Starship Spring Clean is a fantastic charity auction initiative that is asking New Zealanders to clean up and sell their old items (big or small) in support of the Starship Children’s Foundation.There’s a luxury European holiday package to be auctioned on Trade Me which includes two return Air New Zealand business premiere flights to London, plus 28 nights’ accommodation staying at Small Luxury Hotels of the World properties.And if bidding on the holiday isn’t quite within the budget, there are other exciting and quirky auction items from a walk-on role on daily soap Shortland Street, a SKYCITY Breakers game day experience, CDs signed by Justin Bieber, Duffy, Florence and the Machine and Ronan Keating, a hospital bed from the set of Shortland Street, an equestrian teddy bear signed by Olympic medallist Mark Todd, Scott Dixon signed racing gear, a handsome (and huge) Steiff toy camel, a blow up remote controlled shark, an entire teddy bear collection and an original dress from the World of Wearable Arts.Starship corporate partners are involved too, including a ‘Be a Zookeeper for the Day’ experience, donated by ASB; premium economy return trip for two to either London, Hong Kong, Japan or Shanghai donated by Air New Zealand, two $1000 fuel vouchers from Chevron, loads of bean bags from Mercury Energy, and Barfoot & Thompson and SKY Television are holding garage sales throughout September.Plus, once the public starts listing their items on the Trade Me Starship Spring Clean store, there will be all sorts of weird and wonderful items to purchase in support of Starship.To buy or sell Starship Spring Clean items on Trade Me, visit www.trademe.co.nz/starship from 1-30 September and follow the prompts. Sellers who donate at least 50% of the sale price to Starship, will be refunded their success fee by Trade Me.Starship Spring Clean will help New Zealanders support their national children’s hospital. It’s a win-win: while cleaning out your cupboards, you’ll also raise money for vital equipment needed in the Starship Paediatric Intensive Care Unit.Source:Starship.org.nz
As Sobeys Inc.’s competitors ramp up their e-commerce efforts amid a growing grocery delivery war, the grocer’s parent company said Wednesday it’s resisting pressure to rush into the market, instead preferring to focus on the long game.“I see this as a marathon, and we’re in the first 100 meters,” Empire Co. Ltd. CEO Michael Medline told analysts on a conference call to discuss its better-than-expected third-quarter results.“I’d rather be up and running with our system today, but I don’t want to put mediocre systems across the country when there’s much more modern ways to win over the customer.”Empire is waiting for the spring of 2020 to roll out its online grocery business that will be run in partnership with British firm Ocado, even as its Canadian peers and multinational giants that are snapping up Canadian market share, such as Walmart and Costco, race to launch convenient click-and-deliver grocery options in order to fight off online behemoth Amazon.com.Walmart announced Wednesday it is expanding its same-day online grocery delivery service to more than 40 per cent of U.S. households, or 100 metro areas, by year-end. In Canada, Walmart Canada currently offers grocery pick-up services in five major markets and plans to double the number of locations this year. It is also experimenting with online grocery delivery in some Greater Toronto Area locations with plans to launch a delivery service in Vancouver this summer.And Costco is exploring ways to deliver groceries to Canadian consumers after introducing a similar service to U.S. customers last October, according to a report in the Financial Post.Rival Loblaw Companies Ltd. has launched home delivery in Toronto and Vancouver, and Metro Inc., which offers delivery in the big Quebec markets, said it is looking to expand its online grocery offerings to Ontario this year.But Empire’s chief financial officer Michael Vels kept expectations tempered by saying “the e-commerce online offering will not be immediately profitable,” adding the company anticipates it will become a “growing and vibrant channel.”Medline indicated the company’s e-commerce efforts will initially be concentrated on the Greater Toronto Area because “that’s a market we need to and will win,” but he acknowledged “there are three or four other markets in the country that we need to look at.”He wouldn’t say how fast Empire will launch in other markets, but revealed that the company has secured its first customer fulfillment centre in Vaughan, Ont., a few hundred meters from its existing automated distribution centre.The fulfillment centre will be kitted out with Ocado’s signature robotics, which U.K. reports say can put together an order of more than 50 items within five minutes.“The issue for e-commerce in this country, in Canada, is that no one has given the customers a fantastic option,” said Medline.“It makes sense for us by offering customers something that they just never have seen before. We will have the highest market share of any grocer.”Medline’s more immediate concern was the increased pressure on sales from competitor Loblaw’s “curious” $25 gift cards offered to consumers after revealing its participation in an alleged bread price-fixing scandal, in which it implicated Sobey’s.The company had better-than-expected results for its third quarter as its revenue and profits improved compared with a year ago.It earned $58.1 million, up from $30.5 million or 11 cents per diluted share in the same period a year ago.Sales totalled $6.03 billion, up from $5.89 billion, while same-store sales excluding fuel increased 1.1 per cent.On an adjusted basis, Empire says it earned 33 cents per diluted share. Analysts on average had expected Empire to report an adjusted profit of 25 cents per diluted share, according to Thomson Reuters.Companies in this story: (TSX:EMP.A)
The 17 to 19 November visit will be the fourth this year for Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes, who previously travelled there in February, April and May.The UN has been closely monitoring the situation in Sri Lanka, where more than 270,000 people were staying in closed camps after hostilities between the military and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) ended in May.In recent months senior UN humanitarian and human rights officials have voiced concern over the safety of these internally displaced persons (IDPs), which according to recent estimates by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) now number about 163,000. 12 November 2009The United Nations humanitarian chief will undertake a mission to Sri Lanka next week, the world body announced today.
This update from Environment Canada: severe thunderstorm warning updated by environment canada at 7:50pm edt friday 19 july 2013.—————————————————————–—-severe thunderstorm warning for:-new- dunnville – caledonia – haldimandcity of torontokitchener – cambridge – region of waterloovaughan – richmond hill – markhamguelph – erin – southern wellington countysarnia – petrolia – western lambton countyuxbridge – beaverton – northern durham regionkingston – odessa – frontenac islandsorillia – lagoon city – washagobarrie – collingwood – hillsdalemidland – coldwater – orr laketamworth – sydenham – south frontenaccobourg – colborne – western northumberland countypickering – oshawa – southern durham regionfenelon falls – balsam lake park – northern kawartha lakesrodney – shedden – western elgin countybelleville – quinte west – eastern northumberland countysaugeen shores – kincardine – southern bruce countylistowel – milverton – northern perth countysimcoe – delhi – norfolkgananoque – mallorytownwoodstock – tillsonburg – oxford countyst. thomas – aylmer – eastern elgin countystratford – mitchell – southern perth countypeterborough city – lakefield – southern peterborough countylondon – parkhill – eastern middlesex countynapanee – conseconlindsay – southern kawartha lakesgoderich – bluewater – southern huron countyinnisfil – new tecumseth – angusowen sound – blue mountains – northern grey countywindsor – leamington – essex countyshelburne – mansfield – northern dufferin countystrathroy – komoka – western middlesex countynewmarket – georgina – northern york regioncaledonstirling – tweed – madocwingham – blyth – northern huron countymount forest – arthur – northern wellington countyorangeville – grand valley – southern dufferin countywatford – pinery park – eastern lambton countyhanover – dundalk – southern grey countypicton – sandbanks park.severe thunderstorm warning – downgraded from a tornado warningfor:dunnville – caledonia – haldimand.—————————————————————–—-–discussion–updated or ended by 8:40 pm edt.at 7:40 pm edt, scattered thunderstorms are tracking eastsoutheastward at 60 km/h.some of these thunderstorms are capable of producing damagingwinds and large hail as well as the threat for a tornado.torrential downpours are also associated. some places could seelocal rainfall amounts of 50 mm in an hour.
“The draft convention represents significant progress in international law for the protection of persons from enforced disappearance, in particular by defining enforced disappearance for the first time in a treaty,” the statement of the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearance of the UN Commission on Human Rights said.“This definition is entirely consonant with the United Nations Declaration on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance,” it added, referring to an action of the UN General Assembly taken in December 1992.The Assembly declaration states that enforced disappearance occurs when a person is deprived of liberty with the direct or indirect support or acquiescence of a government, which then refuses to disclose the fate or whereabouts of that person.The draft convention will be submitted to the Human Rights Commission, and subsequently to the General Assembly for their approval before being opened for signature and ratification next year.The Working Group on disappearances was established by the Commission in 1980 to assist the relatives of disappeared persons in ascertaining their fate and whereabouts. The panel also monitors the compliance of States with their obligations under the General Assembly declaration on the issue.In its statement, the Working Group reminds States that, pending the new convention’s entry into force, obligations under the Assembly declaration persist. “The Working Group will continue to serve as a channel for the clarification of cases of enforced disappearance in all States,” it concluded.
LabCorp to buy Covance in $6.1 billion cash and stock deal AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Nov 3, 2014 4:41 am MDT LabCorp will pay about $6.1 billion in cash and stock to buy Covance in a tie-up that aims to improve clinical trial research for pharmaceuticals.LabCorp said Monday that it will pay $105.12 for each share of the Princeton, New Jersey, company, representing a 32 per cent premium to Covance’s closing price Friday. Covance shareholders will receive $75.76 in cash and a portion of LabCorp stock for each share they own. They would hold a nearly 16 per cent ownership stake in the combined company.The deal totals $5.6 billion, not counting Covance debt.Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings said the new company will improve patient recruitment for trials, make the research more efficient and deliver drug data faster. LabCorp provides medical testing services through a network of laboratories, while Covance provides drug development services with a focus on nutritional analysis.LabCorp Chairman and CEO David P. King will lead the combined company while his Covance counterpart, Joe Herring, will lead its Covance division. The headquarters will be in Burlington, North Carolina, where Labcorp is based, and the Covance division will keep its headquarters in Princeton.Covance also said Monday it earned $66 million in its third quarter. Adjusted earnings came to 98 cents per share.That matched analyst expectations, according to Zacks Investment Research.Covance Inc. shareholders still need to approve the deal, which is expected to close in next year’s first quarter.Shares of Covance jumped 25 per cent, or $20.10, to $100 before the opening bell Monday. LabCorp shares closed at $109.29 on Friday and have risen nearly 20 per cent so far this year.
Jason Sykes examines the messages put out by the three major parties in this fall’s election.The official campaign for the Oct. 6 Ontario election kicked off this week. But candidates from the province’s three leading political parties have been quietly campaigning all summer long. Based on last few months of politicking, the provincial contest is shaping up to be a “real nail biter,” says a Brock instructor.Whoever does the best job of selling their narratives to the electorate will win this election, says Jason Sykes, who is teaching the third-year “Politics of Ontario” course in Political Science this semester.Sykes, a Brock alumnus in the final stages of completing his PhD at York University, says those messages boil down to Dalton McGuinty as the Tax Man, Tim Hudak as the Cuts Man and second coming of Mike Harris, and Andrea Horwath as the third alternative, something different.**What are some key issues facing the three main parties in Ontario?The challenge for the NDP is going to be to establish themselves as real contenders provincially. The question for them is, can they ride the orange wave that we’ve seen at the federal level?They also have to scare off the spectre of the Bob Rae government in Ontario, which will be a difficult hurdle for them to overcome.Horwath is doing a good job, but I’m not really sure many people know who she is. So her presence needs to go up in the minds of Ontarians if they expect to make an impact.As for both Hudak and McGuinty, they are more established politically in Ontario.Hudak also has the ghosts of the previous Harris government to contend with. For him, the challenge will be to strike a balance between distancing himself from that legacy and pandering to those loyalists who were fans of that administration.He also has divisions within his own party to deal with. Hudak recently came under fire from former provincial PC leader John Tory for stirring up the politics of division between new and long-term Ontarians. He also has to account for and make room for the right-wing fringe, like the Ontario Landowners Association, within his party.McGuinty’s biggest obstacle is going to be himself.He has been in power for eight years. And people tend to remember what they don’t like about you as opposed to what they liked. The things that people don’t agree with is what resonates with voters.His team is conscious of this. As we’ve seen in their ad spots, he’s been using the line, “I know I’m not the most popular guy…”Any sense on who’s election it is to lose?Early on, over the summer months, it looked like it was the PC’s contest to lose. But all that has recently changed. The race is now tightening up with the PCs falling back within close range of the Liberals and the NDP are making gains.There is no clear runaway leader at this point.It’s anyone’s guess how this is all going to play out. Especially since a recent poll asking voters to rate the leader they most disapprove of pegged McGuinty at 58 per cent and Hudak at 57 per cent. So neither one of them is overwhelmingly loved.What are the key issues going to be this election?Health care is still the No. 1 issue for Ontarians. And in this area, my sense is that McGuinty has the slight advantage.The economy is also going to be a real focus for voters. It’s hard to tell who is going to be able to excel in this area.Leaders from all parties are out there making big promises. Liberals are pledging a 30 per cent reduction in tuition and the PCs are promising health care spending increases.But the real question for voters is going to be “how are we going to pay for all this?”And this is what could leave Ontarians in the lurch. Everyone’s making promises and saying they’re going to get this and that done, but the reality is the economic foundations for these campaign assurances are still vague at this point.
Carmelo Anthony said he could not watch the trouble those in New York were enduring from Hurricane Sandy without doing something. So, the New York Knicks’ star forward did something.Anthony and others trekked to the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn, where some residents remain without electricity and water, and handed out boxes of food and housing supplies to those in need.“I wanted to step up to the forefront,” Anthony said to a small group of reporters on the scene. “We all know what Sandy did to our city, especially to Brooklyn, and to Red Hook, with us being right here on the water. It hit us pretty bad, so I feel like I’m the face of Red Hook and I wanted to come back and give back to the place I grew up.”In conjunction with the Carmelo Anthony Foundation, Feed the Children and Metro Ministries, Anthony delivered 500 boxes filled with food and cleaning supplies to a housing project on Columbia Avenue, a block away from where he lived as a child in Red Hook.Some residents of the surrounding projects say they have been without electricity or heat since the storm hit last Sunday.“Sometimes it feels like we’re the forgotten borough, the forgotten neighborhood,” said Red Hook resident Vanessa Bernard, who has been without power since last Sunday. “This is uplifting. Some families don’t have much at all, and it’s really difficult. Anything helps, and to do this is uplifting.”“We just wanted to provide a temporary relief,” Justice Anthony, Carmelo’s brother, said.Carmelo Anthony said it was a “no-brainer” to help.“I’m one of them, I was once one of them,” he said. “I grew up running around with a lot of the older guys as a little kid, so for me to come back and to help and give out house supplies and things like that, that’s the least I can do, especially at a time like this.”
Scottie Pippen former NBA star, will not face any criminal charges after meeting with police officials Monday to answer questions about the alleged altercation at Malibu’s Nobu restaurant.Los Angeles County sheriff’s office spokesman, Steve Whitmore, offered the following: “He came in to be interviewed, he’s been cooperative…Mr. Pippen will not be arrested, there’s more here than meets the eye.”Per witness accounts, a fight began near the valet station outside the restaurant, but there were no other details on what started the fight.TMZ reported Monday that Pippen may have seriously injured the man in the reported altercation and would be charged with felony assault. It said Pippen turned himself in to authorities in Malibu and that the man was knocked out after Pippen allegedly punched him in the face and kicked him repeatedly.There is still no mention as to the impetus behind the ordeal, only that the man suffered “broken teeth and a swollen mouth,” as well as head and back injuries.
Photo by espn.com.After all the rumblings in New York that Geno Smith was a disaster and totally ill-prepared to lead an NFL team–the rookie quarterback made a nice account of himself in the Jets’ season-opener, a stunning 18-17 last-second victory over Tampa Bay.Smith, who opened training camp in competition with incumbent and now-injured starter Mark Sanchez, went 24-for-38 for 256 yards, with a touchdown, an interception and a fumble. He also had 47 yards rushing and set up the game-winning field goal by drawing a personal foul penalty in the waning seconds.Down by two with just seconds left, Smith scrambled for 10 yards before running out of bounds. However, the Buccaneers’ Levonte David pushed him when he clearly was out of bounds, drawing the 15-yard penalty, setting up Nick Folk’s 48-yard field goal with two seconds left.“I’m never going to panic,” Smith said afterward. “It’s a game, it’s something that I’ve been playing my entire life, I’ve been in that situation plenty of times.”Not exactly. This was his first NFL game. In New York. And after a preseason effort that, when he was healthy, did not inspire confidence.“We knew that he’s a much better quarterback than he showed in that one preseason game when he was hobbling around,” Jets’ coach Rex Ryan said, referring to Smith’s three-interception performance against the Giants. “I think where he really helped us, he ran, he made some big plays running.”Smith was much better and his poise shone through. “I love playing with a team like this,” Smith said, “because you don’t have to go out there and try to be Superman.”It was not a super play that saved the day for the Jets, but it was one that Ryan said Smith made happen.“No question,” Ryan said. “They had everybody back in coverage, they were deep down the field. At the time we knew we needed to make a play and he did. He stepped up, presence of mind, he was running like crazy and got out of bounds.”“I just go out there and I told those guys ‘it’s never over,’ ” Smith said. “I was on the sideline talking to Kellen (Winslow Jr.) and we were going over situations. Talked with Willie Colon and telling those guys just, ‘Hey, give me some extra protection and we’ll find a way,’ and that’s what we did.”
Ohio State junior Joey McKenna faces off with Wyoming’s Bryce Meredith on Friday, March 16, 2018 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland at the NCAA wrestling championships. McKenna fell to Meredith by a 1-0 decision in the 141-pound semifinals. Credit: Jeff Helfrich | Senior Lantern ReporterCLEVELAND — With two sessions remaining in the NCAA wrestling championships and a slim chance at a team title for Ohio State, 141-pound junior Joey McKenna still did all that was asked and more than what was expected of him.McKenna was brought in via transfer in the offseason to win matches at the lower weights in the postseason and close the gap with perennial powerhouse Penn State.He has done just that. McKenna went undefeated in the Big Ten and NCAA championships until his loss to Wyoming’s Bryce Meredith in the semifinals Friday and surrendered just five points in that span of three matches.He then found it tough to get the taste of winning — as a team — out of his mouth.“My performance has direct implications on the team race, which actually makes me more excited to compete,” McKenna said. “Because not only am I contending for a national title myself but, what I do out on the mat pertains directly to how we’re going to do as a team.”McKenna picked up two early-round technical-fall decisions by a combined total of 31-1 in the first two round of the tournament and an 8-3 decision win in the quarterfinals before his slim 1-0 semifinals loss.Stanford, McKenna’s former school, was never in a team race near the level of the NCAA championships during the lightweight’s time there. Any match he wrestled had more individual than team implications. McKenna expressed to his team during a meeting this week that his level of enthusiasm had increased since joining Ohio State. It’s no longer just about him.Ohio State was left reeling last season after scoring one of the highest second-place point totals at the NCAA championships in history, yet still losing to Penn State. The program turned to a 141-pound transfer from Stanford who was homesick for New Jersey and looking for a change. That weight class was a weakness for both the Buckeyes and the Nittany Lions.McKenna’s transfer process was not a one-horse race. Among the competition for Ohio State was Penn State and Lehigh. But McKenna said the close-knit culture of the Buckeyes won out in the end. If McKenna had become a Nittany Lion, the national championship could have already been decided.“I was looking more at top programs, national contending programs,” McKenna said. “But really it was about having the best fit. If I would have went to Penn State it would have been a lock, but here I am and we’re contending right now. It’s a different outlook.”McKenna had been mostly foreign to raucous environments in dual meets and tournaments before arriving in Columbus. He said he experienced a dual meet in the Schottenstein Center that outclassed any meet he had at Stanford. That environment traveled to the nearby national tournament in Cleveland.“We were practicing all week in Columbus and I was just like, ‘This feels like a home outing.’ And it really is,” McKenna said. “Fifty percent of the fans it seems like are rooting for the Buckeyes every time we’re out on the mat. It’s just really fun.”On top of his undefeated performance at the Big Ten tournament and a semifinals run in the national tournament, McKenna also won a close match in a dual meet between Ohio State and Penn State on Feb. 3. Ranked 11th at the time, he upset No. 6 Nick Lee by a 7-6 decision and gave the Buckeyes an early lead they later relinquished.“[McKenna’s] been a blessing to the team,” Ohio State head coach Tom Ryan said. “He’s a great leader. It was hard to see him lose. He was wrestling extremely well. He ran into someone that was wrestling well, also. Just a great leader for us, and he’s blended into the team extremely well.”Despite a 19-1 regular-season record, McKenna feels he’s been an underdog for most of the season in a loaded Big Ten conference. He’s also found himself in a star-studded locker room full of accomplished veterans. But it won’t be that way for long.McKenna will soon take the place of many seniors departing the team, and become the veteran leader.“Obviously on the team you’ve got big heads like [senior] Kyle [Snyder] and [junior] Myles [Martin] and [redshirt sophomore] Kollin [Moore]. A lot of big shoes to live up to,” McKenna said. “That’s what I’m trying to do right now, just make a place for my name. I’m going to be a senior next year. Only being here one year so far, my second year I want to go ahead and lead the team next year.”Another reason McKenna said he chose Ohio State was Snyder, whom he knew beforehand through the northeast and international wrestling scene. The bond of the two has grown stronger since his transfer, much like McKenna’s resume.Snyder was impressed with his teammates both new and old, despite a losing streak that came early in the semifinals.“We had two close matches that we dropped and then a couple other close,” Snyder said. “Joey was close, Nate and Lee, they go back and forth, and then [Micah Jordan]. So I’m happy with all my teammates. I love them. They’re doing everything they can do, you know. But just stinks that we’re losing right now.”Ohio State had a championship-caliber team on paper thanks to the addition of McKenna.On Day Two of the NCAA championships, the Buckeyes entered loud and left quiet. The opposite is true of McKenna’s first season with Ohio State.“He didn’t say much for a while,” Ryan said. “He just worked really hard. And he earned the respect of his team with his work rather than his words. He’s been a pleasure to have.”
The number of NHS sites charging patients even though they have a blue badge has risen by almost a fifth in just three years, the figures show. The flagship Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London has just become the latest to plan such charges, prompting fury from elected patient governors. Disability campaigners said the changes were “disgraceful,” and could mean that some of the most vulnerable in society could end up losing access to care because they could not afford it. NHS hospitals are increasingly forcing disabled patients to pay for parking, an investigation reveals. Campaigners accused the NHS of having introduced a “wheelchair tax” which ignored the fact stations near Chelsea…
When you ship a piece of cross-platform software, it make sense to try and keep the experience a unified one. Your users probably own multiple devices, after all, and you don’t need to be confusing matters by placing UI elements in different spots and re-arranging menus. At Mozilla’s recent fxworkweek in Toronto, the Foundation’s UX teams showed off their vision for a more cohesive future.The sweeping curves that you may have seen before will eventually adorn Firefox across all platforms. Mock-ups of the desktop redesign were on display last month, and they showed a Chrome-y looking Firefox with new tabs, no giant orange button, and new download and menu buttons next to the Awesome Bar. That look has been softened slightly and the curves accentuated, and it’s clear that Mozilla is heading further away from the boxy tabs of Firefox past.Tweaks will be required, obviously. The Windows 8 Metro version will, for example, have tab thumbnails shown above and a toolbar at the bottom (which is revealed only when needed) as per the Metro design guidelines. The Android tablet version that was shown, however, retains the current layout: tab thumbnails at the side and an Awesome Bar layout that closely resembles the one from the standard desktop Firefox version.Another part of the UX overhaul that was shown: Reading Mode, which will perform an Instapaper (or Safari Reader) -like makeover on a webpage. Web content not required is stripped away, leaving just a traditional newspaper-column style text. Though the mock-ups only showed this on the Android version, it’s a good fit for other versions as well — particularly the Firefox Metro app for Windows 8.More at ExtremeTech
WORKERS AT TESCO Ireland are currently engaged in strike action across eight of its stores in a row over contracts.Yesterday, it emerged that many people are crossing the picket line to shop with Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin tweeting about local students in Drumcondra.The retailer claimed it had 45,000 customers across the impacted stores.Today we’re asking: Is it OK to cross the picket line? Poll Results: Short URL 44,382 Views By Sinead O’Carroll I don’t know (1411) No (14577) Tuesday 21 Feb 2017, 9:21 AM Yes (6309) 213 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3250252 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Poll: Is it OK to cross the picket line? Yesterday, Tesco Ireland claimed that 45,000 people shopped in stores picketed by strikers. YesNoI don’t knowVote Share1835 Tweet Email Feb 21st 2017, 9:21 AM
Stay on target A passerby had the scare of his life when he thought a fake Clark Griswold Christmas display was a real man in danger.Last week, an Austin-based family put up the National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation-inspired decorations, which featured lights and a Clark Griswold dummy wearing a flannel, jeans, and retro dad sneakers, reported KVUE. To complete the scene from the famous holiday movie, the family staged the dummy hanging from the roof and rigged a ladder underneath to make him look stuck.Weird Christmas lights decorations in Austin https://t.co/qRx0Hvm8JH pic.twitter.com/fNmFTjXRhe— KVUE News (@KVUE) December 1, 2018A day later though, Alfred, a retired veteran, walked by the fake Clark Griswold display and mistakingly thought the dummy was a legitimate human about to fall. KVUE news posted a video of the incident on Facebook, which was captured on the family’s Nest Cam that day.The video showed Alfred saying, “Oh mister, please hold on!” and wrestling with the ladder to try to rescue the dummy. Once that failed, Alfred frantically yelled, “HELP!” to cars driving by and then called 911.An Austin police officer then responded to the 9-1-1 call and spoke with a nanny who was in the house at the time. He alerted her that they’ve previously seen this local display, and that someone placed an emergency call over it.Following the incident, the family felt so bad about Alfred’s reaction. They issued a public apology and gave him a gift card to thank him for his heroic actions.Alfred, who eventually realized that the Clark Griswold decorations weren’t real, had a sense of humor about the holiday mishap. “I was trying to get him down any way I can. Except when I started talking to him, he never said nothing!” Alfred said over the phone to KVUE. “Then I thought, ‘Oh my God I hope he’s not dead, lemme call 9-1-1.’”The family also placed a sign at the bottom of their Clark Griswold display to caution other passerby. It reads, “Clark G is part of our Christmas display, please do not call 911.”More on Geek.com:‘Doctor Who’ Christmas Special Time Travels to New Year’s Day‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Gets Spooky Christmas EpisodeResearchers Taught a Computer to Compose Christmas Carols and It’s Creepy PewDiePie Pulls $50,000 Pledge to Anti-Hate Group After Fan BacklashPolice Arrest Dutch YouTubers for Trespassing Area 51 Site
Federico Bernardeschi has credited Juventus FC for the improvement in his mentality about the game thanks to more playing time.The former Fiorentina trainee has become a regular starter in the Azzurri squad and club Juventusis finding his feet in Turin and become a regular in the senior Italy squad.“Football is passion, hunger, all of my life,” he told Football Italia.“I must say that I am truly fortunate, because to embrace your passion as a profession too is something very special that, unfortunately, not everyone gets to experience.Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“Juventus is a marvellous club and a style, whose mentality has been the key to huge achievements over the years. I think a Juventus player becomes something special in that context.“It was tough at the start when I wasn’t playing very much, but I kept calm because I was well aware I had joined a massive club whose history speaks for itself.“I think every player has to go through his own maturation process before he can definitively become part of the Juve world. It’s only normal when joining such a big club.“I must say that over the last few months I’ve felt something that gives me an extra boost, above all mentally. I always worked on my mentality and I think that is bearing fruit.”Bernardeschi is a very versatile player who can work in midfield, on the wing, in the trident attack or even as a pure striker.
In this episode, Vellturo spilled the beans on her favorite live concert of all time, the best place to score pizza in New York City, why the color pink and Tamagotchis rock, her first favorite band (hint: it’s a ’90s boy band), guilty song pleasure (another hint: “maybe” you know it), and more.You can catch Vellturo on tour in North America now through June. And if you get the chance for some face time, how about bringing her a Tamagotchi or a Justin Timberlake action figure? Watch One Take With Pronoun Aka Alyse Vellturo one-take-pronoun-gets-possessive-pizza-nsync-tamagotchis-more Watch One Take With Little Big Town One Take With Indie Pop-Duo Freedom Fry Watch One Take With Superfruit Email Watch: One Take With Khalid Watch: One Take With Khalid News Watch One Take With Logic One Take With Reggae Artist Ziggy Marley Watch: One Take With Lights Watch: One Take With Brandy Clark Watch One Take With Halestorm Watch One Take With Nick Cannon Watch One Take With Julia Michaels One Take With The Mrs Watch: One Take With MØ One Take With Pop Trio Ocean Park Standoff One Take With Australian Singer/Rapper Mallrat Watch One Take With Marian Hill Watch: One Take With MØ Watch: One Take With Brandy Clark One Take With Reggae Artist Ziggy Marley One Take With Singer/Songwriter Kacey Musgraves Watch: One Take With Brandy Clark Watch: One Take With Pronoun Watch One Take With Anthony Hamilton One Take With Superstar DJ Tiësto Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs” One Take With Indie Pop-Duo Freedom Fry Watch: One Take With Gramps Morgan One Take One Take With The Mrs Watch One Take With Superfruit Watch One Take With Anthony Hamilton Watch: One Take With Gramps Morgan Watch One Take With Anthony Hamilton Watch One Take With Julia Michaels One Take With Indie Pop-Duo Freedom Fry Watch G-Eazy Take On One Take One Take With Producer Greg Wells One Take With Grupo Fantasma Watch One Take With Nick Cannon One Take With Australian Singer/Rapper Mallrat One Take With Singer/Songwriter Kacey Musgraves Watch One Take With Julia Michaels Watch: One Take With Lights Watch: One Take With MØ One Take With Producer Greg Wells One Take With Le Butcherettes Prev Next Watch: One Take With Deva Mahal One Take With The Mrs One Take With Grupo Fantasma Watch: One Take With Gramps Morgan One Take With Amber Rubarth Watch: One Take With Pronoun Watch: One Take With Dorothy Watch One Take With Marian Hill One Take With Demo Taped Watch: One Take With Deva Mahal One Take With Singer/Songwriter Kacey Musgraves Watch: One Take With Lights Watch One Take With Little Big Town One Take: Pronoun Gets Possessive On Pizza, *NSync, Tamagotchis & More Watch One Take With Logic Watch: One Take With Khalid Watch One Take With Afrojack One Take With Demo Taped Watch: One Take With Dorothy Watch One Take With Superfruit One Take With Reggae Artist Ziggy Marley One Take With Demo Taped One Take With Producer Greg Wells Watch One Take With Halestorm Watch One Take With Marian Hill Facebook One Take With Pop Trio Ocean Park Standoff One Take With Australian Singer/Rapper Mallrat NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO May 2, 2018 – 2:15 pm Watch: One Take With Pronoun One Take With Superstar DJ Tiësto Watch G-Eazy Take On One Take Watch: One Take With Pronoun One Take With Amber Rubarth Watch One Take With Nick Cannon Watch One Take With Afrojack One Take With Amber Rubarth Watch: One Take With Dorothy One Take With Pop Trio Ocean Park Standoff One Take With Le Butcherettes The Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter dishes on the best slice of pizza in NYC, her favorite thing to come out of the ’90s, her guilty pleasure, and … you’ll have to watch to find out what elseTim McPhateGRAMMYs May 2, 2018 – 2:27 pm Last we heard, Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Pronoun — aka Alyse Vellturo — was prepping to release her first full-length LP for 2018, which promises to continue the genuine songcraft she hinted at on her 2016 EP, There’s No One New Around You. In the meantime, we caught up with Vellturo for a go at One Take, GRAMMY.com’s rapid-fire question game that challenges your favorite artists to answer as many questions about life, music and everything else in just one minute. One Take With Grupo Fantasma Watch One Take With Halestorm Watch: One Take With Deva Mahal Watch G-Eazy Take On One Take Watch One Take With Afrojack Watch One Take With Little Big Town One Take With Le Butcherettes Watch One Take With Logic Twitter One Take With Superstar DJ Tiësto
WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple is asking weekly questions to the seven candidates running in contested primaries for the Wilmington/Tewksbury State Representative seat (19th Middlesex).Below, in her own words, are the responses to this week’s questions from candidate Erika Johnson (D-Wilmington).#13) The Massachusetts education funding formula hasn’t been updated in 25 years. This Chapter 70 formula fails to provide the funding needed for school districts to fund core expenses. The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center published a report last week (“Building An Education System That Works For Everyone: Funding Reforms To Help All Our Children Thrive“) detailing the problem. The Wilmington & Tewksbury School Committees have long advocated for the State House to update the Chapter 70 formula. Do you commit to fighting for an updated formula? What else will you do as State Representative to help our public schools?Education is the key to the future, therefore, our public schools deserve to be well-funded if not, fully funded. The current formula, Chapter 70 is outdated and absolutely needs to be updated. The formula, as it stands, is stacked against students in low-income communities.I have heard from several teachers along the campaign trail who tell stories of how much they’ve spent out of pocket to be able to provide their students the best education possible, it’s eye-opening. Our teachers need better support and the resources needed to provide a world-class education for all students.I was a strong proponent of the Millionaires tax, a ballot initiative that was recently struck down by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on a legal technicality (not the substance of the bill). This tax would have increased taxes for those receiving an annual income of over $1 million and all revenue would fund public education and public transportation. Over the weekend, I had the opportunity to hear Democratic Gubernatorial candidate, Jay Gonzalez speak at an event hosted by the Burlington Democratic Town Committee at which Gonzalez expressed that he would support a bill along the lines of the Millionaires tax that taxed the richest in Massachusetts to fully fund our public schools and public transportation, a measure I would be happy to champion if elected.There is currently a bill “S. 308: An Act Strengthening and Investing in our Educators, Students and Communities” that would update the Chapter 70 funding formula, mandates a moratorium on and replacement of the state’s high-stakes testing regime, promotes community collaboration in improving schools, and provides services critical to student academic and social-emotional development, such as recess for grade-schoolers and appropriate bilingual education services for non-native speakers (Summary provided by the Massachusetts Teachers Association). I fully support this bill as I believe it will vastly improve our public education system in Massachusetts for all students and urge our Legislature to act on this bill.I am also supportive of keeping the cap on charter schools, as I proudly voted “No” on Question 2, one of the ballot initiatives in 2016. Charter schools take taxpayer dollars yet are run by nonprofit or for-profit organizations and are exempt from regulations put forth by state and local boards of education in curriculum and hiring practices. Raising the cap or funding for charter schools takes away money and resources for our public school children with no accountability.Every child living in Massachusetts has the right to a quality public education that prepares them for current and future job markets. With that said, we must be sure that with any update to education funding, we are advocating for every child – regardless of their zip code, household income, if they are English Language Learners (ELL), if they require special education or Individualized Education Program (IEP), etc.#14) Define “negative campaigning.” Do you pledge not to engage in any negative campaigning during this election? Why or why not? When responding to an attack, will you follow the “when they go low, we go high” Michelle Obama mantra or the “when someone attacks me, I always attack back… except 100x more” Donald Trump mantra?I do not plan to engage in negative campaigning during this election. With so much on the line for our district, it is important to stay focused on the issues not personal attacks.I will be taking Michelle Obama’s approach, “When they go low, we go high”.(NOTE: Do you have a question for the candidates? 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Logo of Anti Corruption Commission. File photoAt least 12 people managed getting registration of Bangladesh Medical and Dental Council (BMDC) as MBBS degree holders without having that degree in the first place, reports UNB.The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) in a drive on Thursday unearthed gross irregularities in the way BMDC is giving registration to fake MBBS degree holders.ACC public relations officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya told UNB that the commission conducted the drive after receiving the complaint in its hotline (106) against 12 so called physicians who took BMDC registration without the degree.ACC director general (administration) Mohammad Munir Chowdhury ordered the immediate investigation and operation against the accused who took the BMDC registration on the basis of the fake degree in the name of Taishan Medical University of China.A team led by deputy director Mohammad Mahmud Hasan immediately conducted a drive in the city’s office of BMDC to find out the truth.ACC primarily found that the accused did not get the degree from the Taishan Medical University in China.The BMDC officials present during the ACC drive failed to explain the irregularities.Regarding the operation, the DG of the Enforcement Operations (ACC) Mohammad Munir Chowdhury said, “BMDC can’t provide registration without proper verification. The ACC will immediately investigate the incident and identify the responsible people and take strict legal process.”
US President Donald Trump ©, first lady Melania Trump, and their son Barron Trump, using a fidget spinner, walk off Air Force One after arriving at Andrews Airforce base, Maryland. Photo: AFPAs of Sunday night, the White House has two new occupants: US First Lady Melania Trump and her son Barron have finally moved in to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.Six months after President Donald Trump arrived, the Slovenia-born former model and the couple’s 11-year-old son joined him, an aide to the First Lady told AFP.The pair had previously stayed in New York so that Barron could complete the school year. He is expected to attend St. Andrews Episcopal school, just outside Washington, in the 2017-2018 session.Before reaching the capital Melania and Barron descended the steps of Air Force One alongside President Trump at Joint Base Andrews, with the youngster—decked in a tee-shirt that read ‘The Expert’—playing with a fidget spinner.Melania’s parents had joined them for the short flight from Bedminster, New Jersey, where Trump had spent the weekend at his golf course.After arriving at the White House Melania tweeted a picture from a window looking on to the South Lawn and the Washington Monument.“Looking forward to the memories we’ll make in our new home! #Movingday” she wrote.Melania is the first First Lady in modern history to delay her arrival in Washington after an election win.During the week at least, Trump had been living alone in the vast, private quarters of the White House as he fends off the flood of reporting over Russia having allegedly meddled in the 2016 US election with the aim of helping him defeat Hillary Clinton.The first lady has mostly kept a low profile since her real estate mogul husband became president.Arguably, her biggest public outing came last month when she and Trump visited the Middle East and Europe on a trip that the White House later praised as a resounding success.