Airbus shakes up industry with majority stake in Bombardier CSeries program

first_imgMONTREAL – European aircraft giant Airbus Group is shaking up the global airline business by buying a majority stake in Bombardier’s CSeries program and assembling the plane in the U.S. to avoid import duties.The two aircraft manufacturers announced the partnership Monday evening, weeks after the United States announced 300 per cent preliminary duties on exports of the aircraft following a complaint from Airbus rival Boeing.The partnership is expected to result in significant CSeries production costs savings by leveraging Airbus’s global supply chain expertise, but the company won’t be paying any money for the acquired stake or absorb Bombardier’s (TSX:BBD.B) large debt.Airbus will acquire a 50.01 per cent interest in the CSeries Aircraft Limited Partnership, which manufactures and sells the plane in exchange for access to Airbus’s sales, logistics, procurement and support expertise.Bombardier will own 31 per cent and the Quebec government’s investment agency will hold 19 per cent, down from 49.5 per cent when it invested US$1 billion in the program. That amount was subsequently diluted to 38 per cent.Airbus can buy out Bombardier after 7.5 years and the Quebec government in 2023.Bombardier CEO Alain Bellemare said Airbus is the perfect partner.“Combining the CSeries with Airbus’s global scale creates a remarkable business, and together we will take the CSeries program to new heights,” he said in a conference call.He said the partnership should more than double the value of the CSeries program by accelerating sales momentum.“It brings certainty to the future of the program so it increases the level of confidence that the aircraft is there to stay, which means that we will increase volume.”The way the federal government sees it, the Airbus takeover gives the CSeries a real chance at not just surviving, but making it big, said a government source.Although there will be debate over the “symbolism” of a Canadian product now being controlled by a European company, the alternatives were not promising, given Bombardier’s financial and trade challenges.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Donald Trump spoke by phone Monday about the aerospace spat, the softwood lumber dispute, and their unexpected consequences.Airbus chief executive Tom Enders called the partnership a “win-win for everybody.”“Our partnership will accelerate the commercial success and it will ensure that the program comes into a position to realize its full potential,” he said from Europe.The company is taking out ads in Canadian newspapers on Tuesday that end with “Thank you Canada … for welcoming us to our newest home.”Enders said the partnership will secure industrial operations in Canada, Britain and China, and bring new jobs to the U.S.Unlike when talks between the companies failed a few years ago, Enders said the CSeries is certified and recognized by customers as a great plane that can expand its narrowbody product line. He noted that Airbus hasn’t made an A319 the size of the CSeries for years.With this deal, Canada would become Airbus’s fifth home country and first outside Europe.The CSeries headquarters and main assembly line will remain in the Montreal area, but a second production line for the 100- to 150-seat plane will be set up at Airbus’s facility in Alabama to meet demand from U.S. customers and avoid duties.Airbus has promised to maintain 100 per cent of those employed Mirabel, Que., and to keep production at the Mirabel plant, where production will be ramped up far beyond its current rate.The union representing many Bombardier workers said its too early to celebrate even though Airbus’ stake could strengthen the CSeries.“It is a sad day that a high-tech Canadian treasure is ending up in European control, but we can take some satisfaction that the CSeries is getting some needed stability,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias.“The attempt to weaken Bombardier has pushed it to join with one of its competitors, which should not have had needed to happen,” Dias said. “Ultimately, the U.S. actions have created a stronger Bombardier.”Even though talks began in August, months after Boeing challenged government subsidies to Bombardier, Enders said the partnership wasn’t motivated by the trade dispute.“It was motivated by the clear recognition that the stars were kind of all aligned this time,” he said.Bellemare added the companies aren’t circumventing anything by joining forces. He added that Delta Air Lines is prepared to wait for delivery of its planes to avoid duties.“When you produce an aircraft in the U.S. it is not subject to any import duties under the current U.S. rules.”Even though some assembly work will be done in the United States, Bellemare believes more jobs will be created in Quebec because Airbus will help to augment sales.The big losers are Boeing and Brazil’s Embraer, said industry analyst Chris Murray of AltaCorp Capital.“Certainly this makes a much, much stronger program and certainly more competitive against anything Boeing would want to offer,” he said.Boeing described the partnership as a “questionable deal between two heavily state-subsidized competitors to skirt the recent findings of the U.S. government.”“Our position remains that everyone should play by the same rules for free and fair trade to work,” spokesman Dan Curran said in a statement.Quebec economy, science and innovation Minister Dominique Anglade said the strategic partnership will ensure the sustainability of the CSeries and consolidate Quebec’s aerospace cluster.“In the current context, the partnership with Airbus is, for us, the best solution to ensure the maintenance and creation of jobs in this strategic sector of the Quebec economy,” she stated in a news release.Federal Minister Navdeep Bains said the government will review the deal under the Investment Canada Act due to the significant proposed investments in Canada by non-Canadians.“On the surface, Bombardier’s new proposed partnership with Airbus on this aircraft would help position the CSeries for success by combining excellence in innovation with increased market access and an unrivalled global salesforce,” he stated in a separate news release.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. The earlier version failed to mention that Quebec’s investment in the CSeries was subsequently diluted to 38 per cent.last_img read more

WatchHousehold debt housing still top risks to financial system but Bank of

OTTAWA — Canada’s housing market and high levels of consumer indebtedness remain the top vulnerabilities for the financial system, but both have shown signs of easing, according to the Bank of Canada.The central bank said in a report Thursday that worries about the amount Canadians owe have begun to pull back, but it remains a concern.“Because the total amount of debt carried by Canadian households is so large, we know that it will be with us for a long time,” Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz told a news conference.The assessment came in the Bank of Canada’s latest financial system review, which assesses key vulnerabilities that could amplify or propagate economic shocks.Key risks associated with the vulnerabilities include a severe recession, a house price correction in overheated markets and a sharp spike in long-term interest rates.Federal mortgage lending rules have been tightening in recent years with the application of stress tests on borrowers. New rules implemented at the start of this year introduced a test for borrowers who do not require mortgage insurance and had not previously been subject to stress testing.The central bank said it will monitor the extent to which borrowers seek out alternative lenders, such as credit unions and private lenders, who are not always subject to the federal rules.“It’s still too soon to fully assess the impact of the newest changes to mortgage lending guidelines,” said Poloz, who added the bank is scrutinizing the housing and mortgage data as it becomes available. The tighter lending rules, and higher mortgage rates from lenders, have helped to cool the housing market in recent months from its red-hot pace it set at the start of last year.The central bank has raised its key interest rate three times since last summer and it is expected to raise it again later this year, perhaps as soon as July. The increases have prompted the big Canadian banks to raise their prime rates which are used to set the rates charged for variable-rate mortgages and other floating-rate loans. The cost of new fixed-rate mortgages has also climbed in recent months as bond yields have risen.In assessing the housing market risk, the report noted that housing price growth has slowed, led by a drop in the Greater Toronto Area. However, it said the condominium markets in Toronto and Vancouver remain strong with some evidence of speculative activity.In addition to household debt and the housing market, the report also identified cyberattacks as a key area of concern.“Even as defensive capacity improves across the financial system, some attacks will inevitability succeed,” the report said. “Having strong recovery plans can help to quickly restore financial system functioning and prevent a loss in confidence.”Last week, two of Canada’s biggest banks warned that personal and financial information of up to 90,000 customers may have been accessed by “fraudsters.”The Bank of Canada report comes as fears of a trade war have increased with the U.S. implementing new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports and Canada replying with its own tariffs on U.S. goods.Poloz said the impact of the tariffs will be part of the Bank of Canada’s next monetary policy report, but added that the overall economic backdrop has improved over the past six months and that’s good for the financial stability.The Bank of Canada also announced Thursday that it will no longer publish its financial system review report twice a year.The report will become an annual review published in June and a member of the bank’s governing council will make a speech in the fall to update its assessment of the vulnerabilities and risks to the financial system.It will also create a new financial system hub on its website that will publish research and analysis throughout the year.The Bank of Canada’s quarterly monetary policy report will also include a more in-depth discussion of the relevant issues as warranted. read more

France warns Alstom against precipitous deal with GE says national interest at

PARIS – France’s national interest is at stake in a potential sale of engineering giant Alstom, the economy minister said Sunday, warning the company against making a hasty deal with General Electric Co.Arnaud Montebourg said in a statement that the government wants time to examine a separate offer from German rival Siemens aimed at creating two “European champions” in transport and power engineering.Montebourg said that “given the strategic stakes for French industry and economy, the government won’t accept any precipitous decision made without taking account of alternative choices in the national interest.”The government “wants to have the time to make a serious examination of the proposals,” Montebourg said.Last week, unsourced rumours in the French media suggested that GE and Alstom were preparing to announce a tie-up as early as Monday.Earlier Sunday, Siemens said it was prepared to discuss a tie-up with its French rival Alstom.Siemens says it sent the Alstom board a letter “to signal its willingness to discuss future strategic opportunities,” but declined to elaborate.Montebourg said the government is “ready to examine” both GE and Siemen’s proposals “with the aim of preserving the interests of France’s industrial base” and said the government was “ready to take part financially” in a deal.The move announced Sunday comes amid heated speculation that General Electric Co. is considering buying Alstom.Shares in Alstom were halted Friday after its stock closed nearly 11 per cent higher Thursday at 27 euros.The French government is cool to the idea of a buyout of a company that pioneered TGV high-speed trains, later exporting them around the world, and builds nuclear turbines.Alstom and GE spokespeople declined to comment on reports in the French press that GE Chief Executive Jeffrey Immelt was to meet with French government representatives on Sunday in Paris.GE has long roots in France. Its French division posted 7.8 billion euros in revenue in 2011, the last year for which figures were available on the group’s website. GE employees 11,000 people in France, with three main industrial centres in Belfort, Buc and Creusot. GE is also part of a 40-year-old joint venture with French defence contractor Snecma, called CFM International, which makes jet engines for airlines and militaries around the world.___Associated Press writer Frank Jordans in Berlin contributed to this report.___Follow Greg Keller on Twitter at AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Greg Keller, The Associated Press Posted Apr 27, 2014 4:15 am MDT France warns Alstom against ‘precipitous’ deal with GE, says national interest at stake read more

Hudak says PCs offer Ontario hope despite vow to cut 100000 public

Hudak says PCs offer Ontario hope despite vow to cut 100,000 public sector jobs TORONTO – The story of his great-grandparents losing their family farm taught him the “live within your means” lesson at a young age, says Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak, who as premier would slash thousands of jobs to eliminate Ontario’s $12.5-billion deficit.“My grandpa Dillon, my mom’s dad, always passed on to his kids and my mom passed on to me, that if you get into debt, you get into trouble,” Hudak said in a recent interview.“The image they always talked about was seeing the furniture on the lawn for sale, and all the neighbours walking through and how embarrassing that was, so that’s what really gets me focused on spending within your means.”Hudak, 46, grew up in the Niagara border town of Fort Erie with his younger sister Tricia, the grandchildren of immigrants from the former Czechoslovakia. His father, Pat, was a Catholic school principal. Friends say he had a typical middle-class upbringing, was athletic and a good student who stayed out of trouble.Politics was in Hudak’s family blood: his mother, Anne Marie, a physical-education and special-needs teacher, was also a three-time councillor, and her father, Thomas Dillon, was a union leader in Sarnia’s petrochemical industry and a strong CCF and NDP supporter.Relaxing during the election means grabbing time at home with wife Deb Hutton, who was a senior adviser to Mike Harris during his years as Ontario premier, and daughters Miller, 6, and Maitland, born just a month before the campaign began.But Miller’s often in bed when he gets home and still sleeping before he heads out for another day of campaigning, so Sunday afternoons have become “strictly daddy-daughter time,” he said.“It’s good just sit down and chat with her because it brings you back down to earth, no talk about politics, no talk about budgets, just talk about what she wants to do,” said Hudak. “They inspire me because what I want to do is make sure I hand off a better Ontario to my daughters just like my parents did for me.”The political bug bit while Hudak was studying economics in Washington state in the late 1980s, the era of Conservative giants like Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher. He volunteered with the local Tory association, and at age 27, won a seat at Queen’s Park in the 1995 Conservative sweep that ended Ontario’s only NDP government.Harris, Hudak’s political mentor, promoted him to cabinet in 1999, with stints in northern development and mining as well as tourism and culture, putting him at the table alongside future federal stars John Baird, Tony Clement and Jim Flaherty.The two women he’s running against, Premier Kathleen Wynne and New Democrat Andrea Horwath, consistently score higher in surveys asking which of the three is the most popular political leader, something that’s not lost on Hudak.“I may not be the best actor on the stage and I may not be getting an Oscar,” he said, “but if you want a leader focused on a turnaround plan for the province, who is serious about the issues and gets us back on track, that’s me and that’s my team.”Hudak quickly came under fire in the 2014 campaign for vowing to cut 100,000 public sector jobs to help balance the books by 2016 — a year earlier than his political opponents — a key part of his plan to help create one million new private sector jobs over eight years.His plan has come under fire from opponents and a number of economists, who have questioned the math behind his jobs promise. Unions have also targeted the Tory leader in unprecedented ad campaigns, calling on members to vote for anyone but Hudak.But through it all, Hudak has stayed on message.“I want to be the jobs premier,” he said. “I think people are looking for a vision of how to get people working again, how we actually provide more jobs.”Hudak feels better about his performance in the campaign for Thursday’s election than he did in 2011, when the Tories blew a big lead in public opinion polls, allowing the Liberals to form a third consecutive government, although reduced to a minority.“When you believe in something, when you know in your gut that it’s the right thing to do, you’ve thought long and hard about it, it comes easy,” he said. “I’m having the time of my life in politics … I look forward to every day.”There’s no doubt Hudak earned the most attention, although not all of it positive, with his jobs plan, and he was widely considered to be the winner of the only leaders’ debate of the campaign, but his tough medicine message didn’t win over everyone.It’s only fair to be straight with people about the need to rein in the cost and size of government instead of making expensive campaign promises that can’t be kept, he said.“My whole plan is to get people working through lower taxes, more affordable hydro, less debt and a big focus on the skilled trades,” said Hudak. “I’m not going to try to get votes by promising things we can’t afford.”Follow @CPnewsboy on Twitter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 10, 2014 11:51 am MDT read more

Data details pharmaceutical companys role in contributing to the opioid epidemic

Previously redacted information in the complaint now available:• Teva internally tracked its sales representatives to ensure that prescribers absorbed their messages.• In 2004, the FDA met with Teva over concerns of promoting its drug Actiq for off-label use. According to records of the meeting, the FDA told Teva “off-label promotion is illegal, with a drug with a risk profile like Actiq, raises significant public health concerns.”Related Article: Oklahoma attorney general sets announcement on opioid suit• Teva targeted non-oncologists in order to boost its sales of Actiq and Fentora. Teva developed a research and publication plan to target doctors outside of the cancer-treating population. “This included focused promotional and educational efforts directed toward pain specialists in order to increase their prescribing of Actiq and Fentora.”The DEA database – Automation of Reports and Consolidated Orders System (ARCOS) – tracked about 380 million opioid pill transactions between 2006 and 2012 in the U.S. According to the data, companies flooded Kentucky with more than 1.9 billion pills over a six-year period and Teva manufactured 690 million pills making it one of the top six manufacturers during that time. Opioids FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Fayette circuit judge has agreed to unseal court documents that reveal data on how one opioid maker accounted for the majority of opioids in grams sold in Kentucky from 2006 to 2014. Officials say the new information allows Kentuckians to see how Pennsylvania-based pharmaceutical manufacturer Teva persuaded physicians to prescribe its drugs, Actiq and Fentora, to treat chronic pain despite the drugs being approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) only for breakthrough pain in cancer patients.- Advertisement – read more

Instructional DVD transfer from Duke led kicker Jack Willoughby to spotlight

OSU senior kicker Jack Willoughby (98) during a game against Hawaii on Sept. 12 at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorWhen Jack Willoughby’s 20-yard kick sailed through the uprights on Saturday, it was not just the first field goal he made in five years of college — it was the first he made in a game, ever.Willoughby, a former soccer player who walked on to the Duke football team in 2011, had never kicked a football until the summer after his high-school graduation. When he did learn how to do it, his coaching came in the form of an instructional DVD he purchased.While soccer was his sport of choice, football was his passion, and the Princeton, New Jersey, product saw an opportunity to contribute down the line for the Blue Devils.“My grandpa played college football, and I grew up a big college football fan,” Willoughby said. “I thought there was a chance to play college soccer at Duke, but I saw an opportunity to make the transition after high school.”Willoughby’s big leg enabled him to stick around on the Duke team and become its kickoff specialist, kicking off in three games in 2013 and all 13 the following year.However, with an All-American kicker in Ross Martin firmly in place as the placekicker, Willoughby knew his opportunity to kick field goals would likely only come elsewhere.“I decided during my (redshirt junior) season at Duke that I wanted to transfer. It was kind of a multistep decision,” he said. “First of all, do I want to play a fifth year of football or do I want to enter the working world? That was probably the hardest decision. Then after I made up my mind there, I decided that I wanted to leave Duke.”Willoughby said he put together a highlight tape that he mailed to coaches around the country to try to find interested schools, one of which ended up being Ohio State. Between the Buckeyes’ standing as defending national champions and a shaky kicking situation — last year’s starter Sean Nuernberger missed seven of his 20 attempts during his freshman year — Willoughby, who resides in his family’s home in Juno, Alaska, in the offseason, made the choice to move to Columbus in April.“I think Ohio State might’ve looked at me because of the role I could fill on kickoff, but for me it was about field goals as well,” he said. “If I wanted to just be a kickoff guy, I would’ve stayed at Duke.”Willoughby turned heads as a potential starting placekicker for the Buckeyes in August when he made back-to-back 60-yard kicks in practice.Now entrenched in a weekly one-on-one battle with Nuernberger, Willoughby has gotten the nod from coach Urban Meyer in each of OSU’s first two games.Things have not started great for the redshirt senior, as his first collegiate field goal attempt in OSU’s opener at Virginia Tech was a 43-yard attempt that went wide.While he raised his field goal percentage to 50 percent with the 20-yard make during the Buckeyes’ second game against Hawaii, two of his seven kickoffs went out of bounds for a penalty.Meyer said he has not been happy with the mixed performance by the kicker so far, especially on kickoffs.“We’re still not settled,” Meyer said. “Jack is — we had two penalties on kickoff, and that’s got to be addressed and got to get fixed.”As far as the issue of the kickoffs goes, Willoughby said he has been his own biggest critic.“I hold myself to a higher standard than to ever kick the ball out of bounds,” Willoughby said. “It’s definitely something I try not to beat myself up about, but I consider it unacceptable.”Whether he holds the starting kicker job from week to week or loses it to Nuernberger, Willoughby said coming to OSU has already been a worthwhile decision.“Clearly here, the tradition, the fans, the scale of a lot of what we do is at a slightly different level to me,” Willoughby said. “But if you ask guys why they really play the game, it’s for their teammates, for their coaches, and those things don’t really change here or at Duke, smaller places.” read more

Ohio State mens hockey heads to Michigan State to close out regular

OSU freshman forward Mason Jobst (26) during a game against Michigan on March 6 at Nationwide Arena. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe Ohio State men’s hockey team (12-17-3, 7-8-3) is preparing to face off against the Michigan State Spartans (10-21-3, 6-11-1) in its final regular-season series before the Big Ten tournament. The Buckeyes have momentum on their side, as they head to East Lansing, Michigan, on a five-game unbeaten run.The Buckeyes are coming off a home-and-home sweep of archrival Michigan, a series in which they scored 13 goals over the two games. They have scored at least four goals in each contest amid their five-game unbeaten streak. The Spartans have also been on a decent run of late. They’ve lost just one of their last five matches. Their last game was a 5-0 rout of first-place Minnesota.“I think the one thing we’re going to take from the series is we know they’re a good hockey team. We’ve got to be playing our best hockey to beat them. I say that every week,” said OSU coach Steve Rohlik. “That’s what it takes here with the parity across the board.“They’ve beaten the Michigans, they’ve beaten the Minnesotas. They’ve beaten everybody in our league. So our preparation is for Friday, and we’ll take it one game at a time.”The last time these two squads met in January, they split the series at the Schottenstein Center. The Spartans were victorious in the first encounter, 4-2, on Jan. 29, while the Buckeyes won the next day, 2-1.Junior forward and co-captain Nick Schilkey said he believes that a fresh mindset has changed his team since the last outing between the two sides.“I think we’re just a little more confident. We’ve been scoring some goals. They’re going to play tough defensively,” Schilkey said. “The goal is to do what we can to just play our game, and we’re just a little more confident, I think.”Junior forward David Gust said he hopes OSU can score more goals this time around against a stingy Spartan defense.“They kind of trap you in the neutral zone. We were talking about it today that they kind of set four guys back,” Gust said. “They just play a little trap, which is tough to get around sometimes.”More Big Ten stars on displayOne contributor to OSU’s recent success is the production of Schilkey. The Michigan native was named the Big Ten’s first star for the second week in a row. It is the third consecutive week he has been named one of the three stars, and the fourth time this season.Yet the Buckeyes’ top scorer this season deflected personal praises, instead giving credit to his linemates for his current high production.“I think we’re just feeding of each other. Definitely not a one-man thing at all,” Schilkey said. “When the points start going in, it’s all three of us. So it’s been nice.”In last Friday’s victory at Ann Arbor, Schilkey grabbed an assist. He built on that in Sunday’s match, scoring two goals, including the game winner, and notching an assist. Schilkey has collected 14 points over the last six games, leading the NCAA in points per game (2.33) over the last three weeks.Despite the accolades, Schilkey said he doesn’t think too often about the recognition and would much rather think about the team’s success as a whole.“It’s cool to be recognized and things like that, but it’s cooler to get a sweep over Michigan,” he said. “That’s what it comes down to, and that’s what makes it fun.”Michigan State also has a Big Ten star of its own to thank for its recent success: senior goaltender Jake Hildebrand, who collected the conference’s second star on Tuesday.“They (have) a good goalie, Hildebrand,” Gust said. “He was Big Ten Player of the Year last year, I think. So they’ve got a good guy in between the pipes.”Hildebrand leads the conference with 542 saves this season. His 13th career shutout in the 5-0 victory over the Golden Gophers gave him the third most in program history.Big Ten tournament loomsAs the rankings stand, the Buckeyes and the Spartans will meet again in the first round of the Big Ten tournament in St. Paul, Minnesota. OSU sits fourth in the conference standings, while Michigan State is right below in fifth. Regardless of how the weekend finishes, the two teams will be tabbed to meet again on March 17 at the Xcel Energy Center for the first round.“These are big games. Three straight. Obviously, it’s kind of to set the tone, and they know that too,” Schilkey said. “It’s some tough games with them, so we’re getting ready for that.”Gust reinforced that positive results in this series can key going into the tournament matchup.“These two big games are crucial to get confidence, and if we can squeak out some wins and carry that into the Big Ten tournament, that’d be awesome,” Gust said.For Rohlik, he isn’t getting too ahead of himself, as he said he just wants to emphasize the games currently at hand.“We know we play them in the Big Ten tournament. But our focus is what we just talked about is the game on Friday, to be honest with you. Just keep getting better and keep playing some good hockey,” Rohlik said. “We know we’re playing a very good hockey team that’s capable of beating anybody, so we’ve got to be prepared for Friday night.”Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. both Friday and Saturday. read more

Ben Fogle Replace school at 17 with conscriptiontype work

first_imgYoung people should undertake a “conscription-type” year instead of staying on at school until they are 18, Ben Fogle has said. Speaking to lifestyle magazine Calibre, the adventurer and TV presenter said that he would allow children to spend a year either in the military or doing other voluntary service.He said: “If I went into politics – which I wouldn’t, because it’s a thankless task, but I’ve dabbled with the thought of it – I would scrap the education system’s insistence that everyone must do something up to age 18, turn it to 17, and that one year would become a voluntary service year.”It would be a conscription-type year. You could spend a year either working in the NHS, or travelling with a purpose, doing some kind of aid work.”You could work for a charity, work in an overseas hospital, or work with the army, the navy or the air force. I firmly believe at least six months of being out of your comfort zone, and involving travel of some kind, would benefit most people immeasurably.” One willing volunteer is worth 1,000 people who are pushed “Today’s teenagers are now volunteering more than any other age group, and I’d encourage young people to take advantage of every opportunity available to them to develop new skills, build confidence and learn what a positive impact they can have on their local community through volunteering.” Ben and Marina Fogle with their children Iona and LudoCredit:Heathcliff O’Malley “The benefits would be felt by the organisation as well as the volunteers themselves, who would learn leadership skills, and how to work with people. “There would have to be some careful thought about what actually they would be doing – they couldn’t be administering medicine, for example. “It would give young people a feel for those aspects of our society that are undervalued in areas such as pay – these are services that keep people alive and it would help young people appreciate their importance.” The waiting list for Scout groups has grown to 51,000 children, the largest in its history, and 17,000 new volunteers are required to enable them to join.But a spokesman for the Scouts warned that volunteers needed to be “willing” in order to be useful. “We believe that volunteering should be voluntary – people shouldn’t be forced.”One willing volunteer is worth 1,000 people who are pushed,” he said.However, figures show that teenagers have increased interest in volunteering in an effort to improve their university and job prospects. ONS figures show that the time given by those aged 16 to 24 had increased dramatically from nine minutes a day to 17 on average. In 2010 the Government established the National Citizen Service, which allows children aged between 15 and 17 to spend a month taking part in social projects and learn leadership skills. Around 100,000 children are expected to take part this year. Michael Lynas, CEO of National Citizen Service, said: “Ben Fogle is right that preparing our young people for life and work in the twenty first century needs to go beyond the four walls of a classroom. center_img In England, children who leave school at 16 must either go to college until they are 18, undertake an apprenticeship, or spend more than 20 hours a week working or volunteering while undertaking part-time education or training. School leaving age was increased from 16 to 18 in 2015.  Conscription into the army existed in the UK between 1916 and 1920, and again between 1939 to 1960.In 2015 Prince Harry suggested that it should be re-introduced, and research published by YouGov last year found that 47 per cent of British people would support the re-introduction of military service. However, army figures have said the scheme would not work because it would cost too much to turn volunteers into useful soldiers. Earlier this year voluntary organisations said they were struggling to recruit volunteers because young adults could no longer afford to give up their time.  Dr Dan Wheatley, a senior lecturer in business and labour economics at the University of Birmingham, said that such a scheme could help young people learn soft skills as well as improving their appreciation for public services.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Ben and Marina Fogle with their children Iona and Ludolast_img read more

The new one from Slovenian playmakers factory – Miha Zarabec

Slovenia, once again, showed to the whole handball world the quality of the playmakers’ factory. Zorman, Bezjak, Bombac, brothers Skube, got another friend in their company, a 23 years old playmaker of RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko, Miha Zarabec. Only 177 cm tall guy, showed fantastic performance at his debut at EHF Champions League against RK Vardar last weekend. He scored 10 goals, which on the end wasn’t enough to bring his team a point or two, but EHF TV nominated him in the BEST 7 of the Round 1:– We showed that we know to play handball. We are small team, but with a big heart. We fought until the last second. I am sorry, we had lack of experience to take the points. However, we can go further with heads up – said Zarabec to ← Previous Story Zlatko Saracevic after the sensation: We must not fall asleep on the laurels of our victory Next Story → ZAGREB IN SKOPJE: Last dance in old Vardar’s fortress “Kale” miha zarabec read more

I was going to end my life or I was going to

first_img Apr 27th 2017, 8:00 PM Source: 9 Comments Image: Gary Seery Thursday 27 Apr 2017, 8:00 PM Source: Gary SeeryVisiting my GP, Tony, was probably the best move I’ve ever made. He made me realise that what I was going through was common, and put me on a course of antidepressants to help me get myself out of the weeds. From there I was able to start looking at ways to get myself back on track.My recovery wasn’t a quick process by any means, and those first nine or ten days after starting medication were extremely tough. I didn’t even have the energy to wash myself. But slowly I started to feel somewhat normal again. I was finally able to start thinking clearly, and looking ahead rather than just trying to get through the day.Marathon trainingI set myself the challenge of running the Dublin Marathon in October 2010, and over the next year I started training, just bit by bit at first, and then more intensely. Endorphins are powerful things, and exercise became another form of medication for me, so much so that in April 2010 I was able to come off the antidepressants entirely. Source: Gary SeeryI’ve done 58 marathons in total over the last number of years, including one on the North Pole. But the biggest achievement for me has been learning to manage my mental health.No shameI know now that there’s no shame in feeling like you’re not coping. That’s something I’ve tried to pass on to my kids. It’s great for them to see that minding your mental health is the same as looking after yourself if you have a cold or the flu.That’s why events like Darkness Into Light are so important, because when kids see thousands of people out at four in the morning supporting positive mental health, it breaks down that stigma, it becomes something normal for them.Life is hard, it’s tough. We’re all under pressure. It’s not realistic to think that we can be happy and content all of the time. For me, what’s important is knowing how to tackle mental health issues when they do arise, rather than letting them dictate my life.Join the thousands walking from Darkness Into Light on May 6th to raise funds and awareness for Pieta House. You’ll find more information online here and here.Helplines:Pieta House 1800 247 247 or email – (suicide, self-harm)Samaritans 116 123 or email jo@samaritans.orgAware 1800 80 48 48 (depression, anxiety)Teen-Line Ireland 1800 833 634 (for ages 13 to 19)Childline 1800 66 66 66 (for under 18s) Share Tweet Email2 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article center_img Image: Gary Seery 42,270 Views ‘I was going to end my life or I was going to get better. That was the choice I had’ Gary Seery turned to exercise to help him cope with anxiety and depression THIS YEAR’S DARKNESS Into Light walk takes place on Saturday May 6th in aid of Pieta House, supported by Electric Ireland. Participants in more than 150 locations, on four continents, will walk the 5km route to raise funds and awareness.All throughout this week, people around Ireland are sharing their own Darkness Into Light journeys. Here, Gary Seery, a software executive and 58-time marathon runner, tells his story.If you’d asked me ten years ago about my mental well-being, I wouldn’t have had an answer for you. I was never really aware of my mental health as something that could change, or that could affect me. It wasn’t a priority.I first started feeling really bad in April or May 2009. At that time, I was working a hell of a lot, and pushing out 16 or 17-hour days. I was under severe pressure at work, in a very negative environment, and there was absolutely no support there. I felt trapped.No way outAs many people will tell you, it wasn’t one single incident that caused my depression. It was a culmination of things. The counter-productive way I dealt with how I was feeling eventually became part of the problem too.All through the summer of 2009, I wasn’t sleeping. I started drinking in the evenings because of the reprieve it gave me. I had lost interest in everything, and I was getting up every day as normal and trying to convince myself that this was all just a blip.When things started to get really bad at work, I kept thinking that there was no way of getting out of what was going on without impacting my family. I’m very much a hunter-gatherer personality, and I get excited when I see a full fridge at home, because to me it means I’m providing for my family. My job had become impossible, but I saw no escape.Breaking pointFrom the outside, I looked totally normal, because I was putting on the facade of being absolutely fine. Inside though, I was imploding. By September 2009, things had reached a breaking point. I was going to end my life or I was going to get better. That was the choice I had. By Gary Seery Short URL Subscribelast_img read more

Columbia Gorge a walleye bonanza this year

first_imgThis spring chinook season in Southwest Washington was so flaky — with the high streamflows by mid-March and low Bonneville Dam counts — that I only made one trip for the premier fish of the Columbia River. I opted instead to chase walleyes in the Columbia Gorge and that turned out to be a fantastic choice.My neighbor and I fished the stretch of the Columbia between Miller Island and Rufus, Ore., repeatedly this spring. We got lucky with multiple days of no wind.By the end of May, we had adopted a new rule: We’d keep no more than 20 for the boat for the day because that’s plenty to clean and how much walleye does one need in the freezer?We caught nine walleye on Dec. 2 last year fishing between Giles French Park boat ramp at Rufus and Maryhill State Park on the Washington side of the Columbia.last_img read more

Caravan of migrants hope to enter the United States to seek asylum

first_img Sasha Foo April 26, 2018 Updated: 10:51 AM 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 SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Hundreds of Central American migrants may decide this weekend to cross the U.S border from Mexico to seek asylum at the San Ysidro port of entry.Two San Diego attorneys we consulted say the asylum process is lengthy and far more involved than some might think. Immigration attorney Michelle Stavros said only about 50 percent of asylum applicants are approved.The percentage is even lower for people from Central America and Mexico, with still fewer asylum requests being granted if the person lacks legal representation.Once a person requests asylum, they are held in detention, first to be screened through what’s called a “credible fear” interview and then to await a hearing by a judge. Applicants must prove in an interview with officers from Immigration and Customs Enforcement that they have a “credible fear” of persecution or personal harm if they return to their home country.“We can’t give asylum to anybody who has a fear of being harmed in their country. They have to have a very specific reason,” said Stavros.The group now waiting in Tijuana is composed of migrants from Central American countries like Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, who have made the trek across Mexico an annual event for the last several years. Many of the migrants are women and children.President Trump has been highly critical of the group’s travel this year and the Secretary of Homeland Security has warned that anyone who enters the United States illegally will be referred for prosecution.Immigration attorney Ginger Jacobs said the group in Tijuana plans to present themselves at the San Ysidro port of entry and request asylum in an orderly fashion. Jacobs said it is not enough for the applicant to merely state they are in fear for their lives.After the interview, which establishes that the applicant actually has a legitimate basis for their asylum request, there must be a trial hearing before a judge, in order for asylum to be formally granted.“Nobody is like handing out asylum like driver’s licenses,” said Jacobs. While waiting for a decision, the applicant may be held in detention for a period of six months and in some cases, for years. Caravan of migrants hope to enter the United States to seek asylumcenter_img Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitter Sasha Foo, Posted: April 26, 2018last_img read more

Firefighters put out house fire in NW MiamiDade

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Firefighters worked to extinguish a house fire in Northwest Miami-Dade.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews responded to the home located along Northwest 30th Avenue and 103rd Street at approximately 12:30 p.m., Monday.Firefighters arrived on scene to find smoke coming from inside of the house.There were no injuries reported.The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Wilmingtons Latest Legal Notices Week of September 2 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are the latest legal notices related to Wilmington, published during the week of Sunday, September 2, 2018:181159 — Cuoco Estate — Wilmington181109  — Celata — 11 Walnut Street — Wilmington183009 — Kowalchik — 16 Longview Road — WilmingtonBurlington Self Storage Auction(NOTE: The above public notices is from Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of September 1, 2019)In “Government”Wilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of August 11, 2019)In “Government”Wilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of August 4, 2019)In “Government”last_img read more

Puffin dieoff on St Paul Island may point to larger ecosystem problems

first_imgSt. Paul residents have seen 300 puffin carcasses wash ashore since mid-October. Scientists say seabirds are good indicators of overall ecosystem health, which means the die-off could be a sign of trouble for all sorts of species. (Photo by COASST Island Sentinels)In the past two months, 300 dead puffins have washed up on St. Paul Island, alarming residents who had only seen six carcasses over the last decade.Listen NowThe die-off appears to be slowing down now, but scientists say it could be the sign of a much larger ecosystem problem.Lauren Divine, co-director of St. Paul’s Ecosystem Conservation Office, didn’t panic when St. Paul residents found a few dead puffins on the beach in mid-October.“The first day was a tufted puffin,” Divine said. “The next day was a horned puffin. I didn’t think too much about it.”Within the week, Divine said it became clear something was wrong, as islanders found more and more carcasses.They posted photos on Facebook and called ECO concerned. Divine took the first dead birds to Anchorage for research while her co-director hopped on a four-wheeler and hit the beaches to the gauge the extent of the problem.“She called me up and said: ‘I’ve followed up on these citizen reports of puffins, and they’re everywhere. There are dead puffins everywhere,’” Divine said.The carcasses came ashore in waves.Dozens at a time.They washed up so fast most were still intact days later — a sign there were so many, scavenging foxes couldn’t keep up.Divine said the extent of the die-off was frightening. St. Paul residents began patrolling the beaches daily, and the ECO office had 10 dead puffins necropsied.“After we opened up the first five, it was very apparent that all of them were emaciated,” Divine said. “Their muscles were completely atrophied. They had empty stomachs. They had gastrointestinal bleeding, which indicates severe long-term starvation. They were in very, very poor shape.”The theory is that the puffins left the island and headed south to winter in the Bering Sea as usual. But when they couldn’t find food, they grew weak, starved, and were carried back to St. Paul by ocean currents.“So we started digging into this more,” Divine said. “What is happening? Where is their food?”To answer those questions, ECO enlisted help from the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team, or COASST, based at the University of Washington. It’s a citizen science program that has 800 volunteers collecting data on seabirds from northern California to Kotzebue and Cape Lisburne.Julia Parrish, executive director of the program, said all that local data helps piece together the big picture unfolding across the north Pacific Ocean, as well as the Bering and Chukchi Seas.Right now, Parrish said the major force at work is a big patch of warm water called the Blob, and it’s affecting the entire marine ecosystem.“Suddenly, it’s like the grocery store is full of new things — and less good things — to eat,” Parrish said.The changes begin at the bottom of the food chain, with plankton and forage fish — the kind of fish that make up a puffin’s diet. Those small fish try to adjust to the warmth by swimming to different areas or diving deeper in search of cool water.For the puffins on St. Paul, that’s meant widespread starvation.In fact, Parrish said the 300 birds found dead may represent just 10 percent of the total die-off, when you account for carcasses that are probably blowing past the small island.“That would mean those 300 birds scale up to 3,000 birds,” Parrish said. “That’s half of the breeding population of the Pribilof Islands.”The people of St. Paul don’t harvest puffins for subsistence, but Parrish said seabirds are good indicators of overall ecosystem health.This die-off could be a sign of trouble for all sorts of species that residents rely on to fill their freezers.“Can these populations sustain this kind of long-term change pressure? Boy, that’s a great question,” Parrish said. “I wish I knew the answer. I can tell you I think it’s going to be stressful for them for a while.”Back in St. Paul, Divine said it looks like the puffin die-off is slowing down, but the ECO office also is seeing signs of stress in other species. She said the island’s seabirds laid barely any eggs this season, hunters had a hard time finding sea lions, and crab quotas were cut sharply after a survey showed low numbers.“It’s all interrelated — from the smallest harmful algal blooms and phytoplankton issues to whale die-offs and loss of sea ice,” Divine said. “It’s absolutely all connected, and I think we’re so far past the point of needing some kind of conservation and management action — before it’s too late to give the ecosystem a fighting chance.”But even for scientists, it’s hard to know what to do. As Parrish says, you can’t legislate water temperature.So for now, that leaves the people of St. Paul to pick up dead birds from their beaches and monitor the changing ocean that surrounds them.last_img read more

AL has nothing to do if BNP boycotts polls Quader

first_imgObaidul Quader file photoAwami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Friday said that his party has nothing to do if BNP does not take part in the upcoming general elections, reports BSS.“The system of caretaker government won’t come back again. The polls will be held as per the constitution,” Quader said while speaking at a press conference in the Sylhet Circuit House.“The Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) is trying to hold an election like the 2001 polls…That type of blueprint election will not happen again in 2018 on the soil of Bangladesh.”About the four demands of BNP, the minister said the party, which has strength, ability and confidence in country’s people, doesn’t impose any condition to join polls.“BNP has no confidence in the people and the party has no strength and ability. Therefore, they are giving conditions one after another,” he added.Quader, also the road transport and bridges minister, said, “Taking part in election is a right of BNP as Bangladesh is a democratic country. The ‘train of election’ will not wait for any party. The polls will be held as per the constitution.”About the meeting of election commissioners on electronic voting machines (EVMs), Quader said there is democracy in the election commission (EC).“If any commissioner does not agree with others on any issue, he has the right to give ‘note of decent’. They will decide what to do,” he added.He said the EVM is a modern technology.“We are in favour of using the system to hold the upcoming general election in a free, fair and credible manner. I think, the system will play a role to reduce bad impression of common people regarding the polls.”AL joint general secretaries Mahbub-ul-Alam Hanif and Jahangir Kabir Nanak, organizing secretaries Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury, Ahmad Hossain, Misbah Uddin Siraj and AKM Anamul Haque Shamim, office secretary Abdus Sobhan Golap, AL Sylhet city unit president Badar Uddin Ahmed Kamran and AL district unit general secretary Shafiqur Rahman Chowdhury, among others, were present at the press conference.last_img read more

Latest Democrat Justin Fairfax Elected Va Lieutenant Governor

first_imgRICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Latest on Election Day in Virginia, including the races for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general (all times local):9:15 p.m.Democrat Justin Fairfax has been elected Virginia’s next lieutenant governor, a position that often serves as a springboard for future gubernatorial candidates.Democrat Justin Fairfax has been elected Virginia’s next Lieutenant Governor. (Twitter Photo)Fairfax, a former federal prosecutor won Tuesday over Republican Jill Vogel, a Republican state senator from Fauquier County.Fairfax has never held elective office before. He made his first run for office four years ago, narrowly losing the Democratic nomination for attorney general to Mark Herring.The lieutenant governor post is considered a part-time job and receives a salary just above $36,000 a year. While there are few official duties, the lieutenant governor can cast tiebreaking votes in Virginia’s closely divided state Senate.___9 p.m.Democratic incumbent Mark Herring has won Virginia’s attorney general race, beating back a challenge from Republican John Adams.Herring won his second term Tuesday.During the campaign, Herring was sharply criticized by Adams for his refusal to defend Virginia’s 2006 constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. Herring said his position was vindicated by the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling striking down same-sex marriage bans as unconstitutional.The race was the only attorney general contest in the country this year and drew national interest.___8:50 p.m.A former Virginia news anchor whose journalist girlfriend was fatally shot during a live broadcast in 2015 has defeated a Republican incumbent for a seat in the House of Delegates.Chris Hurst beat Joseph Yost Tuesday in a high-profile race for the Blacksburg-area seat.Hurst was living with fellow journalist Alison Parker when she and a cameraman were killed by a former co-worker while reporting for WDBJ-TV.After the shooting, Hurst became the public face of the grieving Roanoke station, bringing national attention and a large social media following. The Pennsylvania native quit his TV job and moved to Blacksburg to run in the 12th District.Hurst’s campaign was backed by gun-control groups, but that wasn’t his main campaign issue. Instead, he focused on education, health care and the environment.___8:30 p.m.Democrats have picked up three more seats in the House of Delegates.Hala Ayala unseated Rich Anderson in the 51st District. In the 32nd District, David Reid beat Thomas “Tag” Greason. Elizabeth Guzman defeated Scott Lingamfelter in the 31st district.With the election of Ayala and Guzman, the House will have its first Latina members.Democrats need to pick up 17 seats to retake control of the 100-member chamber from Republicans, who have led it for nearly two decades.___8:15 p.m.A former journalist has unseated one of Virginia’s most socially conservative lawmakers to become the first openly transgender member of the House of Delegates.Democrat Danica Roem, an experienced newspaper reporter, beat Republican incumbent Bob Marshall in Tuesday’s election. The race was one of this year’s most high profile, drawing national and international attention to the northern Virginia district near the nation’s capital.Marshall has served in the House since 1992 and has been a lightning rod for controversy, often drawing the ire of even his own party.Roem is set to make history as the first openly transgender person elected and seated in a state legislature. But her gender identity wasn’t a key part of her campaign. Instead, she focused on jobs, schools and northern Virginia’s traffic congestion.___8:05 p.m.Democrats have picked up a seat in a northern Virginia House of Delegates race, knocking out a member of Republican leadership.Lee Carter, an IT specialist and Marine veteran, beat incumbent Jackson Miller in Tuesday’s election.Democrats need to pick up 17 seats to retake control of the 100-member chamber from Republicans, who have led it for nearly two decades.___7 p.m.Polls have closed in Virginia’s hard-fought governor’s race. But in New Jersey the polls remain open until 8 p.m. as voters in both states choose new governors.Republican Ed Gillespie and Democrat Ralph Northam have been locked in a heated race in Virginia to succeed Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who cannot seek a second term. The contest is viewed by many as a referendum on President Donald Trump and a possible preview of the 2018 midterm elections.Virginians will also cast votes for state attorney general and lieutenant governor, as well as in all 100 state house seats.New Jersey voters are choosing a replacement for Republican Gov. Chris Christie, who cannot seek a third term. Republican Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno (gwah-DAH’-noh) and Democratic former Goldman Sachs executive Phil Murphy are the leading candidates.___4:40 p.m.President Donald Trump is lending last-minute support to Republican Ed Gillespie in Virginia’s closely watched race for governor.Trump recorded robocalls to help boost Gillespie supporters on Election Day. Gillespie is facing Democrat Ralph Northam in a contest that many view as an early referendum on the president’s political popularity.In one call, Trump says Gillespie shared his views on immigration and crime and would help “Make America Great Again.” Trump also says Northam would be a “total disaster” for Virginia.Gillespie has largely kept the president at a distance throughout the contest and did not campaign with Trump. Virginia is the only southern state Trump lost last year.___2:55 p.m.Early voter numbers are up in Virginia’s closely watched race for governor while polling places around the state are reporting a steady turnout.Department of Elections Commissioner Edgardo Cortes says Virginia had a “substantially higher” number of early voters in this year’s closely watched race for governor than in recent past gubernatorial contests.The 180,000 absentee ballots returned as of Sunday were 60,000 more than all absentee votes cast in the 2013 gubernatorial election.Generally speaking, Democrats tend to do better in Virginia with a greater turnout.Fairfax County, a large, reliably Democratic county in Northern Virginia, reported that voter turnout as of 2 p.m. was 30.6 percent___1:45 p.m.Hillary Clinton has tweeted her support for Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northum.In a Tuesday morning tweet, the former presidential candidate urged Virginia residents to vote and get Northum “across the finish line.”The former Secretary of State headlined a fundraiser for Northam in New York last month.In the same tweet, Clinton also endorsed incumbent Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring and Justin Fairfax, who is running for lieutenant governor.Clinton’s tweets came hours after her political rival, President Donald Trump, sent out a series of tweets from South Korea to support Northum’s opponent Ed Gillespie.Clinton won the state by five percentage points in 2016, but Republicans typically are more likely to turn out in off-year statewide elections. Northam has led in most polls, but the race is close.___12 p.m.The NAACP says voters in northern Virginia have received phone calls from people who are lying to them by saying their polling place has changed.The Prince William County chapter of the NAACP wrote on its Facebook page Monday that the calls are fraudulent and an attempt to suppress the vote as Virginians choose their new governor Tuesday.The NAACP says the out-of-area calls have been reported in Prince William County, as well as in Manassas and Manassas Park.Hillary Clinton received about 5 percent more votes in Prince William County than Donald Trump did during the 2016 presidential election.The NAACP says voter protection services are aware of the issue.The organization urges anyone who receives suspicious calls to dial the voter protection hotline: 1-844-4VA-VOTE.___11:30 a.m.Republican Ed Gillespie said he appreciates President Donald Trump’s support after the commander in chief backed the Virginia gubernatorial candidate in a series of early morning tweets.Gillespie made the comment to reporters Tuesday morning after he arrived at his local polling station in Alexandria to cast his ballot.In order to get to the elementary school gym and vote, Gillespie had to drive by a huge inflatable balloon of a chicken that resembles Trump.Throughout the closely contested race, Gillespie has kept Trump at an arm’s distance while mimicking his policies on certain social issues. In particular, Gillespie has pledged tougher policies for immigrants in the country illegally and blasted his opponent Ralph Northam for the Democrat’s support of so-called sanctuary cities.___10:10 a.m.A friendly crowd greeted Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam and his wife as they arrived at their local polling station to cast their ballots.Northam hugged cheering voters Tuesday morning at a Norfolk community center, thanking them for their support during the closely watched race. A few dozen voters were there.He and Republican Ed Gillespie have been locked in a heated battle to succeed Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who cannot seek a second term.Virginia is one of only two states electing a new governor this year, and the contest is viewed by many as an early referendum on President Donald Trump’s political popularity.Democrats are eager to prove they can harness anti-Trump energy into success at the polls, while Republicans are looking to show they have a winning blueprint in a blue-leaning state.___9:10 a.m.Thousands of Virginia voters have already cast their ballots for governor this morning, driven by a wide range of issues.At Jahnke Road Baptist Church in suburban Richmond, 39-year-old Angelica Bega said she wasn’t sure who she would vote for until she was handed a ballot, but she ultimately voted for Democrat Ralph Northam.As an “issues-driven voter,” she says she said it was “very frustrating” to see so many attack ads. She said Ed Gillespie’s attempt to make immigration such a big part of the campaign frustrated her and was a factor in her decision to vote for his opponent.Emogene and Jimmy Babb, both 74, voted straight Republican at a rural polling station in Windsor, Virginia.They said there wasn’t any one particular issue that drove them to the polls. But they said they shared Gillespie’s positions on gun rights and not removing Confederate statues.“We don’t need a governor who is going to take our guns away,” Jimmy Babb said.___7:15 a.m.President Donald Trump took to Twitter once again to back Republican Virginia gubernatorial Ed Gillespie minutes before the polls opened across the state.In a series of early morning tweets Tuesday, Trump said Gillespie will crack down on crime and improve the state’s economy.Trump tweeted that Gillespie’s Democratic opponent Ralph Northam is “weak on crime” and against the Second Amendment. Northam, an Army veteran, says he grew up hunting and wants common-sense gun laws.Polls show a tight race to succeed Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe. Virginia is the only Southern state that Trump lost last year.___6:00 a.m.Polls have opened in Virginia as the state picks a new governor in a race that’s being closely watched nationwide.Republican Ed Gillespie and Democrat Ralph Northam have been locked in a heated race to succeed Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who cannot seek a second term. The contest is viewed by many as a referendum on President Donald Trump and a possible preview of the 2018 midterm elections. Libertarian Cliff Hyra is also running.Virginians will also elect a new state attorney general race and lieutenant governor. Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring is seeking a second term. He’s being challenged by Republican John Adams.Democrat Justin Fairfax and Republican Jill Vogel are competing to be the next lieutenant governor.All 100 state House seats are also up for grabs.last_img read more

Black Leaders and Organizers Address Black Youth and Mental Health

first_imgBy George Kevin Jordan, Special to the AFROJust a couple weeks shy of National Mental Health Month, a young Black boy took his life due to bullying. Nigel Shelby’s story may have taken some people by surprise, but he was not the only tragedy a family, community or society suffered. In the District the city was rocked by two apparent suicides of Black youth. Rylan Thai Hagan, 11, in May of 2018 and Stromiyah Deson-Jackson, 12, in January of 2018. In May 2018, a Jama Pediatrics Journal study, found that Black children ages 5 to 12 had a higher incidence of suicide than White children. This study was written after looking at 1,661 suicides death among Black youth and 13,341 suicide death among White youth between 2001 and 2015. (It should also be noted that, according to the study, Black youth have a lower suicide rate than White youth between the ages of 13-17.)Nigel Shelby, a 15-year-old teen who committed suicide after being bullied for being gay, was one of the many tragic stories that prompted major efforts towards finding solutions to address Black youth’s mental health challenges. (Courtesy Photo)The AFRO spoke to Jan Desper Peters, executive director of the Black Mental Health Alliance for Education & Consultation (BMHA), about her organization and how it works to combat systemic issues facing mental health. BMHA has been around for over three decades with a main mission of providing a trusted forum for “culturally competent training education and consultation around a whole breadth and depth of mental health issues and topics as they affect Black people and marginalized communities.”Peters spoke the hard truth about Black children and mental health. “For far too long, children of today and even yesteryear have experienced too much trauma and direct encounters with violence.” Knowing that, Peters said her organization culled top thought leaders to help move the needle to address these issues.Over the years, the Baltimore based, but regionally, nationally and internationally engaged organization, has initiated a number of platforms and activations to address mental health issues in our community including, #BlackMindsMatter, an awareness campaign on the importance of addressing mental health and mental illness and incorporating the same in the healing model for our community. BMHA also launched a 12-point plan including a year-long series that convened forums hosting national and local thought leaders on 10 of the most pressing issues in the Baltimore community. Recently BMHA launched a community engagement series entitled “Trilogy of Trauma: Valuing, Thriving and Healing!,” through their new Training Center to form discussions around the topic, and to promote optimal mental health and wellness.In addition, Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative (FSFSC) and the Black Mental Health Alliance will work together on a Trauma Recovery Center (TRC) in Ward 8.  This model will supplement existing efforts in the District to serve victims of crime and their families. The community based model brings together agencies, organizations and neighborhood activists in a holistic design to provide early treatment and comprehensive care to avoid negative outcomes for victims, Peters said.Peters said she was also invited to join the Emergency Task Force on Black Youth Suicide and Mental Health led by Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) to deal with the mental health crisis’ impact Black youth. “We’re looking at children as young as five feeling their lives aren’t worth living,” Peters. “This is a national crisis.”The CBC Taskforce will be chaired by Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) and will help educate members of Congress on the key issues related to mental heaths, and finding solutions and legislative recommendations. David Johns, executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition, whose organization will be working with the CBC on the task force said in a press release: “In honor of Nigel Shelby, Jamel Myles, Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover, McKenzie Adams and so many other babies whose names we may never know, we need to act urgently to address the trauma, stress and mental health needs of children, youth and young adults, especially those from racial and sexual minority communities.”Peters said the task force, which will start convening soon, was asked to look at possible solutions to address the problem. “The ultimate goal would be to really provide some insight into this issue and some operational procedures so people who touch the lives of children can influence and hopefully change the direction as it relates to children seeing suicide as the answer,” Peters said.“It’s a broad range of really trying to help adults understand that it is the adults’ responsibility, it’s the village’s responsibility, to look at this issue and determine how they can collectively help out children understand that they are loved, appreciated and valued.”For more information about the BMHA please go to their website at: read more

Disney closes down LucasArts marking today as a sad day for video

first_imgDuring fall of last year, Disney made a huge splash in the entertainment world and acquired LucasFilm. After the new ownership subsequently announced that it would complete the last Star Wars trilogy, people wondered what would happen to the merry band of game developers known as LucasArts. Disney isn’t averse to weird crossovers, as it showed with the Kingdom Hearts franchise, and they do also own Marvel. We’re sad to report, though, that instead of Wolverine’s claws being replaced by lightsabers in canon, Disney is simply closing down LucasArts instead.In a statement today, Disney said that it had evaluated the games market, and decided it would be better to “shift LucasArts from an internal development to a licensing model.” What this seems to mean is that LucasArts will no longer develop games, and instead simply be a license monkey, handing out Star Wars (and whatever else it owns) to other developers.Though the LucasArts name was involved in some of your favorite modern-day titles, such as Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, the team didn’t actually develop those games, and simply licensed them to prominent developers. LucasArts was, however, responsible for semi-popular games such as Star Wars: The Force Unleashed and the Battlefront series, but they weren’t popular enough to warrant keeping the operation going in Disney’s eyes.AdChoices广告Though we feel for the developers that have been laid off, you as a gamer most likely won’t be affected too much by the closure. In the gaming world, LucasArts is best known for pioneering the adventure game genre, with luminaries like Tim Schafer and Ron Gilbert leading the way. The Secret of Monkey Island, Grim Fandango, and Day of the Tentacle are what many gamers look back fondly on when remembering LucasArts, but those games are long gone, along with the overall popularity of the point-and-click adventure genre.Unfortunately for those looking forward to Star Wars 1313, the gritty third-person action game where players assumed the role of a bounty hunter, the game has been canceled. However, it’s entirely possible another studio will pick up the license and give the game a second chance.Though LucasArts hasn’t had even a fraction of the impact it once had, it’s still a sad day when such an important factor in the rise of the video game industry ceases to be. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY Secret of Monkey IslandSecret of Monkey IslandManiac MansionLast CrusadeGrim FandangoLoomThe DigDay of the TentacleFate of AtlantisDay of the Tentaclelast_img read more

First Aladdin LiveAction Photos Bring Famous Disney Characters to Life

first_img Nearly 25 years later, Aladdin is coming back to the big screen: New photos have revealed what each character of the live-action remake will look like, including Genie, Princess Jasmine, and Jafar.On Wednesday, Entertainment Weekly shared a first look feature and slideshow that featured pictures of the Aladdin cast. The film stars Mena Massoud (Aladdin), Naomi Scott (Princess Jasmine), Will Smith (Genie), and Marwan Kenzari (Jafar). Disney fans will have to wait to see more footage though: the movie will hit theaters on May 24, 2019.We can show you the world… of Disney’s live-action #Aladdin! Get a shining, shimmering, splendid first look at the reimagined classic in our magical First Look issue:— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) December 19, 2018Based on the original Disney movie, the live-action Aladdin remake tells the story of a commoner, Aladdin, who falls in love with Princess Jasmine, an off-limits royal. When Aladdin accidentally stumbles into the Cave of Wonders, he frees a genie from a lamp, and in return, the genie grants all his wishes.However, Aladdin has to deal with not-so-nice individuals, including Jafar, who has his eye on the throne and captures the lamp for his evil scheme. In the movie, Aladdin and the genie will have to stop Jafar from taking over the kingdom.This is what it looks like when Genie tells #Aladdin what he wants for Christmas. Thanks @EW for the exclusive pics and interview!— Mena Massoud (@MenaMassoud) December 19, 2018There are some new characters to note as well. Unlike the original animated film, Princess Jasmine has another ally in the live-action movie named Dalia. Dalia, who’s played by Nasim Pedrad, helps Princess Jasmine sort through potential suitors, but sadly, Aladdin isn’t on the eligible husband list.See more of Agrabah, flying carpets, and sultans in the Aladdin movie trailer below.More on’s Axed Netflix Shows Could Be Revived by DisneyDisney Unveils New ‘Star Wars’ Animated YouTube ShortsDisney’s Autonomous Robot Stunt Doubles Are the Future Stay on target Disney+ Gets Fox Movie Remakes, Hulu/ESPN BundleA Reminder That ‘The Lion King’ Is One of the Best Movies Ever last_img read more