Jackie Chan Attends Orbis Flying Eye Hospital Event

first_imgJackie Chan attended the EEG x Orbis Flying Eye Hospital event in Hong Kong on May 24.Orbis is a non-profit global development organization dedicated to helping the blind affected by eye diseases to see light again. Their mission is to preserve and restore sight by training local healthcare specialists, educating the public and assisting the development of better healthcare policies to help raise the standards of healthcare in China. Their aim is to prevent and treat blindness worldwide.“Our eyes are our most valuable possession that we were born with, but for 39 million people on this planet, this precious asset is taken away from them because of poverty, inadequate healthcare facilities or even because of the location they’re in,” says Jackie. “As long as each and every one of us does a little something, we can help them see again and start a new life. I hope that you will also support Orbis and help people around the world see light again! So what are you waiting for? Make a donation now and support the ‘Orbis Sight Saving Journey’!”The Orbis Flying Eye Hospital is a well known feature of Orbis, and it’s also a very important tool in fulfilling their mission of the “Orbis Sight Saving Journey”. The flying eye hospital has enabled Orbis to bring together dedicated eye care professionals to treat the blind and give the gift of sight to those living in undeveloped regions around the globe. On board the aircraft is a classroom, audio-visual room, laser treatment room, operating room and recovery room, enabling local doctors and nurses to exchange knowledge and improve skills with the Orbis international medical team.Source:JackieChan.comlast_img read more

Loblaw expanding online grocery business across the country raising dividend

first_imgCanada’s largest grocer plans to “blanket the country” with online grocery services this year.Loblaw Companies Ltd., which launched home delivery services in its first market late last year, will expand the offering to five more areas this year. Shoppers in Montreal, Halifax and Regina will be among those who can try the new service. The company said the other two new regions are still being determined. The service is currently available in 11 markets, including Toronto and Vancouver.The retailer also plans to expand its click-and-collect program, which allows customers to order groceries online and pick them up, with 500 new pick-up sites this year. By the end of 2018, the retailer aims to have more than 700 pick-up locations. These will include additional grocery stores and Go Train stations in Ontario, as well as several Shoppers Drug Mart locations — with the first several expected in the coming weeks.The company is looking for ultra-convenient pick-up spots for customers, CEO Galen G. Weston said on a conference call with analysts after the company released its first-quarter earnings report.By the end of the year, 70 per cent of Canadians will have access to the company’s click-and-collect and home delivery services, the company said.Canadian grocers have recently started to focus heavily on their e-commerce offerings, including home delivery options, after tech titan Amazon acquired Whole Foods Market, including its 14 Canadian locations last year.Metro Inc. announced in November that it would bolster its e-commerce options, including launching services in Ontario.Sobeys Inc. made its plans public about two months later, saying it signed a partnership deal with British company Ocado Group to help build its online shopping business. It plans to build a customer fulfillment centre, which will store food and automate the process of picking groceries, in the GTA and launch the service in about two years.Some experts have questioned whether a two-year wait is too long and will result in the grocer losing some customers to other chains able to fill the gap in the interim.Loblaw is relying on a different model. It is partnering with California-based Instacart, whose employees pick out groceries and sort them into delivery boxes for customers, to provide delivery services already rather than wait to build a distribution centre. Shoppers use the Instacart website or app to order food from participating Loblaws and other chains. Instacart picks up and delivers the orders.Loblaw also looked at a central fulfillment model, Weston said, but feels very confident on the path it’s on.“The thing is, none of us can really predict, you know, where things are going to end up,” he said.The announcement came as Loblaw raised its quarterly dividend to 29.5 cents per share from 27 cents per share and reported improved quarterly earnings.Loblaw earned a profit attributable to common shareholders of $377 million or 98 cents per diluted share on $10.37 billion in revenue for the quarter ended March 24. That compared with a profit of $232 million or 58 cents per share on $10.40 billion in revenue in the same quarter last year.Adjusted earnings per share amounted to 94 cents per share, beating analysts’ expectations of 91 cents per share, according to data compiled by Thomson Reuters.Companies in this story: (TSX:L, TSX:MRU)last_img read more

PRRD could approve reentry plan for Old Fort at Sunday meeting

first_imgThe report goes onto say “A larger rockslide could reach the temporary access road but does not pose any imminent risk to any houses.”During the meeting on Sunday, the PRRD Board of Directors will decide the next steps. At this time, PRRD staff are recommending three different options with the first one allowing residents to return to their homes except for residents of 7605 Old Fort Road.If the PRRD Board approves re-entry, the PRRD has put together a re-entry plan, and all Old Fort Residents are encouraged to attend the Northern Grand Hotel immediately following the Board meeting to speak with staff to arrange these services.Below is a copy of the full report. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District will hold a meeting Sunday morning to receive the geotechnical report on the Old Fort Landslide and to determine if residents can go home.The agenda for the meeting that will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday at the North Peace Cultural Centre was released on Saturday. The agenda includes a summary of the report from Westrek Geotechnical Services, a copy of the peer review completed by a second engineering firm and the Old Fort Re-Entry Plan.The summary report from Westrek says the potential for the landslide to continue to move is high “Based on present conditions, the potential for the massive rockslide to move again is high, possibly causing the earthflow and both adjacent landslides to also move.”last_img read more

Guinea Ban welcomes multiparty dialogue to overcome electoral challenges

“The Secretary-General welcomes the constructive spirit in which the Guinean parties have pursued the dialogue,” his spokesperson said in a statement. The dialogue is taking place with the assistance of the International Facilitator, UN Special Representative for West Africa Saïd Djinnit, and his national counterparts, according to the statement. Mr. Ban “encourages the parties to build on this positive atmosphere in order to resolve outstanding issues and create the conditions for free, fair, and peaceful legislative elections,” the spokesperson added.Last week, Mr. Djinnit welcomed the start of substantive discussions between the Government and the opposition to overcome challenges in the electoral process. In March, protests in the West African nation related to the polls led to several deaths and hundreds of injuries. At that time, both Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the UN human rights office appealed for calm amid the violence and urged political actors in Guinea to pursue dialogue to create conditions for peaceful elections. read more

Wild finish leads Minnesota to upset over Ohio State womens basketball

OSU senior guard Cait Craft (13) looks to make a pass during a game against Nebraska on Feb. 18 at the Schottenstein Center.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorSenior night for Minnesota (19-9, 11-6) was upon the No. 5 Ohio State (23-5, 15-2) women’s basketball team as it entered Williams Arena Wednesday night for a late regular-season showdown.It was a healthy crowd that made its way out to witness a true barnburner at “The Barn,” with the Golden Gophers coming away with the 90-88 upset victory in overtime after a game-winning shot with less than a second remaining.Right from the tip, the Buckeyes and the Golden Gophers went back and forth. But in the first half, neither squad was able to get efficient offensive production.Before practice on Tuesday, Buckeye coach Kevin McGuff harped on the fact that his team would have enough time to get used to the elevated floor at Williams Arena, stating how it was still a basketball court with two hoops like all the other arenas that OSU played at this season. It turns out it is easier said than done to get hot at The Barn — even for the home team.Minnesota presented an extended 2-3 zone to OSU to prevent senior guard Ameryst Alston and sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell from driving to the hoop for their own shots and also penetrate to find open teammates. The zone allowed for OSU to swing the rock and have plenty of open looks from downtown, but Minnesota was willing to take the risk with its strategy.The gamble on OSU’s 3-point shooting looked genius, as the Buckeyes only shot 1-of-11 from 3-point land in the first 20 minutes of play. That was an unorthodox showing from the Scarlet and Gray, who average 37.8 percent from behind the arc, ranking third in the Big Ten in that category.However, it wasn’t only the Buckeyes that had problems getting the ball to hit the nylon. Minnesota shot a whopping 26 percent from the field, not only missing long-distance jump shots but also fundamental layups.Heading into the locker room, Minnesota only trailed OSU by four, and the Golden Gophers did not plan on letting the Buckeyes march away in the second half like others have done in the past, as a potential bid for the NCAA tournament was on the line.The third quarter began with a quick OSU 6-0 run to give the Buckeyes an 11-point lead, but Golden Gophers redshirt senior guard Rachel Banham took the game into her own hands after a Minnesota timeout.Averaging 27.5 points per game on the year, scoring over 50 points multiple times and earning recognition on Twitter from NBA legend and future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant, Banham is all that, and she proved it in the second half against the Big Ten-leading Buckeyes.The 5-foot-9 Banham had no problem creating space for herself from all areas of the court, giving OSU senior guard and tenacious defender Cait Craft a difficult task of guarding her. Banham would finish the game with 35 points and five assists, including a highlight-reel around-the-back pass to sophomore center Jessie Edwards.As play continued in the second half, the officials began to get more and more stingy, whistling after nearly every hand-check and touch on both sides of the court.Craft, who followed Banham up and down the floor the entire night, was forced to exit the game with the five-foul maximum in the fourth quarter.  With 1:10 to play in regulation, Minnesota was holding a 76-74 lead, and the Buckeyes were having a tough time navigating through the Golden Gopher defense. The possession ended up resulting in a shot-clock violation, turning the ball back over to the home team.The Golden Gophers brought the ball down with confidence, but OSU sophomore guard Asia Doss applied stifling defense, stealing the ball and converting the basket on the other end to tie it up with only 16.7 seconds left on the clock.Minnesota put the ball in Banham’s hands for the final shot, as she has pulled through in the clutch time and time again for this Golden Gophers squad. After dancing around at the top of the key, Banham made an in-and-out crossover to the left elbow for the go-ahead jump shot, but it was off the mark.Bouncing off the rim, the ball ended up in Edwards’ hands, who jumped straight up to put the ball through the cylinder to give Golden Gophers a two-point lead and win with the game clock hitting zero.But then whistles blew; the game was not over.The officials went to the scorer’s table to review the play, and after looking over the time when the ball made it through the net, they came to the conclusion that the Buckeyes would have 0.5 seconds to try to send the game into overtime or win it with a 3-pointer.After a Buckeye timeout, Alston set to inbound the ball on the sideline near her own bench. Sophomore forward Alexa Hart looped off of an off-ball screen toward the basket, receiving a lob from Alston and touching it in right before the buzzer sounded.The referees looked it over and determined it was good. Next up, overtime.In the extra period, both teams continued to go back and forth, finishing the entire contest with 12 ties and 13 lead changes.Mitchell, who turned it on in the fourth quarter and overtime period, finishing with 21 points, grabbed her ninth rebound of the night and at the same time drew the foul from Banham, which was her fifth, sending her to the pine for the remainder of the game. Mitchell then hit both foul shots to make the score 86-85 in favor of the Golden Gophers.Minnesota sophomore guard Carlie Wagner, who finished with 26 points, extended the lead to three points, but then OSU junior forward Shayla Cooper came up big on the other end, answering with a strong old-fashioned 3-point play to tie the score up at 88 with 14.3 seconds left on the clock.Wagner wanted the last word, coming down on the other end and knocking down a contested jumper in the short corner with less than a second left to give Minnesota a two-point lead.Once again, the officials would go to the scorer’s box and come back to the floor putting up more time on the clock: 0.8 seconds.After what happened in regulation, the Golden Gophers were aware that the game really isn’t over until the buzzer sounds, no matter how much time is on the clock.This time around the Buckeyes, would inbound the ball to Mitchell in the corner, who would not have enough time to get a shot off, giving the Golden Gophers a sigh of relief and a moment of happiness to celebrate senior night in winning fashion.With their 11-game win streak coming to a close, the Buckeyes will head back to the drawing board and look to finish the regular season on the right foot Saturday versus the Michigan State Spartans.The game is set to tip at 2 p.m. in East Lansing, Michigan. read more

Voters in Inishfree all 6 of them go the polls today along

first_imgMOST OF US won’t get to cast our votes until early tomorrow morning — but for some two thousand voters off the west and northwest coasts, polling day comes a day early.2,124 voters, to be precise, are eligible to vote today on the islands in question — which include Arranmore and Tory Island off Donegal, Mayo’s Clare Island and Galway’s Inishmore and Inishboffin.Inishfree, also off Donegal, has the smallest electorate of the list — with just six eligible voters.Citizens living in the areas typically vote a day early to avoid the possibility that bad weather that could prevent ballot boxes from being brought to count centres on time.Air Corps helicopters will pick up the full boxes this evening and ferry them to the mainland.Some 440 people on islands off Cork, including Bere, Clear and Sherkin islands, will vote tomorrow, when the polls open nationwide at 7am.Counting for the local elections begins on Saturday, with the process expected to go on late into the evening.The European count gets under way at 9am on Sunday.Read: Fine Gael bottled water, giant floating heads and other strange sights from Election 2014Read: 7 things we learned from last night’s Dublin Prime Time debatelast_img read more

Missing mother and sons found safe and well

first_img Image: Nottinghamshire Police Thursday 6 Apr 2017, 8:50 AM By Paul Hosford Missing mother and sons found safe and well All three are safe and well, Nottinghamshire Police said. Image: Nottinghamshire Police POLICE IN ENGLAND say they have found a woman who was accused of abducting her sons.All three are safe and well, Nottinghamshire Police said.Last Monday, Samantha Baldwin attended a hearing at Nottingham Family Court during which her two sons, Louis Madge, nine, and Dylan Madge, six, were declared wards of court.That day, she went missing, with police saying that the three were together.They had also warned that the mother might be a danger to her sons. However, Nottinghamshire Police today say all three have been located.“They are now with officers and are safe. Thank you for your support in this matter.”Police said that an update will follow.Read: UK police warn mother wanted for abduction ‘may pose risk’ to her sons http://jrnl.ie/3326498 Short URL Apr 6th 2017, 8:50 AM 33 Comments 23,410 Views Share6 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

For 200 Cheaper the Samsung Galaxy S9 Comes Pretty Close to the

first_img Are You a Bad Enough Dude For Land Rover’s Toughest Phone Ever?Nokia, Vodafone To Install 4G on the Moon Stay on target At Mobile World Congress tech journalists from around the globe fly to Barcelona to check out the latest upcoming innovations in the smartphone space. But for most folks, the choice between new phones basically boils down to the new iPhone or the new Samsung Galaxy, the standard bearers for their respective operating systems iOS and Android.We’ve already had a few months to get used to the iPhone X. And whatever is next for Apple’s flagship phone is still months away. So at MWC 2018, we learned more about the Samsung Galaxy S9 launching later this month. Digital Trends recently did a rundown of both phone’s specs, and they’re closer than you may think despite the price difference.Some parts of each phone are just too different to directly compare, like the S9’s Snapdragon 845 processor vs the iPhone X’s A11 chip. Plus you could just prefer Android 8.0 over iOS 11 and vice versa. But other aspects of each phone can be compared with hard numbers.Both sport similar 4G wireless features. Both start at 64GB of storage. Both have similarly impressive dual 12-megapixel cameras as well as face-scanning security features.But on paper, many parts of the S9 seem even better despite costing $200 less than the iPhone X. It has 4GB of RAM instead of three, a fingerprint sensor and iris-scanning on top of face scanning, a MicroSD card port and a headphone jack(!), a lighter body but higher-resolution 2,960 x 1,440 5.8-inch screen, and a bigger 3,000mAh battery with fast charging.So why does Digital Trends ultimately side with the $999 iPhone X vs the $720 Samsung Galaxy S9? Are they just drinking the Apple-flavored Kool-Aid? Ultimately, the iPhone X provided better performance in a similarly premium body. But once both phones are available customers can make the choice for themselves.If the Samsung Galaxy S9 isn’t your thing, check out our list of other promising upcoming Android phones.And for more MWC coverage visit our sister site PC Mag.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Dave Stall Fallbrook Vintage Car Show

first_img Posted: May 19, 2018 Ginger Jeffries, May 19, 2018 Dave Stall: Fallbrook Vintage Car Show Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSaturday, Dave Stall showed Ginger Jeffries some of the cars that will be at the upcoming 53rd Annual Vintage Car Show.More about the event: http://fallbrookvintagecarclub.org/carshow/ Ginger Jeffries last_img read more

RBIs Weird Layoff Document

first_imgAs we reported and confirmedyesterday, Reed Business Information eliminated 41 positions, months after ReedElsevier, its parent company, announced that the unit was up for sale. The tipcame from this document,sent to one of the “victims,” which, curiously, lists the titles and ages ofthose who were laid off, as well as the titles and ages of those who remain.That’s something I’ve never seen a company do before. RBI declined to comment on the document itself, although myinitial thought was that it was intended to show that the company was notresorting to ageism in making its cuts. (At least one reader agreeswith me).Still, as another reader noted,it seemed “a bit cutthroat.” Perhaps because it is.last_img

Ozuna J Balvin More Pay Tribute To Daddy Yankee At Premio Lo

first_imgNews Twitter Facebook Ozuna, J Balvin & More Pay Tribute To Daddy Yankee At Premio Lo Nuestro Email center_img Ozuna, J Balvin, More Pay Tribute To Daddy Yankee ozuna-j-balvin-more-pay-tribute-daddy-yankee-premio-lo-nuestro Yankee, whose career trajectory was honored with an award, performed his greatest hits including “Gasolina,” Rompe” and “Lo Que Pasó, Pasó” alongside J Balvin, Ozuna, Yandel and more Jennifer VelezGRAMMYs Feb 22, 2019 – 12:44 pm Latin urban music stars came together on Thursday (Feb. 21) to pay tribute to GRAMMY-nominated and Latin GRAMMY-winning reggaeton icon Daddy Yankee at the Premio Lo Nuestro awards show in Miami. Yankee, whose career trajectory was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award, performed his greatest hits including “Gasolina,” Rompe” and “Lo Que Pasó, Pasó” alongside J Balvin, Ozuna, Yandel, Zion y Lennox and De La Ghetto. “I, my friends, my collegues first, the world thanks you,” Latin GRAMMY winner Balvin said onstage after the performance, not reading from the teleprompter, but saying words from his heart. “Without Daddy Yankee reggaeton would not be the same in the world … J Balvin wouldn’t exist without Daddy Yankee.” Balvin continued: “A lot of the time we wait for people to leave this world to tell them how great they are, I’ll take this moment to tell you face to face, thank you for what you have done for us.”Yankee thanked his fans and his “veteran” and “new generation” colleagues. “This is for you. Our genre has grown because there is unison, there is a brotherhood,” he said. He also had encouraging words for his native Puerto Rico, sharing that anyone can be a positive vessel for change, no matter where they come from.Reggaeton won big at the awards, which celebrate talented performers in Latin music: Ozuna took nine awards including Male Artist Of The Year, Balvin took the Premio Lo Nuestro Artist Of The Year award for the third consecutive year and urban artist Natti Natasha took home four awards including one for her collaboration with Becky G. A full list of winners can be found on the Premio Lo Nuestro website.Behind The Board: Producer Teddy Walton On Working With Kendrick Lamar & What Makes A Great TrackRead morelast_img read more

Ford is investigating its US emissionscertification process

first_img Post a comment Share your voice 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Ford Preview • 2019 Ford Ranger: Bad mudder trucker News • 2019 Ford Ranger recalled for improperly assembled seatbelts 2019 Ford Ranger: It’s got the look More From Roadshow Fordcenter_img Tags More about 2019 Ford Ranger Car Industry Enlarge ImageFord is looking into the way it tests fuel economy for new vehicles, starting with the 2019 Ranger. Emme Hall/Roadshow Ford announced Thursday that it has opened an investigation into its process for certifying vehicles for US fuel-economy and emissions tests. Ford stresses that the investigation is not about the existence of “defeat devices,” as was the case in VW’s Dieselgate scandal. Rather, the automaker is looking into its road-load calculations.Road-load calculations are used for evaluating a vehicle’s rolling resistance and thus for configuring dynamometers used to test for fuel economy and emissions. Engineers can check the mathematical models used to create the road-load figures with coast-down tests, which involve checking how far and for how long a vehicle continues to coast in neutral.Ford does not believe thus far that any testing errors caused errors in terms of fuel-economy figures. “There’s been no determination that this affects Ford’s fuel economy labels or emissions certifications,” the company said in a statement.Ford opened the investigation after “a handful of employees” reported concerns about the tests in September. The automaker says it has hired an outside firm to investigate its road-load testing, as well as a lab that will conduct more coast-down tests. Moreover, the company is looking into “potential changes to our road-load modeling process.” Ford also voluntarily shared information on its investigation with the EPA and the California Air Resources Board.Ford is starting its review by evaluating how it tested the 2019 Ford Ranger, and says that it is also assessing some of its other vehicles.There’s some recent precedent for this type of investigation. In 2014, Hyundai and Kia paid a $100 million civil fine because they had miscalculated road-load data for as many as 1 million vehicles, resulting in incorrect fuel-economy ratings. 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 36 Photos Review • 2019 Ford Ranger review: A midsize truck champ 0last_img read more

One militant killed in Jammu and Kashmir gunfight

first_imgSrinagar: One militant was killed on Friday in a gunfight with the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Badgam district, police said. The gunfight took place in Checkpora locality of Nowgam area. “One militant has been killed in the encounter so far. The operation of is still going on,” police sources said.last_img

Facebook says Saavn Airtel had access to user data even after 2015

first_imgA visitor works on his computer at France’s Facebook headquarters in Paris, France, May 15, 2018.REUTERS/Charles PlatiauTelecom major Airtel and music streaming app Saavn are among the dozens of firms that received a special exemption from Facebook after it discontinued access to data in 2015.In a written submission to US Congress, Facebook said that these firms were allowed access to data following its partnerships with app developers and software makers to integrate “Facebook and Facebook features” onto their companies’ devices and products.Along with Airtel, 51 other companies were also authorised to use Facebook user data which allowed the Silicon Valley-based giant to increase its reach among users. The other major players involved were Microsoft, Apple, Samsung, and Blackberry.  The mobile streaming app Saavn was offered a one-time extension beyond May 2015. This exemption was given to comply with “restricted API (application programming interface) access” after it imposed restrictions following the alleged misuse of data by researcher Aleksander Kogan. Saavn was later merged with Reliance owned JioMusic platform in March 2018.Notably, in early 2018, Facebook accused Cambridge Analytica, a British political consulting firm of getting the physiological profiles of 50 million people from Kogan, who is said to have violated its data policies by sharing data from his personality prediction app.The app developed by Kogan mined data not only from the participating profile but also from everyone in their friend list. The US investigative agencies are looking its possible involvement in influencing the US Presidential elections.Airtel defended its stance in this matter and denied any wrongdoings. “The matter pertains to the year 2010 when Airtel was granted access to data by Facebook as an app developer. The project ended in 2013 and so did the access to the data. We confirm that the data was used only for our internal purposes. We take data privacy extremely seriously and follow a zero-tolerance policy on the same.” The Economic Times reported, attributing it to an Airtel spokesperson.Facebook is facing a huge public outcry over accusations of data theft, which has forced the tech giant to investigate every app that had access to large amounts of information before it changed its policies in 2014. It has already suspended over 200 apps.last_img read more

Thailand freezes ousted Yinglucks bank accounts

first_imgFormer Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra greets her supporters as she leaves the Supreme Court in Bangkok on July 21, 2017. AFPThai authorities have frozen seven bank accounts belonging to ex-premier Yingluck Shinawatra over a $1 billion fine she faces for her administration’s controversial rice subsidy scheme, her lawyer said Tuesday.The move is seen as unprecedented because it financially sanctions an elected leader for a government policy and it is the latest in a barrage of legal battles she has had to fight since she was booted from office.Thailand’s first female prime minister, whose government was toppled in a 2014 coup, is already facing up to a decade in jail for allegedly failing to stop graft in the subsidy programme that targeted her party’s rural farming base.She was also retroactively impeached soon after the coup, a move that banned her from politics for five years.Yingluck’s legal team had petitioned for an injunction against the $1 billion fine—which dwarfs the roughly $18 million she has in publicly declared assets.But the Finance Ministry said Monday it was moving ahead with the order and planned to seize at least 12 accounts belonging to the embattled politician as an initial measure.Yingluck’s lawyer confirmed Tuesday that at least seven accounts had now been locked.“Bangkok Bank notified us that seven of her bank accounts have been frozen and cannot carry out any transactions,” Noppadon Laowthong told AFP.Yingluck, whose supporters have accused the junta of launching a political witch-hunt against her since seizing power, turned to Twitter to insist on her innocence.“I am ready to prove my innocence and that I have not done anything wrong in my closing statement on 1 August,” she wrote in reference to the final stage of her criminal negligence trial over the rice scheme.The verdict in that trial is due to be announced on August 25.Analysts say the junta and its establishment allies are bent on crushing the political machine led by Yingluck and her billionaire brother Thaksin Shinawatra, who was also ousted in a 2006 coup.The siblings are beloved in Thailand’s poor northeast but loathed by Bangkok’s traditional elite, who keep knocking down their governments with coups and court rulings.Under Yingluck’s flagship rice-pledging scheme the government bought paddy at nearly twice the market rate.It cemented her popularity among many farmers but led to huge stockpiles of unsold rice and cost Thailand its spot as the world’s leading rice exporter.Critics blasted the scheme as the latest graft-riddled populist handout by the Shinawatra camp, which has won every national election since 2001.The junta claims the policy cost Thailand around $8 billion in lost revenue.The subsidy scheme helped galvanise elite-backed protests in Bangkok that paved the way for the 2014 coup.last_img read more

Jones Hall Past Present and FuturePart 1

first_img Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /04:09 – / 5October 2nd, 1966: Number one on the radio Billboard charts was Cherish by The Association, Lyndon B. Johnson was president, and a war was raging in Vietnam.  Meanwhile in Houston, a new era for the arts was born.“When Jones Hall opened in 1966, it became home to the Houston Grand Opera, the Houston Ballet, the Houston Symphony, and the Society for the Performing Arts,” says Steven Fenberg, who is a walking encyclopedia on all things relating to Houston entrepreneur Jesse H. Jones. He’s author of the book, Unprecedented Power: Jesse Jones, Capitalism, and the Common Good and also wrote and produced the Emmy Award-winning documentary, Brother, Can You Spare a Billion? The Story of Jesse H. Jones.To know Jones Hall’s full story, we need to know a little about its namesake.“Jesse Jones grew up on a tobacco farm in rural Tennessee; it was his family’s tobacco farm,” Fenberg says, adding that it was a pretty lucrative business for the Jones family. But Jones wanted to see what else the world had to offer. At the turn of the century, the 24-year-old came to Houston to manage his uncle’s massive estate of sawmills and lumberyards and quickly became one of the foremost developers of the city. “He realized quickly that he would prosper only if his community thrived and the leaders back then also understood that,” Fenberg says.That brings us to 1910, when Jones served as building chairman for the construction of the City Auditorium. It was located on Louisiana Street between Texas and Capitol, where Jones Hall now stands. The multi-purpose facility was used for everything from symphony and ballet performances, to graduation ceremonies and even wrestling matches. Despite its stately presence on the outside, Fenberg says it was a “barn” of a building. “It was not air conditioned,” he explains. “Also, on occasion, the City Auditorium had rats. And if you wanted to sit front and center, you were sitting in a folding wooden chair.”Shortly before Jesse Jones died in 1956, he asked his nephew John T. Jones, Jr., to give Houston a better venue after he was gone.By June 1, 1962, John T. Jones Jr., and others from the Houston Endowment – which Jesse Jones established 25 years before — approached Houston City Council with a proposal. They’d build a brand new venue for the performing arts as a gift to the city with a price tag of $7.4 million. That’s about $55 million today. At that point, it was the largest grant Houston Endowment had ever made.“I believe the president of the Houston Symphony Society, General Maurice Hirsch, said it was the greatest moment in the history of Houston’s art,” Fenberg says, adding that the Endowment gave the Alley Theatre a half block of space for a new building just two weeks before. Houston’s Theater District was beginning to take shape.The hall opened its doors to the public on October 2nd, 1966.  On opening night, John Barbirolli led the Houston Symphony in a performance of a specially-commissioned piece by Alan Hovhaness, Ode to the Temple of Sound.   Fenberg compared the occasion to a phoenix rising from the ashes of the old City Auditorium.“All of the sudden, this gleaming, white marble, beautiful, modern building had taken its place,” he says. “There was nothing like it in the downtown area at that time and certainly nothing like it for the performing arts in Houston.”It was the just beginning of a new chapter for Houston’s performing arts scene. X Listenlast_img read more

The Tomb That Inspired a British Icon

first_imgThere are few things as iconic about Britain than the ubiquitous red telephone booths that can still be found in many corners of the country, as well as in current and former British colonies. However, it did not start out that way. The first telephone booths appeared in 1921. Initially conceived to be used in the countryside, the design was a sturdy reinforced concrete structure designated K1 (Kiosk 1), painted in white and crowned by a spear-like wrought-iron finial.Unfortunately for the General Post Office, it was not to the taste of the London Metropolitan Boroughs, who straight up refused to erect the new phone booths in their streets.Red British phone booth on the streets of LondonThere ensued not one, but two competitions to find a new design, in 1923 and 1924. After disappointing results from the first competition, the Royal Fine Art Commission invited three renowned architects of the time — Sir Robert Lorimer, Sir John Burnet, and Sir Giles Gilbert Scott — to present their designs for a phone booth the London Metropolitan Boroughs may find satisfactory.Scott was no stranger to architecture competitions, having been selected as the winning architect for the Liverpool Cathedral at the ripe old age of 22 after a similar contest in 1903.Architect Sir Robert Stodart Lorimer (1864 – 1929)According to The Guardian, he drew his inspiration for the phone booth design from the monumental tomb of Eliza Soane, wife of architect Sir John Soane. The choice was not incidental as Scott himself had just become a trustee of Sir John Soane’s Museum.The grave itself had been designed by Soane, who was also the architect behind the Bank of England, following the death of his adored wife who had passed away in 1815 in heartbreaking circumstances.Eliza and John Soane had been married for 31 years when tragedy struck. In September 1815, two inflammatory articles bitterly criticizing Soane’s neoclassic architecture were published in a newspaper.Eliza recognized them for being the product of none other than their youngest son, George, furious against his parents who let him be imprisoned for debt rather than bail him out, in the hope he would change his behavior. “These are George’s doing – he has given me my death blow – I shall never hold up my head again,” she cried.The dome of Eliza Soane’s mausoleum was an inspiration for the K2 design. Photo by David Edgar CC BY-SA 3.0Eliza had been suffering from gallbladder issues for a while, which ended up being the cause of her untimely death on November 22, 1815. However, for Sir John Soane, George was the sole party responsible for the passing of his mother. In his grief, he framed two articles with a label: “Death Blows given by George Soane.” He never forgave his son.Soane designed the grave himself in his characteristic style as a monument to his beloved wife. He was so attached to it that he displayed a model of the tomb in a prominent place near his dining table until his own death in 1837. He now rests alongside Eliza.Replica K1 Mk236 telephone kiosk in Tintinhull, Somerset. Photo by Josling CC BY-SA 3.0From the imposing tomb, Sir Giles Gilbert Scott pulled the neoclassic features that Soane was known for. With its distinctive domed roof, fluted architrave and decorative moldings, the phone booth, designated K2, was a success. Scott originally proposed a subdued silver exterior and blue-green interior. However, the General Post Office, to make the phone booths stand out in the urban landscape, chose red.K2 made its debut in 1926 and 1,700 phone booths were installed, mostly around London, by 1936. However the design, constructed of cast-iron and resting on a concrete base, proved to be both too expensive to produce and too bulky to transport to spread nationwide. In 1929, Sir Giles Gilbert Scott designed a second version of the K2, designated K3.K2 in LondonMade of concrete and a more discreet cream-color, the design was intended for more global use. The phone booth design continued to evolve to produce a sturdier and more cost-effective version.Finally, in 1935, Scott designed the third version of his original phone booth to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of the coronation of King George V: the K6.Read another story from us: Ancient DNA suggests the disappearance of Iberian menMade of cast-iron again but 25 percent lighter, the design was a success and rapidly spread across the UK. By 1960, 60,000 iconic red booths could be found all over the country, making the humble kiosk one of the most recognizable symbols of Britain to this day.Next time you find yourself in one of them, have a thought for the undying love of Eliza and John Soane.last_img read more

UPDATE US affluenza teen arrested in Mexico

first_imgUpdated at 4:45 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 29GUADALAJARA, Mexico — A notorious Texas teenager has been detained in Mexico with his mother, weeks after holding a “going-away party” and fleeing probation imposed for a deadly drunk-driving crash, officials said Tuesday. A handout photo released by the Jalisco State Public Prosecutor’s Office of U.S. “affluenza teen” Ethan Couch at the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco Sate, Mexico on Dec. 28, 2015. AFP/Fiscalia de Jalisco Related posts:US ‘affluenza’ teen wins Mexico deportation delay US Marshals offer $5,000 reward for ‘affluenza teen’ turned fugitive Mexico deports US ‘affluenza’ teen Ethan Couch Human rights group calls for legal action against ‘erotic vacation provider’ Facebook Commentscenter_img Ethan Couch, 18, and his mother Tonya were arrested at an intersection in the Pacific resort city of Puerto Vallarta on Monday night, the Jalisco state prosecutor’s office said.They were handed over to the National Migration Institute after they “could not prove their legal status in Mexico,” the office said.A migration official told AFP they will likely be sent back to Texas this week, but no date has been set.A photo released by state prosecutors shows Couch with his hands behind his back and shirt open. His hair has apparently been dyed black and he sports facial hair.In Texas, authorities said the mother and son team had “carefully planned” to get out of the country.Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson said investigators had learned that “what we suspected all along had happened, that they had planned to disappear, that they even had something almost akin to a going-away party before they left town.”“Our suspicion that his mother was assisting and helping him was proven true, we believe,” Anderson told a news conference.‘Affluenza’ defenseIn 2013, the teen crashed his pickup into a group of pedestrians and another vehicle, leaving four dead and several seriously injured. Couch, who was 16 at the time, had a blood-alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit.The son of millionaire parents made headlines during his trial when a psychologist testifying on his behalf claimed he suffered from “affluenza.”The term, coined from affluence and influenza, implied that financial privilege made him unable to understand the consequences of his actions.Couch pleaded guilty to intoxication manslaughter. Prosecutors had sought a 20-year prison term, but the court handed him a surprise sentence of mental health treatment and a decade of probation.The leniency shocked many Americans, especially because the teen expressed no remorse and did not spend a single night behind bars.The hunt for Couch began a few weeks ago after he missed a mandatory meeting with his probation officer.He seemed to have disappeared after the emergence of a video showing Couch at a party taking part in a drinking game, which violated the terms of his probation.The FBI and U.S. Marshals Service joined the search after authorities put Couch on the country’s most wanted list, offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.Sheriff wants prisonSheriff Anderson said Couch will be placed in a juvenile detention facility once he returns to the United States and that an arrest warrant was issued for his mother.Anderson said “intelligence information” indicated that Couch and his mother had driven across the border.He said he hoped that Couch’s case would now be transferred to an adult court.“I would like for him to be held accountable as I’ve said all along. I don’t think 10 years’ probation was appropriate for killing four innocent people and driving at three times the limit of alcohol in his blood,” the sheriff said.Ricardo Vera Lira, a National Migration Institute official, said Couch and his mother were “calm” while in custody at a migration facility in Puerto Vallarta.“They’re very pleased. They have a television in the reception area and a library with books,” Vera told AFP, adding that their departure date is unknown because flights are full because of the holidays.last_img read more

by Kristin M Hall And Mesfin Fekadu The Associat

first_img by Kristin M. Hall And Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press Posted Nov 12, 2018 10:26 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Could country’s new class cause an upset at the CMA Awards? The Country Music Association Awards tend to be fairly predictable as far as winners go, but could this year be different? Can the new class of country artists upset the longtime favourites on Wednesday? The well-researched music writers of The Associated Press weigh in on predictions.Chris Stapleton is the top contender with five nominations, but beyond that, the field is widespread. Nine other artists all have three nominations each, including Chris Janson, Dan + Shay, Midland and Thomas Rhett.The show, hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, airs live on ABC from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.___ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR: Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Kenny Chesney, Chris Stapleton and Keith Urban.KRISTIN HALL: Jason Aldean was on the stage during the nation’s worst mass shooting last year in Las Vegas. He has become a symbol for recovery for thousands grieving over the past year and brought together the country music community.MESFIN FEKADU: Where my girls at? Truly bummed to not see a female or a group with women in this epic category. But I digress. Yes, Kristin, you’re right about Jason, he is a brave soul and he had another great year in country music. However, I think it’s time the CMAs give this honour to Chris Stapleton, who has been a beast in this music industry ever since he had his breakthrough moment on the CMAs stage in 2015. And before then, he worked tirelessly behind-the-scenes and now is the time for the country music world to truly highlight his artistry and hard work.___ALBUM OF THE YEAR: “From A Room: Volume 2,” Chris Stapleton; “Golden Hour,” Kacey Musgraves; “Graffiti U,” Keith Urban; “Life Changes,” Thomas Rhett; and “The Mountain,” Dierks Bentley.FEKADU: Kacey Musgraves not only had the best country album of the year, she is in the race for the BEST ALBUM OF THE YEAR. Maybe the BEST ALBUM OF ALL-TIME (said in Kanye voice). OK, I am kidding about the last one. But seriously, “Golden Hour” is truly a beautiful, warm and special album that shows Kacey’s growth and natural ability to take on new sounds. She deserves this award.HALL: Kacey’s creativity really shines on this record and it would be great to see the sole woman in this category win this award. But I am not going with the safe bet, which would be Stapleton winning this category a second time in a row. Thomas Rhett put out a truly personal album about his rise to fame, his social media-famous family and his life, and he did it his way by incorporating all the styles and genres he loves. It’s not a traditional country album, but his songs connect with people and that’s important.___SINGLE OF THE YEAR: “Broken Halos,” by Chris Stapleton; “Drinkin’ Problem,” by Midland; “Drowns the Whiskey,” by Jason Aldean featuring Miranda Lambert; “Meant to Be” by Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line; and “Tequila” by Dan + Shay.HALL: I can’t help myself but to sing along to “Meant to Be” every time I hear it. But “Tequila” is equally catchy and invokes a sense of place and the feeling of a lost love. In a contest of earworms, I prefer the songcraft of “Tequila.”FEKADU: I think I got drunk just reading the nominees. I know some discredit “Meant to Be” because they feel it’s really a pop song, but you can’t deny its massive success and worldwide appeal. I think because it’s such a monster hit — it’s probably sold more records than the other four nominees combined — it will win here. Plus, after years and years of trying, the song will give Florida Georgia Line its first Grammy nomination of their career when they are announced next month.___MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR: Dierks Bentley, Luke Combs, Thomas Rhett, Chris Stapleton and Keith Urban.FEKADU: Chris Stapleton has won this award the last three years and nothing changes on Wednesday night.HALL: Can the CMA just give the award to Stapleton early in the show? No one wants to be the guys going up against him in this category, but for the sake of argument, Luke Combs has shown himself to be a great young singer who has a lot of power in his voice. If anyone can unseat Stapleton, it might take this humble newcomer that has won over a lot of fans.___FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR: Kelsea Ballerini, Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris, Kacey Musgraves and Carrie Underwood.HALL: Maren Morris is like the little engine that could. She simultaneously hit the country charts with “Rich,” crossed over to pop/EDM with the Zedd collab “The Middle,” and toured with Niall Horan. She’s everywhere!FEKADU: If I were voting, Maren would definitely have my vote! But since 2006 this award has only gone to Carrie and Miranda (with the exception of Taylor Swift winning in 2009). And I don’t think the CMAs will switch it up, and Carrie will take this one home.___Online: https://cmaawards.comKristin M. Hall And Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press FILE – In this June 9, 2018 file photo, Chris Stapleton performs at the 2018 CMA Music Festival in Nashville, Tenn. Stapleton’s “Broken Halos” is nominated for single of the year and song of the year for the Country Music Association Awards. (Photo by Laura Roberts/Invision/AP, File) last_img read more

Private doctor accused of abusing system at state hospital

first_imgA doctor who used to work at Paphos general hospital subverted protocol by bringing in a patient of his from the private sector without following proper procedures, the head of the hospital’s emergency department charged on Tuesday.In a letter sent to Health Minister George Pamboridis, Neophyta Chrysanthou said this was not the first time such an incident took place.She accused the doctor, who worked at Paphos general hospital for 15 years prior to moving to the private sector, of bringing in a patient for a CT scan but failing to follow proper procedure and did not have the patient registered.He was aided by this due to his former colleagues and friends working at the hospital.The doctor also allegedly took the results of the scan with him before they were filed into the patient’s records.Chrysanthou said she had witnesses and evidence of the incident and charged this was unacceptable. She claimed this was not the first time and such behaviour was more common on public holidays – sometimes hospital staff were not even made aware of the transgression.Hospital chief Spyros Georgiou said the matter was being investigated and it was not unusual that patients treated in the private sector would go to the general hospital for certain examinations and then have the results sent to the private doctor.You May LikeThrone: Free Online GamesIf You’re Over 40 And Own A Computer, This Game Is A Must!Throne: Free Online GamesUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more