CRPF jawan injured in Srinagar encounter

first_imgOne CRPF jawan has been injured in an ongoing encounter between militants and security forces in Srinagar on Saturday morning.The firefight broke out between militants and security focres in Srinagar’s Chatabal area in the morning when secuirty personnel launched a search operation of a residential area.”Intermittent firing is on,” said the police. One CRPF jawan has suffered injury in the exchange of fire.Two militants are believed trapped. There are reports of stone pelting in the area.last_img read more

Exploring old London town

first_imgEach city has a central artery, where the pulse of all activity can be seen and felt. If you have not been to Soho, Leicester Square and Piccadilly, then you haven’t seen London.For most people who have come to the city for the Olympics, the bulk of the action is in East London.However, for old times’ sake, I decided to sample what the heart of the city feels like during this exciting fortnight where almost everything comes to a standstill.After massive renovation on the pavements in and around Leicester Square, the roads look new. As sunset here is late in the summer, I decided to soak in the atmosphere.To be sure, the basic fabric of life in this part of the city remains the same. There is romance in the air as this is July and people dress comfortably, minus the woollens.From the time you walk out of the old Tube station and hit the streets, nothing has changed. A sad-looking man playing a wailing number on his guitar will keep his guitar case open for you to throw some change.Closer to the park in the middle square, there are more wannabe music artists belting out rock numbers with the help of a small amplifier.They don’t beg for money per se, but there is a way to offer coins again here. And if you are in a more benevolent mood, you can even buy their own CD music for as much as five pounds!advertisementIt’s a different matter that Tower Records, a landmark in central London is not too far away from here, where you get the best music on planet.The eateries and pubs are doing big business as usual but the crowds are mostly tourist types.The London Olympics logo is not too prominent and this is the typical July atmosphere when people from neighbouring parts of Europe come for a holiday.Some tourists I spoke to said even cheap dump hotels were sold out almost a year ago and even travel lodges were making a killing.Pubs are making huge money as well and it’s strange how despite a low alcohol content, people still get drunk here on beer. The choice is plenty and same goes for the food.Those who can’t afford an expensive Indian restaurant or Italian fine-dining have to settle for the cheap slice of pizza.Believe me, it’s value for money as for 1.5 pounds the slice of pizza fills you to the throat. But don’t ask me how healthy it is.I did check the menu card at some restaurants and it is clear rates have been hiked considerably. And if you add VAT to it, a classy dinner costs as much as 40 pounds for a meal, if you happen to ask for mineral water with it.Right now, London is in party mode and despite the traffic snarls and so on, everybody is soaking in the atmosphere.– When I was packing, I decided to toss in a tube of the good old mosquito repellent. In my previous visits to London, I had never seen mosquitoes. But this time around, believe it or not, I do see them. Unlike Delhi mosquitoes, they are smaller. However, after a hard day’s work and competing against a four-anda-half hours time difference, the ointment comes in very handy. Before the mosquitoes decide to taste my blood, I use my Indian way to keep them away. So the next time the Brits say anything bad about India, I’ll just show them a photo of an English mosquito.– Each host city has its share of problems during a major sporting event. There are as many as 40 groups staging protests during the Olympics. Despite being dubbed the ‘Green Games,’ protests have still popped up over various issues.The worst-hit ends up being the UK taxpayer, who is going to face the brunt in the financial capital of the world. Official estimates say that between 11 million to 24 million pounds will be taken from the taxpayers’ pockets.However, all the protests in London will be silent and not like Anna Hazare and company disrupting New Delhi.last_img read more

Jets Not Anxious About Playoffs

first_imgNEW YORK — Todd Bowles will leave the scoreboard watching to everyone else.The New York Jets coach insists what other teams are doing in the AFC playoff race won’t change how he’s approaching things.“It’s no different than the last couple of weeks,” Bowles said. “Just keep doing what we’re doing and getting better and take it one game at a time — and try to win out in December.”Even-keeled and focused.That has been Bowles’ way all along, even a month ago when the Jets’ playoff hopes appeared dim following four losses in five games. New York has made a stunning turnaround since, winning three games in a row for the first time since 2011 and positioning itself directly in the wild-card hunt.“We’re not complete,” wide receiver Brandon Marshall said after the Jets’ 30-8 win over Tennessee on Dec. 13. “We’re not even close to complete.”The Jets (8-5) currently hold the sixth and final playoff spot, but are hardly on solid footing.In fact, if New York, Kansas City (8-5) and Pittsburgh (8-5) all win out, making them all 11-5, the Jets would be on the outside looking in because of tiebreakers. That means Bowles’ bunch does not control its own playoff destiny.“That’s what we were dealt and the bed we made ourselves,” the coach said. “We understand that and we’re just going to continue to get better as a team.”So there’s no extra concern over what the Chiefs do next weekend at Baltimore. Or, what the Steelers do against Denver.“No, I’m just rooting for our team right now,” Bowles said. “Everything else will take care of itself. We don’t go into the season rooting for a certain team, so I’m not going to end the season rooting for a certain team. I’m just going to root for us and hope we do well.”The Jets’ final three-game stretch begins Dec. 19 in Dallas, a struggling non-conference opponent in prime time.“We’re right where we want to be,” Marshall said. “This is a huge week for us. Obviously, we only have three games left. We are continually trying to get better in all three phases. We have a lot of young guys. This is the week for veterans to really step up and put their foot on the pedal and push everybody because Dallas is going to give us their best shot.”After the Cowboys, the Jets host AFC East-leading New England and then head to Buffalo to face former coach Rex Ryan in what could have enormous implications in the playoff hunt.There are several convoluted postseason scenarios, but the most simple in favor of the Jets remains this: If they win their last three games, they’re in if either the Steelers or Chiefs lose once. Pittsburgh has Denver, at Baltimore and at Cleveland remaining; Kansas City is at Baltimore and then hosts Cleveland and Oakland.“We have to take care of our business,” wide receiver Eric Decker said, “and that’s all that we can control.”The fact the Jets are even in this position is a credit to Bowles. As a rookie coach, how he’d handle the team’s slump and poor play during it was an intriguing story line.Bowles made key adjustments on defense by moving away from his heavy blitzing tendencies to attacking offenses with some zone. The defensive line has also been downright stingy, holding opponents under 75 yards rushing in three straight games.The pass rush has also picked up, with Muhammad Wilkerson leading the way with a career-high 12 sacks.Ryan Fitzpatrick and the offense have been stunningly dangerous. In the three games since trimming his bushy beard to “switch up the mojo,” Fitzpatrick is 79 of 123 for 930 yards and nine touchdowns with no interceptions and a passer rating of 111.5. He also has thrown a career-high 25 touchdown passes, four off Vinny Testaverde’s franchise record.Mojo switched, for sure.“He gets the job done,” Decker said. “He’s made some really good decisions these last three games. He’s led us down the field in critical situations. It’s not anything that’s flashy. He just makes the right reads and does the right thing.”Marshall and Decker have been dominant, as dynamic a receiving duo there is in the NFL. With a combined 20 TD catches — Marshall has 11, Decker nine — they are tied for the most TD catches by a Jets wide receiver tandem in team history.“I think when you have a great team, this is the time you usually click, in November, December and going into the postseason,” cornerback Darrelle Revis said. “(Sunday) was an example of that, playing a complete game. You could see it out on the field. We were focused, we were locked in and we’ve got to continue to stay locked in throughout the rest of the season.(DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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World Cup 2019: Shoaib Akhtar, Ramiz Raja horrified after Pakistan’s abject batting show

first_imgCarnage ensued in Nottingham on Friday as West Indies plotted Pakistan’s downfall in their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 opener with sheer pace. Jason Holder’s team managed to bowl Pakistan out for 105 in 21.4 overs after electing to field first on a good batting track at Trent Bridge.Pakistan batsmen crumbled under the intense pressure put on them by the likes of Oshane Thomas, Jason Holder and Andre Russell with Sarfaraz Ahmed’s team registering its second-lowest total in World Cup history.Sheldon Cottrell started the damage with the wicket of Imam-ul-Haq in the third over after which Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman managed to add 18 runs for the second wicket.But from there on nothing went their way as Pakistan collapsed from 35 for 1 to 105 all out, losing their final 9 wickets for 70 runs.Frankly, it became embarrassing: Ramiz Raja on Pakistan’s 105-all outExpressing his disappointment at the abject batting display of Pakistan in their opener, former cricketer Ramiz Raja urged the team to “wake up and smell their coffee” before going back to the drawing board.”I think it was the bouncer barrage that did them in. Not prepared at all how to deal with that length. And frankly, it became very embarrassing in the end. I think Pakistan have got to wake up, smell the coffee and go back to the drawing board. I think this is the length that they have to deal with [in the World Cup]. Everybody would have seen this batting performance. So the other teams would be gearing up to bowl this length against Pakistan,” Ramiz Raja told the broadcasters on Friday.advertisementRaja added: “This is the World Cup stage, they should have been prepared. They were batting quite reasonably against England (in the ODI series that preceded the World Cup). We saw scores of 340s and 360s. But obviously, they weren’t tested with that length. I think West Indies got their game plan perfectly right.”Andre Russell was outstanding. I thought that ball that hit Fakhar Zaman on the grill got it going. This must have felt a bit alien because Pakistan are used to the sub-continent length.”You learn from these mistakes, get your technique right against the short balls. You can just keep bending and keep avoiding those short balls. At some point, you have got to take them on. Pakistan just weren’t good enough today.”Shoaib Akhtar left speechless!Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar who has bounced out some of the greatest names in world cricket during his heyday described Pakistan’s innings in just one word.Speechless.Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) May 31, 2019Oshane Thomas finished with figures of 4 for 27 while Jason Holder bagged three wickets. Andre Russell picked up two while Cottrell got one.Fakhar (22) and Babar (22) did try to show some fight, but it was all about the Windies bowlers on the day as they looked to keep it simple and hit the right line and length with the wicket and overhead conditions helping them.The Pakistan batsmen just didn’t seem to have the technique to take on the Windies pacers on a wicket that helped fast bowlers.Tottering at 83/9, it finally took some hitting from Wahab Riaz (18) as the Pakistan total went past the 100-run mark. Going into the tournament as one of the most unpredictable sides, Pakistan failed to turn their fate as the Windies players walked off with grins on their face after finishing the Pakistan innings in just 21.4 overs.Also See:last_img read more

Official Opening Set for Halifax Waterfront Playground

first_imgThe new playground on the Halifax waterfront will officially open Saturday, May 26, from 11 a.m. to noon. The opening will include a special playground toast by Duncan (Dusty) Miller, first lord of the admiralty’s playgrounds, placing items in a time capsule, and activities for children, next to Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, 1675 Lower Water St. Project partners Waterfront Development Corporation, Halifax Regional Municipality and Maritime Museum of the Atlantic worked closely with a team of Nova Scotia designers and boat builders to create a custom play area based on a 2010 children’s consultation session. “The waterfront playground is a favourite spot for generations of families and we know this new one will carry on that legacy,” said Colin MacLean, president and CEO, Waterfront Development Corporation. The new playground opened for play last fall and features a bright orange submarine and octopus wall. The team also included provincial companies McGowan Marine Design, Project Works Artistry, Outside! Planning and Design Studio and support from Ottawa based Grace-Kells Playground Safety Consultants. The submarine was built in Gold River by boat builder Bruce Thomson and his team at Tern Boatworks, using the same strip-planking method for the Bluenose II restoration project. The structure includes a slide, periscope, portholes, climbing feature and interactive elements. The first level is also wheelchair accessible. The former play boat area, called Halcyon, was enjoyed by children for more than 25 years.last_img read more

Government calls allparty meet before Parliament session

first_imgNew Delhi: The government has convened an all-party meeting on June 16, a day before the first session of the newly elected Lok Sabha, informed sources said on Thursday. The government will seek the support of the opposition parties in getting crucial bills passed in the session including one on triple talaq which among others were approved by the union cabinet on Wednesday, the sources said. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi and several Ministers have met opposition leaders including Sonia Gandhi and Ghulam Nabi Azad (Congress) to seek their support for a smooth functioning of Parliament. Also Read – Telangana bus strike enters fourth day Although the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has a whopping 353 members in the 545-seat Lok Sabha, it only has 102 members in the 245-seat Rajya Sabha. Also on June 16, the newly constituted BJP Parliamentary Party Executive Committee will meet under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to chalk out its strategy for the session which will conclude on July 26. Members of the NDA are likely to meet and finalize a strategy for the session. Also Read – Over 62.71 lakh pilgrims have visited Vaishno Devi this year Besides triple talaq, the bills likely to be introduced in the House are The Central Educational Institutions (Reservation in Teachers Cadre) Bill, 2019 and Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill 2019. The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, which made instant triple talaq (talaq-e-biddat) a penal offence, had faced objections from opposition parties which claimed that jail term for a man for divorcing his wife was legally untenable. The first session of the Lok Sabha has been convened from June 17 to 26. The Economic Survey will be presented on July 4 and the Budget on July 5. The 40-day session will have 30 sittings. The first two days have been kept for oath-taking by the new members. The Lok Sabha Speaker will be elected on June 19. President Ram Nath Kovind will address the joint sitting of the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha on June 20. The subsequent days will see a discussion on the Motion of Thanks to his address.last_img read more

SC asks poll panel to watch full film next hearing on April

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday directed the Election Commission to re-examine its earlier order and take an informed decision on banning pan-India release of the biopic on Prime Minister Narendra Modi after watching the full movie.The top court directed the poll panel to take a decision by April 19 and submit its report in a sealed cover to the court. A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna said that it will consider the EC report and hear the matter on April 22. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for film producers who have challenged the EC’s ban on the biopic’s release till the current general elections are over, said the poll panel has taken the decision based just on watching the promo, not the entire movie. He suggested that the producers are willing to hold a special screening for the poll panel or its committee on Tuesday or Wednesday, so that they can take an informed decision by Friday. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KTo this, the bench asked EC’s counsel Amit Sharma, whether the poll panel has watched the movie or not. He said the entire movie was not available and a decision to ban the release was taken after watching the trailer. The bench then asked the poll panel to watch the full movie and then take an informed decision on whether its release should be banned or not. At the outset, Rohatgi submitted that the EC had taken a call to ban the movie by watching a 2-minute promo. He said when the apex court had referred the matter to the poll panel, it had said that it cannot decide to ban the biopic on the basis of the trailer. The EC had on April 10 stalled the release of the film until the polls end, asserting that any biopic material with the potential to disturb the level-playing field during elections should not be displayed. The Commission, in a separate order, also directed the producers “not to exhibit the film titled ‘PM Narendra Modi’ till further orders. The film was earlier set to release on April 11. Acting on the complaints of political parties, including the Congress, the poll panel also said that any poster or publicity material concerning any such certified content, which either depicts a candidate (including prospective) for the furtherance (or purported to further) of electoral prospects, directly or indirectly, shall not be put on display in electronic media in the area where MCC is in force. The Left had also opposed the release of the film saying it would disturb the level-playing field for other parties in the election and was in violation of the Model Code of Conduct. The Modi biopic, starring Vivek Oberoi has been the most-talked about movie in this election season. Directed by Omung Kumar, it tells the story of Modi’s rise to power from his humble beginnings. The apex court had on April 9, dismissed a petition filed by a Congress leader Aman Panwar seeking stay on the release of the biopic saying the Election Commission would be an “appropriate” place to seek the redressal. The apex court had said it was not entertaining the petition for the stay on the release of the film which would be “premature” in view of the fact that the movie is yet to be certified by the Censor Board. It said even if the film is released on April 11, as claimed by the Congress leader, it will be appropriate for him to seek a redressal from the Election Commission.last_img read more

Aston Villa beat West Brom

first_imgLondon: Aston Villa progressed to within one game of a return to the Premier League after edging West Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion 4-3 on penalties in the Championship playoff semi-finals. West Brom won 1-0 on the night at the Hawthorns to level the tie at 2-2 on aggregate thanks to Craig Dawson’s first-half header. However, the Baggies’ hopes of an immediate return to the top-flight were dented when captain Chris Brunt was sent off 10 minutes from the end of normal time. The hosts held out manfully during extra-time, but Villa goalkeeper Jed Steer saved West Brom’s first two penalties of the shootout from Mason Holgate and Ahmed Hegazi. “There’s obviously a lot of luck involved but wow,” Steer told Sky Sports. “We practise penalties, so I think I must’ve faced a 100 a day the last few days.” Conor Hourihane, Mile Jedinak, Jack Grealish and Tammy Abraham kept their cool from the spot as Villa set up a May 27 Wembley meeting with Leeds or Derby for a lucrative place in the Premier League. Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds hold a 1-0 first-leg lead over Frank Lampard’s Rams ahead of the second leg at Elland Road on Wednesday. Villa missed out in the playoff final last year, losing 1-0 to Fulham and Grealish, who has been linked with a summer move to Tottenham, is keen to make amends in what could be his final game for the club. “The crowd made it tough with the atmosphere but in the end I felt we ran out worthy winners,” said the midfielder. “It’s no good getting to Wembley and falling at the final hurdle again, so fingers crossed. All of us are very hungry.”last_img read more

The One That Got Away Comes Back to Haunt the Canadiens

As I wrote Monday, over the past decade or so, the Montreal Canadiens and New York Rangers — who are playing in the NHL’s Eastern Conference finals — transformed themselves from a down-on-their-luck former champions to legitimate Stanley Cup contenders; both did this largely through shrewd drafting. One of Montreal’s most successful draft picks put on a fine show in Game 2 on Monday night, notching a goal and an assist.Unfortunately for Montreal, that player was defenseman Ryan McDonagh, and he was wearing a Rangers uniform in the Rangers’ 3-1 win (New York leads the series 2-0).In response to my article, a few FiveThirtyEight readers astutely pointed out that McDonagh ties together the parallel rebuilding stories of the Rangers and Canadiens. He was drafted 12th overall by the Canadiens in 2007, the top prize in a banner haul for Montreal that also included Max Pacioretty and P.K. Subban. Pacioretty and Subban, along with 2005 first-rounder Carey Price, are currently three of the Canadiens’ best players (according to the modified version of point shares I described Monday).In his four-year NHL career, McDonagh has produced 28.1 modified point shares, a number in line with Subban (34.6) and Pacioretty (23.4) at similar points in their careers.The fact that he hasn’t produced any of that value for the Canadiens, though, traces back to a major blunder in the summer of 2009, when Montreal traded McDonagh (as part of a package of several players) to the Rangers for center Scott Gomez.Two years prior, New York had signed Gomez to a rather ill-advised seven-year, $51.5 million contract, and the returns had been disappointing; his 14 modified point shares in 2007-08 and 2008-09 (combined) ranked 60th among NHL forwards over that span. Rangers general manager Glen Sather was anxious to rid himself of Gomez’s albatross deal, so the media’s contemporary view of the Gomez-to-Montreal trade was essentially that of a salary dump, billing the Rangers’ primary return as nondescript forward Chris Higgins. Some NHL insiders knew better, however: Yahoo’s excellent hockey blogger Greg Wyshynski wondered at the time how the Rangers managed to unload the Gomez millstone and pick up a promising prospect like McDonagh.As a Canadien, Gomez played decent hockey for one season (6.2 modified point shares), then rapidly declined. He went on a notable goalless streak of 370 consecutive days. His contract was bought out by Montreal during the 2011-12 season, and he’s bounced around as a journeyman the past few seasons. Meanwhile, McDonagh has blossomed in New York; only six other defensemen have produced more modified point shares over the past three seasons. McDonagh even became the subject of Norris Trophy talk late this season. On top of his offensive numbers, McDonagh often finds himself matching up against the opponent’s toughest forwards and is on the ice for a disproportionate number of face-offs in the Rangers’ zone, both marks of a defensive workhorse on the blue line.Without McDonagh, it’s unlikely the Rangers would be sitting where they are, with a 2-0 series lead on the cusp of a Stanley Cup Final berth. The Canadiens have their own pair of good defensemen in Subban and Andrei Markov, but they have to regret letting McDonagh slip away — especially on nights like Monday, when he made them pay for their mistake in a direct way. read more

IAC calls on Govt to publicly state plans for distressed sugar

The Indian Action Committee (IAC) today said it is extremely concerned with the ‘distressed state’ of the sugar industry in Guyana in light of the closure of a number of estates in the country.In a statement issued earlier today, the IAC said it feels strongly about the matter and would continue to raise its voice in support of all those sugar workers, their families, and their dependents, and all other persons who will be indirectly adversely affected by their dislocation.“The IAC is of the opinion that the sugar workers of the recently closed Wales Sugar Estate have been abandoned, and the organisation is fearful that this pattern of abandonment will be repeated as the sugar estates are closed down”, the statement noted.The IAC said it believes that “the time has come for sugar workers and the nation as a whole to be told in clear language what is the plan to safeguard the livelihood of the workers and their communities, which are predominantly populated by Indo-Guyanese”.According to the IAC, this matter cannot be postponed any longer and is demanding that the short and long term plans for sugar workers and their communities be made known to all relevant stakeholders publicly. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMass termination of workers, distressed state of sugar industry worrying says IACDecember 6, 2017In “Business”Arrival Day messages 2018May 5, 2018In “latest news”PPP slams Govt’s decision to shut down LBI EstateApril 15, 2016In “latest news” read more

Canadian police forces thwart AlQaeda supported attack

first_imgCANADIAN POLICE HAVE thwarted a terrorist plot on its homeland with the help of US authorities and arrested two suspects.It is understood that the arrests came after a a year-long investigation that led to the arrests of two men, Chiheb Esseghaier, 30, and Raed Jaser, 35, who live in the Montreal and Toronto area and were conspiring to carry out a terrorist attack against a VIA passenger train that runs between Toronto and New York.The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said in a press conference which began at 8.30pm Irish time that the plot was uncovered “early and effectively” through their work with the FBI and Homeland Security.RCMP assistant commissioner James Maliza said that “had this plot been carried out it would have resulted in innocent people being killed, or seriously injured.”Canadian police said that the attack was “Al-Qaeda supported” from elements in Iran and had received “direction and guidance”. The RCMP added, however, that there was “no indication that these attacks were state-sponsored.”The pair are expected to appear in court on tomorrow for a bail hearing.Charges include conspiring to carry out an attack against, and conspiring to murder persons unknown for the benefit of, at the direction of, or in association with a terrorist group.While the RCMP believed that these individuals had the capacity and intent to carry out these criminal acts, they said that there was no imminent threat to the general public, rail employees, train passengers or infrastructure.- Additional reporting by AFPlast_img read more

Most older people are having sex on a regular basis

first_img Feb 14th 2017, 7:28 AM Short URL Image: Shutterstock/ Tuesday 14 Feb 2017, 7:28 AM THE MAJORITY OF older people are sexually active with 69% of people surveyed saying they have sex weekly or monthly.A new study conducted by the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing at Trinity (TILDA) found that being sexually active is linked with better health and more positive perceptions of ageing.The research, which involves more than 8000 adults over the age of 50, has found that frequent sexual activity is the norm with 59% being sexually active and of those, 69% were having sex weekly or monthly.The researchers found that having sex has positive implications for a person’s health and their perception of ageing. They also found differences between men and women in terms of importance attributed to sex and frequency of sexual activity as each gender got older.The findings included:59% of adults aged over 50 in Ireland are sexually activeOne third of those adults had sex once or twice a week and 36% were sexually active once or twice a month.Sexual activity is less likely in older age groups with 75% of those aged 50 to 64 having sex compared to 23%of those aged 75.Men reported more sexual activity than women at all ages.A higher proportion of men attribute importance to sex than women with 80% of men reporting that sex is at least somewhat important in their lives compared to 56% of women.Sexually active adults tend to be more positive in their perceptions of ageing. They are less likely to consider themselves old and less likely to believe that ageing has negative consequences.Lead author of the report, Joanna Orr, said: “Our research shows that sexual activity is an important part of life for many of those aged 50 and over in Ireland, including significant proportions of those in their 60s, 70s and beyond.“Continued research into this area is not only important for understanding the links between sex and health and happiness, but also to dispel the myth that sexual activity is incompatible with advancing age.”Professor Rose Anne Kenny added that the data is in line with international findings and emphasises the contribution of sexual activity to quality of life and good physical and mental health.She added: “Where difficulties with sexual activity are present, effective treatments are available and we anticipate that the new data will reinvigorate GPs and healthcare professionals to enquire about patients’ sexual activity as part of routine clinical assessment and care.”Read: Cabinet to discuss potential public inquiry into Maurice McCabe scandal >Read: Trump’s national security adviser quits after claims he misled White House over talks with Russians > 31,228 Views Share113 Tweet Email3 By Garreth MacNamee Most older people are having sex on a regular basis Having sex in your advancing years makes you more optimistic about growing old, the research claims. 40 Comments Image: Shutterstock/ Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Share receives grant to help house families

first_imgShare has received a $150,000 grant to help families transition from the shelter to permanent housing. The grant comes from KMR Group Foundation, a Vancouver nonprofit that has worked with Share for more than 20 years.“This three-year grant will allow Share to hire a full-time housing navigator at our family shelter, connecting our shelter clients to the resources necessary to find and acquire permanent housing,” said Diane McWithey, Share’s executive director, in a press release.The ability to help families navigate housing is especially important as securing permanent housing continues to become more difficult in Southwest Washington. Share joins the national trend of providing advocates to help the community work through issues that traditionally serve as roadblocks to housing.“KMR and the entire Vancouver community are keenly aware of the challenges facing local agencies working with the homeless in Clark County,” said Kate Jones, KMR Group Foundation president, in a press release. “We’ve assisted Share for many years in addressing this and other issues, but felt it was time for the Foundation to focus more on the local homeless crisis. After planning with Share, I believe we’ve found a way to make the kind of impact that can make a real difference in the lives of families in our community.”last_img read more

Kalama working with WSDOT to address flooding problems

first_imgLONGVIEW — The City of Kalama says it and the Washington Department of Transportation are making progress on efforts to solve the town’s downtown flooding problem after heavy rain triggered an emergency declaration three weeks ago.City Administrator Adam Smee said the flooding at Toteff Park and under the Elm Street underpass on Feb. 12 was caused by the city’s position between a hill and Interstate 5. Development has increased the amount of stormwater runoff, which overloads the city’s old drain system.The high water forced the city to shut down Kalama’s water treatment plant and warn of potential sewer overflow. Smee said when the level of water in the street is the same as the sanitary and storm sewers it can cause those lines to back up. Reduced water use by residents allowed the plant kept up with demand.“It comes down to good fortune,” Smee said. “At 11 a.m. it stopped raining.”Fully solving that problem would require a new sewer system, which would cost about $4 million, Smee said. He suggests property owners in low-lying areas install a back flow prevention device to prevent their toilet from overflowing during a flood.The city is working with WSDOT to improve flow to a drainage ditch that the north half of Kalama drains to, Director of Public Works Kelly Rasmussen said.last_img read more

Grand Bahama Labour on the Blocks Event – February 17 – Beginning

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 3, 2018 – Grand Bahama – On Saturday, 17th February, 2018, the Ministry of Labour and the Grand Bahama Department of Labour will host “Labour on the Blocks” at the Susan J. Wallace Park at Columbus Drive and Nansen Avenue on Saturday, 17th February from 11:00am to 4:00pm.  Senator Dion A. Foulkes, Minister of Labour, along with Senior Executives from the Department of Labour will be in attendance.The “Labour on the Blocks” initiative was announced during the debate on the Speech from the Throne by the Labour Minister and it is designed to bring together job seekers and employers at locations which are in or close to residential communities.  Additionally, all job seekers are registered in the Department’s data base. The staff of the Public Employment Services Unit (PES) of the Department of Labour are the lead organizers of the events.   So far two successful “Labour on the Blocks” have been held in New Providence.  The Ministry of Labour is very pleased with the turnout at the New Providence events and is confident that there will be great numbers of persons who will attend the Grand Bahama “Labour on the Blocks” event.To date, the Minster of Labour has noted that he is “very pleased with the level of private sector participation” from all sectors and industries.   Businesses are welcome to participate in the “Labour on the Blocks” initiatives, many of whom have hired jobseekers on the spot in New Providence.   Minister Foulkes notes that “this speaks to the effectiveness of this new initiative, which is providing hope and opportunity for jobseekers.   The same is anticipated for Grand Bahama on 17th February’’.The Ministry of Labour intends to host monthly “Labour on the Blocks” events throughout The Bahamas, including other Family Island communities.  Economic growth and job creation remain one of the leading priorities of the Government, and the “Labour on the Blocks” is successfully answering the needs of jobseekers as well as employers in effectively connecting eligible candidates with the right jobs. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp The Department of Labour encourages all jobseekers in The Bahamas or abroad, and employers with vacancies to register with in the Department’s recruitment database:   Persons attending the “Labour on the Blocks” Job Fairs are asked to bring along their NIB Card, and a valid Government-issued ID such as a passport or voters card. Registering in the database in advance is also recommended.For more details on the “Labour on the Blocks” initiative, please contact the Public Employment Services Unit at The Grand Bahama Department of Labour. 352-7865/6Press Release: Ministry of Labour Related Items:last_img read more

Napoli President optimistic of winning the Scudetto

first_imgNapoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis believes the Serie A title is still a possibility suggesting that a few slip-ups from fellow rivals Juventus will weave the magic.Carlo Ancelotti’s men have reduced the deficit at the top of Serie A to four points, and are still hopeful of dethroning the Old Lady after seven years.“In football everything is possible, all we need are a few Juventus missteps and we’re there,” De Laurentiis told Football Italia reporters outside today’s FIGC elections.“Napoli have started a new path, I always talk about three-year cycles and this year, using all the players, we’ll be fine.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“We’re definitely dealing with a group from Hell in the Champions League, but we have to have the skill and luck to progress in the competition.“In the league, we’ve had a start which was more difficult and complex than the others, but we’ve acquitted ourselves well.”Napoli will switch their attention to the Champions League when they confront PSG in an important group tie that would go a long way to determine the fate of both sides.last_img read more

Moratti slams Icardis punishment

first_imgFormer Inter President Massimo Moratti has criticised the club’s decision to strip Mauro Icardi of their captaincy suggesting it was a useless thing to do.Inter’s decision came after Icardi’s agent-wife Wanda Nara went public with a series of statements about the striker’s future.However, the former Nerrazuri supremo Moratti defended the Argentine, describing him as ‘a great captain’.“Do I long for Bergomi and Zanetti? I also found a great captain in Icardi,” he told Football Italia via Sports Mediaset.“He’s always played with enthusiasm, sincerity, and professionalism, so I have nothing to say.“It’s my fault, it’s his fault, it’s your fault… everything’s been made public, everything’s been put out in the open and that isn’t a good thing.Moratti went on to question the club’s inability to keep their in house problems within than making it public.“It seems like a useless thing to do midway through the season. I don’t know what advantages it can bring, given they can’t sell him and have objectives to achieve.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“It’s a situation that takes the player away from the club and the club away from the player.Moratti: “It Seems Useless To Strip Icardi Of Inter Captaincy Mid-Season” #FCIM #ForzaInter #InterFans— (@SempreIntercom) February 14, 2019“What would I do? I don’t know the conditions so I don’t understand the reasons why the decision was made.“There will be reasons and internal strategies, but I can’t get into them.”Inter are still in the hunt for a Europa League title and Champions League spot in the League, but there are still lots of questions to be answered with the latest twist.last_img read more

35 want stress management as an employee benefit

first_imgMore than a third (35%) of respondents want stress management as an employee insurance benefit, according to research by Cigna.Its 2018 Cigna 360° wellbeing survey report, which surveyed 14,467 employees across 23 countries, also found that 21% of respondents believe their employer’s workplace wellness programme is inadequate to support their needs.The research also found:87% of respondents report having workplace stress; 72% cite this as manageable, but 15% state that their workplace stress is not manageable.49% of respondents receive support for workplace stress or have access to a formal workplace wellness programme; only 28% think this support is adequate for their needs, however.33% of respondents want access to dental benefits, compared to 28% who want to use eyecare or vision-related benefits.77% of respondents who have access to a workplace wellness programme say that their workplace stress is manageable, compared to 71% who do not have access to a workplace wellness programme.68% of respondents agree that workplace wellness programmes are important when choosing between two potential employers.67% of respondents will still go to work, despite being too ill to be productive.26% of UK respondents cite the workplace as the cause of their stress.Phil Austin (pictured), chief executive officer, Europe at Cigna, said: “It’s clear employers have an important role to play in mental health. Our research shows that despite people wanting more help, the UK is lagging behind comparable countries in offering workplace wellbeing support. But the good news is that employers are beginning to recognise the cost of poor mental health at work and the impact this can have on their employees and business.”last_img read more

Digital Vendor to Offer Magazines on Kindle

first_imgRELATED VIDEO: Nxtbook’s Kindle DemoNxtbook Media, a digital magazine vendor, recently announced that its customers will have the option to publish their content on Amazon’s Kindle e-book reader. Nxtbook says it is the first digital magazine producer to offer Kindle support.The Kindle has been both praised and criticized for its text-heavy, black-and-white display. Unlike the often flashy, oversized color presentation normally associated with digital magazines, Nxtbook intends to offer the magazines in text form. Digital magazines can be accessed from the Kindle through the device’s integrated browser. (The feature is listed  on the Kindle’s “Experimental” menu, something that Nxtbook hopes Amazon will eventually change.)Nxtbook also says that Kindle support will be offered at no additional cost to customers of Nxtbook Media’s Liberty program. A number of magazine publishers have already packaged their content for the Kindle. Last month, Newsweek released a collection of election coverage as an e-book series for the Kindle. In March, the Tribune company launched a pair of Kindle-specific magazines.last_img read more