Leganes have acquired defender Kenneth Omeruo from Chelsea on a permanent transfer, the clubs have announced.Omeruo, 25, starred with Leganes on loan last term, making 31 appearances for the club, 30 of which were starts. Earlier this month, Goal reported that Chelsea were holding out for £6 million (€7m/$8m) for Omeruo, but the Blues have accepted a bid of around £4.6m. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Omeruo at Leganes, as I wrote. Fee around £4.6m. Huge cumulative fees coming into #CFC https://t.co/5kz2hIqGgW— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) August 13, 2019Omeruo signed for Chelsea in 2012 from Standard Liege, but was never able to make the breakthrough into the first team at Stamford Bridge. The Nigeria international took in several loan stints during his time at Chelsea, including with ADO Den Haag in the Netherlands and Middlesbrough in England, as well as Kasımpasa and Alanyaspor in Turkey.But Omeruo found a home at Leganes in his final loan spell with the Blues, and parlayed his strong performances last term into a permanent move. Earlier this summer, Omeruo spoke of his desire to leave Chelsea to further his career. “I think now’s the time for me to leave, to find a place, to be my own man,” he said. “I’m married with a baby now, so I need stability.”Chelsea have done amazingly for me, and for my family as well, but it’s time for me to reach my potential and get where I think I deserve to be.”Though Chelsea have been unable to bring in any players this summer due to a two-window transfer ban, there could still be more players leaving the club. Tiemoue Bakayoko, Kenedy and Davide Zappacosta are all candidates to leave the club before the European transfer window slams shut in early September.Due to the club’s transfer ban, Christian Pulisic is the only new arrival at Stamford Bridge this season, with the American signed in January and loaned back to Borussia Dortmund for the remainder of the 2018-19 season.Following a 4-0 loss to Manchester United on the Premier League’s opening weekend, Chelsea will take on Liverpool in the UEFA Super Cup in Istanbul on Wednesday.
MONTREAL – A second project by famed Quebec director Robert Lepage has been cancelled following widespread criticism of content judged culturally insensitive.“Kanata,” a play about the relationship between whites and Aboriginal Peoples, will not be performed in Paris in December as planned after American co-producers withdrew their interest in the project, Lepage and his Ex Machina production company said in a statement Thursday.The announcement came one week after Lepage held a six-hour meeting with about 30 members of the Indigenous community who had signed an open letter in Le Devoir newspaper denouncing the production for being an example of cultural appropriation.They were upset the play contained no Indigenous actors and little input from their community.The cancellation also follows a decision by Montreal’s jazz festival earlier this month to drop Lepage’s “SLAV” show, which featured a predominantly white cast picking cotton and singing songs composed by black slaves.In his statement, Lepage noted the “complex and often aggressive controversy surrounding (Kanata).”“Sooner or later we will need to try to understand — calmly and together — what cultural appropriation and the right to free artistic expression fundamentally are,” he said.Nakuset, the executive director of the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal, attended last week’s marathon meeting with Lepage and said she was “so happy” about Thursday’s news.Lepage could have chosen to include more “authentic” Indigenous elements in the show, she said, such as an inviting an elder to do an opening performance.“He could have said: ‘We’re bringing in a fantastic seamstress who will redo the costumes — that’s a change,” Nakuset said in an interview. “He had a golden opportunity to make changes, instead he was like: ‘Nah, (it’s) my money.’”The controversy surrounding the two theatre performances sparked a debate in Quebec society over the rights of white people to tell stories about minority groups.Lepage and his entourage have said they are the victims of an attack on artistic freedom.Many Quebec pundits agreed, including politicians such as Parti Quebecois Leader Jean-Francois Lisee, who tweeted Thursday, “this reversal of artistic freedom is intolerable.”He added that those who withdrew their support had “weak morals” and called on the Quebec premier to intervene.Activists protested outside the performance of SLAV in late June, accusing Lepage of making money off the pain and history of black people.Nakuset, who hasn’t seen Kanata, said she hadn’t thought about who was set to benefit financially from the project.“I hadn’t thought about the money,” she said. “I was thinking more about how this was going to reflect on Indigenous people and how this is going to shape their viewers watching it.”Nakuset says North American society has a tendency to use native imagery to portray commercial products such as buildings and sports teams as “strong and brave,” yet no one listens or wants to work with Indigenous Peoples or cares about them when they are homeless.Kanata claimed to explore Canada’s history “through the lens of the relationship between white and Aboriginal Peoples.”The co-producers’ interest in the project waned amid the controversy ahead of the planned debut in France in December by the Theatre du Soleil acting troupe.“Certain (co-producers) have now announced their withdrawal,” Lepage’s statement noted. “Considering what we recently went through, we certainly understand their concerns. But without their financial support, we are unable to finish creating Kanata with Theatre du Soleil.“Therefore, we are putting an end to the project.”“SLAV” is scheduled to be presented elsewhere in Quebec next year and Ex Machina says it will meet with those opposed to that show.Lepage and Ex Machina say they won’t comment further on Kanata’s cancellation.
MacKenzie Porter Advertisement Advertisement Facebook MacKenzie Porter: I think that even though it’s a sci-fi show, a lot of it is based in relationships and how people feel, even though they are going through a situation that is a little bit more far-fetched, like time travel. But it is still showing human emotion through that, which is an overall concept that is immediately present through seasons 1, 2 and 3. And specifically in 3, I think that it touches on it even more, the realness of how people feel. We talk about coming from the future, and they don’t think that they are going to be affected by love or by family, like Nesta (Cooper)’s character with her baby. None of us have expected to feel the things that we feel now, coming back in time. So I think that this is a cool thing that we touch on throughout the season. So when I talk to people, I say “if you’re not a sci-fi fan, you’ll still be a fan of the show”, because there’s so much love in it, it’s almost like a drama / sci-fi.BT: You’re part of an interesting team on the show and the ensemble seem to get along like a team, on and off set. Tell me about that group dynamic. MP: With all of the actors on set, it’s really been amazing how tight we have all gotten. I think that inspired me every day to go to work. Nesta is one of my best friends, Jared (Abrahamson) is one of my best friends, Eric (McCormack) and I are super close, Patrick (Gilmore) and I are super close, and Reilly (Dolman) too. I feel like it doesn’t happen that often. I’ve been on other shows in which the show wrapped and you don’t hang with those people any more. But in three weeks, I’m going to New York to hang out with Jared and his girlfriend, my boyfriend and I are going to hang out with them, we’re super close, Nesta and her boyfriend might come. So it’s like a family, and that just makes everything on set because the team is like a family. It’s almost like this tangled web of reality and script, which is really cool. All the personalities click and we all play different roles within the family. For example, Eric is obviously the leader of the show and our little crew, and he’s more of the father figure within the group, where he has to somehow wrangle all the kids to settle down. [laughs] Jared is the goofball of the group, and everyone has their part. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: “I’m so happy to be sharing what I’ve been doing for the last couple of years!”, MacKenzie Porter excitedly told us over the phone recently. The multi-talented actress-singer-songwriter is set to launch the first two tracks from her worldwide debut EP this Friday (we had the opportunity to listen to the new tracks, and they are outstanding). And if that is not enough, Porter’s Netflix original series Travelers (in which she features as the complex Marcy) returns for its third season in a few weeks, thus making her the biggest breakout star in a popular sci-fi series and soon-to-be worldwide country pop icon since…you know, the Alberta-born MacKenzie Porter just might be the very first! That being said, she’s also one of the most humble, generous and self-aware individuals that we have ever interviewed, so the prospect of dual stardom clearly won’t get to her head.Eric McCormack, MacKenzie Porter, Reilly Dolman, Jared Abrahamson, and Nesta Cooper in Travelers (2016) – Photo by Jeff Weddell/NetflixThe following is a condensed and edited version of our chat with the lovely MacKenzie Porter.Brief Take: Why do you think Travelers appeals so much to such a wide audience? Twitter
Davos (Switzerland), Jan 23, 2015 – Morocco has become a distinguished model in the Arab region, thanks to the awareness of all stakeholders and institutions about their role in the development of their country, Government Chief Abdelilah Benkirane said Friday at the World Economic Forum in Davos (Switzerland).The kingdom has become a distinguished model in the Arab region, thanks to the awareness of all stakeholders and institutions about their role in the development of their country and their decision to consolidate cooperation and reject conflicts, Benkirane said at a high-level meeting on “changing regions: the case of the Arab world”, alongside a group of eminent international figures.“This is the natural and civilizational role that everyone shall play to make thing change in a positive way”, he underlined. On the situation in the Arab world, Government Chief said he is optimistic about the future, despite the critical situation marked by unpredictable political and security events.In response to a question about the compatibility of Islam with politics, Benkirane explained that there are three currents in the Arab world: a current that seeks to impose its control and maintain the status quo, a radical current that seeks to bring Arab countries and peoples back to outdated epochs and practices, and a moderate and democratic current that seeks to deal with the facts in a moderate way.In this regard, he noted that that the Arab region has no future but in adopting the moderate current approach, opposed by arbitrary and radical currents.
In today’s attack, an escort patrol unit of the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) came under fire by Mr. Gbagbo’s Special Forces in the Plateau area of Abidjan, the country’s commercial capital, while carrying out a humanitarian mission. Mr. Gbagbo is Côte d’Ivoire’s former president who refuses to step down despite his defeat in a runoff presidential election held last November, when he lost to opposition leader Alassane Ouattara, the country’s internationally-recognized president. The wounded UN peacekeepers are being treated at the mission’s medical clinic in Abidjan. “UNOCI condemns this wave of targeted attacks by Laurent Gbagbo’s Special Forces against UNOCI’s headquarters and patrols and warns that those responsible will not remain unpunished,” the UN mission said in a statement. Yesterday, UNOCI soldiers on patrol were attacked by Mr. Gbagbo’s troops in a suburb of Abidjan, sparking an exchange of gunfire during which five members of the former president’s forces were shot. None of the soldiers of the UN Operation Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) were hurt during yesterday’s fire fight in the Cocody suburb of Abidjan. “UNOCI wishes to remind all concerned that its peacekeepers are operating under Chapter 7 of the United Nations Charter, which authorises the use of force when under attack,” the mission said in a press release. “UNOCI would also like to reiterate that it does not wish to have a confrontation with any of the Ivorian forces,” it added. Troops supporting Mr. Ouattara reportedly appear poised for a final push to oust Mr. Gbagbo. The UN human rights yesterday urged forces loyal to Mr. Ouattara to show restraint after reports suggested they have been committing serious rights violations during their advance towards Abidjan. Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), told a news conference in Geneva of having received “unconfirmed but worrying” reports of human rights violations committed by the pro-Ouattara group known as Forces Républicaines de Côte d’Ivoire (FRCI) during their advance towards Abidjan. “Reports suggest they have engaged in looting and extortion, as well as serious human rights violations such as abductions, arbitrary arrests and ill-treatment of civilians,” he stated. The Invisible Commando group, which has been fighting against the forces loyal to Mr. Gbagbo, is also reported to have continued to commit abuses inside Abidjan, he added. Pro-Gbagbo forces have also continued to commit violations on a daily basis, including the killing of two civilians who were reportedly burnt alive by pro-Gbagbo militiamen in Gagnoa, Mr. Colville noted.Cote 2 April 2011Four soldiers serving with the United Nations peacekeeping force in Côte d’Ivoire were seriously wounded today when they came under attack by forces loyal to Laurent Gbagbo, a day after the UN troops repulsed another assault by the same armed group.
CALGARY — Shares in power utility TransAlta Corp. rose by more than five per cent Monday after a U.S. investment partnership revealed it has acquired a 10-per-cent stake and will be demanding board representation.Dallas-based Cove Key Bluescape Holdings announced late Friday it had bought 50,000 TransAlta shares to take its total ownership to 8.1 million, about 2.86 per cent of the outstanding stock.It says it has an agreement with Bluescape Energy Partners, and Mangrove Partners, a New York-based investment manager, to use their combined 10 per cent stake to press for changes that will increase the value of the Calgary utility’s shares. Why there’s no quick fix for Ontario’s electricity woes TransAlta to save $1.5 billion by converting coal-fired power plants to gas early Alberta could be coal-free years ahead of deadline as ATCO plans transition to natural gas by 2020 It says Bluescape executive chairman Charles John Wilder, Jr., and his team have the experience needed to improve execution and focus at TransAlta, which owns power generation assets in Canada, the United States and Australia.It says shareholder value can be improved through operational and cost efficiency, asset optimization, capital allocation and broader strategic initiatives.In a news release later Friday night, TransAlta chairman Gordon Giffin said the company has spoken with the U.S. investors and will “carefully consider their views.”“TransAlta values constructive input from all of our shareholders, including Mangrove and Bluescape,” he said.The company’s shares gained 44 cents or 5.32 per cent at $8.71 in late-morning trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
By the end of 2004, 700,000 AIDS-infected people in developing countries were receiving antiretroviral treatment (ART), an increase of 75 per cent over a year ago but still posing an enormous challenge in order to meet the target of reaching 3 million people by the end of this year, United Nations agencies reported today.Of the estimated $3.5 billion to $3.8 billion required to achieve the so-called “3 by 5” target – treating 3 million of the estimated 6 million people in need in developing countries by the end of 2005 – at least $2 billion is still needed, a gap that can be cut by reductions in the costs of drugs or service delivery.“We salute the countries who have now shown us that treatment is possible and can be scaled up quickly even in the poorest settings,” World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Lee Jong-wook told a joint press conference at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland.“AIDS treatment access is expanding every day thanks to the dedicated work of doctors, nurses, health workers and people living with HIV and AIDS, who are often working under difficult circumstances to turn the dream of universal treatment into a reality,” he added.But participants were keenly aware of the major continued efforts needed in affected countries and internationally to achieve the “3 by 5” target. The 700,000 now being treated represents only just over 12 per cent of the total needing ART.“While today’s figures are encouraging, the work so far has been laying the groundwork for a much larger expansion in the months and years to come,” Richard Feachem, Executive Director of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, a unique public-private partnership created three years ago on Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s initiative to attract additional resources in the battle against the three diseases.Participants at the news conference, which also included the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the United States Government, stressed the importance of collaboration across all sectors. Treatment is happening because national governments are taking the lead to coordinate efforts with all partners to scale up treatment in rural and urban areas.The Global Fund is providing flexible funds to governments and projects. The United States is funding, as well as providing technical assistance and guidance for, programme and capacity development to support national strategies. WHO and UNAIDS are providing guidance and technical assistance to help countries turn finance into programmes, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), faith-based organizations, networks of people living with HIV/AIDS and the private sector are all contributing.A regional and country breakdown shows that the number of people on treatment doubled over six months from 150,000 to 310,000 in sub-Saharan Africa, and from 50,000 to 100, 000 in Asia, while in Latin America and the Caribbean, the numbers continued to improve and there are now 275,000 people on treatment there. Botswana and more than 10 Latin American countries are already treating half or more of those in need, while Uganda and Thailand are expected to be treating 50 per cent or more people needing ART in the first half of 2005.WHO and UNAIDS estimate that overall 72 per cent of the unmet need for treatment is in sub-Saharan Africa; 22 per cent is in Asia. India, Nigeria and South Africa alone account for 41 per cent of the overall need for treatment.“We know that treatment is more than just access to antiretrovirals,” UNAIDS Executive Director Peter Piot said, embracing a wide approach to the AIDS crisis. “People living with HIV need comprehensive services, from testing and counselling to nutritional support. Just as there is an urgent need to increase access to treatment, we must also renew our commitment to preventing new HIV infections.”Key obstacles that must be tackled urgently include the high cost of first- and particularly second-line treatment and diagnostic tests; the lack of affordable and user-friendly AIDS medicines for children; the need to ensure equitable access to reach the most vulnerable, including sex workers, prisoners, injecting drug users; and the need to rapidly accelerate and coordinate prevention and treatment services.Among other problems are the need to increase the number of individuals who know their HIV status, in part through the routine offer of testing and counselling at critical health system entry points; and the continued lack of adequate human resources, trained medical and non-medical health workers in affected communities.WHO needs $60 million before the end of 2005 to provide the necessary technical assistance to countries to help them reach their targets.
“ICT [information and communications technology] and broadband are linking everyone and everything for the betterment of economies and societies,” said Rwandan President Paul Kagame, Co-Chair of the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development, during its spring meeting in Hong Kong.“We are motivated by wanting to have the global community connected, especially the billions of unconnected. We will succeed when we work together: government, industry and civil society leaders,” he added.The Broadband Commission was established by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in May 2010 with the aim of boosting the importance of broadband on the international policy agenda, and expanding broadband access in every country as key to accelerating progress towards national and international development targets.Following adoption of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September 2015, the Commission was re-launched as the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development to showcase and document the power of ICT and broadband-based technologies for sustainable development.According to a press release on the meeting, some 5 billion people are currently without mobile broadband access, meaning that the paths to access digital services and applications are blocked for much of the world’s population – holding back progress on sustainable development.RELATED: UN Internet Governance Forum closes with call to close ‘digital divide’The release also said that at the spring meeting, the need for a new deal between all players was roundly debated, with renewed commitment to work towards concrete actions that will effectively connect the unconnected with broadband – especially to support least developed countries. In particular, emphasis was placed on remote and rural areas which represent the biggest challenge and where barriers to access need to be also viewed through the prism of affordability and content, notably local and multi-lingual content.Houlin Zhao, ITU Secretary-General and Commission Co-Vice Chair, stated, “ICTs underpin vital achievements and modern services in many sectors, and governments and industry must increasingly work together to create the conditions so badly needed to facilitate the growth of broadband for sustainable development,” he stressed.Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General and Commission Co-Vice Chair, noted, “We must ensure the digital revolution is a revolution for human rights, in order to promote technological breakthroughs as development breakthroughs.”
← Previous Story WWCH 2013 (TOP 16): Poland or Romania – Montenegro or Denmark? Next Story → WWCH 2O13: Denmark sent Montenegro home – Polish historical success! France and Germany are the first quarterfinalists at the Women’s World Championship 2013. Germany had no problem against African best team – Angola 29:21 (13:10) for their sixth successive victory in Novi Sad! German head-coach Heine Jensen had no headache on today’s match as his team was in solid advantage almost during whole match.Decisive part was the beginning of the second half when German girls made 4:1 series for 17:11. After that Angola couldn’t find the way back to the game…STATISTICSSteinbach scored 6, Muller 5 for the winning team…France has found the way to 1/4 final on the wings of fantastic performance of Amandine Leynaud. French goalkeeper saved 7 balls in the last 15 minutes of the match with Japan 29:21 (12:10). Japanese girls didn’t score 17 minutes, while French team made 10:0 series for the clear advantage at the end…France will play against Poland for the semi-finals.STATISTICS serbia 2013WWCH 2013
SO, YOU’VE HEARD the ad on the radio or seen it in the newspaper: “Careers Fair”. You think, “I might pop down and check it out”. Don’t let the second word mislead you; this is not like anything else that has ‘Fair’ in the name.It isn’t like the holiday fair where you look for ideas and inspiration for your next break. Or the car show where you sit in the flashy model wishing it was yours. This is a serious operation that requires some consideration.Yet there’s no need to worry, follow my ten tips below and you could be well on your way to that new job.1. Treat it like a job interviewCompanies pay thousands of euros to set up stands at careers fairs and ask their staff to give up their weekends or their evenings to represent them. Whether, it’s senior directors, HR representatives or hiring managers, make no mistake, they are there to find new employees. Subsequently, you should treat a careers fair like a job interview from the moment you walk through the door.2. Head there earlyI’ve been to careers fairs where people saunter in at 4pm and the fair finishes at 5pm. This is fine if you only want to see one company, as chances are it will be a bit quieter at this stage of the day. Otherwise, I would go as early as possible. You’d be amazed at how fast time will pass when you are down there, whether it’s queuing, talking to companies or attending one of the workshops that are typically on offer. The last thing you want to do is run out of time.3. Dress smartlyEven if you work in the IT industry, where casual dress is more common, no-one will look disparagingly if you are well-dressed. A large bank or a professional services company might be looking for IT employees and they don’t wear jeans and t-shirts. If you have a professional looking suit, wear it and in the very least look smart.4. Do your homeworkIf you were going for an interview you would do some research on the company and job requirements. You should do the same at a job fair. All good careers fairs should list the exhibitors on their website. Take note of the companies you are interested in and check their websites to see if they are advertising any jobs. If you see a job you like, prepare for it like any other interview, because you could meet the hiring manager that day.5. Prepare your elevator pitchThe huge advantage of a careers fair over a job application is that you get that crucial face-to-face contact at the outset. Companies hire people, not just qualifications and experience. Even if you aren’t meeting the hiring manager you can be sure the company representative you do talk to is judging whether you are appropriate for their business. They will make note of how you present yourself. So, you should practice beforehand, rehearsing a short summary of who you are, your skills and why you want that job or to work for that company.6. Bring plenty of CVsThis might sound obvious, but I’ve lost count of the amount of people I’ve met at my stand who told me they ran out of CVs. If you have done your homework as mentioned above you’ll know the amount of companies attending the fair, so bring a CV for every company. What’s the worst outcome? You have some CVs left in your possession at the end of the day. I know which I’d prefer.7. Have your CV prepared for all outcomesIf you have done your research and noted the jobs you are interested in, tailor your CV as much as possible to the jobs ads, mirroring the criteria they are looking for. Or, if you are interested in two different types of jobs, for example receptionist or administrative assistant, have two CVs prepared but only offer one version at each stand.Nowadays, some careers fairs allow you to transfer your CV to the exhibiting companies using a QR code. Find out if that is possible and set it up on your smart phone. If you don’t have a smart phone, borrow one for the day, companies will much prefer to have a soft copy of your details. However, I would still bring a batch of hard copies to be on the safe side.8. Follow up afterwardsIf a company’s stand is very popular, chances are they will be inundated with loads of CVs. Certainly, at any career fairs where Hays exhibit, we come away with hundreds of CVs. Even with the most stringent of processes, there is a chance a CV can be mislaid. Make sure you have the contact details of the person you spoke to and when you get home, email them a soft copy of your CV. Even if that individual has a hard copy, they will be interested in a soft copy in the future and they’ll appreciate your proactive attitude. Use social media to keep in touch with your contacts.9. Be enthusiasticI won’t lie to you; Career fairs can become tiresome experiences. If they are incredibly busy you might have to queue at stands for a while, you might be surrounded by a lot of people and it can take time to meet the people you need to. Nobody would blame you for getting a little agitated or tired. However, you must remember the task in hand. Put yourself in the company representative’s shoes and imagine what they’ll be thinking if you approach them looking fed up or disinterested. The one thing interviewers look for, more than anything else, is enthusiasm and it’s the same at career stands. If you’re feeling tired, take a break and get a coffee.10. Most of all, be yourself!As I mentioned in point 5, the really good thing about attending a careers fair is that you get face-to-face interaction with a company representative. Certain companies have a particular type of culture, which means they are looking for a particular type of personality that would fit in well. Whilst you may not know what that personality is, if you can overcome your nerves and be yourself, you’ll have a much better chance.James Milligan is a Senior Business Director with Hays Ireland, part of a leading global professional recruiting group. They provide expertise at recruiting qualified, professional and skilled people worldwide. Hays will be attending Career Zoo on Saturday 14th September at Dublin’s Convention Centre. They will also be hosting the Career Clinic at Career Zoo, offering tips on CVs, interviews and career strategy and James will be presenting a career workshop.For further information about Hays visit www.hays.ie
TÁNAISTE EAMON GILMORE has insisted that nobody will be excluded from the new insolvency process.Speaking in the Dáil this morning, Gilmore said “exorbitant fees or attitudes by banks or professionals” will not bar anyone from taking part in the process.The new Insolvency Service of Ireland opened last week but concerns have been raised about fees charged by Personal Insolvency Practitioners (PIPs) and that some in mortgage distress will not qualify for the process.The issue was raised by the Sinn Féin TD Mary Lou McDonald who asked that Gilmore guarantee that no family will be denied access to a PIP because of inability to pay upfront fees of between €5,000 and €7,000.Gilmore insisted: “The reason that we introduced the legislation, the reason we established the Personal Insolvency Service, the reason we put in place the various methods for non-judicial debt settlement is so that mortgage problems and arrears problems will be resolved.”He insisted that nobody is going to be barred from the process which he said has to be done an individual, case-by-case basis.“We don’t want any issue of arrogance, we want this problem resolved,” he said.SNAs and medical cardsGilmore also said that the process of resolving the Priory Hall debacle has got under way this morning and said he hoped “there will be a resolution within a short period of time”.Earlier Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin asked Gilmore about the need for advocacy for children in the process of obtaining Special Needs Assistants, highlighting the case of five-year-old Kate Crowley, a severely disabled child, who was denied an SNA.Gilmore said that the Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn was not aware of the issue but would examine the case and will respond to it. Martin said he was surprised that Quinn is not aware of it given he had written to the Department of Education.The Tánaiste also denied that there was a targeting of medical card holders after independent TD Seamus Healy asked: “When will you government stop terrorising elderly people and sick across the country?”Healy said that the HSE was “punishing and hounding elderly people” by carrying out the review of the medical card statuses.Gilmore insisted: “There are more people today with medical cards than at anytime in the history of the State.”He accused Healy of raising the issue to “make a political point and a political charge against the government”.Read: PIP apologises for comments about ‘bigger houses’ for professionalsMore: 140 calls to insolvency service in first day of businessAlso: Turf, arrears and everything else happening in Leinster House today
THE SIGN LANGUAGE interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s funeral has said a schizophrenic episode was to blame for accusations that he was an imposter who gesticulated nonsense during the entire service.Thamasanqa Jantjie was branded as a scurrilous fake after members of South Africa’s deaf community said his signing at Tuesday’s memorial ceremony had amounted to nothing more than “flapping his arms around.”In an interview today with the Johannesburg daily, The Star, Jantjie put his behaviour down to a sudden attack of schizophrenia, for which he takes medication.He told the newspaper that he lost concentration, started hearing voices and hallucinating.“There was nothing I could do. I was alone in a very dangerous situation,” he said. “I tried to control myself and not show the world what was going on. I am very sorry. It’s the situation I found myself in,” he added.Jantjie’s efforts at the memorial service, during which he translated eulogies by US President Barack Obama among others, triggered outrage in the deaf community and prompted a government investigation.‘Complete fraud’Cara Loening, director of Sign Language Education and Development in Cape Town, labelled him a “complete fraud” whose signing looked like someone “trying to swat a few flies away from his face and his head”.Asked why he didn’t just leave the stage, Jantjie said that, given the historic importance of the event, he felt compelled to stay even though he could not hear or concentrate properly.“Life is unfair. This illness is unfair,” he said. “Anyone who doesn’t understand this illness will think that I’m just making this up,” he added.Attended by nearly 100 sitting and former heads of state or government, the speeches at Mandela’s memorial were supposed to be interpreted into sign language for deaf viewers.Jantjie’s signing appeared at odds with that of the public broadcaster’s signer, who was shown in a small insert box on SABC television screens.The interview with The Star did not address the fact that Jantjie’s competence had been called into question before the memorial furore erupted.The South Africa’s Translators’ Institute said they already had reservations about Jantjie, who had previously signed at the ruling ANC party’s events, including its centenary anniversary last year.The institute’s chairman Johan Blaauw said there had been complaints over his work on those occasions as well, but the ruling party took no action.- © AFP, 2013Read: Deaf interpreter at Mandela’s memorial was a fakeRead: Mandela’s body lying in state after solemn journey through Pretoria
With a promise to stick together and help one another adapt to a new life and the demands of a new country, Adelaide’s newly arrived Greek migrants group E.N.A. 2010+ completed their second state meeting.Held at the Parish Hall of the Nativity of Christ in Port Adelaide and hosted by Reverend Father Ioannis Choraitis, the group consists of members who due to the ongoing financial crisis in Greece, left their homes and migrated to Australia seeking a better future and opportunities for themselves and their families.“It was a great night sharing experiences and exchanging valuable ideas and information,” newcomer, Sofie Dimitrakopoulou told Neos Kosmos.“We had around 50 people, old and new members of the group, who honoured us with their presence and gave us a chance to talk, exchange views, experiences, discuss problems and come up with solutions to overcome difficulties and obstacles that always pervade the everyday life of every immigrant.”Father Ioannis Choraitis and his assistant Alexandra welcomed members with a warm smile and a warm meal. The main focus of the group is to connect those Greek migrants that arrived in Australia after 2010, and to spread hope and positive vibes on a not-for-profit basis.The gatherings give members the chance to discuss a number of issues and to share their experiences.“During the night, a young newly arrived migrant spoke about her efforts towards being granted permanent residency in Australia, whilst a 40-year-old professional opened up and discussed the struggle and disappointment he faced when his academic studies were not recognised in Australia,” said Sofie, who was born in Australia but then emigrated back to Greece with her family. “We all face difficulties. The size of a problem makes little difference in people’s lives. What matters is for each one of us, the newcomers, to belong somewhere and also have a supportive group of people around us which will encourage us and provide us with an opportunity to discuss issues and problems, and via deep and meaningful conversations manage to alleviate somewhat the stress a migrant carries, offer hope for the future and heal the pain and nostalgia for the homeland. “I have lived in Greece the majority of my life and – although I also love Australia – I feel that it is important for us newcomers to do everything in our power to establish our very own little community and get to know and support each other along the way. This will then help us maintain our ‘Greekness’ for as long as possible,” the 29-year-old added.Sofie contacted founder of the Melbourne Group E.N.A. – Έλληνες Νεομετανάστες 2010+, Petros Gyftopoulos, who arrived in Melbourne in September 2013 and founded the group with the sole purpose to bring together as many new Greek migrants as possible and create a community, which would then assist members of the group to facilitate a smoother transition into Australia.According to Gyftopoulos, the group’s mission is to provide a platform where every newcomer can get acquainted with each other and feel they belong somewhere. “We want to help in any way we can. Whether this translates into assisting people with their resumes, organising English tutoring or just getting to know one another and creating valuable relationships and friendships amongst us,” he said.“Most newcomers are young educated people that need our help to take the next step in a foreign country like Australia. It seems that our idea is working, if one takes into consideration the overwhelming response and feedback we have been receiving from our members,” says Sofie.“This was our second meeting and we are so excited and pleased with the outcome because we now realise that we are here for each other and we couldn’t be happier about that.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Stay on target Christmas is less than two weeks away, which means the clock is ticking to find last-minute tech gifts. If you’re still scrambling to buy some gadgets for everyone on your list, Amazon has some noteworthy holiday deals on electronics.Unlike other retailers that typically take seven days or more to send products, Amazon Prime ships everything to you within two days or less. Even better, Amazon is now offering Prime free two-day shipping by Dec. 24 on select items, so you’ll get your presents in no time.If you’re searching for some last-minute stocking stuffers, or something small for a Secret Santa exchange, Amazon has you covered. From earbuds to streaming media players, here are some great tech gifts on Amazon for less than $50.iJoy Matte Rechargeable Wireless HeadphonesPhoto Credit: AmazonListening to music, answering phone calls, and blocking out noise is a piece of cake with these iJoy Recharegable Wireless Headphones.Buy it HereVicTsing Shower SpeakerPhoto Credit: AmazonWaterproof design and a built-in MIC Bluetooth speaker make the VicTsing Shower Speaker the perfect music companion for your bathroom.Buy it HereAnker PowerCore 5000 Portable ChargerPhoto Credit: AmazonStash this Anker PowerCore 5000 Portable Charger in your backpack or purse: It will power up your smartphone with two high-speed charges. Buy it HereRainbow Backlit Wired Gaming Keyboard and MousePhoto Credit: AmazonInterchangeable “WASD” keys and WIN keys on this Rainbow Backlit Wired Gaming Keyboard and Mouse will elevate your computer gaming experience.Buy it HereStar Wars Kurt S. Adler R2-D2 Light SetPhoto Credit: AmazonIlluminate your bedroom, den, or office with this fun Star Wars Kurt S. Adler R2-D2 Light Set. Buy it HereAmazon Smart PlugPhoto Credit: Amazon“Alexa, can you turn off the lights?” Get the Amazon Smart Plug to control your appliances in a pinch. Buy it HereHandheld Game ConsolePhoto Credit: AmazonHere’s a #throwback tech gift idea: This Handheld Game Console comes with built-in 168 classic games, just like the ones you played as a kid.Buy it HereFire TV Stick 4K With All-New Alexa Voice RemotePhoto Credit: AmazonAppreciate high-tech streaming? The Fire TV Stick 4K With All-New Alexa Voice Remote offers high-quality audio and pictures, and access to more than 500,000 TV episodes, movies, and more. Buy it HereTP-Link AC750 Wireless Wi-Fi Travel RouterPhoto Credit: AmazonStay connected on the road and receive high-speed internet with this TP-Link AC750 Wireless Wi-Fi Travel Router.Buy it HereApple Lightning to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack AdapterPhoto Credit: AmazonHave a favorite pair of headphones and don’t want to give them up? The Apple Lightning to 3.5 mm Headphone Jack Adapter easily connects them to your iPhone.Buy it HereNintendo Switch AC AdapterPhoto Credit: AmazonJuice up your Nintendo Switch system on the go with this portable Nintendo Switch AC Adapter.Buy it HereEcho Dot (2nd Generation) Smart speaker With AlexaPhoto Credit: AmazonUse Alexa to play beats, control your smart home devices, make phone calls, and more with the portable Echo Dot (2nd Generation).Buy it HereFire 7 Tablet With AlexaPhoto Credit: AmazonIf you want all the perks of a computer without dropping major bucks, the Fire 7 Tablet With Alexa is a good pick: Watch movies, listen to music, and ask Amazon’s voice assistant nearly anything for less than $50.Buy it HereGoogle ChromecastPhoto Credit: AmazonThe Google Chromecast is a must-have for Hulu and Netflix binge-watching: You can easily stream from your phone to your TV, use your voice to launch content, and experience good audio and sound.Buy it HereBig Mouth Billy Bass(Photo Credit: Amazon)Who’s here to start the party? Big Mouth Billy Bass, naturally. This Alexa-enabled device makes the perfect “catch,” because it twerks when you play music and perks its head up when you ask Alexa questions.Buy it HereMore on Geek.com:Awesome Tech and Gadget Gifts for Under $2025 Geeky Gifts Under $25 for Everyone on Your List13 Best Gifts for Tech-Savvy Globe Trotters Apollo 11 Gift Guide: Best Moon Landing 50th Anniversary GiftsCool Gifts for Every ‘Star Wars’ Junkie
KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A number of marines from Camp Pendleton returned home after six months in Kuwait.Marine Air Control Squadron 1 returned to the base Monday afternoon. Marines from Camp Pendleton return Posted: April 9, 2019 April 9, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
WASHINGTON: The United States has a very good and growing relationship with India, the White House said on Thursday. “We have a very good and growing relationship with (Prime Minister) Mr (Narendra) Modi and the Indian government,” White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway told reporters during a press gaggle. She was responding to a question on the denial by the Indian government that PM Modi requested US President Donald Trump to mediate or arbitrate on the Kashmir issue. Also Read – Pakistan observes Kashmir Hour to express ‘solidarity’ Advertise With Us Earlier this week, President Trump stunned India during a joint media briefing with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan by saying that PM Modi had asked for such a mediation. President Trump said PM Modi asked for this during their meeting last month in Japan on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit. India’s External affairs Minister S Jaishankar has said PM Modi never asked for it and the issue of Kashmir was never discussed between the two leaders. The centre maintains that Kashmir is a bilateral issue.
Bajaj’s two Pulsars were the most unexpected vehicles to debut at the 12th edition of Delhi Auto Expo. When millions of fans of Bajaj were expecting the jazzed up version of 200NS Pulsar, the two wheeler manufacturer has gone ahead and unveiled the two brilliant bikes Pulsar SS400 (Super Sport 400) and Pulsar CS400 (Cruiser Sport 400).Although the bike maker did not divulge any information about the pricing and the availability of the two mighty bikes in the domestic market, reports indicate that the CS 400 and SS 400 Pulsars would make its way to Indian market within a year. The Super Sport 400 Pulsar would be the first to hit the market and the CS 400 would follow soon.Flaunting stylish design, the CS 400 and SS 400 Pulsars follow the design philosophy of the KTM Duke 390 .Both bikes pack 375cc liquid-cooled, 4-valve triple spark engine and is mated to a six-speed transmission, with fuel injection. Pulsar SS400 shares similarities with the earlier rumoured Pulsar 375 and comes with exciting features like split seat, mudguard-mounted taillight and clip-on handle bars. The bikes also house anti-lock braking systems (ABS).The models are likely to be priced aggressively in the market as the bike maker is expecting tight competition from other two wheeler manufacturers. It is also believed that the Pune-based bike maker would position its two new bikes below the KTM 390 Duke.The Pulsar SS 400 is likely to fall in the price brackets of INR1.9 and 2.1 lakhs (ex-showroom), while the other CS 400 likely to come with a price tag of INR1.7 to 1.85 lakhs (ex-showroom), according to IndianCarsBikes,
A Jet Airways Boeing 737 aircraft taxis past an Air India Airbus A321 aircraft at Mumbai’s Chhatrapathi Shivaji International Airport February 3, 2013.Reuters fileState-run carrier Air India, which is in the news for likely privatisation, improved its market share in the domestic civil aviation business in May, though marginally. The carrier’s share rose to 13 percent from 12.9 percent in April, though still below from 14 percent in January. The other airline that increased its share was Nusli Wadia-controlled GoAir, to 8.5 percent from 8.1 percent in April.Low-cost carriers Indigo and Spicejet saw their market share drop marginally to 41.2 percent and 12.9 percent, respectively, in May (April — 41.4 percent and 12.9 percent, respectively). Visatara and AirAsia India ended the month with a market share of 3.3 percent each. Also read: How IndiGo, Jet Airways, Air India, Go Air, Vistara performed in April 2017Overall, Indian carriers flew 101.74 lakh (10.17 million) passengers in May, up 17.3 percent from 86.69 lakh flown in the corresponding month last year, according to provisional statistics released by the civil aviation regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).Jet Airways (excluding Jet Lite) maintained its share at 15.2 percent.Other carriers in the Indian domestic civil aviation space include AirAsia India, Vistara, Zoom Air and Trujet, according to the DGCA. An IndiGo Airlines Airbust A320 aircraft and JetKonnect Boeing 737 aircraft taxi past an Air India Airbus A321 aircraft at Mumbai’s Chhatrapathi Shivaji International Airport February 3, 2013.Reuters fileThe passenger load factor (PLF) was highest for SpiceJet at 94.3 percent, followed by GoAir at 93 percent and Indigo at 91.1 percent. For Air India, it was 80.9 percent, marking an improvement from 78.7 percent in April and 74.6 percent in March.On Monday, SpiceJet closed marginally higher at Rs 125.25 apiece, Indigo-owner Interglobe Aviation ended 0.82 percent lower at Rs 1,198.50 and Jet Airways closed at Rs 544.GST on aviationThe Goods and Service Tax (GST) Council fixed the rates on air travel at its meeting last month. While the service tax on economy class will be 5 percent (current tax rate is 6 percent), it stands higher for business class at 12 percent (from around 9 percent now).Some interesting tweets on Air India by its former executive director Jitendra Bhargava:Air India’s assets & liabilties. Assets created prior to 2004 thru internal accruals; liabilities created post 2004 pic.twitter.com/NRyKMZP5SL— Jitender Bhargava (@JitiBhargava) June 10, 2017Are CBI probes into aircraft buy, leasing, bilateral rights doleout & #airindiastakesale coincidence or effort to whitewash its ruinous role— Jitender Bhargava (@JitiBhargava) June 10, 2017
Journal information: Physical Review Letters (Phys.org)—Physicists have implemented the first experimental demonstration of everlasting quantum coherence—the phenomenon that occurs when a quantum system exists in a superposition of two or more states at once. Typically, quantum coherence lasts for only a fraction of a second before decoherence destroys the effect due to interactions between the quantum system and its surrounding environment. The collaboration of physicists, led by Gerardo Adesso at The University of Nottingham and with members from the UK, Brazil, Italy, and Germany, have published a paper on the demonstration of the extreme resilience of quantum coherence in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.”Quantum properties can be exploited for disruptive technologies but are typically very fragile,” Adesso told Phys.org. “Here we report an experiment which shows for the first time that quantum coherence in a large ensemble of nuclear spins can be naturally preserved (‘frozen’) under exposure to strong dephasing noise at room temperature, without external control, and for timescales as long as a second and beyond.”Quantum coherence is an inherently quantum property that arises due to the wave-like nature of matter. Most importantly for potential applications, quantum coherence allows a quantum system to occupy a superposition of states. This trait leads to quantum parallelism, which is the key ingredient that allows some quantum devices to outperform classical ones in a wide range of applications. For instance, many research groups are currently working on harnessing quantum coherence to develop quantum algorithms, quantum cryptography, quantum metrology, and other quantum technologies.However, a major obstacle to developing these technologies is to overcome the fragile, fleeting nature of quantum coherence. While researchers have developed methods to slow down or correct the effects of decoherence, these methods are generally very resource-demanding.The method presented in the new study does not attempt to slow down or correct decoherence, but instead it reveals a natural mechanism under which resilience to decoherence spontaneously emerges. The results show that, under certain conditions, quantum coherence remains completely unaffected by common mechanisms of decoherence that typically destroy coherence. The new mechanism was predicted to exist in a study published last year by some of the same authors.In the new study, the researchers have experimentally observed this effect for the first time. The scientists demonstrated the mechanism in composite systems whose subsystems are all affected by decoherence, yet the overall composite system maintains its quantum coherence for as long as desired. More information: Isabela A. Silva et al. “Observation of time-invariant coherence in a room-temperature quantum simulator.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.117.160402Also at arXiv:1511.01971 [quant-ph] Citation: Forever quantum: physicists demonstrate everlasting quantum coherence (2016, October 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-10-quantum-physicists-everlasting-coherence.html Physicists quantify the usefulness of ‘quantum weirdness’ “The trick lies in the fact that local decoherence acts in a preferred direction, which is perpendicular to the one in which coherence is measured,” Adesso explained. “Consequently, the resulting quantum states are overall degraded by such noise, but their observed coherence remains unaffected during the dynamics if the initial conditions are suitably chosen.”The researchers implemented the method using set-ups that involve room-temperature liquid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) quantum simulators, and demonstrated the effect in two- and four-qubit ensembles.”We used two different NMR set-ups,” said first author Isabela Silva, at the University of São Paulo and The University of Nottingham. “The first, owned by Ivan Oliveira’s group in Brazil, consisted of a simple chloroform sample labeled with Carbon-13 to encode the two-qubit system in the hydrogen and carbon nuclei. The four-qubit system was instead a heteronuclear sample specially developed in Steffen Glaser’s group in Germany. To manipulate this four-channel heteronuclear system independently, a prototype NMR probe head was also developed. Both systems are affected by natural and independent dephasing channels. Therefore, once initial quantum states satisfying special constraints are prepared, the quantum coherence freezing can be automatically observed, with no need for external control.”The researchers predict that the surprising effect can occur in larger systems composed of any even number of qubits. Odd-numbered qubit systems do not exhibit the resilience because the specific initial conditions supporting the phenomenon cannot be met due to the different geometry of quantum states in such instances.The researchers also showed that the mechanism appears to be universal, since it does not depend on the specific measure used to quantify the amount of coherence. The researchers expect that this trait will make the mechanism especially useful for future applications.”The universality paves the way toward designing a novel generation of quantum-enhanced devices able to harness coherence for unscathed performance in realistic and adverse conditions,” Adesso said.Besides technological innovations, the results may also shed light on the quantum coherence that occurs naturally in biological systems, such as the light-harvesting systems in plants. Previous research has shown that some biological systems can maintain quantum coherence for very long times in certain noisy environments. “The new study raises the possibility that these systems may have evolved an ability to harness natural mechanisms for coherence protection, similar to the one reported here,” said coauthor Rosario Lo Franco at the University of Palermo in Italy. (a) Preparation of two-qubit states in a chloroform molecule that exhibit quantum coherence for an arbitrarily long time. (b) Visual representation and (c)-(f) tomographies of the state dynamics. Credit: Silva et al. ©2016 American Physical Society © 2016 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further