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  • Bell Media to Acquire Four Ontario Radio Stations from Larche Communications Inc

    first_img“We look forward to welcoming these award-winning stations and their teams to Bell Media, and to building on the strong legacies they’ve created,” said Nikki Moffat, President, Local Radio and TV and Senior Vice-President, Finance, Bell Media. “Each station has loyal listeners and is a strong performer in its market, and this acquisition will further strengthen iHeartRadio Canada’s cross-country radio network. We are proud to continue to make significant investments in local radio and deliver the highest-quality experience for our listeners on multiple platforms.”“I believe Bell Media is uniquely positioned to build on our strong brands and reputation,” said Paul Larche, President & CEO, LCI. “They are committed to maintaining the strong relationship our team has cultivated with our community, listeners, and advertisers. This can only be enhanced by their television stations in two of our markets.”SOCIAL MEDIA Larche Communications Inc.Larche Communications Inc. (LCI) is a Canadian media company which currently operates four radio stations and a digital agency in the province of Ontario. Based in Simcoe County, the company began in 1996. LCI’s stations include 104.1 The Dock (Simcoe County), KICX 106 (Simcoe County), 92.3 The Dock (Owen Sound) and KICX 91.7 (Sudbury). Larche also owns Larche Digital Agency, based in Barrie. LCI stations have won over 25 industry awards, including being named the Canadian Country Music Association’s (CCMA) Station of the year eight times. LCI has also been recognized with community awards in Midland, Orillia, Barrie, Owen Sound, and Sudbury. In the past nine years, LCI stations have raised over $2.5 million in their “radio for…” campaigns for advanced local health care.About Bell MediaBell Media creates content and builds brands that entertain, inform, engage, and inspire audiences through the platforms of their choice. Bell Media is Canada’s leading content creation company with premier assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, and digital media. Bell Media owns 30 local television stations led by CTV, Canada’s highest-rated television network; 30 specialty channels, including TSN and RDS, and four pay TV services, including The Movie Network and Super Écran. Bell Media is also Canada’s largest radio broadcaster, with 215 music channels including 105 licensed radio stations in 54 markets across the country, all part of the iHeartRadio brand and streaming service. Bell Media owns Astral Out of Home with a network of more than 30,000 advertising faces in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Québec, and Nova Scotia. Bell Media also operates more than 200 websites; delivers TV Everywhere with its CraveTV and GO video streaming services; operates multi-channel network Much Digital Studios; produces live theatrical shows via its partnership with Iconic Entertainment Studios; and owns Dome Productions Inc., a multi-platform production company. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. For more on Bell Media, please visit Advertisement Twitter Login/Register With: TORONTO – Bell Media announced today it has signed an agreement to acquire four FM radio stations in Ontario from Larche Communications Inc. (LCI) The addition of The Dock and KICX Country-branded stations to Bell Media’s existing 105 iHeartRadio Canada stations helps broaden the network’s industry-leading reach across the country, allowing further connection with listeners in Sudbury, Midland, Orillia, and Owen Sound.Subject to CRTC approval, Bell Media will acquire the following four stations from LCI:104.1 The Dock (CICZ-FM) – Classic hits format in Midland92.3 The Dock (CJOS-FM) – Classic hits format in Owen SoundKICX Country 91.7 (CICS-FM) – Country format in SudburyKICX Country 106 (CICX-FM) – Country format in Orillia Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more

  • Unnerved by personal attacks, Tiwari firm on putting up tough fight against opponents

    first_imgNew Delhi: Even after AAP’s North East Delhi candidate Dilip Pandey sought votes for himself and asked people not to vote for a “singer-dancer” like Manoj Tiwari, the Delhi BJP chief seems unnerved by such personal attacks on his art and hard work. With just two days to go for the polls in Delhi, the saffron party has concluded that it remains unbothered by the alliance storm that both the Congress and AAP had kicked up. Irrespective of who was responsible for the alliance’s fall, the BJP has resolved to put up a tough fight against both its major opposition parties. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesResponding to allegations from the AAP camp, Tiwari had said that while Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his entourage had intended the “singer-dancer” remark as an insult, the sizeable Poorvanchali population in North East Delhi has not responded accordingly. With a large part of the voting population in Tiwari’s constituency being Poorvanchali, they seem to have taken it as a challenge to elect him and prove AAP wrong. It seems that Tiwari is proving too tough for his opponents in the Poorvanchali-heavy constituency. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarAccording to age-old poet Tulsidas, people of a group tend to be charged-up when their own are insulted, and this will come true in all likelihood when the Capital goes to polls on May 12. The fact that former Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit contesting against Tiwari will also not be able to sway voters in the area. This is purely because Tiwari has connected with Poorvanchali people on an emotional level that no other candidate could possibly achieve. Moreover, popular Haryanvi singer-dancer Sapna Chaudhary campaigning for Tiwari in NE Delhi has lent her support for the saffron party in large numbers. And the combined campaign efforts from both Tiwari and Chaudhary have turned AAP’s belittling attack into something Poorvanchalis can be proud of. Taking inspiration from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Tiwari has made sure AAP’s insults reach all of the Poorvanchali population in Delhi, which has resulted in massive support from the community for the Delhi BJP chief. And this is exemplified by Tiwari’s comment, saying that people of Delhi will teach Congress and AAP a lesson when the results come out on May 23. Further, it seems very clear that while both Congress and AAP are busy blaming each other, the electorate in Delhi will focus on voting for a party that can get work done, especially ones relating to outstanding development.last_img read more

  • The Latest: Mexico calls new US tariffs a serious matter

    WASHINGTON — The Latest on President Donald Trump’s announcement on a new tariff for Mexican imports in response to heavy flow of migrants (all times local):9:20 p.m.The Mexican undersecretary for North America is calling new tariffs on Mexican goods announced by U.S. President Donald Trump a matter that is “most serious.”Jesus Seade (say-AH’-day), the trade negotiator for Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrader, said Thursday in a news conference that if the tariffs come to pass, “we should respond in a forceful way.” But he said right now that it is important to find out whether these tariffs are “really on the table.”He says if Trump is serious, the move is bad for “two countries that are trying to arrive at a marvelous free trade treaty, the best in history, according to President Trump.”Seade lobbied for first finding find out “what is being talked about here.”___7:45 p.m.President Donald Trump says he is slapping a 5% tariff on all Mexican imports to pressure the country to do more to crack down on the surge of Central American migrants trying to cross the U.S. border.The tariff is effective June 10. The president says the percentage will gradually increase “until the Illegal Immigration problem is remedied.”Trump made the announcement by tweet after telling reporters earlier Thursday that he was planning “a major statement” that would be his “biggest” so far on the border.Trump has accused the Mexican government of failing to do enough to crack down on the surge of Central American migrants who have been flowing to the U.S in search of asylum from countries including El Salvador, Honduras and Gautama.It’s unclear how this will impact the new United States-Mexico-Canada trade deal.The Associated Press read more

  • Rise in mobility across SouthEast Asia puts millions more at risk for

    The growing number of people crossing boundaries in South-East Asia searching for economic opportunity puts millions at risk to HIV infection with little or no protection or access to services, according to a United Nations report launched today.A country-by-country assessment of HIV and mobility in the 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries revealed that, despite their contributions to national economies, migrants lack legal and social rights and generally have no access to HIV/AIDS medical and information services.“Migrant workers are a vital force to national economies in South-East Asia, yet when it comes to protecting their rights and ensuring HIV prevention and treatment, they are often among the forgotten,” said UN Development Programme (UNDP) Director for Asia and the Pacific, Ajay Chhibber.High-risk behaviour and HIV infection rates are significantly higher among migrants than in the general population, the joint UN-ASEAN report noted.The report also indicated that HIV infection rates for migrant fishermen in Thailand were as high as 9 per cent, and at least 30 per cent of people living with HIV in the Philippines and Laos were returning migrants.Most migrants are not covered by national AIDS programmes and their services, according to the report. It said that in Thailand, for example, registered migrants have access to health services with subsidized medical costs, but anti-retroviral (ARV) treatment is not included. If migrants are found to be HIV-positive through routine testing in Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei, they are repatriated.Although Indonesia has shown a commitment to addressing HIV vulnerability among mobile populations with their inclusion in national HIV prevention, care and treatment strategies and with policies prohibiting mandatory HIV testing during recruitment processes, limited HIV infection rate data exists for these populations. Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, the Philippines and Viet Nam have also made attempts to tackle the risk faced by migrants by developing “pre-departure training” on HIV prevention for outbound migrant workers, but the report concludes that this has been largely ineffective as the courses are offered too late in the moving process and are too short in duration.The report makes a number of recommendations to policymakers as they respond to the challenge of the growing numbers of migrant populations who are at greater risk to HIV than people who stay in their home countries.The report’s recommendations include developing gender-sensitive epidemiological data, strengthening cooperation to ensure a continuation of services for migrants, coordinating cross-border HIV efforts, allocating adequate financial and human resources to address migrant needs, and reinforcing policies and commitments on HIV/AIDS. 13 November 2008The growing number of people crossing boundaries in South-East Asia searching for economic opportunity puts millions at risk to HIV infection with little or no protection or access to services, according to a United Nations report launched today. read more

  • Lebanon Ban calls on new government to cooperate with Hariri murder court

    28 January 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that the newly designated Lebanese Government should continue to cooperate with the United Nations-backed tribunal set up to try suspects in the 2005 murders of former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri and 22 others. “I have been repeatedly stating the position of the Untied Nations: this is an independent international justice system, justice process,” he told a news conference in Davos, Switzerland, where he is attending the World Economic Forum, adding that “nobody, no country, should interfere or obstruct the smooth proceedings of this justice process.”Lebanon’s previous government, led by Mr. Hariri’s son, Saad, collapsed two weeks ago after 11 Hizbollah and allied ministers resigned, reportedly over the Government’s refusal to cease cooperation with the tribunal, which the media says was about to indict Hizbollah members for the murders. Earlier this week, Lebanese President Michel Sleiman asked Najib Mikati, who has Hizbollah support according to media reports, to form the new Government.“I have been very much concerned about this politicizing of this Special Tribunal,” Mr. Ban said. “I hope that the Lebanese people and government will be able to restore the political stability and engage in their social, economic, political development while the accountability process should also progress.”After meeting with Mr. Mikati in Beirut today, UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Michael Williams said he is “sure that the new government, when it is formed, will maintain good relations with the United Nations and will fully abide by its international obligations.”The tribunal was set up following a probe by the International Independent Investigation Commission after an earlier UN mission found that Lebanon’s own inquiry into the massive car bombing that killed Mr. Hariri and the others was seriously flawed, and that Syria was primarily responsible for the political tensions that preceded the attack. Last week the court received its first indictment, but the contents remain confidential at this stage.Mr. Williams said Mr. Mikati underlined his strong support for Security Council Resolution 1701, which ended a month-long war between Israel and the Hizbollah militia in 2006. It also calls for respect for the Blue Line separating Israel and Lebanon, the disarming of all militias in Lebanon, and an end to arms smuggling in the area. read more

  • Simcoe man wins gold at 2019 Special Olympics

    Jason Gordy is bringing gold to Simcoe.Gordy won gold in the men’s singles competition with a final score of 502 in 10-pin bowling at the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi on the weekend. He also placed 5th in the team event, and will be competing in doubles on Tuesday with a partner.“We were so excited he got gold,” said Shirley Shaw, the Simcoe community coordinator of Special Olympics Ontario. “We’re more than ecstatic that all of the extra training he put in has really paid off. Jason is a lovely young man that is very involved in the Special Olympics.”The 46-year-old Special Olympics athlete has been representing Team Canada for 25 years.The gold medal winner left Simcoe and headed to Toronto on March 6 to catch his flight for his three-week stay in the United Arab Emirates.“It’s all Jason, it’s not me,” said Gordy’s bowling coach Cliff Butler. “He did all the work, I just kept talking to him and explaining to him and he did it.”Along with 5 and 10-pin bowling, Gordy also golfs, plays basketball, and is a junior coach with the swim team. read more

  • Annan condemns assassination of Israeli cabinet minister

    Mr. Annan “utterly condemns this terrorist act and conveys his heartfelt condolences to [Rehavam] Zeevi’s family and to the Government of Israel,” said spokesman Fred Eckhard, adding that the Secretary-General has consistently condemned all acts of terrorism from whatever quarter.”He welcomes President Yasser Arafat’s condemnation of this despicable act and his promise to bring to justice those responsible,” Mr. Eckhard said. “The Secretary-General appeals to all parties to exercise maximum restraint and urges them to resume a sustained dialogue. He continues to believe that peace and security can only be achieved through political negotiations, and that the parties should not be deflected from this path by terrorist acts.”Meanwhile, the Secretary-General’s Special Coordinator for the Middle East peace process also condemned today’s assassination, describing the killing as “utterly unacceptable” and a threat to Palestinian Authority President’s efforts to control violence and ease the closures of Palestinian areas. Echoing Mr. Annan’s words, Terje Roed-Larsen said that the UN had repeatedly condemned targeted assassinations by any party, adding that the attack by the Palestinian Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine “threatened President Arafat’s recent, serious efforts to uphold a ceasefire and control violence and jeopardized the recent progress made towards an end of the closures.”After meeting on Wednesday morning in Gaza with Mr. Arafat, Mr. Roed-Larsen said the Palestinian Authority President had condemned in the strongest possible terms the assassination of Israeli Tourism Minister Rehavam Zeevi. The UN envoy said Mr. Arafat told him that he had ordered the immediate search for, and arrest of, those responsible for the killing and instructed all security chiefs to take all necessary measures to prevent acts of violence and terrorism.Mr. Roed-Larsen said it was his impression that Mr. Arafat regarded the assassination as extremely damaging to the Palestinian cause and national interest, and that those responsible “have brought condemnation on the Palestinians at a time when their critical national interest is to make their cause and their struggle understood within the new forces that are shaping international politics. President Arafat said he believed the Palestinian cause was best served by restraint and negotiations; by politics, not force.” read more

  • UNsponsored conference seeks ways to ensure safe water in subSaharan Africa

    With over 300 million people lacking access to safe water in sub-Saharan Africa and more than 500 million without adequate sanitation, a United Nations-sponsored workshop of water utility managers across the continent has called for increased financing and oversight, including innovative ways to raise funds. “By the time we conclude our discussions today, some 1,800 children will probably lose their lives because their water supplies are contaminated, inadequate or non-existent, and they do not have access to basic sanitation facilities,” UN-HABITAT Executive Director Anna Tibaijuka told the three-day workshop that wound up on Friday. UN-HABITAT, the UN agency that seeks to achieve sustainable development of human settlements, organized the conference at its headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, together with the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). Over 40 senior managers and other delegates from the water sector, including regional and international organizations, acknowledged that the challenge facing Africa was an acute one that needed to be addressed urgently. According to UN-HABITAT Africa is the world’s most rapidly urbanizing continent, with an annual average urban growth rate of 4 per cent. In the water and sanitation sectors, about 72 per cent of urban inhabitants who live in slums and informal settlements, particularly children and women, are the most affected. In a nine-point declaration adopted at the workshop’s conclusion, participants called for increased financing to improve and extend safe and adequate access to water and sanitation to all. For this purpose, all potential sources should be explored and tapped, the declaration said. “The need to look beyond traditional revenue generation mechanisms (such as tariffs and subsidies) was emphasized, and utilities were encouraged to explore innovative solutions to mobilize local resources. The government at both the local and national level should take a greater effort in financing water and sanitation,” it added. It noted that many countries have utilities that carry out the dual functions of regulatory and operational activities. “This could lead to a conflict of interest, and may give rise to lack of transparency, accountability and poor delivery of services,” it warned. “Therefore, separation of these functions was recommended to be a pre-requisite to improve the performance of public utilities in delivering water and sanitation services.” It called on UN-HABITAT to take further necessary steps in collaboration with its partners to help in promoting the exchange of experiences and facilitating contact among utilities at a global level. read more

  • Unplanned power interruption Friday April 18

    On the morning of Friday April 18, an unexpected power interruption, originating from Horizon Utilities power line M52 occurred on the University’s main campus and at the Brock Research & Innovation Centre.Power has been restored to the main campus via the M71 power line. Facilities Management staff are in the process of verifying all building systems affected by the power interruption.The Brock Research & Innovation Centre will continue to be without power until the M52 power line has been restored by the utility.If your area is experiencing any problems that may have been caused by this interruption please contact Campus Security at x3200 for immediate assistance.Or for all other non-urgent inquiries contact Facilities Management Customer Service at x3717; or Dave Corbett, manager of electrical services at read more

  • Columbus Crew acquired by Precourt Sports Ventures

    Courtesy of MCTNew England Revolution midfielder Chris Tierney takes a corner kick against the Columbus Crew in unfriendly territory in Crew Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, Saturday, July 20, 2013. The Revolution scored two goals in stoppage time to win the match, 2-0.Effectively immediately, new ownership will lead the Columbus Crew, the city’s MajorLeague Soccer franchise, as announced during a press conference at Crew StadiumJuly 30.Precourt Sports Ventures, LLC, has acquired the team from the Hunt Sports Groupfor an undisclosed purchase price and is now a 100 percent stakeholder. AnthonyPrecourt is the managing partner of PSV and attended the press conference as thefirm’s representative.Columbus mayor Michael Coleman and Clark Hunt, chairman of HSG and CEO of theKansas City Chiefs of the NFL, joined Precourt on stage.In the context of that watershed event, Hunt spoke of his family’s role in the galvanizingof Major League Soccer as an American mainstay.“There was one thing that propelled the League on to success, to where it is today.Against the odds, and against the momentum of the League, my family made thedecision to build Crew Stadium. And as a result, today there are 14 soccer-specificstadiums in Major League Soccer,” said Hunt.Hunt said his company had only been looking for minority investors in the team whenPrecourt made the offer to buy the entire franchise earlier this summer.“We were initially very taken aback by his interest, but after we got to know Anthony,we concluded that he was the right guy to lead the Columbus Crew, that he would be agreat fit for the city of Columbus, that he would be somebody that would push the teamto be successful on the field,” said Hunt.Precourt said his company “will respectfully and diligently try to uphold Lamar’s (ClarkHunt’s father) vision for Major League Soccer and the Crew. And further, we will honorhis fan-first mentality.”Precourt used the platform to formally greet the Greater Columbus community and toexpress his anticipation of working toward success in “a dynamic, growing city withincredible soccer heritage and a passionate soccer supporters’ fan base.”Mayor Coleman agreed by saying “the Columbus Crew is a vital part of the fabric andthe future of the city.”He laid out specifics of the role the Crew has played in financially bolstering the city’sbottom line: “$400 million in direct spending, the hundreds of area jobs, the 3.5 millionpeople who have attended soccer matches and other events here, the millions of taxrevenue.”The mayor said Precourt assured him during talks in the days preceding the pressconference that the team would remain in Columbus.When the panel concluded their remarks and opened the floor for questions, onereporter asked if Precourt had any plans of relocation.Precourt surprised the reporters by saying, “I do live in Northern California now, and Iintend to be here on a regular basis. I’m not sure we’ll be moving here full time, but I’llbe here very, very regularly and have a second home here.”Continuing to speak on his vision for the team to succeed athletically, Precourt said,“We have a competitive fire, and our intent is to run this club with a single mission: tocreate the resources to win over the short run and the long run…We want to be a playoffteam every year.”Precourt fielded questions about his ownership style, given that it will be his family’sfirst journey into sports management after extensive operational experience in finance,natural gas pipelines and facilities.“First and foremost, I want a great culture…I want more horizontal structure wherepeople are empowered. I guess you’d say I’ll be hands-on and attentive and involved,and over time, I will empower our employees to do their jobs well,” said Precourt.Beyond the scope of the business aspects of the acquisition, Precourt was careful toemphasize his goals for fostering a winning franchise that draws fans and gets themexcited about soccer in Columbus.“A full stadium is a lot more exciting than a two-thirds-full stadium. There are 17 homegames, and we should fill the stadium for all 17 games,” said Precourt.As a father, Precourt has coached youth soccer in U6 and U8 competition, but he saidhe said he will stay out of the day-to-day soccer operations of the Columbus Crew.Hunt said his company will “continue to be the investor-operator of [MLS franchise] FCDallas and plan on doing so for many years to come. Like Anthony, we’re a big believerin where Major League Soccer is headed and excited to still be part of the League andto now be a partner of Anthony’s through the League.” read more

  • Amedeo Della Valle provides spark off the bench for Ohio State mens

    Sophomore guard Amedeo Della Valle drives to the basket during a game against Nebraska March 14 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. OSU won, 71-67.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorINDIANAPOLIS — In the annals of Ohio State men’s basketball history, it is unlikely the 2012 recruiting class will stand out.Only one player committed — and one that wasn’t one of the countries top 150 recruits according to, for at least one day in the 2014 Big Ten Tournament, Amedeo Della Valle was a star.With the Buckeyes (25-8, 12-8) trailing by 19 points against Nebraska (19-12, 11-8) Friday in the tournament’s quarterfinals, coach Thad Matta turned to the sophomore guard to come in and provide a spark off the bench.That is exactly what Della Valle did.“They were down there making the plays, so when we inserted Amedeo, it was just like, ‘Hey just give us something out there,’” Matta said after the win. “The biggest thing, like I say, I know he had 12 points, but his defense was incredible: Three blocked shot, two steals. Wow, was he good.”Della Valle said after the game that boosting the team when they are slumping is what he does best.“Just come in with a lot of energy,” Della Valle said. “Come in, if I’m open shoot the ball. Play defense, do whatever it takes. I’m not going to go in every game and make a shot, but in games like this where we’re not very good offensively that can definitely help the team out.”Della Valle added that he wasn’t the same player on defense when he arrived at OSU, as the one Matta praised against Nebraska.“I was literally bad when I came to Ohio State (on defense),” Della Valle said. “So bad on defense. Definitely got in the weight room and just understanding the defenses (helped) too.”With 13:45 remaining in the game, Nebraska led OSU 48-30, outscoring the Buckeyes 17-2 to that point in the half. After a 3-pointer from junior forward LaQuinton Ross, Della Valle hit back-to-back layups — including one from a fast break off his own steal — that helped the momentum swing back in favor of OSU.Ross said a big part in OSU recovering from the deficit was the play of Della Valle.“My teammates never put their heads down, not one person on the team,” Della Valle said. “There were guys coming off the bench making big plays. You see Amedeo coming off the bench and has 12 points and hit some big free throws at the end of the game.”Despite missing three of his first four free throws, Della Valle nailed four straight in the final 13 seconds to help seal the game for OSU.Della Valle said missing the early shots relieved some of the pressure down the stretch.“After I missed those two, a little pressure went off, so I was ready to knock the other two free throws down and then the last two,” he said.Against the Cornhuskers Della Valle played 21 minutes, his highest total in Big Ten play and his most since a Jan. 4 matchup against Nebraska.Matta said there isn’t a specific reason Della Valle plays well against the Cornhuskers, but that he has noticed the trend.“You know, as I went back last night and watched the game, I was saying to myself ‘Hey, if we can get Amedeo going,’” Matta said. “He had a decent game. He had some great looks that didn’t go down for him. I don’t know, but the timing was perfect today, that’s for sure.”Matta added that Della Valle is a player who plays for the reason young kids are taught to play: for the love of the game.“Amedeo plays with no ego,” Matta said. “He just plays with a love for the game, and just did a tremendous job for us, and his defensive presence was as good — it was the difference in the game.”Senior guard Aaron Craft echoed his coach about Della Valle, saying that when the opportunity comes, the Italian guard will take it.“He’s huge. He’s a gamer,” Craft said. “He’s done a phenomenal job of humbling himself and just waiting for his opportunity. He took advantage today and that’s what we love to see. That’s what we see in practice on a daily basis and his opportunity just arose today. He didn’t pout or feel bad about it. He took advantage.”With the win, OSU is scheduled to take on top-seeded and rival Michigan Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament. Tipoff is set for 1:40 p.m. read more

  • Actual snake on a plane delays 370 Qantas passengers

    first_imgA TINY SNAKE as slender as a pen forced the grounding of a Japan-bound Qantas flight in the Australian city of Sydney overnight, stranding hundreds of passengers.The non-venomous reptile, about 20 centimetres long, was found near the doorway of a Boeing 747-400 bound for Tokyo on Sunday night, a Qantas spokeswoman told AFP.“The snake was taken to quarantine to determine where it came from,” she said.The plane had been on the tarmac in Sydney for most of Sunday after completing a flight from Singapore, and the snake was found by air crew before any passengers boarded.It was uncertain where the reptile had come from but the Department of Agriculture has identified it as a Mandarin ratsnake which is mainly found in Asia.All 370 passengers were booked into hotels overnight and a replacement flight left Sydney on Monday morning.It was the second snake incident for Qantas this year. A three-metre python hitched a ride from the tropical Australian city of Cairns to Papua New Guinea’s Port Moresby in January.The python had been tucked into the plane’s wing before takeoff, and amazed passengers watched from the window as it engaged in a life-or-death struggle to maintain its grip in fierce winds and zero temperatures.It was still on the aircraft when it landed in PNG but had died during the journey.A freight pilot was forced to make an emergency landing in northern Australia in April 2012 after a snake slithered from the dashboard of his plane.Australia is home to 20 of the world’s 25 most venomous snakes, including the entire top ten, according to the University of Melbourne’s Australia Venom Research Unit.- © AFP 2013last_img read more

  • Improved mental health supports needed for Irish families

    first_imgAdopt a family model approach: Promote policies and improve practice across adult and children’s systems that consider the needs of the whole family instead of seeing their service users in isolation.Talk and listen to children: Children living with a parent experiencing mental health difficulties need to be informed and reassured in an age appropriate manner about what is happening to their parent and what to expect.Expedite the roll out of comprehensive, fully staffed, multidisciplinary community based services.Consult with parents affected by poor mental health: Identify parents’ preferred community based services that would make a positive difference to their lives and of their children.Barnardos said that mental health is a serious issue for parents and their children and improved support must be available for families.Fergus Finlay, CEO of Barnardos, said:Our people staff are seeing increasing instances of mental health difficulties among parents, and where it is unsupported or inadequately supported, children are affected. In our daily work, Barnardos sees numerous contributing factors, including the recession and associated cuts that leave families struggling with related anxiety and hopelessness.He added: “We must take action before we inflict lasting damage on children and parents. The State needs a joined-up, family focused approach to better support families dealing with mental health difficulties.”According to Finlay,there must also be the acknowledgement of the work needed to challenge mental health prejudice and discrimination “so no parent is shouldering any fear of judgement when they seek out support”.ExperiencesGina Delaney of the Carers Association, who is the former young carer of a mother who suffered with stress, said:Every day my mother was dealing with survival for herself and her family. When she couldn’t cope she went into hospital. I don’t blame her, it’s not her fault that life was difficult and she couldn’t cope at times, and we knew she was trying to do her best for us.Hazel Larkin, See Change Ambassador and parent, said that the biggest fear for any parent “is that we will be threatened with having our children taken away from us”.We need practical solutions, and to be reassured we will be listened to and supported without prejudice or discrimination.Mary Donaghy, Social Care Commission Lead, Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Northern Ireland, said that the key problem is that support structures and services are disjointed, and that “too often medication is over-relied upon as a solution”.Finlay noted that the Think Family initiative in Northern Ireland shows that simple steps to integrate services leads to better outcomes.“We know what needs to be done and it doesn’t cost the earth. We have no excuse not to act immediately,” he said.Read: Struggling with your mental health, but don’t know where to turn? This can help> CHILDREN’S CHARITY BARNARDOS is to outline a number of recommendations around mental health and families at a conference today.It is hosting ‘Patients, Parents, People: Towards integrated services for families experiencing mental health’ at Croke Park, which will be opened by Minister of State Kathleen Lynch.In its policy paper, Bardnardos makes the following recommendations: Challenge mental health prejudice and discrimination: Parents must know they can access support without judgement on their parenting capacitylast_img read more

  • Nielsen Expositions Sells for 950 Million

    first_imgOnex Corp., a Toronto-based private equity firm, has acquired Nielsen Expositions for $950 million, according to a statement from Nielsen this morning.The announcement comes almost two months after FOLIO: first reported parent company Nielsen Holdings N.V. was exploring a sale.“This is an exciting development in the history of the Nielsen Expositions business,” David Loechner, president of Nielsen Expositions, says in a statement. “Onex’s experience and successful track record in executing similar corporate carve-outs and building those divisions into industry-leading businesses position it as a strong partner. We look forward to working with Onex to execute our strategic plan and to continue to grow the business to better serve the exhibitors and attendees who participate in our events, all the while providing a seamless, business-as-usual transition for our clients and associates.” In 2012, Nielsen’s expo division had revenue of approximately $183 million with adjusted EBITDA of $97 million. Those earnings account for about 3 percent of Nielsen Holdings’ total, according to the company’s annual report.Organizing more than 65 tradeshows and events each year, the unit’s major holdings include ASD, the Hospitality Design Expo (HD Expo), the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), the Outdoor Retailer Summer and Winter Markets and Interbike. According to its annual report, Nielsen Expositions has more than 40 events spread across 20 industries and connects 300,000 buyers and sellers each year.“Nielsen Expositions’ strength in the U.S. business-to-business tradeshow industry is evidenced by its high renewal rates, long-standing exhibitor relationships, and the brand strength of the underlying shows,” says Kosty Gilis, an Onex managing director, in a release. “This is a great opportunity to partner with David and his management team to build on the company’s market leadership position through continued expansion of its existing shows as well as select acquisitions.” Nielsen Expositions suffered a 7-percent decline in revenues, according its recent first quarter earnings report.Onex, with offices in Toronto, London and New York, has about $15 billion of assessments under its management. Its shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Check back with FOLIO: for updates.last_img read more

  • Woman calls 911 over home invader It was a Roomba

    first_img Tags Post a comment Share your voice 0 Police responded and appeared at the house minutes later with a full dog squad, reporting “rustling” coming from the bathroom. After calling for the suspect to come out, “the rustling became more frequent” and police entered the bathroom with guns drawn — only to find a lonely Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner that had been trapped behind the door. Facebook users are already calling for body camera footage to be released. center_img Smart Home Culture “Get on the floor.” iRobot Police in Washington County, Oregon, have responded to a distress call from a woman claiming her home was being burgled, only to discover a robotic vacuum trapped inside the bathroom. In a Facebook post on Tuesday, staff at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office revealed the woman called 911 to report a stranger was in her bathroom with the door locked and that she could see shadows under the door.  iRobotlast_img read more

  • 3day exhibition sale of Nakshikanta kicks off at Nandan complex

    first_imgKolkata: A three-day exhibition cum sale of Banglar Nakshikanta was inaugurated at Gaganendra Shilpo Pradarshanshala at Nandan complex on Friday afternoon.Nakshi Kantha is a type of embroidered quilt and is a century-old tradition in East Bengal.Mymanshingh, Rajsahi, Faridpur and Jessore, all in Bangladesh, were famous centres for Nakshi Kantha. After Partition in 1947, many Nakshi Kantha artists from East Pakisthan came to India and got settled in North Bengal, Malda and Murshidabad. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe basic material used are cotton thread and cloth like old saris, lungis and dhotis. However, now new cloth is used to make nakshi kantha.Most of the Nakshi kantha artists are women and during leisure they make the kanthas. Asans (Puja floor spread) made of Nakshi Kantha are very popular. Pillow covers, wallets, bedspreads, cushion covers and handkerchiefs made of nakshi katha are very popular. Nakshi katha have become popular in foreign countries and are used as room decoration at hotels and community halls. The designs made on the kantha have deep religious bearings. There are Lotus motiff, sun and moon motiff, wheel and swastika motiff, tree and kalka motiff. Sarees made of Kantha stitch have become quite popular. The Nakshi kantha artists take part in exhibitions that are held in different states and it has become very popular outside Bengal.last_img read more

  • A Brandy Flask from The Titanic Sold for A Huge Price

    first_imgThe RMS Titanic set sail from Southampton on April 10, 1912. Scheduled to make a triumphant arrival in New York City, the ship never arrived at her destination, famously colliding with an iceberg and sinking. More than 1,500 passengers and crew lost their lives in the tragedy, which was one of the deadliest marine disasters of all time. Over a century later, the story of the Titanic still piques the curiosity of people from all over the globe, with some wealthy collectors willing to pay huge fees for artifacts and memorabilia from the doomed ship.The original RMS TitanicThe latest example of these historical items to fetch a huge fee at auction is a silver brandy flask. It was owned by one Edward Kent, a first-class passenger who sadly perished when the Titanic sank.As reported by the BBC, the flask’s original owner, a woman named Helen Churchill Candee, was also on board and gave the flask to Kent, stating “You stand a better chance of living than I.” As fate would have it, while Kent died, Churchill Candee was actually one of the survivors of the disaster.The flask is engraved with the original owner’s family motto — “Faithful but Unfortunate” — and was recovered along with Mr Kent’s body in the wake of the accident.As CNN reports, the flask was given to Mr Kent’s widow, who decided to return it to the Churchill Candee family. She wrote an accompanying later to explain what had happened and apologized for the “out of shape” nature of the flask.Photo courtesy of Henry Aldridge & SonThe flask was recently placed up for auction. It was described by appraisers at UK-based Henry Aldridge & Son, one of the leading auction houses for Titanic objects, as “one of the most powerful and emotive three-dimensional objects from the Titanic ever offered for auction”.Andrew Aldridge, the auctioneer in charge of the sale, examined the flask before the auction and estimated that it could raise between $80,000 and $100,000, with the power and significance of the item predicted to make it a big hit with auction-goers.Photo courtesy of Henry Aldridge & SonIn the end, the flask sold for just under $100,000 (£76,000), so Aldridge’s estimation was very accurate. Clearly, collectors are willing to pay top dollar for such prestigious and one-of-a-kind pieces.The sinking of the Titanic was a hugely significant moment in human history, being famously depicted in one of the most successful films of all time: James Cameron’s 1997 epic starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, which won an unprecedented total of 11 Academy Awards.Kate Winslet offers her hand to Leonardo DiCaprio in a scene from the film ‘Titanic’, 1997. Photo by 20th Century-Fox/Getty ImagesCNN also reports that many bidders vied for the flask, including several international buyers placing bids online and over the phone. In the end, an anonymous private buyer from the United Kingdom won the lot.Other Titanic items sold alongside the flask included a lifeboat plaque, which went for roughly $59,000 (£45,000), and a sublime silk postcard, which fetched close to $50,000 (£38,000).Titanic Menu. Photo courtesy of Henry Aldridge & SonAs previously stated, there’s a lot of interest in Titanic memorabilia, with collectors willing to spend huge amounts on individual items retrieved from the sunken ship. Henry Aldridge & Son host two specialist Titanic-based auctions each year.Read another story from us: The Titanic Wreck was Discovered While Looking for Lost Nuclear SubmarinesThe item that sold for the highest price was a Wallace Hartley violin, which sold in 2013 for $1.4 million. It was believed that this violin was played by the on-board band who played in attempt to calm down the frantic passengers as the ship started to sink and it became clear that not everyone would be making it out alive.last_img read more

  • Conozca a Alicia Avilés la líder inmigrante y perseverante del crecimiento cultural

    first_imgAt the request of La Carpio community leaders, we are presenting this series in translation for Spanish-language readers. Read the original English series, which we published in January,here.Segunda parte en una serie de cuatro artículos. Lea la primera parte aquí.¿Es posible que una sola organización pueda transformar una de las comunidades más peligrosas de Costa Rica? Para muchos costarricenses La Carpio, un precario ubicado en La Uruca, San José, es sinónimo de violencia y crimen. Sin embargo, en el 2011 Alicia Avilés y Maris Stella Fernández se propusieron cambiar este estigma al fundar el Sistema Integral de Formación Artística para la Inclusión Social (SIFAIS). La organización sin fines de lucro busca promover el crecimiento cultural del barrio marginal. En esta serie de cuatro artículos, The Tico Times pretende mostrar como este modelo educativo no tradicional está desafiando los estigmas para ayudar a la comunidad a encontrar un mejor futuro.La página web del Sistema Integral de Formación Artística para la Inclusión Social (SIFAIS) cita a Alicia Avilés como la directora de la comunidad y la inspiradora; ella es quien inspira.Esta mujer nacida en Managua, Nicaragua, tuvo el sueño improbable de crear una orquesta sinfónica en el precario de La Carpio, proyecto que luego se convertiría en la reconocida organización sin fines de lucro llamada SIFAIS. Avilés estudió en la escuela religiosa Lumen Christi y el Colegio Loyola en Nicaragua. Tras finalizar sus estudios trabajó como profesora de preescolar en las zonas rurales y urbanas de su país durante 12 años.Hace unos veinte años, mientras luchaba para sobrevivir con su salario de profesora, ella y su familia migraron a Costa Rica en busca de una mejor vida. Llegó a La Carpio y se convirtió en la líder de la comunidad donde surgió una alianza inesperada con Maris Stella Fernández, la presidenta de SIFAIS. Actualmente Avilés lidera a los miembro del equipo y los voluntarios que buscan cambiar el barrio marginal por medio de la educación cultural.En una hermosa y soleada mañana en La Cueva de Luz – la sede principal de SIFAIS – en La Carpio, The Tico Times se sentó a conversar con Avilés, de 51 años, sobre actitud extraordinaria hacia la resiliencia y mejoramiento de la comunidad. ¿Cómo llegó a Costa Rica?Francamente fueron decisiones sobre la alimentación del hogar. Muchas cosas que a veces vos no tenés. El salario de maestro en Nicaragua es muy bajo con respecto a la canasta básica. Tenía cinco hijos que mantener. Además tenía que comprar el material didáctico para poder trabajar y para los pasajes. Era difícil mantener a mi familia con un salario de profesor de $100 al mes. La que cuidaba a mis hijos era mi suegra y yo solía ir a dar clases. Vine a Costa Rica con la mera necesidad de no tener más hijos sin comida, sin ropa, buscando otras perspectivas de vida para uno. Vine a este país pensando en una mejoría.Nunca pensé en quedarme 20 años. Solo pensé en probar e irme nuevamente. Las veces en que me ha tocado trabajar en Costa Rica solo fueron en cocina. Nunca aspiré a trabajar como maestra, me quedé trabajando como empleada doméstica. Como empleada no trabajo 12 horas. Uno como empleada lo que hace es ejercer solo un trabajo físico. Mientras que como profesor, lo físico y lo intelectual. Como maestro el trabajo vos te lo llevás a tu casa y trabajás 24 horas.¿Cuál ha sido su papel en La Carpio y SIFAIS?A mí me nombraron presidenta de Seguridad de la comunidad de La Carpio. Es un rol que llevo ya manejando tres años. Estamos trabajando como hormigas, pero ha cambiado mucho. He avanzado en eso. Tal vez no se ve ahorita, pero con el tiempo se irá viendo. Es un poco como ir dando lecciones a las familias. Esas familias recibían ayudas del IMAS y de gringos que venían aquí. Había mucha venta de drogas y hemos estado tratando de eliminar esa situación que daña bastante a la comunidad.Llegué a ser presidenta de este sector donde estamos ahorita en La Carpio. Ya llevo cuatro años de presidenta. El gobierno aquí no se mete a solucionar los problemas que han existido por mucho tiempo, porque la comunidad nunca se ha organizado.Cuando Maris Stella vino a la comunidad, hubo un tiempo que lloré porque se me habían presentado problemas bastante duros en la comunidad… Me nombraron presidenta de la pastoral social de aquí. Empecé a resolver problemas legales a la gente. Empecé a dar charlas de cómo llegar a un acuerdo comunitario y cómo aprender a dialogar entre vecinos porque aquí era de sacar machete y volar machete. A cada rato llegaba la ambulancia y no querían entrar. Ahora la ambulancia entra poco porque ya no hay muertos ni heridos. Fue así como fui empezando a liderar la comunidad. También resuelvo algunos problemas con algunos ministros y gente de la empresa privada que quieren ayudar.Se trata de hacer la vida más fácil para el ciudadano, pero que él también tenga responsabilidad. El hecho de que viva en un precario ilegal, no quiere decir que pueda hacer aquí lo que le da la gana. Hay que respetar las normas y las leyes que la república tiene. Dar lo mejor como ciudadanos. Cumplir con las obligaciones como ciudadanos. Esas charlas las he venido impartiendo con la gente que quiere mejorar el país. Es así como he venido avanzando con la comunidad de esa manera.¿Cómo ha mejorado a la comunidad la implementación de talleres y clases por parte de SIFAIS?Eso ha sido un logro muy grande que tal vez no lo vamos a ver ahorita, ni lo estamos viendo ahorita, pero ya se va mirando la mejoría y la actitud personal de quienes viven en la comunidad. El trabajo de ir erradicando la violencia tal vez lo veremos a largo plazo, pero el cambio se está notando. Es una semilla que va a crecer por medio de la rectitud que tengamos como equipo, para mejorar cada día más a estas personas.Esto ha venido a ayudar a que la gente aprenda a pintar sus casitas y no tenerlas sucias. Esto ha venido a decirle a la gente cómo vestirse porque ya pocos andan en shorts y desnudos. Ahora las muchachas las veo vestirse diferente. Es algo que también ha ayudado a la dignidad personal.Lo importante del SIFAIS, para mí, es que ha ayudado a la gente a ser seguros de quiénes son y esa seguridad se la da el maestro. El maestro, para mí, es la máquina que tenemos y la ayuda que tenemos. Ellos son nuestros pilares.¿Cómo es la bondad un elemento importante dentro de este proyecto?Ya la gente dejó de pedir mucho. Por ejemplo, en el 2015 me fui con 95 juguetes a Costa de Pájaros aquí en Puntarenas y me llevé ciertas personas que les gusta estar pidiendo juguetes. Me las llevé y para Noviembre y Diciembre [del año pasado], ellas ya habrían estado pidiendo juguetes y [más bien] me vinieron a decir: ‘¿Vamos a ir a otro lugar a repartir juguetes?’ Es parte de la bondad que ha ido creciendo.SIFAIS… ha sacado a una comunidad vulnerable como ésta del anonimato en la que el gobierno nos tenía. Además, es decirle al ser humano de aquí de la comunidad que todos debemos de contribuir y eso se está viendo. SIFAIS para la gente de La Carpio es como un sueño hecho realidad. Esa es la otra bondad que el SIFAIS da: la oportunidad de recibir una educación gratuita.¿Cómo cree usted que los valores fundamentales de SIFAIS (confianza, constancia, locura y ternura) son elementos importantes en el proyecto?Como vos ves aquí no hay un reglamento que diga que a tal hora tenés que entrar. El estudiante se lo forma. Aquí los niños pintan, andan donde quieren y hacen cosas creativas a su manera, entonces vos les das la libertad. Es parte de la locura permitirle hacer lo que quiera y hacer hasta donde quiera llegar. No limitarle sus ansias. Aquí molestan todo el día, pero es parte del crecimiento de ellos como seres humanos.Después me siento a darles unas charlas para que ellos opinen y expresen lo que quieren. Esto dignifica el sistema de hablar en sus casas también. Aquí parte de esa educación es cómo el ser humano se dirija a donde él quiera, sea evangélico, católico, sea lo que sea, pero que venga al SIFAIS.En nuestro próximo artículo de la serie, conozca a los voluntarios de SIFAIS. Descubra cómo esta formación ‘doble vía’ está cambiando vidas dentro y fuera de La Carpio. Facebook Comments Related posts:Reconstruyendo la comunidad de La Carpio por medio de la educación cultural La Carpio’s cultural rebellion Cambiando paradigmas en La Carpio por medio del voluntariado Rebuilding the community of La Carpio through cultural educationlast_img read more

  • Smoked salmon blamed for salmonella outbreak

    first_img Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your home Top Stories Sponsored Stories Four benefits of having a wireless security system Comments   Share   Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Roel Vincken of the Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority, which carried out tests confirming the salmonella outbreak, said he had no information on a U.S. recall.Costco got a call from Foppen regarding the recall late Monday afternoon, said Craig Wilson, vice president of food safety at Costco.He said Costco immediately pulled the items from shelves and blocked its sale in stores, meaning the products won’t scan at registers.The smoked salmon was sold under the Foppen name, as well as under Costco’s store-brand name, Kirkland.Customers who purchased the items will be called by the company Tuesday to notify them of the recall, Wilson said. The calls will be followed up with a letter.Wilson said Costco’s independent testing of the smoked salmon hasn’t yet turned up any positive results for salmonella. He said the company has not received any reports of illnesses.De Vries said Foppen did not believe contaminated fish had been sold to any other countries.Foppen, which processes fish in the Netherlands and at a factory in Greece, is investigating the cause of the outbreak.“The investigation into the cause is under way and has been narrowed down to one production line at one factory (in Greece),” De Vries told The Associated Press. “We can’t yet say what the cause of the infection was.”center_img Associated PressTHE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) – Smoked salmon tainted with salmonella bacteria has sickened hundreds of people in the Netherlands and the United States, sparking a major recall, health authorities said Tuesday.The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment said the salmon has been traced to the Dutch company Foppen, which sells fish to many major Dutch supermarkets and to stores around the world, including the United States. Foppen has halted all production of smoked salmon until the investigation is completed, he added.____Associated Press writer Candice Choi in New York contributed.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix The institute said in a statement that around 200 people _ and likely more _ in the Netherlands and more than 100 people in the United States have been sickened by a strain of the bacteria called Salmonella Thompson.Harald Wychgel, a spokesman for the Dutch public health institute, said the institute got its information on Americans becoming ill from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.However, a representative for the CDC said the agency was investigating and had not confirmed any illnesses. Costco Wholesale Corp., which sold the salmon in the U.S., said it had no reports of illness.Foppen also estimated the number of infections was higher.Company spokesman Bart de Vries said that since the company set up a public information phone line two days ago, some 1,400 people had called and around 350 of the callers “reported symptoms consistent with a salmonella infection.”Those infected by the salmonella bacteria can suffer symptoms including fever, vomiting and diarrhea.De Vries said that in the United States the company sells only to wholesaler Costco and that Costco would deal with any U.S. recall. It was not immediately clear how much contaminated fish had been sold in America; a Costco representative did not immediately have that information. Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

  • Churchill Mortgage Recruits Compliance Trainer

    first_imgNew,Churchill Mortgage Recruits Compliance Trainer in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Share January 14, 2014 414 Views center_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Churchill Mortgage Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2014-01-14 Tory Barringer To address concerns related to January’s wave of regulations and ensure potential homebuyers still receive the service they’re looking for, “”Churchill Mortgage””: has recruited a new full-time compliance trainer: Seth Trimble.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]A recruiting compliance veteran, Trimble is a licensed originator in five states. He comes to Churchill from his former post as a processor at Nationstar Mortgage.In his new role, Trimble will lead the implementation of a compliance-related, cross-functional communications platform focused on training and regulation. In addition to providing compliance training and developing presentations for staff, he will also conduct on-site branch visits to ensure compliance measures are enforced and maintained throughout the company.””Regulatory compliance continues to be a priority for our industry,”” said Mike Hardwick, president of the Tennessee-based company. “”By creating a new position dedicated to compliance, we’re taking the right steps towards streamlining communication. We look forward to having Seth–his industry experience will be a significant asset to our team.””last_img read more