13 days agoCiaran Clark pondered quitting Newcastle

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ciaran Clark pondered quitting Newcastleby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United defender Ciaran Clark sought talks with manager Steve Bruce over his future in the summer.The Evening Chronicle says the centre-back spoke to Bruce after interest was shown in the Ireland defender. Crystal Palace were among the sides who looked at Clark, who made his first start of the season on Sunday against Manchester United. But Bruce told he that he wanted to “assess” his options, and utilised Clark – who has been “waiting for his chance”. last_img

‘Messi? Nothing is ever enough for fans when you’re the best in the world’

first_imgRadamel Falcao has defended Lionel Messi, saying he is held to unfair expectations but admitted it is cost of “being the best player in the world.”Messi had hoped to reverse a long trend of international heartbreak with Argentina at the 2019 Copa America after the nation lost in the finals to Chile in both 2015 and 2016.However, Argentina’s tournament got off to a poor start as they lost 2-0 to Colombia on the strength of goals from substitutes Roger Martinez and Duvan Zapata, which consigned the Albiceleste to their first defeat in regulation in the Copa America since 2007.  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? Messi had a chance to put Argentina up when the game was still scoreless, but put a header in the area wide.Any time Argentina lose, Messi invariably comes in for criticism in some circles, but Falcao is convinced the star will find the net soon enough.He also believes Messi’s quality has made him a target for unfair criticism, suggesting he is subjected to moving targets for what is expected.”Messi was close to scoring against us, but he is sure to convert in the next couple of matches,” Falcao said after the Colombia victory.“If Messi scores a goal, people ask for two. If he scores a free-kick, they’ll say the wall wasn’t set up properly. If Argentina lose, it will be talked about like it was his fault.“That’s the price you pay for being the best player in the world.”Having defeated Argentina, and with an impressive roster that includes James Rodriguez, Davinson Sanchez, Juan Cuadrado, Zapata, as well as Falcao himself, might have some thinking the nation could go on to win their first Copa America since 2001.But Falcao has downplayed any talk of Colombia being one of the favourites, arguing the squad still has a long way to go before they can be considered complete.“We can’t think that we are favourites after beating Messi’s Argentina,” Falcao said. “A lot is missing. We are just starting and anything can happen. If you fall asleep here, you will lose.”Colombia will face tournament guests Qatar on Wednesday and close out Group B play on Sunday against Paraguay.last_img read more

World cup 2019: Match vs West Indies cost us the whole tournament, says Sarfaraz Ahmed after Pakistan exit

first_img Saurabh Kumar LondonJuly 5, 2019UPDATED: July 6, 2019 00:09 IST Sarfaraz Ahmed lauded his teammates for remarkable turnaround. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPakistan came up with a spirited performance to beat Bangladesh by 94 runs at Lord’sPakistan had suffered a humiliating 7-wicket defeat to West Indies in their opening matchSarfaraz lauded his teammates for the commendable comeback after heavy defeat to arch-rivals IndiaPakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed admitted that it was unfortunate that his team could not qualify for the semifinals even after playing really good cricket in the last four matches. However, Sarfaraz lauded his teammates for the commendable comeback after heavy defeat to arch-rivals India.Following their loss India, Pakistan staged a remarkable comeback with wins over South Africa, New Zealand and Afghanistan, riding on some impressive performances by Babar Azam and Haris Sohail in the batting department.Sarfaraz went on to to say that the team’s opening match against West Indies cost Pakistan the whole tournament.Pakistan had suffered a humiliating 7-wicket defeat to West Indies in their opening match of World Cup 2019. Pakistan were bowled out for just 105, with Oshane Thomas taking four wickets, before Chris Gayle smashed a quick-fire fifty as West Indies romped home in just 13.4 overs.”We played very good cricket in the last four matches, but unfortunately we couldn’t qualify. Only the one match against West Indies cost us the whole tournament, but the way the boys responded after the India match was honestly commendable,” said Sarfaraz in the post-match presentation ceremony.Pakistan came up with a spirited performance to beat Bangladesh by 94 runs at Lord’s on Friday but couldn’t prevent their exit from the tournament based on a lower net-run-rate in comparison to New Zealand.Sarfaraz also stated that inclusion of Shaheen Afridi and Haris Sohail settled the Pakistan team. The skipper also heaped praises on Babar Azam and Imam ul Haq.”The way we started the combination was not great, but when Shaheen Shah and Haris Sohail came in, I think we were a settled unit. The way our batsmen – Imam, Babar, Haris, and the bowlers, as well, the way they have responded is extremely good. The way Shaheen has bowled in the last four matches has been very encouraging, particularly today, I think he’s taken six wickets.”advertisementSarfaraz thanked the fans for immense support throughout the tournament and said the team needs to sit and do lots of work after the World Cup.”We need to sit down together, and do lots of work – we have almost two months off. I’d also like to thank the crowd for their support throughout the tournament.”Also Read | Pakistan finish on a high but fail to reach World Cup 2019 semi-finalsAlso Read | Shakib Al Hasan breaks Sachin Tendulkar’ World Cup recordAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Pakistan vs BangladeshFollow Sarfaraz Ahmed Next World cup 2019: Match vs West Indies cost us the whole tournament, says Sarfaraz Ahmed after Pakistan exitWorld Cup 2019: Pakistan were knocked out from the World Cup due to lower net-run-rate in comparison to New Zealand, even after registering 94-run win over Bangladesh at Lord’s on Friday.advertisementlast_img read more

Outsourcing Symposium Set for April in Mobay

first_img Ms. Henry said the symposium will bring together a diverse group of global experts, including technocrats, local entrepreneurs, Government officials, BPO leaders and buyers, who will bring best practices and ideas to the sector, which is fast gaining on tourism as the largest employer of persons in western Jamaica. President of the Business Process Industry Association of Jamaica (BPIAJ), Gloria Henry, has announced that the country’s first ever ‘Outsourcing Symposium’ will be held in April.Speaking at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Advanced Call Centre Technologies’ (ACT) fourth business process outsourcing (BPO) site at the Barnett Tech Park in Montego Bay on January 23, Ms. Henry said the event, to be held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, will be one of the highlight events during National Outsourcing Week (NOW) 2018.“The week-long combination of events and initiatives will promote and increase awareness of the many entrepreneurship, employment and partnership opportunities available in the BPO industry in Jamaica,” Ms. Henry noted.“The series of initiatives will seek to engage business and political leaders in discussions about the importance of the outsourcing industry for our country; and to illuminate areas of competitiveness and viability of the sector,” she added.Ms. Henry said the symposium will bring together a diverse group of global experts, including technocrats, local entrepreneurs, Government officials, BPO leaders and buyers, who will bring best practices and ideas to the sector, which is fast gaining on tourism as the largest employer of persons in western Jamaica.She noted that Jamaica’s outsourcing industry has seen significant growth over the past decade, currently hosting some 53 entities while employing over 26,000 persons.“Our industry has expanded outside of Montego Bay to other parts of the island, including Ocho Rios, Mandeville, Portmore, and Kingston and St. Andrew,” Ms. Henry pointed out.Ms. Henry said that in 2017, the global outsourcing market amounted to $88.9 billion, which is “set to hold steady in 2018”, particularly for business services, energy and healthcare.“With market dynamics constantly changing and new entrants making inroads daily, the most vigilant and successful outsourcing destinations are continually striving to outdo their competitors by differentiating themselves,” she added.For his part, ACT Site Director, Rhone Charlton, said his organisation is “expanding its footprint in Montego Bay with 1,200 staff members in 12 thriving departments”.“This is indeed an exciting time for our company. Our new building will add more production seats to our ACT footprint in Jamaica, which is more than double our previous capacity,” he noted.Mr. Charlton said his company is projecting to add a further 600 to 800 employees in 2018. “The week-long combination of events and initiatives will promote and increase awareness of the many entrepreneurship, employment and partnership opportunities available in the BPO industry in Jamaica,” Ms. Henry noted. Story Highlights President of the Business Process Industry Association of Jamaica (BPIAJ), Gloria Henry, has announced that the country’s first ever ‘Outsourcing Symposium’ will be held in April.last_img read more

Report Oldendorff Returns to Oshima for Two More Bulkers

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy of Tim Mossholder on Unsplash. Japanese shipbuilder Oshima Shipbuilding has reportedly secured two bulkers from German shipping company Oldendorff Carriers. Earlier this month, Oshima received an order for 100,000 dwt bulker pair from Oldendorff, several brokers have reported.The Post-Panamax ships are slated for delivery in 2020.Although the price details related to the newbuilding contract have not been disclosed, each of the two vessels is estimated to be worth USD 30.7 million, VesselsValue’s data shows.The two bulkers will be named Diane Oldendorff and Dietrich Oldendorff and each of them will have a length of 235 meters and a width of 38 meters, VesselsValue’s data further suggests.World Maritime News contacted Oldendorff for more details on the new ships, however, the company is yet to reply.Oldendorff Carriers already has three 62,100 dwt bulkers on order at Oshima yard, with deliveries due in 2020.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

New Building at Dalhousie to Improve Approach to Health Care

first_imgFuture doctors, kinesiologists, pharmacists and nurse practitioners will soon be learning together in the same building at Dalhousie University, just as they will work together to help their patients after graduation. “Patients need their health-care providers working together to ensure they get the care they need. But traditional health care doesn’t encourage a team approach. That means people can end up frustrated, looking for the care they need,” said Health and Wellness Minister David Wilson. “This new building will help students learn from the very beginning to work in teams with other health-care professionals. They’ll learn what each of them can do and focus together on the most important goal: the patient’s health.” Students from the faculties of medicine and health professions will use the new Collaborative Health Education Building, a five-story shared building scheduled for groundbreaking next month. It will include shared classrooms, a clinical skills and simulation lab, and social spaces to encourage them to work together on projects. “This approach to health education will train our doctors, nurses and other health professionals to work better together as a team, which means better diagnoses, better treatment, and ultimately better outcomes for patients in Nova Scotia, or anywhere our students practice,” said Richard Florizone, president of Dalhousie University. The province will contribute $10 million toward the cost of the building over the next 15 years. The building will cost a total of $38.5 million. Construction will begin next March. The building is expected to be complete by the fall of 2015.last_img read more

Focus on tackling malnutrition among urban poor migrant population Centre to states

first_imgNew Delhi: The Centre has asked states to focus on tackling malnutrition among slum-dwellers and migrant population in urban areas during a month-long campaign under the government’s flagship nutrition scheme Poshan Abhiyaan.The government said malnutrition in urban areas is mainly caused by increasing population of the poor, food safety risks and unhealthy food environment, and asked the states to expand the outreach of health and nutrition services among slum-dwellers and migrant population. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’In a note to state and district authorities, the Women and Child Development Ministry said that “activities under Poshan Abhiyaan should be promoted in urban areas with an effort to expand the outreach of health and nutrition services among slum-dwellers and migrant population.” It has also set the responsibilities of the state, district and block level officials which include special focus on migrant population and people living in slum areas. It further said asked the states to take steps like strengthening convergence between departments, developing urban health mission and spreading the message Swachh Bharat Mission among others. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”Reach out to labour-centric industries or private employers to establish contact with migrant populace and sensitise them on Poshan Abhiyaan. Identify urban unserved/uncovered pockets and reach out to these pockets with nutrition services via special drives,” the ministry told the states. It has also asked states and districts to promote urban primary health centres and organising anaemia camps in urban areas and slums. “Organise door-to-door awareness drives on Poshan Abhiyaan in urban slums,” the ministry said. The states and districts have been asked to organise all these initiatives during the ‘Poshan Maah’ or nutrition month which is celebrated every September under the Poshan Abhiyaan. Poshan Abhiyan was launched by the Centre in 2018 to reduce low-birth weight, stunting and undernutrition, and anaemia among children, adolescent girls and women. During the Poshan Maah initiatives are taken to bring behavioural change towards issues related to maternal, infant and young child care and feeding practices. According to the National Family Health Survey-4 (NFHS-4), 38.4 per cent children under five years of age are stunted (low height-for-age) and 21 per cent wasted (low weight-for-height).last_img read more

Senate Arctic committee calls report a wakeup call in latest report

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada’s Senate says it’s time the federal government stopped ignoring the Arctic.In a new report, the Senate has issued what it says is a wake-up call for Ottawa to deal with problems that have been festering in the North for decades.The report makes 30 recommendations.It says the government needs to fund better educational opportunities and support new housing adapted to a changing Arctic climate.It also says communities need better energy options than diesel generators and that research conducted in the North should be relevant to the needs of northerners.But co-author Senator Dennis Patterson from Nunavut says he knows similar recommendations have been made before by other government committees.He says the current government doesn’t seem to have the Arctic high on its agenda.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Mike Posner Helps Kids In Detroit And Across America

first_imgSinger, songwriter and producer Mike Posner has teamed up with Tom’s of Maine to invest in people and the planet in his hometown of Detroit and in communities around the country.Posner is participating in the annual “50 States for Good” community giving program as a judge, and as part of this year’s campaign, is also helping to shine a spotlight on a park in need along Detroit’s historic Eight Mile Road.Posner believes in the potential of the Motor City and together with Tom’s of Maine will help bring funding to grassroots efforts around the country, combining his passion for social advocacy and hometown pride. Amidst his success in the music industry, Posner hasn’t forgotten his roots and has always made giving back to the community a priority. His involvement in 50 States for Good is a reflection of not only his love for Detroit but also his appreciation for grassroots nonprofits across the country in need of funding.50 States for Good celebrates the many small nonprofits and passionate community members who see local needs and jump into action. Now through September 30, 2014 anyone can say “thank you” by nominating a favorite nonprofit at www.50StatesforGood.com via a short essay. One nonprofit in every state and Washington DC will be recognized and rewarded with a collective pool of $510,000 in funding available. This year’s 51 winners – to be awarded $10,000 each – will be selected by an independent judging panel, including Posner.As part of this year’s 50 States for Good program, Posner is encouraging his fans, fellow Detroiters and community members nationwide to join a socially-powered project that brings goodness to kids and families in the Motor City. With a $25,000 donation to nonprofit Eight Mile Boulevard Association and with consumer participation online, Tom’s of Maine will renovate distressed Knudsen Park near historic Eight Mile Road. Tom’s of Maine is asking the public to root for change and show nationwide support for Detroit with a simple social action to help decide what new items go into the park, such as a picnic area, upcycled benches, a play car, a swing set, public art or basketball court updates.last_img read more

Alternative Keystone XL route gets approved in Nebraska

first_imgLINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska regulators approved an alternative route Monday for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. It was the last major regulatory hurdle facing project operator TransCanada Corp., though opponents say another round of federal approval may now be needed.The Nebraska Public Service Commission’s ruling was on the Nebraska route TransCanada has proposed to complete the $8 billion, 1,179-mile (1,897-kilometre) pipeline to deliver oil from Alberta, Canada, to Texas Gulf Coast refineries. The proposed Keystone XL route would cross parts of Montana, South Dakota and most of Nebraska to Steele City, Nebraska.The long-delayed project was rejected by President Barack Obama in 2015, citing concerns about carbon pollution. President Donald Trump revived it in March, approving a permit.The project has faced a barrage of criticism from environmental activists and some landowners for nearly a decade.Here are some things to know about the fight:___WHAT OPTIONS DID THE COMMISSION HAVE?The five-member Nebraska Public Service Commission was forbidden by law from factoring pipeline safety or the risk of spills into its decision because pipeline safety is a federal responsibility. So, it couldn’t take into account a spill of 210,000 gallons (790,000 litres) of oil on the existing Keystone pipeline in South Dakota announced on Thursday.The simplest choice was a yes-or-no vote on TransCanada’s “preferred route” through a dozen Nebraska counties. The commission had the option of including major caveats that would add years to the project’s timetable.Commissioners decided to approve an alternative route that would run farther north than TransCanada’s preferred route. Company officials have said their preferred route causes the least amount of disruption.No matter what the commission decided, any group that presented arguments at an August hearing could appeal the decision to a state district court. The case would likely end up before the Nebraska Supreme Court.The proposed Keystone XL would expand the existing Keystone pipeline, which went into service in July 2010. The current pipeline network runs south through North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas and extends east into Missouri and Illinois.___WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE DECISION?The commission’s vote could play a pivotal role in whether TransCanada moves ahead with the pipeline. After years of lobbying for the project, TransCanada acknowledged in a July conference call that executives won’t decide until late November or early December whether to begin construction.TransCanada spokesman Matthew John reiterated that timeline last week, ahead of the Monday vote.“We’re going through the process with every intention to get this project built,” John said on Wednesday. “But there are factors that we need to work out prior to making that decision,” including regulatory approval in Nebraska.John said the company also needs to finalize its contracts with shippers that want to use the pipeline.TransCanada has been working to line up long-term contracts for the pipeline, which can carry an estimated 830,000 barrels a day. The company has not announced the results of its open season bidding process, which ended Oct. 26.___WILL THERE BE PROTESTS IF THE COMMISSION APPROVES THE PIPELINE?Opponents in August vowed to stage mass protests against the pipeline if Nebraska regulators approve it, but say they will exhaust legal options first.Pipeline opponents have lined parts of the proposed route with obstacles, including trees, solar panels, sacred corn from the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska and a barn powered by renewable energy. Some opponents may try to physically block construction and have likened their resistance to the activists who protested the Dakota Access Pipeline in Standing Rock, North Dakota.___IS KEYSTONE XL STILL FEASIBLE?Despite low oil prices and repeated delays, TransCanada has a strong financial incentive to keep pursuing the pipeline, said Zachary Rogers, a Houston-based analyst for Wood Mackenzie, an energy research and consulting firm.Rogers said Western Canadian producers have been forced to ship their product by train, which is more expensive than a pipeline, and Keystone XL would reduce costs and improve their bottom line.At the same time, Texas refineries face uncertainty because of political instability in Venezuela, one of their top oil sources, and a slowdown in Mexican production.“Western Canada has been held captive by geography and hasn’t been able to cheaply access the markets,” Rogers said last week. “Any opportunity for them to get better access will buoy their margins.”___Follow Grant Schulte on Twitter at https://twitter.com/GrantSchulte___Sign up for the AP’s weekly newsletter showcasing our best reporting from the Midwest and Texas: http://apne.ws/2u1RMfvlast_img read more

UN Convention against Corruption a tool to recover stolen assets takes effect

The United Nations Convention against Corruption, a major obstacle to development in poor countries, came into force today, providing the first legally binding global instrument for the return of assets illicitly acquired by dishonest officials, as well as preventive steps to detect plundering of national wealth as it occurs.“Time and time again, countries’ assets have been looted by corrupt leaders, while in the corporate world, many shareholders have been robbed by corrupt managers,” said Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), which is the custodian of the Convention.“This Convention demonstrates that Governments are no longer prepared to tolerate a destructive practice which is as old as history and as wide as the globe. It gives nations the legal tools they need to transform their economies,” he added. The Convention, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly in October 2003, signed by 140 countries and ratified by 38, rests on four pillars: prevention and criminalization of corruption, international cooperation and asset recovery.“The tough new provisions on asset recovery represent a major breakthrough,” Mr. Costa said. “The fact that nowhere in the world will be exempt from the obligation to return looted assets, and that old excuses such as banking secrecy will no longer be an impediment, will be of major assistance in preventing corruption.”Under the treaty, States are required to return money and other assets obtained through corruption to the country from which they were stolen. “This sends a warning to corrupt officials everywhere that they can no longer expect to enjoy the fruits of their crimes by moving stolen assets abroad. It is also a message of hope to millions of people who have grown angry and frustrated at seeing their country’s wealth plundered by criminals,” he added.The 90-day countdown for today’s entry into force was started at the UN World Summit on 15 September when Ecuador provided the required 30th ratification. Mr. Costa appealed to all Member States to ratify the Convention.“This new instrument must be only the beginning of our redoubled efforts to prevent and control corruption. We must all make sure that the momentum that made its negotiation and entry into force possible is not allowed to dissipate,” he declared.Implementation, which rests firmly in the hands of governments, would be a word devoid of meaning if the Convention did not become the global standard that it was intended to be, he said.UNODC has been assisting countries in developing anti-corruption strategies, implementing prevention measures and establishing the institutions they need to fight corruption effectively.To mark the entry into force, a panel discussion on combating corruption will be held at UN Headquarters in New York tomorrow, with the participation of Mr. Costa, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Ibrahim Gambari and Under-Secretary-General at the UN Office for Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) Inga-Britt Ahlenius. read more

UN workshop examines needs of Iraqi children in detention

The special needs of thousands of Iraqi children held in juvenile institutions and detention centres were the focus of a just-concluded, five-day workshop aimed at improving conditions for young people who have come in conflict with the law, officials with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) based in Baghdad and Amman have reported.”Juvenile justice and protective institutions must take the particular developmental needs of Iraqi children who do not live with their families into account,” stressed Roger Wright, UNICEF’s Special Representative for Iraq. “We know that children can be taught the difference between right and wrong, and go on to lead productive lives that contribute positively to their communities and society.” Twenty government representatives from orphanages, reformatories and ministries in Baghdad and northern Iraq learned more about international standards of juvenile justice and child rights during the five-day workshop, according to UNICEF. Mr. Wright said that improving juvenile justice was, however, only one element of a complex and interrelated scenario. “While it is critical to address how children in detention are being treated, it is also crucially important to focus on reducing the vulnerabilities and circumstances that push children to the edge and into lifestyles which often result in law-breaking and criminality,” he added. The workshop sought to foster a deeper and broader understanding that will guide approaches towards juvenile justice and institutionalization, upgrade and strengthen the existing system as well as provide more child-friendly services, according to UNICEF. The agency plans to provide follow-up training to other personnel, including social workers involved in Iraq’s juvenile justice system, all for the benefit of children in conflict with the law, those in juvenile reformatories as well as in detention, and their families. UNICEF said Iraqi officials have pledged to bring Iraq’s juvenile justice law, as well as the regulations for related institutions, in line with the new Iraqi constitution, the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, and other international treaties. read more

Ban expresses concern over blocking of essential supplies on NepalIndia border

“[The Secretary-General] is alarmed by reports of the obstruction, and destruction, of life-saving medical supplies and the continued impact on humanitarian operations,” said a statement issued by his spokesperson, which said Mr. Ban underlines Nepal’s right of free transit.Ahead of planned protests on 21 November, the Secretary-General further stresses in his statement the importance of dialogue and non-violence, as well as respect for peaceful protest and the freedom of assembly.“He urges all sides to resolve their differences in a peaceful and flexible manner and reiterates the support of the United Nations to Nepal’s efforts to build a democratic, inclusive, peaceful and prosperous future,” the statement concludes.

Android Grabs 44 of US Sales iPhone 26 Report

first_imgGoogle’s Android had a good third quarter. A really, really good third quarter. According to numbers from research firm Canalys, handsets running Google’s open OS comprised 44 percent of smartphones shipped in the US that quarter.Apple grabbed the (distant) number two spot, at 26.2. RIM was close behind at 24.2. Microsoft, meanwhile, was in fourth at 3 percent of the market.Android increased its market share by an impressive 11 percent over the previous quarter–Apple, meanwhile, only managed to increase by one percent. The smartphone market increased a full 95 percent worldwide, compared to the same quarter a year ago, according to the firm’s numbers.AdChoices广告last_img

The Corkman the Hollywood star and a road trip to Paradise

first_img 7 Comments Jun 16th 2017, 8:00 PM 18,578 Views For ticket information, you can visit the film’s official website & follow Celtic Soul across social media for more updates.  By Steve O’Rourke The Corkman, the Hollywood star and a road trip to Paradise How the star of Knocked Up and Tropic Thunder fell in love with a Scottish football club. Jay Baruchel (left), Eoin O’Callaghan (right) and two unidentified fans. Image: Eoin O’Callaghan Share47 Tweet Email http://the42.ie/3444777 center_img Short URL Image: Eoin O’Callaghan Friday 16 Jun 2017, 8:00 PM Updated at 20.00NO CHEERING IN the press box.Whether your boyhood team scores a last-minute Champions League winning goal or the county of your birth lifts the Sam Maguire, the cardinal rule of the media area at any sporting event is to remember it’s a workplace.Though that drive for objectivity does not cause you to look on sports dispassionately — it’s difficult to write about it if you don’t love it — you do find yourself moving away from being a ‘fan’ of teams.But while it’s important to remember what being a fan of a team means to people, it’s equally important to remember just how important teams are for communities as well as individuals. Source: Eoin O’CallaghanAnd that’s the crux of Celtic Soul, an Irish/Canadian documentary that sees Eoin O’Callaghan  – and yes, there’s a real possibility you’ll see a piece by Eoin either side of this article as he writes for The42 among his many gigs — and Jay Baruchel examine the actor’s Irish roots and love of Celtic Football Club.Baruchel, of course, has appeared in movies such as Knocked Up and Tropic Thunder among others, but it was stint on the other side of the screen that first set Celtic Soul in motion.“I was in Canada between 2009 and 2012 and I presented this show on TV called Fox Soccer Report,” O’Callaghan told The42 from his Toronto base this week.“We had highlights from all around the world and, at the time, it was unique to North America. If you were a football fan, you had to buy this subscription channel because they had all the rights to everything.“Jay watched the show at the time so he kind of knew who I was. He didn’t know me well, obviously, but he recognised me.“Fast forward a couple of years to around 2013 and I’m back in Dublin looking ahead to 2014 and I was putting together an idea of a documentary that looked at the centenary of the first World War involving footballers who served in the army and went to the front.“One of the clubs I was really immersed in was Celtic because they go back so far and I found a really big link between the club and Canada.“In the middle of all that, Jay followed me on Twitter and at first I thought it was a fake account, not actually him. I followed him back, we exchanged pleasantries and that was it initially.“But then one night, I came back from the pub with a bit of Dutch courage and sent him a DM to tell him I was working on this Celtic thing and asked if he was interested in getting involved.“The following day he got back to me and he was totally on board.” Jay Baruchel (left), Eoin O’Callaghan (right) and two unidentified fans. Source: MarkhamStreetFilms/YouTubeOnce a Hollywood actor was involved, particularly a comedic one, a documentary about WWI didn’t make much sense for O’Callaghan so he and Baruchel began to explore the idea of documenting the latter’s love of Celtic while tracing his Irish roots.“Jay was heavily immersed in his family tree and spoke about his relatives leaving the west in the 1840s.“That was the real light bulb moment for me, that we’re not just tracing his ancestry but we can help him figure out why he’s drawn to a club thousands of miles away and I think what he found was that, coming to Ireland, there’s a big difference between looking at a census or Google maps and actually walking the streets of your ancestral home.” Source: Eoin O’CallaghanThis leads to one of the documentaries most touching moments, when Baruchel is on Peter Street in Westport looking at the exact location of the home of his mother’s ancestors.“I’ve walked this town dozens of times on Google maps. I know every inch of it,” he says before wondering about the conditions faced by his ancestors and how they coped with being treated like second class citizens in their own country.“For me, I was very much the Robin to his Batman,” say O’Callaghan, “but you can see the power and effect of being at home. Watching someone find out about the dramatic journey his ancestors had to take, the fact they had to hop on a ship because they were faced with nothing but darkness and death in that home.“They had a better chance just hopping on a ship, not knowing what was in store was still more appealing than staying in that place. Our time in Westport turned into a sequence that was quite lovely because, when you’re following a road trip with two idiots, there’s a lot of humour in it, but when you get those vulnerable, emotional moments, it hits you that bit harder.“There’s probably about three or four of those throughout the film and I hope they come across to people watching it.” Source: MarkhamStreetFilms/YouTubeWhile it is a road trip movie, the real journey is one of discovery, of taking that first trip to see a beloved team play in a flesh. While most of us experience that as children, what was it like watching an adult run the gamut of emotions?“For the entire journey that we’re on, Jay is this childlike figure.“Even in Montreal where we start, Jay is showing me what the Canadiens mean to him and we’re standing in the centre ice at the Bell Center and he can’t believe he’s getting to stand there in this iconic venue where his favourite team plays.“And every point along the way, he retains this massive child-like enthusiasm and wide-eyed take that we’ve lost.“For me, it was like feeding off a drug, it was reminding me of the love I had when I was a kid and what sport was really about, about losing yourself in the moment and letting sport wash over you.“He reminded me that it’s okay to be really silly and romantic and optimistic when it comes to sport and the teams we grew up loving.”And all those emotions come to life towards the end of the documentary when the pair arrive at Celtic Park and realise there’s a very good reason Bhoys fans call it Paradise.Celtic Soul premieres in Ireland across four different locations this weekend: Dundrum, Swords, Gorey and Dungarvan.  Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Keeping an eye on the reforms

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A team from the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund will on Monday start a rigorous check of Greece’s progress with implementing economic reforms.Officials from the three bodies are on a two-week mission to Athens to assess whether the government has met benchmarks required to draw down a second loan tranche in September from a 110 billion euros bail-out package funded by the EU and the IMF.The Greek Finance minister George Papaconstantinou said he was confident the next loan tranche would be disbursed on time as Greece had already outperformed the targets in an interview published over the weekend.He said, “We’ve fulfilled the June 30 targets, and gone a step further by having already passed the pension reform,” – a measure that had been due for completed later in the year, according to the EU-IMF program.Greece signed up in May to a three-year programme of fiscal and structural reforms in order to avert a sovereign default, after spreads on government bonds reached unsustainable levels.The fund said this month the government had made a “strong start” on reforms and was on track to achieve its target of reducing the budget deficit this year from 13.6 per cent to 8.1 per cent of gross domestic product.But it warned of looming budget overruns in public transport, the state healthcare system, social security funds and local government.The government should accelerate “privatising or closing down numerous state enterprises that have proven to cost taxpayers large sums of money,” it said.Greece’s lossmaking state-controlled transport companies – among them the railways and the Athens bus company – face mounting problems as domestic banks are refusing to provide operating loans in spite of state guarantees.The experts are expected to seek the immediate liberalisation of product and service markets, including the opening of so-called “closed” professions, from truck-driving to architects and notaries.“More needs to be done to overcome …. strong resistance” being put up by members of closed professions,” the fund said.The European Commission is pressing for a rapid deregulation of Greek energy markets, which could include a mandatory break-up of Public Power Corporation, the state electricity utility.The fund praised the government’s “determination” in pushing through fiscal reforms and a drastic overhaul of the state-funded pension system in spite of sustained opposition from trade unions.But Mr Papaconstantinou faces mounting opposition from within the governing socialist party to structural reforms that would result in large-scale redundancies at state enterprises.last_img read more

Les chimpanzés seraientils plus intelligents que les humains 

first_imgLes chimpanzés seraient-ils plus intelligents que les humains ? En terme d’intelligence, les chimpanzés pourraient avoir des compétences plus élevées que les humains, au moins en ce qui concerne la mémoire à court terme, selon une nouvelle étude. Le 14 février, à l’occasion de la réunion annuelle de l’Association américaine pour l’avancement de la science, Tetsuro Matsuzawa, chercheur au laboratoire de primatologie à l’Université de Kyoto a présenté en vidéo les capacités étonnantes de son petit prodige, un chimpanzé connu sous le nom d’Ayumu. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Âgé de 12 ans et depuis toujours résident de l’Université, le mâle fait l’objet d’une très grande attention de la part des scientifiques qui le suivent pour ses compétences intellectuelles. Ainsi, Ayumu est régulièrement entrainé et soumis à des tests variés. Il est par exemple capable de mémoriser, en moins d’une demi-seconde, les 9 chiffres d’une série qui apparaît au hasard sur un ordinateur et retrouver la suite exacte parmi toutes les propositions affichées sur un deuxième écran.Un résultat qui démontre une capacité tout à fait exceptionnelle. En effet, en ce qui concerne la mémoire à court terme, Ayumu est dotée d’une aptitude que peu d’êtres humains peuvent prétendre posséder. Au cours de l’histoire, seules quelques personnes atteintes de grands troubles mentaux ont été réputées capable de réaliser avec succès un tel exercice, a affirmé à LiveScience Tetsuro Matsuzawa, chercheur à l’université de Kyoto. Néanmoins, il semblerait que tous les chimpanzés soient capables, avec de l’entrainement d’accomplir l’exploit d’Ayumu. Une faculté liée au mode de vie sauvage Sur six chimpanzés testés, tous ont démontré pouvoir se souvenir rapidement de la nature et l’emplacement des neufs chiffres. Selon les chercheurs, cette incroyable faculté est liée au mode de vie sauvage des grands singes. Ceux-ci sont régulièrement confrontés à des situations complexes qui les obligent à prendre rapidement une décision. Leur mémoire à court terme s’est ainsi développée de manière à pouvoir jongler simultanément entre une multitude de pensées différentes. Le 18 février 2013 à 16:13 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Arsenal players must stand up – Gilberto

first_imgAfter another dismal season for Arsenal, Gilberto Silva has urged the players to “stand up” and fight for the under-pressure Arsene WengerThe club look set to fail to qualify for the Champions League for a second consecutive season with 13 points separating them in sixth place from Tottenham in fourth.Following a turbulent run at the start of 2018, which saw Arsenal succumb to four consecutive defeats, Wenger came under intense scrutiny with both fans and former players calling for the Frenchman’s resignation.Silva, who was part of the famous “invincibles” squad that Wenger led to an entire season unbeaten in 2003/04, has defended the coach and has questioned the players attitude at the Emirates this season.“I worked with Wenger for such a long time. As I know him, he’s a person who loves the game and wants to win things. He sacrifices himself for the players and for the club.” Silva told Sky Sports.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“At the moment things are hard but he’s trying the best he can to handle the pressure and get the best out of his players. All the time the pressure is on him but there comes a time when you have to question what the players can bring back to him because he trusts them.”Arsenal have recently had an upturn in form with the Gunners having won their previous three games and having progressed to the quarter-finals of the Europa League.But Silva believes that it is the players’ responsibility to ensure the results come Arsenal’s way and has urged them to fight for the Frenchman.“It’s about somebody standing up and holding the pressure for somebody who believes in them. All the questions in the media talk about whether it’s time for Wenger to go or if he lost his appetite.” said the 2002 World Cup winner.“It’s not about this, it’s about the players at the club supporting him as long as he stays in the club.”last_img read more

Danny Ings has revealed that he left Liverpool for happiness

first_imgAfter his anticipated arriving from Burnley to Anfield, Danny Ings unfortunately was hampered by two knee ligament injuries that led to his sharp decline in the club.The 26-year-old striker has returned to Southhampton, his hometown, in search of play time but most importantly for the sake of happiness.Joe has reported the striker speaking to Times about his hard time while out of play for Liverpool and why he had to move to Southhampton. He cited the Champions League final as his saddest moment while not being able to play for Liverpool: “That was one of the moments that obviously broke my heart. For any player to play a part in the Champions League, coming on in games, to not then be part of the final was absolutely heartbreaking.“I did get game time towards the end of the season and it was great to have that feeling in the tummy when you stand in the tunnel. It got me wanting to feel that every week, which is what I am getting now at Southampton.“The lads at Liverpool all wanted me to stay, but understood. We used to play cards on the way to away games and it was a different feeling for me because I wouldn’t be starting.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“I would cover that up, and I hid that, because I didn’t want to bring any negativity to the group. But it didn’t stop me going home and just sitting in the house with my dogs and being upset. That happened for a long time.“Although I was happy around the lads and everyone at the club, on a much deeper level I know I wasn’t as happy as I can be. And, when I am happy, I play my best football.”last_img read more

Southgate ready to give young players a chance

first_imgGareth Southgate has given an indication that England’s youngsters might get the nod in their upcoming games against Croatia and Spain.Southgate spoke glowingly about the young guns in training. The former Boro boss selected three teenagers, Jadon Sancho, James Maddison, and Mason Mount, for this week’s UEFA Nations League matches.Others gunning for a second appearance include Leicester’s Ben Chilwell and Tottenham’s Harry Winks.The England boss believes the young lads will contribute their quota to help England get positive results in the Nations League despite their inexperience.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“We are here to try and get a result so the team we play will be a team we believe in,” Southgate made this known to Sky Sports in Rijeka ahead of the game against Croatia on Friday evening“There is nobody in the squad that is here that we are not thinking of putting into the team.“It is not experimentation. They are players we believe in. Okay, they are relatively inexperienced at the highest level but players we have enjoyed working with and they have shown in training this week they can handle this level.“We will pick the team that we think is the best one to win the game.”last_img read more