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10 months agoChesterfield boss Martin Allen: Loan system a lifesaver for clubs like ours

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chesterfield boss Martin Allen: Loan system a lifesaver for clubs like oursby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChesterfield boss Martin Allen says the loan system is good for clubs like his.The former West Ham midfielder wrote for the Daily Mail: “We know there are consequences when you drop out of the Football League. We’ve had to cut £21,000 a week from the wage bill since I arrived in the summer, but we have recently had to make six players on the periphery of the team available for transfer so we can bring new ones in. It’s at times like this that the loan system is particularly useful.”It’s got a bad name among those who only have eyes for the Premier League, because of the way that some of the biggest clubs stockpile players, to prevent competitors buying them, then farm them out on loan for years.”In our world, the loan system is a lifeline, giving players experience and adding quality to the team. As a manager, it’s where you look to build a reputation for coaching players and knowing how to help them make the next step.” last_img read more

24 days agoGianluigi Donnarumma rejects AC Milan contract offer

first_imgGianluigi Donnarumma rejects AC Milan contract offerby Carlos Volcano24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe future of Gianluigi Donnarumma at AC Milan is again in doubt.The Corriere dello Sport reports the goalkeeper, 20, has rejected a new contract offer tabled by Milan.The deal is worth €6m-a-year and the decision to turn it down is being driven by agent Mino Raiola.Milan remain determined to secure Donnarumma to new terms, with a reluctance inside the club to cash in on the youngster.Raiola and Donnarumma, meanwhile, are playing a dicey game given the last time they refused new terms offered by the Rossonero led to a major breakdown in the goalkeeper’s relationship with the support. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Dismal Dembele & woeful Wan-Bissaka fail Man Utd auditions

first_imgDean Henderson ended last season exhibiting as much confidence as David de Gea appeared to have lost. “Do I think I should be playing at Manchester United now? Yes, I do,” the 22-year-old declared, after helping Sheffield United secure promotion to the Premier League after a sensational season on loan at Bramall Lane. “I think I am good enough and I would help the team a lot, in a positive way.”  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? He proved his point again by walking away with the Man of the Match award in England’s European Under-21 Championship opener against France on Tuesday night. However, while Henderson strengthened his case despite finishing on the losing side, with France triumphing 2-1 thanks to a dramatic late comeback, two of his potential team-mates did dreadful damage to their prospects of a summer switch to Old Trafford. Manchester United have already had multi-million pound bids rejected for both Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Moussa Dembele. However, rather than increase their offers, they could now be considering lowering one, in the case of Wan-Bissaka, and even withdrawing the other, for Dembele. The pair were desperately poor in Cesena, as England slumped to a devastating defeat despite taking the lead early in the second half courtesy of an Iniesta-like jinking run and finish from Manchester City’s Phil Foden. Foden, Maddison, England U21Wan-Bissaka actually started strongly, putting in one solid tackle on fellow United target Dembele, but his distribution was atrocious and he played a number of misplaced passes.And then, in injury time, the Crystal Palace right-back put through his own net to gift France three precious points in a tournament where only the sides who top their groups are guaranteed a place in the semi-finals. Wan-Bissaka, England U21By that stage, Dembele must have been the most relieved man at the Dino Manuzzi stadium. He missed a succession of gilt-edged opportunities, including a first-half penalty, and France would have been punished for his profligacy had the excellent Jonathan Ikone not levelled for Les Espoirs with a fine finish with just over 60 seconds of normal time remaining. The two late goals were harsh on Henderson, whose heroics in between the sticks looked set to earn The Young Lions an unlikely win with just 10 men following Hamza Choudhury’s straight red card for a dreadful foul on Jonathan Bamba, which resulted in the winger being stretchered off the field. However, Henderson can take great comfort in the fact that United and their followers could not have been anything but impressed with his performance in Cesena. Sadly, the same cannot be said for either Wan-Bissaka or Dembele. This was a night of high drama but not a good one at all for two aspiring United starlets hoping to impress on the international stage.last_img read more

Save the World by Stepping Into Your Shower

first_img 10 Best Whiskies for Irish Coffee 7 Best Travel Coffee Mugs for Morning Joe To Go Editors’ Recommendations Why Mental Health Matters (and Why It’s Time to Change Our Perspective) The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now center_img It’s something we rarely think about when stepping into the shower, but from where does that little bar of soap come? Sure every bar essentially looks the same, but is all soap actually created equal? Not if you compare your drab old bar to the soap at SoapBox. Built on the model of “You Buy, Together We Give,” SoapBox empowers customers with the chance to make the world a better place through a simple, everyday purchase. When you buy a bar of their premium, all-natural and sustainably-made soap, they donate one to a child in need.When we first spoke with SoapBox back in 2013, they were just getting started. To date, they’ve donated more than 200,000 bars of soap and almost 70,000 months of clean water to those in need. They’ve expanded nationwide too, with a shampoo and conditioner line in Target, a lotion line in 1,700 CVS stores and body wash and hand soap in grocery stores across the country. With each purchase, they continue to give a bar of soap or month of clean water. That’s a lot of do-gooding.And the SoapBox folks are aware that not all good deeds are created equal either. They aim to solve problems, not prolong them, by avoiding aid dependency models and hurting local manufacturers. What more good could this company possibly do? I caught up with CEO and co-founder David Simnick to dive deeper into SoapBox’s incredible mission and what’s next for this do-gooding brand.This is a short question for what is no doubt a complex answer, but why soap?Three thousand children’s lives could be saved every day through something as simple as a bar of soap and clean water. I used to intern for a sub-contractor for USAID and worked on international development projects. It lead me to discover a hygiene crisis that could be easily solved, and this was the inspiration for starting SoapBox.To be more specific, 95% of the world’s houses have access to soap, so it is not a lack of availability that causes these problems. Instead, the problem lies in the actual use of soap on an regular basis.When you initially had the idea for SoapBox, you wanted to help change the world by empowering customers to think more carefully about everyday purchases. Do you think the positive reaction stems from people buying a product and giving back automatically out of true convenience? Or is it possible that in a not-so-stellar economy, the best way for people to contribute is through this “buy one, give one” business model?I think it might be a mix of both. We started SoapBox first because we recognized the need for soap and hygiene education around the world – we had no idea what we were doing when it came to building a consumer products company. Through failing fast and then with the guidance of great mentors, we started getting the hang of how to to do this and poured our hearts and souls into building it from the ground up.Our research shows people buy our products the first time because they value the social good. The second purchase is because of the high quality of our products. Some social-mission companies believe their products will sell because of charity alone. Unfortunately, this is not true. You need to have an amazing product that can sell on its own merits.Not only is your business model charitable, SoapBox Soaps are sustainably made in America and packaged in 100% recycled fibers. Why were these factors important when developing your product?We always wanted to do the most good with our company. Making our products in America ensures better quality and allows us to employ our friends and neighbors. Our team always tries our best to take care of the world, and we wanted to guarantee our products reflect this effort.What made you choose the countries to which you donate soap? Were they statistically the most in need?We work with different charity partners around the world because they understand what’s happening on the ground more than we do. For example, one of our favorite charity partners is Urban Light in Thailand. They rescue kids from the sex trade and help them get back on their feet through childhood education and room/board. SoapBox provides the soap at all their centers.Domestically, we donate to homeless shelters, food pantries and women/children abuse centers around the country. One of the most requested items at homeless shelters is soap.SoapBox was recently featured on the Today Show during a segment about 1-for-1 products, companies that give a product to charity every time someone buys. These types of consumer programs have become somewhat of a trend in the last few years. Do you think the hype around this business model will die down in time, or is it here to stay?I think it is too soon to tell, but that’s also a reason why we’re in this market space. I think if handled poorly, many 1-for-1 companies could become fads and fade away if their charity missions are not administered correctly or they don’t make products people want to continually buy. But having a social mission at the core should be the ideal business model for every company, and we want to ensure this movement is here to stay.I believe a majority of people are good and when given the chance to make a difference through buying products that make the world a better place, without having to sacrifice on quality, most people will choose to support the social mission product.What’s next for SoapBox? Any new projects or initiatives you are working on this year?SoapBox is rolling out liquid hand soap, lotions and body wash lines in late spring and early summer of this year. We’re still finalizing the formulations, but I can say everything is going to be 100% natural.They each have a different charity component to them. Case in point, for every bottle of liquid hand soap someone buys, we’ll donate a month of clean water to a child in need through our charity partners. For every bottle of body wash sold, we’ll donate a year of free essential vitamins to children all over the world through Vitamin Angels. We wanted to keep the 1-for-1 mission the same but desired to expand our reach to assist with different health needs.To learn more and to shop, visit soapboxsoaps.com. 1. Soapbox 2. Soapbox 3. Soapbox 4. Soapbox 5. Soapbox How to Choose the Right Dress Shirt last_img read more

Whisky Is Coming: All Men Must Drink This ‘Game of Thrones’ Scotch

first_img The Best Netflix Food Documentaries to Savor Right Now 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts Welcome to Funner, California (Yes, It’s a Real Place) How to Play Pool Like You Know What You’re Doing Which Lobster Roll Style Reigns Supreme: Connecticut or Maine? First, you got Game of Thrones beer. Then you got Game of Thrones wine. Now, the Old Gods have listened to the prayers of you, citizens of Westeros, and provided a new tipple: Game of Thrones whisky.In partnership with HBO, international beverage company Diageo is releasing a series of special-edition Game of Thrones whiskies, starting with White Walker by Johnnie Walker, a new blend of single malt Scotch whiskies meant to evoke the harsh winters (and the denizens) north of The Wall.HBONot simply a repackaging of a previous Johnnie Walker whisky, White Walker by Johnnie Walker is a 41.7 percent alcohol by volume blend of single malts from Cardhu and Clynelish, one of Scotland’s northernmost distilleries (think north of The Wall temps and you wouldn’t be far off). The palate features caramelized sugar, vanilla, red berries, and hints of orchard fruit and will retail for around $36.Perhaps more interesting than the whisky is the packaging and the fact that Diageo is urging customers to freeze their whisky and serve it ice cold. If you spit out the whisky we know you’re currently drinking, we had much the same reaction at first.For this release, the bottle producers utilized temperature-sensitive thermochromic ink technology that reacts when frozen. You will literally be reminded that winter has come (or, for the fact that you’ve frozen a bottle of Scotch, that hell has frozen over) every time you freeze the bottle. Either way, the bottle will reveal icy veins coursing through the label, as well as the words “Winter is here” down the side. In addition, Johnnie Walker’s iconic striding man logo has been armored up to blend in with the Night King’s armies.DiageoIf White Walkers aren’t your thing, Diageo has also got you covered. GOT superfans will also be able to pledge fealty to their chosen house with eight different Scotches that have been paired with seven of the Great Houses of Westeros (excluding Houses Frey, Arryn, and Martell) and the Night’s Watch. The pairings are:House Targaryen: Cardhu Gold Reserve (SRP $40)House Tully: The Singleton Glendullan Select (SRP $30)House Stark: Dalwhinnie Winter’s Frost (SRP $40)House Lannister: Lagavulin 9 Year Old (SRP $65)House Greyjoy: Talisker Select Reserve (SRP $45)House Baratheon: Royal Lochnagar 12 Year Old (SRP $65)House Tyrell: Clynelish Reserve (SRP $60)The Night’s Watch: Oban Little Bay Reserve (SRP $63)DiageoEach pairing was selected to show the strong tie between the house and the chosen Scotch. House Targaryen and Cardhu, for example, are both rich in histories of legendary women. Meanwhile, House Tully and The Singleton Glendullan are both propelled by the power of water. No matter if you feel ready to battle the White Walkers or you’re content to dine and indulge within the confines of Riverrun Castle (especially if you were the one who bought it), you will find a whisky to suit your needs.The biggest problem will be making that whisky last until the next (and final) season of Game of Thrones premieres in 2019. Perhaps you can, in the meantime, check out the Game of Thrones hotel to keep your mind off the waiting? Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

US Ambassador Urges Governments to Create Economic Opportunities for Women

first_imgUnited States Ambassador to Jamaica, Her Excellency Pamela Bridgewater, is calling on Governments in the Caribbean and Pacific Islands to leverage their advantages to build sustainable and productive agricultural enterprises and create opportunities for women-owned businesses.The Ambassador was speaking on Wednesday, July 10, at the opening of a three-day forum at the Half Moon Conference Centre in Montego Bay, which focuses on the expansion of opportunities for women in agriculture in the island regions.The Ambassador noted that Jamaica, like other small island states, does not enjoy an abundance of arable land, nor does the country produce crops in sufficient quantities to export large surpluses. She noted, however, that the country has used its strong global brand, which she stated, rivals many of the largest nations, and entrepreneurial knowhow, to carve out a niche in the global marketplace.“Jamaican farmers have developed world-class niche market products such as Blue Mountain Coffee, sorrel, bammy, festival, spices, ackee, ginger, and jerk chicken and jerk pork,” she told the gathering.She said that there are other advantages enjoyed by Jamaica and other countries in the Caribbean and Pacific, such as having a year-round growing season, favourable geographic position, vibrant Diaspora communities, a history of inter-Caribbean networking among women entrepreneurs, and the entrepreneurial spirit of its citizens.These, she said, could be further exploited to grow agriculture in both regions and reduce imports.She noted that the Caribbean imports $5 billion in agricultural products each year, and citizens of some Pacific countries spend up to 50 per cent of their income on food, due to high food prices caused by importation.“As the tourism industry expands in both regions, this figure is likely to grow, unless stakeholders across all sectors capitalise on the demand for local goods and services,” Ambassador Bridgewater told her audience.She cited opportunities in organic farming, noting that there are ready markets in Europe, the United States, New Zealand and Australia, where people “are strong on eating untainted produced foods”.“We have seen a renewed interest in eating and buying locally, highlighted by a willingness to pay a premium for organic, local, fair trade, and sustainable products. The ‘farm to table’ concept is a growing and popular one in restaurants in the United States. These niche markets represent great opportunities for investment and economic growth by actively meeting existing demand,” she stated.She stated that Governments of small island nations can help women-owned business to improve their chances for success by instituting policies and regulations that are friendly to entrepreneurs, facilitate their access to credit, strengthen property rights, and ensure equal treatment under the rule of law.The three-day forum titled: ‘Supporting Economic Empowerment and Development in the Caribbean and the Pacific (SEED CAP),’ is organised by the Pacific Cooperation Foundation, with support from the United Sates and New Zealand.It is seeking to promote agricultural best practices among women in the sector from both regions.Contact: Garfield L. Anguslast_img read more

Halifax Ready for the Tall Ships

first_imgIn less than three short weeks up to 40 tall ships will sail intoHalifax Harbour, marking the start of the biggest event inHalifax this summer. More than 700,000 people are expected tovisit the waterfront for Tall Ships Challenge 2004 — A Salute tol’Acadie, from July 29 to Aug. 2. “We are expecting many visitors to the downtown core for the tallships festivities, and we want people to know that although itwill be busy, we are ready,” said Eric Thomson, chair of theWaterfront Development Corporation. “In order to accommodate theincreased pedestrian traffic and entertainment tents that will beset up on the waterfront, there will be a number of streetclosures and parking bans in place. We are reminding people thata few provisions may have to be made to travel plans, and toexpect a great time.” Lower Water Street, between George and Salter streets, and Princeand Sackville streets (at Bedford Row) will be closed from 6 p.m.to 2 a.m. on Thursday, July 29 and Friday, July 30. These streetswill remain closed on Saturday, July 31, Sunday, Aug. 1, andMonday, Aug. 2 between 8 a.m. and 2 a.m. Northbound traffic onLower Water Street will be detoured left onto Morris Street,except local traffic. Parking will not be permitted in many ofthe waterfront parking lots (monthly parkers are asked to pleasecheck with the property managers), and parking will be limited atmeters in the downtown area. “We are encouraging everyone to use the public transportationsystem available in Halifax Regional Municipality,” said LoriPatterson, Metro Transit, public affairs manager. “Metro Transitwill be offering enhanced bus and ferry services over the five-day event. It makes a lot of sense to take advantage of the parkand ride locations all around metro.” There will be 13 park and ride locations available during TallShips Challenge 2004, most of which will be free. Scheduled busservice will be supplemented with extra buses as needed, andferry service will operate 24 hours a day. Up-to-date information on transportation, parking, streetclosures and other general information relating to Tall ShipsChallenge 2004 is available on the Halifax Regional Municipalitywebsite at www.halifax.ca/tallships2004 , or by calling HalifaxRegional Municipality’s Customer Call Centre at 902-490-4000.More information about the Tall Ships Challenge 2004 is availableon the province’s website at www.novascotia.com/tallships and onCBC’s website at www.cbc.ca/tallships2004 . Tall Ships Challenge 2004 — A Salute to l’Acadie is presented bythe Waterfront Development Corporation. The event is sponsored bythe Province of Nova Scotia, Halifax Regional Municipality, GrouTyme Acadian Festival, Aliant, Atlantic Lottery Corporation,Alexander Keith’s, Sobeys, Ford, Casino Nova Scotia, CaptainMorgan, The Chronicle Herald, McCain, Pepsi, Trade CentreLimited, CanJet, Halifax Port Authority, Bishop’s Landing,Atlantic Photo Supply, Peller Estates, and Ombrelle. CBC is alsoa sponsor and the host broadcaster of the event.last_img read more

Archives Launches Web Tribute to Royal Canadian Navy

first_imgTo coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Royal Canadian Navy, Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management has launched a new web exhibit that celebrates the navy’s rich history. The Royal Canadian Navy: The First Half Century illustrates various aspects of the navy’s early history on both coasts, from the beginnings in 1910 to the country’s Centennial celebrations in 1967. One hundred images have been carefully selected from the archives’ collections to highlight specific events, notable ships, and the men and women who served. The online exhibit features photographs, letters, publications, postcards, and other material from the navy’s formative years. “Nova Scotia and the Royal Canadian Navy have been linked for generations,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage. “We are pleased to recognize the history of our navy in this retrospective tour of its first fifty years.” One of the more interesting items is a recently-acquired letter written by a mother to her son, concerning his naval cadet friends and acquaintances injured in the Halifax Explosion of 1917. There are also images of HM Queen Elizabeth II presenting new colours to the navy in 1959, and the 50th anniversary celebrations in 1960. “This year marks the Royal Canadian Navy’s 100th anniversary of service,” said Lois Yorke, director of public services at the archives. “We are pleased to present The Royal Canadian Navy: The First Half-Century for website visitors who want to learn more about the navy’s legacy in Canada.” The new exhibit complements two existing resources on the archives website — East Coast Port, showing life in Halifax during World War II, and The Royal Navy in Nova Scotia Waters, telling the story of earlier naval activities in the province. The Royal Canadian Navy: The First Half-Century is available at www.gov.ns.ca/nsarm/virtual/rcn/. Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management acquires, preserves and makes available the province’s documentary heritage.last_img read more

Nova Scotia Celebrates Pink Shirt Day

first_imgNova Scotia students, families and community members are encouraged to speak out against bullying and cyberbullying and to celebrate Pink Shirt Day, today, Feb. 26. “Bullying and cyberbullying continue to be harmful, complex issues in our schools and communities,” said Karen Casey, Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development. “It is important that we, as Nova Scotians, speak up against bullying every day, not just on anti-bullying days. Only then can we create a province that is safe and inclusive for everyone.” Over the last year, the province has worked to support anti-bullying, including launching the CyberSCAN unit, creating an online tool for students and parents to make reporting bullying or cyberbullying easier, and creating a comprehensive reference guide for parents and guardians. Pink Shirt Day is held on the last Wednesday in February. For more information on the province’s anti-bullying initiatives, or for supports for those being bullied, visit http://antibullying.novascotia.ca .last_img read more

Theo Fleury talks hockey and dreams at Whitehorse hockey camp

first_imgAPTN National NewsTheo Fluery is a special guest at a youth hockey camp in Whitehorse.Along with teaching youth what to do on the ice, Fleury talks about what happened to him off the ice and how to follow dreams no matter the obstacles.APTN’s Shirley McLean has the story.last_img

King Mohammed VI pays Historic Visit to the Sahara

first_imgFez- King Mohammed VI of Morocco started on Wednesday a historic visit to the Saharan provinces. Today, the Moroccan monarch attended the Friday prayer at the Asslam mosque in the city of Dakhla, the region’s second largest city after Laayoune. The visit comes a week after the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon released his annual report on the “Situation in the Western Sahara” and less than two weeks before the mandate of United Nations Missions for the Referendum in the Western Sahara, known by its French acronym as MINURSO, comes up for renewal.Last weekend King Mohammed VI held a phone call with the UN chief and reiterated Morocco’s constant commitment and constructive cooperation to reach a final political settlement to this regional dispute, within Moroccan sovereignty. King Mohammed VI further drew the UN secretary General’s attention to the imperative need to preserve the parameters of the negotiations as they were defined by the Security Council, safeguarding the current framework and modalities of the UN involvement and avoiding biased approaches and risky options.last_img read more

Flow of Reactions to Hirak Activists Sentences Continues

By Anna SchaefferRabat – Reactions towards the substantial sentences of Hirak Al Hoceima activists continue to spill from Morocco’s newswriters and parliamentarians alike.Last Tuesday, June 26, after nearly a year of consideration, Morocco’s judiciary delivered harsh sentences to 54 prosecuted activists. The long-deliberated sentences vary from 1 to 20 years in prison but collectively have been met with formidable backlash from NGOs and human rights organizations across the globe. As Morocco reels from the result, a movement to push for amnesty has gained traction.News outlet Akhbar Al Yaoum notes that the consensual statement of government’s majority parties, while expressing solidarity with those sentenced, balances that sentiment with careful avoidance of undermining the judiciary; essentially, the system sheds crocodile tears. Additionally, the newspaper addressed the government’s inconsistent behavior in addressing protests from city to city: “They tolerated demonstrations in Casablanca, while they dispersed and arrested protesters in northern cities.” The daily Al Massae reported today on a significant proposal developed by the Federation of the Democratic Left (FGD) party in response to the harsh verdicts. The suggested law advocates “a general amnesty for all persons detained within the framework of social movements of protest, which Morocco has known during the period from 28 October 2016 to 28 June 2018.”Not all public figures share this sentiment, however. President of the Prosecutor General Mohamed Abdennabaoui analyzed the activists’ sentences in an interview with newspaper Al Ahdath Al Maghribia. Abdennabaoui held fast to the principle that the Criminal Chamber of Casablanca judges simply applied the law, and it is not his place to express support or disapproval for the independently-decided sentences.He did, nonetheless, reinforce the independence of the judiciary in Morocco with a strong statement that the age of “telephoned” sentences is gone: “It is not the judge who chooses the punishment, it’s the law.” read more

Mervyn forms his own joint opposition reveals Gotas links to abductions

He said that the incident was captured on CCTV cameras but the footage was erased on the instructions of the then Government. He added that a vehicle from the office of the President was sent with a former army officer named Tissa to abduct his son from the Odel car park and kill him in July 2013 when President Mahinda Rajapaksa was President. Click links to play audio: The former Minister said that some officers in the military were forced to follow the instructions of Gotabhaya Rajapaksa when he was the Defence Secretary and engage in illegal activities.Mervyn Silva also dismissed the allegations raised against him and his involvement with attacks on the media. Meanwhile, Mervyn Silva said that his joint opposition will push the Government to fulfill the promises it made to the people and also take action against corrupt politicians currently in the opposition.The former Minister said that he faced threats to his life from the former regime and claimed that there was also an order to assassinate him.Asked about the legality of the name ‘joint opposition’ Mervyn Silva said that the opposition backed by Mahinda Rajapaksa does not have legal rights to the name ‘joint opposition’ and so he has a right to use the name. (Colombo Gazette) Former Minister Mervyn Silva today formed his own joint opposition and slammed the more recognised joint opposition which consists of several United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) members.He also claimed that former Defence Secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa used ‘white vans’ to abduct some of his supporters. Mervyn Silva audio 1, Mervyn Silva audio 2, Mervyn Silva audio 3, Mervyn Silva audio 4, Mervyn Silva audio 5 read more

Ajith Perera and Dayasiri Jayasekera clash in Parliament

Jayasekera said that when Perera was speaking in Parliament yesterday he allowed the joint opposition to take some of his time to make allegations against the SLFP. United National Party (UNP) member Ajith Perera and Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) member Dayasiri Jayasekera engaged in a verbal clash in Parliament today.The clash occurred after Jayasekera accused Perera of giving the joint opposition time in Parliament yesterday to attack the SLFP. Ajith Perera however denied the claims and said he only allowed the joint opposition to clarify an allegation they had made accusing the Government of attempting to postpone the Local Government elections. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Following latest attacks UN envoy urges Iraqi leaders to establish dialogue

The United Nations envoy in Iraq today condemned the latest wave of car bombings across Iraq that injured dozens of civilians, and called on the country’s leaders to sit together and address the nation’s current challenges.“Less than a week after a string of similar attacks, Iraqis are hit by another round of deadly and remorseless acts of terrorism,” said the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Iraq, Martin Kobler.“Nothing can justify such despicable and heinous crimes targeting innocent people going about their daily business.”At least 30 people were killed, and many more injured, in a string of car bombings this morning in crowded areas across central and southern Iraq, media reports said. On Monday, similar attacks killed 70 people across cities in northern Iraq.The past couple of months have been some of the deadliest on record in the country. In April, 712 Iraqis were killed and more than 1,600 injured. In May, the death toll increased to 1,045 and more than 2,300 were wounded, according to figures released by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI).UN officials, including Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon have repeatedly called on Iraqi authorities to redouble their efforts to support reconciliation and end sectarian violence.Mr. Kobler called on political leaders to “sit together with good faith and determination to address all pending problems that the country continues to face.”He also extended his deep sympathy and sincere condolences to the families of the victims and wished a speedy recovery to the wounded. read more

IntelliSenseio to deliver analytics intelligence and digital innovations for Antofagasta Minerals

first_imgAntofagasta Minerals, Chile’s largest private mining group has signed a strategic partnership to deploy IntelliSense.io analytics and digital technologies for its Mine to Mill operational efficiency program. The technology will be deployed at one of its main operations Minera Centinela in the Antofagasta mining region, Chile, initially targeting the thickener circuit.Very recently McKinsey & Company released its recommendations advocating the use of digital innovations by global miners to improve mining productivity and efficiency. Against the backdrop of an uncertain commodities cycle and after a year-long drop in the price of copper, Antofagasta Minerals is seeing this as an opportunity to invest in innovative technologies to beat the commodity cycle.Pedro Fuenzalida, Innovation Manager for Antofagasta Minerals stated, “after the successes seen in the manufacturing industry by deploying technologies that helped standardise operations, we wanted to bring mining into the 21st century by introducing the same principles to our dynamic operations through digital innovations. We believe this to be future of mining where advances in analytics can enable better decision making and deliver step change in productivity improvement and help in stabilisation”.IntelliSense.io whose technology is used to optimise processes and systems through a combination of sensors, software and simulation have proven successes from their deployments in uranium mining and high technology manufacturing operations. The business model of delivering ‘Optimisation applications as a Service’ results in little to no upfront Capex cost, faster deployment and continuous solution upgrades that deliver rapid ROI to customers, the company says.Sam G. Bose, CEO of IntelliSense.io added, “to sign a prestigious group like Antofagasta Minerals to our growing mining industry client base acknowledges our expertise in the sector and demonstrates the value digital innovations can bring to global miners.”A five year strategic partnership agreement has been signed between the two companies enabling IntelliSense.io to work closely with Antofagasta Minerals on delivering the technology across the mine extraction, mineral processing and waste management processes with the primary goal of improving efficiency, reducing environmental impact and delivering bottom line benefits to the mine operations.Fuenzalida added, “by bringing international high technology companies to Chile and demonstrating the impact these technologies can have in the local and regional mining industry, addressing common challenges such as constraints on water and energy and minimising environmental impact, we are showing our commitment to invest in innovations not only across our mining portfolio but also in Chile. We aim to improve the skill base of the Chilean mining industry by exposing and training teams on leading edge technologies to compete in the global market place”.IntelliSense.io is setting up a ‘Centre of Excellence for Digital Technologies in Chile’ that will serve the Latin American mining industry.IntelliSense.io is a market leader in providing innovative real time data analytics over resilient wireless sensor networks for industrial applications.last_img read more

Maximum disclosure expected in new report into CRC legacy issues

first_imgFormer chief executive of the Central Remedial Clinic Brian Conlon arrives at Leinster House to appear before the Public Accounts Committee last week. (Brian Lawless/PA Wire/Press Association Images)Deputy McGuinness said that following ‘frank’ discussion yesterday with the Administrator he was assured that the report will be comprehensive.“The Administrator informed me that he was getting excellent co-operation from the staff but outlined some concerns,” Deputy McGuinness said, “including the fact that the constant dripping of information was having a negative impact on the staff and was impacting on morale.”Meanwhile, an emergency motion passed at the Health Committee will see Section 39 organisations be invited to “outline the funding model and breakdown of their different sources of funding”.Remuneration“The organisations will also be asked to outline the remuneration received by all executive staff and the funding source from which such remuneration is derived in terms of public and private sources or the percentage of each,” TD Jerry Buttimer, chair of the committee, said but in a measured statement this afternoon called for the public to continue support charities.“The Committee has appealed for calm from the public pending on-going investigations in order to avoid unnecessary and unintended collateral damage,” he said.An important aspect the committee is looking for organisations to outline is an decline in funding.Read: Here are the minutes of the CRC board meeting where Paul Kiely’s €742k pay-off was agreed >‘A twisted web’: Credit cards, foreign trips and 5 other things we learned from the CRC hearings > MOST QUESTIONS WILL be put to the Central Remedial Clinic once the Oireachtas receives a detailed report on the organisation’s inner workings.Other organisations have also been called to discuss their finances under an emergency motion passed today at the Health Committee.Deputy John McGuinness, Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, confirmed this afternoon that the “board and staff, including the former chief executives of the CRC” will be called before the committee to discuss a range of legacy issues in more detail.‘Maximum disclosure’He says the accounts being prepared will deliver ‘maximum disclosure’.“Adequacy of governance and controls, remuneration, the use of charitable funds and issues relating to the CRC Medical Devices company” will all addressed in the report.A date has been set for 31 March for the report to be completed, currently being prepared by administrator John Cregan, and will be delivered to the Director General of the HSE.last_img read more

A time of reckoning for Cyprus

first_imgIf there was any doubt how absurd the division in Cyprus is, then ask for the local time. Depending on which side of the island you find yourself, there will be an hour’s discrepancy, as the Republic of Cyprus has changed to winter daylight saving while the north has stuck with Turkey time. As the current Cyprus talks intensify, reaching a crescendo with the Mont Peredin and Geneva summits, it seems timely to take stock and review how an imagined solution effects, or deters, the politics of change and continuity. There is no doubt that throughout its long history, four issues have particularly frustrated the Cyprus peace process: territory, property and security and guarantees. Clearly, each side has different concerns, interests and priorities − including prescribed ‘red lines’ − when it comes to these issues. In terms of security and guarantees, for the Greek-Cypriots the ‘red line’ entails the withdrawal of all the Turkish troops from the island and abolition of all guarantor powers. As far as territorial adjustments and property are concerned, the Greek-Cypriots equate them with the ‘right of return’ for all refugees and the maximum recovery of the ‘lost lands’ that resulted from Turkey’s invasion in 1974. In contrast, for Turkish-Cypriots, their security ‘red lines’ consists of their demand for Turkish military presence on the island and a guarantee from Turkey alone as effective measures that would protect them. Regarding territorial adjustments and the return of property, the Turkish-Cypriots have consistently advocated retaining most of northern Cyprus for economic and security reasons and minimising its impact on creating a ‘second wave’ of Turkish-Cypriot refugees.So it was no surprise that when the negotiations did not reach a comprehensive settlement at Mont Pelerin and Geneva, though they ostensibly made progress by agreeing on the territorial criteria, acrimonious renditions and mutterings of blame became louder in Nicosia, Athens and Ankara. The latest round of negotiations comes after 20 months of direct talks between the two current leaders, both of whom vigorously campaigned for the Annan Plan during the failed 2004 referendum. While the UN and others insist that the current talks date back to the (2008) Christofias-Talat period, this may be a political ploy to entice and retain AKEL and CTP support should a referendum eventuate. Having learned from 2004, UN strategy – by and large − ever since has been to allow the Cypriots to determine the content of the negotiations, while they concentrate on the process. The game-plan to emerge was that once the two sides agreed on the territorial criteria, it would be interfaced with an actual territorial map, which would then open the way for all involved parties to discuss Cyprus’ security and guarantee arrangements. Ultimately, this would see the two leaders produce a Cypriot ‘authored’ comprehensive agreement, which would then be put to a separate simultaneous referenda sometime in the first half of 2017 – allowing enough time for campaigning, coalition building and convincing Cypriots of the virtues and benefits of the settlement.The Mont Pelerin and Geneva conferences promised so much that it was inevitable that, psychologically, they could not possibly live up to their momentum. Addressing different audiences, expectations, often fed by Twitter- happy negotiators and facilitators, have had the opposite effect in Cyprus itself. The media – as communicative filter between elites and the public – initially conveyed back to Cyprus the impression of a voyeuristic infatuation with their situational attribution often rendering a lack of seriousness and solace of the occasion. In conjunction with its non-disclosure policy, a communication lacuna has compounded a culture of secrecy and leaks that nourish the pessimistic attitude that many Cypriots have of the talks, their prospects and ultimately their value. Even though they took place between two compatible and affable leaders and a rather ‘creative’ and diligent UN, Mont Pelerin and Geneva offer us a timely reminder that the Cyprus talks, official negotiations, and first-track diplomacy − important as their contribution might be − are still nevertheless inadequate in their exclusive control of the peace process. As previous attempts have revealed, by themselves they are unable to overcome the constraints that steadfastly prevent the resolution of the Cyprus conflict. There appears to be a missing link that prevents progress at the peace talks from resonating at either inter- or intra- communal relations. Cyprus’ current dilemma between separatism and unification is expressed more tangibly in the new challenges posed by the doctrine of pre-emption. The difficulty of constructing a new peace paradigm in Cyprus is not only exacerbated by its communal polarisation, but is also vulnerable to internal and external tensions particularly as they relate to Turkey’s (and Greece’s) unpredictability and the growing disparity between the financially ‘accommodated’ and ‘dislodged’ classes on both sides of the island. Negotiations are always a tricky business. Especially, when the stakes are so high and the returns are not so obvious. If not handled properly, the Cyprus talks run the risk of furthering the mood of despair among Cypriots and their readiness to surrender to the certainty of the status quo.In such a case, failure of the current peace talks would see both communities, for difference reasons and in different ways, trading federalism for separatism as their preferred second-best solution. Under such circumstances, there is always the danger that the two-state solution will become, either deliberately or by osmosis, a historical endgame for both Greek and Turkish Cypriots.* Dr Michális S. Michael is adjunct senior research fellow at the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences of Monash University, honorary senior research fellow at La Trobe University, director of the Centre for Dialogue and his forthcoming book, Cyprus and the Roadmap for Peace: A Critical Interrogation of the Conflict by Edward Elgar Publishing, is co-edited with Dr Yücel Vural. 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Un homme mort dun cancer choisit de se faire momifier à légyptienne

first_imgUn homme mort d’un cancer choisit de se faire momifier “à l’égyptienne”À titre expérimental, des médecins légistes britanniques ont momifié, selon les méthodes des anciens Égyptiens, le corps d’un homme mort d’un cancer en janvier 2011, qui, se sachant condamné, s’était porté volontaire pour cette expérience post-mortem. Avant de mourir, en janvier dernier, d’un cancer des poumons à l’âge de 61 ans, Alan Billis, un chauffeur de taxi du Devon au sud-ouest de l’Angleterre, avec l’accord de sa famille, s’était porté volontaire pour donner son corps à la science, en vue d’une expérience hors norme : faire momifier sa dépouille (par des médecins légistes) à la façon des souverains de l’ancienne Égypte. Une première depuis 3.000 ans, donc.À lire aussiArchéologie : le vrai visage de Cléopâtre reconstitué en 3DDirigée par le médecin légiste Peter Vanezis, une équipe a retiré tous les organes du corps (exceptés le cœur et le cerveau) avant de l’immerger, durant un mois, dans un bain de sels spéciaux, de le faire ensuite sécher dans une salle spéciale du centre médico-légal de Sheffield (Angleterre), et enfin de l’entourer de bandelettes. Un mode opératoire établi par le chimiste Stephen Buckley, de l’Université d’York, et basé sur l’étude des momies de la XVIIIe dynastie, les mieux conservées.”Je lisais le journal et il y avait une annonce disant : cherchons volontaire avec une maladie en phase terminale prêt à donner son corps pour une momification. (…) Si les gens ne sont plus volontaires [pour ce genre de choses], on ne pourra plus rien découvrir…”, avait déclaré, avant son décès, Alan Billis, qui, avec courage et humour, se surnommait alors lui-même “Toutan-Alan”, en clin d’œil au pharaon Toutankhamon, de la XVIIIe dynastie, justement, dont le corps a subi le même traitement que le sien, 3.000 ans plus tôt. Avec le même humour, sa femme, Jan Billis a expliqué cité par BBC News : “Je suis la seule femme du pays à avoir une momie pour mari”.Le 19 octobre 2011 à 14:41 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Mancini explains Ronaldos Serie A goaldrought

first_imgItalian manager Roberto Mancini was questioned about Cristiano Ronaldo’s goal-drought for Juventus, he gave an interesting explanation about the subject.Now that the international break is well-underway for every club in the world, Italy has to gather all their international player under Roberto Mancini’s command and the boss had some interesting things to say about Cristiano Ronaldo’s recent goal-drought for Juventus. Following the same vein that Massimiliano Allegri talked about after Juve’s match against Parma, the Italy manager spoke about the many obstacles that Ronaldo faces in a very different football he has found in Italy compared to Spain. It’s been three matches with no goals already and the Portuguese forward still hasn’t gotten the chance to score a goal, but the only way he has responded to this situation is by training harder every day. Now that the international break left Juventus’ training camps deserted, Cristiano has been spotted there from the early hours of the day and he’s been practicing with the players who are left on the squad that didn’t get called up by their national teams.Altri tre punti! Ottimo lavoro di squadra!??#finoallafine pic.twitter.com/sxDpYR9whr— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) September 1, 2018We already know that Cristiano Ronaldo is obsessed with scoring his first goal in Serie A, something that very few people are worried about because the Portuguese forward has given great signs of sacrifice during his first matches. The only problem with Ronaldo right now is the adaptation process, which is taking a little longer than expected by now. But Juventus’ next match against Sassuolo at Juventus Stadium appears to be the perfect time for Cristiano to get that first goal, and once that happens it might be very difficult to stop him from scoring more goals going forward. But as we said, for now the only one who is worried about this situation is Ronaldo himself as other experts on the subject analyze his lack of goals in the start of this new season and they all come up with the same conclusion: it is only a matter of time for Cristiano Ronaldo to start his goal count.? Check out the full video of today’s ⚪️⚫️ training session only on #JuventusTV ➡️ https://t.co/7FXJsnqlm9#ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/QNiVuOsldu— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) September 5, 2018The latest authorized voice to talk about this topic is Italy’s manager Roberto Mancini, a coach who has won many trophies throughout his career and has managed some of the best players in the world. Roberto made comparisons of Serie A football with the Spanish La Liga in order to explain Cristiano’s goal-drought further: “There are moments in which things just don’t go according to plan, even when you make a great effort. Cristiano Ronaldo has scored some goals throughout his career and I don’t think he will have a problem to do it again. It’s a difficult moment for him, but that is also normal for any striker. Now you ask me if he is crucial to attract defenders and help his teammates score, that is an assignment that every team member has to do during the match. Every rival defends his own part of the pitch and it’s obvious that Cristiano is not going to find the same spaces he had in Spain as easy in Italy. La Liga plays another type of football compared to Serie A,” said Mancini during a press conference this Wednesday.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.#Azzurri ??#Cragno, #Biraghi, #Lazzari and #Zaniolo after their first call-ups: “It’s a dream come true.”➡️ https://t.co/795lgz4MeW#VivoAzzurro pic.twitter.com/mYCIXUM14B— Italy (@azzurri) September 5, 2018Mancini’s luck in not facing Ronaldo next week.Nobody expected that this goal-drought would actually become beneficial for Italy, because the Azzurra is about to play against a Ronaldo less Portugal on their second ever Nations League match on September the 10th. The Portuguese forward specifically requested his manager Fernando Santos to not include him on the next call-up list for his national team, the reason for this is to prepare more thoroughly for Serie A football and get that goal-drought out of the way as soon as possible. Ronaldo is already scheduled to be included in October’s matches for Portugal, but Italy will be grateful for this decision that the new Juventus player has made and they will try to make the most out of it. After facing Poland on the first Nations League match, Italy must travel to Lisbon in order to clash against the Portugal National Team in the second match of this special format that has replaced the European Championship.Back on track?blessed? pic.twitter.com/0cR7r54O3b— Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) September 4, 2018How long do you think it will take Cristiano Ronaldo to end his goal-drought for Juventus? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more