Column: Tiger Woods is back, and golf is better for it

first_imgAtlanta, Sept 24 (AP) They had waited more than five years for this moment. No way were those frail little ropes, strung up on flimsy poles, going to hold them back. No way were they listening to those red-shirted marshals, a bit of terror in their eyes as they pleaded futilely for everyone to come to their senses. They had to feel it, touch it, see it with their own eyes. Maybe that was the only way to persuade themselves that this most remarkable of comebacks had actually happened. Tiger Woods. A winner again. The staid ol’ Tour Championship became a boisterous street party late Sunday afternoon, the fans storming down the middle of the 18th fairway like a bunch of crazed college kids laying siege to a football field after a last-second victory. “Tiger! Tiger! Tiger!” they chanted over and over, looking very much like they may storm the Tudor-style clubhouse, the roar carrying all the way to Peachtree. It was thrilling, exhilarating, even a bit frightening for those caught in the middle of the mob. Then again, it was not an unexpected reaction given what Woods has meant to the game of golf to the entire sporting world, really. “From one goat (greatest of all time) to another I can only imagine what @TigerWoods is feeling today,” tweeted Michael Phelps, the winningest athlete in Olympic history. “Pumped to be watching this today!! Have fun out there today my man!!!” Despite an influx of talented young players in recent years, golf just hasn’t been the same since Woods went away, his brilliant career derailed by debilitating injuries and personal demons.advertisement As NBC analyst Roger Maltbie put it, “He doesn’t just move the needle, he is the needle.” But that needle looked broken beyond repair as days without a win grew to months, the months without a win grew to years. It had been 1,876 days since his last victory, and even Woods had moved on from the idea of ever winning another golf tournament. He was more concerned about his quality of life. “The low point was not knowing if I’d ever be able to live pain-free again,” Woods said. “Am I going to be able to sit, stand, walk, lay down without feeling the pain that I was in. I just didn’t want to live that way. Is this how the rest of my life is going to be? (If so), it’s going to be a tough rest of my life. So, I was beyond playing. I couldn’t sit. I couldn’t walk. I couldn’t lay down without feeling the pain in my back and my leg.” On April 19, 2017, he underwent surgery for the fourth time, this time to fuse his lower back. About six weeks later, he was arrested on suspicion of DUI after being found asleep behind the wheel of his car with the motor running. Woods blamed it on a bad combination of pain medications. Everyone figured he’s gotten hooked on drugs as a way of coping with a body that never stopped hurting. The idea of ever playing competitive golf again much less winning seemed downright ludicrous. Then, miraculously, the dark cloud lifted. Woods got himself cleaned up. The pain went away. Just four months after reporting he couldn’t hit the ball more than 60 yards, Woods rejoined the PGA Tour and made the cut in his first event at Torrey Pines. By the time the summer rolled around, he was in the mix at the major championships. He earned a spot on the U.S. Ryder Cup team. He played his way into the finale of the FedEx Cup playoff. Finally, on a blistering fall day in Atlanta, he made it official. The comeback was complete. “I just didn’t know whether or when this would ever happen again,” he said. “I just didn’t know if I could ever piece together a golf swing.” Woods wasn’t fully aware of all the commotion going on behind him as he strolled down the 18th fairway, chatting and smiling with playing partner Rory McIlroy in the final group. When he got up to the green, Woods could finally survey the remarkable scene. It reminded him a bit of Jack Nicklaus winning the U.S. Open at Baltusrol in 1980, the crowds invading the course as the Golden Bear wrapped up a victory that defied those skeptics who thought he was all washed up at age 40. “Jack Is Back,” the scoreboard famously proclaimed. “I just didn’t have the tight pants and the hair,” Woods quipped. “But it was all good.advertisement There was no message on the East Lake leaderboard. This time, the most telling moment came after Woods teed off at the 14th hole, which dissects the walk to the tee for No. 17. His closest challenger, Billy Horschel, was heading that way. He saw Woods coming. He stopped to let him pass. It only seemed right. Tiger Woods is back. And golf is better for it. (AP) ATKATKlast_img read more

MS Dhoni takes a dig at umpiring howlers after India-Afghanistan tie

first_imgMS Dhoni on Tuesday stopped just short of calling out the umpiring howlers in the match as the India-Afghanistan match ended in a tie.Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik were both given out leg-before by the on-field umpires but in both cases the ball was missing the stumps by a long way.They couldn’t review the decision as India had lost their review early on in the run chase when KL Rahul used the Decision Review System (DRS) against his leg-before decision which turned out to be the wrong call.Also Read – We could have lost, tie not a bad result: MS DhoniBoth Dhoni and Karthik departed at crucial junctures in the match which turned the tide in Afghanistan’s favour as they bowled out India for 252 with 1 ball to spare.After the match, Dhoni made sure to express his displeasure at the umpire’s without taking any names so that he doesn’t get fined. He blamed the two run outs and the umpiring howlers for the eventual result.Also Read – Asia Cup, India vs Afghanistan: Match tied after Rashid’s last over heroics”There were a couple of run-outs and there are a couple of things I don’t want to talk about because I don’t want to get fined. A tie isn’t bad for is, we could have been on the losing side,” Dhoni, who was leading the Indian team in Rohit Sharma’s absence, said at the post-match presentation.Asia Cup 2018, India vs Afghanistan: HIGHLIGHTS | AS IT HAPPENEDKarthik, who stood his ground in disappointment after umpire Gregory Brathwaite gave him out, was well set on 44 with India needing 48 runs to win off 62 balls.advertisementBut the equation changed after his dismissal as the Men in Blue had just four wickets in hand with Ravindra Jadeja and Deepak Chahar the two new batsmen at the crease.Also Read – MS Dhoni captains India for 200th time in one-day internationalsTowards the end, Jadeja played a lone hand even as the bowlers — Deepak Chahar (12), Kuldeep Yadav (9) and Siddharth Kaul (0) — could hardly lend any support to the southpaw.Needing 7 off the final over, Jadeja (25 off 34; 4X1) struck a boundary on the second ball off leg-spinner Rashid Khan before taking two singles with last man Khaleel Ahmed in company.Also read – Captaining India in 200th ODI is all destiny, says MS DhoniWith 1 needed off the final two balls, Jadeja pulled the fifth delivery — a shorter one towards midwicket only to find Najibullah running in from deep to grab it with both hands and help Afghanistan bow out of the tournament with their head held high.For the Afghans, pacer Aftab Alam and spin duo of Nabi and Rashid picked two wickets each while Javed Ahmadi picked one.Dhoni, who got a chance to captain India for the 200th time in ODIs after Rohit was rested, was actually not too disappointed with the result and praised Afghanistan for their performance.”It’s good that it’s a tie, but they played really well. The Afghanistan guys played really well. 250 was a very good score on this wicket. We could have been on the losing side because of quite a few things that didn’t go for us, so I’m happy with the result.”Their (Afghanistan’s) cricket has improved a lot. The way they have continued from the start of the Asia cup, it is commendable and we have enjoyed their cricket. It is one country that has risen through the ranks very well,” Dhoni further added.last_img read more

The Ultimate Mother’s Day Guide 2014

first_img 1. Antica Farmacista 2. Warby Parker Quimby Sunglasses 3. Dyptique Candles 4. Tom Ford Black Orchid 5. Georgetown Cupcake Set 6. SoulCycle Stationary Bike 7. Crystal Champagne Flutes from Kaufmann Mercantile New York Icons of America: Taking a Corvette Road Trip Along Route 66 The Nomadic Beer Maestros of Evil Twin Brewing Find a Permanent Home in Queens Why Clover Whiskey Can Only Be Found at Select Golf Clubs Celebrate America with the Return of the Old Camp Whiskey Patriot Pack center_img It’s that special time of year again – Mother’s Day – when many sons are completely stumped on what to get that special woman in their life. Well, as usual, we are here to help. Lots of scents, a little style and some out-of-the-box surprises for Mom will make this one unforgettable. Too bad there isn’t a Son Appreciation Day….Liven up her house with Antica Farmacista reed diffusers. Antica Farmacista is an all-female run luxury home and body fragrance company based in Seattle.  Their core line is composed of the signature Home Ambiance Reed Diffuser, 9 oz, 65-hour burn candles and their Bath and Body collection.  Each fragrance is formulated with only the world’s finest essential oils and quality ingredients. Pick up something for her living room – or splurge and get her the gift box which includes a collection of the 250ml Home Ambiance Diffuser, a decorative nickel-plated brass tray and 9 oz Candle. All packaged in a gorgeous gift box. Purchase here.Warby Parker has moms covered this summer – or at least their eyes. The Quimby Sun Aurora is the perfect pair of sunglasses for mom. The classic shape is flattering and whether you give her the Absinthe frames or the Tortoise Shell, she’ll be sure to thank you for protecting her vision from harmful UV rays. You’re so considerate. Pick up a pair or two here.Moms love candles. It’s a scientifically proven fact. Dyptique Paris candles are great because even if you don’t light them, they can make any room come alive with their euphoric scents. Ask your dad what mom’s favorite scents are and pick from the plethora of products here.Tom Ford fragrances are always a sophisticated hit. Give your mom something to wear on special occasions. With a rich mix of black orchids and spicy notes, including: bergamot, mandarin, gardenia, jasmine, lotus,  sandalwood, vanilla and many, many other notes. Check out Tom’s full line of products on his website.Forget the flowers this year and get her something she can really enjoy: Georgetown Cupcakes.  This year the cupcake sensation is offering overnight nationwide shipping – so you won’t have to worry about timing on this one. Each box comes with a dozen “mom” themed cupcakes. Flavors include: three Lavender Earl Grey, three Mother’s Day Chocolate, three Chocolate Squared with Lavender fondant, and three Mother’s Day Vanilla. Order them here.Now for the health conscious mom with a tight schedule -get her something she can enjoy every day – without ever having to leave the house.Everyone loves SoulCycle – but for those days where she doesn’t have time to go – or if she doesn’t live near a studio, bring SoulCycle to her with this SoulCycle Stationary Bike. Just like the ones they have in class, now she can have your very own. The length between the handlebars and the seat allows riders to maximize the use of their core, a principle of the SoulCycle workout. The bike comes with one pound and two pound weights. The bike will arrive assembled and ready to ride. Blasting music and motivational instructors not included. To purchase click here.Celebrate the occasion with these handmade crystal champagne flutes from Kaufmann Mercantile. The tall glass preserves aroma, while their long neck to keep your drink chilled. The tapered rim also keeps bubbles from escaping too quickly. Purchase this  set here.Also from Kaufmann Mercantile, consider these Hand Pressed Jadeite Glass Plates. The opaque jade color is perfect for summer, and each plate is hand-pressed into cast iron molds. They are also stain resistant and extremely durable.Whatever you get her from the above will make her very happy, guaranteed.Happy Mother’s Day! Editors’ Recommendations The Best Small-Space Furniture for Living Tinylast_img read more

Furrion Elysium RV Has a Heli Pad, Hot Tub, Wine Fridge, and More

first_img The Best Campgrounds Near Major U.S. Cities But before we get too giddy, let’s keep fan-boying over Elysium (since it will probably hit the consumer market first). Yes, it will be way over our budget, but a man can dream…Elysium is 45′ long, 8′ wide, and 13′ 6″ high, but probably nicer than your apartment. It also functions as a complete “home” Furrion says. The purpose of making the Elysium was to design an RV that connects its passengers with intelligent technologies that promote luxurious comfort.Thus, the upper ‘deck’ is both an entertaining area and quick getaway hatch, with a lounge, hot tub, and helicopter landing area for the Robinson R22 helicopter. Meaning you can fly from your hilltop castle to your offsite Elysium and get on the road. (The helicopter platform lowers above the master bedroom during transport.)Inside the RV… we just don’t feel right calling it that… passengers are presented with three 75” 4K TV’s, a 15” touch screen infotainment system with RV navigation, observation cameras (since this slick rick won’t fit in at regular RV camping spots), a fireplace, complete kitchen for gourmet cooking, including an induction cook top, convection microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator, oven, and a wine fridge (we suggest stocking these affordable bottles).And if that isn’t enough for your luxury tastes, the glamper also features a smart toilet and smart shower. 1 of 3 Two ounces Transformers and a heavy pour of secret agent gadgetry combine into an RV body that turns motorhoming into a luxury. The Furrion Elysium is not your grandpa’s Winnebago.The Elysium concept glamper boasts more than a mini-kitchenette and CD player, it offers up a retractable helicopter pad, hot tub, master bedroom, wine fridge, and touch screens. Can we just say, we love modern mobile homes!Furrion, a tech company that makes everything from yachts to LED TVs, ovens and Bluetooth speakers, first introduced the world to Elysium (which should definitely be the name of a James Bond film and not that awful Sci-Fi caper), at CES 2017. The company, who also does consultancy and manufacturing for industries like architectural visualization, interior design, and industrial design, has doubled down on “luxury mobility,” as CES 2018 saw the debut of two new Furrion concept vehicles, the Limitless and Hercules. Previous Previous Next 1 of 5 All three concept vehicles, the Limitless, Hercules and Elysium are completely futuristic and pack state-of-the-art tech into the traditionally basic RV vehicle.The Hercules is technically a semi that has a moon roof and 100-w solar panel and lithium-ion battery storage, plus serves as an extra bedroom when hauling the Limitless, a massive tractor-trailer that you’d swear was modeled from an upscale NYC apartment.If you’re really feeling ritzy, you can travel yacht-style and have your hired driver sleep in the Hercules while you and your crew enjoy private travel, slumber, and cocktail hour in the Limitless. Every detail from the upholstery to the cabinets is ultra-sleek and modern.And you thought glamping was luxe… 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now The 200-Horsepower Vanquish Vanqraft VQ16 Is a Boat-Sized Jet Ski Next This $500,000 Armored Bentley Protects Against Hand Grenade Attacks Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Highway 101 Update

first_img HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 101 The eastbound ramp on Highway 101, exiting to Highway 102northbound to the Halifax International Airport, is reopened. Itwas closed earlier today, July 27, due to an overturned tractortrailer. -30- TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS–Traffic Advisory, Highway 101,Updatelast_img

US Law Makers Vote on New Bill to Increase Security Requirements

By Kaitlin JunodRabat – Today, the United States House of Representatives will vote on a bill that seeks to add security measures to the refugee vetting process. Homeland Security Chair Michael McCaul (R-TX) introduced the bill in response to Friday’s attacks on Paris, though critics say it is taking political advantage of the tragedy. This America SAFE Act of 2015 will require that in addition to the Department of Homeland Security screening, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) would have to investigate refugees seeking admission to the United States. The current process could take from 18 to 24 months to complete.Fear of accepting refugees was stirred when a Syrian passport was found near the body of one of the Paris attackers, though immigration experts question the connection between the two.Over 25 Republican governors and one Democratic governor have said their states will not accept Syrian refugees, though, according to the Constitution, there are no lawful means for state governments to change immigration policy. States where governors say refugees are not welcome include Alabama, Georgia, Arizona, Maine, New Hampshire and more.Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson has made the argument that the majority of Syrian refugees are young males who could be “infiltrated by terrorists.”However, data from the UNHCR suggests that 50.5 percent of refugees are women, 6.5 percent are male ages 12 to 17, and 51.1 percent are under the age of 17.In addition, a 2014 Senate Judiciary Hearing found that the Department of Homeland Security vetting process “employs robust security measures to protect against risks to our national security.”Furthermore, Syrians are already the “most highly scrutinized and vetted group of travelers to the United Stats,” according to Anne Richard, the Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration.Only 1,500 Syrian refugees have been accepted into the United States since 2011.In the aftermath of the Paris attacks, French president Francois Hollande has increased the number of refugees France will accept in the next two years from 24,000 to 30,000 and will invest about 49.8 million euros (533 million dirham) to develop housing for them.AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite read more

Video French Montana Causes Stir With Latest Album Visuals

Rabat – Moroccan rapper French Montana has announced he will release his latest album, simply titled “Montana,” next month. He also teased the album’s cover and released an album trailer, both of which have already caused a stir on social media.He shared the cover to his Instagram with the caption “You don’t have to change who you are. You can bring people into your own world,” likely alluding to the juxtaposition between his Moroccan roots and his induction into the American rap world.The trailer and cover portray French Montana surrounded by women in burkas, wearing contrasting high-heeled red thigh boots. As the rapper probably anticipated, the choice to show burka-wearing women in a suggestive light has already got people talking. This Album cover is definitely gonna stir up some shit. Watch out.— Mazi Kelvinbagwell® (@kelvinbagwell02) September 23, 2019Some have dubbed the cover “haram” or disrespectful to Islam for the choice to “sexualise niqabis.” One user commented on Instagram calling it “deeply offensive.”I think @FrencHMonTanA new album cover is disrespectful for the beautifull religion of Islam.— iamRFDO (@iamRFDO) September 23, 2019frenchmontana is really out here sexualizing niqabis. Liberal Muslims are wack for hyping this shit up.— Anonymovsmvslim (@AmlasAvenue) September 24, 2019Fact french Montana is a prick. Even though he’s Muslim. He would selll his religion for money fuck him!— Younas Hussain (@yunus_KadafiMob) September 24, 2019However, not all the response to the album artwork has been negative, and it has received its fair share of praise too. One headline in particular, in sharp contrast to much of the album’s reception, said French Montana was “honoring his muslim roots” with the visuals. Fans have also been receptive.Two things that made my day 1) French Montana new album 2) French Montana new album w/ your non traditional cover #hijabae— -mary (@notyouravgsa) September 24, 2019Not excited for this at all but that album cover is so freaking dope imma listen to it anyway.— Fade of the Internet (@scaifington) September 23, 2019French Montana, whose real name is Karim Kharbouch, emigrated to the US from Rabat at age 13 and has since become one of the biggest names in hip-hop. He has always been vocal about his Moroccan roots and Muslim upbringing, making it a focal point of his public image.Last month, he used his platform as a presenter at the Video Music Awards (VMAs) to raise awareness about the plight of immigrants in the US.While presenting the award for Best Latin video, he said he was “proud” to present the award “because as an immigrant, I feel like we are the people that make this country, and I feel like I want to be the voice.”“These nominees — and most of them are immigrants, too — are on top of the biggest movement in music,” he added.Read also: Kourtney Kardashian Hosts ‘Moroccan Vibes’ Eid Dinner for French Montana read more

Firstever comprehensive online system to counter narcotics launches in Afghanistan

During a ceremony in Kabul, the Afghan Minister of Counter Narcotics, Mr. Salamat Azimi, and UNODC’s regional representative, Mr. Andrey Avetisyan, unveiled the Afghanistan Drug Reporting System. In attendance were high ranking Government officials and the international community. Following the Government’s announcement of a National Mobilization Against Narcotics to mark the upcoming International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, commemorated annually on 26 June, the Ministry called the new system a key component of its leadership and coordination role in countering drugs.The online tool compiles verified data by sector and location from the nine entities involved in counter-narcotics related initiatives – namely the Afghan Ministries of Justice, Interior, Public Health, Rural Rehabilitation and Development, Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock, and the Attorney General’s Office – together with international partners, including the Bureau of International Law Enforcement and UNODC.Through the system, stakeholders can access the most current data on all available narcotics-related indicators in Afghanistan, including eradication, cultivation, drug price, seizures and imprisonment. With the ability to be used in trend analysis, policy development and evaluation, it becomes a key tool for policy makers, the international community and all those involved in countering narcotics in Afghanistan. There is also scope to expand the system as required going forward.The reporting system is the latest collaborative document – together with the Annual Opium Survey and the Afghanistan Drug Report – from the research capacity-building partnership between the Afghan Government and UNODC. read more

Eight NHS hospitals hit by listeria outbreaks as Hancock signals plans to

Eight NHS hospitals have been hit by the listeria outbreak which has killed five patients, the Health Secretary has revealed.Matt Hancock made the disclosures as he said he was keen to see the health service take NHS catering back in-house, in a bid to improve safety.The Health Secretary on Monday named six NHS hospitals which have been hit by the outbreak, linked to pre-packed sandwiches and salads, as he vowed to “take the necessary steps” to restore trust in hospital food.They include two – Leicester Royal Infirmary, and Royal Derby Hospital – in which patients have died.  A further four hospitals, named as William Harvey in Ashford, Wexham Park Hospital in Berkshire, St Richards Hospital, in Chichester, Sussex, and Worthing Hospital, have been affected by the outbreak, Mr Hancock said.Until now, officials had only named two hospital trusts – Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust and Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in Liverpool – which between them had seen three deaths caused by the outbreak.Sandwiches and salads linked to the outbreak were withdrawn on May 25, as soon as a link with the cases was suspected.But scientists fear more cases may emerge because listeria has a 70-day incubation period. “These deaths should never have happened. People rightly expect to be safe, and looked after in hospitals and we must ensure that we take the necessary steps to restore that trust that the public deserves to be able to hold.He said the review of hospital foods would see new standards for healthcare food published this year, as well as more action to cut the provision of junk foods in hospitals.The Good Food Chain has said it was co-operating “fully and transparently with the Food Standards Agency and other authorities” and said it hoped the inquiry would be pursued with “urgency so the wider industry can learn any lessons as soon as possible”.”Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the families of those who have died and anyone else who has been affected by this outbreak. Show more Mr Hancock expressed condolences to the families who have lost loved ones, as he outlined plans for a root-and-branch review of food sold and served in hospitals.He added: “I promise there will be a full and thorough investigation, and severe consequences if there is any evidence of wrongdoing.” Mr Hancock has now set out plans for a “root and branch” review of hospital food, to improve its nutrition, as well as its safety.And he said he would be keen to see an end to outsourcing of hospital food.He told the Commons: “There are dozens of hospital trusts that have brought their catering inhouse and found that you get better quality food more likely to be locally produced  and better value for money by bringing the delivery of food services in house. And that is something we are going to be examining very closely because i am very attracted to that model and it also has the potential to reduce the risk of safety concerns like this.”Later he said he had been struck by the number of hospital chief executives who had told him that bringing food supplies in house was “the best thing they have done” to improve nutrition and food quality. The infections relate to sandwiches and salads provided by the Good Food Chain, using meat produced by North Country Cooked Meats. The Good Food Chain, which supplied 43 trusts in England, has voluntarily ceased production while investigations continue, as has the meat producer. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

How many maternity units around the country have abortion services in place

first_img 18,037 Views Share Tweet Email The Rotunda Maternity Hospital. Image: Rotunda By Adam Daly EVERY WEEK, offers a selection of statistics and numerical nuggets to help you digest the week that has just passed.10: The number of maternity units providing abortion services out of a total of 19 units across the country, over three months after Ireland’s abortion laws have been legalised.7: The number of hours it took the Defence Forces air support to help fire crews and locals battling gorse fires in Donegal, drawing intense criticism from local politicians. 2: The number of prizes that the Irish film ‘Vivarium’ will compete for as part of the prestigious International Critics’ Week at the Cannes Film Festival next month. 230: The number of temporary clerical workers recruited by the Department of Foreign Affairs as the Passport Service expects the number of applications to climb again this year.60,000: The number of new parents – employed or self-employed – who could benefit from the new Parental Leave scheme announced this week. €1.5 million: The additional amount of funding that is set to be provided to frontline services combating domestic, sexual and gender-based violence in Ireland. $2 million: The amount of money that North Korea has demanded from the US for the medical bill of American student Otto Warmbier, who went into a coma after being tortured in the totalitarian country. 224,474: The number of people who won in the national prize bond draw in 2018. 200%: The increase in Irish measles cases between 2010 and 2017 according to a United Nations report, which has revealed that outbreaks of the virus are on the rise globally.€300,000: The value of the jewellery that was seized by gardaí in operation targeting bogus slip and fall insurance fraudsters. The Rotunda Maternity Hospital. Apr 27th 2019, 7:02 PM center_img Short URL How many maternity units around the country have abortion services in place? It’s the week in numbers Plus: The number of people who won in the national prize bond draw in 2018. Image: Rotunda 18 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Saturday 27 Apr 2019, 7:01 PMlast_img read more

Consumers warned about how Brexit could impact online shopping

first_img Image: Shutterstock/Kite_rin Sep 3rd 2019, 7:01 AM CONSUMERS HAVE BEEN warned about the impact Brexit could have on online shopping.The Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) is today launching a six-week public awareness campaign in a bid to prepare consumers for the potential impact of Brexit on their rights when they buy online from UK-based retailers.As part of the campaign, the CCPC has published research that shows 72% of Irish consumers have bought online from a company based in the UK in the last two years.The most popular items bought were clothing, electronics and footwear.One of the main rights consumers have when they buy online from an EU-based retailer is the right to change their mind and receive a refund within a certain timeframe.The CCPC’s research, which surveyed 1,000 adults around Ireland, found that 40% of those who had bought from a UK retailer had returned items.When asked about their reason for returning items, 55% of people said they returned a purchase because the product did not fit or suit their needs and 16% said they had changed their mind. In the event of a no-deal Brexit, these rights may not be guaranteed, the CCPC said.When asked about changing their shopping behaviour as a result of Brexit, the research found that 31% of people plan to buy more from websites in other EU countries.However, 25% of consumers who have bought online from the UK plan to make no changes to their online shopping habits.Extra VAT Given the uncertainty around Brexit, the CCPC has advised consumers to be aware of the potential changes and to take action before they buy online from the UK.Speaking today, Isolde Goggin, Chair of the CCPC, said consumers who buy from EU-based businesses “have very strong consumer rights if something goes wrong, for example if you don’t get your items delivered”.However, when Brexit happens people will no longer be guaranteed these rights when buying products from UK-based retailers.  By Órla Ryan File photo File photo Image: Shutterstock/Kite_rin Share5 Tweet Email Consumers warned about how Brexit could impact online shopping One of the main rights consumers have when they buy online from an EU-based retailer is to return an item and receive a refund. center_img Tuesday 3 Sep 2019, 7:00 AM As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: 17,025 Views 18 Comments Whether you are a frequent or occasional online shopper, our message is simple – before you buy, check where the business is located and read the terms and conditions on the website – be sure to check in particular the returns policy and see if you can return goods if you change your mind.“Also check to see if there are costs for returning items. Make sure you are happy with these before you purchase anything,” Goggin said. Britain is due to leave the European Union, with or without a deal, on 31 October. Speaking today, Minister for Business Heather Humphreys TD said consumers “should also be aware that following Brexit, they may have to pay certain taxes and duties including customs duty, excise duty and VAT, if they are buying from UK traders”.More information can be read here.   Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

New youth refuge for inner city Melbourne

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Disadvantaged youth are set to benefit from a $25 million investment in accommodation for the homeless, with potential for a new place to call home. According to Minister for Housing, Martin Foley, $3.5 million will be put towards the development of a new three-story youth refuge located in Melbourne’s inner city. “Young people find themselves homeless and in need of help for a variety of reasons – this refuge will provide the first step to finding an alternative to life on the streets,” said Mr Foley.If all goes ahead, the refuge will be ideally located on King Street and will help in removing young people from the immediate dangers of homelessness with an outreach service encompassing both accommodation and integrated specialist services.“It is important young people get help as soon as they need it, with research telling us that if young people experience homelessness they are more likely to be homeless in the long term,” he explained.But the support won’t end there. Mr Foley said he recognises young people will need continued help and support as they exit the facilities and transition into more stable and long term accommodation to ensure they don’t come to face the same issues in future.“I’m determined to work with partners like Melbourne City Mission to make a real difference to people’s lives – those partnerships are key to meeting the challenges we face in addressing homelessness,” said the minister.Melbourne City Mission has been working with Victoria’s disadvantaged and vulnerable communities since 1854, and is the largest provider of homelessness services to young Victorian’s aged 25 and under.last_img read more

Prolongation de la chasse au dauphin au Japon

first_imgProlongation de la chasse au dauphin au Japon Le port japonais de Taiji vient de prolonger d’un mois la période de chasse aux dauphins qui devait initialement prendre fin en avril.   Un responsable de la coopérative des pêches de Taiji, au Japon, a indiqué à l’AFP que l’autorisation de la chasse aux dauphins cette année avait été prolongée jusqu’à la fin du mois de mai par les autorités préfectorales. Rien que mercredi une soixantaine de dauphins ont été capturés et mis en vente aux enchères dès le lendemain.   À lire aussiVidéo – Un bébé baleine à bosse aperçu 20 minutes après sa naissanceChaque année, entre septembre et avril, les pêcheurs japonais attrapent près de 2.000 dauphins. Ils sont soit revendus à des aquariums ou à des parcs d’attraction, soit tués pour être mangés. Depuis plusieurs années, des organisations de défense des animaux cherchent à faire interdire cette pêche en dénonçant un massacre brutal et anachronique, rapporte Romandie.  Pour se défendre, les Japonais répondent que les écologistes ne tiennent pas compte de leurs traditions notamment en ce qui concerne la chasse à la baleine, perpétuée depuis des siècles.Le 8 mai 2011 à 18:01 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Les éoliennes et le pont du Mont SaintMichel préoccupent lUnesco

first_imgLes éoliennes et le pont du Mont Saint-Michel préoccupent l’UnescoL’Unesco devrait demander à la France d’augmenter son périmètre d’exclusion d’éoliennes autour du Mont Saint-Michel. L’organisme souhaite également que soit modifié le projet de passerelle qui doit remplacer l’actuelle route entre le rocher et la côte en 2015.Les 27, 28 et 29 juin prochains, l’Unesco se réunit à Saint-Petersbourg en Russie. A l’ordre du jour, sera évoqué le sort du Mont Saint-Michel, classé au patrimoine mondial, et la présence d’éoliennes autour du site. De même, sera décidé si le projet de passerelle qui doit remplacer l’actuelle route entre le rocher et la côte d’ici 2015 doit être réévalué. En effet, une mission de l’Unesco remontant à novembre 2011 “a pris note de la présence d’éoliennes qui sont visibles depuis le Mont-Saint-Michel même à plus de 20 kilomètres de distance – tel le parc éolien de Trémeheuc, situé à environ 23 kilomètres du site”, indique le document préparatoire.Or, “le mouvement des hélices des éoliennes dans la journée et les lumières la nuit ont un effet préjudiciable à ce qui est considéré comme un paysage éternel de terre et d’eau. Les éoliennes interrompent les perspectives visuelles du Mont, en particulier pour les pèlerins”, selon le rapport de mission qui conclut ainsi : “les éoliennes ont un impact négatif sur le cadre paysager du bien [ … ] qui véhicule sa valeur universelle exceptionnelle”. De son côté, l’Etat a annoncé en mars qu’il préparait un périmètre d’exclusion des éoliennes de 40 km de rayon à l’ouest et à l’est du rocher et d’environ 20 km au nord et au sud. Pour le moment, le comité de patrimoine mondial de l’Unesco accueille donc “avec satisfaction l’engagement de l’Etat partie à établir une zone d’exclusion des éoliennes” mais “prend note de la nécessité de définir une méthode, pas adoptée à ce jour, satisfaisante d’établissement d’une zone d’exclusion”, indique le projet en ligne sur le site de l’organisme.Une zone d’accès trop haute À lire aussiLa Grande Barrière de Corail de nouveau menacée par l’extraction de gaz de schisteEn ce qui concerne le projet de pont passerelle, l’Unesco envisage de demander une modification du projet de rétablissement du caractère maritime (RCM) du Mont Saint-Michel. Il s’agissait de baisser la hauteur du terre-plein sur lequel doit s’appuyer, à l’arrivée au mont, le pont passerelle qui doit remplacer l’actuelle digue-route en 2015. L’organisation “demande à l’Etat partie de garantir que la hauteur de la zone d’accès érigée aux abords immédiats du Mont (terre-plein) ne dépasse pas 6,80 mètres afin de minimiser son impact visuel”.Sur ce point toutefois, l’Etat a indiqué dans un communiqué qu’il maintenait la hauteur de ce gué à 7,30 mètres et qu’il répondait défavorablement à la demande du syndicat mixte qui gère le projet de RCM de le baisser à 6,80 mètres. Cette hauteur est jugée indispensable à l’organisation des secours au Mont Saint-Michel. Un porte-parole de l’Unesco à Paris a précisé que ce projet de décision pouvait aussi bien être “adopté tel quel” qu’être “amendé” lors de son examen fin juin.Le 13 juin 2012 à 09:41 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Latest storm causing hail across the county snow in mountains

first_img February 21, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 7:27 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego area’s notably wet and frigid winter continued unabated today as the latest in a lengthy series of blustery storms soaked and frosted the region with rain and mountain snow for a second straight day.Due to the freezing-cold conditions gripping the East County highlands, the county Office of Education closed campuses for the day in Julian Union School District, Julian Union High School District, Mountain Empire Unified School District, Spencer Valley School District and Warner Springs School District.The south-moving storm was expected to continue soaking and freezing the county through late tonight, forecasters advised.By late afternoon, the two-day spate of showers had delivered moisture totals of up to several inches in some areas along with more than a foot of snow on some local peaks, according to the National Weather Service.Tonight, the snow levels may drop as low as the 2,000-foot level, the weather service advised. Due to continuing travel and environmental-exposure hazards, a winter-storm warning issued by the weather service will remain in effect for the county’s mountains until 1 a.m. Friday.The precipitation is expected to dwindle away overnight, forecasters predicted. Thereafter, dry skies and warming temperatures should prevail through the middle of next week, with another local storm possibly arriving at the beginning of March, the weather service reported. Posted: February 21, 2019center_img Latest storm causing hail across the county, snow in mountains KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

City County to Contribute Funding to Relocate Armory to MCLB Albany

first_imgThe Albany City (Ga.) and Dougherty County commissions at a rare joint meeting Tuesday approved the local share of funding needed to relocate a National Guard readiness center to Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB) Albany, a move designed to strengthen the active-duty installation.Albany and Dougherty County each will contribute $200,000 to the cost of building the new armory now located in Albany; Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) previously included $1.1 million in the state’s supplemental fiscal 2016 budget for the project, reported the Albany Herald.“This has been a long time coming, but it will have a lasting impact on our community for years to come,” said Jeff Sinyard, a member of the Georgia Military Affairs Coordinating Committee and the Southwest Georgia Alliance. “It will strengthen the Marine base’s ties with our community, it will enhance our standing in the event of a future BRAC and it will build momentum for future opportunities on the base,” said Sinyard, who also is a former chairman of the Dougherty County Commission.Relocating the National Guard facility — in conjunction with the August 2014 move of a Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic to MCLB Albany — will improve the installation’s competitiveness in a future base closure round, said Ed Cassity, a member of the Georgia Military Affairs Coordinating Committee and the Southwest Georgia Alliance.“Being an efficient, multitasking installation is essential to competitiveness,” said Cassity, a retired major general. “Your financial support today demonstrates to the governor and to the Corps that Albany and Dougherty County are ready to step up to the plate,” he said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For September 19 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Wednesday, September 19, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: A chance of drizzle before 11am. Patchy fog before noon. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 66. Northeast wind 7 to 9 mph.Moulton Office Hours: Representatives from Congressman Seth Moulton’s office will be in Wilmington from noon to 2pm at Wilmington Town Hall (121 Glen Road). Office hours provide constituents an opportunity to visit with Moulton’s team of district representatives outside of normal business hours and in their own community so that Moulton’s team can assist with casework or other issues.Tarr Office Hours: A representative from Senator Bruce Tarr’s Office will be at the Wilmington Senior Center (15 School Street) from 11am to 12:30pm for any questions or concerns you may have.  No appointment necessary, just stop by for a quick visit.At Wilmington Town Hall: The Wilmington Conservation Commission meets sat 7pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.In The Community: The Wilmington Police Department offers safety seat installs at the Wilmington Public Safety Building (1 Adelaide Street) every Wednesday, from 10am to 2pm. No appointment is necessary, but calling ahead at 978-658-5071 is recommended. Learn more HERE.In The Community: The Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door (183 Middlesex Avenue) is open from 10am to 4pm. All books are $2 or less!  Every penny of every sale benefits the Wilmington Memorial Library. Learn more HERE.At The Library: Wednesday Baby Times at 9:30am. Coffee With A Cop at 10am. Preschool Storytime at 10:30am. Tech Help Drop-in at 2pm. Kindergarten Book Club at 3:45pm. Be Kind, Be Cool, Be You!: Stories To Make The World A Better Place at 6:30pm. Current Events Discussion Group at 7pm. [Learn more HERE.]At The Senior Center: Podiatrist at 9:30am. SBF Exercise at 9:45am. Special Exercise at 11am. Line Dancing at 1pm. Cards at 1:30pm. Fun Singers at 3pm. [Learn more HERE.](NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, September 7In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For September 14, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, June 19, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Porsche buys stake in Israeli selfdriving tech startup

first_img Porsche Now playing: Watch this: 67 Photos 0 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Share your voice TriEye’s technology could help autonomous systems “see” even better in poor conditions. Porsche Automakers are always on the lookout for startup companies with something in the pipeline that could help realize a major technological advancement. And the industry has an obvious interest in autonomous driving and self-driving cars. Porsche has seen something in Israeli startup TriEye, announcing Wednesday that it’s bought a minority stake in the startup. Specifically, Porsche detailed the company’s impressive development on a a sensor technology for short-wave infrared (SWIR). The technology allows driver-assistance and self-driving systems to “see” more clearly in poor weather conditions. Dust, fog and rain are all elements that may make it harder for an autonomous car to operate and self-driving systems generally have a difficult time operating in anything other than perfect conditions.What makes TriEye unique is further development on semi-conductor design. Porsche said the patent-pending technology will make it possible to manufacture SWIR HD cameras for far less than what they currently cost. Making technology that could be essential to tomorrow’s autonomous driving systems cheaper is always a positive for automakers. The German company hasn’t exactly taken to the driver’s seat when it comes to autonomous cars, but parent automaker Volkswagen Group has. VW has consistently worked with partners such as Aurora Innovations. However, VW dissolved that particular partnership as it announced it will work exclusively with Ford’s Argo AI on self-driving car technologies.Porsche’s investment comes during a Series A funding round for the startup. Other investors include Intel Capital and Grove Ventures. Post a comment 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2019 Chevy Malibu review: Swing and a miss Porsche Autonomous Vehicles Car Industry 2020 Porsche Cayenne Turbo S E-Hybrid is a plug-in with punch Tags 5:27 More From Roadshow Ice drifting in Porsche’s all-electric Taycanlast_img read more

Authors war on bed bugs included a little chocolate

first_imgThe dreaded bed bug. (Drawing courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)Download Audio My bed is an island. It’s covered with books, notebooks, research, pens,paintbrushes and, often, my beloved granddaughter. Still, it’s an island. No part of my sheets or other bedding touches the floor or a wall. My pillows, mattress and box spring are each encased in squeaky bug proof covers.And there is talcum powder that I’ve spread along the edges of the room – bed bugs are somewhat intolerant of baby powder.I moved into this great apartment last fall. And was immediately assaulted by bed bugs. A pest control company came. During the first of four weekly applications I walked around with the bed bug guy, peppering him with questions, as he sprayed some concoction onto the walls, baseboards and into electrical outlets. I was enjoying his company until he said “Yeah, the weight of this chemical will take down bed bugs but I don’t think it can take down a person.”I fled to my computer to start researching.An  EPA report was full of DO NOT DO THIS statements– such as do not spray in a school classroom when occupied. The Alaska Pesticide Control program and research from Michigan State University WERE helpful and, eventually, it all boiled down to this: prolonged stress, considerable financial investment, physical and psychological harm – did I mention my 2 am trip to the ER when I was covered with red itchy bites, and my blood pressure had skyrocketed. When I finally saw an ER doctor he said… it’s not a medical problem. You can go home.Everything in the apartment had to be put in big black trash bags and moved into the middle of the living room and sealed for at least three weeks, boxes should be broken down and thrown away. Throw away as much as you can of Everything.Vaccum – vaccum, vaccum. Buy bed bug encasement protectors – well over $200 dollars to “outfit” my bed. Shower every night before bed. Wash your bedding at least once a week and dry on high, high heat for a long, long time. Do not use shared or public laundromats as you – and your bedding might spread the bed bugs.I  declared my own WAR on this invasion of rapidly multiplying, blood seeking bugs.And I was ruthless and utterly fearless with my piles of research, talcum powder, and duct tape sitting on my Island Bed as I vacuumed, washed, scrubbed, showered and bagged day after day, and night after night. Medication helped. Also, chocolate.Anchorage Writer Sumner MacLeish is the author of “Seven Words for Wind: Essays and Field Notes from Alaska’s Pribilof Islands.” She listened to our report last week on the difficulty, expense, and stress for rural residents trying to get rid of bed bugs. MacLeish has lived in rural Alaska but it was not until she got to Anchorage that she first encountered Cimex lectularius.last_img read more

Nisaba Godrej succeeds father Adi Godrej as head of Godrej Consumer Products

first_imgAdi Godrej, chairman of The Godrej Group, smiles during the India Economic Summit 2014 at the World Economic Forum in New Delhi November 5, 2014.Reuters fileGodrej Consumer Products Ltd. (GCPL), the flagship company of the Godrej Group, announced on Tuesday that Nisaba Godrej, daughter of chairman Adi Godrej, will be the chairperson of the company.The 39-year-old is currently one of the executive directors of the Mumbai-based company. Adi Godrej will now be the chairman emeritus of the company. Vivek Gambhir will continue as Managing Director and CEO of the company.The changes will be effective from May 10, 2017.The company announced the changes in a regulatory filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).The filing said Nisaba has been keenly associated with the company’s growth over the past few years. “Under Nisaba’s leadership, GCPL has developed a very strong, engaged and ambitious team, and consistently ranked as a great place to work. She has also institutionalised design driven thinking and directly leads product development. She has served on the GCPL Board of Directors since 2011.”Nisaba said she was grateful to the board of directors of GCPL for having faith in her. “I want to thank the Board for their confidence in me.I look forward to the continued guidance of the Chairman Emeritus to our Board, Vivek and me, as we drive GCPL forward with deep ambition, hard work and a strong sense of purpose,” the filing quoted her as saying.Adi Godrej expressed satisfaction at the transition. “The foundations of GCPL are extremely strong. This is an opportune time to transition to a new Chairperson, who will lead the company in its next phase of growth. I feel very confident that Nisa will be an outstanding Executive Chairperson.”GCPL shares closed 9.74 percent higher at Rs 1929 apiece on the BSE on Tuesday.last_img read more