15 Oct

Lisa LeBlanc pushes past a breakup with wit and raucousness

first_img“I Love You, I Don’t Love You, I Don’t Know.” “Why Does It Feel So Lonely (When You Are Around).” “Eh Cher (You’ve Overstayed Your Welcome).” “Dump the Guy ASAP.”We’re cautious about probing too deeply into Lisa LeBlanc’s personal life, but it seems fair to ask, given certain recurring themes in the lyric sheet to — nay, roughly half the song titles on — her new album, Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen?, if perhaps these tunes were a means of working through and moving past a few things.“Oh, for sure. They always are,” she laughs over a midday meal on King West, waving off the notion that she might be inhabiting fictional characters in her songwriting. “I have to live it.” Twitter Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement This isn’t to say that Runaway Queen, the banjo-toting Rosaireville, N.B. native’s second full-length record, is a maudlin affair. It’s actually a pretty raucous, rousingly bad-tempered little gem and a more polished realization of the raunchy folk-rock sound she pursued to much acclaim on 2014’s interstitial EP, Highways, Heartaches and Time Well Wasted. And, as breakup albums go, it’s a fairly good-humoured one. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

12 Oct

Re-audit, fix blame by evening: Fadnavis on FOB collapse

first_imgMumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday asked for an immediate probe to “fix primary responsibility by the evening” on all those behind the foot-overbridge (FOB) collapse that claimed six lives. He also sought a “revisit of the safety audits”, which had declared the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSTM) bridge “safe” but it collapsed here on Thursday at 7.40 p.m. injuring 32 others, some critically. Visiting the injured at various hospitals in south Mumbai, a grim Fadnavis said “it was an extremely serious matter” that the bridge which had already undergone a structural audit had crashed suddenly. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day “This also raises questions on the audits conducted on the city bridges… The structural and safety audits carried out on all the bridges need to be revisited. “I have also ordered the Municipal Commissioner to affix the ‘primary responsibility’ on the officials and police will lodge separate first information reports against them,” Fadnavis assured. The Mumbai Police have registered cases against BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and Indian Railway officials charging them with negligence and culpable homicide in the bridge which crashed barely six months after the structural audit cleared it suggesting minor repairs. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penalty Late last night Fadnavis announced Rs 5 lakh ex gratia each to the kin of deceased and Rs 50,000 to the injured, besides a high-level probe into the incident. Connecting the CSMT’s suburban platform No. 1 with the B.T. Lane near The Times of India Building and the Anjuman-e-Islam School, it was used by thousands of daily suburban commuters rushing to catch the local trains on Central Railway and the Harbour Line. Although the debris below the bridge has been cleared, traffic restrictions continued on the busy D.N. Road, a traffic official said.last_img read more

12 Oct

Moroccan Schools Lacking in Inspirational Speakers

Marrakech – School is not only a place of knowledge, but a place of motivation, inspiration and creation. If teachers are able to look at students as people before coming to school, they will be able to recognize that it’s not the school’s purpose to make students make something of their lives. Teachers will then see the need to inspire students to be creative and successful instead of bombarding them with lectures and homework.To help students along their desired life path, teachers and adults in general need to encourage and inspire them by providing them with appropriate help in achieving their goals. However this should be done only when necessary in order to foster independence in each individual student.Teachers discouraging students with fierce words can be as harmful as swords, converting teachers from inspiration and assistances into obstacles towards students’ goals. Some teachers highlight negative points and shortcomings in students without recognizing their strong and positive attributes. So it’s time for some Moroccan teachers, or rather people in general, to appreciate the good in others while shifting their focus away from shortcomings in their personalities.To better express this message, take the analogy of a bee eye over a fly eye as an example. That is to say, a bee eye, which is stemmed from the hardworking nature of bees, is appreciated more than a fly eye. As we know, bees are attracted to beautiful things like flowers and nectar and are never drawn to foul smelling rubbish. On the contrary, flies always choose rubbish and dirty things. Therefore, if people have a bee eye they will highlight the positive attributes in others and encourage them to go forward. Those with a fly eye will only see shortages in others.In several countries, people have started to realize and embrace the role of inspirational speakers in life and recognize that no one can benefit from pessimism and discouragement. Systems in some countries, like the United States, invite inspirational speakers into their schools to speak about reaching their goals despite life’s difficulties.They invite them not to teach, but simply to speak. To speak about success in life to others may be more important than teaching them how to succeed in life because it is motivational and inspirational.It then becomes appropriate to mention one of the most famous inspirational speakers, Nick Vujicic. This speaker is known for having no arms and no legs and has given inspiring speeches in several universities and schools in the United States. He talks frequently to students on how they can overcome difficulties and live up to their potentials. One of his videos is posted at the end of the article to provide an example of the extent to which inspirational speeches can actually work.Thus, when dealing with our friends, students, and members of our families, we should make sure that we encourage their efforts and support them in following their plans for a successful life, for individual success is not personal, but social. The success of an individual is at the same time the success of the society.To pave the way for a supportive society and a successful system of education that caters to an individual’s psychological health, schools should develop programs that invite inspirational speakers from around the world to Moroccan schools and institutions to talk to students about their experience with success and the way they can fight against hopelessness and discouragement.Instead of inviting thousands of singers, it’s better to invite hundreds of inspirational speakers, be it Moroccans or foreigners, to inspire students and encourage them to live up to their fullest potential.Edited by Jack Stanovsek read more

12 Oct

Words must be put into action to fight human trafficking – Assembly

Despite United Nations-backed agreements and initiatives, “there remains a vast gulf between the letter of the law and the situation on the ground,” he told a thematic debate convened by the Assembly on the issue.Despite such pacts as the landmark UN Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime, roughly 2.5 million people worldwide – mostly women and children – are believed to be victims of human trafficking. Additionally, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has identified 127 countries as sources of trafficked people and 137 nations as destinations for these victims.Mr. Kerim told participants at today’s debate that increased global interdependence has “provided new avenues for criminal networks to operate on a global scale,” adding that trafficking affects all regions of the world and does not discriminate between developed and developing areas.He urged Member States to act on their commitments, to enhance protection and assistance for victims and to prosecute traffickers.Furthermore, the Assembly President stressed the need to boost the economic and social conditions to minimize people’s vulnerability to trafficking, and also appealed for stepped up cooperation among the private sector and nations.Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro called on all countries to ratify the UN Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons.“For millions of people around the world, the fight against human trafficking is a matter of life and death,” she told the debate. “To reunite families that have been torn apart, to restore childhood to kids who have been robbed of their youth, to bring back dignity to all those violated by these abuses – we must act now.”Last year, the UN Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT), an initiative launched by UNODC and several UN partners last year to bring governments, the private sector, academia, civil society and the media together to combat a practice that is viewed as modern-day slavery, was launched.Anwar Gargash, Foreign Minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), said that the Gulf nation, which has been a strong supporter of UN.GIFT since its inception, is endeavouring to address the problem.The country’s “wake-up call” came in the form when it was discovered that camel jockeys were being exploited, he said at a press conference today and convinced the UAE that global partnerships were key to tackling the problem of trafficking due to its transnational nature.“We understand that it is not a stigma to have human trafficking but the stigma is not to do anything about it,” Mr. Gargash said, adding that the UAE is leading the fight in the region against human trafficking.The other keynote speaker at today’s Assembly debate was United States actress Ashley Judd, who, as an active member of the non-governmental organization (NGO) Population Services International (PSI), has toured 12 countries to visit brothels, slums, hospices and other facilities.“My objective was to bring the UN into the ‘sacred circle’ of sharing because I know that the unheard are helped when they are heard. I know that compassionate listening helps me and my goals was to help them,” she told reporters, referring to the victims of trafficking she has met in her visits to different nations.Today’s event comes on the heels of the first-ever global forum to address human trafficking in 2007 convened by UN.GIFT, which brought together more than 1,000 experts, government authorities, law enforcement officials, business leaders, people who had been trafficked from over 100 countries, and others. 3 June 2008Global and regional pacts must be put into action if the world is to tackle the scourge of human trafficking, a $32 billion annual industry, General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim said today in New York. read more

3 Oct

Ohio Star Fair reopening kiddie other lowimpact rides

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Rides at the Ohio State Fair’s Kiddieland and some elsewhere in the amusement park reopened Friday with the OK of inspectors two days after the governor shut them all down following a thrill ride malfunction that killed a teen who had recently enlisted in the Marines.The 18-year-old man’s girlfriend was among seven other people who were injured when the Fire Ball flung riders — some still strapped in their seats — through the air Wednesday night. A few people on the midway were hit by debris.The ride’s Dutch manufacturer has told operators of the attraction at fairs and festivals worldwide to stop using it until more is learned about what caused the malfunction. Ohio Gov. John Kasich shut down all rides for new inspections after the accident.Agriculture Department spokesman Mark Bruce said Friday that 28 rides were cleared to resume operations Friday afternoon. Those reopened include the children’s carousel, bumper boats and other “low-impact” attractions including the Giant Slide and SkyGlider.More than half of the fair’s rides remained closed. It runs through Aug. 6 .Federal and state investigators have begun working to find what caused the wreck on the fair’s opening day.Video taken by a bystander of the swinging, spinning Fire Ball ride in action captured a crashing sound. A section holding four riders came apart, and screams could be heard as at least two people were ejected and plunged toward the ground. Other riders were still in their seats as they fell.Tyler Jarrell, of Columbus, was thrown about 50 feet (15 metres) and pronounced dead on the midway. The Marine Corps and school officials said Jarrell enlisted last week and was to begin basic training after his high school graduation next year.“That was just this past Friday. Then he goes to the state fair and he is involved in this horrible tragedy. It’s just devastating,” said Capt. Gerard Lennon Jr., a naval science instructor in the Junior ROTC program at Jarrell’s high school.Jarrell’s family has hired a law firm to look into the possibility of filing a wrongful death lawsuit.The injured ranged in age from 14 to 42. At least two were listed in critical condition.Jarrell’s girlfriend, Keziah Lewis, doesn’t remember the accident and has pelvis, ankle and rib injuries, her mother told The Columbus Dispatch.Lewis, a University of Cincinnati student, underwent one surgery and faces a second.“She kept asking for her boyfriend,” Clarissa Williams said. “I had to tell her he was the one who was deceased.”Inspectors looked over the ride while it was assembled and signed off on it hours before it flew apart, according to authorities and records released Thursday.The ride’s manufacturer, KMG, said the one at the Ohio fair was built in 1998. Forty-three of the rides, also known as the Afterburner, are in use around the world, 11 of them in the U.S., according to KMG. None has had a serious malfunction before, the company told the AP.The Fire Ball swings 24 riders back and forth like a pendulum 40 feet (12 metres) above the ground while they sit facing each other in four-seat carriages that spin at 13 revolutions a minute, according to the company’s website.Ohio Department of Agriculture records provided to The Associated Press showed passing marks on inspections of about three dozen items, including possible cracks, brakes, proper assembly and installation.All rides at the fair are checked several times when they are being set up to ensure the work is done the way the manufacturer intended, said Agriculture Director David Daniels.Michael Vartorella, Ohio’s chief inspector of amusement ride safety, said the Fire Ball was inspected three or four times before the fair opened.Amusements of America, the company that provides rides to the state fair, said its staff also had inspected the ride before it opened.The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is also investigating. It estimates there were 30,900 injuries associated with amusement attractions last year that required an emergency room visit.It said there have been at least 22 fatalities associated with amusement attractions since 2010.The Ohio State Fair is one of the biggest state fairs in the U.S. It drew 900,000 people last year.___AP writers John Seewer in Toledo, Ohio; Dan Sewell in Cincinnati; Mark Gillispie in Cleveland; Denise Lavoie in Boston; Mike Corder in Brussels, and news researcher Rhonda Shafner in New York contributed to this story. An Ohio State Highway Patrol cadet patrols the midway at the Ohio State Fair Thursday, July 27, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. The fair opened Thursday but its amusement rides remained closed one day after Tyler Jarrell, 18, was killed and seven other people were injured when the thrill ride broke apart and flung people into the air. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete) Ohio Star Fair reopening kiddie, other “low-impact” rides by Julie Carr Smyth, The Associated Press Posted Jul 28, 2017 1:47 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 28, 2017 at 5:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

2 Oct

Worldleading transport systems catapult centre to be located in Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes has been chosen as the location for the UK’s new £150 million Catapult centre for integrated transport systems – one of the first of its kind in the world.Milton Keynes was selected following an extensive nationwide search based on a range of criteria including ease of access for the transport community, a skilled talent pool with the relevant expertise, travel times from locations across the UK and abroad, and the availability of high quality business space to set up the world-class centre.The Transport Systems Catapult will provide a national hub for transport modelling and monitoring – testing latest theories on how transport systems interact and function against real-world demonstrators.  This will help UK businesses to develop effective and sustainable solutions to our transport needs – for both freight and people.The Catapult will be funded by up to £50 million over five years through the UK’s innovation agency, the Technology Strategy Board. With private sector business and collaborative R&D projects the total funding for the centre over 5 years is expected to be around £150 million.Universities and Science Minister David Willetts said, “The Transport Systems Catapult will put Milton Keynes at the forefront of exploiting the huge growth opportunities in a sector estimated to be worth up to £900 billion by 2025. The Catapult will establish the UK as a world leader in transport systems, creating new technologies that can be exported across the world, boosting growth. New systems will also help businesses get access to real time information so they can travel more efficiently, reduce lost time and save money.”Steve Yianni, CEO designate of the Transport Systems Catapult said, “An efficient transport system that can move people and goods in a cost effective way is vital to the success of the UK economy. The Transport Systems Catapult will ensure that new and emerging technologies are harnessed to meet the growing requirements for transport systems of the future.“Milton Keynes is the UK’s fastest growing city, with a proactive council focused on innovation and success. As well as being an ideal place to live and work, Milton Keynes provides a great platform to demonstrate the work of the Transport Systems Catapult.”Click through for further detail on the Transport Systems Catapult.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

25 Sep

One in seven pupils uses drugs to sit GCSEs first ever study

Although the concentration-boosting drugs have been used by university students, it is the first evidence of children taking them to improve performance. Thousands of teenagers are risking their health by using powerful illicit prescription drugs to boost their performance in their GCSE exams, a study has found for the first time. One in seven children, aged 13 to 16, have admitted taking the drugs which are typically prescribed to people with conditions like ADHD, narcolepsy and alzheimers. In what head teachers described as a “shocking” discovery, GCSE pupils were found to be twice as likely as A-level students or undergraduates to be taking the drugs Adderall, Ritalin and Modafinil, according… read more

25 Sep

IPL Frazzled Sunrisers squeeze home in lastball thriller

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedHeartbreak for Kohli’s RCB as Sunrisers crowned IPL 2016 championsMay 29, 2016In “Sports”IPL: Pant’s epic ton in vain as Sunrisers reach playoffsMay 10, 2018In “Sports”Faf du Plessis pulls off great escape to lead CSK into IPL finalMay 22, 2018In “Sports” Sunrisers Hyderabad 151 for 9 (Dhawan 44, Hooda 32*, Markande 4-23) beat Mumbai Indians 147 for 8 (Lewis 29, Pollard 28, Sandeep 2-25, Kaul 2-29) by one wicket (ESPNcricinfo) Mumbai Indians wove magic yet again at the venue of their unprecedented third IPL triumph to come back from the dead, but still they were pipped at the finish line by Deepak Hooda, the man whom Sunrisers Hyderabad doled out INR 3.6 crore (USD 562,000 approx) for at the auction.His unbeaten 32 included a sensational final-over six off a wide yorker off Ben Cutting that reduced the equation to five off five balls. A wide and three singles reduced it to one needed off the final delivery. Billy Stanlake, the No. 11, nervously examined the closed-in field, contemplated his options and then hoicked the slower delivery to the midwicket fence to script a one-wicket win and send a strong crowd of 30,000 into delirium.Dhawan wicket triggers collapse A slap to the extra-cover boundary off his first delivery set the tone for yet another dominating knock. Without scoreboard pressure early in the chase, Shikhar Dhawan simply trusted his instincts and hit everything through the line to bludgeon his way towards a second successive half-century. The first one, against Rajasthan Royals, came off 33 deliveries. He was set to shade that by muscling his way to 45 off 27 balls, before falling off his 28th when he top-edged a sweep to Jasprit Bumrah at fine leg. This triggered a sensational collapse.Markande and Mustafizur take it down to the wireAt 20, Mayank Markande’s confidence to execute his variations has been impressive. He foxed Wriddhiman Saha with a shortish googly that beat the inside edge to hit the pad, with an lbw appeal given out on review. Dhawan holed out to fine leg and Manish Pandey’s ugly hoick resulted in a leading edge taken by Rohit at short mid-off. There were nerves in the Sunrisers camp now, and Shakib had them biting off their fingernails when he chopped on. They had sensationally slipped from 73 for 1 to 107 for 5.This was still very much Sunrisers’ game, but there were more twists to come. Yusuf Pathan and Deepak Hooda brought them to within 12 runs of victory, before Bumrah delivered two vital strikes. Yusuf mistimed a skiddy bouncer to Kieron Pollard at midwicket and Rashid Khan was snuffed out by a full delivery that took the edge to the keeper.Mustafizur Rahman then delivered a stellar penultimate over, taking two wickets and conceding just one to leave Hooda a herculean task. Mustafizur’s modus operandi was simple: varying his length to cutters. Sandeep Sharma’s attempted scoop resulted in a catch to short fine, while Siddarth Kaul chipped one back as Mustafizur held on to a superb reflex-action catch. Now, with 11 needed off one over, Hooda exhibited tremendous calm to see the game through.Sunrisers’ awesome bowling line-upIn Sandeep, Sunrisers had Bhuvneshwar’s like-for-like replacement. Handed a debut for Sunrisers after being picked up for INR 3 crore (USD 468,000 approx) at the auction, he didn’t let them down.In his very first over, he got the ball to dart back in and then straighten to beat Rohit. This would be a recurring theme for the evening as he troubled the batsmen with his zip off the pitch. His reward were the wickets of a well-set Suryakumar Yadav, the lone batsman to show any sort of fight for Mumbai in the middle overs, and Pradeep Sangwan, at the death.In Kaul, Sandeep’s state-mate at Punjab, Sunrisers have an equally effective bowler. He may not set the speed guns crackling, but is capable of hurrying the batsmen with his skid. His knuckleball to dismiss a dangerous-looking Evin Lewis, who had smashed three fours and two sixes in his 17-ball 29 as an opener, set the tone for Sunrisers’ domination. The pair finished with combined figures of 4 for 54 between them off eight overs.Rashid Khan’s chokeIf the seamers were not stifling enough, Mumbai Indians were slowly choked by Rashid Khan, who bowled 18 dot balls, the most by a spinner in the IPL, to finish with figures of 4-0-13-1. This meant Mumbai were devoid of any sort of momentum through the innings, with the highest partnership being the 38-run stand for the sixth wicket between Kieron Pollard and Suryakumar Yadav. Rashid, as usual, varied his googlies and fast legbreaks with subtle changes in length on a surface where there was true bounce to keep Mumbai quiet. Losing a wicket every time they looked for a release resulted in the batsmen having to buckle down and delay their slog. This played right into Rashid’s hands. When it got to a stage where the batsmen had no choice but to slog, Rashid got his only wicket of the night as a charging Ben Cutting misread a googly and was bowled in the 18th over.Too many shots hurt MumbaiSure the format demands belligerence, but Mumbai hovered between uber-aggressive and reckless. Ishan Kishan’s dismissal, slicing an attempted heave to third man in the sixth over, demonstrated this. In the very first over, Rohit too was guilty of trying to slog the ball, but was lucky to be reprieved by Hooda, who put down a catch running backwards from midwicket. Fortunately, this didn’t cost Hyderabad much as he eventually failed to keep a flick down and was caught at square leg by Shakib Al Hasan.Krunal Pandya, promoted to No. 5, chipped a simple catch to cover while Pollard set himself up for the end overs but ended up checking his shot to be caught at deep cover for a 23-ball 28 with 5.1 overs to play. Mumbai were 110 for 5 then, possibly looking at 160. That wasn’t to be. With their bowling attack, 147 may have still been enough on another night. read more

22 Sep

Uwe to stay or to go Lions more optimistic now

German handballhandballhandball transfersRNLTHW KielUwe Gensheimer ← Previous Story DANISH DERBY: Skjern – BSV Silkeborg 31:20 Next Story → Ready for THW Kiel: Kielce’s warm-up against Stal Mielec! The biggest question in German handball, but also on European handball market is whether Uwe Gensheimer stays in Rhen Neckar Lowen or sign for THW Kiel or FC Barcelona? Even some handball media asked fans about that, but what is more important is what will decide fantastic German left wing who is “son of the club” from Mannheim. Some rumours speaking about that Uwe is close to sign a new deal with the “Lions”:– I am optimistic that he will choose us. I believe that he realized what he means for us. He is the key person here – said Lions’ manager Thorsten Storm. read more

22 Sep

RNL 5 of 5 in Gummersbach – Balingen beat HSV

15.TSV GWD Minden2:6-10 1.Rhein-Neckar Löwen10:0+35 14.TuS N-Lübbecke3:7-10 3.HBW Balingen-Weilstetten7:3-6 9.Füchse Berlin4:2+10 HBW Balingen took another big scalp in the season in which they supposed to be in the second Bundesliga. HBW beat HSV Handball 22:21 after week in which this team won points against THW Kiel!HBW Balingen-Weilstetten: Ristanovic (0) Asanin (10 saves) M. Strobel 6, Vasilakis 5, Nyokas 4, Djozic 2/2, W. Strobel 2, Böhm 2, Ilitsch 1, König, Foth, Wilke, Theuerkauf, RußHSV Handball: Bitter (7 saves); Herrmann (4 saves) Lindberg 6/3, Pfahl 4, Toft Hansen 3, Feld 2, Schmidt 1, Jansen 1, Flohr 1, Hanisch 1, Mahé 1, Hens 1, Schröder, Dominikovic, Herbst n.e., Brauer n.e.Rhein Neckar Lowen have won the fifth match in a row against VfL Gummersbach 32:27 (15:16) after tough first half…VfL Gummersbach: Carsten Lichtlein (12 saves), Matthias Puhle (3 saves); Simon Ernst (1), Christoph Schindler, Julius Kühn, Magnus Persson (2), Joakim Larsson (3), Gunnar Stein Jonsson (1), Srdjan Predragovic (n. e.), Florian von Gruchalla (4/2), Mark Bult (4), Alexander Becker (1), Andreas Schröder (5), Raul Santos (6/1).Rhein-Neckar Löwen: Niklas Landin (10 saves), Roko Peribonio (); Andy Schmid (11/2), Uwe Gensheimer (2), Stefan Kneer, Tim Suton (n. e.), Stefán Sigurmannsson (n. e.), Bjarte Myrhol (5), Mads Mensah Larsen (1), Patrick Groetzki (5), Harald Reinkind (n. e.), GedeonGuardiola, Alexander Petersson (4), Kim Ekdahl Du Rietz (4). 5.MT Melsungen6:4+12 BalingenhandballHSVRNL HANDBALL 12.TSV Hannover-Burgdorf3:50 6.THW Kiel6:4+1 10.HSG Wetzlar4:4+9 7.SC Magdeburg5:3+5 19.HC Erlangen1:7-27 2.FRISCH AUF! Göppingen7:1+9 8.VfL Gummersbach5:5-1 4.SG Flensburg-Handewitt6:2+14 11.TBV Lemgo4:4+1 17.SG BBM Bietigheim2:6-19 13.Bergischer HC3:5-4 18.HSV Handball2:8-4 16.TSG Lu-Friesenheim2:6-15 ← Previous Story SEHA week: Vardar win in Banja Luka – Draw in Serbian derby Next Story → Ad hoc referee pairing model completely operational in Slovenia read more

22 Sep

Banks fail to identify risk of awarding bonuses for higher sales

first_imgIRISH BANKS HAVE been criticised for a ‘failure’ to recognise that awarding sales-related bonuses could led to customers being sold inappropriate products.Following a review of practices in a number of organisations, the Central Bank is warning against placing an emphasis on awarding higher amounts of sales rather than ‘achieving suitable consumer outcomes’.This invovled around a focus on quantity rather than quality, and a conflict of interest between sale managers and their staff.In this situation, the staff who were setting the guidelines for bonuses were also in receipt of the bonuses themselves.It has now asked that all banking, insurance, and investment firms review remuneration arrangements before the start of next year.“The Central Bank is following up on all specific issues identified directly with investment firms and banks inspected, having already done so with insurance firms,” the report said.It notes that all organisations only implemented approved incentive schemes, but there was a “failure to recognise the inherent risks in remuneration arrangements and to mitigate those risks accordingly”.It warns that this could result in customers being sold packages that would negatively affect their financial situation but would result in high commission for the seller.There was also little to deter staff from following poor sales practices.Other findings included: Widespread use of branch targets in the banking sector as a means of focusing on the bank’s goalsIncentives earned on an ‘all or nothing’ basisRegular and robust sales quality monitoring not performed consistently.The Central Bank’s director of consumer protection Bernard Sheridan said that monitoring these arrangements will remain a priority.“The Central Bank expects that, when firms remunerate sales staff on a variable basis, these arrangements focus on encouraging the right culture and behaviour in sales staff, while actively discouraging poor practices,” he said.It is important that remuneration arrangements are structured in such a way as to ensure that employees, individually and collectively, are acting in the best interests of their customers and providing suitable products which meet their needs.last_img read more

21 Sep

I just cant understand why they have kidnapped me away from you

first_img‘I just can’t understand why they have kidnapped me away from you’: Ibrahim Halawa’s letter to Ireland Ibrahim Halawa has been awaiting trial in an Egyptian jail for three years. Share824 Tweet Email Ibrahim’s letter Source: Soama Halawa“Dear IrelandI really don’t know what to say, I have been taken away from you for so long. But I miss you dearly. It’s really out of my  hands. I can’t understand, I just can’t understand why they have kidnapped me away from you.So young I was while you were teaching me how to live, laugh, love and care. But they have taken me away before you had the time to teach me how to struggle, how to deal with evil and hatred.When I was young I used to run to you whenever I was sad and needed to complain about my humongous kiddie problems. The time my mum delayed getting me the latest playstation game when all the other friends had it. Or when I wasn’t allowed stay out late at night And when I entered secondary school and exams were much tougher than before. Or that time I came to complain about my first teenage love.‘Go back to your own country’Do you remember when I came running to you craying about the kid who screemed at me saying “go back to your country” and as usual you were crying rain and I was relieved because you were sharing my crying.   But now that I’m growing up away from you and banned from talking to you, who am I supposed to complain to now that my kiddie worldly problems turned out to be just a drop in the ocean.Ireland, I really need to complain to you about how one human enjoys torturing another human, the continues injustice, the oppression and the killing of the innocent. Ireland I’m lusting to walk on the sand of Bray beach, scramming freedom from the top of cliffs moher, your rainforest trees to hug me tight and make me feel safe again and that kind bus driver on the daily commute, smiling at me even thought he does not know me.BeggingIreland I really want to complain to you about the people my parents voted for, to protect me in any land and under any sky, and have failed to bring me back to you. Now I understand that you were not crying this rains with me but you were crying because of what the world holds fore me one final wish, I beg from if I die away from you take me back from them to be buried in your soil and feel your goodbye tears.”Read: Job losses ‘unavoidable’ at UTV Ireland as merger with TV3 is finalised >Read: Gardaí investigate alleged sexual assault on teenage boy in Dublin school > 20,850 Views Dec 1st 2016, 1:59 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article IBRAHIM HALAWA HAS written an impassioned letter to Ireland describing his three year captivity and his desire to return home to Dublin.The 20-year-old has been jailed since August 2013 after he was arrested and detained at a protest in Cairo. The demonstration was in support of the Muslim Brotherhood which had been ousted from power by the Egyptian military.The Egyptian authorities have chosen to try Halawa in a mass trial along with almost 500 other people, a decision that has either deliberately or indirectly led to the repeated postponements.In the letter, he details how simple he thought his life was. From crying over his first love to not getting a computer game, Halawa told how his life has now changed forever as he tries to understand “how one human enjoys torturing another human”.He has also said that, if he dies in jail, he wants to be buried in Ireland.Here is his unedited letter in full.center_img http://jrnl.ie/3113721 Short URL Thursday 1 Dec 2016, 1:59 PM By Garreth MacNamee 122 Comments last_img read more

21 Sep

EU sets Albania on road to membership

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The European Union set Albania on the road to membership, agreeing to give the small Balkan state the status of candidate to join in recognition of the government’s recent reform efforts.Years of political polarisation have slowed democratic reforms in Albania and kept it behind some of its ex-Yugoslav peers. But a change of government last September opened the way for an EU-backed reform push.“Congratulations on candidate status just agreed,” EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele said on Twitter. “(It is an) acknowledgement of reform efforts, encouragement for more.”A NATO member of some three million people, Albania will have to meet further reform conditions to actually start negotiations on entry, a lengthy process that aims to bring the candidates’ laws in line with EU rules and can take many years.It will also have to overcome a reluctance among many EU members towards any enlargement of the bloc, fuelled by concerns over economic costs, rising euroscepticism and disappointment with democratic progress in the EU’s latest members, Romania and Bulgaria.As in those two Balkan countries, corruption and organised crime are major problems in Albania.Having shed a Stalinist dictatorship, Albania escaped the wars that embroiled its northern neighbours in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s, but a chaotic transition to capitalism has left the country mired in poverty and corruption.Albania joins Montenegro, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) and Serbia as official candidates for membership. Source: Reuters.last_img read more

19 Sep

Jayne With tax bill the rest of the story impossible to ignore

first_imgGreg Jayne, Opinion page editor Well, that was fun. No, seriously, it was fun. And not in a sarcastic, eye-rolling, “Well, that was fun” kind of way.Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, sat down with The Columbian Editorial Board the other day and discussed things such as tax reform, marijuana legalization, the I-5 Bridge, Donald Trump and probably some other issues. It’s all kind of running together, as we kept the congresswoman on her toes for about 90 minutes.And it was fun. Because while there are many subjects of national importance worthy of discussion, I was particularly interested in the GOP tax bill that was passed last month.Herrera Beutler supported that bill, and she still supports it. “I’m excited about this bill … it’s going to benefit people in Southwest Washington,” she said.I did not support it, and I still don’t support it. “I’m disgusted by the voodoo economics and deficit spending that are behind this thing,” I thought.So, we had a robust discussion. A tense discussion. A discussion that remained respectful despite sharply differing viewpoints. Neither of us resorted to calling the other “sad,” or “loser,” or “crazy,” which means we remained above the level of what often passes for political discourse these days.last_img read more

15 Sep

Will Smith takes Salsa lessons with Marc Anthony makes surprise appearance at

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Ultra Music Festival fans were treated to a surprise visit from Hollywood superstar Will Smith over the weekend.Smith made the surprise appearance when masked DJ Marshmello brought him out as a guest to sing the city’s unofficial anthem and Smith’s 1998 hit song “Miami.”Smith was among a host of A-listers who came out to celebrate the 20th year of the festival. Other performers included G-Eazy, Daddy Yankee and J Balvin.However, that wasn’t the only thing Smith did over the weekend in the Magic City.Smith also shared a video of him getting a Salsa lesson from singer Marc Anthony.Smith got the one-on-one tutorial on a yacht in Miami over the weekend.The actor and rapper’s video also doubled as his 100th post on Instagram.last_img read more

5 Sep

OK Kanmani After Kamal Haasans Uttama Villain Prime Media Grabs Distribution Rights

first_img“OK Kanmani”Facebook/ OK KanmaniThe pre-release business of Mani Ratnam’s upcoming movie “OK Kanmani” is happening at a brisk pace. The producers of the movie, Madras Talkies, are getting the best deals ahead of its release. The latest update about the movie is regarding its US distribution.Prime Media, one of the leading distributors of Tamil movies in North America, has acquired the distribution rights of Dulquer Salmaan-Nithya Menen starrer. The company recently bagged the deal to distribute Kamal Haasan’s magnum opus “Uttama Villain” and the news of business with Madras Talkies was shared by Prime Media through its Twitter page.#OhKadhalKanmani USA distribution by @PrimeMediaUS.April release.@MadrasTalkies_ @dulQuer #ManiRathnam #ARRahman @nithya_mn— PrimeMedia (@PrimeMediaUS) March 15, 2015Earlier, Gnanavelraja’s Studio Green acquired the Tamil Nadu theatrical rights of “OK Kanmani” for a decent amount.With the movies’ release planned for April, individuals associated with the movie are working full time for the promotions. The team is making sure that have decent online presence with the updates on people behind the film.The trailer and the teaser of “OK Kanmani” were recently released and received some overwhelming response of from the audience with over 1 million views in one day. The team is now set to release the first track of the movie which again has become much-awaited.”OK Kanmani” is touted to be an urban love story in which Dulquer Salmaan plays the character of Aadi and Nithya plays Tara. The cinematography is done by PC Sreeram, music by AR Rahman and lyrics are by Vairamuthu.last_img read more

30 Aug

Nobody hunts rattlesnakes like Mike Gundy and his Mississippi Mudflap

first_imgPeople thought Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy’s mullet was a gimmick when he started growing it, shows what they know. Gundy lives and breathes everything that has to do with the Kentucky Waterfall life.Gundy posted a tweet when he was out huntin’ rattlesnakes with his buddies Todd and Wild Bill in Oklahoma, because of course he was.From the picture, it’s hard to tell which guy is the big-time college football coach, and which one is “Wild Bill.”Business in the Front, rattlesnake hunting in the back.Rattlesnake hunt in Okeene, OK with Todd and Wild Bill. pic.twitter.com/0SqWb9LxFk— Mike Gundy (@CoachGundy) March 17, 2017last_img read more

11 Aug

Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling As the saying goes, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”. Keim sure hopes that’s the case, as he tries to hit gold on another forgotten player. Wilson injured his right ankle during the third quarter when Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh sacked the quarterback.Heading into Week 2, both teams will be looking for greener pastures, so to speak. While Wilson is expected to play, Seattle’s offensive line faces a daunting task against the Los Angeles Rams’ defensive front. The Rams weren’t able to produce any pressure in the team’s 28-0 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, only recording one quarterback hit on Blaine Gabbert and no sacks, but Los Angeles may find it easier against Seattle’s questionable offensive line.Meanwhile, the Cardinals welcome one of the league’s up-and-coming quarterbacks to Glendale in Tampa Bay’s Jameis Winston. Against the Atlanta Falcons, Winston threw for 281 yards and four touchdowns. With New England’s Jimmy Garroppolo carving up Arizona’s defense in Week 1 — specifically rookie defensive back Brandon Williams — the team claimed former Seahawks cornerback Tharold Simon off waivers.“He’s a great talent, he’s a guy who’s a long angular type of cornerback, talented enough that Richard Sherman thought that if he could ever get it down he could be better than Richard Sherman,” Clayton said. “Problem is he’s always hurt, and they just got tired of it. Last year going into the opening game against at that time St. Louis Rams, he was supposed to be the outside starter if they were going to go three corners, because they were still trying to get Jeremy Lane back healthy and all of a sudden here’s Simon with another injury. So here it is, last week, he was technically the fourth corner because he lost (a spot to) DeShawn Shead, but he still might have had some playing time. Wednesday’s practice comes up and his knee’s bothering him, so I think they just gave up on him.” LISTEN: John Clayton, ESPN NFL insider (Photos by: Associated Press) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img 0 Comments   Share   “Arizona,” he answered. “I never thought that you could go in with a New England Patriots team, be down five starters on offense, including Tom Brady, and with the talent that’s on that Arizona defense for Arizona to lose that game. I could not envision it. I thought it was going to be so one-sided, it should’ve been probably a 17-point win. Didn’t turn out to be that way.”These types of games may put things in perspective for a team that’s a serious Super Bowl contender. Arizona committed errors in all facets of the game, ending with a missed potential game-winning field goal by Chandler Catanzaro. Head coach Bruce Arians admits there were mistakes, but fixable ones.The team the Cardinals are fighting against for NFC West supremacy, the Seattle Seahawks, also had a rough first week of regular season play, beating the Miami Dolphins 12-10. Clayton explained Seattle, unlike Arizona, did what was necessary to win.“Seattle, defensively they were fine. Miami couldn’t run the football, (Ryan) Tannehill had nobody to throw to because everything was pretty well covered,” Clayton said. “The offensive line played horribly for the Seahawks, which that’s no surprise, that’s been kind of a trend for the last couple years, part of it was losing Germain Ifedi with the ankle injury five days before the game and had to go with J’Marcus Webb and he looked pretty bad out there. In the end, they were able to play enough good defense and get one good drive out of an injured-Russell Wilson to be able to win the football game.” Your browser does not support the audio element. The top two teams in the NFC West both had performances in Week 1 they might want to forget.Criticism rained on the Arizona Cardinals’ early 2016 parade when the team fell to the Tom Brady-Rob Gronkowski-less New England Patriots 23-21. General Manager Steve Keim openly expressed his feelings from the team’s first game, saying it makes him “angry, disappointed and embarrassed”.ESPN NFL analyst John Clayton joined Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Friday morning and was asked which team looked worse in their 2016 opener, the Cardinals or the Seahawks. Top Stories last_img read more

11 Aug

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Jaron Brown 13 p

first_imgArizona Cardinals wide receiver Jaron Brown (13) pulls in a catch as San Francisco 49ers cornerback Dontae Johnson (36) defends during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) The bulk of the free agency whirlwind is over, and the Arizona Cardinals appear to have earned a single 2019 NFL Draft pick of compensation to show for their losses.The closing of the NFL office Tuesday marked the end of the compensatory free agent period for next year’s draft, and OverTheCap.com’s Nick Korte said the Cardinals’ loss of receiver Jaron Brown, who signed with the Seattle Seahawks in free agency, will net Arizona a seventh-round pick. The NFL distributes 32 compensatory picks from the third through seventh rounds of the draft each year based on a selected pool of free agents lost. Among that collection, the largest 32 contracts signed by free agents based on average per-year value will net a team compensation.A formula takes salary, playing time and postseason honors into consideration to value players and determine whether teams should be compensated for those players leaving in free agency. But the compensated-for players are also determined by a formula dictated by individual teams’ gains and losses of unrestricted free agents each year.For example, Arizona’s top four free agents signed this year were cancelled out by its top four losses.Related LinksNFL Draft boosted Cardinals up ESPN’s power rankingsQB Kurt Warner was ‘serious’ about an NFL return in 2018Cardinals’ Korey Cunningham hopes to buck seventh-round oddsThe next four were up for consideration to net the Cardinals compensation.Arizona only earned one late-round pick after Brown signed a deal with an average annual value of $2.75 million. The Cardinals’ other players signed were all below the 32-pick cut-off list: quarterback Blaine Gabbert, quarterback Matt Barkley and Earl Watford have all agreed to deals worth less than the cutoff at $2.1 million.Additionally, the Cardinals also lost restricted free agent Xavier Williams to the Kansas City Chiefs without compensation due to his draft slot (he was undrafted out of college). Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 0 Comments   Share   A year ago, Arizona was a winner of the compensatory picks doled out by the league.The Cardinals received three compensatory picks in the 2018 draft after losing defensive lineman Calais Campbell, safety Tony Jefferson and linebacker Alex Okafor in free agency. All of those were key for in a draft where they didn’t own any of their own picks after the first and second rounds.center_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more