DEBATE: After a breathtaking leadership challenge to the Prime Minister, has anything actually changed?

first_img But, despite this impasse, the vote represents a huge sea-change for future proceedings at Westminster.Theresa May’s “win” was by no means convincing – she no longer has the support of over a third of her MPs and, of those who have pledged their loyalty, 131 are Remainers, compared to 31 backing Leave. The arithmetic is stark.May is now firmly in the hands of Remain-backing MPs. The power of the PM has always depended on an interplay between her and the cabinet, the party, and parliament. In order to win the confidence vote, she has promised not to fight another election. In doing so, she has given away her greatest power-card. She is severely weakened, guaranteeing that more change is set to come.Ben Kelly, commentator for Reaction, says NO.This doesn’t bode well. A third of the parliamentary Conservative party has no confidence in Theresa May – 37 per cent of Tory MPs think that they need a new Prime Minister with a new Brexit plan. May must win over many of them to get her deal through.She needs cross-party support from moderate MPs, but she is still tone deaf and has the same appalling lack of skills in diplomacy Friday 14 December 2018 9:36 am whatsapp Mo LovattMo Lovatt is a lecturer in Cultural and Creative Industries and co-chair of The Great Debate. and Ben Kelly DEBATE: After a breathtaking leadership challenge to the Prime Minister, has anything actually changed? Share After a breathtaking leadership challenge to the Prime Minister, has anything actually changed?Mo Lovatt, lecturer in Cultural and Creative Industries and co-chair of The Great Debate, says YES.The Prime Minister has survived a leadership challenge and some argue that nothing has changed. In Brexit terms, this is true: she remains stubbornly positioned between a parliament that won’t back her deal, and an EU that claims no other deal is possible.center_img We’re back to where we were on Monday. As it stands, the PM can’t win a vote on a deal she can’t renegotiate, and it’s doubtful that a rather superficial protocol from the EU will boost her support. Yet after the vote, as before, the choices remain the same.Nothing has changed. The withdrawal agreement is still the only deal on the table. If we are to have an orderly Brexit, it must be approved, perhaps with some clarifications. Her opponents do not have a credible alternative plan.The clock is ticking. Nothing. Has. Changed. Opinion whatsapp City A.M.’s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M. More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org Tags: Brexit People Theresa Maylast_img read more

Juneau Assembly dismisses Planning Commission chair

first_imgShare this story: Juneau | Local GovernmentJuneau Assembly dismisses Planning Commission chairMarch 1, 2016 by Elizabeth Jenkins Share:The Juneau Assembly unanimously decided Monday to unseat the chair of the Planning Commission. Several assembly members said it was the first time such a decision was warranted during their time in office.Nicole Grewe was dismissed because she didn’t disclose her relationship when her husband testified at a Feb. 9 Planning Commission meeting.Her spouse, Todd Boris, spoke out about their neighborhood on North Douglas being zoned for marijuana cultivation. He asked the Planning Commission to consider postponing conditional use permits until all marijuana ordinances were adopted by the assembly.Assembly member Jerry Nankervis commented that people who apply for conditional use permits didn’t spend as much time testifying as Grewe’s husband did.“I think what we’re getting to now is (that) the trust and the confidence of the other members on the commission has been irrevocably damaged,” Nankervis said. “And it’s up to us to remedy that — as uncomfortable as that might be.”Grewe couldn’t be reached for comment on whether her husband was given more time to testify than others.Assembly member Debbie White said she had seen a number of complaints and worried about the long-term reputation of the Planning Commission. Meanwhile, assembly member Loren Jones said he was torn.“Because I think potentially (there are) some remedies but at the same time, I think I agree with Ms. White, to her surprise I’m sure” Jones said. “There was some real damage done, and I’m not quite sure this is an action that repairs it.”Grewe’s term on the Planning Commission was set to expire in 2017. The assembly must now appoint someone to fill the vacant seat.last_img read more

City analysts baffled as Greek economy expands

first_img Share by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunComedyAbandoned Submarines Floating Around the WorldComedyForbesThese 10 Colleges Have Produced The Most Billionaire AlumniForbesGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday NewsEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity Mirrorzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.com Friday 14 August 2015 5:15 am Show Comments ▼ EXPERTS were left searching for answers yesterday as Greece, which has seen nine months of economic uncertainty and a slow-motion bank run, posted strong economic growth.In the three months ending 30 June, the economy grew by 0.8 per cent. “We had feared a big contraction,” said Jonathan Loynes from Capital Economics.“Though note that the figures may well be revised in later releases.”Capital controls were introduced at the end of this period, but the anticipation of them may have led some Greeks to spend their cash before it could be locked in the banks or converted to a different currency with a lower value.“Monthly retail sales figures suggest that stronger household spending – perhaps in anticipation of capital controls – may have contributed to the expansion,” Loynes said.Car sales climbed over the period, consistent with this view. It is possible this could have occurred with other big-ticket items.Economists Jamie Murray and David Powell at Bloomberg Intelligence said the surprise growth could be due to falling prices. “Flattering real GDP belies weakness,” they said.Real GDP can rise if total spending in the economy stays the same and prices fall.Nominal GDP, which measures spending, contracted by 0.7 per cent over the three-month period. This means it could have been down to prices falling. However, the inflation rate is steady over the period.Although the growth is puzzling, economists are in agreement that the Greek economy has been in rapid decline since capital controls were introduced at the end of June.A survey of manufacturers shows production has fallen off a cliff as they have struggled to import raw mat­erials from abroad due to capital controls. Business and consumer confidence has also collapsed, according to the European Commission’s economic sentiment indicator. whatsapp Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe Wrap’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Arrested in Ohio on Attempted ChildThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The WrapWatch President Biden Do Battle With a Cicada: ‘It Got Me’ (Video)The WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrapcenter_img Tags: NULL Express KCS City analysts baffled as Greek economy expands whatsapplast_img read more

Early Childhood Foundation to Benefit from Proceeds of Ball

first_imgRelatedEarly Childhood Foundation to Benefit from Proceeds of Ball RelatedEarly Childhood Foundation to Benefit from Proceeds of Ball FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Jamaica Early Childhood Foundation is to benefit from proceeds from the Independence Anniversary Ball, which was held at the New York Hilton Hotel and Towers, on August 16.Chairperson of the Foundation, Lorna Golding, who was special guest at the event, told the audience that emphasis would be placed on the total empowerment and development of children, especially those at risk.“I am inviting you, the Jamaican Diaspora here in New York and around the world, to become more involved in supporting our children, so that they will have equal opportunities to develop their full potential and contribute positively to the development of our country and excel in the global economy,” she said.Mrs. Golding, who is wife of Prime Minister Bruce Golding, said that as part of the Government’s bold new approach to universal education, the Ministry of Education was finalising plans for the launch of the Jamaica Education Trust.She said that against the background of the 46th Anniversary of Independence and the performances of the athletes at the Olympic Games in China, Jamaicans overseas must recommit to the fulfillment of “our true spirit of hope, hard work, pride and prosperity.”“While we have made great strides, there are still areas on which we can improve. One such area is in the growth and development of our young children,” she noted, adding that the Foundation would provide resources and improve services for all Jamaican children, regardless of their background.The Ball was organised by Jamaica Independence Anniversary Committee (JIAC). It climaxed two weeks of events for Jamaicans in the Tri-State area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. RelatedEarly Childhood Foundation to Benefit from Proceeds of Ballcenter_img Advertisements Early Childhood Foundation to Benefit from Proceeds of Ball UncategorizedAugust 21, 2008last_img read more

Japan Looks to Assist Jamaica’s Disaster Management Programme

first_imgRelatedJapan Looks to Assist Jamaica’s Disaster Management Programme RelatedJapan Looks to Assist Jamaica’s Disaster Management Programme Japan Looks to Assist Jamaica’s Disaster Management Programme Foreign AffairsJanuary 24, 2010 Advertisementscenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail A team from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) yesterday (Jan. 23) wrapped up three days of meetings with key disaster management agencies to assess the country’s disaster management programme and determine the level of technical assistance that can be offered by the Japanese government. The team of experts, which began their work with meetings with the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), was led by Hidetomi Oi, a senior disaster management specialist in Japan. He was accompanied by Gen Yoneda, Assistant Director for Development and Planning in the Latin America and Caribbean Department at JICA headquarters in Tokyo; and Nami Sasaki of the Co-operation Planning Division. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Hon. Dr. Kenneth Baugh, told JIS News that the team was in the island at Jamaica’s request. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Hon. Dr. Kenneth Baugh (R) is greeted by Japan’s Ambassador to Jamaica, Hiroshi Yamaguchi (L) on arrival at the 20th anniversary celebration of the dispatch of Japan Overseas Co-operation Volunteers (JOCV) to Jamaica, held recently at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston. “We can all appreciate how timely this mission is in the face of the current (earthquake) disaster in Haiti and given the vulnerability of our region to natural disasters,” he said. He noted that disasters are having a serious impact on Jamaica’s economy and country must be in a constant state of preparedness. “Any technical help we can get to improve efficiency, to be responsive to disasters and mitigate the effects of disasters, is most welcomed and we’re very grateful that the Japanese have sent a team to respond to our needs,” he added. Resident representative of JICA, Toshimasa Takashima, explained that the visit was primarily a “contact mission”. “After the discussions, we have another step, but for now it’s a contact mission to decide how we can formulate a project in Jamaica,” he told JIS News. The team also met with the Environment Management Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister and visited the University of the West Indies (UWI), the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), National Water Commission (NWC), and National Works Agency (NWA). Dr. Baugh had high praises for the work that the Japanese government is carrying out in Jamaica, describing their efforts as “transformational” and “helping Jamaica in a significant way”. Another JICA mission is in the island to evaluate the progress of the ongoing Kingston Metropolitan Area Water Supply Project and the New Kingston Sewerage Development Project. RelatedJapan Looks to Assist Jamaica’s Disaster Management Programmelast_img read more

Afternoon Brief, February 8

first_imgEmail Home Afternoon Brief Afternoon Brief, February 8Afternoon BriefAfternoon Brief, February 8By Editor – February 8, 2018 33 0 Previous articleGuarachi Wine Partners Launches New Wine Brand: BaconNext articleChanging Our Thinking for the Digital Age Editor Subscribe to the Afternoon BriefAdvertisement Facebook Subscribe to the Afternoon Brief Share Linkedincenter_img Advertisement Twitter Trending Story:Sonoma, Napa Grape Growers Waiting to See How Vineyards Were Changed by Wine Country WildfiresAs he walks down a row of pruned zinfandel vines, Russ Messana plays a waiting game. His family’s Bastoni Vineyard on Riebli Road was right in the path of the Tubbs fire, but his house and 19 acres of vineyards were mostly unscathed…Today’s News:Who’s Influencing Your Wine Choices?If your gorgeous, rich friend – the one with impeccable taste – starts raving to you about this delightful new Sauvignon Blanc that she’s “obsessed with”, the next time you’re in the market for a bottle, you may just slip it into your cart…Stock Market Shifts Prompt WorriesTwo days after one of the sharpest one-day losses to international stock markets in more than six years, frantic trading continued today, with some of North America’s largest winemaking companies wrapped up in the mix…Sonoma, Napa Wineries Cover Employee Health Costs at High Level, Report FindsWhen it comes to recruiting and retaining talent, one thing employers want to know is what their competition is offering employees by way of benefits…31 Opportunities for Wine Purveyors to Purchase Rare Napa Valley WinesDelicato Family Vineyards Appointed Exclusive U.S. Importer for Viña Santa RitaOregon, Washington, California Sue to Save WOTUSWillamette: The Pinot Noir Auction Reveals One-of-a-Kind Pinot Noir Lots from the Outstanding 2016 VintageLawmaker Seeks to Allow Wine Sales Directly to Alabama HomesFarm Friends: BC Wineries Respond to Alberta’s BC Wine Boycott with LoveWhy Rachel Notley’s Trade War with British Columbia Wisely Targeted WineVinexpo Offers a Sneak Preview Ahead of New York$11.1 Million to Support Australian Vineyard Profitability and ManagementTaiwan Authorities Bust Fake Argentine Wine CompanyHere Are Seven Consumer Wine Trends to Watch in 2018Blogs:A Valentine to Wine Marketers EverywhereDo You Know Your Employees?Will Canned Wine Solve All of the Wine Business’ Problems?“Alexa, What Trends Will Impact My Ecommerce Packaging Strategy?”Why Every Brewery, Winery and Distillery Needs a Facebook PageWineIndustry.Jobs:Independent Sales RepresentativeRONA USA – AnywhereOffice ManagerRon Rubin Winery – Sebastopol, CA, United StatesMaintenance Mechanic – Level 3Recruiting Associates Network – Napa, CA, United StatesMore Wine Industry Jobs…Feature Your Job Listing in the Afternoon BriefPeople:Georgós Super Premium’s Winemaker Robert Rex Honored as 2018 Winemaker of the YearSommelier Patrick Haddock Joins Pepper Tree WinesPernod Ricard Puts a Finance Guy in Charge of Its Brand StrategyAtlantic Seaboard Wine Association Honors Richard ThomasUnfiltered: Nick Crispini, Flour & GrapeSupplier News:BioBarrier® HSMBR® Winery Wastewater System: Reclaim, Reuse, ConserveMultiviti Trimmer: Simple and FastGlobal Package Showcases Clear Burgundy, Bordeaux and Rosé BottlesRegister Now for Santa Rosa Spirits Trade Event on Feb. 27More Supplier News …Vineyard & Winery:Charles Krug Winery Celebrates 75 Years of Cesare Mondavi Family StewardshipLila Wines Adds New Bubbly Rosé to Portfolio Following Major 2017 GrowthCarpenè Malvolti: The Celebrations of the First 150 Years Since the Foundation of the Business Have StartedPernod Ricard Records 25% Profit Increase in Half-Year ResultsOrnellaia Celebrates 30th Anniversary of First Vintage (1985) and 10th Anniversary of Vendemmia d’Artista Project Pinterest ReddIt TAGSAlabamaAtlantic Seaboard Wine AssociationBritish ColumbiaDelicato Family VineyardsNapaNick CrispiniOregonPatrick HaddockPepper Tree WinePernod RicardRichard ThomasSonomaTaiwanVinexpoWashington last_img read more

PM Praises Nation’s Teachers

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Photo: JIS PhotographerGovernor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen (seated, left); and Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller (seated, second left); pose with the 40 recipients of the Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation for Service to Education this year, during a presentation ceremony held on the lawns of Jamaica House on June 12. Also pictured (seated, right) is Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites; while (seated, second right); is awardee, retired Principal of Gilbatore Primary School in St. Catherine, Millicent McKenzie. Combined, the awardees have contributed more than 1,000 years of service to the education sector. PM Praises Nation’s TeachersJIS 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 Related40 Educators to Receive Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation PM Praises Nation’s Teachers Prime MinisterJune 14, 2014Written by: Alecia Smith-Edwards Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, has praised the nation’s teachers for dedicating their lives to not only advancing education, but transforming the country’s populace through selfless acts of kindness.“Many of you have for decades voluntarily given of your time and resources, beyond the call of duty as dictated by your job descriptions. In addition to providing lunch money and bus fares from your personal funds to students in difficult economic circumstances, many of you also provide extra lessons, lead a brownie pack, girl guides or scouting company, or cadet troupe…and provide other extracurricular activities free of cost,” she said.She was addressing last evening’s (June 12) Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation ceremony at which 40 educators were awarded for service to education, on the lawns of Jamaica House.The Prime Minister said the teachers’ courage and devotion to duty, burns bright despite the challenging times and difficult environment in which they often work.She lauded them for not being deterred from voluntarily extending the reach of kindness, which is important in strengthening relationships within communities.“Your contribution, through voluntarism, is matched by the Government’s commitment to ongoing education reform,” she said. RelatedPM Praises Nation’s Teacherscenter_img RelatedAdults in Majesty Gardens to Take Part in Empowerment Programme “Our awardees are people who epitomise virtues, principles, ethical standards that are worthy of emulation…These are men and women who have demonstrated wisdom, dealt sensitively with hard and challenging issues, disciplined, corrected, cajoled and saved many a child from him or herself,” she said.Instituted in 2005, the award is given to an educator, who has served for a minimum of 15 years; displayed exceptional service in the teaching profession; and has shown evidence of community involvement, innovation and creativity in service.Among the other dignitaries in attendance were: Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen; Leader of the Opposition, Andrew Holness; Minister with responsibility for Information, Senator the Hon. Sandrea Falconer; and members of the Diplomatic Corps. Describing teaching as a “labour of love”, the Prime Minister noted that the tireless efforts of teachers have helped to positively transform many lives, and credited the role of her teachers in gaining her the position as leader of the country.“Students who have benefited from your tutelage, can stand before you as living proof of the transformation which education provides,” she said.Minister of Education, the Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, welcomed what he described as a “fitting gesture” by the Prime Minister to recognise persons “who have laboured faithfully in the field of education,” noting that the awardees in aggregate have exceeded more than 1,000 years of service to the upliftment of Jamaica’s people.“I am always delighted to join in honouring educators who have dedicated their careers to molding the character and nurturing the intellect of generations of individuals, thereby enabling them to take their rightful place in society,” he said.Rev. Thwaites noted that the value of the Jamaican teacher is inestimable, and should not be solely measured by the excellence of his or her students in the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) or Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) results, but rather “that value which has been added to any and every student from the most challenged to the most brilliant, during the time when that student has been exposed to the inspiration of that teacher.”Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Elaine Foster Allen, who was also awarded for her years of dedicated service to education, said many of the awardees have been instrumental in shaping education policy and have negotiated and implemented programmes that have benefited the nation’s children and the education system on a whole. Story HighlightsPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, has praised the nation’s teachers for dedicating their lives to not only advancing education, but transforming the country’s populace through selfless acts of kindness.She was addressing last evening’s (June 12) Prime Minister’s Medal of Appreciation ceremony at which 40 educators were awarded for service to education, on the lawns of Jamaica House.The Prime Minister said the teachers’ courage and devotion to duty, burns bright despite the challenging times and difficult environment in which they often work. Advertisementslast_img read more

Telefonica finds its way back to growth at home

first_img Related AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 06 NOV 2015 Author Luz verde a la fusión entre Telefónica y Liberty Global en el Reino Unido Telefonica bolsters blockchain security Home Telefonica finds its way back to growth at home Telefonica’s domestic business, a perennial struggler, reported its first year-on-year quarterly revenue growth for seven years, while the group as a whole saw revenue rise by 11 per cent to €12 billion.Revenue growth in Spain may only have been 0.2 per cent (1.3 per cent sequentially) but is significant for an operator which has fought to turn around a business in a sluggish economy.The slight uptick in domestic revenue to €3 billion was greeted by the company as evidence of “seven years of intense business transformation”.Telefonica credited its “high-value offer based on its differential assets, a more rational market in competitive terms and a more favourable macroeconomic context, with improvement in private consumption” as the factors behind its hard-fought recovery in Spain.GermanyAnother of the group’s major European markets, Germany, fared less well, reporting a year-on-year decline of 1.1 per cent in revenue to €2 billion.Group performanceHowever, an improved domestic performance made only a small contribution to group-level revenue growth of 11 per cent. Assuming a constant exchange rate the increase was 4.8 per cent. The main growth drivers were mobile data, the Latin American business (which accelerated 12.6 per cent year-on-year), Brazil (5.2 per cent), alongside Spain.Mobile data revenue grew by 19 per cent and now represents 44 per cent of total mobile service revenue, thanks to higher smartphone penetration and the growing number of LTE subscribers.Non-SMS data revenue improved its growth rate to 27 per cent year-on-year (expressed organically) and represented 82 per cent of data revenues.Overall net profit fell 1.9 per cent to €884 million.Telefonica reiterated its guidance for 2015 and the dividend policy for 2015 and 2016. Tags center_img Previous ArticleAsia Briefs: Globe names Genio as CTIO, ZTE opens R&D centre in Tokyo & moreNext ArticleSA government concerned over MTN’s $5.2B Nigeria dispute Telefónica refuerza la seguridad de las cadenas de bloques Richard is the editor of Mobile World Live’s money channel and a contributor to the daily news service. He is an experienced technology and business journalist who previously worked as a freelancer for many publications over the last decade including… Read more Español Richard Handford Telefonicalast_img read more

Building Warriors

first_imgJust after 6 a.m. on a Friday, Kalispell’s downtown is shrouded in fog, the streets dark, and a deep silence enveloping the neighborhoods.Then you get closer to Straight Blast Gym and you see the lights. And set against that light, you see flashes of people sprinting, falling to the floor to get back up, squatting, and wrestling with heavy medicine balls.Music pumping inside, the building on the corner of First Avenue East and Fourth Street East is awake and alive, full of a special breed of people. These are the people who for the last few months have risen five days a week to go to this lively building at 6 a.m. and sweat, punch, get punched, wrestle, and kick.This is the inaugural Wimp 2 Warrior class, a group of 20 people who started Montana’s first licensed branch of the program. With an average age of about 40, they are military veterans, former truck drivers, law enforcement officers, counselors, and even a judge — a group of people from ages 19 to 56 who wanted to submit themselves to the punishing and rewarding training of mixed martial arts, or MMA, and prepare to fight.“Everyone on the mat has a fight scheduled,” Travis Davison, who owns Straight Blast Gym (SBG) with his wife Kisa Davison, said during the early-morning practice.The program doesn’t require fighting experience, or martial arts experience. It merely requires a steadfast desire to get better. Everyone has a different reason, but they work together as a team to get to the same goal. Physically, the participants get stronger and lose weight; everyone participating has lost at least 10 pounds, with some participants dropping 30 to 50 pounds.The culmination of the Wimp 2 Warrior program is an April 6 finale fight card at the Flathead County Fairgrounds featuring the program’s participants; all except two will be fighting opponents from their program, while two other fighters are coming from Portland and Spokane to ensure everyone gets their turn in the cage. The fight also features SBG’s Marnic Mann in her pro MMA debut.“It provides something to train for, and it also gave them the ability to be part of something bigger than themselves,” Davison said.Wimp 2 Warrior began with Australian fighter Richie Cranny, who believes people can participate in MMA training the same way they continue to play basketball and soccer into adulthood. Cranny started the program with the idea that you didn’t have to be a professional to get professional results.Now, the program has spread across the globe, and Cranny visited the Kalispell Wimp 2 Warrior class on the first day of class to provide inspiration, Davison said.“I’m a firm believer that if you don’t get out of your comfort zone, you won’t change,” Davison said. “If there’s no environmental pressure, there’s no incentive for change.”The class started 22 weeks ago with 24 people. Now, having lost a few people to injuries and personal issues along the way, the 20 remaining participants are split into the Red and Blue teams. Together, they’ve been through physical, emotional, and mental transformations as they’ve sweated and cried and bled.As the eldest student at 56, Melissa Berentsen wasn’t sure what the class would hold for her; she just knew she needed to change up her life. Recent developments in her life had her headed toward two possibilities: self-destructive choices or deciding to make something out of nothing.It was either go do something stupid or go to something like this,” Berentsen said after class. “I lost myself, and I found myself here. This is my new family; they made me believe in myself again. I’m back to me.”Berentsen learned to fight as a kid, but nothing like this. She didn’t know how much this program would demand of her, and she definitely didn’t know she would rise to the occasion.“I’ve always been fascinated by [MMA training], because you’ve got to dig deep into your soul,” Berentsen said.Lincoln Seals, 38, found the program just as he thought he was losing track of his life. Leaving the U.S. Air Force in 2014 after serving for six years pushed him into a different life, and it was a tough adjustment.“I had never thrown a punch until last May,” Seals said. “It was never in my wheelhouse. But something in the back of my mind said, ‘You need to do this.’”It’s been difficult, and Seals has had to deal with injuries and setbacks over the 22 weeks of training. But it’s been worth every moment of doubt, he said, because his four sons are watching their dad struggle through adversity.“I was ready to quit. I hit that point of ‘I’m done,’” Seals said. “But then you realize, I can, and I’m going to do this, as hard as it is.”That’s the breakthrough that affects the Red and Blue teams the most. Even though they’re likely fighting the person working out across from them, each participant has made a new community, one that supports them through 35 minutes of pure cardio, that has been there to see every struggle, and that will be there to cheer on their teammates at the April 6 fights.The next Wimp 2 Warrior program begins in June, with tryouts on May 18 and 25 and June 6, because Davison expects double the number of participants. Tryouts are open to people of any age, gender, and fitness level, and will be chosen based on their attitudes and desire to participate.“This is a bucket-list thing for a lot of people, and you can do it without having to fight,” Davison said. “People do it because it scares them.”When their Friday practice was over, they had one week until weigh-ins for the fights. Davison gathered them and told them that even though half the people in the room would lose, just stepping into the cage means they’ve already won.“Show up and do your best — that’s all anyone can ask of you,” Davison told the class.For more information on Straight Blast Gym’s Wimp 2 Warrior program, visit www.sbgmontana.com. Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Emaillast_img read more

Andrew McGinley in eulogy says family will be ‘forever heartbroken’

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Facebook Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Pinterest WhatsApp The father of Carla, Darragh and Conor McGinley says the family will be “forever heartbroken” following their deaths.A Mass of the Angels is taking place in Rathcoole for the siblings, aged three, seven and nine, who were murdered in their home in Dublin last Friday.Andrew McGinley has thanked Lego, Marvel and Frozen for the joy they brought to his children’s lives.He says no God should have allowed their deaths to happen:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/mcginley.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ Previous articleUpdate: Cyclist in serious condition following crash at BallindraitNext articleMeeting to discuss St Joseph’s cancelled because of minister’s ‘non engagement’ News Highland Andrew McGinley in eulogy says family will be ‘forever heartbroken’center_img News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest By News Highland – January 31, 2020 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twitter Facebook Google+last_img read more