Kellie Pickler To Perform During Pinktober For Breast Cancer Awareness

October 16, 2019

first_imgHard Rock Cafe Nashville celebrates TOUGH women this October in honor of the brand’s 13th annual PINKTOBER breast cancer awareness campaign on Saturday, October 13, 2012, with Kellie Pickler in concert.The event will benefit American Cancer Society, a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem.Hard Rock’s commitment to breast cancer awareness and research continues throughout October with PINK menu offerings, “PINK Sheets Rooms,” and limited-edition merchandise benefiting a variety of charities including The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, The Caron Keating Foundation (U.K.) and local breast cancer charities around the globe.Hard Rock’s PINKTOBER gives fans the opportunity to show their promise to PINK throughout the month. Fans can visit their local Hard Rock and party for PINK, dancing the night away to the sounds of icons and rising stars to benefit local breast cancer organizations. Eat and drink PINK with Hard Rock’s non-alcoholic PINK drinks and dining on PINK menu offerings. Get noticed in stylish shades of PINK with Hard Rock’s PINKTOBER merchandise including the PINKTOBER 2012 T-shirt, bracelet, robe, PINK Sheets, pin and more. Products are sold exclusively at Hard Rock properties worldwide, including Cafes, Hotels, Casinos and on from the sale of PINKTOBER products will benefit The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and The Caron Keating Foundation (U.K.) with 75 percent of the retail price of each pin and 15 percent of the retail price of other products going directly to the cause.When: Saturday, October 13, 2012 8 p.m. Event beginsWhere: Hard Rock Cafe Nashville 100 Broadway Nashville, TN 615-742-9900Admission: $50 VIP tickets with Kellie Picker meet and greet $15 General admission tickets Tickets can be purchased here.last_img read more

Wolves shock Man Utd to reach FA Cup semifinals

October 12, 2019

first_imgWolverhampton: Wolves inflicted a second straight defeat on Manchester United on Saturday, outplaying Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to secure a 2-1 win and reach the FA Cup semi-finals. United lacked spark throughout and were overcome by an eager Wolves side with two goals in the space of six minutes in the second half from Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota. Marcus Rashford’s injury-time effort was a mere consolation. Solskjaer had presided over a run of just two defeats in 18 games since replacing Jose Mourinho in December, progressing to the quarter-finals of the Champions League and the last eight of the FA Cup. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenBut now they have suffered two losses in a row after their Champions League exertions at Paris Saint-Germain. United were favourites but the Midlanders’ form against the top six that has carried them to seventh position in the Premier League gave home fans hope. The early signs were that United, not Wolves, were going to live up to the hype of the warm-up, dominating early possession. The visitors created the first opening when Paul Pogba gained a yard of space in the box and curled wide. Also Read – Fast bowler Behrendorff to undergo spinal surgeryGoalkeeper John Ruddy was happy to let the ball drift away but was forced to make a falling save to his left soon afterwards when Rashford let fly from 30 yards. Wolves’ first threat came in the 28th minute when Ruben Neves’s low drive was well held by the United goalkeeper Sergio Romero and it was swiftly followed by a better one, Jota failing to connect properly with a volley from Matt Doherty’s centre. United players surrounded referee Martin Atkinson screaming for a penalty in the 37th minute after Diogo Dalot’s hooked shot hit the elbow of Jonny as he turned his back on the ball. But Atkinson was unmoved. The best chance of the half fell to Wolves, two minutes before the break. Neves sent Jota galloping clear for a one-on-one with Romero, but the United goalkeeper beat his curling shot away. United had the first opening of the second half when Rashford got away from Conor Coady on the right side of the box but could only whistle a fierce angled drive a few feet wide. Wolves replied with a rising, diagonal effort from Jimenez that looped comfortably over the bar. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side were gaining in confidence however and created two chances that required some superb goalkeeping from Romero. First he reacted sharply to tip over a bullet header from Jimenez from Joao Moutinho’s corner. The Argentine keeper then palmed over a rising chip from Moutinho from 25 yards as Wolves got on top. Wolves scored the goal they had been threatening in the 70th minute. The chance seemed to be lost when Jimenez was forced backwards with his back to goal after being crowded out following a superb run by Moutinho, who breezed through three challenges cutting in from the left. But the Mexican swivelled 180 degrees, after getting a lucky bounce off Pogba and drilled a low shot past Romero. Six minutes later Wolves doubled their lead. Neves sent Jota racing clear on the counter as Wolves broke and the Portuguese left Luke Shaw in a heap before firing an unstoppable left-foot drive inside Romero’s near post. High drama followed when Atkinson showed Victor Lindelof a red card for lunging in on Jota in front of the Wolves dugout. VAR was called and deemed it a booking, allowing the Swedish defender a reprieve. Rashford pulled one back with a shot on the turn in the fifth minute of the five added on, but it was too little, too late. agencieslast_img read more

New Study finds that Goats in Morocco Spit Seeds

October 12, 2019

Rabat – A recent study suggests that the Moroccan goats, often seen perched in argan trees, spit the large seeds of the argan fruit rather than swallowing them.Typically, goats are seen climbing mountains or grazing in green pastures, but in the arid climate of southern Morocco, goats can often be found among the branches of the argan trees. Encouraged, and sometimes helped, up the thorny branches by human herders the goats eat the argan leaves and fruit.As the goats eat the fruit, they are also helping to spread argan nuts (the seeds of the plant), allowing the tree to reproduce across the region. Until now, it had been widely believed that the nuts passed through the digestive system of the goat. This process was thought to make them easier to crack for the production of the argan nut products including argan oil. When a group of biologists took a closer look at to goats’ method of eating the argan nuts, however, they found that the goats were likely to spit the nuts out rather than swallowing them. The study published in the May 2017 issue of Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment explains that the researchers had previously witnessed goats in Spain spitting out large nuts and thought that it was unlikely that the argan nuts, which are about 22 mm long and 15 mm wide, would be swallowed by the goats.After observing the goats which are ruminants, meaning they swallow their food, and then regurgitate it, the researchers found that the goats spit out most of the argan nuts they consumed. When they spoke with local herders, they confirmed that this was common throughout the region.In this study the majority, 71.5%, of the regurgitated argan seeds were viable when tested by the biologists. The findings of this research have important implications for the understanding of the reproductive process of plants whose seeds may be spread after being ruminated by animals. The study explains that “because the seed remain in the rumen for hours or days, the may potentially be released very far from the mother plants.” read more

Moroccan Police Arrest Teacher For Incitement to Terrorism

October 12, 2019

Rabat – The National Judicial Police, in coordination with the Directorate General of Territorial Surveillance (DGST), arrested a primary school teacher on August 5 for his alleged involvement in a case of glorification and incitement to terrorist acts.According to a statement from the Directorate General of National Security (DGSN), the teacher (26 years) was arrested in Ksar El Kebir (99 kilometers south of Tangier).The suspect commented on a post about a Facebook video. In his comment, he encouraged people to “cut the heads off” a group of Belgian female tourists. The post said, “they should have respected the region’s traditions and Morocco’s Islamic identity.” “They should have been covered; this job is for men and what they did was pure provocation,” added the post.The teacher commented saying, “you are right! Their heads should be cut off so that no one else dares to challenge the teachings of our religion.”The post was published on a Facebook group of 500,000 members, most of whom are teachers.The targeted Belgian tourists were in a video going viral on social media. They were part of a group volunteering to fix a road in poor condition in the region of Taroudant.While their initiative attracted the sympathy of the village residents and the majority of Internet users, others were unhappy with the “girls’ outfits.”According to the statement, the investigation resulted in the seizure of a laptop and mobile phone that the suspect allegedly used to post his comment.The suspect was taken into custody under the supervision of the prosecutor’s office specializing in terrorism cases, in order to determine the circumstances and motives of the case, concludes the statement. read more

Business community say conduct of MPs shameful and an embarrassment

October 8, 2019

The business community in Sri Lanka said that the conduct of some elected representatives in Parliament today was both shameful and an embarrassment to the country.The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce (CCC), International Chamber of Commerce Sri Lanka (ICCSL), Joint Apparel Association Forum (JAAF) and The Women’s Chamber of Industry & Commerce (WCCI) said that they are deeply concerned about the current political situation in the country. The joint statement said that the events of the last few weeks have resulted in absolute instability which is a situation that Sri Lanka simply cannot afford. “It is our view that the executive and the elected representatives have a duty to ensure that decisions are taken with regard for due process and the Rule of Law,” they said in a joint statement. “We call upon all those responsible to accord the highest priority to national interest and refrain from pursuing any path that will result in an economic downfall which will have an adverse impact on the country and the people. We call for urgent and sensible action,” the joint statement added. (Colombo Gazette) “This will no doubt hinder development and have a significantly adverse impact on the social and economic trajectory of our country. It is observed that the entire administration of this country has come to a standstill and the public officers are paralyzed being unable to discharge their functions. The ultimate victims are the people of our country,”the business community said.They noted that the incident which took place in Parliament today was the most unacceptable and abusive behavior displayed in the Chamber of the Sri Lanka Parliament. read more

International Energy Agency figures bode well for Australian coal says MCA

September 24, 2019

first_imgA just released statement from Brendan Pearson, Chief Executive, Minerals Council of Australia points out that The International Energy Agency (IEA) World Energy Outlook (WEO) for 2016 confirms that Australian coal will continue to provide secure and reliable baseload electricity generation for fast-developing Asian nations in our region. The report confirms that Australia remains the world’s largest coal exporter, contributing more than A$40 billion to the national economy. Coal’s share in the global primary energy use remains at 29%, the second largest provider of energy in the world behind oil and it remains the mainstay of electricity generation providing 41% of global supply.The strong economic development in Southeast Asia and India means global demand for coal will return to 2014 levels by 2020.  Demand for coal in Asia will grow at 0.8% per year, with Indian demand for coal growing at 3.6% per year and Southeast Asia at 4.4% per year. The WEO notes that Australian coal exports are forecast to increase from 350 Mtce to 410 Mtce by 2040 with the Australian share of international trade growing from 32% to 36%.To further reduce CO2 emissions while retaining a reliable and secure supply of electricity supplied by coal, there must be a far bigger willingness to embrace new coal technologies including high efficiency, low emission (HELE) coal-fired generators and carbon capture and storage (CCS). The WEO highlights the massive increase in the use of HELE technology with 400 GW of supercritical and 330 GW of ultra-supercritical coal-fired plants being built. “These plants require high quality coal to operate at their most efficient and with Australia having some of the highest quality coal in the world, our production is forecast to increase by 0.5% per year until 2040.” The report notes that world is on track to meet the Paris Targets, a result that is helped by 22 nations, which account for over 50% of emissions, including HELE as part of their national emissions reductions plan.Also in a report recently released, the Global Carbon and Capture Institute notes that worldwide, around US$2.5 trillion has been invested in clean energy technologies in the last ten years, of which US$1.8 trillion has been on wind and solar technologies. In comparison, investment in CCS during the same timeframe amounts to around US$20 billion (or, put another way, the amount invested in other clean energy technologies has been 120 times greater than that for CCS). “To reduce emissions and maintain a reliable supply of electricity that coal generates, new energy policies must adopt a more rigorous ‘technology neutral’ approach. The huge subsidies given to the development of renewables must be applied in the same manner to new coal technology.”last_img read more

TOP 5 GOALS Romanian princess bomb attack on Suslina

September 22, 2019

She again has a fist of steel. Christina Neagu helped ZRK Buducnost to remain unbeaten in the clashes with the new powerhouse of European handball, ZRK Vardar – 23:17. One of her goals in “Morača” was nominated as the best in the Round 1 of the EHF CL… ← Previous Story Argentina going to Brazil with 7 LNH players Next Story → Kim Andersson to lead Sweden against Latvia and Slovakia best handball goalsChristina NeaguŽRK Budućnost

Ten out of 19 maternity units have abortion services in place

September 21, 2019

first_img THERE ARE 10 maternity units providing abortion services out of a total of 19 units across the country, over three months after Ireland’s abortion laws have been legalised.The HSE has said that nine maternity units had provided abortion services from the start of this year, and that one additional maternity unit had since begun to offer the service.After the Irish electorate voted to repeal the Eighth Amendment in May last year, Health Minister Simon Harris announced that abortion services would be available from 1 January 2019.A number of healthcare professionals, including former Master of the National Maternity Hospital Dr Rhona Mahony, said that there was a concern about that implementation deadline, saying that it was “quite a big ask and quite a big challenge” to roll out the new service in that short timeframe.It’s predicted that there will be 10,000 terminations in Ireland a year, according to a Rotunda Hospital board meeting document released to under a Freedom of Information request.The document states that the National Women and Infants Health Programme has estimated that 80% of terminations will be under 9 weeks, meaning that they will be undertaken by GPs.That means that around 20% would be in the 9-12 week bracket and would require hospital services. Termination of pregnancies that would require surgical intervention would mainly be carried out in the three main Dublin maternity hospitals and by Cork University Hospital, according to the Rotunda Hospital board meeting minutes.Capacity and figuresThe Department of Health will not be releasing exact figures on the number of people availing abortion services until the end of the year. It’s understood that this is to give hospitals and healthcare professionals a chance to implement the service fully.In a statement to, the HSE did say, however, that “no capacity issues have been raised, and service demand remains within the predicted limits” in the first quarter of the year.In response to previous issues raised by the hospital, the Rotunda said that three months into the new service, concerns about capacity were “not as significant a concern”.A spokesperson for the hospital added: Ten out of 19 maternity units have abortion services in place The HSE has said that “service demand remains within the predicted limits” in relation to abortion services. By Gráinne Ní Aodha Short URL The Rotunda Maternity Hospital. 24,959 Views Sunday 21 Apr 2019, 12:10 AM The Rotunda Maternity Hospital. Image: Rotunda Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Rotunda Even though there are not overwhelming numbers, the patients presenting are resource intensive and require significant planning and management by hospital personnel. This does impact on theatre and gynaecology services.In response to a question on whether the number of patients received by the Rotunda was in line with national projections, the spokesperson said:“Numbers presenting at this hospital would indicate that a significant number of termination of pregnancies are less than 9 weeks and are presenting to GPs.”The National Maternity Hospital and the Coombe did not comment, although the Coombe spokesperson referred to this statement released on 1 January date.The statement notes that the hospital’s catchment area includes Kildare, West Wicklow, Dublin West, Dublin South City and Dublin South West.“Appointment availability is limited and regrettably we may not be in a position to accommodate all referrals,” the statement also notes.Concerns about 1 JanuaryThe Rotunda Hospital Dublin had raised concerns at board meetings prior to the 1 January deadline that the implementation of abortion services could “overwhelm current services”, as the hospital was tackling financial issues and long gynaecological waiting lists.“The lack of communication, preparation, engagement and inclusion since the May Referendum with service providers has significantly added to the difficulty in planning for this service,” the Rotunda noted at a board meeting held on 2 November 2018, adding that it would team up with the two other Dublin maternity hospitals would “try to progress matters” with the Department of Health. There was a delay between the Eighth Amendment referendum vote, which was held on 25 May, and the passing of legislation to liberalise abortion laws outside situations where the mother’s life is at risk. This increased concerns among hospitals and GPs that not enough time was being given to prepare for the implementation of a new health service.The National Maternity Hospital and the Coombe had raised similar concerns about the 1 January date, according to board meeting minutes released to under Freedom of Information requests.On 28 October, the Coombe noted during its board meeting that “a particular challenge relates to how primary and secondary care will interface in terms of delivery of the service and support of the women, particularly in relation to access, choice, counselling, contraception, and follow up”.“The lack of information/guidance and resources at a national level presented, and continues to present, challenges to providing a service,” the National Maternity Hospital board said on 23 January.Primary careThe National Association of General Practitioners had hinted before that GPs registered to provide abortion services isn’t evenly spread around the country, and has led to some ‘black spots’ in providing the service in certain rural areas.It’s understood that so far around 317 GPs have signed up to provide abortion services, while 169 are publically listed through MyOptions.Around €12 million had been allocated for the provision of abortion services in Ireland in Budget 2019; around €7 million of this went towards acute services (hospitals) and €5 million towards primary care (GPs).The funding for hospitals was divided out according to the number of females aged 15-44 who are in their catchment area, and goes towards providing equipment, as well as staff training. The Irish College of General Practitioners said that over 200 GPs have completed its training course on providing abortion services, while other GPs are still waiting to complete it.Abortion services are free for women in Ireland; GPs are reimbursed €450 per pregnancy termination, which includes three appointments, and pre- and post-care.It’s uncertain how many women would access abortion once it became legal; estimations were based on the women who travelled abroad for terminations, women who ordered abortion pills online, and the number of terminations in the UK.Harris has also said that he’s looking at the possibility of allowing women in Northern Ireland to access abortions in Ireland for free. They currently have to pay the €450 fee. 71 Comments Apr 21st 2019, 12:11 AM Share Tweet Email2 last_img read more

I want to do my best to become a professional footballer If

September 21, 2019

first_img Jun 14th 2018, 9:45 PM ‘I ended up working for DHL Express and Zidane went on to manage Real Madrid’Akinade and Duffus hand Waterford all three points against 10-man Saints Share41 Tweet Email WATERFORD DEFENDER RORY Feely called a number of different places ‘home’ growing up, but sport was a constant presence in his life no matter where he went.Born in Belgium along with his brother and sister, moving to Tramore and then later to Athy, the 21-year-old travelled around a lot during his youth, but always maintained a desire to achieve and excel with a ball at his feet. Or in his hands. Waterford FC defender Rory Feely celebrates alongside Gavan Holohan. Source: Bryan Keane/INPHO“My dad had a job over there in the 1990s so all three of us — me, my brother and my sister — were born in Belgium,” he says. “Our family lived there at the time but when I was three we moved back home to Ireland. Growing up as a kid I would’ve seen Waterford United play and even done ball boy once or twice at the games as well. I played a handful of matches at the RSC too, so maybe it did make sense in the end to come back and play for Waterford.”The DCU student combined soccer and gaelic all the way throughout his childhood and teenage years, before the decision finally came when one had to be chosen ahead of the other.An immeasurably tough call to make, but one the young footballer is satisfied was the right decision as he sets his sights on getting his education, helping Waterford back into Europe and then thinking about forging a move abroad.Feely played underage at St Patrick’s Athletic before being swifty moved into Liam Buckley’s senior side in 2016, where he enjoyed two seasons at centre back while at Richmond Park. Feely (right) tackles Dundalk’s Chris Shields during his time at St Pat’s. Source: David MaherThe end of last season saw the defender’s time in Inchicore come to an end, being signed by Alan Reynold’s impressive Waterford FC team which stormed to the SSE Airtricity League First Division, earned promotion, and are now the third best team in the country. On current form at least, with 12 wins from 22 games leaving them in command of a Europa League place.We’re pretty delighted with how things have been going so far,” Feely says of the Blues’ emphatic start to life back in the top tier.“Especially coming up from the First Division last year, the main aim of the club was not to get relegated and go back down. We were able to get a good start at the beginning of this season, began picking up points and found ourselves in the top four.“From there we’ve been trying to maintain our spot, getting home wins and trying to pick up as many points on the road as we can so we can hold onto that third spot ahead of Derry and Pat’s.”After spending a number of years lining out in the red of Athy Gaelic Football Club, he was called into the Kildare minor panel, spending two years there before moving into the Lilywhites’ U21 intercounty squad, combining his efforts with football at St Pat’s at the same time. Feely starred as Kildare defeated Longford in the 2015 Leinster Minor Football Championship final at Croke Park. Source: James Crombie/INPHOFeely then tasted Leinster and All-Ireland success in the space of a year: in both his sports. Lining out as a towering 6’3” midfielder he helped Kildare claim the Electric Ireland Leinster GAA Football Minor Championship, beating Longford in the decider at Croke Park in July 2015.Three months prior he had helped St Pats’ to the SSE Airtricity League U19 title for the first time in the club’s history, scoring a vital equaliser in the final against Derry City at Maginn Park, as his side came from behind to lift the Dr Tony O’Neill Cup.A supreme athlete capable of forging a successful path in either football or gaelic games, the defender admits that becoming a footballer has always been his dream, and that he had to go with his instinct to pursue it even if it meant sacrificing a promising career for his county.Playing in midfield with Kildare taught me about using your height and the threat of good aerial ability, about running and covering long distances up and down the pitch. All of that helped me in both sports,” he says.“It was difficult enough to leave Kildare, but I always knew that my dream was to be a professional footballer. I’ve known that from a very young age.”What does he miss most about gaelic? Rising high to pluck a kick-out from out of the sky, he says.“Yeah, not getting to use your hands would be one thing alright” he laughs. “Ah no, I really did enjoy playing midfield, the aerial battles and catching high ball. That was one of my favourite parts of gaelic, being a midfielder.“Catching kick-outs and driving forward trying to boost the morale of the team, that’s what I loved, similar to winning a big header in a soccer match.”Rory’s brother Kevin had taken a similar route before him, building a career in the League of Ireland after combining soccer with GAA.He played for Bohemians for a number of years before earning a move to England in 2012, where he took in spells at Charlton, Carlisle, Wimbledon and finally Newport. Kevin Feely earned an All-Star nomination in 2017. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHONow an integral member of Cian O’Neill’s Kildare senior panel, one which impressed en route to a Leinster final in 2017, Kevin Feely is excelling in gaelic having experienced the trials and tribulations of a career in English football.The 25-year-old earned an All-Star nomination for his efforts last season and, having returned to GAA after coming home to Ireland three years ago, seems destined to claim one sooner rather than later.His brother is always a source for advice having taken the journey from League of Ireland to England, says the defender.“Absolutely. Even with the move to Waterford and coming towards the end of my time at Pat’s he was there to help guide me on where my next move was.With the unique experience he’s had in soccer, both positive and negative, he’s lived through it and is there to make sure I don’t make the same mistakes or have the same things happen to me if I do end up getting a move across.“He knows that my dream is to make it as a professional footballer. He wouldn’t be holding me back based on his experiences.“He did enjoy his time over in England, it was just a case of it not working out. I still think he would be for a move to England from my point of view, especially if it were with a good club.”With the Leinster and All-Ireland Championship in full flow, Feely says that while he does still go to all of Kildare’s games, there is not a lot of time spent longing to be out there on the pitch. He watches on in support of his brother, and pushes all his own energy into making strides for Waterford.“At the moment my focus is 100% on football personally. Of course I’d be going to all the games Kevin is playing in, being from Kildare I’d be at them and I’d be cheering them on. Even watching the games, soccer is still where I want to be at the moment. It’s still where I see myself for the next few years.” In action against Cork City’s Kieran Sadlier at the start of June. Source: Eóin NoonanHe has previously gone on record as saying he would love to return to Kildare again some day in the future. Football is his priority, but there is no ruling out the sight of the young player lining out at St Conleth’s Park if life takes him in that direction.“I’m really enjoying my soccer at the moment. Hopefully I can keep on enjoying it for a good few years more and try and make a career out of it across the water or in England.I want to do my best to become a professional footballer. If I have to come back, I know GAA is always there, so hopefully I could fit back into it at club or even inter-county level.”The player has always lived a hectic life combining multiple sports with everything else that goes on in a young person’s life.But having seen teenagers earn their move to England too young and returned home to Ireland sometimes without even a Leaving Cert, earning a third level education is major priority, and one which he is happy to balance alongside football.Feely has just completed his third year of Physical Education with Mathematics at DCU and will start his final year this coming September.He earned the ‘Fresher of the Year’ award during his first year at the Glasnevin college, and has represented both the football and gaelic teams during his time at the university.Like so many League of Ireland footballers in recent years, Feely has made consistent progress in his goal to become a professional footballer, while also combining that development with the pursuit of a degree. Waterford have won 12 games from 22 so far this season. Source: Bryan Keane/INPHOHaving seen his brother experience the ruthless nature of life in the English game for young Irish footballers, having a long-term plan is an absolute necessity in case things don’t turn out as desired, he says.“I would’ve seen lads when I was 15 or 16 going across and they were coming back early enough, sometimes to almost nothing,” he says.I realised from Kevin that getting my education at college before moving was so important.“I knew that if I could get my degree while playing football at a good professional level in the League of Ireland, then I could see myself hopefully doing well afterwards.“We’re doing well at Waterford this year, next season hopefully we’ll be competing for Europe. By the end of next year I’ll be finished my course in DCU and can look forward to seeing if I can get any offers from England.“While Kevin was over there he deferred his course hoping that he didn’t have to come back and, in the end, he did come back and he went and finished his last two years in DCU and got his qualification.I feel that it’s vitally important to have a college degree in your back pocket in case things don’t work out so that you could jump straight into making a career if things didn’t work out and you did end up coming home.”The defender had spells in and out of the team at St Pat’s, but admits that like all footballers they are happiest when they are simply out there on the pitch on a consistent basis. There is nothing more frustrating than a player sitting on the bench, being restrained from what their instincts urge them to do, which is play, he says.For a player as ambitious as Feely, playing the game regularly, week after week, in a new position of full-back at a Waterford side which plays an attractive, dynamic style of football while competing at the right end of the table, is a joy.“When you’re actually playing week on week, you are enjoying your football a lot more”, he says. The defender has enjoyed his time at right back at the RSC throughout 2018. Source: James Crombie/INPHO“To go from from Pat’s, where I was in and out of the team and we were down in seventh and eighth place in the league, to settle into a new role at right back at Waterford and to be winning games boosts your self-esteem.“It also boosts your attitude and it boosts your mood towards training if you’re enjoying it and feeling good. In the end all of that is only going to be reflected in your performances on the pitch.Even when there was that speculation that we could compete for the title at the top of the league, we just felt that we wanted to do what we had been doing, going out and enjoying our game, winning games and making sure we weren’t dropping points.“As I said, our goal at the start of the season was to avoid relegation because it was a new team coming in. But now that we’ve found ourselves at the top end of the table, we’re looking at ourselves thinking we can finish in the top four.”Leaving gaelic behind was a tough decision, he says, but at the end of the day he states firmly time and time again that it was the right one, as he continues to pursue his goal in life, come what may.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! 3 Comments 37,496 Views center_img By Aaron Gallagher Follow us: ‘I want to do my best to become a professional footballer. If I have to come back, I know GAA is always there’ Waterford FC defender Rory Feely talks about his time involved in the Kildare setup and how he has chosen to pursue a career in the League of Ireland. Thursday 14 Jun 2018, 9:45 PM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Crime Stoppers Victoria tackles scams with new service

September 21, 2019

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Consumer Affairs Victoria and Crime Stoppers Victoria are partnering together to help build greater awareness around online scams amongst senior Victorians. As the fastest growing sector of online users, the senior community and especially people of migrant background are often targeted by scammers who prey on their perceived vulnerability.Crime Stoppers Victoria General Manager, Cathy Rhodes said that “scammers are professional criminals who seek out individuals that have been through recent financial hardship, illness and loss.”“Scammers target those they consider to be vulnerable; Individuals living through hardships, the elderly and members of the community who are not fluent in English,” stressing the importance of people defending themselves through remaining educated and scam savvy online. “It is our responsibility to ensure our senior friends and relatives are made aware of the help available to them online, to increase their vigilance and reduce the detriment caused by scammers.” Information on scams and what to do is now available in multiple languages to help the community. “If you suspect you have been targeted by a scam, check with someone you trust like friends & family or visit the Consumer Affairs Victoria website for detailed information.” You can report suspicious scam activity online or over the phone, the Consumer Affairs Helpline (1300 55 81 81), available between 8.30am and 5.00pm Monday to Friday (except public holidays). For further information and tips on how best to protect yourself from scams, please visit For more information on Crime Stoppers, please visit read more

Intoxication alimentaire une ado meurt à Chartres

September 20, 2019

first_imgIntoxication alimentaire : une ado meurt à ChartresUne adolescente de 16 ans est morte à Chartres lundi dernier des suites d’une intoxication alimentaire. La jeune fille avait mangé dans un kebab auparavant. La justice essaie de savoir aujourd’hui s’il existe un lien entre ce repas et son décès.Le repas pris dans un kebab de Chartres par l’adolescente décédée lundi lui a-t-il été fatal ? Les enquêteurs espèrent bien pouvoir répondre à cette question rapidement. Ce qui est certain pour le moment c’est que la jeune fille de 16 ans est morte des suites d’une intoxication alimentaire d’après les résultats de l’autopsie pratiquée hier.Avant sa mort, la victime avait mangé, avec sa belle-sœur, chez un ami, puis dans un kebab. Sa belle-sœur s’est également plainte de maux de ventre, de nausées et de vomissements, mais est en bonne santé aujourd’hui.À lire aussiIntoxication alimentaire : symptômes, durée, traitement, que faire ?Par précaution, et aussi pour mener des analyses, le kebab en question a été fermé. La DGCCRF (Direction générale de la concurrence, de la consommation et de la répression des fraudes) s’est rendue en urgence sur les lieux. Le contrôle “a révélé des normes d’hygiène insuffisantes et de nombreuses anomalies”, a précisé le procureur de la République de Chartres, Philippe Peyroux.Malgré tout, pour le moment, aucun lien n’a pu être clairement établi entre le décès de la jeune fille et les conditions d’hygiène du restaurant.Le 22 janvier dernier, Benjamin, 14 ans, est décédé après avoir mangé la veille dans un Quick d’Avignon. L’ancien gérant de l’établissement est actuellement poursuivi pour “homicide involontaire par violation manifestement délibérée d’une obligation particulière de sécurité ou de prudence, prévue par la loi ou le règlement”.Le 10 mars 2011 à 17:00 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Le Samsung Galaxy S3 arrive chez Free Mobile

September 20, 2019

first_imgLe Samsung Galaxy S3 arrive chez Free MobileLe dernier smartphone du constructeur sud-coréen va rejoindre la gamme proposée par le quatrième et dernier arrivant des opérateurs mobile français.Et maintenant, au tour de Free Mobile. Le dernier arrivant dans le monde des opérateurs de téléphonie mobile va lui aussi avoir le droit de commercialiser le Samsung Galaxy S3, le dernier smartphone du constructeur sud-coréen. À lire aussiNomophobie : traitement, symptômes, qu’est-ce que c’est ?Un bénéfice pour les deux parties, Samsung profitant de l’excellent départ de Free Mobile sur le marché alors que le groupe de Xavier Niel tire bénéfice du buzz réalisé autour de l’appareil. Free Mobile ne proposera en revanche qu’un seul modèle, explique France Mobiles, le Galaxy S3 16 GB de couleur blanche. Il en coûtera 595 euros comptant mais des possibilités pour l’obtenir avec des facilités de paiement existent. En 24 mensualités de 29,29 euros, il en coûtera 655 euros alors qu’en 36 mensualités de 19,04 euros, il s’affiche à 685,60 euros.  Le 12 juin 2012 à 15:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Santa Clarita Diets Second Season is Much More of a Sitcom

September 20, 2019

first_imgStay on target When the first season of The Santa Clarita Diet premiered on Netflix last year, I didn’t know what to expect. What we got was a hilarious, gory, and often just plain wrong comedy about cannibalistic zombification. I loved it, and have been anxiously awaiting season two ever since. This year, I had a much better idea of what this show was going to be. It delivered on all those expectations. There was still plenty of gore clashing with the sparkling facade of suburban life. There was still the dark sense of humor, the dirty jokes and the exasperated kids just trying to make sense of it all. There’s still the sense that the delicate lie the Hammonds have built is all going to come crashing down at any minute. It’s still very much that show.It all still works. Season two of Santa Clarita Diet is still just as funny and horrific and shocking as the first. Even when you think you’ve become desensitized to the gore and filthy sex jokes, the show finds a way to up the ante just a little bit. The second season had me cackling on the couch the whole way through. The writing is fantastic, and the actors are having so much fun with the material. Drew Barrymore and Liv Hewson were always amazing on this show. Barrymore nails the mix of sweet, caring suburban mom and sadistic eater of flesh. Hewson continues to project that perfect aloof disaffection that masks genuine care and worry beneath the surface. Timothy Olyphant is much more comfortable with the material this time around. He knows how to play each line for maximum comedic value, and you feel like you have a better handle on who Joel is. He’s still nervous, he still looks like he’s about to snap at any moment, it just feels more natural now. Like that’s just who he is. Even if there never was a zombifying infection, he’d still be this guy about something.Timothy Olyphant, Liv Hewson (Photo by Saeed Adyani/Netflix)The last season ended on a cliffhanger. The family, plus Eric, figure out that Sheila is deteriorating. That she’s growing more feral and bloodthirsty as her body starts to decay. She’s chained up in the basement while the family, and Eric, desperately search for bile from a Serbian person. Eric got arrested, and the whole situation seemed hopeless. The second season picks up right there, and the show takes just the right amount of time-solving the problem. It’s easy to imagine a version of Santa Clarita Diet where this was the entire overarching plot for the whole season. Where we got ten episodes of everyone running around, looking for bile while trying to figure out how they’re going to keep Sheila fed. I’m glad it didn’t do that. Of the many plots that filled this five-hour season, none of them overstayed their welcome. The show decided to keep things light and fun, which is what makes this series so enjoyable to watch.Abby and Eric get their hands on some vomit from a Serbian dude in episode one. Soon after that, Eric works up a serum that puts the series in a perfect sitcom status quo. Sheila is still undead, but she won’t get any worse. For the stories they’re trying to tell, it’s the right move. It lets the series continue to focus on raunchy gore and sex jokes. And family. Always family. That’s kind of how this season goes in general. A problem is introduced, the characters spend an episode or two mining all the comedy and tension they can out of the premise, then it get’s solved. On to the next thing. It keeps the season moving at a fun clip, with only a couple larger overarching stories that mostly happen in the background.Timothy Olyphant, Ramona Young, Drew Barrymore (Photo via Netflix)Not everything about this structure is perfect. It often makes the stakes feel too low. If one episode leaves you on a cliffhanger, you can be relatively certain it’ll be resolved within the first few minutes of the next one. Rarely is there a problem you don’t know exactly how they’re going to get out of. Even then, the solutions still come too easy. One of the big storylines of this season is the family figuring out how Sheila got infected. For most of the season, that’s a lot of Joel and Eric bumbling from lead to lead, getting in over their heads in various ways. It makes for some fantastic episodes, like when Joel accidentally pulls the skin off an infected army colonel’s hand, realizes he’s way too far gone and fights him off with a knife-hammer. I also like that the infection point turned out to be red Serbian clams that an Italian restaurant served one night. And finding out that they’re about to be distributed all over the country is a good, exciting and scary premise.Then, it ends too conveniently. Joel and Sheila break into the clam farmer’s barn, and after an amusing comedy of errors, they get caught. One second later, the story is put to rest with a rocket launcher. A pair of hunters with knowledge of the virus/curse, who we’d seen only briefly in earlier episodes, show up and incinerate all the clams. Problem solved, never brought up again. I realize we’ll probably see much more of them in season three (hopefully next year), but for now it feels cheap. Like they couldn’t figure out an ending to this story that didn’t involve a zombie apocalypse, so they just blew it up.Maggie Lawson, Joel McHale, Timothy Olyphant (Photo by Saeed Adyani/Netflix)Season two of The Santa Clarita Diet feels much more like a traditional sitcom in that way, albeit a very gory sitcom. Conflicts are relatively simple, provide fodder for great jokes, and are resolved in half an hour to an hour. The characters no longer have to figure out their new situation. Now, it’s all about squaring it with their normal lives. One thing this season does really well is build out the world it takes place in. We learn a lot about both the supernatural lore behind the zombie curse and the idyllic suburb of Santa Clarita. Sheila and Joel are revealed to have some rivals in the neighborhood real estate business. Joel McHale and Maggie Lawson play Chris and Christa, a couple that appears to have things way more together than Joel and Sheila ever did.Despite they’re professional and friendly demeanor, they get downright nasty when potential clients are out of earshot. Christa has the most brutal line of the entire season. (It involves blowjobs and pregnancy, you’ll know it when you hear it.) It’s so wild it even makes Sheila say “Woah.” And she recently tore apart a human being in her kitchen. This couple, along with Joel and Sheila’s sexist boss, gives them something to struggle against that isn’t zombie curse-related. It gives them down-to-earth objectives, and puts very real obstacles in their path, which makes us care more about them as characters, and makes it even funnier when Sheila’s cravings get in the way.Skyler Gisondo, Liv Hewson (Photo by Saeed Adyani/Netflix)Their daughter Abby continues to be the highlight of the show, and her character gets some great development here. She continues to adjust to her mom’s new life about as well as you’d hope a kid too. She hilariously covers for her mom when she finds a dead Nazi in the freezer while the company’s over. (“The lack of frozen strawberries is appalling!”) But she also starts to take on more of a heroic role, and that’s really fun to watch. She becomes more proactive over the course of the season, wanting to help people when no one else will. That gets her into trouble at one point, when she hits a guy at school in the face with a lunch tray for humiliating his ex-girlfriend. In the end though, her parents are proud of her for standing up to a bully when no one else would. That only makes her more dedicated to help her town and the environment. It’s a cool direction to take her character in, even if it does lead to some light bio-terrorism.I also like that the show is taking its time with her relationship with Eric. The more traditional sitcom structure of this season’s stories meant we didn’t spend much time with many of them. Some could have really benefited from a couple more episodes. But the relationship subplot is slow and natural. Eric and Abby are best friends. They care about each other, and there is definitely love there. That’s as much as the show gets around to admitting this season. They rag on each other, they support each other in other relationships and bail each other out when things get bad. They’re protective of each other without being obsessive. You don’t see teenage relationships this well-written on TV much. When they do kiss at the very end, when they think they’ll never see each other again, it’s a great moment. It’s triumphant and a little sad all at once. And then they go blow something up.Nathan Fillion (Photo via Netflix)The second season of Santa Clarita Diet wasn’t perfect. Despite fleshing out the world in some intelligent ways, the more sitcom-like structure made some of the moment-to-moment story beats feel smaller. Like the initial sense of shock and discovery that drove the first season had lessened, and the show couldn’t always make up for it in a satisfying way.As the season went on though, it quickly found its footing. That led to a perfect, joyous finale. Unlike season one, it didn’t leave us on as much of a cliffhanger. The major conflict of the season was resolved, but it opened up a bigger problem for next season to explore. As a result, the conclusion feels much more satisfying. I desperately want another season. I need to know where the show goes from here, with Eric’s stepmom now worshiping Sheila as a Christ-like figure. And the fact that they can’t kill Nathan Fillion’s Gary, which I like. Bringing him back as an indignant, Padres-loving severed head was brilliant. The Santa Clarita diet continues to be a pleasant surprise and hilarious weekend binge. Honestly, the worst thing about it is that we have to wait another year for more. What to Stream on Netflix This WeekendZach Galifianakis Hits the Road in ‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ Trailer center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

September 19, 2019

Photos Spy Sharks Swim Feet Away From Unsuspecting Beach Visitors

first_img“Why I go to the beach to get in the pool! SHARKS!!!! Not one person had an idea of what was lurking around them,” Gilmer wrote in her Facebook post. “Can’t see the bottom, not swimming in it!”If a shark tries to approach you, the Shark Lab at California State University, Long Beach has some helpful tips: They recommend sticking your hand in a shark’s gills or hitting a shark in the eye or nose to cause the creature to release.Even though people fear shark attacks, the chances of them happening are very rare each year: According to the Florida Museum, the U.S. had the largest number of unprovoked shark attacks in 2018, with only one fatal incident taking place nationwide. Out of all the states, Florida has the most unprovoked attacks (16), while South Carolina only reported three.More on Great White Shark Pops Out of Water, Stuns NJ FishermenWatch: Sheriff’s Helicopter Spots 15-Foot Great White Shark in Calif. Man Dies After Apparent Shark Attack in Hawaii Photos of sharks lurking feet away from oblivious beach-goers in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, are going viral on Facebook.Ginger Gilmer, who was vacationing in a resort that overlooked North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, snapped pictures of the “spy” sharks swimming in the waters below from her 15th-floor hotel room on Friday, Fox35 Orlando News reported. Her chilling photos, which show the big animals moving really close to unsuspecting swimmers, have racked up 26,000 shares so far. Stay on targetcenter_img Watch: Great White Shark Feasts on Dead Whale in Cape Cod BaySurfer Lands on Massive Shark, Gets Bitten at Beach in Florida last_img read more

September 17, 2019

Guardiola hails ruthless Man City

first_imgPep Guardiola is in awe of Manchester City’s ruthlessness in the FA Cup Fourth Round triumph over Burnley.The Blues brushed aside Sean Dyche’s men with a 5-0 victory, as they continued their excellent run in 2019.Guardiola’s men are on a breath-taking winning streak netting an astonishing 30 goals and still chasing trophies on all four fronts.Although Guardiola repeatedly dismisses talk of a ‘quadruple’, the Catalan boss expressed his delight for his side’s desire to succeed in every competition – evident in the merciless win over the Clarets.“I am really pleased for the commitment,” he stated via the club’s site. “Especially with all the games in our legs and minds.“Of course, we have to improve a few things but we made good movements and I’m satisfied to be in the next round and the draw on Monday.”On City’s record-breaking recent goal gluts, Guardiola added: “I think all the clubs – everyone – play to score goals.FULL-TIME | We cruise into the #FACup 5th Round! 👏Enjoy that, Blues?jose mourinhoMourinho knows why City and Liverpool are so far ahead George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Jose Mourinho knows why Manchester City and Liverpool are so far ahead of everyone else in the Premier League.In an interview with the Telegraph,…🔵 5-0 ⚫️ #cityvburnley #mancity— Manchester City (@ManCity) January 26, 2019“Everyone wants to win and that’s why. We do it for the people but we have done it from the beginning since we arrived here.“Winning eight games in a row, this month has been good. I could say it’s because we played against lower league sides but it’s what we have to do.“Everybody has played and we want to arrive in the last stages of the FA Cup and Champions League, and fight to the end in the Premier League and Carabao Cup. It’s the only way I understand.“What these guys have done in the past 16 months is incredible. We will see what happens in the next few games to see if we can catch Liverpool.“We analyse game by game and everybody is ready.”last_img read more

Juneau Assembly considers 1 million hit to Juneau seniors sales tax perk

September 9, 2019

first_imgCity Manager Kim Kiefer charts out one solution to gradually raise the eligibility age for the senior sales tax exemption with Assemblywoman Mary Becker. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)The Juneau Assembly advanced a series of policy changes Thursday that would leave lower-income seniors entirely exempt from paying city sales tax, while reducing wealthier seniors’ benefit. Several other sales tax proposals failed.The city’s finance officials forecast the changes will raise an extra $1 million a year from local seniors. Currently, all resident seniors are eligible for exemption from Juneau’s 5 percent sales tax.The package the Assembly backed Thursday would keep the exemption in place for seniors with incomes below 250 percent of the federal poverty level. That cut off varies from year to year and by household size. For a single senior this year, it works out to $36,800.Wealthier seniors would still be eligible to skip sales tax on essentials: food, residential electricity, heating fuel and municipal water and sewer fees.“The low-income seniors, those on fixed income, are also protected by the measure we just took,” said Assemblywoman Kate Troll. “So the seniors have been very well taken care of.”The sales tax changes were considered at the committee level and are not final. They still must be drafted as an ordinance, presented in a public hearing, and read and voted on twice by the Assembly.Two other sales tax changes were considered that failed. Mayor Merrill Sanford proposed increasing the eligibility age of the senior sales tax exemption from 65 to 70 over five years. The phase-in was intended to soften the blow, and the Assembly initially backed Sanford’s motion in a 5-4 vote.But, over the next 25 minutes, they worked out a logical problem with that phase-in; since we all age on pace with the phase-in, no one would actually be phased in.They’d already moved on to other changes when Assemblywoman Karen Crane said, “They’re not getting a double whammy, they’ve had a total whammy. Nothing for the next five years.”With a fresh, multicolored chart by City Manager Kim Kiefer on the white board, the Assembly voted unanimously to reverse on raising the eligibility age.Another net-positive sales tax proposal by Assemblyman Loren Jones failed by one vote. He sought a ballot question asking voters to exempt everyone from paying sales tax on food while raising the overall sales tax rate to 6 percent.Assemblywoman Debbie White voted no.“There’s talk about an upcoming state sales tax. We’re going to increase the cost of living for everybody by doing that. And right now, I don’t see this getting past the voters.Assembly members on both sides of the vote agreed that taxing food was regressive, meaning it puts a disproportionate burden on the poor.Assemblyman Jesse Kiehl was the swing vote. He was sympathetic to eliminating the tax on food, but said raising the overall sales tax rate would put Juneau service providers and retailers at a greater disadvantage, particularly against tax exempt online retailers.“I don’t want to push people any faster toward buying outside than we have to,” Kiehl said.Next year, Kiehl said he intends to propose less capital spending so the sales tax can be lowered to 4 percent.last_img read more

Bharti Infratels net profit rises 31 YoY to Rs 774 crore for

September 5, 2019

first_imgTelecom firm Bharti Infratel’s net profit rose 31 per cent year-on-year in the present fiscal, according to the second quarter results announced on Monday. The firm is aiming to benefit from the recently ended spectrum auction.Net profit increased to Rs 774 for the quarter that ended on September 30, 2016, as compared to Rs 592 crore during the corresponding quarter in the previous fiscal, Bharti Airtel announced in a regulatory filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange.Following the news, the Bharti Infratel’s stock was trading at Rs 379.00, at around 2:12 p.m. on Tuesday, up 2.68 percent from its previous close on the Bombay Stock Exchange. “The telecom sector is already witnessing a big increase in demand for high-speed data and availability of this additional spectrum will further spur investments from operators towards data rollouts across the country,” said Akhil Gupta, Chairman, Bharti Infratel Limited.Total income from operations jumped nine per cent to Rs 1,496.3 crore in the last reported quarter, from Rs 1,372.6 crore as against the year-ago-period. The company’s consolidated EBITDA rose to Rs 1,454 crore, which showed a 10 per cent Y-o-Y rise, which was Rs 887, up 18 per cent during the last financial year.”Bharti Infratel is well poised to capitalise on this opportunity and to support telecom operators in rollout of 3G and 4G networks,” Gupta added.Bharti Infratel is a provider of tower and related infrastructure and Bharti Infratel owns and operates and the number of towers owned or operated by Indus.last_img read more

India freezes bank accounts of 2 lakh suspected shell companies

September 5, 2019

first_imgPM Modi asked the citizens to give him “just 50 days” or time until December 31 to curb the problem of black money.Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana official websiteIndia has frozen the bank accounts of 2,09,032 suspected shell companies as part of a crackdown on illegal transactions and tax evasion, the Finance Ministry said on Tuesday.The latest action against shell companies — which have no active business operations or assets — comes months after authorities ordered nearly 2 lakh such firms to be shut down.Under the order, the owners and their nominated signatories will not be able to operate bank accounts until such companies are legally restored, the ministry said in a statement.”The department of financial services has … advised all banks that they should take immediate steps to put restrictions on bank accounts of such struck off companies,” the statement said.Tax officials say the owners of shell companies create elaborate smokescreens, including naming personal servants and chauffeurs as board directors, to obscure the ultimate beneficiaries, conceal political investment, evade tax, commit fraud or manipulate tenders.In his Independence Day address on August 15, Prime Minister Narendra Modi described such firms as “looters of the nation’s wealth”.last_img read more

September 1, 2019

Powers Consulting Right Pick for Baltimore DOJ Monitor

first_imgOn Jan. 3, 2000, Col. Ronald L. Daniel, a 26-year veteran of the Baltimore Police Department officially took the chair as the BPD’s Commissioner, after being appointed by then Mayor Martin O’Malley. Fifty-seven days later, Daniel was out as commissioner, replaced by Deputy Commissioner Ed Norris, a Jack Maple disciple (Maple was the architect of the CompStat data driven policing strategy).Norris was imported directly from the NYPD (the birthplace of “Zero Tolerance” or “Broken Window” policing model), by O’Malley just months earlier.Allegedly, shortly after Daniel officially took the reins as commissioner, O’Malley plunked the zero tolerance policing strategy in front of him, demanding Daniel implement it. Daniel, a man with a sterling reputation for integrity refused and resigned as commissioner less than two months later.Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)Norris replaced him first as deputy commissioner, then was confirmed as commissioner in the Spring of 2000. Not long after, the BPD began the draconian policy of arresting more than 100,000 Baltimoreans per year, the vast majority of them Black and poor, for several years in the early 2000’s (during the period tens of thousands were never charged with a crime or were victims of “illegal” arrests and the charges thrown out, yet the arrests remained on their records).Several of Baltimore’s Black communities still haven’t fully recovered from zero tolerance.In response to Daniel’s resignation and the burgeoning outrage from mostly Black communities over zero tolerance policing, Dr. Tyrone Powers, a former Maryland State Trooper and FBI Special Agent came forward with, “The People’s Plan To Dramatically Reduce Crime in Baltimore,” in 2000.Some law enforcement professionals praised the People’s Plan as a viable, holistic, community oriented alternative to the zero tolerance model mandated by O’Malley. However, the People’s Plan never saw the light of day in Baltimore as a policing strategy.Since then Powers, a national security expert and director of the Homeland Security Criminal Justice Institute of Anne Arundel Community College, has been one of the most vocal opponents of police misconduct, brutality and misguided policy, which have disproportionately and adversely impacted people of color and poor people.Powers, who was born, raised and still resides in Baltimore, leads The Powers Consulting Group, one of the four finalists for independent monitor for Baltimore’s Consent Decree with the Department of Justice. Of the four finalists: CNA Consulting, Exiger, Venable LLP and Powers Consulting, only Powers’ group is owned by a person of color. Venable Law Firm, represented by Ken Johnson, (who Powers calls, “a good man”), is not owned by Johnson.Powers Consulting’s 84 page application is beyond comprehensive in its analysis of the vital role of the independent monitor of the BPD, the Department itself and the city it is charged with serving.This week, two community forums were held; one at Baltimore City Community College on Aug. 15 and another at Morgan State University on Aug. 16, for those with questions or comments for the four finalists. The BPD and the Department of Justice will continue to take comments about the four finalists vying to be the independent monitor for implementation of the DOJ recommendations until August 23.For me it is clear who is best prepared to be the independent monitor of the embattled BPD; The Powers Consulting Group.Powers has assembled a formidable team of law enforcement and criminal justice professionals including: Patrick Oliver, director of Criminal Justice for Cedarville University; C. Phillip Nichols, retired judge for the 7th Judicial Circuit of Maryland; Michele Mendez, senior attorney for the Defending Vulnerable Populations Project and Neill Franklin, retired Major for the Maryland State Police and former director of training for the BPD, among others.Of the 22 law enforcement consent decrees implemented nationwide, only one (Newark, New Jersey) is monitored by a team owned by a person of color. Baltimore should become the second, because the Powers Group is simply best qualified to help the BPD reverse the nefarious course outlined by the scathing DOJ report. But, beyond his unequivocal expertise in law enforcement, criminal justice and national security, Powers led the Children 1st Movement, which sought to end the systematic underfunding of Baltimore City Public Schools (BCPS). He also filed an injunction in 2003 against the city and BCPS to have lead infested water fountains in city schools shut off.I know, personally, that Powers has been dedicated for decades to providing a better quality of life for all Baltimoreans, especially the city’s most vulnerable residents.“We truly see this as an opportunity to oversee and participate in real change in policing in Baltimore City,” Powers told me. “Constitutional policing and dramatically reducing crime are not mutually exclusive.”Sean Yoes is the AFRO’s Baltimore editor and host and executive producer of AFRO First Edition, which airs Monday through Friday 5 p.m.-7 p.m. on WEAA, 88.9.last_img read more

September 1, 2019

Episcopal Bishop Breaks Race Gender Barriers

first_imgBy Dr. Sybil C. Mitchell, The New Tri-State Defender“Now, let me get this straight. You are a successful attorney, making a good salary, and you are about to make partner, which will give you even more money,” Phoebe Roaf’s mother said. “But you want to leave all that, go to seminary for three years with no salary, and pay $100,000 because you know it’s got to be paid for. That’s really what you want to do?”Roaf’s mother was incredulous about Roaf’s next career move.“I just feel so excited and so hopeful about the opportunity to partner with others to present the Episcopal Church to those who would not have otherwise considered be- coming a part of this denomination.” – Bishop-elect Phoebe Roaf (Photo: Cindy McMillion)“My mother was just being a mother,” said Roaf. “But I told her, “Yes, Mom, that’s just what I want to do. It makes me happy. The ministry will make me happy.’ After a while, my mother began to understand and support me in my position.”Roaf’s life-changing direction culminated when Bishop Elect Phoebe Roaf became the first female and the first African American elected to lead the Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee. Her Consecration Service was Saturday, May 4th, at Hope Church.“This is so exciting because I will be consecrated by my boss. Well, God is my boss, but my earthly boss is the Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry,” said Roaf. “You remember, he is the one who preached the sermon at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Bishop Curry is, himself, the first African American to hold the presiding bishop’s office.”Curry told The New Tri-State Defender that the consecration of Roaf as Bishop of the Episcopal Diocess Of West Tennessee is “a cause for thanksgiving, celebration and hope.”“To be sure, she and the people of West Tennessee are making history as she is the first woman as well as the first African American to hold such a position. But the real history-making moment is the hope,” Curry said. “She was not elected because she was a woman or African American, though we rightly give thanks for these gifts she brings.“She was elected because she is a woman committed to Jesus of Nazareth and His way of love. And that way of love is the way to life for us all, black or white, Anglo or Latino, rich or poor, liberal or conservative, gay or straight, old or young. And that is a sign of hope for our country and our world. That’s history!”At his own installation as the 27th presiding bishop and first African American to lead the 2.5 million-member denomination, Curry urged all Episcopalians to “join the Jesus movement.He took office in November, 2015 of the predominantly European organization at the Washington National Cathedral in the nation’s capital. He told the more than 2,500 congregants who witnessed the historic moment:“The Holy Spirit has done evangelism and racial reconciliation before in the Episcopal Church. “God is not finished with this church. God has work for us to do. Jesus has shown us the way and we are the Jesus movement, so my brothers and sisters, walk together, children, don’t you get weary.”Roaf expressed excitement about “just the great opportunity for ministry” in her new office.“I just feel so excited and so hopeful about the opportunity to partner with others to present the Episcopal Church to those who would not have, otherwise, considered becoming a part of this denomination,” she said. “The Holy Spirit is blowing through the Episcopal Church in a brand-new way. And I really want people to just look beyond my race and gender and see my heart. I love Jesus Christ. He is my Lord and Savior. And I am ready to serve because I love Him and I love His people.”The West Tennessee Diocese covers all Episcopalian churches west of the Tennessee River, with more than 8,200 active members.Roaf succeeds Bishop Don E. Johnson, who has served The Episcopal Diocese of West Tennessee as Bishop since 2001.Roaf was chosen as the Fourth Bishop of West Tennessee in November 2018 by a vote of both clergy and lay delegates to the Annual Diocesan Convention.Roaf earned a Bachelors degree in U.S. History from Harvard and a Masters degree in Public Affairs from Princeton. She went on to earn a law degree from the University of Arkansas, Little Rock, and clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit for two years. She worked in commercial real estate as an associate at a New Orleans law firm before pursuing a call to serve The Episcopal Church as clergy.“I knew that law was not my true calling,” said Roaf. “It was not my passion. I had to ask myself, ‘What makes me excited and what makes me happy?’ It was ministry. When I was in the altar guild or teaching Sunday School, those were the things that filled me with so much joy and so much energy. I knew I was called to ministry 15 years before I actually went to seminary. Obeying God was the best thing I ever did in my life.”Roaf attended Virginia Theological Seminary, graduating with a Masters in Divinity in 2008. She currently serves the seminary as Board of Trustees vice-chair. Roaf is the eldest of four, with one sister and two brothers. They will all be at her Consecration on Saturday.last_img read more