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Police detain and beat Sihem Bensedrine and Omar Mestiri

first_img Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists RSF_en Receive email alerts TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa Bensedrine, whose organisation is a partner of Reporters Without Borders, was on 7 February awarded the 2008 peace prize by the Danish Peace Foundation. News “It is outrageous for a country which claims to be in the forefront of modernity in the region to carry out this kind of violent misuse of authority against Tunisian journalists and human rights activists in their own country,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said.“We call on the Tunisian authorities to fully investigate these police excesses”, the organisation added, pointing out that Tunisia is ranked 145 out of 169 countries in Reporters Without Borders’s worldwide press freedom index.Sihem Bensedrine, who was left with bruises to her body, told Reporters Without Borders that said she had her husband would be making a complaint against the customs for “brutality” and “false imprisonment”. She said police had seized around 60 documents by copying them from their hard discs. The customs had also refused to give the two journalists a docket for their confiscated property as the law requires. Organisation Reporters Without Borders today strongly condemned police who detained and beat Tunisian journalist, Sihem Bensedrine, president of the working group on press freedom in North Africa, and her husband, Omar Mestiri, managing editor of the newspaper Kalima on their arrival at la Goulette port yesterday. The couple were seized by customs officers at the port in the northern suburbs of Tunis and held for six hours, during which time they were physically assaulted by the political police. They were also subjected to a thorough body search and police seized and copied the hard discs from their laptop computers. November 11, 2020 Find out more News Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disordercenter_img Help by sharing this information News News November 12, 2019 Find out more March 4, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Police detain and beat Sihem Bensedrine and Omar Mestiri TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa December 26, 2019 Find out more Follow the news on Tunisia Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” to go furtherlast_img read more

Video: The Life of Christian Patriots in a Moral Universe

first_imgSermons and Lessons Video: The Life of Christian Patriots in a Moral Universe Delivered by Rev. J. Edwin Bacon, Jr., All Saints Church, Pasadena Published on Monday, July 2, 2012 | 8:28 pm Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday More Cool Stuff Subscribe Top of the News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 5 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. This sermon was delivered by Rev. J. Edwin Bacon, Jr., Rector of All Saints Church, Pasadena on Sunday, July 1, 2012. Ed Bacon has been the rector of All Saints Church since 1995. During his tenure All Saints has continued its reputation for energetic worship, a radically inclusive spirit, and a progressive peace and justice agenda.Under Ed’s leadership All Saints has created New Vision Partners, a non-profit resource center to create innovative, collaborative partnerships for 21st century social action and urban ministry with interfaith colleagues, and Transformational Journeys, physical journeys of faith which transform participants through challenging encounters with other local and global communities.All Saints Church, 132 N. Euclid Avenue, Pasadena, (626) 796-1172 or visit www.allsaints-pas.org. Herbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRub This All Over Your Body And He’s Guaranteed To Swoon Over YouHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyGet Rid Of Unwanted Body Fat By Eating The Right FoodsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Fashion Trends You Should Never Try And 6 You’ll LoveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like An Eye-Candy And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeauty Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenacenter_img Make a comment Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Business News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week last_img read more

No flexibility in raising Limerick rental caps

first_imgWillie O’Dea TDby Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Willie O’Dea TDNEW figures from the Department of Social Protection reveal that there were only seven cases in Limerick where flexibility was shown on the rental cap last year compared to 235 in Cork.This was despite the fact that Community Welfare Officers (CWOs) in Limerick have been told to show leniency to people who cannot find rental properties that are below the rental cap.Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Social Protection, Willie O’Dea told the Limerick Post that he secured confirmation in December 2014 that the Minister for Social Protection had been in touch with the regional manager to stress the need for flexibility in relation to rent caps in Limerick.“The rent caps in Limerick are completely unrealistic and I believed that since December 2014, Limerick people would see a change in approach from welfare officers. According to a commitment I received from the Minister, CWOs in Limerick were to show flexibility,” he explained.However, the latest figures obtained by Deputy O’Dea from the Department reveal that only seven applicants in Limerick were successful in having the rent cap increased in all of 2015. This is in contrast with the 5,781 increases nationally and 235 in Cork.“This puts Limerick in the bottom five in the country for rent cap increases, even though we have a housing crisis here.“After the Minister’s intervention, I believed that when a married couple went into a CWO and said that the only place available to them was above the rent cap of €400, it would have been up to the CWO to investigate the matter and show flexibility if appropriate.“It’s extremely disappointing news that virtually nothing has changed in Limerick in the past year despite the Ministers directive. I am calling on the Tánaiste to directly intervene in the situation here in Limerick which has now reached crisis levels.”A spokeswoman for the Department of Social Protection said the rent supplementscheme supported about 61,000 people, with almost 1,400 recipients in County Limerick.“Government has provided approximately €267 million for the scheme in 2016 and the Department has implemented an approach that allows for flexibility where landlords seek rents in excess of the limits for both existing customers and new applicants to the rent supplement scheme,” she stated.“There are not the same accommodation supply pressures in Limerick as in other large urban areas and individual cases are dealt with on a case by case basis. Staff in the Department’s Community Welfare Service in the Limerick area continue to work closely with the Limerick Homeless Action Team, the Mid-West Homeless Forum and other interest groups to provide a consistent and speedy service for people who are in danger of losing their tenancy.”She added that it was not appropriate to compare the position regarding rent supplement in Limerick with other areas as the new Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) is in place Limerick since March 2014.There are currently some 1,060 HAP tenancies in place in Limerick. In local authority areas where HAP is in place, including Limerick, new applicants assessed as requiring social housing support are considered for HAP rather than rent supplement.“Any person in receipt of rent supplement and at risk of losing their tenancy in the Limerick area should contact the Community Welfare Service without delay”, she said. Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Twitter Advertisement WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsNo flexibility in raising Limerick rental capsBy Alan Jacques – January 14, 2016 841 Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival TAGScommunity welfare officersDepartment of Social ProtectionFianna Fáillimerickrental capsWillie O’Dea TD WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Printcenter_img Email Previous articleThe passing of Limerick’s brave princess AlexandraNext articleNoonan confident of more city jobs Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Facebook Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

OC board to consider solar company abatement

first_imgHome Local News OC board to consider solar company abatement Twitter By admin – May 22, 2018 Pinterest 2021 SCHOOL HONORS: Permian High School Texas Fried ChickenSmoked Bacon Wrapped French Vidalia OnionFoolproof Roasted Pork TenderloinPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay Facebook Facebook ECISD undergoing ‘equity audit’ Previous coverageMeeting AgendaThe Odessa College Board of Trustees will consider a tax abatement agreement with Oberon Solar at its meeting set for 6:30 p.m. today (May 22) in the Zant Room on the second floor of the Saulsbury Campus Center, 201 W. University Blvd.According to a previous Odessa American article, Oberon, one of the largest manufacturers of solar panels and solar cells in the country is looking at possibly building a solar project in Ector County — a potential $50 million investment.The project, called Oberon Solar, would consist of a 50 megawatt solar power plant on unused land in western Ector County. Each megawatt would require around $1 million in capital investment. The company behind the project, 174 Power Global, is seeking tax abatements from various county entities.Officials have already met with the Ector County Commissioners’ Court and the Ector County Independent School District Board of Trustees to discuss the project. The tax abatement Oberon is seeking means a break in their property taxes.Odessa Chamber of Commerce Director of Economic Development Wesley Burnett, who spoke to county commissioners on behalf of 174 Power Global, said in a previous article that a typical tax abatement for a project like this would be an 80 percent tax break for 10 years.Also on the agenda:A request for consent from the board of trustees to sell property for less than market value specified in the judgment of foreclosure and also less than the amount of judgment.Approval of a bid for Globe Theater lighting, sound system and acoustic upgrade.Recommendation for appointment of independent auditors.Reorganization of the board.Informational items, among which are:A report on the Odessa College Foundation Student Success Scholarship Employee campaign.Education report: a financial aid update.Institutional effectiveness report.President’s report including the college’s May 12 graduation; the College2Career news conference May 3; a new men’s basketball coach being named; OC golf team update; OC rodeo team update; Options Gallery named; and the 2019 Aspen Top 10 announcement. OC employee of the year always learning WhatsApp Previous articleTEXAS VIEW: Don’t always bet on state’s rightsNext articleOPD kicking off West Texas leg of torch run admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter WhatsApp Local News OC board to consider solar company abatement Pinterestlast_img read more

Irish householders could face much higher water charges

first_img Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Irish householders could face much higher water charges 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Irish householders could face much higher water charges under the rules of an EU water directive.That’s according to the Independent MEP Marian Harkin.She says that when Ireland was negotiating the EU water framework directive it negotiated certain facilities that would enable EU member states not to charge households for water it they didn’t want to do so.However, Marian Harkin says that Ireland never availed of that facility.As a result, the Northwest MEP says the EU Commission could force the government to get householders to pay for a range of services connected with the supply of water to their homes that would dramatically increase the water charges……Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/hark1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp Pinterest Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter Twittercenter_img By News Highland – December 17, 2014 Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Previous articleChairman says McGlynn and English medals will have huge influenceNext articleHigh Court rules Quigley property transfer was fraudulent News Highland Homepage BannerNews Pinterest Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Facebook Google+ Google+ WhatsApplast_img read more

Scoreboard roundup — 3/9/18

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Friday’s sports events:INTERLEAGUEMiami 5, Boston 4N.Y. Mets 4, Detroit 4Oakland 2, Milwaukee 0Chicago Cubs 6, L.A. Angels 1San Francisco 10, Seattle 7Arizona 7, Kansas City 2L.A. Dodgers 6, Kansas City 4San Diego 2, Chicago White Sox 0Cleveland 8, Colorado 5Houston 4, St. Louis 2Atlanta 3, N.Y. Yankees 1Cincinnati 6, Texas 3AMERICAN LEAGUEMinnesota 4, Tampa Bay 3Toronto 8, Baltimore 5NATIONAL LEAGUEPittsburgh 5, Philadelphia 4NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONDetroit 99, Chicago 83Indiana 112, Atlanta 87Toronto 108, Houston 105Milwaukee 120, N.Y. Knicks 112Utah 95, Memphis 78Washington 116, New Orleans 97Denver 125, L.A. Lakers 116Portland 125, Golden State 108Sacramento 94, Orlando 88L.A. Clippers 116, Cleveland 102NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUEColumbus 3, Detroit 2Calgary 2, Ottawa 1Dallas 2, Anaheim 1Minnesota 5, Vancouver 2TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL(1) Virginia 64, (19) Clemson 58(2) Villanova 87, Butler 68 Providence 75, (3) Xavier 72(12) North Carolina 74, (5) Duke 69(8) Cincinnati 61, SMU 51(9) Kansas 83, Kansas St. 67(11) Wichita St. 89, Temple 81(13) Tennessee 62, Mississippi St. 59(18) West Virginia 66, (14) Texas Tech 63(15) Arizona 78, UCLA 67Alabama 81, (16) Auburn 63(21) Houston 84, UCF 56San Diego St. 90, (22) Nevada 73Arkansas 80, (23) Florida 72(25) Rhode Island 76, VCU 67Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. March 10, 2018 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 3/9/18 Written bycenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Oxbridge Escorts

first_imgAnother student sex-worker, paid £100 to strip by clubs in Northern England, finds her work “degrading”. She told Varsity, “There are moments I really don’t want to do it but it is certainly character building. My worst fear is dancing up there in front of someone I know.” This is by no means the most extreme way in which students have tried to earn money. In 2004 the BBC reported an unusual eBay auction: Rosie Reid, a student at Bristol University, auctioned her virginity for £8,400. In comparison, takemetodinner.co.uk seems like a checkout job at Sainsbury’s. The website emphasises safety and legality. Before going on a date, clients are sent an email advising them to “meet in a safe, public place and let a friend or family member know where you are… don’t drink too much and never leave your drink unattended.” But how many supermarket jobs offer this sort of advice in their employee handbooks? These warnings wouldn’t be necessary if there wasn’t an element of danger. Anyone who agrees to a date is required to hand over their mobile number and email address to their dinner date, which seems like an invitation to harassment when the date is over. And that’s to say nothing of the potential for psychological upset. We defy anyone who sells themselves to emerge from the evening with self-esteem intact. Escorting can seem like the perfect job: it’s good money for little effort and you get free food and drink in the process. But the situation you put yourself in is fraught with difficulties. It’s hard to know how you’d really feel until you try, which is why we signed up to be taken to dinner. Rebecca FryI’d always thought that escort sites would be rather seedy, but signing up to takemetodinner.co.uk felt just like signing up to a social networking site like facebook. Whether they’re interested in buying or selling, members are required to give their names, fill in a profile and upload a photo. It wasn’t until the requests for dates started coming in that I began to feel apprehensive. David, the first person to contact me, asked me to meet him at Ronnie Scott’s jazz club in Soho. It all sounded rather wonderful until he sent me a text offering to “arrange accommodation if I was up for it.” I wasn’t, and decided there and then that I would confine my escorting efforts to Oxford. Varsity, Cambridge University’s student newspaper, started something big last week. It claims to have discovered students working as escorts, strippers and prostitutes to help fund their degrees. The authors should have known that senior college authorities would pounce. Suddenly the story hit the national press and Britain began to doubt its Oxbridge darlings. In any controversy it is difficult to know who is telling the truth: the university authorities who are trying to play the problem down or the media who love to exaggerate scandal. We decided to go straight to the source of the problem  – the Oxbridge escort service. The website, once known as Oxbridge Escorts, is now at www.takemetodinner.co.uk. Launched in April 2005 by former Balliol Classicist Nick Dekker, the scheme aims to put intelligent but impoverished students in touch with men willing to pay for their wit. For Dekker student debt was the motivating factor. “Those who join to be taken to dinner do it because they think they can earn money from their skills as conversationalists and raconteurs,” he says. There are currently 312 escorts listed on the site who claim to attend or have attended the University of Oxford. 126 of these are under 22 and therefore probably current students. These figures include men looking for dates, but it seems many are just messing around. One third year History student wanted to make his reasons clear: “I just signed up as joke in first year and haven’t really looked at the website since. Tempting though the money is, I don’t think it’s something I would actually do”. On the whole, men with profiles on the website are there to buy, not to sell.The question is, what is really up for sale? Dekker insists that there must be “strictly no inappropriate behaviour by either party on a date. We are very firm on this.” But for every other student escort company, sex seems to be a given. Though these websites say they offer “time and companionship only”, escorts on the site list their interests as “deep throat, face sitting and rimming.” Isadora, 27, a Travel and Tourism student from Brazil, charges £600 for a lunch date. She admits that what starts with conversation invariably ends up in the bedroom. Isadora tells us that she enjoys most of her dates and that some of her clients have become good friends. But escort life doesn’t leave much time for lectures or studying, let alone socialising. “I don’t have normal friends,” she says. “I go to restaurants on my own, I go shopping on my own.” The next person to get in touch was Laszlo, who rang me up asking if I’d like to fly to Paris for lunch. I suggested that it might be better to start with lunch in Oxford and we agreed on La Cucina, an Italian restaurant near Magdalen Roundabout. Not quite as glamorous I know, but at least I felt safe.  The morning before the date Laszlo rang me to let me know that he’d be wearing a navy V-neck jumper. He introduced himself as Laszlo Biro, a name I typed into Google the moment he hung up. That’s when I had my first shock: according to Wikipedia, Laszlo Biro is the name of the man who invented the ball point pen in the 1930s. The second shock followed when I walked into the restaurant a few hours later. Laszlo’s profile described him as an attractive, athletic 30 year-old. The man who greeted me was greying and elderly. I was on a date with a man who had lied to me about his name and his age.  While we waited to be seated he shyly handed me a bunch of flowers and, just as the waitress came over, passed me the £40 he had agreed to pay for my company. I felt very uncomfortable; for the rest of the meal the waiting staff kept giving me knowing glances, obviously trying to work out whether I really was being paid to be there. Although I tried not to care, I couldn’t help feeling slightly ashamed of what I was doing. Laszlo had obviously given our meeting a lot of thought. As we waited for our meal to arrive he showed me various maps, detailing the flight paths we would be taking if we ever flew to Paris together. Later, when we were chatting about his interest in family history, he whipped some Hungarian records out of his bag and started translating random information about his ancestors. One had been a royal judge and he seemed to think that this made him the perfect man for me, a law student. The low point came with desert when Laszlo revealed that he knew I had lied to him. In a vague attempt at self-protection I had told him over the phone that I studied at Keble. Using the internet, Laszlo had worked out that I was in fact at New. “I understand that you wanted to protect yourself,” he told me. “But you have to realise that rape is a two-way process.” He seemed genuinely upset by my white lie, reminding me that “trust is the key to any relationship.” I couldn’t decide whether to feel horrified, or desperately sorry for him. For me this lunch was a way of making money. For Laszlo it was potentially the start of a real relationship; one involving days out, sex and ultimately love. He mentioned the possibility of my staying at his house twice, joking that it would make “a nice change from student digs.”In some ways the date was better than I had expected. I felt safe and in control, and found plenty to chat about. In others it was worse: I was now clear that most of takemetodinner’s punters wanted much more than an intellectual conversation. Would I do it again? Absolutely not. As I walked away from the restaurant I felt upset, a little humiliated, but above all, relieved. Feeling that way on a regular basis can’t be good for your mental health. Sophie ManningMy greatest fear about joining the escort service was that nobody would ask me out, so as a precaution, I set my price low at £30 per date. It turns out I needn’t have worried. Amongst the horde of men whose mates signed them up as a practical joke, there are plenty who are genuinely in the market for girls.First on my list of potential dates was David, the very man that Becky turned down. Feeling adventurous, and tempted by his tickets to a well-produced opera in London, I decided not to be offended by the idea of romantic sloppy seconds and agreed. A train-ride later, I turned up on the glamourous South bank of the Thames to go and see Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at the Royal Festival Hall. After a polite kiss on either cheek, I chose babbling as an opening tactic to ease into what I knew would be an awkward evening. “I feel like such a small-town girl, these lights are amazing,” I gibbered. But conversation was thin on the ground. I tried his career, his musical taste and even the Edinburgh-Glasgow rivalry, which I felt was sure to get a Scot going. David was giving me nothing, and was certainly not interested in my life. I decided to shut up and start observing. Rather than 44 as he purports to be, David looks around 50 years old. He’s short and stout with dodgy teeth but an open smile – an appearance which translates onto www.takemetodinner.co.uk as ‘attractive’. Regarding his personal life, he gave as little away in person as he does on the website. I managed to glean that he owns three houses and runs a business, but felt uncomfortable asking more given his unnerving reticence.I even tried to open the topic of Oxbridge Escorts, but as soon as the words escaped I felt I’d made a huge faux-pas. David obviously didn’t appreciate the reference to his own desperation. I decided he was a fantasist and he decided I was rude; the date moved on to a new level of embarrassment. My discomfort that evening wasn’t entirely his fault, though. What should have been a fabulous night at the opera was marred by having to escape to the loos to text anxious friends, and keep one eye on my drink at all times to reduce my chances of getting date-raped. And security wasn’t my only worry. As a girl who has never allowed a man to so much as buy her a drink before, I suddenly felt obliged to be completely submissive. Should I be walking a pace behind him at all times? Was I entitled to object when he openly checked other girls out in front of me?It all got much worse when he took me to the Savoy, just across the river, for a cocktail. It cost £13 and was probably the best passionfruit Caipirinha I’ll ever taste, but nothing could make up for the waiter’s knowing glint. “Will you be requiring a room tonight, Sir,” he asked like a man who came across high-class prostitutes as a matter of course. David mused a little before replying “no, I don’t think so, not tonight.” Before I had finished fuming that my ‘client’ had even considered hiring me for the night, he handed me three crisp twenties in front of everyone in the bar. Three well-dressed girls sitting across from us burst into giggles, and I decided there and then that I’d rather drink Sainsbury’s Basics Whiskey that I’d paid for myself than accept a cocktail at such a cost.Cherwell 24 is not responsible for the content of external linkslast_img read more

Univ freshers tan for charity

first_imgA septet of University College female freshers have completed a charity tan-a-thon, applying spray tan to themselves in an effort to raise money for The Life Foundation, an organisation that supports orphaned and abandoned children and those with mental disabilities in the Oltania region of Romania. The decision to raise for Romania was inspired by the work of Abi Karas, one of the tanners, who is headed back there this summer for further volunteer work in Oltania. The group’s Facebook event boasts, “We’ve rounded up our pastiest and most self-conscious friends to embark on a journey of humiliation all in the name of The Life Foundation which, if you’ve ever spoken to Abi (ever), you will have heard about.” The group’s page on Charity Giving promises, “The more you raise the darker we go,” with additional goals including “If we get to £500, Abi will stop talking about Romania for a week,” and “if we get to £600, Sybil will get the darkest tan again for Univ Ball.” The first round of tanning took place on Tuesday, with an effervescent, ersatz orange glow emanating from the tanners. The tanners have additionally promised that if they reach £1000, they will shoot a nude calendar. As of Wednesday, £789.50 has been raised. The nude calendar has been a popular charity raising method in Oxford recently, with many college sports teams making their own. Tan-a-thon participant Sybil Devlin explained the impetus behind the group’s decision to spray tan. She stated, “We always joked about one of the girls being akin to a vampire in her paleness but then realised that we were all, unfortunately in the same boat, so it seemed like a natural progression from forcing her to get one to cheer everyone up during Prelims to actually doing something worthwhile with the humiliating idea.”last_img read more

BERNIE’S ARMY OF FREELOADERS

first_imgMaking Sense by Michael ReaganIt’s time for Bernie Sanders to step down.His young supporters will be disappointed for the rest of their lives, but it’s time for Bernie to join the cast of “Saturday Night Live.”He fought hard and if nothing else he showed the America people how to deliver a speech full of stale socialist ideas with a lot of honesty and pizzazz.Hillary and Trump are vying to get Bernie’s enthusiastic army to enlist on their side.Trump is hallucinating. Hillary is only dreaming.When Bernie’s army is disbanded, whether it’s tomorrow or after the convention, they’re not going to change uniforms and join Hillary, Trump or anyone else — unless Jon Stewart decides to run.They’re going back to their dorms and parents’ basements to play video games or plan their summer vacation in Europe.Most of them signed up for Bernie’s children’s crusade not because they wanted to put an old socialist in the White House, but because he promised them free stuff.Stuff like a free college education and free healthcare and free dry-cleaning services.Now that their dream of free grad school is gone, they’re no longer interested in politics.Most of Bernie’s college kids look to me like they don’t understand that there’s this concept people used to call “work.”They’re in that “Gimme, gimme, gimme” mode — the belief that because you breathe you deserve to be given free stuff that your parents or taxpayers have to pay for.It’s much worse today, but that attitude of entitlement was just getting started back in the 1960s. I admit as a college dropout I even tried to take advantage of it — until my “old-fashioned” parents set me straight.As I write in my new book, “Lessons My Father Taught Me,” after I quit the University of Arizona after a minute and a half, I knocked on my father’s door in L.A.No answer.I knocked on my mother Jane Wyman’s door.No answer.When I called them on the phone, they answered.“I’m home,” I said.“No you’re not,” they said.“We paid your bills while you were in college, but you dropped out. Now it’s your turn. You need to find a place to live. Get a job. The gravy train is over.”I moved in with some friends and got a job on a loading dock, thanks to my sister Maureen.I worked at Asbury Transportation Co. from 5 at night to 1:30 in the morning loading oil well freight onto trucks that went to the fields in Bakersfield.That’s exactly where I was the night my father won the election for Governor of California in 1966.My parents taught me if you want to go anywhere in life, you’re going to need a strong work ethic to get you there.My father was tough, but my mother Jane made him look like Mister Rogers.When I started my radio talk-show career in the early 1990s, I was driving 262 miles a day roundtrip from L.A. to San Diego.I was not getting paid because we were trying to start a national show. I had two kids and a wife and not enough money.I called my mother and whined, “Can you help me out?”“I have a suggestion for you,” she said before she hung up on me.“Shut up and keep driving. Nobody died and said you didn’t have to pay your dues. You have to pay them like everyone else. That way when you’re a success you’ll appreciate it. If it’s given to you for free, you’ll never learn to appreciate it. So shut up and keep driving.”I shut up and kept driving. I finally got the lesson about hard work and that show lasted from 1992 to 2009, when I walked away from talk radio.It’s too bad the kids in college today — Bernie’s kids — don’t have parents as tough — and smart — as I did.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Franchise coffee chain reveals expansion plans

first_imgMangobean, the franchised coffee shop operator, has a pipeline of openings planned this year with the goal of achieving an estate of 125 shops. According to M&C, sites have been secured in Birmingham, Bolton, York and Harrogate to open this year. Sites in Bromley and Newcastle’s Metro Centre are earmarked for 2016.There are 22 franchisees signed up and searching for sites and founder Shane Saunders told M&C he expects to have 15 up and running by this time next year. He is looking for sites in areas of high footfall, including high streets and shopping centres. The operators also have an interest in installing units within the education and health sectors.The most recently opened shop is in Horsham, West Sussex, and marks the company’s fifth. This site runs a more refined menu including frappes, waffles, smoothies and non-alcoholic coffee cocktails, with coffee roasted and baguettes prepared on-site.Saunders claims to be the most affordable coffee shop franchise in the UK and is looking for more applicants. Mangobean started in 2007 by selling its own branded coffee and equipment to cafés and coffee shops around London and the south-east.last_img read more