Just in time for the Bachelorette premiere on May 28 come Canadian

first_imgBecca Kufrin, third from left, seen with some of her Bachelor friends when she was announced as the new Bachelorette in March, begins her so-called journey to find love on May 28 and Canadian fans can toast her with two new Bachelor-branded wines. (PAUL HEBERT / ABC) Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Bachelor Wines has launched in Ontario. The Canadian-based brand includes a Cabernet Sauvignon dubbed The Final Rose and a Pinot Grigio called One on One, available for $14.95 a bottle at the LCBO. Advertisementcenter_img Think of the ways that wine is connected to The Bachelor and Bachelorette franchise: the stars nearly always have a glass of the stuff on hand during dates on the ABC reality shows and fans have been known to imbibe as they watch.Consider the drinking games last season alone: “Quick, take a swig every time Arie Luyendyk, Jr. kisses someone!”Now, for those who like homogeneity in their lives, you can drink a Bachelor-branded wine while watching The Bachelorette when it debuts May 28. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Whitefish River First Nation not so keen on pot stores – keeps

first_imgAnnette FrancisAPTN NewsWhile cannabis is now legal across Canada, the Whitefish River First Nation in Ontario says not so fast.A community meeting on the weekend decided that a moratorium on stores that sell pot will stay in place until further notice.The chief, and Elders says more research is needed before the community will open its arms to pot.afrancis@aptn.ca@aptnafrancislast_img

Bharatiya Divyang Sansthan offers support to BJP in Lok Sabha Elections

first_imgNew Delhi: Conveying the hopes and aspirations of the physically-challenged people in the country, president of Bharatiya Divyang Sansthan Amit Kumar handed over the ‘Divyang Manifesto’ to Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thawarchand Gehlot.The ‘Divyang Manifesto’ is a vision document suggesting the ways to the Union Government for the upliftment of the physically-challenged class.Minister Gehlot stated that incumbent Modi government has done some unprecedented work in its tenure of five years for the welfare of Divyangs. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe centre is now providing direct support and scholarships to physically challenged people. The government has created provision of subsided loans for Divyangs. Minister said that after BJP came to power. New categories have been created for Physically challenged people and the government is providing extra grants to the organisations employing Divyangs. Physically challenged athletes are getting special cash packages to ensure they reach new heights in the field of sports and become independent. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardShowing their trust in the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the manifesto pledged complete support from Diyangs to the BJP in the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections 2019. The document also urged the BJP to bring the Divyangs in mainstream politics by giving some reservation to them in the party. The Cabinet Minister, however, expressed inability to provide political reservation to the Divyangs at the moment. After discussing with the Central Minister, Amit Kumar called for all Divyangs and other Divyang organisations to unite and press for the demand of getting political reservation and quota in the Parliaments. Amit Kumar stressed the Divyangs will have to create the atmosphere and achieve what is rightfully theirs by virtue of their power of votes. The condition of the Divyangs will not improve until they get political representation. Gehlot said that all other demands of the organisation will be taken up sympathetically for the upliftment of Divyangs. Amit Kumar thanked the Union Minister for lending support to their manifesto. He said that the country has a lot of expectations from PM Modi because leaders like him can ensure the upliftment of every section of society. The minister gifted Amit Kumar books published underlining the achievements and plans of the Ministry.last_img read more

Greece former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to resume UNled talks on name

Matthew Nimetz, the Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Greece-former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia talks, said in a statement today that he had been in contact with the two sides and they have agreed to hold the talks in New York on 1 November.“I hope that through the resumption of these talks in the established channel we can lay the groundwork to more intensive discussions that will find a mutually satisfactory resolution of the name issue and related matters,” Mr. Nimetz said in his statement.“Both parties have indicated a sincere desire to reach a solution. I will issue a statement at the conclusion of the meeting,” he added.The Interim Accord of 13 September 2005, which was brokered by the UN, details the difference between the two countries regarding the official name of the former Yugoslav republic. It also obliges the two sides to continue negotiations under the auspices of the UN Secretary-General to try to reach agreement on their dispute.The last round of talks took place in New York on 16 May this year. 22 October 2007Representatives of Greece and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia have agreed to hold a fresh round of United Nations-mediated talks next week over the question of the official name of the latter country. read more

Conference Board of Canada downgrades economic outlook cites Fort McMurray wildfires

OTTAWA — A new Conference Board of Canada report has downgraded its projections for economic growth in 2016 from 1.6 per cent to 1.4 per cent, despite a strong start to the year.The think tank says Canada’s economic growth advanced at a solid annual pace of 2.4 per cent in the first quarter, driven by robust household spending, a surge in exports and a double-digit increase in residential construction.But that momentum has largely dissipated after gross domestic product contracted in February and March, followed by wildfires in the Fort McMurray, Alta., region in May and June that shut down many oilsands operations.Canada the G7 dark horse as IMF projects improved growth in 2017‘Most challeng­ing period’: Alberta is in the midst of its worst recession on recordThe board estimates that the temporary shutdowns will have reduced oil production by 57 million barrels this year, costing oil and gas firms $3.5 billion in lost revenues.Its report says the largest source of weakness in the economy remains the steep deterioration in business investment due to the collapse in energy spending, and there’s still no sign of a long-awaited recovery in non-energy investment.The board says weaker global economic growth prospects — factors that hurt Canada’s trade sector — are also dampening the country’s outlook.Its forecast is in line with a report issued earlier this week by the International Monetary Fund, which also cut its prediction for economic growth this year to 1.4 per cent. read more

Top US deputies here next week

Deputy Assistant Secretary of State James Moore, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Vikram Singh, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Jane Zimmerman will travel to Sri Lanka and the Maldives from January 26-February 1, 2013, the US Embassy in Colombo said today.In Sri Lanka they will meet with senior Sri Lankan officials, members of various political parties as well as civil society to discuss a wide range of issues, including progress in implementing the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission recommendations and National Action Plan. James R. Moore is a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs since September 2010. Mr. Moore was previously the Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Colombo from 2006 to 2009. In the Maldives they will meet government officials and members of political parties to continue support for a way forward that respects Maldivian democratic institutions, the rule of law, and the will of the Maldivian people in the run up to this year’s presidential elections. Jane B. Zimmerman is a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, responsible for South and Central Asia, the Western Hemisphere, and International Religious Freedom.Vikram J. Singh is Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for South and Southeast Asia within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs. Mr. Singh serves as the principal advisor to senior leadership within the Department of Defense for all policy matters pertaining to development and implementation of defense strategies and plans for the region. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Wigneswaran insists army camps in the North must be removed

Wigneswaran said that if arms stored in the North explode in a fire like what happened in Kosgama it will create extensive damage.He noted that the issue of removing army camps in the North has been raised with the military on several occasions but yet the matter has been ignored. (Colombo Gazette) Northern Province Chief Minister C.V Wigneswaran today insisted that the army camps in the North must be removed.Speaking to reporters in Jaffna, Wigneswaran said there was a concern an incident similar to what took place in Kosgama may occur in the North.

UN agencies warn that Africas TB cases will grow as HIV spreads

The number of cases of tuberculosis (TB) in Africa — already in the millions — will double over the next decade as HIV continues to spread across the continent, the United Nations warned today, calling for a concurrent effort to fight both infectious diseases.The UN World Health Organization (WHO) and the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) predicted that the number of TB cases in Africa will reach 3.3 million by 2005 and surpass 4 million shortly thereafter.These alarming figures are contained in a report to be presented later this week at the Africa Summit on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Other Infectious Diseases, in Abuja, Nigeria. The report shows a 10 per cent rise in the number of TB cases on the continent each year because of HIV.”There is an urgent need to address TB and HIV together,” said Dr. Peter Piot, Executive Director of UNAIDS. “Reducing transmission of HIV will reduce the epidemic of TB.””Tuberculosis is a leading killer of people living with HIV/AIDS,” observed WHO Director-General Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland. She noted that up to 50 per cent of people with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa develop TB. “This is one of the reasons why the control of TB and HIV in Africa is so interdependent.”WHO and UNAIDS recommend a rapid expansion of a strategy known as DOTS, which uses community workers to ensure that patients are taking their TB medication. The agencies point out that increasing the availability of DOTS in Africa will have the added benefit of organizing community health systems for the future provision of anti-retroviral drugs used to treat HIV.Both Dr. Piot and Dr. Brundtland will attend the Abuja Summit, where UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan is expected to make a major address outlining key priorities in the fight against AIDS. A spokesman for Mr. Annan said today that the Secretary-General was scheduled to arrive in Abuja on Wednesday, following a brief personal visit to his home country, Ghana.In his speech on Thursday, the Secretary-General is expected to call for a major mobilization of political will and resources commensurate with the enormity of the AIDS crisis. According to UN officials, he will focus on priority aspects of the battle against AIDS, including prevention, care and treatment. read more

Developing nations must take part in addressing ocean issues UN conference told

The way forward is to turn to new ideas including operational ocean products and services, marine environmental protection and management, especially in coastal areas, and marine risk management, UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Secretary-General Michel Jarraud told 150 international organizations, institutions and government representatives at a week-long meeting that ended in Halifax, Canada, yesterday.Hosted by Canada, the Second Session of the Joint Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology (JCOMM) of the WMO and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Organization (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural (UNESCO) took place in Halifax, Canada from 19 to 27 September.”There is urgent need for a greater involvement of the developing countries in the scientific and technical work of the Commission,” Mr. Jarraud said. “Reciprocally, there is much need for support to these Members, in the form of technical cooperation and capacity building.”The strategy for making this challenge a reality should be through synergies among governments, the international community, academia and the private sector,” he added.Canada’s Environment Minister Stéphane Dion applauded the ongoing efforts of the WMO and IOC as “essential if we are to improve our understanding of the oceans, their climate and the related effects on coastal environments and the people who live there.”It is especially important today that there is ongoing monitoring of the changing conditions of the world’s ocean environment so as to provide information and warnings of dangerous situations such as hurricanes, storm surges and tsunamis.”IOC Executive Secretary Patricio Bernal said last December’s Indian Ocean tsunami catastrophe demonstrated the “overwhelming importance of having in place global, operational, robust and accurate warning services for natural hazards, as well as the need for interdisciplinary and inter-organizational cooperation to implement such services on operational basis.”There is a role of JCOMM to play in this global effort,” he added. read more

Ousted AlarmForce chief executive calls on shareholders to reinstate him

Ousted AlarmForce chief executive calls on shareholders to reinstate him by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 23, 2013 5:01 pm MDT TORONTO – AlarmForce Industries Inc. has fired its chief executive, but newly ousted Joel Matlin says he wants the company’s shareholders to put him back in charge.“I’m hopeful that the shareholders will let their voices be known and support me in being reinstated,” he said in an interview.“I anticipate being back running the company.”In a news release Tuesday, the home security company (TSX:AF) said it has “terminated” Matlin following a nearly year-long strategic review.“The board and management of AlarmForce wish to thank Mr. Matlin for his dedicated years of service and numerous contributions,” the Toronto-based company said in a statement.The release said Matlin, who has been the company’s high-profile spokesman and appears regularly in its television commercials, will continue to serve as a company director.Chief financial officer Anthony Pizzonia will serve as interim president and chief executive until a permanent replacement is found.Matlin, who holds a nearly eight per cent stake in the company, said he had scheduled a meeting with the board for Aug. 7 to talk about the company’s vision going forward. But a few days ago, the board asked Matlin to come in for another meeting, in advance of the one to be held in August, he said.Matlin said he was stunned when the company’s board handed him his walking papers on Tuesday.“To be perfectly frank, I am in shock,” he said. “I never anticipated the board making this decision.”Matlin alleges his termination stems from a conflict between himself and Pizzonia.Pizzonia could not immediately be reached for comment.Earlier this month, AlarmForce’s strategic review, which included a possible sale of the company, was completed without a deal.The company said at the time it would focus on growing its business.Acumen Capital analyst Brian Pow said it’s possible the move is related to the company’s failure to find a buyer.“Joel’s been the face of the company since inception,” Pow said.“I’m certainly surprised by this at this point. Hopefully we’ll get some clarity from the board at some point.”AlarmForce said a growing subscriber base and a reduction in marketing helped it nearly double its net income in the quarter ended Jan. 31.Pow said the company has been shifting its focus to south of the border, but it’s unclear if that vision will remain with Matlin gone.“That’s really where the game plan is going forward. At least it was until today,” he said. “We’ll have to see what happens.”Shares in AlarmForce, which were halted pending the announcement, closed up 20 cents at $10 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Tuesday.AlarmForce, which has operations in Canada and the United States, provides security alarm monitoring, personal emergency response monitoring, video surveillance and other services. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

9 international festivals for people in a strop with Oxegen and Electric

first_imgOXEGEN AND ELECTRIC Picnic revealed their line-ups this week, to a mixed reception.So if you’re not happy with them, here are 8 great European alternatives.SonarWhere is it? Barcelona, June 13-15How much are tickets? €175 for a weekend pass; two-day pass €115, various day-ticket options.Who’s playing? Kraftwerk, Pet Shop Boys, Soulwax, Major Lazer, Jurassic 5, Skrillex, Two Door Cinema Club, Nicolas Jaar and more.What’s the buzz? In a hangar-like complex on the outskirts of Barcelona. Relaxed, friendly, chilled-out.For more info: sonar.es~~~~~ExitWhere is it? Novi Sad, Serbia, July 10-14How much are tickets? €110.Who’s playing? Bloc Party, Ceelo Green, Fatboy Slim, Snoop Dogg, Chase and Status, Atoms for Peace, Diplo and more.What’s the buzz? Giant, very cheap festival in an 18th-century fortress on the Danube that began as a student protest in 2000. Expect friendly madness.For more info: exitfest.org~~~~~End of the Road FestivalWhere is it? Dorset, England, August 30-September 1How much are tickets? €207Who’s playing? Sigur Rós, Belle and Sebastian, Eels, David Byrne and St Vincent, Warpaint, Dinosaur Jr, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings and more.What’s the buzz? Relaxed affair in the eccentric grounds of a stately home in leafy southern England. Expect real ales.For more info: endoftheroadfestival.com~~~~~PrimaveraWhere is it? Barcelona, May 22-26How much are tickets? Weekend tickets sold out; day tickets are still available for €80 a throw. You stay in the city, so there’s no camping anyway.Who’s playing? Blur, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, My Bloody Valentine, The Knife, Phoenix, Hot Chip, Grizzly Bear, Wu-Tang Clan and more.What’s the buzz? Pan-European hipsters in a giant complex on the Barcelona waterfront. Tapas by day, dancing by night.For more info: primaverasound.es~~~~~DimensionsWhere is it? Fort Punta Christo Pula, Croatia, September 5-9How much are tickets? €170Who’s playing? Hype Williams, Theo Parrish, Pantha du Prince, Kode 9, Mr Scruff, Model 500, Mala in Cuba and more.What’s the buzz? Small-ish festival in an abandoned fort on the Croatian coast. Friendly atmosphere; a LOT of dancing.For more info: dimensionsfestival.com~~~~~Benicassim (Fib)Where is it? Benicassim, Spain, July 18-21How much are tickets? Weekend ticket €173, three-day pass €130, various daily options.Who’s playing? Queens of the Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys, The Killers, Primal Scream, Beach House, Johnny Marr, Dizzee Rascal and more.What’s the buzz? Holiday beach resort by day, festival by night. All. Night. Long.For more info: fiberfib.com~~~~~BestivalWhere is it? Isle of Wight, England, September 5-8How much are tickets? €224 (OK, this is only just less than the Irish festivals)Who’s playing? Elton John, Snoop Dogg, MIA, Franz Ferdinand, Flaming Lips, The Knife, Wu-Tang Clan, Bombay Bicycle Club, The Roots, Belle & Sebastian and more.What’s the buzz? Like a bigger Electric Picnic – it’s usually the same weekend – except your chances with the weather are a bit better. Lots of fancy dress for some reason.For more info: 2013.bestival.net~~~~~Berlin FestivalWhere is it? Tempelhof Airport and other venues, Berlin. September 6-7How much are tickets? All-inclusive ticket €142, Tempelhof Airport only €87.Who’s playing? Blur, Bjork, Pet Shop Boys, My Bloody Valentine, MIA, Justice DJ set, Klaxons, Villagers, Ellie Goulding and more.What’s the buzz? Hipsters and actual music fans in a disused (but architecturally iconic) airport in south Berlin.For more info: berlinfestival.de~~~~~AirwavesWhere is it? Reykjavik, Iceland, October 30-November 3How much are tickets? €120Who’s playing? Kraftwerk, Alunageorge, Gold Panda, Omar Souleyman, Múm, Zola Jesus and more.What’s the buzz? Small city festival in an unexpected place, repeatedly hailed as the hippest event on the festival circuit. Shows take place in various Reykjavik venues and clubs.For more info: icelandairwaves.isArctic Monkeys, Fatboy Slim and Bjork for Electric Picnic 2013>Oxegen 2013: Line-up revealed in full>last_img read more

How David Beckhams former housemate walked out on United and ended up

first_imgHow David Beckham’s former housemate walked out on United and ended up in prison Gary Twynham talks to The42 about defying Alex Ferguson, going from a prison cell to Wembley and sharing sunbeds with Robbie Savage. Share54 Tweet Email4 Sunday 10 Mar 2019, 8:00 AM IT IS THE condition of even the rich and teeming careers found in football: they are all eventually reduced to no more than a couple of lines.This can be an egalitarian process though, with trophies, awards and wealth less essential currencies.So to Gary Twynham – where to start?How about the teenage prospect who defied Alex Ferguson’s pleas, and walked out on the Man United youth set-up that produced Beckham, Scholes, Butt and the Nevilles?Or the first convict to sign professional football terms?Or the guy who started a season in a cell and ended it at Wembley?**********Twynham was born in Manchester but raised in North Wales. At 11, he started playing football relatively late, but that didn’t prevent his essential talent blooming.An attacking midfielder, within two years he was selected for the Bobby Charlton Soccer School – the programme which also identified David Beckham – and impressed during a tournament in France to the extent that the country’s biggest clubs came calling.He was brought to Liverpool’s School of Excellence, but his slated trial game was cancelled in the aftermath of the Hillsborough tragedy. Instead, he was invited to Manchester United by Brian Kidd and Nobby Stiles for a week-long trial.Custom dictated that the best player would give a speech at the end of the week. Come Friday, that fell to Twynham. United gave him a Youth Team Scheme contract that ran for six years…all but one of which Twynham completed.“I should have signed for Liverpool, I’d have had a better chance!” laughs Twynham to The42.Initially, things went well.He shared digs with David Beckham for a while, and the pair became close friends.They went together to United’s FA Cup semi-final replay against Oldham in 1990, and embraced each other madly amid the euphoria of Mark Robins’ extra-time winner; his second critical goal of that cup run as it sent United to Wembley to win the first trophy of the Ferguson era.Afterward, Twynham and Beckham found themselves in the United dressing room, with a jocular Ferguson telling them they reeked of hot dogs before sending them on their way home. David Beckham, pictured in 1995. Source: EMPICS Sport“We were best mates”, recalls Twynham of Beckham. “I don’t know why he doesn’t mention that in his book, we were best mates for a while. Maybe somebody thought it wouldn’t be good to mention a con.“I like him. Even though he is a humble guy now, and he is a good guy, he was a bit of a big-time Charlie back then.But I think he’s great. I’m really fucking proud I knew him at some point. He’s a great guy, humble, still with his missus after all this time, he deserves everything he’s got.“Nobody ever thought he was going to be what he became. But he wanted fame. He wanted it.“He just had confidence. He grew. He had great technique and great stamina; he’d run all day. The coaches that say they knew he’d be so good are lying; they never expected him to be a superstar.Twynham does get a mention in another former housemate’s book. “His sunbed partner!” laughs Twynham when The42 mentions Robbie Savage.“Yeah, we were only on 40 pounds a week so we used to go the sunbeds together to save money, as he was a skinny little shit.“We’d top and tail in the same sunbed at the same time!”**********And then he left.“There’s not many people who would walk out on the biggest club in the world, but it wasn’t meant to be”, says Twynham plainly.If few would walk out on Manchester United, fewer still would do so to the soundtrack of repeated pleas from Alex Ferguson to stay.Twynham was 18 and had another year left on his contract, but resolved he needed to get away from it all. “I wasn’t happy. I had a good season the year before but it was becoming apparent I wasn’t going to make it.“I was just homesick. I didn’t want to be there anymore. I didn’t feel comfortable, I didn’t feel confident.I just didn’t want to play football anymore, I’d lost my desire.”Although Manchester wasn’t exactly separated from his home in North Wales by wide oceans and sprawling lands, Twynham struggled to settle and made frequent trips home.Everything came to a head after one such return.“I went AWOL one weekend, and when I came back [youth team coach] Eric Harrison had a go at me and said, ‘Where were you?’ and I told him I just didn’t want to play for the club again.“I then had to go through the channels, so I had to go see Alex Ferguson. He tried to talk me out of it, and told me I’d a future of making a living from the game.”Ferguson sent him to Wrexham to train, in the hope that the ragged experience of lower-league football would convince him to stay with United, but Twynham’s mind was made up: he wanted to go home.There were a few reasons behind his decision to get out of United and return home, among them his chafing amid the singular world of a football academy in which the dreamers were many and the dreams few.“It’s quite hard”, reflects Twynham.“There’s 40 of you on YTS, living in digs. There were fights, lads were always on the wind-up. It’s intense.”Fights occasionally happened in the dressing room after training, with players engaging in boxing matches wearing nothing but towels. “And if the towels fell off, we’d keep on going” remembers Twynham.Twynham was once in the middle of one of these fights, in which he scrapped with defender Ashley Westwood. The pair were caught, and sent to Alex Ferguson’s office.Both made their way to Manchester’s kind of Mordor nervously, with Westwood’s eyes already discoloured and swelling up.The amateur boxers were then hit with a profound bit of luck: Ferguson wasn’t around.“We were with each other every day” says Twynham of the atmosphere among United’s youth ranks.“We were seeing each other every day. If you are a weak person, it can feel a bit like being bullied at school.“We were training close to the first-team, too, and among them you are almost like a fan, aren’t you?“I had a run-in with Peter Schmeichel, and a run-in with Paul Ince.“Ince was an absolute wanker.” Ince and Twynham clash while playing for Middlesbrough and Macclesfield respectively. Source: EMPICS SportTwynham says he could handle himself, but it had just become too wearying amid a wider disillusion that he wasn’t going to make the grade at United.“I wanted to be at home, I felt I was just pissing in the wind. I thought that there’s more to life than this.“I didn’t get on with Eric Harrison from day one. He was very important at the club. It was Eric Harrison who made those kids. He believed in them and he deserves a lot of credit. But I just didn’t see eye-to-eye with him.“I was signed by Brian Kidd and Nobby Stiles, not him.”The style of play didn’t help Twynham either. More comfortable running with the ball at his feet, Harrison drilled his players to “pass, pass, pass.”His game-time was, admittedly, stymied by players who he says “went onto be the best players in the Premiership, some to be the best in the world.”He ignored his father’s pleas to stay on for at least another six months, if not see out the final year of his contract.“I just couldn’t get my head down.“Looking back now, it probably was the biggest mistake of my life. It’s just one of those things, I can’t turn back the clock, can I?”Ferguson ensured United paid up the rest of his contract, which the club were not obligated to do.So Gary Twynham left United with £15,000 and returned home to Wales.“He wanted to look after me”, says Twynham of Ferguson. “To make sure I looked after my life.”**********Less than a year later, Ferguson was looking out for Twynham again. This time he was writing a character reference as Twynham appeared in court.“I got in a fight in Rhyl and got nicked for it”, says Twynham. He was charged with assault and sentenced to nine months in prison.“Prison was great!”, laughs Twynham.“When I was coming in, it was on the radio that an ex-United player was being sent down. So they were all waiting for fucking Ryan Giggs or someone, so when I turned up they were fairly disappointed!” A prisoner who ran a cooking course in the prison enrolled Twynham before he had arrived.“He was a United fan. It had been in the paper that Ferguson gave me a character reference, so he thought about using me to get to talk to his idol!”The course was a success – Twynham ate what he cooked – but more successful was the football team.Having impressed, the prison arranged him a trial with Darlington.“They looked over the walls on massive ladders! No, that’s a joke.“The prison go to football clubs so they got me a trial with Darlington. I had a worldie and they wanted me to sign at half-time.“I think I was the first con to sign professional terms.“They gave me a little wage. I got out of prison and they put me in digs, and I ended up in the play-off final.“So I started the season in prison and ended it at Wembley.”**********That game was to decide who would be promoted to the second division, and Darlington lost 1-0 to a Plymouth team managed by Neil Warnock.To Twynham’s frustration, he never managed to make a step up from the club.“I had a good season. I was a strong and quick player. At Darlington we had Robbie Blake and Sean Gregan, and they went on to play in the Premiership.  You look back, they all got moves but I was better than them.“I was getting man-of-the-match every week. We played Leeds at Elland Road in the Coca-Cola Cup. I was on right wing and Lee Sharpe came up to me, as I knew him from United.“He asked, ‘You’re not playing right-wing are you? Oh no’.“I got Man of the Match that night, I thought, ‘Now I’ll get my move’, but it never happened. I had a good season but fell out with the manager Dave Hodgson.”From there Twynham dropped to non-league level, bouncing around with a number of clubs before spending a “disastrous season” with Hednesford Town.“I went AWOL a couple of times. They gave me a couple of warnings but I fell out with the chairman.“So I got sacked from the Conference and went back to the Football League.”He went to Macclesfield and played nine times in the 2000/01 season, but then returned to Wales: playing with Haverfordwest County, Port Talbot, and finally, Barry Town, with whom he was relegated from the Welsh Premier League.At the beginning of Twynham’s final season, Real Madrid paid Manchester United €37 million for David Beckham.Everybody leaves eventually.**********Ironically, Twynham has now settled in Manchester, where he works as a mobile phone engineer.“I’ve a good job now, I love it. I love it more than football. I make good money and you don’t get out of breath driving, do you?”So how does he look back on it all, as the man who walked out on Manchester United?“If I was going to make it, I’d have made it. I went to Darlington and it didn’t materialise.I get a load of people saying I should have made it. You know, from the guys in the pub who say, ‘I had a trial with United or City but I didn’t make it as I was on the piss the night before’.“I wasn’t good enough at the end of the day.”Was it difficult realising he wasn’t good enough? Or, given that he had walked out on United, was it a slight relief?“It’s a bit of both.”Twynham remains a United fan, and is back watching them every week having stayed away for a while, although that wasn’t through any personal angst.“I still love football, I still watch it. I’m a United fan, but I didn’t watch them while Mourinho was there as I just didn’t like him.“But now Solskjaer is there, it’s great.” 53,778 Views By Gavin Cooney Alex Ferguson and Gary Twynham (right). Mar 10th 2019, 8:00 AM Alex Ferguson and Gary Twynham (right). Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 18 Comments https://the42.ie/4532344 last_img read more

Rio20 faire du développement durable un modèle mondial

first_imgRio+20 : faire du développement durable un modèle mondialTrois mois avant le sommet Rio+20, le Brésil réaffirme sa volonté de voir cette conférence des Nations Unies s’achever sur un succès. Luiz Alberto Figueiredo, chef de la délégation brésilienne, souhaite que ce sommet contribue à imposer le développement durable comme un modèle suivi par le monde entier.Vingt ans après le sommet de Rio, la conférence des Nations Unies Rio+20 aura lieu dans un peu moins de trois mois, du 20 au 22 juin prochains. Lors d’une conférence de presse rapportée par l’AFP, le chef de la délégation brésilienne Luiz Alberto Figueiredo a affirmé sa volonté de voir ce sommet contribuer à l’adoption au niveau mondial d’un nouveau modèle de développement durable.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Nous sommes à une époque où les crises se multiplient, crise politique, crise climatique”, a souligné l’ambassadeur brésilien. “Rio+20 sera l’occasion d’examiner ces crises provoquées par le modèle actuel de développement”, et le sommet “sera un succès s’il adopte des objectifs clairs” fixés pour les deux prochaines décennies. Des ambitions visant à parvenir à un équilibre entre la croissance économique et la protection de l’environnement.Mais Rio+20 ne vise pas à entériner des règles, il s’agira avant tout d’un “débat fort sur la manière dont nous voulons nous développer, sur l’avenir que nous voulons”, a expliqué Luiz Alberto Figueiredo. “Rio+20 jettera des ponts entre les différentes perceptions et positions sur l’économie verte” affirme-t-il. Le 6 avril 2012 à 14:16 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Daniel Bryan stays quiet about WWE Title win Look back at Bryan

first_img John Oliver Takes On The WWE Triple H Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Now Playing Up Next WWE tried to do an interview (above) with new WWE Champion Daniel Bryan following last night’s Smackdown Live in St. Louis to explain his actions.Bryan remained silent, simply looking at the WWE Championship and walking off. As noted in our live Smackdown recap, Bryan attacked Styles after the match.Look back at Bryan taking jab at LesnarWith Bryan defeating Styles last night to become the new WWE Champion, he will now face Universal Champion Brock Lesnar this Sunday at Survivor Series.Bryan, who has spoken openly about always wanting a dream match with Lesnar, took a jab at him on Smackdown Live last November during a promo to hype up Styles as the challenger for last year’s Champion vs. Champion match at Survivor Series.At the time, Bryan was the General Manager of Smackdown Live.Bryan says Lesnar has a pattern of quitting including deciding to quit WWE and quitting to a “half-ass kneebar” in the UFC. He says Styles will push Lesnar into deep waters. Bryan says when you are that big you can last for about 10 minutes in the deep water. “Brock Lesnar will mentally quit.”Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWhen Does WrestleMania 35 Start?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:53/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 50.29%0:02Remaining Time -0:51 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Twitter Now Playing Up Next When Does WrestleMania 35 Start? Google+ Videos Articles WWE Royal Rumble Card Update For 2019 WWE Still Moving Forward With Crown Jewel Event In Saudi Arabia Ronda Rouseycenter_img WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Daniel Bryan Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next Wrestler Brie Bella Wants Another Baby Videos Articles Facebook FOX to reportedly air WWE “Smackdown’s Greatest Hits” special Friday, September 27 Big changes reportedly made to WWE RAW and Smackdown Live writing teamslast_img read more

Clark County council rejects emergency ordinance

first_imgAn emergency ordinance unexpectedly introduced by Republican Councilor David Madore seeking to address safety issues at the intersection of Northeast 182nd Avenue and state Highway 500 consumed much of Tuesday’s Clark County council meeting.During the three-hour meeting, Madore tried to insert his ordinance into the council’s agenda saying it was a matter of “public life and health.” His move drew strong rebukes from other councilors, with Republican Councilor Jeanne Stewart accusing Madore, at one point, of attempting to extract a “quid pro quo.”The intersection in question is a T-shaped intersection of two curving roads in the Proebstel area east of Vancouver.The emergency ordinance proposed by Madore would place a temporary moratorium on any new development in the Fifth Plain Creek basin near the intersection unless developers meet county requirements to improve nearby infrastructure. Declaring that a “public health hazard will materialize,” Madore’s ordinance states that the development was approved without honoring a developer’s agreement and it now presents a dangerous traffic situation.Madore attached letters from the Washington State Department of Transportation that raise safety issues concerning the intersection. The letters list low visibility and a narrow, two-lane bridge over Lacamas Creek as problems that need mitigating.“Now, whether or not this results in the stopping or halting of development, or whether it just says that the county needs to get ahead of it and correct the unsafe situation that will unfold according to (the department,) whatever that remedy is, that’s up to us,” Madore said.last_img read more

Yuvraj Singh expected to announce retirement today

first_imgYuvi is likely to end his international career todayOne of India’s most successful batsmen in ODI cricket and winner of the man of the tournament award in the 2011 Cricket World Cup Yuvraj Singh is expected to announce his retirement from international and domestic cricket later today. The all-rounder has arranged an interaction with the media today at a hotel in Mumbai, where he is expected to make this declaration. There has been speculation about Singh calling it quits for some time now and the prospect of participating in tournaments such as Euro T20 Slam, to be played in Ireland, and GT20, to be played in Canada, may have served as an additional motivating factor.Indian players are barred from participating in overseas T20 leagues and as long as Yuvraj remains an active player in the Indian circuit, he cannot ply his trade in T20 events outside the country. By retiring, he could not only play these tournaments but other popular leagues across the world as a freelancer.Yuvi’s exploitsYuvraj Singh started his international career with a bang in 2000 during the ICC Knockout Trophy in Nairobi. In only his second match and the first innings of his career, the left-hander struck a brilliant 84 to help his team defeat the world champions Australia. Yuvraj was a key part of India’s 2011 World Cup victoryINDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesHe then went through a patch of bad form which saw him losing his place in the team. But when he returned to the Indian side during the home series against Zimbabwe in early 2002, he reasserted his class by rescuing his team with an innings of 80* and taking it to victory. After that he became a regular member of the ODI team.In all, Yuvraj played 304 matches and batted in 278 innings to score 8701 runs with 14 centuries and 52 half-centuries. He also took 111 wickets with one five-wicket haul. He was one of the best fielders in the world at the beginning of his career and started the trend of good fielding in the Indian side.However, Yuvraj couldn’t replicate his success in the longest format and despite playing 40 Tests, only scored 1900 runs with an average of 33.92, though he did manage three hundreds with a highest score of 169. As a bowler also, he got just nine wickets in his entire Test career.In T20Is, a career of 58 matches produced 1177 runs and 28 wickets and included his brilliant performance in the inaugural World T20 of 2007 which India won. His record in the IPL is mixed and this year, his team Mumbai Indians kept him on the bench after the first four matches of the season. This may have further prompted Yuvraj to consider retirement as his prospects in the IPL also are not looking that bright.last_img read more

What Crashing Autonomous Cars Tell Us About the Future of Product Liability

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. December 6, 2018 Welcome to the club, Waymo.Uber has been there. Tesla has been there. And now a self-driving car from the Google self-driving subsidiary has been involved in an accident on the open road. (Though, to be fair, in Waymo’s case the incident was far less serious than those other deadly crashes, and was caused not by Waymo’s software but instead a human driver who veered into the path of an oncoming motorcyclist.)Related: Police Catch Tesla Autopilot Driving Home Sleeping DrunkBut, whatever the cause and severity, all of these cases have raised new questions about autonomous cars and the related liability issues.This technology was supposed to make driving safer. But, will self-driving cars end up making our roads more dangerous? More importantly, who will be held responsible when the inevitable happens?As Car and Driver magazine writes: “Who is to blame? Who gets sued in these scenarios? The tire company? The software maker? The drivers who touched ‘Agree’ on their startup screens? In all cases, we appear to be exchanging one set of understood risks for another more opaque sort. And the implications of these new risks will need to be figured out before driverless cars can operate in the real world.”At its root, these are questions of product liability.Consider the current situation: In 2017, 40,100 people were killed in vehicle accidents in the U.S., according to National Safety Council estimates, up roughly 6 percent from 2015. Road deaths have been trending higher because distracted driving is rising as a result of smartphone use. This comes even as automakers have improved vehicle safety by adding air bags and collision avoidance systems.Related: General Motors’ Layoffs Present Ample Opportunities for EntrepreneursIt’s reasonable to assume that autonomous cars will beat current safety benchmarks — human error is responsible for more than 90 percent of crashes. Autonomous cars won’t speed or text while driving, become distracted by their phone, or drive drunk or aggressively.But, with human error taken out of the picture, automakers and auto suppliers are going to find they become the unwilling participants in a new blame game. It’s as if the car and its components will take on all of the liability borne by the driver in the past. If an accident happens, it’s because of a failure of a car part. That’s a new role for many suppliers.But, amid all of this change, there are a few key facts about product liability that automakers and suppliers should keep in mind going forward.This will happen over time. We’re in a transition phase right now where we don’t have fully autonomous vehicles on the road yet, but that will change over the next 10 to 20 years. We have a collective interest in moving toward fully autonomous vehicles because they will very likely dramatically reduce the number of traffic-related deaths and injuries, but the transition is going to be a process. We’re going from a world where about 95 percent of automobile related liability claims are related to driver error to one where effectively zero are. This won’t happen overnight.Related: Tesla Says Autopilot Was Engaged in Fatal Model X CrashThe law is still unsettled. One of the complexities of tort law is that in the United States we have at least 51 different systems of law, for each of the states and then the federal level. There are some similarities, but they can be quite different. Eventually we’re going to need a federal regulatory solution that would preempt state law claims, so that manufacturers will have one common set of criteria or requirements to meet. That will take time as well, but it should be a key legislative goal.Software is going to play a key role. We’re getting to a world where eventually all accidents are going to be arguably attributable to defects in programming. That’s new. Of course we will still have occasional mechanical failures, but the real issue is going to be how the underlying algorithms that are controlling the vehicle respond in a given situation, with liability falling back on the software developer. Traditional tort law will address this like any other product liability claim, because it’s a product that doesn’t conform to consumer expectations and isn’t safe. But, I don’t expect it to end there. There will likely be a new regulatory regime built up around this, with corresponding changes to tort law that could have wide-reaching impact.This is a privacy issue. There have long been stories about security researchers hacking into cruise control systems and other fairly primitive automotive electronics, but that’s worlds away from a third party taking control of a fully autonomous vehicle at, for example, highway speeds. This is another source of liability that is probably going to come back to the manufacturer and the software developer, assuming that they should have anticipated that malicious actors might try to seize control of an autonomous vehicle and protect it against that.Related: Police Release Footage From Fatal Uber Self-Driving Car CrashWe still don’t know who’s really in charge. The truth is, if everything is being controlled by the car itself, then liability will be solely a manufacturing concern. But, it likely won’t be that simple. It all depends on where we land in terms of complete autonomy. It’s reasonable to expect that the “driver” will still be able to manually override the system in the event of an emergency. Who takes responsibility for what happens after that point?Whatever happens around product liability and autonomous vehicles, automakers must work closely with regulators to raise public awareness of the implications of this transition. This isn’t the first time the law has gone through an evolution like this. The question now is whether our legal regime, which is essentially a 19th century construct, can keep up with today’s new and more complicated technology, without getting drowned out by the outsized media coverage that every driverless car accident attracts. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now »last_img read more

March 13 2015We reported about work on the roof o

first_imgMarch 13, 2015We reported about work on the roof of East Housing in July 2014, you can see details on July 18. – 23. and July 28 2014, as well as March 4, 6, and 11. 2015.The construction crew built a form around a set of utility vents on the East Housing roof. This will be a retaining platform on which steel housing will be mounted to protect the utility vents.Concrete had to be transported a long way, from the keystone all the way to the top of the East Housing roof.[photos by archive volunteer Chihiro Saito]The concrete is transferred from wheelbarrows to buckets to make it easier to carry up a long set of steps.Workshop participant Brendan Workman.Workshop participant Hunter Eary.Workshop participant Francesco Marchegiano.The crew is finishing the surface of the slab. More to comelast_img read more

Defence Minister sets preconditions for third country participation in PESCO programs

first_imgMinister of Defence Savvas Angelides sets preconditions for the participation of third countries in PESCO programs (permanent structured defence cooperation in the EU), during an informal meeting of the EU Defense Ministers in Vienna.According Angelides, the prior completion of a Security Intelligence Exchange of Classified Information of these States with the EU and a technical arrangement with the European Defense Agency, should be set as key conditions for future participation.During his intervention, the Minister also stressed that all the technologies and capabilities developed under a PESCO program should be available to the European Union and all its members.PESCO, co-operation with the Western Balkans in the framework of the EU Common Foreign and Security Policy (CSDP) as well as third countries` participation in EU initiatives in the region were some of the issues of the informal meeting agenda. Ministers discussed and “gave political guidance on EU security and defense issues,” in view of the Foreign Affairs Council in November.More specifically, the proposal for the European Peace Facility (EPF), developments on Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO) were discussed and an exchange of views on the Review of the EU Military Capability of Planning and Conducting Business Military Planning and Conduct Capability (MPCC) and the European Union Operation in the Mediterranean, EUNAVFOR MED Operation Sofia was conducted.Defence Minister Savvas Angelides in his intervention expressed Cyprus’ full support for Operation Sofia, noting the need for solidarity between the Member States in the management of migratory flows arriving in the European Union. He welcomed the Commission’s proposal for the creation of the European Peace Facility and supported the strengthening and further development of the EU`s Military Capacity for Planning and Conducting Operations in order to be able to plan and conduct the EU`s executive missions, improving the Strategic Autonomy of the EU.Finally, he expressed Cyprus` support for the European integration of the Western Balkan countries, stressing however that these states should beforehand complete the reforms and align themselves with the European acquis.The summit was also attended by NATO Deputy Secretary-General Ms Rose Gottemoeller and UN Deputy UN Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Missions Jean-Pierre Lacroix, who reported on the activities of their Organizations in the region and the possibilities for further cooperation with the EU.CNAYou May LikeQuizGrizAlmost Nobody Aces This DIY Plumbing Quiz!QuizGrizUndoFinancialAdvisorHeroesCaitlyn Jenner Has A Net Worth Of $100 Million And This Is The House She Chooses To Live InFinancialAdvisorHeroesUndoWomanitely9 Tips on How to Survive Your First Year of CollegeWomanitelyUndo Heroes’ welcome for Israeli teens after woman detained for false rape claim (Update 2)UndoCompanies must use buying power to root out slavery, says UK officialUndoTwo days of music to dance toUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img

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