Garcia addresses trade rumors, says he’s good terms with his players

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next AFP official booed out of forum Ellington finally gets his All-Star 3-point contest call Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises LATEST STORIEScenter_img John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRegardless if the reported trade demands from Rain or Shine players are true or not, coach Caloy Garcia was appreciative of the professionalism from his team in their 90-84 victory over Meralco on Friday.“We all know going into this game that there are issues regarding our players, but I told them that we just have to be professional about it and put in the effort because the ones paying their salaries are the owners and that’s the only way that we can repay them,” said the soft-spoken mentor in his postgame press conference.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City “Just to clear everything out, Raymond and I are in good terms. On Jericho, I told him that this is his job and you have to love your job. If he comes in and play hard, they’ll get to play,” he said.“I just told them that the only way you can be traded is if you play good, because if you play good, the team can also get something good in return.”Despite all the distractions, Garcia was glad that the three able to contribute and help the Elasto Painters win their first back-to-back games in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.“I hope this will be the start. Like I said, we just have to think on how we can get better,” he said.Rain or Shine stakes its two-game winning streak against Magnolia on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH This past week, Beau Belga, Raymond Almazan, and Jericho Cruz were all rumored to have made trade demands following a supposed spat with their coach.But Garcia said that these supposed trade requests are nothing new.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We know from the beginning that Jericho really wants to go back to coach Yeng (Guiao). I told him that there are times that players want to be traded, but we just have to be professional about it,” he elaborated. “I know Raymond is motivated because he wanted to prove something and we’ll take it slowly. And for Beau, it has been an issue for the longest time, even years ago.”Garcia, though, neither confirmed nor denied if trades for these players are indeed on the table and opted to clarify that he enjoys a healthy relationship with the three. View commentslast_img read more

Indian Wells: Sania Mirza, Martina Hingis make winning start

first_imgSania Mirza and Martina Hingis saw off the challenge of Australian team of Casey Dellacqua and Samantha Stosur to move to the second round of the BNP Paribas Open.The top seeded Indo-Swiss pair defeated their rivals 6-3, 7-5 in just 68 minutes in their opening round of the USD 6,844,139 hard court event.Sania and Martina saved four of the six breakpoints they faced in the match and broke their rivals five times in the tight contest.They next face local girl Vania King and Russia’s Alla Kudryavtseva, who beat Germany’s Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Czech Republic’s Barbora Strycova 4-6, 6-3, 10-5.In the men’s event, Rohan Bopanna and his Romanian partner Florin Mergea, seeded fifth, are up against Spanish team of Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez in their first round of the USD 7,037,595 event.last_img read more

Brazilian legend Pele picks Lionel Messi over Cristiano Ronaldo in his team

first_imgFootball legend Pele did not agree to the comparisons drawn between Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo but picked the Barcelona star to be in his team, if a selection has to be made.Pele, a three-time FIFA World Cup winner, has often been compared with Argentinian great Diego Maradona and Manchester United’s George Best but he also quashed those comparisons.Pele felt that owing to the different styles, it is difficult to compare Messi and Ronaldo just as it is for Geroge Best and him.”Difficult to compare Messi and Ronaldo. Messi has a completely different style than Ronaldo. Lot of people compared me with George Best but we had different style of play. Ronaldo is more of a centre forward while Messi is more organised,” Pele said in New Delhi on Friday.Also read – Neymar more like Lionel Messi than Cristiano Ronaldo, feels Pele”If I have to decide for my team I will choose Messi over Ronaldo.”For Pele, Garrincha, Didi and Falcao are the greatest Brazilian footballers he has played with but it was actually Zico and Socrates who he said he would “buy a ticket to go and watch”.Zico and Socrates were part of the Brazilian team that played in the 1982 FIFA World Cup, one that is widely regarded as the best Brazil team to not have lifted the World Cup trophy.Also read – Cristiano Ronaldo not the greatest. I am: Diego Maradona to India Today”Zico, Socrates are the players I would buy a ticket to go and watch,” Pele said.advertisementOn being asked how football has changed over the years, Pele said, “Football hasn’t changed inside the field. The biggest change has been in the facilities. We didn’t have such great facilities.”Pele is widely regarded as the greatest footballer of all times. There are some who consider Maradona as the greatest but it is Pele, who has developed the ‘beautiful game’.Also read – Messi is not to blame for Argentina not being world champions: MaradonaPele first won the FIFA World Cup in the year 1958 when he was only 16 years old. Four years later, he went on to defend the title and kept the trophy in Brazil.In 1970, Pele captained the Brazilian team and won his third and last World Cup trophy.Pele first visited India in 1977 and played against Mohun Bagan for New York Cosmos, when he was still an active footballer. The match had ended in a 2-2 draw.last_img read more

Oman Open: Sathiyan Gnanasekaran settles for bronze, Archana Kamath gets maiden U-21 silver

first_img Press Trust of India MuscatMarch 24, 2019UPDATED: March 24, 2019 18:06 IST Oman Open: Sathiyan Gnanasekaran lost his semi-final after battling for an hour. (@sathiyantt Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSathiyan Gnanasekaran settled for bronze with a loss in the semi-finalSathiyan lost 8-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9, 10-12 to top seed Mattias FlackArchana Kamath claimed U-21 silver at the Oman OpenG. Sathiyan had a very narrow chance of turning it around but could not overcome a tough Mattias Flack of Sweden in the men singles semi-finals of the ITTF Challenge Plus Oman Open Sunday.The fourth-seeded Indian lost 8-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9, 10-12 and settled for the bronze medal.The top-seeded Swede and the Indian had the measure of each other with the two winning alternate games to take the issue to the decider. But in the decider, the Swede had the slight advantage until deuce. But once he broke Sathiyan to go up, it was all over for the Indian as his opponent wrapped it up with the winner.Falck finishes the jobGnanasekaran knocked out #ITTFChallenge+ #OmanOpen World (@ittfworld) March 24, 2019The only Indian to survive so far, Sathiyan had ended Frenchman Emmanuel Lebesson in the quarter-finals 4-1 (11-9, 11-7, 11-9, 6-11, 12-10) after having dominated the first three games. But the seventh seeded Frenchman showed intentions of coming back but the Indian arrested any such possibility winning the fifth game.Mattias Falck Sathiyan GnanasekaranLIVE battle on!#ITTFChallenge+ #OmanOpen World (@ittfworld) March 24, 2019Earlier, in the round of 16, Sathiyan beat Anthony Amalraj 4-1. Another Indian to go down in the round of 16 was A. Sharath Kamal, who lost 1-4 to Croat Pucar Tamislov.It was disappointing for India in women’s singles as both Madhurika Patkar and Riti Shankar failed to go past the first round of the main draw.advertisementIn men’s doubles, Sathiyan and Sharath lost their quarterfinals to the Russian pair of Denis Ivonin and Vladimir Sidorenko 2-3 and so did Archana and Sathiyan in mixed doubles first round. However, the other pair of Madhurika Patkar and Harmeet Desai bowed out in the quarters.Archana Kamath’s excellent run at the ITTF Challenge Oman Open came to an end when she lost the Under-21 women’s singles final in straight games of 7-11, 8-11, 6-11 to top-seeded Japanese Satsuki Odo on Saturday evening.The Indian had to settle for the silver in her first major outing since winning the national women’s singles crown at Cuttack this January.The Japanese used her potent backhand to greater effect to beat the Indian who has had a wonderful outing at Muscat. But the win was not easy for the Japanese who admitted that Archana was very good, using both her backhand and forehand.”It was a very difficult match,” said the top-seed.Archana had her chances in the first two games but a couple of mistakes did her in.”She [Satsuki] was really good, especially on her backhand. But I think I had a good outing here at Muscat,” said the reigning national champion.In fact, on her way to the finals, the Indian had accounted for No. 3 seed Maria Tailakova of Russia in a tough five-gave semi-finals, after trailing 0-2. The Indian bounced back nicely to win 6-11, 5-11, 11-2, 11-6, 11-9. In the quarters, she had beaten Singapore’s Rui Xuan Goi 11-7, 11-5, 11-8 after downing Russian Valeria Shcherbatykh in straight games.Manav Thakkar bowed out in the semi-finals when he went down Artur Abusev of Russia 4-11, 6-11, 5-1. Earlier, he had beaten compatriot Jeet Chandra 3-1 in the quarter-finals.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Sathiyan GnanasekaranFollow Archana KamathFollow ITTF Challenge Plus Oman Open Oman Open: Sathiyan Gnanasekaran settles for bronze, Archana Kamath gets maiden U-21 silverOman Open: Sathiyan Gnanasekaran had to settle for bronze after losing to the top seed Mattias Flack 8-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-9, 10-12 in the semi-finals. Archana Kamath lost 7-11, 8-11, 6-11 to Satsuki Odo in the final.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Andrew Lloyd Webber Supports Prostate Cancer MANifesto

first_imgProstate Cancer UK is spearheading a new dawn for men’s health with the launch of its ambitious MANifesto, an unprecedented plan designed to transform the landscape of men’s health.The organization recently merged with Prostate Action, and it will use its combined might to speak with a direct, unified voice to improve the fortunes of men’s health. Despite being predicted to be the most common cancer in the UK by 2030, prostate cancer still does not receive the investment it needs in research, with the main test for the disease unreliable and treatments often bringing damaging side effects. Millions of other men have their lives blighted by the pain and misery of prostate disease such as benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH) and not enough is known about their causes.As well as a pledge which sets out clear plans to invest in research and create innovative support solutions, through its MANifesto, Prostate Cancer UK wants to lead a movement for change, bringing men, politicians, health professionals, and others with them.Andrew Lloyd Webber, a patron of the newly-formed charity, said: “For too long men’s cancers have played second fiddle to other diseases. I am delighted that Prostate Cancer UK has vowed to do more and effect change from today. I know, from experience, how this disease can impact on a man’s life. I was happy to stand up and speak out about my diagnosis at the time, and I am proud to be among the first to join the movement for change being led by Prostate Cancer UK.“I am fully behind the launch of the organization’s comprehensive MANifesto which promises a new dawn for men and men’s health. I am urging others to join me in committing to a better future for men,” he added.Prostate Cancer UK will triple its spend, investing £25million in research. Its priorities will be to find a new generation test for prostate cancer, one that does not pose the risk of unnecessary treatment to men. It will also be investing in ways of identifying those men most at risk of aggressive prostate cancer and new, less invasive treatments.As well as finding answers for the future, Prostate Cancer UK will also do more – much more – to support men, and their families, now. It will significantly increase its investment into support, including innovations to reach men in their communities and provide support to men where and when they need it. It will also be creating a network of support nurses, filling the gap between hospital care and GP support.The organization will be developing its first ever mass communications campaign to draw together a powerful coalition of healthcare professionals, politicians, the media, as well as men, to redress the injustices surrounding prostate cancer and prostate disease.Owen Sharp, Chief Executive of Prostate Cancer UK said: “Despite being the most common cancer in men and projected to be the most common cancer overall by 2030, prostate cancer has been suffering from a prolonged period of neglect and underinvestment, leaving us decades behind where we need to be. Our plan is, without a doubt, the most ambitious and comprehensive improvement and change initiatives in the history of men’s health.“This is more than a MANifesto. As well as setting out what we pledge to do for men, it is a call to arms, an invitation to join us. This is not a remote cause. It is very close to home, and we can make a concrete difference to thousands of lives now. Everyone with a Dad, brother or best mate has a vested interest in moving men’s health forward.“Men, quite simply, deserve better. From this day forward, that is what Prostate Cancer UK is absolutely committed to ensuring they get.”Source:ProstateCancerUK.orglast_img read more

Grade 12 student from Saskatchewan drafts federal law on Indigenous languages

first_imgPriscilla WolfAPTN NewsGrade 12 student Elgar Pakingan from Saskatchewan is helping make Canada better after winning a contest called Creating a better Canada.It was originally started by NDP MP Nathan Cullen in 2009.Ten years since its inception, NDP MP Nathan Cullen’s contest to turn a policy pitch from one lucky constituent into a private members’ bill has been catching on among his caucus colleagues as an innovative way to engage, educate, and excite high school students to help write a federal law.NDP MP Sheri Benson of the Saskatoon West riding has made this contest available to grade 11 & 12 students in her riding for the second year in a row.Shortly after winning the contest Pakingan, a student at Bethlehem high school in Saskatoon, headed to the House of commons in Ottawa and got to see up close what it takes to draft a bill.NDP MP Sheri Benson helped draft a bill based on Pakingan’s winning idea to preserve indigenous languages.Bill C-443, An Act to Protect, Maintain, Revitalize and Strengthen Indigenous Languages was introduced as a private members bill April 29.MP’s Romero Saganash and Gerogina Jolibois also helped draft the bill.Pakingan said he was overwhelmed with his visit to Ottawa.“The trip to Ottawa was amazing it was real good. I loved seeing all the buildings everything all the historical buildings,” he said.“Obviously the best part was hearing my name being presented in the House of Commons and have a bill that I thought about be presented in the House of Commons that’s great.”The experience helped Pakingan learn more about Canadian politics and the Indigenous culture.He was first inspired to draft the bill after learning about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and its Calls to Action in school.Call to Action number 14 calls on Indigenous languages to be tough in schools.“This was my first time ever being really involved in politics,” said Pakingan.“It was great for me to see how they work seeing people in person seeing how they are and seeing how the house of commons actually works.”Benson said she hopes that his bill is passed or helps improve Bill C-91 the Indigenous Languages Act that was tabled by the Liberal government.It is currently being studied at a Senate committee.“We also decided to work with the Senate who’s looking at the governments bill right now and to work with senators on  amendments we made. to see if they can add it to the governments bill to make it better,” she said.One of the additions that was added to Pakingan’s bill that is different than Bill C 91 is stating specifically that if a languages commissioner is appointed that the person be read more

QuickList August inflation rate for selected Canadian cities

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s national annual inflation rate was 1.4 per cent in August, Statistics Canada says. The agency also released rates for major cities, but cautioned that figures may have fluctuated widely because they are based on small statistical samples (previous month in brackets):— St. John’s, N.L.: 1.2 per cent (1.0)— Charlottetown-Summerside: 2.2 (1.6)— Halifax: 1.0 (0.9)— Saint John, N.B.: 1.8 (1.5)— Quebec: 1.1 (1.0)— Montreal: 1.3 (1.1)— Ottawa: 1.3 (1.0)— Toronto: 2.1 (2.0)— Thunder Bay, Ont.: 1.1 (0.9)— Winnipeg: 0.9 (0.8)— Regina: 1.8 (0.8)— Saskatoon: 1.9 (1.0)— Edmonton: 1.1 (1.1)— Calgary: 1.2 (1.3)— Vancouver: 2.4 (1.9)— Victoria: 1.8 (1.8)last_img read more

Owners of Trump Plaza casino in Atlantic City say they expect to

Owners of Trump Plaza casino in Atlantic City say they expect to shut it down in mid-September by Wayne Parry, The Associated Press Posted Jul 12, 2014 8:40 am MDT ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Atlantic City’s crumbling casino market disintegrated even further Saturday as the owners of the Trump Plaza casino said they expect to shut down in mid-September.Trump Entertainment Resorts told The Associated Press that no final decision has been made on the Boardwalk casino. But the company said it expects the casino to close its doors Sept. 16.Notices warning employees of the expected closing will go out to the casino’s 1,000-plus employees Monday.If Trump Plaza closes, Atlantic City could lose a third of its casinos and a quarter of its casino workforce in less than nine months. The Atlantic Club closed in January, the Showboat is closing next month and Revel might do likewise if a buyer can’t be found in bankruptcy court.The head of Atlantic City’s main casino workers’ union demanded state lawmakers help head off what he called a “pending catastrophe” that will affect the state’s tourism industry and tax collections.Trump Entertainment Resorts told the AP that its managers and board of directors “have been reviewing alternatives for the property. Although this review has not been completed and no final decision has been made, the company expects that it will terminate the operations of Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino on or shortly after September 16, 2014.”A source with direct knowledge of the situation who was not authorized to speak to the media told the AP that the company has hired a search firm to solicit buyers for Trump Plaza, an effort that remains ongoing. So far, no buyer has emerged.The company did not indicate what might become of the building after it is closed.Bob McDevitt, president of local 54 of the Unite-HERE union, said 7,000 casino workers — or about one in four — have been warned their jobs could disappear within 60 days.“While this is a personal tragedy for every family involved, it is also a crisis for the state,” he said. “We expect Trenton to react with more than just sympathetic sound bites; we demand action equal to the magnitude of this pending catastrophe.”Trump Plaza, which cost $210 million to build, opened in May 1984 as one of Donald Trump’s pet projects. The real estate mogul has since limited his dealings in Atlantic City to a 10 per cent stake in Trump Entertainment Resorts and does not control its day-to-day operations.The news is the latest in a cascade of setbacks for Atlantic City’s gambling market, which until just a few years ago was the second-largest in the nation after Nevada; Pennsylvania has now taken over that spot. Analysts have long said that the casino market here, and in the Northeastern United States, has been oversaturated, and that some casinos need to close to ensure the survival of others.On Jan. 1, Atlantic City had 12 casinos. By the end of September, it could have eight.The Atlantic Club closure cost 1,600 workers their jobs. An additional 2,100 at Showboat will be unemployed as of Aug. 31, in addition to the 1,009 Trump Plaza workers on the payroll. Revel has 3,100 workers who could lose their jobs if the 2-year-old casino resort is not sold.Trump Entertainment Resorts has tried for years to sell Trump Plaza, the poorest performing casino in Atlantic City despite its prime location at the centre of the Boardwalk at the end of the Atlantic City Expressway, the resort’s main gateway into the city. A deal to sell it last year for $20 million to a California firm fell through.It won less than $73 million from gamblers in all of last year, ranking last out of the 12 casinos that operated then. So far this year it has taken in nearly $21 million, down almost 27 per cent from the same period last year.___Wayne Parry can be reached at AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Myanmars new gemstone law is flawed says Global Witness

first_imgMyanmar’s parliament has passed a new law governing the gemstone sector. According to international anti-corruption NGO Global Witness, “the law may do little to reform the notoriously corrupt, conflict-tainted, multi-billion dollar jade sector while allowing companies involved in illegal activities and human rights and environmental harms to secure access to the valuable mineral.”The law’s passage is a key step in the process of restarting gemstone permitting after a two-year moratorium. Upon taking office, the National League for Democracy (NLD) suspended the issuing of new or extension of existing gemstone licenses pending a governance review intended to clean up the sector. Illegal mining, smuggling, deadly violence and landslides, and environmental destructive practices have continued unabated.“Myanmar’s NLD-led civilian government has squandered a crucial opportunity to genuinely reform the jade sector and prevent the country’s military-linked elite, cronies, hidden Chinese business interests and United Wa State Army-linked companies from pilfering the country’s precious resource wealth to the detriment of its people and environment,” said Paul Donowitz, Campaign Leader for Myanmar at Global Witness. A 2015 report by Global Witness, Jade: Myanmar’s Big State Secret, revealed how the multi-billion dollar jade sector is controlled by a hidden network of companies linked to the military, ethnic armed groups, drug dealers, cronies and shadowy Chinese business interests.“The new law was developed totally separately from a gemstone policy currently in its final stages and ignores the recommendations of an environmental management plan commissioned by the Ministry for Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MONREC),” Donowitz added. “Once the policy is adopted, the government should ensure the law’s coherence.” In a related and worrying development, recent insider information from sources close to the drafting process indicates that the draft gemstone policy is being watered down due to industry pressure to remove key issues like beneficial ownership, which is critical to reforming the opaque sector.One of the key issues that the 2018 gemstone law should have addressed is licensing criteria. Without strong criteria companies with histories of illegal activities and irresponsible mining practices will be able to obtain new licenses. Furthermore, the law does not address serious conflicts of interest within the military-dominated Myanmar Gems Enterprise, which both regulates the gemstone industry and controls lucrative commercial stakes through joint venture agreements with companies. The law also does not tackle corruption risks in the valuation process.Moreover, the law contradicts or fails to incorporate many of the transparency provisions in the early drafts of a gemstone policy being developed as part of a multi-stakeholder initiative over the past year. For example, the draft gemstone policy requires mining permit holders to disclose their company’s beneficial owners, while the new law is silent on this crucial issue. Gemstone companies will be required to disclose their beneficial ownership by 2020 to comply with Myanmar’s obligations under the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI), so it makes little sense to not include this provision in the law.“The drafters of the law appear to have succumbed to pressure from big business to open up jade permitting again as quickly as possible,” Donowitz added. “While there is no doubt that the jade sector has significant impacts on jobs and the economy, a bad law will do little to deal with the underlying problems of corruption and unsustainable practices and the industry will continue to benefit a corrupt set of bad actors at the expense of the population.”Global Witness says the government should maintain the current permitting suspension until the new gemstone policy is adopted, push back against industry attempts to water down the draft policy, and once the policy is adopted, only then should the government amend the gemstone law to align with the policy and recommendations from the environmental management plan. Once amended, new rules and directives should be issued and only then should the government consider lifting the suspension.last_img read more

Column New restructuring targets for banks dont go far enough to help

first_imgEVER SINCE RECORDS were first begun by the Central Bank, the numbers of those in mortgage arrears has increased quarter by quarter. While families and individuals were being torn apart by the strain of over indebtedness, Government and the Central Bank stood idly by. Their sole contribution to the issue was stating the obvious: that banks were not doing enough. This has been a constant mantra for the past five ears.Yesterday white smoke – well, grey smoke – appeared from Government Buildings in the form of new restructuring targets to be met by banks. These targets will be overseen at arm’s length, it would appear, by the Central Bank. But this is only applicable for the six banks: AIB, Bank Of Ireland, PTSB, Ulster Bank, ACC and KBC.RestructuringThey will have to “restructure” 20 per cent of their mortgage arrears book by July this year, and 30 per cent by end of the third quarter this year, with a total of 50 per cent of mortgages in arrears on their books having to be “restructured” by the end of 2013.The non-prescriptive nature of this type of restructuring of loans is a massive mistake.In addition, the banks will be given an assurance that the legal lacuna that exists around repossession will be fixed, and they will have strengthened powers against the borrower in the form of being able to quickly define a borrower as being “uncooperative”. Both tools allow the bank deal aggressively with the borrower and repossess their home. No such powers should have been given to the banks until there had been a proven record of dealing with the mortgage crisis.The problem is that, having done nothing for the past five years, the banks are still in control of the process. Recent history should have shown us that if you allow the banks be in charge then they will do nothing. It is unclear as to the seriousness of the sanction for non-adherence to these targets.Also it is important to note that many borrowers were preyed upon by subprime lenders and their agents; those lenders are not covered by these “targets”. Nor are the shared housing schemes owned by local authorities.Banks need supervision, borrowers need protectionBanks need strict supervision, they have crippled us and can’t be allowed run free. Borrowers need protection; they have been left out in the cold and have been left to fend for themselves. Banks, on the other hand, have funding and power. This imbalance needs to be urgently addressed, especially with the uncharted waters ahead – the insolvency process – which will be full of more sharks.Today, the Government and Central Bank have the banks’ power to stand on, which they have effectively kicked down the street for so long.Maybe it’s time that all advocates and organisations providing services and advice to mortgage holders should come together and provide services and representation to over indebted mortgage holders.David Hall was one of the co-founders of New Beginning in 2010. In July 2012, David and other concerned citizens established the Irish Mortgage Holders Organisation (IMHO) to help consumers tackle the increasing burden of personal debt. In addition to IMHO, David owns and runs Lifeline Ambulance Service. David also founded the Make-A-Wish Foundation in 1992.Read more articles by David Hall here>last_img read more

250 jobs to be announced at Cork company

first_imgWe will be looking to recruit sales, administration, account management and multi-lingualpersonnel from the local area in the coming weeks and months.The company is based in Clonakilty and was set up in 1957.Read: More jobs today as online advertising company announces 100 jobs in Dublin> CORK COMPANY SOUTHWESTERN is to announce the creation of over 250 jobs today.The outsourcing company will make the “significant” jobs announcement when it officially opens new offices at East Gate, Little Island, on the outskirts of Cork city today.Simon Coveney, the Minister for Agriculture, Marine and Food, will join the Chief Executive of SouthWestern Jim Costello for the official opening of the company’s latest new office.The jobsSouthWestern said that 100 posts will be filled immediately with an additional 160 jobs coming on stream over the next two years.It is a fully Irish-owned company which has offices in Dublin and overseas in Lodz, Poland and Milton Keynes, UK. The new jobs will bring its workforce up to 1,100.Minister Coveney said SouthWestern’s expansion was a hugely positive development not just for the company but for the Cork region as a whole.SouthWestern’s clients include: Bord Gáis Energy, the Private Residential Tenancies Board, Independent News & Media, the Department of Agriculture as well as several other local government and public sector organisations.Southwestern’s Chairman Neil O’Leary said the increasing demand for business services in Ireland and internationally was good news for SouthWestern, the outsourcing sector and the Cork region.The Chief Executive of SouthWestern, Jim Costello said: “We need more capacity, more flexibility and to extend our pool of talent. Our new employees and our new modern offices here in Little Island will address all three elements.”last_img read more

BulletScan Gains Wireless Uploads

first_imgiVina announced that it has enabled its BulletScan M40 mobile scanner to scan and upload color photos, business cards, and receipts to documents and photo sharing sites without any PC needed. The user simply plugs in a pre-configured Eye-Fi card into the scanner’s USB port or SD slot. To add this feature, registered M40 owners can go to, select the M40, and click on downloads to update the firmware at no charge. With this wireless feature, users can scan quickly to over 25 photo sharing and document sharing sites.In case you haven’t heard of it, the Eye-Fi card is the first wireless memory card with built-in Wi-Fi that uses a wireless network to transfer captured images such as photos and documents. After setup, specify which networks the Eye-Fi uses to transfer images. It supports up to 32 networks. When the BulletScan M50 with the Eye-Fi card is within range of a specified network, transfers happen automatically. AdChoices广告last_img read more

It brings back all sorts of memories Im crying now New project

first_img Short URL WE VISITED A nursing home in Rathcoole in west Co Dublin this week to drop in on a screening of some gems from the Irish Film Institute’s archive.Nursing Homes Ireland has teamed up with the IFI for the Reel Memories Initiative to bring the screenings of Irish ads, documentaries and commercials from as far back as the 1930s to residents all across the country.Resident Antoinette Flynn said it was “lovely” seeing older footage of buildings like the College of Surgeons in Dublin where she was a student.“It brings back all sorts of memories,” Antoinette said emotionally. “And I’m crying now, but I’m crying from happiness, because I was so happy there.”The films can be viewed on the IFI player app or by visiting their website. 2 Comments Jun 24th 2018, 9:01 PM 10,320 Views By Andrew Roberts Subscribe for more videos Source: Share40 Tweet Email Sunday 24 Jun 2018, 9:00 PM ‘It brings back all sorts of memories … I’m crying now’: New project brings archive Irish clips to nursing homes Hard-to-find TV shows, ads and docs were being shown as part of the Reel Memories project . Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

When we started there was no Irish film industry 30 years of

first_img‘When we started, there was no Irish film industry’: 30 years of the Galway Film Fleadh The fleadh, which takes place in July, launches its festival programme this evening. Source: Galway Film Fleadh/Twitter Launch Day has finally arrived!Join us @TheGalmont at 6pm this evening for our programme launch (and some wine 🍷)Full programme will be available on our website from 6pm!#FilmFleadh30— Galway Film Fleadh (@GalwayFilm) June 28, 2018 Jun 28th 2018, 2:18 PM By Aoife Barry Thursday 28 Jun 2018, 2:18 PM Share109 Tweet Email 4 Comments Top: L – Peter O’Toole at the festival. R – Saoirse Ronan and President Michael D Higgins. Bottom: Binham Ray, Ralph Christians, Lelia Doolan, Bill Pullman at the festival. Source: Andrew DownesIT’S BEEN 30 years since the first Galway Film Fleadh took place – and its managing director Miriam Allen has watched it go from a volunteer-led event showing archive films to one that’s spotlighting future Oscar nominees.She’s been doing the job for 30 years. “When we started the fleadh, for the first couple of years we were showing films from the Irish Film Archive, Irish films, because there was no film industry,” she says, recounting how different things were back then.It was a time before Jim Sheridan at the Oscars, before Saoirse Ronan’s meteoric rise, and before Hollywood knew just what Irish film could do.It was, as the festival itself says: …borne out of a sense of frustration at the lack of opportunity for Irish filmmakers to exhibit their work to their peers“There were [directors] Bob Quinn, Joe Comerford, Cathal Black – they were making a film every two or three years or so. There was no industry, so the fleadh in a way reflects the growth in the Irish film industry,” says Allen.We started with those three filmmakers, the forerunners, a cottage industry, and suddenly we have this. The film industry is booming in Ireland – so the fleadh reflects that.Running the fleadh “was an uphill battle at the beginning”, admits Allen, but a look at what’s already been been announced for this year’s event shows how important it is. Already pencilled in are Ross Whitaker’s documentary on Katie Taylor, and Pat Shortt’s new film The Belly of the Whale (the full programme will be announced tonight). Short URL It’s been a long journey for the fleadh. “When we first started, there were two cinemas in Galway – the Claddagh Palás and Town Hall. All they were showing was American movies, that was the diet of cinema,” says Allen.When the fleadh started and we were bringing Italian cinema, Spanish cinema, that’s when we discovered there is an appetite: people want to see independent filmmaking outside the American studio system.It probably doesn’t comes as a surprise to hear that the fleadh wasn’t set up to be a money-making exercise. “For the first seven years, everyone who worked on it, we were all volunteering – every single one of us,” says Allen. Once they had “proved themselves”, they started getting funding.“After being around that long the Arts Council started giving us the few bob – [and] whoever else and wherever we could get it,” says Allen. Today, it has between 10 and 12 key staff members who help make the whole operation work.The festival was always a labour of love (Allen famously told the Irish Times that she gave birth to one of her children during the 1995 festival, and drove herself to the hospital while in labour), and Allen is hugely enthusiastic about what this year’s event promises us. She knows, too, how important an event it is for those in the Irish film industry. A ‘manifesto’ that the Galway Film Fleadh sent to the then-Culture Minister Michael D Higgins in 1993. Source: Miriam Allen.‘These filmmakers have grown up together’“The entire Irish film industry decamps from Dublin to Galway to the week of the fleadh,” she says. “There’s no doubt about that.”When the festival first started, it used to show archive films, then began to screen shorts made by Irish film students. Allen’s seen young filmmakers like Lenny Abrahamson cut their teeth on short films before going on to be Oscar nominated. Damien O’Donnell, director of East is East, won an award for a short at the fleadh; Kirsten Sheridan (Disco Pigs director) showed her first film at the event.“All of those filmmakers, we’ve all grown up together,” says Allen. The fact that so much Irish talent is on show also means that people from across the world flock there to see what the Emerald Isle offers on screen. “It puts Irish film on the international stage,” says Allen. Films have been shown at the Fleadh that ended up in Sundance, while guests have included Sir Richard Attenborough, Peter O’Toole and Pierce BrosnanTo help mark the 30 year celebrations, she’s been delving through archive material. Among the ephemera, she discovered a registration page filled out in 1989 by James Hickey, who went on to become the CEO of the Irish Film Board.“He has been coming for 30 years… People like that, it’s kind of extraordinary,” says Allen.Can the Irish film industry be too focused on Dublin? “It can be definitely [Dublin centric],” says Allen. “Listen, we just keep asking until you get a yes. I never take no for an answer. You have to keep going back, back, back until they say yes.”‘When I started going to other festivals, they were all run by men’Allen is particularly happy to see the latest discussions around getting more women into the film industry, such as the Irish Film Board’s new gender policy and funding for women-led projects.“I think it’s very important and I’m really delighted,” she says. “Annie Doona, Chair of Irish Film Board, she has made it a priority and it’s fantastic.”But it’s still hard for a festival like the Galway Film Fleadh to have gender parity, which is something Allen is hoping will change in the future as more women are encouraged to make movies.As a leading woman in Ireland’s film scene, she’s also someone who’s seen first-hand how females are treated by some film buffs. “Listen, totally, they’re still at that,” she says when asked if she has experienced any sexist behaviour. “You can see it a mile off. I just keep talking. It has got better, I mean it’s like a slow awakening really isn’t it, and people are finally as I would say: ‘[waking] up and smell[ing] the coffee’.”She says the industry is now “slowly changing”, and it’s something she’s very happy about. There are lots of women on the fleadh organising team, for example.When I started going to other festivals, first they were all run by men, it was amazing – and that, I even notice, is beginning to change.As well as showing films, the festival has pre-scheduled over 600 meetings between filmmakers and producers and financiers. There are also masterclasses with people like actor Andrew Scott. When it comes to both encouraging Irish filmmakers of all stripes, and ensuring there’s room for women to get into the industry, Galway Film Fleadh is showing it can lend a helping hand.“It’s films morning, noon and night,” says Allen of what we can expect from this year’s festival. “And something for absolutely everybody.”The full programme for the Galway Film Fleadh (10 – 15 July) launches tonight at 6pm. To find out more, visit the website. 9,530 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

State GOP will tone down large request for Stuart email

first_imgClark County Commissioner Marc Boldt said Wednesday the Washington State Republican Party has agreed to file a new public disclosure request for Commissioner Steve Stuart’s emails.Boldt said the party will ask for only 10 months of emails instead of 81 months.Boldt said he spoke with Peter Graves, executive director of the state Republican party.“I said, I don’t want to say anything bad about my party, but that I’m prepared to,” Boldt said.A call to Graves was not immediately returned.The revised request will save county employees hundreds of hours of work. Boldt said he explained to Graves that the initial request would have cost thousands of dollars worth of staff time.The party filed a Sept. 27 request asking for all of Stuart’s emails from Jan. 1, 2005, through Sept. 20, 2011.The party has also requested Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt’s emails from Jan. 1, 2010 through Sept. 20, 2011.Last week, Josh Amato, communications director for the state Republican party, said the requests were filed because Stuart and Leavitt have been mentioned as two potential opponents for U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas.“We are asking for those records because we want to see what they are doing on official government time,” Amato said Sept. 29.Leavitt and Stuart, who have both said they are evaluating whether to run, said the requests amounted to a “political fishing expedition” and said the state Republican party should not waste the time of city and county staff for political purposes.Chairman Dwight Pelz of the Washington State Democrats also criticized the requests, saying they are “probably more intended to intimidate than to enlighten.” He said he files requests for documents from elected Republican officials, but his requests are targeted to find information in the context of a critical issue.last_img read more

Air Force Still Can Perform Its Missions without Substantial Growth in End

first_imgIt may take between 40,000 and 60,000 additional airmen to fill gaps in some mission areas and expand capabilities in others, but the Air Force still can be expected to successfully execute its duties without such a dramatic increase in personnel, Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh said last week.“It will still be a highly stressed air force, it will still be busy, but we can get the job done,” Welsh, who is slated to retire on July 1, told Military Times.He noted that the service’s end strength is set to jump from 311,000 active-duty airmen to 317,000 by the end of this year, with plans to expand to 321,000 by the end of 2019. Welsh had been asked to explain why the Air Force needs up to 60,000 additional personnel, an estimate he had introduced in a speech last month. He responded that the service would need up to 30,000 airmen to fly and maintain the F-35 fleet over the next 15 to 20 years, assuming the service isn’t allowed to divest legacy systems such as the A-10. Expanding the Air Force’s remotely piloted aircraft wings would take between 5,000 and 10,000 personnel. And fully manning other areas that are now experiencing shortages would require additional personnel as well, Welsh answered.The Air Force would like to expand its space and cyber capabilities, in addition to its intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities.“So I don’t think the number is outrageous. Now, are we going to get 40 to 60,000 more airmen? No, we don’t expect that. But the question I was asked was, how much it would take,” Welsh said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Mercury level dips in Tirupati

first_imgTirupati: The mercury level which was wavering above 40 degree Celsius in the pilgrim city fell down sharply to 31 degree Celsius on Tuesday bringing the much-needed respite to the denizens from scorching heat, thanks to heavy rains last night (Monday). The downpour which lasted for an hour resulted in many low-lying areas including residential localities, roads and rail under bridge (RUB) leading to the southern part of the city hampering vehicular traffic. The water in the RUB remains not pumped out till noon affecting vehicular traffic in the main area. Also Read – Women docs appointed in key posts in Tirupati Advertise With Us Power supply which was also disrupted in most of the areas in the city due to the heavy rain was restored after several hours but many localities remain without power till morning. Rains were reported in many mandals in the district. Meanwhile, officials of the Meteorological department predicted the rains to continue till Wednesday in the district which recorded an average rainfall of 5.5 mm on Tuesday (recorded at 8 am).last_img read more

NASAs Orion Crew Capsule For Artemis 1 Moon Mission Now Complete

first_imgClose U.S. Vice President Mike Pence confirmed that NASA’s Orion crew capsule for the Artemis Mission 1 is officially complete. He announced this big news during his speech at the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon mission on Saturday, July 20.  ( NASA/JSC ) NASA’s Orion crew capsule is now complete and ready for the next stage of the project.U.S. Vice President Mike Pence confirmed the big news during his speech at the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon mission held at Kennedy Space Center on Saturday, July 20.”Thanks to the hard work of the men and women of NASA, and of American industry, the Orion crew vehicle for the Artemis 1 mission is complete and ready to begin preparations for its historic first flight,” Pence said. Search Ads by Amazon Bestseller Ads by Amazon DEAL OF THE DAY ENDS IN AllVideo On Demand: Rent or BuyClothing & AccessoriesMajor AppliancesArts, Crafts & SewingAutomotiveBaby & NurseryBeauty & GroomingBooks & TextbooksCollectible CoinsCamera & PhotoCell Phones & AccessoriesClassical MusicComputers, Tablets & ComponentsBlu-Ray & DVDElectronic Components & Home AudioEntertainment CollectiblesVideo GamesOther Gift Card BrandsGrocery & Gourmet FoodPatio, Lawn & GardenHealth & HouseholdBusiness & Industrial SuppliesJewelryKindle StoreKitchen & DiningMagazinesMiscellaneousDigital MusicCDs & VinylMusical InstrumentsOffice & School SuppliesPet Food & SuppliesPatio, Lawn & GardenShoes, Handbags, Wallets, SunglassesSoftwareSports CollectiblesSports & FitnessHome ImprovementToys & GamesVHSVideo GamesWatches All The Orion crew module that is built by contractor Lockheed Martin is integrated with the European-built service module. It can transport a crew of four astronauts to journey at or beyond the low Earth orbit.The integrated spacecraft will undergo testing at the KSC and then, it will be followed by thermal vacuum tests at NASA’s Plum Brook Facility in Ohio in September. It is scheduled to return to KSC by the end of the year to prepare for its launch in space.Artemis 1 Moon MissionOrion’s first Moon mission is named Artemis 1, and it will not be carrying anyone. The new Space Launch System will propel the uncrewed Orion to orbit the Moon in six days and then return to back to earth after a total of three weeks in space.Artemis 1 is set to test all the hardware and operations of Orion spacecraft. When it comes back to Earth from space, it will splash down off Baja, California.If the plan goes well, two astronauts will land on the Moon’s South Pole. They will be the first humans to touch down the Moon in the 21st century. This will also put the first woman on the moon. Both of them will make history once they set foot on this side of the Moon where no human has ever been before.NASA’s Orion crew capsule, which will bring astronauts back to the Moon since the culmination of the Apollo space program, is slated for its first trip to the lunar orbit sometime after June 2020. TAG NASA, Orion Crew Module, Mike Pence ⓒ 2018 All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.last_img read more

8th International Conference on Indian Civil Aviation and Tourism

first_imgThe Union Minister of Civil Aviation Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Culture (Independent Charge) and Tourism (Independent Charge), Dr Mahesh Sharma jointly inaugurated the 8th International Conference on ‘Indian Civil Aviation & Tourism’ in New Delhi. The event was organised by Ministry of Civil Aviation and ASSOCHAM. The conference aimed at holding deliberations on various issues affecting the aviation sector and invite suggestions from the stakeholders to meet these challenges.During the event, a Knowledge Report titled ‘Indian Civil Aviation: At the Cusp of Taking off’ was released by Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Dr Mahesh Sharma. The Knowledge Report outlines the future roadmap for transforming the Indian civil aviation sector through a comprehensive development policy and provides important insights into the civil aviation sector. The awards were also given in various categories such as Best Airlines (International), Best Airlines (Indian) and Best Business Hotel etc.On the occasion, Union Minister of Civil Aviation Ashok Gajapathi Raju said that the Government policy acts like catalyst, but everyone has to work together to make it a success. He said that the Prime Minister himself takes keen interest and has held discussions on the draft aviation policy. Speaking on the tourism growth in India, he said that India has a rich heritage and aviation sector can be helpful in promoting the growth of tourism in India. He called upon the industry leaders to work in the direction of taking India to new heights and come up with new ideas. The dialogue and idea-exchange should not stop, he added.Addressing the audience during the event, the Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Culture (Independent Charge) and Tourism (Independent Charge), Dr Mahesh Sharma said that revolutionary changes are being incorporated in the new Draft Aviation policy that will be fruitful to the nation. He also said that holistic process should be adopted integrating the culture, tourism and aviation. He said that medical tourism can get a boost if the connectivity in provided via new means such as air ambulance.During the inaugural session, H. E. Gustavo de Aristegui, Ambassador, Embassy of Spain also delivered his keynote address and shared various factors that contributed to the growth of tourism in Spain.Dr B P Sharma, Chairman & Managing Director, Pawan Hans Limited also addressed the gathering. He emphasised upon the inter-state and intra city connectivity through helicopters. He also said that the first heliport of the country is expected to come up in Rohini (Delhi) next year.The inaugural session was followed by various sessions in which crucial issues related to aviation sector like Infrastructure challenges, Cargo and freight Industry, Regulatory Issues, Fiscal framework and potential of Tourism.Machendranathan, Chairperson, Airport Economic Regulatory Authority of India, Pratyush Kumar, President, Boeing India, Ajay Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, SpiceJet Ltd and other representatives of the aviation sector were also present on the occasion.last_img read more

Russians seeking to form their own party

first_imgRussians living in Cyprus filed for the creation of a political party earlier in the month, it was reported on Wednesday.According to Reporter Cyprus news portal, a group of Russians filed around ten days ago an application to the interior ministry to establish a political party.The application was filed by Russian businessmen who have been living on the island for several years and have acquired Cypriot citizenship, the news portal said.Citing sources, it said that the group estimates that they will garner the support of the Russians with Cypriot passports but also of Cypriots, as many locals have welcomed the prospect of the new party.The interior ministry was not immediately available to confirm the report.You May LikeClassmates.comLook For Any High School Yearbook, It’s FreeClassmates.comUndoFigLeaf Beta AppHow to Become Fully Anonymous Online in Less Than 3 Minutes? Better safe than sorryFigLeaf Beta AppUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more