Australia Moroccan Boy Gets a New Face

Rabat – Four-year old Moroccan Yahya El Jabali, born with no eyes and a hole where his nose should be, has unveiled his new face after undergoing a groundbreaking surgery in Melbourne, Australia.The child was born in a small village near Casablanca with a deformed face because of complications in the womb, which stopped the bones of his face from fusing together.Yahya’s father, Mustapha Zohra, was desperate to find a solution for his son. He consulted several surgeons who refused to perform the operation. Fortunately for him, Yahya’s story spread on social networks and attracted the attention of Fatima Baraka, a Moroccan citizen living in Australia, whotook him to Melbourne for a surgery.Now, after undergoing an 18-hour reconstructive surgery to remodel his face, Yahya El Jabali received a new chance to live a normal life.Yahya before (left) and after (right) the 18-hour reconstructive surgeryProfessor Tony Holmes, who led the surgeons during the operation, said  that the surgery on Yahya was as challenging as it gets. He explained that there was a chance that the boy might survive if the doctors did not operate on him, but there wasalso a chance that he might die if they did.“It’s quite remarkable to witness this team of surgeons, they basically reconstructed his face, they broke every bone they could and put it back together in the right spot, ” Tony Holmes added.The successful surgery blewYahya’s father away. Yahya’s father, Mostafa, told Channel Seven’s SundayNight: “It’s a huge joy, a huge happiness to see my son in such a situation.”Fatima Baraka broke into tears upon seeing Yahya’s new face.“I just can’t believe what he’s been through and how he just comes out and gets better and better every time,” Baraka said.Baraka went on to add that she believes Yahya is a smart child, and he deserves to have a bright and healthy future. read more

The Latest Trump looking for land mines in border deal

WASHINGTON — The Latest on congressional border security negotiations and President Donald Trump (all times local):1:05 p.m.President Donald Trump says he and his aides will be “looking for land mines” when they review the final text of a border security agreement. The deal would keep the government open, but provide just a fraction of the money Trump has been demanding for his border wall.Asked by reporters whether he planned to back the deal, Trump said Wednesday he would be taking “a very serious look,” but declined to tip his hand.He says, “we’re going to look at the legislation when it comes and I’ll make a determination.”Still, Trump reiterated his desire to avoid another government shutdown, following the 35-day partial closure that left hundreds of thousands of federal workers without paychecks, saying another closure “would be a terrible thing.”Trump is also insisting that, no matter what, “We’re going to have a great wall.”___12:10 a.m.President Donald Trump says he’s not expecting the government to shut down again, a signal that he’s leaning toward accepting a budget deal that denies him most of the money he’s sought for a southern border wall.Trump says he isn’t happy with the compromise and has yet to say he will sign the tentative deal if it passes Congress as expected. A budget bill must be signed into law by midnight Friday to avoid a second shutdown this year.Lawmakers from both parties have reached a deal that would provide nearly $1.4 billion for border barriers. That’s about one-fourth of the money Trump demanded for a wall separating the U.S. and Mexico.Trump says he’s looking to supplement border wall funding with money from other parts of the government.The Associated Press read more

Caledon kayaking deaths

Updated:Kaya Firth, a English student, died and her boyfriend, Zach Sutherland, a commerce major, is missing according to a statement from the University of Guelph.The discovery was made in Caledon near the Terra Cotta area, just north of Halton Hills and Georgetown and a little west of Brampton.Police closed off an area of King Street between Winston Churchill Boulevard and Heritage Road as they continue their search.The call came in just before 3pm Sunday afternoon, shortly after emergency crews recovered the body of a woman. The search for a male kayaker is still ongoing.OPP helicopters, K-9 and patrol officers were seen searching the area Sunday and police say more resources will be deployed Monday including an underwater search and recovery team.

Italy quake 66magnitude tremor felt near Norcia

A damaged building is seen during the initial quake on Thursday in the town of Visso, Italy. Photo: AP Photo: APA damaged building is seen during the initial quake, Thursday, in the town of Visso, Italy.Another powerful earthquake has rocked central and southern Italy, near Norcia, crumbling already damaged buildings.Early reports say the ancient city of Norcia is one of the hardest-hit regions with the 14th century St. Benedict cathedral crumbling, leaving just the facade standing.This earthquake comes after a major quake – measuring 6.1 – killed close to 300 people and destroyed many towns in the same area.There are no reports of any deaths or anyone suffering from injuries as a result of the quake that rocked the region, early Sunday.Preliminary reports say the quake measured a magnitude of 6.6 on the Richter scale.Residents who were already rattled by a week of tremors could be seen rushing into the streets and piazzas after being woken up by the quake. read more

NBA Draft Anthony Bennett Surprise No1 Pick To Cavs

Anthony Bennett was stunned at the start. David Stern had a big surprise at the finish. In between, Nerlen Noel and a number of others experienced wild rides to start their careers in an unsettled first round of the 2013 NBA draft.Bennett became the first Canadian No. 1 overall pick, and Noel tumbled out of the top five and right into a trade.The draft was as unpredictable as expected, capped by Hakeem Olajuwon coming on stage at the end of the first round to greet Stern. Olajuwon was dressed in the same tuxedo style he wore when Stern called his name to start the soon-to-be retired commissioner’s first draft in 1984.One of the favorites to be taken first Thursday night, Noel fell to No. 6, where the New Orleans Pelicans took him and then dealt his rights to the Philadelphia 76ers for a package headlined by All-Star guard Jrue Holiday, league sources told Cleveland Cavaliers started things by passing on centers Noel and Alex Len, who went to Phoenix at No. 5, in favor of Bennett, the UNLV freshman forward who starred for Canada’s junior national teams and was the Mountain West Conference freshman of the year. Bennett led a record 12 international players who were taken in the first round.“I’m just as surprised as anyone else,” Bennett said.There was suspense right until the end, either because the Cavs were unsure who they wanted or were trying to trade the pick. Most predictions had them taking one of the big men, with Noel largely considered the favorite for the No. 1 choice even after a torn ACL that ended his lone season at Kentucky in February.“I thought everything was in the air, so I wasn’t thinking I was the No. 1 pick,” Noel said.Stern, booed heavily in his final draft, added to the surprise of the moment by pausing slightly before announcing the Cavs’ pick, their first at No. 1 since taking All-Star Kyrie Irving in 2011.Orlando passed on both of the big men, too, going with Indiana swingman Victor Oladipo with the No. 2 pick. Washington took Otto Porter Jr. with the third pick, keeping the Georgetown star in town.Ten years after the Cavaliers selected LeBron James to start a draft that included future NBA championship teammates Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in the top five, this one lacked star power and perhaps even the promise of stardom.Bennett, Noel and Len are all coming off injuries and couldn’t even work out for teams, but the Cavs decided Bennett’s shoulder surgery wasn’t enough cause for concern.Len walked up to meet Stern and collect his orange Suns hat, then sat down near the stage to put on the walking boot he needs for the stress fracture of his left ankle that was discovered after Maryland’s season.Noel finally went to New Orleans with the next pick. He didn’t seem upset at his fall down the draft board, hugging his mother and shaking hands with Kentucky coach John Calipari.It was a good start to the night for the Hoosiers, with Cody Zeller going to the Charlotte Bobcats two places after Oladipo.Kansas guard Ben McLemore, another player who was considered a potential top-three pick, also dropped, going seventh to Sacramento.Headed by a lackluster class, the draft promised confusion and second-guessing, with no consensus No. 1 pick and little agreement among the order of the top five.The guys coming into the league were glad for the attention they did finally get once their names were called.“It’s like a weight vest you took off after running five miles,” Oladipo said. “It’s relaxing, man. But at the same time, you know it’s just getting started.”National player of the year Trey Burke of Michigan also was traded, the Minnesota Timberwolves sending his rights to Utah for the rights to Shabazz Muhammad and Gorgui Dieng, the Nos. 14 and 21 picks.Lehigh’s C.J. McCollum rounded out the top 10 by going to Portland.Stern, retiring in February, seemed to play up the boos, which turned to cheers after every pick, fans perhaps as puzzled as some of the players at the names they were hearing.“I was just kidding my agent because he didn’t bail me out,” Zeller said. “He didn’t tell me. I didn’t know until David Stern announced it. It’s a crazy process not knowing, but I’m definitely excited that I ended up with the Bobcats.”Other players couldn’t get too excited about their new addresses, because they changed quickly.Stern was announcing deals by the middle of the first round and they promised to keep coming after he called it a night and turned things over to deputy commissioner Adam Silver for the final 30 picks.The flurry of trades wasn’t surprising with so much uncertainty surrounding this class and so much hope in other areas. Teams such as Houston, Dallas and Atlanta already have an eye on Dwight Howard’s future, needing to have necessary salary-cap space to offer a maximum contract that could lure him away from Los Angeles. read more

Harry Kane hails cancer patient 5 as inspiration and vows to beat Sweden

Hi Ben, I’ve seen your video and you are an inspiration. Carry on fighting and we’ll do everything we can on Saturday to keep a smile on your face! #BensWorldCup— Harry Kane (@HKane) July 6, 2018 England captain Harry Kane has vowed to do “everything” to keep a young cancer patient smiling by beating Sweden in the World Cup.The Tottenham Hotspur star replied to a tweet by paediatric radiographer Liam Herbert, who shared a video of Ben Williams receiving a replica World Cup trophy.The five-year-old could not walk or talk before his treatment, but he asked for the World Cup as his speech returned while he was going through a course of radiotherapy for a brain tumour.Staff at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham then threw him a celebration to mark the end of his treatment in which he was presented with a certificate and the replica.Mr Herbert tweeted the video to Kane, urging him to also deliver the World Cup. To his surprise, the Three Lions star replied a day later, calling Ben an “inspiration”. In the video, the youngster, wearing an England shirt, unwrapped the trophy and held it close to him as a nurse helped him hold the “really heavy” replica.Ben’s father Sam Williams told The Independent: “Six weeks ago, Ben couldn’t talk or walk but we’ve essentially seen our little boy come back to us in the last few weeks. “They had already been absolutely wonderful, but what the staff in the radiology department did for him on his last day of treatment was just so special.”He really liked football before he got ill and has suddenly gone England crazy in the last couple of weeks, so much so that ‘England’ and ‘Harry Kane’ are some of the first words he learned to say again as his speech came back.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. England play Sweden in the World Cup quarter-final in Samara at 3pm UK time on Saturday. read more

Column Why are over two thirds of blind people in the world

first_imgTODAY THERE ARE more than 25 million women in the world who are needlessly blind, 90 per cent of whom live in developing countries. This situation is largely driven by the fact that women in the developing world tend to be either excluded from, or are last in line for, medical care.Cultural, social and economic factors often act as a barrier for women when accessing medication, surgery, eye tests and glasses, leaving women more exposed to blindness. This is turn impacts on the education not only of women but young girls, who drop out of school so as to become care givers and ‘substitute’ mothers to their families where their own mothers have become blind.Two of the main causes of avoidable blindness amongst women are cataract and trachoma. Surveys from African and Asian countries, where cataract is the biggest cause of blindness, reveal that women account for almost 75 per cent of cataract cases simply because they do not receive surgery at the same rate as men.Poverty exacerbates povertyCataract is a clouding of the eye’s lens – the part of the eye responsible for focusing light. The symptoms tend to be a gradual blurring of vision, which if left untreated can result in a total loss of sight. Removing a cataract is a relatively straightforward operation and can be conducted for as little as €32.Trachoma is a bacterial eye infection. When left untreated, it causes immense pain as the eyelids turn inwards, making the eyelashes scratch the eyeball. The statistics for trachoma, a disease that as well as being caused by poverty exacerbates poverty, are similar to cataract with women accounting for 85 per cent of the advanced and blinding cases in the developing world.As women tend to spend more time caring for children and are therefore more exposed to poor hygiene and sanitation risks, the propensity of them developing trachoma is much higher than for men. Trachoma can prevent women from completing simple household tasks which has a huge impact on families. Yet a trachoma operation costing as a little as €9 can and does ultimately restore sight.Medical care and education are inextricably linkedForty-year-old Lasoi from Kenya repeatedly suffered from trachoma and it eventually led to complete blindness. Lasoi was finding it a challenge to care for her seven children, so they had to drop out of school to help her. She was also struggling to do her beadwork, an essential income since her family lost their cattle due to drought. It wasn’t until Lasoi was screened by a Sightsavers-supported team visiting her village that she learned her sight could be restored by a 20-minute operation, positively changing her future and that of her family.Lasoi’s story is unfortunately a sad reality for many families in the developing world who are forced to take children out of school to care for their blind relatives. The issue of access to medical care and education are inextricably linked.Women are often exposed to a double disenfranchisement: last in line to receive medical attention and first to drop out of education. This has the trickle-down effect of limiting human and social development and so the cycle of poverty is perpetuated.Girls are last in line for even basic careIt’s unimaginable to many in the developed world that a person could be last in line for medical care and education simply because of gender but for many in the developing world this is the stark reality.There are currently 75 million children excluded from primary education in the developing world and girls are far more likely to miss out than boys. In Sub-Saharan Africa alone, there are currently 18 million girls out of school primarily because families are more likely to take their daughters out of school than their sons to help with sick or frail relatives who may have become blind from diseases such as river blindness.In response to such a dramatic gender imbalance, Sightsavers works in over 30 developing countries to prevent, treat and cure avoidable blindness and is supporting its partners in the development of programmes that work with local cultures to ensure that access to medical attention and education for all remain paramount.There is no quick-fix solution for breaking the cycle of poverty in developing countries. But by ensuring that women receive equal access to medical treatment, particularly for treatable eye conditions such as cataract and trachoma, the invisible chain that operates to discriminate against women when it comes to medical treatment and education can once and for all be broken.Michael Marren is CEO of Sightsavers Ireland. Sightsavers works in over 30 developing countries worldwide to eliminate avoidable blindness and to promote equal opportunity for people with disabilities. If you would like to support the work that Sightsavers does to combat avoidable blindness, please text EYES to 50300 to donate €4 or donate online at’re interested in your ideas and opinions – do you have a story you would like to see featured in Opinion & Insight? Email opinions@thejournal.ieColumn: I went blind at 14 – but my guide dog Miles has changed my lifeRead: Ireland 9th in the EU for gender equality at work, but only 19th for powerRead: Gender pay gap in Ireland still ‘unacceptably’ widelast_img read more

Winter Olympics gold medallist dismisses sexual harassment allegations as gossip

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Wednesday 14 Feb 2018, 12:15 PM Winter Olympics gold medallist dismisses sexual harassment allegations as ‘gossip’ Snowboarder Shaun White reportedly reached an out-of-court settlement last year with Lena Zawaideh. By AFP USA’s Shaun White with his gold medal after victory in the Men’s Halfpipe. Short URL 23,558 Views Share1 Tweet Email center_img USA’s Shaun White with his gold medal after victory in the Men’s Halfpipe. Image: Mike Egerton Image: Mike Egerton AMERICAN SNOWBOARDER SHAUN White dismissed sexual harassment allegations as “gossip” in an awkward press conference on Wednesday, hours after he won his third Winter Olympic gold medal.White, who reportedly reached an out-of-court settlement last year with Lena Zawaideh, former drummer in his band Bad Things, was asked whether the claims had tarnished his legacy.“Honestly, I’m here to talk about the Olympics, not gossip. But I don’t think so,” he said, speaking at the Pyeongchang Games.“I am who I am and I’m proud of who I am and my friends love me and vouch for me. I think that stands on its own.”When pressed to address the subject further, as the moderator tried to move the discussion to other topics, White said: “I feel like I addressed it.”According to reports in the United States, Zawaideh filed a lawsuit against White in August 2016 alleging repeated sexual harassment and an “authoritarian” management style.The issue resurfaced as White celebrated winning Olympic gold in South Korea after a brilliant final run which included his first-ever back-to-back frontside double cork 1440 and cab (backwards) double cork 1440.However, his joy was also punctured when anger erupted online after he dragged the American flag in the snow and got it tangled in his boots.“I definitely didn’t mean any disrespect and the flag that’s flying on my house right now is way up there,” he said.“So sorry for that but I’m definitely very proud to be part of Team USA and be an American and to be representing everyone back home.”- © AFP, 2018The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Follow us: 21 Comments Exciting match-up for SBG’s Artem Lobov added to UFC 223>The intense turn that created a scary luge crash has become the most feared section of the Olympics> Feb 14th 2018, 12:15 PM last_img read more

Shes back Katie Taylors professional career gets off to the perfect start

first_img – Ciarán Gallagher reports from Wembley Arena, LondonKATIE TAYLOR LEFT Polish journeywoman Karina Kopinska Thunderstruck as the former Olympic champion marked her move into the professional ranks with a vicious third-round finish at London’s Wembley Arena.The Bray woman entered the ring to the sounds of AC/DC’s famous tune and the thunder of Taylor’s guns certainly tore Kopinska apart as referee Robert Williams correctly stepped in 58secs into the third round to stop the bout with the Pole trapped on the ropes and receiving a pummelling.Trainer Ross Enamait had the Bray woman working three and four-punch combinations in her  dressing-room to warm up before the 30-year-old took to the ring wearing black shorts with gold trim, appropriately enough for her decorated amateur history.Taylor entered the bout as a 1/100 favourite and the London 2012 champion started with intent, throwing heavy right hooks to Kopinska’s head as well as working the Pole’s body with left hooks.The durable Kopinska was game and shook off a thudding Taylor left hook early on in the second before the five-time amateur world champion began to tee off.From the moment the bell rang to signal the third round, Taylor resumed pummelling her opponent, forcing her to the ropes and rapidly switching between a variety of shots to the head and body.With Kopinska trapped in her own corner and under an unrelenting attack from Taylor, referee Robert Williams correctly stepped in to signal a halt to the contest at 58secs into the third, which took place at 132lbs – just below the pro lightweight (135lbs) limit but roughly equal to Taylor’s old amateur weight class of 60kg.Around 3,000-4,000 were expected to be present and while arena staff estimated that such an attendance were in situ, the crowd appeared to possibly be slightly smaller in number but not far off.Among those at ringside was Taylor’s London 2012 opponent Natasha Jonas – the pair having produced one of the best fights of the Games four years ago.Also present was Matchroom Sports founder Barry Hearn, father of Taylor’s promoter Eddie, in what was an indication of how highly the company rates their new signing as the elder Hearn only tends to be present at Matchroom’s most noteworthy fight nights.Tri-colours were dotted around the venue and carried by fans mingling around the concessions outside of the main fight hall.Manager Brian Peters admitted that Taylor’s debut was slightly rushed in an attempt to build her profile in the UK and outside of Ireland as quickly as possible, with Saturdaynight’s debut scheduled in order to maximise interest in the Bray woman before her appearance on the undercard of world heavyweight title holder Antony Joshua’s headline against Eric Molina in two weeks’ time on December 10.On the selection of journeywoman Kopinska as an opponent, the Meath man said: “Don’t forget it’s six rounds [Taylor fought four rounds as an amateur] and I suppose the whole situation came about a bit quick. But you’ve got to take these opportunities when they come along,” continued Peters. “Originally we were scheduled to have the first fight on the 10th [December] and then the 10th is a pretty cramped show, there’s a lot going on, Katie might have got lost a bit on a big card.“But [Kopinska is] a tough opponent tonight, very durable, only stopped once [before],” added Peters.There was early Irish success on the card as Mullingar’s JJ McDonagh recorded a sensational first-round knockout over Surrey native Jake Ball to claim the vacant WBA International light heavyweight title. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Saturday 26 Nov 2016, 10:05 PM By Ciarán Gallagher Share2290 Tweet Email1 Follow us: Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO 87 Comments McDonagh had taken the bout at short notice but delivered in style in what was only his second bout in 20 months, blitzing his opponent.Taylor told Sky Sports after the bout: “It’s an absolute privilege to be here, this is obviously a huge night for women’s boxing. This is my pro debut, I don’t want to get too carried away.“This is only the start and I hope to be a multi-weight champion.”– An earlier version of this article incorrectly referred to Taylor as the 1/100 underdog; she was 1/100 favourite.The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us!center_img Nov 26th 2016, 10:05 PM She’s back! Katie Taylor’s professional career gets off to the perfect start in London Taylor easily accounted for Karina Kopinska on her pro debut at Wembley Arena. Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO Short URL Lewis Hamilton shades Rosberg for title-deciding pole in Abu Dhabi‘There’s huge pressure on Katie because you only get a few cracks at the non-believers’ 66,505 Views last_img read more

Meet the man behind some of Dublins trendiest restaurants who doesnt want

first_img Share Tweet Email6 Mar 11th 2017, 6:31 PM Saturday 11 Mar 2017, 6:31 PM 11 Comments Image: John Farrell Take me to Fora Meet the man behind some of Dublin’s trendiest restaurants who doesn’t want a Michelin star Dillinger’s owner John Farrell plans to open two new restaurants before the year is out. By Fora Staff Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Short URL Get the top business news from Fora delivered to your inbox: WHEN JOHN FARRELL started out in the restaurant game he was taking a big step up during a recession that was swallowing restaurants whole. However, the downturn played into his hands.It was a combination of the recession and the chance to sell his stake in the Dublin restaurant Il Primo that helped him gather the funds to snap up a location for Dillinger’s, his first diner, in Ranelagh from a liquidator for a dime.However, he had some big boots to fill. The previous tenants of the lot was Dylan McGrath’s Michelin star restaurant Mint, but Farrell had no passion to try and imitate its style.“Everything was there, the kitchen and the layout, so I could have tried to keep it the same, but I didn’t. I saw people were moving to different types of dining – casual dining,” he told Fora.“I think with Dillinger’s, it was moving into where Mint was, which was a Michelin star restaurant, and there was a lot of interest in what was going to go there.“It got a lot of free press because it was a casual, cafe-vibe diner that opened in the space of a Michelin star restaurant.”Going for the ‘casual dining’ vibe wasn’t just a once-off approach.Farrell has gone for the same idea with a number of follow-up restaurants such as steakhouse The Butcher’s Grill, Mexican restaurant 777 and the Italian-themed Super Miss Sue.Despite his premises being closely associated with Michelin star dining, Farrell doesn’t plan on rolling out the red carpet in an effort to try and earn one himself any time soon.“I’ve never gotten one. I just want to open up good restaurants. Honestly, I wouldn’t like to have a star and then be worried about the thing the whole time,” he said. John Farrell Source: John FarrellHe says the most recent restaurant he opened, Luna, does lean towards more of a fine-dining style, but he still wouldn’t want a Michelin Star for it either.“In other countries it seems different. You could be sitting in a Michelin star restaurant that has a casual vibe to it and in Ireland it seems to be the opposite. It has to be a fine-dining establishment with linen and the likes.“Michelin star restaurants in Ireland seem to be all at the same level, but in New York there are a few places that have Michelin stars that are casual gastro pubs.”New restaurantsIt’s now nearly three years since Farrell opened his last restaurant, Luna. But he has been doing a bit of consultancy on the side and helped set up Chinese restaurant Hang Dai on Camden Street recently.However, once a restaurant has thrown open its doors and it’s business as usual, Farrell says he gets bored of the day-to-day operating of the business.“The restaurants run themselves because there are managers,” says Farrell. ”So it’s gets a bit boring after a while if I’m not doing anything. I need to keep myself out of trouble.”So, it’s no surprise that he has two new restaurant set to open this year and a third is in the pipeline for 2018.He says he has the sites and the concepts for the two restaurants this year, all he’s missing are the names.The first of the new trio will open in Stoneybatter near the L.Mulligan Grocer gastropub, says Farrell, and is a collaboration with chef Keelan Higgs. It will be another in his line of casual diners that is based on everything being cooked on wood.The other project earmarked for this year will be an establishment on Capel Street that will serve dishes from several different Asian countries. Super Miss Sue restaurant Source: JCF DevelopmentsHe says a lot of the funding is coming from his own back pocket for the new ventures, but he doesn’t always need the money up front to get the project off the ground.“What’s happened over the years is that because the banks weren’t lending any money, the tradespeople became the bankers,” he says.“They would let you pay a deposit and over 90 days you would pay the balance. So if something costed €300,000, you might only need half.“The banks are starting to lend again, but I would only get small amounts. Everything I would take from a bank would be paid back over a year. It wouldn’t be a long term thing.”The most recent accounts for Farrell’s company Restaurant Investments Ltd showed the firm made a profit of nearly €85,000 during the year that ended 31 December 2015.BlackbirdEven though he has the bug for opening restaurant after restaurant, it looks like Farrell could be about to take a bit of backseat.He says he would like to start spending more time with his three-year-old daughter who lives in the US with her mother.However, he does lift the lid on another project he is slowly cooking up in the background – a chain of fried chicken shops dubbed Blackbird.“The chicken restaurant, the concept is still there. There’s just a few hiccups with intellectual property rights,” he says.“It’s something I would repeat across many cities, but I’m not in a mad hurry to do it to be honest.“I’m working with a company in London to do the design, but who knows. It could sit there for a year or two and then all of a sudden it comes to fruition.”Written by Killian Woods and posted on Image: John Farrell 42,417 Views last_img read more

Buy This Comic The Pervert OGN

first_imgStay on target “A surprisingly honest and touching account of a trans girl surviving through sex work in Seattle. With excerpts published in the Eisner-nominated anthology ISLAND, the full-color volume, drawn and painted by REMY BOYDELL, is an unflinching debut graphic novel. Written by MICHELLE PEREZ.”THE PERVERT OGN(W): Michelle Perez (A): Remy BoydellI love painfully honest narratives within comics. That was pretty broad to say I know, but I honestly do. I think something is refreshing about stories that embark on genuinely thought-provoking journies that tightens its grip on you. At the beginning of The Pervert, Will Toledo preferences this graphic novel by saying “…it’s the sort of thing that should be allowed to speak for itself.” I can tell you that Will Toledo is absolutely right and that description of The Pervert is extremely dead-on.via Image ComicsThe Pervert is hard to talk about in more ways than one because you sincerely don’t know where to start. Michelle Perez pens a remarkably heartbreaking but authentic gut-punch of a comic that leaves you pondering but also breaks you inside out. A cast of anthropomorphic creatures chronicles their lives of sex work, relationships, clients, transition, and feelings. All told through an anonymous trans girl living in Seattle.Perez pulls no punches in this novel. It’s explicit, striking, arresting, hilarious and has you hoping for the best. I so enjoyed the uncertainty of this comic. You don’t know what will happen at the end of the day because Perez lets the chips fall where they may. She’s not afraid to let her character(s) get into some traumatic and agonizing situations. She lets the actions lead to consequences, lending themselves to decisions that need to be made at the end of the day.via Image ComicsThe Pervert isn’t going to be sunshine and roses. That’s so beautiful and brilliant about it. Real life doesn’t always let things tie up nicely. It levels out some harsh truth that makes you feel for the characters. Perez goes deeper than the surface things. She examines human connection, longing, acceptance, love, desire, empathy, apathy and many more feelings that are very hard to put out into the world. There’s no net to real them in. Perez’s script feels like a coming-of-age story in a different type of way. A way that not a lot of people know or have heart about which needs to be told. She lays the struggle of living a life where you have to do to get to where you need to go ultimately.Remy Boydell’s art makes it feel like you’re floating above this comic on a cloud. Boydell’s art illuminates story in a way that brings us into something gentle, but still very frank and honest, but sincere and serene. Her lines are precise and slimy detailed, but then what brings it all together is the use of watercolors that give it that wonderful serene nature. The use of watercolors by Boydell makes it very ethereal and almost unreal at times. The soft blues, pinks and more really brings you’re finding a soft balance between what you’re reading and what you’re seeing. Boydell’s art makes you feel like you’re flowing above the panels and watching everything take place below.via Image ComicsThe Pervert is a bit heavy read and not for the faint of heart. It’s a memorable and stunning graphic novel that will leave you with plenty of thoughts and emotions to hold. The Pervert contains a passionate and intensely moving narrative that does leave you with a glimmer of hope at the end of the day. The Pervert is now available on Comixology and your local comic shop.4/25/18 Releases – In addition to The Pervert, here’s a list of other new titles that came out this week that you should be reading.7 Shells #0 by Jeffrey L. Wilson (W), Amrit Birdi & Robert Carey (A), Joaquin Pereyra (C) Mindy Lopkin (L) Black Rock ComicsIce Cream Man #4 by W. Maxwell Prince (W), Martin Morazzo (A), Chris O’ Halloran (C), Good Old Neon (L) Image ComicsAbbot #4 by Saladin Ahmed (W), Sami Kivela (I), Jason Wordie (C), Jim Campbell (L) BOOM! StudiosHack/Slash: Resurrection Vol. 1 by Tini Howard (W), Celor (A), K. Michael Russell (C), CRANK! (L) Image ComicsCrossroad Blues by Ace Atkins (W), Marco Finnegan (A), Chris Brunner (CA) Image ComicsLegion #4 by Peter Milligan (W), Lee Ferguson (A), Javier Rodriguez (CA) Marvel ComicsLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Buy This Comic: DEATH ORB #1Buy This Comic: MAN-EATERS #1 last_img read more

University of TT signs USCaribbean education MOU

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, Medgar Evers College, university of trinidad & tobago Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe University of Trinidad & Tobago has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Medgar Evers College of New York to establish the USA-Caribbean International Education Consortium (UCIEC).The UCIEC is a partnership between three Caribbean universities and Medgar Evers. The other Caribbean universities included are the University of Guyana and EGC Martinique Business School. The MOU was signed in Port of Spain last Wednesday.According to T&T Education Minister, Anthony Garcia, the consortium seeks to promote and foster academic collaborations addressing the economic and social challenges of developing countries and historically disadvantaged peoples. Garcia added that officials are working toward have more Caribbean institutions join UCIEC in the near future.#MagneticMediaNews#USACaribbeanInternationalEducationConsortium Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Car crashes into Miami food market

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Police are investigating after a driver lost control and slammed into a building in Miami.It happened sometime before 7 a.m., Monday.Police received a call regarding a vehicle crashing into the Bawa Food Market store, along Northwest 54th Street and Fourth Avenue.According to a witness, at least two people were injured and rushed to the hospital in unknown condition.The car has since been towed from the scene.The cause of the crash remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Car crashes into fire hydrant leaving Miramar streets flooded

first_imgMIRAMAR, FLA. (WSVN) – A street in Miramar ended up flooded with water after a car crashed into a fire hydrant.The crash occurred in the area of Miramar Parkway and Southwest 62nd Avenue, Tuesday morning.There were no reported injuries, but there was water spewing into the streets of the area as the car was towed away.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

UN to evacuate wounded Yemen rebels for treatment

first_imgTaha al-Mutawakil (C), the health minister in the Huthi-held Yemeni capital Sanaa, arrives at the Sanaa Internation Airport during the evacuation a wounded rebels on 3 December 2018. Wounded rebels were evacuated from the Yemeni capital for medical treatment on a UN chartered plane, marking a key step in kickstarting stalled negotiations as world powers press for an end to the brutal four-year conflict that has pushed Yemen to the brink of famine. Photo: AFPWounded Yemeni rebels arrived at Sanaa airport to be flown to Oman for treatment in a ‘confidence-building’ measure Monday, as the UN envoy returned seeking to push ahead with planned peace talks.The evacuation on a UN chartered plane marks a key step in kickstarting stalled negotiations as world powers press for an end to the brutal four-year conflict that has pushed Yemen to the brink of famine.Wounded Huthi rebels were transported across the capital, controlled by the Iran-backed insurgents since 2014, in ambulances as they made their way to the long-defunct Sanaa International Airport on Monday.Inside the airport departure hall, other wounded rebels — some in suits and wheelchairs — lined up awaiting their evacuation to Muscat.A security official inside Sanaa airport told AFP the rebels had begun to board the private, UN-supervised flight on Monday evening.Coalition spokesman Turki al-Maliki confirmed the UN chartered flight would evacuate 50 wounded combatants, 50 escorts and a team of Yemeni and UN doctors to the Omani capital.- Griffiths in Sanaa -The fate of wounded rebels had been a stumbling block to the start of a previous round of aborted peace talks in Geneva in September.The rebels have said they will now attend the talks in Sweden if they are guaranteed safe passage.The UN is trying to persuade the Huthis insurgents and the Saudi-backed government to sit down at the negotiating table this month.UN envoy Martin Griffiths landed in Sanaa on Monday, an AFP photographer at the airport said, for talks with the rebels.A UN source said the reopening of Sanaa International Airport, shut for more than three years following air raids by the Saudi-led coalition, was a priority at the planned peace talks.The Huthis had announced at the weekend that the airport could now meet the requirements of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to “receive civilian flights”.The ICAO has not released a statement on Sanaa airport.A UN panel of experts this year said the “effective closure” of Sanaa airport since 2015, when the Saudi-led alliance intervened in the Yemen war, constituted a violation of international humanitarian law.- ‘No excuses’ -The proposed UN-brokered peace talks have been backed by both the rebels and the government and were expected to take place in Sweden this week.UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, however, has played down the early December schedule and said he hoped talks would start “this year”.The opposing sides cautiously reiterated their willingness to attend negotiations.Yemen’s information minister, Moammer al-Eryani, said the government had agreed to the Sweden talks as a first step towards “facilitating negotiations” and to end “all excuses invoked by the coupists (rebels) to evade finding peace”.Huthi military spokesman Yahya Saree said the rebels were ready to hold talks “starting with a ceasefire” by the rival coalition at a press conference broadcast on the insurgents’ Al-Masirah television.Iran also offered support on Monday, saying it was ready to cooperate with the international community to resolve the crisis.Previous talks planned for September in Geneva failed to get under way as the Huthi delegation never left Sanaa, saying the United Nations could not guarantee their safe return.The rebels also accused the world body of failing to secure the evacuation of wounded rebels to Oman, a relatively neutral party in the Yemen war.Talks initially broke down in 2016, when 108 days of negotiations in Kuwait failed to yield a deal and left rebel delegates stranded in Oman for three months.UN aid chief Mark Lowcock warned last week that Yemen was “on the brink of a major catastrophe”.His comments followed renewed deadly clashes between Huthi rebels and pro-government forces in the Red Sea port city of Hodeida, which is vital for the flow of humanitarian aid and controlled by the rebels.The coalition spokesman said Monday that military operations in Hodeida were “ongoing”.The United Nations has described Yemen as the world’s worst humanitarian disaster, with at least 10,000 people killed since the coalition intervened in 2015.Rights groups fear the actual toll is far higher.last_img read more

Full Show HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza Aug 3 2017

first_img Share HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza registers as a Texas voter alongside students at Sam Houston Math, Science, and Technology Center.On today’s Houston Matters: We welcome your questions for Houston ISD Superintendent Richard Carranza, who’s preparing for his second school year leading the state’s largest public school district. Anything you want to know about HISD schools or public education in general will be welcome.Also this hour: The newest class of NASA astronauts is about to report for duty. We meet one of them from Houston: Bob Hines. And we learn about the first-ever Fifth Ward Documentary Film Festival.We offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps.last_img

UPDATE Trump Signs Proclamations To Scale Back National Monuments In Utah

first_imgTrump signs proclamations to scale back Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante national monuments in Utah. Howard Berkes/NPRBroken Bow Arch rises from Willow Canyon in the Escalante Canyons region of Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Sharecenter_img _______President Trump is expected to announce his administration will dramatically shrink the size of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments when he travels to Utah on Monday.The visit caps months of speculation and a controversial review of the boundaries of large national monuments that protect more than 100,000 acres of U.S. public land. The review, conducted by Trump’s Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, originally looked at more than two dozen national monuments designated by presidential decree since the 1990s.But Utah, with its new 1.3 million-acre Bears Ears monument and the 1.8 million-acre Grand Staircase National Monument, has always been at the center of the debate, and largely what spurred the review.On Monday, during a ceremony at the Utah state Capitol, Trump is reportedly expected to announce plans to shrink the boundaries of Bears Ears by up to 85 percent. His predecessor, President Barack Obama, created the monument shortly before leaving office. The Grand Staircase monument, which stems from the Clinton administration, could be cut in half.Utah’s Republican congressional delegation, along with county commissions and conservative groups, pressed the administration to act.“President Trump’s decision to reduce these monuments allows us to still protect those areas that need protection, while at the same time keeping the area open and accessible to locals who depend on this land for their daily lives,” said Matt Anderson of the Utah-based Sutherland Institute.Anderson says large, public land national monuments hurt rural counties. These areas already have large amounts of federal public land, he says, where cattle grazing, mining and other types of private enterprise are heavily regulated.Rural Utah is still fuming from President Bill Clinton’s designation of the Grand Staircase in 1996, which grandfathered in existing cattle grazing leases and other uses, but also nixed a proposed coal mine. Clinton signed the proclamation at the Grand Canyon, in Arizona, and Utah officials at the time said they were blindsided.“When you designate a large national monument, you restrict access to the land and you block traditional uses of the land,” Anderson said.In rural San Juan County, home to Bears Ears, more than 60 percent of all the land is owned and managed by the federal government. The county, which is also about 50 percent Native American, is often cited as one of Utah’s poorest.George Frey/Getty ImagesAncient granaries, part of the House on Fire ruins, are shown here in the South Fork of Mule Canyon in the Bears Ears National Monument outside Blanding, Utah.Depending which side you’re on, Monday’s expected drama is a story about an overreaching federal government that prevented development on large amounts of federal land with little local support, or it’s the latest example of the U.S. government breaking promises with Native Americans.Many tribal leaders and activists began convening in Salt Lake City over the weekend to protest the president’s looming decision.At a rally Saturday, Ethel Branch, attorney general of the Navajo Nation, predicted the president wouldn’t even set foot on or see the land in question.“I want him to visit Bears Ears before he takes any action,” Branch told a cheering crowd at a rally outside the Utah Capitol.That’s unlikely, with the monument more than a five-hour drive from Salt Lake, and with the president’s tight visit also including a trip to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints’ Welfare Square.Bears Ears is considered some of the most culturally significant land in the American Southwest. Its famous red rock canyon country is dense with ancient artifacts, cliff dwellings and sacred burial grounds. Just a couple of years ago, some of the land was proposed for additional federal protections, but a bill backed by Utah’s House Republicans stalled in Congress. Then, last year, the Obama administration held meetings in the region before declaring it a national monument in late December under the 1906 Antiquities Act.Republicans in Congress have proposed changes to the act — originally intended to protect against the looting of ancient artifacts from public land — to make it harder for presidents to use it as a means to create large national monuments.As for Trump, the law is gray when it comes to whether a president can actually shrink or abolish a large monument. Legal experts say that’s historically been the role of Congress. Meanwhile, sixteen presidents have used the Antiquities Act to create public lands monuments.Environmentalists fear the impending decision could set a precedent for future presidents to unravel protections on federal land.“There’s a lot that might not survive the next couple of years, but our public lands legacy is certainly teetering on the brink here,” said Matthew Koehler of the WildWest Institute.Several environmental groups and tribes have already announced they plan to sue following Monday’s announcements.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit read more

The Passing of a Balto Coaching LegendCarmie Pete Pompey

first_imgCarmie ‘Pete’ Pompey on the football field in 1994. (AFRO File Photo)Carmie “Pete” Pompey died of pneumonia on Jan. 22 at the age of 75. He had been living with Alzheimer’s disease since 2011. Pompey spent his 37 year career as an educator in Baltimore City where he touched the lives of countless youth. He spent 31 of those years as the basketball and football coach of Dunbar and Edmondson High Schools. Between both sports he coached 776 games and amassed 533 victories, and many of those years he also served as the school’s athletic director as well.Pompey, a West Baltimore native and Douglass High School graduate, then went on to Morgan State University, where he played quarterback, until he graduated in 1964. His first job in the Baltimore City school system was in 1966 at Harlem Park Middle School where he became the physical education teacher and from there he would go on to Edmondson High School. In 1986 he took over as head football and basketball coach as well as athletic director after Bob Wade left the program to become the University of Maryland men’s basketball coach.Pompey enjoyed the most success in his career during the six years he spent at Dunbar High School including a national 1st place ranking, a coach of the year award, a 57 game winning streak and the Dunbar Poets’ first state title in 1992. That celebration would be cut short in 1993 when Coach Pompey was placed on administrative leave for an alleged misuse of funds from the school’s athletic department. The money, in excess of $51,000, was said to be earned by students working in a concession stand at Camden Yards. Pompey was cleared of all charges after a 14 month long investigation by then Baltimore City State’s Attorney, Stuart O. Simms.“Coach Pompey’s presence in the school makes a difference and the entire graduating class paid the price of your decision to remove him pending the outcome of the State’s Attorney’s investigation,” read the letter submitted by Lori Phelps, then a Dunbar student’s parent and volunteer in the school’s test preparatory association. The letter continued, “now that the investigation is closed and no charges have been filed, Coach Pompey needs to be reinstated at Dunbar High School.”However, after the investigation Coach Pompey was reassigned to Edmondson in 1994.Pompey is reportedly survived by his sisters Carole Brown and Jean Nicholas; daughter Rhonda McNair; son-in-law Thomas McNair and three grandchildren.The viewing for Carmie “Pete” Pompey will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Jan. 31 at the Wylie Funeral Home in Randallstown, Md. The service to celebrate the life of Coach Pompey will be held at Morgan State University’s Murphy Fine Arts Center on Feb. 1 with the wake beginning at 3 p.m. followed by the service at 4 p.m. The family asks that anyone who attended a school where Pompey taught wear the school’s colors.last_img read more

Lisner Auditorium at The George Washington University– Poetry Out Loud National Finals

first_imgOn May 3-4, at the Lisner Auditorium at The George Washington University, 730 21st Street NW, 53 high school teens from across the country will participate in the Poetry Out Loud National Finals. The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation created the program to help teens learn about classic and contemporary poetry. Top finalists and schools receive $50,000 in awards. The event is hosted by Elizabeth Acevedo, a poet, and features a performance by hip-hop artist and multi-instrumentalist Christylez Bacon. The event is free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations are required. The event will be webcast live at