Six French stars of the future

first_imgTower of strength: Paul Jedrasiak has been at the heart of Clermont’s Top 14 pushCamille ChatNicknamed ‘Le Felin’ [‘Chat’ is French for cat], the young Racing hooker has only just turned 20 but already he is being talked of as the next great France hooker. A youth kick-boxing champion, Chat made the most of his chances when Dimitri Szarzewski was away on World Cup duty at the start of the season. With the return of the Szarzewski, Chat is now challenging the veteran for the starting jersey having matured so much in the last few months. At 5ft 10 and 15 and a half stone, Chat is still some years from his physical peak but he is already fearsomely strong and freakishly agile, which makes him a handful in the loose and at the set-piece.Fast-learner: Camille Chat has impressed for Racing 92 in recent weeksSébastien BézyBorn in the Paris region, Bezy played representative rugby alongside Jules Plisson in his youth, and one of his most vivid memories is cheering on Biarritz at the Stade de France when they thrashed Toulouse 40-13 in the 2006 Top 14 final. Within a short time his family moved south and Sébastien and his elder brother, Nicolas, joined Toulouse. Nicolas has since moved to Brive but Seb has established himself this season as Toulouse’s first-choice scrum-half ahead of Jean-Marc Doussain. Similar in style to Clermont’s Morgan Parra, Bezy’s goal-kicking has a slick pass, an eye for the smallest of gaps and a reliable goal-kicking boot. Like Parra he’s on the slight side, standing 5ft 7in and weighing 11 1/2 stone, leading him to joke: “I have the size of a Kenyan [runner].” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Dancing feet: Jonathan Danty’s agility belie his powerful frame Guy Noves has named his first training squad ahead of next month’s Six Nations, and among the familiar faces are several young players unblooded at Test level. We profile six possible stars of the future.Yacouba CamaraAt 21, the Toulouse flanker is the second youngest member of the group called up by Noves after Camille Chat but it came as no surprise when his name was read out. Camara was born in Aubervillers, a northern suburb of Paris, and he began his career at Massy, also the formative club of Mathieu Bastareaud. His talent was soon spotted by Toulouse and he arrived in the Pink City in 2013, scoring his first senior try in only his fourth match. The following year he was called into the France squad by Philippe Saint-Andre, and though not capped it was another important part of his rugby education. A strong line-out jumper with the pace and hands of a threequarter, the 6ft 4in Camara has bulked up at Toulouse and uses his 17 stone to devastating effect in defence.Power-packed: Yacouba Camara brings explosivity to the French backrowJefferson PoirotIdentified back in 2014 by Rugby World as a future Bleu, Poirot has continued to develop under the tutelage of Raphael Ibanez and Joe Worsley at Bordeaux. But it’s the presence of the veteran prop Jean-Baptiste Poux that has shored up the 23-year-old’s set-piece work and turned him into the complete loose-head. At 5ft 11 and 19 stone Poirot shares the same explosive power and ball-winning ability at the breakdown as Eddy Ben Arous. the man with whom he’ll be competing for the No1 jersey. Poirot, whose Nigerian father came to Europe to work in the NHS in England, learned his rugby in the Dordogne and began his professional career with Brive before moving to Bordeaux in 2012.Coal face: Bordeaux’s Jefferson Poirot will give Eddy Ben Arous competitionJonathan DantyThere was widespread bafflement in France when Jonathan Danty was overlooked by Philippe Saint-Andre for France’s World Cup squad. Outstanding as Stade Francais won their first Top 14 title for eight years, the 23-year-old Danty was voted by Midi Olymipque their top centre of the season. He’s been compared in some quarters to Matheiu Bastareaud but that does Danty a disservice; he’s quicker, has better hands and possesses sharper vision. Plus he’s only 16 and a half stone compared to the 18 and a half stone of the Toulon centre.center_img Guy Noves has announced his 30-man training squad for the Six Nations with a clutch of little-known young players. Could these be the stars of the future? Midfield maestro: Danty shone in last year’s Top 14 finalPaul JedraziakWith a maternal Italian grandmother, the 23-year-old Jedriaziak attributes his towering 6ft 5in frame to copious plates of his mother’s pasta growing up. But it was his father, Jean-Pierre, who coaxed his son away from basketball and towards rugby, a sport he soon mastered. A natural leader, Jedriaziak captained France U19s and U20s and earned high praise from the coach of the latter. “He’s got the vision and stamina of a back-row forward but with the power of a second-row,” said Fabien Pelous. Jedriaziak made his senior debut for Clermont in the 2013-14 season and has a maturity and humility that befits a practising Christian.last_img read more

Le ministère Breaking Bread en Iowa allie sacré et profane

first_img Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Tampa, FL Rector Shreveport, LA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Washington, DC Director of Music Morristown, NJ Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit an Event Listing Rector Hopkinsville, KY The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Submit a Press Release Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Pittsburgh, PA Press Release Service Greg Mazunik joue de la guitare lors d’une réunion de Breaking Bread dans une pizzeria. Photo : Breaking Bread[Episcopal News Service] Il y a quelques semaines à la Foire de l’Iowa, non loin des hot-dogs, des attractions foraines et de la grande roue, la Révérende Lydia Bucklin a baptisé ses deux jeunes enfants, à l’ombre d’un arbre alors que des passants rejoignaient le groupe et que d’autres regardaient avec étonnement. Cet événement était le dernier en date d’une série de réunions mensuelles du Breaking Bread Ministry [Ministère du partage du pain], un groupe qui a démarré en octobre 2015 dans un bar des environs de Des Moines.Lydia Bucklin, missionnaire auprès des jeunes adultes pour le Diocèse épiscopal de l’Iowa, a démarré ce groupe avec Lizzie Gilman et Zebulun Treloar-Reid, à la suite d’une conversation lors d’une retraite. Lizzie Gilman a un ami venait d’ouvrir une brasserie et ils ont tous pensé que ce serait un bon moyen pour que les jeunes adultes « fassent l’expérience de l’Eucharistie dans le monde » comme le décrit Lydia Bucklin.Avec l’autorisation de l’Évêque de l’Iowa Alan Scarfe, Lydia Bucklin a commencé à préparer une liturgie pour un service sacré dans un monde profane. Elle a ensuite élaboré un programme pour l’extérieur qui ressemble à un service eucharistique normal à quelques exceptions près : pas de sermon traditionnel, ni de proclamation du Symbole de Nicée ou de confession des pêchés. Au lieu de cela, il y a deux lectures provenant de diverses sources, telles des poésies, des méditations ou des extraits de livres.Lorsque les gens arrivent pour un service de Breaking Bread, chacun reçoit un bulletin avec la partie de la liturgie qu’ils devront lire, surlignée. Un bénévole vient parfois avec une guitare pour diriger la musique, d’autres fois il y a des chants d’hymnes plus traditionnels.« Je ne fais pas grand chose d’autre si ce n’est présider à la table » confie Lydia Bucklin. « Cela aide à promouvoir l’idée que nous sommes tous appeler à faire le travail de Dieu. Nous tous ».Mais l’aspect le plus intéressant du service est ce que Lydia Bucklin appelle « la question clé ». Le groupe forme un cercle, la disposition préférée pour le service, et quelqu’un lit une question choisie à l’avance sur un sujet spirituel d’ordre général, puis d’en suit une pratique d’écoute intentionnelle alors que les participants partagent leurs récits personnels.La Révérende Lydia Bucklin se prépare à baptiser son fils Corson (à droite de la table) et sa fille Isla (en maillot de bain rose) à la Foire de l’Iowa. Photo : Breaking Bread« Je continue de suivre le Livre de la prière commune » explique Lydia Bucklin. « Nous ne récitons peut-être pas le Symbole de Nicèe ou la confession des péchés mais nous pouvons néanmoins avoir des conversations au sujet du péché ou au sujet des aspects importants de notre foi et ce qui n’est pas négociable. Ou nous pouvons parler de ce qui nous pose des difficultés ».Lydia Bucklin ajoute que l’environnement invite les gens à s’ouvrir. Et il y a eu des participants qui ont parlé de dépression, de toxicomanie et d’arrestations.À la suite d’une Eucharistie au cours de laquelle chacun donne la communion à son voisin, le service se termine par une pratique du Kaleidoscope Institute d’Eric Law où il est demandé à chacun de compléter la phrase suivante : « Aujourd’hui je demande à Dieu de [xxxxxxxxxx] et aujourd’hui je remercie Dieu pour [xxxxxxxxx] ». Puis le groupe continue les conversations autour d’un repas.Depuis la première réunion il y a presque un an, le groupe compte un noyau fidèle d’environ six à huit personnes, en sus des 10 à 15 personnes qui peuvent se présenter dans chaque endroit à une heure donnée. Outre la brasserie et la foire, des services se sont déroulés dans un parc, une pizzeria et même chez la co-fondatrice de Breaking Bread, Lizzie Gilman.Lizzie Gilman est mère au foyer de deux petites filles et elle ne sait que trop combien il est parfois difficile pour de jeunes familles d’aller à l’église le dimanche matin.« Les temps ont changé et le dimanche matin ne convient pas à certaines familles ou aux célibataires. Que les gens fassent du sport ou qu’ils aient de jeunes enfants ou peut-être qu’ils veuillent juste dormir un peu plus longtemps – quelle que soit la raison – le dimanche matin ne semblait pas aller pour les jeunes adultes » explique Lizzie Gilman. « Alors nous avons réfléchi à ce que font les gens. Et bien ils sortent après le travail. Il est facile de refuser le dimanche matin mais lorsque quelqu’un vous offre un dîner et une bière, il est possible que vous ayez envie d’essayer  ».Pour Lizzie Gilman, apporter le ministère aux gens à l’extérieur de l’église est la plus grande source d’inspiration pour Breaking Bread. « Je pense qu’il est important que l’église voie à quel point l’esprit fait des merveilles lorsque nous nous réunissons hors des murs de l’église » continue-t-elle. « Nous nous réunissons un jour différent ou dans un endroit différent, mais nous célébrons la même Eucharistie. Le fait de simplement ressentir ce caractère sacré, partout où vous allez, est un sentiment puissant. C’est comme aller à un grand diner où vous ne connaissez personne et faire simplement confiance à l’Esprit Saint pour passer un merveilleux moment  ».« Il y a beaucoup de gens qui sont venus qui ne seraient jamais entrés dans une église. Plusieurs d’entre eux nous l’ont dit » ajoute Lydia Bucklin. Elle donne l’exemple d’un jardinier d’une église qui a admis n’avoir jamais assisté au service à l’intérieur parce qu’il savait qu’il n’avait pas assez d’argent à mettre dans la corbeille pour la quête. Lorsqu’il a découvert qu’on se réunissait dans un parc, il a assisté au service parce qu’il s’est senti plus à l’aise.Lydia Bucklin souligne à chaque service qu’il n’y a pas d’obligation de rejoindre une église ou d’en être membre. Et compte tenu que les frais généraux pour tenir un service sont faibles, on ne demande pas de dons. « Nous n’avons pas besoin d’un beau bâtiment ni d’une tonne d’approvisionnements » déclare-t-elle. « Je prends un simple sac fourre-tout où je place le calice, la patène et quelques vêtements. D’autres apportent le pain et le vin. Lorsque nous étions à la foire, nous avons utilisé le dessous du pain d’un sandwich au porc ».Cette combinaison d’un environnement décontracté et d’un service eucharistique plein d’intentions personnelles est ce qui fait que Breaking Bread est spécial et que cela permet des interactions uniques.L’un des moments les plus mémorables pour Lydia Bucklin fut lors d’un service du Mercredi des cendres à la pizzeria du quartier. Lizzie Gilman invita le personnel de cuisine et de service en salle à participer et trois personnes sont venues les larmes aux yeux pour participer au service. Après avoir placé les cendres sur le front d’une serveuse fortement tatouée nommée Angel, la fille de Lydia Bucklin a interpelé sa mère en disant « Maman, je ne veux pas être réduite en poussière ». Sans perdre une seconde, Angel a répondu « Mais ma chérie, ne sais-tu pas que les plus belles étoiles sont faites de poussière, tout comme toi et moi ? Tu es une étoile étincelante ».« C’est dans l’un de ces moments que l’on réalise pourquoi l’on fait ce que l’on fait » explique Lydia Bucklin.Pour Zebulun Treloar-Reid, co-fondateur de Breaking Bread et récemment diplômé du séminaire, l’un des aspects les plus importants du ministère est qu’il est plus large qu’une congrégation. « Il est plus axé sur l’idée de rassembler des gens de toute la région métropolitaine plutôt qu’une seule congrégation ». « Il s’agit d’introduire le sacré dans les espaces profanes de façon à ce que nous puissions commencer à effacer les différences entre le sacré et le séculier ».Zebulun Treloar-Reid, transsexuel âgé de 27 ans, apprécie également que le groupe soit ouvert et disponible à la communauté LGBTQ. En tant que tel, Lydia Bucklin s’est efforcée de créer une liturgie qui ne comporte pas de langage sexospécifique, en éliminant toute référence à Dieu avec des pronoms masculins ou comme père, ainsi que d’autres ajustements.« Je n’ai personnellement jamais eu de problème avec l’utilisation de pronoms masculins pour Dieu car je n’ai jamais vraiment pensé à Dieu comme étant physiquement un homme » explique Zebulun Treloar-Reid. « Mais je pense qu’il est important de rappeler aux gens que Dieu ne fait pas partie du patriarcat. Je pense que si nous employons trop un langage masculin, nous pouvons commencer à trop glorifier la personne de sexe masculin et je pense que c’est dangereux.« J’apprécie d’avoir des endroits où nous parlons de Dieu dans une perspective plus large car finalement Dieu n’a pas de sexe ».Rachael Essing, bénévole de l’Episcopal Service Corps âgée de 22 ans, en convient. « Les mots de liturgie que nous utilisons ne sont pas binaires et ne sont pas totalement masculins non plus, ce que moi, en tant que jeune femme, j’apprécie vraiment ».« J’aime la tradition donc j’aime avoir des choses sur lesquelles me concentrer et savoir d’où elles viennent » ajoute Rachael Essing, « mais j’aime aussi tirer des informations de nouvelles sources car il y a beaucoup d’informations qui sont disponibles et qui peut-être correspondent mieux à quelqu’un d’autre. Cela nous ouvre sur le monde où l’on peut connecter ».Au cours de sa brève existence, la formule de Breaking Bread a déjà commencé à se répandre dans les diocèses voisins qui le soumettent à des essais.« C’est une formule qui est facile à adopter et à faire vôtre et que l’on peut réaliser n’importe où » déclare Lydia Bucklin. « L’idée était de l’avoir dans un grand nombre de lieux différents pour exprimer que le sacré est tout autour de nous. Nous pouvons trouver le divin dans des choses ordinaires et chez des gens ordinaires ».– Luc Blount est journaliste indépendant basé à Durham en Caroline du Nord. Featured Jobs & Calls de Luke BlountPosted Sep 8, 2016 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Submit a Job Listing Rector Bath, NC Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Collierville, TN Youth Minister Lorton, VA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Le ministère Breaking Bread en Iowa allie sacré et profane Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Martinsville, VA Featured Events TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Belleville, IL Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Albany, NY AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET last_img read more

WaterAid creates fundraising website for 8-13 year olds

first_img Water Aid has created Splash Out, an online fundraising resource for young people.Gemma Harris, WaterAid’s Community Fundraising Manager, explained the need for the new site. “We get lots of calls from young people wanting to raise money for us and asking us for ideas,” she said, “so in response we’ve created a fundraising site designed for 8-13 year olds. “The new site provides a really interactive experience and allows young people the chance to share their fundraising experiences with us. It’s been a really exciting project, school children all across the UK have been involved in testing the site and they’ve given it a big thumbs up!” Advertisement Tagged with: Digital AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  17 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.center_img ‘Splash Out’ is introduced by two characters Chandra and Amina who explain what life is like in their communities and how WaterAid can make a difference. It aims to bring young people closer to WaterAid’s work while providing a range of fundraising tips and resources for WaterAid’s younger supporters.The site will feature WaterAid’s new online game ‘Turdlywinks,’ launched to promote World Toilet Day (19 November). The game is based on Tiddlywinks, and players have to flick turdlywink counters into toilet targets to achieve WaterAid’s vision of 100% sanitation coverage. But you have to be careful – miss and you’ll make a mess!WaterAid say that Turdlywinks has so far proved very popular on the main site, and Splash Out users are expected to get just as hooked. WaterAid creates fundraising website for 8-13 year olds Howard Lake | 21 November 2006 | Newslast_img read more

Lock Failures Close Ohio River

first_img Facebook Twitter Lock Failures Close Ohio River SHARE The Ohio River was closed Monday following lock failures near Brookport, Illinois. The Waterways Council says more than 65 towboats laden with harvest season grain and other commodities were backed up “like a massive truck wreck along an interstate corridor.” The closure of Lock 53 follows a failure at nearby Lock 52.The Waterways Councils says the failures highlight the critical, but aging, lock and dam system on U.S. inland waterways. In service since 1928, locks 52 and 53 on the Ohio River are to be replaced by the Olmsted Lock and Dam which was authorized in 1988, but will not open until next year. Once Olmsted is finished, Locks 52 and 53 will be removed.Source: NAFB News Service SHARE Previous articleSenate Agriculture Committee Sends Nominees Censky, McKinney to Full SenateNext articleAgricultural Groups Support Farm Guestworker Bill NAFB News Service By NAFB News Service – Oct 2, 2017 Home Indiana Agriculture News Lock Failures Close Ohio River Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Cllr hits out over delays in works at notorious blackspot

first_img By News Highland – February 17, 2020 Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Pinterest Previous articleMissing Derry man may be in Donegal areaNext articleGarda Chief warns over major cocaine problem in Donegal News Highland Facebook Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Cllr hits out over delays in works at notorious blackspotcenter_img FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic A Lifford Cllr has hit out over a lack of progress on improved safety measures at a notorious black spot in the area. The section of road at Tullyrap on the main Letterkenny to Lifford road has been subject to numerous crashes, the latest last Thursday involving a lorry, resulting in the road being closed for several hours.There are on-going calls on the TII to provide the necessary funding for upgrade works to what has been described as one of the main arteries into Donegal.Cllr Gerry Crawford says the route is clearly not receiving the attention it needs:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/crdfgdfgdfawford.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp AudioHomepage BannerNews Twitter Pinterest Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+last_img read more

More than 100K without power as Hurricane Florence begins lashing North Carolina coast

first_imgNOAA via Getty Images(WILMINGTON, N.C.) — Massive Hurricane Florence, with tropical storm-force winds hundreds of miles wide, was bearing down on the Carolinas Thursday, pounding the coast with driving rain and powerful waves.Officials on Thursday made last-minute pleas to residents to evacuate before the dangerous storm surges take over.Here is the latest:— Hurricane-force winds are moving across portions of the North Carolina coast, and water levels are rising along parts of the state’s coast. The threat of tornadoes also increases as Florence moves closer. Landfall is expected Friday morning.— A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration observing site at Cape Lookout, North Carolina, reported a sustained wind of 83 mph and a gust of up to 106 mph.— Though the storm, once a Category 4, was downgraded Wednesday night to a Category 2, the danger is very real. Parts of North Carolina may see as much as 40 inches of rain and the storm surges could be as high as 13 feet.“Flooding and the storm surge — those are the two main things that kill people and this storm is not letting up,” North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said Thursday. The storm will churn very slowly Friday and Saturday, extending the damaging winds and huge amounts of rain that will hit the same areas of North and South Carolina for 24 hours.— High winds and floodwaters could knock power out for several days, if not longer, officials said. More than 100,000 customers were already without power in North Carolina Thursday evening — and that number is rising.‘Don’t risk your life riding out a monster storm’Florence has prompted massive evacuations in the Carolinas.For those in an evacuation area, “there is still time to get out,” Cooper said Thursday. “Don’t risk your life riding out a monster storm.”“You’re potentially risking the life of a first responder who would try to come and help you and we don’t need that,” he said. “I know it’s difficult to move, and I know that you are leaving things behind that you don’t want to leave behind, but no possession is worth your life.”South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster added, “Time is running out. Now is the time to go because that window of opportunity is closing on you very quickly.”Ignoring evacuation callsBut not everyone is packing their bags.Kelly Salisbury said she’s staying put in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, even though most of the town has left.“We’re on vacation and we have a week off and we came down from northern Virginia to have fun,” she told ABC News. “Play in the water, enjoy the sunshine. Until we can’t. See what happens.”She continued, “Of course we’re worried. But we’re watching the news every day. We’re keeping track of it, seeing where it’s going to hit and what category it is. And if we feel the need to leave we’ll go. But we’re going to stay as long as we can.”In Awendaw, South Carolina, Chris Johnson is staying behind to watch his house while his wife, Michele, is evacuating.“I’m not sure if I could go out in the middle of the storm on a 12-foot ladder to replace a window but I could be on the inside and try to do something … or if the refrigerator goes out … I can take care of all of that,” Chris Johnson told ABC News.Michele Johnson said she’s worried about her husband. But “I think he’s OK with me going so I don’t stress him out more. It’s probably good for our marriage,” she noted.Added Chris, “I think with what we know right now [with the storm track] this is the best decision for us. I think it’s a great compromise. I’m glad we both came to the decision ourselves. Hopefully, the cell phone tower, which is not too far away, will still work. We can keep in touch.”The South Carolina county encompassing Myrtle Beach has imposed a 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew.Flash flooding strikes HawaiiMeanwhile, on the other side of the country, tropical depression Olivia is bringing rain and flash flooding to Hawaii.Peak rain rates of about 1 inch per hour were recorded in Puna and South Hilo.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Why a Brexit-fuelled government collapse may be bad news for occupational health

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. This is not a problem with Occupational Health, it is a problem with society. We are overmedicalising on an industrial scale, then expecting our social problems to be solved by doctors and medicines. Having applied a completely inappropriate medical diagnosis, the assumption is that the person is no longer fit for work or needs unnecessary adjustments.Occupational health is about applying common sense to this whole process. It will only work if society accepts common sense, and if the new practitioners needed have enough common sense and the confidence to use it.GPs need more time with patients to explain why they don’t need a prescription. Society needs to appreciate that the great majority of mental health symptoms are normal, don’t represent a disease, and talking therapies are the mental health equivalent to visiting the gym. Patients need to understand that the only effective treatment for most chronic pain conditions is exercise. Theresa May arrives for the most recent EU summit in BrusselsOlivier Matthys/AP/REX/Shutterstock Whatever you may feel about Brexit, there is an argument that occupational health practitioners should be willing and hoping Theresa May’s warring government does not completely collapse over the next year to 18 months.Why? Well, irrespective of our future direction of travel within or outside Europe, the government appears to be making (so far) positive and sensible noises around the wholesale reform of occupational health provision in this country.In June, Sarah Newton, the minister for disabled people, health and work, provided the profession with an update on its plans to review occupational health, as revealed last December in its response to its Work, Health and Disability: improving lives green paper.Led by an expert working group, this review is looking at the evidence base around OH, including new funding models and “where responsibility for OH support should fall”. It is due to report next year, hence the need for practitioners to be keeping their fingers crossed that the political landscape does not get thrown totally up in the air between now and then.Future role of occupational healthWhat was clear from Newton’s speech to the Society and Faculty of Occupational Medicine’s annual scientific conference was that she is taking a careful, considered and evidence-based approach to this review. Moreover, access to occupational health appears to be central to her thinking around meeting current and future workplace health challenges.Indeed, the government is even “not ruling out” the idea of making it mandatory for employers to provide and invest in occupational health.Newton also indicated there is an assumption that the now-scrapped Fit for Work service will need to be replaced by something, even though it is early days yet on the detail of what this might look like.More broadly, in her speech Newton recognised that occupational health – and the expertise of OH practitioners – needed to be at the centre of the government’s workplace health reform agenda.“If we want all employers to be the best employers we need to ensure they have the right, expert advice and support to create healthy and inclusive workplaces as well as excellent, common-sense support to manage sickness absence. And this is why occupational health is at the heart of our reform programme and our whole-system approach. We know that occupational health has a vitally important role to play in supporting people to stay in employment,” she said. Occupational health is at the heart of our reform programme and our whole-system approach. We know that occupational health has a vitally important role to play in supporting people to stay in employment.”“But unlike in some other countries where provision is much more widespread, in the UK many workers have no occupational health support in their workplace and access other services can be patchy and confusing. So we want to change this, and that’s why last year we set out our intention to develop proposals for truly transformational change in occupational health.“We can’t deliver the kind of widespread access to good quality occupational health provision we want to see by working on policy in isolation in Whitehall. Working with experts like you is so important to getting big reforms like this right,” she added.Fit for Work replacement?In many respects, however, it was the question and answer session following the formal speech – “The Thackrah Lecture” – that was the most revealing.For example, Dr Richard Heron, chief medical officer at BP and a former president of both the society and faculty, asked: “Many of us are this year celebrating 70 years since the NHS was set up. But in 1948 occupational health/occupational medicine was put outside the NHS. Is that something you’re considering as you look at this nationally-available occupational health access service?”To which, Newton replied: “We are driven by the evidence, we are doing huge amounts of testing and learning and we haven’t come up with any prescribed views at all. This is why I am here today, this is why I’m inviting you into the conversation, to help us get this right. We will not be able to sit in Whitehall with bits of paper and design a system; we need to be talking to and listening to you; inviting you to help us get this right.“You’re quite right, right from the outset occupational health did sit outside the NHS. But I think that, as I mentioned in my speech, it’s got to be a whole-system approach and to finding how we can help people to be healthy, to live healthy lives; to make sure that, as far as possible, they can avoid acquiring long-term health conditions and, when they do, to ensure the support that they need to manage those conditions as best they can is there to ensure they can continue to play their part in society, including work.”Importance of OH educationProfessor Anne Harriss, course director at London South Bank University and this publication’s CPD editor, pressed the minister on the lack of funding for OH nurse education, to the extent that Newton replied, to applause: “I have listened very carefully, and I have received that message loud and clear!”Dr Steve Boorman, chair of the Council for Work and Health, described what he was hearing as a “truly a really exciting time in this agenda”. But he added a note of cautionary scepticism (again to applause). “How can we be sure that this time it is different? Because, when you specified the Fit for Work service, there were a number of experts who actually highlighted to you the problems with the specification that you were letting, which unfortunately have come true. How can we be sure that you will actually listen to the experts this time round?”Newton replied: “I wasn’t involved back then, so I can’t say why those decisions were made and neither have I looked at the evidence about what actually happened. I suppose, why will it be different this time? Because we have set out very, very clearly in our command paper a whole series of actions.“You have seen the level of commitments and resource we are putting behind this, not just in terms of the officials within those departments to work with you as experts to get this right, but actually the amount of money that we have put into all the testing and learning investment that we are already making, and the randomised control trials that we are committed to evaluating all of that.“It is specified as a ten-year plan, which is well-resourced. So I think it is different than before, and I understand that, until you see the fruits of your work and you start to see those changes, you will remain sceptical. My job is to show you that commitment with those actions,” she added.In the current febrile political atmosphere, 10 more years of Theresa May’s administration may appear optimistic, of course. And, as ever, the proof will be in the pudding as and when the review reports. But for occupational health practitioners it does appear there is, quite possibly, all the play for over the coming months. Previous Article Next Article One Response to Why a Brexit-fuelled government collapse may be bad news for occupational health Why a Brexit-fuelled government collapse may be bad news for occupational healthBy Nic Paton on 4 Jul 2018 in OH service delivery, Occupational Health, Wellbeing and health promotion, Personnel Today Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply.Comment Name (required) Email (will not be published) (required) Website Reply Tony Williams 7 Jul 2018 at 10:37 am #last_img read more

Chefs, rappers and celebrities offer to show Clemson Tigers ‘a real feast’ after Trump served team fast food

first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailChris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Chefs, rappers and celebrities are set on showing President Donald Trump “what an actual celebration dinner should be,” after he served a spread of McDonald’s Big Macs, Domino’s Pizza, fries and more to the NCAA college football national champion Clemson Tigers at the White House on Monday.Trump called the dinner “great American food,” but Nick Kokonas, the co-owner of Alinea — the only Chicago restaurant with three Michelin stars and No. 34 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list — thinks otherwise. While Kokonas said he could “care less” about college football, he invited the Clemson Tigers to Chicago over Twitter to eat at his restaurant, where one meal can go for hundreds of dollars.“I’m not joking,” he wrote. “It’ll be worth it.”“Nothing wrong with fast food from time to time. But when you knock off a national championship, it’s time to teach our youth that there are experiences to strive for in life moving forward,” Kokonas tweeted. “Plus… in the White House? No.”White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement Monday that Trump personally paid for the catered fast food because much of the White House residence staff is furloughed due to the longest-running government shutdown that is now in its fourth week.Kokonas wasn’t alone.Quavo, a member of the hip-hop trio Migos, tweeted that he wanted to show the football team “how champs are supposed to be treated,” and invited them to come by the record label Quality Control Music’s headquarters “anytime.”Trevor Lawrence, the Tigers’ quarterback who called the trip to the White House “awesome” on Twitter, responded to Quavo’s tweet with two “mind-blown” emojis.Good Morning America‘s Michael Strahan invited the team to join the show for lobster, and maybe some caviar too.“Whatever you want, we’re going to take care of you. We’re going to give you the proper meal you deserve,” Strahan said on-air Tuesday. “I’ll pay for it.”And Ayesha Curry, celebrity cook and wife to NBA star Stephen Curry, tweeted that she’ll show the Tigers a real feast with “no 10 cent dipping sauces on silver platters.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. January 16, 2019 /Sports News – National Chefs, rappers and celebrities offer to show Clemson Tigers ‘a real feast’ after Trump served team fast foodcenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Purplebricks revenues hit by Covid but CEO says it’s “out of the woods”

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Purplebricks revenues hit by Covid but CEO says it’s “out of the woods” previous nextAgencies & PeoplePurplebricks revenues hit by Covid but CEO says it’s “out of the woods”Vic Darvey claims sale of Canadian business and rising profitability will make 2021 a breakthrough year for the hybrid estate agency.Nigel Lewis15th December 20201 Comment998 Views Purplebricks has recovered from the pandemic lockdown strongly but both revenue and profits slipped during the six Covid-hit months its results cover, the company’s half year results reveal.The hybrid estate agency says it is also continuing to field test new pricing models and ‘market segments’ and will continue to do so next year.Revenue dropped by 6% to £42 million, gross profit dropped by 1% to 29.6 million but overall Purplebricks’ financial position is improving and it moved from an operating loss during the same period last year to a  £6.9 million profit, helped by the sale of its Canadian business for £35 million in July.And the strong revival of the housing market following the May re-opening pushed its instructions up by 8% to 35,387 for the period, and its average revenue per instruction up by 3% to £1,392.But although it’s the leading hybrid agency by a long chalk, Purplebricks has yet to crack the 5% market share barrier, which is CEO Vic Darvey (pictured) has said in the past is a major yardstick for his success.“As we move into the second half of the year, we strongly believe that technology-led estate agency is continuing to emerge as the winning model,” he says.“I am proud of the way we responded to the COVID-19 crisis, which demonstrated our ability to deliver our improved virtual capabilities to our customers throughout the period.“We made sure we looked after our people when things got tough, we adapted quickly to new ways of working, and we enhanced our technology to make it easier and safer for customers to do business with us.”Industry commentator Anthony Codling of Twindig says: “Purplebricks are riding the wave of the buoyant UK housing market. As ever, the key missing metric is how many homes have been sold, but with up-front fee models, you pay your money and takes your choice.  Let’s hope that those looking to meet the stamp duty holiday deadline have made the right choice.”Purplebricks vic darvey December 15, 2020Nigel LewisOne commentAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 16th December 2020 at 10:21 pmActually the amount of instructions, sales, exchanges and withdrawals is very much in the public domain so not sure why Mr C feels it is a big secret. He may also be surprised to know that Purplebricks will probably list more property than Countrywide PLC, Connells and Sequence all added together in 2020, which makes them the consumers number one brand, if market share is segmented against brand alone.Obviously, with 1.1M completions a year, 60,000 instructions netting down to a lower figure of completions is not in itself a dominating force, but does show underlying adoption by the property consumer. Agents may rage, but maybe time to look at what tech savvy consumer is doing – to do otherwise is to own Woolies or the Arcadia Group.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Hong Kong Welcomes USS Antietam

first_img The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54) arrived in Hong Kong for a port visit, April 3.Sailors will be given the opportunity to experience the rich culture of Hong Kong with various tours of local historic locations and regional attractions provided by the ship’s morale, welfare and recreation (MWR) association.The ship and its crew recently participated in exercise Multi-Sail 2015, which was aimed to increase its combat capability across different warfare areas.Antietam, forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, is on patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operation supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.[mappress mapid=”15585″]Image:US Navy View post tag: asia April 6, 2015 Hong Kong Welcomes USS Antietam View post tag: Naval Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today Hong Kong Welcomes USS Antietam center_img View post tag: Hong Kong View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: USS Antietam Authoritieslast_img read more