10 April 2011Kevin Davie, a 50-something award-winning journalist with the Mail & Guardian, is just over a week into a ride that is not for the faint-hearted: he’s cycling from Beit Bridge on the Zimbabwe border to Cape Point on Africa’s southern tip, most of it off-road, which adds up to a distance of almost 4 000 kilometres.“It’s trail riding,” explains Davie, who then talks about the Freedom Trail as an example of this. Established in 2003, South Africa’s Freedom Trail covers 2 300 kilometres, from Pietermaritzburg in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands to Paarl in the Western Cape.It takes in some spectacular regions of South Africa, most of which are off the beaten path. It’s a route that Davie has ridden. It is also much like the trail Davie is undertaking, a route he calls “the ganna”, which, in fact, includes vast parts of the Freedom Trail.GannalandHe chose the name after holidaying near Gannaland, the Karoo farm made famous by Olive Schreiner in her Story of an African Farm.Davie, however, says his journey is more like the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route that follows the Rockey Mountains from Banff in Alberta, Canada to Antelope Wells in New Mexico, USA, covering a distance of just over 4 400 kilometres.On the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route, the idea is to keep the percentage of tarred roads to below 20%. Davie’s aim on “the ganna” is to keep it below 10%.“It’s about getting away from organised racing,” says Davie. “It’s about learning about the country, culture and geology.Blog“While it is like the Rockeys, ‘the ganna’ has far greater diversity and biodiversity,” Davie explains with a sense of wonderment in his voice. “Have you looked at the photo of the Bewaarkloof on the blog [gannagreatride.wordpress.com]?” he asks.I have, and with a little imagination (it’s requires a little not being there) I get a sense of why he is so blown away by the countryside. It’s an expression he uses more than once: “blown away”.He’s on Twitter too, leaving brief messages about his experiences. The Mail & Guardian has a Special Report devoted to his ride as well.He explains how he is living along the way. “It’s a self-contained style of riding, no support, a bivvy tent, and a sleeping bag.”PeopleHe continues: “People relate to you in a different way when you’re alone. They see your vulnerability and reach out. You take whatever is thrown at you.”I was curious about how he was progressing, because his stated aim was to cover 130 kilometres a day, a figure, I told him, I thought was optimistic. “I’m nowhere near that,” admitted Davie, adding that he had covered about 700 kilometres in seven days.There have also frequently been times when he has been forced to walk. At its worst, he recalled covering only 10 kilometres in five hours in tough, thorny conditions. And some of these areas he had previously visited! They have changed remarkably with the seasons.Davie hasn’t been alone throughout his trip. He has been joined by mountain bikers, some of whom have heard of his ride through word of mouth.KitWhen he set out, he carried a backpack and his kit weighed in at 9.5 kilograms, which included food and a cooker. The cooker, along with noodles, are no longer a part of his gear. He has got rid of them. “It’s about a third lighter,” he said of his kit, before explaining how he is eating along the route.It’s hardly romantic, but it is working; “Coke,” says Davie, “is full of sugar,” and that has become an important part of his diet. Sometimes he orders a meal or eats a hamburger, it depends where he is.I want to know what has struck him most, as a native Johannesburger, being out in the country, far removed from the rush of city life.‘Incredible graciousness’“The incredible graciousness of the people,” he answers without hesitation, and the word “graciousness” comes up time and again, spoken with a sense of awe and deep gratefulness. “Great experiences,” he continues. “It’s overwhelming.”Davie is a man who loves the outdoors. He is a veteran of the Dusi Canoe Marathon, a “Dusi rat” who has completed the taxing event 22 times. He knows mountains and valleys. Yet, he says: “I am blown away permanently by the beauty of the mountains, the people … It’s endlessly like that.”Has he had any concerns about his safety? “No,” is the firm answer, and Davie suggests that it is the natural beauty of the land that has an affect on the people. “Violence is more an urban thing.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
The aircraft’s flight path. Image: ATSB A sleeping pilot who flew almost 80kms past his destination had been awake for 24 hours and was acutely fatigued, an investigation has found.The Australian Transport Safety Bureau said the early-morning incident highlighted the need for pilots to assess their level of fatigue before and during flights.The pilot of the Piper PA-31-350 was the only person on board the plane on a freight run between Devonport in Tasmania and King Island on November 8, 2018.As the aircraft reached top of descent into King Island, the pilot started to feel tired and quickly fell asleep.Air traffic controllers tried to contact him several times before he woke and advised he was turning back to King Island.WATCH NASA and the FAA “crash” a Fokker.The plane had been on autopilot and had overflown the island by 78kms to the north-west.The aircraft landed without incident but after talking with the aircraft operator the pilot then flew from King Island to Melbourne’s Moorabbin Airport to complete his shift.The pilot had landed in Devonport from Moorabbin after midnight and had started a three-hour rest break about 2 am but had been unable to sleep.It was his first shift after five days of planned leave but he had not modified his normal sleep pattern prior to starting nightshift and had been awake for about 24 hours.Investigators found the pilot’s fatigue was at a level known to affect performance and his performance would still have been affected even if he had been able to sleep during the rest period.In addition to urging pilots to assess fatigue levels, the ATSB advised those starting night operations to modify their usual sleep routines to ensure they were adequately rested.It also called on operators to consider the risks of allowing a pilot to continue operating directly after a fatigue-related incident without corrective management.“Just as it is the pilot’s responsibility to use rest periods to get adequate sleep and to remove themselves from duty if they feel fatigued, it is also incumbent on operators to implement policies and create an organisational culture where flight crew can report fatigue and remove themselves from duty in a supportive environment,” ATSB executive director transport safety Nat Nagy said.
vegetable selection backgroundGeorgia police buy groceries for teen caught shopliftingTwo Rome, Georgia, police officers went above and beyond the call of duty recently to help out a local resident in need. Lieutenant Walters and Officer Brunson caught a 14-year-old shoplifting candy from a business in Rome. According to police, the teen gave the candy back after he was caught.The officers later learned when they took the teen home; he didn’t have any food at his house. That’s when they took the boy shopping and bought him some groceries. “Lt. Walters spent well over $50 getting him enough groceries to last a week,” Rome police said on Facebook, sharing two photos of the officers buying the groceries. [For more: FoxNews US]Leader of $225K fraudulent credit card scheme pleads guilty to federal chargesHussain Abdullah, age 39 of Forestville, Maryland, pleaded guilty on March 21, 2017, to conspiracy to commit wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and being a felon in possession of a firearm, related to a scheme to use victims’ stolen identity information to obtain credit. The conspirators used the fraudulent credit cards to obtain money and merchandiseCo-conspirators Shazad Khan, age 56, of Maryland, Patricia Lynn Hiter, age 51, of Lawrenceville, Georgia, and James Edward Foster, age 61, of Woodbridge, Virginia, previously pleaded guilty to the wire fraud conspiracy and aggravated identity theft.- Sponsor – The guilty pleas were announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Special Agent in Charge Brian J. Ebert of the United States Secret Service, Washington, D.C. Field Office; Chief J. Thomas Manger of the Montgomery County Police Department; and Chief Hank Stawinski of the Prince George’s County Police Department.According to their plea agreements, Abdullah obtained and helped obtain the personal identifying information (PII) of others, without their knowledge or consent. From October 2014 through July 2016, Abdullah used the victim’s stolen personal information to create fake driver’s licenses in the names of the victims. As part of the conspiracy, Abdullah provided over 30 fake driver’s licenses to Khan, Hiter, Foster, and directed them to use the victims’ personal information to open instant credit cards in the victims’ names. Khan, Hiter, Foster, Shivers, and others used the fraudulent driver’s licenses to apply for credit at retail stores, and used the credit cards they obtained to purchase merchandise, including electronics and jewelry, and gift cards.The total loss to the card issuers was over $225,000, and the names of at least 65 victims – most of them Maryland residents – were used at retail stores without their permission. In addition, law enforcement has identified approximately 1,000 suspected victims based on their investigation of this scheme. Abdullah and the government have agreed that if the Court accepts the plea agreement Abdullah will be sentenced to between 45 and 65 months in prison. U.S. District Judge George J. Hazel has scheduled sentencing for May 31, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. [For more: Department of Justice]Cocaine, designer knockoffs seized in traffic stopA traffic stop led to the seizure of counterfeit clothing, fragrances, and cocaine. José M. Nino De Guzman, 38, was pulled over for speeding Wednesday morning by highway patrol. Deputies became suspicious and executed a search on the vehicle finding drug paraphernalia, a revolver, and 157 grams of cocaine along with the counterfeit merchandise.Coach sunglasses, Tommy Girl perfume, Lacoste polo shirts, and designer handbags were among the counterfeit goods seized. De Guzman is being held on a $235,000 secured bond and facing multiple felony charges. [For more: The Wilson Times]How do tenured employees steal?The head of the Central New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (CNY SPCA) and two employees stole more than $900.000 from the non-profit that’s supported by donations big and small. A Syracuse man who had worked for a Madison County farm equipment company for 30 years stole more than $740,000 from the company, according to police. A Lakeland man stole $70,000 over five years from a Syracuse restaurant supply company, police said. He had worked there for 22 years.How do long tenured employees at small businesses and non-profits repeatedly get away with stealing large sums of money? A recent study from the University of Cincinnati shows that over sixty-four percent of small businesses experience some form of employee theft. In many cases, employees are caught writing checks either directly to themselves or using company funds, and then covering up fraudulent transactions. Three experts in internal theft were consulted to find out what non-profits and small businesses can do to prevent these thefts from occurring.Create a healthy separation of duties Many small company owners do not take preventative measures, often falsely believing that such action is unnecessary. Consulting firm, Dermody, Burke & Brown, notes that “nobody wants to pay for these services … because they think it will never happen to them.” Their advice is to establish a plan and have protocols in place, rather than reacting after theft occurs.Establish a monthly schedule to balance accounts Many of the large instances of theft are the result of an employee continuously stealing small amounts over long periods of time. In order to prevent this, it is important for small businesses to monitor accounting worksheets and check for discrepancies. Experts advise putting aside a monthly date to review statements.Set the tone for your employees Employee behavior starts at the top with the small business owners themselves. It is important to model responsible behavior and to set clear boundaries for unacceptable behavior. A fraud policy should be clearly established for employees to assist in monitoring each other.Don’t be afraid to question your employees It is up to the owner to ask questions and make sure things are running the way they should. It is okay question employees and doesn’t mean you don’t trust them. Honest employees will have no problem having you look over their work and should be proud of it. [For more: Syracuse News]Hacker group claims to have breached Apple accountsEarlier this week, a hacking group going by the monicker ‘Turkish Crime Family’ attempted to extort Apple over a claim that they had breached over 559 million Apple accounts, including iCloud and Apple ID logins. According to a report on the Vice website Motherboard, the hackers have demanded a ransom of $75,000 worth of Bitcoin or Etherium (two popular crypto-currencies,) or $100,000 worth of iTunes gift cards, after which the group claims they would delete the supposed collection of user data.The hackers have provided screenshots of the alleged mails originating from the group members to various members of Apple’s security team, where the group had even posted a video depicting the process of logging into what appeared to be an elderly woman’s iCloud account, showing the backed-up photographs as well as the capability to remotely wipe the user’s phone.According to Motherboard, Apple has responded to the group informing them to remove the video, as well as stating that their correspondence has been shared with the authorities for further action. The hackers have since replied claiming they will reset numerous iCloud accounts and even remotely wipe the devices of victims they allegedly have access to, unless Apple pays the amount they demand is paid by 7 April. The hacker group has also reached out to several media outlets, a common tactic to amplify their message even though the threat may actually be empty. Apple has since reassured their customers that its systems have not been breached, despite the hacking group claiming otherwise. The veracity of the hackers’ claims and the implications of its outcomes are still unclear, but we will continue to report on this story as it unfolds. [For more: Daily News & Analysis]$15,000 in counterfeit earbuds, adapters seizedUnited States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Peace Bridge (The bridge between Canada and the United States in Buffalo, NY) say they seized $15,000 worth of counterfeit earbuds and adapters. Officers say they discovered 500 counterfeit Apple EarPods and 150 counterfeit adapters.“Our officers and import specialists have done an excellent job targeting shipments and identifying counterfeit items,” Acting Port Director Cary Frieling said. “CBP protects businesses and consumers every day with an aggressive intellectual property rights enforcement program. ”The items were found in a shipment labeled “earphones,” but the package printing and quality of the items appeared inconsistent with Apple products. It is not clear if anyone was arrested. [For more: WIVB4 News]NRF says later Easter expected to bring record spendingAmericans will spend more than ever as they celebrate Easter nearly three weeks later this year than last, the National Retail Federation said today. According to NRF’s annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics, spending for Easter is expected to reach $18.4 billion, up 6 percent over last year’s record $17.3 billion and a new all-time high in the survey’s 14-year history. Those celebrating plan to spend an average of $152 per person, up 4 percent from last year’s previous record of $146.“Most consumers have almost an entire extra month to shop for Easter this year, and by the time the holiday comes the weather should be significantly warmer than last Easter,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “That should put shoppers in the frame of mind to splurge on spring apparel along with Easter decorations. With the economy improving, consumers are ready to shop and retailers are ready to offer great deals whether they’re buying Easter baskets or garden tools.”According to the survey, consumers will spend $5.8 billion on food (purchased by 87 percent of shoppers), $3.3 billion on clothing (50 percent), $2.9 billion on gifts (61 percent), $2.6 billion on candy (89 percent), $1.2 billion on flowers (39 percent), $1.1 billion on decorations (43 percent) and $788 million on greeting cards (48 percent). The 50 percent of consumers planning to buy clothing is up from 45 percent last year and is the highest level in a decade while the $3.3 billion expected to be spent is up 9 percent from last year.“Easter continues to be a traditional holiday for consumers of all ages, especially young families who are planning to spend a bit more for this celebration,” Prosper Principal Analyst Pam Goodfellow said. “With the later timing of Easter, we will see more consumers shopping for special deals, especially on apparel and decorations.” s to have breached millions of Apple accounts. [For more: National Retail Federation] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
Columbia Police are investigating an early morning robbery. It happened around 2:30 Thursday morning on West Boulevard.According to ABC17 News, police say they found a victim near Red Lobster who told police he was walking along I-70 Drive when he was robbed.He said his personal belongings were taken, and the robber got away. One person was taken into custody for questioning.
According to provisional results published yesterday, the biggest winner is the centrist Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, which would add 40 MEPs to its current 69, whereas the greens would grow from 52 to 69 MEPs. The biggest losers are political groups that have long dominated European politics: the conservative European People’s Party and the socio-democrats, which would lose 36 and 39 seats, respectively. Voter turnout was at its highest since 1994, at about 51%.Liberals and greens will now have more clout to push their already articulate research agendas, says Thomas Jørgensen, senior policy coordinator at the European University Association in Brussels. “You have these research veterans in the Parliament; almost all of them are conservative,” Jørgensen says, alluding, for example, to MEPs Jerzy Buzek from Poland and Christian Ehler from Germany, who have focused much of their careers on research and innovation policy. “Now, there could be space for a liberal or green research champion, giving broad support to research and pushing for climate and sustainability issues.” Here’s why the outcomes of this week’s European elections are good news for science Now there could be space for a liberal or green research champion … Thomas Jørgensen, European University Association The European Parliament’s debating chamber in Strasbourg, France By Tania RabesandratanaMay. 28, 2019 , 3:55 AM Although populist and euroskeptic parties grew in last week’s elections for the European Parliament, the tsunami that EU supporters feared didn’t happen. That comes as a relief to many scientists, because several of the populist movements now on the rise in Europe appear to have little interest in science, flirt with antiscientific ideas, or have tried to curtail academic freedom.Observers in Brussels expect the new Parliament to continue its policy of defending generous research budgets. But the rise of pro-European Union green and liberal groups—at the expense of the Parliament’s traditionally two dominant parties—could lead to small shifts in science and technology priorities, some say, such as greener policies.The elections’ direct influence on EU science policy is limited because most of the details of Horizon Europe, its next 7-year research funding program, have already been agreed to by the outgoing Parliament and member states. But the new members of Parliament (MEPs) still have to negotiate two big items: the program’s budget from 2021 to 2027, which could be about €100 billion, and rules for the participation of countries outside of the European Union. 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(The two main euroskeptic groups combined would go from 78 MEPs in the outgoing Parliament to 112 after the elections, whereas the European Conservatives and Reformists lost 18 seats.) But scientists and their institutions should remain vigilant about their influence, says Maud Evrard, head of policy affairs at the Brussels-based Science Europe, a group of funding agencies and research organizations.“We’re concerned about academic freedom. We shouldn’t take it for granted,” she says. (In Hungary, the government of Viktor Orbán has taken aim at Central European University, a private institution in Budapest, for instance.) “We will push the Parliament to promote and defend freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and thought” at the national level, Evrard says, as well as evidence-based policymaking.Parliament’s exact balance of power will be decided in the coming weeks; 29 MEPs are not allied to any existing political group yet. At its first plenary session in July, Parliament will then vote to elect the next president of the commission, who is put forward by the European Union’s heads of state and government. They will assemble a new commission, the European Union’s executive arm, including a commissioner for research and innovation to succeed Carlos Moedas from Portugal. The new Parliament will have a chance to grill the candidate for that post—and reveal its science policy inclinations—after the summer.
LATEST STORIES SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais AMA faces off against Wangs Basketball-Letran in its season-opener next Tuesday at Pasig City Sports Center. Federer joins Djokovic, Sharapova in 2nd round in Australia Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Herrera went to as far as comparing his prized recruit to San Miguel forward Arwind Santos, saying, “He’s hardworking on defense plus he can score.”Graham has already suited up for AMA in collegiate leagues like the NCRAA this past season.READ: AMA pulls off draft surprise, tabs little known GrahamDespite the unwelcome development, Herrera is just keeping his fingers crossed that AMA’s legal department will find a way to resolve the issue and allow Graham, a product of Humber College North Campus in Toronto, to see action in the first conference of the eighth season.The Titans will now bank on the leadership of Andre Paras, holdovers Mario Bonleon and Genmar Bragais, as well as newcomers JK Casiño, Philip Manalang, and Michael Cañete in their campaign this conference.ADVERTISEMENT PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netWhere in the world is Owen Graham?That’s the question everyone had when the top overall pick in the 2017 PBA D-League Rookie Draft was conspicuously left out of AMA Online Education’s roster for the upcoming 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games It turns out, the 6-foot-4 forward may not even play for the Titans after all as he is still reportedly lacking the necessary papers to play in the developmental league.READ: AMA coach sees a bit of Arwind Santos, Jeron Teng in top tick OwenFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“He still needs to submit papers,” bared AMA coach Mark Herrera, who refused to divulge what documents the Fil-Canadian still needs.AMA pulled off a shocker back in draft day when it picked the little-known Graham as the top selection over famed applicants like Alvin Pasaol and Abu Tratter. MOST READ Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
So what if employees lost their job in this market? 44% think they would be able to find a job matched to their experience and compensation levels, which is up 5 points from Q2. Your age and where you live likely affects your confidence in getting rehired, however. Only 31% of those workers over 55 years of age think it’s likely they will find a new job matched to their skills and compensation levels whereas 51% of workers, ages 18 to 34, do. And, more than half (51%) of employees in the South think they could get rehired compared to other parts of the country: West (39%), Northeast (39%), Midwest (42%).Optimism has even crept up among those who are already in the job market with nearly one-third saying they think it’s likely they will find a job in the next six months. However, only 18% of current jobseekers over the age of 55 think it’s likely, versus 48% of those 35 to 44 think they will be able to find a job.Tomorrow the Bureau of Labor Statistics is set to release the September unemployment report, and forecasts predict the rate of loss will continue to decline. But does this mean that employees are in good shape to make demands or get a new job in 2010 given lower layoff concerns? The Employment Trends Index reports that job opportunities may open up early next year. Of course, if you listen to employees that could depend on where you live, your age and even your gender.What do you think? Do you feel better today than you did six months ago? Do you think you’ll be making more in your job in six months?* Based on survey of 2,257 U.S. adults aged 18 years and older, of whom 1, 195 are employed full time or part time and 166 are self employed. Survey says? Yes.In our Q3 Employment Confidence Survey* conducted by Harris Interactive, employees report modest declines in layoffs and pay cuts at their companies than was reported last quarter – this has likely contributed to increased employee confidence and optimism relating to future downsizing, pay raises, bonuses, company outlook and ability to get re-hired.While there’s still a long way to go to a market recovery, we decided to test the waters and ask employees what they would expect from their employers once the economy becomes more stable and we return to a more typical level of unemployment. The results were telling: in short, they expect a lot:57% expect a raise, bonus and/or promotion35% expect hiring freeze to be lifted and/or more employees to be hired in their department24% expect health benefits and perks that were previously reduced to be restoredBut, what’s most interesting is how many employees plan to fly the coop: one in five employees expect to look for a new job once economy rebounds. Among those 18 to 44 years of age, the rate is one in four (24%) while considerably less for those over 55 (12%). (Glassdoor.com’s career expert Rusty Rueff will provide his insights in a follow up post on what this could mean to employers.) Here are a few more interesting nuggets that show how employment confidence can vary by age, gender and geography:While those concerned about layoffs retreated from prior quarters to 22% in Q3, from 26% in Q1, more men (26%) report concerns over possible layoffs in the next six months than women (17%). While the greatest layoff concern was found in male baby boomers (45 to 55 years of age) (30%), just one in 10 of younger females (18 to 34) were concerned with losing their job in the next six months.33% expect a pay increase in the next 12 months while 49% do not; however, optimism is highest among those in the Northeast when compared to other parts of the country: Northeast: 40%, Mid-West: 34%, South: 31% and West: 29%. As a group, males aged 35-44 have the highest confidence (44%) that they will receive a pay increase while men over the age of 55 have the lowest expectations as 60% report they do not expect a pay increase.
TORONTO – Ontario’s finance minister is apologizing for referring to male and female hospital workers as “eye candy” during a funding announcement in Toronto on Thursday.Charles Sousa’s comments were called degrading by Progressive Conservative legislator Lisa MacLeod.Sousa initially said his remarks were meant to thank the hospital workers standing behind him, and said the comments were taken out of context.He has since posted an apology on social media, saying his choice of words was “inappropriate.”In a separate incident on Thursday, MacLeod took Economic Development Minister Steven Del Duca to task for calling a question she asked at the legislature “adorable.”Del Duca apologized for his remarks and says he used a poor choice of words in his response to MacLeod.
APTN National NewsThe couple responsible for the death of Loretta Saunders were sentenced to life in prison Wednesday in Halifax.Blake Leggette will spend at least 25 years in prison before being eligable for parole.His partner, Victoria Henneberry, also received a life sentence but can apply for parole after 10 years.But her family says that justice has not been served.APTN’s Trina Roache has that story.