Toronto Polar Bear Clubs New Years Day dip cancelled for 1st time

first_imgTORONTO – The cold snap gripping much of Canada is even keeping the polar bear dippers out of the water.The Toronto Polar Bear Club has cancelled its New Year’s Day polar bear dip for the first time in 13 years.The club says participant safety and ice conditions at Toronto’s Sunnyside Beach led to the decision to cancel.The club says it’s looking into running the event on a later date, but is encouraging anyone doing their own “mini polar bear dip” on New Year’s Day to post video to Facebook or Twitter.For alternatives to a dip, it suggests jumping in a snowbank or making snow angels while wearing a bathing suit.“If we can’t be together tomorrow, let’s be together in spirit!” the club said Sunday in tweets and a Facebook posting.last_img read more

Shaqiri Reds have the right mentality to win the title

first_imgXherdan Shaqiri believes Liverpool have the right mentality to clinch the elusive Premier League title as they aim to return to winning ways at West Ham United on Monday night.Klopp’s men further extended their lead at the top of the Premier League table to five points against the Foxes following a 1-1 draw at Anfield.Nevertheless, while accepting the fact the gap would have been more with a win, Shaqiri has taken the positives and urged his teammates to focus on the next challenge.He told Liverpoolfc.com at Melwood: “I think it was a good point to take in the end, because although we always want to win every game, it was maybe not our best performance this year. So, in the end, it was a draw and we take the point.▪️ Strong squad mentality ▪️ Importance of remaining focused ▪️ Putting frustration behind🔜 Monday’s challenge 💪https://t.co/RO8Wi7Did8— Liverpool FC (@LFC) February 2, 2019“Obviously being five points clear is better than four. We wanted to win the game, but every game is very tough to play. Leicester have a good team, were very well organised – you saw that in the game – and it was difficult against them.“So, we take the point and we go forward – we are looking to the next game now. Everything is good, so we will just keep going like this. We are looking forward to the next game on Monday, which is very important to win.Top 5 Premier League players to watch for next weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Premier League’s Top 5 players to watch this weekend.After…“If we continue to stay focused at the highest level, I am confident we are going to [continue to] win games.”In terms of winning titles, Shaqiri is knowledgeable in what is required to wrap up the title having lifted three championships with FC Basel in Switzerland before collecting a further two Bundesliga crowns with Bayern Munich.Xherdan Shaqiri 💥💥The substitute scores twice as Liverpool beat Manchester United for the first time in the Premier League since March 2014. #UCL pic.twitter.com/5205yorSVJ— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) December 16, 2018“I played in Germany and won titles there, so I have experience of it,” he said. “It has to be a winning mentality and the players need to be focused.“The mentality is similar [here]. You need to go into games trying to win them and to give everything to do that.“I am pretty sure with the talent we have in the team we can achieve a lot.“Now we need to keep going this hard until the end. To work hard in training, to take the training into the games and to keep going. There is a long way to go, but we are in a very, very good way to be successful.”last_img read more

Tiny cabins get test run as alternative housing

first_imgTiny cabins get test run as alternative housing 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A small cabin went up today in San Diego’s East Village that can become the start of something much bigger.On Friday, Amikas installed a demonstration model of the Emergency Sleeping Cabin that the organization seeks to introduce as emergency bridge housing in San Diego.This donation is part of Amikas’ ongoing efforts to introduce these emergency sleeping cabins as an option to bridge the gap between living in the Alpha Project Temporary Bridge Shelter and living in permanent housing.The non-profit seeks to house women and children in a pilot community of ten to twenty of these cabins.For now, the donation to Alpha Project marks a big step toward getting the shelters accepted by the local non-profit community that helps the homeless. Posted: September 7, 2018 September 7, 2018 Sasha Foo, Sasha Foo Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Bangladeshis pitch in to aid Muslim brothers

first_imgRohingya refugees from Myanmar`s Rakhine state shelter in a makeshift tent after arriving at a refugee camp near the Bangladeshi town of Teknaf on 5 September, 2017. Photo: AFPSajeed Hassan is spending his school holidays volunteering in a kitchen that provides hot meals to Rohingya refugees, joining an army of ordinary Bangladeshis pitching in as aid agencies struggle to cope with an overwhelming tide of desperate civilians.Some 370,000 refugees have flooded into Bangladesh in the last two and a half weeks fleeing violence in Myanmar, a Buddhist-majority country where the Muslim Rohingya minority has suffered decades of persecution.Aid agencies have warned of an unfolding humanitarian crisis in predominantly Muslim Bangladesh, an impoverished nation of 160 million which is still reeling from devastating floods.But ordinary citizens have turned out in droves to help their “Muslim brothers”.At the makeshift kitchen in his uncle’s front yard near the border town of Teknaf, Hassan works alongside about a dozen volunteers packaging hot meals of rice and lentils, stirring bubbling cauldrons of meat stew over open fires.“They are Muslims, and they are coming from another country, that’s why we are helping,” Hassan, 12, told AFP.“They have come from far away, and they are suffering.”Rohingya refugees from Myanmar`s Rakhine state wait for aid at Kutupalong refugee camp in the Bangladeshi town of Teknaf on 5 September, 2017. Photo: AFPThe Rohingya have centuries-old ties to the Chittagong region over the border in Bangladesh, and images on social media purportedly showing abuses against the Muslim minority have stoked immense sympathy here.“Sometimes they come to my restaurant, eat, and then let us know they don’t have any money,” said Abdul Khalek at his simple roadside stall with a tarpaulin roof and mud floor.“But I don’t mind. It is a duty from a Muslim brother to another to help in distress.”Bangladesh already hosted at least 300,000 Rohingya refugees in squalid camps along its border with Myanmar before this latest influx, offering sanctuary for more than three decades to civilians fleeing violence and persecution in neighbouring Rakhine state.But this fresh wave is unprecedented in its magnitude, pushing conditions at the camps to the absolute limit.Charities are warning of an unfolding humanitarian crisis as Bangladesh pushes for a diplomatic solution to close the floodgates.Prices soaring -At the congested market near Kutupalong refugee camp, where children bang on the windows of passing cars pleading for food, Bangladeshis are helping out with whatever meagre resources they have.Some of these freelance relief efforts are shambolic, with tremendous crushes and children knocked down as donated supplies are tossed from moving trucks.As the crisis enters its third week, patience is also running thin among some Bangladeshis living near the border, where many earn little.Prices for food and other staples have soared in local markets, which have become choked with chronic traffic and large numbers of beggars.Kuilla Mia, a tea seller working a street corner amid a chaotic swirl of refugees, said he had nothing to spare.“I would like to give them a discount, but I cannot because the price of sugar is high,” he told AFP.Bangladesh—which initially ordered border guards to turn back newcomers before the effort became futile—has been praised for taking on the burden despite its own pressing challenges as one of the region’s poorest countries.The plight of the Rohingya, who are reviled and denied citizenship in Myanmar, has particularly roused emotion across the Islamic world.On Tuesday, prime minister Sheikh Hasina toured Kutupalong, one of the biggest camps, where she was seen consoling a young Rohingya boy.“I can’t hold back the tears in eyes as I look at this scene… Why should people suffer such pain?” she said.Bangladeshi authorities have said they will register all new arrivals, setting up booths in the camps to collect fingerprints and family information.Hasina wants the Rohingya returned to what she has labelled their “ancestral homeland” in Myanmar.“Myanmar has created the problem and it will have to resolve it,” she told parliament on Monday.Dhaka has pointed to a deal with Yangon in 1992 that saw more than 236,000 Rohingya repatriated as “members of Myanmar society”.Mohammad Hussain, a lentil vendor, said he was giving away what he could, but Bangladeshis alone could not be expected to care for all the refugees.“If aid doesn’t arrive from abroad, then these people will be in serious danger,” he told AFP.But for young Hassan, the experience has been moving“I feel great helping them, and I want to do more,” he said.last_img

Khaleda appeal hearing in graft case 3 July

first_imgKhaleda ZiaThe High Court on Wednesday fixed 3 July for hearing on the appeal petition filed by Khaleda Zia in the Zia Orphanage Trust case.A HC bench of justice M Enayetur Rahim and justice Md Mostafizur Rahman fixed the date following a petition filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC).The HC also asked the concerned bench to provide the paper book related to the case to Khaleda Zia’s lawyer within next 24 hours, said Khurshid Alam, a counsel of the ACC.On Sunday, ACC counsel Khurshid Alam filed a petition against the appeal petition filed by Khaleda Zia before the court.Earlier on 16 May, a four-member bench of the Appellate Division, led by chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain upheld the High Court order that had granted bail to convicted BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.The SC also issued an order to dispose of Khaleda’s appeal petition challenging the lower court’s verdict in the case by 31 July.On 9 May last, a four-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by the chief justice fixed 15 May for delivering the order after closing a two-day hearing on the two petitions.The SC on 8 May adjourned until 9 May the hearing on the petitions filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission and the state against Khaleda’s bail.On 19 March, the Appellate Division stayed Khaleda’s bail until 8 May in the graft case in which she was convicted by the lower court.The Dhaka Special Court-5 convicted the former Prime Minister and BNP chairperson and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.She was then sent to old central jail at Nazimuddin Road in the city on February 8 last.She secured four months’ bail from the High Court in the case on 12 March.On 15 March, the ACC and the state filed two leave-to-appeal petitions before the Appellate Division challenging Khaleda Zia’s bail. The Appellate Division later stayed Khaleda Zia’s bail until 8 May in the case.last_img read more

Local Immigration Activists Criticize Trumps Tweet On Not Wanting A Deal On

first_img Share Craig Hartley for Houston Public MediaCésar Espinosa (second from the left), executive director of the Houston-based group Immigrant Families and Students in the Struggle, is one of the activists that has criticized President Trump’s latest comment on the DACA program.Local pro-immigration activists criticized President Donald Trump Monday, April 2, 2018, because of a tweet he sent out over the weekend saying there will not be a deal on the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.Back in September, the President announced the termination of DACA and said Congress had until March 5, 2018, to come up with a solution for the situation of the hundreds of thousands of beneficiaries of the Obama-era program. So far, Congress hasn’t made a formal proposal to the Trump Administration.In a tweet sent on Sunday, April 1, 2018, Trump complained about the agents of the U.S. Border Patrol not being allowed to properly do their job because of “ridiculous liberal (Democrat) laws” and also referred to “Caravans” of immigrants coming to the United States. At the end of the tweet, the President wrote: “NO MORE DACA DEAL!”Border Patrol Agents are not allowed to properly do their job at the Border because of ridiculous liberal (Democrat) laws like Catch & Release. Getting more dangerous. “Caravans” coming. Republicans must go to Nuclear Option to pass tough laws NOW. NO MORE DACA DEAL!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 1, 2018In another tweet, Trump blamed the Democratic Party for DACA being “dead” writing that the Democrats “didn’t care or act.”DACA is dead because the Democrats didn’t care or act, and now everyone wants to get onto the DACA bandwagon… No longer works. Must build Wall and secure our borders with proper Border legislation. Democrats want No Borders, hence drugs and crime!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 2, 2018César Espinosa, executive director of the Houston-based group Immigrant Families and Students in the Struggle (known as FIEL by its acronym in Spanish) commented the President hasn’t shown “leadership” because “he hasn’t brought Democrats and Republicans together to really come up with a real, tangible deal.”Although some members of Congress came up with tentative proposals to provide a solution for the situation of DACA recipients, the White House didn’t back any of them and currently the future of the program is in the courts with the latest development being that a federal judge is allowing a lawsuit against the termination of DACA to proceed in the judicial system.Julieta Garibay, director of United We Dream, in Texas was also critical of the President’s latest comment on DACA. For Garibay, saying there will be no deal is “disingenuous” because Trump “never came to the table” to actually negotiate a solution.Mario Carrillo, state director for America’s Voice in Texas, also categorized the President’s tweet as “disingenuous” because his Administration didn’t actually get behind any of the proposals for providing relief to the program’s recipients.At the same time, Carrillo said he doesn’t think the statements Trump has made publicly and on social media about DACA are reliable because “he’s changed his position on DACA too many times at this point.”In that regard, Carrillo noted that, in the past, the President has said that his Administration intends to deal with DACA recipients with “heart.” Specifically, Trump made that comment during a press conference held in February 2017.last_img read more

The 6 Signs of Cell Phone Addiction

first_imgApril 8, 2016 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Enroll Now for Free You’re out for a delightful, long-anticipated lunch with your friends or co-workers. The conversation is lively and upbeat, when suddenly someone in your group pulls out their cell phone to take a call.Or maybe you are at a family meal when the same thing occurs. It’s not uncommon for the people in our lives to take a backstage role to the virtual reality of technology.This may be far more complicated than an etiquette issue. An increasing number of studies are finding it might be a true addiction, like alcoholism or smoking.James A. Roberts, PhD, a marketing professor at Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business identified six signs of cell phone addiction that include: salience, euphoria, tolerance, withdrawal, conflict and relapse. These same six signs relate to any behavioral or substance addiction.Test yourself to see if you identify with any of these six statements.1. I reach for my cell phone first thing in the morning.Salience is a behavior that becomes deeply integrated into your daily routine and that dominates your thinking and emotions. According to the research, “Sixty-eight percent of adult Americans sleep with their cell phone next to their bed.” Don’t let your email messages dictate your day. Try not to check your messages on your cell phone before 8:00 a.m.Related: 6 Ways to Wrest Back Control of Your Life From Your Cell Phone2. I use my cell phone when I am bored.Euphoria is the excitement or anticipation you get just before or after you use your cell phone. Do you get a ping of excitement or drop everything when you hear an email or text message come in? That little burst of energy provides a highly-addictive “high.” Try putting your phone on silent more often.3. I am spending more and more time on my cell phone.Tolerance is the need to receive an ever-increasing dose to reach the desired high, and is similar to alcohol abuse. And with the increasing number of new uses for the cell phone, and the proliferation of available downloads, it is easy to access the next exciting new thing. Put people first, technology second.Related: 6 Ways to Break a Tech Addiction4. I become anxious or agitated when my cell phone is out of sight.Withdrawal symptoms such as stress, anxiety, irritability, desperation and panic that occur when you are separated from your cell phone – even for the briefest amount of time – are sure signs of addiction. The research reported that “Sixty-eight percent of all adults have an irrational fear of losing their phone.”5. People have complained about my cell phone use.Conflict is a common outcome of cell phone addiction. Perhaps your spouse, a co-worker, or your children complain that you are always on the phone, or maybe you let cell phone interruptions interfere with social engagements, work or vacation time. If you’re expecting an important call, let others know ahead of time. When the call comes in, keep your conversation brief.Related: 8 Ways to Break Bad Smartphone Habits6. I can’t seem to cut back on my cell phone use even though I try.Relapse occurs when you set every intention to cut back on your phone use, but find yourself reaching for it with a force that seems beyond your control. You must set your mind and your body to resist, and consciously create new habits that do not include the cell phone. Practice being “unplugged” for at least a couple hours a day.If you have self-diagnosed yourself with cell phone addiction, what can you do? You don’t have to give up your cell phone entirely, but you do need to set aside technology-free times and create new habits and behaviors. Leave the cell phone in the car or turn it off when you are out to dinner, set up a nighttime charging station in a room other than your bedroom, and create times to enjoy life without the company of your cell phone. After all, it’s the polite thing to do. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 4 min read This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img read more