Goa yet to pass rules of new disability Act

first_imgAgitated by the delay in framing the rules of the Rights of Persons with Disability Act, 2016 and the consequent delay in the implementation of the Act in the State, the Goa disability sector has warned the State government not to take them for granted. In a letter addressed to the Secretary, Goa State Social Welfare Department (SWD), on Saturday, Raj Vaiday from the disability sector association of schools and Disability Rights Association of Goa (DRAG) said, “All the delays that the government incurs is a delay in the denial of their rights.”The State government has also not appointed a Disability Commissioner after the previous incumbent, Anuradha Joshi, quit over the government’s inability to provide her with infrastructure and human resource. Ms. Joshi resigned nearly a year ago citing non-cooperation by the department. Without a full-time Disability Commissioner, there is no autonomous redressal mechanism. The letter also points out that the promised Special Cell for Disabilities has not yet materialised, the website of the SWD is in bad shape. Several special schools have recently petitioned the SWD fearing scuttling of their operations if the State government fails to release their grants, which are delayed beyond the sustainable limit.Mr. Avelino de Sa, president of DRAG, the body spearheading the cause of persons with disability, said that as per the 2011 Census, Goa’s figure for persons with disability was 31,000. With the categories of disability going up from seven to 21 as per the new Act, the figure must have gone up. However, with the rules not framed and endorsed by the State Legislative Assembly and notified, the new Act was only on paper.Many issues of accessibility of public places, including government buildings and beaches, implementation of reservations in jobs due to lack of roster maintenance, have been pending for a long time.The letter said that the RPWD Act 2016 passed was gazetted by the Centre in December 2016, and the rules came into force in June 2017. Each State had to adopt and gazette the Act. Goa did it in November 2017. The mandate of the law is that the rules be framed and come into force within six months.The letter further says that the drafting of the rules have been tossed between the State Law Department and the SWD in the name of vetting for too long. The Law Department is not satisfied, and has been raising queries and making suggestions, and the SWD seems clueless to respond.Moreover, the letter said that disability-related issues are plenty and the work in SWD seems to be allotted to one assistant director, who is already overburdened with other duties. “The Department does not seem to have realized the seriousness of the Act and its implications. The inclusion of 21 disabilities has made the task even more challenging,” it says.last_img read more

It’s geek to me

first_imgWifi Detector t-shirtForget turning heads, this T-shirt will also break them. The Wifi detector shirt is… a wifi detector shirt! The interactive front will display the strength of a Wifi signal nearby. Running on AAA batteries, this is one garment that will get you a high geek-cred score. (A tee of Don Corleone eating a Mario mushroom also helps.) Head over to www.thinkgeek.com and check out this US$ 20 shirt that saves you the exercise of opening your portable. Yes, it’s cotton; yes, it can be washed; yes, the glow-lights can be detached. Oh just go buy it, will you?WikireaderYou know those annoying know-it-all travellers who end up playing the banjo with the tour guide’s nerves? Here’s your chance to be one. It’s called the Wikireader and it’s essentially an offline repository of, but of course, Wikipedia articles. Runs perfectly fine with two batteries and is also capable of being updated with Wikipedia updates (replete with vandalised articles?) through an SD card. Fairly inexpensive, it’s a worthwhile investment at US$ 99. The downside is that it isn’t capable of rendering images, but again Wikipedia images aren’t exactly a loss, are they? Oh and parents can lock stuff away from the children. Wikireader ships worldwide and you can order yours at www.thewikireader.comCasio EX-10HGHere’s a tip up front: Don’t lose this camera. Having a bunch of images from your backyard with GPS co-ords on them is a potential security threat, after all! But then, you’ll be careful not to lose a delicious device like this, I’m sure. Casio’s EX-10HG camera sports a 12.1MP capability and 720p video recording, which means your images will be cleaner than the clearest crystals. Top this with some special technology love, coming its way from indoor-geotagging, and you have a venerable device. Your plastic will be lighter by about US$ 400. And, yes, this Casio also tells you the time. Check casio.com for availability and more information.advertisementToshiba H30Since we’re all a bit shallow when it comes to goodlooking stuff, might as well indulge in Toshiba’s camcorder finery that is bound to make heads turn. Take one gander at this gadget and we’ll rest our case. At a very affordable US$ 250, this little Toshiba H30 packs in full HD recording, a 3-inch screen and the ability to tag videos for Youtube. For good measure, it also captures 10MP pictures, effectively retiring your digi-cam. Let the image-stabilisation feature not tempt you to shoot videos and upload them indiscriminately. At just 230g, it’s worth checking out if you’re travelling States-side. For India release check www.toshiba-india.comFree WifiThere may be no free lunches but there is always free Wifi. (Unsolicited advice: Secure your net.) If you’ve got an iPhone and are gallivanting around the blue marble, get hold of this app from the AppStore in iTunes. Click http://bit.ly/wififorfree and install it. It’s free and gives you a list of 270,000 free Wifi spots around the world. If your idea of a vacation is checking mail from exotic locations, this is your fix.last_img read more

Sports Wrap: Kohli and Co. flying to West Indies, it’s Ronaldo vs Bale in Euro and more

first_imgTeam India leaves for West Indies to play four-Test seriesVirat Kohli returns to the West Indies, where he made his Test debut, after five years as the team’s captain and premier batsman.Cricket Australia slaps bans on three players for bettingAustralia’s cricket board has banned two players for betting on matches and given a suspended ban to a third as part of its “zero tolerance” approach to gambling-related corruption.Euro 2016: Imperfect Portugal plot another escape against Wales in semisUnless Cristiano Ronaldo can rediscover his scoring touch, Portugal will struggle to find a way past an attack fueled by Gareth Bale when they play Wales tonight.Gerardo Martino steps down as Argentina coachArgentina coach Gerardo Martino has added his resignation to that of captain Lionel Messi’s, citing a leadership vacuum.Mourinho will be massive improvement at United, says FergusonManchester United are in need of both a quick-fix and long-term stability after David Moyes and Louis van Gaal struggled as successors to Alex Ferguson.last_img read more

Jadeja and Rohit seal 6th straight ODI series win for India at home

first_imgRavindra Jadeja was the star of a sensational bowling performance as India crushed West Indies by 9 wickets to win the five-match ODI series 3-1 at Thiruvananthapuram on Thursday. Jadeja picked up second four-wicket haul of the year as West Indies were shot out for 104 in 31.5 overs.This was India’s sixth successive ODI series win at home after losing to South Africa in 2015.India vs West Indies, 5th ODI: Highlights | Scorecard West Indies had opted to bat under overcast skies at Greenfield International Stadium. There was plenty at stake in the final ODI of the series – Windies could have become the first team in three years to deny India a series victory at home. The visitors had given a great account of themselves.After going down by 8 wickets in the first ODI, West Indies secured a thrilling tie in the second before successfully defending 283 despite a Virat Kohli hundred in Pune. But they ran out of steam in Mumbai where they were shot out for 153 chasing a mammoth 378.Thursday was a chance to set things right. Not many had expected West Indies to show so much fight after the huge defeats in the two Test matches.But West Indies blew their chance. Bhuvneshwar Kumar drew first blood when he had Kieran Powell caught behind by MS Dhoni in the first over. Jasprit Bumrah bowled an absolute peach to remove Shain Hope. West Indies were 2 for 2 in the second over and hopes of a recovery were slim.And there was no intent as a familiar story unfolded. Jadeja was wily, Khaeel Ahmed was impressive yet again and Bumrah was unplayable but West Indies would be disappointed with their shot selection. They have been overtly dependent on Hope and Shimron Hetmyer this series – in the finale, after India removed the two dangermen, there was little fight left in the tourists.advertisementIn response, India got home without breaking a sweat. Shikhar Dhawan was the only top order India batsman to miss out on big scores in the series – on Thursday, he failed again, falling cheaply to Oshane Thomas.That brought together Kohli and Rohit Sharma – two men at the peak of their game. Kohli was dropped on four while Rohit was caught off a no-ball – neither was going to let these opportunities go to waste.FIFTY!The Hitman @ImRo45 looks in great touch as he brings up his 37th ODI half-century #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/GlYXnG9vDMBCCI (@BCCI) November 1, 2018Rohit, watchful to start with, exploded to blaze away to his 37th half-century while Kohli remained unbeaten on 33.India and West Indies will now face off in the T20I series beginning November 4.last_img read more

‘Neymar wouldn’t have treated Messi like Cavani’

first_imgPSG ‘Neymar wouldn’t have treated Messi like that’ – Forlan demands Cavani respect from PSG star Dejan Kalinic Last updated 2 years ago 14:38 21/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(22) Lionel Messi Neymar Edinson Cavani GFX Getty composite PSG Neymar Barcelona Ligue 1 Lionel Messi The former Uruguay star was unhappy with the the PSG forward for his treatment of his team-mate against Lyon Neymar would never have treated Lionel Messi the way he did Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Edinson Cavani, according to Diego Forlan.Neymar and Cavani argued over who would take a penalty during their team’s 2-0 win over Lyon in Ligue 1 on Sunday.Neymar 12/1 to be CL top scorer Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Cavani eventually won that battle, but saw his spot-kick saved by Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes.Forlan, the former Uruguay and Atletico Madrid star, feels his countryman Cavani deserved better, saying Neymar would never have done similar to Messi at Barcelona.”[Cavani] deserves respect,” he told Radio Sport 890. “He has been scoring goals for years and taking penalties, there has to be respect.Edinson Cavani Neymar PSG“Neymar would not have done that to Messi. He did not want Cavani to take the penalty. He was like a little boy annoying him.”PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has denied any talks of a rift between PSG’s star duo.Despite the penalty disagreement, PSG have made a flying start to the season – winning eight straight matches in all competitions.last_img read more

Karachi ODI washed out: History created without a ball being bowled

first_imgKarachi ODI washed out: History created without a ball being bowledThe 1st ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka was abandoned without a ball being bowled at the National Stadium, Karachi but the damp squib broke Karachi’s record of not seeing a match being completely washed off.advertisement Next India Today Web Desk KarachiSeptember 27, 2019UPDATED: September 27, 2019 18:17 IST The 1st ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka was abandoned due to rain on Friday (AP)HIGHLIGHTSThe 1st ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka was abandoned due to rain on FridayThis was the 1st time in Karachi’s history that a game was abandoned due to rainOnly one other ODI has been abandoned in Karachi, but it was due to crowd disturbanceThe highly-anticipated 1st ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at the National Stadium in Karachi was abandoned due to rain. The 10-year wait for ODI cricket continues for Karachi after the game was called off without any play on Friday.The washout meant that it was the 1st time that an ODI has been completely washed out due to rain in Karachi. There have been only 3 other times in the ground’s history that an ODI couldn’t be completed and only one of them was abandoned without play happening – but that particular instance owed itself to human causes, more specifically rioting.The first ODI between Pakistan and Sri Lanka at Karachi has been abandoned due to rainIt’s the first time an ODI has ever been washed out at the venue. As you can see, it was a bit wet…#PAKvSL pic.twitter.com/mWGYrAzL3xICC (@ICC) September 27, 2019On October 22, 1982 in a match against Australia, the match had to be called off after just 12 overs since 3 Australian fielders were struck by missiles thrown from the crowd. The only other time that an ODI had to be abandoned was on October 14, 1988 when the officials decided to not go ahead with the game owing to rioting.Next on December 20, 1989 with the hosts leading the 3-match ODI series vs India 1-0, the 3rd game had to be called off after Manoj Prabhakar had rocked the Pakistan top-order with 3 quick wickets. With the score reading 28/3 in the 15th over and seeing their team in deep trouble, spectators started disrupting the playing field forcing the umpires and the referee to call off the match.advertisementWhile Friday’s match vs Sri Lanka was supposed to mark a historical moment for Pakistan cricket, the rain ensured that it would become historical for entirely different reasons. For the Pakistan fans, the long wait to see international stars play a full-fledged cricket series in their own backyard just got a little bit longer.An unusual spell of monsoon rain in the southern port city during this time of the year left the cricket ground completely waterlogged.Umpires called off the match at 4:30 p.m. local time with no chance of any play. The second game of the three-match series, which could also be affected by rain, is on Monday.Karachi hasn’t hosted an ODI in 10 years since Sri Lanka last played here in 2009.It is the first time since Sri Lanka’s team bus was attacked in Lahore in 2009 that a foreign team will conduct a two-week tour of Pakistan with Karachi hosting all three ODIs. Major teams have avoided Pakistan since that ambush, which killed eight people and injured several players.The ODI series will be followed by 3 T20Is in Lahore.Also Read | Afghanistan Cricket Board appoints former South African all-rounder Lance Klusener as head coachFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Karachi StadiumFollow Pakistan vs Sri Lankalast_img read more

Winnie Was a Champion of Freedom – HPM Holness

first_imgPrime Minister Andrew Holness this morning paid respects to the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and hailed her as a champion of freedom.The anti-apartheid freedom campaigner died today (April 2) in her homeland South Africa. She was 81 years old.Prime Minister Holness said Winnie Mandela’s death brings into focus the significant struggle of black people throughout the world against racism and in particular apartheid in South Africa.“Winnie Mandela was a symbol of the black struggle against oppression and injustice. We here in Jamaica supported her in that struggle as she maintained the legacy of her then husband Nelson Mandela while he was locked away for 27 years,” said Prime Minister Holness.He noted the tremendous impact both Winnie and Nelson Mandela had on him and throughout the world.“As a young man the Mandelas were inspirations to me and many of my peers. We were cognizant of the evolution of the struggle that culminated in the release of Nelson Mandela and majority black rule. We still strongly remember their visit to Jamaica in 1991 as I know do many Jamaicans today”.Prime Minister Holness added that Winnie Mandela is immortalized in the Jamaican socio-cultural consciousness with songs and stories about her life and struggles.“Winnie is a part of us. We identified with her struggle and we recorded songs about her. Jamaica embraced her not just as the wife of Nelson Mandela but importantly the mother of modern South Africa – a woman who was a freedom fighter and liberator in her own right”.The Prime Minister said Jamaica has lost a friend and inspiration.Prime Minister Holness conveyed condolences on behalf of the people of Jamaica, to the nation of South Africa.last_img read more

Annual Program Celebrates Reading

first_imgIf you are looking for a family activity to do this weekend and throughout the summer, look no further than your local library. The TD Summer Reading Club launches this month nationwide and public libraries are hosting a variety of activities that include author visits, story-telling sessions, reading games, book discussions and related crafts. “This annual reading program is a great opportunity for adults to share their joy of reading with the children in their lives,” said Leonard Preyra, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. “It inspires Nova Scotia’s youngest people to read all summer long and encourages them to visit their local libraries.” This year the theme is GO!, encouraging children to journey to any place they want to go through the magic of reading. “Nova Scotia is the perfect place for GO!” said Teresa Workman, communications co-ordinator for South Shore Public Libraries. “The club encourages kids to explore summer, explore outdoors and, of course, explore books. The TD Summer Reading Club enables public libraries to offer a consistent and fun message about the importance of reading.” Children aged five to 12 can register online at the TD Summer Reading Club website, tdsummerreadingclub.ca or at their local library. They will receive a free reading kit that includes a program poster, stickers and an activity booklet to track progress. The site also features stories, jokes, a scavenger hunt, and suggestions for books based on themes and age categories. “Reading during the summer helps kids retain their hard-learned reading skills,” said Angela Reynolds, head of Youth Services, Annapolis Valley Regional Library. “Read a book, a magazine, listen to an audio, read aloud as a family – it all counts toward your summer reading goal.” In 2012, 14,697 children registered in the program and 118,215 books were read. Families can contact local library branches to find out more about program registration and other special events. It runs to the end of August. For more information and to register visit a local library or go online to publiclibraries.ns.ca or the TD Summer Reading Club website. The Summer Reading Club is a national initiative organized by TD Bank Financial Group in co-operation with Library and Archives Canada, and is implemented annually through public libraries.last_img read more

Nitish gets hostile reception in Muzaffarpur

first_imgMuzaffarpur: Public grief gave way to outrage here Tuesday when angry people raised slogans as Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar held a meeting with officials to take stock of the Acute Encephalitis Syndrome outbreak, which has claimed the lives of over 100 children.The death toll has climbed to 105 with both the SKMCH hospital and the privately owned Kejriwal hospital reporting one casualty during the night, the district administration said. Kumar, who had been away in New Delhi since Saturday, returned to the state capital Monday evening and held an emergency review meeting on the AES situation with officials. Also Read – IAF receives its first Rafale fighter jet from FranceAfter the meeting the government swung into action, declaring it would bear the expense for treatment of those found with the syndrome even if it took place at private hospitals. Instructions were also issued for equipping primary health centres with necessary facilities so that children with symptoms of AES in remote areas could be provided with medical attention closer home since, in several cases, the time involved in travelling to the district headquarters and seeking admission to hospitals had led to worsening of the condition of patients. On Tuesday morning, Kumar rushed to the SKMCH hospital in Muzaffarpur, where more than 300 children have been admitted with complaints of AES since June 1. Close to 90 of them have died. Moreover, the litchi grown in Muzaffarpur is said to contain a toxin which can cause a drop in blood sugar levels if consumed by a malnourished child.last_img read more

RCMP reviewing alleged questionable payments on Peters First Nation

first_imgKenneth Jackson APTN National NewsThe RCMP is reviewing a large volume of confidential financial documents belonging to Peters First Nation after several members of the British Columbia reserve filed a complaint against the band council, APTN National News has learned.Two officers have been assigned to the file, including an officer that has worked on financial crimes investigations, out of Chilliwack, B.C.APTN was told the complaint was made in March against the chief, a current councillor and a former councillor after APTN’s first story in February on Peters regarding membership issues.Related: Promise to dying mother sees daughter take on ‘rigged’ band council to bring her family homeThe Mounties received more information after an APTN investigation into finances of the reserve last month.That story focused on a two-year period from 2013-15 based on court documents, audits, emails and financial ledgers for those years.The Mounties have been given ledgers dating back to 2011 and other documents, like band council resolutions, dating back a decade.APTN’s investigation uncovered questionable payments and outlined how Peters First Nation’s three-member band council were allocated hundreds of thousands of dollars over a two-year period to operate a band with 12 homes on 131 hectares and little infrastructure located between Hope and Chilliwack.The money was much more than what band council claimed to Indigenous Affairs from 2013 to 2015 according to the First Nations Transparency Act.The story also showed how money was allocated to members who are known to vote for council every two years. A closer look at the finances over those years indicated that over 90 per cent of all expenditures to band members went to those who voted for council.Graph is based on the 2014/15 ledger belonging to Peters First Nation.Documents show questionable payments not only to the children of council but one of their mothers received tens of thousands in social assistance and allegedly didn’t qualify, while one councillor had over 10 jobs.A 2015 audit uncovered that the band kept little paper trail of supporting documents for social assistance, and council members were signing cheques over to themselves, all of which the auditor said opened the band to the potential for “inappropriate payments”.Indigenous Affairs approved the audit without question and also released funding for one program without any details on how it would be spent.APTN has asked the RCMP for comment, as well as Peters band council but has not received a response from either.APTN’s full investigation can be found here.kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more

Taylor firefighters battle early morning semitruck fire

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – Motorists were delayed and firefighters were busy in Taylor early Thursday morning after a truck caught fire at the top of the South Taylor Hill.Taylor Fire Chief Edward Albury said that fire crews were called out the vehicle fire on Highway 97 near the 249 Road just before 1:10 a.m. Thursday.Albury said that a semi-truck carrying two trailers loaded with sand had suffered a mechanical issue while travelling southbound up the hill. Taylor fire crews battling a truck fire Thursday morning. Photo by Edward Albury. Taylor fire crews battling a truck fire Thursday morning. Photo by Edward Albury. Taylor fire crews battling a truck fire Thursday morning. Photo by Edward Albury. Taylor fire crews battling a truck fire Thursday morning. Photo by Edward Albury. Motorists lined up while firefighters extinguish a truck fire early Thursday morning. Photo submitted by Rachael Passey. Motorists lined up while firefighters extinguish a truck fire early Thursday morning. Photo submitted by Rachael Passey. The driver of the semi told him that while driving he heard a loud bang and experienced a sudden loss of power.Moments later, the driver said that flames were visible coming from inside the front right wheel well, which was when they pulled the truck over and exited the vehicle.Albury said that upon arrival, the vehicle was fully engulfed in flames. No one was injured in the fire, but despite the efforts of fire crews, the semi-truck was a total loss.last_img read more

How to Turn the Moroccan Brain Drain into a Brain Gain

By Dil BolaRabat – It is not uncommon for educated professionals to pursue careers out of state as low salaries, poor work conditions, a lack of funding, and an absence of opportunities motivates the exodus of skilled workers in the Global South. The brain drain of senior executives and engineers has caused recent concern in studies of migration, remittances, and the economic survival of the Moroccan state. Said Amzazi, the Moroccan minister of education, spoke of the painful brain drain, noting that each year, over 600 engineers leave Morocco in search of better conditions and, ultimately, job satisfaction and better pay in a more academically-progressive environment. The phenomenon is not exclusive to engineers. The president of the Moroccan Federation of Information Technologies, Salwa Belkeziz-Karkari, asserted that around 8,000 senior Moroccan cadres leave each year as well. Whether they were trained in the public or private sector, these individuals resign from their position in office to go elsewhere. Further, Belkeziz-Karkari noted that French multinationals make weekly visits with Moroccan executives to persuade them to immigrate and resettle in France. In exchange, they are offered consistent wages, health benefits, and encouraging working environments. Despite migration opportunities, 74 percent of Moroccan professionals living abroad are inclined to return to their country in hopes to put improve and develop working conditions in the state. However, some are still reluctant because Morocco’s atmosphere lacks appeal and thus, many fail to return in the end.Emigration of professionals and academics in Morocco dates back to the 1950s. The ‘flight of human capital’ as it was called, referred to the movement of highly educated individuals to industrialized states. However, there was a  dramatic increase in numbers since the 1970s when other states’ selective immigration policies began to favor skilled workers. Initially, Morocco gained remittances that aided economic survival. But over time, the lack of positive results through these investments aimed at development has caused a decline in remittances. The lack of results prompts emigrants to remain in states offering optimal opportunities. Consequently, the Moroccan economy has slowed down and the jobless are apprehensive of the government failing to facilitate employment.  The solution to this detrimental economic drawback may be simple. In order to accelerate and develop the financial system, halting the brain drain is essential. In order to retain educated individuals, the government could make a good start by improving working conditions, raising salaries, and providing research facilities.If the government monitors emigrants with academic or professional capabilities and implements recruiting programs to facilitate not only their return, but the expertise they have amassed, the Moroccan economy has the potential to improve drastically if not develop to reach new heights of industrial capacity. read more

Shoppers offered cash for old unwanted John Lewis clothes even if they

Shoppers are being offered cash for old clothes in a trial that will see John Lewis buy back unwanted items even if they are damaged.The scheme aims to reduce the impact of the 300,000 tonnes of clothes sent to UK landfill each year.More than 100 customers are testing the scheme that allows them to sell any unwanted clothing back to the department store, regardless of its condition, in return for an e-voucher that they can then use in store.The app-based service links to a customer’s John Lewis account data on what they have bought from its 50 stores or website over the past five years.Customers can then select the products they want to sell and are immediately shown the amount they can receive for them. Once a customer has a minimum of £50 worth of clothing to sell, a courier will collect the products within three hours. Items bought back are then either resold, mended so they can be resold or recycled into new products.If successful, the next stage will be to offer an option for customers to donate the money to charity.John Lewis developed the idea with social enterprise Stuffstr, which partners with retailers to buy back used items and recycle them.Stuffstr chief executive John Atcheson said: “Every item has value, even old socks, and we want to make it as simple as possible for John Lewis customers to benefit from their unwanted clothes.”View latest offers from John Lewis Martyn White, sustainability manager at John Lewis, said: “We already take back used sofas, beds and large electrical items and either donate them to charity or reuse and recycle parts, and want to offer a service for fashion products.”It’s estimated that the average UK household owns around £4,000 worth of clothes, but around 30 per cent of that clothing has not been worn for at least a year.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The average UK household owns around £4,000 worth of clothes, but around 30 per cent of that clothing has not been worn for at least a yearMartyn White, John Lewis read more

Sometimes my heart starts racing Former Cork minor hurler embracing memories of

first_img 29,762 Views Short URL May 12th 2019, 8:00 AM DESSIE FITZGERALD IS reminded of the incident that changed his life every time he passes the Buttevant GAA pitch in Cork. Dessie Fitzgerald’s life changed forever in the 2011 Cork junior hurling semi-final. Source: James Crombie/INPHOHis mind is instantly brought back to a Cork junior hurling semi-final in 2011. It was a match that started out as any other for Fitzgerald, with a big prize on offer of qualifying for a county decider. But the tough Charleville defender who walked into those grounds close to his home, didn’t leave the same person that day.Almost eight years on from the game that left him with a spinal cord injury, Fitzgerald is a father of two young boys — MJ and Jack — and is married to Sarah. He’s running his own business ‘Dessie Fitzgerald Coaching,’ which revolves around life coaching and personal coaching.His days are split between his clients, his family, and rehabilitating his injury, where the quest to regain more and more physical movement is constant.Fitzgerald leads a busy life. On the day he speaks to The42 over the phone, we push our chat back by half an hour to accommodate his hectic schedule.He has come to accept the various blows that life has dealt him, although he’s keen to stress that “it’s an ongoing journey. I don’t think we ever get to the bottom of it”.Those regular trips past Buttevant evoke different feelings in Fitzgerald, but he never tries to block the memories out. Allowing himself to experience different emotions about the accident is what allows him to move forward in his new life. 1 Comment ‘Sometimes my heart starts racing’ – Former Cork minor hurler embracing memories of a spinal cord injury Dessie Fitzgerald discusses the incident in a county-semi-final that changed his life and how he has found a vocation in life coaching. I have to deal with that and be accepting of it,” Fitzgerald explains. “I get a certain feeling of… sadness comes with it… and sometimes my heart starts racing and [I] feel a little bit anxious when I think about it all.“But the more I try and avoid that the more it may eat me up further down the road. If I allow myself to go into that sadness a little bit and that anxiety, then it will get less and less.” Dessie and Sarah and their two sons.Fitzgerald’s story has been well documented over the years and part of his job as a life coach involves visiting schools, clubs and other organisations to deliver motivational speeches about his experiences.He was recently invited onto the Late Late Show to tell his story of struggle and recovery. It was a “surreal” experience for him, having grown up on the other side of the screen watching other people feature on the iconic RTÉ programme.Several GAA legends including Kieran Donaghy and Henry Shefflin paid tribute to Fitzgerald’s compelling interview with Ryan Tubridy on Twitter. Their gestures left a lasting impact on the Cork man.“It touched my heart. I’m not a huge man for Twitter but I had a quick look and people were showing me afterwards of these various sports stars posting stuff like that.When I saw the reaction the following day, I felt huge goosebumps. It was very touching and heartwarming.”Fitzgerald’s oldest son MJ is four years old and is already starting to pick up a hurl. He was named after Fitzgerald’s brothers Michael and James, who tragically passed away. Fitzgerald’s youngest son is one-year-old Jack.People have inquired if Fitzgerald would have any concerns about his two boys developing an interest in the sport, given the tragedy that befell him during a game.  Henry Shefflin tweeted his praise for Fitzgerald for his interview on the Late Late Show. Source: James Crombie/INPHOBut the former Cork underage player has never held any resentment towards hurling for the injury he suffered. He simply describes it as “one of those things” and a “freak accident” in which his body was left prone while battling for possession.The collision that followed with two other players left him with a life-altering injury, but he would never discourage his sons from falling in love with the small ball game the way he did.And with the Munster SHC starting this weekend, Fitzgerald plans to bring them along to support the Rebels.“I would encourage them to get involved in whatever sport, I don’t care what it is,” Fitzgerald beams.They’re at a lively stage and getting that balance right is important. Having had the losses in my life, it makes you very aware of needing to embrace as many moments as you possibly can.“Once they’re out there engaging in a physical activity with their friends. What happened to me was a freak accident. It was just one of those things.Do I wish it didn’t happen? Massively so. But it did. It could have happened me anywhere. I’ve just got to roll with that.“I do not regret playing hurling or sport. The benefits that I got growing up playing, those experiences made me into the man that I am today.There’s no way I would change that because having a happy childhood like that was huge.”Fitzgerald exudes positivity when he’s speaking on the phone but his enthusiastic voice beguiles the dark days that haunted him when he returned home to begin his rehabilitation.His brother Mike had recently died by suicide and the other, James, passed away in 2012 from Sudden Adult Death Syndrome (SADS). Their losses, coupled with the daunting challenge of living with a spinal cord injury, overwhelmed Fitzgerald. Charleville took on St Patrick’s of Kilkenny in the 2012 All-Ireland junior club final. Source: Lorraine O’Sullivan/INPHOCharleville went on to contest the All-Ireland junior final against St Patrick’s of Kilkenny the following February, and Fitzgerald was given permission to leave hospital and attend the game. He spoke to the players ahead of the game, but looking on from the sideline in a wheelchair “was a tough experience.”After the accident, it wasn’t known if he would be able to move independently again. But when doctors explained to Fitzgerald that the injury was incomplete, his mind immediately began contemplating a possible future where he could play hurling again.Coming from a background where he played minor hurling for Cork and shared a field with Limerick great Andrew O’Shaughnessy while attending St Colman’s college in Fermoy, these were exactly the kind of reassuring words that a player of his competitive nature wanted to hear.But it soon transpired that returning to hurling wasn’t going to be an option for Fitzgerald.All in all, the roller coaster of emotions was too much for him to process.“The image that emerged in my mind was, ‘would there be a chance that I could get back out on the hurling field again?’“But as time progressed, I kind of came out of that state of shock and became aware that it wasn’t looking likely, unless they came up with a cure for a spinal cord injury. Dessie Fitzgerald briefly hoped that there might be a chance that he could return to play hurling. Source: James Crombie/INPHO“I really struggled with getting back into life.When I was brought to a GAA game, I used to leave and was so angry and upset. I realised that my opportunity was now gone. And seeing my friends out there doing what they do, I found that extremely hard. It took me a while to get back into sport again.“I struggled to watch it on television. I battled with that but I managed to get back to a good place and slowly learned to enjoy it again.”Fitzgerald had to quickly refocus his mind and change his goals. Instead of hoping he could play hurling again, he needed to pour his energy into his recovery.It was gradual, but the feeling and physical function started to return to his body. It began with a twitch in his big toe which later transferred up his left leg and eventually over to his right leg.Mondays are his rehabilitation days, which start at around 11am and continue until 6.30pm. Everything from his hand movement to his legs, arms and core stability are worked on during those sessions.His work schedule allows him to fit in other times to get his exercises done throughout the week as well, and former Limerick football boss John Brudair is lending him a hand with it all.The ultimate ambition for Fitzgerald is to regain as much mobility as possible in the future.“Any movement I got along the way, I was moving an inch and was doing whatever I could to move it an inch and a half. That’s been my life for the last seven years. Former Limerick football boss John Brudair. Source: Cathal Noonan/INPHO“But it’s about going along with that as best I can. I’ve got myself into a good head space and have been relatively accepting of what has happened.I’m looking to push the boundaries as far as I can in terms of a spinal cord injury. “I engage in as many physical activities as I can like weights. I work with John Brudair quite a lot in rehab.“He’s pushing me as well.“We’re constantly seeing progress as time goes on and I’ve no notions of coming off this. It’s gonna take me years and who knows where I’m gonna be in a couple of years time but I definitely know that I’m gonna be further along than I am now.“It’s about minding myself and pushing myself and finding that balance as much as I can.”Fitzgerald’s psychological journey is an ongoing one too, and having experienced the benefits of life coaching himself, he discovered a vocation in that line of work to help others overcome similar obstacles.His story of resilience has inspired many, including Cork All-Star hurler and Charleville man Darragh Fitzgibbon, who has previously spoken about his admiration for his local hero. Cork star Darragh Fitzgibbon. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO‘Dessie Fitzgerald Coaching’ is only open a few months, but he’s already treating about four clients per day.He continues to embrace all the emotions that come with the memories whenever he passes by the pitch in Buttevant. And being able to draw upon those difficult experiences enables him to connect with his clients on a personal level.I think all of us underestimate ourselves to a certain degree. I would have thought ‘how would I be able to inspire other people?’ But I would, just like anybody else. Hearing that about Darragh [Fitzgibbon] would touch my heart in a way. “It would make me aware that I’m on the right path in terms of recovery and all aspects; physically, mentally and emotionally.I do think having gone through various life experiences puts me in a much better position because I can be so much more empathetic when I’m working with people because I’ve been through a lot of it myself.“It does give you a different level of awareness. It involves an awareness of myself and what I went through. It’s an ongoing journey, I don’t think we ever get to the bottom of it.“Having been through the life experiences definitely puts me in a position to be extremely supportive of anybody and whatever it is they’re going through.”You can find more information about Dessie Fitzgerald coaching here.Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: By Sinead Farrell Subscribe Sunday 12 May 2019, 8:00 AM https://the42.ie/4626197 Share65 Tweet Email5 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

New Costco set to create more jobs for Victorians

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Victorian premier Ted Baillieu announced the opening of a new Costco supermarket to open in Ringwood next year which will employ hundreds of Victorians.Costco is a membership warehouse club, dedicated to bringing members the best possible prices on quality brand-name merchandise.last_img

Les secrets de vie des baleines dévoilés grâce à leurs bouchons doreilles

first_imgLes secrets de vie des baleines dévoilés grâce à leurs ‘bouchons d’oreilles’Des chercheurs américains ont pu retracer le ’profil chimique’ d’une baleine bleue au cours de toute son existence – variations hormonales, impact de la pollution, etc. – en analysant le cérumen accumulé dans ses ‘oreilles’. Une nouvelle approche très prometteuse…Pour obtenir des données sur la physiologie des baleines et notamment sur les divers polluants auxquels elles sont confrontées dans la mer, les biologistes ont coutume d’analyser la graisse de ces animaux, qui accumule les composés chimiques de l’environnement. Mais cette méthode ne livre qu’un instantané de la situation – au moment du prélèvement – et non un historique pour toute la durée de vie du cétacé.Des chercheurs de l’Université Baylor au Texas ont innové en portant leur attention sur le cérumen que ces cétacés accumulent, au fil des ans, dans leurs canaux auditifs et qui incorpore (définitivement) certains composés chimiques internes et externes. Un peu comme une ‘carotte’ de matériau prélevée dans le sol ou la banquise, un de ces ‘bouchons d’oreille’ (de 25 cm !), prélevé sur le corps d’une baleine bleue tuée par sa collision avec un bateau en Californie en 2007, vient de fournir une véritable ‘biographie chimique’ de l’animal.Des informations sur l’âge et les hormones “Les scientifiques, dans le passé, ont utilisé cette matrice cireuse comme un outil d’évaluation de l’âge, un peu comme on compte les cernes d’un arbre”, explique Sascha Usenko, un des membres de l’équipe. À raison de deux couches de cérumen qui se forment chaque année, la baleine étudiée – un mâle de 21 m de longueur – était ainsi âgée de 12 ans au moment de sa mort. Mais l’échantillon a livré bien d’autres informations, à commencer par les taux d’hormones aux différents âges du mammifère.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Ainsi, le niveau de cortisol, l’hormone du stress, a augmenté au fil du temps, probablement à mesure que l’animal était confronté à des expériences stressantes : sevrage, migrations, perturbations sonores… Le taux de cortisol grimpe plus nettement lorsqu’apparaît un pic dans le niveau de testostérone, entre 9,5 ans  et 10,5 ans : l’âge de la maturité sexuelle, avec son cortège d’interactions sociales et de compétition.16 polluants découverts D’autre part, les chercheurs ont trouvé dans cette cire d’oreille, dans les couches formées lorsque le cétacé avait moins de 1 an, des traces de pas moins de 16 polluants, dont des pesticides et des retardateurs de flamme aujourd’hui interdits, mais présents dans l’océan à l’époque où la mère de ce mâle était gravide et durant la période d’allaitement : les contaminants, stockés dans l’organisme de la femelle, ont été transmis au baleineau.Les scientifiques suggèrent que ce type d’étude pourrait s’étendre aux échantillons de cérumen de baleine détenus par les muséums depuis, parfois, les années 1950 : un moyen d’évaluer l’évolution de la pollution dans les océans. “Trafic maritime, bruit dans l’environnement, changement climatique, contaminants… : maintenant, nous sommes en mesure de fournir des réponses définitives en analysant les bouchons de cérumen des baleines”, conclut ainsi Sascha Usenko.Le 20 septembre 2013 à 09:49 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Hone Your Photos Skills With These 5 Apps

first_img Anyone can be a photographer now; we carry a highly sophisticated and advanced camera in our pockets everywhere. People take pictures of everything: pets, food, books…everything. Every year the technology improves to make the lenses even better, the iPhone 7 now has two 12-megapixel cameras! There are a sundry of sites that will tell you when sharing your photos on your socials you must have commonality, theme or repetition to make a visually engaging presentation. And those elements do create some a uniformed look pleasing to the eye. But hey, this is all about creating art, and there are no rules! Take these five apps into use and elevate your galleries and pic game.HIPSTAMATICFrom my Hipstamatic (DC Film & Loftus Lens)I was an early adopter of Hipstamatic and almost solely use it to edit my photos now. Hipsta are famous for their affordable combo packs (lens and film..sometimes gels), usually only 99 cents.  Starter packs with several combos of the aforementioned photo pieces are $4.99, and you own them forever. There are hundreds of combinations at your disposal (for a small fee but many are free) to unleash your inner artist and jump start your imagination. Hipstamatic’s entire ethos is about using, “photography as a gateway back to creativity.”Hipstamatic is free and available on iOS.VSCOFrom my VSCO. vsco.co/kittinexploitsI used VSCO for some time while I was trying to find my tones, so all my photos had some sort of uniformity to them. But it’s not just great for editing or finding your visual voice, so to speak, but it absolutely encourages interaction and community building. One of the best parts about VSCO is getting to look at other’s picture grids for inspiration. VSCO is 100 percent about creating and connecting its users. This one will take some getting used to as there are many, many options for editing but once you familiarize yourself you’ll be the envy of your followers.VSCO is free and available on iOS and Android. For hardcore photogs, VSCO X is available for $19.99 a year.ENLIGHTFrom my Enlight.Another great one for editing with a few more cool features and all super easy to share on your socials (i.e., Instagram and Twitter). But what Enlight does spectacularly well is it’s ability to effectively mix two photos together. It has seamless double-exposure powers! There is also a nice feature in the mask tool, which allows you to alter a specific part of the photo with affecting any other elements, which is great for spot color! This app is a bit confusing, but there are great tutorials that will help walk you through every feature.Enlight is $3.99 and available on iOS.INSTAGRAMFrom my Instagram. instagram.com/kittinexploitsHonestly…they’ve stepped up their game since inception. Yes, sometimes there are pesky sponsored ads, but even those have taken leaps forward both in content and tailoring. The openness of this app is both a blessing and a curse in its ability to easily share your snaps. Your photos could be shared with millions…well 600 million to be exact (as of 2016). Instagram is user-friendly and easy to navigate, great interface with weekly updates. I even found the perfect tone from Instagram…Clarendon is my bestie. So long Nashville!Instagram is free and available on iOS and android.MEXTURESFrom my Mextures.Mextures adds the most brilliant colors and texture to your photos to really get them to pop. There are even premade filters for the technologically challenged or if you are just impatient to get the perfect pic up in a jiffy. You can also layer several effects on at once and create a personal formula. Mextures is really user-friendly but can be pretty complex, all depending on how much time and TLC you want to give your albums.Mextures is $1.99 and available on iOS and android. Stay on target The Most Addictive Mobile Clicker GamesSimple Geek’s Guide to…Streaming Services last_img read more

Puerto Viejo Rundown

first_imgCelebrate Caribbean cacao with chocolate all weekend in the South Caribbean. It’s the 1st Annual Puerto Viejo Chocolate Festival. Starting Friday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m., you can check out the opening events at Stashu’s con Fusion. Meet and speak with local chocolate tour and workshop hosts, sample wine and local chocolates and even locally-brewed chocolate beer.On Saturday, Oct. 27, our weekly Farmer’s Market will take on a new flavor. Chocolate will take center stage. Tours and workshops will be offered. After the market, there will be a meeting at the Casa de Cultura. Be there at noon for a class on cacao and chocolate judging, which will be followed by the judging of local products. All afternoon there will be stands at the cultural center from a variety of indigenous and small local chocolate producers. At 3p.m., Pure Jungle Spa will offer chocolate-based treatments, at 4 p.m. Head over to Bread and Chocolate for more tasting and specialty chocolate product fun. The celebrating continues into the evening.On Sunday, Oct. 28, CariBeans will offer an open house from 3-5 p.m. at their new Chocolate Tasting Lounge at OM in Cocles. For more detailed information on schedules and events, find the festival on Facebook:  Puerto Viejo Chocolate Festival. -Kristin Gilbert Ramírezkristinlgilbert@gmail.com Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

Millennials Are Being Savvy About Refinancing

first_img Millennials continued to take advantage of lower interest rates in September to refinance their mortgages, finishing the month with the highest rates of millennial refis since February. That’s according to the latest Ellie Mae Millennial Tracker report, which found that refis by millennial borrowers made up 14 percent of all closed loans in September.Refinances for conventional loans among millennial borrowers reached 17 percent in September. That’s up from 15 percent in August. At the same time, Federal Housing Agency (FHA) refinances rose from 4 percent to 5 percent, while Veteran Affairs (VA) refinances rose from 28 percent to 30 percent.Joe Tyrrell, Ellie Mae’s EVP of Corporate Strategy said the savvy use of refinancing among millennials is a sign of a maturing generation of borrowers and buyers who previously purchased a home and are looking for an opportunity to lower their monthly interest payments.In raw numbers, that maturation is showing definite signs that younger borrowers are indeed savvy about their finances. According to the millennial tracker report, the average age of a millennial primary borrower refinancing a home was 31.5 years old and had a FICO score of 732. Most primary borrowers who refinanced were male.The share of conventional loans increased from 64 percent to 65 percent from August to September. At the same time, FHA loans dropped from 32 percent to 31 percent. The average FICO score of Millennial borrowers who closed on loans in September decreased slightly to 723, from 724 in August.The top markets for millennial borrowers in September were spread pretty far and wide, but were all in smaller cities. According to Ellie, the top five millennial-friendly markets were Cumberland, Maryland, Gillette, Wyoming, Williston, North Dakota, Cadillac, Michigan, and Fairmont, West Virginia.Refis by non-millennial borrowers also finished September strong. Ellie’s Origination Insight Report showed that refinances overall climbed to 38 percent of closed loans in September. Millennials Are Being Savvy About Refinancing HOUSING millennial borrowers millennial buyers Refinancing 2017-11-01 ScottMorgan1 in Daily Dose, journal, Newscenter_img Share November 1, 2017 668 Views last_img read more