10 months agoEmery wants Arsenal to prioritise Pepe signing

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Emery wants Arsenal to prioritise Pepe signingby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery has Lille winger Nicolas Pepe high on his shopping list for January.The Times says Emery is planning for a busy winter transfer window.The Gunners manager wants three signings, a centre-half, central midfielder and winger.And for the latter, Emery favours Pepe as a priority, having tracked the Ivorian for the two years he was in charge of PSG.Lille chiefs are confident of raising over £50m from Pepe’s sale in 2019. last_img

A Controversial 4-Star Freshman Has Reportedly Been Dismissed

first_imgFireworks explode as the Arizona football team takes the field.TUCSON, AZ – SEPTEMBER 08: Fireworks explode as the Arizona Wildcats take the field before the college football game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Arizona Stadium on September 8, 2012 in Tucson, Arizona. The Wildcats defeated the Cowboys 59-38. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Former Texas A&M linebacker Santino Marchiol, who transferred to Arizona this off-season, has been dismissed from his new program. This caps off a tumultuous few weeks for the onetime four-star recruit.Marchiol redshirted at Texas A&M last fall and intended to stay on under new head coach Jimbo Fisher. However, he transferred to Arizona to play for Kevin Sumlin after the A&M training staff allegedly mishandled an injury of his.After arriving at Arizona, Marchiol claimed in an interview with USA Today that Fisher’s staff was engaging in illegal recruiting practices. Then, on Friday, video surfaced of what appears to be Marchiol referring to his former A&M teammates in racist terms during a practice session this spring.So yes, Marchiol isn’t exactly having a quiet summer. Now, he’s been booted from his new program.Arizona head coach Kevin Sumlin confirmed the news this afternoon.Texas A&M transfer LB Santino Marchiol is “no longer on the team,” Arizona coach Kevin Sumlin announced. He was told this morning.— Brian Pedersen (@realBJP) August 27, 2018Marchiol was a four-star prospect out of IMG Academy in the class of 2017. He was the No. 17 inside linebacker in the country, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Now, he is a man without a team. Most likely, the FCS or junior college level is his next destination.Wherever he goes, he will bring some baggage with him.last_img read more

MS Dhoni uploads a super cute video with Ziva. You cannot miss this

first_img India Today Web Desk ChennaiMarch 24, 2019UPDATED: March 24, 2019 20:48 IST MS Dhoni posted an adorable video of himself with Ziva.MS Dhoni led Chennai Super Kings to a seven-wicket demolition over Royal Challengers Bangalore in the opening match of the 2019 IPL and then spent some quality time with daughter Ziva. On Saturday, defending champions CSK got the better of RCB on a sluggish Chepauk pitch much to the delight of the local Chennai fans.Despite the victory, MS Dhoni seemed annoyed with the pitch on offer. Harbhajan Singh and Imran Tahir picked three wickets apiece as RCB folded for 70, the joint sixth lowest total in IPL history. CSK took their time to get going on the slow pitch but they finally secured two points. At the post-match presentation ceremony, Dhoni said the pitch needed to get better.However, MS Dhoni seemed far more relaxed when he got some time with Ziva. He tested her linguisting skills and little Ziva came out with flying colours.Here is the video which is going viral.A few days back, Ziva Dhoni was seen whipping up cocktails at a restaurant. She even offered her cocktails to a few guests.MS Dhoni has been in sensational form for India this year after a horror run in 2018. In Australia, Dhoni was named man-of-the-series after scoring three fifties in three ODIs. He played a crucial knock in New Zealand and in the first ODI against Australia at home.MS Dhoni was rested for the final two ODIs against Australia. India, who led 0-2, lost the series 3-2.advertisementAlso Read | Mumbai Indians present special jersey to Rohit Sharma’s daughter SamairaAlso Read | Watch: Rohit Sharma raps popular Gully Boy song for daughter SamairaAlso Read | MS Dhoni criticial of Chepauk pitch despite 7-wicket win vs RCBFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow MS DhoniFollow Ziva DhoniFollow IPL 2019 MS Dhoni uploads a super cute video with Ziva. You cannot miss thisIPL 2019: MS Dhoni shared an adorable video where he was seen testing Ziva Dhoni’s lingustic skills. And Ziva came out with flying colours. You have to see it to believe it.advertisementlast_img read more

Europa League quarter-finals: Arsenal take 2-0 advantage over Napoli

first_imgEuropa League quarter-finals: Arsenal take 2-0 advantage over NapoliArsenal manager Unai Emery said Arsenal can be happy with the win in the first leg but urged his team to be cautious of a strong challenge from Napoli in the return leg of the Europa League quarter-final. advertisement Next Reuters LondonApril 12, 2019UPDATED: April 12, 2019 10:05 IST Arsenal clinched a 2-0 win over Napoli in Europa League quarter-final first leg on Thursday (Reuters Photo)An Aaron Ramsey strike and a Kalidou Koulibaly own goal gave Arsenal a 2-0 victory over Napoli in the first leg of their Europa League quarter-final on Thursday – and a rare and valuable clean sheet to take to Italy in a week’s time.Arsenal took the lead in the 14th minute through Ramsey, who finished off a sweeping move down the right by calmly slotting the ball past Napoli goalkeeper Alex Meret.They doubled the advantage 10 minutes later after a moment of individual brilliance from Lucas Torreira, who dashed through the Napoli midfield before spinning and switching the ball to his left foot and letting fly.The Uruguayan’s shot took a heavy deflection off Senegal defender Koulibaly and was registered as an own-goal.”We can be happy with this result, but (Napoli) are going to be more competitive away. Our challenge – our success – is going to be if we can be competitive away,” Arsenal manager Unai Emery told reporters, repeatedly describing the tie as “50:50″.The Gunners tried to increase their advantage as the first half wore on but they failed to capitalise despite several shots on goal from strikers Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, while Napoli had Meret to thank for numerous saves.Carlo Ancelotti’s men poured forward at the start of the second half in search of an away goal, with striker Lorenzo Insigne’s effort ruled offside and Koulibaly denied moments later when keeper Petr Cech tipped his header over the bar.ARSENAL CHANCESThe game quickly opened up and Ramsey, who will join Napoli’s rivals and Serie A leaders Juventus in the close season, and Nacho Monreal created chances at the other end but were unable to outwit Meret again.advertisementNapoli went closest to scoring when Insigne raced down the right and crossed to Piotr Zielinski, but the Pole’s right-foot effort shot up over the bar.”We had our chances and wasted them. We know we didn’t have a good game. Now we have to think about the return leg,” Insigne told Sky Sports.”The away goal would have been vital. We have to stay focused, learn from our mistakes and have more courage next week,” he said.The Italian side have now failed to beat English opponents away from their San Paolo stadium in nine attempts in European competition, and will need to find some scoring form at home if they are to progress in the competition.”I think the second half gave us some idea how we can play the second game,” Ancelotti told reporters, suggesting his side had more of the run of play as Arsenal’s players tired, a number of them pulling up with cramp as the game neared the end.Also Read | Champions League: Allegri lauds Ronaldo as Juventus held to a draw at AjaxAlso Read | Champions League quarters: United boss Solskjaer hoping for PSG repeat against BarcelonaAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow ArsenalFollow NapoliFollow Europa LeagueFollow Unai EmeryFollow Aaron ramseylast_img read more

Kane Williamson Dhoni-ed that innings: New Zealand captain’s maiden World Cup hundred leaves fans in awe

first_img Next Kane Williamson Dhoni-ed that innings: New Zealand captain’s maiden World Cup hundred leaves fans in aweWorld Cup 2019: Kane Williamson showcased nerves of steel as he hit his maiden World Cup hundred in New Zealand’s last-over thriller against South Africa in Edgbaston on Wednesday.advertisement India Today Web Desk June 20, 2019UPDATED: June 20, 2019 12:11 IST World Cup 2019: Kane Williamson hit his maiden World Cup hundred on Wednesday (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSKane Williamson hit his maiden World Cup hundred in Birmingham on WednesdsayWilliamson’s 138-ball unbeaten 106 helped New Zealand beat South AfricaWilliamson’s stunning last-over six got the cricket fraternity talkingNew Zealand captain Kane Williamson notched up his maiden World Cup hundred in the Black Caps’ thrilling 4-wicket win over South Africa on Wednesday in Birmingham.In a rain-affected match, Williamson showed why he is considered one of the calmest minds in world cricket with a well-paced hundred that all but ended South Africa’s hopes of making the semi-final.After putting South Africa into bat, New Zealand bowlers bowled with discipline and purpose to restrict South Africa to 241 in 49 overs. Chasing a tricky target on a sluggish Edgbaston wicket, New Zealand got off to an unlucky start as they lost Colin Munro as early as the 3rd over.Kane Williamson then came in and kept the scorers busy in a 62-run stand with Martin Guptill. However, following the opener’s dismissal, New Zealand lost wickets in a hurry and were reduced to 80 for 4 in 18.1 overs.Despite losing partners at the other end at regular intervals, Williamson kept his focus and made sure New Zealand clinched 2 points.Williamson played the perfect finisher by taking the game deep and staying till the end to take his team past the finish line. A deft touch to the third man boundary in the final ball of the penultimate over and his first six of the innings that came in the last over when New Zealand needed 8 from 5 proved Williamson is an ice-cool customer.There were a couple of close calls in the middle over and Williamson even survived a caught-behind appeal but nothing distracted the New Zealand captain from going about his job.advertisementKane Williamson’s level-headedness in one of the most thrilling finishes of World Cup 2019 has left the cricket fraternity in awe.Gem of a player, Kane Williamson. Composure and classMike atherton (@Athersmike) June 19, 2019Kane Williamson you beauty!!! #NZvsSA #CWC2019 #BACKTHEBLACKCAPSGrant Elliott (@grantelliottnz) June 19, 2019Kane Williamson nerves toughest earthly material.Andrew Fidel Fernando (@afidelf) June 19, 2019Kane Williamson absolutely Dhoni-ed that inningsPeter Miller (@TheCricketGeek) June 19, 2019Kohli’s skills + Dhoni’s calm = Kane Williamson. What a guy! #NZvSAShridhar V (@iimcomic) June 19, 2019MS Dhoni, remember the name 🙂 https://t.co/ApcbTscAj4Cricketopia (@CricketopiaCom) June 19, 2019All class..#KaneWilliamsonzainab abbas (@ZAbbasOfficial) June 19, 2019#KaneWilliamson nicks one and doesn’t walk.The other day, #ViratKohli didn’t nick and walked.Who would’ve thunk! #NZvSA #CWC19Hemant Brar (@Cricquest) June 19, 2019Intelligent captain and an extraordinary batsman. Kane Williamson is a genius. @BLACKCAPS #Cricket #KaneWilliamsonDaniel Alexander (@daniel86cricket) June 19, 2019No fireworks, no showmnaship. Just a clinical completion of the task at hand. This man #KaneWilliamson is the Mechanic.’ Like Jason Statham, the perfect executioner…#NZvsRSAanand mahindra (@anandmahindra) June 19, 2019#KaneWilliamson makes such a big difference to the #blackcaps . Paces his innings so well.. Great control and great skill. Reads the games beautifully #NZvSAF #wc19Hemang Badani (@hemangkbadani) June 19, 2019Also Read | MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya get new haircuts after Pakistan winAlso Read | New Zealand vs South Africa: Kane Williamson non-review wasn’t the turning point, says Faf du PlessisAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Kane WilliamsonFollow MS DhoniFollow New Zealand vs South AfricaFollow World Cup 2019last_img read more

Obesity leads to more cases of cancer than smoking

first_imgPeople with obesity are at an increased risk of suffering from cancer rather than the regular smokers, according to a British charity involved in research work related to cancer. Scientists have so far identified that obesity causes 13 types of cancer, it said. Excess weight causes around 1,900 more cases of bowel cancer than smoking in the UK each year, the charity said in a statement. The same worrying pattern is true of cancer in the kidneys (1,400 more cases caused by excess weight than by smoking each year in the UK), ovaries (460) and liver (180), it added. “As smoking rates fall and obesity rates rise, we can clearly see the impact on a national health crisis when the government puts policies in place – and when it puts its head in the sand,” said Michelle Mitchell, Cancer Research UK’s chief executive. “Our children could be a smoke-free generation, but we’ve hit a devastating record high for childhood obesity, and now we need urgent government intervention to end the epidemic.”last_img read more

THERESA TOVA ELECTED PRESIDENT OF ACTRA TORONTO

first_imgACTRA Toronto president Theresa Tova – Photo Courtesy of ACTRA Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Toronto – ACTRA Toronto Council yesterday elected Theresa Tova to succeed David Sparrow as the new President of ACTRA Toronto. The president sits for a two-year term.“This union has nurtured me, inspired me and allowed me to grow into a true arts and labour activist ready to seamlessly move forward on important files,” said Ms. Tova addressing council.A member for over 30 years, Tova has been active in the union since 1992, when she began her long-time work of protecting children in the entertainment industry. ACTRA Toronto’s first Child Advocate, she has mentored her successors in the role. Under her dedicated stewardship, Ontario passed the Protecting Child Performers Act, which came into force last year. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Login/Register With: As a Councillor and vice-president over the years, Tova has worked with many of ACTRA Toronto’s most important committees. She has been the executive liaison for the committees, caucuses and concerns of background performers, as well as the Diversity Committee. She founded and continues to mentor ACTRA Toronto’s senior committee, Act Your Age. She has built relationships with agent associations and, as Chair of the Entertainment Industry Coalition (EIC), is overseeing the development of an improved code of ethics for EIC talent agents. Tova has held the post of ACTRA Toronto Vice-President, Internal for 10 years and is also currently serving as ACTRA National’s Treasurer and Communications Committee Chair. She is a recipient of the Cliff Pilkey Labour Activist Award and the Canadian Association of Labour Media Award. She has sat on the bargaining committees for several of ACTRA’s agreements. She volunteers as an On Set Liaison Officer and sits on the Creative Arts Savings & Credit Union board.Theresa Tova is an award-winning actor, writer and singer. Recognized for her Gemini-nominated role as Marge on the television series E.N.G., Tova has worked in television, film and theatre, including starring roles in the Broadway tour of Ragtime and at the Stratford Festival. Her award-winning Holocaust musical, Still the Night, garnered four Dora Awards and a Governor General’s award nomination for Excellence in Dramatic Literature. Tova has released three CDs and is described as a “towering, pan-cultural jazz-cabaret diva.” Tova tours internationally playing to multicultural crowds in Toronto, Montreal, New York, Paris, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, Argentina, Poland and Luxembourg.ACTRA Toronto is the largest organization within ACTRA, representing more than 15,000 of Canada’s 22,000 professional performers working in recorded media. As an advocate for Canadian culture since 1943, ACTRA is a member-driven union that continues to secure rights and respect for the work of professional performers. Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Bosnian Muslim army chief placed under house arrest by UN war crimes

19 December 2007A judge at the United Nations war crimes tribunal set up to deal with the worst crimes of the Balkan wars of the 1990s today ordered that the former head of the Bosnian Muslim forces be placed under house arrest after he violated the terms of his temporary release from jail by discussing his case with someone other than his lawyers. Rasim Delić must be placed under arrest and permanent surveillance by authorities at his residence and can only be released for the purpose of medical treatment, according to an order issued by Judge Wolfgang Schomburg of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), which is based in The Hague.Judge Schomburg said he was satisfied by prosecution arguments that Mr. Delić had discussed the case, and therefore breached the terms of his provisional release, when he met with Haris Silajdžić, a member of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina Presidency.He also warned that any further infringement – however slight – of the conditions of Mr. Delić’s release could lead to the termination of that release.Last month Mr. Delić, now 58, was granted provisional release from jail in The Hague, where he is facing trial, to return to Bosnia and Herzegovina from 11 December to 11 January on the understanding that he would abide by certain conditions and return to the Tribunal’s custody.Mr. Delić, who served as Commander of the Main Staff of the Army of Bosnia and Herzegovina from June 1993 until September 2005, is charged on the basis of his command responsibility for murder, cruel treatment and rape committed by his subordinate forces. The charges include that he failed to take necessary and reasonable measures to punish those soldiers who executed captured Bosnian Croat civilians and soldiers in two villages in Travnik municipality in central Bosnia. He also stands accused of failing to prevent the torture, beatings and murders – including a decapitation – committed by subordinates at Kamenica Camp, a detention centre for captured Bosnian Serb soldiers in central Bosnia. In the most notorious murder, the decapitation of a Bosnian Serb soldier in July 1995, other prisoners were forced to kiss the severed head, which was later placed on a hook on the wall of the room where the prisoners were being held. Mr. Delić is also charged over the rape by his subordinates of three women at Kamenica Camp. His trial at the ICTY began in July this year and prosecutors expect to wrap up their case by early next year. read more

Russian President Putin calls for closer cooperation with Sri Lanka

The Russian President made the comments after accepting the credentials from Dayan Jayatilleka as Sri Lanka’s new Ambassador to Russia yesterday (Thursday). “I would like to note that in September we signed a bilateral intergovernmental agreement on military cooperation,” he added. Dr. Jayatilleka presented his Letters of Credence in a solemn ceremony bringing together the newly-appointed Ambassadors of 23 countries in the magnificent St. Alexandre’s Hall of the Kremlin.The credentials were received by President Putin, accompanied by Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Yury Ushakov, Foreign Policy Advisor to the Russian President. Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for closer cooperation with Sri Lanka.Putin said that Russia maintains traditionally friendly relations with Sri Lanka and is interested in closer trade and economic cooperation, including in fishery, agriculture and tourism. “Today we need diplomacy to play an active and constructive role, to use the power of words, negotiations and compromise to make a tangible contribution to overcoming the current difficulties in international affairs and searching for responses to new challenges and threats,” the Russian President said after meeting the new envoys.He said Russia is dedicated to a peaceful policy and progressively carries out a responsible course in foreign policy.“As a permanent member of the Security Council, Russia defends the basic principles stipulated in the UN Charter: sovereignty and equality of states and non-interference in their domestic affairs. We stand against using politically motivated protectionism measures and sidestepping the norms of international law,” the Ambassador said. He said that Russia’s active participation in global affairs and openness to mutually beneficial partnerships with all countries and regions are motivated by our main national interest: to create the most favourable conditions possible for Russia to develop dynamically, to achieve ambitious social and economic goals and improve our citizens’ quality of life. Putin said that Russians want to live in peace and they want Russia to be a strong and independent state. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Modernizing Russian forest sector has economic and environmental benefits – UN

The Russian Forest Sector Outlook Study to 2030 states that lack of governance, outdated equipment and under-financing are among major factors that impede the development of the forest sector in Russia – which has more than a fifth of the world’s forests, but whose share of the global trade in forest products is less than four per cent. The report urges immediate action on modernizing the country’s forest sector, as well as increasing its investment attractiveness, stimulating domestic demand for forest products such as wooden housing and furniture, addressing the illegal logging issues and reforming forest public institutions and legislation. “The study broadens our knowledge about the huge opportunities and possible development potential of the Russian Federation’s forest sector,” FAO Assistant Director-General for Forestry Eduardo Rojas-Briales stated in a news release.“Modernizing Russia’s forests will have a positive impact on social, economic and environmental conditions in the Russian Federation and will contribute to the development of world forestry, forest industry, wood trade and the environment.”FAO noted that forests in Russia – the largest forest country in the world – play a crucial role in stabilizing the globe’s climate. The country provided more than 90 per cent of the carbon sink of the world’s boreal forests in 2000-2007. Estimates of the average carbon sink in Russian forests during the past 10 years are between 500 and 700 million tonnes per year. There is a serious risk, however, that the carbon emissions from the permafrost lands of Russia are likely to exceed current emissions from tropical deforestation by several times, if global warming becomes a reality, added FAO. read more

Transitions Optical warns of 60 redundancies as work moves to Asia

first_imgTRANSITIONS OPTICAL IN Tuam have confirmed that they could be looking for up to 60 redundancies.The firm employs 170 people.Employees were informed this morning that the company needs to “considerably reduce manufacturing volumes in Tuam”.Plant Director Kevin Minton said, “We have looked at this every way we can and we have little option.” Manufacturing volume will be moved to Asia to look after our clients there, while the remaining manufacturing done here will be for our European customers.“The customer support and administration functions will remain here as well”.Employees in operations and some operations support functions were informed that the company are beginning a formal collective redundancy process.The company says that those whose positions are ultimately made redundant will receive a generous severance package, which will include outplacement services.Exact numbers of redundancies cannot be confirmed until a period of consultation has been completed.It’s expected that redundancies will be completed by the end of the year.The firm is a subsidiary of US company Transitions Optical.It mainly manufactures and distributes photochromic plastic lenses and provides sales and other support for fellow companies in Ireland.Read: 400 former IBRC staff will miss out on improved redundancy package>Read: Half of Irish companies forced to sack workers because of late payments>last_img read more

Roma girl dyes hair to prevent being taken away from her family

first_imgTHE ROMA GIRL who was removed from her family in 2013 has reportedly dyed her hair brown so she won’t be taken from her family again. The seven-year-old girl was put in the care of foster parents for three days, while the HSE and gardaí tried to ascertain whether she was the daughter of a Roma man and woman living in Tallaght.The Ombudsman for Children Emily Logan said today: I was very concerned to hear Child T, a seven year old girl, say she has changed her hair colour to prevent her from being taken from her family again. Concerns were raised about the identity of the child and whether she was in fact their daughter.The little girl had blonde hair and blue eyes, quite different to her parents and siblings.A Facebook message sparked a series of events whereby the gardaí investigated the matter, resulting in the child being removed from the care of her family by the HSE until a DNA test could be done.The DNA test proved that she was in fact their child and was returned to their care.Timeline: Here’s what happened to the Roma Child T in Tallaght>Read: ‘A wake up call’: Where to now after the Logan Report?>Read: “Ethnic profiling” a factor in removal of Roma children, report finds>last_img read more

Candidate hopes its Theo4Oakleigh

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram He may be only 21 years old, but Theo Zographos says his relative inexperience won’t play against him in his campaign for the seat of Oakleigh in the upcoming state election.To be honest with you, on election day I think we will win.The seat, in Melbourne’s south-east, has been held by Labor for the past 11 years, since Zographos was 10 years old. The Liberal party needs a 12.4 percent swing to steal the seat from Labor’s Ann Barker.But Zographos, who joined the Liberal Party on his 16th birthday, sees his freshness as one of the reasons people will vote for him.“To be honest with you, on election day I think we will win,” he says.“The government needs to go, the state Labour Government has failed Victoria, the sitting MP has failed the seat of Oakleigh, and what I’m saying is I’m the best person for the job.”Zographos, a former student at Oakleigh Greek Orthodox College, says he’s enjoying speaking to constituents in Greek, and says he’s getting good feedback from the large Greek Australian population in the electorate. “I’m the first Greek Australian of either party to contest the seat, so that could play as well,” he says. He dismisses his youth as an obstacle, adding that he’s known in the community as “a community servant” after running – unsuccessfully – as a candidate for local council.“I advocated for a number of issues in the community,” he says of his council campaign.“In the process, we fixed dangerous intersections, we fixed pedestrian crossings, and we lobbied the state government on level crossings,” he says. He’s anticipating a swing away from the Labor government. But will that translate to a rise in the number of people who are doing as his website suggests, and voting “Theo4Oakleigh”?“We’ve held it before, in fact we held it the last time we were in government, and we’re very serious about winning it back,” he says.Neos Kosmos is running an ongoing series of profiles on Greek Australian candidates in the upcoming Victorian state election. To see the list, as it develops, click here.last_img read more

La taxe poids lourds nentrera pas en vigueur avant 2013

first_imgLa taxe poids lourds n’entrera pas en vigueur avant 2013Prévue par le Grenelle de l’environnement et inscrite dans la loi de finances, l’écotaxe concernant les camions de plus de 3,5 tonnes n’entrera pas en vigueur avant 2013. Annoncée pour 2011, puis pour 2012, cette contribution sera dans un premier temps expérimentée en Alsace.En 2013, les poids lourds seront soumis à une taxe comprise entre huit et quatorze centimes d’euros au kilomètre, calculée en fonction de leur taille. Une mesure qui a pris un important retard, et qui sera dans un premier temps expérimentée en Alsace pendant une durée de trois mois, au cours de l’été 2012.À lire aussiLa taxe sodas doublée et élargie aux boissons lightUn consortium mené par le groupe italien Autostrade, et associé à Thales, SNCF, SFR et Steria, a été retenu en janvier dernier suite à un appel d’offres du gouvernement, pour mettre en place un système de suivi par satellite des camions de plus de 3,5 tonnes circulant sur 12.000 kilomètres de routes nationales et 2.000 kilomètres de routes départementales. Tous les poids lourds qui emprunteront ces routes devront alors être dotés de puces. Alors que le contrat avec le consortium doit être finalisé en avril, le dispositif ne sera pas opérationnel avant 2013, a annoncé le directeur des infrastructures, des transports et de la mer au ministère de l’Ecologie, Daniel Bursaux, cité par le Figaro.Une fois mise en place, l’écotaxe devrait concerner quelque 600.000 camions français et 200.000 poids lourds étrangers. Mais le système fait l’objet de débats houleux, en raison du coût très élevé de son fonctionnement notamment. Il devrait en effet nécessiter un financement représentant 20 à 25% des recettes engendrées par la contribution, qui rapportera environ 1,2 milliard d’euros par an. Une somme qui sera répartie entre l’Agence de financement des infrastructures de France (AFITF) et les collectivités.Le 20 février 2011 à 15:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Just 27 do not find the New Year return to work stressful

first_imgJust 27% of respondents do not find returning to work after the Christmas and New Year break stressful, according to research by MetLife Employee Benefits.Its survey of 1,064 employees also found that around a third (31%) of respondents cite catching up on work they failed to finish before the festive break as the biggest cause of workplace stress on returning to work.The research also found: A quarter (25%) of respondents are concerned about financial pressures resulting from Christmas spending.43% of respondents cite readjusting to work after taking time off as the main cause of stress.38% of respondents over the age of 55 are not worried about returning to work, compared to 19% of those aged between 18 and 34.Tom Gaynor (pictured), employee benefits director at MetLife UK, said: “Making the most of time away from work is important and employees need to be able to relax. Of course it is a bit of a shock to the system having to go back to routines after holidays but readjusting should not be a cause of stress and worry. However, it seems it is a concern for many people as they worry about catching up with backlogs at work.“Workplace stress is a major issue for employers and employees and it has a real impact on business performance. There are, however, a range of practical steps organisations can take to help address the issues before they become a major problem.”last_img read more

Pitbull to release 1 million contract details on Twitter

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Rapper Pitbull plans to release his $1 million contract with Florida’s tourism marketing agency on Twitter.This announcement comes just two days after the state’s house speaker, Richard Corcoran, sued to discover details of the agreement.Pitbull agreed to produce a video for the song “Sexy Beaches” for www.visitflorida.com.Corcoran said taxpayers have a right to know how much the state agency paid.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Florida Grants to Help Communities Strengthen Local Installations

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Thirteen defense communities in Florida will receive more than $3 million to enhance 19 installations through a variety of activities, Gov. Rick Scott (R) announced last week.The bulk of the funding, $2.5 million, was awarded through Florida’s Defense Infrastructure and Reinvestment Grant Programs, according to a release from the governor’s office. Eleven counties received a total of $850,000 in defense reinvestment grants, which support relationships between military installations and their community and promote economic diversification strategies in defense-dependent communities. Nine counties were awarded a total of $1.6 million in defense infrastructure grants for encroachment, transportation and access, utilities, communications, environment and security projects.In addition, defense partners in four counties were awarded more than $700,000 through the Florida Defense Support Task Force Grant Program to strengthen installations ahead of a potential BRAC round.The Florida Defense Support Task Force was created in 2011 with the mission to make recommendations to preserve and protect military installations, support the state’s position in research and development related to military missions and contracting, and improve the state’s military-friendly environment for service members, military families, military retirees and businesses that bring military and base-related jobs to the state.“These grants are vital for our military and defense industry, and strengthen Florida’s workforce through the highly skilled former military personnel who enter the employment market each year,” said Bill Johnson, president and CEO of Enterprise Florida, which administers the grants.Florida’s military and defense sector is responsible for 9.4 percent, or $73.4 billion, of the Sunshine State’s economy. The 2015-2016 grants include:Miami-Dade County — $80,000 to support Southern Command and Homestead Air Reserve Base and promote economic diversification strategies in defense dependent communities;Tampa Bay Defense Alliance — $175,000 to execute a plan to promote MacDill Air Force Base and strengthen the relationship between the base and the community;Tampa/Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce and the Tampa Defense Alliance — $90,000 to support MacDill AFB and to sustain Tampa Bay’s defense industry’s economic impact;Polk County — $100,000 to promote compatible land use around Avon Park Air Force Range;Pinellas County — $250,000 to support U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater and to sustain the defense industry in the county;Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast (Brevard County) — $75,000 to support Patrick AFB, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and Naval Ordnance Test Unit, and to sustain the local defense industry;Orange County — $83,000 to support Naval Support Activity Orlando and to sustain the defense industry in the county;Clay County — $560,000 to support Camp Blanding Joint Training Center, fund a utility infrastructure upgrade that will enhance security and access at Camp Blanding, acquire 420 acres of land adjacent to the facility to provide a buffer from incompatible development and prevent encroachment, and sustain the local defense industry;Jacksonville — $464,000 for an ongoing project to create a buffer at Whitehouse Naval Airfield, and to support Naval Station Mayport, Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Marine Corp Support Facility Blount Island Command and the Jacksonville Air National Guard, and to sustain the defense industry in Duval County. The Mayport project includes road improvements to help ease traffic congestion along State Road A1A;Bay County — $400,000 to install an adaptive traffic signal system to improve traffic flow and safety for commuters near Tyndall AFB, and conduct a feasibility study of dredging the turning basin to allow safe transit for larger Navy vessels at Naval Support Activity Panama City. Deepening the turning basin at NSA Panama City will allow for littoral combat ship mine warfare module testing to be conducted entirely at the facility, saving the Navy time and money;Escambia County — $170,000 to protect Naval Air Station Pensacola from incompatible land use and to sustain the county’s defense industry;Okaloosa County — $300,000 to protect Eglin AFB and Hurlburt Field from incompatible land use and to sustain the defense industry;Santa Rosa County — $360,000 to prevent incompatible land use around Naval Air Station Whiting Field, prepare an updated prioritized land acquisition study, complete a phased plan to limit encroachment at NAS Whiting Field, and sustain the local defense industry; andWalton County — $38,000 to support Eglin AFB.last_img read more

Avengers Endgames deaths twists and ending Our biggest questions

first_img Share your voice 99+ What about the history of the MCU? Any time you employ time travel in a story, you’re going to open cracks in logic. The Russo brothers admirably tried to button up the leaks by having Captain America return the stones to their various places in the timeline — but that doesn’t fix everything. For instance… Are there two Captain Americas now? We have the original Steve Rogers frozen in ice until he woke up in the 21st century MCU, as we saw in the movies. But now there’s a second, older Steve Rogers hanging out in Peggy Carter’s home in the intervening years. One theory is that Captain America was always going to go back in time and secretly reunite and marry Peggy. There was a reference to Peggy getting married and having kids, but in a scene between Rogers and Carter in Captain America: Winter Soldier, there aren’t any photos of her husband. Still, it’s a stretch to imagine Captain America staying hidden all that time — especially knowing that Hydra had infiltrated Shield years earlier. Where the heck is Loki? During the Back to the Future-style trip back to the events of the original Avengers movie, Scott Lang and Tony Stark’s attempt to nab the Space Stone backfires, allowing the freshly apprehended Loki to nab the gem and disappear. Ultimately, did Loki’s escape change his fate at the hands of Thanos in Infinity War? It’s plausible, given reports that Disney Plus is working on an original show based on the character. But if that’s true, then wouldn’t it have affected the events of Thor: The Dark World, also revisited in Endgame? But during Thor’s own time-jaunt we briefly see Loki in a cell, so the timeline wasn’t altered. How are Nebula and Gamora alive? When Present Good Nebula shoots Past Evil Nebula, shouldn’t Present Good Nebula cease to exist, like the photograph in Back to the Future? Alternatively, if it did happen to Past Evil Nebula, then Present Good Nebula should remember it, and in turn that memory would’ve been downloaded so Past Evil Nebula would see the hit coming. And don’t get us started on how there’s now an alternate version of Gamora. Did Infinity War even happen? Thanos and his crew jumped ahead from 2013 (during the original Guardians of the Galaxy) to the present, and are defeated. So past-Thanos couldn’t have manipulated the events that led to Infinity War. If he never gathered the stones, Tony couldn’t have undone the snap, which didn’t even happen anyway.   Bruce Banner attempts to explain away the time paradox by noting that going back in the past and changing something doesn’t necessarily affect you. Instead, as the Ancient One seems to imply, it creates a divergent timeline (essentially an alternate universe) that is different from the MCU we’ve seen. Thus, the MCU we’ve seen over the past 11 years remains intact, although there are different realities or timelines where, for instance, Loki is alive and hopping around with the Space Stone.And now my head hurts… How did 2014 Thanos send his ship to the present?There’s a scene where Nebula hands over a vial of the Pym particles to Thanos, but the Avengers all seemed to need those snazzy white suits to travel through the Quantum Realm. Why is Thanos’ ship different?Also, if Nebula handed her one and only vial to Thanos, how did she get back? Or if she used that final vial, how did Thanos go forward in time? Can the gauntlet revive Thanos? Don’t forget, the gauntlet is still around. You just need to go back in time for the stones again. Speaking of which…Don’t the Avengers have a working time machine?We see a portable version of the time machine at the end, which means the Avengers have Tony’s plans backed up. With Hank Pym around to supply an unlimited amount of Pym Particles, don’t the Avengers have a working time machine to fix, well, everything?Seems like a handy thing to have, but my guess is it barely gets a mention in future movies. It’d be a little too easy to use time travel as a solution every time. Did Captain America reconnect with the Red Skull?Remember, Cap went back in time to return all of the Infinity Stones, right? If he returned the soul stone to Vormir, wouldn’t he have run into the Red Skull? Granted, Red Skull was likely freed from his burden of watching over the stone, but it’s not like he has a ship to take him off planet. That would be a heck of an awkward reunion.  Would Tony Stark back his brain up? He’s done it in the comics. Or maybe I’m still in denial about losing Robert Downey Jr. Let’s hope the Avengers don’t pluck a teenage Tony from earlier in the timeline either… that’s happened too. Is Black Widow really dead? This is one death that seems permanent, as it completes Natasha Romanov’s arc as a loner spy who found a family worth sacrificing herself for. As she said in Avengers, “I’ve got red in my ledger, I’d like to wipe it out.” Consider it wiped. But there’s the persistent buzz that Black Widow will star in her own film. Sure, it could be a prequel, but this is a comic book universe, and deaths are all too easily reversed. In fact, of all the people left supposedly dead at the end of Endgame, three — Black Widow, Loki and the Vision — are all headlining future MCU movies and TV shows. There’s always that time machine. Where’s Vision? With WandaVision coming to the Disney Plus streaming service, there was a chance that Vision would return. But aside from a passing reference at the end by Wanda, Vision was nowhere to be found. The show could be a prequel to Infinity War, but in that movie Shuri was working on separating Vision from his Infinity Stone — could he be resurrected without it? Is Hulk’s consciousness gone? Bruce Banner and the Hulk have merged into “Professor Hulk.” It seems Bruce is more in control, presumably submerging the Hulk personality we last saw in Thor: Ragnarok. How did that even happen? It’s a pretty big deal to just explain away as happening offscreen. Does Thor ever eat a salad? Big Belly Thor is the best Thor. Tags 26 Photos CNET’s Iyaz Akhtar, Michael Sorrentino and Sean Keane contributed to this story. First published on April 26 at 5 a.m. PT.Updated at 6:30 a.m. PT: Clarifies Spider-Man: Far From Home’s placement in the timeline.Updated at 11:24 a.m. PT: Adds an additional question about the Red Skull.Updated on April 28 at 4 a.m. PT: With additional questions. Updated on April 29 at 5 a.m. PT: With additional questions.  3:14 Comments Read our reviews What about those five years? Early in Endgame the story jumps ahead five years, showing the survivors living with the fallout of what’s been called “The Decimation.” When the Avengers save the day, everyone returns to the present, five years after the crisis. It’s a bold decision that ensures the MCU remains scarred by Thanos’ infamous snap. But the five-year gap leads to a lot of questions. What about the people who died in those five years? And as fellow CNET editor Mike Sorrentino pointed out, what if someone moved on in life and remarried in that period? That would make for an awkward reunion. On top of that, can humanity even rebuild from becoming a postapocalyptic society? It’s hard to see everyone going back to the way things were, though that seemed to be the implication when we saw Peter Parker returning to school. Speaking of which… How will Phase 4 address the time jump? The trailers for Spider-Man: Far From Home — the final movie in the MCU’s Phase 3 — hint at Peter Parker and friends on a fun international romp through Europe. Should we assume they were all affected by The Snap but are now continuing their education five years later like nothing happened? Has international tourism just picked up where it left off? How will Far From Home address the time jump? The ramifications are even more serious with Black Panther, whose sequel will likely be part of Phase 4. Wakanda lost its king, and his sister, for five years. What happened? Did someone else take over? And does T’Challa automatically regain the throne after his return? One of the final scenes had T’Challa overlooking his kingdom alongside Queen Ramanda and Shuri. But that glosses over some serious constitutional questions about how things operated while he was gone. For the most part, it succeeds, offering fans — especially hard-core fans who’ve obsessed over the MCU films — a satisfying conclusion. That it can serve so many different functions and work as an entertaining blockbuster in its own right is a testament to the vision of Marvel Studios and the skill of Endgame directors Anthony and Joe Russo. But it’s not perfect. And after a bit of reflection, you might scratch your head at the implications of some of Endgame’s twists. If you haven’t watched the film, STOP READING NOW. This is your spoiler warning. spoilers-mcuSeriously, back away now. Here are the biggest questions we have after Endgame: What’s the deal with Hawkeye’s new getup? Let’s start with an easy one before we really go down the rabbit hole.  Comics fans will recognize Clint Barton’s switch from Hawkeye to Ronin, but the movie didn’t fully explain the need for the new identity and costume. I get that losing your family is traumatic, but does it justify a hero costume makeover — not to mention a full-sleeve tattoo? And where the heck did he get those new weapons and gear? He doesn’t have the support of SHIELD anymore, so is he independently wealthy like Bruce Wayne? It seems Hawkeye is a victim of the limited character development he’s had in the past. Endgame makes it up to him, but there’s a little too much at once. At least he looks cool though. There’s no postcredits scene, but there is a tiny audio stinger Best times to take a bathroom pee break during Endgame Avengers: Endgame and every other MCU movie, ranked I watched the leaked footage first and I wasn’t spoiledcenter_img TV and Movies Spoiler-free: Marvel love letter to fans tops Infinity War Spoiler-packed: MCU blockbuster so close to being perfect We’ve got so many questions! Marvel Studios Calling Avengers: Endgame a dense movie is like saying Tony Stark has a fascination with metalworking. In other words, it’s a massive understatement. As the culmination of 22 films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Endgame has the unenviable task of wrapping up a decade’s worth of story and character arcs and, of course, addressing that massive cliff-hanger at the end of Infinity War. 4:23 Now playing: Watch this: More Endgame How to watch every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in the right order The best moment from every Marvel Cinematic Universe… Now playing: Watch this: Avengers: Endgame is a thrilling sequel to every MCU… Marvel The Avengerslast_img read more

How Houston Could Benefit From Trumps Infrastructure Bill

first_img 00:00 /01:02 Listen Traffic passes next to the construction site for the 288 toll lanes.$1.5 trillion: That’s how much President Donald Trump would like the nation to invest to improve its infrastructure.“I am asking both parties to come together to give us safe, fast, reliable and modern infrastructure,” Trump said during his State of the Union address last week.There sure is a need for improvements in and around Houston. So suppose Congress passes an infrastructure bill, what are some things local governments would tackle?A lot of money would be used on flood control to add to Harvey recovery funds, said Kyle Shelton, director of strategic partnerships at Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research. And then also for transportation.“Everything from freight rail to local service to roads and highways to bridges,” he said.And more specifically, it could help special projects that other grants might not fully cover.“Things like the Bayou Greenways, thinking about pedestrian and bike improvements,” Shelton said. “There’s a lot that could be covered through a spending bill like that.”He pointed out there is still not much clarity on where any of the money would come from and where it would go should Congress pass a bill.On the county level, Harris County Engineer John Blount said whatever funds they get, there are plenty of projects waiting.When contacted by News 88.7, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner’s office provided the following statement:“The Mayor has been closely following the administration’s process with regards to infrastructure financing to include meeting with DJ Gribbin. The Mayor’s Office & Recovery Team are already looking at ways to leverage anticipated recovery mitigation dollars to pull down additional infrastructure dollars. He has sent our Housing Director & Resiliency Officer to Washington to participate in round table discussions and hopes to partner with the state to secure Houston’s fair share of much needed federal infrastructure funding.” To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Xlast_img read more