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first_imgThe Canadian Press HALIFAX — DHX Media Ltd. reported a loss in its latest quarter compared with a profit a year ago as its revenue rose 5.5 per cent.The children’s entertainment company says it lost $2.4 million compared with a profit of $8.1 million a year ago, due to a larger non-controlling interest in Peanuts and a non-cash write-down in deferred financing charges.The loss amounted to two cents per share for the quarter ended Sept. 30 compared with a profit of six cents per share a year ago.Revenue in what was the first quarter of DHX’s financial year totalled $104 million, up from $98.6 million.Last week, DHX announced a deal to sell its Halifax animation studio to IoM Media Ventures as part of what it said was a strategic shift to focus and streamline its production operations.DHX completed a strategic review earlier this year that ended with a deal to boost distribution and sales of its Peanuts brand in China and elsewhere in Asia. The company also suspended its dividend, cut staff and streamlined operations. Companies in this story: (TSX:DHX)last_img read more

first_imgMumbai: Aamir Khan has said that his son Junaid is currently more interested in doing theatre and he supports his decision. Junaid, Aamir’s elder child from his previous marriage to Reena Dutta, has worked as an assistant director on Rajkumar Hirani’s “PK”, which featured the Bollywood superstar in the lead. “It is up to him (about making his film debut). He should lead his own life and take his own decisions. I don’t want to take it for him. I have left it all to him. He certainly has an inclination towards the creative world and towards filmmaking. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot “He is following his path, he has studied theatre. He is actually more interested in theatre than films. I am allowing him to go and find his own path. That’s how it should be. He is very bright,” Aamir said in an interview here. The superstar once again made it clear that if Junaid wants to venture in to Bollywood as an actor, then he will have to follow the proper process and give audition for roles. “If I feel there is something that I got and if he (Junaid) fits in, then only (I will cast him)… He will have to go through a casting process. He hasn’t audition for anything,” Aamir said. Also Read – ‘Vaastav’ gave me the real sense of being an actor: Sanjay Dutt on film’s 20-year anniversary Talking about his eight-year-old son Azad, the “Thugs of Hindostan” star said he has started spending more time with him. “Kiran had told me two-three years ago that I don’t care for them and she was not saying it in a complaining way and that is important to understand. One thing changed after that is I started coming home by 6 pm. From 6 pm to 8 pm I’m with Azad and then after 8 pm I again start work. But those two hours we are together I read to him, talk, etc.”last_img read more

Rabat – The national carrier Royal Air Maroc (RAM) issued a statement on Monday, saying that its AT 788 flight to Casablanca from Paris experienced a “disruption” and delay on June 29 due to the “aggressive and threatening behavior” of one passenger toward a flight attendant on the previous flight. In its statement, which was received by Morocco World News, RAM said that en route to Paris, a passenger had “physically and verbally assaulted” the flight attendant before attempting to access the cockpit.In response, the flight captain applied the “alert procedure” for this type of situation in order to ensure the safety of passengers and the airplane crew. The flight landed at the Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport on time and the passengers were evacuated under the supervision of the authorities, RAM added.The flight captain, two witnesses and the flight attendants have all filed complaints against the passenger to the French authorities.The incident resulted in 1 hour and 55 minute delay of the AT789 return flight.Denouncing the alleged behavior of the passenger, RAM said that “the safety of passengers and aircrew is a non-negotiable priority abroad all flights of Royal Air Maroc.”The statement added that the “company wishes to recall that its services remain uncompromising vis-a-vis these inadmissible acts.” read more

12 June 2007The Sudanese Government today announced its acceptance of the proposal for a hybrid United Nations-African Union peacekeeping operation to be deployed to the violence-wracked Darfur region after the UN and AU issued clarifications about the mandate, structure, components and tasks of the force. The agreement was reached during two days of high-level technical consultations between the UN, the AU and the Sudanese Government that wrapped up today in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.In the conclusions issued following the consultations, the Sudanese Government said it accepted the joint proposals on a hybrid force “in view of the explanations and clarifications provided by the AU and the UN.”Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed today’s positive conclusions and is looking forward to expeditiously implementing the hybrid force, his spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters.Asked whether Sudan’s acceptance of the hybrid force was unconditional, Ms. Montas noted Khartoum’s call for African troops and added that the UN had always planned to deploy a large number of African troops to the region, although this depended on availability.She also said that some issues raised about land, water and deployment still needed to be hammered out with the Sudanese Government.The UN and AU have outlined two options for the size of the force’s military component: under one plan, there would be 19,555 troops and under the other there would be 17,605 troops. The police component would require 3,772 officers.The hybrid operation is the third phase of a three-step process to replace the existing but under-resourced AU Mission in the Sudan (AMIS), which has been unable to end the fighting in Darfur.More than 200,000 people have been killed and at least 2 million others displaced from their homes since clashes erupted in 2003 between Government forces, allied Janjaweed militias and rebel groups.The planned hybrid force “would contribute considerably to the stabilization of the situation in Darfur in its political, humanitarian and security dimensions,” according to the conclusions, with the participants stressing that both the UN Security Council and the AU Peace and Security Council must adopt the necessary decisions and resolutions to authorize the implementation and operation of such a force.The UN, AU and Sudan also underlined the need for an immediate comprehensive ceasefire, accompanied by an inclusive political process, as well as for troop-contributing countries and donors to step up and ensure the hybrid force can be implemented quickly.Also today, a high-level committee comprising representatives of the UN, the Sudanese Government, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the European Commission, met in Khartoum to discuss the latest progress on the humanitarian front in Darfur.The participants welcomed the recent steps taken to streamline customs and immigration problems for aid workers, as well as in the recruitment of international staff and the establishment of a database to monitor implementation of a recent joint communiqué affecting their work. read more

The Tamil Nadu government led by J. Jayalalithaa on Wednesday said that due to its consistent efforts Sri Lanka had released over 500 fishermen arrested by its navy since May, 2011 and re-affirmed that retrieval of ‘katchatheevu,’ an islet ceded by India to the neighbouring nation in 1974, was its “topmost agenda.”Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa had written 17 letters to the Centre on the issue of arrests of Indian fishermen by Sri Lankan Navy who also allegedly attacked them, the Press Trust of India reported. The islet was ceded to Sri Lanka “unilaterally,” he said adding government was taking pro-active steps such as State Revenue Department impleading in a case filed by Jayalalithaa in the Supreme Court in 2008 against the Indo-Lanka agreement.The government had also filed an ‘Expedite petition’ in the apex Court last year, he added. Jayapal said the fishermen from the districts off Palk Bay in the State who ‘drift’ to the other side of International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL) while fishing in Palk Strait were at times “arrested/harassed by the Sri Lankan navy.”Taking a ‘serious view,’ of this, Jayalalithaa had written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh 17 times since May 2011, nine letters seeking steps for release of arrested fishermen and the rest asking him to take “urgent steps” to prevent the mid-sea incidents of ‘harassment’ Mr. Jayapal reiterated the government’s commitment on retrieval ofKatchatheevu as that and restoration of traditional fishing rights of Indian fishermen in the Palk Bay area “are the topmost agenda of the government of Tamil Nadu.” “Due to the consistent efforts taken by the government, 505 arrested fishermen since May 2011 (217 in 2011, 219 in 2012 and 69 till date in 2013) have been released by the Sri Lankan authorities and repatriated to Tamil Nadu,” State Fisheries Minister K. A. Jayapal told the State Assembly. He assured the House of action for release of the “remaining innocent” fishermen lodged in Sri Lankan jails but did not specify the exact number. read more

by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Apr 14, 2014 6:39 am MDT In this March 24, 2014 photo, a pedestrian passes a J.Crew store in the Shadyside shopping district of Pittsburgh. The Commerce Department reports on retail sales for March on Monday, April 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) WASHINGTON – U.S. retail sales in March rose by the largest amount in 18 months, led by strong gains in sales of autos, furniture and a number of other products.The Commerce Department said Monday that retail sales rose 1.1 per cent in March, the best showing since September 2012. The government also revised February to a 0.7 per cent gain, more than double its previous estimate. Sales had fallen in January and December.Sales of autos climbed 3.1 per cent while sales at general merchandise stores, a category that covers retailers such as Wal-Mart and Target and department stores, increased 1.9 per cent, the strongest one-month gain since March 2007, before the country went through the recession.The strong March gain was evidence that the economy is emerging from a harsh winter with some momentum. US retail sales jump 1.1 per cent in March, best showing in 18 months, led by auto sales AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

FILE – In this June 5, 2014 file photo, Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos gives a thumbs up during a campaign event in Bogota, Colombia. A corruption scandal that has spread across Latin America is inching closer to Santos amid new evidence on Monday, March 6, 2017 that suggests a Brazilian construction company paid $1 million for an opinion poll carried out during his re-election campaign. (AP Photo/Fernando Vergara, File) by Joshua Goodman, The Associated Press Posted Mar 6, 2017 4:09 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 6, 2017 at 5:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Colombia’s Santos may have received Odebrecht contributions BOGOTA – A corruption scandal that has spread across Latin America is inching closer to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos amid new evidence that suggests a Brazilian construction company paid $1 million for an opinion poll carried out during his re-election campaign.Chief Prosecutor Nestor Humberto Martinez said Monday his office had verified that Odebrecht signed a contract with a Panamanian-registered company linked to a local advertising agency hired by Santos’ 2014 campaign. He said the company’s goal was to curry favour with the Santos government to help it win a $100 million arbitration involving disputes over a highway project.It’s not clear what evidence existed to back up the claim or what crime, if any, may have been committed. Presidential campaign contributions by companies other than banks are illegal in Colombia, and Santos didn’t report taking any contributions from individuals. But it’s an open secret in Colombia and elsewhere in Latin America where such restrictions exist that politicians regularly turn to companies for undeclared contributions and to pay costs associated with running for office.Indeed, Odebrecht is also accused of covering the bill for Santos’ conservative rival during the 2014 race. Martinez said his office had obtained new evidence showing how Odebrecht executives introduced the candidate, Oscar Ivan Zuluaga, to a top-flight Brazilian campaign strategist during a 2014 meeting in Sao Paulo and then proceeded to pay $1.6 million for services to the candidate’s campaign.Santos has yet to comment. But just his association with Odebrecht is bound to further damage Santos with elections to choose his successor 14 months away and an uneasy coalition in congress needed to implement a peace accord with leftist rebels showing signs of fraying. Odebrecht, in a plea agreement last year with the U.S. Justice Department, admitted to paying some $800 million in bribes to win business across Latin America,Santos’ approval rating stood at 24 per cent in February, near the lowest since he took office in 2010, according to a Gallup poll. The same survey found Colombians for the first time in more than 12 years of polling by Gallup listing corruption as the country’s top problem, more than even the traditional concerns in the war-torn country of public safety and the lack of economic opportunity.The fallout from Brazil’s continuing investigation into Odebrecht is increasingly implicating politicians across the region. Last month, a judge in Peru ordered the arrest of former President Alejandro Toledo for allegedly receiving some $20 million in bribes for granting a lucrative contract to build a highway between Brazil and the Pacific Coast. read more

Sixteen-year-old Usha Yadab, class leader for Choose Your Future, a UNFPA-supported programme in Nepal that teaches girls about health issues and encourages the development of basic life skills. Photo: UNFPA/William Ryan A United Nations report released today spotlights the high rates of teenage pregnancies in developing countries – 7.3 million every year – and calls on Governments to help girls achieve their full potential through education and adequate health services.The State of World Population 2013, produced by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), notes that out of the 7.3 million births, 2 million are to girls who are 14 or younger, many of whom suffer grave long-term health and social consequences from pregnancy such as obstetric fistula, and an estimated 70,000 adolescents in developing countries who die each year from complications during pregnancy and childbirth.“Too often, society blames only the girl for getting pregnant,” said UNFPA Executive Director Babatunde Osotimehin. “The reality is that adolescent pregnancy is most often not the result of a deliberate choice, but rather the absence of choices, and of circumstances beyond a girl’s control. It is a consequence of little or no access to school, employment, quality information and health care.”The report, Motherhood in childhood: facing the challenge of adolescent pregnancy, seeks to offer a new perspective on teenage pregnancy, looking not only at girls’ behaviour as a cause of early pregnancy, but also at the actions of their families, communities and Governments.Early pregnancy takes a toll on a girl’s health, education and rights. It also prevents her from realizing her potential and adversely impacts the baby. A country’s economy is also affected by teenage pregnancies as adolescent mothers are prevented from entering the workforce.In Kenya, for example, if the more than 200,000 teenage mothers had been employed instead of becoming pregnant, $3.4 billion could have been added to the economy. Similarly, if girls in Brazil and India had been able to wait until their early 20s to give birth, the countries would have greater economic productivity equal to more than $3.5 billion and $7.7 billion, respectively. A 13-year-old fistula patient at a VVF centre in Nigeria. Photo: UNFPA/Akintunde Akinleye Hortência, 25, developed an obstetric fistula at 17, during a complicated delivery. Photo: UNFPA/Pedro Sá da Bandeira Life-skills class, Ethiopia. Photo: Mark Tuschman/Planned Parenthood Global Abriendo Oportunidades offers safe spaces, mentoring, educational opportunities and solidarity for adolescent Mayan girls. It also introduces new possibilities into their lives. Photo: Mark Tuschman/UNFPA Girls in Rajasthan, India learning to read. Photo: Mark Tuschman/Educate Girls India ‹ ›The report notes that countries must not only increase efforts to prevent teenage pregnancies, they must also invest more in girls as the currently the global community directs less than two cents of every dollar spent on international development to adolescent girls.In addition to funding, the report stresses that to tackle teenage pregnancy, countries must adopt a holistic approach which does not dwell on changing girls’ behaviour, but seeks to change attitudes in society so girls are encouraged to stay in school, child marriage is banned, girls have access to sexual and reproductive health including contraception, and young mothers have better support systems.“We must reflect on and urge changes to the policies and norms of families, communities and governments that often leave a girl with no other choice, but a path to early pregnancy,” said Mr. Osotimehin. “This is what we are doing at UNFPA and what we will continue to do and recommend until every girl is able to choose the direction of her life, own her future and achieve her greatest potential.”While teenage pregnancy is a much bigger challenge in developing countries, the report also found that it is a significant issue in developed ones. In the United States for example, only about half of the girls who become pregnant as adolescents complete high school by 22, compared to nine out of 10 girls who do not become pregnant. It also harms the economy as a whole, with nearly $11 billion a year in costs to taxpayers in the country. read more

Redshirt-senior guard Amy Scullion (4th from left) poses for a photo with her family and coach Kevin McGuff during the Senior Night ceremony prior to a game against Iowa on Feb. 21 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 100-82. Credit: Ryan Cooper / Lantern photographerCoach Kevin McGuff knows that for the Ohio State women’s basketball team to be successful this postseason, the Buckeyes need to be playing their best basketball in March.And if Saturday night’s 100-82 drubbing of the No. 13 Iowa Hawkeyes is any indication, the Buckeyes are well on their way to that goal.“It is important to be playing our best basketball this time of year,” McGuff said in a postgame press conference. “And I certainly think that we have played two of our best games in the past week.”The Buckeyes took down Purdue, 92-60, on Tuesday and followed it up with an upset against Iowa in front of a home crowd for the final time this season.Facing an Iowa defense that was seemingly focused on shutting down freshman sensation Kelsey Mitchell, the Buckeyes had three players with double-doubles and found offensive contributions to complement Mitchell.And it all started with junior guard Ameryst Alston.“Ameryst was spectacular tonight,” McGuff said. “She did everything right. She was a superstar.”Alston led the Buckeyes with 29 points and a career-high 11 assists. She scored 20 of her points in the second half where the Buckeyes used defensive changes to turn a 48-45 halftime deficit into a big win.“We beat an excellent team today,” McGuff said. “Iowa is a really good basketball team and they are ranked for a reason. I am really proud of our players.”Having two stars like Mitchell and Alston playing side-by-side creates matchup problems for opponents, but Alston said Mitchell is the one who leads the way.“She is doing everything that everyone expected her to do,” Alston said. “We definitely look to her as one of our leaders on and off the floor. She is so much fun to play with.”Like Alston, Mitchell holds playing with her older counterpart in high regards.“It is amazing,” Mitchell said. “I appreciate her and love her on and off the court.”Alston and Mitchell have been key in building an offensive powerhouse in Columbus that has averaged 96 points over the past two games.“It’s a lot of fun when everybody is contributing,” Alston said. “They can take us (Alston and Mitchell) away, but they can’t take everybody away, which makes us very hard to guard.”The Buckeyes have just two games left in their regular season schedule, and are set to hit the road to face Penn State and then travel to Nebraska.As the season winds down, Alston said sticking together will be key as the Buckeyes try to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time in three years.“The chemistry is definitely there,” Alston said. “We have great chemistry and everybody has the same goal.”The Buckeyes are set to take on the Nittany Lions Thursday in State College, Pa. Tip off is scheduled for 7 p.m. read more

first_imgFarmers and feed companies hope this kind of product will give them corresponding protection from spot prices.If the new futures contract is successful, it could lead to other types of “fresh” farm products such as live hogs, he added.China has four futures exchanges including one trading financial instruments, which are competing to offer more products to cook up business.– © AFP, 2013Who exactly is Ma Kai and why is he in Dublin?>China’s economy is booming, but here’s what could go wrong?>China and EU settle burgeoning trade war?> RECOGNISING THAT INVESTORS should not put all their eggs in one basket, a Chinese commodities exchange is offering a novel futures contract to hedge against risk.The Dalian Commodity Exchange, China’s main market for agricultural product trading, began trading chicken egg futures yesterday.Futures are an agreement to deliver or take delivery of a commodity or financial instrument at a set date and price.“As China’s first livestock futures product and fresh agricultural product, the introduction of egg futures has profound meaning for the industry and development of the futures market,” the exchange said in a statement.Farm goodsChina, the world’s most populous country, is a major producer of farm goods to feed its more than 1.3 billion people.The national retail price for eggs in China was around 3.82 yuan (€0.46) per half-kilogramme on Wednesday, according to an industry estimate.The exchange, which also trades China’s benchmark corn and soybean futures, said the new product would benefit both farmers and companies. It will trade in five-tonne lots.China is not the first to offer egg futures.But the United States stopped trading them in 1982 and Japan in 2010, the Dalian exchange said on its website.Analysts said one challenge would be to guarantee quality and freshness of the eggs for buyers who take delivery.China has grappled with both a widespread outbreak of H7N9 bird flu earlier this year which hit poultry sales and repeated food safety scandals, including cases of “fake” eggs uncovered by consumers.But that has not deterred Chinese investors, who face limited choices on where to put their money given the country’s strict controls over overseas investment.“There’s plenty of interest,” Gao Yanbin, an analyst at Jinshi Futures, told AFP.last_img read more

first_imgIN THIS EDITION of our Heritage Ireland series, we pay a trip to Wexford’s lovely Hook Head Peninsula to visit the oldest lighthouse still in use in the world, the remains of a medieval abbey in Laois and the splendid Castletown House in County Kildare.Hook Lighthouse, Co WexfordHook Lighthouse is claimed to be the oldest still-operational lighthouse in the world. This iconic and unique monument was constructed by the powerful medieval magnate William Marshall in the early thirteenth century, thought to be some time between 1210–1230.The tower was maintained and operated by the monks of St Saviour’s of Rinndeuan. That monastery had originally been founded by a Welsh monk called St Dubhán in the fifth century. He is believed to have started the practice of lighting a warning beacon at Hook Head.This tradition was continued through the centuries by his monks until William Marshall had the lighthouse constructed. It is from Dubhán that the Hook Peninsula takes its name, as it was originally called Rinn Dubhain before being incorrectly anglicised to Hook Head.The tower of the original 13th century lighthouse stands around 25 metres tall, and a large beacon fire would have been lit on top of the tower in the medieval period. The lighthouse was maintained without interruption until around 1641, but it is described as ‘a former lighthouse’ in 1657 suggesting it had fallen out of use.It was restored in 1671 by Robert Readinge who encased the light in glass, and it was powered by coal. The lighthouse keeper and his assistant, together with their families, would have lived in the first and second floors of the building in quite cramped conditions.In 1791 the large lamp of the lighthouse was powered by whale oil, and the lighthouse was under the control of the Ballast Office. By the middle of the 19th century, new houses were constructed for the lighthouse keepers, and the distinctive black and white stripes became the identifier of the lighthouse. In 1867 the tower was handed over to the Commissioners of Irish Lights who still operate it to this day.The lamps were converted first to gas, then paraffin and finally electricity in 1972. In 1996 the last lighthouse keeper left Hook Lighthouse, when the operation was automated. Today the lighthouse is a really fascinating and unique place to visit, and the experience is made all the more rewarding by the lovely scenery of County Wexford and the Hook Head Peninsula. For opening times and entry fees please see hookheritage.ieAghaboe Abbey, Co LaoisNestled in a low lying area and surrounded by fertile fields you can discover the ruins of the  monastic site of Aghaboe. The name Aghaboe means field of the ox, probably reflecting the great pastureland surrounding the remains of the monastery.St Canice founded a monastery here in 560AD. He positioned the monastery close to one of the great ancient highways of early medieval Ireland – the Slighe Dála. This routeway connected many early medieval monasteries and led from Munster all the way up to the Hill of Tara. By founding his monastery close to this routeway, Canice ensured that it was easily accessed by pilgrims, and could benefit from connections and trade links with other monasteries and settlements along the route.Feargal, also known as Vigilius, was another abbot of Aghaboe who rose to prominence in Ireland and Europe. He became abbot of Aghaboe in around 730 AD. He resigned this post in 739 AD and set off on the long pilgrimage to the Holy Land. He then travelled around Europe and became a friend of Pepin, who became the first Carolingian King.King Pepin helped to establish Feargal in Salzburg. He was later elected Bishop of the City in the late eighth century. He was a noted intellectual and unusually for the time, believed that the earth was a sphere. He died in Austria in around 784 AD. Feargal’s links with Salzburg were celebrated during the churches restoration.You can see a plaque that commemorates the visit of the Bishop of Salzburg in 1984 who officially launched the conservation works, and a second plaque commemorates the visit of the Austrian Ambassador who visited the site when the works were completed.You can see evidence of the more unsettled side of medieval life at Aghaboe, as the steep sloped grassy mound covered in trees you can see in the field to the north is all that remains of a motte and bailey, an early Norman fortification.The motte was a man-made steep sloped earthen mound, with a strong wooden tower constructed on top of it. It would have had a bailey positioned to one side of the motte, a bailey was a raised platform that was surrounded by a large fence to protect the livestock and stores. Motte and baileys were very effective defensive fortifications that were cheap and quick to construct.Life continued to be unsettled into the middle of the 14th century, and the Abbey and its adjacent settlement were raided and burned by Dermot MacGillaPatrick. However, in 1382 Fingin MacGillaPatrick established a Dominican friary on the site, perhaps as an act of repentance for the desecration carried out by his kinsmen some forty years before. Much of what you can see at Aghaboe today dates to this period.You can discover more about the story of Aghaboe and the other ancient monastic sites of County Laois with our free mp3 audio guide – The Laois Monastic Trail, available to download free from our website and also available as a free audio-visual app for iOS and Android – please see here for more info.Castletown House, Co KildareCastletown House is one of Ireland’s most spectacular landed estates. The handsome Palladian building was designed by Alessandro Galilei and work began in 1722. It was to be the palatial residence of William Conolly.William Conolly, was originally from Ballyshannon in Co Donegal. He was the son of a publican, but had a stratospheric rise through the ranks of Irish society to become one of the wealthiest and most powerful men in Ireland and Britain. By the age of 34, his annual income was estimated to be in the region of £17,000 (roughly equivalent to over €3 million per year).He had a residence on Capel Street in Dublin, and his grand estate at Castletown in County Kildare is one of the finest examples of Palladian architecture in Ireland. He was a famous parliamentarian, and achieved the rank of Speaker in the Irish Parliament from 1715–1729, a role that became synonymous with him, as he became known as William ‘Speaker’ Conolly.Unfortunately William Conolly did not have time to enjoy his beautiful house as he died in 1729.His widow Katherine Conolly, continued to live in the house, and commissioned a number of spectacular follies (like the nearby Wonderful Barn and Conolly Folly) to keep local people employed during periods of hardship.Today the house is under the auspices of the Office of Public Works. You can enjoy a superb tour of this fantastic building, and on a fine day the grounds really are a wonderful place to enjoy a walk or a picnic. For more information on opening hours and entry fees please visit castletown.ieIn the next edition I’ll be suggesting three more great places to visit from around the island of Ireland. I’d love to hear your suggestions; if you have a favourite heritage site please leave a comment below.You can discover more great heritage sites and places on Neil’s blog, Time Travel Ireland.Neil has also produced an acclaimed series of audioguides to Ireland’s heritage sites, they are packed with original music and sound effects and a really fun and immersive way of exploring Ireland’s past. They are available from abartaheritage.ie.If you’d like to receive daily updates about great heritage sites then please consider following us on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.All photographs © Neil Jackman /abartaheritage.ieWhat on earth is the Wonderful Barn?>Read more of Neil Jackman’s weekend guides to Irish heritage gems>last_img read more

first_imgPoll: Do you regularly drink more alcohol than the low-risk guidelines? The low risk weekly number of standard drinks in Ireland is up to 11 for women and 17 for men. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Wednesday 8 Mar 2017, 9:14 AM 48 Comments No (6302) Mar 8th 2017, 9:14 AM 25,441 Views Don’t know (337) YesNoDon’t knowVotecenter_img Yes (7005) http://jrnl.ie/3276207 Short URL By Cormac Fitzgerald A NEW SURVEY has shown that a significant number of Irish people see binge drinking as a part of Irish culture.The survey by drinks industry-funded group Drinkaware found that almost three-quarters of people think it was just part of Irish culture.As well as this close to half of people thought binge drinking was “no big deal”.Binge drinking is defined as having six or more standard drinks over one period.The low risk weekly number of standard drinks in Ireland is up to 11 for women and 17 for men.One standard drink is equal to 10g of pure alcohol. A half pint; a single pub measure; a small glass of wine; and an alcopop all equal one standard drink.This means drinking more than eight pints in a week would be above the normal low risk limit.So, today we’re asking: Do you regularly drink more alcohol than the low-risk guidelines?   Poll Results: Share8 Tweet Email last_img read more

first_imgMarée noire : les opérations de pompage ont commencé en Nouvelle-ZélandeLes opérations visant à pomper les cuves du cargo échoué au large de Tauranga, au nord de la Nouvelle-Zélande ont débuté dans la nuit de dimanche à lundi. Toutefois, l’intervention pourrait être affectée par les intempéries prévues dans la journée. Vingt tonnes de carburant ont été pompées cette nuit dans les cuves du Réna, le porte-conteneurs échoué sur un récif au large de la Nouvelle Zélande. L’opération périlleuse a été dirigée par une équipe technique du Service maritime de Nouvelle-Zélande (MNZ). “C’était effrayant. Ce truc gémit, craque et fait des bruits terribles. C’est un navire qui agonise”, a commenté à l’AFP  Bruce Anderson, responsable de l’intervention. Le fioul récupéré devrait être prochainement recueilli au sein d’un bateau situé à 800 mètres de l’épave.À lire aussiLa Méditerranée est officiellement la mer la plus polluée par le plastiquePour l’heure, les techniciens s’attellent à l’installation de nouvelles pompes, plus puissantes qui permettront de récupérer le reste du pétrole. Selon Bruce Anderson, les conditions météorologiques ne jouent pas en leur faveur. En effet, les intempéries menacent à tout moment de briser le navire, tandis que les basses températures ont rendu le carburant trop dense pour pouvoir circuler dans un tuyau de 8 centimètres de diamètre.Les prévisions établies par le MNZ comptent un temps d’intervention de plusieurs jours. En effet, 1.300 tonnes de pétrole sont encore à évacuer des cuves selon un rythme de 20 tonnes par heure. Le ministre néo-zélandais de l’Environnement, Steve Joyce, a quant à lui prévenu les populations contre l’éventualité de fuites malgré les efforts actuellement déployés.Le Rena s’est échoué le 5 octobre 2011 sur un récif de la baie de Plenty au Nord-Est de la Nouvelle-Zélande. Ses cuves, contenant 1.673 tonnes de carburant ont déjà été victimes de fuites polluant eaux et rivages. Selon les experts, la quantité de pétrole déversée dans la mer s’élèverait actuellement à 330 tonnes qui ont déjà provoqué la mort de plus de 1.000 oiseaux marins.Le 17 octobre 2011 à 13:04 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Police searching for two suspects in overnight shooting death

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, April 21, 2017 – Nassau – Police are searching for two men responsible for a shooting incident that has left a man dead on Friday 21st April 2017.   According to reports, shortly after 10:00pm, a man was driving his vehicle in the area of Bola Alley and Augusta Street, when two men armed with handguns approached his vehicle and fired several shots at him before fleeing on foot.  The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.   Investigations are ongoing.POLICE ARE APPEALING TO ANYONE WITH INFORMATION REGARDING THIS INCIDENT, NO MATTER HOW SMALL OR INSIGNIFICANT (THE TIP) MAY SEEM, IS URGED TO ANONYMOUSLY CONTACT THE POLICE AT 919 OR CRIME STOPPERS AT 328-TIPS (8477) (NEW PROVIDENCE) OR 1-242-300-8476 (FAMILY ISLANDS).#MagneticMediaNews#searchforsuspectsinshootingdeath#BolaAlleyshooting Related Items:#BolaAlleyshooting, #magneticmedianews, #searchforsuspectsinshootingdeathlast_img read more

Gunnarsson vows to give 100 on the pitch

first_imgIn an exclusive interview after their 2-1 home win against Brighton, Cardiff City midfielder Aron Gunnarsson has reiterated his commitment to the club.Saturday’s home win at Cardiff City Stadium came at an important time, according to Gunnarsson, as the international break approaches this week.“It was huge for us,” Gunnarsson told the club’s website.“It was important to get the three points heading into the international break. The boys did ever so well to win the game, coming from behind.“We’re going to need everybody this season. There was pressure on us to get the three points considering it was 11 men against 10 for that long. But we needed to be patient, and that patience paid off.”The Iceland captain also took time to praise his manager Neil Warnock and the impact he has had at the club.Pep Guardiola: “Aymeric Laporte’s injury doesn’t look good” Andrew Smyth – August 31, 2019 Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola admits Aymeric Laporte’s injury “does not look good” and fears the defender will be out for a long time.“You can see the difference from when he took over to where we are at the moment. He’s done a fantastic job – everyone in Cardiff knows how well it’s worked” he continued.“He gets the lads going and he wants everyone to work in the same direction. It’s working well at the moment and we need to keep that going.“There’s another big game coming up against Everton after the international break.“I’m always going to give 100%, no matter if I’m in the last year of my deal. I’m here for the badge.“I’m here to do it for Cardiff, to do a job for the boys, for the fans, and for everyone involved with Cardiff City Football Club.“That’s just how I am, that’s how I’ve been and I will always be like this.”last_img read more

Scripps Health to Provide Free Cancer Screenings to Lifeguards

first_img Posted: July 30, 2018 Scripps Health to Provide Free Cancer Screenings to Lifeguards , Updated: 8:17 PM 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 SettingsCARDIFF-BY-THE-SEA (KUSI) While Summer is in full swing and people are soaking up the the sunshine at the beach- take caution, for those rays can increase your risk for skin cancer.That’s why Scripps Health is providing free screenings to lifeguards and other first responders.KUSI’s Dani Ruberti was live at Cardiff this afternoon, reporting why it’s important that we all take steps to prevent this disease. July 30, 2018 Categories: Health, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Tejashwi Yadav to discuss encephalitis deaths in Bihar Assembly

first_imgPatna: Leader of Opposition Tejashwi Yadav said he will raise the issue of deaths due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in the state Assembly on Monday. “I will ask questions on crime and health issues in state Assembly,” Yadav told reporters here. When asked about his opponents’ criticism over his “disappearance” post the Lok Sabha elections, Tejashwi, while rubbishing the comments, said he has already clarified his stance. Also Read – National Herald case: Officer bearers of Congress were cheats, Subramanian Swamy tells court Advertise With Us “I have already cleared my position with a tweet. They have nothing else to talk about,” he said. After his month-long absence from the public eye, Tejashwi had on June 28 said he was undergoing treatment for a ligament and ACL injury. “Friends! For the last few weeks I was busy undergoing treatment for my long-delayed ligament & ACL injury. However, I’m amused to see political opponents, as well as a section of media, cooking up spicy stories,” Yadav had tweeted. Also Read – Dehydrated elephant being given treatment Advertise With Us “Constantly following up the untimely loss of hundreds of poor kids due to AES. In this tragic moment asked party workers, leaders to visit affected families without getting into Photo-OP and MPs to raise it in Parliament and that is why PM responded. My Dear Bihar! I am very much here,” he had said in another tweet. The Monsoon session of Bihar Assembly started on June 28.last_img read more

Urea shortage has been on the rise allegedly due to improper

first_imgKamareddy: Even though the officials are stressing that there is no shortage of urea in Kamareddy district, the farmers are struggling with its shortage. The situation is worst that the officials had to distribute urea amidst police security at Gandhari single window on Thursday (August 22).The farmers have detained single window officials at Shetpally in Lingampet mandal on Friday, demanding urea to be distributed to them. Farmers across Kamareddy district are coming to the Primary Cooperative Society every morning for fertilisers. Only one or two lorry loads of urea is coming and being distributed to farmers. But most of the farmers waiting in the line didn’t get and those who got, are not satisfied with the amount of urea as it did not fulfil their needs. But the farmers still visiting the cooperative society daily hoping that another lorry with stock may come, in vain. Also Read – JIH organises Eid Milap for sanitary workers Advertise With Us The Single Window Officer have resented the farmers’ outrage over the lack of stock as the farmers reportedly clashed with the official over the lack of enough fertilisers. Heated arguments took place between the officials and the farmers when the former stated no urea shortage. The farmers, who became furious over this, questioned then why they are standing in queue. Also Read – GHMC distributes saplings to KV students Advertise With Us Whenever a lorry with urea stock comes, it gets emptied within one hour. Farmers are angry that many of them have to return without urea and demanding fertiliser enough for their needs.According to the officials another 15 truckloads of urea will be allotted to Kamareddy district but it cannot fulfil their needs. It is estimated that maize crop will grow on 16,000 acres in Gandhari mandal but in fact this crop is being cultivated in on about 24,000 acres. Advertise With Us So far, 3,803 metric tonnes of urea has been supplied to Gandhari mandal, which is not enough. Agriculture officials, who earlier predicted shortage of urea in Kamareddy district, are yet to meet the fertiliser estimates. Gandhari Agriculture Superintendent Yadagiri informed that the district needs 10 lorry loads of urea as per the estimations of cultivated area. But the area under cultivation in reality is different with the numbers on paper. Actually each AEO has to monitor at least 3,000 acres per day and enter the details of cultivated land in records. But the AEOs reportedly didn’t actually checked the land under cultivation, hence the present situation where urea shortage has raised allegedly due to improper assessment of land under cultivation.last_img read more

first_imgPicture for representational purposeReutersWith the most special day for all mothers just around the corner, we have put together a list of our favorite reel moms that we love on Amazon Prime Video. This Mother’s Day, ditch that restaurant reservation, grab some popcorn with your mum, and binge watch these shows that are full of drama, humour and love.ANJANA MENON AND SNEHA PATEL FROM AMAZON ORIGINAL SERIES FOUR MORE SHOTS PLEASE! Anjana Patel – Anjana Menon balances her personal and professional life post her divorce; being a successful lawyer by profession and a devoted single mother to her four-year-old daughter. After her divorce, she puts her daughter’s life before hers and stays in touch with her ex-husband to avoid any conflict for her daughter. She has no time to date; while her ex-husband has moved on with his young lady love. Anjana spends most of her time trying to master the game of perfection as a mother and a lawyer, which often turns out to be more of a bane.Sneha Patel – Siddhi Patel, the youngest friend from the girl gang is a rich socialite whose self-image is always brutally crushed by her mother, Sneha Patel. Sneha is overly critical about her daughter and the duo share a love hate relationship. While she makes it her life goal to get her daughter married, she is also the only one who supports and protects her daughter when her secret is out.Four More Shots Please revolves around the lives of four very different women each fighting their own individual battles and tackling life as it comes. Based in the southern tip of Mumbai, the city that never sleeps, these four friends get together every couple of days to binge talk and get smash drunk at their favorite garage bar, ‘Truck’. It’s the magic of pure, unadulterated and yet sometimes flawed, friendship. Four More Shots Please! is the urban, millennial Indian woman’s gaze, a slice-of-life, brutally realistic portrait of what it is like to be in a country caught in a constant battle between the traditional and modern, to be a thinking woman, to be free in a country caught up in chains and to be honest in a country that thrives on hypocrisy.GAYATRI MATHUR FROM MADE IN HEAVENGayatri Mathur, a sixty year old widow from the 8.4 IMDb rated Amazon Original Made In Heaven, has found love once again and is now set to marry a Bengali architect. While she has received a go ahead from everyone except her children, the people who matter the most to her. The children refuse to attend the wedding as they believe that their mother remarrying would be embarrassing. The only request the mother has when asked by the wedding planners is that she wants her kids to attend the wedding.Prime Original SeriesMade In Heaven chronicles the lives of Tara and Karan, two wedding planners in Delhi. These two headstrong individuals often mask their supreme vulnerability – sometimes even from each other, as their wedding planning agency “Made In Heaven” forces them to open up andreveal themselves. The show portrays today’s India as a potent blend where tradition jostles with modern aspiration, set against the theme of the ‘Big Fat Indian Wedding’. Indians believe marriages are made in heaven and it is against these sacred unions that Tara and Karan’s personal journeys are juxtaposed. With world class production values and a magnificent scale, the show provides the viewer with a grand cinematic experience of intricacies and the drama around upscale Indian weddings.MIDGE MAISEL FROM MARVELOUS MRS. MAISELMidge, the main character of the 8.7 IMDb rated Amazon Original Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, is a Jewish housewife with a charismatic personality. When her husband leaves her, she goes on to pursue a successful career in standup comedy, shuffling between building her empire and being a mother, she learns to manage both. In a time where Midge should have been a stay at home mum looking after her kids, Midge went ahead and built her empire in the standup comedy space.CHRISTY From MOM Mom, follows the story of Christy a newly sober single mom who decides to start a new life after struggling with alcoholism and drug abuse. With her dysfunctional family comprising of a recovering alcoholic mother, her teenage daughter born when Christy was 17 who is a mother herself now and a young son, Christy tries her best to stay on the right path to meet her goals.REBECCA PEARSON FROM THIS IS US Rebecca from This is Us an IMDb 8.7 rated show is a mother of three, raises three children, each with their own problems. She constantly works towards keeping her family together and spends a lot of her time worrying about her children. With the untimely death of her husband she proves to be the strong mother who should not be underestimated.last_img read more

first_imgThe ongoing Global T20 in Canada is making quite a name for itself, with a great ensemble of current and retired international cricket stars. However, the second-round match between the Toronto Nationals and Montreal Tigers had to be delayed by almost two hours owing to a protest by the players.According to ESPNCricinfo, both sides – Toronto Nationals, led by former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh and George Bailey’s Montreal Tigers – initially refused to take the bus to the ground at the scheduled departure time from the team hotel due to unpaid wages.League owners have also been informed Yuvraj Singh.Reuters.”The game between Montreal Tigers & Toronto Nationals on Wednesday was delayed due to procedural issues between the players, the GT20 league, and the franchise owners. All the stakeholders had a meeting and addressed the concerns,” said a press release from the organisers.It needs to be mentioned here that Yuvraj’s side needed to win all their remaining matches in order to stand a chance of making it to the playoffs. However, due to the situation, they were willing to forfeit the match in order to demand their wages. “Global T20 Canada management is doing their best to popularise the game in North America and as a new entity in cricket, are bound to come across certain hurdles,” the release said.”On behalf of GT20 Canada, we sincerely thank all the stakeholders, players, and support staff for their constant support and confidence in us. We deeply regret the inconvenience caused to our sponsors, broadcasters, and millions of fans across the globe,” the release went on to add. File photo of Umar AkmalFrancois Nel/Getty ImagesESPNcricinfo reported that the protest is not limited to only these two teams. Quoting sources, it said that there are other squads too which have informed the team and league owners, namely the Bombay Sports Limited, that they will refuse to take the field for the playoff stage beginning on Thursday if the wages are not paid. Meanwhile, another controversy erupted earlier on Wednesday when Pakistani cricketer Umar Akmal revealed that he was approached by a former player for match-fixing during the league. According to highly placed PCB sources, Akmal had reported the matter to the organizers as well as the PCB’s Anti-Corruption Unit.last_img read more