Ariana Grande Visits Royal Manchester Childrens Hospital

first_imgAriana Grande visited children at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital on Friday, ahead of her benefit concert in the city.Ariana Grande Visits Royal Manchester Children’s HospitalCredit/Copyright: FacebookMany of the children she visited were victims of the terrorist attack that followed her Manchester concert on May 22, in which 22 people were killed and 59 injured.More than 10,000 tickets for Sunday’s concert were set aside for fans who were at Grande’s concert in Manchester. All proceeds from the event will go to the families of those who died.last_img

Goodbye Ms Fernie

first_imgAdvertisement t’s the closing weekend of Hot Docs and a roomful of documentarians are awaiting the announcement of festival prizes. There’s a buzz about Steve James being in the crowd to receive his lifetime achievement award. But it’s Lynne Fernie who receives the only standing ovation of the night. The much-loved Canadian Spectrum film programmer announced this spring she’s stepping back from Hot Docs after 14 years.“It breaks our hearts that you’re leaving us, Lynne,” said festival executive director Brett Hendrie from the stage of the Isabel Bader theatre. “When I started working at Hot Docs the festival had just graduated from cafes and church basements to a dozen cinemas across Toronto. This festival wouldn’t be what it is now without you here.”During her time at Hot Docs, Fernie watched nearly 6,000 documentaries (programming about 600), introduced and wrote about her film choices and welcomed hundreds of filmmakers to the festival each year. “Her passion is as deep as her knowledge, and her championing of Canadian documentaries and the people who make them has never wavered,” says lead programmer Shane Smith. “She fights for filmmakers, advocates for their films and tirelessly works to ensure they have the best possible experience at Hot Docs. And she can drink me, an Australian, under the table.” Login/Register With: She is also exceptionally humble and graceful.“I wanted to leave the festival but you Canadians kept sending films so I couldn’t bear to leave,” says Fernie holding a bouquet of flowers from the stage. “Whether we were able to choose it, whether we agonized or recommended it to other programmers, it was a pleasure to be in the theatre celebrating with you.”The agonizing was one of the most difficult parts of the gig. “When you phone filmmakers up and invite their films, those 40 or 50 films, you’re really beloved by people. And then when the letters of regret go out you’re hated by 350 people,” says Fernie, who once turned down her best friend’s film.Fernie dreams about the films she watches for months afterwards, creating a sort of “post-traumatic stress by proxy,” she says. “My banker says I’m afraid to invest because I’ve seen too many dystopic economic films where everything comes crashing down.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Photo courtesy Lynn Fernie Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Yukon women hope for justice at RCMP hearing

first_imgAPTN National NewsSeveral Yukon women’s groups are in the town of Watson Lake this week to witness the code of conduct hearing of two RCMP officers who were acquitted of sexual assault by territorial court in 2010.As APTN National News reporter Shirley McLean explains, those women want to see officers held accountable.last_img

Convicted chief and council member win reelection

first_imgAPTN National NewsA convicted chief and council member have won their bids to remain in office on a central Saskatchewan First Nation.APTN National News reporter Larissa Burnouf has an update on this story.last_img

GuineaBissau must build on recent gains to advance peace – UN envoy

3 November 2011While Guinea-Bissau has made important progress recently, including in police reform, it is vital that it press ahead with other challenges such as the launch of a pension fund for ex-military and security personnel and improving the judicial sector, a senior United Nations official said today. “The national authorities, with the assistance of the international community, have continued to steer the country in the right direction and have consolidated important recent gains, resulting in a better political and security environment,” Joseph Mutaboba, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Guinea-Bissau, told the Security Council.“There is, nevertheless, the need to continue to build upon these gains, as we gradually approach critical phases of the reforms process that require strong international support, and as the country embarks on a sensitive electoral process in 2012,” he added. Mr. Mutaboba heads the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS), which is supporting the country’s efforts in advancing peace, stability and development. In the years that followed the 1998-1999 civil war, Guinea-Bissau has been plagued by coups, coup attempts and, in 2009, the assassination of then president João Bernardo Vieira.In his latest report on the activities of UNIOGBIS, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon writes that only by working together will the people of Guinea-Bissau attain long-term stability, which is indispensable for sustainable development and the urgent improvement of living conditions for the population.As national authorities strive to stay the course on their “courageous” reforms, Mr. Ban calls on Guinea-Bissau’s regional and international partners to continue to be supportive by providing the necessary financial and material resources.This is especially true regarding the pension fund scheme designed to ensure a fair pension to all those who should leave active duty in the military and security forces due to age, seniority or disability. “It is essential to guarantee the financial resources necessary to launch the pension fund without further delay, so as to allow for the expeditious rejuvenation of the military leadership and enhancement of civilian oversight over the armed forces,” Mr. Mutaboba said, as he presented the Secretary-General’s report. He added that its quick operationalization will have an impact not only on efforts to advance security sector reform, but also on collective stabilization efforts, especially as the country is preparing for legislative elections next year. Maria Helena Nosoline Embalo, Minister of Economy, Plan and Regional Integration of Guinea-Bissau, told the Council that the launch of the fund will allow her country “to face many of the challenges that we have been confronted with,” such as the gradual renewing of the military command and improving training for new recruits. Mr. Mutaboba also reported that reform of the policing services has seen substantial progress. “As a result of a thorough screening of police officers through the first phase of the vetting and certification process completed with the support of UNIOGBIS, the reformed police services will be free of personnel known to have demonstrated behaviour unfit for a police officer.” He echoed Mr. Ban’s concerns regarding the development of the justice sector, and the fact that the investigations into the 2009 political assassinations remain to be concluded. Drug trafficking and organized crime remain a constant threat to the fragile stability that Guinea-Bissau has enjoyed over the past 18 months, and bears the potential to compromise major reforms, including security sector reform, said the Special Representative.“Increased international assistance and partners’ commitment remain imperative if we wish to see improved results in the fight against drug trafficking and organized crime in the country,” he noted. Ambassador Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti of Brazil, who chairs the Guinea-Bissau configuration of the UN Peacebuilding Commission, said that she witnessed the progress, both in terms of stability and economic growth, that the country has made during her visit in early September. At the same time, she said that the full implementation of security sector reform continues to be one of the highest priorities, as is the steady support of the international community, particularly through technical expertise and financial resources, to make the pension fund operational. “The international community should rise to the challenge of supporting the maintenance of political stability and economic progress that the country has experienced in the past few years,” she stated. read more

Hudsons Bay Co shares soar as activist urges it retailer to cash

Land & Buildings says HBC’s management has many options, including going private or redeveloping its properties in Canada, Europe and the United States. But it urges HBC to abandon attempts to buy additional retail brands, such as Neiman Marcus or Macy’s.“Hudson’s Bay is a real estate company, full stop. If there is a smarter and better use of any or all of the locations, stores should be closed and redeveloped and put towards their optimal use,” the letter says.Toronto-based Hudson’s Bay Co. says it’s reviewing the letter and will respond later.Last week, at the company’s annual general meeting, HBC chairman Richard Baker said that the company “will continue to strive to highlight the value” of its real estate assets, whether that be a sale or potentially engaging in a public listing.Baker cautioned, though, that a decision would only be made with the consideration of current market conditions.Land & Buildings Investment Management — which now owns about 4.3 per cent of Hudson’s Bay equity — says in its letter to HBC’s board that the “jury is still out” on Baker, given that the company’s shares peaked two years ago at $28.80.At the time, HBC was in the midst of forging major real estate joint ventures with Toronto-based RioCan and Simon Properties of Indianapolis. It had also announced plans to acquire German department store chain Galerie Kaufhof. TORONTO — Shares in Hudson’s Bay Co. soared more than 13 per cent Monday amid news that it’s facing investor pressure to unlock value from its real estate assets, even if that means closing its “crown jewel” locations.Land & Buildings Investment Management of Stamford, Conn., said in a public letter that HBC’s Saks Fifth Avenue store in Manhattan, New York, is worth more than the company as a whole at current stock prices.It estimates that the Saks flagship location would be worth $16 per share, after debt, compared with HBC’s recent stock price of $8.88 at the close of trading on Friday. The company has said in the past that the building is worth US$3.7 billion.The Toronto-based company’s shares gained $1.21 to $10.09 on the Toronto Stock Exchange by mid-Monday.Bloomberg read more

Health fair and flu shot clinic returns Nov 4

Flu shots, therapy dogs, interactive displays about healthy lifestyles.The health conscious and the curious can get their fix on Nov. 4 at the health fair and flu shot clinic hosted by Student Health Services in the Ian Beddis Gym.The flu shot clinic will be administered by Niagara Region Public Health from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those interested in getting vaccinated can book an appointment online. Otherwise, shots are given on a first come, first served basis.The health fair, which runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will feature 80 interactive displays with medical staff from Student Health Services on hand to answer questions. Other health groups and organizations will also be available to help students learn everything they need to know about physical, mental, social, spiritual, financial and environmental health.The St. John Ambulance Therapy Dogs of Brock Puppy Room fame during exams will also be at the fair.Visit the health fair online to learn more. read more

Anthrax attacks on US redefine UNhosted talks on bioweapons treaty Chairman

All of the approximately 60 countries which addressed the general debate shared the view that the 11 September events and subsequent biological attacks had redefined the issue, Ambassador Tibor Toth of Hungary, President of the Fifth Review Conference of the States Parties to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on their Destruction, told reporters in Geneva on Thursday. The US, Ambassador Toth noted, was struggling to respond to anthrax attacks on its territory. If such a developed country, which had vast supplies of medicine, was having difficulty, one could only feel concern for the rest of the world. One possible way of addressing this concern under the Convention would be to establish international response teams on a standby basis that could be dispatched within 24 hours of an attack to help with the response. While every country could not have medicines and vaccines on hand to cope, working together, an international capability might be possible for the two to three dozen diseases that might be used in biological warfare. Mr. Toth said the US had rejected a resumption of negotiations on a protocol to strengthen the treaty, suggesting instead a series of alternative measures to enhance the Convention’s implementation. Asked to contrast US proposals with those in the draft protocol, the President said Washington’s suggestions went “farther and deeper.” Among other characteristics, they dealt more specifically with safety measures and more completely with rapid response. Asked if he thought a change in Washington’s attitude, based on the 11 September terrorist acts and subsequent anthrax attacks, would be necessary for the Convention to move forward, Mr. Toth said he thought everyone was still too close to those events to determine their lasting impact. He noted, however, that during the Persian Gulf War, the discovery of Iraqi depositories of chemical weapons had energized States Parties to the Chemical Weapons Convention to act more substantively. Most States Parties to the Biological Weapons Convention, he added, were aware that there was a strong outside expectation that progress would be made at the Review Conference. read more

G8 discussion of New Partnership for African Development is crucial Annan says

“What is important is that the African leaders have come together determined to improve the economic and social conditions of the continent and are determined to improve governance, the rule of law, regulatory systems, and in exchange are asking the developed nations to work with them not only in increased development assistance and debt relief but also to encourage investments,” Mr. Annan told reporters on arrival at UN Headquarters in New York this morning. “I would hope that this partnership will lead to a changed economic environment on the continent.” At the same time, the Secretary-General, who will attend the Summit when it meets on 26 and 27 June in Kananaskis, Canada, underscored the need for G-8 leaders to back efforts to resolve the conflicts in Africa. “I think it’s a prerequisite for African economic development,” he said. “No one invests in a bad neighbourhood, and the conflicts really create the impression that Africa is a continent in crisis, so we need work very actively and collectively in resolving conflicts like the ones in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Angola, and I’m hoping that we will get the support of the G-8 in that area.” Asked about what the meeting could hope to produce, he said, “We are not going to go there looking for magic success… one should not have unrealistic expectations.” Over time, he added, “NEPAD has a great potential if partners work in the spirit they have been discussing.” read more

Annan calls for concrete practical steps to resolve crisis in Middle East

Speaking to reporters at UN Headquarters in New York, Mr. Annan said Monday’s meeting would be preliminary because there is no Security Council mandate yet for such a force and Member States will not commit troops until they know the scope of that mandate.But the Secretary-General said it was time for the international community “to really be action-oriented” to solve the crisis in the Middle East, where hundreds of Lebanese and Israeli civilians have been killed in the past fortnight, and hundreds of thousands of Lebanese have been displaced from their homes. “We’ve gone beyond statements and exhortations,” he said. “We’re looking for concrete, practical steps to take action.”Mr. Annan, who attended a Security Council briefing yesterday by Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Jan Egeland on the situation in Lebanon, northern Israel and the Gaza Strip, said Council members shared his concern that urgent steps are required.He said that any measures devised by the international community must, above all, emphasize Lebanese sovereignty so that the country’s people can “take charge of their territory and their destiny.”The Lebanese “need to find a way of disarming Hezbollah and creating a situation where there will be one authority and one gun, and extend the authority through the territory. And this is where the international community needs to work with them and give them the support, the space, by deploying the stabilization force.”But he added that other countries in the region, such as Syria, should be brought into discussions about tackling the crisis.“If we’re going to be able to resolve this issue, not only do we need to work with the Government of Lebanon, but we should encourage those who have influence to bring that influence to bear… That should not diminish from the authority of the Lebanese Government.”In regard to the Israeli attack that killed four UN military observers on Tuesday, Mr. Annan said that whether or not the Israelis agree to a joint investigation into the incident, the UN would conduct its own probe. “In any event, it is important that a thorough investigation be conducted and the reports be made public,” he said. read more

Ban urges global community to never forget Nigerian girls on anniversary of

“While some of the girls were fortunate to have escaped, the fate of many still remains unknown,” Mr. Ban said in a statement issued by his spokesperson. Some 276 girls were abducted by Boko Haram from their school in Chibok, located in Nigeria’s restive north-eastern Borno state, in April 2014, as the militant group ramped up brutal attacks targeting the African country’s children. Since then, Mr. Ban said, hundreds of thousands of children had been displaced from their homes and deprived of their rights to live and grow up in safety, dignity and peace. The Secretary-General also voiced deep concern at the group’s “repeated and cowardly” attacks targeting schools. According to a report released yesterday by the UN Children Fund (UNICEF), Missing Childhoods, more than 300 schools were damaged or destroyed and at least 196 teachers and 314 schoolchildren killed by the end of 2014 as a result of the conflict in northeast Nigeria between Boko Haram, military forces and civilian self-defence groups.“Going to school should not have to be an act of bravery,” the Secretary-General’s statement continued. “The children of north-eastern Nigeria and neighbouring countries must be allowed to live in peace and enjoy their right to a safe education.”As the Government of Nigeria and regional powers ramp up their legitimate offensive against Boko Haram, Mr. Ban reminded all those involved that their response to the extremist group’s attacks “must be fully consistent with international law and not create additional risks for the protection of children.” “On this day, I reaffirm my support to the governments and peoples of the region in the fight against Boko Haram,” the statement concluded. “I stand in solidarity with the families of all abductees, especially children, their communities and society at large.” read more

Mens Volleyball No 5 Ohio State cruises through three sets to sweep

Sophomore outside hitter Reese Devilbiss hits the ball over the net during the finalset of No. 3 Ohio State’s match against No. 8 Penn State on Jan. 28, 2018 in St. John Arena. The Buckeyes defeated the Nittany Lions in straight sets (25-19, 25-15, 25-17) to pick up their fifth win of the season. Credit: Aliyyah Jackson | Senior ReporterThe No. 5 Ohio State men’s volleyball team (11-2, 4-0 MIVA) added a fourth conference win  after defeating Quincy (8-6, 0-4 MIVA) in three sets (25-22, 25-15, 25-15).The first set began as a blowout for the Buckeyes, who started the set with a 10 point lead, 12-2. In the next 20 plays, however, the Hawks made a comeback through a series of kills by Quincy senior outside hitter Anthony Winter and sophomore outside hitter Omari Wheeler. The Hawks also capitalized on Ohio State’s errors and pulled within one point, trailing 18-17.“It was a little disappointing the way we came out and got a big lead in set one and then just kind of gave them some runs of points on our errors,” Ohio State head coach Pete Hanson said.The Buckeyes scored seven more points and kept the Hawks at bay to win the set 25-22. Ohio State senior outside hitter Maxime Hervoir hit a .556 and contributed six of the team’s 14 kills in the opening set. Redshirt junior middle blocker Blake Leeson came alive in the second set, helping out the team both in defense and offense with three blocks and two kills. Ohio State hit a .526 and won the second set 25-15.The third set of the match was another struggle for the Hawks, who hit .000 for the second-straight set. Quincy had a total of four kills compared to the Buckeyes’ 15 kills. Dominating the set, Ohio State spread out its offense with consistent attacks across the board, leading to another 25-15 win to seal the match.Hanson said he felt his team did well responding to the rough first set, bouncing back to dominate the final two sets of the match.“It was nice to see that the guys understood that’s not acceptable, and they played a much cleaner game in sets two and three and did what we’re capable of doing,” he said.Throughout the match, Hervoir and ’ sophomore outside hitter Reese Devilbiss stood out offensively. Hervoir led the team with 11 kills and Devilbiss had a team-high 13.5 points. Leeson topped the blocking leaderboard with four total blocks.The Buckeyes have not lost a conference game and Quincy has not won a conference game, so the Buckeyes had to deal with the threat of remaining focused despite the difference in the level of competition. “I knew it would be a team that if we fell asleep, it would be hard,” Hervoir said. “Like you have seen, in the first set, they came back. We were way ahead and they came back slowly just because we fell asleep. Because of that, I was ready to put energy on the court and help everybody to talk, talk, talk, talk.”Despite winning, Hervoir said Ohio State did not play as aggressively as he felt it should. read more

Man who was sentenced to death in 2013 but given retrial

Two months after the Appeal Court ordered a fresh trial for murder accused Terry Kissoon, State Prosecutors Lisa Cave and Orinthia Schmidt closed their case on Monday.Murder accused: Terry KissoonAfter about one week on trial, Kissoon led his defence, leaving the judge, Sandil Kissoon to the sum up the evidence before handing the matter to the jury to determine whether the defendant is innocent or guilty.Kissoon stands accused of murdering Troy Smith between July 30 and 31 2010, at Smith’s Thomas Street, Kitty, Georgetown residence.According to police reports, the two men ended up in a heated confrontation after Kissoon had accused Smith of stealing his motorcycle.It was highlighted that Kissoon gave Smith 24 hours to return the vehicle, but then he allegedly took out a handgun and shot Smith in the abdomen before reportedly making his escape.Kissoon was found guilty and issued the death penalty in 2013 before that decision was overturned earlier this year.The accused is being represented by Senior Counsel Bernard De Santos. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedEx-soldier on trial for killing friend found guiltyJuly 30, 2018In “Court”Hercules found not guilty of uncle’s murderDecember 4, 2018In “Court”Multiple hung juries cause man to walk freeJune 10, 2018In “Crime” read more

Red Valve highlights mining offering

first_imgRed Valve designed its first pinch valve for the mining industry in 1953 sinuce when it has been producing various types of valves to handle many of the tough applications in the mining industry. The full color, two-page Valve Selection Guide for the Mining Industry now available highlights Red Valve’s extensive product offering, including control pinch valves, slurry knife gate valves and Tideflex air diffusers. The brochure also includes application photos of installations ranging from South American copper mines to Midwest taconite mines.One of the key products in mining is the Series DX Slurry Knife Gate Valve which is designed especially for heavy slurry applications in the power and mining industries. When the Series DX valve opens, the reinforced elastomer sleeves seal against each other and provide a 100% full port opening, minimising turbulence which in turn minimises wear. The seals isolate and protect all metal parts of the valve from coming in contact with the process. When the valve is closed, the sleeves provide a drop tight seal. Another unique feature to this valve is its ability to provide drop tight shut-off in both directions. Each time the Series DX valve strokes, it is designed to discharge a small amount of slurry out of the valve, keeping the gate path and seat area clear of entrapped particulates. Unlike traditional knife gate valves, the DX prevents slurry build up in the seat area which might otherwise prohibit the valve from closing.last_img read more

Man jailed for stabbing neighbour over incessantly reciting poetry

first_img Share35 Tweet Email6 18,306 Views By Aoife Nic Ardghail Short URL Image: Getty Images/PhotoAlto 20 Comments Man jailed for stabbing neighbour over ‘incessantly’ reciting poetry He stabbed the man in the leg and bit him on the face. Wednesday 28 Feb 2018, 6:25 AM Feb 28th 2018, 6:26 AM A DUBLIN MAN who stabbed and bit his upstairs neighbour over “incessantly” reciting poetry has been jailed for two and a half years.John Paul Mulready (40) burst into his neighbour’s flat brandishing a serrated peeling knife after hammering at the door shouting about music being played, Dublin Circuit Criminal Court was told.The injured party, Dermot Byrne, told gardaí that there was a brief standoff after he picked up a frying pan to defend himself, but then Mulready tackled him to the ground, stabbed him in the leg and bit him on the face.Byrne, who composes poetry, eventually got rid of the attacker by swinging a large bottle of vodka at him after another neighbour intervened.Detective Garda Stephen Homan confirmed to Judge Martin Nolan that Mulready admitted he had attacked Dermot Byrne on the night because of “poetry recited incessantly” from upstairs.Mulready, of Camden Mews, Camden Street, pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary with a knife at Haddington Road, Dublin, on September 4, 2015.He has 116 previous convictions, including drugs offences, possessing knives, assault and criminal damage.WoundsDetective Garda Homan described Dermot Byrne as having significant wounds where he had been bitten on the eye and nose on the night, but added that these have since healed.He told Elva Duffy BL, prosecuting, that the injured party noticed that his phone had gone missing after the incident. The detective told the court this phone contained Byrne’s poetry.He agreed with Luigi Rea BL, defending, that Mulready had “made a mess” of his early life between alcohol and drugs but that he looked a lot smarter in court yesterday.The detective further agreed that Mulready had support in court from a number of people from the New Hope residential drug treatment centre.Aidan Curran, of New Hope, told Rea that Mulready was now drug and alcohol-free and that life was more positive for him in the four months he had been at the centre.Rea submitted to Judge Nolan that Mulready had shown a lack of self control because of drink and prescribed medication and reacted in the wrong way when he burst in on Dermot Byrne. He asked the judge to allow his client to continue at the residential treatment centre.Judge Nolan noted that Mulready had taken great steps to reform himself, but said he had to take into consideration the father-of-three’s serious history of offending. He said that “thankfully” the injuries inflicted on Byrne were minor and he made a full recovery.He described Mulready’s attack as one of “bad temper and intemperance”, adding that the crime was too serious consider a suspended sentence. Image: Getty Images/PhotoAlto Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Its been a mad couple of days and Im still trying to

first_img‘It’s been a mad couple of days, and I’m still trying to get my head around it’ Jack Byrne can create history this week by becoming the first domestic player to play competitively for Ireland in almost 35 years. Jack Byrne. Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO Updated Mar 20th 2019, 2:28 PM THAT MICK MCCARTHY is preparing for his first game in charge of Ireland against the backdrop of an FAI controversy involving a J. Delaney is not the only bit of symmetry with the past this week.The last time a League of Ireland player was capped in a competitive, senior international for Ireland was back in 1985, the player a ‘Byrne’, playing for Shamrock Rovers. On that occasion it was Pat Byrne, who came on as a substitute in a 4-1 hammering at home to Denmark, in what was Eoin Hand’s final game in charge.Mick McCarthy wasn’t playing that day: he had been injured in training, having raced a journalist who had been a persistent critic of McCarthy’s lack of pace. (Hand maintains that the injury happened the following day, and was unrelated.) Jack Byrne among Irish training at Abbottstown. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOThat Jack has swapped training at Tallaght for Abbottstown this week means that he may emulate his namesake by appearing against either Gibraltar or Georgia in qualifiers for Euro 2020. He wasn’t included in McCarthy’s provisional squad, but impressed the onlooking manager in Rovers’ 3-0 win against Sligo at Tallaght last Friday, to the point that McCarthy said he was a contender for future squads in his weekly interview with the FAI website on Sunday afternoon. Within a couple of hours, Callum O’Dowda was ruled out with a knee injury and Byrne was given a call.“It’s been a mad couple of days, and I’m still trying to get my head around it”, the Rovers attacker told a press conference. “I’m delighted for Shamrock Rovers giving me the chance as well.“No [wasn’t expecting a call-up] I just want to do well, get myself back on track and without Rovers and Stephen Bradley, [Stephen] McPhail and the other coaching staff none of this would have been possible so it’s great.” Share93 Tweet Email Jack Byrne has impressed for Shamrock Rovers this season. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHOByrne is still only 22, and is back at Rovers following a series of disappointments after leaving Manchester City. While at the club, Patrick Vieira compared him to Roy Keane and he impressed during a loan spell with Cambuur in Holland. Although he still had a lot of time left on his contract at City, Byrne wanted to play first-team football, so left for Wigan. The manager who signed him, Warren Joyce, was sacked within weeks, and Byrne drifted for a while with further underwhelming spells at Blackburn, Oldham, and Kilmarnock. “Yeah, I left Man City and signed a deal with Wigan and two or three weeks later the manager was gone that signed me, but you can’t dwell on these things. By Gavin Cooney Short URL Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO Jack Byrne. 23,597 Views Subscribe It was a big decision for me to leave Man City at the time, I could have easily stayed there and went back to the U23s or went back out on loan but I wanted to try and prove that I was ready for men’s football, and the gamble didn’t pay off at the time unfortunately.“Sometimes you have to take one step back to take two steps forward and reset. I’m grateful that I am back – touch wood – playing well again.”He is certainly playing well for Rovers, generally starting on the right of an advanced trio but most effective when drifting centrally. His stunning, curled effort against Sligo capped a performance which moved McCarthy to declare Byrne the “star of the show.” “I didn’t know he was going to be there”, said Byrne, “and I’m probably happy I didn’t know at the time because you’d probably start doing stuff that you wouldn’t normally do.” The blooding of domestic players in the cut and thrust of serious international games rarely happens, either. Byrne agrees that his call-up is good news for the other players in the league of Ireland. “It’s good for the younger players in the league, I’m still only 22 as well but I think it’s good for the likes of Trevor Clarke and Brandon [Kavanagh] at our club as well after getting called up to the U21s.“If themselves and other young players can see that maybe there is an international pathway there it will be good. A lot of the international teams at the different age groups are made up of League of Ireland players so I think it can only be good for the league.” Byrne shook hands with every journalist in the room ahead of sitting down to speak, eager to make an impression. An appearance for Ireland on Saturday would make an historic one. First published at 14.10Subscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: Wednesday 20 Mar 2019, 2:28 PM 17 Comments Mar 20th 2019, 2:06 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Opportunity knocked and they opened

first_imgThey came, they saw and they conquered – or at least, gained significant professional experience. The first team of interns who took part in The Hellenic Initiative program, which was started by prominent members of the Greek Diaspora, in order to provide an outlet for the Greek youth, struggling with the consequences of the crisis on an all but dead job market. Eight young people, skilled and educated, looking for work in the building and construction industry, in the banking sector and marketing, travelled from Greece to Australia to spend six months working for businesses in Melbourne, Sydney and Perth and gain experience that they wouldn’t be able to gain otherwise, due to the ongoing crisis that has diminished opportunity for young people. LINK OF OPPORTUNITIES “Unfortunately, I could not find a job relevant to my studies in Greece, due to the high unemployment rate”, says Lena Zafeiriou, explaining the reasons behind her decision to participate in the Regenerate Program that liaised with the Hellenic Initiative to offer the paid internships. Having studied Business Administration at the University of Piraeus, she found herself working in any irrelevant sector imaginable: “I’ve worked for a human resources firm in various projects, as a health services salesperson, as a cashier at a fast food restaurant, as a waitress and as an extra in TV programs”, she says. “Apart from the fact that, each year, we have many more economists graduating than those who can actually get employed, the problem in Greece is that ‘marketing’ is associated with sales, which means that many employers take advantage of young people, making them work in sales, believing that this is marketing”. In Melbourne, Lena had the opportunity to develop her marketing skills, working with The Lonsdale Institute, an education and training facility providing courses for many foreign students. “It was a tremendous experience”, she says, happy that her positive first impressions were verified. “I worked at marketing and sales, as part of a small, but driven team, which included me from the start and encouraged me to take part in all the process. I did not do a ‘second-rate’ job, because I was an intern”. She intends on giving back to the Institute, as her plan is to open a satellite office of Lonsdale in Athens, to attract students from Europe. “Basically, I’ll promote the idea of studying in Australia, as a way to gain experience”, she says.“For us, as an educational organisation, to have someone from Greece come and take skills from us and understand what we offer and gain insight on what it means to live and work in Melbourne is very valuable”, says Lazaros Papassavas, director of The Lonsdale Institute, whose Greek background played a major role in the involvement of the school in the project. “My father had a significant role in the Greek Community of Victoria and I felt that it is important for us to keep these links to Greece”. Describing Lena as a “fantastic” worker, he admits that the opportunity has been ‘eye opening’ for him as well. “I probably had a preconceived idea of what I thought a typical Greek worker would be”, he says. “I was a bit jaded by the idea that Greeks are not working hard enough, and that’s how they got themselves in this economic situation, but I was proven very wrong. I met all the participants at the program and I was very pleasantly surprised”. According to him, there will be much more opportunities for Greek and Australian businesses to do work together. “Australia is fortunate to have a large Greek population and that gives Greeks a particular feeling of comfort, even though we are so far away. Greeks see more opportunity in Australia, thinking where Australia is economically, with a view to the rest of the world; it is becoming more and more attractive, at least as far as education is concerned. I think we’ll see more links as time goes by”. Lonsdale Institute Director Lazaros Papasavas and CEO Gil Polglase  with marketing intern Lena Zafeiriou, who’ll work as a Europe representative of the Institute, opening a satellite office in Greece.DEVELOPING AN AUSTRALIAN MINDSET This would prove to be very useful, as all the participants attest to the overall positive experience. “At first, my expectations were very low, as this was the first implementation of the program”, says Lida Christou, who worked as an intern at the Hickory construction company. “I also believed that it would be harder for me to respond to the demands of the job, as this was actually my first professional experience”. With a degree in Civil Engineering from the National Metsovian Polytechnic, Lena had confidence in her technical knowledge, but in Hickory group she got to acquire other sets of skills, necessary to the building sector. “While in uni, I learnt to read blueprints, but here I got to work on the financial aspect of a project, develop organisation skills, and learnt how to speak to suppliers and architects. I developed negotiating skills, something that you can’t be taught. I believe that universities in Greece should give more emphasis to this aspect and promote professional internships during studies, so that these skills could be developed”. With this kind of know-how in her baggage, she now returned to Greece feeling “lucky and grateful for this opportunity. I’m very glad that I got to live this – and that I manage to still get a glimpse of Greek summer”, she adds.What most interns agree on is that this experience, put them in the process of comparing Greece with Australia, even unwillingly. “I am not one of those negative people who blame Greece all the time”, says Elvira Vlassi. “Young Greeks are just fine, they’re just having a hard time. There are a lot of skilled and eager young people in Greece who have ideas and want to do things, but they are faced with adverse circumstance, a hostile political and social environment”. She herself was very impressed by the multi-cultural aspect of Melbourne, of the fact that “anyone can co-exist with anyone in the workplace and work together in harmony”, as well as the overall “feeling of prosperity”, that prevails in the city. “You can sense it by just meeting people. They are basically happy, they have emotional stability, and from then on they are in a position to do interesting things”. An Athens Economic University graduate, she got to work for NAB, at the business centre, doing a lot of support work, an experience that she says deeply influenced her. One of the things she wants to take back to Greece is the ‘no worries’ mentality: “If you make a mistake, it is not the end of the world, it is more important to take a risk, than following the safe path”. For Sotiris Pittos, who worked in the banking sector as well, as an intern for ANZ, the experience was equally significant: “I learned how to communicate with clients, how to position myself along other colleagues, how to work and not give up”. He is not hesitant to mention the difficulty he met along the way: “At first, I had a hard time understanding Australians. The combination of accent, abbreviations, and bank terminology, made it very difficult for me. But as soon as I identified the problem, I came up with a solution; I started studying so that I could assimilate”. This setback surpassed, he managed to adopt his colleagues’ mindset, regarding work. “This is now part of my own human capital, something that I can take with me to my next job”, he says. As for the next wave of interns coming to Australia through the Hellenic Initiative, Sotiris has a piece of advice: “Be open-minded, and willing to adapt to a rather different environment than what they are familiar with. If they do that, they will see that coming here is a very good idea. It will help them broaden their horizons, they will learn things, and speak better English. There is nothing but positive outcome”. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Bill Cosby assault accuser jailed in San Diego on suspicion of drug

first_img Jessica Ranck Posted: July 25, 2017 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A 27-year-old model who has accused Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting her when she was 18 remained jailed in San Diego Tuesday on suspicion of bringing drugs and alcohol into a San Diego County jail.Chloe Goins was booked into the Las Colinas Detention Center early Monday on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance in prison and bringing alcohol or drugs into a prison, according to jail records. She’s being held in lieu of $25,000 bond, and an arraignment is scheduled for Wednesday in Chula Vista.According to and the San Diego Union-Tribune, Goins was parked in a lot at the George F. Bailey Detention Center in Otay Mesa when a deputy made contact with her about 10:45 p.m. Sunday. She was arrested a short time later after the deputy searched her car and found a drug thought to be heroin, a sheriff’s spokesman told the newspaper.Goins is one of dozens of women to accuse Cosby of sexually assault. She told investigators he drugged her drink at a 2008 party at the Playboy Mansion, causing her to black out. When she awoke, she was naked with a sticky substance on her chest and Cosby was sucking on her toes, she said.After withdrawing her initial complaint against Cosby, Goins filed a second lawsuit against the comedian last year that also named Playboy founder Hugh Hefner. She accused Hefner of knowing about Cosby’s history of alleged sexual abuse.Cosby denied Goins’ claims, asserting he was in New York at the time of  the party, and prosecutors declined to press charges.  Jessica Ranck, July 25, 2017 Bill Cosby assault accuser jailed in San Diego on suspicion of drug possession Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Navy Pursuing Water Contamination at Former PhiladelphiaArea Bases

first_imgThe Navy said it is taking aggressive actions to address elevated levels of perfluorinated compounds found in about 100 public and private wells near two former installations in suburban Philadelphia — Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Willow Grove and Naval Air Warfare Center Warminster.The Navy’s March 22 statement came in response to questions from three Philadelphia-area congressmen about how the Navy dealt with the discovery of drinking water contamination believed to be caused by chemicals used in firefighting foam.The Navy said it is taking “aggressive, proactive actions to identify potential release sites, eliminate unacceptable exposures and conduct cleanup actions where the Navy is responsible for the contamination,” reported the Morning Call. The Air National Guard is responsible for some of the cleanup, the Navy said, as an Air Guard unit has been located at Willow Grove for decades.The chemicals discovered — PFOA and PFOS — in ground and drinking water near the former installations in 2013 and 2014 are being assessed as “emerging contaminants” by the Environmental Protection Agency.The Navy and Air National Guard Bureau previously agreed to pay about $19 million for cleanup efforts, including installing filtration systems on public wells affected by the contamination, paying for public water purchases from surrounding water authorities to offset lost production, and providing bottled water and paying for hook-ups to public water to affected private well owners, according to the story.Earlier this month, the Defense Department said its plans to conduct tests at 664 sites across the nation where chemicals from firefighting foam may have contaminated groundwater and possibly spread to drinking water. Tests at two of 28 Navy sites indicated elevated levels of perfluorinated compounds — Naval Weapons Station Earle, N.J., and Naval Auxiliary Landing Field Fentress, Va. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Sony reshuffles executives in its PlayStation division

first_img Amazon Read the AirPods review $999 $60 at Best Buy An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Post a comment $6 at Tidal 0 Sony,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Angela Lang/CNET See It Best Buy Tags I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Gaming Boost Mobile Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Share your voice Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Read DJI Osmo Action preview $299 at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Apple iPhone XS CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Chris Monroe/CNET $59 at eBay New Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan. Sony Sony has announced a management reshuffling in its games business, with two of its top executives swapping jobs.Jim Ryan, a longtime PlayStation executive who most recently served as deputy president of Sony Interactive Entertainment, will become the division’s CEO on April 1, Sony said Monday. Ryan will replace John Kodera, who will become the deputy president — Ryan’s former role at the Japanese electronics and entertainment giant.Kodera’s new position will allow him to “dedicate his focus on creating innovative user experiences and further enhancing the network area,” Sony said in a statement. The new management structure comes less than two weeks after Sony announced disappointing earnings for its games division, which accounts for about one-third of the company’s total revenue. Operating income in the division fell 14 percent in the most recent quarter due to slower sales of the PlayStation 4 game console during the holiday shopping season.”This industry is relentlessly fast-moving, and to remain the market leader, we must constantly evolve ourselves with a sense of urgency,” Sony CEO Kenichiro Yoshida said in a statement. “Based on extensive discussions with John, I have decided to change the management structure of SIE to ensure sustainable evolution of the PlayStation platform and further growth of the network area.”Ryan, who has worked in Sony’s games division for a quarter of a century, will report directly to Yoshida. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) See at Turo Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Sarah Tew/CNET DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. $210 at Best Buy Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Rylo Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). See itcenter_img Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) See at Amazon Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Comments See It Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express $520 at HP Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. $999 Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. The 28 best games on PlayStation 4 Share your voice Read the Rylo camera preview $999 Sprint See It JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) 28 Photos $999 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Read Google Home Hub review 7 Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. $155 at Google Express Turo Tags The Cheapskate TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Sarah Tew/CNETlast_img read more