The 2013 Metro Cup Finals will be held this weekend, with a big 24 hours of Touch Football to be played at Whites Hill in Brisbane. Friday night will see semi finals played and the second grand finalists of each division decided, while Saturday night will determine who walks away as champions in 2013. The first semi finals saw the Uni Rebels progress through to the grand final in four divisions (Men’s divisions one, two and three and Women’s division three), while the Southern Storm are straight through to the grand final in Women’s division one and two. The grand finals will tap off at 5.00pm on Saturday, 23 November, starting with the Men’s and Women’s division three finals. The Men’s and Women’s two finals will be played at 6.00pm, followed by the Women’s Open final at 7.00pm and the Men’s Open final at 8.00pm. Teams fighting for a spot in the grand final on Friday, 22 November are:Men’s Division 1 – CCC v DodgersMen’s Division 2 – Eagles v DodgersMen’s Division 3 – Redlands Crushers v Uni Rebels AWomen’s Division 1 – CCC v DodgersWomen’s Division 2 – CCC v RedlandsWomen’s Division 3 – Eagles v Uni Rebels MaroonTo view some of the highlights of the Metro Cup season so far, be sure to visit Brisbane Metropolitan Touch Association’s YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/BrisbaneMetroTouch Related LinksMetro Cup Finals
6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now Previous Fux Fuschsia McLaren 720s 1 of 12 Editors’ Recommendations What It’s Like to Drive a NASCAR Race Car (and Where You Can Get Behind the Wheel) You’re out for a night on the town in Monterey, California. As you stagger between Sade’s and Cypress Inn, a Ferrari 250 GT SWB California (forbidden fruit of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) cruises past. Certain you’ve simply had too much to drink – and didn’t actually just witness a $20 million Italian icon in action – you stumble on.Rounding the street corner, you notice what looks like, but couldn’t possibly be, an Aston Martin DB5 (James Bond’s favorite accessory). Before you can investigate, a McLaren P1 GTR pops into your peripheral view. Sobering up might be a good idea, but it won’t make these ultra-rare performance cars disappear; you’re in the thick of Monterey Car Week.What is essentially the bat signal for every noteworthy vehicle ever made, Monterey Car Week calls automotive enthusiasts the world over to descend upon northern California. Whether you bring a four-wheeled gem of your own, or come to drool over others’, Car Week is a must-see for true gearheads.Fux Fuschsia McLaren 720sThe once-humble road rally and car show of the early 1950s has now ballooned into a week-long string of classic car races, auctions, and shows. Like the Goodwood Revival, Mille Miglia, and Concorso D’Eleganza Villa D’Este, Car Week is all about honoring automotive heritage. However, only in Monterey can you attend a multi-million dollar auction on Friday, a 1930s historic race on Saturday, and a century-spanning car show on Sunday.We’ve long admired Car Week from afar, but this year, Mazda invited us to experience the automotive twilight zone firsthand. With tickets to three headlining events, a 2017 Mazda CX-5 to scoot around town, and a suite at the Intercontinental The Clement in Monterey Bay, we strapped in for motoring mecca.The Quail Motorsports GatheringOur first stop is The Quail Motorsports Gathering in Carmel, California. One of the newer Car Week events (this is its sixteenth year running), The Quail is a chance for luxury and performance automakers to show off their latest concepts, bespoke manufacturers to reveal their labors of love, and classic car owners to compete for prizes.Despite its nascence, The Quail has surged in popularity in recent years. An hour into the event, the Quail Lodge is teeming with visitors – each of whom have paid $600 for admission. The cars though – good gravy, the cars are worth it. A pristine Porsche 959, Lamborghini Islero, and Packard Eight Cabriolet have us buckling at the knees. In the moment, it’s impossible to imagine a greater spectacle – but Saturday’s races would set a new standard.1966 Aston Martin DBSC Touring CoupeIn 1974, the story goes, Steve Earle decided to rent Laguna Seca Raceway (now Mazda Raceway) the Saturday before Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and invited 20 pals with vintage race cars. Earle demanded only one thing from his attendees: Everyone had to drive their historic racers on track. This was no car show.Knowing the Rolex Motorsports Reunion’s stated purpose, we shouldn’t be surprised to see a field of 1950s Formula One cars duking it out on track, but our eyes and ears can’t process the scene. Do you know what a 1989 Mazda 767B’s rotary engine sounds like at wide-open throttle? A bit like the first time your child laughs.Clusters of genuine racecar legends stream around Mazda Raceway, piloted largely by amateur drivers without contemporary safety gear. This is a trip through time that neither words nor photos can fully capture. It’s one thing to see a $17 million 1955 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa parked on a lawn, and another thing entirely to see it manhandled on a circuit.1958 Ferrari 335 Sport Scaglietti SpyderWe can die happy right here, right now…but the main course is still ahead: Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance.Monterey Car Week’s foundational event, and a good enough reason for classic car owners to ship their priceless vehicles thousands of miles (at great cost), Concours D’Elegance is the most prestigious automotive gathering on the planet. It’s not just about the cars either; people watching is half the fun of Pebble. Some dress in 1950s period correct attire, others don cargo shorts and ball caps – but most just use the event as an excuse to wear the most flamboyant clothing they own.When we finally tire of snickering at human peacocks, our attention shifts to the finest vehicular curves, lines, and accents of the last 113 years. Pre-war Packards, 1960s concept cars, and German car royalty share Pebble Beach’s 18th fairway – 204 dazzling vehicles in total.Frankly, it’s overwhelming. To cope, we pick a few favorites and pour of their details, rather than contemplating the entire herd. Our decision proves wise – quality time spent with each vehicle uncovers subtle cues that were glossed over during our initial glance.Our VIP Monterey Car Week experience was more than special, but the best part of this annual event is that anyone can participate. Fly, drive, bike, walk, or crawl to Monterey the third week of August for an unrivaled tribute to the automobile. We’ll see you there next year. 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zoom The German navigation system manufacturer Raytheon Anschütz, together with its exclusive Norwegian distributor Syberg AS, has been awarded a contract for the supply of an advanced Synapsis Integrated Navigation System (INS) to two new state-of-the-art windpark service vessels.The experienced Norwegian shipyard Havyard Ship Technology in Leirvik / Sogn is designing and building the new vessels which have to meet the highest demands on design, safety, efficiency and performance. Raytheon Anschütz contributes to the advanced vessels with the supply of Integrated Navigation equipment from its Synapsis Intelligent Bridge Control series, which will be in compliance with DNV’s demanding DNV NAUT-AW notation.The INS will feature two Synapsis multifunctional workstations for chart radar and ECDIS, two Synapsis multifunctional consoles for ECDIS and conning as well as a total of three additional ECDIS, among other things with Weather-Overlay. The complete sensor system, with two redundant Standard 22 gyro compasses and the NP 5500 trackpilot for high precision track control, complete the Raytheon Anschütz scope of supply.The conning will provide operators with the HMI for the new consistent common reference system, providing continuous data integrity monitoring, data quality indication and automatic or manual sensor selection modes, as well as with an integrated display for configuration and status of system functionality. This special feature allows the operator to check the INS “health status” at a glance.The new Synapsis INS provides functional integration of sensor data and other information such as AIS, NAVTEX, charts, radar, centralized alarm management, system status display and reliability indication for important sensors. The INS also centralizes tasks and services such as processing of navigation control data, data storage and distribution, redundancy and backup management, or change of color palettes and dimming.Syberg AS will be responsible for shipyard support, supply and commissioning of the INS. The 84 meter long ships will be owned by the renowned Danish shipowner Esvagt headquartered in Esbjerg. The ships are to be delivered in December 2014 and March 2015. Siemens Energy has already chartered the ships to carry out service and maintenance for the German offshore windfarms Butendiek and Baltic II.Press Release, May 27, 2014
zoom U.S. carrier and container terminal operator Matson, Inc. reported a net income of USD 41.5 million for the third quarter of 2015, an increase of 93% compared to the same period last year.“Third quarter results were strong, led by continued high demand for our expedited China service, a full quarter of our new Alaska business, volume improvements in Hawaii, and improved performance at SSAT and Logistics,” said Matt Cox, Matson’s President and Chief Executive Officer. In the China trade, despite a continued decline in commodity freight rates for other ocean carriers, the company’s freight rates were higher in the third quarter 2015 than in the prior year period. Matson expects its expedited service to continue to realize a sizeable premium relative to commodity ocean carrier market rates for the fourth quarter 2015. However, for the fourth quarter Matson expects its China volume to be moderately lower than the prior year period due to one fewer sailing, the absence of the extraordinarily high demand experienced in the fourth quarter 2014 during the U.S. West Coast labor disruptions, and recent market softness.The company’s third quarter results were negatively impacted by USD 10 million of additional expenses related to the acquisition of Horizon Lines, Inc. Net income for the quarter ended September 30, 2014 was USD 21.5 million. Consolidated revenue for the third quarter 2015 was USD 544.3 million compared with USD 441.8 million reported for the third quarter 2014.“The integration of our new Alaska operations continues to progress well and the business is on track to achieve our earnings and cash flow accretion expectations. Looking ahead, Matson is well-positioned to generate significant cash flow to pay down debt, fund growth initiatives, including our new vessel investments, and return capital to shareholders via both dividends and the share repurchase program announced today,” Cox added.The company continues to expect the integration of its Alaska operations to be completed within two years post-closing of the Horizon Lines acquisition.For the nine months ended September 30, 2015, Matson reported net income of USD 76.4 million, compared with USD 43 million in 2014. Year-to-date 2015 results were negatively impacted by USD 23.5 million of additional selling, general and administrative expenses related to the Horizon Lines acquisition and by USD 11.4 million for the company’s settlement with the State of Hawaii to resolve all of the state’s claims arising from the discharge of molasses into Honolulu Harbor in September 2013. Consolidated revenue for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 was USD 1,390.1 million, compared with USD 1,270.7 million in 2014.Ocean transportation revenue increased USD 115.3 million during the third quarter 2015 compared with the third quarter 2014.On a year over year basis, Hawaii container volume increased by 14.8 percent primarily due to volume gains resulting from a competitor’s service reconfiguration and vessel mechanical failure, and modest market growth.In addition, Matson’s Board of Directors has authorized a share repurchase program for up to 3 million shares of common stock, representing approximately seven percent of the company’s issued and outstanding common stock, through November 2, 2018.
zoomIllustration. Source: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Monaco-based boxship owner and operator Navios Maritime Containers has seen its revenues rise in the first quarter of 2019 due to a larger fleet operating during the period.Revenue for the three months ended March 31, 2019 was USD 31.8 million, as compared to USD 29.9 million reported in the same quarter a year earlier.TCE per day declined to USD 12,217 from USD 15,259 reported in the first quarter of 2018, primarily as a result of the expiration of contracts between the two periods.Net income for the quarter was at USD 0.1 million compared to USD 3 million reported a year earlier. The change was due to a USD 3.7 million decrease in EBITDA, USD 2.2 million increase in interest expense and finance cost, net related to the financing of new vessels; and USD 0.5 million increase in amortization of deferred drydock and special survey costs, in each case, relating to the increase in the size of the fleet.“In a little more than two years, Navios Containers grew its fleet to 30 containerships, acquiring the fleet for a price close to the related scrap value,” Angeliki Frangou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said.“Most recently, Navios Containers acquired two 2011-built 10,000 TEU containerships for USD 105 million, reflecting a 30% discount to newbuild parity. These containerships are on long-term time charters at around USD 27,000 per day that should generate cumulative EBITDA of USD 35.2 million,” Frangou added.
Bruce Dickinson, the Iron Maiden frontman who used to be a commercial airline pilot, is teaching UK residents with disabilities to fly.Dickinson is working with The Royal International Air Tattoo Flying Scholarships for Disabled People (FSDP), a charity created in the memory of flying ace Douglas Bader, a pilot who lost his legs in an aeroplane accident yet continued as a fighter pilot in World War II.Each year, FSDP provides scholarships to selected applicants with varying disabilities as a way to challenge and inspire them, to focus attention on their abilities rather than everything that they cannot do. The results show improvement in self confidence, outlook and future aspirations.“You gave my son faith in himself and the future,” says the father of one of the scholars.Another scholar was surprised by the course participants: “A bunch of interesting, gutsy people who had been thrown a stinking hand in life and come through fighting. Every one of them had turned down the offer of a bland future, filled with disappointment and disability aids, and come in search of something more”.Nearly 400 people have been awarded a flying scholarship with FSDP since its beginnings in 1983. Dickinson is one of FSDP’s Vice Patrons.Find out more here.Copyright ©2013Look to the Stars
Twitter More than a dozen groups that represent actors, talent agencies, directors and other employees of Canada’s film and television industry say a code of conduct will help address sexual harassment. (Shutterstock) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement The groups also agreed to create more effective ways to report such behaviour without fear of retribution.Theresa Tova, president of the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists’ Toronto chapter, speaks to CBC News on Nov. 3. (CBC)The recent allegations of sexual misconduct against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and other prominent celebrities has shone a light on harassment in the industry.Some say sexual misconduct has long been a reality in Canada’s film scene, and they contend it’s a problem that appears to be growing.Mia Kirshner arrives at the Canadian Screen Awards in Toronto on Sunday March 9, 2014. (Chris Young/Canadian Press)Actress Mia Kirshner wrote a blistering opinion piece last month in the Globe and Mail, blasting the “disease in [the] industry… of turning a blind eye to sexual harassment and abuse carried out by those who wield power in the film industry.”Kirshner has been critical of how performers unions like ACTRA and the Screen Actors Guild have handled the issue.“Too little, too late. I don’t believe that ACTRA is actually interested listening to union members,” Kirshner tweeted in the lead up to the meeting, referring to the acronym for Canada’s performers’ union.1. Too little, too late. I don’t believe that ACTRA is actually interested listening to union members.— Mia Kirshner (@msmiakirshner) November 14, 2017“I believe that this committee is being created for the purpose of public relations.”Kirshner also posted that she declined to be a part of a new committee created by ACTRA to deal with the issue and instead has co-created a group called #AfterMeToo to push for change. Her group will hold a two-day symposium in Toronto on Dec. 5 and 6.This is the start of something very powerful. https://t.co/6uE0IODgl2— Mia Kirshner (@msmiakirshner) November 16, 2017Others were more hopeful.“I’ve never seen a coming together like this before, and it’s inspiring to see,” said Kendrie Upton, executive director of the Director’s Guild of Canada, B.C., of the meeting.“The conversation in the room was alive and exciting and, you know, I think there’s a lot of work to be done, we want to do it right the first time.”With files from CBC NewsTHE CANADIAN PRESS Groups representing actors, directors and others in Canada’s film and television industry say a code of conduct will be one of several steps toward tackling sexual harassment in the industry.More than a dozen organizations convened a closed-door meeting on Thursday in Toronto to discuss what can be done to curb the problem.They issued a statement that says a code of conduct would clearly define what is inappropriate behaviour as well as what the consequences would be for those who commit such actions. Login/Register With: Facebook
Rabat – The Quicksilver Pro Casablanca 2015 which is scheduled to run from September 8th-12th will be the first professional surfing event to be held in Morocco and the Northern African region.According to Surfer today, Casablanca will host in few months the Quicksilver Pro Casablanca 2015, a men’s QS1,500 event to be held from September 8-12 at Anfaplace, Morocco.The event will be organized by the Royal Moroccan Surfing Federation (RMSF) and World Surf League (WSL). “We are very excited to bring for the first time a WSL event to Morocco,” said Mohammed Kadmiri, President of the RMSF. “This is a historic moment for the surf in our country. We will welcome all surfers with the traditional Moroccan warmth and hospitality and hope to host an amazing contest,” he added.The 2015 Quiksilver Pro Casablanca at Anfaplace will also decide the European surfing champion.Moroccan professional surfer Ramzi Boukhiam expressed his happiness that Morocco will host the Quicksilver Pro event which brings together the professional surfers from all around the world.“I am extremely happy to finally have a QS event in my home country,” he said. “I sincerely hope a lot of locals will be able to compete against some of the region and world’s top surfers. “There’s a strong contingent here but unfortunately most don’t have the resources to compete internationally. The Moroccan coastline has really good surf and I’m sure this event will be a great success.
Rio de Janeiro – Moroccan Wiam Dislam on Saturday clinched her ticket to the quarterfinals of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.In her opening match, Dislam, African champion in +67 kg, bested Dominican Julissa Rodriguez Katherine Peguero with points (5-1). The quarterfinals will take place on Saturday at 19:30 (GMT + 1).The other two Moroccans engaged in the same discipline, Naima Bakkal (-57kg) and Omar Hajjami (-58kg), were disqualified.
By its resolution, the Council expressed its readiness to take all necessary steps to respond to the attacks in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania – and any acts of terrorism – which it called “criminal and unjustifiable.” The Council called on all States to work together urgently to bring to justice the perpetrators, organizers and sponsors, stressing that anyone who aids, supports or harbours those people will be held accountable.Emphasizing that the attacks represented a threat to international peace and security, the Council called on the international community to redouble its efforts to prevent and suppress terrorist acts by increased cooperation and full implementation of the relevant anti-terrorist conventions and Security Council resolutions.The Council also expressed its deepest sympathy and condolences to the victims, their families and the people and Government of the United States.Prior to the adoption of the resolution, individual members of the Council took the floor to voice their outrage, condemning the attacks, urging that the perpetrators be brought to justice, and offering expressions of solidarity and sympathy to the US. In their statements, they echoed the views expressed at the outset of the meeting by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who described yesterday’s events as “an attack on humanity as a whole” and urged all nations to join forces in finding the perpetrators. US Ambassador James Cunningham said his country had suffered a cowardly and evil attack, “but America is not and will not be shaken in its resolve.””We will grieve and we will heal,” Ambassador Cunningham said. “We look to all those who stand for peace, justice and security in the world to stand together with the United States to win the war against terrorism.” He warned that the US would make no distinction between the terrorists and those who harboured them, pledging to bring those responsible to account.”Yesterday’s horrifying images burned now into the global memory serve as a constant reminder to all of the need to stamp out this scourge and of the need for determination and action to do so,” he said.
The head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has welcomed the “Group of Eight” declaration on ending the cycle of famine in the Horn of Africa, raising agricultural productivity and promoting rural development.Jacques Diouf urged those nations – Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States – to match their words with action. “If the G-8 countries are serious in their endeavour to reduce hunger, they need to increase their resources flowing to rural areas in poor countries,” he stressed. “The billions of dollars we invest today in farmers, in technology and in infrastructure in rural areas, we can save tomorrow on food and emergency aid.”Investing in agriculture and rural areas, particularly in water control and rural infrastructure, in food-insecure countries should be the main priority in the fight against hunger, the FAO Director-General stressed. “More than 70 per cent of the hungry people live in rural areas – it is there where hunger needs to be defeated, by producing food for own consumption and surplus for export, as well as creating employment and income opportunities.”
For weeks UN agencies have predicted a second wave of deaths from the 8 October quake, which killed some 80,000 people, injured as many others and left up to 3 million homeless, if shelter, medicines and other vital supplies were not rushed into hundreds of thousands of victims in remote areas ahead of the harsh Himalayan winter. So far, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has airlifted over 80,000 blankets and tens of thousands of plastic sheets to survivors in high-altitude villages in the Allai and Leepa valleys. But bad weather is hampering aid delivery. Helicopters were grounded on Sunday although the airlifts have resumed yesterday.“Some roads in the Neelum and Allai valleys have been blocked by snow or landslides. Aid convoys are now driving on slippery roads that could be hit by further mudslides,” UNHCR spokesperson Jennifer Pagonis told a news briefing in Geneva.“On lower elevations, we’re preparing the ground for more people forced to leave their homes in the upper valleys because of the bitter cold. In the last two days, the army has reported 100 families per day moving down from the Kaghan valley,” she added. “The recent camp arrivals have come in bad shape, many of them already weakened by pneumonia. We have been winterizing the camps by providing two plastic sheets per tent and three blankets per person.”Overall UNHCR has flown in more than 20 thousand family tents and hundreds of thousands of blankets and other vital supplies. Water and sanitation needs will become even more urgent as more people come down to live in planned and spontaneous camps. To prevent congestion and the outbreak of diseases in camps, UNHCR now has 16 mobile teams on the ground to fix technical problems related to latrines and waste management, and to sensitize camp populations on hygiene and sanitation issues.At an international donors’ conference in Pakistan on earlier this month, $5.4 billion were pledged, but UN relief officials have warned the vast majority of these pledges are earmarked for long-term recovery even though operations remain in the critical rescue and assistance phase.“In order to save lives today, these pledges must be fulfilled immediately. Moreover, donors must allow flexibility in use of the funds,” five UN human rights experts said in a joint statement last week.In an innovative approach, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has joined with important partners in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in a strategy that combines financial contributions with hands-on action to help meet the needs of children in devastated areas. UNICEF agreements with the UAE Red Crescent Society and Dubai Aid City have produced cash donations, technical support, medical teams and regular planeloads with basic relief items. For example, the UAE Red Crescent Society and UNICEF signed an agreement to manage a donation of $500,000 from the UAE to support UNICEF’s measles immunization campaign, which will be supplemented by a team of Emirati nurses and medical experts to help oversee the vaccination effort on the ground.The post-quake measles campaign, organized jointly by UNICEF, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and Pakistan’s Ministry of Health, seeks to immunize 4 million children in relief camps and health centres at an estimated cost of $8 million. “Replicating the tsunami humanitarian response model with relief operations centralized in Dubai has proven highly effective, and the UAE Red Crescent Society has played an important role in protecting children against the spread of disease,” UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Rima Salah said yesterday on signing the agreement in Dubai.
US stocks fall at midday as oil prices drift to around $80 a barrel AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Oct 27, 2014 10:11 am MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – Energy companies are tugging U.S. stocks lower at midday as the price of oil slips.Goldman Sachs lowered its outlook for crude prices. Fading business confidence in Germany, Europe’s largest economy, also weighed on financial markets.The Dow Jones industrial average fell 29 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 16,775 as of 12 p.m. Eastern Time Monday.The Nasdaq declined 13 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 4,470. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index slipped seven points, or 0.4 per cent, to 1,956. Energy stocks fell as oil languished around $80 a barrel in New York.The energy sector was down 2.1 per cent, the biggest decline among the 10 S&P 500 sectors.
A 41-YEAR-OLD man has been arrested in connection with the murder of Elaine O’Hara.The man was arrested this morning and is being held at Blackrock Garda station under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act for which he can be detained for up to 24 hours.The remains of 36-year-old childcare assistant Elaine O’Hara were found in the Dublin mountains near Rathfarnham last month over a year after she went missing from her home in Killiney.After the discovery of her remains, Gardaí had issued several renewed appeals for information on her disappearance including a request for anyone who may have spoken to her on the day she went missing 22 August 2012.Information was also sought by investigators from anyone who may have seen her turquoise Fiat Punto which was found by gardaí two days after she went missing.Read: Gardaí make renewed appeal as investigation into death of Elaine O’Hara continues >Read: Gardaí investigate second scene in Elaine O’Hara case >
PASOK leader Evangelos Venizelos distanced his party from its two coalition partners, conservative New Democracy and Democratic Left, while also heralding an overhaul of the Socialist party, which suffered heavy losses in recent elections.Addressing his 33 MPs ahead of the expected opening of Parliament, Venizelos drew clear dividing lines between PASOK and its partners. “We are cooperating with New Democracy but that does not mean we identify with them, either in terms of politics or values,” he said, blaming ND for harming the country through its strong opposition to Greece’s first bailout and leaving PASOK to bear the burden of the country’s recovery on its own.Venizelos also condemned Democratic Left for trying to attract PASOK voters to join the leftists ahead of the June and May elections.Democratic Left leader Fotis Kouvelis, for his part, emphasized the need for growth-oriented measures to be implemented without delay to combat a deepening recession. Speaking to reporters after talks with President Karolos Papoulias, the leftist leader said he was confident that, in talks with European leaders in Brussels, Greece’s head of state would emphasize the multiple problems caused by the “ineffective and relentless” measures of the memorandum, referring to the country’s loan deal with creditors.Meanwhile Alexis Tsipras, the leader of leftist SYRIZA, which came second in this month’s elections on a pledge to abolish the memorandum, suggested that the result of the polls, which involved at least half of voters backing anti-bailout parties, made it clear that Greeks expect the country’s creditors to make concessions. “They have high expectations,” he said.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Share your voice 6 Photos Comments Tags Cambridge Analytica: Everything you need to know about Facebook’s data mining scandal.iHate: CNET looks at how intolerance is taking over the internet. 3 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday announced changes to the company’s formula for determining employee bonuses. Alex Wong/Getty Images Facebook is changing how it determines employee bonuses, tying them to how well the company confronts issues such as misinformation and hate speech on the platform.Facebook’s employee bonuses were previously based on factors such as user growth and product quality. The social-media giant is updating its formula to better reflect the company’s updated priorities for 2019, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Tuesday during an all-hands meeting at the company’s Menlo Park, California, headquarters.Those updated goals, as outlined last month by Zuckerberg during a conference call with analysts, include making progress on the social issues facing the internet and Facebook, building services that improve people’s lives, supporting businesses and being more transparent about the role Facebook plays in the world.”Over the past two years, we’ve fundamentally changed how we run Facebook,” Facebook said in a statement. “This particular change is designed to ensure that we are incentivizing people to keep making progress on the major social issues facing the internet and our company.”Facebook’s move comes as the social media giant faces its toughest stretch in its 15-year history. The company is under pressure to do more to combat election meddling, misinformation and hate speech on the platform. It’s also come under fire for not doing enough to protect the data privacy and security of its 2.3 billion users after the company revealed that UK political consultancy Cambridge Analytica harvested the data of up to 87 million users without their permission. The company’s series of scandals didn’t appear to affect its revenue and profits in the fourth quarter, both of which beat estimates and fueled a rally in its stock last Wednesday.Facebook said there isn’t an easy formula for determining whether the company achieves its goals, but said it will record its progress by tracking how many fake accounts it takes down daily and improvements to safety and security. Internet The great Facebook exodus Mark Zuckerberg Facebook
Donald TrumpNorth Korea has freed three American detainees, president Donald Trump announced Wednesday, hailing a diplomatic victory ahead of a planned summit with Kim Jong Un.Pyongyang granted the three men “amnesty,” a US official said, and they are now on their way back to the United States with secretary of state Mike Pompeo.Two of the men, agricultural expert Kim Hak-song and former professor Tony Kim were arrested in 2017, while Kim Dong-chul, a South Korea-born American businessman and pastor in his 60s, was sentenced to 10 years’ hard labour in 2016.”I am pleased to inform you that secretary of state Mike Pompeo is in the air and on his way back from North Korea with the 3 wonderful gentlemen that everyone is looking so forward to meeting. They seem to be in good health,” Trump tweeted.The White House said all three men were able to walk unassisted onto a US Air Force plane that carried them and the secretary of state out of North Korea.A second plane, with more robust medical equipment, waited for them at Yokota Air Force Base, just outside Tokyo.”All indications are their health is as good as could be given they been through,” said Pompeo.The family of Tony Kim voiced their gratitude to “all of those who have worked toward and contributed to his return home” — and specifically thanking Trump for “engaging directly with North Korea.””Mostly, we thank God for Tony’s safe return,” the family said in a statement. “We ask that you continue to pray for the people of North Korea and for the release of all who are still being held.”Trump meanwhile described the release as “a gesture of good will” and said he would be on hand when Pompeo’s three “guests” land at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington at 2:00 am (0600 GMT) Thursday.Trump acolytes declared the release an unbridled political victory, evidence, vice president Mike Pence said, that “strong leadership and our America First policies are paying dividends.”The men’s release appears to pave the way for a much-anticipated summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim, scheduled to take place within weeks.- Summit details to follow -Trump says a time, date and location have been decided for that historic summit, although US officials say there are still some details to be worked out.Pompeo told reporters the administration would “in the next handful of days be able to announce date and time.”Possible locations include Singapore and the Demilitarized Zone that separates North and South Korea.The meeting will discuss North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic weapons programme, which may soon give Pyongyang the capability of striking the continental United States.Trump has demanded that North Korea give up its nukes, while Kim has offered few indications about what he is willing to concede or what he will demand in return.North Korea has often insisted that the United States withdraw support for South Korea, where 30,000-plus US military personnel are stationed.Since coming to office Trump has embarked on a campaign of “maximum pressure” on the North Korean regime.A series of provocative North Korean missile tests have been met with US sanctions and a tougher Chinese stance on cross border trade.Officials in Washington believe the punitive economic measures have prompted fuel shortages in North Korea and increased tension inside the regime.North Korea official Kim Yong Chul, who met Pompeo in Pyongyang, insisted the country’s openness to talks was “not the result of sanctions that have been imposed from outside,” but a change in regime focus.”We have perfected our nuclear capability. It is our policy to concentrate all efforts into economic progress in country,” he said.
Kolkata: The UGC direction to universities to mark September 29 as “Surgical Strike Day” is a part of the BJP’s “political agenda” and educational institutes in West Bengal will not observe the day, state Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said Friday. Chatterjee criticised the BJP-led central government for trying to “malign and politicise” the Army. The BJP said the TMC government has made it a practice to oppose each and every decision of the central government. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life On September 29 in 2016, the Indian Army carried out “surgical strikes” on seven terrorist launchpads across the LoC as a response to an attack on its base in Uri earlier that month. The Indian Army had said its special forces inflicted “significant casualties” on terrorists waiting there to cross onto the Indian territory. “This is an agenda of the BJP and it is trying to push this agenda by using the UGC ahead of elections. It is a matter of shame that they are using the UGC to achieve their political agenda. We won’t abide by the directions of UGC,” Chatterjee said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed The University Grants Commission yesterday directed varsities and higher educational institutions across the country to observe September 29 as “Surgical Strike Day”. Talk sessions by ex-servicemen about sacrifices by the armed forces, special parades by NCC and visit to exhibitions are among the prescribed events by the University Grants Commission for the celebration. Chatterjee said, “We would have understood it had they asked us to observe the day in the name of sacrifices made by our soldiers. We have full respect for our soldiers and their sacrifices.” “The Indian Army has always been kept above politics and controversies. But now we are seeing that the BJP is trying to malign and politicise the Indian Army. This is not right and we won’t support it,” he said. Reacting to the allegations, BJP state president Dilip Ghosh said the TMC government has made it a practice to oppose each and every decision of the Centre. “Earlier also, we had seen Bengal government opposing directions by the UGC. This is not new,” he said.
LeBron’s run as The King of the NBA is overColin couldn’t understand why Kyrie Irving would want to leave LeBron James and guaranteed trips to The Finals…until he heard James addressing the trade for the first during the Cavs’ media day, yesterday.During his comments, LeBron went into full passive aggressive mode and repeatedly referred to Irving as ‘kid.’ It was the ugliest of LeBron, and something others have been forced to tolerate because he has run the NBA for the last decade.Irving is an All-Star, an NBA champion who hit the game winner in a Game 7. Irving bolted because he demands and deserves more.LeBron is still the best player in the NBA, and the league’s elder statesman, but his run as ‘The King’ of the league is over. It’s the Warriors league now. Kyrie knows that, so intead of continuing to put up with it, he split. He wants to be the man, not to be treated like a kid. Judging others’ patriotism isn’t patrioticJerry Jones joined his team and took a knee before the national anthem last night, and continued the raging controversy ignited over the weekend by President Trump’s tweets criticizing NFL players for protesting.Colin doesn’t think patriotism is defined by what people do during the anthem, or before it, or by who shows the most devotion to the flag. Patriotism comes in many forms, and often it’s displayed in selfless acts that go unnoticed. Colin would never kneel for the anthem, but he doesn’t claim a moral high ground by judging those who do.In these highly political times, many people are judging the patriotism of others. That’s the least patriotic thing one can do.Guests:Tony Gonzalez – FS1 NFL Analyst and 14-time Pro Bowler is in-studio to discuss Dak Prescott as a franchise quarterback; if NFL players are over Cam Newton; and his argument for Aaron Rodgers as the greatest quarterback ever to play.Greg Jennings – FS1 Analyst and Super Bowl Champion is in-studio to explain why he thinks Dez Bryant has declined; and why OBJ acting out is part of the deal for a team he plays on.Sam Darnold – USC quarterback joins the show to talk about improving from last year; how he’s changed his preparation; and what factors he’ll consider when deciding if he’ll enter the NFL Draft.Drew Bledsoe – Former Pro Bowl quarterback with the Patriots and Bills joins the show to explain what impresses him about Dak Prescott; why anticipation is a key attribute for young quarterbacks; and why he loves the Friday night lights.
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