Unpopular Saskatchewan budget hangs over leadership race to replace Brad Wall

first_imgREGINA – Retiring Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall’s austerity budget from last spring has not been popular with voters and whoever takes over from him could still have to deal with the fallout.The budget cut library and education funding, as well as grants to municipalities and money for funeral services for poor people. It raised the provincial sales tax and added it to things that had been exempt such as children’s clothing and restaurant meals.The measures were part of the Saskatchewan Party government’s effort to tackle a $1.3-billion deficit.Shawn Davidson, president of the Saskatchewan School Boards Association, says the impact on students will be great if there are deeper cuts and he hopes whoever becomes the next premier recognizes that.“Education certainly did its part in the world of austerity for the province in helping to balance the budget, and there were a lot of tough decisions that came with that,” said Davidson.“But we’re at a point now where we need to see our funding be sustainable moving forward, so that we can do the best things for our kids.“This idea there’s still a bunch of fat to cut in education is just simply false.”Ken Rasmussen, a political scientist with the University of Regina, said Wall’s successor may face divisions in caucus between those who were not keen on the budget and those who are very much pro-austerity.Rasmussen suggested Wall was able to keep a lid on any kind of unrest, but that might not last.“That kind of division that clearly exists in cabinet is going to become more visible,” he said. “Whoever is the new leader is going to have a harder time tamping that down.”The budget is “already a bit of a shambles and whatever plan they had has sort of unravelled through piecemeal changes.”On Thursday, the government backtracked on a planned 10 per cent funding cut to community-based organizations such as mobile crisis services, detox facilities and youth centres.Health Minister Jim Reiter — who is considering whether to enter the race to lead the Saskatchewan Party and, ultimately, become premier — said the province decided after a review that it wasn’t appropriate to take money away from the groups.Public outcry had already led the government to reverse plans to cut the library and funeral funding.Tina Beaudry-Mellor, who has stepped down as social services minister to enter the leadership race, said there is a budget challenge.“Given that human services portions of our ministries have three-quarters of the budget, there’s no question that we need to look in those areas for efficiencies when we want to balance the budget. But there might be better ways of going about it than we currently are,” she said.“For example, I’m not certain that having the same level of savings across every ministry is perhaps the wisest approach.”Finance Minister Kevin Doherty, also considering a leadership bid, said he’ll continue to defend the budget, even though it might put him at a disadvantage.“Will I wear it? Probably more so than other people. That’s probably a fair statement. But again, this is a government decision and the government should all stand behind it.”Parks Minister Ken Cheveldayoff and Justice Minister Gord Wyant are also deciding whether to run.Rasmussen said he can’t see any new leader of the Saskatchewan Party abandoning austerity.It would be a risky political move, he said, but whoever becomes premier could lessen some of the impact with a “reset” in the next budget.“I imagine that we’ll see a kinder, gentler austerity budget.”last_img read more

Police plan lengthy investigation of YouTube shooters past

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO – Authorities on Thursday promised a deeper investigation into the YouTube shooter’s past and her anger with the online video website, identified as her motive for attacking the company’s headquarters in California.“This will be a long and very methodical investigation,” said Geoff Caldwell, a police commander in San Bruno, a city just south of San Francisco where YouTube is located.Investigators will likely scrutinize Nasim Aghdam’s movements during the nearly nine-hour drive from her family’s home near San Diego to the YouTube campus, examine the bizarre videos she posted online and look for any messages she may have sent to company officials.Aghdam, an Iranian native in her late 30s, walked through a parking garage into a courtyard at the campus Tuesday and opened fire, police said. She wounded three people before killing herself.She had legally bought the 9mm handgun from a dealer in San Diego in January, and it was registered in her name, Caldwell said. He declined to say where she purchased the weapon.Police have previously said Aghdam went to a gun range before arriving at YouTube. Caldwell declined to identify the range but said employees contacted police after the shooting to report she had practiced there.Officers spent nearly two hours Wednesday at the Jackson Arms Shooting Range in South San Francisco, a few miles from YouTube headquarters.The most seriously wounded victim, a 36-year-old man initially classified as critically injured, was upgraded to fair condition Thursday. Two women who were wounded have been released from hospitals.Aghdam was prolific at producing videos and posting them online. She exercised, promoted animal rights and explained the vegan diet, often in bizarre productions with elaborate costumes or carrying a rabbit.She posted the videos under the online name Nasime Sabz, and a website in that name decried YouTube’s policies, saying the company was trying to “suppress” content creators.“Youtube filtered my channels to keep them from getting views!” one of the messages said.YouTube had no comment about any actions related to Aghdam’s videos.Her father, Ismail Aghdam, told the Bay Area News Group that he warned police the day before the attack that his daughter was upset with how YouTube handled her videos and might be planning to go to its offices.San Diego sheriff’s Lt. Karen Stubkjaer said Thursday that the father never told deputies that she was a danger to herself or others when he reported her missing.Police in the San Francisco Bay Area city of Mountain View said they spoke to Ismail Aghdam twice after contacting the family to report finding his daughter sleeping in her car early Tuesday. Police say he also never told them she could become violent or pose a threat to YouTube employees.Federal and state investigators have searched two homes associated with the family, collecting evidence.Nasim Aghdam also ran a Farsi-language public channel on the messaging app Telegram, which had 6,000 followers.One video was a tutorial about how to massage buttocks, and another featured a song praising Bahaism, a religion that originated in Iran but is heavily suppressed by the Islamic Republic.People in Iran expressed pity and shock that Aghdam would shoot others in a country that allows more social media freedom. State TV briefly reported the shooting based on international reports.Hossein Naderi, a 23-year-old art student in Tehran, questioned why Aghdam chose to live in America, adding, “I wish I was there to use YouTube freely.”Kimia Shobeiri, 18, suggested the shooting was a ploy to get attention.“She was insane and just wanted to make herself famous,” she said. “With this act she damaged the reputation of Iranians.”___Associated Press writer Michael Balsamo in Los Angeles contributed to this report.last_img read more

Two Fort St John Mounties raising money ahead of this years Tour

first_imgThis will be Cst. Bojczuk’s third year participating in Tour de North, after she participated in the 2017 and 2016 editions, both times with Cst. Tristan Williams. Cst. Bojczuk has some personal experience with the disease, after her friend beat breast cancer a number of years ago.Sgt. Dave Tyreman said that the Fort St. John community has an incredible history of giving and supporting local causes. 80 percent of the funds raised by Tour de NOrth go to pediatric cancer research, with the remaining 20 percent donated to Camp Goodtimes. In the past 16 years, over 3.2 million dollars has been raised, and over 530,000 kms ridden by Tour de North Riders.Each rider is required to meet a pre-riding fundraising goal. Cst. Bojczuk and Cpl. Owen have planned a couple of events in order to help them in achieving their goals. Their first one is: Asking everyone to put their best foot forward and “Buck Up” for the boot.On August 3rd, the officers will be holding a Fill the Boot drive at the Fort St John Safeway from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m., trying to fill an RCMP high brown riding boot with donations.Then on September 5th, the RCMP will hold their annual Jail and Bail at the Fort St John Canadian Tire parking lot from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.Members of the community who have been nominated by their friends, family, and co-workers will be “arrested” and brought to a mock jail where a short mock trial will take place. Bail will be set and the arrested person will then be given time to raise the requested amount from the mock bail hearing. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Two members of the Fort St. John RCMP detachment are gearing up for this year’s Cops for Cancer – Tour de North, which is taking place in just under two months’ time.Constable Rebecca Bojczuk and Corporal Spencer Owen will be hitting the road to raise money for this year’s Tour de North, which is taking place from September 14th – 20th. The group of riders will be travelling over 800 kilometres during that week, riding from Prince George to Prince Rupert while raising money for the Canadian Cancer Foundation and Camp Goodtimes.Cst. Rebecca Bojczuk and Cst. Tristan Williams outside the Fort St. John RCMP Detachment. Photo by Chris Newtonlast_img read more

Indonesia UN prepares emergency response to expected volcanic eruption

18 October 2007United Nations relief officials in Indonesia have begun mobilizing staff and emergency medical supplies in eastern Java, where the eruption of Mount Kelud volcano is believed to be imminent. UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters today that the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) is closely monitoring the situation after the Government recommended on Tuesday that locals evacuate the area immediately.The World Health Organization (WHO) has mobilized 100 medical professionals, placed 200 health facilities on alert and established 41 outreach health posts in anticipation of the eruption. Emergency health kits, masks and other essential equipment are also in place. UN humanitarian agencies are also taking part in assessment missions, Ms. Montas said.WHO reported that some 116,000 people who had been living within 10 kilometres of Mount Kelud in either Kidiri or Biltar districts have already been evacuated, although some people in relatively low-risk areas have since been allowed to return to their homes because the volcanic activity has slowed. read more

Security Council hears call for more coherent approach to security sector reform

United Nations support for security sector reform in countries attempting to rebuild after suffering through conflicts must become more coherent and streamlined if it is to be successful, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council today. Addressing a debate on the issue, Mr. Ban said that while the Organization “has rich and varied experience” in helping countries – from El Salvador and Cambodia in the past to Liberia and Sierra Leone today – reform their armed forces, police and other segments of the security sector, too often the UN has “remained an ad hoc partner” to other national or international bodies in this process. “What has been lacking is a common framework and a coherent system-wide approach,” he said. “Despite our hands-on record, we have only limited institutional structures to guide engagement on the ground. “We need to strengthen our ability to provide consistent, well-coordinate and high-quality technical advice, during peace processes and in peacekeeping, peacebuilding and development. We need to make our approach less piecemeal and more holistic.” Mr. Ban, who issued the report on the subject earlier this year, called for the UN to work in collaboration with key international partners and ensure its approach in any individual country is flexible and tailored to that nation’s needs. “States and societies define and pursue security according to their particular context, history, culture and needs. There can be no rigid one-size-fits-all” approach, he said. The Secretary-General stressed that Member States remain the primary providers of security and national ownership must be the cornerstone of the UN’s approach on the issue. He also called on policymakers devising reform of the security sector in countries emerging from conflict to place an emphasis on preventing and reducing sexual and gender-based violence, which he noted “has become the common aftermath of conflict.” Later, in a presidential statement, Ambassador John Sawers of the United Kingdom – which holds the rotating presidency of the 15-member body this month – said the Council backed the UN’s efforts to “develop an holistic and coherent” approach in consultation with Member States. Mr. Sawers also stressed that the UN Peacebuilding Commission plays a vital role in the process, as do many regional, sub-regional and other intergovernmental organizations, especially in ensuring ongoing international support to countries struggling to implement the needed reforms. 12 May 2008United Nations support for security sector reform in countries attempting to rebuild after suffering through conflicts must become more coherent and streamlined if it is to be successful, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council today. read more

Hydro One signs blockbuster deal to buy US energy company Avista for

TORONTO — Hydro One Ltd. has signed a friendly deal to acquire U.S. energy company Avista Corp. for C$6.7 billion in an all-cash deal that would create one of the largest regulated utilities in North America.The Toronto-based company said Wednesday after the close of markets that it will pay $67 per share in cash for the U.S. firm.Shares in Avista closed Wednesday at US$43.33 on the New York Stock Exchange.“This transaction demonstrates the power and value of the transition into an investor-owned utility, by allowing for healthy expansion into new lines of regulated utility business and new jurisdictions, such as the U.S. Pacific Northwest which is experiencing customer and economic growth,” Hydro One CEO Mayo Schmidt said in a statement.The companies said there will be no job losses as a result of the merger and customer rates will not be affected by any of the costs associated with the transaction.Under the agreement, Avista would keep its existing corporate headquarters in Spokane, Wash., and continue to operate as a stand-alone utility in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.“Through this agreement, we have a unique opportunity to secure a partnership that allows us to continue to define and control, to a significant degree, future operations and opportunities in a consolidating industry landscape for the benefit of our customers,” Avista chairman and CEO Scott Morris said in a statement.“In Hydro One, we believe we’ve found a partner that allows us to preserve our identity and our proud legacy, while also preparing us for the future.”The deal was unanimously approved by the boards of both companies and is expected to close in the second half of 2018, subject to Avista shareholder and certain regulatory and government approvals.In November 2015, Hydro One went public with much fanfare, raising $1.83 billion in one of the biggest and most politically charged initial public offerings in Canada. The partial sale of the utility was part of the Ontario government’s plan to raise money to fund transit and infrastructure projects.Hydro One has more than 1.3 million customers, $25 billion in assets and employs 5,500 people. Avista provides electric and natural gas services to 721,000 customers.The Canadian Press read more

New Defence Secretary assumes duties

The newly appointed Secretary to the Ministry of Defence, Hemasiri Fernando assumed duties during a ceremony held at the Ministry, today.Hemasiri Fernando was appointed as the Secretary to the Ministry of Defence by the President yesterday. Chief of Defence Staff, Tri Forces Commanders, IGP, senior Ministry officials, heads of institutions under the purview of the Ministry and members of the staff were also present at the ceremony.Fernando is also the Chief of Staff of the President. (Colombo Gazette)

Pedestrian struck and killed on 427

A pedestrian was struck and killed on the 427 late Saturday afternoon. It happened in the northbound lanes of the highway in Etobicoke.OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt says it was a man, believed to be around 40 years old. Police don’t know why the man was on the highway. Investigations are ongoing.

How High JR Smith Suspended 5 Games for Smoking

The NBA announced on Friday that J. R. Smith, the Knicks’ supreme sixth man, will be suspended five games for violating their anti-drug program.According to the NYT.com, the NBA didn’t disclose specifics about drug-policy violations, but the length of the suspension indicates it was for marijuana. The league issues an automatic five-game suspension for a third violation of the program. No other drug-related violations carry five-game suspensions.Smith, the NBA’s reigning sixth man of the year, was the Knicks’ second leading scorer last season, averaging 18.1 points a game.The Knicks re-signed Smith to a three-year, $17.95 million contract in July. Four days later, Smith had two surgeries on his left knee to repair unspecified damage to his patella tendon and a tear of the lateral meniscus.After Smith has recovered from those surgeries, which could last into the first two weeks of the season, he will carry out his suspension.The Knicks season opener against the Milwaukee Bucks kicks off on October 30. read more

Blizzard spirit The Britons going above and beyond in week snow brought

first_img#NHS #QueenElizabethUniversityHospital Salute to the NICU staff Queen Elizabeth University Hospital 4 staying for the night after a 12 hr day shift to cover 4 those who couldn’t make it to work due to the weather.I have no words to appreciate & thank u all hats off a BIG THANK U— Dr Asma Anwar (@MrsAnwar) March 1, 2018 People help a stuck car in Larbert, near Falkirk Other staff at the hospital stayed the night after a 12-hour day shift to cover for staff who couldn’t make it in to work due to the weather. Volunteers taking supplies to stranded drivers on the M62 at Milnrow in Greater ManchesterCredit:PA / Eleanor Kelly uk weather: beast from the east  As the ‘Beast from the East’ brought unprecedented snowfall across Britain the resolute response from the public in parts on the UK has been likened to a “reincarnation of the Blitz spirit”.Snowstorms over the last week have brought parts of the country to a standstill and seen drivers forced to abandon their cars in huge drifts.Thursday was the UK’s coldest spring day on record and more than a foot of snow was dumped in some parts of the country, while temperatures dipped as low as -10.3C in Kinloss, Scotland.The record cold snap has also prompted numerous spontaneous acts of kindness and community spirit as people have gone out of their way to help struggling and stranded strangers.Likewise, it has seen a herculean effort from members of the NHS and emergency workers to keep critical services running. Farmers Edward Wharton (left) and Paul Yaxley (right) So much respect for the NHS this evening. My neighbours, both doctors, are choosing to leave their kids at home with friends to sleep at the hospital & cover colleagues who are affected by snow. They aren’t obliged, they just care, how lucky are we?!— Lucy Oliver (@LucyOliver_7) February 28, 2018 Ambulance crews have braved challenging road conditions and been forced to shovel snow to clear pathways in order to reach, assess and treat patients needing emergency help.In Nottinghamshire, members of the public came together to assist in clearing a road for East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) staff to pass. Locals help an ambulance crew in Nottinghamshire Credit:Supplied  Been stuck on this bus on the motorway for 3.5 hours in the snow chaos. A guy who lives nearby just came on handing out water and snacks donated by his local shop. What a guy! That’s the scotland way! ❤️🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 #snow #M80 pic.twitter.com/XTGy4tY57f— Rachel Muircroft (@rachmuircroft) February 28, 2018 Night all in, helped by 4*4 and relatives #snowday2018 #teamicu #nightshiftselfie @iccueducation @SunderlandRoyal @FICMNews pic.twitter.com/Z20YCCKjT9— Mark Carpenter (@mcarpenter1967) February 28, 2018 Butterworth Hall Plymouth UK – where the postal workers wear shorts! pic.twitter.com/cfaFjlfhEE— CHRIS THRALL (@christhrall) February 28, 2018 An unnamed surgeon in Glasgow trekked through the snow for eight miles on Thursday so she could operate on a cancer patient.Her colleague, colorectal surgeon Andy Renwick, told BBC Radio Scotland: “I won’t give her name because she would be genuinely upset with me. In North Derbyshire, a local school teacher helped pick up staff in her Land Rover, with the grateful Chesterfield Royal Hospital & Royal Primary Care hailing her as a “heroine”.  Carl Beavan and Practice Manager Teresa Randall #gratefulheartofagirl Just want to give a HUGE shout out to say THANK YOU to the AMAZING local midnight angels & heros for their acts of kindness in the snow to call by each & every single one of all our vehicles now 8hours+ on the #M80 with juice/snacks – David Curtis +1 in pic pic.twitter.com/jsNVwLSCzN— Caroline McDermott (@naturcation) March 1, 2018 The quad biking nurse Many dedicated NHS staff left unable to commute to work have chosen to sleep in GP surgeries and hospitals this week.   Peter Smith digging snow to make way for the quad bikeCredit:Supplied  #NHSsnowHeroes #ThankYouNHS Linda, Nurse, Spilsby.Visited the elderly & sick in her village & provided palliative care for another patient & helped those whose carers have not been able to get through as well as picking up meds for 2 people who ran out! #StormEmma #Snowmageddon pic.twitter.com/a5jZpGTzOP— NHS England (@NHSEngland) March 2, 2018 Nurses Kristene Pain, Jennie Richards and Sallie Woodrow, from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich, stayed in empty patients’ rooms overnight so they were available to work the next day. Derbyshire ambulance crew Anderson Westwood and Mary MatherCredit:Supplied  While in Lincolnshire, a dedicated firefighter set off the day before his shift and walked more than 14 miles in freezing conditions to get to work on time.“We all have a duty of care to protect our community when we can. It’s like a kind of reincarnation of the Blitz spirit, almost,” said the father-of-one. “Everyone in the emergency services family is going above and beyond everywhere.” Firefighter Dan Cheetham Two nurses in Lincolnshire, Helen Davy-Barnshaw and Zoe Watkin-Drury, drove over 70 miles to Norfolk in a snow blizzard so a patient being treated at a mental health hospital could attend a funeral.“It was very important for the patient to attend the funeral of a close family member and we could see that it would have a significant impact on their recovery if they couldn’t be there,” said Ms Davy- Barnshaw. The scene on the M80 Haggs in GlasgowCredit:PA Firefighter Dan CheethamCredit:PA Another patient, fireman Carl Beavan, also pitched in by travelling for four hours to deliver urgent medication to a patient in a neighbouring village. Alison Tyrrell Derberyshire ambulance crew Alison Tyrrell, a Community Nursing Team Manager in Lynton, used a quad bike to get to patients Credit:Supplied  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. In Plympton, Devon, a group of teenagers spent the day assisting motorists by pushing cars up a steep hill. “If they hadn’t stepped in there would have been massive tailbacks,” photographer John Allen said. Blizzardy conditions didn’t stop a hardened postman seen wearing shorts delivering letters to residents in Plymouth.  She said: “We’ve been trying to get to as many people as we can in about a mile radius from where we can get to the carriageway. Helen Davy-Barnshaw (left) and Zoe Watkin-Drury from the Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation TrustCredit:Supplied  “A journey that should have taken us a couple of hours took over five hours, but we would definitely do it again. The family and the patient were extremely grateful.”Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust called their efforts “heroic”, adding: “Even in difficult circumstances our nurses still have patient care at the heart of everything they do.”Ambulance crews battle sub-zero temperatures Hundreds of motorists reported being stuck for up to 13 hours, with some spending the night in their cars, and others abandoning their vehicles. glasgow snow  Farmers Edward Wharton (left) and Paul Yaxley (right)Credit:Supplied  “She walked from Anniesland to Paisley – it took her two hours and 50 minutes. I saw her come in, she had snow goggles on, Gortexed up, top and bottom, snow shoes and walking poles.“She is operating on someone who has bowel cancer, she knew that had to be done and so she has made extra effort to get in here to make sure that was actually delivered.”Going the extra mile Volunteer Eleanor Kelly, 19, said about 30 people had braved the conditions to take supplies up the hill to the motorway – including to a father with a baby and toddler in the car. Rachel Muircroft shared a story of a local resident who handed out food and water to people stuck on a bus for hours on the M80 in Scotland. ‏ An ambulance stuck in the snow  “What an amazing community we have here in North Derbyshire! We are genuinely bowled over by the incredible gestures of goodwill we’ve experienced in the last few days from staff, patients and the public!” they said.  Was her scrub nurse today, I only walked 50 mins, didn’t want to moan about my sore legs in front of her!!!! #supertrouper!— joanne mcwilliam (@jomcw) March 1, 2018 “Luckily we got back before there was a complete white out,” said the 55-year-old who works for the Northern Devon Healthcare Trust. “But the wind was vicious, blowing the snow into huge drifts. We had to dig the bike out twice!” Nottinghamshire At the Fakenham Medical Practice in Norfolk, staff who live locally have given up days off and worked double shifts to cover absentees unable to travel, while others arrived at work two hours early to clear snow from access paths.Amy Semper, a ward manager at a mental health ward in Lincoln, completed a 16-mile round trip on foot.“16 miles, a whole load of snow and 27 hours surrounded by some of the most kindest, selfless, hardworking and dedicated people you could ever meet!” she said. More heroics City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust also praised its “amazing staff” for staying overnight to ensure they could treat patients the next day. Today we have been out in the freezing cold weather to deliver some of our snow shovels to @uhbcomms to make sure their employees are able to make it to work tomorrow! pic.twitter.com/69bezniI0Z— Maypole_Ltd (@Maypole_Ltd) 1 March 2018 The high point of this blizzard spirit was captured in Plymouth as a postman was filmed doing his rounds as snow fell wearing shorts.Good Samaritans Good Samaritans came to the aid of motorists left stranded “indefinitely” on the M62 due to snow and ice, with the military also drafted in to help rescue vehicles stuck for hours overnight. Residents from the town of Milnrow formed a human chain to get supplies to stranded motorists, while also opening up a community hall to give people shelter.  “It’s been a bit mad. We even had to warm up some hot milk for a guy stuck at the junction with two children.“We knocked on his car and he had a five-week-old baby and what must have been a one or two-year-old girl in the car with him.”For hospital staff in Birmingham, a local business donated and delivered 800 snow shovels to trust staff to help them get to work. An ambulance stuck in the snow Credit:Supplied  In rural Devon a committed community nurse battled through snow drifts and blizzards on a quad bike to ensure that her patients were cared for.Intrepid Nursing Team Manager Alison Tyrrell, who is based in the cliff top town of Lynton, travelled five miles to visit her most rural patients in the village of Parracombe, with her husband Peter Smith assisting her by clearing a path in the snow. Carl Beavan and Practice Manager Teresa RandallCredit:Supplied Meanwhile, Derbyshire ambulance staff Anderson Westwood and Mary Mather shovelled snow which had drifted up to a patient’s front so they could assist him with a stretcher.EMAS Chief Executive Richard Henderson praised their efforts: “I have heard so many stories over the past day or so of colleagues and volunteers going above and beyond to ensure they are able to do their job and help the people in our communities.” Peter Smith digging snow to make way for the quad bike Kind-hearted Norfolk farmers Edward Wharton and Paul Yaxley braved the Beast from the East to help deliver medication to stranded patients.“The farmers worked as a duo, one clearing the road with a digger and the other behind with the tractor,” said Teresa Randall, Practice Manager at Acle Medical Centre in Norwich. In Kettlewell, North Yorkshire, a district nurse battled the elements to reach patients, with the help of a tractor clearing the route ahead. People help a stuck car in Larbert, near FalkirkCredit:PA Glasgow surgeon walks eight miles Helen Davy-Barnshaw (left) and Zoe Watkin-Drury from the Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust Devon GP, Dr Glen Allaway, slept for two nights on the floor of his Exmoor practice to stay open to patients, taking a sleeping bag, soup and sandwiches to work.“I’ve been stranded before in bad weather and stayed with people who run B&Bs locally, so this time I planned ahead and brought my sleeping bag,” he said.In Mundesley, Norfolk, practice manager Lynsey Wayte slept in the staffroom overnight as she was unable to commute in.Managing partner at the practice, Linda Marquis, said many of the team have “gone above and beyond what you would expect” in the circumstances.“They put the practice and patient needs above the personal demands of their own lives arranging childcare and putting on hold their normal lives outside of work,” she said.Newcastle-based referee Lucy Oliver also praised NHS staff, tweeting: “My neighbours, both doctors, are choosing to leave their kids at home with friends to sleep at the hospital & cover colleagues who are affected by snow. They aren’t obliged, they just care, how lucky are we?!” There are countless examples of staff who have given up their spare time to ensure NHS services can continue to function despite the deadly combination of the so-called Beast from the East and Storm Emma.Many acts of kindness have also been highlighted, with staff at Nottingham Children’s Hospital bringing in trays of snow for kids unable to go outside so they could enjoy making snowmen. Our fantastic @NUHPlayService bring the outside inside for our patients on a snow day #playmatters #FamilyHealthNUH #TeamNUH https://t.co/5hodpSxU5k pic.twitter.com/E8XKkdKoEI— N_ttm Children’s (@nottmchildrens) March 2, 2018 Sleeping overnight In rural Lincolnshire, an unnamed GP forced to abandon his broken down car ran the rest of the way to work, “consulting all day in his running gear with no idea how to get home”.Meanwhile, the Met Office has warned snow could give way to floods  this weekend with areas of the UK set to be battered by Storm Emma. Donated supplies at Butterworth Hall, a community centre in Milnrow, Greater ManchesterCredit:PAlast_img read more

Vaping linked to greater risk of heart attack study suggests

“Until now, little has been known about cardiovascular events relative to e-cigarette use,” said Dr Mohinder Vindhyal, assistant professor at the University of Kansas School of Medicine Wichita and the study’s lead author.“These data are a real wake-up call and should prompt more action and awareness about the dangers of e-cigarettes.“When the risk of heart attack increases by as much as 34 percent among e-cigarettes users compared to nonsmokers, I wouldn’t want any of my patients nor my family members to vape.” Scientists and health officials are divided over whether e-cigarettes are safe. In 2015 Public Health England urged smokers to switch to vaping saying it carried just five per cent of the risk of tobacco cigarettes.  Vapers are significantly more likely to have a heart attack, develop coronary artery disease and suffer depression compared with those who don’t use them, a new study suggests.Researchers from the University of Kansas found e-cigarette users were 34 percent more likely to have a heart attack and 25 percent more likely to have coronary artery disease They were also 55 percent more likely to suffer from depression or anxiety.The associations held true even when controlling for other known cardiovascular risk factors, such as age, sex, body mass index, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and smoking. Although the researchers said they were also unable to determine whether the damage had occurred prior to using e-cigarettes, or was caused by vaping, they said the study should provide a ‘wake up call’ for people who consider the practice to be safe. Traditional tobacco cigarette smokers had strikingly higher odds of having a heart attack, coronary artery disease and stroke compared with nonsmokers—a 165, 94 and 78 per cent increase, respectively. They were also significantly more likely to have high blood pressure, diabetes, circulatory problems, and depression or anxiety. PHE has stuck to its support despite mounting evidence about the dangers, and warnings from the World Health Organisation and health authorities in other countries, such as the US.Last week, the head of Britain’s biggest addiction clinic warned that children as young as 14 are becoming addicted to e-cigarettes, and said there had been steep rise in the number of young people seeking help to quit vaping.Top scientists have also warned that PHE was ‘walking around with blinders on’ when it comes to the safety of vaping.The new study, used data from a total of 96,467 respondents from the National Health Interview Survey, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey of Americans, from 2014, 2016 and 2017. Researchers also compared the data for reported tobacco smokers and nonsmokers.  Show more 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

You wont believe these celebrity couples ever existed

first_imgWHEN PICTURES SURFACED last night of Chloe Green wandering around Disneyland with Marc Anthony and his kids (J-Lo’s kids…) there was a ‘Zuh…?’ that echoed round the world.No one could have predicted the Topshop heiress and fomer Made in Chelsea cast member having a romance with the man who was married to J-Lo for eight years.  How did they even meet?!?Upon reflection, however, this kind of carry on is not unusual in the world of celebs.  It’s not the first unexpected pairing we’ve seen, and it probably won’t be our last.We give you…some of the maddest celebrity couples the world of entertainment has ever seen.last_img

The 32county People Before Profit and why its antiausterity and proBrexit

first_img Source: eamonn mccann/Twitter Sunday 5 Feb 2017, 7:00 AM Feb 5th 2017, 7:00 AM Source: Twitter/GerryCarollPBPPBP ran its first candidate in the Northern Ireland Assembly elections ten years ago and has grown its base on issues that echo their colleagues in the Republic.Namely, the anti-water charge movement, opposition to austerity and the support of neutrality and Palestine.Carroll was first elected to Belfast City Council in 2014 and two years later gained an Assembly seat after topping the poll in the Sinn Féin dominated six-seater in Belfast West.Veteran socialist campaigner Eamonn McCann was also elected for the party in Derry after taking the last seat in the Foyle constituency. 12,547 Views Short URL To create the required power-sharing government in Northern Ireland, members have to designate as ‘nationalist’ or ‘unionist’ when signing the register as an MLA on the first day the Assembly meets after an election.Both Carroll and McCann did not sign the register as either, instead recording themselves as ‘socialist’.The 32-county People Before Profit is against partition but Carroll says it does not let the issue define them as a party:“We’re against partition because we believe it divides workers north and south, we’re against division and we’re against borders.” Share Tweet Email Gerry Carroll says People Before Profit is happy an election has been called so the electorate can have their say on the ‘cash for ash’ scandal. Source: David Young/PA WirSINN FÉIN USED to trumpet it as one of their unique selling points, while Fianna Fáil regularly threatened to do it without following through, but another party has managed to get a political foothold on both sides of the border.People Before Profit (PBP) secured their first two Stormont seats in May of last year and in next month’s election it will run seven candidates.In different ways on either side of the border, the party’s growth represents a movement away from tribalism towards a more common left-right divide.While this has been gradual, Northern Ireland’s  ‘cash for ash’ scandal and other recent controversies have hastened this process, so says People Before Profit MLA Gerry Carroll.He argues that there’s a growing anger and distrust about the governance of the six counties.“The way the general public sees Stormont is more of a racket than an Assembly. That’s been kinda bubbling for a while,” Carroll argues. 125 Comments People’s lives weren’t getting any better, they were getting materially worse. They’re waiting longer to get operations on the NHS, they’re waiting longer on trolleys, their schools are underfunded, teachers nurses are competing for a decent wage. Part of the crowd at @pb4p organised rally in Derry today. Open the borders! Let them in, migrants are wecome! pic.twitter.com/6ZIuupXdDy— eamonn mccann (@eamonderry) September 3, 2015 https://jrnl.ie/3221610 The 32-county People Before Profit and why it’s anti-austerity and pro-Brexit The party has two representatives in Stormont. For us, fundamentally the main divide in society is class, so if you’re a working-class Protestant on the Shankill or a working-class Catholic on the Falls Road, or you’re a migrant living in Belfast, you know you’re not the one availing of the RHI scheme.BrexitPeople Before Profit supported the Leave side in the EU referendum and it’s pro-Brexit stance led to criticism from Sinn Féin among others.Carroll questioned the need for the referendum, saying that it was a power struggle within the Conservative Party that went too far. Once it was called though, the party had a decision to make.“We made a decision to say that the EU does not operate in the interests of working people anywhere, and the strongest example of that is Greece,” he says, adding that the priority now is to make sure Brexit works for working people.“What we need is a Brexit that is not shaped by Theresa May, we need one that is shaped by working class people in Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales. And one that is shaped by the trade union movement. ”Read: Poll support for left-wing parties ‘shows the huge impatience for Repeal referendum’ >Read: People aren’t happy about a proposed change to this Dublin Bus route > Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Rónán Duffylast_img read more

Nike Reveals Commemorative Kyrie 5 SpongeBob SquarePants Sneakers

first_img You may  already know about how NBA superstar and newly-minted Brooklyn Nets member Kyrie Irving is a weird dude who’s pretty open to expressing his eccentricity through his dope signature sneakers. The dude has used the Kyrie 5 as a template for homages to everything from the TV show Friends to his obsession with the Illuminati and conspiracy theories. It’s rad. We could use more of that energy in both the basketball and sneaker world. However, the newest Kyrie 5 colorways are taking it to a whole ‘nother level. (Photo Credit: Nike)Nike has officially revealed the first two shoes of what’s long been a rumor but is now one of the beautiful, bizarre certainties of the sneaker world: the Nike Kyrie 5 ‘SpongeBob’ collection. Perhaps you’re familiar with SpongeBob SquarePants, the cartoon character who (if I may refresh your memory) lives in a pineapple under the sea/is absorbent and yellow and porish. The show is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, no small feat for an animated show and especially not for one as singularly bizarre as Spongebob Squarepants. (Photo Credit: Nike)To commemorate this anniversary — and to pay homage to what Irving himself has proclaimed as one of his favorite TV shows – Nike is releasing not one, not two, but FIVE SpongeBob-inspired sneakers. The line features three Kyrie 5s and two Kyrie 2 Lows. The first drops in the line are the SpongeBob and Patrick Kyrie 5s. The SpongeBob colorway features a yellow upper with spongy speckles scattered about. The Nickelodeon logo is visible on the tongue and a small print of SpongeBob’s face is visible on the insole of the shoe. Nike’s logo adorns the back, albeit this time in a SpongeBob-inspired font. Even the classic Nike Swoosh has been sponge-ified for the colorway. However, the best feature in my opinion is the subtle red accent along the side of the shoe, drawing to mind the character’s ever-present red tie. (Photo Credit: Nike)The Patrick colorway features a number of the same touches, including the Nike logo on the heel, Patrick’s face on the insole, and a tiny Nickelodeon logo on the tongue. The primary upper is composed of a vibrant speckled pink and a lime-green and purple lower in tribute to the character’s floral-print trunks. (Photo Credit: Nike)Both of these sneakers will be dropping on August 10 via Nike’s SNKRS app. For now, they’re the only ones with official release dates (a select few sneakerheads were actually able to secure the shoe via early release today but that window has long since closed). However, there are still three more shoes in the lineup. Keep your ears to the ground for more info on the Kyrie 5 Squidward and the Kyrie 2 Low Sandy, as well as a Kyrie 2 Low that looks like it could be an homage to either Mr. Krabs or Mrs. Puff. More on Geek.com:Check Out These Cool Apollo 11 Anniversary Sneakers From Nike, PumaThis Nike Sneaker Is Inspired by ‘Coming to America’Nike’s Newest Air Max 97 Is Inspired by the Nintendo 64 Best Sneakers of Summer 2019Nike Adds Self-Lacing Adapt Tech to Huarache Shoe Stay on targetlast_img read more

Go Backstage With Us At Newport Folk Festival 2018

first_imgWe asked JD McPherson all about his latest album, Undivided Heart & Soul, focusing on his fuzz-heavy single, “Lucky Penny” and the soulful “Crying’s Just A Thing That You Do,” with he co-wrote with fellow Newport Folk performer Butch Walker. Go Inside Newport Folk Festival 2018 go-backstage-us-newport-folk-festival-2018 Go Backstage With Us At Newport Folk Festival 2018 Facebook Twitter Email The ever-entertaining Valerie June stopped by to talk about the incredible vibes at Newport and breakdown one of her most cosmic songs, “Astral Plane.” Sunday headliner Brandi Carlile dropped in to discuss everything from the powerful messages of By The Way, I Forgive You to her love of fishing before she tore up the stage. Apropos of being situated right on the water at Newport’s Fort Adams State Park, the Wood Brothers discussed the various water themes and symbols that flow through their latest album, One Drop Of Truth. Photo: Douglas Mason/Getty ImagesThe incredible Amanda Shires wowed the audience by performing songs from her upcoming album, To The Sunset. Thirty Tigers artist Tyler Childers shared his impressions of Newport Folk as well as some insight on his 2017 album, Purgatory. Jazz/folk duo Tuck And Patti stopped by after they kicked off day one of the festival to talk about what makes Newport so special, their upcoming projects and even drop some advice on making it as a musical duo and a married couple. Photo: Douglas Mason/Getty ImagesSidi Toure tears up the stage on day one, bringing the Newport Folk Fest crowd to their feet. New Orleans musical institution Preservation Hall Jazz Band arrived in style, dressed fresh in white and bearing instruments. We sat down with bandleader Ben Jaffe to talk about the musical message they take with them everywhere they go.  Hot off the stage, New Orleans’ Tank And The Bangas pulled up to take a quick snapshot and tell us how excited they were to share their music with the equally excited – and receptive – Newport crowd. Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of Lucius showed up in stunning matching blue to talk about their latest “acoustic” album, Nudes, why they love coming back to Newport and what they’re working on next. The magnetic trio The Lone Bellow paid a visit to our corner of the fort to talk about Walk Into A Storm and tell the touching story of “May You Be Well.” MC Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger came through after his set to talk about the natural way his Halelujah Anyhow album came together and how being a father has meant everything to him as an artist. Join us behind the scenes at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, R.I., for the country’s most historic folk festival Nate HertweckGRAMMYs Jul 27, 2018 – 8:05 pm This year’s Newport Folk Festival was full of fantastic music, friendly faces and special surpises right up to Sunday night’s spectacular festival-closing “A Change Is Gonna Come” revue featuring soul star Leon Bridges and masterminded by Jon Batiste with the Dap Kings. They were joined on stage by a host of incredible guests – collaborations that could only have happened at Newport. You had to be there to believe it!Newport Folk festival boasts an unmatched combination of tradition, innovation and good ole’ fashion community. GRAMMY.com was on the ground in Newport, R.I., for one of the most eclectic — and electric — years in the festival’s storied history. Take a look to see who rocked the stage and who dropped by to visit us backstage. Photo: Douglas Mason/Getty ImagesSt. Vincent closed things down Friday night with a haunting set, proving Newport Folk is, and has always been, about pushing the limits. Photo: Douglas Mason/Getty ImagesSurprise! This year’s suprise headliner on Saturday night of Newport Folk Festival was none other than Mumford & Sons. The band made their first ever appearance at Newport, and called up a host of guest including Maggie Rogers, Brandi Carlile, Phoebe Bridgers, and more. Meet Becca, Brittany and Jesse of Bermuda Triangle, a new trio from East Nashville who turned an impromptu jam into a real deal band. The ladies came by to tell us how they started playing music together and talk about their experience at Newport Folk. Folk legend John Prine paid us a visit to talk about his wildly successful new album, The Tree Of Forgiveness, before rising star Margo Price dropped in to say hello. With a stellar album currently making waves in the americana music world and a recent cameo in Prine’s “Knockin’ On My Screen Door” video, we had plenty to talk about with the pair of master songwriters. Lukas Nelson and his band, Promise Of The Real, rocked Newport hard on Saturday. After their set, he stopped by to chat about the many, many projects he’s working on and snap some portraits with us. While we were chatting with Alejandro Rose-Garcia, aka Shakey Graves, his friend and ours, Paul Cauthen, dropped in to talk about the Newport hijinks he’d been getting into so far and how the festival is the perfect setting for connecting with all of their closest musical friends. Ever since college, Rachael & Vilray have shared a love for ’30s and ’40s traditional jazz. The duo came through to talk about the Newport experience, reveal what makes the music they love so enduring and pose for our cameras. The musical journeyman Phil Cook swung by to see us and talk about why he loves Newport Folk Festival, his new – and first – solo album, People Are My Drug, and why now is a crucial time in music’s history. Stay tuned for much more to come from Newport Folk Festival 2018.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more News Hot off the release of Please Don’t Be Dead, Oakland, Calif., neo-blues hotrod Fantastic Negrito had some wise words to share backstage about true artistry, the good vibes at Newport and where he keeps the GRAMMY he received for Best Contemporary Blues Album at the 59th GRAMMY Awards for The Last Days Of Oakland.last_img read more

How world media covered the declaration of Bangladesh independence

first_imgThe struggle for an independent nation with a distinct identity in the then East Pakistan began long before the declaration of independence of Bangladesh on 26 March 1971, historical evidence suggests.However, the struggle reached its culmination in 1971, especially after the crackdown by the Pakistani army on 25 March.That ‘black night’ saw deaths of more than 10,000 innocent Bangalees, according to the global media reports published the following day. The figures, however, vary in various reports published later on.A day after the brutal killing, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, then the undisputed national leader who led the Awami League to election victory in 1970, declared independence, before being arrested. The Mujibnagar government, later in April, made a formal proclamation.The declaration of independence hit headlines of the world media on 27 or 28 March 1971. More than 90 newspapers globally ran stories on the declaration of Bangladesh, according to a compilation titled “Bangabandhu’s declaration of independence through the world media” by Avraneel Yatri.The world media coverage of the massacre and declaration of Bangladesh independence is summarised below:Bangladesh Liberation War e-Archive, also known as Muktijuddho e-Archive, readied a compilation titled “The New York Times Report Archive – 1884-1978” on Bangladesh issues.“Armed Rebellion Reported” was the title of the special report run by The New York Times, on 27 March 1971, with reporting from New Delhi. It reads, “Open rebellion broke out yesterday in East Pakistan, with fighting reported in several cities, and a radio station broadcast proclamation of an independent people’s republic.”The American newspaper alone published more than 7 stories on the Pakistan issues on the day, including more than two special stories.The Times on 27 March (Saturday) ran another story headlined “Leader of Rebels in East Pakistan reported seized” filed by the New Delhi correspondent of The Associated Press.“The Pakistan radio announced today that Sheik (sic) Mujibur Rahman, the nationalist leader of East Pakistan, had been arrested only hours after he had proclaimed his region independent and after open rebellion was reported in several cities in the East,” according to the story.The newspaper used Reuters a story filed from Delhi, titled “Violence reported quelled in a city in East Pakistan”. It reads, “Violence in the riot-torn West Pakistan city Lyallpur was brought under control by the police today and a 24-hour curfew was lifted, the Pakistani radio monitored here, reported.”Another NYT report by Sydney H Schanberg used headline “Artillery Used: Civilians fired on – Sections of Dacca [now Dhaka] are set ablaze” and said, “The Pakistani Army is using artillery and heavy machine guns against unarmed East Pakistani civilians to crush the moment for autonomy in this province of 75 million people”However, a day before, on 26 March, The New York Times published a report with Washington dateline and its title was “US aides rate West Pakistan’s forces as stronger”. NYT correspondent William Beecher wrote there, “Warfare in East Pakistan would find the regular West Pakistani army with superior number of troops and modern weapons, according to the United States analysts here.”“Toll called high: Deaths put at 10,000 – Radio says army in control”, reads a headline of another NYT report which mentioned, “Pakistani government troops supported by artillery and air force jets were reported battling on many fronts today with the forces of Sheik (sic) Mujibur Rahman.”Avroneel Yatri, in “Bangabandhu’s declaration of independence through world media”, compiled news reports carried by at least 90 media outlets globally.The Time (USA) ran a story titled “Pakistan toppling over the brink” that reads, “The government ordered a strict 24-hour curfew in Dacca (sic), with violators shoot on sight.”A report by The Times of India on 27 March with title “Free Bangla Desh (sic)” with a subhead “Heavy casualties in civil war; Pindi troops surrounded in at least six cantonments” reads, “A ‘sovereign independent’ people’s republic of Bangla Desh (sic) was declared by Sheikh Mujibur Rahman today even as President Yahya Khan ordered the army to ‘fully restore the authority’ of his government in turbulent eastern wing.”The Irish Times on 27 March ran a report titled “Declaration of independence by East Pakistan: Fighting Heavy” that reads, “A clandestine radio said last night the East Pakistan has been declared independent and that heavy fighting was going on between East and West Pakistani forces. The radio also said that West Pakistan forces had begun hunting for the East Pakistan leader, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman who went underground after fighting began.”The Michigan Daily on 27 March published a photo circulated by The Associated Press titled ‘Call to Revolution’. A caption of the photo story reads, “Awami League leader Sheik (sic) Mujibur Rahman, speaking to a rally in Dacca (sic) East Pakistan Wednesday, urges support of the East Pakistani nationalist movement. Yesterday, Rahman proclaimed independence for the strife-torn nation.”Irish Independent daily published a report on 27 March with a headline “Blood flows in East Pakistan”.The Bangkok Post on 26 March published a report titled “ Pak Near Civil War” with a subhead ‘East Declares Independence’ that reads “A civil war situation developed in Pakistan as President Yahya Khan outlawed the Awami League of East Pakistan, as its leader, Sheikh Mijubur Rahman proclaimed independence for the province under the name of Bangla Desh (sic).”On 27 March 1971, The Windsor Star published a report titled “Government planes bomb town: Civil war rages in E. Pakistan”.The Transcript, the oldest independent college student newspaper, ran a story titled “Independence proclaimed: Civil war erupts in East Pakistan” on 27 March.Ohio-based The Bryan Times published a story with a headline, “East Pakistan rebels battle of independence”, on 27 March, which reads, “Heavy fighting raged today in East Pakistan where the rebels proclaimed the region independent.”Oregon-based the Bulletin published a report titled “Breakaway action sets off conflict in E., W. Pakistan” that reads, “Civil war broke out today in East Pakistan and East Pakistan leader Sheikh Mujibur Rahman declared his province’s independence from West Pakistan.”St. Petersburg Independent on 27 March ran another story titled “Thousands killed in Pakistan” that reads, “United News of India reported thousands dead in fierce fighting in East Pakistan today and said West Pakistan-dominated army units battling civilians in Dacca (sic), the provincial capital.”Australia’s Sydney-based The Sunday Morning Herald on 29 March ran a story titled “Plunge into chaos”. It said, “It is impossible to know what is happening in East Pakistan. According to Radio Pakistan, President Yahya Khan’s predominantly West Pakistani army is in control of East Pakistan, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman is under arrest…”An Australian newspaper, The Age, published a story titled “Pakistan Tragedy.”Scottish tabloid The Evening Times also published a story that reads “10,000 dead in Pakistan battle” with a shoulder “Mystery of Sheik (sic) Mujibur arrested claim.”The Irish Press ran a story titled “Pakistan in UDI battle” with a shoulder “Thousands reported dead as civil war rages.”last_img read more

Creating a Startup at 60 MPH

first_img Enroll Now for Free min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. As soon as I picked up my credentials at the Austin Convention Center, people wearing identical light blue shirts, huddled over laptops and coffee at a smattering of tables immediately caught my attention. Their shirts reading “StartupBus.com” came with this description: “The best do-ers, thinkers and designers hacking a real startup together over a few sleepless days in a bus moving at 60mph.” It appeared the Gatecrashers had arrived. After spending some time on StartupBus.com. I was able to get a fuller picture. Now in its second year, the StartupBus, which is supported by companies including Microsoft and AT&T, is a rapid-fire entrepreneurship, coding and problem-solving competition rolled into one. From six different cities (New York, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Chicago, Cleveland and Miami) teams of established entrepreneurs, CEOs, coders and developers worked on creating a startup — complete with a working demo or application during a 48-hour bus ride to Austin. What could normally require months or even years is fleshed out in a matter of hours.After hours of working and driving, each regional team created its own two-minute pitch –oftentimes while still on the bus, or their hotel or on the streets of Austin itself — making the case for their new startup. Today, the teams entered the entrepreneurial octagon at a SXSW panel. The winner will undoubtedly receive great exposure and hopefully funding.Here are my favorite three startups from this year’s StartupBus competition:Bouncr (San Francisco)Bouncr is an online application that helps users uniquely manage your email against spam. Rather than handing out your email address, Bouncr provides an alternate email address — akin to bit.ly  — which is linked to your real one. Here’s an example of how Bouncr works at SXSW: When you RSVP to any one of the hundreds of parties, you have to submit an email address with the knowledge that it will get circulated and sold into the ether and possibly spammed into oblivion. By supplying a spoof address instead, Bouncr eliminates that possibility.FullyFollow.me (Chicago)Perhaps inspired by The Office’s WUPHF, FullyFollow.me suggests a clever solution to managing your ever-expanding social profile on the Web. Instead of having to track down a new contact on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, FullyFollow.me provides a one-page profile that allows users to immediately connect with individuals across the entire social web. WalkIn (Silicon Valley)A QR code-based app that allows you to reserve a table at a restaurant. Simply walk up to the door, scan the restaurant’s unique QR code at the entrance, and secure your spot in the queue. The backend software would let the restaurant manage the reservation list, and, when your table is ready, send a text alert.The running theme among these three startups — and the other contestants — is that they all have created applications that solve specific, real problems. The extreme turnaround time appears to be an effective test for entrepreneurs and engineers to sharpen their focus, think simply, and, hopefully, hit on the next big thing.Bryan Keplesky is Senior Art Director at Austin’s Door Number 3, an independent branding shop. Bryan has covered SXSW since 2005. Contact Bryan at bkeplesky@dn3austin.com.center_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now March 14, 2011last_img read more

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Celebs athletes give Dragon Ball pop culture su

first_imgCelebs, athletes give ‘Dragon Ball’ pop culture super status AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Jonathan Landrum Jr., The Associated Press Posted Jan 15, 2019 10:37 am PDT FILE – In this July 20, 2018 file photo, a pedicab driver dressed as a character from the anime franchise “Dragon Ball” gestures as he carries passengers during Comic-Con International in San Diego. “Dragon Ball” is a revered anime that has influenced pop culture for years, earning praise from the likes of Michael B. Jordan, Ronda Rousey and Chris Brown, showing up in end zone celebrations and even at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. With the new film “Dragon Ball Super: Broly” releasing this week in the U.S., the franchise’s popularity with its famous and non-famous fans is likely to grow. (Photo by Christy Radecic/Invision/AP, File) LOS ANGELES — “Dragon Ball” is a revered anime that has influenced pop culture for years, earning praise from rappers in songs, tributes from athletes during games and even a massive balloon at last year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.With the new film “Dragon Ball Super: Broly” releasing this week in the U.S., the franchise’s popularity is likely to grow.Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox is one of the franchise’s celebrity fans. He says the anime has made an “imprint on the world, particularly entertainment.”Big Sean, Childish Gambino and Chance the Rapper have made references to “Dragon Ball” in songs. Two Cleveland Browns players performed a dance from the series to celebrate a touchdown earlier this season.“Dragon Ball” started in 1984 when Akira Toriyama created the bestselling comic book series, known as a manga in Japan.Jonathan Landrum Jr., The Associated Presslast_img read more

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first_img This cover image released by Mulholland Books shows “Deception Cove” by Owen Laukkanen. (Mulholland Books via AP) “Deception Cove,” (Mulholland Books), by Owen LaukkanenIt would be easy for Owen Laukkanen’s superb “Deception Cove” to evolve into just a dog story about the power and love of a devoted canine — and, indeed, it does include that. But “Deception Cove” also insightfully explores the recovery of former soldiers, prisoners re-entering society and how one’s tough exterior can obscure fragile emotions. In “Deception Cove,” second chances are granted.Former Marine Jess Winslow came back from Afghanistan with a severe case of PTSD. While she was gone, her husband Ty drowned while he was drunk, leaving her in debt and “not much more than bad memories and no clue what to do with herself next.”Her only salvation has been her rescue dog, Lucy, so in tune with Jess’ moods that the dog can tell when Jess is about to have an attack or is having a nightmare. But now Lucy has been seized by the local sheriff’s deputy Kirby Harwood, whose threats to Jess may have caused the therapy dog to attack him. The corrupt Kirby insists that Jess knows where Ty hid a package that he wants.Jess isn’t the only one concerned about Lucy. Mason Burke has one goal after finishing his prison sentence in Michigan — he wants to find out what happened to Lucy, whom he trained while he was behind bars. As she did for Jess, Lucy gave Mason a purpose, a will to live and a comfort that he had never experienced. He only wants to know that Lucy is in good hands. But when Mason finds out she may be euthanized, he travels to Deception Cove to save the dog.Dog lovers will want to know immediately that Lucy is not harmed and comes out all right.Still, this launch of a new series is a first-rate thriller with plenty of action that Laukkanen masterfully controls while also delving deep into the personas of Jess and Mason.Both are fully fleshed-out characters whose strengths and foibles are well explored. Both must find their way to re-enter society — Jess because of her PTSD and Mason because he was imprisoned for 15 years, since he was 18 years old.The author also shows the humanity of even the villains, who sometimes may have plausible, even understandable motives for their actions. Laukkanen delves deep to show the bond that real therapy dogs have with people. Jess knows that “she couldn’t survive without Lucy, not alone. Not for much longer, anyway.” Yet, at no time does Laukkanen stoop to anthropomorphism. Lucy is a dog — a great dog — but also a dog, making “Deception Cove” even more rich in its storytelling.More visits with the characters of “Deception Cove” will be most welcomed, as will more time with Lucy.Oline H. Cogdill, The Associated Press by Oline H. Cogdill, The Associated Press Posted May 20, 2019 5:16 am PDT Review: In Owen Laukkanen’s latest, a dog unites strangers AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more