Keane: ‘Cheating’ David Luiz is lazy

first_imgChelsea ‘Cheating Luiz is lazy’ – Chelsea defender hammered by Man Utd legend Keane Chris Burton Last updated 2 years ago 15:20 28/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(7) David Luiz Chelsea Getty Chelsea David Luiz Atlético Madrid v Chelsea Atlético Madrid UEFA Champions League The Brazilian has seen his contribution to the Blues cause questioned, with a needless penalty conceded against Atletico Madrid in his latest outing David Luiz has been branded “lazy” by Roy Keane, with the Chelsea defender accused of “cheating” against Atletico Madrid.The Brazilian centre-half was responsible for the Blues falling behind during a Champions League clash in the Spanish capital on Wednesday.CFC 11/1 to beat City, Morata 1st goal Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A needless tug on Lucas Hernandez at a corner saw Atletico awarded a penalty and Luiz given a yellow card, with Antoine Griezmann converting from the spot.Chelsea hit back to snatch a dramatic 2-1 win, but Keane was quick to slam the decision-making of a man who threatened to undermine the efforts of Antonio Conte’s side.The Manchester United legend told ITV: “It’s madness really. It’s a form of cheating.“Why he’s doing it is beyond me. He’s lazy and he’s letting his team-mates down. “He knows himself. There’s no need. We see a lot of that going on, so I’m glad he got punished for it. It’s a form of cheating.”Roy Keane David Luiz Chelsea cheating lazySteven Gerrard has also questioned Luiz’s recent displays and his contribution to the Chelsea cause.On top of conceding a penalty against Atletico, the 30-year-old centre-half was sent off in his most recent Premier League appearance against Arsenal.“It’s the second time he has let his team-mates down (after) getting the sending off at Stamford Bridge last week,” Liverpool icon Gerrard told BT Sport.“This is a moment of madness at a time when Chelsea were totally dominating this game and looked likely to make the first breakthrough.”Alvaro Morata restored parity for the Blues against Atletico, before Michy Batshuayi snatched a last-gasp 94th-minute winner.Chelsea are next in action against fellow Premier League title hopefuls Manchester City on Saturday, with Luiz set to sit that game out as he continues to serve a domestic ban.last_img read more


Sexual abuse and misconduct claims in US Olympic sports rise by 55% in 2019

first_imgUS sports Share on Facebook USA Olympic team The country’s national governing bodies, which oversee the individual Olympic sports, have contributed $2.05m for this year, and including a small government grant and other donations, the center will operate on $10.5m in 2019. Officials at the center worry that’s an untenable amount for an organization that is now receiving an average of 239 reports a month, compared to 154 during a typical month last year. Out of those, the SafeSport Center has 1,290 open cases, with another 2,237 that have been closed. It has 18 investigators and lawyers (with four vacancies) on a staff of 37 (with six vacancies) to handle them. The center projects it will need to double its staff next year and triple it by 2023 to keep up with the work. The stark numbers lend urgency to a fight over who should fund the center in the long term. The USOPC, which founded the center, is pushing the federal government to provide more than what it currently allots a $2.2m grant spread over three years, none of which can be used for investigations. “I think it’s an ‘And’ question, not an ‘Or’ question,” said USOCP CEO Sarah Hirshland, who has been lobbying lawmakers to provide government money to help. A pair of senators, meanwhile, have proposed a bill that, in addition to adding oversight to the Olympic movement, would compel the USOPC and NGBs to essentially double what they provide now, increasing the grants to a total of $20m a year. Nearly half of the 50 NGBs operate on annual budgets of $3m or less, and though each NGB pays according to its size and, in extreme cases, the number of reports its sport has referred to the center, there is concern that neither the NGBs nor the USOPC can absorb big increases in their SafeSport budgets. “The $20m proposal would absolutely force us to make some difficult choices,” Hirshland said. Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share via Email Since you’re here… The USOPC brought in around $323m in revenue in 2018 up from $183m in ‘17; the federation’s numbers spike in Olympic years and go down during non-Olympic years. It uses the money to support athletes in a number of ways including training, insurance, prize money for winners of major events and NGB funding. Last year, administrative costs rose to more than 11% of total spending ($31.2m) because of payments to two law firms that did work involving the sex-abuse scandal and a severance to former CEO Scott Blackmun. Hirshland and other leaders are pointing to the model that funds the US Anti-Doping Agency; USADA received about $9.5m of its $21m in 2018 revenue from government, another $5.1m from the USOPC and $6.7m from “testing and other services”, according to its annual report. “I think that makes sense, because we’re addressing societal issue, and government’s authority to protect and serve fits in really well in that area,” said Max Cobb, the CEO of US Biathlon, who heads up the NGB Council. But the red tape the center had to go through to receive the $2.2m, combined with the restrictions put on the money and uncertainty over the Congressional appropriations process, gives pause to the new center’s CEO, Ju’Riese Colon, about relying too heavily on government funding. “The USOPC and the NGBs must be invested in changing their sport culture, which means they must invest in the Center,” Colon said, while adding that she’s not against receiving money from the government, as well. “While I appreciate people connecting us (to USADA) because we’re certainly similar, the job and scope is so different, and I think the funding is going to have to be a lot different.” When he, along with Republican senator Jerry Moran, introduced the bill that calls for $20m, Democratic senator Richard Blumenthal, called it a more direct and dependable pathway for the center to receive the money than relying on government. “Having a secure and stable source of funding is very important. It fortifies the independence and integrity” of the center, Blumenthal said. Recently, the House passed a spending bill that included $2.5m for the SafeSport Center. The US senate is expected to consider that bill next week. Even if that money gets approved, the center will need more to keep up with its caseload. Around the time it opened in March 2017, the center received an average of 31 reports a month. That number exploded in the beginning of 2018, when Larry Nassar’s victims spoke up during his sentencing hearing for sex crimes. By last fall, with the MeToo movement in full swing and Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing making headlines, the number spiked again. It’s grown even more in 2019, with each sex-related headline triggering more calls. Meanwhile, an independent consultant hired by the center projects the number of calls will continue to increase until it caps at around 8,000 a year an average of 667 a month. Colon says many of the reports could become less complicated as the knowledge from center’s education programs seeps into sports communities and issues are reported before they become overly complicated. About one-fifth of the center’s workforce (eight employees) is devoted to education-and-outreach programs to serve up to 18m members of national governing bodies across the country. So far, the center has trained about 800,000 of those people. The independent consultant suggested to Colon that, given the workload, the center could use $35m in 2020. But the center has more modest hopes hoping to increase USOPC and NGB donations to bring next year’s budget to $16m. … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. 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Share on Messenger Federal officials investigate sex abuse in US Olympic organizationscenter_img #MeToo movement The US Center for SafeSport is fielding 55% more reports of sex abuse and other misconduct in 2019 than it did last year, leading to an increasingly urgent debate over who should provide the lion’s share of money to an organization struggling to manage its caseload. This week, the two-year-old center, tasked with investigating sex-abuse claims in Olympic sports, received a $1.3m infusion from the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee that brings the USOPC’s overall contribution to $7.4m in 2019. Read more Share on Twitter Topics Read more Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian Is the US finally taking sexual abuse in sports seriously? Reuse this contentlast_img read more


We know Faf has done great things but we also need to look at future: SA Team Director Nkwe

first_img Next We know Faf has done great things but we also need to look at future: SA Team Director NkweInterim Director Enoch Nkwe gave enough indications that South Africa wants to infuse fresh blood going into next year’s World T20 in Australia.advertisement Press Trust of India DharamsalaSeptember 10, 2019UPDATED: September 10, 2019 19:52 IST South Africa’s Faf du Plessis in action (IANS Photo)HIGHLIGHTSFaf du Plessis is still the captain of the Test sideDe Kock’s experience of having played in India multiple times will be of great help, feels Enoch NkweNkwe is confident that this upcoming three-match T20 International series, beginning on SundaySouth Africa’s cricket establishment acknowledges Faf du Plessis’ contribution both as a player and captain but it’s about time they look at the future with belief in Quinton de Kock’s leadership skills, Interim Director Enoch Nkwe said on Tuesday.While 35-year-old Du Plessis is still the captain of the Test side, Nkwe gave enough indications that South Africa wants to infuse fresh blood going into next year’s World T20 in Australia.”We know where Faf stands as a captain and as a player. He has done great things for SA cricket. But we also need to look at what future looks like and we strongly believe in Quinton, who is going to be leading the team going forward,” Nkwe told reporters with the skipper by his side during their inaugural media interaction at the picturesque HPCA ground.”We have a good leader and it’s an opportunity to start building for the future,” he added.While admitting that India is a formidable team, Nkwe is confident that this upcoming three-match T20 International series, beginning on Sunday, will help them assess the Proteas.”It’s the start of a new chapter and focus will be the coming series against India. We would be looking to lay a good foundation going into the T20 World Cup next year in Australia,” Nkwe, who has played 42 first-class games for Gauteng, said.”We still have a lot of games and have about 20 games (going into World T20) and we will assess the situation accordingly after these three games. Then build up for England series and so on.”advertisementDe Kock’s experience of having played in India multiple times will be of great help, feels Nkwe.”We have got a group of guys with good enough experience and the captain himself has played a lot of cricket in India. We have fresh blood that has come into the squad and that’s exciting and we will remain competitive,” Nkwe said, exuding confidence.However, he had no problems in admitting that India will be formidable in their own backyard.”Yes, we want to walk away with a series win and hope the entire squad is very determined. We are here to win and we understand that India’s position is strong in their backyard but we are going to give hundred percent,” the Interim Director added.De Kock, on his part, feels that adaptability is the key and believes Dharamsala track will help batsmen.”I have been here before but haven’t played here. The last time we were here, the wicket did play very well,” he said.”I think Rohit actually got a hundred here but we ended up chasing it down. So from the one game that I have experienced over here, could be a good wicket. But we are coming into the unknown and we would like to adapt very quickly.Also Read | David Warner used strapping on hand to change nature of the ball: Alastair CookAlso 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 byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Faf Du PlessisFollow South Africalast_img read more


Korean Court Rules in Favor of HHI Workers

first_imgzoom Unionized workers of South Korean shipbuilding giant Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) have won a court battle on Thursday, according to which HHI should count regular bonuses as base pay, Yonhap news agency informed.Ten workers had filed suit against HHI in 2014, urging for regularly paid bonuses to be included as ordinary wages.According to Yonhap, HHI’s workers receive 800 percent of their base salary as bonuses. The ruling also covers workers at Hyundai Mipo Dockyard.HHI’s talks with labour unions on the wage and collective bargaining agreement for the year 2014 has been sidetracked several times throughout 2014.The failure to reach any kind of agreement has seen unionized workers stage industrial action in November 2014, the first in almost two decades.Yonhap said that a second tentative agreement was reached between HHI’s labor and management on Wednesday on a pay raise, which is subject to vote by the union.The first agreement proposal was voted down by the union early January. The agreement stipulated for a basic pay of KRW 37,000 (USD 33.36), representing a 2 percent increase; a one-off bonus of KRW two million (USD 1,800) plus company shares equal to 150 percent of their pay.The workers had called for 132,000 won pay raise, and at least 250 percent of the base salary as performance-based benefits.The union is expected to vote on the second agreement on Monday.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more


Polar Pioneer Flunks USCG Checkup

first_imgzoom Shell’s drilling rig Polar Pioneer, currently docked in the port of Seattle, did not pass an inspection of the United States Coast Guard, according to local newspaper The Stranger.As reported, the inspection involved examination of the vessel’s hull structure, electrical system, along with crew capabilities such as abandon ship and firefighting drills.The United States Coast Guard did not specify what particular requirements the rig failed to meet, however; the coast guard gave the vessel’s crew time to rectify the irregularities.“It’s not uncommon with these commercial vessels that there are issues to follow up on this type of inspection,” Lt. Dana Warr, a Coast Guard spokesperson in Seattle said.The vessel will be subjected to another inspection before it is allowed to depart for the Arctic.The Polar Pioneer moored at the Port of Seattle’s Terminal 5 almost two weeks ago after being towed from the Port of Los Angeles, amid protests organised by local environmental activists.Shell’s Arctic drilling plans have been faced with fierce opposition from the environmentalist groups that have staged several rounds of protests, including chaining themselves to vessels in order to voice their disapproval of the plan.Environmentalists are worried that drilling in the region could lead to catastrophic consequences on the environment by aiding to climate changes or even resulting in an oil spill.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more


Sembcorp Marine Purchases Norwegian Ship Design Firm

first_imgzoom Sembcorp Marine Integrated Yard, a subsidiary of Singapore-based marine and offshore engineering group Sembcorp Marine, has entered into a sale and purchase agreement to acquire a 100% equity stake in Norwegian ship design and engineering company LMG Marin AS for USD 20 million.The consideration for the acquisition, to be fully paid in cash by internally generated funds, was arrived at on a willing-buyer willing-seller basis, after taking into account the estimated net tangible asset value of USD 3.8 million as at July 31, 2016, and intellectual property and patents of LMG.Following the acquisition, LMG becomes an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Sembcorp Marine.“Through the strategic acquisition of LMG, Sembcorp Marine further strengthens its intellectual property and knowledge to execute leading-edge design and engineering solutions for the global offshore and marine sectors,” said Sembcorp Marine President and CEO Wong Weng Sun. The acquisition is not expected to have any material impact on the consolidated net tangible assets per share and earnings per share of the company for the year ending December 31, 2016.LMG Marin’s design and engineering portfolio includes floating structures, platforms and a wide variety of ship types, such as drillships, floating production, storage and offloading vessels (FPSO), floating storage and offloading vessels (FSO), offshore support vessels (OSV), LNG carriers, LNG-powered ships, car ferries, and cruise ships.last_img read more


Bluenose II Kicks Off Canada Day in Pictou

first_imgNova Scotians can celebrate Canada Day this weekend with the province’s sailing ambassador, Bluenose II, in Pictou. As part of Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta, Bluenose II will visit Pictou today, June 30. It will remain in Pictou through July 3. The Bluenose will be open to the public in Pictou for deck visits as well as for harbor cruises on July 3 (weather pending). Information on the Bluenose’s schedule is available at https://www.facebook.com/sailbluenoseii/ and https://twitter.com/SailBluenoseII . “Having the RDV 2017 Tall Ships Regatta in Pictou for the Canada Day weekend, and especially Canada 150, is a great honour. The fact that we are also able to host Bluenose II at our port is even more special,” said Darlene MacDonald, director for sector development at Tourism Nova Scotia. “As Pictou is home to Nova Scotia’s other tall ship, the Ship Hector, it is indeed a great pleasure to welcome all these vessels to our home port. “Pictou has a rich seafaring tradition and this weekend will see that tradition come alive once more.” For the full Pictou Canada Day weekend schedule, visit http://rdv2017ns.com/the-event-schedule/?port=pictou . Canada Day will also mark the launch of the Bluenose II mobile exhibit. The exhibit, which contains artifacts and information panels, is an information centre for the ship. It will join the Bluenose II at each post she visits this summer. Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta is a 7,000-nautical mile transatlantic race, led by Sail Training International. The Tall Ships will visit Nova Scotia ports until August 16. A full schedule is available at http://www.rdv2017.com/en/participating-cities/ . The province and the Government of Canada/Heritage Canada provided financial support to make RDV 2017 happen. Other Canada Day celebrations supported through the Government of Nova Scotia’s 150 Forward Fund include the Chester Yacht Club Parade of Sail, the Canada 150 Literary Festival in Margaree Forks and the Stan Rogers Folk Festival. As part of the 150th anniversary of Confederation, funding was provided to about 170 community organizations to plan events that honour significant Nova Scotians or achievements, commemorate significant historical events, or celebrate the province’s cultural identity and ethnic diversity. “The Government of Nova Scotia was pleased to provide over $6 million for Canada 150 projects throughout the province,” said Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leo Glavine. “These events unite us as Nova Scotians and as Canadians. They help us celebrate our province’s rich cultural tapestry, our ethnic diversity, and our unique Nova Scotian identity. “It’s a great weekend for all Nova Scotians to be out in our communities enjoying a multitude of festivals and special events. On behalf of the Government of Nova Scotia, I wish every Nova Scotian a happy Canada Day!”last_img read more


Quebec officials on high alert for flooding with rain spring thaw

first_imgMONTREAL – Rainfall in southwestern Quebec and warmer weather expected later this week have officials keeping close tabs on potential springtime flooding in different parts of the province, civil authorities said Monday.The Hydro-Meteo monitoring service said water levels were particularly high in parts of the Eastern Townships, the Outaouais area near Ottawa and the region just south of Montreal.Officials were also keeping tabs on Quebec City and the Beauce region southwest of the provincial capital.Environment Canada said between 25 and 40 millimetres of rain was expected to fall through Monday, tracing a route toward the Charlevoix region northeast of Quebec City.Some people living in towns along the shores of the Chaudiere River left their homes as a preventive measure, as did some homeowners in Weedon, roughly 200 kilometres east of Montreal.Thomas Blanchet, a Quebec civil security spokesman, said water levels were already high in some places and the ground was already quite saturated because of rainfall in recent days.Most areas of the province were either simply under surveillance or were not considered at high risk, but officials were criss-crossing the province to assess a situation that could change quickly, with 2017’s record-breaking flooding still on their minds.At the peak of last year’s flooding, water seeped into 5,300 homes in 291 Quebec municipalities, forcing 4,000 people to leave their homes.Blanchet said even an end to the rainfall will not mean an end to the risks — warmer weather will cause remaining snow to melt in parts of the province, leading to further rising waters in some places.“It will be the melting of the snow that will maintain the high level of the river,” Blanchet said. “Then we’ll see what will happen with the forecast (later this week and the weekend).”Blanchet said officials were asking citizens to remain vigilant.In Sainte-Marie-de-Beauce, a 50-year-old died Thursday night in the flooded basement of his residence. The cause of death was not yet known.last_img read more


Debra Messing To Be Honored With Outstanding Mother Award

first_imgThe National Mother’s Day Committee announced today that it will honor four exceptional women who balance highly successful careers with the daily demands and rewards of motherhood at the 35th Annual Outstanding Mother Awards.The luncheon ceremony will be held on May 9, 2013 at 12 p.m. at The Pierre Hotel, New York.Mistress of ceremonies Mindy Grossman, CEO of HSN, Inc., and a 2010 Outstanding Mother Award Honoree, will present this year’s awards to:• Debra Messing, Emmy Award Winning Actress and Star of NBC’s Smash • Arianna Huffington, President and Editor-In-Chief, The Huffington Post Media Group • Margarita Arriagada, Senior Vice President Merchandising, Sephora USA • Dottie Mattison, Senior Managing Partner, Guggenheim Partners“These honorees are deeply dedicated to their families, careers and public service, and strive daily to expertly balance the demands of each,” said Dana Verrill, Executive Director of the National Father’s Day/Mother’s Day Council, Inc. “Their impressive achievements represent what today’s mothers aspire to achieve. We are thrilled to honor these outstanding and inspiring women as our 2013 award recipients.”Proceeds from the event will benefit Save the Children’s U.S. ProgramsAs part of its continued support of meaningful philanthropies dealing with issues affecting mothers, fathers and children, the National Father’s Day/Mother’s Day Council, Inc. has donated nearly $33 million to date to deserving family-related charities nationwide.Proceeds of the 2013 awards luncheon will benefit Save the Children’s U.S. Programs, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to making lasting positive change in the lives of children living in poverty in the United States.Tickets and event sponsorship are available by contacting the Mother’s Day Council office at 212-594-6421 or visiting www.momanddadday.com.The National Mother’s Day Committee is an entity of the Father’s Day/Mother’s Day Council and exists for the sole purpose of conferring “Outstanding Mother” Honors on contemporary lifestyle leaders of our society. The Council, a non-profit, all volunteer, non commercial, organization through its Committees, donates funds raised with presentations of its Annual Awards to meaningful family related philanthropies dealing with issues affecting mothers, fathers and family. Past honorees have included Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, Meryl Streep, Katie Couric, Caroline Kennedy and Vera Wang. For more information, please visit www.momanddadday.com.last_img read more


COMEDIAN REJECTED FOR MONTREAL SHOWS AFTER DREADLOCKS DEEMED CULTURAL APPROPRIATION

first_imgEven if the person wearing dreadlocks is not racist himself, the group adds, the chosen hairstyle “conveys racism.” It calls cultural appropriation “a form of passive oppression, a privilege to be deconstructed and in particular a manifestation of ordinary racism.”Last summer, American actor Zac Efron was accused of cultural appropriation after posting a photo of himself with dreadlocks on social media along with the caption, “just for fun.” Canadian singer Justin Bieber faced similar criticism in 2016 when he posted photos of himself with dreadlocked blond hair.Greg Robinson, a UQAM professor specializing in black history, compared the wearing of dreadlocks by whites to the widely denounced practice of actors wearing blackface to portray characters of colour.“What I mean is that it is whites who dress up as blacks to make fun of them,” he said, adding that even when the intention is not mockery but embracing another culture, one has to be careful.“It’s like the N-word,” Robinson said. “Blacks can use it among themselves, but if someone from outside uses it, even if he wants to be like blacks, among blacks, there is still an aspect that remains rooted in history.”The Coop les Recoltes did not respond to an interview request.By Ugo Giguere | The Canadian Press Advertisement MONTREAL—An aspiring Montreal comedian has been told he cannot take part in shows at a university bar because his dreadlocks are a form of cultural appropriation.The Coop les Recoltes, a bar and solidarity co-operative at the Universite du Quebec a Montreal, confirmed on Facebook its decision to exclude Zach Poitras, who is white, because of his hairstyle. Poitras, denied a spot at the Snowflake Comedy Club and another evening of “engaged humour,” declined comment on the situation.The bar is operated by the UQAM branch of the Public Interest Research Group, which focuses on environmental and social issues. In its Facebook statement, the co-operative says its mission is to be “a safe space, free of relationships of oppression.” It describes cultural appropriation as a form of violence. Advertisement Login/Register With: Montreal comedian Zach Poitras’ profile picture on his Facebook page. (via facebook) Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement “We will not tolerate any discrimination or harassment within our spaces,” it says. It defines cultural appropriation as when “someone from a dominant culture appropriates symbols, clothing or hairstyles that come from historically dominated cultures.”It adds that wearing dreadlocks is “a privilege” for a white person, whereas a black person with the same hair “is going to find himself refused access to job opportunities or spaces (apartments, schools, parties, sports competitions, etc.)”last_img read more


Former DIG to remain behind bars

The Criminal Investigations Department told court earlier this year that there was evidence to prove Nalaka de Silva was linked to the alleged plot to kill President Maithripala Sirisena and former Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa. (Colombo Gazette) Former Terrorist Investigations Division (TID) DIG Nalaka de Silva was today ordered to be further remanded till May 21.Nalaka de Silva has been in remand over the alleged plot to kill the President.


Some truth about Travis — and recycling

Travis Lewis’s video about recycling on campus is catching a lot of attention, partly because it’s clever, partly because a flawed newspaper article says Brock has disciplined Travis over that video.The St Catharines Standard is wrong. Brock has not disciplined Travis for the video or for opinions expressed in it. Unfortunately the newspaper has declined to correct its mistake.It’s true there is a probation. For other reasons entirely, Travis has been in discussions with university staff for several weeks regarding his future as a student don. That is a personnel matter, and not for the University to discuss in public.Brock has a social conscience.It encourages freedom of expression. It is one of just seven designated Fair Trade Campuses across Canada. And it successfully promotes green initiatives – including recycling.Here is some truth, backed up by facts.Brock residences have more recycling bins (3,200) than students (2,400). Campus-wide, staff and students kept more than 1,200 tonnes of trash out of landfills last year. An independent audit by Waste Reduction Group Inc. found Brock’s diversion rate passed 65 per cent and is rising.Anything that raises awareness of recycling – like Travis’s video – should be applauded. And nobody disagrees with him that recycling in residences should continue to be improved.So Brock is announcing an Earth Day contest. Details weren’t to be announced until next week, but all Brock students will be encouraged to send in their best photos or videos that capture the spirit of Earth Day.Prizes? You bet. Watch the Brock website for details.And, Travis, you’re more than welcome to enter your video. read more


Justice may be delayed but not denied Security Council told at debate

“Over the past decade, I have sought to do whatever I can to end sexual violence in conflict and uphold the rights of women and girls everywhere,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the 15-member body as he briefed them on his annual report, which covers 19 situations of concern and lists dozens of parties who systematically commit these crimes. Sexual violence as ‘tactic of terrorism’“One extremely disturbing aspect is the use of sexual violence as a tactic of terrorism. Da’esh (also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL), Boko Haram and other extremist groups are using sexual violence as a means of attracting and retaining fighters, and to generate revenue,” the UN chief said.He warned that sexual violence is widely recognized as a deliberate strategy used to shred the fabric of society; to control and intimidate communities and to force people from their homes: “It is rightly seen as a threat to international peace and security, a serious violation of international humanitarian and human rights law, and a major impediment to post-conflict reconciliation and economic development,” he underlined.Mr. Ban noted that the Security Council has played a significant role in ushering in this change, in particular through several landmark resolutions that confirm sexual violence as a war crime, a crime against humanity, and a constituent act of genocide. Among several initiatives put into place by the Secretary-General during his tenure to counter these crimes was the creation of the post of Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, currently held by Zainab Bangura.‘New and previously unseen threats’ require new approachesTaking the floor, she told the Council that the report before them was the eighth dedicated account of conflict-related sexual violence: “Cumulatively, these reports build a historical record for a crime that has long been omitted from official accounts of war and peace,” she stressed. “As this report outlines in harrowing detail, we are confronting new and previously unforeseen threats. Just as we make inroads with national security forces, the problem of sexual violence by non-State actors acquires ever-more difficult and disturbing dimensions,” Ms. Bangura continued. She called for new tools and approaches to enforce compliance of these actors, who she said often vary dramatically in character, composition, motivations, capacity and modus oparandi. Quoting the report, she noted that “counter-terrorism strategies can no longer be decoupled from efforts to protect and empower women and girls and to combat conflict-related sexual violence,” while highlighting the following steps to be taken: Through our sanctions infrastructure, we must raise the cost of these crimes, because the human costs defy calculation; Through strategic communication, a counter-narrative must ring out loud, clear and consistent: that the human, sexual and reproductive rights of women and girls are non-negotiable; Traditional and religious leaders must use their moral authority to negate any attempt to legitimize rape on religious grounds; Our response must recognize and address the nexus of conflict-related sexual violence with cross-border trafficking to fund conflict and terrorism; and Our normative framework, including the resolutions of this Council, must keep pace with the changing global security context and this new dimension of sexual violence deployed as a tactic of terrorism. Finally, Ms. Bangura asked the Council to continue deliberations in the coming weeks, and to consider a new resolution that will give the global community the tools for a “comprehensive and multi-dimensional response” that takes into account the rapidly shifting international peace and security landscape. “To the victims and perpetrators alike, I would send a simple but unequivocal message – that justice may be delayed, but it will not be denied. And that the international community is steadfast and committed to live up to its sacred duty to prevent these crimes and care for survivors,” she concluded.Crimes continuing to go underreportedThe Council was also briefed by Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, the UN Human Rights Council’s Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children. “Trafficking in persons is for sure underreported in the context of recent conflict,” she stressed, lamenting that the international community at large has failed to address the issue of trafficking across the Mediterranean, which involves many women who are pregnant due to rape, as well as children.She also spoke about the sexual abuse and exploitation by UN peacekeepers within field operations, noting that these as well continue to go unreported, but that the United Nations is actively enforcing solutions.Meanwhile, Lisa Davis spoke on behalf of the Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) working Group on Women, Peace and Security, as the civil society briefer.“UN Member States must fulfil their obligations to those fleeing conflict related violence. There is much talk today about strengthening international collaboration, on protection strategies and accountability mechanisms,” she said. “But at the same time, Member States are closing their borders to those fleeing violence. These contradictory actions cannot stand.” Wide view of the Security Council during its meeting on conflict-related sexual violence. UN Photo/Loey Felipe read more


UN calls for probe and accountability following possible landmine blast in eastern

“We extend our condolences to the family of the [OSCE] member,” said the Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General, Stephane Dujarric, “and wishes for a full recovery of those injured. The casualties are believed to have taken place during a patrol in Luhansk, the easternmost city in Ukraine. The OSCE is an impartial civilian mission tasked with observing and reporting on the situation in Ukraine. Speaking on behalf of the UN, the Spokesperson today also called for holding those responsible for the explosion to account. Reiterating the statement by Secretary-General António Guterres on 31 March, the Spokesperson urged the parties to the conflict to do their utmost to ensure the safety and security of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission. The UN fully supports the efforts of the OSCE, the Trilateral Contact Group and the Normandy Four in their efforts to facilitate a resolution to the conflict in Ukraine in accordance with the Minsk Package of Measures, he added. read more


Breathalysers could be fitted inside the vehicles of convicted drink drivers

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: “The UK has some of the safest roads in the world, but we are not complacent and continue to look at how we can make them safer.”Today’s action plan is a key milestone in our road safety work and sets out the important steps we are taking to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads.”Under new DfT plans, drivers caught not wearing a seat belt will also face tougher punishments.Offenders in Britain could be handed penalty points in addition to a fine, meaning some may lose their licence for failing to buckle up.The DfT did not reveal how many points may be given to drivers for not wearing a seat belt, but three points are used in Northern Ireland.Motorists can be disqualified from driving if they build up 12 or more points within three years.It follows new data that revealed more than a quarter (27%) of the 787 car occupants who died in crashes on Britain’s roads in 2017 were not wearing a seatbelt.This was compared with 20% during the previous year.Steve Gooding, director of motoring research charity the RAC Foundation, said: “It is barely conceivable that tens of thousands of drivers and passengers make the decision each day not to belt up.”The direct effect of non-compliance might be felt by the vehicle occupant themselves in the event of a crash, but ultimately the emergency services are left to deal with the roadside consequences and the taxpayer foots the bills.” Under new DfT plans, drivers caught not wearing a seat belt will also face tougher punishments. Breathalysers could be fitted inside the vehicles of convicted drink- drivers under new government proposals.The Department for Transport is looking into installing so-called “alcolocks” – fitted on all French coaches – onto vehicles to prevent them from starting unless the driver passes an alcohol breath test.In France, convicted drink-drivers can already avoid driving bans if they fit the alcolocks. When fitted, drivers have to first blow into the breathalyser before their engine is able to start. They are then required to blow a second time which is set randomly at between five and 30 minutes later to check that they are still under the limit, with the aim of preventing someone else starting the car for them.Currently, anyone found guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol in the UK can be imprisoned, banned from driving or face an unlimited fine.The new proposals come amid debates around the new EU rules that require every new car built after May 2022 to be fitted with alcohol detectors as well as anti-speeding devices to alert drivers when they break legal limits.In March, the European Parliament agreed that all new vehicles will need to have an Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) limiter as standard. 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. Under new DfT plans, drivers caught not wearing a seat belt will also face tougher punishments.Credit:PA read more


Cyprus goes ahead with gas exploration

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Exploratory drilling for oil and gas has begun in Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), the Energy Service director Solon Kassinis said, launching a new dawn of energy exploration and a possible regional crisis. As the drill reportedly broke ground last Sunday, Turkey threatened to send gunships to protect its own planned exploratory work off the island’s northern coastline. The government remained tight-lipped on the latest developments in its Aphrodite offshore field, also known as Block 12. But the outspoken Kassinis was quoted by Cyprus News Agency (CNA) and Reuters as saying that American company Noble Energy had begun drilling late on Sunday night to explore and exploit the country’s underwater natural resources. The energy chief said drilling takes place on a 24-hour basis and that so far everything was proceeding normally.“It started late on Sunday. It’s preparatory work, yes, but the procedure for drilling has started,” he told Reuters, adding that the process will be completed in 73 days. The ubiquitous Kassinis also told Associated Press (AP) that workers on a Noble rig have already drilled 80 metres beneath the seabed about 185 kilometres off the southern coast. Meanwhile, David Larson, vice president of investor relations at Noble told Reuters that the Houston-based company is expected to begin drilling “within days, certainly within a week, depending on how long it takes to prepare the rig”. Noble has partnered with Israeli company Delek for oil and gas explorations in Israel’s offshore fields, including the energy-rich Leviathan which neighbours Cyprus’ Aphrodite field. Delek and Avner companies each have an option for 15 per cent of the rights in Block 12, subject to approval by the Cyprus government. According to CNA, Noble personnel were transported by helicopter yesterday morning to the Homer Ferrington oil rig, situated in Block 12, from a helicopter pad at Limassol port. DIKO spokesman Fotis Fotiou rushed to hail the start of drilling, describing Sunday as a “historic” day, while opposition DISY spokesman Haris Georgiades said the party would not comment on press reports. Ruling AKEL’s Andros Kyprianou said: “We are exercising our sovereign rights, as provided in the UN Charter.” Keeping tensions high, Turkey said it could provide naval escorts for vessels working on oil and gas exploration off Cyprus’ northern coastline. Turkey has threatened to sign a pact with the breakaway state in the north delineating its continental shelf should Cyprus go ahead with drilling. In response, DISY leader Nicos Anastassiades said yesterday: “An illegality does not create a fait accompli through new illegalities.” Before leaving Istanbul for New York, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan berated Israel, Greece and Cyprus for delineating their own EEZs in “disputed areas”, saying Turkey will do the same. Turkish aircraft, frigates and torpedo boats would continuously watch over the eastern Mediterranean, he added. Erdogan said exploration work could start off northern Cyprus “in a very short time, possibly this week”. In Ankara, Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz warned that Turkish warships could escort seismic survey vessels in the Mediterranean unless the Cyprus government halted Noble’s plans to drill for gas. “Oil exploration platforms would follow but we don’t want it to come to that,” he added. “The drilling work that the Greek Cypriots will conduct… is a provocation,” he told media. “We want the Greek Cypriots to halt the work with Noble immediately.” US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton reportedly told Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu that the island’s recognised government had a right to decide how it exploits its resources. Unnamed officials present during the meeting in New York told AP that Clinton passed on the message to her Turkish counterpart that the best way to sort out the problems related to energy and economic development was by finally ending the 37-year standoff. The EU repeated its call yesterday for Turkey to “refrain from any kind of threat or sources of friction or action which could negatively affect the good neighbourly relations and the peaceful settlement of border disputes”. On Sunday, Christofias told a Cypriot audience in London that Turkey and the Turkish Cypriots were “clamouring needlessly” over gas exploration, saying it would take another year until experts can determine the quality of the deposits and the feasibility of extracting them. “If they truly want to jointly exploit this sea borne treasure that nature granted us, they have to seriously sit at the negotiating table,” he said. “If and when the Cyprus problem is solved, we will share this gift.”last_img read more


Greek Australians winning at the polls

first_imgAs New South Wales voters headed to the polls on September 8 for the local government elections held every four years, Greek-Australian candidates featured strongly across many electorates, albeit with mixed results. Arguably, one of the more notable results was that of cafe owner Angela Vithoulkas, seeking to transform her successful career as a businesswoman into a political one. Ms Vithoulkas featured on the Living Sydney ticket and was the party’s Lord Mayoral candidate. With policies ranging from removing all cycleways, cutting red-tape for small business and developing crisis centres for homeless people, Living Sydney ran for spots on Sydney Council with a view to unseating incumbent Councillor Clover Moore from the position she has held for eight years. While Ms Moore has been elected for a third consecutive term, Ms Vithoulkas who campaigned strongly on the back of a vision for small business has to date secured almost ten per cent of first preference votes. The fight for the last seat will be between Ms Vithoulkas, Liberal Christine Forster and Clover Moore Independent Team fifth candidate Nell Schofield. The incredibly close result which will be decided from pre-poll and postal votes still being counted seems not likely to be known for days to come. In the City of Canada Bay a resounding victory was obtained by Labor Mayor Angelo Tsirekas who was easily re-elected. Winning more than 50 per cent of the vote – this constituting a significant increase in his support – Mayor Tsirekas is set for another term to add to his already ten years of service as mayor. In the council vote it is a close contest so far between Labor and the Liberals, while in a familiar trend across the local government political spectrum, support for the Greens has fallen. Success also came the way of Greek-Australian Labor Councillors George Glinatsis and Stan Kondilios who were both re-elected to the council of the City of Botany Bay one of a number of councils in New South Wales which has chosen to conduct its own elections rather than using the administrative services of the Australian Electoral Commission. The legislation covering local government elections was changed in June 2011 to give Councils the opportunity to administer their own elections as well as constitutional referendums and polls if they wished. A Greek presence has also been strengthened in the Kogarah electorate with Liberal candidate Sam Stratikopoulos being elected in the East Ward, Liberal candidate Nickolas Varvaris in the Middle Ward, Labor candidate Nick Katris in the North Ward and Liberal candidates Nicholas Aroney and George Katsabaris both elected in Kogarah’s West Ward. In the Lawson Ward of Waverley Council, where the third seat in council remains undecided, Paula Masselos (former Director SBS Radio) who stood for the Labor Party, seems still a chance. As with neighbouring Waverley, in the City of Randwick once a Labor heartland, the Liberal vote is up, the Labor vote static and the Green vote down. In the current elections Randwick Liberals have built on the major gains made in the 2008 elections winning four of the five Randwick wards and increasing their margin by 5.2 per cent. With only 70 per cent of votes counted, all four standing Liberal councillors have been re-elected to their seats. A second Liberal seat is expected to be won in the west ward by the Randwick Mayor Scott Nash’s number two ticket Harry Stavrinos who remains in a closely fought battle with new Green’s candidate David Allison. With both the Liberals and Labor expected to have six sitting councillors in Randwick the balance of power may fall to Greek Australian independent Anthony Andrews and the Greens. In what may be a blow for the Greek community in the city of Randwick, sitting councillor John Procopiadis, who this time stood as an independent with rugby league celebrity Mario Fenech and local businessman Dudley Tinyow in his group, says it seems unlikely that he will secure a place on council. “It doesn’t look like I’ll get in but I’m pleased and proud of what I’ve accomplished up to now and there is so much more I want to get involved with and do.” Having served the residents of Randwick for the past 18 years, Mr Procopiadis is not giving up hope. “I’m not giving up ’til the fat lady sings. Once I know what the situation is I’ll thank everyone at Randwick [the staff] who have looked after me and have been there for me. Without their guidance I wouldn’t have made it this far and they deserve a thank you.” The City of Randwick also saw candidates Pandelis Trebalas and Poppy Trebalas, feature in the West Ward and Kon Trebalas in the North Ward all representing the No Parking Meters party. The No Parking Meters party which campaigned on the belief that parking meters are a tax on the family car, to date seems not to have won a seat on council. In the East Ward of Canterbury City Council, Greek Australians Esta Paschalidis-Chilas (Labor Party) and Con Vasilades (Liberal Party) have both been elected. Similarly in the West Ward Burraga in Marrickville Council, Emanuel Tsardoulias was elected. In Ashfield, where counting has not been completed for the East Ward, Julie Passas a Liberal Party candidate is hopeful of success. It was not only in the metropolitan areas that Greek Australians featured. In Brewarrina in the far west of New South Wales, Angelo Pippos was re-elected to Brewarrina Shire Council. Full election results for many areas will not be known until later in the week as vote counting continues. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


Supreme Court hears health care arguments

first_imgWASHINGTON –As demonstrations swirled outside, Supreme Court justices signaled on Monday, March 26, they are ready to confront without delay the keep-or-kill questions at the heart of challenges to President Barack Obama’s historic health care overhaul. Virtually every American will be affected by the outcome, due this summer in the heat of the election campaign.On the first of three days of arguments — the longest in decades — none of the justices appeared to embrace the contention that it was too soon for a decision.Outside the packed courtroom, marching and singing demonstrators on both sides — including doctors in white coats, a Republican presidential candidate and even a brass quartet — voiced their eagerness for the court to either uphold or throw out the largest expansion in the nation’s social safety net since Medicare was enacted in 1965.Tuesday’s arguments will focus on the heart of the case, the provision that aims to extend medical insurance to 30 million more Americans by requiring everyone to carry insurance or pay a penalty.A decision is expected by late June as Obama fights for re-election. All of his Republican challengers oppose the law and promise its repeal if the high court hasn’t struck it down in the meantime.last_img read more


Mayor Pierce Says Borough Reduced Deficit By Almost 4 Million

first_imgAt the beginning of FY18 the borough estimated they would spend $4,152,291 more than they earned, but according to Pierce they deficit spent closer to $434,028. Mayor Pierce: “I certainly can’t take credit for all of that. I was the leader at the head of the table that was leading a lot of those discussions and trying to convince many to work towards finding savings. We certainly can’t take credit for all of the savings, we picked up some additional receipts from the state and federal government. I would say that there has been some significant changes within the borough, and I give credit to those borough employees.”  According to Pierce the borough saw the largest reduction in deficit spending of $3.1 million due to federal PILT money, or payments in lieu of taxes. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce says the borough had almost $4 million less in deficit spending than projected.center_img Mayor Pierce spoke to a joint Kenai/Soldotna Chamber of Commerce on December 5: “We were going to deficit spend $4 million and we came in around $435,000 deficit spend.”  The borough received both state and federal funding during FY18 which helped towards reducing the total deficit spending.last_img read more


Paul Ryan Defense Hawk

first_imgDuring his 17 years in Congress, it wasn’t always clear whether Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) was allied more closely with fiscal conservatives or advocates of a robust military.But now that he has risen to become speaker of the House, Ryan has revealed his true identity.“As you know, I’m a defense hawk,” Ryan said this week. “I very much believe we need a bigger Navy. Big time.” He pointed to the contested waters in Southeast Asia as a reason for expanding the nation’s fleet, reported CQ.Ryan also praised last week’s budget deal for benefitting the Pentagon.“Like this budget deal or not, it did give us relief on defense. And what matters more for defense than one or two billion is predictability and certainty over a two-year cycle,” Ryan said.And perhaps the DOD budget could be bolstered even further. “So they’ve got some predictability to get us through the Obama days, but we’re going to have to rebuild this budget after Obama,” he added.The story noted that Wisconsin has its share of defense industry. Oshkosh Defense recently was awarded the contract to build the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, the planned replacement for the Humvee. And some littoral combat ships are being built in part by Marinette Marine near the state’s northern border with Michigan. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more