2013 Defence Nationals Results

first_imgIt was a sunny day for the finals of the Australian Defence Force Touch Association (ADFTA) Nationals held in Newcastle.The 21 teams competing in the 2013 instalment of the ADFTA Nationals can now enjoy a well-deserved rest, after four days of competition between the seven Constituent Bodies.In the Men’s 40’s division, ACT Country, led by their captain and Australian representative John Samin, took out the trophy in the final, 7 – 3, against South Queensland.The Men’s 30’s division saw ACT Country winning again, 6 – 2, against North Queensland.The South Queensland Women’s Open won with class, 8 – 2, against their neighbours from North Queensland.The Men’s Open was again an all-Queensland affair, with South Queensland taking the Grand Final Trophy for the third year in a row, despite a great opposition from a strong North Queensland side, 10 – 7.The referees of the Men’s Open Grand Final were Brenton Turner, Craig McKee and Paul Edmonton.South Queensland was awarded the Champions Shield, and ACT Country most improved Constituent Body. Full results are available on the ADFTA website – http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-6027-0-0-0&sID=83287.Congratulations to all participants. The ADFTA is now looking forward to the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League to compete against the best teams across the country.Related LinksDefence Nationalslast_img read more

Photos Reveal The Scene At The Urban Meyer Board Of Trustees Meeting

first_imgA closeup of Urban Meyer wearing an Ohio State jacket.GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 31: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on against the Clemson Tigers during the 2016 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 31, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)Urban Meyer should learn his status as the head coach of Ohio State’s football program at some point within the next couple of hours. The Buckeyes’ Board of Trustees meeting is taking place at 9 a.m. E.T.The meeting, which is open to the public, will quickly break off into an “executive session” that will take place behind closed doors.There’s quite a crowd for this morning’s meeting, unsurprisingly. There are dozens of media members inside the building, awaiting word on a decision.There are live streams for those who want to watch:HAPPENING SOON | The media is ready as Ohio State trustees will meet at 9 a.m. to deliberate on #UrbanMeyer’s coaching future. We are streaming live coverage HERE: https://t.co/1JalV0LgFQ pic.twitter.com/nTgFgXj108— WKYC Channel 3 News (@wkyc) August 22, 2018Here are some photos that reveal what the scene is like for this morning’s meeting:Scene at the Ohio State Board of Trustees meeting, which will discuss Urban Meyer’s fate. Board will break from here to executive session. There’s no timetable on when a final decision will come from President Michael Drake. (Essentially this is a dramatic photo op). pic.twitter.com/aoWzfBXNC0— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) August 22, 2018Former chair of the SEC Mary Jo White, who led the investigation into Urban Meyer. pic.twitter.com/E2WzHd9lNv— Kyle Rowland (@KyleRowland) August 22, 2018The Board of Trustees has already moved into its executive session to “discuss the employment, compensation and discipline of public officials.”Board of Trustees has already moved to executive session “to discuss the employment, compensation and discipline of public officials.”— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) August 22, 2018Stay tuned.last_img read more

ESPN Names Team Most-Likely To Beat Clemson In 2019

first_imgclemson head coach dabo swinney celebrates during national titleSANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers looks on during warm ups prior to the CFP National Championship against the Alabama Crimson Tide presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)The last few years under Dabo Swinney have been remarkably good for the Clemson Tigers. Since 2015, Clemson has lost only two regular season games. But ESPN seems to think that one team on the Tigers’ 2019 schedule could give them a run for their money.According to ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI), Clemson’s September 7 home game against Texas A&M is the hardest game on the schedule. The Aggies finished with a 9-4 ranking and were No. 16 in the final standings last season.The game will also continue the coaching rivalry between Swinney and Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher, who previously served as head coach of the Florida State Seminoles. Under Fisher’s guidance, FSU beat Clemson in three straight games from 2012 to 2014.Last year, Fisher and Swinney faced off at Kyle Field, but Swinney got the better of the matchup with a 28-26 win that came down to a failed two-point conversion attempt. Beating the Tigers at Memorial Stadium is a tough ask though, even for a team as talented and well-coached as Texas A&M.Clemson has lost only once at home since 2014 – a 43-42 loss to Pitt in 2016.Prior to that loss in 2016, Jimbo Fisher’s FSU was the last team to beat the Tigers at Memorial Stadium – a 51-14 blowout win in 2013.last_img read more

Joel Klatt Names Ohio State The Best Team In College Football Right Now

first_imgJoel Klatt speaks during a Fox Sports event.BEVERLY HILLS, CA – AUGUST 07: Reggie Bush, Joel Klatt and Kevin Burkhardt of Fox Sports speak during the Fox segment of the 2019 Summer TCA Press Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 7, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images) *** Reggie Bush; Joel Klatt; Kevin BurkhardtThere’s no question No. 5 Ohio State is one of the best teams in the country. The Buckeyes’ ranking in the AP poll certainly validates that. But they’re also passing the eye test each and every week. Is OSU on track to reach the College Football Playoff this season?Several nationally recognized analysts are loving what they’re seeing from Ohio State. But no national analyst loves OSU more than Fox Sports’ Joel Klatt.He thinks the Buckeyes are the best team in the nation right now — better than teams like Alabama, Clemson and LSU.In fact, Klatt says Ohio State “does not have a weakness right now.” “@OhioStateFB does not have a weakness right now.”@JoelKlatt puts the Buckeyes at No. 1 in his Top 10 rankings. 👀💪 pic.twitter.com/NR0eDl2v88— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) September 26, 2019Do the Buckeyes really have no weaknesses? Through four games, they’re playing phenomenally on both sides of the ball. But Ohio State has yet to play a top-ranked team. Its biggest test so far will come on Saturday versus Nebraska.Then, later in the season, the Buckeyes will host No. 8 Wisconsin. Klatt believes that pivotal Big Ten contest will be the biggest game of the year — even bigger than Alabama-LSU.If Ohio State can play against top-ranked teams like its played so far this season, there’s no question they’re one of the best teams in the nation. But as of right now, the Buckeyes still have much to prove.Do you agree with Klatt’s top 10 ranking? Is Ohio State really the best team in the nation right now?last_img read more

India vs New Zealand: Mithali Raj’s India look to seal ODI series vs White Ferns

first_img India Today Web Desk Mount MaunganuiJanuary 28, 2019UPDATED: January 28, 2019 18:41 IST India can clinch the 3-match ODI series with a wining the 2nd ODI (@BCCIWomen Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia can clinch the 3-match ODI series with a win in the third ODI on TuesdayIndia will look to improve their position to fourth in the ICC championship tableIndia will also have the chance to avenge the loss in their home seriesMithali Raj & Co. will look for a win in the second one-day international in Mount Maunganui when they face New Zealand to consolidate their position in the ICC women’s championship table and seal the three-match ODI series.India made a confident start to the series with a commanding win in the first match in Napier, which is part of the ICC Women’s Championship series, thrashing New Zealand by nine wickets.Ahead of the series, Indian women’s cricket had found itself in the middle of a furore when ODI skipper Mithali Raj and then coach Ramesh Powar had a fallout during the semifinal of the T20 World Cup in West Indies.It eventually led to the exit of Powar and appointment of WV Raman as head coach.Under Raman, the Indian team dished out a dominating performance, outclassing the hosts in all three departments in the series-opener.The spin trio of Ekta Bisht (3/32), Poonam Yadav (3/42) and Deepti Sharma (2/27) resistricted the New Zealand batswomen to 192 in 48.4 overs before openers Smriti Mandhana and Jemimah Rodrigues steered the side home with a 190-run stand — India’s third-best for the first wicket in ODIs.Mandhana played a starring role, hitting her fourth ODI century as India overhauled the target in 33 overs to improve their position to fourth in the ICC championship table, which will determine qualifiers for the 2021 World Cup.A win in the second ODI will seal the series and be a fitting revenge for the Indian team, which had lost the home leg of the ICC Women’s Championship series 1-2 to New Zealand during the last cycle that ran from 2014-2016.advertisementNew Zealand, on the other hand, are ranked second in the ICC Women’s Championship table and are guaranteed direct entry into the 50-over World Cup being the hosts.In the first ODI, the Kiwis have looked clueless against India, a team that ended the hosts’ hope of qualifying for the knockouts at the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 and the Women’s World T20 last year.Time to net #NZvIND #cricketnation #culturescombined pic.twitter.com/hfpy3d02QgWHITE FERNS (@WHITE_FERNS) January 27, 2019New Zealand’s batting was in disarray in the opening match with most batswomen failing to capitalise on starts.Opener Suzie Bates (36) and skipper Amy Satterthwaite (31) were the top-scorers for New Zealand in the first match and they would hope to convert these starts in the second ODI.”We need to keep backing our abilities and play with more confidence. It is a bit of a mental challenge for us to step up against India,” skipper Satterthwaite had said after the first ODI.”Not relying on a couple of players, whole batting order needs to contribute. Also need to back all our bowlers to execute.”Squads: India: Mithali Raj (capt), Tanya Bhatia (wk), Ekta Bisht, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Jhulan Goswami, Dayalan Hemlatha, Mansi Joshi, Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, Mona Meshram, Shikha Pandey, Punam Raut, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Poonam Yadav.New Zealand: Amy Satterthwaite (capt), Suzie Bates, Bernadine Bezuidenhout (wk), Sophie Devine, Lauren Down, Maddy Green, Holly Huddleston, Leigh Kasperek, Amelia Kerr, Katie Perkins, Anna Peterson, Hannah Rowe, Lea Tahuhu.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow India vs New ZealandFollow Mithali RajFollow Harmanpreet KaurFollow Smriti MandhanaFollow Jemimah RodriguesFollow Smriit MandhanaFollow 2nd India vs New Zealand: Mithali Raj’s India look to seal ODI series vs White FernsIndia vs New Zealand: India will look to improve their position to fourth in the ICC championship table and avenge the loss in their home seriesadvertisementlast_img read more

Jose Cuervo and Fender Team Up to Create Special Edition Agave Guitar

first_img Music and booze are pretty much meant to be together.  Just ask any rock star. Or blues man. Or country singer. Or…well, you get the point. Jose Cuervo and Fender took the idea and ran with it, teaming up to create a Fender Stratocaster that is pretty much made from booze.Utilizing the agave plant—what tequila is made from—Fender Custom Shop Master Builder Paul Waller spent nearly thirty hours crafting the Fender Agave Stratocaster. On top of that, there was another five days of agave stalk harvesting and guitar sealing book-ending those thirty hours.Everything that is usually made from wood on a guitar was replaced with agave (the body, twenty-one fret neck, and fingerboard) for this special release. The rest of the classic-styled ax is made from Fender hardware and features a custom-engraved neck plate (with a Jose Cuervo inscription), hand-wound Fat 50s neck, and RWRP middle and bridge pickups. Smart Practices for Drinking With the Environment in Mind Maestro Dobel Diamante Blends 3 Tequilas Into One Previous Editors’ Recommendations This isn’t the first time that Jose Cuervo has used agave in ways other than making tequila. Since 1998, they’ve partnered with a variety of companies to produce agave products, including working with Ford to produce sustainable agave products and working with pro big wave surfer Gary Linden to create a surfboard made completely from agave. Linden, who has worked with agave for decades, traveled with Waller to Tequila, Mexico to help him first learn about, and then harvest the agave that would eventually become the Agave Stratocaster.Not only was the special edition Strat crafted to help forward Jose Cuervo’s mission of finding more sustainable uses for agave, but it also helps mark the thirtieth anniversary of the Fender Custom Shop, which has crafted guitars who dozens of stars, from Robert Cray to Eric Clapton.The lucky recipients of this guitar were the band Young the Giant, who’ve worked with Fender since just after the release of their self-titled first album.On getting to play the agave guitar, Young The Giant guitarist Jacob Tilley said, “The agave drastically changes the Strat’s attributes. It’s feather light. The spanky attack with a quick release was challenging at first. I had to approach everything with grace.” 10 Top Shelf Vodka Brands that are Actually Worth a Damn Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Next 1 of 10 Mezcal Unión Takes a People-First Approach to Making Spirits last_img read more

Our youth are crying out for help child advocate in Saskatchewan releases

first_imgLarissa Burnouf APTN News Saskatchewan’s child advocate spoke to 256 young Indigenous people over the course of a year to come up with a report released this week.Corey O’soup said that young people in the province are “crying out for help” and that the government should listen to First Nation and leadership to help curb the problem.O’soup launched an investigation after the deaths of six First Nations girls in northern Saskatchewan last year.lburnouf@aptn.calast_img

Heres a quick glance at unemployment rates for November by province

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada’s national unemployment rate was 5.6 per cent in November. Here are the jobless rates last month by province (numbers from the previous month in brackets):— Newfoundland and Labrador 12.2 per cent (12.7)— Prince Edward Island 8.5 (7.2)— Nova Scotia 7.0 (7.7)— New Brunswick 7.9 (7.2)— Quebec 5.4 (5.2)— Ontario 5.6 (5.6)— Manitoba 5.7 (6.1)— Saskatchewan 5.5 (6.2)— Alberta 6.3 (7.3)— British Columbia 4.4 (4.1)The Canadian Presslast_img

DK’s career-best 97* propels KKR to 175/6

first_imgKolkata: Under-fire skipper Dinesh Karthik silenced his critics with a career-best 97 not out as Kolkata Knight Riders recovered from an atrocious start to post a competitive 175 for six against Rajasthan Royals in their must-win IPL fixture here on Thursday. Under pressure to perform after a string of five straight defeats, the World Cup-bound Karthik promoted himself to No. 4, shrugging off criticism, and smashed nine sixes and seven fours in his 50-ball unbeaten knock, as KKR hit top gear in the back end of the innings, scoring 126 from the last 10 overs and 75 off the last five overs. On a day their impact player Andre Russell looked lacklustre in his run-a-ball 14, in which he was dropped twice, it was a one-man show from Karthik who went berserk against the likes of Jaydev Unadkat and Shreyas Gopal. Karthik seized the momentum in the 11th over when he hit Shreyas Gopal for a six followed by three boundaries in an over that yielded 25 runs and KKR did not look back since then. Karthik completed his fifty from 35 balls and smashed Jofra Archer for successive sixes in the penultimate over before bettering his previous best of 86 when he went berserk against Unadkat by hitting him for two sixes and one four in the final over. Unadkat conceded 50 runs for his one wicket and was the most expensive of the lot as he undid all the good work done by Varun Aaron (2/20) who had a fine new ball spell of 3-1-10-2. Put in to bat, KKR got off to an atrocious start to be 32/2 in powerplay overs against an all out pace attack from Rajasthan Royals. Playing his only second match this season, Aaron extracted pace and swing from the fast-paced Eden track and removed both the openers Chris Lynn (0) and Shubman Gill (14) cheaply. Aaron set up Lynn brilliantly with his first two balls before bowling a delivery that sharply came back as the Australian played it on to his stumps in a wicket-maiden first over. Then the talented Gill had no answer to negotiate an inswinger as he was completely beaten by pace to see the ball clip his bails. Archer capped a superb powerplay for Royals with another maiden as the dispirited KKR found themselves going nowhere and seemed to be losing the plot before skipper Karthik revived them at the back end of the innings. Brief scores: Kolkata Knight Riders 175/6 in 20 overs (Dinesh Karthik 97, Varun Aaron 2/20) vs Rajasthan Royals.last_img read more

Iraq despite security boost human rights situation still worrying says UN

Although the security situation continues to improve in Iraq, a range of human rights abuses continue to be perpetrated in the strife-torn nation, according to a new United Nations report.The second half of 2008, the period covered in the study, was marked by a further drop in the number of high-visibility mass casualty attacks by militias, insurgents and others, with the numbers of Iraqi civilians and soldiers killed reaching their lowest levels in October since 2003.“Nonetheless, the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) remains concerned about the overall human rights situation in Iraq since indiscriminate attacks remained a frequent occurrence,” the report noted.“The targeted killings of security forces, high ranking officials and civil servants, religious and political leaders, professional groups such as journalists, educators, medical doctors, judges and lawyers and other civilians continued at a high rate, as did criminal abductions for ransom.”Further, the reporting period saw attacks against minority leaders, as well as the uprooting of more than 12,000 Christians from the northern city of Mosul in October.Staffan de Mistura, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq, called on the Iraqi Government to seize the opportunity presented by the improved security situation.“This is an opportunity for Iraq to advance all aspects of the rule of law and human rights by introducing legal reforms, strengthening the judiciary, improving the conditions of detention and enabling access to justice,” he said.Gender-based violence continues to claim the lives of many women, and most of these cases are unreported, the new report said. “The sensitivity of Iraqi communities to issues concerning women is such that families are frequently not reporting to the authorities incidents of violence against women,” with the vast majority if women in Iraq facing at least one form of domestic violence on a regular basis, it added.“Violence against women in the Region of Kurdistan and the rest of Iraq remained one of the issues of serious concern as the pattern of the recorded incidents of suicide often points towards ‘honour’-related homicides,” the study, produced jointly by UNAMI and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), said.In the Kurdistan, it said that female genital mutilation (FGM) remains a tolerated practice.“The situation of Iraqi women is extremely difficult,” said High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. “Violent actions are taken against them on a daily basis and I urge the authorities to make it a priority to both improve legislation and law enforcement in order to protect them properly.” 29 April 2009Although the security situation continues to improve in Iraq, a range of human rights abuses continue to be perpetrated in the strife-torn nation, according to a new United Nations report. read more

Loblaw Q3 profit down from a year ago as tax court ruling

BRAMPTON, Ont. — Loblaw Companies Ltd. reported its third-quarter profit fell compared with a year ago as it was hit by a one-time charge related to a tax court ruling that it plans to appeal.The retailer says it earned a profit attributable to common shareholders of $106 million or 28 cents per share for the quarter ended Oct. 6.The quarter included a $367-million charge related to its former Barbadian banking subsidiary Glenhuron Bank Ltd. after a tax court ruling regarding Canada Revenue Agency’s reassessments. Loblaw has said it will appeal the decision.You’ll be paying more at the grocery store soon, supermarket CEOs warnCanada’s family-controlled businesses like Bombardier, Loblaw outperform TSX index: studyCanadians’ favourite credit card isn’t from one of the Big Six banks — it’s from a grocery chainThe result for the quarter compared with a profit of $883 million or $2.24 per share a year ago when its results were boosted by a gain of $432 million on the sale of its gas bar operations.Revenue totalled $14.45 billion, up from $14.19 billion.On an adjusted basis, Loblaw says it earned $562 million or $1.49 per share for its most recent quarter, up from an adjusted profit of $549 million or $1.39 per share a year ago. Analysts on average had expected a profit of $1.44 per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon. read more

Crude oil prices drops 15 on pipeline problems IMF caution on economy

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jan 23, 2013 5:06 pm MDT Crude oil prices drops 1.5% on pipeline problems, IMF caution on economy NEW YORK, N.Y. – The price of crude fell by the biggest amount of the year on Wednesday on reports that the amount of oil moving through a key pipeline to the Gulf Coast had been cut in half.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude dropped $1.45, or 1.5 per cent, to finish at US$95.23 per barrel in trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange, the first decline of more than one per cent since Dec. 21.Even before the price sank in the afternoon, traders were questioning whether recent gains in oil had run their course. As of Tuesday’s close, the price of oil had risen more than $10 a barrel since Dec. 13.One catalyst for the recent price increase has been the apparent strengthening of the global economy. But the International Monetary Fund dampened that optimism when it projected only modest global economic growth in 2013 while warning that “there remain considerable challenges ahead.”Some oil analysts raised the caution flag as well.“The approximate 12 per cent crude advance extending back to early December has priced in a very optimistic global economic view,” Jim Ritterbusch, president of energy consultancy Ritterbusch and Associates, said in a note to clients.The price of oil began to fall in the early afternoon after reports surfaced that the Seaway pipeline, which takes crude from Cushing, Okla., to the Gulf Coast, was constrained and could only work at about half its 400,000 barrel-per-day capacity, according to Andrew Lebow, an analyst at Jefferies Bache. That will likely mean growing supplies at Cushing, the trading hub for U.S. benchmark oil, and lower prices.“There’s a logjam down there,” Lebow said. “Inventories have the potential to build further and they are already at record highs.”Analysts were already forecasting that the U.S. government would report a two-million-barrel increase in oil supplies in its weekly update Thursday, according to Platts, a division of McGraw-Hill.Brent crude, used to price international varieties of oil, rose 38 cents to end at US$112.80 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.In other energy futures trading on Nymex, natural gas was flat at US$3.55 per 1,000 cubic feet, wholesale gasoline was unchanged at US$2.83 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres) and heating oil rose one cent to US$3.08 a gallon.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS.UN), (TSX:CVE) read more

Opinion Baby Gammys sad story shows how much Down syndrome still scares

first_imgRead: Parents ‘abandoned’ baby with Down syndrome born to surrogateRead: Mother was asked by the HSE if her son ‘still had Down syndrome’ TIME. YOU NEED TIME. Not only to get used to the idea that your child has what society calls “special needs” but also to not be too weighed down by your child’s slower development. Yes – your child may not walk before the age of four, may not speak before the age of seven, may not be potty trained before the age of 11, but it will happen. Someday, after months, if not years of waiting and hoping and praying and a just a little bit of “why us?” you will wake up and something will click and your child will have mastered something extraordinary.This week I was reminded of that thing called time by reports of an Australian couple who pursued an avenue of surrogacy in a foreign land, only to leave one of their babies behind. On discovering that the Thai woman they had chosen to act as surrogate had received a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome in one of the twins she was carrying, they reportedly requested her to pursue a termination. She refused and has now been left holding the baby – a little boy called Gammy, who has a congenital heart defect and a lung disorder – while the other twin, a healthy and non-special needs child, has been taken by the couple to live with them in Australia.I’m not here to judgeI don’t profess to know their circumstances. I’m not here to judge when I don’t know the full story, just what’s been reported in the news. I don’t believe them to be quite the monsters the mainstream media would have us believe. According to a 2012 report from the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, approximately 67-85% of babies with a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome are aborted. It’s an uncomfortable figure, but are these millions of other parents vilified for their decision? I think not.It’s an incredibly sad story for all involved. The fact is, though, that if the twins had been carried by their Australian mother, that baby may have been just another abortion figure and nobody would have batted an eyelid. Having a surrogacy involved makes the children look like some kind of commodity and makes the parents’ rejection of their boy seem like a refusal to purchase a defective item; seeing those terms being applied to children makes it appear so very wrong. But Down syndrome still scares a lot of people. It shouldn’t be that way but, unfortunately, it is and you need time to accept the situation.I firmly believe that this couple are guilty of not giving themselves enough time and of not allowing their minds to fully process the information. They saw trouble and strife ahead and a harder path to travel. But in truth, all parenting journeys, even those with “normal” children, are long and winding with their own dips and peaks.I was a shell of a womanI know what they felt because I felt it too. Shock, pain, disbelief. I felt as if the birth of my daughter born with Down syndrome was not something to be celebrated. She was born at 1.43am. Her diagnosis came approximately 20 minutes later. There were friends and family waiting for a text or Facebook update from me. They knew I had gone into labour and was at the hospital.I didn’t sleep for the rest of that night. In the morning I took a deep breath and sent the text I had always wanted to send but, deep down, didn’t feel to be true.Baby girl, born 1.43 am, 7 lbs 8 oz. Mammy and baby doing well.I didn’t believe all was well. How could it be? The future seemed so uncertain.I was a shell of a woman, in floods of tears, unable to move forward, paralysed in that very moment, unwilling to give myself time, unwilling to give my daughter time.But, of course, she won me over. And it really didn’t take long for my entire mindset to change. But I needed the time – to get to know her, to get to know myself as a new parent and find out what I was capable of. I think of these new parents now, halfway across the world, having left one of their children behind in a foreign land and I wish they could have seen that sad, shell of a woman just three years later. Chasing her daughter around the garden, laughing and whooping as this little girl went ducking and diving, running and jumping; filling the summer air with peals of jubilant giggles. The little girl is still in nappies, she still has few words, the potty training is more than a work in progress. There are days when I feel as if it will never happen.But then I remember all the other times I have waited. Waited for her to take her first steps, sign and then speak her first words, for that first glorious “mama” to trip forth from her cherub lips, for nursery rhymes to be learned and dance routines to be perfected, for every kiss, every cuddle stolen in the faint glow of dawn, while the rest of the world slumbers on. All of these wonderful things that have happened and I know there are so many more wonderful moments to come.It could all have been so differentOne day this couple may be chasing their daughter around the garden, and it will come to them in a flash – the feeling that something is not quite right and the spectre of her twin will hang over them. He is the boy who should be laughing along with them but who they have left behind. He might not have been as sure on his feet as his sister, or been as vocal as her, or understood as much as she but he should be there as the brother of their daughter; their son. And that grim thought will hurt far more than the decision to give him up. An “imperfect” ghost, he will haunt them for years to come. It could all have been so different, if they had just given him, and themselves some more time.And for us parents who chose the path less travelled, we will continue to enjoy the positive fallout from this story while showing the world the many varied things our kids with Down syndrome are capable of.Aedín Collins is an aspiring writer living in the West of Ireland with her partner and two small girls.She blogs about parenting, lifestyle and special needs at www.minisandmum.com.last_img read more

Have a Very Slayer Christmas

first_imgIt’s that time of year again! The colorful lights go up, the snow comes down, and there’s a bit of that indescribable magic in the air. Like most people, the first thing that comes to mind when I think of Christmas is the band Slayer. Yes, even that most evil of Satan-spawned thrash metal bands can’t help but get into the season’s spirit of giving and brotherhood.That’s why one enterprising lad choreographed the Christmas lights around his house to the music of the timeless holiday ditty “Raining Blood.”AdChoices广告This blast of yuletide fury was from 2009, and creator lacycute20 (who posted the video to his daughter’s YouTube account, so on the profile page it’s sharing space with a lot of Justin Bieber and Ke$ha videos) promises to have an all new choreography up for this year. But for now, enjoy the magical Christmas wrath.last_img read more

Smoking goes up in puff of smoke

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece’s health minister launched a promotional campaign last week to help introduce restrictions on smoking in public places as of July 1.Greek Health Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos said the nationwide campaign is targeted at safeguarding the nation’s health.Speaking at a special event of the “National Alliance Against Smoking”, where he presented the actions and measures taken by the ministry as part of a new anti-smoking campaign begun in collaboration with Harvard University, Avramopoulos said the measures would be a break with a “sinful past.” Avramopoulos stressed that 20,000 Greeks die a year of smoking-related diseases, which annually costs the national health system over 2.8 billion euro.“Our fellow citizens that are smokers will have the choice of smoking in their private homes or outdoors but we need them near us. We need an alliance with them because smokers themselves know better than non-smokers that their lives and the lives of their families are at risk because of their habit,” he noted.The minister cited a recent public survey suggesting that six in 10 Greek smokers support the campaign.The law says all offices, restaurants, cafes and other public places must designate areas for smokers and non-smokers. Managers that fail to respect the law will face fines.last_img read more

Les serveurs du Parti Pirate allemand saisis sur demande française

first_imgLes serveurs du Parti Pirate allemand saisis sur demande françaiseLa France pense pouvoir retrouver l’auteur d’une cyberattaque contre EDF grâce aux données du Parti Pirate (PP) allemand. La police allemande a saisi vendredi dernier les serveurs informatiques du Parti Pirate, la 6e force politique outre-Rhin. Selon le communiqué du PP, relayé par Zdnet, cette saisie a été effectuée à la demande des autorités françaises, qui enquêtent sur une cyberattaque menée contre EDF. Ce dernier se serait servi de l’outil d’édition Piratepad pour publier une clé SSH utilisée dans l’attaque d’un serveur EDF.Si le PP n’est pas directement mis en cause dans cette affaire, il la regrette amèrement car cette action l’a privé de son outil de communication 48 heures avant des élections fédérales se déroulant à Brême. Le Parti Pirate français a d’ailleurs publié un communiqué de soutien à son homologue allemand suite à cette perquisition : “Le Parti Pirate français soutient le Parti Pirate allemand et condamne cette atteinte disproportionnée aux libertés d’expression et de communication d’un parti politique à la veille d’élections”.Le 24 mai 2011 à 12:52 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Googles 350 Smart Levis Jacket Goes on Sale This Week

first_img Next-Gen Google Glass Wearable Ready For BusinessCan Smart PJs Help You Get a Good Night’s Sleep? Levi Strauss & Co. spent more than 160 years perfecting denim. Then Google came along and made it even better.Starting Wednesday, shoppers in California, New York, and Massachusetts can snag the new Levi’s Commuter Trucker Jacket with Jacquard by Google.The $350 smart sheath is aimed at urban cyclists, but fits the bill for anyone who prefers wearing technology on their sleeve (literally).LED and haptic feedback let you know about incoming information (via Levi’s)Named after a weaving process, Jacquard embeds technology into clothing, turning your outfit into a gadget to tap or swipe, just like a cell phone. Tiny electronics embedded in a snap tag connect the Jacquard Threads in the jacket’s cuff to your mobile device.LED and haptic feedback (i.e. flashing lights and vibrations) let you know about incoming information, while customized controls make it easy to manage messages, phone calls, navigation, and music.Have texts read to you, send calls to voicemail, hear your next direction or updated ETA, and play, pause, or skip through playlists with just a touch of your sleeve.At launch, the jacket is available exclusively at Fred Segal in Los Angeles, Kinfolk in Brooklyn, and Concepts in Cambridge. It will hit virtual and (select) brick-and-mortar Levi’s shelves “soon,” Google project lead Ivan Poupyrev promised.“We started Project Jacquard in 2014 with a vision to create a platform that would allow designers and apparel companies to integrate connectivity directly into the things you love, wear, and use every day,” Poupyrev wrote in an email announcement. “This is an exciting moment for Jacquard that we have been building towards for the past three years.”The program was unveiled at the 2015 Google I/O conference by the Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group. The Jacquard team within ATAP designed conductive yarn for use on industrial weaving machines for mass production.The $350 smart sheath is aimed at urban cyclists (via Levi’s)Early adopters can visit the Jacquard Help Center online to find out more about the Levi’s Commuter Trucker Jacket and all of its high-tech accouterments.Google isn’t the first to try its hand at smart clothes: Fashion icon Ralph Lauren debuted a smart Polo shirt at 2014’s U.S. Open; silver-based thread sensors knitted into the fabric read heart rate, breathing, and stress levels.There is also the NuMetrex sports bra, Sensoria smart socks, Athos capris, and LifeBeam bicycle helmet, among other intelligent garb.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

Geek Daily Deals Last Easy Chance to Preorder a Playstation Classic

first_imgGet $100 Credit When You Trade-In Your Broken Digital CameraTrade in any broken digital camera or GoPro with an original retail value of $100 or more and get $100 off the newest generation GoPro Hero 7 Black or $150 off the GoPro Fusion. The biggest upgrades the GoPro Hero 7 introduces are the ability to record in 4K resolution at a full 60fps and vastly improved image stabilization.Get up to $100 credit for a new GoPro Hero 7 Haribo Gummi Candy, Peaches, 5-Pound Bag for $9.22Each 5-lb bag has about 1,000 pieces, which means you’re paying less than 1 cent per joyously peachy piece! You need to checkout using Subscribe & Save, and as a bonus you’ll get free shipping even if you aren’t a Prime member. If you have 5 or more items in your Subscribe & Save cart, your discount will increase by another 10%.Get it on Amazon for $9.99 (or less) Amazon Fire TV with 4K Ultra HD and HDR for $39.99You must be logged into your Amazon Prime account to see this price. If you’re in the market for a streaming media player, you can get a Fire TV 4K at the lowest price it’s ever been. It’s 40% more powerful than the Fire TV stick and is recommended if you have 4K and HDR TV sets.Get it on Amazon for $39.99 Sony PlayStation Classic is Now PreorderableOnly one day after launch, and half the vendors we initially found have sold out of the Sony PlayStation Classic. Only Walmart and Gamestop have stock available. In terms of supply and demand, could this end up to be another SNES or NES frenzy? Maybe or maybe not, but why take your chances? The consoles will ship out in December, right in the middle of the holiday shopping spree,and this may be your best chance.20 games will be pre-loaded, but the only titles we know of for sure are Final Fantasy VII, Tekken 3, Ridge Racer Type 4, Jumping Flash, and Wild Arms.Get it at Walmart for $99.99Get it at Gamestop for $99.99 Get $225 Credit Towards Nintendo Switch When You Trade In Xbox One S or PS4 Slim Only at GamestopOr you can get $275 credit for a PS4 Pro or Xbox One X trade-in (definitely not as good of a deal), $150 credit for an Xbox One original trade-in, or $100 credit for a 3DS, Vita, or Wii U trade-in.Get up to $275 credit for a new Nintendo Switchlast_img read more

Will 24th April 1970 Be Commemorated

first_imgFor years Foroyaa has tried to educate the Gambian people that the country was a constitutional Monarchy in 1965 and was still under the executive authority of the British Crown. The second Republic did not lead to the Commemoration of 24th APRIL 1970 as the birth of the Republic and full sovereignty.Next month may not be commemorated as 18th February 1965. However in subsequent years any government in office should shift the celebration of the National day to 24th April 1970. This would enable the government to reinforce the sovereignty of the Gambian people.last_img read more

Soy Growers Applaud Precision Ag Connectivity Act

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) today applauded the Commerce Committee for moving forward the Precision Agriculture Connectivity Act of 2018. ASA President and Iowa soybean grower John Heisdorffer issued the following statement:“ASA welcomes the Precision Agriculture Connectivity Act of 2018 and thanks Sens. Wicker and Klobuchar and Representatives Lotta and Loebsack for introducing legislation which understands the unique needs of growers in rural America.“We urge swift passage in the U.S. Senate as wireless broadband connections in the field support on-farm operations and in turn rural communities. This legislation is important to rural America and soy growers everywhere.”last_img read more