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England’s pace duo Anderson, Wood out of Bangladesh tour

first_imgEngland pace duo James Anderson and Mark Wood have been ruled out of the team’s tour of Bangladesh following recurrence of their recent injuries, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Thursday.Anderson, who is England’s all-time leading test wicket-taker, sustained a stress fracture during the home series against Sri Lanka in June, though he did play three tests against Pakistan in July and August. (James Anderson set to miss Bangladesh tour)”He requires more time to ensure optimal healing of a stress fracture he sustained during the summer,” the ECB said of the 34-year-old in a statement.Nottinghamshire’s Jake Ball was added to the test squad but the selectors would consider a further replacement at a later date, the board said.Durham seamer Wood has had a recurrence of left ankle symptoms and was replaced by Middlesex’s Steven Finn in the one-day squad. (England’s James Anderson could be rested in Bangladesh, India Test series)England play three one-day internationals beginning on October 7 followed by tests in Chittagong from October 20 and Dhaka from October 28 before they begin a tour of India, which includes five tests with the first starting on November 9.last_img read more

Forget England heroics, Rashford is not a Man Utd No.9

first_imgTwo goals in two games, and both of them instinctive first-time finishes. It’s fair to say that Marcus Rashford enjoyed a productive international break with England, having had a disruptive start to the season with Manchester United.The 20-year-old returned a few days early from his delayed summer holiday after World Cup duty in order to fill out Jose Mourinho’s short-handed front line. His reward was a rare start in the centre of attack on opening night against Leicester City.But since that 66-minute outing Rashford has not started again at club level, and his outing at Burnley lasted just 10 minutes before he was sent off for a retaliatory head-butt on ex-Red Phil Bardsley . As a result he will sit out the trip to Watford on Saturday as he begins a three-match ban, although he will still be in contention for the visit to Young Boys which starts United’s Champions League campaign on Wednesday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Ahead of his absence at Vicarage Road, Rashford’s goals against Spain and Switzerland for the Three Lions have reopened conversation in some circles regarding his suitability to the role of central striker. Having partnered Harry Kane to reasonable effect in the UEFA Nations League game at Wembley, he also turned in a decent showing alongside Danny Welbeck against the Swiss in Leicester.Yet there were still signs that the attacker, who has spent much of his time under Mourinho at United in a platoon with Anthony Martial and latterly Alexis Sanchez for the starting left-wing spot, doesn’t quite have the predatory instincts in front of goal necessary to become a consideration in the No.9 spot currently occupied by Romelu Lukaku.While Rashford’s two-goal salvo against Liverpool last season and the game-winning performance he turned in against Chelsea the previous year have been two of the stand-out showings under Mourinho since his arrival as manager in 2016, the youngster still has to make far more of the opportunities that come his way if he is to command a place in the centre of attack going forward.He had two such chances late in the game against Spain, but England great Alan Shearer suggested it is his lack of starts as a true No.9 which have compromised his game .Writing in The Sun , Shearer asserted: “Unfortunately his two missed chances that could have earned England a point also told you where he is at right now.Marcus Rashford England 2018-19“A centre-forward who is playing regularly in that position for his club probably would not have fluffed those… He would put those chances away and believe in himself — you get a taste for it, it is a feeling you love.”In truth, though, this is not a new phenomenon for Rashford. While he burst onto the scene with those memorable doubles against Midtjylland and Arsenal in February 2016, he has been far from prolific since then and has been found wanting in key moments for club and country before now.When he failed to open the scoring with a header under pressure from Thibaut Courtois at a key moment in United’s 1-0 defeat at Chelsea last term, Gary Neville blasted on Sky Sports : “Marcus Rashford, you closed your eyes! You closed your eyes! Just don’t look at the goalkeeper and he scores.”And in the World Cup group clash with Belgium when he was given the chance to prove his worth, he somehow failed to hit the target from a sublime Jamie Vardy assist with only Courtois to beat.For the large part Rashford’s pace in the channels has been the most compelling asset in his game following that unforgettable arrival on the senior stage, but his finishing has not been nearly as sharp. Perhaps Shearer is right that a player who is being allowed to drift into scoring positions with more regularity would be more likely to find the net at a higher rate.Wilfred Ndidi, Marcus RashfordBut you have to make the chance for yourself at a club like Manchester United. Were Rashford at a lesser Premier League club there would be a far longer leash to play his way into certain habits, but United simply can’t give that licence over a lengthy period of time. And especially not at a time when the Red Devils are desperately trying to get back on their feet.With Lukaku having netted 27 goals last season, Rashford has a lot to live up to if he is to make Mourinho think about either replacing the Belgian or using the England star as a long-term partner in a reshaped forward line. His return of 28 goals in 124 appearances for United in the last two-and-a-half years does not jump from the page when it comes to strikers’ records, and some of his big-stage sitters have done little to support the cause.Rashford for now remains a player of huge potential, an attacker with explosive pace and excellent temperament on the ball, a worthy occupant of the United No.10 shirt worn by so many stars of the past. But he has still got a lot to prove if he is to become the figurehead of United’s attacks in the years to come. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Cavs the Champs But Warriors the Favorites in the NBA Finals

first_imgBRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball WriterSome predictions see the NBA Finals ending quickly. A video game simulation has them going the distance.All seem to agree on the Golden State Warriors winning.Beaten last year by Cleveland’s historic comeback, the Warriors will try to avenge that defeat and get back on top when they face the Cavaliers again, the first time two teams have met three straight times in the NBA Finals.Game 1 is Thursday at Oracle Arena, where the Cavaliers won their first championship last year by becoming the first team to rally from a 3-1 deficit in the finals. The Warriors are back with a more formidable team after adding Kevin Durant, a healthier one after Stephen Curry was injured last postseason, and not even LeBron James and the Cavs are given much chance of stopping them.“I think they’re the prohibitive favorite,” ABC analyst Jeff Van Gundy said. “I think when you’re the prohibitive favorite against LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, that means you’re a heck of a team, and they sure are.”The Warriors are 12-0 in the playoffs and have won 27 of their last 28 overall. Cleveland will have to slow down a team that has been beating teams by 16.3 points per game in the postseason.A lackluster postseason could be salvaged by a close, compelling series, which was the result of an NBA 2K17 simulation that ended with Durant leading the Warriors to a Game 7 rout.The Warriors are a powerhouse, but the Cavs are 12-1 in the playoffs and give themselves a shot no matter who else does.“Since I’ve been in this league, it’s hard to get to the playoffs, let alone march all the way to the finals,” guard Iman Shumpert said. “But I think we got a great group, headlined by one of the best guys to ever do it. That gives us a chance in any game.”Some things to watch in the series:A LOT OF LOVE? Cleveland almost certainly needs the Kevin Love of the last round to have a chance at the upset. He averaged a quiet 13.8 points in the first two rounds, then busted out for 22.6 points and 12.4 rebounds per game against Boston in the Eastern Conference finals. Golden State will try to keep him in check with Draymond Green, one of the league’s best and most versatile defenders.“When he’s going, he makes their team a lot better,” Green said, “so it is my job to try to take him out of the game.”WHAT HOME-COURT ADVANTAGE? The Cavaliers’ nine-game postseason road winning streak, three shy of the 2001-02 Lakers’ league record, started with victories last year in Games 5 and 7 in Oakland. The Warriors won at least once in Cleveland in each of the last two NBA Finals, part of their franchise-record streak of 14 straight series with a road victory.STRAIGHT SHOOTERS? All-Star Klay Thompson is shooting 38 percent from the field in the postseason and 2015 NBA Finals MVP Andre Iguodala is just 3 for 27 from 3-point range. The Warriors’ best lineup against the Cavaliers probably has both players on the floor at the same time, with Iguodala on James and Thompson defending Irving, so Thompson said he doesn’t get caught up in whether his shot is falling.“What happened in the past in my mind doesn’t really count now unless we go out and finish the deal,” he said. “So as long as I perform at this stage now and play my hardest, that’s all I can ask for. It’s been working up to this point, so I can’t change what I’m doing.”NO WORRY FROM CURRY: After a knee injury in the playoffs and a quick turnaround following the conference finals, Curry wasn’t in top shape last June. He’s in better health now, even while wearing a sleeve over his elbow to protect some swelling.“Obviously not really dealing with any bumps or bruises really besides this elbow that’s not really a factor,” Curry said. “So other than that, feeling fresh.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Australia 2019 ICC World Cup squad to draw inspiration at World War One battle site

first_imgAustralia’s World Cup squad will stop at Gallipoli in Turkey on the way to England to draw inspiration at the World War One battle site where thousands of Australian soldiers died in the ill-fated campaign.The stopover comes nearly a year after Australia coach Justin Langer took his squad on a Western Front tour of historic WWI sites in France and Belgium.”We took the boys to the Western Front last year on the way to England and we’ve had a theme ‘From Lille to Lord’s’ ever since, with the World Cup final at Lord’s on July 14,” Langer told local radio station SEN.”It’s very sobering, and it was an incredible life experience for the boys, and also it gelled the team together with different experiences and interpretations of our history.”Where we are right now, on the way to England for a long campaign representing our country, hopefully (Gallipoli) will be a real catalyst for gelling together and success.”Some 8,700 Australians were among the more than 56,000 Allied soldiers killed in the eight-month Gallipoli campaign which was intended to open up access to the Black Sea for Allied navies but ended up a bloody stalemate against Turkish forces.While the battle was an unmitigated failure, the sacrifices of Australian and New Zealand troops became ingrained in the national identity of both countries.It will be the first trip to Gallipoli by the national cricket team since Steve Waugh led his side there in 2001 ahead of winning the Ashes against England.advertisementLanger was part of the 2001 Ashes victory but missed the Gallipoli trip as he was not part of the one-day squad that preceded the test series. He said it was “one of the regrets of (his) career”.Waugh wrote in his 2005 book “Out of My Comfort Zone” that the visit had a “profound effect” on his squad before they went on to dominate the one-day series and Ashes.Aaron Finch’s Australia wrapped up a three-match series of unofficial World Cup warmups against a depleted New Zealand side with a five-wicket win in Brisbane on Friday.Former captain Steve Smith, back in Australian colours after a 12-month ball-tampering ban, scored 91 not out in an encouraging performance before England but also threw a scare through the camp.When running for a single in the 32nd over, his outstretched bat dug into the turf on the edge of the wicket and appeared to jar the right elbow which underwent surgery earlier in the year.Although in discomfort, Smith was given extra strapping by the team doctor and batted on.After Gallipoli, Australia head to England where they have arranged an unofficial practice match with West Indies on May 22, ahead of sanctioned World Cup warmups against England on May 25 and Sri Lanka on May 27.Australia’s World Cup opener is against Afghanistan on July 1 in Bristol.Also Read | Steve Smith hits unbeaten 91 as Australia XI beat New Zealand XIAlso Read | How good is this kid: Justin Langer impressed by Steve Smith’s Australia returnlast_img read more

Lawyers file classaction lawsuit for former patients at Indian Hospitals

first_imgEDMONTON – Ann Hardy was 10 years old when she contracted tuberculosis, said goodbye to her Metis family in Fort Smith, N.W.T. and was taken to the Charles Camsell Indian Hospital in Edmonton in 1969.Over five months, she was treated for the infectious disease in the segregated facility but said she was also sexually assaulted several times by an X-ray technician.An 11-year-old girl she shared a room with also received small gifts and night time visits from an orderly, she says.“He would crawl into her bed and he did sexually assault her,” recalled Hardy, now 59.“I felt guilt for many, many years because I wasn’t able to help her.”Hardy is now hoping to help all the former patients she can as the lead plaintiff in a proposed class-action lawsuit alleging abuse at the 29 Indian Hospitals the federal government ran from 1945 until the last one closed in 1981.A statement of claim filed last week in Toronto federal court says Indigenous patients suffered consistent physical and sexual assaults, were deprived of food and drink, force-fed their own vomit and unnecessarily restrained in their beds.The suit further describes the hospitals as unsanitary, crumbling and staffed by many foreign-trained doctors who failed to qualify to practice medicine in Canada.“Canada ignored, remained wilfully blind and permitted harm to patient class members in order to avoid scrutiny and unwanted publicity about its inappropriate, common practices and procedures concerning Indian Hospitals,” says the suit.Steve Cooper, a lawyer in Sherwood Park, Alta., said his firm and two others in Ontario are representing about 30 former patients in the lawsuit so far. He expects there will be more.“These are large institutions that were operating for decades,” he said. “If the residential school system told us anything, it’s probably larger than we expect at the beginning, and we expect something in the range of 10,000 people.”A statement of defence has yet to be filed and a judge must first approve the suit as a class action.An email from Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada said the government is working to resolve the matter out of court.“Canada is committed to righting historical wrongs committed against Indigenous people,” said the email. “Canada believes that the best way to address outstanding issues and achieve reconciliation with Indigenous people is through negotiation and dialogue rather than litigation.”Hardy said staff threatened her if she ever talked about the abuse. And she never told her parents.She wouldn’t have been able to put her name on the lawsuit had they still been alive.“I wouldn’t want them to know what happened to me,” she said.Hardy underwent therapy and counselling for many years, and is still dealing with flashbacks, she said.“I’m a grandmother now and I look at my children and I think of — with absolute horror — that children that age could be subjected to that. Thankfully, nowadays, things have changed.“But there we were, so young, and we were at the mercy of these people.”last_img read more

Mandela the man once branded a terrorist by the US

first_imgIn 2008 just before his 90th birthday, the United States gave Nelson Mandela a special present, striking him from a decades-old terror watch list and ending what US officials called “a rather embarrassing matter.”By then the anti-apartheid icon had long left behind the jail cells where he was incarcerated for 27 years, and was already enjoying retirement and his status as one of the most revered statesmen of the 20th century after becoming South Africa’s first black president.In past years, U.S. officials have beaten a path to his door in his family village hoping some of his almost saint-like aura would rub off on them. On Thursday, when Mandela died at age 95, President Barack Obama hailed him as belonging “to the ages” and ordered that flags on U.S. government buildings be flown at half-mast — a rare tribute to a foreign leader.Yet decades ago many in America did not share in the adulation of Mandela and his African National Congress (ANC), which had been billed a terrorist organization by both South Africa and the United States. His severest right-wing critics painted him as an unrepentant terrorist and a communist sympathizer.It was even reported that the CIA had helped engineer Mandela’s 1962 arrest when an agent inside the ANC supplied South African security officials with a tip-off to track him down.In the 1980s however, late Democratic U.S. senator Ted Kennedy drafted legislation with senator Lowell Weicker that would eventually become one of the global catalysts leading to the collapse of the apartheid system.President Ronald Reagan sought to bury their 1986 anti-apartheid bill aiming to impose economic sanctions on South Africa by imposing his veto, saying he believed it would only lead to more violence and repression for black South Africans.But for the first and only time that century, Congress rebelled and overrode Reagan’s veto on a foreign policy issue, passing legislation that slapped sanctions on Pretoria, snapped direct air links and cut vital aid.Some observers maintain that the story of Mandela’s redemption and the undeniable justness of his cause hold unique lessons for Washington as it grapples with other flagrant abuses of human rights by repressive regimes around the world.Brian Dooley, who worked with Kennedy on the game-changing legislation and is now a director with Human Rights First, chafes at the rationale that the U.S. pursues “constructive engagement” with autocratic regimes for the greater good and to ensure security interests.“The justifications for propping up the apartheid regime are now almost the same as we hear when we talk about why isn’t the U.S. more robust in taking on human rights violations in Saudi Arabia or Bahrain or various other parts of the world,” Dooley told AFP.“Forget the morality if you like for a second, and look at just the national interest, the self-interest. Standing with the bad guys not only looks bad — it is bad. And eventually they fall, and eventually there is dreadful resentment.”The lessons of the apartheid era are still applicable today, Dooley says, as “only the fact that Congress overrode the veto saved the U.S. reputation.”Until five years ago, Mandela and other members of the ANC remained on the U.S. terror watch list because of their armed struggle against the apartheid regime, which yielded to majority rule in the mid-1990s.The designation meant that the U.S. State Department had to issue them with a waiver to enter the country for meetings such as the U.N. General Assembly, something former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice said she found “embarrassing.”When Mandela was finally removed from the list in 2008, then senator and current Secretary of State John Kerry, said: “He had no place on our government’s terror watch list, and I’m pleased to see this bill finally become law.”In a televised address from the White House on Thursday, Obama said Mandela was “a man who took history in his hands and bent the arc of the moral universe towards justice.”“A free South Africa, at peace with itself, that’s an example to the world, and that’s Madiba’s legacy to the nation that he loved,” Obama said, referring to Mandela by his clan name.J. Peter Pham, director of the Africa Center at the Atlantic Council, called Mandela “one of the rare international statesmen that captured the imagination of Americans across the political spectrum.”“Even those who are not normally interested in Africa found him a very compelling individual,” said Pham, who was awarded the 2008 Nelson Mandela International Prize for African Security and Development.last_img read more

UN official voices optimism Central Asia could become nuclearweaponfree zone

Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs Jayantha Dhanapala, in Tajikistan for the first leg of his five-nation tour of the region, said in an interview with UN Radio that he thought making Central Asia a nuclear-weapon-free zone was an “extremely realistic” idea.”It is an indigenous proposal – it is not a proposal that has been imposed by anybody outside the zone,” Mr. Dhanapala said, noting that the plan arose originally in 1997 through the Almaty Declaration and through a UN General Assembly resolution co-sponsored by Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.”We have negotiated most of the treaty,” he added. “What now remains to be done is to spell out in detail the security assurances for these countries from both the nuclear weapons States and from others in the neighbouring region.”In addition to the proposal for a nuclear-weapons-free zone, Mr. Dhanapala said that he and President Emomali Rahmonov had also discussed the issue of small arms in the country.”It appears that they have been able to overcome the substantial part of the problem,” Mr. Dhanapala said, noting, however, that there remained a danger from Afghanistan because the two countries shared a long border and there was always the danger of an overspill of arms following the Afghanistan conflict. read more

Sudan cannot be trusted to tackle Darfur war crimes UN human rights

Briefing the Council on the findings of the International Commission of Inquiry on the conflict in Darfur, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour said a referral to the International Criminal Court (ICC) is “the only credible way” to bring the perpetrators of the crimes to justice.Ms. Arbour said the measures taken so far by the Khartoum Government to deal with the crimes have been “grossly inadequate and ineffective.”Few individuals have been prosecuted or even disciplined for their actions in Darfur, she added, despite evidence that Government forces and allied Janjaweed militias had – “on a very large scale and in a systematic manner” – murdered, tortured and raped civilians, destroyed and looted villages, and forced the displacement of thousands of people.The Commission of Inquiry, set up last year by Mr. Annan, found these actions constituted war crimes and crimes against humanity and their perpetrators should be referred to the ICC. It concluded that genocide had not occurred as it could not find any specified intent on the part of the Sudanese Government to wipe out an ethnic or racial group.Speaking at the outset of the session, Secretary-General Kofi Annan urged the Council to act urgently to stop further death and suffering in Darfur and “to do justice for those whom we are already too late to save.”In one of the most chilling examples catalogued by the commission, Government forces and Janjaweed militiamen twice attacked Kailek, a village populated mainly by members of the ethnic Fur group, in South Darfur. After the second attack, during which many civilians were shot and killed, about 30,000 villagers were confined for 50 days within a small area where they then endured “the most abhorrent treatment,” Ms. Arbour said.”Some men were singled out and summarily shot. There are reports of people being thrown on to fires and burnt alive. Women and children were separated out, confined in a walled area, and periodically taken away by their captors to be raped, [with] some subjected to gang rapes.”The Commission also found that the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), two rebel groups fighting the Government in Darfur, had murdered civilians and pillaged homes. But it added that it did not find a systematic or widespread pattern to these violations.Ms. Arbour told Council members that it would be too expensive and time-consuming to set up an ad-hoc tribunal or expand the mandate of an existing international tribunal.She also said many victims of atrocities in Darfur had informed the five-member Commission that they had little, if any, confidence in the Sudanese justice system to be impartial and fair in its capacity to bring justice. Victims feared reprisals if they went to the domestic courts, many Sudanese laws breach basic human rights standards, and over the past decade the executive has been granted such broad powers that it effectively undermines the judiciary.Most estimates suggest 70,000 people have been killed since the conflict in Darfur, a vast and impoverished region on Sudan’s western flank, began in early 2003. About 1.65 million people are internally displaced and another 200,000 others live as refugees in neighbouring Chad.The Council meeting, held at UN Headquarters in New York, was adjourned after Ms. Arbour’s briefing for consultations among its 15 members. read more

SNPs new EU negotiator doesnt appear to believe in closer union with

first_imgNicola Sturgeon has appointed a minister to help keep Scotland in Europe who has previously spoken out against closer political ties with the EU.  Michael Russell, the combative SNP veteran and former education minister, has been tasked with leading the Scottish Government’s negotiations with Westminster over Scotland’s future relationship with the EU.  Mr Russell, who has not been in the Scottish cabinet since Ms Sturgeon became First Minister in 2014, has been given the official title of Minister for UK Negotiations on Scotland’s Place in Europe.  Following the Brexit vote in June he said Scotland must remain in the EU “no matter how and no matter what it takes”.  But in a book on Scottish nationalism which he co-authored 10 years ago, entitled Grasping the Thistle, the Argyll and Bute MSP wrote that “the best way forward for our involvement with Europe should be in the trading sphere not through further political integration”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.   Jackson Carlaw, deputy leader of the Scottish Conservatives, said last night: “As he takes on his new job, Mr Russell will need to explain why the SNP is so desperate to be part of an ever closer political union with Brussels when it appears he doesn’t believe in a word of it.”  Ms Sturgeon has repeatedly warned since the Brexit vote that another independence referendum is “highly likely” in order to keep Scotland in the EU.  She said yesterday that the appointment, which is subject to approval by Holyrood next month, was an indication of the importance she was placing on the Brexit negotiations. Mr Russell will report to her and attend cabinet.  She added: “We already have an agreement with the new Prime Minister that the Scottish government should be fully involved in the development of the UK Government’s position ahead of Article 50 being triggered and beyond, and that options to protect Scotland’s relationship with Europe will form part of these discussions.  “By putting a dedicated and experienced minister at their centre, it will ensure that Scotland’s voice is heard loudly and clearly.”  Fiona Hyslop, the external affairs minister, and Alasdair Allan, the Europe minister, will continue to lead discussions with EU institutions and member states.  Mr Russell said he was delighted with the new role, adding: “Following the overwhelming vote in Scotland to remain in the EU, it is essential that Scotland comes together to defend our national interest. Accordingly in these discussions, it is important that the nation speaks, as much as possible, with one voice.”  Scottish Labour said “people voted in overwhelming numbers to maintain our relationships with both the EU and the UK”, adding: “Delivering an outcome that achieves both of these is what we want to see.”A spokesman for Mr Russell said: “This was a jointly authored book and whilst Michael Russell is a lifelong European, Dennis MacLeod is a lifelong anti-European, a point clearly made in the book’s introduction.‎”last_img read more

Too small and far away from school Tearful Grenfell survivor 10 explains

first_imgShe said: “Most of the people in my building, they were very close to me, and they were like family. Seeing them go wasn’t good”.Hayam then broke down in tears as her father told her she is “so brave”.Theresa May set a deadline of three weeks to permanently house all the survivors of the fire.This deadline passes today, yet just 14 families out of the many displaced by the blaze have been rehoused. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Atmanis have not been rehomed yet after turning down an offer of accommodation they found to be unacceptable. A traumatised 10-year-old has broken down in tears after remembering how her friends and neighbours died in the Grenfell Tower blaze.The young girl explained that she and her family are still living in a hotel in Kensington after being offered a “small” flat which was “too far from her school”.Hayam Atmani told the BBC that she finds it “hard to sleep” and has “nightmares about if it happens again”.Sid-Ali Atmani lived with his daughter Hayam on the 15th floor.Some on that floor are thought to have not made it out alive, but many of the missing people thought dead have not yet been identified.The child described what it is like to have lost neighbours to the blaze.center_img Hayam said: “They should give us houses that we want and we should see them first, instead of them just coming up to us and saying we’re giving you a home and if you don’t like it then we have nothing else for you.”The family said they turned down an offer of accommodation because it was too small and too far away from school.Her father said: “I want this to finish, that’s what I want. I want my dignity”.Westminster council has said over 100 offers of accommodation have been made, but a handful have been accepted. A young survivor of #GrenfellTower breaks down as she talks about why her family turned down housing offered to them— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) July 5, 2017last_img read more

SvenSoren Christophersen in Berlin until 2015

← Previous Story Myrhol getting better! Next Story → Champ. League Qualifications – Day of Decisions; Vive Kielce-RNL in spotlight Sven-Soren Christophersen decided to prolong his contract with the “Foxes” from Berlin, and will stay in Berlin until 2015. The Fuchse-Berlin topscorer from last season, said that he is delighted to stay in Berlin, and hopes that the team will again show strong title-challenge in this upcoming season that begins today. The satisfaction was mutual, as the club and the coach also showed their appeasement with Sven’s decision.

Sony waited at least a day before revealing PSN hack

first_imgSony’s executive team may have painted itself into a corner regarding information sharing about the recent PlayStation Network server breach. A document dated May 6, handed to the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry by Sony, gives a breakdown of the events that occurred from the moment Sony knew something was up with their PSN servers. That time period started on April 25, but we didn’t know anything publicly and official until April 26.That 24 hour period is key, as the document states Sony knew a large amount of data had been taken on the 25th, but chose not to issue a statement until the 26th. On May 1st Kazuo Hirai, president of Sony’s gaming division, stated they didn’t know about the breach until the 26th. Again, this is a day later than the document states.AdChoices广告Also at issue here is how much Sony knew and decided to disclose publicly. On the 25th it knew lots of data had been taken, but not specifically which data. On the 26th all Sony would say is the possibility that user’s personal details had been taken could not be ruled out.The reason given for not being more cautious and publicly saying user data was probably taken is surprising. In the document Sony states “We hadn’t figured out what kind of data had been leaked … we didn’t want to bewilder our customers.”In the end, the user details of 77 million accounts was stolen from PSN followed by millions more from Sony Online Entertainment servers. This new detail from the Sony’s own timeline document is sure to put more pressure on the company to explain exactly what went on, why there are discrepancies, and why they didn’t share more information sooner.via MarketWatchMatthew’s OpinionI think there is still a lot more to learn about Sony’s actions during this time period. We followed the PSN downtime pretty closely and you may remember PSN was offline from April 21 and ruined Easter weekend for a lot of gamers. The next we heard was on April 25 when PSN was still offline as Sony was tracking an “external intrusion”. The following day we found out the truth when Sony admitted being hacked.So if this document states that the hack was detected on April 25, why was PSN down from the 21st? Did Sony think something was amiss but not figure out what it was specifically for four days? That’s very poor management and threat response times if it turns out to be true.While Sony may have decided not to “bewilder” customers, I think the opposite has happened by not being upfront and timely with the details of the hack. Users are more bewildered than ever by how Sony manages its systems.last_img read more

12 children and their football coach trapped for two days in flooded

first_img Monday 25 Jun 2018, 1:41 PM Image: Shutterstock/akedesign Tham Luang cave Image: Shutterstock/akedesign Short URL 14,406 Views Share4 Tweet Email1 Tham Luang cave center_img 12 children and their football coach trapped for two days in flooded Thai cave Rescuers were sent to find them today. 7 Comments Jun 25th 2018, 1:41 PM HUNDREDS OF RESCUERS were trying today to save 12 children and their football coach from a flooded cave in northern Thailand, where they have been trapped for two days amid heavy rain and dwindling food supplies.Divers found bicycles, shoes and footprints in the five kilometre-long Tham Luang cave, where the youngsters’ football team and their coach have been trapped since Saturday.The group is believed to have retreated into the cave as heavy monsoon rain fell and flooded the entrance of the cave in a national park near the border with Myanmar.“We are surveying the areas around the mountain and will try to find another exit or entrance,” Chaing Rai provincial governor Narongsak Osottanakorn told AFP, adding that hundreds of officials have been sent to help with the rescue.But one expert who has studied the cave for the past six years told officials there was only a single entrance, which is now blocked by water.The team, aged between 11 and 16, went into the cave after football training on Saturday. One of their mothers raised the alarm when her son failed to return home.Water pumpsNarongsak said rescue operations would continue overnight and teams were on standby with supplies for the trapped children.“We’ve preparing everything, water pumps in case the water is still high when we find them and food and drink,” he said.Light rain fell in the area today and was expected to continue into tomorrow.The Tham Luang cave is not widely popular among tourists because of its remote location, though locals visit to view small Buddha statues inside.Thailand’s monsoon season from May to October routinely causes flooding and landslides.At least 30 people were killed in major floods in January 2017 in southern Thailand, as overland routes were cut off after heavy downpours.- © AFP, 2012 By AFP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Order Food Pause TV While Wearing Pizza Hut Pie Tops II

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Toyota’s e-Palette Mobile Retail Space Expected in 2020Pizza Hut ‘Pie Tops’ Shoes Order Food For You Stay on targetcenter_img March Madness just got a lot more exciting with Pizza Hut’s latest publicity stunt, Pie Tops II.The NCAA sponsor again partnered with Dominic Chamrone, a.k.a. The Shoe Surgeon, for a second-generation sneaker that does more than order pizza.Available in red and “wheat” (reminiscent of actual pizza hues), the special-edition high-tops also link to the wearer’s cable box to pause live TV.Once wirelessly synced with the Pie Tops mobile app, tap the Hut icon on the shoe’s tongue to make a pizza purchase. Then, when the food arrives (or you need a bathroom break), press the other boot for a brief intermission.“The Pie Tops II were created to showcase our focus on giving customers the best delivery experience while making sure that tournament fans can feed their pizza craving without missing a moment of the action,” Zipporah Allen, Pizza Hut chief marketing officer, said in a statement.“It’s called March madness for a reason,” she continued. “We don’t want anyone to miss a play while answering the door to get their pizza.”That’s not the only new tech in stock: Pizza Hut and Chamrone included features like “extreme marinara splash,” “cheese-grater mesh,” branded lace tags and inner soles, and extra “cheese pull” laces.A limited supply of the special-edition high-top sneakers are going on sale later this month; 50 pairs will be available from HBX starting March 19. There is no word on pricing, but you can bet they’ll cost more than a stuffed-crust pie.Each pair comes with a special offer for this year’s tournament: two-topping medium pizzas for $5.99 each when you order two or more.Complete with cheese-grater mesh and extreme marinara splash (via Pizza Hut)“Pizza Hut continues to bring us unique ideas to heighten the excitement that surrounds NCAA championships. We are thrilled with Pie Tops II making its return to March Madness,” according to Ellen Lucey, NCAA director of championships and alliances, corporate relations, marketing, and branding.“This is a time to get behind your favorite team and pull for NCAA student-athletes,” she said. “We’re pleased that Pizza Hut is helping our fans enjoy more of the tournament journey as we head toward the Final Four.”In addition to Pie Tops II, the pizzeria recently launched voice command ordering, the first tracker that includes text messaging, and the Hut Rewards loyalty program that awards points for every dollar spent on food online.last_img read more

Why Tech Is HRs Friend Not Its Enemy

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 5 min read April 18, 2016 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Why is it that human resources is the one department people love to hate? From the outside, the job looks simple. So, why can’t HR professionals just process requests faster, be better organized and manage talent more efficiently? people ask.Related: How This Company Is Helping Businesses Find Zen in Human Resource PaperworkWell, those same people need to exercise a little more brain power here, because the notion that every HR department is old-fashioned, full of red tape and works in a bubble is a misguided stereotype.Nonetheless, because of the surplus of innovative HR tech available, some thought-leaders in the industry are questioning if we even need HR at all. Can’t apps and platforms do what whole departments used to do? they ask. Can’t they do it better?The reality is crystal clear: People are the most important asset to any business, and employers will always need experts to manage them. While tech can automate administrative work and take the productivity of many important HR tasks to the next level, HR professionals are — and will continue to be — a vital part of every business.In the age of automation, HR isn’t going anywhere. Here’s why:HR knows which new tech will benefit employees most.Tech will never fully replace the power of people. HR analytics are great, but people are the ones who make the important human decisions regarding employees.New HR tech can help give employees all the tools they need: self-service employee profiles, affordable employee benefits, a social news feed to keep everyone connected and more. But it’s HR professionals who guide and grow a company culture, encourage career development and analyze the important “people” data coming out of the tech a company uses.Businesses don’t need just anyone to drive the use of tech forward — they need HR. In 2016, HR departments are more focused on innovation and adopting new technologies to improve employee experience, suggests Deloitte’s 2016 Human Capital Report. And that’s what’s key — they’re focused on the employee experience.In a 2015 report sponsored by Visier and released by Harvard Business Review Analytic Services, 44 percent of the 323 CEOs surveyed said their workforce planning was driven by finance and didn’t take talent availability into consideration.So, while those in the C-suite remain focused on speeding up processes, improving productivity, boosting profits and reducing costs, HR sets its sights on people. HR tech and processes bring a unique view to the table by analyzing which tools and resources will make work easier for employees. And employers need that point of view.Related: 17 Great HR Resources for EntrepreneursIn fact, a July 2015 CareerBuilder survey of 88 leaders at companies with revenue of at least $50 million found that 65 percent of CEOs thought that HR opinions at their organizations carried increasingly more weight with senior management.Employers need HR’s unique input, then, to make sense of new tech and analytics and to make the best decisions for employees, the culture and the business as a whole.Employees need guidance, even with new tech.Tech can handle a lot of the time-consuming duties that used to occupy HR. It can automate payroll and benefits enrollment, provide paperless onboarding and maintain all employee data in one place for easy reporting. But these processes represent only half the picture.Specifically, there will always be a “human” side to human resources. Automation doesn’t put HR professionals out of a job — it helps them to do their jobs better, enabling them to spend even more time on the human and strategic aspects of their work.People are the resource best suited to provide opportunities for career development and standardize processes around promoting from within. People are the best resource for handling delicate workplace issues — and then making a company culture the best it can be.Apps can help deliver benefits communications and information, but they can’t answer individual questions or explain confusing plans step by step.Apps and tools can’t really listen to employees. HR tech is a game-changer for communication. Social news feeds allow the whole company to communicate in real time. Mobile apps mean people can find and contact coworkers instantly. Surveys and reviews collect feedback whenever it’s needed.But employees want a living, breathing human they can share their concerns with. And employers need someone to take that feedback and turn it into action. That person is an HR professional.No matter what technology is implemented to improve communications, HR is the sounding board and voice of employees — a role in which even managers may even fall short. A 2015 SHRM survey of employees found that only 37 percent of respondents described themselves as “very satisfied” with the consideration their ideas received. And just 23 percent were “very satisfied” with communications with senior management.Related: A New Wave of HR Technology Is Disrupting the MarketEmails and social platforms may make communication easier, but HR makes that communication count. HR professionals mediate problems between peers and managers, make improvements based on suggestions and take employee concerns seriously. Tech can’t do that.HR’s power to make communication effective is uniquely its own. Register Now »last_img read more

Law Firm Named Best and Brightest Place to Work

first_img in Headlines, News, REO, Servicing Law Firm Named “Best and Brightest Place to Work” Potestivo & Associates, P.C., a legal services provider to the default servicing industry, is proud to announce it has been selected for “The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For™” in the National competition. The firm will be honored at a ceremony in September, where a representative from the firm will accept the award.“We are very proud to, once again, be named among the Best & Brightest Companies. It is truly an honor to be the recipients of this award. This award recognizes the high standard that we set for ourselves, to create and maintain a positive work environment,” President and Managing Attorney, Brian Potestivo commented. Potestivo & Associates, P.C., has received similar awards in the past, including being named one of “Crain’s Cool Places to Work” and ranking in the “Detroit Free Press Top 100 Workplaces.”The “Best and Brightest Companies to Work For™” competition identifies and honors organizations located throughout specific regions. The organizations must display a commitment to excellence in their human resource practices and employee enrichment. They include Compensation, Benefits and Employee Solutions; Employee Enrichment, Engagement, and Retention; Employee Education and Development; Recruitment, Selection and Orientation; Employee Achievement and Recognition; Communication and Shared Vision; Diversity and Inclusion; Work-Life Balance; Community Initiatives; Strategic Company Performance.For over 27 years, Potestivo & Associates, P.C. has been providing legal solutions to the real estate finance and credit industry. The firm is a member of the Legal League 100. Headquartered in downtown Rochester, Michigan, the firm also maintains full-service operations in Chicago, Illinois, with a satellite office providing select services in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Sharecenter_img financial services Legal League 100 mortgage Potestivo REO Servicing The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For 2019-02-15 Radhika Ojha February 15, 2019 799 Views last_img read more

Located just eight minutes away by private speedbo

first_imgLocated just eight minutes away by private speedboat from Gan International Airport, Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa, Maldives offers guests traveling by private jet a stress-free arrival experience and two presidential villas for a comfortable and luxurious holiday escape.After brief custom formalities at Gan International Airport—fully equipped to welcome international flights in an intimate setting—guests are whisked away to the resort by private speedboat, allowing them to enjoy the comfort of their preferred presidential villa within 30 minutes of landing.The resort has two presidential villas, each with a different style. Measuring 957 square meters (10,302 square feet), Villa Laalu—which means “diamond” in the local Dhivehi language—is located on the eastern side of the island and offers views of the ocean. It features two large bedrooms with high ceilings, an extensive garden with infinity pool, a living room and alfresco dining pavilions that make it ideal for guests looking for a private family vacation. There is also a sauna, a gym, a study room as well as a spa pavilion set amidst the greenery for guests to enjoy a spa treatment in the privacy of the villa.Villa Muthee—which means “pearl” in the local Dhivehi language—offers a different experience. Surrounded by seascapes, this 570-square-meter (6,136-square-feet) presidential villa set over water is ideal for couples and honeymooners. It features an airy living room and bedroom with a self-contained entertainment pavilion fronted by a 52-foot-long swimming pool. Villa Muthee guests can also rejuvenate with a spa treatment in their own spa pavilion.To complete a perfect holiday experience, guests staying in one of the resort’s two presidential villas can enjoy exclusive benefits such as a dedicated villa host for personalized service, special welcome amenities and a personal buggy.For more information or to make a reservation, please contact the resort directly at telephone (960) 689 7888 or e-mail Alternatively, bookings can be made online at read more

BOC says BOCAMs ECB approval restricted to capital injection

first_imgBank of Cyprus said that the approval of its asset management company BOCAM by the European Central Bank (ECB) relates solely to its capital injection to the subsidiary.“BOC Asset Management was licensed and is regulated by the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission, with license number UCITS MC 5/78/2012,” the largest Cypriot lender said in an emailed statement on Thursday clarifying two previous announcements on January 12, 2018 and October 26, 2017.The bank said almost three weeks ago that BOCAM had launched its operations on December 1, with the introduction of a mutual fund, the BOC European Equity Fund of Funds which aims to generate high yields in the long run with the management of investment in mutual funds investing in Europe, mainly through capital gains but also with income. The bank owns BOCAM to 100 per cent.In October, it has said that it was “the first Cypriot bank which secured a relevant approval from the ECB and the Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission”.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue BookUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

Private doctors say no more Gesy talks until demands are met

first_imgThe medical association (CyMA) announced on Wednesday all talks with the government were at an end until private doctors receive an official response to their set of demands for participating in the National Health Scheme (Gesy).The head of CyMA Petros Agathangelou said meeting all of their demands were a prerequisite for private doctors to participate in Gesy.Speaking after delivering their memo to Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou, he said their next steps would depend on the response of the Health Insurance Organisation (HIO).Ioannou had announced earlier in the week that he would act as mediator between the CyMA and the HIO, the government body discussing the pay of private doctors under Gesy.After their meeting with the minister, Agathangelou said that CyMA would not be holding consultations with anyone for the time being.He added that their next move would depend on the official response from the HIO to their demands.He reiterated that the doctors’ aim was “a viable and qualitatively upgraded Gesy, so that Cypriot citizens truly enjoy upgraded health services”.The health minister made no statements after the meeting.But HIO officials insist that the doctors’ demands make no sense.Director general of the HIO, Athos Tsinontides, told state broadcaster CyBC on Wednesday that he was not convinced their conditions would make Gesy more functional and viable.One demand is that private doctors within Gesy should be free to practise outside the system, but Tsinontides said CyMA needed to explain exactly what they mean by this.“We need further explanations, what do they mean operate under the Gesy but be able to also do private practice, and when will they be able to do this, and why should they since they will be compensated by the state for every beneficiary for any medical act?” Tsinontides asked.On another demand, the raising of the Gesy budget, he said that the amount estimated by the government was meant to ensure the viability of the health scheme.“I cannot exactly understand what CyMA wants,” he said.The resolution, agreed by members of CyMA at a general meeting last Saturday, lists three other conditions under which private doctors would take part in the Gesy.It called for full administrative and financial autonomy of state hospitals before Gesy is implemented and a guaranteed unit price for specialist doctors involved in outpatient care in addition to inpatient fees per medical procedure.The doctors are also asking for a clear explanation and written, legal guarantees which cover the terms under which both private and state doctors take part in Gesy.Ioannou said on Monday that these conditions cannot be satisfied as a whole. He said that satisfying these demands would mean changing the philosophy of the Gesy as it has been unanimously passed last year by the House plenum.CyMA’s proposals are very similar to those on documents leaked to the media some two weeks ago, calling on the private health sector to boycott Gesy to force the government to satisfy their demands.Tension between CyMA and the HIO had been brewing for a while but escalated after the latter made public last week estimated remuneration for private sector general physicians and specialists under the Gesy to help them decide whether they would like to join. CyMA said that that was an attempt by the HIO to divide doctors ahead of last Saturday’s general assembly and that the figures presented in the estimations did not add up.The HIO had said in response that it made these documents public after realising the private medical world – contrary to what has been agreed between the two sides – had not been informed by CyMA of these figures. It also said that the figures were based on actuarial studies and official data.The latest developments have angered patients’ associations. Representatives of the Social Alliance for the Implementation of the Gesy, consisting of patients’ and consumers’ associations, and left-wing and right-wing trade unions, were to meet on Wednesday afternoon to decide on a course of action.You May LikeUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndoDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoIsraeli rape suspects freed, woman who alleged assault arrested (Updated)UndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

New facelift for Nicosias Laiki Yitonia

first_imgThe tourist quarter of the capital, Laiki Yitonia is to be revamped, Nicosia municipality announced on Tuesday.The area, off Ledra and Onasgorou streets, which was revitalised in the 1990s and was filled with restaurants, cafes and souvenir shops, has deteriorated over the past 10 to 15 years and sees far fewer visitors.The municipality said it had presented a report on May 9 to the deputy ministry for tourism with a plan to revitalise the area.The study was conducted by the Ioachim and Loizou architects and engineers and provides for plans to be implemented in 2019-2020 by the municipality.The project cost is estimated at around €500,000. “The completion of the action plan will contribute greatly to the revival of the neighbourhood, and promote the traditional culture of the city,” the municipality.Work is expected to begin in the last quarter of 2019, and is expected to last around six to eight months, it added. The work will include the painting of the facades, adding outdoor shading and exhibition spaces, new signs, street furniture, disabled cases and new lighting.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoModernizeIf Your Home Has Old Roofing, Read ThisModernizeUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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