Roger Taillibert designer of Montreals Olympic Stadium dead at 93

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first_imgMONTREAL — Roger Taillibert, the architect who designed Montreal’s Olympic Stadium, has died at the age of 93.The renowned French architect also created the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris and the Khalifa Stadium in Qatar.Taillibert’s success in France in the 1960s and early 1970s attracted the attention of then-Montreal mayor Jean Drapeau, who asked him to design a stadium to house the 1976 Olympics and later the Montreal Expos baseball team.Taillibert’s vision for the Olympic Stadium included a massive concrete dome with a retractable roof, held up by cables suspended from the world’s largest inclined tower, at 165 metres high.He remained proud of the design and continued to defend his creation over the years, despite criticism over its malfunctioning roof and an original price tag that ballooned to several times its original estimate.Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante writes on Twitter today that Taillibert has left the city a great legacy, noting that his stadium is known around the world.This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Oct. 3, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Tom Arnold To Be Honored With Humanitarian Award

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first_imgPeggy Albrecht Friendly House Los Angeles, will honor Tom Arnold with the “Humanitarian Award;” Oscar De La Hoya with the “Man of the Year” award; and Kelly Meyer with the “Woman of the Year” award at their 25th annual Awards Luncheon, Saturday, October 25 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills.Sydney Holland and Sumner Redstone serve as Honorary Co-Chairs; Peggy Albrecht and Michael Hollingsworth, Co-Chair. Celebrity fashion stylist and television personality Brad Goreski will emcee.The “Humanitarian of the Year” award is being presented to writer, producer and actor Tom Arnold. Although he’s known as a funny man, he’s successfully broken out of the comedic stereotype by landing more mature and dramatic roles featured at film festivals. Going back to his roots, Arnold has established a writing scholarship and runs an acting workshop for students at the Indian Hills Community College in Iowa in addition to supporting a number of other charities.Peggy Albrecht Friendly House’s “Man of the Year” honoree is Oscar De La Hoya, Olympic gold medalist and 10–time world boxing champion. Since retiring from the ring in 2009, De La Hoya has focused his attention on building his company, Golden Boy Promotions, into the most successful boxing promotion company in the world.Kelly Chapman Meyer, environmental activist and health advocate, will be honored with the “Woman of the Year” award. Meyer is a trustee of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and co-founder of the American Heart Association Teaching Gardens.Find out more here.last_img read more

Robin Roberts Patricia Arquette To Speak At Texas Conference for Women

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first_imgThe 2015 Texas Conference for Women announced today that “Good Morning America” co-host and author Robin Roberts will appear as a keynote speaker at the 16th annual Conference on October 15, 2015 at the Austin Convention Center.Roberts joins Academy Award winning actress Patricia Arquette and Candy Chang, urban space artist and designer and TED Senior Fellow, and founder of the “Before I Die…” project, who will also deliver keynotes at the Conference.Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2007. Five years later she was diagnosed with MDS or myelodysplastic syndrome, a disease of the blood and bone marrow once known as pre-leukemia. Roberts underwent a bone marrow transplant in September of that year. She was honored with a George Foster Peabody Award, Gracie Award and CINE Award for “Robin’s Journey,” reports on her MDS that inspired hundreds of potential bone marrow donors to register. Additionally, Roberts was recognized with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPY’s in July 2013.Roberts’ first book, From the Heart: 7 Rules to Live By, was published in 2007. In her latest memoir Everybody’s Got Something, Roberts tells the amazing story of her courageous battle against a life-threatening illness, the life lessons she continues to learn, and her inspiring return to the GMA anchor desk.Roberts, Arquette and Chang are among 100+ speakers appearing at the Conference, including Anne-Marie Slaughter, author of Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family and president of New America Foundation; Jessica Jackley, co-founder of Kiva and Profounder; Mary Spio, CEO of Next Galaxy Media and author of It’s Not Rocket Science: 7 Game-Changing Traits for Uncommon Success; Aliza Licht, DKNY PR GIRL and author of Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job, Kill It in Your Career, Rock Social Media; Elizabeth Thornton, author of The Objective Leader: How to Leverage the Power of Seeing Things As They Are; Azita Ardakani, founder and CEO of LoveSocial; Gloria Feldt, New York Times best-selling author and co-founder of Take The Lead; Major MJ Hegar, Foreign Policy 100 Leading Global Thinker; Gloria Mayfield Banks, world-renowned leadership coach and many more.The 16th annual Conference hosts thousands of women from across the state for a full day of networking, inspiration, professional development and personal growth. The one-day Conference features keynote addresses, and breakout sessions led by more than one hundred experts in the fields of business, philanthropy, health, finance, media and professional development. The nonprofit, nonpartisan event draws women of all ages and backgrounds who are interested in building communication skills, leadership strategies and work-life balance tools.The Texas Conference for Women is generously underwritten by sponsors
including: Cisco; United Airlines; United Healthcare; Mercer;­­ Phillips 66; Shell; Cancer Treatment Centers of America; State Street; Austin Woman; Clear Channel Outdoor; Statesman Media; and The Texas Tribune.Registration is open for the Conference. To register or learn more about the 16th annual Texas Conference for Women, visit www.TXConferenceforWomen.org.last_img read more

How essential is dock work Answer could determine if longshoremen can strike

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Montreal port employers and longshoremen are gearing up for a battle over the definition of “essential service” amid ongoing negotiations for a new collective agreement.The Maritime Employers Association asked the Canada Industrial Relations Board in October to review whether longshoremen carry out essential work in a bid to shield the docks from strike threats, with hearings kicking off this morning.A ruling establishing certain port services, such as the movement of prescription drugs, as “essential” would bar a full strike or lockout in the interest of public safety or security, according to federal labour legislation.Local union president Michel Murray argues that dock work is not essential to Canadians’ health and security, and that shippers can turn to other ports in the event of a strike.Employer spokesman Yves Comeau is raising the spectre of shortages in medicine, groceries, seeds and fertilizer as a risk to community health, on top of the economic impact.In December, the union voted 99.5 per cent in favour of a strike mandate, which can typically be exercised at any time during contract negotiations, now ongoing. But the employers association forestalled the move with its request to the industrial relations board two months earlier. No strikes or lockouts can take place until a decision comes down, both sides say.The Canadian Press read more

Syria UN rights officials deplore government aerial attacks warn of retaliation by

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“Government air strikes have reportedly killed more than a hundred civilians in the past week. Employing means or methods of combat which cannot distinguish civilian from military objectives is a clear violation of international humanitarian law. Not only has the Government of Syria failed in its responsibility to protect its populations from atrocity crimes, but it continues to attack its own people,” says the statement.The statements was issued by: the Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, Adama Dieng; the Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Responsibility to Protect, Jennifer Welsh; the Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues, Rita Izsák; and the Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, Heiner Bielefeldt.The Special Advisers and the Special Rapporteurs sounded the alarm about the broader consequences of the aerial attacks by Government forces for particular communities in Syria. As a result of such strikes, they said, non-State armed groups could carry out large scale reprisal attacks against religious and ethnic minorities perceived to be associated with the Government, including Shia civilians who live in Aleppo and Idleb governorates, and Druze communities concentrated in As Suwayda governorate.In addition, the experts reiterated their concern about the ongoing threat to the safety of minority groups in Syria, including Alawites, Armenians, Assyrians, Druze, Ismailis and Kurds, who are being killed, persecuted or otherwise targeted – primarily by non-state armed groups, including Jabhat al Nusra and the so-called ‘Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’ – on the basis of their religious or ethnic identity. “We call on all parties to respect international human rights and humanitarian law and immediately stop targeting people on the basis of who they are or what they believe and to do everything, in action as well as in words, to prevent further rifts and escalation of tensions along sectarian lines.”The Special Advisers and the Special Rapporteurs also condemned advocacy of racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to violence in the traditional and social media against ethnic and religious minorities in Syria. In particular, they expressed outrage at recent speeches and media articles that dehumanise Alawites and Christians and call for their conversion, or death.All parties to the conflict, including the Syrian Government and non-state armed groups, are alleged to have committed grave violations of human rights and international humanitarian law in Syria that may amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity, adds the statementDenouncing the prevailing culture of impunity in Syria, the Special Advisers and the Special Rapporteurs warned that “it must be made very clear to everyone carrying a gun, or holding a command position, that perpetrators of atrocity crimes in Syria will be held to account.” “The protection of the populations in [Syria] is the primary responsibility of the Syrian state. However, in face of the State’s failure to do so, and with a situation of continued attacks against civilians by all parties to the conflict, the international community – and in particular the Security Council – has the responsibility to take timely and decisive action to protect populations in Syria,” stated the group of experts. read more

Nissan exhibition helps students to See Inside Manufacturing

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Nissan is holding a three week exhibition at SMMT headquarters in Westminster to educate and inspire young people about the automotive industry. Part of government and industry’s See Inside Manufacturing initiative, the exhibition showcases the design, development and manufacturing process of the new Nissan Note, which is built in Sunderland.Showing a timeline of the new B-segment car’s five year development cycle, the exhibition includes a number of early design drawings and interactive clay models, as well as a fully-built car. A production-ready Note bodyshell is also on display to help explain the rigorous development and testing undertaken when engineering a modern production car, while interactive video displays show the workings of cutting-edge safety and powertrain technology.Over the three week display, local schools will be invited to SMMT’s headquarters, where Nissan apprentices will help them to discover various aspects of automotive manufacturing. Nissan will also hold a ministerial reception at SMMT to highlight its work with young people and within See Inside Manufacturing.Business Minister Michael Fallon said, “The automotive sector in the UK is one of the most innovative and exciting with eight out of the 11 Formula 1 racing teams based in this country. That is why I’m pleased that SMMT and the automotive sector are once again pledging their support to the programme following the success of previous years. It’s encouraging to have an iconic name like Nissan show such enthusiasm to inspire young people, teachers and career advisers that the automotive sector offers interesting and rewarding jobs.”See Inside Manufacturing is an initiative held throughout October by government and industry to help inspire young people about manufacturing industries and educate them on the varied career paths that it can offer. The automotive industry was the first to pilot the scheme in 2011 and this year will see participation from a number of UK-based manufacturers, including Jaguar Land Rover, Michelin, Nissan and Toyota.Click through for more information about See Inside Manufacturing.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Offense dazzles Ohio State football romps over Bowling Green 7710

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Junior H-back Curtis Samuel lines up before a play against Bowling Green on Sept. 3. OSU won 77-10. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorJunior H-back Curtis Samuel was called the primary playmaker for Ohio State by coach Urban Meyer during the spring. On Saturday afternoon, Buckeye fans got a taste of how effective the junior can be, as Samuel scored twice as a receiver and once as a rusher against the Bowling Green Falcons, propelling the team to a 77-10 blowout victory. Although the offense was clicking for most of the game, the 2016 season got off to a bit of a bumpy start for OSU. On the first offensive drive for the Buckeyes, redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett had a pass intercepted and returned for a touchdown by Bowling Green sophomore outside linebacker Brandon Harris.The 7-0 lead the Falcons enjoyed would be their only one of the afternoon, as OSU responded with 21-straight points.OSU freshman wide receiver K.J. Hill hauled in a picture-perfect pass from Barrett on his way to a 47-yard touchdown reception. The long strike tied the game at seven, and the Buckeyes never looked back.The Buckeyes would strike two more times before the first quarter ended. Samuel and senior H-back Dontre Wilson were on the receiving ends of perfectly placed passes by Barrett. Samuel made a quick cut to the middle, creating a three-yard gap between himself and the Bowling Green defender. With no deep safety help, Samuel broke free untouched for a 79-yard touchdown.Samuel ended his day with 261 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns.“It’s a great feeling to be one of the first people out there to touch the ball,” Samuel said. “I have to keep my mind right. I just want to ball out and make opportunities for my team.”After a field goal from Bowling Green sophomore kicker Jake Suder brought the Falcons within striking distance, OSU redshirt sophomore Noah Brown responded with his first career touchdown reception. Brown made the back-shoulder catch while being blanketed by a defender in the right side of the endzone.Brown ended his day with four receptions for 36 yards and a touchdown. Redshirt senior wide receiver Corey Smith failed to hail in a pass, and he saw limited time on the field.The ball was spread to multiple Buckeye receivers, tight ends, running backs and H-backs throughout the afternoon. By halftime, six different receivers had receptions in the game, and by the end of the game, nine different receivers caught a pass.After OSU regained the ball, Barrett made use of his legs, picking up a nine-yard touchdown run with just 26 seconds left in the half.Redshirt freshman running back Mike Weber, who had been named the starter on Wednesday, used a bruising running style to wear down the Falcon defense. The Detroit native pounded away, averaging 7.2 yards per carry and amassing 136 yards total.Weber produced at a high level for a player in his first collegiate game. Meyer jokingly said he could not remember his running back from last year, and also noted he expects to see Weber produce at a level near now departed Ezekiel Elliott.“He’s still young,” Meyer said. “We’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and continue to improve.”The Buckeyes outscored the Falcons 42-0 during the second half of play, powered for much of the third quarter by Barrett and Samuel.Tossing his sixth touchdown, Barrett set a new OSU record for touchdowns responsible for with seven. After the impressive showing, Barrett bowed out for redshirt freshman Joe Burrow.OSU finished the day with 776 total yards. This total surpassed the previous record of 718, set against Mount Union in 1930.The OSU defense surrendered just 244 total yards to Bowling Green. A question mark for much of the spring, the Silver Bullets stifled much of the Falcons offense, not allowing a single offensive touchdown all afternoon.Redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker proved his worth as the starting safety for the Buckeyes. An acrobatic interception deep in Bowling Green territory and an over-the-shoulder pick on a deep pass set up a pair of touchdowns for OSU.The defense of the Buckeyes took a shot, however, as redshirt junior defensive tackle Tracy Sprinkle sustained a knee injury early in the game. He did not return to the game.“We have the best defensive lineman coach in the country in Larry Johnson,” OSU defensive coordinator Greg Schiano said. “He’s had experience with situations like this. We’re all going to pitch in and work through it and find a solution.”Burrow and fellow freshman Demario McCall both scored their first career touchdowns on a 36-yard reception by McCall. Following the trend of firsts, freshman defensive end Nick Bosa picked up his first career sack near the beginning of the fourth corner.The Scarlet and Gray will look to keep the momentum entering next Saturday when the Buckeyes are scheduled to face Tulsa at noon in Ohio Stadium. This story has been amended with quotes following a press conference after the game. read more

Womens Soccer Ohio State set to face Morehead State and Notre Dame

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Ohio State freshman forward Lexxe Lipsey battles for possession during the second half of the Buckeyes’ 7-0 win against Illinois at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium on Sept. 14. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorThe Ohio State women’s soccer team will host Morehead State at 7 p.m. Thursday, then will travel to Indiana to take on Notre Dame at 1 p.m. on Sunday.Ohio State is coming off a win against Florida and a canceled home-opening match against the Duquesne Dukes because of weather, leaving the Buckeyes’ overall record 1-2-0 on the year.Leading the team to a 1-0 victory against No. 5 Florida, freshman forward Kayla Fischer was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, as well as co-freshman of the week. Fischer is the first Ohio State player to be named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week since Sammy Edwards in Oct. 2017. Fischer shares her first freshman of the week honor with Northwestern goalkeeper Mackenzie Wood.Last week, Fischer scored Ohio State’s first goal of the season against the Gators, becoming the first freshman since Lisa Collison in 2005 to score the first goal of the season for the Buckeyes. Morehead State is coming off three consecutive losses falling to Pittsburgh, Kentucky and Ball State, resulting in a 1-3 overall record.After winning the first three games of the season and falling to Butler in its most recent match, Notre Dame will play Ohio State at Alumni Stadium on Sept. 2. Last season, the Buckeyes defeated the Leprechauns 2-1, winning in a double-overtime showdown in Columbus. read more

Were like soap opera stars in a way Inside an Irish wrestling

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first_imgMy family weren’t happy initially. But they get used to it.Craig is a little older and has been here for about three years. He says that the whole thing is an “incredible adrenaline buzz”.This community in Ireland is small, but has created waves worldwide. A world champion was bred in facilities just like this, in fact.So here, on a bitterly cold Thursday night in a dark industrial estate, a group of students and men with day jobs are learning how to fall, flip and fight in the hopes of becoming a professional wrestler.Learning to fallFirst things first, this is the ring in Main Stage Wrestling’s academy:It is metal topped with plywood topped with about half a gym mat. Yes, the results of the shows are scripted, but falling on it is not pretty and can frequently hurt. As Karl Byrne found out in a training match.This why trainer Lee O’Brien (who wrestles under the ring name Lee Lightning) opens a training session by teaching the rookies how to take a bump (fall) and then sell it (make it look real).Main Stage Wrestling has been running shows across Ireland for the last number of years. They train their own wrestlers and hold shows in GAA halls, community centres and theatres the length and breadth of the country.Occasionally, they will bring US superstars over, with former WWE (if you haven’t watched wrestling in a long time, that’s what WWF is now called) wrestler Chris Masters on the bill for their show at Good Counsel GAA in Drimnagh on 20 April.The Great WhiteWhat nearly everyone in the gym, and the wider Irish wrestling scene, aspires to is competing in America or Japan. In the US, and much of the world, WWE is the undisputed top dog.WWE is a publicly-traded $3.3 billion company that just happens to have an Irish former IT manager as one of its biggest stars.Stephen Farrelly is best known as Sheamus. The Cabra man spent two years in the school of Irish Whip Wrestling, before heading to WWE on a development contract in 2006. Since making his TV debut in 2009, he has been a consistent presence at the top of the company, winning the world title three times, including an 18-second title win in front of 78,000 people at Wrestlemania 28.(WWE/YouTube)WWE has also signed up Bray’s own Fergal ‘Prince’ Devitt, who spent a number of years as one of the top “gaijin” (foreign wrestlers) in Japan. He is expected to make his debut in the coming weeks.Main Stage is not alien to WWE, either.Former MSW wrestler Omen, real name Joe Cabray, was until recently a member of the organisation, having received a developmental deal based on his work in Ireland.Karl admits that the impact of Sheamus and Devitt is an inspiration.When you see people from your own country, who have been in the same situation as you, at the top of the business it’s definitely inspiring.“It’s all fake”Pro-wrestling, or more specifically pro wrestlers, have long battled to overcome a stigma that is attached to the industry.It’s not technically a sport, because the outcomes are decided by bookers and writers, but it is certainly not an un-athletic endeavour. Most of the trainees here, some of whom have wrestled on shows, some who are nearing readiness for that, put in six hours training a week, on top of an average of four gym sessions.Matches generally last between eight and 20 minutes, but the constant punishment and explosive nature of the impact means that fitness and muscle strength are key.Many people, however, deride the sport as fake, which can anger the wrestlers.“It’s a ring that is metal with plywood and thin padding on it, no matter how you fall on it, it hurts,” says Karl McSherry.Karl Byrne says it’s something he has encountered.“I’ve had people say it’s fake, but then they see you after you’ve had a concussion or your knee swollen up.”Craig concurs:“It definitely feels real when you take a bump!”.What makes a Mankind?So is wrestling a gymnastic pursuit? Is it acting? Athletics?Trainer Lee O’Brien says it’s a mixture.“I’d said it’s athletics and entertainment. We wouldn’t be a UFC style star.“We’re more of a soap opera star in a way. We’re telling a story, we’re actors. The story we’re telling are the same story you see everywhere; good versus evil, but we do it in a more dramatic way.”And what makes a good match? The answer is spots, wrestling shorthand for sequences or tropes that are aimed at increasing the interest of the crowd. As O’Brien explains.In the end, it’s all about entertaining crowds and, of course, getting the three count.Videos by Daragh Brophy/TheJournal VideoRead: Sheamus and WWE pay tribute to Brian O’Driscoll ON ANY GIVEN weeknight, or Saturday, if you head to the Jamestown Industrial Estate, beyond a number of blue metal warehouses and up the stairs in a gym, you will find a group of young men, and some women, taking part in an odd past time.“For the most part, people are taken aback by it,” says Karl Byrne, a college student in his early 20s. He’s been here five years, so he knows well that revealing his night time pursuit can come with mixed results.last_img read more

Youd need a Christmas holiday to complete this cardboard Gundam

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first_imgThere are many ways to enjoy Gundam. You can sit back and watch the countless anime series depicting the giant robots, play the latest Gundam game, or go out and buy some of the merchandise. If you want to get a bit more involved you can buy the model kits, construct and paint them. Still not enough for you? Then how about creating your very own large-scale Gundam out of cardboard?We don’t believe there are any instructions for creating the figure you see below. It just takes an intimate knowledge of the mech, a lot of cardboard, a very sharp knife, and a lot of time. I bet this took a few solid days to plan, then there’s the cutting time, and finally the glueing. It’s got to be a few weeks worth of work.AdChoices广告The end result is truly epic, and the creator should be commended for getting this so perfect. The two-color cardboard scheme really works and you don’t need to add color. Although, if you did, and did it well, you could end up with something looking even better. I’m not sure you can get the metallic paint effect on cardboard easily, though.Read more at Geeks are Sexylast_img read more

The Rosary is a weapon New documentary reveals how a CIAfunded Irish

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first_img Fr Patrick Peyton Image: Esras Films Wednesday 20 Mar 2019, 6:20 AM Mar 20th 2019, 6:21 AM By Stephen McDermott 19,605 Views A MAYO PRIEST whose promotion of the Rosary was secretly funded by the CIA to fight against Communism is the subject of a documentary to be shown on RTÉ One this week.Fr Patrick Peyton, who was born in Attymass near Ballina, built a huge media presence in the US during the 1940s with his famous slogan “the family that prays together stays together”.His story will be told in a new documentary narrated by Martin Sheen, ‘Guns and Rosaries’, which claims that the South American leg of his ‘Recite the Rosary’ crusade in the 1950s was funded by the Central Intelligence Agency.Peyton, who emigrated to the US at the age of 19, contracted tuberculosis while studying for the priesthood in the 1930s, but made a full, unexpected recovery after turning to prayer on his sickbed.After being ordained in 1941, he began the Family Rosary Crusade, a movement which aimed to get 10 million families to commit to praying the Rosary.Peyton built up a huge following during the 1940s after popularising the slogan “the family that prays together stays together”, and grew his presence on radio, TV and in Hollywood.His growing influence soon inspired him to bring the Family Rosary Crusade on the road, and he created an international stadium tour that attracted millions of people across the world.His efforts eventually came to the attention of the CIA, which the documentary claims secretly funded his crusade as a weapon of devotion to fight Communism during the Cold War.“The Rosary is the offensive weapon that will destroy Communism — the great evil that seeks to destroy the faith,” Peyton once said in a radio broadcast, conscious of the political nature of his crusade.In 1959, the CIA started to secretly fund Fr Peyton’s Crusade, paying for advertising, promotion and events, with Brazil a particular focus of the strategy.“I consider the Crusades in Latin America throughout the decade of the sixties as the most significant and the most effective,” Peyton said.However, his superiors were not pleased by the secret funding, and the matter was brought to the attention of the Vatican before Pope Paul VI ordered Peyton to stop.As time went on, Peyton’s message became less powerful, and his influence declined before his death in 1992 at the age of 83, but in 2017, Pope Francis moved him closer to sainthood by naming him as ‘Venerable’.Among those to pay tribute to him in the documentary are former MEP Dana Rosemary Scallon, actor Bob Newhard, and author James O’Toole.Newhart, one of the last Hollywood actors to work with Peyton, succinctly summed up the Mayo-born priest’s character.He said: “Everybody knew who he was… and what he was selling.” Guns and Rosaries airs on RTÉ One on Thursday at 10.15 pm Short URL Share26 Tweet Email4 27 Comments Image: Esras Films Fr Patrick Peyton https://jrnl.ie/4550067 ‘The Rosary is a weapon’: New documentary reveals how a CIA-funded Irish priest fought Communism Fr Patrick Peyton taught Americans to recite the Rosary from the 1940s onwards. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Junior Seaus family settles with NFL over wrongful death lawsuit

Junior Seaus family settles with NFL over wrongful death lawsuit

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first_img KUSI Newsroom, October 5, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Updated: 2:31 PM Junior Seau’s family settles with NFL over wrongful death lawsuitcenter_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The family of former San Diego Chargers great Junior Seau  announced Friday that it has reached a confidential settlement in its litigation against the NFL, which alleged that the Pro Football Hall of Famer took his own life at the age of 43 because of brain injuries sustained during his tenure with the league.Lawyers for the Seau family filed a notice in federal court to dismiss their case against the National Football League.Attorney Steve Strauss of the Cooley law firm confirmed the Seau family had settled the case. No details were released.“It was an honor for Cooley to represent the Seau children in this litigation,” Strauss said in a statement. “Throughout this process, they have demonstrated the same spirit and commitment that their father Junior modeled during his incredible life and NFL career. We know he would have been proud of them.”A post-mortem study of Seau’s brain concluded he had suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a condition caused by repetitive brain trauma.In 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit approved a settlement between the NFL and a class of 5,000 former players over brain injuries, but the Seau family opted out in order to pursue their individual action against the NFL and recover for the children’s unique wrongful death claims.In its wrongful death suit, the Seau family accused the NFL of negligence and said Seau had suffered from symptoms of brain injury caused by repetitive, traumatic head injuries as an NFL player.Seau, of Oceanside, played 20 years in the NFL, including 13 with the Chargers. He retired in 2009.Junior Seau played football at Oceanside High School and the University of Southern California.In May 2012, he shot himself at his Oceanside home. In 2015, he was posthumously inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a first-ballot selection. Categories: Local San Diego News, Sports Tags: Chargers, Junior Seau FacebookTwitter Posted: October 5, 2018last_img read more

Unit4 promotes Dodman

Unit4 promotes Dodman

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first_imgSoftware organisation Unit4 has promoted Lisa Dodman from global HR vice president to chief people officer.Dodman has 25 years of experience working within generalist HR roles globally and has spent the past 18 years specifically employed in software industry. In particular, she focuses on talent enablement.Dodman joined Unit4 in 2015; since then she has impacted change in the organisation’s approach to millennial hiring and engagement, as well as helped to influence positive change across people practices in the UK and Ireland, continental Europe and Eastern Europe.Previously, Dodman was employed as HR director, UK, Ireland, Middle East, Africa and Russia at Infor, UK HR manager and lead business partner at Siemens, HR manager at Business Agility and senior HR advisor at Aeroflex.last_img read more

Struggles for equality in the LGBTQ community

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first_imgAlaska Pridefest week runs from June 18th to the 25th and is an opportunity to celebrate and support diversity in the broadest sense, mixing fun with education about the triumphs and ongoing struggles for equality for LGBTQ citizens. This year’s event will also be a time of somber reflection after the Orlando massacre. We’ll discuss pride week, respect and safety on the next Talk of Alaska.The PrideFest 2016 logo. (Courtesy Identity, Inc.)Download AudioHOST: Lori TownsendGUESTS:Drew Phoenix – Ex Director of Identity Inc.Reverend Matt Shultz – Christians for EqualityStatewide callersParticipate:Call 550-8422 (Anchorage) or 1-800-478-8255 (statewide) during the live broadcastPost your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send email to talk [at] alaskapublic [dot] org (comments may be read on air)LIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by email, RSS or podcast.last_img read more

A simple door has already ruined The Division

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first_imgI booted up The Division after it went live at midnight. After going through a bit of a tutorial, I was tasked with going to a safe house to get my first official assignment. Upon arriving at my destination and locating the door I had to enter, I was blocked by another player who was trying to leave the room. I politely stepped out of his way so that we both could pass. Seemed like the right thing to do, right? Well, there are other players who aren’t as courteous as I am and are using this passageway as a simple griefing tactic to prevent players from progressing in the game.Since this door is the only way in or out of the Brooklyn safe house, some have decided that it would be fun to block other players from leaving or entering by standing right in front of the door. This isn’t one of the most legendary griefings in video games, but its simplicity is hilarious.The video below (as well as the featured image above) comes to us from Eurogamer, who heard about this and wanted to try it out for themselves.As you can see, they are able to keep players from both entering and leaving the room, sometimes sprinkled with some antagonistic emotes. However, as you can also see from the video, victims of this prank can get through by running in place for a while, which will then make them phase through the person blocking the door.Today’s lesson? Don’t be a jerk by blocking the Brooklyn safe house door in The Division. Let your fellow gamers pass, please.last_img read more

Contact Lens Prototype Zooms in When You Blink Twice

Contact Lens Prototype Zooms in When You Blink Twice

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first_img If you wear contact lenses, but would love for them to be more useful, your wish may come true in a few years. Researchers have created a new lens that can zoom in when you blink your eye twice.As CNET reports, researchers at the University of California San Diego developed a soft biometric lens that can detect electrooculographic signals. Our eyes generate these signals when moving, be that the eye moving in all directions within its socket or the simple act of blinking. It’s also possible to differentiate between the type of movement detected and the number of blinks.The new lens is set up to detect a double blink and respond by changing its focal point between two states: normal and zoomed in. It means blinking twice would allow wearers to focus in on small text they otherwise would struggle to see, for example. Another couple of blinks and they return to their more natural state of vision.Wearing such lenses could easily backfire if you accidentally blink twice without meaning to, which would be especially dangerous while driving or doing some other task that requires focus. However, it’s useful and wearers would soon learn to control the lenses with blinks (and quickly revert them back to normal vision if necessary). It’s also important to point out the lens works regardless of whether the eye can see or not because it’s purely triggered by movement signals.There’s no word on when these lenses will be available to use; it could be several years. The research team talks about using them in remotely operated robotics, so that sounds likely to be the first use case followed by adjustable glasses, visual prosthesis, and even an artificial eye eventually. 2 min read July 30, 2019 Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. This story originally appeared on PCMaglast_img read more

WTM London to help hotels profit from upmarket family travel

WTM London to help hotels profit from upmarket family travel

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first_imgWorld Travel Market London 2015, the leading global event for the travel industry, has linked up with Worldwide Kids Company to host a seminar giving hotels and resorts detailed advice on how to appeal to high-spending families.Family travel is one of the staples of the industry with a truly global reach. The market is not only growing but also evolving. The seminar will looks at how it is changing and what hotels and resorts can do to take advantage of the opportunities.The seminar is hosted by the Worldwide Kids Company, a childcare consultancy for hotels and resorts which has been in operation for thirty years. Its services range from health and safety audits, providing registered childcare, sourcing equipment and design.Its senior consultant and founder Kate Dicker will host the seminar, with director Richard Liddle one of the panellists.The other confirmed speakers at the session reflect the variety of brands and destinations which are active in the market while the seniority of the participants indicates the organisational importance of family travel.Speakers include:> David Thompson, Chief Operating Officer for JA Hotels & Resorts, a Dubai-based hotel and leisure management company> Amanda Hills, Founder and CEO of PR agency Hills Balfour on behalf of its client Westin Costa Navarino in Greece> Lyle Lewis, General Manager of the Conrad Rangali Island in the Maldives> Remko Werkhoven, General Manager of the Doubletree by Hilton Resort & Spa Marjan Island in the UAE> Julian Houchin, Commercial Director of the Sun Gardens Resort and Spa in Dubrovnik, Croatia> Andreas Birner, Managing Director of INOVA Hospitality ManagementThe session will share best-practice examples of how to deliver an exceptional family holiday experience. Case studies will highlight how investment in the luxury family product can generate significantly higher revenues for hotels and resorts.World Travel Market, Senior Director, Simon Press said, “Family travel is an established part of the travel industry and is changing in response to wider shifts in society at large. Hotels and resorts at the top end of the market need to be aware of this so they can offer an exceptional experience to families. This seminar will provide practical guidance, insight and advice from the market leaders.”last_img read more

Carnival SplendorspecialsSydney

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first_imgCarnival SplendorspecialsSydney Your clients can be among the first to experience Carnival Splendor’s new features, in a once-in-a-life-time cruise from Singapore to Sydney departing on 25 November 2019.Following her three-week refurbishment, Splendor is ready to show off her new makeover on this 15-night cruise around Asia and Australia, sailing from Singapore to Benoa (Bali), Komodo, Darwin, Airlie Beach and Moreton Island before arriving in her new homeport of Sydney.Guests can be the first to try the brand-new, jaw-dropping green and gold waterpark, a bigger and better island-inspired Red Frog Pub and an extra-spacious Adults Only Serenity™ Retreat, especially for those who like to relax and restore. Plus, they can feast on the perennial favourite Guy’s Burger Joint, by restaurateur and Food Network personality Guy Fieri or unwind in the ultimate relaxation of Cloud 9 Spa, already featured onboard Carnival Splendor, along with its pools, sports deck and more.Bring along your plus one and sail on Carnival Splendor, 25 November 2019 from Singapore to Sydney from only $1,349 per person, twin interior, PLUS book now to receive a FREE upgrade* to an ocean view guarantee cabin.T&Cs applyIMAGE: Bali Benoalast_img read more

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first_img Comments   Share   The annual “Red & White” practice will be held onSaturday, July 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:20 p.m., and willbe preceded by an outdoor full-team autograph session forkids 12 and under. The Cardinals will also have a night practice onWednesday, August 1, which will be held at LumberjackStadium on NAU’s campus. All other practices are expectedto be held on the grass fields adjacent to the WalkupSkydome, barring inclement weather.In total, the team will conduct 21 practices in Flagstaff. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away The Arizona Cardinals have announced the dates for their2012 training camp, which will once again be held atNorthern Arizona University in Flagstaff.The team will report to the college campus on July 24,with practices beginning the following afternoon. The Cardinals will be away from Flagstaff the week ofAugust 5, when they play two preseason games in five days.They’ll spend that week practicing with the Chiefs inKansas City. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Wednesday, 7/25/12: 3:05-5:00 PMThursday, 7/26/12: 9:00-10:15 AM (walk-through),3:15-5:00 PMFriday, 7/27/12: 9:00-10:15 AM (walk-through), 3:15-5:00PMSaturday, 7/28/12: 11:30 AM-1:20 PM (Red and WhitePractice)Monday, 7/30/12: 9:00-10:15 AM (walk-through),3:15-5:00 PMTuesday, 7/31/12: 3:15-5:15 PMWednesday, 8/1/12: 9:00-10:15 AM (walk-through),7:15-9:15 PM (Lumberjack Stadium)Thursday, 8/2/12: 3:15-5:15 PMFriday, 8/3/12: 9:00-11:00 AMTrip to Canton, OH for Hall of Fame Game & Kansas City forChiefs gameMonday, 8/13/12: 9:00-10:15 AM (walk-through),3:15-5:00 PMTuesday, 8/14/12: 3:15-5:15 PMWednesday, 8/15/12: 9:00-10:15 AM (walk-through),3:15-5:00 PMMonday, 8/20/12: 9:00-10:15 AM (walk-through),3:15-5:00 PMTuesday, 8/21/12: 8:45-10:20 AM Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Top Stories last_img read more

Nigerian debut novelist among finalists for Women

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first_imgNigerian debut novelist among finalists for Women’s Prize by The Associated Press Posted Apr 29, 2019 10:02 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Oct. 16, 2018 file photo, author Anna Burns smiles after being presented with the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2018 for “Milkman,” during the prize’s 50th year at the Guildhall in London. Nigerian debut novelist Oyinkan Braithwaite and U.K. Booker Prize winner Anna Burns are among six finalists for the international Women’s Prize for Fiction. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File) LONDON — Nigerian debut novelist Oyinkan Braithwaite and U.K. Booker Prize winner Anna Burns are among six finalists for the international Women’s Prize for Fiction.Braithwaite is nominated for her darkly comic sibling story “My Sister, the Serial Killer,” and Burns for “Milkman,” set during Northern Ireland’s Troubles.The list announced Monday includes two novels inspired by ancient Greek epics: “The Silence of the Girls” by Britain’s Pat Barker and “Circe” by U.S. author Madeline Miller.Also nominated are two novels of family dramas and traumas: “Ordinary People” by Britain’s Diana Evans and “An American Marriage” by U.S. author Tayari Jones.Founded in 1996, the 30,000 pound ($39,000) prize is open to female English-language writers from around the world.The winner will be announced June 5 in London.The Associated Presslast_img read more