Colorado theatre shooting suspect was brilliant science student

first_imgJames Eagan Holmes came from a well-tended San Diego enclave of two-story homes with red-tiled roofs, where neighbours recall him as a clean-cut, studious young man of sparing words.Tall and dark-haired, he stared clear-eyed at the camera in a 2004 high school yearbook snapshot, wearing a white junior varsity soccer uniform – No. 16. The son of a nurse, Arlene, and a software company manager, Robert, James Holmes was a brilliant science scholar in college.The biggest mystery surrounding the 24-year-old doctoral student was why he would have pulled on a gas mask and shot dozens of people early on Friday in a suburban Denver movie theatre, as police allege.In the age of widespread social media, no trace of Holmes could be found on Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, Twitter or anywhere on the web. Either he never engaged or he scrubbed his trail.A longtime neighbour in San Diego, where Holmes grew up, remembers only a “shy guy … a loner” from a churchgoing family. In addition to playing soccer at Westview High School, he ran cross country.The bookish demeanor concealed an unspooling life. Holmes struggled to find work after graduating with highest honours in the spring of 2010 with a neuroscience degree from the University of California, Riverside, said the neighbour, retired electrical engineer Tom Mai.Holmes enrolled last year in a neuroscience Ph.D. program at the University of Colorado-Denver but was in the process of withdrawing, said school officials, who didn’t provide a reason.As part of the advanced program in Denver, a James Holmes had been listed as making a presentation in May about Micro DNA Biomarkers in a class named “Biological Basis of Psychiatric and Neurological Disorders.”advertisementIn academic achievement “he was at the top of the top,” recalled Riverside Chancellor Timothy P. White.Holmes concentrated his study on “how we all behave,” White added. “It’s ironic and sad.”From a distance, Holmes’ life appears unblemished, a young man with unlimited potential. There are no indications he had problems with police.Somehow, the acclaimed student and quiet neighbour reached a point where he painted his hair red, called himself “The Joker,” the green-haired villain from the Batman movies, according to New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, who said he had been briefed on the matter.Holmes headed for the theatre in body armour, armed with an assault-style rifle, a shotgun and two Glock handguns, authorities said.Police said he started his attack by tossing a gas canister into the theatre, where he had bought a ticket for the midnight showing of “The Dark Night Rises,” the new Batman movie.A federal law enforcement official, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing probe into the rampage, said Holmes bought each of the four guns from retailers in the last two months.Holmes bought his first Glock pistol in Aurora, Colo., on May 22. Six days later, he picked up a Remington shotgun in Denver. About two weeks later, he bought a .223 caliber Smith & Wesson rifle in Thornton, Colo., and then a second Glock in Denver on July 6 – 13 days before the shooting, the official said.last_img read more

6 killed, 150 injured in train collision in Pakistan

first_imgFrom M ZulqernainLahore, Sep 15 (PTI) At least six people were killed and more than 150 injured today when a Karachi-bound passenger train collided with a freight train near Multan in Pakistans Punjab province.The incident took place near Bucch railway station in Sher Shah area.It occurred when a man reportedly was overrun by a freight train and the driver stopped it to take out the body, said police official Nadir Chattha.In the meantime, Awam Express heading on the same line collided with the stationary goods train. “The Awam Express driver was given the redsignal but he couldnot stop the train in timeand the collisiontook place,” said a senior railways General Manager Javed Anwar, adding an inquiry committee has been constituted to probe the matter.The passenger train whichhit the freight train from the rear was moving reportedlyat aspeed of over 100 km per hour.The collision wrecked the engine and power van, and overturned four bogies of Awam Express, he added.The incident left at least six people dead and wounded over 150, out of which 18 were said to be in serious condition, said rescue official Abdul Jabbar.”Many passengerswere rescued after cutting the coaches. The rescue operation completed in four hours or so and all injured have been shifted to Nishter and other hospitals of Multan,” he said, adding most of the passengers were sleeping at the time of collusion. He said four coaches of the passenger trainhave completely been destroyed in the accident.A delay was initially observed in response by rescue services due to Eid holidays, according to sources. Relief works were also affected as darkness prevailed in the vicinity.advertisementThe passenger train was enroute to Karachi from Peshawar.Meanwhile, authorities have imposed emergency at Multans Nishtar Medical Hospital and Shahbaz Sharif Hospital.Earlier, railway authorities ordered investigations into the accident.Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan expressed their grief over the incident and directed the authorities concerned to provide best medical treatment to the injured. PTI MZ UZM ABH UZMlast_img read more

No buses must be harmed in the making of the Etihad atmosphere

first_img Pinterest Facebook Read more Share on WhatsApp Paul Pogba, improper football man? Illustration: David Squires Twitter features “Great, tell him he’s Pelé and get him back on.” – John Lambie, the football manager behind these legendary words, has died at the age of 77. Those early-1990s instructions, given to a Partick Thistle physio after being told striker Colin McGlashan had concussion and no longer knew who he was, have been attributed to many others, from Brian Clough to Bill Shankly, but it was four-time Thistle boss Lambie who delivered them.LIVE ON BIG WEBSITEJoin Rob Smyth from 7.45pm GMT for hot MBM coverage of Manchester City 3-1 Liverpool, while Paul Doyle will be on hand for Roma 1-2 Barcelona.RECOMMENDED LOOKINGDavid Squires on a week of misery at Manchester City, with a special mention for Paul Pogba’s blue rinse. THE FIVEЯIt’s our not-singing, not-dancing Ethics World Cup Fiver. Out every Thursday lunchtime BST.SUPPORT THE GUARDIANProducing the Guardian’s thoughtful, in-depth journalism – the stuff not normally found in this email, obviously – is expensive, but supporting us isn’t. If you value our journalism, please support us by making a one-off or recurring contribution.FIVER LETTERS“If only we’d known about the ‘missing out on competitions that we’ve already qualified for due to administrators not ticking a box’ option, we could have got the FA to do it two years ago and saved everyone a couple of painful/dull/embarrassing (delete as appropriate) weeks at Euro 2016” – Noble Francis. “I think Marten Allen is on to something (Yesterday’s letters; using team affiliated comedians for post match interviews). They could wheel out Rory McGrath to do the Arsenal ones. Although I suspect it would immediately instigate a heated debate amongst the fan base about whether his past glories in the late 1990’s are enough to compensate for the current weathered, unsuccessful and somewhat apathetic version that seems to simply exist in a state of distressed anxiety these days” – Paul Fowler“Re: Fernando Torres’ noble gesture in yesterday’s bits and bobs: nice try, but I don’t think not getting selected really counts as ‘step[ping] aside for others’. And, as a Liverpool fan, I’ve got no sympathy, you should have stuck with us, just look at what you could have won” – Tim Woods Send your letters to the.boss@theguardian.com. And if you’ve nothing better to do you can also tweet The Fiver. Today’s winner of our prizeless letter o’the day is … Paul Fowler.THE RECAPGet the best of Big Website’s coverage sent direct to your inbox every Friday lunchtime (BST). Has the added bonus of being on time. Sign up here.BITS AND BOBSBarry Bennell, the former football coach who was branded the “devil incarnate” after subjecting junior footballers to hundreds of sexual offences, is appealing against his 30-year prison sentence.Thomas Tuchel has had talks to beNeymar’s bag-man coach of Paris Saint-Germain, but Antonio Conte is in the mix. Having made his first Premier League start at the weekend against Southampton, Reiss Nelson is ready to sign on Arsenal’s dotted line. STILL WANT MORE?Manchester City have “wow” factor but they need a Houdini-style escape, says Daniel Taylor of the big one/damp squib at the Etihad.Virgil van Dijk brings calm and collective spirit to Liverpool’s defence, says Andy Hunter before the expected Etihad “thunderstorm”. Sterling or Sané? Who should be PFA young player of the year? Martin Laurence asks – and answers – the question.Sam Johnstone tells Nick Ames that after a dizzying spell of loans he finally feels settled at Aston Villa. Jordan’s female footballers are taking on attitudes and altitudes, explains Suzanne Wrack. Liverpool, £90m and an Argentinian in demand. It must be the Rumour Mill.Oh, and if it’s your thing … you can follow Big Website on Big Social FaceSpace. And INSTACHAT, TOO!NO WAY BACK! Sport Facebook Share via Email SOMETHING FREAKISHAfter being beaten 3-0 last week by Anfield, Manchester City will attempt to overturn that deficit in a more sedate environment on Tuesday and advance to Big Cup semi-finals. As they look forward to the game, most Citeh fans have been adamant that no buses must be harmed in the making of the atmosphere, because even if the tie is to be lost, basic standards of civilised behaviour must be upheld. The Fiver agrees. Citeh’s owners from the United Arab Emirates know what happens to dissenters. Who should win the Premier League young player of the year award? Topicscenter_img Share on LinkedIn John Lambie, football legend. Photograph: Allsport UK Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Manchester City Pinterest Share on Facebook Liverpool The Fiver Share on Pinterest Twitter Citeh fans’ sense of fair play is perhaps why there was no torchlit parade outside Liverpool’s hotel at 4am this morning, unlike in Tblisi in 1979, when Dinamo supporters arranged such a march before their team’s famous 3-0 victory over a Liverpool side that struggled to stay awake on the pitch and not because Alan Hansen was droning on about diabolical defending. That was one of only five times in Liverpool’s history that they have lost a European match by a three-goal margin. On only one of those occasions were they beaten by a score that would eliminate them today without even extra time. That was in 1966, when Ajax rocked them 5-1 in a stadium containing 65,000 fans who burst out cheering at random moments because dense fog prevented anyone from seeing what was happening.So it is going to take something freakish for Citeh to emerge victorious today. Or maybe just another red card for Sadio Mané. Pep Guardiola is confident that his “exceptional, extraordinary” team can pull it off if they produce Citeh “the perfect game”. Guardiola, of course, will need to pick the right XI and hope the rebuilding of Raheem Sterling has not been undermined by his sudden loss of faith in the winger before the first leg. Jürgen Klopp, meanwhile, hopes that Liverpool are confident in their ability to avoid a collapse now that they have Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson in the side, neither of whom played when Liverpool conceded three goals this season against Watford, Sevilla and West Bleeding Brom. QUOTE OF THE DAY Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Inside Stuttgart: a fallen giant in search of a fresh-faced identity

first_imgBundesliga Stuttgart’s academy motto sits proudly for all of the club’s current young players to see. Photograph: Lara Ingenbleek/The Guardian Share on Twitter Twitter Andreas Schumacher, Stuttgart’s head of soccer education, methodics and individualisation, at work in his office. In the background sits the Mercedes-Benz Arena. Photograph: Lara Ingenbleek/The Guardian Or perhaps not and, somewhat ironically, because of yet more change. In mid-February, and following a humiliating 3-0 loss at Fortuna Düsseldorf, Michael Reschke was sacked as head of sport and replaced by Thomas Hitzlsperger, a member of the 2007 title-winning side and, for the previous year, Stuttgart’s academy director. The 36-year-old former midfielder’s immediate brief was to keep Stuttgart up, and having made the somewhat surprise decision to retain Weinzierl as head coach, he had a quick impact. There was a defeat to Leipzig on the back of a decent display, a credible draw at Werder Bremen and then the hammering of Hannover.Since then Stuttgart have lost at Dortmund and, last Saturday, drew 1-1 with Hoffenheim at home, battling back from 1-0 down to earn a point that maintains the sense that despite sitting 16th – the relegation play-off place – they now at least have a fighting chance of avoiding the drop.For Hitzlsperger, the upturn validates his decision to take on a promotion which puts him in charge of all first-team matters, from managing personnel to overseeing the scouting department. It is a daunting role for someone with little executive experience but also one he could not turn down. “I have history with the club and so I felt it was my duty to help them,” he says. Stuttgart Twitter Pinterest The German Football Association is looking to rectify the situation by building a €150m national training centre in Frankfurt. For Stuttgart specifically, Hitzlsperger took the step last year of appointing former youth player Andreas Schumacher to a new role: head of soccer education, methodics and individualisation. The title may be convoluted but the aim is clear – to formulate an identity that again leads to the academy producing talented players. Or as the academy motto puts it, jung und wild players.“Part of my job is taking care of the coaches,” says Schumacher, who previously also worked as assistant to former head coach Hannes Wolf. “Through them we want to implement a defined philosophy regarding how we train, how we play, how we best nurture every player in the academy. A ‘Stuttgart Way’.”There are 160 players at Stuttgart’s academy, from Under-11s to Under-21s, and all are based at a building at the training ground which opened in 2014 and is split into three levels. On the ground floor are the offices for all staff while on the top floor are the gyms, treatment rooms and saunas. In the basement, meanwhile, are the changing rooms, the entrance to which is lined with photos of Stuttgart’s alumni.The academy players have use of two pitches at the training ground – both of which are split into 30 zones in order to develop their understanding and appreciation of space – and for Hitzlsperger it is hugely important they are on site. “It’s how we sell the club to young players – you train alongside the first-team, see what they do, see what is needed to be part of that setup, and you’re also by the stadium, the place you want to end up. They can literally visualise their path through the ranks.” Pinterest Hitzlsperger was speaking having observed the post-Hannover warm-down session and in between meetings with Weinzierl and others on what was a typically busy day for him, and it quickly becomes clear that for all his genial, understated qualities, there is a steely-eyed focus to the man who became known as ‘Der Hammer’ during a five-year spell at Aston Villa in the early 2000s on account of his ability to hit net-bulging thunderbolts from long-range. Hitzlsperger is determined not only to retain Stuttgart’s Bundesliga status but also stop them getting into this sort of trouble again by establishing a long-term vision at the club based on stability at the top and, crucially, an identity on the pitch based around homegrown talent, something Stuttgart were once renowned for.Sami Khedira, Timo Werner, Antonio Rüdiger, Bernd Leno and Sebastian Rudy are just some of the names who have emerged from the club’s academy, yet they now all play elsewhere. Financial reward and the chance to win honours is partly behind that but there is also a sense within Stuttgart that the club have simply not done enough to retain their brightest prospects. From the players that featured against Hoffenheim, only three have come through the ranks – Andreas Beck, Mario Gomez and captain Christian Gentner, and all three are veterans in their second spell at Stuttgart, figures of a previous, long-ago generation.“At some point, the link between our academy and the first-team broke,” says Hitzlsperger, born in Bavaria but now very much an adopted Swabian having made 172 appearances for Stuttgart between 2005-2010, helping clinch that title 12 years ago. “We’ve had the players but they’ve moved on and the fans are asking questions. ‘Why is Rudy at Schalke?’ ‘Why was Leno allowed to move to Bayer Leverkusen?’ ‘How has Serge Gnabry ended up Bayern when he was born in Stuttgart?’ I was academy director for 12 months and one of my priorities in my new role is making sure we integrate more of our young players into the first team. That’s part of our DNA.” features Facebook Pinterest Facebook Facebook Stuttgart’s Steven Zuber, left, battles for possession with Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho during a recent Bundesliga fixture. Sancho is the type of young talent that Germany is struggling to produce right now, according to Hitzlsperger. Photograph: Ronald Wittek/EPA Pinterest Hitzlsperger is keen to establish joined-up thinking right across the club, hence his desire to not only appoint a new academy director as soon as possible but also a sporting director to assist him with the first team. From Hitzlsperger’s point of view it is crucial those appointments, as well as his own, are for the long-term. There has not been enough of that at Stuttgart.“It’s time to put trust in people and allow them to implement their ideas over a period of time,” he says. “Patience is key to this club getting back to where it once was.”center_img Twitter Topics Facebook Share via Email Twitter Reuse this content Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook A photo of Chelsea defender and Stuttgart graduate Antonio Rüdiger at the academy. Photograph: Lara Ingenbleek/The Guardian Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn It was proving to be a miserable Monday in Stuttgart. Overcast but cool conditions had given way to snow and then, around 10am, howling winds. Yet the mood among the locals was bright and upbeat, which was hardly surprising given events of the previous afternoon.VfB Stuttgart 5 Hannover 1. A first victory in nine games for Markus Weinzierl’s side as well as their biggest of the season by some distance. Crucially, it was against fellow relegation candidates, fuelling hopes that Die Roten may stay up after all. Cue smiles and laughter among the 60 or so people who had braved the wintery weather in order to watch the players go through an open-to-public warm-down session at the club’s training base, located on the east bank of the river Neckar and in the shadow of the 60,000-seater Mercedes-Benz Arena, named after the car manufacturer which, like Porsche, is a source of great pride as well as employment in the city.That it had even got to this stage remains a source of angst in these parts, however. The threat of relegation simply should not stalk Stuttgart, a proud institution who are among the founding members of the Bundesliga and have won the championship on five occasions. Only five clubs rank higher – Hamburg, Schalke, Borussia Dortmund, Nürnberg and, of course, Bayern MunichBut since the last title win in 2007, chaos and disorder have come to characterise Stuttgart. There have been 14 different head coaches in the last decade alone with a host of others figures coming and going, on and off the pitch. Any semblance of a coherent plan has been lost and, as such, it is little wonder the club was relegated in 2016 and could be again this season. Facebook Thomas Hitzlsperger explains to Sachin Nakrani how he is determined to bring long-term stability and success to Stuttgart having been appointed the club’s head of sport in February. Photograph: Lara Ingenbleek/The Guardian Promoting young players is one thing, producing them is another, and that is another area in which Stuttgart have also struggled in recent years. Hitzlsperger, however, feels that is problem right across Germany, seen by the interest clubs in the country have taken in players from England, most notably Jadon Sancho. “English youngsters are better than ours at the same age. Simple as that,” he says. “There’s a lot of English players like Sancho but very few of that calibre in Germany. The only top player we have in that age bracket is Kai Havertz at Leverkusen. The rest are well educated – they know about tactics, they’re team players, but very few stand out. That’s because for too long academies over here have focused on winning rather than improving the individual.” Share on Messenger Twitter last_img read more

Community Colleges Undertaking More Research – CCCJ

first_imgStory Highlights Executive Director for the Council of Community Colleges of Jamaica (CCCJ), Dr. Donna Powell-Wilson, says this year’s CCCJ International Conference highlighted the fact that more research is being undertaken by community colleges. “Most of the research [findings presented during] the conference came from [community college] faculties. This means that in the colleges, we are paying more attention to research, which is good,” she told JIS News following the three-day conference’s closing ceremony at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Montego Bay, St. James on Friday (January 11). Dr. Powell-Wilson further stated that the CCCJ recognizes the importance of empowering the colleges’ support staff, noting this was a key focus area for discussions during the conference. Executive Director for the Council of Community Colleges of Jamaica (CCCJ), Dr. Donna Powell-Wilson, says this year’s CCCJ International Conference highlighted the fact that more research is being undertaken by community colleges.“Most of the research [findings presented during] the conference came from [community college] faculties. This means that in the colleges, we are paying more attention to research, which is good,” she told JIS News following the three-day conference’s closing ceremony at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort and Spa in Montego Bay, St. James on Friday (January 11).Dr. Powell-Wilson further stated that the CCCJ recognizes the importance of empowering the colleges’ support staff, noting this was a key focus area for discussions during the conference.“We recognize that they are the first point of contact in our institutions and our students need to know that the support staff is there to aid them,” further she told JIS News.Students were also integrally involved in the conference, and were the focal point of some of the sessions.Several of them, along with community college staff, were presented with scholarships and awards during the opening ceremony.Dr. Powell-Wilson pointed out that the Council has seen a sharp increase in the number of students applying for scholarships during the 2018/19 academic year, and anticipates further increases next year, based on developments at the conference.“We really hope that the word will now be out in institutions and persons will be enthused to apply,” she said, adding that applicants must have a minimum 3.5 grade point average to qualify.last_img read more

Nova Scotia Announces New Gift Card Regulations

first_imgEffective Feb. 1, 2010, the province will ban expiry dates and fees on gift cards. “Consumers in Nova Scotia deserve to get the full value of the gift cards they buy, regardless of when they purchase them,” said Ramona Jennex, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “These regulations protect consumers by banning expiry dates and fees.” Nova Scotia’s marketplace offers two types of gift cards, those for a specific good or service such as a massage or a hotel stay, and those with an associated dollar value. Gift cards with an associated dollar value purchased before Feb. 1, 2010, but are to expire after that date, are included in the new regulations and will no longer have an expiry date. “We are doing this to add further protection for consumers who purchase these types of cards over the holiday season,” said Ms. Jennex. Gift cards for goods and services purchased before Feb. 1, 2010, however, will expire as scheduled because the value of the goods and services increase over time. Other major features of the regulations include: “The regulations are being put into place in February to provide the retail sector with time to make the necessary changes to their systems,” said Ms. Jennex. The new gift card regulations are similar to regulations in many other provinces in Canada. For more information about the new regulations, visit www.novascotiagiftcards.ca or call 1-800-670-4357. no fees, such as inactivity fees, can be charged except for customizing or replacement fees refund policy information, where applicable, and contact information must be included with cardslast_img read more

Annan congratulates Gorbachev on 10th anniversary of Green Cross International

In remarks sent to a dinner Tuesday honouring the former President of the Soviet Union and Nobel Laureate, Mr. Annan said, “It is little wonder that, 10 years ago, after playing a central role in the end of the Cold War, Mr. Gorbachev embraced a new challenge that is just as vital for the well being of humankind: creating a sustainable future by cultivating harmonious relationships between human beings and the environment. “Green Cross’s diverse programmes reflect Mr. Gorbachev’s unwavering commitment to peace, in particular by addressing the environmental causes and consequences of conflict,” Mr. Annan said. Green Cross International emphasizes, among other interests, environmental problems associated with conflict and with lack of adequate fresh water. read more

Robots are taking an increasing number of jobs new UN report says

In the home, by the end of 2003, about 610,000 autonomous vacuum cleaners and lawn-mowers were in operation, the report says. Between 2004 and 2007, more than 4 million new units could be added, it adds.The survey, called World Robotics 2004 and produced by the ECE and the International Federation of Robotics (IFR), says the prices of the robots in proportion to human labour costs has fallen from 100 in 1990 to 15 for “radically improved robots” in Germany and to 12 of similarly high quality in North America.The report was produced for a conference at the UN complex in Geneva today called “A Robot in Every Home?” accompanied by a robot exhibition on the lawn there.”Falling or stable robot prices, increasing labour costs and continuously improved technology are major driving forces which speak for continued massive robot investment in industry,” says Jan Karlsson, who is responsible for the annual survey.Right now Japan uses about 320 robots of all sorts per 10,000 employees, while Germany uses 148 industrial robots per 10,000 robots, Italy 116, Sweden 99 and between 50 and 80 each in the United States, Finland, France, Spain, Austria, Denmark and Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.In the car industry, there is one robot per 10 workers in Japan, Italy and Germany, it says.Among the service robots, “medical robots, underwater robots, surveillance robots, demolition robots and many other types of robots for carrying out a multitude of tasks are doing very well,” the report says.In the long run, service robots will be everyday tools for mankind, the ECE and IFR say. “They will not only clean our floors, mow our lawns and guard our homes but they will also assist old and handicapped people with sophisticated interactive equipment, carry out surgery, inspect pipes and sites that are hazardous to people, fight fire and bombs and be used in many other applications.” read more

Letter TFMR disappointed at exclusion from abortion hearings

first_imgA crash course in today’s abortion legislation hearingsMedical Terminations: ‘Ours is a very specific, heartbreaking and clear-cut case’Group says lack of invite to Oireachtas abortion hearings “a grave injustice” A GROUP OF women who were forced to travel to the UK for terminations because Irish hospitals could not care for their needs have expressed their anger at being omitted from today’s Oireachtas hearings on proposed abortion legislation.TFMR (Terminations for Medical Reasons) was founded as a support network for mothers who were told their babies would not live outside the womb because of fatal foetal abnormalities. Under Irish law, terminations are not legal for people in such circumstances and many are given the option to travel by their consultants.As the joint Oireachtas committee for health is hearing only from medical and legal experts today, Monday and Tuesday, the group was not invited to send a representative.“It is very disappointing,” said spokesperson Arlette Lyons. “A lot of people were outraged that we were excluded again.” (TFMR did not take part in the previous hearings ahead of the publication of the drafts heads of bill).The proposed legislation will not change the situation for families in similar medical cases. Taoiseach Enda Kenny has been adamant that the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013 will not change current laws and rights. The heads of bill do not provide for rape, incest or fatal foetal abnormalities.In its submission to Jerry Buttimer’s committee, the women said the “experience of being expelled from our own country at our greatest hour of sorrow and loss has needlessly compounded our trauma”.“With this proposed legislation, the Irish government now finally has the opportunity to rectify a wrong that has been allowed to continue for far too long.Nothing could have changed the fact that we were going to lose our cherished babies, but something can be done now to ensure that couples in the future do no face the added cruelty, indignity and trauma of having to leave Ireland to receive the treatment that should be available to them here.“We feel that our voices must be heard as a part of the process of formulating this Bill.”Arlette’s mother Mary has outlined her personal position in an email to Fine Gael deputy Brian Walsh, which TheJournal.ie has reproduced, in full and with her kind permission, here:Dear BrianThank you for your reply. That email was sent to you by my Husband Pat. It also represents my views.I retired from City Council in January 2011. I met you many times but I am sure you don’t remember me because of all the people you meet and have to smile and be friendly towards. Don’t know how you do it actually!Here is what I hate. Our country is laden down by our church and politicians who are mainly men. We all know about Man Flu!! A bit of a sore throat and they are dying. I know if I ever got a sore throat I had the deadly job of looking down Pat’s throat to see if he had one also! I feel if only one man had to go through a pregnancy things would be a whole lot different.The point I am getting to is this. Men have not got a clue what women go through when they become pregnant – the hormones, the weight gain, sleep deprivation, being uncomfortable etc, etc. Now this is grand when the outcome is going to be a lovely tiny baby which gives such joy and pleasure. I know all about this as I have five great kids and 15 grandchildren. Arlette is due another baby in eight weeks and the whole family are over the moon and hoping that every thing will be fine.Our position is this. Arlette became pregnant last year after trying for another baby for two years. She has two lovely sons, aged 10 and six. When she went for her 12-week scan she was told that the baby had trisomy 13 and d with a large cystic hygroma. (Google it, it is devastating). She was told that the baby had no hope of surviving outside the womb. After getting this information from her Obstetrician, she was then told that there was nothing the hospital could do for her because of our outdated legislation. There was absolutely NO CHANCE of the baby surviving, so she had twos options. One was to carry the baby until she would have a spontaneous miscarriage, the other choice was to go to England. (We have been dumping our problems over there for so long).Her two boys were so excited about this baby. She had also told the whole family and her big circle of friends. So she thought, what do I do? Do I go to bed some night and miscarry the baby, which might not have a face or some other terrible abnormalities, or do I go to England and have a termination?She chose the latter. She told her boys that the baby had died in her tummy. They were devastated. She then had to leave them to be taken care of while her husband Alan and Pat and myself accompanied her to the Women’s Hospital in Liverpool. What an awful journey for any women to have to take. Her option was that the boys would be still expecting a little brother or sister and everybody else would be saying the usual “how are you doing Arlette”; “looking forward to the big event” etc etc!! Not a real option is it??Luckily Liverpool Women’s Hospital were wonderful. All her files from The Coombe Hospital were sent over plus she had two more scans to confirm that the baby had no chance of survival in the womb. By the way, the baby was a little girl who we named Skye and we often refer to her. I am crying thinking about her lost life as I write this email.So Arlette was in the hospital for about five hours. We came out and we had booked a room in a hotel so she could lie down for a few hours. The worst bit was that we had to leave little Skye in Liverpool. I know she was only 14 weeks but we would have loved to have brought her home. Arlette is still very, very angry her own country could not help her in her time of need.I could go on, but suffice it to say that Arlette and a few other wonderful women who had the same experience formed TFMR (termination for medical reasons) and they are doing trojan work. Women came forward who had not even disclosed this information with their parents and family because of the way so many people still think here in Ireland. They have been to the Dáil, on television and on every radio station in the country. This is a side to Arlette that I had never seen before and she is 34 years of age. I watched her on the Late Late and Vincent Browne. She was wonderful and articulated her situation with great passion.I don’t expect you to change your views after hearing this particular story but maybe it might give you something to think about. I can vouch that you are a very nice man but there will be no votes from Arlette’s family and friends.I wish you good luck in your career and hope that you can help turn Ireland’s fortunes around.RegardsMary Lyonslast_img read more

Sex MP offers whistleblower clothes off his back

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Mitlon Orkopoulos, disgraced former Swansea MP, has told lashed out at the woman who helped put him in jail telling her through a letter he sent her lawyer that he was penniless and single and that she was “welcome to the clothes off (his) back”. The former New South Wales government minister, who is currently serving nine years in Lithgow jail, sent the letter to whistleblower Gillian Sneddon’s solicitor last month telling her he was unable to pay Sneddon the $438,000 he owes in damages. Orkopoulos was jailed in May 2008 on 30 charges which included possessing child pornography, heroin supply and sexual intercourse without consent. The minimum sentence was reduced to nine years after an appeal in 2009, making him eligible for release in January 2017 and says that he will still be unable to pay upon his release. In reply to this letter, Sneddon wrote to Orkopoulos and said ”you have stuffed up my life, as you have your victims. I hope you do not get any pleasure in that”.last_img read more

Inter Milan plan Vidal swoop

Inter Milan plan Vidal swoop

first_imgInter Milan are planning a sensational swoop for Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal, but they’ll have to sell a player to finance the €30m deal.The former Juventus midfielder looks set to leave the Bundesliga Champions this summer, three seasons after joining the club.Inter’s sporting director Piero Ausilio was recently spotted in Germany before flying out to meet owners Suning in China, and rumors are rife in Italy that Vidal is the number one target for midfield position.Manchester United have equally been linked to the Chilean player, but it seems their interest has waned since missing out on the midfielder.Ausilio was informed that the former Bianconero is worth around €30m, and it’s likely a sale will be needed to make the deal work financially.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.Both Matias Vecino or Roberto Gagliardini could be sold in order to finance the move with the former heavily linked with Chelsea in recent weeks.Bayern have told Inter Milan that they have to pay €30m for Arturo Vidal. The Chilean is Inter’s number 1 target for midfield but the Italians will have to sell one player to make the deal work financially. Matias Vecino or Joao Mario could be sacrificed [Corriere dello Sport] pic.twitter.com/qjkIBgtrzu— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) July 22, 2018last_img read more

Oregon police seize drugs from Vancouver mans car

first_imgNearly one week after a Vancouver man’s vehicle was seized by Oregon police after a traffic stop, he tried to retrieve it. And when he did, he was arrested.Julio Javier Espejo-Sierra, 24, was arrested on suspicion of unlawful possession of cocaine in connection with a kilogram of the drug hidden in a secret compartment inside the vehicle, according to a news bulletin.Espejo-Sierra allegedly resisted arrest Tuesday at the Oregon State Police command center in Roseburg, Ore., where his Dodge Stratus was being held. The seized cocaine was valued at approximately $25,000, police said. The circumstances that led to Espejo-Sierra’s arrest began July 6 when he was pulled over near Roseburg for failing to signal a lane change.Investigation into the stop indicated drugs were likely on-hand, police said. Espejo-Sierra’s vehicle was seized and police obtained a search warrant that led to the discovery of the drugs.He was also arrested on suspicion of unlawful delivery of cocaine and resisting arrest. The website of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, which oversees the county’s jail, indicates U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has placed a hold on Espejo-Sierra.last_img read more

Rosalía Other Latin Music Artists Seeing Boom In Europe Shows

Rosalía Other Latin Music Artists Seeing Boom In Europe Shows

first_img Twitter News Rosalía, Other Latin Music Artists Seeing Boom In Europe Shows Facebook Latin Artists Seeing Boom In Europe Shows rosal%C3%ADa-other-latin-music-artists-seeing-boom-europe-shows Email The last few years have seen a huge rise in Latin Music artists thanks to YouTube and streaming platforms. Now artists seeing a boost in touring in parts of Europe thanks to the waveJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Nov 13, 2018 – 4:00 pm In the last few years YouTube and streaming platforms have helped launch Latin artists into a growing number of wider markets worldwide. Songs like “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee have been grabbing eyes and ears thanks to the power of the internet. According to Billboard, Latin artists’ tours are now seeing major success in European countries that aren’t Spanish speaking. Enrique Iglesias reportedly sang to more than 80,000 fans in Kiev, Ukraine’s Olympic Stadium, and J Balvin’s “Mi Gente” helped him quadrupole his live revenue.Spotify recently announced that Latin music was one of the genres they would be focusing on in their efforts to make international music more relevant on the platform. YouTube labeled 2017 the year of Latin music, as artists like Ozuna saw views in the billions.Universal Music Latin Entertainment President, Victor Gonzalez, told Pandora that “Despacito” was one of the “the best example[s] of how the Latin genre can be embraced by the mainstream in the U.S., Europe and Asia.” He continued:”Looking forward, I feel artists including J Balvin are carving a new path for the entire Latin Industry will continue to thrive across the globe including those territories that don’t have a large Spanish speaking populations.”READ: Spotify Is Making International Music A Bigger PriorityThanks to this boom, promoters are taking more risks WME partner Rob Markus told Billboard.”Promoters are actually seeing hard numbers showing demand and listenership through streaming numbers, so promoters are taking a bigger risk,” Markus said. He works with artists like J Balvin, Juanes and Luis Miguel.As Pandora points out, Latin artists have penetrated into mainstream market throughout the 20th century and new millennium (artists like Richie Valens, Santana, Selena and Ricky Martin,) but have been “fleeting” moments and “have not been enough to uplift the genre beyond their inherent barriers to gain larger general market acceptance.” So, this is an important moment for Latin artists.Rosalía is one of the few women and the latest on the rise artists that is also being impacted by the wave. According to her manager, Rebeca León, the Spanish breakout artist, who is nominated for five Latin GRAMMYs,  had a 6,500- person wait list at a showcase in London.”Nobody knows what Rosalía is saying in the U.K.,” León told Billboard. “But they know what she is saying. Her attitude tells you everything.”How Rosalía Is Reinventing What It Means To Be A Global PopstarRead morelast_img read more

Memorial services for Rep Gruenberg set for Sunday and Thursday

first_imgRep. Max Gruenberg addresses the Alaska House of Representatives, March 17, 2014. (Skip Gray/Gavel Alaska)Memorial services are set in Juneau and Anchorage for longtime Alaska lawmaker Max Gruenberg.Juneau services will be held at 3 p.m. this Sunday at Resurrection Lutheran Church on 10th Street downtown. In Anchorage, services will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, at Temple Beth Sholom on East Northern Lights Boulevard.Gruenberg, a family lawyer by trade, died Sunday. He had served in the Alaska House of Representatives for more than 20 years representing the Anchorage neighborhoods of Russian Jack, College Gate, Nunaka Valley and previously Mountain View.On Tuesday, his colleagues shared fond memories of him in the Capitol.In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to charities for victims of domestic violence, animal abuse, children in need or Alaska Legal Services.last_img read more

Vizianagaram Married woman attempts suicide in Spandana

Vizianagaram Married woman attempts suicide in Spandana

first_imgVizianagaram: A married woman attempted suicide by consuming poison at ‘Spandana’ programme alleging that her husband cheated her a few months after their marriage. She alleged that the officials did not respond on her issue even though she lodged a complaint with them. K Vasundhara of Alajangi village in Bobbili mandal was in love with R Eswara Rao of same village for the past few years. Later, on her demand, he married her secretly in Visakhapatnam and living there. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us But the parents of Eswara Rao are reluctant to accept their marriage and they hide have him somewhere. Vasundhara was forcibly underwent abortion also. Finally, she came to know that she was cheated and approached the Collector’s office and consumed poison. But the alert staff immediately shifted her to Maharaja Hospital for treatment. Later she told that Eswara Rao and his parents were trying to break up their marriage and even her husband also escaping from her.last_img read more

Texas Oil Producers Expect Record In 2018

Texas Oil Producers Expect Record In 2018

first_img Listen X 00:00 /01:16 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Florian Martin | Houston Public MediaKarr Ingham, petroleum economist with the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers, presents the Texas Petro Index at the Petroleum Club of Houston on Tuesday, Jan. 23.After a recovery year for the state’s oil and gas industry, 2018 promises to be record-breaking.That’s according to Karr Ingham, economist with the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers. He created the Texas Petro Index, which measures the state of the oil economy based on different factors, such as employment, rig count and the price of oil.In December 2017, most indicators were up from a year ago, and Ingham expects oil production to surpass the previous record year of 1972, when Texas producers extracted 1.263 billion barrels of oil.“I don’t see how we don’t break this record in 2018,” Ingham said on Tuesday.And this with about half as many oil rigs in operation as in November 2014, shortly before the price of oil tanked – but also with a smaller workforce. After two years of layoffs, many oil jobs have come back, but Ingham doesn’t expect all of them to return anytime soon.center_img Great turnout today in Houston for our #Petro index update with Karr Ingham.#txlege #oil#natgas pic.twitter.com/tF3R831PD9— Texas Alliance (@TexasAllianceEP) January 23, 2018 Sharelast_img read more

Modder makes beautiful 3D printed portable Ouya

first_imgRegardless of what you may feel about the Ouya, Kickstarter’s second biggest success that arguably turned into the crowdfunding platform’s worst failure, the little console is ripe for modding. One intrepid modder decided to — perhaps ironically, considering it’s an Android platform — turn the Ouya into a portable system with a big, pretty screen, and stuffed it all into a bright blue 3D-printed case.Renowned modder Downing began with the 3D-printed casing, and milled out the speaker slits and the the areas where the buttons would go. That white “OUYA” seen at the bottom right of the handheld isn’t just paint — it’s actually backlit, pushing the already gorgeous portable over the edge.The Ouya controller is wireless, so when Downing cannibalized the controller in order to stuff its working parts into the handheld unit, he desoldered the Bluetooth module within the gamepad and attached it to a breakout board within the case. The unit features a seven-inch 720p display, a 3.7v 5000mAh battery that provides four to five hours of life, 25mm stereo speakers, and PS3 analog sticks.The overall build took Downing around a month. Aside from the irony of turning an Android console into a portable, another bit of irony is that this mod is very pretty, but it looks just like a blue Wii U GamePad — something that is generally considered an eyesore. Ben Heck recently built a portable Ouya as well, and it looked very similar, so maybe Nintendo didn’t have the worst idea in the world.Yeah, okay. Nevermind.last_img read more

Researchers at CERN take most precise measure of magnetic moment of antiproton

Researchers at CERN take most precise measure of magnetic moment of antiproton

first_img Measuring the magnetism of antimatter: Researchers measure antiprotons more accurately than ever before (Phys.org) —A research team made up of physicists from the US, Canada and Germany has succeeded in making the first individual-particle measurement of the magnetic moment of an antiproton. In their paper published in Physical Review Letters, they describe how they managed to capture a single antiproton and measured its magnetic moment in a way that is more precise (by a factor of 680) than any previous measurement efforts to date. The magnetic moment of an antiproton relates in a broad sense to its angular momentum—theory suggests it should be equal to the magnetic moment of its counterpart, the proton. Testing such theories requires conducting experiments to discern if such symmetry does truly exist. As part of a wide range of experiments meant to compare matter with its antimatter counterparts, researchers look to what is known as “Charge Parity Time” symmetry—the more scientists learn about it, the more they expect to learn about the nature of the universe and to help answer questions such as why there appears to be far more matter than antimatter.One aspect of such symmetry testing is measuring the magnetic moment of particles such as protons and antiprotons and then comparing them to one another to see if they match. To do that in this latest effort, the research team took equipment that had been developed to measure the magnetic moment of a proton to CERN—it’s one of the few places antiprotons can be had. But that was only the beginning, the team had to first slow the antiproton down as it was delivered at near light speed. To do that they shuttled it into a Penning trap—a device that uses magnets to cause particles to orbit around a central hub until they slow down enough to study. They also had to filter out all the other particles that came with the delivery. Overall, the researchers describe the process as very difficult. But in the end, they found success—they took the most precise measurement of the magnetic moment to date of an antiproton and in so doing found that it was close enough to measurements taken of the magnetic moment of protons to proclaim the two to be “exactly opposite”—they have equal strength but opposite spins.The results obtained by this study add credence to the Standard Model and leads scientists ever closer to gaining a true understanding of how the universe really works at the subatomic level. (a) The CPT symmetry can be likened to a mirror that reflects spatial coordinates, flips charge and other additive quantum numbers, and reverses time. To test for cracks in this CPT mirror, physicists check whether the magnetic moment of the proton (left) has the same magnitude as that of the antiproton (right). (Technically, the moments have opposite signs due to the way magnetic moment is defined relative to the spin.) (b) To measure the antiproton’s magnetic moment, the ATRAP Collaboration measures the cyclotron and spin-flip frequencies, fc and fs, respectively. The ratio of these frequencies gives the antiproton’s magnetic moment in terms of the nuclear magneton μN. Credit: APS/Alan Stonebraker Citation: Researchers at CERN take most precise measure of magnetic moment of antiproton (2013, April 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-04-cern-precise-magnetic-moment-antiproton.html © 2013 Phys.orgcenter_img Journal information: Physical Review Letters More information: One-Particle Measurement of the Antiproton Magnetic Moment, Phys. Rev. Lett. 110, 130801 (2013) DOI:10.1103/PhysRevLett.110.130801 (Free PDF)AbstractFor the first time a single trapped antiproton (p̅ ) is used to measure the p̅ magnetic moment μp̅ . The moment μp̅ =μp̅ S/(ℏ/2) is given in terms of its spin S and the nuclear magneton (μN) by μp̅ /μN=-2.792 845±0.000 012. The 4.4 parts per million (ppm) uncertainty is 680 times smaller than previously realized. Comparing to the proton moment measured using the same method and trap electrodes gives μp̅ /μp=-1.000 000±0.000 005 to 5 ppm, for a proton moment μp=μpS/(ℏ/2), consistent with the prediction of the CPT theorem.Physics Viewpoint Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Selflearning computer tackles problems beyond the reach of previous systems

Selflearning computer tackles problems beyond the reach of previous systems

first_imgThe new system that incorporates backpropagation into reservoir computing (“Full”) outperforms other reservoir computing systems (“Reservoir”). Credit: Hermans et al. ©2016 American Physical Society Neuromorphic computing mimics important brain feature More information: Michiel Hermans et al. “Embodiment of Learning in Electro-Optical Signal Processors.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.117.128301 The basic idea of backpropagation is that the system performs thousands of iterative calculations that reduce the error a little bit each time, bringing the computed value closer and closer to the optimal value. In the end, the repeated computations teach the system an improved way of computing a solution to a problem.In 2015, researchers performed the first proof-of-concept experiment in which the backpropagation algorithm in conjunction with the reservoir computing paradigm was tested on a simple task.In the new paper, the researchers have demonstrated that the algorithm can perform three much more complicated tasks, outperforming reservoir computing systems that do not use backpropagation. The present system is based on a photonic setup (specifically, a delay-coupled electro-optical system) in which the information is coded as the intensity of light pulses propagating in an optical fiber. The key to the demonstration is to physically implement both the reservoir computer and the backpropagation algorithm on the same photonic setup.The three tasks performed were a speech recognition task (TIMIT), an academic task often used to test reservoir computers (NARMA10), and a complex nonlinear task (VARDEL5) that is considered beyond the reach of traditional reservoir computing. The fact that the new system can tackle this third task suggests that the new approach to self-training has potential for expanding the computing territory of neuromorphic systems.”We are trying to broaden as much as possible the range of problems to which experimental reservoir computing can be applied,” Antonik said. “We are, for instance, writing up a manuscript in which we show that it can be used to generate periodic patterns and emulate chaotic systems.”While the demonstration shows that the new approach is robust against various experimental imperfections, the current set-up is limited by the speed of some of the data processing and data transfer, which the researchers expect can be improved in future work.”We aim to increase the speed of our experiments,” Antonik said. “The present experiment was implemented using a rather slow system, in which the neurons (internal variables) were processed one after the other. We are currently testing photonic systems in which the internal variables are all processed simultaneously—we call this a parallel architecture. This can provide several orders of magnitude of speed-up. Further in the future, we may revisit physical error backpropagation, but in these faster, parallel, systems.” Journal information: Physical Review Letters (Phys.org)—Researchers have developed a neuro-inspired analog computer that has the ability to train itself to become better at whatever tasks it performs. Experimental tests have shown that the new system, which is based on the artificial intelligence algorithm known as “reservoir computing,” not only performs better at solving difficult computing tasks than experimental reservoir computers that do not use the new algorithm, but it can also tackle tasks that are so challenging that they are considered beyond the reach of traditional reservoir computing. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2016 Phys.org The results highlight the potential advantages of self-learning hardware for performing complex tasks, and also support the possibility that self-learning systems—with their potential for high energy-efficiency and ultrafast speeds—may provide an extension to the anticipated end of Moore’s law.The researchers, Michiel Hermans, Piotr Antonik, Marc Haelterman, and Serge Massar at the Université Libre de Bruxelles in Brussels, Belgium, have published a paper on the self-learning hardware in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.”On the one hand, over the past decade there has been remarkable progress in artificial intelligence, such as spectacular advances in image recognition, and a computer beating the human Go world champion for the first time, and this progress is largely based on the use of error backpropagation,” Antonik told Phys.org. “On the other hand, there is growing interest, both in academia and industry (for example, by IBM and Hewlett Packard) in analog, brain-inspired computing as a possible route to circumvent the end of Moore’s law. “Our work shows that the backpropagation algorithm can, under certain conditions, be implemented using the same hardware used for the analog computing, which could enhance the performance of these hardware systems.”Developed over the past decade, reservoir computing is a neural algorithm that is inspired by the brain’s ability to process information. Early studies have shown that reservoir computing can solve complex computing tasks, such as speech and image recognition, and do so more efficiently than conventional algorithms. More recently, research has demonstrated that certain experimental implementations, in particular optical implementations, of reservoir computing can perform as well as digital ones.In more recent years, scientists have shown that the performance of reservoir computing can be improved by combining it with another algorithm called backpropagation. The backpropagation algorithm is at the heart of the recent advances in artificial intelligence, such as the milestone earlier this year of a computer beating the human world champion at the game of Go. Explore further Citation: Self-learning computer tackles problems beyond the reach of previous systems (2016, October 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-10-self-learning-tackles-problems-previous.htmllast_img read more

Retaining the old charm Tourists flock back to Queen of Hills to

Retaining the old charm Tourists flock back to Queen of Hills to

first_imgDarjeeling: It might not be the picture post card white Christmas that Darjeeling once upon a time could boast of but the Queen of Hills has reason enough to cheer.Tourists have started flocking back to Darjeeling to enjoy the festivities. Chowrasta, the nerve center of the Hill town, is a bee hive of activity with the return of tourists. “Though Darjeeling has changed a great deal and the Raj effect has worn off considerably it has still its own charm and we love to spend Christmas here,” stated Tanmoy Chakroborty, Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifea tourist from Kolkata. Most of the Hotels in Darjeeling are booked till the first week of January 2019. Noreen Dunne, former teacher of the St. Joseph’s College fondly reminisced: “Back in the days when we were kids, Christmas was all about goodies. But the specialty of our family was that all the Christmas goodies were prepared at home. We used mix the cake in huge containers wearing rubber boots, the container generally being placed in between our legs and we vigorously mixed the ingredients with spatulas. As we didn’t have an oven big enough, Ghuramiya (the oldest confectioner in town) used to bake it for us. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThen, there was home made cold meat to which my father used to add his special seasoning and my mother’s famous short bread. We used to go for Carol singing and the special midnight mass. My sister used to hang long stockings that used to be stuffed with presents.” The true flavour of Darjeeling Christmas is still preserved by Glenary’s — one of the oldest eateries in town. Glenary’s which opened in 1938 was then called Pliva’s after the owners — the Pliva family. After the Plivas left for England, A T Edward, who was the then Manager, bought the confectionery and rechristened it the Glenary’s. Ajoy Edward, the grandson of Late AT Edward, stated: “Christmas means good food and good wine.” From the British days till date, Glenary’s has been laying out a sumptuous buffet on Christmas eve and Christmas.The Christmas spread consists of continental dishes like roasted pork, roasted chicken, gratin, mince pies and plum puddings.The confectionery is packed with Christmas goodies — the Plum Cake with white icing, the Noel Cake, Mince pies and puddings. The fruits used in the Christmas cakes are marinated for two months in liquor. Recipes are still traditional. Christmas decoration, the crackling fireplace and the waiters wearing bright red Christmas hats conjure up the perfect Christmas. “We have carol singing groups and live bands singing Christmas numbers to add to the old world charm” added Ajoy. The Windamere Hotel in Darjeeling is also a seat of traditional Christmas celebrations. The visitors get a treat of overseas entertainers, Carol singers and a great Christmas spread.last_img read more