Bluenose II Helps Promote Nova Scotia in Toronto

first_imgNova Scotia’s sailing ambassador, the world famous schoonerBluenose II, is sailing into Toronto, bringing with it the sights and sounds of Canada’s seacoast province. The visit is part of the 2008 Nautical Festival at the Toronto Harbourfront Thursday, June 19 to Sunday, June 22. “We are thrilled to have Bluenose II at the Toronto Nautical Festival,” said Bill Dooks, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “While she was born in Nova Scotia, Bluenose II is a symbol of endurance and achievement for all Canadians and remains a wonderful ambassador for our province.” The event will feature a Nova Scotian pavilion, including a wide range of industry professionals demonstrating new products, sharing experiences and offering samples from Canada’s seacoast province. It will also give the public an opportunity to stroll the deck of Bluenose II. Popular entertainers, such as the Barra MacNeils, will perform at the festival, immersing Toronto residents in Nova Scotia’s rich and lively music. Information about Nova Scotia as a travel destination will be featured at the Nautical Festival. Included will be an outline of air travel options available to those interested in visiting Nova Scotia from Toronto’s Pearson International and City Centre airports. The original Bluenose was launched from a shipyard in Lunenburg on March 26, 1921. Because of wins in the races of Grand Banks schooners between Canada and the U.S., the Bluenose became known as Queen of the North Atlantic. In 1963, the ship’s replica, Bluenose II, was launched from the same shipyard, also built by many of the same men who worked on the original Bluenose.last_img read more

Animal cruelty charges dropped against Ontario veterinarian

first_imgST. CATHARINES, Ont. – All charges have been dropped against a St. Catharines, Ont., veterinarian who was facing 16 criminal counts of animal cruelty.Skyway Animal Hospital owner Dr. Mahavir Rekhi was facing eight counts of causing unnecessary pain or suffering to an animal and eight counts of failing to provide suitable and adequate care for an animal.A Crown lawyer told St. Catharines court Friday that the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals started the investigation and received a warrant without a complaint.For that reason, the Crown says Rekhi should not have been charged regardless of public outrage surrounding the case and since the College of Veterinarians of Ontario already took disciplinary action that should be all he gets.The college launched an investigation after four former employees filed a complaint about Rekhi’s treatment of animals in his care, and they submitted a dozen surveillance videos as evidence of the animal abuse.OSPCA officer Kevin Strooband with the Lincoln County Humane Society says the media alerted him to videos and he acted.Strooband told radio station CKTB the situation is comparable to a police officer who would launch an investigation after stumbling across a body.last_img read more

Crews rescue boy suffering signs of appendicitis on cruise

first_imgMIAMI – The United States Coast Guard rescued a 12-year-old Canadian boy who was suffering from symptoms of appendicitis while on a cruise ship.Coast Guard officials said in a news release that a MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Clearwater transported the boy and his father to Miami on Tuesday night. They were on board the Caribbean Princess cruise ship, which was about 230 miles (370 kilometres) southeast of Miami.The agency did not list the name or hometown of the boy.No further details were immediately available.last_img read more

Prime Minister Harper declares devolution agreement with Northwest Territories

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe federal government and the Northwest Territories have reached a long-awaited devolution deal.Prime Minister Stephen Harper was in Yellowknife where the agreement-in-principle was made Monday afternoon.“Devolution is finally crossing the goal line,” said Harper. “It’s the beginning of a great new future.”The agreement ends formal negotiations and now shifts to consultation that are expected to end by April 2014 and the hope is then a final deal will be signed.The agreement will transfer federal power over land, water and resources to the people of the North. It essentially grants the territory province-like powers.In January, APTN National News reported four of the seven Aboriginal organizations agreed to sign the devolution agreement-in-principle.One more has since then.They are the Northwest Territories Metis Nation, Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, Sahtu Secretariat, Gwich’in Tribal Council and Tlicho Nation.Still holding out are the Dehcho First Nations and the Akaitcho.The territorial government says they will do community information sessions across the territory before sealing the deal. The five Aboriginal groups which have signed on to the agreement-in-principle will have an opportunity to review the final deal, respond and decide whether to support it.Premier Robert McLeod said he’s still hopeful the two remaining Aboriginal groups who have not signed will get on board.last_img read more

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President assures benefits of Samurdhi beneficiaries will remain

Speaking further, the President said the Government expects to implement a new program in the agricultural sector to strengthen the economy of the farmers as well as the national economy.He pointed out there is a possibility to strengthen the national economy as well as the economy of the farmers through increasing the foreign market for the local vegetables and fruits. The President was speaking at the ceremony to hand over 5000 deeds to the farmers in the Walawe Zone. The ceremony was held at the Gam Udava Playground in Embilipitiya. President Maithripala Sirisena today assured that the Government will not cut off or reduce the benefits of Samurdhi beneficiaries.He pointed out there are large number of people in the country who are eligible for Samurdhi benefits but have not been granted them yet. He said therefore the Government will not cut off that benefit but will try to provide it to new applicants as well. President Sirisena said the various political accusations saying that the Government is going to cut off the Samurdhi benefits are not true. “The current Government always takes policy decisions for the betterment of the people,” he said. He said the Government has planned a program to attract the young generation to agriculture through modernizing the agricultural sector. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Mahinda says he never advised anyone to do things slowly

The former President later urged the media not to report the last part of his speech as it may be misunderstood. “I am not someone who does things slowly. I would also never advise any boy to do it slowly,” Rajapaksa said jokingly. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa says he never gave advise to anyone to do things slowly.Speaking at an election rally in Galle, Rajapaksa quoted President Maithripala Sirisena of accusing him of telling officials to delay implementing some projects when he was in power. Rajapaksa said he did not mean anything wrong by that statement but was only responding to what the President had accused him of. (Colombo Gazette)Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. read more

24 countries elected to UN human rights commission

The 53-member Commission on Human Rights, based in Geneva, promotes universal enjoyment of all human rights by giving practical effect to the will and resolve of the world community as expressed by the United Nations. It plays the leading role on human rights issues and emphasizes the importance of rights at the international and national levels, promoting international cooperation.Fifteen countries won new terms to the Commission by acclamation, including Congo, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Mauritania and South Africa from the Africa region. Hungary and the Russian Federation were selected from the group of Eastern Europe states, while Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras and Peru were chosen from the Latin American and the Caribbean States.Secret ballots were held to determine representatives in Asia and Western Europe. Italy, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom won the European seats, while Bhutan, India, Nepal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia represent the Asian region.Elections filled vacancies on a number of other bodies, including those dealing with sustainable development, the status of women, narcotic drugs, population, crime prevention, science and technology. ECOSOC also elected Executive Board members to several UN agencies. read more

Signed contracts to buy US homes slip in June after reaching 6year

Signed contracts to buy US homes slip in June after reaching 6-year high in previous month WASHINGTON – The number of Americans who signed contracts to buy homes dipped in June from a six-year high in May, a sign that sales could stabilize over the next few months.The National Association of Realtors said Monday that its seasonally adjusted index for pending home sales ticked down 0.4 per cent to 110.9 in June. The May reading was revised lower by a percentage point to 111.3, but it was still the highest since December 2006.The slight decline suggests higher mortgage rates may be starting to slow sales. Still, signed contracts are 10.9 per cent higher than they were a year ago. There is generally a one- to two-month lag between a signed contract and a completed sale.Economists were relieved after seeing only a modest decline. They said that shows higher mortgage rates are having only a small impact on the home sales market.“All told … pending home sales held up fantastically well,” Dan Greenhaus, chief global strategist at BTIG, an institutional brokerage, said in a note to clients.The average rate on a 30-year fixed mortgage has jumped a full percentage point since early May and reached a two-year high of 4.51 per cent in late June.Rates surged after Chairman Ben Bernanke said the Federal Reserve could slow its bond-buying program later this year if the economy continues to improve. The Fed’s bond purchases have kept long-term interest rates low, encouraging more borrowing and spending.In recent weeks, Bernanke and other Fed members have stressed that any change in the bond-buying program will depend on the economy’s health, not a set calendar date.Since those comments, interest rates have declined. The average on the 30-year mortgage was 4.31 per cent last week.Even with higher mortgage rates, signed contracts increased in the West last month. They were unchanged in the Northeast and fell in the South and Midwest.Home sales and prices have climbed since early last year, buoyed by solid hiring and historically low mortgage rates. Housing has been an important driver of economic growth this year as other parts of the economy have languished, such as manufacturing and business investment.Sales of previously occupied homes slipped last month, after a big rise in May to the highest level in 3 1/2 years.But new-home sales jumped in June to the fastest pace in five years, boosting confidence that the housing recovery is strengthening. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Jul 29, 2013 10:05 am MDT read more

Meet The NFLs Most Expendable Quarterbacks

201656.2 Source: QuarterbackNo. Times BenchedAvg. starts Ryan Fitzpatrick36.3 201485.3 Brian Hoyer36.7 201546.5 Josh McCown25.0 Nick Foles25.5 201874.7 Tyrod Taylor26.0 201065.0 200955.4 Eli Manning is a four-time Pro Bowler, a two-time Super Bowl champion and the 2016 Walter Payton Man of the Year. But when he takes the field as the Giants’ Week 1 starter — as he has every season for the past 14 — he may be ready for a new title: “Expendable.”Every year, 32 quarterbacks line up for the first snap of the first game of the season. That player is supposed to be the best quarterback on the team.1With the occasional exception, like the Buffalo Bills starting the 2015 season in a wildcat look with backup Matt Cassel taking the snap. But sometimes, that quarterback isn’t the best by very much. Or he gets hurt, and his backup gets hot enough to win the job away. Or he’s just marking time while a highly drafted rookie gets up to speed.That was the situation in 2004, when two-time NFL MVP Kurt Warner took the field for the Giants as their nominal starter — but many on the field, in the stands and watching at home on TV knew he was just there to hold down the fort until their grinning greenhorn of a No. 1 overall draft pick was ready.That 2004 No. 1 overall draft pick? Manning himself.But Warner and Manning, highly decorated veterans, don’t fit the typical profile of an Expendable. These are often journeymen brought in because they have a relationship with a coach, or they’re unheralded draft picks from a few years ago who won a war of attrition with players higher on the depth chart.Over the past 10 seasons, 46 different quarterbacks have qualified — and a few have carved out a niche for themselves as professional Expendables. SeasonNo. of QBs BenchedAvg. Starts Shaun Hill32.7 201354.8 Number of NFL quarterbacks benched per year and the average number of starts before benching 201247.5 Sam Bradford22.5 For our purposes, we’re calling a quarterback an Expendable if he a) started Week 1 of a given season, b) was benched while healthy (or did not get his job back after returning from injury) and c) did not go on to start Week 1 for that same team the following season. Backups filling in for unquestioned starters during injury or suspension, like Jimmy Garoppolo for Tom Brady in 2016, were not counted.But Shaun Hill did get the honor in 2016: He was the No. 2 for the Minnesota Vikings when starter Teddy Bridgewater went down with a preseason injury, and he filled in well even though the Vikings had just swung a panicked trade for Sam Bradford. His performance was good enough to buy him just one start. Combined with losing his 2014 starting gig with the then-St. Louis Rams and getting benched in San Francisco for Alex Smith, Hill has been an Expendable for three different teams (and lasted an average of just 2.7 games over those three seasons).It makes sense that well-traveled journeymen like Ryan Fitzpatrick and Josh McCown have served multiple tours of duty as an Expendable. But Brian Hoyer also parlayed his time backing up Tom Brady into Expendable stints with his hometown Browns, the Houston Texans and the 49ers. Donovan McNabb seems like another surprising inclusion — but it’s no surprise that after his 11-year run in Philadelphia, during which he went to the Pro Bowl six times, his back-to-back Expendable tours in Washington and Minnesota are often forgotten.Our exceptions for injuries mean that former No. 1 overall pick Bradford qualified for the Expendable badge only twice,2Though Bradford has started Week 1 for four different teams, he would not be considered an Expendable on the Rams, as he lost the starting job after suffering knee injuries in both 2013 and 2014. but he merits a mention here, too. In 2018, he received a $20 million contract to steer a listless Arizona Cardinals team while first-round pick Josh Rosen learned the ropes. After three woeful starts, Bradford was demoted to No. 3 on the depth chart, and Rosen was thrown into the fire.Compared with the rest of the past decade, NFL head coaches have been quick to yank starting quarterbacks in the last two seasons — or maybe NFL general managers have been further off the mark about who’s really capable of starting in the first place. Donovan McNabb29.5 201154.8 201784.4 The most Expendable QBsNFL quarterbacks from 2009 to 2018 who started the first game of a season at least twice but were displaced as No. 1 From 2009 to 2016, an average of 5.3 Week 1 starters relinquished their gigs to their backups; it happened after an average of 5.6 games. But in 2017 and 2018, an average of 7.5 starters were demoted — and after an average of just 4.5 games. How will that play out in 2019?For Manning and the Giants, Vegas sportsbooks initially set the over/under on the number of games Daniel Jones will start this season at 7.5. In Tennessee, former No. 2 overall pick Marcus Mariota is reportedly on a “short leash,” so Ryan Tannehill could turn him into an Expendable before the season ends.After those two, there aren’t many obvious possibilities. Rookie Drew Lock, a second-round draft pick, is buried at third on the depth chart in Denver. It’s possible the Tampa Bay Buccaneers give up on Jameis Winston, but it’s hard to see Blaine Gabbert taking his job by outperforming him in practice.The next possible Expendable, though, is an intriguing one: Fitzpatrick.The Cardinals gave up on Rosen less than a year after they gave up on Bradford. They drafted Rosen’s successor, Kyler Murray, No. 1 overall, but they’re not making Rosen an Expendable — they’ve traded him away.But look who they traded him to: the Miami Dolphins, who just signed Fitzpatrick to a two-year deal. Though Fitzpatrick was tabbed as the Week 1 starter, Rosen’s impressive preseason play had many calling for him to start in the season opener. Can Rosen, a second-year quarterback showing flashes, push Fitzpatrick to the bench the way Winston, Geno Smith and Ryan Mallett did?If that happens, Fitzpatrick will officially be the most Expendable quarterback in the NFL, a dubious — yet somehow still impressive — honor.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

Ousted Ukip leader Henry Bolton launches new political party

first_imgFormer Ukip leader Henry Bolton has announced he is founding a new political party called OneNation.Mr Bolton, who quit Ukip after losing members’ support over his relationship with a younger woman, said that the party would represent voters who want to see a “confident, optimistic, prosperous and secure” UK emerge from Brexit.The new party’s structures and management will “mirror some of the changes that I sought to bring to Ukip when its leader”, he said.There is no connection with Australia’s One Nation party, which is led by controversial right wing politician Pauline Hanson. Mr Bolton, 55, lasted less than 150 days as Ukip leader after being elected last September. 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. “There is a need for a truly professional political party that believes in Britain, that preserves our national identity, culture, heritage and confidence and talks our great nation up rather than down.”Ukip was seen as fulfilling that role prior to the 2016 referendum, but had since “sadly lost much of its influence and ability to shape national events”.center_img His romance with 25-year-old model Jo Marney caused controversy after racist texts she had previously sent became public, and he was voted out by members on February 17.Mr Bolton said that OneNation would be dedicated to building a Britain that was “outward-looking” while “preserving its own heritage and culture – a nation that has a clear and comfortable identity and is proud to be called British”.Explaining the new party’s name – borrowed from Victorian-era PM Benjamin Disraeli – Mr Bolton said: “Following a highly divisive Brexit debate and as we leave the European Union, the success of the United Kingdom can only be assured if we unite; if we pull together as One Nation.last_img read more

Upgrade to be trialled at troubled Langer Heinrich uranium mine

first_imgMarenica Energy and Paladin Energy have agreed to conduct an U-pgradeTM amenability test work program on low grade ore samples from Paladin’s 75%-owned Langer Heinrich uranium mine (LHM) in Namibia. The aim of the testing is to confirm if implementation of Marenica’s proprietary U-pgrade process can result in substantial benefits; including reduced unit operating costs and to enhance future production expansion.A representative ore sample has been collected for transit to Australia, with test work expected to be completed within six weeks of the sample arriving at Marenica’s preferred laboratory in Perth.Marenica Managing Director Murray Hill said “Marenica developed U-pgrade on calcrete uranium ore and have always considered the LHM ore to be a prime candidate for application of U-pgrade.” Marenica hopes to demonstrate the amenability of the process to the highest grade uranium deposit in Namibia and the only operating mine processing calcrete ore.The mine is located in the Namib Desert, 80 km east of the major seaport of Walvis Bay and about 40 km southeast of the large-scale, hard-rock Rössing uranium mine, by Rio Tinto.last_img read more

13 extremely satisfying acts of revenge

first_img10. These ignored customers who got creative with the condiments Source: Concrete-online11. This hero amongst the crowds Source: Happyplace12. The scorned woman who distributed these inspired signsWell, it’s easier than knocking on doors. Source: denharsh13. Karma, who always triumphs in an instant Little boy’s foolproof revenge plan goes horribly wrong>Dog gets hit by car, spends 6 months slashing tyres in local village> GETTING REVENGE ISN’T big and it’s not clever. It can feel really really good though, just ask this lot.1. These bin-men, sick of you parking there Source: Imgur2. This generous customer, exacting revenge on a bad waiter3. This laptop that has been sat on by that cat TOO many times Source: Imgur4. This masterful tray-spinner that didn’t like your hand jesture5. The boyfriends who have carried shopping bags one time too many Source: Imgur6. The room-mate dealing with this passive-aggressive mess7. A taxi-man who used Facebook to call out a runner in the best possible way Source: Dangerousminds8. This spitter who couldn’t beat them, so joined them Source: Pleated-jeans9. A chef who was fired but not locked out of the restaurant’s Twitter accountlast_img read more

Protect Dropbox SkyDrive and Google Drive files with an automated backup

first_imgCloud storage services like Dropbox, SkyDrive, and Google Drive are incredibly convenient, but trusting a large corporation to handle your most precious data can be problematic. As we discussed last week, cloud storage comes with the unsettling risk that you’ll wake up one morning to find that your files have been snatched away due to some unexplained terms of service violation.But the inherent danger of using the cloud doesn’t mean you have to abandon it completely. As long as you keep your own local backups of cloud-stored files, you can rest easy knowing that you’ll still have access to them if there’s ever a problem with your account.Dropbox, SkyDrive, and Google Drive all work by staying synced with a dedicated folder on your hard drive, which makes backing up your cloud-stored files a cinch. If you’ve already got a backup routine running on your computer, just make sure it includes those special folders and you’re all set. If you don’t have a backup solution (though you really should), there’s a simple way to set up regular, automatic copies of those cloud folders.1. As with any process that involves working with important data, start by manually making a copy of the files you’re going to be working with.2. Download and install SyncBack Freeware from 2BrightSparks. SyncBack is my favorite tool for this job because it’s free, light, powerful, and doesn’t have ads.3. Once SyncBack is installed, create a new Backup profile and name it something descriptive. In the Profile Setup menu, you’ll need to set the Source folder to your Dropbox, SkyDrive, or Google Drive folder. For the Destination folder you can use any directory you like, but it’s best to keep backups away from your Windows installation — on a secondary or external hard drive, for instance.4. Now that you have the basics set, you can dig into SyncBack’s features. Under the Simple tab, choose the option to backup the source directory and all of its sub-directories. Under the Advanced tab, the default settings (seen above) should be fine, but double-check to make sure that “Do nothing, skip the file” is set when a file is in the destination folder, but not the source — this ensures that if your cloud-storage folder ever gets wiped, SyncBack won’t remove its backups. Click Apply and then OK to confirm your settings. If you want to see exactly what the profile is going to move, you can choose to have SyncBack simulate a run.5. Now you should see your new backup profile listed in the main SyncBack window. Click the profile once to select it, then click the Run button along the bottom. Once the backup completes successfully, click the schedule button to configure when you want it to run. If you select the “Show multiple schedules” option under the Schedule tab, you can even have the backup run multiple times each day.With SyncBack or your normal file backup utility caching all your Dropbox, SkyDrive, or Google Drive files, you can enjoy all the benefits of cloud storage without worrying that they’ll get taken away. If you want finer control over exactly what you’re backing up and how it’s handled, dig into SyncBack’s advanced options.last_img read more

Take a tour of the new Google Maps with Earth view and

first_imgAt the end of the Maps section of the presentation the speaker zoomed out from San Francisco’s skyline so you could see all of San Francisco, and then all of California, and then all of the Earth. At the point the perspective was rotated around so that eventually the Sun was behind the Earth, at which point the Earth went dark — you were seeing the night side of our planet. The effect was incredibly cool and it goes to show the level of effort Google is putting into expanding what Maps is and what it can do.After that the speaker had a quick “by the way” moment. The clouds on the Earth? They weren’t just for show, they are being updated in real-time and reflect the actual cloud patterns over the Earth right now.So, yes, Google’s venerable Maps has been updated and it’s pretty incredible. The new version addresses obvious problems, like blank street names, makes Maps much more impressive when you are fully zoomed in or out, and it leverages the power of Google to help you find locations that your friends like and that you should enjoy. It’s an even more Google-y version of Maps. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY Google Maps buildingsGoogle Maps buildingsMaps layersThe new look!Google Maps SFGoogle Maps SFGoogle Maps restaurantMaps BeforeMaps afterNotice the street names have been included on all the roads on the route.Maps directionsMaps public transitAerial viewAerial view St Peter’sInside St Peter’sAerial view, zoomed outAerial view, very zoomed outSun behind the EarthLarry!More Larry! Today during the Google I/O keynote, Google unveiled the new Maps for desktop. Google Maps is getting a complete overhaul, along with clever new features and a number of new capabilities. It’s the sort of refresh that only Google could bring to a product launch, with the scale of the announcement ranging from better ways to find a coffee shop by you to an incredible new view of the entire Earth.The new Google Maps is rolling out today, but only for the desktop and only for a select for individuals. It will be coming to everyone else soon and to mobile systems this summer. In case you don’t have it yet, you can check out our gallery above for walk through Google’s entire presentation.Highlights from the announcement include:Personalized mapsThe addition of street names to unnamed street when Google recognizes they will be on your routeCard-style UIProminent 5-star rating system with Zagat included for restaurantsGoogle Earth view with aerial style maps and 45-degree viewRelated suggestions (if you like restaurant x, you’ll probably like y)New view for uploaded images and street view (see below)last_img read more

When I told people I had cancer because Im a comedian I

first_img By Aoife Barry ‘When I told people I had cancer, because I’m a comedian I had to say I wasn’t joking’ We spoke to the comedian about his new show. Wednesday 1 Feb 2017, 8:00 PM 16 Comments 21,375 Views Feb 1st 2017, 8:00 PM I’ve had people ask me is it an inappropriate thing to talk about – I don’t think it is. There are certain things that personally I don’t joke about, topics that I wouldn’t find funny, but with the cancer show, it’s the first show I’ve done as a stand-up comedian and I’ve been doing this for 10 years so it’s the first time there was a topic that I could do a whole hour-plus about and it all held together.While he was going through treatment, Sammon relied on moments of humour. “Just before the surgeon operated on me I kind of wanted to make a joke and I was constantly making jokes or trying to make jokes,” he said. “There’s nothing worse than someone making a joke at an inappropriate time, but because the focus is on you and it’s your illness you can kind of joke about it.“And for sure it’s absolutely a coping mechanism and it’s a way to in some ways put it to the back of your mind, or not give it the seriousness that it deserves. I mean there were moments where the weight of it would press on me and I would feel scared obviously for sure.”“I’m not saying I’m gonna save the world, but I think if you are talking about things and you are honest about them it can be a relief for people,” he added.“I’ve had people come up and say ‘you know, it’s great to hear someone talk openly about it, it makes it less of a taboo’.” Sammon with his Republic of Telly co-stars, Joanne McNally and Kevin McGahern. Source: RTE‘We don’t really like to talk about death’While recuperating, Sammon also thought about people’s reactions to cancer. “Because we don’t really like to talk about death and when someone dies it’s never a celebration of their life, it’s always quiet,” he explained. “And people don’t know what to do say and people didn’t know what to say to me when I told them I have cancer – you feel bad unburdening that on people.”The title of the show  – Edwin Sammon vs Cancer – is tongue-in-cheek, said the comedian. Many people framed his journey as a “battle” with cancer, but that’s not how he saw it.“For me it’s less of a battle, personally speaking, than an endurance test – it’s a kind of ‘can you endure this thing: you’re going to have to have surgery and chemo’, so it’s a physical endurance and a mental endurance.”In the show, Sammon said he talks about certain topics some comedians wouldn’t talk about – like how he used marijuana to help him get through his treatment.“One of the things that happens when you have cancer is people try to slip you the secret, the secret cure. People will come and say to you ‘…aloe vera…’ and walk away.”“But a lot of people have opinions on it as well which is a weird thing because a lot of people would say to me throughout the ‘journey’ I went on,” he said. “People would say stuff like bad vibes give you cancer or [a brand of sweets] gives you cancer – which is not very helpful when you have cancer.”The show also touches on how Sammon’s thoughts on religion have changed. “I’m open to the possibility of anything being real, but I’d be sceptical,” he said. “I talk about my religious belief but I think at the end of the day there are a lot of people praying for me and masses being said for me and it’s a positive thing so you don’t want to knock it. But it makes you less cynical, I’ve become less cynical and more sceptical.”Housewives’ favouriteHaving started as a stand-up a decade ago, Sammon’s career got a boost thanks to his work on Republic of Telly, where he is now a familiar face.The Republic of Telly gig came about after producers of the show saw his stand-up. They asked him to play a priest at the ‘most Irish funeral ever’, which led to his current role.It’s a bittersweet thing, for Sammon, to look back at the footage of that first role, as he had cancer at the time.Now that he has settled into the show, he has a particular group of fans: “I get a lot of recognition from middle-aged women,” he said. “I’m the housewives’ favourite – I think George Clooney was the housewives’ favourite at one stage in his career…”As for the future, he’s writing a series with his younger brother Jonathan  -”a visual artist and a very funny guy” – a nice follow-on from their childhood of creating radio shows.“We’ve always been doing silly things like making up radio shows and taping voices onto cassette tapes – Google that young people,” laughed Sammon (this reporter did the same when she was younger).Then there’s a radio play, and the small matter of teaching himself to edit so that he can get more clips onto his YouTube channel.It looks like a big year ahead for the bearded Sammon, who is also due to hit the milestone 40th birthday this year. (“I think I had my midlife crisis when I was 25.”)And beyond the work, there are plans for a trip to “somewhere far-flung and foreign”.“When I was sick it was one of those things I was constantly looking up – ‘oh, Borneo feels nice’. Again, another coping mechanism. Maybe the Galapagos Islands.”But he couldn’t resist a bit of the black humour as we said goodbye, concluding: “Not dying is my main aim.”Edwin Sammon Vs Cancer takes place on 3 February at Black Box Belfast, 9/10 February Whelan’s, Dublin; 18 February City Limits, Cork, and 31 March Draíocht Studio, Blanchardstown. Read: The man behind the excellent Martin’s Life is writing a full TV series>Read: ‘Improv can tell us a lot about ourselves, it’s very liberating’>center_img Image: RTÉ Image: RTÉ Share Tweet Email1 Short URL LIFE. DRUGS. CANCER. For his first stand-up special and Irish tour, comedian Edwin Sammon has decided to discard the light topics and only focus on the hard stuff.The Offaly native, who plays Fr Gabriel in RTÉ’s Bridget and Eamon, was a co- presenter on the station’s sketch show Republic Of Telly. News broke today that Republic of Telly won’t be returning to RTÉ after eight years on air, and it’s clear that Sammon enjoyed his time on the show.“It’s a shame it’s gone but you know, every show has its lifespan and every show has its time, so I’m just happy I got to be included in the menagerie of funny people in front of and behind the cameras,” he said this evening.He was also keen to emphasise the role that shows like Republic of Telly have in inspiring budding comics and comedy writers. “I just hope that RTÉ replace it with something that really supports the up-and-coming talent that we have and give it a platform to be seen by wider audience,” said Sammon.Going soloWith his new stand-up show, it’s a chance for him to explore totally different topics to Republic of Telly. Over the space of an hour, he gets to tell the story of his treatment for bowel and liver cancer in his own way.“I had to talk about or joke about what you know, which is what comedians do,” he told But the tour is also a chance for him to explore how humour gave him a boost in between cancer treatment. He’d come up to Dublin whenever he felt physically able – and even did some shows.“It was a great thing to look forward to,” he said of that time. “I’d have this window of normalcy.”But being a comedian meant that telling people about his diagnosis was a bit tricky.“When I had to tell my friends, because I am a comedian I had to preface it with ‘this isn’t a joke’ because some people would think it was a joke,” laughed Sammon. “But I would never joke about it at someone’s expense.”Indeed, he said that his show won’t seek to put forward that there’s a universal experience of cancer.According to the Irish Cancer Society, every three minutes in Ireland someone gets a cancer diagnosis – and 40,000 new cases of cancer are diagnosed in the country every year. So the likelihood of most – if not all – of his audience members being affected in some way by the disease isn’t lost on him.“I’m talking about my own experience with it,” said Sammon. “So many people are touched by the disease unfortunately, everyone has an experience of it. Everyone does. It runs in my family – my mum had it when she was 21; she had bowel cancer, she survived it, so that’s why we were on the lookout for it.”Getting regular check-ups helped Sammon get an early diagnosis. “I would consider myself to be lucky that it was found and it didn’t spread and I didn’t have to have any extreme treatments,” he said. “I had chemo, but it was a mild version of chemo – or diet chemo as I jokingly call it.”Being honestBut crafting jokes about what can be a personal – and painful experience – for people might also draw some criticism.“I think if you’re honest and if you’re honest about what you’re talking about and it comes from your experience, I don’t think anyone can really say anything ill against you,” said Sammon. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Body of Iraqi man found off Belgium after he tried to swim

first_imgBody of Iraqi man found off Belgium after he tried to swim the English Channel from France The man was wearing a makeshift life jacket made of empty plastic bottles. THE BODY OF an Iraqi migrant who tried to swim across the Channel from France to Britain has been found off Belgium’s coast, Belgian authorities have said.The 48-year-old was discovered on Friday near the seaside resort of Zeebrugge, wearing a makeshift life jacket made of empty plastic bottles and carrying a small bag with his identity papers, the prosecutor’s office in Bruges said.“It’s the first time we’ve found the body of a migrant,” Carl Decaluwe, the governor of western Flanders province where Zeebrugge is located, told AFP.Officials believe the man drowned while trying to swim from a beach in northern France to Britain. Currents are thought to have transported his body to Belgian waters.He was found drifting near a wind farm some 30 kilometres off Zeebrugge, the Belgian news agency Belga reported.He had attempted the swim after failing to obtain asylum in Germany, according to the agency.Eight days before the Iraqi’s body was found, a Belgian sailor had spotted a man wearing a belt made of empty plastic bottles crying for help in waters off the French coast of Dunkirk.The sailor had informed French maritime authorities of the 18 August incident, saying he had tried to save the man, but he was swept away by a current.Migrants are taking ever greater risks to reach Britain from France, which has taken an uncompromising approach towards so-called economic migrants who come to Europe in search of a better life in contrast with those fleeing war or persecution.Since January, some 1,450 migrants have been rescued either by British or French coastguards, more than double the number who attempted to cross the busy shipping channel in the whole of 2018, according to official French figures released yesterday.© – AFP 2019 18,929 Views By AFP Aug 27th 2019, 8:46 AM Image: PA Images The Belgian port of Zeebrugge. Image: PA Imagescenter_img Tuesday 27 Aug 2019, 8:46 AM 72 Comments The Belgian port of Zeebrugge. Share35 Tweet Email Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Ladultère ne réussit pas aux passereaux

first_imgL’adultère ne réussit pas aux passereauxDes chercheurs britanniques et américains ont établi que chez le bruant chanteur, un oiseau nord-américain, les individus nés d’accouplements ‘extraconjugaux’ avaient eux-mêmes moins de descendance que les autres. L’”infidélité” ne serait donc pas motivée par une stratégie de transmission optimale des gènes, chez cette espèce.Publiant récemment leurs travaux dans l’American Naturalist, des chercheurs de l’Université de Chicago et de l’Université d’Aberdeen (Écosse) ont étudié, depuis 1993, une population de bruants chanteurs (Melospiza melodia) dans l’île Mandarte, en Colombie-Britannique (Canada). Pour cela, ils ont analysé génétiquement des échantillons sanguins de chaque individu sur plusieurs générations successives et sont ainsi arrivés à un résultat surprenant.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?En effet, chez ces oiseaux dont les couples sont durables, il n’est pas rare que des accouplements ‘illégitimes’ aient lieu en raison d’une importante promiscuité. D’après les observations faites, ces fameux accouplements ‘illégitimes’ donnent ainsi lieu à pas moins de 28% des naissances. Mais, contre toute attente, il s’est avéré que ces individus nés d’accouplements extraconjugaux avaient eux-mêmes 40% moins d’enfants et 30% moins de petits-enfants que les autres.Surprenant, puisqu’une théorie veut que, dans ce genre de situation, frayer avec d’autres partenaires, théoriquement plus costauds que son compagnon, permet à la femelle d’avoir des rejetons plus compétitifs et donc plus aptes à transmettre les gènes de leur mère. Cette théorie expliquant les raisons de la promiscuité chez les espèces ‘fidèles’ est donc battue en brèche.”Ces résultats sont remarquables parce qu’ils sont complètement à l’opposé de nos attentes. Ils montrent que les femelles souffrent d’un coût de la promiscuité, puisqu’elles produisent de moins bons rejetons par ces accouplements supplémentaires. Plutôt que de répondre à la question de savoir pourquoi les elles font cela, ces résultats laisse la question ouverte…”, a expliqué Jane Reid, de l’Université d’Aberdeen.Le 27 mai 2012 à 12:25 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds Sells 10 Million Copies

first_img It’s safe to say that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is 2017’s big sleeper hit. Since its debut as an Early Access game on Steam in March, the game has amassed a huge following. Today, developer Bluehole has announced that its open-world survival title has sold an astounding 10 million copies. Keep in mind that the game hasn’t even officially been released yet.“It is amazing and gratifying to see the love and support the passionate fans have shown to PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds,” said Chang Han Kim, Bluehole VP and executive producer (via “Watching the thrilling moments during the PUBG Invitational with the great feedback from viewers is a realization of the continuing popularity of PUBG and our team is working diligently to bring a solid gameplay experience for full launch on the PC and Xbox One Game Preview versions later this year.”10 MILLION SOLD! Never did I think we would reach such a number! Thank you all for your continuing support of the @PUBATTLEGROUNDS team <3— PLAYERUNKNOWN (@PLAYERUNKNOWN) September 5, 2017Gamers aren’t just buying PUBG either. It managed to have the most concurrent players on Steam last month. Thanks to the PUBG invitational tournament at this year’s Gamescom event, the title saw more than 970,000 users online. This helped it briefly top Valve’s DotA2.PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is undeniably a monster hit, but will it enjoy the same success on Xbox One that it currently does on PC? The Xbox One has a much smaller install base than PC so its doubtful PUBG will reach 10 million sales on that platform. However, even if it only sells half that number on Microsoft’s console it would still be a great accomplishment. Given the Xbox One’s spare exclusive offerings this Fall, PUBG could help it stay competitive with PS4 and Switch during the holidays. Expect PUBG‘s sales numbers to climb even higher before the year is over.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target ‘PUBG’ Story Trailer Teases the Unknown PlayerJordan Bans ‘Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds’ last_img read more

The Good Bad and Ugly reality of TCI Statutory Boards Report revealing

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands – March 6, 2018 – Thirteen statutory boards were a part of a recent review commissioned by the Turks and Caicos Islands Government and the best and worst of the lot were identified by the consultant hired to do the job.Stephen Turnbull is the former UK-appointed Chief Financial Officer for the Turks and Caicos Islands and his 24-page report, which was presented to the Governor and Premier on January 24, 2018 gives some eye-popping data.The best of the boards were identified as the Financial Services Commission (#FSC) and the National Insurance Board (#NIB) with the FSC being the only board with a risk management strategy.   The worst of the statutory boards was a more shocking list because it included the board managing the country’s leading industry, the board managing tertiary education and the board overseeing the airwaves.The Tourist Board, the Community College Board and the Telecommunications Commission were all put in the ‘running badly’ category.   Among the characteristics of a board functioning badly were laid out in a press conference last Thursday where the Governor, His Excellency Dr. John Freeman shared this could mean from badly structured meeting agendas, to meetings that focused hardly or not at all on the more important responsibilities of the board, to there being weak qualifications or completely unqualified leaders or inflated compensations.Making the ‘ugly’ category were three other boards, one of which the Turnbull Report recommended should be completely dissolved.The National Health Insurance Board is by far the most problematic board for the country.  In fact, it was the financial hemorrhaging of the health care plan which in 2016 prompted the review.  Turnbull recommended a dissolution of the #NHIB.The National Trust and the Ports Authority are the two others which make the ‘ugly’ category as they were identified to be, among other things, ‘too large’.The ‘vast majority’ of the recommendations in the Turnbull Report have been accepted over two meetings by the Turks and Caicos Cabinet.  The idea of scrapping the NHIB was not accepted at Cabinet and so were the suggestions to return the responsibilities of the TCI Tourist Board back to Tourism and the Community College back to Education.The Governor and Premier vehemently resisted that the Report will lead to a dismantling of the statutory boards, instead there are string of meetings which will now happen.Government Ministers responsible for the 13 boards reviewed will have meetings, the recommendations will be discussed in those meetings and a way forward will be determined.The Premier said the review and subsequent actions are all in the name of good governance and reducing financial risk through the establishment of best practices.last_img read more