Cavani: Neymar still has a lot to give PSG

first_imgEdinson Cavani thinks Neymar can grow as a person after a summer spent in the limelight and believes he still has a lot to offer at Paris Saint-Germain.The Brazilian has been heavily linked with a move away from PSG, with a sensational return to Barcelona on the cards.He has at times fuelled this speculation himself and some have suggested that he may well have burned some bridges in Paris – but Cavani thinks it is an experience that can help Neymar. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? “I hope that everything that has happened to him will give him the experience to grow as an individual,” he told Le Parisien.“I think he still has a lot to give PSG, until the last day he is here as a player. He has a lot to give to football as well.”Cavani is generally the least heralded of PSG’s fearsome front three, and he may have been feeling a little left out this summer with rumours swirling around his teammate Kylian Mbappe as well.Mbappe had suggested that he could be looking for a fresh challenge away from Paris, but recently reaffirmed his commitment to the club and apologised for his comments.“Playing with great players like him, like Kylian, I really enjoy it,” Cavani added. “Now it’s time to find the connection between us, to create a good team, a good working atmosphere of work, sacrifice and professionalism.”When Neymar first joined PSG in the summer of 2017, there was plenty of evidence that he and Cavani didn’t get on.Neymar Cavani penalty PSGEarly in the 2017-18 season, the pair fought over who would take a penalty against Lyon. Cavani had been the penalty taker the previous year, but Neymar assumed the responsibility following his world-record transfer from Barca.Later in the season, Neymar was booed by some PSG fans after taking another penalty. 7-0 up and with the Brazilian already having a hat-trick under his belt, Cavani was only one goal from breaking the club’s all-time scoring record. Once again, Neymar took and scored the spot-kick.”A lot of things have been said about us,” Cavani said.“It’s true that we had some differences in the first few months after his arrival, but it’s good to come together and talk it over.“After that, the social networks, the external communication… it has been exaggerated, a lot of things have been said that aren’t true.”last_img read more

CARICOM Stages 13th Annual Road Race on July 7

first_img The race, which will have a 5km and 10km component, will see runners heading west towards downtown Montego Bay, making the first left turn at Ironshore and returning to the Convention Centre. Members of the public are invited to participate in the Caribbean Community’s (CARICOM) 13th annual Road Race scheduled to take place on Saturday (July 7) beginning at 6:00 a.m. at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James.The event is being held in conjunction with the 39th CARICOM Heads of Government Conference from July 4 to 6 at the Convention Centre.The race, which will have a 5km and 10km component, will see runners heading west towards downtown Montego Bay, making the first left turn at Ironshore and returning to the Convention Centre.Participants in the 5km option of the race will take the same route, turning at the 2.5km mark and returning to the start.Alfred “Frano” Francis of Running Events Jamaica, who is the Race Director, told JIS News that about 200 persons are expected to participate, including athletes from some CARICOM countries.He said persons are required to register, so that they can have a bib with a number and a chip to record their time.The bibs will be distributed to registered persons at the Convention Centre on Friday, July 6 between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.“We are trying to have the highest standard where technology is concerned in road running here at the CARICOM Conference,” Mr. Francis noted.He said that members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) and the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) will be on hand to direct motorists, as sections along the route will be closed to vehicular traffic between 5:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.“We are going to turn the western lane into the running course and the east-bound lane into a dual carriageway, so cars will be allowed to move up and down on the east bound lane,” he explained.“We are looking forward to having a well-executed event and an event that our Jamaicans will be proud of,” he added.Interested persons are required to register online at or call Ricky Wisdom at (876) 967-4903 to request an entry form. There is no cost to participate.The annual Road Race was initiated by the CARICOM Secretariat in 2005, in keeping with the designation of the United Nations International Year of Sports and Physical Education that year.The event brings together professional and amateur athletes in the region in one single space to give voice to the positive influence of sports and physical education on the quality of life and in the promotion of peace and cooperation. Its overall intention is to promote a culture of healthy lifestyle. Members of the public are invited to participate in the Caribbean Community’s (CARICOM) 13th annual Road Race scheduled to take place on Saturday (July 7) beginning at 6:00 a.m. at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James. Story Highlights The event is being held in conjunction with the 39th CARICOM Heads of Government Conference from July 4 to 6 at the Convention Centre.last_img read more

KNOT Names New Shuttle Tanker

first_imgzoom Norwegian shipping company  Knutsen NYK Offshore Tankers AS held a naming ceremony for a new shuttle tanker on November 12.The shuttle tanker, being built at Cosco Zhoushan Shipyard, was christened Raquel Knutsen, NYK, which owns a 50% share in Knot, said in a release.Raquel Knutsen will be delivered to Repsol Sinopec Brasil S.A and will be chartered for a maximum 15-year period for transportation of crude oil located off Brazil.The ship is a 152,000 DWT Suezmax shuttle tanker equipped with a class 2 dynamic positioning system and a bow-loading system.After the delivery, the KNOT Group will have 29 shuttle tankers in operation and on order, and the group’s offshore business will expand with a focus on crude-oil transport from the North Sea and the waters off Brazil, NYK added.Press Releaselast_img read more

Star Bulk Preps USD 150 Million Share Offering

first_imgzoom A NASDAQ-listed dry bulk specialist Star Bulk Carriers plans to make a public offering of USD 150 million of its common shares to bankroll its newbuilding program and cover some of the operating expenses, the company said in a release.Star Bulk plans to use the cash to increase its working capital, cover capital expenditures, repay its debts, or to finance possible acquisitions and investments.Oaktree Capital Management, Monarch Alternative Capital and entities affiliated with the family of Star Bulk’s CEO Petros Pappas, the three of Star Bulk’s significant shareholders, have expressed an interest in purchasing a substantial amount of common shares in this offering, Star Bulk says.But the company warns that while Oaktree, Monarch and the Pappas Affiliates have expressed interest in purchasing common shares in the offering, there can be no assurance that any of them will actually participate in the offering.The offering is subject to market conditions, and there can be no assurance as to whether or when the offering may be completed, or the actual size or terms of the offering.Star Bulk’s fleet currently includes 70 operating vessels and 27 newbuilding vessels under construction at shipyards in Japan and China. All of the newbuilding vessels are expected to be delivered during 2015 and 2016.On a fully delivered basis, Star Bulk will have a fleet of 97 vessels, with an aggregate capacity of 11.3 million dwt.last_img read more

NPA mess Patel admits RBI was slow to take timely measures

first_imgMumbai: A failure on the part of banks, the government and the regulator till 2014 has got us into the current bad loan mess and the resultant low capital buffers, Urjit Patel, the past Reserve Bank Governor, has said, asking all to resist the temptation of going back to the status quo. In his first comments after resigning as RBI governor on December 10 last year amid sharp differences with the government, Patel said banks indulged in over-lending, while the government did not “fully play” its role, and also conceded that the regulator should have acted earlier. Also Read – Balakot strikes show major shift in govt’s handling of terror attacks: IAF chief Speaking at an event in Stanford University on June 3, Patel listed out areas of concern for the country’s banking sector, including high non-performing assets (NPAs) especially at state-run lenders, and current capital buffers being “overstated” and being insufficient to tackle the huge stress. “How did we get here? Plenty of blame to go around! Prior to 2014, all stakeholders failed to play their role adequately. Banks, the regulator and government,” he said in the presentation. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps, 20 launch pads along LoC It can be noted that after 2014, which saw a change of guard in government and also Patel’s predecessor Raghuram Rajan assuming charge, the RBI started an asset quality review, which led to the recognition of the huge pile of hidden stress in the system and resolution through the introduction of bankruptcy laws. These actions led to a sharp decline in banks’ ability to fund the needs of the economy, where growth has been sagging. Patel, who spent over five years at the RBI, including his role as the deputy governor, advised to stay on the course even in the face of difficulties. “Temptation to reset ‘back to the past’ should be eschewed,” Patel said, adding that “episodic concerns” on stability are possible if there is “foot dragging, or, worse, back-pedalling”. “Short-cuts/sweeping the problem under the carpet is unlikely to work; but will only delay unlocking of capital, and come in the way of financing future investment efficiently,” he warned. In the presentation a copy of speech was not available Patel also said, “After fiscal dominance over monetary policy, are we looking at fiscal dominance over banking regulation now.” Patel said an asset quality review for the non-banking finance companies is “inevitable” given their interconnectedness in the financial system. On the Supreme Court striking down the controversial February 12, 2018 NPA circular, which was also a major bone of contention between him and the government, Patel said only time will tell whether a system of “extend and pretend” will make a comeback. “Issues of ever-greening the NPA problem may emerge again. Banks may drag their feet on decision making, viz. delayed negotiations/taking haircuts for timely resolution could come back to haunt the sector,” he warned. It can be noted that four days after this presentation at Stanford, RBI did come out with a revised framework after being forced by the Supreme Court which struck down the February circular. Patel also went public with his disappointment with the execution under the Insolvency and the Bankruptcy Code, saying it has “thrown up a worrying number of exceptions” and signs of “gaming” are visible as many of the major cases are delayed beyond the 350-day resolution window. He also sounded peeved at no divestment by the government in joint ventures, special purpose vehicles and asset management companies despite the equity markets overall remaining quite buoyant. Patel said social sector requirements and an inability to access capital markets have resulted in the government’s stake in many lenders going up as more infusions came from the government despite fiscal constraints. He also sounded disappointed at the recent government forces bank consolidations, saying such mergers have “eroded” the value of the entity taking over weaker banks and termed IDBI Bank as a “highly problematic” entity, which was forced on LIC. Patel said the state-run lenders have high ratio of non-operating expenses to earnings compared to their private sector peers. “High cost structure of government banks is borne by the economy; may be impinging transmission of policy rate changes,” he warned.last_img read more

Key figures on the federal NDP as the party looks to name

first_imgOTTAWA – Federal NDP leadership hopefuls are debating each other in Victoria on Wednesday. Here’s a look at some key figures the contenders need to be mindful of:—$5.5 million: amount of debt carried by the party, according to 2016 financial figures.—$353,944: amount raised by leadership candidate and Ontario legislator Jagmeet Singh in the second quarter of 2017.—$123,574: amount raised by Ontario MP Charlie Angus in the second quarter.—$70,124: amount raised by Manitoba MP Niki Ashton in the second quarter.—$46,970: amount raised by Quebec MP Guy Caron in the second quarter.—45,000: number of rank-and-file party members at the end of 2016.—80,000: approximate number of members when the 2012 leadership race began.—120,000: number of party members at the end of 2012 leadership race that resulted in Tom Mulcair’s leadership.last_img read more

How Canada lost a potential 11th province – and got a university

first_imgHALIFAX – It reads like over-the-top historical fiction: Raids by American privateers, an invasion of the United States, tales of war booty and, incredibly, the loss of what could have been Canada’s 11th province.But that’s just the first chapter of how Halifax’s Dalhousie University was founded — 200 years ago Tuesday.“If you look at the history of the college, it’s a miracle that it survived its early years,” says Michael Moosberger, the university’s archivist.Dalhousie, now seen as one of the top universities on the East Coast, was born of a series of struggles, he said: “There was tension between the various Christian religions back then. These guys did not play nice with one another.”The story begins as the War of 1812 was winding down, when the Royal Navy in Halifax decided to put an end to harassment by American merchant vessels outfitted for war, otherwise known as privateers.Moosberger says the colonial secretary asked Sir John Coape Sherbrooke, the lieutenant governor of Nova Scotia, to ensure the Americans didn’t disrupt the lines of communication between Halifax and Quebec.“Sherbrooke was authorized to occupy as much land in Maine as he could,” Moosberger says.In late 1814, a British invasion force was dispatched from Halifax. The redcoats were met with little opposition, as most residents of New England were opposed to the war.The occupation pushed the Canada-U.S. border about 160 kilometres to the south, effectively absorbing the huge chunk of American territory that now protrudes between southern Quebec and New Brunswick.Despite the obvious advantages of making northern Maine part of British North America, which included access to vast forests, the British government was preoccupied with rising tensions with France. And in February 1815, the Treaty of Ghent was ratified, ending hostilities between the United Kingdom and the United States.After occupying the sparsely populated Maine frontier for eight months, British forces left in April 1815, and the 50,000-square-kilometre territory was ceded to the Americans.What could have been Canada’s 11th province — the British called the Crown colony New Ireland — was gone.However, the British soldiers and sailors returned to Nova Scotia carrying a substantial booty — about 10,000 British pounds collected as customs duties at Castine, Maine, a strategic port near the mouth of the Penobscot River.The spoils of war would be used to establish Dalhousie College.The institution was named after the man who called for its creation, George Ramsay, Nova Scotia’s new lieutenant governor and the Earl of Dalhousie.Founded on Feb. 6, 1818, the university marked its bicentennial Tuesday with a special ceremony, including the reading of a lengthy poem by Nova Scotia playwright George Elliott Clarke, who recently ended a stint as Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate.In the poem, Clarke says Dalhousie University “originates as a trophy — a profit — of War, as actual booty.”It was Ramsay’s idea to set up a non-denominational school open to all in Halifax and modeled after the University of Edinburgh, near his home in Scotland.But his plan didn’t sit well with the local clergy, and Ramsay soon left Halifax after he was appointed governor-in-chief of British North America.“Without his influence, the institution faltered,” the university said in a statement released earlier this week.“To have a secular college in competition with a Roman Catholic (St. Mary’s) college and an Anglican (King’s) college, they were not enthusiastic about that,” says Moosberger.As a result, the first instruction was not offered at Dalhousie College until 1838 and the first degrees were awarded in 1866 — almost 50 years after its founding.In 2006, the institution boasted about having more than 100,000 graduates.Today, the university has more than 18,000 students spread across three campuses in Halifax, and an agricultural campus near Truro.“From the outset, the little college aspired to the highest academic standards,” university president Richard Florizone said in a statement. “Two centuries later, Dalhousie University has grown from that ‘little college by the sea’ to become a national university, and the leading research university in Atlantic Canada.”—Follow @NovaMac on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version said a special ceremony would take place Wednesday.last_img read more

Top UN peacekeeping official heads to China to push for greater contribution

16 November 2007The United Nations peacekeeping chief is heading to China for a regional seminar and meetings with Government officials to encourage the world’s most populous country to contribute more to UN operations. Jean-Marie Guéhenno, the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, told reporters in New York today that China’s level of involvement in UN missions has surged dramatically in the past five years. The Asian nation is now the thirteenth largest contributor of uniformed personnel.But he said that China, one of the five permanent members of the Security Council, can increase its contribution even more, particularly in the areas of so-called “force enablers,” where it has already provided medical and engineering units.Mr. Guéhenno said he hoped to see a Chinese infantry battalion one day and air transport units as well.“We have lots of capacities in short supply” and China, like the other permanent Council members, has a status that would bring greater authority to the blue helmets if it expanded its contribution, he said.After arriving in Beijing on Sunday night, the Under-Secretary-General is scheduled to attend a peacekeeping seminar involving China and members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and he is also due to hold talks with officials from the Chinese Government’s foreign affairs, defence and interior ministries.The UN and the African Union are about to deploy a hybrid peacekeeping force (known as UNAMID) to Sudan’s war-torn Darfur region, but Mr. Guéhenno noted earlier this week that the Sudanese Government was yet to signal its approval of the presence of several non-African units in the operation.Asked today whether he would raise the issue during his talks with the Chinese Government, Mr. Guéhenno said he thought it was “important that all members of the [Security] Council impress upon Sudan” that UNAMID is being deployed to help the people of Darfur.He stressed that it was vital that UNAMID have all the units it needs to be able to implement a robust mandate in Darfur, where fighting since 2003 has left 200,000 people dead and forced 2.2 million others from their homes. read more

Latin American and Caribbean nations expected to see growth in 2010 –

13 December 2010The economies of Latin America and the Caribbean are expected to grow by six per cent in 2010 as a result of the recovery posted by many countries in the region, according to an annual United Nations report released today. The Preliminary Overview of the Economies of Latin America and the Caribbean 2010 finds that measures adopted by several countries in the wake of the global financial crisis have been shown to have a positive impact on economic growth, with a 4.8 per cent rise expected for this year in per capita gross domestic product (GDP).Launched by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the report also states that this upturn has resulted in a decrease in the regional unemployment rate from 8.2 per cent in 2009 to around 7.6 per cent, as well as an improvement in the quality of jobs created.Although the growth of the region’s countries has been uneven, most recorded positive figures for 2010, according to the report. South America will grow by 6.6 per cent, while GDP is expected to rise by 4.9 per cent in Mexico and Central America and by 0.5 per cent in English-speaking and Dutch-speaking Caribbean countries.Paraguay will post the strongest growth (9.7 per cent), followed by Uruguay (9 per cent), Peru (8.6 per cent) and Argentina (8.4 per cent). Brazil will grow by 7.7 per cent, while Mexico and Chile will expand by 5.3 per cent. In contrast, Haiti and Venezuela are expected to see GDP fall by 7 per cent and 1.6 per cent, respectively.The report states that the region’s economies must invest more in order to increase their capacity for growth. Despite progress made to date, Latin America and the Caribbean is some way off the levels of investment observed in the 1970s.“The region’s main challenge is to rebuild its capacity to implement countercyclical actions and to create the conditions for productive development not based solely on the export of commodities,” stated Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of ECLAC. read more

Google Street View to feature virtual tour of Parliament Hill

OTTAWA — Would-be MPs will soon be able to get an first-hand idea of what it’s like to sit in the House of Commons.Google Street View is in the process of capturing images that will let people click their way through the historic halls and offices of the Parliament Buildings.On Tuesday, Google Canada began wheeling its special panoramic camera through the House of Commons, the Senate, the parliamentary library, the hall of honour and even Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s office.“What we’re using is something called a Trolley,” said Aaron Brindle of Google. “It’s just shy of two metres high and is has a high-res camera on it.“It allows our operators to basically take a few steps through these halls, stop, the camera does a 360-degree panorama and it captures images from the floor to the ceiling.”Brindle said the images will be stitched together to allow for virtual tours.“You’ll be able to go virtually into the chamber and see from a 360-degree panoramic what it’s like to sit in the House of Commons.”The Trolley will also capture some of the intricate carvings and artwork that adorns many of the calls and offices.“It’s kind of like an exclusive, behind-the-scenes public tour.”[npooyala src=”1wZHZ0YTpwGzeNcYtB30_-X_VyS_8iRT”]The Speakers of both the Commons and the Senate gave special permission for the cart to record the architecture and art of the buildings. Harper and Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair opened up their offices.“It’s exciting to provide another way for Canadians to be able to view and experience their Parliament buildings,” said Commons Speaker Andrew Scheer.“This is truly an opportunity for Canadians to bring the House of Commons into their homes.”Google Street View has already captured the interiors of a number of historically and culturally significant buildings such as the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, the White House in Washington and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.The Canadian Press read more

Chennai students on fast over Lankan issue

Eight students of a Chennai city-based college have embarked on a ‘fast-unto-death’ over the Sri Lankan Tamils issue.The Press Trust of India reported that the students of the Loyola College, who began the fast yesterday, are staging the protest to press their seven-point charter of demands including an independent probe against Colombo for alleged war crimes, referendum on Tamil Eelam (separate homeland for Tamils) and slapping economic sanctions on Sri Lanka, protester Joe Britto said. “Considering that life of every youth is important, the students should immediately withdraw their hunger strike and instead involve themselves in other peaceful means of protest,” he said in a statement. Meanwhile, DMK President M. Karunanidhi has appealed to the students to withdraw their fast and resort to other peaceful means of protest. MDMK chief Vaiko met the students today and expressed his support to them. read more

The Team That Signs Kirk Cousins Should Also Invest In Tight Ends

Cousins is elite with two tight endsTop NFL quarterbacks with two tight ends on the field, according to yards per attempt, 2015-17 1Kirk CousinsWSH1772562,62110.24 7Sam BradfordPHI/MIN1361851,5968.63 15Tom BradyNE3124693,7878.07 10Andy DaltonCIN1732632,1848.30 2Matthew StaffordDET1121651,5469.37 14Peyton ManningDEN45705708.14 6Jay CutlerCHI/MIA1261781,5608.76 13Marcus MariotaTEN2423642,9798.18 8Jameis WinstonTB1943252,7988.61 But some of the teams vying for Cousins’s services don’t have even one tight end who is a receiving threat. Of the teams that are reportedly after Cousins in the free-agent negotiation period that begins Monday — the Broncos, Cardinals, Jets and Vikings — Minnesota seems best positioned to take advantage of Cousins’s talents. The Vikings have a Pro-Bowl tight end in Kyle Rudolph and last season used the two-TE more than the league average (19.2 percent of pass plays, compared with 18.2 for the league). Minnesota lost their offensive coordinator, Pat Shurmur, but replacement John DeFilippo comes from the Eagles, who ranked third in the league in share of pass plays that came with a two-TE set (24.6 percent).The most notable free-agent tight end this offseason is quite familiar with DeFilippo’s offense and could be a great Cousins complement. Trey Burton of the Eagles is one of the league’s best athletes at the position, registering a best-in-class 40-yard dash, three-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle time in his draft year of 2014. Last year, in the two games that starter Zach Ertz missed, Burton scored three touchdowns.Burton is expected to command top dollar based on how well he projects as a receiver. So pairing him and Cousins would require ample cap room this year and beyond. But he’s not the only free agent available. Others include Jimmy Graham, 31, who led the position with 10 touchdowns last season, and Tyler Eifert, 27, who had 13 scoring grabs in 2015, his last healthy season.Here’s the thing about these tight ends, though: There’s a case to be made that every team should load up on the position and try to use two tight ends more frequently. Overall, from the start of the 2015 season through 2017, quarterbacks averaged 0.64 more yards per attempt with two TEs than they did otherwise (7.76 vs. 7.12). This suggests a two-TE strategy might be worth a look — even for teams that aren’t paying a quarterback $30 million a year. 11Drew BreesNO2513633,0028.27 9Case KeenumLAR/MIN1422131,7758.33 Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group 4Carson PalmerARI1742762,4318.81 12Russell WilsonSEA1892842,3328.21 3Matt RyanATL1712492,2288.95 playerTeamComp.AttemptsPass. Yds.Yd/Att Total Kirk Cousins is in a class by himself when it comes to maximizing salary at the quarterback position. The signal-caller is on the eve of signing a deal with what could be the highest average annual price tag in NFL history. Few people — including the former general manager in Washington, where Cousins played for the past six seasons — think he will ever play up to his lofty contract. But no matter who signs the free agent, Cousins’s new team would be silly not to also sign a brand-new tight end. Otherwise, the huge amount of money being spent on Cousins — the Vikings have reportedly offered roughly $90 million over three years — will be going to waste.Cousins’s recent performance in Washington offers his next employer a clear blueprint for turning him into a truly great player: employ fewer wide receivers and more tight ends. For the three-season period from 2015 through 2017, Cousins was the most efficient quarterback in football when two tight ends were on the field, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group. During that time, Cousins threw 256 passes with exactly two tight ends in the formation and averaged 10.24 yards per attempt. That’s nearly a yard better than the second-best quarterback with two tight ends, Matthew Stafford of the Detroit Lions (9.37), although Stafford attempted nearly 100 fewer passes. And Cousins beats the NFL quarterback average of 7.76 yards per attempt with two tight ends on the field by nearly 2.5 yards.Cousins is far less effective in more traditional formations. He averaged nearly three fewer passing yards (7.37) when not equipped with two tight ends in the formation. If you were to prorate Cousins’s two-TE production over a full season, he easily tops Hall-of-Famer Kurt Warner’s record for most yards per attempt in a single season since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger. Without them, he’s 2017 Josh McCown. 5Ryan FitzpatrickNYJ/TB58877668.80 read more

Police shoot at vehicle after it rams Ukrainian Ambassadors car in London

“He came rushing up to it and he was shouting. I think it was the cop who was attacking the car. A Metropolitan Police statement said that officers had been called at around 08:30 on Saturday morning and “as part of the protective security arrangements for London, armed and unarmed officers were deployed”. The scene in Holland Park after shots were fired by police near the Ukranian embassy. The scene in Holland Park after shots were fired by police near the Ukranian embassy.Credit:Peter Macdiarmid/LNP/London News Pictures Ltd A forensics officer is seen working next to a car with a smashed window in Holland Park after shots were fired by police near the Ukranian embassy, April 12, 2019.Credit:Peter Macdiarmid/LNP/London News Pictures Ltd A press statement from the embassy said the Ambassador’s car had been “deliberately rammed as it sat parked in front of the Embassy of Ukraine’s building.”The police were called immediately and the suspect’s vehicle was blocked up.”Nevertheless, despite the police actions the attacker hit the Ambassador’s car again. In response the police were forced to open fire on the perpetrator’s vehicle.”The culprit was apprehended and taken to a police station.” Police have fired shots outside the Ukrainian embassy in London. Credit:Hiroaki Katayama “I heard the gun go off twice and then…the police grabbed him from behind and wrestled him to the ground.”A spokesman for the Ukrainian embassy said an unknown vehicle had crashed into the car used for official duties by Natalia Galibarenko, the Ukrainian Ambassador, and the man inside posed a threat that required British police to fire an unknown number of shots at the car.Contrary to some early reports in the media, the spokesman said no shots had been fired from the car.The Embassy spokesman knew of no motive for the attack and did not know the nationality of the arrested man. He said the embassy had not been threatened in recent weeks. All members of the embassy were reported as safe.Reports on social media suggested up to ten shots were fired.  A forensics officer is seen working next to a car with a smashed window in Holland Park after shots were fired by police near the Ukranian embassy, April 12, 2019. Chief Superintendent Andy Walker, from the Met’s Specialist Firearms Command, said: “As is standard procedure, an investigation is now ongoing into the discharge of a police firearm during this incident.”While this takes place, I would like to pay tribute to the officers involved this morning who responded swiftly to this incident and put themselves in harm’s way, as they do every day, to keep the people of London safe.”The incident is not being treated as terrorist-related.The Directorate of Professional Standards has been informed and police cordons remain in place. Armed police opened fire on a car as it was driven at them having just “deliberately rammed” the Ukrainian ambassador’s official vehicle in London on Saturday morning.The incident occurred outside the Ukrainian embassy in Holland Park, Kensington, at around 8:30am.Police said they had been called  following reports of a car in collision with a number of parked vehicles near the Ukrainian Embassy.Upon arrival, a car, believed to be a silver Mercedes, was driven at the officers which resulted in firearms and a Taser being discharged. The car ended up pointing away from the embassy with the front near-side window shattered, possibly by shots. Shopping bags and a Stanley tool box were visible in the boot, which remained open as officers combed the surrounding road.A man in his 40s was arrested and taken to a central London hospital. He was uninjured. Three police cars and two vans remained on the scene, including one thought to belong to specialist police forensic officers.A local resident heard the gun shots. Retired history teacher Lois Saint-Pierre, 89, said: “I was sitting at my desk and I looked straight up and I saw a man – middle-aged, stocky, running at a car that had pulled away from the curbing in front of the embassy. Police have fired shots outside the Ukrainian embassy in London.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

President Higgins criticised for praising brutal dictator Castro

first_img 24,276 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: Thomas Byrne/Twitter Image: Esteban Felix AP/Press Association Images 170 Comments By Órla Ryan Share877 Tweet Email2 Short URLcenter_img Sunday 27 Nov 2016, 7:39 AM RIP Fidel. But if Cuba was as brilliant as many on the left believe, why did millions flee, 100s of thousands of them on makeshift rafts.— Thomas Byrne TD – Meath East (@ThomasByrneTD) November 26, 2016 While Cuba begins nine official days of mourning, others have taken to the streets to celebrate Castro’s death, including Cuban exiles in Miami’s Little Havana.Read: Fidel Castro has died at the age of 90Read: President Higgins expresses his “great sadness” upon hearing of Fidel Castro’s death Nov 27th 2016, 7:39 AM Image: Esteban Felix AP/Press Association Images PRESIDENT MICHAEL D Higgins has been criticised for praising the late Fidel Castro.The death of Castro (90), who led Cuba for almost 50 years, was confirmed by his brother, current Cuban president Raul Castro, early yesterday.In a statement, President Higgins said he learned of Castro’s death with “great sadness”.“Following the revolution in 1959, Fidel Castro brought significant political and social change to his country, overcoming not just the regime of General Fulgencio Batista but also the economic isolation forced upon Cuba in the years that followed.“Having survived some 600 attempts on his life, Fidel Castro, known to his peers in Cuba as El Comandante, became one of the longest-serving Heads of State in the world, guiding the country through a remarkable process of social and political change, advocating a development path that was unique and determinedly independent.Cuba achieved 100% literacy many years ago and built up a health system that is one the most admired in the world. With economic growth rates similar to many other Latin American countries, inequality and poverty are much less pronounced in Cuba than in surrounding nations.Higgins’ statement said Castro will be “remembered as a giant among global leaders whose view was not only one of freedom for his people but for all of the oppressed and excluded peoples on the planet”.However, it noted: “The economic and social reforms introduced were at the price of a restriction of civil society, which brought its critics.”‘Brutal’ regimeHiggins’ comments have been criticised by a number of people including Renua leader John Leahy.A statement released on behalf of Renua said: “Whilst we understand the necessity to be tactful in speaking of the dead, particularly when the dead were recently leaders of other sovereign states, we do think it important to note that Fidel Castro was a dictator, and a brutal dictator at that.“[His] regime murdered thousands of people, sentenced thousands of people to death, often following show trials, and engaged in the usage of torture, repression, the mass jailing of dissenters, sent homosexuals to labour camps to be ‘re-educated’ and declared that homosexuality was ‘incompatible with the revolution’.”Leahy added: “It’s important that we remember that people suffered under Castro. An entire country suffered under Castro. The man destroyed the free press, jailed and tortured democrats, priests, homosexuals, and anyone who tried to stand against him.I, personally, cannot accept that the President speaks for me when he talks of him as a champion of the oppressed and the excluded, when he talks of him as if he was a normal politician who made a few minor mistakes. Fidel Castro murdered, tortured, and jailed all those who opposed him, and he should be remembered for his victims.Meanwhile, Fianna Fáil TD Thomas Byrne had this to say on Twitter: President Higgins criticised for praising ‘brutal dictator’ Castro The death of the former Cuban leader has sparked a mixed response. last_img read more

Netflix WB Settle Satanic Lawsuit Over Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

first_img 11 New Year’s Resolutions for Our Favorite Characters’Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Gets Spooky Christmas Episode Score one for the Dark Lord: Netflix and Warner Bros. reportedly settled a $150 million lawsuit filed by The Satanic Temple over a statue seen in The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.The fictitious Baphomet violates copyright and trademark rights of the Temple’s own historic goat-headed deity, according to the recent complaint.“Defendants misappropriated [The Satanic Temple’s] Baphomet [with] Children in ways implying that the monument stands for evil,” the suit said.Anyone who’s watched even two episodes of the Netflix original show will recognize that statue—an angel-winged hermaphroditic idol displayed at the Academy of Unseen Arts.The Knights Templar were falsely accused of worshipping the Sabbatic Goat, which was subsequently incorporated into disparate occult and mystical traditions.So of course it’s going to show up in a TV series about a teenage witch and her conjuring cohorts.Baphomet appears in four to 10 episodes of the series (via Netflix)And while no one directly interacts with the intense-looking statue, it appears in various scenes of four to 10 episodes, according to the litigation.In an unsurprising effort to keep the case quiet (too late!), Netflix and Warner Bros. have settled out of court for an unknown sum.“So ends one of the most over-publicized of copyright claims,” Satanic Temple co-founder and spokesman Lucien Greaves (born Douglas Misicko) wrote in a blog post, published by“Press can now stop pretending this was unique and momentous, or even interesting,” he said, denouncing the media’s excessive coverage of the pop culture issue relative to the Temple’s recent rally in Arkansas.According to Greaves, the “unique elements” of the historic Baphomet statue have been acknowledged in the credits of already-filmed episodes. The remaining terms of the settlement “are subject to a confidentiality agreement.”More coverage on‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Gets Spooky Christmas EpisodeNetflix Orders New Animated World War II Series ‘The Liberator’These New Netflix Films Are Coming to a Theater Near You Stay on targetlast_img read more

Report Real Madrid want Pochettino

first_imgFollowing Zinedine Zidane’s shock decision to quit on Thursday, Real Madrid have now set their sights on Mauricio Pochettino to become their new managerDespite the fact that the Argentine coach had only signed a new five-year deal to continue with Tottenham last week, Real president Florentino Perez has identified Pochettino as one of the top candidates to replace Zidane.But Los Blancos have not made any approach for the Spurs boss, who is understood to have no release clause inserted into his new contract at the club.On Thursday, Zidane stunned the football world by announcing that he has resigned from his role as head coach of Real after winning nine trophies in his two-and-a-half years in charge with the Frenchman later stating that he left the club as he felt that they were in need of a “new voice”.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Spanish football expert Guillem Balague believes that Real view Pochettino as the stand-out candidate for the role at the Santiago Bernabeu and he dismissed Arsene Wenger’s chances.“Wenger has said no before, but now he is out of a job,” Balague told Sky Sports.“The interest in Pochettino from Real Madrid is obvious for all to see. He is the type of manager they would like to have at Real Madrid at some point.“He has a new contract at Spurs, he is linked to everything that is happening for Spurs around the decisions of the players, it does not seem obvious for him to leave right now.”last_img read more

San Diego County rain damage survey

first_img Updated: 8:19 AM Posted: February 20, 2019 February 20, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter San Diego County rain damage surveycenter_img KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego County is asking residents whose property or small business sustained damage during the storms that struck the week of Valentine’s Day to complete a survey to help estimate the cost for the County.Officials from the County Office of Emergency Services said the damage survey will help assist in collecting information and associated costs.The information gathered from the surveys will be used to estimate total damages countywide and determine if enough damage occurred to qualify the region for state or federal disaster recovery assistance, such as low interest disaster loans from the Small Business Administration for those who are uninsured or underinsured, according to the County of San Diego Communications Office.For additional information, visit KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

Managing Change

first_imgGiven this changing landscape, operations executives need to pursue a number of key actions, among them: 1) Develop, in writing, both strategic and tactical plans to implement operations changes that are organically derived from corporate strategic goals. This should also take into account managing the cultural changes required of the organization. 2) Identify and make visible business model transition goals including general timelines and appropriately associated P&L forecasts to facilitate investment and other transition considerations. Identify current state and scale change complexity.3) Engage staff in the process of change and be transparent with the unknown. There are no secrets in the industry and yet management often feels uncomfortable engaging “old process” employees, often because they may not be part of the long term or future vision.4) Discover and align the beliefs of staff and key suppliers to the transition goals. (Nothing subverts transition efforts faster than contrary beliefs, spoken or not.)5) Leadership must adapt to transformative behaviors creating trust rather than fear.Overcoming Barriers to ChangeEstablished companies are already in varied states of digital evolution. Content migrations, new digital products and platforms, operational workarounds, partially integrated workflows and asset management solutions have likely been introduced but usually function well below optimum and at different stages of evolution. Core print production continues to deliver critical revenue, and will likely continue to for some time, but changes in product focus have meant print processes evolve more through ad hoc requirement-based changes rather than as planned and aligned to long-term strategic goals. Production and Supply ChainMany current print production staffs have been scaled back, moved to service providers or even off-shored, helping bottom lines adjust to shrinking revenues but stressing staff and quality assurance processes alike. Staff perception is often of being asked to do more with reduced resources, or being of diminishing organizational importance. Print contracts meanwhile, governing huge costs, remain critical and will continue to be negotiated not just for print manufacturing but transition issues as well. A loss of senior production experience in media companies as well as a tighter, more consolidated printing market means there is much to be gained or lost in the execution of large paper, printing and distribution deals.Ongoing print supply chain management, sourcing, technology and process efficiency optimization is critical to maximize the revenue that facilitates future investment but must be in the context of change management. Centralized v. de-centralized production operations will also present different strategic advantages and disadvantages. Migrations need to vision the future state so that transitions present minimal operational disruptions and cost efficiency in the long-term.TechnologyTechnology solutions have typically been regularly introduced or outsourced, but rarely from a zero start point so redundancy, connectivity, translation, migration, access or other utility issues are usually present. For example, issues such as XML infrastructure adoption without full XML utilization are typical. Partial automations and sub-optimizations for pieces of disconnected workflows have been the norm, like a house that’s added eight rooms in eight years, with six architects. A positive development has been a growing adoption of Agile Development methodology to supplement or supplant the more methodical Waterfall methodology that dominated old media technology development. Operations executives can adapt programming methodologies to non-technical operations to manage constant change.Key ToolsThe future business model should be proudly (and at least broadly) envisioned as a fundamental part of the current company Strategy. This presents guiding principles for enabling evolutionary process deployment as well as allowing for establishing investment budgets and ROI. Operations Process Audits need to be performed with appropriate productivity measures identified. This should include both traditional and new media processes. Because a business or product is new does not mean it should be excluded from continuous improvement efforts. Media has literally hundreds of metrics but process measurement for continuous improvement has lacked historically.An overall Business Operations Map should be created to enable visualizing bottlenecks, overlaps, hand-offs, tools and end points in core processes and be the living documentation of change. Too often these are oral histories or partial documentations and become problematic in cost, time and resources.“Staff is our greatest resource” is certainly a correct principle but that does not necessarily imply the staff that is currently employed. Communication, assessments, role transition planning, functional realignments, transparency, training and hiring new skills are essential elements to successful staff delivery of strategic goals.Operations Technology Audits document the supporting systems to the business processes and need to be integrated 3-dimensionally into the operations process mapping for efficiency and opportunity identification.  Besides infrastructure, Asset Mapping is a key sub-process to view the supporting resources used to deploy or monetize assets. Cost-Per-Asset and similar metrics help create objective measures of efficiency and provide targets for new processes or investments to meet.Closed Loop Process Evolution: Why It’s ImportantThis fundamental loop puts the focus on why things are done and not just how, a habitual operations trap. Legacy processes have often transitioned with a focus on “how” jobs should be done given a new context. Ask why and trace that back to the end user need and the value creation.  It often takes three to five “why’s” to confirm the connection, but lacking a value connection invites automating or “improving” processes that may not be necessary or should be rethought.If a process is introduced or changed and it is to be transitory or temporary, that process must be tied to trigger metrics that initiate the next stage in the evolution. Continuous Improvement or Six Sigma change management helps prevent stalls and partial transitions, re-directions and constant budget bickering.Managing The FutureKey to all business change is a plan that starts with a detailed knowledge and documentation of current strengths and the current operations state. A vigilant eye on evolving markets, customer needs/wants and a strategy for how those will be fulfilled profitably keeps the evolution to the new business model on track. Processes tracked to their purposes as well as their function are key to appropriately detailed visual maps showing the “then, now and next” in a way that creates a clear connection to the company’s operational state.Transformative change requires executive vigilance to the how/why continuous improvement model and courage to fund a vision, stay the course and manage the inevitable variations that will challenge the plan. With all the technology and process change, fundamental excellence in management communication, employee motivation, recognition and assurance of high value customer-provider relationships are the bricks and mortar needed to secure the foundation for migration to an evolved and profitable information media industry. Tom Fox’s publishing career includes executive roles at American Express Publishing and Time Inc. He is the founder of MyEureka Solutions LLC, a business skills consultancy and currently a Sandler Training franchisee helping the media supply chain with revenue and operations strategies and implementation training. He can be reached at The Inevitability of Change.Traditional media companies today face considerable challenges. Paramount among them are the need to reconsider business models, evolve content creation and delivery strategy and continuously adapt operations in a fast-changing environment. These challenges are generally applicable in both the b-to-c and b-to-b media business. Change or perish is evidenced throughout the industry, yet change is not in itself a survival guarantee.The business case for transitioning print operations business units are well documented:• Consumers shifting time spent from paper reading to digital interactions• Costs for print products (PP&D) v. digital distribution• Print dollars to digital dimes revenue transitions• Evolving consumer functional and facility interaction for gathering information • Re-envisioning content models to unique and appropriate presentations in a multimedia landscape where print, Web, tablet, app, wap, and mobile all play a role, present different value propositions and are fluid in their evolutionFirst Stepslast_img read more

Kamal BNP leaders brief 3 foreign envoys

first_imgJatiya Oikya FrontJatiya Oikya Front leader Kamal Hossain and some BNP leaders on Monday had a meeting with the envoys of three counties, including the USA, over ‘Bangladesh’s latest political and human rights situation’, reports UNB.The one-and-a-half hour meeting that began around 11am was held at BNP standing committee member Abdul Moyeen Khan’s Gulshan residence, BNP chairperson’s media wing member Sayrul Kabir Khan told UNB.Apart from US Ambassador in Dhaka Earl Robert Miller, British high commissioner Alison Blake, Australian high commissioner Julia Niblett and UN Resident Coordinator Mia Seppo attended the meeting.Kamal Hossain, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, standing committee members Moyeen Khan and Amir Khosru Mahmud Chowdhury were present at the meeting.However, there was no briefing from either side about the parley.Wishing anonymity, a BNP leader who was present at the meeting said, Kamal Hossain first briefed the envoys about the country’s overall situation.Later, Mirza Fakhrul talked about the country’s human rights condition, ‘repression’ on their party leaders and activists, Chawkbazar fire incident and some other issues relating to the last general election and BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia’s imprisonment.Later, Kamal and the BNP leaders replied to various queries of the foreign envoys.last_img read more

Litchi harvest in full swing

first_imgTrading and marketing of litchi have reached peak everywhere in the region involving hundreds of labourers both males and females in harvesting, segregating and transportation of the delicious seasonal fruit.Trading and marketing of litchi have reached peak everywhere in the region involving hundreds of labourers both males and females in harvesting, segregating and transportation of the delicious seasonal fruit.Market sources said harvest has been continuing in full swing with plenty of supply, huge demand and better prices in the local markets making both the litchi growers and traders happier this season.Alim Uddin, principal scientific officer of Fruit Research Station, told BSS that litchi is grown well in Rajshahi and Dinajpur districts in the country’s northwest region but the fruit of Ishwardi is very delicious and famous across the country.In Rajshahi, there are around 372.5 hectares of litchi orchards with creation of new ones. He said commercial farming of some of the fruits especially mango and litchi is gradually being enhanced in the region.Ishwardi is now being adjudged as capital of litchi as it possesses commercial litchi orchards on more than 3,000 hectares with around 300,000 trees. Age of 200,000 trees is above 15 years. Apart from this, there are scores of litchi trees on homesteads and adjacent areas throughout the upazila.Number of trees is gradually increasing in this upazila as the farming is profitable, said upazila agriculture officer Rawshan Jamil.He said around 2.30 billion litchis were produced here this season valued at around Tk 4 billion. He said yield of litchi has been affected to some extent due to the scorching heat and rainless condition of the season. But in all aspects, there will be an expected yield, he hoped.Meanwhile, huge quantities of litchi including the aristocrat varieties are being sold daily from the region to the country’s other parts including capital Dhaka and its supply still remains plenty in the local markets following bumper production.Presently, every 100 pieces of local variety litchi are selling at rates between Tk 200 and 230, Madrazi, Bombay and China-3 varieties at rates between Tk 250 and 260 and aristocrat Bedana variety in between Tk 270 and 350 in the local markets. Like in the previous years, the bigger litchi traders from Munshiganj, Dhaka and other places have already purchased the orchards with China-3, China-4 and Bedana variety litchi and started marketing those to the capital and other areas.last_img read more