Prince Harry raises Invictus Games flag over Sydney Harbor

first_imgWhile the group dressed in loud and outrageous fluorescent outfits, Harry and Meghan were more subdued, but their message to the group was clear.“They’re super passionate about mental health. They are showing that mental health does not discriminate,” OneWave co-founder Grant Trebilco said.Charlotte Connell, a OneWave member, said Harry spoke of his own experiences seeking counselling more than 20 years after his mother, Princess Diana, died in a car crash in a Paris tunnel in 1997 when he was aged 12.“Harry said it took him not six months, but 18 months to find the right person to speak to. ‘You’re not going to find the right person to speak to straight away’,’” Connell said.Both Harry and Meghan used exercise as a way of keeping well, Connell said.“Even in her jetlagged state, she got up in the morning and did yoga at 4.30 a.m.,” Connell said.“She said it’s so good for healing her mind,” Connell added.After Bondi, the couple made an unannounced visit to Macarthur Girls High School in Parramatta in central Sydney.The shrieking students gave the couple a rock star welcome to a school assembly.“When they walked in, I felt like my heart stopped. Their presence just made everyone shocked,” 15-year-old student Rhiannon said. The couple finished their day’s events with formal meetings with Morrison and opposition leader Bill Shorten.Harry and Meghan will also visit Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand during their 16-day tour. /kgaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Britain’s Prince Harry, left Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison, right, and Invictus Games representatives climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2018. Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are on day four of their 16-day tour of Australia and the South Pacific. (AP Photo/Steve Christo, Pool)SYDNEY — Prince Harry scaled the Sydney Harbor Bridge on Friday to raise a flag marking the arrival of the Invictus Games, his brainchild and the focus of his current royal tour of Australia and the South Pacific.The sporting event, founded by Harry in 2014, starts on Saturday. It gives sick and injured military personnel and veterans the opportunity to compete in sports such as wheelchair basketball and to find inspiration to recover.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil The fact that the Duchess of Sussex never planned to climb the world’s tallest steel arch bridge with her husband had fueled speculation that she is pregnant. The speculation was confirmed on Monday when Harry and the former Meghan Markle announced that their first child is due in the northern spring.Harry, Prime Minister Scott Morrison, four members of the Australian team and the widow of an Australian veteran climbed more than 1,000 steps up the back of an arch to raise the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 flag.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“The Sydney Harbor Bridge is an Australian icon and I can think of no better place to raise the … flag,” Morrison said in a statement.During the descent, Harry hugged fellow climber Gwen Cherne, a games ambassador whose husband Peter Cafe, a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, took his own life in February. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READcenter_img Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LeBron on Lakers’ opening game loss: ‘It’s not instant oatmeal. It’s not that fast’ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “We were talking about mental health and really working on changing the way that our global community looks at mental health and deals with it,” Cherne said later.The flag will fly 134 meters (440 feet) above Sydney Harbor until the games close on October 27.Harry and his American former actress wife will attend the opening and closing games ceremonies. Around 500 athletes from 18 nations will compete in venues around Sydney.The couple earlier Friday walked barefoot on Bondi Beach to meet a group of surfers focused on mental well-being.The group, OneWave, meet weekly in an “anti-bad vibe circle” on the sand.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

‘Old-age School Enrollment Hampers Learning’

first_imgMr. Sheldon Yett, Country Representative of United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), has attributed Liberia’s low level of education to the enrollment of overage students in pre-primary classes.According to him, there is clear and ample evidence that those are years that determine the rest of the children’s lives, “because those are years that they develop values and behavior that will stay with them throughout their entire lives.”Mr. Yett said he believes that if children receive the best start in their earliest years of life, they are more likely to develop their capacity to learn to the fullest potential, develop the behavioral attributes necessary for success, complete school, and lead a productive, rewarding life.He noted that out of 446,000 pre-primary age children, only 105,000 are accessing Early Childhood Development (ECD) services in Liberia’s schools.“Of this number of children, more than 88 percent are older than the appropriate age for their level, thereby hampering effective instruction and efficient learning,” Mr. Yett disclosed. He said it is clear the foundation for a sustainable increase in access to quality ECD opportunities is in place, but much more is needed.“What happens—or doesn’t happen—to children in the first five years of their lives has a profound impact on their immediate well-being and on their longer term future,” Mr. Yett observed.The UNICEF Country Rep made the disclosure on Wednesday, April 23, when he presented a paper at a one-day National Symposium on Higher Education and ECD.The day-long symposium was hosted by the Ministry of Education (MOE) on the theme, “Higher Education and Early Childhood Development—the Awakening.” Mr. Yett’s paper was called: “National Week of the Young Child.”According to him, the first five years in the life of a child is a period of great opportunity, but, “if neglected, it can be a period of vulnerability.”“It is about education, but is also about nutrition and health, about social environments and parental care, generating the best conditions to ensure balanced physical, and emotional and cognitive development for each child,” he explained.“As such,” Mr. Yett said, “it is time to use evidence-backed research to put a national program into action. This should be done with a budget sufficient to empower effective trainers and caregivers, who can prepare Liberia’s next generation of informed, engaged, and responsible citizens.”By his tally, there are nearly 450,000 children of pre-primary age demanding appropriate basic services and effective parenting skills.Mr. Yett, therefore, called the government’s attention to the need for further investment in improving access to quality early childhood development programs across the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Flyers host annual Teddy Bear Toss Saturday night

first_imgThe Fort St. John Senior Flyers will host the Hythe Mustangs Saturday night, along with their annual Teddy Bear Toss.The Hythe Mustangs will be at the North Peace Arena for a game at 8:30pm and you’re encouraged to attend with a Teddy Bear for the Salvation Army.  When the Flyers score their first goal, you get to throw your donation on the ice.All the proceeds go to support the Salvation Army and their Christmas Campaign.  So bring your donation and come and watch some great hockey at the North Peace Arena starting at 8:30pm.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Noble in race against time to be fit for West Ham’s clash with QPR

first_img1 Mark Noble in action for West Ham West Ham midfielder Mark Noble is facing a race against time to prove his fitness for the London derby against QPR on Sunday.Noble was forced to miss the 2-1 defeat against Manchester United last weekend after he suffered a calf injury in training.The experienced midfielder has been one of the star performers for the east London club this season and is playing some of the best football of his career.There were hopes that Noble would be fit for the televised game on Sunday but his chances of playing remain 50/50 as he receives more treatment in the build up to the game.If Noble fails to make it, teenage midfielder Diego Poyet could be handed another chance to stake his claim for a first-team place alongside summer signing Alex Song at the heart of the West Ham midfield.last_img read more

Man United on red alert! Find out which Wolfsburg ace could be heading to Old Trafford next summer

first_img1 Kevin De Bruyne Manchester United have been put on red alert after Wolfsburg admitted they may be forced to sell Kevin De Bruyne if they do not secure Champions League footballThe Belgium international has been in stunning form for the Bundesliga outfit this season, scoring 11 goals and providing 14 assists.The 23-year-old only joined Wolfsburg from Chelsea in January 2014, arriving at the Volkswagen Arena for £18m.However, such has been the playmaker’s performances that clubs across Europe are already battling for his signature.Manchester United have reportedly shown an interest, while Atletico Madrid have also been touted as a possible destination.And should the Red Devils qualify for the Champions League next season, Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allofs admits the club must maintain their second place position in the Bundesliga to keep De Bruyne.“It is possible that we would have to part with him [De Bruyne] if we didn’t have Champions League football, but anyone who does want him would have to dig deep into their pockets to satisfy our demands,” Allofs told Kicker.last_img read more


first_imgA Falcarragh pub-owner has been fined €750 for having a group of teachers on his premises after hours.Publican Alex Hamilton appeared before Falcarragh District Court charged with a breach of the licensing laws.The court heard that when Gardai called to The Loft Bar in Falcarragh on May 30th last year they found a group of teachers drinking after hours. Solicitor Fiona Brown told the court that the teachers had been at an end–of-term mass and had been out celebrating.Ms Brown said her client found it difficult to get the teachers off the premises and actually told Gardai he was thankful they had arrived.Judge Conal Gibbons said it was the first time he had heard of a publican blaming his clients.“Doesn’t he know that the customer is always right.“I have always found the teaching profession to be most compliant and law-abiding,” he said.Judge Gibbons said he also noticed that Mr Hamilton had a “terrible record” when it came to licensing matters.“It’s the publican’s job – that’s what’s called keeping your house in order. He is obliged to keep his house in order. There is no point in him blaming his customers,” added Judge Gibbons.He warned Ms Brown that her client could put his license in jeopardy if he came before the court again on licensing matters.He fined Hamilton €750.PUBLICAN FINED €750 AFTER TEACHERS REFUSE TO LEAVE HIS BAR was last modified: April 18th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Alex HamiltonFalcarraghlicensing lawsLoft Barteacherslast_img read more


first_imgA Letterkenny based family are looking to recruit an experienced childminder to mind in family’s own home, from August 2014. The chosen candidate will be expected to work from Monday to Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm (times may be adjusted slightly).The ideal childminder would be responsible for 2 children, aged 3 and 22 months. The childminder will be required to bring and collect 3 year old to and from pre-school each morning.Gaelic speaking childminder preferred.Some light housework required and own car essential.Interested candidates should apply with CV or note of experience by email to by the 11th July next.  JOB VACANCY: LETTERKENNY FAMILY LOOKING TO RECRUIT FULL-TIME BABYSITTER was last modified: July 8th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BabysitterfamilyFull timejobsnewsVacancieslast_img read more

SA leads Asian-African partnership

first_img26 April 2005Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and South African President Thabo Mbeki have signed a watershed agreement that will see Asia and Africa embarking on a strategic partnership to tackle poverty and underdevelopment on the two continents.The New Asia-Africa Strategic Partnership seeks to ensure peace, stability and security for approximately 4.6-billion people – or about 73% of the world’s population – by boosting trade between Asian and African countries and stepping up co-operation in the fight against terrorism.The partnership was signed in Bandung, Indonesia – where the first Asian-African conference took place half a century ago – at the conclusion of the 2005 Asian-African Summit, which was attended by more than 40 heads of state as well as foreign ministers and other representatives of close on 100 countries.Mbeki and South Africa have taken over the stewardship of the partnership process until the next Asian-African Summit, to be held in SA in 2009.Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma meets with her Indonesian counterpart, Noer Hassan Wirajuba, in Jakarta on Tuesday to begin mapping out a programme of action and institutional mechanisms to take the new partnership forward.Principles, plan of actionA joint statement adopted by Asian and African foreign ministers on Saturday details a rough plan of action, under the three headings of political solidarity, economic co-operation, and socio-cultural relations.The plan sees sees the partnership tackling issues such as direct investment, capital market cooperation, market access, debt, technical assistance and capacity building programmes, sharing of technologies, and greater private sector interaction.It also envisages “joint exploration of the Indian Ocean, including marine resources, marine scientific research, safety of navigation and communication at sea, and search and rescue operations”.The main partnership declaration lists “poverty and underdevelopment, gender mainstreaming, communicable diseases, environmental degradation, natural disasters, drought and desertification, the digital divide, inequitable market access, and foreign debt” as “issues of common concern which call for our closer cooperation and collective action”.The partnership, the declaration continues, will seek to “promote practical co-operation between the two continents in areas such as trade, industry, investment, finance, tourism, information and communication technology, energy, health, transportation, agriculture, water resources and fisheries.“The [partnership] shall also address issues of common concern such as armed conflict, weapons of mass destruction, transnational organised crimes and terrorism.”The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad), the African Union’s socio-economic development blueprint, was accepted as “the framework for engagement with Africa”. Partnership plan of actionPartnership declaration The summit also issued a statement on tsunami, earthquake and other natural disasters, emphasising the need to invest in the development of “proactive, integrated, multi-hazard and multi-sectoral standby arrangements and early warning system to mitigate natural disasters in the Indian Ocean Rim”. Summit statement on natural disasters reporterlast_img read more

How to Reduce Risk While Changing Product Focus

first_imgWhile business plans are a must in this environment, the startup world can hardly be considered predictable. Companies like Flickr, Seemic and Redux were all launched with different original concepts. Nevertheless, the market embraced the new products and each of these companies has done well in carving out a niche. But not every 180 degree shift can be successful, ReadWriteWeb looks at one theory on how to reduce risk while changing focus. VP of Diamond Consultants John Sviokla recently wrote a Harvard Business Review piece entitled, “Is This Innovation Too Disruptive for My Firm?” In it Sviokla explains how a number of large scale businesses have attempted to diversify into new markets and have failed miserably. He writes, “You need to decide whether the core business will embrace the new product or service or reject it.”Given last year’s abysmal funding environment and the need for startups to move quickly to keep their businesses cash flow positive, a number of founders shifted product direction with positive results. One great example is when Seesmic CEO Loic Le Meur relaunched his product from a video site to a streaming social service. In a message to users last June, Le Meur remarked, “I’m an entrepreneur trying to find growth…the context has really changed in the last year and a half and I need to make Seesmic (the company) survive.” Meanwhile, social entertainment site Redux first launched as a music playlist site but quickly moved towards video sharing when it failed to gain traction in the music space. Based on Alfred Chandler’s model of market strategy, Sviokla explains that companies should not stray too far from their core proficiencies. He believes that transitioning companies can best diversify their businesses if the new direction matches the current target customer, distribution channel, product/service, geography and competency. Says Sviokla, “I believe that if the innovation your firm is considering is “close” to current practice on all five of these, it is less risky to implement. If it is different on these five dimensions, it becomes much riskier.” For the entire article visit the Harvard Business Review. Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img dana oshiro 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#start#startups last_img read more

MNS finalises candidates for 130 constituencies

first_imgThe Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) is in the last stage of finalising candidates, and has till now decided to contest around 130 of the 288 seats in the Assembly polls to be held on October 21. “We are at the last stage of finalising candidates for 125 to 130 seats. These are not only urban seats, but also include a large chunk of rural constituencies. Not contesting the polls was never an option, we were always going to enter the fray. [MNS chief Raj Thackeray] has been listening to all the workers of the party, and is taking decisions based on their inputs,” a senior party leader said. According to party insiders, the MNS president will personally design the party’s campaign. “We did not fight the Lok Sabha elections, but it was the MNS and our presentations against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Narendra Modi that caught everyone’s attention. People will witness an identical and catchy campaign for the Assembly polls,” a party leader said. While refusing to divulge details of the party campaign, the leader said Mr. Thackeray spoke about 142 instances of the Prime Minister lying to the people of India in his 10 rallies across the State during the general election campaign, and not a single allegation could be countered by the BJP. On September 21, the party’s official Twitter handle tweeted a photograph, saying: “Raj bhashechya chahuline sattadhari thabakle, fakt batminech thapadyanche pay latpatle (Rulers held their breath sensing Raj’s entry, liars lost their strength after just hearing this news)”. While the photograph did not carry any leader’s face or name, it depicted Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’s trademark blue jacket. The tweet came a day after the MNS held a meeting of leaders and it became clear that the party would contest the polls.For over a week now, Mr. Thackeray has been discussing with other leaders and workers of the MNS whether to contest the election or not, and if yes, which seats are favourable to the party. Earlier reports had hinted that the party will not contest the elections given the use of EVMs, against which the party has been campaigning and alleging that they can be tampered to favour the BJP.last_img read more