Share Tags: Fifa crisis whatsapp David Ginola is being paid £250,000 by bookmakers Paddy Power to stand in the Fifa presidency elections next year. The former Tottenham, Newcastle and Aston Villa star, known for his long locks and shampoo commercials, shocked the football world last night when he revealed his intention to stand against Blatter. Ginola launched his charge for the most powerful job in football at a press conference hosted by Paddy Power in London today, where it was revealed the 47-year-old was being paid by the bookmaker, casting doubts over the legitimacy of his campaign. The Frenchman struggled to answer questions on some of the key issues affecting the football world, including third-party ownership and the international football association board. Regardless of his association with a bookmaker known more for its controversial publicity stunts than altruistic campaigns for the betterment of world sport, Ginola will have a tough task receiving the required five nominations from members of Fifa’s executive committee. However, he has insisted he is serious in his attempts to change football for the better. In an interview hosted on Paddy Power’s website he said: My aim is that people can feel they’ve been given back a voice and a respect for the world game. That people can say: “Wow, what a massive change. We had that before and now we have transparency, common-sense, defendable [sic] decisions and policies which can be understood, explained and which are crystal-clear in their philosophy”. whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Joe Hall Friday 16 January 2015 5:54 am David Ginola is being paid £250,000 by Paddy Power to stand for Fifa president
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Home Deaths Deaths in Laois – Saturday, August 11, 2018 Deaths Below are the recent deaths in Laois.Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam.Maureen DunneCastlecuffe, Clonaslee, LaoisEx National Teacher Stratford on Slaney, Baltinglass, Co. Wicklow, and Rath, Ballybrittas, Co Laois. Died peacefully on the 8th of August 2018 in her 99th year at Kilminchey Lodge Nursing Home, Portlaoise, Co. Laois. Predeceased by her brother Michael, and sister Sr. Oliver (Presentation Sisters, Kildare). She will be very sadly missed by her sister Sr. Alphonsus (Presentation Sisters, Kilcock, Co Kildare), cousins, neighbours, and friends.Reposing at the residence of her cousin Pat Dunne, Ballymacrory, Clonaslee, Co. Laois, from 6pm on Thursday evening with Rosary at 9pm. Reposing on Friday from 12 noon with removal Friday evening at 7pm arriving to St. Manman’s Church, Clonaslee for 7.30pm. Funeral Mass on Saturday at 12 noon, followed by burial afterwards in St. Manman’s Cemetery, Clonaslee.Patrick (Pat) DoyleOld Caragh Court, Kildare / Baldoyle, Dublin / Stradbally, LaoisRetired member of An Garda Síochana. Formerly of Grange Abbey Road, Baldoyle, Dublin 13 and Stradbally, Co. Laois.Sadly missed by his loving wife Marie, son Patrick, daughters Siobhan, Claire, Laura and Emily, brother Hugh, sisters Kathleen and Marcella, daughter-in-law Alison, son-in-law Lewis, grandchildren Caoimhe, Adam, Justin, Amber, Luke, Alex and Isaac, extended family and friends.Reposing at The George Mullins Funeral Home, Kilcullen Road, Naas, on Friday from 4pm with prayers at 7pm. Removal on Saturday morning at 9.20am to arrive at The Church of Our Lady and St. David, Naas, for Funeral Mass at 10am followed by Burial in St. Corban’s Cemetery, Dublin Road, Naas.Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to The Friends of Naas Hospital. Donation box in church.“May He Rest In Peace”Catherine MooneyCloshawn, Attanagh, Laois / Attanagh, KilkennyDied peacefully at her home, surrounded by her family. Predeceased by her parents Statia and Martin, her brother Henry, her sister in law Carmel and her nephew Alan. Deeply regretted by her loving brothers Tom, Pat, Martin and Denis, sister Statia, sister in law Ber, brother in law Peter, her devoted nieces and nephews, Helen, Mary, Martin, Sharon, Paul, Colm, Carmel, Kevin, Ciara, Lynda, Shane and Adrian, grandnephews, grandnieces, relatives, neighbours, former work colleagues and friends. R.I.P.Reposing at her home from 2pm on Thursday afternoon. Funeral prayers on Thursday evening at 7.30pm, followed by removal to the Church of the Assumption Ballyouskill. Requiem Mass on Friday morning at 11am followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only please.Linda Therese Smith62 St Joseph’s Tce, Mountmellick, LaoisDied peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, at The Midlands Regional Hospital, Tullamore. Staff memebr of St Vincent’s Hospital, Mountmellick.Sadly missed by her loving parents, Pete and Helen, her sisters Karen, Wendy & Debbie, her brothers Brian, Colm & Owen, nieces Jennifer, Ava, Kellie, Rebecca & Oonagh, nephews Conor, David, Brian, Cillian, Robert, Tadgh, Harry & Adam, sisters-in-law Louise Kelly & Mary McEvoy, relatives, family and a large circle of family and friends. R.I.P.Reposing today, Wednesday 8th, in Moloney’s Funeral Home from 6pm with Rosary at 9pm. Removal on Thursday morning at 10.30am to St Joseph’s Church Moutmellick, arriving for 11am requiem Mass. Burial afterwards in St Joseph’s cemetery. House private please.Mary (May) Bernie (née Frens)Chantiere Gate, Portlaoise, LaoisDied peacefully in the loving care of The Staff of St Vincent’s Hospital, Mountmellick. Funeral arrangements will be published on Tuesday. Daughter of The Late Dennis & Margaret Ferns (North Circular Road, Dublin) and sister of Bunty Ferns. Predeceased by her husband Niall Brendan Beirne (Pharmacist, Portarlington) and her late daughter Baby Brigid Beirne.Sadly missed by her niece Rita & husband Charlie, Nephews Paddy, Wally and John, Her beloved Ann, devoted friends Miriam and Nancy, Cousins The Woods Family (Durrow Co. Laois), The Bergin Family (Grennan, Attanagh Co. Laois) and The Walsh Family (Formally of North King Street Dublin), friends and The Wonderfull Staff of St Vincent’s Hospital Mountmellick where she resided for the last 13 years. Rest in Peace.Reposing on Wednesday morning in St. Vincent’s Hospital, Mountmellick from 11am with prayers at 12.30pm. Removal to Glasnevin Cemetery for burial at 2.30pm.Laura Fitzpatrick (née Phelan)Borris-in-Ossory, Laois/Beaumont, DublinLaura Fitzpatrick (nee Phelan), Rathdowney Road, Borris in Ossory, Co. Laois and TLC Nursing Home Santry, Dublin and formerly Beaumont, Dublin. August 4th. 2018. Unexpectedly at Beaumont Hospital. Beloved wife of the Late Jim. Sadly missed by her sister Joan, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and nephews, extended family, relatives, neighbours and friends. Reposing at Guilfoyle’s Funeral Home Castletown, Mountrath, this Tuesday evening from 5 o’c with removal at 7 o’c to St. Canice’s Church, Borris in Ossory arriving at 7. 30 o’c. Funeral Mass on Wednesday morning Aug. 8th. at 11 o’c with burial immediately afterwards in Derrinsallagh Cemetery, Borris in Ossory.Ellen (Elsie) O’Shea (née Simms)Church St, Ballinakill, LaoisEllen (Elsie) died on Sunday 5th August at The Regional Hospital, Portlaoise. Deeply regretted by her loving husband Christy, sons Billy, Kevin, Paul, daughters Anne and Susan, sister Nancy, sons-in-law Gerard and Eric, daughters-in-law Sheila and Carina, brother-in-law Ron, nephews and nieces, grandchildren Roisin, Padraig, Eimear, Robyn, Emma, William, Chris, Ciara, Sam and Lauryn, and a host of other relatives and friends. Reposing at The Chapel of Rest, Portlaoise Hospital from 4pm on Tuesday, with Rosary at 6.45pm. Removal at 7.30pm to St. Brigid’s Church, Ballinakill, arriving at 8pm. Funeral Mass on Wednesday at 11am with interment afterwards in St. Brigid’s Cemetery, Ballinakiil.Michael LeighTullamoy, Stradbally, LaoisHusband of the late Margaret. Deeply regretted by his loving family Michael, Sarah, Kathleen and Anne, brother Pat, sons-in-law, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, grand-children, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.Reposing at his residence from 5pm on Tuesday evening with Rosary at 8pm. Removal at 1.30pm on Wednesday afternoon to arrive at the Church of the Holy Rosary, Luggacurren, for Requiem Mass at 2pm. Burial afterwards in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Ballyadams. House private Wednesday morning please.SEE ALSO – Deaths in Laois – Friday, August 10, 2018 Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Facebook Pinterest By LaoisToday Reporter – 11th August 2018 WhatsApp Community TAGSDeaths in Laois Rugby Facebook Community Twitter Previous articleGoals galore as O’Dempsey’s strong second half sees them past SpinkNext articleFr Paddy: The Gift Young People Bring to our Church LaoisToday Reporter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Twitter WhatsApp Deaths in Laois – Saturday, August 11, 2018 Pinterest Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’
Social media seminars planned for Laois hurling and football panelists WhatsApp By Alan Hartnett – 2nd December 2018 Pinterest Twitter TAGSsocial media Laois senior footballers and hurlers panelists may have to undergo seminars or talks on their use of social media.Laois GAA secretary Niall Handy, in his Convention report, explained that the county board are exploring introducing the messure in a bid to ‘educate panellists on the use of social media.Laois GAA were caught in a PR storm earlier this year when footballer Gary Walsh tweeted his personal opinion on the outcome of a trial in Belfast involving rugby players Paddy Jackson and Start Olding.This was prior to the Division 4 national league final against Carlow and Walsh, who was the top scorer in the country at the time, was dropped as a result of what he tweeted.Niall said: “Social media is a wonderful and powerful communication platform when used in the appropriate manner.“However as we have witnessed during the year when used in an inappropriate manner with careless and unwarranted personal remarks by individuals representing our county and club individuals mockingly posting images highlighting the misfortune of others, it can be a dangerous and disheartening tool that can cause huge damage to our association.“It is intended to explore the introduction of talks/seminars in an attempt to educate our panellists on the use of social media.”SEE ALSO – Sadness as giant of Ballinakill community Aidan Kennedy passes away Twitter Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic year Previous articleDeaths in Laois – Sunday, December 2, 2018Next articleLaois author’s work features in new Irish crime anthology Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Pinterest Facebook Community WhatsApp Community Council Facebook Home Sport GAA Social media seminars planned for Laois hurling and football panelists SportGAA New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening
James Langton The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) will hear a bid for an appeal of a disciplinary decision that was handed down against a former rep last year. The OSC said Tuesday that it will hold a hearing to consider an application from a former rep Roger Carl Schoer for a review of a decision from the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) that was rendered in May 2011. Related news Keywords EnforcementCompanies Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada, Ontario Securities Commission Share this article and your comments with peers on social media PwC alleges deleted emails, unusual transactions in Bridging Finance case Toronto broker banned for running “Ponzi-like” scheme In that decision, an IIROC hearing panel ruled that Schoer fraudulently induced clients and others to invest in what were misrepresented as private placement investments in small corporate entities. Instead, it found that he used the funds to pay off other clients and individuals, or to pay unrelated personal debts. As a result, it banned him permanently, handed him a $200,000 fine and assessed $100,000 in costs. The review by the OSC is scheduled for September 18. BFI investors plead for firm’s sale Mouth mechanic turned market manipulator Facebook LinkedIn Twitter
In particular, it says that information obtained during the audit has led the CRA to believe that the organization had entered into a funding arrangement with the Kashmiri Canadian Council/Kashmiri Relief Fund of Canada (KCC/KRFC), with the ultimate goal of sending the raised funds to a Pakistan-based non-governmental organization named the Relief Organization for Kashmiri Muslims (ROKM) “without maintaining direction and control”. The CRA says that its research indicates that ROKM is the charitable arm of Jamaat-e-Islami, a political organization that actively contests the legitimacy of India’s governance over the state of Jammu and Kashmir, “including reportedly through the activities of its armed wing Hizbul Mujahideen.” And, it notes that Hizbul Mujahideen is listed as a terrorist entity by the Council of the European Union and is declared a banned terrorist organization by the government of India. “Given the commonalities in directorship between ROKM and Jamaat-e-Islami, concerns exist that the organization’s resources may have been used to support the political efforts of Jamaat-e-Islami and/or its armed wing, Hizbul Mujahideen,” it says. The CRA says that the federal government does not tolerate the abuse of the charitable registration system to provide any sort of support to terrorism. An organization that has had its registration as a charity revoked can no longer issue donation receipts for income tax purposes, and is no longer a qualified donee under the Income Tax Act. It’s also no longer exempt from income tax, unless it qualifies as a non-profit organization, it says. Keywords Charitable givingCompanies Canada Revenue Agency Seniors intent on donating to charities: report Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitter The benefits and challenges of donating property The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) announced that it has revoked the charitable status of a Mississauga, Ont.-based group, the ISNA Development Foundation, citing concerns about possible links to a terrorist organization in Kashmir. The CRA reports that it sent a letter to the group last month indicating its plans to revoke its charitable status after its audit concluded that ISNA has failed to comply with the requirements for continued registration. James Langton Related news Feds look to increase charities’ disbursement quota
RelatedMost JUTC Commuters Welcome Cashless Express System Most JUTC Commuters Welcome Cashless Express System TransportFebruary 24, 2009 Advertisements RelatedMost JUTC Commuters Welcome Cashless Express System FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Following the Jamaica Urban Transit Company’s (JUTC) roll out of the cashless system on all Express routes on February 1, commuters in the Kingston Metropolitan Transport Region (KMTR), are singing the praises of the company for offering a more efficient and convenient service.Just how beneficial have Express commuters found this switch to cashless?Marion Johnson, who plies the Greater Portmore-Half-Way Tree route, is delighted with the recent initiative.“I think the move to go cashless is excellent, I take the Express to work in the mornings, and it is so good it helps me to reach work on time,” she says.“With the Smart Card, the traffic flows even better, as what happens is that you don’t have to wait for the driver to make change, you just slide your card, you get on and that’s it,” she added.Miss Johnson speaks highly of the drivers, whom she noted, are “very pleasant and nice”, which encourages her even more to take the bus in the mornings.“I wish for the day when the entire JUTC system will finally go cashless,” she said.But just how soon will this be?Assistant Vice President of Operations at the JUTC, Robert Harpaul, projects that the entire system could go cashless in another 12 months.Speaking with JIS News, he explains that it will take some time to acquire additional machines, which are quite costly. Additionally, he notes, there are also other operational matters that need sorting.Some commuters believe that the maximum benefit to be derived is in the security and safety that carrying a Smart Card offers.Robert, who plies the Spanish Town to Half-Way Tree route daily, is quite receptive to the cashless system on Express buses. He recounts the many times he has suffered, because he did not have the correct change.“Sometimes I would have a thousand dollars and the driver doesn’t have any change, and I have to come off the bus when I just wanted to move,” he notes, in a rather disgruntled tone. However, his frown transforms into radiance when he speaks of the benefits of the Smart Card.“I feel a lot more secure travelling now, as sometimes you have all kinds of unscrupulous characters riding the buses. A man will hear the driver say to you, ‘no change,’ and immediately you become a target, because to them it means is either a ‘Nanny’ or a ‘Manley’ you have,” he explains.For another Express commuter, Ryland James, purchasing a Smart Card is a very smart decision.“Using cash or purchasing a ticket just takes up a lot of time, especially when you come in the Centre and see the bus you want on the stand and you have to go to the ticket outlet and join the long line to get a ticket. And, to make it worse, the bus drives off. It pays to just buy a Smart Card and avoid the hassle,” Mr. James insists.Miss Campbell, who also takes the Greater Portmore-Half-Way Tree Express bus, echoes the sentiments of fellow commuter Marion Johnson.She believes that the introduction of the Smart Card does not only offer convenience to commuters but also to the bus crew, which in this instance is one person – the bus driver.“It’s convenient to me and I think it is only fair that this be done, because on the Express Bus is only the driver. So, when you use the Smart Card, he does not have the problem with money and making change. The Smart Card makes it easier and saves time,” she says.The JUTC Express Drivers who were interviewed welcome the fully cashless initiative wholeheartedly.For Lynford Maitland, who drives the 17 AX Express from Greater Portmore to downtown, the system helps to ensure transparency on the buses.“This is great for us drivers, as it prevents shortages in the fare boxes, as now we don’t have to encounter with any cash. It’s strictly Smart Cards,” he says. Although he hastily adds that he is still handling cash in the short term, to facilitate commuters who are not yet aware of the changes.Mr. Maitland also points to the benefits of increased security that going cashless offers.“For one, we don’t have to entertain any uncomely visitors on the buses, as you have some unscrupulous persons who want to take people’s money. However, with the cashless, when they take the buses, they simply have to step off the buses as they have no money to encounter with,” he said.Nevertheless, resistance to change is almost always expected and it is no different for the JUTC and its commuters.Customer Service Representative at the Half-Way Tree Transport Centre, Sophia Beckford, disclosed that some commuters have expressed the view that they prefer to go the old-fashioned way of using cash. There are some commuters who have not latched on to the Smart Card system and have refused to take the Express Buses since the changeover.A conversation with Marie Williams, who patiently awaited the arrival of a “regular” JUTC bus, confirmed Miss Beckford’s statement.Her response to the question, “Are you waiting on one of the Express buses?” was an outright, “No sah, I can’t bother with the foolishness to go buy no Smart Card. That is foolishness, mi deal with cash, strictly cash.”Marketing and Sales Manager at the JUTC, Lenworth Simms, says that the JUTC is working assiduously to ensure a smooth transition from cash to a totally cashless bus service.This move, he says, is part of the Company’s aim of repositioning the JUTC brand, as a bus company that operates with efficiency and transparency. He said that public education efforts to encourage purchase and use of the Smart Cards are ongoing and will be strengthened throughout the year. RelatedMost JUTC Commuters Welcome Cashless Express System
Mullings Expresses Confidence in Bio-Fuels Task Force TechnologyMarch 11, 2009 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Energy, Clive Mullings, has said that while the development of a viable local bio-fuels industry would have its challenges, he was confident that the recently established Bio-fuels Task Force would be able to achieve such an objective.He was speaking at yesterday’s (March 10) launch of the Task Force at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) building in Kingston.“I have every confidence in the team that has been selected to participate in this Task Force, and in your commitment to recommending an appropriate framework that will allow us to develop a practical and sustainable bio-fuels industry. I am of view that all the experience and technical skills required is represented on this task force,” he stated, adding that he expected some component of biodiesel (B5) to materialize within a year.The body will have responsibility for creating an appropriate policy framework and a legal and regulatory regime, within which a bio-fuels industry will flourish. It will take into consideration, incentive schemes, affordable project/programme financing, research and development support, as well as local technical capability and demand for new products.Chaired by PCJ board director, William Saunders, the Task Force is comprised of representatives from local, international and multilateral organisations, comprising the PCJ, Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Scientific Research Council (SRC), Petrojam, Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), Organization of American States (OAS), World Bank, and the United States and Brazilian embassies.Economic Officer at the United States Embassy, Nathan Carter, said that the mission was “very excited” about this initiative. “We think that this is a great opportunity for Jamaica and we are here to offer the services and assistance that we can…we know that Jamaica will do very well,” he stated.Expressing a similar sentiment, Assistant Representative of the FAO, Dr. Gillian Smith, said that the organisation was “delighted” to be a part of the group, as energy security was important to Jamaica and developing countries in general.“Coming from (the) launch of our Bio-fuels Challenges and Threats Report last year, we are very pleased that this is happening now.we are cognizant of the traditional relationship between energy generation and agriculture and from that point of view, we are committing a considerable amount of knowledge that exists in the FAO worldwide to this process, and we are really looking forward to seeing something come out of this very soon,” she pointed out.OAS representative, Dr. Joan Neil, in her remarks, stated that “through our unit for sustainable development and energy, our task force will have access to a wealth of knowledge and expertise. We feel very certain that with the level of experience here and the technical know-how, we are bound for success”.In addition to the support of these organisations, Jamaica stands to benefit from the new processes and technologies that will emerge from the research and development programmes of Brazil and the United States, as a result of a tri-lateral agreement on bio-fuels that was signed in November of last year.The Bio-fuels Task Force is a project of the Ministries of Energy, and Agriculture. RelatedMullings Expresses Confidence in Bio-Fuels Task Force RelatedMullings Expresses Confidence in Bio-Fuels Task Force RelatedMullings Expresses Confidence in Bio-Fuels Task Force Advertisements
Frontline workers to receive a second dose of Pfizer vaccine from today JOINT STATEMENTPremier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Health Minister Yvette D’Ath today visited the Gold Coast to see the first Queenslander to receive her COVID-19 vaccine get the crucial second booster dose.Gold Coast University Hospital Registered Nurse Zoe Park was today (16 March 2021) administered her booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine, three weeks after her initial jab.The Premier said the rollout of the second booster doses was another important milestone in the state’s fight against the virus.“So far, more than 21,000 Queenslanders have received a vaccine dose, with some now being fully vaccinated with their second shot,” the Premier said.“The more people we can get fully vaccinated, the safer all Queenslanders will be.“Our priority is to get our frontline workers vaccinated ahead of the rollout to the general population.“Zoe has set a great example by becoming one of the first Queenslanders to be fully vaccinated – and I hope that when other Queenslanders have their turn to get the vaccine, they also roll up their sleeves.”Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said more than 6,300 people had already been vaccinated at the Gold Coast University Hospital vaccination hub.“The Gold Coast made history by becoming Queensland’s first vaccination hub and it’s great to see Zoe get her second dose today,” she said.“As we ramp up our vaccine rollout our other priority groups, including older Australians and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, will be prioritised for vaccination.“Queensland relies on the federal government for its vaccine supply and we’re calling on the Commonwealth to ensure there are enough doses available to protect Queenslanders’ health.”Zoe is among the cohort of frontline workers who are now able to receive their booster doses after waiting the minimum 21-day period from receiving the initial dose of the Pfizer vaccine.“It feels great to receive the second dose of the vaccine today and know that I am another step closer to being protected from getting really sick from COVID’,” Zoe said.“Being the first person in Queensland to receive the COVID-19 vaccine was an absolute privilege but it’s been even better to see my colleagues receiving their vaccines over the past few weeks.“Knowing that we are safe and able to keep our families and friends safe after such a difficult and uncertain year is a wonderful feeling. It has been a boost for all of us.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Aboriginal, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, Australia, commonwealth, federal government, frontline workers, Gold Coast, Government, health, health minister, hospital, Palaszczuk, Pfizer, QLD, Queensland, university, vaccination, Vaccines
Home Industry News Releases Continued Help for Sommeliers: The United Sommeliers Foundation Announces the Grand Cru…Industry News ReleasesWine BusinessContinued Help for Sommeliers: The United Sommeliers Foundation Announces the Grand Cru Award By Press Release – August 10, 2020 246 0 AdvertisementWASHINGTON, D.C. – August 10th, 2020 – The United Sommeliers Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing emergency financial assistance to out-of-work wine professionals, today announces the launch of The Grand Cru Award. This award was developed to continue financial assistance to initial grant and future recipients in critical need with their necessary survival expenses. “As the COVID-19 crisis has continued to affect our sommelier and hospitality communities, The Foundation has recognized that some of our peers have dire, life-altering need. With so many incredible donors and partners, The USF now has the ability to provide greater financial help through our Grand Cru Award for those with more direct needs such as assistance with housing, medical bills and child care. We don’t know when this crisis will end or even improve, so it’s more important for our Foundation to aid our sommelier community and its members that do not have a light of hope at this point in their lives.”, explains Jon McDaniel, Secretary for The United Sommeliers Foundation. To date, The Foundation has raised over $800,000 and assisted 750 sommeliers with initial grants. Through the generosity of corporate and individual donations from around the world and support from all corners of the wine industry, the continued assistance has been made possible. To qualify, recipients must have had to apply and received an intial grant selected through a rigorous anonymous process by the Board of Directors. Initial grant recipients are then eligible to apply for the Grand Cru Award, where they can receive additional financial assistance from The Foundation. The Foundation is encouraging sommeliers in need of emergency monetary assistance to submit their initial applications for financial aid immediately as they continue their efforts in awards to candidates. Donations are continuously accepted and welcomed by both organizations and individuals on our site. To apply for aid, offer a direct financial contribution or learn more, please visit www.unitedsommeliersfoundation.org. or contact [email protected] About The United Sommeliers Foundation: The United Sommeliers Foundation is a charitable organization whose mission is to provide immediate financial assistance to Sommeliers experiencing a pause or termination of employment due to circumstances beyond their control. The organization assists sommeliers nationwide and was founded by several of the industry’s leading experts with more than 100 years combined experience and knowledge. The organization’s goal is to positively impact the wine industry and the sommelier community for years to come. Please visit www.unitedsommeliersfoundation.org for more information.Advertisement Share TAGSThe United Sommeliers Foundation Facebook Previous articleWine Industry Network Launches Wine Industry Sales Symposium Next articleMomentum 2.0, the V Foundation Wine Celebration, Raises Over $3.6 Million Press Release Twitter Pinterest Linkedin ReddIt Email
Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report released MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story The report talks about problems such as malware, Denial of Service attacks and the social engineering aspect of cybercrime in the healthcare sectorVerizon releases 11th installment of the Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR). The report will begins with a few high-level trends and findings from this year’s data. The report talks about problems such as malware (with a focus on ransomware), Denial of Service (DoS) attacks and the social engineering aspect of cybercrime, and how they continue to plague us. The report will take a brief look at the nine incident classification patterns, and will dig deeper into the various industries.The report mentions, “The Healthcare vertical is rife with error and misuse. In fact, it is the only industry vertical that has more internal actors behind breaches than external. In addition to these problem areas, ransomware is endemic in the industry.”The report further highlights that the healthcare industry has the dubious distinction of being the only vertical that has a greater insider threat than it does an external threat. This somewhat bleak finding is linked closely to the fact that there is a large amount of both errors and employee misuse in this vertical. With regard to incidents healthcare is almost seven times more likely to feature a causal error than other verticals in our dataset, but you might not want to ponder that when you go in to get that appendix20 removed.Errors most often appear in the form of misdelivery (62 per cent)— which is the sending of something intended for one person to a different recipient—and is followed by a grouping of misplacing assets, misconfigurations, publishing errors and disposal errors.The report elaborates, “Misuse, on the other hand, takes the form of privilege abuse (using logical access to assets, often databases, without having a legitimate medical or business need to do so) in 74 per cent of cases. Interestingly, the motive (when known) is most often (47 per cent) that of “fun or curiosity.” Examples of this are when an employee sees that their date from last weekend just came in for a checkup, or a celebrity visits the hospital and curiosity gets the better of common sense. Not to be forgotten, our faithful friend avarice is still alive and well, with financial gain being the motivation in 40 per cent of internal misuse breaches.”Another important aspect the report gives out is, “Ransomware accounts for 85 per cent of all malware in Healthcare. Due to Department of Health and Human Services regulations, ransomware outbreaks are treated as breaches (rather than data at risk) for reporting purposes. Consequently, it is difficult to know if Healthcare is more susceptible to ransomware than are organizations in other industries, or if the high percentages of it being recorded are simply a product of more stringent reporting requirements. Regardless of the reason, the wise security practitioner will take immediate steps to combat this ubiquitous attack type. Due to the ease of the attack, the low risk for the criminal, and the potential for high monetary yields, it is likely here for a lengthy stay in spite of the quality of the hospital food. Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” News Read Article Share By EH News Bureau on May 14, 2018 Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Related Posts Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app
RelatedPickersgill Stresses Commitment to Good Local Governance Story HighlightsWater, Land, Environment and Climate Change Minister, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, says the Government is committed to putting a fully developed local government structure in place, as a means of effective governance and sustainable urban development.He said the administration also “firmly believes” that in order to advance an urban development agenda for Jamaica, “the voice of the people must be the guiding principle”.”Through a proper local government structure, we are committed to our mandate of accountability, effectiveness, transparency, and responsiveness. We recognise that these important hallmarks of good governance are necessary for economic growth, sustainable development and poverty eradication,” he stated. RelatedPickersgill Stresses Commitment to Good Local Governance RelatedPickersgill Stresses Commitment to Good Local Governance FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Pickersgill Stresses Commitment to Good Local Governance Local GovernmentMarch 16, 2012Written by: Douglas McIntosh Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change Minister, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, says the Government is committed to putting a fully developed local government structure in place, as a means of effective governance and sustainable urban development.He said the administration also “firmly believes” that in order to advance an urban development agenda for Jamaica, “the voice of the people must be the guiding principle”.“Through a proper local government structure, we are committed to our mandate of accountability, effectiveness, transparency, and responsiveness. We recognise that these important hallmarks of good governance are necessary for economic growth, sustainable development and poverty eradication,” he stated.The Minister was addressing Wednesday’s (March 14) opening ceremony for the second Caribbean Urban Forum at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel, New Kingston,More than 30 delegates and participants from the Caribbean, North America, and other parts of the world are in the island for the 2nd annual four-day forum from March 14 and 17, under the theme: ‘Planning to Achieve…the Vision Towards a Green Urban Economy (CUF 2012)’.The event is organised by the Caribbean Network for Urban and land Management (CNULM), in collaboration with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, and through support from the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP), and the American Planners Association (APA).The forum will, among other things, showcase examples of good planning and urban management practices across the Caribbean, and serve as a launching pad for the Caribbean Planners Association (CPA).“I am heartened to see the broad-based representation of urban and regional planners from across Jamaica, the wider Caribbean and, indeed, the rest of the world, gathered here to discuss the Caribbean urban agenda,” Mr. Pickersgill said.He noted that the Caribbean is regarded as one of the most urbanised regions globally, with 70 per cent of the population residing in towns or cities, and there are issues attendant with such a high concentration of people.These, he pointed out, include: crime and violence, proper solid waste management, adequate infrastructure, and access to safe drinking water. He noted that addressing these issues require the concerted efforts of various stakeholders.“For example, problems of public safety require inputs from social, spatial and legal perspectives. We also require the input of urban planners, infrastructural engineers, environmental specialists and the residents, who will be affected,” he stated.The Minister welcomed the staging of the event, noting that while Caribbean urban areas vary in population, geographical conditions and quality of life, countries could benefit from the exchange of knowledge and experience of best practices within a regional context.The conference theme, he noted further, spoke directly to the National Development Plan: Vision 2030 Jamaica, which provides the framework for the country progression to developed country status, and to become the place of choice to live, work, raise families, and do business.“However, for us to get there, by 2030, we must adopt good planning practices from across the regions, our neighbours to the north, and elsewhere in the Caribbean. I trust that the presentations, relevant discussions and recommendations in this forum will inform the preparation and implementation of more effective policies, strategies and programmes to address the issues relating to rapid urbanisation in the Caribbean,” Mr. Pickersgill said. Advertisements
HomeNewsCrimeDUI & Possession of a Rifle Arrests Jun. 01, 2021 at 5:07 pmCrimeFeaturedNewsDUI & Possession of a Rifle ArrestsGuest Author1 week agocrimesmpd On June 1, 2021 at approximately 8:25 am, the Office Of Emergency Management (OEM) Dispatch received a call from a citizen regarding a reckless silver Honda Accord being driven by a male believed to be under the influence (DUI). The reporting party (RP) told the dispatcher that the Honda had hit several parked vehicles, in both the Los Angeles and Santa Monica areas, and had now collided with a parked car and ended up in the front lawn of a home in the 1100 block of Cedar St. Lopez was booked at the Santa Monica Jail for 25400(A)(2) PC – Carrying a Concealed Firearm and 11375(B)(2) H&S – Possession of Benzodiazepine Drugs without a Prescription. The driver, Bueno, was booked for 23153(F) VC – Felony DUI Drugs. Vazquez was booked for 647(F) – Public Intoxication – Drugs. The driver of the vehicle, Jose Enrique Bueno, a 20-year-old male of Huntington Park, and passenger, Fernando Vazquez, an 18-year-male of Los Angeles, both showed obvious signs of intoxication. All three subjects were taken into custody. Anyone with any additional information pertaining to this incident or subjects is strongly encouraged to contact the Criminal Investigations Division at 310-458-8451 or the Santa Monica Department’s Watch Commander (24 hours) at 310-458-8427. Upon arrival, officers immediately detained the driver and a male passenger. They met with a witness, who told them a female passenger of the Honda walked away carrying a large item wrapped in a blanket. Officers located the female, later identified as Yaylin Lopez, a 19-year-old female of Van Nuys, a short distance away. Lopez was in possession of a sawed-off .22 caliber rifle and several Xanax pills. Submitted by Lieutenant Rudy FloresTags :crimesmpdshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentJune events at the LibraryMajor labor unions back California governor in likely recallYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall5 hours agoBriefsLos Angeles Sheriff’s deputy accused of destroying evidence of 2019 assaultAssociated Press8 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson15 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter15 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor15 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press15 hours ago
Home T-Mobile, Sprint near leadership decision Diana is Mobile World Live’s US Editor, reporting on infrastructure and spectrum rollouts, regulatory issues, and other carrier news from the US market. Diana came to GSMA from her former role as Editor of Wireless Week and CED Magazine, digital-only… Read more Amazon reels in MGM T-Mobile US and Sprint could announce a final roster of post-merger leadership in the coming weeks, Sprint CEO Michel Combes hinted at a recent employee meeting.In a meeting transcript filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and first spotted by the Kansas City Business Journal, Combes said appointments down through the executive vice president (EVP) level have been finalised, but noted Sprint leadership is still working with T-Mobile COO Mike Sievert to determine the best time to announce those decisions.T-Mobile CEO John Legere and Sievert were already tapped to head the combined company. However, Combes’ future and other leadership roles, including CTO and CFO, have not yet been announced.Though pushback from state legal officials delayed the deal’s close, Combes said he is pressing to reveal the appointments in the coming weeks to help employees “understand where and how you work going forward”.Combes noted the picks are a “well-balanced” combination of Sprint and T-Mobile leaders, but offered little other detail.Senior vice president picks will follow within two months, while vice president positions and below will be “day zero announcements,” he added.Combes said day zero is expected to fall sometime between October 2019 and March 2020. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Tags Diana Goovaerts AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 28 AUG 2019 Deutsche Telekom, SoftBank tipped for T-Mobile trade Previous ArticleFairphone unveils latest sustainable deviceNext ArticleSprint expands 5G rollout despite tech hurdles Related Author T-Mobile US chief predicts market rebound leadership reshufflemergerSprintT-Mobile US
Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Bigfork has seen an unusual rash of vandalism this summer, resulting in thousands of dollars worth of damage and prompting some in the business community to discuss the need for security cameras in the village’s downtown. The incidents include early morning property destruction, such as vandals throwing a birdbath from outside the village’s theater through the door of Persimmon Gallery, as well as knocking over a bronze statue near another gallery, pulling down a decorative wooden bear, breaking pottery and destroying a display case. Outside of the direct downtown area, a driver ran into the sign on Highway 35 pointing toward the village, damaging part of the sign and leaving the scene of the accident without reporting it. Bigfork High School was also hit by vandalism, including one incident in which the perpetrators ransacked the football field’s concession stand. While some vandalism is an unfortunate reality in most towns, the number of cases over the summer have resulted in law enforcement increasing patrols in the area. “We’re certainly putting some extra effort into the investigation,” Flathead County Sheriff Chuck Curry said. “They’ve done thousands of dollars of damage down there.” Curry said investigators have interviewed “quite a few” suspects, based on tips and previous run-ins with the law. Community members, motivated by the vandalism, have begun discussing the potential need for security cameras in downtown Bigfork. “People have talked about the cameras for a long time,” Paul Mutascio, of the Community Foundation for a Better Bigfork, said. “It’s just like, how bad does this have to get before we really get serious about it?” Mutascio said he and several business owners discussed the possibility of heightened security after a bank camera helped nab the driver who hit the Bigfork sign on Highway 35. While the individual was not visible in the security footage, authorities could identify the tow truck company the driver called to move her car, which had become stuck on the rockwork, Mutascio said. The CFBB, which owns the sign, had to conduct major repairs after the collision. “We literally had to rebuild the whole foundation, which cost us a lot of money and more time,” Mutascio said. Mutascio also owns the building that houses Persimmon Gallery, and said the door destroyed by the birdbath would cost $350 to $400 to replace. And, he added, vandalism is a typical problem in the winter as well, when Christmas decorations are inevitably torn down or knocked over. While cameras are being considered, Mutascio stressed that the idea is in the very beginning stages, and comments for and against the concept will be taken seriously as the dialogue continues. Meanwhile, Bigfork School District plans to place cameras at the football field to deter further vandalism, Eda Taylor, district business manager, said. Schools typically expect some property defacement, but the events of this summer went much further than that. “I guess you always see some vandalism, but nothing at all like the concession stand,” she said. The school district is still working with its insurance company to find the bottom line cost of the destruction, but Taylor said it would likely be high. “I’m sure it’s going to be pretty considerable because so much was damaged and destroyed,” she said. In other incidences, vandals broke some picnic tables on school grounds and broke a window of a van parked in the parking lot. Curry encouraged anyone with information on the various acts of vandalism in Bigfork to call the Flathead County Sheriff’s Office at 406-758-5585 or Crimestoppers at 406-752-8477 (TIPS) if the reporting party prefers anonymity. Email
Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Calls for use of vacant hospitals & schools in Tyrone AudioHomepage BannerNews Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleSearch on-going after jeep stolen from Falcarragh holiday homeNext articleGardai launch major operation ahead of Easter Bank Holiday News Highland Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Facebook Twitter Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Google+ A West Tyrone MLA says vacant hospitals and schools in the area could be used in the fight against Covid-19, either as Field Hospitals or test centres.Daniel Mc Crossan has written the Health Minister Robin Swann, saying there are effectively two empty hospitals in Omagh, while there is a former Grammar School in Strabane which could also be adapted.Mr Mc Crossan says at a time when every section of society is under pressure as a result of Coronavirus, it’s important that all available resources are fully used:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/danmdfgdfgdfgcc1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 By News Highland – April 8, 2020
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Scania has announced another customer for its recently-unveiled Touring coach, confirming that two of the 57-seat, Chinese-assembled tri-axles with Euro 6 engines will be delivered to PC Coaches of Lincoln in March, alongside a Euro 5 OmniExpress.They continue a 26-year relationship with Scania which began in 1988 with the delivery of a Plaxton-bodied K113. PC’s 40-strong coach fleet is exclusively on Scania chassis, and 2015 will be the third consecutive year in which OmniExpress has been delivered.â€œWe have tried and tested numerous Scania coaches and have not been let down yet,â€ says MD Pete Smith.â€œThe first Scania we purchased turned out to be a reliable, comfortable coach with great back-up when we needed it.â€œWe look forward to our new coaches arriving, and with the Tourings being the first of their type we will make full use of Scania’s inclusive technical training to ensure we get the best performance from them.â€The Tourings will be powered by Scania’s 12.7-litre DC13 engine developing 410bhp and include a host of safety features. They will carry specially-designed liveries showing 12 members of PC Coaches’ fleet â€“ all of which are Scania coaches. One will be in a green-based scheme, the other gold.â€œThe technological advances offered by the Euro 6 Touring are impressive,â€ continues Mr Smith.â€œAs standard they will benefit from ABS, EBS, adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning â€“ something our insurance company can only see as a good thing. We will be among the first operators in Lincolnshire to run Euro 6 coaches and take pride that not only are we moving our business forward, but also keeping our green credentials.â€All three new coaches will be maintained by Scania’s Lincoln dealer under a two-year repair and maintenance contract.Click here to see videos of the Touring and the Scania-based Irizar i3
6. This lunch is a symbol — but symbols matterObama and the Queen have met several times before. So what makes this time so special? As ever with royalty, it is about the little details, the circles of intimacy. In the time of Louis XIV, status at court was measured by access to the monarch — your permitted distance from the royal bedchamber, the stage of his morning levee at which you were allowed to present yourself.The Queen, unlike the Sun King, does not greet visitors in her nightshirt. But the gradations of intimacy persist. An invitation to a private lunch at Windsor Castle — rather than a more formal banquet at Buckingham Palace — is a sign of special favor, an indication that meeting the Obamas is not just a formal obligation but a personal pleasure.And that, of course, is useful politically. Obama gets to remind his public back home of how popular he is overseas — effectively, an endorsement from one of the few people whose status approaches his. And the British, perennially insecure about their status in Washington, get to be reassured that the bonds that form the “special relationship” between the U.S. and U.K. are not just transactional, but personal and emotional too.Robert Colvile is a regular contributor at POLITICO. He is the author of “The Great Acceleration: How the World is Getting Faster, Faster” (Bloomsbury, 2016). Also On POLITICO Barack Obama: UK goes to ‘back of the queue’ on trade deals By Tom McTague Just think how rare it must be for a president to be able to have a conversation with someone not only who knows much of what he has to go through, in a way that virtually no one else can appreciate, but to do so in the sure and certain knowledge that what he’s saying will never end up on the front pages of a newspaper.4. She’s got extraordinary staminaThe Queen was crowned in 1953. For more than 60 years, she’s been carrying out the affairs of state. In terms of air miles earned, banquets attended, crowds waved at, babies smiled at, and pretty much any other metric, she must hold every record going. Even now — at the age of 90! — she refuses to sit while others stand. Rather than a golf buggy or Popemobile, says the maker of a documentary marking her birthday, she copes with the ever-increasing crowds by touring them in a specially commissioned open-top Range Rover.Why does she keep going? Why not simply abdicate and let the next generation take up the burden? The best explanation is also the simplest. “At the heart of her life,” wrote Charles Moore of the Telegraph in 2012, “is the idea of a sacrifice.” At the age of 21, in 1947, she promised her people — before God — that “my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service.” And it’s a promise she intends to keep.5. But is she irreplaceable?It is slowly dawning on British monarchists — in large part due to the 90th birthday celebrations themselves — that much of the public’s reverence for the institution of monarchy is, in fact, reverence for the Queen herself, and for the way she has carried out the job. The danger is that she may turn out to be like the host of a long-running TV show, who becomes so identified with it that it is impossible to imagine anyone else in the role.Certainly there is widespread anxiety about whether Prince Charles — who has spent his life offering the world his opinions, whether solicited or not — will be able to assume the kind of neutrality that came naturally to his mother.There is no immediate danger of republicanism breaking out, but calls for Charles to pass up the role he has spend a lifetime waiting for have been mounting — and it’s notable that it is the younger, more telegenic royals with whom Obama is dining tonight. LONDON — It wasn’t supposed to be like this. Barack Obama was the president who “loathes the British”; the scion of Kenyan anti-colonialists who began his time in the White House by throwing out a bust of Winston Churchill and responding to Gordon Brown’s touching, thoughtful gift of a historic pen holder with a job lot of DVDs.True, much of the evidence that Obama was “anti-British” was fabricated or distorted. But it still seemed unlikely back in 2008 that the first African-American leader of the world’s greatest democracy would have much time for its oldest and stuffiest ally — or its even older and stuffier monarchy.Cut to 2016, however, and Obama and his wife are lunching privately with the Queen and her husband, as the guest of honor in the week of her 90th birthday — then having dinner with her grandchildren, Princes Harry and William. By any standards, this is what the British might call a right royal love-in. And it illustrates, once again, some very important things about Queen Elizabeth. 1. She can turn on the charmOn the surface, the Obamas may seem to have little in common with a nonagenarian English aristocrat and a husband whose sense of humor tends towards the, um, old-fashioned.Yet the apparently genuine warmth developed over the course of several meetings between the Obamas and Windsors — and between Michelle and Her Majesty in particular — has been one of the more touching recent subplots of Anglo-American relations.“I confess,” wrote the president in an article for the Telegraph setting out the case against Brexit, “I do want to wish Her Majesty a happy birthday in person.” That sentence would probably make his younger self shake his head in disbelief. Testament not to the Queen’s position, but to her personality.2. She’s Britain’s biggest star, and perhaps its biggest assetYes, Obama is actually here to persuade the British not to back Brexit. But it certainly would have helped David Cameron sweeten the deal to offer the President a private audience with the most famous, and perhaps most interesting, woman in the world — not least because of how well such coverage plays back home.The Queen’s power is rarely seen, because rarely exercised. But her value in promoting British exports, British interests and above all British heritage — that patina and penumbra that draws tourists to this country in their millions — is often underestimated. She’s the incarnation, for better and for worse, of the brand that people most associate with our country. Plus, she parachuted out of a helicopter with James Bond. What other head of state can say that?3. She’s the world’s most experienced diplomatWhy would Obama want to spend time with the Queen? Because (with all due apologies to the even-longer-serving king of Thailand) she’s utterly unique. She’s talked to — and often been a confessor figure for — every prime minister since Churchill, and every president since Eisenhower. All those foreign places he’s had to visit? She’s been there too, a dozen more times. If only she’d write her memoirs — but of course, the entire point of her is that she never would.
This article is part of the special report: The Big Vaping Dilemma.It took decades, but tobacco companies have figured out how to get their ads back into heavy rotation: by not selling cigarettes.Fourteen years after an EU directive banned most cigarette advertising, tobacco companies are enjoying a marketing renaissance — and, some allege, skirting regulations — by pivoting their message to “potentially reduced harm” products like vape pens and heat-not-burn devices.While tobacco companies argue that they need to get the word out about “safer alternatives” to conventional cigarettes, some public health advocates fear that any advertising of nicotine products could produce yet another generation of addicts.This season, Phillip Morris International (PMI) and British American Tobacco (BAT) returned to direct branding on Formula 1 race cars for the first time in more than a decade, with harm reduction as the focus.“Ultimately, the tobacco industry is in the business of addiction” — Jo Cranwell, tobacco industry researcher at the University of BathSimilarly, 49 years after the U.S. Congress banned cigarette ads on television, BAT started airing a spot for an e-cigarette on American cable channels in March. “I think that shocked a lot of people in the organization, when we said we’re going to make a TV advert for our Vuse product there,” said Simon Cleverly, group head of corporate affairs at BAT.BAT and PMI have advertised with POLITICO this week.Tobacco companies say the goal is to help adults who already smoke cigarettes change to newer habits they claim are less risky to human health.“When we went in the Formula 1 again at the beginning of this year, I think there were a lot of people in the external world that went, ‘My god, Big Tobacco’s back in Formula 1, that must be a bad thing,’” said Cleverly. “It was a really important opportunity to talk about our brand.”Liberated in many cases from the restrictions on cigarettes, the new products also show companies abandoning classic messages of machismo or sophistication in favor of 21st-century ideas like transformation, technology, precision and innovation.Addiction businessAds on race cars, television and public billboards are increasingly drawing criticism from anti-tobacco activists.Experts disagree vehemently about whether marketing e-cigarettes actually reduces harm. Manufacturers argue they provide a safer alternative to people who would light up anyway. Critics contend that growing publicity is more likely to introduce people who never would have smoked, especially kids, to nicotine — a highly addictive chemical.The evidence differs internationally. While U.S. government officials have warned of an “epidemic” of youth e-cig use, statistics from the U.K. suggest most British vapers had already been smokers.While regulators have been more open to advertising vape pens and heated tobacco devices, manufacturers are still legally barred from promoting the idea that the new technology is less harmful than regular cigarettes.Some recent tobacco marketing has stressed a product’s ability to deliver on the pleasures of smoking, such as flavor. BAT’s spot for U.S. television starts out like a promo for green energy, with images of wind turbines and urban parks, before boasting that its Vuse Alto vape creates “what smokers really want: real draw, real taste, real satisfaction.”The specificity of online data makes it easier to cut off messages to those who shouldn’t be receiving them.Many public health activists fear that letting Big Tobacco rebuild its reputation marks a dangerous step backward after the decades-long fight to restrict tobacco advertising. Rules in countries like France and the U.K. limit the types of branding and decoration that may appear on cigarette packs.“Ultimately, the tobacco industry is in the business of addiction,” said Jo Cranwell, who researches the industry’s marketing techniques at the University of Bath in the U.K and as a partner with the Bloomberg Philanthropies-backed industry watchdog Stopping Tobacco Organizations and Products. “At the end of the day, all they’re interested in is their business and maintaining it.”BAT and PMI say their advertising choices follow three criteria: Campaigns should be targeted at adults and at existing smokers — and they must be legal. And they’re asking for more latitude.“We strongly believe that more smokers would give up cigarettes if there were greater freedoms to communicate and accurately inform about better alternatives,” said PMI’s vice president for strategic and scientific communications, Moira Gilchrist, in a written response#Adultsonly?BAT and PMI are eager hirers of social media influencers to promote their smokeless products, often through outside agencies. They say social media’s ability to carefully select an ad campaign’s audience has made it easier to target adults.“Companies have an extraordinary ability to say, ‘All these people are exactly who you need, and that person isn’t,’ and that person then gets taken off the database,” said Cleverly.The specificity of online data makes it easier to cut off messages to those who shouldn’t be receiving them, he said. “We’ll make sure that we know exactly who that person’s followers are,” and hire just those influencers with adult fanbases.A man exhaling smoke from an electronic cigarette in Washington, DC | Eva Hambach/AFP via Getty ImagesHowever, some anti-smoking groups, like the U.S.-based Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids and the U.K.’s Action on Smoking and Health say Big Tobacco’s social media efforts have at times targeted young people.The U.K.’s Advertising Standards Authority is currently investigating BAT following accusations from the groups that the company is reaching young people using “concerted, consistent and systematic approach” to online promotion of its Vype e-pen.The groups pointed to the campaign’s use of hashtags around pop culture events and stars, like #Oscars2019, #bohemianrhapsody and #LilyAllen.Cleverly expressed confidence that the government watchdog will exonerate BAT. He said the hashtag campaigns were based on market research showing that the hashtags reached adults. Social media followers of actor Rami Malek, for example, star of the film “Bohemian Rhapsody,” were overwhelmingly adult, he said. “We don’t just chuck stuff out there and cross our fingers.”In the 1990s, cigarette brand Marlboro paid millions to splash its name across the chassis of Formula 1 race cars.Both BAT and, more recently, PMI have come under fire for using very young models on Instagram in ads for heated tobacco products. PMI said it was suspending its “product-related influencer campaigns” globally after Reuters reported on the use of models the newswire characterized as “rail-thin young women who revel in the high life” to promote the company’s IQOS device.Reuters found breaches of PMI’s internal guidelines that prohibit the use of models who are or appear to be under the age of 25.Neither of the officials from BAT or PMI could point to instances when they spiked their own campaign because it was reaching the wrong audience, without it first being highlighted in the media.“We have not seen any worrisome levels of unintended use either among youth or non-smokers and so have not needed to stop any of our activities,” said PMI’s Gilchrist in her statement.No filtersOn the other end of the spectrum from social media targeting, tobacco companies are taking advantage of looser restrictions to promote smokeless products in public places where cigarette ads aren’t allowed.With one of the highest smoking rates in Europe, Romania is a popular testing ground for alternative tobacco devices. Supporters argue that’s where the population can benefit most from less harmful nicotine products. PMI’s IQOS and BAT’s Glo products are sold from machines in bars.A picture taken on August 21, 2018 shows people inside the research and development campus ofa tobacco manufacturing company | Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty ImagesPMI hosts a 500-square-meter art space in a Bucharest mansion, known as Qreator, which has rooms devoted to fashion, theater and music projects, as well as a “meeting place for smoker adults who want to discover [IQOS].”But the big complaint from public health advocates are public billboards in places like malls that are popular with children and teens.“Anyone can understand to whom such an ad is addressed,” said Raed Arafat, a doctor and the head of the emergency situations department at the Romanian ministry of internal affairs, in a Facebook post featuring a picture of an ad for Glo at Bucharest’s Mall Baneasa. “I do not think a smoker is interested in what color the device has, whether it is black, gold or pink. But for teenagers and children this can be attractive.”Arafat joined calls to close what activists call a loophole in Romanian law that allows ads for heat-not-burn devices.“The most important policy to prevent children taking up smoking is preventing them from being exposed to advertising,” said Ramona Brad, project director of the 2035 Tobacco-Free Romania Initiative, noting that promotions for heat-not-burn products are now ubiquitous in restaurants, malls and convenience-store counters in Romania. “One wouldn’t do advertising in public spaces if it’s only meant for adults.”“Where we’re allowed to advertise, why wouldn’t we advertise?” — Simon Cleverly, group head of corporate affairs at BATCleverly said BAT sticks to “factual” messaging about the device in public ads where they have no control over the audience, but, indeed, they have no intention of passing up legal marketing opportunities just because kids might be exposed.“Where we’re allowed to advertise, why wouldn’t we advertise?” he said. “We’re a business, and these are really important for our business. But we believe for the first time that actually, from a public health perspective, we’re all on the same side.”Legal lines remain blurry, however; and the industry’s reputation remains tarnished.In the 1990s, cigarette brand Marlboro paid millions to splash its name across the chassis of Formula 1 race cars, hoping to draw a macho connection between the thrilling danger of auto racing and the health risks of cigarettes. Internal documents later revealed the strategy worked especially well in Japan, enticing many young men to take up smoking.A man on a bike, vaping | Ye Aung Thu/AFP via Getty ImagesBecause of that history, the recent BAT and PMI Formula 1 branding drew the ire of Australian regulators, even though neither explicitly hyped their products. Both teams dropped the logos for the Australian race that opened the 2019 season.Late last month, Ferrari said it would stop using its Formula 1 car emblazoned with “Mission Winnow,” PMI’s cryptic campaign stressing its commitment to innovation, for races in Canada and France.BAT is forging ahead with its slogan, “A better tomorrow” — except at a race in Bahrain, where rules are more relaxed. There, the name of BAT’s new e-cig “Vype” appeared emblazoned across the car.Carmen Paun contributed reporting from Bucharest. Also On POLITICO The Big Vaping Dilemma Are e-cigarettes helpful or harmful? Depends on who’s vaping By Katie Jennings The Big Vaping Dilemma Big Pharma battles Big Tobacco over smokers By Carmen Paun
Joey Logano led final practice in the NASCAR Cup Series on Saturday at Daytona International Speedway. Logano, the 2015 Daytona 500 winner, wheeled his No. 22 Team Penske Ford around the 2.5-mile superspeedway at a top speed of 200.517 mph.Logano was the fastest of eight Fords at the top of the speed chart with Kevin Harvick, in the No. 4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford, coming in second at 200.512 mph. Brad Keselowski was third in the No. 2 Team Penske Ford at 200.499 mph.Clint Bowyer, in the No. 14 SHR Ford, and Cole Custer, in the No. 41 SHR Ford, rounded out to the top five. Other Fords among that top group included Aric Almirola, David Ragan and Michael McDowell.RELATED: Full Daytona Speedweeks schedule | Full final practice resultsWilliam Byron was the top Chevrolet in ninth place at 198.754 mph. Brendan Gaughan rounded out the top 10 in the No. 62 Chevrolet at 198.548 mph.The Toyota group opted to bypass final practice as all of those manufacturer’s cars stayed in the garage.This was the final time for cars on track before the 62nd running of the Daytona 500 (set to resume Monday at 4 p.m. ET, FOX, FOX Sports App, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).
“After being hunted for its feathers, facing devastating effects from the pesticide DDT and suffering from widespread coastal habitat loss, the pelican has made a remarkable recovery,” said Tom Strickland, Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks, at a press conference in New Orleans to announce the delisting. “We once again see healthy flocks of pelicans in the air over our shores.” The pelican’s recovery is largely due to the federal ban on the general use of the pesticide DDT in 1972. This action was taken after former U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist Rachel Carson published Silent Spring and alerted the nation to the widespread dangers associated with unrestricted pesticide use. The Fish and Wildlife Service removed the brown pelican population in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and northward along the Atlantic Coast states from the list of endangered species in 1985. Yesterday’s action removes the remaining population from the list. In the southwest, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, The Nature Conservancy and numerous other conservation organizations helped purchase important nesting sites and developed monitoring programs to ensure pelican rookeries were thriving. Louisiana, long known as the “pelican state,” and the Florida Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission jointly implemented a restoration project. A total of 1,276 young pelicans were captured in Florida and released at three sites in southeastern Louisiana during the 13 years of the project. Past efforts to protect the brown pelican actually led to the birth of the National Wildlife Refuge System more than a century ago in central Florida. German immigrant Paul Kroegel, appalled by the indiscriminate slaughter of pelicans for their feathers, approached President Theodore Roosevelt, which led Roosevelt to create the first US Wildlife Refuge at Pelican Island in 1903, where Kroegel was named the first refuge manager. Today, the system has grown to 550 national wildlife refuges, many of which have played key roles in the recovery of the brown pelican. Federal laws, such as the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Lacey Act, will continue to protect the brown pelican, its nests and its eggs. The Service has developed a Post-Delisting Monitoring Plan, designed to monitor and verify that the recovered population remains robust once the protections of the ESA are removed. For more information on this announcement and to read about the recovery of the brown pelican, please visit www.fws.gov. (Brown pelican photo by Dori, GNU license) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreAfter 40 years on the brink of extinction, the brown pelican has fully recovered and is being removed from the list of threatened and endangered species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service yesterday announced. “At a time when so many species of wildlife are threatened, we have an opportunity to celebrate an amazing success story,” said Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. “Today is such a day. The brown pelican is back!” Their population decimated by the pesticide DDT, the pelican species was first declared endangered in 1970. Since then, thanks to a ban on chemical and efforts by states, conservation organizations, private citizens and many other partners, the bird is no longer in free fall. There are now more than 650,000 brown pelicans found across Florida and the Gulf and Pacific Coasts, as well as in the Caribbean and Latin America.
A memorial ride for David Sherman will ride out this Sunday, November 15, at 1:30pm from the Fitness Center at High Point Regional Hospital in downtown High Point, NC.Sherman was struck down on Saturday, October 24, by a hit-and-run driver while on a road ride.Ã‚Â The driver, Grayson Dawson, was eventually found after continuing to drive the vehicle with a smashed windshield, blood and hair for days after the accident. She stated she hit a deer.Ã‚Â Thanks to witnesses and concerned citizens, Dawson was eventually charged with felony hit and run and death by motor vehicle.Ã‚Â What makes the story even sadder is that she was driving with a revoked license and had existing warrants out for her arrest for failure to appear in court more than two years ago.Ã‚Â The final kick in the gut comes from the fact that she’s free on an unsecured bail of just $5,000.The memorial ride is free, but contributions to Yield to Life will be accepted in David’s name.Ã‚Â More details on the ride can be found here, and you can read our local paper’s OpEd story on the tragic accident here.
View Comments The Princess Grace Foundation-USA (PGF-USA) has announced that it is establishing a new award to support emerging theater professionals in any discipline for their “Unique Contribution to Theater.” This award is being funded by a $1,000,000.00 charitable gift from the John Gore Organization with a goal of identifying and supporting extraordinary young talent in the theater field. The award will be presented annually beginning this year.Established in 1982 and overseen by His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, The Princess Grace Foundation-USA marked the beginning of an exciting new era last month with the appointment of award-winning Broadway producer and entertainment entrepreneur Brisa Trinchero as its new CEO.Since its inception, PGF-USA has honored Princess Grace’s legacy in part by awarding grants and scholarships for excellence to emerging artists in the fields of theater, dance and film. Among the early-career artists in theater who have received the support of PGF-USA have been Tony Kushner, Sam Gold, Leslie Odom Jr., Anna D. Shapiro, Paul Tazwell and Patrick Page. This year, no fewer than five of the 2019 Tony Award nominees were Princess Grace Award alumni.”One of the joys of my life is being able to carry on my mother’s legacy by supporting emerging artists,” His Serene Highness Prince Albert II said in a statement. “This remarkable gift from the John Gore Organization comes at a time when we are taking bold leaps forward in our mission, and we appreciate the opportunity it provides to expand our reach to great artists whose work defies easy categorization.””PGF-USA’s unrivaled track record in identifying and supporting remarkable young talent speaks for itself,” said John Gore. “The Foundation is the perfect partner in helping us recognize excellence in the next generation of theater talent.””I’m immensely proud, as I step into my new role and begin ushering in the Foundation’s exciting new era, to have this incredible support from the John Gore Organization,” added Trinchero. “Their generosity will enable us to deepen our support of the Broadway community of which Princess Grace was a part during her lifetime.”
Errata E rrata The cutline for the picture on the front page of the April 15 News about Justice Teaching volunteer Barbara Hill developing a mock trial program for her daughter’s 8th grade class at Eustis Middle School erroneously described Mary Ellen Griffith — Hill’s daughter — as a student. She is not. Griffith is the teacher of the class. Visit www.justiceteaching.org. April 30, 2011 Errata
Influenza infection can boost the likelihood of bacterial pneumonia 100-fold, according to a new study that teased out the interaction between the two diseases.Increases in pneumonia cases during flu epidemics have been documented over the last two centuries, but different types of studies have yielded inconsistent, puzzling findings about the association between the two illnesses.Pathology studies in individual patients have clearly found that secondary bacterial infections are a factor in deadly and severe influenza infections. However, when scientists look at the relationship between the two diseases at the population level, they find no interaction or only a modest link.A research team from the University of Michigan and their colleagues in Connecticut and Maryland used a computerized model of pneumonia transmission that tested different hypotheses. As they explain today in Science Translational Medicine, they used real flu and pneumonia data in their testing—weekly hospitalizations in Illinois from 1989 to 2009.They used the model to rank the likelihood of three hypothesesThat people with pneumonia contribute more to transmission if they recently had fluThat people with flu are more susceptible to pneumococcal pneumoniaThat flu boosts only the severity of subsequent pneumonia infections.Results showed no evidence to support the transmission or severity hypotheses. However, the team found strong support for the susceptibility hypothesis—that the heightened risk for pneumonia lasted a week after flu infection.Pejman Rohani, PhD, an epidemiologist and population ecologist at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and senior author of the study, said in a University of Michigan press release that findings about the nature of the interaction between flu and pneumococcal pneumonia were unequivocal. “Simply put, our analyses identified a short-lived but significant—about 100-fold—increase in the risk of pneumococcal pneumonia following influenza infection.”When the group gauged the fraction of pneumonia cases that could be linked to flu, they found that at the peak of the season, flu infections were responsible for as many as 40% of pneumococcal pneumonia cases. However, on a yearly basis, the magnitude was more subtle, at about 2% to 10% of cases. The team said the lower yearly fraction they found might explain why earlier studies did not detect a connection.Rohani said in the press release that according to the study the best way to reduce levels of bacterial pneumonia is to urge the public to get both pneumococcal and influenza vaccinations.In a commentary on the study published in the same issue, Joanne Lello, PhD, a co-infection biology expert at the Cardiff School of Biosciences in Wales, wrote that the researchers have used a well-known model in a new way to address questions about the co-infection dynamics at different levels.She noted that the team focused on one side of the flu-pneumococcus relationship, but there is evidence from mouse models that flu viral titers are also affected by Streptococcus pneumoniae infection. The current approach could be used to probe the role of pneumococcus infection on flu epidemiology and that variations of the modeling approach could be used to explore other types of co-infections.The links between parasite infections, infection risks, and host pathology in co-infections are still poorly understood, and the researchers add a new tool for assessment, she wrote, adding that the next step will be to model unidirectional and multidirectional interactions. “Because knowing which parasites drive infection dynamics in a system will help determine how best to target limited resources for efficacious control strategies.”Shrestha S, Foxman B, Weinberger DM, et al. Identifying the interaction between influenza and pneumococcal pneumonia using incidence data. Sci Transl Med 2013 Jun 26;5(191) [Abstract]Lello J. Coinfection: doing the math. (Editorial) Sci Transl Med 2013 Jun 26;5(191) [Extract]See also:Jun 26 University of Michigan press release
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PCL, which plays a large role in the oil industry, manufacturing steam generators, pressure vessels and tanks, took delivery of the two machines in September, and put them into operation immediately.According to Kurt Minten, Shuttlelift director of industrial sales, the loads that PCL moves are both long and heavy and the two new machines will give the company much greater lifting capacity and flexibility.www.shuttlelift.com
GERMAN Railway and its suppliers Siemens and Alcatel proudly announced on December 6 that commercial services with trains controlled by Level 2 ETCS had begun on the 100 km Jüterbog – Leipzig section of the Berlin – Leipzig main line.Setting aside the pilot scheme which saw commercial service under Level 2 control over the 35 km between Zofingen and Sempach on the Luzern – Olten route in Switzerland in 2002-03, this is the first time that fare-paying passengers have been carried using Level 2. It is only fair to point out that the German scheme is a pilot too, as only five Class 101 locomotives have been fitted with Level 2 equipment.Just a few days later, on December 12, Trenitalia and RFI were due to launch Level 2 on the new line between Roma and Napoli. Sadly, we understand that the event was postponed, but we look forward to reporting the launch of 300 km/h operation with Level 2 in a future edition.Meanwhile, the tribulations with train control equipment on the HSL-Zuid high speed line in the Netherlands (RG 12.05 p747) are far from over. Transport Minister Karla Peijs suggested in late November that services could start in July 2007 using a small fleet of diesel locomotives fitted with Level 2 ETCS. Leasing charges for 12 locos are put at €50m a year, which High Speed Alliance is reluctant to pay.Such a stop-gap service would be limited to 160 km/h, with Amsterdam – Breda trains taking just 12min less than those travelling via the existing route. From November 2007 it would be possible to run trains at 30min intervals plus an Amsterdam – Brussels service every 2h offering a 38min time saving. Quite when the AnsaldoBreda trainsets ordered for these services will be available remains unknown, as does a date for fitting Thalys trainsets with Level 2.As pressure to deploy ETCS rises, bids will be made for the limited funding available from the European Union. One was made on November 22 at the ‘Sea-to-Sea’ symposium organised in Brussels by Unife, German Railway and Italian Railways, which produced a ‘Declaration of Mutual Interest’ calling for installation of ETCS along the busy freight corridor from Rotterdam to Basel, Milano and Genova where traffic is expected to grow at 7% a year. Although installation of Level 2 was favoured, it was by no means clear that the available funding would suffice. ‘Finance is limited’, said DB Chairman Hartmut Mehdorn, ‘and we must invest intelligently’.On December 12 the ‘Article 21 Committee’ (RG 1.05 p34) consisting of representatives from member states and the European Commission charged with developing a co-ordinated ERTMS deployment plan agreed to update and finalise the ERTMS specification. The move prompted EIM to comment that ‘the system is mature and ready for large-scale deployment’. That may be over-optimistic, although the decision certainly represents progress. We suspect, however, that the dance is not over yet.
SWITZERLAND: On May 12 Swiss Federal Railways announced that Bombardier Transportation had been selected to supply a fleet of 59 double-deck electric multiple-units for long-distance services. The order for a total of 436 vehicles is the largest single rolling stock contract which SBB has placed, and includes an option for a further 100 trainsets. The SFr1·86bn price was below SBB’s SFr2·1bn estimate.The trains will come in three configurations: 50 will be 200 m long eight-cars sets with Intercity and InterRegio interiors, while nine will be 100 m four-car sets with the IR configuration. The IC units will have restaurant facilities and family areas. All seats will have power sockets, wireless internet access and electronic reservation displays. The units will be pressure-sealed for passenger comfort in long tunnels.The new trains are intended to both replace life-expired rolling stock and increase capacity to meet growing demand. Deliveries will run from 2012 until end of 2019, with entry into service from 2013 on St Gallen – Zürich – Bern – Genève and Romanshorn – Zürich – Bern – Brig IC services and the Zürich – Luzern IR rourte. Wider deployment will follow, and approval will be sought for operation in Germany and Austria. It is intended to equip the trains for 2° of passive tilt, subject to trials from 2012. If it proves not to be feasible, the manufacturer will compensate SBB by up to SFr100m. SBB said Bombardier was the clear winner on the four main assessment criteria, beating rival bids from Siemens and local firm Stadler Rail, which said it was ‘ very disappointed’ not to have been selected. The final contract is expected to be signed in June following a 20-day standstill period. The trains will be assembled at Villeneuve in Switzerland and Görlitz in Germany.
Each Mini-Suite sleeping capsule will have its own luggage locker.zoom inzoom outAUSTRIA: ÖBB has unveiled the interior designs for the sleeping car and couchette vehicles in its Siemens-built Nightjet overnight trains which are scheduled to enter service from 2022.Developed with customer feedback following public consultation using compartment mock-ups at Wien Hbf in 2016, the interior accommodation is intended to ‘combine eco-friendly travel with a pleasant atmosphere and a touch of futuristic design’, in ‘a timeless, chic and needs-oriented’ configuration, the operator explained.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# A sliding partition will provide a connection between two capsules on the same level.zoom inzoom outReflecting the Nightjet operating model of splitting and joining to maximise the number of destinations served, the air-conditioned trains will be formed of seven-car portions. Each of these will comprise two seats cars, three couchettes and two sleeping cars. All vehicles will be fitted with free onboard Wi-Fi, which was previously only available in ÖBB’s Railjet inter-city trainsets. All interior lighting will be LED.Range of accommodationVarious types of sleeping accommodation will be provided to meet the needs of different user groups. Adopting an approach trialled unsuccessfully in the mid 20th century, ÖBB plans to provide tapered beds in all categories, providing more width at the head end and freeing up room for more circulating space at the foot. All compartments will be equipped with a charging socket and wireless charging, together with a magazine pocket for storing personal belongings.The biggest innovation will be the provision of so-called MiniSuites in the couchette cars, as well as the classic compartments aimed at family and group use. These suites are intended to meet a growing demand for greater privacy among solo travellers, with lockable ‘sleeping capsules’ stacked in pairs each side of a common access ladder. Sliding doors in the partition behind the ladder can be opened to connect a pair of capsules on one level if required. A separate luggage locker for each capsule will be provided in the gangway adjacent to the compartment.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Fixed upper berths will be provided in the classic four-berth sleeping compartments.zoom inzoom outEach capsule will have a fold-down table on the side wall, together with an integrated mirror and reading lamp, plus the charging facilities and storage pocket, as well as a coat hook. A roller blind will ensure privacy at night.The four-berth sleeping compartment is primarily aimed at families and small groups, providing fixed beds at both levels and a functional interior. As with the luxury compartments, luggage space is provided below the lower berths, and a retractable table allows space for a cot if necessary. In this case the ladder is removable to provide more space during daytime use.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# #*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# The twin-berth luxury compartments will have an en-suite toilet and shower.zoom inzoom outAt the top of the range are twin-berth sleeping compartments with an en-suite toilet and shower cabin. These are designed to provide a comfortable lounge during the day, with the fixed beds accompanied by a separate bench seat and retractable table. Generous luggage space will be provided below the lower berth. A fixed ladder will lead to the upper bunk, which will have integrated fall protection in a real wood finish.Framework contractThe 13 seven-car Nightjet rakes are being supplied under a €1·5bn framework agreement between ÖBB and Siemens Mobility signed on August 17 2018, which provides for the supply of up to 700 coaches over five years. The initial firm order was for eight nine-car rakes of day stock to replace EuroCity vehicles which cannot be used on routes to Italy from 2021 because of new fire regulations. Production of the new stock began at Siemens’ Wien plant in April 2019, and all 21 trains are scheduled to be in service by mid-2023.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInDumfries and Galloway MP Alister Jack has welcomed the launch of a campaign by his party calling on the Scottish Government to address the recruitment and retention crisis in Scotland’s NHS, and prioritise GP funding.New data obtained from the General Medical Council revealed that as many as 3,000 Scottish trained doctors are estimated to have left the country to work abroad since 2008.The Scottish Conservatives have described this as a “brain drain” and have called on the Scottish Government to act on these figures and do more to encourage doctors to come back – or not leave in the first place.Official NHS figures also show that nearly a third of this year’s GP training places remain unfilled – leaving Scotland with the highest vacancy rates in Britain.As part of their campaign, the party will this week be writing to every GP clinic in Scotland, and Mr Jack hopes that all practices in Dumfries and Galloway take the opportunity to respond.Mr Jack said “People in my constituency are all too aware of the crisis engulfing our health service, particularly GP services.“We have already witnessed ward closures and the temporary downgrading of the Accident and Emergency service at the Galloway Community Hospital, and this weekend the Galloway Community Hospital Action Group are holding a rally in Stranraer in support of our rural health services.“The time for dealing with this problem is well overdue and it is imperative that the Scottish Government act to deal with the recruitment and retention crisis across our health service, and do everything possible to encourage more GPs to come and work in Dumfries and Galloway.”
ViaSat has announced their Battlefield Awareness and Targeting System – Dismounted (BATS-D) handheld Link 16 radio – a new digital device that will enable U.S. forces to engage enemy forces 20 times faster than using radios that are currently in their inventory.Using this technology, a single dismounted operator will have the ability to interact with an incoming aircraft, digitally identify its location and designate enemy targets for air attack using nothing but a handheld Link 16 radio in the palm of their hand. Over the course of a five-day exercise at Nellis Air Force Base, near Las Vegas, Nevada, dismounted air controllers from a number of U.S. military organizations conducted training with a Close Air Support (CAS) aircraft using this Link 16 handheld radio.Now the U.S. ground forces have the capability to interact with CAS aircrafts in order to quickly and efficiently communicate the position of the enemy and their own location. Earlier, communications of this nature required a series of voice communications exchanges risking confusion or interception, and delaying support to forces under fire. A Defense Science Board study on air operations during Operation Iraqi Freedom stated that Close Air Support’s “utility was limited by what several called an unreliable and overly complex process for requesting and coordinating fires.”According to Ken Peterman, executive vice president and general manager, Government Systems Division, ViaSat – Dismounted ground forces have access to the same digital Common Operational Picture and situational awareness that aircraft and higher echelon units have had for years. This access will help prevent potential blue-on-blue engagements and increase the lethality of dismounted forces carrying the radio. This BATS-D handheld Link-16 device is comparable to introducing a smartphone where there were only desktop computers. It holds the potential to completely transform the battlespace. BATS-D is yet another example of their unique approach to serving the defense market by bringing innovative solutions to solve real warfighter problems that improve mission effectiveness.Development of this BATS-D radio will be completed within CY1H 2016 with full production scheduled to begin by the end of the calendar year.
Share By DINA ARÉVALOPort Isabel-South Padre [email protected] the recent rains cooling things down a little, and also spurring an explosion of vegetative growth throughout the Rio Grande Valley, I decided it was high time to do a little outdoor tidying up this weekend.My patio, though bare concrete, is shaded by a lovely, mature mesquite tree that is quite fond of dropping dozens of those teeny, tiny leaves mesquites have. But it’s not just the green stuff that falls from the drought-tolerant Valley native — our abundantly wet summer has resulted in an equally abundant crop of mesquite beans this year.Dozens of the long, thin pods — filled with edible, semi-sweet beans — littered my small patio like a lumpy carpet. Between them and the leaves, I had quite a bit of sweeping up to do. Then there were the few pots of long-since-done spring seasonals I’d left neglected since they succumbed to the summer heat. Those needed removing and clearing out.So it was that I set to work with a broom and a little elbow grease as the clouds above teased that they might perhaps bring more rain. It was definitely humid enough. The soupy air, for its relatively “comfortable” temperature in the mid-80s, was none too comfortable after all with such dampness hanging in every breath.Nonetheless, I soon had the patio detritus swept up and redistributed to where its organic nutrients could enrich the loamy soil. Then I set to work trimming off a few large suckers which had sprouted from another nearby tree, too low on the trunk to do any good.By this time, I wasn’t quite enjoying being outdoors anymore. The humidity had wrapped itself around me like a lukewarm sponge, and I was eager to gather the rest of the trimmings into a garbage bag and be done with my simple chores.But, it was when I was just about done that I suddenly heard a very familiar whistle. It rang out clear, crisp and sharp, slicing through the thick atmosphere with a clarity that seemed to lift the weight away from the moisture-rich air.I looked up instinctively, searching for the source of the welcome call and sure enough, I spotted something I hadn’t seen in several months. A something I’ve come to consider an old friend — an osprey.But he’s not just any osprey. Like many others, he migrates here every autumn and stays throughout the winter. And almost every evening, he returns to a certain perch right above my neighborhood and calls out to the ether, announcing his proud and triumphant existence.Sure enough, there he was, perched high above the roofs, surveying his fall and winter domain. He spread out his large and graceful wings, holding them in a gentle arc as he lifted first one powerful foot and then another before settling back down again. He was getting comfortable.I’d been wondering when my osprey friend was going to return, and had been casting occasional glances skyward at his favorite perch every couple of days to see if this day would be the day.How pleasantly ironic, then, that my friend chose to return on such a significant day, for Saturday was the first official day of fall. I paused from my chores and stared up at him with a huge grin on my face, admiring his sense of timing. My friend the osprey: foreteller of fall.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedWriter’s Block: The Sweet Smell of SpringBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] Well, we’ve had weeks of cold weather, followed by a few days of Indian summer, followed by a few more weeks of cold weather. And then fog. Lingering, day-long fog has plagued the Laguna Madre for so long that I’ve gone from loving…March 2, 2018In “Editor’s Column”Writer’s Block: Fire Up the GrillBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] Barbecue. Is there anything more quintessentially Texan than firing up a grill and slowly smoking various kinds and cuts of meat to savory, juicy perfection? I think not. We are known for our briskets and fajitas and chickens and sausages. We are known…July 7, 2017In “Editor’s Column”Writer’s Block: Snow Day!By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] It was an early Christmas miracle — snow in the Rio Grande Valley! Early last week, local television forecasters began preparing the Valley for an incoming cold front. It would come in at the end of the week, they said, and drop temperatures…December 15, 2017In “Editor’s Column”
At the time of his arrest, Henry was found in possession of multiple firearms, which was a violation of conditions imposed after previous felony convictions. Forty-two-year-old David Henry was sentenced Monday by U.S. District Judge Timothy Burgess. Henry plead guilty on May 19th to the charges and was last listed as being held at Cook Inlet Pre-Trial in Anchorage. The U.S. Attorney’s office says Henry was accused of “using the names, Social Security numbers, and dates of birth of other individuals to manufacture numerous different types of U.S. law enforcement, intelligence, and military identification documents and government credentials.” FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A Kenai man has been sentenced to five years and one month in prison after pleading guilty to identity theft and manufacturing fake IDs. Henry reportedly used his own picture on the IDs, alongside other people’s names and details.
IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 North America, whose Joannie Rochette produced the highest score of 126.39 for the women’s portion, came in second with 463.90 points, 29.73 points ahead of Japan at the Saitama Super Arena. SAITAMA (Kyodo) Team Japan, led by 2008 world champion Mao Asada, saw its bid for the fourth consecutive title dashed as the host team finished third in the Japan Open on Saturday.Former world champion Stephane Lambiel of Switzerland had the highest score of 150.52 points to help Europe win the three-team event for the first time with a total of 464.03 points. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES
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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Hey, Briscoe doesn’t see the point either, “but my mom forced me to get one,” he said, to protect an impressive set of chicklets. “This is my first time wearing a mouthpiece. That’s probably why I don’t know how to keep it in my mouth.”There are currently more Twitter accounts in honor of his mouthguard that he has played games in college. But don’t tell Briscoe that he must’ve picked up the plastic-chewing habit from NBA star Stephen Curry, who also plays with one dangling from his mouth.“He’s been watching me,” Briscoe says, grinning, “that’s why.”Kyle Tucker can be reached at (502) 582-4361. Email him at [email protected] . Session ID: 2020-09-18:2c16e2f067289b5bc149fcf2 Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-318546-4624198373001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Poythress, a former McDonald’s All-American, admitted it was surprising to learn he hadn’t posted a double-double since the first game of his sophomore season and had just three in his entire UK career. But he’s trying to only look forward now.“I feel better each and every day as I’m playing and in practice,” said Poythress, who had nine points, seven boards, two blocks and was a defensive stopper Tuesday against Duke. “It’s just coming back.”He’s inching toward being the “beast” that Calipari always talks about, and his young teammates who need some rugged reinforcement are happy to see that coming out of Poythress.“We’ve been waiting for him to play like that since the season started,” freshman guard Isaiah Briscoe said. “We all know he has the potential to do that night in and night out.”* Briscoe’s strange habit. The most notable thing about his 15-point night on 7-of-11 shooting (but just 1 for 5 at the line) was that Briscoe once again did almost all of that damage while chomping on his half-out mouthguard. So what’s up with that?“Can we not talk about that? Because Coach thinks I’m out there trying to be cool,” Briscoe said. “So let’s not talk about it.”His teammate, Ulis, was happy to talk about it, though.“I don’t understand why he wears a mouthpiece” if he’s just going to chew on the thing, Ulis said. “But he’s just different, so I let it go.”Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUND Kentucky Wildcats forward Alex Poythress (22) dunks the ball against the Wright State Raiders in the first half at Rupp Arena.LEXINGTON, Ky. — John Calipari is known to do this sort of thing, to pick apart a ho-hum (but hardly taxing) win like Friday night’s 78-63 slog against Wright State in which his Kentucky team never trailed and led by as many as 20 points late.“I don’t think we played particularly well,” he said. “We just had a lot of casual play today.”And sure, the second-ranked Wildcats (4-0) did have only nine assists compared to 12 turnovers. But they also shot 54 percent from the field, 70.3 percent from the line, held the Raiders to 36 percent shooting, outrebounded them (37-27) and outscored them in the paint (38-20) and off turnovers (16-5).Still, Calipari was sounding alarm bells afterward.“This is going to be a process, folks. You tell me that looked like the No. 2-ranked team in the country. There’s got to be 20 teams better than us right now,” he said. “I just want us to keep climbing. We took a big step back. Guys didn’t listen. We’re doing certain things and they just kind of broke it off and did their own thing. In a league game, we lose.”Sophomore point guard Tyler Ulis believes the team was so excited over beating fifth-ranked Duke on Tuesday night that second-ranked UK “came out a little lax,” he said, agreeing with Calipari that the team took “maybe two steps back because of how well we played the last game. We have to come out like that every night. It can’t just be a school like Duke, Kansas. We overlooked (Wright State) and they came out trying to get us on our heels.”The Raiders used a sagging, Pack-line defense and a half-dozen early 3-pointers to never let the Cats pull too far away until late. Senior Alex Poythress thinks that’s more about Kentucky than it is Wright State.“We got a lot of young cats on our team, but we gotta learn to start burying teams,” he said. “You can’t let the team have a little life like that. Nine times out of ten, it’s going to bite you in your (buttocks).”* Poythress marks another milestone. Eleven months after he tore the ACL in his left knee and two full years since his last double-double, the 6-foot-8 power forward put up 10 points and 10 rebounds in 22 minutes off the bench Friday night.“He’s just got to build on it,” Calipari said. “He had a dunk that he wasn’t athletically ready for. He had the last rebound he tried to grab with one hand. He got beat on the bounce a bunch. But to get a double-double and start down this road, let’s go.”Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUND
By Elroy StephneySUPERB half-centuries from former national youth batsmen Yogeshwar Lall and Parmesh Parsotam propelled Bacchus XI of Central Essequibo to an exciting 23-run victory against the battling Jaguars of South Essequibo, in the South and Central-sponsored T20 final played last Sunday at the Imam Bacchus ground in Affiance.Winning the toss and batting in brilliant sunshine, Bacchus XI shone in convincing fashion with a vintage batting display. After losing an early wicket, the pair of Lall and Parsotam came together for an imposing 185-run partnership for the second wicket, as they both pounced on the Jaguars.Parsotam eventually fell for 84 (10×4, 3×6) while Lall remained unbeaten on 85 (14×4, 2×6) to take Bacchus XI to 212-2 from the allotted 20 overs.The Jaguars’ reply was sturdily built around a brilliant knock of 91 (15×4, 3×6) by former national youth opener Norman Fredericks who displayed his stripes in all fashion. He was especially brutal against the spinners and executed some dazzling stroke-play to all parts of the picturesque ground.His innings kept the Jaguars in the hunt and with support from Chandi Jairam who contributed 43 (5×4, 1×6) the game seemed evenly balanced at that moment.However, their dismissal in quick succession after an 86-run partnership for the 4th wicket all but sealed their fate. The Jaguars eventually clawed their way to 189-8 from 20 to concede the championship title to hosts Bacchus XI.Captain Yogeshwar Lall capped off an excellent all-round performance by capturing 4-32 from 4 overs of left-arm spin. He was later adjudged man-of-the-match while he also uplifted the winners’ trophy and $50 000 during the presentation ceremony.The Jaguars settled for the runner-up prize of a trophy and $20 000. Coordinator Ramnarine Ragoobar was on hand to deliver brief remarks and present the prizes.Meanwhile he also indicated that the South Invitational T20 round-robin competition will commence on Sunday, April 8, with an estimated 20 teams billed to participate from North, South and Central Essequibo.Representatives from the various clubs desirous of competing are required to be at the Imam Bacchus Library in Affiance on Thursday, April 5, at 17:00hrs for the launching of the competition, according to Raghubar who is also an executive member of the Essequibo Cricket Board (ECB). Contact him on 697-1363 or 612-3973 for further information.
By Martyn HermanLONDON, England (Reuters) – Spain began a new era under Luis Enrique in impressive fashion as they came from a goal down to outplay England in a 2-1 win in their Nations League opener, at Wembley Stadium yesterday.Eight weeks after their memorable World Cup run was ended by Croatia in the semi-finals, the optimism sweeping England looked justified as Marcus Rashford opened the scoring after 11 minutes.But Spain, featuring only five of the players that started their last-16 World Cup penalty shootout defeat by Russia, hit back before halftime through Saul Niguez and Rodrigo.The second half was overshadowed by a nasty-looking injury sustained by England left back Luke Shaw who needed lengthy treatment after a clash of heads. Spain threatened to stretch their lead as they dominated possession but England finished strongly with Rashford wasting a great chance to equalise when he fired straight at David de Gea then having a goal by substitute Danny Welbeck disallowed deep into stoppage time.England’s defeat was their first in their last 25 competitive fixtures at Wembley. England and Spain will also face World Cup runners-up Croatia in League A Group 4 of the UEFA’s new tournament designed to add spice to the international calendar.There was an expectant mood in the 81 000 crowd as the game kicked off following the presentation of the World Cup Golden Boot trophy to home captain Harry Kane by England’s popular coach Gareth Southgate.England responded to go ahead in the 11th minute with a goal of stunning quality and one which spoke volumes for the brand of football Southgate is trying to establish. Playing out from the back rather than hoofing clear, England worked the ball to Kane who then found the marauding Shaw on the left and his pass was perfect for Rashford to slot past his Manchester United team mate De Gea.The home fans were still buzzing about the opener when Spain levelled two minutes later after a flowing move of their own – Saul Niguez shooting past Jordan Pickford after Thiago Alcantara’s neat cut back. Niguez began to pin back the hosts.England began to chase shadows and when Kieran Trippier dived in to foul Marcos Alonso in the 32nd minute, the resulting free kick by Alcantara caught the home defence napping as Rodrigo stole in at the near post to guide home.De Gea produced an acrobatic save to dent Rashford a second goal shortly afterwards but Spain ended the half on top.England were forced into a change early on in the second half after a sickening clash of heads left Shaw needing seven minutes of treatment by a posse of medics before being carried off the pitch on a stretcher. Danny Rose came on to replace him. The incident silenced the crowd and seemed to distract the hosts whose sloppiness invited Spanish pressure.England weathered the storm though and with Spain content to sit back, they pressed late on for an equaliser and should have had one when Welbeck rolled home after De Gea’s fumble only to be harshly penalised for fouling the keeper.There was much to ponder for Southgate who has now seen his side lose three matches in a row against Croatia, Belgium and now Spain – proof they are still a work in progress.
The previous job is “to blame” for the passion for running. It was 2008. A sports club was established inside the bank, where each employee involved in it was responsible for a specific direction – someone curated cycling, someone volleyball, etc. Sigita also wanted to get involved, but was faced with the question: what will be your contribution? “I didn’t do anything at the time!” she remembers. “I wonder what I know. I can run! (Laughs) I asked if anyone was already on the jogging track and got a negative answer. And Sigita decided to prepare for the half marathon.Over the next four years, the half marathons became her passion, constantly trying to improve the result. In 2012, it was time for the first marathon. “My colleagues and I decided in favor of Berlin. We prepared very purposefully – two colleagues who ran very well, we, the girls, drew up a training plan, and we adhered to it. We trained three times a week: one long workout, one for intervals and one for pace, “says Sigita. In turn, she turned to ultra long distances under the influence of her husband Matīss Vecvagars and his friends.The first ultra competition, which took place in Estonia, was very successful. They had a peculiar format – the race took place in a circle, the length of the circle – six kilometers. After the marathon distance, you can say at any time – enough! – and withdraw, the result will be credited. “I kept running and talking to myself – now another lap, one more, another. At some point I found out that I was in third place. I ran my first hundred kilometers and the end of the bag was open …”To qualify for Spartatlon, two essential things must happen: you must meet the rule and hope for success in the lottery. There are several rules, for example, you must be able to run 100 kilometers in ten hours and 30 minutes, and the result must be shown within the last two years. “From time to time someone said to me, ‘Oh, you’re in the Spartatlon qualifiers!’.
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They also know how to take full advantage when an unexpected opportunity comes along. The Reeths-Puffer hockey squad is clearly a good team, and did both of those things on Saturday. After giving up an early two-goal lead, the Rockets fired back with four unanswered goals to claim a 6-2 victory over Mount Pleasant on Saturday at Mercy Health Arena in Muskegon.Navarre Klint buries a rebound for a Reeths Puffer goal. Photo/Eric SturrThe victory ended Reeths-Puffer’s losing streak at one game and improved its record to 13-6-2. The Rockets will host Rockford on Wednesday. “We’ve been struggling all year coming out and trying to get going quickly,” said Reeths-Puffer Coach Bill Zalba. “For some reason, we just can’t seem to get the motor running right in the first 10 minutes of the game. We go up 2-0 then we just fall asleep. It’s mental lapses and that’s what we have to clean up.” R-P forward Quinn Fowler gave his team an early 1-0 lead with a power play goal off a dish from captain Nolan Convertini 5:18 into the first period. Less than a minute later, senior Connor Hilliker found the back of the net with Caden Brainard assisting, extending the lead to 2-0 at the 6:12 mark.Matt Herniman looks for the deflection on a shot from the point. Photo/Eric SturrBut that lead didn’t last long. Mount Pleasant forward Andrew Hovey’s speed proved to be a problem for the Rocket defense. He scored a breakaway goal with 2:27 left in the first period, then cashed in again with another unassisted goal with 44 seconds left in the period, tying the game 2-2. So it didn’t hurt the Rockets when Hovey was ejected with a game misconduct at the end of the first period. R-P forward Navarre Klint scored 2:04 into the second period off a feed from Matt Herniman, giving his team a 3-2 advantage. 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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICAA PROCLAMATIONThe dynamism and diversity of Caribbean Americans have contributed to our Nation’s story in extraordinary ways. Millions of people in the United States are connected to our Caribbean neighbors through ties of commerce and family — a relationship reinforced by the values and history we hold in common. During National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, we celebrate the contributions of our Caribbean-American brothers and sisters, and we reflect on how they have bolstered our country and enriched our traditions.The bonds between the United States and the Caribbean remain strong. Both rooted in similar legacies — of trial and triumph, oppression and liberation — our narratives have advanced on a similar path of progress, driven forward by our shared dedication to fostering opportunity and forging a brighter future. Caribbean Americans excel in our universities, inspire us as athletes and musicians, guide us as community and government leaders, and keep us safe through dedicated service in our Armed Forces.The United States is committed to working with the nations of the Caribbean to advance security, liberty, and prosperity. That is why we have begun a new chapter in our relationship with Cuba — extending a new hand of friendship to the Cuban people that offers fresh hope for both our futures and will improve the lives of those living in both our countries. My Administration also introduced the 100,000 Strong in the Americas initiative to provide higher education exchanges to students across the Western Hemisphere, and we launched the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative to address persistent opportunity gaps in the Americas and to give emerging entrepreneurs and civil society leaders the resources they need to reach their full potential. In harnessing the spirit and boldness of young people in the Caribbean and throughout the Americas, and in channeling their creativity and innovation, we can continue to build on the progress we have made. And by carrying out Jamaican-American poet Claude McKay’s call to “strive on to gain the height although it may not be in sight,” we can enable more young people, here at home and throughout the Caribbean, to reach for the change that is within their grasp.The legacy of Caribbean Americans is one of tenacity and drive; it reminds us that in America, with faith and determination, anything is possible. This month, let us honor the resilient heritage and rich history of Caribbean Americans, and let us reflect upon the diversity of experiences that unites us as a people.NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2016 as National Caribbean-American Heritage Month. I encourage all Americans to celebrate the history and culture of Caribbean Americans with appropriate ceremonies and activities.IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this thirty-first day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fortieth.BARACK OBAMA.”
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“I am thrilled to be named the head volleyball coach for the University of Central Arkansas,” said Jones. “The rich tradition of success the UCA program has is something I look forward to continuing. I was extremely impressed with each athletics staff member and coach I had the opportunity to meet. It is very evident, from the longest-tenured coach to the most recent hire, that UCA is a place that you want to be a part of and that certainly resonates with the student-athletes as well.” Jones was a second-team All-Southeastern Conference performer for Florida as a senior in 1998, and helped lead the Gators to three straight NCAA Final Four appearances in 1996, 1997, and 1998. After being diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, an illness that causes temporary paralysis, in the middle of her college career, Jones returned to the court and earned the NCAA’s Honda Inspiration Award in 1999. She was also awarded the Springfield Women’s Intersport Courage Award in 2008 and the MVC Most Courageous Award in 2012. Jones, who has spent the previous 13 seasons at Missouri State, looks to continue the success that the Sugar Bears have experienced in the past. Since arriving at Missouri State in 2002, she has helped guide the Bears to seven NCAA Tournaments and 20 or more victories in 12 of 13 seasons. During her time in Springfield, Missouri State compiled a record of 291-132 (.690), including a mark of 184-60 (.754) against league opponents. Under Jones’ guidance, the Bears finished as one of the top two teams in the MVC in either the regular season or MVC Tournament all but four times. After beginning her coaching career as a student-assistant at the University of Florida, Jones joined the staff at Illinois State, helping the Redbirds to 36 wins over two seasons, including second-place finishes in the regular season and the Missouri Valley Tournament during her first season. Jones continued, saying, “With the vision and direction of President Courtway and Dr. Teague, the UCA athletic department is headed in an incredible direction for present and future greatness. UCA is a special place and I cannot wait to get to work with our student-athletes and administrators. I cannot thank Dr. Teague and Natalie Shock enough for this tremendous opportunity.”Central Arkansas Athletics will host a reception and press conference to welcome Coach Jones on Thursday afternoon in the Skyboxes located on the fifth floor of Bear Hall. CONWAY, Ark. – Central Arkansas Athletic Director Brad Teague has announced the hiring of Jeni Jones as the ninth head coach in the history of Central Arkansas Sugar Bear Volleyball. “As with all of our coaching hires, we want to find great men and women to lead our student-athletes, and Jeni Jones certainly fits this characteristic,” said Teague. “Coach Jones is a solid person who knows collegiate volleyball very well. From her days competing at the highest level at Florida, to her role at the great program of Missouri State, Coach Jones understands what it means to be a collegiate athlete and what it takes to be successful in the classroom and on the court.” “We are very fortunate that Jeni Jones has accepted our head volleyball coaching position,” said Teague. “She has a great grasp on all aspects of a program, and she will ensure that our volleyball team members will be the best they can be in all aspects of life. I am very confident in entrusting the Sugar Bear Volleyball Program to Coach Jones. She will be a great addition to the UCA family and will mentor our young women to greatness. We are all proud to call Coach Jones a Sugar Bear.”
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Screen Grab from SCP Auctions websiteBefore Michael Jordan set the world ablaze with his signature line of Air Jordans, the G.O.A.T. actually wore Converse sneakers on the hardwood.An old pair worn by his “Airness” during the 1984 Olympic gold-medal-winning game against Spain has fetched for a whopping $190,373 (over P9 million). ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Jordan scored 20 points in the 96-65 win over Spain on August 10, 1984 and officially signed with the Chicago Bulls the following month. His deal with Nike came in October.This is not the first time Jordan’s game-worn shoes sold for a ridiculous amount, as the sneakers he wore during the “Flu Game” in the 1997 NBA finals sold for $104,765 (over P5 million) in 2013. Khristian Ibarrola/JBRELATED STORY:Steph Curry’s used mouthguard valued at $5k in auctionADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer MOST READ The game-used sneakers was signed by Jordan and was given to a then 11-year-old ball boy, who just happened to be the son of retired NBA player Gail Goodridge.The bid, which opened at $10,000 (almost P500,000), quickly rose to become the highest price on record for a pair of game-used sneakers, according to SCP auctions and relayed by ESPN.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundScreen Grab from SCP Auctions website“The record-shattering price proves that Michael Jordan has no equal in the marketplace for game-used basketball memorabilia,” Dan Imler, SCP vice president was quoted as saying in the report.Aside from bearing the legend’s handwriting, the shoes also featured some orthotic inserts and is considered the last Converse pair Jordan wore as an amateur. For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ LATEST STORIES Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Banal keeps Flying V unbeaten in D-League View comments
…the water boyWe live in interesting times. And your Eyewitness isn’t even thinking of all those interesting Haitians trying to blend in with the locals; their giveaway, however, is their being quite religious folks who just have to practise their “Voudou” — which we call “Voodoo”, and which some folks are VERY leery about, and have reported them to Khemraj Ramjattan, who’s supposed to be in charge of Public Security, but not Immigration, of which he was stripped!No, that’s grist for another mill. What your Eyewitness wants to talk about is the Opposition Leader’s telling it like it is about Moses Nagamootoo.Seems the PNC government’s been peddling a canard to the international community that the PPP doesn’t want to negotiate with them on several nettlesome matters. Now, everyone in Guyana — and their uncle — knows the reason for the PPP not sitting across the table from the PNC. And it ain’t that they don’t like Moses Nagamootoo, whom the PNC selected as their lead negotiator. Heck, back in the day, Jagdeo negotiated with Desmond Hoyte – and there was no love lost between them!! And Jagdeo was then just cutting his (presidential) teeth!!!Mouth open and story jump out when Jagdeo recently revealed he got a call from US former President Jimmy Carter – who, of course, brought back free and fair elections to Guyana in 1992. The stillborn negotiations had nothing to do with Nagamootoo being disliked, abhorred, scorned, loathed, detested, despised, or abhorred by the PPP. Of course, folks in the PPP feel that way about Nagamootoo – take your pick!! Who wouldn’t?? In fact, that’s the one thing that unites both PPP factions right now!!Jagdeo revealed that, in essence, they wouldn’t waste their time negotiating with a fella who’s been so neutered by the PNC he can’t even negotiate an appointment to see President Granger in six months!! About his own neutering!! But Nagamootoo should understand these things – the water boy in cricket just passes on messages from the captain, he has absolutely no authority to answer questions from the fellas in the middle!! To change the analogy, as a man who’s tippled in rumshops from Point Playa to Crabwood Creek, Nagamootoo knows that “lil bottle and big bottle don’t be on the same shelf”!!If the truth be told, his erstwhile comrades in the PPP are actually quite embarrassed about his treatment at the hands of the PNC. And they’re even more embarrassed at how he’s been forced to become a sycophantic, “toothless poodle” (in the words of Cheddi Jagan) to a party he cussed out for 50 years! At his age, accepting being just a columnist for the Chronicle!!Ah… how low has the mighty (in his mind!!) fallen!!…the military build-upThe economy might be sputtering because of the novice the PNC placed to head Finance. Agriculture might be ruined because of the nonentity the AFC (?) is represented by at the helm. Oil might be gifted away because of the “Man from Nassau’s” perfidy. But if one thing’s growing quite nicely, thank you, it’s the Disciplined Forces!!Recruitment for the GDF is up…recruitment for the GPF is up…the Cadet Corps (which gave us Brigadier Granger!) is up and running, and we’re even getting photographs of newly-recruited Prison Service Officers in the papers!! And now we’ve just been told that 1608 persons have already been inducted into People’s Militia!! Imagine that!! And 2020’s still two years away!! What’s the connection, you ask, dear reader? Well cast your mind back to the good ole days of PNC-run elections, if you can. Or read up on it, if you can’t.The Disciplined Forces are an integral aspect of elections under the PNC.Think why the largest number of People’s Militia are in Region Six!!…Spewed gasAs your Eyewitness has said again and again, and again….this fella Patterson is full of that stuff; and of course gas, which is its precursor!He’s spinning tales about gas-fired generators, but hasn’t tied down Exxon to providing any gas as yet!!
MOST READ Making things worse for Pasig was they figured in two confrontations that resulted to Statham being called for an unsportsmanlike foul and Joshua Munzon with a technical foul.Fired up, the duo of Statham and Munzon carried Pasig on their backs. Despite Miezis heating up from distance, Munzon used his speed to slash through the lane and slowly chip into the Riga lead.Munzon had seven points to pace Pasig.A dunk by Čavars sent Riga to just two points away from sealing the game but Munzon countered with a deuce. A layup by Lasmanis, however, sent Riga at match point with 3:08 left.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN View comments Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball PLAY LIST 02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball00:50Trending Articles02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay Pasig was sent into an early exit after going winless in Pool C. The Philippine side also dropped its first game, 21-14, against Belgium’s Antwerp earlier in the day.But despite the pair of setbacks, they gave their highly-touted opponents a run for their money.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsTaylor Statham and Dylan Ababou gave Pasig a strong start with a 4-0 spurt.The battle-tested Latvians though, showed patience as the troika of Nauris Miezis, Kārlis Lasmanis, and Agnis Čavars scored nine unanswered points to put the Doha Masters winners on top. Rio’s unsafe Olympic Park ordered closed by Brazilian judge Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing Ababou and Nikola Pavlovic continued to fight on, cutting the lead to just three. However, Statham was slapped with a technical foul for not properly inbounding the ball that led to a game-sealing free throw by Lasmanis.Statham and Ababou had five and four points, respectively.Pasig Chooks-to-Go have now lost their last four Challenger games dating back to Kunshan back in May.Just like in Doha that saw Riga come out on top 15-21, Čavars and Miezis proved to be the bane for Pasig, scoring eight and seven points respectively.The scores:Riga 21 – Čavars 8, Miezis 7, Lasmanis 4, Krumins 2.Pasig 17 – Munzon 7, Statham 5, Ababou 4, Pavlovic 1.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Merlion Cup: PH U-22 side falls to Singapore CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—Things got heated between Pasig Chooks-to-Go and Latvian club Riga Ghetto in their second meeting in a span of two months, The emotions though, got the best of Pasig as it succumbed to the world No. 3 squad, 17-21 with 2:06 left in the game, to bow out of the 2019 Fiba 3×3 Tinkoff Moscow Challenger early Saturday morning (Manila time) in Russia.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NBI, BIR , PNP raid Illegal cigarette factory run by Chinese in Pampanga Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao
United Nation Women (UN Women) yesterday donated a vehicle to the Ministry of Gender Children and Social Protection under the joint program on accelerating progress.The program gears toward the economic empowerment of rural women across the country.At the turnover ceremony in the office of Gender Minister, Julia Duncan-Cassell in Monrovia, UN Women Country Representative to Liberia, Awa Ndiaye Seck, said the UN Women remains committed in working with the ministry to ensure that the joint program secures rural women’s livelihood and rights in the context of sustainable development.She explained that the need for technical assistance and logistical support is highly prioritized for UN Women as a lead UN agency in collaboration with the participating UN agencies, including the World Food Program (WFP), and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).In the next three years, she said the joint program will focus on strengthening rural women’s economic rights and livelihood with support for government efforts in addressing the socio-economic impact of the deadly Ebola virus on women and girls in targeted counties, including Montserrado. She said that the UN Women is grateful to the people and the Government of Norway for the initial financial support to accelerate progress towards the economic empowerment of rural women. She added that government’s monitoring of the joint program in collaboration with civil society is crucial for a successful implementation of the exercise.Earlier, Gender Minister Cassell said her ministry remains strategically positioned in responding to the needs of rural women and girls.“The (JP RWEE) comes at a time when our country has been gravely affected by the Ebola virus disease. It is expected that this JP will effectively support current national efforts in responding to the socio-economic impact of the EVD on rural women and girls,” she explained. Madam Cassell reaffirmed the ministry’s commitment for strong monitoring and supervision of JP’s activities.The joint program is being simultaneously implemented in Ethiopia, Guatemala, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Niger and Rwanda where it is expected to generate synergies that will capitalize on more lasting and wider scale improvements in the livelihoods and rights of rural women. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Rachel Dolezal is, after this week, a symbol to many African Americans of the separation of blackness from black people; to me, she is an example of how American society simultaneously devalues the individuality of black women and us as a community to the point that the performance of black womanhood is preferred over the people. If blackness can simply be worn or performed, then every white woman with a weave and a cause, every white girl with a snap and a little attitude, can supplant the lived experiences of what it is to become a black woman: the journey of discrimination, the camaraderie of sisterhood, discovering the deep sense of responsibility and weight of the world, and ultimately finding the inner strength and acceptance that can only be built through struggle.Rachel Dolezal may have perfected her performance of black womanhood, and she may be connected to black communities and feel an affinity with the styles and cultural innovations of black people. But the black identity cannot be put on like a pair of shoes. Our external differences from the white majority might be how others categorize us as black, but it’s the thread of our diverse lived experiences that make us black women.Dolezal’s specious claims to black ancestry and faux black identity could not have been sustained and she would not have been able to pass if black womanhood were seen and understood as more than skin – or weave – deep. Wearing black womanhood was apparently even enough for Dolezal’s “fellow” black leaders in Spokane, Washington, who turned a blind eye to what the wider world now recognizes as her all-but laughable claims of racial identity, whether out of fear of rocking the boat or plain Northwestern niceness. Her charade could have only been maintained in a town (and within a society) with simplistic, stereotypical conceptions of blackness – that blackness is a shade on the range on olive to dark chocolate, a set of idioms delivered in a cadence from which American English derives its slang, and any number of bodily characteristics or mannerisms familiar across the globe, among others. And yet, while black Americans have long embraced a diverse array of lineages as kin, simply looking the part and faking the rest doesn’t cut it. I was born in the middle of Spokane’s first (and only) black mayor’s tenure: a celebrated leader who black people worked hard to elect, and example of “acceptable” black leadership, Mayor Jim Chase once told the local paper that he “never knew much discrimination in Spokane.” While that was perhaps true for him, it was not my family’s experience, nor the experience of the black people who lived through segregation through the 1970s in Spokane. Though segregation was no longer enshrined in law in the 1980s when I was growing up, black folks still lived almost exclusively on the east side of town and in the historical neighborhoods built for railroad laborers. My Midwestern white mother and black Puerto Rican father had moved to Spokane for college and defied the unspoken segregation by starting their family in a working class north side neighborhood away from the black enclave, but hoping for the best. My father left the picture shortly after I was born and my mother navigated the discrimination we faced in school and throughout town – I became familiar with the meaning of “nigger” quite early in life.But when I was 14, I gave up the relaxers and transitioned into rocking my natural kinky-ish afro. It instilled a new kind of confidence in me: I could not hang my head and wear this beautiful crown. My mother had not raised me to be an invisible, go-along-to-get-along gal, and, though I still harbored jealousy of my white peers with their incessant hair flipping, I decided to stand out instead of try and fail to fit in. I wore bright, creative clothing; I embraced my love of dance, of song, of sports, of speaking truthfully about race with little care for whether people attributed any of it to my blackness or to me. To be able to get to a place where I could be myself, I felt powerful: I wanted to do and be everything and, as I learned more about the history of the Atlantic slave trade, African Diaspora, and white privilege, I wanted to tell these white people about themselves.In Spokane in general, I rarely saw black men coupled with black women; more than a few men in our small black community had white wives and girlfriends, while the black women always seemed to be single. Naive, I imagined that, on the tightly-knit east side, there were churches full of black women who were coupled with and loved by black men. But on the streets of Spokane, in the public spaces at festivals, in restaurants, and wherever else I looked, black and white men alike were always more interested in white women than women who looked like me; what I took from those years were that black women were far from desirable partners.To be a black young woman in Spokane was, for me, to be rejected, isolated and left to find my own way. Becoming the black woman I am today was not about learning a performance, it was not about certain clothing or my hair texture; it came from first being a black girl, from the trauma of rejection and isolation and its transformation into a kind of self-taught solitary pride, from learning to preserve my own sense of true self.Dolezal managed to put on an identity – that of a black woman – in a way that renders invisible the experiences that actually forged for us our identities as black women. She presented to the world the trappings of black womanhood without the burden of having to have lived them for most of her life. She represented us and gained status in both black and white communities as one of us, even though she could have worn her whiteness and talked to white people about their racism – something sorely needed in a town like Spokane.Had she really understood the history of black women in America, Dolezal would have recognized that she is perpetuating a fetish for black women’s bodies that devalues actual black women while celebrating our parts when attached to the right (white) form. But she was not alone in this act of playing black and benefiting from it. Since black womanhood is apparently all in the look, our society would rather have white, former Disney pop stars twerk, talentless celebrities with enlarged backsides and their equally talentless siblings with swollen lips than celebrate the black woman’s form with the person who carries it. Black women learn that we are not desirable, that we are invisible, and yet we are imitated by the world’s Dolezals and in our popular culture. Little black girls like me could never have passed for white – and would’ve been ridiculed if we tried – but anyone with the right accessories can now seemingly claim to be black women when it suits them.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Campus officials, who maintain their project is seismically safe and is a big improvement over the current situation, said they are considering appealing the injunction. If a trial is held, which attorneys on both sides said could be this summer, they expect to win. “We consider this only a temporary setback,” said Nathan Brostrom, campus vice chancellor, adding that the planning process will continue. “Our goal and our top priority must be the safety of our staff and student athletes.” But at a news conference held beneath the sun-dappled branches of the oak grove, tree-sitters smiled and waved from above, while their supporters on the ground said the ruling was good for trees and humans. “This is an extremely dangerous site,” said attorney Stephan Volker of the California Oaks Foundation. “Furthermore, this is a grand old stand of ancient oak trees. It symbolizes much of what we cherish about California’s ecological legacy and I think it ill befits this university to chop down its cathedrals in order to promote a student gym.” Spectators at the grove Monday included three Berkeley political stalwarts who briefly took to the trees last week to demonstrate their opposition – former Berkeley Mayor Shirley Dean, 71; City Councilwoman Betty Olds, 86; and conservationist Sylvia McLaughlin, 91. BERKELEY – Score one for the trees. Citing environmental and seismic concerns, a judge blocked construction of a $125 million sports center at the University of California that would mean felling an old oak grove. The plan to renovate Memorial Stadium and build a new training center and parking garage has been challenged by neighbors and city officials on several fronts. They say the project is environmentally flawed and it’s too dangerous to build so close to the Hayward fault, which runs through the stadium. Plans to cut down about three dozen oaks to make way for the center stirred the most visible protest, with activists taking to the trees last month and remaining at their perch through December rains and even some minor earthquakes. In issuing a preliminary injunction, made public Monday, Alameda County Superior Court Judge Barbara Miller said opponents’ environmental and seismic-related arguments were strong enough to justify a preliminary injunction until a trial can be held. Dean, a Berkeley graduate (Class of ’56) who met her husband on campus, said she hopes administrators will take a serious look at alternative sites. Campus officials say they’ve looked and there’s no adequate substitute. “I’m a big football fan,” said Dean. “We want this to be safe for our residents as well as for football fans.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
0Shares0000Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey in action with Stoke’s Glenn Whelan Action Images via Reuters / Lee Smith LivepicLONDON, January 17 – Arsenal returned to the top of the Premier League but their Britannia Stadium hoodoo was extended with a goalless draw against Stoke City on Sunday.A point was enough to take Arsene Wenger’s side clear of Leicester City on goal difference but it was another afternoon of frustration in the Potteries for the veteran French manager. His side have now failed to win at Stoke’s home ground in six attempts — a sequence that dates back to a 3-1 success in February 2010.That victory became infamous for the sickening broken leg suffered by Gunners midfielder Aaron Ramsey, who was again singled out for some unsavoury abuse by Stoke fans during his 250th Arsenal appearance.The bad blood from the injury and Ramsey’s refusal to accept Ryan Shawcross’s apology for the challenge that caused it remains for Stoke fans, who taunted Ramsey throughout on Sunday with boos and a chant about the damage caused to his leg.Arsenal could not silence the home crowd as Stoke held their own, with both Potters goalkeeper Jack Butland and Arsenal counterpart Petr Cech in good form.After a scrappy opening littered with fouls and poor passes, it was Stoke who carved out the first chance through Marko Arnautovic.The Austrian wandered in off the left flank to collect possession in a central area 30 yards from goal, but his ambitious effort flew high into the Arsenal fans behind Cech’s goal.The game finally came to a semblance of life in the 20th minute when Glen Johnson and Jonathan Walters found space on the Stoke right to pick out Joselu on the edge of the area.His deft flick teed up Ibrahim Afellay, whose long-range effort flew a yard wide of the target.Arsenal immediately broke and created an opening of their own thanks to a fine pass by Joel Campbell and an equally clever run by Olivier Giroud.The Frenchman found himself one on one with Butland but the England international spread himself well to make an important stop.– Superb save –The game remained disjointed but, when Stoke failed to clear their lines in the 28th minute, Ramsey had a goal-bound shot deflected wide for a corner which was dealt with easily by the Potters.Ten minutes before half-time Arsenal failed to deal with Erik Pieters’s dangerous cross but Joselu headed straight at Cech.The Gunners then handed cheap possession to Stoke, for whom Bojan fired just wide.Just over a minute into the second half, Butland denied Arsenal what looked like a certain goal.The goalkeeper reacted superbly to dive low to his left and turn away a free header from Giroud, who had been left unmarked to meet Ramsey’s corner.Then Stoke were denied as the tempo of the game was raised a notch.Arnautovic advanced and fed Joselu, whose shot was clawed away superbly by Cech.The former Chelsea star then reacted well to scramble Bojan’s follow-up around the post.Arsenal needed Cech again in the 66th minute as he turned a shot from Joselu around the post.The game became scrappy once more but it was Arsenal who made most of the running in the closing stages and Campbell tried his luck from a tight angle with five minutes remaining.But his effort flew well wide to sum up an error-strewn contest.And in the dying moments Stoke had further chances when Ramsey cleared off the line in a goalmouth scramble before Cech blocked a follow-up from Joselu.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
By contrast, 435 completed projects worth $501 million had been transferred between April 23, 2006, and June 30, 2006, according to the report. U.S. officials have, however, formally handed 1,576 projects worth $2.6 billion to local officials despite concerns they may not be able to properly finish and run the projects. The Washington-based agency warned that delays in transferring the projects meant less collateral for the Iraqi government in seeking loans “and could result in additional sustainment expenses for the U.S. governmental agencies that completed the projects.” The report singled out Finance Minister Bayan Jabr, who it said had changed government conditions for the transfers, effectively halting the process at the national level in July 2006. Jabr and other Finance Ministry representatives could not be reached for comment, and al-Maliki’s spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said he had no information about the report. A senior adviser at the Iraqi Planning Ministry, which is responsible for overseeing reconstruction programs, said the government was willing to take over completed projects unless they had immediate budget implications that would need to be addressed. “We are in need of these projects,” said the adviser, Faik Abdul-Rasool. “If it is completed, we would be very happy to receive that project and start running it unless it has a financial implication on the budget, then this would be delayed.” The assessment was the latest piece of bad news for a U.S.-led war and rebuilding effort that has already cost nearly $400 billion. Investigators said in an audit three months ago that U.S. efforts to rebuild Iraq are so beset with daily violence, corruption and poor maintenance that Iraqis will not be capable of managing reconstruction anytime soon. Where U.S.-funded projects are built and handed over to the Iraqis, they “are not being adequately maintained,” according to the April audit by the inspector general’s office. Sustainability is an important factor in explaining the slow progress in a sectors such as oil, gas, water and electricity. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGHDAD – The Iraqi government has refused to take control of more than 2,000 U.S.-funded reconstruction projects, a move that could jeopardize the country’s credit line and cost American taxpayers, according to a report by an American watchdog agency. The special inspector general for Iraq Reconstruction said the government here initially agreed to take over the projects but the transfers stalled about a month after Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki took office in May 2006. That forced U.S. officials to turn the reconstruction to local officials or to commit more money to keep them running. The report, which was dated Wednesday, found that no completed projects had been transferred to the national government since June 30, 2006. It said 2,362 completed projects valued at $5.3 billion were pending as of May 31.
Davide Santon in action for Inter Milan 1 Sunderland are set to hijack Crystal Palace’s pursuit of Inter Milan defender Davide Santon.talkSPORT told you earlier this week that the Eagles were closing in on the former Newcastle man, but it now appears Sam Allardyce is trying to persuade the Italian to return to the north east.According to Tutto Mercato, the 25-year-old is eager to move back to the Premier League and is awaiting either Palace or Sunderland to stump up the £3m required for Inter to sell.Palace manager Alan Pardew has repeatedly spoken to Santon in a bid to lure him to Selhurst Park, but it is understood that Sunderland are offering him a higher salary.The Black Cats have held talks with the player’s representatives and are ready to tie him down to a contract worth £1.7m per year.
Everton 1-0 Stoke CityWayne Rooney scored on his second Premier League debut for Everton to earn the Toffees victory against Stoke City.The 31-year-old, who returned to Goodison Park earlier this summer after 13 years at Manchester United, headed home Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s cross on the stroke of half-time.Jordan Pickford made a brilliant stop late on from Xherdan Shaqiri to prevent a Stoke equaliser – and ensure a dream homecoming for Rooney. Southampton 0-0 Swansea CityMauricio Pellegrino had to settle for a point in his first match as Southampton manager as his side wasted a series of chancs.The home side dominated throughout but were unable to make a breakthrough, with Manolo Gabbiadini and Maya Yoshida guilty of spurning good opportunities.Swansea failed to muster a single shot on target and will be relieved to have escaped with a point against a Southampton side which has now failed to score at St Mary’s in 545 minutes.West Brom 1-0 BournemouthTony Pulis celebrated signing an extended contract in the best possible fashion as West Brom began the new Premier League campaign with a 1-0 win over Bournemouth at The Hawthorns.Pulis, who will now remain as Baggies boss until 2019 after putting pen to paper on a new deal on Friday, saw new signing Ahmed Hegazi enjoy a dream debut.The central headed home Chris Brunt’s free-kick on 31 minutes and that was enough to see off Eddie Howe’s men.Premier League Results:Chelsea 2-3 BurnleyCrystal Palace 0-3 Huddersfield TownEverton 1-0 Stoke CitySouthampton 0-0 Swansea CityWest Brom 1-0 BournemouthWatford 3-3 Liverpool – FULL REPORT HERE 3 3 3 The 2017/18 Premier League season is finally under way and here’s what happened on the opening Saturday…Chelsea 2-3 BurnleyNine-man Chelsea made a disastrous start to their Premier League title defence as they were beaten at home by Burnley.The champions had Gary Cahill sent off early on for a dangerous tackle and the Clarets made their numerical advantage count as they stormed into a 3-0 lead before half-time, with Sam Vokes netting twice and Stephen Ward also getting on the scoresheet.Substitute Alvaro Morata fired home on his league debut midway through the second half to reduce the deficit. The Blues’ hopes of mounting a comeback looked to have been ended when Cesc Fabregas was given his marching orders with ten minutes left to play but David Luiz netted two minutes from time to set up a frantic finale.There was to be no further late drama, though, as the Clarets held out for a brilliant – and fully deserved – opening day win.Crystal Palace 0-3 Huddersfield TownFrank De Boer’s Crystal Palace reign got off to a nightmare start as Huddersfield Town stormed to victory at Selhurst Park in their first ever Premier League match.Palace defender Joel Ward turned the ball into his own net to hand the Terriers the lead midway through the first half and just minutes later record signing Steve Mounie doubled the visitors’ advantage.Mounie capped a dream debut with another goal after the break to earn David Wagner’s newly-promoted team an impressive win.Palace fans started the season with renewed optimism amid De Boer’s appointment as manager but they will be worried by their woeful performanc, which suggests another year of struggle.
Chaotic Chelsea ended a five-hour scoring drought before advancing in the FA Cup with a 5-3 penalty shootout win over Norwich.The Premier League champions thought they had won for the first time in 2018 as Michy Batshuayi was on target in Wednesday night’s FA Cup third-round replay at Stamford Bridge.But Jamal Lewis headed in Timm Klose’s cross in the fourth minute of stoppage time for 1-1 and force extra time, when Pedro and Alvaro Morata were sent off.The early stages of extra time saw Willian booked for diving in the penalty box, however, replays suggest he was unlucky to be penalised. Controversially, referee Graham Scott did not consult VAR to the outrage of the home crowd. Pedro, earlier booked for diving, was also sent off for a second bookable offence after being booked for diving in normal time. And Morata also saw red, receiving a yellow card for diving and an immediate second yellow for his vociferous complaints, which was followed by a pitch invader furious at the referee’s handling of the game.But the Blues escaped to advance to a fourth-round tie with Newcastle as Willy Caballero saved from Nelson Oliveira and Eden Hazard ensured Chelsea scored all five of their spot-kicks. Caballero’s save and Hazard’s successful spot-kick proved decisive in the shootout 1
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The weather service issued the red-flag warning effective until 11 tonight in most of the county, including Santa Clarita, but excluding the Antelope Valley. “A combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures will create explosive fire growth potential,” a weather service advisory said. Santa Clarita will have sunny skies today, with highs in the lower 80s and northeast winds 20 to 25 mph. Sunday through Thursday – including Halloween on Tuesday – will be much the same, though slightly cooler. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Fire and ice are in the weather warnings for northern Los Angeles County. In Santa Clarita, yet another red-flag warning has been issued, indicating severe fire danger through tonight. High winds and low humidity have firefighters on alert for brush fires. But in the Antelope Valley, the National Weather Service issued a freeze warning through this morning. The entire region can expect powerful Santa Ana winds and low humidities today. Winds were clocked at 47 mph Friday in Warm Springs, a forest community between Lake Hughes and Castaic.
Dembele auditioning for Arsenal by sending Spurs out.— TM™ (@ClassyArsenaI) December 11, 2018 Ousmane Dembele already scoring for the Arsenal.— Robbie 🌷 (@robbieg_15) December 11, 2018 no dice REVEALED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move 1 ADVICE Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won RANKED Dembele scored a sensational goal Dembele not even at Arsenal yet and already destroying Spurs 🤣 https://t.co/j1PwIxgIdi— joan (@willyjflow) December 11, 2018 BEST OF Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card MONEY The Frenchman picked up the ball on the half-way line, beat Kyle Walker-Peters twice, before cutting inside and slotting the ball past Hugo Lloris.In Spain, Spurs needed to match the result of Inter, who were hosting PSV and there was relief in the Camp Nou at full-time with both games finishing 1-1.Arsenal fans, though, will have still been impressed by Dembele, calling the game his ‘Gunners audition’. Latest Football News huge blow WE NEED DEMBÉLÉ, @Arsenal! HE IS THE ANSWER.— 𝐒𝐄𝐕𝐄𝐑𝐔𝐒 (@marcazette) December 11, 2018 Dembele is already looking like an Arsenal player.— Sean Wagner-McGough (@seanjwagner) December 11, 2018 REVEALED Dembele getting ready for Arsenal 🤪— Main Man Özil (@Arsenal_M10) December 11, 2018 I need Dembele at Arsenal— HG (@HassGeee) December 11, 2018 Dembele scores against spurs. A born Arsenal player 🙌🏼😂— Fully (@maddghost) December 11, 2018 Arsenal target Ousmane Dembele endeared himself to Gunners fans by scoring a sensational solo goal against Tottenham.Dembele’s seventh minute opener for Barcelona at the Nou Camp sent supporters on Twitter wild as at one stage it looked like it might send their north London rivals crashing out of the Champions League at the group stage. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Dembele totally ruined Spurs. Welcome to Arsenal.— SamW (@SamW_AFC) December 11, 2018 Arsenal need to bid 90m for Dembele asap— Babylon (@vizlahustla) December 11, 2018 Arsenal need to bid 90m for Dembele asap— Babylon (@vizlahustla) December 11, 2018 Arsenal please buy dembele now— Jamal (@Ghaffar__B) December 11, 2018 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury
LATEST 1 REVEALED IN DEMAND RANKED LATEST TRANSFER NEWS Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi has reportedly handed in a transfer request as he seeks a move away from Stamford Bridge.Hudson-Odoi, 18, has rejected a lucrative new deal at Stamford Bridge amid interest from Bayern Munich.The youngster is keen on pushing through a move to the German giants, who currently sit second in the Bundesliga, this month. Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Bayern have had a number of bids turned down for the English youngster, the latest understood to be worth around £35million.They are expected to return with another offer in the region of £40million, and Hudson-Odoi has made it clear to Chelsea he wants to leave.Hudson-Odoi met with Chelsea officials and handed in a formal transfer request, according to BBC Sport. Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade targets Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January targets LIVING THE DREAM Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Hudson-Odoi has handed in a transfer request at Chelsea Chelsea are willing to offer the starlet a huge pay packet – worth around £85,000-a-week – to stay in west London.But Hudson-Odoi, who has still never played a full Premier League match, is believed to care more about his playing time than any financial matters.He has made just 14 appearances for Chelsea’s first-team, though his game time has increased over the past month having featured in three of the Blues’ last five league matches; the youngster also started Carabao Cup and FA Cup matches in JanuaryHudson-Odoi appears set to follow in the footsteps of Jadon Sancho, who has been a huge hit in the Bundesliga since joining Borussia Dortmund a year-and-a-half ago.Sancho left Manchester City in August 2017 for German football, and in the time since he has featured heavily for Dortmund, scored in the Champions League and is now a full England international.
REVEALED Manchester City stars celebrate no dice But how could the table look by the end of the weekend? Using data from sportsvisualized.com, talkSPORT.com reveals the highest and lowest potential position for each team at the end of this round of fixtures.You can see the results, below… 1: Manchester CityHighest possible position: 1stLowest possible position: 2nd Tottenham Hotspur players celebrate 8 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED Liverpool have the chance to take the summit from Manchester City on Friday night as they play Southampton – live on talkSPORT – while Chelsea and Arsenal can both gain advantages over Tottenham and Manchester City as they face West Ham and Everton respectively.Meanwhile at the other end of the table Bournemouth host Burnley, relegated Huddersfield face Leicester City, and Newcastle and Crystal Palace go head-to-head. getty 8 Raul Jimenez is leading Wolves’ Europa League push 9: Leicester CityHighest possible position: 7thLowest possible position: 11th8: WatfordHighest possible position: 8thLowest possible position: 10th7: WolvesHighest possible position: 7thLowest possible position: 8th 17: BurnleyHighest possible position: 14thLowest possible position: 17th16: SouthamptonHighest possible position: 14thLowest possible position: 17th15: BrightonHighest possible position: 15thLowest possible position: 17th14: NewcastleHighest possible position: 12thLowest possible position: 16th The Premier League fixture list may have been decimated by FA Cup semi-finals this weekend but it’s still going to be huge.There are vital games across the division involving the title race, the battle for the top four and clubs fighting off relegation fears. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REPLY 2: LiverpoolHighest possible position: 1stLowest possible position: 2nd Jurgen Klopp shares a smile with Virgil van Dijk ADVICE 8 8 20. HuddersfieldHighest possible position: 19thLowest possible position: 20th19: FulhamHighest possible position: 19thLowest possible position: 20th18: CardiffHighest possible position: 18thLowest possible position: 18th Hazard was once again instrumental as Chelsea beat Brighton but can he do the same against West Ham on Monday Neil Warnock was furious after Cardiff’s defeat to Chelsea Everton players celebrate with Gylfi Sigurdsson. Salomon Rondon has done well for Newcastle this season getty 8 8 Southampton vs Liverpool (Friday, 8pm) – talkSPORTNorwich vs QPR (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Huddersfield vs Leicester (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Manchester City vs Brighton (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORTCoventry vs Bristol Rovers (Sunday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Watford vs Wolves (Sunday, 4pm) – talkSPORT Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions LIVE ON talkSPORT huge blow Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ 4: ArsenalHighest possible position: 3rdLowest possible position: 5th3: TottenhamHighest possible position: 3rdLowest possible position: 5th 8 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won 8 talkSPORT is your home of live football! Here’s what’s coming up on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2… 6: Manchester UnitedHighest possible position: 6thLowest possible position: 6th5: ChelseaHighest possible position: 3rdLowest possible position: 5th Getty Images shining BEST OF 13: Crystal PalaceHighest possible position: 12thLowest possible position: 16th12: BournemouthHighest possible position: 12thLowest possible position: 13th11: West HamHighest possible position: 9thLowest possible position: 11th10: EvertonHighest possible position: 8thLowest possible position: 11th
Later in the day, Celtic host RB Leipzig as the Hoops look to get their European campaign back on track.Tom Rogic will likely prove pivotal if the Scottish champions are to prevail and Brendan Rodgers has heaped praise on the Aussie international in the build-up.The Celtic boss reckons playmaker Rogic glides across the pitch that smoothly he could take to the field in a tuxedo. Steven Gerrard’s teamtalk in Moscow will include more than just a warning about Spartak’s threat on the pitch.Last year, the Rangers boss was in charge of Liverpool’s Under 19s when Nigerian-born attacker Bobby Adekanye was subjected to racial chants from supporters in a UEFA Youth League tie at Spartak’s Academy stadium.The club were found guilty by UEFA and forced to close part of their stadium.With that experience behind him, Gerrard says he’ll warn his Light Blues squad before Thursday’s Europa League encounter to be prepared for what may come their way.
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Western Carolina head women’s basketball coach Kiley Hill announced alterations to his inaugural coaching staff ahead of the 2019-20 season. Shyla Coleman, who was brought on board to take on the task as Director of Basketball Operations, has been promoted to assistant coach. Additionally, Megan Brown joins the Catamount women’s basketball staff as the Director of Basketball Operations. Brown played basketball at University Southern Mississippi where Hill was the Associate Head Coach. She just completed her eligibility as a fifth-year senior working on her postgraduate degree after earning her bachelor’s degree in communications in 2017.
Even an opening 63, however, does not guarantee a procession to the title and it was far from that for Els, who was passed by both Thomas Bjorn and Alexander Levy in the final round, but he kept his composure to sign for a third 69 on the trot and an 18-under-par total. LEADERBOARD “What an awesome week it was! T10 finish on debut is a dream come true!” he wrote on Twitter afterwards. Ernie Els captured the BMW International Open at Golfclub Munchen Eichenried in Munich, Germany on Sunday, having led the tournament from start to finish. It was a timely win for the South African great, coming just a month ahead of his British Open title defence at Muirfield. “Seven birdies and an eagle for a 63 was certainly a neat way of doing that. We knew it was going to be low scoring week, so if you come out of the blocks fast like that, it does somewhat take the pressure off for the rest of the tournament. It means you’re not having to play a game of catch-up all week.” ComposedHeading into the 18th, Els needed a birdie to win. He wrote afterwards: “It was tight right down to the wire, though, so we knew we’d probably have to make birdie on 18 to secure the win. To play that hole so well and make a secure two-putt birdie, that was obviously very satisfying. 270 Ernie Els (RSA) (-18) 63, 69, 69, 69271 Thomas Bjorn (Den) (-17) 68, 69, 65, 69272 Alexander Levy (Fra) (-16) 65, 68, 68, 71273 Martin Kaymer (Ger) (-15) 64, 71, 69, 69273 Alex Noren (Swe) (-15) 64, 71, 66, 72273 Bernd Wiesberger (Aut) (-15) 66, 68, 71, 68274 Darren Fichardt (RSA) (-14) 70, 66, 69, 69274 Sergio Garcia (Esp) (-14) 71, 69, 65, 69274 Wen-yi Huang (Chn) (-14) 71, 69, 69, 65 ExcitmentThere was further excitement for South African golf fans when, after being given a sponsor’s exemption, Brandon Stone, who turned professional at the beginning of the month, tied for 10th in his first tournament in the paying ranks. He finished on 275 after rounds of 66, 71, 67 and 71. TiedIt tied him with compatriot Louis Oosthuizen, Italy’s Matteo Manassero and England’s Ian Poulter as the only golfers to have won European Tour titles in each of the past four years. Tjaart van der Walt and Justin Walters tied for 29th on 279, Jaco van Zyl shared 35th on 280, while Dawie van der Walt tied for 41st on 281. The victory was the 68th of Els’ career and his 28th on the European Tour. Surprisingly, it was the first by a South African in the BMW International. Fellow South African Darren Fichardt enjoyed a strong showing, finishing in a tie for seventh with Sergio Garcia and Wen-yi Huang on 14-under-par 274. The win, worth €333 330 (approximately R4.46-million), also secured a place for Els in the 2013 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, the 2013 WGC-HSBC Champions and the 2014 Volvo Golf Champions. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material 24 June 2013 Els’ victory was built upon a superb first round of nine-under-par 63. “That first round was the dream start for me,” he wrote on his website, “especially having come straight from a tough week in the US Open at Merion. Obviously I played some good stuff there, so my goal was to carry that form into the BMW. “Any time you have a tap-in birdie putt to win a golf tournament, you’re a happy man!”
How do you build a movement? At America’s Future Foundation, we believe movements begin in your communities. They begin in the happy hours, church groups, or local volunteer organizations, and are strengthened and reinforced through the social bonds built there. This is where points of view are discussed and ideas are debated. This is where liberty thrives. This is where movements begin.AFF’s vision is to be the vehicle by which young professionals can introduce their peers to the principles of free markets, limited government, and personal responsibility.In 2016, AFF launched six new chapters (we now have 25 chapters), hosted over 200 events, and connected with more than 8,000 young leaders across the country. We partnered with more than 40 leading conservative and libertarian organizations to bring their ideas to young professionals throughout the country. Ideas these audiences may not have otherwise encountered. Ideas they will now discuss with their friends.In our nation’s capitol, we brought together young liberty-minded congressional staffers for programs connecting them with policy experts and legislative leaders. AFF provided career-building fellowships to aspiring writers, giving them the tools to restore balance to the media. We also expanded this opportunity to enable writers outside the beltway to participate via webcam.Whether you’re pursuing a career in policy or you just love liberty, there are a variety of ways to get involved in our ever-growing community of young professional leaders across the U.S. and inspire the Millennial generation for liberty. Together, we are winning a generation.Read more about how AFF is working to spread the values of free markets, limited government, and personal responsibility in our 2016 Annual Report.
CCH Tax Day ReportA taxpayer’s provision of portal and trusted identity framework services are subject to New York sales tax under Tax Law §1105(c)(8) as protective services and should be sourced based on the location where the protected data resides, but its messaging and supplier connection services are not subject to sales tax. The taxpayer’s portal and trusted identity framework services perform a gatekeeper function for customers by ensuring that only authorized users gain access to the customer’s on-line resources. Thus, the crux of these services is the security function of verifying that persons seeking access to on-line resources are authorized to have that access. These electronic gatekeeper services qualify as protective services for purposes of Tax Law §1105(c)(8) because they prevent unauthorized persons from gaining access to its customers’ confidential data. Protective services are provided in New York (i.e., “sourced” to New York) if the property being protected is located in New York. Thus, to the extent that the data being protected is located in New York (e.g., resides on servers in New York), then the taxpayer is providing a protective service in New York. If the protected data is located both inside New York and outside New York, the taxpayer should collect tax only with respect to the data located in New York. In making the determination of where its protective services are being provided, the taxpayer may rely on a letter from the customer indicating the taxing jurisdiction(s) where the protected data is located, absent a showing of fraud or knowledge on the part of the taxpayer that the contents of the letter are untrue. Such a letter must be signed by the customer (or the appropriate employee or officer) and contain a statement acknowledging that it is being furnished for the purpose of allowing the taxpayer to determine the appropriate amount of New York state and local sales and use taxes due. The taxpayer must keep the letters furnished by its customers as part of its sales tax records, and be able to associate each letter with related sales, for at least three years after the date of the last sale to which the letter relates. The customer is required to update the letter if there is a change in where the services are being provided.However, the taxpayer’s messaging and supplier connection services are not subject to sales tax. The messaging and supplier connection services provide a central data messaging hub that routes business messages or data between business partner members of the service, who must provide their own telecommunication connections to the hub. These services are nontaxable bridging services. Thus, the taxpayer’s fees for setting up the relationship between trading partners and maintaining those relationships, as well as its mailbox set up and maintenance fees, are not taxable. In addition, the taxpayer’s charges for its mapping services are not taxable, as they constitute data processing charges.TSB-A-16(20)S, New York Commissioner of Taxation and Finance, May 27, 2016, ¶408-782
The governing council of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is meeting in Mumbai on Friday to discuss the format for the tournament’s fourth edition. The council is discussing the number of matches that should be played. With IPL 4 having 10 teams instead of the earlier eight, a need to reduce the number of matches has been felt. After the addition of two teams, it had been said that the total number of matches would be increased from 60 to 94 on a home and away basis. However, the governing council is looking to decrease the number of matches to 62 or 74. But suspended IPL commissioner Lalit Modi is not in favour of changing the format of the tournament. “Players make the IPL. That’s why we have the best talent. Take a survey and you will find out that most agree with the way it was conceived,” Modi said. On the issue of players’ pool, Modi said: “Any deviation will be done only to damage a highly successful league for and by vested interests. Clearly the way forward is all players in pool.” Taking a dig at Chennai Super Kings owner N. Srinivasan, he said: “This was as I said the core principle of the league and reaffirmed at the Bangkok workshop by seven teams, except the Chennai Super Kings.”
Madhuri Dixit Nene has entered the fashion world with her Madz clothing line. The dancing diva of Bollywood says the range represents her style sense and her approach towards life at its best.The first line by the “Devdas” actress under her label is inspired by her online dance academy. Dance With Madhuri – DWM sports apparel line is designed keeping dancers and athletes in mind. It is the brainchild of Madhuri’s husband Sriram Nene, read a statement.The actress is also working on a personal offering – Timeless by Madhuri Dixit for Madz.”Madz and Timeless were two concepts which seemed to fit who I am. For Madz, we wanted to create a pret line of clothing that epitomised my approach to life: outstanding quality, great values, and good for everyone,” Madhuri said.The brand is about access to designs by Madhuri and art inspired by her experiences and learning on the sets of Bollywood, engineered by her team with each t-shirt narrating a story of the place.Madhuri’s husband, a doctor by profession, notes that the collection is perfect for workout, adding that there is more to come.”The DWM shirts are engineered to be great for dancing and workouts. We have used a combination of cotton and lycra. The goal is to make you look good and feel good while dancing/working out.”We are working on variety of workout apparel for dance and other activities including leggings, hip-hop pants, hoodies. Madz is all about looking good, feeling good and being part of something,” Sriram said.advertisement
Share via Email Reuse this content World Cup Read more Twitter Topics comment Marco Materazzi’s towering header beats Fabien Barthez in Berlin. Photograph: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters Pinterest Facebook And to those players (and managers) who want to win the World Cup – in my opinion – they must know one rule by heart: those who do not play are more important than those who do.Each day it’s fundamental that everyone feels involved, even those who won’t be part of the starting lineup the following match. This is what it means to be a team. Italy won the World Cup in 2006 because those who played and those who didn’t were on the same level; there was never a problem, everyone was ready to sell their soul for the jersey whenever needed – it didn’t matter if you were the star player or not. Everyone, and I mean everyone.This type of spirit allows a team to get stronger; in the summer of 2006 the famous Calciopoli scandal happened. The entire public opinion, and all of the press wanted to see Fabio Cannavaro excluded for this reason. Cannavaro was our captain, and the captain is untouchable, so we defended him, respected him and we came out of it stronger.Family also plays an important role: the wives and girlfriends were all together in another hotel, like they were on a retreat. This also shows unity, it allowed us to see them always the day after a match. They didn’t go shopping, they weren’t the stereotypical Wags: they brought our kids to play at the park. This is how a group at a World Cup is formed, with things off the pitch just as important. Pinterest Facebook What next for Italy after their failure to qualify for the World Cup? The team must be united. That is more important than any individual sporting ability. It is fundamental for everyone to be focused on the objective, to win the World Cup, and in 2006 we were. We were also a group of friends – more than just a collection of footballers – and that helped us enormously.Nothing could get to us. We were always stronger than any obstacle. For two years we had pushed forward together with this same group of players. We knew each other so well, during training and during matches, but also on a human level. We felt very strong together. We were confident we could achieve this great dream. The entire country had. World Cup stunning moments: Italy shocked by South Korea in 2002 Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook On the pitch the athletic preparation that precedes the World Cup is fundamental. You have to arrive in good shape. You play every four days so you must be in perfect condition. After the matches there’s a light workout, then you have one or two practices at most and you return to the pitch. There’s no time off.Knowing how to manage the moments as you get closer to the big matches is fundamental: everyone lives them in their own way. I would use my PlayStation! I would be alone in my room but we also got together as a group. The day of the final Italy-France, at 5.30pm, after the afternoon snack, a few hours before the match … I was in my room on the PlayStation with Francesco Totti and Vincenzo Iaquinta – that says it all.At a World Cup you don’t have time to celebrate after each win – perhaps you can in the quarter‑finals and semi-finals – because you can only look forward and the secret is to stay focused. After we beat Germany in Dortmund we were happy but we were already thinking of France. That’s a winning mentality. Fabio Cannavaro holds the trophy aloft. Photograph: Tom Jenkins/The Guardian Then there’s the manager. Being brave is a fundamental attribute of a winning manager at a World Cup. Marcello Lippi, the coach of our team in 2006, was that way: he made tough decisions and that changed the matches. If you have personality and courage, then the great champions also listen to you and respect you.From the mental aspect my advice is never to get discouraged. Among the unforgettable moments for me is, of course, the goal against France in the final … but just a few minutes before, I conceded a penalty. I can still remember that disappointment today, you feel bad inside. I was just hoping Zinedine Zidane would miss it. It didn’t go that way but I told myself not to give up and destiny gifted me that unforgettable goal.The main mental image I have from my World Cup is when Gigi Riva, the former Cagliari striker, a legend of Italian football who scored 35 goals in 42 matches for the national team, told me: “Marco, I would exchange 100 goals of mine for the one you scored.” Only then did I understand the importance of what I did. There I saw the magnitude of an extraordinary group. The World Cup can be won only by a group, like that fantastic Italy team.Interview by Fabrizio Romano Sportblog Share on WhatsApp Read more Share on Twitter World Cup 2018 Twitter Share on Pinterest Italy Share on Messenger Winning a World Cup is the best feeling that a footballer can experience. It is something I – and so many people – dreamed about as a child and actually to do it is an incredible emotion that stays with you for the rest of your life.Clearly winning the World Cup is not very easy. Only 20 teams have done it so far and I can count myself lucky to be among those few people in the world who have had that feeling.So, how did we do it in 2006? There are several reasons but there is one main aspect of our triumph that is absolutely key: we fought for each other in Germany; we were a proper team. The togetherness of the group is the secret.
Your year-end campaigns are just about ready to go, but making the most of December is probably in the back of your mind all the time. Perhaps you’re asking yourself if there is anything else you can put into motion today that can move the needle at year end.Yes! Try a peer fundraising campaign.The Power of Peer-to-Peer FundraisingSocial, Personal, P2P or team fundraising are all names for the same concept: harnessing the power of your supporters and their networks to scale your impact.At their best, peer fundraising campaigns center around a passionate desire to make an impact on a problem or cause, and then “recruit” supporters based on a shared interest in the cause or in honor of the friendship with the original project sponsor.Once in a while, peer fundraising campaigns catch fire. That was the case this summer with the Ice Bucket challenge. It started when 29 year-old Pete Frates, stricken with ALS, sought to bring attention to the disease, and to inspire others to support research toward a cure. He challenged friends to dump ice on their heads, and Pete’s network sparked into action. His friends took the challenge and in weeks it was everywhere on social media. From June to August 2014, more than 3 million donors gave more than $100 million dollars to the ALS Association.Your superheroes – no cape required.Campaigns like the Ice Bucket challenge are the exception for sure, but their lessons are transferable to every peer fundraising initiative. They’re effective because supporters, who often reside in the background of your fundraising, move front and center, and become the heroes of the story. We want to root for their success. And when combined with a few key elements, peer fundraising leverages your team’s limited resources, spreads your story, and attracts new supporters. What does it take? Sponsors with genuine passion for your cause, plus…· A little creativity· An authentic need· A personal appeal· Social sharing Make it easy for peer fundraisersEmpower your supporters to get going, now. 1. Suggest a theme and goal for your supporters. Use your #GivingTuesday campaign to frame a peer-to-peer campaign that is appealing and easy to launch for your supporters. If you’re still lacking a focus for year-end, here is a post that can help you plan a great campaign. Then break your campaign into a target for your peer fundraisers in $500-$1000 range. 2. Make it fun! Encourage your peer fundraisers to focus on opportunity, not obligation, in their outreach to friends and family. Give them tools to keep the excitement high with regular email updates tracking the progress of the campaign.3. Focus on impact. Be sure that fundraisers and their supporters understand how their dollars will impact those you serve, specifically.4. Keep it short: a month or less. Use the excitement of #GivingTuesday to keep momentum high and the time commitment low for your peer fundraisers. A timeframe of about a month is just about right. Encourage your fundraisers to launch on November 1st, build excitement toward Thanksgiving and end on #GivingTuesday.Make P2P work for you: three paths to success.1. For small or leanly staffed organizations: Start where you are.The simplest way to start a peer fundraising campaign is to focus on the tools you already have. You have your inspiring mission, more than a few enthusiastic supporters (think staff, board, volunteers, clients), and services that need support. Define a campaign, enlist peer fundraisers, educate them on the basics above, and let them run with it. Then, optimize your online giving page with proven software, like Network for Good’s smarter donation pages. With Network for Good’s donation pages, your site will be branded, mobile-ready, and easy for your donors to navigate. You’ll convert more donors and can encourage larger and repeat gifts.Then simply provide your fundraisers with sample emails, or let them create their own, and drive people to your main online giving page. Ask them to acknowledge the fundraiser they’re supporting in your dedication field. This is not the most sophisticated method, but a functional, quick-to-launch approach.And organizations using a branded Network for Good donation page for #GivingTuesday will automatically receive matching funds for donations made on #GivingTuesday!2. For organizations with more staff capacity: take advantage of a peer-to-peer fundraising platform.Nonprofits can set up a campaign by creating a fundraising page on a peer-to-peer giving platform. With a full-featured peer fundraising tool, you can create a page with your colors and logo and enable your peer fundraisers to set up sub-pages for their individual campaigns. They’ll be able to set an individual goal, see their progress, donor scrolls, and where they stand relative to other fundraisers.You can create challenges and competitions among team members that add an extra fun element to the campaign. And you’ll see the overall results of everyone’s fundraising with clean, comprehensive reports. You can then manage the messaging, the updates, and progress of the campaign. This approach is a great way to give your staff greater control of the whole initiative while also making it easy for your fundraisers to get their pages set up and launched. 3. For larger organizations or those planning to use peer fundraising as an ongoing strategy: have your own P2P site.Some organizations are naturally suited to peer and project-based fundraising. These include animal support, disaster relief, schools, health care, disease, and many others. Organizations like these can equip themselves to host multiple peer fundraising and crowdfunding campaigns all year round with Network for Good’s social fundraising platform.
Got 2 minutes? Please tell us what you’re doing to strengthen donor relationships, and/or what’s in your way. Thanks!Honoring your donors—and prospects—is, hands-down, the most effective approach to building strong and lasting relationships with the folks whose help you need so very much.It’s no surprise that donor retention is an absolute priority (again) for 2015. Yet the specific how-tos of donor retention success remain elusive for many organizations. This should help…Here’s my recommended path to donor retention recommendation in 2015: Simply R-E-S-P-E-C-T your way to strong and long-lasting donor relationships. Respect donors’ wants, even when they aren’t what you want; for example, they don’t want to hear from your organization.Enlist your colleagues—fundraising and beyond—to segment donors as precisely as your time, expertise, budget, and tools allow to give every donor the most personalized outreach possible each and every time.Start up a donor advisory board of folks willing to share five to 10 minutes per month to help you boost your donors’ satisfaction level. You’ll get golden insights, and they’ll feel even more connected!Put together an all-organization donor listening team. Ask for help from your colleagues, and demonstrate the WIIFM (“What’s in it for me?”) with specific, tangible examples. Then train, support, and thank them.Execute a simple system to log, share, and analyze donor info and insights. Ensure that it’s accessible throughout your organization; otherwise, there’s not much value in it.Correct your course at a moment’s notice! Your agility in adjusting your fundraising approach to fit what’s vital right now to your donors and their recent interactions with your organization is a must.Take stock of what isn’t working with your donor retention program—both stats and anecdotes/feedback—and ask the donor advisory board how to do better!Follow these seven steps, and I guarantee you’ll jump-start your donor retention program. But don’t stop here. Dig even deeper via guidance from the most brilliant donor retention gurus I know, Roger Craver and Tom Ahern.What tops your donor retention to-do-list? And what’s getting in your way of making it happen? Please share your goals and challenges here. (It will only take two minutes!)Read Donor Love: Part TwoWith refreshing practicality, Nancy Schwartz rolls up her sleeves to help nonprofits develop and implement strategies to build strong relationships that inspire key supporters to action. She shares her deep nonprofit marketing insights—and passion—through consulting, speaking, and her popular blog and e-news at GettingAttention.org.
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on November 21, 2013November 17, 2016By: Sarah Blake, MHTF consultantClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This week, The Lancet launched a series on the remarkable progress and remaining challenges for improving health in Bangladesh, focusing on what The Lancet’s Bangladesh study team calls the Bangladesh paradox: remarkable progress on health-in spite of persistent economic hardship. In a commentary that highlights the country’s commitment to gender equity, economist Amartya Sen argues, “It is important to understand how a country that was extremely poor a few decades ago, and is still very poor, can make such remarkable accomplishments particularly in the field of health, but also in social transformation in general.”Along with the remarkable health gains in Bangladesh, the series also highlights critical challenges. As The Lancet’s Pamela Das and Richard Horton write: “This is a story not only of unusual success, but also one that describes the frailties and challenges that lie ahead as the country charts a course towards universal health coverage.” Among the major issues that articles in the series tackle are the persistent challenges for improving health in the country’s growing urban slums. In one article, authors Kaosar Afsana and Syed Shaba Wahid of BRAC point out that in urban slums:Many women die in slums during pregnancy and childbirth. Mortality of children younger than 5 years in slums is almost double that in rural areas. Two-thirds of these deaths could be avoided if timely, appropriate services were available. Unfortunately, antenatal care, skilled birth attendance, and full childhood vaccine coverage are quite low in urban slums. Primary health-care clinics regularly held in slums are not open at convenient times for working women. Community mobilisation to improve health services hardly exists.For more on the series, tune in to The Lancet’s most recent podcast.Share this:
Posted on May 6, 2014June 12, 2017By: Donald Borenstein, Environmental Change and Security Program, Woodrow Wilson CenterClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This post was originally posted on the New Security Beat, the blog of the Environmental Change and Security Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center. The post highlights an event focused on the connections between HIV status and stigma, respectful care, and maternal health, as part of the Advancing Dialogue on Maternal Health series. A video of the event is available here.Despite the fact that with proper interventions, the likelihood of mother-to-child transmission of HIV is less than five percent, expectant mothers with HIV or AIDS often face intense stigma and marginalization from health care providers around the world. As a result, in some areas, the mortality rate for mothers with HIV is seven to eight times greater than the rate for non-infected women, said Dr. Isabella Danel of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.Leading researchers, clinicians, and advocates gathered at the Wilson Center on January 13 to discuss the need to re-evaluate maternal health priorities to create an enabling environment for women with HIV. “It’s not only elimination of new HIV infections in children, but it’s keeping the moms alive,” said Dr. Heather Watts, medical officer with the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator.Systematic Failures and AbusesFor women living with HIV throughout the world, the threat of stigmatization upon disclosure of their diagnosis is dire. They are often perceived as promiscuous, blamed for other HIV diagnoses in the family, or threatened with outright hostility over the prospect of having children, said Janet Turan of the University of Alabama.Florence Anam of the International Community of Women Living With HIV/AIDS said these women, “especially from Africa where I come from, are constantly in fear of losing the status quo of their life – family, friends, relatives, but most importantly the support they get from their male partners or husbands.” According to a study conducted by Turan in Kenya, pregnant women who anticipate male partner stigma are more than twice as likely to refuse HIV testing than those who don’t.This stigma often results in domestic abuse, and partner abuse of women living with HIV is a global epidemic. Naina Khanna of the Positive Women’s Network noted that a 2013 survey of women living with HIV in the United States found 72 percent of respondents were survivors of intimate partner violence or domestic abuse. As a result, they often opt not to disclose their diagnoses and fail to receive the necessary care and counseling.In the developing world, when women do disclose, they face another set of barriers. Clinics are often prohibitively far to reach by foot and women living with HIV can be asked to make the trip several times. “Going to the hospital to get tested at an [antenatal care] clinic and be told you’re HIV positive means you have to go back and bring your partner, and then you have to come back with him or bring someone to the clinic and they have to be told you’re HIV positive,” said Anam. “So many women come to the clinic when they’re pregnant, but do not come back again.”And health care providers are often misinformed about the nature and treatment of HIV. “Many times, providers are operating under false assumptions about the risk of transmission, which is added to already existing discrimination and stigma,” said Tamil Kendall of the Harvard School of Public Health.After carrying out community-based surveys on reproductive rights violations in Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua, Kendall noticed a clear trend of withheld care and abuse. Some survey participants recounted harrowing ordeals, ranging from complete denial of treatment to coerced or forced sterilization, including the story of one survey participant who was surgically sterilized without her consent while under anesthesia from another procedure. Such systemic failures and abuses seem to be the rule rather than the exception, said Kendall. “Under half of the women [surveyed] considered that they had received comprehensive reproductive health services, and in fact 41 percent said that they have been discriminated against by health care workers specifically when seeking reproductive services.”Another study, of care in Tanzanian public health facilities, found 77 percent of all women interviewed, regardless of HIV status, reported some form of abuse by clinicians in the process of delivering a child, according to Dr. Mary Mwanyika-Sando. “If 50 percent of women reported feeling some form of abandonment during an actual time where they were so vulnerable they needed a health care provider to help them as they are about to deliver their child,” she said, “where are we going with all this?”What Gets Measured Gets Done Dr. Hannah Sebitloane of the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa believes a more focused research agenda could help. “Why is an HIV [-positive] pregnant woman in the area where HAART is now accessed…still more likely to die just because she has HIV?” she asked. That can’t easily be answered right now, and better quantifying the negative effects of not seeking care could tangibly show how social and medical stigmas are harming mothers.To this end, Kendall and Danel shared the results of a new study on anti-retroviral therapy (ART). It is crucial to document and evaluate ways to improve access and retention of care, they said, and available evidence shows improving access to ART for women living with HIV can make a significant impact in lowering mortality rates. “The longer women are on ART,” Danel said, “the risk goes down further.” On one hand, these are promising results, but overall, pregnant women are less likely than other adults to get the treatment, Kendall noted, meaning there’s a clear gap in distribution that is likely systematic and due to stigma.Combating Stigma Not An Easy TaskOvercoming the stigma that dissuades mothers living with HIV from seeking care is ultimately the goal, said the panelists.Personal accounts from people actually experiencing these stigmas can help tremendously, said Anam. “People living with HIV need to be involved in documenting qualitative research…it actually brings out the voices in what people, especially women, indicate as their challenges, and why exactly they do not access, or do not have the adequate medication, or do not get to the hospital in time.”Public support groups can also be effective. These groups allow mothers living with HIV to understand the needs of their child and themselves in a way that the impersonal nature of primary medical care often does not, Anam said. “You’re told, don’t breastfeed and nobody tells you why; check your medicines at this time and no one tells you why. But then moving this to a support group then breaks it down. This is what your medicine does, this is why you need to take it…The woman begins to understand it, and then begins to own it.”Kendall suggested a concerted effort to engage men, to prevent violence against women living with HIV and to reduce stigma caused by misinformation. Reaching men often proves difficult, however, as many don’t participate in maternity care, regardless of HIV/AIDS, she said. “We know less about how to engage men who are not already choosing to come to ante-natal clinics with their female partners in HIV testing and in support.”Ultimately, any effort to combat stigma needs to put the empowerment of mothers living with HIV first and foremost. As Anam points out, the effect of solidarity and group support is vital. “You walk out of that test room and you’re confused, and you don’t know what to do, and when you sit somewhere with that group of people and you realize you’re not alone – that in itself is huge. I don’t know how we can document that, but it’s huge.”Event Resources:Naina Khanna’s PresentationTamil Kendall and Isabella Danel’s PresentationTamil Kendall’s PresentationMary Mwanyika-Sando’s PresentationHannah Sebitloane’s PresentationJanet Turan and Laura Nyblade’s PresentationFriday Podcast With Tamil KendallPhoto GalleryVideoShare this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on November 10, 2014June 12, 2017By: Ana Langer, Director of the Maternal Health Task Force and Women and Health Initiative; Joy Riggs-Perla, Director, Saving Newborn Lives at Save the ChildrenClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This post is part of the Maternal and Newborn Integration Blog Series,which shares themes of and reactions to the “Integration of Maternal and Newborn Health: In Pursuit of Quality” technical meeting.“Students often ask me, how come a neonatologist is working on maternal health? To me the response is obvious. When I was a clinician, most of my interactions were with the mothers. I learned very soon that for the newborn to be healthy the woman needed to be healthy.”– Ana Langer, Maternal Health Task ForceWhen thinking about the term integration for maternal and newborn health care we need to keep our focus with the intended outcome. Our attention should be on providing equitable, high-quality care for both the mother and the newborn.At a hospital in Petrolina, Brazil, new mothers Elvira and Ana Cristina have been taught the importance of exclusive breastfeeding and how to practice Kangaroo Mother Care with their newborn premature babies. Photo: Genna Naccache/Save the Children“Integration of Maternal & Newborn Health Care”—the recent technical meeting hosted by the Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) and Save the Children’s Saving Newborn Lives program (SNL)—provided the jumping off point for discussing what integration really means, the current knowledge base, promising approaches, and models and tools that exist to move this agenda forward. We believe that, with the global consensus on the importance of the continuum of care approach, we have a unique opportunity to decrease the gaps in care and find actionable and practical ways to foster integration where appropriate.There were two days of in-depth discussion by more than 50 participants who came from around the world to dive deep into analyzing the challenges of, and opportunities for, integration. This group represented academics, NGOs, governments, multilateral organizations and more from global and national organizations. Country perspectives from Ecuador, Nigeria, Nepal, Mozambique and many others were discussed by the presenters, panelists and audience and gave us a better sense of the power of context and localized solutions to gaps in care. We strongly believe that to bring about meaningful and equitable integration, it is essential to understand and take into consideration the epidemiological and health systems’ realities and specific social contexts of countries and communities.Meeting participants discuss the challenges to and opportunities for increased maternal and newborn health integration and service delivery at the local, national and global level. Photo: Ian P. Hurley/Save the ChildrenPerhaps the most critical component of the meeting was to develop a list of actions that the maternal and newborn health communities can take to ensure greater programmatic coherence and effectiveness. Among critical actions, participants saw team-based quality improvement processes, co-location of services, functional referral systems, and simplified and unified maternal and newborn health (MNH) data collection and use, as important steps that countries could take to more effectively deliver quality and equitable care for women and newborns. The group also called for donors and technical cooperation partners to support MNH integration-oriented implementation research to build convincing evidence for policymakers and to align their investments and technical support with national strategies, taking a country-centric approach. The final action item list included well over 60 steps. The just released final report delves deeper into what these are.The SNL program and the MHTF are committed to the pursuit of quality and equity in maternal and newborn care, and seek to increase collaboration in the delivery of integrated approaches of care. The rich and honest discussion that took place among those gathered in Boston is only a beginning. We hope you will join us in this ongoing effort to find ways to most effectively provide services to mothers and their families. In the end, we must keep the patients at the center and work to achieve better outcomes for them.This post originally appeared on the Healthy Newborn Network Blog.Share this:
Editor’s note: Need help with your board? Check out these free webinar recordings from of our recent Virtual Conference: Learn to Love Your Board.Break ups are awkward, painful, and uncomfortable. Whether it’s a professional partnership or a personal or romantic relationship, it’s never easy to part ways. This is also true when it comes to “breaking up” with your board members. Have you been in this position before? Are you in it right now? Maybe you’re thinking, “My board member is giving his or her time (and in most cases, money). I couldn’t possibly ask him/her to leave. I’m just so thankful he or she is involved.”Yes, your board members are volunteers, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t hold them to certain expectations. So, what do you do when you have a board member who isn’t performing up to their fullest potential? Here’s a roadmap to help you navigate this complex situation:First, consider what a board member thinks his or her job is. Does the board have a clear job descriptions? Did you have conversations with each board member about their specific roles and responsibilities? If not, consider re-setting expectations as your next step. Review the board’s job description with your governance committee. If it’s missing any mention of fundraising or giving as a duty, suggest language that clearly states the type of gift you would like each board member to commit as well as the fundraising activities you are asking them to do. Then, develop a system to track and hold them accountable for these obligations.At a recent AFP conference, one presenter shared a report card that her organization uses with its board. It is shared privately at each board meeting and gives a “grade” for each board member’s specific duties during the fiscal year. It’s a really great tool for motivating board members and increasing their accountability.If the job duties are clear, this is probably a matter of your board member over-promising and under delivering. That means, it’s time for some tough love. Take a deep breath, exhale, and go with me on this one.Set some time to meet one-on-one with the under-performing board member. If you’d like to bring your board chair, that’s fine. Start the conversation with a sincere thank you for his or her service. Acknowledge that you understand that board leadership is a significant commitment of time and resources, and you appreciate his or her willingness to be involved.Then, share the job description and walk through the key role you need the board to play in governing and leading your organization. Point out the specific area where the board member hasn’t been meeting expectations and ask him or her if there are things you as staff could do to make his/her job easier. This is the point where you just stop and listen. How does the board member react? What does he or she say regarding his or her performance?Use your best judgement and determine if things will change after this conversation. Do you envision this board member making this position a greater priority, or is he or she the type that just can’t fit this commitment in his or her life now?If you think things will change, agree with the board member on next steps. If it’s the latter, you may consider saying something like, “It sounds like you have a lot of demands on your time, and this role may not be the best fit for you now. We need to fullest commitment of each member to lead, govern, and advocate for our work, and we understand if you are unable to fit this into your other demands.” Then, you may offer other ways for him or her to still stay involved, like serving on a committee, or as an honorary member in some way.There’s no easy way around this conversation. But it’s an important one. I think you’ll find it will make it easier for a board member to step down gracefully.Click here to download the recordings from our recent Virtual Conference: Learn to Love Your Board.
David Silva took the pitch for his 400th appearance for Manchester City against Bournemouth on Sunday.The Spain international became the first player to reach a fourth century of games for the club in 34 years, when Paul Power reached the milestone in the last of his 11 years as a City player.Silva joined City from Valencia in 2010 and has played a key role in a successful era, winning four Premier League titles, four League Cups and the FA Cup twice. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream The 33-year-old is in the final year of his contract with City and has already said it will be his last with the club.Coach Pep Guardiola has trusted him with the captain’s armband, however, and he revealed his admiration for Silva ahead of the Premier League clash at Bournemouth.“I admire a lot what he has done,” he said.”What I admire the most is to play 400 games – almost 10 seasons here, doing what he has done, it is incredible.“Big congratulations from me. Every City fan supports him – it is a privilege for everyone, what he has done in this club.”And the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss admitted that he was surprised to Silva become such a success in the Premier League as he thought he would struggle to adapt.“The last season, he can help us play the way we want to play and try and make him happy,” he added.“He’s one of the most incredibly intelligent players at moving the space. Everybody takes time but he’s very good in small spaces – one of best I’ve ever known.“I thought he wouldn’t succeed in England. He is hugely competitive. In the bad moments, how he reacts is fantastic.“He’s a technical player – not box to box and my image of English football back in 2010, I admit I thought he was going to suffer.“I was happily wrong. That was my first impression. He played well from the beginning and he’s done it consistently ever since, for Roberto [Mancini], Manuel [Pellegrini] and me.“His qualities – surviving the Premier League is not easy for that length of time, but he did it. He should be so proud of what he’s done.“He has quality with the ball, but he has so much more than that. He’s a winner. Four Premier League, plus a lot of domestic prizes.“He’s the same generation as Joe Hart, Vincent Kompany, Sergio Aguero and has helped this Club to be in a better position.“Moreover, he’s a nice guy who is our captain. The players chose him. I’m not involved. They had to choose a captain to represent the whole team – it was their decision.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Vincent Kompany has no doubts about the quality of former Manchester City team-mate John Stones and says the defender just needs to add consistency to his game.The England international lost his place to Kompany at the end of the last season as City put together a run of 14 straight wins to clinch the Premier League title by a single point.Stones, 25, then endured a tough summer when he made an individual error as England were beaten in the Nations League semi-finals by the Netherlands. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream But Kompany says the defender should concentrate on what he has already achieved and forget about his mistakes.“I’ve always said John is one of the most talented defenders, he’s got such a bright future,” the Anderlecht boss said as he returned to the Etihad Stadium for his City testimonial.“He’s already achieved a lot, let’s not forget that. He’s not a young defender anymore that hasn’t got any experience.“He’s a multiple Premier League-winning central defender that is growing and the one thing I wish for him is consistency – consistency of games and consistency of fitness – and then he will show the world how good he is.“By the end of it, if City can win a Champions League or something, all of a sudden he’ll mentioned in a completely different category.”Stones has missed City’s last three matches with a thigh strain but will be fit for Saturday’s trip to Norwich City.His return could not come at a better time after Aymeric Laporte was ruled out for around three months with a knee injury while the Champions League starts on Wednesday with a clash against Shakhtar Donetsk.And with Laporte set for such a long spell on the sidelines, it presents an opportunity for Stones to cement his place in the side, but Kompany insists he does not have anything to worry about.“Honestly I don’t think we should look at it in that way,” he said. “He just has to get himself on the pitch, be himself and he’ll be fine.“I’ve not seen signs of weakness I need to be worried about. He’s just a top class defender.“If now he gets to play games, things will sort themselves out, no doubt.”Kompany, was back at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday night for a testimonial match to raise money for homeless charity Tackle4MCR.City boss Pep Guardiola decided not to replace his former captain in the summer, instead bringing in full-back Joao Cancelo and midfielder Rodri as his only new signings.Laporte’s injury at the back leaves City short of options, but Kompany said they only had four top centre-backs because of his persistent injury problems.“Three world-class centre backs is awesome by any standard,” he added. “In the past we had the luxury of four. I’ve not seen many teams have four top, top centre backs.“It wasn’t normal. It only happened because of circumstance. ‘OK, Vinny could break down, so we’ll bring in another one’.“You saw throughout the season that no matter which pairing played, it was always solid.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Sergio Romero saved Manchester United from an embarrassing exit in the EFL Cup as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side needed penalties to knock out third-tier Rochdale after a 1-1 draw.Mason Greenwood put United in front in the second half on Wednesday, the teenager scoring for the second week in a row after netting the winner against Astana in the Europa League.But the League One side stunned Old Trafford with an equaliser scored by 16-year-old Luke Matheson, who was set up by United academy product Ollie Rathbone. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career That sent the game to penalties and when Romero kept out Jimmy Keohane’s effort, Daniel James was able to convert United’s last kick and complete a 5-3 shoot-out victory.James nets our fifth and final penalty as #MUFC advance to the fourth round of the #CarabaoCup .— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 25, 2019 Paul Pogba, making his first appearance of the month after an ankle injury, wasted two early efforts then Robert Sanchez made a fine block to keep out Marcos Rojo’s header.The France midfielder was performing poorly, missing a six-yard sitter of a header from Greenwood’s cross before smashing a long-range strike well over the crossbar.Rochdale made it to the break after Jesse Lingard’s header flew narrowly over and they should have taken the lead in the 52nd minute when Rathbone did brilliantly to tee up Callum Camps, only for his mishit shot to be cleared off the line by Aaron Wan-Bissaka.With the tempo rising United soon went close twice at the other end through Greenwood, but he would not be denied in the 68th minute.Collecting a pass from Lingard on the right side of the box, Greenwood cut inside on to his left foot and rifled a low shot past Sanchez to bring Old Trafford to its feet.Rochdale incredibly drew level within eight minutes, though, as Rathbone’s high cross was turned home at the back post by teenager Matheson.Brian Barry-Murphy’s side could not complete one of the great cup upsets as Romero made the key save to put United through to the fourth round, where they will face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge next month. What does it mean? Identity issues continue for Solskjaer United continue to struggle after losing away to West Ham at the weekend, with Solskjaer unable to inspire his side to produce the fast, attacking football he wants to bring to Old Trafford. His faith in youth is admirable, but some of the young players he is using look out of their depth. Rochdale were relatively untroubled at the back and can be hugely proud of their display.Matheson’s moment to remember Right-back Matheson was already enjoying a fine performance in the Rochdale defence and he will never forget his goal at Old Trafford. In truth, Rathbone’s cross was probably mishit, and the finish was perhaps a little scruffy, but Matheson’s desire to get into the box was justly rewarded.16 – Luke Matheson (16 years, 358 days) is the first 16-year-old to score in the League Cup since Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for Southampton against Bournemouth in August 2010 (16y 360d). Dreamland. pic.twitter.com/0Ry5ChIKVP — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 25, 2019 Pogba shows lack of interest The mentality of Pogba has often been called into question and displays like this are why. Even from the casual way he walked out at Old Trafford he did not look in the mood and he arguably should have scored at least two first-half goals.He was not the only senior player to disappoint, with Lingard anonymous and Rojo bizarrely taking six shots at goal in the opening 45 minutes, despite playing at left-back. But Pogba’s failure to step up to take a penalty in the shoot-out was particularly notable.What’s next? United’s next game is also at home, with Unai Emery’s Arsenal heading to Old Trafford on Monday. Wycombe Wanderers visit Rochdale in League One this weekend. read more
The Mexico national team returns to competitive play next month with its debut in the Concacaf Nations League, traveling to Bermuda for an October 11 match against the Gombey Warriors.El Tri manager Tata Martino looked set to use a young team in the Concacaf Nations League, convening domestic-based mini-camps filled with players looking for their Mexico national team debuts. Yet, after a 4-0 thrashing against Argentina in September, Martino said his plan all along hadn’t been to use only young player but to utilize players who he was yet to see much of up close and in person.”I want to make something clear. I also talked to the players about It as well in the tactical chat,” Martino said after the loss to Argentina. “It’s not that I don’t want to have players who play abroad. The idea is not to have the majority of them who played in the Gold Cup. We understand we have to spend more time with the players who weren’t there those 40 days and in this context we’ll look at local player and foreign-based players as well.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career That means players like Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez, Hirving Lozano, Jesus “Tecatito” Corona and Hector Herrera all could be in the mix. While it still would be a surprise to see those players on the field together in Hamilton, Bermuda, it’s not a crazy thought that some or all of them will be part of this camp.What will the blend of players look like for Martino? Here’s our best guess for how the manager may try to mix those foreign-based stars with up-and-comers in Liga MX. Also, we’ve limited our projection to 23 players, though it seems likely Martino will call in a larger group and leave some players off his matchday squad.GoalkeepersHugo Gonzalez (Necaxa), Sebastian Jurado (Veracruz), Raul Gudino (Chivas) In our very first position bank, we come to the first head-scratcher. With Guillermo Ochoa as the No. 1, even experienced goalkeepers like Jonathan Orozco have received few opportunities from Martino with the America shot-stopper dominating the minutes played. So will Orozco get a look or will Martino bypass an over-30 player like the Santos Laguna goalkeeper and go straight into the next generation?That’s our guess, though we’ve also included Hugo Gonzalez as a veteran presence instead of Atlas’ Jose Hernandez, who has taken part in the mini-camps, and Tijuana’s Gibran Lajud. Gonzalez has limited national team experience but is yet to play under Martino. With Gonzalez still on the right side of 30, he may be in the picture for opportunities in this competition even though he was part of the Gold Cup squad.Gudino already has been in with the national team, and Jurado has stood out in bleak circumstances at Veracruz, where he’s yet to play in a victory.DefendersMiguel Layun (Monterrey), Carlos Salcedo (Tigres), Nestor Araujo (Celta de Vigo), Jorge Sanchez (America), Cesar Montes (Monterrey), Luis Romo (Queretaro), Gerardo Arteaga (Santos Laguna), Jesus Angulo (Atlas), Adrian Mora (Toluca), Francisco Venegas (Tigres)After serious health concerns kept Miguel Layun out of the Gold Cup, it would be no surprise to see him as the leader and captain of a young team. While El Tri historically has been thin at the fullback position, something Martino no doubt agrees with as we see his continued reliance on Jesus Gallardo as his left back, playing more minutes than any other player in 2019, there’s hope on the horizon. Jorge Sanchez showed his quality against the United States, and up-and-comers like Gerardo Arteaga and Jesus Angulo have been in Martino’s mini-camps along with several other players who are outside backs. Our projection was originally extremely thin in the middle, so much I wondered if Martino would be tempted to bring Hector Moreno in from Qatar not only to lend veteran experience but also simply to play against Panama. While Moreno did participate in the Gold Cup, he missed the entire group stage with an injury. Instead, Martino said Oct. 1 that he’ll call in Nestor Araujo and Carlos Salcedo for a second chance after a shambolic showing against Argentina.Midfielders Erick Aguirre (Pachuca), Marco Fabian (Philadelphia Union), Jonathan Gonzalez (Monterrey), Jesus Angulo (Necaxa), Orbelin Pineda (Cruz Azul), Jairo Torres (Atlas), Ivan Rodriguez (Leon)Erick Aguirre is a versatile player who has been in several of Martino’s mini-camps, and like Jonathan Gonzalez already has made his debut for the senior national team. Jesus Angulo, meanwhile, has had a nice start to the season with a surprising Necaxa side. He has four goals, including a double against Monterrey earlier this month.Marco Fabian and Orbelin Pineda both were on the Gold Cup roster, but Fabian left with an injury before the tournament started and Pineda saw just 25 minutes of action – and those came in the latter portion of a 7-0 smashing of Cuba in the group stage. Ivan Rodriguez also is in the same boat, with the Leon midfielder a surprise inclusion on the summer squad who later missed out because of injury.It’s also possible Omar Govea, who is having a nice campaign in Belgium, pops up for Mexico for the first time since Martino took over.Forwards Hirving Lozano (Napoli), Jesus Corona (Porto), Jose Juan Macias (Leon), Jesus Godinez (Leon), Alexis Vega (Chivas)This is where I’m projecting Martino brings in his heavy hitters. You don’t make the clarification Martino made this month about bringing in players from abroad if you aren’t going to call in at least a couple guys based outside Mexico. Yet, Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez may be a player who would prefer to bed in with his new club. I think Martino would like to work more with his wingers. Clearly Lozano and Corona have talent. They’re the most frightening wide players in all of Concacaf. But after the Argentina game, Martino said you could tell they were forwards rather than midfielders, so maybe he wants to see the defensive side of their game polished up. With Corona well-established at his club team and Lozano already looking to have his role defined with Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli, plus both players set to play a part in the next few World Cup cycles thanks to their youth, maybe Martino wants them in the squad.Put those two either side of JJ Macias, who is red-hot in Liga MX with six goals in 10 matches, and the debutant would be in a good position to score. Jesus Godinez, who like Macias has been involved in the mini-camps, is another player who could deputize as a center forward with Raul Jimenez resting up with Wolves and Chicharito at Sevilla.Martino has been pulled in a number of times by the charms Alexis Vega. What the allure is there, it’s hard to say. Alan Pulido perhaps could sneak his way in over his Guadalajara teammate, but, at seven years his junior, Vega looks like a better bet.
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Surrounded by mountains, the Baja desert and two golf courses design by Jack Nicklaus and Greg Norman, guests will enjoy all the privileges they deserve. Escape to the heart of Cancun at Secrets The Vine Cancun. This ultra-chic, contemporary resort offers all indulgences, starting with 497 modern, elegant guest rooms and suites complete with Italian porcelain and teak wood furnishings and sleek, private terraces overlooking the crystal-clear Caribbean Sea and Laguna Nichupte. Enjoy limitless gourmet dining, top-shelf spirits and exciting live entertainment here or spend a night out with the Sip, Savor & See Dining Experience at nearby participating resorts. Secrets Vallarta Bay Puerto Vallarta is situated on the golden sand beaches of the Banderas Bay, just minutes from the famous ‘El Malecón’ boardwalk. All 271 spacious suites offer remarkable ocean views, contemporary décor and refined luxury amenities including daily refreshed mini-bar and 24-hour room service. Secrets Resorts & Spas’ ‘Secrets to Romance’ Inspires Romantic Getaways Given its priority focus on romance and helping couples get away to connect, Secrets Resorts & Spas kicked off this past Valentine’s Day season with a special video and announced its limited-time Secrets to Romance promotion designed to offer couples special extras on upcoming travel. “These six everyday couples were so inspiring. Regardless of age, time together and background, they all agreed on one thing: taking time out to reconnect is powerful,” said Colette Baruth, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Sales, Revenue Management & Distribution for AMResorts. “We wanted to capture that magic, and what better time than Valentine’s Day.” Baruth added, “In addition to offering some of the most romantic, adults-only beachside locations, the Secrets to Romance campaign makes it easier for couples to get inspired and get away. Through enticing initiatives like this combined with its signature offerings, Secrets Resorts & Spas continues to push to be the go-to resort brand for romance.” Those that booked their Secrets Resorts & Spas getaway received the complimentary “Secrets to Romance” package including these romantic extras, like a welcome bottle of sparkling wine and fresh fruit, mimosa breakfast in bed, and romantic turndown service. As part of the campaign, the Unlimited-Luxury® brand also ran a Twitter contest for a four-night stay for two at a Secrets Resorts & Spas property including airfare and all “Secrets to Romance” package inclusions. The exciting video is available for viewing at SecretsResorts.com/SecretsToRomance. Secrets Resorts & Spas’ First TV Campaign Bets on Mix of Luxury and Passion to Bolster its Position as the Top Choice for Romantic GetawaysIn May of this year, Secrets Resorts & Spas announced the debut of its first TV campaign, titled “Make A Secret.” The ads were designed to highlight the perfect marriage of romance and luxury every couple enjoys at the brand’s 15 resorts. The two, 30-second spots were strategically released in top regional markets over the summer. A national launch, including integrations with some of the highest-rated shows in the U.S., followed to support the winter holiday travel season. “Weddings, honeymoons, anniversary trips…These are very important occasions in couples’ lives that have the power to set the tone for their relationships for many years to come,” said Erica Doyne, Senior Director of Marketing for AMResorts. “The Secrets brand was built with romance in its soul, which this campaign perfectly captures.” In a nod to the brand name, the spots focus on the idea of secrets between lovers, some of which may be too intimate to share with others and turn simple questions like “How was your vacation?” or “How was your honeymoon?” into loaded questions. As featured in the ads, when asked these questions, couples’ sensual memories from their honeymoon or romantic escape to Secrets Resorts & Spas flood their minds and an overwhelming feeling of satisfaction takes over their bodies. Their silence, wide eyes and smiles say the rest. From the upscale settings and the décor to the fashion choices, the brand’s signature vacation concept, Unlimited-Luxury®, is also front and center. “We put a lot of emphasis on the styling to match the elevated Secrets brand experience. Couples should really be able to fantasize about their vacation and understand that luxury is an element of romance,” added Doyne. The integrated campaign was also leveraged across digital platforms, through public relations and on-property activations. Guests who booked their luxurious Secrets Resorts & Spas getaway by May 31, 2016 for travel through December 22, 2016 received complimentary “Make A Secret” amenities including a welcome bottle of sparkling wine and fresh fruit, mimosa breakfast in bed, and romantic turndown service. For more information and to book at a Secrets Resorts & Spa resort, visit SecretsResorts.com or call 1-866-GO SECRETS.
World’s First Discovery Yacht Scheduled to Launch August 2018 Boston & Vancouver, December 2016 – Scenic marked the official start of production of the world’s first Discovery Yacht, Scenic Eclipse, with a steel cutting ceremony at the Uljanik Shipyard JSC in Pula, Croatia last month. The 228-passenger ultra-luxury mega yacht, designed especially for polar expedition cruising conditions, is scheduled for its maiden voyage in August 2018. “This is a momentous day for Scenic,” said Glen Moroney, Chairman. “To see our vision start to come to life is very exciting and we look forward to watching the build progress over the next 18 months. We are extremely proud of the ship’s design and its advanced technological features, and can’t wait to share Scenic Eclipse with our guests in 2018.” Scenic Eclipse has been designed by a collaboration of internal and external naval architects including Foreship in Finland and and Oliver Design from Spain, and the ship is being built by Uljanik Group in Croatia. The opulentinteriors have been designed by Karen Moroney. The Scenic Eclipse will able to go to the most remote of destinations in a luxury not seen before in expedition ships. Just a sampling of its luxuries includes a near 1:1 guest-to-staff ratio, six restaurants, numerous spacious bars and lounges, a 5,000-sq. ft. spa, a well-equipped gym, multiple pools, all-verandah suites that range from 350 to 2,500 sq. ft., a 240-seat theatre, two helicopters, a 7-seat submarine, and more amenities than space allows. And, of course, a dream ship must have dream itineraries and Scenic Eclipse makes the most of its strengths by taking in the polar regions of Antarctica and the arctic, the Mediterranean, the countries on the west coast of Europe, the Americas and the Caribbean. Scenic offers award-winning, all-inclusive escorted tours in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, the Americas and elsewhere, while offering the same level of expertise and truly all-inclusive river cruises in Europe and the Mekong, Irrawaddy and Russia. Additional information on these and other cruises, brochures, and reservations can be obtained via travel agents or in Canada: www.scenic.ca; phone 866-689-8611; or e-mail: [email protected]; and the US: www.scenicusa.com; phone (844)788-7985; or e-mail: [email protected] Brochures can also be downloaded directly from the website.
Carnival Cruise Line has announced that the new Carnival Horizon will offer a series of four-day Bermuda cruises from New York in spring and summer 2018, part of the ship’s inaugural season that includes previously announced voyages to Europe from Barcelona and the Caribbean from New York and Miami. The four-day “long weekend” cruises will depart Thursdays and feature a full-day visit to Bermuda where guests can relax on the island’s legendary pink beaches, enjoy snorkeling, kayaking and other water sports, and visit historical landmarks such as Royal Naval Dockyard and Gibb’s Hill Lighthouse, the oldest cast iron lighthouse in the Western Hemisphere. Five four-day Bermuda cruises will be offered, departing May 24, June 21, July 19, Aug. 16 and Sept. 13, 2018. Including the five Bermuda sailings aboard Carnival Horizon, Carnival Cruise Line will offer 18 different voyages to the island in 2017-18 departing from five convenient East Coast homeports, including Baltimore, Charleston, New York, Port Canaveral and Fort Lauderdale. “Bermuda is a beautiful and sought-after destination and what better way to visit this breathtaking island paradise than on the spectacular Carnival Horizon,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “These visits to Bermuda are part of Carnival Horizon’s terrific inaugural schedule that also features top destinations throughout Europe and the Caribbean, providing our guests with opportunities to create wonderful and fun memories together,” she added. Port-Intensive Itineraries from Barcelona, New York and MiamiCarnival Horizon is set to debut April 2, 2018, with a 13-day Mediterranean voyage from Barcelona – the first of four round-trip departures from this Spanish port. Other sailings from Barcelona include two seven-day cruises departing April 15 and 22, 2018, and a 10-day voyage departing April 29, 2018. Carnival Horizon will then reposition to the U.S. with a 14-day trans-Atlantic crossing from Barcelona to New York May 9-23, 2018. Carnival Horizon’s 2018 schedule from New York includes 12 eight-day cruises operating round-trip from the Big Apple May to Sept. 2018 and visiting Amber Cove (Dominican Republic), San Juan, and Grand Turk. Departure dates include May 28, June 5, 13 and 25, July 3, 11, 23 and 31, Aug. 8, 20 and 28, and Sept. 5, 2018. Carnival Horizon will then shift to Miami and kick off a year-round schedule of six- and eight-day Caribbean cruises beginning Sept. 22, 2018. The ship will also offer a special two-day cruise to Nassau from Miami Sept. 20-22, 2018. Exciting Onboard InnovationsCurrently under construction at the Fincantieri shipyard in Marghera, Italy, Carnival Horizon will offer many of the hugely popular indoor and outdoor dining, bar, entertainment and activity options that debuted on Carnival Vista, currently the line’s newest ship. Among those is a groundbreaking bike-ride-in-the-sky attraction called SkyRide, an IMAX Theatre and a massive WaterWorks aqua park featuring a water tube slide called Kaleid-o-slide. A wide range of accommodations will also be offered, including spa cabins with exclusive privileges at the luxurious Cloud 9 Spa, extra-roomy staterooms in Family Harbor, and tropical-inspired Havana staterooms and suites with exclusive daytime access to a Cuban-themed bar and pool. A variety of unique dining and bar concepts and spectacular outdoor spaces found only on Carnival Horizon will be announced in the near future. Additional Information and ReservationsCarnival is currently accepting reservations for all of Carnival Horizon’s sailings from Europe and the U.S. For additional information and reservations, contact any travel agent, call 1-800-CARNIVAL or visit carnival.com.
Malan VorsterWe love a good treehouse. From hotels to vacation rentals, the humble treehouse has become so much more than the rickety forts of your childhood. But what if the trend of luxury treehouses was combined with one of the greatest fantasy tales of all time? Check out Tree House Constantia, a luxury getaway in South Africa built in the trees that is like stepping into Rivendell. Created by Cape Town-based architectural firm Malan Vorster, Tree House Constantia is part of the sprawling compound of the Paarman family. Created to be a retreat from the rest of the estate, the treehouse is tucked into the forest and overlooks the rolling hills of the Constantia wine country and mountains beyond. It’s an enchanting yet masculine space created to transport the owner to another world.Tree House Constantia sits on man-made “trees” — sets of Corten steel support beams arranged in fours to look like tree trunks rising up through the floors. The interior of the structure is a play on the geometric contrast between squares and circles. The main rooms of the house are squares, while the exposed ceiling beams and the exterior walls are circular. Malan Vorster Next Malan Vorster Clad in glass and red cedar batten (installed vertically to mimic the surrounding trees), the treehouse appears to be three separate cylinders connected together. Inside, however, you can see that it actually one large space wrapped in curving arches, creating the circular appearance on the outside.Three-stories tall, Tree House Constantia is a one-bedroom weekend house. The rounded exterior walls create unique alcoves on each level. The main floor is the public space, housing the living room and kitchen. Tucked into one of the rounded alcoves is the dining area and in another is a patio accessed through a set of sliding glass doors. Upstairs is the bedroom with a built-in platform bed wrapped in raw oak. The bed was carefully positioned in front of a half-wall of glass that allows for unobstructed views out to the property. Off of the bedroom is the bathroom, with the curved exterior wall creating a unique space for the shower. The top level is a rooftop deck with built-in seating. Along with all of the built-in pieces, the home is decked out in contemporary, masculine decor. A light gray sectional in the living area is balanced by a steel and black marble coffee table. Support beams of black Corten steel add an industrial look to the space, which is complemented by black track lighting and black steel framing on the walls of windows. After just one night’s stay in the treehouse, the owner told architect Pieter Malan that waking up there was like being in “something great and magical.” Exactly what we imagine a stay at Rivendell to be. 1 of 5 Previous Malan Vorster Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat Malan Vorster Malan Vorster This All-Black Cabin is Like a Pair of Binoculars Taking in the Canadian Wilderness For Sale: A Treehouse in the Suburbs Designed by John Lautner Editors’ Recommendations Shark House’s Dramatic Angles Have Serious Bite Desert Wing’s Sharp Angles Bring Drama to the Desert
Spyderskidoo/Getty ImagesThe legality of marijuana and CBD-infused products in the United States is, in technical terms, a big ol’ mess. While one could argue that the situation is getting better, it’s still very, very complicated for anyone without an advanced law degree. However, for air travelers, flying with CBD teas, tinctures, edibles, and more just got a little easier thanks to new TSA regulations.If you weren’t too busy celebrating 4/20 this year, you might have noticed that we reported on whether or not it’s possible to fly with legally bought weed and CBD. To be clear, the federal government still considers marijuana — even medical marijuana — a Schedule 1 drug (just like LSD and heroin). It doesn’t care that you might have purchased it “legally” in a pot-friendly state, but thanks to the mind-numbing bureaucracy of federal, state, and local governments, and the failure of agencies to work together, it can be surprisingly easy to fly with legally purchased weed. We recommend reading the post above for the full details.CBD products, on the other hand, are legal at the federal level — sort of. The 2018 Farm Bill “ensures that any cannabinoid … that is derived from hemp will be legal, if and only if that hemp is produced in a manner consistent with the Farm Bill, associated federal regulations, association state regulations, and by a licensed grower.”While this has been true since 2018, the TSA was slow to edit its policy. Prior to Memorial Day 2019, the agency’s official stance read: “Possession of marijuana and cannabis-infused products, such as cannabidiol (CBD) oil, is illegal under federal law. TSA officers are required to report any suspected violations of law, including possession of marijuana and cannabis-infused products.” Such products were not allowed in carry-on or checked baggage under any circumstances.However, the agency revised its policy near the end of May to reflect federal law. It currently reads: “Marijuana and certain cannabis-infused products, including some cannabidiol (CBD) oil, remain illegal under federal law except for products that contain no more than 0.3 percent THC on a dry weight basis or that are approved by the FDA.”Let’s look at that last line first. Only one such pharmaceutical, Epidiolex, is currently approved by the FDA. If you happen to be a child suffering from epilepsy and have a prescription for that drug, you can stop reading now. If not, however, there are two significant stipulations to be aware of before jetting off with a suitcase full of CBD goodies. Those goodies must have been produced in accordance with the Farm Bill, and they must contain 0.3 percent or less THC.That sounds easy enough since most reputable CBD product manufacturers stamp their packaging with clear ingredient and origin labels, but that doesn’t mean those figures are accurate and, more importantly, air travelers have no way of proving them either way. Some manufacturers are flat-out misrepresenting their products as “legal” while others don’t perform sufficient testing to know one way or the other. If airport security doesn’t want to take a package’s numbers on faith, they’re within their right to confiscate your wares, deny you boarding, hand you over to airport police, or some combination of all three.In short, if you must travel with CBD products, be sure that the THC content is 0.3% or less and that figure is clearly indicated on the packaging. And be aware know that the TSA may still confiscate those products if they’re at all suspicious of the validity of the packaging. The Best CBD Coffee Brands for Energy Without the Jitters Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits Editors’ Recommendations The Best CBD Oil and Skincare Creams for Managing Pain Will You Need a Passport to Fly Within the U.S. Next Year? What to Wear on a Red-Eye Flight: Fashionably Comfortable Apparel for the Long Haul
The New Alex Mill Collection Is Packed With Your Fall Style Essentials You Need One (Or More) of the Best Men’s Henley Shirts in Your Wardrobe Yada, Yada, Yada … An Immersive Seinfeld Experience Is Coming to NYC This Fall Editors’ Recommendations Will You Need a Passport to Fly Within the U.S. Next Year? The Best Oktoberfest Beers to Sip On This Season It’s hard to admit that summer wraps in just two weeks. Fall is around the corner, bringing with it a parade of flannel, seasonal hard ciders, and pumpkin-spiced everything. It also signals the annual turning of the foliage throughout the U.S. “Leaf-peeping” has never sounded sexy. For most of us, it recalls convoys of tour buses packed with blue-haired, camera-clutching senior citizens cruising the highways of New England in search of the perfect “peep.”There’s no denying, however, that it’s the best time of year to head outdoors. The weather is perfect, the crowds begin to thin out, and nature explodes in one last, brilliant photogenic fireworks display before the arrival of winter. But that display is mercilessly brief. If you take your peeping seriously — if you’re the kind of outdoorsman who plans ahead — it’s important to know when and where the leaves will turn.Despite the climate change “hoax,” average annual temperatures throughout the U.S. have continued to climb in the last few decades. This year was no different. Higher temperatures around the Atlantic will translate to a later start to this year’s peak foliage. Much of the country will see the most dazzling colors in the first two weeks of October. For this year’s complete fall foliage forecast, we look once again to SmokyMountains.com’s annual fall foliage prediction map.New EnglandBelieve it or not, the leaves have already begun to turn in some parts of northern Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine. For 2019, the foliage should peak throughout all six New England states at the end of September into the first week of October. The best colors are often found in Vermont and the White Mountains of New Hampshire, where the forest is rich with oak, sugar maple, and alder trees. Especially in the fall, it’s not hard to find a patch of brilliantly exploding nature all to yourself. Pack your hiking boots and kayak, head north on I-91 or I-93, and drop off the interstate at any reasonably interesting exit.The MidwestThe best, most brilliant fall foliage in the U.S. is found closest to the Canadian border. In the Midwest, that means heading to northern Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The North Shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota is another great bet with scarlet, birch, and yellow aspen blanketing the terrain in every direction. In the state’s Brainerd Lakes region, you’re likely to catch a fantastic display of oak, aspen, birch, and maple. For 2019, foliage in the Midwest is expected to peak around early October, with colors fading fast by the middle of the month.The Rocky MountainsLeaf-peeping in The Rocky Mountains is more fleeting, unpredictable, and dramatic than anywhere in the U.S. Coupled with spectacular natural scenery, those same reasons also make it the most rewarding destination. This year, the best colors should be on display around October 5. The peak window is extremely brief here and typically lasts only a week. With its long list of incredible state and national parks, Colorado is an ideal choice. Check out Aspen or Telluride where the mountain’s free, eight-mile gondola ride takes visitors over a stunning blanket of quaking golden aspen.
In this article, I introduce you about LiSA’s nation-wide tour “LiVE is Smile Always～LANDSPACE～” in BLITZ AKASAKA on 21 June.She showed hot live concert to us.Live Concert was Started with all Her Heart and Soul! Photo by Hajime KamiiisakaLiSA was appeared on the stage in pop and rock music. She showed us “Canvas boy × Palette girl” with nice feel.”Have a lot of fun on today’s my live concert! Peace!! ” She livened up the atmosphere and sang her songs so cool.She sang a “crossing field” which is a opening theme song of TV anime “Sword Art Online”.After singing the song,she said “I’m so happy because I can see all of you from here! Feel this atmosphere and enjoy today’s concert!” and she started to sing again. Photo by Hajime KamiiisakaShe sometimes asked us “How many people are coming to my live concert for the first time? ” and shouted to us”I can’t hear your voice!” while singing. We were excited about such LiSA’s performance.After singing rock numbers,she started singing ballad number “Liar’s tear”. Photo by Hajime KamiiisakaWhen we got sentimental, she started singing “ASHIATO COMPASS” to cheer us up.When light and chemical light started lighting, pop music and kawaii performance just like LiSA made us so excited!Hotter than Summer!! LiSA’s live concert Photo by Hajime KamiiisakaShe told us about single performance in Nippon Budokan on this January.”I actually didn’t feel well on that day but now,see,I’m so fine!!”she said.On next time,she started siging “Rising Hope” which was included her feeling that “I want to stay strong for you who believe me”.In previous interview,LiSA told about call thrown in to enliven a song.Therefore, fans tried to call thrown in to enliven a song with body and soul.After singing the song,she shouted to us “You are so awesome!!”. Photo by Hajime KamiiisakaLiSA’s representative song “ROCK-mode” was started with guitar performance.We were so excited about thematic melody line of this song which is easy to memorize.”I wrote and composed this song to tell my gratitude to my fans” she said, and started singing “Bokuno-kotobade” finally.We understood this phrase “My awkward heart bring to you as souvenir” as gratitude to us fans.In such a heart warming atmosphere, this live concert was closed the stage.In the end, LiSA shouted “I’ll enjoy my live concert tour!!” and went down the stage.She will show hotter live concert “LiVE is Smile Always～LiSAMMERLAND～” at Conifer Forest in Fujikyu Highland on 20 July 2014.The future LiSA shows us Photo by Hajime KamiiisakaAfter live concert,she announced that she will release 6th single “BRiGHT FLiGHT / L.Miranic” on 17 September 2014 which was packed two different aspects,pop and rock, in one CD.Especially,I‘m watching “Tokyo Love song” in this CD. This song is written and composed by LiSA and you can return to your childhood and feel nostalgia.Moreover,”BRiGHT FLiGHT” is pop and cute number and “L.Miranic” is edgy number so you can know more about LiSA as an artist and an woman.Nation-wide live concert tour is started and LiSA’s new CD will be released.We can’t help exciting about the power she gave us and the future she takes us.InformationLiSAOfficial Site：http://www.lxixsxa.com/Twitter：https://twitter.com/LiSA_OLiVEFacebook：https://www.facebook.com/lxixsxa.jpiTunes：https://itunes.apple.com/jp/artist/lisa/id573943518■LiSA 6th single「BRiGHT FLiGHT / L.Miranic」17 September 2014 will be released【Limited CD+DVD】Price：2,800（+tax）yen■収録曲1.BRiGHT FLiGHT2.L.Miranic3.Tokyo Love Song・「BRiGHT FLiGHT / L.Miranic」with DVD・「BRiGHT FLiGHT」with photos・「L.Miranic」with photos・DVD【Normal（CD）】Price：1,200（+tax）yen■Songs1.BRiGHT FLiGHT2.L.Miranic3.Tokyo Love SongRelated Articles■LiSA Interview: “I Want to Believe in Power of Music”
TORONTO – The Canadian dollar soared to a level not seen in nearly a year after the Bank of Canada announced it was hiking its key lending rate for the first time since 2010.The loonie was trading at an average price of 78.16 cents US, up 0.76 of a U.S. cent. The last time it closed above 78 cents US was in August 2016.In a highly anticipated move, the central bank says it’s raising its benchmark rate by a quarter of a percentage point to 0.75 per cent.In equities, the Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was flat, dipping 5.15 points at 15,143.99 after climbing more than 100 points earlier in the session. The index was led by gains in Canada’s real estate and consumer staples sectors.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 123.07 points at 21,532.14, a record high. The S&P 500 index was ahead 17.72 points at 2,443.25, while the Nasdaq composite index climbed 67.87 points, or more than one per cent, to 6,261.17.In commodities, the August crude contract advanced 45 cents to US$45.49 and August gold gained $4.40 at US$1,219.10 an ounce.The September copper contract jumped a penny at US$2.68 a pound and August natural gas was down six cents to US$2.99 per mmBTU.
Rabat – Moroccan security services, in cooperation with Spanish and Moroccan intelligence services, have arrested a Moroccan terror suspect, who was allegedly planning a terror attack in Seville, southern Spain.The Spanish Ministry of the Interior announced on Wednesday that the national police and the Spanish and Moroccan intelligence services “carried out an anti-terrorist operation, which resulted in the arrest in Morocco of an alleged jihadist who planned to carry out an attack in Seville.”Spanish police also raided the suspect’s house in Seville. Euro News said that the suspect was planning to carry out an attack during Easter celebrations in Seville, according to anonymous sources. Spain and Morocco share a strong track record on anti-terrorist cooperation. In September 2018, Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell said their cooperation “is an example to follow for other countries,” as the globe struggles to confront terrorist movements at home and abroad.The same sentiment was shared by Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita, who said that the two countries have an “exemplary” partnership in the fight against terrorism.He added that their cooperation is “a model of inter-regional cooperation.”In addition to Spain, the US and France also have counterterrorism partnerships with Morocco.Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) reported in 2018 that Morocco’s security agents are “playing a central role in Europe’s efforts to counter ISIS terrorism.”The organization also said that Morocco’s security services helped Morocco to avoid terror attacks, which increased sharply in the Maghreb region.AOAV’s remarks on Morocco’s efforts were also echoed by other reports, including from the US Department of State, which touted Morocco’s counterterrorism cooperation with the US.
“Today, we have an agreement on the scope of issues, the scope of institutions, aspects we are going to deal with in the coming weeks, and I believe this is a very important step in the right direction,” Mr. Léon said at a press conference in Morocco yesterday, on the heels of a political dialogue aimed at reaching an agreement to draw the North African country out of crisis.“This week we have gone well beyond what we expected, because we have reduced the scope of issues we are discussing. We have published these general ideas and they have been accepted as the basis of discussion in the coming weeks. So, I think all participants and all Libyans feel now very encouraged that we are really getting very close to the agreement,” he added. Mr. Léon said that the parties have welcomed the proposals and ideas published by UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), as a basis for future discussions, and have equally welcomed the documents that were distributed yesterday as a basis for the future agreement. “It does not mean they agree with everything in these documents. Of course, we still have a long way. We still have to work together. We still have to work hard, but I believe that we have – and really this has been shared by all the participants – that we have gone beyond the point of no return” he said. Parties reached consensus on a range of issues. First of all, all armed groups must put an end to the fighting because it only brings about “more suffering, more lives that will be lost.” In addition to ending the arms escalation, a verbal escalation must end as well. “Those who are sceptical, those who don’t believe in the political solution should give us a chance,” urged Mr. Léon, calling on politicians, social leaders, and religious leaders to give an opportunity for peace. Different groups must work together, on a range of security and military issues, where different armed groups, militias, but of course the Libyan army are involved so that everyone feels part of the agreement and discussion. That also means including municipalities and political leaders who will soon meet in Algiers and tribal leaders expected to meet in Egypt soon. Expressing concern over the recent kidnapping of two brothers of a Member of Parliament from the House of Representatives in Tobruk, Mr. Léon said that UNSMIL is working actively to free them. This case is similar to the one of Dr. Suleiman Zobi, a former member of the General National Congress in Tripoli and who has been kidnapped for a few months. “We think that it is unacceptable that armed groups kidnap anyone, any person in Libya, but especially people who are relatives or who are directly politicians. This cannot happen and we call very strongly on those involved in these acts to release these persons immediately,” Mr. Léon said. Peace talks are expected to resume next week, he added, emphasizing that “Libya does not have the time to wait.”
A funeral will be held at noon Wednesday Sept. 30 for Brock Professor John Hugh Walker, who passed away Sept. 21 at his home in Hamilton, Ont.Visitation will take place from 11 am to noon at Dodworsth & Brown Funeral Home, 387 Wilson St. E. in Ancaster, followed immediately by the service in the funeral home chapel.Walker joined Brock University in 2000, and since 2012 had been a full professor at the Goodman School of Business.
The fire service’s “Quarter Two Performance Review 2016-17” states: “The borough has now virtually completed the change over from large wheelie bins to the smaller versions.”This has already had a negative impact on the amount of fly-tipping which will subsequently impact on the volume of deliberate secondary fires over time.”The fire service claim in the last eight months of 2016 Bolton crews were called to 354 “loose refuse” fires, compared to 271 over the same period in 2015 – a 30 per cent rise.On Sunday furious council chiefs hit back at the fire service’s claims, questioning how they collated the data.Councillor Nick Peel, executive cabinet member for the environment said: “I don’t know how they can say that the number has increased.”They don’t have the data to back it up and I think the conclusion is false.”I don’t dispute that there may have been an increase in the number of call-outs to loose rubbish fires, but they don’t collect fly-tipping data.”The council has to weigh and measure the amounts that are picked up from fly-tipping in the town and those figures show that the amount of refuse picked up from fly tips has decreased.”Cllr Peel claims the authority has spent money on educating residents and youngsters not to start fires or fly-tip using “behaviour change teams”. In 2015, as Bolton announced plans for their future slim bin switch, pressure groups and residents spoke to the national media of their fears it will merely increase fly-tipping.Jonathan Isaby, chief executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: “Taxpayers will wonder what the council is thinking.”Shrinking the size of bins will just lead to rubbish piling up and potentially increase fly-tipping.”The least residents expect from their hefty council tax payments is that their rubbish is dealt with – and this bonkers decision makes that less likely. It’s time for a rethink.”The bins cost the council an initial £2 million but it is claimed they will save between £1.2 and £1.5 million each year in disposal and landfill costs. Shrinking the size of bins will just lead to rubbish piling up and potentially increase fly-tippingTaxPayers’ Alliance The first UK council to pioneer “slim bins” has been accused of causing a rise in fly-tipping and arsons by its own fire chiefs.Bolton Council brought in the 140-litre grey household waste receptacles last summer to replace the larger 240-litre variants – in a bid to increase recycling rates.The pioneering authority admitted their £2 million slim-bin switch was the “model” for other councils yet were blasted at the time by taxpayer pressure groups over last summer’s roll-out.Now the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority has blamed the slim bins for having a “negative impact” fly-tipping and a 30 per cent rise in arsons. He added: “We have more manpower out dealing with fly-tipping and challenging people than ever before.”As a result the number of fixed penalty notices we have issued has increased on last year. We are not the only borough to adopt the slim bin policy.”But Bolton is actually being looked at as a model of how to do it. We are extremely satisfied with how the roll-out has gone.”Cllr Peel added that he was “disappointed” with what was said in the report and will look at raising the issue with the fire authority.Bolton has seen a spate of rubbish fires and refuse bin arson attacks in recent months.Only recently Farnworth Fire Station Manager Paul Sumner urged people not to add to the problem by dumping waste.He said: “Our data shows while there has been a small rise in the number of wheelie bin fires in Bolton we have generally seen an increase in deliberate fires, including loose refuse, rubbish and wheelie bins.”We urge people to take any additional waste to your nearest local authority refuse site so as to minimise the possibility of fly-tipping, as this increases the risk of a deliberate fire being started.”Starting fires deliberately is a criminal offence so we urge anyone with information about any suspicious behaviour to contact the police.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
IN RECENT WEEKS, Dáil debates have got a bit x-rated with talk of “bullshit” and “orgy” by deputies prompting interventions from the chair to point out the unparliamentary nature of such language.It got us thinking as to just what can and cannot be said in the Dáil chamber as well as the Seanad and committee rooms.A little-known document, called the ‘Salient Rulings of the Chair’, offers a unique insight into the kind of things a TD can and cannot say in the Dáil and about other deputies.The document is intended to go hand-in-hand with the Dáil’s Standing Orders (essentially the rules of the house) to give a comprehensive picture of procedure and practice in the Dáil, or in other words what you are and what you aren’t allowed say and do.The lengthy document has lots of run-of-the-mills things and has been updated over time to reflect the latest rulings of the chair i.e. the Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett or his deputy Leas Ceann Comhairle Michael Kitt.Seán Fleming getting in trouble for saying the word ‘orgy’ in the Dáil earlier this month.Interesting snippets include how it is the long standing rule of the House that the government of the day is not officially responsible to the Dáil for advice sought or received from the Attorney General.There are other rulings which are frequently flouted such as it apparently being inappropriate to bring a mobile phone into the chamber “let alone use it”. In reality, TDs’ mobile phones regularly interfere with the microphones in the chamber and they are often seen browsing TheJournal.ie on their mobile devices and tablets (we reckon, anyway).‘Gurrier or guttersnipe’The document also details how a member of the Dáil must not allege that another member is guilty of a criminal or unlawful act or “reflect on his character or personal honour” by stating that the member is guilty of murder, blackmail, corruption, perjury, seditious libel, being deceitful or, curiously, “interfering in the distribution of land while a Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture”.TDs are also banned from alleging that a colleague is ‘a smuggler’, ‘a rogue’, or ‘a scoundrel’.The document also contains a comprehensive list of “insulting and abusive expressions” that have been ruled disorderly when applied to a member, a member’s statement, or their actions or conduct.These include:brat or acting the bratbuffoon or buffoonerychancercommunistcorner boy, corner boy tacticscowardfascist or fascist Minister (although the chair does tolerate the expression “fascist” used in a general way)gurrierguttersnipehypocrite, bloody hypocrites, hypocrisy etc.ratscumbagscurrilous, scurrilous speakeryahooThe document also states that a reference to ‘handbagging’, particularly when speaking about “a lady member of the House” has been deemed to be unparliamentary.All of this is not to say that deputies are completely protected, another point in the document states that “members must not be thin-skinned in relation to political remarks”.In addition, the document states that Dáil proceedings may not referred to as a “circus”, “a farce” or “a slander machine”.Though this does not preclude the general public from stating this to be the case.VIDEO: Dáil hears about ‘three-day festival and orgy organised by the government’‘What a load of bulls**t’: TD’s ‘wet dream’ remarks land him in hot water
Stay on target As NASA prepares for its Mars rover to launch July 2020 and land at the Red Planet to explore Martian geology and collect samples for return to Earth, the space agency has taken to the lava fields of Iceland to get the unmanned vehicle ready for the job.Fifteen NASA scientists and engineers descended on the Lambahraun lava field at the foot of Iceland’s second biggest glacier, Langjokull, in July, to test a rover prototype.Experts say the terrain of the volcanic island Experts say that Iceland is in many ways reminiscent of the surface of Mars. (Photo Credit: Halldor Kolbeins / AFP / Getty Images)The terrain of Lambahraun lava field, located about 60 miles from Reykjavik, features black basalt sand, dunes, and craggy peaks, which experts say is reminiscent of the surface of the Mars.“It’s a very good analogue for Mars exploration and learning how to drive Mars rovers,” Adam Deslauriers, manager of space and education, at Canada’s Mission Control Space Services, told AFP.Before Mars became an inhospitable frozen desert with an average temperature of minus 81.4 degrees F, scientists believe that the planet shared many of the characteristics of Iceland. “The mineralogy in Iceland is very similar to what we would find on Mars,” said Ryan Ewing, associate professor of geology at Texas A&M University, who referred to minerals such as olivine and pyroxenes, both dark so-called mafic rocks, which have also been found on Mars.“In addition to that, we don’t have much vegetation, it’s cold and we have some of the environments like sand dunes and rivers and glaciers that Mars has evidence of in the past,” Ewing added.The prototype rover being used on the Icelandic lava field was “basically indestructible,” according to Adam Deslauriers, of Canada’s Mission Control Space Services. (Photo Credit: Halldor Kolbeins / AFP / Getty Images)Deslauriers described the rover prototype, which has a four-wheel drive propelled by two motors and is powered by 12 small car batteries stacked inside, as “indestructible.”“The rovers that we have on Mars and the Moon would be a lot more sensitive to the environment and conditions of Iceland,” Deslauriers told AFP.While the prototype tested on the Icelandic lava field is equipped with sensors, a computer, a dual-lens camera and controlled remotely, it’s not exactly identical to the actual Mars 2020 rover.The Mars 2020 rover, which has yet to be named, will be able to collect rock and soil samples from the surface of the Red Planet and store those samples in tubes for future missions to retrieve.The 2020 rover will land at Jezero Crater on February 18, 2021, equipped with a system to cache science samples in tubes that will be delivered to a safe drop-off site. Two subsequent missions, currently in the concept stage, would be needed to bring the Mars 2020 samples home.The Mars 2020 rover is based on the Mars Science Laboratory‘s Curiosity rover configuration. It is car-sized, about 10 feet long (not including the arm), 9 feet wide, and 7 feet tall. At 2,314 pounds, it weighs less than a compact car. The public can watch live (see video below) as the Mars 2020 rover is built and tested in the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at JPL.Earlier this month, engineers working on the Mars 2020 rover at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, completed the machine-vision calibration of the forward-facing cameras on the robotic explorer.Last month, JPL engineers tested the rover’s 7-foot-long robotic arm, which maneuvered an 88-pound sensor-laden turret.More on Geek.com:Send Your Name to Mars Aboard NASA’s Mars 2020 RoverWatch: Scientists Simulate What a Marsquake Might Look Like40 Incredible Images of the Surface of Mars NASA Attaches Helicopter to Mars 2020 RoverNASA Now Accepting Names for Mars 2020 Rover
Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August Ratings agency Fitch Ratings has affirmed Macau’s Long-Term Foreign-Currency Issuer Default Rating (IDR) at “AA” with a Stable Outlook, citing the SAR’s “exceptionally strong” finances and commitment to fiscal prudence.In its latest evaluation released on Wednesday, Fitch pointed to a projected budget surplus of 9.5% of GDP in 2018, combined with expenditures remaining well under budget, as continuing to boost fiscal revenues. It also described Macau Chief Executive Fernando Chui Sai On’s recent 2019 Policy Address in which he declared a central budget surplus target of MOP$18 billion, or 4% of GDP, as overly conservative. Fitch forecasts a 2019 budget surplus of 9.4% of GDP in 2019, driven by projected gaming revenue growth of around 5%.“The gaming sector has performed above Fitch’s expectations this year, with gross revenue from Games of Fortune up by 13.7% year-on-year during the 11 months ending November 2018,” the ratings agency stated.“Tourism inflows also continue to exhibit robust growth, supported by various initiatives to streamline applications for mainland travel permits, as well as enhanced cross-border connectivity, including the newly opened Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge.“Mass-market gaming has grown rapidly this year, in line with the authorities’ desire to rebalance away from the more volatile VIP segment, but dependence on VIP gamers still remains high at about 55% of territory-wide gaming revenue.”Notably, Fitch said it would be surprised to see the Macau government upset the status quo when it officially launches the re-tendering process for Macau gaming licenses in the near future. The gaming concessions of both SJM and MGM expire in March 2020 with those of Galaxy, Sands, Wynn and Melco Resorts expiring in 2022.Fitch described the re-tendering as a risk but said it believes it is “unlikely to negatively impact Macau’s sovereign creditworthiness.”“The government has indicated it has started relevant preparations, but has yet to disclose any information to the public,” it said. “Fitch does not believe the authorities would seek to disrupt the normal business operations of gaming operators, given the potential spill-over effects it could have on fiscal revenues, employment and tourism more broadly.“However, the agency does expect renewals to be linked to further commitments by gaming operators to support the diversification of the economy into non-gaming entertainment. Meanwhile, resort operators have continued to make significant capital investments across the Cotai strip, which suggests that they do not expect negotiations to adversely impact their medium-term business prospects.”Fitch affirmed all of Macau’s key ratings drivers, including Long-Term Local-Currency IDR at “AA” with Outlook Stable, Short-Term Foreign-Currency IDR at “F1+”, Short-Term Local-Currency IDR at “F1+” and Country Ceiling at “AAA”.However, it warned that the ratings are constrained by Macau’s high GDP volatility, concentration on the gaming sector and reliance tourism from mainland China, and its susceptibility to changes in China’s broader policy environment. Load More Galaxy offers first glimpse of new Galaxy Macau convention center ahead of 2021 launch JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner RelatedPosts
An image sensor coated with QuantumFilm efficiently captures light and sends the digital signals to the silicon underneath. Image credit: InVisage. (PhysOrg.com) — As it’s becoming more and more difficult for silicon alone to improve the sensors used in today’s digital cameras, a new material may be emerging from physics labs to provide a large performance boost for digital cameras. QuantumFilm, which is made of quantum dots, could offer four times better performance and twice the dynamic range of existing silicon sensors, claim its developers at Menlo, Calif.-based start-up company InVisage. © 2010 PhysOrg.com More information: www.invisageinc.comvia: InVisage press release Explore further The main advantage of using quantum dots is that, compared to silicon, these tiny semiconductors are much more light-sensitive, meaning they can turn more of the incoming light into an electric charge than silicon sensors. While silicon-based image sensors today capture about 25% of incoming light, silicon sensors coated with QuantumFilm can capture 90-95% of the light, enabling better quality pictures, especially in difficult lighting conditions. According to InVisage, quantum-dot-based camera sensors can achieve the same performance as today’s digital cameras in a much smaller size. This advantage should be particularly beneficial for high-end mobile phones, giving them the ability to capture stunning images with a quality comparable to today’s digital cameras. As InVisage President and CEO Jess Lee explained, QuantumFilm could transform the current three-megapixel camera found in the Apple iPhone into a 12-megapixel camera that works better in varying light conditions. He also said that the quantum-dot-based sensors would not be more expensive than current sensors. Overall, the problem with silicon-based sensors is two-fold: not only does silicon turn only half of the incident light into electric charge, but metal circuits also block part of the light, reducing the overall efficiency to 25%. “It is becoming increasingly difficult and expensive to develop next-generation image sensors using silicon; essentially, silicon has hit a wall,” said Lee. “The fundamental problem is that silicon cannot capture light efficiently, but until now it has been the only option.”InVisage’s solution to these problems – QuantumFilm – was developed by InVisage CTO Ted Sargent, who is also a professor at the University of Toronto. Sargent showed that, by adding a coat of QuantumFilm to the silicon, he could create sensors that can achieve three times’ greater efficiency than silicon alone. In addition, the design enables the metal circuits to be placed underneath the quantum film, where they don’t block any light.Although quantum dots are commercially produced by other manufacturers, they have never been used for image sensors before. More typical applications include solar cells, displays, and identification markers. InVisage says it will have samples ready for phone manufacturers by the end of the year and the sensors could be in mobile phones by mid next-year. Other applications could include automotive and security cameras, as well as military applications. The technology should be easily integrated into existing semiconductor manufacturing methods.QuantumFilm will be demonstrated for the first time this week at DEMO Spring 2010 in Palm Desert, Calif., and at Image Sensors Europe 2010 in London. Kodak, IBM See Eye to Eye on New Image Sensors Citation: Quantum dots could boost performance of mobile phone cameras (2010, March 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-03-quantum-dots-boost-mobile-cameras.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.