High rents are pushing office tenants out of London’s Mayfair – Pack up your troubles

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Letter To A Teenage Daughter

first_imgOne of our treasures is blossoming young women, yet there is an alarming increase in both suicides and suicidal thoughts in girls. There are so many forces shaping these divine bits of female clay including the pressure from social media, bullying, and everything brought up by the #MeToo movement. How can we help form them so when they come through the fire they will not crack? There’s so much I would like to say to them, so here goes:It will get better. I promise. While you may be experiencing the worst thing in your life, and I do not mean to diminish that in any way, life is long and you will be able to put it in perspective. When you survive teenage angst, that is laying the foundation to make you stronger to face whatever comes next. Life is full of good times and bad times. Realizing change is inevitable gives you better balance to surf the emotional waves.Your looks will change. You will lose that 10 pounds and you will gain it back. You will have a good hair day, then a bad hair day. You will put on an amazing outfit. Then you will be a fashion don’t. For as much as you may beat yourself up, your older self will look back and say Oh my gosh, if only I had realized then how pretty I was. Enjoy your neck.Being a sexual being is amazing. There is so much shame girls face. No wonder you want to keep everything private. Here is the truth. Sex is a natural and yummy part of romantic love, and it is your gift to give, so make sure that person is worthy of it. Be educated and safe. You are in charge of your body, not anyone else. Alcohol is not your friend in this department. Even if you meet Prince Charming, give him your number and go home. If he is not interested in coffee with you the next morning, then his crown is clearly cardboard.Find your happy place. Find small things in your control which bring you pleasure and make them a daily practice.Don’t take your freedom for granted. You are too young to remember a time when women did not have the rights they do today. Don’t be complacent or cynical. We have already fought the good fight, and if your freedom is threatened, it is your turn to do battle.Words matter. Do not date the high school jock who speaks disparagingly about girls. Do not vote for a president who says it’s okay to grab women by the p**sy. Do not listen to songs with misogynistic lyrics. This is not just boy talk. This is not okay, period. There are plenty of boys and men who respect women. Choose them.Bet on health instead of beauty. Women are brutally judged on their looks, there is no denying it. But feeling good is your best path to looking good. Don’t be thin, be strong. Instead of spending a ton of money on makeup and beauty products, invest in nutritious food and exercise that creates gorgeous hair, skin, and toning from the inside out. Instead of hating your body, treat it well and reap the rewards.Be a good friend — boys will come and go but a good girlfriend can last a lifetime.Turn off your phone. Addiction to your phone is one of the most potent and dangerous addictions you will face. It is not reality. Social media is a highly manipulated effort for kids to try to prove that their life is better than yours. They are not. They just have a better Snapchat filter.Find a hero — a singer, a writer, a creative person whose stories, lyrics, or actions speak to you. Every generation has its voice. Add yours to it.Being free from pain is different from being dead. You can’t take back being dead. Being a pretty corpse is no consolation prize.High school is hell. I can tell you that many of the most successful people I know were tortured in high school. And some of the most popular kids in high school had their moment in the sun as teenagers and it was all downhill from there.Get really, really, angry. Scream. Cry. Punch the pillow. Pour out all of your feelings. Don’t let it turn inward.Get an imaginary love. Send yourself a flower, write a card to yourself, even text yourself something sweet. (Okay, I don’t know how to do that.)Find one adult to trust — it doesn’t have to be a parent or a teacher. Your truths might be too painful to admit to them. I get that. I truly believe most of us adult women would be nothing but honored to have a teenage girl’s trust and honest questions and opportunity to help. Remember . . . we were you not too long ago. We are made from the same clay.kissandtellhb@gmail.com Sharelast_img read more

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Gail Reopens Tender for LNG Carriers

first_imgIndia’s gas utility Gail India Ltd has issued a new tender to hire nine newly-built LNG carriers under modified terms aimed at facilitating the bidding process and removing hurdles that have prolonged the project.The tender is quoted in three lots of three ships each, out of which three ships would have to be built in India. Under the new terms, Indian shipyards have been given the opportunity to take up to 13 % in each of the three carriers to be built locally.The move would see the equity stakes held by India in the ships increase from previous 36% to 49% thus serving as an incentive to global fleet owners to opt for the remaining 51% stake.Gail plans to time-charter the ships from global owners, who will order the construction of the nine ships. Pursuant to a deal signed last year, Gail has the right to take up to 10% stake in the new ships. and the ships’ operator Shipping Corp. of India Ltd (SCI) can take up to 26% stake in each of the nine LNG carriers.The LNG carriers ordered overseas are to be completed by May 2019, whereas the batch to be built by domestic shipyards should be delivered between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023.According to the tender documents, the charter is 19.5 years for ships built overseas while their counterparts built locally would be time-chartered for 16 years.Bidders have time until December 14 to submit their offers.The previous tender has been scrapped after it failed to attract bidders.The initial plan envisaged for the third of the newbuilds to be built locally so as to boost Indian shipbuilding capabilities.However, it seems that this very precondition turned away international bidders as they were not that eager to share their technology with local builders. Nevertheless, three local builders Cochin Shipyard Ltd, L&T Shipbuilding Ltd, a unit of Larsen and Toubro Ltd (L&T), and Pipavav Defence and Offshore Engineering Ltd, managed to find international partners with the necessary know how on construction of these technologically-advanced ships.India’s Cochin Shipyard Ltd entered into a deal with South Korean Samsung Heavy Industries, L&T Shipbuilding Ltd has partnered up with Hyundai Heavy Industries whereas Pipavav teamed up with Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Society seeks civil litigation compromise

first_imgThe Law Society has joined forces with two claimant lawyer groups to offer a compromise on civil litigation reforms. The Society, which has campaigned against the government’s changes, has agreed new proposals with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and the Motor Accident Solicitors Association (MASS), which involve: Fixed and limited claimant lawyer success fees at a lower level, recoverable from the losing defendant; Claimants to fund their own after-the-event insurance premiums, either up front or from their damages; A workable method of qualified one-way costs shifting to ensure claimants can take on cases; and Putting into legislation the automatic 10% uplift in damages proposed in the Jackson reforms. Desmond Hudson, chief executive of the Law Society, said while the Society remains opposed to reforms included in part 2 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (LASPO) Bill, it also recognises that the government is determined to review the system. ‘We have joined forces with APIL and MASS to present to the government an alternative set of proposals which address their concerns but which will cause less damage to the interests of justice,’ he added. APIL told its members earlier this month that it had worked on a compromise plan. The group’s president David Bott admitted it is not the ‘ideal solution’, but said the claimant community had ‘worked hard to formulate a compromise which is balanced enough to suit all parties’. The proposals are backed by two charities that support injured people: Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) and the Spinal Injuries Association. A spokesman for AvMA said: ‘We expect there to be widespread support from peers of all parties when this is voted on in the Lords.’last_img read more

Judges removed from office after viewing porn at work

first_imgThree judges have been removed from office after an investigation found they had viewed pornographic material at work.In a statement released today, the judicial conduct investigations office said district judge Timothy Bowles, immigration judge Warren Grant and deputy district judge and recorder Peter Bullock have all been removed.The statement said the three were removed after an investigation following an allegation that they had viewed pornographic material on judicial IT equipment in their offices.It added: ‘The lord chancellor and the lord chief justice were satisfied that the material did not include images of children or other illegal content, but concluded that this was an inexcusable misuse of their judicial IT accounts and wholly unacceptable conduct for a judicial office-holder.’A fourth judge, recorder Andrew Maw, was found to have viewed similar inappropriate material through a judicial IT account.The statement said he would likewise have been removed from office had he not resigned before the conclusion of the disciplinary process.Bowles sat at Romford County Court, Grant sat in the Immigration and Asylum Chamber, Bullock was based in the north-eastern region and Maw was based in the Midlands region.The statement noted that the judges were not linked in any way.last_img read more

President Museveni awarded highest military honour as Uganda celebrates 35th Heroes’…

first_imgUganda’s President has been awarded the highest military honour as the East African nation marked its 35th Heroes’ day on Thursday, ‘Order of Katonga’ military medal. President Museveni was recognized for being actively involved in military operations plus for accepting additional responsibilities and danger beyond the call of duty reports local media.“The Katonga medal I got today, is not for me alone, it’s for those who pioneered this struggle, both dead and alive.” Said President MuseveniThe Order of Katonga Medal has been awarded to 2 other heads of state as well former Libya President Col Muammar Gadaffi & Tanzania’s Julius Nyerere posthumously.Gen. Akandwaho was also awarded for saving Museveni from an ambush by the army in 1980 in Kireka Uganda.A ten year old girl Yvonne Namaganda that died trying to rescue her colleagues from an inferno at their dormitory in 2008 killing other 19 girls in Budo junior was also remembered and bestoed the Rwenzori Medal. Rwenzori Medal class medal is awarded to civilians who have shown exemplary courage and responsibility to liberate humanity and the country.A total of 650 medals will be given out to other people who contributed in the armed struggle during the guerrilla war. Last year 1,000 people received medals of honour from the President.National Honours and Awards law was enacted in 2001, more than 18,000 medals of various categories have been awarded, some to foreign Heads of Statelast_img read more

‘T&T not a refuge camp’, says Rowley

first_img Tweet NewsPoliticsRegional ‘T&T not a refuge camp’, says Rowley by: – April 27, 2018 Sharing is caring! Share 45 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has reiterated his administration’s position regarding the repatriation of 82 Venezuelan nationals last week, stating that the twin island republic adhered to the highest standards in handling the matter.During Thursday’s Post-Cabinet press briefing, the prime minister expressed concern over the misinformation currently in the public domain and said that he intends to formally complain to the United Nations about comments made by representatives, adding that there is a legal process that needs to be followed in Trinidad and Tobago by all potential migrants.The Prime Minister also said that the assistance provided was what could be afforded.“What is being said is that Trinidad and Tobago has behaved in a manner unbecoming of Trinidad and Tobago and that is not the fact. What we have here in Trinidad and Tobago, we have difficulties in a neighbouring state. There are people from that state who have difficulties at home.“We are generous and caring people. We have arrangements that allow Venezuelans to come to Trinidad and Tobago to stay for a short while, return to Venezuelan, obtain supplies if they have to and so on,” said Rowley.He noted that as the situation in Venezuela deteriorates, more and more persons have been entering the twin island republic.“Bear in mind, we are not China, we are not Russia, we are not America. We are a little island, limited space of 1.3 million people and therefore we cannot and will not allow the UN spokespersons to convert us into a refugee camp,” he said.On Tuesday, government officials held talks with senior United Nations officials in a bid to “correct the misinformation in the public domain” regarding the deportation of nearly 100 Venezuelan nationals last weekend.A statement issued by the Ministry of National Security said that National Security Minister, retired Major General Edmund Dillon and Attorney General, Faris Al Rawi, met with the United Nations Resident Coordinator Richard Blewitt and Protection Officer of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Ruben Barbado.The statement said that both Dillon and Al Rawi “took the opportunity to once again emphasise the fact that the Government of Trinidad and Tobago respects the human rights of any person who seeks asylum in Trinidad and Tobago.”On Monday the United Nations has expressed concern that a number of Venezuelan nationals who had sought asylum in Trinidad and Tobago had been deported to the South American country over the last weekend.The Living Water Community (LWC), a religious based organisation that works with the UNHCR said that it too had received reports of Venezuelans being deported.Amnesty International in an open letter to the Prime Minister also expressed concern at the situation.“Amnesty International has received information that suggests that those returned did not do so voluntarily, contrary to the minister’s claims, but were presented with papers to sign, in a language they do not understand, stating that they would return voluntarily,” it said.““If indeed those deported were forcibly returned without an individualised assessment or having the opportunity to challenge or appeal their deportation orders, without having their legal options explained to them in a language they understand and without access to their lawyers or UNHCR, the actions of your government have undermined due process, your government’s own policy on asylum, and your country’s international human rights obligations. This cannot be repeated,” Amnesty International said.But the statement Tuesday reiterated that “the repatriation exercise” was strictly carried out on a voluntary basis, in collaboration with the Ambassador of Venezuela to Trinidad and Tobago, Coromoto Godoy Calderón.“The Government of Trinidad and Tobago also expressed its commitment to treating all persons humanely and fairly and to upholding its international obligations,” the statement said, noting that “at the end of the very cordial meeting, both parties agreed to continue the ethos of collaboration and cooperation.”“The Government remains cognisant of its responsibility, to look after the national security interests of the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago,” the statement said.last_img read more

The NEO Sports Insiders Staff Picks The Week Eight NFL Games

first_img Matt Loede Matt Williamson Last Week 6-8Season 68-37Patriots over DolphinsSteelers over BengalsGiants over SaintsFalcons over BuccaneersSeahawks over CowboysRavens over ChargersBears over VikingsTexans over TitansRams over 49ersJets over RaidersPackers over BroncosPanthers over ColtsCardinals over Browns – McCown downspin continues. Browns lose by double digits.Ryan KaczmarskiLast Week 9-5/strongSeason 63-42New England over MiamiDetroit over Kansas CityAtlanta over Tampa BayBaltimore over San DiegoMinnesota over ChicagoTennessee over HoustonNew Orleans over NY GiantsCincinnati over PittsburghSt. Louis over San FranciscoNY Jets over OaklandSeattle over DallasGreen Bay over DenverCarolina over IndianapolisArizona 35 Browns 21 – Johnny runs the offense well, but the Browns still have no defense to stop the high-powered old men on the Cardinals roster. Matt LoedeLast Week 9-5Season 64-41/strongNew England over MiamiDetroit over Kansas CityAtlanta over Tampa BayBaltimore over San DiegoMinnesota over ChicagoHouston over TennesseeNY Giants over New OrleansPittsburgh over CincinnatiSt. Louis over San FranciscoOakland over NY JetsSeattle over DallasGreen Bay over DenverCarolina over IndianapolisArizona 27 Browns 17 – Browns run defense is ranked 32nd in the league, allowing over 150 yards a game. Combine that with too much Carson Palmer and the Browns season of disaster continues. Scott PikerLast week 9-5Season 66-39Miami @ New England – New EnglandDetroit @ Kansas City – DetroitTampa bay @ Atlanta – AtlantaSan Francisco @ St. Louis – St. LouisNew York Giants @ New Orleans – New OrleansMinnesota @ Chicago – MinnesotaSan Diego @ Baltimore – San DiegoCincinnati @ Pittsburgh – CincinnatiTennessee @ Houston – HoustonNew York Jets @ Oakland – OaklandSeattle @ Dallas – SeattleGreen Bay @ Denver – DenverIndianapolis @ Carolina – CarolinaCardinals 31 Browns 13 – If you thought the Rams defense was tough, the Cardinals are just as tough if not better. The Cardinals offense can score points with ease as well. The Browns catch a break because Arizona played Monday night and have to travel east for a 1PM kickoff on Sunday, but it won’t matter that much.Eddy JensenLast Week 9-5Season 65-40New England over MiamiDetroit over Kansas CityAtlanta over Tampa BayChicago over MinnesotaRams over San FranciscoGiants over New OrleansBengals over SteelerChargers over RavensHouston over TitansJets over RaidersSeattle over CowboysGreen Bay over BroncosCarolina over ColtsCardinals 19 Browns 12 – Cardinals bring desert heat to dry up any upset chances. Cardinals 19 Browns 12 Steve DimatteoLast Week 11-3Season 64-41New England over MiamiDetroit over Kansas CityAtlanta over Tampa BayMinnesota over ChicagoRams over San FranciscoNew Orleans over NY GiantsSteelers over BengalsChargers over RavensHouston over TitansOakland over JetsSeattle over CowboysGreen Bay over BroncosColts over Carolina Arizona 30 Browns 10 – The Browns descent continues with another loss, this time a blowout at home. Adrienne GoehlerLast Week 9-5Season 64-41NE over MIAKC over DETATL over TBBAL over SDMIN over CHIHOU over TENNO over NYGPIT over CINSF over STLNYJ over OAKSEA over DALGB over DENCAR over INDARI over CLE 28-16 – The Browns have done nothing to show me they can win as of late, and the injuries aren’t helping either. I think the Cardinals will handle the Browns easily in week 8.Spencer DaviesLast Week 9-5Season 61-44NE over MIAKC over DETATL over TBCHI over MINSTL over SFNYG over NOPIT over CINBAL over SDHOU over TENNYJ over OAKSEA over DALGB over DENCAR over INDArizona over Cleveland Vince MillerLast Week 11-3Season 67-38NE over MIAKC over DETATL over TBCHI over MINSTL over SFNYG over NOCIN over PITSD over BALHOU over TENOAK over NYJSEA over DALGB over DENCAR over INDCardinals 38 Browns 14 – Understandably, getting Joe Haden and Tashaun Gipson back this week is a sizable upgrade to what has been forced to play in the secondary. However, Arizona’s offense is just way too powerful for opposing defenses to slow down. Not-so-bold prediction for this one: Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd eclipse 100 yards receiving on Sunday. CJ2K, you know the guy the Browns passed on when T-West and Duke Johnson Jr. were idle for camp, is also the second leading rusher – not good news for the front seven in Cleveland.Mike PerryLast Week 11-3Season 53-20New England over MiamiKansas City over DetroitAtlanta over Tampa BayBaltimore over San DiegoMinnesota over ChicagoHouston over TennesseeNew Orleans over NY GiantsCincinnati over PittsburghSt. Louis over San FranciscoJets over OaklandSeattle over DallasGreen Bay over DenverCarolina over IndianapolisArizona 35 Browns 10 – Arizona is a good, young team playing with a ton of confidence. The Browns are a trainwreck. Will Cleveland go with a banged-up career loser or an untested youngster that can’t seem to keep his personal life out of the headlines? Does it really matter? The Cardinals could seriously embarrass the Browns on Sunday. And, think…they Cleveland has just four days to prepare for the Bengals! Going on record now to say the Browns-Bengals Thursday night game is going to be a turning point for this franchise…in one way or another.Reply Reply to All Forward More Brandon UrasekLast Week 11-3Season 52-21NE over MIADET over KCATL over TBCHI over MINCIN over PITTEN over HOUSTL over SFNO over NYGBAL over SDNYJ over OAKSEA over DALGB over DENIND over CARArizona 28 Cleveland 10 – Cleveland isn’t going to be able to cover the Arizona wide receivers and the Browns wide receivers won’t be able to separate from the Arizona corners. Arizona strolls to a victory. Dan GillesLast Week 10-4Season 58-31New England over MiamiDetroit over Kansas CityPittsburgh over CincinnatiMinnesota over ChicagoNew Orleans over NY GiantsSan Diego over BaltimoreSt. Louis over San FranciscoAtlanta over Tampa BayHouston over TennesseeNY Jets over OaklandSeattle over DallasGreen Bay over DenverCarolina over IndianapolisArizona over Browns – After four straight games that came down to the final play, the Browns were simply whitewashed last weekend. The return home does them no favors this week, regardless of who is at quarterback.Matt MedleyLast Week 8-6Season 48-25New England over MiamiDetroit over Kansas CityAtlanta over Tampa BaySan Diego over BaltimoreMinnesota over ChicagoTennessee over HoustonGiants over SaintsSteelers over BengalsRams over 49ersRaiders over JetsSeahawks over CowboysPackers over BroncosPanthers over ColtsArizona 28 Cleveland 17 – Bruce Arians reminds the Browns why they shouldn’t have passed on him in their head coaching searches in recent years. Meanwhile the Browns are well on their way to beginning yet another coaching search. Related TopicsNFLNFL PicksNFL Week 8center_img Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.last_img read more