Parks Canada looks to shine light on cloudy future for historic sites

first_imgOTTAWA – Sunny ways? Not so much at Sir Wilfrid Laurier’s historic home.The small structure north of Montreal has seen a sharp decline in attendance, to 623 visitors in 2016 from about 2,600 in 2011.The same trend is seen at semi-detached homes once owned by Sir George-Etienne Cartier, where the number of visitors has dropped by 67 per cent between 2011 and 2013, marked by a decline in school groups.A similar story also plays out at other historic sites at the centre of recently launched public consultations that, once complete, will produce 10-year plans designed to turn around sagging attendance figures.The consultation documents point to multiple reasons for why people may not be visiting, including being far from tourist areas, having outdated facilities or simply being difficult to recognize.Laurier’s home is 60 kilometres north of Montreal. The historic site dedicated to the Battle of Chateauguay from the War of 1812 is “not an obvious tourist attraction due to its removed location.”Cartier’s buildings are in a “secluded” area of Montreal not frequented by tourists and fight for attention from larger attractions nearby like the Montreal Science Centre: “It is therefore difficult to draw attention to the site and attract visitors in this context,” Parks Canada officials wrote in the consultation document.On the other hand, Ontario’s Niagara region draws millions of visitors annually, benefiting the nearby historic sites that “are more integrated into local tourism infrastructure.”Visitors to the Coteau-du-Lac historic site along the St. Lawrence River sometimes don’t realize where they are, or have trouble navigating the attraction. The consultation on the 10-year management plan closed in May, but a key objective is to redo the “visitor circuit.”The agency is similarly suggesting changes to the visitors centre at the Battle of Chateauguay site southwest of Montreal.The 40-year-old building was designed to welcome up to 18,000 visitors annually, but is now open only three months a year, “incurs exorbitant” heating costs, and needs over $600,000 in repairs: “The centre no longer seems to be the best solution for the national historic site’s success, commemorative quality, or visitor experience.”Each consultation has a number of options being floated to the public about ways to ensure that visits to each site don’t become a thing of the past.Historic sites have tried to boost interest through interactive exhibits and collaboration with the people represented in exhibitions, such as Indigenous Peoples or visible minority communities, said Benjamin Forest, an associate professor of geography at McGill University in Montreal.The idea is to create a personal link to a site, memorial or monument, he said.“Visiting monuments isn’t primarily about learning facts or a historical story. Rather it’s about creating, or trying to create, an emotional connection,” Forest said.Parks Canada plans to spend $23.9 million to integrate Indigenous views, history and traditions into national parks, marine conservation areas and historic sites.Almost 1.3 million people visited all national historic sites between April and June, the agency says. That represents a 14 per cent decline from the same period last year when admission was free for everyone, making comparisons difficult.Last year’s Canada 150 numbers were part of “a unique opportunity,” said Parks Canada spokeswoman Audrey Champagne.“By building connections to these places, we can foster the stewards of tomorrow — people who know and care about these national treasures.”last_img read more

Mena Suvari To Estonian Prime Minister Ban Fur Farming Now

first_imgAmerican Beauty star and Estonian-American Mena Suvari sent an urgent letter this week to Estonian Prime Minister Jüri Ratas expressing her support for a bill introduced in February by parliament members to ban fur farming in the country by 2028.Her letter follows a recent survey that found that 69 percent of Estonians do not support breeding and killing animals for their fur. Politicians will cast their votes on the bill on May 9.“I was thrilled to learn that 14 members of the Estonian Parliament have proposed a bill to ban fur farming,” writes Suvari. “I urge Estonia to join other countries — including Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Great Britain, the Netherlands, and Slovenia — in taking a stand against cruelty to animals by banning fur farms.”Animals on fur farms are often given no veterinary care, and investigations of fox and fur farms in Estonia have revealed that animals are confined to filthy, cramped cages and suffer from festering, open wounds and eye infections.PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear” — notes that there are currently as many as 50 fur farms in Estonia, and the largest one holds 150,000 minks and 20,000 foxes. The total number of animals destined to be turned into human outerwear each year is around 200,000.last_img read more

Kiefer Sutherland Ill never return to TV as Jack Bauer

first_img Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Twittercenter_img Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Kiefer Sutherland has vowed not to return to TV for another series of 24 because he feels he’ll be letting fans down if he reprises his role as Jack Bauer.The actor last portrayed the counterterrorism expert in 2014’s 24: Live Another Day and he admits his phone is still ringing about a potential comeback – one he insists he won’t make.“The whole hook to get an audience back to watch it (2014’s limited 24 series) was, ‘This is a one-time deal, so you should watch it’… and then, when it worked out for us, go, ‘Oh, we decided to do another one?’ I don’t think that’s right,” Kiefer tells Adweek.last_img read more

King Mohammed VI Avoids Shaking Hands with Nabil Benabdellah

Rabat – In a meeting with ministers of the Moroccan government on September 26, King Mohammed VI reportedly shook hands with all the ministers in the Council of Ministers, with the exception of Nabil Benabdellah, Morocco’s Minister of Housing and Urban Policy, according to Moroccan news website, Medias24.Another Minister who was present at the council meeting revealed to Medias24 what allegedly happened  when the king avoided shaking hands with Benabdellah.This apparent royal snub came only a few weeks after the Royal Cabinet slammed Benabdellah for inappropriately implicating the King’s Advisor, Fouad Ali El Hima, in the electoral campaign prior to the legislative elections scheduled to be held on October 7. In early September, Nabil Benabdellah told Moroccan weekly Al Ayam that his party “has no problem with the Authenticity and Modernity party (PAM-opposition), but with the person who is behind the party,” in a tacit reference to El Hima.On September 13, the Royal Cabinet issued a communiqué denouncing the minister’s statement:“The latest statement of Nabil Benabdellah, Minister of Housing and Urban Policy and Secretary General of the Party of Progress and Socialism (PPS-majority), is a political diversion tool at election time, which requires refraining from launching unsubstantiated statements.”The communiqué of the Royal Cabinet also asserted that the Minister’s “irresponsible statements” are “dangerous” as they come from “a government member, while the targeted person [El Hima] currently holds the position of HM the King’s Adviser and no longer has any relationship with politics.” read more

SecretaryGeneral laments lack of progress on implementing Cyprus agreement

10 December 2007The Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot sides have made no progress in the past six months in implementing the July 2006 agreement aimed at establishing the framework for a political process so that full-fledged negotiations on solving the Cyprus problem can begin, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says. In his latest report to the Security Council on the work of the UN peacekeeping force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), Mr. Ban writes that the leaders of the two communities continue to publicly endorse the agreement’s principles that a settlement must be based “on a bi-zonal, bicommunal federation and political equality,” but that “a lack of political will to fully engage” was preventing any tangible progress.“All parties need to show greater flexibility and greater political courage,” he states, describing a September meeting of the leaders that did not produce any concrete results as “a lost opportunity.”Mr. Ban stresses that only sustained political will from Cypriots, translated into real action, will lead to a settlement, and to that end he urges the people of the island to become more actively involved in civil society.The Secretary-General also states that “it is regrettable that the ongoing debate on the lifting of the isolation of the Turkish Cypriots has become a debate on recognition. Recognition, or assisting secession, would be contrary to the resolutions of the Security Council.“Rather, the objective should be to engender greater economic and social parity between the sides by further promoting the development of the Turkish Cypriot community, so that the reunification of the island may occur in as seamless a manner as possible.”In addition, Mr. Ban welcomes the recent work of the Committee on Missing Persons – which is tasked with identifying the remains of missing persons and returning those remains to the families concerned – “towards the resolution of one of the most painful aspects of the Cyprus problem.”Given the general situation, the Secretary-General recommends that the mandate of UNIFCYP be extended for another six months, until 15 June next year. The mission is deployed on the Mediterranean island to supervise ceasefire lines, maintain a buffer zone and undertake humanitarian activities. read more

These Players Crash the Wimbledon Party the Hard Way

Jimmy Wang doesn’t have Roger Federer’s seven Wimbledon titles; Wang doesn’t even have five wins in the Wimbledon main draw. But the Taiwanese tennis player has accomplished something Federer won’t ever touch: Five times over the past decade, Wang has qualified for Wimbledon.The four Grand Slam tournaments are the tentpoles of the tennis calendar, the times when casual fans notice the sport and its stars. Before each Grand Slam, there is another tournament, giving players whose ranking isn’t high enough to make it directly into the draw another way in. They play before tens or hundreds of spectators who usually get in free, not thousands of paying fans. Wimbledon’s qualifying tournament isn’t even at Wimbledon; it’s at the Bank of England Sports Centre in Roehampton, another southwest London neighborhood 3 miles away.Most young players see qualifiers as a necessary but not fun rite of passage until they rise in the rankings and don’t need to get in the hard way. But some players, like Wang, find that injuries or other setbacks keep them on the sport’s periphery for most or all of their careers. Few keep coming back to qualifying tournaments for a decade. Still fewer are as successful as Wang at this second tier of Grand Slam tennis. They are the statistical outliers, the best strivers in major tennis. And they don’t all love the distinction.“This year, it feels great” to qualify, said Gilles Muller, a 31-year-old from Luxembourg, in an interview last week at Roehampton after qualifying for Wimbeldon, the fifth Grand Slam of his career, more than 10 years after the first time. Muller had to go through qualifying because he missed the last seven months of last year with an elbow injury, and his ranking slipped. “I hope it will be my last qualies,” he said.Repeatedly qualifying for Grand Slam tournaments, as Wang and a handful of others have done, is so rare because players who are good enough to qualify typically either don’t have to or are too good to have to keep doing it. Federer never qualified for a Grand Slam tournament. Neither did Rafael Nadal. Andy Murray did, once, and Novak Djokovic did three times. They last qualified in 2005, soon after each turned 18.Grand Slam qualifiers have to win three matches in a 128-player draw. The 16 who do usually are the ones whose rankings — based on the last 52 weeks of play — understate how good they are, perhaps because they missed time to injury or are too young to have played many events. Generally, their rankings will catch up with their level and they won’t need to qualify anymore.When it doesn’t, injury often is the reason. Wang had two surgeries after suffering an injury to his right wrist in 2006. He ended up missing three years at an age when most of his peers were climbing the rankings. “I almost stopped,” Wang said in an interview last week. “I realized life is short.”At age 29, he’s back to a level good enough to qualify, as he’s done for the past three years at Wimbledon. Wang has qualified for majors seven times overall, tied for 10th in the Open era, according to data provided by Jeff Sackmann of Tennis Abstract.After Wang’s win, well-wishers posed with him for dozens of photos — many of them next to the scoreboard, many selfies. One woman had been watching Wang try to qualify for Wimbledon since his very first successful attempt, in 2004. Wang said he was “very excited.” He had no idea this was No. 7 for him, but sees no shame in it. “One thousand players try to get into the top 100,” Wang said of pro tennis. “They have the same goal. They have the same dream.”Denis Kudla, one of the thousand, qualified later on Thursday, the fifth time he’d done so at a major. He is just 21 years old. “I’m proud of that,” Kudla said — it meant he’d earned his place. (He went on to win his first-round match at Wimbledon on Tuesday against Marsel Ilhan.)Kudla’s fellow American, Ryan Harrison, qualified with a win on the adjacent court. Harrison was proud, too. He said he enjoyed the “fantastic” feeling of qualifying and going into a tournament on a three-match winning streak. However, he added, “I’m very determined for this to be my last qualifying.” Three years ago, he got his ranking high enough to enter Grand Slams directly. Since then, his ranking has slipped. “To say I can’t do it at 22, when I did it at 19, is kind of crazy,” he said.Harrison admires players like Wang but sets himself apart from them. “You have a ton of respect for those guys. I’ve always believed success is relative to your God-given ability,” Harrison said. On the other hand, he added, “I’ve always had a ton of belief in my ability.” (Harrison lost in the first round at Wimbledon on Monday, after getting his usual tough draw.)He has a point about the top of the qualifying leaderboard. None of the nine Open-era players who qualified for more majors than Wang ever reached the top 25 in the rankings or played in a Grand Slam semifinal.If Wang doesn’t ever qualify for a Grand Slam again, he’ll hope it’s because he got his ranking into the top 100 and didn’t need to. He took the first step Monday: The five-time co-champion of Wimbledon’s annual pre-tournament tournament won just his fourth career main-draw match, 6-3, 6-3, 6-2 over Alejandro Gonzalez. read more

Roymec integration into FLSmidth complete

first_imgFollowing FLSmidth’s acquisition of engineering and materials handling specialist Roymec in November 2010, all Roymec personnel have now moved over to FLSmidth’s South African headquarters in Constantia Kloof, Roodepoort, creating a staff complement exceeding 400.“The physical integration of the two companies is now complete and we are fully up and running as the new FLSmidth Roymec,” Rudi Pieterse, the company’s sales and marketing manager said. “With the strengths the two companies have brought to the table, the new entity is strongly positioned to support the current growth being experienced in the local and regional mining industry. FLSmidth Roymec is now in the enviable position of having access to a broad spectrum of equipment and capabilities to complement its project execution competencies, while retaining its B-BBEE credentials.”FLSmidth Roymec represents the FLSmidth materials handling business in South Africa and on the rest of the continent, incorporating well known brands such as FLSmidth RAHCO and FLSmidth KOCH MVT. The acquisition of Roymec has strengthened FLSmidth’s capabilities to provide complete materials handling solutions such as heap leach and spreader systems, stockyard systems, ROM tips, overland conveyors, rail loadout stations, crushing and screening and complete plant conveyor systems. The company is working on establishing a local presence in Zambia and Namibia, where it is currently working on several materials handling projects.last_img read more

Steiner Ege is operated but season is over

One of the best handball veteran, Steiner Ege is injured during the last weekend match of his AG Copenhagen against BSV Silkeborg. After surgery of his achille tendon it is clear that for him season is over and that Kasper Hvidt will stay alone for a while between the posts in crucial part of the season, EHF CL TOP 16 clashes against Swedish Savehof.Ege expecting to be ready for the start of the next season. AG CopenhagenNorwegian goalkeeperSteiner Ege ← Previous Story Peter Hrachovec stays in Kadetten Schaffhausen Next Story → Peter Gentzel to replace Ege in AG Copenhagen? read more

Road safety chief welcomes news that the Garda Traffic Corps is to

first_img Moyagh Murdock said people had been let down by recent Garda revelations. Short URL Apr 4th 2017, 4:07 PM Image: Sam Boal/ 16,662 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Cormac Fitzgerald Share23 Tweet Email Tuesday 4 Apr 2017, 4:07 PM THE CEO OF the Road Safety Authority has welcomed news that the Garda Traffic Corps is to be reformed into a different road policing unit.Moyagh Murdock was responding to reports in today’s Irish Times that plans were being considered by senior Garda management that would bring sweeping changes to parts of the force.These changes are in response to the revelations that gardaí had inflated alcohol breath testing figures by over a million tests.Speaking at the RSA’s annual ‘Seatbelt Sheriff’ awards for children, Murdock welcomed a proposed overhaul of the Garda Traffic Corps.“I welcome the reports today that the commissioner is reforming the Traffic Corps and it’s becoming the roads policing unit,” said Murdock. 42 Comments Road safety chief welcomes news that the Garda Traffic Corps is to be reformed Moyagh Murdock said people had felt let down by recent garda revelations. And we would welcome the actual commitment to increasing the Garda resource numbers in roads policing and road safety because clearly they have been depleted over the years and it’s very important that we reverse that trend.Murdock said that motorists and people who had been affected by death on the roads had “all felt very let down” by the recent Garda revelations.“This was a big body blow to find out that the numbers were completely inaccurate so we have to now work forward from this here and try to address that problem as soon as possible,” she said.Murdock said that it was important for the gardaí and RSA to work together to reduce the number of road deaths on Irish roads after it increased in 2016.When questioned whether she had confidence in the ability of the gardaí or the Garda Commissioner to reduce these deaths, Murdock said she didn’t want “to get drawn into a political argument”.“I don’t want to get drawn into a political argument now I think what we really want to see is the commitments being delivered upon in terms of resources and we want this addressed,” she said.Murdock again called for an independent assessment or an independent oversight of Garda stats to figure out how breath testing errors occurred and to ensure that the same issues didn’t arise again.The Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan has been under strong political pressure to clarify how the inflated figures occurred and to take decisive action.A number of politicians have said she should step down in her role, while Sinn Féin has tabled a motion of no confidence. Fianna Fáil has also refused to express confidence in O’Sullivan.The Irish Times reports that a new roads policing unit would move away from depending fully on speed checks and breath testing as measures of activity towards more general roads policing.Read: Confusion over last-minute change in leadership of new garda probeRead: How were the 150,000 garda hours for phantom breath tests accounted for? Moyagh Murdock said people had been let down by recent Garda revelations. Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ielast_img read more

Hozier The Strokes Florence the Machine and The 1975 announced as headliners

first_img Follow us: dailyedge Hozier, The Strokes, Florence + the Machine and The 1975 announced as headliners for Electric Picnic The festival is already sold out. By Fionnuala Jones Share73 Tweet Email2 THE LINEUP FOR this year’s sold out Electric Picnic festival has been announced.  Source: Niall CarsonAfter nabbing the number 1 spot on the Billboard Album charts earlier this week, Hozier returns to headline the Laois festival. Andrew Hozier performs during the 3rd Annual LOVE ROCKS NYC concert at the Beacon Theatre in New York, NY, March 7, 2019. (Photo by Anthony Behar/Sipa USA) Source: SIPA USA/PA ImagesJoining him is The Strokes, Florence + The Machine (who closed the festival in 2015) and The 1975, who previously played the main stage of the festival three years ago. DailyEdge is on Instagram! Mar 13th 2019, 11:36 AM 24 Comments center_img 29,186 Views MATTY HEALY of chart-topping UK band ”The 1975” performing at a sold out show at the Manchester Arena , UK . Source: Andy Von Pip Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine attending the Brit Awards 2019 at the O2 Arena, London. Source: Ian West Julian Casablancas of The Strokes performing at the British Summertime Festival in Hyde park, London. Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesPrior to the lineup announcement, the festival sold out, including Sunday tickets, Weekend Camping tickets and Campervan tickets. This is the fifth year in a row that the festival, which has a capacity of 50,000, has managed to sell out.Other big acts on the lineup include Billie Eilish, Christine and the Queens, Dermot Kennedy, Jarvis Cocker and James Blake. More acts are expected to be added to the lineup in the coming months.You can see the lineup so far below or by clicking here. Wednesday 13 Mar 2019, 11:36 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URLlast_img read more

It will deepen the crisis Government warned of little or no scope

first_img‘It will deepen the crisis’: Government warned of ‘little or no scope’ for tax cuts Today the ESRI said any tax cuts should be balanced with increases in taxation elsewhere. By Michelle Hennessy Image: Sam Boal/ THE GOVERNMENT MUST act cautiously in relation to any plans for cuts to personal tax rates, a think tank has warned today.The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), in its latest quarterly economic survey, has predicted strong growth in the Irish economy through 2018 and 2019.It stated GDP is expected to grow by 4.7% this year and 3.9% next year. These projections are based on the assumption that there will be an economic agreement between the EU and the UK in time for the Brexit deadline.The survey also looks at the implications of two scenarios – one that increases public capital expenditure and another that would cut personal taxation rates. Although the ESRI acknowledged commentary suggesting reductions in tax rates could help households still recovering from the effects of the downturn, it has recommended against tax cuts.“The results suggest that, given the government’s commitment to the National Development Plan in the medium-term, there is little or no scope for cutting the overall tax burden which would stimulate the economy further,” the think tank said today.It has recommended the government balance any planned tax cuts with increases in tax elsewhere. Otherwise there is potential for “overheating in the Irish economy”, it has warned.Commenting on the results of the survey, Sinn Féin’s Perse Doherty said unsustainable net tax cutting measures in the next Budget would “deepen crisis in public services and add to instability in State finances”.“In the midst of Fine Gael’s unprecedented homelessness crisis, crumbling infrastructure, and chaos in public services, unsustainable tax cuts will undermine our ability to invest and secure our volatile public finances. Share10 Tweet Email 54 Comments Short URLcenter_img 12,523 Views Image: Sam Boal/ Tuesday 19 Jun 2018, 11:05 AM In Ireland we still feel the consequences of the lost decade – years of underinvestment and crisis, of emigration, and of deepening inequalities.“This coming budget must be about building a new economy for a changing Ireland, with world class public services, and meaningful investment to bring stability to our public finances and to people’s homes.” Jun 19th 2018, 11:05 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Briton 19 killed in Zakynthos brawl

first_imgA young British tourist died on the Ionian island of Zakynthos in the early hours of Wednesday following a fight with two locals, police said after arresting a 21 year-old taxi driver and his suspected accomplice, aged 25, in connection with the incident. The tourist died of stab wounds to the heart while his four friends were hospitalised with back and stomach injuries following the altercation in Laganas, a popular resort with tourists from the UK and known for its raucous nightlife. The fight reportedly broke out after the two suspects objected to being repeatedly targeted by laser pens. In a fit of rage, the 21 year-old cabbie is alleged to have pulled a knife out during the argument and stabbed the 19 year-old Briton. Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister Giorgos Nikitiadis, who has been leading a campaign aimed at raising much-needed revenue for Greece by boosting the tourism sector, condemned the attack and expressed his condolences to the relatives of the victim. As a police investigation got under way into the exact circumstances of the incident, authorities on the island blamed local bar and club owners for encouraging the drink-fuelled binges that turn many foreign visitors into aggressive troublemakers. “Such behaviour has been curbed to a great extent but the situation is still out of control,” mayor of Zakynthos, Stelios Bozikis, told Kathimerini. He said he was “extremely distressed” at the killing but not surprised. “Something bad was bound to happen at some point. Every night young tourists act inappropriately, swear and provoke passers-by,” he said. The mayor added that although the package tourism that brings most British tourists to Zakynthos is not very profitable due to the very low prices involved, entrepreneurs are obliged to keep catering for this market as they have debts to pay off. Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Watch Quadcopter Drone Tows Wakeskater Down River

first_imgStay on target ‘NBA 2K20’ Reveals Star-Studded Story ModeBasketball Pro Suspended When Drug Test Revealed He Was ‘Pregnant’ For some wakeskaters and wakeboarders, certain bodies of water are just too shallow, and too unrideable. But by using a drone to tow him along, pro wakeskater Brian Grubb glided his board into new territory.Famous for wakeskating insane locations, such as rice terraces in the Philippines and a volcanic valley in the Jordanian desert, Grubb recently teamed up with Infineon Technologies to build an electric-powered quadcopter drone that could tow him down a river in the Julian Alps of Slovenia.The result was a 53-pound flying machine that features a battery as powerful as 158 smartphones put together (1.5kWh/51.8V/30Ah) and with rotor blades stretching 80 centimeters in diameter. The drone was designed to tow Grubb for up to 10 minutes  — even lifting him up into the air if necessary.And because it was electric, the drone posed no negative impacts on the environment.The drone was designed to tow wakeskating pioneer Brian Grubb for up to 10 minutes. (Photo Credit: Starelation / Red Bull Content Pool)The 38-year-old Grubb, a Red Bull athlete, chose an electric winch to start the drone-wakeskating attempt. To be able to switch to drone power, Grubb completed the world’s first winch-to-drone handle pass.Once underway, Grubb skimmed along the surface of the crystal-clear river. He jumped over half-sunken trees and boulders, at times gliding over water just inches deep, and even flying the drone under a bridge.When he was in tow of the Infineon Technologies quadcopter drone, Grubb was able to navigate the river’s tight turns deep in the Julian Alps of Slovenia. (Photo Credit: Starelation / Red Bull Content Pool)“Skimming across the surface of a beautiful river, handle-passing from winch to drone on the go, tricking nice little wooden features and flying the drone under a bridge feels pretty damn good and tastes even sweeter when you know your good times aren’t causing any harm to the beautiful surroundings,” Grubb said.More on Wacky Sport of ‘Extreme Ironing’Watch: Gymnast Sets World Record for Insane BackflipThis Gamer Has the World’s First Bionic Arm Based on a Video Gamelast_img read more

FIFA invites 12 football players trapped in cave to World Cup

first_imgTwelve boys and coach trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand have been invited to watch the World Cup final in Russia by FIFA if they are rescued alive and sound from Tham Luang Nang Non cave.At the moment, about 1,000 rescue team is are having a rescue race in a bad weather condition and lowering oxygen levels in the underground complex where the group has been trapped for two weeks.However, a Danish volunteer cave diver Ivan Karadzic told Sky News quoted in Standard that he believes the rescue would happen today. On the other hand, FIFA’s president Gianni Infantino, says the organisation had been “anxiously following the news of the rescue operation”.He wrote a letter inviting the entire team and their coach to the World Cup final on July 15 at the Luzhniki Stadium as one of the trapped boys named Sompong Jaiwong who is an England huge fan told his uncle that he would  “love” to watch England’s side win the World Cup.IranFan dies after setting herself on fire protesting Iran’s ban on women spectators Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 A young woman from Iran set, only publicly known as The Blue Girl for the color of her favorite club Esteghlal, has died from her injuries after protesting Iran’s ban on female fans.The letter was sent to the president of the Football Association of Thailand and in it, the president shared “deepest sympathies and support” to the families of the young football players and their coach.The letter said the organisation would like to invite the youngsters and their coach to the World Cup final in Russia, should they be rescued in time and are healthy enough to travel.  It also went ahead to say that the team’s appearance at the final would “undoubtedly be a wonderful moment of communion and celebration.”He added by saying that he hoped that “in some way, our words of support may help bring them a little peace and courage in these difficult moments of uncertainty and concern.”last_img read more

Four killed as train derails in Kulaura

first_imgOne of the bogies of Upaban Express lies on a canal after being overturned in Moulvibazar`s Kulaura early Monday . Photo: Kalyan PrasunAn intercity train derailed in Moulvibazar’s Kulaura upazila on Sunday night, killing at least four passengers and injuring over 200 others, reports UNB.Yardous Hasan, officer-in-charge of Kulaura police station, said six bogies of Dhaka-bound ‘Upaban Express’ train from Sylhet veered off the tracks around 11:40pm after a culvert over the Barochhara Canal, 200 yards off Baramchal Railway Station, broke down.Two of the bogies fell into the canal and one of them overturned, he said.Sub-inspector Harunur Rashid, duty office at the police station, told UNB around 1:45am on Monday that they recovered four bodies from the spot.The injured were taken to Kulaura Health Complex, Moulvibazar Sadar Hospital, Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital and some local hospitals, he said.The accident also snapped Sylhet’s rail communications with other parts of the country, including the capital.On information, firefighters and police rushed in and conducted the rescue operation, said officer-in-charge of Kulaura government railway police station Md Abdul Malek.last_img

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

first_imgSanta’s highly anticipated arrival in downtown Baltimore will conveniently coincide with the Nov. 21 grand opening of the Waterfront Partnership Ice Rink this holiday season! Registration to the 4 to 6 p.m. event includes a free hour of skating and skate rental for the first 100 children, a giveaway, and a performance by the Next Ice Age dance troupe. Those among the first families to skate on the rink, can then join Santa in his parade to the Harborplace Amphitheater, his home for the holiday season.For additional details on Santa’s Arrival or to register for ice skating, please visit: information on the Waterfront Partnership Ice Rink, visit: read more

Thanksgiving Comes Early to DC

first_imgSamuel Kava (George Washington University), Nathaniel Miller (University of Berkeley School of Law), Wendy Gomez (Dickenson College), and Cajay Jacobs (Cornell University), formed the Thanksgiving basket assembly line at Bread for the City. (Photo by Shantella Y. Sherman)Lines snaking through the lobby of Bread for the City, a full-scale social services agency for District residents in the days leading up to Thanksgiving, were rivaled only by the lines of volunteers and pantry aids in the alley behind the Northwest building, unloading the contents of what would become much-needed Thanksgiving meals.  Large numbers of city dwellers – mostly college students – came out in droves to help those in need.“I came to help out because I love to help people, and even when they do not have the words to express their gratitude, you can see it in their eyes,” Ian Stevenson, a volunteer and a recent accounting graduate from Prince George’s Community College told the AFRO.  “The more people help out from the heart, the better we will be.”With almost one in five D.C. residents living at or below the poverty line, the numbers represent the third highest rate in the nation, according to a U.S. Census Bureau 2014 report.  Nearly 61,000 people live in extreme poverty, unable to meet even their basic needs, including purchasing food, with 16 percent of the D.C. population experiencing food hardship, or not having enough money to buy food for themselves or their family in the last 12 months.“These statistics are further complicated by the holidays that center around food as festivities, and also usher in a week when children and teens normally nourished through free public school meals, are at home,” Theresa Morales, a volunteer with the D.C. Central Kitchen told the AFRO.  “It is during this time that the kindness and generosity of strangers, volunteers, and the community, literally fill the gap.”Others like, Marjorie Englehart, are prepping their homes to receive college students unable to travel home for the holidays.  The grandmother of eight college students told the AFRO) she believes in being a “surrogate granny” for those who are far from home.“Thanksgiving is one of the saddest times each year for those who are away from their families, especially college students in this strange and wonderful city of ours,” said Englehart, who has opened her home for the past three years to area students.  “Sometimes the kids don’t even eat, they just want someone to dote on them and hug them. We never stop needing hugs.”Royce Clark and his wife Ella, packaged palm-sized pumpkin pies to help win souls with their door-to-door ministry. Visiting mostly convalescing homes and dwellings for the aged, the Clarks said too often infirmed elders miss their families on Thanksgiving.“A lot of hurting people give up on life when the rest of the world forgets about them,” Clark said. “We want the sick and shut in to know that they are not shut out from God’s love or people who are willing to sit and be a shoulder or ear for them.”In addition to several shelters and churches offering Thanksgiving meals, restaurants and food retailers across the region, including Applebee’s, Denny’s, Ikea, Olive Garden, Red Robin, and Texas Roadhouse are offering free holiday meals to veterans.last_img read more

exSony man Phil Harrison replacing Molyneux at Microsoft

first_imgIt emerged last week that Peter Molyneux is set to step down from his role at Lionhead Studios and leave Microsoft. His destination is a new start-up called 22 Cans where he will join another former Lionhead employee named Tim Rance. Molyneux will be retained by Microsoft as a creative consultant, and won’t formerly leave until Kinect title Fable: The Journey has shipped.The departure has left Microsoft with a hole in its structure as Molyneux was Creative Director of Microsoft Games Studios. However, it hasn’t taken them long to fill that role, although the person stepping into Molyneux’s shoes may surprise a few people.It hasn’t been officially confirmed yet, but have it on good authority from several sources that Phil Harrison is set to become the new Creative Director for Microsoft’s studios. Why may that surprise some? Because Harrison used to be president of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios.Harrison left his Sony role in 2008 and has since worked at Infogrames (now Atari) and is currently a part of London Venture Partners, which specializes in investment for the games industry. This latest move, if true, certainly works for Microsoft. Harrison has a lot of experience, certainly knows how the games industry and key rival Sony works, and will no doubt make an impact the moment he arrives at Microsoft.Where as Peter Molyneux was a creative first and foremost, Harrison left game design early in his career to become a management figure within the industry, and has seen great success ever since. The contrasting style is sure to be noticed within Microsoft’s ranks, and I’d say he’s a better fit for Microsoft’s way of doing things.Read more at Gamesindustry.bizlast_img read more

McCarthy and Rodgers Were Never a Good Match

first_imgMike McCarthy and Aaron Rodgers were never a good matchA day after fired Packers coach Mike McCarthy made some coded comments about working with Aaron Rodgers, Bleacher Report published an article painting an ugly picture of McCarthy’s tenure in Green Bay and his dysfunctional relationship with Aaron Rodgers. The article goes into painstaking detail to show McCarthy was as huge part of the problem, and confirms what has been reported as Rodgers’ side of the story that McCarthy was a meatball.Aside from the juicy details, the piece makes it clear that Rodgers and McCarthy’s egos and simmering resentment were never a good match to begin with, unlike other great coach/QB duos across the league. This marriage was doomed from the start. Also:– LeBron’s title runs are done– Harden isn’t cheating the game– Durant leaving “basketball heaven” would be a mistake Guests:Ric Bucher, Greg Jennings, Stephen Jackson, and Ryan Switzerlast_img read more

Major road bridge reopens to traffic after months of work

first_imgDriver named following fatal collision Police search for missing woman Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA major road bridge in a South Cheshire town has reopened to traffic after months of work to build a new bridge Sydney Road Bridge in Crewe was closed from late October 2018 and has today (Monday July 1). The new bridge had already reopened to pedestrians and cyclists. A Cheshire East Council spokeswoman said:  “Sydney Road Bridge, in Crewe, is now open to traffic. “Please be aware that some minor works are still being carried out and at times – for the safety of the workforce and public – temporary traffic restrictions may be in place.” Read MorePolice dog stabbed in city centre after police called to man armed with knife   The spokesman added the new bridge would benefit traffic flow in the area. They said:  “The council would like to reiterate its thanks to residents and motorists for their patience and understanding while the works are being carried out. “The opening of this key project forms part of a package of works in the north of Crewe, which also includes the Crewe Green Roundabout upgrade.   “Sydney Road Bridge has been replaced with a new, wider structure capable of taking two-way traffic. It will include a shared cycleway and footway over the bridge, a signal-controlled pedestrian crossing and an improved cycle path along Sydney Road. “Once open it will remove a major traffic ‘pinch point’ in the town, on a route serving Leighton Hospital and the Bentley factory.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Punter found hiding in bushes center_img Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or get the Android version from Google Play.  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter. Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram.last_img read more