first_img KCS-content Tags: NULL Tuesday 26 October 2010 7:49 pm whatsapp Show Comments ▼ CITY VIEWS: WILL THE ONE NEW CHANGE SHOPPING CENTRE ATTRACT SHOPPERS TO THE CITY? by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyMoneyPailShe Was Famous, Now She Works In {State}MoneyPailSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan TimesElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldZen HeraldThe Truth About Why ’40s Actor John Wayne Didn’t Serve In WWII Has Come To LightZen Heraldmoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comcenter_img More From Our Partners Killer drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks whatsapp Share HARRIETTE DERBYSHIRE | HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL“I think it will be good for workers in the City – it’s quite close by and it gives us something to do in our lunch breaks. It also means we can shop during the week, so the weekends are free for other things. I’m not sure people will come in at the weekend specifically to shop. It might be good for people who live nearby.”MARIA BERNARDI | GROCERS’ COMPANY“I think it will be good for the area, although people generally are still quite reluctant to spend as much as they used to. Retailers are probably going to find it hard this Christmas. I think tourists will bring in a lot of money, especially at the weekends. I probably wouldn’t travel into the City to shop, as there are good places near where I live.”SPENCER JAMES | GLENCAIRN“I will probably walk over there in my lunch break to do a bit of shopping in the run-up to Christmas, as it’s not that far to go. I would consider coming down at the weekend to shop, although there are places nearer to where I live. I think it’s a good idea to open some more shops in the City.” last_img read more

Regulators to share audit details

first_img KCS-content Regulators to share audit details Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndoMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastUndoSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesUndoBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItUndoBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndoautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comUndoElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldUndoSenior Living | Search AdsNew Senior Apartments Coming Nearby Scottsdale (Take a Look at The Prices)Senior Living | Search AdsUndo whatsapp whatsapp Show Comments ▼center_img Two City regulators have signed an agreement to share confidential information about UK auditors. The Financial Services Authority and the Financial Reporting Council yesterday agreed to allow greater exchange of information about auditors and their reports on UK companies. The regulators are heightening their oversight of audits following the financial crisis. FSA accounting and auditing sector leader, Richard Thorpe, said he was concerned that “some auditors may not be exercising sufficient professional scepticism in their approach.” Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’Sex and the City’ Sequel Series at HBO Max Adds 4 More ReturningThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapThe Truth About Bottled Water – Get the Facts on Drinking Bottled WaterGayot’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap Share Monday 17 January 2011 9:30 pm Tags: NULLlast_img read more

The Footsie is rising but these FTSE 100 stocks still look cheap to me

first_img I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. One month ago, the FTSE 100 did not look like the most appealing place to invest. Coronavirus cases were at a record high and a second lockdown was starting in England. Fast-forward a though, and news of successful vaccines has greatly increased investor confidence. This has been reflected in the FTSE 100, which has risen a staggering 18% since the start of November. While I believe that many FTSE 100 stocks are now overpriced after this rise, there are still a number of opportunities in the market. These are my personal favourites.A dividend stockAviva (LSE: AV) has bounced back well from the start of the crisis, with the insurance company posting resilient earnings and making some good business moves. For example, it is making good progress in simplifying the business and focusing on its core markets in the UK, Ireland and Canada. This has included the sale of both Aviva Singapore and Aviva Vita in Italy for a combined £2bn. Such simplification of the business will hopefully allow the company to grow profits, in turn increasing long-term shareholder value.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…It may also seem ironic to call Aviva a dividend stock, despite the fact that it has cut its dividend by a third. But in comparison to other FTSE 100 stocks, a dividend yield of over 6% is extremely impressive. In addition, although disappointing to shareholders, the dividend cut seems very wise. Firstly, it will allow the insurer to deleverage, which in turn should strengthen the balance sheet. Secondly, it will also allow the group to increase the dividend in the years ahead. These increases are expected to be either low or mid-single-digits each year.This FTSE 100 stock is still down 45% this yearBP (LSE: BP) is the other stock I think is far too cheap. Although oil prices remain very low, and problems still abound in the industry, BP shares do look set for a recovery. It has also been boosted by news of vaccines, which should help increase demand for oil.But vaccines are not the only cause for optimism. For example, the third-quarter trading update was fairly positive, as shown by a profit of $100m. Although significantly lower than the $2.2bn last year, this is still a very good result in challenging conditions. Even more impressive was the fact that net debt has fallen to $40.4bn. This is compared to a figure of $46.5bn a year ago. While the gearing ratio is higher than the company will want, I am very encouraged by these figures.Alongside its transition into greener energy, these recent results increase my confidence for a long-term recovery. Of course, the road to recovery will not be instant, but a dividend of over 6% should help satisfy investors for the short term. I’d therefore snap up this FTSE 100 stock now while it remains under 300p. Stuart Blair | Tuesday, 8th December, 2020 | More on: AV BP Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Enter Your Email Address Image source: Getty Images. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997”center_img Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. The Footsie is rising but these FTSE 100 stocks still look cheap to me Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Stuart Blair owns shares in Aviva and BP. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. See all posts by Stuart Blairlast_img read more

Mic’d up league forward Ashton Sims is one fearless, inspiring leader

first_imgWednesday Jul 1, 2015 Mic’d up league forward Ashton Sims is one fearless, inspiring leader Last week we saw Brumbies back Christian Lealiifano mic’d up, giving us insight into what goes on during a professional rugby match. Well the BBC have stepped things up, placing a mic on courageous rugby league forward Ashton Sims of the Warrington Wolves. Sims charges around the paddock, making tackles, big carries and giving his teammates a mouthful on the way to a Challenge Cup quarter final victory over Leigh Centurions.Australian Sims, now 30-years-old, has played in the NRL for St. George Illawarra, the Broncos and the Cowboys. He has also played for Fiji in the Rugby League World Cup.He said post match that the footage was cringeworthy, while fans of all sports will no doubt disagree, appreciating his commitment, leadership and sportsmanship. It really is awesome to watch. Also, look out for the sensational finish by Kevin Penny about 35 seconds in.You can watch that great try in full, with replays, on page twoWhat does it feel like to be tackled by a rugby league player? This is the closest most of us will ever get.Posted by BBC Sport on Sunday, June 28, 2015ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Rugby League , See it to Believe it Related Articles 185 WEEKS AGO Even in defeat Tongan fans show true passion… 309 WEEKS AGO Incredible backflip pass by Nathan Friend… 348 WEEKS AGO Ben Flower red carded for vicious punching… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Samoan centre unearths 2011 RWC saga that saw him banned

first_imgThursday Oct 24, 2019 Samoan centre unearths 2011 RWC saga that saw him banned Although it is eight years since it happened, former Samoa international Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu has unearthed the events that caused him to be suspended from rugby during the 2011 Rugby World Cup.ADVERTISEMENTThe centre, who was playing for Gloucester at the time, launched a tirade at the International Rugby Board (now World Rugby) on Twitter for their treatment of tier two nations, and how they were scheduled to play with shorter rest periods than tier one nations.This came after a RWC campaign where Samoa had a four-day turnaround between playing Namibia and Wales, and a five-day turnaround between playing Fiji and South Africa.Samoa lost both tests against Wales and South Africa, by seven points and eight points respectively. However, had they had longer rest periods, the results may have been different.The centre was called to a hearing for his comments on social media, and was subsequently banned for missing it as he was unaware when it was.He recounted the series of events on Twitter, sharing footage of the interviews that he had surrounding the saga as well.ADVERTISEMENTIn the interview that Fuimaono-Sapolu shared on Twitter, he said that he was “still sore” four days after the South Africa Test, which is an indication of how physically demanding playing two sets of matches can be with such little recovery time.Despite facing a backlash from the IRB, the 38-year-old’s complaints were clearly taken on board, as the structure of the RWCs have subsequently been changed to see tier one teams play matches on shorter turnarounds as well.However, some feel that this is still not enough, as those matches have been contrived to see tier one teams play against weaker sides back-to-back. That is equally more likely as there will be fewer tier one teams in a pool to play against one another.ADVERTISEMENTFuimaono-Sapolu was given a six-month ban for these comments, suspended for two years. He returned to Gloucester, and moved to Japan’s Coca-Cola Red Sparks in 2012, but never played for Samoa again.WATCH: Fuimaono-Sapolu great try against Wasps in 2010 Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Rugby World Cup Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO If you can get your head around it, these… 47 WEEKS AGO You’ve never seen any Rugby World Cup drop… 49 WEEKS AGO TOP 10: Rugby World Cup 2015 was filled with… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyDoctors Stunned: She Removes Her Wrinkles With This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

N.C. workers push Medicare for All, union rights

first_imgDurham, N.C.On the day before the March 3 “Super Tuesday” 2020 primary elections, hundreds of city and state workers across North Carolina and the South demanded that their employers and state and congressional candidates support expansion of union rights and the Medicare for All Act of 2019 (H.R. 1384). Charlotte, N.C., workers rally. Credit: UE 150.Adding to the numbers of working people who see Medicare for All as the only way to comprehensively insure themselves and their families and contain skyrocketing health care costs, the North Carolina Public Service Workers Union, United Electrical Workers (UE) Local 150 and the Southern Workers Assembly hosted “pickets for health.” These were a continuation of their campaign at workplaces across the state for Medicare for All, with actions in six cities: Charlotte, Greensboro, Durham, Raleigh, Goldsboro and Rocky Mount.Their campaign is to pressure city councils to pass a resolution endorsing H.R. 1384 now before Congress. New council resolutions were introduced in Charlotte, Goldsboro, Whitakers and Raleigh. The city of Durham and other local governments across the South have already passed resolutions calling for the bill’s passage. Saving lives and moneyResponding to a frequently asked question about funding for the bill, UE Local 150 President Bryce Carter stated that “a new study from Yale University found that 68,000 lives and $450 billion would be saved under Medicare for All per year. We are already paying for it. We have the most expensive health care system in the world.” According to public records acquired by the UE, many employers also stand to save money from the bill, which would primarily drive down wasteful administrative costs from health insurance corporations and lower pharmaceutical and health care expenses under a universal, single-payer system where the government could bargain down prices. In Charlotte, savings to the city’s contribution to health care premiums under Medicare for All would add up to more than $10 million annually. Lower premiums under Medicare for All would reduce workers’ costs by an estimated $3,734,000 a year. In Raleigh, taxpayers would likely save $22 million. The city of Greensboro would save an estimated $14.8 million annually.“City workers need immediate relief from high premiums they currently pay, citing the premium for basic family coverage of $434.50 per month. That amounts to about 20 percent of take-home pay for workers starting out. Let’s join the rest of the industrial world and support a universal health care program, which for us is Medicare for All,” stated Dominic Harris, a Water Department worker and president of Charlotte City Workers Union.In mid-February, a coalition of ten organizations, including the NAACP, Action N.C., Healthcare Justice N.C., National Nurses United, N.C. Public Service Workers Union-UE Local 150 and the Southern Workers Assembly signed on to a letter calling on Charlotte City Council to lower health care costs for its employees and pass a resolution in support of Medicare for All. This was the coalition’s first action.Flagrant denial of union rights affects health careNorth Carolina public workers are denied the right to bargain collectively. Workers in Charlotte, for example, cannot negotiate even incremental improvements in their health care coverage, making the protection of health for them and their families all the more difficult. City workers in Greensboro and Durham are currently waging a campaign to improve their cities’ grievance procedures. On the day of the actions, Durham City Workers Union activist Kellie McLean, from the Department of Parks and Recreation, was fired. McLean had been wrongfully placed on a Corrective Action Plan in the summer of 2019 and given three months to make improvements. When the three months were over, management delayed its response and then decided to keep her on the CAP. She wrote an 88-page rebuttal letter, which was ignored by management and simply placed in her file. Then in December, when she was under review after her second CAP, she wrote a 105-page rebuttal. After two months of stalling, DPR Director Rhonda Parker, who has since resigned due to pressure from the union’s campaign, wrote back in late February that she was upholding management’s decision. This then led to McLean’s termination. Her case highlights many of the flaws in the current grievance procedure, including not being able to remove false and misleading information from one’s personnel file, not having a co-worker union steward to speak up with you at all steps of the grievance procedure, not being able to file formal grievances about management abuse and not having an unbiased panel that makes final decisions rather than the City Manager. “Myself, as well as dozens of other Parks and Rec workers, have been forced to quit because of the hostile working conditions in the School Age Care program,” stated DeMario Jennette, former DPR employee. “Nearly the entire program staff has quit in the last year. This program has a long list of staff [who] were very enthusiastic about the program when they were hired, but soon became demoralized by the micromanagement and unprincipled and overly harsh criticisms and unwarranted discipline from management.” “The city’s current evaluation system ‘EPEP’ allows for supervisors to overscrutinize employees and perform so-called ‘coachings’ daily on every little thing they felt the worker did wrong. Even if they are false, we have no recourse to have them removed from our files, and [they] can impact our merit pay and even lead to unjust discipline and terminations,” stated John Morris, maintenance technician in the Water Management Department and member of UE Local 150. “We need a grievance procedure that holds management accountable on all levels.”Health care is a right!State mental health workers from Cherry Hospital and O’Berry Center hosted an action at the Goldsboro City Hall, with support from local NAACP activists, City Council Member Antonio Williams and State Representative Raymond Smith, who both spoke in favor of expanded and improved Medicare for All. “State employees and state taxpayers are being gouged by insurance companies, like Blue Cross Blue Shield, collecting enormous premiums. Every year in recent memory, the costs of our premiums and deductibles have been going up. Family plans now cost us over $700 per month. Under a Medicare for All system, hundreds of millions will come back to N.C. taxpayers and more back into the wallets and purses of state workers. Let’s join the rest of the industrial world and support a universal health care program, which for us is Medicare for All,” said President William Young of UE Local 150 union at Cherry Hospital, Food and Nutritional Services.In the buildup to the rally, union leaders were shocked when they received a phone call from a union member at Central Regional Hospital who had pulled his shoulder while working with a patient. He was out of work and had filed for workers compensation. However, as a state employee who is assumed to have decent benefits, he is forced to pay 100 percent of his health care premiums. Outside of Rocky Mount, in the town of Whitakers, workers at the Cummins Diesel Engine plant circulated fliers at shift change in support of Medicare for All and hosted a rally at the Bloomer Hill Community Center. They plan to introduce a resolution in support of Medicare for All to the Whitakers Town Council. Recent Commonwealth Fund data show that in successive years one in three U.S. residents with insurance foregoes a doctor visit or filling a prescription because the person cannot afford it. Forty-two percent with a first-time cancer diagnosis spend all their savings within two years. Premiums continue to go up well beyond inflation. That’s underinsurance at expensive rates.‘Health care, not warfare’Raleigh, N.C., workers rally for health care, union rights, March 2. Credit: UE 150.“We need health care, not warfare,” chanted graduate workers from the University of North Carolina and North Carolina State University, alongside city workers in front of Raleigh City Hall. Graduate workers face their own health challenges working at state universities while not receiving any dental or vision care. Many forego cleanings, leading to deteriorating teeth. “The current health care system does not support workers. As UNC graduate workers, we are not given dental insurance and are restricted from many services that are considered essential for basic health care. This is unacceptable. Medicare for All would provide access to health care including vision and dental,” stated Miranda Elston, graduate employee at UNC Chapel Hill and member of UE 150. The Southern Workers Assembly and UE Local 150 plan to continue  workplace organizing to win passage of H.R. 1384. A popular chant of the campaign is: “We don’t want your stupid wall, we want Medicare for All.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

A police officer arrested for the murder of a radio presenter

first_img News Reporters Without Borders voiced deep concern about a continuing climate of impunity after the murder today of a journalist south of Manilla, the fourth to be killed this year in the Philippines, and it called on President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to ensure that the investigations into this and the preceding killing, just five days ago, are conducted in an exemplary manner. Help by sharing this information Organisation Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa News RSF_en News to go further Police officer Apolonio Medrano has been arrested for the murder last Julyof presenter Roger Mariano of local DZJC radio in the northern Cordilleraregion.Police in Laoag on 16 November also arrested five other people implicated inthe murders of the journalist and the mayor of Ilocos Norte. The policechief described Apolonio Medrano as the leader of the five suspects.The murder of Roger Mariano may have been linked to his broadcast remarksabout protection provided by some police officers to organisers of illegalgaming. He had also received threats following a report on corruptioninvolving a local electricity company._______________________________________________________05.08.2004Two journalists killed in five daysArnel Manalo, a correspondent with the daily Bulgar and the radio station DZRH, was gunned down today in Bauan, (80 km south of Manilla). Roger Mariano, presenter of the programme “Roger in Action” on the privately-owned radio station DZJC-Akyson, was gunned down on 31 July in San Nicola (in the eastern province of Ilicos).Reporters Without Borders roundly condemned these murders in a letter to President Macapagal-Arroyo and called for “the deployment of all necessary means in the investigations in order to identify both those who carried the killings out and the instigators.”The organisation also said it feared that “the climate of impunity will continue in the Philippines if the work of the police and judiciary does not lead quickly to the trial and conviction of those responsible.” A total of 11 journalists have been killed since the start of 2003.Malano was shot by individuals on a motorcycle as he was returning home with his brother, Appollo. According to the police, Appollo was unable to identify the killers and said he was unaware of any threats having been made against his brother.Mariano’s bullet-riddled body was found alongside a national highway in San Nicola. He had been shot ten times by unidentified killers at around 8:00 pm on 31 July. He used to tackle many sensitive issues in his programme. In particular, he had accused the local authorities of abuses in the way they cracked down on an illegal form of gambling known as jueteng.Seven journalists were killed in 2003. This was the highest number in any single year since democracy was established in 1986. Some of the contract killers allegedly involved have been arrested but not any of the instigators. PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Follow the news on Philippines November 19, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 A police officer arrested for the murder of a radio presenter June 1, 2021 Find out more Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago Receive email alerts May 3, 2021 Find out more Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped PhilippinesAsia – Pacific News February 16, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

New Section of the Huntington’s Chinese Garden Debuts as Phase II Takes Shape

first_imgHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThink The Lost Weight Won’t Be Regained If You Stop Eating A Lot?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeauty Business News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Design New Section of the Huntington’s Chinese Garden Debuts as Phase II Takes Shape Two new pavilions and a rock grotto to open to the public March 8, 2014;fundraising continues to complete Phase II of construction From STAFF REPORTS Published on Friday, February 28, 2014 | 11:29 am 18 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday More Cool Stuff Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Top of the News center_img EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS The new Clear and Transcendent pavilion in the Chinese Garden at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Photo: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical GardensVisitors who thought the Chinese Garden at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens was beautiful already are in for another feast this March: the unveiling of two new pavilions and a rock grotto as part of Phase II construction of the garden known as Liu Fang Yuan, the Garden of Flowing Fragrance.A group of 23 artisans from Suzhou, China, worked from September 2013 through January 2014 on the three new features on the west and north sides of the garden’s central lake. (The south and east sides were completed during the garden’s first phase, which opened to visitors in 2008.) The new features that open to the public on March 8 are a rock grotto, eloquently named Lingering Clouds Peak, which includes a waterfall that visitors can walk through as water cascades from a stream overhead, and two new hand-crafted, tile-roofed buildings: the Waveless Boat pavilion, facing a picturesque view of the existing Jade Ribbon Bridge, and the Clear and Transcendent pavilion, an intricately carved performance space.The Clear and Transcendent pavilion was funded by a $2 million gift from Judy Yin Shih and Joel Axelrod; the Waveless Boat pavilion was made possible by a $1.5 million gift from Peggy and Andrew Cherng, owners of the Panda Restaurant Group; and the Lingering Clouds Peak was made possible by a $1 million gift from Wallis Annenberg and the Annenberg Foundation. Another $1 million gift from Shih and Axelrod is funding a courtyard known as the Court of Assembled Worthies, construction of which is now just getting under way.Like the Phase I elements of Liu Fang Yuan, the garden’s three newest areas are richly layered with artisan details evoking intertwined metaphors and centuries of Chinese literary tradition. For example, the cracked-ice-and-flower patterns repeated in stone-inlaid pathways and visible in hand-carved lattice in the Clear and Transcendent pavilion are meant to conjure the signs of early spring in China, when frozen lakes begin to melt and the plum blossoms start to bloom. The hand-made roof tiles (produced with clay from the Yangzi river delta) along the drip line of the Clear and Transcendent pavilion are imprinted with a symbol of the peony, a reference to The Peony Pavilion, a famous epic (more than 20 hours long) play by poet Tang Xianzu (1550–1616). The Peony Pavilion was performed as Kun opera—an ancient opera form from the Suzhou region.“In this pavilion that we will also use for performances, we have quiet references to a great playwright who is sometimes called the ‘Chinese Shakespeare,’” said June Li, curator of the Huntington’s Chinese Garden, who led a committee of scholars to advise on historic and literary references in the garden. “You can sit in the Clear and Transcendent pavilion and enjoy the serenity of the lake view and the shade of the oak tree for their intrinsic beauty, or let the subtle symbolism around you slowly unfold. Across the lake is the teahouse from the first phase named the Hall of the Jade Camellia, the name of Tang’s residence in the Ming dynasty.”The Clear and Transcendent pavilion is also ornamented with carved panels of blond ginkgo wood depicting Chinese musical instruments (another reference to the performances that will take place there), auspicious symbols such as the mushroom (representing longevity), and exquisitely worked scenes from The Peony Pavilion. Specially commissioned calligraphic panels of memorable couplets from The Peony Pavilion also adorn the structure. The Waveless Boat pavilion is equally rich in unique carvings and calligraphic panels. Eleven calligraphers contributed to the project—two from Suzhou, four from Hong Kong, and five from Los Angeles.Plants in the new portions of the garden are similar to those in the earlier sections of the landscape, with an emphasis on specimens normally represented in Chinese gardens—such as pine, maple, peach and plum trees; camellias; and bamboo.Development of Phase II of the Chinese Garden continues The Huntington’s international partnership with the Suzhou Institute of Landscape Architecture and Design and the skilled carpenters, stone masons, and tile experts of Suzhou Garden Construction Co. The earlier work by this team on the Chinese Garden’s pavilions, bridges, and courtyards has been praised for the authentic craftsmanship and exquisite detail that evokes the classical 16th-century scholars’ gardens that inspired Liu Fang Yuan. (The general contractor for the Chinese Garden project is ValleyCrest Landscape Development Co., based in Calabasas, Calif.)Fundraising for the completion of Phase II, expanding the approximately 3.5-acre garden to about 12 acres, remains a high priority for The Huntington. Critical elements to come include a celebration courtyard (Court of Assembled Worthies), anchored by a small gallery for displaying Chinese art; a penjing court (Chinese penjing is a style of horticulture similar to Japanese bonsai); and a hillside pavilion. About $11 million of the $22 million needed to complete the project has been raised so far.“We continue to be steadfast in our desire to create a comprehensive Chinese scholar’s garden that reflects the nature of The Huntington’s mission, with an eye toward education and research, and of course, authenticity and quality,” said Steven S. Koblik, president of The Huntington. “For the garden to fully realize its role as a center for learning about and celebrating Chinese culture and contemplative arts, the completion of Phase II is critically important,” he added.Each of the new features that open to the public on March 8 carries deep symbolism and meaning:Clear and Transcendent pavilion (Qing Yue Tai 清越臺)This intricately designed pavilion with an elegant roof structure is located on the north bank of the Lake of Reflected Fragrance. Its open sides are designed as a stage for music and other performances. To the south, the pavilion faces the lake. To the north, it ultimately will overlook the Court of Assembled Worthies, capable of seating 350 people for performances and other events. The simple name Clear and Transcendent evokes the crystal pureness of music gently floating over the water, permeating the other structures around the lake.Lingering Clouds Peak rock grotto (Liu Yun Xiu 留雲岫)This rockery of tai hu rocks, a limestone imported from the Lake Tai region of China, is called Lingering Clouds Peak and takes its name from the grotto in the elegant Lingering Garden, Liu Yuan 留園, in Suzhou. Situated on the northwest side of the lake, Lingering Clouds Peak is an essential element in a Chinese garden: Rocks, which represent ever-lasting strength, are complemented by the garden’s water, which is ever-changing. Rocks and mountains represent stability and endurance in both Daoist and Confucian thought.Waveless Boat pavilion (Bu Bo Xiao Ting 不波小艇)This boat-shaped pavilion, just south of Lingering Clouds Peak on the west side of the Lake of Reflected Fragrance, provides a scenic view of the pavilions and bridges in all directions across the lake. The name recalls a similar pavilion in the Verdant Mountain Villa, Yongcui Shanzhuang 擁翠山荘, a historic garden in Suzhou. The word “Waveless,” or bubo, is often used in literature to describe a serene atmosphere—a boat gliding effortlessly over the water. This pavilion can flexibly be used for intimate gatherings and educational activities.About The HuntingtonThe Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is a collections-based research and educational institution serving scholars and the general public. More information about The Huntington can be found online at Subscribe Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Make a comment faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community Newslast_img read more

School bus off road in Moneymore – No injuries reported

first_img Previous articleCouncil may discuss reinstatement of US trips on St Patrick’s DayNext articleDerry protests at Belfast Union Flag decision News Highland Twitter 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+ Google+ Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Pinterest News Twitter Pinterestcenter_img A school bus carrying 60 pupils has left the road near Moneymore in County Derry.There have been no reports of any injuries following the incident at Knockadoo Road and police are asking parents not to go to the scene as the road remains treacherous due to icy conditions. WhatsApp Facebook By News Highland – December 5, 2012 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook WhatsApp Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North School bus off road in Moneymore – No injuries reportedlast_img read more

Brundidge council counters recreation league proposal

first_img The council voted in favor of the proposal to the BOE and also to increase the monthly amount paid to the school system to $6,250, which is the amount paid the first five years.“Our hope is that the Pike County Board of Education will be agreeable to this,” Boyd said. “We need that time to organize a program that will be beneficial to our children.”The council also considered a contract to engage the law firm of Beasley, Allen to pursue potential claims against the manufacturer and/or distributor of Opioids.Thomas said the city has an opportunity to participate in the nationwide class action suit with no money outlay. Book Nook to reopen Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day By Jaine Treadwell “If the suit is successful, the city would receive its share after the law firm’s 27.5 percent comes off the top,” Thomas said. “But successful or not, the city will not be out any money.”The council voted in favor of pursuing the potential claims.The council also voted to declare a breathing apparatus belonging to the Brundidge Volunteer Fire Department surplus property. The apparatus is no longer usable and cannot be resold. It must be declared surplus property so that it can be disposed of properly.Tyesha Young, OCAP County Coordinator, was guest of the council. Boyd presented Young a proclamation declaring the month of May, “Community  Action Month” in Brundidge.“OCAP meets the needs of many people in this area,” Boyd said. “We congratulate OCAP on 52 years of service to our community.”Young thanked the City of Brundidge for its support of OCAP and pledged to continue meeting the needs of the people through it various programs.The Brundidge City Council meets at 6 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at Brundidge City Hall. The meetings are open to the public Spending that amount of money now would avoid having to spend $60,000 to $80,000 or more down the road, Mobley said.The council considered the proposal at its regular meeting and voted in favor of the project that will be a current savings to the city.The council also voted to ask the Pike County Board of Education to continue its contract with the city for is recreational program under the existing terms. The BOE operated the program for $75,000 for the first five years but, according to the contract, is now operating the program at $56,000.The Pike BOE has asked to be released from the 15-year contract. Brundidge Mayor Isabell Boyd and City Manger Britt Thomas met with Dr. Mark Bazzell, superintendent of Pike County Schools, and requested that the BOE continue to operate the recreation program through September 30, 2018 in order to give the city time to put a program together and hire a director. Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Email the author Sponsored Content Skip Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? 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We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel You Might Like Candidates share platforms, field questions at forum Candidates seeking positions from probate judge all the way up to U.S. House of Representatives were at the Pike County… read more Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration By The Penny Hoarder Latest Stories Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Prior to its regular monthly meeting Tuesday, the Brundidge City Council held a public hearing to discuss a proposal to paint the water tank at the Walmart Distribution Center using the remaining Drinking Water State Revolving Funds to reduce the cost to the city.Max Mobley, with Polyengineering in Dothan, said the cost to the city would be about $35,000.The work would include re-doing the inside of the tank as well as minimal painting to the outside. From project approval to the completion of the actual work, the time frame could be about eight months. Brundidge council counters recreation league proposal Print Article Published 3:00 am Wednesday, May 2, 2018last_img read more

At least 60 treated, including children, after plane dumps fuel onto Los Angeles schools during emergency landing

first_imgiStock(LOS ANGELES) — At least 60 people, including both children and adults, were being treated after an aircraft dumped fuel over several schools in the Los Angeles area as it prepared for an emergency landing, according to authorities.The group was being evaluated by firefighters and paramedics after the incident Tuesday, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department. There were no transports to the hospital, authorities said, and no evacuation orders for the area. Authorities said Los Angeles County Fire had 44 total patients and Los Angeles City Fire had 16 patients.Los Angeles ABC station KABC said the fuel dump had occurred near Cudahy and South Los Angeles elementary schools.A third school — Jordan High School — was also affected by the dump, according to the Los Angeles School Police Department.Delta Airlines said in a statement Tuesday that shortly after takeoff flight 89 from Los Angeles International Airport to Shanghai — carrying 149 passengers and 15 crew on board — experienced an engine issue requiring the aircraft to return to the airport. The plane started intentionally dumping fuel over the ocean shortly after takeoff around 7,000 to 8,000 feet, according to a Delta spokesperson.When the plane was over the school area, the plane was at around 2,300 feet and was on final approach to the airport, a Delta spokesperson said.“The aircraft landed safely after a release of fuel, which was required as part of normal procedure to reach a safe landing weight. We are in touch with Los Angeles World Airports and the LA County Fire Department and share concerns regarding reported minor injuries to adults and children at a school in the area,” the airline said.The Federal Aviation Administration recommends that fuel dumping be done above 5,000 to 6,000 feet above ground level because at that altitude more than 90% of the fuel will have evaporated.Although pilots reported a compressor stall to air traffic control, Delta could not confirm that. The airline said it was dispatching crews to assist first responders and hazmat crews.The fire department said the substance sickening the students and adults was confirmed to be jet fuel.The Federal Aviation Administration said that in a statement that it was aware of and looking into reports that children at a school east of the airport were being treated for fuel exposure.The FAA said it was “thoroughly investigating” the incident.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reservedlast_img read more

WHO study confirms passive smoking does cause cancer

first_imgWHO study confirms passive smoking does cause cancerOn 1 Aug 2002 in Personnel Today The WHO research findings put pressure on the Government to ban smoking inworkplacesPassive smoking does cause lung cancer, a scientific working group of theWorld Health Organisation has concluded. The finding has added to pressure on the Government to force employers toban or severely restrict smoking in workplaces, a move it stepped back fromimposing last summer. The WHO study, by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, reviewedall the significant published evidence related to tobacco smoking and cancer. Its conclusions confirmed that active smoking can cause cancer, backing thefindings of a 1986 working party, but also that second-hand smoke should beclassified as carcinogenic to humans. One half of all persistent cigarette smokers were eventually killed bytobacco-caused diseases, with half the deaths occurring between the ages of 35and 69. The average life expectancy of an active smoker was 20 years less than anon-smoker, it added. Smoking among females in developing countries was “an emergingepidemic” and smoking caused even more deaths from cardiovascular, lungdisease and strokes than it did from cancer. Smoking caused more types of cancer than previously thought, includingcancers of the stomach, liver, uterus, cervix and kidney and myeloid leukaemia.And the risks of cancer increased the longer someone smoked. “Most of the harmful effect is avoided if smoking is stopped in theearly 30s, but reduction in risk is obtained even when smoking is stopped laterin life,” the working party said. In the US and UK, roughly 90 per cent of lung cancers in both men and womenwere attributable to cigarette smoking. Non-smokers were exposed to the same carcinogens as active smokers, itadded. “Even the typical levels of passive exposure have been shown tocause lung cancer among non-smokers. Second-hand tobacco smoke is carcinogenicto humans,” it concluded. After pressure from pubs and restaurants, the Government last year rejected advicefrom the Health and Safety Commission for a code to force employers either toban smoking or take stringent measures to protect staff from others’ smoke. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Stimulus to extend eviction moratorium, provide $25B in rent relief

first_imgShare via Shortlink Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (Getty)UPDATED Dec. 21, 2020, 12:25 pm: It’s smaller than some people had hoped, but another federal aid package to help boost the pandemic-ravaged economy is finally on its way.Congressional leaders on Sunday reached an agreement on a $900 billion stimulus package that would provide direct payouts of $600 to qualifying Americans, as well as revive a loan program for small businesses, according to the New York Times.The deal, likely to be finalized Monday, would continue the eviction moratorium, which is set to expire at the end of this year. It will be extended through Jan. 31, at which time the Biden administration could choose to continue it. Additionally, $25 billion would be allocated for rent relief (including $1.3 billion to New York), but it’s not yet clear how that will be distributed, according to the Washington Post.Read moreMitch McConnell signals limited aid package by end of yearSanta Monica hotel operator accused of misusing PPP moneyMTA crisis could be catastrophic for New York real estate The measure would revive the Paycheck Protection Program, a federal loan program for small businesses that expired over the summer. The $284 billion allocation would allow nonprofits and local media to apply for aid, and it would allocate $15 billion to performance venues, independent movie theaters and other cultural institutions devastated by lockdowns.Still, economists had warned that the size of the stimulus would fall short of the level of assistance needed to support the economic recovery. James Whelan, president of the Real Estate Board of New York, said the same is true for New York in part because local and state governments, which had petitioned the federal government to provide funds to balance their Covid-ravaged budgets, apparently will get nothing in the package.“State and local aid is needed to account for the ongoing loss of billions in city and state tax revenue that fuels basic government services,” Whalen said in a statement. “More rental assistance is needed to protect residential and commercial tenants and property owners who will still struggle to pay their rent or mortgage over the months to come. More infrastructure and transit funding is needed to help kickstart our economy and create more good jobs for New Yorkers.”The package included $4 billion for the cash-strapped Metropolitan Transportation Authority, according to NY1. The agency previously said that without as much as $12 billion in federal aid, it would need to implement fare hikes and massive service cuts. [NYT, WaPo] — Akiko MatsudaContact Akiko Matsuda Full Name* TagsMetropolitan Transportation AuthorityMultifamily MarketPoliticscenter_img Email Address* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Message*last_img read more

Hope for continental recovery, in 2013

first_imgAfter years of austerity measures and financial reforms aimed at unhealthy economies and national debt levels, a top European official on Tuesday cited hopeful signs that a “slow and subdued” European recovery could begin by next year.Olli Rehn, vice president of the European Commission, the European Union’s (EU) executive body, said that the average budget deficit of European nations has fallen from 6 percent in 2009 and 2010 to 4 percent in 2011, and is expected to fall 3 percent this year and next.Beyond that, he said the economic reforms show signs of working, with fiscally troubled Ireland now able to access financial markets, surprising export growth in struggling Portugal, difficult banking reforms approaching passage in Spain, and budgetary progress in Greece, where the deficit has fallen from 16 percent of the overall budget in 2009 to 6 percent this year.“I am bringing better news from across the ocean,” Rehn said. “I’m convinced that all this hard work will start bearing fruit in the not-too-distant future, and in fact the first signs are already visible.”However, high unemployment remains a major area of concern, especially among the continent’s youth. Some critics have said that the steps taken so far have focused too heavily on reducing budget deficits at a time when public spending could stimulate job growth and lower unemployment. But Rehn said he believes that healthier governments are key to future economic strength, and that talk of getting rid of the euro so countries can pursue individual cures would mean even deeper economic dislocation and recession.Rehn made his comments to a packed auditorium and nearby overflow room at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies. The talk, titled “Rebuilding the Economic and Monetary Union,” was hosted by Kenneth Rogoff, the Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Public Policy in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences’ Economics Department.“It’s quite extraordinary to have the vice president of the commission here. There’s just a little bit going on in Europe,” Rogoff quipped.Rehn said that despite the flood of negative news coming from the continent, Europe is stronger than perceived, with a market of 500 million people and a third of the globe’s economic output. As a region, the EU remains the largest trading partner of the United States, China, and many other nations.In addition, he pointed out, despite the current economic troubles, Europe remains stable and at peace, important factors given the continent’s troubled history.It is apparent now, Rehn said, that the economic good times after the adoption of the euro in 1999 were wasted. He also said that economic reform, though it may seem severe today in countries that had soaring budget deficits, isn’t something that can be undertaken and finished forever. Rather, it needs to be an ongoing part of a constantly changing economic scene. It wasn’t that long ago, he pointed out, that Germany and other nations considered strong today were experiencing their own crises.“All those countries had to go through very serious reform of their fiscal policy and structural elements,” Rehn said. “There is never anything eternal in economic success.”Rehn said he looks forward to a vigorous debate on closer political ties among European nations, which some analysts have proposed as a necessary step to avoid future crises. A more critical issue, given the current crisis, is a tighter fiscal union — provisions of which are outlined in a fiscal treaty signed earlier this year and awaiting ratification — with integrated banking laws, protections against bank failure, integrated economic policy frameworks, and budgetary guidelines aimed at preventing the kind of imbalances among nations that sparked the current crisis.Rehn said that European and national officials have been forced to work as both firefighters dealing with crisis and as architects designing reforms that will shape future relations between countries, their businesses, institutions, and citizens.Although some analysts have said that, having weathered the initial crisis, the European nations could focus on plans for the future, Rehn said there are still aspects of the downturn that are ongoing.“We do have to continue with firefighting for some time to come,” he said.last_img read more

New Bishop Of Buffalo Diocese Named

first_imgImage by the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo.BUFFALO – A new Bishop has been named to head the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo.The Diocese announced Tuesday morning that Michael William Fisher has been appointed by Pope Francis.Fisher, who will become the 15th Bishop of the Diocese of Buffalo, says he is “deeply humbled and grateful to the Holy Father for this gift to serve the people of Buffalo as their Bishop.”“Though the challenges that currently confront the Diocese of Buffalo are many and significant, they are not equal to the resolve of so many committed lay women and men, devoted priests, deacons and religious across Western New York, who are no less determined to reveal God’s transformative love that has the power to bind every wound, renew and make us whole,” Fisher says. “We would do well to recall the promise in Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians: ‘No eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him.’” Following the controversial exit of former bishop Richard Malone, Albany Bishop Edward Scharfenberger was serving as Apostolic Administrator for the Buffalo Diocese.Scharfenberger calls this “a blessed and wonderful day for the good people across western New York.”“In Bishop Michael Fisher, they have been given a priest, pastor and bishop whose passion to serve, to listen, to heal and comfort have distinguished his 30-year ministry. It has been among my life’s great joys to get to know and assist this faith-filled community, to accompany them in their initial steps on the path toward renewal and redefine the enormous potential of the Church to accomplish so much good across this region,” Scharfenberger says.Fisher is 62-years-old and a native of Baltimore. He previously served as an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Washington and a chaplain to Pope John Paul II.His’s installation will take place on January 15 in the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Buffalo. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Hot Pockets? Don’t Mind If We Do, Jim Gaffigan [Review]

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Comedian Jim Gaffigan was his usual self-deprecating self Thursday night at NYCB Theatre at Westbury, mocking his own girth and professing his insatiable affection for food, while tossing in several perfectly-timed zingers that tickled the sold-out crowd inside the intimate venue. Under dimmed lights, Gaffigan, who also took time to sign copies of his new book Food: A Love Story, capped the night with another rip-roaring routine about—what else?—Hot Pockets, which he described as a diarrhea-inducing monstrosity that essentially is only good for judging a person’s level of intoxication (aka if you’re really plastered you’ll bravely open the freezer and pop one in the microwave, and then subsequently regret you’re ill-fated decision). The crowd roared upon Gaffigan’s signature high-pitched, drawn-out mention of the frozen turnover. Gaffigan, a seasoned comedian who hails from Indiana, was comfortable on stage—as usual. His jokes about religion, food, his family and everyday life, were well-received. The jokes are only part of what makes Gaffigan a top-notch comedian, however. He is also a polished entertainer who specializes in seamless transitions and understands how to skillfully weave together a perfect narrative, oftentimes using food, whether it be donuts, steak, bread or Hot Pockets, as the glue. What makes Gaffigan so appealing as a comedian is his ability to punctuate one-liners without resorting to profane language. He also genuinely comes off as an everyman, several times discussing his wife and five kids, who he himself picks up from school in New York City. He credited his wife for assisting with his material, but wasn’t afraid to use her to get some laughs. When talking about his wife’s driving ability, he noted that while he’s not a sexist he refuses to allow her behind the wheel when they’re in the car because he doesn’t want to die, but is fine with her driving the kids around. He’s also willing to invoke his children for a good joke. The best was when he talked about how his kids call him on the phone just so they can hear his voice. “Just buy my album,” he deadpanned. Perhaps his best moments came when he ribbed people who carry their dogs around in bags or dress their pups in jackets and walk past homeless people on the streets of New York City who would do anything for a warm, leathery overcoat. He also professed bewilderment at people walking into elevators without questioning the potential consequences, calling the machines “a casket with a string.” Always enjoyable is when Gaffigan turns the jokes on himself. Gaffigan, perhaps best known for his routines about food, said he often has donuts waiting for him inside hotel rooms. “I’m not not going to eat them,” he said to a cacophony of laughs. Gaffigan also mocked his milky-white pigmentation and blonde hair, joking that when he walks around the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum—which he said he wholeheartedly recommends—people point and whisper: “He did it.” Gaffigan shines the brightest when he dishes on food. He revealed that he loves steaks above all else. Steaks, he said, have a steakhouse, while Tuna, well—that only gets a can. Gaffigan also admitted a distaste for fish. The best compliment a plate of fish can get is “It’s not fishy,” he said to a mix of laughs and applause. Gaffigan was nearly through with his performance when he decided to give the audience one final treat. “Hoooot Pooockeeets,” he said in his typical high-pitched tone, as the crowd applauded and smiled.last_img read more