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Supporting Locally Sourced Food in September

first_img FOR BROADCAST September is the height of the harvest season and a unique opportunity to support local farmers and businesses. This was the message Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell shared with customers at Local Source Market today (September 15th). Mr. Colwell encouraged Nova Scotians to join the second annual 50% Local Food Club and buy at least half of their food from local producers for the month of September. On Sunday (September 20th), Open Farm Day will give people a chance to visit farms in Nova Scotia to learn more about local food and farmers, and see the impact of spending money locally. -30- September is the height of the harvest season and a unique opportunity to support local farmers and businesses. Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell shared the buy local message with customers at Local Source Market in Halifax today, Sept. 15. Armed with a shopping list, he praised the local food movement in Nova Scotia and bought items for a few recipes from the Select Nova Scotia cookbook. “Nova Scotians recognize the importance of supporting Nova Scotia farmers and businesses,” said Mr. Colwell. “When Nova Scotians buy local they are helping to grow our vibrant, diverse and dynamic food culture and promote a healthy lifestyle.” Nicole Marchand, Local Source in-house dietitian, joined Mr. Colwell and emphasized the importance of buying local. “Eating seasonally allows for a diet that is nutritious, diverse and full of flavor,” said Ms. Marchand. “September is a perfect month for a local food challenge as produce is fresh and bountiful, and includes everything from berries and tomatoes to squash and corn.” Earlier this month Mr. Colwell encouraged Nova Scotians to join the second annual 50% Local Food Club and buy at least half of their food from local producers for the month of September. The club is organized by Farmer’s Markets of Nova Scotia and supported by Select Nova Scotia. To support this fall’s local food movement, Select Nova Scotia is rewarding all 50% Local Food Club members with a coupon for 20 Air Miles bonus reward miles when making purchases of local products at Sobeys and Foodland stores during October. On Sunday, Sept. 20, Open Farm Day will give people a chance to visit farms in Nova Scotia to learn more about local food and farmers, and see the impact of spending money locally. For more information on the benefits of buying local, and where to find locally grown and made products, visit Select Nova Scotia on Facebook or at http://selectnovascotia.ca . To join the club, individuals, families and groups can sign up online at http://nslocalfoodclub.wordpress.com . For a list of farms for Open Farm Day visit www.meetyourfarmer.ca/openfarmday/participating-farms/ .last_img read more

Moroccan Doctor Describes Humanitarian Situation in Aleppo

Casablanca – Zouhair Lahna, a Moroccan obstetrician, surgeon and associative actor who volunteered in the Syrian city of Aleppo, recounts the atrocities he witnessed. The humanitarian situation in the Syrian city of Aleppo has grown horrific with the advance of Bashar Al Assad’s forces in the east of the city, backed by Russian Aerial bombardment. The pictures and videos that have spread across social media, showing mutilated bodies scattered in the streets of the city or being pulled out from under the wreckage of entirely demolished residential areas, have caused the international community to escalate its denunciation.Moroccan Zouhair Lahna, who has volunteered in different cities in Syria, recounted the atrocities in Aleppo in a way that leaves no room for doubt by skeptics who claim that media accounts about the city are nothing but misinforming propaganda. In an interview he gave to the French-speaking news source, Yabiladi, the Moroccan physician explained that there is only one road leading to the city, which has been completely blocked for the past three months. He continued his account saying that Russian and Syrian forces have implemented a scorched-earth policy that consists of shelling public facilities and residential areas in order to force the inhabitants to flee the city thereby leaving rebel forces without popular support.“The images we see are very harsh images because they are people under a deluge of fire and Russia applies exactly what it has applied in Chechnya, notably in Grozny, that is to say a scorched-earth policy. Everything is demolished so that people leave and the rebels no longer have popular support,” he explainedTalking about the conditions under which rescuers and paramedics work to save the lives of people caught under daily shelling, Lahna pointed out that hospitals in the city are in deplorable conditions.“In east Aleppo there were 10 makeshift hospitals. They do not have the standards of the hospitals that we know, but that’s what serves people,” noting that the hospitals were remarkably insufficient to provide even basic first aid for victims of the bombardments, let alone treat those who need more extensive medical assistance with conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, dialysis or cancer.Lahna continued his description of the atrocious conditions in Syria by stating that it was an awful experience to see people die without being able to offer any help, given the scarcity of medication and medical equipment. He noted “All these patients die and continue to die.”Edited by Connie Guindon read more

Alberta introduces bill to slash corporate income taxes to 8 per cent

.The bill is part of Premier Jason Kenney’s campaign pledge to reinvigorate Alberta’s economy by cutting taxes and reducing regulations.His United Conservative government has already introduced bills to end the provincial carbon tax and reduce the minimum wage for those under 18. EDMONTON – Alberta has put the legal wheels in motion to cut corporate income taxes by one third.The changes are part of a bill introduced in the legislature by Finance Minister Travis Toews.Bill 3, if passed, will see Alberta’s 12 per cent corporate rate cut by one percentage point on July 1, making it the lowest in Canada.READ MORE: Balancing finances and kickstarting job creation headline UCP agendaThe rate would be reduced by the same amount on the first day of the following three years, leaving it at eight per cent on Jan. 1, 2022 read more

Strong credibility Quebecors appointment of new Videotron CEO wins analyst approval

MONTREAL — Quebecor Inc.’s chief financial officer has been appointed to head the company’s Videotron business after the departure of its previous CEO.The appointment of Jean-Francois Pruneau to president and CEO of Videotron, which is mostly active in Quebec, fills a vacancy left by outgoing CEO Manon Brouillette.Brouillette headed Videotron for five years during a period of rapid growth as it solidified its position as a major regional competitor to Canada’s national wireless carriers. The product launcher: Outgoing Videotron CEO Manon Brouillette on wireless growth, the Netflix tax and regulatory intervention Videotron CEO Manon Brouillette stepping down at end of 2018 Quebecor testing new low-cost wireless brand named Fizz Pierre Karl Peladeau, chief executive of Quebecor as well as its leading shareholder, announced Pruneau’s appointment Monday before stock markets opened.He also announced that Quebecor’s new chief financial officer is Hugues Simard, who had been with the company from 1998 to 2017, and that Marc Tremblay has been promoted to Quebecor’s chief operating officer.Analysts said Pruneau was a good pick to lead Videotron, saying he had been very involved with the telecommunications unit while he was chief financial officer“Over the past two decades, we believe Mr. Pruneau has established strong credibility with investors and has been an important piece of the Videotron growth story over this period,” said RBC analyst Drew McReynolds, in a research note.Barclays analyst Phillip Huang had a similar positive view of the appointment.“While the promotion of CFOs to the CEO role is rare in the industry, Mr. Pruneau has been very hands-on in every key aspect of QBR’s operations,” Huang wrote. read more

UN envoy to Liberia speaks of cautious optimism while stressing need for

Alan Doss, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative, made his remarks after briefing the Security Council on Mr. Annan’s latest report which acknowledges “tangible progress” in areas such as Government reform and the fight against corruption but also recommends that the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) be extended for another year until 30 September 2007.“Progress has been possible but at the same time we do underline that the situation remains fragile… so we will continue to emphasize the security dimension, the importance of dealing with potential problems in the security area, remaining alert and responsive and being willing to deal robustly if threats emerge either within the country or externally,” Mr. Doss told reporters in New York.“But also trying to encourage now the recovery and reconstruction process that must ultimately underpin all the national efforts to move forward and to move beyond the shadow of the conflict.”He said that UNMIL was now in a “consolidation phase” which he expected to last until the end of 2007, after which the mission would move into a gradual drawdown phase if the security situation permits, although he emphasized it was too early to predict too far ahead. In his report, Mr. Annan said one UNMIL infantry battalion would be withdrawn in November, but he also stressed the need to closely monitor the security situation.“The President’s been in office barely eight, nine months, so we have to be cautiously optimistic as we move forward, and as you know Liberia is in a troubled neighbourhood: the situation in Côte d’Ivoire still remains very uncertain; Guinea, of course, has its preoccupations; and next year there’ll be elections in Sierra Leone, of course.” “So altogether we think that we should ‘steady as she goes,’ so to speak, and keep moving in the same direction.”UNMIL was established in 2003 to support the implementation of a ceasefire and a peace process in Liberia and as of the start of this month had over 14,800 military and police personnel in the country. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the first woman elected to lead an African nation, was inaugurated as Liberia’s President on 16 January. read more

Guterres urges all countries to join legallybinding treaty against nuclear tests

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has urged all countries to sign and ratify a global treaty that bans nuclear explosions on the Earth’s surface, in the atmosphere, underwater and underground.“More than 2,000 nuclear tests have been conducted over the past seven decades – from the South Pacific to North America, from Central Asia to North Africa. They have harmed some of the world’s most vulnerable peoples and pristine ecosystems,” the Secretary-General said in his message for the International Day against Nuclear Tests. To ensure that no country could conduct another test, he urged all countries to sign and ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT). To date, 183 countries have signed the CTBT and 166 have ratified it. For the treaty to enter into force, ratification is required from eight more of the so-called Annex 2 States. Of these, China, Egypt, Iran, Israel, and the United States, have yet to ratify it. DPRK, India and Pakistan are among the 13 countries that have not signed the CTBT. “I urge all countries yet to join the CTBT to do so as soon as possible,” Mr. Guterres said. “For almost 20 years, a global norm has existed against nuclear testing based on voluntarily unilateral moratoriums. I applaud this restraint, but it is not enough.” He noted that continued nuclear tests by DPRK demonstrate that “even the strongest norm is no substitute for a legally-binding prohibition.” Overnight, DPRK fired a ballistic missile in violation of Security Council resolutions, Mr. Guterres said in a separate statement condemning the event and urging DPRK to fully comply with its international obligations. The comments come on the International Day against Nuclear Tests, which is observed annually on 29 August, following the declaration of that day in a resolution unanimously adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2009.The resolution called for increasing awareness and education “about the effects of nuclear weapon test explosions or any other nuclear explosions and the need for their cessation as one of the means of achieving the goal of a nuclear-weapon-free world.” The resolution’s adoption also commemorated the closure of the Semipalatinsk nuclear test site in Kazakhstan in 1991. read more

Rich economies not a promise of education equality new report finds

The report incorporates new data from 41, wealthy, member countries of the European Union and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).Countries were assessed on their children’s access to quality education, and differences in performance among children from preschool to primary school levels.According to the report, some of the poorest countries surveyed, such as Latvia and Lithuania, demonstrate higher preschool enrollment and more compatible reading performance among its students than wealthier countries.The survey was conducted by the UNICEF Office of Research-Innocenti, established by UNICEF to gather data in support of its advocacy for children worldwide.Countries can offer their children the best of both worlds: They can achieve standards of excellence in education and have relatively low inequality–UNICEF research centre directorDirector for the research centre, Dr. Priscilla Idele said, “Countries can offer their children the best of both worlds: They can achieve standards of excellence in education and have relatively low inequality.”She added that rich countries “can and must” ramp up their efforts to ensure children from disadvantaged families are meeting education standards, as they are most likely to fall behind.Circumstances beyond children’s’ control, the report says, are driving some students to outperform others. The poorest households, for example, show lower preschool attendance rates, while first-generation immigrant children struggle more than non-immigrant children.The report advises modifications to early education programs, aid to low income families to reduce socio-economic disparities, and production of more data on the subject via longer, in-depth studies, to improve overall education accessibility and performance.This report is part of the Innocenti Report Card initiative, designed to monitor and compare the performance of wealthy countries in securing the rights of children.This research is intended to help ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education by 2030,a  central focus of Sustainable Development Goal 4 one of 17 global goals set by the United Nations General Assembly in 2015. read more

Socialite Daisy Boyd died after cocaine and razor blade smuggled into psychiatric

first_imgMr Boyd had previously given a note of the family’s concerns over his daughter’s death to the coroner. He was joined in court by Ms Boyd’s mother, Lucy, her stepfather, Charles Pullan, and stepmother, Sadie Jones. Daisy Boyd (L) and Dan Macmillan  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Daisy Boyd and Dan Macmillan attend their engagement party at London’s River CafeCredit:David M. Benett /Getty He raised fears about how Daisy had got cocaine into the hospital after it was revealed she had a visitor who signed in with the initials “AR” instead of their full name.Dr Radcliffe said: “We don’t know where she got the cocaine from, but it seems it would be helpful if there was anything about reception having a full name and why there was ‘AR’ rather than a full name.”Mr Boyd added: “This is an important point for us because certainly when I took her out to go to Marks & Spencer or wherever, I would bring back bags and we would have them checked by the nurses.”I would tell the nurses where I was going because that was what the policy was.”He added: “The fact that anybody can wander in and out when we have got a patient who is supposedly being cared for, is obviously using drugs, is a major issue. It’s a major security issue with the hospital, it’s one we will be going into further.” A socialite had cocaine smuggled into her room in a private psychiatric hospital before she was found dead by nurses, a pre-inquest review has heard.Daisy Boyd, a 28-year-old sculptor, was found dead in the Nightingale Hospital, in Marylebone, central London, just months after her relationship with Dan Macmillan, the 42-year-old publishing heir, ended.Before her death, cocaine and a razor blade were found in her room at the hospital, the pre-inquest review was told on Wednesday.The hearing was told that one guest was only signed in as “AR” and Ms Boyd’s family are to raise concerns with the clinic over security.The hearing at Westminster Coroners’ Court was also told about concerns over whether CPR was performed “incorrectly” after Ms Boyd was found.She might also have been battling an eating disorder prior to her death at the £696-a-night clinic, the hearing was told.Daisy checked into the hospital as an “informal patient”, the court heard, meaning she was not sectioned under the Mental Health Act, after Mr Macmillan called off their engagement in July last year.She was found dead in the early hours of October 5, but a cause of death was not revealed at the hearing. Daisy Boyd with her then-fiance Dan Macmillan, the heir to the Macmillan publishing empireCredit:David M. Benett /Gettycenter_img Daisy Boyd (L) and Dan Macmillan attend their engagement party at River Cafe  You raised concerns about her ability to have access to visitorsCoroner Dr Shirley Radcliffe Coroner Dr Shirley Radcliffe said: “There was drug paraphernalia found in her room at some previous point.”Her father Tim Boyd told the hearing a “razor blade” had also been found. Mr Boyd said: “She was certainly showing other patients that she had cocaine.” Mr Boyd added: “One of the other points we have picked up since we have had the disclosures was that the CPR was being delivered incorrectly.”The full inquest, which is scheduled to take place in September, will hear statements from paramedics, police and other medical experts.Staff from the Nightingale, including nurses who cared for Daisy, are expected to be among witnesses to give evidence.The coroner scheduled a two-day inquest for September 19 and 20.A second pre-inquest review was set for July 6. Dr Radcliffe said: “I think it would be safe to say the concerns from this are predominantly about the management and assessment of Daisy’s psychiatric condition, the placement of her, where she was in Nightingale.”You raised concerns about her ability to have access to visitors and the reception checking the visiting and who might have been able to get in to see Miss Boyd.”You also seem frustrated by the fact that if she had an eating disorder, which is being suggested, why was she not in the eating disorder unit?”You are clearly frustrated about what appears to be the differences in what we have been told about what happened on the morning her body was discovered.”last_img read more

Fianna Fáil councillors launch campaign to oppose property tax

first_imgA GROUP OF Fianna Fáil councillors has described the introduction of a value-based property tax as “the wrong tax at the wrong time”.The Dublin-based councillors met with party leader Micheál Martin today to discuss their opposition to the proposal for 2013, and to launch their online campaign against it.Early next month, Dublin City Council will vote on a motion opposing the introduction of the tax which has been called “unfair and anti-urban”.Cllr Mary Fitzpatrick explained, “Fianna Fáil is mobilising a campaign across the city to inform people of the consequences of allowing Fine Gael and Labour to hit thousands of families with extra taxes based on the value of their home at the time.“It is crazy to expect people who are in negative equity, have already paid stamp duty and are struggling to meet mortgage repayments to pay further taxes on their home.”Fitzpatrick, along with her fellow councillors, has set up a website which includes a petition to be presented at the next council meeting.Speaking at the launch, Martin added, “I have been on the doorstep in Dublin and people are angry at an ever-growing list of broken promises from Fine Gael and Labour. They believe that they are not being listened to.“We are in the midst of an unprecedented crisis facing our country but we will not solve our problems by blindly pursuing policies that are unsustainable and take no heed of people’s current circumstances.”Responding to Fianna Fáil’s latest move, Sinn Féin has accused the party of “hypocrisy”, claiming that if it was still in government the “unfair and damaging tax would have already been introduced”.“It was a Fianna Fáil Government that negotiated the first Memorandum of Understanding with the Troika. That agreement contained a clear commitment to introduce a property tax for budget 2012 as part of a revenue raising package of €1.6 billion,” added Pearse Doherty.Property Tax: Where do the political parties stand?last_img read more

William Shatner says we need Trek back on TV and hes right

first_imgThe last two Star Trek movies have been great, but it’s time to consider putting Starfleet uniforms back on the small screen.In a recent interview for his upcoming The Captains: Close Up documentary, William Shatner spoke a bit about the recent Star Trek films. In the interview, he applauded J. J. Abrams for figuring out the right mixture of action and science fiction to make Star Trek exciting to as big of an audience as possible, which in and of itself is a big deal. He went on to explain that the stories that made up the many iterations of Star Trek over the years were what made the franchise what it is today, and that there’s still room for a Trek show on television. Looking back at the two Alternate Reality Trek films, he couldn’t be more right.Star Trek Into Darkness was an incredible ride. There was just the right amount of action, suspense, and a little of the memory lane charm that has worked so well for these two movies so far. Combined with the phenomenal acting on behalf of Benedict Cumberbatch and Zachary Quinto, Into Darkness really did a great job capturing the audience. Unfortunately, once that two-hour-long ride ended there were way more questions than answers. The kind of questions that could only really be answered and explained in a series of novels or, more likely, a television show.The first Alternate Reality Star Trek movie put a focus on re-introducing the names everyone was familiar with. There needed to be some time spent explaining these new faces and assembling the “classic Trek” crew. With Into Darkness, there was an assumption that you were already familiar with the characters that were relevant to the story, but that didn’t stop them from filling the Enterprise with new faces that never even got names. These are the people that, in a TV show, would get their own episode explaining backstory and giving you a reason to care about them longterm. In a movie format, they might as well all be redshirts.There’s also the leftover bits from the story, bits that would have either been resolved and explained in separate episodes or spun into their own arcs in a television series. Corruption in Starfleet was a favorite mini arc in past Trek series, historically leading to a violent shake-up that introduced more new faces to give orders from their San Francisco headquarters. There’s also the reaction episodes, where hostile alien races respond to the news that Starfleet has built a ship that causes military unrest across the quadrant. The leftover unresolved issues caused by Into Darkness alone could fill a season, if there were a show to complement these movies.Ultimately, it is up to Paramount and CBS to spin up a new Trek show if it were to follow the Alternate Reality plot, which seems unlikely at best. Creating a television series with the stars that are in the movies doesn’t seem terribly likely, and doing anything other than that would be a deviation from the Trek that has successfully captured such a significant audience. It’s unclear whether or not other groups could make an unrelated Trek series from a different point in the franchise’s massive timeline without interfering with the current IP, which could cause problems. If it were possible that a new series could exist as a Netflix exclusive, for example, it’d be hard to imagine anything but a positive reaction to a well made addition to the Trek legacy.last_img read more

Winks focused on positives after loss to Wolves

first_imgTottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Winks insists he’s focusing on the positives after the team’s disappointing home loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers.Spurs suffered a shock 3-1 defeat to Nuno-Espirito Santo’s side on Saturday at Wembley, a result which has seen then fall to the third position on the Premier League table.However, Winks is taking a positive outlook on the club’s current position.“It shows how well we are doing this year to be considered title contenders and to be sitting here disappointed that we aren’t closer to the top than we’d expect, it just shows us how far we have come and how well we are doing,” he said, according to BT Sport.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“We have high expectations ourselves and if we don’t come away with a win against Wolves at home we get frustrated at that. It just shows how high our standards are set at the moment and how ambitious we are.”Mauricio Pochettino’s men get the chance to return to winning ways against Cardiff on New Year’s Day and Winks insists the players are determined to put the Wolves result right.“We said before the game that it was must-win so to come away with a defeat is a down dressing room – everyone is fuming but it is football,” Winks added. “We have to bounce back against Cardiff on the first.”“We are still in the race, we have had some great results, we can’t get too down about this, we have to get ourselves ready for the next game and bounce back with a win.”last_img read more

San Diego resident among six who died in Alaska midair crash

first_img May 15, 2019 Posted: May 15, 2019 ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Officials have identified the six people who died in a midair collision of two sightseeing planes in Alaska on Monday near the cruise ship port community of Ketchikan.Alaska State Troopers in a statement late Tuesday said four were American, one was Australian and one was Canadian.The cruise ship passenger victims who went on the flight excursions were identified as 46-year-old Louis Botha of San Diego, 56-year-old Simon Brodie from Temple, New South Wales, Australia, 62-year-old Cassandra Webb from St. Louis, 39-year-old Ryan Wilk from Utah and 37-year-old Elsa Wilk of Richmond, British Columbia, CanadaAlso killed was the pilot of one of the planes, 46-year-old Randy Sullivan of KetchikanThe National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash that also injured 10 people.The larger plane, a de Havilland Otter DHC-3 with 10 passengers and the pilot, had descended from 3,800 feet (1158 meters) feet and collided with a smaller de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver, carrying four passengers from the same cruise ship, the Royal Princess, and the pilot.The federal investigation into the cause of the crash could take months, but a preliminary report is expected to be released within two weeks, said Peter Knudson, a spokesman for the NTSB.Names have not been released for those killed or injured. However, Princess Cruises said all were Americans except for two passengers who had been missing and were from Canada and Australia.Coast Guard Lt. Brian Dykens said Tuesday evening that his agency and the Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad found two bodies near the crash site of the smaller plane involved in the collision, a single-engine de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver.The planes came down about a mile and a half apart, with some of the debris field on land, about 8 miles (13 kilometers) from Ketchikan, near George Inlet.The Beaver, the smaller plane, appears to have broken apart in midair, according to Jerry Kiffer, duty incident commander of the Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad. He said the plane’s tail and section of the fuselage were 900 feet (275 meters) from the aircraft’s floats, which landed near shore.The smaller plane was partially submerged in the shore of George Inlet after the single-engine plane overturned and hit some trees before crashing, according to Coast Guard Lt. Brian Dykens. The larger Otter landed in water and sank, he said.One passenger on the larger plane died, as did two passengers and the pilot on the smaller plane, Princess Cruises said in a release.Canadian officials said Tuesday that one of its citizens was among the dead. Global Affairs Canada expressed condolences but did not identify the person because of privacy reasons.The larger plane was operated by Taquan Air of Ketchikan and passengers booked the flights through the cruise ship as an excursion. The other plane was operated by Mountain Air Service of Ketchikan, and the four booked the flight independent of the cruise ship, Princess Cruises said.After the crash, the 10 injured people were initially taken to a hospital in Ketchikan. Four patients with broken bones were later transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, spokeswoman Susan Gregg said.Three survivors were released from PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center in Ketchikan on Tuesday. Hospital spokeswoman Marty West says the remaining three are in fair condition.The Royal Princess left Vancouver, British Columbia, on May 11 and was scheduled to arrive in Anchorage on Saturday.___Associated Press journalists Martha Bellisle in Seattle, Rob Gillies in Toronto and Michelle A. Monroe in Phoenix contributed to this report. San Diego resident among six who died in Alaska mid-air crash AP, center_img AP Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitter Updated: 9:59 AMlast_img read more

Vancouver Idol contestant continues to advance

first_img A Vancouver contestant continues to advance on TV’s “American Idol.”Britnee Kellogg, a divorced mom of two young boys, was singled out by name at the end of Wednesday night’s broadcast as being featured on tonight’s show. The show airs from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the Fox network, which in Portland is KPTV-TV, channel 12 (712 on Comcast HDTV digital cable.)Kellogg was among several dozen contestants who survived the “Hollywood Round” of auditions for the show. Tonight’s episode was taped in Las Vegas, and at the conclusion we should know who will advance to the regular show, where contestants sing live one night, the TV audience votes, and contestants are eliminated until one “American Idol” remains.In an interview with KPTV, Kellogg couldn’t say how she does on the show, but said that her performance of Fleetwood Mac’s “Landslide” wowed the judges and advanced her to tonight’s broadcast, which was taped in advance. To see what she told KPTV, click HERE. Britnee Kellogg is a contestant on American Idol.last_img read more

Wales Instruments For Kids Project Brings Old Instruments To Life

first_img Email Wales’ Instruments For Kids Project Brings Old Instruments To Life News The initiative has collected more than 50 instruments so far to give children a chance to learn musicRenée FabianGRAMMYs Nov 2, 2017 – 1:42 pm If you’re a Wales resident and have instruments hiding in your closet, it’s time to dust them off and donate them to a good cause. Facebook The Welsh Instruments for Kids initiative was started by the country’s education department. They began with a pilot program earlier this year, which saw the collection of 50 instruments from Welsh assembly and government staff. Now they are launching the project nationwide.The public is invited to donate their unused instruments, which will be given to children across Wales so they have the opportunity to learn music. The large-scale campaign begins Nov. 20.”We believe that every child should have the opportunity to learn an instrument,” Education Secretary Kirsty Williams told the BBC. “That is why, together, we are making a commitment to finding new and innovative ways of making sure children across Wales get access to music.”U.K. Charity Brings Live Holiday Music To Senior Centers NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Feb 12, 2016 – 8:56 pm Sam Hunt Jams With GRAMMY Camp Musicians Twitter Wales’ Instruments For Kids Project wales-instruments-kids-project-brings-old-instruments-lifelast_img read more

Game of Thrones season 8 episode 5 recap Daenerys Targaryen sets everything

first_img More Thrones Share your voice 187 Photos 6:20 Now playing: Watch this: Grey Worm, who very clearly hasn’t even begun to process his grief over Missandei’s death, takes that as a cue to turn bad. He spears a surrendered soldier and we begin the full-blown waste of King’s Landing. Realizing that Dany is trying to beat her in the evil stakes, Cersei has admitted defeat and she’s getting the hell out of dodge. Meanwhile, at the secret entrance down by the sea, Euron surprises Jaime (both in the “walking up behind you” way, and the “I was doinking your sister” way). After a good old-fashioned wrassle, Euron stabs Jaime (surely it doesn’t end like this?!) before Jaime swords him in the gut. Just like everyone you’ve ever had a flame war with on Twitter, Euron tries to get credit for hurting his enemy while completely missing the point. “I got you! I’m the man who killed Jaime Lannister!” he cries as he bleeds out. I know he lives on the ocean, but damn this guy is salty. O Brother, where art thou?game-of-thrones-season-8-episode-5-hound-faces-mountainEnlarge ImageClegane! BOWL! Helen Sloan/HBO The Hound and Arya have made their way to the Red Keep. The Hound has always had a soft spot for Arya, in a mean, battle-hardened kind of way, and he has one last act of chivalry up his sleeve. Arya was on a mission to kill Cersei and The Hound to commence Cleganebowl, but as the Red Keep crumbles he tells her to return to safety. Revenge isn’t worth it. “You want to be like me?” the Hound barks at her. “You come with me, you die here.” “Sandor,” she replies (like that helpful friend at your work mixer, reminding you of your colleague’s name). “Thank you.”With Arya bowing out, we’re going up into The Keep because The Hound has a score to settle with his undead brother — it’s time for CLEGANEBOWL! Knocking Qyburn out of his way with the old “crush your skull on a rock” move, The Mountain is ready. Cersei takes this as her cue and, with a polite “Excuse me, I’ve just realized I need to pop behind you there, don’t mind me,” she is outie 5,000. It’s The Hound vs The Mountain. Brother versus brother. Grudging hero against … wait, what’s this? The Mountain has taken his helmet off and it’s like he just pulled off an old Band-Aid — except in this case, the Band-Aid is covering three seasons of undead Darth Vader face and he’s going to need more than an over-the-counter antiseptic to fix things. The Hound realizes things are a bit off too, because his brother won’t die. The Hound quickly thinks, “Hey, I’ve read the Odyssey!” and stabs The Mountain in the eye. No dice. The Mountain, thinking back to the time he was in an amateur production of Richard III, responds by putting out his brother’s eyes with his thumbs. Clearly you can’t stab The Mountain to death. Rock beats scissors. There’s nothing left for it. With one last bitter embrace, The Hound spear-tackles The Mountain off the crumbling tower of the Keep and they fall to their fiery deaths. The end of an eragame-of-thrones-season-8-episode-5-cersei-jaime-the-endCersei and Jaime came into this world together, and they left it together, too.  Helen Sloan/HBO With all her allies dead, Cersei has been wandering through her ruined castle looking like a Confused Travolta meme, but finally, Jaime is here. The siblings are reunited, and Jaime, who has actually been listening to a lot of Metallica up in the North, reminds Cersei that they only need each other and “nothing else matters.”That is super lucky, because the world is going to hell in a dragonbasket around them, and everyone watching at home has realized the slow piano music is starting up so, narratively speaking, they are running out of options. They flee to the bowels of the castle to the hall where they keep their spare dragon skeletons, ready to make their escape. But the escape is blocked. Just like that. It’s over and the end is somehow so simple and so poignant. The great evil queen, the man who has killed for her — these two characters that we’d all imagined dying so many times, going out not with a bang, but with a whimper. Crushed under the weight of their own castle, their bones left to turn to dust like the centuries-old dragons around them.With our Lannister villains destroyed, there’s a strange emptiness as we return to the streets of King’s Landing, Arya taking stock of the wreckage around her. The burnt bodies of a mother protecting her child, countless people dead at the hands of Daenerys. As she rides off on the last, magically unhurt horse in King’s Landing, the rest of the world is channeling their inner Tyra Banks: Dammit, Dany, we were rooting for you. We were all rooting for you.  Tags Originally published May 12.  Who died at the Battle of King’s Landing? All hail Cersei Lannister, the best female villain ever on TV Game of Thrones finally delivers Cleganebowl and it was 🔥 Daenerys fan fury, explained by a clinical psychologist Dragons fired up season 8: Here’s how they were made Game of Thrones stars, from season 1 through today Enter Drogon, stage leftRemember when the night before battle could last an entire episode? We don’t have time for that! It’s morning and we’ve got soldiers to kill!The Lannister armies are loading up their dragon-killing Scorpion crossbows, the Iron Fleet is out singing shanties on the water and the townsfolk, who have just been informed about operation Human Shield, are trying to escape before the impending carnage. Cersei is watching over all this in a snappy new red velvet number she’s whipped up for the occasion. Below, Jaime is sneaking into the city like it’s Assassin’s Creed cosplay day at Comic-Con. That’s the cue to get things rolling, and here’s the starting gun: Dany flying in atop Drogon, no doubt pumping some sweet Led Zeppelin tunes through her dragon-mounted Bluetooth speaker to help her psych up. After Rhaegal failed so spectacularly last week, his brother dragon is out to settle the score and that means burning everything in sight. Goodbye, Iron Fleet! Goodbye, Scorpion crossbows! Goodbye, massive wall keeping out Dany’s armies! The Unsullied and Dothraki armies charge through, and just like that, it’s on like Drogon Kong. game-of-thrones-season-8-episode-5“I had a whole backstory you’ll never get to hear about!” HBO I’d love to take a pause here to mourn the death of Gavin S. Charming — the head of the Golden Company and the guy I definitely thought was good looking enough to get a little backstory before he died. But with the flick of Grey Worm’s spear, the poor man’s Jaime Lannister is dispatched with very little to-do. In the moment he was running away, you could see his entire Hollywood career flash before his eyes. In the Red Keep, Cersei is convinced this isn’t how it ends, but in the streets below everyone is doing a great job of proving her wrong. With Cersei’s forces dwindling, Jon, Ser Davos and Grey Worm have come face to face with the Lannister Army. There’s a stand off (I briefly hope they will click and sashay their way out of it, Jets versus Sharks style) and the Lannister Army drops their swords. Excellent! It’s over, right? The bells are ringing in surrender and everyone can go to bed! Oh, my sweet summer child… Daenerys Targaryen, bringer of flamesgame-of-thrones-season-8-episode-5-kings-landing-on-fireDaenerys let Drogon loose on King’s Landing in episode 5. HBO Until this point I’d been secretly been hoping for a Dany redemption — I’ve just finished my second cup of tea and everyone I’m watching this episode with would really like a pee break. But atop the walls of King’s Landing, Daenerys Targaryen looks upon our toilet breaks and she laughs. This is the turning point. Dany has shaken her magic eight ball, and the outlook is war crimes. After a stare down with Cersei that somehow covers about three miles of distance, Dany kickstarts Drogon and flies over King’s Landing, dracarys-ing everything in sight. Innocent civilians, screaming women and children, regular people who work in the tanning shops and blacksmith forges of this city. Dany doesn’t care about the macroeconomic implications of destroying an entire agrarian society that relies on small business owners. She came here to slay. center_img TV and Movies 21 Comments See all the Game of Thrones season 8 photos Enlarge ImageSerious drama is coming. HBO It’s the second to last episode of Game of Thrones ever, and we still have so many questions. How many more of our favorites are going to die horrible deaths? And who will get to finally sit on the throne they’ve been gaming over for eight seasons? Let’s not lie to ourselves. Last week’s episode left a little to be desired. Daenerys has a flying dragon but somehow it didn’t ship with “arrow detection” mode? Queen Cersei is unquestionably evil but she doesn’t use her advantage to slay her enemies? And Jon revealing to Sansa and Arya his real family lineage — one of the most integral plot points of the show — in a conversation that happens off screen? Are you kidding me? Don’t even start me on the fact that Jon didn’t pat Ghost. But Game of Thrones has strong form on dropping serious drama in the second last episode of the season (think about the Red Wedding and the Battle of the Bastards). And it certainly delivered.Get ready for spoilers — we’ve got your full recap ready to go. Drama, drama, dramaThe crew has decamped to Dragonstone and the mood is grim. Lord Varys has well and truly chosen sides and is writing a bunch of crow notes revealing that Jon Snow is the rightful heir to the Iron Throne. Turns out the Master of Whisperers is real good at whispering.Varys still wants Jon to take the throne because he’s convinced Dany is starting to get a bit iffy. “They say every time a Targaryen is born, the gods toss a coin and the world holds its breath … we both know what she’s going to do,” he says to Jon, referencing the increasingly mad Dany. “I still don’t know how her coin has landed, but I’m quite certain about yours.” But Jon’s not having a bar of it. “She’s my queen,” he says, clearly not having been briefed on how this episode will end. game-of-thrones-season-8-episode-5The dudes here can be a wreck, but as soon as Dany has a bad hair day, it must mean she’s hysterically insane.  HBO Meanwhile, Dany is having a rough time. Anyone who has seen The Bachelor could tell the producers have well and truly chosen a villain arc for her this episode — she’s not eating, she’s refusing to join the party and her hair is looking like a before picture in a Garnier commercial. In the diary room, sorry WAR room, Tyrion is trying to talk some sense into her, but it’s no use — the writers have settled on their “mad woman” archetype so Dany won’t see sense. She’s convinced that Jon has betrayed her by revealing their family bond, and just like a contestant in the Bachelor house, she’s seeing enemies everywhere. Someone is going to have to die for this. And who else but the Master of Whisperers, Lord Varys. Knowing a plot turn when he hears one (it sounds like Unsullied boots marching towards your door), Varys burns his final secret letter, takes off his rings and quietly congratulates himself on making it to the second last ep. As Dany sentences him to death, Tyrion quietly reveals that he was the one to betray Varys and we get our first goodbye of the episode.Dracarys becomes Drac-Varys. Conflagulations! You just burned your allyCut to shortly after the burnination, and Dany is very much sticking to her guns. She blames Sansa for sharing Jon’s secret (“she killed Varys as much as I did”) and bemoans the fact that no one seems to be picking up what she’s putting down (“I don’t have love here, only fear.”)The cynic in me would argue that burning people from your inner circle is a great way to inspire fear, but that’s probably not helpful. Instead, Jon says he still loves her, but his puckered-mouth squint kiss says otherwise. “All right then,” Dany replies. “Let it be fear.”Let’s cross now to the Dragonstone throne room to explore that theme! Tyrion is reminding Dany that the people of King’s Landing are innocent and should be spared her impending attack. In a great piece of mental gymnastics, Daenerys reminds everyone that she IS being merciful, by killing a tyrant, and if on her way she swings her arms and knocks out thousands of civilians with dragonflame, then it’s their own fault. Um, no, that’s not quite what he meant. Tyrion begs Daenerys to call off her armies if the bells of King’s Landing ring in surrender. We get the equivalent of a “mumble, mumble, we’ll see” but frankly that’s probably the best this rapidly disintegrating queen can give us right now.  57 Photos Game of Thrones season 8 episode 5: Everybody hurts Brothers in armsOutside King’s Landing, the troops are preparing for another battle and mentally calculating the overtime they’ve been doing since the last time they took up arms against the dead in Winterfell. You’d better believe these guys are looking forward to their days in lieu. Amidst the preparation, Arya and The Hound ride through the camp — apparently the password to get through the guards is “I’m Arya Stark. I’m here to kill Cersei.” The guard, who was weighing up the benefits of skipping a battle with the overtime he could get for fighting on a Sunday, lets them through. Meanwhile Tyrion has wheedled his way into the tent where Jaime, who was captured en route to King’s Landing, is being kept prisoner (C’mon guards, you’re just phoning it in at this point). He just wants Cersei to see sense and to save the lives of the townsfolk of King’s Landing — effectively a “won’t somebody please think of the children?” — but Jaime says she won’t give up. “The child is the reason she will never give an inch,” he says. FINE. So Tyrion unshackles him and asks him to escape with Cersei so the kingdom can surrender, telling Jaime to use the secret passage Tyrion used back in season 7 episode 5 to sneak into the castle. Tyrion has either just saved countless innocent lives, or he’s just given his evil tyrant sister an escape route. Potayto, Potahto. Jaime rightly points out he could be executed for this.”Tens of thousands of innocent lives. One not particularly innocent dwarf. Seems like a fair trade,” Tyrion replies. And with that, Tyrion makes another tearful farewell. The two brothers have what can best be described as a “one of us is going to die” hug, so it’s time to mentally add one of these two to your body count list. (Sorry, Ser Bron, you snooze you lose.) Game of Thrones HBOlast_img read more

Jurgen Klopp makes big statement ahead of UEFA Champions League clash with

first_imgIt was always going to be tough for Liverpool after they were handed a 3-0 drubbing by Barcelona. And now, even why trying to go for the impossible, they have been dealt a huge blow as both Mohamed Salah, their star striker, and Roberto Firmino, will both miss the game.”Obviously we’ve got two of our main goalscorers out, but it also presents an opportunity for some of the other lads to come in, make a name for themselves and make themselves heroes,” said Alexander-Arnold.Salah was taken off on a stretcher during Liverpool’s nervy 3-2 win against Newcastle which also kept them in the race to clinch their first Premier League title in 29 years. Despite these setbacks, Jurgen Klopp is confident that the side will find new heroes and qualify for the next round. Messi and SuarezNathan Stirk/Getty Images”Together with our supporters it was a long season and there is at least a little chance to make it even longer. Two of the world’s best strikers are not available tomorrow night and we have to score four goals against Barcelona to go through after 90 minutes,” he said before the match.Suarez thanks Liverpool for improving him as a playerBarcelona striker Luis Suarez returns to Anfield with an attempt to knock Liverpool out of contention. However, the former Liverpool star has conceded that his time at Anfield made him a much better player. He was a star for Liverpool during turbulent three-and-a-half years at Anfield when he was also slapped with bans for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic and racially abusing Patrice Evra of Manchester United.”Liverpool gave me a lot to make me better. My time there made me more professional, make me improve technically, many things. To be captain of Liverpool was something unique in my career. We were fighting for the Premier League and you are left with the sensation we were just one step away,” Suarez said before the clash. Luis SuarezAmilcar Orfali/Getty ImagesSuarez, who got things rolling in the first leg match, warned Barcelona to take things for granted as things could well turn around at Anfield. He spoke about last year when his side threw away a 4-1 lead against Roma in last season’s Champions League quarter-finals.”We have come off the blow of last season when we had a good advantage (from the first leg). We have thought about that a lot and we know that they have an extra edge here in front of their fans,” Suarez added.last_img read more