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Report: England 0 Brazil 0

first_imgEngland 0 Brazil 0: Gomez impresses as hosts stifle Neymar and company Rob Lancaster 06:01 11/15/17 EnglandvBrazil_cropped Clive Rose/Getty Images It was not the liveliest of encounters, but England can take heart from a goalless draw against Brazil. England followed up their stalemate against Germany with another impressive clean sheet as they held five-time world champions Brazil to a 0-0 draw at Wembley.Gareth Southgate’s injury-hit squad showed their dedication to defending with a stoic display on home soil, leading to the first scoreless encounter between the nations in 40 years.The always busy Neymar did his best to light up an otherwise dim spectacle but, despite dominating for long periods, Brazil struggled to cut open an England team that saw Joe Gomez impress as a centre-back in the new 3-5-2 system. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Southgate handed a debut to Gomez’s Liverpool team-mate Dominic Solanke off the bench in the second half, but a team minus Harry Kane barely threatened to cause an upset in the capital.When @MarcusRashford met @neymarjr…— England (@England) November 14, 2017England had given cause for optimism with their performance against Germany, and Southgate once again stuck with the three centre-back policy he had tested out last Friday.Gomez was handed a first start and Ruben Loftus-Cheek kept his place in the team, albeit his involvement was ended after only 35 minutes by a back injury.Brazil, who welcomed back Philippe Coutinho from a thigh injury, bossed possession in the first half without turning their dominance into clear-cut chances.Joe Hart was needed to make a save from a Gabriel Jesus header, but the tempo of the game struggled to match the occasional noise stemming from the samba band inside the stadium.75 – Joe Hart made his 75th appearance for England tonight, just the third goalkeeper to reach this total after David Seaman and Peter Shilton. Stalwart.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 14, 2017Marcus Rashford produced England’s brightest moment before the break, the striker – occupying the central role he has played for Manchester United recently – cleverly turning away from Casemiro before sending a firm drive straight at Alisson.While the chances failed to arrive early in the second half, yellow cards for Jake Livermore and Dani Alves at least showed there was a competitive edge to proceedings.Brazil saw Hart block Coutinho’s weak attempt after the Liverpool playmaker had outpaced team-mate Jesus to reach Neymar’s scooped throughball, only to then stumble and lose his balance at the point of contact.Tite utilised the Premier League pairing of Willian – who had captained his country in the 3-1 win over Japan in France – and Fernandinho off the bench in the hope of sparking his team into life.Both replacements had late opportunities to break the deadlock, with Fernandinho whistling a shot just wide of the target before Willian saw his goal-bound effort blocked by England substitute Ashley Young.Solanke made his introduction in the 73rd minute and had the chance to mark the occasion with a dramatic winner from Young’s cross in the closing stages.However, teed up by fellow sub Tammy Abraham, the striker waited a fraction too long to get his shot away, allowing the alert Alisson to make the block at the far post.While England could not quite nick it at the end, they could at least reflect on back-to-back shut-outs against the top-two ranked teams in the world.  read morelast_img read more

Kelly Cates and Kenny Dalglish: a relationship forged in football

first_imgShare via Email Share on Messenger A pioneer for women in football, Cates has forged a hugely respected 20-year career in broadcasting. So much a part of the football media furniture, it is almost possible to forget she is the daughter of the Liverpool legend Sir Kenny Dalglish, but not quite.Growing up with a dad who never believed his daughters should have less of a place in the game because of their gender has been hugely positive for her. Well, apart from once. “Only when Kelly knocked herself out playing football in Spain,” Dalglish says. “She still talks about it to this day but I think time has run away with her imagination.”“I think obviously being surrounded by football helped build up a knowledge of the game and an insight that you might not get watching from afar,” Cates says. “My dad was always hugely supportive, as was my brother. We used to play three-and-in in the back garden and those are the memories that stick as much as the more famous games that we were fortunate to attend.”“Kelly has always been single-minded and determined,” Dalglish says. “But she also knows her football and that, above all, is the biggest factor in her success – her professional capabilities married with her knowledge of the subject matter. She grew up with it right enough and if you can keep Graeme Souness in line then you must be doing something right.”There was also never a time when Cates resented football for the way it dominated their lives: “It was always there but it never consumed us. In fact, I think it was easier then because it wasn’t wall-to-wall on television,” she says. “It would certainly be a lot harder to get away from football now.“On the day before a match we would go out and have an early dinner so we could spend time with my dad then he would go to bed early to rest for the game. That was just the routine. Obviously it would be inevitable that sometimes he would bring his work home and we could sense his disappointment but it was never about results – it was always about the performance with my dad.” • The WSL leaders, Arsenal, have been drawn against third-placed Birmingham in the quarter finals of the Continental League Cup. Manchester United have a home time against West Ham, who play a division above them. Chelsea host Reading and Manchester City welcome Brighton. The ties are due to be played on 9/10 January. Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane will host the final on 23 February, live on BT Sport.• Following the dismissal of John Donoghue, Lewes have announced Fran Alonso as their manager. The 42-year-old Spaniard is a former assistant coach of Ronald Koeman at Everton and Southampton, where he also worked under Mauricio Pochettino. Lewes sit ninth in the Championship, 15 points off of Manchester United at the top.• The Australian football federation has announced an international friendly tournament, the Cup of Nations, to aid World Cup preparations. Taking place at the end of February, it will see Argentina, South Korea and New Zealand join the hosts. Pinterest Share on Twitter Share on Facebook For Dalglish, who watched his four children absorb life lessons from football, the benefits are clear. “I’m proud of all of my kids and while not all of them have followed a career in football I think growing up in a football family taught them a lot about life, even subconsciously,” the three-times European Cup winner says. “As a family we have been through highs and extreme lows in football but I think the children all took something from the game, whether it was dedication and commitment, being ambitious and pursuing your dreams, or just the work ethic that I grew up with and which was a prerequisite for success in football and in life.”Football puts huge pressures on managers and their families. Dalglish has experienced the ups and downs symptomatic of management but has also had to deal with more, emotionally, than many. However, there was never a point when he thought he did not want his kids around it: “When you are a manager you can find yourself under pressure, or certainly under pressure in the media, and as much as you try not to take your work home it’s inevitable that your family sense when you are not yourself. Share on WhatsApp I have two daughters, seven and 10, and they are encouraged to be who they want to beKelly Cates “I’ve said this before but I’ve seen an entire community come together as one family, so I know how football can unite.”Cates and Dalglish have teamed up in support of the Uefa #WePlayStrong campaign ‘It All Starts Here’, which calls on football fan parents, and dads in particular, to encourage their daughters to play the sport. Rio Ferdinand, Alan Shearer, Egil Østenstad, Franco Baresi and many more have added their voices.For Cates, the reason for her involvement is simple: “I have two daughters, seven and 10, and they are encouraged to be who they want to be. They are obviously aware that football is a huge part of my life and career and the fact they can now watch the best women’s footballers on TV, from the Women’s Super League to the Women’s Champions League, is terrific.“I think We Play Strong is a great way of raising awareness of women’s football and in a way continuing to normalise it for young girls to take part.”The change in opportunities is noticeable to Dalglish: “We were never pushy parents and would never wish to put pressure on any of the kids to do anything that they didn’t feel passionately about.“The opportunity to play football was never the same during their childhood as it is now, and that’s a testament to the great work that the likes of Uefa are doing … Women’s football has grown rapidly in recent years and if even one girl takes up an interest in football because they see Kelly presenting on television, then that is good enough for me and makes all of us proud.”“I have also been pleased to see so many role models coming through,” Cates adds. “When I first started, the press box was still a largely male preserve but that’s changing now and with the likes of Alex Scott forging a successful broadcasting career after her playing career, it’s great to see women’s football achievement being recognised.”For Cates the benefits for women of being involved in football are clear: “I have met lifelong friends through football and that team ethos extends beyond the white lines … There are benefits to your mental health and your general wellbeing. It is a sport for life, whether you are a boy or a girl, a man or a woman.”Talking points Facebook “I can’t remember the first time I fell in love with football because it’s always been there. It’s a bit like asking when was the first time you fell in love with your mum and dad – you just always have.”Many would agree with Kelly Cates’s sentiment but few have had a life as close to the sport as she has. Pinterest Facebook center_img Twitter Arsenal and Birmingham, here in WSL action in November, have been drawn to face one another in the Continental League Cup. Photograph: TGSPhoto/Rex/Shutterstock features Kenny Dalglish Share on Pinterest Kenny Dalglish, pictured last year, says: ‘I know how football can unite.’ Photograph: Christopher Thomond/Guardian Share on LinkedIn Topics Women’s football Read more The 100 best female footballers in the world 2018 Twitter Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Wednesday 21 Jan #2 – Tour Diary

first_imgWhat does it mean to be the only Western Australia on tour?I am honoured to be the only West Australia on tour, it doesn’t get much better than being able to play for your country. Touch Football Australia would like to thank Zoe for answering some questions to give the Touch Football community back home an update of what has been happening on the Tour. Give us a rundown of your day?Today we had a rest day, it started with a coffee with Nikki at a nearby cafe then we headed to the grocery store to do the team food shop with our manager & Baartzy. After that I went shopping with Hayley & Cobie-Jane. In the afternoon we headed to the hot pools to loosen up the legs which was amazing then finished the day off with pizza and pasta at a nearby restaurant with the Men’s and Women’s teams.How is the team shaping up for the 2010 Trans Tasman?The team is very calm and ready to go. We have done all the homework, it a good feeling and everyone cant wait to get out there. What is the Atmosphere like in the team?The team atmosphere is awesome, this is one of the most tightest teams you could get, everyone would do anything for each other. Did you bring anything with you to make it feel more like home?No.After beating the world champions 3-0 in Wollongong, are you confident in replicating the teams performance away from home?I am confident that our team will go out there and play out hearts out. We are one step ahead now and know each others game like the back of our hands, even away from home.last_img read more

Sharapova snaps at journalists over questions on meldonium, crowd booing

first_img Next India Today Web Desk MelbourneJanuary 20, 2019UPDATED: January 20, 2019 14:37 IST Maria Sharapova was not amused by a few questions from journalists at the press conference. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSMaria Sharapova lost 6-4, 1-6, 4-6 to Australian Ashleigh Barty in Round 4Sharapova did not respond to a question on meldonium useSharapova shot back at journalist who asked her about the crowd booing herMaria Sharapova was not in the best of moods at the press conference after her fourth round loss at the Australian Open against local hope Ashleigh Barty and had a couple of runs in with journalists over controversial questions. Sharapova has not had a lot of success on tour since returning from the doping ban and is still looking for a big title.On Sunday, Sharapova was up against the crowd and Barty at the Rod Laver Arena under the Australian heat and despite winning the first set, Ash Barty rode on home support and shot right back to win a three-set thriller 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 in two hours and 22 minutes.Sharapova had had a great tournament so far but her accuracy deserted her against Barty, especially in the second set after which Barty produced an inspired show to down Sharapova. In the press conference after the match, Sharapova was asked about how her body holds up now that she cannot take meldonium and the former Australian Open champion was not amused.Reporter: You took meldonium legally for ten years to deal with your health problems. Now that it’s banned and you can no longer take it, is it a struggle physically to deal with the demand of a Grand Slam fortnight?Sharapova: Is there another question?Sharapova was banned three years ago for the usage of a drug called meldonium. Sharapova had been taking the drug since her early years for a health condition but she failed to keep a track of when the drug was added in the banned list of WADA. She had to face a 15-month ban and she has been trying to go deep in Grand Slam tournaments ever since her return.advertisementSharapova was also booed by the Rod Laver Arena crowd on Sunday when she took an extended bathroom break after the second set, which she lost 1-6. She was asked about the same by a journalist in the press conference and Sharapova snapped back.Sharapova: What do you want me to say to that question?Reporter: I don’t know. Just the truth, I guess.Sharapova: I think that’s a silly question to ask.Reporter: Did it affect you, though?Sharapova: (No response)On her loss to Barty despite creating chances for herself in the final set, Sharapova said, “Yeah, a different style, but a really tough style to play against. I thought she played a really great match, and I still had my chances which I didn’t take. I definitely had a let-down for many games straight, gave her that confidence, and she’s a confidence player, as well. And she’ll take it. She’s not going to back down. And she did.”Sharapova further said that she was looking to take care of her health and shoulder going ahead.”I thought I did a few things well this week. There is a lot of improvements to do. I still, as I said, still have to take care of the shoulder. You know, I need to serve better. That comes obviously, stems from the shoulder. That’s an important aspect of this year. I’ll be looking to do everything in order to keep it healthy.”Also Read | Nadal thrashes Berdych to reach quarters, Tiafoe beats Dimitrov on birthdayAlso Read | Former champion Angelique Kerber stunned in fourth roundAlso Read | Petra Kvitova storms into quarters after outclassing Amanda AnisimovaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Maria SharapovaFollow Ashleigh BartyFollow Australian Open Sharapova snaps at journalists over questions on meldonium, crowd booingAustralian Open: Maria Sharapova had a couple of run-ins with journalists at the press conference after losing to local Ashleigh Barty in the 4th round.advertisementlast_img read more

Nova Scotians Must Fully Benefit From Offshore Licence Forfeitures

first_img Nova Scotians, not Ottawa, should benefit from work depositsforfeited by offshore energy exploration companies, EnergyMinister Cecil Clarke said today, July 5. “The prime minister and federal government have stated publiclythat Nova Scotia should receive 100 per cent of offshorerevenues,” said Mr. Clarke. “Keeping 100 per cent of the dollarsfrom these forfeitures in Nova Scotia would be an excellent firststep for Ottawa to show its good faith on this important matter.” On June 30, 13 offshore Nova Scotia parcels were returned to theCrown. This will result in licence holders forfeiting 25 per centof unexpended work commitments. The 13 offshore parcels carried atotal work commitment of $284 million. The Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board will determinethe total value of work conducted by the licence holders, whichrepresent such major energy companies as Exxon Mobil, Shell,Kerr-McGee and Imperial. With current fiscal arrangements, thefederal government would claw back 70 per cent of the forfeitedfees. “While it would have been my greatest preference to see the workcommitments spent fully on offshore exploration, forfeitures dohave the potential to increase Nova Scotia’s revenue from theoffshore this year,” said Mr. Clarke. “These are dollars we candirect toward expanding our training opportunities, improving ourinfrastructure and reducing our debt.” The Nova Scotia government has been in discussions with NaturalResources Canada on offshore revenues arrangements for more thantwo years. In 2001, Premier John Hamm launched the Campaign forFairness, to ensure the federal government honours the intent ofthe Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Accord to guarantee that NovaScotians are the principal beneficiaries of their offshoreresources. ENERGY–Nova Scotians Must Fully Benefit From Offshore LicenceForfeitureslast_img read more

Thelma Chalifoux former senator and Metis activist dies in Alberta at 88

first_imgST. ALBERT, Alta. – Metis activist and retired senator Thelma Chalifoux has died.Chalifoux’s daughter, Debbie Coulter, says her mother passed away Friday evening at a care home in St. Albert, near Edmonton, and had been in declining health for some years. She was 88.Chalifoux was appointed to the upper chamber in 1997 and served until she retired at age 75 in 2004.Chalifoux was born in Calgary in 1929 and noted when she was named to the Senate that she raised seven children, so she was used to hard work.She began working in community development when she was offered a job by the Metis Association of Alberta, and she later served as chairwoman of the Metis National Council Senate and vice-president of the Aboriginal Women’s Business Development Corporation.She was also the first Metis woman on the Senate of the University of Alberta.“We spent the last couple of days in her room surrounding her with love, music and stories,” Coulter said Sunday, noting that children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were present during that time.“We like to think that she could still hear us.”In her job with Alberta’s Metis Association, Chalifoux was sent from the cities of south and central Alberta to the northern bush country of Slave Lake, where she was to spend the next 12 years.Working with the Company of Young Canadians, a government agency that brought young workers in to help people in poor communities organize to improve their lot, she began fighting for better conditions for her people, especially better housing.She modelled her work on the writings of Saul Alinsky, who wrote about community development in black neighbourhoods in American cities.“When you develop communities, it’s like working in the trenches. You train the people to become self-sufficient,” Chalifoux told The Canadian Press in an interview in 1997.Along the way, she became one of the first Indigenous women to broadcast on private radio, Peace River’s CKYL.She received a National Aboriginal Achievement Award in 1994.During her time as senator she appointed a task force to consult with Edmonton’s Indigenous community about violent Indigenous youth gangs, and argued for better education and partnerships between the community, police and other Canadians.She also challenged a claim by then-Alberta premier Ralph Klein that she should have been elected to the post, noting she could have won an election.Chalifoux said she wouldn’t have a chance because she was a woman, Metis and didn’t have the finances for a campaign.After leaving the Senate, Coulter said her mother founded an organization to preserve and protect the Metis history in northern Alberta, called the Michif Institute. Coulter and her sister took it over when their mother became ill, and a version of it continues today.“There’s a saying that nobody wants on their grave that they wish they would have worked more. We were laughing about that the other day and we thought, well, except for my mother. She might have said that,” Coulter said.last_img read more

Former BC Judge meets with residential school survivors

first_imgAPTN National NewsAn emotionally charged gathering has just wrapped up on the Blood Reserve in Alberta.Thousands of residential school survivors came out to learn the fate of their compensation claims.Investigators recently found they were being fleeced by their lawyers.Now a former judge is meeting with surivivors, trying to explain what’s happening with their cases.But as APTN’s Noemi Lopinto reports, his words were little comfort.last_img

Thithit or the complex tale of four generations in the 2015

Marrakech – The story is extremely complex. Synthesizing it cannot be simple. It starts with the death of a hundred-year old man. Apparently senile, his words are raw and partake in those of Greek heralds, Shakespearean witches, commentaries of the Wasteland or the memories of someone coming out right of Paradise Lost. He is heard before he is seen, his voice espousing those of the animals that coexist with humans in the same living environment. In the short while before he dropped dead, he says it all. Fraud, treachery, corruption, greed and lust underpin the seemingly simple life of the village. One is not even sure the little school kids in their pretty uniforms are that innocent. Every single word he utters, whether addressed to an individual or to the whole community, is an accusation, the revelation of some deviance or a curse. The privilege of old age and of the dementia that goes with it is the right to disclose what everyone else strives to conceal and not to be heard.The death of the old man, should not necessarily mean, however, the end of an era nor the beginning of a new one. In any case, his terminal fall is witnessed only by goats, hens and roosters. We learn he was a notorious character. For his son, the second generation in the movie, his death is “no big deal”. He does not see any use in attending his funeral nor in complying to the most sacred traditions.Technology is failing, the water pump has broken down, the repairman is no hurry, water is short, the forest is being ransacked, the river emptied of its sand, peaceful herders in transhumance are robbed of their sheep, heavy drinking among youth and the elderly alike, cheating, stealing one’s father’s money and losing it in fixed cards games, forging one’s father’s death certificate to secure inheritance in his lifetime, the holiest traditions are not respected. These are all cross generational behaviors. The scenes of the funeral are true studies of an anthropological phenomenon. In addition to the visual and sound support of the various stages of the preparation of the dead, his ablutions, dressing him up, seating him in a chair decorated with flowers, spraying him with fire starters, the procession and the fanfare accompanying it, setting the fire and watching the dead burn, the final search in the ashes for remnants of skull and rib bones to be kept in the home, every step and act is seen through several eyes and assessed through different sets of concerns, interests, values and criteria.The elder son who is supposed to set the fire and the preside over the ceremony for it be holy and to honor his father does not only not care about it, but rejects the whole tradition with sarcasm and derision. He is always in the move, roaming barefoot, half drunk, throughout the territory of the tribe. He does not hesitate to steal money from the pocket of a farmer working hard in the field, for a Tiger, the drink he runs on.The land is in desolation and an advanced state of waste and deterioration. The forest is overgrazed, the trees are cut rand the river is deprived of its sand bed.The scale of the Thihit tradition is decided according to a combination of astrological conditions and the relative wealth of the dead. The Grand son, acting in lieu of his father who does not care about tradition, is ordered to feed five hundred people and serve them meat. The latter condition is reason enough to convince everyone who hears about the event to make the effort.Conveyance of the assets, including land, of the dead person to the only lawful inheritor is at jeopardy. The grandson has been convinced that his uncles, all qualifies crooks, are plotting to usurp him of his rightful inheritance as their brother shows no interest in it.Counseled by the scoundrel of the village, he decides to forge a death certificate for his father to enter into property of the land and sell it to a rich man from the city. The condition which the administrative authority demands is that the father disappears and is not seen in the whereabouts of the village. The son convinces the father to go on the trip he had always wanted to make and proposes a big amount of money to fund it. The father is made to swear on the head of his grandson not to return to the village before a long time. To buy his father’s disappearance, he loans the amount of the bribe from a real shark – 25000 rupees – at a high interest rate for a five day period which he planned the land to have been sold.Short on Tiger, the father breaks his word and gets off the bus and misses the opportunity to get far away from the village. While roaming as he is used to, he runs into some nomad families in transhumance living in complete coherence and concord driving their sheep and goats throughout the country according to seasons and availability of grass. They accept his invitation to join them, shares their tea and introduces them to Tiger. In the night, he tells them the story of his life. One day he had caught his father making love to the wife he had made him marry. Only the woman was aware of it. Neither she nor he had ever told the father. She jumped in the village well with her two children. He managed to save only one of the sons whom he raises to manhood and then left the village to wander most of the time aimlessly leaving behind wealth and notoriety. Everyone hang on his words and sympathized with him. He closed the narration throwing doubt on the the authenticity of the events that could be, he dropped in, either true or just a dream!One day, he offers to buy dinner to the families that have adopted him. Did he not have a lot of money and did they not show him a lot of generosity? To the food, he added Tiger and other spirits. The night turned into a chaotic party with a lot of drinking and dancing. Everyone was knocked off and dropped dead drunk into a heavy sleep. The grand son who had lost the money of the three sheep for his grandfather’s ThiThi getting drunk and playing cards, sneaked in with his acolytes and stole three sheep from the sleeping nomads.In the morning, the families have what seems to be their first internal conflict. A fight almost broke out that was about to break up the centuries old bonds that had maintained them together. The old man, the roamer, intervened and distributed the money left with him, an which was meant to get him very far away from his village, to the three patriarchs of the nomads. Two accepted the money. One did not arguing the old man did not have to pay for the deeds of someone else. Little did they all know. The tribe decided the place was not safe anymore and the theft was an indicator they were not welcome. They packed and hit the road in search of another grazing land.Meanwhile, two parallel stories are unfolding. The grand son who had stolen the sheep had fallen in love with the adolescent daughter of one of the patriarchs. He kept at her until her feelings leaned for him, too. The second story was the sale process of the land.The Thithi ceremony has traditionally to be led by the eldest son, who had now disappeared and was living with the nomads in the road driving their herds for safer lands. The villagers, who were not aware of the deal the son had sealed with his father, insisted he is found to lead the ceremony and honor his father. The son had usurped his father’s position, bought forged official documents including his father’s death certificate and loaned a huge amount of money he expected to pay back upon the sale of the land. Moral deprivation is but another fact of everyday life, it seems.The ceremony was interrupted by two events. The herd of the nomads passing close by and the unexpected arrival of the buyer of the land who showed up unexpectedly with his associates one day ahead of the appointment to finalize the sale. The secret of the father is disclosed as a kid found out he was hiding among the sheep. The villagers bring him back to the celebration on their shoulders. The fraud is revealed and the deal with the rich man is broken. The celebration goes on. The son had drawn the daughter of the patriarch to a barn and made love to her under the sight of goats, sheep and cows their heavy breathing mixing with that of the young adolescents. The girl sits silent as the boy draws up his pants. The feelings are not the same. One has the feeling of a winner the other of one who has just lost something precious, “find me and marry” she commands as she leaves. The goats witness it all.The ceremony that was about to be ruined is saved by the visitors pressing for the food and meat they had been invited for. The patriarchs and their families join the feast, eating their own sheep unknowingly. A night of “story telling” follows.Raam Reddy, the Director of the film, managed to reconcile the rigor of anthropological description, sociological analysis and psychological investigation with the rare skill of an inventive story teller. While he stands as a narrator and holds his judgment as much as it can be done, he creates for his characters moments to judge both each other and their living conditions avoiding himself, thus, the risk of misleading the viewer or manipulating his attitudes and feelings. He leaves it to viewers to find out for themselves what to do with the cruelty of some of the actions he brings to them from a real world. His task is limited to revealing the processes through which the perversion of authenticity, the profanation of purity and the corruption of simplicity are affecting the world he has chosen to explore the forces influencing universal values and making human Destiny ! read more

EU MPs Vote to End Daylight Saving Time

Rabat – The European members of parliament have voted in favor of ending the Daylight saving time (DST), with 410 voices in for and 192 against. The vote results do not mean however that the EU countries will abolish the practice. Instead, concerned European countries will take it into consideration when making the decision.Since 2001, all EU countries have been using the DST, adding one hour on the last Sunday of March of each year and switching it back to standard time on the last Sunday of October. The goal of the practice of changing time twice yearly was to save energy. But studies have shown that DST has been detrimental to more damage to the health of people. Its contribution to increasing the amount of energy savings was marginal when compared with the mental troubles it caused among populations.The EU countries will now have the choice to whether stick with the summertime or keep the winter time.In Morocco, meanwhile, the daylight saving was supposed to end on Sunday, October 28, but Moroccans were taken aback by the government decision to stay in DST all year round.The move angered Moroccans who were used to move their clocks back by one hour every year on the last Sunday of October. The government justified its move, saying that the decision was based on a study they conducted. The alleged study found that the “adoption of ‘doubling timing’ has created a kind of confusion,” according to the government.As 68 percent of Moroccans were against a permanent shift to using DST, the government explained that the decision is aimed to end changing time four times a year. Morocco goes back temporarily to GMT during the holy month of Ramadan.In recent months, speculations ran wild that Renault, and not the Moroccan government, was behind Morocco’s decision to maintain GMT+1.In a comment on LinkedIn, Chikhi Adib, the General Director of Altitude RH, a human resources consultancy, stated that Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn had come to Morocco to “personally demand” the permanent adoption of DST. read more

UN official stresses the importance of human rights in overcoming poverty

Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, warned that “the interrelation between freedom from want and freedom from fear” must be central to the discussions of world leaders on how to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by their target date of 2015.Global leaders are scheduled to gather at UN Headquarters in New York next month to assess the progress so far towards the MDGs, a series of targets for reducing social and economic ills, and where future efforts should be directed.In an op-ed column that was published in Nepal’s Republica and other newspapers, Ms. Pillay noted that poverty remains stubbornly high in too many regions of the world, particularly sub-Saharan Africa and parts of Asia.“We cannot afford to keep disappointing the hopes of those who live at the margins of their own societies – let alone the global community,” she wrote. “Their disenfranchisement may carry a higher cost than investing resources and political will in their empowerment.”For too long, Ms. Pillay said, economic development and human rights have been considered by governments as separate issues to be tackled separately, with development treated as the overriding concern.“Empowerment cannot be achieved if development policies are pursued in a human rights vacuum… Economic growth strategies can be a powerful tool to help us realize the UN Charter’s vision of a more equal, secure and just world in larger freedom.“Human rights principles such as equality, participation and accountability and the rule of law are instrumental for development to take firm root and be both equitable and sustainable.”A human rights approach to development is essential, the High Commissioner emphasized, as “it puts people in control of their own lives.” 4 August 2010The economic empowerment of the world’s poorest people will not happen unless their human rights are also considered, a senior United Nations official said today, urging governments around the world not to separate development and basic rights when devising policy. read more

At Holocaust remembrance ceremony UN urges protection of children from war

“One and a half million Jewish children perished,” said Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his remarks to the congregation of the Park East Synagogue in New York. “Tens of thousands of others were murdered, including people with disabilities, as well as Roma and Sinti. “Many died of starvation or disease. Many others were orphaned by the war, or ripped away from their families. We will never know what these boys and girls might have contributed to our world. And many survivors were too shattered to tell their stories. Today, we seek to give voice to those accounts,” Mr. Ban said. “Children are uniquely vulnerable to the worst of humankind. We must show them the best this world has to offer,” he added. President of the General Assembly Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser echoed Mr. Ban’s remarks and urged countries to protect the rights of those most vulnerable regardless of race, colour, sex or religious beliefs. Mr. Al-Nasser stressed that the International Day in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, observed each year on 27 January, ensures that “the Holocaust will forever remain, in our time and for future generations, a warning to all people about the dangers of hatred, bigotry, racism and prejudice.” Mr. Al-Nasser also underscored the critical need to establish dialogue among various faiths to ensure widespread peace and stability. “As part of our efforts to build peace, we focus on what brings us together: our shared humanity,” he said. “Initiatives that enhance mutual understanding, harmony and cooperation – that turn words into action – are the way forward.” Next week, the UN will remember the children who perished during the Holocaust with a week of events culminating in a memorial ceremony to be held in the General Assembly Hall in New York on Friday. The events include film screenings, exhibits and talks, as well as the launch of a website offering videos and testimonials from over a thousand Holocaust survivors, as well as educational tools and resources for students and teachers. 21 January 2012Top United Nations officials today urged for the protection of children from the scourges of war during a Holocaust remembrance service to honour the memory of the estimated six million Jews and countless others killed in the Nazi death camps during the Second World War. read more

UN emergency teams assess damage in Pacific islands from Tropical Cyclone Percy

The devastation in several South Pacific islands from Tropical Cyclone Percy has been extensive, with hospitals, schools, housing and even temporary shelters having sustained damage, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said today. The UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team, which has been at work since last weekend, said that in Tokelau the Nukunonu, Atafu and Fakaofo atolls have lost significant parts of their infrastructure, including damage from wind and floods to seawalls, hospital facilities, schools, an office building and a meeting house, while debris has collected in the villages. Tokelauans have been cleaning up quickly so as to avoid health problems and immediate needs for food, shelter and medicines have been met, OCHA said. In Pukapuka, 80 per cent of the housing was lost and roads were washed out, UNDAC said it learned from International Red Cross and Red Crescent Society representatives. Tokelau has received relief aid of $360,000 from New Zealand, $39,000 from Australia and $50,000 from the UN Development Programme (UNDP), OCHA said. read more

INTERVIEW Achieving global development goals inconceivable without reducing disaster risk stresses UN

This video features Global Platform host Mexico and shows how the country is meeting target G of the Sendai Framework, which promotes greater access to multi-hazard early warning systems. UN News: Are there some examples of best practices that countries around the world might want to learn from?Robert Glasser: There are so many wonderful examples and you know this is one area where it’s not necessarily the wealthy countries that have the best examples. Many of the examples are in less developed countries. You know people talk about the limitations of least developed countries and developing countries to move agendas forward but if we take Bangladesh for example, they have made such huge progress in reducing disaster risk through early warning, evacuation, storm shelters. There were some major cyclones that struck Bangladesh decades ago that resulted in hundreds of thousands of people being killed. There was a recent, relatively recent storm track and people were killed and the headline was, “hundreds of people killed.” A family along with their cattle and possessions stranded atop small islands formed due to massive floods, Sindh province, Pakistan. Photo: IFAD/EPA/Nadeem KhawerA pastoralist in northern Somalia, a region hit hard by drought. He lost almost half of his sheep flock that originally numbered 70. Photo: UNICEF/Sebastian RichRescuers at work in Sankhu, a particularly badly affected town in northwestern Nepal. Photo: Laxmi Prasad Ngakhusi/UNDP NepalLow income households along riverbanks prone to floods in Jakarta, Indonesia. Photo: World Bank/Farhana Asnap < Previous Next > But the actual headline should have been, “hundreds and thousands of people weren’t killed” because that was the progress that has been made. So there are wonderful examples in Bangladesh. In India they’ve dramatically improved the early warning for disasters; in Mexico, during Hurricane Patricia, they evacuated millions of people. We’ve seen that in other countries as well. There are wonderful examples in the Pacific. This is maybe another example of best case – we have the Pacific Island countries agreeing to integrate disaster risk, climate risk and development into one framework which is world class, not surprising given that small and developing States are particularly exposed to hazards and climate change. So it depends what you look at but there are many examples of best practice, and not just in the wealthy countries. Actually, developing and less developed countries have made wonderful progress and have much to share with even developed countries. UN News: In the broader context of the Sustainable Development Goals, what is the relevance of disaster risk reduction for achieving the SDGs?Robert Glasser: Well, I think for me it’s very hard to imagine achieving the SDGs without reducing disaster risk, and climate risk as a fundamental part of disaster risk, because as I’ve mentioned, these costs of disasters, the economic costs – you know $3,4,5 billion, we actually don’t know the annual costs because we just don’t have the data comprehensively, particularly for lower level disasters that are not as visible in the media and so on – but those costs are going up dramatically. So it’s inconceivable that we’ll achieve the SDGs if we don’t get a handle on reducing disaster risk, including climate risk. And similarly, another way of looking at this is to say, if we look at our humanitarian emergencies that are increasingly destructive and costly and you see that the international community is struggling to allocate funding to deal with these, if all we do is react, we will never be able to meet the need. I think this is why Secretary-General António Guterres focuses on prevention, prevention of conflict and prevention of disaster risk. The only way we will ever get ahead of this curve is by focusing on prevention. And disaster risk reduction has huge returns on investment and ultimately will reduce the need for humanitarian response. Over the years, disasters – including earthquakes, floods, droughts and cyclones – have not only taken a heavy toll on human lives, but have had an immense impact on development efforts owing to the enormous economic losses resulting from them. “It’s inconceivable that we’ll achieve the SDGs [Sustainable Development Goals] if we don’t get a handle on reducing disaster risk, including climate risk,” Robert Glasser, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, said in an interview with UN News. It is for this very reason that more than 5,000 participants, including policymakers and disaster risk managers, are meeting at the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in Cancun, Mexico, this week to discuss how to curb economic losses from disasters. Established in 2006, the Global Platform is now the world’s foremost gathering of stakeholders committed to reducing disaster risk and building the resilience of communities and nations. UN News: Why is there a need for the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction?Robert Glasser: Well we’ve seen over the past decades a huge impact of disasters on economic and social development. Not only have millions and millions of people lost their lives in disasters, but the economic cost of disasters in terms of foregone development opportunities has been absolutely enormous. Just to give you an example, for less developed countries, the average annual loss of disasters equates to something like over 20 per cent of their annual investment in social expenditure, in things like education and healthcare. So it’s a huge cost, conservatively estimated at something like $300-400 billion a year. So this conference on reducing disaster risk is a huge priority if we’re going to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.Not only have millions and millions of people lost their lives in disasters, but the economic cost of disasters in terms of foregone development opportunities has been absolutely enormous.UN News: You just mentioned the huge economic costs. What are the key factors that increase economic losses from disasters and how can these be mitigated.Robert Glasser: I think there are two main factors that increase the economic costs. The first is economic development that is poorly risk-informed… as an example, building hospitals in flood zones. As the economies around the world develop, as more and more infrastructure is built in areas that are susceptible to hazards, when these hazards strike, the damage goes up and increases. So economic development that is poorly risk-informed is clearly a cause of the escalating costs. The second factor is climate change, because we’ve seen over time the frequency and severity of hydro-meteorological disasters or hazards has been increasing dramatically over the past decades – exactly what you’d expect from climate change. And of course, these disasters, whether they’re extreme weather events, sea-level rise, drought, all of these factors are elements of disaster risk and of course are contributing to the escalating costs. UN envoy Robert Glasser explains why prevention is key to enhancing disaster risk reduction, and what can be done collectively to mitigate risk associated with disasters. UN News: What steps can countries take to reduce their disaster losses and what can the international community do?Robert Glasser: Well one thing the international community could do is probably the most critical… reduce greenhouse gases as quickly as possible because if climate change continues unabated, then our efforts to reduce disaster risk in other ways will be overwhelmed. So number one, reduce greenhouse gases. The second thing that countries need to do is to incorporate risk in core economic planning so that we don’t end up building this estimated $50 trillion of new investment in infrastructure over the decades ahead… we don’t end up building this infrastructure in ways that are contributing to risk, the hospital-in-flood zone example. And that means looking at both particular investments to reduce risk but more generally risk-proofing as much as possible all of the investments to deal with multi-hazard risk, including climate risk. So those are steps that need to happen as a matter of priority if we’re going to reduce the economic costs of disasters. … if climate change continues unabated, then our efforts to reduce disaster risk in other ways will be overwhelmed.UN News: Who will attend the forthcoming Platform?Robert Glasser: We will see parliamentarians. We will see mayors. We will see civil society; people with disabilities; the private sector has a fundamentally important role to play in disaster risk reduction and they’re extremely motivated to participate. I mentioned $50 trillion of new investment in infrastructure. Well over 75 per cent of that will be private sector investment, not government investment. So if we’re going to reduce economic costs, the private sector has an absolutely fundamental role to play. So we’re expecting 5,000 people, maybe more, in Cancun, Mexico, for the Global Platform and each of these groups will have a really fundamental role to play, including leaders and heads of State. UN News: Is it just a platform for exchanging ideas? If not, what is expected to be achieved?Robert Glasser: I think if this is just a platform for exchanging ideas, it’s not worth it to have a meeting like this. One of the wonderful things about disaster risk reduction is that it is an extremely practical agenda and actually it has achieved a lot, even over the last ten years in terms of reducing loss of life from disasters, from the Hyogo Framework and now to the Sendai Framework. But this meeting is not about just exchanging ideas, although that’s important. This meeting will identify, will launch the monitoring framework for this global agreement and the seven targets member States have agreed to. There’s a whole process to monitor implementation, the global accountability for continuing to improve or reduce disaster risk. It will also include major commitments through the leaders’ forum, heads of State, heads of industry, private sector and others. It will include some major initiatives, including a major initiative on multi-hazard early warning that UNISDR is working on with the WMO [World Meteorological Organization] and our colleagues at the World Bank to launch.And it will involve the science and technology community initiatives, and I mentioned the private sector a moment ago, and there’s a very fundamental role for the private sector where they are quite enthusiastically and dramatically looking at some major initiatives, including in the insurance sector, but in the other areas as well to reduce disaster risk. So this is very practical, it’s extremely important… and it will deliver some really significant economic outcomes that will continue the progress in reducing disaster risk. read more

Security Council unanimously agrees to extend UN Cyprus Mission amid political impasse

Resolution 2453 reaffirms the UN’s position on Cyprus, urging all sides to renew their commitment to the creation of a federal state and stressing that the current status quo is unsustainable. However, no fresh talks between the Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot authorities have so far been scheduled.The latest report of the Secretary-General on the UN operation in Cyprus notes that the two communities want a peace process that is “more inclusive, transparent and representative of the people,” and that uncertainty surrounding the future of settlement negotiations seems to be hampering political engagement, and risks eroding support for reunification in the country. Recent polls show that there are still high levels of mutual distrust, despite growing levels of confidence between both sides on the Mediterranean island. in recent years.The main positive development mentioned in the report is the opening of two new border crossings, which are separated by a buffer zone maintained by UNFICYP. One of the crossings, at Deryneia/Derinya, has opened up the greater Famagusta region – a densely populated area with a long history of grass-roots support for intercommunal contact and cooperation. The situation alongside the ceasefire lines remains stable, but the opposing forces on either side remain heavily armed, and the tension between them, whilst at a low level, remains “ever-present.”The resolution urges the implementation of confidence-building measures, such as the development of an island-wide electricity and mobile phone network, and calls on leaders on both sides to promote peace education, and improve the atmosphere for settlement negotiations through constructive and harmonised messages. read more

UN and partners to hold conference seeking urgently needed funds to save

But the situation remains “horrific” for people everywhere in the war-torn country, according to Jens Laerke, spokesperson from the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA):“It has really been a horrific year for millions and millions of people in Yemen who are literally balancing on the edge of starvation and indeed, famine. And they need massive amounts of other kinds of aid: in the health sector, water and sanitation, education for their children, and so on and so forth. We are really at a crossroads.”He stressed that while the UN and its humanitarian partners were indeed aware of, but “we need to address the root causes to find a political solution but meanwhile, while all this happens, people are suffering, and we have reached a scale that we have not seen in living memory.”Last year, humanitarian programmes were scaled up to reach eight million people with direct assistance per month, up from 3.5 million in 2017.In a briefing to the Security Council earlier this week, UN emergency relief chief Mark Lowcock explained that although Hudaydah is calmer than in recent months, the violence has continued elsewhere.Clashes have even escalated in some front-line areas – particularly in Hajjah, in north-west Yemen, he said, such that about 80 per cent of the population – some 24 million people – need humanitarian assistance and protection.Of that number, 14.3 million have “acute” needs – 27 per cent higher than last year, OCHA says, and two-thirds of the country’s districts are in a “pre-famine” situation. “Some 20 million people need help securing food, including nearly 10 million who are just a step away from famine,” he said. “Nearly 240,000 of those people are right now facing catastrophic levels of hunger.”In addition, almost 20 million people lack access to adequate healthcare, and nearly 18 million don’t have enough clean water or access to adequate sanitation.Led by the governments of Sweden and Switzerland and with UN Secretary-General António Guterres in attendance, the Yemen appeal also aims to raise awareness that more than three million people – including two million children – are acutely malnourished.Some 3.3 million have also been forced from their homes, including 685,000 who have fled fighting along the west coast since June 2018.“It’s a plan that aims to reach up to 19 million people in the country,” said OCHA spokesperson Jens Laerke. “It requests $4.2 billion, that is the scale of the crisis – it is the largest country appeal that has ever been launched after four years of almost continual conflict…Last year, we received $2.6 billion which is the equivalent of 83 per cent of what we asked, which is around $3 billion.”According to the UN human rights office, OHCHR, the total number of civilian casualties since March 2015 stands at 18,173.That includes 7,025 killed and 11,148 injured – “not the whole picture”, spokesperson Rupert Colville told journalists in Geneva, since this total only refers to victims that OHCHR staff have been able to independently verify.“When there’s a major incident we try to get staff there, which is how we are also able to identify in most cases the likely perpetrator,” he said, “but we wouldn’t claim that this is every single case, because there are some places we can’t get to, and of course some casualties may simply not be reported.”Of those killed in the conflict in the last four years, OHCHR has attributed 4,585 deaths to actions by the Saudi-led international coalition, 1,448 to the Houthi opposition militia and their allies, and 367 to extremists Al Qaeda and ISIL. read more

LeBron Plays A Little Worse Against His Friends

The 31-year-old’s statistics have been more favorable against fellow friend Dwyane Wade in the two full seasons since James left Miami to return to Cleveland. But even so, there have been challenges: Despite his high usage rates and enormous talent advantages, James has posted just a 2-4 mark against Wade since leaving the Heat in 2014.It’s hard to know exactly why James’s performances are below his standard when he’s playing against his friends — ones he’s so close with that he’s said he’d like to team up with them before they all retire — but there are a couple theories worth considering.One possibility, especially in relation to his showings against the Knicks, is the timing of these games. This season marked the fourth time in five years that the league’s schedule-makers have pitted James against New York during his team’s first five games of the season, meaning he may still be rusty at such meetings.That might partly explain why his shooting — and perhaps even more so his ball handling, as he adjusts to new teammates — might be off against the Knicks compared to other opponents. (LeBron was understandably jittery during the 2014-15 opener — his first game back with the Cavs after a four-year absence — in which he shot 5-for-15 and committed eight turnovers in a losing effort.)Separately, there may be something to the idea that James plays harder, or at least differently, against teams from big markets; if that’s the case, it could affect his statistics against his three closest NBA friends, who happen to play in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, the nation’s three largest cities.James has made no secret of the fact that he most enjoys playing games in major markets, even saying at one point that he’d readily play all 82 games at Madison Square Garden if he could. But that excitement might work against James in some situations.His free-throw percentage splits against the Knicks, Clippers and Lakers — and in the high-profile, nationally televised Christmas Day games each of the past three years — have often been suspiciously low in recent seasons, an indication that he may be overthinking things at the line. (James, a 74.4 percent free-throw shooter for his career, has said in the past that he believes free-throw success is more mental than physical.)2He shot free throws well against the Bulls in four of the last five years, but it will be interesting to see if that changes now that Wade is on the team. To be clear, none of this is to suggest that James shrinks into a random role player when facing certain opponents. While he’s had less statistical success than he’s used to against Anthony and the Knicks in recent years, he’s still generally shown himself to be the best player on the court in those matchups. He posted a breezy triple-double on opening night in a blowout win against New York back in October.And aside from the fact that he owns the third-highest career scoring average at Madison Square Garden (28.5), trailing only Michael Jordan (31.8) and Kobe Bryant (29.9), James and his teams have generally taken care of business (11-3 against Anthony, 6-3 against Paul over the past five-plus years), even if the superstar has been a bit less efficient than usual.It’s also fair to award some credit to the defenses that limit James when he’s playing across from one of his closer friends. The Clippers, who currently boast the top defense in the league and have ranked among the top 10 on that end in three out of the past four seasons, have often been able to force James into somewhat rushed looks, since they have rim protector DeAndre Jordan lurking in the paint.The Knicks, by contrast, have perennially ranked as one of the NBA’s worst defenses in recent years. But Anthony, who’s generally drawn the assignment of covering James, almost always shows more effort than usual when defending his friend.While we’ve gotten a sense of how and why LeBron’s performed a bit less effectively as an individual when playing against his friends in recent seasons, it may be more interesting to analyze how he does when he’s particularly motivated by something or someone.James quickly and historically turned the tide in the last three games of the Finals after Klay Thompson essentially questioned his manhood during a press conference. With that in mind, it wouldn’t be that shocking if on Wednesday James draws motivation from what he felt were inappropriate comments made by Knicks president Phil Jackson about his business partners.With the Knicks playing as well as anyone in the East and the Cavs struggling lately, Wednesday’s game already had enough intrigue on its own. But knowing the history of how James fares against his friend — and seeing if that changes now that he may have lost respect for Jackson — might only heighten the drama.Check out our latest NBA predictions. With his four MVP awards and three NBA championships — the most recent of which capped a come-from-behind story for the ages and earned Cleveland its first major pro sports title in 52 years — LeBron James has set himself apart as the greatest player of his generation.But even as James has cemented his legacy as one of the best ever, one thing has bedeviled him in recent years: He’s often struggled, despite expending more energy than usual, when playing against his friends.Over the previous five seasons, James has shot beneath his lofty standards when squaring off against New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony — his buddy, who he’ll face tonight at Madison Square Garden — and Los Angeles Clippers floor general Chris Paul.In four of the past five seasons — going back to 2011-12, which was Anthony’s first full campaign with the Knicks and Paul’s first season with the Clippers — James has posted worse-than-average (for him) true shooting percentages against the Knicks and Clippers when Anthony and Paul were on the court, according to data from Simultaneously, in four of the past five seasons, his usage rate has been higher — meaning he’s been responsible for a greater-than-average share of Cleveland’s offense, in terms of shot attempts and turnovers — against the Knicks when Anthony has been on the floor. (He’s somehow turned the ball over against the Knicks about 11 percent more than average over that span, despite New York fielding one of the NBA’s worst defenses.)1James’s usage rate was also higher than usual against Paul in Paul’s first two years against the Clippers, but since then it’s been lower. read more

Outgoing CRC chief will not attend Oireachtas hearing on topups scandal

first_imgUpdated 11.25pmTHE OUTGOING CHIEF executive of the Central Remedial Clinic Brian Conlan has said that he will not be appearing before the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee.CRC executives are due to speak before the PAC on Wednesday to explain how senior staff had been paid salary top-ups from funds raised by a registered charity.This evening, however, a spokesperson for Conlan confirmed that he will not be attending the meeting as he has now resigned. “He is no longer an officer of the CRC having resigned from his post. He has no information that is not known by the remaining officers and directors of the CRC,” said the spokesperson.Conlan also said that his replacement should come from outside the current CRC staff pool.Having tendered his resignation with immediate effect today, Conlan said in a statement this evening that “it is in the best interests of the CRC’s clients and staff that the new chief executive should not have any association with legacy matters at the CRC.Conlan said the wants the clinic to “start afresh with a clean slate” after he resigned as a result of the ongoing top-ups controversy.The chief executive, who has only held his position since the summer, has said that he was abroad when the issue of top-up payments in the charity came to light but resigned within 24 hours of returning to Ireland.Conlan’s salary was in line with HSE guidelines but his predecessor Paul Kiely had received a top-up of €135,000 on top of a basic salary of €116,000.Conlan says that he was offered the role as chief executive following a selection process conducted by the board of the CRC with assistance from recruitment consultants.Earlier today, a  number of  politicians including Independent  Shane Ross TD and Labour TD Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD had argued that Conlan’s replacement should be made by way of a transparent process open to both internal and external candidates.Conlan’s comments this evening not only seem to echo these calls but hint that the eventual appointment should be an external candidate.“I believe that there should be full transparency within the charitable sector with regard to how all funds raised, both private and public, are spent and that all executive remuneration should be within HSE guidelines, ” said Conlan.I hope that the CRC will now take the opportunity to start afresh with a clean slate so that the excellent service provided by its dedicated staff can continue to be made available to its’ clients who rely on it and who should not be the innocent victims of any fallout.Conlan’s decision not to attend the PAC committee comes after politicians such as Ross and Ó Ríordáin had called on the CRC board to clarify issues surrounding the top-up controversy.Sinn Féin TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin has called for a full independent investigation into the top-up scandal.“The hearings by the PAC are important and will add to the knowledge base. It is essential therefore that Mr Conlan, as well as his predecessor and other relevant personnel, fully co-operate with the Committee’s work in the time ahead,” he said.Originally posted at 6.20pmRead: CRC chief quits in the midst of charity top-up scandal >Read: Quinn says CRC board should resign, Burton says salary claims are ‘disturbing’ >last_img read more

Boris Johnson refuses to rule out resignation over UKs Brexit stance

first_img By AFP 142 Comments Short URL Feb 14th 2018, 7:14 AM Boris Johnson refuses to rule out resignation over UK’s Brexit stance He said it “would be mad” to go through Brexit without taking advantage of “the economic freedom with it bring with it”. 27,458 Views Wednesday 14 Feb 2018, 3:08 PMcenter_img Boris Johnson Source: Victoria Jones/PA ImagesUpdated at 3.10pmUK FOREIGN SECRETARY Boris Johnson has called for Britain to completely throw off EU rules and to view Brexit as an opportunity, while refusing to deny he might quit if the government chose a different path.Johnson, a leading campaigner behind Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, used a speech in London to try to reassure the millions of Britons who wanted to stay by offering a positive vision of Brexit.He said the project’s success “will depend on what we make of it” – and said it would be “absurd” if Britain left the bloc only to align itself with all its rules in future, without having any say in them.“We would be mad to go through this process of extrication from the EU and not to take advantage of the economic freedom it will bring,” he said in a highly-anticipated speech at a think tank in London.“In a global marketplace… it seems extraordinary that the UK should remain lashed to the minute prescriptions of a regional trade bloc comprising only six percent of humanity,” he added.His call for a clean break with Brussels puts Johnson at odds with other members of Prime Minister Theresa May’s cabinet, not least her finance minister Philip Hammond, who wants Britain’s economy to diverge only “modestly” from the EU.Johnson dodged a question about whether he might resign if he disagrees with any deal struck with Brussels later this year, saying only: “We’re all lucky to serve.”His speech was the first of series of high-profile ministerial addresses on Brexit, as May’s divided government prepares for crucial talks with Brussels on the future trading relationship starting from April.‘Overarching European state’Johnson, viewed as a potential successor to May, has challenged her authority over Brexit several times, and admitted today that he risked causing some “irritation” with his latest speech.But said he felt the need to “reach out to those who still have anxieties” about the 2016 vote to end four decades of EU membership.He stressed that Britain had not turned in on itself, saying with typical flourish: “It’s not some great V-sign from the cliffs of Dover.”He said the vote was driven by a “legitimate and natural desire for self-government”, which was at odds with what he said was the EU’s main goal of creating “an overarching European state”.Johnson’s comments prompted a swift response from European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker, who said the idea of a European superstate was “total nonsense”.He also risked antagonising some of those he aimed to reassure by falling back on phrases used by the anti-Brexit side, saying that trying to stop the process would “frustrate the will of the people” and lead to “ineradicable feelings of betrayal”.Johnson also firmly rejected the idea of a second referendum, saying it would lead to “another year of turmoil and wrangling and feuding, in which the whole country would lose”.‘Project Fantasy’Today’s speech kicks off a series of coordinated ministerial addresses, which will include one by May on security issues in Munich on Saturday.Three other key cabinet ministers will follow over the subsequent two weeks, after which May will make a second address to the nation.Emphasising the benefits of leaving the EU, Johnson repeated a highly contested claim from the referendum campaign that Britain could use some funds currently sent to Brussels to pay for its state-run health service.Britons could also “fish our own fish”, cut sales-tax on domestic fuel and develop new regulations on stem cell technology, he said.However, he was accused of failing to be honest with the public about any economic consequences of leaving the EU’s single market and customs union.“The scaremongering, mistruths, lack of detail and utter disregard for the economic realities of Brexit were an alarming throwback to the referendum campaign,” said opposition Labour lawmaker Chuka Umunna.“More than 18 months since the referendum, this was simply more of the same Project Fantasy.”© – AFP, 2018Read: Trump’s lawyer admits to paying $130k to porn star linked to president but doesn’t say whyRead: Two Irish men are wanted in the UK in connection with the murder of an 87-year-old man As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Share100 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Internet Gutter Spells Of Magic

first_imgOnline is a strange and terrifying place. It’s enabled us to connect with one another, advance the causes of science and culture, and unite the world with a glowing net of data. It’s also enabled people with very… particular interests to find each other. In this weekly series, we’ll be dipping into the Internet Gutter – the strange subcultures and weird worlds lurking in the dark pockets of the World Wide Web.Spells Of MagicIs magic real? Probably not, no matter how many times we compare Donald Trump to Voldemort. But belief in supernatural powers has only increased in the age of the Internet, as people look for something outside of their normal lives to rescue them from the cyber hellscape we find ourselves in. Why not magic powers as opposed to, say, hard drugs or anime?So we’ve laid the groundwork that there are people who really believe that they can do magic and cast spells.But where do you go to learn these spells? Do you hunt down dusty magical grimoires from creepy bookstores on dead-end streets? No way, buddy. This is the Internet Gutter, all you have to do is log on.Spells Of Magic is a clearinghouse for every kind of cantrip and incantation you could possibly want – a staggering 16,000+ in total. Let’s run through the worst and weirdest and maybe learn a few for ourselves.Spelling LessonThe #1 most popular spell on the site is “Activating Your Powers,” so that seems like a good place to start.You will need the following items for this spell:One towelTwo candles (only colored red, yellow, or white)Salt (bathing salts are more powerful)Hard surfaceBeliefCold water in a relatively large bowl (not a plastic bowl) The one that puzzles me most here is “belief.” If you don’t have that, what are you going to do, run down to the belief store and pick some up? And how can you tell if you have enough?The spell goes on to tell you to put the towel on the hard surface, light the candles, say some gibberish and then “dunk your face in the water for as long as you can.” Presumably, that doesn’t mean “until you drown.” Then go to bed, and when you wake up in the morning, your powers will be activated.Now what to do with them? Thankfully, the site has 15,999 other spells for you to do with your supernatural mojo.Horny WitchesThe “romance” section of Spells of Magic is unsurprisingly robust, as warlocks unlucky in love obviously want to use their eldritch powers to force someone to suck face with them. While most of the love spells are pretty basic, we have to talk a little bit about the “Sexual Spells” subsection. And I quote:“No need to go out and buy the latest sexual enhancement drugs, or go for painful and expensive plastic surgery. Now all you need is a little bit of magic and a little bit of practice.”Oh boy. This section is where all of the most perverted and weird cantrips go to die, featuring spells that will enlarge your breasts, make your partner more passionate in bed, and… create a sister?Wait, that one doesn’t sound so bad.Oh, they meant to create a sister you can have sex with. That’s actually pretty bad.The Dark SideNot everybody is on Spells of Magic for positive purposes. Some people just want to be Voldemort, and there’s a whole section of “Misfortune Spells” for curses and other nefarious things. Dozens upon dozens of curses are to be found here, many of which claim to be able to cause disease, injury and even death. One would think that the power to do these acts would be difficult to use, but apparently not.Most of these spells will obviously not do anything, but then there’s stuff like “Coma Curse,” which instructs would-be black magicians to drop moonflower and morning glory leaves into fruit punch, both of which are toxic to humans. So that’s not a “magic spell” as much as it is “attempted murder by poisoning.”And then there’s Jeff.Watch And LearnThe site also has a “videos” section where some of its most prolific practitioners talk about their magical abilities. If you’re tuning in to actually see spells being cast and things actually happening, though, you’re likely to be disappointed. That’s not how it works, apparently.This guy apparently has quite a reputation in the on-line wizarding community, which is hilarious in and of itself. The site’s other videos walk you through rituals in Facebook-friendly clips. The fact that they exist at all really draws into focus the contrast that Spells of Magic embodies – what’s the point of having secret mystical abilities if any 11-year-old with the Wi-Fi password can access them?If everybody has the potential within them to “become a living God,” doesn’t that just put us all back on equal footing? These tough philosophical questions are pretty far beyond the remit of most Spells of Magic users, who seem to be upset teenagers.Talking It OutLike every truly great website, Spells of Magic has a forum where wanna-be wizards talk through their adventures in the mystical realm. The forums are popping, and it’s hard to pick out the cream of the crop.Unfortunately for everybody involved, it seems like 99% of the posts are “I’m new to magic and can’t make anything work, please help me.” People, you’re on a website with 16,000 magic spells that promise to make people swell up like a big blueberry or change their gender with the flip of a coin, and you’re worried about not making it work? You should be thanking whatever higher power you believe in that this stuff doesn’t work.Can you imagine every surly goth tweenager got the ability to warp reality using a towel and a bowl of salt water? The entire universe would be a non-stop frenzy of humping, transforming into werewolves and sudden death. No thanks. Let’s keep magic where it belongs: in the hands of virgin nerds doing card tricks at community theaters and old folks homes. It’s just safer that way.last_img read more

Government Plans to Build a New Fire Station and High School Projects

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks & Caicos Islands, 30 Sept 2014 – Government plans to build a new fire station in Provo and is seeking a consultant to advise on the work…. TCIG also wants a contractor to refurbish the Raymond Gardiner High School science lab in North Caicos and this morning, in Long Bay Hills, bidders on the project to split CHHS met at the grounds. Lots of tenders out now that the government’s budget is with money to spend… Education is looking for a company to bus students… a tender notice also issued for ambulances; last fiscal year there were to be purchased, three new ambulances… the country did not buy any because no one bid for the job; the new procurement process deemed a nightmare. Nonetheless there is a tender notice for furniture and equipment for the new administrative block of the HJ Robinson High School in Grand Turk. Another would give an insurance company the job of insuring the entire fleet of government vehicles, third party, from October for one year. Another capital works project from last year resurfacing… did not happen in 2013 due to insufficient funding… but Government Support Services hoping to get the Bambarra Slip in Middle Caicos extended for boat users… the Blue Hills dock which is splintered and falling apart is put out for contracted repairs… and hurricane shelter, the All Saints Missionary Church in Provo needs shutters. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:bambarra slip, clement howell, hj robinson, middle caicos, provo, raymond gardiner Recommended for you Provo now No. 4 Island; Minister comments Energy Town Meeting for Provo New York Dancers share talent in TCIlast_img read more