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Louisiana Man Dies During Underwater Marriage Proposal

first_imgThe Department of State confirmed on Friday that a U.S. tourist had died in Tanzania, but did not provide other details. A moment of celebration quickly turned into heartbreak for a Baton Rouge, Louisiana-area couple who were vacationing in Tanzania.Kenesha Antoine says her boyfriend, Steven Weber, died while trying to propose to her as he was underwater at a beach.According to Antoine, they were vacationing at a cabin with a submerged bedroom that including windows looking out into the water.In a video shared by Antoine, Weber can be seen swimming up to the glass to show Antoine handwritten messages which turned out to be a marriage proposal. Toward the end of the video, Weber pulls out a ring and Antoine yells, “yes!” Weber then swims out of frame, but his girlfriend says he did not return to the surface.Antoine’s Facebook post says, “Yes, we were, my perfect love, my angel, my soul. Yes, we were, and I will carry the blessing of the love we shared with me forever. I will find you and marry you in the next lifetime, and the next, and the next, and the next… I love you so much, and I always will.”last_img read more

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BRING ON THE DUBS: DONEGAL WILL PLAY DUBLIN IN ALL-IRELAND SEMI-FINAL

first_imgBring on the Dubs!! We want revenge!!It’s the game the whole country wants to see, and now they’re going to get their wish, Donegal will play Dublin in the All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park on the 31st of August.Dublin were simply awesome this evening, as they easily disposed of the challenge presented by Monaghan.Dublin ran out 17 point winners over the men from the Farney County on a scoreline of 2-22 to 0-11, in a frightening display of attacking prowess. It was a close opening quarter, but once Diarmaid Connolly found the back of the net in the 25th minute there was no looking back.They simply outclassed Monaghan for the remainder of the match and in truth should have won by more.Earlier in the afternoon, Donegal won an epic quarter-final against Armagh, they trailed with two minutes to go, but two super scores from Michael Murphy and Patrick McBrearty edged Donegal over the line and set-up a mouth-watering clash with Dublin.The All-Ireland champions of 2012 now face the All-Ireland champions of 2013 in what promise to be one of the most fascinating games in years. Will Donegal adopt the claustrophobic defensive strategy they employed in that infamous semi-final in 2011??So many questions will be asked over the next three weeks as the excitement builds towards what will be a truly epic semi-final.We can’t wait for it, and I’m sure you can’t either, the scramble for tickets will begin now.There will be a double header of Donegal v Dublin matches, as Declan Bonner’s minor side will face Dublin earlier the same day.It promises to be some occasion, and how sweet would it be to beat the Dubs TWICE in the one day at Croker. Let’s dare to dream.Well done to Jim and the boys on their brilliant win earlier this evening.Oh I remember that summer in Dublin, let’s hope so.Tir Chonaill Abú. BRING ON THE DUBS: DONEGAL WILL PLAY DUBLIN IN ALL-IRELAND SEMI-FINAL was last modified: August 10th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:All-Ireland semi-finalAugust 31stCroke ParkdonegalDouble-headerdublinHome-page SportMinorsnewslast_img read more

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Why the book on A’s pitcher keeps changing

first_imgBefore a recent game, with the music blaring inside Oakland’s clubhouse, A’s pitcher Liam Hendriks reached into his locker and grabbed two of his favorite things.A ball and glove?Not quite. As his teammates thumbed their smart phones or played cards on a nearby table, Hendriks picked up his noise-cancelling headphones and a hardback copy of “Morning Star” by Pierce Brown, a 2016 science fiction novel that’s the third in Brown’s Red Rising trilogy.“I like to immerse myself in books,” Hendriks …last_img

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The force behind SA’s free varsity

first_img21 July 2005Words such as beautiful, wonderful, unbelievable, joyful and love trip off his lips with such ease, yet you know they have deep meaning for Taddy Blecher, the chief executive of Cida City Campus university.One of the founding members of Cida, South Africa’s almost-free tertiary institution in downtown Johannesburg, Blecher is clearly the spark that makes this audacious dream a success.Blecher (38) describes himself as “a great lover of life and human potential” and “a believer in dreams”. Cida must be one of his greatest dreams.Started back in 2000 with 250 students and no equipment, it now has 1 300 students from poor backgrounds, youngsters who had little other hope of attending university.The first 83 students graduated from Cida in May 2004 with Bachelor of Business Administration degrees. For the moment the university will only offer this degree, with an emphasis on entrepreneurship.Students pay R350 for the first year and R150 a month in the following three years, about 7% of what they would pay at other universities. They also contribute to the running of the university by helping with cleaning, maintaining computers and working in the administration offices.Cida also receives sponsorship from the private sector, with some of the country’s major corporates – Investec, FNB, MTN, DaimlerChrysler SA and T-Systems – augmenting its coffers. Some of their top executives also give lectures.Five years down the lineFive years down the line, the institution owns four inner city buildings, all donated, has books worth R100-million, 1 400 computers, and has just trained 1 500 call centre agents from Soweto and Diepkloof in its latest venture, Cida ConnectLab. The call centre company Connectivity was donated to Cida.In February 2003 an ICT Academy was opened, sponsored by leading information and communication technology companies, with an initial enrolment of 121 students. The academy now has 321 students.The Dalai Lama sponsors a student. US talk show host Oprah Winfrey sponsors 10 students and has donated money for a student residence to be built at Cida Park. Richard Branson is planning to fund a School of Entrepreneurship. Other international funders include Suze Orman and JP Morgan.In 2002 Cida won the grand prix award in the Age of Innovation competition for the most innovative organisation in South Africa. In the same year the Commonwealth Secretariat appointed the university to serve as a Regional Centre of Excellence in Higher Education.Stars in mind, feet on the groundBlecher tells the story of how he discovered the stars as a three-year-old. On a trip into the country he ran outside one night and looked up into the sky, and saw a night full of stars.“It was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. They became my friends,” he says. Back in the city, he looked for the stars in the murky Joburg sky but couldn’t see them, and rushed to his mother, asking where they had gone.He takes this as the point where he focused on “creating a wonderful world” for himself.But this does not mean that his feet are not firmly on the ground. “I have made tons of mistakes. I don’t get overshadowed by stuff, if something failed at least I tried. But I am a realist and optimist.”He says he used to be terrified of public speaking, a claim that’s hard to believe. I have been to Cida on two occasions where he took the podium, and both times I heard people alongside me saying they were so inspired, they were going to give up their jobs to work at Cida.“I used to be sick for three weeks in anticipation of a speech,” Blecher says. But then he made a sudden realisation. “I was trying to be like somebody else, but then I decided to just be myself, for better or for worse.” In addition, he only talks about things that are meaningful and uplifting – not hard when it comes to Cida’s story.He’s come so far in public speaking that The Star newspaper acknowledged him in 2002 as one of the top 100 people who made the headlines: “An inspirational speaker whose incredible story made every major publication in South Africa.”From actuary to activistAfter matric Blecher’s father offered him two options at university: medicine or actuarial science. He qualified as an actuary, picking up several awards, including the Liberty Life Gold Medal for the top actuarial honours student in the country.He worked as an actuary for a number of years and was voted consultant of the year three consecutive times at Monitor Company. But the world of numbers and money became too much, and a change of direction was precipitated in 1995 by a R1.3-million job offer in the US.He had bought his air ticket and had packed up his life, but changed his mind.He puts this down to something spiritual, a depth of belief that a better world, free of suffering, is possible. “I am very driven by spirituality – you begin to weave and God will provide the thread.”A week later he was in a township for the first time in his life. He spent five years in Alexandra and Soweto, helping school kids pass their matric exams.That led to other problems. Kids came back to him, saying they could not afford tertiary education and couldn’t get jobs.So the idea of Cida was born, with students taking the skills they have acquired back to the rural areas. Blecher estimates that about 900 000 people have benefited from students passing on those skills. This is real empowerment, he says.Lessons learnedHas he learned from the students? Without a doubt. “I have learned about the unbelievable ability to share, from people who have almost nothing. Also, their incredible tenacity and courage, how they sacrifice and how they motivate themselves. And how to be happy – these have been very joyful times.”What have the students learned from him? “He’s a great leader, a good negotiator, to get funding, the best lecturers for us,” says a fourth-year student. “I have enjoyed it here every step of the way.”A third-year student agrees: “Taddy Blecher is a star, more than the President, he’s everything, a friend, a mother, beyond what I can describe him. He means everything to me.”So, where does he get his energy? “I meditate twice a day, I walk, I do yoga.” He gets up at 5am and spends two hours meditating, repeating the process in the evenings. He learned to meditate as a 10-year-old, he says.Besides this, Blecher says he has “an unbelievable passion, love and excitement for what we’re doing for this country. What I do is not work.”He also believes passionately in the power of education. For every R1 that is put into education, up to R200 goes into the hands of the poor, he says. For every 120 students who get jobs, R10-million goes directly to disadvantaged families.“Education is about wisdom. It is not just content but also discipline, love, caring and support,” he maintains.He won the Global Leader of Tomorrow Award from the World Economic Forum in 2002 and again in 2005. Yet he see awards as immaterial, only offering further networking and fundraising opportunities. “If I didn’t win them it wouldn’t matter – I truly mean it. I have done just as many things wrong. The awards are more exciting for my mother.”Where does he see himself in 10 years’ time? Probably still with Cida, where there is “still a lot to do”.A model of Cida opened in Cape Town at the beginning of 2005, with plans to open in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape in two years. But otherwise, he would be “having a wonderful time somewhere”. I bet.Source: City of Johannesburg Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Video Tutorial: Cinema 4D Tips and Tricks

first_imgThe following video tutorial shares a TON of useful info for the Cinema 4D designer.If you’re looking to pick up some new Cinema 4D skills and tricks invest 30 minutes into the video tutorial below. Taken as a screencast from the recent “Half Rez” Cinema 4D/motion graphics meetup in Chicago, this C4D tutorial covers a whole lot of ground:Illumination ModelsConstraint Tag (Spring, Parent)Editing SplinesGetting the Axis Out of the WayPreviewing HairRender Splines with Hair MaterialCustom Depth PassBuild Assets in a New FileRay PassesWork in Factors of 10Select Texture Tags & ObjectsSearch BarScroll to First Active ObjectCreate Collapsed Button…and that’s only in the first half.Presenter Chris Schmidt rolls quickly through each of these tips, so having previous familiarity with Cinema 4D is important.Thanks for sharing Chris and Greyscalegorlla!last_img read more

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World Cup 2018: FIFA fines Poland for ‘political and offensive’ banner

first_imgPoland are slated to face Colombia in their second match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, but FIFA have imposed a fine for what happened in their previous match.FIFA said late on Saturday it had fined the Polish Football Association 10,000 Swiss francs ($10,124) for what it said was an offensive banner displayed by Polish fans during their side’s 2-1 World Cup defeat to Senegal on Tuesday.”The FIFA Disciplinary Committee has sanctioned the Polish Football Association with a fine of CHF 10,000 and a warning for the display of a political and offensive banner by Polish fans,” FIFA said in a statement.It did not go into detail about what the offending banner looked like.The Polish Football Association declined to comment.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGEFIFA earlier this week also fined the Mexican Football Federation for what it called “discriminatory and insulting chants” by fans during Mexico’s surprise 1-0 win over Germany last week.It has also opened disciplinary proceedings against the Argentine FA and the Croatian FA for what it said were several crowd disturbance incidents during the two country’s encounter on Thursday.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 – FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEDisciplinary proceedings have been opened by FIFA against Switzerland players Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka too over their goal celebrations during their win on Friday over Serbia at the World Cup.Similar proceedings were opened against the Serbian FA for crowd disturbances and a display of what FIFA said were political and offensive messages by Serbian fans, while the Serbian coach Mladen Krstajic is facing a preliminary FIFA investigation over statements he made after that match.advertisement(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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21 days agoAZ midfielder Fredrik Midtsjø: I was expecting more from Man Utd players

first_imgAZ midfielder Fredrik Midtsjø: I was expecting more from Man Utd playersby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAZ Alkmaar midfielder Fredrik Midtsjø admits he was surprised by how poor Manchester United were last night.Midtsjø featured in last night’s 0-0 Europa League draw.He later told VG, “When you grew up watching United under Sir Alex Ferguson, you used to say it was entertaining for just about every match.”But what we were expecting today was not what I saw. I was expecting more from the boys we faced.”It may be the intensity of the game, that they are missing a bit. It’s a bit too easy to play them out. But it is easy for me to stand here and say it and have made a good fight. We made it difficult for them.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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GFL executive joins forces with Paul Coffey in new waste management company

first_imgTORONTO — An executive with Green For Life Environmental has joined forces with former NHL star Paul Coffey to launch new environmental waste management company Environmental 360 Solutions Inc.Danny Ardellini, who founded National Waste Services which later merged with GFL, will head the new company.He says the company has the expertise and financial backing to become a significant player in the North American environmental waste management industry through acquisitions and internal growth.Toronto-based E360S says it completed its first deal by acquiring Can Pak Environmental Inc., a central Alberta-based business serving residential, commercial and industrial properties.E360S has nearly 100 employees, more than 35 trucks, and two recycling facilities that serve more than 150,000 customers weekly.In addition to the Stanley Cup champion, private equity firm Almada Inc. has also invested in the company.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Navy Coast Guard ships and copters NDRF teams deployed along east coast

first_imgNew Delhi: Navy and Coast Guard ships and helicopters, relief teams of the National Disaster Response Force have been deployed in strategic locations while Army and Air Force units have been put on standby as severe cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ is approaching towards India’s eastern coast, officials said.The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC), the country’s top body to deal with emergency situations, met here Tuesday for the second time in as many days and reviewed the preparedness with the states and departments concerned of the central government to deal with the situation arising out of the cyclonic storm. “The Indian Coast Guard and the Indian Navy have deployed ships and helicopters for relief and rescue operations. The Indian Army and the Indian Air Force units in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal have also been put on standby,” a home ministry official said. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe NDRF is deploying 41 teams in Andhra Pradesh (eight teams), Odisha (28) and West Bengal (five teams) for prepositioning. In addition, the NDRF is keeping on standby 13 teams in West Bengal and 10 in Andhra Pradesh, the official said. A team of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) comprises about 45 personnel. A home ministry statement said based on the decision of the first meeting of the NCMC, headed by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha, the central government has already released advance financial assistance of Rs 1,086 crore to Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal to assist them in undertaking preventive and relief measures. States have issued advisories and are ensuring that fishermen do not venture into the sea. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadThe India Meteorological Department (IMD) has been issuing three hourly bulletins with latest forecast to all the states concerned. The home ministry is also in continuous touch with the state governments and the central agencies concerned. Reviewing the preparedness of the states and central agencies, the cabinet secretary directed that all necessary measures be taken to prevent any loss of life and to keep in readiness essential supplies including food, drinking water and medicines etc, the statement said. He also advised all concerned to make adequate preparations to ensure maintenance of essential services such as power, telecommunications in the event of damages caused to them. During the meeting, officers of all state governments concerned confirmed their preparedness to deal with any emerging situation arising out of the cyclonic storm. The IMD informed that the severe cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ lay centred this afternoon at about 800 kms south of Puri. According to the IMD, it is very likely to intensify further into an extremely severe cyclonic storm during next 24 hours and move northwestwards till May 1 evening and thereafter recurve north-northeastwards and reach Odisha coast by the afternoon of May 3. Ganjam, Gajapati, Khurda, Puri and Jagatsinghpur districts of Odisha, East and West Medinipur, South and North 24 Parganas, Howrah, Hoogly and Kolkata districts of West Bengal, and Srikakulam and Vijayanagram districts of Andhra Pradesh are likely to be affected according to present indications, the statement said. Chief secretaries and principal secretaries of Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal participated in the NCMC Meeting through video conference.last_img read more

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