Two city chiefs become latest to pull out of Saudi conference over death of journalist

first_img“In the light of these developments the policy chairman will now not be attending the FII conference.”International trade secretary Liam Fox has not yet confirmed whether he will be attending the event.A trade department spokesperson said: “The secretary of state’s diary is yet to be finalised for the week of the 22nd October, we will update on his activity in due course.” London Stock Exchange chief executive David Schwimmer and Catherine McGuinness, the City of London Corporation’s policy chair, join the likes of HSBC, Credit Suisse and Standard Chartered in pulling out of the three-day event.Read more: HSBC, Credit Suisse and Standard Chartered join boycott of Saudi conferenceSaudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman has faced pressure after prominent journalist and regime critic Khashoggi went missing earlier this month. He has not been seen since entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October. Earlier today Turkish officials told AP they had found evidence Kashoggi was killed in the building.  whatsapp Two city chiefs become latest to pull out of Saudi conference over death of journalist A spokesperson for the City of London Corporation said: “The UK Government asked the City of London Corporation to be part of efforts to develop a long-term partnership with Saudi Arabia.“As part of this work policy and resources chairman Catherine McGuinness was invited to attend the Future Investment Initiative conference to discuss asset management and financial services.“However ahead of this conference we want to make clear our deep concern at the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi.Read more: Google joins the list of firms deserting next week’s Saudi business summit“We support the UK Government’s call for the Saudi authorities to cooperate fully with investigators to deliver a clear and credible answer to the question of what happened. We will be raising these concerns with our Saudi counterparts. Callum Keown and August Graham center_img Two City bosses have become the latest high-profile names to withdraw from an investor conference in Saudi Arabia following the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi Share Tuesday 16 October 2018 5:41 pm whatsapp Tags: Trading Archivelast_img read more

230 Argos jobs at risk as owner Sainsbury’s closes distribution site

first_img Share Michiel Willems 230 Argos jobs at risk as owner Sainsbury’s closes distribution site Show Comments ▼ Wednesday 21 April 2021 6:46 am Argos has said it is set to close its Somerset distribution site, putting 230 jobs at risk at the retailer’s Bridgwater warehouse. “Last year we shared plans to accelerate the integration of the Sainsbury’s and Argos logistics networks and confirmed a number of our existing depots would close,” a Sainsbury’s spokeswoman said last night. Argos in Old Street Also Read: 230 Argos jobs at risk as owner Sainsbury’s closes distribution site The supermarket group said it will look to redeploy workers impacted by the announcement elsewhere in its operations. whatsapp The company said it is “committed to fight to save as many jobs as possible” after the site was earmarked for closure next year.center_img More From Our Partners Colin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.com Argos in Old Street Argos in Old Street Also Read: 230 Argos jobs at risk as owner Sainsbury’s closes distribution site by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeAll Things Auto | Search AdsNew Cadillac’s Finally On SaleAll Things Auto | Search AdsBleacherBreaker41 Old Toys That Are Worth More Than Your HouseBleacherBreakerLivestlyPlugs Have These Two Holes At The End, Here’s WhyLivestlyDaily Funny40 Brilliant Life Hacks Nobody Told You AboutDaily FunnyFactableAluminum Foil Uses You’ll Want to KnowFactableBrake For ItSay Goodbye: These Cars Will Be Discontinued In 2021Brake For ItPast Factory”Waltons” Actress Says Magazine Ended Her CareerPast FactoryThe Legacy ReportMan Who Predicted 2020 Crash 45 Days Early Issues Next Major WarningThe Legacy ReportDrivepedia30+ Funny Photos Of Car Owners Having A Rough DayDrivepedia “Our Bridgwater depot is one of the sites affected and we are supporting the teams in any way we can. This includes exploring redeployment opportunities for our colleagues within Sainsbury’s,” she added. Tags: Argos Sainsbury (J) whatsapp Last year, Sainsbury’s said some distribution sites would be impacted by a move to streamline logistics operations for the Sainsbury’s, Argos and Habitat brands into one network. The news comes a month after Sainsbury’s said that around 1,150 jobs would be affected as part of a restructuring which included about 500 head-office roles being axed. Argos owner Sainsbury’s has confirmed that the depot is one site set to be affected as part of plans to integrate the logistics networks for the two brands.last_img read more

Coats owner Guinness Peat is unravelled by pullover pain as shoppers shun knitwear

first_img More From Our Partners A ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.com Coats owner Guinness Peat is unravelled by pullover pain as shoppers shun knitwear Tuesday 28 October 2014 9:24 pm Share whatsapp Tags: NULL whatsapp Michael Bow Bow Show Comments ▼ Shoppers shunning chunky knitwear sparked a sales decline at Coats’ clothing division last quarter, leaving group sales growth at zero per cent. Guinness Peat, the listed vehicle which owns Coats, reported a 10 per cent fall in like-for-like sales at fashion unit Craft for the three months ending 27 October .Guinness Peat blamed the “impact of lower demand for fashion handknitting products” in the US and Europe as one of the reasons for the fall.However, a pickup in handknitting sales in the US helped make third-quarter sales better than the second quarter, it said, adding that the outlook for Crafts was mixed.The company said that Craft’s performance was expected to improve on the first half of 2014, “driven primarily by increased sales and cost reduction initiatives, however trading will remain challenging”.The Coats business dates back to the 1750s and it also has an industrial division, which makes the cotton used in the humble tea bag.Sales at its industrials group – which also makes products such as zips – rose five per cent on a like-for-like basis, helping to cushion the drop at Crafts, leaving overall group sales flat.Guinness Peat was formed from a spin out of Irish investment bank Guinness Mah on in the early 1990s. last_img read more

Property firms Barratt Developments and Taylor Wimpey line up to join FTSE 100 as IMI and Petrofac drop out

first_img whatsapp More From Our Partners Florida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.com Share Tags: Barratt Developments Company Petrofac Taylor Wimpey Show Comments ▼ Two companies are on track to be promoted to the FTSE 100 this week as the UK’s main stock indices undergo a reshuffle.Residential property development companies Barratt Developments and Taylor Wimpey are both in line to be moved on to the FTSE 100 index from their current position on the FTSE 250.The FTSE 100 is list of the 100 largest companies listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE).The firms would replace engineering firm IMI and oilfield services provider Petrofac, whose share prices have been hit by the oil price slump. Currently, the list is only indicative with the final decision set to be taken tomorrow.IMI and Petrofac would be relegated to the FTSE 250, the 101st to the 350th largest companies listed on the LSE.Designer shoe maker Jimmy Choo, which recently floated, and Spirit Pub Company are set gain entry to the FTSE 250. There are also FTSE 250 companies that are eligible for potential demotion to the FTSE small-cap index – the 351st to the 619th largest listed companies on the London Stock Exchange.These include oil company Enquest, industrial manufacturers Fenner, iron ore producers Ferrex­po, estate agents Foxtons, Hochschild Mining and Spirent Com­m­unications.In order to balance the demotion of six firms to the FTSE small-cap index, some companies may be moved up into the FTSE 250 index.These could potentially be Allied Minds, CLS Holdings, Game Digital and Greggs. The final decision will be announ­ced after the markets close on Wednesday 3 December and made effective after markets close on Friday 19 December – from the start of trading on Monday 22 December.The movements are subject to the final decision and approval of the FTSE EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Committee. whatsapp Monday 1 December 2014 9:17 pm Property firms Barratt Developments and Taylor Wimpey line up to join FTSE 100 as IMI and Petrofac drop out Chris PapadopoullosChris Papadopoullos was City A.M.’s economics reporter until February 2016. He is an economist at OMFIF. last_img read more

Release Chilcot report demand the Lib Dems

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Westfield ramps up expansion with launch of $2.5bn projects

first_img Tags: NULL Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapThe Truth About Bottled Water – Get the Facts on Drinking Bottled WaterGayot’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Arrested in Ohio on Attempted ChildThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The WrapWatch President Biden Do Battle With a Cicada: ‘It Got Me’ (Video)The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap whatsapp Thursday 27 August 2015 5:52 am AUSTRALIAN shopping centre owner Westfield is gearing up its expansion with plans to kick-off $2.5bn (£970m) of projects this year, including its £600m extension of Westfield London. The retail giant spun off its Australian and New Zealand operations into a separate business last year to focus on its growing international business.Westfield’s joint chief executives Peter Lowy and Steven Lowy said the benefits were already being seen in the progress being made to its $11.4bn development program.“This year we expect to commence $2.5bn of projects, having already commenced $1.6bn of redevelopments to-date in 2015 including Century City in Los Angeles and UTC in San Diego, with the expansion at Westfield London expected to commence later this year,” they said yesterday. Westfield posted $465.9m profits for the six months to 30 June, with no comparable figure for last year when it had yet to split from its domestic operation Scentre. The firm said the performance of the two UK centres, Westfield London and Stratford City, “remains strong” with the centres now generating annual sales of £2.1bn from over 70m annual customer visits. Express KCS Sharecenter_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday Newszenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comTheFashionBallAlica Schmidt Is The Most Beautiful Athlete To ExistTheFashionBallOpulent ExpressHer Quadruplets Were Born Without A Hitch. Then Doctors Realized SomethingOpulent Express Show Comments ▼ Westfield ramps up expansion with launch of $2.5bn projects whatsapp last_img read more

What using animals for scientific research taught me about myself

first_img Privacy Policy Frog eggs, one of which is fertilized. Science Source @atJustinChen I, too, disengaged. Rising up out of myself, I watched the scissors in my hand press into the lower abdomen of the anesthetized mouse, with just enough pressure to crease the skin but not break through. Poised on this delicate balance, I felt like a skater inching out over thin ice. When the blades plunged through, my anxiety dissipated, replaced by a steely concentration.At the NIH, my goal was to compare the brain structure of normal and obese mice. This type of analysis requires “fixing” the brain, or chemically preserving it against decomposition. The best way to do so is to inject formaldehyde into the heart, where it travels through the circulatory system and saturates the depths of the brain.Opening the mouse, I found a tender world with its own logic, shapes, and colors. Everything fit together perfectly, each organ tucked into place as though in a well-packed suitcase. There were barely any corners or hard edges — mainly curves, bulges, and loops. I had never seen such glistening colors before: the reddish-brown liver, the yellow intestine, everything else mostly a deep beet red. The pockets of deoxygenated blood, almost black, made the body dark and vibrant. It glowed dimly, like stained glass in the evening.An animal’s innards are so different from its outside and yet exactly as they appear in anatomy text books. That something can be so well-described and still surprise makes it all the stranger.Using forceps, I cracked open the ribcage to reveal a heart beating so hard that it seemed to bubble like the surface of boiling water. As I readied the syringe, the mouse shimmered before me: a system of perfectly calibrated organs, splotches of colors swimming together, billions of cells that just happened to be in the shape of a mouse. I pressed down, feeling the sigh of the syringe beneath me, and everything solidified into the mouse once more.After each experiment, I became giddy with relief. Slumped back in my chair, I felt each breath filling my lungs before branching out into my arms and fingers. My whole body tingled. It felt luxurious.Perfusing mice revealed the distance between thought and feeling. I could rationally justify killing mice for research but reasoning never calmed my squeamishness — at best it helped me tolerate the dread and remorse. I made a vow to never work with mammals in the future. It was the first time I had weighed my feelings in a scientific context.Near the end of my internship, my boss, a middle-aged staff scientist, told me a story. A few years before, the custodian had found a mouse in our hallway. By its ear tag, my boss identified it as one of his animals. The mouse had escaped its cage, snuck past multiple doors, and ridden the elevator up to our floor.“What do you think it wanted?” I asked, half jokingly.“Revenge,” he said.·Afterward·When I was a scientist, I was surrounded by the churning of life — generations of animals rushing into existence and dying. Some days, I saw myself in that churning. It was calming. Instead of being only myself, I was playing a role. All my defining traits – introversion, a streak of nonconformity, the desire to experience the world through writing – would recur in others after me.After completing my dissertation, I joined a nonprofit’s communication team and acclimated to office life: rows of white desks with a standing desk connected to a treadmill in the corner, drafts of press releases and annual reports, inside jokes with co-workers. Some mornings, I feel a disappointed relief to be so far from animals. Mostly, though, I am content to let the intensity of the experience fade. I settle into the illusion of stasis. Time passes but nothing seems to change.Occasionally I stumble across an exception, reminders of a larger timescale. After the dentist frowns, I ask about cavities. “Oh, nothing to worry about,” she replies cheerfully, “it’s just incipient decay.” There are more serious events: A friend’s sister has a baby; another friend visits her grandfather in hospice; a car runs into a biker near my apartment.On a brittle winter night, six months after my last experiment, I came home to find a dead mouse at the base of my bed. The body seemed like a mirage. Kneeling down, I observed the long curve of its front teeth and prodded its head with my pinky finger. The smallness of the death allowed me to linger over it and, for a moment, I’m drawn back into the churning with equal parts dread and nostalgia: memories of the animals I’ve killed. The essence of summer nudging the biochemistry of frogs – biology as involuntary clockwork.I’m not sure how long I spent with the mouse. I heard gusts of wind outside my window and my housemate on the phone below me. After a few minutes, I placed the body in a plastic bag and disposed of it in the trash can behind the house.After that, over a period of days and weeks, my mind would wander. I’m 30, almost the age of my father when I was born. Stitching the second half of his life onto mine, I divine the future — friends marrying and considering children, the struggle between my parents and me to understand each other, the stories I want to tell, the person I want to become — and I will think to myself: If only we had more time.Justin Chen is an external affairs associate at OpenBiome and a former AAAS mass media fellow at STAT. Leave this field empty if you’re human: Sometimes the eggs never fertilized. I waited for hours, walking away and returning, staring and willing them to turn. I sat in a room filled with microscopes, bottles of colored solutions, and shelves packed with scientific notebooks. Beyond the walls, I was surrounded on all sides by other laboratories each aglow with the green and red lights of precisely calibrated equipment. And yet, here I was sitting like a witch next to her cauldron, dependent on this fickle mixing of flesh.The summers were especially difficult — the eggs coming out of the frogs in long, stringy clumps. Most of them were either gray or the chalky white of dead cells. Bursting upon the surface tension of the buffer, they clouded the Petri dish.“It’s terrible here, too,” a researcher in England told me. “Somehow, the frogs must be sensing the seasons change.”I walked down to the frog room, located in the core of the research institute, to investigate. It was cool but damp and filled with the sound of trickling water. The animals lived in plastic tanks the size of bathtubs. I peered down at them. Their skin was a mix of pea and navy green melded in repetitive globular patterns. Lying underwater, perfectly still and unblinking, they didn’t seem to notice me at all.The frogs looked emotionless, alien, and prehistoric. They were from Wisconsin — born in a laboratory facility specializing in animal husbandry and at least five generations removed from any wild-caught frogs originating in sub-Saharan Africa. Most likely they had never been outside, seen a tree, or sat in the mud. Their lives were climate controlled and illuminated by lights that switched on and off at the same time each day. And yet, in their meditative trance, they had become the perfect receiver of a wave or a particle, something that spoke to the cadence of the tides or tilt of the earth, something that said: summer.·Death·Precise and preplanned, largely stripped of emotional attachment, the death of a laboratory animal is unlike most other deaths. Even now, I am not sure what to call it. My undergraduate adviser, who ran an opossum laboratory, argued against the commonly used term “euthanize” because it had the connotation of a merciful death, one that relieves pain and suffering. She preferred to say “sacrifice.”My adviser was intelligent and irreverent. She had a habit of laughing uncontrollably at jokes and then looking around while covering her mouth. And yet, her mood transformed completely when sacrificing her animals. Like many scientists, she had a way of summoning a grim focus, as if she were becoming an alter ego.“Hello, it’s me, Yolanda,” she said while reaching her hand into the cage, “the bad Yolanda.”After an internship studying obese mice at the National Institutes of Health, I thought of my own term: “disembody.” The act of killing the animal was so terrible that, in my mind, I had to transform the mouse into a series of abstract shapes and colors, something other than a body. First OpinionWhat using animals for scientific research taught me about myself The process was not entirely natural. First, I coaxed female frogs to lay eggs by holding them over a Petri dish and massaging their bottoms with my pointer and middle fingers. The movement was meant to imitate the squeezing motion a male makes with his legs during mating. Once the eggs were laid, I ran a sliver of testicle over them — the organ having been separated from its euthanized owner — and waited.With frogs, you can witness the moment of fertilization.Their eggs have two hemispheres — one white and yolky, the other pigmented and cherry brown. Before the sperm arrive, the eggs lie every which way, tiling the bottom of the dish in a mix of white and brown. After fertilization, the eggs turn — their molecular machinery grinding into action – so that they all face pigmented side up.Seeing a dish of brown eggs may not sound dramatic, but it felt as if some spirit or vital force was speaking directly to me through these changing colors. It was all so simple, as if life was being summoned with the flip of a switch.“Oh that,” a senior graduate student commented after I had been staring at the eggs for several minutes. “It gets old after a while.”But for me it never did. Through winter storms silently subduing Boston outside the laboratory windows, the rise and fall of my romantic relationship, the years congealing together, I continued to stare. I felt the same existential solemnness as I did when watching the sun set or getting lost in a melody.It’s all here, the eggs seemed to say. Watching generations of animals flash in and out of existence, I also felt time compressing. I cared for zebrafish embryos that, in a matter of days, transformed from balls of cells to larvae that roamed their tanks searching for food.As a scientist, my job was to observe life and death objectively. But the work also made me feel part of a larger order. I could experience a different version of life and death than I did in the outside world – not as personal or intense but just as strange and profound.·Life·When I was a graduate student, I typically began my weeks attempting to unite sperm and egg.advertisement Comparing the Covid-19 vaccines developed by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson Coming to terms with six years in science: obsession, isolation, and moments of wonder Please enter a valid email address.center_img By Justin Chen March 11, 2019 Reprints About the Author Reprints Justin Chen Tags Bostonresearch Related: Newsletters Sign up for Morning Rounds Your daily dose of news in health and medicine. When I looked for the deeper meaning of existence, I found that I was too skeptical for heaven and hell, for deities and spirits. Sometimes, I thought about astrophysics — roiling energy, dark matter, the multiple dimensions of an expanding universe — but it was all too vast and distant. The closest I ever got to a mystical experience was working with animals as a molecular biologist.As a biologist, I performed experiments on flatworms, sea urchins, zebrafish, frogs, opossums, and mice. These studies required the careful administration of life and death: I merged sperm with eggs and observed early embryos when they were just three layers of tissues flattened together. At certain times, I preserved animals in formaldehyde and bathed them in chemicals that turned their bodies transparent.In the lab, life and death were demythologized. Instead of some immense, cosmic force, they shrank into something tangible that could be contained in a Petri dish or studied under a microscope.advertisement [email protected] Trending Now:last_img read more

Coast guard helicopter called following accident at popular Laois tourist attraction

first_imgHome News Coast guard helicopter called following accident at popular Laois tourist attraction News Twitter Facebook News WhatsApp TAGSAir ambulanceCoronavirusGlenbarrow WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleMoment In Time: Prizes galore at National Handwriting Awards 2009Next articleBREAKING: 102 new cases of Coronavirus diagnosed in Ireland Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. By Alan Hartnett – 21st March 2020 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival center_img Coast guard helicopter called following accident at popular Laois tourist attraction Pinterest Electric Picnic Facebook Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role The coast guard helicopter has been called to the Glenbarrow Waterfall in Laois.This waterfall is located in the Slieve Bloom mountains.LaoisToday understands that a person was injured near the waterfall and a coast guard from Waterford Rescue 117 responded.The sheer volume of cars on the road near the popular Laois amenity made it difficult for emergency services to reach.“The casualty was carried on a stretcher by members of An Garda Siochana, National Ambulance Service, South Eastern Mountain Rescue and other walkers to a waiting NAS ambulance,” said a spokesperson for the South Eastern Mountain Rescue.“We have to stress the importance of sensible parking so that emergency services vehicles can access these areas,” they added.Residents have reported higher than usual volumes of traffic near Glenbarrow in recent days.The problem of no car parking facilities has been raised and noted before. Speaking today, one told us: “There is a serious problem up here with traffic and parking – overtaking bays with no parking signs used for parking.“The ambulance couldn’t get in the lane and residents had to open gates to allow cars in to there yards to free access. “We have contacted the council numerous times as this is a serious safety issue.“Given the current situation with COVID-19, it is impossible to practice social distancing with the volume of people visiting Glenbarrow since the schools were closed.”This article has been updated to state that it was coast guard helicopter from Waterford and not an air ambulance that was called to the scene. SEE ALSO – Gardai arrest men with knives in Portlaoise and recover watch Electric Picnic Pinterest Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival datelast_img read more

Mento and Calypso Take Centre Stage at Lincoln Centre

first_imgRelatedMento and Calypso Take Centre Stage at Lincoln Centre Mento and Calypso Take Centre Stage at Lincoln Centre UncategorizedFebruary 20, 2008 RelatedMento and Calypso Take Centre Stage at Lincoln Centre FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail A four-part concert titled, ‘Jazz at Lincoln Centre presents Lords of the West Indies’, will be held in New York on March 7 and 8 at the Lincoln Centre, with shows at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. each night.The series is being arranged by Jamaican jazz pianist, Monty Alexander and his ‘Friends’, with the highlight being the coming together of Jamaican Mento and Trinidadian Calypso in a special celebration of Caribbean tradition and cultures.Each concert will showcase a unique ensemble of musicians from a number of Caribbean islands to celebrate the mixture of Caribbean music with jazz.Arranged in two stanzas, the first half of each concert programme will focus on the Calypso styling of Trinidad & Tobago, while the second will highlight Jamaican Mento, featuring original instruments such as banjo, guitar and rumba box.Mr. Alexander told JIS News that the concert series would present a unique opportunity to experience authentic Mento with the likes of Joseph Bennett (shaker, vocals); Albert Morgan (rumba box) and Desi Jones (drums, percussion), sharing the same stage at the Lincoln Centre.Others who will perform include Hassan Shaker (bass), Herlin Riley (drums), Carlton ‘Blackie’ James (banjo, vocals), Pluto Shervington (guitar, vocals), Dean Frazer (alto sax), David ‘Happy’ Williams (acoustic bass, vocals), Etienne Charles (trumpet), Charles Dougherty (saxophone), and Clifton Anderson (trombone).“It’s hard for me to have a small contingent of musicians for such an outing,” said Mr. Alexander, who praised his Jamaican childhood for an early exposure to the sounds of Jamaican folk music (mento) and Trinidadian calypso, sung by the legendary Lord Kitchener.“The Lords of the West Indies Jazz concert series pay homage to those calypso singers who have helped to shape our popular culture,” he noted.The performances will be preceded by a Caribbean reception at 7:00 p.m. at the Atrium at the Allen Room, Frederick P. Rose Hall at Lincoln Centre, 60th Street & Broadway, Manhattan.Persons who require more information on the concerts can call 212-721-6500 or visit the website at: www.jalc.orgcenter_img RelatedMento and Calypso Take Centre Stage at Lincoln Centre Advertisementslast_img read more

Nissan’s ‘altima-te’ Altima swaps its wheels for truck tracks

first_img Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” advertisement What is it? A really neat way for Nissan Canada’s marketing department to highlight the fact that, for the first time in its history, the Altima is available with all-wheel-drive. In fact, all Canadian-bound Altimas drive all four wheels.Why does it matter? “With the scarcity in the market of all-wheel drive configurations available on sedans, we wanted to make a statement to customers,” says Joni Paiva, president of Nissan Canada. “The Altima-te AWD sends a clear message to the market – our new Altima has the ability to conquer the harshest weather environments with the added confidence provided by standard Nissan Intelligent All-Wheel Drive.”So, while I’m not sure the Altima-te AWD itself “matters,” the fact that the Altima finally gets all-wheel-drive is important, Nissan hoping it will stem the tide of consumers leaving sedans for crossover and SUVs. Besides, while the ‘-te’ may not matter, it sure does garner attention. ‹ Previous Next › Trending in Canada We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. RELATED TAGSMontrealMontreal Auto ShowNews I mean, anytime you add Dominator truck tracks to all four wheels of anything — Nissan has previously done so to the Rogue — it’s pretty much a spectacle. Add said tread — 1,220 millimetres long, 750-mm tall and 380-mm wide — to a sedan jack it up some 80 millimetres and add some positively gargantuan 180-mm fender flares and you definitely have, well, a monster car. When is it coming? This is the only one Nissan Canada is making so you can’t even if you wanted to.Should you buy it? Again, Nissan ain’t selling them, but I am sure if you’ve got a 50 large or so burning a hole in your pocket — not counting the $27,998 Nissan Canada wants for a new 2019 Altima — Motorsports in Action, who built the them for Nissan Canada, would probably be more than happy to build you one too. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Nissan Altima-te AWD  Handout / Nissan Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Nissan Altima-te AWD Handout / Nissanlast_img read more