The top 10 movies on the iTunes Store

iTunes Movies U.S. charts for week ending June 2, 2019:iTunes Movies US Charts:1. Captain Marvel2. The Upside3. Isn’t It Romantic (2019)4. The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot5. Cold Pursuit6. How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World7. Aquaman (2018)8. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse9. The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part10. The Mule (2018)iTunes Movies US Charts – Independent:1. The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot2. On the Basis of Sex3. Starfish4. Never Look Away5. The Standoff At Sparrow Creek6. Stan & Ollie7. Mid90s8. Avengement9. Dragged Across Concrete10. The Panama Papers__(copyright) 2019 Apple Inc.By The Associated Press, The Associated Press read more

Limited progress made in disarmament is unacceptable Ban Kimoon says

9 April 2007United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed disappointment in the minimal progress made in curbing the threats posed by accumulation of weapons of mass destruction and conventional weapons, calling for increased global cooperation to address disarmament issues. “Unfortunately, we seem to be in a rut where setbacks in the field of disarmament have become the norm, not an exception,” Mr. Ban said in an address to the UN Disarmament Commission at its first meeting this year at UN Headquarters in New York. He said the current “unacceptable” situation is evidenced by the failure of the 2005 review conference of Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), the deadlock in the Conference on Disarmament and the need for new impetus for the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. Although nuclear weapons threaten mass destruction, he also warned that of the devastating cumulative damages inflicted daily by conventional weapons, such as small arms, anti-personnel mines and cluster munitions. To counter such dangers, multilateral cooperation is essential, and existing treaties must be strengthened, he told the Commission, a subsidiary body of the General Assembly established in 1952. Calling disarmament one of his personal priorities, Mr. Ban voiced hope that the new Office for Disarmament Affairs, which will replace the current Department for Disarmament Affairs, will “better mobilize the political will necessary to overcome the current stalemate and re-energize action on both disarmament and non-proliferation.” He thanked the General Assembly for its support for his proposal, which he presented to the 192-member body in February, and said that he will soon appoint a High Representative to head the new Office. Mr. Ban called on the Commission to establish the consensus among Member States necessary to promote nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation in preparation for the upcoming preparatory meeting for the 2010 NPT Review Conference. “Your deliberations can also consider measures that help ensure the continuing relevance and strength of the NPT,” he said, of the landmark treaty which entered into force in 1970, and to date has been ratified by 190 Parties. He also said it is necessary to seek a middle path to alleviate the pressure on countries to amass conventional arms while “safeguarding the legitimate right to self-defence of all Member States. read more

Greater efforts needed to boost womens rights in Iraq says UN

“A major UN priority for 2009 is to improve conditions for women and girls who have yet to feel the full benefits of Iraq’s recovery,” said David Shearer, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq.He pointed to some positive signs, such as one-quarter of those elected in the governorate polls in January being women.“We now need to build on this achievement by joining forces with Iraq’s government and civil society to further improve women’s opportunities and human rights,” Mr. Shearer said, cautioning that “there is still much to do.”One in 10 Iraqi households are headed by women, more than 80 per cent of whom are widows. Women comprise 17 per cent of the country’s labour force, compared to 81 percent of men, with the low participation rate of women partially attributed to illiteracy. Nearly one-quarter of women and girls – many of whom were afraid to attend school due to the violence – above the age of 10 are illiterate, compared with just 11 per cent of boys.The UN also expressed concern over women’s health indicators, with maternal mortality rates reaching 84 per 100,000 live births compared to 41 and 65 in neighbouring Jordan and Syria respectively.“Most of children and women mortalities in Iraq can be prevented through simple interventions – from antenatal and emergency obstetric care to breastfeeding and safe hygiene at home,” said Sikander Khan, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Representative in the country.He stressed the importance of cooperation with Iraq’s health system to prevent further deaths.Mr. Shearer also said the high rates of violence against women, the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day which was observed yesterday, are still worrying. “We are putting more resources into initiatives to address this problem – to raise community awareness, increase support and strengthen legislation to protect women’s rights,” he said.The UN is teaming up with local and international organizations to put dozens of protection, shelter, health, governance, education and other programmes into place. 9 March 2009With years of conflict curbing progress towards equality for women in Iraq, the United Nations has called for bolstered steps to ensure their rights are protected and advanced. read more

Senior UN official condemns Israeli demolition of Palestinian shelter

“If the authorities ultimately responsible for these demolitions could see the devastating impact on vulnerable Palestinian communities, they might reflect upon the inhumanity of their actions,” Maxwell Gaylard, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory, said after visiting Khirbet Tana. Some 250 people live in the community, which is located in Israeli-controlled “Area C” in the north of the West Bank, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The residents have been in the area for decades, live in basic shelters (including tents and caves) and rely on herding and agriculture for their livelihoods. Demolitions of basic shelter and livelihood structures place serious strains on the coping mechanisms of communities affected, who have few other options to sustain their livelihoods, Mr. Gaylard stated.He added that, under international law, Israel, as the occupying power, “is prohibited from destroying property belonging to individuals or communities except when absolutely required by military operations.” 21 February 2011A senior United Nations official today condemned the demolition of temporary tented structures sheltering families from the weather in Khirbet Tana near the West Bank city of Nablus, the second such incident affecting this community this month. read more

Estate planning for Fido How to make sure pets live the good

If four-year-old Gracie’s parents die, a trusted family member receives $10,000 from their estate to care for the Bernese Mountain Dog and poodle mix.Gracie’s owner Suzanne Willett is part of a growing number of Canadians who include their furry family members in estate plans to ensure they’re well cared for if something happens to their humans.Such arrangements offer assurance animals won’t land in shelters and alleviate the financial pressure on whomever inherits the animal, but experts say more formal methods provide the least risk of going awry.Willett didn’t expect her will would mention her Bernedoodle, but Gracie quickly won her over.“She just melts your heart,” said the 47-year-old dog owner, who doesn’t have kids. Willett hopes she’ll outlive her dog — but she’s making care provisions, just in case.“Who wouldn’t want to make sure that she is taken care of should we not be around?”When Willett and her husband purchased an estate-planning service from a law firm at a silent auction, they asked the lawyer to help craft a care plan for Gracie.The couple finalized their will in April. It stipulates that their niece will receive $10,000 to take and care for Gracie, or any other pets the couple may have at the time of their death. If the pets die before the money runs out, their niece can keep the remainder.“There’s peace of mind that she’s going to a loving home,” said Willett.Suzana Popovic-Montag asks all her new clients about pets when she starts their estate planning.A small, but growing percentage of pet owners express interest in making provisions for their pets, said the managing partner of Hull & Hull LLP, a Toronto-based law firm that specializes in estate litigation and planning.Provisions range from relaxed, informal arrangements to rigid, structured ones, with varying levels of risk. Canadian law considers pets property, she said, so owners can’t bequeath houses, money or other assets to Fido directly. Instead, they must select a family member, friend or other person to become their pet’s guardian.Owners could simply ask someone and come to a written or verbal agreement without involving lawyers or financial planners, said Elizabeth Dorsch, head of trust and estate services at BMO Private Wealth.“It’s probably the most common planning for a pet,” she said of such arrangements.A slightly more formal version provides an amount of money for that person through a will — with the understanding they’ll use all or some of it to care for the animal.Dorsch suggests clients create a budget that shows how much it takes to care for the pet every month and multiply that figure by its expected lifespan. They should add in some extra money for veterinary bills and some unexpected expenses, and may want to consider leaving a “thank you” sum just for the caregiver.But a problem could arise in both scenarios when the moment comes for the appointed person to take the pet. Their circumstances may have changed in some way to make them incapable of owing a pet, she said, like finding out they have an allergy or even deciding they’re not compatible with their new housemate.“There may be a moral obligation, but there’s no legal obligation for them to do that.”A more iron-clad method involves creating a purpose trust within a will, she said.That involves selecting a caregiver and trustee — ideally two different people to avoid conflicts of interest.The pet owner can leave behind specific instructions for the caregiver, such as how frequently the pet should visit the vet and guidance around end-of-life decisions. The trust pays specified amounts out to the caregiver and the trustee oversees that they follow the trust’s rules.Popovic-Montag recommends people select an alternate caregiver and trustee as well. She recalls a situation where a person died and the individual appointed to care for their pet decided they didn’t want it. The executor of the will had no choice but to place the animal in a shelter, she said.“There wasn’t enough contingency built in,” she said.Alternates afford a second option if the first choice changes their mind, dies or otherwise can’t fulfil their intended role.For folks who don’t have a willing benefactor to take their animal, some humane societies operate stewardship programs. These typically include a contract that allows the owner’s estate to surrender the animal to the society after the owner’s death along with a specified sum of money. The organization then finds a foster home for the animal and eventually an adoptive one, with the promise the pet won’t be euthanized.Entering a stewardship program or creating a purpose trust can be part of a person’s overall estate planning that includes instructions for their other assets. Willett’s will, for example, also includes provisions for charities.While the process may seem daunting or expensive, experts say it’s important not to leave loose ends upon death.“We spend our whole lifetime amassing our wealth,” said Popovic-Montag, “You’d think you’d want to be able to direct where your money ultimately goes.”Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press read more

Detective charged for beating man at Le Repentir Cemetery

A 32-year-old detective attached to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) was Wednesday charged for inflicting grievous bodily harm on man, Warren Duke.Lance Corporal Colwin Major of La Bonne Intention, East Coast Demerara (ECD) pleaded not guilty to the charge when he appeared before Magistrate Leron Daly.The charge states that on May 4, 2019, at the Le Repentir Cemetery, he unlawfully and maliciously inflicted grievous bodily harm on Warren.Police Prosecutor Richard Harris did not object to bail being granted, however he asked the court for the defendant to stay away from the victim until the completion of the matter.Magistrate Daly granted bail in the sum of $40,000 and the matter was adjourned to September 26. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMan granted bail over alleged assault at barAugust 7, 2019In “Court”Son charged for chopping fatherApril 12, 2019In “Court”Bagotstown man accused of choking, dragging mother from parked carJuly 22, 2013In “Crime” read more

Sagamok Anishnawbek First Nation takes over orewaste rock transport at Vale Totten

first_imgVale Canada has awarded Sagamok Anishnawbek’s Z’gamok Construction company the ore and waste rock contract at its Totten copper-nickel-precious metals mine, in Sudbury, Ontario.The agreement, which came into effect on June 1, will enable greater control over the contract, create more job opportunities and revenue for Sagamok Anishnawbek, the First Nation’s Chief, Nelson Toulouse, said.Back in 2006, the First Nation embarked on a process to negotiate an Impact and Benefits Agreement (IBA) with Vale Canada for the Totten mine. The IBA negotiations process was completed with the signing of an IBA on June 22, 2012.“Since that time, the IBA has created jobs in underground mining, trucking and haulage, janitorial and snow removal services,” Toulouse said.“Strong partnerships were created that would provide Sagamok with an opportunity to build capacity and training,” he added. One of those partnerships was with TBell Transport in Nairn, Ontario. Sagamok and TBell Transport entered into an agreement to have TBell undertake the ore and waste rock contract on its behalf from June 1, 2014 to May 31, 2019. The agreement also described an understanding that Sagamok would take control of this when it expired.As a result, on June 1, the Sagamok Anishnawbek officially took over the ore and waste rock contract at Totten.Toulouse continued: “In order to ensure success in completing our new responsibilities, Sagamok Council created a new company that will undertake the ore and waste rock haulage contract.” This led to the inception of Z’gamok Construction, a company wholly-owned by Sagamok Anishnawbek, which has the sole responsibility to complete the terms and conditions in the contract.“This will mean more employment for our community members; therefore, require more equipment and trucks to complete the terms and conditions of the contract. Z’gamok Construction LP will also have the mandate to pursue other contract opportunities that flow from the IBA,” Toulouse said.last_img read more

Epiroc continues emission compliance journey on drill range

first_imgEpiroc says it always keeps a focus on sustainability in all parts of its operations and products. In order to be compliant with the latest emission regulations it are now replacing the engines on a number of surface drill rigs produced in the EU.The new engines comply with the Tier 4 Final/Stage V emission regulations. This means that the affected drill rigs will have double certifications and can be sold both in the EU and in North America. All affected drill rigs can still be ordered with a Tier 3 engine.The Tier 4 Final/Stage V requirement only applies to EU countries. Tier 4 Final engines are required in USA, Canada, Japan and Korea.Affected drill rigs:SpeedROC 1F, FlexiROC T15 R, FlexiROC T20 R, FlexiROC T25 R Construction Edition, FlexiROC T30 R Construction Edition, FlexiROC T30 R Quarry Edition, FlexiROC T35 R, FlexiROC T40 R, FlexiROC T35, FlexiROC T40, FlexiROC T45, FlexiROC D50, FlexiROC D55, FlexiROC D60 and FlexiROC D65.SmartROC T35, SmartROC T40, SmartROC T45, SmartROC C50, SmartROC D50, SmartROC D55, SmartROC D60, SmartROC D65 and SmartROC CL.The engine change have already been completed for a number of drill rig models and the process will continue throughout 2019 to be finalised early 2020.last_img read more

Superior to show off increased South America presence at CONEXPO Latin America

first_imgSuperior Industries Inc says it is ready to show off an expanded South America presence at the upcoming CONEXPO Latin America event, in Santiago, Chile.A US-based manufacturer of bulk material processing and handling systems, the company recently added three manufacturing facilities to its South America base through the acquisition of Parcan Group, a 40-year-old Brazil-based company that engineers and manufactures conveyor drums and rolls.At CONEXPO Latin America, on October 2-5, Superior said it planned to showcase its latest construction aggregate processing and handling solutions.With the addition of Superior’s core products, including crushing, screening, washing and conveying equipment, the manufacturer’s local entity is able to offer aggregate and mining producers processing and handling solutions from Rock Face to Load Out®, it said.Visitors to the company’s booth will be able to meet with Superior employees about the manufacturer’s crushing, screening, washing and conveying equipment. They will also be able to explore opportunities for conveyor idlers, pulleys, belt scrapers and accessories, plus crushing, screening and washing spare parts.last_img read more

PGE Vive Kielce win in Kristianstad

PGE Vive Kielce 1.Barcelona11902377:31218 ← Previous Story Veszprem beat Barca Next Story → Montpellier beat Meskov to stay in race for Place No. 6 4.Telekom Veszprem11704317:30014 2.Vardar11713314:30415 7.Meshkov Brest11218300:3445 8.Montpellier11218294:3185 3.Vive Kielce11704348:33614 PGE Vive Kielce beat IFK Kristianstad in away match. The Polish best team stayed in the race for the second place in the Group which can give them easier rival in the knock-out stage…IFK Kristianstad – PGE Vive Kielce 33-34 (15-16)IFK Kristianstad: Stig Nilsen 5, Olafur Gudmundsson 5, Arnar Arnarsson 5, Marc Calekkas 4, Valter Chrintz 4, Anton Halen 4, Viktor Hallen 2, Teitur Einarsson 2, Helge Freiman 1.PGE Vive Kielce: Michal Jurecki 10, Mariusz Jurkiewicz 5, Uladzislau Kulesh 4, Arkadiusz Moryto 4, Angel Fernandez 3, Artsem Karalek 3, Blaz Janc 3, Dovichebaeva Dujshebaev 1.STANDING: 6.Kristianstad11218317:3685 5.Rhein-Neckar11605339:32412 read more

Eurofarm Rabotnik – AEK to play final in Struga

← Previous Story Jose Toledo had knee surgery – RK Vardar next three months without Brazilian Next Story → AEK Athens perfect start of the season – Trophy in Struga! Struga handball tournament The 47th tournament in Struga will have the conclusion on Saturday with the final match between HC Eurofarm Rabotnik and AEK Athens.The Macedonian vice-champions beat RK Struga 30:20 (16:10) in the battle for the first place in the Group B after starting victory against RK Proleter Zrenjanin 35:22.STANDING:Eurofarm Rabotnik 4RK Struga 2RK Proleter Zrenjanin 0FINAL 21.15Eurofarm Rabotnik – AEK AthensThird place battleRK Struga – Eskilstuna Guif5th placeRK Proleter Zrenjanin – RK Butel Skopje read more

Warm welcome North Korea fires rockets as Pope Francis arrives in the

first_imgNORTH KOREA HAS fired five short-range rockets into the sea off its east coast, just as Pope Francis arrived in Seoul for a five-day visit.The launches began at 9.30 am (00.30 GMT) at a site near the North’s eastern port of Wonsan, with the rockets fired into the East Sea (Sea of Japan) at a maximum range of 220 kilometres, a defence ministry spokesman said.Three were fired in the morning and two in the afternoon, he said.“They are presumed to have been fired from a 300-millimetre multiple rocket launcher,” he said, adding that the military had stepped up vigilance along the heavily fortified border.The pope is expected to send a message of peace to Pyongyang when he conducts a special inter-Korean “reconciliation” mass in Seoul next week on the last day of his visit. Pope Francis arrives in Seoul earlier today Source: Gregorio Borgia/AP PhotoChurch officials in the South had sent several requests to Pyongyang to send a group of Catholics to attend the event, but the North declined the offer, citing its anger at upcoming South Korea-US military drills.The Catholic Church, like any other religion, is only allowed to operate in North Korea under extremely tight restrictions, and within the confines of the state-controlled Korean Catholics Association.It has no hierarchical links with the Vatican and there are no known Catholic priests or nuns.The United States denounced the launches, while saying it was still studying whether they violated UN Security Council resolutions. A journalist takes a selfie with Pope Francis aboard the papal flight to Seoul. Source: AP/Press Association Images“We continue to call on North Korea to refrain from undertaking such provocative actions,” State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters in Washington.Harf also voiced concern that North Korea did not give notice to alert passing ships and aircraft.Thursday’s launches came hours after North Korea warned that if South Korea failed to cancel an upcoming military drill with the United States it would push the two sides “to the brink of war”. Books about Pope Francis at a bookstore in Seoul. Source: Lee Jin-man/AP PhotoNorth Korea has carried out an extended series of missile tests into the East Sea in recent months, despite UN resolutions barring it from any launches using ballistic missile technology.The North has defended the tests as a legitimate exercise in self-defence and a response to the South-US war manoeuvres.- © AFP, 2014Read: Pope promises ‘solutions’ to celibacy in the priesthood > Read: North Korea calls James Franco and Seth Rogen’s new film an ‘act of war’ >last_img read more

Child sex abuse survivors far more likely to be disabled poor and

first_imgSignificantly, the research controlled for mental health problems, and socioeconomic status in early life, which could otherwise have explained why CSA survivors suffer disproportionate economic harms. Read: HSE failing today’s child sex abuse victims with lack of counselling services>It’s “never too late” to address sexual violence> Take, for example, two comparable people, with similar economic circumstances in childhood, and who both suffer from depression or other mental health problems.What the study found is that if one is a childhood sexual abuse survivor, and the other is not, the childhood sexual abuse survivor is still far more likely to have negative labour market outcomes.And this is 30 years or more after the abuse itself.“The Long-Term Impact of Childhood Sexual Abuse on Incomes and Labour force Status” which is published in a short summary today, found that CSA was slightly more prevalent among women than it was among men (6.7% vs 5.6% of all those surveyed.)Some 8% of men and 6% of women aged between 50 and 64, and who were not sexually abused as children, are forced to leave the labour force through sickness or permanent disability.Shockingly, among CSA survivors those numbers rise to 17% of men and 14% of women.The study was based on self-completed questionnaires handed in by 8,500 people aged 50 and over and living in Ireland, between 2009 and 2011.The full research paper will be published at a later date in the Journal of Behavioural and Experimental Economics.Get help: We had had a sense that being a survivor of child sexual abuse had long-term economic consequences, but now those effects have actually been quantified.center_img CONNECT is a national telephone counselling service run by the HSE for adults who experienced abuse in childhood.Freephone: 1800-477-477 A MAJOR STUDY has found that childhood sexual abuse in Ireland does enormous economic and social damage to survivors, even well into later life.The survey, conducted by the ESRI and Trinity College Dublin, found that Irish men and women who were sexually abused as children were more than twice as likely as others to be forced out of work by sickness in later life.Among the other major findings:Male CSA survivors are three times more likely than other men to be sick or disabled after the age of 50Both men and women abused in childhood are more than twice as likely as others to be out of the workforce due to sickness or permanent disabilityThe household income of male CSA survivors is 34% lower than the averageMen abused as children are twice as likely to live alone after the age of 50, compared to other men.Speaking to, one of the researchers, Alan Barrett, said that the study measures, for the first time, the sheer scale and durability of the economic devastation that CSA causes among survivors.last_img read more

Rob Heffernan withdraws after 40km of European Championship race

first_img50 KM WALKING World Champion Rob Heffernan withdrew himself 10km before the end of today’s European Championship race in Zurich.With a fast pace set from the outset, the Corkman took some time to settle into his race rhythm. He did that and looked well-placed going into the middle section in fourth place.However, he never managed to make inroads into the top two places and as leader Yohann Diniz extended his lead on his way to setting a new world record of 3:32.33 Heffernan battled with injury. And, after stopping briefly to stretch out a strain, eventually pulled out before the race was three hours old.Donegal’s Brendan Boyce finished in 16th place with a new personal best time of 3:51.27. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHOThere was better news on the track as three Irishmen started in the heats of the 1500m. John Travers and Ciarán Ó Lionáird went in the first heat and the latter claimed his spot in the next stage with a time of 3.39.79 good enough for seventh-place finish.Heat two saw 23-year-old Paul Robinson put in stunning late burst to claim fourth place in a time of everyday super foods you should work into your diet this weekend‘This is for dad’: Brad Thorn’s Bledisloe Cup preview is absolutely perfectlast_img read more

The 9 at 9 Saturday

first_imgEVERY MORNING, brings you the nine stories you need to know a little before 9am.1. #ROAD DEATHS: Three people have died in road accidents overnight. A man and a woman were killed in a traffic accident in Cork, while a male pedestrian in Dublin was also killed in a hit-and-run.2. #CREDIT UNIONS: A number of credit unions have reacted angrily to a story that said they had used stolen data to “snoop” on members. They have said they knew nothing of ‘illegal snooping‘.3. #YAZIDI: Dozens of villagers of the Yazidi faith have been massacred by Iraq Islamists for not converting.4. #ABORTION: The Irish Independent reports that a young woman was refused an abortion under the relatively new Protection of Life During Pregnancy Act. 5. #ASSETS: AIB have appointed a receiver to Ivor Callely’s assets, reports the Irish Independent.6. #REHAB: Eighteen teenagers between the age of 16 and 19 were receiving care from the HSE’s addiction services in the first three months of this year.7. #BARGAIN HUNTERS: The Minister for Rural Affairs Ann Phelan has warned against large out-of-town discount outlet stores sucking the life out of town centres, reports The Irish Times.8. #CHILDREN: A HIQA report has found that 79 foster children were left without social workers due to staff shortages, reports the Irish Independent.9. #ON THE BUSES: A government report has found that the lack of investment in infrastructure and an unsustainable rail network is preventing people using public transport.last_img read more

5 talking points from Sundays Premier League action

first_img Source: Martin RickettDavid Moyes’ comments today that he felt he hadn’t been given enough time at Manchester United were hardly a shock.On the one hand, it’s easy to sympathise with Moyes given the enormity of the challenge he faced, yet conversely, the Scot was surely more than a little naive if he genuinely thought he’d be afforded the type of patience that Alex Ferguson was given in the early days of his tenure at United.The world of modern-day football management is a harsh one and like any other high-profile business, Man United won’t hesitate to sack a manager if he is not performing to expectations on a regular enough basis.But what was particularly interesting was the timing of the comments — would that interview have appeared for instance, if Louis van Gaal’s side had beaten Swansea 4-1 yesterday, as Moyes’ team did during his first Premier League game as Man United manager this time last year? Certainly, his words would have had nowhere near the same potency if that had been the case.4. Has Dzeko’s time finally come?Edin Dzeko is one of those strikers that is invariably described as ‘frustrating’.The Bosnian international is undoubtedly talented — at times in his City career, he has looked well worth the £27 million (€32m) that was paid to prise him from Wolfsburg.Yet on other occasions, he has looked inept and worse, disinterested, which is why the 28-year-old has struggled to maintain a place in the first XI throughout his City career.Nevertheless, all hope is not lost. Dzeko ended last season in excellent form, and set up David Silva’s opening goal against Newcastle today in outrageous fashion.If the enigmatic attacker continues in this manner, 2014-15 could well be the campaign in which he unequivocally claims his place among the world’s top strikers and finally achieves consistency in his game.5. Man City as unconvincing as everyone elseJust like Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal — effectively all the top-four contenders who have played so far — Man City were a little underwhelming this afternoon.Newcastle had chances and ultimately could have taken at least a point from the game with a little more luck or ruthlessness in front of goal.However, when you consider that Liverpool and Chelsea among others dropped points at St James’ Park last year, today’s result surely represents a good win for Manuel Pellegrini’s side, irrespective of the circumstances in which it was obtained.Post-World Cup hangovers and a lack of peak fitness throughout the team would, of course, also have contributed to their less-than-vintage display in the 4pm kick-off.Consequently, tomorrow Chelsea have an opportunity to make the first real statement of the 2014-15 campaign by thrashing newly promoted Burnley, but don’t be surprised if they also find life trickier than expected for the reasons outlined above.PSG confirm Motta nose broken in Brandao clash>Joey Barton chose Cork-Tipp over City-Newcastle today> 1. Liverpool-Saints clash a tale of two substitutionsWITH THE GAME finely balanced at 1-1 in the second half of today’s earlier fixture between Southampton and Liverpool, two substitutions were made that ultimately changed the course of the match.Liverpool introduced Rickie Lambert for the ineffectual Philippe Coutinho, meaning the Anfield outfit reverted to a decidedly more direct and attacking approach.Southampton, by contrast, took off their best player, Dusan Tadic, and brought on Shane Long for the final few minutes.The Irish striker was deployed mainly on the right wing in an ostensibly defensive move, as Ronald Koeman’s side looked to hold on for a draw.However, Liverpool were ultimately rewarded for being the more adventurous of the two sides — Lambert’s mere presence in the Saints box caused palpable nervousness among the defenders and provided the Reds with greater attacking impetus.Hence, it was no surprise when Liverpool ultimately grabbed the winner through Daniel Sturridge on 79 minutes, as fortune favoured the brave on this occasion.2. Rodgers still looking for balance between defence and attackOne of the big problems for Liverpool last year was finding the right balance between defence and attack.As potent as they were going forward, playing with Suarez and Sturridge up front left the club exposed defensively, with Steven Gerrard lacking the legs to comprehensively protect the back four and centre-backs such as Kolo Toure and Mamadou Sakho looking increasingly unsure of themselves as the season progressed.Today, Brendan Rodgers opted for a five-man midfield, with Sturridge as the main attacker, yet it wasn’t until Rickie Lambert’s introduction and the change to two up front that they began to look consistently dangerous.Inevitably though, the Reds simultaneously looked vulnerable on the counter following this formation change, and they were fortunate not to concede late on when Shane Long headed just wide.So naturally, Liverpool remain very much a work in progress for now, with Rodgers still clearly unsure of the best approach for his team to adopt.3. Timing of Moyes’ comments curiouslast_img read more

PRONIA supports LGBTIQA clients and their families through sensitive practice training

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram As part of PRONIA’s endless support to culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) individuals and families a new, highly interactive workshop with case studies and activities has been launched, with an aim to address the impact of discrimination and homophobia particularly in CALD communities and the affect on the mental health of the LGBTIQA individuals and their families.PRONIA now offers LGBTIQA Sensitive Practice training to organisations who who work with and would like to draw upon the experiences of racism and discrimination.ALSO READ: Pronia is on a mission to support newly arrived young GreeksThis helps enable participants to explore issues relating to sexual orientation, culture and beliefs that often can be challenging to address in certain CALD groups. Through the session participants will develop strategies to support  the LGBTIQA clients and their families.The workshop will explore best-practice models in effectively engaging CALD communities to inform, educate and promote acceptance in order to tackle discrimination and homophobia and minimise the harm and impact on people and their relationships.ALSO READ: Pollies at Pronia see problems of newly-arrived Greeks – the challenges continueThe CALD LGBTIQA Sensitive Practice Training has been developed in collaboration with queerspace/Drummond Street services and focuses on the research and evidence-based outcomes of Pronia’s two-year LGBTIQA projects – ‘Starting the Conversation’ & ‘Skepsi’. (2017-2018)The 1.5hr session explores identity and culture in a collectivist and individualist setting and helps participants understand the Equal Opportunity Law 2010 and the Aged Care Act 1997 in regards to equality, equity and justice in order to provide Sensitive Practice and consider intersectionality of complex issues impacting on clients.*To find out more about the session, including cost, locations, availability etc and to book for your organization please contact Adonis Maglis at Pronia on 93889998 or read more

Oncesurging crypto stocks face delisting Is bitcoin mania over

first_imgLongfin said it received a Nasdaq delisting notice because it didn’t file its quarterly report on time The company said Tuesday that it’s being suspended by Nasdaq on April 12 pursuant to a rule that gives the exchange operator the power to boot firms with histories of misconduct The agency had also been investigating the New York-based company’s acquisition of As for Long Blockchain, Nasdaq had threatened to delist it in October — before the name change — because its market value was too low A visual representation of the digital cryptocurrency Bitcoin.JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty ImagesLike many other obscure companies, Long Blockchain Corp and Longfin Corp changed their names last year to orient themselves toward the cryptocurrency or blockchain business, realizing nomenclature was a viable way to add shareholder value.That was the time when bitcoin prices skyrocketed by 1,700 percent. But fast forward to 2018, bitcoin prices are crashing and so are the dreams of these once-surging crypto stocks.Does that mean investors’ mania for cryptocurrencies and their underlying technology is fading?To answer that, lets take a look at the factors that could lead to potential delisting of Long Blockchain Corp and Longfin Corp shares:Long Blockchain was already facing potential delisting in December when it shifted its focus from iced tea to crypto, according to a Bloomberg report Longfin is already in trouble with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission after the regulator claimed that the company made gains from sales of Longfin Corp shares through illegal trades by insiders, Bloomberg reported With bitcoin prices on a decline, the party seems to be coming to an end for many of the stocks, which have lost value in recent monthslast_img read more

Beleaguered Howard County Maryland Sheriff Resigning over Sexist Racist Comments

first_imgANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A sheriff in Maryland has agreed to resign after an investigation found he created a hostile work environment by belittling staffers and making racist and sexist comments, a county official and attorneys announced Tuesday.Howard County Sheriff James Fitzgerald’s last day in office will be Saturday, said Calvin Ball, the chairman of the county council. The sheriff then must retire after 30 days. The agreement also calls for him to reinstate former Lt. Charles Gable, who filed a retaliation complaint a year ago against the sheriff and resigned in February.Howard County Sheriff James Fitzgerald. (Courtesy photo)“He was universally described as vindictive, arrogant, narcissistic, rude, belligerent, nasty and intimidating,” the 48-page report by the county’s Office of Human Rights said of the sheriff.The sheriff denied engaging in discriminatory misconduct, describing himself to investigators as just “a loud New Yorker,” the report said.The report found reasonable cause that Fitzgerald discriminated against Gable, who is white, by retaliating against him through scheduling because Gable didn’t support his political campaign for sheriff. The agreement also calls for Gable to receive $58,350 in back pay.Joseph Mallon, an attorney for Gable, said the sheriff has signed an agreement to resign under the stipulations.While the investigation centered on Gable’s complaint, it found the sheriff engaged in a pattern of belittling people by using racist language with black employees and anti-Semitic language as well, once referring to former County Executive Ken Ulman as “little Kenny Jew-boy.”The investigation noted a variety of offensive comments: “There’s no watermelon there for you!” the sheriff reportedly told an African-American at a buffet. On another occasion, while eating with a group, he turned to a black deputy and said: “Are you getting the ‘chicken’ special?” The report found he also said black deputies “are not too smart but they get the job done,” and to the president of the Retired Police Officer’s Association, he said: “I voted for your ‘boy’ Obama,” referring to President Barack Obama.Ball said he approached Fitzgerald seeking his voluntary departure.“Soon after I read the report and was so concerned about what I had read, I reached out to the sheriff to start talking with him about the importance of starting to heal our community and that he needed to leave that office in order for that to happen,” Ball, who is black, said in an interview after announcing the agreement.Elected officials from both parties condemned the sheriff’s comments after the report was made public last month. Republican Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman had asked members of the county’s delegation to the Democrat-controlled General Assembly to explore impeaching the sheriff, and lawmakers planned to bring impeachment proceedings against Fitzgerald, who is a Democrat, if he did not resign.Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, said he too was “very disturbed.”“I do believe he should resign, and I share the opinions of many other people that think he should resign,” Hogan said earlier Tuesday, before the agreement was announced.Howard County, located between the nation’s capital and the city of Baltimore, is one of the nation’s wealthiest counties, with more than 310,000 residents and one of the nation’s most educated workforces.last_img read more

Hannah Storm Andrea Kremer Lead Football Fans to New Frontier Via Amazon

first_imgHannah Storm knows football fans have to take an extra step to listen to her and Andrea Kremer broadcast “Thursday Night Football.” “It is your choice,” she told viewers during last week’s game between the Denver Broncos and the Arizona Cardinals.You won’t find the duo holding forth on Fox, which owns TV rights to the NFL’s Thursday-night showcase.  To get to them, a sports aficionado must subscribe to Amazon Prime, then opt not only to stream each week’s contest, but also toggle the audio selection to “Storm-Kremer” rather than sticking with the default Fox feed.The results can be astonishing. Where are the deep male tones of a team like Fox’s Joe Buck and Troy Aikman or NBC’s Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth? Never before in the history of NFL broadcasting has an all-female team called TV games.  On other media outlets, female sportscasters such as Michele Tafoya or Lisa Salters work the sidelines for NBC or ESPN.  Storm and Kremer gather each Thursday night for Amazon at a studio in Stamford, Conn, relaying their take on a match between the Los Angeles Rams and the Minnesota Vikings or the Philadelphia Eagles and the New York Giants. Kremer and Storm aren’t simply trying to reach U.S. football fans. Their broadcast can stream in more than 200 different countries and territories around the world. With that in mind, they believe there’s room to dive in on certain elements of play important to each game, rather than feeling they have to be tied to whatever image Fox is putting up on the feed. “We want to experience what it is, which is not in any way dumbing it down. It’s just expanding things,” says Kremer.  “We are not going to do traditional X’s and O’s and analysis,” says Storm, “because we might be drilling deep into a subject.”The two found Amazon’s idea impossible to resist.  Executives from the e-retailing giant approached Octagon, the Interpublic Group-owned sports-and-entertainment agency that represents both sportscasters, and their agent Phil de Picciotto, about working with them. They spoke with Jason Weichelt, a live events production executive from Amazon, and liked the fact that the company wanted to work with them because of their experience, not because it wanted female sportscasters.“We thought that took it from a realm of ‘Yeah, we are just looking for a female broadcast booth,’ into the realm of ‘We want your specific voices – yours and Andrea’s,’” says Storm.   “This wasn’t a gimmick. That was really critical.”They have known each other for years, but never worked together. Now, they have the chance to change perceptions of how live sports are handled. If their football talk finds fans, other media companies may want to try similar arrangements. Kremer says she and Storm are focused on using their experience to bring out the best in the games. Their knowledge, she says, is what fans really want.  “You may choose that you don’t care to listen to women,” she says, “but you cannot besmirch our accomplishments.” Popular on Variety The two veteran sportscasters know they represent something different.  “We are doing something new. Are we taking a risk? Absolutely,” says Kremer, known for her work on NFL Network and HBO, among other places.  “Someone had to be first,” says Storm, a veteran of NBC Sports, CBS News and ESPN. “Our hope is other people will see it as maybe a path they would want to follow.”Amazon declined to offer statistics on how many people are tuning in to listen to Kremer and Storm, but their assignment is viewed in some circles as seismic. “This is part of the social revolution,” says Dan Lebowitz, executive director of the Center for the Study of Sport in Society at Northeastern University. In 1978, he says, female sports journalists had to go to court to get access to interview athletes in team locker rooms like their male counterparts. Now, he suggests, women are an integral part of the NFL’s economics. “The largest growth in their fan base is women,” he notes.Amazon’s choice shows media outlets working to curry a younger audience for whom old programming norms are no longer relevant, says  David Carter, executive director of the Sports Business Institute at University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business  “At this point viewers, regardless of platform, want reliability and credibility when it comes to being able to watch the game and gather insight from on-air talent,” he says. “Gender seems to have largely faded as an issue impacting most viewers’ decisions, especially among younger viewers for whom female broadcasters have always been a part of the landscape. It is all about the ability to distribute content seamlessly and have it described professionally.” Other places are testing new concepts, including NBC’s “Today,” which now relies on the team of Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb – the first time the NBC morning mainstay has relied on two female co-anchors. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more