Severe Thunderstorm Watch issued for BC Peace and Pine Pass

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for the B.C. Peace and Pine Pass.The watch says that conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that could produce strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.  The forecast says Fort St. John could receive 10 to 15 mm or rain.See the full warning below. 10:59 AM PDT Friday 28 June 2019Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for:B.C. North Peace RiverB.C. South Peace RiverConditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!Severe thunderstorm watches are issued when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to or tweet reports using #BCStorm.10:59 AM PDT Friday 28 June 2019Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for: Highway 97 – Pine PassConditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain.Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!Severe thunderstorm watches are issued when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.Weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.center_img Road conditions are available at continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to or tweet reports using #BCStorm.last_img read more

Modi using govt machinery to intimidate opposition: Mamata

first_imgJalpaiguri/Falakata (WB): Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee on Sunday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of using government machinery and institutions to intimidate the opposition, questioning the removal of Andhra Pradesh chief secretary by the Election Commission. She wondered why PM Modi is not removing his own cabinet secretary or the Union home secretary, if he was so “fond of making last-minute changes”. “Why is the Centre intervening in state matters? Why was Andhra Pradesh chief secretary removed?” Banerjee, who has accused the Election Commission (EC) of working at the behest of the BJP, asked, addressing an election rally. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “Why don’t you (Modi) remove your own cabinet secretary?” the CM said, claiming that she has worked with several prime ministers, but has never seen anyone as “vindictive” like Modi. The EC on Friday removed Andhra Pradesh Chief Secretary Anil Chandra Punetha from the post and appointed senior-most IAS officer L V Subrahmanyam in his place. “You have raided the family of Kamal Nath, Karnataka chief minister has been raided, Andhra Pradesh chief minister has also been raided,” she said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Banerjee accused the BJP-led Central government of using the income tax department and the CBI for raids and getting the institutions to do their bidding. Reacting to the poll panel’s move of removing four IPS officers in West Bengal, including Kolkata and Bidhanagar police commissioners, the West Bengal chief minister Saturday wrote a letter, protesting its decision. The letter said the removals were “unfortunate, highly arbitrary, motivated and biased” and taken at the behest of the BJP, and urged the poll panel to review its decision. Retorting to PM’s claim that the TMC chief was scared of him, Banerjee said it was actually Modi who was afraid of her, and not the other way round. “The more you try to intimidate me, the more will I roar,” she said, addressing two back-to-back rallies, a couple of hours after Modi’s speech at Cooch Behar. “Didi is not a person to be afraid of anything or anybody,” the feisty TMC supremo, who almost single-handedly brought down the CPI(M)-led Left Front in West Bengal, ending its 34-year rule, asserted. Without naming former political associate Mukul Roy, whom she addressed as a “traitor” for quitting her party to join the BJP, she accused Modi of sharing the dias at his public meeting in Cooch Behar with a person (Roy) accused in the Saradha and Narada cases. “You (Modi) have said in Cooch Behar that you will seek answers for Saradha-Narada scams… It’s your leader (Roy) who is accused in these and not the Trinamool,” she said. “Saradha scam happened during the CPI(M) rule, but you have made accusations against us (TMC) in 2014, 2016 and now again. Have you (Modi) been able to clean the Ganga at Varanasi, that you are looking at Bengal?” Banerjee asked, suggesting that BJP should try to save its citadel in Delhi. Asserting that she is not perturbed at the removal of officers in the state, she said those who are afraid of losing elections indulge in such acts. “The more they change our officers, the more we will win,” she said. Terming Modi as a “nakal chowkidar” (fake watchman), she said “chowkidar jhuta jai, chowkidar lootera hai (watchman is liar, he is a thief)”. On the Pulwama attack, the chief minister said the BJP is trying to politicise their martyrdom. She also dared the saffron party to implement the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in West Bengal, asserting it will never be allowed in the state. Claiming that North Bengal was neglected before the TMC came to power, she said the BJP comes like a cuckoo bird in the spring only during the elections. “We are there with the people 365 days a year,” Banerjee said, adding she visits North Bengal every month. Accusing the BJP of engineering unrest in Darjeeling, where violent protests had jeopardised normal life, she said that those who created a rift between the people of the hills and the plains are now candidates of the saffron party. The chief minister said that before her party was voted to power in the state, 400 hundred people used to get killed in the Maoist-affected ‘Jangalmahal’ every year. “When peace prevails in the state, Modi and the BJP are trying to ignite unrest again. Where was Modi when Jangalmahal and Darjeeling were burning?” Banerjee asked, reiterating her recent jab – “Expiry Babu” – at him. Banerjee said that the PM has not given anything to Bengal. “Even the change of the state’s name has not been sanctioned by the Centre.” “We have given rice to the poor people of the state for Rs two per kg, while the Modi government’s actions caused job loss of two crore people in the country,” she alleged. She also accused the PM of allowing people who looted people’s money to flee the country. Banerjee said that the BJP government at the Centre had promised reopening of closed tea gardens in North Bengal, but has failed to do so, while she got a tea garden with 1,200 workers to start functioning again on Sunday.last_img read more

New Year’s Eve: Morocco Among Best Destinations for Algerians

For Algerians, Morocco is among the best destination for New Year’s Eve, according to travel website said that travel agencies are listing Morocco among the best New Year’s Eve destinations for Algerians.A sale manager at a travel agency said that Dubai comes first, Istanbul second, while Marrakech is the third best destinations for Algerians. The website said that the ranking for the best destinations for  New Year’s Eve for Algerians internationally is: Tunisia, Morocco, Turkey, and Dubai.Read Also: World Celebrities Spending New Year’s Eve in Marrakech: Who’s on the List?The North African country is also a top choice for Portuguese tourists. According to Pedro Costa Ferreira, president of the Portuguese Association of Travel and Tourism Agencies (APAVT), Morocco remains one of the top vacation destinations for the festive season.Morocco’s stability and strategic location make it a favorite for international visitors. The 2019 Travel Risk Map illustrates how Morocco as a safe destination with relatively low terrorism threats, risk of natural disaster, or health issues.In the first half of 2018, tourist arrivals increased by 10 to 5.1 million tourists compared to the same period in 2017.A significant increase was seen among Italian tourists with an 18 percent increase, followed by Germans (13 percent, and French tourists 10 percent.”Spanish tourists account for 6 percent, while British tourists for 7 percent. read more

Nissan slams Renault abstention on governance efforts vote

TOKYO — Nissan’s chief executive has criticized the Japanese automaker’s French alliance partner, Renault, for trying to block changes to strengthen governance following the arrest of former Nissan Chairman Carlos Ghosn.Hiroto Saikawa said in a statement Monday that Nissan received a letter from Renault saying it would abstain in voting on the corporate governance measures at Nissan’s June 25 shareholders’ meeting, apparently because its views weren’t adequately reflected.Renault declined to comment.Saikawa said the proposed changes have already been discussed by Nissan’s board, including members nominated by Renault.He said: “Nissan finds Renault’s new stance on this matter most regrettable, as such a stance runs counter to the company’s efforts to improve its corporate governance.”The proposal calls for three committees to add outside directors and oversee compensation and audit.The Associated Press read more

Trump says he’ll talk trade with Xi next week in Japan

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump says he’ll hold trade talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping next week at a summit of nations in Japan.In an escalating trade dispute with Beijing, Trump has already imposed 25% tariffs on $250 billion in Chinese imports. The goal is to pressure Beijing to stop stealing American technology, forcing U.S. businesses to hand over trade secrets and unfairly subsidizing Chinese tech companies.Trump tweeted on Tuesday that U.S. and China negotiating teams will meet prior to his meeting with the Chinese leader at the Group of 20 nations in Osaka, Japan.U.S. businesses are imploring Trump not to expand his tariffs to $300 billion in goods from China or at least spare those imports that are of key importance to their customers.The Associated Press read more

Côte dIvoire UN finds no evidence of combat in reported town attacks

There was also no evidence of large-scale killings or illegal detentions of the civilian population, the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), set up last year to help maintain a ceasefire between government and rebel forces, said in a news release today on the reported attacks that occurred barely three months before elections are to be held to end the conflict.During his visit to Anyama and Agboville, north of Abidjan, the country’s major city, Force Commander Maj. Gen. Abdoulaye Fall, accompanied by the Chief of Staff of Côte d’Ivoire’s armed forces, Gen. Philippe Mangou, met with local military and civilian authorities, including religious leaders and youth groups. UNOCI has noted a progressive return to calm, the statement said.Fighting first erupted in Côte d’Ivoire in 2002 when rebels seeking to oust President Laurent Gbagbo seized the north, splitting the world’s largest cocoa producer in two. UNOCI has been concerned that this latest reported attack could jeopardize important progress made in the peace process, particularly an agreement establishing a new timeline for disarmament and the elections, now scheduled for October.Immediately after reports of the attacks came, UNOCI deployed troops to the area, but numerous blockades by the local population prevented them from entering Agboville for 48 hours. read more

UNs environmental agency warns of rising marine pollution threat from landsources

“The Asian region crystallizes the challenges and opportunities facing the global community trying to balance economic development and poverty eradication with social and environmental factors,” noted an official of the UN’s Environment Programme (UNEP), at an international conference to combat marine pollution that opened today in the Beijing, China. Awareness about this challenge has never been higher and a growing number of countries – more than 60 – have developed “national programmes of action” to staunch land-based sources of marine pollution, noted the official, Veerle Vandeweerd, but at the same time “these successes are being overwhelmed by booming populations, rapid urbanization and industrialization and a range of growing pressures in the coastal zones.”As a consequence “governments need to hurry up and step up action to reduce pollution from land-based sources, otherwise rapid development will come at a high price as a result of losses and damage to economically important habitats, ecosystems and marine resources from coastlines and coral reefs to mangroves and fisheries”, she warned. Some 700 delegates from around 115 countries are attending the conference aimed at charting a new course for the Global Programme of Action (GPA) for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-Based Sources — a voluntary UNEP initiative.Organizers are hoping this week’s meeting will result in commitments to more directly link management of freshwaters, including rivers and lakes, with efforts to minimize coastal-based pollution in recognition that a substantial portion of marine contamination comes from inland areas via rivers and other freshwater sources. UNEP is also hoping for commitments towards greater cooperation and alliances between Governments and civil society, local authorities, private business and other non-governmental organizations. Although “tackling marine pollution is the primary responsibility of national Governments……it is also a responsibility of all sectors of society from private business to local authorities,” said Ms. Vandeweerd, who serves as UNEP/GPA coordinator.The ten year-old GPA can point to a range of success stories financed by increasing national commitments as well as the Global Environment Facility (GEF), a multibillion-dollar financing initiative that assists developing countries meet environmental challenges.The GEF has invested $1.2 billion in efforts to staunch land-based pollution sources through its International Waters programme, catalyzing co-financing of a similar amount, resulting in investment funds of $400 million to protect East Asian seas; a $380 million fund for the Mediterranean and another $400 million fund covering the Black Sea and the Danube. A major report – the “State of the Marine Environment” – compiled for Governments attending this week’s review highlight untreated sewage, soaring sediments due to rampant deforestation, increased fertilizer use, and coastal developments as among the key threats facing the region’s seas.Sewage treatment access varies widely – from roughly 60 per cent of Japan’s population to 15 per cent in Mumbai, India, to about 6 per cent in Karachi, Pakistan.Discharges from many big industrial plants situated along the coast is also a threat and is a “common feature” in much of South Asia, Ms. Vandeweerd.Two thirds of the world’s total sediment transport to the oceans occurs in South and East Asia. Rampant deforestation is particularly acute in Southeast Asia and studies in the Philippines and Indonesia estimate damage to coral reefs from logging-induced sedimentation greatly exceeds the economic benefits of logging. read more

Banks expected to boost dividends in otherwise steady fourth quarter

TORONTO – Some of Canada’s biggest banks are expected to raise their dividends this week as they look towards what’s appears to be another year of steady growth in 2014.The five largest banks are scheduled report fourth-quarter earnings before the week ends, beginning on Tuesday with Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO), which hasn’t increased its dividend since the first half of this year.That makes it a ripe candidate for a modest dividend hike, said Barclays analyst John Aiken, who also expects both CIBC (TSX:CM) and the smaller National Bank (TSX:NA) to boost their payouts this time around.“We see little reason to believe that fourth-quarter earnings will generate much downside pressure as we forecast that average core earnings growth will be positive,” he said in a note.Canadian banks have made a habit of raising their dividends twice a year since the economic downturn. While the rest of the major players upped their payments in the third quarter, even they could deliver a surprise increase, suggested Brad Smith, senior financial services analyst at Stonecap Securities.“You can’t count out Royal, Scotia and TD, all of which increased their dividends last quarter,” he said in an interview.“I think in some respects they don’t want to get into a lockstep dividend expectation. I think they want to mix it up. I’d say it’s a very low probability, but not a zero probability.”Dividends will be a highlight in what’s otherwise characterized as an encouraging, but unsurprising, earnings season for the banking sector, which is wrapping up the financial year ended Oct. 31.Much attention will be focused on what bank executives have to say about next year, including whether they think the Bank of Canada will keep its trend-setting rate at a low one per cent, where it has been since late 2010 due to weak global economic conditions.“I don’t think we’re going to get a rate hike next year,” said Gareth Watson, vice-president, investment management and research at RichardsonGMP.That echoes the sentiment of a growing number of economists who say the move won’t be made until 2015.Watson said he anticipates the banks will maintain their steady earnings growth of five to 10 per cent for next year.Bank stocks have been climbing in recent months helped by optimism about the Canadian financial industry’s position in the global economy relative to their international competitors. Since January, the TSX financials sector has risen more than 20 per cent, while all of the banks touched fresh 52-week highs in November.“We expect generally good fourth-quarter results, with several potential tailwinds benefiting the banks,” said Gabriel Dechaine, an analyst at Credit Suisse.He pointed to momentum in the wealth management operations as one area of strength.Executives at several banks have said in recent months that a major focus will be placed on their wealth management divisions, which house the financial planning operations and portfolios for both average investors and high-net worth individuals.Most of the banks report later in the week, with National Bank due on Wednesday and TD Bank (TSX:TD), Royal Bank (TSX:RY) and CIBC scheduled for Thursday.Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) wraps up the season when it reports on Friday. Banks expected to boost dividends in otherwise steady fourth quarter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 1, 2013 4:00 am MDT read more

Women journalists in Afghanistan defiant in the face of violence

The cold-blooded killings took place just days before World Press Freedom Day marked annually on May 3rd.Outside the Afghan capital, the dangers of reporting the news, particularly as a woman, have never been so apparent.Sediqa Sherzai is the news director of Radio-TV Roshani, a media organization In Kunduz in the north of Afghanistan. Her female reporters are under constant threat not only from insurgents but also from men who do not want women to work in the media.“When insurgents seized Kunduz in 2015, they came immediately for our station because they didn’t like our content focused on women’s rights,” she said. “Even though most of our reporters fled in advance of their arrival. They looted our equipment and destroyed what they could not take.”When insurgents seized Kunduz in 2015, they came immediately for our station because they didn’t like our content focused on women’s rights – Journalist Sediqa Sherzai ElectionsDespite the challenges of working as a woman in the media in a conservative and conflict-affected country, Sediqa Sherzai is committed to ensuring that the voices of Afghan women are heard ahead of the country’s elections slated for October this year.In the volatile province of Kunduz where some territory is beyond government control, women say they fear to speak to the media and talk about human rights, much less advocate openly for democracy and change. Even Sediqa Sherzai and her staff of women shy away from photographs, cautiously protecting their identities.Elections are considered essential to solidify fragile the social and human rights advances made during the last 17 years. The struggle for full women’s suffrage in Afghanistan, reminiscent of similar fights in centuries past in other nations, has gained broader international support in the last two decades.UN in AfghanistanPushing for change, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) has supported initiatives that offer space for Afghan women from across all sectors of society to advocate against oppression and conflict, and also to stand up for basic human rights, including their right to vote.UNAMA’s chief, Tadamichi Yamamoto, said on the occasion of World Press Freedom Day that the UN continues to push for the government “to implement measures to improve journalist safety and foster an open media where no voice is silenced through fear.”Women don’t want to talk because they are under threat, but also because of traditional restrictions, including fathers and husbands forbidding them from talking – Journalist Sediqa SherzaiMs Sherzai said the unwritten code to silence women runs deep in Kunduz. “Women don’t want to talk because they are under threat, but also because of traditional restrictions, including fathers and husbands forbidding them from talking.”As news director in a city besieged by war, she faces the dilemma of trying to dispatch reporters to the field. “We can’t say we are accurately reflecting the views of women when even our own female reporters are under constant threat,” she said.DemocracyEven if Kunduz, a bustling city of some 500,000 citizens, was not enduring near-constant conflict, there would still be immense obstacles standing in the way of women’s full participation in democracy, according to media officials and human rights advocates.“This is a pervasive issue across our society as even highly literate men in business and in government don’t want their women to vote,” said Lida Sherzad, an advocate working with the Afghanistan Women’s Network (AWN). “There is an immense price to pay in terms of psychological damage and pressure on women, including their children, and these mothers are asking me why they should even participate in elections if no one is protecting them.”The right for women to vote goes hand in hand with several of AWN’s efforts to create new social networks and connect different groups of women in a common effort to speak out for women’s leadership and to end violence against women.Women’s rights advocates say that while progress has been slow at times, the last 17 years have witnessed immense gains for Afghan women, who under Taliban rule in late 1990s and through most of 2001 were confined to their homes and prevented from obtaining an education.Many women working in the media in Kunduz left during the Taliban rule, but Sediqa Sherzai said that if the insurgents re-enter the city for a third time in five years, she will “defend the station if necessary.” read more

No challenge ACC looks to continue mastery of Big Ten

Tonight marks the beginning of the 11th annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge, an early-season series of games pitting teams from two of college basketball’s best conferences against one other.In the first 10 years of the challenge, the ACC has dominated, going 10-0 and winning 62 of the 97 games.Penn State at VirginiaThe Big Ten/ACC challenge tips off tonight with two of the conferences’ weaker teams.Virginia, picked to finish 11th in the conference before the season started, has already lost to South Florida and Stanford this year.Similarly, but perhaps more embarrassingly, the Nittany Lions have two losses of their own early in the season: an 80-69 loss to UNC Wilmington and a 63-60 loss to Tulane.Neither team showcased in the challenge’s opening game will be a true testament to what each conference has to offer.Wake Forest at No. 6 PurduePurdue, last season’s Big Ten Tournament champion, returns four of five starters, including preseason All-Conference forward Robbie Hummel.The Demon Deacons, picked by the media in the preseason as the ACC’s sixth-best team, are led by sophomore forward Al-Farouq Aminu. After five games, Aminu is averaging 18.8 points and 11.2 rebounds.Last week Purdue beat No. 9 Tennessee, proving its Top 10 ranking is no joke. The veteran Boilermakers are one of the best teams in the country.Northwestern at North Carolina StateNorthwestern’s preseason was marred with devastating injuries. Two Wildcat seniors, Jeff Ryan and Kevin Coble, were out for the season with ACL injuries before the team even began the year.Despite its 5-0 record, NC State was picked before the season as the ACC’s worst team. It might struggle in this game, even with the injuries to the Wildcats. The record might be a bit misleading — the Wolfpack has knocked off Georgia State, Akron, Austin Peay, Auburn and New Orleans.No. 21 Maryland at IndianaAfter a disappointing showing in last week’s Maui Invitational, Maryland left Hawaii with more questions than answers.The Terrapins lost to Cincinnati in the semifinals before falling again the following night at the hands of Wisconsin.Greivis Vasquez, Maryland’s point guard and a member of the preseason All-ACC team, has been conspicuously ineffective so far this year, scoring only 11.2 points per game, fourth-best on the team.Indiana’s freshman guard Maurice Creek is averaging more than 16 points a game and will look to lead the Hoosiers to an upset. At 3-3, Indiana already has half as many wins as it reached last season.No. 2 Michigan State at No. 11 North CarolinaThe marquee matchup of the challenge is a rematch of last year’s national championship game. Although the Tar Heels bested the Spartans in April, Carolina has vastly different personnel this year. Michigan State’s roster is basically intact.The Spartans return defending Big Ten Player of the Year Kalin Lucas, who is averaging nearly 17 points per game. There’s no denying that Carolina is talented, but the Heels lack the experience of last year’s team that dominated Michigan State in the title game. The Spartans will be looking for revenge and are much more fit to challenge the Tar Heels this time around.Virginia Tech at IowaThe Iowa Hawkeyes are likely the worst the Big Ten has to offer and, quite frankly, might be one of the worst teams in the entire country.The Hawkeyes have already dropped four games this year: a 62-50 loss to Texas-San Antonio, a 52-50 loss to Duquesne, an 85-60 loss to Texas, and a 74-57 loss to Wichita State.Virginia Tech and preseason All-Conference guard Malcolm Delaney, who is averaging 21.8 points per game, shouldn’t find the task too difficult. The Hokies are off to a 4-1 start.No. 20 Illinois at No. 19 ClemsonPreseason All-ACC forward Trevor Booker leads Clemson in perhaps the most evenly matched contest of the challenge. Booker leads the Tigers in both scoring and rebounding.The Tigers fell to Michigan in the first round of the NCAA Tournament a year ago.Illinois returns three starters from last year’s team, which finished third in the conference, and has four players that average double-digit points.With many of the other games having a clear favorite, the winner of this game could determine which conference will come out on top.No. 22 Minnesota at MiamiWednesday’s game will be the first ever meeting between these two schools.Coach Tubby Smith has rejuvenated the Golden Gopher program and put it on the national radar, a place unfamiliar to Minnesota basketball. Led by senior guard Lawrence Westbrook, Minnesota has begun the season 4-2, including an 82-73 win over No. 12 Butler last week.Miami has put together a fast start of its own, winning seven straight to start the season. Boston College at No. 15 MichiganJust like Duke, Boston College has never lost a game as a part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. However, the Golden Eagles have stumbled out of the gates, losing two of their first six games, including a 12-point loss to Northern Iowa last week.Michigan’s Manny Harris nearly posted his second triple-double of the season in last week’s overtime victory over Creighton but finished one rebound short. He leads the Wolverines with 21.6 points, 9.6 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game.No. 7 Duke at WisconsinThe Badgers and senior guard Trevon Hughes are coming off a third-place finish in last week’s Maui Invitational. After losing to Gonzaga in the semifinals, Wisconsin beat Maryland, an ACC team, in the consolation game.Unfortunately for the Badgers, they will play a different class of ACC team Wednesday.Duke has never lost a game in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, boasting a 10-0 record. Along with preseason All-American Kyle Singler, the Blue Devils have four players that average double-digit points.Florida State at No. 17 Ohio StateOhio State’s Evan Turner has recorded two triple-doubles through six games.Turner is averaging 19.8 points per game, but it is his rebounding numbers that garner the most attention. Through the Buckeyes’ first six games, the junior point guard is grabbing 12.8 rebounds a game, the third-highest average in the country.Florida State is led by sophomore forward Chris Singleton, who averages 11.3 points per game. The Seminoles like to get the ball inside, something that could give the Buckeyes trouble if center Dallas Lauderdale gets into foul trouble. read more

He was in hospital on Monday by Friday he was dead

first_img Saturday 8 Apr 2017, 9:30 PM By Aoife Barry ‘He was in hospital on Monday – by Friday, he was dead’ A son and mother have made a unique play where they discuss the death of the man closest to them. Source: QuaternaireParis/YouTubeWE DON’T LIKE to talk about death in Ireland. It’s understandable – who wants to talk about a difficult and emotional topic?Thinking about your own death is one thing. But when it comes to the death of someone in your own family, it can be even harder to discuss it publicly. It can be too raw, and too much to bear. But at the same time, talking can help with the grief process – it won’t make it disappear, but it means that pent-up feelings can be shared.A Dublin mother and son have teamed up to show the power of talking about grief with an unusual play called Have I No Mouth, where they discuss the death of their respective husband and father – a death that could have been prevented – in the most intimate of fashions.Theatremaker Feidhlim Cannon and his mum Anne have created the play to celebrate the life of his father and her husband, Sean, whose untimely death occurred when he was just 49. To make matters all the more interesting, they’re joined onstage by a professional psychotherapist, Erich Keller.They told how the whole thing came together, and how it has changed their lives.Connecting with memoryThe play emerged a few years after the family went through a protracted litigation over Sean’s death. For Feidhlim, it was a natural thing to want to make theatre about his own life, but his father’s passing was something that took him a while to touch as a subject.“It was a next attempt for me to contact with my father’s memory,” said Feidhlim, who after the death had made some attempt to interrogate it, using art and getting tattoos.“I kind of always threatened to make a piece about my dad or a piece about our family, but years went by and that didn’t happen.” It was only when his Brokentalkers partner Gary Keegan suggested the idea to him that he got thinking about exploring his dad’s death on stage.And even then, it wasn’t until a Christmas holiday – and a drunken night – that Feidhlim decided to broach the subject with his mother.“First thing I said was if we do make this piece, I don’t want to make a sentimental piece of work,” he had told Keegan. “It needs to be very honest, authentic, an investigation into my family, into my dad’s death. And I felt the only way I could really achieve that was to work alongside my mother.”The next step was to convince Anne to come on board. “I got very drunk at Christmas Eve, my mam doesn’t drink, she might have had a sherry, and I drunkenly blurted out ‘do you want to make a piece of work about dad?’,” recalled Feidhlim.His mother, though not someone who had been involved in theatre before, said yes – with a bit of trepidation. What piqued her interest was that her son mentioned the word ‘healing’ while explaining what it would involve – and healing was what she felt the family needed.“What I didn’t realise was he wanted me on stage,” said Anne. “That wouldn’t be me. And when he mentioned about Eric coming in, he said about a psychotherapist, I immediately went I don’t know, I need to meet him.”I know to some people it’s off the wall but I knew I could trust both Gary and Feidhlim with this.The involvement of a psychotherapist wasn’t something planned from the start. Feidhlim initially asked Eric Keller in to work as a consultant for early workshops on the play. The mum and son would swap stories during the workshops about Sean.“I was hearing things about my dad that I never knew,” said Feidhlim. “You very rarely see your parents as teenagers in love, you see them as mam and dad.”Keller’s presence “brought something really different into the room and we felt that having Eric in the piece was something that we should really investigate”.It’s a very strange, experimental therapy session.The show has a loose structure – though Anne jokes that Feidhlim often changes things – “sometimes he’s quite cheeky let’s put it that way”.“Anne’s not an actress and what I’m interested in is that buffer,” says Feidhlim. “When my mother does react to me.”There’s no script, but there are specific points plotted out in advance.“When I met Eric I felt immediately ‘oh yeah’. There was a safety with him being there as well as a therapist. It actually became a therapy session. So it was a natural thing to have him on stage,” explained Anne.The play helps her also to see if there are things she still needs to think about when it comes to her grief. “It can maybe set off an emotional thing in me, or a memory in me and I have to kind of think I need to look at that, this is something that I need to work on,” she said.The play has toured worldwide, and Anne has been struck by the numbers of people waiting outside “to talk to you and tell you a little bit about their story, and how by coming you have started some kind of a healing for them”.When I hear that I say that, that’s why it’s important to do it,” she said proudly.A tragic death and a full lifeSean died at the age of just 49, He was a stonemason, who “worked very hard” and was never sick, said Anne.He came in from work one evening and complained that his legs were feeling funny. “He went to bed, which was unusual,” recalled Anne. “I went up and I said ‘are you alright?’ and he said ‘ah, I’ll be fine in the morning’. And the next morning when he woke up, something he would never have done, he said ‘I don’t think I’ll go into work this morning’. Now that was unheard of.”By Monday, he was still unwell, with continuing numbness in the tips of his fingers and legs, and his doctor advised him to go to hospital.So on Tuesday he went to Beaumont, on Thursday they operated, they diagnosed a prolapsed disc in his neck, they operated on a Thursday and on Friday morning he was dead.The family had felt there was something else going on beyond a prolapsed disc – and it subsequently emerged Sean had Guillan-Barré syndrome. With this rare disorder, the body’s immune system attacks part of the nervous system, which can lead to weakness, numbness and tingling situations.The situation subsequently ended in litigation.“It’s very hard to get your head around,” said Anne of her husband’s death. “He was this very tall, healthy man, and within a week [he had died]. It was very hard, and it’s still hard.”Despite the difficulties of litigation, Anne pursued it so that other families didn’t have to go through something similar.“My whole thing was if this happened to somebody else, I would never be able to live with that,” said Anne. Gary Keegan and Feidlim Canon of Broken Talkers Source: Darragh KaneFeidhlim is proud of how his mother dealt with the situation. “Luckily I have a very strong mother who fought for eight years, and without that fight, you know I don’t know where we’d be,” he said.“I think the show itself… it is a celebration of a family, it’s a celebration of our relationship, it’s a very celebratory piece but it’s a very dark piece of work that goes to those very traumatic places.”Remembering SeanThe family don’t shy away from difficult parts of their life – they also discuss the death of Anne and Sean’s third child, baby Sean, who died 15 hours after his birth. He was born when Feidhlim was six years old.“We had said at the beginning that because it was part of our lives, that he would be mentioned because he is a very big part of our lives,” said Anne. “His life, even though it was only 15 hours, his life was as big as Sean’s which was 49 years.”Feidhlim and his brother Padriac were raised to remember baby Sean, and would visit his grave on birthdays, Christmas, and other special days.Making the play enabled the mother and son to see coincidences occurring throughout their lives.“When my baby brother Sean died, my mother was holding him and it was snowing. It was 1981,” said Feidhlim. “And when I got a phone call to tell me my dad was dead I was in London, I was in university, and after the phone call I sat down and I looked out the window and it was snowing. These little coincidental events shape the show.”That gave us license to really investigate both their deaths and both Seans are symbolically on stage through Eric the therapist – he becomes my dad, and there’s a doll on the stage that represents baby Sean. So there’s objects on the stage that represent them, and again they’re not sentimentally used objects.So where did the name Have I No Mouth come from? Not, as I suspected, the lack of a voice due to death or grief. In fact, it has a lighter meaning.“If the boys were eating sweets, and they hadn’t offered sweets, [Sean] would say ‘Have I no mouth?’,” smiled Anne.It can’t be easy for them both to take part in this piece. “I think for both of us, it’s a very difficult piece of work to do – and it’s not enjoyable,” said Feidhlim. “What is enjoyable is hanging out with my mother, and Eric and Gary, and you know those things are great, when we come back together. So we’d be very lucky that we’ve literally travelled the world with this piece, so we’ve got to hang out a lot. So that’s brilliant.”For me, the piece isn’t about my dad and my brother. To me the piece is really about me and my mother because that’s the living relationship, that’s the tangible thing that’s on stage. So to me it’s more about that. It’s also for me… I’ve got no video footage of my dad, it was just before phones were starting to come out, camera phones and stuff, so it’s mostly photographs and memory [are] what I have left about my dad.The tragedy of it all was that Anne and her husband had got to the stage where their sons were grown, and, said Anne, “would have probably been finding time for ourselves”.“So that was lost. I had to be very careful. And I think baby Sean’s death in hindsight taught me so much because I had to make sure that I didn’t put cotton wool around them when he died, and let them do things, or I would have smothered them,” she said.For her, the joy in the play is “to be able to spend time with Feidhlim and not feel that I’m holding him back”.It’s also given Anne a new element to her life that she never anticipated.“It’s a completely different world for me, it’s not something I thought I would ever be involved in,” she said. “And I really feel honoured to be part of that. For me the piece is definitely the mother and son relationship, and for me also what it did was it’s helped my other son to start the grieving process when he watched the show.”Sean died just as his relationship with his son was evolving into one of two adults. ”He was a great dad, and I miss him dearly,” said Feidhlim. “The sad thing is those next things in your life that he’s not around for are still difficult.”As for what his mother gets out of the play, she says it is the realisation that “it’s the memories that are so important. As long as we hold those memories, people never die.”Have I No Mouth opens at the Pavilion Theatre on Wednesday 19 April. It goes on to Belltable Limerick (21 April), Town Hall Theatre Galway (25 April), Lyric Theatre Belfast (27 April), The Everyman Cork (2 and 3 May), Project Arts Centre Dublin (5 and 6 May) and Mermaid Arts Centre Bray (12 May).Read: ‘It’s exhausting because everything you do… he’s always there’: The first Christmas without a brother> Apr 8th 2017, 9:30 PM Short URL 41,400 Views center_img 2 Comments He was shy, very hard working, quite sensitive, wouldn’t like anybody to know that. A very loyal friend, and quite good fun. Had different sayings and he’d say things and he’d have this deadpan face and you’d think is he serious? He’d always do it with Feidhlim’s friends. Share Tweet Email2 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Man arrested after walking into New York cathedral with gasoline and lighters

first_imgMan arrested after walking into New York cathedral with gasoline and lighters Police arrested the man last night. Image: Seth Wenig/PA Images By AFP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share3 Tweet Email Image: Seth Wenig/PA Images Thursday 18 Apr 2019, 6:17 PM 17,533 Views Apr 18th 2019, 6:17 PM A MAN HAS been arrested after entering St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York carrying two cans of gasoline, lighter fluid and butane lighters.Police arrested the man last night, just days after a fire badly damaged the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris.New York Police Department (NYPD) deputy commissioner John Miller said the arrested man claimed he was taking a shortcut through the cathedral after his car ran out of fuel, but his answers were “inconsistent and evasive”. “We don’t know what his mindset was, what his motive was,” Miller told a press conference on the steps of the cathedral, a neo-Gothic structure in the heart of Manhattan.The man was confronted by a cathedral security officer and was told he cannot go inside carrying those items, according to the police.“At that point, some gasoline apparently spills out onto the floor as he’s turned around,” Miller said.After an alarm was raised, officers from the NYPD’s counter-terrorism bureau caught up to the man and arrested him after questioning.“His basic story was he was cutting through the cathedral… that his car had run out of gas,” Miller said.“We took a look at the vehicle. It was not out of gas and at that point he was taken into custody.”Miller said the 37-year-old suspect was “known to police,” who are currently looking into his background.Construction first started on St Patrick’s Cathedral in the 1850s and it was completed in 1878. Extensions have been added over the years and a major restoration was completed in 2015. No Comments Short URLlast_img read more

Allardyce wants Jordan Pickford as Englands no 1

Allardyce wants Jordan Pickford as Englands no 1

first_imgEventhough Everton is not having the greatest season Sam Allardyce believes Jordan Pickford should be England no. 1 in RussiaSam Allardyce har picked. And the one is Jordan Pickford.The Everton keeper played against Holland in a friendly and the Everton boss wants his guy to be the England no. 1 when Three Lions play in the World Cup:Allardyce tells Arsenal to stop ‘messing around’ & pay for Zaha Andrew Smyth – July 25, 2019 Sam Allardyce has told Arsenal to “messing around” and pay up the £80m Crystal Palace are asking for Wilfried Zaha.““He’s given Gareth a lot to think about with his performance the other night and his performances for us. People go on about him conceding a lot of goals for Everton but that is not the statistic you look at. You look at the saves he makes. He’s been far too busy on too many occasions for us but we have managed to reduce that during my time here from over two goals per game to 1.2 per game. He’s there when needed, he’s always been there when needed. All players make mistakes but his are few and far between, ” he said according to The Guardian.Pickford has to compete with Joe Hart, Nick Pope and Jack Butland.last_img read more

San Diego Blood Bank to begin threeday holiday blood drive

San Diego Blood Bank to begin threeday holiday blood drive

first_img November 20, 2018 Posted: November 20, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 10:39 AMcenter_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego Blood Bank will kick off a three-day blood drive at a Broken Yolk Cafe restaurant Tuesday to prepare for the holiday season, when donations typically wane.The drive is part of the blood bank’s San Diego Cares campaign, which runs through Jan. 15. According to the blood bank, blood donations slow in November and December due to increased travel and donors being busy with holiday plans. Because of this, local blood supply levels can become critically low.The campaign includes multiple blood drives with incentives for donating blood, like special edition T-shirts. Blood donors can also use the points earned by donating to make a donation to the San Diego Food Bank.“Our community’s participation in San Diego Cares and proceeds from all activities contribute to our ability to save the lives of more than 100,000 local hospital patients each year,” said San Diego Blood Bank CEO David Wellis. “This year we’re providing many ways to participate and give back during the holidays.”The blood bank will take donations at the Mission Valley Broken Yolk Cafe at 1760 Camino Del Rio N. from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Residents who donate Tuesday at Broken Yolke Cafe or at any San Diego Blood Bank donor center through Dec. 2 will receive a coupon for a free entree at the restaurant. Donors must be at least 17 years old, 114 pounds and in general good health. San Diego Blood Bank to begin three-day holiday blood drive Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

29 believe more support for working parents would help to close the

29 believe more support for working parents would help to close the

first_imgMore than a quarter (29%) of employee respondents believe that, alongside the upcoming gender pay gap reporting requirements, more support for working parents would help to close the gender pay gap, according to research by CV Library.Its survey of 1,000 UK employees also found that 57% of respondents feel that more can be done to tackle the gender pay gap alongside the incoming gender pay gap reporting requirements.The research also found:46% of respondents believe that, alongside the gender pay gap reporting requirements, standardising salaries in each industry and job role would help to reduce the gender pay gap, and 13% believe increasing confidence among women to ask for pay rises would help.13% of respondents believe that working to end the stigma around maternity leave would help to close the gender pay gap.23% of female respondents believe they have been impacted in some way by the gender pay gap, compared to 8% of male respondents.Of those respondents who feel they have been affected by the gender pay gap, 88% of female respondents feel they have been paid less because of their gender, compared to 60% of male respondents. More than a quarter (27%) of male respondents feel they have been paid more because of their gender, compared to 3% of female respondents.67% of respondents think their employer can effectively measure any gender pay gaps in their organisation.32% of female respondents feel the gender pay gap is out of their hands, compared to 42% of male respondents.Lee Biggins (pictured), founder and managing director at CV Library, said: “The gender pay gap has been a topic of discussion for many years now, but it’s concerning that it’s come to a point where female [employees] now see no way out.“While there’s been some development to better support working parents, such as the introduction of shared parental leave, organisations must work hard to facilitate their employees and create an honest and open culture where women feel comfortable taking a stance against inequality.“The new legislation coming into play in April should go some way to highlighting gaps in UK organisations, but it’s clear that the issue won’t end here. Without effectively tackling the issues around flexible working, caring responsibilities, helping women aged over 40 back into the workforce, and general workplace discrimination, the UK can’t expect to see the gender pay gap to truly close for some time.”last_img read more

Home catches fire in SW MiamiDade

Home catches fire in SW MiamiDade

first_imgSOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Firefighters battled a blaze after a home caught fire in Southwest Miami-Dade.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews responded to the scene along Southwest Ninth Street and 43rd Avenue, Saturday night.One person was transported to the hospital in unknown condition.The American Red Cross was requested to assist the family.The cause of the fire remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Editors Note

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WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS Kids Dreamcatcher Class On August 14

WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS Kids Dreamcatcher Class On August 14

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a recent reminder from the Wilmington Recreation Department:Signup for a fun afternoon of arts and crafts with our Dreamcatcher class on Wednesday, August 14, 2019. Open to kids entering grades 3-6.In some Native American cultures Dreamcatchers are handmade wall hangings placed where a person sleeps to ensure good dreams.When a person goes to sleep, the Dreamcatcher will attract all dreams. Bad dreams get trapped inside the web; good dreams pass through. In the morning light, bad dreams dissolve and disappear.In this class you will stencil a picture of a Dreamcatcher on wood using wood stain and paint. All supplies included.To register, visit, call 978-658-4270, or stop by Town Hall, Room 8. The Department is open Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, August 14, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Registration Now Open For Upholstery Workshop This FallIn “Community”WILMINGTON REC REMINDERS: Spots Still Available In ‘Learn To Sail’ ProgramIn “Community”last_img read more

Trail Mix Logistics are the hard part in Iditarod coverage

first_imgThe Berington sisters arrived at the Takotna checkpoint together Wednesday just before noon. (Photo by Zachariah Hughes/KSKA)There’s really not a lot of “planning” for this. I’m only two days in, and I feel like more attention goes towards tracking flights, coordinating deadlines, and finding Internet than it does to figuring out who’s at the front of the race and why.When I walked in to the school at Takotna I saw KTUU reporter and producer Kyle Hopkins, who’s been on more than a few Iditarods. He asked how it was going, and I unloaded on feeling like I’m floundering in trying to just stay on top of what’s going on.“Logistics are the hard part,” he said frankly.Helpers welcome mushers to Takotna checkpoint mid-day Wednesday. (Photo by Zachariah Hughes/KSKA)It reminds me of the few times I got to actually drive a dog-sled, up in Nome. Enchanting, bewitching, enthralling–these are some of the words that swim to the surface when I try to describe the sensation of runners shifting under boot as dozens of dog legs fluttered in the foreground. “Sense-making,” though, is the aptest explanation I’ve found, though. All the work of keeping dogs made sense if it was in service to that feeling.Mushing is glamorous, but I don’t think that’s the case with the warren of tertiary tasks demanded of keeping a healthy, happy dog team. Poop-scooping, feeding, fall training through mud, the battery of bills: plenty of chores that are anathema to glamour.But maybe the rugged mushers and the bedraggled radio-reporters have a similar ambition with following the trail: strip away the clutter for a while. When the drop bags have everything you need, when the soup is hotter than you expected, when the Wi-Fi works, when all the parts click together and you’re just running through beautiful places you might not otherwise have cause to be–maybe that’s the goal.And eventually, possibly, a shower in Nome.Until then, fat, slow snowflakes are dropping on Takotna, and the news deadline is still a few hours away.last_img read more