Alicia Keys Helps Host HIVAIDS Event In Harlem

first_imgGrammy Award-winning artist and advocate Alicia Keys rallied with community leaders and residents of Harlem yesterday, hosting a community conversation aimed at tackling the issue of HIV/AIDS.Hosted by Harlem Hospital together with Greater Than AIDS, Ms. Keys was joined by Congressman Charlie Rangel (D-NY); Denise Soares, the Executive Director of Harlem Hospital; Minister Vin Baker of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem; Dr. Helene Gayle; Russell Simmons; and Greater Than AIDS ambassador Stephanie Brown, in an open and honest discussion with residents of Harlem about HIV/AIDS, its impact in the community, and the stigma that often surrounds the disease.In Harlem, as nationally, people of color have been disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS. The large majority of people living with HIV in Harlem are Black or Hispanic. In 2011, the most current year data is available, the rate of HIV diagnosis per 100,000 population was 4 to 5 times higher in Harlem as compared to the nation overall.Speaking to an energetic crowd of over 400 at Harlem Hospital, the speakers stressed the urgency of addressing HIV/AIDS in communities of color. The event brought together different parts of the community– faith and political leaders, social and health care advocates, artists and young people – to break down the barriers of stigma, fear and ignorance and promote HIV testing and treatment for those who are positive. Following the community conversation, Alicia Keys, Congressman Rangel and Dr. Gayle joined with community residents to get tested as part of a free on-site HIV screening being offered by Harlem Hospital.“There are serious misconceptions out there that keep HIV/AIDS in the shadows,” said Keys. “Each and every one of us has to come together to change that. There is no reason that Black and Hispanic people should continue to be affected like this. By talking about HIV/AIDS honestly and openly, we can overcome stigma and fear and start a real dialogue that allows us to know, learn and share the truth.”Earlier this year, Ms. Keys joined with Greater Than AIDS to launch EMPOWERED, a new campaign to reach women in the U.S. about HIV/AIDS and highlight their power in changing the course of the epidemic.“We cannot sit idly as this epidemic continues to spread,” said Congressman Rangel. “In fact, the fight against HIV/AIDS is one of my highest priorities in Congress. Recently I introduced the Communities United with Religious Leaders for the Elimination of HIV/AIDS (CURE) Act. It would authorize the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Institutes of Health to provide grants to health agencies, and community and faith-based organizations for education, outreach, research, and testing activities related to HIV/AIDS prevention. I urge my colleagues in Congress to put politics aside and act on this important issue. But all of us, from all corners of society, need to do more. I will continue to fight for those afflicted with HIV/AIDS and will work tirelessly until the day we have a cure.”“We know AIDS is caused by a virus that attacks the immune system. But societal factors are among the leading reasons why some populations are more impacted by HIV than others,” said Dr. Helene Gayle, president and CEO of CARE USA. “We know there are a variety of reasons why communities of color are disproportionately affected by HIV and AIDS. They are some of the same reasons that our communities are disproportionately impacted by other diseases—social and economic factors, including poverty. For example, African Americans are more likely than whites to be uninsured, less likely to be privately insured and have access to high quality services, and are more likely to postpone medical care due to lack of transportation resources and other competing needs. But these types of underlying societal factors can be changed. They must be changed, by all of us.”“The faith community plays a crucial role in this conversation,” said Vin Baker, a former NBA all-star who is now a minister at Abyssinian Church in Harlem. “We need to encourage our families to talk about HIV and AIDS, to remove the unnecessary stigma around it. And most importantly, we need to support our brothers and sisters who live with it.”“We have a responsibility to ourselves, to our friends, and to our community to become educated on the impacts of HIV/AIDS,” said Russell Simmons, hip-hop icon and co-founder of Def Jam Recordings. “And the hip-hop community has an important role to play in that. We have to make sure we promote love and tolerance, not fear and stigma. We have to stand in solidarity with our HIV positive brothers and sisters. As Alicia said, artists have a responsibility, we’ve got to fight for others.”EMPOWERED, the cross-platform public information campaign Ms. Keys developed with Greater Than AIDS, speaks to both those affected by HIV/AIDS and allies in the fight about what can be done to change the course of the disease. It includes outreach through public service ads, social media and community programs. With a particular focus on women, EMPOWERED encourages increased knowledge and understanding about HIV and AIDS, open communications with family and friends, use of protection, regular testing and adherence to treatment for those living with the disease.“When I got infected, I wasn’t educated at all about HIV,” said Stephanie Brown, an artist and advocate who serves as an ambassador for Greater Than AIDS and EMPOWERED. Stephanie, who learned she was HIV positive at 19, joined the campaign earlier this year. “It was rough. Thinking about the idea that nobody wants you, it was like this whole new life I had to start living. At first I didn’t even want to start treatment. But it was what I had to do. What made me start fighting back though was the silence, the fact that no one was talking about it. That’s when I decided to share my experience and speak up for myself and for others who can’t. That’s why I joined EMPOWERED. Sympathy needs to be taken out of HIV. We need to start getting mad about it.”During the 90-minute forum, audience members were encouraged to engage with panelists and ask questions about HIV/AIDS and the launch of the campaign. One audience member asked Keys: “What do you hope will come out of this campaign?”“I want HIV to become something we talk about often and openly. I want it to be something that’s not awkward. I want the next generation of kids to grow up and wonder why it ever was,” she responded.Keys is also leading the EMPOWERED Community Grants program, administered by AIDS United, to give up to $25,000 grants to community-level projects that focus on women and HIV. She is co-founder and Global Ambassador of Keep a Child Alive, which provides AIDS treatment, food and other support to children and families affected by HIV and AIDS in Africa and India.For more information about the EMPOWERED campaign, visit Newswirelast_img read more

Liberia becomes eligible for UN Peacebuilding Fund

4 October 2007Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon declared today that Liberia is eligible to receive assistance from the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund, set up a year ago to help States emerging from conflict consolidate their gains and not slide back into war. Mr. Ban also instructed the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) to start consultations with the Liberian Government and local civil society partners in the West African country to devise a priority plan, his spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters.That plan is expected to list key activities to push forward the consolidation of peace in Liberia, which was torn apart by civil war for most of the period between 1989 and 2003.Susanne Frueh of the UN Peacebuilding Support Office, which manages the Fund, said countries can become eligible in one of three ways: as a result of a declaration by the Secretary-General, by being under consideration by the Peacebuilding Commission, or to specific country projects through the Fund’s emergency mechanism.The Fund is a multi-year standing trust fund that has an initial funding target of $250 million and so far has collected deposits worth almost $144 million from donor countries.To date, it has approved grants of more than $46 million to 21 projects in Burundi and Sierra Leone, the first two countries under formal consideration by the related UN Peacebuilding Commission. It has also spent $700,000 in emergency funds to support dialogue between Côte d’Ivoire’s opposing political forces and $800,000 to back mediation efforts in the troubled Central African Republic (CAR). read more

Chinese President calls for highlevel contacts with Sri Lanka

Next year marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties as well as the 65th anniversary of the signing of the Agreement on Rice for Rubber, he said, calling on the two sides to take the opportunity to cement traditional friendship and deepen mutually beneficial cooperation, so as to lift bilateral ties to a new high. China appreciates Sri Lanka’s support for and active participation in the Belt and Road construction, said Xi.He called on the two sides to deepen cooperation in the sectors of trade, port operation, infrastructure construction, port-vicinity industrial parks, production capacity and people’s livelihood.He said the two sides should continue to advance their mega cooperative projects such as the Colombo Port City and Hambantota Port. In 1952, Sri Lanka withstood the pressure from the United States and other Western countries and signed the famous rice and rubber agreement with new China, and in doing so, opening a chapter in the history of friendly exchanges between the two countries.To further their relations, Xi suggested the two sides maintain high-level contacts and political communication, and continue to show mutual support on issues concerning each other’s core interests. Xi voiced hope that the two sides will make good preparations for the activities celebrating the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties and encourage more exchanges among all sectors of society, including local affairs, Buddhist community, youth, think-tanks and media. Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, vowing to deepen bilateral pragmatic cooperation within the Belt and Road framework, the Xinhua news agency reported today.The two leaders met on the sidelines of the eighth BRICS summit in the western Indian state of Goa. He thanked China’s assistance for Sri Lanka’s development as well as China’s support to his country on the international arena.Sri Lanka adheres to the one-China policy and is willing to strengthen coordination and communication with China in international and regional affairs, he added.Sirisena said Sri Lanka is willing to speed up the implementation of relevant economic and trade agreements with China as well as cooperation on maga projects. He welcomed Chinese enterprises to increase investment in Sri Lanka.Sri Lanka is a member of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), a regional mechanism that is aimed at connecting South Asian and Southeast Asian countries and also groups Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal and Thailand.On the margins of the BRICS summit in Goa, Xi and other BRICS leaders held dialogues with the BIMSTEC leaders and representatives. (Colombo Gazette) The Chinese president also suggested the two sides expand cooperation in the fields of tourism, ocean, security and disaster preparedness and mitigation.He said the two countries should enhance coordination within multi-lateral frameworks and continue to support each other in international and regional affairs.For his part, Sirisena said the time-tested relations between the two countries have gained a stronger momentum under the new situation. China-Sri Lanka relations have seen positive and healthy development momentum, said Xi, noting that China will work with Sri Lanka to carry forward the traditional friendship cultivated by generations. read more

Urban Meyer on fourth down play I wanted to put the ball

Junior quarterback Braxton Miller (5) is surrounded by Michigan State defenders during the Big Ten Championship Dec. 7 at Lucas Oil Stadium. OSU lost, 34-24.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorINDIANAPOLIS – Fourth and two, down by three, game on the line and the No. 2 ranked Ohio State football team decided to put the ball into the hands of the player who had led them to 24 straight victories.“I wanted to put the ball in the hands of our best player (junior quarterback) Braxton (Miller),” coach Urban Meyer said following the game.Unlike in the previous 24 games under Meyer, though, the Buckeyes failed to come out on top, with Michigan State’s redshirt-senior linebacker Denicos Allen stuffing Miller short of the first down.Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman said the play was over before it even got started because of Allen.“The kid (Allen) made a good play,” Herman said. “He kind of made himself very hard to block and kind of blew it up before it ever got started.”The Spartans would go on to seal their 34-24 Big Ten Championship victory on the ensuing drive with a 26-yard touchdown from redshirt-junior running back Jeremy Langford.Redshirt-senior center Corey Linsley said the fourth down play was the defining moment of the loss.“Coulda, woulda, shoulda. I was just mad because … I pulled around, I felt everyone was selling out and still didn’t get it,” Linsley said. “That was the game. That’s what I was upset about. I had my part in getting us to that point where we needed a fourth and one and there was a lot of things I was upset about.”Meyer was confident keeping the ball in the hands of his starting quarterback would be successful for the Buckeyes.“We usually run that play a lot. We ran it to the boundary. I knew they’d pressure us. Thought he might be able to come out the other end of it,” Meyer said. “That’s why. It was a chance to go try to win the game.”Miller had success running the ball during the game, carrying it 21 times for 142 yards and two touchdowns, but couldn’t repeat that success on the games most vital play.Herman echoed Meyer, adding that Michigan State made the play when it counted the most.“We talked about it and we thought that was the … we had actually practiced that play against that blitz and they executed better than we did,” Herman said. “You’re in that grey area on fourth and whatever, one and a half or two, to throw it or run it and he was obviously running with some serious authority and you run your quarterback and you gain an extra hat and again we didn’t execute.”Miller’s backfield partner, senior running back Carlos Hyde, also managed some success on the ground against the top ranked Spartan run defense, adding 118 yards on 18 carries.After the game Hyde said he thought it was the right call, but that Michigan State made a great play.“I thought it was a great call. I felt like we had them,” Hyde said. “A guy came off his block and made a great play right there.”At times this year, Miller has struggled passing the ball, with the game against the Spartans being no exception. The junior quarterback only completed 8 of his 21 passes for 101 yards and a touchdown. It was his fourth straight game with less than 200 yards passing, and his lowest completion percentage of the season.Despite his occasional struggles as a passer, Herman is convinced that “the sky’s the limit” for Miller.“The kid is legitimately a quarterback that happens to be really athletic,” Herman said. ”We certainly have a lot of room for improvement, we’ve got to continue to work on some things during bowl preparation … The sky’s the limit as long as he continues to work the way he has the past couple months, I don’t know where the limit is.”Instead of potentially heading to the BCS National Championship game, OSU (12-1, 8-1) is going to have to wait until Sunday evening to see when and where their next game will be played when the BCS matchups are announced. read more

Scouting Michigan What to watch for from the Wolverines

Michigan running back De’Veon Smith (4) goes over Illinois defensive back Stanley Green for a touchdown on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. Michigan won, 41-8. Credit: Courtesy of TNSIn a game filled with years of ill-will and hatred for the other side, the stakes are high in the 112th all-time meeting between the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes and the No. 3 Michigan Wolverines. Some of college football’s most recognizable names — Woody Hayes, Bo Schembechler, Charles Woodson, Troy Smith, Desmond Howard, Archie Griffin to name a few — have been a part of the most storied rivalry in college football.When asked about his earliest memory of the rivalry, OSU coach Urban Meyer talked about having to skip watching the game for a trip to the mall with his mother. Even from a young age, he knew he was a Buckeye.When asked if there was ever any doubt in which side he would cheer on, Meyer said, “None.”Playoff implications are on the line in Columbus, and each team has arguably its best group on the field in recent history. Michigan, with the dynamic ability of junior linebacker Jabrill Peppers and the hard-nosed running of senior running back De’Veon Smith, have been a dominant force on defense and in the run game all season. A loss to the Iowa Hawkeyes hurt playoff aspirations, but did little to deter the Wolverines and coach Jim Harbaugh from the ultimate goal of the team’s first national championship in nearly 20 years.OSU, with a memorable national championship run just two seasons ago still fresh in the minds of fans, is led by the steady hand of redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett. The cool head of Barrett, mixed with the freak athleticism of redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker on defense, has thrust the Buckeyes into the No. 2 spot in the College Football Playoff poll. It’s about more than just pride and bragging rights for a year. It’s about playoff hopes, a chance to hoist a golden trophy and the right to call yourself the best in the country. This time, The Game is more than just a rivalry.OffenseWhile Michigan has struggled at times in the passing game, the experience of redshirt sophomore quarterback Wilton Speight has helped guide the Wolverines down the field and into the endzone on 16 occasions. The 6-foot-6 Virginia native has thrown for 15 scores, and even trotted in for his first touchdown of the year against Maryland earlier this season.The problem for the Buckeyes in preparation for The Game has been decided which quarterback to prepare for. Senior transfer quarterback John O’Korn started last Saturday for Michigan after Speight reportedly broke his collarbone in the team’s lone loss of the season against Iowa. In his fill-in role, O’Korn was far from impressive, picking up just 78 total yards without a score.OSU redshirt junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis remained defiantly confident, no matter who is in at quarterback for Michigan on Saturday. “It doesn’t really matter to me because every team has their scheme with what they’re going to do,” he said. “But at the end of the day, it’s about who’s going to put their hand in the dirt and just (go). You can play whatever formation you want to play, we’re going to play whatever defense we have to to dominate.”Regardless of who is chucking the ball down the field for Michigan, Harbaugh’s team benefits from a group of wily veterans at wide receiver with Amara Darboh and Jehu Chesson. Darboh, a redshirt senior born in Sierra Leone, leads the team with six touchdowns and will test OSU’s secondary with his large frame and physicality. Chesson, also a redshirt senior, was a force for Michigan last year with nine touchdowns. Since then, the 6-foot-3 wideout has been quiet in terms of scoring with just two touchdowns in 2016, but torched the Buckeyes last season with 111 yards and a score. These two receivers, paired with the ability of redshirt senior tight end Jake Butt to get open downfield, could cause OSU to play catch-up all day long.Against Indiana last weekend, Michigan took to the ground instead of the air, and leaned on one of the team’s best players in Smith. Smith, an Ohio native, is a bruising force out of the backfield and has picked up 22 career touchdowns with the Maize and Blue. Smith has carried the ball 25 times over the last two weeks, compiling 186 yards and a pair of touchdowns.A darkhorse in the run game for Michigan is senior fullback Khalid Hill. With 22 carries for nine touchdowns this year, he truly embodies the nickname of “Michigan’s Human Battering Ram.”DefenseIt’s difficult to label Peppers as just a defensive player with his ability to line up basically anywhere on the field. The jack-of-all-trades lined up in 10 — no, that is not a typo — positions against Michigan State, and plays multiple positions in nearly every game. He is predominantly a linebacker but causes matchup problems wherever Harbaugh places him, so expect to hear his name a few times on Saturday.Even with his big play ability, Barrett said he will not be concerned with just Peppers.“I think he’s a really good player but I mean I guess last year I didn’t seek him out,” he said. “This year, I know he’s playing a different position, but I think what we’re going to do is going to be effective. It’s not going to be me trying to figure out where he is at all times.”Michigan junior linebacker Jabrill Peppers (5) pushes Michigan State safety Chris Frey away during a run in Michigan’s 32-23 victory in Spartan Stadium. Credit: Courtesy of U-M Photography.Senior cornerback Channing Stribling leads the Wolverines with four interceptions in 2016, while he and senior safety Delano Hill have each returned picks for touchdowns this season. “It’s going to be man coverage,” Meyer said. “There’s no secret. It’s what they play, and they’re very good players.”Michigan’s secondary is filled with quality players, but this unit is far from the most intimidating group on the Maize and Blue defense.The defensive front-seven of the Wolverines has been as dominant a unit in the NCAA as any this season. Senior defensive end and Ohio native Taco Charlton has taken the quarterback to the turf six times this year, with Peppers right behind at five sacks. Allowing just 108 yards rushing per game, Michigan’s defense will be an interesting test for an OSU offense that racks up an average of 263 yards on the ground per game.What Michigan’s defense has in keeping opposing offenses from moving the ball, it lacks in creating turnovers. The Wolverines average just 1.5 turnovers per game, grabbing one pick in each contest. While OSU has been careful with the ball for most of the season, the Buckeyes should have no problem in giveaways on Saturday.BreakdownCalling this game is never easy and this year makes things that much more difficult given how well each side has played. With Speight in, Michigan’s offense has functioned at a much higher level. Without him, the Wolverines lose a dynamic ability. Whether or not the redshirt sophomore plays could dictate the outcome.OSU has struggled to slow run games as of late, and having a running back like Smith who can carry a team might give the Buckeyes a nightmare scenario. Expect Harbaugh to put it on the ground as much as possible.Michigan’s defense is hungry to get to quarterbacks, and has injured an astounding five starting signal callers for opposing teams this season. That, paired with the implications of the game, would make any player nervous. That is, except for Barrett, who has his eyes set on the Wolverines.“I don’t even think that far,” he said. I’m just trying to play my best so we can win the game.”Even if Barrett brings his best game, and the Silver Bullets can create a few turnovers, it might not be enough to overcome a powerful Michigan team. Look for a game to remember, but one that might end the playoff hopes for the Buckeyes.Prediction: Michigan 21 – OSU 17 read more

Child stab wound hospital admissions up 86pc in four years

The number of children being admitted to hospitals in England with stab wounds is up 86 percent in four years, according to figures. Statistics compiled by the NHS showed a big rise in the number of people receiving treatment for assaults by sharp object – most commonly a knife. More than 5,000 people were admitted to hospitals in England, according to the most recent figures analysed by the BBC, which is up 14 percent for the same time period last year and up 40 percent compared to four years ago.Those treated under the age of 18 has climbed by 86 percent since 2014, as it emerged the average age of knife attack victims is getting younger.More than one in 10 of the 5,000 treated for stab wounds in hospitals last year in England were under the age of 18. Of those, more than 50 were children between 10 and 14 years old, and four were under nine years old.Among the statistics is understood to be eight-year-old Mylee Billingham, who was stabbed to death by her father William Billingham at his home in Walsall in January. The figures come amid a surge in London knife crime, which Mayor Sadiq Khan conceded would take a decade to solve. Earlier this month the total number of murders in the capital surpassed that for the whole of 2017. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Australia lacks exploration

first_imgAustralia is a major theme of International Mining’s forthcoming August issue. According to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in its Aussie Mine report, the Australian mid-tier mining sector had a spectacular 2006 by any measure. Aggregated market capitalisation increased by 81% for the 50 companies analysed. Confidence in the sector was high during the year ended 31 December 2006 and has continued in 2007. This has been fuelled by strong commodity prices and rising production levels. Share price increases have been dramatic for many companies and investors have been well rewarded for their faith in the mid-tier Australian mining industry.Revenues from operations for the 50 companies increased by more than 50%. This was a reflection of the across-the-board increase in commodity prices as well as increased production. Costs rose by almost the same proportion as revenues and this is a warning sign for all mining companies. Input prices, lead times and just about everything else needed by mining companies are rapidly increasing in price. These cost increases can be glossed over while commodity prices are increasing, but the key question is whether they can be sustainably removed if prices were to fall.The cash generated by the industry was substantial and was reinvested into mine developments and expansions. The aggregated balance sheet of the 50 companies is strong and there is still borrowing capacity. In total the top 50 companies hold over $3 billion of cash, almost enough to pay off all debt. Over $700 million was paid out as dividends. Interestingly, more than double this amount was raised as fresh capital. This reflects the desire of investors to be a part of the mid-tier mining sector.Exploration expenditure rose, but is not keeping pace with levels elsewhere in the world. This has already been the subject of extensive comment, and PwC’s analysis does not highlight any new trends. Whilst exploration expenditure does not guarantee success, its absence certainly guarantees no new deposits being discovered.In summary, all facets of PwC’s analysis point towards an exuberant mid-tier Australian mining sector. It is increasingly profitable, generates good cash flows, and has a strong balance sheet. Not surprisingly the stock market value is outperforming other sectors. In addition, trading conditions in the first three months of 2007 support a similar story.last_img read more

Cannabis worth €144000 seized in two raids in Donegal

first_imgGARDAÍ IN DONEGAL have seized €144,000 worth of cannabis in separate raids in the county.150 plants — worth in the region of €120,000 — were uncovered in the search of a house at Leitir, close to the small village of Kilmacrennan.Later, 1.2 kilos of cannabis herb — worth around €24,000 — was found in a second search, at a house on the outskirts of the nearby town of Milford.No arrests have been made, and gardaí say both incidents are under investigation.Read: Controlled explosion carried out on viable device at Balgriffin cemetery >last_img read more

Column Some day we might have an Ireland that truly meets the

first_imgAMERICANS ARE EXPECTED to come together today to reflect on the day when the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, was fatally shot while riding in a motorcade with his wife in Dallas, Texas.The death of the charismatic 46-year-old leader reverberated around the world with some saying it changed America forever. In Ireland at the time, news of his death was met with particular poignancy.No more than four months prior to his assassination, Kennedy or JFK as he became known, had visited Ireland in what is still seen today as a major landmark in Irish-US relations. President Kennedy’s trip to Ireland was notable, in that it marked the first visit of an Irish-American President, the first of a Catholic President, and the first of a sitting President.More importantly, his speech to Dáil Eireann on June 28th 1963 awoke the conscience of a tiny nation and allowed it to aspire to greater heights. Half a century later, it seems like a fitting time to evaluate whether JFK’s vision for Ireland has truly been realised. The Ireland of 1963The visit of the JFK was not just a return “home” for the President with strong roots in New Ross, Co. Wexford. Many of his closest aides noted after his trip that they had never seen him happier. For the Irish public, his visit illustrated an international acknowledgement of Ireland’s achievements at the time, many of which had occurred in the face of great domestic and international adversity.“You have modernized your economy, harnessed your rivers, diversified your industry, liberalized your trade, electrified your farms, accelerated your rate of growth, and improved the living standards of your people”, praised JFK.Addressing the Dáil, JFK spoke of an Ireland whose “progress was not yet complete”, remarking that our achievements—economic and political—were not an end but a beginning. While paying tribute to Ireland’s accomplishments, what was most notable was the President’s vision for Ireland’s future.This was a future which he said would be as promising as our past was proud. Before concluding that Ireland’s hour had come, he added that our destiny “lies not as a peaceful island in a sea of troubles, but as a maker and shaper of world peace”.Similar to the visit of President Barack Obama in May 2011, JFK’s words sent a message that Ireland could be an international player and that the United States would accompany us every step of the way.US President Barack Obama makes his key notes speech at College Green, Dublin. (Maxwells/PA Images) The Ireland of TodayRegardless of our age or politics, we can all agree that the Ireland we live in today is an entirely different country to the one which JFK visited 50 years ago.We’ve extended official welcomes to two more American Presidents and the Queen of England. We’ve said goodbye to currencies and conflicts. We’ve had Italia 90, a long awaited Grand Slam, five popes, six Presidents, and nine Taoisigh. The Celtic Tiger roared and faded with a whimper and the Troika have come and gone, as have some questionable fashion styles and dodgy hair cuts over the last 50 years.Despite these changes and more, a great deal remains the same. Have Ireland’s fortunes come full circle in 50 years?The period of emigration that JFK said had passed has returned, with many of Ireland’s brightest taking their talents to pastures new. A UCC study released earlier this year found that emigration levels are now four times as high as they were just seven years ago, while 62 per cent of recent emigrants have a college qualification of three years or more.Ireland’s latest unemployment figures stand at 13.2 per cent and while a great deal has been done to aid our economic recovery, there is far more to do. The same can be said for Ireland’s role in shaping a peaceful future in Northern Ireland as we face a challenge in sustaining the tremendous progress achieved through the Good Friday Agreement.While JFK commented on improving standards for our young people, there are still 730,000 living in poverty with 1 in 5 children of being part of that figure. Ireland’s hour had come 50 years ago, but has it passed? “Ireland’s Promise”The answer to this question lies somewhere within what President Barack Obama called a ”little country, that inspires the biggest things”. Only this week, the Wall Street Journal declared Ireland as Europe’s most entrepreneurial country, attracting four times as much venture-capital funding per capita than the European average.Positive nuggets constantly appear in daily media but Ireland needs strong, long term solutions to maximise its full potential. The strength of our future lies in our young people. So much of the Celtic Tiger was fueled by strong Foreign Direct Investment, where 25 of the world’s top 50 companies located in Ireland, citing our young, educated work force as a key pull factor.Today, so much of that talent can be found in Australia, Canada and the US as Ireland runs the risk of losing its greatest resource. This issue is not isolated but one of many issues that require attention— health care, education, and social inequality are equally important. But the one thread of optimism throughout our shortcomings is that these are all obstacles that can be overcome.Fifty years ago, JFK was unequivocal in his faith in the Irish ability in that Ireland had “something to give to the world”. This remains true but it can only happen in changing the national psyche once more to one of positivism.US President John F. Kennedy acknowledging the cheers of the crowd when he visits New Ross. (PA Images)As Ireland removes is economic crutches and begins to walk on its own once more, our government has an opportunity to rebuild Ireland once more. In doing so, we may, some day have an Ireland that truly meets the aspirations of JFK– resilient, creative, fearless, and determined to make a mark on the world by not settling for what we are, but what we can be. 50 years after JFK’s visit offers the perfect chance to begin this process.Ben English is a student of Government at University College Cork, an alumnus of the Washington Ireland Program, and a former intern in the United States Congress. He tweets at @Benglish9.Read: The Kennedy Assassination: Timeline of the day>Read: My favourite speech: Micheál Martin>In photos: JFK visits Ireland in 1963>last_img read more

As Sydney sizzles a hot lineup is expected for Sydneys Greek Fest

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Arguably the hottest summer that Sydney has experienced, it’s about to get even hotter, with Glykeria headlining Greek Fest at Darling Harbour. One of the greatest singers that Greece has ever produced, Glykeria will be on stage on Sunday 26 February to keep audiences tapping and entertained. Glykeria’s career spans more than three decades. Having distinguished herself as an important voice in Greek music with her unique interpretation of songs by composers like Hadjidakis, Theodorakis and Loizos, her records have sold across Europe, the Middle East and in many other parts of the world.The 35th Greek Festival of Sydney and NSW, which was officially launched on Thursday night at the ever-supportive The Grand Roxy, Brighton, is the biggest multicultural festival in Sydney. Commencing with Greek Fest this weekend, 25 and 26 February in Darling Harbour, the public will be treated to activities for kids, Greek food including souvlakia and drinks, market stalls and performances. Performing in addition to Glykeria will be the irrepressible Krazy Kon, Maria Stavropoulou, Nikitas Ellenis, Nikos Sousamidis, Anna Papoulia, Iho Nyx, George Doukas, The Aegean Quartet, musicians from Gazi Live, comedy by George Catsi and a Karagiozis theatre performance presented by the Hellenic Art Theatre.Harry Danalis, president of the Greek Orthodox Community of NSW, told Neos Kosmos that this will be “a taste of Greece as the foreshore of Darling Harbour comes alive. This year’s program is new and exciting, sure to showcase the richest display of Greek culture in Australia”.It’s a sentiment echoed by festival chair Nia Karteris, who is “pleased with the exciting array of events and initiatives that are on the 2017 program, which will take us though to Sunday 7 May”. As always, Nia was quick to point out that the festival can only succeed with the support of sponsors such as Delphi Bank and Qatar Airways. Their generosity enables the festival to shine for nine weeks, featuring approximately 30 events.Neos Kosmos asked some Sydneysiders for their picks from the program. A number of exciting initiatives came up in conversation over frappe at Belmore and other suburbs where the Greek population can be found.A real highlight is expected to be the George Ellis-led music tribute to Mikis Theodarakis at City Recital Hall on Friday 28 April. For those familiar with the renowned composer, you will be in for an incredible evening that will inspire you to revisit Greek musical masterpieces.Hellenic Art Theatre will be focussing on children and families with the Stavros Economides directed Ο Καραγκιόζης στην Αυστραλία (The Karagiozis in Australia). Evelyn Tsavalas told Neos Kosmos “the crisis in Greece has led to the new wave of migration to Australia; one of these ‘new migrants’ includes everyone’s favourite barefooted and hunched back folklore hero – Karagiozis!”. The production will run throughout March.Costa Vertzayias, one of the actors from the theatrical production, will also be involved with a lecture on Greek communities that exist and those that have become extinct in the last century. Having travelled to many of those communities, this eagerly-anticipated lecture is expected to be packed when it takes place on Wednesday 22 March at the Greek Community Club.Another pick, A Taste of Lesvos, is a culture and trade show being held at Mytilene House on Sunday 2 April. With all the publicity the island has had in recent years over refugees and migrants, this is a great opportunity to showcase Lesvos.For fans of poetry and spoken word, do not miss out on seeing Luke Lesson on Friday 17 March. The show will feature a selection of poetry from a career spanning more than 10 years and numerous countries, with Luka giving audiences a unique insight into the stories behind his work. Music fans, there’s plenty on offer, with a real standout on Sunday 9 April being Apodimi Compania direct from Greece and playing the music of Thrace and Crete.And for those who cannot get enough of Greek milk bars … two public presentations (illustrated with numerous historical and contemporary photos) are also being presented by Effy Alexakis and Leonard Janiszewski, who enthused, “both are at famous Greek cafes!”.Gundagai in country NSW will host the presenters on Saturday 11 March, and then Paragon Cafe in Katoomba will also hear about ‘Greek Cafes & Milk Bars of Australia’ on Saturday 1 April. When: Saturday 25 February 3.00 pm-10.00 pm, Sunday 26 February 10.00 am-10.00 pm Where: Tumbalong Park, Darling HarbourFor more information on the nine-week cultural program and to book tickets to selected events, please visit* Billy Cotsis is the author of ‘From Pyrrhus to Cyprus’.last_img read more

2 members leaving Liquor Control Board

first_imgSPOKANE — Two of the three people on the state board that regulates Washington’s liquor and marijuana laws are stepping down.Chris Marr, a former state senator from Spokane, is resigning from the Liquor Control Board in January to take a position as a lobbyist.The Spokesman-Review reported Thursday that Marr will be a lobbyist for Group Health Cooperative and a large scrap metal company. He says he has no plans to work for liquor or marijuana clients.Board chairwoman Sharon Foster has informed Gov. Jay Inslee that she will not accept reappointment to the board when her term expires in January.A spokesman for Inslee says the governor already is considering replacements. Board members make about $50,800 a year.last_img read more

Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah Shilpa Shinde and others who can replace

first_imgDisha VakaniinstagramDisha Vakani, who played the iconic character of Dayaben in Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah, has been missing from the show since September 2017. The actress delivered a baby girl in November that year and since then has been on a maternity break.Recently, reports of her quitting the show were doing the rounds, however, producer Asit Modi clarified that her contract hasn’t been terminated. “Contract has not been closed. The character of Daya bhabhi is still there and we have not taken any actor to replace her. As and when she wants to come, we will see at that time. If mutually beneficial to both, we shall work together again,” he said in a statement.But looks like Modi has had it enough as he has now decided to give Disha an ultimatum of 30 days. A source told, “Bas, ab ho gaya. Modi waited ethically how much he and his cast-crew could. Now, Modi says he will just give a concession period of a month, starting today. There has been absolutely no contact between the two parties ever since Dayaben’s last day at shoot. Team Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah has no problems if she wants to look after her baby but some of her demands that they would imply if she was to return, were just not easy to accept when her husband last has a word with us.”The source further added, “Seems, Disha wanted to hanker for a bit of publicity in the media. So, she put some throwback video. Toh dekhte hain kya hota hai. We will still welcome her warmly if she returns without unacceptable do’s and don’ts. Else we are going ahead with another actress after 30 days, max 35.”A few months ago, Disha’s husband’s unreasonable demands had complicated things further between both the parties. It was said he apparently wanted Disha to work for only four hours and for 15 days a month only. In fact, the couple also wanted a 100 per cent hike, the source revealed.If the actress doesn’t wish to return to the show, we wonder who will replace her and justify the character of Dayaben and also live up to viewers’ expectations.Take a look at some of the actress who we think can be considered to play the role of Dayaben.Gia Manek: There were reports that Gia had bagged the role of Dayaben when Disha went on maternity leave. But for reasons best known to the makers, the actress was never seen on the show. Gia ManekIANSShilpa Shinde: Shilpa garnered a lot of love with her iconic character of Bhabiji. The actress surely can carry off a comedy role convincingly. Bigg Boss 11 contestant Shilpa ShindeinstagramAditi Sajwan: Aditi is known for her comical role of Koyal in Chidiya Ghar and can fit into the role of Dayaben. Aditi Sajwaninstagramlast_img read more

Josh Brolins hilarious response to AntMans theory goes viral Watch

first_imgApart from this — Ant-Man crawling up Thanos’ anus — there are several other interesting theories when it comes to Scott Lang in Endgame movie. The superhero was missing from Avengers: Infinity War and it was revealed in the Ant-Man and the Wasp that at the time of Thanos’ snap, Scott Lang was stuck in the Quantum Realm.Based on the earlier released trailers of Avengers: Endgame, we now know that Ant-Man will feature in the upcoming MCU movie. There are several theories that he has finally come out of the Quantum Realm but will be stuck in a different year and will meet Captain Marvel, who will bring him back to the present era.At the same time, Ant-Man knows how to enter and come out of the Quantum Realm. In the Endgame movie, he will definitely help the rest of the Avengers to access it. Avengers could use the quantum realm to go back in time and reverse everything from the beginning — right from the time when Loki first attacked New York City. Thanos wiped of half of the population across the universe with a snap of his fingersMarvel StudiosWhen it comes to Avengers: Endgame, there are hundreds of fan theories available online. Prior to the film’s official release, fans have been wondering about Ant-Man destroying Thanos. MCU’s star Josh Brolin has finally reacted to this hilarious meme and put a stop to all these theories.What is this new Ant-Man theory? The idea is Scott Lang aka Ant-Man will crawl up Thanos’ anus (yes, this is what the internet is currently speculating) and press the button that will enlarge him and increases his size. So, once he will become the tallest of all or should I say, once he will become the Giant Man while inside the Thanos, the explosion will destroy the Mad Titan once and for all.This hilarious theory is making rounds even before Avengers: Infinity War released worldwide. Fans have been joking about the same and wondering what would happen if Ant-Man will seriously go into Thanos’ anus and enlarge himself.Check out a few hilarious memes by fans:Josh Brolin aka Thanos has seen all the memes of Antman expanding in his ass and posted an IG video of him taking a shit to show you he ain’t worried about that.— Juancho Huncho (@downtoburn) March 28, 2019I see we’ve reached the ’Josh Brolin pretending to poop out Ant-Man’ state of Avengers: Endgame’s marketing.— Charlie Ashby ? #SWCC (@CMWAshby) March 29, 2019The Ant-Man/Thanos theory has finally caught the eyes of Josh Brolin, who plays Thanos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After seeing the memes and all the internet laughing at this theory, Brolin took to Instagram and posted an old video with a hashtag, #flushanantman, and #thanosmarketingpush.Check out the video below:last_img read more

Lego Pokes Fun at Samsungs Foldable Phone With Its Lego Fold PopUp

first_img Lego Unveils ‘Friends’ 25th Anniversary Central Perk SetThis Tree House Is Lego’s Most Sustainable Set Ever Stay on target Move over, Samsung: Lego just teased its own “folding phone” that will give real mobile devices a run for their money.On Monday, Lego posted a new image for the Lego Fold, its new “foldable phone” that’s actually a small 3D pop-up story book, on Twitter. In the tweet, Lego said, “A stunning 5-inch cover display unfolds into an 11-inch pop-up story book. For endless creative play that never runs out of battery.”A stunning 5-inch cover display unfolds into an 11-inch pop-up story book. For endless creative play that never runs out of battery.— LEGO (@LEGO_Group) March 4, 2019To top off the “tech marketing,” Lego included a picture of its 3D pop-up story book, which showed a small cottage and greenery. Lego didn’t name any names, but the cheeky advertising looks like one of Samsung’s Galaxy Fold Twitter posts.Ten years after the first Galaxy, we didn’t just change the shape of the phone, we changed the shape of tomorrow. #GalaxyFoldLearn more:— Samsung Mobile (@SamsungMobile) February 20, 2019The Lego Fold is a builder’s fairy tale: The pop-up book, which reads “Once Upon a Brick,” can fold and open easily. It transforms from an old novel into the scenes of two popular stories: Little Red Riding Hood and Jack and the Beanstalk. So, you’ll be able to re-create Grandma’s House and build a giant plant in one set for $69.99.Even though you can’t text, call, or access social media with the Lego Fold, it’s a fun nod to a time when fairy tales (and not tech) were used to preserve folklore and entertain people.More on Iconic American Muscle Car Gets the Lego TreatmentYou’ll Have a Yabba Dabba Soo Time With the Lego FlintstonesThe 11 Best Movie-Based Lego Setslast_img read more

HUL sells Modern bread bakery biz to Everstone arm

first_imgFMCG major Hindustan Unilever Ltd (HUL) on Tuesday said that it has sold the bread and bakery business under ‘Modern’ brand to Everstone Group’s Nimman Foods Pvt Ltd for an undisclosed sum. “HUL’s decision to divest is in line with its strategy to exit non-core businesses, while continuing to drive its growth agenda in the core packaged foods business,” the company said in a BSE filing.“It (transaction) includes sale and transfer of the ‘Modern’ brand and business on a going concern basis. HUL and Everstone will work together to secure the necessary approvals to complete the transaction over the next few months. HUL will continue to manage the operations until the completion of the transaction,” it said. Also Read – Punjab & Sind Bank cuts MCLR by up to 20 basis pointsHUL CEO & Managing Director Sanjiv Mehta said: “Since its acquisition in 2000, HUL has strengthened the Modern business, driven consistent topline growth and significantly improved profitability. Having turned around the business and built a sustainable growth model, we believe that the sale to Everstone will unlock the full potential of the Modern brand.” The business includes products such as cakes, muffins, buns, pavs and cream rolls.last_img read more

NRS staff wishes to relocate campus cats awaits permission

first_imgKolkata: Ratna Mondal, a fourth class staffer of NRS Medical College and Hospital and an animal lover, has urged the hospital authorities for their permission to relocate as many as 150 cats found at various departments in the hospital. Mondal will soon write to the hospital superintendent in this regard. The incident comes barely two weeks after the merciless killing of 16 puppies by two nursing students of NRS.According to hospital sources, the cats inside the hospital premises often create a nuisance. There have been instances of patients and their relatives getting bitten by the cats or their food getting stolen by them. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedTo find out a permanent solution to the problem, Mondal has appealed to the hospital authorities. It was learnt that in the Gynaecological ward alone there are about 15-20 cats and on an average, there are eight to 10 cats in each ward. When the patients are given food these cats come close and scare them. The cats also attack the patients while being driven away by the staffers. Around few months ago, a cat scratched an expectant mother for which she had to be vaccinated. Earlier, an NGO used to take away the cats from the hospital but it does not happen anymore. It is also stated that ligation is not performed on the cats found in the hospital. Mondal has expressed her wish to shift the cats to some other place if the authorities allow her. It would not only help the patients to get rid of this cat menace but also provide the feline species a safer life, Mondal maintained.last_img read more

Milwaukee Bucks wear special warm ups in honor of Craig Sager

first_imgThe world of professional basketball lost one of it’s most remarkable characters, when long-time sideline reporter Craig Sager passed away yesterday at the age of 65 from complications from Leukemia.The Milwaukee Bucks chose to pay tribute to Sager, in part, by coming out for warm ups in shooting shirts that mimicked an outrageous pattern from one of his signature flamboyant suits. These have to be the coolest warm ups ever. Craig Sager was a unique personality who was respected around the NBA by players and coaches alike. He was one of a kind. RIP. Advertisementlast_img read more

Australia to host 2 US space surveillance systems

first_img Top Stories Bottoms up! Enjoy a cold one for International Beer Day Sponsored Stories Check your body, save your life Mary Coyle ice cream to reopen in central Phoenix Construction begins on Chandler hospital expansion project Comments   Share   center_img Australian Defense Minister Stephen Smith announced they also plan to relocate a Space Surveillance Telescope from New Mexico to an as-yet undecided location in Western Australia.Panetta described the relocation as “a major leap forward in bilateral space cooperation.”Together the radar and telescope will provide accurate tracking and identification of objects in space such as satellites and debris. The radar will be delivered in 2014 at the site of a former U.S. Navy communications base.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Associated PressPERTH, Australia (AP) – Australia will host two U.S. space surveillance systems as part of closer military ties agreed to Wednesday at a bilateral security summit.The new cooperation on space is one of a string of enhanced engagements agreed on at an annual summit attended by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and their Australian counterparts.The two militaries have agreed that Australia will operate a U.S. Air Force C-band ground-based radar system near the northwestern town of Exmouth. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 5 ways to recognize low testosterone Early signs of cataracts in your parents and how to helplast_img read more

easyJet cabin luggage explained and how to maximise your hand baggage allowance

first_img56x45x25cm including handles and wheelseasyJet Plus cardholders can also take an additional bag to be placed under the seat in front of you. Maximum size 45x36x20cm  10kgOne hand luggage bag and one duty-free shopping bag purchased at the airport£12 per kilo at the airport KLMThomas Cook Aegean Airlines ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepartReturnCabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map UPDATE:easyJet’s hand luggage policy has been impacted by the UK Government’s ban on laptops and tablets in cabins, on direct flights to the UK from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia. Full details here.How can you save money on easyJet baggage allowances?Now that easyJet have done away with their guaranteed cabin baggage policy, we’ve got seven suggestions for you, to make sure you definitely won’t be caught out by baggage charges.1. Buy a new cabin bagMaking sure your bag doesn’t exceed the maximum dimensions is a given, but to have a good chance of making it into the overhead lockers, it may be time to bite the bullet and simply switch to a smaller bag. You’ll save money on checking luggage into the hold, and save on stress at the airport worrying about whether your bag is too big, (which is priceless).Where can I buy a hand luggage bag?Most luggage stores sell bags specifically designed with airline measurements in mind.Read our Skyscanner staff reviews of the best cabin bags on the market. easyJet cabin bag sizeeasyJet hand luggage weight allowanceNumber of bags allowed onboardCost to check in oversized hand luggage Get even more travel goodness straight to your inbox.Sign up  Ryanair easyJet hand luggage allowance: size, weight and fees easyJet hand luggage allowanceYou’re allowed one cabin bag on board but, to make life easier, there’s no weight limit so you just need to be able to lift it into the overhead locker. To save any hassle, make sure your bag (including wheels and handles) is 56 x 45 x 25cm to fit within the easyJet hand luggage size.center_img easyJet hold luggage allowance: size, weight and fees RelatedJet2 luggage allowance explained and how to maximise your hand luggage allowanceWhat is Jet2’s hand luggage allowance and how can you avoid paying last minute baggage fees at the airport? Get all the facts with our essential guide to Jet2 baggage.Lufthansa hand luggage explained and how to maximise your cabin baggage allowanceWhat size cabin bag can you take on a Lufthansa flight? How heavy can your luggage be and how much does checking your bags cost? Here’s everything you need to know about Lufthansa hand luggage allowance and restrictions, plus their rules on hold luggage. Oh, and we’ve got top tips…British Airways luggage allowance explained and how to maximise your cabin baggage allowanceBritish Airways recently restricted cabin luggage size: find out what the new BA cabin baggage allowance is and what their charges are for hold luggage, plus how to beat the airline fees! Dreaming of your next adventure? Fly away with some of our most popular airlines: easyJet hold baggage sizeeasyJet hold luggage weight allowanceNumber of hold bags allowedCost of easyJet hold luggage and Flybe are common alternatives on domestic flights in the UK, while Jet2  fly to popular budget destinations in Europe like Spain. Restrictions differ between them though – for example, Ryanair have a weight allowance (up to 10kg) and Hungarian airline WizzAir  charge for anything larger than a laptop or a handbag. Check out our guide to luggage sizes and weight restrictions to compare more European short-haul airlines.Need more practical travel tips? Check these articles out:Airline baggage allowances and information from Skyscanner Everything you need to know about the luggage allowances with all of the UK’s major airlines including Ryanair, British Airways, Jet2 and Thomas Cook.Don’t take these on holiday! 10 tips on what not to packSave on space, save lugging your luggage around, and even go hand baggage only – take our valuable advice on what not to pack in your suitcase.Top suitcases tried and tested Looking to buy new luggage? Find out which suitcase came top in our tough test…Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire.Information correct as of 1st May 2019, obtained from Please always check the latest guidance at before booking a trip Total size of all bags must be under 275cm – add the length, width and height of bag to calculate thiseasyJet has a range of bag options 15kg, 23kg or up to 32kgUp to 3 items of hold luggage per passengerOnline £13.99 – £33.99At the airport £37 – £47These fees can vary depending on the route you’re flying and weight of the bag  2. Keep calm and carry on using your old bagInstead of panicking in the face of this revolutionary rule change, you could just carry on with your carry-on. As long as your hand luggage is within the size restrictions stated above, all easyJet are saying is that they cannot guarantee that there’ll be space for it in the cabin. If the flight is full and you’re last in the queue, you might get to the gate and they say “sorry, there’s no room at the inn, it’s going in the hold”. But really, what’s so bad about that? You won’t have to pay for it. You’ll have to wait in the baggage reclaim area for a few minutes, but hey, you might meet the love of your life at carousel C. The only real way to ensure your hand luggage stays in the cabin is to turn up bright and early for your flight. To be the first at your gate arrive at the airport with two to three hours to spare for international flights, one to one and a half hours for domestic. Check the hand luggage restrictions on the airport website before you arrive, so you don’t get held up at security. See our list of common banned items here.3. Pack light for your holidayDo you really need to take a travel iron? Can you swap four pairs of wedges for some versatile day-to-evening flats? Might there be a hairdryer at the hotel? When you’re packing your suitcase, adjust to the baggage rules by correspondingly cutting your stuff down by a third, and you might find you can squeeze your holiday wardrobe into hand luggage alone. Stick to reasonably essential items. As long as you remember your underwear and enough t-shirts you can probably get by on one pair of casual jeans and one jumper for a long weekend. And don’t forget to roll – careful packing can save you a packet. Check out our 15 packing tips as a helpful guide.4. Check in your bagYou could say that checking in your bag is loser talk (don’t let them win!) but you could also just be grown-up about the situation and accept easyJet’s rules as entirely reasonable, logical and in the interests of its passengers. Take the hit and check your travel bag into the hold: if you’re honest, you’ve probably annoyed other passengers for far too long, blocking the aisle while trying to force your case into an overhead locker.How much does easyJet charge for hold luggage?You’ll pay between £13.99 – 33.99 per item, per flight in advance online. This shoots up to £37 at the baggage drop, and a hefty £47 if you leave it until the boarding gate to admit you’re a heavy packer. If you know you’ve got something to check in, pay the fee when you book your flight.5. Become a memberFrequent flyer? Join the easyJet Plus scheme (annual fee £199) buy a FLEXI fare, or splash out a few quid on an Up Front or Extra Legroom seat, and you can bring on an additional under-seat bag like a laptop case or handbag. With Speedy Boarding you’ll also have first dibs at that oh-so valuable overhead locker space, and avoid ugly scenes in the rush for the cheap seats. But that’s all part of the fun of budget air travel, isn’t it?What are the benefits of booking a FLEXI fare ticket?These cost more than the standard fixed date tickets, but they allow you to bring more baggage: one hold bag and an extra under-seat bag no bigger than 45 x 36 x 20 cm. They allow you to change your flights with no penalty up to one week before and three weeks after your flight, as long as the new flights cost the same or less.6. Wear your luggage on the flightWe don’t mean using your suitcase as a makeshift sunhat or stuffing your rucksack down your pants. We’re talking about a new generation of ‘wearable luggage’ or ‘luggage jackets’ – essentially clothing that allows you to carry your belongings about your person when flying. Ok, in some cases you may look like a cleaner, while others are in fact rather stylish. But really, if it’s saving you money who cares? Besides, you can buy a new outfit with the money you save on check-in fees. Read our review of the best wearable luggage products around for more sneaky ways to boost your baggage allowance. 7. Use another airlineIf you object to this clampdown on cabin luggage then make a stand and fly with a different airline. There may well be a choice of carriers operating the route you’re flying. Of course, this may mean higher prices, or having to check in your bag. EasyJet’s allowance is actually pretty generous – there’s no weight limit on hand baggage. What other budget airlines are there?last_img read more