SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next With its confidence on a high, Vietnam continued to pounce on the Philippines as Vu Van Thanh doubled the lead, 2-0, in added time in the first half.Things continued to go down south for the Filipinos in the second half, as Nguyen Van Toan scored at the 50th minute before Ho Tuan Tai squeaked another goal at the 89th minute to cap off the dominating win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe defeat kept the Filipinos at fourth place in Group B with three points and sending them in further danger of missing the semifinals. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Bullock shines as Rain or Shine rips TNT LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program MOST READ LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments FILE – PH’s Dylan Alain De Bruycker against Cambodia’s Sam Oeun Pidor during the Philippines vs Cambodia’s men’s football match. PH upset Cambodia, 2-0. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZVietnam sent the Philippines under-22 team to its second loss, 4-0, in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games men’s football tournament Sunday at Shah Alam Stadium in Selangor, Malaysia.The Vietnamese, bronze medalists of the 2015 meet, finally got through the Filipinos’ defense in the 38th minute with Nguyen Cong Phuong scoring the first goal past goalkeeper RJ Joyel.ADVERTISEMENT
Christian Eriksen is unsure if contract talks with Tottenham will be reopened, with discussions to this point having delivered no extension.The 26-year-old playmaker remains tied to Spurs until 2020, but those in north London had been hoping to get fresh terms pushed through and avoid any unwelcome transfer talk.They have failed in that quest, with La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid reported to be keeping a close eye on events surrounding one of European football’s most creative talents. 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! Eriksen has stopped short of addressing those rumours, but admits to being unable to speculate on what his future holds in England.He has only recently recovered from a stomach problem and took in a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace at the weekend from the bench.Pushed by Danish publication BT for an update on deal discussions and whether he could be frozen out by Mauricio Pochettino, Eriksen said: “You must ask the coach about that. I do not know about that.“I have my agent to take care of everything so I can focus on playing. We will see where it all ends. “There have been talks with Tottenham many times. I cannot say if they are over. You must ask them.”Quizzed again on whether he feels under any pressure to put pen to paper, Eriksen added: “I have not felt like they are going to throw me out yet.“It is a business for the club, but that’s not something I’ve been thinking about.”For now, Eriksen is focused on the present and potential Nations League outings for his country against Wales and the Republic of Ireland.He is itching to get going, with full fitness returned on the back of his bench duty against Palace.“If I were to make the decision, I would play every game, whether I could feel something or not,” added Eriksen.“As a football player you would like to play each match. “I have felt in my head that I would like to play, but then you listen to your body and accept it might be better that you do not play every game immediately after an injury. So I think it’s been good for my body and my head.”
SAN DIEGO — Huston Street was in the San Diego Padres’ bullpen on July 18th — for the last time.Soon after the Padres lost 5-4 to the New York Mets it was announced that Street had been traded to the Los Angeles Angels in a six-player deal.Because the trade had been agreed to earlier in the day, Street was unavailable to pitch for the Padres.The Angels need bullpen help and Street, an All-Star who has 24 saves in 25 chances this season, should provide that.The Padres need to revamp their roster and they are hopeful the four minor leaguers they acquired will do just that.Padres Manager Bud Black said it was difficult to see Street go.“He’s been a great Padre, no doubt about it,” he said. “What he’s done on the field speaks for itself.”Joaquin Benoit will assume Street’s closer role with the Padres, He had a rough ninth inning on July 18 when he entered the tied game.Travis d’Arnaud’s go-ahead single lifted the Mets to their fourth straight win and sent the Padres to their third consecutive loss.Street arrived in San Diego after the 2011 season and enjoyed his stay. “I love this place,” Street said. “I think that when you have personal success you have great memories.”With Street gone many wonder if third baseman Chase Headley is next. His name has also been mentioned in trade talks, and with him eligible to become a free agent at the end of the season, he appears to be a prime target.“Unfortunately, it’s part of the business,” Headley said. “When the season goes this way, when your record is what ours is, decisions like this one are made.”Mets starter Bartolo Colon was strong early, which was different for him. He had allowed a first-inning run in five consecutive starts, before shutting down the Padres over the first 4 1-3 innings.The Padres snapped a 25-inning scoreless skid when they scored four in the fifth to tie it.Will Venable opened with a single, Jake Goebbert walked, and they advanced on a double steal. Chris Nelson, who joined the Padres earlier from Triple A El Paso, singled in Venable.Alexi Amarista, who had three hits, followed with a run-scoring single to slice San Diego’s deficit in half. After Nelson and Amarista moved up on Seth Smith’s grounder to first, Headley tied it with a two-run single.New York extended its lead to 4-0 in the third when Lucas Duda scored after starting the inning with a double. D’Arnaud drove in Duda with his second single of the night.The Mets struck early with three first-inning runs as Ian Kennedy struggled after getting two outs. Ian Kennedy, who had surrendered just two runs in 21 innings, allowed three hits, nailed Duda with a pitch, and walked Kirk Nieuwenhuis.The key blow was Juan Lagares’ single that scored Duda and d’Arnaud, who was aboard on a single that drove in Granderson.July had been good to Kennedy (7-10). In his last three starts, he allowed two runs over 21 innings (0.86 ERA) and limited hitters to a .197 average (14 for 71). He had struck out 22 with just seven walks.Going into his 21st start, Kennedy’s 133 strikeouts in 124 1-3 innings were the third-best in the National League, trailing only Washington’s Stephen Strasburg (149) and Cincinnati’s Johnny Cueto (141).It was the second-most strikeouts at the All-Star break by a Padres pitcher in franchise history, behind Andy Benes’ 134 in 1994.But against the surging Mets, Kennedy wasn’t up to the task. He was gone early. Street was gone for good.“You’re always aware of the possibility of being traded,” Street said. “I was very, very appreciative of how the Padres handled that. It made it easier on my family and myself.”(JAY PARIS)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Chicago Bulls Support The Guardian Read more Eighteen months later, and the Bulls aren’t so much a team as they are a chaos vessel composed of men in their twenties who, at least in theory, are good basketball players.Earlier this month, Chicago endured an embarrassing 133-77 loss at home to the Boston Celtics. The Bulls struggled on both sides of the ball, shooting an abysmal 38% from the field while allowing the Celtics to rain down 22 three-pointers. The losing margin of 56 points was the worst in the franchise’s 52-year history. Sadly for Bulls players and coaches – as well as basketball fans, generally – the game wasn’t an outlier. Through the season’s first 31 games, the team is an NBA-worst 7-24, with six of those losses decided by more than 25 points.This was supposed to be year the team started to take shape. Instead, it’s on track to be the Bulls’ worst since the 1999-00 season, a team that happened to include the recently dismissed Hoiberg as a player. After winning just 27 games last season, which included play so bad that the league suspected they were trying to tank in hopes of landing a top draft pick, the team’s front office made a series of surprisingly aggressive off-season moves. In June, they used the seventh and 22nd picks in the draft to land Duke’s Wendell Carter Jr and Boise State’s Chandler Hutchison. The following month they signed Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker to a two-year, $40m deal and matched the four-year, $78m offer sheet LaVine signed with the Sacramento Kings.The Parker signing was peculiar. After all, making a play for a big-name free agent is the type of thing teams looking to win now are supposed to do. At 23 years old, it’s certainly possible to picture a team in a Bulls-like position using him as the foundation for its rebuild. He is a solidly above-average forward who, when healthy, is a solid inside shooter you can count on for a handful of rebounds and the occasional three-pointer.Unfortunately, his health has been a major issue. Two of Parker’s first four seasons in the league were cut short by devastating ACL injuries, limiting him to play in just 56% of possible games. He’s also arguably one of the worst defenders in the league, but seemingly comfortable with this, telling Chicago’s 670 The Score, “They don’t pay players to play defense.” Mix in his reputation as a bit of a coaching challenge, having made headlines for airing frustration with coaches over playing time last season with the Bucks, and there’s a very solid case to be made that he’s a player best suited for a reserve role on a team with a commanding coaching staff and a deep bench. The Bulls are not that team. Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Share via Email … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. “What we’ve done tonight is set a direction,” said Chicago Bulls executive vice president John Paxson on 22 June 2017, the night of the NBA draft, after the team had just traded three-time All-Star swingman Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves. “We’ve decided to make the change and rebuild this roster. We’re going to do it with young players we believe can play a system [head coach] Fred [Hoiberg] is comfortable with.”In exchange for Butler, the Bulls acquired guards Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine, as well as Lauri Markkanen, whom the Timberwolves had just selected with the No 7 overall pick. In a sense, the trade provided some much-needed closure to the Tom Thibodeau era, though the coach had moved on from the club a season earlier. At a point, just before Butler’s arrival in Chicago, the Bulls saw themselves on the verge of returning to the NBA finals for the first time since the 1990s with a team, loaded with potential and helmed by hometown talisman Derrick Rose, that would be undone by in-fighting and injuries. It was time to move on to bigger and better things. A new rebuild had begun. Since you’re here… Share on WhatsApp Basketball Craig Hodges: ‘Jordan didn’t speak out because he didn’t know what to say’ Share on Messenger Twitter Topics NBA features Pinterest Michael Jordan’s six-time NBA champions were the NBA’s model franchise during their 1990s heyday. Photograph: Peter Pawinski/AFP/Getty Images In fact, aside from the possibility of a feel-good story about a former Chicago high-school superstar returning to lead his hometown team to greatness – a narrative Bulls fans know all-too-well in the context of Rose, another injury-prone local star – it wasn’t clear what made Parker a good fit on this Bulls squad.Some players bring out the best in each other when they take the court together. In the case of Parker and LaVine, however, it’s the polar opposite. Like Parker, LaVine finds himself frequently hobbled by injuries (he’s currently out two to four weeks with an ankle ailment), including a torn ACL. Also like Parker, LaVine is a disaster on defense. When the two take the court together, the team feels slower and the defense takes on a swiss-cheese-like quality. In years past, the twosome has counted on teammates to pick up the slack for their defensive lapses, but it’s just too much to overcome when both are on the floor . The “city of big shoulders” seems to have a very limited amount of room for busted knees, and just two months after taking the court as a Bull, the team appears to already be shopping Parker around.The injury woes don’t stop there: Markkanen missed the first 23 games of the season with a sprained elbow, Dunn’s been sidelined for 26 with an MCL sprain, and Bobby Portis has missed 23 games, also with a sprained MCL. Denzel Valentine, the team’s first round pick in the 2016 draft, was officially ruled out for the season after having surgery on his left ankle. Dunn also missed 30 games last season as the result of an assortment of injuries including tendinitis, a sprained big toe, a concussion, and a dislocated finger. For as young as this Bulls team is, their durability tells an entirely different story.Hoiberg, whose record in each of his first three seasons as Bulls head coach had gotten worse, was fired following a 121-105 loss to the Houston Rockets on 1 December. Somehow, things only went downhill from there. New head coach Jim Boylen reportedly held a series of three two-and-a-half hour practices loaded with push-ups and sprints during his first week on the job, leading players to what Yahoo Sports’ Jason Owens described as a “near mutiny,” and contacting the players’ union. This led to the creation of a “leadership committee”, fronted by LaVine, to act as a liaison between the players and the coaching staff.And then Monday happened. During the third quarter of a 25-point loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, Dunn shoved Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook, leading to a benches-clearing scuffle between the two teams. Boylen ended up in the middle of the fray, putting his arm around Thunder forward Jerami Grant’s neck, pulling him away. During the post-game press conference, however, Boylen sounded pretty pleased with how the situation was handled, even a bit excited.“That’s all we’ve been talking about is fighting for each other,” he said. “We talk about being a pack of wolves, man. I thought we had some of that. I liked the look in our guys’ eyes when that happened. It bonded them a little bit.”Needless to say, this probably isn’t what Paxson had in mind those 18 months ago. It may be time to set yet another direction before Boylen’s “pack of wolves” tear themselves to shreds. Share on LinkedIn Facebook Share on Twitter US sports Reuse this content
MLS The MLS stars who will be at the 2018 World Cup Jon Arnold Click here to see more stories from this author Last updated 1 year ago 02:58 3/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Troy Wayrynen MLS World Cup The United States’ failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia dimmed plenty of the excitement stateside for this summer’s tournament.It also meant far fewer MLS players would be taking part in the summer showcase. The league elected to take a shorter break for 2018 than it did for the tournament four years ago. Yet, there are still plenty of MLS-based players fans can follow in Russia. Most are from the CONCACAF region, where nations like Costa Rica and Panama have seen big benefits from players going to MLS and facing tougher competition than in their domestic league.There also are players who are set to represent teams in South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. Scroll down to see who some of the familiar faces will be at this summer’s tournament.
By BEN HARRISMixed open:Sydney Rebels 5 def Brisbane City Cobras 4.Good people and a strong bond between those people were the reasons Sydney Rebels have won the last four mixed open titles at the X-Blades National Touch League.The Rebels defeated Brisbane City Cobras 5-4 in a heart-racing final at Coffs Harbour. It was a replay of last year’s decider in which the Rebels won 9-8.This year’s score wasn’t as big as 2013 but it was as exciting.Rebels’ co-captain Christian Frost said, despite the team’s average age of 32, they were still playing top quality touch football.“Good people, absolutely good people,” Frost said about the key to the Rebels’ success over the last four years.“They have self-respect, they work hard and they have a great attitude. Everybody just wants to be with each other, they love each other.”The Rebels scored first through Daniel Rushworth in the fifth minute and it wasn’t for another eight minutes before the Sydney scored their second thanks to Jeremy Locke.Locke’s touchdown opened up the floodgates as three more touchdowns were scored in the final few minutes of the first half with the Rebels leading 4-1 at the break.Both teams exchanged touchdowns before the Cobras scored twice more to be behind by one.For the last 10 minutes, it was a nail-biting affair as neither team gave an inch.Cobras’ wing Kate Barker had a chance to level the score but couldn’t grasp Ryan Jacks’ pass.The Rebels were able to hold on for the win, which gave them their 38th consecutive NTL win and their sixth mixed open title.“Brisbane lifted the tempo from last year, they are a great opponent,” Frost said.The players of the match were Gareth Young (Rebels) and Candice Ashley (Cobras). Touchdowns: Rebels 5 (Daniel Rushworth, Jeremy Locke, Emma Hamilton, Manu Wakely, Sophie Connelly); Cobras 4 (David Sen 2, Arepa Ohia, Kate Barker).Mixed open final timeline:5th minute Rebels 1-0 Cobras – Daniel Rushworth touchdown.13th minute Rebels 2-0 – Jeremy Locke touchdown.14th minute Rebels 2-1 – David Sen touchdown.15th minute Rebels 3-1 – Emma Hamilton touchdown.20th minute Rebels 4-1 – Manu Wakely touchdown.Half-time – Rebels 4-1.22nd minute Rebels 4-2 – David Sen touchdown. 26th minute Rebels 5-2 – Sophie Connelly touchdown.27th minute Rebels 5-3 – Arepa Ohia touchdown.30th minute Rebels 5-4 – Kate Barker touchdown. You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League in the following ways:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.auSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2014)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksMixed open final
Next Never write off champion players: Justin Langer backs David WarnerAustralia coach Justin Langer hailed David Warner as a champion player despite the Australia opener’s poor outing in Ashes series. Warner managed to score only ninety-five runs in 10 Test innings throughout the series.advertisement Asian News International MelbourneSeptember 16, 2019UPDATED: September 16, 2019 16:57 IST David Warner had a really poor Ashes outing in England. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJustin Langer has praised David Warner by calling him a ‘champion player’David Warner managed to score only ninety-five runs in 10 Ashes inningsLanger agreed that things did not go as per their plan, he is confident of Warner making a comebackDespite failing in the Ashes series, Australia coach Justin Langer has praised David Warner by calling him a ‘champion player’.”I’ve learned over a long period you never write off champion players. It doesn’t matter what sport, you never write off champion players,” Cricket.com.au quoted Langer as saying.”They tend to come good, don’t they? He’s had a tough series, no doubt about that, but he’s also a champion player so usually with champion players they get a bit more time to come good,” he added.Australia faced a 135-run defeat in the fifth Ashes and with this victory, England leveled the series by 2-2. Warner only managed to score just 95 runs in the series.Although Langer agreed that things did not go as per their plan, he is confident of Warner making a comeback.”This series, it didn’t go to plan, but he’s seen how successful he’s been and the impact he can have on Australian cricket teams winning so I’m confident he’ll come good. Actually, I’m hopeful he comes good,” Langer said.Also Read | Ashes 2019: England coach Trevor Bayliss hails change of player attitude as he bids adieuAlso Read | Ashes 2019: Tim Paine feels he has ‘unfinished business’ as Test captain after drawn seriesAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Ashes 2019Follow Justin LangerFollow David Warner
Some 400 million people do not have access to health services and 6 per cent of people in low- and middle-income countries are tipped into or pushed further into extreme poverty because of the high cost of health spending, according to a report released today by the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) and World Bank Group.“The world’s most disadvantaged people are missing out on even the most basic services,” Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny, WHO Assistant Director-General, Health Systems and Innovation, said in a joint WHO/World Bank press release. “A commitment to equity is at the heart of universal health coverage,” continued Dr. Kieny. “Health policies and programmes should focus on providing quality health services for the poorest people, women and children, people living in rural areas and those from minority groups.”The joint WHO/World Bank report, Tracking universal health coverage: First global monitoring report, is the first of its kind to measure health service coverage and financial protection to assess countries’ progress towards universal health coverage.Launched today, the report said more people have access to essential health services today than at any other time in history, and “for some health services, global population coverage already surpasses 80 per cent, and in the past decade there is some evidence that the proportion of people hit by health service-related catastrophic spending and impoverishment has dropped somewhat.”“However,” the report said, “there is still a long way to go on the road to UHC [universal health coverage] both in terms of health service and financial protection coverage.”The report looks at global access to essential health services – including family planning, antenatal care, skilled birth attendance, child immunization, antiretroviral therapy, tuberculosis treatment, and access to clean water and sanitation¬ – in 2013, and found that at least 400 million people lacked access to at least one of these services.In addition, across 37 countries, 6 per cent of the population was tipped or pushed further into extreme poverty ($1.25/day) because they had to pay for health services out of their own pockets.The World Bank’s Senior Director of Health, Nutrition and Population, Dr. Tim Evans, noted that the report “is a wakeup call.”“It shows that we’re a long way from achieving universal health coverage,” Dr. Evans said. “We must expand access to health and protect the poorest from health expenses that are causing them severe financial hardship.”This is the first in a series of annual reports that WHO and the World Bank Group will produce on tracking progress towards UHC across countries. WHO and the World Bank Group recommend that countries pursuing universal health coverage should aim to achieve a minimum of 80 per cent population coverage of essential health services, and that everyone everywhere should be protected from catastrophic and impoverishing health payments, according to a joint press release.
In a statement read out to a formal meeting by Ambassador Koro Bessho of Japan, Council President for December, the 15-member body expressed “grave concern” at reports of migrants being sold into slavery in Libya and emphasized that all migrants should be treated with humanity and dignity and that their rights should be fully respected. The Council urged the Libyan authorities and all Member States to comply with their obligations under international law and stressed the need to transfer detainees to State authority. The Council also encouraged those authorities to reinforce cooperation with international organizations and UN agencies and to ensure full humanitarian access to detention centres. The Council welcomed the statement by the Presidency Council of the Government of National Accord of Libya denouncing trafficking in persons, including for the purpose of slavery, inside or outside the country, noting that Libyan authorities had launched an investigation and were committed to bringing perpetrators to justice. The Council also welcomed statements by the African Union calling for an immediate end to such practices and by the UN Secretary‑General requesting United Nations actors to actively pursue the matter. Reaffirming support for the Action Plan for Libya, the Council emphasized that a stable Libya was the only way to help improve the living conditions of all people in the country, including migrants. RELATED: UN agencies working to address slavery, abuses against African migrants and refugees, Security Council toldUnderlining the need for all actors to cooperate with the Government of National Accord of Libya, including assisting the country to build capacity to secure its borders and end human trafficking, the Council urged ratification and implementation of international instruments that countered such trafficking by all Member States. The Council encouraged cooperation between the European Union, the African Union and the United Nations to protect the lives of migrants and refugees along migration routes, inside Libya in particular. In addition, it underlined the need for coordination of efforts to tackle the root causes of large movements of people – including forced displacement, unmanaged migration and trafficking – in a comprehensive manner to prevent exploitation of refugees and migrants as well as for implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Updated 22.45pmSOCIAL PROTECTION MINISTER Joan Burton has been named as leader of the Labour party, following the announcement of the final results in Dublin’s Mansion House this afternoon.It follows a five-week campaign, with Burton winning 77.5 per cent of the vote in a landslide victory over Alex White, the junior health minister, who was the only other contender for the top job.Four TDs are vying to become the party’s deputy leader — with the results of that vote set to be announced later this evening – but already there are indications that junior minister Alan Kelly will win that contest.Burton’s election comes as no great surprise — the Dublin West TD has been seen as the front-runner and leader-in-waiting ever since Eamon Gilmore announced he’d be quitting in the wake of a disastrous showing by the party in last month’s local and European elections.She’s expected to be confirmed as the country’s 23rd Tánaiste later this afternoon, after Gilmore officially stepped down earlier, and will be just the third woman to hold the position, after Mary Harney and Mary Coughlan.https://vine.co/v/MUdWtHBWOnMhttps://vine.co/v/MUdZnFZBeeJFollowing this afternoon’s announcement, made in the Round Room of the Mansion House just before 4pm, Gilmore said he was proud that Labour had elected its first woman leader.“The job you are undertaking is a difficult one – I know,” he told Burton, who in turn thanked the former leader for “the incredible journey” he’d led Labour on.In her speech, Burton said her job was to ask the Irish people to have trust in her as Labour leader, and in the party as a whole, and that she would have a relentless focus in Government on getting people and businesses back to work. White, who conceded the contest earlier this afternoon, described Burton as a woman of exceptional ability, adding:She is tenacious, she is a fighter.Speaking ahead of this afternoon’s announcement, Burton insisted she had made no decisions as yet about a reshuffle of Labour ministers, but that she expected to meet the Taoiseach after the weekend to discuss it.White wouldn’t be drawn on whether he was expecting a promotion to the front bench, saying only “this is Joan’s day”.Burton is expected to hold preliminary talks with Enda Kenny by phone this evening.In total 2,720 Labour members cast their vote in a postal ballot with 19 votes spoiled, giving a total valid poll of 2,701 and a quota 1,351.Burton took 2,094 votes while the defeated White took 607.A short history…A former accountant, Burton trained with PriceWaterhouse in Dublin prior to becoming a senior lecturer in DIT.She was first elected to the Dáil in 1992, and served as a junior minister in the Department of Social Welfare in the Fianna Fáil-Labour coalition, later moving to become junior minister with responsibility for overseas aid in the mid-1990s Rainbow Coalition.Burton lost her seat in the 1997 General Election, but was elected again in 2002 and has remained a TD ever since — taking over in Social Protection in the wake of the last General Election.She’s married to Pat Carroll, a Senior Lecturer in Mathematics at DIT Bolton St. They have one daughter Aoife, who now works as a barrister in Dublin.- additional reporting from Hugh O’ConnellRead: One of these two people will be Labour leader later today. Here’s what they told us… Read: Why Eamon Gilmore wants a top EU job, and why it would be a win for Labour if he got it Source: Hugh O’Connell/Twitter She said the hustings — held in various locations around the country over the last month —– had been a great exercise in democracy.Concluding her speech to the party faithful, she said:Let’s go on to the next stage of the journey — and let’s win. Burton: My job now is to ask of Irish ppl to have trust in me as Labour leader and in the party pic.twitter.com/QqwwNXKWHq— Hugh O’Connell (@oconnellhugh) July 4, 2014
It’s undeniable that across the mobile platforms one of the most popular games is Angry Birds. The guys at Rovio figured out the perfect combination of elements needed in order to make a game insanely addicting and fun for everyone at the same time.Their recent release to Android has been an extremely successful one. The demo was downloaded more times than any other game demo on the Android Market, and is on track for being a global success. The full version of the game brought down both the Rovio website, as well as the servers at GetJar on the day of the release. The seas were smooth for Rovio until the latest update, adding 45 levels and a new bird to solve puzzles with. Rovio addresses the issues that have been seen in a recent post to the company blog.The problem started with the update. Something in that addition caused performance to shoot straight down for several of the Android devices that had been previously enjoying the same quality as any other phone. The Rovio twitter stream and emails were full of outraged customers who were no longer able to enjoy the game that had occupied so much of their time. Rovio wrote recently on the subject in an attempt to explain the situation, and their resolution.With our latest update, we worked hard to bring Angry Birds to even more Android devices. Despite our efforts, we were unsuccessful in delivering optimal performance. Unfortunately, Rovio does little to explain the actual problem, but instead insists that they are performing additional tests to resolve the issues. Anyone with access to YouTube can see that the performance decrease on some devices was significant, making it clear that sufficient testing was not done to ensure the app would consume the same resources it did in the past. For some reason, the exact same game, only with more levels, was requiring more resources. The 17 now-unsupported devices, as well as a general exclaimer regarding custom ROMs and Android 1.5 owners will be unable to use the current official version of Angry Birds.It seems that rather than attempt to explain or resolve this increase in resources, Rovio will be creating a “lighweight” version of their app for Android that will cover the current unsupported devices. This version will likely lack GPU intensive items like shading, but Rovio hopes to deliver as similar an experience to the “full” version as possible. It shows an impressive level of commitment to their customers by going this route, and throughout the blog Rovio constantly states a desire to have as much feedback as possible given to them for help.The most common side affect to this blog has been a rehash of the concept of “fragmentation”, in that the app doesn’t work on all versions of the operating system. Unfortunately for those posing the argument, Rovio manages to avoid calling this “fragmentation” and in fact the only mentioning of the operating system is the legacy version 1.5, to which very few Android devices still maintain. Rovio made changes to their game that increased the required resources to an unnecessary level. I say unnecessary because the previous version of the game worked just fine on a great many of the now unsupported devices, and leaves me to conclude that this has nothing at all to do with fragmentation, but rather a mistake on Rovio’s part that is being corrected in the form of a lightweight version. Either way you look at it, however, I remain impressed at Rovio’s desire to make the app function in as many places as possible.
Marlboro maker Philip Morris has invested €300 million (A$449.1 million) in its Greek unit Papastratos to convert the cigarette plant into a maker of tobacco sticks for its smokeless IQOS product.Launched in 2014, the IQOS device heats tobacco refills to produce tobacco-flavoured vapour instead of burning it, which produces hazardous smoke and tar. It is a hybrid of traditional and electronic cigarettes.Following the announcement in March, the tobacco company has moved forward with their project to boost the Greek economy.The investment, which has opened 400 new staff positions in Greece, was announced while there was still much distance to be covered between Athens and its creditors. Papastratos, a wholly owned subsidiary of its New York-based parent company, is the largest manufacturer and distributor of cigarettes in Greece, with revenue in 2015 of €1.3 billion (A$1.9 billion) with a 40 percent share of the domestic market. The project will bring three new buildings at Papastratos’ facility in Aspropyrgos, outside Athens, with new lines of tobacco processing and production of refills for IQOS. “We are implementing what Greece needs right now, investments, new jobs and exports,” Harpantidis told reporters.“We will be making a product that will be exported to more than 30 countries around the world.”Papastratos has announced it will be hiring production process technicians, maintenance process electricians, IS systems analysts, HR staff, and engineers. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Un glissement de terrain en Chine fait 46 morts, dont 19 enfantsDans le sud de la Chine un glissement de terrain a emporté vendredi 46 personnes, dont 19 enfants. La province de Yunnan avait déjà subi en septembre et octobre un tremblement de terrain et un premier glissement qui avaient provoqué la mort de 99 personnes. L’exploitation du charbon et le non-respect des normes de sécurité sont mis en cause.Le bilan définitif est de 46 morts, dont 19 enfants. L’AFP a transmis ce matin la terrible annonce des autorités chinoises suite au glissement de terrain meurtrier qui a frappé vendredi le district de Zhenxiong. Celui-ci est situé dans la province de Yunnan, dans le sud de la Chine. Quatorze maisons de la ville de Gaopo ont été totalement emportées par une coulée de 16 mètres de haut qui a tout ravagé sur son passage.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Le bilan est lourd chez les enfants car ces derniers n’avaient pas cours hier. Il s’agissait en effet du premier jour de leurs vacances du nouvel an chinois. Plus d’un millier de sauveteurs issus de l’armée, des pompiers, de la police et des mines se sont relayés à la recherche de survivants. Le bilan devrait être définitif. Le gouvernement chinois a annoncé qu’une aide de 20 000 yuans (environ 2500 euros) par personne décédée sera reversée aux familles.Une région qui a déjà beaucoup souffertLa région avait déjà été durement frappée par des catastrophes naturelles. Le 7 septembre un séisme de magnitude 5,6 avait causé la mort de 81 personnes et favorisé l’apparition, le mois suivant, d’un premier glissement de terrain. Celui-ci avait emporté une école et causé la mort de 18 enfants qui y travaillaient. La région est également soumise à des températures exceptionnellement basses alors que la Chine vit son hiver le plus froid depuis 28 ans. Les fortes pluies et la neige qui se sont abattues ces dix derniers jours sur le district expliqueraient le glissement de terrain, à la faveur d’un sol déjà fragilisé par le séisme de septembre. C’est du moins l’explication officielle. De nombreuses voix dissidentes s’élèvent pourtant afin de dénoncer l’activité minière sauvage qui sévit dans la région ainsi que les constructions anarchiques de bâtiments avec peu de respect pour les normes de sécurité. La ville Gaopo abrite par exemple par exemple une mine de charbon. Lors d’une conférence de presse retransmise à la télévision, un représentant local a fermement rejeté ces accusations et maintient que le climat et le précédent tremblement de terre sont les seuls coupables.Le 12 janvier 2013 à 13:35 • Maxime Lambert
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:Grocery store, williams auditorium Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 17 Dec 2014 – GROCERY STORE WARS HEAT UP as the proliferation of grocery store openings is driving prices down. Consumers win as essentials are seeing competitive deals during Christmas. Magnetic Media has received reports that larger stores known for higher priced goods have seen a significant slow down with so many newcomers in the market. Expansions and dual locations including buy outs and competitive leasing of spaces like the former Island Pride and as of yesterday, the former Williams Auditorium are also headling consumer news. At least four more grocery stores are forecast to open in Provo in early 2015. Grocery Specials at Sonny Foods – SALE on NOW Williams Auditorium transforms with New Community Focus
August 26, 2008 Crack a Windows PasswordThe problem: You lost your Windows password (or you want to discover someone else’s). Now you have no way to fully access your account without getting it back.The trick: Download Ophcrack Live CD and burn it to a disc; then restart your computer and boot from the CD. Point Ophcrack at the hard drive where Windows is installed, and it’ll start cracking your Windows password.The effect: The shorter and simpler the Windows password, the more quickly and easily Ophcrack will break it. But Ophcrack can only crack alphanumeric passwords. If the password contains other characters or symbols (like “@”), Ophcrack won’t do the job.Read Books on the D.L. at WorkThe problem: Whether or not you’ve got any work to do, most employers frown on cracking a book at your desk.The trick: Web site Read at Work is a full-screen Flash application that mimics a Windows desktop and serves up public-domain works in a format that resembles PowerPoint presentations. Classics by Twain, Fitzgerald, Dickinson, and Tolstoy are all yours to read on company time. (Well, if it’s Tolstoy, you might rather just work).The effectiveness: To the casual onlooker, Read at Work convincingly looks like a standard Windows XP window. Whether or not your boss will believe that the Oscar Wilde you’re reading is actually a PowerPoint presentation depends on your boss. And it helps if reading PowerPoint presentations is actually part of your job.Say It With Self-Destructing E-MailThe problem: E-mail is forever. If you fire off an angry or ill-thought-out message, the recipient could hold onto it–and hold it against you–indefinitely.The trick: Send a self-destructing e-mail message by going to the Web site DestructingMessage. Just specify how much time you want to give the recipient before the message implodes (15 seconds to 5 minutes), write your message, and send it.The effect: DestructingMessage can send the e-mail anonymously, or you can send a link to the message yourself. Either way, the recipient has a limited time to read it before it’s gone for good. If the recipient is quick on her feet, though, she could grab a screen shot before it’s gone forever.Go Straight to VoicemailThe problem: Everybody’s been there. You’d rather leave a voicemail than deal with a drawn-out phone conversation. Or you’re a coward with bad news to deliver.The trick: SlyDial connects you directly with your contacts’ voicemail–whether they’ve got their phone turned on or not. Just dial 267-SLYDIAL, enter the number you want to leave a voicemail with, and then, when prompted, just leave your message.The effect: SlyDial works exactly as advertised. Use SlyDial gratis as much as you want, but if you tire of the in-call advertising, premium plans get you to voicemail faster and ad-free. SlyDial voicemails, however, do not self-destruct–I guess they haven’t thought of that yet.Spoof Your E-Mail AddressThe problem: You want to send e-mail from a bogus account.The trick: Forge an e-mail address with your desktop e-mail client. In Thunderbird, all you need is a working SMTP server and a fake account. As long as the SMTP server can send e-mail without requiring authentification, you can use your fake e-mail address as much as you want.The effect: To most people, your spoofed e-mail will appear indistinguishable from a real one. The catch: You won’t get any replies, and a look at the message’s headers can reveal to the recipient that you’re using an unusual SMTP server for that e-mail address.Browse the Net Without Leaving a TraceThe problem: Web sites you visit are tracked by your Web browser in several ways that aren’t immediately obvious–such as browser history, cookies, or cached files. Whether you’re doing some online shopping on a shared computer or visiting Web sites that are, let’s say, embarrassing, it’s hard to make sure that a browsing session doesn’t leave a trace.The trick: Go off the record when you want browsing privacy with the Stealther Firefox extension. Enabled, Stealther makes sure that your browsing history, downloads, disk cache, saved form information, and cookies aren’t saved to your browser.The effect: Stealther works in every respect. Whenever you want to go off the record with your browsing, just go to Tools, Stealther. When you’re ready to go back on the record (after all, browser history and cookies can be very useful), just turn off Stealther. Muahahahahaha!!! Crack a Windows Password 10 min read Brought to you by PCWorld Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. So it’s Friday afternoon, the weekend is just around the corner, and you’re up to no good. Rather than waste your time turning monitors upside down around the office, why not update your tech arsenal? If you have a computer or cell phone on hand, you’re more than ready to beef up your weapons and spy kit with these 12 sly tricks. We’ll teach you why and how (and with what) to do them, and tell you how well you can expect them to work. And you will forget where you heard this information…Turn Wi-Fi Thieves’ Worlds Upside DownThe problem: You took the time and expense to set up a wireless Internet connection at your place. But you’re pretty sure that the cheap bastard next door is stealing it–that is, connecting to the Internet on your dime. Sure, you could take the easy step of password-protecting your network, but what fun is settling for a little common-sense measure like that?The trick: With the help of a lovely little service called Upside-Down-Ternet, you can turn that Wi-Fi thief’s free Internet scheme upside down–literally. With a little clever scripting, every image the thief views via your connection is flipped upside down on his monitor and mirrored, making Web browsing difficult to say the least. You can also redirect every Web request the thief makes to a particular site–the author of the hack suggests Kittenwar. Pretty good, but I would go with an old standby.The effect: The trick takes a little work to set up right, but if you can pull it off, it works perfectly. And doing right by one’s neighbor just makes you feel good inside.Never Be ‘Away’ With Your AIM BotThe problem: Some employers use IM clients to track their workers and ensure they’re keeping their noses to the grindstone–but, hey, you don’t like Big Brother staring over your shoulder.The trick: Create your own AIM bot with the Web site RunABot. An AIM bot is an automated chat robot that resembles any other AIM user, and–if you set it up well–it responds to messages like a real person. Once you register with RunABot, the site walks you through setting up your bare-bones bot; then it’s up to you to make your bot believable.The effect: In the time it takes to customize your bot to fool your boss in all situations, you could probably finish several work projects and earn a few promotions. With just a few minutes of setup time, however, the “hardworker” bot I put together can convincingly participate in simple workplace conversations.Make a Laptop Thief Regret ItThe problem: Every time you leave your table at the bookstore for another cup of coffee, you’ve got to choose what to do with your laptop. You’ll only be gone for a few seconds, so lugging it with you is a pain. Still, the guy with a double espresso has been eyeing your gear since you sat down, and he looks like he could have sticky fingers.The trick: Install an antitheft program on your laptop that monitors unusual behavior when you’re away, setting off an alarm whenever it detects a possible theft. The freeware Windows application Laptop Alarm sounds an alarm whenever your laptop’s power cable is unplugged, the mouse is moved, or the laptop is shut down. Mac users should check out iAlertU , a freeware app that uses your MacBook’s built-in accelerometer to set off the alarm and snag a Webcam picture whenever someone so much as moves your laptop. You can smoothly disable the alarm with your Apple remote like a proper car alarm.The effect: Under the right circumstances, these applications can be enough to deter a thief from running off with your laptop. Neither application is foolproof, however: Don’t consider these apps as anything more than deterrents.Spoof Your Caller ID The problem: Before caller ID became standard on every phone, making an anonymous call meant little more than dialing the number. Today it’s easy to screen calls and send unknown numbers to voicemail. If you’re looking to make an old-fashioned prank call (heavy breathing optional) or simply surprise the person you’re calling, the ubiquity of caller ID has ruined the fun.The trick: Several caller ID spoofing services are available online that not only hide your number from the recipient’s caller ID, they also make the call appear to be coming from another phone number altogether. Even better, you decide what number you want to show up when you call. I tested this trick at SpoofCard, one of many such services. Just give SpoofCard your number, the number you want to call, and the number you want to show up in the caller ID; SpoofCard takes care of rest.The effect: SpoofCard was very easy to use, and it did exactly what it advertised. In my test, that meant spoofing with Tommy Tu-Tone’s 867-5309 without a hitch. SpoofCard offers free trial calls, which is probably enough for most users.Did They Read Your E-Mail? When?The problem: You send out an important e-mail message reminding your coworker to bring copies of your PowerPoint presentation to the big meeting. You get there, and he doesn’t have them. His excuse: He never got your e-mail. Possible, but questionable; anyway, you want to know for sure.The trick: Send messages you want to monitor through DidTheyReadIt. The Web site embeds a tiny image in each e-mail it sends. When the e-mail is opened, the recipient’s e-mail client, in many cases, will automatically send a request for the embedded image; when that request is made, DidTheyRead then knows that the e-mail was indeed opened, when it was opened, and for how long it was open.The effect: If you really need to be sure that someone received a particular message, DidTheyReadIt works as advertised. The only catch: If the recipient’s e-mail client doesn’t automatically download embedded images, DidTheyReadIt’s tracking mechanism may not work.Create a Web-Streaming SpycamThe problem: You want to keep a closer eye on your kids when you’re away without having to buy a nanny cam.The trick: The free application WebcamXP streams video from your Webcam over the Internet so you can keep an eye on your home from anywhere. If you have a Webcam with a tracking motor, WebcamXP can even control the pan and tilt of the camera over the Internet, giving you full control over what you’re seeing.The effect: The application works very well, though the free version supports just one video source. Upgrading to one of the shareware versions gives you motion detection, and the ability to hook up and view feeds from multiple Webcams. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global
Google Drive changes: Google One and price drops by Martin Brinkmann on May 15, 2018 in Google – Last Update: August 16, 2018 – 5 commentsGoogle unveiled Google One, an upgrade for the company’s paid consumer storage plans, yesterday. Google One provides paying Google customers with access to storage plans ranging from 100 Gigabytes to 30 Terabyte, access to experts, family sharing, and other benefits such as Google Play credit or hotel discounts on Google Search.Google One is being rolled out right now to consumers worldwide. Google announced a new storage plan and a price drop for another plan yesterday as well.Nothing changes for the majority of storage plans available; options start at $1.99 for 100 Gigabytes of storage and the price of high end plans that give customers access to 10, 20 or 30 Terabyte of storage does not change either.Google OneThe price of the 2 Terabyte plan, however, drops from $19.99 per month to $9.99, and it replaces the 1 Terabyte plan that won’t be offered anymore.Lastly, customers who need more than 100 Gigabytes of space but way less than 2 Terabyte can subscribe to the new 200 Gigabyte plan for $2.99 per month. Existing 1 Terabyte customers will be upgraded to the new 2 Terabyte plan for $9.99 per month automatically by Google, and all other users will be upgraded to Google One as well in the coming months. The rollout starts in the United States and will be expanded globally afterward.While most customers won’t notice changes to their storage quota, as only 1 Terabyte customers get upgraded to 2 Terabytes of storage, Google revealed that Google One will provide paying customers with additional benefits.Customers will receive an email message that informs them about the change and the benefits of the new Google One service.Google One offers three additional benefits that Google Drive plans did not offer until now:Access to Google experts for customer support.Family sharing to manage up to five family members under a single plan.ExtrasCustomers gain “access to Google experts” according to Google.People who use a lot of storage tend to use a lot of other Google products, too. So with Google One you get one-tap access to experts for help with our consumer products and services.It is the first time that Google Drive customers get direct access to customer support agents. The Verge reports that customers get access to live chat support but Google’s announcement does not confirm that.Paid storage plans may be shared with up to five family members, a much requested feature according to Google. Paying subscribers can add up to five family members to a plan to share it within the family.Each family member gets private storage that is separate from each other.ComparisonGoogle customers get 2 Terabyte of online storage for $9.99 per month when they are moved to the new Google One plan. They get customer support access, family sharing, and some other benefits next to that.Microsoft customers can subscribe to Office 365 Personal for $69.99 per year if they subscribe directly on the Office site, and for less if they purchase the plan elsewhere.The $69.99 is good for 1 Terabyte of storage and one user, and includes access to Microsoft Office, customer support via chat or phone, and 60 minutes of Skype per month.Apple customers may upgrade the 5 Gigabytes of free storage that they get to 50 Gigabyte, 200 Gigabyte or 2 Terabyte plans for $0.99, $2.99, or $9.99 respectively. Apple iCloud customers may share plans with family members.SummaryArticle NameGoogle Drive changes: Google One and price dropsDescriptionGoogle One provides paying Google customers with access to storage plans ranging from 100 Gigabytes to 30 Terabyte, access to experts, family sharing, and other benefits such as Google Play credit or hotel discounts on Google Search.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisement
eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Conversion therapy is already illegal in Switzerland, Taiwan, two Canadian provinces, nine US states, and the Australian state of Victoria. Malta became the first EU country to introduce a ban on conversion therapy in 2016.However, in the UK the government has dismissed calls to explicitly ban the practise.Humanists UK Director of Public Affairs and Policy Richy Thompson said: “‘The association between so-called ‘conversion therapy’ and negative mental health outcomes for gay and bisexual people is strong.“These are harmful religious ‘therapies’ rooted in homophobia, not science. The Government has a duty to end these harmful practices once and for all.“Young people struggling with their sexuality deserve support to live confident, authentic lives without being made to feel shame due to outdated religious views about sin and sexuality.”Meddisavowinges in the UK including the NHS have signed a Memorandum of Understanding disvowing all attempts to ‘change’ sexual orientation.However, due the lack of a law regulating the practise it is still able to continue legally in the UK, practised primarily by fringe religious groups and unregulated quacks.Last month, a video promoting gay ‘cure’ therapy to young people received more than 1.5 million views.The therapy defies the consensus reached by medical, psychological and therapeutic organisations across the world.Experts overwhelmingly agree that attempts to cure sexuality are futile, misguided, and often actually harmful.Attempts to force teens to repress their sexuality has been linked to depression, self-harm and even suicide.The UK’s former Minister for Women and Equalities, Nicky Morgan, previously called for a ban on ‘conversion therapy’.Speaking at the 2015 PinkNews Awards, she said: “Let me be clear: gay cure therapies have no place in our countries and we must stamp them out.”But last month the Department of Health insisted “the Government does not believe creating a criminal offence is the right way forward”.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… The film’s creators claim it features 15 people who have “come out of homosexual practises” thanks to therapy or religion – and challenges the “myth… that people are born gay”.Nearly every medical body in the world has disavowed gay cure therapy.But PinkNews can reveal that the screening is set to take place at the Vue Piccadilly Circus cinema in London on Thursday evening.The group appears to have privately hired a cinema screen for the private event.PinkNews has contacted Vue reps for comment but did not immediately get a response.Email sent to PinkNewsRelated: All the medical organisations who think gay cure therapy is bulls**tA release from the Core Issues Trust says: “Voices of the Silenced: Experts, Evidences and Ideologies, was filmed over two years in eight countries.“It promotes the stories of fifteen individuals coming out of homosexual practices. With the support of a range of international and UK experts specialising in the care of this marginalised population group, Voices of the Silenced challenges the closedown on debate about the value of therapeutic support undertaken in ways that are respectful of client goals and individual rights to change.“Exposing the largely unexamined role of sexual politics and the ideological basis of renewed calls for banning therapies in some western nations, the film examines the ancient ideologies of sexuality in the Greco-Roman world, the historical influence of sexual ethics from the Judeo-Christian world and the re-emergence of pansexual humanist values in the modern era.“The film is released by Core Issues Trust, the UK’s only registered charity offering therapeutic support for those with unwanted homosexual feelings, in association with a range of like-minded groups from other parts of the world.“It features almost 40 participants from English, German, Hungarian and Norwegian language groups. The English film will shortly be released for online download and in DVD format with closed or open subtitling in German, Slovakian, Russian, Polish, Italian, Mandarin, Korean, Hungarian, French, Spanish, Ukrainian, and Arabic.”In response to the screening, Humanists UK called on ministers to ban gay ‘cure’ therapy in UK.Many social media users have expressed outrage at the proposed screening. PinkNews ExclusiveA Vue cinema is to host a screening of a film advocating gay ‘cure’ therapy, PinkNews can reveal.The Core Issues Trust, an evangelical Christian group which advocates for efforts to change sexual orientation, has announced the screening of documentary ‘Voices of the Silenced: Experts, Evidences and Ideologies’. UPDATE: Christian Concern will turn up to Vue to watch cancelled gay cure doc after “campaign of intolerance”Vue pays ‘gay cure’ Christian group after refusing to show their filmProtesters at cancelled gay ‘cure’ screening call homosexuality ‘unnatural, abnormal and sinful’PINK NEWS-
“The Cold-War mentality, which is prone to the use of force to resolve disputes, is already outdated,” Cui said.It’s not clear whether or when the U.S. might begin sending planes and ships within the 12 nautical mile (22.2-kilometer) territorial limit surrounding China’s island claims — or how exactly Beijing might respond.However, the littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth and its MH-60R Seahawk helicopter conducted patrols in seas and airspace near the Spratlys this month, a first for a ship of that class, the Navy said in a report on its website.During the patrols, the ship encountered several Chinese navy warships and communicated with them using an agreed set of protocols to avoid misunderstandings, it said.The Fort Worth’s encounters with Chinese ships “continue to be professional,” commanding officer Cmdr. Matt Kawas was quoted as saying.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Top Stories Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Comments Share Sponsored Stories BEIJING (AP) — China on Friday reaffirmed that it will defend its territorial claims in the South China Sea, on the eve of a visit to Beijing by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who is expected to raise America’s objections to Beijing’s actions.Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters China won’t remain passive if its interests come under attack.“I would like to stress again that China’s determination to defend national sovereignty and its legitimate rights and interests is unswerving,” Hua said. “We will adopt stern measures to counter any acts that will pose provocations and threats against China.” Four benefits of having a wireless security system New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Beijing this week responded angrily to a Wall Street Journal report which cited anonymous U.S. officials saying that Washington is considering sending military ships and planes to challenge Chinese claims to islands it is building in the South China Sea.China has rattled the region with its assertive claims in the South China Sea, where islands and reefs are contested by China and five other Asian governments. China has reclaimed about 800 hectares (2,000 acres) of dry land in the Spratly island groups since 2014 that could be used as airstrips or for military purposes, according to U.S. officials.American officials say Kerry will carry a message that China’s large-scale land reclamation and general behavior in the South China Sea will hurt China’s image and foreign relations, including with the U.S.His visit on Saturday will also set the stage for annual U.S.-China economic and strategic talks this summer and a trip to the U.S. by Chinese President Xi Jinping in the fall.Also Friday, state broadcaster CCTV ran an interview with China’s ambassador to the U.S., Cui Tiankai, in which he lashed out what he described as Washington’s hypocrisy and confrontational attitude. China says the U.S. ignores improvements it says other claimants are also making on their island holdings. Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober
Velocify to Host Virtual Mortgage Sales Summit Share October 8, 2013 450 Views in Origination, Technology Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Service Providers 2013-10-08 Tory Barringer “”Velocify””:http://www.velocify.com/, a provider of cloud-based intelligent sales automation software, announced it will be hosting a unique online Mortgage Sales Summit to educate industry professionals on sales strategies and tools to take advantage of the ongoing shift in loan demand.[IMAGE]The event, titled “”Virtual Mortgage Sales Summit–Driving Growth through the Market Shift,”” will be held October 23 and will include multiple sessions with industry experts and influencers ready to share their knowledge and tips for keep sales strong. “”This extraordinary virtual event has been designed to give mortgage professionals the critical sales strategies they need to not only successfully transition from a refi-[COLUMN_BREAK]heavy market to a purchase-oriented one, but to also help lenders grow in 2014 and beyond,”” said Velocify CEO Nick Hedges.Scheduled speakers include Barry Habib, founder of MBS Highway and industry commentator on FOX and CNBC; Garth Graham, managing director of the STRATMOR Group; and Jessica Manna, VP and chief marketing officer for Residential Finance, among others.The day-long summit will also include a panel discussion on current market trends and anecdotes about how lenders are adapting sales tactics to meet changing market conditions. Participants will include executives from LendingTree, DataMyx, Optimal Blue, and doublePOSITIVE.””The current changes in the market are even more significant considering the regulatory pressures and increasing competition facing all lenders,”” said Kelly Booth, director of Velocify’s mortgage division. “”That’s why we pulled together some of the most prominent voices in mortgage finance to help us better understand the current environment and to understand what lenders need to do to be proactive and get ahead.””For anyone selling mortgages today, this is a can’t-miss event.””The event will kick off at 11 a.m. and run until 6 p.m. Eastern. “”Registration””:http://vshow.on24.com/vshow/velocify/registration/5308 is free and open to all mortgage industry professionals.
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