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“Chutney Soca Solution” for Albion on Old Year’s Night

first_imgThe Albion Community Centre Ground will once again come alive on Old Year’s Night when Chutney Soca Resolution is held to ring in the New Year. The event is promoted by Dreamz Unlimited Promotion and will feature live performances by several regional and local artistes.Trinidad’s Chutney Soca artiste Saleem Beharry, also called “Master Saleem” is expected to perform before a large audience along with GI, Mystic, Steven Ramphal, Bunty Singh, Saint, Righteous and Kady Kish.In addition, “Party Boss” WR Reaz along with Deejay Dauren, Selector Andy and others will add some flavour to the show with the best hits and mixes on the console. The Shalita Dancers and the Shakti Strings Orchestra will add some steam to the party.One of the main attractions will be the fireworks display at the stroke of midnight. Tickets for the event cost $1500 in advance and $2000 for vehicle passes. These tickets will be available at Imran and Sons and Imran and Daughter General Store; Fresh Direct – Albion; Sankar and Sons – Williamsburg; Sensation Phone Store – Springlands; Turning Wheels – Rose Hall and Sham Beer Garden.Gates open at 18:00h with showtime commencing at 20:00h.last_img read more

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Ronaldo opens up on Messi, family life in new film

first_imgThe film’s revelations include a confession by Ronaldo’s mother, Dolores, that she wanted to abort him, while Ronaldo talks openly about his brother and late father’s struggles with alcoholism.He also defends his decision not to disclose the identity of his son Cristiano’s mother, but when asked if he felt he had opened up too much, the Madrid superstar replied: “Maybe, but I just had fun.“I don’t regret anything. I feel unbelievable. When you do something people will find reason to criticise you, but it’s normal.“Since I was a young boy I always felt special. I saw the people looked at me with different eyes.”The film captures intimate moments at home between Ronaldo and his five-year-old son — who he dubs “my successor” — and shows him relaxing with friends including his agent, Jorge Mendes.The Portugal captain, 30, discusses his obsession with winning the Ballon d’Or, which he has won for the past two seasons after seeing his great Barcelona rival Lionel Messi walk away with it for the previous four years.“I’ve started seeing him as a person, not a rival,” Ronaldo says of the Argentine. “But we are always busting our balls to see who is better.”On speculation about the identity of his son’s mother, Ronaldo, who describes himself in the film as an “isolated person” with few friends in football, says: “I’ve never told anybody and I never will.”– Ferguson promise –Asked at the press conference why the film does not feature Irina Shayk, the Russian model who he split from last January, Ronaldo said it was because the filmmakers “didn’t see a strong part to put in the movie”.He also refused to be drawn on the crisis surrounding suspended FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who is pictured in the film during scenes shot at various Ballon d’Or galas.“When Cristiano says something it’s a huge thing. I’m not going to be involved in these problems,” Ronaldo said. “What do you expect me to say?”The film also reveals that a promise by former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson that Ronaldo would play in 50 percent of the club’s games prompted him to move to Old Trafford in 2003.Mendes says that Ferguson’s offer was key in encouraging the winger, then an 18-year-old rising star at Sporting Lisbon, to reject rival offers from clubs including Barcelona and Inter Milan.Speaking on Monday, Ronaldo said: “When Sir Alex Ferguson says, ‘Cristiano, I want you to come to Manchester United, you’re going to play 50 percent of the games,’ it made me feel comfortable and I said, ‘Wow.’“Because 18 years old, to play 50 percent of the games, for me it’s unbelievable. Jorge helped me to take that decision and of course the last word of Sir Alex Ferguson was the key to sign for Manchester United.”Ronaldo spent six years at United, winning three Premier League titles, the 2008 Champions League and being awarded his first Ballon d’Or, before joining Madrid in a world-record transfer in 2009.He has won La Liga, two Spanish Cups and the Champions League at Madrid and last month became the club’s record goal-scorer. His current Madrid tally stands at 326 goals in 315 games.The film was due to have its official premiere at a London cinema later on Monday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Christiano Ronaldo and Messi during a past El Clásico. PHOTO/FILE.LONDON, November 9 – Cristiano Ronaldo has no regrets after making an intimate documentary about his life and career, he told a press conference in London to mark the film’s launch on Monday.Made by the team behind award-winning films about Ayrton Senna and Amy Winehouse, ‘Ronaldo’ charts Ronaldo’s life between Real Madrid’s European Cup triumph in 2014 and his third Ballon d’Or crown in January 2015.last_img read more

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Pardon the mess

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It reached the silly point when White House spokesman Tony Snow quipped: “I don’t know Arkansan for chutzpah, but this is a gigantic case of it.” When all is said and done, it takes an even more gigantic case of chutzpah for either party to complain about bad pardons – they both have more than their fair share. THERE’S something both amusing and disturbing about watching the naked partisanship in the ongoing game of Name the Worst Presidential Pardoner. The contest is between the current President Bush and former President Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary, the leading Democratic presidential candidate. It began when the Clintons harshly criticized Bush’s commuting of his pal Scooter Libby’s prison sentence last week. Then the national Republican Party started hitting back by posting a list of the former president’s numerous dubious pardons on its Web site. last_img read more

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Sprint hangs up on callers

first_imgIn debate on the Internet, Sprint’s move has attracted criticism that the company is penalizing consumers for trying to get what they paid for, or that the frequent calls are more a reflection of poor customer service by Sprint itself. But Sprint officials said Monday that this isn’t a case of someone being flagged by a computer program, and that an internal review lasting six months to a year focused on the types of problems the callers had and what information they were seeking. “These accounts have been researched very carefully,” Sprint spokeswoman Roni Singleton said. “We feel strongly that the decisions we made, we stand by them. These decisions weren’t made lightly.” Singleton said the targeted subscribers each made an average of 40 to 50 calls a month to customer service. She wouldn’t say how that compared with the overall number of calls logged by the customer service department in a given month. Singleton said the review also found that the subscribers often were calling about the same problems over and over after Sprint officials felt they had resolved the issue. She said some callers were repeatedly asking for information from other customers’ accounts, which customer service workers aren’t allowed to divulge. “If the average person is calling less than once per month and these people are calling 40 or 50 times more, that takes away from customer service,” Singleton said. “Our priority is to improve the customer experience.” Officials at competitors AT&T Wireless and Verizon Wireless said that while they may terminate customers who are abusive toward customer service operators or violate other terms of their service agreements, they don’t terminate customers because of customer service calls. “We have never severed ties with customers in a mass mailing like this,” said Verizon spokeswoman Cheryl Bini Armbrecht. CIBC World Markets analyst Tim Horan said in a research note to investors that he didn’t see anything alarming with Sprint’s decision. “Sprint has taken a number of steps to improve the `quality’ of its customer base and we view this measure in the same light,” Horan wrote. Sprint, which has about 54 million subscribers, has been trying to upgrade its customer base, tightening credit requirements and attempting to attract customers who will spend more each month on data services, such as Internet browsing, music downloads and streaming video. During the most recent quarter, the company said it gained just 600,000 new customers, while AT&T and Verizon gained 1.2 million and 1.7 million, respectively. Earlier this month, Sprint unveiled a new marketing campaign aimed at highlighting its network speed and capabilities, an attempt to distance itself from earlier marketing campaigns that were criticized as unfocused and confusing.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Sprint Nextel Corp. isn’t apologizing for its decision to ax customers it determined were calling customer service too often. The nation’s third-largest wireless provider sent letters to about 1,000 subscribers June 29, saying the company’s records showed they had made frequent calls for help with questions about billing and other account information. “While we have worked to resolve your issues and questions to the best of our ability, the number of inquiries you have made to us during this time had led us to determine that we are unable to meet your current wireless needs,” the letters said. The customers were told their service agreements were being terminated, they wouldn’t owe anything on their final bill, and the company would waive early termination fees. They also were told to switch to another wireless provider by July 30 if they want to keep their phone number. last_img

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REVEALED: THE PEOPLE WHO LITERALLY OFFER THEIR COUCH TO PROMOTE DONEGAL

first_imgBY KATRINA DEVINE: Donegal is known for its hospitality but it seems like a bygone age when any passing traveller would be invited in for a drink of water or to sit around the fire.Couch Surfing is old-fashioned hospitality using the social networking model.The idea came from Irish American Casey Fenton. In 1999, he bought a cheap plane ticket to Iceland but didn’t have anywhere to stay. He emailed 1500 university students in Reykjavik asking if he could use their couch. The overwhelming response inspired him to set up a registered non-profit organisation in the form of couchsurfing.org.The aim of the project is to provide world travellers with an inside view to a country by linking them up with locals.The founders have the idea that by connecting people in this way they can make the world a better place. In a world where we are living more separate lives, it is a way to connect people.It also encourages a deeper understanding of other cultures and people. The act of visiting a country is not only about ticking of a list of sites to see. To get started you set up a profile on the site. You can describe your interests and where you have visited or would like to go.You also list whether you have a couch free or if you are only available to meet for coffee. Other Couch Surfers can search for available couches in the area they intend to visit.There are also specific groups and message boards for particular regions. Members use these boards to ask questions or to connect with other members.The project operates in 238 countries. There are half a million users in the United States. Paris alone has almost 50,000 users.The site proudly boasts that there are even active Couch Surfers in Antarctica. According to official Couch Surfing statistics, there are 16,911 users in Ireland. There have been 22,000 successful ‘surfings’ in Ireland so far. Letterkenny is ranked 12th in the list of towns participating in Couch Surfing in Ireland. The Donegal group has 90 members at present.The members are made up of people in Donegal offering to meet up and those wanting to experience what Donegal has to offer.Rachel McDonald, 27, is Couch Surfer currently living in Letterkenny. She first got involved with Couch Surfing while living in London.She is now hoping to help travellers coming to Donegal. She explains: “My boyfriend had been involved in Couch Surfing for a year or two in London. He would have travellers stay with him in a spare room at his family home. “When I came to Letterkenny, I decided to get involved with the Couch Surfers here. So far, I haven’t hosted anyone but I think that’s because there isn’t as big of a presence here in Donegal as there could be.”There is a system of checks and verifications to help you make the decision on whether or not to meet people.Rachel says that she found the idea strange at first.“It is a bit weird to have someone you don’t know stay with you but you can just meet people for a drink if you don’t want to let them stay in your house.”She has her status set to show that she only might have a couch available.“It means that you can say no to a request if you don’t like the look of their profile without hurting their feelings”.Even meeting some one for a drink or offering them a lift to an out of the way attraction can give a traveller a unique experience. The recent City of A Thousand Welcomes scheme in Dublin saw over a thousand people sign up as ambassadors for the city.There is a genuine interest in showing the world that Ireland is open to welcoming the world.On the potential for Donegal Rachel says: “I agree that Donegal could benefit from Couch Surfing. It could help to attract younger travellers who might be backpacking or travelling without a car.“It also helps to connect people with locals and show the outside world that we welcome them. They could take home a positive message from Donegal.’’Donegal can be difficult for the traveller on a budget because of the lack of public transport. Without a car, it is near impossible to enjoy such wonders as Malin Head or Slieve League.Couch Surfing allows the people of Donegal to show their county’s scenic beauty themselves.As the song says: ‘there’s repose for weary wanderers, in the homes of Donegal’.Those involved in Couch Surfing in Donegal are meeting in Letterkenny in early June. Visit the site to find out how to show your Donegal.REVEALED: THE PEOPLE WHO LITERALLY OFFER THEIR COUCH TO PROMOTE DONEGAL was last modified: June 1st, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:couch surfingdonegalletterkennyMalin HeadSlieve Leaguelast_img read more

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CORAL FA CUP ODDS: 25/1 Lincoln to stun Arsenal and continue miserable run?

first_imgCoral’s Simon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds ahead of a packed FA Cup quarter-final weekend.Can the FA Cup be Arsenal’s saving grace once again?The Gunners will hope to end their torrid run of form against non-league side Lincoln City on Saturday, and are 1/12 favourites to win. But Arsene Wenger will be wary of another shock result, with Lincoln 25/1 to claim a victory which could well spell the end of his tenure at the Emirates Stadium.Meanwhile, Millwall and Middlesbrough are the other teams likely to be backed by neutrals.The Lions are 18/1 to leave White Hart Lane victorious, with Tottenham 1/6, while Boro are 15/1 to win at home over Manchester City, who are 4/9 to triumph at the Riverside.The quarter-final’s stand-out tie comes on Monday, as Chelsea [5/6] take on Manchester United [7/2] at Stamford BridgeGet all this and more latest odds in the latest Coral Daily DownloadCoral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

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Bush, press corps take parting shots

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesWhat reporters hope the president and his aides don’t take back are their promises that the media’s eviction from West Wing quarters will not be permanent. The White House has scheduled the run-down, outdated space for a massive renovation. But a time frame that has expanded from three months to now nine months, and the fact that plans for the new quarters are not even complete as demolition was set to begin today, have fueled speculation about the notoriously press-wary Bush White House’s real agenda. “Tell us the truth,” reporters told press secretary Tony Snow on Wednesday. “You’ll be back,” he replied. The move to temporary quarters across Pennsylvania Avenue warranted a party hosted by the White House Correspondents Association; a surprise appearance by Bush and first lady Laura Bush; and a visit by several former White House press secretaries. President George W. Bush offered White House reporters plush armchair seating in the West Wing briefing room, with suede or velvet upholstery, and double the space. Then he took it all back. “Forget it,” the president said Wednesday, as he and reporters bid goodbye to the briefing room and work spaces that the White House press corps has occupied in some form since the Nixon administration. “You get to work like the rest of us,” Bush said. The result was a particularly unruly iteration of the daily briefing, an on-camera midday exchange with the White House press secretary that is always by turns earnest and madcap. There were the usual serious questions. Then someone offered to sing “Auld Lang Syne.” Someone else passed out from the heat. And former ABC News White House correspondent Sam Donaldson reprised his role as a relentless presidential questioner, refusing to cede his desire to find out whether Bush believes actor Mel Gibson should be forgiven for an anti-Semitic rant after a drunk driving arrest. “You’re a has-been. We don’t have to answer has-been’s questions,” Bush shot at Donaldson. “Better to have been a has-been than a never was,” the TV man retorted. The conditions in the room – hardly the place of glamour depicted in movies – demonstrated the need. Condensation dripped from air-conditioning vents. Ceiling tiles were warped and cracked. Duct tape held chairs together. The standing-room-only crowd competed with trash for space. – Associated Press160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Sense of community felt at 9-11 memorial events

first_imgFive years from the day and thousands of miles from the sites where American life changed forever, Angelenos vowed Monday to cherish, honor and build upon the events of Sept. 11. They pledged to remember the heroics of the firefighters, cops and paramedics crushed in the World Trade Center collapse. To commemorate the sacrifice of the service members lost at the Pentagon. To fight like the passengers of Flight 93, brought down before its hijackers could fulfill their mission. To learn from the stoicism of the families whose way of life vanished in fire and explosion. And, resoundingly, to unite again in the spirit of brotherhood seen following the attacks. “Like other Americans, I wanted to do more, so I flew to New York City and visited ground zero,” Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said at a ceremony at the Los Angeles Fire Department Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center. “I went back there to pump them up and encourage them. But it was those heroes who pumped me up.” “It still seems surreal, it still seems like a movie,” said Plasschert, 31. “I woke up early this morning to watch the news, and it brought back all the emotion. … When I heard the bagpipes and saw the helicopters, tears started rolling. It’s a somber time.” At North Hollywood Park, doves were released in the air as about 100 residents, city officials, firefighters and policemen gathered for an evening of remembrance. Sitting on the grass and in folding chairs and surrounded by candles and American flags, residents listened to blessings from Jewish, Christian, Muslim and American Indian literature. Nearby, about 80 trees planted in 2002 stand in honor of each Californian killed in the 9-11 attacks. The Hollywood/Los Angeles Beautification Team, which planted the trees and hosted the event, rededicated the trees Monday, along with others that formed a circle of unity. Two new trees were dedicated to honor a fallen police officer and fire captain from New York City, part of the Beautification Team’s effort to plant 2,996 trees around the city of Los Angeles – one for every 9-11 victim. North Hollywood resident Gail Schneider, 32, has attended a 9-11 ceremony with her son Gabriel every year. “My family is from New York and I remember when it happened… It was panic for me and I couldn’t get through to anybody on the phone.” Schneider said the attacks have changed her life – besides leading to her vow of never flying again. “I grieve for these people not just on the anniversary but all year.” Shaun Vieten, 29, of North Hollywood, was exercising at the park when he noticed the ceremony and the tree memorial. Since the attacks, Vieten said he was “trying to forgive more and not to hold grudges without reconciling. “I just think life’s too short.” L.A. City Councilman Tom LaBonge, who represents the North Hollywood area, said the ceremony was “a wonderful way to spend the day of remembrance.” “I’m proud of how we react and remember but also how we move forward.” L.A. City Fire Battalion Chief Evan Williams said the sense of community engendered by ceremonies like the 9-11 event are important. “When you have an event like that to heal the wounds, the sense of community helps you get through it.” brent.hopkins@dailynews.com (818) 713-3738160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsAt the heavily attended press conference, with scores of uniformed firefighters and police officers in dress blues and elected officials in suits, politicians spoke of the efforts made since the attacks to shore up security. Speakers cheered the sacrifices of the first responders and pledged to work to prevent a similar catastrophe in the future. “We have a piece of hallowed ground behind us, but our spirit and our soul is as strong as that steel,” City Council President Eric Garcetti said, referencing the steel girder from the World Trade Center foundation that stands as a memorial to those lost in the attacks. “Our work today is not to make this day holy. Those who died have already done so.” As an honor guard bore the flags of the city, state and nation, a uniformed bagpiper blew a mournful “Amazing Grace.” To close the somber ceremony, Ed Gabriel, retired New York City Fire Department chief of emergency medical services, in uniform once again, rang a firehouse bell 10 times and summoned three Los Angeles Fire Department helicopters. They hovered above in the missing man formation, churning the American flag on a fire engine below, then roared away. After the ceremony closed and the dignitaries departed, Los Angeles Firefighter Gavin Plasschert knelt silently beside the wrecked piece of the Trade Center. On duty in Watts on 9-11 and now working in Woodland Hills, Plasschert nearly lost a cousin scheduled for a shift with NYFD Rescue 4 on the day of the attacks. last_img read more

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Six Hour Clean Up After Turkey Truck Flips on SR60

first_imgWith all the turkeys in Salem yesterday morning, you would have thought it could have been Thanksgiving all over again, but the turkeys on State Road 60 were the result of a semi-trailer overturning.Clean up crews were on the scene until after 4p Monday removing debris and turkeys from an early morning crash involving Perdue Inc. turkeys.Charles Barekman, 51, Bruceville, IN, was driving a semi truck owned by Harner Trucking, with a load of Perdue Inc. turkeys on their way to Washington, IN when he took the turn from SR 56 to SR 60 a little too fast.According to Assistant Salem Police Chief Ron Mays, the truck flipped over in the opposite lane. “It looked like he was driving a little too fast. Marks on the road indicate he was trying to over correct,” said Mays. Police were called to the scene after 10:35 a.m. Monday and officers and clean up crews were on scene for the next six hours.As far as the turkeys, Mays said some were fine, some were injured and some didn’t survive the crash.Mays said the driver was taken to St. Vincent Salem hospital with shoulder and head pains. Mays believes Barekman was wearing his seatbelt.last_img read more

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Lawrence County Inmate Roster – 9-22-16

first_imgRobert Johnson, 40, Lawrence, INPossession of Meth Jacob G Deckard, 21, Lawrence INBatteryBattery DomesticNeglect of a Dependent Steven Krause,29, Beech Grove, INNeglect of a Dependent BROOKE N PEMBERTON,35, Lawrence CountyFailure to Appear in Courtcenter_img Wendy Dawn Fisher, 40, BedfordNeglect of a Dependent Derrick Wheeler, 25, BedfordReturned for Courtlast_img

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