Herrndorf to step down as head of National Arts Centre after 18

first_imgOTTAWA – Peter Herrndorf will be stepping down as head of the National Arts Centre in June after leading Canada’s largest performing arts organization for 18 years.Herrndorf is credited with transforming the NAC through national and international performing arts projects and with a federally supported $225-million architectural and production renewal project.The project was designed to transform the NAC’s architecture into an inviting space with views of the nation’s capital, including major upgrades to the building’s performance halls and production facilities.Herrndorf recently announced that the NAC will open a new Department of Indigenous Theatre to mark the centre’s 50th Anniversary in 2019. The department will be led by Indigenous actor and playwright Kevin Loring.Herrndorf took over as NAC’s president and CEO in 1999, following a career in broadcasting, magazine publishing and the performing arts.At the CBC, he is credited with developing such programming as “the fifth estate” and “The Journal.” He left the CBC in 1992 to become publisher of Toronto Life magazine and then took the helm of TVOntario as chairman and CEO.“Leading the National Arts Centre for the last 18 years continues to be the greatest joy of my life,” Herrndorf said in a release. “The National Arts Centre is a national treasure, and my role was to create the conditions to allow artists to dream, and to do their very best work.“It has been a privilege to serve Canadian artists, and to help them define who we are as a people.”last_img read more

Hopefully theyre together Senior with dementia accused in wifes death dies

first_imgCALGARY — A senior with dementia who was found unfit to stand trial for killing his wife has died with a murder charge still attached to his name, but loved ones say they hope that won’t be what he’s remembered for.Close friends say Fred van Zuiden, 88, died Sunday at a care home in Camrose, Alta., about a three-hour drive from Calgary, the city he called home for decades.Police charged van Zuiden with second-degree murder in October 2016 after they found his 80-year-old wife Audrey dead in their home. Friends said the two, who were married for almost 60 years, were soulmates and van Zuiden would never have intentionally hurt his spouse.Valerie Walker, who became friends with Audrey van Zuiden when they were children in the United Kingdom, said the grief was just beginning to fully hit.“Somehow with Fred alive, Audrey was still alive,” Walker said in an interview. “But now I know she has gone and he has gone. Hopefully they’re together.”A Jewish funeral was to be held Wednesday.Vince Walker, Valerie’s son and van Zuiden’s godson, said friends had hoped to have the murder charge withdrawn, but a determination would have been needed that van Zuiden posed no risk to society.“We just never got to that step,” he said.“It was a personal struggle for me. I really wanted to make sure that he passed with a clear name.”In his best-selling memoir “Call Me Mom: A Dutch Boy’s WWII Survival Story,” van Zuiden described being shuttled between dozens of hiding places in Nazi-occupied Holland. Sometimes that meant going hungry, living in a chicken coop or sleeping in a hole in the ground.He emigrated to Canada in 1952 and met and married his wife in Calgary six years later, Walker said. They ran a successful sailboat business and had no children.“They were joined at the hip really,” said Valerie Walker. “They were almost one.”She remembers her friend saying at her husband’s 70th birthday that he was the love of her life and “that the love just grew the more they were together.”Those close to the couple said van Zuiden had long been suffering from dementia when his wife died and that she had been caring for him by herself in their home.A judge found him unfit to stand trial in early 2017 as he did not understand the charge against him, could not recognize his lawyer and believed he was in court over a skiing accident. There was no hope he’d ever be well enough to face trial.Van Zuiden never showed any recollection of what happened to his wife or that he had even been married, loved ones said.  Until last August, he stayed at the Southern Alberta Forensic Psychiatry Centre — meant for short-term court-ordered psychiatric assessments or for people found not criminally responsible of a crime. He was transferred to the Camrose facility and a care home in Calgary said it was willing to take him once it could be assured he would not be violent. Vince Walker said he hopes the case fosters a better understanding of dementia and stressed that a diagnosis does not automatically mean violence. He said it’s possible something startled van Zuiden the night of his wife’s death and he thought he was protecting her.He said he hopes the murder charge is not his godfather’s legacy. “He was kind and he was the poster child of a gentleman,” he said.“I’d just like people to remember him as that.”Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Panic in Bhangar after abandoned car found with blood stains

first_imgKolkata: Tension sparked off at Kashipore area of Bhangar in South 24-Parganas after villagers spotted an abandoned vehicle with some blood stains inside it. Police said the vehicle was registered with an app-based cab service company in the city. The driver of the vehicle has been missing till Saturday evening. The locals on Saturday morning heard a mobile phone ringing several times inside the deserted car that remained parked near Krishnamati Bridge under Kashipore police station. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAfter hearing the phone ringing, the villagers went up to the vehicle and opened the door that was kept unlocked. They found blood spots inside the car and immediately informed the matter to the local police station. After reaching the area, police started a probe. A bottle of liquor was also recovered from the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle has been identified as Bablu Singh who is absconding since Friday evening. The victim’s elder brother, Suraj Singh, told the police that they received a telephone call from the police saying that the vehicle has been found in South 24-Parganas. The victim’s mobile phone was found inside the car which was later seized by the police for the sake of investigation. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAccording to the preliminary investigation, it is suspected that a youth whose identity is not yet clear, boarded the vehicle from Sovabazar area and went to New Town. The driver then drove the vehicle to Bhangar. The investigating officers are yet to confirm if the youth who boarded the car from Sovabazar had been inside the vehicle when it reached Bhangar. The investigating officers suspect that the driver might have been boozing inside the vehicle along with some others. Police are conducting a probe to know why the cab driver went to a desolate place on Friday night. Search for the driver is on.last_img read more

Argentine lawyer to file a lawsuit accusing Israel of genocide

Rabat – A lawyer from Argentina is reportedly planning to file a lawsuit in federal court in the capital city of Buenos Aires accusing Israel of crimes against humanity and genocide, according to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA). The lawyer, Carlos Slepoy told Argentine newspaper Pagina/12 on Tuesday that the lawsuit comes as a response to Israel’s Operation Protective Edge, a 50-day onslaught on the Gaza Strip this summer which claimed the lives of thousands and caused a total destruction to the besieged enclave.The Argentine lawyer is accusing Israeli officials by name for being responsible both directly and non-directly for the crimes. Among those accused are Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, Benny Gantz, Chief of Staff of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and Likud lawmaker Moshe Feiglin. Slepoy, who had previously opened a trial in Argentina about crimes committed in Spain during the government of Francisco Franco from 1939 to his death in 1975, was quoted by haaretz as saying: “the disproportionate number of forces and the large number of [Palestinian] victims reveals the huge crime; we will provide to the court a list with names and ages of the Palestinian kids murdered.”He also called upon Gaza victims and human rights groups representing Gazans to join the suit which will be in conjunction with the American Association of Jurists.In July, the association issued a statement saying that it is “strongly condemning the criminal aggression of Israel against Gaza and the occupation of Palestine territories including East Jerusalem.”Photo credit- AFP/Robert Schmidt read more

Coal not oil sands biggest climate villain Greenpeace

“Sometimes, we get a little parochial in Canada — we think that the whole world is entirely focused on tar sands as the biggest problem. What we’re saying here is that it’s one of the biggest problems.”Canada’s oil sands are midway down the pack of the world’s climate change villains, according to a new Greenpeace report ranking potential carbon emissions from the globe’s top energy developments.Climate enemies numbers 1 and 2 — by far — are expanding coal projects in Australia and China, the report says. The oil sands don’t appear until fifth spot, which is shared with projects in Iraq and the United States.“Coal is the biggest threat globally,” said Keith Stewart, one of the report’s authors.“Sometimes, we get a little parochial in Canada — we think that the whole world is entirely focused on tar sands as the biggest problem. What we’re saying here is that it’s one of the biggest problems.”The report, using data from the International Energy Agency, looks at what it considers the top 14 growth areas for fossil fuel production over the next few years, from expanded offshore drilling in Brazil to new gas production in Africa. It was released the same day the governor of Nebraska approved an oil sands pipeline through his state and as world leaders met in Davos, Switzerland to discuss the global economy.The report says the oil sands could be emitting 420 million tonnes of carbon dioxide a year by 2020, from both production and consumption. The shale gas boom in the U.S. could add 280 million tonnes, with expanded American coal exports good for another 420 million tonnes.New coal from Indonesia would cough up 460 million tonnes and Iraqi production growth would kick in another 420 million tonnes.But those are wisps in a windstorm compared with China and Australia, where the report says booming coal production will create 1,400 million tonnes and 720 million tonnes of additional greenhouse gases a year by 2020.Some of those developments are well under way. The oil sands already produce about 1.4 million barrels per day.Some of the estimates are more speculative. The report suggests oil from the Arctic will produce 520 million tonnes of CO2 a year by 2020, even though offshore drilling in the region has barely begun.The point, said Stewart, is to consider the cumulative climate change impacts of those developments before they’re fully realized.“These are major initiatives that government and industry are trying to move forward and if we’re serious about stopping climate change we have to stop these projects as a first order of business.”The report calculates that carbon emissions from these 14 developments would take CO2 levels right to the edge of pushing global warming past two degrees, the point at which many scientists believe catastrophic climate change would set in. And because they are large-scale, infrastructure-intensive developments, they would lock those emissions in for many years.“Once you’ve built the project, it’s less likely to shut it down than if you choose to build something else instead,” said Stewart.Greenpeace hopes the report will focus public attention on specific projects and create a global perspective.“One of the pushbacks we get from industry in every single country where we work is that, ’Oh, if you stop this project it doesn’t make a difference because all these other things are happening,’ ” he said. “We’re showing … if we (stop) these major things, it will make a significant difference.”The Greenpeace report echoes findings released last February from one of Canada’s top climate scientists. Andrew Weaver of the University of Victoria calculated that coal, not oil sands, was the primary global warming threat simply because of its abundance and popularity.“(The study is) actually reporting what the scientific community’s been saying,” said Weaver, who will run as a Green Party candidate in the next B.C. provincial election. “China’s emissions are going up 10 per cent a year — staggering emissions growth.”Weaver points out there’s plenty of blame to go around. While China and Australia are the jewels in King Coal’s crown, the European Union is building new coal-fired power plants and Canada is ramping up coal exports through the port of Vancouver.He agreed that governments need to start thinking about the future consequences of development today.“If we want to deal with (climate change), we’ve got to move on it now because the type of commitments we’re making to future emissions through the infrastructure projects that are in place are going to take us to a position where the consequences are huge.” read more

Poloz says Canadian economy finally gathering momentum We have the right to

OTTAWA — Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz says the country’s economy is finally gathering momentum after hobbling through the effects of the slow U.S. recovery, feeble exports and a stubborn commodity-price slump.In prepared remarks of a speech Wednesday in Whitehorse, Yukon, Poloz said while the economic situation remained complicated and uncertain, he was confident Canada was emerging from its stretch of slow growth.“Continued patience is required, but we have the right to be optimistic,” Poloz said.Poloz pointed to signs that Canada is benefiting from a stronger U.S. economy, a robust level of household spending and a rebound in many non-energy export categories.Two steps forward, one step backward.For example, he noted that recent numbers have shown improvements in the export of items such as packaging materials, furniture and pharmaceutical products. He added that tourism has also seen a boost in Canada, which has seen its currency depreciate.But Poloz said the national economy has also suffered an unexpected hit from the huge wildfire that swept through Alberta. It forced 90,000 people to flee Fort McMurray and the shutdowns of crucial oil-production facilities.He predicted the impact of the wildfires to shave between one and 1.25 percentage points from second quarter growth, which could produce a slight contraction. However, Poloz added that the dip likely means the third quarter will show bigger-than-expected growth, which is measured by real gross domestic product.“This suggests that GDP growth will be very choppy in the second and third quarters,” he said.The Bank of Canada will update its projections next month in its monetary policy report — a package of forecasts that Poloz suggested could shift once again depending on the outcome of the upcoming referendum on whether Britain will leave the European Union.Canadians’ household debt remains near record at 165% of incomeConsumer confidence edges higher as more Canadians put faith in blisteringly hot housing marketRisks to Canadian economy pile up as outlook looks bleaker and bleakerThe federal Liberals have warned that a vote by the United Kingdom in favour of leaving the EU — the so-called Brexit — would be a negative for the Canadian economy.Poloz also noted that the central bank continues to monitor the potential financial stability risks caused by strong household spending, particularly in the soaring real-estate markets of Vancouver and Toronto. He said while it remains a concern, the bank predicts the level of risk to fade as the economy rebuilds.In his speech, Poloz underlined the resource sector’s ongoing “painful and complex” adjustment to low oil prices. He also noted that the non-resource economy is still “moving unevenly toward full recovery” following the trauma caused by the 2008-09 financial crisis.“Two steps forward, one step backward,” Poloz said. “There’s a resilience and flexibility among Canadians that gives me confidence that we will get through these adjustments and our economy will return to natural, self-sustaining growth.” read more

Mild bump to head increases risk of psychiatric problems and early death

first_imgSuffering even a mild bump to the head can leave people at greater risk of psychiatric problems and early death, a study shows.Researchers at the University of Oxford and Imperial College studied more than a million people born since 1973 in Sweden and followed them to see how head injuries impacted their lives in the coming decades.They found that people suffering even a mild traumatic head injury – defined as leaving them feeling dazed or confused – were 60 per cent more likely to have died in the studied period than people who had no injury.They were also 91 per cent more likely to have been hospitalised for a psychiatric problem, 55 per cent more likely to have done less well in education and 52 per cent more likely to have needed disability benefit.Around one in 10 people are thought to have suffered from some kind of head injury when they were children or in early adulthood.The study authors say that parents should keep a close eye on their children following a head injury to make sure they are not falling behind at school and contact doctors if the start noticing any unusual behaviour.They also recommend that individuals who have suffered serious injuries should receive close follow-up interventions after medical care. Young boys play rugby  Children offer suffer head injuries in contact sports like rugby Prof Seena Fazel, Professor of Forensic Psychiatry and Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow, University of Oxford said: “People who have very mild head injuries can still have persistant problems later on.“We know that at the time there are the external forces are changing the structure of the brain. You can see it twisting and turning inside of the brain and that can cause all kind of damage. Stretching and damage to the nerve cells themselves. It does change levels of neurostransmitters“There needs to be some systems in place for follow up of individuals. In children it may well be that where there are deviations from their educational trajectory or health trajectory that people seek advice about what measures can take place.” Around one million people attend hospital in Britain each year following a head injury.  The risk of a poorer outcome in later life seemed to be greater in those injured when 15 years old or older, suggesting that until then the brain may be better at repairing damage.The team found that as injuries got worse so did outcomes. Those with the most severe head injuries were twice as likely to be hospitalised with psychiatric problems and died early. “One of the implications of these findings is the importance of developing preventive interventions for early exposure to head injuries,” the authors conclude.“In toddlers and preschoolers, these interventions should ideally be targeting improved parental supervision, as falling is the most common cause of traumatic brain injury in this group.“Prevention of sports-related concussions in older children could focus on changes to rules so that the risks of players colliding their heads with each other and with equipment, eg, heading soccer balls or getting hit in the head by a racket, bat, or stick.”Prof Huw Williams, Associate Professor of Clinical Neuropsychology, University of Exeter, said: “This does not mean we should be banning children from playing contact sports but care is needed, especially in managing a child’s return to play, so that they don’t get injured again“We also need to make sure the rules are followed – more than 20% of concussion injuries in rugby appear to happen during foul play.”The research was published in the journal PLOS Medicine.center_img 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. Brain injury graphic  One million people suffer from traumatic brain injuries last_img read more

Sandvik Mining and Rock Technologys Lars Engström to leave in 2019

first_imgSandvik has announced that Lars Engström, President of Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology, will leave the company this year after the appointment of a successor.The news came on the same day the company announced the acquisition of battery-electric underground machine specialist Artisan Vehicles.Engström has been a member of the executive management of Sandvik since 2016, heading up the Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology business. He has, during this time, successfully improved the performance of the business area and its divisions in accordance with Sandvik’s strategy to ensure stability, profitability and growth, the company said.“During Lars Engström’s leadership, Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology’s has grown from about SEK30 billion ($3.33 billion) to SEK44 billion in revenues and the operating margin has improved from 10% in the beginning of 2016 to 19% in the fourth (December) quarter of 2018,” Sandvik said.Björn Rosengren, Sandvik’s President and CEO, said he was very grateful for Engström’s contributions to the group.“He has built a successful decentralised organisation and significantly strengthened the results of Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology’s divisions. However, we have now together reached the conclusion that it’s time for a new leadership.“We have a lot of good talent in Sandvik so I feel confident that we will have several interested and motivated candidates for the job. At the same time, I’m pleased that Lars will stay on-board to ensure a successful transition before leaving.”The recruitment process for a new president of Sandvik Mining and Rock Technology will now be initiated, Sandvik noted.last_img read more

ADIOS VARDAR Raul Gonzales to overtake PSG Handball

Spanish coach Raul Gonzales will overtake PSG Handball from the hands of Zvonimir Noka Serdarusic in summer 2018. The French champions sponsors from Qatar gave a “green light” for the deal with one of the most succesful European coaches, currently on the TOP of VELUX EHF Champions League with RK Vardar Skopje. It is expected that French champions confirm this information soon.Work in RK Vardar Skopje together with his assistant David Davis is first international experience and first job in role of head-coach for Gonzales, who gained a lot of experience as assistant of Talant Dujshebaev in golden years of BM Ciudad Real and BM Atletico Madrid.Gonzales came to Skopje in 2013. This news was firstly published by Macedonian website Ekipa.RK Vardar Skopje will dramatically change the roster at the end of Gonzales’ era… ← Previous Story SG Flensburg Handewitt in TOP 16 direction – Last 15 minutes enough for Celje PL Next Story → Ludovic Fabregas to miss EHF EURO 2018! raul gonzales read more

300 jobs to be created at new Dell bank

first_imgDELL HAS LAUNCHED a commercial bank at its Irish headquaters in Dublin, with 300 jobs to created over the next three years.The international computer company was awarded a “full commercial banking license” to operate Dell Bank International Limited, which will be based at its Cherrywood plant in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, and is an expansion of its customer financing arm Dell Financial Services.Speaking at the launch, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said it was a “great vote of confidence” in Ireland to have Dell locate the bank here, which will bring the total number of people employed by the company in Ireland to 2,800.200 jobs will come online during the intital phase, with a further 100 to follow by 2016.Dell Financial Services has operated since 1997 and provides as much as €4 billion worth of funding each for year for IT equipment.Speaking at the launch: Noonan says no decision on raising 9% VAT rate >Read: Twitter to double its Dublin workforce >last_img read more

Extreme Japan Fandom Ita Bags

first_imgAre you a real nerd? Do you think you’re the number one devotee of your niche fandom? Would you throw down with anyone who says they love your fandom more than you?Well step aside, you filthy casuals. Japan is here to school you on showing the world who your one true waifu for laifu is.Today in Extreme Japan Fandom, we highlight the extremely obnoxious and impracticable Ita bag.Photo by Twitter user @metanyaniWhat are bags for? To put things inside of. What do the Japanese otaku do? The exact opposite.Wear your 2D love on your sleeve, so to speak, with an ita-bag: a monstrosity of fandom that decorates the outside of your carrying devices with such weight of love that it pains you. The word itai literally means “hurt” or “painful:” both because the bag is so heavy with pins, key chains, and other such fan merchandise, and also because it’s so emblazoned with items that it’s painful to look at. Let’s not even talk about the painful price of some of these bags. The little key chains, pins, plushies and photos tend to add up when multiplied by 40 or 50.It costs money to show love to your 2D honey, man.Photo by Twitter user @ToastieChanAlthough ita bags were born and bred to the monstrosities they are today by the Japanese otaku, fans around the world are following suit. Mutant ita bags such as these are a regular occurrence at conventions around the world if you keep your eyes peeled.Photo by Twitter user @sarunamirabuIta bag creator Olivia Rivera mentions that her bag isn’t so much about showing off, but about organizing. “I think I’ve always liked key chains but hated how if they get clumped up you can’t really showcase them. Ita bags sort of allow you to show your collection while traveling or in motion.”Her ita bag may seem grossly excessive, but a true fan is proud of their collection and casts aside things like shame when it comes to their fandom.Photo by Twitter user @CosKittzLast year’s ita bag contest in Tokyo gave birth to this beautiful creature:I love Minami Kotori from Love Live, but holy Roosevelt Jesus, Twitter user @vicks2054 definitely loves her more.A real fan gives up their flimsy dignity to let the world know that they love their franchise; probably more than you do.Photo by Twitter user @104TVXFeature image by Twitter user @vainilliaa.last_img read more

SPOILER Major spoiler at tonights Smackdown Live taping in Manchester

first_img November 7, 2017 at 4:22 pm I thought the tour was in December Twitter Mahal wins it back when WWE goes to India… Shayne Ritter Google+ November 7, 2017 at 11:05 pm November 7, 2017 at 7:46 pm Pinterest 8 COMMENTS WWE United States Championship match added to Clash of Champions this Sunday in Charlotte WWE RAW Results – 8/19/19 (King of the Ring Tournament begins, United States Title match) Big news coming from the Smackdown Live taping in Manchester earlier tonight.AJ Styles just defeated Jinder Mahal in the main event to become the new WWE Champion.Barring any changes, this means Styles will be challenging WWE Universal Champion Brock Lesnar in three weeks at the Survivor Series PPV instead of Mahal.We will have live coverage of Smackdown tonight starting at 8:00 p.m. ET (7:00 CT).Tons of tweets are pouring in from the taping that just concluded.THIS… JUST … HAPPENED!! #wwe #SmackDown #smackdownlive #WWEManchester #AJStyles pic.twitter.com/45caU9dJwZ— Shaun is typing… (@_Shaunw) November 7, 2017 Facebook November 7, 2017 at 5:11 pm Definitely agree with you. Bulldog beat Bret for the IC at Summerslam 92 as well. Mark Dickins November 7, 2017 at 5:11 pm And newwwwww #WWEChampion @AJStylesOrg #WWEManchester #WWESmackdown pic.twitter.com/eNECNJVrkU— Michael W (@MPWheely) November 7, 2017https://twitter.com/_jgoldsworthy/status/928004486831968256 WOW WOW WOW @AJStylesOrg #SDLive #WWEManchester pic.twitter.com/mvC3omdZjH— Chris (@MoZzaWWE) November 7, 2017 November 7, 2017 at 5:01 pm WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Tournament begins, United States Championship match Kate Jackson Weren’t they just there? Anonymous Steven Herrera November 7, 2017 at 7:21 pm All the dirt sheets said Mahal was suppose to keep until he lost to Cena at Mania, good thing is Heyman wont leave Brock for Mahal now This was finally WWE coming to their senses and realizing Mahal and Lesnar was a lose lose situation. At least if AJ loses, it won’t do much harm to him. November 7, 2017 at 4:24 pm Zach Steven Whitlow Al79 And your new WWE Champion AJ STYLES #WWE #WWESmackdown #WWEManchester pic.twitter.com/6pCaypTE23— Luke (@ItsLukeee9) November 7, 2017 Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Al79 WhatsApp it was so obvious. they know that they will get a ton more viewers as this will be spread all over Facebook, Twitter etc etc. and they are teasing UK fans with idea of getting Wrestlemania in over here. Apart from Tag Titles last night and the diabolical European Title match between Bulldog and Shawn Michaels (only time seen title change after one wrestler ‘passes’ out), there has never been a WWF/WWE title change in the UK that I can recall (I may be wrong though). Or the fact that Smackdown still had loads of tickets left and needed to sell out quick….. Comments are closed.last_img read more

Tuchel is not happy with PSG transfer window business

first_imgFor the Paris Saint-Germain manager, the signing of Leandro Paredes was not good enough to have a successful January transfer window.Paris Saint-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel is not very happy right now.His team is in first place of the French Ligue 1 table, but his team only signed Leandro Paredes in the January transfer window.And for the manager, this is not enough to guarantee success well beyond the national competition.“If you are asking if I am happy with Leandro — yes, I am absolutely happy with his arrival,” Tuchel told ESPN.“However, if you are asking if I am completely satisfied overall — no, I am not.”“I am not angry about the transfer window,” he added.“January is always super complicated. Who wants to lose or sell a player? Nobody does.”“There were very few possibilities. It is hard to construct a team in the summer, let alone the winter, the chances are always high that you will end up disappointed in January,” he explained.“A lot of things have been written in the press [about Tuchel and Henrique’s relationship], but it is not the moment to comment on this,” Tuchel continued.“You know my wishes for this team since last summer and through this winter.”PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“I understand that the January transfer window is not easy,” he commented.“Antero and I work closely together during transfer windows, but he has his ideas and I have mine, I do not think that over the last two days of the transfer window is the best time to buy and to integrate new players.“That said, I believe in my players. Each transfer brings a change to the dressing room that I must protect, that is my job,” Tuchel said.“Adrien’s [Rabiot] situation remains the same.”“I have not asked for him to be reinstated. The situation remains the same as it has been since November, he is suspended and I understand, as well as accept, the club’s stance there. Nothing has changed,” Tuchel concluded.🆕🛫 From Paris to LyonFirst road trip for @LParedss 😏👊 #OLPSG🔴🔵 #AllezParis pic.twitter.com/C60aPE8dxY— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) February 3, 2019last_img read more

New La Center councilor calls for diverse tax base

first_imgLa Center City Council’s newest member said he supports the current direction of the council, including its recent decision to open lines of communication with the Cowlitz Tribe.Randy Williams has served on the city’s planning commission for two and a half years, acting as the commission chairman since January. He was unanimously selected June 23 for the vacancy left by Councilwoman Barbara Vining, who resigned June 9 to move with her family to Colorado. Williams was sworn in right away and will serve in the position until the next council election in the fall of 2011.Williams said he sees no reason to try to change the current direction of the council, and considers diversifying the city’s tax base as the most important issue in the city. One way to help diversify sources of income is to extend the city limits west to the Interstate 5 junction and develop the area, he said.“Anything to bring jobs to La Center is good,” Williams said.La Center is unusual because of the significant portion of city revenue that comes from local cardrooms. But Williams said he doesn’t believe the city should place all of its eggs in one basket.“That’s a business decision,” he said. “A business would diversify.”Williams, 60, moved to La Center five years ago with his wife of 16 years, Lorraine; twin sons, Sean and Ian; and daughter, Chelsea. Sean and Ian will enter the ninth grade at La Center High School this fall; Chelsea will enter fifth grade at the elementary school.last_img read more

Workers carry burning stove out of restaurant

first_imgFirefighters responding to a report of a stove fire in a Vancouver restaurant late Saturday were met with something unexpected when they arrived at the scene.It was the stove, still burning, sitting on a sidewalk outside.Workers at Malibu’s, 115 E. Seventh St., had carried the burning electric range outside after a fire extinguisher didn’t put out the fire, said Capt. Kevin Murray of the Vancouver Fire Department.Murray said fire officials do not recommend taking that sort of initiative.“Whether it’s a pan or an appliance, you don’t want to take the risk of carrying it through the building while it’s burning,” Murray said. “We recommend to discharge the fire extinguisher, call 911 and evacuate the building.”Crews responding to the 9:51 p.m. incident used another extinguisher to finish off the fire, Murray said. They also worked to clear smoke from the business and from another business that had shared second-story space.No one was injured. A fire marshal was being called in to investigate.last_img read more

Police searching for thieves who robbed former Naval officer

first_imgWEST PARK, FLA. (WSVN) – Police have released surveillance video footage of two men who they believe robbed a former Naval officer in August at gunpoint.The video contains footage of the duo at a gas station using the victim’s credit cards.The Navy Officer was robbed outside The Polo Night Club in West Park, near Hallandale Beach Boulevard and Southwest 56th Avenue before they went to the nearby gas station.One thief was wearing a black baseball cap, a red shirt, plaid shorts and boat shoes. The other one had on a black shirt with a stripe along the sleeves, shorts and sneakers.If you have any information on this robbery, call Broward County Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

2 arrests made in Miami Shores armed robbery

first_imgMIAMI SHORES, FLA. (WSVN) – Two teens accused of taking part in an armed robbery are now behind bars.Sixteen-year-old Michelle Pierre and 17-year-old Tykeria Jackson were arrested and charged with grand theft and armed robbery, Thursday.The arrest comes a day after police from different agencies set up a perimeter in Miami Shores and El Portal, Wednesday night. According to officials, two men robbed a woman at gunpoint and got away with her purse before leaving the scene in an SUV.The two bailed out near Northwest Second Court and 93rd Street.When police arrived at the scene, they only found both women inside the vehicle.“We continue searching for these two men who, yesterday, led us into a manhunt into the early morning hours,” said Miami Police Officer Kenia Fallat. “We continue to ask anyone with information as to the whereabouts of to these two men who are still considered armed and dangerous to immediately call us.”Police said the victim suffered only minor injuries but is very shaken up. “It makes me feel terrified,” said one resident of El Portal, Wednesday night, “because I never heard anything happening like that here, but hopefully they can find those two guys and everything can be solved.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Railway service from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling suspended

first_imgDarjeeling: As rains continued in the Hills, there were reports of more landslides in the Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts.The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway service from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling has been suspended owing to the tracks being blocked with debris, rocks and trees from a landslide. Darjeeling and Kalimpong Hills have been witnessing incessant rainfall for the past few days triggering landslides. On Tuesday, a landslide on the National Highway 55 in between Tindharia and Ghayabari resulted in the suspension of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway services from NJP to Darjeeling. “We are trying to clear the debris, rocks and trees that have fallen on the tracks. As soon as the lines are clear the NJP-Darjeeling services will resume,” stated a DHR official. The Darjeeling to Kurseong section is however functioning normally. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe NH55 between Kurseong and Siliguri was also closed to vehicular traffic owing to this landslide. Earth movers were pressed into service to clear the debris. By evening part of the debris were cleared thereby allowing vehicles to ply. A landslide at the Ghayabari bypass road from Ghayabari caused the road to sink. A part of the road was washed away. In Darjeeling town, there was a landslide in front of Loreto Convent school. Debris and soil from the slide blocked the road to the school. Earth movers were pressed into service to clear the road. The vulnerable hill side was covered with tarpaulin sheets to stop seepage of water. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateBlocked drains and Jhoras further aggravated the situation. After a visit to the landslide site, Anit Thapa, Chairman, Gorkhaland Territorial Administration stated: “We have requested the Municipality to give priority to cleaning up the drains and jhoras to ensure smooth flow of water.” He then visited the Ghoom Jorebungalow area. “There are multiple slides in the Ghoom Jorebungalow area. Houses and roads have been damaged. We have called for a report of the damages. The earth moving equipment have been kept on standby. We are on alert and keeping a close tab on the situation. The GTA will also provide tarpaulin sheets in case of shortage,” added Thapa. Meanwhile, in Upper Rongpo Bustee in Kalimpong the house of one Manju Tamang was fully damaged in a landslide. However, there was no report of any human casualty. The Indian Meteorological Department in a weather bulletin has issued orange warning (heavy rainfall to very heavy rainfall) for July 10 to July 12. As per the bulleting Kalimpong received 14 cm of rainfall and Darjeeling 10 cm of rainfall in the past 24 hours.last_img read more

Thai Airways International staff not just the airline celebrates lon

first_imgDebra Matthews, Sales (WA)In what year did you join THAI, and what had motivated you to apply?  October 1985.  Recruited by the then WA Manager Warwick Blacker.  How has your THAI position evolved?THAI in 1985 was relatively small and ICT nowhere near as advanced as now so we all did everything.  I was employed as Sales Assistant/PA to Warwick Blacker, was also the telephonist, receptionist, reservations and cargo consultant, and sales support.During your tenure, what has been the most memorable experience?Too many to mention, but on a broader note, watching my colleagues around me growing up, getting married, having children; the comings and goings of staff. What has been your favourite part of the job, and on the flipside, if there’s one thing you could change what would it be?Being in the extended family that is the travel industry, especially in Perth.  Great life long friends.If I could have changed one thing, probably our original Perth phone number being one digit off the then police departments number.  No matter how many times you greeted the caller with THAI AIRWAYS INTERNATIONAL, they would insist you were the police.  How is your department celebrating the airline’s 50th anniversary?Birthday cakes being delivered by the sales staff to our top largest supporting partners in Perth on Friday 30 April, hopefully some leftovers for the THAI team.The sales team will be greeting passengers at check in for TG486 1st May Perth to Phuket with some goodies, and more goodies onboard.What would you say your greatest achievement has been?Balancing a full time job and a full time gorgeous family.Where would you take your dream holiday and why?Can’t help myself – Phuket, Kata Beach specifically.What skill have you always wished you could learn?To be able to do 5 things at once, instead of just 4 things at once!Steven Fowler, Airport Services (QLD)In what year did you join THAI, and what had motivated you to apply?I started with THAI on the 5th of January 1983. I always wanted to work with aeroplanes.How has your THAI position evolved?I have had the pleasure to work at Sydney, Cairns and now Brisbane Airport since 1991.During your tenure, what has been the most memorable experience?Some that come to mind are:Opening a new station; when THAI started flying to Cairns in May 1988.Moving our Office from ‘Lego Land’ at the Old Terminal; also affectionately known as ‘the shed’; to the current International Terminal Building at Brisbane Airport in 1995.Working with some fantastic people and helping THAI grow and develop in Australia and especially in Queensland over the past 28 years.Being elected for another term as Chairman of the Airline Operators Committee at Brisbane Airport, and being involved in the Airport Community at many different levels.What has been your favourite part of the job, and on the flipside, if there’s one thing you could change what would it be?Meeting people from all around the world, mostly at their best, but sometimes at their worst and every place in between; and helping them get where they want or need to go.  Airports are wonderful places to observe people’s behaviour as everyday you see sad goodbyes and joyful reunions. No two days are the same.The favourite part of my job is watching aircraft ‘commit’ aviation and as our team at Brisbane Airport will tell you; “aircraft will come and aircraft go” as long as those two things keep happening, then you’re having a good day. Airport people always have suggestions on what you can change, just ask them.How is your department celebrating the airline’s 50th anniversary?We will be making it very special for our customers and joining in with all of our staff at as many celebrations as possible.What would you say your greatest achievement has been?Learning to ski, about 25 years to lateWhere would you take your dream holiday and why?Villa Royale in Phuket in October and Big White Skiing in Canada mid January, otherwise Noosa anytime of the year.What skill have you always wished you could learn?Learn to carve better.Esther Fischer, Reservations (WA)In what year did you join THAI, and what had motivated you to apply? 1984, at the time working for Pam Am who went bankrupt and office closed, two jobs available at the time, one at THAI and the other at Air India… need I say more? I did apply for another job within two weeks of starting as I was so frustrated with the system at the time, but that did not eventuate…How has your THAI position evolved?Initially HT/HF, relieve airport and relieve cargoDuring your tenure, what has been the most memorable experience? Being the 3rd office in the world (ZRH/FRA/PER) and the first in Australia to have PC based CRTsWhat has been your favourite part of the job, and on the flipside, if there’s one thing you could change what would it be? The variety of it in a small office is what makes it so interesting and the people I work with (staff and customers), i won’t go into the second part of your question… (casting my eyes to heaven…)How is your department celebrating the airline’s 50th anniversary? Cake in the office with a nice coffee from Rosso’s (as I’m writing this)!What would you say your greatest achievement has been? Getting the server installed in the Perth office and linking airport and city offices and giving each workstation high-speed internet access and backing up the whole lot offsite, etc – an 8 year project/battle to get this far but it is happening right now and we are up and running!Where would you take your dream holiday and why? I was ‘born on skis’ and there is no place like the powder snow of Utah, USAWhat skill have you always wished you could learn?If I could go back in my life I would go into IT or cooking, however that has not stopped me from learning as much as possible as a hobby, just wish I could have started earlier as it hard to catch up… <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/1abf6/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&amp;cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&amp;n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> Source = e-Travel Blackboard: W.Xcenter_img As THAI celebrates its longevity e-Travel Blackboard take a peek behind the doors at its Sydney office and have a chat with some of the airline’s long service staff – some who have been around since the airline launched in Australia.Considering the Sydney office team sees fewer than 70 members, it’s impressive that there are ten team members who have been there for over 20 years, and several more who are quickly approaching that mark.When asked why they’ve stayed committed to the airline, many agree that it’s the “love of country as well as love of the product” which have kept them loyal to the company.   We’ve asked about some of the highlights at THAI and what the office was like when they first joined.“Even average retention is in double digits,” notes Melinda Stevens from Human Resources and working at THAI since 1984.  Investment in people is also paralleled in investment in capital, as she notes that one of the biggest motions during her tenure was the purchase of the current Sydney office at Pitt Street.“Buying the building was a huge thing, and the move happened soon after I joined,” Ms Stevens notes.Every new manager brings new changes, but these ladies have outlast the GMs.  “Every new GM has a different vision,” notes Barbara Christian from sales.  Starting in 1974, “Barbie” is the second-longest serving member of the Australian team and has seen nine different country general managers preside over the airline.“I joined THAI after I won an educational as an agent.  After travelling with the airline I thought to myself, this would be a great company to work for,” she notes.At that time THAI was still in partnership with Scandinavian Airlines, and Ms Christian remembers most of her training being undertaken under the European airline.Travel agents who have been around for a while may remember Ms Christian as Tina Turner at the agent roadshows, she was often accompanied by partner in Crime Denise Dalton, also from accounts who joined in 1986 and often played Bette Middler.“We didn’t sing though, just mimed the songs,” adds Ms Dalton.  “Some of the agents may also remember us as the ABBA girls.”While many of these remarkable women have stayed in the same department during their tenure, Ms Dalton is one of the few who have seen a few different departments before settling into Sales.  Interestingly, she was recommended by a travel agent, who said that “if you can get into THAI, you’ll never look back”.Someone who has stayed out of the limelight is Margaret Belcheff who works in accounts and joined in 1986. THAI was her first job, headed straight into accounts, she’s still at the same desk today.Asked if she also gets to travel with the company, she nods and notes that everyone in the company gets to travel, but “I used to travel to go on the courses… But I’ve done all the courses now!”Also from accounts is Dolly “the Lolly” Francis, joining the team in 1989 after a transfer from the London offices.“I joined THAI in 1977 at the London office, it was a big change to transfer to Australia,” she quips. “I was meant to come down to Sydney to get some experience… but I never left!”She distinctly remembers the split from SAS taking place in London, then the slightly later split from SAS for the THAI operations in Australia in 1984.Another SAS transfer into THAI is Danielle Vattan, from ticketing, who transferred from SAS into THAI in 1988.  Transferring from SAS ticketing to THAI ticketing saw some changes mainly in how tickets were processed. “Those were the days we were still writing out tickets by hand,” she notes.  “I still have the bumps on my hands from that… You used to have to press so hard!”Ms Vattan says that e-ticketing and computer fare construction definitely made life much easier, but that it also has its downsides, “many people these days don’t know how to construct a fare anymore… it makes your brain lazy.”Also on the frontline, but in a different manner is Sue Marr from the Public Relations department, who joined the THAI team in 1983.“When I joined the team there was no such thing as PR,” she notes wryly.  “I actually joined Royal Orchid Holidays then made the transition later.”Royal Orchid Holidays has seen its ups and downs, even for a period in the 1990s being considered for separation into a GSA, instead of handling it from head office.  Now while most of the wholesaling arm is separate, accounts is still handled in-house by Judy Mancini another team member who joined the in 1986. Things were much more different when she joined, she remembers.  “I was given a brochure and then told ‘okay now get on the phones’.”Sue, Melinda, Barbara, Korakot (current THAI GM), Dolly, Danielle, Judy, Denise, MargaretAnd it’s not just Sydney who have seen such high retention levels, we asked around and found other THAI team members around the country who have committed much of their life to the airline.Not to be excluded, below is a quick glimpse at some of THAI Airway’s national team members.Jeanie Chung, Reservations (NSW)In what year did you join THAI, and what had motivated you to apply? 1981 Hongkong Airport and 1988 Sydney Office. Interested in building a career in travel industry and gaining opportunities in travelling. How has your THAI position evolved? Started as a trainee in Hongkong Airport in 1981 and became a passenger operation officer (ground handling staff) until migration to Australia in 1987. Joins Sydney Office as reservation officer in 1988 and moved into group reservation officer position in 1995. During your tenure, what has been the most memorable experience? The connection and relationship with colleagues, both local and international, makes me proud of being a member of an International Icon Company. What has been your favourite part of the job, and on the flipside, if there’s one thing you could change what would it be? Able to provide service to satisfy customers’ needs as well as to achieve business benefits for the Company. More colleagues to participate in the group reservation function. What would you say your greatest achievement has been?Have built great working relationship with colleagues and able to master the skills in group reservation function. Where would you take your dream holiday and why? Africa because I have never been there! What skill have you always wished you could learn? Ticketing last_img read more