‘Mourinho the wrong man – he’ll be gone by Xmas!’

first_imgJose Mourinho is “the wrong man for the job” at Manchester United, says Lee Sharpe, with the Portuguese set to be “gone before Christmas”.The Red Devils moved to bring in Mourinho after seeing David Moyes and Louis van Gaal fail to inspire confidence and lift the mood around Old Trafford in the wake of Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement.Mourinho was able to deliver three trophies in his debut campaign, but ended 2017-18 empty-handed and saw his hands tied over the summer during a frustrating transfer market. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! He has now overseen a stuttering start to the new season , with a narrow win over Leicester followed by a 3-2 defeat at Brighton, and Sharpe believes the “dour” 55-year-old is on borrowed time.The former United winger told Press Association Sport : “[Mourinho] is the wrong man for the job.“When he came to Chelsea the first time he was quite charming and fun, but now he just seems dour and fed up.“He’s moaned about not signing new players and not bigging up the ones he’s got.“The football’s not entertaining and what makes it twice as bad is that their two biggest rivals, Man City and Liverpool, do play exciting football.“His negative style does not fit in with the expansive football that United fans want. I think he’ll be gone before Christmas.”Sharpe is also of the opinion that Mourinho’s  public questioning of high-profile figures has done little to build collective harmony around Old Trafford.Paul Pogba Jose Mourinho Manchester United 2018-19The ex-England international added: “I do not think Mourinho has handled the [Paul] Pogba situation very well.“It was the same with Luke Shaw before that. Any views should be kept in-house and not appear in the press.“Mourinho talks about class [he accused Manchester City of lacking it by making their Amazon TV series] but that is the sign of class in my eyes.“Every player who played for Sir Alex Ferguson – whether they liked him or not – respected him because you knew that any grievances would not be aired in the press.”United were expected to mount a serious challenge for the Premier League title this season, but Sharpe admits the early indications are that they could be left scrapping it out for a top-four finish.“I think United fans accepted second last year because they were behind a City side breaking loads of records,” he said.“But, if they are down in third and fourth and playing rubbish, are the fans and the board, in particular, still going to put up with that? I’m not so sure.”last_img read more

Popular show on perks of studying at British boarding schools coming to India: Will it really help average Indians?

first_imgA new show is coming up next month which will introduce Indian parents to the benefits of British boarding schools, and the world-class education experience it can provide students.The event showcasing for the first time in India will bring together registrars (directors of admissions) and heads from some of the leading boarding schools from across the UK to New Delhi and Mumbai. Families visiting the show can get first-hand information about education in UK boarding schools.India Today Education spoke to William Petty, Director of London’s Bonas MacFarlane Education, which is organising the show, to know more about how a show on British boarding schools can help Indian students. Rise in number of overseas students studying in British boarding schools”The number of Indian students in British Boarding schools has been rising steadily for over a decade, and has quadrupled in the last 13 years,” says Petty, adding that the population of Indian students in independent UK schools increased by 12.1 per cent in 2018 from 2017.Indian students will have better chances simply by moving to an UK-based school because since they would be considered as Indian nationals applying from Britain, they would be among a much smaller pool of applicants than those applying directly from India.In fact, foreign students who study at independent schools in the UK have a 300 per cent greater chance of being accepted at Cambridge University than students who completed their studies in India.”In bringing our British Boarding Schools Show to India for the first time, we hope to showcase a selection of some of our leading boarding schools, giving families a chance to hear from the horse’s mouth just what a profound effect a boarding education can have on a student’s future success not only at university but well beyond into their professional life,” says Petty.advertisementRead: Study engineering abroad: 5 tips to choose the right college that can maximise your experience India’s history with British boarding schoolsThe director of Bonas MacFarlane Education reminds us of India’s strong history with British boarding schools stretching back over a hundred years.”Indeed, India’s first Prime Minister, Pandit Nehru attended the elite Harrow School in 1905. It was at Harrow that Nehru was presented with the first volume of GM Trevelyan’s historical trilogy on Giuseppe Garibaldi as a prize for academic excellence,” he says. “Decades later, Nehru cited the impact these volumes had on him and the inspiration which contributed in part to his struggle for India’s freedom and independence by learning about Garibaldi’s role in the unification of Italy. This one snapshot is a rich association upon which future Indian students could be inspired to build upon,” says Petty. What about the rise of Indian schools focusing on globally-recognised qualifications?In recent years, India has shown an impressive rate of development and many schools have come up in major cities offering Indian students globally recognised qualifications such as iGCSEs, A-levels and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.Though the rise in such schools pushed fewer students to apply at UK colleges in the past two decades, Petty says that the numbers are rising again within the past five years.”With such improvements in local educational offerings, one may be forgiven for thinking that there are no longer marked benefits to be gained from sending your children to board in Britain. Nothing, however, could be further from the truth,” he says.The world’s leading universities, particularly in the UK and America, are looking for much more from their applicants than just excellent grades, says Petty. This is the reason they chose to reintroduce the idea of studying in British boarding schools to Indian families.Read: Planning to study abroad? Keep these things in mind How can British boarding schools improve the lives of students?The average British boarding school will have an enormous array of academic subjects on offer — sometimes across multiple qualifications-along with a plethora of co-curricular activities, community projects, high-level sports, music and creative arts.”The environment at British independent boarding schools is extremely fertile ground for harnessing these crucial co-curricular interests and ‘soft skills’ that can be the difference between a place at good university and a truly outstanding one,” says Petty. “Student visas apply only to the institution where an Indian student is attending on a full-time basis for the duration of the course of study. Once the studies have been completed the visa expires within a few months,” he says.Yet another benefit of studying in these schools is that students can smoothly transition from undergraduate studies in British boarding schools to postgraduate studies in India without any trouble.advertisement Independent day schools in UK vs British boarding schoolsStudying at a British boarding school and studying at a regular day school there are not the same things.”Firstly, if a child wishes to attend an independent day school in the UK, they must be living with a legal guardian or parent in most cases. Secondly, very few day schools have the required license from the UK government to support the required student visa, as they simply don’t have the same demand from international families as their boarding counterparts,” explains Petty.Also, if the parent or legal guardian is not themselves a UK/EU resident they will need their own visa to remain in the UK with their child, these visas are only acquirable up until the child turns twelve years of age, he says. The British Boarding Schools show will bring together registrars (directors of admissions) and heads from some of the leading boarding schools from across the UK to New Delhi and Mumbai.”Boarding schools, on the other hand, avoid all these issues and are best thought of as a complete learning and living environment. They are not merely schools with associated accommodation in the way one might view a university,” says the Bonas MacFarlane Education Director.Boarding schools frequently have world-class facilities all readily accessible on-site and round-the-clock staffing; thus, it is a cohesive entity day and night. “Many former boarding students will testify that what they did at the end of the day at boarding school after classroom lessons ended was at least as valuable and impactful as their academic studies on their overall development,” says William Petty. Scholarships available to study at British boarding schoolsA primary issue with studying in UK boarding schools would be the fee structure which is too high for the average Indian family.Even though all British boarding schools have a range of scholarships on offer covering various disciplines from the academic through sporting, to the arts and beyond, it might not be very helpful in every case.”In the main, these scholarships are more about prestige and recognition than financial benefit, with associated fee reductions rarely exceeding 15 per cent,” notes Petty.”Some schools offer bursaries which represent a far greater reduction in fees and whose parameters for applying vary wildly from school to school. Parents should always talk to individual schools regarding the specifics of any financial assistance they may offer,” adds the Bonas Macfarlane Director.Petty also explains that though the fee structure might appear extremely expensive, they are in fact very good value when what is being offered to the child is properly examined.”The fees just about cover their costs with any major investments required needing to be funded externally,” he says.Many of the British boarding schools are charitable foundations with all the revenue generated by their fees being continually re-invested, the director says. However, there are of course exceptions and there are a small number of boarding schools which are profit-generating privately-owned businesses.advertisement What problems can come up if you choose to study in British boarding schools?If an Indian student who completed studies in one of the Indian education boards applies to study at a British boarding school, the primary issue will be correcting the curriculum deficit, says Petty.”However, British boarding schools are sensitive to this issue and once a student is accepted they will provide all the necessary academic and pastoral support to acclimatise the student in as short a time as possible,” he adds.He says that if a boarding school admits a student, it implicitly says that they believe the student is capable of adapting and thriving at their institution.Petty explained that the British boarding schools are built on the model of Ivy League colleges of America, where schools are careful to subject each student through the same admission and assessment procedures.Read: A Boarding School Education: An Imperative today?Read: Thinking of joining a boarding school?last_img read more

Micromax unveils its first ‘Notch’ series smartphones

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 18 (IANS) Micromax Informatics on Tuesday launched its first Notch series of smartphones, the Infinity N11 and Infinity N12, for Rs 8,999 and Rs 9,999 respectively.The two new smartphones come with 6.19-inch HD+ screen, 18.9:9 screen ratio, (13MP+5MP) dual rear camera and a 4,000mAh battery.Both the devices will be available in offline stores across the country from December 26, Micromax said in a statement. “We are extremely excited to launch two powerful variants of smartphones under this Infinity N series,” said Vikas Jain, Co-Founder, Micromax Informatics Ltd.Infinity N11 comes with 2GB RAM and Infinity N12 sports 3GB RAM. Both the device have internal storage of up to 32GB.Micromax said its strategic collaboration with Reliance Jio would enable one to get as much as Rs 2,200 cashback as well as 50GB of free data on purchase of both the phones. “With support for high quality dual camera photography, AI enhancements and incredible power efficiency, the MediaTek Helio P22 sets a new bar for accessibility to premium features,” Jain added.–IANSvc/gb/sedlast_img read more

Crime Prevention Task Force Releases Report

first_imgA number of ideas to address and prevent crime were released in a final report today, May 23, by the Minister’s Task Force on Safer Streets and Communities. The report is the result of provincewide consultations and will be used to help government develop a provincial crime prevention strategy. “Task force members have done a tremendous job of reaching out to their fellow citizens,” said Murray Scott, Minister of Justice. “This information will be critical to creating a community based crime prevention strategy that reflects the needs and wants of our communities.” Key issues identified during consultations include the impact of youth crime and the need to ensure youth feel attached and involved in their school and communities. Participants said changing social values were contributing to crime, and need to be addressed through improved access to services, along with support to help parents supervise and appropriately discipline their children. Limitations of the Youth Criminal Justice Act were also identified as an issue. “During consultations we heard very personal stories from people whose lives were touched by crime, along with those who were playing an active role in preventing crime in their communities,” said Oralee O’Byrne, co-chair of the task force. “While we know that there is not a single solution, it is clear that we need to balance prevention with enforcement measures that help people feel safe.” The task force identified actions to both prevent and address crime. Among the recommended priorities are enhancing early intervention programs; improved access to recreation facilities; funding for community crime prevention groups; addressing racism; adding police officers; and stiffer sentencing. “People want to play an active role in preventing crime, but they need the right supports to help them make their communities safer,” said task force co-chair and Halifax Regional Police Chief Frank Beazley. “This report helps set a direction and calls for action by individuals, community leaders, organizations and all levels of government. We did not do this just to point out problems — we wanted to get at the solutions and the community has really responded.” The Minister’s Task Force on Safer Streets and Communities included 25 volunteer community members who held 44 meetings across the province in February and March. Through these meetings and written submissions the Task Force heard from more than 800 Nova Scotians, and also received more than 2,000 hits to its website. The report can be viewed online at www.gov.ns.ca/just .last_img read more

Board Rules in Favour of Insurance Coverage for Medical Marijuana

first_imgAn independent human rights board of inquiry has ruled that Gordon (Wayne) Skinner’s medical marijuana expenses are to be covered by his employee insurance plan. Mr. Skinner, of Head of Chezzetcook, Halifax Regional Municipality, argued that he faced discrimination in accessing insurance coverage based on his disability. Benjamin Perryman, the board chair, issued his decision on Jan. 30. Mr. Skinner suffers from chronic pain following a motor vehicle accident when he was an elevator mechanic with ThyssenKrupp Elevator Canada. He has been unable to work and medical marijuana had helped his condition over conventional treatment for pain relief. The respondents in the case, the board of trustees of the Canadian Elevator Industry Welfare Trust Fund, had denied Mr. Skinner’s coverage in May 2014. The Canadian Elevator Industry Welfare Trust Plan provides health and related benefits for employees and former employees like Mr. Skinner, working in the unionized sector of the elevator industry. Mr. Perryman concluded that the plan includes conditions and rules for the coverage of medical marijuana as an eligible expense. For example, since medical marijuana requires a prescription by law, it did not fall within the plan’s exclusions. Since medical marijuana was prescribed for pain management, it was accepted that it is a medical necessity and should be covered. Conventional prescription pain management drugs are normally eligible for coverage. Mr. Skinner’s medical marijuana expenses must now be covered by the Canadian Elevator Industry Welfare Trust Plan up to and including the full amount of his most recent prescription. The reimbursement will only be required where medical marijuana was purchased from a producer licensed by Health Canada or a person legally authorized to produce for Mr. Skinner under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations. The claim must also be supported by an official receipt. To read the full decision, please visit: http://humanrights.novascotia.ca. FOR BROADCAST USE A Nova Scotia man who complained that he faced discrimination by his insurance plan based on his disability, will now have his medical marijuana expenses covered. Gordon (Wayne) Skinner, of Head of Chezzetcook, Halifax Regional Municipality, had a motor vehicle accident while working as an elevator mechanic. He had been denied coverage for medical marijuana, even though it relieved his chronic pain symptoms over conventional treatments. Independent human rights board of inquiry chair Benjamin Perryman ruled that the Canadian Elevator Industry Welfare Trust Plan’s contents supported a strong argument for medical marijuana as an eligible expense. Mr. Skinner’s expenses are to be covered up to and including the full amount of his most recent prescription. -30-last_img read more

Ireland take 42run lead vs England at tea on Day I

first_imgLondon: Andy Balbirnie scored an unbeaten half century as Ireland took a 42-run lead against England after bowling them out for a paltry 85, at tea on Day 1 of the only Test here at Lord’s, where a little more than a week ago, the hosts lifted the 50-over World Cup. Balbirnie was batting on 51 off 61 balls (9×4) with Paul Stirling for company, batting on 35 off 37 balls (4×4) as Ireland were 127/2 in 32 overs. For England, Sam Curran (2/21) removed both openers, skipper William Porterfield (14) and James McCollum (19) before Balbirnie and Stirling joined hands for an unbroken 82-run stand for the third wicket. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhStuart Broad, leading the attack in the absence of injured James Anderson, had two chances go by. First World Cup winning wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow did not dive for a regulation caught behind off Balbirnie when batting on 10 as the edge went for four. In Broad’s next over, England skipper Joe Root dropped Stirling on 17 at first slip. Earlier, led by Tim Murtagh’s maiden five-for, Ireland stunned the cricketing world as England was bowled out for less than 100. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterLondon-born pacer Murtagh, 37, returned spectacular figures of 5/13 in nine overs as Mark Adair (3/32) and Boyd Rankin (2/5), who became the first player in over seven decades to play Test cricket for and against England, supported him well. This was Murtagh’s 14th first-class five-for at Lord’s – but the first to get him on the honours board. For England, who won the toss and elected to bat on a wicket which had carry and seam movement, Joe Denly top-scored with 23 while 25-year-old fast bowler Olly Stone played an entertaining 18-ball 19, his cameo laced with four good-looking boundaries. England, who got past New Zealand on more number of boundaries hit in the rip-roaring final on July 14 where both the match and the Super Over ended in ties, had five World Cup winners in their ranks. But together, all of them failed collectively as the Irish ran riot at lunch on Day 1 of the four-day affair. Ireland were at it from the word go with Adair having debutant Jason Roy plumb in front in the second over itself, only for the umpire to call it a no ball. Roy, who had a brilliant World Cup, could not make the most of the reprieve, getting caught by Paul Stirling at first slip off Murtagh for 5. Denly looked good for his 23 off 28 balls (4×4) but Adair trapped him in front with a delivery that shaped back beautifully into his pads on a tight line. Rory Burns (6) was caught behind by wicketkeeper Gary Wilson off Murtagh and England could never recover from there with skipper Joe Root falling for just 2, lbw Adair. The five World Cup winners in the England team managed just seven runs among them as Bairstow, Moeen Ali and Chris Woakes all failed to trouble the scorers. Ali’s wicket was Murtagh’s fifer as he and his Ireland teammates rejoiced their finest day yet in Test cricket. Curran scored a quickfire 18 before Rankin got his back. In the end, Jack Leach remained not out on 1 as veteran pacer Stuart Broad (3) also failed to make the most of his batting skills. Brief scores: England 1st innings 85 all out in 23.4 overs; Joe Denly 23, Tim Murtagh 5/13, Mark Adair 3/32) vs Ireland 127/2 in 32 overs (Andy Balbirnie 51, Paul Stirling 35; Sam Curran 2/21).last_img read more

Paul Simon And William Shatner To Take Part In Annual Simply Shakespeare

first_imgThe Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles (SCLA) presents its 24th Annual Simply Shakespeare benefit reading of “As You Like It,” September 22, 2014 at the Freud Playhouse, UCLA Campus.This year’s event will honor the Entertainment Industry Foundation and its President and CEO, Lisa Paulsen for their continued dedication to bringing about positive change within health, educational and social causes. Hosted by Rita Wilson and Tom Hanks, the hilarious evening of impromptu Shakespeare and song will feature a star-studded cast including Paul Simon, Rita Wilson, William Shatner, Steve Carell, Martin Short, Colin Hanks, Gillian Jacobs, Christopher Lloyd, Glen Howerton, Kaitlin Olson, Bill Irwin and Sam Waterston. Additional participants will be announced.The evening includes a pre-show cocktail reception, followed by a post performance reception with the cast. All proceeds from the event support the SCLA and its arts based veterans employment and youth employment programs for inner-city youth, arts education in local schools, and professional union contracted productions at the Japanese Garden on the grounds of the West Los Angeles Veterans Medical Center.The Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), as a leading charitable organization of the entertainment industry, has distributed hundreds of millions of dollars to support charitable initiatives addressing critical health, education and social issues.Since 1985, SCLA has been a vibrant hub of unique programs, performances and events designed to make Shakespeare accessible and engaging to all. SCLA continues to build community through its innovative outreach programs including “Will Power to Youth,” an academic enrichment program that combines hands-on artistic experience with paid job training and arts education for at-risk youth.SCLA’s “Veterans in Art” program represents an innovation in veterans programming that explores how the arts can contribute in a meaningful way in the efforts to assist veterans to recover and reintegrate into mainstream Los Angeles civilian life.The SCLA Simply Shakespeare reading of “As You Like It,” is made possible by the support of its Title Sponsor, Entertainment Industry Foundation and Premiere Sponsor, Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management.Tickets, $750. For tickets and information, contact Lauran@LPAevents.com.Bid on 2 VIP tickets here.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more


first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter We met up with Michael recently and had the opportunity to ask him some questions about acting and his career.  Michael resides currently in Vancouver, Canada.As a child, did you want to be an actor or did it fall into place through other activities? Yes I wanted to be an actor since I was in grade 2. My brother asked me if I wanted to audition for his high school musical South Pacific and I ended up getting the part of little Jerome. My parents also took me to see a lot of broadway musicals such as Cats, Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera etc..Who inspired you to follow your dream to pursue acting?I don’t think anyone really inspired me. I just knew it was something I wanted to do for the rest of my life..What challenges have you faced in the entertainment industry?  What has been your most rewarding experience? Like many actors in the industry I have had to deal with rejection … Advertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisementlast_img read more

Journey of Nishiyuu began with vision ends with hope wolves will unite

first_img(Journey of Nishiyuu walkers on Hwy 105 in Quebec and heading toward Parliament Hill on Monday. Photo courtesy of Andrea Schmidt)By Jorge Barrera APTN National News CHELSEA, Que-The 1,600 kilometre Journey of Nishiyuu, which began with a vision of a wolf facing a bear, neared its epic climax Monday with a final march on Parliament Hill.Standing in the parking lot in Chelsea, Que., about 18 kilometres north of Canada’s capital, and surrounded by about 200 people, David Kawapit said the idea of the journey began after he had a vision while at a friend’s house during the protest fast of Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence. Spence pitched a teepee this past December on an island in the Ottawa River demanding a meeting with the federal government.Kawapit says he was moved by Spence’s fast and was thinking about how he could also join the struggle for First Nations rights when a vision appeared. While Kawapit said he would recount the full vision during a planned speech beneath the Peace Tower later Monday, he revealed that part of it involved a wolf and a bear. He said the wolf symbolized First Nations people in Canada and the bear symbolized the government.“A wolf alone can be easily killed by it, but with its brothers and sisters everywhere, it can call upon them and it can take down the bear with ease,” said Kawapit. “That is what became the unity part of this. We all need to stand together.”Kawapit is from Whapmagoostui First Nation, a fly-in community of about 800 Cree people that sits just above the 55th parallel along the eastern Hudson Bay coast in Quebec. Now, nearly three months later Kawapit, who is one of the original seven walkers who began this journey, prepares to take his final steps toward Parliament Hill.The unity theme spurred him across frozen lakes and gave him strength trudging through drifts on snowshoes, he said.“Uniting First Nations across Canada and other Indigenous people takes time,” he said. “I hope I am still alive when it’s done.”With a group of Algonquins joining the march in its final days, part of his vision appears to be coming true.Kathleen Jacko, 23, from the Algonquin First Nation of Kitigan Zibi, said she took the day off from work to walk with the Cree Monday.“It’s once in a lifetime,” said Jacko, who joined the marchers on Sunday. “I thought, I have to do this.”The approaching end brings mixed feelings of joy and sadness for some.Natalie Mathias, from Winneway First Nation in Quebec, was loading up supplies into the back of a cube truck for the last time. She struggles briefly to compose her emotions.“You don’t want to say goodbye. I’ve been with these people for so long,” said Mathias, who has been with the walkers for nearly a month.Others say they will carry the memories from the journey with them forever.Benjamin Capassisit, 22, from the Ojibway First Nation of Mattagami in Ontario, has memories scrawled on his jacket in the form of signatures from the people he’s met along the way.“I wanted something to remember everyone by,” said Capassisit, who joined the journey a month ago. “This journey, it made me a lot happier. I was quiet and shy.”Whapmagoostui First Nation Chief Stanley George says he feels nothing but pride.“I don’t want it to end,” he said. “I’ve never been so proud of my young people…People keep asking, what is the message. The whole walk is the message.”George said he also found out this weekend that his community’s peewee hockey team had also captured the regional championship.Jordan Masty, 22 one of the original walkers, says the walk is also about the future.“We still want to keep our culture, our land because of the next generation,” he said.Geordie Rupert, 21, who is also one of the original walkers, said the long kilometres have yet to sap his energy.“I love all my people,” he said. “We are going to start another journey after we finish this.”The walkers plan to journey to Victoria Island, which is where Spence held her fast in the shadow of the Parliament buildings and the Supreme Court. From there they will march to Parliament Hill for a day of speeches and celebration.last_img read more

Video: Moroccan Workers in Saudi Arabia Ask King Mohammed VI to…

Rabat – Some Moroccans working in Saudi Arabia are requesting that King Mohammed VI intervene to resolve the issue of their delayed salaries after not being paid for eight months.A video posted on July 14 on YouTube by Moroccans working at Saudi Oger LTD, one of leading construction companies in Saudi Arabia and abroad based in Riyadh, shows Moroccan employees staging a sit-in in front of the company’s office and calling upon Mohammed VI to save them.The six-minute video shows the protestors in a tough situation, asking for their rights and a solution to settle their conditions. Currently, the workers do not know if they are expelled from the company or not, since officials  have not announced any formal decision yet. The video displays the protestors asking the King Mohammed VI and Moroccan officials to stand by their side and help them by intervening to resolve their problems, since they are no longer able to pay their residences rent  or renew the residency documents and their children’s school fees due to the delayed salaries.“We Moroccans living in Saudi Arabia are homeless in Jeddah due to the delayed salaries for seven-eight months from [Saudi Oger LTD]. People are being threatened to be expelled from their [work] and residency. There are people who have to [pay off] their debts in their homeland, so we are addressing the King Mohammed VI to restore our rights,” one of the protestors said.Another protestor said that the French officials and Embassy have intervened to resolve the problem for the French employees [at Saudi Oger LTD], and now they are about to resolve it.Last June, Saudi Arabian newspaper Arab News reported that 150 expatriate workers gathered in front of the company office in Jeddah to protest against their nonpayment salaries and set a fire to a number of company vehicles.Last March, Arab News reported that the Saudi Arabia’s Labor Ministry was being punished due to the delayed nonpayment salaries to some of its employees.The same source added that the ministry would terminate supplying some of the company’s services, such as the social security and passport affairs, as part of its punitive steps.Edited by Bryn Miller read more

Mood Media posts deeper secondquarter loss while revenues grow 17 per cent

by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 8, 2013 6:42 pm MDT Mood Media posts deeper second-quarter loss, while revenues grow 17 per cent TORONTO – Mood Media Corp. (TSX:MM) says a combination of certain expenses drove the company, which provides various media assets to retailers, into a deeper second-quarter loss.The Toronto-based company said before-tax losses were $8.9 million, compared to $8.3 million or four cents a share in the previous year.Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) fell eight per cent to $27.7 million, as it booked expenses related to higher healthcare costs and numerous acquisitions.Revenue grew 17 per cent to $126.3 million from $107.8 million.“We are generally satisfied with our performance in the quarter and believe we are on the right track to deliver on our strategy,” said chairman and CEO Lorne Abony.“Our EBITDA performance in the quarter was affected by some one-time gains in the prior year and by some unusually high expenses in the current quarter, which affected the reported trend in EBITDA.”Mood Media creates visual, audio and scent systems to enhance the retail environment. The company has been exploring various strategic alternatives, including the possibility of selling itself.Among Mood Media’s best-known acquisitions was Muzak Holdings LLC in May 2011, which provides music services to customers. Last year, Mood Media made several acquisitions including DMX Holdings, which provides multi-sensory branding services. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Bruce helps Texas Southern win home opener

HOUSTON — Derrick Bruce came off the bench to score a season-high 21 points and Texas Southern held off NAIA-member Huston-Tillotson in its home opener on Thursday night.Bruce sank 6 of 10 shots from the floor, including 3 of 5 from 3-point range, and added three steals for the Tigers (3-4). Texas Southern, under first-year coach Johnny Johnson, opened its season with a six-game road trip that including a win on Baylor’s home floor, snapping the Bears’ 56-game winning streak against teams from the Southwest Athletic Conference. The Tigers concluded their trip with an 89-84 victory over Oregon — ranked 18th at the time.Jeremy Combs scored 18 on 6-of-8 shooting for the Tigers. Trayvon Reed added 14 points and seven rebounds and Justin Hopkins pitched in with 11 points and eight boards.The Rams, who trailed 42-37 at halftime, grabbed a 62-57 lead on a 3-pointer by Isaiah Wilson with 12:42 left to play. Huston-Tillotson led 76-71 on a Christian Wilson layup with 2:06 to go, but Reed had a dunk, Bruce nailed a 3-pointer and Texas Southern hit 4 of 5 free throws in the final 40 seconds to hold on.Christian Wilson paced the Rams with 23 points and 14 rebounds, but he had nine of Huston-Tillotson’s 21 turnovers. Alex Doche had 13 points and Isaiah Wilson scored 12.The Associated Press read more

Beluga whale found in Norwegian waters may have been trained by Russian

first_img https://jrnl.ie/4610915 46,618 Views Apr 29th 2019, 1:52 PM 53 Comments Source: Sky News/Twitter Ingoya in Norway and Murmansk in Russia. Source: Google MapsRikardsen said he had checked with scholars in Russia and Norway and said they have not reported any program or experiments using beluga whales.“This is a tame animal that is used to get food served so that is why it has made contacts with the fishermen,” he said.“The question is now whether it can survive by finding food by itself. We have seen cases where other whales that have been in Russian captivity doing fine.”- With reporting by Associated Press Short URL This beluga whale which was spotted off Norway’s coast could belong to the Russian navy. It was reportedly wearing a harness with “equipment of St Petersburg” written inside it – more on this story here: https://t.co/AUMDEKIGjL pic.twitter.com/ciIyEhIiTb— Sky News (@SkyNews) April 29, 2019center_img Share Tweet Email1 Beluga whale found in Norwegian waters ‘may have been trained by Russian navy’ The whale was wearing a harness bearing the words “Equipment of St. Petersburg”. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Monday 29 Apr 2019, 1:52 PM By Rónán Duffy (Click here if video doesn’t play)A BELUGA WHALE wearing a harness found in Norwegian waters has prompted questions about whether the sea creature may have been trained by the Russian government.The whale was found by fishermen off the small village of Ingoya with local news outlet VG reporting that it was wearing a harness bearing the words “Equipment of St. Petersburg”.One of the fishermen told VG that the whale appeared to be quite tame and swam right up to them.“The white whale swam right up to the boats and we thought it was a bit fascinating to watch, so it came all the way to our boat and rubbed up to the boat,” Joar Hesten said.  The beluga whale with its harness. Source: Joergen Ree WiigThe apparent Russian origin of the whale has led to questions about where precisely the whale had come from. Norwegian marine biologists have said whale training is not something carried out in Norway and that if it is Russian then it is likely not for scientific research. “If this comes from Russia and there is great reason to believe it, then it is not Russian scientists, but rather the navy that has done this,” Martin Biuw of the Institute of Marine Research told broadcaster NRK.Joergen Ree Wiig of the Norwegian Directorate of Fisheries says the country’s military has taken “great interest” in the harness. Norwegian Joergen Ree Wiig with the whale’s harness. Source: PA ImagesAudun Rikardsen, a professor at the Department of Arctic and Marine Biology at the Arctic University of Norway in Tromso, northern Norway, believes “it is most likely that Russian Navy in Murmansk” is involved.Russia has major military facilities in and around Murmansk on the Kola Peninsula, in the far northwest of Russia.last_img read more

Pékin les Américains accusés de sensationnalisme au sujet de la pollution

first_imgPékin : les Américains accusés de sensationnalisme au sujet de la pollutionAprès que l’ambassade américaine en Chine a jugé dangereux le degré de pollution à Pékin, les autorités de la capitale chinoise ont accusé les Etats-Unis de sensationnalisme. Selon elles, l’indice de pollution diffusé était, comme souvent disent-elles, bien plus alarmant que les chiffres officiels.Le degré de pollution à Pékin avait, dimanche, été jugé “dangereux” par l’ambassade des Etats-Unis en Chine, qui diffuse régulièrement son indice sur Twitter. Toutefois, les chiffres officiels des autorités chinoises maintenaient que l’air n’était que “légèrement” pollué. Au vu de cette nette différence, le gouvernement chinois a ainsi accusé l’ambassade de sensationnalisme en diffusant un indice de pollution souvent bien plus alarmant, a rapporté aujourd’hui le quotidien Jinghua Shibao.À lire aussiLa messagerie cryptée Telegram victime d’une cyber-attaque, la Chine pointée du doigtPourtant, en raison de l’épais nuage grisâtre couvrant la mégalopole, les autorités avaient fermé dimanche six autoroutes et retardé ou annulé plus de 200 vols. “Je ne connais pas leurs méthodes d’évaluation ni la façon dont [les Américains] garantissent l’exactitude” de leurs mesures, a déclaré au journal Du Shaozhong, porte-parole du Bureau de protection de l’environnement de Pékin. “Je trouve qu’ils cherchent à faire sensation en publiant [ces chiffres], ce n’est pas une attitude très sérieuse vis-vis de la recherche”, a-t-il ajouté.Selon les médias chinois, la différence entre les mesures officielles et américaines est due à la non-prise en compte par la Chine des particules les plus fines, celles qui sont les plus dangereuses pour la santé, rapporte TV5monde. C’est d’ailleurs la raison pour laquelle de nombreux Chinois se fient davantage aux chiffres de Américains qu’à ceux de leur propre gouvernement. La ville de Pékin a les moyens de mesurer la densité des particules les plus fines mais n’a pas de calendrier pour les publier, a encore indiqué M. Du, selon le quotidien Beijing Chenbao.Le 4 novembre 2011 à 14:44 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

27 years later arrest is made in killerclown case

first_imgWEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — On a May morning in 1990, Marlene Warren answered her front door in an upscale Florida suburb to find a clown in an orange wig, red nose and white face paint handing her carnations and foil balloons.“How pretty!” she exclaimed.The clown then pulled a gun, shot Warren in the face and drove away. She died two days later.Now, almost three decades later, authorities say they have arrested the clown: a woman who, years after the killing, married Warren’s husband.Detectives said advances in DNA technology, combined with evidence gathered decades ago, show Sheila Keen Warren, now 54, was the killer.At the time of the shooting, she was an employee of Marlene Warren’s husband, Michael, at his used car lot. Since 2002, she has been his wife.She was arrested Tuesday at the home she shared with him in Abingdon, Virginia, and was jailed without bail to await extradition to Florida on first-degree murder charges.Michael Warren, 65, has not been charged, but detectives refused to rule him out as a suspect and said he was interviewed again Wednesday. He did not immediately return a call to his home Thursday.Palm Beach County authorities said Thursday the new examination of DNA collected in 1990 gave them what they needed to arrest Sheila Warren, who had been the primary suspect all along. Without it, there might not have been enough evidence to convince a jury, they said.last_img read more

Taunton Acquires Stake in Sustainable Design Publisher

first_imgThe Taunton Press has acquired a stake in sustainable design and construction publisher BuildingGreen. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.With the deal, BuildingGreen hopes to tap Taunton’s resources to take its green building content to a new, broader audience, the company said in a statement. BuildingGreen publishes industry resources including Environmental Building News and BuildingGreen Suite.Connecticut-based Taunton, an enthusiast book and magazine company, publishes titles including Fine Woodworking, Fine Gardening, and Fine Homebuilding. Taunton senior vice president Paul Spring will become BuildingGreen’s new CEO. BuildingGreen’s Alex and Jerelyn Wilson and Nadav Malin will stay on as principals.last_img read more

Gold touches 1month high reclaims Rs 27000 level

first_imgGold prices soared by Rs 400 to reclaim the Rs 27,000 level amid a firm trend in the metal prices overseas.At the Indian bullion market, the yellow metal ended at Rs 27,250 per 10 gram on Friday, posting gains for the third consecutive session and reaching its highest level in the past one month.The precious metal has remained strong since last week after the US Federal Reserve delayed raising interest rates for the first time since the global financial crisis of 2008.In the international markets, gold prices traded above $1,153.80 a troy ounce on Thursday on the back of weakness in global equity markets.However, the prices came slightly under pressure after the Fed Chair Janet Yellen said that the US central bank is on track to hike rates this year.”Just last week, the Fed cited international developments as a reason to hold off raising rates, but we suspect that market reaction was so negative that the central bank is now backpedalling,” INTL FCStone analyst Edward Meir told The Bullion Desk.On the other hand, an official data showed China’s net gold imports doubled to 59.3 tons in August on an annualised basis, which is a positive sign for the metal prices.”Because China is now facing a period which traditionally sees the highest demand for gold – it begins with “Golden Week” in early October and continues until the New Year Festival in early February – gold imports should also continue to rise in the next few months,” said Commerzbank Corporates & Markets in a note.Meanwhile, a sharp rise in gold prices in the domestic market is partly supported by increased demand from jewellers ahead of the wedding season.Silver prices also zoomed by Rs 1,100 to close at Rs 36,500 per kg due to increased industrial demand.last_img read more

6 crude bombs recovered from Ctg Shibir office

first_imgPolice allegedly recovered six crude bombs during a block raid at the central office of Islami Chhatra Shibir in Chawkbazar area of the port city in Chattogram on Saturday evening. Photo: Jewel ShillPolice on Saturday night recovered allegedly six crude bombs during a block raid at the central office of Islami Chhatra Shibir in Chawkbazar area of the port city in Chattogram, reports UNB.Chattogram Metropolitan Police (CMP) deputy commissioner Mehedi Hasan said police cordoned off the office of the student wing of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami after hearing several blasts inside it around 7:30pm.Later, the law enforcers in association with the members of the bomb disposal unit entered the office and started searching rooms there, he said.At one stage they found six crude bombs in a room, said the assistant commissioner.Police, however, could not detain anyone from the spot as the Shibir men managed to flee the scene immediately after the blast, said the official.last_img read more