Grexit: Economic choice or political nightmare?

first_imgThe heated discussions over whether Greece should be allowed to write off its debt and what precedent that would set for the rest of peripheral Europe ignore a far bigger danger than just economic disruption. The alternative for Greece of EU support is quite simple. It has a thousand years of cultural linkage with Russia (and the Ukraine). At a time when the EU is struggling to contain Russian president Vladimir Putin and faces the very real possibility of getting sucked into a proxy war with Russia over the Ukraine, the EU needs to beware of bearing Greeks as gifts! A Greek exit from the euro would inevitably lead to an exit of the EU itself by a desperate Greece, led by a far left leadership that has strong sympathies with Russia at a time when Russian nationalism itself has become buttressed by its commonality with Greece through Orthodox Christianity. Moscow was known as the ‘third Rome’ – the bastion of Orthodox Christianity – after the fall of Greek-speaking Constantinople in 1453. Greece moving into Russia’s sphere of influence supplied with appropriate economic support would be a rational response by both Greece and Russia in the wake of a chaotic Grexit.The focus by Northern Europe, led by Germany, on the necessity of Greece’s sticking to austerity and debt repayment, come what may, is both misguided and hypocritical. To ‘extend and pretend’ that debt write-offs are not required and will not be tolerated is particularly bizarre given that West Germany had 50% of its debt written off in 1953. This was at the height of the Cold War, on the insistence of the US as it tried to develop a prosperous and stable Western Europe, strong enough to be able to stand up to the Soviet Union. As Europe faces a new existential crisis over Greece, that need to create a prosperous and stable EU strong enough to stand up to a post-Soviet Union Russia has become greater than ever. That idea should be the primary factor guiding EU decision-making over Greece and trumps concerns over the precedent it could set for Portugal, Italy and so on. Moreover, the years of austerity have led to real change in Greece. The corollary to the story of the Greek American millionaire is that, whilst he was unwilling to invest in Greece for many years, in 2014, he was more positive than he had ever been and was active in both private equity and real estate.Joseph Mariathasan is a contributing editor at IPE The ongoing Greek saga is not simply about debt – it’s about the raison d’etre of the EU itself, says Joseph MariathasanI can remember asking a Greek American millionaire at the height of the euro-zone crisis what he thought about lending more to Greece. He thought briefly and then said that, for the European Union (EU), it was like it would be for him if his son were to ask him for a $100,000 loan. As he explained, he would have been willing to lend the money if his son were spending it on an MBA or starting a business. However, if his son had said he wanted it so he could spend the next three years boozing with his buddies, he would have been somewhat more reluctant!That attitude has pervaded the discussions in Europe on what to do about Greece. There appears to be a generally held view that Greece falsified its statistics to join the euro, and that its politicians then used the access to cheap debt not to rebuild its infrastructure or invest in new industries but to bribe voters by spending lavishly on a bloated public sector and an unsustainable welfare system. But that dismissal of addressing Greece’s ongoing debt burden misses a far more fundamental issue that strikes at the heart of the raison d’etre of the EU itself.The EU is a direct development of the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC) established in 1951, just a few years after World War II, whose prime purpose was to prevent another European war. That rationale appears to have been forgotten in the debate over Greece. With hindsight, few would disagree with the notion that both Greece and the EU would have been better off now had Greece not joined the euro. But the past is the past, and the issue now is what to do next.last_img read more

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Yenda Flood Protection Scheme on the Way

first_imgFederal Member for Farrer, Sussan Ley, yesterday joined with Griffith City Mayor, John Dal Broi, to inspect the site for $1.2 million in works to help protect the Yenda community from future major flooding events.Funded as part of a Commonwealth/NSW National Partnership Agreement on National Disaster Resilience, Griffith City will receive funding for two projects to help with local flood mitigation.NSW Member for Murray, Austin Evans, said: “The project will provide additional discharge capacity to move and manage floodwaters, as well as providing relief for upstream farmers from damage to their land and crops.”Welcoming the funding, Murrumbidgee Irrigation (MI) CEO, Brett Jones, said: “The flood management works at the Regulator would enable MI to support the Council during flood events and enable a quicker return to normal operations.”Ms Ley also announced $120,000 in funding for upgrade design work on Hanwood’s pump and levee storm water system to prevent water from flowing back and flooding into the village. Griffith City Council will contribute a further third of the total project cost ($180,000).[mappress mapid=”24625″]last_img read more

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No surprise sex offenders getting younger – expert

first_imgTVNZ 27 January 2012An expert says a recent spate of violent sex crimes, which have been made more disturbing by the arrest of teenagers, comes as no surprise. Family Services clinical leader Les Simmonds told TV ONE’s Breakfast that there has been a rise in the severity of violence in sex offenders recently and he is not surprised by the fact that the offenders are getting younger and younger. “When we start to look at the young people who are committing these crimes we’re seeing young people coming from a generation of violence, we’re seeing them in a context of poverty and under-achievement….Russell Smith, who is a counsellor who works with male sex offenders in prisons through Korowai Tumanako, said he receives a number of calls for support from parents who are concerned about their child’s behaviour. Smith said parents often have concerns about their child’s sexualised behaviour at school, with some finding sexualised photos of other school children on their child’s mobile phones. But he claims in many cases he does not have the resources to support them. He said the earlier you catch this type of behaviour the better. “We believe it should be part of the school curriculum about changing the way our young people view media, you know we’re dealing with some highly violent media that’s on social media so that reinforces particular behaviour.”http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/no-surprise-sex-offenders-getting-younger-expert-4703702last_img read more

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Texas Southern looks to sweep Prairie View

first_imgTexas Southern looks to sweep Prairie View ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Associated Press February 7, 2020center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWhatsappTexas Southern (10-12, 7-2) vs. Prairie View (11-11, 7-2)William Nicks Center, Prairie View, Texas; Saturday, 6:30 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Texas Southern goes for the season sweep over Prairie View after winning the previous matchup in Houston. The teams last faced each other on Jan. 11, when the Tigers shot 45.1 percent from the field while limiting Prairie View’s shooters to just 39.3 percent en route to a 71-67 victory. SUPER SENIORS: Texas Southern has benefited heavily from its seniors. Tyrik Armstrong, Yahuza Rasas, Eden Ewing, Justin Hopkins and Bryson Etienne have collectively accounted for 64 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 75 percent of all Tigers points over the last five games.RAMPING IT UP A NOTCH: The Tigers have scored 73.1 points per game and allowed 70.3 points per game against SWAC opponents. Those are both noticeable improvements over the 67.5 points scored and 82.6 points allowed per game to non-conference foes.ACCURATE ARMSTRONG: Armstrong has connected on 41 percent of the 39 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 4 of 8 over his last five games. He’s also made 82.2 percent of his free throws this season.WINLESS WHEN: Texas Southern is 0-7 when scoring fewer than 63 points and 10-5 when scoring at least 63.STREAK SCORING: Prairie View has won its last six home games, scoring an average of 84.8 points while giving up 66.7.DID YOU KNOW: The Prairie View defense has forced opponents into turnovers on an impressive 25.4 percent of all possessions, which is the 10th-highest rate in the country. The Texas Southern offense has turned the ball over on 21.4 percent of its possessions (ranked 307th among Division I teams).last_img read more

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DPS to discuss several issues this summer

first_imgCrime in the USC area has been on the decline, but the Department of Public Safety is still hoping to address several key issues and will be discussing possible changes over the summer.DPS Assistant Chief John Thomas said some concerns for the coming year include an increasing number of homeless people around campus and a growing number of inmates who have been released early from jail moving into the area on probation status.DPS will continue to work with the Department of Probation & Parole to monitor early released inmates in the community, Thomas said, and it hopes to address issues of aggressive panhandling and loitering.DPS also plans to expand the use of bike patrols in the campus community, rather than increasing vehicle patrols.Jillian Chou, a senior majoring in international relations, said she appreciates the extra CSC security officers that DPS has provided around campus.“I like that they have security on every corner,” Chou said. “You feel very safe walking; it’s nice knowing they are watching you off campus too.”Thomas said DPS also hopes to take steps to decrease property theft, including encouraging students to take better care of their property and to not leave their belongings unattended.Mallory Jebbia, a sophomore majoring in biochemistry, said she understands why the thefts are frustrating for DPS.“DPS can’t be there to watch our stuff,” Jebbia said. “Students need to be more aware and responsible of their belongings.”The increased number of bicycles on campus is another concern for DPS because of thefts and because bikes can obstruct access to buildings.Additionally, DPS hopes to see a decrease in the number of alcohol overdoses by students and a decrease in the number of physical altercations involving alcohol.DPS has been able to continue the overall reduction of crime on campus through the first quarter of 2010, Thomas said.This year, the USC campus community was designated as a safe community by the World Health Organization.Thomas credited this success to the use of predictive policing as a crime reduction strategy and said he hopes to expand this practice.“[We want to] expand our use of predictive policing and crime forecasting as strategies to combat crime and address quality of life issues,” Thomas wrote in an e-mail.Still, some students like Jake Minkley, a junior majoring in business administration, do not feel campus safety has changed.“I don’t feel like they have reduced crime,” Minkley said. “I go to the [University Village] and I just don’t feel like it’s gotten any better.”But Molly Abrams, an undeclared sophomore, said DPS makes her feel safe.“I never feel unsafe; they’re everywhere,” Abrams said.last_img read more

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Senior’s time to row away

first_imgMatt Donoghue knew he wanted to go to a university where he could be near the water and continue rowing. When he came to the University of Wisconsin four years ago after his senior year at St. Ignatius Prep in Chicago, he knew this was the right place for him.”I love the lake,” Donoghue said. “I love this campus and being on the lake.”Donoghue is in his fourth and final season as a member of the Badger men’s rowing team, and he is hoping to go out with a bang.”We’ve got a strong senior class,” Donoghue said. “When we came in here as freshmen, they had just graduated a strong senior class. So our freshman year the team was really down. But gradually over our four years, we’ve become better and better and are looking to finish strong.”Donoghue along with fellow seniors Andrew Kaufman, Ben Szymanski, Max Vice-Reshel and Scott Wallen were all members of the varsity eight last season. That boat finished fifth at the Eastern Sprints and ninth in the varsity eight at the IRA, which is the national championship of rowing. Overall, the Badgers finished sixth as a team at the IRA.There is no Big Ten conference when it comes to the sport of rowing. The Badgers compete in the EARC, the Eastern Association of Rowing, and the Eastern Sprints is the conference championship regatta.”Andy, Max and Scott were all members of the U-23 national team,” Donoghue said. “So having guys that can compete on an international level like that helps out our team tremendously.”With 12 seniors and 16 juniors all competing for eight spots in the varsity boat, Donoghue feels that this year could be a great year for Wisconsin rowing.”This year it will be much harder to make the top boat,” Donoghue said. “The team as a whole is much better. Everyone is pushing up. For us seniors, we know that this is our last chance to cement our legacy here at Wisconsin.”Donoghue spent much of his summer rowing with fellow teammate Derek Rasmussen. The boats that they raced never finished lower than third at several events, while the two of them won the pairs at nationals and Canadian Henley. With the summer over and the fall almost past, Donoghue and the Badgers have shown that they’ve got a pretty good start on the season. But with winter indoor conditioning yet to come, Donoghue knows everyone will still have to push themselves to have a successful spring season.”That’s the thing about rowing at Wisconsin,” Donoghue said. “We do a lot of indoor conditioning, but the facilities we have are great for the indoor stuff. Rowing has boomed in the Midwest within the last decade, and I would say that Wisconsin is the establishment of rowing in the Midwest.”With rowing a huge sport on both coasts, Donoghue says he is used to the stereotypes of Badger rowing.”The coastal schools are known for rowing, not the UW,” Donoghue said. “When we get the chance to race the teams from the coast we always want to beat them for a lot of reasons; not the least is that there is bit of a ‘state school vs. private’ thing going.Mainly though, we just want to win because that’s why we are in the game.”With the spring season not too far away, Donoghue believes this is the time for the Badgers.”The spring is huge for us,” the senior rower said. “We’ve got some big races before the Easterns and the IRA. This is the last shot for the seniors. If we are going to make a run, this is it. I don’t want to leave anything on the table or have any regrets; we’re all in.”last_img read more

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Syracuse offense stalls again in 84-66 loss at No. 15 Notre Dame

first_img“I think trying to overfeed that mismatch made us stagnate at times,” senior Andrew White said. “But when you have a guy like Tyler, and you think you’ve got an advantage there, you’ve got to get it to him.“We need to be more fluid when we’re giving him the ball so he has space and people are moving around him.”Only briefly did SU flash that fluidity. The Orange played the first 17 minutes of the game without recording an assist, finally getting on the score sheet when White sank an open 3 on a dish from Frank Howard.White almost recreated the same play to end the first half, burying a 3 with 10 seconds left on a feed from Lydon. UND’s lead was cut to nine at halftime, and the Orange even shaved it down to seven at the start of the second half when Gillon assisted Lydon on a dunk.But Syracuse continued to punish itself with the ball in its possession. Battle tried for a half-court alley-oop to Roberson, only to have Austin Torres swat the ball away, much to the pleasure of the home crowd. Gillon then tried to heave a Hail Mary, nearly full-court inbounds pass to Battle streaking toward the hoop.Battle’s momentum nearly carried him out of bounds as he corralled the ball just in time to throw it off a Notre Dame player. Gillon never saw the court again.“I don’t really know what happened, to tell you the truth,” freshman forward Taurean Thompson said. “We’re better than that. We’ve just got to start playing together soon, and fast.”Sitting in the corner of a stuffed visitor’s locker room after the game, Gillon was asked to describe what the Fighting Irish did well. He touched on their four-guard lineup, and how they all can make shots. They share the ball. They get each other “easy shots” because “they’re all smart and can penetrate.”Gillon accurately described the strengths of one of the best teams in the ACC, as he intended. But conversely, he listed the qualities Syracuse, one of the worst teams in the conference, is lacking. Never did SU’s problems appear more clear. Comments SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The crux of Syracuse’s turbulent season has been poor defense. That much we know.Against Notre Dame, right now arguably the best team in college basketball’s most talented conference, SU wasn’t going to notch its first road win of the year in a defensive standoff. The Orange’s best chance was to keep the ball away from the Fighting Irish, work long possessions and move the ball. But with the game still within reach in the opening minutes, the following possessions ensued.Tyus Battle missed a breakaway layup. Tyler Roberson turned the ball over and couldn’t finish a clean dunk on the next possession. Battle capped off the hectic stretch by missing an open 3.The score remained 14-8, and only 62 seconds had ticked away. Syracuse never had a better chance to catch Notre Dame.“We just didn’t play well,” senior point guard John Gillon said. “We didn’t play smart, didn’t set each other up how we needed to.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGillon’s assessment only begins to the describe the struggles of his team and what needs to change in the remaining 11 regular season games. SU (11-9, 3-4 Atlantic Coast) never figured out how to compensate offensively for its poor defense, and was promptly shutdown by No. 15 Notre Dame (17-3, 6-1), 84-66, at Purcell Pavilion on Saturday afternoon.The Orange produced a season-low eight assists, and mostly the offense, once again, funneled through Tyler Lydon and his team-high 24 points. Lydon spent much of the first half trying to take advantage of mismatches in UND’s frontcourt, consistently calling for the ball by raising one hand as he pressed up against his defender.Most times he received the ball, or at least that was the intention. Syracuse leaned so heavily on getting Lydon the ball, several feeds to the sophomore forward were tipped out of bounds by Notre Dame. When SU had chances to reset the offense, it seemed to replicate the exact same form.MORE COVERAGE The Final Word: Beat writers discuss Syracuse’s 84-66 loss at No. 15 Notre DameWhat we learned from Syracuse’s 84-66 loss at No. 15 Notre Dame‘Really bad’ defense continues to plague Syracuse on the road Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on January 21, 2017 at 4:35 pm Contact Connor: cgrossma@syr.edu | @connorgrossmanlast_img read more

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WWE RAW: Bobby Lashley and Lana continue love story in latest episode

first_img After the October PPV Hell In A Cell, the Monday Night RAW kicked off with some intense action and unexpected twists in the WWE universe. Lana and Bobby Lashley continued their love story in the latest episode of RAW. In the previous episode Bobby Lashley and Lana shocked the entire WWE fans and Rusev by kissing each other for a quite a healthy amount of time in front of Rusev. It seems that the fans are enjoying the love triangle and WWE may soon book a fight between Rusev and Bobby Lashley.Also Read- WWE Hell In A Cell: Charlotte Flair Wins 10th Women’s Championship Last Updated: 8th October, 2019 13:01 IST WWE RAW: Bobby Lashley And Lana Continue Love Story In Latest Episode Bobby Lashley and Lana continued their love story in the latest episode of RAW. Check out what happened between Lana-Lashley-Rusev love triangle on Monday LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US Also Read- WWE: Chris Jericho’s Reaction To ‘Hell In A Cell’ 2019What will happen in future?It seems that WWE is planning something big with the Rusev-Lana-Bobby Lashley love triangle at the moment. The Bulgarian Brute will return to PPV action at the upcoming event of Crown Jewel. Rusev and Seth Rollins will team up as a part of the 10-man tag in Team Hogan vs Team Flair match. However, WWE may also build up the feud between Rusev and Bobby Lashley with Lana as the centre attraction. After the last episode of RAW, fans were assured that Lana and Bobby Lashley are dating each other.Also Read- Brock Lesnar To Bobby Lashley, Wrestlers Who Have Excelled Outside WWE First Published: 8th October, 2019 13:01 ISTcenter_img Written By Also Read- WWE Hell In A Cell: Was Seth Rollins Vs Bray Wyatt The Worst Fight?Did Lana and Rusev break up?For the time being, it seems yes. No one expected Lana to pair up with someone else but during the last RAW, the equation changed when Bobby and Lana got into a liplock. However, in this week’s RAW things went further ahead when Lana and Bobby Lashley were seen together on Lana’s bed. The video was shown when Rusev was in the ring and the Bulgarian Brute got distracted after seeing his wife with Bobby Lashley on their bed. In the video Bobby Lashley explained that Lana decided to leave Rusev and choose Lashley since Rusev was sending a lot of their money back home in Bulgaria. However, Lana added more fuel to the fire by claiming that everything she and Rusev owned was in her name and she was taking it back. Rusev was in utter shock throughout with nothing to do and snapped on both Randy Orton and Baron Corbin. COMMENT Raj Sarkar FOLLOW USlast_img read more

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Sars & Eire Og into hurling SF’s after thrillers at Semple

first_imgPhoto Tipp FM Eire Og Annacarty and Thurles Sarsfield march on to the County Senior Hurling Semi Finals next weekend after respective victories over Mullinahone and Kilruane McDonagh’s yesterday.In the first of the day’s matches Eire Óg overcame Mullinahone on the narrowest of margins 2-13 to 1-15. This is despite being down to 13 men after Connor O’Brien and Patrick Aherne were sent off in the 1st half.Aherne received two yellow cards while O’Brien received a straight red. Eire Óg Annacarty manager Ronan O’Brien spoke to Tipp FM’s Stephen Gleeson after the matchMeanwhile Kilruane McDonagh’s forced their quarter final clash with County Champions Thurles Sars to extra time after securing an equalising point deep into injury time of the second half of normal play but lost out in the end.It was an exciting match with Kilruane staying very much in the game and only trailing by 3 points at the break 1-11 to 1-8 with the goals coming from Sars Denis Maher and McDonagh’s Conor Cleary.Ten minutes into the second half of normal play the sides were level 1-13 apiece. Thurles Sars then started to pull away again to build up a four point lead once again, but Liam O’Shea’s side fought back and at the full time whistle of normal time it was all square on a scoreline of 1-20 each.However two goals in quick succession from Lar Corbett and Par Bourke in the 1st half of Extra Time all but secured victory for Thurles Sars and despite a brave effort by Kilruane McDonagh a seasoned Thurles Sarsfield won out on a scoreline of 3-26 to 1-22Afterwards Stephen Gleeson spoke to a relieved Thurles Manager Paddy McCormackElsewhere,In the County Senior Hurling Relegation match Burgess overcame Ballina 2-19 to 2-10 while in the Intermediate relegation game between Galtee and Lattin Cullen, Galtee emerged victorious on a scoreline of 1-12 to 12 pointslast_img read more

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Florida football staff member arrested on stalking charge, placed on leave

first_img Alabama coach Nick Saban to return to work ‘in the very near future’ after hip surgery The woman told police she asked Yelverton to stop contacting her, adding that she was in fear of her safety and was convinced Yelverton would commit some act of violence against her.Yelverton is being held in the Alachua County Jail and has had no bond set.He was hired by the Gators last year by coach Dan Mullen. Ohio State quarterback Matthew Baldwin plans to transfer Yelverton, 51, is accused of harassing his ex-girlfriend after she ended their year-long relationship on April 14. According to court records, Yelverton texted, called and Facebook messaged the woman 40 times.The threat became especially serious when Yelverton allegedly told the woman in a voicemail he would “blow up” her car and the messages he sent her used “multiple vulgarities and demeaning language.”center_img Related News The University of Florida has placed the football team’s assistant director of player personnel on administrative leave after he was arrested on a stalking charge.Otis Yelverton was arrested Monday by Alachua County Police on an aggravated stalking charge, which is a third-degree felony, according to police records obtained by the Orlando Sentinel.last_img read more

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