Hester Ford, the oldest living American, has died

first_imgA North Carolina woman who was recognized as the oldest living American, died peacefully on Saturday in her home, her great-granddaughter confirmed.Hester Ford was at least 115 years and 245 days old at the time of her death, according to the Gerontology Research Group, who verified her as the oldest living American in 2019. Her family, however, said that she was born on August 15, 1904, which would make her 116 years old.Ford was born in Lancaster, South Carolina, to Peter and Frances McCardell. She went on to marry John Ford and had 12 children — eight girls and four boys.“She never ‘fit into a one size fit all box’ as she was a master inventor and innovator — a trailblazer setting her own trends within the community and her home,” Patterson-Powe, Ford’s great-granddaughter, said. 2 young siblings die days after being found in Florida pool April 29, 2021 AdvertisementPatterson-Powe said her great-grandmother was steadfast and unmoveable in the face of adversity.“She never complained, never showed defeat or entertained a pity-party,” she said.With Ford’s passing, the Gerontology Research Group lists Thelma Sutcliffe of Nebraska, born in 1906, as the oldest living American. The world’s oldest person is Kane Tanaka of Japan at 118 years old, according to the research group. Advertisement AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Teen dies from electrocution during Florida storm April 12, 2021 The-CNN-Wire™ & © 2021 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved. COVID-19 was third leading cause of death in 2020, CDC data suggests April 1, 2021 RELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Advertisement AdvertisementTags: AmericandeathHester Ford Florida parents take steps to prevent drowning deaths May 21, 2021last_img read more

Portlaoise Combat Academy running completely free self-defense classes

first_img New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Jordan Percy Portlaoise Combat Academy are offering free self-defense classes for women every Thursday at 8 pm.They teach you how to get out of any situation you might find yourself in, and how to react in different circumstances and attacks.This is a fantastic service to the community especially considering it is being done free of charge.This news is welcomed as concerns for safety in Portlaoise town have been raised recently.At the last Portlaoise municipal district meeting, there were calls from councillors to make Lyster Lane safer during night time.Cllr Caroline Dwane Stanley said that a number of young girls contacted her about safety concerns around the Bull Lane area at night time.As well as that, last week a teenage girl and her friend experienced a knifepoint robbery as they walked to the train station in Portlaoise.These issues should encourage all women to get involved in these classes and learn how to protect themselves.SEE ALSO – Average rent prices in Laois approach €1,000 Portlaoise Combat Academy running completely free self-defense classes By Sarah Cullen – 12th November 2018 Facebook Home News Portlaoise Combat Academy running completely free self-defense classes News Pinterest Community TAGSkrav magaPortlaoise combat academySelf defense classes Twitter Pinterest Community Council Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Previous articlePortlaoise GAA ventures to Newbridge greyhound stadium for their Tour de Town fundraiserNext articleAn expected 328 jobs to be created in new Portlaoise plant Sarah Cullenhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSarah Cullen is a Journalism and New Media graduate from the University of Limerick. A Portlaoise native, she is happiest when tweeting and talking about dogs. Twitter Facebook WhatsApp WhatsApp Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic year RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Use of circuit-breakers expanding: IIROC

first_img IIROC revises circuit breaker trigger levels for today’s trading Single-stock circuit breakers, which were adopted in the wake of the “flash crash” of 2010, will be expanded to a wider range of securities next week. The Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) said Wednesday that the protection provided by single-stock circuit breakers (SSCBs) will be extended to all “actively traded” securities on Feb. 2. James Langton Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Circuit breakers work, regulators find Keywords Circuit breakersCompanies Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada center_img Related news To date, these circuit breakers have only applied to components of the S&P/TSX Composite Index, and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that are made up of listed securities. Circuit breakers are now being expanded to include so-called “actively-traded” securities, which are defined as a security that trades on an average of at least 500 times a day, with an average trading value of at least $1.2 million. IIROC will post a rundown of all securities that are included in the SSCB program on its website, which will be updated daily. Circuit breakers are designed to dampen extreme volatility in a particular security. They are triggered by a price move of at least 10% and 20 trading increments in a five-minute period. The trigger is set at 20% and 40 trading increments in the post-open period, and following a regulatory halt, given the greater volatility at those times. Halts will generally last five minutes, unless an IIROC official decides a longer pause is needed. Circuit breakers are in effect from 9:30 to 15:30 ET each trading day. When they are not operational, including between 15:30 and 16:00 ET, IIROC officials have the ability to halt or suspend trading in a particular security. Regulators address extreme market volatility Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Former Chicago Fed analyst pleads guilty to data theft

first_img Related news White House, Congress agree on $2 trillion virus rescue bill According to his plea deal, in May 2015, while Cho was in discussions to take a new job outside of the bank, he printed confidential Fed documents from his work computer and took them home with him. He also admitted to doing the same thing when he was interviewing for a position with a different company in March 2015. He will be sentenced at a hearing on June 21. The conviction also prohibits Cho from “participating in the affairs of any U.S. financial institution for at least ten years.” Share this article and your comments with peers on social media James Langton U.S. congressman introduces residency-based tax billcenter_img An analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago has admitted to stealing financial data from the bank while he was in discussions for a new job, the Chicago Fed announced on Thursday. Jeffrey Cho, 35, a former senior analyst at the Chicago Fed admitted in federal court that he stole confidential financial documents from the bank, including data and materials “relating to the bank’s responsibility to monitor the health of certain financial institutions”. Cho pled guilty to a misdemeanor count of theft. Keywords United States US adds 1.8 million jobs in a sign that hiring has slowed Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Petcoke to Fuel Hunts Bay Generating Plant

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedPetcoke to Fuel Hunts Bay Generating Plant RelatedPetcoke to Fuel Hunts Bay Generating Plant RelatedPetcoke to Fuel Hunts Bay Generating Plantcenter_img Petcoke to Fuel Hunts Bay Generating Plant UncategorizedJuly 3, 2008 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Consistent with its strategy to diversify fuel types and produce electricity at a cheaper cost, the Government will be using petcoke to fuel a 100 mega watt (MW) plant at the Hunts Bay generating plant in Kingston.“This project will retire an old and inefficient generating plant at Hunts Bay. I am pleased to announce that Government will own 40 per cent of this new plant and will be signing a joint venture agreement with the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) in a few days,” Minister of Energy, Clive Mullings said.The Minister made this disclosure during his contribution to the 2008/09 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives yesterday (July 1).Petcoke (petroleum coke) is a high-carbon, solid product made from the refining of crude oil. It is also used to making anodes used in chemical and metals processes and as a fuel in power stations, cement kilns and domestic heating.Mr. Mullings also outlined coal as another viable option in reducing the country’s reliance on oil.“Coal can be viably introduced with small scale units delivering 100-150 MW of electricity. This is suitable to the requirements of our power system and the retirement of old inefficient plants,” the Minister said.He noted that global coal reserves are extensive and available in the region in North America, Columbia and Brazil, among other places. The Minister also informed that technology exist to make coal an environmentally safe fuel.Mr. Mullings also stated that key players in the bauxite and alumina and power sectors have indicated their willingness to install coal plants.“I am encouraging them to share in the cost of developing a single coal receiving facility, which would have the effect of lowering the price at which electricity can be supplied to the grid and for use in their own operations,” the Minister said.last_img read more

Revocation of Authorization of Belarus General License 2G Due to Human Rights Violations and Abuses

first_imgRevocation of Authorization of Belarus General License 2G Due to Human Rights Violations and Abuses The U.S. Department of State fully supports the Department of the Treasury’s announcement today on the revocation of the Belarus-related General License (GL) and implementation of a 45-day wind down of transactions. This action is a further consequence of the Belarusian authorities’ flagrant disregard for human rights and Belarus’ failure to comply with its obligations under international human rights law.In 2015, the Department of the Treasury – in consultation with the Department of State – issued the GL authorizing U.S. persons to engage in certain transactions with nine sanctioned Belarusian state-owned enterprises. The GL had been renewed annually through 2020 due to notable progress by Belarusian authorities on human rights, particularly the release of all political prisoners during this time.However, as a result of government suppression surrounding the fraudulent August 2020 Presidential elections in Belarus and its aftermath, there are more than 340 political prisoners detained in Belarus today. Given the sharply deteriorating human rights situation in Belarus, the U.S. Government determined a further extension would be inconsistent with the Belarus Democracy Act and incompatible with American values. The nine state-owned enterprises affected by this action finance and support the Lukashenka regime, facilitating its violent repression of the Belarusian people and repeated rejection of the rule of law.Belarus’ regression is exemplified by the detention of political hopefuls like Syarhey Tsikhanouski, courageous activist leaders like Maria Kalesnikava, and independent media experts like Ihar Losik – who are but three among the hundreds of Belarusians unjustly imprisoned by the Lukashenka regime for exercising their human rights and fundamental freedoms.The United States calls on the Belarusian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release all those unjustly detained or imprisoned. Moreover, we commit to working together with the international community to further promote accountability for those responsible for human rights violations and abuses in Belarus.Respect for human rights, the rule of law and Belarus’ commitments to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe remain central to improving bilateral relations.To learn more about the GL 2H, visit https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/financial-sanctions/recent-actions/20210419 . /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:american, Belarus, community, Democracy, Department of State, detention, Europe, failure, finance, Government, Human Rights, independent media, prisoners, rule of law, security, United Stateslast_img read more

Shaw calls for more focus on Primary Education

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, has said that there must be a sustained focus on primary education, so that the youth can get a good start in their education development.“In too many areas we have fallen down in our standards, and we are in desperate need of greater emphasis on primary education. We have to concentrate more in Jamaica on early childhood education and primary education,” Mr. Shaw said.He was addressing a luncheon organized by the Catholic College of Mandeville (CCM), at the St. John Bosco Boys’ Home in the town on Wednesday (December 8).The CCM broke ground Wednesday for the construction of a new site in Williamsfield, Manchester, which will accommodate 2,000 students, up from the current population of 700. Mr. Shaw commended the institution for focusing on teacher education, as well as on ethics in professional conduct.He said that, for too long, Jamaica’s children have been moving from one stage to another in school, without adequate training, some virtually illiterate.“All of the things that we have been working on, all of the things that we need to do as a country, the biggest investment of all must remain our investment in the human development of this country,” he stated.He said that the stabilization of the economy by the Government has enabled many investment opportunities and, with more investments in human capacity, Jamaica should be on its way, once again, to experiencing meaningful growth.CCM opened its doors in 1993 in Mandeville. Relocating to the new site in Williamsfield will allow for physical expansion and resources to enhance teacher training. The institution offers several diploma and degree programmes, as well as a Master’s programme in teacher education. Shaw calls for more focus on Primary Education EducationDecember 10, 2010 RelatedShaw calls for more focus on Primary Education RelatedShaw calls for more focus on Primary Educationcenter_img RelatedShaw calls for more focus on Primary Education Advertisementslast_img read more

Chevening Scholars Invited To Take Part In Activities Hosted By High Commission

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Photo: Contributed Jamaica’s High Commissioner to London, Her Excellency Aloun Ndombet-Assamba (Centre) and Deputy High Commissioner Mrs. Deidre Mills (third right) share a photo opportunity with five of 2015/16 Jamaican Chevening Scholars during a courtesy call at the Jamaican High Commission in London on Thursday November 5 2015. The Chevening Scholars from left are: Adley Duncan, Chadine Ellis, Jerome Cowans, Grace Lindo and Oroyo Eubanks. Chevening Scholars Invited To Take Part In Activities Hosted By High CommissionJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Advertisements High Commissioner to London, Her Excellency Aloun Ndombet Assamba, has invited the 2015/16 Jamaican Chevening Scholars to participate in activities hosted by the High Commission while they are studying in the United Kingdom (UK).Mrs. Ndombet Assamba, who met with five of the 11 Jamaican scholars at her office in London, on November 5, said the High Commission has a number of activities to celebrate national and other special Jamaican events throughout the year.“We host these events at the High Commission to offer Jamaicans here a little piece of home and as a way of staying connected to the strong and rich Jamaican culture,” she said.She reminded the scholars to use the opportunity while in the UK to visit places of interest and build strong networks, and to contact her office for any help or information they may need.In the meantime, the High Commissioner said there has been a growing interest from people living in the UK, but whose parents were born in Jamaica, to apply for their Jamaican citizenship. She said the process has been going well and the High Commission will continue its efforts to get more people to apply.She said the Jamaican passport has tremendous value when travelling across the world and encouraged the Chevening Scholars to let persons in the UK who are eligible for Jamaican citizenship know they can apply. RelatedSenator Nicholson Urges Full Support for CCJ Chevening Scholars Invited To Take Part In Activities Hosted By High Commission Foreign AffairsNovember 10, 2015Written by: Oroyo Eubanks Story HighlightsHigh Commissioner to London, Her Excellency Aloun Ndombet Assamba, has invited the 2015/16 Jamaican Chevening Scholars to participate in activities hosted by the High Commission while they are studying in the United Kingdom (UK).Mrs. Ndombet Assamba, who met with five of the 11 Jamaican scholars at her office in London, on November 5, said the High Commission has a number of activities to celebrate national and other special Jamaican events throughout the year.She reminded the scholars to use the opportunity while in the UK to visit places of interest and build strong networks, and to contact her office for any help or information they may need. RelatedUS Ambassador Lauds Relationship Between JA and US RelatedCaribbean to Get Support from UNESCO to Meet Sustainable Development Goals The five Chevening Scholars who called on the High Commissioner and her Deputy, Diedre Mills, were:  Chadine Allen, Oroyo Eubanks, Adley Duncan, Jerome Cowans and Grace Lindo.last_img read more

McIlroy brilliant in British win

first_imgHOYLAKE, England – Both performances were brilliant, by any measure, but after that broad stroke the comparisons wear thin rather quickly. Where Tiger Woods picked apart a parched layout at the 2006 Hoylake Open playing small ball, Rory McIlroy blasted over, through and around whatever defenses Royal Liverpool could muster. Where Tiger dissected Hoylake with a surgeon’s touch eight years ago on his way to his last claret jug, Rory bludgeoned the links, if not the field, into submission to claim his first Open triumph. It was all the byproduct of a different course and two dramatically different players. Like he did at 2011 U.S. Open and PGA Championship a year later, McIlroy added to his major legacy. The 25-year-old now stands one green jacket away from the career Grand Slam, one smashed drive at a time. Much will be made of the Northern Irishman’s week with the putter – he was fourth in the field in total putts (110) – but this masterpiece was powered by that much-maligned Nike driver and a fearless game plan. He ranked first in driving distance (327 yard average) and 20th in fairways hit for the week, and will remember the bomb that split the fairway at the 16th hole as he clung to a two-stroke lead over Sergio Garcia that set up a two-putt birdie. Open Championship full-field scores Open Championship: Articles, videos and photos He would only need to par the last two to become the third player in the history of the game – joining Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus – to win the first three legs of the Grand Slam on or before his 25th birthday. “I’m glad I gave myself enough of a cushion today because I had a lot of guys coming after me,” said McIlroy, who closed with a 71 to add an unexpected level of intrigue to what was shaping up to be a formality. The challenge that few expected ultimately came from Garcia, whose colorful history at the Open Championship reaches all the way back to that canary yellow scripting at the ’06 championship. El Nino set himself up for another painful also-ran finish with a 12-footer for eagle at the par-5 10th hole to get to within two strokes. And the man who once opined that he was playing against more than the field was once again negotiating with the divine. “Please be good. Please, please, please,” he pleaded as his approach bounced short of the 11th green. For a time both golf ball and golf gods listened, like when he airmailed his approach into the grandstand right of the 12th green and watched as his ball caromed out of the seats and onto the fringe. Karma, however, will only give so much. At the 15th hole the Spaniard found the bunker right of the green and needed two swipes to extricate himself. The golf gods had stopped listening. “I tried as hard as I could and just got a little too cute (at No. 15),” said Garcia, who closed with a 66 to tie for second place with Rickie Fowler for his fourth top-5 finish in the game’s oldest championship. “When you’re in a position like that you can’t make any mistakes and there was a lot of pressure.” It was McIlroy who was favored by the golf gods on Sunday. As he did on Day 3 when things became touch and go, McIlroy manhandled Hoylake’s closing loop. His birdie at the 16th hole moved him to 17 under and the engraver began to warm up. By the time he found the fairway at the last the R-O-R-Y were being cut into the silver chalice. A two-putt par at the last was all he needed for a two-stroke victory and the title that has always meant the most to him. “I want to be that person who goes on and wins majors regularly,” McIlroy said. “After this I want to think ahead and win as many events as I can.” As McIlroy studied the claret jug, amazed that his name had already been etched into history, he scrolled by Woods’ name. Although they took vastly different paths to victory the connection was undeniable – they had arrived at the same destination.last_img read more

One Final Tip-Off

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. After more than 1,300 basketball games, one of the most experienced refs in Montana officiated his final contest last week. But not without first being celebrated by almost 3,000 fans inside Flathead High School’s gym.“Tonight we would like to honor Keith Ori for his dedication and commitment to the game of basketball and to the hundreds of athletes and coaches he has worked with over his 36-year career,” the public announcer said.A native of Dillon and the founder of Orthopedic Rehab in Kalispell, Ori has officiated more than 40 high school state tournaments and more than 70 district and divisional tournaments since 1977. He also spent six years working in the NCAA’s Big Sky Conference. Since moving to Kalispell in 1986, he has served as president of the local officiating pool, recruiting and training new refs.Ori is retiring as one of only 22 refs with 35 or more years of experience among 855 registered high school officials in the state, according to the Montana High School Association.“He’s done a fantastic job and he’s been a great mentor for officials in the Flathead area,” said Mark Beckman, executive director of the MHSA.“He’s able to deal with people and able to make the tough decisions and calls.”Retirement was a tough decision. Ori still loves officiating but decided to call it a career after suffering a string of injuries in recent years.“It’s been a really memorable time,” he said. “It can be a thankless job. But I’ve got memories that are pretty spectacular.”Ori has been in the middle of countless classic games over the years. Reflecting back, there’s one in particular that sticks out.The 2009 Class A state championship game in Great Falls between Columbia Falls and Dillon took place while Craig Finberg was battling pancreatic cancer. Finberg previously coached for Dillon and lived there. Finberg’s brother Cary was coaching on the Columbia Falls sideline for the family’s hometown team. Dillon edged out a victory and afterward the entire stadium erupted in a “Finny” chant. Days later Finberg passed away.“I’ll never forget it as long as I live, nor will there ever be a game that could ever top that. Never,” Ori said.Ori attributed his long career to the support of his wife, Susan, his son, Kellen, and daughters, Alena and Briana. “I still enjoy it,” he said. “After (the cross-town game) I thought to myself, ‘Who would ever want to give it up?’” Emaillast_img read more