Blood Tribe in Alberta struggling to find solution to prescription medication crisis

first_imgBrandi Morin APTN National NewsEDMONTON –The chief of an Alberta First Nation said his community is struggling to find solutions to a soaring prescription medication problem.Chief Charles Weaselhead said after a meeting with Canada’s Health Minister Rona Ambrose this week that a lack of resources is holding the Blood Tribe back from getting people the attention they need.Weaselhead, who attended a symposium in Edmonton that focused on prescription medication, said in the last six months there have been 40 overdoses and 20 deaths related to the use of Fentanyl, a potent and dangerous drug disguised as Oxy80s.He said they are struggling to find access to proper treatment beds and detox facilities for community members.“That in itself compounds the issue of people who are ready to go to treatment and it’s not there,” he said.Ambrose met with various stakeholders to discuss ways of tackling the issue. She said the improper and recreational use of prescription drugs is threatening the health and safety of communities across the country.“Substance abuse and prescription drug abuse are very serious and complex health, social and economic issues and as such cannot be addressed or resolved in isolation,” said Ambrose.The federal government will fund $13 million over the next five years to undertake 1,000 annual pharmacy inspections across Canada.Rona Ambose announcing $13 million for pharmacy inspections. Photo APTN/Brandi MorinThe initiative is to help curb the increasing use of highly addictive pain prescription medications that are sold illegally on the streets.According to a 2013 international products control survey, Canada is now the second largest per capita consumer of prescription opiates.The 2012 Canadian Alcohol and drug use monitoring survey indicated that close to 1 million youth reported having used prescription drugs in the last 12 months. A large number of youth reported accessing prescription drugs at home in their own medicine cabinets.Weaselhead said what his community needs are resources to help people.“We do have a big problem and if we don’t find those beds, if we don’t find detox for them I’m afraid they’re going to go back to their habits. And we’ll continue to see over doses, we’ll continue to see the deaths and the number will continue to climb.”Alberta Health Services (AHS) have been working closely with the Blood tribe and First Nations/Inuit Health Services.AHS medical health officer of health for southern Alberta, Dr. Karen Goodison said while accessing resources is a challenge, addressing the situation is considered a top priority.The AHS currently distributes a take home Naloxone Kit that serves as an anti-dote for reviving individuals who are overdosing.“We will continue to build capacity for our community support and wrap around services, this needs to be a collective approach,” said Weaselhead.Blood Tribe chief Charles Weaselhead sitting down with Health Canada Minister Rona Ambrose. Photo APTN/Brandi Morin (Chief Charles Weaselhead speaking in Edmonton. Photo APTN/Brandi Morin) Weaselhead said that Blood tribe officials continue to work to provide information to members focused on intervention and treatment for prescription drug abuse.In April, Health Canada announced it will invest $13.5 million dollars over the next five years to First Nations communities across the country to enhance prevention and treatment capacity specifically for prescription drug abuse.This will include crisis intervention teams that provide First Nation communities with counseling and other supports.In addition Health Canada launched national TV ad campaigns to help equip parents with information on how to talk to teenagers about prescription drug use.They also urge all Canadians to take their unused medications back to their local pharmacy when they’re no longer needed.bmorin@aptn.calast_img read more

Uber restarts modified selfdriving testing in Toronto focused on AI

first_imgTORONTO — Uber Technologies Inc. says its self-driving vehicles have returned to the streets of Toronto in a modified program after it halted testing earlier this year when one of its autonomous vehicles struck and killed a pedestrian in Arizona.The company said Thursday that the limited relaunch of a few vehicles in the Toronto area will have a driver in control at all times and include a second operator as a precaution. The Arizona crash in March happened while an operator was streaming a television show and the vehicle was operating autonomously.Raquel Urtasun, chief scientist at Uber Advanced Technologies Group in Toronto, said in an interview that since the incident Uber has reviewed safety measures company-wide, including at the research group.“Since the tragic incident, ATG has been working, has really been looking at all of our processes and the way we develop the technology.”She said safety comes first and the company has looked to emphasize more simulations in autonomous development.“We have revamped all our offline testing such that we minimize the need for tests on the roads, and instead we leverage all of our data collection processes and we can test and create simulations so that we minimize the risks until the technology is ready.”The Toronto testing will focus on development and data collection for the company’s artificial intelligence systems including map building, more-so than testing the real-world self-driving capabilities of the vehicles, said Urtasun.Self-driving vehicles generally require high-definition road maps to operate and supplement the various on-board sensors. The company says it’s working to build technology that will allow map building in real-time to speed up the mapping process.Uber says it has also restarted testing in Pittsburgh, where vehicles will be operated in a fully autonomous mode with two safety operators, and in San Francisco where drivers will control the car similarly to the Toronto program.The company says it also plans to move its ATG research and development hub a couple kilometres west from its current base in Toronto’s MaRS Discovery District tech hub as it plans to double the size of its AI research team to 100 next year. The growth of the AI research team is on top of plans announced in September to invest upwards of $200 million and hire 200 engineers in its first engineering facility in Canada. The Advanced Technologies Group will relocate to a mixed-use development under construction by RioCan called the Bathurst College Centre.Urtasun said the company hasn’t had problems with recruitment yet despite strong demand in the Toronto technology sector.“This is one of the fundamental problems that, you know, is going to influence the way we live in this century. So everybody’s very excited to be working in self-driving.”Ian Bickis, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Loonie up amid hopes for central bank action strong US factory orders

TORONTO — The Canadian dollar advanced Tuesday, supported by strong gains in commodity prices as traders looked to central banks to take action to keep the fragile global economic recovery on track.Prices for oil and metals also ran ahead following a strong report on U.S. factory orders.The loonie rose 0.54 of a cent to 98.76 cents US from the close on Friday before the Canada Day holiday.The U.S. Commerce Department said factory orders increased 0.7 per cent in May after two consecutive months of declines. Core capital goods, such as machinery and computers, rose 2.1 per cent. That’s better than the 1.6 per cent estimated in a preliminary report a week ago and is a good measure of companies’ plans to invest.However, manufacturing has slowed so far this year, hurt by declining consumer and business confidence and weaker global demand.Some analysts expect the European Central Bank to cut lending rates by 0.25 of a point later this week and the Bank of England to boost money in circulation. There are also hopes that Japan and China will announce new stimulus measures.Oil prices made a particularly strong gain as traders also closely watch the impact of tighter sanctions starting July 1 by the U.S. and Europe against Iran over Tehran’s nuclear program. Iran, OPEC’s second-biggest producer, is finding fewer countries willing to buy its crude, which could pinch global supplies.The August crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange ran ahead $3.61 to US$87.36 a barrel.Copper futures jumped eight cents to US$3.55 a pound while bullion gained $22.90 to US$1,614.50 an ounce. read more

Two arrested after stabbing on King Street

Hamilton Police are investigating a stabbing that happened near Hess Street early this morning.A 19 year old man from Hamilton was found at the corner of Caroline and King Street by a restaurant around 3 a.m. He was stabbed in the stomach. Paramedics arrived on scene and took the teen to hospital. He is expected to be okay.Two men were arrested and those arrest were caught on camera. A 36 year old and 27 year old both from Hamilton are facing charges including assault with a weapon and carrying a concealed weapon along with drug possession charges.Police say an altercation at the doorway of the Vita la Pita led to the 27 year old drawing a weapon and stabbing the teen.Police say the 19 year old has already been released from hospital. read more

Orders for US durable goods fell 1 pct in Jan but some

In this Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, photo, a woman walks through a display of refrigerators at a Lowe’s store in Cranberry Township, Pa. The Commerce Department releases durable goods for January on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar) Orders for US durable goods fell 1 pct. in Jan., but some demand recovers after Dec. stumble by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Feb 27, 2014 6:36 am MDT WASHINGTON – American businesses ordered fewer durable manufactured goods in January, cutting demand for planes, autos and machines. But a key category that reflects business investment rebounded on the strength of demand for electronics and fabricated metals.The Commerce Department said Thursday that orders for durable goods fell a seasonally adjusted 1 per cent in January from December. Much of the decline was driven by a 20.2 per cent drop in demand for commercial aircraft, a volatile month-to-month category. Orders for all transportation-related equipment fell 5.6 per cent.More encouragingly, orders rose 1.7 per cent in a closely watched category, known as core capital goods, which excludes volatile transportation and defence orders. This category had dropped 1.8 per cent in December.Economists track this category to determine whether business investment is expanding. Last month’s rebound nearly erased all of December’s decline, a sign that companies might be anticipating more business during spring.“There is some evidence that the growth rate of equipment investment is strengthening,” said Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist at Capital Economics. But “we won’t know for sure until the weather improves.”Frigid weather and snowstorms have cut into factory output in recent months. As manufacturing has slowed, the effects have echoed across the economy to dampen hiring, retail demand and home sales.Manufacturers made fewer cars and trucks, appliances, furniture and carpeting in January, as cold weather delayed shipments of raw materials and caused some factories to shut down, the Federal Reserve has reported. Factory production plummeted 0.8 per cent last month, ending five straight months of gains.The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing managers, said its index of manufacturing activity fell to 51.3 in January, from 56.5 in December. It was the lowest reading since May, though any reading above 50 signals growth in manufacturing.The broad slowdown emerged after the economy had picked up momentum during the final half of 2013.Retail sales tumbled last month, including a 2.1 per cent dip in auto purchases. Sales of existing U.S. homes plummeted in January to the slowest pace in 18 months, according to the National Association of Realtors.Most economists say the economy will pivot to stronger growth this year after a halting recovery that followed the recession’s end in June 2009. Many analysts are forecasting the economy will grow by around 3 per cent in 2014, an increase of more than a percentage point for 2013.Much of the hope for a better 2014 reflects a belief that the federal government will be less of a drag this year. In 2013, higher taxes and across-the-board spending cuts trimmed about 1.5 percentage points from growth. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Republicans block Senate bill that would curb tax breaks for firms moving

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Republicans block Senate bill that would curb tax breaks for firms moving operations overseas by Stephen OhlemacHer, The Associated Press Posted Jul 30, 2014 9:25 am MDT WASHINGTON – Republican senators blocked an election-year bill Wednesday to limit tax breaks for U.S. companies that move operations overseas.The bill would have prohibited companies from deducting expenses related to moving their operations to a foreign country. It also would have offered tax credits to companies that move operations to the U.S. from a foreign country.The Senate voted 54-42 to end debate on the bill, six short of the 60 votes needed to advance it. The White House says President Barack Obama supports the legislation.“Today in the United States, any time an American company closes a factory or plant in America and moves operations to another country, the American taxpayers pick up part of that moving bill,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. “Frankly, a vote against this bill is a vote against American jobs.”Republicans called the bill an election-year stunt. They noted that Democrats tried to pass a similar bill two years ago, right before the last congressional elections.Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said the bill is “designed for campaign rhetoric and failure, not to create jobs here in the U.S.”Republicans also complained that Reid wouldn’t allow any amendments. The legislation now joins a growing number of bills that have stalled in the Senate this year because Democrats and Republicans couldn’t agree on amendments.The bill would have cost U.S. companies that move overseas $143 million in additional taxes over the next decade, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation, which analyzes tax legislation for Congress. Companies moving into the U.S. would have seen their tax bills drop by $357 million over the same period.The difference — $214 million — would have been added to the budget deficit.___Follow Stephen Ohlemacher on Twitter: read more

Marking World Tourism Day UN highlights role of travel sector in protecting

‹ › Credit: WTO The important relationship between recreational travel and the world’s water resources is the focus of this year’s United Nations observance of World Tourism Day, which aims to raise awareness of tourism’s social, cultural, political and economic value.“World Tourism Day offers a unique opportunity to shine a spotlight on water both as an asset and as a resource and on the actions needed to face up to the water challenge,” Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), said in a statement on the 2013 theme, “Tourism and Water: Protecting our Common Future.”“I urge all those involved in the tourism sector to join our global World Tourism Day campaign and continue to devise innovate solutions to ensuring tourism contributes to sustainable access to water resources worldwide,” he added.In his message on the occasion, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that unsustainable consumption and climate change were threatening global water and stressed the responsibility of the tourism industry to safeguard and intelligently manage the resource. “In this International Year of Water Cooperation, I urge tourism establishments to cut consumption and improve waste management, and I call on individuals to play their part by making environmentally conscious choices when they travel,” Mr. Ban said.As part of the worldwide observance of the Day, in the Maldives, a conference on tourism and water will bring together public and private sector tourism stakeholders, experts on water preservation and media experts today, according to the UNWTO. read more

IBM is developing 500 mile range lithiumair car battery

first_imgThe electric vehicle has to overcome three major hurdles if it is ever going to be a success with consumers. They need to charge fast, be cheap to buy, and have a decent range between charges.At the moment, the range of electric vehicles is around about 100 miles on average, which may be adequate for most journeys, but certainly isn’t good enough. The issue is the battery technology in use today that relies on lithium-ion, and whose make-up is rather heavy and energy density not really high enough for use in a vehicle. IBM has been developing an alternative though, using a type of battery previously thought unsuitable for long-term use in electric vehicles.It’s called a lithium-air (Li-air) battery and uses carbon instead of metal oxides so it is therefore a lot lighter than an equivalent lithium-ion battery. As it uses oxygen there is no need to store a fuel, so Li-air also has a very high energy density, around 1000x that of lithium-ion batteries.The one issue with Li-air is the fact the oxygen reacts with the conducting solution as well as the cathode. This drastically shortens the life of the battery and makes it unsuitable for use in cars. But IBM has a solution.Physicists Winfried Wickle and Alessandro Curioni modeled the reactions inside a Li-air battery using an IBM Blue Gene supercomputer. They then tried different conducting solution materials to see if any could work without reacting with oxygen. They found one, but are not prepared to tell anyone what it is yet.What they have managed to do is build a working prototype of a Li-air battery capable of offering electric vehicles a 500 mile range. A final prototype of this battery is expected by the end of 2013, and then if all goes well it will be used in electric vehicles by 2020.That’s seven years away, but hopefully by then we’ll have a number of other advancements, such as creating a car that achieves 444 mpg, that allow an even greater range.Read more at New Scientistlast_img read more

Water warning issued for Miami Beach after high bacteria levels found

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A water warning has been issued for part of Miami Beach, Wednesday.The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County is urging people to stay out of the water at 73rd Street in North Shore until further notice.Water samples showed high levels of bacteria that could make people sick.Tests will continue until the issue is resolved.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Duo steals heirlooms from elderly couples home after posing as landscapers in

first_img“Please call because they’re gonna do it to someone else, and it could be your parents,” Ribas said.If you have any information on this residential burglary, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. “She feels like such a fool, and there’s nothing we can say or do to her to take that away,” Ribas said. “I have nothing nice to say about them. I cannot imagine the type of person who would take advantage of two people like that. She had them there for about 20, 25 minutes and told them that they couldn’t leave that if they left, she would get fired.”Police have released sketches of the man and woman believed to be behind the heist.The woman stands approximately 5 feet 2 inches tall, has short, black hair and was last seen wearing a white V-neck shirt and colored pants.Officials said the man stands approximately 5 feet 4 inches tall, has short black hair and was last seen wearing a khaki short and navy pants.“She trusted them,” Ribas said. “The woman got a text, said, ‘Oh, OK. Thank you,’ and left, and my parents went back in, and they didn’t notice until the next day that everything was taken. I was pissed. I was so mad that someone would do that to any elderly couple, not just my parents.”Meanwhile, Raquel said she has taken measures to make sure the robbery doesn’t happen again.“I have an alarm on the door. They’re gonna put alarms on the windows,” she said, “so I just have to remember not to open the door.” SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a pair of crooks who stole thousands of dollars worth of heirlooms from an elderly couple’s home.Enrique, 88, and Raquel Macia, 82, were inside of their home, located in the area of Southwest 81st Drive and Camino Circle, at around 3 p.m., on May 29, when a man and a woman showed up to their door posing as landscapers.Detectives said the woman distracted the elderly victims and lured them outside while the man went inside the home and took their valuables.“She was very nervous,” Raquel Macia said. “The man was OK, but she was nervous, and I could see it.”The thieves left the scene before the victims noticed approximately $30,000 worth of their family heirlooms missing, including Raquel’s mother’s engagement ring and wedding band.“I didn’t realize what had happened until the next day,” Raquel Macia said. “The wedding band has my dad’s name, her name and the date of the wedding. It’s very sad to lose that. They got me good.”Cecilia Ribas, the couple’s daughter, was furious when she found out her parents had been duped. last_img read more

HOT OFF THE PRESS Read Wilmington Senior Centers March Newsletter

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Read the Wilmington Senior Center’s March 2019 Newsletter HERE.Highlights from the latest “Buzzell Buzz” include:Notes from Elderly Services Director Terri MarcielloInformation about upcoming events, including: “A Little Bit Of Ireland” Field Trip; The Buzz Book Club; Friday Sewing Group; Lunch & Movie; Doris’ Craft Corner; Technology Discussion with WHS Students & Library; St. Patrick’s Day Celebration; Memory Cafe; Caregivers Support Group; Tai Chi; Yoga; Zumba; Meditation; Coffee Hour with Assistant Town Manager; and Leaving Your Handprint BehindInformation about: Scams, Birthdays, Condolences, Guess Who Contest?, Get Well Wishes, and Fuel Assistance ProgramThe Senior Center’s March Calendar of EventsLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedHOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Senior Center’s September NewsletterIn “Community”HOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Senior Center’s August NewsletterIn “Community”HOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Senior Center’s July NewsletterIn “Community”last_img read more

Bethel alcohol sales spill over into nearby villages

first_imgKuskokwim villages say they’re feeling the effects of Bethel’s new liquor store. The shop opened last week in the Kuskokwim’s hub after decades of banned sales.Bethel recently made alcohol sales legal after nearly 40 years of prohibition. (Creative commons photo courtesy of Scott Olson – Getty Images)In Akiak, Tribal Police Officer Cynthia Ivan has been keeping a call log to compare how alcohol sales in Bethel have increased the amount of emergency calls in her village.“Assault four domestic violence, I got four of those, suicide threats, public intoxication, and intoxicated children,” Ivan said.Ivan has been keeping the log for weeks and says the number of calls she received this week has been “insane.”She says keeping alcohol out has shifted from difficult to impossible. And bootlegging has spiked among people who didn’t do it before.“And only because the liquor store was open, and it was right there in front of her. It was available. It’s cheap. She bought it; she brought it back to the village; and she sold it,” Ivan said about a woman she recently caught reselling large amounts of alcohol purchased Bethel.In Napaskiak, a 20-minute boat ride downriver from Bethel, the people are also feeling the impacts of Bethel’s legal alcohol sales.“It’s been a very rough week since the liquor store opened,” said Brenda Carmichael, Napaskiak Mayor, who says she’s seeing an unusually high amount of inebriated people in the street this week.Napaskiak is a dry village, like most of the villages immediately surrounding Bethel. But Carmichael says now that Bethel has a liquor store, so does Napasiak.Carmichael’s main concern is that her city’s small police force won’t be able to handle the crime caused by increased intoxication.“I’d be surprised if they lasted any longer,” Carmichael said.Pete Suskuk, Kwethluk Tribal Police Chief, shares this concern.“We usually have jail guards, and right now we don’t have any jail guards because of budget cuts,” Suskuk said. He says that the department was managing before alcohol sales started but now it’s having trouble.“Now the officer is going to have sit here all night long until someone is able to come in and relieve him or her and will have to stay in the building. We can’t leave the building, even though we got another call,” Suskuk said.This means that if they get a domestic violence call or hear of gunshots being fired their lack of staff will leave it unanswered.All of these officials say they’ve failed to prevent the booze coming into their communities. As for how to fix the problem, none of them has been able to come up with a plan to keep their dry towns from getting soaked.last_img read more

Did you know Sunny Leone shot porn videos with only two men

first_imgSunny LeoneTwitterSunny Leone is currently one of the most desirable faces in Bollywood. She quit the adult film industry in 2012 when she was at the top of her game. Just like being flourishing porn star, Sunny has established herself as a brand in the Hindi film industry as well. She is currently living a happy life with her husband Daniel Weber who has always been her pillar of strength during her turbulent times.Not many people knew that Daniel chose to star in adult movies with Sunny when he was dating her as he couldn’t see her sleeping with other men. And it would interest you to know that Daniel was not the only man whom Sunny had worked with in adult movies.Before Sunny met Daniel and started dating and eventually got married, she was dating Matt Erikson, who was then-Vice President of Marketing at Playboy Enterprises. Matt had helped Sunny set up her own production house which ventured into making adult movies featuring herself and her then-boyfriend. It is also being said that Sunny and Matt got engaged in 2007 but late broke up in 2008.  Sunny Leone, Matt EriksonTwitterHowever, unlike other porn stars, Sunny didn’t have pride in her ex-profession. She looked at the porn industry solely as a business. She quickly figured how she can make the most out of it without giving in too much of her.Sunny Leone was just 18-years-old when she entered the adult film industry. Her decision to star in adult films was not influenced by anyone. She started off with posing only for pictures and then went on to create girl-on-girl content after she revealed that she was bisexual. She later went on to star in adult movies – first with Matt Erickson, her then-boyfriend and later with her current husband Daniel Weber after she approached one of the most popular and biggest adult film company Vivid.After marketing herself through her website with her titillating content, Sunny gained huge popularity on the World Wide Web. Soon she became one of the most searched celebrities on Google and got a huge loyal fan-base especially in India. But how do you find so many Sunny Leone content on the internet? Sunny LeoneTwitter”I figured out porn quickly. I started my own website. I taught myself HTML, Photoshop and editing videos. Everything that goes into marketing a website — social media, what search engine optimization is, how to get traffic. People are wondering how there are so many pages on Sunny Leone out there. That’s because I’ve been self-populating them since 2001,” Sunny Leone had told GQ magazine in an interview in 2015.Sunny had said that she sees the world in numbers and since the porn industry is a multibillion-dollar industry, she wanted to make every dollar was to make adding that the porn industry will never face recession.After she quit the porn industry and became the new foriegn import for item numbers in Bollywood, it was her husband Daniel Weber, who is instrumental in making Sunny the brand in the Hindi film industry. He had also helped her complete a contract with Vivid and now manages her every work – from reading all her scripts to accompanying her to shoot to acting as her bodyguard. Sunny Leone, Daniel WeberVarinder ChawlaDaniel, who had started production company with Sunny, that used to produce Bollywood projects and selling other things like sex toys and stuffs, completely owns it now since Sunny is no longer a part of it.For the uninitiated, within a few months into their relationship, Sunny’s mother had passed away. Daniel stood by her by her side as a source of strength and later got married.So back then, when Daniel was asked about marrying a girl whose job was mainly to titillate other men, he had replied, “Sunny is the product, you know? My wife is Karanjit Kaur Vohra, it’s totally separate in my mind. Sunny Leone is just the brand.” Sunny LeoneTwitterIt’s been 8 years since Sunny and Daniel entered into wedlock and are now proud parents to their three kids – Nisha, Asher and Noah. In 2017, the couple had adopted their first child from Latur, a village in Maharashtra, and named her Nisha Kaur Weber. The girl was just 21-months-old at the time of adoption.On March 4, 2018, Sunny and her husband announced the birth of their twin boys. The couple named the boys Asher Singh Weber and Noah Singh Weber. She chose the path of surrogacy to complete her family, busting all the myths of being a typical ‘desi’ family. Sunny Leone, husband Daniel Weber with childrenSunny Leone’s Twitterlast_img read more

Unless he has a setback…he can throw it fine he

first_img“Unless he has a setback…he can throw it fine, he’s still having some issues with the bruise inside (his chest), and if that settles down in time, he’ll play, but we’re 2 days out from the game, I can’t tell,” he said of the QB. “We’ll see how he does in practice this afternoon.”As to how the team can better practice tackling after their struggles Sunday against the Saints, Whisenhunt responded to’s Darren Urban by asking him if he was up for volunteering to be a tackling dummy.“That would really help us, would you volunteer,” the coach joked, but credit goes to Urban for the snappy “We do this together” retort.This afternoon’s practice has been moved up to 2 p.m. local time (noon in Arizona). Until then, here’s hoping I don’t get asked to be a tackling dummy.Regardless of how many hits we take, both Darren and I are ready to host a Google+ hangout at 5 p.m. Arizona time Wednesday and hope you will join us. You can get the rest of the details by following us on Twitter: @AZBloom and@Cardschatter, and of course you should already be following @AZCardinals.) While the locals here in St. Joseph were hoping the storms brought a bit more rain than the 15-20 minutes of heavy downpour we received Wednesday morning to aid in their summer long drought, the Cardinals were happy to have a suitable alternative for their morning walk-through which took place in the state of the art indoor facility at Missouri Western State University.Once again both Kevin Kolb and Beanie Wells were participants, but the question as to when they will next play in a game still remains unanswered according to Ken Whisenhunt. Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinkecenter_img Comments   Share   Top Stories D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’last_img read more

Timothys Art Bar closed down

first_imgSupporters of a local bar in Paphos which has been a stalwart of the cultural and nightlife scene for around twenty years, have started a petition to get it reopened after it closed its doors for good.Paphos municipality would not comment on why Timothy’s Art Bar was forced to close, but sources said that the building in which the bar is housed is structurally unsound and that it was dangerous for the public to continue to use it.“It was not safe and also the building, which was a house, didn’t have any licenses at all,” a source told the Cyprus Mail.However, locals say that the town won’t be the same without the venue, which has seen thousands of people come and go over the years, and have started an online petition to get the bar reopened.“I would be prepared to start a crowdfunding site to help with any necessary work,” said Paphos resident Maria Stavrinidou. “This has been a great place for all sorts of people to meet and hang out here. We grew up here and the bar has a lot of happy memories for everyone.”She added that many people understood that Timothy’s is not just a bar but a special place for social gatherings, where both foreigners and local patrons from all walks of life could meet and strike up friendships.“Timothy’s also hosted numerous events and exhibitions and supported artists and musicians,” she said.Support for the venue, which also regularly presented DJ’S and live music, is growing on social media.Many are criticizing the bar’s closure and have taken to Facebook to vent their anger at the removal of a ‘cultural oasis’ that allowed everyone to be themselves, express their opinions and have fun.On Facebook, Alexandros Zachariades said: “I just say a thank you to Timotheous for creating that space and also to any person that worked or played music there and was a piece of this beautiful mosaic. It was really a resistance to the rubbish of today’s Paphos.”A petition to save Timothy’s Art Bar has already reached 418 of the 1,000 signatures needed.To sign the petition: May LikeHoochHe’s the best point guard of all timeHoochUndoZoo.comJump on the Wagon Train – The 50s & 60s Shows QuizZoo.comUndowww.TheDiabeticGuide.com12 Warning Signs of Diabeteswww.TheDiabeticGuide.comUndo Modi versus Wild: Indian PM to join Bear Grylls in wildernessUndoFrom space heroes to artists: women written out of historyUndoTwo days of music to dance toUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Four nations take part in Nemesis

first_imgThree warships, eight aircraft and three private vessels took part in a large-scale multinational exercise dubbed Nemesis on Wednesday off Cyprus.Navy and air force search and rescue units participated in various scenarios including counter-terrorism operations on oil/gas platforms, boarding operations on vessels, evacuation and rescue operations, mass rescue operations, as well as anti-pollution operations within the Cypriot FIR.Two Greek and French navy frigates took part in the exercise, along with one missile and four patrol boats of the Israeli navy, four Cypriot navy vessels, and two marine police patrol boats.A tanker, two anti-pollution vessels, and a support ship also participated.Five helicopters from Cyprus, France, and Britain, as well as three aeroplanes from Greece, the US, and Cyprus, were also used. You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

No Reservations the gourmet gamble

first_imgYou can’t get sentimental when a restaurant shuts down. Restaurants open and close, it’s the nature of the business. Nor is it really relevant to say that No Reservations – which did indeed shut down on February 15, after six years and two months – was, in my opinion, the best restaurant in Nicosia, probably in Cyprus; we all have our favourites.What’s undeniable, however, is that No Reservations was that very rare thing in the increasingly impersonal world of local dining: a family business, and indeed a chef-owned restaurant.The chef’s name is Martino Speciale; he ran the place along with his wife Monica (Martino is Italian, Monica is Cypriot-Panamanian). The couple, both now in their late 30s, opened No Reservations in December 2011, having just arrived from London where Martino used to work at the Four Seasons (he was restaurant chef at Quadrato, the Italian restaurant at Four Seasons Canary Wharf). Monica was pregnant with their second child Sonny – named after ‘Sonny’ Crockett in Miami Vice; his older brother is called Kimi, after Kimi Raikkonen – and the Speciales had no money, having always been “a couple who spent money on food”, as Martino puts it. They took out a small loan, and opened the restaurant. Martino manned the kitchen, along with a helper and a dishwasher; Monica did front of house, along with (eventually) two waitresses.This is not the way it usually goes. Chefs in Cyprus tend to be mercenaries, brought in when a businessman makes a deal with a foreign franchise (Jamie’s Italian, say) or investors sink money into a new venture. It’s very uncommon for a chef to be more than an employee. Kebab houses are still sometimes family-run, of course – but we’re not talking here about kebab houses. No Reservations was ambitious and creative, offering a wide-ranging tasting menu (the customer’s only choice was whether to go for seven or 10 dishes), Italianate in character but taking in ingredients from foie gras to scallops to the Cypriot trachanas to Jerusalem artichokes.This kind of food was never going to please everyone – yet the restaurant became something of a cult, especially in its last couple of years. Some rabid fans ate there twice a week, every week. (The 10-course option was priced at a great-value €28.) One couple came every Friday and Saturday for a month – actually the last month, as if to drink deep of their favourite haunt before it disappeared. One regular, a Danish man, has collected all the hundreds of menus since the place opened (the menu changed every two weeks) and keeps them in a bulky file at home. “I said to Martino,” muses Monica, “most of the places that close, they close because they are empty. We started empty, and we are closing fully booked.”There’s no point getting sentimental – but it’s still worth asking, why is this so rare? Why do we have so few cases of a young, talented chef striking out on their own in Cyprus? The problems are partly systemic, says Martino. Imported ingredients take a while to arrive, and there isn’t “a culture of food” here like there is in Italy, where even small supermarkets will stock local artisanal products. The biggest obstacles, however, are inherent in the premise, and unlikely to change. Firstly, a small population means that a slow start is almost inevitable, unless you advertise (which costs money). Secondly, running a fine-dining restaurant on a low budget – and with minimal staff – is insanely hard work.Some rabid fans ate at No reservations twice a week, every weekFor five or six months they had almost no customers, the couple recall. “We were thinking to close,” says Martino. They couldn’t afford a publicity blitz; one magazine charged €3000 for a photo spread, well beyond the Speciales’ means. “Then Cyprus Mail came,” says Monica, allowing us to blow our own trumpet for a moment. “McCowan came, and he did a review. It was the best review I ever read!” (‘McCowan’ is our restaurant reviewer Alexander McCowan whose review, in July 2012, began with the line: “Nothing in your dining experience in Nicosia will prepare you for No Reservations”.) “And then the first foreigners came – and by ‘foreigners’ I speak about the US embassy. And the British embassy came, it was all people from the embassies at the beginning. And then the Cypriots started coming.”Business picked up, albeit complicated slightly by the crash of 2013 – but the work was still back-breaking. Initially, with a total staff of three people, Monica pitched in with cooking and cleaning in addition to serving tables, all while being heavily pregnant. Martino lost an astonishing 25 kilos in the first year alone, just through having no time to eat (“OK, at the beginning there was not even money to eat!”). For the past six years, his day has started at seven and ended at two in the morning. He’d shop in the morning, then cook all day – “If you’re alone you must make everything from scratch: the bread, the pasta, the ice cream” – and didn’t eat till late at night, when the kitchen closed. Sheer exhaustion (and a touch of homesickness) is certainly a factor in the chef’s relocation.His handful of assistants were mostly Indians; he speaks highly of them, and hopes to take them along to the restaurant’s new incarnation in Tuscany. Others were unable to fit in with the No Reservations ethic – ‘others’ clearly meaning the average Cypriot employee, adding yet another possible answer to the question why we don’t have more such restaurants. Cigarette and other breaks were demanded; Monica’s ‘no phones’ rule was viewed as an affront to their rights. In London, she recalls, she never once called Martino at work – she’d leave messages with the hotel in case of emergency – despite being alone and pregnant. “No phones. We are like that.” Her husband picks up the thread: “I mean, I’m working at least 15 hours a day. I don’t think I’m too strict with people – but at least, if you work seven hours, you must do your seven hours”.No Reservations was a fluke and a wonder, gourmet food done on a shoestring, an ingenious business model – knowing in advance what to cook allowed Martino to keep costs down – and a labour of love. Customers didn’t always understand, maybe because we associate haute cuisine with being pampered. Monica didn’t have the staff, or the resources, to pamper people; if a table was taking selfies instead of looking at the drinks menu, she’d pass the menu to another table. The restaurant worked as a well-oiled machine.And now? The Speciales leave behind a small community of shell-shocked regulars, trying to make sense of this gap in their lives. The rumour that closure was forced by an inability to find good ingredients is untrue, says Martino. The rumour that they’re moving to some kind of eight-room palazzo is also untrue. In fact, the new place will be on the seafront near Lucca, serving lunch as well as dinner; details will appear on the No Reservations Facebook page, presumably in case local fans decide to visit the couple at their new abode – which is by no means unlikely. Monica and Martino are leaving on a high, knowing they’ve achieved something fine, not yet consumed by bitterness over rivals trying to undermine them (fake reviews were posted on Trip Advisor, false allegations made to Immigration; restaurants are a cutthroat business) and philistines grumbling that the portions were too small. “We are very happy with what we’ve done here,” says Martino. So are we.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoDirectExposeWorld’s First Surviving Octuplets Are All Grown Up. Look At Them 9 Years LaterDirectExposeUndoFinance101[Photos] Wait Till You See The Inside. They Were Tired of Paying Rent, So They Built Themselves A Tiny House. See What It Looks Like FinishedFinance101Undo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoVarosha move merely a ‘PR stunt’ by Ozersay, expert saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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