When I saw the tears in Busbys eyes I realised the depth

first_img 49 Comments ‘When I saw the tears in Busby’s eyes, I realised the depth of their relationship and what George turned away’ Inside ‘George Best: All By Himself,’ an extraordinary, sobering look at the life and times of George Best. Short URL Feb 18th 2017, 7:10 AM “It’s incredible that everyone has that affection, even though they still know that’s what he did. I think part of his charm was just that. He could just smile and everyone forgave him. And he clearly knew that’s the effect he has so he could get away with it.“He’s obviously done that from childhood. He’s obviously had that childhood where he was the first born, he could be a little bit cheeky, his mam would tell him off and then he’d smile and then he’d be forgiven.”Perhaps the finest part of the documentary is how it depicts Best’s relationship with Matt Busby. The Manchester United manager brought him over from Belfast as a shy, timid 15-year-old and soon regarded him as a surrogate son.The won the European Cup together in 1968, ten years after the United boss lost his “Busby Babes” killed in the Munich disaster of 1958. But by 1974, even this father figure had enough. At 27, Best was on his way out of Old Trafford, his life torn apart by his rampant alcoholism and womanising.“The depth of relationship with Matt Busby and George suprised me. I knew they had a father-son relationship, but I didn’t realise it was that deep a father-son relationship.“One piece of archive that really struck me was when Best walks out of Man United the final time. It’s 1974 and it’s all over. It’s barely been six years since Wembley ’68. He’s finished. He can’t even kick a ball anymore. He’s gone, he’s finished.“The tears in Matt Busby’s eyes, it’s a really close-up interview. It was shot on film and it’s restored in the film. That’s when you see the tears in the eyes. That moment is when I realised the depth of the relationship and what George had turned away.“And also that the father has failed the son, as well as the son has failed the father. That moment really shocked me.” Matt Busby’s emotional interview during the documentary Source: George Best: All By HimselfThere’s no judgement from Gordon in this movie. He doesn’t ask us to choose between the darkness and light of Best. We shouldn’t have to. He lays out the story of the first real superstar in football, whose rise to global fame sent his world spinning to unimaginable heights and horrendous depths.“He was the first pop superstar in football. I’ve always heard that story. I didn’t actually know what it means, but I kind of do now. Having seen all that he went through, you realise this is something that very few boys who’ve left home at 15 would be able to cope with. Certainly not when there’s no blueprint for it. Because there hasn’t been anyone before. So you understand what happened and why.“I’ve got a lot more empathy for him but equally I’m just as frustrated as everyone else that threw that talent away. I’d have loved to have that talent but there’s nothing to say I wouldn’t have thrown it all away if I’d had that talent as he did.“I’ve not been in his position so I can’t judge him but I can try and understand him. That’s really what I got from making the film. Just able to understand the context and what he’d faced, that no-one else on earth had faced before in terms of the media pressure and the constant onslaught. Source: Popperfoto/Getty Images“He was totally ill-equipped to handle it, as were Man United. As was everyone that was chasing him. No-one knew what to do because no-one had every had to ever do it before.“That’s the big thing. You look at Ronaldo and Messi now, they’ve got a massive entourage all around them that’s stopping you getting anywhere near them.”There’s a sense in which this entire story, in addition to all the other things it is, it’s a story of a guy who’s trying to escape a blackness in his soul. But it’s important also to consider what role society played in Best’s downfall.Search his name and the first phrase Google suggests is ‘George Best quotes.’ A wide range of his witty one-liners have been doing the rounds for years.“In 1969 I gave up women and alcohol – it was the worst 20 minutes of my life.”“I spent a lot of money on booze, birds and fast cars. The rest I just squandered.”“I’ve stopped drinking, but only while I’m asleep.”You wonder if we encouraged his behaviour and cheered him on. Did society collectively help create him? Did we indulge him?“Completely,” agrees Gordon. “When I first heard the George Best chant I thought it was hilarious. ‘When I die and they lay me to rest and I go on the piss with Georgie Best.’ It’s hilarious until you think about it.“Then when you think about it, actually that’s a really, really poor chant in very poor taste. The whole, ‘I used to go missing all the time, Miss Canada, Miss United Kingdom,’ all that, they’re great stories. Source: Adam McKola/YouTube“He’s got some great one-liners. But the comedy deflects away from what he became. I think we as an audience, it’s easy for us to deal with how we dealt with George Best. To laugh it off and enjoy those one-liners. But actually beneath it, he did throw it all away. He’d be in his early 70s now. He could still be regaling people with great stories of the old days. But he didn’t and it’s his choice.“Angie makes a great line in the film: ‘Remember me for my football was his deflection for what he’d become.”Gordon tells one final story, which sums up the seismic impact Best had on Manchester United, even decades after he had left the club.“You’ll never get another footballer coming from nowhere and not being protected like that. But equally, it’s a warning sign for other people.“George Best went to Old Trafford once to interview Alex Ferguson and asked him direct, ‘What would you have done with a player like me?’“And Ferguson said, ‘Well I’m embarrassed to tell you this, but we use you as the example to our young players of what not to do.’“He had his effect long after he finished. Not in a good way for him, but hopefully in a good way for someone like Beckham to come and take advantage of what was there and the experience that Man United as a club have had.”For an hour and a half, you’ll be trapped on George Best’s rollercoaster ride. Enthralled by it, horrified by it, and unsure of who to blame.****Best ADIFF Screening – Saturday 18th February, 8.45pm at Cineworld, followed by Q&A with director Dan Gordon and producer Trevor Birney, hosted by RTÉ broadcaster George HamiltonTickets €11, available here: http://www.diff.ie/festival/film/bestBest (Cert 12a) open in Irish cinemas on Friday 24th February.Former Shamrock Rovers striker returns from Canada to join DundalkEx-Ireland boss Trapattoni aiming to make international football return DAN GORDON, THE director of George Best: All By Himself, recalls an exchange with some fans outside of the movie’s recent premiere in London.The mood was optimistic. It made him uneasy.“They were massive George Best fans and were telling me, ‘I’m really looking forward to it, there’s never been a player like him. He’s my hero, I can’t wait to see it.’“And I’m thinking, we tell far more than just the football here, are you going to be okay with that?“I think you’re being unfair to him if you only go with the one side. It’s such a layered story, the only way to do it justice is to do all sides,” Gordon tells The42.It’s impossible to get fully formed an idea of who this man was unless you acknowledge all of his darkness too. But he also had this charming, intelligent and extremely likeable aspect to his personality.“It’s the classic flawed-genius, maverick, tortured aritist thing. I couldn’t ever get anyone to say that on the film though, but that’s what comes to mind.“I want people to take away the full story. Not to be judgemental on the dark side, to understand where that came from. But equally not just to glamourise this amazing footballer and pop superstar because it’s so much more layered than that.”“It’s a story that begins with leaving Belfast, barely a boy, and as a life it ends far too short.“But you see he did things in a very short lifetime that most of us probably will never do in a very, very long lifetime. It’s a story that’s layered enough to get the full-scale of what he faced and how he tried and failed to deal with it.”It’s been 11 years since Best died, and this documentary is an uncompromising, raw and cinematic look at the rise and fall of one of the greatest footballers of all-time who, almost 50 years on from that glorious night he lifted the European Cup at Wembley, continues to fascinate.Gordon is an award-winning director who is best known for his 2014 film on the Hillsborough disaster. He takes a look at Best’s tragic tale, which has been well-documented, with fresh eyes.What is it about this story that hasn’t been told before?“Actually, there’s a colossus of things that have never been done before, certainly not on screen and definitely not on the cinema screen.“What I wanted to do was to only interview people that knew him and knew him well. They had to be really affected by George and his story.”While there are absentees, Bobby Charlton and Denis Law (both in poor health), and Calum Best, the film boasts an impressive list of the key figures in his life.“Calum is doing his own documentary and didn’t want to clash as such with it. That was fine. The way the film was constructed there wasn’t a great deal for Calum to add because the bulk of the story happens before he’s born and the end almost comes as he’s born. In that respect it wasn’t critical for the film to have Calum in it.“I’d have loved to have sat down and interviewed him because I think his own personal story is a tragic story of neglect by a father and always yearning to have his father in his life.“I read Calum’s book and what he wrote really stuck with me for quite a long time. The Calum story is quite a different story to what I was trying to tell about George. In terms of what we’d have been looking to get out of Calum, I don’t think we’d have done him justice in the film because it’s a story about George.” Source: Colorsport/REX/ShutterstockWe do hear stories from a cast of characters who knew him the best, from former teammates like Paddy Crerand, to journalists such as Hugh McIlvanney who colourfully describes Best as having “feet as sensitive as a pick-pocket’s hands,” and the agent who sold the horrific photo of Best on his deathbed to the News of the World.Gordon continues: “It was trying to get not just their story but also their perspective with the distance at the time was ten years since George’s death, to sort of be a little bit more reflective and maybe deeper than they’d been before.”Of course, his former wives, Angie Best and Alex Best, play prominent roles, as does an early girlfriend, Jackie Glass, who’s now a Buddhist nun living in Edinburgh.“The dark elements were quite difficult to talk with people. Some of the interviewees have been in therapy and they’ve spoken about these things before. Some haven’t.“You’re very conscious you don’t want to take people into dark places they don’t want to go in themselves. Also I was trying to get them expanding into what happens to people when they get off the rails. Not just the person, but everyone else around them.”The three women help give the greatest insight into the multiple layers of Best’s complex personality – the good and the bad. The film doesn’t shy away from his darkness, and his ex-lovers speak candidly about the havoc his drinking wreaked on their lives. Source: George Best: All By HimselfThe opening scene is a poignant one that sets the tone for the movie. Angie Best is in her car, taking their one-year-old son Calum for a check-up on a wet and miserable night. Through the torrential rain, she makes out helpless soul staggering up the middle of the road.“This poor man is all hunched over and soaking wet,” she says. “I think oh my God, that poor homeless tramp and then I realise…it’s my husband. Drunk as a skunk, walking down the road, soaking wet.”Gordon explains his left-field choice for the beginning of the movie: “The other option is something like, here are George Best’s great goals and loads of eulogies of what he threw away. I think that would be a classic way to start a film like this. I actually wanted it to be completely different and far more cinematic and to really make you sit up and go,’ Oh what am I watching?’“That was the reason why we started with that story. It’s a great story in itself but at the beggining of the film you’re not expecting that about George Best. What we were trying to do was set the tone for the film with that story.” Source: MirrorpixHe comes across as this charming, likeable person for the most part of the film, but that’s all the more disturbing when you witness what he’s capable of.The movie starts on the night Angie knew her marriage was over, and realised she was left to raise her son all alone. She takes an interesting view on his alcoholism. “It’s not a disease, it’s a choice – disease doesn’t give you a choice,” she tells the camera.Later in the movie, Alex describes the chilling scenes of domestic abuse, and the multiple times he raised his hands to her.Despite all his demons and the fact it was those who were closest to him he ultimately hurt the most, Best’s loved ones retained a remarkable affection for him. After it all, they clearly still loved him.“Which feels incredulous when you’re hearing that testimony,” continues Gordon.“Whether that was just letting people down to the domestic violence and the really dark stuff. You’re hearing the testimony and you’re going, ‘How could you forgive that?’ All levels of being let down. How could you forgive that?“All he had to do by and large was sober up, flash a smile and flick his eyes and everyone had gone again. You can see that in the funeral scenes – everyone’s forgiven him. Everyone’s forgiven that he’s thrown his life away. Ultimately they go, ‘Well he’s lived life the way he wants to live it, he’s died early and he did it his way.’ By Kevin O’Briencenter_img Share Tweet Email http://the42.ie/3246024 24,174 Views Saturday 18 Feb 2017, 7:10 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Watch Enda Kenny teach a US reporter how to pronounce Taoiseach

first_img Short URL By Daragh Brophy Source: UK Telegraph/YouTubeHE MAY HAVE only weeks left in the role of Ireland’s most senior politician – but Enda Kenny was keen to let viewers in the US know exactly what he does for a living, as he encountered a local TV reporter on duty in Philadelphia.The Fine Gael leader began his week of US St Patrick’s engagements in the City of Brotherly Love yesterday.Asked how to pronounce his title by the American reporter, the former primary school teacher replied with a well-rehearsed sounding lesson:You say it very well – it’s Taoiseach… It’s an old Gaelic word for leader or chieftain. Monday 13 Mar 2017, 3:07 PM So if you want to pronounce it in phonetics it will be t-h double-e – so ‘thee’ ‘shoc’. So – ‘theeshoc’.“Say it again now for the television,” the Taoiseach exhorted, staring down the camera lens.10 out of 10! Share Tweet Email4 Source: Maryann Vaughn/Twitter Watch Enda Kenny teach a US reporter how to pronounce ‘Taoiseach’ “Say it again now for the television!” 60 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article The Prime Minister of Ireland, Enda Kenny at the Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade. #Taoiseach #Fox29Irish pic.twitter.com/3Q4YgBNpLQ— Maryann Vaughn (@MaryannVaughn) March 13, 2017 http://jrnl.ie/3284954 Around 20,000 people from over 200 groups took part in the Philadelphia St Patrick’s parade yesterday.According to Fox 29, the Irish in the city have been marking the celebration since 1771. Source: Jeff Cole/TwitterTheJournal.ie’s political reporter Christina Finn will be bringing you all the latest updates from Enda Kenny’s visit to Washington this week, including his meeting with US President Donald Trump on Thursday.Stay up-to-date by following @ChristinaFinn8, @TJ_Politics  and TheJournal.ie’s Facebook page. Read: Niagara Falls went green last night >Read: Online voting could be introduced as part of Irish diaspora vote > 46,228 Views Mar 13th 2017, 3:07 PM last_img read more

The Ministry of Labour and National Insurance CBTUC Strike Action

first_img Related Items:bahams, Obie Ferguson, trade union congress Recommended for you CROSSING BORDERS! Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Albury’s Ferry Service Donates $10,400 to Abaco Pathfinders. Women Parliamentarians “Steadfast and Immovable” on Equality Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas – The Ministry of Labour and National Insurance (ML&NI) is extremely concerned with a number of public statements made in the print and electronic media regarding the possibility of strike action by trade unions associated with the Commonwealth of the Bahamans Trade Union Congress. The Government remains committed to the concept of partnership with all trade unions and will keep the channels of communication open for discussions with trade union leaders.In an effort to update the public and clarify any misconceptions resulting from the public statements made by Mr. Obie Ferguson, President of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas Trade Union Congress (CBTUC) regarding a pending strike by affiliates of the CBTUC, the ML&NI can confirm that the following trade unions and association have matters before the Industrial Tribunal pursuant to the provisions of the Industrial Relations Act 1970:• The Bahamas Industrial Manufacturers and Allied Workers Union,• The Bahamas Nurses Union,• The Commonwealth Union of Hotel Services and Allied Workers,• The Bahamas Hotel Managerial Association,• The Bahamas Customs Immigration Allied Workers Union,• The Bahamas Educators Managerial UnionOn May 6th, 2014, in The Tribune, President Ferguson was quoted as saying“…. there is nothing the government can do to stop the withdrawal of labour of hundreds of unionized and non-unionized workers in the coming days”. The ML&NI wishes to refute this statement and remind President Ferguson and affiliates of the CBTUC of the provisions of Section 77 (1) of the Industrial Relations Act Chapter 321 of the Statute Laws of The Bahamas which states;“No employee shall go on strike and no employer shall declare a lock-out, and no union or member of the executive committee or other governing body of a union shall call a strike or declare a lock-out in consequence of a trade dispute while proceedings taken in relation to that dispute are pending before the Tribunal or the Court of Appeal.”As stated in the Ministry’s press statement published on Thursday, 28th August 2014 in The Tribune, The Nassau Guardian and broadcast on various radio stations, any strike action taken by the above mention trade unions and or associations, while the dispute was before the Tribunal constitutes a breach of section 77 and is deemed a criminal offence as stated by Supreme Court Justice Maynard in his judgment in Commonwealth Electrical Workers Union v The Minister of Labour and Immigration and Another FP/PUB/jrv/0001/2006 where he states at paragraph 31:“……then it appears to me that under section 77, a trade dispute proceedings are pending before the Industrial Tribunal and in these circumstances it would be an offence for any employee to go on strike or for any union or member of the executive committee or governing body of the union to call a strike”In the same Tribune article, President Ferguson was quoted in the second paragraph as saying:“……. a mass rally, tonight will inform the workers why the union has decided to strike and also to decide on which days the strike will be called”The ML&NI is most concerned of the implications of President Ferguson’s statement, wherein he appears to be calling members of a number of trade unions and associations, which are affiliated with the CBTUC, to take strike action when he is aware of the contents of section 74(3) of the Industrial Relations Act. Finally, the ML&NI wishes to caution President Ferguson regarding his statement in the Tribune’s article where he was quoted as saying:“The purpose of this meeting is to inform the workers as to the issues are and for them to understand there needs to be a recess of about two to three days. We will also make the determination tonight when they will strike.”As a leading Trade Unionist, President Ferguson must be mindful of the provisions ofSection 74(2) of the Act which states:It shall not be lawful for any person or any trade union to declare, instigate, incite others to take part in or otherwise act in furtherance of, a strike or lock-out when there is not in relation to the matter in question a trade dispute in relation to which all the conditions of subsection (1) have been satisfied.The instigation or incitement of members to take part in or in furtherance of a strike when the matter is before the Industrial Tribunal would be in contravention of the relevant provisions of the Act. The ML&NI supports all workers and will continue to defend their rights to take part and participate in lawful demonstrations and strike action pursuant to the statutes laws of The Bahamas and Judgments of the Court. President Ferguson is reminded that all employees and employers are subject to the laws as expressed by Justice Maynard in paragraph 9 of his ruling in Commonwealth Electrical Workers Union v The Minister of Labour and Immigration and AnotherThe ML&NI anticipates that the Trade Disputes referred to the Industrial Tribunal regarding affiliates of the CBTUC will be scheduled for a hearing and resolved in an amicable manner in the shortest possible time but is prepared, even at this stage, to enter into discussions with Mr. Ferguson and his Team, at any convenient date and time, in an effort to resolve the matters in an amicable fashion. The ML&NI attaches a copy of the judgment of Maynard J (Ag.) in the case of Commonwealth Electrical Workers Union v The Minister of Labour and Immigration and Another.last_img read more

Barcelona announces and deletes Denis Suarezs move to Arsenal

first_imgSpanish giants Barcelona on Friday announced that midfielder Denis Suarez had signed for Arsenal on loan until the summer but has deleted their statement.Unai Emery admitted earlier in January that Arsenal are only able to sign players on loan.“We cannot sign anyone permanently, only loan players this January,” he told 101greatgoals.In a statement earlier published on the club’s website before they deleted it, Barcelona announced Denis Suarez would join Arsenal on loan for the remainder of the 2018/19 season.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.The Nou Camp giants also confirmed that Suarez had signed a new contract set to keep him at the five-time Champions League winners until at least 2021.The statement obtained via 101greatgoals read:“FC Barcelona have also agreed on a loan deal for Suárez with Arsenal for the remainder of the 2018/19 season. The Premier League club will pay the player’s salary during this time and the agreement includes an option to buy.”last_img read more

Fourth of July travelers face highest gas prices in four years

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Gasoline prices are at a four year high for the 4th of July this year, which could affect some drivers who are planning on a holiday getaway.According to the Auto Club of Southern California, gas prices are 77 cents higher per gallon than they were at this time last year. We conducted a random sample of drivers and found some were making adjustments to their travel plans.Lisa Pickern who lives in Mission Hills told us she’s usually up for a road trip to to the San Francisco Bay area, but with gas prices so high, it’s out of the question. “No way,” she said, “I’ll go to the Del Mar Fair on the train. It makes more sense.” We saw Lisa pumping gas at a station where the price for a gallon of regular gas was a head spinning $4.29 a gallon.Daniel Gerber was driving with his wife and two daughters to Disneyland. Gerber is from Dallas, Texas and said he was surprised by the Golden State’s high gas prices. We also stumbled on Daniel Dirsherl, a visitor from Vancouver. Compared with fuel prices in Canada, he called the prices in San Diego, “a reprieve.”At Mission Bay Park, we were invited into a camper where two friends, Dominick D’Aprile and Peter Balistreri were having a beer and a sandwich. “With all the other traffic that’s going to be on the road, all the holidays coming up, I’d much rather stay home – and the gas price does have a lot to do with it, too,” said D’Aprile.Balistreri who owns the camper, a 1993 Winnebago, acknowledged that prices at the pump are higher, but he still plans on taking a few short camping trips this summer. “You pay ’em. You have no choice. It can get expensive, but you have to pay to play,” he said.The app, Gas Buddy, estimates that with the increase in the cost of gas, motorists will fork out an extra $1 billion in gas purchases in the usual four day travel period, compared with the same holiday period in 2017. Posted: July 3, 2018 Fourth of July travelers face highest gas prices in four years Updated: 6:59 PM July 3, 2018center_img Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News FacebookTwitter Sasha Foo, Sasha Foo last_img read more

EXCLUSIVE 23 of benefits professionals hold shares in their employer

first_imgClick to download the full Employee Benefits Salary Survey 2017. EXCLUSIVE: Less than a quarter (23%) of HR and benefits professional respondents hold shares or share options in their current employer, according to research by Employee Benefits.This figure has changed little since the Salary survey was conducted in 2009 and 2008, when 26% and 25% of respondents, respectively, received shares as part of their remuneration package or through an employee share scheme.The Salary survey 2017, which surveyed 249 HR, reward and benefits professionals in December 2016, also found that there is a slight discrepancy between the proportion of respondents who identify as female who hold shares or share options in their organisation (18%) and the proportion of respondents who identify as male (33%).Among all respondents, almost a third (30%) receive shares through an all-employee sharesave scheme, and just over a quarter (26%) receive shares through a long-term incentive plan (L-tip). This figure rises to 42% among male respondents, while 11% of female respondents receive shares through an L-tip.The most common all-employee share incentive plan (Sip) through which all respondents receive shares is one that offers matching shares (21%). This is closely followed by a Sip offering partnership shares (19%). Just over one in 10 (13%) respondents who hold shares in their current employer do so through a Sip offering free shares.last_img read more

Police Man concerning Hollywood family poses no threat

first_imgHOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – The man who made a South Florida family uneasy has been located and identified.A Hollywood mother was concerned for her baby after, she said, a man showed up to her house three times, on three different days.Her home surveillance camera captured his image.She reported the man to the police and showed them the picture. They then located and identified the man and determined that he was not a threat and had no criminal intentions.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Local Veteran Shares His Powerful Story Endorses Dave

first_imgDear Editor,As the towns of Wilmington and Tewksbury prepare to elect the next representative for Middlesex county’s 19th district this coming fall, each candidate’s position regarding prominent issues facing today’s society will be closely scrutinized. And rightfully so. Surely, every candidate will have a meticulously crafted blueprint of how they intend to enhance the quality of life for Wilmington and Tewksbury residents by addressing those issues most inimical to our quality of life. Indeed, fewer societal ills have had a more deleterious impact than that of addiction.Individuals who have not been at least indirectly impacted by addiction are an endangered species today, if not already extinct. Thus what distinguishes the right candidate among a field of qualified political candidates in contemporary society is an innate and refined insight that transcends public policy and humanizes sensitive topics such as this. The towns of Wilmington and Tewksbury need a representative who will not just advocate for them, but will empower them. An individual capable of casting aside the political lens when necessary to meet people where they are at. The right candidate is someone willing to forge quality relationships with constituents while learning exactly what it is that they need at any given point in their lives. And as a veteran of the United States Marine Corps recovering from alcoholism, I consider myself fortunate to have come across one such candidate while volunteering for the late representative James Miceli.I lost my father and my best friend, Raymond C. Spinazola Sr, on March 5, 2014. I had already achieved two weeks of sobriety, and had promised him that I had taken my last drink. But the damage had already been done, as there was a second OUI pending in Woburn District Court, the center of my late father’s social and professional universe. My life was in shambles and I had disgraced his name one final time. A prominent citizen of the city of Woburn, my father had always advised me that one of the keys to a happy and fulfilling life is to become involved and engaged in the community around me. However it would not be until years later, after his death and along the winding road of recovery from alcoholism; that I would learn just how correct he truly was.The most sobering moment of my life was holding my father’s hand as he slowly slipped away. The fear in his eyes was palpable, but what struck me was that his fear was born not of the unknown that accompanied his imminent death. No. What he feared most until his final breath was the possibility that he had failed to instill in me all of the qualities and values that I would need to continue down the path of recovery from alcoholism. Just two weeks after my father’s funeral I was convicted of my second OUI in Woburn District Court. This was my rock bottom. However what I had soon began to realize was that whatever lessons my late father had not succeeded in teaching me during life, he had most assuredly taught me in death. Now in full recovery mode, I was ready to make wholesale lifestyle changes as I elicited strength from these deepest moments of despair. I utilized my father’s death to empower me to seek out the degree of civic engagement that he had spent the final 33 plus years of his life pleading with me to undertake. It was the fall of 2014 when I made a phone call to the late representative James Miceli’s office in order to volunteer for his campaign, and the voice that greeted me on the other end of the line was none other than his chief of staff, David Robertson, who penciled me in to hold signs with other Miceli supporters. But what I didn’t realize at the time was that my road to recovery had just been freshly paved.It soon became apparent to me that David Robertson possesses a keen ability to relate to people. David took the time to learn about me, as well as the journey that is my recovery, and realized the integral role that becoming engaged in my community would play in maintaining my sobriety. David availed him self of every opportunity to seek out additional outlets and avenues for me to get involved in the community and establish new networks of friends, as I continued to adapt to a brand new lifestyle. David referred me to the Wilmington Democratic Committee, where I remain a member today, and it is with the help of David, as well as my family and friends that I was able to expand my network of support while undertaking the greatest battle of my life. This support also extended to members of my family.David did not hesitate to have the department of public health show up to field a concern of my elderly mother’s. He acted as liaison between relatives in search of a home and the housing authority. And even arranged for my fiancé to speak to an immigration attorney to in an effort to allay concerns regarding related to her impending asylum.As I stood there with David holding representative Miceli’s signs at the intersection of route 129 and 38 in the fall of 2014, I could have never fathomed that in just four short years, I would be a licensed certified social worker en route to having achieved 4 years and 4 months of sobriety a mere two weeks away from wedding the love of my life. Perhaps it is fitting that I will be married on Independence Day, as this is the first time in my life that I have truly felt independent.The role of the representative elected this fall is to serve the people of the 19th congressional district, including the towns of Tewksbury and Wilmington, for a two-year term. The representative will, among other duties, strive to introduce bills, formulate resolutions, offer amendments and serve on committees all towards the greater good of the community and the ability of each constituent to obtain a greater quality of life. It is my sincerest hope that whoever is elected to succeed the late representative James Miceli this fall will successfully fulfill all of the aforementioned roles. However it is fact that if elected, David Robertson will continue to have this kind of impact on the lives of those in the community.I’m living proof.Sincerely,Ray Spinazola Jr.WilmingtonLike 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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Tewksbury Republican Committee Attack Robertson Over Wilmington Democratic Committee Chair’s StatementIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Judy O’Connell Addresses Allegations Of Federal Tax Liens On Her HomeIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Voting Records Show Prinzivalli Voted Only Once Before Launching Candidacy; Campaign DisputesIn “Government”last_img read more

Wharfedale Linton Heritage Oldschool looks newschool sound

first_img 2 Share your voice The Wharfedale Linton Heritage speakers Wharfedale Back in the day, speakers that had any credibility with audiophiles were big, and Wharfedale’s revitalized Linton Heritage delivers the sort of big-speaker bravura that pint-size speakers never muster. Small speakers can be good, but not as good as this.The Wharfedale Linton is a speaker with a history that dates back to 1965. The design was updated and revised a few times before it was discontinued in the early 1980s.The Linton Heritage is a bona-fide three-way design with an 8-inch (200mm) woven Kevlar woofer, 5-inch (135mm) woven Kevlar midrange, and 1-inch (25mm) soft fabric-dome tweeter. These drivers were designed exclusively for the Linton Heritage; no other Wharfedale speakers use them. The rear panel hosts two large bass ports and high-quality speaker binding posts. The big and beautifully finished cabinet measures 22.2 by 11.8 by 13 inches (565 by 300 by 330mm) and it weighs 40.5 pounds (18.4 kg).The Linton Heritage’s medium-density fiberboard/chipboard sandwich cabinet construction is unusual. You see, most speaker cabinets are solid medium-density fiberboard. By contrast the Linton’s chipboard mix of large and small chips in a resin base forms a “lossy” path for sound to pass through. Wharfedale claims panel resonances in a chipboard cabinet tend to be widely distributed over multiple frequencies and are lower in level than what’s heard from MDF cabinets. The result is reportedly cleaner sound from the drivers. The Linton Heritage’s real wood veneers in walnut or red mahogany are stunning. Even the back and bottom panels of the speaker are veneered.Impedance is rated at 6 ohms but dips down to a minimum of 3.5 ohms; the Linton Heritage should be used with amplifiers designed to work with low-impedance speakers.The optional, steel speaker stands perfectly complement the look of the Lintons and I like that these 17-inch-tall (432mm) mounts can handily store 50 or so LPs.Wharfedale speakers are designed and engineered in England, but the parent company, International Audio Group, is in Shenzhen, China. Wharfedale manufacturers every part of the Linton in their 1.5 million square foot factory in Jiangxi Province, China. Relaxing with the LintonsA comfortable-sounding speaker, the Linton Heritage sounds sweet at all volume levels. If you’ve never lived with a speaker as large as these you don’t know what you’ve been missing.From the look of it you might expect the Linton Heritage to sound “old,” or just polite, but I assure you, it sounds like a 21st-century design, one with a lot of “slam.” Lintons can party like it’s 2019.I used the Linton Heritage with a few different power amps: a Bel Canto REF500S, Schiit Aegir and a First Watt F7. The speakers are best when placed angled in toward the main listening position. While I generally prefer listening to speakers with their grilles removed, the Linton Heritages were at their best with grilles in place.  Indie rockers Cracker’s Garage d’Or album demonstrated the Linton Heritage’s stamina under pressure. I pushed the volume higher and higher and heard no complaints from the speakers, the funky-cum-rootsy rock just sounded better and better. Bass was deep, deftly handled, and kicked like a mule on Moby’s Play album. The Linton Heritage may look like a traditional British speaker from the 1960s or ’70s, but it sounded thoroughly modern.Sofia Gubaidulina plays classical accordion with abandon on the Killing of the Sacred Deer film soundtrack, and her music fully energized the Linton Heritages. The score is at times moody, disturbing and thrilling. The recording’s sound quality is superb, the Linton Heritages made that abundantly clear. Still, they don’t have the transparency of a Magnepan .7 panel speaker, but the Linton Heritage’s bass punch clobbers both the .7s and the Revel Concerta2 M16 bookshelf speakers I reviewed last week. (That one’s sweeter treble betters the Linton Heritage’s however.) The Lintons’ soundstage never felt cramped, and center focus was spot-on.Vocals on the a cappella group the Persuasions’ Grateful Dead tribute album, Might As Well, had equal helpings of body and soul. The Linton Heritage treats midrange well, but then again it’s a three-way design with a midrange driver. That’s a rarely seen feature on speakers in the Linton Heritage’s price class. The Wharfedale Linton Heritage sells for $1,198 per pair in the US, £999 in the UK; while the optional steel stands run $300 per pair and £100 in the UK. If the Lintons are too big or expensive, check out my Wharfedale Denton review — they sell for $899 a pair in the US and £549 in the UK. Speakers Home Entertainment Tags The Audiophiliac Commentslast_img read more

Rescue operation resumes in hilly districts

first_imgRescure operation is being conducted in the lanslide-hit area on Tuesday. Photo: Focus BanglaThe fire service has resumed rescue operation for searching missing people after landslides hit the three hilly districts on Monday night.The fire service with local people resumed the operation on Wednesday morning hours after it suspended operation due to bad weather and disrupted communication.Bangladeshi fire fighters search for bodies after a landslide in Bandarban on June 13, 2017. Heavy monsoon rains have killed at least 46 people in southeast Bangladesh, most of them buried under landslides, authorities said on June 13. AFPMeanwhile, more than 126 people died and many missing in separate landslides triggered by heavy monsoon rains in Rangamati, Bandarban and Chittagong districts. As much as 98 people, including four army men, were killed in Rangamati district alone.Bangladeshi fire fighters and residents search for bodies after a landslide in Bandarban on July 13, 2017. Heavy monsoon rains have killed at least 46 people in southeast Bangladesh, most of them buried under landslides, authorities said on July 13. AFPRangamati deputy commissioner Mohammad Manjarul Mannan told Prothom Alo that the rescue operation resumed at 8:00am on Wednesday that was suspended on Tuesday night due to adverse weather. The death toll may rise as many people are still missing in the areas, he added. Army personnel requesting people to evacuate a hilly area in Rangamati’s Manikchhari on Tuesday. Photo: Supriyo Chakmalast_img read more

UPDATE Barbara Bush In Great Spirits And Resting Comfortably Granddaughter Says

first_imgA First Lady with her own style (and a love for Downton Abbey) Bush is known for her white hair and her triple-strand fake pearl necklace.Her brown hair began to gray in the 1950s, while her 3-year-old daughter Pauline, known to her family as Robin, underwent treatment for leukemia and eventually died in October 1953. She later said dyed hair didn’t look good on her and credited the color to the public’s perception of her as “everybody’s grandmother.”Her pearls sparked a national fashion trend when she wore them to her husband’s inauguration in 1989. The pearls became synonymous with Bush, who later said she selected them to hide the wrinkles in her neck. The candid admission only bolstered her common sense and down-to-earth public image.Barbara Bush has also devoted much of her time to literacy programs and is a fan of the PBS’ show Downton Abbey.  She held a conversation about the show years ago  with Houston Public Media’s Ernie Manouse and explained why the story and characters resonated for her. Watch it below: The LATEST on former First Lady Barbara Bush: NBC’s Today Show video imageJenna Bush Hager, grandfather of former First Lady Barbara Bush, and daughter of former president George W. Bush, talks about her grandmother’s health on NBC’s Today Show, on April 16th, 2018“She’s a fighter. She’s an enforcer,” Hager said, using the family’s nickname for her grandmother. “We’re grateful for her, for everybody’s prayers and thoughts, and just know the world is better because she is in it.”“We are grateful for her. She’s the best grandma anybody could have ever had … or have,” she said.Bush is one of only two first ladies who was also the mother of a president. The other was Abigail Adams, wife of John Adams, the nation’s second president, and mother of John Quincy Adams, the sixth president.Bush married George H.W. Bush on Jan. 6, 1945. They had six children and have been married longer than any presidential couple in American history.Eight years after she and her husband left the White House, Mrs. Bush stood with her husband as their son George W. was sworn in as the 43rd president.Hager said the former president “still says, ‘I love you Barbie’ every night,” describing their grandparents’ close relationship as “remarkable.”McGrath said Bush was concerned more for her family than herself.“It will not surprise those who know her that Barbara Bush has been a rock in the face of her failing health, worrying not for herself — thanks to her abiding faith — but for others,” he said.President Donald Trump’s press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said in a statement Sunday evening that “the President’s and first lady’s prayers are with all of the Bush family during this time.” Her 93-year-old husband, the nation’s 41st president who served from 1989 to 1993, also has had health issues in recent years. In April 2017, he was hospitalized in Houston for two weeks for a mild case of pneumonia and chronic bronchitis. He was hospitalized months earlier, also for pneumonia. He has a form of Parkinson’s disease and uses a motorized scooter or a wheelchair for mobility.Before being president, he served as a congressman, CIA director and Ronald Reagan’s vice president.Barbara Pierce Bush was born June 8, 1925, in Rye, New York. Her father was the publisher of McCall’s and Redbook magazines. She and George H.W. Bush married when she was 19 and while he was a young naval aviator. After World War II, the Bushes moved to Texas where he went into the oil business.Along with her memoirs, she’s the author of  “C. Fred’s Story” and “Millie’s Book,” based on the lives of her dogs. Proceeds from the books benefited adult and family literacy programs. The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy began during her White House years with the goal of improving the lives of disadvantaged Americans by boosting literacy among parents and their children. The foundation partners with local programs and had awarded more than $40 million as of 2014 to create or expand more than 1,500 literacy programs nationwide. – / 9 Former First Lady Barbara Bush, who was reported in “failing health” over the weekend, is in “great spirits” and the family is grateful for “everybody’s prayers and thoughts,” her granddaughter said Monday.Bush family spokesman Jim McGrath said in a news release Sunday that “Mrs. Bush, now age 92, has decided not to seek additional medical treatment and will instead focus on comfort care” at home in Houston following consultations with her doctors and family.McGrath did not elaborate on the nature of Bush’s health problems but on Monday said she’s suffered in recent years from congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. She also has been treated for decades for Graves’ disease, which is a thyroid condition, had heart surgery in 2009 for a severe narrowing of her main heart valve and was hospitalized a year before that for surgery on a perforated ulcer.Jenna Bush Hager, an anchor on NBC’s “Today” show, told the program Monday morning that Bush is resting comfortably with family. Sharelast_img read more

British national with satellite phone detained at airport

first_imgKolkata: A British national was detained by the Central Industrial Security Force at Kolkata Airport on Thursday for carrying a satellite phone.He was later handed over to the police. The officers at NSCBI Police Station seized the satellite phone.Around 3.30 pm on Thursday, the 33-year-old British national, Prior Mathew, was detained at the airport after the CISF personnel found a satellite phone in his handbag. It was found during the pre-embarkation security check through X-BIS machine in the Security Hold Area at the airport. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSub-inspector Ved Prakash of CISF detected the satellite phone from Mathew’s handbag. He was supposed to travel from Kolkata to Delhi by an Air India flight. He was scheduled to take a connecting flight to Hong Kong from Delhi.According to police sources, the satellite phone was seized as its use is ban in India. He was allowed to go following discussions over the matter with the British Consulate in Kolkata.All documents related to the satellite phone have to be produced before the police. They are looking into the legal provisions in this connection and would further speak to Mathew to get details about the satellite phone that was found in his possession. It may be mentioned that the CISF personnel maintain strict vigil at the airport and have taken Mathew to the police immediately after the satellite phone was found.last_img read more

FriendO a quiz app with NSFW questions goes viral with teens

first_imgImage: composite/friendo appBy Karissa Bell2017-11-21 00:48:04 UTC Image: friendo Though FriendO is geared towards younger teens — the app’s terms of service state that users are required to be 13 or older — there are some NSFW “categories” of questions that any user can unlock by inviting three friends to join the app.One, called “MSFK” — short for “marry, sex, friend, kill — quizzes users on what they’d rather do with a given celebrity. Another R-rated category, simply called “dirty,” has questions like “In bed, I am..” and “if forced to, I’d rather watch a gross porno starring…” (one of the available answers includes “my 7th grade math teacher”).  Image: FriendOcenter_img There’s a new “quiz app” going viral with teens that’s a lot more NSFW than tbh.Called FriendO, the app lets users compete in “quizzes” to find out who their “real friends” are — and teens are going crazy for it.Sort of like a non-anonymous version of tbh, which Facebook acquired last month, FriendO has been climbing up the App Store charts over the last month.The app has a number of “categories” that friends can quiz each other on, such as what their favorite foods and sports are, or other personality traits. Users take turns answering questions about each other, and they’re then ranked in an in-app leaderboard, which shows their scores. “See if Johnny really knows what you like to eat, or if Becca really knows your favorite sports team,” the app writes in its App Store description. “Only real friends will move up each others’ FriendO ranking board!” It’s not clear what, if anything, the app does to screen these questions for younger users. When you select a question from one of the NSFW categories, the app does ask for the other person’s permission before showing them the question, but it doesn’t appear to restrict content from younger users if both sides opt in. This only seems to have helped FriendO’s popularity, though, with many reviewers specifically calling out the “dirty” categories in their reviews. And the app is among the most popular apps in the App Store right now. It’s currently ranked number five in social media apps and last week reached the #15 position for all apps (it’s currently sitting at #46). While the app’s shoddy design — its in-app icons look like they were pulled straight from a generic app-creation template — make it tempting to label FriendO as a generic ripoff of tbh, the app actually predates tbh by about a year. About 84 percent of its 580,000+ downloads have come in the month of November alone, according to app analytics provided by app marketing firm Sensor Tower.Still, FriendO appears to have benefited from the success of tbh — the app only began taking off in the App Store and Google Play in the last month, around the time tbh was acquired by Facebook. It’s not clear who is behind the app. FriendO’s website is little more than a landing page with links to its iOS and Android app, as well as terms of service. A link to the app’s blog returns an error message. Messages sent to the app’s Twitter account and support email were unanswered at the time of this writing. Whoever it is, though, seems to have a winning formula with teens who are using the app as yet another way to “gamify” their friendships and find out what others think of them.last_img read more

5 horrifyingly violent video games to keep away from your kids

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite 3-  Grand Theft Auto V4- Saints Row IV5-  The Last of UsNot on the list because your kids should never be allowed to play it: The Witcher 3 – The Hunt. This is an adults only game with strong nudity and sexual content.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Like books, movies, TV shows and any other form of popular entertainment, video games run a wide gamut of child-appropriateness. Most parents don’t know the content of the games their children are playing and this may cause the kids to get more ‘vibed’ up or aggressive towards their siblings.Here are 5 games you should keep an eye out for and not buy them for your children due to blood, sexual themes, strong language, and use of alcohol and violence.1 Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag2- Deadpoollast_img read more

Dont adopt Greyhounds to go hunting

first_imgThe Animal Anti-Cruelty League (AACL) has adorable kittens and two Greyhound dogs that are looking for loving, caring homes. The Greyhounds, which are also called “hunting dogs”, have a beautiful nature and would make ideal family pets, especially if there are children. “If anyone thinks they can use these dogs for hunting, then rather don’t adopt them, because they are loving dogs that need to be in a good home,” says Annamarie. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite A Siberian Husky male was found by RTI recently. If this is your dog, please contact the league as soon as possible.Lost dogs: 1. A Poodle named Noopi has gone missing, last seen in Harrismith Road. 2.Last week, a car was stolen in the CBD area with a miniature Poodle inside.It is believed that the Poodle was dropped off in Harrismith Road and that someone picked it up and took it to a new home. 3.A black and white Fox Terrier has also gone missing from Harrismith Road.A special thank you to Pierre Massyn and TFS for donating dog food to the league. If anyone is interested in donating animal food, please contact Annamarie on 076-151-1784.last_img read more

Art Briles is officially back in football Update No hes not

first_imgWell, in a vague statement, the Commissioner of the CFL is saying they might need to pump the brakes on this hire. We’ll keep you posted.CFL statement on the hiring of Art Briles. pic.twitter.com/s8Oz1QQl3S— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) August 28, 2017 8:30 pm Update:The CFL office has stepped in and canceled the Briles hiring. A statement from the league:“Art Briles will no longer be joining the Hamilton Tiger-Cats as a coach. We came to this decision this evening following a lengthy discussion between the league and the Hamilton organization. We wish Mr. Briles all the best in his future endeavours.”6PM Update: AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatixcenter_img Original article (11AM ET):Art Briles is back.The CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats announced Monday the former Baylor and Houston head coach has been hired as its assistant head coach for offense.The Tiger-Cats, off to an 0-8 start this season, named former Hawaii and SMU head coach June Jones as their head coach last week.Briles spent the 2016 season out of football after being fired from Baylor for his role in the wide-ranging sexual assault saga that engulfed the football program and the entire university. (Briles has denied any personal knowledge of such cases and apologized to a handful of victims.) He was linked unofficially to Florida Atlantic, where his son Kendal is the Owls’ offensive coordinator, but the Hamilton hiring is his first official appointment inside the game of football post-Baylor.Meanwhile, the first of the Ti-Cats’ two women’s clinics is today.Huddles & Heels Women’s Football Clinic + Huddles & Heels Swag + 2 Home Game Tickets = JUST $85!SIGN UP > tickets@ticats.ca pic.twitter.com/I4LvZfE8vS— Hamilton Tiger-Cats (@Ticats) August 26, 2017Briles has spent his downtime sorting through the myriad of lawsuits by Baylor victims that named him alongside his former employer. As that process has begun to untangle itself, Briles’s attorney predicted he would be back in football — American-style — for the 2018 season.“There’s no question this is one step toward him getting back into coaching,” Mark Lanier said after Briles was unnamed as a defendant in a suit by Tevin Elliott rape victim Jasmin Hernandez. “He did not want to get back into coaching until he finished through the legal system.”Hamilton’s season concludes Nov. 3, theoretically allowing Briles to stick his toe back in the theoretical water before college and NFL jobs come open this winter.As always, stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest.last_img read more

Tourism revenue down in March

first_imgRevenue from tourism declined to €96.6m in March 2019 from €110m in the same month last year, a decrease of 12.2 per cent, the Statistical Service said on Friday.Between January and March 2019 revenue from tourism stood at €188.6m compared with €201.1m in the corresponding period in 2018, a decrease of 6.2 per cent.Spending per person per stay declined marginally to €568.19 from €572.48 in March 2018 while expenditure per person from January until March 2019 reached €527.64 compared with €544.36 in the same period in 2018, a decrease of 3.1 per cent.The average length of stay remained the same as last year at 8.3 days.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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