#JaVotes2016: Brown Burke accuses JLP supporters of intimidation

first_imgPeople’s National Party (PNP) vice president Angela Brown Burke has claimed that PNP indoor agents at the Mountain View Primary School, in the constituency of St Andrew Eastern were chased away by gunmen. Brown Burke told The Gleaner that she had gone to the centre to oversee a change-over of indoor agents when they were accosted and intimidated by gunmen. She said she has reported the incident to the police and the Electoral Office of Jamaica. The superintendent of police in charge at the polling division said he had received no reports of intimidation.last_img

Marine’s a hero for 54 kids who have place to call home

first_imgBut Febbi, the site’s project manager, won’t be with them any longer. He’s moving on to volunteer at a new Habitat for Humanity project in Orange County. It’s called Homes for Heroes, and in addition to building homes for low-income families with children, there will be homes built for the children of soldiers who aren’t coming home from Iraq or Afghanistan. “When I heard what they were doing, I knew that was where I was going next,” Febbi said Wednesday, sitting outside his mobile home parked on the Pacoima site. “I hate to leave, but I know in my heart that’s where I belong now.” Matt’s son, Army Sgt. Richard Febbi, 25, was killed in 2005 in a motorcycle crash while home on leave. He had served four years in the Marines and an additional three in the Army before he died. “He loved his job and his country,” Matt said. “His men would have walked through fire for him, and he for them. He was a born leader, a hero in every sense of the word.” And now his dad – a hero to 54 kids in Pacoima – is moving on to help the families of soldiers who aren’t coming home. Shedding more of his blood, sweat and tears to give some more kids a safer, better life. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com (818) 713-3749 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Sweat from hammering nails and laying pipe in the hot, summer sun for eight years – and earning nothing more than a thank you. Tears from having 54 kids put their arms around their waists and thank them as their parents are handed the keys to their first real home. “When the kids run in and see their bedroom, their eyes grow so wide, and the older kids often break down and cry because they’re so happy,” Matt Febbi says. “It breaks your heart. These kids have never known anything but garages and trailers, sleeping three or four to a bed. Now, they have their own bed, their own room in a real house. “They look at you as if you’re some kind of hero for what you’ve done for them,” he says. “I’m no hero. I’m just an old Marine who spent 27 years serving his country, then retired to go help some kids have a better life.” On Saturday, the first phase of 20 homes in the Habitat project will be completed. The last two sets of keys will be handed to fathers and mothers who have spent their weekends for more than two years helping the volunteers build their homes. They all have low-paying jobs, not earning nearly enough to ever dream of owning a new home. They’ll pay what they can afford, then they’ll work off the rest by helping build more homes for more families to follow. It’s the kids he’s going to miss the most, the old Marine says. The 54 children who have come to this Pacoima housing project with nothing during the past eight years and now have something. They’re sleeping in real bedrooms now, not garages. They’re finally able to go outside to play after school with their friends instead of being forced to stay inside for their own safety. Fifty-four kids whom the old Marine and his group of volunteers at this Habitat for Humanity project have shed blood, sweat and tears for to give a safer, better life. Blood from all the nicks and cuts, all the power tools that got away from them as they stood on ladders, walked across roofs, and knelt in dirt to build 20 homes for the kids and their families. last_img read more

DD Fitness: What Conor McGregor can teach you about your goals

first_img“Doubt is only removed by action. If you’re not working then that’s where doubt comes in.” – Conor McGregorIn 2008, an 18-year-old Conor McGregor began his professional Mixed martial Arts career.After an 8-fight winning streak between 2011 and 2012 he was a 2-weight world champion in Cage warriors, the first European to do so. By February 2013 he was signed to the UFC and the McGregor era began.“There’s no talent here, this is hard work. This is an obsession. Talent does not exist, we are all equals as human beings. You could be anyone if you put in the time. You will reach the top, and that’s that. I am not talented, I am obsessed.” – Conor McGregorConor has had one goal from the start, to be the best.He wants to be remembered as one of the greatest of all time and he is on course to do just that.Love him or hate him, McGregor didn’t get here from just his ability to talk. He has natural ability, there is no doubting that, but he is also willing to put in the work. He studies his opponents. He trains to match their strengths and take advantage of their weaknesses. This doesn’t come from talking, this come from hard work.“My success isn’t a result of arrogance. It’s a result of belief.” – Conor McGregorWhat can this teach you about what you want to achieve?For most when they set a goal, no matter what it is, two things will happen.1. They will set the main goal and overlook the steps needed to get there.2. They will let doubt and the doubters steer them off course. When you set out a goal, you cannot just have an outcome.You must have behaviour goals and steps in place to help you to achieve your end goal.Outcome goal Win the UFC Lightweight World title and become the first 2 weight world Champion in the UFC.Behaviour goalsTrain, take on lower classed fighters, move up in the rankings, train, study your opponents, take on higher classed fighters, promote yourself, train, study the champion, win. These steps would not be taken lightly and there will inevitably be roadblocks.> An ACL injury got in the way.> The Featherweight champion pulling out of the 1 st title fight got in the way> Taking on an opponent from another weight class got in the way.So, the steps may have changed slightly along the way, but the Outcome goal never changed.When you set your goal, no matter what it is, expect difficulties along the way.These will happen, it is called life and it will inevitably change.If you only have an outcome and don’t have the appropriate steps in place to help you to reach your goal, what are you going to do when life gets in the way?You will fail, and probably have many times before.Does that mean you should give up?No, it means you need to re-set and set the appropriate step in place to help you to reach the end goal.“I am cocky in prediction. I am confident in preparation. But I am always humble in victory or defeat.” – Conor McGregorThen you have doubt.This is twofold, as you not only have self-doubt, but you also will have the doubter and the fear of failure and how they will react if you do can be paralysing for people.Self-doubt is a normal.This fear is what keep you from harm, it keeps you from pushing further into the discomfort that you will feel whenever you start to change yourself and your current situation.Just know that this discomfort is a natural feeling, do not shy away from it, you need to embrace it and use it as motivation to push you closer to your goal.“Nothing good ever comes from worrying or sitting there feeling sorry for yourself… keep positive and keep pushing on and things will turn good.” – Conor McGregorThen you have the doubters and naysayers.The fear of failure and how you will look to these doubters, can stop you in your tracks.THEY – DO – NOT – MATTER!“Doubt is only removed by action. If you’re not working then that’s where doubt comes in.” – Conor McGregorWhy are you worried about how you will look, to people who would get joy if you failed?This is madness.This should be your greatest motivation.Even if you do fail, learn from it. Find out why? What happened? What you can do better next time?Whatever you do, DO NOT GIVE UP, ever.#TrainSmart“I never lose, either I win or I learn.” – Conor McGregorFor more information, contact me through the link below.https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Fitness/120518884715118?ref=hl* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe FitnessDD Fitness: What Conor McGregor can teach you about your goals was last modified: July 16th, 2017 by Emmet RusheShare 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)Tags:conor mc gregorfitnessGoalsrushe fitnessweight losslast_img read more

Video Game Controllers Are All The Same

first_img Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Controller Patent Teases SNES Games on Switch Stay on target The key selling point of the Nintendo Switch is its myriad of playstyles. You can play it as a handheld. You can play it propped up as a tablet. And you can play it as a home console. This versatility applies to its controller options as well. But for many “serious” gamers the only true Switch solution is the optional $70 Pro Controller.Don’t get me wrong, I have a Pro Controller and think it’s great. It’s nice and substantial. But for some, it is the ONLY acceptable way to play Switch games. Even though the two Joy-Con collectively have the same number of buttons of sticks and can be slotted into a grip approximating a traditional controller shape, that’s not good enough for some. This got me thinking once again about what might be one of my more controversial gaming opinions, so I might as well write it down this time: Get over yourselves! Video game controllers are all the same!AdChoices广告From the trackballs and specialty arcade controls of gaming’s earliest era to Atari joysticks up until the N64/PS1 era, the video game controller transformed at a pretty state rate from generation to generation. Like an animal gaining evolutionary adaptations, new features like shoulder buttons and D-pads and analog sticks and rumble emerged. But around the beginning of the millennium, the industry sort of settled on making endless variations of the DualShock for the rest of time.Of course, there are outliers, most famously from Nintendo. The Wii, which I love, featured a radical remote-shaped controller that detected motion and went on to sell gangbusters. But for the most part, new features are fleeting flavors added to the standard controller shape used by everything from the mighty PS4 Pro and lowly Ouya.DualShock 4 has a nifty share button but a useless lightbar. The Wii U GamePad’s tablet distracted folks from the fact the controller still had all the buttons you wanted. The Switch Pro Controller, along with secret messages, has an NFC scanner and intriguing but nebulous “HD Rumble.” But in practice controllers, all look basically the same and are used in basically the same ways. So we argue endlessly and pedantically about minute differences in build quality or comfort for different hand sizes or stick placement.This bums me out because I think experimental controllers lead to experimental games, which lead to a more interesting and creative video game industry. I like weird stuff like the Wii remote or detachable Joy-Con. I think Donkey Kong Jungle Beat is a Game of the Year that only works because of its bongo drum controllers. Would Dance Dance Revolution or Guitar Hero be as popular if you played them with a normal controller? I love how hardcore Smash Bros. players adore the GameCube controller and not one of endless identical fight sticks. I thought the Steam Controller, with its touchpads attempting to merge console and PC mouse-and-keyboard control options, was a worthy experiment for the famously forgotten Steam Machine. Mice and keyboards have important uses besides games so I’m not mentioning them here. I love weird controller exhibitions like Strange Arcade at IndieCade East or Alt.Ctrl.GDC. Heck, I was even willing to give Kinect a shot if Microsoft hadn’t abandoned the camera entirely by the time I bought an Xbox One.Let’s also not pretend that the current controller status quo is some perfect final form. Wrapping your hands around these bizarre, vaguely bone-shaped device with all these buttons and triggers and sticks to manipulate can be totally baffling if you’re not just used to it. And even if you are used to it, a game that demands you instantly recall how to use every possible button and combination of buttons, like the magnificent The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, can still trip you up.It makes you realize why millions of people enjoy otherwise terrible free-to-play mobile games that just let you intuitively touch whatever is happening on their phone. They don’t need to spend $130 on a controller that shaves off microseconds of input lag because they aren’t high-paid eSports athletes with their livelihood on the line. Most gamers aren’t those athletes either, so most controllers should suit their needs just fine! Stop being so precious!Again, I love me some traditional stick-and-button controllers. Part of what makes the Switch so cool to me is the convenience of mobile gaming combined with the ability to play games that aren’t constrained to touch-only inputs. I recognize there’s also real value in having standardized controllers to create a baseline for gaming literacy. More people could learn how to play more games more easily if all controllers stayed the same. After all, every new book doesn’t come with its own alphabet.I just want gaming culture to break out of this paradigm that controllers, as they are now, are essentially perfect, that the only thing left to do is squabble over infinitesimal ergonomic adjustments and refinements. Don’t pretend that swapping a glossy finish with a custom purple matte finish is some bold and innovative leap forward. It’s neat, but it doesn’t truly push games forward. Embrace experimentation!Want to learn more?Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch.Or check out Switch Games That Aren’t Zelda.Buy it now!The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo SwitchEssential Nintendo Switch Accessorieslast_img read more