Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_imgCONTINUING WORK ANTIGONISH COUNTY: Carl’s Lake Bridge Carl’s Lake Bridge on Merland Church Road, Merland, is closed toall traffic until further notice for repairs. A detour is available on Monastery Road to Trunk 4 in Monastery.Traffic control consists of signs. KINGS COUNTY: Simpson Bridge Simpson Bridge on Gaspereau River Road is closed for majorrepairs. A detour is available. Traffic control consists ofsigns. Local Area Office: 902-863-3420 Fax: 902-863-7365 Local Area Office: 902-563-2526 Fax: 902-563-2517 DIGBY COUNTY: Gates Bridge Gates Bridge, near the intersection of Sissiboo Road and GatesLane, will have a 10-tonne weight restriction until bridgerepairs are completed. Heavy vehicles are advised to use Trunk 1 and cross the SissibooRiver at Weymouth. Local Area Office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7047 CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Coxheath Road Work will continue on the interchange ramps on Coxheath Roaduntil June. Traffic control persons will be in place. A detour is availableon Route 4 and Blacketts Lake Road. -30- Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 PICTOU COUNTY: Carmichael Road Toney River Bridge on Carmichael Road in Pictou County is closeduntil further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. A detouris available on Popular Hill Road and Meadowville Station Road. Local Area Office: 902-679-6122 Fax: 902-679-6187 Local Area Office: 902-527-5448 Fax: 902-527-5371 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103 Work is continuing on the Highway 103 twinning project betweenExit 4 at Hubley and Exit 5 at Tantallon. Motorists crossing Highway 103 on Trunk 3, and on Route 213,Hammonds Plains Road, must detour over temporary structures. Minor blasting may occur near exits 4 and 5 between 9 a.m. and3:30 p.m. until March 31. Efforts will be made to minimize delaysat peak travelling times. Work in the area is expected to continue until the fall.last_img read more

Premier Announces Economic Advisory Panel

first_imgPremier Rodney MacDonald today, Dec. 10, announced the creation of the Premier’s Economic Advisory Panel. The 14-member group is made up of business leaders from across the province. Panel members represent a range of businesses including retail, infrastructure, agriculture and economics. Through their business interests, panel members provide jobs for thousands of Nova Scotians. “I want to thank the members of the panel for accepting the invitation to join this important initiative,” said Premier MacDonald. “I know these men and women have very busy lives, and it says a lot that they will take the time to volunteer to help our province through a difficult period.” The advisory panel will be in place for two years and will meet quarterly. Panel member Al MacPhee, president, Nova Scotia Automobile Dealers Association, said he is honoured to be part of such a group. Mr. MacPhee operates one of the largest dealerships in Atlantic Canada and serves on several provincial and national boards. “The people the premier has pulled together to be part of this panel speaks volumes about the business community in our province,” said Mr. MacPhee. “We have representatives from across the province and from a number of sectors. I feel we have something to offer, and am pleased to see the premier reach out to those of us facing economic challenges first hand.” “We have a who’s who of business in our province,” said Premier MacDonald. “Their experience will be invaluable as we work through difficulties caused by the worldwide economic slowdown. And, of course, because many of these people do business elsewhere in Canada and around the world, they may be able to provide input about opportunities that we otherwise might not be aware of.” The panel will provide feedback, information and advice on general economic conditions in Nova Scotia and around the world, including trends and opportunities. The first meeting will be held in January.last_img read more

Two historysheeters shot dead in Jagaddal

first_imgKolkata: Two notorious criminals were shot dead on Thursday night and Friday afternoon in Jagaddal area. One of the miscreants, identified as Raju alias Gobor Raju was found dead at Kaugachhi area in Jagaddal on Thursday night.On the other hand, on Friday afternoon, a notorious criminal identified as Prabhu Sau was reportedly shot dead in Jagaddal during a hot chase by police. According to sources, on Thursday night local residents of Khudiramnagar at Kaugachhi in Jagaddal saw a youth lying in front of a ration shop. When they went close to him, they found Raju lying dead in a pool of blood. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersJagaddal police station was informed immediately. Later, police recovered the body and sent it for autopsy examination. During preliminary inspection, two bullet injuries were found on the body. It is suspected that Raju might have been shot by some other criminals from his rival gang. Meanwhile, on Friday afternoon police personnel patrolling the Sukhiapara area in plain clothes saw two notorious criminals of the area. When they tried to intercept the duo, they reportedly started running in order to flee. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaWhen police chased them, the duo allegedly hurled bombs and fired multiple rounds at them. Sources informed that police also fired several rounds in retaliation. While fleeing, one miscreant somehow managed to give a slip to the police, whereas Sau climbed up to the roof of a house from outside. At that moment, a bullet penetrated his head from behind and he fell through the asbestos roof. Though police initially denied the firing, Commissioner of Police (CP) Manoj Verma later admitted that the police personnel had fired in self-defense. However, he did not make it clear whether Sau had died due to police firing. According to Verma, both the criminals had come there a few days ago and threatened the local residents. They came there again on Thursday, about which police were informed by their sources. He also stated that both the deceased have criminal records. Search is on to nab the other criminal who managed to flee. In a separate incident, unknown miscreants hurled a few bombs at Kantapukur area, where police had arranged a football match to regain confidence of the local residents. The match was subsequently cancelled due to the incident.last_img read more

A play about homophobic bullying rings true for a theatregoer whos experienced

first_imgJessica Grey, who identifies as bisexual and was bullied in school, says seeing the play Outside has opened her eyes to the ways that theatre can make issues real for people. (BERNARD WEIL) Advertisement I was curious how someone with experience of the issues in the show might respond and, through Roseneath and Buddies, found Grey.She identifies as bisexual, experienced bullying in school and has struggled with mental health issues. Through her current work as a youth intern at Central Toronto Youth Services, Grey is “using my own stories and my own experiences to help other people get through.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment “I didn’t know there were plays like this, telling the truth, basically.”That’s 24-year-old Jessica Grey’s response to Outside, Paul Dunn’s play about the effects of homophobic bullying on one young man and his wider community. Grey and I attended a recent daytime performance at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, in the company of a full house of 7th to 12th graders.Roseneath Theatre’s production of Outside, directed by the company’s artistic director, Andrew Lamb, has toured Ontario schools on and off since 2015 and has been seen by over 35,000 young people. Along the way it earned two Dora nominations and, this weekend, will have two public evening performances at Buddies. Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement But a play about this material is a new wrinkle for her. Outside is the story of 15-year-old Daniel (G. Kyle Shields), whose life is turned upside down when his schoolmates create a cruel game that revolves around calling him “faggot.” While those of us who are long out of high school might like to think this kind of homophobic abuse is a thing of the past, Grey says the premise rings true.“It is real,” she says, “and it’s sad and it shouldn’t be that way, but it is a real thing still. It’s still a stigma that’s being broken down. People are still learning to catch themselves when they’re saying things. There are lots of micro-aggressions all the time.”The play treats its material with considerable complexity and does not provide easy answers. Daniel comes out as gay to himself and others in the course of the play but doesn’t admit how difficult his situation at school is becoming. That “would be making it real, what was happening, and I didn’t want it to be real,” the character says.This resonated strongly with Grey: “I know what that’s like, in the sense that you don’t want to talk about it with your family because you think they won’t understand; you don’t want to talk about it at school because it’s going to cause more of a problem. Realistically you’re the only one that’s dealing with it. No one understands what you are going through, and you get more and more used to keeping it to yourself.”The action in the play moves between Daniel talking about his experience to the Gay-Straight Alliance in his new school; and the attempts of friends at his old school, Krystina (Mina James) and Jeremy (Giacomo Sellar), to set up a similar organization. In flashback scenes we learn about how the three became friends and about Daniel’s downward spiral, which involves depression and a suicide attempt.I wonder why Daniel doesn’t reveal the depth of his personal struggle even to his closest allies. Grey says she gets it: “It’s easier to be, like, OK you’re my friend and you’re here, and we don’t need to be that deep and open because if you’re not OK with it then I have nobody.”Grey balks at my suggestion that the play has to do with society needing to show more sensitivity to difference: “It’s not just about being sensitive. There’s something that irks me about that whole thing . . . we’re all just humans. It shouldn’t matter where we came from, how we identify, how we got here, whatever. It should just be that I’m a human, you’re a human and we co-exist together. We have to get to the place where it’s not about ‘accepting’ each other.”Is there a risk, I wonder, in putting this play in front of young people for whom the subject matter might be close to home?“When we were leaving there was a girl — it kind of broke my heart a bit — but she said she was crying during the show,” Grey recounts. “She has tried to kill herself four times. Four times! The play was making her feel comfortable enough to say that. That’s one of the reasons why I’m doing the project I’m working on right now, getting the voice out there that these things happen with youth all the time and that you shouldn’t be afraid to talk about what you’re going through.”Grey says that seeing this play has opened her eyes to the ways that theatre can make issues real for people. “You can ignore a poster or an ad on TV, but when you sit down to watch a play and you listen to the words coming through and the actions, like a short skit of real life, it gets under your skin.”At the Theatre With . . . is an occasional series in which theatre critic Karen Fricker brings people with specialist perspectives to performances.by Karen Fricker Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Vigils held for Sagkeengs Serena McKay on the weekend

first_imgBrittany Hobson APTN National NewsTwo vigils were held to remember Serena Mckay.The 19-year old was murdered on the Sagkeeng First Nation in Manitoba. Her body was discovered April 24.Two teenage girls have been charged with her murder.bhobson@aptn.calast_img

Teaching Day on Cannabis to Escalate Tension Between PAM and PJD

Rabat – Tensions between the Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM) and the Justice and Development Party (PJD) – already running high due to to the teacher trainee protests – are expected to increase further this week as the municipality of Rabat, currently controlled by the PJD, is due to host a “teaching day” on cannabis on Wednesday.The symposium, which will be hosted by the National Coalition for the Fight Against Drugs and the governmental council that oversees the Rabat-Sale-Kenitra region, will be titled “The Effects of Cannabis on Social Peace and Sustainable Development” a hall administered by the local government.Tangier’s local government, which is presently controlled by the PAM party, held a similar symposium on the international level last month during which a royal spokesperson addressed the attendees on King Mohammed VI’s future policy for the cultivation of cannabis. The coalition co-hosting the event this week is headed by Rashida Almuqre Abuzayd, who is affiliated with the PJD — PAM’s current rival in the political arena. According to Abuzayd, the cultivation of the cannabis plant in rural areas in the northern part of the country is not as old as suggested by the supporters of plant growers.The practice only dates back to the last century, she said, representing her opposition to the presence of the drug in Morocco. A stance which runs contrary to the pro-cultivation position of the PAM and the Independence Party.The anti-drug coalition also attacked the symposium held in Tangier, saying the event contributed to a type of official acceptance of the drug in Morocco and thus, betrayed the country.Parties supporting the growth of cannabis in the country have released draft laws on the issue in the past, however, opposing parties and other social organizations have vocalized their ardent criticism of these proposals. read more

Fuel train crashes into elephants killing five

The elephants had been crossing the railway line when the train crashed into them. The train had been transporting fuel from Colombo to Batticaloa when the accident took place.Residents in the area collected fuel from the damages fuel tanks following the accident. A train transporting fuel crashed into a herd of elephants killing five elephants along the Batticaloa railway line today.The accident took place between Habarana and Palugaswewa on the Batticaloa line. The train derailed following the impact and some of the fuel tanks had overturned. Train services along the track were temporarily restricted till the derailed train was removed. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Grimsby Plane Crash

A 77 year old man is in hospital after the plane he was piloting crashed in a farmers field near the Grimsby Air Park.The small one seater plane took off Saturday morning from the Grimsby Air Park and crashed almost immediately.The cause is still unknown, but the pilot is lucky to be alive.It was just after 11:30am, the pilot is a 77 year old man from the area. He was conscious and alert when paramedics arrived. The pilot was taken to Hamilton General Hospital with injuries to his head and torso.The plane, a small Vans RV 6 or 7 was assembled by the owner.Transport Canada is still investigating read more

TimorLeste UN envoy urges renewed pledge to judiciary

Two days before the mandate of the United Nations Office in Timor-Leste (UNOTIL) comes to an end, the Secretary General’s Special Representative to the Southeast Asian nation called for renewed commitment to the integrity of the country’s judicial system.In a statement released in the capital of Dili, Special Representative Sukehiro Hasegawa urged all members of the judiciary – national and international judges, prosecutors and defence lawyers – to uphold the tenets of professional integrity, judicial impartiality and independence. To ensure the system functions properly, the safety and security of judges and prosecutors must be enhanced, he added.The Security Council created UNOTIL last year as a special political mission to carry out peacebuilding activities. Last week, the Council briefly expanded the mission’s mandate, which was set to expire on 20 August.The security situation remains fragile in the nation, which the UN helped guide to independence from Indonesia in 2002. A wave of violence earlier this year left dozens dead and forced 155,000 people to flee their homes after clashes erupted when the Government dismissed about 600 soldiers who had gone on strike. With the UNOTIL mandate winding up on Friday, all 17 international judges, prosecutors, defence lawyers and court clerks recruited by the mission are now completing their assignments. The UN Development Programme (UNDP) is taking over many of these positions and recruiting new people so the public prosecution service and courts can keep running. UNOTIL is also arranging for additional prosecutors to be deployed from other international judiciary institutions on a temporary basis to sustain the rule of law in the country.As unlawful violent acts continue, these steps are designed to help the Timorese judiciary institutions handle the greater number of arrests by international forces. The number of arrests is expected to increase with the arrival of the UN police and the new UN mission in Timor-Leste.“Once the new international judges and prosecutors arrive within the new few weeks, judicial proceedings will be stepped up to address not only the pending, but also newly emerging cases,” Mr. Hasegawa said. read more

Namibia critical funding shortfall threatens to cut off UN food for 90000

Some 90,000 orphans and vulnerable children in Namibia will be deprived of vital food supplies in the second half of December because of a critical shortage of funding, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) announced today.“It’s an unjust and preventable tragedy that children – especially orphans – become the victims of funding shortfalls,” WFP Country Director John Prout said, noting that it was already too late to ensure an uninterrupted flow of food to the children through December. But if $1 million were donated in cash now, WFP could resume rations in January. The longer it takes to receive donations, the longer it will take to get the feeding programmes back on track. WFP is facing a shortfall of $4 million for its operations in Namibia through to April, and needs a total of $9 million through to the end of 2007. “The international community should not forget that a hungry child in Namibia is every bit as desperate as a vulnerable child in the rest of the world,” Mr. Prout said. “As new problems emerge in different parts of Africa, and the rest of the world, donor focus has shifted away from southern Africa and all our programmes across the region have been affected by the reduced availability of resources.” WFP has been working with the Namibian Government for the last 18 months to help orphans and vulnerable children in northern Namibia, which has the highest HIV/AIDS rates. Now that the programmes are underway funding has dried up at the most critical time, the ‘lean season’ when food from the last harvest runs out, the agency noted. Across the region, excluding Namibia, WFP faces a funding shortfall of $48 million for programmes in Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe which assist about 4.5 million people. Since re-starting operations in Namibia, WFP has not received a single donation towards its operation. Instead, it used internal untied multi-lateral donations, hoping the international community would support these critically-needed feeding programmes. read more

Football Kerry Coombs promoted to Assistant Coordinator Defense

OSU coach Kerry Coombs is interviewed during media day on Dec. 29. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorKerry Coombs will be tacking on a few extra responsibilities to his list on the defensive side of the Ohio State football team as he was promoted to assistant defensive coordinator Thursday.Coombs has spent the past five seasons as cornerbacks coach and past four as special teams coordinator, and will remain in both positions in addition to his new job.“Kerry Coombs is absolutely deserving of this promotion to assistant coordinator, defense,” coach Urban Meyer said in a press release. “He is an outstanding coach, instructor and mentor to the young men in this program. He is one of the best recruiters in the nation. He is incredibly loyal, and we at Ohio State are very fortunate that he loves this school and loves being a Buckeye.”Coombs’ loyalty has kept him with the Buckeyes for the past six seasons, including all five seasons the program has been guided by Meyer. During his tenure, every one of the team’s starting cornerbacks has reached the NFL, including his most recent pairing which was selected in the first round of the NFL draft: Marshon Lattimore and Gareon Conley.Last season, the Buckeyes’ secondary proved to be a major factor in the team’s run to the College Football Playoff semifinals. They allowed the fewest passing yards per game (172.2), tallied the fourth-most interceptions (21) and returned the most interceptions for touchdowns of any Division I school (seven).Coombs will lead his latest unit out onto the field when the team travels to Bloomington, Indiana, in a matchup with the Indiana Hoosiers on Aug. 31, with kickoff scheduled for 8 p.m. read more

Sunday Morning Quarterback Evaluating Ohio States win against Illinois

Ohio State improved to 10-0 Saturday with a convincing win against Illinois, 52-22. While the result shouldn’t shock anyone – Illinois is likely the worst team in the Big Ten – this is an OSU team that has struggled against the likes of Indiana and Purdue. But everything was clicking for the Scarlet-and-Gray on Saturday, and OSU is now just two wins away from a perfect season. More than just Miller Sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller will continue to receive Heisman hype, but it was a collective effort on the ground for the Buckeyes, who piled up 330 yards rushing against the Illini. Carlos Hyde has been a revelation this season. The junior running back rushed for 137 yards and three scores, while averaging 7.6 yards per carry. It’s fairly easy to move the chains when your running back averages nearly a first down, and thanks to Hyde, the Buckeyes had no problem doing so against Illinois. All told OSU converted 32 first downs, a team best for the season. Defenses have to respect Hyde, and they occasionally over-commit when it looks like the physical running back is about to tote the rock through the middle. When the defense does, Miller is able to keep the ball on read-option plays, and scamper toward the undefended outside for big gains. Hyde’s power complements Miller’s speed and elusiveness and the duo have become one of the nation’s most lethal combinations on the ground. It should be comforting for Buckeye fans to know that each has eligibility to return next season, though Hyde potentially could flirt with an early departure for the NFL. Meanwhile, redshirt sophomore running back Rod Smith is piecing together a respectable season in his own right. Smith was ranked by ESPN as the seventh best running back prospect in 2010 coming out of Paul Harding High School in Fort Wayne, Ind., but it’s taken some time for him to live up to that billing. After redshirting in 2010, Smith opened the 2011 season as a potential breakout star. Instead he struggled with ball security, and was eventually buried on the depth chart. This year, Smith has quietly emerged as a solid backup option, and the coaching staff seems intent on getting him more touches. Smith caught his first career touchdown reception against Illinois, a 51-yard strike off a wheel route. The play featured a formation that the Buckeyes used a lot on Saturday, lining both Hyde and Smith in the backfield on either side of Miller. “It’s a great look,” coach Urban Meyer said. “That has always been in the playbook, but we never had enough confidence. Now we do. I think it was a productive set and I think you’ll see more of that.” Looking past the bye week OSU is off with a bye next weekend, and will return to action on Nov. 17 against Wisconsin in the team’s final road test. Wisconsin was a preseason favorite to win the Big Ten, but has been an up-and-down team all season. They will likely be on the down turn against the Buckeyes, playing without starting freshman quarterback Joel Stave, who was injured for the season last weekend. Wisconsin is a run-first football team, and without its starting quarterback it will rely even more on its ground attack. This plays right into OSU’s strength – though the Silver Bullets have struggled against spread offenses, power-run teams haven’t fared well against the Buckeye’s defense. The most comparable opponent to Wisconsin is Michigan State, and OSU held its run game in check earlier this year. OSU will have to overcome one of the Big Ten’s most ruthless road environments in Camp Randall Stadium, but it fared well in a similar test at Penn State on Oct. 27. With an extra week to prepare, OSU will be favored to do the same at Wisconsin. Then there is The Game, the finale against Michigan. With a potentially perfect record on the line, in Meyer’s first game against the Wolverines, expect to see a fired-up ball club on Nov. 24 in Ohio Stadium. Both games will likely be close contests, and OSU could very well be facing its two most talented opponents in the coming weeks. But the bottom line is, with two games remaining, OSU is in a favorable position to complete a perfect season. Give an extra helmet sticker to … Sophomore linebacker Ryan Shazier. Shazier led the team with 14 tackles, and he continues to assert himself as one of the team’s leaders on defense. Aside from Miller, there may not be a more valuable player on this team than Shazier. He has almost single-handedly legitimized the Buckeyes’ linebackers, which seemed to be the weak-link of the defense not too long ago. Because of a lack of depth and injuries, OSU features senior Zach Boren, a converted full back, next to Shazier at linebacker. Shazier has elevated his play the past three weeks, allowing Boren to settle within the defense. OSU’s defense as a whole has also looked improved the past three weeks, and that, by no means, is a coincidence. read more

Commentary NFL playoffs divisional round has potential for great games and lopsided

The NFL’s divisional round playoff games this weekend are likely to range from close fought slugging matches between evenly matched teams, to complete and utter blowouts as some of the best and most overrated teams take to the field. Ravens at Broncos Saturday 4:30 p.m. Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice and Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will square off Saturday as the Ravens travel to Mile High Stadium in Denver. There’s a long list of statistics that point to the Ravens having no shot whatsoever in this game. The Broncos have won 11 straight games. Manning has won nine in a row against the Ravens, including playoff games. Last week Baltimore gave up almost 300 passing yards Indianapolis Colts rookie quarterback Andrew Luck who was without his offensive coordinator, and the Ravens gave up those numbers at home. The Ravens are operating on a short week of rest against a Broncos team that has been off since late December, and when these two teams met less than a month ago the Broncos won 34-17. All these factors combined with an aging team could spell disaster for Baltimore, but there is some hope. Manning has never won a playoff game when the temperature at kickoff time was below 40 degrees. His numbers in those games are very un-Manning like, a combined 64 for 120 for 612 yards with one touchdown, seven interceptions and a record of 0-3. That being said, he’s still Peyton Manning and he’s had all season to get used to playing in Denver. The Broncos will probably roll over the Ravens and make it look fairly easy. Broncos win by 12. Packers at 49ers Saturday 8 p.m. This game contains some of the more interesting storylines of the weekend: two starting quarterbacks with roots in the opposing team’s area, and the classic matchup between explosive offense and hard-nosed defense. Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers is from the northern California city of Chico and grew up rooting for the San Francisco 49ers. Conversely, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is from Milwaukee, Wis., and grew up rooting for the Packers. Now the two will go to war against their childhood teams for a shot at the NFC Championship.  Green Bay’s offense, which finished the regular season ranked fifth in the league in points scored, will face a San Francisco defense that was second in points allowed. The Packers’ offensive output is even more impressive considering the injury problems they have faced throughout the season. They lost their top wide receiver, Greg Jennings, for half the season due to an abdominal tear, and starting running back Cedric Benson went down earlier in the year with a sprained left foot that required surgery. With Jennings back in the offense, Green Bay is even better than their top five rank would indicate. If the Packers can grab an early lead they will win this game easily. They have the fourth-most sacks in the league, and the 49ers allow the ninth-most sacks. If Kaepernick has to drop back a lot, the 49ers are in trouble. It’s also worth noting this is his first-ever NFL playoff game. However, if the 49ers can jump out in front early and let their elite running game and defense take over, then the Packers could struggle since their rushing defense is ranked in the bottom half of the league and allows an average of 118.5 yards a game. It’s either going to be a close 49ers win, or a solid Green Bay victory. I’m picking the upset and going with Rodgers’ experience and the Packers’ offense for this one. Green Bay wins by nine. Seahawks at Falcons Sunday 1:00 p.m.  This will almost certainly be the most competitive and exciting game to watch as the high-scoring Atlanta Falcons take a shot at the stingy Seattle Seahawks defense. Atlanta’s sixth-ranked passing offense will be hard-pressed to duplicate their regular season success against the Seahawks sixth-ranked passing defense. The two big questions in this game are, will the Falcons be able to get their passing game going and can Atlanta contain the Seattle running game? Seattle has two of the league’s biggest and most physical cornerbacks in Richard Sherman (6-foot-3, 195 pounds) and Brandon Browner (6-foot-4, 221 pounds). They will be a handful for the Falcons’ top receivers Julio Jones (6-foot-3, 220 lbs) and Roddy White (6 feet, 211 lbs). Add in Seattle’s Pro Bowl free safety Earl Thomas, and Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan could have his hands full trying to find open receivers. Atlanta will need to find a way to get the ball downfield and get a lead early or the Seahawks third ranked running attack will chew up the weak Falcons’ rushing defense. If Atlanta can get out to a big early lead it’ll likely handle Seattle with no problem and win comfortably. However, in a close game look for the Falcons’ defense to get worn down against the run and give up big yardage in a Seahawk win. I don’t think the big plays will be there for Atlanta this week so getting an early advantage will be difficult. Seahawks win by six. Texans at Patriots Sunday 4:30 p.m.  This game can be summed up in one word. Yawn. New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick has had weeks to prepare for this game, and will throw wrinkles at Houston that they’ve likely never seen before. New England has the league’s best tight end in Rob Gronkowski back after he missed the Patriots blowout win against the Texans in Week 14. That game, which was in Houston, saw the Patriots embarrass the Texans and win by 28. While Houston will probably respond with some pride and lose by less than four touchdowns this time around, they simply don’t have much of a chance to win. The only way the Texans can even make it competitive is to control the ball and eat up clock by handing the ball off to running back Arian Foster a lot. If Foster has a huge game then there is a glimmer of hope for the Texans. However, it’s far more likely that Houston will be so far behind that Foster will not get a chance to have much of an impact on the game. Patriots win a snoozer by 14 or more. read more

Gardaí investigating after shots fired in Finglas this evening

first_img File Photo Image: RollingNews.ie Gardaí investigating after shots fired in Finglas this evening Gardaí have responded and are attending the scene. Tuesday 16 Apr 2019, 11:14 PM File Photo 17 Comments Apr 16th 2019, 11:14 PM https://jrnl.ie/4595657 Share45 Tweet Email center_img By Cónal Thomas Image: RollingNews.ie GARDAÍ ARE INVESTIGATING after shots were fired at a house in Finglas this evening. It’s believed that the incident took place at 10.40pm in the north Dublin suburb. Gardaí have responded and are attending the scene. There have been no reported injuries. Investigations are ongoing.  Short URL 28,908 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Chinese Ambassador Makes Courtesy Call on the Prime Minister

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, August 15, 2017 – Nassau – Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas His Excellency Huang Qinguo made a courtesy call on Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis on Monday, August 14, 2017 at the Office of the Prime Minister.The Bahamas and China recently recognized their 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations at a Reception on Friday evening at the British Colonial Hilton.    Photos show a gift presentation during the courtesy call, and the Prime Minister with the Ambassador in a group including, from left: Chinese Embassy officials, Ambassador Huang Qinguo (third left), Prime Minister Minnis, Office of the Prime Minister Senior Policy Adviser Joshua Sears, and Office of the Prime Minister Permanent Secretary Jack Thompson.(Photos/OPM Media Services)last_img read more

Lukaku opens up on the positive vibes in Uniteds squad

first_imgRomelu Lukaku revealed that Manchester United players are enjoying the happy atmosphere in training since the exit of Jose Mourinho.The Belgian forward may not be having more game time under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but he admitted the positive vibes in the squad has been a key factor to their success.“It’s different, a lot more positive,” he told Canal+.“People are smiling. At the moment everything is going well, and we have to continue like this. We’re enjoying it.”Lukaku further claimed everyone is getting back to their best again after a difficult start to the campaign, with the improved form of Pogba and Rashford a testimony to the assertion.“We tell him at training, Paul is happy, and then he laughs,” Lukaku disclosed via FourFourTwo.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“At the moment, everyone is playing at their level. That’s what’s good. Paul, Marcus (Rashford), even myself when I play, I try to bring something to the team, Anthony (Martial). The competitive mindset is returning in every player.“You see it at training when we do mini games, 6 vs 6, 8 vs 8, you can see the players are wanting to prove themselves to the manager because they want to take their chance, but the most important remains the team. That’s what’s going to help us to return where we belong.”Up next for Manchester United is a tricky tie against relegation-threatened Fulham on Saturday.Lukaku: “This competitive spirit is coming back out of each player, it has already started in training when we play small-sided matches, 6 vs 6, 8 vs 8, you can see it the players want to prove themselves to the manager.” #MUFC #GGMU pic.twitter.com/74u1IXB7Jp— UnitedReds.com (@UnitedRedscom) February 4, 2019last_img read more

Beyoncé JAYZ To Be Honored With GLAAD Vanguard Award

first_img Twitter Beyoncé & JAY-Z To Be Honored With GLAAD Vanguard Award Beyoncé & JAY-Z To Be Honored At GLAAD Awards beyonce-jay-z-be-honored-glaad-vanguard-award Facebook The GRAMMY-winning pair will receive the honor for their work as LGBTQ+ allies at the 30th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles on March 28Ana YglesiasGRAMMYs Mar 12, 2019 – 2:44 pm On March 11, GLAAD, the LGBTQ+ social justice non-profit organization, shared they will be honoring Beyoncé and JAY-Z for their work as allies of the gay community at their 30th Annual GLAAD Media Awards.center_img Email News The GRAMMY-winning pair will be presented with the organization’s Vanguard Award, which, as GLAAD explains, “is presented to allies who have made a significant difference in promoting acceptance of LGBTQ people. Beyoncé and JAY-Z are longtime allies and supporters of the LGBTQ community who use their global platforms to share messages that inspire and change the world for the better.”The annual awards ceremony celebrates “fair, accurate and inclusive representations of LGBTQ people and issues” in the media, recognizing LGBTQ+ changemakers—and their biggest allies—across music, film, TV, print media and more.”Beyoncé and JAY-Z are global icons and passionate defenders of human rights and acceptance for all people,” GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement on their site.She continues: “When Beyoncé and JAY-Z speak, the world becomes inspired and when it comes to LGBTQ people, their voices of acceptance have been heard loud and clear. We could not be prouder to stand with them to send a message of love during the biggest LGBTQ event in the world and to honor their work to bend the arc of justice forward for LGBTQ people, people of color and marginalized communities everywhere.”GLAAD points to the couple embracing the queer community on their social-media platforms, in their music and videos, and more. They highlight Beyoncé choosing to include queer individuals and couples in her videos for “All Night” and “Formation,” the latter which won Best Music Video at the 59th GRAMMY Awards. They also underscore her advocacy for the community, as she continues to speak up against laws that would discriminate against the LGBTQ+ community and proudly supports marriage equality.The org explains that JAY-Z also publically supported the nationwide passage of marriage equality, and points to examples of celebrating LGBTQ+ leaders in his work. The music video for “Family Feud,” from his 4:44 album, opens with a quote from the late social justice writer James Baldwin, a queer black man, and features a cameo from transgender activist Janet Mock.”Smile,” also from 4:44, tells the story of Jay’s mother, Gloria Carter, who came out as a lesbian publically for the first time on the song. Both Jay and Carter were presented with GLAAD’s Special Recognition Award at the 2018 event for the touching, personal song and video.Jay and Bey are among the top GRAMMY winners of all time. Most recently, at the 61st GRAMMY Awards, they each earned another GRAMMY, for the collaborative album they released as The Carters. The powerful LP, Everything Is Love, won Best Urban Contemporary Album.GLAAD will also hold an awards ceremony in New York City on May 4, where another GRAMMY-winning musical/pop culture icon, Madonna, will be honored with the Advocate For Change Award. The nominees up for awards this year include GRAMMY winner Brandi Carlile, GRAMMY nominees Janelle Monáe, SOPHIE, plus Hayley Kiyoko, Christine and the Queens, Troye Sivan and BROCKHAMPTON.The L.A. event will be hosted by Ross Mathews and will feature special guests that include the cast of “Queer Eye” and GRAMMY winner Dan Reynolds of Imagine Dragons.VINCINT, Brandon Stansell, Linda Perry & More LGBTQ+ Artists Share Their Journeys To Self-AcceptanceRead morelast_img read more

Oil on exhibit What Alaskas past says about its future

first_imgSteve Henrikson has worked at the state museum since 1988. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/KTOO)The State Library, Archives and Museum opened recently in Juneau with a new display that includes a piece of the trans-Alaska pipeline as part of an exhibit on the oil industry. But the drama of the state’s current fiscal crisis puts that history in a new light.Listen nowSteve Henrikson tells stories with things. Sometimes those objects go way back, like woven baskets from 6,000 years ago. But part of Henrikson’s job as a museum curator is also collecting items from this century, and that can take some guesswork.“Trying to figure out, what in 100 years from now will be significant to people then that speaks to our time in history,” Henrikson said.And when it comes to significant events that happened recently — or relatively recently — Henrikson says there was something missing in the museum’s permanent collection: the development of the trans-Alaska pipeline.So, the museum went to work to curate pieces for its new building from that point in history. Now behind glass, there’s a drill bit, an engineering uniform worn on the North Slope and much more.Under the dim museum lights, the section of pipeline looks like a rusty football goal post with a circular tube balanced on top. Bob Banghart — the museum’s deputy director — says other collectors have a piece of it. But he doesn’t think anyone has a part that’s standing 18 feet off the floor.Three years ago, Banghart says the museum approached Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. which runs the pipeline.“At first, they were kind of, ‘Well, hmm.’ And we explained our intent,” Banghart said.Banghart says they wanted to show a continuous theme with the whole museum collection: “the human mind’s creative adaptability.”The defunct piece of the pipeline weighs about 3,000 lbs. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/KTOO)If you look back in history, the development of the pipeline helped solve a huge problem. How do you transport valuable crude from the North Slope down to the Lower 48? Do you try to float it on an icebreaking tanker through the Northwest Passage? That’s something the oil industry actually tried and it worked once, but that was deemed impractical.The pipeline — on the other hand — made transporting the oil much easier. Banghart says you can see that same ingenuity in other items, like the spear point.“So, we felt that the corollary between the pipeline and spear point was established that we wanted a piece of the pipeline,” Banghart said.But there’s another recurring theme in Alaska’s history that keeps coming up inside the museum.“The state’s economy came to rely largely on oil revenue, but oil is not a sustainable resource and is running out,” Steve Henrikson reads off a plaque in the museum called Timber, Oil and the Quest for Sustainability. He says you can see a boom and bust cycle in other time periods — in displays about the fur trade, the gold rush and logging in the Tongass National Forest.“If people went to exhibits like this and paid more attention to human history, I think we could avoid some of those problems,” Henrikson said. “But we’re all human beings and humans sometimes don’t make the best decisions.”Inside a display case, clothing worn during the construction of the trans-Alaska pipeline, a drill bit and a snare used to absorb oil from the Exxon Valdez oil spill. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/KTOO)For the museum itself, the current fiscal crisis has meant scaling back. Henrikson is doing double duty — working his job as a curator and filling in at the front desk. The museum hasn’t been able to bring on seasonal workers, due to the state’s hiring freeze.But Henrikson says he doesn’t mind. He likes the opportunity to mingle with visitors and talk with them about what they’ve learned — even though some of the history behind the exhibits isn’t always a happy one.“We’re not trying to tell a feel good story here. We’re trying to put the facts out there and people can decide for themselves what it might mean,” he said.As for what’s going to happen in Alaska’s future, Henrikson says he’ll be watching and collecting.last_img read more

Graziano Under Fire Over Sex Abuse Allegations

first_imgPublic housing residents hold up signs prior to demonstrating outside the offices of the Housing Authority of Baltimore City on Oct. 26. (Photo by Roberto Alejandro)A union official has been fired from his job with the Housing Authority of Baltimore City (HABC) in what he, advocates, and residents are calling a retaliatory firing for daring to speak openly about the conditions and sex abuse at public housing properties.On Oct. 26, HABC executive director Paul Graziano met with two public housing residents, Rochelle Barksdale and Camay Owens, and the co-director and head organizer for Communities United, John Comer, who has been organizing public housing residents since 2012. The residents presented Graziano with a list of demands that included the extermination of rats, mice, and other pests, the replacing of broken windows and door locks, as well as the repair of broken heating units before the winter cold fully sets in.At a press conference after the meeting, Comer added that residents also demand that Lucky Crosby, health and safety officer for AFSCME Local 647, and, until Oct. 21, a maintenance mechanic at public housing properties for HABC, be reinstated after he was let go in what many are calling a retaliatory firing over Crosby’s at times public outspokenness regarding the deplorable living conditions at public housing properties in Baltimore as well as the sex abuse taking place there.Crosby arrived at his home on the evening of Oct. 21, to find a termination notice from HABC taped to his front door. Crosby had been suspended as of Oct. 9 over a verbal altercation with another maintenance worker that took place on Oct. 5, but which union officials, including AFSCME Local 647 president Anthony Coates, had called a pretext to punish Crosby for his outspokenness over the living conditions and allegations of sexual abuse at Gilmor Homes and other HABC properties.The {AFRO} has reported widely on both the living conditions and claims of sex abuse at Gilmor since last July. According to one public housing resident who preferred not to be named but was demonstrating outside the HABC office building as Barksdale, Comer, and Owens met inside, “I don’t have heat. I have to use my oven to warm up my house; we have blankets and everything. They say I can’t use my dryer, I’ve gotta unplug my microwave. I shouldn’t have to do those things if the wiring [in the unit] was appropriate.”Another demonstrator said her name was Stephanie but did not want her last name used and who also says she lives in Gilmor, said she was promised a larger unit within three months of moving in. That was three years ago, and the problems inside her unit have forced her grandchildren to take residence with their other grandparents.“When it’s in the winter, it’s like being outside. Children should not have to double up on quilts [in]side the house. The window’s coming out [of the frame]. I’ve been trying to get them to fix my unit since I’ve been there, and I’ve been there going on three years, and I didn’t know this has been going on there for years,” said Stephanie.The residents and organizers who met with Graziano on Oct. 26 were hoping to receive a firm timeline for the completion of all repairs in the public housing units, but said they did not receive one. Comer also said that the sex abuse allegations were discussed at the meeting, though Graziano was limited in his ability to comment due to the lawsuit filed in late September by attorneys Cary Hansel and Annie Hirsch, on behalf of what are now 11 female public housing residents over the abuse.Crosby spoke at the press conference that took place after the meeting, addressing the living conditions in Baltimore’s public housing.“I have worked in every development in housing, and they all are horrible because of the conditions that are allowed to fester.  You have low staff, you have no moral among the [maintenance workers], you have no materials [for repair].  In cases you’re putting a band-aid on a bullet wound, you cannot have that,” said Crosby, adding later, regarding the sex abuse claims and HABC’s response, “If they were Caucasian women, would we allow this?”last_img read more

Braveboy Announces Indictment in Fatal February Accident

first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, Staff Writer, mgray@afro.comLess than a week after making a commitment to prosecuting traffic offenders to the fullest extent of the law Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy announced an indictment in the case that took the lives of six passengers including five children last February.Dominique Taylor, 32, was charged with six counts of vehicular manslaughter and six counts of vehicular homicide while under the influence in the fatal accident on Feb. 2.  She faces up to 60 years in prison if convicted.Braveboy announced the indictment in the fatal February accident that took the lives of six people, including five children. (Courtesy Photo)Taylor was driving in the early morning hours when her SUV suddenly went off the road on Route 301 near Pointer Ridge Drive in Bowie.  The vehicle crashed into a tree throwing nearly all the passengers through windows including five children who died immediately.Braveboy also said that Taylor’s blood alcohol level of .08 was more than twice the legal limit which prompted the severity of the indictment.“Even within all that tragedy, we have to do our job. We have to seek justice,” Braveboy said.  “It’s tough. We know no one intends to kill anyone. But when you make decisions on the roadway that are dangerous, our office has no choice but to seek justice.”None of the five children who perished in this accident were using seat belts.  Eight year old Paris and five year old Danielle Dixon were sisters and Taylor’s kids.  Six year old Rickelle Ricks, 14 year old Zion Beard, and Damari Herald, all of D.C., who were also killed were family relatives.  Another friend of the family also succumbed to injuries from the accident. Cornell Simon, 23, of Oxon Hill, died 16 days after the incident on Feb. 18.Braveboy made a veiled reference to the funeral when she stood between Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks and police chief Hank Stawinksi to announce tougher measures against drivers in hopes of curtailing the amount of fatalities from being distracted while driving, less than a week before announcing this indictment.  It was obviously that memories of the emotional, closed casket funeral lingered when she met the media.“I was at the funeral,”  Braveboy said. “We are now turning our focus to obtaining justice for the victims and their families and holding Ms. Taylor accountable for her actions.”Fatal Accidents Continue in Capitol HeightsDays after pleas from the County executive, State’s Attorney and Police Chief for Prince George’s County drivers to become more safety conscious when behind the wheel, a fatal of accident took the lives of four people in Capitol Heights April 18.Police believe speed was a “possible major contributing factor” in the crash and the investigation is expected to be lengthy.Prince George’s County police said that an SUV was traveling westbound in the 5800 block of Sheriff Road in Capitol Heights around 10:30 p.m. and approached a car making a left turn. When the SUV driver tried to maneuver past that car, the driver lost control.That was about the time when the SUV struck a curb, rolled over and hit an electrical pole, according to police reports. Two people inside the vehicle, who apparently were not wearing seatbelts, were thrown from it. All four died at the scene, police said.The victims were identified as as Samuel Moss, 35, of Capitol Heights; Shyra Harris, 24, of District Heights; Antonio Price, 27, of District Heights; and Jasmine Davis, 21, of District Heights.  Two of the victims reportedly were thrown from the vehicle and investigators believe they were not wearing seat belts.Meanwhile, police continue ticketing distracted drivers and maintaining sobriety checkpoints throughout the county.last_img read more