first_imgI’m in Oxford’s stuffiest taxi shouting apologies into my mobile. The driver is plodding along smoking interminable cigarillos, insisting on the windows being up, and asking me for the third time the name of the restaurant. I am sweating in the heat, I have just bought a new jumper I don’t like, I don’t know anything about the essay on narratology I have to do, and to cap it all I have to go to Summertown just to get a bite of lunch. But it’s the slap-spanking kind of day that demands, once I finally sit down and apologise again to my blonde companion and her daughter, a Manhattan before the starters. This arrives in a brimming glass sloshing a lonesome shred of lemon peel about, and doesn’t taste of very much except dulled booze. Our waiter forgets to take our menus once we’ve ordered, brings sparkling instead of still, and doesn’t understand what ‘blue’ means as an order for steak, but at least we’re on the terrace and in the sunshine. “If you’re reviewing this place you and I should share their mixed specialty starter plate for two,” suggests Blonde (her daughter isn’t eating due to GCSE stress but enjoys a packet of millions as we do). When this comes it is at best forgettable: bit of humous, some kind of salsa dip, pitta bread that goes cardboardy too quickly, an over-spiced sauce with crumbly mince, and a shredded iceberg and onion salad in the middle. My tuna steak, which is not rare despite specifically being advertised as such in the menu, comes in a watery ratatouille which overcomes its own delicate flavour. Blonde’s steak is clearly not a sirloin as the menu promised. On inspection it is probably a fore rib or classic French entrecôte, but the kitchen failing to notice this difference, or worse, to fob us off with an inferior cut, simply won’t do. Still, nice to be in the sunshine. Oliver JP ThringARCHIVE: 3rd Week TT 2003last_img read more

GUEST BLOG: National Recovery Month Is a Time to Celebrate Our Shared Successes

first_imgLike Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: SHARE Email Facebook Twitter GUEST BLOG: National Recovery Month Is a Time to Celebrate Our Shared Successes By: Acting Secretary Jennifer Smith, Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Send @PADrugAlcohol your recovery story: #PreventionWorks #TreatmentIsEffective #RecoveryIsPossible #PArecovers— Pennsylvania DDAP (@PADrugAlcohol) August 23, 2017 People successfully complete treatment and live in recovery. It may be the first, second or subsequent treatment episode that works – everyone is different and different treatment methods work for different individuals – but people do recover. An estimated 1.2 million people live in recovery in Pennsylvania with an estimated 23.5 million living in recovery nationwide.If you or someone you know is living in recovery, we’d like to hear your story. I encourage you to submit your personal recovery story to the Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs. We will include some of these stories of recovery from drug and alcohol addictions on the department website and on our social media accounts. Your story may include information and advice that would be helpful to others in their recovery journeys. You can also include photos or other images.National Recovery Month, in its seventeenth year as noted by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is a celebration of the accomplishments of people whose lives have been transformed through recovery. The 2017 theme is Join the Voices for Recovery: Strengthen Families and Communities, recognizing the key role that family members and local communities play in the recovery journey.Many local recovery events and celebrations are scheduled throughout the month of September, and I hope you are able to attend one or more. At a time when the opioid epidemic is still gripping our state and nation, it’s important to recognize and support the efforts of those trying to recover and the people who help them in their recovery journey.Please join us for the Pennsylvania kick-off of National Recovery Month on Wednesday, Sept. 6, at 10 a.m. at the Capitol Rotunda, 501 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg. Let’s show our fellow Pennsylvanians that we believe in treatment, support people living in recovery, and together we can celebrate our shared successes.   SHARE  TWEET Human Services,  Public Health,  Substance Use Disorder,  The Blog One in four individuals in the commonwealth is impacted by substance use disorder (SUD). You, or one of your family members or friends, could be struggling with addiction to alcohol, opioids, or other drugs.In Pennsylvania, you have access to immediate help. If you or someone you know is suffering and need treatment for a drug or alcohol problem, please call 1-800-662-HELP (4357). You will be connected to a person who can assist you in finding help nearby. This toll-free 24/7 helpline, started by Governor Tom Wolf’s administration in November 2016, has received 15,000 calls, and connected many callers to detox beds and treatment providers.The disease of addiction is devastating – and people can easily lose hope. Last year, we lost 13 Pennsylvanians a day to drug overdoses, an astounding 37 percent increase in drug-related deaths from 2015, according to a recent report by the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Philadelphia Field office.But there is good news to share – treatment is effective and recovery is possible. September is National Recovery Month and Pennsylvania is celebrating progress. August 29, 2017last_img read more

Petrov to take Villa academy role

first_imgAston Villa have confirmed recently retired Stiliyan Petrov will take up a new role as assistant to development coach Gordon Cowans at the club’s academy. “I will study for my coaching badges over the coming months and I am looking forward very much to working with Gordon Cowans, someone I know and respect, a true Villa legend. “My hope is that I can assist Gordon through my own experience in the game and that I can help the young lads to progress, become better players and better human beings. There are important values that we have always stood for at the club and we will continue to do so. “As I have said several times recently, the club has been amazing with me, from the fans to the chairman, Randy Lerner, the chief executive, Paul Faulkner, the manager and the players, as well as staff at Bodymoor and Villa Park. “The main thing for me, however, is that it is not for sentimental reasons that I will be taking up this role but because I have something to contribute and I really want to do this. The manager allowed me to sit on the bench on Sunday at Wigan so that I could get some perspective from the coaching and management side. “I travelled with the team and was able to see close-hand and from a new viewpoint just how the first team prepares for a game and he many elements during a game. I’m looking forward to imparting some of my knowledge and continuing to learn as I grow into the role.” Villa manager Paul Lambert is delighted Petrov will remain at the club. “I’m delighted that Stiliyan will be assisting Gordon when the new season gets under way and, as much as he’s offered this football club in a distinguished playing career, I know he’ll have more still to offer in the years to come through what he will be able to impart to the younger lads,” he said. The 33-year-old Bulgarian announced his retirement earlier this month having spent over a year out of the first team, battling acute leukaemia. Petrov is in remission and has been charged with helping Cowans nurture Villa’s future talent. “I’m very excited by this new challenge and I wish to thank the club and the manager, Paul Lambert, for giving me the opportunity to continue my association with Villa, which I have always regarded as a privilege,” Petrov said on the club’s official website. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

No. 2 UW earns sweep of Minnesota State

first_imgMATTHEW KUTZ/Herald photoThe Badgers got away with sub-par performances on the ice this weekend with two wins against Minnesota State. Forward Joe Pavelski stepped up his game in the Badgers’ Saturday night 2-1 victory, scoring two goals in the first period despite the absence of both his linemates. Forward Jake Dowell overcame early season struggles to get the game-winning goal in Sunday’s 3-2 Badger victory.The first period of Sunday’s game began with an excellent performance from the Badger defense. They shut down any opportunity the Mavericks had, allowing only two shots in the first twenty minutes.The Badgers got on the board with a goal from sophomore Matt Ford. With the puck loose in the right circle, Ford scooped it up and rifled a wrist shot at MSU goalie Dan Tormey. The puck disappeared for a second, then reemerged from underneath Tormey’s right arm and landed in the net.The Mavericks tied the game up quickly in the second stanza with a goal from David Backes, who caught goaltender Brian Elliott off guard with a backhander past Elliott’s right shoulder.The score remained that way until Ben Street broke the tie with perhaps the prettiest goal of the weekend.With the Badgers in the offensive zone, junior Robbie Earl lost the puck for a second before Joe Pavelski gathered it up. Pavelski dished a pass behind him and around a defender to Street, who came into the play as the extra man for the delayed penalty. Street made a move, skated to the right side of the net, and flipped the puck into the top of the goal.”What Ben really displayed was his good stick,” Eaves said. “Nice quick move and he got that puck upstairs pretty quick, and that was where he had to put it on this young goaltender.”Jake Dowell got things going in the third with his first goal of the season, ending a scoring drought for the Badger forward.Ryan MacMurchy missed a shot that rebounded toward Dowell, who stuffed the puck into the wide-open net.”It’s definitely a big monkey off my back,” Dowell said after the game. “I’ve just been telling people that other people have been scoring and we’ve been winning and I’d get my first goal when we really needed it.”Dowell’s goal would turn out to be the difference in the game. The Mavericks answered just a few minutes later when a loose puck in front of the Badger goal was pushed in by Kyle Pete, making the score 3-2.Saturday night’s contest saw Wisconsin take the ice shorthanded offensively with senior captain Adam Burish serving a one-game suspension Saturday night for a hit from last week’s win over Colorado College, while Earl sat out the game for missing practice Saturday.Pavelski scored first on a Badger power play, as the Mavericks only penalty in the period turned out to be a costly one. Pavelski took a pass from assistant captain Tom Gilbert just behind the left circle and ripped a shot that blazed past the right shoulder of Tormey.Pavelski’s second goal came in bizarre fashion. After skating the puck behind the net from the right side, the sophomore made an attempt at a pass to Jack Skille. Instead of reaching his intended target, however, his pass deflected off the shinpad of Maverick defenseman Steve Wagner, then off the shoulder of Tormey and into the net.Pavelski began the game playing with forwards Skille and Andrew Joudrey, but when they didn’t look comfortable together, Eaves put Ford on the line with Skille and Pavelski.”It was really different after playing all last year with the same two guys,” Pavelski said. “But you just go with it.””We needed him to play the way he did tonight,” Eaves said. “It was a big, big boost for us the way he rose his game to another level.”Pavelski had several chances at the hat trick throughout the game as he finished with 10 shots on the night. However, he and the rest of the team couldn’t come up with anything beyond the first two goals.Minnesota State made it a game in the third period with a goal from Joel Hanson. In a four-on-four situation, Elliott blocked a shot by forward Ryan Carter, but Hanson was there to stuff in the rebound.That would be the end of Mavericks’ scoring for the night, however, and the Badgers won the game 2-1.The Badgers escaped with the two wins on the wings of their excellent shot blocking. In the first period of Sunday night’s game, the Mavericks attempted 22 shots, four more than the Badgers, but only two made it on goal.Minnesota State continually applied pressure throughout the weekend, refusing to go away, but the Badger defense held the Mavericks at bay while the offense did just enough to close out the victories.”Even when we’re not playing our best hockey, we’re still finding ways to win, and I think that says a lot about the character of our team,” Dowell said.last_img read more

Icon Plaza at USC has pre-leased 40 percent of beds

first_imgAll two-bedroom and three-bedroom apartments have been pre-leased, and Icon Plaza Principal Billy Ruvelson said he expects all the beds to be assigned by April. The construction is scheduled to end in July, and tenants can move in during August .The building is slated to have 256 beds in 56 units, and all units have individual bedrooms and in-unit washers and dryers. Prices range from $925 for a shared room in a five-bedroom apartment to $1,709 for a single in a two-bedroom apartment.“We are conscious that not everybody can write a big check so we wanted to make [the apartments] available to a wide variety of students,” Ruvelson said.The building will have a doorman, pool, fitness center, sundeck, a tanning bed and a courtyard for residents, as well as shops on the first floor.“Students will have everything they need under one roof,” Ruvelson said.Some students said they were glad to see another apartment building being built.“More housing options are always a good thing,” said Eric Baughman, a freshman majoring in biochemistry.Baughman said, while his future living plans are undecided, a private-owned apartment building full of amenities would be appealing.Lena Cronin, a junior majoring in communication, said she hadn’t heard of the Icon Plaza.“A new place that caters to students’ needs is beneficial,” Cronin said. “Housing is really competitive, so another place is nice.” The Icon Plaza at USC, on the corner of Figueroa Street and Exposition Boulevard next to the Radisson Hotel, has pre-leased about 40 percent of its beds as construction continues on the apartment building.Iconic · Icon Plaza, located on the corner of Figueroa Street and Exposition Boulevard, will have 56 units and include a pool, doorman, sundeck and tanning beds. – Zhiyi Feng | Daily Trojanlast_img read more

10 year old Table Tennis prodigy Hansini to represent India in Sweden

first_imgImage Courtesy: TOI/DTNextAdvertisement q69sNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs2aabmWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Enp( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) pxobWould you ever consider trying this?😱5b1Can your students do this? 🌚1e4Roller skating! Powered by Firework From the iconic Sathiyan Gnanasekaran’s decorated career, to the Young Manav Thakkar gold medal achievement in the 2019 ITTF Challenge, several table tennis players have represented and made India proud at the world stage. Now, the role is upon a 10 year old kid. Say hello to M Hansini, the Indian table tennis prodigy who is set to represent her country in Sweden.Advertisement Image Courtesy: TOI/DTNextM Hansini, the 10 year old paddler from the city of Chennai will be appearing for her maiden International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) junior circuit event. She is participating at the Swedish Junior and Cadet Open, which is being hosted at Orebro, Sweden from 19th to 23rd February.A student of Class V, Hansini made the headlines last year at the UTT 81st Senior National & Inter-State Table Tennis Championships-2019, hosted in Hyderabad. The youngster secured a bronze medal in the cadet girls’ singles category.Advertisement At the junior circuit event, she is competing in the junior girls’ singles category. Placed in group 8, Hansini will be competing alongside other young table tennis prodigies around the globe, namely the teenage sensation Naomi Pranjkovic from Germany, Amy Marriott from England and Hannah Holgersson from the host country.Seeded as India’s no. 1 in the U-12 category for the upcoming year, Hansini was scouted by none other than Muralidhara Rao. In a recent interview, Rao revealed that Hansini’s talent was discovered at the SDAT AKG Table Tennis Development Centre in Chennai.Advertisement “One day Hansini came to watch her cousin play in the academy. I gave her bat asking her to play and the way she was returning the ball impressed me.” Rao told reporters.Having trained big table tennis names such as Sharath Kamal Achanta and K Shamini, Rao was quick to detect Hansini’s skills. He continued: “As table tennis expert coach, I felt that this girl has potential to make it big so I asked her mother to put her in the academy. Soon she proved it by becoming U-10 champion within one year and then clinched U-12 title too.”Rao also added that Hansini is being prepared for the 2028 Summer Olympics, which will be held in Los Angeles, California, United States.“We are targeting 2028 Olympics and we look at Hansini as one of the strong medal prospects,” the coach concluded.Also read-Meet Shashini Puvi, the 6 year old Indian Chess prodigy whipping up a storm!10 year old Indian kid Dani PK scores ridiculous goal straight from the corner kick! Advertisementlast_img read more

Fire at Blithewald, Days Before VNA Showhouse Gala

first_imgRUMSON–The house that was to be the centerpiece of the VNA’s Stately Homes by-the-Sea Designer Showhouse caught on fire around 12:30 p.m. today, just days before Saturday night’s gala and open house next week. No injuries are reported.The house, known as Blithewald, is a 19th century home set on an estate at 76 Buena Vista Avenue. According to county property records, the owner is Thomas Widener and it was assessed in 2015 at $2.4 million.On Monday morning, several designers were working in the house, preparing their spaces for opening day. The bi-annual showhouse features more than 40 top interior designers, decorators and landscape artists from the tri-state area. It is the biggest fundraiser supporting the Visiting Nurse Association of Monmouth County, based in Red Bank. The homeowner was not living in Blithewald at the time of fire, in preparation for the event, which draws more than 10,000 people.The VNA issued a statement on their Facebook page, “The cause is unknown and no injuries were reported at this time. We will provide updates about the Preview Gala and Show House tours as information becomes available. Thank you for thoughts, prayers and your continued support.”Eileen Buriani, owner of Kidegories of Shrewsbury, was designing one of the boys’ bedrooms when she was summoned out of the building, down the stairs. “We came down and we saw the flames shooting out. There was no smoke upstairs at all. I didn’t think it was a quick-moving fire.”“It’s such a beautiful home. What a shame,” she said,James Yarosh, an art dealer from Holmdel, had lent artwork to designers exhibiting at the show, including some of his favorite pieces from his own home. “I’ve been talking to designers today, and it’s just so upsetting,” he said. “People do this from their heart, to create beauty, for charity. I’m so upset for all the artists and designers,” he said.Fire at Blithewald is extinguished. Photo courtesy Chris HalsteadPat Mills, owner and head designer of Byford & Mills in Little Silver said her team had just completed its work in the sitting room, off the master bedroom, on Friday. They had hung grasscloth wall coverings, commissioned a special handbraided rug and furnished the room with sofas, an L-shaped couch, and a desk. When she heard about the fire, she ran to the site and saw the house in flames. A firefighter was standing in the balcony, off the room, breaking through the ceiling, and water hoses were soaking that portion of the house. “It was horrifying,” she said.She lamented the sight of Blithewald, “a piece of Rumson history” going up in flames, with all the hard work from a huge community of designers.  “Piece by piece you knew your room was being destroyed,” she said. The artwork exhibited in her room alone was valued at $150,000, she said.Next door neighbor Monique Bolsius was among several people who watched the scene unfold. She said she felt so sorry for the army of volunteers who had been working on site for two months to ready the house for its moment in the spotlight. “Its devastating. It’s just so unfortunate,” she said.Denise DeMarco arrived at the house this afternoon to complete a project, to hand paint one of the historic fireplaces. Volunteer firefighters representing Rumson, Fair Haven, Little Silver, Middletown, Atlantic Highlands, Highlands, Sea Bright and Eatontown were on the scene, Rumson Road was closed between Bellevue and Kemp Avenue, and the air was filled with the smell of smoke. “It breaks your heart. So much of it was volunteer work. It’s not just money, it’s their time.” — By Christina Johnson, with reporting by John Burtonlast_img read more


first_imgA 57 year old woman arrested in connection with the murder of Churchill man Seamus Doherty has ben released without charge.The late Seamus Doherty.The woman was arrested late on Tuesday night and taken to Letterkenny Garda station for questioning.She was released in the early hours of this morning. She was one of two people arrested in connection with the murder investigation of the 67 year old who was killed at his home in Drumacanoo in 2012.A 51 year old man, arrested yesterday afternoon, is still being questioned. WOMAN RELEASED IN SEAMUS DOHERTY MURDER INVESTIGATION was last modified: February 5th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:arrestsChurchillinvestigationmurderSeamus Dohertylast_img read more

NAS Enters the Evolution Web Wars

first_img(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 MSNBC News reports that “Scientists take evolution fight online: National Academies sets up Web site to defend theory.”  (See also Wired News.)  The Evolution Resources website of the National Academy of Sciences,, contains online books and articles, but the most recent entry is an address by outgoing NAS president Bruce Alberts (see 03/24/2005 entry) seeking to rally academy members to fight the advance of creationism and intelligent design:We stand ready to help others in addressing the increasingly strident attempts to limit the teaching of evolution or to introduce non-scientific “alternatives” into science courses and curricula.  If this controversy arrives at your doorstep, I hope that you will both alert us to the specific issues in your state or school district and be willing to use your position and prestige as a member of the NAS in helping us to work locally. (Emphasis in original.)The most recent technical report offered is a teacher’s guide to using evidences of microevolution in the Hawaiian Islands as a case study in evolution and the nature of science.    The MSNBC article written by Reuters quotes only pro-evolutionary sources.  It misrepresents the goals of anti-evolutionists, saying bluntly that “some U.S. religious groups want to be taught in schools only if their own views of a divine creator get equal credence.”  It also calls alternatives “non-scientifically based,” and quotes the NAS saying, “The theory of evolution is one of science’s most robust theories, and the National Academies have long supported the position that evolution be taught as a central element in any science education program.”  The article also carries a link to the staunchly anti-creationist NCSE (National Center for Science Education).Bruce Alberts is like the out-of-touch king in the Wizard of Id cartoon.  A frantic messenger runs into the castle, breathlessly shouting, “The peasants are revolting!”  Unalarmed and undeterred, the king responds, “They certainly are.”    So he sends out his PR Philistines to mop up the rebels.  Some of his advisors know not to underestimate the field (see 02/27/2004 entry).  The NAS Goliath can boast, but he had better be a match for stones of evidence.  Observing the Philistine ranks, Brad Harrub at Apologetics Press smells fear in the air.    The new NAS website, with all the charm of a bureaucratic office building, may please academia but will probably backfire with the public.  In the first place, its publications are old.  It is still touting its very one-sided 1999 report Science and Creationism with all its fallacies and obfuscations.  It even advertises a 1990 report “The Search for Life’s Origins,” when much of the interesting biochemistry, and much of the contradiction to evolutionary assumptions, is more recent (see 02/06/2005 and 01/28/2005 entries).  Secondly, the website is completely one-sided, offering no debate.  Nowhere are evolution critics allowed to present their case in their own words.  Readers are expected to hear all the terms of the controversy spun by the Darwin Party hacks, complete with the usual straw man, equivocation, bandwagon, extrapolation and false dichotomy fallacies.*    If the NAS won’t stand up to the debate plate and answer the critics instead of disqualifying them out of court, this website is going to be perceived as nothing more than a power play, and will get no respect outside the Party Faithful.  There are too many people out there who will no longer take bluffing and evasion for an answer.  Yet bluffing and evasion appears to be official NAS policy.  Quote: “Given the organizational skills, experience, and political astuteness of those who promote creationism and Intelligent Design, it is suggested that you NOT agree to enter into direct debates with the proponents if you have not been involved with such activities before” (“Teaching the Science of Evolution”).  The very next sentence says, “Cell and molecular biologists have provided some of the most compelling evidence to support the theory of evolution and should therefore be among those who raise their voices the loudest to support science curricula that help students understand the processes of evolution.”  Ha!  In a day of molecular motors and machines, that is astonishing (see 05/18/2005, 05/17/2005, 04/04/2005, 03/14/2005 and 04/30/2005 entries for recent examples).  Does this paper provide any of said evidence?  Dead silence.  If these two quotes do not illustrate bluffing and evasion, let them come clean and show us how the process of science is served by avoiding debate and making sweeping, unsupported generalizations contrary to the evidence.    Most anti-evolution websites freely quote the very best Darwinists and critique their original sources; Creation-Evolution Headlines, for instance, frequently provides extended quotes, in context, on both sides.  Why won’t the Darwinists do better than caricature their opposition?  Anti-evolution websites are mushrooming because people are tired of Darwinian dogmatism.  We’re waiting, NAS: we want to hear the latest Tinker Bell Tale about the origin of life, the origin of complex language translation and error correction by chance, the origin of molecular machines without an engineer, and the explosion of body plans in the fossil record.  That will at least make your new website entertaining.last_img read more

BP invests in South African youth

first_img8 July 2013Global energy group BP, in partnership with University of the Witwatersrand, is to invest R105-million over the next six years in developing a pipeline of talented professionals for South Africa.The investment, announced in Johannesburg on Friday, will enable over 900 gifted grade 10 to 12 pupils from rural schools in Gauteng, Limpopo and Mpumalanga province participate in the university’s Targeting Talent Programme between now and 2018.The programme, which has been running now for six years, is specially designed to help pupils bridge the gap between high school and university.The programme comprises residential interventions during school holidays over a two- to three-year period, during which time the pupils complete an academic curriculum covering subjects such as maths, information technology and molecular literacy.By providing holistic talent development, the programme seeks to counter possible negative influences on gifted students and to boost their academic, social and psychological preparation for university.Speaking at Friday’s launch event, Energy Minister Dipuo Peters applauded the venture between BP and Wits University, saying that gaining access to university was still a challenge for many South Africans.“This programme is adding value to lives,” Peters told an audience that included pupils chosen by Wits to be part of the programme.Success required determination, the minister said, adding that South Africa was going through a transition phase during which skills would be needed for the country’s massive infrastructure build.Former Wits vice-chancellor and the founder of the Targeting Talent Programme, Professor Loyiso Nongxa, said the programme was a tool for addressing societal challenges such as inequality.Mmadikgetho Komane, who was named the top national matriculant of 2012, is a graduate of the programme.“The cause is close to my heart,” Komane said on Friday. “The programme was a life-changing experience. TTP taught me the value of hard work,” she said, adding that while dreaming big was important, one had to be willing to work hard.Source: read more