WATCH: DQ Osborne Makes Crazy Pick Against Kansas

first_imgDeQuinton Osborne — who shall heretofore be referred to as “The Blizzard” — had an outrageous pick against Montrell Cozart in the second half of OSU’s game on Saturday in Lawrence. He almost scored himself a Fat Guy TD but came up just short (even though he obliterated some poor Kansas offensive player). There’s a human being under there. (via @sarahcphipps) #okstate pic.twitter.com/DF230O8tEC— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) October 22, 2016Two questions here. First, does Osborne have better hands than all of the secondary or just most of it? Two, why was a 310-pound DT 10 yards off the line? Either way, enjoy the show. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

World’s Bulk Terminals Get New Representative

first_imgzoom A new trade association has been established to provide the world’s bulk terminals with a united front at governmental level in order to ensure the sector can better face the environmental and commercial challenges ahead.The Association of Bulk Terminal Operators (ABTO) seeks to provide a voice for bulk terminal operators at a national and international level, providing a forum for its members to discuss the issues impacting seaborne trade and the global transportation of bulk commodities.“We hope to facilitate and encourage the free and frank exchange of opinion to enable the dry bulk sector to present a united front in all discussions with governments, shippers, shipowners and operators. Unity is the only way to promote and protect the interests of the world’s bulk terminal operators,” Chief Executive, Ian Adams, said.“We hope to cooperate more fully with all industry organisations, including those representing ship owners/operators, specialist terminal operators and other groups with an interest in the bulk trades to ensure that our members’ voices are heard at national and inter-governmental level,” Adams said.Membership to ABTO is open to bulk terminal operators, suppliers of equipment and services to those terminals, and relevant associations and institutions.last_img read more

Saskatchewan to Explore Nova Scotias Innovative Emergency Care Model

first_imgPremier Darrell Dexter welcomed Saskatchewan’s decision to explore Nova Scotia’s collaborative emergency centre model which would ensure 24/7 emergency care for residents in rural and remote communities in that province. Saskatchewan health officials toured the collaborative emergency centre in Parrsboro today, July 26. Premier Brad Wall announced afterward that his province intends to explore the implementation of the model as an innovative approach to provide emergency care. “Collaborative emergency centres are working in Nova Scotia and they will work across the country,” said Premier Dexter. “We are happy to share our first-hand experiences with Saskatchewan or any other province so their citizens can receive better care sooner.” The CEC model was created in 2010 in Nova Scotia to respond to emergency room closures that plagued the health system over the previous decade. CECs keep emergency rooms open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. They also ensure patients have access to same-day or next-day appointments with physicians. In the past, some patients waited up to six weeks to see a doctor. “We are working to transform our health care system to ensure people have improved access to high quality health care,” said Premier Wall. “We look forward to learning more about how Nova Scotia’s team-based model can improve access to emergency and primary health care in our rural and remote areas.” Nova Scotia opened its first collaborative emergency centre in Parrsboro in July 2011. Since then, the province has opened CECs in Springhill and Tatamagouche, and announced plans for others in Pugwash, Annapolis Royal and Musqudoboit Harbour. More information on the province’s Better Care Sooner plan , please visit http://www.gov.ns.ca/health/bettercaresooner .last_img read more

Man charged with seconddegree murder in Newfoundland womans death

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – A court appearance for a man accused in the death of a Newfoundland woman took a dramatic turn as members of the deceased’s family gave voice to their grief.Steve Bragg of Mount Pearl was in court to face a second-degree murder charge in the death of 36-year-old Victoria Head, whose body was found near a walking trail in St. John’s, N.L., on Nov. 11.According to media reports, Darlene Dinn, Head’s sister-in-law, broke down in tears and hurled obscenities after the charge was read, yelling at Bragg as he was brought back into custody.“I hope you see her every time you close your eyes,” she reportedly said.Outside court, Dinn told reporters that the holiday season has made the loss of her sister-in-law even more painful.“I feel like I’m empty. Christmas is two days away, and it was her favourite time of the year,” Dinn said, overwhelmed with emotion.“I’m broken. The family is broken. There is nothing anybody can do to bring her back. It’s huge, it’s so huge that we have someone (charged) but it still can’t bring her back. That’s all we want, is to have her home, to hug her.”Victoria Head’s oldest brother, Billy Jo, told reporters that he laid eyes on Bragg for the first time on Saturday, and while he feels bad for Bragg’s family, he hopes justice is served.“I want (Bragg) to suffer like my sister suffered,” he told reporters. “So many secrets, hopefully it all comes out.”The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary says Head and Bragg were known to each other.Bragg is due to return to court on Jan. 11.—(VOCM)last_img read more

Had such a kind heart Yearround spirit of Santa standin inspires toy

first_imgWINNIPEG — Brian Sanderson’s white beard and jolly demeanor landed him in Santa’s bright-red suit in Winnipeg malls, seniors centres, toy catalogues and as the mythical Christmas figure in more than half a dozen movies.So when Sanderson, Winnipeg’s most well-known Santa’s helper, died in October at the age of 77, a group of people — his own special elves — stepped up to make sure the Christmas magic he displayed all year would continue.“He just had such a kind heart and literally a twinkle in his eye that is pushing us forward,” said Shelly Anthis.Anthis, a casting director who met Sanderson through his movie roles, started a toy drive in memory of Santa Brian. Along with help from others and the support of Sanderson’s family, she has been collecting gifts to hand out to children and teenagers at shelters and family centres over the holiday season.“There (are) a lot of teens and youth there that could use some of that magic and we just want to make sure that they have gifts, too,” she said.Christmas was always extremely busy for Sanderson and his partner of 11 years, Lillian Harrison, also known as Mrs. Claus. But Sanderson played the role of Santa all year long for 26 years.It started when he agreed to be in Christmas photos taken at a Winnipeg mall. The first year he wore a fake beard, Harrison said, and a child pulled it down. Sanderson didn’t want to break that special illusion again, so he grew his own beard out.“In his younger years, Santa was magic … and he just wanted to bring that magic to other people,” Harrison said.Sanderson carried candy canes with him all year long in case he ran into children who recognized him as Santa. One year, two young girls came to the door and asked him why he forgot them at Christmas, so he went inside and found a couple of dolls from his personal toy stash to hand over.“His Santa persona was not just at Christmas. It was something he loved and lived 24-7, 365 days,” said Sanderson’s daughter Kathy Bailey in an email.“But as my daughter said to us when he passed and (Facebook) tributes and comments started rolling in: ‘I never thought of Gramps as a celebrity. To me he was just Gramps.’”Bailey said her father was a well-prepared Santa. He would study catalogues and flyers to make sure he knew what the latest toys were and would never commit to high-priced gifts.“He would say he wasn’t sure if the elves had enough parts for those toys, and if it was a cellphone, he asked the child how they would pay the bill,” she said.“He felt that Santa shouldn’t promise something parents may not be able to afford or didn’t want their child to have. This way they could make that decision themselves.”Once word of the toy drive spread, people from across Manitoba and around the world reached out to help. It shows the impact that sharing the Christmas spirit all year can have on the larger community, Anthis said. She expects her group will be handing out hundreds of gifts in the week before Christmas to children who may otherwise not get any.This year Sanderson’s Santa isn’t around to pass out wrapped presents, but Harrison’s Mrs. Claus will be there.“I am so glad they are doing that in his memory because I can see him looking down and I know he’s smiling,” she said. Kelly Geraldine Malone, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Prince William Talks At SkillForce Gala

first_imgYoung people must stand alongside older generations in honouring those who made wartime sacrifices for Britain, The Duke of Cambridge has said.Prince William Talks To School children from WatfordCredit/Copyright: DukeAndDuchessOfCambridge.orgSpeaking at a gala dinner in London to mark the 10th anniversary of the charity SkillForce, The Duke of Cambridge said Remembrance “must never become the preserve or responsibility of one generation”.He added: “I was privileged to be able to visit the poppy installation at the Tower of London in its early days.“Even then, before it was as famous as it is now, the people observing the poppies came from every generation.“The young there were just as moved as the old. Their grief and thanksgiving for the sacrifice of previous generations was just as real.”He was speaking three days after joining The Queen to lay wreaths of poppies at the Cenotaph in London’s Whitehall to commemorate those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.Since 2009, The Duke has been Patron of SkillForce, which matches former servicemen and women with youngsters – often from troubled backgrounds – to offer them encouragement and inspiration.He attended the function at the Imperial War Museum to celebrate the launch earlier this year of the organisation’s Junior Prince’s Award, a programme to help primary-age children prepare for the step up to secondary school through character-building projects and activities.The Duke of Cambridge met youngsters who were taking part in the scheme and was shown their First World War Remembrance projects.“It was clear that they, like those children who gather at the Tower of London or at Remembrance Day parades, are grasping something that will instil hopefulness and commitment about a better future in themselves and in their generation,” he said. “This is no small achievement.”“Only by pointing to all that Remembrance means can we have any chance of making our society a better place and giving these young people hope, which is the fuel for all the work they will need to do to fulfil their potential.”Source:DukeAndDuchessOfCambridge.orglast_img read more

SoftBank mobile unit to go for IPO raising some 20 billion

first_imgTOKYO — Japanese technology company SoftBank Group Corp. will carry out an initial public offering of its Japanese mobile subsidiary, set for Dec. 19, in what will likely be one of the world’s biggest IPOs.The Tokyo Stock Exchange approved the listing of 1.6 billion shares of SoftBank Corp. Monday, at 1,500 yen ($13) a share, raising potentially more than 2 trillion yen ($20 billion).Founded in 1986, initially running software, broadband and fixed-line telecommunications businesses, the company has expanded to become one of Japan’s top mobile service providers. It was the first carrier to offer the Apple iPhone in Japan.The parent is investing in a range of companies globally, including U.S. wireless company Sprint, British IoT company ARM, Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba and U.S. ride-sharing service Uber.Recently, SoftBank Group Chief Executive Masayoshi Son was in the spotlight for his relations with the Saudi prince after the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Son has said denounced the killing. He said earlier this month that he went to Saudi Arabia to relay his concerns to the prince.Son has been partnering with Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and about half of his $100 billion Vision Fund, established in 2016, comes from the kingdom. The fund has been investing in various companies, solar projects and artificial intelligence.Khashoggi, a 59-year-old columnist for The Washington Post, was killed at the Saudi Consulate in Turkey on Oct. 2, although details are still unclear.SoftBank is eager to gain cash to fuel its investments, which include financial-technology, ride-booking services, as well as office space sharing WeWork and the Pepper companion robot.Even after the listing, the parent owns 63 per cent of Softbank Group.SoftBank’s IPO, which may be expanded to include more shares to as many as 1.7 billion shares, could be the biggest ever. Alibaba’s $25 billion initial public stock offering on Wall Street in 2014 was the biggest by a Chinese company. Facebook raised $16 billion in 2012.___Yuri Kageyama is on Twitter at https://twitter.com/yurikageyamaOn Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/yurikageyama/?hl=enYuri Kageyama, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Suspect arrested over Kaduwela court shooting

The police have arrested the main suspect involved in the shooting incident at the Kaduwela Magistrate’s court premises this week.One person was injured during a shooting incident at the Kaduwela Magistrate’s court premises and he was transferred to the Colombo National hospital for treatment. The police said that a suspect was arrested from Dompe this morning over the incident.

UN labour agency calls on Myanmar to act against forced labour

At the end of its sessions on Friday, the 95th Conference of the International Labour Organization (ILO) called for the release of any person imprisoned following contacts with the ILO and an end to prosecutions currently underway by the end of July.It also sought agreement between Myanmar and the ILO by the end of October on a credible mechanism for dealing with complaints of forced labour with all necessary guarantees for the protection of complainants.At its November session, the ILO Governing Body will examine whether these measures have been taken and will have full authority to decide on the most appropriate course of action.During the Conference, Myanmar expressed a willingness to cooperate with the ILO and released Su Su Nwe from detention. Her release had been called for by the ILO since her imprisonment last year, a few months after she successfully prosecuted government officials for imposing forced labour.ILO’s Committee on the Application of Standards took note of information from the Ambassador of Myanmar that his Government would put a six-month moratorium on prosecutions of complainants on an experimental basis and that during this period, as an interim measure, the complaints of forced labour would be handled by the Director-General of the country’s Labour Department together with the ILO Liaison Officer.The Committee underlined that although this may sound positive, it was late and limited. Words had to be urgently confirmed by deeds in all relevant matters, in particular the acquittal and release of persons who had already been prosecuted and the cessation of prosecutions currently underway.The authorities now needed to immediately enter into discussions with the ILO, with a view to establishing as soon as possible a credible mechanism for dealing with complaints of forced labour, the Committee said. The issue of forced labour has been before the ILO for several years. In May 2003, the Agency and Myanmar came to a Formal Understanding on a facilitator to help possible victims seek remedies. In addition, a Plan of Action was to comprise a road-building project, alternatives to the use of forced labour, and information and awareness raising. The Committee also examined other cases covering forced labour as well as freedom of association, discrimination, child labour, employment policy, labour inspection and wages, adopting special paragraphs expressing concern over freedom of association in Bangladesh and Belarus.In the case of Belarus, there had been continued failure to eliminate serious discrepancies in the application of the relevant Conventions, the Committee said, adding that further action would be considered by the Governing Body in November. read more

BlackBerry shares rise on reports asset auction could come by November

TORONTO – BlackBerry shares crept up for the third consecutive day as investors responded to reports that the smartphone maker wants to launch an auction process sooner rather than later.The Waterloo, Ont.-based company’s stock rose 32 cents to close at $11.60 on Thursday at the Toronto Stock Exchange.BlackBerry’s list of potential buyers has whittled down over the past week as Microsoft announced plans to buy Nokia Corp.’s handset division for US$7.17 billion.Chinese technology company Huawei also appeared uninterested after board member Chen Lifang told reporters in London that the company isn’t shopping around for acquisition targets, but instead plans to focus on its existing operations.A report from the Wall Street Journal says BlackBerry has already narrowed the list of potential bidders, a logical next step after announcing last month that it would explore several “strategic alternatives” including its possible sale.The Journal cited unnamed sources as saying that an auction process could be completed as early as November.BlackBerry has kept its options open since last year when it hired two adviser firms to search for ways to shore up cash. Earlier this summer it broadened those options when it said it formed a special committee to consider strategic alternatives, including its sale.Another option would be to take BlackBerry private, though it would need to find the support of enough investors to make that possible.One of the first places BlackBerry could turn for partnership opportunities would be major domestic pension operators like the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and the Ontario Municipal Employees’ Retirement System.BlackBerry has struggled to maintain its marketshare in recent years as Apple’s iPhone and devices on the Android operating system became the most popular devices in stores.After several delays, the company launched a new line of phones earlier this year, which included its hyped BlackBerry Z10 touchscreen and BlackBerry Q10 keypad devices. The phones have failed to catch on with consumers, and BlackBerry’s share of the smartphone market has dropped to 2.7 per cent, according to research firm IDC.Analyst have also returned to their increasingly dismal view of the company’s prospects in recent weeks.Canaccord Genuity analyst Michael Walkley said Thursday that his latest global survey of retailers indicates “very weak” sales of the new BlackBerry phones, and “sharply declining sales” of older BlackBerry devices.The flagging interest has led to Walkley pulling back estimates for how many BlackBerrys are shipped to stores in the company’s fiscal 2014 financial year. He now expects 24.1 million units to be sent to retailers, which is 2.6 million fewer units than his previous estimate.In a report, Walkley details estimates for the company’s assets at about $4.1 billion, which is less than a year ago, as the company continues to spend cash to promote its BlackBerry 10 operating system while other assets begin to lose their core value.“Given our belief BlackBerry’s hardware business will struggle to return to profitability given increasing smartphone competition, we struggle to assign any value to the hardware business,” he wrote in a note.“The most logical acquirer of BlackBerry would likely attempt to transition BlackBerry’s subscriber base to their own competing smartphone products or ecosystem.”At the company’s annual meeting in July, chief executive Thorsten Heins unveiled a three-stage plan to return to profitability. It included pushing ahead with new products yet to be unveiled, opening the BlackBerry Messenger service to other phones and focusing on corporate customers.BlackBerry is expected to unveil its first “phablet” in the coming weeks, though the company hasn’t made anything official. The device would serve as a midpoint between a smartphone and a tablet. by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 5, 2013 12:19 pm MDT BlackBerry shares rise on reports asset auction could come by November AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Palau has already made the choice for a better future Permanent Representative

Making particular reference to the impacts of climate change, Caleb Otto said the country participated actively at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process and was the second country in the world to have ratified the Paris Agreement.“We are encouraged by the 127 other nations who have signed the Agreement and are confident that by the end of the year, the Agreement will being to work for all of us,” Mr. Otto said in his address.Noting that 14 years, the time from now until 2030, is a short period within which to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), he stressed an urgent need implement the global development agenda to transform the world.He also informed the General Assembly of steps taken at the national level to implement the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda, as well as underlined the importance of genuine and durable partnerships for their global success.Mr. Otto further expressed particular appreciation for the leadership of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for his support of and focus towards the Pacific small island developing States and his stewardship of the Paris Agreement, the 2030 Agenda and other achievements of the UN. read more

John Laird Voters wonder Who are those masked megadonors

first_imgWhether you’re conservative, liberal or independent, you should be glad to know the following: Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has donated $1 million to support the charter schools initiative that is expected to qualify for the Nov. 6 ballot. To that same cause, almost a half-million dollars was donated by the parents of Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos. Netflix co-founder Reed Hastings chipped in $100,000.You should be equally glad to also learn this: In opposition to the charter schools initiative, the Washington Education Association is donating staff time.The point of this column is not to support or oppose charter schools, or draw conclusions about those who donate to either side. What really matters is that we know what appears in those first two paragraphs, and this helps form our opinions about how to vote. So forget for a moment the trendy “TMI” retort because, when it comes to voting, there’s no such thing as too much disclosure.This belief ought to be universal in a free society with a popularly elected government. Sadly, though, some members of Congress don’t agree and have gone all TMI on us when it comes to disclosing campaign finance information. On Monday, the Senate is expected to take up the DISCLOSE Act of 2012, which would require unions, corporations, Super PACs and other groups to identify those who make political contributions of $10,000 or more.Years ago, members of both parties supported such efforts to inform the electorate. But not in today’s Congress. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., insisted in an op-ed for USA Today that the DISCLOSE Act is “an attempt to identify and punish political enemies, or at the very least, intimidate others from participating in the process — an effort that’s already underway.”last_img read more

Toyota offers limited Supra camo wrapping paper for charity in the UK

first_img 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Share your voice 42 Photos 0 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Tags Post a comment Car Culture Sports Carscenter_img 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Toyota Supra prototype looking trippy in camouflage Car camouflage is usually just a bunch of odd swirly patterns in black and white, but Toyota decided to buck the trend when it (kind of) showed off its forthcoming Supra sports car at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.  The Supra’s geometric, multicolored pattern was pretty popular with folks on the internet, and now, according to a report published on Saturday by Motor 1, you can buy it in wrapping paper form so you can tease your loved ones with promises of presents for years to come, just like Toyota!Seriously though, it’s cool wrapping paper. It’s super-limited edition, and it’s being sold for a good cause. The gift wrap is being sold in the UK to benefit the Crisis at Christmas charity which helps to support the homeless. There will be just 500 sheets made of the paper and rolls of four sheets of it are being sold for the equivalent of $6.29 through the Crowdfunder website.So, if you’re so inclined, you should buy a roll for a good cause and then don’t let your friends and family open their Christmas gifts until the Detroit Auto Show, just like the real Supra. They’ll love it, we promise. More From Roadshow Toyota Toyotalast_img read more

Baltimore Area Church News

first_imgNew Bethlehem Baptist Church6665 Security BoulevardBaltimore, Maryland 21207Empowerment Encounter Conference 2018April 3-April 4, 7 p.m.Dr. Lisa Weah, Pastor Manifest Wonders Christian Center3600 Edmonson Ave.Baltimore, Maryland 21229Seven Cries from CalvaryMarch 30, 7 p.m.Elder Lee Michaels, Pastor Greater Harvest Baptist Church1617 Saratoga StreetBaltimore, Maryland 21223Seven Last Sayings ServiceMarch 30, 8:30 a.m.Rev. Brent Brown, Pastor Southern Baptist Church1701 N. Chester StreetBaltimore, Maryland 21213The Seven Last Words of ChristMarch 30, 9:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m.Bishop-Designate Donte Hickman, Pastor New Shiloh Baptist Church2100 N. Monroe StreetBaltimore, Maryland 21217Seven Last Words of Jesus ChristMarch 30, 11:45 a.m.Dr. Harold Carter, Jr., Pastor Ark Church1263 E. North AveBaltimore, Maryland 21202Good Friday ServiceMarch 30, 7 p.m.Bishop J. L. Carter, Pastor Empowerment Temple AME Church4217 Primrose AveBaltimore, Maryland 21215Seven Last WordsMarch 30, 7:30 p.m.Dr. Jamal Bryant, Pastor Rising Zion Baptist Church2300 Llewelyn AveBaltimore, Maryland 2121340th Pastoral and Church AnniversaryApril 4-April 6, 7 p.m.April 8, 11 a.m.Rev. Theodore D. Addison, Sr., Pastorcenter_img Set the Captives Free Outreach Center7111 Windsor BlvdBaltimore, Maryland, 21244Seven Words of Encouragement ServiceMarch 30, noon- 2 p.m.Dr. Karen Bethea, Pastor Mount Pleasant Church and Ministries600 Radecke AveBaltimore, Maryland 21206Seven Sayings of JesusMarch 30, 10:45 a.m.Bishop Clifford Johnson, Pastor Morning Star Baptist Church1512 Woodlawn DriveBaltimore, Maryland 21207Good Friday WorshipMarch 30, 11 a.m.Bishop Dwayne C. Debnam, Pastor By Joi Thomas, Special to the AFROWe are in the midst of Holy Week, the most important time on the Christian calendar. It is the time when Christians all over the world remember the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  This Friday, many churches all over the city will hold Good Friday services, remembering the death of Jesus on a cross. I encourage you to go to one of these services and remember the sacrifice Jesus made for you. There are several options listed below as well as a few more events going on in the city. I pray you and your family enjoy your Easter weekend. New Christian Memorial Church3525 West Caton Ave.Baltimore, Maryland 21229Seven Last Sayings ServiceMarch 30, 7 p.m.Rev. Dr. Walter Bronson, Pastor New Psalmist Baptist Church6020 Marian DriveBaltimore, Maryland 21215Good Friday ServiceMarch 30, noonBishop Walter S. Thomas, Pastorlast_img read more

Here are some tips for travelling alone when you suffer with anxiety

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- Two weeks ago, the thought of travelling alone would give me an anxiety attack.The last few weeks have been the greatest in terms of my mental health. I was anxious all the time and barely made any effort to see friends. A little chat with a friend from home can really be an extra boost, and a reminder of how good the break away will be for you.Grand-Place in Brussels | Photo: GSN6  Turn your phone offWe all want that perfectly holiday snap.But there’s nothing like turning your phone off and just enjoying the experience.There are countless articles online telling people that switching your phone off and going offline is good for your mental wellbeing.The break from constant notifications and the need to make sure you post a picture on every platform is lifting a weight off your shoulders.I forced myself to stay off my phone as much as possible. While it was annoying at first, I soon realized that it was actually a blessing in disguise.While my companions circled museums and buildings to take pictures of every angle, I was able to sit back and take the sights in.7  Open yourself upPerhaps the best part of a holiday is trying new foods and seeing new sights.You might find something you really like, and you’ll never know unless you give yourself the chance to try it.Before I went away, my anxiety and depression was awful. The process of trying new things, meeting new people and seeing new sights helped me do a much needed mental reset!It was scary opening myself up and meant I had to force myself through tons of mental barriers. And I couldn’t be more thankful that I made myself do everything I did.8  Take a reminder from homeA reminder of home while everything else around you is new can really help keep you grounded.It doesn’t even need to be something big!I used the nail polish my flatmate uses all the time before I left for the trip.Thanks to that, I still felt like I had her with me. That small piece of familiarity really helped me get by.9  Rest upSleep is always important, and especially so when you’re on the move.Make sure you get as many hours as you can. You can even treat yourself to a lie in – You’re on holiday so why not!Being well rested can make the world of difference to your mental state.Now is the perfect time to catch up on all that sleep debt.10  Check-in with yourselfThe last thing you want to happen is that your trip finishes and you get home, and realize that you hadn’t fully appreciated how good you felt while away.When you have a spare moment, check in with yourself to see how you’re feeling.I was stood in a rooftop bar when it just dawned on me that there wasn’t a single anxious thought in the back of my mind.Knowing that I felt good meant I was able to enjoy the rest of the trip even more!Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Why I sobbed tears of joy when Trinidad and Tobago decriminalized homosexuality7 things you might live to regret if you follow this gay guy’s current path in lifeDomestic violence in same-sex relationships highlighted in new track by gay singerRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/anxiety-travelling-alone/ My depression meant my personality was far more muted than normal, and I wasn’t sleeping much at night either.And the entire time, I could not stop thinking about the four days I would be spending with complete strangers in Brussels.On top of that, I had never visited Belgium before and my knowledge of the French language was minimum.I worried about whether or not I would be able to cope understandably.Little did I know that travelling alone and spending four days with strangers would be the best thing for my mental state.The brief trip gave me a moment to reset my brain completely. And boy, I needed that.I would recommend a break away to anyone who is stuck in a rut – Even if the thought of not seeing anyone you know stresses you out.For while you’re on your break, here are some tips for travelling alone when you suffer with anxiety and depression.The Belgium Pride main stage | Photo: GSN1  Don’t forget your medicationThis is always an important point.Forgetting your medication when you’re at home is bad. It’s even worse if you’re in a foreign surrounding.Do not forget to take your medication, and also remember to take it on time.2  Do not pressure yourself into socializingWhen I’m anxious, I stress myself out more by thinking about the fact that I appear anxious to everyone I know.I push myself to live up to my own socializing standard.But when you’re travelling alone or with some strangers, there is no level of socializing they see as normal for you.So feel free to remain a bit quiet while you adjust to your new surroundings.3  You’re allowed to stay inThere’s a pressure to constantly go out and see sights when you’re travelling. But don’t feel like you have to if you don’t want to!Just like when you’re at home, sometimes all you need is a moment to sit alone in your room and read/watch some TV.It’s okay to do that!4  Know your limitsSimilarly to exploring every day, there’s a common feeling that when you’re on holiday you have to go out to bars and clubs every night.That can be fun and if you’re feeling up to it, then go for it!Take care of yourself though. You should always know your limits and that’s even more important when you’re abroad.Getting drunk in bars in your hometown can be okay because you know your way home. That might not apply when you’re abroad.I only had drinks when I felt completely safe and knew that I 100% was going to be able to get back to my hotel.5  Feel free to reach outDon’t be scared of checking in with people back home. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more

Live News traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire South Cheshire on

first_imgHello and welcome to StokeonTrentLive’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Monday, March, 11. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the traffic and travel and weather updates – as well as news and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . Key EventsCan you help find missing man Alan?16:5619:02Staffordshire Police issue statement on A50 incidentWe are currently dealing with an incident on the A50 near to the Meir Tunnel in Stoke on Trent. Please avoid the area where possible.”18:37 Usual congestion on A34 Newcastle Road between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange). 18:22A527 Biddulph Road coming from Brinley Ford Southbound busy but moving at A5272 High Lane roundabout. 18:06As the band of rain sweeps southeastwards through tonight and tomorrow, it could turn heavy at times ��️with strong gusty winds ��️ due to line convection pic.twitter.com/tNrAL3rBBI— Met Office (@metoffice) March 11, 201917:51Advance Warning – Stoke City v Reading – Championship football match at Bet365 Stadium.Kick off at 3pm. Expect extra traffic on the A50 and A500. On March 16. 17:29A5272 Dividy Road in both directions blocked, slow traffic due to accident, two vehicles involved at Christine Street. 17:29Incident update – vehs have left scene. All lanes running freely https://t.co/cFQyP8tyIQ— Highways England (@HighwaysNWEST) March 11, 201916:56KEY EVENTCan you help find missing man Alan?Alan Holmes (Image: Staffordshire Police)More here.16:55Usual slow traffic on A34 Newcastle Road between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange). Travel time is five minutes. 16:55Heavy traffic on A527 Porthill Road at A500 D Road / Longbridge Hayes Road / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank). Travel time is four minutes. 16:55Heavy traffic on A500 D Road at A53 Etruria Road / Etruria Way (Basford Roundabout). 16:55One lane closed due to accident, two vehicles involved on M6 Southbound at J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). In the roadworks area.Lane one (of three) is closed.15:44A5272 Chell Street busy but moving at A5272 Merrick Street / B5047 Hulton Street (Providence Square). Travel time is four minutes. 15:14Usual congestion on A34 Newcastle Road between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange). 14:46One lane closed due to accident on A50 Eastbound between A518 Derby Road (Water Bridge roundabout) and Marston Lane (Doveridge).One lane is closed along this stretch towards Sudbury. 13:37Bucknall trafficA52 Werrington Road Westbound busy but moving before A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights).13:24A34 Newcastle RoadA34 Newcastle Road busy but moving between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange). 13:20Chell Street busyA5272 Chell Street busy but moving at A5272 Merrick Street / B5047 Hulton Street (Providence Square).12:52Updates: ‘multi-vehicle collision’ on M6 in StaffordshireThe M6 in Staffordshire (Image: RoadCams)Motorists are being told to ‘exercise extreme caution’ following a ‘mutli-vehicle collision’ on the M6 in Staffordshire. Read more. 12:26M6 in CheshireOne lane closed due to lorry having a tyre changed on M6 Southbound from J19 A556 (Knutsford) to J18 A54 Middlewich Road (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). Traffic is coping well. Lane one (of four) is closed.11:58A500 delaysOne lane blocked due to broken down vehicle on A500 D Road Southbound from A53 Etruria Road (Basford Roundabout, Etruria) to Stoke Road (Stoke Road Interchange, Stoke-On-Trent). Traffic is coping well. Lane one (of two) is blocked.11:54Highways officers called to pedestrian WALKING on the M6Highways Officers were called to a busy stretch of the M6 in Cheshire to reports someone was on the carriageway. The officers discovered a pedestrian attempting to walk up the northbound stretch between junction 16, near Crewe and Stoke-on-Trent, and junction 17, Sandbach . The identity of the person has not been revealed.Read more.11:44Pedestrian on M611:06Smallthorne trafficA5272 Hanley Road / High Lane busy but moving around Moorland Road (Small Thorne Roundabouts).11:00Chell Street delaysA5272 Chell Street busy but moving at A5272 Merrick Street / B5047 Hulton Street (Providence Square). Travel time is four minutes.10:46Bucknall RoadHeavy traffic on Bucknall Road inbound from A52 Leek Road (Lime Kiln Traffic Lights) to Hanley Town centre. 10:11Man, 64, found dead at Stoke-on-Trent gymPowerhouse Gym in Sandyford (Image: Google)A 64-year-old man has been dead at a popular Stoke-on-Trent gym. Police officers and paramedics were called to Powerhouse Gym on the Newfield Industrial Estate, in Sandyford , at around 5.45pm on Saturday. officers confirmed a man was found dead, but do not believed there were suspicious circumstances.Read more.09:16A500 busy500 D Road Southbound busy but moving before M6 J15.09:00M6 Staffordshire delays due to traffic coneOne lane blocked due to a traffic cone on road on M6 Northbound from J14 A34 (Stafford North) to J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent). Approach with care. 08:53M6 lane closureOne lane closed due to broken down vehicle on M6 Southbound from J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent) to J14 A34 (Stafford North). Traffic is coping well.Lane one (of three) is closed.last_img read more

Spain Tourism records 68000 Indian visitors from JanSept 2015

first_imgSpain Tourism has recorded 68,000 Indian visitors and is optimistic to end the year with about 100,000 India travellers, realising a 10% increase in Indian tourists as compared to the previous year. The average length of stay is seven days and the average spend is up to EUR 2,000 per person including airfare, said Ignacio Ducasse Gutierrez, Director, Tourism Office of Spain, Mumbai, on the sidelines of the MICE and Leisure road show which concluded in Mumbai and New Delhi recently. The road show witnessed 11 suppliers including five Tourism Boards, hotel chains, Destination Management Companies (DMCs), Spain Embassy, New Delhi, a departmental store and Turkish Airlines.Gutierrez added, “35% of Indians to Spain are incentive and business travellers mainly to Barcelona and Madrid. Witnessing the growing demand and tourist traffic, we are promoting many other MICE-centric cities of Spain such as Malaga, Costa Del Sol and Andalucia. They have international airports and attractive facilities for hosting MICE groups. Moreover, the favourable weather conditions and diverse F&B offerings also add to the experience.”Gutierrez hopes to push the theme segments of MICE, luxury and shopping, honeymooners, fly & drive, active tourism, sports (especially football) in the Indian market by the next year. Spain Tourism also plans to unveil its online training program by Q3 2016 for updating the trade on Spain Tourism product offerings.Talking about direct flight challenge, he lamented that they had been pushing Air India for direct flight connectivity from Delhi and Mumbai to Madrid and Barcelona. “Last, Air India was considering of announcing direct flights to Spain but we haven’t heard of it so far. Time and again, we will keep pushing them,” he stressed.last_img read more

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Joining Bucannon on defense is Baker.Related LinksDavid Johnson not eyeing 1,000 yards: ‘Everyone expected more of me’Cardinals GM Steve Keim ‘smelling the roses’ watching Larry FitzgeraldArizona Sports NFL Mock Draft Tracker: Who’s next for the Cards at No. 1?Cardinals CB Patrick Peterson gets another go at Falcons’ Julio JonesAfter missing practice Wednesday, the safety was limited the rest of the week with a knee injury before being listed as questionable ahead of Week 15.He had missed the final two games in November against the Raiders and Chargers with the knee issue, but is good to go against the Falcons.When he’s on the field, Baker is a game changer for Arizona. In 11 games played, Baker has 84 tackles — second on the team behind Antoine Bethea (105) — 2.0 sacks and a forced fumble.Missing Sunday’s game is wide receiver Chad Williams.The wideout hasn’t been on the field since the team’s win over the San Francisco 49ers in Week 8 due to an ankle injury.In eight games played, Williams has reeled in 11 receptions for 113 yards and a touchdown.In addition to Williams, cornerbacks Quinten Rollins and Dontae Johnson, defensive end Vontarrius Dora, linebacker Jonathan Anderson, lineman Zack Golditch and tight end Darrel Daniels are also inactive for Arizona.For the Falcons, kicker Giorgio Tavecchio, fullback Ricky Ortiz, cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson, safety Ryan Neal, tackle Matt Gono and defensive tackles Justin Zimmer and Terrell McClain are all inactive. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   (AP Photos) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories After being listed as questionable leading up to Sunday’s contest, safety Budda Baker and linebacker Deone Bucannon are active against the Atlanta Falcons.Bucannon returns to action after missing the last three games due to a chest injury.It’s been a down year for the linebacker as he has 21 tackles and a forced fumble for the Cardinals. His best game came against the Redskins where he recorded seven tackles. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter It was a stylish top

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >It was a stylish top-deck barbecue on Holland America Line’s magnificent MS Noordam in Sydney’s Circular Quay on Sunday in celebration of the ship’s inaugural visit to Sydney for the upcoming summer South Pacific cruise season.The media and members of the local travel industry dined expansively on lobster, oysters, lamb and champagne while overlooking the Opera House, Sydney Harbour and bustling Circular Quay. It was then a tour of the ship’s upmarket staterooms and entertainment, dining, lounge and spa facilities and a fantastic live show at the B.B. King’s Blues Club.The company also announced the launch of its latest ship, the MS Koningsdam, in April 2016 – the largest ever constructed for HAL and capable of hosting up to 2650 passengers. Incorporating a magnificent traditional teak promenade, two swimming pools and a Culinary Arts Centre, it will be based at Fort Lauderdale in the United States.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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first_img by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Feb 11, 2019 6:15 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Rap artists and women take centre stage at Grammys Kacey Musgraves, winner of the awards for best country album for “Golden Hour”, best country song for “Space Cowboy”, best country solo performance for “Butterflies” and album of the year for “Golden Hour” poses in the press room at the 61st annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) LOS ANGELES — Rap artists and women have felt shunned by the Grammy Awards in recent years. But this year, they both took centre stage.Childish Gambino’s disturbing look at race relations, “This is America,” won record and song of the year on Sunday’s telecast. It was the first time a rap-based song won both of those awards, considered — with album of the year — the recording industry’s most prestigious.Kacey Musgraves won top album and matched Childish Gambino with four Grammys total. A year after many women felt left out of the Grammy telecast, they delivered the night’s most memorable performances. The best new artist winner, British singer Dua Lipa, also cast major shade on the outgoing recording academy president.Lady Gaga and Brandi Carlile won three Grammys apiece, and former first lady Michelle Obama was a surprise guest at the top of the show on CBS.Childish Gambino, the stage name of actor Donald Glover, and another prominent rap nominee, Kendrick Lamar, both declined invitations to perform or attend Sunday’s show. Some rap artists feel the Grammys have been slow to recognize how the genre now dominates popular music.Ludwig Goransson, a songwriter and producer on “This is America,” said backstage that he was surprised the victories were so historic. Just listening to the radio, watching the culture and seeing how many rap songs are downloaded is evidence of rap’s impact.“It’s about time something like this happened with the Grammys as well,” Goransson said.Cardi B became the first solo woman to win best rap album , although Lauryn Hill was the lead singer of the Fugees, which won the same award at the 1997 Grammys. Cardi B was so nervous accepting the award that she joked, “Maybe I need to start smoking weed.”She looked anything but rattled earlier, when her rendition of “Money” was among the night’s performance highlights. Janelle Monae delivered a smoking version of her hit “Make Me Feel”; St. Vincent and Dua Lipa’s duet on “Masseduction” was steamy; H.E.R. turned heads with “Hard Place”; and Carlile sang an inspired version of her hit “The Joke.”Being part of a big night for women was huge to her, Carlile said backstage after the show.“I’m a kid from the ’90s and Lilith Fair, you know, and those women were just dominating those platforms,” she said. “They were dominating those arena and amphitheatre stages. They were getting record deals. They were becoming record executives themselves. They completely controlled the airwaves. They were on the radio. And to watch that backslide for the last 20 years has been heartbreaking. Tonight, it gives me hope as a mother of two young daughters.”When she accepted her best new artist award, Dua Lipa pointedly said, “I guess this year we really stepped up.”That was a reference to outgoing Recording Academy CEO Neil Portnow, who said women needed to “step up” when he was asked about the lack of women in top categories in 2018. He later acknowledged it was a poor choice of words and delivered another mea culpa on Sunday’s show.Yet Dua Lipa was rewarded by having her acceptance speech cut off mid-sentence. She wasn’t alone, however, as a handful of other artists were also hustled off the stage, and the show seemed disjointed at the end, rushing through its final awards. Under the circumstances, having a lengthy tribute to Portnow before he gave his own speech seemed tone-deaf.Lipa said later she would have thanked her fans, her inspirations and team if she had more time.When she was onstage, Lipa was one of a handful of winners who paid special tribute to fellow artists. Another was Drake, whose appearance to accept the Grammy when “God’s Plan” won best rap song was a surprise because he’s not big on award shows.He reminded fans and fellow artists that awards are based on the subjective views of others, and aren’t contests in which there are clear winners and losers.“You’ve already won if you have people who are singing your songs word for word, if you’re a hero in your hometown. Look, if there are people who have regular jobs who are coming out in the rain and the snow, spending their hard-earned money to buy tickets to come to your shows, you don’t need this right here. I promise you. You already won,” he said at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.Musgrave picked up album of the year for “Golden Hour,” which is labeled country but had wider appeal.“I never dreamed that this record would be met with such love, such warmth, such positivity,” said Musgraves, who performed a stately version of her song “Rainbow.”Dolly Parton starred in the best of the night’s two tributes to veteran artists, performing a medley of her songs with Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and Maren Morris. The highlight of Diana Ross’ night was the cute introduction by a grandson with a mountain of hair.The Grammys took some online blowback by having Jennifer Lopez deliver a tribute to Motown , once the nation’s preeminent label for black artists. Despite her hustle, Lopez was outshone by show host Alicia Keys and Smokey Robinson delivering one verse of “Tracks of My Tears” a capella.Obama appeared on the show’s opening with Keys, Gaga, Lopez and Jada Pinkett Smith to describe the role music had played in their lives — seemingly a pointed reference to last year’s controversy over women artists.“Music has always helped me tell my story,” Obama said. “Whether we like country or rap or rock, music helps us share ourselves. It allows us to hear one another.”Another ex-White House resident was awarded a Grammy on Sunday. Former President Jimmy Carter, who is 94, won an award for best spoken word recording.It’s his second Grammy.___Associated Press writers Mesfin Fekadu, Nekesa Mumbi Moody, Jonathan Landrum and Beth Harris contributed to this report.David Bauder, The Associated Presslast_img read more