Report: Torino 1 Inter 0

first_imgWalter Mazzarri celebrated victory against his old club as Torino won 1-0 at home to Inter in Serie A on Sunday.Armando Izzo’s deflected header in the first half was enough to give Torino their first win of the year, while problems are mounting for Inter coach Luciano Spalletti, who saw Matteo Politano sent off for dissent late on.Ivan Perisic was benched after it was announced pre-match he has put in a transfer request amid speculation Premier League side Arsenal are trying to complete a move for the attacker. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? Defeat for Inter leaves Spalletti’s side third in Serie A, while Torino move into the top half of the table.Caption this #SFT #TorinoInter— Torino Football Club (@TorinoFC_1906) January 27, 2019Inter should have taken an early lead but Lautaro Martinez fired wide from close range after Dalbert raided down the left wing to pull back a low cross.But Torino took the lead against the run of play in the 35th minute when Cristian Ansaldi’s deep corner was headed home by Izzo, a deflection off Danilo D’Ambrosio sending the ball looping over goalkeeper Samir Handanovic.Andrea Belotti wasted two chances to extend Torino’s lead early in the second half, while Radja Nainggolan hammered a drive over the crossbar at the other end.Politano went closest to equalising but a day of disarray for Inter ended with the substitute dismissed for arguing with referee Fabio Maresca over the official’s decision not to award a foul against Ola Aina after the midfielder went to ground too easily.What does it mean? Inter stumbles continue without PerisicCroatia star Perisic was expected to start against Torino, but pre-match it was confirmed by general manager Beppe Marotta he has put in a transfer request. Failing to score in both of their Serie A matches since the mid-season break shows Inter cannot afford to lose Perisic cheaply.Nkoulou keeps Inter attack quietTorino’s back three all excelled but it was Nicolas Nkoulou who shone the most despite Izzo proving the matchwinner. Recovering after taking a heavy blow in the back of the head from a clearance made by a team-mate showed his fortitude for battle.Icardi anonymous for InterInter captain Mauro Icardi is one of the most dangerous strikers in world football but he does rely on service. Perisic’s absence restricted the Nerazzurri’s creativity and Icardi did not have a sniff of goal. Among Inter’s problems is that the Argentine offers very little outside the penalty box.Key Opta Facts- Torino are unbeaten in their last five encounters against Inter in the top flight (W2 D3); the last time they had a better run against the Nerazzurri was in April 1986 (eight matches).- Inter haven’t found back of the net away from home for the third time in Serie A this season, two of them in Piemonte, where the Nerazzurri lost 1-0 against Juventus (in December) and to Torino on Sunday.- Inter did not have any shots on target in the second half of the game: the only other occasion they have failed to do so this season came in the defeat to Juventus.- Inter have conceded only three goals during the first half of matches in Serie A this season: a record for the top five European leagues in 2018-19 (alongside Atletico Madrid). What’s next?Inter host Lazio in the Coppa Italia quarter-finals on Thursday, with Bologna going to San Siro three days later in the league. Torino’s next game is at SPAL on Sunday. read morelast_img read more

Canada led joint G7 statement condemning Russian aggression in Ukraine Freeland

first_imgBUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada has spearheaded a G7 foreign minister’s statement that jointly condemns Russian aggression in Ukraine and urges the release of detained naval crews.The joint communique says the G7 foreign ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the High Representative of the European Union, are concerned about Russia’s actions against Ukraine in the Kerch Strait and surrounding waters.The leaders are urging restraint, respect for international law and prevention of further escalation.They are calling on Russia to release the detained crew and vessels and refrain from impeding lawful passage through the Kerch Strait.On Sunday the Russian coast guard open fired and seized three Ukrainian vessels, including 24 sailors whom Freeland called prisoners of war.The statement also says the G7 does not and will never recognize Russia’s illegal annexation of the Crimean peninsula, and reaffirmed its support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.Canada is the president of the G7 until the end of 2018.The joint message comes two days after Russia announced it would deploy another battery of anti-aircraft missiles to the Crimean Peninsula, bolstering its hold on the region it seized from Ukraine in 2014.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Chief Dan Georges powerful Indigenous rights speech 50 years later

first_img(Chief Dan George. Photo: North Vancouver Museum and Archives.)The Canadian Press VANCOUVER – Leonard George remembers the first time he heard his father, Chief Dan George, deliver his moving and prophetic speech on Indigenous rights, “A Lament for Confederation.”It was 1967 and the acclaimed actor and former Tsleil-Waututh chief was set to speak at Canada’s centennial celebration in Vancouver. His wife had urged him to write something about what the day means to First Nations, says Leonard.When his soliloquy was ready, he stood in the family’s living room and read it aloud.“We all applauded because it was so beautiful and so powerful,” says Leonard, 70.They weren’t sure, however, that the crowd of 32,000 at Empire Stadium would do the same. The speech forcefully critiques colonization and calls on Indigenous people to “grab the white man’s instruments of success” to rise again.“Dad and the whole family were very nervous,” says Leonard. “To stand up and tell the truth in such a profound way, he had no idea how the public would take that.”George rehearsed every night for two weeks, along with his adult children, who were set to join him on stage. When the day finally came, Leonard could not have predicted how the audience would react.After his father finished speaking, there were a few seconds of stunned silence. Then the audience rose to their feet and filled the stadium with about 10 minutes of deafening applause.“He began to cry because he was so touched,” Leonard recalls. “We were crying as well, and we held on to each other.”The speech came at a time when George was a powerful figure in an emerging Aboriginal rights movement. He helped bring shameful parts of Canada’s history out of the shadows and inspired young Indigenous leaders, says one researcher.“I think he spoke both to their oppression and their rights and to their resiliency and their future,” said Hugh Shewell, a professor with expertise in Indigenous-state relations at Carleton University in Ottawa.As Canada celebrates its 150th birthday, George’s family and friends are urging Canadians to reflect on his words. They say while the government’s treatment of Aboriginal Peoples has not changed much, First Nations themselves have risen up in many of the ways he predicted.The speech begins on a mournful note: “Today, when you celebrate your hundred years, oh Canada, I am sad for all the Indian people throughout the land.”Dan George recalls Canada “when your forests were mine,” when they gave him meat and clothing and when fish flashed in abundant rivers and streams. But in the long hundred years since the white man came, he says he has seen his freedom disappear.“When I fought to protect my land and my home, I was called a savage. When I neither understood nor welcomed this way of life, I was called lazy. When I tried to rule my people, I was stripped of my authority,” he says.The speech ends with a call to rise again, like “the thunderbird of old” and to seize the white man’s education and skills. It predicts young braves and chiefs will sit in the houses of government and law.“So shall the next hundred years be the greatest in the proud history of our tribes and nations,” it concludes.George’s address was so revolutionary, his daughter Amy George recalls, she feared he would be killed for delivering it. She was in her 20s and the assassination of U.S. president John F. Kennedy was fresh in her mind.“Some people did get very angry, too. When we were walking off the field at the stadium, some people were saying ‘You’re nuts!’ and they were throwing bottles and empty cups at us,” she says.There hasn’t been much improvement in how Canada treats First Nations since George’s speech, says his grandson Rueben George. He points to disproportionately high numbers of Indigenous kids in government care and inadequate funding for housing, education and clean water on reserves.But just as his grandfather envisioned, Indigenous people are sitting in the House of Commons and the courts, and have a say in resource projects on their lands, says Rueben.“We took back what is ours. That’s our identity, our culture, our spirituality … our law,” he says.Later in 1967, singer-songwriter Ann Mortifee performed with George in a groundbreaking play, “The Ecstasy of Rita Joe,” about a young Aboriginal woman. Mortifee, who was 20, says George opened her eyes to the brutality of colonialism.“I feel profoundly privileged to have lived through that moment in history,” she says. “He was like a portal into a richer world for me and he changed my life.”The text of Chief Dan George’s speech “A Lament for Confederation:”How long have I known you, Oh Canada? A hundred years? Yes, a hundred years. And many, many seelanum more. And today, when you celebrate your hundred years, Oh Canada, I am sad for all the Indian people throughout the land.For I have known you when your forests were mine; when they gave me my meat and my clothing. I have known you in your streams and rivers where your fish flashed and danced in the sun, where the waters said ‘come, come and eat of my abundance.’ I have known you in the freedom of the winds. And my spirit, like the winds, once roamed your good lands.But in the long hundred years since the white man came, I have seen my freedom disappear like the salmon going mysteriously out to sea. The white man’s strange customs, which I could not understand, pressed down upon me until I could no longer breathe.When I fought to protect my land and my home, I was called a savage. When I neither understood nor welcomed his way of life, I was called lazy. When I tried to rule my people, I was stripped of my authority.My nation was ignored in your history textbooks – they were little more important in the history of Canada than the buffalo that ranged the plains. I was ridiculed in your plays and motion pictures, and when I drank your fire-water, I got drunk – very, very drunk. And I forgot.Oh Canada, how can I celebrate with you this centenary, this hundred years? Shall I thank you for the reserves that are left to me of my beautiful forests? For the canned fish of my rivers? For the loss of my pride and authority, even among my own people? For the lack of my will to fight back? No! I must forget what’s past and gone.Oh God in heaven! Give me back the courage of the olden chiefs. Let me wrestle with my surroundings. Let me again, as in the days of old, dominate my environment. Let me humbly accept this new culture and through it rise up and go on.Oh God! Like the thunderbird of old I shall rise again out of the sea; I shall grab the instruments of the white man’s success – his education, his skills, and with these new tools I shall build my race into the proudest segment of your society. Before I follow the great chiefs who have gone before us, Oh Canada, I shall see these things come to pass.I shall see our young braves and our chiefs sitting in the houses of law and government, ruling and being ruled by the knowledge and freedoms of our great land. So shall we shatter the barriers of our isolation. So shall the next hundred years be the greatest in the proud history of our tribes and nations.last_img read more

Grocery store chain CEOs warn higher food prices coming amid cost pressures

first_imgThe CEOs of three of Canada’s major grocery chains doubled down on their expectation that food prices will soon rise at their stores.Recent cost pressures on the industry, including rising minimum wages in some provinces, increased fuel and transportation costs and an ongoing trade war with the U.S., will soon result in some price inflation, said the chief executives of Metro Inc., Loblaw Companies Ltd. and Empire Co. Tuesday at Scotiabank’s back-to-school conference in Toronto.Metro CEO Eric La Fleche said consumers should eventually see a return to more normal inflation levels.“Exactly when and how — it’s all about competitive dynamics. Everybody is competitive. Nobody wants to lose any share. So, let’s see how things play out,” he said.Metro is starting to see some price inflation already, La Fleche said.He explained that the cost pressures have been building over the past year, beginning with Ontario’s minimum wage hike from $11.60 to $14 an hour on Jan. 1, followed by rising fuel and transportation costs.Then came the Canadian government’s retaliatory tariffs on July 1 on a wide range of American products, including coffee, maple syrup, salad dressing and other foods.“Now, we’re having a — what I would describe it as — a tsunami of tariff-related request for cost increases from our supplier partners,” said Michael Medline, Empire’s CEO.The company, which is the parent to grocery chain Sobeys Inc., held off on raising prices for some time, he said, but is now reviewing these tariff-related costs.Empire will pass the extra costs on to consumers where it makes sense in the market, he said, adding it will be careful not to give away any market share.“We don’t like to pass on cost, but there’s no way you can avoid it with the inflationary pressures that we are now seeing.”Price increases are likely to be moderate in a historical sense, said Loblaw CEO Galen Weston.He predicted food inflation of one- to 1.5-per cent, which he said is in the normal range as opposed to higher range in the five to six per cent level.“We don’t yet see it moving into the mid-single digit levels… We don’t think it is likely to do that.”The chief executives also outlined their respective plans to grow their e-commerce business, specifically home delivery. Canada’s grocers have been slow to offer delivery, but ramped up their efforts after Amazon acquired Whole Foods Market last year.Metro already offers home delivery from seven stores in Quebec, which serves about 60 per cent of the province’s population, said La Fleche.It will start offering the service in Ontario in 2019, he said, but did not provide details on specific locations.The company relies on its existing assets to fulfil orders rather than partnering with a third-party like its competitors have chosen to do.“We’re going to e-commerce with a prudent approach,” said La Fleche, adding the company is scaling up and the company may consider using a dedicated facility if it reaches a certain level — but it’s not there yet.Empire, on the other hand, decided to partner with British firm Ocado to build a fulfillment centre in the Greater Toronto Area that will be fully operational by the spring of 2020. The centre will house Ocado’s signature robotics that can fulfil customer orders within minutes.Empire offers home delivery in Quebec and learned that their solution there is not scalable, Medline said, adding the company is excited that Ocado’s solution eliminates some logistical issues and is profitable.Loblaw also partnered with another company to offer home delivery, opting for California-based Instacart, but chose to do so in a quicker fashion. Customers in 17 cities can now use the Instacart app to order groceries for delivery from Loblaw.“Our view today is that rapid expansion and customer acquisition is the second most important thing to do in the first innings of the e-commerce online grocery world,” Weston said.Companies in this story: (TSX:MRU) (TSX:EMP) (TSX:L)Note to readers: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that Empire Co. is not reviewing the tariff-related costs.last_img read more

Morocco to Increase Snail Production

By Safaa KasraouiRabat – Morocco plans to boost snail production to regain its place on the global market. The intention is to raise production from 10 tons to 40 tons over a period of four years.Snail farming is one of the most inexpensive and lucrative business ventures in Morocco.  Federal agencies for snail breeding intend to use this initiative to promote the production capacity of Morocco in this industry. Increased Snail production in Morocco will open up an important opportunity for investment due to the shortfall in global consumption markets such as Europe, Japan and America.Morocco produces 10 tons of snails yearly. 85% of the crop is being exported worldwide as a much-required component in cosmetic production.Morocco has all the required capabilities to increase snail production. It is one of the few countries in the world where snails breed more than two seasons per year. read more

Tea consumption must be boosted to match supply UN says

14 May 2008Boosting demand for tea is crucial to ensure price stability and returns to developing country producers, according to new report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). Boosting demand for tea is crucial to ensure price stability and returns to developing country producers, according to new report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). “Expanding consumption in producing countries could ease supply pressure at the world level and improve tea prices in the long run,” said the study, prepared for the Intergovernmental Group on Tea whose three-day meeting kicks off today in Hangzhou, China. Global tea production has continued to surge, rising 3 per cent in 2006, mainly due to record crops in China, Viet Nam and India. Meanwhile, demand has not matched supply, with consumption only increasing 1 per cent, marking a slowdown from the 2.7 per cent growth rate from the previous decade. Despite the vigourous economic growth in major tea producing countries, their per capita consumption lags behind. While Russians consume 1.26 kg and the British 2.2 kg annually, Indians take in 0.65 kg and Chinese only 0.53 kg per year. The FAO report also stressed that enforcing minimum quality standards for tea – though reaching agreement on such benchmarks is complicated – will spur demand. read more

Recalling Holocaust is vital to avoid falling back into the abyss says

“The victims came from different countries and backgrounds. They were ordinary women, men and children. They were like us. Acts of genocide do not merely happen to ‘others,’” Under-Secretary-General Sergei Ordzhonikidze said yesterday at the inauguration of an exhibition entitled “Auschwitz: The Depth of the Abyss” at the UN’s Geneva headquarters. “Even when we find it hard to face the gruesome illustrations of the Holocaust, we need to remember. We need to see – to feel – the depth of the abyss to ensure that we do not descend into it again,” he added. “We must never be complacent when acts of barbarism take place. We must speak up and act whenever and wherever we witness cruelty and violation of human rights. If not, our indifference, or our collective inability to act, will aid the inhumanity. “Sixty years ago, the United Nations was founded on the human family’s collective commitment to ensuring that the horrors of the Holocaust would never re-occur. We owe it to all the victims of the Holocaust – and victims of other acts of genocide – to honour this commitment,” said Mr. Ordzhonikidze, Director-General of the UN Office at Geneva (UNOG). read more

Saving Niagaras threatened landscapes

Niagara’s threatened landscapes will be one of the topics covered at the fourth annual Niagara Social Justice Forum at Pond Inlet on Saturday.John BacherJohn Bacher, a founder of the Preservation of Agricultural Lands Society (PALS), will host a workshop called “Niagara’s Threatened Beautiful Landscapes”. Niagara is mosaic of natural landscapes, Bacher says, but it is being threatened by reckless development and urban sprawl.Other workshop topics at the forum include: Building Global Solidarity with Migrant Farm Workers in the Niagara Region Food Sovereignty in the Global South: A Development and Peace Appeal The Other Side of Consciousness: Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgendered Queer FilmsNaming HomelessnessProper Shelter Saves Lives (Habitat for Humanity)The plenary will be Six Miles Deep, a 2009 documentary by Sara Roque about the Haudenosaunee Women and the Six Nations/Caledonia conflict. The forum is free and no registration is required. For more details, visit the 2010 Niagara Social Justice Forum.Bacher, a lifelong St. Catharines resident, has authored two books — Keeping to the Marketplace and Petrotyranny. He described to The Brock News why he’s participating this weekend.**Can you tell me a little about the workshop you’ll be leading?This workshop is intended to address the threats to our beautiful landscapes in Niagara, and suggest ways that they can be protected and improved. Although there are terrible threats to our landscape, there are also inspiring examples of people working to protect them, and improve them through efforts such as reforestation and other ecological restoration projects.How did you become interested in this issue?I have been involved in this issue since a little child growing up in St. Catharines. Largely because I had parents who were concerned about protecting heritage and the environment, I soon became horrified at such things as the destruction of our unique fruit orchards, the destruction of our once beautiful tree-lined streets for road widening, and the demolition of once beautiful historic buildings.Why is it important for the people of Niagara to educate themselves about this issue?It is very important for people in Niagara to be concerned about this issue. Every time we leave the shelter of our homes, we are confronted with our landscape. It certainly makes me happier to live in beautiful surroundings, rather than ugly ones. There are also important environmental reasons to be concerned. Our fruit lands are the best place to grow fruit in North America- and will become more important for this purpose because of future climate change. With climate change, we need not only to protect our existing forests, but to expand them considerably, especially to save our streams from becoming sterile storm drains — either dangerously flooded or lifeless and dried up. read more

Opinion What does it actually take to establish an independent policing authority

first_imgMINISTER FRANCES FITZGERALD has this week spoken out about the need for an Independent Garda Authority and stronger oversight mechanism for the Garda Siochana through a reinforced Ombudsman Commission (GSOC). Yet because of the approach taken by successive governments, who have displayed a striking reluctance to cede the necessary control, we have precious few truly independent oversight and accountability institutions in Ireland on which to model any changes.Working with independent human rights institutions around the world I have seen that no matter what the type of country, governments are commonly and routinely reluctant to give oversight and accountability real independence. Ireland is clearly no exception. Yet independence can be assured in part through statutorily entrenched protections. It is these types of protections that must be incorporated into all of our reformed or new oversight and accountability institutions, including those for the Gardai.Protecting independenceIndependence means that a public body is unrestrained in carrying out its duties. In order to achieve this, independence needs to be built into the structure of the institution to protect it from being subject to potential whims of politicians or Government Departments. Independence can be ensured through five aspects of any institution: powers, resources, accountability, representation and transparency. When any reform or new body is proposed for oversight and accountability, be it short term or permanent, we should check it against these five factors.Powers – The institution must have the requisite mandate and powers, clearly set out in legislation, and not by regulations, to do the job for which it is established. These powers must be freely exercised without constraint from political forces or the requirement of additional political sanction to use its powers.Human and Financial Resources – Bodies must be given enough resources to fully undertake their functions, including the hiring of its own skilled staff. Staffing is key for oversight bodies in particular; staff must be hired directly and independently and have the requisite specialised skills. Secondment should be an absolute and limited exception. Bodies must, of course, be publicly accountable for the use of any money, but their resources must also be protected from political whims. Here the Oireachtas can play an important role in overseeing the allocation and the utilisation of the resources of independent oversight bodies.Accountability – To be independent, an institution must be fully and completely separated from the Department that has responsibility for the delivery of the services it oversees. The body could be answerable to the Oireachtas, in particular through the Committee system, in order to be free from executive influence. There seems to have been particular reluctance to taking this approach in Ireland.Representation – Bodies need to be representative of the diversity of the population. This should be done both through appointments and a commitment to consultation with the community. A core feature of independence in representation is that appointments to these bodies must not be political, but made through an open and democratic process, with security of tenure to avoid the possibility of removal for political reasons. This has also been lacking in relation to many boards and bodies in Ireland, and while there are excellent and independent individuals on boards of oversight and accountability bodies, it is a process that can be too easily misused.Transparency – All bodies must be transparent in their operations and accessible to the public in undertaking their functions. There should be a presumption of publication and of openness, and the Oireachtas must play its part in receiving and debating the reports of independent oversight bodies.Any new or reformed Garda authority and Ombudsman Commission will require these features in order to operate properly.Political commitmentThese five elements can go a long way towards improving oversight and accountability in Ireland; they have been tried and tested in relation to independent human rights institutions, data protection and regulatory bodies around the world. But a crucial additional factor is political commitment to implementing the recommendations oversight and accountability bodies make. Institutions that are established without a corresponding commitment to following their recommendations risk ‘toothlessness’. There must be a political commitment, mirrored in Government Departments, to cede control to properly established oversight and accountability bodies.Events this year have highlighted again the need for oversight and accountability mechanisms that are truly independent, and not merely created as a veneer. But we have been here before; reviews and inquiries in response to a crisis, and the promise of new accountability and oversight bodies. Following the Morris Tribunal 10 years ago we were promised ‘independent’ oversight and accountability bodies. The Garda Management Board was never established. GSOC was hampered from the outset and given limited powers. The Garda Inspectorate was restricted in its operation by obligations to the Minister of the day.It is positive to hear a Minister for Justice speak of the need for a focus on independence and oversight, hopefully her words will be followed by the necessary actions and the components of independence will be clearly defined and firmly entrenched in the new bodies, so that we can have the institutions we need and avoid being here again in ten years time.Kirsten Roberts is a doctoral researcher at The Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London and co-investigator on the Project on Effective Parliamentary Oversight of Human Rights. From 2008-2013 she was Acting Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Research, Policy and Promotion at the Irish Human Rights Commission. She has been a visiting researcher at Harvard Law School and has worked for the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Read: Michael McDowell doesn’t think much of the government’s plans to reform the guardsRead: Frances Fitzgerald sets up full inquiry and an independent Garda authoritylast_img read more

Irish Rail services face disruption this Bank Holiday weekend as the company

first_img Share5 Tweet Email 25 Comments Saturday 4 May 2019, 9:30 AM 17,745 Views Short URL IRISH RAIL HAS warned passengers of disruptions to some of its services over the course of the Bank Holiday weekend.The company has advised customers that services on some of its routes will be suspended between today and Monday as it carries out repairs to some of its tracks.On Saturday and Sunday, workers will carry out “major track works” on routes into Dublin’s Heuston Station between Hazelhatch and Newbridge in Kildare.DART services will also be affected in north Dublin, with track works set to be carried out at Clongriffin and Malahide.Irish Rail says it will provide bus transfers to passengers on all affected intercity trains to and from Heuston Station.Meanwhile, no trains will operate between Howth Junction and Malahide, but Dublin Bus are accepting rail tickets for passengers in affected areas.Northern commuter lines will also be affected, with bus transfers operating between Connolly and Malahide and trains between Malahide and Drogheda/Dundalk set to run on a revised schedule.Bus transfers will also operate between Connolly and Drogheda for Belfast Enterprise services, with trains subsequently operating between Drogheda and Belfast.On Monday, DART and commuter routes will operate a Sunday service as a result of the Bank Holiday, while Cork Commuter services will operate hourly between Cork and Cobh and Cork and Midleton. Some intercity services will also change.Passengers are advised to check timetables and whether their service is affected before travelling. An Irish Rail train (file photo) May 4th 2019, 9:31 AM center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Irish Rail services face disruption this Bank Holiday weekend as the company carries out repairs Passengers have been reminded to check timetables before travelling. By Stephen McDermott An Irish Rail train (file photo) Image: Rollingnews.ielast_img read more

Hundreds try to beat November 30 deadline

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 23 Nov 2015 – Over five hundred turned out to a weekend voter registration drive as time winds down for new electors to be added to the national list. Marketplace in Providenciales was on Saturday packed with people trying to get registered to vote ahead of the 2016 General Elections, even though that run off could be as much as one year away. Dudley Lewis, the Elections Supervisor had expressed concern about the young voters. We spoke to a couple of them, who felt excited at the opportunity. Young woman: “It’s to choose who you think is best to represent the country and to do what’s best for us.”Young man: “I think we need more voters voting in our country, especially the young folks. A lot of the young folks fall short on politics and what naught but it is really not about politics it’s about really letting your voice be heard, letting you know that, hey ‘I am a Turks Islander and I can vote’… you understand?”Applications for voter registration are available online, and TCIG has waived all costs to new voters. At the start of the month it was said some 3,000 were eligible to be added to the elector’s list; November 30th is the deadline for the current voter list. TCI Preliminary 2016/17 Electors List to be Publish Friday January 29, 2016 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Amendments will mean less time at polls, next TCI General Election Related Items:2016 general elections, dudley lewis, voter registration Status cards free first time says Cabinetlast_img read more

Nielsen Combines Media Entertainment Brands

first_img“There are some common advertisers across the brands, so it will definitely be a benefit as a result of the alignment, but not something that drove the decision,” the spokesperson wrote.The new media and entertainment will be led by senior vice president Gerry Byrne, who most recently oversaw Nielsen’s entertainment group. Also, marketing, media and visual art group senior vice president Sabrina Crow will take on the additional responsibility of corporate planning and developing, including strategic planning and M&A activities, the company said.Crow will continue to oversee the travel, training, photo, jewelry, food and real estate brands, which Nielsen regrouped under Brand Media Group.Last fall, Nielsen combined content development and distribution for Adweek, Brandweek and Mediaweek magazines under one editorial organization. In November, the company traded media rates and data provider SRDS to U.K.-based ad agency the WPP Group in exchange for the remaining 50 percent stake in AGBNielsen Media Research. Nielsen Business Media said it has combined its AdweekMedia and entertainment groups under a newly-created media and entertainment division.“This is part of an ongoing strategy to better integrate and align our businesses,” a Nielsen spokesperson wrote in an e-mail to FOLIO:. “About a year ago we created the entertainment group by bringing together two separate film and music groups. This move simply expands that entertainment group to include the media brands, and is just another step in harnessing the collective resources and strengths of those brands.”No layoffs were made and no magazine products were closed in association with the reorganization, the spokesperson said. Nielsen’s AdweekMedia group includes Adweek, Brandweek, Mediaweek and Editor & Publisher magazines, as well as the Clio Awards. The entertainment group is made up of several products, including The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard.last_img read more

Taunton President Steps Down Industry Veteran Dan McCarthy Takes Over as Interim

first_img Taunton has long been considered a gold-standard company in special-interest media. Its editorial model is unusual, often using in-market experts to create content and great editors to make that content accessible. It serves professionals and expert enthusiasts in several fields, including homebuilding, gardening, sewing, woodworking and cooking. The company, founded in 1975 by Jan and Paul Roman, is based in Newtown, Conn. Traditionally it has relied on a subscription-first approach, meaning that circulation revenue was more important than advertising revenue. In his memo, Rahr says that Taunton is in a good place, and looking forward to a better future.  “After a very tough year in FY14, we have made strong progress in the first six months of this year,” he says. “There are a lot of positive things going on. We have filled key leadership positions in our franchises and consumer marketing.  We are seeing signs of stability, and even growth in the case of books, in our print business. Our digital business continues to grow. And, the search for a new CEO is well underway.” Taunton Press President Tim Rahr announced to the company last week that he’s leaving the company and that longtime industry executive Dan McCarthy is taking over as interim CEO.  McCarthy has a high profile and long track record in media, including as CEO of Network Communications, which published real estate guides and home design magazines and which grew from $75 million in revenue to more than $200 million in the nine years McCarthy was there. He also was CEO of Primedia Enthusiast Media and of Themestream, a special-interest content portal. “I started working with Taunton last summer,” McCarthy tells Folio: in an email on Tuesday. “The focus has been to assist in aligning the operating focus with the growth strategy. That continues to be the mandate. Taunton has great products that have really strong and engaged relationships with its customers. The strategy is to expand those relationships across traditional and new distribution channels. Developing a robust digital product and commerce platform is an on-going focus for the business.”center_img McCarthy says he’s going to stay involved with Taunton through the CEO search, and that he hasn’t advanced himself as a candidate. “After 16 years at Taunton I have decided it is time for me to step away and find my next challenge,” Rahr says in a memo that went out to employees Friday. Effective February 1, Rahr says, McCarthy will step in as Interim CEO, reporting to the board of directors.  He’s been working with the senior management team over the past six months to help hone strategy and enhance Taunton’s revenue focus.  “Dan’s an experienced executive, and I will continue to work closely with him and the board until the new CEO is in place,” Rahr says.last_img read more

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar offers prayers at Tirumala

first_imgTirupati: Union Minister Prakash Javadekar Sunday offered prayers at the famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala here. Accompanied by family members, the Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Environment, Forest and Climate Change, arrived here last evening and after an overnight stay on the hills, they visited the shrine this morning, a temple official told. On arrival at the shrine, Javadekar and his wife were accorded a warm reception by top officials along with priests of the shrine, he said. Before leaving the temple, the IB Minister was honoured with a sacred silk cloth, a holy portrait of the presiding diety, and laddu prasadam, he added.last_img

Birthday announcement Kangana Ranaut to play Jayalalithaa in Thalaivi aka Jaya

first_imgKangana Ranaut to play J Jayalalithaa in Thalaivi.InstagramKangana Ranaut has made a big announcement on her birthday on March 23. Riding high on the success of Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, Kangana Ranaut is all set to play J Jayalalithaa on screen in a Tamil-Hindi biopic being directed by AL Vijay and produced by Vishnu Vardhan Induri and Shaailesh R Singh. The film is called Thalaivi in Tamil and Jaya in Hindi. After Vidya Balan played the role of NTR’s first wife- Basavatamma in NTR biopic, there were rumours that she was also being considered for Thalaivi to play J Jayalalithaa. South actress Nayanthara was also in the reckoning. The part finally went to Kangana Ranaut. Interestingly, Thalaivi aka Jaya is written by KV Vijayendra Prasad, the writer of Kangana Ranaut’s Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi, of the Bahubali series and also Salman Khan’s film Bajrangi Bhaijaan.Bombay Times quotes Kangana Ranaut as saying about the biopic, “Jayalalithaa ji is one of the biggest female success stories of this century. She was a superstar and went on to be an iconic politician. It’s a great concept for a mainstream film. I am honoured to be a part of this mega project.”Kangana Ranaut had recently talked about making a biopic on her own life, directing it herself. The actress had also spoken about doing a warrior princess movie trilogy, starting with Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi.Kangana Ranaut had turned director for Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi when director Krish walked out of the project halfway through. The film got rave reviews by critics but almost managed to recover its budget at the box office. However, it is said to have earned profits from satellite and other rights.Among the other films in Kangana Ranaut’s kitty are Ekta Kapoor’s Mental Hai Kya with Rajkummar Rao and Ashwini Iyer Tiwari’s Panga.last_img read more

Trump inauguration prompts celebration in Russia

first_imgThe Kremlin may have spent years reviling America, but Russians hoping Donald Trump will usher in a new era of detente marked his inauguration on Friday with parties and trinkets from commemorative coins to “matryoshka” nesting dolls in his image.Washington was turned into a virtual fortress with an estimated 900,000 people—backers and protesters—descending on the capital. In London, anti-Trump activists draped a banner reading “Build Bridges Not Walls” from Tower Bridge. Protests were planned across western Europe on Friday and Saturday.But according to Gennady Gudkov, a Putin critic and former lawmaker, Russia is in the grip of “Trumpomania”, with state media giving the President-elect blanket air time at the expense of more mundane and sometimes depressing domestic news stories.That, he said, was in part because the U.S. election, unlike elections in Russia, had been unpredictable. The Kremlin is hoping Trump will ease sanctions imposed over the annexation of Crimea, team up with Russia against Islamic State, and cut back NATO military activity near Russian borders.Craftsmen in the city of Zlatoust, east of Moscow, have released a limited series of silver and gold commemorative coins, engraved with “In Trump We Trust” – an allusion to the phrase on U.S. banknotes “In God We Trust”.‘TRUMPOMANIA’Sellers of traditional matryoshka nesting dolls have added Trump dolls to their popular line-up of items carved in the likeness of President Vladimir Putin, Bolshevik revolutionary Vladimir Lenin, ex-President Mikhail Gorbachev and Josef Stalin.And a shop selling Russian military kit located opposite the U.S. embassy in Moscow has unveiled a cheeky promotional campaign offering embassy employees and U.S. citizens a 10 percent discount on its wares to celebrate Trump’s inauguration.Some of Trump’s opponents believe the Kremlin helped him win the White House by staging a hacking campaign to hoover up embarrassing information about Hillary Clinton, his rival. The Kremlin denies that, but few here make any secret of the fact that they are pleased that Trump and not Clinton triumphed.Relations between Putin and Barack Obama had soured badly.“Trump’s election has generated enormous enthusiasm in Russia because his warm words about Russia and Putin have given us hope that the USA and the West will stop their attack on Russia,” Sergei Markov, a former pro-Putin lawmaker, said on social media.“We don’t know for sure if there will be an improvement (in relations) or not. But we Russians are optimists … so we are hoping for the best, while preparing for the worst.”For Russian nationalists, Trump’s inauguration is an excuse to mix fun with self-promotion.They are holding an all-night party at what used to be the main Soviet-era post office in Moscow where they will showcase their favorite prop, a triptych of Putin, Trump and French Front National leader Marine Le Pen.Konstantin Rykov, a former pro-Putin lawmaker and one of the event’s promoters, said on social media it was right to celebrate the first phase of the “New World Order.”“Washington will be ours,” he quipped.last_img read more

LG Chem turns to stepped curve and cable batteries

first_img Explore further There are three types of batteries on the LG Chem product map, and these are the stepped battery, the curved battery and the cable battery, the latter to be ready in the next few years. What they all share in common is the company’s eye on innovative product opportunities that will spring up all over the place once flexible displays take hold in the marketplace, to be applied toward phones and a wide range of wearables including watches and glasses. In turn, LG Chem has worked up alternatives to the rectangular-shaped battery.The curved battery packs are to power mobile devices with curved screen or flexible designs such as smart phones, watches and glasses. Using a”Stack and Folding” technology, the company’s batteries achieve a curved design. They will power LG Electronics’ next phone lineup.The stepped battery refers to an approach where two batteries are added on top of each other in the form of a step design. The battery takes greater advantage of available space in the device, filling up dead space to fully power the handset and increase battery capacity. LG Chem plans to take the approach further, stacking up more batteries depending on customer requirements.The cable battery travels into more ambitious territory, to be adapted for innovative devices that are not only bendable and wearable but can even be tied into a knot. The cable battery will also have waterproof features.According to a report in The Korea Times, LG Chem is preparing to sell curved batteries to other smartphone vendors than just LG Electronics.Researchers see the flexible display market as set to grow quickly with the upcoming launch of innovative, curved devices. Curved displays can accommodate bendable designs, in turn to expand beyond phones into automotive displays, tablets and wearables. Credit: LG ( —Stories have been rolling in from technology news sites this week about vendors in a race to debut curved smartphones and flexible OLED panels for smartphones. Also making news on Tuesday is Seoul, South Korean-based chemical company LG Chem, which has curved batteries in production. The company, which is a major lithium-ion battery manufacturer, on Tuesday said it has curved batteries in mass production, and in fact has been producing curved batteries since July this year, at a plant in China. Curved batteries are being used to power G2 smartphones manufactured by the company’s affiliate, LG Electronics. More information: Galaxy Round: Samsung to debut smartphone with curved display © 2013 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: LG Chem turns to stepped, curve and cable batteries (2013, October 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more

Suck at Writing Headlines These 10 Online Tools Will Help

first_img 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now December 10, 2015 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Headlines are the first — and often only — factor your audience will use to decide whether they want to click on and read your content. And arguably, that makes them the most critical part of your content to carefully consider and craft.When I’m stumped for a good headline, I use the following 10 tools to find the right eye-catching phrase. I hope they help you take your headlines to higher levels as well.Related: Tricks to Help You Spell Unfamiliar Words (Infographic)1. OptimizelyUsed by Microsoft, NBC Universal and other big players, Optimizely takes headline optimization beyond A / B testing. You can use the tool to conduct multivariate analysis of the combined effects of various headlines and images. Or, alternatively, you can also use it to specialize your headline for a specific goal, such as higher click-through rates, conversions, social media shares or engagement.2. Inbound Now’s Headline GeneratorIf you hate coming up with headlines in the first place, this simple tool by Inbound Now is the perfect option for you. Just type in a few words related to your content topic, and it will come up with engaging, SEO-friendly headlines:3. TaboolaTaboola is best known as a native advertising network that’ll help you get your content displayed on other people’s websites, but there’s one tool hidden in there that’ll help you optimize your content and headlines to increase engagement.Besides promoting content, the service lets users test headlines (among other elements) against Taboola’s custom click-through rate algorithm. The system is based on data from its content recommendation service, giving Taboola unique insights into the kinds of headlines that people are most drawn to.4. KingSumoHeadlines, a KingSumo app, is a unique tool for WordPress that will continue optimizing your headlines even after you publish. To use the app, you write as many headlines as possible for a post, and Headlines will use each of them and monitor how well they perform.Over time, the app determines the best one based on its performance with your actual audience. 5. QualarooQualaroo is unique among headline tools because it actually seeks out user feedback to create its optimization recommendations.Qualaroo surveys users about why a blog post caught their interest, providing real data on what works. When analyzing your headlines, Qualaroo will tell you which ones garner the most attention, but more importantly — why.Related: 8 Subject-Line Secrets That Entice People to Read Your Email6. CoSchedule’s Headline AnalyzerCoSchedule’s Headline Analyzer is based on the real success of past headlines on the web, offering any headline you enter a strength score between one and 100.It includes factors such as how common the words are, as well as measurements of emotion and power. It will also let you know if your headline is too short or too long, and allows you to input tons of iterations so that you can work toward the highest score possible.7. CrazyEggCrazyEgg enables you to take a deeper look at the headlines of your own site and how your audience is responding to them through its use of heat maps.As you monitor your site’s performance, you’ll see which headlines receive the most engagement — and which ones don’t — so you can determine what kind of headlines work best for your specific website visitors.8. Advanced Marketing Institute’s Headline AnalyzerAny marketer knows that developing an emotional connection with your audience through great content is key when it comes building trust and standing out against competitors. Still, how to actually instill that emotion into a headline is lost on many.Advanced Marketing Institute’s Headline Analyzer is a unique solution to this, offering an algorithm that measures the emotional marketing value (EMV) of headlines. The tool calculates a headline’s EMV score based on the number of emotional words in the headline, telling you if your headline evokes spiritual, intellectual or empathetic emotions. 9. OnalyticaOnalytica is a tool developed to help you monitor and build relationships with valuable influencers in your niche, but that’s not the limit of its usability.Onalytica will easily aggregate the headlines of your influencers and competitors and offers analysis that show which are the most successful. This can inform what direction you should take with your own headlines.10. Boost MediaIf you’re looking for a more human touch to improve your headlines, this is the tool for you. Boost Media offers headline algorithms and multivariate testing as well, but its real benefit comes from its network of writers and designers who can help optimize your headlines for your specific niche.As an example, if you sell rock-climbing accessories, Boost Media will try to find you a real rock climbing enthusiast to write your headlines. You’re virtually guaranteed to come up with something engaging.While almost all these tools have some overlap in functionality, each offers some unique features that can bring your content ahead of the game and encourage more engagement.Have another favorite you feel deserves a spot on this list? Share your recommendations by leaving a comment below.Related: How to Write Something That People Will Actually Read Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

LOS ANGELES — Ozzy Osbourne is in a hospital for s

first_img LOS ANGELES — Ozzy Osbourne is in a hospital for some complications from the flu.The 70-year-old rocker’s wife, Sharon Osbourne, wrote on Twitter Wednesday that doctors believe “this is the best way to get him on a quicker road to recovery.”It was announced last week that the United Kingdom and European leg of Ozzy Osbourne’s No More Tours2 tour was postponed because of doctors’ orders. He thanked all for wishing him a speedy recovery.He had to cancel several shows on his North American tour in 2018 because of a hand infection.The Associated Press FILE – In this Sept. 28, 2015 file photo, Ozzy Osbourne poses for photographers upon arrival at the Pride of Britain Awards 2015 in London. ocker Ozzy Osbourne is in a hospital. Sharon Osbourne wrote on Twitter Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, the 70-year-old was admitted “following some complications from the flu.” She wrote doctors believe “this is the best way to get him of a quicker road to recovery.”(Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP, File) by The Associated Press Posted Feb 7, 2019 6:10 am PDT Ozzy Osbourne hospitalized because of flu complications AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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