Show Comments ▼ Record yields to hit Ireland bond auction Share STRICKEN Ireland is poised to re-enter the debt markets today but record yields on its government bonds mean it will have to pay a steep price for failing to convince investors that it can meet the escalating cost of bailing out its banks.The extra yield premium demanded by investors to hold Irish 10-year bonds over German bunds widened to 423 basis points yesterday, the greatest since the euro was introduced in 1999.Central bank governor Patrick Honohan warned yesterday that the Irish government would need to take even tougher fiscal action over the next few years but this did little to calm the market’s nerves.Against this backdrop, the National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA), which manages Ireland’s debt, is set to raise €1.5bn (£1.26bn) with the issue of a four-year and eight-year bond. However, it will be forced to pay investors greater compensation for holding Irish government debt. The auction is seen as a key test of investor sentiment towards Ireland. “After all the rumours and speculation last week I think it’s going to be quite tough for them. [We are] certainly going to see people demanding much higher yields on the auction. I think it could be tricky,” said Melanie Bowler at Moody’s Analytics.When Ireland last issued an eight-year bond in June it achieved a yield of 5.088 per cent. Secondary market yields, which are seen as the best guide to today’s auction, were yesterday 6.13 per cent. It sold four-year bonds at a yield of 3.11 per cent in May. These are now trading around 4.875 per cent.The biggest concern for investors is the lack of clarity regarding the cost of recapitalising nationalised Anglo Irish Bank and the country’s Budget deficit which is forecast to be 11.6 per cent of GDP this year, the biggest in the Eurozone. More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.com whatsapp Monday 20 September 2010 9:22 pm Tags: NULL KCS-content whatsapp irish debt crisis | a timelineOctober 2008 Ireland officially becomes the first country in western Europe to fall into recession as the global economic downturn gathers speed.February 2009 Unemployment rate reaches 11 per cent, the highest in over a decade. Protests take place in Dublin against Prime Minister Brian Cowen and his government’s fumbled handling of the crisis. March 2009 Public finances quickly deteriorate amid a deep recession. The Irish Republic loses its AAA debt rating, in a massive blow for finance minister Brian Lenihan. GDP falls 8.5 per cent from previous quarter.April 2009 Government is forced to present its second budget in six months to deal with a fiscal shortfall of over €4.5bn and a rapidly shrinking economy.October 2009 Economy exits recession with GDP growing by 0.3 per cent, but GNP continued to contract by 1.4 per cent.July 2010 According to the National Treasury Management Agency, Ireland successfully meets its debt servicing requirements for 2010 and into the second quarter of 2011.September 2010 Irish officials prepare to sell up to €1.5bn of debt.
Friday 18 February 2011 9:41 am Share John Dunne whatsapp Tags: NULL by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailPeople TodayNewborn’s Strange Behavior Troubles Mom, 40 Years Later She Finds The Reason Behind ItPeople TodayTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeWanderoamIdentical Twins Marry Identical Twins – But Then The Doctor Says, “STOP”Wanderoammoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.com The world is at risk of renewed protectionism or financial crisis if policymakers do not agree to currency and other reform, Bank of England Governor Mervyn King said. “Improved financial regulation will help to intermediate the flows associated with global imbalances. But the global economy will remain vulnerable to the risks associated with imbalances if they are not tackled at source,” King said, according to an abstract of a speech he is to deliver at a Bank of France event.King reiterated long-standing concerns that rebalancing of the global economy was needed.“Two principles should underpin the way ahead. First, discussions should focus on the underlying disagreement about the right speed of adjustment to the real pattern of spending and hence the reduction in these imbalances. This discussion should be informed by countries’ ability to follow that path in a sustainable way.“Second, many policies, in addition to changes in exchange rate, will be needed to reduce imbalances. If agreement is not reached on these two principles, at best there will be a weak world recovery; at worst the seeds of a next financial crisis will be sown.”“Global imbalances helped to fuel the financial crisis and today they threaten the sustainability of the recovery in global demand,” he continued. whatsapp King warns over protectionism Show Comments ▼ More From Our Partners Brave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comBill Gates reportedly hoped Jeffrey Epstein would help him win a Nobelnypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.com
888 extends WSOP agreement with Caesars Interactive Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Yaniv Sherman, senior vice president and head of US for 888, said: “Our partnership with Caesars has been powering the hugely popular WSOP brand online since 2013 and we are looking forward to continuing this relationship for many years to come.” 19th January 2021 | By Conor Mulheir Topics: Casino & games Online casino Poker In addition to powering the WSOP poker brand, 888 will also continue to supply its proprietary casino platform and content to Caesars’ online casino brands, Harrah’s and the World Series of Poker Casino in New Jersey. Tags: 888 Holdings Caesars Interactive Entertainment World Series of Poker Poker Caesars will continue to utilise 888’s turnkey poker platform and services in the US, for its mobile and desktop versions of the WSOP online poker rooms. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Read the full story on iGB North America. Through the agreement, 888 will also launch its next generation poker software, “Poker 8”, in the US, after launching in Europe in November. The operator said the software offers a significant advancement in user experience, including new graphics and animations and features such as multi-day and multi-flight tournaments. 888 Holdings has agreed to a multi-year extension of its exclusive B2B poker partnership with Caesars Interactive Entertainment, in a deal which sees 888 continue to power the World Series of Poker (WSOP)-branded online poker offering. Regions: US The partnership will also see 888 continue to power the US market’s only interstate shared-player liquidity poker network across the states of New Jersey, Delaware and Nevada, increasing the availability of poker games and formats for customers across these states. Earlier this month, Michigan legalised inter-state poker, opening the possibility that it joins the network. Email Address
Edgars Stores Limited (EDGR.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Retail sector has released it’s 2011 presentation results for the half year.For more information about Edgars Stores Limited (EDGR.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Edgars Stores Limited (EDGR.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Edgars Stores Limited (EDGR.zw) 2011 presentation results for the half year.Company ProfileEdgars Stores Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange. The company retails a range of high-quality casualwear clothing, footwear and accessories for children, ladies and gents in branded stores in Zimbabwe. The company operates three divisions: Edgars Chain, Jet Chain and Manufacturing. Its fashion retail outlets fall under the Edgars and Jet brands, with the retail brand Express falling under Jet Stores. Edgars Stores Limited also manufacture and retail a range of locally-made clothing; acquiring the Carousel Clothing factory in 1974 and the Jeans Company in 1993. Its core business is casualwear and accessories with a subsidiary division providing funeral and hospital insurance services. Edgars was founded in 1946 and today, is the market leader in casualwear and accessories in Zimbabwe. Its headquarters are in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
Richard Bidwell says: Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Washington, DC Featured Events Tags Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA January 6, 2017 at 10:36 am God bless St. Stephen’s and their new location! I worshipped with those good folks for a period in 2012-13 when they were in the wedding chapel. Most notable for me were two things: they prayed weekly for their brothers and sisters and Jack Iker who left for ACNA — but more powerfully, for the laying on of hands of each other during communion. I would often return to my pews with tears of gratitude after being fed, not only with the bless body and blood of Christ, but also with the care and concern of the family of God enacted, embodied, enabled. Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Youth Minister Lorton, VA Comments (4) Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Fort Worth update Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Belleville, IL Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ January 6, 2017 at 10:06 am Gives me hope for the future of our Church. Reinventing St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in shopping center took ‘a lot of miracles’ Press Release Service Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Bath, NC Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Josh Thomas says: Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Submit an Event Listing Rector Pittsburgh, PA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Smithfield, NC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Martinsville, VA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Katherine Rowe says: AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Collierville, TN Editor’s note: This is the third in a continuing series about the reinvention of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth. Other stories in the series can be found here.[Episcopal News Service – Hurst, Texas] At first glance, Village Plaza looks like any other shopping center in the Fort Worth metro area – until you see that there’s not one but three storefront churches. The newest, situated between Yori, an Asian fusion restaurant, and Thai Thip restaurant is St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.The shopping center is the third place St. Stephen’s Episcopalians have called home since 2008. First, there was the local Women’s Club building and then the Northeast Wedding Chapel. Each place was limited by the cost of rent and when it was available. So, some members went looking for a new place and the idea of moving to a shopping center came up because, as Diane Snow put it, they thought such a location “might be appealing to non-traditional church goers.”The Episcopal Church Building Fund helped the congregation lease the space that had once housed a dance studio where one member’s daughter took classes years ago. “It was quite a risk in getting started here,” Snow said, explaining that the members wondered if it had enough room, and no one knew how long they would be there.They took the risk, gutting the space and turning it into a multipurpose sanctuary in 2014. And, while for most Episcopalians the image of a traditional church with stained glass windows and a big organ symbolizes the presence of the holy, the Rev. Bob Gross, a formerly retired priest who now serves the congregation, said, “I’ve felt the Holy Spirit here.”Others have, too, and newcomers have arrived. Some bring children and so the congregation offers Sunday school – in the kitchen right behind where the altar is current placed. It’s a good thing that Gross “has a nice booming voice,” said Rebecca McKneely, a member of St. Stephen’s since 1992.St. Stephen’s is finding ways to minister to the community outside of Sunday. It is one of the saints of the 4 Saints Food Pantry. The members also collect food for the Fort Worth AIDS Outreach Center and they regularly cook supper at the Ronald McDonald House of Fort Worth.The Little Free Library out front of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Hurst, Texas, has become an unexpected outreach ministry. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News ServiceAnd then there’s their Little Free Library out front. It looks like a little traditional church, complete with painted stained glass windows, a red door and a “slate” roof. Beside it are two chairs and anyone is welcome to take a book from the small collection inside. Each book comes with a St. Stephen’s bookmark.The library has become an outreach effort in an unexpected way. One day a woman stopped by the library while shopping in the Village Plaza. She took a book back to the elderly woman for whom she works as a caregiver. Now the two women make a weekly trip to the library as one way for the older of the two to be outside of her house.The lesson from St. Stephen’s story for the rest of the Episcopal Church? “Anything is possible if you will think outside the norm instead of ‘we’ve always done it that way,’ ” says Gross. “Think of ways to do it differently and each location is going to be slightly different but there are people that need to be reached out to.”Snow, who joined St. Stephen’s in 1977, agreed. “From the very beginning, it has been extremely humbling to know what the early Christians experienced. All they had was each other and all we had was each other but we did have a lot of miracles happen along the way.”– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. Nikki Seger says: Cathedral Dean Boise, ID January 6, 2017 at 2:43 pm My husband and I attended St Stephen’s last January while he was working in Fort Worth. What a breath of fresh air, to find folks who not only know that is God working right in the middle of everything but are jumping in to help, with both feet! Blessings to all whom you touch. Curate Diocese of Nebraska Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Featured Jobs & Calls Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Comments are closed. TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab January 5, 2017 at 6:48 pm Will be showing this video soon on The Daily Office. Thanks for the reporting, Ms. Schjonberg & ENS. To St. Stephen’s, Hurst: love your entryway! Very inviting, and the best front window I’ve seen of several nice storefront Episcopal churches. And that library… very cool. Sending prayers your way, and keep growing! Submit a Press Release Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Jan 5, 2017 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Submit a Job Listing Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Tampa, FL Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Albany, NY New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Course Director Jerusalem, Israel
ArchDaily “COPY” Photographs Architects: Gramazio & Kohler Year Completion year of this architecture project Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/260663/private-house-gramazio-kohler Clipboard “COPY” 2009 Save this picture!© Roman Keller+ 43 Share Houses Year: CopyHouses•Uster, Switzerland Private House / Gramazio & KohlerSave this projectSavePrivate House / Gramazio & Kohler Private House / Gramazio & Kohler Switzerland Photographs: Roman KellerText description provided by the architects. This dwelling, which reinterprets the typology of the surrounding gable-roof houses, gains its marked design by adapting form to context parametrically.Save this picture!© Roman KellerThe stipulations of two geometric operations were used to determine the groundplan shape of the house. One condition was to keep the neighbouring house’s view of the lake free; the other was to permit access and parking behind the house. Like a tent, an overhanging pitched roof covers the high rooms in the upper storey. The window strip, which runs along the edge of the roof, emphasises the horizontal structure. 315 vertical wooden slats, affixed to the surface of the wall, completely envelope the facades. By milling the edges, the cross sections of the slats were modulated in correspondence with the window strip so that requirements of sight and sun protection were fulfilled, and various, flowing levels of transparency could be set. Save this picture!© Roman KellerProject gallerySee allShow less”Reunite the River with Our City” / 4am ArchitekciArticlesSipopo Congress Center / Tabanlioglu ArchitectsArticles Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/260663/private-house-gramazio-kohler Clipboard CopyAbout this officeGramazio & KohlerOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesDabasUsterHouses3D ModelingSwitzerlandPublished on August 12, 2012Cite: “Private House / Gramazio & Kohler” 12 Aug 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Post Office Ltd is producing a range of special edition rubber pin badges of its promotional family of ants to raise funds for its supported charity, Help the Hospices.Each ant in the six-badge series will be waving a ‘Help the Hospices’ placard. They will be on sale in 500 Post Office® branches across the UK for two months from mid-September 2006 for a suggested minimum donation of £1.The badges, which are all around 3cm long, are being produced by the Big Badge Company. Advertisement 27 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 One of the badges, featuring the twins, will be available only as a special edition for collectors. Around 3,000 of these special collectable badges will be available via mail order from Help the Hospices.Post Office branch staff are also being encouraged to sell the badges through an internal competition, with a prize for the branch that sells the most.Funds raised will be split between a number of local hospices across the country.As part of the charity partnership, Post Office® branches as well as Royal Mail and Parcelforce Worldwide sites across the country have been twinned with local hospices in their area so employees can fundraise and volunteer for them. Tagged with: corporate Promotional Trading Howard Lake | 9 August 2006 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 Royal Mail ants pin badges to raise funds for Help the Hospices About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
Linkedin Dean Straka Twitter ReddIt Facebook ReddIt Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday printTwenty-nine-year-old Billy Wessels is no stranger to press row at TCU athletic events.The publisher of Purple Menace, TCU’s page for college athletic recruiting website Rivals.com, Wessels has been part of the game day media at the university for more than a decade.For Wessels, writing is his game, something that dates back all the way to his days studying journalism at TCU, from Fall 2004 to Spring 2009. Wessels received more than 180 bylines with the TCU Daily Skiff, now known as TCU 360.Even though Wessels has excelled in writing since his days as a Horned Frog, he was previously weighed down in a completely different area of his life.At a height of 6 feet 5-inches, Wessels weighed 450 pounds when he was a senior at the university. Within two years of graduating, he maxed out at 485 pounds.“I don’t know how I got so big, but I was just always the big guy when I was younger,” Wessels said. “I look at pictures from when I was a student and I just realize that I was just a massive human being.”Though Wessels found himself in undesirable circumstances being overweight, his struggle set him up for an inspirational and triumphant future. His battle with weight would be forever changed when his grandfather died of cancer in February 2010.“My grandfather and I were super close, and I want to have that same kind of relationship with my grandkids one day that he had with me,” Wessels said. “Only thing is, it’s really hard to have grandkids in the future when you are only 24 years old and you’re a cheeseburger away from being 500 pounds.”With his grandfather’s death serving as a wake-up call on maintaining good health in order to live a long and fulfilling life, Wessels became motivated to make a major change.“It was tough during that first year, and he was what really lit a fire in me. He was a World War II hero and we just had so much in common, so I wanted to do everything I could to be that all-American type of person he was,” Wessels said. “That couldn’t happen with my weight.”On February 20, 2011, the one-year anniversary of his grandfather’s death, Wessels went to a 24 Hour Fitness in downtown Dallas. It was his first time working out in an attempt to lose weight.“I was there on a treadmill for 20 minutes going 2 mph, and that was all I could do,” Wessels said. “It was only two-thirds of a mile and I thought I was going to die.”However, the first time struggles would not outweigh Wessels’ motivation, that was inspired by his late grandfather. Within a month after his short treadmill run, Wessels had lost 35 pounds. By February 2012, he had lost 80 pounds.“It’s all about consistency and forming a pattern, because if you keep it up, you’re going to see results,” Wessels said. “It’s about not giving up.”In due time, Wessels began expanding his workout routine beyond just cardio exercises.“Obviously the common way to lose weight is cardio only, but I read that weights are better in some form,” Wessels said. “I stuck with the machines and stayed away from all the big muscular guys. I kind of hid in my corner and just did my thing.”And Wessels’ persistence paid dividends.Today, Wessels weighs only 275 pounds and works as a trainer at 24 Hour Fitness on Halloran Street near Interstate-30 in Fort Worth.While losing more than 200 pounds may seem like a difficult task, Wessels said the necessary lifestyle adjustments are not as drastic as one might expect. Wessels said that one of the most basic changes he made was in his eating habits.“I used to eat fast food three or four times a day,” Wessels said. “I then cut it back to just on the weekends, before [I allowed] only one ‘cheat meal’ a week. When you’re eating healthy four days a week, you’re making four-sevenths better choices and so on.”Wessels said that his change in eating habits was influenced by a podcast he frequently listened to in his early days of working out.“I would listen to a podcast called the Nerdist, where they would have a guy on there named Tim Ferriss who makes a living through doing experiments with his body from weight loss to muscle building,” Wessels said. “He was an advocate of the slow-carb diet, so I began by trying that. Simply put, you could only eat beans, veggies and meat.”Wessels has still yet to reach his personal goal of 240 pounds, but he has previously hit a low of 260 pounds, and will undergo skin removal surgery next month. The surgery will remove an additional 30 pounds.“I saw a doctor on my birthday last year and he told me that the surgery is the only way for me to safely get below 250 pounds,” Wessels said. “If I can get back to 260 before then, I will actually pass my weight goal after the surgery.”The most remarkable element of Wessels’ weight loss story however might be that he accomplished a large percentage of it on his own. He didn’t start working with a trainer until he had already lost 150 pounds.“At that point I knew I was on the path to success, so I began to work with a trainer at a 24 Hour Fitness in Mansfield,” Wessels said. “Within a year I had reached 285 pounds, and on that day I left the job I had at the Waxahachie Daily Light and began working at a 24 Hour Fitness in Fort Worth.”He said by February 2015 he became a personal trainer.Javier Guirola, a master trainer and colleague of Wessels at 24 Hour Fitness, said Wessels adds a unique flavor to the environment at the facility.“We co-train clients and he provides for a fun and entertaining environment, which is something you need when you work 12 hours a day. He’s incredibly friendly and is learning more and more each day,” Guirola said.Guirola added that Wessels’ success story gives him an edge in helping clients achieve their goals.“He is awesome with helping people in losing weight,” Guirola said. “Lots of people quit or they plateau, and I haven’t seen that with Billy’s clients in the year I’ve known him.”Though Wessels may excel in helping clients seeking to lose weight, he said it is eye-opening to see different clients strive for different goals, some exactly opposite from his own.“My first client was 130 pounds and trying to gain 30 pounds,” Wessels said. “The fact that somebody wanted to gain weight blew my mind.”Wessels said he loves being a sportswriter, and all the opportunities that come with it, but working as a trainer is special in a different way, because of its relational element.“The clients become like family,” Wessels said. “It’s about sharing a lot of things because weight is a struggle for so many people, and something they don’t like to talk about a lot. They’re sweating and crying and saying they can’t do it, and you become someone who they can lean on and be encouraged by.”Wessels added that his weight loss has also made it easier for him to interact with people. It’s been an essential element of being both a personal trainer and member of the media.“I like people a lot more now,” Wessels said. “People treat you better when you lose weight, which is unfortunate that it takes that, but it’s the reality of things.”With his weight loss goal on the horizon, many people have expressed awe over what Wessels has gone through in his life-changing journey.Fort Worth Star-Telegram crime reporter and TCU alumnus Ryan Osborne, who previously worked with Wessels at Purple Menace, said it is remarkable to see the progress Wessels has made over the past five years.“I’ve seen him a lot over the past few years, so at first it was hard to realize how much weight he lost, but pictures really made it more clear,” Osborne said.Osborne noted that many people who knew Wessels had the same reaction of amazement when the two hung out.“We’d go somewhere such as The University Pub and people in there would be shocked to see how much weight Billy had lost,” Osborne said. “It’s awesome what he has done, and seeing people recognize that is really cool.”Osborne applauded Wessels’ ability to translate his perseverance as a writer into the challenge of losing weight.“Billy had to really persevere and it really paid off,” Osborne said.As Wessels prepares to undergo skin removal surgery next month, he looks forward to potentially meeting his weight goal and doing physical activities which may not have been possible before.“There are things I haven’t been able to do athletically,” Wessels said. “I want to dunk, and it’s funny I haven’t been able to do that and now approaching 30 I might be able to, but I know I’m close.” Linkedin Dean Strakahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/dean-straka/ + posts TAGS24 Hour FitnessfitnessTCUWeight loss Facebook Equestrian upsets No. 1 Baylor, swept by Texas A&M at NCEA Championships Dean Strakahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/dean-straka/ Dean Strakahttps://www.tcu360.com/author/dean-straka/ Men’s tennis clinches consecutive Big 12 titles with win over No. 4 Baylor Dean Straka is a senior journalism major from Lake Forest, California. 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Receive email alerts June 11, 2021 Find out more News to go further Follow the news on Iran Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists RSF_en News IranMiddle East – North Africa June 9, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information IranMiddle East – North Africa Iran is stepping up pressure on journalists, including foreign journalists, in run-up to election January 13, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two more journalists arrested and two newspapers shut down Reporters Without Borders called today for the immediate release of two journalists arrested and jailed after publishing a cartoon (see below) drawn more than 65 years ago and for the reopening of two newspapers closed by the country’s hardline religious rulers. News News Organisation “Once again the regime’s conservatives are victimising the reformist press to settle political scores,” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard. “We hope the reformist politicians will this time go beyond just words and do something to stop these attacks on the media.”Ménard also called for the release of 10 other journalists currently in jail in Iran, which has more journalists in prison than another other Middle Eastern country.The reformist newspaper Hayat-é-no reprinted on 8 January a 1937 US newspaper cartoon about the pressure exerted by then-President Franklin Roosevelt on the US Supreme Court, represented by a bearded, black-robed old man resembling the Islamic regime’s founder, the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. It was printed alongside an interview with a social science professor about “social collapse” in Iran.The conservative-dominated religious court ordered the paper closed on 11 January because the cartoon was considered insulting to Khomeini’s memory and summoned its editor, Hedi Khamenei, for questioning.On 12 January, religious organisations in the holy city of Qom staged street protests and shouts were heard of “Death to journalists in the pay of foreigners!” and “(reformist President Mohammad) Khatami, this is a last warning!”Intelligence minister Ali Yunessi then announced the arrest of three of the paper’s journalists, Alireza Eshraghi, Hamid Ghazvini and Rahman Ahmadi. Ghazvini was freed on 12 January. Editor Khamenei, who is also brother of Ali Khamenei, the country’s spiritual leader and official “Guide of the Revolution,” but does not shares his views, accused Eshraghi and Ahmadi of being responsible for printing the cartoon. He had earlier apologised for what he called a “misunderstanding.”The reformist daily Bahar was suspended on 11 January by the press court a few days after running an article about shady stock exchange dealings by the firm Alzahra, three of whose shareholders are prominent politicians – former President Hashemi Rafsanjani, Ayatollah Yazdi, former head of the judiciary, and Ahmad Janati, head of the council of the Guardians of the Revolution. The paper had been suspended on 8 August 2000 and only allowed to reappear last month. March 18, 2021 Find out more
Former Odessan helps design new White House logo WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Local News By Digital AIM Web Support – February 2, 2021 Twitter TAGS Throughout his years as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer, former Odessan John Mata has seen his works featured in various publications, viewed by countless people all over. His latest illustration though ranks at the top for him. This month, Mata (who now lives in Dallas) helped illustrate the new White House logo that is now in use by the Biden administration. “I cannot believe where art has taken me,” Mata said. “It’s taken me around the world, doing stuff that is seen by millions of people. It all started in a small Texas town where I was doodling all the time. I can’t thank my upper hand enough to encourage me to do what I like to do for a living.” Mata is a 1999 graduate of Odessa High school and a 2003 graduate of UTPB. He lived in Odessa until 2008 after moving to Dallas. Due to a non-disclosure agreement, Mata isn’t allowed to speak too much on the subject of his White House logo. But he can safely say the whole process wasn’t a contest. “It was a conscious decision,” Mata said. “It wasn’t like I did a contest or anything like that.” The new logo, which is subtly refreshed from the Trump administration, depicts the White House façade with architectural details such as the columns and windows in white on a navy blue background. Mata worked alongside creative agency Wide Eye to help design the logo along with creative director Carahna Magwood. The logo can be seen on the White House website https://www.whitehouse.gov/. The changes went into effect on Inauguration Day two weeks ago. Shortly after seeing the changes, Mata was receiving calls from friends and colleagues left and right. “They were extremely proud and I was getting calls from the college,” Mata said. “If I can encourage anyone to go into design by being a mentor for them then that would be awesome because people do that for me. “Now I can use a little bit of that and be like ‘hey, maybe you’re the next person to do this or go further than me and beyond.’” For Mata, art was a big part of him growing up and continues to be to this day. He’s thankful for all the help and encouragement his mentors at Odessa High and UTPB gave him. “I was in AP art classes in high school,” Mata said. “My teachers really encouraged me to pursue art and when I got into college, I wasn’t sure about what I was going to be. But I was thankful that my advisors guided me to be an art major and I’m glad because I can’t see myself doing anything else.” While Mata has a day job, he’s able to spend the weekends working with clients on illustrations and graphic designs. His portfolio includes doing illustrations for National Public Radio, ESPN as well as Herb Lester Associates which make city guides around the world and is based in London. “NPR hired me to do a cover for their donor gifts,” Mata said. “I did some holiday cards for them as well. It’s just random clients. His work for ESPN included an illustration to try and recruit LeBron James to join the Mavericks. “That was a fun little side project,” Mata said. “I drew a billboard that said “LeBron, come to Dallas, we’ll give you season tickets to the Cowboys.” I feel like my clients are so random and that’s why even getting this one (for the White House) was crazy.” With each different client come different tasks for Mata to get it just right. “It’s hard to say (because) each one presents its own challenges and its own unique touches that are required,” Mata said. He continues to work in graphic design but says he’s gradually shifted towards doing more illustrations. “I guess as a graphic designer, sometimes you feel like you can’t live in both worlds which is not 100 percent true,” Mata said. “Sometimes I feel like as a graphic designer it feels like you’re just doing logos and layouts and stuff like that. Whereas as an illustrator, you can say that you’re illustrating for a children’s book or I’m making drawings for this. “I feel like for me, I was just doing graphic design until I got the opportunity to do an illustration for someone. Then, all of sudden, I liked both worlds. I like doing layouts and logos but I also like doing illustrations as well.” What he loves the most about doing illustrations is being able to get paid to do what he loves. “I know that sounds silly but at the end of the day, I feel like I’m getting paid to mess around and draw all day,” Mata said. “Sometimes it’s stressful but at the same time, it feels like it beats any other job that I’ve had where you don’t get to do things like that and make something out of nothing.” Facebook Pinterest Twitter Previous articleA gloomy Groundhog Day: Punxsutawney Phil says more winterNext articleThe Latest: Study: Cleaner air from lockdowns warmed planet Digital AIM Web Support