a month agoMan City chiefs see Van ­Bronckhorst as Guardiola successor

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City chiefs see Van ­Bronckhorst as Guardiola successorby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveGiovanni van ­Bronckhorst has been handed an access-all-areas role at Manchester City.The Mirror says City approached former Feyenoord coach Van Bronckhorst – who has signed a contract that has put him on the payroll.The plan is for him to remain in Manchester if it proves a good fit.Pep Guardiola’s contract with City expires in the summer of 2021.And after seeing rivals Manchester United flounder in the six years since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, the Spanish executives who run the club for Sheikh Mansour want to put a succession plan in place.Van Bronckhorst will spend the next year getting to know the inner workings of the club that has become the dominant force in English football over the last decade.He is currently working alongside close friend Brian Marwood, City’s highly-influential Football Administration Officer. last_img read more

YEDAI Project Manager Highlights Importance of Youth Creativity

first_img Manager for the Government’s Youth Employment in Digital and Animation Industries (YEDAI) Project, Margery Newland, says Jamaica’s economic growth and development are, to some extent, grounded in the creativity of the nation’s youth, particularly as it relates to job creation. Story Highlights Noting that the society has, in the past, been hamstrung by the belief that young people were obliged to pursue careers in traditional professions, such as education, law and medicine, Mrs. Newland said the view has changed in relation to the current generation which has “no such limitations”. “Your only limitations, I think, is where you restrict your imagination (and) creativity…Your responsibility is to use your imagination to the fullest possible extent that you can, to think and work creatively (in doing) things in new ways that show you are able to improvise,” she told the young participants at the fair. Manager for the Government’s Youth Employment in Digital and Animation Industries (YEDAI) Project, Margery Newland, says Jamaica’s economic growth and development are, to some extent, grounded in the creativity of the nation’s youth, particularly as it relates to job creation.Noting that the society has, in the past, been hamstrung by the belief that young people were obliged to pursue careers in traditional professions, such as education, law and medicine, Mrs. Newland said the view has changed in relation to the current generation which has “no such limitations”.She was speaking at the Scientific Research Council’s (SRC) National Science and Technology Fair awards ceremony, held at the Spanish Court Hotel, New Kingston, on Tuesday (June 12).“Your only limitations, I think, is where you restrict your imagination (and) creativity…Your responsibility is to use your imagination to the fullest possible extent that you can, to think and work creatively (in doing) things in new ways that show you are able to improvise,” she told the young participants at the fair.Mrs. Newland also emphasised that the society’s adults and elders have a responsibility “to encourage your creativity and provide mentorship and access to the technology that will help you to succeed. These ingredients are the things that are going to turn your dreams into practical reality”.Meanwhile, she said the high level of creativity and enthusiasm exhibited by youngsters participating in the fair is “very heartening,” and is a testimonial to the hard work by the SRC in organising the initiative.Noting the emergence of the local animation industry, Mrs. Newland said ongoing developments are positioning the sector to the point where persons, especially young people, will be able to leverage its benefits to their advantage.“Everybody is interested in and wants to do animation… which captures people’s imagination,” she said.For his part, SRC Executive Director, Dr. Cliff Riley, said the agency prides itself in being engaging and relevant through activities such as the fair.“As we look on Jamaica’s future and the developmental plans to make (it) the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business, there is no way we can achieve that without a well-educated population… that has scientists, problem-solvers and innovators. This is where our students (come in) because they are the solution persons (and) problem-solvers of our future,” he argued.In this regard, the Executive Director praised the teachers facilitating the students’ development, noting that many of them serve as mentors in providing the youngsters with the necessary guidance and inspiration designed to steer them towards making the correct choices regarding their future.“Teachers, we really thank you. You are the reasons why we are where we are (as a nation)… because you are the ones who have transformed our lives. When I see how our students are thinking, I am convinced that we don’t have a major problem in terms of the future of science. Once we are able to support our students… our innovators… we will come up with real solutions (for the challenges Jamaica faces),” he added.More than 350 students and teachers from 20 primary, secondary and tertiary institutions participated in the one-day fair, which featured 36 projects entered for cash and other prizes totalling over $1 million.The entries were developed in the areas of agriculture; food and agro-processing; energy; information and communications technology and electronics, with special focus on cybersecurity, health and safety, and sports/athletics.Seaview Primary School, Vere technical High School and Northern Caribbean University topped the respective categories.The National Science and Technology Fair, which was staged in collaboration with YEDAI and several other partner entities, aims to identify, produce and commercialise products and services geared at improving national growth and development.last_img read more

First Nation chiefs meet with Prince Charles

first_imgAPTN National NewsMembers of the Royal family are currently touring Canada as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee tour.Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall Camilla, arrived in Canada this past weekend.The three-province Royal visit marks the Queen’s 60 years on the throne.Their second stop was in Toronto where Prince Charles met with the Assembly of first Nations.last_img

US energy secretary urges Iraq to quit dependency on Iran

first_imgBAGHDAD — U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has urged Iraq to reduce its energy dependence on Iran and open its energy sector to American investment instead.Perry met with top Iraqi officials in Baghdad and in the Kurdish region on Tuesday to discuss US investment in Iraq.Iraq is caught in a delicate position as it continues to draw on Iranian gas and electricity production despite renewed U.S. sanctions against Iran’s energy sector.Iraq’s own energy sector cannot produce enough electricity to power the country.Perry said the U.S. and its business community were prepared to help Iraq develop its own energy sector.“The time has come for Iraq to break its dependence on others and move forward toward true energy independence,” said Perry.The Associated Presslast_img

Rotary Club of Fort St John holds annual DriveThru Breakfast

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Rotary Club of Fort St. John held their annual ‘Drive-Thru’ Breakfast on Thursday morning.The purpose of this event was to raise funds to support local school breakfast programs.Rotary Club member, Marva Kosick, says while they do not have a total amount of funds raised as of Friday, she does say that the Club had served around 1,000 hot breakfasts which is more than the initial goal of 700. For a minimum donation of $7.00, the Drive-Thru Breakfast included a hot off the grill breakfast sandwich, a side of fruit and a beverage, all in a reusable lunch bag.Kosick says it was a great event and gives thanks to the community for the amazing support in making this fundraiser a great success.last_img

Man poses as WBSEDCL employee to extort money from customers in cop

first_imgKolkata: Officials of the West Bengal State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (WBSEDCL) has lodged a complaint with the West Midnapore police claiming that a person identified as Santanu Roy is collecting money from the customers in the district posing himself as a staff member of the WBSEDCL.A villager, who was duped by the accused, also registered a complaint at the local police station in this regard. On the basis of the complaint, the district police have arrested Roy who is a resident of Tatarpur village of West Midnapore. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaSome of the villagers from the district alleged that the accused introduced himself as a WBSEDCL employee and has been collecting money from them. The matter came to light after Biswanath Soren a customer from Tatarpur village registered a complaint with the station manager of Ramjibanpur mentioning how he was duped by the accused. In his complaint, Soren said that Roy went to his house and collected Rs 7,100 claiming himself as an employee of the Customer Care Centre of the WBSEDCL. Initially, the Soren family mistook Roy as the WBSEDCL staffer but later they found that the accused had duped them. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAfter going through the complaint from the customer, the senior officials of the WBSEDCL in the district found that the accused was neither a staffer nor he had any connection with the customer care centre of Ramjibanpur. The WBSEDCL had also suffered a huge revenue loss due to the extortion of money from the customers in the district. A senior official of the WBSEDCL in the district registered the complaint with the CK Town police station narrating the incident. . The investigating officers are interrogating the accused to ascertain the modus operandi. They are also trying to know if some other persons in involved in the incident.last_img read more

Frey Tomkins to battle for OSU mens hockey goalie spot once again

OSU then-sophomore goalie Christian Frey (30) during a game against Nebraska-Omaha on Nov. 8 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Lantern File PhotoImagine, as a student, that you have to take a test every Friday.You begin preparation each Monday, getting yourself as ready as you can be for the challenge soon to come — but there’s a catch.Your professor tells you that your Friday tests will only be given if he says so. He might give you the test, he might not.You just have to be ready.This has been the case for Ohio State junior goaltenders Christian Frey and Matt Tomkins for the better part of the past two seasons.Frey’s journey at OSU began midway through the 2013-14 season after Collin Olson left the program and Tomkins was injured.The emergency call-up proved successful, as Frey would end up backstopping the Buckeyes to the championship of the inaugural Big Ten Tournament.OSU then-sophomore goalie Matt Tomkins (31) during a game against Michigan on Jan. 16 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Lantern File PhotoHeading into the 2015-16 campaign, Frey carries a record of 18-16-5 accompanied with a 2.72 goals against average and a .917 save percentage.Tomkins has had his own shining moments throughout the course of his OSU career.Through 31 games played, the 2012 Chicago Blackhawks draftee has a record of 11-14-3 complemented by a 3.01 goals against average, a .897 save percentage and two shutouts.Since Frey’s arrival on campus, the man between the pipes in Game 1 of the typical Friday-Saturday matchups for the Scarlet and Gray is decided on Thursday after a full week of practice is completed.It’s not an uncommon situation for a collegiate team to utilize two goalies throughout the season.Fortunately for Frey and Tomkins, they’re in a comfortable routine, as this has been the status quo for a while now.“It’s the way things are,” Tomkins said. “It kind of gives you an opportunity when you don’t know throughout the week to prove yourself. It feels like you have an opportunity to maybe change the coaches’ minds a little bit.”OSU assistant coach Joe Exter is entering his fifth season with the Buckeyes. He coached former OSU goaltender Brady Hjelle to first-team All-American accolades in 2012-13, the first Buckeye to be named to the first team since 1998.A former netminder for Merrimack College and the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL, Exter knows the mindsets of his goalies better than anyone. He said he expects them to be ready to go, playing or not, and he understands their situation from a mental aspect.“We anticipate having a good goaltender once we step on the ice each game,” Exter said. “They’re human. They know that there’s one net. We’re not writers, we’re goaltenders. If you want the script to play out the way you feel or the way you hope, you better focus and take care of your job.”So what’s the secret to being on top of your game when you’re unaware if you have the starting job?“Acting every day as if you’re going to be the starter is key to consistency, and even if you’re not in, you still have to be ready,” Frey said. “When the other guy’s in, we’re right there cheering for him, hoping he does well, and when I’m in, he’s cheering for me and hoping I do well.”That relationship and the camaraderie between Frey and Tomkins allows the system to flow as smoothly as a one-on-one battle can.Whoever gets the nod for that first game of the weekend welcomes the challenge, but he also knows how quickly things can change.“Obviously you’re hoping to hear that you’re playing every Thursday, so when you do hear that, that you’re going to be the guy going on Friday night, it’s exciting, but at the same time you have to keep an even keel,” Tomkins said. “You can’t get too high when you’re playing and too low when you’re not.”Once again, it all comes back to just being ready.“If Thursday comes and you’re not the guy going on Friday, you still have to prepare on Friday and on Saturday as if you were going,” Tomkins said. “You never know.”   Either Tomkins or Frey is set to make the first start of the year when OSU opens the regular season at home against Bowling Green on Oct. 9. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Memphis Depay hits back at transfer claims Get your facts straight

first_imgDutch winger Memphis Depay has hit out against media outlets for misquoting him in saying that he’s keen on a transfer to a big European club.Following a failed spell at Manchester United, Depay has re-established himself as one of Europe’s most promising youngsters following an impressive two years at French side Lyon.But the Netherlands international was quoted in an interview with Dutch magazine Helden saying that he wants to move to one of the best clubs in Europe in either “Real Madrid, Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain or Bayern Munich”.These comments prompted Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas to retort that Depay is welcome to leave and that it would suit him well.However, Depay has now taken to social media to announce his words were misquoted and added that the interview was done two months ago.“It’s really sad that other people, blogs and websites change my words just to put people against me!” Depay wrote on Twitter.“The real ones know. I would never say anything bad about Lyon, they are the club that gave me the opportunity when I needed it!Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“The blogs and several websites just take a short quote out a big interview I did with Helden Magazine 2 MONTHS AGO! and make it look bad so and change my words, but once again if you been [sic] in this football industry for a while you will know.“I really like Lyon and people see me in the streets all the time! I also mentioned that Lyon play better football then most of the clubs with big names!“So before you try to call me names or attack me, make sure you get your facts straight instead of running with the rumours.”Depay has managed six goals and 13 assists in 29 appearances for Lyon across all competitions this season.I really like Lyon and People see me in the streets all the time! I also mentioned that @OL play better football then most of the clubs with big names! So before you try to call me names or attack me make sure you get your facts straight instead of running with the rumors #Ivory pic.twitter.com/sF9XQZlek6— Memphis (@Memphis) January 30, 2019last_img read more

Guardiola calls Premier League the toughest competition

first_imgManchester City manager Pep Guardiola insists the Premier League is the toughest competition in the world.The former Barcelona manager led Manchester City to the Premier League title last season, amassing a record amount of points (100), as the Citizens only lost two games all season in the league.City are looking to become the first team since Manchester United in 2009 to defend the League crown but Guardiola insists his team is under no illusion about the task they face.Speaking as the keynote speaker for Liverpool University’s annual Edgar Allison Peers Symposium on Wednesday evening, he said, according to Daily Mail:norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“For the amount of games, for the weather, the referees saying play, play, play.“There are many contenders. No other country has that. It would be unfair to say that though.“There are many things in Germany and Spain that have better things than here. I am a better manager now than I was at Barcelona and Bayern Munich.“It’s the most unpredictable league I’ve been in. You watch Match of the Day. The people are crazy here compared to other countries and it’s good.”last_img read more

73000 Rohingyas flee into Bangladesh amid deadly violence

first_img.Myanmar urged Muslims in the troubled northwest to cooperate in the search for insurgents, whose coordinated attacks on security posts and an army crackdown have led to one of the deadliest bouts of violence to engulf the Rohingya community in decades.Aid agencies estimate about 73,000 Rohingya have fled into neighbouring Bangladesh from Myanmar since violence erupted last week, Vivian Tan, regional spokeswoman for U.N. refugee agency UNHCR, told Reuters on Sunday.Hundreds more refugees on Sunday walked through rice paddies from the Naf river separating the two countries into Bangladesh, straining scarce resources of aid groups and local communities already helping tens of thousands.The clashes and military counteroffensive have killed nearly 400 people during the past week.The treatment of Buddhist-majority Myanmar’s roughly 1.1 million Muslim Rohingya is the biggest challenge facing leader Aung San Suu Kyi, accused by Western critics of not speaking out for the minority that has long complained of persecution.Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that violence against Muslims amounted to genocide.It marks a dramatic escalation of a conflict that has simmered since October, when a smaller Rohingya attack on security posts prompted a military response dogged by allegations of rights abuses.“Islamic villagers in northern Maungtaw have been urged over loudspeakers to cooperate when security forces search for Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) extremist terrorists, and not to pose a threat or brandish weapons when security forces enter their villages,” the state-run Global New Light of Myanmar said on Sunday.ARSA has been declared a terrorist organisation by the government. The group claimed responsibility for coordinated attacks on security posts last week.In Maungni village in northern Rakhine, villagers earlier this week caught two ARSA members and handed them over to the authorities, the newspaper added.The army wrote in a Facebook post on Sunday that Rohingya insurgents had set fires to monasteries, images of Buddha as well as schools and houses in northern Rakhine.More than 200 buildings, including houses and shops, were destroyed across several villages, the army said.While Myanmar officials blamed the ARSA for the burning of the homes, Rohingya fleeing to Bangladesh and human rights watchers say a campaign of arson and killings by the army is aimed at trying to force the minority group out.More than 11,700 “ethnic residents” had been evacuated from northern Rakhine, the government has said, referring to non-Muslims.In Bangladesh, authorities said at least 53 bodies of Rohingya had either been found floating in the Naf river or washed up on the beach in the past week, as tens of thousands continue to try to flee the violence.A senior leader of al Qaeda’s Yemeni branch has called for attacks on Myanmar authorities in support of the Rohingya.Former colonial ruler Britain said on Saturday it hoped Suu Kyi would use her “remarkable qualities” to end the violence.last_img read more

Govt not liable for class IIV question paper leaks

first_imgparliamentThe chief of a parliamentary panel on Wednesday claimed that the government was not liable for the leaks of question papers of class I to IV.Motahar Hossain, who heads parliamentary standing committee on the primary and mass education ministry, made the claim in the wake of allegations and criticism that the government failed to stop question paper leaks in public examinations, and admission and recruitment tests in recent times.“As the question papers of calss I-IV are prepared at the upazila level, the government is not responsible for the leaks,” he argued while briefing newsmen at a media centre at the Jatiya Sangsad (national assembly).Committee member AKM Jahangir echoed the committee chief, saying that the ministry had no authority over preparation of the question papers of the first four classes at the primary level. “These question papers are prepared by upazila teachers’ associations,” added Jahangir Hossain.A former state minister for the same ministry, Motahar Hossain said they had no idea how question papers for examinations of grade I-IV were leaked.He, however, mentioned that the parliamentary standing committee had directed the authorities concerned to take proper measures to address the issue.A ruling party member of parliament from northern Lalmonirhat district, Motahar shared his experiences that as a state minister he bought a few sets of question papers of the primary school completion (PSC) examinations, but none of them matched the original ones.He recalled that he had passed his secondary school (matriculation at that time) in 1965 when there were allegations of question paper leaks as well.last_img read more

2 killed in city gunfight with RAB

first_imgA Prothom Alo IllustrationTwo people were killed in what Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) called gunfights with them in Badda and Mirpur of Dhaka early Thursday, reports news agency UNB.Senior ASP Kamruzzaman of RAB-1 said Maharaz Khalifa, 40, a drug trader from Banani area, was killed in a gunfight with the force in Satarkul area of Badda around 1:15am.A RAB-1 team raided the area after being tipped off that Khalifa and his associates were there for drug dealings. The criminals opened fire as soon as the RAB team reached the spot, triggering a gunfight, Kamruzzaman said.Khalifa, wounded in the gunfight, was arrested and taken to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where physicians pronounced him dead around 3:15am.Two firearms and 300 yaba pills were recovered from the spot. A member of RAB was injured during the gunfight, the ASP claimed.The other deceased was identified as Byanga Babu, 38, second-in-command of the notorious ‘Shahadat Bahini’, said major Kazi Saifuddin Ahmed, second-in-command of RAB-4.Babu was killed in an alleged gunfight with the law enforcement in Beribadh area of Mirpur.Babu, who had fled to India few years ago, recently returned to Dhaka to take part in a killing mission, said Kazi Saifuddin Ahmed.Acting on a tip-off, a RAB team went to the spot. Babu was killed in an ensuing gunfight between RAB and the criminals around 3:15am, he said.The deceased was wanted in 20 cases, including at least seven for murder, said RAB.A pistol, a magazine and one round of bullet were recovered from the spot.According to a human rights body, Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK), at least 421 people were killed in alleged gunfights, crossfires or shootouts with the law enforcement agencies in Bangladesh in 2018.In the first six months of 2019, the number of such killing was at least 200, the rights body said on its website.last_img read more

Osama Bin Ladens son killed

first_img.Osama bin Laden’s son Hamza, chosen heir to the leadership of Al-Qaeda, has been killed, US media reported Wednesday citing American officials.NBC News said three US officials had confirmed they had information of Hamza bin Laden’s death, but gave no details of the place or date.The New York Times subsequently cited two US officials saying they had confirmation that he was killed during the last two years in an operation that involved the United States.Questioned by reporters in the Oval Office, president Donald Trump did not confirm or deny the NBC report.”I don’t want to comment on it,” he said.Both reports suggested that bin Laden may have been killed well before the US State Department announced a $1 million bounty on his head in February 2019.The 15th of Osama bin Laden’s 20 children and a son of his third wife, Hamza, thought to be about 30 years old, was “emerging as a leader in the Al-Qaeda franchise,” the State Department said in announcing the reward.Sometimes dubbed the “crown prince of jihad, he had put out audio and video messages calling for attacks on the United States and other countries, especially to avenge his father’s killing by US forces in Pakistan in May 2011, the department said.Documents seized in the raid on his father’s house in Abbottabad suggested Hamza was being groomed as heir to the Al-Qaeda leadership.US forces also found a video of the wedding of Hamza to the daughter of another senior Al-Qaeda official that is believed to have taken place in Iran.Hamza bin Laden’s whereabouts have never been pinpointed. He was believed to have been under house arrest in Iran but reports suggest he also may have resided in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Syria.The group behind the deadly 11 September, 2001 attacks on the United States, Al-Qaeda’s prominence as a radical Islamist group has faded over the past decade in the shadow of the Islamic State group.But the proliferation of branches and associated jihadist groups in Afghanistan, Yemen, Syria and elsewhere have underscored its continuing potency.Groomed to leadAt his father’s side in Afghanistan before the 9/11 attacks, Hamza learnt how to handle weapons, and ranted in his thin voice against Americans, Jews and “Crusaders” in videos uploaded online.In 2016 Al-Qaeda released a video message in which he urged Islamic State and other jihadists in Syria to unite, claiming that the fight in the war-torn country paves the way to “liberating Palestine.””There is no longer an excuse for those who insist on division and disputes now that the whole world has mobilised against Muslims,” he said.In a later message that year he called on Saudi youth to overthrow the kingdom’s rulers, telling them to enlist in the Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) to gain battlefield experience.In 2017 he was placed on the US terrorist blacklist, seen as a potent future figurehead for the group then led by Osama bin Laden’s former deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri.”With the Islamic State ‘caliphate’ apparently on the verge of collapse, Hamza is now the figure best placed to reunify the global jihadi movement,” former FBI special agent and Al-Qaeda specialist Ali Soufan wrote at the time of his blacklisting.last_img read more

Texas Medical Center CEO Says The Institution Is Committed To Growth And

first_imgPhoto by Davis Land | Houston Public MediaDuring an event held in Houston on December 14, 2017, William McKeon, president and CEO of the Texas Medical Center, highlighted that the institution is embarked in a path towards growth and innovation.William McKeon, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Texas Medical Center (TMC), highlighted Thursday that the TMC is fully embarked in a path towards growth and innovation.During the ‘State of the Texas Medical Center’ event, which was organized by the Greater Houston Partnership, McKeon assessed the TMC’s work during 2017 and expressed his pride about the fact that the hospitals that form the institution remained operational during Hurricane Harvey.Located near downtown Houston and with over 100,000 employees, the TMC is the largest medical complex in the world and McKeon emphasized the institution plans to continue combining the clinical care and medical research that has always distinguished it.In that regard, he highlighted the work of the TMC’s Center for Device Innovation (CDI) and other initiatives that, for instance, focus on combining medicine and engineering, as well as a bio-design, regenerative medicine and genomics research. Sharelast_img read more

As Baby Boomers Age The Me Generation Reshapes Senior Living In Houston

first_img Listen 10 Most Frequent Assisted Living Complaints: 2017 10. Staff unresponsive, unavailable 7. Environment, air temperature, water temperature, noise Share The oldest Baby Boomers are now 72 years old. And just as Boomers changed things in decades past, they’re doing it again as they grow old. In Houston, they’re redefining what we used to call “senior living.” And some seniors are already trading in daytime TV and bingo for “chair yoga” classes and iPads.Marilyn Oliver, 89, took 83 exercise classes last month. She was crowned “Fitness Resident of the Month” at Avanti Senior Living, in Cypress, and she said she often takes several exercise classes… a day.“What I hate about that exercise, the worst part is, we stand in front of the mirror, and I see all my bags, and I see my thin hair, and I think ‘Oh, gosh,’” Oliver joked. And she shares that sense of humor during the residential happy hour, which is held, every day at 4:00 p.m.– / 6Avanti is a senior assisted living community, resembling more of a boutique hotel than a place to watch soap operas and play Bridge.Lori Alford, Avanti Senior Living’s co-founder and chief operating officer, said their tagline is “We Are Making Senior Housing Sexy.” She said she’s seen a cultural shift reshaping senior assisted living, and there’s a need to invest in marketing toward the aging Baby Boomers.“The ‘Silver Hair Tsunami’, that’s really what we reference them as,” said Alford. “Because they’re coming. And a huge number. They have different standards, they have different wants. And we have to modify to what that looks like.” That includes doing things like providing residents with iPads and offering services like massages and an in-house salon.Allison LeeThe residential iPads are geared toward seniors, and have larger buttons. Avanti Senior LivingAvanti Senior Living also has an in-house salon for its residents.According to the Harris County Area Agency on Aging, the number of adults 65 and older is projected to grow to 16% of the Harris County population in less than 30 years. And Alford said if senior assisted living centers want to keep up with consumer demand, they should start viewing themselves as a service industry, rather than only a form of health care.Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/15122310/lori-audiogram.mp400:0000:0001:01Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“The folks that we’re serving today: they’re a little bit more cultured, they’re a little bit more ‘foodie’ kind of folks. And they expect service, in a hospitality way. And so, I think it’s causing our industry to kind of evolve. And 20 years from now, the customer will be even that much more demanding.” For example, Alford says cafeteria-style food doesn’t cut it anymore, and that’s why their food service is modeled more like a restaurant. Consider what the Texas State Long-term Care Ombudsman and the Assisted Living Ombudsman hear from residents of care-facilities statewide: the most complaints last year were about the quality, quantity, and variety of… food. 8. Odors To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 2. Building cleanliness, pests, housekeeping 3. Information regarding rights, benefits, services, the resident’s right to complaincenter_img Dr. Vaunette Fay, a professor specializing in geriatric care at the Cizik School of Nursing at UT Health in Houston, said facilities that have been in existence for a while are having to upgrade the things they are offering.“In the past probably five, maybe even ten years, we’ve seen a real growth in the number of communities that are designated as senior living,” Fay said. And along with that growth comes new ways to help residents in their daily lives.“Memory care is a growing need,” Fay said. “As we live longer, there are more folks that are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, or other dementias. And so they need the care and support. Many live at home with a loved one, but at some point that may become not possible, for them to stay at home.”Allison LeeDr. Vaunette Fay, a professor specializing in geriatric care at the Cizik School of Nursing at UT Health, explains how senior assisted living centers in Houston are using new technology to help residents.Fay said up-and-coming technology is also proving useful in these communities; like subtle monitoring devices to provide a level of safety, without being intrusive or confining. Especially since this aging “Me Generation” wants the same lifestyle they’ve pretty much always had.“There’s a real move toward ‘smart’ homes. And it’s one of those things where it’s not real obtrusive monitoring, and it doesn’t tend to interfere with your independence,” said Fay. “It’s that safety level of notifying somebody your patterns are different. Like, my normal pattern is when I get up is: I turn on the coffee, I go to the bathroom. And, if those things don’t happen, or they’re outside the parameter of what’s usual for me, then somebody at the facility can be notified, so they can go check.”According to a U.S. News and World Report survey, Baby Boomers control 70% of all disposable income in the United States; making them a dominant force in the marketplace. Almost 60% of that cohort said one of their top financial concerns was how to fund their retirements. And those who have already retired say you’ll need to save to afford the kind of lifestyle found in some active communities.And Marilyn Oliver, the resident at Avanti Senior Living in Cypress, said it’s not cheap. After all, it costs a minimum of $3,900 dollars to live there.“It takes everything we have for me to live here,” said Oliver. “A lot of my friends can’t afford to live in a place like this. One of my friends in church, she’s living with her son now. And she wanted to live over here, and he lives down near Galveston. But she couldn’t afford to live in any place over here. And there are some places that aren’t so expensive, but they are a year wait to move in…. I think it’s much harder because they don’t have a choice, they’re stuck at home.”Her advice? “Save your money kids,” she said, with a laugh. “It’s going to be expensive when you get to be this age.” 1. Food service: quantity, quality, variation, choice 6. Failure to respond to requests for help, including call light 4. Medications: administration or organization 5. Dignity, respect, poor staff attitudes 9. Activities: availability, choice, appropriateness Allison LeeResidents at Avanti Senior Living attend a barre exercise class, in Cypress. X 00:00 /04:02last_img read more

Musings memories and tea over poetry

first_imgPadma Shree Tom Alter has taken you on many a journeys; from the the classical Urdu and Persian poet Mirza Ghalib to the last of Mughals, Bahadur Shah Zafar,  he portrays the high and mighty characters from history with a flair onto  the stag. It all comes naturally to the veteran Bollywood actor and thespian, Tom Alter. Lo and behold! As this time around he takes us on a journey of romance through an inspirational poetry reading session Reflections Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ at Le Meridien on 11 July.Taking the poetical experience one notch up, the audience will get an opportunity to indulge in the  aromatic flavours of the finest teas from Himalayas. While you sit back and relax, sip in an afternoon tea picked up by the tea sommelier and founder director of Anandini Himalyan tea, Anamika Singh. With Tom Alter’s poetry over a cuppa of tea, this evening promises to be a soothing and delightful experience for the poetry lovers in the capital. Blissful we say!last_img read more

Parts of the A50 are to to be closed for five nights

first_imgPunter found hiding in bushes Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Driver named following fatal collision Police search for missing woman Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us  @SOTLive  or message us on  our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at  StokeonTrentLive . Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailMotorists are being warned a section of the A50 is to be closed next week as part of essential roadworks. The dual carriageway is to be closed in both directions for five nights between the Blythe Bridge roundabout and the McDonald’s roundabout in Uttoxeter to allow works to continue on the A522 near to the JCB World Parts Centre. The closures will be from 8pm until 5.30am and will apply on the following dates: closed overnight eastbound only on Wednesday, January 16; closed overnight westbound only on Thursday, January 17; closed overnight in both directions Friday, January 18; Saturday, January 19; Sunday, December 20. The A50 between Blythe Bridge and Uttoxeter (Image: Google Maps) Diversions will be in place through Tean, Lower Tean and Checkley. Read MoreFOUR speed bumps are set to be installed on this Stoke-on-Trent ‘rat-run’ road (and residents think they’re a great idea)   Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council’s Cabinet member for Jobs and Growth, said: “I am delighted that this major piece of engineering is such a success and will deliver so many benefits, supporting the creation of new jobs and more homes locally, while cutting congestion and improving road safety. “As always, I’m grateful for people’s patience while the work is carried out.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLivelast_img read more

Agents earn double the return with MSCs new promo

first_img Posted by MIAMI — Seeing double? Fear not, it’s just MSC Cruises’ new ‘Book Four and Score’ promotion, during which one guest counts as two in FIT.Available on 2018 Caribbean sailings from Miami, the promotion gives travel agents double the opportunity to increase earnings through March 31. And with Wave Season drawing near, agents are primed to make even more on the back end.How it works is simple: Agents earn double the TCs for every group booking made now through March 31. Book four staterooms (eight guests) online and earn 1 Tour Conductor as bonus commission. Plus, with MSC Seaside’s significantly reduced rates, agents can leverage the line’s brand new ship to help guests ‘Save & Sail’ with up to US$900 savings.Promo offering double the commission:By Phone: 1 TC for 10 guestsElectronically: 1 TC for 7½ guestsPrevious Tour Conductor offer:By Phone: 1 TC for 20 guestsElectronically: 1 TC for 15 guestsMore news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reported“Travel agents continue to be a vital source of business, and we are delighted to create opportunities to forge an even stronger partnership between MSC Cruises and our dedicated ambassadors,” Joe Jiffo, senior vice president of sales at MSC Cruises. “As we continue to grow, we count on the support of our travel agent network, and we are looking forward to making this year our most mutually profitable yet.” Agents earn double the return with MSC’s new promo << Previous PostNext Post >> Friday, February 9, 2018 center_img Tags: MSC Cruises Travelweek Group Sharelast_img read more

Book now for Canadian Resident deals at Walt Disney World Disneyland

first_img Posted by TORONTO — Starting today Disney is offering a new Canadian Resident ticket offer at both Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland in California.A 4-Day Canadian Resident Base Theme Park Ticket is priced at US$79 per day, plus tax with the deal, for a total 4-day rate of US$316 plus tax.At WDW the discounted rate is available for pre-purchased tickets now through March 15, 2019 for use now through Dec. 23, 2018 and again Jan. 2 – Sept. 27, 2019.At Disneyland, the Canadian Resident rate is US$69 per day, for pre-arrival purchase of a 3-day, 1-Park per day ticket, for a total purchase price of US$207. The purchase window is Aug. 29, 2018 through April 11, 2019, for use through May 23, 2019.Both deals are for Canadian residents only, and valid proof of Canadian residency, including government-issued photo ID, is required for purchase and admission. Tags: Deals, Disney, Florida Share Travelweek Group center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Wednesday, August 29, 2018 Book now for Canadian Resident deals at Walt Disney World, Disneylandlast_img read more

August 12 2002 From the top of the vaults one can

first_imgAugust 12, 2002 From the top of thevaults one can see to the far horizon in all directions. It’s theperfect spot to sit in the evening and enjoy some of the most amazinglycolorful sunsets. This evening a storm is moving by. [Photo: T & Text:SA] The curtain of rainis too far away to give a little evening relief to our gardens. It is aspectacular sight. [Photo: T & Text: SA] This is the seasonfor tarantula spiders. Their habitats are little tunnels in the earth,which might be why they are more visible when there is a hint of rainin the air. Workshopper Ricardo Nabholz and volunteer Matteo DiMichelli are watching this tarantula walking on resident Mark Wighamsarm. [Photo: T & Text: SA] The local tarantulasare not known to bite and these gentle creatures do not seem to mindclose proximity to people. [Photo: Steven Ramsey & Text: SA] Workshoppers RebeccaKeithen, peaking out behind her, Ricardo Nabholz, Natalia Ortegon andresident Mark Wigham with a tarantula on his hand. [Photo & Text: SA]last_img read more