Napoli HR Sinks Tanaka, Yanks, 2-1

first_imgNEW YORK — Mike Napoli hoped Masahiro Tanaka would make a mistake. The New York Yankees ace sure did — he twice shook off his catcher, then threw a pitch the Boston slugger could handle.Napoli stung Tanaka by hitting a solo home run with two outs in the ninth inning, lifting Jon Lester and the Red Sox over the Yankees 2-1 the night of June 28.“What an idiot!” Napoli was heard exclaiming on Fox television microphones as he high-fived teammates in the dugout.Napoli later said he didn’t mean any disrespect, adding he was “surprised” Tanaka didn’t throw his tremendous split-finger fastball.Napoli had struck out in his previous two at-bats, was down 1-2 in the count this time and was having all sorts of trouble with Tanaka’s diving splitter. “He had me where he wanted me,” Napoli said.Tanaka, however, preferred to throw a fastball. Napoli lined it the opposite way, into the first row of the seats in right field.Napoli, who also homered off Tanaka at Fenway Park in late April, raised his right arm as he rounded first base and clapped his hands as headed for second.Tanaka, the top winner in the majors and the AL ERA leader, turned to watch the ball sail, twisting his body when it cleared the wall. “It was the worst thing I could’ve possibly done,” Tanaka said through a translator.Tanaka wanted to take a different approach than catcher Brian McCann. “He asked for a splitter and for a slider, and I shook off both of them,” he said. Tanaka said he intended to throw a fastball out of the strike zone to set up a breaking ball.Instead, Napoli hit it out of the park. His third home run in five games, and 10th shot overall, flew far enough reach the short porch.“Power hitters are going to have the ability to hit to all fields. We all know that right field here is not very forgiving,” Red Sox Manager John Farrell said. “Last night, they hit one in the first row. Tonight, we did.”The Red Sox won for just the third time in nine games. The victory made the defending World Series champions 37-44 at the midpoint of the season — it’s the first time since 1997 that Boston has been under .500 at the halfway mark.Lester (9-7) held the Yankees hitless until the sixth. He gave up an unearned run and five hits in eight innings, striking out six and walking two. Koji Uehara pitched a perfect ninth for his 17th save in 18 chances.Tanaka (11-3) allowed seven hits in a complete game, striking out eight and walking one. The Yankees lost for the fifth time in seven games. Tanaka dropped consecutive starts for the first time in the majors.The matchup between Lester and Tanaka shaped up as a pitchers’ duel, and it certainly was. Lester improved to 13-6 lifetime against the Yankees, including a loss to Tanaka in Boston on April 22.Lester and Uehara came through for a Red Sox team that has scored three runs or fewer in 12 of its last 14 games. Napoli did his part, too, tagging Tanaka.“He pitched pretty well to Nap all night,” Lester said. “I’m guessing Nap put a pretty good swing on that ball right there. Luckily, we’re in Yankee Stadium and not anywhere else and that ball goes out.”An odd sequence ended the Yankees eighth. Jacoby Ellsbury tried to steal second with two outs and the fans cheered when catcher David Ross’ throw skipped into center field. As Ellsbury headed toward third, however, the crowd began to realize strike three had already been called on Mark Teixeira.Earlier in the inning, second baseman Dustin Pedroia made a nifty pickup and glove flip to start a double play on Derek Jeter.Ross homered in his second straight game, launching a drive far over the left-field fence in the third. Tanaka muttered to himself as Ross rounded the bases.Lester, who threw a no-hitter against Kansas City in 2008, held the Yankees hitless until Brett Gardner bounced a leadoff single up the middle in the sixth.Lester’s bid was extended with two outs in the fifth when Yangervis Solarte was called out on a video review, taking away an infield single.Pedroia opened the next inning with a single, and tried to test the arm of Ellsbury, his former teammate. The Yankees center fielder made an accurate throw and Pedroia was called safe, but he was ruled out after New York challenged the umpire’s decision.The Yankees scored in the third when Brian Roberts reached on shortstop Stephen Drew’s error, Solarte was hit by a pitch, Gardner sacrificed and Jeter had an RBI grounder.(BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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We are not clicking as an eleven: RR coach Paddy Upton after defeat vs KXIP

first_imgRajasthan Royals head coach Paddy Upton feels the inability to pick the right combination is the reason for his side’s below-par performance this season.Rajasthan Royals suffered their sixth loss of the season at the hands of Kings XI Punjab. They are currently placed at the penultimate spot on the points table with four points from eight games.”We are not quite clicking as an eleven and that is costing us. You can’t always have all eleven players in-form all the time. You want to give people a chance to settle into their roles to find their feet,” Upton said after the 12-run loss to KXIP on Tuesday.”We kept the team pretty consistent for a long time, but it wasn’t quite clicking in some of the areas. We need to make some changes to search for that right combination. Every game we are falling just a little bit short either with one or two overs with the ball or with the bat.”Reflecting on the disappointing loss to KXIP, Upton said both Ravichandran Ashwin and Murugan Ashwin did well to restrict the Rajasthan batsmen which swung the match in the Kings’ favour.”The two Ashwins (R Ashwin and M Ashwin) bowled really nicely. Although the batsmen did attack, they either did not find the gaps and we didn’t find the boundaries, that’s where advantage swung from our favour to Kings XI favour,” he said.”There were a few errors by the bowlers. We got into the wrong areas. We gave away five boundaries more than what we should have. They were little bit of freebies rather than making the batsman really work for them.”advertisementThe South African also heaped praise on pacer Jofra Archer for his consistent performance throughout the season.”Jofra is a highly skilled bowler. The way he is able to structure the six balls he bowls, he just seems to know what to bowl at what time and his execution is awesome. He really is one player in our team who has delivered in every game, he has been exceptional,” Upton said.With the world cup looming several overseas players are expected to join their national camps, leaving IPL mid way. For Rajasthan, key players including Englishmen Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes, Australian Steve Smith will be returning home early.”We knew that we are going to be losing players. We have got nice replacements, we have got Oshane Thomas waiting in the wings should Jofra Archer go.”When Buttler goes, we have got Liam Livingstone. We are quite comfortable that we are not going to be left with big gaping holes, certainly with the foreign internationals.Also Read | IPL 2019: KL Rahul, R Ashwin shine as KXIP beat RR to move into top-4Also Read | Losing wickets in clumps cost us: RR captain Ajinkya Rahane after KXIP lossAlso Read | 7 first-timers, 2 World Cup-winners in India’s World Cup 2019 squadAlso Watch | India name 15-man squad for 2019 Cricket World Cuplast_img read more

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Controversy continues over Kahnawake eviction notices

first_imgAPTN National NewsEmotions are running high in the Mohawk community of Kahnawake these days.The issue is over eviction notices handed out by the band council.A recent open letter from the council says that any current resident not on the Kahnawake registry is breaking the law by living in the community.A public meeting was held Sunday to oppose the council.APTN’s Danielle Rochette has this story.last_img

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National Tourism Office Sponsors Moroccan Artists to Visit Al Hoceima

Rabat – With the aim of promoting the touristic draw of Al Hoceima, the National Tourism Office has sent a group of Moroccan public figures and artists on a ten-day trip to the city.The National Office explained that this trip, which started on Wednesday, comes in line with its strategy to save the summer season in Al Hoceima.“This visit aims to bring together artists and journalists to promote this destination,” said Rabia Tallahimet, director of communication at the Moroccan National Tourist Office. She added that the artists responded to the call of the Office and did not hesitate to engage in this initiative.The artists partaking in the campaign include Khaldi Khadili, Abdallah Daoudi, Elghaoui Brothers, Fatma Zohra Kortoubi, Khalid Bennani, Mohamed Khiari, Abdelali Anouar, Fatima Tihihit, Kawtar Bennani, Tarik Frih, Lamia Zaidi, and Hamid Hadri.Moroccan composer and singer Khaldi Khadili insisted that the visit has “no political significance or scope,” explaining that the artists “are in Al Hoceima to promote this destination and to meet with the people, who [have] warmly welcomed us.”He added that this is a “noble task” that each artist should engage in to enable Al Hoceima to attract visitors.Nabil Khaldi stated that he wanted to compose a song dedicated to Al Hoceima, but he preferred to abstain, fearing that it would be politically affiliated.Artist Tariq Freih said that “I have invited to contribute to the promotion of the city of Al Hoceima, which is full of tourist qualifications, [but] which are not given the promotion they deserve.”The artists and journalists participating in this initiative toured a ship in Al Hoceima Bay.They have also had lunch in a restaurant in a popular district and took walks in the streets of the city. read more

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Ottawa ponders tougher measures concerning temporary foreign workers

OTTAWA — Ottawa is considering a further crackdown on its embattled temporary foreign worker program that could result in higher fees for companies hoping to hire foreign help and an elimination of the practice altogether in areas of high unemployment, The Canadian Press has learned.The government presented various options on how to fix the troubled program during a closed-door meeting Thursday with stakeholders who included business representatives and labour union officials.Among those options was the implementation of a so-called wage floor that would prevent companies from paying foreign workers beneath a set wage level still to be determined.That measure would be aimed at making it more difficult for employers like low-wage fast-food restaurants to access the program, the stakeholders say. But they also point out it could inflict further headaches on Employment Minister Jason Kenney if the set salary level is higher than the minimum wage, meaning temporary foreign workers would stand to make better money than Canadians.Kenney’s goal, however, appeared to be to compel Canadian firms to hike their wages. The minister told employers as much last month, when he called upon fast-food restaurants to pay their employees a better wage and hire more Canadians.Government officials also floated the possibility of significantly higher fees for companies seeking temporary foreign workers. Those fees would be on par with what American companies are charged to hire such employees, the stakeholders were told.Canadian companies are currently charged $275 to apply to hire temporary foreign workers. In the U.S., employers can pay as much as $2,300 to access the American program.Kenney has been on the hot seat for weeks as fresh allegations have surfaced about abuses of the temporary foreign worker program by various companies, but particularly those in the food services sector.Last month, he placed a temporary ban on restaurants that prevents them from accessing the program, and has been vowing that a new slate of rule changes was on the horizon. Those changes were floated to stakeholders Thursday. No final decisions have been made on further restrictions, the stakeholders emphasized. The government simply laid out potential ideas to tackle the abuses, raising the possibility of exempting areas of the country with full employment from any crackdown measures.Dan Kelly, head of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, was among the stakeholders at Thursday’s meeting. He said he wasn’t impressed with the ideas presented by the government.“Sadly, it appears the federal government may bow to the political heat over the TFW issue and gut the program for employers of lower-skilled and entry level workers,” he said.Linking access to the program to unemployment rates “assumes that the unemployed are willing and ready to work in all sectors of the economy and available when a business needs them,” he added.“We have to remember that there are many regions, sectors, types of work and shifts that struggle to find the people they need.”The temporary foreign worker program has ballooned under the Conservatives from about 100,000 people in 2002 to as many as 338,000 now working across the country. In 2013 alone, Ottawa approved approximately 240,000 temporary foreign workers.Data compiled by Kenney’s department shows that thousands of companies and government departments, federal and provincial alike, have hired foreign help in recent years.From doggie spas to oil companies, employers have been given the green light to hire temporary foreign workers even in regions of the country struggling with joblessness, including the Maritimes and southwestern Ontario, and in sectors where there is no apparent lack of domestic candidates.The controversy has been one of the most vexing to confront Kenney during his many years as one of Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s most valued cabinet lieutenants.Known as Mr. Fix-It by some of his cabinet colleagues, Kenney has pledged to bring in major reforms to the system, including beefing up the auditing powers of federal inspectors who are hunting down abusers.@leeanne25 read more

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NDP launches hearings in bid to rally public opinion against massive budget

by Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press Posted May 16, 2012 9:07 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NDP launches hearings in bid to rally public opinion against massive budget bill OTTAWA – Two years ago, Errol Mendes showed up at Liberal-sponsored public hearings to decry the erosion of parliamentary democracy in Canada.The University of Ottawa law professor was back on Parliament Hill on Wednesday, with the same message, at the first of a series of NDP-sponsored public hearings on the Harper government’s massive budget implementation bill.“I come here in a non-partisan nature because I’m worried about the state of Canadian democracy under this present government,” Mendes told the hearing.How to get Canadians equally concerned about it is another matter.The NDP is hoping their hearings will help raise public awareness and rally public opinion against the budget bill, which is stuffed with a host of non-budgetary measures including overhauls of immigration, Old Age Security, Employment Insurance, environmental assessment and fisheries management laws.The NDP, along with other opposition parties, maintain it’s a “Trojan Horse bill” designed to push through a bunch of controversial measures with little public notice or parliamentary scrutiny.But the Liberal experience suggests it’s no easy task to engage Canadians about the state of their democracy.Liberal-sponsored hearings two years ago were similarly focused on Harper’s attempts to avoid parliamentary scrutiny, although in that case the party was protesting the prime minister’s use of prorogation to shut Parliament down altogether.The erosion of parliamentary democracy was a favourite theme of former Liberal leader Michael Ignatieff.Indeed, Liberals defeated Harper’s minority government last spring on a contempt-of-Parliament motion. During the subsequent election campaign, Ignatieff repeatedly exhorted Canadians to “rise up” against what he described as Harper’s “ruthless, relentless disrespect” for Parliament.The Liberals were reduced to a third-party rump for their efforts and Harper won his long-sought majority.“I think, in some respects, it takes time for the public to really know and understand what’s going on,” Mendes said in an interview.“But ultimately, the dangers to Canadian democracy will eventually seep through and people will say, ‘Well, hang on a second here. Yeah, we care about jobs and we care about the economy but didn’t we fight two wars for something else?’”Mendes said disrespect for Parliament has increased under majority Conservative rule, with Harper essentially running a “one-man government.”“He started that in a minority government, using all the tricks of the trade, from manipulating committees to prorogation to you know what and, now, it’s extreme … Canadians need to know about that. It goes way beyond the budget.”Government House Leader Peter Van Loan, meantime, disputed that assertion, saying the budget bill reflects the views Canadians expressed through “the most extensive round of pre-budget consultations ever.”“The NDP should stop obstructing this job creating bill and holding up a critical economic plan that will continue creating jobs for Canadian families,” Van Loan said a statement.Wednesday’s NDP hearing attracted about 100 people, primarily New Democrat MPs and their staffers.But Matthew Carroll, campaign director for Leadnow.ca, said 20,000 Canadians have signed an online petition against the budget bill, launched by the online advocacy group just a week ago.“Never before has a budget been used as cover for such a sweeping agenda to remake Canadian society,” Carroll said.“The most egregious element of the bill, to my mind, is its overarching anti-democratic nature … Such sweeping changes to our laws must be presented openly for debate.” read more

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Emma Butcher appointed to new Communications role at SMMT

Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) SMMT is pleased to announce the appointment of Emma Butcher as Senior Media Manager.Emma has a wide range of experience in the automotive industry and is well-known to many in the automotive world from her previous roles as Consumer Editor at What Car?, Editor of Car and Accessory Trader and editor of member publications at the Retail Motor Industry Federation. She has most recently worked at Bell Pottinger on a variety of automotive and other commercial accounts, covering everything from media relations to events and government-facing reports.Mike Hawes, Chief Executive of the SMMT, said, “With many high-profile issues affecting the automotive sector, this is an exciting and challenging time for SMMT and our members. Recognising this, and the continuing need to improve our media and broader communications operation, the role of Senior Media Manager has been created and I am delighted that Emma has accepted the position. Her broad experience and media knowledge will be invaluable in helping us promote the industry as one of the UK’s success stories.”Emma Butcher said, “I am honoured to be joining SMMT, to represent and help support the British automotive industry at such an exciting period of growth and change. The opportunity to play a part in promoting a sector that is investing so heavily in the UK economy, and one that is leading the field in technological innovation and intelligent mobility, is an enormous privilege.”Emma will join SMMT on 5 January 2015. The announcement of the new SMMT Director of Communications and International will follow in due course. read more

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Hisandhers advert ban as TV pulls plug on gender stereotypes

first_imgThe Gap advert suggested a little girl was a 'social butterfly' Adverts which encourage gender stereotypes like women cleaning up after their family, or men failing to do housework, face being banned under strict new watchdog rules.Following a year-long inquiry the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has developed a set of tougher standards on adverts which portray “potentially harmful” gender stereotypes. From next year the new rules, which will now be finalised by the Committee of Advertising Practice, will be used to ban inappropriate adverts. Despite receiving more than 300 complaints last year it was not banned by the ASA, however it is thought that such an advert may not be allowed under the new rules.Meanwhile, a Gap advert featured a boy it said would grow up to be an academic and a girl – who would go on to become a social butterfly. The ASA found there was evidence to support stronger rules on the basis that harmful stereotypes “can restrict the choices, aspirations and opportunities of children, young people and adults”.Controversial adverts by Gap, KFC and Protein World, all of which received a number of complaints last year, are examples of those which could be affected by the crackdown. The new standards will not ban all stereotypes, such as women cleaning or men doing DIY jobs. A Protein World advert displayed in an underground station in LondonCredit:Catherine Wylie/PA A Gap advert featuring a little boy suggested he would grow up to be an academic Adverts that depict a woman having sole responsibility for cleaning up her family’s mess are likely to be bannedCredit:PA/Oxo But another advert suggested a little girl was a ‘social butterfly’ Oxo family A poster for Protein World, a slimming product aimed at women, caused a stir last year after an advert stated “Are you beach body ready?” and featured an image of a toned and athletic woman wearing a bikini. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. gender  But adverts that depict scenarios such as a woman having sole responsibility for cleaning up her family’s mess or a man trying and failing to do simple parental or household tasks are likely to be banned, it said.The ASA’s report also said campaigns suggesting a specific activity is inappropriate for boys because it is stereotypically associated with girls, and vice versa, could be banned. Another potentially problematic advert is KFC’s recent TV advert which featured two men sitting in a restaurant discussing the televisions they had purchased.The first character stated: “I just bought a 56″ plasma” to which the second responded “Awww, adorable.  I just bought the 90. Because I’m a man.” The first character then stated “It’s ultra-HD” with the second responding “Did it come free with your scented candles?”  After a third character sat down with the product being featured, the first character stated more aggressively “You know those candles help with my anxiety…  You’re a monster”. The majority of complainants objected that the ad was offensive because it implied that it was acceptable to make fun of a mental health problem, with some claiming it was irresponsible because it equated anxiety with a lack of masculinity and helped perpetuate the damaging view that men shouldn’t admit to mental health concerns. ASA chief executive Guy Parker said: “Portrayals which reinforce outdated and stereotypical views on gender roles in society can play their part in driving unfair outcomes for people.”While advertising is only one of many factors that contribute to unequal gender outcomes, tougher advertising standards can play an important role in tackling inequalities and improving outcomes for individuals, the economy and society as a whole.” A Gap advert featuring a little boy suggested he would grow up to be an academiclast_img read more

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Ireland captain Peter OMahony eager to shut up get out and do

first_imgPETER O’MAHONY HAS been through two training sessions with the Ireland team since he was appointed captain but faced his biggest, to date, this afternoon – the press briefing.The Munster back-row was joined by interim head coach Les Kiss and team manager Mick Kearney at the Tuesday gab with the media. Kiss, keeping the coaching hot seat toasty for Joe Schmidt, congratulated hooker Rory Best on his elevation the Lions squad, while Kearney revealed centre James Downey is on stand-by for injury doubt Stuart Olding.The fourth question was O’Mahony’s first to deal with in his new role and he handled it deftly.He told TheScore.ie, “It’s a huge honour for me and my family. I was delighted to get the call and I was obviously delighted for Bestie to get called into the Lions squad… we all thought he deserved it in the first place and we should have been sending him our text messages of congratulations.“I’m hugely honoured to captain the side over there and it’s an exciting time for the squad. There is a good mix of experience and new blood there… We’ve had two days of training and meetings and have set our stall out with where we want to be and what we want to take out of the tour.”The 23-year-old added, “There are certain things that you have to do that are different (as captain) but, when it comes to being on the pitch, you try to do what you normally do. I won’t be carrying myself any differently.” Incoming Ireland coach Joe Schmidt was at the Carton House training session today. (©INPHO/Billy Stickland)Once Best was plucked from the Irish squad by Lions coach Warren Gatland,Kiss said O’Mahony was the obvious candidate to lead the squad against the USA and Canada. “It has been noticed from an early age that Peter has this capacity for strong leadership,” he said. “That has shone through with Munster and with the underage stuff with Ireland. It’s a great opportunity for Peter to feel what it is like to take a team on tour and across the water. It is something that won’t sit upon his shoulder with any stress.”His first job as captain came ‘a good few years ago’ (more like 12) when, under legendary Cork Constitution coach Fred Casey, a young O’Mahony led an U-12 team at a tournament in France.Was he required to make any inspirational speeches before leading the troops out to face the hardy 11-year-old French opponents? “At Under 12s,” he replied, “no, probably not. With Schools Rugby, Senior Cup, Munster Schools, Irish 19s – they were probably more of the all-round captaincy, making speeches and stuff.”He added, “Sometimes there are times to talk up and other times you don’t need to say anything when the boys are in the right place. It comes with experience; you get a feel for it.Some people think that, as captain, you have to shout and roar but when you are playing provincial and international rugby you are playing with lads that have probably captained their own provinces… There’s a time and a place where you need to have a word but there’s a time and a place where you need to shut up, and get out, and do it.”Kiss declared that every player will be under observation to assess ‘how they handle’ the summer tour and Test-match pressure. O’Mahony is already looking beyond the summer matches. “There are 20 Tests before the World Cup, ” he said. “That’s not too many. It’s less than a Rabo season.”O’Gara tipped return to Munster after coaching Racing Metro and SextonVIDEO: Lions O’Driscoll and Warburton let the Aussies hear them roarlast_img read more

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Allowing customs checks on the island of Ireland amounts to political vandalism

first_img Image: Sam Boal McDonald speaking outside Sinn Féin’s offices in Dublin. By Conor McCrave Sep 7th 2019, 1:50 PM 22,239 Views 110 Comments Allowing customs checks on the island of Ireland amounts to ‘political vandalism’, says McDonald The Sinn Féin leader claims border checks would breach the Good Friday Agreement. Saturday 7 Sep 2019, 1:50 PM Short URL McDonald speaking outside Sinn Féin’s offices in Dublin. Image: Sam Boal As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: SINN FÉIN LEADER Mary Lou McDonald has called on the Taoiseach to refuse any checks on the island of Ireland in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Speaking ahead of Sinn Féin’s Ard Comhairle in Dublin today she said the failure to stop checks being rolled out in Ireland amounts to “political vandalism” and would “represent a serious breach of the Good Friday Agreement”. Earlier this week during a speech at a British-Irish Chamber of Commerce event, Leo Varadkar said the risk of a no-deal Brexit is growing and that would mean “checks on goods and live animals,” including some near the border with Northern Ireland. McDonald, along with other opposition parties have urged the taoiseach to prevent this from happening, and called on the Government to be more open with its Brexit planning. “We’re very concerned to hear the taoiseach think out loud and to concede the point that there might be checks anywhere on the island of Ireland,” she said. “We all committed to a bottom line which was about protecting our economy, our society, our peace process, of never conceding any damage to the Good Friday Agreement.“There can’t be any check anywhere on the island of Ireland. That’s entirely unacceptable. It would be an act of absolute political vandalism. And wherever these checks might be located, it would represent a breach, a serious breach of the Good Friday Agreement.”‘Hard facts’Speaking at Kennedy Summer School in New Ross yesterday, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin made calls for greater transparency on how the Government was planning for a no-deal Brexit. “I think we all have the right to be concerned about briefings which emerged from this week’s cabinet meeting about the impact of a no-deal Brexit,” he said. “In March we came within days of a crash-out Brexit for which Ireland manifestly was not prepared – something the Taoiseach admitted during Dáil questions.“Even today less than 10% of Brexit planning funds have been allocated and core customs training is only beginning.”“I think it is long past time for the government to publish everything it has about no deal preparations. Let’s see the full details. Without the spin and with the full costs and administrative arrangements outlined,” Martin said.  https://jrnl.ie/4799903 Share64 Tweet Email2 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Espèces menacées des préservatifs à leffigie danimaux en danger

first_imgEspèces menacées : des préservatifs à l’effigie d’animaux en dangerL’association de protection de la nature Center for Biological Diversity ne manque pas d’imagination pour sensibiliser les Américains aux menaces qui pèsent sur de nombreuses espèces animales en raison de la surpopulation humaine. Ours polaire, jaguar ou chouette tachetée : à l’occasion du jour de l’An, des milliers de préservatifs à l’effigie d’animaux en danger seront distribués aux Etats-Unis !Insolite mais peut-être efficace selon le Center for Biological Diversity, cette opération sera lancée le 31 décembre. Quelque 50.000 préservatifs imprimés de dessins représentant des animaux menacés de disparition seront distribués aux Américains, afin de les sensibiliser aux “effets dévastateurs de la surpopulation humaine” sur l’environnement.À lire aussiLa harpie féroce, l’un des plus grands et plus puissants rapaces au mondeComme le souligne l’association, la nuit de jour de l’An est l’une des plus propices aux ébats sexuels. L’utilisation de préservatifs est donc très intense le 31 décembre. Mais cette nuit peut également engendrer de nombreuses naissances, lorsque les relations sexuelles ne sont pas accompagnées de moyens de contraception. Dans un communiqué, l’association rappelle que la population mondiale a presque doublé depuis 1970. La planète comptera bientôt sept milliards d’êtres humains. Or “cet accroissement stupéfiant et la consommation massive qui l’accompagne épuisent les ressources limitées de la planète, poussant de plus en plus les plantes et animaux menacés vers l’extinction”, alertent les écologistes.Des préservatifs à l’effigie d’animaux menacés sont alors pour l’association, un excellent moyen de mobiliser les Américains contre cette menace, en plus, rappelons-le, d’être la seule protection efficace contre les maladies sexuellement transmissibles.Le 30 décembre 2010 à 18:09 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Sportiiis une paire de lunettes connectée pour les sportifs

first_imgSportiiis, une paire de lunettes “connectée” pour les sportifsLa société canadienne 4iiii vient de dévoiler une paire de lunettes de soleil qui destinée aux sportifs, dispose d’un affichage à Led indiquant à son utilisateur l’activité cardiaque. Baptisée Sportiiis, elle est paramétrable depuis un ordinateur, et peut accueillir plusieurs accessoires.Le mois prochain, 4iii commercialisera une étonnante paire de lunettes de soleil conçue pour les sportifs. Baptisées Sportiiis (prononcez Sport Eyes), ces lunettes viennent d’être dévoilées sur le site Internet (lien non disponible) de la firme canadienne. À lire aussiSony a mis au point des lunettes-écrans simulant la vision 3D Dotée de 7 LEDs colorés, situés en bas à droite droit de sa monture, cette paire de lunettes destinée aux athlètes mesure l’activité cardiaque de l’utilisateur, qui permettra à celui-ci d’adapter ses efforts en fonction du sport qu’il pratique. Etanches, elles proposent une fonction vocale – uniquement disponible en anglais – annonçant le rythme cardiaque du sportif qui pour l’activer devra seulement tapoter sur l’une des branches. Les paramètres des Sportiiis pourront être réglés via un ordinateur (PC ou Mac) ou un smartphone, grâce à un logiciel fournit avec les lunettes. Ce dernier enregistre en outre les statistiques et performances du sportif. A noter que le capteur cardiaque fournit avec les lunettes est compatible avec n’importe quelle autre paire. Les Sportiiiis, qui fonctionnent grâce au protocole sans fil ANT+, peuvent en outre être accessoirisées de plusieurs autres capteurs commercialisés par 4iii, qui mesurent par exemple la cadence d’un cycliste, ou la vitesse d’un coureur.Disponibles dès le mois de novembre, les lunettes seront vendues 199 dollars (140 euros environ).Le 30 octobre 2011 à 15:59 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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WWE talks more about Randy Savage and Hall of Fame

first_img Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Twitter Google+ Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Earlier this afternoon, WWE did a “Breaking News” update on the WWE Network with Scott Stanford about the possible announcement that the late “Macho Man” Randy Savage will be inducted into the Class of 2015 WWE Hall of Fame during tonight’s 1/12 RAW. During the update, Stanford interviewed Savage’s brother, Lanny Poffo, and WWE Hall of Famers Ricky Steamboat and “Mean” Gene Okerlund about the possibility of Savage’s induction. It was also revealed that should this announcement be made official tonight, WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan will be the one to induct Savage.Source: WWE.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWrestling Fans Mourn The Loss Of WWE Legend Mean Gene OkerlundVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:38/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:36 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articles Wrestling Fans Mourn The Loss Of WWE Legend Mean Gene Okerlund Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Triple H Facebook Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Stone Cold Steve Austin Videos Articles Hulk Hogan Ronda Rousey Releases Mugshot After Arrest On WWE Raw Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 WWE celebrates Smackdown’s 20th anniversary on the first episode on FOX on October 4 NWA President Billy Corgan announces their first television tapings from Atlanta WWE RAW Results – 7/22/19 (RAW Reunion show, Hall of Famers and Legends return)last_img read more

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Mourinho wants to keep Shaw Mata Herrera and Young

first_imgThe Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has made his intention known that he wishes for Shaw to remain in the club along with other stars of the team like Juan Mata, Ander Herrera, and Ashley Young.Until recently, Shaw has had mostly a troubled time at Manchester United. However, it is obvious he has picked up from his low form judging from his current performances in the games under Mourinho.Shaw was called back into Gareth Southgate’s England squad following the improvement in his game and Mourinho does not wish to let him go when his contract expires in the coming summer. The Manchester United coach wishes to keep him at the club for more years.Mourinho also had good words to speak of Mata, Herrera, and Young and wishes to keep them as well.ole gunnar solskjaer, manchester unitedReport: Up to seven first team players out for United George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Manchester United have some serious injury problems with up to seven first-team players out.This Saturday, United have a Premier League clash with Leicester City….“I hope they will stay,” Mourinho told Sky Sports when asked about the futures of Shaw, Mata, Herrera and Young, according to Mail Online.“We had a similar conversation last season about Marouane Fellaini and I was always saying, ‘I hope he stays, I believe he will stay,’ and I say the same thing – ‘I hope they stay’.”last_img read more

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Teen killed in Little Haiti shooting

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Police are investigating after a teen was fatally shot in Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood.Police said the 17-year-old was gunned down in front of his home, near Northwest 62nd Street and Fourth Avenue.Paramedics rushed him to the hospital where he later died.If you have any information on this shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $3,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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VIDEO Selectman Greg Bendel Discusses His ReElection Campaign With WCTV

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Town Moderator Rob Peterson recently interviewed Wilmington Selectman Greg Bendel as part of WCTV’s 2019 Candidate Conversations series.Learn about Bendel’s background in town, his qualifications, why he’s running, what he would bring to the board, and what he feels are the most important issues currently confronting Wilmington.Bendel is vying for one of the two 3-year seats on the Board of Selectmen at the April 27 Town Election. Bendel and fellow incumbent Kevin Caira are trying to fend off challenges from Rob Fasulo, Mark Maselli, Daniel Murphy, and Suzanne Sullivan.Watch the 8-minute interview, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:—Video Playerhttps://s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/wilmington.castus-vod/vod/video/6bb4a675-1d97-436a-9098-52b62e8db6b0/video.original.mp400:0000:0008:12Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: Selectman Kevin Caira Discusses His Re-Election Campaign With WCTVIn “Videos”VIDEO: Selectman Candidate Rob Fasulo Discusses His Campaign With WCTVIn “Videos”VIDEO: Selectwoman Candidate Suzanne Sullivan Discusses Her Campaign With WCTVIn “Videos”last_img read more

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If loosely governed PSBs drain public money they should be privatised

first_imgfraudulent transaction reported at PNB, mumbai branchConcerns over banking — health of banks, safety of deposits, value of bank shares, NPAs and finally the sheer scale of their vulnerability to frauds — have been the staple diet of popular imagination for a long while now. The keenly felt need for tighter regulation has livened up the ld debate over the privatisation of public sector banks. Reserve Bank of India Governor Urjit Patel opened a new front last week when he squarely blamed the government for lax control over banks. This is in sharp contrast to the line taken by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who put the bank management in the dock, rather than owning up the government’s role.If the RBI has very limited authority over state-run banks, that’s a sorry revelation, and a travesty of all we believed about the banking system. In a rare show of eloquence, Patel lamented the lack of a legal framework that offers the RBI as much powers over public sector banks as it has over private sector banks.Patel said the RBI should be granted more powers to regulate PSBs, which are government-owned. “Legal reforms are thus highly desirable to empower the RBI to fully exercise the same responsibilities for PSBs as now apply to private banks, and to ensure a level playing field in supervisory enforcement,” Patel said in a speech at the Gujarat National Law University.He was referring to the massive trading scam at Punjab National Bank that shook the Indian banking system. He averred that the RBI cannot stop all frauds at all banks, admitting at the same time that rising bank frauds are a major threat to the financial sector as a whole. The central bank chief also said that the apex bank has less control over the public sector banks, which account for the lion’s share of frauds and non performing assets.That the public sector banks have been reckless and largely unaccountable for public money — just like most government-operated enterprises — is an understatement but the governor’s candid statement amplifies the context further.Runaway lootHe has thrown in some useful statistics on the runaway loot the public sector banks have facilitated in recent years. He said that bank frauds rose both in volume and value terms in the last five years. While frauds increased 19.6 percent from 4235 cases to 5064 cases, the value has shot up by 72 per cent from Rs 97.5 billion to Rs167.7 billion.Like the general public, the governor is also anguished by what goes on in Indian PSBs. “I have chosen to speak today to convey that we at the RBI also feel the anger, hurt and pain at the banking sector frauds and irregularities. In plain simple English, these practices amount to a looting of our country’s future by some in the business community, in cahoots with some lenders,” he said.Most bank frauds happen at PSBs. Vast majority of NPAs are from the PSBs. The least profitability is reported from PSBs. And obviously, they are the least governed as well. It’s a paradox. And that’s why the governor is asking for legal reforms that give it as much powers on public sector banks as it has got over private sector banks.That’s more than fair a request. In fact, the state should give the RBI more than what it is asking for. Privatise the public sector banks, and bring them under tight oversight of the central bank.One of the main functions of the RBI, instituted into the charter of its establishment, is to “operate the currency and credit system of the country to its advantage.” Governor Patel has painfully realised that the banking system doesn’t answer to that hallowed call.The essence of the RBI Act 1934 is that the central bank has the duty to protect depositors’ interest and ensure the health of the banking and financial system. Rising NPAs, massive credit losses and plain bank frauds like the one unmasked in PNB are not only destroying the depositors’ trust but dealing them a double jeopardy. If the RBI can’t effectively control the PSBs, it can’t discharge its basic duties.Nationalising the banks was seen as the right means for national reconstruction — the process of giving the country back to the people. However, nearly 50 years later, the reality is that the nationalised banks have failed in this mission. And the graver realty is that they’ve sold out to those who loot the country. They’ve become the travesty of the original goals for which they were set up. They’ve now become the channel through which public money flows out.(The opinions are the author’s own)last_img read more

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Eminent economist and former LF minister Ashok Mitra dead

first_imgKolkata: Noted scholar and former finance minister of the Left Front government in West Bengal, Ashok Mitra, today passed away in a city hospital. He was 90 and his wife had passed away 10 years ago.Mitra was admitted in the hospital almost a month back with complaints of diarrhoea and later developed respiratory problems.A prolific writer of several books, Mitra, also an eminent economist, penned several columns in newspapers on social and economic issues.He was appointed as the finance minister in the Left Front rule and held the portfolio from 1977 to 1987.Prior to that, he was the Chief Economic Adviser to the Central government from 1970 to 1972.last_img read more

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5 Lessons for Brands From the Burger King Twitter Hack

first_img 5 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global This story originally appeared on PR Daily Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Burger King regained control of its Twitter account Monday night, after a day in which its feed was overtaken by hackers and made to look like McDonald’s.Around 10 p.m. ET, Burger King tweeted: Interesting day here at BURGER KING®, but we’re back! Welcome to our new followers. Hope you all stick around! — BurgerKing (@BurgerKing) February 19, 2013The breach began in the morning on Monday and lasted for hours. Hackers tweeted a flurry of messages, most of them made little sense and contained offensive language. By the afternoon, Twitter had suspended the account. Burger King did not update its Facebook page on Monday, though it did release this statement to the media:”We have worked directly with administrators to suspend the account until we are able to re-establish our legitimate site and authentic postings. We apologize to our fans and followers who have been receiving erroneous tweets about other members of our industry and additional inappropriate topics.”Anyone who’s managed a brand account can certainly empathize. In the hours after the hack, even McDonald’s tweeted from its verified account: We empathize with our @burgerking counterparts. Rest assured, we had nothing to do with the hacking. — McDonald’s (@McDonalds) February 18, 2013As bad as it seemed, the fallout won’t be severe—just a week or so of mass embarrassment and a lifelong cautionary tale for PR pros, marketers, and social media gurus everywhere. But it’s unlikely that the brand itself will take any kind of real hit. The word “Whopper” will not suddenly become synonymous with this or any social media hack.In fact, some are even seeing obvious positives in the wake of the fiasco. Cameron McPherson, of strategic communications firm The Hodges Partnership, points out that Burger King saw an increase in followers (more than 30,000) and as well as a number of media mentions.Monday was a slow news day. That the account was hacked and made to resemble that of its notorious rival probably served to fuel the fire.That’s not to minimize the severity of the situation. It’s a huge deal if you’re the people that manage the Burger King account. But it was done in such outlandish fashion that there was no question that it was a hack job from the very beginning. With a more thought-out and subversive approach, you could do some real damage. As it happened, however, it just looked like a bunch of teens messing around. I mean, they linked to a Chief Keef video. You can’t get much more amateur than that.Still, it’s not difficult to extrapolate and see how social media accounts could be an avenue for some crazy corporate sabotage. Therefore, a more likely effect will be that C-level executives could become less gung-ho about signing off on any big social executions. If all they see is nightmare headlines and no extra product moving off shelves, they’ll ask, What’s the point?That said, here are a few measures social media managers should be taking to ensure that they can avoid or mitigate these scenarios.Change your passwords regularly. And change them to something obscure that has nothing to do with the product you sell. Random numbers, letters, and symbols are your best friend. We change our passwords every month—that will probably change to every two weeks in light of this development.Have procedures in place to stop an attack in its tracks. Create a fail-proof social escalation policy that can end something like this before it gets out of hand. Have the assets you need on hand to be able to restore the images on your profile.Minimize the number of mobile devices that can access the account. If you look at all the apps that can access your account, you should know for certain where they’re all coming from and what their purpose is. If you’re unsure about any of them, ax them.Make it mandatory that any mobile phones that link to corporate accounts are password protected. That way, if you leave your phone at, say, a Burger King and you’re signed into your brand’s account, no one can have easy access to it. Similarly, make sure that if you leave your computer at, say, a Burger King, it’s not logged into any accounts. Password protect everything that allows access to accounts that are password protected. Thinking about the computer I’m typing on, if I were to leave it somewhere and some swarthy character logged onto Facebook, they would be able to wreak havoc on about six different accounts (none of which are my personal account). That’s pretty scary when you think about it.Change your passwords every time someone leaves the company—whether or not it’s amicable. Don’t trust people. There’s too much at stake here.   February 20, 2013 Register Now »last_img read more

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Google announces new policy changes for employees to report misconduct amid complaints

first_imgGoogle has announced new policy changes to address employee concerns about misconduct and harassment, following a series of massive protests. These changes were announced in an email, sent out by Google’s global director of diversity, equity, and inclusion Melonie Park to Googlers. Later yesterday, a blog post was published publicly introducing the new policy updates. “We want every Googler to walk into a workplace filled with dignity and respect,” Melonie Parker, wrote in the email. Google’s misconduct-related policy updates First, the company is building a new dedicated website to help employees bring up issues on misconduct and harassment in a simpler and clearer way. They will also be providing a similar site for temp and vendor workers, which is scheduled to go live by June. They have also internally published their fifth annual Investigations Report, a summary of employee-related misconduct investigations. They have also shared (internally) a new Investigations Practice Guide outlining how concerns are handled within Employee Relations to explain what employees can expect during the investigations process. What is shared publicly is Google’s workplace policies on harassment, discrimination, retaliation, standards of conduct, and workplace conduct. Google is also expanding its Support Person Program where Googlers can bring a trusted colleague during their harassment and discrimination investigations. They have also rolled a new Investigations Care Program to provide better care to Googlers during and after an investigation. Google’s workplace issues since the past year In November last year, 20,000 Google employees along with Temps, Vendors, and Contractors walked out to protest the discrimination, racism, and sexual harassment that they encountered at Google’s workplace. The Walkout was planned after The New York Times brought to light the shocking allegations against Andy Rubin’s (creator of Android) sexual misconduct at Google. In the six months since the walkout, Google’s workplace issues have steadily continued. Just last week, two Google Walkout organizers accused the company of retaliation against them over the protest. The two Google employees, Claire Stapleton, YouTube Marketing Manager and Meredith Whittaker the head of Google’s Open Research were told their roles would change dramatically including calls to abandon AI ethics work, demotion, and more. Yesterday, an unidentified individual filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board accusing Google of violating federal law by retaliating against an employee. The case involves an alleged violation of a New Deal-era ban on punishing employees for involvement in collective action related to working conditions, according to Bloomberg. Google has previously partially acknowledged only one demand from the walkout organizers’ original demands: ending forced arbitration for all its full-time employees but not for Google’s temporary and contract workers. It has also lifted the ban on class action lawsuits for the employees. The complete demands laid out by the Google employees are as follows: -An end to Forced Arbitration in cases of harassment and discrimination for all current and future employees. A commitment to end pay and opportunity inequity. -A publicly disclosed sexual harassment transparency report. -A clear, uniform, and globally inclusive process for reporting sexual misconduct safely and anonymously. -Elevate the Chief Diversity Officer to answer directly to the CEO and make recommendations directly to the Board of Directors. Appoint an Employee Rep to the Board. Yet, the fight is not over for Walkout organizers. Two of their original demands for putting an employee representative on the company’s board of directors and having the chief diversity officer report directly to the CEO has received no response from Google. Currently, Melonie Parker reports to VP of people operations Eileen Naughton instead of CEO Sundar Pichai. There were some scathing comments about Eileen by an x-googler who quit earlier this year on ethical grounds. People also raised questions about how Google is going to make up for their misconduct towards its ex-employees? Techworkersco also added, “What we see here is Google management scrambling to placate workers in the face of serious claims that the company retaliates.” Read Next Google employees ‘Walkout for Real Change’ today. These are their demands. #GoogleWalkout organizers face backlash at work, tech workers show solidarity Google TVCs write an open letter to Google’s CEO; demands for equal benefits and treatement.last_img read more

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