Canadian expats in London celebrate royal wedding empathize with Markles move

first_imgLONDON – Although Joanna Newman hasn’t lived in Canada for nearly 20 years, the English expat says she’ll be celebrating Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding with homegrown pride.“I’m secretly pleased that so many Torontonians kept the secret that they were dating for ages, because that’s just awesome,” she says from her adopted home, a village near Stonehenge.“My feeling is that it couldn’t have happened in the (United) States, somebody would have papped them.”Newman will be among the many Canuck transplants pointing out Canadian trivia to U.K. friends and family who gather to watch the nuptials on Saturday.Her plan is to get together with several other Canadian expats at an all-day celebration at nearby Salisbury Cathedral, about two hours by car from London and 90 minutes from the wedding site at Windsor Castle.The former Torontonian says the local party, hosted by the BBC, is set to feature live music performances, children’s crafts and a live broadcast of the ceremony on a big screen in the cathedral grounds.It’s just one of several public events across the United Kingdom that will herald the much-hyped union of the people’s prince and the former California actress, who spent recent years in Toronto shooting a seven-season run on the T.V. series “Suits.”Pubs were expected to be packed Saturday but not just with royal watchers: also charging street chatter Thursday was the upcoming FA Cup final following the wedding ceremony Saturday afternoon, in which soccer fans will gather to watch Chelsea vs. Manchester United, taking place at Wembley Stadium.That game held far more appeal for former Ontarian Wade McElwain, who’s been in London for 12 years. He’s skipping the wedding broadcast and was making plans Thursday to host a post-footie barbecue with other Canuck expats at his north London home.Ottawa-born Judy Williamson says the royal nuptials offer a rare opportunity for British patriotism to unfurl unabashed.“It’s definitely one thing they do very, very well — that whole pomp and ceremony. It was quite exciting, definitely,” the 41-year-old says, recalling “this outpouring of colour.”“The British are quite reserved and they don’t tend to kind of build these things up. However, come the day, suddenly it just kind of explodes and all of these things are happening.”The wedding of Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge was an “impressive show,” especially jubilant because it involved the second-in-line to the throne, she notes. It took place at Westminster Abbey on Fri., April 29, 2011 and was declared a bank holiday so that more of the country could celebrate.Williamson admits to being less enthused about the royal party this time, noting her fascination with the monarchy has waned in the 16 years since she moved to London.“Before I went to the U.K. it was kind of an exciting thing, the royal family, the King and Queen and all that. And then now living (here) and seeing it more on a day-to-day basis, the news coverage and all that kind of stuff, I’ve just become a bit more indifferent about it.”Williamson has actually booked a vacation to San Francisco that begins Friday, but she says it wasn’t to avoid the wedding hoopla specifically.She says she may tune in to the broadcast if jet lag works in her favour, suspecting it will be hard to not get sucked into the excitement Saturday.Former Ottawa resident Kelly Crawford says she’s steeling herself for an expected influx of 100,000 visitors to her town of Windsor, normally home to about 30,000 people.“I think it’s just going to be utter chaos,” says Crawford, who expects a gleeful bustle akin to Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa.“We’re literally a 10-minute walk into town so I think we’re just going to go in and sort of mill about and see what we can see. If it’s too crazy we’ll head back home.”The 43-year-old says she moved to the U.K. three years ago for love, and that’s made it easy for her to identify with some of what she imagines Markle is facing in her transition to a new life abroad.“I’m here for the same reason as Meghan — my now-husband is from the U.K.,” says Crawford, who met her prince through a mutual friend in Ottawa when he visited six years ago.While she suspects Markle is gaining much by following her heart, Crawford says it’s not without sacrifice.“She just gave up her career and her family and her life to come over here,” says Crawford.“I empathize with her in that way.”last_img read more

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Judge approves 13M settlement in suit over unsterilized forceps used on women

first_imgMIRAMICHI, N.B. – A court has approved a settlement of nearly $1.3 million in a class-action lawsuit against a New Brunswick hospital over the use of unsterilized biopsy forceps on women over a 14-year period.Lawyer Ray Wagner said individual payments will be between $350 and $1,000, depending on the number of women who submit claims.“We’re talking about 2,497 individuals. Some of those people unfortunately have passed away since then, so the numbers will decline from that amount,” he said Tuesday.Wagner said the Horizon Health Network has 20 days in which to provide him with the full list of individuals affected.In 2013, the Miramichi Regional Hospital urged the affected women to get tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV after discovering the problem.At the time, Horizon Health Network CEO John McGarry said that while the forceps used for colposcopies were sterilized at the end of every day, some forceps were only cleaned and disinfected before being reused during the day.A colposcopy is a procedure used to examine the cervix, vagina and vulva to detect cervical cancer.McGarry said the problem began in May 1999 when the clinic started reusing biopsy forceps without sterilizing them in order to handle patient load.Wagner said once his Halifax law firm, Wagners, receives the full list of individuals, it will send notices to each one.“Within 60 days of the actual mailing out of that form, anybody that is interested in claiming compensation should send that notice back to ensure that they are included in the compensation group,” he said.There’s approximately $873,000 that will be distributed to class members, with the rest going to legal fees and class administration fees for the company that’s going to administer the distribution of funds.The settlement is not an admission of guilt by the hospital or health authority and none of the allegations in the suit has been proven in court.Documents obtained in 2014 under access-to-information laws showed that health authority officials deliberated for three months about whether to inform the public about the unsterilized forceps.The documents said the officials spent weeks trying to assess the risk to patients. In the end, it was decided the information would be released and a news conference was held.McGarry urged the affected women to be tested, but stressed that the risk of infection was extremely low, even without sterilization.Wagner said Tuesday no one has come forward to say they contracted anything.He said the case is about more than just getting a financial settlement.“It’s not just about compensation for those individuals who have concern about whether they contracted an illness or not, but it’s also about behaviour modification to ensure people in health care who are administering these systems do it in the appropriate manner,” he said.— By Kevin Bissett in Fredericton.last_img read more

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Indigenous women overrepresented in Vancouver police checks rights advocates

first_imgVANCOUVER – Indigenous and civil rights activists seeking an investigation of the Vancouver Police Department’s use of random street checks want to amend their complaint based on new data showing Aboriginal women are checked more often than other groups.In June, the B.C. Civil Liberties Association and Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs asked the province’s police complaint commissioner to investigate a significant racial disparity in the use of street checks.During the checks, also called carding, police stop a person, obtain their identification and record personal information, even though no particular offence has occurred.The association says in a news release that recently obtained data show Indigenous women accounted for 21 per cent of all checks of women in 2016, despite only making up two per cent of Vancouver’s female population.The data was supplied by the Vancouver Police Department following a Freedom of Information request and was received after the original complaint was sent to the complaint commissioner.A further amendment asks the commissioner to examine police stops in which personal information is elicited but the stop is not recorded as a street check so it doesn’t show up in police department data.The original complaint was based on data from a Freedom of Information request that shows 15 per cent of street checks conducted between 2008 and 2017 were of Indigenous people, yet they make up just two per cent of the population.The news release says during that period, Indigenous men formed one per cent of the city’s population, yet accounted for about 12 per cent of total street checks, while three per cent of checks involved black men, although they form just half a per cent of Vancouver’s population.When the complaint was filed in June, Chief Bob Chamberlin of the B.C. Union of Indian Chiefs said the disproportionate rate of checks on Indigenous people was “staggering,” and he is angered by the newest data disclosed by police.“We will not accept this example of institutionalized racism and we demand an immediate independent investigation,” he says in the release.“How can we speak about true reconciliation when Indigenous peoples, and particularly women, are being targeted by the police on a daily basis?”The Vancouver Police Department said in a statement that it will respond to the complaint at a police board meeting in September.It said street checks are done to ensure public safety and to prevent crime.“However, well-being checks conducted by our officers are also classified/counted as street checks in our statistics,” the department said.“Engaging and interacting with vulnerable people, especially at-risk, Indigenous women in the Downtown Eastside, is a significant priority for the VPD. We know that historical issues have led to increased vulnerability of Indigenous women and girls and that Indigenous women experience higher rates of violent victimization than non-Indigenous women.”The department said it participates in many community initiatives including the SisterWatch committee, which began in 2010 and provides a safe place for women of the Downtown Eastside to voice their concerns and learn about police progress in ensuring safety.last_img read more

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OSCAR NOMINATIONS 2019 – THE COMPLETE LIST

first_imgBEST PICTURE“Black Panther”“BlacKkKlansman”“Bohemian Rhapsody”“The Favourite”“Green Book”“Roma”“A Star Is Born”“Vice”ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLEAmy Adams, “Vice”Marina de Tavira, “Roma”Regina King, “If Beale Street Could Talk”Emma Stone, “The Favourite”Rachel Weisz, “The Favourite”ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLEMahershala Ali, “Green Book”Adam Driver, “BlackKKlansman”Sam Elliott, “A Star Is Born”Richard E. Grant, “Can You Ever Forgive Me”Sam Rockwell, “Vice”FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM“Capernaum”“Cold War”“Never Look Away”“Roma”“Shoplifters”DOCUMENTARY (SHORT)“Black Sheep”“End Game”“Lifeboat”“A Night at the Garden”“Period. End of Sentence.”DOCUMENTARY FEATURE“Free Solo”“Hale County This Morning, This Evening”“Minding the Gap”“Of Fathers and Sons”“RBG”ORIGINAL SONG“All The Stars” – “Black Panther”“I’ll Fight” – “RBG”“Shallow” – “A Star Is Born“The Place Where Lost Things Go” – “Mary Poppins Returns”“When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings” – “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”ANIMATED FEATURE FILM“Incredibles 2”“Isle of Dogs”“Mirai”“Ralph Breaks the Internet”“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”ADAPTED SCREENPLAY“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”“BlacKkKlansman”“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”“If Beale Street Could Talk”“A Star Is Born”ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY“First Reformed”“Green Book”“Roma”“The Favourite”“Vice”ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLEChristian Bale, “Vice”Bradley Cooper, “A Star Is Born”Willem Dafoe, “At Eternity’s Gate”Rami Malek, “Bohemian Rhapsody”Viggo Mortensen, “Green Book”ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLEYalitza Aparicio, “Roma”Glenn Close, “The Wife”Lady Gaga, “A Star Is Born”Olivia Colman, “The Favourite”Melissa McCarthy, “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”DIRECTORSpike Lee, “BlacKkKlansman”Pawel Pawlikowski, “Cold War”Yorgos Lanthimos, “The Favourite”Alfonso Cuarón, “Roma”Adam McKay, “Vice”PRODUCTION DESIGN“Black Panther”“The Favourite”“First Man”“Mary Poppins Returns”“Roma”CINEMATOGRAPHY“Cold War”“The Favourite”“Never Look Away”“Roma”“A Star Is Born”COSTUME DESIGN“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs”“Black Panther”“The Favourite”“Mary Poppins Returns”“Mary Queen of Scots”SOUND EDITING“A Quiet Place”“Black Panther”“Bohemian Rhapsody”“First Man”“Roma”SOUND MIXING“Black Panther”“Bohemian Rhapsody”“First Man”“Roma”“A Star Is Born”ANIMATED SHORT FILM“Animal Behaviour”“Bao”“Late Afternoon”“One Small Step”“Weekends”LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM“Detainment”“Fauve”“Marguerite”“Mother”“Skin”ORIGINAL SCORE“Black Panther”“BlacKkKlansman”“If Beale Street Could Talk”“Isle of Dogs”“Mary Poppins Returns”VISUAL EFFECTS“Avengers: Infinity War”“Christopher Robin”“First Man”“Ready Player One”“Solo: A Star Wars Story”FILM EDITING“BlacKkKlansman”“Bohemian Rhapsody”“Green Book”“The Favourite”“Vice”MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING“Border”“Mary Queen of Scots”“Vice” Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Facebookcenter_img Login/Register With: The nominees for the 91st Academy Awards were revealed Tuesday morning..“Roma,” a Netflix film that looks back at director Alfonso Cuarón’s youth in Mexico, and “The Favourite,” a period dramedy with an all-star cast, tied for most nominations with ten each..“Black Panther” made history as the first superhero film to ever be nominated for best picture..The Marvel mega-hit was joined in that category by “BlacKkKlansman,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “The Favourite,” “Green Book,” “Roma,” “A Star Is Born” and “Vice.”.Without a clear frontrunner for best picture among popular favorites, or as of yet a host, this year’s Oscar ceremony is shaping up to be particularly unpredictable..Observers had been interested in a potential best actress race between Glenn Close for her role in “The Wife” and Lady Gaga for her performance in “A Star Is Born,” and they got their wish with Tuesday’s announcement..Close took the trophy in that category at the Golden Globes, and the pair tied for best actress at the Critics’ Choice Awards..Yalitza Aparicio (“Roma”), Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”) and Melissa McCarthy (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”) were also nominated for best actress..CNN Film’s “RBG” scored a nod for best documentary feature. The film’s theme song, “I’ll Fight,” by Jennifer Hudson and Diane Warren, was nominated for best song..The Oscars will air live February 24 on ABC.. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

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Emirates Airline to Recruit Cabin Crew in Casablanca Tangier

Rabat – Leading Gulf airline Emirates aims to strengthen its cabin crew, announcing the launch of two Open Days in Morocco.The first Open Day will take place on August 29 in Casablanca at 9 a.m., while the second will take place in Tangier on August 29, announced the company.The company asks the candidates to bring their resumes along with one photograph to the Open Days. The cabin crew recruits will benefit from opportunities including free transport,  medical coverage, and accommodation in Dubai.CEO  of Emirates in Morocco Rached Al Fajeer said that the best profiles are those who are open-minded, helpful, and friendly.“These Open Days will allow many young people to start a promising career,” said the CEO.The shortlisted candidates will receive information on dates of assessments and interviews. read more

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UN envoy calls on Haitians to seize window of opportunity

“If you take a picture of Haiti today, you’ll see it’s quite a worrisome picture,” Edmond Mulet, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the Mission, known as MINUSTAH, told reporters at UN Headquarters, referring to problems the country currently faces such as political polarization, corruption, violence and paucity of institutions.However, Mr. Mulet pointed to the extremely positive progress which has been made so far. “If you take this picture of Haiti today and you compare it with … the one of two years ago when the Mission arrived, there is no comparison.”Violence remains a problem in the country, especially in the notorious inner-city neighbourhood of Cité Soleil in the capital Port-au-Prince. MINUSTAH troops maintain a 24-hour presence in the area, and last week, they launched an operation to gain control of a house controlled by gangs terrorizing the area.Other problems include the prison system which is riddled with “human rights violations” where, as a preventive measure, prisoners can be held for years without formally being charged with crimes.Although he acknowledged that building institutions could take several years, Mr. Mulet cited the success of the three elections last year – presidential, legislative and municipal – as proof of the dedication of the Haitian people to consolidating democracy.He also commended the gains made by the national reconciliation process as well as President René Préval’s fulfilment of a campaign promise to promote political dialogue.These achievements, Mr. Mulet asserted, reflect Haiti’s “commitment of trying to take advantage of this incredible window of opportunity to bring some kind of political stability to the country.”Mr. Mulet today also addressed the Security Council, which met in closed consultations on MINUSTAH’s mandate, which is set to run out on 15 February. He also met with representatives of troop contributing countries; 80 per cent of blue helmets in Haiti are from nine Latin American countries. 29 January 2007Haiti has made solid progress in rebuilding its economy and restoring the rule of law but serious obstacles remain in the country, the head of the United Nations peacekeeping operation there said today. read more

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UN agencies highlight problem of child labour in fisheries

“Worldwide, 132 million girls and boys aged 5 to 14 years old work in agriculture – this figure includes children working in fisheries and aquaculture,” said Rolf Willmann of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) Fisheries and Aquaculture Department.“But because child labour in fisheries is so widely dispersed in small-scale and family enterprises – or is actively hidden by employers – it is difficult to obtain hard data on the true extent of the problem. This makes it difficult for many policy-makers to tackle it,” he added.To address information gaps, FAO, in cooperation with the UN International Labour Organization (ILO), recently convened a workshop of international experts to share information and come up with policy recommendations specific to child labour in fisheries.They include legal measures and enforcement, policy interventions, including education, development and livelihoods support, and better data collection to close information gaps.FAO will present these recommendations at the two-day global conference on child labour in The Hague, organized by the Dutch Government in cooperation with the ILO.According to FAO, fishing is possibly one of the most hazardous occupations in the world, and while child labour in fisheries occurs in all regions, it is most widespread in Africa and Asia.Children engage in activities that range from active fishing, cooking on boats, diving for reef fish or to free snagged nets, herding fish into nets, peeling shrimp or cleaning fish and crabs, repairing nets, sorting, unloading, and transporting catches, and processing or selling fish.Participants in the workshop said that child labour was most common in small-scale, non-industrial fishing.Children in fisheries can find themselves in a variety of circumstances, from helping their families to forced servitude, according to a paper presented at the workshop by the World Fish Centre. At the worst end of the spectrum are cases of child trafficking, the paper noted.“Child labour often reinforces a vicious cycle of poverty, has a negative impact on literacy rates and school attendance and limits children’s mental and physical health and development,” according to Mr. Willmann. 10 May 2010The plight of child workers in fisheries largely goes unnoticed because data on the issue is not readily available, a group of experts brought together by the United Nations has warned, saying possible solutions to the problem will be unveiled at a forum that opened in The Hague today. read more

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Wrestling Joey McKenna gives No 2 Ohio State second individual Big Ten

Ohio State’s Joey McKenna wins against Vince Turk in the dual-meet against Iowa on Jan. 21 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorEAST LANSING, Mich. — Joey McKenna followed in 125-pound Nathan Tomasello’s footsteps and became the second Ohio State wrestler to be named a Big Ten champion on Sunday. McKenna won the 141-pound individual championship with a 13-0 major decision against Illinois’ No. 3 Mike Carr. They hadn’t faced each other during the regular season. McKenna jumped out early with a series of a two-point near fall and two four-point near falls in the first period. No points were scored in the second, but McKenna had a takedown in the third period to balloon the lead to 12-0, where it stayed. Carr failed to get any real shots in on McKenna, who controlled the entire match. Before transferring to Ohio State last summer from Stanford, McKenna had found plenty of success. He was a two-time Pac-12 champion, and finished third at nationals in 2016, not to mention his team USA success. Now that he is in the Big Ten, he has brought it to another level. He entered the weekend as the No. 1 seed at 141 pounds. McKenna earned that top seed by only dropping one match during the regular season. McKenna defeated Purdue’s No. 5 Nate Limmex 6-0 in the semi-final Saturday night. McKenna also outwrestled Limmex by the exact same score on Jan. 28 when Ohio State faced Purdue at Graham High School in St. Paris, Ohio. read more

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TT businesswoman found stabbed to death

(Trinidad Express) A 65-year-old businesswoman was found stabbed to death at her home yesterday.Petra Manwaring was discovered dead on the kitchen floor of her home on the Southern Main Road, Lagoon Village, La Romaine.Petra ManwaringPolice said she had been stabbed to death.A brother and sister are helping the police with investigations.The body was found around 10 a.m. by one of her sisters who could not reach her on her phone, police said.Relatives did not speak to the media as they sat at a neighbour’s house looking on at crime scene investigators and homicide detectives.The Manwaring family owns an industrial and construction contracting company which does work with Petrotrin.Maurice White, a driver employed with the Manwaring family, said he went to the house around 8 a.m. to take her out.“On Wednesday, she told me to come and take the vehicle to fix. So when I came I knocked on the door upstairs. Her brother came by the window and he was telling me something but I couldn’t understand him.“I waited on the stairs to see if she was coming out and when I didn’t see her I called out for her again.“I checked the doors downstairs (of the office) and they were all locked. I thought she left, maybe took a taxi to come back. So then I left,” White said.The employee said he was told Manwaring lived with a brother who has Alzheimer’s disease, and a sister, who was mentally ill.Neighbours said she was last seen on Wednesday.“We had something for her in the fridge and she came to collect it. I think she was going to cook. She seemed normal,” one said.Responding were ASP Ali Mohammed, Insp Don Gajadhar, Insp Persad, Sgts Persad and Ramdial and others. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedT&T woman stabbed to death, lover attempts suicideMarch 14, 2016In “Crime”T&T mother, 56, stabbed to death, murder toll at 71February 24, 2016In “tt mother stabbed to death”T&T woman brutally stabbed to death, attacker kills selfJanuary 25, 2017In “latest news” read more

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Column Think playdates are all fun and games Think again

first_img“CAN WE GET take-out from Eddie Rocket’s, because Paul doesn’t like the food in our house?” That was the six-year-old, clearly suffering social anxiety around the afternoon’s playdate. Naturally, my first reaction was ‘right, just for that, I’m going to serve snails and frog’s legs out of human skulls…’ But of course I didn’t. Because, not only do we have playdates these days – relentless, regulated social interaction for the under-12s – but we actually care whether the playdate child has a good time or not.The idea that my mother, back in the day, would ever have altered the menu (cabbage leaves rolled into cigar shapes filled with brown rice and chopped lamb, anyone?) or schedule (lots of minding of small brothers and sisters and general ‘helping’) in order to cosy up to a visiting child, is a bit like thinking Mount Everest might bend down and help the dear little climbers to the summit. Impossible, and against nature. Back then, playdates were rare (and certainly didn’t have an actual name), and far more ‘take as you find.’These days, they are such a minefield that I know one woman who has the whole thing laid out on a spreadsheet: who went where, when; who was asked back (who wasn’t…); and what various kids’ friends will or won’t eat. ‘It’s just much easier,’ she tells me. I guess it might be, but I still feel a strong urge to lie down and cry when I hear that.Playdates are the office parties of kid-landSocially, we pitch these playdates as no big deal. Relaxed, fun, a laugh. Just the same as corporate law firms do with their Team-Building Away Days, when everyone knows damn well that their abilities and commitment to the firm are being extrapolated from the way they react to swinging on a knotted rope across a muddy swamp. Yes, playdates are basically the office parties of kid-land: the stakes are higher than they seem, the waters more treacherous than they look, and opting out is harder than you think.Food is the biggest hurdle. This is where the Eddie Rockets question comes in. How to handle the really fussy eaters? Ignore them? Lie down on the ground prostrate in front of them and grovel? I have one kid who regularly comes to the house who simply gives me the thumbs up or down, like a Roman Emperor deciding the fate of a gladiator. I put food in front of him, out comes the thumb – up, or down. Sometimes the thumb goes up, then turns slowly, rotates… down. Die, gladiator! (Or in this case, toasted bagel, because it has sesame seeds clinging to its underside). Luckily, I like him.Another child eats only three things: plain pasta, salted peanuts and roast potatoes. Nothing else will cross his lips. Before his first ever visit to the house, his mother explained this to me, in some embarrassment, then added cheerfully, ‘but I wouldn’t worry too much. He doesn’t seem to starve…’ Most kids will happily consume pizza, burgers, chips and of course sugar in any form. But – before we all run away with that, don’t think they won’t tell their mother: ‘it was great, X’s mum just gave us jelly worms and sherbet for lunch!’ – at which point you will be judged as very irresponsible and possible undesirable.The next minefield: foodIf a child has food allergies – proper ones I mean, not the kind of ‘my little Xanthia only eats quinoa and goji berries’ type – it is entirely reasonable to ask for a detailed list, including brand names where possible, of foods that are OK. I have been badly caught out by a dairy intolerance and hot dogs in my time; because dairy lurks in the most unexpected places, and goes by a variety of sneaky names.As for what activities they engage in, this is a little bit easier. Let them do what they want, within reason. Obviously they can’t spend the afternoon teasing the baby, or the cat, but neither must you feel obliged whip them into a series of choreographed North Korean-style rallies to showcase the gloriousness of the regime. If they want to bash toy cars together or just watch a DVD, let them at it.And finally, resist competitive playdating as much as possible. When the mother comes to collect, do not tell her how you all played ‘Super Eye-Spy’ and Junior Scrabble, or how you ‘gave them all tofu but I was so surprised that Johnny has never seen an avocado before…’ because she will hate you. Rightly.Emily Hourican is a journalist with the Sunday Independent and author of How To Really Be A Mother, a funny, honest examination of modern motherhood. Follow her on twitter @EmilyH71Column: Should I intervene if a child is having a tantrum?Column: How to care for your relationship once you have a babyColumn: Five things I swore I’d never do if I had kids…last_img read more

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Two men arrested after man stabbed in head and hands in Derry

first_imgTWO MEN HAVE been arrested after a man was stabbed in Limavady in the early hours of this morning.At around 1:20am at the Coolessan Walk area, a 30-year-old was stabbed in the head and hands during an assault.He was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment and his condition is now described as stable.Two men aged 23 and 28 have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.Both men are currently helping police with their enquiries.Detectives are asking anyone who may have witnessed this incident or who has any information to contact them at Limavady on 0845 600 8000.The public can also give information anonymously by contacting the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.Read: Man (24) stabbed multiple times outside house in Coolock>Read: Man charged over stabbing in derelict Dublin pub>last_img read more

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ExSDOE head to be tried over list

first_imgThe former head of the Financial Crimes Squad (SDOE), Yiannis Diotis, is to be tried for breach of faith in connection with the so-called Lagarde list of Greeks with Swiss bank accounts, according to a ruling by the Council of Athens Appeals Court Judges issued Thursday.Diotis, who was best known for helping disband the November 17 terrorist group before taking the helm of SDOE in 2011, will not face the additional charge of tampering with an official document, unlike former Finance Minister Giorgos Papaconstantinou, who is to face a special court on February 25 for his handling of the list.Diotis’s predecessor, Yiannis Kapeleris, was cleared of any charges over the list, which was given to Papaconstantinou by French authorities in 2010.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Maltraitance dans les hôpitaux une étude tente de cibler le phénomène

first_imgMaltraitance dans les hôpitaux : une étude tente de cibler le phénomèneFrance – La Haute autorité de santé a publié ce matin les résultats d’une étude permettant de mieux comprendre le phénomène de maltraitance dite “ordinaire” dans les hôpitaux. Elle espère ainsi apporter les solutions les plus adaptées à ce problème.L’étude, fondée sur une analyse approfondie des témoignages de patients ainsi que de leurs proches utilise trois critères d’évaluation : la gestion des plaintes et des réclamations, le respect des patients en fin de vie et la bientraitance du personnel de santé envers les patients.À lire aussiGrève des médecins : 70% des cliniques privées seraient touchéesL’étude met en relief deux types de maltraitance ordinaire. Le premier relèverait du comportement individuel du personnel de santé qui se désintéresserait de ses patients allant même parfois jusqu’au dénigrement. La seconde forme serait directement en lien avec l’organisation de l’établissement de santé qui répondrait mal aux attentes des patients et de leurs proches.En un an, le médiateur de la république du pôle santé et sécurité des soins a dû traiter 4.800 requêtes venant des usagers du système de santé. Il note une “montée inédite des phénomènes de maltraitance concernant non seulement les patients mais également le personnel hospitalier parfois victime de comportements agressifs”.Le 27 janvier 2010 à 16:23 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Seahawks tickets go on sale Monday

first_imgSEATTLE — Seattle Seahawks tickets go on sale Monday, July 31 — but the sale plan will be a little different than in the past.KOMO-TV reports that the team had big problems with the camping and wristband process last year — so that’s not allowed any more.This year, the line will start at 7 a.m. at the northwest box office, which will then open at 9 a.m. You can only buy four tickets at a time.More than 3,400 single-game tickets will be available per game. The Seahawks will sell half of those tickets, and the remaining tickets will be made available online to members of the Blue Pride wait list.Seahawks training camp kicks off this Sunday.last_img

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Cooler Weather Ahead Following Unseasonably Warm Temperatures

first_imgAccording to Ahsenmacher, rain is expected throughout today, December 13, as the storm will shift inland overnight brining back a rain/snow mix and cooler temperatures into the weekend. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-cooler-temps-expected-following-warm-storm.mp3VmJennifer-on-cooler-temps-expected-following-warm-storm.mp300:00RPd Jason Ahsenmacher, NWS Forecaster: “Right now we are in a pattern where there is a very strong and amplified Western North American ridge- that ridge is allowing this process of the Bering Sea, and over the North Pacific to send all of this warm air and moisture towards the Gulf Coast. That’s why we’ve been seeing this much warmer stormier pattern that we’ve been in for the last 10-11 days now.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Temperatures have been unseasonably warm for the Kenai Peninsula, and typically this time of the year temperatures stay out of the 40s, according to forecasters. Ahsenmacher: “We’ve got rain spreading northward along the Kenai Peninsula. This storm moves inland today, and then it should begin to cooler air filtering in behind that low.” Although temperatures are expected to drop by the weekend as the storm force moves inland, according to National Weather Forecasters out of Anchorage. The Kenai Peninsula has seen unseasonably warm temperatures over the last week, with high temperatures well into the mid 30s and 40s and strong winds.last_img read more

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Lyft and Aptiv have completed 50000 selfdriving car rides in Las Vegas

first_img 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal Share your voice Post a comment 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 1:06 Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks More From Roadshow Now playing: Watch this: 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 0 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 9 Photos Autonomous Vehicles Car Games and Apps General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader Take a spin in Aptiv and Lyft’s self-driving BMW 18 Photos Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 12 Photos Share your voice 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck Lyft BMW,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. 26 Photos Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. Here’s the self-driving car you can take around Las Vegas during CES 81 Photos Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 52 Photos 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Tags 69 Photos 49 Photos 71 Photos 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 68 Photos Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. Enlarge ImageThe Lyft and Aptiv BMW self-driving cars have been busy, completing 50,000 rides in Las Vegas.For the last couple of years at CES, Lyft and Aptiv have made a big deal about offering rides in their self-driving BMWs. We’ve done it a few times, and the cars seemed perfectly competent. What we kind of forgot is that Lyft keeps these cars running in Sin City all the time and now, the company has announced on Friday that it’s just completed its 50,000th driverless ride.The interesting thing about the Lyft/Aptiv program is that, being located in a tourist town such as Las Vegas, means that for many people, their ride in the BMW is their first ride in a self-driving car. Interestingly, according to Lyft, 92% of riders said that it was their first self-driving experience, and the self-driving BMW has a Lyft driver rating of 4.97 stars.Frankly, I’d give the car five stars so long as it doesn’t smell like air fresheners and the infotainment system doesn’t start a political conversation, but I guess I’m easily impressed.Lyft has made no mention of plans to expand its Aptiv program beyond Vegas, but it is partnering with Waymo in Phoenix, Arizona to offer rides in driverless Waymo One shuttles. That’s probably a smart move, considering the cost of further developing its own self-driving vehicles, and the fact that Waymo is currently at the top of the heap when it comes to autonomous car development. GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. 10 Photos 3 Tags Self-driving cars Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model More From Roadshow 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering Comments Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. Car Industry 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punchlast_img read more

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Congress is scoring selfgoals ex AICC legal cell head

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 13 (IANS) The Congress’ decision to ask Sonia Gandhi to take over as interim president shows the “political leadership bankruptcy” in the party, said a former head of the AICC legal cell. Lalit Bhasin, President, The Bar Association of India, and former Chairman-AICC Legal Cell, in a statement said that Sonia Gandhi ought not to have accepted the request and instead should have “paved the way for someone else as committed and competent as herself to take over as the Congress President”. Also Read – Enforcement Directorate summons Karnataka Congress leader D.K. Shivakumar Advertise With Us He termed the action of re-nominating Sonia Gandhi as Congress President a retrograde step. “No one doubts the competence, qualities and commitment of Sonia Gandhi who has led the party in the past with good results. However, the party, having taken the conscious decision to handover the presidentship to Rahul Gandhi two years ago, should not have re-appointed Sonia. Also Read – Fresh restrictions imposed in Kashmir Valley Advertise With Us “After Rahul decided to step down and resign from the presidentship of the party, efforts ought to have been made to select a new face (there are many in the party). The new face could have been a veteran or a young leader,” he said. At Saturday’s Congress Working Committee meeting, Rahul Gandhi stuck to his decision to quit, after which the party asked Sonia Gandhi to take over as interim president.last_img read more

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SS Rajamouli gives a boost to SuriyaMohanlals Bandobast

first_imgHere is the first look poster of Suriya-Mohanlal’s Bandobast.PR HandoutSS Rajamouli has released the first look poster of Suriya and Mohanlal’s upcoming movie, Bandobast, the Telugu version of upcoming Tamil flick Kaappaan, on Friday, 28 June.Suriya has donned a moustache with a cleanly-shaven face. The cooling glass and neatly-combed look generate positive vibes around the multilingual flick. Mohanlal too has sported a pair of glasses.The Malayalam star has sported a moustache and a beard for his role in Bandobast.Suriya’s market has been shrinking among the Telugu audience after a series of films which performed badly at the box office in the last couple of years. With SS Rajamouli launching the first look poster, his latest film Bandobast comes as a morale boost to him and sends a positive sign to the distributors too.Thanking SS Rajamouli for releasing the first look poster, Suriya tweeted, “Thank you so very much @ssrajamouli sir! Our whole team is grateful! Love you sir #Bandobast . [sic]”Going by the reports, Suriya is playing either the role of a bodyguard or a commando. He is on a mission to save India. Mohanlal will be enacting the character of the Prime Minister of the country.It is an action-packed thriller which has been shot in nearly 10 countries. The makers have filmed key segments in New York, Brazil, England, Hyderabad and New Delhi.Lyca Productions, which has produced biggies like Kaththi and 2.0, is funding Bandobast. Arya, Sayyeshaa Saigal, Boman Irani, Samuthirakani and many others are part of the cast.Bandobast has the music of Harris Jayaraj, MS Prabhu and Abinandan Ramanujam’s cinematography and Anthony’s editing. It is scheduled for release on 30 August.last_img read more

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Angad Bedi about his character in Zoya Factor My character is meant

first_imgFrom playing a lawyer in the upcoming show Verdict to a cricketer in Inside Edge 2 to an Army man in Gunjan Saxena biopic, there’s a gamut of roles Angad Bedi is dabbling with. But when he signed Zoya Factor, he did it for his sheer love for cricket. The actor is all set to smash the ball out of the park, with his ace act in the movie. The film based on Anuja Chauhan’s bestselling novel by the same name stars Dulquer Salmaan and Sonam Kapoor.Angad plays a crucial part in the Indian cricket team in the film and the movie takes the audience into the psyche of the cricket team. As far as his look goes, Angad underwent a series of trials and changes before nailing the final ones for the film based on what his character is.Angad says, “He is a gregarious and magnetic character. My character Robin has the bad boy charm. He is the super star of the team. He is passionate and dedicated about his game. But he gets insecure and the consequences make him human and real. The players look up to him. He has groomed people and everyone around wants to emulate him. Abhishek has given a complex behaviour pattern to explore. I love the graph of the character – glory, dejection, failure, success. He is very different from my personality and I understand the psyche of a sportsperson and all these emotions came alive to me while playing this character.”Talking about the look, the actor adds, “The look is snazzy and it is a very contemporary look which will relatable to all the millennials. My character is meant to be high on fashion, wears high end branded clothes, he likes flashy cars because he is so popular. He has a fan following, he makes no bones about being the superstar of the team.”last_img read more

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Assassins Creed Rogue Remastered Sails to PS4 and Xbox One on March

first_imgStay on target PlayStation 4 Becomes Fastest Console to Sell 100 MillionOrigin PC Ends Console Wars With PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch Combo Case Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Assassin’s Creed: Rogue is an interesting entry in the franchise. Not only was it released alongside Assassin’s Creed: Unity, but it also came out on last-gen systems. Due to it being exclusive to the PS3 and Xbox 360 — not to mention all the flak Unity got for being a bug-filled mess — most people overlooked Rogue. This is a shame considering how the game was actually good. Now, Ubisoft is giving the title a second lease on life with a shiny new remastered edition for PS4 and Xbox One.Assassin’s Creed: Rogue Remastered features higher-resolution textures and shadows, improved environmental rendering, and new visual effects, according to Ubisoft. Expect all of the original DLC content and expansions, including two bonus missions as well as the weapons, outfits, and customization items in the Master Templar and Explorer packs. As far as new additions go, Assassin’s Creed: Origins gets a shout-out with the inclusion of Bayek’s legacy outfit. As expected, Assassin’s Creed: Rogue Remastered runs in 4K on the PlayStation 4 Pro and Xbox One X.There are two key factors that made Assassin’s Creed: Rogue stand out. The first is its story, which focuses on the Templar side of the Assassin-Templar war. The series has only ever shown the Assassin side of the conflict so getting to play as the “bad guy” was certainly a nice change of pace. The other neat thing is how much the game focused on naval exploration and combat. Naval warfare was a huge feature from Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag and Rogue took it to a whole other level.AdChoices广告Given how Assassin’s Creed‘s popularity has risen thanks to the excellent Assassin’s Creed: Origins, now is certainly a great time to re-release Assassin’s Creed: Rogue by way of a remaster. I actually missed out on this one originally, though I know it is an exceptional title. I’m certainly looking forward to playing this one when it drops on PS4 and Xbox One on March 20.last_img read more

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