Ben’s pool plunge pays dividends

first_imgBy JARROD POTTER LIFE’S greatest epiphanies manifest in odd ways. For Ben Hiddlestone, his grand epiphany dragged him from a…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Real Madrid roar back with big win at Valencia

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo scored two penalties as stumbling Liga champions Real Madrid hit back from their miserable start to 2018 with a rousing 4-1 win at Valencia on Saturday to move within two points of recapturing third place in La Liga.Ronaldo sent goalkeeper Neto the wrong way to slot in his 100th penalty for club and country in the 16th minute after the Portuguese was felled in the box following a lightning quick breakaway from a Valencia corner.He made no mistake again from the spot in the 38th after Karim Benzema had been pushed over in the area by defender Martin Montoya, stretching Madrid’s lead and moving on to eight goals in the league this season, including four penalties.Valencia pulled themselves back into contention in the 58th minute when Santi Mina headed home from a corner while Real goalkeeper Keylor Navas denied Dani Parejo an equaliser with an impressive save with his foot.Real had gone into the game on the back of being dumped out of the King’s Cup by Leganes in midweek and were missing captain Sergio Ramos and midfielder Isco through injury but produced a gritty display, defending well and striking with intent on the counter-attack.Brazilian left back Marcelo made sure of the points with a thumping first-time left-foot strike in the 84th minute and Toni Kroos added the fourth, capping a second win in five league games for Madrid and their first away league victory since beating Getafe on Oct. 14.Real remained fourth in the standings on 38 points, two behind Valencia and with a game in hand but they are 16 adrift of runaway leaders Barcelona, who host Alaves on Sunday.last_img read more

Unfairly criticised by The Caribbean Voice (Pt Two)

first_imgDear Editor,I would like to address several issues raised by The Caribbean voice (TCV) regarding my recent letter in late August on suicide in Guyana.TCV states that suicide in this country comes about because Guyanese are:“Prone to copycatting, a practice referred to as the Werther Effect, suicide ideation is the result of depression and/or anxiety triggered by helplessness, hopelessness, powerlessness, and loneliness. These triggers are catalysed by low levels of self-acceptance and/ or feelings of inadequacy/low self-esteem, as a result of abusive and dysfunctional relationships; lack of empathetic communication, teenage affairs and pregnancy; rape and incest; an inability to deal with problems (lack of coping skills) and/or unbearable pain – psychosis, bipolar disorder and some other mental illness.”My response: (a) TCV needs to know that copycatting is not a primary trigger driving suicide, rather it is a maladaptive response.  Also, copycatting is high among individuals with personality characteristics like impulsiveness, aggressiveness or antisocial tendencies and that stress potentiates copycatting behaviours in these individuals.To abrogate copycatting, at least the primary triggers inducing stress need to be eliminated or decreased. (b) That the variables listed by TCV are all related to stress and that they are directly or indirectly tied to the calamitous conditions in this country. (c) Importantly, stress is known to trigger relapse and individuals rescued through interventions can relapse into suicidal thoughts, particularly in Guyana where stress is intolerable.  Moreover, stress also causes relapse of substance abuse, which is another risk factor for suicide. (d) That almost all variables listed by TCV are products of a hijacked brain stimulated by stress or through some kind of inherent pathology.(e) Stress also increases suicide vulnerability in individuals with poor coping skills. (f) Moreover, the expressions and functions of genes can be modulated by stress in augmenting suicidal behaviours and in eliciting maladaptive responses. To this end, there is some indication at the behavioural level that genes may be playing a role in suicide in this country, but culture needs to be teased apart. Clearly, the suicide rate will fall if stress is attenuated.Editor, a practical example can help connect the dots to illustrate how stress emanating from Guyana’s rough economy influences suicide. For example, the proprietor of Stretch – D – Dollar store has recently been the victim of a fatal suicidal behaviour after his business went bankrupt in a bad economy. Such a stressor has got to trigger unbearable stress, which breaches psychological well-being in eliciting and/or exacerbating depression, anxiety, hopelessness, etc, into pushing the proprietor into a series of problems which included divorcing and killing his wife and ultimately suicide. In another example, we have all witnessed that dysfunctional politics in this country has snuffed out diversity from the workforce and this, unfortunately, unleashes intolerable stress and ultimately pushes Guyanese into suicide.  I am not sure why TCV is unable to connect the dots. I remained baffled. Given this narrative, I am convinced and, in no way, confused that calamitous conditions in this country largely spur such a human tragedy and as such, aggressive actions need to be taken to bring down the high unemployment rate, the high crime rate, curbing widespread discrimination, ending cruelty, ending dysfunctional politics, among a wide spectrum of others.In closing, I need to be clear that I am very much in tune with the highly-valued and much-needed work done by the NGOs. They deserve praise.  But definitely, more needs to be done. To this end, emphasis needs to be placed on reducing or eliminating the primary triggers in conjunction with broad therapeutic approaches aimed to reach every citizen. While my letters to the editors remain insightful, it is also my wish to be on the ground fighting this problem. And I remain hopeful that Guyanese will win this battle against such a human tragedy when egos are set aside, new ideas and insights are allowed to flourish and constructive criticisms are welcomed with open arms.I wish to thank TCV for its criticisms which stimulate the contents of this letter. And although this letter cannot address every aspect of the suicide dynamic, I have nevertheless put forward a highly relevant hypothesis.  Moreover, it needs to be realised that stress arising from the calamitous social, economic and political conditions influence brain functions in multiple ways in unleashing the bulk of suicide in this country.Sincerely,Annie Baliramlast_img read more

Market vendor beaten, robbed

first_imgArmed bandits on Saturday morning attacked and robbed a Rose Hall Market fish vendor after breaking into his home.According to reports, at about 05:00h on Saturday morning as Ceenarine Satrohan was about to leave home to ply his trade, three men entered; one carrying a gun and the others cutlasses. Satrohan was physically assaulted and robbed by the bandits who escaped with $140,000 in jewellery and $60,000 in cash. The man was left nursing injuries to his face, head and back.“Me open the door and a go side to bring in the wheelbarrow to pack the fish, the gun man deh at the side and he say don’t holler, but when he say that, me start holler hard and then he lash me up in me head and drag me in the house. He tell me he want money and jewellery, by that time the two cutlass man run go upstairs and attack me wife and that was when me hall out the money out a me pocket and give them,” Satrohan recounted.He said the intruders were not satisfied and beat him hoping to get more valuables. “When the gun one go upstairs where me wife deh, one cutlass one come down and he start fire chop pun me. He said that he gone chop out me hand and foot and me beg him not to chop me.”His wife, Sarita, who was in the upper flat of the house at the time of the invasion, said one of the perpetrators touched her on her private parts with the cutlass.At the time of the incident, the couple’s three-year-old daughter was asleep. The toddler was unharmed.Police have since arrested one person as they investigate the incident. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more


first_imgJOE & FIONA WILL BE AT THE MATCH ON SUNDAY (thanks to Ciaran for the pic)THE MAN who was a mascot for the 1992 All-Ireland winning team said ‘I do’ on Friday – to his girlfriend from Co Mayo.Joe O’Donnell from Mountcharles was just eight when he led the Donegal team onto the Croke Park pitch.Yesterday the Westport-based sales manager married Fiona O’Toole at a chapel in the Sligo village of Grange. Friends and family from both counties were among 25o guests as the couple posed for pictures waving their county flags.And they even swapped flags at one stage – showing the rivalry for this final is very friendly indeed.On Sunday the couple will take their seats at Croke Park for the match – though this time Joe will be in the stands with his new bride.Jimmy’s Winning Matches was played at the reception at a Sligo hotel last night. Said Joe: “We had a great day and the craic around the match was very special. One of us is going to be very happy on Sunday evening, but sure whoever that is won’t mind by the time we get on honeymoon to America on Tuesday.”New wife Fiona, from the island of Inishturk, added: “The wedding ceremony was lovely and it was great to see the flags. May the best team now win on Sunday.”The after party is in Westport  tonight – followed by the after after party in Dublin tomorrow. MATCH OF THE DAY! DONEGAL MASCOT JOE WEDS HIS BEAUTIFUL MAYO BRIDE was last modified: September 22nd, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Clarke stands by statement ahead of Hampden hearing

first_imgKilmarnock boss Steve Clarke stood by his statement that has led to a Hampden hearing, before hitting out at the SFA for spelling his name wrong on the charge sheet.The Killie boss and his club have been charged after Clarke slammed the governing body for refusing to overturn Gary Dicker’s red card by referee Willie Collum, claiming the call was “pre-judged”.While disappointed that his employers have also been disciplined, Clarke insisted he has no intention of retracting his comments when he heads to the national stadium on October 25.The ex-Chelsea coach went on to brand the SFA “unprofessional” after his name was written as Steven rather than the correct spelling of Stephen on the charge sheet sent to Rugby Park. He said: “Disappointed that the club has been charged for something I said, that’s the first part. “Obviously we are going to fight our corner. We’re going to go to the hearing and put forward our case.“I stand by everything I said in the statement, no retraction so I look forward to the hearing.“On the changes, maybe being a little bit pedantic but I thought it was disrespectful that they spelt my name wrong, both on the front cover and inside. “I won’t use the word amateurish, but certainly unprofessional.”last_img read more

This Month in Disney Parks History: July

first_imgShare This!Welcome back and thanks for joining us for another edition of Disney Parks History! Hope you’re ready to relive some of the magic of Disney’s past from the month of July. We’ve got the opening of Disneyland, the premier of not one, but two Splash Mountains, and much more to celebrate this month, so let’s get going!1955: Disneyland opened after just about a year of construction. Doesn’t that sound incredibly short given the multi-year projects we’re so accustomed to these days? Opening day attractions included Jungle Cruise, Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, and Snow White’s Scary Adventures. The celebration was broadcast on national television to an estimated 90 million people and included Walt Disney, Ronald Reagan, and many more.Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln © Disney1965: Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln opened in Disneyland. The attraction originally premiered at the 1964 World’s Fair before finding a more permanent home on Main Street, U.S.A.1966: Walt Disney opened his newest land, New Orleans Square, with the help of New Orleans Mayor, Victor Schiro.  It was the first land to open since the original opening of Disneyland and was one of the last times Walt would be in the public eye before passing away later that year.1967: Disneyland’s Tomorrowland got an update, including the addition of Rocket Jets, PeopleMover, and The Carousel of Progress. The latter would eventually relocate to Walt Disney World’s Tomorrowland.1975: A Disney classic, the WEDway PeopleMover, opened at Walt Disney World. The attraction gives guests an inside look at Tomorrowland attractions and even has picturesque views of Cinderella Castle.  Paging Mr. Morrow, Mr. Tom Morrow!1985: Tinker Bell wowed guests with her first flight over Magic Kingdom park. The tradition began in Disneyland decades earlier, and her first flight over Magic Kingdom was originally supposed to be reserved for special occasions. The success and popularity of the event turned it into a nightly occurrence that’s continued for over 30 years.Maelstrom being built, originally SEAVENTURE © Disney1988: This one may hit close to home for those still mourning the loss of Maelstrom, but the attraction debuted in the Norway pavilion of Epcot back in July 1988, a few months after the opening of the pavilion itself.1989: Splash Mountain opened at Disneyland, treating guests to the story of Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox, and Brer Bear, inspired by the Disney film, Song of the South.1992: Walt Disney World’s Splash Mountain opened shortly thereafter in Magic Kingdom, but this time, it featured wider vehicles to accommodate more guests per ride. Do you have a favorite version of the attraction, Disney World or Disneyland?1994: Innoventions East and West opened in Epcot’s Future World, replacing CommuniCore.1994: The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror premiered at Walt Disney World over 20 years ago. Randomized drop patterns were added for the 10th anniversary, so be careful, or you may find yourself a permanent resident of… the Twilight Zone.1995: Disney’s Wedding Pavilion officially opened, bringing guests’ fairy tale weddings to life. The pavilion, located next to the Grand Floridian on the shores of Seven Seas Lagoon, holds over 300 guests and features a 75-foot-long aisle.1996: Disney World began welcoming its first guests to the turn-of-the-century Atlantic City-themed resort, Boardwalk Inn. It’s a favorite resort of many, and it’s not hard to see why. The resort is situated within walking distance of not one but two parks and features plenty of dining, entertainment, and nightlife options.1998: Disney Magic departed on its inaugural cruise. Though it was originally scheduled to first set sail in March, delays continued to push the maiden voyage back further and further until it finally embarked on July 30.1999: Aerosmith was on hand for the opening of Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Accelerating guests to almost 60 mph in less than 3 seconds, it’s one of the fastest attractions at Walt Disney World.2005: After a two-year hiatus, Space Mountain reopened at Disneyland. The attraction closed without notice in 2003 (can you imagine the backlash if they did something like that today?!) and reopened to guests in 2005 as part of Disneyland’s 50th anniversary celebrations.2005: Turtle Talk with Crush opened in Disney’s California Adventure, less than a year after first debuting in Epcot.2006: An updated version of Pirates of the Caribbean, featuring Captain Barbosa and Captain Jack Sparrow, opened in Magic Kingdom. The opening date coincided with the release of the Pirates of the Caribbean film, Dead Man’s Chest.2007: Disney began removal of the Mickey Mouse arm/glove, wand, stars, and Epcot lettering surrounding Spaceship Earth. The 50-ton addition was originally installed to mark Walt Disney World’s 2000 millennium celebration, but with Epcot’s 25th anniversary fast approaching, they felt the time was right to restore Spaceship Earth to its original state.2008: Tokyo Disneyland Hotel, a Victorian-style hotel just outside of Tokyo Disneyland park, held its grand opening.2012: Toy Story Midway Mania! opened in Tokyo Disneyland following its success in Hollywood Studios and Disney’s California Adventure.Hope you enjoyed this month’s edition, and we’ll see you next month!last_img read more

Facebook, The Mighty Pipe, Could Crush Yahoo

first_imgrichard macmanus A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Analysis#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Today Facebook is going to formally announce its plans to become an open platform. We know that the platform will allow companies to offer their products and services to Facebook users, but the details haven’t yet been ‘exposed’. So all of us bloggers are waiting for the news to be announced today, on the edges of our seats. In the meantime, I wanted to remind you of Alex Iskold’s article this week about Facebook – which I thought was intriguing. Alex posited that Facebook is ultimately aiming for an IPO, which would make it the first big Web company to go the IPO route for a long time. Web 2.0 has turned out to be more about M&A (mergers and acquisitions) than IPO (Initial Public Offering), but of course IPOs were all the rage in the Dot Com era. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Alex wrote that Facebook needs to find a way to earn money from widgets on their site. What’s intriguing here is that Facebook could eventually eat Yahoo’s lunch with such an open platform strategy. As Alex put it:“If Facebook could figure out how to do this [earn money from widgets] in a way that makes the retailers happy and keeps the users from screaming, then this is a huge win for them. Consider a scenario where Amazon rolls out something as simple as books and Facebook gets a cut of each transaction. That could happen in many verticals, from books and movies to electronics and travel. And as Facebook is growing beyond the college population, and as its current college population graduates, there seems to be potential for a big upset brewing here – in the sense that Facebook could significantly eat into Yahoo’s business.”While we’re waiting for the Facebook news to be announced, what are your thoughts on where Facebook is headed with their platform?Update: the news is out now, see Techcrunch coverage. R/WW will provide our analysis later today, once the dust settles.last_img read more

Yahoo Gives You More Options to Opt Out of Personalized Advertising

first_imgRelated Posts Will Users Care?For advertisers, customized ads are obviously a far more effective way of reaching potential customers than regular ads. However, the real question will be if users will indeed chose to opt out of customized advertising. Yahoo’s letter mentions that only 75,000 people visited its current opt-out site in July, which is a very small number when compared to Yahoo’s overall reach.Most mainstream users probably don’t worry about the privacy implications of these customized ads too much. And those who do worry about it probably already run some form of ad-blocking software and have opted out of online advertising altogether. Overall, this seems like a great publicity move by Yahoo, even if most users won’t make use of the opt-out feature. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Yahoo today announced that it will allow its customers to opt out of customized advertising on Yahoo made this announcement in a response to the an inquiry by U.S. Congressman John Dingell (D- Mich.). Just yesterday, Google had announced a similar opt-out program for its DoubleClick advertising network. Yahoo’s opt-out program won’t take effect until the end of this month and will be an enhancement of Yahoo’s current privacy policies with regard to customized advertising.Congress InquiryThere have always been privacy concerns around personalized advertising, though the topic only recently became more of a mainstream issue when the U.S. Congress started an inquiry into the implications of this. As part of this inquiry, Congress asked 33 online advertisers if they offered the option to opt out of these customized ads. Yahoo goes to great length in its letter to defend customized advertising and explains why advertising on the net is so important, not just as a way for Yahoo to make money, but also because it allows Yahoo to offer free tools to consumers and small businesses.In the letter, Yahoo also stresses that it does not customize advertising based on potentially “sensitive interest categories” and specifically mentions searches for adult sites and sexual health information. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#news#web#Yahoo frederic lardinois Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Innersourcing: Enterprises’ Closed Version of Open Source

first_imgInner source.  It’s not something related to zen or meditation.  It’s a term coined by Tim O’Reilly that describes how enterprises are applying open source practices to enterprise software development. Business development teams are becoming more collaborative, shipping early before software is feature complete, and working both internally and externally to do their job.  They’re acting more like startups and setting up smaller groups and incubators to try out new ideas.Jeremy King, CTO of Wal-Mart Global eCommerce, said that “the more we can do this internal open source, the more flexible we can be and the faster we can release code to customers. We want you to consume OS because it’s faster, cheaper and better but we want you to contribute because it’s the right thing to do for the community.”.Brian Doll, vice president of strategy at GitHub, said that “the distinction between open source software and enterprise software is blurring. Large companies are … buying into that culture of faster release cycles, working together, and having people work across boundaries.”Camille Fournier, chief technology officer at Rent the Runway, said that “Open source methods, when you apply them well, force you to document and formalize your process which can be a very good thing.”last_img read more