Kashmirs 1991 moment

first_imgThe special status of Jammu & Kashmir has been revoked and the state has been bifurcated into two Union Territories. Those are the facts. Much has been discussed and debated over these decisions. But it is time to consider its future implications now. Altering the long-held governance structure was just the beginning of resolving the long-standing Kashmir problem. The real uphill task remains. How do these steps result in the development of Jammu & Kashmir and bring it closer to achieving peace and stability? That is the crux of the matter; the end goal. Also Read – A special kind of bondA key enabler of these outcomes can be the achievement of higher economic growth and development of the region. The integration of Jammu & Kashmir to the Indian mainland brings uniformity to the economic policies of both regions. All laws applicable to other Indian states will now be applicable to it. This puts the region on a level playing field and allows faster percolation of decision-making at the Centre down to the most granular level. Earlier, laws passed by the Indian Parliament had to be separately ratified by the state legislature in Jammu & Kashmir, which caused immense delays in implementation and the region suffered as a result. For instance, a week after other states joined the GST network, the government of Jammu and Kashmir had to pass its own resolution to integrate itself into the national tax framework. And this was a law in which the former state had an interest in the clearing. The gestation periods are much longer for other acts. As the Prime Minister pointed out, the Right to Education Act was still not applicable to Kashmiri students. Such limitations had impeded the decision-making process and prevented effective economic development. Also Read – Insider threat managementThe economic limitations were further exacerbated by Article 35A, which prevented non-residents from buying land in the region and availing facilities provided by the state government. When businesses could not acquire the most basic assets for setting up an enterprise, economic activity was bound to be muted. The very nature of legislation curbed economic development and, thus, eliminated all avenues of growth and prosperity that could have benefitted the Kashmiris themselves. The extent of economic inefficiency that has existed until now with respect to Jammu & Kashmir can be realised from the fact that the region was the largest recipient of central funds until now with little to show for it. An analysis by the Institute for Competitiveness shows that between 2005-06 till 2018-19, Jammu & Kashmir received around 10.5 per cent of the central grants-in-aid, which was the highest among all states. The second-highest share of these central grants was received by the state of Uttar Pradesh at around 9 per cent. That these allocations are grossly disproportionate can be seen in the light of their population shares where Jammu & Kashmir is home to 1 per cent of India’s population while Uttar Pradesh is the country’s most populous state accounting for over 16 per cent of its population. Not only has Jammu & Kashmir been the recipient of the highest share of central grants but is also heavily dependent on them as its own revenue-generating capacity has been fairly limited. In fact, more than half of the state’s revenue, or 53 per cent to be precise, are derived from the central grants-in-aid. If central taxes are taken into consideration, this share shoots above 70 per cent. Thus, its own capacity for generating revenue accounted for less than 30 per cent of its total revenue receipts. This is yet another reflection of the lack of economic exuberance within the region, which has stymied its government’s revenue-generating capacity through both tax and non-tax sources. Moreover, these funds have also not been managed well. Jammu & Kashmir has had a history of improper financial management with the ratio of gross fiscal deficit to the state’s GDP at an average of 5 per cent over the last four years against a national average of 3 per cent for the same period. There have, however, been recent discussions that the former state was already quite advanced on certain social parameters. Life expectancy, for instance, is the third-highest among all Indian states at 73.5. But, if a broader measure is considered like the Human Development Index, the ranking of Jammu & Kashmir has slipped two places from 9 to 11 between 1990 and 2017 with a current score of 0.68 that is quite close to the national average of 0.64. Thus, its performance has not been exceptional even on social outcomes. It must be admitted that there is no surety that after coming under central control Jammu & Kashmir will perform better economically. But the opening up of the local economy to outside actors will be akin to India’s liberalisation moment of 1991 when it opened up its economy and integrated with the outside world. As the legal impediments to the free movement of people and access to assets like land have been removed, the economic focus of the state can now be broadened beyond tourism and agriculture. Industrialisation can slowly expand its prominence in the local economy. Thus, the elimination of the special status and more centrality of governance should beget higher availability of economic opportunities and wider avenues of growth for the people for Kashmir who have been long denied of the same. (Amit Kapoor is chair, Institute for Competitiveness. Chirag Yadav, senior researcher at the Institute, has contributed to the article. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA PART 3

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Brina’s Back.Netflix’s streaming hit Chilling Adventures of Sabrina got the Winter off but is back filming Part 3 today.Parts 3 & 4 filming dates: May 17th to February 20th, 2020. Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With:center_img Sabrina Movie Advertisement Sixteen more chapters.Cast: Kiernan Shipka, Gavin Leatherwood, Ross Lynch, Jaz Sinclair, Lachlan Watson, Michelle Gomez, Miranda Otto, Lucy Davis, Chance Perdomo, Tati Gabrielle. Twitterlast_img read more

Nomination deadline nearing for Board of Trustees staff representative

Nominations are open until Friday, April 26 for the ongoing staff representative position available on Brock’s Board of Trustees.All ongoing staff of the University are eligible to serve in the elected position, except those who report directly to the President or to a Vice-President. The role’s three-year term commences July 1, following an election held in May by the University Secretariat.Brock’s Board of Trustees is one of two governing bodies of the University (along with Senate) and is responsible for the government, conduct, management and control of the University and of its property, revenues, expenditures, business and affairs. As a member of the Board, the staff representative will actively engage and participate in discussions and decision-making that affect the University, and will be appointed to a Board Committee.Time and commitment are required in preparing for and actively attending the Board and Committee meetings, normally held five times throughout the academic year from September to June.General bylaws require the Board to include two ongoing staff members, elected by ongoing staff of the University, to serve staggered three-year terms. As of July 1, there will be one ongoing staff vacancy.Nomination forms are available on the University Secretariat election website.The nomination form must be signed by at least three members of the ongoing staff and the nominee.Nomination forms can be submitted in person to the Office of the University Secretariat (ST1107) or by email to universitysecretary@brocku.ca no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 26.Voting will take place by electronic ballot beginning Wednesday, May 8 at 8:30 a.m. and closing Wednesday, May 22 at 4:30 p.m.All eligible voters will receive an email to their Brock email account with a link to a secure electronic ballot.Please contact Chabriol Colebatch, Secretary to the University, at x3335 with any questions. read more

Womens Swimming Liz Li breaks Big Ten record claims Big Ten Championship

OSU then-sophomore Liz Li poses for a picture at the 2016 Big Ten Championships. Credit: Courtesy of OSUSenior Liz Li won her second consecutive Big Ten championship title in the 50-yard freestyle at the Big Ten Championships Thursday. Her winning time of 21.48 seconds established a new conference-record in the event that she previously set at the meet, and tied her own school record that she set for Ohio State last season.Coming into this event, Li held the third fastest 50-yard freestyle time in the country. She now holds the record for the fastest time in that event, earning her third individual Big Ten title of her career.Dating back to 2005, only five different swimmers have won a Big Ten championship in the event, all of whom have won it at least two consecutive seasons. Li has now become the fifth straight Big Ten swimmer to earn consecutive conference titles in the 50-yard freestyle.Li’s teammates earned success throughout the day as well.Senior Lindsey Clary claimed a fourth-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:37.65, while junior Meg Bailey placed third in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1:57.75. Li also competed in the 400-yard medley relay with senior Zulal Zeren, senior Taylor Vargo, and junior Macie McNichols, who claimed a fifth-place title with a time of 3:34.91.The Buckeyes stand in fifth-place overall after Day Two, behind Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota respectively.The competition will continue Friday with championships in the 100-yard butterfly, 400-yard individual medley, 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke, 100-yard backstroke, three-meter diving and the 200-yard freestyle relay. Preliminaries begin at 11 a.m. and finals will take place at 6:30 p.m. read more

Pattersons claim that PPP did no feasibility study for major projects

Opposition Member of Parliament, Irfaan AliDay three of the 2019 Budget Debate ended in an uproar as the parliamentary Opposition took Government to task over what was described as “lies” spoken about infrastructural projects under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) regime.During his contributions to the debates, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson outlined a list of projects, which he claimed the previous Administration went ahead to undertake without conducting any feasibility study.Among those the Minister mentioned was the East Bank (Diamond) to East Coast (Ogle) Road Link Project.Minister of Public Infrastructure, David Patterson.“The former President, [Donald] Ramotar, went on a trip [to India] and they say here is US$50 million… and he give it to the Honourable Member Irfaan Ali (then Housing Minister) who drew up a plan and said we gon link this from here to here [with] no feasibility study, none… You can bring it or lay it here and I will apologise to you in public if you bring a feasibility study…” the Public Infrastructure Minister said.However, at the end of Patterson’s 30-plus minute presentation, Ali, a former Housing Minister under the PPP/C Administration, rose to the floor, indicating to the Speaker, Dr Barton Scotland, that a feasibility study was in fact done for the Bypass Road project and that he was in possession of same, as he waved his phone in the air to indicate the document was on the device.Ali added too that he had shown the document to the Clerk of the National Assembly Sherlock Isaacs and offered to hand it over to the Public Infrastructure Minister.“I have here a Government of Guyana Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) document 2014 – ‘East Bank/East Coast Road Linkage Feasibility Study’. The complete document is here! The Honourable Minister said there exists no feasibility study. I’m saying to this honourable House that this feasibility study exists and the Minister should do the honourable thing, as he suggested, at this time,” Ali contended.The Opposition frontbencher then turned to Patterson telling him, “…You lied in the National Assembly!”At that point, the Public Infrastructure Minister was on his feet but then sat down, as a verbal confrontation erupted between members from the two sides of the House.The Speaker then said he was surprised at the turn of events as the day’s session wound down, before asking Minister Patterson whether he wanted the floor to speak.In response, the Minister then muttered, “No, sir. I would not even bother, Sir because I have here in my hand, a bible.” He further added, “I was going to address but having something waving in my hand… is not proof of anything. So Sir, I don’t think I need to add anything else,” the Public Infrastructure Minister asserted.Speaker Scotland then informed both Ali and Patterson that they can “solve whatever the difference is they and not have us all try to solve it for them”, before adjourning the day’s session.Afterwards, Ali told this media group that the Public Infrastructure Minister has “continuously lied to the house and the nation; and it’s time to put a stop to it. That’s why I decided to put a stop to it.”The Opposition MP noted that the coalition Administration believes they can run the country through “bullyism and their high-handed approach” to Government while side-tracking important things.“This whole thing is a side-tracked, they trying to side-track from the exposure from all that is happening in [Patterson’s] Ministry. The person who spoke before him, Bishop Juan Edghill, highlighted all the facts surrounding corruption and the type of governance that is taking place,” Ali related.Opposition Parliamentarian Bishop Juan EdghillDuring his presentation, Member of Parliament Edghill, the Opposition’s Shadow Infrastructure Minister, outlined a number of projects undertaken by the coalition that are marred by corruption. He wrapped the Public Infrastructure Minister over the new Demerara River Bridge feasibility study; the contract for which saw not only the Patterson breaching the procurement laws but the entire Cabinet as well when they approved the award to a Dutch company.Edghill, however claimed the payment for the study came from an extra budgetary account; that is, the Asphalt Plant of the Demerara Harbour Bridge (DHB). He went on to say that some $227 million was reportedly spent on the feasibility study when the nation was told that the company only got $148 million.“Where did the rest of the money go? We want to know today… because you went into an extra-budgetary account, you took money illegally and paid for a feasibility study that was an unsolicited bid… How much did you spend because you’re asking for another $100 million from the Budget,” Edghill stated.The former Junior Finance Minister continued by upbraiding the Public Infrastructure Minister over the fact that one of the agencies under his Ministry with highest spending, the Guyana Power and Light (GPL), has been without a Board of Directors since January 2017. He also mentioned the fact that an audit report flagged Patterson’s Ministry for failing to produce the requested documents that could account for the $500 million that was supposedly spent on the controversial D’Urban Park Project.This, according to Edghill, is the reason the upkeep of the facility was removed from the Public Infrastructure Ministry and placed under the remit of the National Sports Commission. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPPP’s feasibility study: Provided with evidence Patterson says we will not apologiseDecember 6, 2018In “latest news”$38.5B for Public Infrastructure Ministry approvedDecember 12, 2018In “Business”Jagdeo raps Patterson on alleged corrupt practicesAugust 26, 2019In “latest news” read more

Layflat Hose demonstrating its largediameter mining hose at AIMEX

first_imgLayflat Hose will showcase its large-diameter layflat hose, its complementary power-driven hose winders and reels, along with pump pontoons on Stand SL141 during AIMEX – Asia-Pacific’s mining exhibition, to be held at Sydney’s Olympic Park, Homebush, from September 6-9. Suited to a wide range of fluid types, Layflat’s hose is designed to enable fast deployment and rapid, high-volume dewatering for mining. It can also provide a convenient means of transferring water from wastewater ponds and lagoons.The hoses are available in 150 to 300 mm diameters with a maximum flow rate of 300 litres a second. According to the company, benefits of large-diameter layflat hose include low-volume coil, deployment and retrieval without fusion welding, conformation to undulating and rough terrain, and availability in continuous lengths of 200 m-plus. They are said to be easy to repair and UV stabilised.The hose are made from either PVC, polyurethane or nitrate rubber, with a woven textile fabric based on high-tenacity polyester to ensure consistent high-pressure ratings.Layflat Hose’s hose winders incorporate generators and high-torque electric motors as well as high-pressure spray washers for cleaning and decontaminating recovered hose.The winders include power-driven skid-mounted and trailer-mounted models with Layflat Hose designing and engineering the winders for a range of terrains and operational requirements from landfill deployment units to waste water hose deployment.Featured at AIMEX will be the company’s dual-reel, trailer-mounted winder for transporting, storing, laying and retrieving layflat hose. Each reel can operate independently and can handle 100 m of 200 mm of hose while the trailer has two Italian electric motors and an onboard diesel generator. The unit is compliant with RTA and mine regulations.Also featured on Layflat Hose Company’s AIMEX stand will be pump pontoons for industrial, sludge pond, mining, sewerage, desludging and wastewater applications.The pontoons have a high structural-strength box steel upper framework, with a hot-dip galvanised finish, and are bolted to modular, foam-filled HDPE floats with heavy-duty, corrosion-resistant fasteners while the pump unit is housed in a frame that drops directly into the pontoon deck, allowing for easy pump removal or exchange.“Our floating platforms can be used as pumping pontoons for water removal, pit and quarry dewatering, water supply or solids removal,” company representative Andrew Bastek said.“And due to their unique design and weighted keel they have outstanding stability in water as well as roll over resistance.”Customised flotation platforms are also available from the company.last_img read more

Duvnjak saves Kiel against compatriots

Domagoj Duvnjakppd zagrebTHW Kiel HC THW Kiel: Landin 1 save, Katsigiannis 12 saves; Duvnjak 10, Jansen, Ferreira, Mamelund, Sprenger 1, Ekberg 3(1), Anić 2, Canellas 1, Dahmke 1, Jaanimaa 1, Williams, Klein 7, Brozović 2, Vujin 4(1)RK PPD Zagreb: Stevanović 10 saves, Ivić 5 saves; Sabljić, Vujić, Kontrec 1, Šprem 1, Šebetić 8, Marković 4(3), Raković 1, Šušnja 1, J. Valčić 2, T. Valčić, Mandalinić 6 (1), Markoski 1, Kovačević 1, Pavlović 2STANDINGS: THW Kiel beat PPD Zagreb 31:29 (15:17) in their last match at VELUX EHF Champions League Preliminary Round thanks to Domagoj Duvnjak, who netted 10 goals to prevent his compatriots from Croatia of winning away match at “Sparkasse Arena”. Croatian NT playmaker had the main role in turnover after -5 at the start of the second half, when Vujovic’s boys had 20:15… 4. THW Kiel14815400:388(12)17 3. SG Flensburg-Handewitt131003397:345(52)20 8. Besiktas Jimnastik Kulubu131012353:444(-91)2 5. HC Prvo plinarsko drustvo …14518358:367(-9)11 2. MVM Veszprém131012375:339(36)21 7. RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko132110342:369(-27)5 7. RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko132110342:369(-27)5 1. Paris Saint-Germain Handba…131102407:357(50)22 ← Previous Story Danish Aalborg mad at Norwegian Federation because of Sagosen’s case Next Story → Wisla Plock extend with Ghionea and Wisniewski,HC THW Kiel: Landin 1 save, Katsigiannis 12 saves; Duvnjak 10, Jansen, Ferreira, Mamelund, Sprenger 1, Ekberg 3(1), Anić 2, Canellas 1, Dahmke 1, Jaanimaa 1, Williams, Klein 7, Brozović 2, Vujin 4(1)RK PPD Zagreb: Stevanović 10 saves, Ivić 5 saves; Sabljić, Vujić, Kontrec 1, Šprem 1, Šebetić 8, Marković 4(3), Raković 1, Šušnja 1, J. Valčić 2, T. Valčić, Mandalinić 6 (1), Markoski 1, Kovačević 1, Pavlović 2STANDINGS: 8. Besiktas Jimnastik Kulubu131012353:444(-91)2 6. Orlen Wisla Plock13328347:370(-23)8 1. Paris Saint-Germain Handba…131102407:357(50)22 2. MVM Veszprém131012375:339(36)21 5. HC Prvo plinarsko drustvo …14518358:367(-9)11 6. Orlen Wisla Plock13328347:370(-23)8 3. SG Flensburg-Handewitt131003397:345(52)20 4. THW Kiel14815400:388(12)17 read more

Hitchcocks Rear Window recreated as huge panoramic timelapse

first_imgAnyone who’s a fan of Alfred Hitchcock probably has a copy of his Academy Award-nominated movie Rear Window lying around the house somewhere. It focuses on the observations of professional photographer Jeff Jeffries who, while recovering from breaking his leg, watches his neighbors through a rear window that overlooks a courtyard surrounded by apartments.Throughout the movie we see different events happening in each of the apartments, all taken from Jeffries’ viewpoint. However, these are seen as individual events that focus on one of the apartments. Now artist Jeff Desom has painstakingly dissected and stitched all those events together into a timelapse with the whole courtyard visible in one panoramic shot.Click to see full sizeThe ultra-widescreen view was achieved using Adobe After Effects, Photoshop, and Coffee to dissect the scenes and piece them back together in the right locations. Desom also had to spend time stabilizing the shots that had camera movement, but he also benefited from the fact most of the movie was shot from the same angle.The video above gives you a 3-minute preview of the finished timelapse, but the full duration is actually 20 minutes. It’s hard to convey how big this movie is. The resolution is actually 2400 x 550 pixels, which Desom was able to output using a projection surface of 10 x 2 meters split across 3 projectors. The full width of the timelapse was split between those projectors using a Matrox TripleHead2Go card hooked up to his laptop.Here’s how the setup worked:And here’s the actual projection in action filling the entire length of a bar:It’s an impressive piece of work made possible due to the way in which Hitchcock shot Rear Window. I do wonder what other movies this could work for, though.Read more at Jeff Desomlast_img read more

Dessie Fox The violent killing of an incredible family man

first_imgDessie Fox: The violent killing of an ‘incredible family man’ As part of this week’s Getting Away With Murder Series, we go back to 1990 and the killing of a father-of-three in Kildare. To receive TheJournal.ie’s crime investigations straight to your inbox, sign up here: Share17 Tweet Email1 Short URL Getting Away With Murder: Ireland’s Unsolved Homicides will tell the story of this country’s unknown killers and forgotten victims. In this six-part series, TheJournal.ie will revisit a number of cold cases, speak to the detectives tasked with solving these murders and hear from the families left behind with no justice – but lots of questions. Here, we go back to 1990 and the killing of a father-of-three in Kildare. ON 30 SEPTEMBER 1990, bookmaker Dessie Fox planned to attend a race meeting at the Curragh.As he drove to the venue, he was ambushed. The occupants of a red Toyota Carina behind him opened fire on his car at Healy’s Bridge in Prosperous, Co Kildare, causing damage to the right rear indicator and the front left tyre.The 47-year-old attempted to reverse away but his vehicle left the road, forcing him to stop. The raiders then caught up with him and as they approached, one shot from a handgun through the passenger door. The bullet entered Fox’s leg, severing a main artery.“Within a minute, you go unconscious. Another 30 seconds and you’re dead,” retired garda Brendan McArdle who worked on the case told TheJournal.ie.It is now 27 years since Dessie Fox was killed and no one has ever been prosecuted.TargetedGardaí believe a gang specifically targeted Fox because he was a bookmaker and would usually have a large amount of cash with him. What is unclear is which gang was responsible.Investigators believe there were two raiders in the stolen Carina; one of them wore a Puma cap which was discarded near the scene. They took a black leather briefcase containing cash, a canvas money back, billheads, a Motorola portable car phone and car keys.Former garda McArdle said officers knew they were dealing with an organised gang.“They went out to rob him and there was a lot of work put into it. There were lots of suggestions about different criminal gangs, but it wasn’t easy to put forward a particular group. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article “I just loved being with him, and he would often take me with him while he went about his business. Whether he was popping to the shops to buy bread, calling with friends or doing work for our local GAA club, I’d always want to come, and he’d take me along and often tell me stories about when he was young.Since we lost my dad, I’ve missed having that closeness with him as an adult, missed getting to know him as an adult. My mum, my sisters and I have all missed being able to talk to him about important decisions in our lives. And it’s not just the big things. We miss him every day, we miss talking to him, asking his advice, sharing our day-to-day lives with him. We lost so much that day, and so did my dad. He has missed seeing us grow up, start our first jobs, get married, and have our own children – his grandchildren. He never had the chance to raise his family, grow older and enjoy retirement with my mum.‘A very violent death’Garda say the investigation into the 47-year-old’s murder is still very much open and they are hoping some new information may help bring his killers to justice.“It was a very violent death. For his family, they would naturally wonder how did he feel – was he scared, was he frightened?” Duggan said.“If you could only find out who did these things and why they did it, it would be some closure. Is it too late now? Have they already met their own ends? It does get a bit more unlikely as time goes on but then you never know – even at this stage if someone believes they know something it could help allow people to have some peace.”Anyone with information about Dessie’s murder can contact Crimestoppers in confidence on 1800 25 00 25.‘Murderers still on our streets’: How does a homicide case go cold? By Michelle Hennessy 36,086 Views “That was the start of an incredible three or four hours. The news bulletins began to talk about a person being dead, and then a bookmaker being dead and eventually the local priest came to my house and we went across to relay the news formally to Bernadette and the girls.”It was a horrific experience to be honest – one that I’ll not forget.‘An incredible family man’Duggan described the bookmaker as “a great friend to speak to” and a “modest, kind guy”.“He was a very intense person on the other hand. It was an intense job he had, there’s a lot of stress in betting. He was always on the run, always a busy man, literally running all the time. Whether it was for his family or his work or his community, he was always on the go.”Though his job was hectic, Duggan said Fox’s family was everything to him and much of the rushing he did was to get back home.“He was a really incredible family man, he had three beautiful daughters and he was really besotted with those three girls and his wife. He was very involved in their education and their pastimes… They were great musicians.”Questions left unansweredMaking a renewed appeal about her father’s murder on the 20th anniversary in 2010, Lorna Fox O’Mahony said her family’s lives had been “shattered”. She was 15 at the time of his death, her older sister 19 and the youngest just seven.“As time has passed, that sense of loss has never diminished, but the horror of how he died has also sunk in. For us to deal with this, we need to know the truth of what happened on that day,” she said.“It has been, and continues to be, a struggle to deal with not knowing,My dad was a kind and generous man, and we were a very close family. My sisters and I looked up to him, we relied on his advice and guidance, and we knew that he was always there for us. My life with my dad ended shortly after my 15th birthday, but even as a teenager I could see the respect, admiration and affection that people had for him. https://jrnl.ie/3226017 Monday 10 Apr 2017, 8:30 PM Apr 10th 2017, 8:30 PM Somebody knew what route he took and they chose to target him at a certain part of his journey. They decided not to rob him in, say, Dungannon in Co Tyrone, or in South Armagh or in Monaghan or in Dundalk. In other words, the logistics of the gang would suggest that it was somebody from the greater Dublin area, rather than from the likes of Monaghan or from the north of Ireland.“You have to start working out the aspects of why. Was there somebody in the gambling or in the bookmaker scene or general races scene who knew that he was carrying large sums of money and why did it not happen to another bookmaker?”‘Dessie’s dead’“I have a very vivid memory of that day,” Mick Duggan, a friend and neighbour of the victim recalled to TheJournal.ie.“I was sitting in my own house here when a very good friend of Des and a guy who would have gone with him regularly to race meetings came to my door. He was nearly knocking the door down. I opened the door and he fell through it and his words were, ‘Dessie’s dead.’I kept saying ‘What are you talking about?’ 8 Comments last_img read more

Opinion There is a good reason why nobody plays golf in Manhattan

first_imgCriminally underutilisedWe will never rectify these issues unless hard decisions are made.Maintaining the status quo, continuing with our sclerotic planning laws and allowing the narrow interests of the few to outweigh the greater need of the many will cause Dublin to continue to spill into its neighbouring counties, one three-bed semi-D at a time.Our current problems in housing and transport will continue to grow exponentially and generation after generation will spend more and more of their income on housing and waste more and more of their time in traffic.That is not just a waste of time to the commuter but also incredibly damaging to the economy and the environment.The new Land Development Agency must be given the political backing along with the necessary changes to our restrictive compulsory purchase legislation to free up the massive swaths of this city that are criminally underutilised.Along with Dublin Port, militarily irrelevant army barracks and the many substantial ill-positioned industrial estates peppered across Dublin, the LDA needs to acquire and make available for high density development the three golf courses that together make up one hundred hectares of land, a full million square metres of urban space, all abutting major public transport infrastructure.The members of these exclusive clubs would be handsomely compensated and can play in any number of more appropriate locations in the North and South of the county.Tens of thousands of people could be accommodated preventing future housing crises.That amount of newly zoned land entering the market, either through sale or lease, would have the critical mass to significantly depress city land prices, the main cost factor preventing current development.Local politicsThe crucial factor here is having local politicians after the local elections in May that will assent to the necessary changes in zoning.Unfortunately, for those of my colleagues who are seeking re-election, the incentives point the other way.As we have seen time and time again, even while decrying the current Government for the lack of housing in the city, the same politicians will block local development and challenge re-zoning so as to ‘maintain the integrity of existing communities’.Doing the right thing in local politics costs you votes. But if we are to ever see an end to crippling rents, extortionate land prices and intractable traffic congestion, with its resultant environment consequences, we need people to live and work on land near to the city and golfers to play in the great wide open, away from it.Paddy Smyth is a Fine Gael, Dublin City Councillor and member of the council’s transport committee.   By Paddy Smyth Mar 6th 2019, 7:01 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Opinion: There is a good reason why nobody plays golf in Manhattan Cities with a large population and expensive housing do not have golf courses near their centre, due to the self-evident inefficiency of that land use, writes Paddy Smyth. Share38 Tweet Email1 40,749 Views THE BOROUGH OF Manhattan, an exemplar of efficient land use, is undoubtedly a wonderful place to live or visit.Architecture that is breathtaking in both aesthetic beauty and as pure feats of engineering, the best of museums and entertainment and some of the most beautiful parks in the world.You can do almost anything in the Big Apple.You could spend a lifetime on this relatively small island and fail to exhaust the panoply of activity on offer.However, no matter how wealthy, powerful or important you are, there is one thing you absolutely cannot do – play a round of golf.Golf requires a number of things – time, small balls, clubs, implausible clothing and land. A lot of land. Short URL Cities with a large population and expensive housing do not have golf courses near their centre due to the self-evident inefficiency of that land use.There is one glaring exception to this rule. An outlier that proudly bucks the trend allowing its citizens, for just a few thousand euros per annum to play 18 holes of golf within walking distance of the city centre.And, as if not spoiled enough, they have not just one urban course to choose from, but multiple.Within walking distance of the city centre, three of these courses are also located on high-speed transport links. The state has spent and is planning to spend, billions of euros providing public transport, rail, tram, bus and cycle greenways, that is not only close to these courses but actually abuts their very perimeters.In case you haven’t realised, this paradise of fairways is the fair city of Dublin.In the map below – the blue line is the Dart, the light green line is the Luas, the dark green line is the Dodder Greenway, which is under development and the pink line donates the BusConnects rapid bus corridors, which are also under development. Crazy for golfA visitor to Dublin would be forgiven for thinking that as a city we are golf crazy.That every man, women and child must be given a set of clubs at birth and spend every moment of their spare time playing the sport.What else could possibly explain this unorthodox use of urban land?In truth, golf is no more popular in Dublin than any other part of the western world.The large amount of strategically important land given over to the game is simply emblematic of the tragically inefficient use of land in the city.There are of course plenty of other examples of underutilised parcels of land, many of them owned by the state or the city council, but our golf courses are by far the most egregious due to their scale.A consequence of this overall inefficiency is a seemingly insurmountable housing crisis, some of the highest land prices and rents in the world, incredibly long commutes for a significant portion of the population and some of the worst traffic on the planet.Underground solutions?A recent study by motor data company Inrix showed that, of all the major cities in the world, only Bogota had congestion that is worse than Dublin.The solution to this congestion that is often suggested, usually proffered with an air of exasperation that know no-one seems to have thought of it before, is that all Dublin needs to do is simply build an underground system.But as anyone who has followed the development of our proposed first subterranean train line joining the airport to the city centre will know, there is nothing simple about building an underground.They also happen to be the most expensive non-military capital projects undertaken by any state.center_img Fine Gael Councillor Without significant density, as is the case in the vast majority of Dublin the massive opportunity cost simply cannot be justified. 55 Comments Billions of euros are required to build, maintain and operate an underground metro and in order to get a decent return on investment you need population density. Golf requires more land (with the possible exception of field artillery training) than practically any other human pursuit.It is therefore logical that where land is in high demand, regardless of how much people would like to play the game, you will have to find somewhere else to swing your sticks.New York is far from unique.There are no golf courses in Westminster or Kensington. Parisian golfers do not enjoy a view of the Eiffel Towel before choosing a wood for tee off. https://jrnl.ie/4525112 Paddy Smyth Wednesday 6 Mar 2019, 7:00 AMlast_img read more

No House is Safe on The Exorcist

first_img 7 Horror Movies You Forgot Were GreatThe 11 Scariest Religious Horror Movies Stay on target We’re only on episode two and we already have an exorcism. Last season made us wait until halfway through to see Fathers Tomas and Marcus extract a demon. Of course, this isn’t the main demon we’ll be dealing with this season. The scenes at Andy’s foster house are still playing close to the chest as far as what’s going on. My guess: There’s more than one demon. That’s not really based on anything right now, except that it would explain the constant misdirection the story has thrown at us so far. The only thing we can be absolutely sure about is there’s something weird going on with this island.As a nice surprise, this episode doesn’t open with either of last week’s two main stories. Instead, we check in with Father Bennett. I’m so glad he’s still around. He seems to be the only one interested in solving the worldwide demon conspiracy, rather than focusing on individual possessions. Don’t get me wrong, the show needs those. Much of the horror comes from the classic formula of two priests trapped in a small room with a terrifying monster. The demonic conspiracy was a really interesting way for the show to expand its mythology and universe beyond just being a sequel to the first movie. Father Bennett is the driving force behind that overarching plot, and I’m glad it’s not being ignored in season two.Philip Craig, Kurt Egyiawan and guest star Torrey Hanson (Cr: Sergei Bachlakov/FOX)Bennett is now living in the Vatican, compiling evidence of church officials who’ve integrated with a demon. When he’s called to present his evidence before it’s ready, he knows something’s up. The demons have infiltrated the highest levels of the church. The cardinal who kidnapped Bennett last season is still here, and nobody believes he is possessed. He even drinks blessed saline solution to prove it. (Although, if a cardinal is possessed by a demon, does his blessing still make holy water?) It’s then we learn that Father Marcus was blamed for trying to kill the pope. The man who actually tried is seen as a fallen brother who tried to prevent the murder. Bennett has been keeping Marcus’ location secret from the church and feeding him information on demonic possessions in America.Speaking of, that exorcism isn’t going well. The woman’s husband and his buddies have the two priests tied up while his wife is taken to intensive care. He changes his tune real quick when she starts making scary noises and killing people. For the first exorcism of the season, this was much scarier than the show’s initial attempt last year. There was no going outside to take a break, no quarantining the possessed off where she can’t hurt anyone. She was in a hospital with people and she put her razor-sharp nail to work. That’s what made it so unsettling when the priests find her in the nursery, next to a murdered nurse, holding a kid. My one criticism of these scenes is they cut back to the foster house too much. I know they have to move that story along too, but during an exorcism, I want the horror to be unrelenting. Its pattern of show a scary thing-cut to unrelated scene let us off the hook too easily.Ben Daniels and Alfonso Herrera (Cr: Sergei Bachlakov/FOX)Of course, things weren’t all happy times at Andy’s house either, particularly as the episode went on. It starts with the family dealing with the fallout of Caleb’s adventure the previous night. The horror slowly ramps up over the course of the episode. Strange things are happening with Caleb, though it’s not entirely clear if he’s the possessed one. He takes a bite into an apple and spits it out. We see that it’s covered in maggots. We also learn that he believes Verity took him to the well at night and left him there. She denies it, angry at Andy for believing she would do something like that. And then there’s Grace. The creepiest little girl, who’s always standing in the hallway when Andy fights with someone. There’s something not right about her.Andy’s scenes aren’t short on baby horror either. Shelby accepts an invite from the farmers next door to watch a lamb being born. The birth doesn’t go well. Instead of a baby lamb, the sheep gives birth to a weird, deformed thing. The farmer kills it, and the next time we see Shelby, he’s running from something in the woods. As the episode ends, he’s gone back to get the deformed lamb-thing because the Bible says lambs blood will protect a house from evil. So he spreads some on Andy’s door. How much you want to bet he just cursed the house?John Cho (Cr: Sergei Bachlakov/FOX)The Exorcist dialed up the dread for its second episode, setting up some (hopefully) big things for the season to come. Father Tomas once again allowed the demon in as part of the exorcism, which let us see what it looks like for a demon to be pulled from someone’s body. That set off what looks to be the big conflict between the priests for the season to come. Father Marcus doesn’t trust Tomas’ new ability, and Tomas just tells him he’s afraid. Whoever ends up being right, Father Tomas is listening to the demon. Nothing good is going to come from that. Andy’s house continues to keep its answers just out of reach, which is only making things more suspenseful as it goes on. It doesn’t look like we’re going to get concrete answers anytime soon. If they use that uncertainty right, they’ll really scare the crap out of us this season. For now, I’ll be glued to the couch every Friday night. Especially now that Marcus and Tomas are headed to the Pacific Northwest.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Sex offender update

first_imgGregory Wright A high-risk sex offender known for having sexual contact with young teenage females was recently released from Washington Corrections Center in Shelton and is currently homeless in the Vancouver area, according to a sheriff’s office bulletin.In 1998, Gregory Wright, 31, sexually assaulted two females, ages 13 and 14. He threatened both teens with a knife and choked the 14-year-old before the assault.Although originally charged with two counts of indecent liberties and one count of attempted second-degree rape, Wright pleaded guilty to second-degree assault with sexual motivation and fourth-degree assault.Also, after reports indicated that he had been sexually involved with a 15-year-old female, Wright in 2006 pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted communication with a minor for immoral purposes.Wright is considered a Level 3 sex offender, the group considered most likely to commit new sex crimes.He is not wanted by police and will be monitored by the Department of Corrections, the Vancouver Police Sex Offender Tracking Unit and the Clark County Sex Offender Registration Unit.last_img read more

Maruti Suzuki Launches Swift Dzire LDiX Limited Edition in India Price Features

first_imgMaruti Suzuki, India’s largest carmaker, rolled out a special edition of its Swift Dzire sedan in India.Dubbed Swift Dzire LDiX, the new offering of Maruti comes loaded with attractive features, and the company is also offering discounts and additional benefits on the purchase of the new variant. Powered by the 1.3 litre Multijet diesel engine, which can generate a power of 75 PS and a peak torque of 190 NM, the new avatar of Dzire sedan carries a price tag of ₹6.86 lakhs (on-road, New Delhi).The Dzire LDiX hosts a slew of features like 2 DIN audio player CD and AUX support for music system, passenger side vanity mirror, remote central locking facility, rear speakers, anti theft system, body colour outer rear view mirrors, ORVMS, turn indicators and fog lamps, rear parking assist system with digital display and silver sensors, Day and Night inside rear view mirror, body color mud flaps, and high grade stainless steel door sill guard.Maruti also offers exchange benefit of 15,000, loyalty bonus up to 10,000 and corporate discount of ₹1,500 on purchase of the new Dzire LDiX. Apparently, the Swift Dzire 2013 model is also sold with discounts up to ₹30,000-₹40,000 to clear the unsold stock produced last year.In February, Maruti revised the prices of all of its offerings in the country, ranging from ₹8,197 to ₹30, 984, including the recently launched Celerio, after the announcement of a reduction in excise duty in the latest interim budget 2014-15.The Celerio, which was originally launched at a starting price of ₹3.90 lakh, is now available at ₹3.76 lakh. The Automated Manual Transmission (AMT), equipped LXi and VXi variants, are priced at ₹4.14 lakh and ₹4.43 lakh respectively, as against the ₹4.29 lakh and ₹4.59 lakh prices revealed earlier.(Edited by Vishnuprasad S Pillai)last_img read more

West Indies can beat India in the first Test Ramnaresh Sarwan

first_imgIndia vs West Indies.Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty ImagesFormer West Indies cricketer Ramnaresh Sarwan reportedly said that he believes that the West Indian team can beat India in the Test series. According to him, if the Carribean team plays like play as a single unit then they will have an outright chance to defeat the world number one Test side, as quoted by IANS.”If we can collectively play well, we have a chance of beating India. We have individual talents, but it is a matter of playing well as a unit. Hopefully, we will be able to play as a team. At the end of the day, once we gel as a unit, we have a chance of winning,” Sarwan said.The former West Indies captain mentioned that the team will ideally want a fast wicket at Antigua and if they can execute 70-80 per cent of the plans they have then the West Indian team will have great chances to win the match. The 39-year-old former cricketer who recently had a camp with the batsmen of the Caribbean team along with legendary cricketer Brian Lara mentioned that the Prince of Port of Spain stressed on the need of patience in the middle and they wanted the batsmen to have a clear mindset.”Mostly we have tried to work on the mental aspect with them. We did not want to change anyone, just tried to keep them in a clear mindset, hopefully, they will be able to take it to the game. Brian stressed the need to be patient in the middle.” Brian Lara.ReutersThough the former legendary cricketer says that West Indies have a chance to beat India but recent records and the teams on paper defy his predictions. In the recently concluded ODI series, Team India defeated West Indies 2-0 with brilliant performances from Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer. Earlier, the Men in Blue started the West Indies tour in style by completing a 3-0 whitewash in the T20 series.The two-match Test series, which is scheduled to start on August 22, is a part of ICC World Test Championship.last_img read more

Trump plays down need for preparation for Kim summit

first_imgPresident Donald Trump welcomes Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe to the White House in Washington, Thursday, 7 June, 2018. Abe is expected to make sure Trump doesn`t overlook Japan`s security and other concerns at next week`s US-North Korea summit. Photo : APHeading into his North Korea summit with characteristic bravado, president Donald Trump says that “attitude” is more important than preparation as he looks to negotiate an accord with Kim Jong Un to denuclearise the Korean Peninsula.Preparing to depart Washington for next week’s meeting, Trump dangled before Kim visions of normalised relations with the United States, economic investment and even a White House visit. Characterizing the upcoming talks with the third-generation autocrat as a “friendly negotiation,” Trump said, “I really believe that Kim Jong Un wants to do something.”Trump’s comments Thursday came as he looked to reassure allies that he won’t give away the store in pursuit of a legacy-defining deal with Kim, who has long sought to cast off his pariah status on the international stage.The North has faced crippling diplomatic and economic sanctions as it has advanced development of its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.”I don’t think I have to prepare very much,” Trump said. “It’s about attitude. It’s about willingness to get things done.”Declaring the summit to be “much more than a photo-op,” he predicted “a terrific success or a modified success” when he meets with Kim next Tuesday in Singapore. He said the talks would start a process to bring about a resolution to the nuclear issue.”I think it’s not a one-meeting deal,” he said. Asked how many days he’s willing to stay to talk with Kim, Trump said, “One, two three, depending on what happens.”Still he predicted he’ll know very quickly whether Kim is serious about dealing with US demands.”They have to de-nuke,” Trump said. “If they don’t denuclearise, that will not be acceptable. And we cannot take sanctions off.”Trump, who coined the term “maximum pressure” to describe US sanctions against the North, said they would be an indicator for the success or failure of the talks.”We don’t use the term anymore because we’re going into a friendly negotiation,” Trump said. “Perhaps after that negotiation, I will be using it again. You’ll know how well we do in the negotiation. If you hear me saying, ‘We’re going to use maximum pressure,’ you’ll know the negotiation did not do well, frankly.”At another point, he said it was “absolutely” possible he and Kim could sign a declaration to end the Korean War. The 1950-53 conflict ended with an armistice but not a formal peace treaty.Trump spent Thursday morning firing off a dozen unrelated tweets – on the Russia investigation and other subjects – before meeting with Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe to talk about summit preparations and strategy.”I think I’ve been prepared for this summit for a long time, as has the other side,” he said. “II think they’ve been preparing for a long time also. So this isn’t a question of preparation, it’s a question of whether or not people want it to happen.”Administration officials indicated that Trump actually was putting in preparation time. National Security Council spokesman Garrett Marquis noted the president met with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security adviser John Bolton Thursday afternoon “to continue their strategic discussions” ahead of the summit.Pompeo said he was confident the president would be fully prepared and dismissed reports of division inside Trump’s foreign policy team over the decision to embrace the meeting with Kim.In his previous role as CIA director, Pompeo told reporters Thursday, “there were few days that I left the Oval Office, after having briefed the president, that we didn’t talk about North Korea.”Pompeo said Kim had “personally” given him assurances that he was willing to pursue denuclearisation and said US and North Korean negotiating teams had made unspecified progress toward bridging the gap over defining that term as part of a potential agreement. He would not say whether Trump would insist that the North put an end to its chemical, biological and ballistic missile programs.Pompeo said Trump’s approach is “fundamentally different” from prior administrations. “In the past, there’d been months and months of detailed negotiations and they got nowhere,” he said. “This has already driven us to a place we’d not been able to achieve.”Since taking office, Trump has repeatedly accused his predecessors of failing to address the nuclear threat from a nation that launched its atomic program in the 1960s and began producing bomb fuel in the early 1990s. Past administrations have also used a combination of sanctions and diplomacy to seek denuclearisation, but the results failed to endure.Christopher Hill, the lead US negotiator with North Korea during the George W. Bush administration, said a summit with the North had long been available to US leaders.”The fact was no U.S. president wanted to do this, and for good reason,” he said. “It’s a big coup for (the North Koreans), so the question is whether we can make them pay for it.”Before he sits down with Kim, Trump must first face wary US allies who question his commitment to their own security and resent his quarrelling with them on sensitive trade matters. Trump on Friday departs for a 24-hour stop in Canada for a Group of Seven summit of leading industrial nations.French president Emmanuel Macron said Thursday that the international community supports Trump’s efforts to denuclearise the Korean Peninsula, but “if he does succeed in his negotiations with North Korea, we want him also to remain credible on the nuclear situation in Iran.” Trump pulled out of president Barack Obama’s nuclear accord with Iran over the objections of European allies.Abe, for his part, pushed Trump to raise with Kim the issue of Japanese abductees held in North Korea. The Japanese leader wanted to make sure that Trump’s efforts to negotiate an agreement don’t harm Japan’s interests. Trump said Abe talked about the abductees “long and hard and passionately, and I will follow his wishes and we will be discussing that with North Korea absolutely.”US allies in the region have expressed concern that Trump’s push to denuclearize Korea could ignore the North’s sophisticated ballistic missile and chemical weapons programs.last_img

Houston City Council Asked To Vote On Possibly Joining The Litigation Against

first_imgAl Ortiz Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/20140351/sb4votevid.mp400:0000:0000:19Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Some people have brought signs 2 the #Houston City Council meeting that criticize the #Texas law about #sanctuary cities. Follow @HPMNews887 pic.twitter.com/naNK68KdFC— Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz (@AlvaroOrtiz100) June 20, 2017 Mayor Sylvester Turner recently announced that he is ready to go to court over the Sanctuary Cities law.So far Dallas, Austin, El Paso, and San Antonio have already announced they’re suing over the law. Today local activists along with Councilman Robert Gallegos asked City Council to vote in favor of joining the litigation against the Sanctuary Cities Bill, SB4. As time went on, the City Council chamber became packed with people that wanted to talk about Houston joining the lawsuit against SB4 Sharelast_img read more

China Announces Penalties Of Same Scale To Retaliate For US Tariffs

first_img Share Photo by Jason Lee/Reuters/Via PBS NewsHourChinese and U.S. flags are set up for a meeting during an April visit by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao at China’s Ministry of Transport in Beijing, China.China’s government said Friday it will retaliate for U.S. President Donald Trump’s tariff hike on Chinese goods by immediately imposing penalties of the “same scale” on American goods.The Commerce Ministry said it also is scrapping deals made with Washington in talks aimed at defusing a sprawling trade dispute.A ministry statement gave no details of what U.S. goods would be affected, but China announced possible targets in April including soybeans, light aircraft, orange juice, whiskey and beef.“The Chinese side doesn’t want to fight a trade war, but facing the shortsightedness of the U.S. side, China has to fight back strongly,” the statement said. “We will immediately introduce the same scale and equal taxation measures, and all economic and trade achievements reached by the two sides will be invalidated.”last_img read more

Texas Education Agency May Tighten Oversight For OffCampus Special Ed Programs

first_imgPexelsAdvocates say that Texas needs to step in and create stronger oversight of off-campus programs for special needs students.When Evan Johnson was transferred from his public school in Cy-Fair to an alternative program off-campus, his mom hoped he would get the support he needed to mange his autism.Instead, his mom Melissa Johnson said that he came home bloodied and bruised, triggering a state investigation that ultimately determined there was little oversight the Texas Education Agency could provide for the program run by the Harris County Department of Education. State administrators said that it was up to Evan’s home school district, Cy-Fair ISD, to monitor his progress and well-being.Now, state education administrators are considering a new rule to tighten up that oversight, giving school districts a clear process for placing a student with disabilities off-campus and requiring them to visit the program at least twice a year. One of those visits would have to include observing how the program is following the student’s special ed plan in the classroom.“It wasn’t clear what specific actions the districts had to take in their oversight and now we have a baseline,” said Shiloh Carter, an attorney with Disability Rights Texas. 00:00 /00:51 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:center_img Carter said that in the last year, she’s represented 13 students with disabilities who’ve been sent by their school districts to alternative programs  — only for their parents to worry about their safety, academic progress and even potential physical abuse. She said in those cases, their home districts failed to check if they were receiving their individualized special ed services or investigate allegations of physical abuse.“The kids that are placed in these out-of-district placements typically are the kids that are most vulnerable and that have the most complex needs,” Carter said.“So, we need to make sure that if we’re going to send them out of their home districts, that these placements are really appropriate and that they’re receiving the services that they need and they’re not just being warehoused outside, languishing in these sub-par placements.”The proposed rule specifically includes county programs, such as the alternative special ed schools run by the Harris County Department of Education. The agency technically isn’t a school district, but it still enrolls more than 300 students a year from dozens of districts across Greater Houston, such as Cy-Fair, Houston and Spring. That’s the program where Johnson was sent and where his mother said that staff members violently and illegally restrained him. While the Texas Education Agency finished gathering public input on the proposed rule this week, it’s not clear if the agency will revise the final guidelines. But Carter said she’s hopeful.“I hope that it will mean that school districts will start taking this decision to send students out of district more seriously and really contemplate whether these are appropriate placements for them or not and not just be sending students out of district to warehouse them or put them off the island,” she said. Listen Sharelast_img read more

VIDEO Blind USC long snapper flawlessly executes PAT snap in college football

first_imgJake Olson has been blind since age 12, and has been a fixture around the USC program for years. Today, Jake saw his first live game action for the Trojans when he entered the game as the long snapper on a late USC extra point attempt against Western Michigan.Olson flawlessly executed the snap and the PAT was good.There were a lot of highlights on the first college football Saturday, but this is the coolest thing that happened today. The only limitations are the ones you place on yourself.This is anything but a regular PAT.Jake Olson, blind since age 12, just snapped for the first time in a live game. https://t.co/amyHcFoVue— Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) September 3, 2017 Advertisementlast_img read more

This combination of photos shows celebrities top

first_img This combination of photos shows celebrities, top row from left, Alyssa Milano, Kamaro Brown, David Tennant, and bottom row from left, Omari Hardwick, Lauren Conrad and Topher Grace, who have launched podcasts. (AP Photo) by Alicia Rancilio, The Associated Press Posted May 31, 2019 12:23 pm PDT NEW YORK — Topher Grace has added a lot of skills to his portfolio over the last few weeks.He learned to beatbox. He officiated a wedding with “Shazam!” star Zachary Levi, and even tried telemarketing.He’s doing it all for a new role, but it has nothing to do with acting: Instead, he’s trying different things in his recently launched podcast called “Minor Adventures with Topher Grace .”“It really is more fun for me than anyone else,” said Grace.“Tig Notaro came on and we did livestock auctioneering,” he recalled. “I was so bad at it. But, upon listening back I realized, ‘It really doesn’t matter if I’m good or not. In fact, it’s kind of better if (the adventure) is outside of everyone’s comfort zone.’”Grace is among the growing number of celebrities who are branching out to host their own podcasts. Notables including Lena Dunham, Chelsea Handler, Alyssa Milano, “Power’s” Omari Hardwick and “Queer Eye” star Karamo Brown are among those who’ve launched their own approximately hour-long, weekly shows this year.And Katharine Schwarzenegger hosts a podcast about rescuing pets.For some, it’s a way to be creative outside of the medium where they are traditionally known.Hardwick’s podcast, on the subscription-based Luminary Network, is called “Poetics.” It’s dedicated to poetry, which is one of his passions. At the end of each episode, Hardwick’s guests must create original prose inspired by their conversation. It requires guests to dig below the surface and come up with prose based on their emotions and experiences.“We just kind of talk about their journey, their life and when they found a pen … and where they see themselves going from that point on,” said Hardwick. Guests have included Method Man, Big Daddy Kane, producer Rodney Jerkins and Dave East.Others are using podcasts to call attention to things they care about.Milano was looking for a way to bring attention to people who dedicate their lives to making change, but who aren’t famous.“There are so many people on the ground that fight every single day … and the only reason why I get (media) interested is because I’m an actress, and that’s great,” said Milano.But, she wondered, “How can I use that platform to empower others to make a difference?”Milano’s new podcast, “Sorry Not Sorry ,” attempts to highlight those change seekers. She speaks to activists including Manuel Olivier, a father who lost son Joaquin in the 2018 school shooting at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas high school, and #MeToo activist Tarana Burke.Lauren Conrad, who gained fame as an MTV reality star but later branched out to write books, design clothes and take on other projects, has added podcast host to her list with “Asking for a Friend, ” which features experts in various fields dishing on their work. Most guests are people she’s worked with in the past.“I felt like this was a very cool opportunity to sit down and talk with each of these people about all the things they’ve taught me,” she said.Grace also appreciates how a podcast allows for a space to share more of himself, but still in a controlled environment. He’s rarely appeared in tabloids and was never a paparazzi favourite.“I started to realize, ‘Oh this is a way that I can share something that I love doing in my free time, but still I don’t have to talk about anything I don’t want to talk about, like family stuff.” (For the record, Grace does mention his wife and baby on the show, but everything is on his terms.)Others like to use podcasts as a way to share their talent of getting others to open up.Karamo Brown of “Queer Eye,” says the success of the show has made people reach out to him for advice. His expertise on the series is culture, where he specializes in making people feel better about themselves. With his new podcast , Brown, who used to work as a social worker and psychotherapist, takes questions from real people looking for advice.Brown says helping people find closure or to feel better, helps him: “I literally feel better about myself, it’s contagious.”He believes people feel comfortable opening up to him because he’s honest about his own past struggles.“I live my live very honestly and I talk about own challenges with drugs, alcohol, depression, relationship problems, parenting and dating. I’ve been through so many issues and so when I talk to people I can relate to them.”“Doctor Who” star David Tennant uses his podcast, “David Tennant Does a Podcast ,” to interview celebrity pals including Olivia Colman, Jennifer Garner and Michael Sheen.“I love being in a room and just talking to people and seeing where it goes and then that’s the finished product,” said Tennant.____AP Writer Gary Gerard Hamilton and Jill Dobson in New York contributed to this report.Alicia Rancilio, The Associated Press Celebrities branch out with podcasts of their own AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more