Dear Editor,In my previous letter I indicated that I would have written to you again in the hope that some answers to the questions I asked then (and those of Nigel Hinds in his letter around the same time) would have been forthcoming.I don’t think I saw anything in response, and so my thoughts remained unshared on the scenarios I had envisaged.But the Kaieteur News editorial (June 9) headlined “Political Self Destruction” reignited this eerie-sure feeling that something is not right. It can’t be.Whether the aim is to destroy Joseph Harmon politically so as to pave the way for others, or to satisfy overinflated egos by flaunting the power of the fourth estate, or a combination of both, I don’t know, but for sure, there has to be some kind of a conspiracy here.I still cannot see why making Brian Tiwari an honorary adviser, or backing-off GRA from Bai Shan Lin, would warrant this continuing public attack campaign by the Kaieteur News and surely ‘others’ behind the scenes.It warrants therefore that I share with you some of my thoughts as regards who are some of the players cum intellectual authors in this ugly scheme.This letter will start with two. Others and the plot in more detail are to follow as things evolve.In order to avoid libel and the excuse for non-publication, I have to resort to satire which I am advised should escape the discerning of, say, the ordinary passenger in the Route 42 mini bus.I hope, however, that some readers and, of course, the actors will figure out who I am talking about.As is their right, they can agree or disagree, or they can even believe wrongly who I am referring to. Either way, I can imagine them asking “who the hell is William Tell”.So, let me start with the Snake.Irrespective of its realisation that it can get no further than where it is, it cannot change its habits.It will continue to look to see what can be done to whom it perceives is in the way of its ambitions, using its accumulated venom smartly and sparingly.Venom use in this instance is in direct contrast to the ad lib use of its ‘snake oil’ as we saw during the election campaign, leading those unsuspecting and gullible constituents into a mess that they will have to cleanse themselves of. (But that is another story for another time)Because this letter must not be too long, let me just ‘wrap up’ on the Snake by saying that the Chinese have no regard or respect for it. After all, it is no secret that they eat the darn thing.The Mongoose, on the other hand, is in a different category all together.According to Wikipedia, it was introduced into the Caribbean islands, including the Bahamas, to help control the snake. But being the resourceful ‘smart alec’ that he is, Mr Mongoose quickly adjusted his game plan against the Snake, with its eyes on ‘the big fat chicken’ instead.He will allow Mr Snake all the sabre-rattling it wants, in full confidence that it will triumph over the Snake when the time comes.After all, it did happen before, and for sure, he has read Rudyard Kipling’s “Riki-Tiki-Tavi” a hundred times, and more.As to whether Kaieteur News is part of this conspiracy is for the readers to judge.But the Editor ought to be cautioned that the moral of its own editorial applies equally to it too. It is not only politicians who are sweetened by power, or use it to feather their nests for future ambitions and aspirations. As a matter of fact, this is somewhat acceptable in politics.But when media houses become so pompous as to crave and even flaunt power to influence the state of play, then we are in for more trouble.It is no secret what Kaieteur News did to the PPP Government. And having tasted the sweetness of the power in doing so, and as rumour has it that a new political party is in the pipeline, it would appear that the modus used against the PPP is now being adjusted and fine-tuned for continuation. Those selected as targets are apparently not envisaged as a part of the new dispensation.Harmon though seems to be a fighter.Last I heard he was listening to folk and country music.Let me guess. “Sly mongoose” and Charley Pride’s “Snakes Crawl At Night” may be in repeat mode.I hope to write again soon.Yours faithfully,William Tell
0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, November 18 – While most attention has been fixed on the title race and the battle to avoid the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) axe, the league’s finale continue on Friday when Mathare United welcome Western Stima at Nyayo.It’s been a bumper festival for domestic football that was set off on Tuesday when Harambee Stars made light work of Seychelles to book their place in the 2014 World Cup Africa qualifiers group stage. Sofapaka and AFC Leopards won their Wednesday clashes against plucky Chemelil and champions Ulinzi in a double header that had ramifications on the title race as the titleholders missed the chance to edge to the summit.On Thursday, Gor Mahia atoned for their opening day defeat to Rangers in a first half goal blitz that ended 3-1 in favour of K’Ogalo who had the added satisfaction of leapfrogging their arch-nemesis Leopards to the fourth position on the log.“It’s great considering we lost in the first leg 3-0 so it’s sweet revenge. We had a strategy and we knew that if we came out strongly in the first ten minutes we would get a goal and that is what happened,” Gor captain Jerim Onyango told SuperSport.One of the reasons why this week’s fixtures have been played with the intensity of cup finals is inspired by the fact there is reward for the finishing position at the end of the season.Mathare, the 2008 champions who have faded badly since are guaranteed of top flight football after flirting with relegation and their last outing was a 4-1 hiding at the hands of Thika United.Despite their woes, Salim Ali are tricky customers especially at their adopted Nyayo Stadium home turf and their last game there saw them hold Leopards to a 2-2 draw after racing to a 2-0 first half lead.For Stima, their high flying start to the season cooled off in the second leg but they are keen to finish among the first eight to guarantee their entry in the KPL Top 8 competition that they reached the semis earlier this year.On Saturday, leaders Tusker play their penultimate fixture with a visit to Naivasha to face Karuturi Sports who suspended their head coach James Nandwa. With their hosts in disarray, the bottlers should ideally have no problems in brewing the three points. Bandari welcome Thika United at Mbaraki stadium in Mombasa knowing another win could haul them off the bottom two with City Stars who are a point ahead facing the spirited Sony Sugar also at home.Both fixtures could alter the relegation mathematics at the end of Saturday’s programme that will also witness Ulinzi clash with Chemelil Sugar with both sides coming off midweek defeats.Condemned Congo United will be on a face saving mission when they welcome KCB to Mombasa in the only Sunday match.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Dwight Newman, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Rights at the University of Saskatchewan, suggested Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government learned from a Federal Court ruling in 2016. It found the previous administration had failed to adequately consult with First Nations on Enbridge Inc.’s Northern Gateway pipeline.The Liberal government further consulted with Indigenous groups and other stakeholders on the Trans Mountain project later that year, he noted.“You might anticipate, then, that they have fulfilled consultation and the First Nation claims might be unsuccessful. But there could be a new surprise out of this case yet.”(THE CANADIAN PRESS) The decision is likely to be appealed to the Supreme Court of Canada either way, Hoberg predicted, and another 18 months to two years will pass before it’s settled.Environmental groups and the cities of Vancouver and Burnaby also challenged the project in Federal Court last November, They were supported by the province of British Columbia, which was an intervener, as was Alberta. The province’s lawyer said Ottawa’s decision to approve the pipeline’s expansion between Edmonton and Metro Vancouver was based on a broad base of evidence that considered environmental, economic and Indigenous interests.Kinder Morgan shareholders are set to vote on whether to approve the sale of the pipeline and expansion project to the Canadian government for $4.5 billion on Thursday morning, 30 minutes after the court decision is released.The timing is a coincidence, said Amelie Lavictoire, executive director of the Federal Court of Appeal.Advertisement VANCOUVER, B.C. – A court decision expected Thursday could determine the fate of the contentious Trans Mountain pipeline expansion and further define Canada’s duty to consult with First Nations, experts say.The Federal Court of Appeal is to rule on a case that combined nearly two dozen lawsuits calling for the National Energy Board’s review of Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd.’s project to be overturned.First Nations, including the Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish on British Columbia’s south coast, argued the federal government did not adequately consult them before the energy board review or the cabinet decision to approve the project.- Advertisement -A ruling in the Indigenous groups’ favour would be likely to kill the multibillion-dollar pipeline expansion that Canada has offered to purchase, said George Hoberg, a public policy professor at the University of British Columbia.“If the Federal Court strikes down the permit authorizing the pipeline because of inadequate consultation, or for another reason, then I don’t see how the pipeline project can proceed – unless or until the Supreme Court reversed that decision,” he said.Lawyers for the federal government told court that Ottawa conducted extensive consultation. If the government wins, the project will move forward, but a “very strong, persistent campaign of civil disobedience” by protesters in B.C. will persist, Hoberg said.Advertisement Asked if Canada could walk away from the deal if the ruling quashes the permit, a Finance Department spokesman said the agreement has been signed and there’s no backing out.The government undertook a “very vigorous” review process before approving the project and is confident it will win the case, Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi said Tuesday.“We await their decision… and we will respond accordingly, but we are moving forward on this project because this project is in the national interest.”A ruling against the government would probably slow down the project but not necessarily stop it, said Werner Antweiler, a business professor at UBC.“Ultimately, the federal government has legislative powers to see this project through,” he said in an email.Advertisement “The political cost will be substantially higher, though, if the court finds that the NEB failed in its duty to consult and accommodate Indigenous communities.”The Crown’s duty to consult does not equal a veto power for First Nations, Antweiler said, and the decision will come down to what the court deems adequate consultation.Rueben George, manager of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation’s Sacred Trust Initiative, said Canada never intended to consult in good faith and he expects the case to wind up in the Supreme Court.“What I want is for the best interests of Canada – and that’s for this pipeline not to go through,” he said.Kinder Morgan has already won several court victories, including one last week when the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed an application from the City of Burnaby to overturn a lower court decision.Advertisement
This week’s episode starts with four members of the Sport magazine team picking one sporting event they could not miss in 2017.Deputy editor Alex Reid hosts as editor Tony Hodson, features editor Sarah Shepard and staff writer Charlie Morgan go through their highlights.The team touches on the upcoming Australian Open, the women’s European Championships, a compelling British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand, the denouement of the Premier League season and the next steps for England’s cricket side.Next, they discuss the cover star of issue 481, sprint star Dina Asher-Smith.Then we have some passionate, expletive-punctuated thoughts on the expansion of the World Cup and finally some predictions on Liverpool’s clash with Manchester United.Subscribe to the Sport Magazine Podcast and leave a review on iTunes
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Terrific Techniques scrapbooking class, 10 a.m.-noon at Remember When Scrapbooking, 23407 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Cost: $20. Call (661) 254-7802. Democratic reunion picnic, 4:30-7 p.m. at Bouquet Canyon Park, 28127 Wellston Drive, Saugus. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for a morning run, 7 o’clock in the parking lot at Starbucks, 26415 Bouquet Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Free wellness workshop will present research about stubborn weight, fatigue and hormone imbalance, 10-11:30 a.m. at the office of Dr. Larry Cart, 24868 Apple St., Suite 101, Newhall. Call (661) 284-6233. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave. Call (661) 254-1275. FRIDAY Karaoke night, 6:30-9:30 at Vincenzo’s, 24504 1/2 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. SATURDAY Summer Fun story time, 10 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Karaoke night, 8 o’clock at VFW Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6885. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities throughout the day at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. SUNDAY Photography Basics class, noon-3 p.m. today and Aug. 6 at Remember When Scrapbooking, 23407 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Cost:$75. Call (661) 254-7802. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for marathon training, 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Granary Square, 25930 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Bingo will be played, 10:30 a.m. at Mint Canyon Moose Lodge, 18000 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-7222. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. MONDAY Altered Deck class for ages 9 and up, 10-11 a.m. today-Wednesday at Remember When Scrapbooking, 23407 Lyons Ave., Valencia. Cost: $40. Call (661) 254-7802. Free sports camp, sponsored by Desert Streams Church, for kids in grades 4-8, 7-8:30 p.m. today-Thursday at various locations. Call (661) 251-5641 to register. Special Olympics offers golf lessons to athletes with learning disabilities, evenings at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino Drive, Valencia. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. TUESDAY Santa Clarita chapter of Century City Ski Club will meet, 7 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Don Gately at (661) 255-8873. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Runners Club will work out, 6:15 p.m. at the College of the Canyons track, 26455 N. Rockwell Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821. Sierra Hillbillies square dance club will offer an intermediate class, 7-9 p.m. in Rooms A1 and 2 at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 252-2210 or (661) 255-0463. Barbershop Harmony Singers will rehearse, 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Valley Oaks Village Apartments, 24700 Valley St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6109 for security-door information.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Francisco Ayala Prominent geneticist out at UC Irvine after harassment finding The four complainants, who asked to be identified, are all in the School of Biological Sciences: professor Kathleen Treseder, assistant teaching professor Jessica Pratt, assistant dean Benedicte Shipley and graduate student Michelle Herrera. Treseder and Pratt referred questions to their attorney, Micha Star Liberty, a sexual harassment lawyer based in Oakland, California. Shipley and Herrera could not be reached by deadline.In an interview today, Liberty said her clients–three of the four complainants–are considering “all available legal options.”“It’s frustrating and completely disingenuous for UCI to say they got a complaint in November and took swift action,” Liberty says. “That’s simply not true. They didn’t do an investigation when a complaint was filed 3 years ago.”The university declined to make any comment in addition to Gillman’s statement.Liberty would not identify the complainant of 3 years ago, the nature of that complaint, or the mechanism by which the alleged complaint was made. But she says that complainant is also one of the four women whose complaints launched the probe that began in November 2017.Liberty further alleges: “UCI seemed to care only about making sure that their famous and profitable professor was taken care of, rather than being employee-focused on the employment law rights and the Title IX rights of these women.” Title IX is the federal law that makes sexual harassment in educational settings illegal.Liberty alleges that Ayala’s behavior toward female students, staff, and colleagues was permeated with unwanted touching and sexually based language and statements, often in front of other people. For instance, she says, he once told a professor who was giving a report in a meeting: “Why don’t you sit on my lap while you give the presentation? It would be much more interesting.”Ayala’s attorney, Susan Estrich, says: “The comment about sitting on his lap was a bad attempt at humor in a crowded room in 2015, for which Professor Ayala apologized some years ago.”Liberty also alleged that Ayala discussed in front of Treseder, whom he had nominated for membership in the prestigious National Academy of Sciences (NAS), how blacklisting of nominees was typically carried out—comments that she took as a veiled threat to blacklist her nomination. Ayala is a NAS member and only members can nominate—and vote on—new members.“Professor Ayala has made absolutely clear, repeatedly so, that he would never blackball a candidate for the Academy, much less a candidate he nominated,” Estrich responded. According to Liberty, Ayala’s behavior toward Herrara, the graduate student, triggered the investigation that began in November 2017. Ayala’s actions were witnessed by Herrara’s supervisor, she says, who also complained at that time, in support of Herrara. In the process of the investigation, the two other women came forward as complainants. One was the woman who had complained 3 years before.They came forward, Liberty says, because “they were tired of witnessing this type of behavior, they were concerned about this graduate student, who had a lot less power than they did, being victimized and they wanted this conduct to stop. They were also tired of enduring this behavior themselves.”Liberty alleges that as the investigation proceeded, UCI represented to her that Ayala had threatened to sue the university and the complaining women for defamation.Estrich says: “At no time was suing for defamation ever considered.”Ayala, 84, has become a prominent presence in American biology since he left his native Spain and the Dominican priesthood in 1961 for graduate studies at Columbia University. He did pioneering work in molecular evolution and genetics and made a groundbreaking discovery about the parasites that cause Chagas disease, a sometimes-fatal ailment that afflicts million in the tropics. He is a former president of AAAS, which publishes Science; an NAS member; and a 2010 winner of the $1.5 million Templeton Prize for making an “exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension.” Ayala has been outspoken on the ethical issues related to the study of human evolution, and a prominent spokesperson in the debate between evolution and creationism. He is also a vintner, who at the time of his donation to UCI in 2011 owned more than 2000 acres of vineyards in northern California.Kristen Monroe is one of Ayala’s colleagues and political scientist who directs the UCI Interdisciplinary Center for the Scientific Study of Ethics and Morality, where Ayala regularly attended meetings and was a founding member. She says: “I’m baffled and surprised at the charges against Professor Ayala since nothing in our interactions, over some 20 years, suggests he treats women with anything but respect and courtesy.”Ayala’s colleague Camilo Cela-Conde, an emeritus professor at the University of the Balearic Islands in Spain, who has co-written six books with Ayala on human evolution, put out a statement today under the heading “Professor Ayala’s Sentence.” “I read with stupor, shame and displeasure,” of Ayala’s name being stripped from the UCI buildings, Cela-Conde wrote, noting that Gillman stated that keeping Ayala’s name on the buildings “would be wrong.” Cela-Conde added: “I wonder whether [the university’s] keeping the more than U.S. $4 million donated to UCI by Professor Ayala and destroying his scientific career would be right.”Cela-Conde noted the university’s interviews with more than 60 witnesses. “What the statement does not mention is that only a fraction of the witnesses proposed by Professor Ayala were actually interviewed,” he wrote. “The lack of fairness throughout the whole investigation process is highly evident. Fake news seems to give birth to fake investigations.” Jacquelyn Martin/AP Photo Gillman added that Ayala’s name will also be stripped from several graduate fellowships, scholar programs and endowed chairs. Ayala gave the school $10 million in 2011, which was to have been disbursed over 10 years. The university would not comment on how much has been disbursed, or how the remaining portion of the gift will be handled. It also declined to comment on details of the sexual harassment allegations, which were not described in Gillman’s statement.Ayala, who was hired at UCI in 1989, released a statement that reads: “I deeply regret that what I have always thought of as the good manners of a European gentleman—to greet women colleagues warmly, with a kiss to both cheeks, to compliment them on their beauty—made colleagues I respect uncomfortable. It was never my intent to do so. Nor do I wish to put them, my family, or this institution through the lengthy process of further investigation, hearings, appeals, and law suits. I have too much respect for them, and too much work still to do. I will continue my research with renewed vigor, and I thank my colleagues around the world for their support.” The eminent evolutionary biologist Francisco Ayala has offered his resignation to the University of California, Irvine (UCI) , effective 1 July, the university announced yesterday. The move comes on the heels of an investigation of alleged sexual harassment by Ayala that began last November and included complaints from four women – two professors, an assistant dean, and one graduate student—in the School of Biological Sciences. The biological sciences building was, until this week, named after its benefactor—Ayala.“Given the number and breadth of the substantiated allegations, along with the power differentials at play, I believe that keeping Professor Ayala’s name in a position of honor would be wrong,” UCI Chancellor Howard Gillman wrote in announcing that Ayala is resigning without emeritus status, will “abstain” from future campus activities, and will have his name removed from both the biological sciences building and UCI’s science library.Gillman said the university had interviewed more than 60 witnesses during its probe of the allegations. “While reporting misconduct is always difficult, the actions of these women were particularly courageous because their reports involved one of the most prominent members of our faculty,” Gillman wrote.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*) By Meredith WadmanJun. 29, 2018 , 4:40 PM
Meagan was on holiday in Hawaii, when she got this last message two weeks before Hughes’ death.A close friend of Phillip Hughes has made public the last text message he sent to her before he died in a Sydney hospital two days after getting hit by a cricket ball.Hughes had met Meagan Simpson, 26, three years ago in a Sydney pub and became good friends ever since. “We were at his favourite pub in Sydney, The Palace at Breakfast Point… he tried to pick me up and told me he was a banker. I didn’t know who he was at that point,” Meagan told Daily Mail.Meagan was on holiday in Hawaii, when she got this last message two weeks before Hughes’ death. After their first meeting at the pub, both of them bonded over late night phone calls, coffee and shopping trips. Meagan, who works as a sports coach for AFL team the Giants was probed by players in her team, about how she knew Hughes.Hughes had met Meagan Simpson, 26, three years ago in a Sydney pub and became good friends ever since. “They said ‘he’s an Australian cricketer’. I felt like a silly bugger. But that was him being humble,” Meagan said.”We had both been through pretty bad breakups; neither of us wanted to start anything new and didn’t want to hurt each other.”He said ‘I really want you in my life forever’ and we just became friends,” Meagan explained.Meagan is still to come to terms after the loss and said she still questions what Phillip saw in her that first night they met. She described Phillip as “the best friend anyone could ask for”.advertisement”He was always there when you needed him and that says a lot when someone is so famous and when he has so many other things going on. Whenever I needed him he was there,” Meagan said.”He was cheeky and funny and always made you laugh. He just had a genuine interest in you and invested time into our friendship. I still don’t know how I got so lucky to have him as a friend; obviously he saw something in me, she added.
Philippe Coutinho is capable of great things at Liverpool and can play the role that Steven Gerrard played for the Premier League side, according to former Brazil international Kaka.Brazilian Coutinho underlined his worth at the club scoring a sensational 25-yard strike in the 86th minute of Liverpool’s Premier League opener against Stoke City on Sunday to seal a 1-0 win.”I have been a big admirer of Coutinho and he can be a very important player for Liverpool and Brazil,” Kaka, who plays for Major League Soccer side Orlando City SC, told the Mirror.Also read: Stoke deserved a point against Liverpool, says Huges”There will be a lot of expectation on him with Liverpool fighting to get back into the Champions League, but I know that he can handle it.”One great player doesn’t make a team, but you can build a team around one great player, and I believe he can be that player,” he added.Like the Brazilian, Gerrard has also moved to MLS where he plays for Los Angeles Galaxy and Kaka believes Coutinho is ready for a bigger role at Liverpool.”Coutinho is a humble guy. He won’t talk about being able to replace a legend like Steven Gerrard, and the truth is nobody could ever replace him, but with Gerrard gone they do need somebody to step up — and he can do that,” Kaka said.
Working on your own is a lot of things to a lot of people. And yes, there are definitely days that make you want to just drop a 10 dollar bill in the swear jar and go to town. But let’s look at the bright side of your chosen lifestyle with five F-words you can use in front of your Mom. These are the Five F-Words of Independent Work.5. Family and FriendsYeah, yeah, it’s two words, TECHNICALLY. But anyway…Remember those people in the pictures on your desk? The ones you sometimes see on the weekends – yes, THOSE people.As a freelancer, you’re setting your own schedule now, which means more time for everything from a sit-down dinner or soccer practice to long weekends away or girls’ night out. Of all the benefits to independent work, seeing more of your loved ones is one of the best.4. FreedomYep. You’re free. Free to treat Monday like a Friday. Free of the hours your boss decides you’ll work, and of course, free to work over at the coffee shop for the day if you feel like it.You’re also free to explore your passion and take on the projects you want, because you’re in the driver’s seat. But if you’re new to the independent lifestyle, don’t be surprised if you sometimes feel like you just got your license.3. FrustrationLike any endeavor, as an independent, you’ll learn some lessons the hard way, whether it’s how to write a contract so you get paid on time, not to trust a handshake, or how even if you do the best job possible, your client may not call you for a second project.The real trick is to learn from these setbacks, not repeat them. In the end, your freedom is worth it.2. Financial IndependenceWell, this one depends on your point of view. Sure, you can now set your own rates, your own hours, and the sky’s the limit.At the same time, you’ll see dry spells and rough patches. So make sure you’re consulting with a financial professional to ensure that you’ve got enough tucked away for those not-so-sunny days.1. FutureNo, really. According to even the most conservative estimates, we’re well on our way to seeing over 40 million independent workers in the U.S. in the not-so-distant future. 40. MILLION. (If you didn’t say that last part in a “Dr. Evil” voice, we can’t be friends anymore.)So, you’re part of the future. The independent workforce. And that’s something to be proud of.So, those are your 5 F-words. Remember them. Remind yourself of them. Then, get out there and F some stuff up.This is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.