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first_imgbrochureIrelandQantas HolidaysUK Qantas Holidays has now released its brand new 2018 UK & Ireland brochure (previously combined with UK & Europe) featuring a significantly expanded selection of accommodation and tour options. The brochure features a range of Stopover packages, as well as new London and Edinburgh City Break packages, and a wide variety of accommodation and tours in Regional England, Scotland and Ireland sections, including new hotels in the Welsh towns of Caernarfon, Conwy and Tenby.See the full brochure online here.last_img read more

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first_imgSeattle Seahawks cornerback Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) squares up against Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald (11) during an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Not as big a game as it could have been, but to the Cardinals, there is still something to play for.With a win, the Cardinals would put a dent in the Seahawks’ hopes of earning a first-round bye. With a win, they would produce a signature victory in a season that has lacked much to get excited over. But if ever there was a game where playing for pride could be enough motivation, this is it.“Oh this is definitely — the next two games,” cornerback Patrick Peterson said. “For sure. You have an opportunity to go up against divisional opponents; you always want to come out on top, no matter what the circumstances may be.”Just, few expect them to do so.The Cardinals enter the game roughly a touchdown underdog, which is as large a spread as they have seen in recent seasons. Injuries and inconsistency have led to their disappointing season, and though they have gone to Seattle and won in the past, little has happened this year to inspire confidence that it will now.Kickoff is slated for 2:25 p.m. Saturday.“Playing against Seattle, there’s only two options: you going to either be the hammer or you’re going to be the nail, and you’ve got to decide early what it’s going to be,” Fitzgerald said, noting he will be facing off with the hard-hitting Kam Chancellor throughout the afternoon. “From the time you step on that field you’ve got to understand what it’s going to be, it’s going to be a physical altercation for 60 minutes. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires – With 62 yards from scrimmage, David Johnson would be the first player in franchise history to reach 2,000 scrimmage yards in a season. With 100 total yards, he would extend his NFL-record streak of games to open a season with 100 yards from scrimmage to 15, and tie Barry Sanders for the most consecutive such games in a single season.– Johnson needs one touchdown to have 18 total this season, which would be a franchise record. With a rushing score, he would tie John David Crow (1962) for the most rushing touchdowns in team history.– If Carson Palmer passes for at least 300 yards, he would establish a franchise record with 23 total 300-yard performances.– Both Chandler Jones and Markus Golden enter the game with eight sacks; if they can each record two more over the final two games, they would become the 10th and 11th players in franchise history to post a double-digit sack season.– Receiver J.J. Nelson has scored a touchdown in three straight games. That, and they wouldn’t mind ruining things for the Seahawks.“We’ve got nothing to lose; why not go out there and just lay it on the line and make it miserable for them on Christmas,” receiver Larry Fitzgerald said. “I mean, honestly, we’ve got nothing to lose.”That mindset, according to head coach Bruce Arians, means the team should not head to CenturyLink Field tight.“Just go out and play as hard as you can, and add the score up at the end,” he added.Arians, who guided the Cardinals to the playoffs in two of his first three seasons with the team, but fell short this season, said any time a team is out of the running the goal is to play spoiler, but no matter when in the season this game came there would have been excitement for it.“This is a game that we always look forward to, is playing them,” he said.It takes both sides to really make a rivalry, but for the Cardinals, at least, Seattle is one of theirs. Since the Seahawks beat the Cardinals 58-0 late in the 2012 season, under Arians, the Cardinals have won two of their seven matchups (with one tie). While that may not seem like a great mark, it’s worth noting both of those wins came in Seattle, where visitors rarely come out on top. And with Carson Palmer under center, the Cardinals are 2-2-1 against the Seahawks. “And if you don’t have that kind of mentality it’s going to be a long day.”Stories for pre-game readingSafety Tony Jefferson feels like he got snubbed by the Pro Bowl votersSports Illustrated thinks the Cardinals surrounded Palmer with a pretty good situationDavid Johnson’s idol, Emmitt Smith, reached out to the Cardinals’ young Pro Bowl backLarry Fitzgerald really does not know what he plans on doing as it pertains to the 2017 seasonFor the Cardinals, the Wildcat formation has ‘been a blessing in disguise’Michael Floyd spoke out about his DUI, the Cardinals and his new team710 Sports’ Brady Henderson helped give some insight into the Seahawks as they prepare for the CardinalsRookie Harlan Miller is set to make his NFL debut for the Cardinals in SeattleMiscellany– With a win, the Cardinals would improve to 3-1 at CenturyLink Field under Arians, and would have as many wins in Seattle as the rest of the NFL combined since 2013.– A victory would give Arians his 40th win as the Cardinals’ coach, putting him alone at third on the franchise’s all-time list.– Fitzgerald needs one catch to have a reception in 194 consecutive games. With 31 receiving yards, he would pass Reggie Wayne for 9th place on the NFL’s all-time receiving yardage list. With two catches, he would become one of seven players in league history with at least 100 receptions in four different seasons, and with 51 yards he would reach 1,000 for the season, giving him eight such campaigns in his career. How about to coach?“It’s fun,” Arians said. “It’s really fun when you win. The many times I’ve been there it wasn’t a lot of fun, but the last couple of years have been pretty good. But it’s a great crowd, it’s non-stop, and it’s a heck of a venue.”For players like Fitzgerald and Palmer, the pressure that comes with facing the Seahawks on the road is something they have dealt with and pushed through. For others, like left tackle John Wetzel, Saturday will be their first time playing in such conditions.“All you hear is it’s a big, crazy environment, it gets really loud,” Wetzel said. “The fans are pretty crazy up there and it’s hard to hear, so the silent count, getting it off in there, will be pivotal.”Arians, noting the challenge, said despite the intensity in the stadium his younger players will have to stay focused — especially on offense. Wetzel believes the atmosphere can work in their favor, too.“Even with that loud noise, it kind of gets you going too, makes you feel like you’re in a special environment,” he said. “So it gets you going. It’s a big game.”center_img Comments   Share   TEMPE, Ariz. — When the NFL schedule was first released, it was hard not to look at Week 16 and think of how the Cardinals’ trip to Seattle could carry great significance.It doesn’t, at least, not the kind many thought it would.At 9-4-1, the Seahawks have clinched the NFC West and have an eye on the conference’s second seed; at 5-8-1, the Cardinals are out of the playoff race but would like to finish their season on a positive note. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “Yeah, it’s a special place to play,” Palmer said of CenturyLink Field. “It’s so much fun to compete in that environment and you only get to do it once a year.“We’ve been thinking about this game for a long time, since we played them last. It’s on Christmas (Eve), it’s a special day. It’s a big game for them. They need to win it. It’s a big game for us. I’m really looking forward to it.”Fun to compete in Seattle? Really?This season, so far, the Seahawks are a perfect 7-0 at home. Last season they were a pedestrian 5-3, but in 2014 and 2013 they were 7-1, and in 2012 they went 8-0.It’s going to be cold and wet Saturday, with a high of 38 degrees in Seattle and a roughly 90 percent chance of rain. It’s also going to be loud. Very, very loud.“Seattle’s hands down my favorite place to play, any place I’ve ever played in the National Football League, this is my favorite,” Fitzgerald said. “The energy in that building, how good they are defensively; it’s just a great place to go play and if you play well, you can play well anywhere.“You can’t hear yourself, you can’t hear Carson in the huddle on third downs. Their personnel is unbelievable. It’s just a great atmosphere, and as a competitive player, there’s no better place to play.” Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press Posted Dec 11, 2018 11:15 am PDT AP names Nicky Jam and J Balvin’s ‘X’ its top song of 2018 NEW YORK — The top 10 songs of the year by Associated Press Music Editor Mesfin Fekadu.1. Nicky Jam and J Balvin, “X”: Nicky Jam and J Balvin’s “X” is not just the Latin song of the year — it is SIMPLY THE SONG OF THE YEAR. A year after the uber-successful “Despacito,” comes “X” — a fusion of Latin, reggae and dancehall sounds and the perfect song to listen to while getting ready to go out, at a club or even while you’re cleaning or cooking. “X” is addictive and the beat will move your bones, even if you’re not trying to move. Just don’t fight the feeling.2. Toni Braxton, “Long as I Live”: Toni Braxton’s R&B classics from the 90’s and 2000’s still sound iconic today, and her latest single, “Long as I Live,” allows you to feel nostalgic, while not getting stuck in the past. Toni’s still got it.3. Jussie Smollett, “Ha Ha (I Love You)”: This Quiet Storm anthem shows that while playing Jamal Lyon on “Empire” helped make Jussie Smollett famous, he sounds even better when he’s singing his own songs.4. Joji, “Slow Dancing in the Dark”: This burning R&B number is unforgettable.5. Ella Mai, “Boo’d Up”: The song of the summer sounds good in the fall and winter, too.6. Kendrick Lamar and SZA, “All the Stars”: The star of “All the Stars” may seem to be Kendrick Lamar — and while he shines on the song — it’s really SZA’s sing-a-long hook and killer second verse that makes this “Black Panther” track one of the year’s best.7. Normani and Khalid, “Love Lies”: With all of the Fifth Harmony singers going solo, Normani is the one to look out for. The proof: “Love Lies.”8. XXXTentacion, “SAD!”: So many rappers died young this year, and it’s sad to see so much talent not live up to its full potential. XXXTentacion’s “SAD!” was already a hit before he died, but after his death, the song, and his music, took on new life.9. Drake, “In My Feelings”: Don’t front — this is your jam, too! Hey, Keke!10. Lykke Li, “Sex Money Feelings Die”: Hit play, and dance.Honourable mention: Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey, “The Middle”; Cardi B featuring Bad Bunny and J Balvin, “I Like It”; Jorja Smith, “Blue Lights”; Dan + Shay, “Tequila”; Lauren Daigle, “You Say”; Ty Dolla $ign, Khalid and 6LACK, “OTW”; John Mayer, “New Light”; Janelle Monae, “Pynk.”Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press FILE – In this Nov. 15, 2018 file photo, Nicky Jam, left, and J Balvin perform at the Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas. Their song “X” is named as one of the top songs of the year by Associated Press Music Editor Mesfin Fekadu.(Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) last_img read more

Rep Canfield M143 project shows Legislatures commitment to roads

first_img11Jul Rep. Canfield: M-143 project shows Legislature’s commitment to roads Categories: Canfield News,News 2017-18 budget has record amount for transportation systemState Rep. Edward J. Canfield, D.O., said work began this week on repaving a portion of M-142 in Huron County demonstrates the Legislature’s increased commitment to repair the state’s crumbling roads and bridges.Canfield, of Sebewaing, said the $709,000 project will resurface the highway from Weale Road to west of the village of Elkton. The highway will remain open during the work, which is expected to be completed in August.“We heard what people said about the condition of Michigan’s transportation system, and took action,” Canfield said. “We will invest a record amount of money to fix our roads, bridges and underground water systems in the coming budget that was recently approved by the House and Senate. We can no longer tolerate substandard infrastructure that puts families at risk and slows the growth of our economy.”Canfield said bills passed by the Legislature also strengthen warranties so road repairs will last longer.“We had roads going bad in two or three years and needing repair or total replacement,” Canfield said. “That was not an efficient use of the money taxpayers entrust to us. We want warranties for the transportation system that enable us to get the most out of every taxpayer dollar.”#####last_img read more

Rep Lucido bill clarifies obstructed license plate

first_img23Aug Rep. Lucido bill clarifies obstructed license plate State Rep. Peter Lucido on Wednesday introduced legislation that clarifies the definition of a clearly visible license plate for the safety of Michigan drivers.The bill is in response to a Michigan Supreme Court case People v. Dunbar, which found the current law can be enforced against tow balls and bike racks.“While it is important to ensure license plates are visible, we also need to ensure the law isn’t overly broad,” said Rep. Lucido, of Shelby Township. “We encourage people to go camping, biking, and exploring in our great state, and with the recent Supreme Court place saying the law doesn’t cover these activities, we need to change the law.”In People v. Dunbar, the Michigan Supreme Court held a tow ball placed by the owner of the vehicle creates an illegal obstruction, since it was not an obstruction which was outside of the owners control. House Bill 4881 would clarify this law to be the registration plate is free from an obstruction that is physically present on the plate.House Bill 4881 was referred to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.### Categories: Lucido Newslast_img read more

Rep Lilly Benefit promises made to first responders should be promises kept

first_img07Dec Rep. Lilly: Benefit promises made to first responders should be promises kept Categories: Lilly News,News State Representative Jim Lilly today offered votes of support for House bills prioritizing and safeguarding retirement benefits for police, firefighters and other local government employees.“Police officers and firefighters serve their communities and protect their neighbors every day they are on the job. We need to make sure they are protected in terms of retirement and health care benefits,” said Lilly, of Park Township. “This is not a plan designed to put the state in control of benefits. It’s a plan to help safeguard benefits.”The new proposal provides an initial detection system using transparency and proper reporting from local governments each year to identify ones at financial risk due to underfunded retirement plans. The need for greater reporting and data collection from local governments follows specific recommendations outlined by a task force assembled by Gov. Rick Snyder.Communities will be examined annually through a fiscal evaluation and municipalities failing to meet recommended criteria to alleviate their debts will be identified as underfunded. Local governments will be tasked with rectifying their unique funding concerns.“Due to sound financial management, I am pleased communities within the 89th district have been making sufficient payments into benefit plans. But that’s not the case elsewhere in the state,” said Lilly. “If communities go bankrupt, that is a burden the whole state will endure and police and fire retirees in affected areas could lose some or all of their benefits at the hands of a federal bankruptcy judge. We don’t want it to get that far. We want to make sure locals have the information and research needed to solve issues.”The bill mandates a minimum level of pre-funding for new hires to ensure every local unit has a start in funding municipal retirement plans. As the committee’s vice chair, Lilly helped advance House Bill 5298 through the House Michigan Competitiveness Committee on Tuesday.“These proposals offer the tools to help communities start toward better plan funding,” said Lilly. It’s a plan that cultivates a healthy financial future with stronger Michigan communities.”House Bill 5298 and companion bills move to the Senate for further consideration.last_img read more

State Rep Meerman Guaranteed savings for Michigan drivers headed to Governors desk

first_img State Rep. Luke Meerman today joined his House colleagues in approving a bipartisan plan to deliver significant rate relief for drivers across the state.The House overwhelmingly voted to approve legislation guaranteeing lower rates by giving drivers more choice on personal injury protection coverage, stopping price gouging on medical services for car accident victims, and combating fraudulent claims to help lower costs. The plan, Senate Bill 1, will soon be headed to the governor’s desk and is expected to receive her signature.The bipartisan solution is designed to end Michigan’s long tenure as the state with the most expensive car insurance rates in the nation.“I’m proud to stand up and take this vote today to give the people of Michigan the reforms they deserve,” Meerman said. “Meaningful car insurance reform has been a long time in coming. I’m excited to bring savings to my community.”Michigan’s costs are high largely because it’s the only state mandating unlimited lifetime health care coverage through car insurance. The bipartisan reform plan allows those currently using the coverage to keep it, and those who want it in the future to continue buying it – while providing more affordable options. Categories: Meerman News 24May State Rep. Meerman: Guaranteed savings for Michigan drivers headed to Governor’s desklast_img read more

Organizational Resilience Planned Parenthoods Community Undeterred

first_imgShare28TweetShare3Email31 Sharesa katz / Shutterstock.comDecember 2, 2015; ReutersAs people look at the situation around Planned Parenthood, we hope they recognize one particular element of their enormous resilience—the support of their community. That community has had to stay vigilant, engaged, and ready for anything, and the organization has likewise had to remain accountable to them. It’s a circle of active responsibility that can be very hard to break.In the days following a fatal attack on one of its clinics in Colorado, Planned Parenthood spoke and exuded resilience. “We aren’t going anywhere. These doors stay open,” tweeted the Planned Parenthood Twitter account on November 29th, just a few days after a shooter opened fire in a health clinic in Colorado Springs, killing three people and injuring another nine. Slowly but surely, Planned Parenthood clinics reopened around the country, not only as a message to their detractors, but also as a commitment to their patients.Less than a week after the attack, Planned Parenthood moved forward to open a new clinic in West Hollywood near L.A. on Tuesday. While the clinic is not surrounded by the same controversy seen in other more conservative areas, the opening is a symbolic act of resistance and resilience from the Planned Parenthood community and a commitment to keeping its doors open.The new clinic will be offering its normal range of services, from STI testing to abortions, for which the regional president of Planned Parenthood, Sue Dunlap, is making no apologies. In particular, the clinic will offer medications for HIV infections, aimed at serving the area’s gay community.“No matter how much security we put in place hard things happen, and there’s sometimes a difference between feeling safe and being safe,” said Dunlap. “And it’s our job to work to make sure people both feel safe and are safe.”In its aftermath, many, including Planned Parenthood officials, and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders have blamed anti-abortion rhetoric for fueling a hateful sentiment toward Planned Parenthood. A few days ago, NPQ wrote about the dangers of individuals using such loaded language cavalierly: “That is why the ‘otherness’ talk from some politicians—talk that mocks, excludes, dehumanizes, demonizes and derides—is so incredibly dangerous, and why that talk is so incredibly important for nonprofits to actively counter.”In reaction to the shooting, Planned Parenthood tweeted condemning the “incendiary rhetoric” that may have contributed to the shooting.Our letter to those who would go to unimaginable lengths to close our doors. #StandWithPP— Planned Parenthood (@PPact) December 2, 2015In addition, Planned Parenthood has also said the contentious undercover videos, which nonprofit officials argue skewed facts about fetal tissue donation, have also created a climate of retaliation, which includes some in Congress fighting to defund the organization. Whether or not the recent vitriol contributed to last Friday’s shooting, what is evident is the tremendous amount of support Planned Parenthood has received for providing health services. Clinics, other nonprofits, and individuals around the country have been tweeting pictures of themselves affirming their dedication to Planned Parenthood and its commitment to providing safe areas since the shooting. Kansas stands with #ColoradoSprings. #StandWithPP @TheOread— Planned Parenthood (@PPKM) December 1, 2015 “I will not let fear keep me from sharing my story.” #1in3 #IStandWithPP— Advocates For Youth (@AdvocatesTweets) November 30, 2015In #Sarasota today: “these doors stay open.” #StandWithPP @PlannedParSWCFL @PPact @CecileRichards— Anna V. Eskamani (@Anna_V_E) November 30, 2015Planned Parenthood will open doors across the country tomorrow, bc they provide healthcare to women. Terrorists will not win. #StandWithPP— NARAL Colorado (@NARALColorado) November 28, 2015 We proudly stand with our sister affiliate, @PPRockyMountain. No matter what. (In Chapel Hill, NC)— PP South Atlantic NC (@PPSATNC) November 28, 2015 This is what commitment looks like. #StandWithPP— Planned Parenthood (@PPIAction) November 28, 2015We will never back down from providing high-quality health care in a safe, supportive environment. #StandWithPP— ppsworegon (@ppsworegon) November 30, 2015In the end, the support may beat the rhetoric. Despite calls to defund the organization and attacks on clinics around the country, the active support around the organization and the organization’s ability to move forward to provide services even while under attack stand as testament to a system that was built on collective will and accountability.—Shafaq HasanShare28TweetShare3Email31 Shareslast_img read more

Moving Beyond the Privilege of White Tears

first_imgShare672Tweet5ShareEmail677 SharesScreenshot from “White Fragility” by Dr. Robin DiAngeloNovember 28, 2018; NPRAfter a few decades in the nonprofit sector with various organizations that went through racial justice change processes and many friends and colleagues similarly positioned, I’ve noticed that there are recognizable patterns to it. One encountered early on in the process is what some have come to call “white tears,” a satirical phrase specifically signifying the crying of white people upon having their privilege pointed out, and, generally, white people getting upset at things they perceive as threatening to their privilege.NPR’s Leah Donella recalls hearing the term for the first time in a class at Pomona College with professor Valorie Thomas. She says,In her classes, Thomas sees a familiar scenario: She will introduce a topic related to racism—maybe income inequality, or the disproportionate way that black children are punished in schools. Then students learning about these issues for the first time take it personally. They respond defensively, with a range of emotions: powerlessness, confusion, guilt.She says it’s normal for students to feel those things. The problem comes when those emotions prevent the lesson from moving forward.Referring to Damon Young, editor-in-chief of the blog Very Smart Brothas, a columnist at GQ, and the author of the upcoming book, What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Blacker, Donella notes, “Young says that when white people use their emotions as a weapon against people of color, it’s a form of white supremacy.”Thomas invites white people to sit with their discomfort and get perspective, as “the discomfort of the conversation is not equivalent to the kinds of violence that are going on in the world.”Donella explains, “White tears can be a pointed but lighthearted way of asking someone to set aside their defensiveness for a moment and take part in the conversation at hand.”Key to this experience is the notion that any progress by black and brown people comes at the expense of white people. This itself is based on the assumption that the resources de facto belong to white people. In the nonprofit sector, this shows up in different ways, including the idea that founders “own” the nonprofit they created with public dollars. Thomas says that while the term “white tears” is a stinging critique, it is also “an invitation to see other people’s humanity.”But let’s dig a little deeper.In the field of play, Thomas S. Henrick’s Play as a Pathway of Behavior is a classic. In it, he talks about interactions as a process of self-location, how one orients vis-à-vis others, and offers four key patterns: privilege, subordination, marginality, and engagement. From “The Power Manual”It is helpful to understand these core power dynamics when navigating through the world, especially in social change work. With a level of clarity about what it means to be privileged—the possession of special rights, that is, the taking of more than one’s share—let’s return to the concept of “white tears.” The Root’s Damon Young writes, in an article headlined “The Term ‘White Tears’ Is Funny, but What It Often Leads to Isn’t,”But while this term is often used in the context of racially tinged humor, white tears—this obliviousness, defensiveness, hypersensitivity, narcissism, fabricated persecution and abject wrongness—are often the impetus behind more serious acts of racially antagonistic behavior.Young notes, “In fact, if you look at America in a historical context, and trace even the most vicious and pervasive acts of racial antagonism to their foundations, their geneses, you’ll find that the same mindset behind the creation and shedding of white tears is behind many of them, too.” He gives as a vivid example the Ku Klux Klan, which arose in response to the economic and political advances of black people. But, while this is an example of the “white tears” effect taken to its extreme, Robin DiAngelo, sociologist and author of White Fragility, writes, “I believe that white progressives cause the most daily damage to people of color…To the degree that white progressives think we have arrived, we will put our energy into making sure that others see us as having arrived.”The New Yorker’s Katy Waldman, writing about DiAngelo’s book, sums it up, “Not only do these people fail to see their complicity, but they take a self-serving approach to ongoing anti-racism efforts.” In fact, Waldman wryly notes, “DiAngelo sets aside a whole chapter for the self-indulgent tears of white women, so distraught at the country’s legacy of racist terrorism that they force people of color to drink from the firehouse of their feelings about it.”“White tears” is a potent and critical tool in the fight against mutual engagement. DiAngelo concludes that they work “to reinstate white equilibrium as they repel the challenge, return our racial comfort, and maintain dominance within the racial hierarchy.” And you know why it works so well? Because “the social costs for a black person in awakening the sleeping dragon of white fragility often prove so high that many black people don’t risk pointing out discrimination when they see it.” (Yup—it’s exhausting.)So, what to do? In her helpful article, “4 Ways White People Can Process Their Emotions Without Bringing the White Tears,” Jennifer Loubriel offers a few steps forward.“Pause Before Contributing to the Conversation.”—Why? Because, white supremacy being what it is, the conditioned reaction of white people is to try to educate others, especially people of color. This isn’t a good look when it comes to addressing racism. Loubriel observes, “It also comes off as a weird sort of competition—where you’re trying to prove how much you know about racism, often to the point of speaking over the People of Color in the room.”“Check the Other White People in the Room.”—How many times do we see this not happen? There’s always a good reason; namely, not wanting to jeopardize your position. But, Loubriel points out, “the thing is, as a white person, you have to constantly educate other white people. If you are truly committed to anti-racism work, it has to be part of your everyday life.”“Excuse Yourself If You’re Having Strong Emotions.”—Don’t offload this on other people, especially people of color. Again, Loubriel, “If you find yourself having a strong emotional reaction during conversations about racism and there are folks in the room who experience the violence firsthand, excuse yourself from the situation.”“Have a Support System of Other White People.”—Moving away from white supremacy is hard, and sometimes violent, work. White people need support because their feelings are real and valid, in the appropriate context.At NPQ, we hope that by highlighting these very effective patterns, we can, as a field, start to move beyond them. It’s not like we’re not experiencing this ourselves.—Cyndi SuarezShare672Tweet5ShareEmail677 Shareslast_img read more

The range of services offering coverage of the Lon

first_imgThe range of services offering coverage of the London Olympic Games to UK viewers is to include 3D coverage from Eurosport and up to 48 services from the BBC, available across a range of platforms.Pay TV broadcaster BSkyB is to carry Eurosport’s 3D coverage of the games to Sky Plus HD homes. Eurosport will broadcast more than 100 hours of 3D content over the course of the games, including of around eight hours a day of live coverage alongside four additional hours of the day’s main highlights.The BBC meanwhile will deliver 24 live HD streams of Olympic coverage, and SD simulcasts, via its red-button service.Cable and satellite providers will be able to deliver the same 24 streams that will be available via the BBC Sport website via the Red Button service and corresponding EPG channels. Via these new red button services and the standard EPG platform listings, viewers will be able to switch between 24 SD or HD channels. Combined, this coverage will deliver around 2,500 hours of live sport coverage through the various BBC platforms during the Games, according to the BBC.Services will be made available to PCs, mobile phones, tablets and connected TVs.BSkyB and Freesat will both air all 48 services, which will be broadcast via the Astra satellite platform at 28.2° East.last_img read more

Maltese telco Melita has added two new channels to

first_imgMaltese telco Melita has added two new channels to its TV platform Melita TV.The operator is now offering RAI International’s Scuola and Germay’s RTL channels.RAI Scuola is an educational channel broadcasting general knowledge shows and culture programming in Italian. RTL is a general-interest channel, offering movies, series, sports and news in German.Stefan Sporn, general manager international distribution of media RTL Germany, said, “We are delighted about the cooperation with Melita. We are convinced that our channels RTL and RTL II will strengthen and complement the choice of television programs in Malta. With RTL and RTL II joining the network of Melita, the huge number of German-speaking residents, German tourists and all viewers interested in best German Entertainment can enjoy Germany’s extremely popular TV Channels now.”last_img read more

TDFs transmitter in BesançonBregille France Fra

first_imgTDF’s transmitter in Besançon-Bregille, FranceFrance is to auction 700MHz spectrum frequencies currently used for DTT broadcasting in December next year, with the expectation that they will be transferred to telecom operators between October 2017 and June 2019. In some zones, telcos will be able to use the new frequencies from April 2016.Local reports suggest that the timing of the auction is seen as premature by a number of leading telco players, who are currently experiencing challenging financial headwinds amid the strong price competition that followed the launch of Free’s low-cost 3G service.However, Free itself welcome the move unequivocally. The operator did not secure a sought-after 800MHz licence and instead provide a service using frequencies in the less desirable 2600MHz range. CEO Maxime Lombardini, speaking at a company event, said that the government’s move was “a courageous decision that avoided the long debate seen during previous auctions”.The government’s decision has been less warmly welcomed by broadcasters who are concerned about the impact on the development of the DTT platform and migration of services to HD. The government said it envisaged MPEG-4 replacing MPEG-2 for all services in 2016. It said a plan would be put in place to ensure that households with MPEG-2 equipment did not lose out.The government has already revealed that it expects the sale of 700MHz frequencies to generate just over €2 billion in revenues next year.last_img read more

Social media technology specialist Giga Entertainm

first_imgSocial media technology specialist Giga Entertainment Media (GEM) has signed a partnership agreement with celebrity news service AndroidTV – an outfit not associated with Google but which won a legal battle with the internet giant over its branding and web presence last year – whereby it will provide, through its Viewer platform, access to celebrity content from AndroidTV including red carpet interviews from Hollywood.Viewer allows users to view multiple content streams in separate adjustable windows on a single screen, enabling them to transform a single screen into a personalised multi-screen viewing environment.Under the deal, AndroidTV will offer content through GEM’s platform, while GEM will provide featured spaces of events on its landing page to promote AndroidTV’s videos. GEM also will offer a guide channel that will showcase highlighted videos from Android TV’s archive.GEM offers access to a range of programming  that can be accessed through voice recognition search and swiping, according to the company. The group’s GiganetTV business-to-business brand provides for the transmission of 30 simultaneous content streams that allows viewers to control viewing by adjusting the size and location of viewing windows on their screens, while Viewer is a consumer offering that is its social media app.The company recently announced it would rollout a new app called Selfeo and said it had secured US$5 million in funding to further the project.“Our viewers have always been huge consumers of entertainment, and partnering with AndroidTV allows them to get up close to the celebrities and personalities they watch on the big screen. Many of the users don’t have exclusive access to movie premieres or award galas, and AndroidTV brings it all to their fingertips. One unique feature of the Viewer app is the capability to bring groups of friends together and hold their own fashion awards, among numerous other user-friendly and enjoyable viewing and sharing experiences,” said Eddie Huey, GEM’s chief technology officer.“We’re continuously looking to collaborate on strategic partnerships that will bring high quality productions and unique content to our consumers who want to break away from the standard episodic content of cable TV,” said CEO Gary Nerlinger. “We are ready to unveil over the coming weeks an app unlike any other and is truly changing social media. Selfeo is being rolled out worldwide in a massive marketing deployment. The most immersive, elegant, simultasking, enjoyable and user-friendly communication viewing and sharing experience ever developed for any digital device is an outgrowth of our original broader Viewer platform.”last_img read more

The HbbTV Association is set to merge the activiti

first_imgThe HbbTV Association is set to merge the activities of the Smart TV Alliance into HbbTV, extending the scope of the HbbTV Specification to address OTT services.Announcing the move, the two organisations said that combining their efforts will streamline standards for over-the-top services, providing a more efficient approach for manufacturers, broadcasters, content producers and developers.The aim is for developers to create applications for broadcast and broadband delivery via connected TV or set-top-box using a common HbbTV Specification.The HbbTV and STA organisations said they have already started technical collaborations and the necessary administrative actions to finalise this arrangement. The combination is expected to be completed within a year.“Through the incorporation of Smart TV Alliance’s activities, HbbTV will be able to address the combined scope of broadcast and over-the-top services with a shared focus on delivering the HbbTV Specification that best meets the needs of these converging markets,” said Klaus Illgner, chairman of the HbbTV Association Steering Group.Merwan Mereby, president of Smart TV Alliance, said: “Our combined efforts will bring a new level of innovation to consumer entertainment services. Consumers will see more TV applications and enjoy better interactive experiences when accessing entertainment or information services from their smart TVs or set-top-boxes.”last_img read more

STV has laid out its plans for the next three year

first_imgSTV has laid out its plans for the next three years, which will see the Scottish broadcaster axe its STV2 channel to make room for more digital initiatives.The broadcaster hopes that its “three year growth plan” will mean that a third of profits will arrive from outside of linear advertising by the end of 2020.Simon PittsThis will be achieved via three new objectives, which will see the STV focus on creating a valuable broadcast service, drive digital growth via its STV Player and invest in STV Productions.Three distinct divisions will be created to achieve the objectives.The broadcast, digital and production divisions will also each have their own managing director and KPIs.Bobby Hain will become managing director of broadcast, as a recruitment process takes place for the other two divisions.Under the broadcast strategy, STV’s “loss making” STV2 channel will close at the end of June 2018, with content investment shifting to the STV main channel and STV Player.STV will also launch an ad-free subscription version of STV Player for Scots at home and abroad.The move will see 25 employees lose their role as the company predicts the channel cancellation will save £1 (€1.14 million) a year.A further 34 positions will go from its STV News operation as the company looks to save £2 million a year from this operation.Meanwhile, the STV plans a £15 million worth of investment for original content, with a focus on formats and returnable series.Simon Pitts, STV chief executive, said: “As a result of the challenging economics of local television and anticipated increased competition from BBC Scotland, we have taken the difficult decision to close our loss-making STV2 channel to focus our future content investment on STV and the STV Player. I’d like to thank the STV2 team for everything they have achieved over the last 4 years.“We have ambitious growth plans for STV Productions which is well placed to take advantage of the surge in demand for new programming from the Nations and Regions. We will exploit STV’s unique producer-broadcaster status to attract the best creative talent and showcase new formats and ideas for the UK and international markets.“The STV of 2020 will have creativity as its heart, working in partnership to drive the Scottish economy and showcase Scotland to the world.”last_img read more

German broadcaster ProSiebenSat1 is revamping its

first_imgGerman broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 is revamping its management structure, with its Entertainment arm to be split off as a standalone company under co-CEOs Wolfgang Link and Michaela Tod, currently president of soon-to-be-Singapore-based vacuum cleaner outfit Dyson’s Greater China region.Sales and marketing chief Sabina Eckhardt is meanwhile to leave the company by mutual consent, with her responsibilities transferred to Tod. CFO Jan Kemper is also leaving ProSiebenSat.1 by mutual consent.The broadcaster’s ‘three pillars’ of Entertainment, production unit Red Arrow Studios and non-TV activities outfit NuCom Group will each be led by two co-CEOs going forwards. The parent company will establish a new executive committee on April 1 comprising CEO Max Conze, the SFO and deputy CEO and group general counsel.Link, currently chief content and channel officer for the entertainment pillar, will be responsible for the new entertainment company’s linear and digital content and platforms.Tod will joint ProSiebenSat.1 as co-CEO of Entertainment in April, responsible for sales, advertising technology, SevenVentures and marketing.Tod has spent 14 years with Dyson, looking after the Chinese market for the last three years and working closely with e-commerce and digital platforms such as Alibaba and Tencent.Kemper will be replaced as CFO by Rainer Beaujean, currently CFO of listed packaging manufacturer Gerresheimer AG. Beaujean, who will join ProSiebenSat.1 on July 1, has also worked for T-Online, where he served as CEO between 2004 and 2006.ProSiebenSat.1’s current deputy CFO Ralf Peter Gierig will take over as interim finance chief until Beaujean joins the company.ProSiebenSat.1 chairman Werner Brandt said the new structure was a “logical continuation” of the existing three-pillar strategy, giving more independence to the group’s operational businesses to help the transformation of the group’s business model.Conze said that the group was “making good progress on our transformational journey to build a consumer centric, digital first entertainment to commerce powerhouse”. He said that having “clear companies and CEOs leading the business with a sharper and efficient holding structure will help us accelerate further”.ProSiebenSat.1 said its preliminary results for the full year were in line with guidance and that year-to-date Q1 trading was off to a solid start.The latest reorganisation follows the group’s setting out of a five-year transformation plan last November to grow its top line from €4 billion to €6 billion.The three pillars structure was established at the end of 2017, with ProSiebenSat.1 bringing together its enlarged Advertising Platform Solutions business, its SevenVentures investment arm and digital platforms including Maxdome and the 7TV app together with TV broadcasting as part of Entertainment.last_img read more

She slept in a chair at her son Abels bedside Li

first_imgShe slept in a chair at her son Abel’s bedside.Lisa Storey and her son Abel the day before their transplant surgeryThe new beds will provide welcome relief for parents.“A couple of nights good quality sleep can help so much,” she added.“I think when you go into hospital they do concentrate on the children a lot,” said Deirdre, whose son Adam had a rare genetic disease.“They are trying to get a diagnosis, trying to support them, make sure they are safe.“Parents need support too.“When I went in with my son, my husband and I knew nothing about the condition – we were thrown in at the deep end.“I felt at that stage that I would have liked to have had some parent to talk to – it would have made it easier for me.”Both mums said that while staff at the Derry hospital “would do anything and everything for you” there are many aspects of parenting a sick child that is “not their main job”.“Lives can change overnight,” said Lisa.“When a parent comes into the ward they are still a parent.“They still have to provide all the care for that child while they are in that room – it’s quite a traumatic experience.“Parents have to make decisions and understand what hospital life is like.Adam Cassidy with his mum Deirdre“Everything else just kind of waits.“There is fear, the anxiety of having to go to hospital, work out other childcare, pay you bills, manage your job – these are all big factors.”The Altnagelvin Parents Support Group is Deirdre and Lisa’s way of giving back “a wee bit of what has been given to us”.Lisa added: “We are here, we’ve established ourselves and are offering support to every parent of any child who has complex needs, lifelong or life limiting conditions.”Derry mums lend support to parents of sick children who spend long periods in hospital was last modified: January 30th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: Their sons had life-threatening liver conditions. Lisa donated part of her own liver to her son.The two mothers are now working along with the Western Health and Social Care Trust to help improve services.They have raised enough money to provide specialist glide-away beds for every parent who has to sleep on the ward.“The longest I have stayed in for is about 46 nights in a row in Altnagelvin, over Christmas, the New Year and into January,” Lisa told BBC Radio Foyle. Adam CassidyAltnagelvinCHILDREN’S WARDDeirdre CassidyDerryDerry mums lend support to parents of sick children who spend long periods in hospitalhospitalLisa Storey ShareTweet Derry mums Deirdre Cassidy and Lisa Storey have been working closely togetherTWO Derry mothers are using their personal experiences to support parents who find themselves spending long hours with their children in hospital which has almost become their second homesLisa Storey and Deirdre Cassidy both spent countless days on Altnagelvin Hospital’s children’s ward.last_img read more


first_img Tumblr Matt Digby Matt Digby is the Sports Director at WOAY-TV. He joined the station in January 2015 – right in the middle of Big Atlantic Classic Week. Read More SportsSports News Girls Class AA Quarterfinals: Bluefield vs. North Marion By Matt DigbyMar 08, 2018, 00:52 am 558 0 Mail Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Google+ Home Sports News Sports Girls Class AA Quarterfinals: Bluefield vs. North Marion Pinterestcenter_img Charleston, WV (WOAY) – Check out highlights from Wednesday’s Class AA quarterfinal between Bluefield and North Marion.The Huskies started the game on a 9-0 run, before Bluefield responded to take a 29-24 lead into halftime. North Marion would rally in the fourth quarter, however, to win 56-54.Bluefield finishes the season 14-12. Facebook Previous PostGirls Class AA Quarterfinals: Lincoln vs. Wyoming East Linkedin Next PostGirls Class AAA Quarterfinals: Woodrow Wilson vs. Parkersburg South Twitterlast_img read more

Is one mans terrorist another mans freedom fight

first_imgIs one man’s terrorist another man’s freedom fighter? Maybe so, but one of the two is a really stupid man! Are all uses of violence equal? Are we really to believe that we can’t tell the difference between a suicide  bomber and a man who defends his children from a kidnapper-killer? Someone who kills people he never met, not because they ever did anything to him, but because it will generate fear and attention – that man or woman is a… YES, a terrorist! A man who pulls out a shotgun and kills a maniac who is shooting kids in a school is a freedom fighter. Or, as they used to say in the old days, a savior. Freedom Fighter or Terrorist? Can you tell the difference? If not, you’re just not trying. And if you can, you are clearly saying that the slogan is false! Are you really too intimidated to say that a suicide bomber blowing up a bus is evil? “But,” some will say, “what about the man whose city is occupied by abusive soldiers? Isn’t he a freedom fighter if he fights to get free of them?” Sure! He’s a freedom fighter if he fights the actual invaders; that is, if he fights against the invading soldiers. But he’s NOT a freedom fighter if he blows up school kids. Do you really need me to spell this out for you? And another objection: “What about soldiers? What if they’re sent illegally, blah, blah, blah?” (Usually involving intimidating levels of emotion.)  If a soldier fights other soldiers, he is not a terrorist. If he kills civilians, intending to cause fear, he is a terrorist, the same as anyone else. Wearing a uniform does not excuse terrorism. Then, of course, is the issue of collateral damages. That is, civilians being accidentally killed during a war. And a legitimate issue it is! Collateral damage is a horrible thing. This is precisely why war stinks! We’ll deal with necessity of war another day, but war is always ugly, and innocent people always get killed. Heck, there are always double-digit percentages of friendly-fire deaths! But, that said, to call a soldier a terrorist over this is ignorant – if he has no intent to terrorize, he is not a terrorist. He may not be acting in the best possible way, but “terrorist” has a particular meaning. Innocent people die during wars because armies lack the ability to discriminate. That’s horrible, but no alternative exists. Every time there is a war, innocent people will die. That makes the initiation of war an immensely serious thing, but it does not make a soldier a terrorist. If you really can’t tell the difference between terrorist or freedom fighter, you’re just not trying. Paul Rosenberg [“Freedom Fighter or Terrorist?” is an excerpt from Paul Rosenberg’s book, Mindless Slogans – 101 Cheap Substitutes for Actual Thought]last_img read more

Investors who bucked the conventional wisdom of th

first_img Investors who bucked the conventional wisdom of the day and bought a basket of gold and silver producers in the autumn of 1976—after they had dropped by almost 70%—more than tripled their investment. We’re now approaching the degree of selloff that was seen then, setting up a similar opportunity to profit. Don’t let the long recovery times shown in the charts deter you. Stay focused on the pattern; once the declines reversed, the general trend was up. Contrarians and forward-thinking investors need to prepare for that reality, rather than take umbrage with how long it might take to beat old highs. By the time mainstream analysts—who know little about gold in the first place—declare it has entered a “new” bull market, the lows will be long behind us, along with the best buying opportunities. Selloffs Can Be Profitable Setups Once gold bottomed at $103.50 on August 25, 1976, the trend reversed and the metal rose a whopping 721% to peak at $850 on January 21, 1980. Silver’s climb was even more dramatic. From its 1976 low of $4.08, it soared 1,101%. This is the 10-bagger grail of investing, where investors had the chance to add a zero to their initial investments. But remember: the process was multiyear and began after a dismal two-year decline that was punctuated with sharp selloffs, similar to gold’s behavior since its 2011 high. While that’s a stupendous return within a short time frame, the biggest gains were seen in the final five months. The patience of some investors would certainly have been tested in those first three years. Here’s a look at the gains for the metals from their respective lows. Both gold and silver logged double-digit returns every year after the bottom (except silver the first year). Once the momentum had shifted, buying and holding while the fundamental forces played out led to huge profits. No “trading” was necessary; just buy after a big correction and hold on for the ride. No need to attempt to time the bottom, either; those who bought a year after the lows still reaped gains of 490% for gold and 996% for silver. The largest chunk of profits came in the second year and beyond. Also of note is that the second leg up in precious metals was bigger than the first. There’s no reason to think we won’t experience the same thing this time around. The messages from history are self-evident: Be patient. Odds favor gold emerging from a period of price consolidation and volatility. This process will take time. Be prepared. Big gains follow big selloffs. We can’t be certain if the final bottom is in yet, but buying at these levels will ultimately net big profits if you’re buying the most solid of the major producers and potentially life-changing gains if you’re buying the best juniors. As of last Friday, gold has now fallen as much 35.4% (based on London PM fix prices) over 96 weeks. But if you’re like us, you still recognize that the core reasons for investing in gold haven’t changed. People who sold their gold recently made a shortsighted decision. Before too long precious metals will rebound—and probably in a big way. But when? Does history have any clues about how long we’ll have to wait for that rebound? Perhaps the most constructive way to forecast a turnaround in gold is to look at how its price behaved in prior big corrections. Here’s an updated view of gold’s three largest corrections since 2001, along with the time it took the price to return to the old high and stay above that level. It has taken a significant amount time for gold to return to old highs after each big selloff this cycle. And the bigger the correction, the longer it has taken—with each correction lasting longer than the last. However, I think our current correction more closely resembles what occurred in 1974-1976 than any of the dips so far this cycle. Here’s an updated overlay of the gold price then and now. As you can see, during the big correction of the 1970s, gold declined 47% and took 187 weeks to recapture old highs. This fits in with the pattern discussed above: the bigger the correction, the lengthier the recovery. Another interesting pattern: the time to reach new highs always equals or exceeds the duration of the decline. While the current correction hasn’t been as deep as that of the mid-’70s, the decline is already longer, and it’s the most prolonged of the current cycle. It is thus reasonable to expect gold to take two years or more to regain the $1,900 level and continue beyond. Barring a black swan event, gold will likely log its first annual loss since 2000 this year. These are not predictions, just possibilities, and a reminder that if gold is slow to recover, it’s simply adhering to past patterns. However, it’s not all bad news, as the chart shows: gold nearly doubled in the two years from its ’76 low to its ’78 return to former highs. The message here is obvious: add to your inventory at depressed levels. And don’t worry about missing the bottom; investors who waited to buy until gold had retraced 30% of its decline still netted about a 70% gain once it returned to prior highs. The same patterns hold true with stocks. You can see the high-to-low-to-prior-high time frame was longer, but the gains were bigger once the dust settled.last_img read more