Football legend Pele meets rising star Mbappe in Paris

first_imgRussell Westbrook becomes NBA’s second 20-20-20 man Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event LATEST STORIES Mbappe has often been compared to the Brazil great for his precocity, but in terms of style, with his devastating speed and skills, he is closer to France great Thierry Henry.Asked about Mbappe’s main qualities, Pele said he was impressed by his pace and intelligence.“And he is unpredictable. He is changing his game all the time. It’s his main advantage,” said Pele, who scored more than 1,000 goals during his career.That’s a tally that Mbappe does not expect to match.“It might be possible if you count the goals scored on PlayStation,” Mbappe said. “But even if with the goals scored at training, it will be difficult.”Journalists were invited to attend the meeting but were not allowed to ask questions.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It remains to be seen if Mbappe will do the same, but the French forward believes it’s “statistically possible.”“But it would be unreal,” he said. “Of course, as long as I will be able to win World Cups, my goal will be to win them because France is a great nation of football,” he said. “We will be back in 2022 to try and win again.”Pele said Mbappe and his French teammates reminded him of Brazil’s great national teams from the 1960’s.“Mbappe said France will prepare to win the next World Cup, but he should know that we (Brazil) are also going to get ready,” Pele said.Mbappe was also was named the World Cup’s best young player in Russia, like Pele in 1958.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrantscenter_img Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving View comments Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess “I think he is envying me, that’s why he is trying to emulate me,” a relaxed Pele joked after they were introduced on a small stage. “His style, the way he is playing, is Latino. Even Brazilian I would say. It’s a shame he did not play for Santos (Pele’s former club). But it’s not too late.”Mbappe’s rise to the top has been meteoric. After impressing with his former club Monaco, he received his first call-up with France in March 2017. He was sold to Paris Saint-Germain that summer for 180 million euros ($210 million) and won the World Cup less than 12 months later. Mbappe’s most memorable game in Russia was in in a 4-3 victory against Argentina where he scored twice, earned a penalty and showed off his blistering speed under the eye of a powerless Lionel Messi.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsMbappe said he knew that he would “enter history” alongside Pele with a goal in the World Cup final.After scoring twice in Brazil’s 5-2 win against Sweden in the final of 1958, when he was just 17, Pele went on to win another two World Cups with Brazil. Brazilian soccer legend Pele, left, and French soccer player Kylian Mbappe joke during a photocall in Paris, Tuesday, April 2, 2019. (AP Photo)PARIS— When Kylian Mbappe netted France’s final goal in a 4-2 win over Croatia last July, the rising star became only the second teenager to score in a World Cup final — emulating soccer great Pele.After exchanging praise for one another for months, the pair finally met on Tuesday at an event organized by a Swiss watchmaker in a lavish Parisian hotel. Their meeting had initially been planned for last November but was canceled because of the 78-year-old Pele’s poor health at the time.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

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Lionel Messi, Liverpool shine in the Champions League

first_imgBarcelona’s Lionel Messi kicks the ball during the Champions League group F soccer match between Slavia Praha and FC Barcelona at the Sinobo stadium in Prague, Czech Republic, Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)ROME— Lionel Messi and titleholder Liverpool were in top form in the Champions League on Wednesday.Messi scored one goal and set up another as Barcelona beat Slavia Prague 2-1 to take control of Group F at the group stage’s midpoint.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Liverpool overwhelmed Genk 4-1 to end a four-game losing streak away from home in the group phase.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made the most of a rare start to score twice and Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah also got on the scoresheet for last season’s champion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceStill, Liverpool remained one point behind Napoli in Group E after the Italian club won 3-2 at Salzburg with a brace from Dries Mertens, who surpassed Diego Maradona for second spot on the team’s all-time scoring list.Inter Milan and Borussia Dortmund trail Barcelona by three points in a group where three heavyweights are vying for two spots in the knockout stage. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics It was another late Champions League stinger at the hands of a London team for Ajax, which lost the semifinal last season to Tottenham thanks to a Lucas Moura goal deep in stoppage time.LEIPZIG LEADSLeipzig leads Group G following a 2-1 comeback win over Zenit St. Petersburg and is in position to advance to the knockout rounds for the first time.Marcel Sabitzer scored with a sublime volley for the winner near the hour mark“It’s without doubt one of the best goals of my career,” Sabitzer said.Sabitzer also set up the equalizer for Konrad Laimer after Ukrainian defender Yaroslav Rakitskiy opened the scoring for Zenit.Leipzig has six points, two more than Zenit and Lyon, which lost 2-1 at last-place Benfica. Read Next Still hanging Inter beat Dortmund 2-0 in the other Group F game with goals from Lautaro Martinez and Antonio Candreva.Messi floated a free kick to Luis Suárez at the far post and the Uruguayan’s shot was deflected in by Slavia forward Peter Olayinka for Barcelona’s winner.Earlier, Messi finished off a fast move he had started.It was the first goal for the Argentine in the campaign, taking his overall tally in Europe’s top club competition to 113.TREMENDOUS TEENAGERADVERTISEMENT Becoming his own man Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Salzburg’s 19-year-old forward Erling Haaland scored twice in the loss to Napoli, giving him six goals in three matches.That makes him only the second teenager in Champions League history to score in each of his first three appearances in the competition, after current Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema achieved the feat with Lyon. And he’s the first player to score six goals in his first three Champions League appearances.Haaland now has 20 goals in all competitions for the Austrian club this season.Haaland’s first goal came with a penalty, then he made it 2-2 by taking advantage of his 6-foot-4 (1.94 meter) frame for a precise header.He also had a score disallowed early on by the VAR for offside.SUPER SUBSMichy Batshuayi came off the bench and scored a late winner as Chelsea rode its luck to beat Ajax 1-0 and throw Group H wide open.The Belgium striker fired in off the underside of the bar from close range in the 86th, 15 minutes after coming on. United States international Christian Pulisic, another of coach Frank Lampard’s subs, provided the cross.“It’s what you want from subs,” Lampard said. “Sometimes the toughest part of management is leaving out players that really want to play week in, week out, and you rely on them being positive, coming on and making an impact and they both did. Delighted for them both.”The result left both teams on six points after three matches. Valencia, which drew 1-1 with Lille, is next with four points. Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 2013 PLAY LIST 01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201300:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue LATEST STORIES DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? 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Photo Advisory second, Photos released up to 8.00 p.m.

first_imgNew Delhi: NOV 02, 2017 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos with Captions released today. To view thumbnails of these photographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.com NATIONAL New Delhi: Bhutan King meets Vice President(B) Kangra : PM Modi in Kangra(B+A) Faizabad: Sex racket busted in Faizabad(B) New Delhi: Kejriwal at Kathputli Colony(A) Guwahati : Shabana Azmi in Thiursday(A) New Delhi: Launch of new Xiomi phones(A+B) Hyderabad : Parupalli Kashyap at an event(A) New Delhi: Jaitley at agreement signing ceremony(B) Bengaluru : ?Nava Karnataka Nirmana Parivartan Yatra(B+A) Mumbai: SRK celebrates his birthday(B+A) New Delhi: FM Jaitley meet Swedish Education Minister(B) Kolkata/Meerut: All Souls’ Day (A+B) Sonepur: Sonepur Cattle Fair(A+B) Mumbai : Uddhav Thackeray addresses the media(A+B) Mumbai : Mamata Banerjee meets Thackeray(B) Kolkata: Onion loading(B) New Delhi: BRO exhibition(B) Patna: ANM workers protest(A) Meerut: Know Your Army exhibition(B) Mandi: Rajnath at election rally(A+B) Amritsar: Sikh Jatha leaves for Pakistan(A+B) Attari: Released Pak prisoners leave(B) Valsad: Rahul in Valsad(B+A) INTERNATIONAL Narita: Ivanka Trump, waves upon arrival at Narita international airport(B) SPORTS New Delhi: Vishwanathan Anand interacst with media(B) New Delhi: Vishwanathan Anand and Adam Gilchrist(B+A) Kolkata: Ranji Trophy match in Kolkata(A+B) Gold Coast: Commonwealth Shooting Championship(B) Pune: Maha vs Karnataka Ranji match(A) Nagpur: Ranji Match in Nagpur(B) Hyderabad: P V Sindhu at a promotional event(B) PTI PHOTO GCS DIPadvertisementlast_img read more

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Motorola One Vision to sell for Rs 19,999: What other smartphones can you buy for same price

first_imgLast week, Motorola announced its One Vision smartphone for the Indian market. Priced at Rs 19,999, the One Vision is Motorola’s latest offering in the affordable midrange segment with some never-before-seen features, apart from the two gorgeous colours variants Motorola is offering in the Indian market. The phone differs itself from its rivals with its unique 21:9 display with a hole-punch camera cutout.The One Vision also has a few other features that could make you go for it. For starters, it is part of the Android One program and comes with a clean stock Android interface that’s guaranteed to be updated to Android Q and Android R. It also looks stylish with its unique gradient pattern. Paired with a Samsung Exynos 9609 chipset and a 48-megapixel primary rear camera, this is a great package for those who want a phone under Rs 20,000.But what if you want to have a look at all the other options? What if the One Vision doesn’t fit your bill for the price? We have narrowed down some of the great alternatives you can consider.Best alternatives to Motorola One VisionPoco F1 (from Rs 17,999)If specs are all that matters to you, the Poco F1 easily tramples the Motorola One Vision. Compared to midrange chips in this price, the Poco F1 uses last year’s flagship Snapdragon 845 chipset. This makes it a good deal for those who only care about performance. On top of that, the Poco F1 comes with a 4000mAh battery with support for fast charging, IR Face Unlock and a pair of good cameras. It runs on MIUI 10 with the Poco launcher and this might irk many who prefer a clean and bloat-free user experience. Also, the phone is made of plastic and it sports a design that makes the Motorola One Vision look extremely modern.advertisementSamsung Galaxy A50 (from Rs 18,499)The Galaxy A50 is more like the One Vision in its approach to a smartphone experience. The Galaxy A50 uses an almost similar chipset as the One Vision and even gets a gradient design, albeit with a plastic rear panel. However, as with most Samsung devices, the Galaxy A50 scores high with its 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display sporting tiny waterdrop notch on top. It also gets an in-screen fingerprint sensor. The highlight has to be its triple camera setup, including a wide-angle camera. With a 15W fast charging equipped 4000mAh battery, the Galaxy A50 is a solid package at this price.Oppo F11 Pro (from Rs 19,999)The Oppo F11 Pro has a seen a massive price cut and is now selling for Rs 19,999. At this price, the F11 Pro has to be the most advanced phone you can buy right now. The highlight of the phone has to be its pop-up selfie camera that makes for a display with no notch or hole-punch cutout for the camera. It also sports beautiful gradient colours, 20W fast charging for its 4000mAh battery and a 48-megapixel primary rear camera. The MediaTek Helio P70 is powerful enough for daily tasks but don’t expect great gaming performance.Nokia 8.1 (from Rs 19,999)The Nokia 8.1 is another great buy at Rs 19,999 if you prefer a premium build and design along with a clean Android experience. The Nokia 8.1 is also an Android One phone and coupled with a Snapdragon 710 chipset, it’s one of the fastest phones you can buy in this price bracket. The cameras also impressed us while the display gets support for HDR+ content.ALSO READ | Motorola One Vision quick review: The cool Moto is backALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A50 review: Premium features now come at an affordable pricelast_img read more

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Recovering Robben ready to face France

first_imgArjen Robben Robben to ‘give everything’ for Netherlands despite fitness concerns Ben Spratt Last updated 2 years ago 22:15 8/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) ArjenRobben - cropped Getty Images Netherlands France v Netherlands WC Qualification Europe The Dutch take on France and Bulgaria in their upcoming World Cup qualifiers and can count on their star man, despite his recent injury troubles Arjen Robben says he will give everything for Netherlands in their upcoming World Cup qualifiers, even if he is not yet 100 per cent fit.Dick Advocaat’s side sit third in Group A and will look to close the three-point gap to leaders Sweden when they take on France and Bulgaria.Netherlands 5/1 to beat France Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Key man Robben is in the squad after featuring in Bayern Munich’s first two Bundesliga games of the season, coming on as a substitute against Bayer Leverkusen and then playing 64 minutes from the start at Werder Bremen.While the 33-year-old concedes he is not yet completely ready after a close-season calf injury, he is keen to help Netherlands in a vastly important double-header.”I still need some matches. I cannot ask to move this game so I can play for 90 minutes. I’m going to give everything I have in me,” Robben said.”The substitution [against Werder] did not come from me – it was a coach’s decision. But that was quite normal, considering the preparation I had.”It was logical that I could not finish a match yet, but it was not that I was completely demolished. I could go further.”Robben is determined Netherlands head to Paris with the right attitude for the clash with second-placed France, who are also three points ahead of them.”I’m always very positive and we’ve got to be positive when we go there,” he said. “Some may say that France have a better team, but if you go there with that mindset, you might as well stay at home.”We must have faith that we can achieve something – then we can.”last_img read more

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Hazard: I am a leader

first_imgChelsea attacker Eden Hazard insists he aims to be a leader every time he steps out onto the pitch, rejecting Maurizio Sarri’s recent criticism of him.The Blues secured their place in the Carabao Cup final with a penalty shootout victory over Tottenham, after a thrilling second leg at Stamford Bridge on Thursday.Sarri’s side were 1-0 down from the first leg, but they levelled the aggregate score with a 2-1 win in normal time, thanks to goals from N’Golo Kante and Hazard. 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? After neither side could find a winning goal in extra time, Chelsea came out on top in the shootout, with David Luiz netting the decisive penalty to spark wild scenes of celebration among the home faithful.Hazard was deployed in his favourite position on the left-hand side of the front three and his dynamic performance was the catalyst for Chelsea’s success.The Belgium international was the subject of criticism from Sarri at the start of the week, as the Italian questioned Hazard’s ability to lead as part of a team.After Thursday’s game Hazard was asked if he felt like a leader, to which he responded defiantly: “I always say that on the pitch I’m a leader. I think I am a leader.”Chelsea will now look forward to facing off against Premier League champions Manchester City in the final at Wembley on February 24, with their opponents aiming to win the trophy for a second successive year.Hazard also added that he was pleased with his own display against Spurs, before looking ahead to an FA Cup fourth-round tie against Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday.”My job on the pitch is to just do what I can do so I am happy,” he stated. “We have two days now to recover for Sunday which is also a tough game.”The boys deserve today. We played the best game and we deserve it.”Sarri’s men are now well placed to challenge for silverware on three fronts while also fighting to secure a top-four Premier League finish and Champions League qualification.Chelsea are back in Premier League action just three days after hosting Sheffield Wednesday, with a trip to Bournemouth on the cards as the fixture list begins to pile up.last_img read more

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NSB Group Takes 31 More Ships under Management

first_imgzoom German ship manager NSB Group has grown its fleet to up to 96 vessels following the formation of a joint venture with Indonesian shipping company Temasline named PT Asia Marine Temas.So far, the group had 65 ships in operation, among them two specialized vessels for installing offshore wind turbines. With the latest move, NSB Group has added 31 new ships under its management.With the jv company located in Jakarta, NSB is extending its business in Southeast Asia, as it pushes to reorganize its corporate structure by 2020.Namely, REEDEREI NSB is extending international ship management activities under the corporate brand name NSB GROUP. Thereby, the company is taking steps to transform itself from a national manager of KG vessels to an international ship manager and maritime service partner.The company further said that in addition to four primary shareholders, NSB also has ten international players, including those from the financial investor sector, cargo owners, and container lines among its clients.“The newly established business venture together with Temasline underlines the global focus of NSB GROUP. The partnership is another crucial point of the reorganisation we started with in 2014,” says Tim Ponath, Chief Operating Officer (COO) of NSB.The expansion of business operations has seen a marked growth of the company’s branch office in China, Asia Marine Shanghai, established in 2014. Specifically, the firm took eight vessels under management last year. Furthermore, the company said that performance of technical management will be extended to China.NSB GROUP has finalized the company’s exit from German flag after the end of second quarter of 2017.Both NSB and Temas are engaged in the fields of crewing and technical management.last_img read more

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Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_imgCONTINUING WORK VICTORIA COUNTY: Gillis Bridge Gillis Bridge on North Branch Road, just past Uisge Ban (USH-AK BAHN) Falls Provincial Park, is closed until further notice. Access to the park is not affected. -30- KINGS COUNTY: Whitman Bridge Whitman Bridge, on Whitman Road between Maple Avenue and Ward Road in Aylesford, is closed for repairs until further notice. The detour route is Maple Avenue, Victoria Road and Ward Road. DIGBY COUNTY: Melanson Mills Bridge Melanson Mills Bridge on Marc Comeau Road is closed until further notice to replace the deck. A detour route is in place. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Eddy Road Eddy Road to Fort Lawrence, near Amherst, is closed until further notice. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge is closed until further notice for repairs. A detour is available via Crowdis Cross Road, West Big Interval Road and Hatchery Road. INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction. INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 4 – Port Hastings Rotary Trunk 4 at the Port Hastings Rotary will have partial lane closures during the installation of an overhead sign. The work will last until Friday, May 1. COLCHESTER/HANTS COUNTIES: Highway 102, Shubenacadie River Construction on Highway 102, at the bridges over the Shubenacadie River, will continue until September. Traffic is moving in both directions, drivers are urged to travel with extra caution in the area. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge, on Route 344 at Middle Melford, is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Varner Bridge Work is underway on a new bridge beside the existing Varner Bridge on Route 208 near New Germany. The bridge is open during construction, but there may be occasional, brief closures during normal construction activities. Drivers should use extra caution in the area. The new two-lane bridge will be completed this year.last_img read more

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Brooke BurkeCharvet To Emcee World Of Children Award 2015 Alumni Honors Event

first_imgToday, World of Children Award, a global recognition and funding organization for people specifically and exclusively serving the needs of children as well as setting the gold standard in child advocacy, announced its inaugural 2015 Alumni Honors event, which will take place on Thursday, April 30 at Il Cielo in Beverly Hills, California.The Master of Ceremonies for the special evening will feature TV Personality, Actress, and CEO of ModernMom, Brooke Burke-Charvet.Since 1998, World of Children Award identifies changemakers, that create proven, sustainable programs for children, and awards grants to advance their work at an annual awards ceremony in New York City. For the first time since the World of Children Award’s inception, the organization will host an event in Beverly Hills commemorating past honorees who have continued their extraordinary efforts and have gone to great lengths to change the lives of vulnerable children around the world with an Alumni Honors event. The 2015 Alumni Honorees include: Jessica Markowitz (2009 World of Children Youth Honoree) of Richard’s Rwanda IMPUHWE who educates girls in Rwanda; Triveni Acharya (2013 World of Children Humanitarian Honoree) of the Rescue Foundation who rescues trafficked girls from brothels in India; and Dr. Ricardo Bennun (2007 Health Honoree) of Asociación PIEL who provides surgery for children with facial deformities in Argentina.“Because the World of Children Award does not just fund Honorees, but also educates and elevates them, they gain the capacity to significantly leverage the funding and the Honor,” said Harry Leibowitz, World of Children Award Co-Founder and Co-Chair. “This allows them to build sustainability and to multiply their efforts to serve more vulnerable children.”The evening will feature a cocktail reception, intimate dinner, and a special program with the honorees sharing courageous stories about their work with children, and the invaluable role World of Children Award has played in their lives. Additionally, exclusive jewelry pieces created by collaborators Heidi Nahser Fink and Adam Shulman of James Banks Design for World of Children Award will be available for purchase with 100% of proceeds going to the organization. The featured items include a Legacy World of Children Award Sterling Silver Lock Pendant and a set of World of Children Award Sterling Silver Cuff Links. For more information on the exclusive jewelry pieces or to purchase online, please visit jamesbanksdesign.com/WOC.html.2015 Alumni Honors Chairs are Veronica Smiley and Brian Grazer, Rena and Lindsay Conner, and Linda and David Shaheen. In addition, the Event Co-Chairs include Sandy Sholl, Adam Shulman, Adam Freede, Willow and Bertan Kalatchi, Craig Leibowitz, and Kay Isaacson-Leibowitz and Harry Leibowitz.World of Children Award is led by co-founders Harry Leibowitz and Kay Isaacson-Leibowitz, retired senior executives from Procter & Gamble and Victoria’s Secret, who first started the organization to honor individuals serving children with a Nobel Prize-like award. Since 1998, World of Children Award has allocated millions of dollars in cash grants and program support to over 100 Honorees who are the driving force behind programs serving children worldwide.last_img read more

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ACA and ACTRA Join Appeal of CRTCs Super Bowl Ruling

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Toronto, ON  — Having intervened before the CRTC, opposing the decision to ban simultaneous substitution (simsub) during the Super Bowl, the Association of Canadian Advertisers (ACA) and the Alliance of Canadian Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) have now been granted intervenor status in the Federal Court of Appeal case between Bell Media, the NFL and the Attorney General.At issue is the CRTC’s order (effective Feb. 5, 2017) banning the replacement of U.S. ads with ones made in Canada during the Super Bowl.“This decision denies marketers of a key opportunity to access Canadian consumers,” said Ron Lund, President and CEO, ACA. “Of greater concern, it places a long-standing and successful CRTC cornerstone policy that benefits the entire broadcasting system, in jeopardy.” Advertisement Facebook Advertisement For Canadian performers, the decision will result in fewer work opportunities. The removal of a policy that ensures Canadian advertising dollars stay in Canada means less revenue for reinvestment back into Canadian content production. It also reduces the market for commercials starring Canadian performers.“This decision by the CRTC undermines a foundational part of Canada’s film and television sector,” said Stephen Waddell, ACTRA’s National Executive Director. “We’re intervening to ensure the creative sector has a voice in this important appeal.”.About ACA: ACA is the independent voice of Canadian marketers and the champion of a fair and transparent marketplace. A national, not-for-profit association, it speaks on behalf of more than 200 companies and divisions. 2017 marks 100 years since ACA was incorporated as an association. For more information, visit www.acaweb.caAbout ACTRA: The Alliance of Canadian Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) is the national union of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of 23,000 members across the country – the foundation of Canada’s highly-acclaimed professional performing community. www.actra.ca Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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TORONTO PROTESTS ART EXHIBIT THEY SAY IS JUST A REAL ESTATE AD

first_imgAdvertisement The event was free and open to the public, but a coalition of local artists and organizations say that something sneaky was going on in terms of how the project was staged. Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement More than 200 local artists, many of them quite acclaimed, have penned an open letter to the people behind what they’re calling an “ugly” and “reckless” art exhibit in downtown Toronto.The Invitational, which ran from October 25 – 28, was billed as a brand new contemporary art exhibition revolving around the human figure and how we make sense of the world today.Hosted at the newly- (and kind of hideously-) remodeled 346 Spadina Avenue, home of what used to be the Bright Pearl dim sum restaurant, The Invitational brought together works from roughly 25 internationally recognized artists (with a special spotlight on those from New York and Toronto). Twitterlast_img read more

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Basils revised bail application to be considered next week

Rajapaksa was arrested over the alleged misappropriation of funds.He was arrested recently appearing before the police Financial Crimes Investigations Division (FCID). The revised bail application by former Minister Basil Rajapaksa is to be considered by the Colombo High Court next week.Rajapaksa’s lawyers filed the bail application over his recent arrest and decision by the Kaduwela Magistrate to remand him. The former Minister was questioned over the misappropriation of Divineguma funds when he was a Minister.He was later arrested and produced before court and remanded till August 1st. (Colombo Gazette)

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Opinion 5 questions for Ohio State Rutgers matchup

Sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) carries the ball during a game against Cincinnati on Sept. 27 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 50-28.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorFor the first time ever, the Ohio State Buckeyes and Rutgers Scarlet Knights are set to meet on the football field. The matchup also marks the first time the Scarlet Knights will play a Big Ten game on the road.With so many firsts, and so many unknowns, there are a plethora of storylines to watch in the matchup. The Lantern sports editors picked five of the most important things to look for in the game.1. Will the Buckeyes be able to force Gary Nova turnovers?It has been well-documented that Rutgers senior quarterback Gary Nova is turnover-prone. With Nova coming off of an impressive performance in which he tossed for 404 yards through the air and three scores against Michigan, the Buckeye defense will have to do its due diligence to slow Nova and the Scarlet Knights down. The Rutgers run game is average at best, ranking ninth in the conference, which has forced the Scarlet Knights to throw the ball early and often in recent weeks. If they can force Nova into his old habits, the Buckeyes should succeed as Nova has thrown 46 career interceptions, five of which came in his first Big Ten game against Penn State. 2. Will sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott have his third-straight 100-yard game?After struggling to get off to a strong start, Elliott is coming off of back-to-back 100-yard rushing games against Cincinnati and Maryland, respectively. Getting his third-straight 100-yard game could prove to be easier than some think.While the Rutgers defense ranks tied for third in the country in sacks, they struggle to stop the run as they rank eighth in the conference in yards allowed on the ground. If the Buckeye offensive line has improved as much as many think they have, Elliott will have a chance to rack up considerable yards for a third straight game. 3. Can J.T. Barrett make a Heisman Trophy push?I know, I know. we are crazy. But are we really?After the recent Todd Gurley and Jameis Winston fallout, this could be the most wide open Heisman race in years.With that said, Barrett will have a chance to shine on national television for the next four weeks as games against Rutgers, Penn State, Illinois and Michigan State are scheduled to be televised on either ABC, ESPN or ESPN2.In addition, aside from Saturday’s game against Rutgers, all of those games are set for 8 p.m. kickoffs, putting Barrett and the Buckeyes in the spotlight for three straight weekends.Closing that stretch of games is the Michigan State matchup, one that most are claiming will be the de facto Big Ten Championship game. If Barrett can help the Buckeyes win out, and impress during prime time, there is a chance the redshirt-freshman could earn an invite to New York.However, it all starts with Rutgers on Saturday.4. How will a second early-season bye week effect the Buckeyes on the field?More than anything else, OSU coach Urban Meyer has made it clear that he didn’t want to have a week off after the Buckeyes beat Maryland on Oct. 4.If it were up to him, they would have kept on rolling after the 52-24 win, but it’s not.Instead, OSU had to take an off-week and get ready for a two-week gap between taking the field for an actual game. For some teams, that can be needed rest. For others, it can simply stunt momentum.It’s likely the Buckeyes will either have an extremely fast or an extremely slow start depending on how the players took the time off. If a slow start is in fact the case, look for OSU to be in an early hole with a need to scramble back late in the game.5. Will freshman running back Curtis Samuel be worked back into the fold?Through the first few games of the season, an argument could have been made that Samuel was the best running back on OSU’s roster.He might well be just that someday, but it’s clear that Elliott is the guy for the 2014 Buckeyes, especially considering Samuel missed the Maryland game with a leg injury. Meyer said he’s back and ready to go, but what will be the real point of rushing him back into the lineup when Elliott has been dominant for two consecutive games?Samuel has a bright career ahead of him, but an untimely injury might have put a damper on what could have been a standout first season in Columbus.The matchup between OSU and Rutgers is scheduled for Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more

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Newsnights Kirsty Wark criticises BBCs gender pay gap saying somethings got to

first_img“How on earth does that happen? She has been on that programme for more than 12 years and somehow she’s not on the list, isn’t that a mistake?” BBC presenter John Humphreys  BBC Newsnight presenter Kirsty Wark has joined criticism of the BBC’s gender pay gap as it emerged women accounted for just a third of the corporation’s biggest earners.Following the publication of a list of 96 BBC stars who earn more than £150,000, the Government has threatened to expose more top earners unless the broadcaster “gets its house in order”.Discussing the issue on Wednesday night’s programme, she upbraided James Purnell,  the corporation’s director of radio and education, over the gender disparity.Mr Purnell said it was the broadcaster’s wish to remove the gender pay gap, telling Newsnight “we need to change the mix of people” adding, “obviously we need to look at pay”.Challenging him on how pay equality would be achieved, Wark said: “Will you be expecting more male on-air talent to take a pay cut?… something’s got to give.”Are you going to say to Gary Lineker you’re earning, what is it, £2.6million can you just give £600,000 up so we can bring new female talent on in sport?”Mr Purnell replied “we’ve been doing that already” but went on to suggest that the lowest paid person on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme is a man. But Wark interrupted him to say, “that’s not actually quite right, but seeing as you mentioned the Today programme Sarah Montague is a senior presenter on the Today Programme. She’s not been there as long as John Humphrys… [but] she does over 100 programmes a year, she’s not even on the list.  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.center_img Mr Purnell agreed that Ms Montague was a “brilliant broadcaster” but said he could not go into “individual details”. He added that it was hard to compare the salaries of those on the list as there were a number of factors, such as experience to consider. However he added that Ms Montague’s colleague Mr Humphrys was “the outstanding interviewer of his generation”, saying “he’s got a unique value to the BBC and that is something we recognise”.An unimpressed Ms Wark replied: “You recognise it when he doesn’t even need it recognised. It’s extraordinary.”He’s said that actually he didn’t even look for pay rises, but he kept getting them and he’s also said that he doesn’t want to go anywhere else so actually that’s not about the market, you just want to give John Humphrys lots of money”. BBC presenter John Humphreys Credit:REUTERS last_img read more

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Max Clifford in critical care unit after collapsing with cardiac arrest in

first_imgMax Clifford’s family have claimed he was denied medical treatment after the disgraced PR guru died having collapsed in his prison cell.The 74 year-old was said to be “in a bad way” after falling twice at the Cambridgeshire jail where he was serving an eight-year sentence for historical sex offences.The Ministry of Justice confirmed that Clifford, who had been ill since suffering a heart attack in August, died in hospital on Sunday after a cardiac arrest.Clifford’s daughter Louise, who appeared in court as a witness for her father’s defence, has alleged that she had been fighting for medical treatment alongside her father’s legal team and doctor, but without success.The 46 year-old said: “It is with great sadness that I must announce that my father Max Clifford passed away. “He had been ill for some time with heart problems and myself, his doctor and our legal team had fought for his diagnosis and treatment but to no avail.“He was hugely loved by the many people in his life for the compassionate, kind and funny man that he was.”Clifford’s daughter added that she and her legal team, led by Sarah Forshaw QC, will “continue to pursue his appeal hearing and get him the justice he was denied in life”. The PR guru, who used his celebrity connections to lure women, was found guilty of a string of indecent assaults – with the sex attacks carried out between 1977 and 1984. On the basis of alleged fresh evidence, Clifford had been due to appeal against all of his convictions early next year. It is not known if the case will be allowed to continue after his death.Before his death on Sunday morning, the former celebrity publicist was said to be “in a bad way” after collapsing twice at Littlehey Prison.His daughter told the Mail on Sunday that Clifford first collapsed in his cell on Thursday when he was trying to clean it.A spokeswoman for Ms Clifford confirmed to the Telegraph that her father cleaned his cell out of choice as he was “conscientious and particular.”Ms Clifford said he collapsed again the next day and was unconscious for several minutes. After seeing a nurse, he was transferred to a local hospital where he suffered a cardiac arrest on Friday, she said.Clifford was jailed for eight years in May 2014 after being convicted of a number of charges under Operation Yewtree, the Met Police investigation set up after the Jimmy Savile scandal.He was the first person to be convicted as part of the national investigation. During his sentencing, he branded his accusers as “fantasists” and was seen laughing and shaking his head in the dock. He had been ill for some time with heart problems and myself, his doctor and our legal team had fought for his diagnosis and treatment but to no availLouise Clifford In 2016, he was cleared of indecently assaulting a teenage girl, after being accused of using his power to humiliate the 17-year-old into performing a sex act on him in the 1980s.The former PR mogul crafted a reputation for garnering maximum exposure for the fame-hungry wannabes in his charge.His previous clients included Muhammad Ali, Frank Sinatra and Chelsea Football Club.A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: “As with all deaths in custody, there will be an investigation by the independent Prisons and Probation Ombudsman. “Our condolences are with Mr Clifford’s family at this difficult time.”When asked about the claim that Mr Clifford was denied medical treatment, a Ministry of Justice spokeswoman said: “All prisoners receive the same level of treatment as anybody would.”NHS England said it was unable to comment on specific cases. 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.last_img read more

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Golub Doknic scores again VIDEO

Ex-Montenegrian NT goalkeeper, Golub Doknic (30) was again among scorer for his team – Alpla Hard. At the last match of Austrian Championship in 2012 against Schwaz, Doknic scored goal from the back position after huge celebration began… Alpla HardGolub Doknic goal ← Previous Story HAPPY NEW HANDBALL YEAR 2013! Next Story → Brazil waiting for WCh 2013 clashes

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Internet Explorer 9 Hits 35 Million Download in 24 Hours

first_imgIt may not be the exciting new kid on the block, but Microsoft’s Internet Explorer is still the dominant browser in the U.S. And the company has surely bolstered its market share a bit with the introduction of IE9. That latest version of the browser did some rather brisk numbers in its first 24 hours yesterday, hitting 2.35 million downloads in that time period. That number breaks down to around 27 downloads a second. As of January, IE is still on top, with 56 of the total U.S. browser market (down a percentage point from December), Firefox was in second with around 22, and Google’s Chrome had managed to make a dent in the market with 10 percent. Any gains made by Microsoft with the latest edition will likely be affected by the upcoming introduction of Firefox 4, which is due to hit on March 22nd.last_img read more

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Refugees detained at airports after Trump bans them from entering US

first_imgRefugees detained at airports after Trump bans them from entering US Trump has barred all refugees from entering the country for three months — and those from war-ravaged Syria indefinitely. Updated 2.55pmREFUGEES EN ROUTE to the United States have been detained at airports after President Donald Trump signed an executive order barring all refugees from entering the US for three months.Those from war-ravaged Syria will be banned from entering the country indefinitely. Trump said the ban is necessary to prevent “radical Islamic terrorists” from entering the nation.Cairo airport officials say seven US-bound migrants — six from Iraq and one from Yemen — have been prevented from boarding an EgyptAir flight to New York’s JFK airport.The officials said the action by the airport today was the first since Trump imposed the ban on refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen.The officials said the seven migrants, escorted by officials from the UN refugee agency, were stopped from boarding the plane after authorities at Cairo airport contacted their counterparts in JFK airport.The New York Times reports that the detentions have prompted legal challenges from two Iraqi refugees held at JFK Airport.Their lawyers want them released and also filed a motion for class certification, in an effort to represent all refugees and immigrants, who they said were being unlawfully detained at ports of entry.The head of a leading refugee aid agency has said Trump’s decision hurts innocent people fleeing violence.Jan Egeland of the Norwegian Refugee Council said the move “will not make America safer, it will make America smaller and meaner”.Egeland said the decision dealt a “mortal blow” to the idea of international responsibility for those fleeing persecution. He says the US is leading a “race to the bottom” in which politicians in wealth countries provide “zero moral leadership”.Religion The executive order signed by Trump yesterday immediately suspended a programme that last year resettled to the US roughly 85,000 people displaced by war, political oppression, hunger and religious prejudice.Trump indefinitely blocked all those fleeing Syria, where a civil war has displaced millions of people, and imposed a 90-day ban on entry to the US from seven Muslim-majority nations.“We want to ensure that we are not admitting into our country the very threats our soldiers are fighting overseas,” Trump said as he signed the order at the Pentagon. “We only want to admit those into our country who will support our country and love deeply our people.”Trump said the halt in the refugee programme was necessary to give government agencies time to develop a stricter vetting system. But the order did spell out what additional steps he wants the Homeland Security and State departments to take.The US may admit refugees on a case-by-case basis during the freeze, and the government will continue to process requests from people claiming religious persecution, “provided that the religion of the individual is a minority religion in the individual’s country”.In an interview with CBN News, Trump said persecuted Christians would be given priority in applying for refugee status.“We are going to help them,” Trump said. “They’ve been horribly treated.”The order was signed on Trump’s most robust day of national security and foreign policy at the start of his presidency, marked by a meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May and a lengthy phone call with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.As a candidate, Trump called for a temporary ban on all Muslim immigration to the US. He later shifted his focus to putting in place “extreme vetting” procedures to screen people coming to the US from countries with terrorism ties.The Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR, said it would file a federal lawsuit on Monday challenging the constitutionality of the executive order.“There is no evidence that refugees — the most thoroughly vetted of all people entering our nation — are a threat to national security,” CAIR’s National Litigation Director Lena F.Masri said. “This is an order that is based on bigotry, not reality.”Holocaust Remembrance DayDuring the past budget year, the US accepted 84,995 refugees, including 12,587 people from Syria. President Barack Obama had set the refugee limit for this budget year at 110,000.Trump, according to the executive order, plans to cut that to 50,000. Refugee processing was suspended in the immediate aftermath of the September 11 attacks and restarted months later.The president was applauded by House Speaker Paul Ryan, who said it was “time to re-evaluate and strengthen the visa-vetting process.” Many Democrats cast the measures as un-American.“Tears are running down the cheeks of the Statue of Liberty tonight as a grand tradition of America, welcoming immigrants, that has existed since America was founded has been stomped upon,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said.Trump’s order was signed on Holocaust Remembrance Day, which brought to mind the global effort to help refugees during World War II and its aftermath.The order makes no mention of a plan to provide safe zones in Syria and the surrounding area. A draft of the order had directed the Pentagon and the State Department to produce a plan for safe zones in the war-torn Mideast nation.The president’s directive capped a hectic first week for Trump at the White House, giving Americans an initial look at how he intends to position the US around the globe.Earlier on Friday, he hosted May at the White House for his first meeting with a world leader since taking office. Asked about whether he would revert back to Bush-era use of torture, Trump said he would defer to the views of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.“He has stated publicly that he does not necessarily believe in torture or waterboarding, or however you want to define it … I don’t necessarily agree,” Trump said. “But I would tell you that he will override because I’m giving him that power. He’s an expert.”The Associated Press and other news organisations have obtained copies of a draft executive order signaling sweeping changes to US interrogation and detention policy. The draft, which the White House said was not official, also requests recommendations on whether the US should reopen CIA detention facilities outside the United States. Critics said the clandestine sites have marred America’s image on the world stage.Trump held firm yesterday on another controversy — trade and illegal immigration from Mexico. He told reporters he had a “very good call” with Peña Nieto earlier in the day, but he reaffirmed his belief that Mexico has “outnegotiated and beat us to a pulp” on trade — and that would change.“We’re no longer going to be the country that doesn’t know what it’s doing,” he declared a day after the Mexican leader canceled his visit to Washington in response to Trump’s plans to build a border wall and have Mexico pay for it.Read: Trump to Theresa: ‘A free and independent Britain is a blessing to the world’Read: US immigration attorney warns undocumented Irish to ‘remain silent or you’ll be gone very quickly’ Saturday 28 Jan 2017, 2:55 PM Short URL Trump speaks during a news conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May yesterday 299 Comments Jan 28th 2017, 2:55 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlecenter_img 59,379 Views Trump speaks during a news conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May yesterday Image: Evan Vucci/PA http://jrnl.ie/3210249 By Associated Press Share Tweet Email2 Image: Evan Vucci/PAlast_img read more

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Cork toddler who died in tragic Roman blind accident died instantly without

first_img Mar 28th 2019, 6:05 PM A TODDLER DIED after a tragic accident involving a Roman blind which was given to the young parents as a handmade gift when they moved in to their new house.Leah Troy, who was just 13 months, passed away at her home in Delaney Park in Dublin Hill on the northside of Cork City on 11 September, 2018.She died after getting caught in a blind string in her bedroom when she was put down for a nap.Her mother Alice O’Sullivan (28) said she was at the house with baby Leah and her four-year-old son Alex who was home sick that day. Leah had played downstairs that day and at 11.45 am she put her in her travel cot between her bed and the window for a nap.All was quiet upstairs so Alice thought that baby Leah was sleeping. When she went up to check on her a short time later she found Leah almost in a kneeling position. Her head was upright with the string around her neck.Alice tried to remove the string of the blind from the head of the child.“She was just staring out the window, she was almost in a kneeling position, almost standing. I tried to remove the string around her neck. I tried to snap it but I couldn’t and had to pull the cord from both sides. ”Alice said that her son Alex came upstairs and she told him to go back down.“I didn’t want him to see it. I dialled 999. I placed her in the front room of the house. I started CPR. I listened to the instructions on the phone. ”Ms O’Sullivan said the paramedics worked to save Leah. However, she was pronounced dead at Cork University Hospital (CUH). She said her step mother Jude made the Roman blind as a gift for her and her partner Mike. Parents are being urged to be aware of the dangers of cords ending in a loop. (File photo) Image: Shutterstock. Parents are being urged to be aware of the dangers of cords ending in a loop. (File photo) Cork toddler who died in tragic Roman blind accident ‘died instantly without any suffering’ Leah Troy was just 13 months when she died last September. 10 Comments Thursday 28 Mar 2019, 6:04 PM Share413 Tweet Email By Olivia Kelleher Short URL Image: Shutterstock. 41,819 Views She made (the blind) herself. We hung it with her. We were concerned about the cord so we put the safety cleat up higher than usual so it would be out of the way of the children. I know our stepmother blames herself about what happened. There are so many ifs and buts.She added that her “beautiful girl” was never sick and had no medical problems.“She was just my gorgeous baby girl. She was beautiful, always up to mischief, never sick.”Safety consciousThe family were very conscious of safety when they put up the blind. The blind had a safety cleat for the main draw cord. The blinds also had support strings to the rear of the blinds.It was one of the three support strings that the young child got entangled with when she was in her bedroom.Alice O’Sullivan’s stepmother Jude Hogan O’Sullivan said she had known her step daughter since she was just three years old.Alice and her partner Michael had just moved in to their home and she was asked to make the blinds. She had previously made blinds for other family members.Alice and Jude shopped for material for the blinds and they were joined by the father of the baby Michael Troy when they went to put them up. A drill was required to install them.Jude said that she could never have conceived that when the blind was closed, the baby could get caught in the vertical support cords at the back.If I did not make this blind Leah would be alive. I feel such guilt. I want to say again I am so sorry. When I learned what had happened my world fell apart. I know I told Alice and Mike before, but I want to say again, I am sorry.She described Leah and her partner Michael Troy as wonderful devoted parents to the two youngsters.Instant blackoutGarda Grace Quirke told the inquest that baby Leah was pronounced dead at 1.30pm on the 11 September 2018 at CUH. She was formally identified in the city morgue by her family.Assistant State Pathologist, Dr Margaret Bolster, said Leah would have died instantly without any suffering.The cause of death was recorded as acute cardio arrest due to ligature strangulation. Essentially Leah would have had an instant blackout.A verdict of accidental death was recorded in the case. The jury asked the media to highlight the case to assist other families.Coroner Philip Comyn said that it was one of the most distressing inquests he had presided over in a very long time and that there was “very little solace he could give the family.”He extended his condolences to the family saying it was “a complete accident”There is very little solace I can give you other than the evidence of Dr Bolster that your daughter wouldn’t have suffered. She would have blacked out immediately. Comyn asked the large group of media assembled to highlight the case pointing to advice about blinds which is on the National Standards Authority of Ireland website.A number of children have died following accidents involving blinds in recent years. https://jrnl.ie/4565700 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Migration Program under fire

first_imgA new report warns that the Gillard government’s Skilled Migration Program is based on incorrect assumptions, is out-of-date and requires major reform to implement its objectives. The report produced by the Centre for Population and Urban Research (CPUR) at Monash University coincides with the row over the granting of temporary visas to 1700 foreign workers as part of an Enterprise Migration Agreement (EMA) approved by the government for Hancock Prospecting’s Roy Hill iron ore mine in WA. The Roy Hill mine is expected to be the first of dozens of projects for which EMAs are approved, allowing Australian companies to import skilled and semi-skilled foreign labour on temporary 457 visas. Following union pressure last week the Gillard government announced a ‘jobs board’ to give Australian workers information about jobs available in the mining sector. With the Skilled Migration Program in the limelight, the CPUR’s latest report entitled ‘The 2012-13 immigration program: record numbers, city-bound’ sends a message that the government’s planning on migration matters is seriously awry. The Program, set to increase the total number of migrants in 2012-13 to 190,000, has the purported aim of delivering skilled migrants to the resources industries, but the reality, says the CPUR, is that outside EMAs, none of the skilled permanent entry or temporary visa categories target such migrants. Founding Director of the CPUR Bob Birrell – one of the authors of the report told Neos Kosmos: “Employers can sponsor migrants regardless of the industry, occupation or location of their workplace. “The result is that just over half of the migrants currently being visaed are locating in Sydney and Melbourne, rather than in the resource industry states.” “Domestic Australian workers can expect increased competition for jobs from migrants at a time when there is little growth in employment in either Sydney or Melbourne,” said Mr Birrell. The Labor Government plans to increase the permanent entry migration program to 204,000 (including humanitarian migrants) in 2012-13, a decision which is consistent with the Government’s stance since it came to power in late 2007. The CPUR report concludes that the Program is based on two assumptions, one of which is fundamentally incorrect. “One is that the minerals boom will require a huge increase in skilled workers who must be drawn in part from migration. The other is that, as a consequence of the resources boom, the rest of the Australian economy will surge, generating a nation-wide shortage of skilled workers. The first of these assumptions is correct, but not the second,” says the report. “DIAC’s skilled visas are structured on the assumption that there are nation-wide shortages of skilled workers and that employers everywhere should be allowed to sponsor 457s and permanent migrants in any skilled occupation, industry or location in Australia.” As a result, says Bob Birrell “most of the migrants in the record-high intake planned will end up in East coast cities, particularly Sydney and Melbourne and will add to the stresses of Australian workers struggling to find work in a weak labour market. “The Government’s Migration Program is out-of-date. It is now part of the problem. The new circumstances require a smaller and better targeted intake, which delivers scarce skills to the industries and locations which really need them.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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