Read of the Week

first_imgWhen Breath Becomes AirPaul KalanithiThe Bodley HeadReview: Chantel ErfortThere’s nothing quite as sad as reading a book, knowing from the get-go, that the main protagonist is going to die.But before you get upset with me for revealing this, don’t worry: it doesn’t ruin one word of the story. Instead, it makes every moment spent reading this book, all the more special, with the reader being given an intimate look into a life coming to an end. And as the writer opts to focus on life instead of his impending death, so too, does he lure the reader away from obsessing over whether his death will come on this page, or the next, or the next.The protagonist in question is the writer himself, Paul Kalanithi, a brilliant young neurosurgery specialist in the final years of his residency, who penned When Breath Becomes Air in the final years of his life.Paul was in his prime as a medical professional, young, married and in love, when he was diagnosed with terminal cancer.As skilled with the English language as he was with his medical instruments, Paul tells a deeply touching tale of a doctor who suddenly finds the shoe on the other foot, having to learn to be patient – and a patient – and to entrust decisions no man should have to make about his own life, to his doctor.Having recently had someone close to me undergo several neurosurgical procedures, I have found myself seeking out books on the topic, hungry to understand how so much can go wrong when the brain is affected – and what drives the men and women who specialise in a kind of surgery so delicate. While in Do No Harm, David Marsh, a surgeon at the end of his career, was able to look back at his younger self with a sense of confidence and critically assess the mistakes he had made, Paul writes with the passion and urgency of a young doctor pursuing his life’s dream with the acute knowledge that it may soon escape his grasp.He writes with tenderness about his relationship with his wife Lucy, with the relationship between them almost taking on a life of its own and becoming a character in its own right.A scholar of both literature and medicine, Paul’s reflections on his illness and neurosurgery are philosophical and insightful.When Breath Becomes Air is beautifully written, uncluttered by dramatic descriptions of, or unnecessary build-ups to, life-changing events. Paul’s writing is sincere and his style of storytelling, gentle. And when he finally slipped away, though the moment was understated, I truly felt sad but all the richer for having read this remarkable man’s reflections on death and the true meaning of life.last_img read more

Rethinking freight terminal operations

first_imgNORWAY: Infrastructure manager Jernbaneverket announced on August 10 that it is looking to encourage new operators to provide services at its Ganddal rail freight terminal in Stavanger and the Brattøra terminal in Trondheim.The project is a trial at the behest of the Ministry of Transport & Communications, which wants to introduce competition in the market. If it is successful, all 12 JBV-owned freight terminals would be opened up to multiple operators from 2017.As part of this strategy, ownership of the terminals was transferred to the infrastructure manager from operator CargoNet at the beginning of this year. JBV is currently investing NKr3·7bn in additional capacity across its network and terminals to accommodate a projected doubling in rail freight volumes by 2020.According to JBV’s Head of Terminals Kjell Ivar Maudal, the operations will not be outsourced through a competitive tender ‘as we are not intending to purchase any services’. The intention is to allow multiple operators to make use of the facilities, although JBV says it will still have to control who operates within each terminal. Anyone wishing to offer services at the freight terminals will therefore have to gain approval from the infrastructure manager, and must also have entered into a contract with a train operating company.As this will be the first time that terminal operations in Norway have been outsourced to companies outside the rail sector, JBV says applicants will have to undergo a four-stage approval process before being allowed to use the facilities. They will need to have their company documentation in order, and demonstrate that they have a suitable quality control system in place. They will also have to meet health and safety criteria, with the relevant certification, and undertake training courses to raise staff awareness of the risks associated with working on or close to railway tracks.Each company must also provide mess room facilities for its staff, although it will be possible to lease these from the infrastructure manager. JBV has also pointed out that it has strict environmental requirements, including provision for dealing with fuel spills and other hazards.last_img read more

19-y-o found guilty of wounding

first_img Sharing is caring! 1064 Views   7 comments Share Tweet LocalNews 19-y-o found guilty of wounding by: Dominica Vibes News – December 3, 2015center_img Share Share Corniel Maximea, 19, of Campbell has been found guilty of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.The verdict was handed down by a seven women, two man jury at the High Court of Justice on Thursday 3 December 2015.According to the indictment read, on 31 May 2013 at River Bank, Roseau, Maximea unlawfully and maliciously wounded Kim Sebastien. The act was said to have been committed with a stone.Information revealed during the trial indicates that Sebastien sustained serious injuries to his face and reportedly spent over eighty thousand dollars ($80,000) in medical expenses.Following the verdict, Justice Errol Thomas described the circumstances surrounding the incident as “sad and frightening”.“This is sad. That poor boy has marks on his face for life. He isn’t the same… you heard his mother say that. You never know how this is going to affect him later down. You know what they say, blows you get while you are young can affect you latter down,” Justice Thomas said.Justice Thomas called on members of the jury to create an organization which can reach the powers that be in an effort to curb the current crime situation in Dominica because the trend of heinous crimes in Dominica “cannot be ignored”.“We have to keep Dominica beautiful and part of that has to do with keeping the crime rate low,” Justice Thomas said.UPDATE: Maximea is to be sentenced on 18 December 2015 following a Social Inquiry Report.last_img read more

Airline freshmen keep perfect record intact

first_imgRussell [email protected] Airline Vikings  kept their perfect freshman season intact with a 36-9 victory over the Haughton Buccaneers on Monday at Airline Stadium.In another freshman game, Benton fell to Minden 33-12.In junior varsity action reported to The Press-Tribune, Airline edged Haughton 26-20 and Benton downed Minden 20-0.Airline 36, Haughton 9: Noah Hildebrand ran for one touchdown and passed for another as Airline raised its record to 7-0.Bryan Fielding scored two rushing touchdowns for the Vikings and a two-point conversion. Harvey Calhoun caught the touchdown pass. D’Kameron White scored a conversion.Josh James intercepted two passes and returned one for a touchdown. Steven Rainey and Phillip Lee also had interceptions.Haughton’s touchdown came on a pass from Jonathan Plant to Colt Shankle. Nico Broadway kicked a 36-yard field goal. The Bucs dropped to 4-3.Junior varsityAirline 26, Haughton 20: Thomas McKain threw two touchdown passes to Hayden Waxley in the Vikings’ victory.Frank Winn had a rushing touchdown, and Nathan Naranjo kicked a field goal.Airline also got a safety on a blocked punt.Haughton’s Hunter Hunsucker threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Matthew Davis on a busted field goal attempt.Hunsucker also caught a 4-yard TD pass from Brad Rachal after Brayden Wise recovered an Airline fumble.Darius Brooks connected with Davis for a 3-yard touchdown to get the Bucs with six with 2:34 left in the game.Benton 20, Minden 0: Keishaun McMillian scored on runs of 65 and 4 yards to lead the Tigers. He also threw a conversion pass to Cody Ratliff.Trent Harrison scored from 4 yards out.Premier Diamond BoutiqueHong Kong’s first lab-grown diamond empirePremier Diamond Boutique|SponsoredSponsoredUndoInstant Voice TranslatorInstant Voice Translator (43 Languages) Takes Hong Kong By StormInstant Voice Translator|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystBlockchain Is Changing the Game for Trade Financing. Here’s How It’s Driving Future Global Trade.StanChart by CNBC Catalyst|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDating.comWhere do attractive singles meet in Tung Chung?Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoStrategyCombatIf you own a Computer, then you have to play this Game. No Install.StrategyCombat|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

Glengad United back on top of Inishowen League after win in Illies

first_imgGlengad United shot back to the top of the Inishowen League Premier Division with an emphatic win over Illies.Illies Celtic 0 Glengad United 4By Charlie Collins at Stranaclea Two opportunist goals from Terence Doherty and two crackers from Christy Fildara McLaughlin steered Glengad Utd to victory and back to the top.After a closely contested first-half the visitors 0-1 at the break.  Illies Celtic had a great chance to equalise early in the second-half but failed to convert and two minutes later Christy Fildara blasted high to the net from 30 yards to make it 2-0 and Glengad were in control from then on.The opening 25 minutes were evenly contested with neither team creating any real chances. Illies went close in the 26th minute but Paddy Doherty was denied by some last ditch defending and Glengad responded well with a number of good attacks.Christy and Stephen Fildara both went close within a minute and then a Stephen pile-driver hit the crossbar.  A minute later the visitors took the lead. John Gerard McLaughlin did well to head a cross following a corner back across the 6 yard line and Terence reacted quicker to flick the ball to the net in the 35th minute.Illies responded can immediately and after some good work on the ball Kevin McGonagle laid off a pass which Paul Doherty drilled goal-wards from 25 yards which had keeper Kevin McLaughlin diving to his left to parry away.Just before the break Glengad full-back did well to keep the ball in play and his low cross found Terence Doherty but his shot was just wide.Nine minutes into the second-half Glengad had a big let-off when keeper Kevin McLaughlin attempted to pass the ball out instead of putting his boot through it which looked the best option by some distance.Liam Doherty intercepted and set up a chance for Paddy Doherty but keeper McLaughlin redeemed himself by making a good save but perhaps the striker should have done better. Two minutes later that missed opportunity looked even more costly as Connor Barrow did well well before feeding Christy Fildara who hammered home a 30 yard pile-driver to Jonathan Noone’s top corner, giving the keeper no chance and Glengad a 2-0 lead in the 56th minute.Eight minutes later it was 3-0. Christy fed Stephen wide on the right, he raced to the by-line and pulled back a low cross which found Terence who still had plenty to do before getting his shot away. ‘keeper Noone did get a hand to it but couldn’t prevent it from crossing the line.Illies continued to compete and sub Gavin Doherty had a couple of chances to pull at least one back for them , heading a really good cross from Frankie O’Connor wide. In the 80th minute the Fildara’s combined again as Christy hit the inside of the post from Stephen’s return pass but on the stroke of full-time he produced another moment of sheer class when he added his second and Glengad’s fourth with a super long-range curling strike from near the sideline to round off an important win for his team and top spot in the table over the festive season. Illies Celtic: Jonathan Noone, David Doherty, Frankie O’Connor, Shane Doherty, Adrian Doherty-Donaghy, Paul Doherty, Brendan Doherty, Dominick Coyle, Paddy Doherty, Kevin McGonagle, Liam Doherty. Subs: Gavin Doherty for B.Doherty (60), Dominick Doherty and John Campbell for D.Doherty and McGonagle (70).Glengad United: Kevin McLaughlin, Paddy McDermott , Finn McClure, John Gerard McLaughlin, Jason Doherty, Dillon Ruddy, Stephen McLaughlin , Seamus Doherty, Terence Doherty, Connor Barrow, Christopher McLaughlin. Subs: Cathal McDaid for Barrow (70) Declan McLaughlin and Joe Doherty for S.McLaughlin and S.Doherty (85), Nathan McConalogue for T.Doherty (90).Referee: Martin McGonigleGlengad United back on top of Inishowen League after win in Illies was last modified: December 15th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more