EB coach unhappy with fixture may field reserve team in Durand

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first_imgKolkata: East Bengal’s Spanish head coach Alejandro Menendez on Wednesday slammed the fixture list which sees the club in action twice in three days, against George Telegraph on July 31 in the Calcutta Football League (CFL) and Army Red on August 3 in the Durand Cup. East Bengal are likely to field a reserve team for the Durand Cup which is taking place in Kolkata for the first time. There are reports that investors Quess are at loggerheads with club officials over the same as the latter wants the first team to participate in the Durand Cup. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”It is not acceptable to play two matches in three days. It is an absolute disaster and no professional team must work like that,” said Menendez after landing in the city and taking charge of East Bengal’s practice session at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan. Menendez said the club’s target is to win the I-League and the Super Cup, hinting at his approval of fielding juniors for the Durand Cup. “The team we have will play all the tournaments. Our targets are the main leagues, I-League and Super Cup. We have to take care of all our players we have to take care of the development of our academy players as well. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”They are not only here for practice but to play. Our goals are to make the players better and improve our strategies and tactics. We have to keep them fit so that they can give their best. They have great motivation,” he said. Menendez also revealed that the club is close to roping in a striker after Jobby Justin was given the green signal by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) player status committee to join Indian Super League (ISL) outfit ATK. East Bengal’s first team has been training at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan practice ground under assistant coaches Bastab Roy and Josep Ferre, as well as physical trainer Carlos Nodar. East Bengal finished second in the I-League this season, just behind winners Chennai City FC.last_img read more

Deputy Minister says MRs portraits hang in Chinese companies

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He says this shows the Chinese have a special place in their hearts for Mahinda Rajapaksa as Rajapaksa has “sold” Sri Lanka to China.The Mahinda Rajapaksa led Government had signed several agreements with China including deals on highways, a port, airport, port city and other projects. (Colombo Gazette) A Government Deputy Minister today claimed that portraits of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa can be seen hanging in Chinese companies in China.Deputy Minister Ranjan Ramanayake said that during a visit to China he saw Rajapaksa’s portrait hanging in the office of a leading Chinese company.

Government assures international flights will return to Mattala

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The Government today assured that international flights will return to Mattala from the end of this year.The only international airline operating to Mattala had suspended its flights to the airport last month. UAE-based Fly Dubai had suspended its operations to the Mattala international airport owing to commercial reasons.Speaking at an event today, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that earlier only birds landed at Mattala but now the Government hopes to have commercial flights operating from the airport. He said that international flights are expected to resume operations at Mattala from the end of this year.

Edmunds compares 2019 Ford F150 and Ram 1500

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Ford’s F-Series has dominated the full-size pickup sales race for as long as anyone can remember. For much of that time, Ram trucks have languished in third place behind the Chevrolet Silverado. But Ram has been steadily winning converts over the past few years, and it just recently leapfrogged Chevy into the No. 2 sales position.It is notoriously difficult to entice pickup customers to switch brands, so this change suggests that Ram has figured something out. Edmunds takes a closer look at the redesigned 2019 Ram 1500 to see if Ford’s venerable 2019 F-150 has anything to worry about.LAYOUT AND ENGINESOn the face of it, these trucks are similar in many fundamental ways. Both are available in two bed lengths and three cab configurations, though the regular-cab Ram is reportedly on hiatus until 2020. Numerous engine and axle ratio combinations are available, and in both cases the most popular crew-cab configuration with the top-tier engine can tow about 11,000 pounds. Ford’s Max Trailer Tow option lifts that to just over 13,000 pounds, but it adds a stiffer-riding suspension that might not suit everyone.The F-150 differs from the competition in its wholesale use of aluminum for the truck’s body and bed, which results in a lighter truck. The weight savings is then used to both increase payload capacity and reduce fuel consumption. Ford doubles down on efficiency by also offering two turbocharged V6 EcoBoost engines alongside the truck’s more traditional 3.3-litre base V6 and optional 5.0-litre V8 powerplants. The 2.7-litre Ecoboost V6 offers impressive power and fuel economy, while the 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6 is the F-150’s most powerful engine offering. It must be said, however, that the actual fuel economy of these turbo engines is particularly sensitive to driving style.The Ram is more traditional in its use of a steel bed and body and for its conventional V6 and V8 engines. But the base 3.6-litre V6 is stronger than most, strong enough that you won’t feel shortchanged. For 2019, it comes with an E-Torque mild hybrid system that lifts city fuel economy by 3 mpg, resulting in essentially the same fuel economy ratings as Ford’s 2.7-litre EcoBoost. The stout 5.7-litre V8 can be purchased without E-Torque, but with this option the otherwise thirsty V8 gets a 2-mpg boost.The Ram’s biggest mechanical difference is its rear suspension design. The load-bearing rear end of the F-150 rides on traditional (for a pickup) leaf springs. But the Ram employs coil springs, providing a notably smoother ride. This setup also includes a rear stabilizer bar and a lateral support link, giving the truck impressive stability, something drivers will find especially reassuring when towing on winding roads or in crosswinds. What’s more, you can order the Ram with an optional air suspension that provides even more ride smoothness as well as ride height adjustability.INTERIOR AND TECHA look inside reveals the Ram’s most obvious advantage. The design is inviting and handsome, and the material choices found in a midlevel Laramie trim look and feel top drawer. The switchgear is pleasing to use, and the centre console that comes with the bucket seat option is a Swiss army knife of storage options. That’s not to say the equivalent F-150 Lariat is ugly or hard to live with. But its design and interior materials are lacklustre compared with the Ram’s.A centrally mounted touchscreen audio system is the focal point in each truck. The systems offer similar smartphone connectivity in the form of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support. Ford’s 8-inch Sync 3 system is highly capable and familiar, but the Ram’s 8.4-inch Uconnect system is even simpler to control and use. Ram also goes one big step further by offering an optional 12-inch screen.Ram’s 1500 crew-cab truck used to have one of the tightest rear seats in the segment, but the 2019 version is comparatively cavernous for rear passengers. There’s even room enough for a reclining rear seat. The Ford is by no means deficient here, but the advantage it once offered has been neutralized.EDMUNDS SAYS: The F-150 is a solid choice by any traditional measure, but the Ram’s innovative design pays real dividends that driver and passenger alike can appreciate every day. In many tangible ways, it redefines what a full-size pickup can be, and that’s why the 2019 Ram 1500 beat out the F-150 for Edmunds’ top truck ranking. Ford’s huge sales lead is in no danger of evaporating, but the Ram 1500 represents a reality check for the entire truck segment.____This story was provided to The Associated Press by the automotive website Edmunds. Dan Edmunds is director, vehicle evaluation at Edmunds. Twitter: @Edmunds_Test.Related links:— Edmunds Video: Ford F-150, Ram 1500 and Chevrolet Silverado Comparison: https://youtu.be/3g9Y40QSS-U— Edmunds Review: 2019 Ram 1500: https://www.edmunds.com/ram/1500/— Edmunds Review: 2019 Ford F-150: https://www.edmunds.com/ford/f-150/Dan Edmunds, The Associated Press read more

Stelco shares climb more than 10 as CEO downplays tariff impacts

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Shares of Stelco Holdings Inc. climbed more than 10 per cent Wednesday in mid-afternoon trading after the company downplayed expected impacts of U.S. tariffs as it shifts focus further into the Canadian market.The Hamilton, Ont.-based steel producer paid about $39 million in tariffs in the third quarter, but Stelco chief executive Alan Kestenbaum said in an earnings conference that he expects that to drop in the fourth quarter.“In Q4 we will already see a meaningful drop in tariff costs,” he said.He said the company will look to shift its current 24 per cent of production exposed to U.S. tariffs closer to zero by selling more into the Canadian market.The anatomy of Stelco’s long, strange road to marketStelco jumps in trading debut as 107-year-old steelmaker goes it aloneCanada imposes steel safeguards, including quotas and tariffs, as of Oct. 25Those efforts have been helped by Canada’s retaliatory tariffs on U.S. producers, and Stelco’s investments to expand product offerings and fill voids in the Canadian market created by those retaliations.The renegotiated North American trade deal could also leave the company better off, said Kestenbaum.“I believe as a result of the new NAFTA, or USMCA, it is quite possible that the Canadian industrial markets we serve will actually improve its competitiveness and expand, giving us even more demand than just the void left by the retreating supply from the targeted sources.”The bullish stance of tariff impacts helped push the company’s share price up $1.75, or 9.70 per cent, to close at $19.80 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.In Q4 we will already see a meaningful drop in tariff costsCEO Alan Kestenbaum Kestenbaum said the company is also looking to create more value on the real estate side. Stelco bought more than 1,200 hectares of land in June, including nearly 324 hectares in the Toronto-Hamilton area.“Strategically, we are continuing to advance our efforts to maximize value of our assets,” he said.“During the third quarter, we advanced in our strategy to see that land developed for its highest and best purpose by starting to hire experts in real estate development, developing a master plan for land development and beginning to market some of our vacant buildings to the very hot Greater Toronto industrial market.”After market close on Tuesday, the company had reported adjusted earnings of $135 million or $1.52 per share, compared with analyst expectations of $164 million or $1.54 per share according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Revenue came in at $619 million, an 84 per cent increase from the $336 million it pulled in for the same quarter last year as volumes shipped surged more than 42 per cent to 586 million tons.Stelco says higher prices helped offset tariff costs, as its average selling price was $980 per net ton, up from $793 per net ton for the same quarter last year. read more

The latest on Greece Eurozone leaders to meet Monday to find way

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The latest on Greece: Eurozone leaders to meet Monday to find way through Greek crisis Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis is photographed during a meeting of eurogroup finance ministers at the European Council building in Luxembourg on Thursday, June 18, 2015. Greece faced intense pressure Thursday from its international creditors to break a deadlock in bailout discussions that’s raised the specter of the country’s imminent bankruptcy and even its exit from the euro. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo) by The Associated Press Posted Jun 18, 2015 2:11 am MDT Last Updated Jun 18, 2015 at 12:12 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email 8:00 p.m. (1800 GMT, 2:00 p.m. EDT)A summit of the eurozone’s 19 leaders has been called for Monday to find a breakthrough in Greece’s bailout talks following another failure at a meeting Thursday.European Council President Donald Tusk said he had decided to convene a eurozone summit to “urgently discuss the situation of Greece at the highest political level.”His statement came after the eurozone’s top official, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, said no progress was made in discussions held Thursday in Luxembourg.Greece needs outside financial help if it is to meet debt repayments this summer, starting with 1.6 billion euros it owes on June 30.___7:55 p.m. (1755 GMT, 1:55 p.m. EDT)The eurozone’s top official, Jeroen Dijsselbloem, says bailout talks with Greece on Thursday yielded very little and no agreement is in sight yet.He says Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis presented too few measures that were credible and serious at a meeting Thursday.He says the talks over the last week have not progressed and “time is running out.”Dijsselbloem says it’s up to the Greeks to submit new proposals in the coming days.Greece is in talks to get more loans from its creditors — which include the eurozone states and the International Monetary Fund. Without help, Greece will struggle to make a debt repayment on June 30.___7:40 p.m. (1740 GMT, 1:40 p.m. EDT)A leading European Union official says Greece and its international creditors have failed to secure a bailout deal that would help the country avoid a debt default at the end of the month.Valdis Dombrovskis, an EU vice-president whose remit includes the euro, wrote on his official Twitter account that there was no deal at the meeting of the eurozone’s 19 finance ministers in Luxembourg.He wrote that there was a strong signal for Greece “to engage seriously in negotiations.”He added that the group of eurozone finance ministers “stands ready to reconvene at any moment.”___7:00 p.m. (1700 GMT, 1:00 p.m. EDT)Despite the uncertainty surrounding Greece’s financial future, European stock markets recovered Thursday, tracking gains on Wall Street, where investors were relieved to hear that the Federal Reserve is not in a hurry to raise interest rates.The Stoxx 50 index of leading European shares closed 0.6 per cent higher while the main index in Athens ended up 0.4 per cent. Both had opened lower.The focus when European markets reopen Friday will likely be on Greece as investors will have a chance to digest the details from the meeting of eurozone finance ministers in Luxembourg, which is still ongoing.___4:40 p.m. (1440 GMT, 10:40 a.m. EDT)German finance chief Wolfgang Schaeuble has not offered any indication that Greece’s creditor countries are willing to ease their demands in the talks.Ahead of the meeting in Luxembourg, he said that “we’re waiting for Greece to put forward proposals, which we’ve been waiting for some time, and waiting patiently, but the time is getting shorter.”“It’s up to Greece alone to fulfil what has been agreed.”Greece and its creditor countries are in tough talks over the conditions for unlocking more bailout loans. Without the aid, Greece will struggle to make a debt repayment on June 30. A failure to pay would deepen the country’s economic and financial woes and could be a step toward leaving the euro currency.___4:20 p.m. (1420 GMT, 10:20 a.m. EDT)European diplomacy is kicking into gear as leaders try to press Greece to compromise in the stalled bailout talks.The president of Cyprus, traditionally a close ally of Greece, has had a long phone call today with Angela Merkel, the leader of Germany, one of Greece’s main creditors and toughest negotiators.Cyprus’ Nicos Anastasiades then spoke with both Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras as well as Greece’s President Prokopis Pavlopoulos.News of the talks came in a written note from the Cypriot government’s spokesman, Nicos Christodoulides. He did not disclose the content of the talks with Greece’s leaders.___3:45 p.m. (1345 GMT, 9:45 a.m. EDT)The meeting of the eurozone’s 19 finance ministers has officially begun.Finnish Finance Minister Alexander Stubb has tweeted: “The #Eurogroup begins.”Will the meeting be as brief as Stubb’s tweet?It’s unclear whether Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis is armed with fresh proposals to break the impasse with international creditors.___2:50 p.m. (1250 GMT, 8:50 a.m. EDT)The eurozone’s top official has his doubts about the prospects of any progress in bailout negotiations with Greece.Arriving for a meeting of the eurozone’s 19 finance ministers, Jeroen Dijsselbloem says he isn’t sure there’d be any progress during the talks later: “We will not have a deal if it’s not a credible deal.”Dijsselbloem says the eurozone wants “further steps from the Greek side because we need to have a solid deal. It needs to hold up in the coming years to be credible.”Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, meanwhile, said he was hoping his government’s plans will win backing from other eurozone states.“The purpose is to replace costly discord with effective consensus,” he said.___1:55 p.m. (1155 GMT, 7:55 a.m. EDT)The head of Germany’s national central bank says “there’s not much time left” for a deal to rescue Greece’s finances — and that it’s the Greeks who need to take the next step.Bundesbank head Jens Weidmann said in an interview with three European newspapers that “now it’s up to the Greek government to decide in what direction they want to lead their country.”Greece and other eurozone governments are in talks over conditions for more loans to enable Greece to pay its debts. A default could lead to the country leaving the euro.Athens has balked at requests to cut public spending and run budget surpluses not counting interest payments, arguing that would smother growth.Weidmann said a Greek withdrawal from its bailout agreement and failure to make debt repayments “would have consequences for Greece that are difficult to control.”___12:15 p.m. (1015 GMT, 6:15 a.m. EDT)Among officials arriving in Luxembourg for the keenly awaited eurozone meeting there is a distinct lack of optimism over the prospects of a Greek deal.Pierre Moscovici, the European Union’s top economy official, says the meeting will be “very difficult” but that he hopes everyone turns up “with cool heads and the political will to succeed.”While reiterating that the EU’s executive arm will do what it can do get a deal, he acknowledged that a Greek exit from the euro was being discussed by some.“The stakes are extremely high for the Greek people and all of Europe,” he said.Belgian Finance Minister Johan Van Overtveldt said it all depends on the Greeks: “If there are reasonable proposals, we will certainly discuss them.”Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, who said this week he wouldn’t be bringing any new proposals to the meeting, refused to comment. Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the eurozone’s top official, also declined to speak.___11:40 a.m. (0940 GMT, 5:40 a.m. EDT)Greek stocks are leading Europe markets lower as investors worry over the impasse in the country’s bailout talks.The main index on the Athens Stock Exchange was more than 3 per cent lower — bringing its losses in the past week to nearly 20 per cent. Elsewhere in Europe, the main stock indexes in Germany and France were down about 1.1 per cent.Nick Kafkas, head of analysis of Merit Securities, says investors are paying close attention to today’s meeting of eurozone finance ministers: “If there is no spirit of co-operation, I think we’ll slip even lower.”Greece’s sovereign borrowing rates remained high — an indication of concern about default, as Greece faces a debt repayment on June 30 it likely cannot afford. The yields for Greece’s 10-year, 5-year, and 2-year bonds have all risen sharply this week to rates of 13, 20 and 30 per cent.___10:45 a.m. (0845 GMT, 4:45 a.m. EDT)The leader of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s parliamentary caucus says he hopes the Greek government will “see sense” and reach an agreement with its creditors.Volker Kauder told the German Parliament it’s up to Athens to comply with the conditions for its bailout. He said that “we have really done and offered everything possible, but now it is Greece’s turn.”He said that Europe will have problems “if everyone thinks he can do and not do what he wants and that he can blackmail the others.”Kauder said Thursday: “this Greek government is acting against the interests of its people. You have to tell the population how things really are so that you can change things.”___10:15 a.m. (0815 GMT, 4:15 a.m. EDT)While his country is locked in talks with its European creditors, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is travelling to Russia on Thursday to meet President Vladimir Putin.His visit has given ground to speculation that the Greeks could be seeking Russian loans.Asked by The Associated Press whether Russia is going to offer Tsipras money on his visit, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said he “cannot comment on specific decisions.”Greece is in talks with its creditors to get new loans. Without the loans, it will struggle to make a 1.6 billion euro ($1.8 billion) debt repayment to the International Monetary Fund on June 30.___10:10 a.m. (0810 GMT, 4:10 a.m. EDT)German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the eurozone is in a stronger position than it was five years ago as it grapples with the renewed crisis in Greece.Merkel noted during a speech to the German Parliament on Thursday that Germany’s aim has always been for “Europe to come out of the crisis stronger than it went into it.”She says the continent has come a long way — “how far can be seen in the fact that Europe is coping very differently with the current situation in Greece than it would have done five years ago, at the beginning of our reform measures.”Merkel says “Greece has enjoyed an unprecedented amount of European solidarity in the last five years.” She stressed countries must make efforts of their own in exchange for aid.___9:35 a.m. (0735 GMT, 3:35 a.m. EDT)German Chancellor Angela Merkel is pressing Greece to deliver on commitments to carry out reforms, stressing before a meeting of eurozone finance ministers that she wants the country to remain in the common currency.Merkel said in a speech to the German Parliament Thursday that Greece’s government in February “committed itself to comprehensive structural reforms. These must now be tackled with determination.”Merkel stressed that “Germany’s efforts are directed to Greece remaining in the eurozone.” She reiterated that “where there’s a will, there’s a way — if the political leaders in Greece show this will, an agreement with the three institutions is still possible.” That was a reference to Greece’s international creditors.Greece needs to unlock loans from its creditors before June 30, when its bailout program expires. read more

US senate committee pressures Trump administration on quotas in softwood deal

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U.S. senate committee pressures Trump administration on quotas in softwood deal by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 25, 2017 1:24 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 25, 2017 at 2:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MONTREAL – The United States Senate finance committee has increased pressure on the Trump administration to include quotas in a softwood lumber agreement with Canada.Seven Democratic and Republican senators expressed their demands in a letter sent this week to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.In the last agreement in 2006, eastern Canadian lumber producers were subject to quotas ranging from 30 to 34 per cent and tariffs of 2.5 to five per cent depending on the price of lumber.Western Canadian producers faced no limits but an export tax between five and 15 per cent depending on lumber prices.The seven senators also want to be regularly consulted and find out about U.S. proposals before they are presented to Canada.The coalition representing U.S. lumber producers applauded senate efforts to push for a “fair trade deal.”The framework for a 10-year deal rejected by the coalition would see Canada’s share of the U.S. market gradually reduced to 27 or 28 per cent over several years from its 31.9 per cent share last year, an industry analyst wrote earlier this month.American negotiators originally proposed a quota of 22 per cent. read more

Mens lacrosse Buckeyes offense explodes in win over Furman 126

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Coach Nick Myers instructs the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sideline during a timeout against Furman on Feb. 5. OSU won 12-6. Credit: Gene Ross | Senior Lantern reporterThe Ohio State men’s lacrosse team thoroughly handled the Furman Paladins on Sunday afternoon at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, 12-6.The 17th-ranked Buckeyes allowed the first goal from Furman sophomore midfielder Will Holcomb, but scored seven of the next eight goals for a comfortable lead heading into halftime.Senior midfielder Johnny Pearson led OSU’s offensive surge with four goals. Pearson said that due to the offense and defense playing well, it opened up many opportunities to score.“If everyone contributes at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter who scores as long as everyone contributes,” said Pearson.Freshman midfielder Tre LeClaire broke the silence for OSU late in the first period and tied the game, 1-1. LeClaire finished his first career game with two goals. LeClaire accredited the veterans on the team for help preparing him for his first game.“At the start, there were a lot of nerves going into it, but my teammates helped me out and said, ‘just play your game,’ LeClaire said. “We had run a great offense out there and luckily I caught it and shot it in the net.”Senior midfielder J.T. Blubaugh followed LeClaire with an unassisted goal with 2:57 remaining in the first quarter. From there on, the Buckeyes took control of the game, scoring five times in the second quarter. Pearson was credited with three of those.A point of emphasis for the Buckeyes had been working on their ground balls and positioning. The Buckeyes led the Paladins 27 to 23 in ground balls.“I think at the end of the day there was pretty good balance and we still have things to clean up on both sides of the ball,” OSU coach Nick Myers said.Furman made a change at goalie in the second quarter after OSU’s seventh goal, but that did little to slow down the Buckeye offense.OSU added five more goals against the backup while redshirt senior netminder Tom Cary saved 11 shots and allowed six goals.The Buckeyes (1-0) will host the Detroit Mercy Titans on Feb. 11 at noon. read more

Simone Burns human rights lawyer jailed for abusing Air India cabin crew

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simone Burns A human rights lawyer jailed for abusing Air India cabin crew after being refused alcohol on a business class flight is thought to have killed herself at Beachy Head days after being released from prison.Simone Burns, 50, was sentenced to six months in April after racially abusing and spitting at stewards during a flight from Mumbai to London last year.She was released from Bronzefield women’s prison on licence on May 20 and was found dead at the foot of cliffs in East Sussex 13 days later.A friend, who did not want to be named, said her “world fell apart” after her conviction and she became a target for internet trolls after the four-minute clip of her inebriated rant went viral on social media.Burns was diagnosed with skin cancer 18 years ago, a condition that required multiple biopsies and surgeries. At the time of her court appearance she was waiting to get a prosthetic nose. A spokesman for Sussex Police said: “The body of a woman found at Beachy Head on June 1 has been identified as Simone Burns from Hove. “The death is not being treated as suspicious and the next of kin have been informed. The matter has been passed to the coroner’s officer.” The barrister, who was born in Belfast and also used the surname O’Broin, admitting being drunk on an aircraft and assault. She had been served three small bottles of red wine while on the nine-hour flight in November last year.She was filmed hurling abuse and shouting, “I’m a f—ing international lawyer” at stewards after being refused more wine. Burns, who was called to the bar in 1992 and had worked with refugees around the world, had also attempted three times to light a cigarette in the lavatory.At Isleworth Crown Court in April, Burns buried her head in her hands as the video of her tirade was played. Her lawyers told the court she had no recollection of the incident and had received death threats online after the recording was shared on social media.It was claimed her actions were out of character due to a “mixture of altitude, consumption of drink and anxiety” at the fact that she was likely to miss an uncle’s funeral.You can contact the Samaritans at 116 123 or samaritans.org. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Barca beat Atletico once again – Battle for EHF CL

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11Villa de Aranda Autocares Bayo20 2At. de Madrid47 There is no doubt who is the best team of ASOBAL. F.C Barcelona Intersport had another great night against B.M Atletico Madrid 35:26 who obviosly finished season after winning Copa Del Rey two weeks ago.35 – Barcelona (17+18): Saric (Sterbik, m.31 a 60); Víctor Tomàs (2), Gurbindo (3), Jernemyr (-), Raúl Entrerríos (6), Stranovsky (4, 2p.), Noddesbo (4), Sorhaindo (2), Sarmiento (4), Montoro (1), Aguirrezabalaga (2), Rocas (5, 1p.), Morros (1), Ariño (-) y Balaguer (1).26 – Atlético (11+15): Dahl (Hombrados, m.20 a 60); Masachs (2, 1p.), Angel Romero (-), Lazarov (7, 1p), Balic (-), Jurkiewicz (4), Miguel Sánchez (2, 1p.), Edu Fernández (2), Álvaro Ferrer (1), Davis (4), Joan Canellas (4) y Gojun (-).Two rounds before the end, the biggest question despite relegation battle is the third team who will play at VELUX EHF Champions League next season. 1FC Barcelona Intersport56 5BM. Aragón36 4Naturhouse La Rioja38 13Quabit BM Guadalajara18 ASOBALEHF CLF.C Barcelona Intersport 14BM. Cangas17 6Helvetia Anaitasuna30 7Fraikin BM Granollers29 9Globalcaja C. Encantada25 10Fertiberia Puerto Sagunto21 3Reale Ademar León38 15Academia Octavio17 12Cuatro Rayas Valladolid20 8BM. Huesca26 16ARS Palma del Río10 ← Previous Story WISLA TV: Play-Off Final is coming Next Story → Danish Play Off Final: KIF Kolding VS Aalborg for the trophy! read more

GameStop Ireland plans to cash in on popculture hype with a new

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first_img 19 Comments VIDEO GAME RETAILER GameStop will open one of the first brick-and-mortar ThinkGeek shops in Europe in a well-known Dublin shopping centre.ThinkGeek is a formerly online-only retailer based in the US that sells accessories and clothing to pop-culture ‘nerds’. It was acquired by GameStop last year for $140 million.The gaming giant already operates a similar concept store called Zing in Ireland and other European markets, but this will be the first physical shop under the ThinkGeek moniker in the country.Michael van den Berg, managing director of GameStop in northern Europe, told Fora that the dual-branded shop will open in “a sought-after mall in Dublin”.“There are already thousands of Irish nationals that are buying from ThinkGeek and having their products shipped from the US to their homes,” he said, describing the brand as “the largest e-commerce player” of its kind.Some of the items for sale are exclusive to ThinkGeek, which van den Berg said will differentiate the brand from its Zing shops and the refurbished GameStop Plus stores that also sell novelty items. ThinkGeek opening in Orlando Source: YouTubeGameStop PlusGameStop has been selling ancillary products like plush toys for 25 years, van den Berg said, but it “always came up incidentally” when a new game or console was released.Now, half of the company’s stores in Ireland will be rebuilt as GameStop Plus shops where “50% of the store space is video games and 50% is collectibles”.Despite the hefty overhaul – van den Berg said each shop was stripped back to “bare concrete” – the company’s revenue model will still rely heavily on traditional game sales.“In a category like this, I think it is clear that you must have a range,” van den Berg said.It doesn’t work if you put in a small fixture that has five caps, two t-shirts and a couple of key rings. In order to be successful and cater to the audience, you have to have a substantial range of products, which changes very often.He said the video games industry is a “cyclical business” that peaks when new consoles are released but plateaus in intervening years. It is hoped sales of quirky toys and apparel will help bridge that gap.Industry threatsOne of the biggest threats to the traditional video game industry is the rise of mobile gaming.Van den Berg said GameStop is competing in that sphere through its mobile game publisher, Kongregate, which it acquired in 2010.The company is also being challenged by publishers that encourage gamers to download games online through the likes of the Xbox Games Store instead of purchasing a disc version from physical stores. Pokemon Go mobile game Source: Hau Dinh/AP/Press Association Images“Gamers are collectors,” van den Berg said. “You have to understand that it’s very much a type of customer who likes to see the collection of games it has.“The physical game has a residual value,” he added. “A very intricate part of our ecosystem is that we not only gladly sell you that new game, but also gladly buy it back from you.”He also argued that brick-and-mortar retailers can offer “discoverability” to players through suggested sales by GameStop floor staff.The time and bandwidth it requires to download a game – which is much larger than a music or video file – is an added benefit to physical retailers.However, he acknowledged that “technology has a way of advancing and that may not always be there as a barrier”.It’s a question of not holding back the tide, but getting into it.Standalone shopsAccording to the most recent accounts from GameStop Ireland, the company reported losses of almost €1.5 million for the financial year ended 31 January 2015, pushing accumulated losses so far to over €11.5 million.When asked about this, van den Berg said:The reality of the situation is very much that GameStop has done an awful lot to get the business right-sized and on track. We have looked at how we can position (the company) and make sure (our) fortunes return.He said if the flagship Gamestop-ThinkGeek store performs well, there was a strong possibility the firm would launch more standalone ThinkGeek shops.“One must do so diligently,” van den Berg noted. “We want to be here and for the hundreds of people that we employ for many years to come.”Written by Conor McMahon and posted on Fora.ieCorrection: This article said the first ThinkGeek shop in Europe will open in Dublin. The brand will launch a store in Stockholm a week beforehand. Get Fora’s NEW daily digest of the morning’s key business news: Share163 Tweet Email1 17,905 Views By Fora Staff Image: Anthony Upton/PA Archive Take me to Fora Friday 28 Oct 2016, 6:30 AMcenter_img Short URL GameStop Ireland plans to cash in on pop-culture hype with a new shop for ‘nerds’ The retailer will open one of the first ThinkGeek-branded store outside the US in Dublin. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3050411 Image: Anthony Upton/PA Archive Read: Grand Theft Auto V is part of an exclusive club but who else is in it?Read: Study says that Grand Theft Auto ‘might make the world a worse place for females’ Oct 28th 2016, 6:30 AM last_img read more

€13 million contract for new IT system and 230 new staff as

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first_img By Sean Murray Monday 22 Apr 2019, 6:30 AM Short URL THE DEPARTMENT OF Foreign Affairs (DFA) has issued an invitation to tender worth €13 million for the provision of a new IT system to process passports.This comes alongside the recruitment of 230 temporary clerical workers as the Passport Service expects the number of applications to climb again this year, after a record year in 2019.Last summer, the secretary general at the Department of Foreign Affairs apologised to people who’d experienced delays in their passport application, while recent data shows the number of complaints about the service has increased almost fivefold since 2016.Minister Simon Coveney has said that he’s satisfied that technology upgrades and increased staff will be sufficient to meet the anticipated demand during the peak season this year.Processing systemThe IT system sought by the DFA is envisaged as a “main back office processing system and system of record for all passport applications and associated passport holder information”. According to the tender documents, this project is “central to the delivery of the vision of the passport reform programme”.It’s a complete overhaul of the existing legacy and systems, and the successful tenderer will have to build, test and deploy the new system as well as providing on-going support.It will have 600 users across the four offices, with the majority of these being permanent workers.The system must also handle the receipt of passport applications through some of the various means you can apply – including online, by post and face-to-face.It’ll also allow workers with a “single view” of a person’s record including their previous application history, their current and previous photos, and correspondence with the person.Peak seasonReplying to a parliamentary question during the week, Minister Coveney said that passport applications last year reached a record high of 860,000, and it is expected this will increase again. “The Passport Service is currently in its peak season for passport demand with the vast majority of applications being received between February and August each year,” he said.He said that – at the end of 2018 – the Passport Service employed the equivalent of 363.2 full time staff, an increase of 40 on 2017.Already this year, a further 60 full-time staff had taken on roles according to Coveney. “The Passport Service has received approval to recruit over 230 Temporary Clerical Officers (TCOs) in 2019 to assist in processing passport applications and to deal with the queries from the general public,” Coveney said. Last year, 29% of all passport applications were online.“It is envisaged that as part of this reform the online application process will be rolled out to first-time applicants by 2021,” Coveney said.  Coveney said technology upgrades and increase staffing will improve the service Image: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie Apr 22nd 2019, 6:31 AM 23 Comments 35,716 Views center_img Image: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie Coveney said technology upgrades and increase staffing will improve the service €13 million contract for new IT system and 230 new staff as Passport Service aims to cope with demand It comes as part of the passport reform programme and, despite the rise in complaints in recent years, Coveney is confident it’ll make a difference. Share Tweet Email6 https://jrnl.ie/4598020 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Marée noire la nappe de pétrole menace le corail de Floride

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first_imgMarée noire : la nappe de pétrole menace le corail de FlorideÉtats-Unis – La marée noire qui se propage dans le golfe du Mexique depuis le 22 avril a été happée par un puissant courant marin qui circule en direction de la Floride. Les barrières de corail situées au large de l’État sont particulièrement menacées par la nappe de pétrole.L’Agence spatiale européenne (Esa) a annoncé dans un communiqué cette inquiétante nouvelle. Du pétrole échappé de la plateforme qui a explosé et sombré à 1.600 mètres de profondeur est entré dans le “loop current”. Ce courant circule dans le sens des aiguilles d’une montre dans le golfe du Mexique, puis s’échappe par le détroit de Floride en direction de l’Atlantique.À lire aussiCette start-up a trouvé comment faire pousser du corail 50 fois plus vite que la natureDéjà menacés par la marée noire, les récifs de corail devront également résister aux plus de 2 millions de litres de produits chimiques utilisés pour disperser le pétrole. Si ces derniers permettent de maintenir la nappe d’hydrocarbure sous la surface de la mer, contribuant ainsi à la protection des espèces vivant en surface et sur les côtes, ils augmentent sensiblement la menace qui pèse sur les récifs situés en eau profonde. Or, ces récifs sont considérés comme des indicateurs-clés de la santé de la mer.D’après Bernard Chapron, chercheur à l’Institut français de recherche pour l’exploitation de la mer (Ifremer), maintenant que le pétrole est entré dans le loop current, “il devrait atteindre la Floride d’ici six jours”.Le 19 mai 2010 à 16:13 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

US Sailor in critical condition following accident at Camp Pendleton

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first_img February 23, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Posted: February 23, 2018 KUSI Newsroom US Sailor in critical condition following accident at Camp Pendleton CAMP PENDLETON (KUSI) — A Navy sailor was in a hospital in critical condition Friday after being struck by a spinning helicopter tail-rotor blade at Camp Pendleton, military authorities reported.The accident at the Marine Corps station near Oceanside occurred Wednesday evening, according to 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing public affairs.The UH-1Y “Venom” utility aircraft was on a flight deck at the time of the accident, which took place shortly after 6 p.m.The name of the victim, who is assigned to the 3rd MAW, was not released.An investigation into the cause of the accident is ongoing, according to the air wing. last_img read more

Russia approves use of military in Ukraine

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first_imgThe Associated PressThe Crimean peninsula, the main flashpoint in Ukraine’s crisis, is a pro-Russia part of Ukraine separated from the rest of the country geographically, historically and politically. It also hosts Russia’s Black Sea Fleet. Ukraine has accused Russia of invading it. Here’s some key information about the region:ON THE BLACK SEAThe Crimean Peninsula juts into the Black Sea, all but an island except for a narrow strip of land in the north connecting it to the mainland. On its eastern shore, a finger of land reaches out almost to Russia. It’s best known in the West as the site of the 1945 Yalta Conference, where Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill sealed the postwar division of Europe.WHY IT’S PART OF UKRAINEIt only became part of Ukraine when Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev gave the peninsula to his native land in 1954. This hardly mattered until the Soviet Union broke up in 1991 and Crimea ended up in an independent Ukraine. Despite that, nearly 60 percent of its population of 2 million identify themselves as Russians.THE BLACK SEA FLEETOn Crimea’s southern shore sits the port city of Sevastopol, home to the Russian Black Sea Fleet and its thousands of naval personnel. Russia kept its half of the Soviet fleet, but was rattled in 2009 when the pro-Western Ukrainian President Viktor Yuschenko warned that it would have to leave the key port by 2017. Shortly after pro-Russian Viktor Yanukovych was elected president in 2010, he agreed to extend the Russian lease until 2042. Russia fears that Ukraine’s new pro-Western government could evict it.THE TATARSThe 1991 fall of the Soviet Union also brought the return of the Crimean Tatars, the native hosts of the land that fell to Russia under Catherine the Great in the 18th century. They were brutally deported in 1944 under Stalin. The Crimean Tatars, who now make up about 12 percent of its population, have sided with the anti-Yanukovych protesters in Kiev who drove his government from power.last_img read more

DOD Holds onto Analysis Measuring Risk of Sexual Assault by Installation

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first_imgThe Defense Department has delayed the release of a report that rates the risk of sexual assault for military personnel by installation, citing concerns about the methodology employed by the nonpartisan RAND Corp. “Estimating risk for a large number of military installations worldwide requires some complex statistical analysis, and RAND’s 2014 military survey was not designed with this task in mind,” said DOD spokeswoman Air Force Maj. Carla Gleason. The department is discussing its concerns with the organization before making the report public, Gleason said.RAND researchers stand by their report and its conclusions, reports USA Today. “We have demonstrated that the 2014 data can be used to construct installation level estimates, and the results have cleared rigorous, independent peer review,” said RAND spokesman Jeffrey Hiday. He emphasized that “the entire point of the study is to estimate the risk of sexual assault at installations.”The report was supposed to have been released months ago. New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D), who has been critical of the Pentagon’s response to sexual assault, has called for the report’s immediate release.Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew Murray Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

I will Run my party till my last breath Pawan Kalyan

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first_imgMy People My party are my Life .. And I would run my party till my last Breath – Jana Sena Chief Pawan Kalyan. Jana Sena President Pawan Kalyan has visited Sri Dasavatara Venkateshwara Swamy Temple at Mangalagiri. The Actor Turned Politician has performed special pujas to presiding deity in the temple. Pawan is going to focus on the state party from 15 July he answered few people who questioned him and said that he will work for his party till his last breath. He is even stating that all the illegal constructions should be demolished if Praja vedika Building is demolished. Also Read – Women docs appointed in key posts in Tirupati Advertise With Us From the second week of July Jana Sena, President Pawan Kalyan would meet the Party workers and focus on the committee, state elections and the Analysis that led to Jana Sena’s poor performance. Pawan Kalyan says never take Failure as Final. Speaking on the Occasion, Kalyan said that his party will work on the setbacks and the party has decided to strengthen itself from the Grass-root level.last_img read more

RMG workers block road in Dhaka

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first_imgRMG workers block Tejgaon`s Saat Rasta intersection road in Dhaka. Photo: Google Map grabTraffic movement in Tejgaon Saat Rasta intersection in the city remained halted for around one and a half hours on Thursday morning as several hundred readymade garment workers put up barricade on the busy street for a hike in their wages, reports UNB.The workers of several RMG factories including those of Standard Group took to the street around 8:00am, creating severe gridlock on Mohakhali-Moghbazar road and its adjoining areas, said Abdul Rashid, officer-in-charge of Tejgaon Industrial Police.The workers of the factories have been staging demonstration for the last couple of days demanding salary hike, he added.The workers took to the street when they found the main gate of a factory closed in the morning.Commuters had to suffer immensely due to the aggravated traffic condition during the rush hour.However, the traffic congestion became normal around 9:30am after police intervention.last_img

Delhi to host IFLC

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first_imgA joint collaboration between Educational Endowment Trust, Ministry of Culture, Government of India and UN Information Centre for India and Bhutan, it aims to celebrate linguistic diversity and promote universal peace. This event will see the participation of school children from these 17 countries – India, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Germany, Kyrgyzstan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Tanzania, Tunisia, Ukraine, Hungary, US-TX, Georgia and Russia.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ The city will boast international presence as 43 international students and 18 mentors will participate along with 350 Delhi Schools on the theme- “Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam – ‘The world is one family’. The Capital’s Springdale’s School, The Frank Antony Public School, Ahlcon International School, Mata Gujri School, Tagore International School and Bluebells International School are also participating. Bilal Acikgoz, one of the coordinators of IFLC 2016, said: “We believe that understanding different languages and cultures helps us understand each other better, and that is the motive behind IFLC.” Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix Lauding the potential of Indian students he said, “I would also like to share that in India we have seen tremendous talent and potential in the students. They deserve serious attention of global educational and cultural organisations.“I think the international education fraternity should work in close cooperation with their Indian counterparts to provide the opportunities the Indian students truly deserve. The Educational Endowment Trust itself is keen to explore the talents of Indian students in other parts of India as well, especially in states like Maharashtra, UP, Punjab, Tamil Nadu and Uttarakhand.” IFLC is a global effort to facilitate a cordial engagement between the young change makers from different parts of the world. Their mission clearly says- “It is our mission to rise on the wings of art and music and promote peace, love, and cultural encounters throughout the world’. India will witness the event for the first time since its inception in 2003.last_img read more

Laverne Cox shows off hot AF boyfriend on social for first time

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first_imgRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/laverne-coxs-boyfriend-makes-social-media-debut-hes-hot/ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS- Laverne Cox | Photo: Instagram/lavernecox ‘Love is life saving’Saying on the show: ‘I’m in love!’, Laverne continued: ‘It’s incredible. Love is so incredibly healing. It’s weird talking about this on TV but I’m just so happy.’She furthermore added: ‘When you’re happy you kind of want to like just… love is life saving.’Speaking about dating last October, the star told Attitude: ‘I still meet men. I’m on apps. I think you have to be on apps to be in the game, so I do it that way. I think a lot of guys are intimidated by me, but guys were intimidated by me before I was famous.’She also said: ‘Men who are into trans women who want to keep us a secret and are afraid if someone thinks they are gay, they’re insecure as fuck. If someone thinks you’re gay, gay is fabulous. Gay is amazing. There’s nothing wrong with that. Toxic masculinity is bullshit.’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .center_img Laverne Cox has revealed a picture of a mystery man who would appear to be her boyfriend to fans via her Instagram Stories – and he’s as hot as she is! Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… The Orange Is the New Black star shared the in-bed selfie of her and her beau covered in love hearts this week.Although the identity of the Emmy Award-nominated actress’s other half is currently unknown, she did speak about him on Access Hollywood last month.Photo: Instagram/lavernecoxlast_img read more