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Indonesia want Jose Mourinho to train national team

first_imgIndonesia want former Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho to train their beleaguered national football team, the country’s sports minister said on Tuesday.Minister Imam Nahrawi said he had discussed the idea with President Joko Widodo, who is trying to revive Indonesian football after years of under performance.”This idea has been discussed… even though it’s not easy,” Nahrawi said, according to state news agency Antara.He added the government had also discussed hiring interim Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink.FIFA last year banned Indonesia from international football, citing government interference in the sport.The government had refused to withdraw their demands that local football association (PSSI) block two clubs from taking part in the top flight domestic league, because of concerns about their ownership.The PSSI stood firm but the league was halted after two rounds and eventually cancelled after the government stepped in.One of the world’s most successful coaches, Mourinho said last month that while he had not signed a contract with anybody, he expects to be back in football in time for the start of next season.”I’m in a position to be open to any club, to any national team, but to be honest if possible I’d like a club, and analyse and think what’s best for my career and to be back with everything I have,” he said.Mourinho was sacked by Chelsea in December after the Premier League champions started the season with nine defeats in their first 16 matches.The 53-year-old, who has also coached Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Porto, has been strongly tipped in media reports to take over from Louis van Gaal at Manchester United next season.advertisementIndonesia, ranked 185th in the FIFA world rankings, are one of four countries vying to host the 2023 Asian Cup.last_img read more

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BCCI has done very well at ICC, says CoA chief Vinod Rai

first_imgIn the recently concluded ICC board meeting, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) managed to wrest back some control and get a whopping 405 million dollars.Reflecting on the positives, the Supreme Court appointed Committee of Administrators (COA) chief Vinod Rai said, “BCCI have done very well over there. All of you, had written us off at ICC in the sense that the BCCI had lost its leverage, etc. I have maintained all along that we should not be chasing 40 or 50 million dollars per annum. People have reported wrongly that it’s 293 million dollars per annum. Today, it’s 405 million dollars over eight years.”Rai went on to add that the real gains were on the governance front as the implications would be for the long term. “In the governance model, a lot of our suggestions have been accepted. And two groups have been formed, one of which is headed by Mr. (Anirudh) Chaudhary. The other group in which Rahul Johri is there, is the strategic working group and the governance model group.””The best thing that has happened for us is the ICC accepting that the governance document is a living document, which means it is a dynamic document. And this governance working group is going to make suggestions in case some changes need to be brought up. I think that’s a very major achievement,” he added.The new governance model, however, has widened the voting board which now makes BCCI one of 17 members from what was one of 10 earlier.advertisementWith Afghanistan and Ireland added as new Test members, three associates have been given voting rights and an independent female director and deputy chairman with equalized voting rights and that limits BCCI’s influence on decision making in the future.Rai played down this development. “In terms of governance also, how can you take a stand that the international cricket committee will comprise of only 8 or 10 people? Obviously more cricketing nations are coming. They will get added to to it. You have a one-by-eight or one-by-ten vote or whatever it is. I think the BCCI team has done extremely well,” he opined.last_img read more

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Still passionate about racing, says Raikkonen after his Sauber switch

first_imgBy Bharat Sharma Singapore, Sep 13 (PTI) The inimitable Kimi Raikkonen says Ferrari dropped him for 2019 during the previous race weekend at Monza and insists he has taken the best possible decision to join a smaller team like Sauber in the twilight of his illustrious career. Ferrari dropped him for rookie Charles Leclerc, who will be joining Sebastian Vettel at the Italian outfit next year. “Why not,” said Raikkonen ahead of the Singapore Grand Prix when asked if it was his decision to go back to Sauber, a team with which he made his debut back in 2001. A barrage of questions were expected to be directed at Raikkonen following the announcement of his switch to Sauber earlier this week. And as always, the 2007 champion was a man of few words. Asked whether he is happy to race for Sauber, the Finn said: “No I am not. Just by pure head games for you guys I happened to sign there for two years and not be happy, yeah.” The 38-year-old could have said goodbye to the sport after all these years like two-time champion Fernando Alonso will be doing at the end of the current season. Raikkonen, however, still has the fire in the belly to continue racing. “You have to be realistic (with what I can achieve at Sauber). There is a lot of difference between the cars on the grid, there always has been. I want to go back to Sauber, I have my reasons and that is good enough for me.advertisement “It is my decision to go there but nobody knows what will happen there. We will be realistic and fight for positions. I am still passionate about racing. During the weekend (F1), race day is still the best time for me. I will stop when I feel the time is right,” said Raikkonen. He was full of wit when asked about helping Ferrari teammate Vettel in his title fight against Lewis Hamilton. “Well, I can only race one car. It is very easy to say this and that can happen. We know the rules (of racing),” he added. PTI BS AHlast_img read more

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World Cup 2019: Pakistan win toss and stay alive in semi-final hunt

first_img view more view less commentary Next advertisement No data available! World Cup 2019: Pakistan win toss and stay alive in semi-final huntICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed did not hesitate to choose batting after winning the toss against Bangladesh at Lord’s on Friday. The skipper said Pakistan will look to score big to keep the semi-final hopes alive. India Today Web Desk LondonJuly 5, 2019UPDATED: July 5, 2019 15:01 IST ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Pakistan have won the toss and opted to bat against Bangladesh on Friday (@cricketworldcup Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPakistan won the toss and opted to bat vs Bangladesh at Lord’sSarfaraz Ahmed said Pakistan will try and post a big totalPakistan need to beat Bangladesh by a minimum margin of 311 runs to make the semi-finalsImprobable but not impossible. Pakistan kept their mathematical chances of qualifying for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 semi-final alive by winning the toss against Bangladesh at Lord’s in London on Friday.Pakistan needed to win the toss and bat first to keep their outside chance alive and luck favoured Sarfaraz Ahmed at the toss. The Pakistan skipper won the toss and did not hesitate to put his team in in good batting conditins at Lord’s.Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed said Pakistan will try their best to post a big total and keep their semi-final hopes alive.Pakistan vs Bangladesh, World Cup 2019: Live Cricket Score”We will bat first. Only chance we have is to bat first and put a big total on the board. So we will try our best. We are going with the same team, although we know that we need quick and big runs. Unfortunate to be in this position but we will try our best,” Sarfaraz said at the toss.Pakistan have won the toss and will bat first at Lord’s!Job one done for #SarfarazAhmedNow his team just need a world record win to qualify for the #CWC19 semi-finals #PAKvBAN pic.twitter.com/c7IFmUdjluCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 5, 2019Pakistan, who are at the 5th spot of the points table with 9 points from 8 matches, can still leapfrog New Zealand, who have 11 points from 9 matches, into the top four. New Zealand’s net run rate of +0.175 is better than Pakistan’s negative tally of -0.792.The improbable mission for Pakistan!advertisementPakistan need to score big, probably their highest-ever ODI total — more than 400 runs.For Pakistan to qualifyThey need to beat Bangladesh by 311 runs after posting 350 to reach the semi-final.orbeat Bangladesh by 316 runs after scoring 400orbeat Bangladesh by 321 runs after scoring 450.Pakistan were down and out after their big loss to arch-rivals India on June 16 in Manchester. However, the former champions came back strong with back-to-back wins over South Africa, New Zealand and Afghanistan. Pakistan’s revival had freakish similarities to their title-winning campaign in 1992 but they had to depend on a few other results to go their way.Pakistan hoped either India or New Zealand beat England in the hosts’ last 2 group-stage matches but Eoin Morgan’s men spoiled their party by winning the said 2 matches.Pakistan chase historic winCaptain Sarfaraz Ahmed, speaking to the press on the eve of the match, maintained that Pakisstan will focus on realistic chances but insisted they will try and post 500 on the board.”We will give it our best but we have to be realistic. If we make 500 or 400 runs, we can surely hope that the opposition team can get out on 50. We will try our best. It is not a hidden fact that we have to make 500-550 runs and win by a margin of 316 runs. We have to be realistic but we will try out best,” Sarfaraz had said.No team has managed to win by a margin of 300 or more in World Cups and no score of more than 400 has been posted in the ongoing edition of the World Cup. Pakistan’s highest total in World Cup 2019 has been 348 that they had scored against England and they haven’t score more than 400 even once in ODI cricket.Also Read | Fans amused as Sarfaraz Ahmed says Pakistan will try to post 500 vs BangladeshAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Pakistan vs BangladeshFollow ICC Cricket World Cup 2019Follow Lord’sFollow Sarfaraz AhmedFollow Mashrafe Mortaza scorecard graphslast_img read more

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Additional Space for Court of Appeal

first_imgMinister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says the building that houses the Accountant General’s Department, downtown Kingston, has been vacated and renovations should start in a matter of weeks, which will provide additional space for the Court of Appeal.“A backlog is growing in the Court of Appeal, and I know the President would like to start appointing the additional judges, but he can’t appoint them unless space is available,” Mr. Chuck said.Addressing the House of Representatives on September 19, the Justice Minister said he hopes by February 2018 space will become available for use within the building.“I am working on the basis that the contractors will start the work and finish up at least the office space for the judges by February next year. But, the three courts may not operate before May or June of next year,” Mr. Chuck added.The Court of Appeal is the highest court physically resident in Jamaica. It deals with appeals from the decisions made in the Supreme Court and Resident Magistrates’ courts.It also hears appeals from certain bodies such as the Industrial Disputes Tribunal and the General Legal Council.last_img read more

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Deltamarin Unveils New Boxship Design

first_imgzoom Finland-based ship designer Deltamarin has shown the first renderings of the newly designed A.Delta2300 series container ships.The A.Delta2300 provides a container capacity of 2,322 TEU in five cargo holds and on deck, with the increased cargo hold breadth improving stability in the fully laden condition, according to Deltamarin.Together with the ballast-free approach, this results in an increased utilisation rate of about 73% (1,700 TEU) of nominal container intake in the homogeneous loading condition at scantling draught carrying a 14t TEU container, the Finnish designer says.The A.Delta2300 allows pallet-wide container stowage as well as three tiers of high cube containers in the cargo hold without losing container slots, Deltamarin says, with a high number of reefer plugs allowing smart stowage and the reduction of unnecessary container movements.Extensive effort has been focused on the A.Delta2300 hull form development to ensure low resistance combined with high propulsion efficiency, the designer says. This included dozens of CFD calculations and three series of model tests at the Hamburg Ship Model Basin (HSVA).The daily main engine fuel oil consumption is decreased to 42 t/day at a 19-knot service speed resulting in fuel efficiency of 0.033 t/TEU/day. A low deadweight per TEU ratio of less than 16 DWT/14t TEU is thus achieved, which is commonly gained only in larger container ships. This efficiency decreases the EEDI (Energy Efficiency Design Index) value to approximately 37% below the IMO reference line complying with Phase 3, which enters into force in 2025.Optional features of the A.Delta2300 container feeder include LNG readiness, a flexible number of reefer plugs, shaft generator PTO/PTI, scrubber/SCR implementation and gearless design as well as several ice classes. Furthermore, stretched derivative designs are available, the A.Delta2500 and A.Delta2600.The development work has been supported by AVIC Weihai Shipyard in terms of construction friendliness, and has been reviewed and commented on by DNV GL considering the application of the latest rules and industry practices.last_img read more

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Samsung Heavy Hands In Its Self-Rescue Plan to KDB

first_imgzoom South Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) has submitted its self-rescue plan to its main creditor, the state-run Korea Development Bank (KDB), the Korea Herald reports citing a company official as saying on Tuesday.The plan, aimed at restoring the company’s liquidity, reportedly includes up to 1,500 job cuts, selling of KRW 200 billion worth (USD 169 million) of real estate assets and disposing of stakes in Doosan Engine.SHI’s move is in line with the three-track plan revealed by the country’s financial regulator, the Financial Services Commission, which targets restructuring of vulnerable industries which were hit by a global slowdown, such as shipping and shipbuilding.Under the initiative, Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine (DSME), one of the country’s big 3 shipbuilders, was required to submit layoffs and cost savings, while the other two, Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) and SHI were required to pursue self-rescue plans with their creditor banks.Last week, HHI also submitted a self-rescue plan to creditors that is linked to further job cuts and asset sales worth up to USD 1 billion.The country’s shipbuilders, badly affected by the ordering slowdown prompted by shipping and offshore industry woes, have been very busy since the beginning of the year with activities aimed at improving their liquidity and slashing losses accrued over the past years.These include Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction Co. (HHIC) which has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on business normalization plan with its creditors, led also by KDB.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Grand Chief hosting AFN election hit by lawsuit from former inhouse lawyer

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe organization and grand chief hosting the election for the next national chief of the Assembly of First Nations is facing a lawsuit from a former in-house lawyer.Louis Harper, the former lawyer for the Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO), filed a statement of claim on Nov. 13 against the organization and Grand Chief David Harper. Louis Harper said in the statement of claim he was “constructively dismissed” from MKO “without just cause, without reasonable notice and without compensation in lieu of reasonable notice.”The statement of claim alleges that Louis Harper faced a “hostile and embarrassing work environment” which forced him to take time off twice last year for health reasons.“(Louis Harper) says that his constructive dismissal has been orchestrated by the defendants in a manner calculated to inflict mental anguish and distress on him and to cause him to lose standing and reputation in the community, and, in particular, with those First Nations with whom the plaintiff dealt in the course of his employment with MKO,” said the statement of claim.APTN National News spoke with Grand Chief Harper about the lawsuit last week. The grand chief said he could not comment on the issue, because it was before the courts, beyond saying Louis Harper was not fired from MKO.MKO is hosting the AFN election for national chief next week in Winnipeg.MKO’s grand chief survived a confidence vote in September amid allegations from MKO-member chiefs that he was mismanaging the organization’s finances and using the money for personal reasons. Grand Chief Harper denied the allegations. The federal Aboriginal Affairs department tapped KPMG to probe MKO’s books as a result.State of ClaimDownload (PDF, Unknown)The statement of claim alleges Grand Chief Harper repeatedly made “defamatory comments” about Louis Harper to the MKO’s chiefs and the organization’s executive council.“At all material times, the defendant knew that its treatment of the plaintiff was causing deleterious effects to his health,” said the statement of claim.The document also alleges that someone in MKO intercepted a letter from the Law Society of Manitoba address to Louis Harper. The letter was “then altered and circulated to various MKO chiefs under an anonymous cover letter that contained comments that were untrue, scandalous and defamatory of the plaintiff.”The statement of claim said Louis Harper had no option but to leave his position at MKO on Sept. 26.While the statement of claim does not include a dollar figure, it seeks damages for “intentional infliction of mental distress,” punitive damages and “general and special damages for constructive dismissal of the plaintiff from his employment.”Louis harper was employed as general counsel for MKO from Aug. 3, 2005 to this past September.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

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Ban Kimoon sends condolences on death of Indonesias Suharto

Mr. Ban said President Suharto’s 32-year leadership of Indonesia “was both an important period in the country’s history and a time during which Indonesia played a significant role in international affairs.”The Secretary-General, who is currently on an official visit to Europe that will take him also to Africa, made his comments in a statement released by his spokesperson. 28 January 2008United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has conveyed condolences to the Government and people of Indonesia on the death of former President Suharto. read more

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Kingsmill its time to sell familys oldstyle department store a local landmark

Kingsmill: it’s time to sell family’s old-style department store, a local landmark LONDON, Ont. – The Kingsmill’s department store, a quaint, old-style family-owned local landmark tracing its history to 1865, is up for sale.Generations of the Kingsmill family have owned and operated the business in downtown London, Ont., in what was once the city’s main shopping area.Tim Kingsmill, who started working at the store as a teen and has been president since 2003, is planning his retirement after 35 years in the retail business.He says the decision to sell one of the few remaining independent, family-owned and operated department stores in Canada has been “tremendously difficult.”Details of the sales process weren’t announced but the store will operate as usual in the meantime.“This type of transition must be carefully planned,” Kingsmill said in a statement.“The store continues to be successful, and as such, the time is now right for me to begin planning this next step.”Kingsmill’s sells a variety of goods, including home furnishings, fine china and collectibles, women’s, men’s and children’s fashions, cosmetics, linens, gifts, kitchen ware and luggage.Although it has been repeatedly updated, the store continues to have features from a by-gone era such as a manually operated elevator and pneumatic tubes that whiz paperwork around the building.The store has burned down and been rebuilt twice during its 148-year history.The current building, built in 1932, is spread over five floors and features the original tin-plated ceilings and hardwood floors.The store was opened as a dry goods store in 1865 by Thomas Frazer Kingsmill, an Irish immigrant — the first of five generations to operate the business.“Tim has been an incredible leader,” said Fred Kingsmill, board chair of Kingsmill’s and Tim’s father. “He has ensured the store’s continued success while respecting the values of quality and service that have always been so important to our family. I am tremendously proud of him and wish him nothing but the best as he begins to map out the next stage of his life.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 26, 2013 11:14 am MDT read more

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AsiaPacific growth to pick up moderately in 2015 – new UN report

Growth in the region is being driven by improved economies in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Korea and Thailand, reports the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in its Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2014: Year-end Update. The report also found that growth in the region still remains below pre-crisis levels. “Despite improved prospects, many developing economies in the region face structural constraints which have kept them from realizing their growth potential,” ESCAP Executive Secretary Dr. Shamshad Akhtar said in Bangkok as she unveiled the report today. “Infrastructure shortages remain acute and growth has not translated into enough decent jobs,” she added. Structural reforms in India and Indonesia are projected to help increase growth to 6.4 and 5.6 per cent, respectively, from 5.5 and 5.2 per cent, respectively, in 2014. Growth in China is forecast to hover around 7 per cent in 2015. The Year-end Update also estimates that for energy-importing countries, a $10 per barrel drop in the price of oil in 2015 would translate into an increase in GDP growth of up to 0.5 percentage points. However, reduced growth in Russia could deprive neighbouring Central Asian countries of $1.7 billion in remittances. Among the growth drivers in the region, Thailand’s economy, after the sharp slowdown to 0.8 per cent in 2014, is forecast to grow by 3.9 per cent due to increased short-term consumer and investor confidence following the end of the protracted political instability.However, likely capital volatility in 2015, triggered by developed world monetary policies could slash Asia-Pacific GDP growth by up to 0.7 percentage points, ESCAP estimates, advocating sound macroeconomic management and macroprudential policies to address this. On the domestic front, developing countries in the region need to bridge physical and social infrastructure gaps that need an annual investment of $815 billion, according to the Year-end Update. It outlines ways to increase infrastructure financing and recommends labour market reforms to increase decent job opportunities.Meanwhile, declining global oil prices could reduce fuel subsidies that account for a large share of national budgets in many countries in the region. ESCAP estimates that savings from those subsidies could, for example, finance the provision of income security to the elderly and persons with disabilities as well as universal access to health and education.“This is a particularly critical and opportune time to decrease subsidies,” the ESCAP Executive Secretary said, noting that this would not only reduce budgetary strains but also prepare governments for the near future when global financing may be even more challenging to secure.“Reducing subsidies can raise significant public financial resources for productive investment in the region and could make needed funds available for financing sustainable development,” Dr. Akhtar concluded. read more

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UN rights office urges Bahrain to review dissolution of opposition party

“In spite of strong calls from the international community for Bahrain to seek to de-escalate the worrying tensions in the country, we regret the decision to press ahead with the ban,” Ravina Shamdasani, a spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), told reporters in Geneva.Reports suggest that the court hearing was carried out without due regard for the principles of fair trial, and the ban is the latest in a series of measures over the last few months that appear to be designed to quash dissents, she explained.“We urge the authorities, and the national human rights institutions in place in Bahrain, to take immediate confidence-building measures to ensure the rights to freedom of peaceful expression, assembly and association are respected,” Ms. Shamdasani said.The call comes one day after Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called the dissolution of Al Wefaq “the latest in a series of restrictions” on human rights in the country. He urged a resumption of an all-inclusive national dialogue aimed at peace and stability in the country, and the region. read more

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Strong start for trucks January registrations up 59

·       Registrations: in January, up 49.8%; rolling year to January 2011 up to 263,895units.·       Trucks: up 58.9% to 2,467 in January; rolling year at 35,372 units up 6.3%.·       Vans: up 48.6% to 17,154 in January; rolling year at 228,523 units, up 22.7%.“Strong growth continues for van and truck registrations although uncertainty remains over the year ahead,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “A 50% rise in the van market and 60% for trucks is a good start to the year but next month’s Budget could prove crucial if freight operators’ concerns over fuel duty and access to credit for business investment are not addressed.”DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Motherhood and Work I accept that Ill never be Superwoman – Ill

first_imgI STUMBLED ACROSS a paperback in my mother-in-law’s a few weeks back. ‘Superwoman’, by Shirley Conran. I recognised it instantly from my own childhood. My mother had it, as did countless others of her generation. So I remembered the Seventies style brunette and bold emblazoned letters across the top of it quite vividly. And it brought back memories of my own mother bending over it, apron on and a bowl of boiling water and sliced lemon to the ready, following its advice on stain removal as though it were gospel.It was a cult book of its time. A practical aide-memoire to the burgeoning era of feminism. First published in 1975, it became a bible for mothers of that generation. It was described as an encyclopaedia of ‘household management for the modern woman’ (at a time when men didn’t feature in such matters). It claimed to guide hopeful young women of the day on how to be a ‘working wife and mother’, when that was very much the exception, not the rule.The first real generation of working mothers in IrelandWorking women of that era, my own mother included, truly believed that they were blazing a trail on their daughter’s behalves. They were the first real generation of working mothers in Ireland and they really did have to make it up as they went along. There were no microwaves or disposable nappies. No parental leave. No maternity leave worth talking about.And yet they managed. Just about. Stuck it out despite the difficulties they encountered. I think because they truly believed that they were carving out a better future for their daughters. That the path they were following represented a worthwhile ideal. And that, as a result, we would have options that they never even dreamed of. Whilst De Valera would have had us cailins ‘dancing at the crossroads’, our mothers were going to make bloody sure that future generations of Irish women would be more than just decorative features.I still struggleMy mother was a grade A student from the west of Ireland. The eldest girl of eleven children raised in a two-up two-down. She got a scholarship for secondary school and then for teacher training college. And she was grateful to get it. But she recognised that she could have done more, had she had the option to do so. And she always, always encouraged us to pursue those options and stand on our own two feet. To reach for the skies in everything we did and never let our gender get in the way. And so we did. I did.And now..Now, I’m knackered.Sorry, Mum. But I am. I’m wrecked.I’ve two kids under three, an elderly father and a career (of sorts). And no life worth talking about.I have a great husband, a very understanding employer who allows me work part time and two healthy children, but I still struggle to fit it all into the 24 hours we are all granted in any given day.So, no, Shirley, I am not Superwoman. In fact, most of the time I feel like entirely the opposite. And I’m sorry, Mum, but I think I may have failed. Despite your best efforts to grant me the opportunities you were never afforded.The other evening it finally happened. One month after returning to work, and after a busy day in the office followed by a particularly difficult evening of domestics, I keeled over. Literally.I got up in the middle of the night to go to the loo, and next thing I knew my husband was standing over me trying to rouse me from the bedroom floor where I had cracked my head when I landed. And do you know what thought ran through my groggy head as I heard his muffled pleas for me to wake up, and the kids roared in unison in the background?‘Somebody else’s problem’.How horrendous is that?To be fair, I had just pretty much knocked myself unconscious. I could actually feel myself sinking into a warm, cosy pit of nothingness and, in truth, I was perfectly happy to stay there in whatever unconscious world I had knocked myself into for a bit of a rest. I actually remember thinking. ‘At last, a break’. God forgive me. As if he didn’t need one too.Having it all = doing it allBut it did wake me up to an uncomfortable fact which I kind of already knew, but which perhaps I hadn’t truly accepted. That whilst, yes, I want it all, and my brain, for one, really needs it all, I’m not sure I actually have it in me to do it all.I seem to spend my whole life ‘making up for lost time’. In the office, for the time I’m with the kids. With the kids, for the time I’m in the office. I am quite literally burning the candle at both ends. Living a double life but within the same 24 hour day.Most of the working mothers I know are exactly the same. The ones that appear to have it all are very few and far between. Most of us just stretch ourselves as thin as is humanly possible and muddle through. And that’s not to say that stay-at-home mums aren’t tired also. They are physically far more wrecked than those of who are cosily parked at a computer all day. But there is a unique form of mental exhaustion that comes with having to adjust to two entirely different roles of a day.I absolutely struggle to wind down from the madness of the latest e-mail bombardment in work and readjust to my toddler’s pace of life where he doesn’t expect me to spout buzz words or go into bat on whatever the ‘burning issue’ of the day is. He just expects me to give him a hug and wipe his nose. As soon as I walk into the house I have to remove my ‘office’ head, and replant my ‘mummy’ one. My two lives are entirely different, requiring completely different skill-sets and personalities, and that, whilst liberating in many ways, is also exhausting.So Mum, thank you for the opportunity. And thank you for blazing a trail so that thirty-odd years later I would have the option of following it.But, I will never be Superwoman. I will be Mediocre Mum. And mediocre staff member. And that, I’m afraid, for the moment at least, is the best I can hope for.Claire Micks is the mother of a (reasonably behaved) three-year-old girl and an (entirely spoiled) 15-month-old boy. She survives by day and writes by night. Croaks rather than tweets, but despite that somehow manages to get her ramblings published on occasion.Are you a father that stays at home with the kids? Would you like to write about it? Get in touch! Email voices@thejournal.ieMotherhood and Work: Practical tips for returning to the office after maternity leaveMotherhood and Work: ‘Why do more women than men stay at home with children?’last_img read more

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Student arrested after threatening principal on Facebook

first_imgA 16-year-old student from Fort Mill High School in North Carolina has been arrested by police after he posted a threat against his school principal on his Facebook wall.The student’s name cannot be revealed at this time because he is under 18 years of age and is therefore being charged as a juvenile, but the message directed at the school principal – Dee Christopher – has been released.In the message, posted March 3rd, the student makes it clear that the principal is only alive because he is allowing him to stay alive. The student also states he is very intelligent, but then contradicts himself. At one point he says that the principal being allowed to live is a statement and a promise, but also wants peace and that he’s helped him get “back in line”.As a result of the message the student was immediately suspended from school for an as-of-yet undisclosed period of time and then sent back home to stay with his father. Shortly afterwards the school consulted with the Department of Juvenile Justice and an arrest was made by the Fort Mill Police Department for allegedly making threats and disturbing the peace at his school.The student’s home was also searched due to the severity of the threat and the suspect was transported to Moss Justice Center.We do not know if the student will face expulsion at this time, but Chuck Epps, Superintendent of Fort Mill School District, stated that if a student communicates a threat to any member of staff or a teacher they can face a range of disciplinary action including suspension or expulsion.However, expulsion will be the last thing on the students mind as he will no doubt face a long juvenile jail sentence if found guilty.Read more at ZDNetlast_img read more

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Grippe A fautil encore se faire vacciner

first_imgGrippe A : faut-il encore se faire vacciner ?France – Alors que les derniers bons de vaccination sont en cours d’envoi et qu’une première vague de l’épidémie de grippe A est désormais terminée, plusieurs scientifiques, de même que la ministre de la Santé, insistent sur l’intérêt toujours réel de la vaccination.Les données publiées la semaine dernière par les réseaux de surveillance de la grippe laissaient penser à une fin de l’épidémie de grippe A. La plupart des régions sont désormais en dessous du seuil épidémique. Pourtant, le virus est toujours présent et la menace n’est pas encore effacée. Comme le précise la directrice de l’Institut de veille sanitaire, “la fin d’une situation épidémique ne signifie pas la fin du risque de contracter une grippe”.La campagne de vaccination est toujours en cours, en centres de vaccination (lesquels vont connaître une fermeture progressive jusqu’à début mars), en cabinet médical, dans les établissements scolaires, dans les grandes entreprises ou administrations et, dès la fin du mois, dans au moins un centre hospitalier par département. L’intérêt de la vaccination divise toutefois les spécialistes : certains jugent l’efficacité du vaccin limitée s’il est injecté maintenant. D’autres espèrent une immunisation suffisante de la population afin de contrer une possible nouvelle vague épidémique et préfèrent une vaccination tardive plutôt qu’inexistante.Le 19 janvier 2010 à 10:29 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Watch Molting Spider Crab Crawls Out of Own Shell

first_img Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferWatch: Deep-Sea Octopus ‘Billows Like a Circus Tent’ Stay on target You might never look at a crab shell the same way again.SeaWorld San Diego on Thursday shared fascinating time-lapse footage of a Japanese spider crab, which has the biggest leg span of any arthropod, molting — a process in which the crab sheds its entire shell and crawls out of its own body.center_img “It’s a perfectly natural occurrence for a spider crab,” said Mike Price, curator at the aquarium. “But for us as marine scientists to be able to witness Mother Nature in action in such an impressive way, that’s a great day at SeaWorld!”Crabs, and other crustaceans, cannot grow in a linear fashion like most animals. Because they have a hard outer shell (the exoskeleton) that does not grow, they must shed their shells, a process called molting, according to the Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC) at NOAA.Prior to molting, a crab reabsorbs some of the calcium carbonate from the old exoskeleton, then secretes enzymes to separate the old shell from the underlying skin, the AFSC said. Then, the epidermis secretes a new, soft, paper-like shell beneath the old one. This process can take several weeks.A day before molting, the crab starts to absorb seawater, and begins to swell up like a balloon, helping to expand the old shell and causing it to come apart at a special seam that runs around the body.The carapace, the hard upper shell, then opens up like a lid. The crab extracts itself from its old shell by pushing and compressing all of its appendages repeatedly. First it backs out, then pulls out its hind legs, then its front legs, and finally comes completely out of the old shell. This process takes about 15 minutes.Many crabs in a population molt at the same time of year, and their old shells could wash up on the beach. The “empty” crabs shells sometimes found on beaches are actually cast-off exoskeletons.More on Geek.com:Researchers Turn Lobster Shells Into Biodegradable PlasticSome Fish Can ‘Recognize Themselves’ in a Mirror, Study FindsSix New Species of ‘Superhero’ Catfish Discovered in the Amazonlast_img read more

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Haitians gearing up for May Celebration in South Florida

first_img South Florida records first cases of Zika virus Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 29 Apr 2015 – In Florida, Haitians will be center stage at the 15th Annual Haitian Cultural Heritage Month celebrations beginning May 1. There will be art displays at PortMiami and the Little Haiti Cultural Center with other highlights including the Taste of Haiti in North Miami and the 4th annual Haitian History Bee at the Stephen P. Clark Center. In May, Haitians also celebrate Haitian Flag Day – it’s the 212th anniversary of the Haitian flag. The theme of this year’s festivities in South Florida is: “Haiti: Witness the Renaissance, Relive the Magic.” Haitian Flag Day Motorcade later Four killed in plane en route to Provo; not natives Related Items:haitian flag day, port miami, south florida Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Cliff rescue in La Jolla

first_img Posted: March 9, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, AP March 9, 2019 Cliff rescue in La Jolla KUSI Newsroom, AP, 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) – San Diego Firefighters and lifeguards were called in this afternoon to rescue a man that was found sitting on the ledge of a cliff in La Jolla cove.The man was found 30-40 feet from the top of the bluff.There is no reason as to how or why the man ended up stranded there Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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