People with disabilities lose hopes skills in psych hospital inquiry told

first_imgHALIFAX – Leaving people with intellectual disabilities in a Halifax psychiatric hospital has created “an unnatural setting” where skills and hopes fade away as years go by, a behavioural therapist told a human rights inquiry Thursday.Nicole Robinson, a behavioural therapist who works in an acute care unit of the Nova Scotia Hospital, testified that seven of nine patients she treats have been medically discharged but are in limbo because of the lack of supported housing in the community.She said one of the men has been on the ward for about four decades.The inquiry is examining a 2014 complaint by 46-year-old Beth MacLean and 45-year-old Joseph Delaney that the province has violated the Human Rights Act by failing to move them from a hospital-like setting into a community home.“People are faced with a roadblock to go on to the next step. They’re kind of held there,” Robinson told the inquiry.She then proceeded to give evidence that was a rare glimpse into a locked-door hospital setting that frustrates the efforts of highly trained staff.She explained that applied behavioural analysis is used to reinforce positive habits and patterns that range from table manners to simple tasks such as washing your own hair.However, Robinson said to make the skills stick, people with disabilities need to apply them in homes with roommates, a quiet atmosphere and trained staff they see regularly.If that doesn’t happen, the work by the therapists often falls apart as the skill the person has learned atrophies and the patient reverts to a life of reliance on institutional staff and routines.The constant refusals to provide a home also creates a depressing cycle for her clients, she said.She recalled meetings with Department of Community Services staff informing them the client was ready to leave and receive community-based care.However, she said she would encounter an ever-changing set of criteria from the department.“We continue to work on the goals they provide, we achieve them, they may come up with another set of goals, and then we continue this cycle,” she said.Robinson was hired to bring intensive behavioural therapy to the hospital and the outreach teams in 2015.Her position was among those recommended in a scathing 2006 independent report that warned a human rights case could unfold if ways weren’t found to house the medically discharged patients elsewhere.However, during her testimony, Robinson told the inquiry she’s found it challenging to make progress due to the shortage of small options homes.“I can’t adhere to what I’ve been trained to do, which is to teach a skill … (have the patient) learn it and generalize it to other settings. It’s not a healthy place to be,” she said.Part of the problem are inadequacies in the facility itself, which has one van available for outings and a gym that is often used by community groups.The patient’s motivation levels to learn and change behaviours frequently plunge in a hospital environment, where trips are cancelled and promises aren’t kept, said Robinson.She gave the example of one patient who has been told if she would “use … gentle hands,” rather than hitting, she could move to a group home.“But she’s been in the hospital five or six years. You can understand that if you’re being told you’re going to achieve this outcome and it doesn’t come, I feel like I’ve done her a disservice. She loses her motivation and we need to find new territory to motivate her,” she testified.She said she’d worked with both MacLean and Delaney, and helped prepare them to depart.After 15 years on waiting lists, MacLean was moved to a hospital-like setting at the Community Transition Program facility in Halifax in 2016, and briefly was able to live in a group home, but has since returned to the Community Transition Program.Robinson testified there’s little difference between the transition program and Emerald Hall, as they are institutional environments with staff working on shifts, scheduled activities and locked doors.“The main outcome of my work as a behaviour analyst is to teach someone to independently use their skills … in a natural environment,” she said.“The settings I’ve described … are the most unnatural settings.”The provincial government has said it is preparing more small options homes, but that it can’t place patients with more complex needs until homes with safe and appropriate levels of care are available.Follow (at)mtuttoncporg on Twitter.last_img read more

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HIDCO to launch pilot project to check wastage of water

first_imgKolkata: In a significant stride to check wastage of water, West Bengal Housing & Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) will start a pilot project using state-of-the-art technology and IoT sensors to detect leakages and monitor flow in pipes in New Town.The technology that will be adopted after the elections will be able to detect even hairline cracks in the water supply pipeline and hence the engineers will be addressing the issues at a fast pace. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”It costs around Rs 1 crore a month to meet the operating expense for supplying water to households in New Town. So, it is important to prevent water loss, leakages and quality deterioration. Hence, we will be embracing this technology,” a senior official of HIDCO said. It may be mentioned that water in New Town comes from the Hooghly river located around 10 km away and then it is treated using the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) enabled plant in New Town, to supply pure potable water to all. The entire water supply network is underground and houses built on 6 acres and less is exempt from paying water charges. 24/7 treated water is provided to all citizens. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayRecently, a national-level workshop on smart water was held at Biswa Bangla Convention Centre, which was attended by Mohan Kumar of the civil engineering department of IISc Bangalore. NKDA chairman Debashis Sen mentioned that reject water from RO units (Reserve Osmosis water purifiers: for example the Water ATM in Eco Park Gate 2) and condensed water usually drained out from air conditioners in HIDCO Bhavan, will be stored in tanks for use in lawns or parks. The design process has been started by the engineering wing of HIDCO. Sen also talked about attempts in New Town to use rejected water from Sewerage Water Treatment Plant to water road-median plants through tankers. He also suggested organising a hackathon to get such solutions on the ground.last_img read more

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A deluge of drones fly over Super Bowl stadium despite ban

ATLANTA — The FBI says that security officials are being “inundated” with drones flying around the Atlanta stadium that will host Sunday’s Super Bowl 53.That’s despite an ongoing restriction that bans the use of drones in the area of Mercedes-Benz Stadium downtown.FBI spokesman Kevin Rowson said Friday that officers have confiscated several drones in recent days. He says their pilots could face jail time and fines.In December, hundreds of flights were called off and more than 100,000 people were stranded or delayed after drones were spotted near the runway at Gatwick Airport outside London.Last month, Southwest Airlines and United Airlines pilots encountered a drone around 3,500 feet (1,000 metres) above Teterboro, New Jersey. That resulted in dozens of delays at nearby Newark Liberty International Airport.Jeff Martin, The Associated Press read more

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Annan gathers aides to brainstorm on refining priorities in wake of terror

The one-day meeting of his cabinet, or Senior Management Group, follows up on a similar session he held with external experts in January.“He is asking what the implications of September 11 are for the UN and how the new strategic environment might require refinement of the priorities he originally set for the next five years – namely, poverty, HIV/AIDS, conflict prevention and sustainable development,” Marie Okabe, a spokesperson for Mr. Annan, said.According to the spokesperson, the Secretary-General will also be asking his colleagues to assess the way the UN has been reaching out to its various constituents – from governments to non-governmental organizations (NGOs), universities and the private sector – as well as to evaluate their efforts to act in a more coherent and coordinated way. read more

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KFC Investigations dont find any evidence employee asked scarred child to leave

KFC: Investigations don’t find any evidence employee asked scarred child to leave restaurant by Brian Schwaner, The Associated Press Posted Jun 24, 2014 9:56 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email JACKSON, Miss. – Fried chicken chain KFC said two different investigations have not found any evidence that an employee asked a 3-year-old girl and family members to leave because injuries she suffered in a pit bull mauling disturbed customers.KFC spokesman Rick Maynard said Tuesday the company considered the matter closed after an internal investigation by the franchise restaurant in Jackson and an independent probe. Maynard said the company would honour its commitment to donate $30,000 to help with medical bills for Victoria Wilcher.“Like the rest of America, the KFC family has been moved by the story of Victoria’s injuries and recovery,” Maynard said. “We hope everyone keeps Victoria in their thoughts and prayers. She will certainly be in ours.”Allegations that Victoria was asked to leave the restaurant were made earlier this month on the Facebook site Victoria’s Victories, which has followed her recovery from the April attack.In a statement, Hannon Food Services, which operates the restaurant, said the company was deeply troubled by the allegation.As part of its investigation, Hannon said it spent hundreds of hours reviewing surveillance video, interviewing employees and hired the outside investigator. The company said it would reach out to the child’s family for additional discussions.Jackson attorney Bill Kellum, in a statement Tuesday afternoon on behalf of the child’s family, said Victoria’s grandmother, Kelly Mullins, stands by her claim of what happened at the restaurant.“Victoria’s family appreciates the actions of KFC in their investigation of this matter. They look forward to assisting KFC in what we hope will be an ongoing investigation,” he said.“It is deeply disappointing that other parties have taken opportunity to attack Victoria through social and news media outlets. Victoria is an innocent child with very real physical and emotional scars. The focus of her family has always been, and will always be on Victoria and making her whole again,” Kellum said.He said the child’s family is grateful for outpouring of concern for her.After the initial allegation, KFC posted an apology the next morning and asked for more details about what happened.Teri Rials Bates, the child’s aunt, runs the Victoria’s Victories Facebook page.“I promise it’s not a hoax, I never thought any of this would blow up the way it has,” a post said early Tuesday. “I have personally watched this family go without to provide for Victoria. They have not and would not do anything to hurt Victoria in any way.”No one responded to a message sent through the Facebook page.Earlier, the child’s grandmother, Kelly Mullins, told Jackson television station WAPT-TV that the child had just been to a doctor and stopped at the restaurant. After they ordered, an employee approached, she said.“They just told us, they said, ‘We have to ask you to leave because her face is disrupting our customers,’” Mullins told the TV station.In her posts, Bates said the child was attacked by three pit bulls while visiting her grandfather at his home south of Jackson. Since April, she has undergone reconstructive surgery, Bates said.KFC is based in Louisville, Kentucky, and is a division of publicly traded Yum! Brands Inc. The company was spun off from Pepsico in the 1990s. Its anchor restaurants brands are KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut.In Mississippi, the company has 80 KFC restaurants. All are operated by franchise holders, KFC spokesman Maynard said.Parent company Yum! reported total sales of more than $13 billion in 2013. read more

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Bogus family members try to visit activist Malala

first_imgSEVERAL PEOPLE CLAIMING to be relatives of the 14-year-old Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban tried to enter the British hospital where she is being treated, an official said today.The medical director of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham where Malala Yousafzai is in intensive care stressed that the incidents did not create any security concerns and police said nobody was arrested.Hospital medical director David Rosser told journalists: I understand that a number of people turned up claiming to be members of Malala’s family — which we don’t believe to be true — and have been arrested.However a police spokeswoman denied that any arrests were made. The spokeswoman for West Midlands Police told AFP:We are investigating what happened but I can confirm that there were no arrests.The teenager spent a comfortable first night in the hospital, Rosser said, after she arrived in Birmingham in central England on a flight from Pakistan on Monday.In an attack which outraged the world, Malala was shot on a school bus in the former Taliban stronghold of the Swat valley last Tuesday as a punishment for campaigning for the right to an education.Read: Pakistani girl shot by Taliban arrives in UK for treatment> We have had some, I guess I would say, irritating incidents overnight and I understand that a number of people have been arrested but there are no security concerns.last_img read more

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Epidemics of TB and pneumonia could hit Ireland due to antibiotic resistance

first_img Friday 3 Mar 2017, 6:15 AM 41 Comments By Órla Ryan http://jrnl.ie/3267224 ‘Epidemics’ of TB and pneumonia could hit Ireland due to antibiotic resistance Misuse and overuse of medication will “almost certainly lead to a health crisis”, it has been warned. 11,705 Views EPIDEMICS OF CONDITIONS such as tuberculosis (TB) and pneumonia could strike Ireland and become untreatable as antibiotic resistance continues to increase, it has been warned.Antibiotic resistance occurs as a result of the overuse of antibiotics. As more are prescribed, bacteria build up an immunity against them, thereby decreasing their effectiveness.Medical professionals have repeatedly warned that antibiotic-resistant infections are increasing in number faster than new antibiotics are being developed.Ireland is the ninth highest consumer of antibiotics out of 30 countries, according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.Antibiotic resistance is directly associated with outbreaks of so-called hospital ‘superbugs’ like MRSA and Clostridium difficile.‘A health crisis’Dr Kieran Clarke of Alere Ireland, a medical technology company, said 60% of antibiotics prescribed here may be done so unnecessarily.“This level of prescription and consumption is unsustainable and will almost certainly lead to a health crisis in Ireland, and indeed around the world, if we do not take steps to combat antibiotic resistance now.”A study commissioned by the UK government found that more than 700,000 people globally die every year as a result of antibiotic resistance. By 2050, this figure could reach over 10 million — more than the current number of annual cancer death.Clarke said these statistics are “frightening”.“Antibiotic resistance must be tackled by the HSE, healthcare professionals and the health industry as a matter of utmost urgency. The longer we wait the less effective our existing antibiotics will be and the more expensive our health service will become as costly treatments are required to fight common infections.Often overlooked when we discuss antibiotic resistance is that the achievements of modern medicine are also put at risk. Without effective antibiotics for prevention and treatment of infections, the success of organ transplantation, cancer chemotherapy and major surgery will be compromised. Image: Shutterstock/funnyangelcenter_img Mar 3rd 2017, 6:15 AM Image: Shutterstock/funnyangel Share53 Tweet Email5 “There are serious gaps in our current policy towards antibiotic resistance, and focus is not being placed on the right areas. We believe it is essential that GPs and other point-of-care providers are equipped with tools that allow them to instantly test for bacterial infection.”Clarke said these tests “would allow GPs and pharmacists to prescribe antibiotic medication if required or, alternatively, recommend bedrest and over-the-counter treatment”.Irish Pharmacy Union President Daragh Connolly previously said antibiotic resistance is “one of the most significant threats to patient safety in Ireland”.“Repeated and improper use of antibiotics is the single most important factor leading to antibiotic resistance in Ireland and around the world. If we allow antibiotic resistance to grow, the antibiotics used to treat infections today will become ineffective or will stop working altogether in the future,” Connolly stated.Awareness The HSE has run campaigns to raise awareness about the overuse and misuse of antibiotics. Source: HSE Ireland/YouTubeThe government has committed to publish a National Action Plan on antimicrobial resistance in May, in line with commitments made to the World Health Organization (WHO).Speaking in the Dáil about antimicrobial resistance recently, Health Minister Simon Harris said: “The rise in antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is universally recognised at global, European and national levels, including Ireland, as one of the greatest potential threats to human and animal health with possible serious consequences for public health, animal welfare and the agriculture and food sectors.The extensive use, misuse and overuse of antimicrobials in both human and animal health have increasingly raised levels of AMR in a wide range of pathogens (bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites) – in all countries and in patients of all age groups.“The [National Interdepartmental AMR Consultative] Committee and the Departments of Health and Agriculture, Food and the Marine are currently working to finalise Ireland’s National Action Plan on AMR. This work is ongoing and it is expected that the plan will be published in 2017.“The plan is examining strategies to optimise Ireland’s response to AMR and this examination will include both timelines for implementation and resource requirements.”A conference on antimicrobial resistance will be held at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland in Dublin on 8 March.Read: Use antibiotics as a ‘quick fix’ for a cold? It won’t work and could be very damagingRead: Doctors warn of ‘end of the road for antibiotics’ as drug-resistant superbug found in the US Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Dozens of migrants feared dead after boat sinks off Tunisian coast

first_imgDozens of migrants feared dead after boat sinks off Tunisian coast The boat was travelling from Libya to Italy. Share21 Tweet Email The boat sank 40 miles off the coast of Sfax in Tunisia A BOAT CARRYING around 70 migrants from sub-Saharan Africa has sunk in the Mediterranean, leaving at least 50 people dead, Tunisian officials have said. The bodies of three people who drowned in the accident were found today, a spokesman for the Tunisian defence ministry said, adding the boat left Zuwara on the northwestern Libyan coast yesterday. A fishing boat has picked up 16 survivors, who were transferred on board one of three military vessels involved in the search and rescue operation, said the spokesman Mohamed Zekri.A Maltese helicopter was also mobilised, he said.According to the UN’s International Organisation for Migration (IOM), 50 people have died. According to those rescued between 60 to 70 people from sub-Saharan Africa were thought to be on board the boat, which was travelling to Italy, Zekri added.Interior ministry spokesman Sofiene Zaag said however around 75 people were believed to have been on board the boat bound for Italy when it departed Libya.Italy’s far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini has vowed to close the country’s ports to migrants, although earlier today dozens who had been rescued at sea disembarked in Sicily.Rome’s populist government has taken an increasingly hard line on migration, and Salvini, head of the anti-immigrant League party, last month signed a new directive banning charity vessels from rescuing migrants off Libya.The Mediterranean is the “world’s deadliest sea crossing” according to the United Nations refugee agency, with one person in 14 dying on the route from Libya to Europe last year.The Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights NGO denounced in a statement what it said were the European Union’s “restrictive and inhumane policies” which it said led to the latest “human tragedy”.Libya, which has been wracked by chaos since the 2011 uprising that killed veteran dictator Moamer Kadhafi, has long been a major transit route for people desperate to reach Europe.These latest deaths bring to 493 the total for 2019 to date, with 307 reported on the Central Mediterranean route between Libya and Italy, according to the IOM. This compares with 620 deaths confirmed during the same period in 2018, including 383 deaths on the Libya-Italy route.Over the past week, and despite a surge in violence following the launch of an assault on Tripoli by strongman Khalifa Haftar, Libyan authorities have rescued hundreds of migrants stranded at sea.© AFP 2019 with reporting from Associated Press 13,028 Views https://jrnl.ie/4629144 Short URL The boat sank 40 miles off the coast of Sfax in Tunisia Image: GoogleMapscenter_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 38 Comments Image: GoogleMaps Friday 10 May 2019, 5:39 PM By AFP May 10th 2019, 5:39 PM last_img read more

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Greek Australians rally for Macedonia

first_imgOrganised by the Pan-Macedonian Association of Melbourne and Victoria, Greek Australian groups will protest against FYROM receiving a compound name containing the term ‘Macedonia’ this Sunday 25 February.The rally, which is expected to be joined by thousands will be held outside the Greek Consulate in Melbourne (37-39 Albert Rd. Albert Park), with a 2.00 pm start.The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia also lent its support to the rally. In an announcement read out at churches across the city, the Archdiocese instructed all clerics to attend the rally in Melbourne on Sunday.The protest was originally planned for 4 March, however, at the opening of the 31st Lonsdale Street Greek Festival (LSGF) it was announced that Greek Australian groups had decided to move the date in order to apply more pressure as negotiations about the solution of the naming dispute intensify between Greece and FYROM. The first rally regarding the FYROM naming issue was instigated by a grassroots organisation called ‘Macedonia is Greek – Human Rights Group’ and took place on Sunday 21 January.According to the organisers the rally had a great turnout. Sunday’s rally is expected to be larger with support from the Greek Orthodox Church, Pan-Macedonian Association  and many other community groups. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Agent Modou Lo not ruling out Ama Balde combat

first_imgBy Sulayman BahModou Lo could possibly be facing Ama Balde as his next opponent according to the wrestler’s agent.Birame Ghingue, a trusted representative of Modou Lo, this week revealed his wrestler is not ruling out tussling against Ama Balde if the proposed clash with Lac du Guier 2 fails.Lac and Lo’s combat had to be put off after Stade Demba Diop’s tragic wall collapse left at least eight local football supporters dead.The incident had Senegal in national mourning consequently causing the cancellation of Lac-Modou Lo’s much anticipated duel.Talks of the rematch happening has been rife but uncertainty still lingers.And Birame says, if his wrestler’s fight doesn’t go as planned, Ama Balde or a rematch with either Bombardier or Eumeu Sene might be their next consideration.Modou Lo earlier wrote off ever taking on Ama Balde, equating possibilities of tackling him as a case of punching below his belt.But Ghingue’s latest comment appears to suggest Modou Lo’s initial stance has softened.‘Yes all these fights are possible,’ he said, when grilled over facing Ama Balde, Eumeu or Bombardier.‘Our wish is to face King of Arena Bombardier if the Lac 2 fight is off. This will however depend on the choice of the promoter. If he proposes someone other than the King, we will take it. It is the promoter who decides, provided we are paid the right price. Otherwise, we will take the others,’ Biram said.Ama Balde is billed to face Papa Sow a showdown which will determine his rise to the big league.last_img read more

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Exercise group for moms kids helps work activity into lives

first_imgMercedes Riggs briskly walks along the paved pathway at Hockinson Meadows Park, her workout clothes dampened by a light mist.After walking a lap and a half of the quarter-mile loop, Riggs and a handful of other women stop at a park bench. They each find a place along the edge of the bench and launch into sets of bicep dips. When they’re done with their biceps, the group finishes the last lap on the path.Under the covered area, the ladies stretch exercise bands beneath their feet and move from one end of the area to the other, doing squats between the picnic tables.For more information about Kim Puyleart’s Vancouver Mommy Fitness Playgroup:o Visit the group’s Meetup page.o Email Puyleart at ChampionsBelieve@gmail.com.o Call 360-931-2888.As they prepare to switch exercises, Riggs reaches into her bag and fishes out a handful of crackers for 19-month-old Sophie, who watches her mom work out from the seat in her jogger stroller.About then, 2-year-old Makhai asks for crackers and his sister, 7-month-old Malia, starts crying, sending mom Brooke Velazquez to their stroller.For Riggs, Velazquez and the others, the little interruptions are all part of the routine during the twice-a-week Vancouver Mommy Fitness Playgroup.The class, led by certified personal trainer and nutrition adviser Kim Puyleart, is designed for mothers and their little ones.Sometimes, that means the kids mirror their mothers during the routines. Sometimes Velazquez carries her son as she climbs up stairs, adding a little more weight to her workout. And sometimes, Sophie challenges Riggs by crawling on her back while she does exercises on the ground.“I’m just really passionate about getting moms out of the house and exercising with their kiddos,” Puyleart said.For Riggs, the small class gives the Vancouver mom a reason to get out the front door.“I had trouble getting incentive to work out,” she said. “I needed some kind of incentive to get out and someone to hold me accountable.”last_img read more

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Miami United Way marks 93rd anniversary with day of service

first_imgLeaders Day of Action was the epitome of teamwork. Thanks you 100+ volunteers who came to celebrate #NationalVolunteerWeek & our 93rd bday! pic.twitter.com/u1HcUKSZ6k— United Way Miami (@UnitedWayMiami) April 29, 2017Volunteers took part in several hands-on projects. Guests also participated in games and gardening.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – The United Way of Miami-Dade turned 93 this week, and it marked the occasion with a celebration of service.Saturday was a Leaders Day of Action, in which more than 200 supporters met to work on the Overtown Youth Center.last_img read more

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Broward County Public Schools honor veterans with lunch

first_imgPARKLAND, FLA. (WSVN) – South Florida students served up something special for those who fought for our country as we approach Veteran’s Day.Broward County Public Schools invited relatives of students and staff who are veterans or active military members to enjoy lunch at their child’s school.There was a big turnout at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland with more than 65 vets attending.“The number one thing we are trying to do is honor our veterans for this very important holiday,” said student Alex Martinez, “and being the president of the Honor Society at our school, especially one that involves social studies, is to honor the history of our country, and we wouldn’t think of doing it any other way than honoring our veterans.”The lunch was a way to say thank you to the military members for selflessly serving our country.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Play Halo 4 multiplayer for 140 hours in November earn 600 Microsoft

first_imgI’m pretty certain Halo 4 would be a hit even if Microsoft hadn’t spent a small fortune advertising its release. The series is just that popular among gamers. But Microsoft isn’t content with you just buying the game, they want you playing it all the time, and will reward you for doing so.One of the promotions for the launch of the game is the chance to earn yourself up to 800 Microsoft points. 200 of those points are easy to get: you just have to spend 3,000 points on Halo content in the Xbox Live Marketplace. The other 600 are much harder to grab, though.Microsoft has set a deadline of November 30 and wants you to play Halo 4 multiplayer for as many hours as you can before then. Achieving 35 hours multiplayer earns you 100 points. Push that total up past 70 hours and you get 300 points. In order to grab 600 points you need to have clocked at least 140 hours.Today is the 7th, meaning you have 23 days left to accrue those hours. In other words, you’ve got to be putting in 6 or more hours a day in order to achieve the 140 hour total. It’s certainly achievable, but is it healthy?There’s another cost to consider, though. Halo 4 includes 2 free weeks access to Xbox Live Gold, but you will need access for longer than that if you want those 600 points. So Microsoft is cleverly pushing you to sign up and pay for Xbox Live Gold through this promotion, which is worth much more than the 600 points they are offering as a reward.If you’re a hardcore Halo player with an existing Gold subscription then this is probably an easy 600 points to grab. For the more casual gamers out there, it’s probably not worth dedicating the next 23 days of your life to achieve. 600 points is only worth about $7.50, after all.via Xbox.comlast_img read more

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Impossible Central Michigan stuns 22 Oklahoma State on a Hail Mary Hook

first_img Advertisement We have “The Play of the Century of the Week” and a shocker in Stillwater. #22 Oklahoma State was stunned by Central Michigan on an improbable game-winning Hail Mary Hook and Ladder. The home crowd at Boone Pickens Stadium is still wondering what the hell just happened.With Oklahoma State leading 27 – 24, the officials gave the Chippewas one last untimed down with :00 left from the 50 after an intentional grounding penalty that should have ended the game.Central Michigan quarterback Cooper Rush heaved a prayer that was caught by receiver Jesse Kroll at the 7 yard-line. Kroll had the presence of mind to lateral the ball to Corey Willis, who ran across the entire width of the field, barely stretching across the goal line for the score. Ballgame. Upset. Unreal.It’s only Week 2, but this is going to be hard to beat for College Football Play of the Year. Unbelievable! @CMU_Football shocks #22 @CowboyFB 30-27 with a ridiculous play to end the game! https://t.co/kOvdA4ldZq— FS1 (@FS1) September 10, 2016last_img read more

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Stop what youre doing and watch this video of an Irish singing

first_img Posted by Share Wednesday, October 24, 2018 CONNEMARA, IRELAND — A night out at the opera in Ireland has taken an unusual twist, with a countryside donkey as its main singing star.Harriet the donkey, who lives in Toureen in the district of Connemara, Ireland, has skyrocketed to Internet fame for having a serious set of pipes. In a video taken by local resident Martin Stanton, the adorable star-in-the-making is seen belting out what sounds like an operatic aria.Her pitch needs a bit of work, to be honest, but her stage presence would rival any prima donna in Italy.With the video now viral, it’s only a matter of time until Harriet gets signed, or at the very least, gets her own Instagram. Travelweek Group center_img Stop what you’re doing and watch this video of an Irish singing donkey Tags: Funny, Ireland << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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There has been much speculation about who will tak

first_imgThere has been much speculation about who will take over the head coaching reins of the Arizona Cardinals.One name that has been linked frequently to the Cardinals is former Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid.CBS NFL Insider Jason La Canfora tweeted he expects Reid to wind up in Arizona.I’m getting the sense more and more than Kelly stays at Oregon, but we shall see. Also expect Andy Reid to end up with the Cards job— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 1, 2013 It has been reported that Reid will interview with Cardinals’ brass about the head coaching vacancy. The veteran coach was a mainstay on the sidelines in Philadelphia for 14 seasons and led the Eagles to five NFC Championship games and one Super Bowl appearance. In recent years, Reid failed to meet the Eagles’ hefty expectations and was unable to get high-priced free agents to perform. Philadelphia went a disappointing 12-20 over the past two seasons, sealing the acclaimed coach’s fate.Reid is expected to be a sought-after coach this offseason but he could be enticed to join the Cardinals, who already have a championship-caliber defense in place. Comments   Share   Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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The truth is Palmer could have been back on the f

first_imgThe truth is, Palmer could have been back on the field sooner had the Cardinals not been playing a Thursday night game. Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said he was confident the QB could have been cleared as early as Saturday, but everyone took their time because there was no hurry to do so.Palmer himself said if the Cardinals were playing on Sunday, and not Thursday, he probably would not have missed it.“I felt great all through the weekend, and was just waiting around,” he said. “It felt like forever for Wednesday, today, to get here.”The 36-year-old noted this was the first concussion of his career, and of course is hoping it will be his last. He said he realized late last week that it would not keep him out anymore than one week, which offered a sense of relief given that with an injury like that, there is no official timetable for a return.He felt good about his prognosis early on, and though his wife was “definitely freaked out” given all the publicity head injuries have received and just how bad they can be, and said he “was ready to play if we had a Sunday game.”“That is a part of our reality as football players,” Palmer said. “You play long enough, you see enough guys that retire or continue to play through them or whatever it may be. The balance is, you just go with how you feel and you go with what the doctors say.” TEMPE, Ariz. — Carson Palmer was asked if there is any benefit to sitting and watching a Cardinals game at home from his couch, as he did last Thursday when his teammates were facing off with the San Francisco 49ers while he was waiting to be cleared from the NFL’s concussion protocol.“No, there’s not,” he said.With that in mind, it’s a good thing then that the quarterback was on the practice field Wednesday, cleared to resume a 2016 season that was briefly paused after banging his head against the turf late in a Week 4 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments   Share   Follow Adam Green on Twitter Palmer was very complimentary of the team’s training staff as well as the other doctors who guided him through his recovery, and by all accounts he made great progress throughout the week until being officially cleared Tuesday afternoon.Arians said the veteran did everything Wednesday and looked great, which undoubtedly puts Palmer on track to start Monday night against the New York Jets. The coach is happy to have him back.“It’s great,” he said. “You always want your leader out there. And he is the leader.”An MVP candidate after a career season last year, Palmer in 2016 has thrown for 1,150 yards with six touchdowns and five interceptions in four games. The Cardinals won the game he missed with backup Drew Stanton throwing a pair of touchdowns as Arizona’s defense and running game dominated, but are most certainly a better team with their starter on the field.“It feels good,” safety Tyrann Mathieu said of Palmer returning. “Obviously, we got the win without him last week, but any time we have 3 (Palmer) on the field with us we’ve got a chance to score 50 points, so it felt good to have him back.“We’re just glad that he’s healthy, that he’s safe and his head is alright.” Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) throws against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img TripAdvisor/management The International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. originally opened its doors in 2002. At the time of its creation, the museum sat in the city’s Penn Quarter neighborhood and contained approximately 19,000 square feet of floor space. In 2015, plans were announced to break ground on a new and improved museum on L’Enfant Plaza that would increase its size to 150,000 square feet and expand its already-impressive array of exhibits, artifacts, and events. Facebook/International Spy Museum Following two years of construction, the new International Spy Museum opened its doors to the public on May 12th, 2019, bringing the delights and adventures of this fun-filled institution to visitors of varying ages. Museum-goers can now peruse an incredible selection of items and activities, including upwards of 7,000 spy and security-related artifacts, all sorts of amazing gadgets, plenty of historical information about war-time spying and smuggling, and so much more. You might just wonder if you’ve entered a James Bond film. Speaking of James Bond, you’ll even find a car from “Goldfinger” on display here. Facebook/International Spy Museum The International Spy Museum is one of the few museums in Washington, D.C. that charges admission, but the experience you’ll have here is sure to be priceless. Whether you’re a lifelong history buff seeking a new view of the international security realm, a pop culture fan who absolutely adores spy movies, or simply a curious tourist seeking a new adventure, you’ll undoubtedly be thrilled by this spot.center_img May 30, 2019 by Sophie Boudreau Washington D.C.’s Fascinating Spy Museum Just Reopened And It’s Better Than Ever Are you fascinated by the world of international spies? No matter what your age, there’s something undeniably fascinating about delving into the secrets, intrigue, and espionage that accompany spy culture. There’s one unforgettable museum in our nation’s capital that recently reopened its doors after an extended period of renovation, and you’ll undoubtedly want to visit for yourself. Posted in Travel News Address: 700 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Washington, DC 20024To learn more about the updated International Spy Museum and its many unique offerings, click here. Did you visit this spot prior to its move and expansion? Share your experiences with us in the comments!last_img read more

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Black banners in Paphos market over bills spat

first_imgBy Bejay BrowneSHOPKEEPERS draped black banners across the entrance to Paphos municipal market yesterday over arguments of discrimination among stall owners, some of whom refuse to pay their electricity and council bills.Paphos councilor Nicos Konnikos said he would meet with shop owners to try and find a solution but stressed that outstanding rents and unpaid electricity bills are at the heart of the problems.He said that a long time ago the market in Ktima — Paphos old town — used to be an open area and with communal lighting which served everyone. Then, about 15 to 20 years ago, many stall holders stopped selling fruit and vegetables and started selling souvenirs and other goods, after which the area was partitioned into two zones.There are 19 different shop owners and some of them run more than one shop.Konikkos said that businesses with the newer contracts pay for their electricity. The problem lies with the older contract holders. These were drawn up years ago and obviously they didn’t stipulate electricity payment as the market wasn’t yet separated.“Each shop has a separate meter so they know how much they are consuming. They even have problems amongst themselves and complain to us that some are paying and some are not.”But some shopkeepers are up in arms over the recent decision to enforce payments and say this will lead to many families being forced to shut up shop.They said the area has suffered a massive downturn for years and that most are only just able to scrape a living. They noted that the council decision could lead to 18 families being out of work.But Konikkos said that no one expects to get electricity for free and that rents must be paid.“If it is so bad year after year, why do they still have shops in the market, and why are their neighbours able to pay?”The councilor said that measures had already been implemented to try and ease the economic burden of those paying their bills.He said concessions were made to those signing the new contracts. “They were granted a 25% reduction in rent this year. This will also apply to the rest of the people when they sign the new contracts.”Konikkos said that shopkeepers using the economic crisis as a reason not to pay rent or electricity were talking nonsense.“Some of these people haven’t paid rent for four or five years. The municipality was wrong to let it go on for so long.”However, the councilor said that the municipality may consider paying the outstanding electricity bills for these properties until the end of the year on condition that they sign new contracts to pay regularly thereafter.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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