The subject is addressed by someone outside the arena of ‘teen-age’ – a ring-side view!In the first place, it has to be understood without any ambiguity that the commentator(s) have lived through the agonies, excitement, frustration and disillusions of the age as debated –It relates to the period of life when one indulged in relationship with honesty and without infidelity, it used to be the period when whim transcended logic or reasoning – a period of exuberant spirit and overpowering aspiration which reduce every goal well within attainment.Also, it is the period of exaggerated feelings, sentiment, hurt or ecstasy.It is the significant period of life when the primary concern is ‘self’ and the predominant indulgence is narcissistic. The fear of loss, both real and imaginary remains a major obsession.Everyone enters into this phase of life with profound confusion and utter impatience.With the innocence of the childhood gone, one steps into teen-age with self-righteous thinking and not only seeks to find answer for everything that is confronted with but also with an innate inquisitiveness to experience it – learning in the process while breaking and making a few things, experiencing failure and dejection besides a few chance-successes and failures as consequential outcome. That is how the fear of failure and the fear of loss develop and take a seat in the mind and a desire to achieve and excel grows within the ‘teen’. Denial of success or achievement and fear of loss or failure generate a feeling of insecurity in the ‘teen-age’.Lack of self-confidence and inferiority complex add to the persona to push him/her into a total ‘insecure’ corner from where it becomes virtually impossible for the person to come out. Lack of self-confidence and the internal dejection gets manifest through a behaviour pattern of finding fault in everything other than self and accusing others. It becomes difficult for the person to appreciate anything, any person or a situation – exactly in tune with the rejection he/she has been experiencing from some others. The person has failed to appreciate anything slowly consigns himself/herself to isolation in the illusion of feeling secure.With the multitude of delinquents around, one often gets dragged into a comparison of sorts. Personal envy prompts encouragement to pull down someone and thus personal dejection fortified with lack of self-confidence may tend to perpetuate a ’good-for-nothing’ feeling. There is an essential difference between critical-self-assessment and feeling of insecurity. The faculty of assessing self is made obscure and invariably thwarted because of the choices made and the denial to introspect, and maybe refusal to regret the things one has committed or said make the situation complicated beyond repair; while a sense of self-righteousness adds fuel to the fire refusing any progress over the deficiencies.Teenage years are full of insecurities, doubts, anxieties – all constituting parts of growing. It is a period of great changes in life. There are inevitable physical, physiological, mental, and emotional changes occurring. The hapless victim of the process bereft of conviction or any sensible explanation to the myriads of doubts and questions arising in his/her mind – make him/her a timid, insecure, fearful, worried and uncertain person. Invariably, in these cases, small and insignificant incidents may escalate into major anxieties – potentially rife of engendering with life-threatening self-destructive means. Aberrated habits, practices and behaviour creep into the life pattern and find a vulnerable patron. The internal insecurities find expression through the hallucinating effects of drugs, alcohol, smoke and the like and the individual tries to find change under the enchanting spell of the substance; which slowly influence the habit and produce dependence. This is the time when ‘ism’ may find a taker and the internal urge of the individual to seek meaning and find answers to the internal turmoil and his/her vulnerability of imbibing an idea can be exploited with a carefully crafted design to even turn him/her a mercenary. The perpetrators of this get a life to be killed or to kill in any case – to justify their mission. The insecure ‘teen’ is bound to carry along with him/her the insecurities into adulthood. The persisting insecurities affect the personality and get expression through behaviour and interpersonal exchange. The internal confusion and conflict make the victim many times incapable of handling the pressure. When the individual fails to handle the pressure, he/she may take recourse to dangerous coping mechanisms which may at times be lethal.Having briefly dealt with the above, it is imperative for the commentators who have lived through that phase of life to bring out a workable pattern to be adaptive to different stations of life through which every individual has to travel.
Courtesy Abdiel Santana(SAN JUAN) — At least a thousand pallets of water bottles, meant for Hurricane Maria survivors, were left to rot under the Puerto Rican sun.That is what Angelo Cruz Ramos, the mayor of Ceiba, told ABC News about what happened to thousands and thousands of water bottles that are sitting on the tarmac at the former naval base, Roosevelt Roads.Cruz Ramos did not know the water was there and only found out when the images, posted to Facebook on Sept. 11, went viral, he said. The area is a restricted zone, so he is not been able to approach it.Because the bottled water has been under the sun for months, all the water is contaminated and is not suitable for consumption, Cruz Ramos said.The Federal Emergency Management Agency confirmed to ABC News that the water was purchased by the federal agency and was determined to be a part of a surplus of supplies in April. The excess supply was transferred to the island’s General Services Administration, FEMA said.Puerto Rico’s General Services Administration said back in May that the agency received around 20,000 pallets of water through a federal government program to distribute excess supplies, the agency said in a statement to ABC News. After delivering more than 700 pallets, they received complaints about the smell and taste of the water from a municipality, the GSA said.The GSA are working with FEMA and the island’s department of health to perform water tests on what they got from the federal government, the GSA said. They added that they will be returning the water to the federal government.Ramos is not sure who is at fault. Because there were supply planes arriving at airport in Ceiba hundreds of times after the storm – off loading food and water, he wouldn’t know when this water actually arrived on that tarmac, he said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Mizpah Volunteer Fire Company 18-2(MIZPAH, N.J.) — A young volunteer firefighter from New Jersey was killed Christmas morning when her car crashed into a guardrail as she responded to an emergency call.Natalie Dempsey, 21, worked for the Mizpah Volunteer Fire Company 18-2 and was the vice president of the organization. The company announced her death on its Facebook page at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.Dempsey was driving her 2001 Honda Accord to a call just after 6 a.m. in Hamilton Township, New Jersey, when she apparently lost control and drove through a guardrail and off the road, according to New York ABC station WABC-TV.“At this time, the Mizpah Fire Co. has to announce the passing of Firefighter/Vice President Natalie Dempsey,” the company wrote in a statement. “Please keep her family in your prayers. We will keep you all updated on any funeral arrangements. This will be a funeral with full honors due to it being a line of duty passing.”Dempsey was pronounced dead on the scene and was the only one in the car, WABC-TV reported. Her car was only found after her own fire company stopped to assist other officials at the accident scene when returning from the initial fire to which Dempsey was reporting.The Mays Landing Fire Department, which works with the Mizpah volunteer force, responded to the accident. The department called her “vibrant” and “always smiling.” Both companies shared photos of Dempsey — one where she is smiling and decked out in full uniform and gear; and another where she is playfully posing, covered in firefighting foam.“Please join us in extending our thoughts and prayers to Ms. Dempsey’s family as well as to her firehouse family during this tough time,” the Mays Landing Fire Department said in a statement.“Natalie Dempsey, thank you for your service; we’ll take it from here.”Mizpah Fire Chief Jay Davenport told NJ.com that Dempsey had just passed the Firefighter 1 certification and had attended the police academy over the summer.Mizpah is about 25 miles west of Atlantic City, in southern New Jersey.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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Vehicles that have a confirmed booking with a Clean Vehicle Retrofit Accreditation Scheme (CVRAS)-approved retrofit solution to allow them to comply with London’s Low Emission Zone (LEZ) will receive a three-month grace period.That will allow them to be driven in the LEZ without attracting a charge for non-compliance. The three-month period begins from the date that Transport for London (TfL) receives notification from the retrofit equipment manufacturer and the vehicle record is updated.Vehicle checker will show compliance during LEZ grace periodDuring the grace period TfL’s vehicle checker tool will show the vehicle as compliant. It could take up to seven days after the booking is confirmed for a record to be updated. If it is still not the case by when that time has elapsed, operators are advised to check with the retrofit equipment manufacturer that the booking has been correctly forwarded to TfL.Until the vehicle checker show that the vehicle concerned is compliant, any LEZ daily charges accrued must be paid.The grace period ends either after three months or when TfL is notified by CVRAS that the vehicle has been treated and complied with LEZ standards, whichever is sooner. It runs until 28 February 2022.LEZ standards tighten to Euro VI from 1 MarchLEZ standards for coaches, buses and minibuses with a GVW of over 5,000kg will be tightened to Euro VI from 1 March.As of that date, Euro IV and Euro V examples will be charged £100 per day to enter the LEZ. Those that do not satisfy Euro IV will be charged £300 per day. No additional charge will be necessary to enter the Ultra Low Emission Zone.A report to Mayor of London Sadiq Khan in June 2018 shows that the Confederation of Passenger Transport, the London Tourist Coach Operators Association (now the UK Coach Operators Association) and RHA were among bodies to have called for a grace period where retrofit equipment had been ordered but could not be installed in time for tightened regulations. Their concerns were based around the availability of such solutions.
A Spanish court ordered two Catalan separatist leaders to be jailed on Monday pending trial on charges of sedition connected to demonstrations ahead of the region’s pro-independence referendum on October 1.A Madrid court said in a statement that Jordi Sànchez of the Catalan National Assembly (ANC), and Jordi Cuixart of Omnium Cultural — the two grassroots movements that mobilized voters in the referendum for secession from Spain — should be jailed without bail because of the gravity of the charges against them.The court statement said there was also a risk that the two accused might try to “hide, alter or destroy evidence” related to pro-independence rallies in Catalonia on September 20 and 21, where the aim of the ANC and Omnium was, according to the court, “to stop the Civil Guard” — the Spanish police. Catalan regional President Carles Puigdemont, who organized the referendum itself, tweeted that it was “very bad news,” adding that: “Sadly, we have political prisoners again.” The Catalan government’s foreign minister, Raül Romeva, tweeted: “Leaders of Catalonia’s civil society jailed. This is how the new member of U.N. Human Rights Council responds to our offer of talks.”Earlier on Monday, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy gave Puigdemont a second and final deadline to clarify whether he had followed up on the referendum by declaring independence in a confusing session in the regional parliament. Puigdemont made a unilateral declaration of independence, but then asked the parliament to suspend it pending negotiations with Spain, which have not materialized. Also On POLITICO Rajoy gives Catalonia last chance to come clean on independence By Saim Saeed High noon in Catalonia By Diego Torres
Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona has announced an impressive multi-genre lineup featuring The Black Keys, The Strokes, The Replacements and many more. The festival will take place May 27-30, 2015. Tickets are on sale here.So, who’s ready to take a quick trip over to Spain?Primavera Sound Lineup:The StrokesThe ReplacementsBlack KeysBelle and SebastianRideSleater-KinneyPatti SmithRun the JewelsFoxygenInterpolThe Julie RuinJames BlakePanda BearThe New PornographersDeath From Above 1979SpiritualizedtUnE-yArDsTwin ShadowMac DeMarcoSwansIceageHiss Golden MessengerFucked UpKelelaAriel PinkMikal CroninOughtMineralalt-JSunn O)))The Thurston Moore BandTyler, the CreatorThe HotelierJulian Casablancas + the VoidzPerfume GeniusUnderworldPallbearerCaribouUnknown Mortal OrchestraMournTorresMy Brightest DiamondHEALTHBabes in ToylandThee Oh SeesSingle MothersEx HexShellac
[H/T Billboard] It only took a quarter of a century, but arguably the most popular American holiday song of the 20th century, Mariah Carey‘s “All I Want for Christmas Is You”, has finally peaked atop Billboard‘s “Hot 100” pop singles chart for the first time.The feat was confirmed by the industry media outlet on Monday, and marks the first time that Carey has had a chart-topping single since “Touch My Body” arrived back in 2008.Related: L4LM Monthly Mix – December 2019 Listening Guide [Listen]Originally released in October 1994, “All I Want for Christmas Is You” was the lead single to appear on Carey’s debut holiday album, Merry Christmas. The song has since established itself as a repeat favorite on holiday playlists, car ride sing-a-longs, and karaoke nights with the co-workers. According to Billboard, the song’s long-deserved landing of the song at the No. 1 spot on the “Hot 100” chart marks Carey’s 18th time doing so as a songwriter, and 14th No. 1 as a producer.Carey now holds the Billboard record for the longest span of No. 1 singles on the “Hot 100” with a span of 29 years, four months, and two weeks. Her first time at No. 1 dates back to the week of August 4th, 1990 with the song, “Vision of Love”. The previous record-holder was that of Cher, who’s span between No. 1’s was an equally impressive 27 years and five months.The song’s landing at No. 1 this week also marks just the second holiday song which has peaked at the top of the chart since “The Chipmunk Song” (with David Seville) held that spot for four weeks in 1958-59.Listen to Carey’s holiday classic in full below.Mariah Carey – “All I Want for Christmas Is You”[Video: Mariah Carey]While it is surprising that it took so long for the song to reach No. 1 on the “Hot 100,” the feat should come as a surprise to no one born after 1980. Last holiday season, “All I Want For Christmas Is You” managed to break Spotify’s single-day streaming record on Christmas Eve with 10,819,009 total plays on the popular music platform.Congrats Mariah.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThanks to a new university project, the sight of gulls or pelicans with fishing hooks in their mouths or fishing line wrapped around their legs will be less common on California beaches. Beginning this week, the California Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project at the University of California Davis is commencing a yearlong effort to remove discarded fishing hooks and slice tangled lines from pier pilings, and establish fishing-line recycling stations to make the coastal ocean safer for wildlife as well as people. “Fishing-line-related injuries are a problem for many of our coastal wildlife species,” said Kirsten Gilardi, executive director of the SeaDoc Society, a program of the UC Davis Wildlife Health Center. “Our goal is to remove as much of it as we can from around fishing piers, and then make it easy for anglers to dispose of their used hooks and line properly in the future.” From Santa Cruz to the Mexican border, trained volunteer scuba divers will use knives and shears to remove accumulated fishing line from the pilings at 16 public-access fishing piers. Working in close cooperation with the cities and ports that manage the piers and with local nonprofit organizations, SeaDoc will install custom bins at each pier to encourage anglers to discard their unwanted hooks and line in the bin instead of into the water. Collected monofilament will be recycled. Crews will be cleaning up the Avila pier today and tackle the rest before June 2007. Locations include Santa Cruz, Goleta, Santa Monica, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, San Pedro, Seal Beach, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, San Clemente, Oceanside, Ocean Beach in San Diego and Imperial Beach. Monterey pier was where the project debuted on March 20. To date, working closely with commercial fishermen, the California Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project has retrieved nearly 10 tons of fishing gear from around the Channel Islands. The pier cleanups represent the project’s first efforts taking place on the mainland. The $200,000 California Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project is funded by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Marine Debris Program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The project was established with grants from those organizations and by the California Ocean Protection Council and State Coastal Conservancy. Visit their Web site for more information.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore