Resource Discovery| BeThere Peer Assistance Line

first_img Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT“Asking for help is a sign of strength. The deployments, reintegration, and relocations that are a part of military life require coping skills, various resources and planning to navigate.” -Department of DefenseIf anyone understands the importance of having a support system in place at all times, it’s the Department of Defense. Because of this, they offer the BeThere Peer Support Call and Outreach Center which is available to all service members and their families 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This resource utilizes the assistance of Veteran service members and spouses of Veteran service members who act as the peer coaches to provide support services through chat, email, phone, and text.The Center offers resources and support from people who understand what it is like to be a part of the military community on many levels, having been there themselves. Based on the comfort level of the caller, they are able to choose to speak with a Veteran or a military spouse, in addition to a male or female. The Center encourages callers to utilize this service concerning any topic they wish including but not limited to: relationships, stress, family, financial, parenting, PTSD, depression, anxiety, anger, sleep, etc.All communication between the caller and the peer specialist is completely confidential unless there is an indication that the caller poses a threat to themselves or others. Callers can contact the center whenever they wish and as frequently as they wish. They can choose to have their peer specialist follow up with them as much and for as long as the caller would like at whatever capacity desired. This service is FREE of charge.Callers may contact the Center in the following ways:Calling: 1-844-357-PEER (7337)Texting: 1-480-360-6188Chatting Online: https://www.BeTherePeerSupport.orgThis post was written by Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT, the Social Media and Programming Coordination Specialist for the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development concentration on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.last_img read more

50 million could watch Mayweather-McGregor in the US alone

first_imgUFC champ Jon Jones flagged for another failed doping test MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LATEST STORIES View comments Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement PLAY LIST 00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again01:16Pacquiao takes another swipe at Mayweather over exhibition match KO01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Each pay-per-view sale means more money in the wallets of both fighters. Though estimates vary widely, Mayweather is expected to make some $200 million, while McGregor will likely pocket at least $100 million.Though ticket sales have been slow in Las Vegas — largely because of astronomical prices — the fight is shaping up as must-see TV at a price of $99.95. People are expected to buy the fight in record numbers, with many sharing the cost of the telecast with friends and family they invite over.Taffet said people will treat it much like a Super Bowl by getting together in larger numbers than usual.“I think this is first and foremost a television event,” said Taffet, who oversaw 190 pay-per-views in his career at HBO. “The success of this fight in the financial record books of history will be made on pay-per-view. And I believe it’s going to deliver.”Industry observers say it’s hard to judge how many homes will buy a pay-per-view until the day of the fight many times, as people often buy late. But the anecdotal evidence — primarily the chatter on social media — indicates a good likelihood of it smashing the 4.6 million record of pay-per-view sales set by the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight.ADVERTISEMENT That’s largely because the matchup will likely cross over from being just a sporting event to a party night.“We have definitely seen massive general market interest in addition to the sports fan,” said Stephen Espinoza, who heads sports for Showtime, which will televise the fight. “These general market viewers are often not part of the audience for even the biggest combat sports event. So the ceiling is pretty high.”Espinoza said the very nature of the fight — a matchup between a UFC star who has never boxed as a pro against one of the greatest fighters of his time — will drive the pay-per-view sales.“We believe this is an unprecedented event, quite frankly no one knows what to expect,” he said. “The element of these two outspoken personalities in one unprecedented event is compelling.”An early indication of interest in the fight is the massive betting both in Nevada and in other places where it is legal. Bookmakers say it will be the biggest bet fight ever, with an overwhelming number of the early tickets on McGregor to pull an upset.Still, there are plenty of tickets left in the arena itself, where prices originally ranged from $2,500 in the upper sections to $10,000 at ringside. Ticket prices have been dropping in the resale market — with some available for less than $1,300 on Tuesday — and are expected to decline more in the days before the fight. “It’s a cultural event that crosses all demographics and all social and economic factors,” said Mark Taffet, who formerly ran pay-per-view for HBO. “People are getting together to have a great time and we surely need an excuse to have a great time.”Taffet said that while an average of 5-6 people normally watches a pay-per-view, he wouldn’t be surprised if the fight averages 10 people a household. If it sells 5 million pay-per-views as widely anticipated, the fight could be watched by nearly one in six Americans.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe fight will also be seen by millions more worldwide, with promoters claiming it will be available either online or on a TV screen to more than 1 billion homes in 200 different countries.“If you are in Manhattan or you are on a desert island somewhere, if you have Wi-Fi, you can buy this fight,” promoter Dana White said. This July 13, 2017 photo shows Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and Conor McGregor, of Ireland, facing each other for photos during a news conference at Barclays Center in New York. So far fans aren’t exactly storming the box office to buy tickets for Mayweather Jr.’s fight next month with McGregor. A check online Saturday, July 29, 2017 revealed hundreds _ even thousands _ of seats still available from Ticketmaster at the T-Mobile arena for the Aug. 26 fight. There are so many open seats that fans with enough room left on their credit cards can buy six tickets together in 162 different spots throughout the arena. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)LAS VEGAS — Conor McGregor’s improbable challenge of Floyd Mayweather Jr. could be seen by a staggering 50 million people in the United States as fans and the curious gather in small and large parties.The fight Saturday night threatens the pay-per-view revenue record set by Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao two years ago and could dwarf it in viewership as people use the event as a reason to have friends and family over for a little escapism and controlled violence.ADVERTISEMENT LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Gameslast_img read more

Standhardinger signs with Hong Kong in ABL

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Christian Standhardinger. Photo from Fiba.comBolstering its roster for the upcoming 2018 ASEAN Basketball League season, reigning champion Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions have signed up Christian Standhardinger as their Heritage import for their title retention bid.You First Basket, the Fil-German big man’s agency, confirmed the news on Sunday in a tweet.ADVERTISEMENT China, Korea advance to AVC semis NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES The 28-year-old Standhardinger has impressed in his short stint with Gilas Pilipinas, leaving a strong impression thanks to his fearless style of play down low.He averaged 11.8 points and 7.4 rebounds in his debut for the national team in the 2017 Jones Cup and upped his scoring in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup, netting 15.5 markers and 6.5 boards through the three games in the group stages.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingStandhardinger’s addition to Hong Kong keeps the squad as the favorites in the regional league as he joins defending ASEAN Heritage MVP Tyler Lamb and World Import MVP Marcus Elliott this coming season. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Indian Premier League 2016: Key Players

Key PlayersDelhi Daredevils: Zaheer KhanQuinton de KockGujarat Lions: Brendon McCullumJames FaulknerKings XI Punjab: David MillerGlenn MaxwellKolkata Knight RidersManish PandeySunil NarineMumbai IndiansRohit SharmaJos ButtlerRising Pune SupergiantsMS DhoniSteven SmithRoyal Challengers BangaloreVirat KohliChris GayleSunrisers HyderabadDavid WarnerKane Williamson


first_imgBut once again, with Sushil having written to the Prime Minister, the WFI president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh said the Federation is now awaiting the Government to give directions regarding holding trials in the contentious 74kg category. “Since Sushil has written to the Prime Ministers Office, the matter is not in WFIs hands. So we will wait for the Governments direction on how to go about the trial issue,” the WFI chief told PTI. “This is very sensitive matter and I cannot decide alone. As and when we get any instructions from the Government, we will decide. In any case, the WFI will refer the matter to the selection committee, which would include an Olympian, an Arjuna awardee, chief coach, general secretary among others. And then the matter would be decided by the committee. It is not right for me to speculate anything now. There is a procedure that has to be followed,” he added. Narsingh has been insisting that he is the best Indian wrestler in 74kg. “I am the best in 74kg category in India. Sushil had won Olympic medals in 66kg but in 74kg. I have come up with consistent performances, which includes defeating London Olympics medallists who have moves up from 66kg to 74kg. At the World Championship last year, I had bagged the quota after beating Cubas Livan Lopez, who was a bronze medallist at London Games in 66kg. Clearly, I have an advantage over those who have migrated from 66kg to 74kg,” Narsingh had said. While Sushil said: “All I am asking for is trails. Am not saying you send me to Rio because of my glorious past. Am only saying that whoever between me and Narsingh is better, should represent the country at Olympics. Since a quota belongs to the country and not to a particular individual, thus, when there are two good contenders, there must be a fair trial. “The Sports Authority of India and government have spent a lot of money on me and it is only just that I am given a chance to prove that I have utilised every bit of that money. I would not have asked for the trials if I was not well prepared. I am confident of winning another Olympic medal for India at Rio,” he added. PTI CM AH CMadvertisementlast_img read more

Pakistani fan asks India cricketers, “Baap kaun hai?” Mohammed Shami loses his cool

first_imgVirat Kohli was all grace and smiles after India’s crushing defeat in the ICC Champions Trophy final but the Pakistani fans were downright nasty to the India skipper and his teammates.Pakistan’s victory at The Oval triggered massive celebrations in and around the ground with fans dancing on the streets of London till the wee hours of the night.Fans who were supporting Sarfraz Ahmed’s team inside the stadium stayed there till the presentation ceremony and it was during this period that a particular Pakistani fan started to sledge the Indian players just as they were returning to their dressing room.In a video posted on Facebook by The Witty Side, a fan could be seen mocking the Indian players and passing derogatory comments to Kohli, fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and the rest.The guy in the video could be heard telling Kohli – “akkad toot gayi hai Kohli saari” – which loosely translates to – your arrogance has been shattered. Kohli paid no heed to the comments and walked away but the guy continued to sledge the players and even made weeping sounds.He could then be heard saying, “baap kaun hai?”, and that is when fast bowler Mohammed Shami lost his cool and turned back towards the Pakistani fan before MS Dhoni intervened and took his teammate away with him.While it is not clear what Shami told the fan, it did seem like he gave him a piece of his mind which clearly rattled the Pakistani fan.advertisementThe sledge fest between Indian and Pakistani fans had started after the defending champions hammered Sarfraz’s team in the opening match of tournament by 124 runs.But Pakistan bounced back from that defeat and registered four wins in a row, including the 180-run hammering of India in the final, to clinch their maiden Champions Trophy title in London.last_img read more

World Cup 2019: India missed a solid No. 4, says Yuvraj Singh

first_imgWorld Cup 2019: India missed a solid No. 4, says Yuvraj SinghYuvraj Singh expressed his disappointment over the omission of Ambati Rayudu from World Cup squad and asked the management to show faith in one player for No. 4 position.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 14, 2019UPDATED: July 14, 2019 11:57 IST Photo: ReutersHIGHLIGHTS India were knocked out of the World Cup 2019 after a rare top-order failure against New ZealandYuvraj Singh asked the Team Management to groom one player for No. 4 spotYuvraj also expressed his disappointment over the handling of Ambati RayuduFormer India player Yuvraj Singh questioned the way Indian Team management has been handling the No. 4 spot in the recent past.After India’s exit in World Cup 2019, questions have been raised over the vulnerability of Indian middle order and the conundrum over the number 4 position persists. They have tried different players at the spot, but no one has been able to nail down his name for the spot.India finished the group stages of the tournament at the top of the points table but failed to chase a 240-run target in the 1st semi-final against New Zealand in Manchester on Wednesday.”The team management should have groomed someone. If someone was failing at No. 4, the team management should have told that player that he was going to play the World Cup. Like in the 2003 World Cup, we were playing New Zealand before the tournament, everybody was failing. But the same team played in the World Cup,” Yuvraj told TOI.”It was disappointing to watch what they did with Rayudu. He was in the contention for the World Cup. He got runs in New Zealand but after three or four bad innings, he got dropped,” Yuvraj added. “And then Rishabh (Pant) came in and he got dropped. If No. 4 is a crucial position in ODI cricket, if you want someone to do well in that position, you will have to back him. You can’t drop someone if he is unable to do well all the time,” he told.Yuvraj Singh was India’s main man at No. 4 position and had helped Indian team become World Champions twice, with his exploits with the bat.advertisementTest opener K.L. Rahul was made the number four by the Indian team management going into the World Cup even though the selectors led by MSK Prasad said that all-rounder Vijay Shankar was picked for that spot for the showpiece event.After Shikhar Dhawan’s injury, the team management decided to bring Rahul as the opener. And when Shankar was ruled out, they flew in opener Mayank Agarwal to fit into the middle-order.ALSO READ | England vs New Zealand: Shoaib Akhtar predicts winner ahead of World Cup 2019 final at Lord’sALSO READ | New Zealand vs England, World Cup 2019 final Live Cricket Streaming: Watch NZ vs ENG Star Sports, DD SportsALSO WATCH:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNayanika Sengupta Tags :Follow ICC World Cup 2019Follow Yuvraj Singhlast_img read more

The New Pornographers’ New Album is a Standout Work of Fun and Thoughtful Power Pop

first_img The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know About The New Pornographers’ New Album is a Standout Work of Fun and Thoughtful Power Pop Close Filson’s New Collection Honors Smokey Bear and the U.S. Fire Service Editors’ Recommendations Westland Distillery Creates New Fellowship for Barley Research Guinness Shoots For the Moon With a New Beer This dichotomy between the band’s upbeat power pop instrumentals and darker lyrics is not unique to “High Ticket Attractions.” The album’s title track opens with a playful drumbeat before the tempo jumps up and the guitar kicks in. But the chorus reveals a darker side to the song: “Only want to get to work / But every morning I’m too sick to drive / Suffering whiteout conditions / Forget the mission, just get out alive.” As Newman describes, “It’s basically a song about going through a depressive episode. It’s about the eternal battle, which feels like an epic battle, and just trying to get out of that place and into another place.”Even with these heavier songs, Whiteout Conditions never feels too dark or pessimistic. The band’s ability to produce a catchy, joy-inducing melody is in full view on the album, and the record marks another standout for The New Pornographers thanks to the band’s buoyant energy, clever melodies, and a newfound cohesiveness in lyrical and musical themes.The New Pornographers’ Whiteout Conditions is out now through Collected Works Records and is available on Amazon, iTunes, and The New Pornographer’s Official Store. The New Pornographers released Whiteout Conditions, their seventh album, on April 7th through the band’s own label, Collected Works Records. Leading up to the album’s release, the band unveiled the official music video for lead single “High Ticket Attractions.” The official video is a bright scene of students destroying their high school. The song’s prominent synths and drums complement that brightness and project an odd sense of glee in the destruction.The song’s lyrics dig deeper than that description suggests, however. New Pornographers’ founder AC Newman notes, “High Ticket Attractions,” “was written before Trump won the election, although there was already a lot of anxiety of ‘Holy shit, things could go terribly wrong.’” Specifying, he notes, “There’s a lot of anxiety to lines like ‘The Mayans took their science and dumped it all in the drink and went silent,’ and the Magna Carta being underwater. All the water stuff is an obvious reference point for global warming: We came from the water; are we going back there?” Introducing a New Look for The Manuallast_img read more

ZIM Broadens Asia – Pacific North West Scope

first_imgzoom Israeli container carrier Zim Integrated Shipping Services (ZIM) is to add the second Asia – Pacific North West service in April 2017 if the company gets an all-clear from the US Federal Maritime Commission (FMC).The new service will be named Zim Pacific North (ZPN) and will have the following rotation: Hong Kong – Yantian (China) – Kaohsiung (Taiwan) – Shanghai (China) – Pusan (South Korea) – Tacoma (USA) – Vancouver (Canada)– Pusan – Kwangyang (South Korea) – Kaohsiung – Hong Kong.ZIM did not indicate if the latest service is in any way related to the services to be launched by THE Alliance in April 2017.The new service is said to widen ZIM’s ports scope on the Pacific North West trade, offering gateways to US and Canada inland destinations and direct calls in Kaohsiung, Kwangyang and Tacoma.ZPN service is joining the company’s Asia – Pacific North West service that was announced last month, fully operated by ZIM vessels, with the following rotation:Port Kelang (Malaysia) – Cai Mep (Vietnam) – Da Chan Bay – Yantian – Xiamen – Ningbo – Shanghai (China) – Pusan – Vancouver – Pusan – Qingdao (China) – Shanghai – Ningbo – Da Chan Bay – Port Kelang.last_img read more

Ron Howard CoHosts Campaign Hollywood Event For International Labour Organization

first_imgOn February 21, Vanity Fair and the Fiat brand, along with Academy Award–winning composer Hans Zimmer and Academy Award–winning director Ron Howard, hosted “Una Notte Verde,” an exclusive cocktail party at Cecconi’s West Hollywood to benefit The United Nations’ International Labour Organization (ILO) and its Green Jobs Programme.Notable attendees included the evening’s co-hosts Hans Zimmer and Ron Howard, along with Vanity Fair Vice President and Publisher Edward Menicheschi and guests Josh Hartnett, Alyssa Milano, Adrien Brody, Michael Moore, Lake Bell, Mehcad Brooks, Dennis Haysbert, Analeigh Tipton, Annabeth Gish, Kathleen Robertson, Chelsie Hightower, Jason Bonham, Louise Roe and more.Green jobs and the promotion of a green economy are pivotal for achieving economic and social development that is also environmentally sustainable. The ILO’s Green Jobs Programme works in many countries, offering research, guidance, and practical tools to help governments, businesses, and workers make the transition to a green economy.As part of the evening’s green initiatives, the Fiat brand introduced the all-new 2013 Fiat 500e. Designed to be a no-compromise electric car, the 2013 Fiat 500e combines the Cinquecento’s successful small-car formula of purposeful Italian design and fun-to-drive characteristics with an environmentally responsible zero-emissions design. The invitation for “Una Notte Verde,” was created using 100 percent recycled materials and includes flower, herb, and vegetable seeds that can be planted by recipients following the event.Guests in attendance, as well as the general public, have the exclusive opportunity to download a music track, composed by Hans Zimmer, from the upcoming film Rush, directed by Ron Howard. It is currently available for download at Fair and Fiat’s celebration of “Una Notte Verde” to benefit The United Nations’ ILO and the Green Jobs Programme was part of Vanity Fair Campaign Hollywood, the magazine’s annual week-long series of events and one-of-a-kind moments in support of charitable causes leading up to the Academy Awards.last_img read more

CAN 2019 Royal Air Maroc Offers Flights to Cairo at MAD

Rabat – The Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF), and Royal Air Maroc (RAM) signed a partnership agreement in Rabat on Friday. The three organizations plan to launch a flight program between Casablanca and Cairo for the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN).Morocco’s Atlas Lions are currently in training for CAN 2019, which will take place from June 21 to July 19. Royal Air Maroc will schedule more than 82 flights during the first round of the tournament (June 23 – July 1) to allow more than 7,500 fans to follow the national team to Egypt. The airline offers round-trip tickets at a fixed price of MAD 3,000 to attend one match, and MAD 4,000 for fans attending multiple matches.RAM has a track record of supporting Moroccan Football. In May and June 2018 the airline provided 13 aircraft to transport nearly 2,500 Atlas Lions fans to the World Cup hosted by Russia.RAM also chartered 18 exceptional flights in November 2017, connecting Casablanca to Abidjan to allow 3000 supporters to attend the decisive match between the Atlas Lions and Côte d’Ivoire as part of the qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup.Tickets will be available for sale starting June 15 through  the company’s marketing channels (sales offices, website and call centers), as well as through the national network of travel agencies. read more

New online tool featuring video testimonies of Holocaust survivors debuts at UN

23 January 2012Students everywhere will have the opportunity to learn more about the Holocaust thanks to a new online educational resource that debuted at United Nations Headquarters today and showcases video testimonies of survivors of one of the world’s greatest tragedies. IWitness – produced by the Shoah Foundation Institute at the University of Southern California – provides teachers and students access to the video testimonies of more than 1,000 Holocaust eyewitnesses from the Institute’s archive of nearly 52,000 testimonies.“As students learn more about the Holocaust and the significance of this history today, they will soon discover its connection to their own lives and communities,” said Kiyo Akasaka, UN Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information. The UN partnered with the Shoah Foundation Institute in bringing more than 350 high school students to the world body’s Headquarters to discuss their experiences with IWitness and to interview Holocaust survivor Roman Kent, whose testimony they have studied as part of IWitness.“Our collaboration with the Shoah Foundation Institute is another wonderful example of how the Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme works with organizations around the world to help young people – like yourselves – understand the history and horrors of one of the world’s greatest tragedies that occurred many, many years ago before you were born,” Mr. Akasaka told participants at the event.“With the IWitness online application, students everywhere can search, watch and learn about the real life stories of more than 1,000 Holocaust survivors,” he said. “You will also learn about the dangers of hatred and prejudice in our world today.”The Shoah Foundation Institute was established by United States filmmaker Steven Spielberg in 1994 to collect and preserve the testimonies of the survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust. It maintains one of the largest video digital libraries in the world – nearly 52,000 video testimonies in 32 languages and from 56 countries.“Through IWitness, survivors will continue to teach students about the Holocaust, inspire them to oppose intolerance, and empower them to develop the literacies needed for the 21st century,” said Stephen D. Smith, the Institute’s Executive Director. “We are grateful to the nearly 52,000 witnesses who have entrusted their memories to the Institute as a guiding light for all humanity.”Today’s programme was held as part of a series of events to mark the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust, which is observed annually on 27 January. This year’s theme is “Children and the Holocaust.”In a related development, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced that Samuel Pisar, a Polish-born Holocaust survivor and acclaimed international lawyer, author and human rights activist, will be designated as an Honorary Ambassador and Special Envoy for Holocaust Education.Mr. Pisar will receive the designation at a ceremony on Friday at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris. read more

Canadian dollar makes slight gain despite weaker crude oil price

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian dollar makes slight gain despite weaker crude oil price by News Staff Posted Sep 19, 2012 5:03 pm MDT TORONTO – The Canadian dollar nudged slightly higher on Wednesday as oil prices hit a six-week low, and traders held back from making any major moves on stock markets.The loonie was up 0.01 of a cent to 102.62 cents US.October crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange moved down $3.31 to US$91.98 a barrel, touching a six-week low.The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s weekly report said that crude inventories rose three times more than analysts had expected last week. Crude supplies grew by 8.5 million barrels to 367.6 million barrels. That’s 8.4 per cent higher than at the same time last year.Gold stocks rose 1.1 per cent, while the December bullion increased 50 cents to closing the session at US$1,771.70 an ounce. December copper was up 2.7 cents to US$3.81 a pound.In Canada, the Teranet–National Bank National Composite House Price Index showed that prices rose a meagre 0.2 per cent in August from the month prior. That marks the weakest month-over-month increase in 12 years.The somewhat downbeat data ran against a report on U.S. home sales from the National Association of Realtors that said they jumped to the highest level in more than two years in August. Sales rose 7.8 per cent to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 4.82 million, the most since May 2010.The U.S. Commerce Department said builders started construction on more homes in August, driven by the fastest pace of single-family home construction in more than two years.“August starts and permit numbers were so-so, but the broader trends suggest that the U.S. housing recovery is solidifying,” said BMO Capital Markets senior economist Robert Kavcic in a note.Earlier, the Bank of Japan said it was increasing its asset purchasing fund to 55 trillion yen (US$700 billion) from 45 trillion yen to counter the strength of the Japanese currency. A strong yen makes it more difficult for Japanese companies to compete in international markets.The Bank of Japan’s move comes days after the U.S. Federal Reserve revealed it will purchase an average of $40 billion a month in mortgage-backed securities until the economy shows significant improvement. read more

Montreal mayor asks Ottawa to intervene to delay demolition of Mirabel airport

by Peter Rakobowchuk, The Canadian Press Posted May 2, 2014 3:47 pm MDT Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre answers reporters’ questions about a plan to demolish Mirabel airport during a news conference Friday, May 2, 2014 at city hall. The airport, which has been described as a white elephant, first opened with great fanfare in 1975 , but was shutdown in 2004. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Ray Montreal mayor asks Ottawa to intervene to delay demolition of Mirabel airport AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – Montreal’s mayor wants Ottawa to prevent the local airport authority from demolishing Mirabel airport.James Cherry, president and CEO of the Aeroports de Montreal airport authority, has launched a call for tenders to demolish Mirabel, which has had no passenger flights since 2004.Since then, all such traffic has passed through Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport in suburban Dorval.Mayor Denis Coderre said Friday he wants Denis Lebel, the federal minister responsible for infrastructure, to contact Transport Minister Lisa Raitt to halt the demolition to give Mirabel Mayor Jean Bouchard time to present an alternative solution.“I’m asking him (Lebel) to speak with minister Raitt and tell her to give us more time — a couple of months, so we can look at alternatives,” Coderre said.“There’s no need to demolish it tomorrow morning,” Coderre told a news conference.He said he and other Montreal-area mayors are behind Mirabel’s efforts to protect the airport from the wrecker’s ball.“If you have men and women who think they can find an alternative, our role is to support them,” Coderre said. “If that doesn’t work, then at the end of the line, we’ll take decisions.”The Montreal-Mirabel Corporation, a non-profit group, is preparing a feasibility study on transforming the airport into a convention centre. One proposal would be to have it play host to an international aeronautics show, similar to the one held annually in Europe.The Mirabel mayor and former Quebec premier Bernard Landry are members of the corporation.Mirabel was billed as the airport of the future when it first opened in 1975. Officials predicted at the time that 60 million passengers would pass through its gates annually by 2010, but yearly passengers traffic never surpassed three million.New infrastructures, which were to include a high-speed rail link and a highway linking Montreal directly to the airport were never completed.The federal government expropriated more than 324 square kilometres of prime farmland, but only used 16 square kilometres for the airport. A total of 10,000 people had also been forced from their homes.Aircraft manufacturing giant Bombardier still has a huge plant and a testing centre near the sprawling airport complex, 40 kilometres north of Montreal. read more

Ohio State wrestlings Logan Stieber earns national title Buckeyes place 6th in

Logan Stieber took home a national championship title for the second year in a row as the Ohio State wrestling team earned sixth place out of 10 teams at the NCAA Championships over the weekend. The Buckeyes, who tallied 59.5 points, finished behind Penn State (123.5), Oklahoma State (119.5), Minnesota (103), Iowa (73) and Cornell (65). The Nittany Lions’ national title is their third in a row. Redshirt sophomore Stieber, of the 133-pound weight class, was the star of the tournament for OSU. Stieber, the No. 1 seed, capped off a perfect season, 27-0, with his defeat of Iowa redshirt junior and No. 2-seeded Tony Ramos 7-4. In the pair’s last meeting at the Big Ten Championship finals on March 10, Stieber took down Ramos, 3-1, in a sudden victory. But the wins are nothing out of the ordinary: lifetime, Stieber is 5-0 against the Hawkeye. “I was able to get into my offense early and open the match up against Ramos,” Stieber said in a press release. “That was the difference this time.” Stieber’s brother, sophomore Hunter Stieber, finished third in the 141-pound class. In Hunter Stieber’s semifinals match, the No. 1 seed suffered a narrow 7-6 loss to Edinboro’s Mitchell Port before earning consecutive victories over Cornell’s Michael Nevinger (9-0) and the Citadel’s Ugi Khishignyam (12-4). Overall, Hunter Stieber finished his second All-American season with an impressive 36-1 record. Fellow two-time All-American and redshirt junior Nick Heflin finished fifth in the tournament at 174 pounds. After being defeated by Minnesota’s Logan Storley, 3-2, Heflin was sent to the fifth-place bout to face-off with Iowa’s Michael Evans. In their previous matchup on Jan. 4, Evans beat Heflin in a 9-4 sudden victory. However, the story was different this time as Heflin pinned his opponent in 2:10 to earn the win. He concluded his season with a 20-7 record. Senior Nikko Triggas (125 pounds), redshirt senior C.J. Magrum (184), redshirt sophomore Josh Demas (157) and freshman Mark Martin (165) were all eliminated on the second day of the tournament. Redshirt junior Ian Paddock (149) and sophomore Andrew Campolattano (197) were eliminated on the tournament’s first day. The championships were held at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa. read more

Kentin Mahe about French final We want to make people proud

Didier Dinart will have a chance to become one of the greatest persons of handball by winning World’s gold as player and a coach! French team cruised into final by routine win over Slovenia 31:25 in front of 16.000 fans at Paris Bercy. The successor of Claude Onesta, didn’t have problems to ensure another medal and seventh French final at World Championships.We were affraid of this match as we knew that Slovenia is serious rival and how tough was to beat them in friendly matches before the Championship. They are tough rivals who never give up, but it is now behind us. We will have two days to rest and prepare our best performance for the gold medal match. Mahe is the TOP French scorer on WCh 2017. Clever back-wing player is useful part of Dinart’s squad:Slovenians deserved to play in the medal’s battles. They play very good handball, Slovenian school is well-known for that. We are proud and honoured to play in front of our families and friends. We were better tonight. Now, we are going to rest and prepare next match. Definitely, fans are plus for us. Our aim is to make them proud for what we are doing on the field – concludes Mahe.PHOTO: FRANCE 2017 ← Previous Story France going for GOLD! Next Story → FRANCE 2017: Handball doors open at Bercy! read more

Octowheel skateboard seeks funding on Kickstarter to cruise down stairs

first_imgSkateboards are a neat way to get from place to place, but only if everything is built at ground level. All those stairs make it quite a bit harder to roll around. This problem has been plaguing humanity for far too long, but there is a new Kickstarter that is valiantly standing up to the injustice of stairs. How? With an 8-wheeled skateboard.The Stair-Rover uses a standard longboard frame, but has a v-shaped bar attached to the axle where each of the four wheels should be. Each one of these bars has two wheels on it, which lets the whole assembly tilt to match the angle of the surface it’s on. So if you’re rolling down stairs, each set of wheels can tilt as you hit each edge, resulting in a smooth ride. The design looks a bit futuristic.The creators also point out it’s good for more than just stairs. The Stair-Rover can make skateboarding possible on any uneven surface like cobblestone or cracked cement. On flat ground it performs just like a regular high-end longboard, although it offers a bit more stability in tight turns.The chassis itself is made from thermoplastic to reduce the weight, but the whole package still clocks in at about 5kg. Aluminum components are used for the more vital components where the wheels attach and the frame is mounted to the board.The backer levels take into account some interested parties might want to build their own board, so for £125 you can get the standard white or black chassis — no wheels, no bearings, and no board. Bump that up to £170 to get the whole working package in white with a maple deck. It’ll be £205 if you want the black Pro version with a maple/fiberglass deck.The Kickstarter has until August 1st to raise £50,000 (about $76,000). It has under £10,000 to go at this point.last_img read more

Dow industrials sink 831 points as tech companies plunge

first_imgNEW YORK — U.S. stocks plunged to their worst loss in eight months on Wednesday as technology companies continued to drop. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 831 points.The losses were widespread, and stocks that have been the biggest winners on the market the last few years, including technology companies and retailers, suffered steep declines. Apple and Amazon both had their worst day in two and a half years.The Nasdaq composite, which has a high concentration of technology companies, had its biggest loss in more than two years.Alec Young, managing director of global markets research at FTSE Russell, said investors fear that rising interest rates and growing expenses are going to erode company profits next year.“The tax cuts juiced earnings this year and that’s not sustainable,” he said. “The market’s starting to say that the glass may be half empty.”The S&P 500 index sank 94.66 points, or 3.3 percent, to 2,785.68. The benchmark index fell for the fifth straight day, which hadn’t happened since just before the 2016 presidential election.last_img read more