Comedian Mike Ward says Hells Angels protected him after joke about missing

first_imgMONTREAL — The Hells Angels are “very good guys,” Quebec comedian Mike Ward says during the latest episode of a popular podcast hosted by American media star Joe Rogan.So good, in fact, that the biker gang “protected” Ward after outraged Quebecers threatened to kill him over a joke about a missing girl, the comedian told Rogan.“The only corporate gigs I’d ever do were shows for military, police officers or the Hells Angels,” Ward said on the profanity-laced show, which was uploaded Wednesday and already has more than 308,000 views on YouTube alone.“And then I realized,” Ward continued, “that when you talk to a group of cops or a group of Hells Angels — they’re the same guys. They have the same mentality.”Rogan replied, “The only difference is that you can call the cops — they’ll come help you. The Hells Angels won’t do (anything.)”Not true, Ward said.Ward, whose dark and abrasive style has landed him in trouble in his home province, told Rogan that in 2008 he joked about the disappearance of Cedrika Provencher — a nine-year-old girl who had vanished a year before — and Quebec’s revenue agency.Revenue Quebec had frozen Ward’s bank accounts, and Ward shared with Rogan the joke he told at a festival gala about the relentless tax collectors: “If you owe them eight dollars, they’re going to kidnap your little kids. They are the ones who have (Cedrika)!”Three weeks later, Ward said, a popular Quebec television host called Cedrika Provencher’s grandfather live on air and informed him that Ward had made a joke at his granddaughter’s expense.Before long, Ward’s manager was receiving threatening messages. “My manager calls me, and he’s like: ‘There are people who are going to kill you,’ ” Ward told Rogan.Ward said he looked out his window one day and saw people lined up across the street from his home.He said he learned two or three years later that the Hells Angels had stationed people at each end of his street to keep an eye on protesters. “They had told their dudes … to watch the people who want to kill Mike Ward,” he said. He marvelled, “the Hells Angels protected me.”Rogan mused that “a lot of Hells Angels are probably good guys.”Ward replied, “It’s the same with the Mafia guys. If you don’t owe them money, they are good guys.”The Hells Angels are considered an outlaw motorcycle gang by federal and provincial authorities. A war between the Quebec branch of the Hells Angels and the rival Rock Machine during the 1990s and early 2000s left more than 150 people dead, including an 11-year-old boy.Ward is no stranger to controversy.He was fined $42,000 by Quebec’s Human Rights Tribunal in 2016 for making a joke considered in poor taste about a disabled boy.Ward contested the decision, and the matter is still before the courts. He told Rogan the entire legal ordeal is likely to cost him about $200,000.“I’m going to be 97 years old by the time I get the verdict,” he joked.Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Tamsen Fadal To CoHost United Cerebral Palsy Of New York City 70th

first_imgGary Geresi, President of the Board of Directors of United Cerebral Palsy of New York City (UCP of NYC), announced today that UCP of NYC will celebrate its 70th Anniversary Gala on Thursday, March 9th at the New York Hilton.“This is an opportunity to celebrate our unique and outstanding 70 year history of ground breaking services and pioneering advocacy with our families, friends and our staff, as well as renew plans for how we will meet the challenges of the next generation,” said Edward R. Matthews, CEO of UCP of NYC.The UCP of NYC 70th Anniversary Gala will be co-hosted by Tamsen Fadal, eight-time Emmy winning Anchor of PIX 11 News & best-selling author, and Mike Woods, Meteorologist, Fox 5’s Good Day New York. Susan Lucci, Emmy Award-winning actress and New York Times best-selling author, will make a special appearance at the gala.Tamsen Fadal, Mike Woods and Susan Lucci are all longtime supporters of UCP of NYC’s major events that help fundraise for important UCP of NYC programs and services, including Women Who Care Awards Luncheon and the Santa Project Party that benefits the Children’s Programs.Susan Lucci has been a dedicated supporter of UCP of NYC since 2006 when she was honored with the UCP of NYC Women Who Care Award. For the past three years, Lucci has hosted the Women Who Care Awards Luncheon benefiting UCP of NYC. She is also a three time celebrity presenter at Women Who Care, and has narrated a PSA for the agency about the importance to women with disabilities to getting breast cancer screenings.“UCP of NYC is extremely grateful for Tamsen, Mike, and Susan’s long term ongoing support and concern for our organization. They truly exemplify the generosity of spirit of New Yorkers” says Edward R. Matthews, CEO of United Cerebral Palsy of New York City.“I am delighted to co-host the UCP of NYC 70th Anniversary Gala with Mike Woods,” says Tamsen Fadal. “UCP of NYC reaches thousands of families and individuals with disabilities throughout New York City. I am continually impressed by UCP’s role as the agent of change in lives of thousands of New Yorkers living with disabilities.”“I am thrilled to co-host the UCP of NYC 70th Anniversary gala with its longtime supporter Tamsen Fadal,” says Mike Woods. I am a big supporter of UCP of NYC and their vital ongoing work to provide programs and services for children, families, and adults living with a variety of challenges.”“I am very touched by United Cerebral Palsy of New York City’s impact as a lifeline for thousands of children, families, and adults with disabilities,” says Susan Lucci. “I am particularly impressed by the comprehensive nature of their ongoing programs and services which encompass so many different aspects of health, education, living, assisted technology, and the arts.”Find out more here.last_img read more

What Are The Mets Doing Part Infinity

FiveThirtyEight Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed As the MLB trade deadline rapidly approaches, the New York Mets surprised fans and analysts alike with the acquisition of Marcus Stroman. Aside from this questionable move, there hasn’t been much buying and selling across teams. The Hot Takedown crew breaks down why this might be, what trades we still expect to see before the deadline and what effect this could have on the rest of the season.Journalist Lyndsey D’Arcangelo, whose work can be seen on The Athletic, joins the show to discuss the state of the WNBA as we head into the second half. D’Arcangelo helps make sense of the increased parity in the league and takes stock of the players having breakout seasons and the teams vying for the title.Our Rabbit Hole looks at those who occasionally lose their cool.What we’re looking at this week:Our thoughts on which teams should be buying and selling this MLB trade deadline.Our MLB model heading into the home stretch of the season.Lyndsey D’Arcangelo’s midseason breakdown of the WNBA for The Athletic.In light of Trevor Bauer’s heave, a list of similar outbursts. read more

FortisTCI Providenciales Outage Report

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 23, 2016 – On Thursday, September 22, 2016, FortisTCI (the Company) notified its customers on Providenciales of an outage affecting several customers.  The interruption in service lasted for approximately four hours and was the result of a failed component in the control system of one of the engines that affected the entire Leeward Highway generation station. The engine control component in question is important to the operation of the engines and the synchronization of the plant.System Control Operators recorded the initial outage affecting approximately five thousand customers throughout Providenciales at 7:53 a.m. Crews immediately began troubleshooting efforts.  At 8:44 a.m., a plant shutdown was required to perform testing and to locate the issue, which was later determined to be the faulty component in the control system of one of the engines. FortisTCI Engineers restored service to some customers at approximately 8:56 a.m. At the peak of the outage, approximately eight thousand customers experienced an interruption in service.  The team isolated the problem at 11:10 a.m. Shortly thereafter, at approximately 11:28 a.m., restoration of service to customers began. Service was restored by 11:50 a.m. to all customers.   North and Middle Caicos customers, served by an underwater cable from Providenciales, experienced a shorter outage time of approximately forty-five minutes before transfer to local backup generation occurred.As FortisTCI continues to invest and modernize the electricity grid, system outages will continue to become less frequent, but will be more complex in nature and may require more time to resolve. This will also prove true in the future, as the Company and the Country introduce distributed generation and renewable energy, which will affect the way in which the grid is managed. Over the last several years, the Company has significantly reduced outage occurrences by heavily investing in human resources and equipment, resulting in minimal interruptions that are routine in nature.President and CEO Eddinton Powell said, “I wish to thank all technical operations staff involved in the troubleshooting efforts and work carried out to restore services to our customers as quickly as possible, as well as the supporting customer service team. I also want to thank our customers for their patience. At FortisTCI, we are committed to ensuring that the Country continues to have world-class electricity service.” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Recent Wilmington Real Estate Transactions

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are real estate transactions in Wilmington during the week of March 25, 2018:57 Ashwood Avenue — Sale Price: $860,000 — Buyer: Todd Kaylor & Alicia Raus — Seller: Brookfield Estates LLC — Sale Date: 3/27/18 — Use: Res. Dev. Land — Lot Size: 57,499sf21 Beech Street — Sale Price: $257,786 — Buyer: James Mangano — Seller: Deutsche Bank — Sale Date: 3/28/18 — Use: 1-Family Residence — Lot Size: 14,375sf11 Cleveland Avenue — Sale Price: $680,000 — Buyer: Sean Daniely & Deanna Matos — Seller: Michael Tkachuk Trustee — Sale Date: 3/29/18 — Use: 1-Family Residence — Lot Size: 16,553sf62 Glen Road — Sale Price: $490,000 — Buyer: Michael B. Kessman & Elise M. Lherault — Seller: Philip C. Ball — Sale Date: 3/28/18 — Use: 1-Family Residence — Lot Size: 27,007sf4 Lloyd Road — Sale Price: $280,000 — Buyer: Patrick Walsh — Seller: Richard F. Walsh, Trustee — Sale Date: 3/29/18 — Use: 1-Family Residence — Lot Size: 4,792sf9 Loumac Road — Sale Price: $474,000 — Buyer: Dominic Mao & Hanan Dahche — Seller: Dwight Maxwell — Sale Date: 3/29/18 — Use: 1-Family Residence — Lot Size: 20,038sf168 Lowell Street — Sale Price: $1.2 million — Buyer: 168 Lowell Street LLC — Seller: Walpole Woodworkers Inc. — Sale Date: 3/30/18 — Use: Retail Store — Lot Size: 140,699sf27 Oakdale Road — Sale Price: $697,250 — Buyer: Pavlos V. Meimaris & Eleni A. Meimaris — Seller: 3 Holly Street LLC — Sale Date: 3/30/18 — Use: 1-Family Residence — Lot Size: 10,019sf18 Seneca Lane — Sale Price: $652,000 — Buyer: Ryan J. Pavlica & Jennifer M. Pavlica — Seller: John F. Ohearn & Eileen F. Doody — Sale Date: 3/28/18 — Use: 1-Family Residence — Lot Size: 29,185sf4 Sparhawk Drive — Sale Price: $540,000 — Buyer: Mina Cho & Jiyoung Lee — Seller: Maurice Coughlan Jr. & Carolyn M. Viverios — Sale Date: 3/30/18 — Use: 1-Family Residence — Lot Size: 23,522sf8 West Jamaica Avenue — Sale Price: $699,900 — Buyer: Maurice Coughlan & Carolyn M. Coughlan — Seller: David M. McCue, Trustee — Sale Date: 3/30/18 — Use: 1-Family Residence — Lot Size: 10,019sfLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedRecent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”Recent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”Recent Wilmington Real Estate TransactionsIn “Business”last_img read more

STATE REP RACE Pina Prinzivalli Named Featured Candidate At GOP Meet Rally

first_imgTEWKSBURY, MA — Pina Prinzivalli (R-Tewksbury), candidate for State Representative in the 19th Middlesex District, has announced she’s been named a featured candidate at a GOP Meet and Rally on August 1 from 6pm to 8pm in Lowell. The event is being held at Athenian Corner and is being hosted by United States Veteran and 1st Middlesex State Senate candidate John MacDonald.“I’m a big supporter of Pina and I’m excited to have her be a part of this event because she’s running for all of the right reasons,” said MacDonald, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force who served in the Persian Gulf War. “Pina and I jumped into our respective races early on to challenge two long time incumbents. Now both of our races are for open seats. Pina had the courage to run when no one else was willing to do so. She will bring that same courage to Beacon Hill where she will be a bold voice and a fearless advocate for the taxpayers. Pina is truly running to put the taxpayers first.”The event will feature other area and statewide Republican candidates including Geoff Diehl for U.S. Senate, Rick Green for Congress (District 3), Jay McMahon for Attorney General, Anthony Amore for Secretary of State, Joe Espinola for State Senate (2nd Middlesex & Essex), Kathy Lynch for State Rep (2nd Middlesex) and Rich Baker for Governor’s Council (5th District).“I can’t thank John enough, first for his service to our country and second for the support he has shown me,” said Prinzivalli, who announced her candidacy last October. “John has done so much great work for our veterans with ‘Veterans Assisting Veterans.’ I can’t wait to work with him on Beacon Hill on the issues that matter most to the people of the Commonwealth. It’s going to be a great night with great Republican candidates who are committed to bringing balance to Massachusetts.”The August 1 event is free, donations to the candidates are welcome. Athenian Corner is located at 207 Market Street. MacDonald says the event will allow people in the area to meet great candidates all in one place that are standing up against politics as usual.“These are the candidates I personally endorse,” said MacDonald. “They are offering the people a true and positive choice in the upcoming election and Pina has clearly shown herself to be just that.”Since announcing her candidacy last fall, Prinzivalli has been the only candidate in the 19th Middlesex working to lower the tax burden by collecting over 800 signatures for a ballot question to reduce the sales tax. Prinzivalli is also the only candidate who has signed the ‘Taxpayers Protection Pledge’ and has been steadfast in her opposition and commitment to saying “NO” to Massachusetts becoming a Sanctuary State for illegal immigrants.“I’m not a career politician, nor am I running to become one,” said Prinzivalli. “I’m a career professional, a hardworking taxpayer just like you. It’s time for Tewksbury and Wilmington to have a bold Republican voice that isn’t going to be afraid to stand up against the status quo and put the taxpayers first.”Prinzivalli has been endorsed by the Tewksbury Republican Town Committee, Representative Geoff Diehl, Representative Shaunna O’Connell, and Republican State Committeewoman Ruth Chou.The Republican primary will be held on Tuesday, September 4. The general election will take place on Tuesday, November 6.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Prinzivalli campaign.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Pina Prinzivalli Speaks At Large GOP Rally, Shares Message On TaxesIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Voting Records Show Prinzivalli Voted Only Once Before Launching Candidacy; Campaign DisputesIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Prinzivalli Pledges To Opt Out Of Pension SystemIn “Government”last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo shows his generosity again donates 15 million to Palestinians for

first_imgRonaldo has made big contributions to charity before as wellMARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty ImagesCristiano Ronaldo may have many Golden Boots but he also has a golden heart, it seems. The Portuguese superstar won many hearts around the world when it was announced that he has donated $1.5 million to Palestinians for the observance of the Ramadan – the holy month of the year when Muslims fast all day and break it in the evening with the meal of Iftar.CR7, as he has come to be known around the world, is not trying to help the people of Palestine for the first time. In 2012, the superstar auctioned the Golden Boot he won the previous year to raise 1.5 million Euros for helping the children of Gaza gain proper education. On other occasions too, he showed his sympathies for the people of Palestinian lands in different ways.However, in 2016, ironically, the superstar found himself embroiled in a controversy after starring in an advertisement for an Israeli internet service providing company. Many people, including his fans having sympathy for the Palestinian cause, criticised the Juventus star for having aligned himself with a company operating from a country that they regard as being in illegal occupation of a part of West Asia. Ronaldo has been sympathetic to the plight of PalestiniansREUTERS/Massimo PincaRonaldo’s imageBut now, the views are likely to change. Ronaldo has always been known as a philanthropist who likes to donate money for noble causes. In the past, he has made monetary contributions to aid the rehabilitation works in certain areas affected by natural disasters. He was even chosen by the organisation Save the Children as their brand ambassador.The Portuguese icon was named “World’s Most Charitable Sportsperson” – a title that he hasn’t failed to live up to. In some ways, his endorsing an Israeli brand can be seen as a clever move. By doing that, he was able to ward off the charges of being anti-Israel.The Israel-Palestinian issue has been troublesome and has caused problem to sports authorities. All those who have decided to take a stand on it, either way, have faced both criticism as well as praise. But donating money to people of an impoverished nation for having a good observance of their religious rituals is not something anyone will object to.last_img read more

43 abducted Malaysiabound Rohingyas rescued

first_imgRescued Rohingya refugees pose for photographs at the Border Guard Bangladesh camp in Teknaf on 8 February 2019. Bangladeshi border guards have rescued 30 Rohingya refugees from a coastal town who were waiting to board on boats which would “take them to Malaysia”, an official said on 8 February. Photo: AFPPolice have stopped 43 Rohingya refugees from being smuggled to Malaysia by boat with a dozen women claiming they were abducted by traffickers, officials said Thursday.Acting on tip-offs, police found the refugees at two separate places in the southeastern border district of Cox’s Bazar, raising the number of Rohingya being rescued from the traffickers to more than 100 in less than a week.About 740,000 of the Muslim minority fled Myanmar for Bangladesh after a military clampdown in the Buddhist-majority nation in August 2017.They have joined another 300,000 Rohingya who have already been living in overcrowded camps in Cox’s Bazar following previous bouts of violence.Officials fear many may end up being exploited by an internationally organised human smuggling racket who have previously sent thousands of Rohingya to Malaysia by boats until the authorities launched a crackdown in 2015 following the discovery of mass graves of refugees in Thailand.Rapid Action Battalion, an elite police unit, said they rescued 12 women—mostly in their 20s—from a residential room in Cox’s Bazar city early Thursday morning and arrested two alleged traffickers for “abducting” them.“The young women from the refugee camps were lured by the traffickers. They were promised they would be sent to Malaysia. They were then brought to Cox’s Bazar and kept in a house,” RAB spokesman Mashkur Rahman told AFP.Rahman said they were treating it as a case of abduction after the women claimed they were confined in a room without consent.In another drive late Wednesday, Cox’s Bazar police rescued another 31 Rohingya from the southern island of Maheshkhali, some 110 kilometres (70 miles) away from the overcrowded Kutupalong refugee camp.Local police chief Provash Chandra said the 14 women, 11 men and six children were hiding in a coastal forest at Maheskhali waiting to board a Malaysian-bound boat.“They paid some 20,000 taka ($240) each to the traffickers for the journey,” he said.He said they arrested a woman trafficker and were “searching for others”.Dangerous sign -An analyst said the latest discovery of Malaysia-bound Rohingya was a “dangerous” sign and shows the desperation at more than 30 refugee camps where the Rohingya live in bamboo and tarpaulin made shanties in squalid conditions.“It is very natural for the desperate refugees to attempt the risk to search for a better future,” Tasneem Siddiqui, who heads a Bangladeshi think tank on migration issues, told AFP.“They know the way is full of obstacles, yet many think this is their only way out,” she said.Authorities fear that more Rohingya will try to take boats to Malaysia while the Bay of Bengal remains calm before the arrival of monsoons at the end of March.last_img read more

Swechchhasebak League leader murdered in Pirojpur

first_imgJony Talukdar. Photo: CollectedA Swechchhasebak League leader was stabbed to death allegedly by his rivals at Kabutarkhali village of Mathbaria upazila of Pirojpur on Monday, reports UNB. The deceased Jony Talukdar, 25, was vice-president of Gulishakhali union unit Swechchhashebak League and son of Hashem Ali Talukdar of the village.He was a supporter of upazila polls independent candidate Rezaul Islam, who had rivalry with Awami League candidate Hossain Mosharraf Shakku.Jony was critically injured after supporters of Shakku reportedly attacked him around 8:45am, said Shawkat Anwar, officer-in-charge of Mathbaria police station.He succumbed to his injuries around 1:00pm while being taken to Sher-e-Bangla Medical College Hospital.Police arrested Jahangir, a supporter of Shakku after the attack.last_img read more

New Music Venue Opens Doors To Public For Grand Opening

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listen 00:00 /01:57 Share – / 3Just hours before Thursday night’s grand opening, it was hard to imagine the White Oak Music Hall’s building would be ready to go in time. By 11 AM, dozens of workers were still installing stage lights, power washing the sidewalk, and briskly wheeling cases of beer into the pristine white building on N. Main St. If you head there this weekend and notice a faint, sweet cedar smell, it’s not your imagination. “What we’ve done here is wrapped every single wall in cedar planks,” explains the venue’s co-operator Johnny So. “Not only does that provide a nice, warm visual aesthetic, it also provides a lot of acoustic benefits.”The large space in front of the main stage can fit as many as 1,000 people. There’s also a smaller, more intimate space upstairs with a lounge-like vibe, ideal for jazz or acoustic shows.But there are mixed feelings about the new venue. When the hall opened its outdoor space in April, nearby residents complained about the noise. “We have three children who are disturbed by the bass and decibel level each time they have a show,” says Beth Lousteau, who lives about five blocks from the venue. She’s filed formal complaints with the city.Residents also say the overflow of traffic congests the area’s narrow streets. The hall’s Johnny So says they offer about 620 parking lot spaces. If the outdoor lawn can hold 3,500 people, however, and another 1,200 guests can fit inside, finding a spot could be tough on nights when three concerts are being held at once. There are hopes that more concert goers will use Uber or opt to take the Metro light rail, which has a station about 1/4 mile away. The venue’s co-owner Jagi Katial says they’re working with the community and listening to concerns, adding that they’ve increased the police presence in the neighborhood during concerts and send crews out to clean the streets afterwards. “It’s our responsibility to be the best neighbors we can in that setup,” he says. “That’s our obligation.”The four-day grand opening of the White Oak Music Hall’s interior space runs through Sunday.last_img read more