on board.” However, it added that there were “two non-life-threatening injuries” involved: “The pilot and one heliport worker injured by debris.” “Firefighter Chris Morgan and I entered the helicopter in the water to make sure there were no additional passengers,” FDNY firefighter Tim O’Neill said. “The pilot was exiting the helicopter and getting onto a civilian boat. “The rear part of the cabin had already begun to fill up with water. We verified that the emergency fuel was shut off, and secured the helicopter using ropes to the bulkhead and an FDNY Marine unit.”Correction, May 16 at 9:31 a.m. PT: Headline originally read Blade helicopter, but aircraft was not owned by Blade. 0 Share your voice Aviation Crowdfundinglast_img read more

Charlize Theron was offered to play Gal Gadots mother in Wonder Woman

first_imgHere’s a fact that not many know about the casting of DC Comics’ Wonder Woman standalone film. Charlize Theron just revealed that she was initially offered to play Gadot’s mother, which was eventually played by 53-year-old Connie Nielsen.While Charlize Theron is a mom in real life but playing a mother to the Amazonian princess, Gal Gadot, in 2017’s Wonder Woman sure made the 43-year-old actress feel super old. Speaking to Andy Cohen on his show, Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen, the Mad Max: Fury Road actress revealed, “This is a great example of how Hollywood like slaps you in the face when you start ageing.” On the same, she further added, “And I was like, ‘I’m not familiar with it. What does Wonder Woman really do?’ And this person said, ‘No, it’s for Wonder Woman’s mom.’ “It was the defining moment when I crossed over,” she said. “And I wasn’t fully aware of it.” A still from Wonder WomanTwitterEventually, the role of Hippolyta, Princess Diana’s mother, went to Connie Nielsen. Well, we know how the film fared at the box office. It was one of the highest earning Warner Bros films that the production house earned after a set of few debacles. Theron is currently promoting her upcoming film, The Long Shot with actor Seth Rogen.During one of her interviews, she revealed how a producer was inappropriate with her in her first audition. “He was a very big deal and is still a big deal,” Theron said on SiriusXM’s “Howard Stern Show.” Delving further into details, she added, “It was my first audition ever. I had just turned 19, I might have still been 18. I had never been out for an audition. “It’s crazy and girls talk about this where you just go blank. Like you don’t know what to do, but I left. I don’t even know how I got out of the house, but I left.” A still from the Long ShotTwitterRevealing how she was angry with herself on her way back home, Theron added, “I was like, ‘I’m not that kind of girl. Why did I not tell him to go f— himself?’ It made me so angry. He said, ‘Nice to meet you.’ And I said, ‘No, we’ve met before.’ And he had no recollection of it. And his producing partner was standing right next to him and he was embarrassed.”last_img read more

Rohingya man dies of TB in Coxs Bazar

first_imgA Rohingya refugee succumbed to Tuberculosis (TB) on Wednesday at the Balukhali camp in Cox’s Bazar.The deceased is Nur Mohammad, 50, son of Fakir Ahmad, hailing from Polashganj in Rakhine State of Myanmar.Victim’s nephew Shahidul Amin said Nur had long been suffering from TB, which finally claimed his life in the afternoon around 4:30pm.Nur, whose wife was killed in the persecution by Myanmar Army, fled into Bangladesh 15 days earlier.He was undergoing treatment at Kutupalong medical camp.last_img

Mostafa Kamal Pasha new IG prison

first_imgBrigadier general Mostafa Kamal Pasha has been appointed as new inspector general (IG) of prisons, reports UNB.The public administration ministry issued a notification in this regard on Wednesday.Former IG of prisons brigadier general Syed Iftekhar Uddin has been sent back to the Bangladesh Army.last_img