What you should know about Sam Warburton

first_imgAs a youngster, Warburton used to spend a lot of time in the gym trying to get bigger and stronger – but he might well have been doing himself more damage. Since he’s cut down on the gym work he’s also cut down on the number of injuries he’s picked up. It may be coincidence, but it seems the less strain he puts on his body in the gym, the more rewards he’s reaping on the pitch. Leading the way: Sam Warburton first captained Wales against the Barbarians in JuneBy Sarah Mockford, Rugby World Features EditorSAM WARBURTON recently said to me that he was content being a quiet member of the Wales squad, that he wasn’t quite ready to be shouting orders at the more senior members around him.In a couple of months things have changed dramatically for the openside flanker as he’s had to take on more vocal responsibility as Wales captain for their last three matches. And with Matthew Rees now a serious injury doubt for the World Cup, he could be fulfilling that leadership role in New Zealand too.While Wales will struggle to find an adequate replacement for Rees in the middle of the front row, they have someone more than capable of taking on the captaincy mantle, as he proved by winning Man of the Match in the 19-9 win over England in Cardiff.Warren Gatland said of his captain’s performance: “Sam was absolutely outstanding. That defensive effort at the breakdown stopped England getting momentum.”So what do we know about the Welsh back-rower? Here are five reasons why Warburton’s proving such a hit…1. Learning from the master Warburton has learnt his trade at Cardiff Blues under the tutelage on one of the greatest opensides of the professional era, Martyn Williams. While he may end up denying his mentor a 100th Wales cap, Warburton himself has mastered the same snaffling skills at the breakdown and provides his team with plenty of turnover ball.2. Gym won’t fix it LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Running man: Warburton scores against Italy3. Multi-taskerAs well as his scavenging abilities at the contact area, Warburton is also a solid tackler, a decent lineout option and offers himself as a powerful ball-carrier too, as his try against Italy showed.4. Leading from the frontWhile he admits to being hugely nervous before a Test in which he is captain, he seems to thrive on those nerves. He was undoubtedly one of Wales best players during this year’s Six Nations and has improved yet further during the last three games. He’s been to the fore of Wales’ game plan and hasn’t been found wanting in terms of his decision making. 5. Rounded individualWhile he’s not someone to let his hair down out on the town – he prefers a protein shake to a few beers – he keeps himself occupied off the pitch. He plays the drums, likes walking the family’s dogs and is even looking into property development. He certainly knows how to switch off to rugby.last_img read more

Sky New Zealand Fans Try of the Year 2014

first_imgMonday Nov 24, 2014 Sky New Zealand Fans Try of the Year 2014 Sky TV have put together a list of 10 nominations for the very best tries scored in New Zealand domestic and international rugby in the last 12 months. Fans have until Wednesday this week to vote for the single try they think is best. *EDIT 11 Dec 2014: Malakai Fekitoa has been named as the winner. View all the tries belowThe Sky Fans Try of the Year will be revealed at the annual Steinlager Rugby Awards in Auckland on Thursday 11 December. The most popular try will be unveiled along with a host of other awards, all celebrating great achievements in rugby.Last week we saw the IRPA Try of the Year 2014 nominations, for the best Test rugby tries scored over the course of the last year. The shortlist didn’t include any All Black tries, so here is a nice chance for New Zealand fans to take a look at some of their great tries in the last year.Sky’s panel of experts, along with New Zealand Rugby, have selected 10 fantastic efforts to choose from, covering Super Rugby, the ITM Cup, Tests, and a Women’s Rugby candidate too. “It’s been another year of heart stopping rugby across all competitions, showcasing the depth and breadth of our  game,” said Neil Sorensen New Zealand Rugby General Manager Rugby.“The fantastic thing about rugby in New Zealand is that everyone has an opinion. Giving fans a chance to debate the best try of the year is a great way for them to have their say when we celebrate rugby’s successes at the Steinlager Rugby Awards.” Gareth Anscombe, Bulls v Chiefs | Beauden Barrett, Highlanders v Hurricanes | Ryan Crotty, Ireland v All Blacks | Malakai Fekitoa, Sharks v Highlanders | Fa’asiu Fuatai, Otago v North Harbour | Honey Hireme, Waikato v Canterbury | Alapati Leiua, Crusaders v Hurricanes | Tino Nemani, Bay of Plenty v Tasman | Julian Savea, All Blacks v England, Waikato Stadium | Ben Smith, All Blacks v England, Eden Park   The following three tries have been selected as the most popular:Beauden Barrett; Hurricanes v Highlanders Malakai Fekitoa; Sharks v Highlanders Alapati Leiua; Crusaders v Hurricanes The winner will be announced at the Steinlager Rugby Awards on 11 December 2014UPDATE 11/12/2014: Malakai Fekitoa has been awarded Try of the YearADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Great Tries Related Articles 26 WEEKS AGO Incredible athleticism for sensational try… 26 WEEKS AGO ARCHIVE: Suntory score amazing try to upset… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: All 12 tries from EPIC Bristol-Clermont… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

The Webby House / Condon Scott Architects

first_img New Zealand Projects “COPY” 2014 Architects: Condon Scott Architects Area Area of this architecture project The Webby House / Condon Scott ArchitectsSave this projectSaveThe Webby House / Condon Scott Architects Save this picture!© Mickey Ross+ 19 Share Houses “COPY” CopyHouses•Wanaka, New Zealand ArchDailycenter_img Area:  280 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/791804/the-webby-house-condon-scott-architects-ltd Clipboard The Webby House / Condon Scott Architects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/791804/the-webby-house-condon-scott-architects-ltd Clipboard Photographs:  Mickey Ross Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Photographs CopyAbout this officeCondon Scott ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesWanakaNew ZealandPublished on July 29, 2016Cite: “The Webby House / Condon Scott Architects” 29 Jul 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodPanel Façade SystemRailing / BalustradesMitrexIntegrated Photovoltaic Railing – BIPV RailingMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialPlastics / FibersRodecaTranslucent Building Elements in Downton Primary SchoolSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylights – LonglightBathroom FurnitureBradley Corporation USAToilet Partition CubiclesSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – One-offAcousticFabriTRAK®FabriFELT™ for Walls and CeilingsBoardsStructureCraftStructural Panel – Dowel Laminated TimberThermalSchöckInsulation – Isokorb® Concrete to SteelDoorsJansenSmoke Control Door – Economy 60Louvers / ShuttersShade FactorExternal Venetian BlindsMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Manufacturers: Calder Stewart, Fisher & Paykel, Miele, Oliveri, The LighthouseDesign Team:Barry Condon, Sarah ScottBuilder:Thomas Moore Builders LtdCity:WanakaCountry:New ZealandMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Mickey RossRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreText description provided by the architects. The brief was to create a robust home for a young family capitalising on the stunning views over Lake Hawea to the mountains beyond.Save this picture!© Mickey RossSiteThe house is located on a north facing section on the shores of Lake Hawea in the South Island of New ZealandThe site rises eight metres from a broad street frontage to an elevated narrow point at the rear.Save this picture!© Mickey RossDesignThe design uses the topography of the site to create a split level configuration with garage at ground floor level, the main living spaces at a half level higher and the guest bedroom spaces a half level higher again positioned over the garage space.Save this picture!Floor PlanThese levels are linked by short flights of steps, giving a barely noticable transition. The entry approach is a series of steps and landings guiding the visitor up to the entry foyer without the sense of ascending a flight of stairs.Save this picture!© Mickey RossThe crank in the plan form provides some privacy to the front deck from the western neighbour.  This provides an interplay between the two wings and allows opportunities for curved elements at the junction point.  This in turn creates a sense of drama in the entry foyer with a curved cedar wall leading guests into the living space.   The vertical timber elements on the bedroom wing provide privacy from the living space and help to break up the two storey volume of the garage/bedroom wing.Save this picture!SectionLake Hawea is known for its wind so the creation of a series of outdoor spaces and a sheltered rear courtyard was essential.   This courtyard opens off the living room and offers views to the lake beyond.   The dark ribbed cladding and the large aperture through to the lake is reminescent of the bellows and view finder of an old camera.  An appropriate metaphor in this timeless kiwi holiday destination.Save this picture!© Mickey RossProject gallerySee allShow lessMandíbula / Sub EstúdioSelected ProjectsThis Speculative Project Imagines A Mixed-Use Building Wrapped Around the Arc de Tri…Architecture News Share Year: last_img read more

Five BBC radio stations host #BBCsingalong in honour of charity fundraisers

first_imgFive BBC radio stations host #BBCsingalong in honour of charity fundraisers  286 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 Tagged with: BBC BBC Children in Need radio More from the BBCOf course, tonight the BBC is supporting the Big Night In, the first ever collaboration between Comic Relief and BBC Children in Need: This morning five BBC national radio stations hosted The Great British Singalong in honour of charity workers and fundraisers.Listeners were invited earlier this week to submit their suggestions for appropriate songs to be included this morning. Many fundraisers and charity workers got in touch with the various stations, as did friends, colleagues and families to thank publicly a charity worker in their life.The participating stations were Radio 1, Radio 1 Xtra, Radio 2, 6 Music and Asian Network. This is the fourth Great British Singalong, created in response to the coronavirus lockdown.Lauren Laverne hosted the #UKSingalong for charity workers and fundraisers on BBC Radio 6 Music. Introducing the station’s track, she said: “From us at BBC 6 Music This is all at once a thank you to and a tribute to the dedication and hard work of charity workers and fundraisers out there”.It was the perfect opportunity publicly to thank and acknowledge fundraisers and charity colleagues: AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 As well as individual fundraisers being acknowledged, charity teams such as those at Marie Curie, Adoption UK, Charity Link, Maggie’s Centres, CLIC Sargent, There With You, The Children’s Trust, Second Step, Fresh Start and partner food charities in Edinburgh, Extra Time and Sussex charities, The Prince’s Trust, Mind, Citizens Advice, Alzheimer’s Society, Chestnut Tree Children’s Hospice, member charities of the Disasters Emergency Committee, Kidney Research, and Ashgate Hospice were also praised, as were people at fundraising agencies and suppliers like Crowdfunder.Grantmakers, mental health charities, food delivery services, youth charities, hospice-at-home, addiction charities, air ambulance charities, social enterprises – there were plenty of public posts on social media as well as those read out on air.Charity staff on furlough who were volunteering at other charities received several mentions.  285 total views,  1 views todaycenter_img Howard Lake | 23 April 2020 | News The songsFirst in on Radio 6 Music, just before the #UKSingalong got underway, was All You Good Good People by Embrace.The five songs chosen were: It’s all about the #charity workers and #fundraiser teams on our show today. The #UKSingalong and #PeoplesPlaylist is dedicated to them. And if you want us to mention someone in your life doing that work tell us all about them here @BBC6Music— Lauren Laverne (@laurenlaverne) April 23, 2020 SEE ALSO: Six charity singles for coronavirus-related causes (23 April 2020) Thank you from fundraisersMany fundraisers thanked Lauren Laverne and the BBC for their public acknowledgement of the work by fundraisers and charity staff. Charity staff as a sector don’t often get acknowledged, sometimes quite the opposite.Indeed, Laverne said:“I have been quite surprised by the reaction… I felt this has been felt particularly appreciated by fundraisers and charity workers. And I was quite surprised by the sense that came through that sometimes people in that sector get a hard time for what they do. I got a lot of messages saying that last night, which I have to say I found quite surprising and shocking. So if you are feeling a little under-appreciated for what you do then please don’t because the messages are coming thick and fast sharing love and appreciation.” About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

A communist in the U.S. remembers FIDEL

first_imgPam Africa and Monica Moorehead with Fidel as he signs books for Mumia, June 19, 2000.In the third week of June 2000, I traveled to Havana, Cuba, as part of a U.S. delegation to participate in a roundtable discussion on the prison-industrial complex in the U.S. Some of the delegates included Pam Africa from the International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia-Abu-Jamal; Gloria Rubac, a leader of the anti-death penalty movement in Texas; Rosemari Mealy, a former member of the Black Panther Party with Mumia in Philadelphia; attorney/activist Lennox Hinds; the late movement lawyer Leonard Weinglass; Gloria LaRiva ; and myself, representing Workers World Party.Many Cubans were interested in the struggle to free political prisoners, especially the cases of Mumia Abu-Jamal and Shaka Sankofa, who was eventually executed in Texas just weeks after our visit. One of those interested Cubans was Comandante President Fidel Castro. We had the honor of meeting Fidel on June 19 after we filmed the roundtable discussion seen by millions of Cubans on the island. As we sat around a table in the office at his residence, he asked us many questions about Mumia and Shaka’s cases, along with the state of the prisoner solidarity movement inside the U.S. We then took photos with him, along with an official group photo, as he signed books for Mumia and Shaka.The next day during our tour of Old Havana, we were suddenly told by our guide that we had a “visitor” waiting for us, so we would have to cut our tour short. That “visitor” happened to be Fidel, waiting for us at our guest housing, quite an unexpected and indescribable surprise for us. As we walked into the room, he pointed to his watch and stated in Spanish and with a laugh that we kept him waiting, which put us all at ease. We then sat together with Fidel to watch our roundtable discussion as he discussed each of our comments in a very serious manner.Thinking back to that moment, I reflect on how few leaders of a country would take time out of their overwhelmingly busy schedule to visit, not once but twice, individuals who are neither diplomats nor have any kind of official title. But how many leaders are like Fidel? A leader who was always about showing solidarity with the struggles of oppressed peoples, be it in Africa, Latin America or the U.S.I have been very lucky to have visited Cuba four times, including as part of the Venceremos Brigade in the late 1980s and the World Youth Festival in 1997, where I first met Black freedom fighter Assata Shakur. But the meeting with Fidel will always hold a special place in my heart and mind.Upon hearing of his death on Nov. 25, all of those memories of being in his almost overpowering presence brought both an appreciative smile and tears. There will never, ever be another Fidel, and the best way to honor his legacy is to aspire to live like him — a revolutionary socialist dedicated to liberate all humankind from all the evils of imperialism.Fidel presente!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Zaman Trial: Heavy prison sentences for six Turkish journalists

first_img April 28, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Turkey Six former columnists from Zaman, a now-closed Turkish newspaper, were sentenced on 6 July to prison terms as high as 10 and a half years. Five others were acquitted. Reporters Without Borders (RSF), which attended the sentencing hearing, condemns the outcome as a political verdict that followed a Kafkaesque trial. News RSF_en RSF_EECA News News to go further April 2, 2021 Find out more TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Activities in the fieldCondemning abuses Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expressionCouncil of Europe Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit April 2, 2021 Find out more July 6, 2018 Zaman Trial: Heavy prison sentences for six Turkish journalists Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor Help by sharing this information Organisation Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law News The verdict was handed down in Istanbul following a 10-month trial. Six former columnists for Zaman were sentenced to heavy prison terms for “membership in a terrorist organization.” The sentences for Şahin Alpay, Ali Bulaç and Ahmet Turan Alkan were eight years and nine months; Ibrahim Karayeğen got nine years; and Mustafa Ünal and Mümtazer Türköne were sentenced to 10 and a half years. Their colleagues İhsan Daği, Lale Kemal, Mehmet Özemir, Nuriye Ural and Orhan Kemal Cengiz, however, were pronounced not guilty. All of the defendants were acquitted on the charge of “attempting to overthrow of the government,” for which they could have faced life in prison.“This verdict gives an official blessing, once more, to the criminalization of journalism in Turkey,” said RSF representative Erol Önderoğlu, who attended the hearing. “Throughout this Kafkaesque trial, criticizing the government and covering events of public interest have been treated as a form of terrorism. Who will repair the harm done to those who have spent long months in preliminary detention? We demand acquittal on appeal for all the defendants and an end to these political trials.”Despite their convictions, Ahmet Turan Alkan and Ibrahim Karayeğen were to be freed on probation while awaiting an appeal decision. But Mustafa Ünal and Mümtazer Türköne remain in prison. Along with Erol Önderoğlu, representatives of the German consulate, of the European Union delegation in Turkey and of many NGOs, including Article 19, P24, the Media and Law Studies Association and Human Rights Watch, attended the hearing.The charges against the columnists stem essentially from their work for Zaman, the country’s highest-circulation daily before it was placed under state control, and then shuttered by decree in 2016. Its editorial policy had favoured the Gülen movement, a former government ally that was then accused of having orchestrated the coup attempt of July 2016. That was enough to accuse anyone who worked for Zaman of “membership in a terrorist organization” or of “attempting to overthrow the government and constitutional order.” These charges were filed without slightest evidence of individual participation in violent acts or attempts to justify them. In the logic of the charges, if the columnists covered scandals in which the government was implicated, or criticized its drift toward authoritarianism, the goal was to create a “perception” favouring a coup.Initially tried alongside 20 other former Zaman employees, the 11 columnists had their cases separated in April 2017. Several of them were then slowly released after long periods of preliminary detention. On an appeal from Şahin Alpay, the Constitutional Court ruled in January that preliminary detention of the 73-year-old journalist violated his rights. He was freed from prison only two months later. After another two months, he was freed from house arrest.Turkey is ranked 157th of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. An already very worrisome situation for the media has become critical under the state of emergency declared in the wake of the coup attempt of 2016. Some 150 media organizations have been closed, mass trials were held and the country holds the world record for imprisoned journalists. TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Activities in the fieldCondemning abuses Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expressionCouncil of Europe Receive email alertslast_img read more

DMV Calls This a “Game Changer”: New Electronic Form Lets You Complete Your Driver License, ID Application from Home

first_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday 5 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy First Heatwave Expected Next Week Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Government DMV Calls This a “Game Changer”: New Electronic Form Lets You Complete Your Driver License, ID Application from Home New electronic application allows customers to fill out form before visiting a DMV field office Published on Sunday, July 22, 2018 | 1:58 am Make a comment More Cool Stuff Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  HerbeautyAncient Beauty Remedies From India To Swear By For Healthy SkinHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Are Indian Women’s Best Formulas For Eternal BeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Reasons Why Selena Gomez Has Billions Of FansHerbeautyHerbeauty faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimescenter_img EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News Subscribe Community News Business News Top of the News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is offering customers a convenient way to complete a driver license or identification (ID) card application before visiting a field office.The easy-to-use online application guides applicants through the process of filling out the required fields for a driver license or ID card. When customers arrive at a DMV field office, technicians can quickly access the completed form.“This new electronic form is a significant game changer in our continued commitment to streamline processes at field offices statewide,” said DMV Director Jean Shiomoto. “Our goal is to use the electronic application to shorten the amount of time customers spend at our field offices. Scheduling an appointment can also reduce your wait time.”When customers fill out the electronic application, they will first need to create an account and then complete the DMV electronic driver license and ID card application. Customers will need an active phone number and email address to verify their identity through a secure two-factor authentication process.The electronic application also allows customers to choose to be an organ donor and begin the process to register to vote. Voter registration will not be completed until an applicant visits a field office and submits the application with the DMV technician.Customers can use the TouchScreen Terminals at field offices to complete the electronic driver license and ID card application.More information on the new electronic application is available at eDLapp.dmv.ca.gov. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

School secretaries to ballot on industrial action

first_img Google+ WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Set featured imageSchool Secretaries attached to the trade union FORSA are set to ballot for industrial action after what they’ve described as ‘disappointing’ discussions at the Department of Education yesterday.A small number of school secretaries are paid directly by the departmen, but FORSA estimates that 90% are paid through their school’s ancillary grant – leaving some with salaries as low as €12,000 a year, and with no pension or ancillary benefits.Kathleen O’Doherty has been FORSA’s spokesperson on the issue in Donegal for over 10 years, and following a meeting last night, she says enough is enough…………Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/kod.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. AudioHomepage BannerNews Twitter School secretaries to ballot on industrial action Google+center_img Twitter By News Highland – May 28, 2019 Previous articleGardai in Buncrana hunt two men over car smashing incidentNext article35 people awaiting in-patient beds at LUH News Highland Pinterest FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Harps come back to win in Waterford Facebook Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

Defense secretary to tour bases in North Dakota, Nebraska at heart of nuclear triad

first_imgU.S. Air Force A B-52H Stratofortress sits on the flight line at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., Jan. 10, 2019. The B-52 continues to be mission ready in the face of frigid temperatures. – (U.S. Air Force)(WASHINGTON) — Defense Secretary Mark Esper heads to America’s heartland on Wednesday to emphasize the importance of U.S. nuclear deterrence and the need for modernization.The defense secretary will make his first visits to Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota and Offutt Air Force Base outside Omaha, Nebraska, which is home to U.S. Strategic Command — the combatant command responsible for the U.S. military’s nuclear arsenal. Both locations serve a key purpose in maintaining America’s ability to deter adversaries through the nuclear triad: strategic bombers, submarine-launched intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) and ground-based ICBMs.However, with aging infrastructure, the Pentagon has made the modernization of the triad a priority in recent years.Minot Air Force Base is the only base that hosts two legs of the nuclear triad, making it a unique stop for the secretary, according to the Defense Department. There, Esper will visit a missile alert facility that houses ICBMs and a launch control center to meet with missileers, maintainers and security personnel. He will also check out the nearly 60 year-old nuclear-capable B-52 bombers.Then on Thursday, the secretary will travel to Offutt Air Force Base to meet with U.S. Strategic Command (STRATCOM) leadership and tour the highly classified Nuclear Command, Control and Communications Enterprise Center. He’ll also see the newly built $1.3 billion command and control facility that STRATCOM just opened last year.Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee last week, the new commander of STRATCOM, Navy Adm.Charles Richard, said he firmly supports leadership’s commitment to identifying nuclear deterrence as the highest priority mission of the department.“Our nuclear deterrent underwrites every U.S. military operation around the world and is the foundation and backstop of our national defense,” Richard said. “I cannot overemphasize the need to modernize our nuclear forces and recapitalize the supporting infrastructure to ensure we can maintain this deterrent in the future. I am concerned that the oft-repeated message of the need to modernize and recapitalize has lost its impact.”In his confirmation hearing last October, Richard said the money needed to modernize the triad is minimal, only a “fraction” of the nation’s discretionary budget.“That’s what buys our deterrence and defense against the only existential threat this nation faces,” Richard said. “I think that is a good investment, and in the words of the former Secretary of Defense (James) Mattis: this nation can afford survival.” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Beta remnants, flash flooding threat moves East into Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama

first_imgABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Beta has drenched Houston with nearly 15 inches of rain, causing major flooding in the city.While the rain has stopped Wednesday morning, authorities are still urging residents to be mindful of wet and flooded roadways.The flooding rain is now moving east. A flash flood watch has been issued from eastern Texas to most of southern Louisiana including Lake Charles and Alexandria.The heaviest rain on Wednesday afternoon will be in Louisiana as Beta remnants move into the state. Flash flooding will be possible from Alexandria to New Orleans.By Thursday morning, the heaviest rain and flooding threat moves into Mississippi where rainfall rates could be up to 1 to 2 inches per hour.Heavy rain will move into Birmingham, Alabama, later Thursday morning and into the afternoon.Six inches of rain is possible in parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.By Friday morning, Beta’s heavy rain will reach northern Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. Flash flooding is possible.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more