20 September 2007Italian author and journalist Anna Cataldi, a former United Nations Messenger of Peace, was today appointed as an Ambassador of the Stop TB Partnership to raise awareness worldwide about the unfair burden of tuberculosis on refugees, migrants, people living in poverty and other disadvantaged groups. Italian author and journalist Anna Cataldi, a former United Nations Messenger of Peace, was today appointed as an Ambassador of the Stop TB Partnership to raise awareness worldwide about the unfair burden of tuberculosis on refugees, migrants, people living in poverty and other disadvantaged groups. In 2005 alone, the disease is estimated to have killed 1.6 million people. The Stop TB Partnership, whose secretariat is hosted by the UN World Health Organization (WHO), is a network of more than 500 international organizations, countries, donors from the public and private sectors, TB patients and nongovernmental and governmental organizations. Its goal is to eliminate TB as a public health problem worldwide. “Anna Cataldi has an extraordinary track record of galvanizing people to confront issues that cause human suffering,” Partnership Executive Secretary Marcos Espinal said. “She will be a strong voice calling for access to TB prevention, diagnosis and treatment as a human right.” Ms. Cataldi said she was “grateful to the Stop TB Partnership for giving me this opportunity to advocate on behalf of those suffering from this disease.” Welcoming the appointement, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan praised Ms. Cataldi for her tireless efforts and devotion. “She was an active, compassionate and productive Messenger,” he said. “She travelled to difficult places, such as Afghanistan and Somalia, to bring support, encouragement and hope to the desperate and voiceless. I am delighted she will now devote her energies to the Stop TB campaign.” The Partnership’s Global Plan to Stop TB (2006-2015) seeks to treat 50 million people for TB between now and 2015 and save about 14 million lives. It aims to halve TB prevalence and deaths compared with 1990 levels by 2015. “Ms. Cataldi is sure to advance the global fight against TB. We welcome her appointment enthusiastically,” said Mario Raviglione, Director of the Stop TB Department at WHO. Ms. Cataldi is the author of Letters from Sarajevo, which chronicled the impact of war on Bosnia’s children. In 1998, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, she initiated a project to create and distribute a passport-sized pamphlet version of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights for children. This March, she conceived and helped organize a photo exhibit focussing on TB at the UN’s New York Headquarters that was viewed by more than 100,000 people. read more

Bilateral cooperation has steadily improved over the years has spread into new areas of cooperation in recent years he said further in an interview with the President’s Media Division. High Commissioner Skandakumar stated further: “the fact that Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull invited our President for a state visit proves the new high in our longstanding friendship. President Maithripala Sirisena left for Australia today on an official visit, the President’s Media Division said.Sri Lanka and Australia enjoy strong bilateral relations, and the current state visit of President Maithripala Sirisena will give them quantum jump, says Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner in Australia Somasundaram Skandakumar. The last state visit took place six decades ago when Prime Minister Sir John Kothalawala visited Australia, following the setting up of Colombo Plan. Australia is a leading member of the Colombo Plan under which several programmes have been launched for the development of the education sector“.In the new areas of corporation, Australia is looking forward to invest in various sectors including mining, hospitality, dairy and agriculture. The High Commissioner said that the President, who also holds the Cabinet portfolio of Environment, will be visiting the National Arboretum in Canberra, where he will plant a sapling of Mahogany (Toona ciliata). The President is also scheduled to visit the ANU-CSIRO Centre for Genomics, Metabolomics and Bioinformatics where excellent research has been done on development of food crops. “Sri Lanka can learn a lot from these two centres about preserving environment, increasing forest density and agriculture and food crop research,” Skandakumar said. Indicating that there is a huge potential for expansion of bilateral corporation in the mining and education sectors, the High Commissioner emphasized, that Australian investors look forward to mine exploration on the western coastal areas. The recent years has seen a boost in bilateral security corporation, especially in maritime security, between the two countries. Realizing the imperative need for security in the Indian Ocean region, Australia has donated two modern patrolling vessels to Sri Lankan coast guards. The two countries are actively cooperating to curb human smuggling and to prevent maritime piracy.Revealing the details of President’s Sirisena’s state visit, Skandakumar expected many positive outcomes Australian Prime from the President’s meetings with the Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, Defence Minister Marise Payne, Education Minister Simon Birmingham, and Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton, where a number of Memoranda of Understanding will also be signed strengthening bilateral collaboration. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Canadians looking at investing outside of the country in greater numbers by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 24, 2016 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Feb 24, 2016 at 10:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Canadian investors are increasingly looking at putting their money to work outside the country despite the drop in the loonie, a CIBC poll suggests.The survey found that 41 per cent of Canadians investing for retirement in stocks or mutual funds will invest mainly outside of the country.That result is up from 31 per cent in a similar poll last year.The poll conducted in January by Vision Critical found 15 per cent of those surveyed said they planned to add to their U.S. investments, while another 15 per cent were investing in emerging markets.Eleven per cent planned on stocks and mutual funds in developed markets such as Europe.The online poll was done by Vision Critical from Jan. 20 to 22.Much of the Canadian stock market is based in three key sectors — energy, mining and financials. The concentration meant last year that the S&P/TSX composite index suffered due to weakness in oil and other commodity prices.“While it’s natural for investors to have a ‘home bias’ by overweighting your portfolio to domestic stocks, taking a Canada-only approach can hurt returns,” says Luc de la Durantaye, managing director, asset allocation and currency management, CIBC Asset Management.“Canada accounts for only about three per cent of the world’s market capitalization, so diversifying geographically can strengthen your portfolio for the long-term.”The Canadian dollar has come off highs of recent years to trade at its lowest level against the U.S. dollar in more than a decade earlier this year.And while the drop in the loonie has made buying investments in the U.S. more expensive, it has also given a boost to U.S. stocks in Canadian dollar terms even with the relatively flat year for the S&P 500 in 2015.The CIBC suggested that with the recent volatility on the stock market and the lower loonie, 22 per cent of investors are looking at “alternative asset” classes that include real estate or infrastructure.Another 26 per cent said they wanted to learn more about alternative asset classes, the poll said.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error as they are not a random sample and therefore are not necessarily representative of the whole population. read more

In resolution 2361, which extends the mandate of the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF), the Council condemned the use of heavy weapons by both the Syrian armed forces and armed groups in the ongoing Syrian conflict in the area of separation between Israel and Syria, and underlined that there should be no military activity of the armed opposition groups in that area. It also urged Member States to convey strongly to the Syrian armed opposition groups in UNDOF’s area of operations to halt all activities that endanger UN peacekeepers and to accord them the freedom to carry out their mandate safely and securely. UNDOF was established by the Council in May 1974 to maintain the ceasefire between Israel and Syria, to supervise the disengagement of Israeli and Syrian forces, and to supervise the areas of separation and limitation. Mandate of UNAMID extended until 30 June next yearSimilarly, the Council adopted resolution 2363, in which it extended the mandate of the UN-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) until 30 June 2018. Among other things, the Council also decided that from 31 January next year, UNAMID’s troop and police ceiling shall be reduced to consist of up to 8,735 military personnel and 2,500 police personnel, including individual police officers and members of formed police units. Mandate of UN mission in Mali extended until 30 June 2018Also today, the Council extended the mandate of the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali, known by its French acronym MINUSMA, through June 2018. In adopting resolution 2364, the Council also decided that MINUSMA shall continue to comprise up to 13,289 military personnel and 1,920 police personnel and that its strategic priority shall remain to support the implementation by the Government, the Plateforme and Coordination armed groups, as well as by other relevant Malian stakeholders, of the Agreement on Peace and Reconciliation in Mali. Furthermore, the Council authorized French forces, within the limits of their capacities and areas of deployment, “to use all necessary means” until the end of MINUSMA’s mandate, “to intervene in support of elements of MINUSMA when under imminent and serious threat upon request of the Secretary-General.” Measures renewed against illicit oil exports in LibyaThe Council also today renewed the measures against illicit oil exports from Libya as well as the mandate of the expert panel assisting the sanctions committee through November this year. In adopting resolution 2362, the Council condemned attempts to illicitly export petroleum, including crude oil and refined petroleum products, from Libya, including by parallel institutions which are not acting under the authority of the Government of National Accord.The Council also raised concerns about activities which could damage the integrity and unity of Libyan State financial institutions and the National Oil Corporation, and stressed the need for the Government of National Accord “to exercise sole and effective oversight” over the National Oil Corporation, the Central Bank of Libya and the Libyan Investment Authority. In the same resolution, the Council decided that the Panel of Experts on the issue shall provide an interim report on its work no later than 28 February 2018, and a final report, with findings and recommendations, by 15 September of next year. read more

first_imgTHE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY is scrambling to react to the downing of an Malaysian Airlines flight over Ukraine yesterday.But amid the geopolitics is a human disaster, the loss of 298 lives.Just outside of the tiny town of Grabovo, the wreckage is due to be inspected by investigators today.Here is the view from that scene.All pics:  Source: Zurab Dzhavakhadze/Photas/Tass/Press Association Images Source: Zurab Dzhavakhadze/Photas/Tass/Press Association Images A man walks amongst the debris at the crash site. Source: Zurab Dzhavakhadze/Photas/Tass/Press Association Images People inspect the crash site of a passenger plane near the village of Grabovo. Source: Dmitry LovetskyAt the Dutch embassy in Kiev, a vigil was held. Source: AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov Source: AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov Flowers and candles brought to the Embassy of the Netherlands in Kiev to commemorate victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17. Source: AP Photo/Sergei ChuzavkovRead: Malaysian passenger plane shot down by surface-to-air missile over Ukrainelast_img read more

first_imgYes, it’s the time of year when iPad rumors are launched at a rapid-fire pace. Though last year’s “iPhone 5” rumors were inconsistent enough to give one schizophrenia, the 2012 iPad rumors have been fairly consistent. The iPad 3 will likely feature a Retina display, an A6 chip, LTE, a bigger battery, and a design similar to the iPad 2. So there’s nothing more to gossip about, right?But wait: the iPad 3 is no longer the only iPad dwelling in the rumor mill. It now has a supposed little brother, the iPad Mini. Though analysts refuse to let this one die, one of the most trusted sources of Apple leaks is actually joining the chorus. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple is currently qualifying suppliers for a smaller iPad with an eight-inch display.The “iPad mini” (the rumor mill’s name, not necessarily Apple’s) would sport a resolution that’s either the same as or similar to that of the iPad 2 (1024×768). That would give it a pixel density of 160, higher than that of the iPad 2, but nowhere near the rumored pixel density of the iPad 3 (264ppi). In other words, it would be nice enough to steal sales from the Kindle Fire, but would still be more of a budget tablet.Up to this point, we’ve been taking the iPad mini rumors with many grains of salt, but the WSJ’s chiming in lends more credibility to them. It has a great track record with Apple leaks, and is suspected to be the source that the company uses for “controlled leaks.” This leak, however, was specifically attributed to supply chain sources, not Apple.Even if this iPad mini story is true, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the tablet will ever make it to market. It describes a product that is still in its early stages. Many Apple products typically make it to that stage, but get killed before hitting the market. Will the iPad mini go this route, or will there be a new “Kindle Fire killer” this holiday season? I’m sure the rumor mill will give you a thousand answers during the next several months.last_img read more

first_imgHyderabad: Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao has directed officials to follow tri-policy method to achieve qualitative governance in the State. Adding that the strict implementation of the three policies – Telangana Rural Policy, Urban policy and Revenue policy– will bring qualitative governance in the State, the Chief Minister said the Telangana rural policy should be aimed at providing relief from various problems and issues being faced by the people. Also Read – TSBB, NGC promotes eco-friendly Ganeshas Advertise With Us The Revenue policy would ensure that the the bribe culture is curbed and the urban policy will aim at zero level corruption, he said, while holding a review on the progress made in formulating the new Municipal Act, provisions to be incorporated in it and the duties and responsibilities of the public representatives under the Act. “We are going to see a positive change in the village in three months. We fought elections in the rural Telangana and won. The people gave us a landslide majority in the Assembly polls and blessed us. We have taken up overall welfare,” he said and added that the government has decided to bring in qualitative change to pay as gratitude to the people. Also Read – CM KCR praises PRO for his books on Telangana Advertise With Us The Telangana new Municipal Act would be brought in to eradicate corruption. This time, people are expecting from the government best practices and best policies, KCR said, adding that people will get benefit from the best policies. The Municipal Act should be made to serve the people and to take care of their problems and issues. The Act should be stringent and help development of towns in a better way, he emphasized. “The act would be made with all the seriousness and commitment and should not be taken in a lighter vein,” the Chief Minister said instructing the officials concerned to organise an orientation and training programme for the Municipal Commissioners to create awareness about the new act.last_img read more

first_imgUri: Pakistan Army on Tuesday violated ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri sector. Earlier on Monday, heavy ceasefire violation was reported from two locations in Poonch, Indian Army sources said. India has repeatedly urged Pakistan to “respect” the 2003 ceasefire arrangement between the two countries.last_img

first_imgOn March 20 at 3:30 p.m., the Chancel Choir will celebrate its 74th Anniversary at Bethel A.M.E. Church at 623 Pine Street in Cambridge, Maryland. New Revelations Baptist Church of Cambridge will be in concert with their youth, mass choirs, male chorus and praise dancers. A light dinner will be served and a good will offering appreciated. For more information please contact Jacquelyn Hull at 410.222.8737.last_img

first_imgPandora first unveiled voice mode at CES in Las Vegas in January. At the time, chief product officer Chris Phillips told Variety that voice technology had advanced quite a bit since the early days of mobile voice assistants. Those advancements also shaped consumers’ expectations for voice usage, Phillips argued.Consumers used to talk to devices like they were dumb robots, he said. Now, they’re talking to them more like they would talk to their friends. “More and more consumers are going to become more and more vague,” Phillips said.One of the goals of Pandora’s voice mode was to make sense of those vague utterances by tapping into their past recommendations. “We are applying personalization to all the asks,” Phillips said. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 After first launching a limited beta earlier this year, Pandora opened up its mobile voice control to all of its iOS and Android users Tuesday. The new feature allows users to ask for songs, albums, playlists, stations, and even soundtracks for activities or times of day, with simple voice commands.Pandora’s voice mode is similar to the way voice assistants like Alexa and the Google Assistant make music available via voice controls, down to the “Hey Pandora” wake phrase. However, the feature has been developed in-house at Pandora, which allows the company to make unique use of its own music recommendation capabilities.This makes it possible to ask for “music to start my day” for a personalized morning playlist, for “more like this” to tap into Pandora’s music recommendation chops, and for podcasts available on the music service.center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

first_img Citation: Princeton geoscientists report Greenland ice sheet melting rate is increasing (2012, November 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-11-princeton-geoscientists-greenland-ice-sheet.html More information: Mapping Greenland’s mass loss in space and time, Published online before print November 19, 2012, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1206785109 (PDF)AbstractThe melting of polar ice sheets is a major contributor to global sea-level rise. Early estimates of the mass lost from the Greenland ice cap, based on satellite gravity data collected by the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment, have widely varied. Although the continentally and decadally averaged estimated trends have now more or less converged, to this date, there has been little clarity on the detailed spatial distribution of Greenland’s mass loss and how the geographical pattern has varied on relatively shorter time scales. Here, we present a spatially and temporally resolved estimation of the ice mass change over Greenland between April of 2002 and August of 2011. Although the total mass loss trend has remained linear, actively changing areas of mass loss were concentrated on the southeastern and northwestern coasts, with ice mass in the center of Greenland steadily increasing over the decade. The two used data from the twin satellites used in the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) that orbit in tandem over the Earth. As they pass over the planet they measure very small differences in gravity between the two that correspond to the amount of mass below. In looking at data recorded during the period August 2002 to 2011, they were able to measure the changes in mass of the ice sheet that covers Greenland, which is second only to Antarctica in size.The two found that by analyzing GRACE data very closely they could actually pinpoint the parts of the ice sheet that were changing and by how much. They noted for example, that for the year 2003 to 2004, the bulk of melting occurred along the eastern coast of the island nation, whereas over the following year it was centered in the northeast. Surprisingly, they found that even as the ice sheet as a whole was losing mass, some mass was gained in central Greenland. It’s not known why this has happened, but it’s possibly due to higher amounts of snowfall that might have occurred.The melting of the polar ice sheets is believed to be associated with rising global temperatures, which in turn is believed by most scientists to be the result of increased amounts of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere due mainly to human pollutants. As the ice sheets melt, global sea levels rise. By studying melting rates, scientists are able to provide better estimates on how much the sea will rise and when. Current estimates put sea level rise at 0.1 inches per year. Using the numbers from their study, the researchers estimate that sea levels will rise 2.4 inches over the next century from just the melting that is occurring in Greenland. They also note that based on current numbers, it would take approximately 13,000 years for all of the ice in Greenland to melt. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Isua Supracrustal Belt Isua, south-west Greenland. Credit: University of Washington. Enhanced melting of Northern Greenland in a warm climatecenter_img (Phys.org)—Princeton geoscientists Christopher Harig and Frederik Simons have been applying new methods to study the amount of ice melt in the Greenland ice sheet. They report in a paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that the rate is approximately 200 billion tons annually and is rising at a rate of approximately 9 billion tons per year. Explore further © 2012 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

first_imgToday, the Tor Project launched its annual end-of-year crowdfunding campaign ‘Strength in Numbers’ and it’s receiving support from Firefox maker Mozilla. The Tor network disguises a users identity by moving their traffic across different Tor servers, and encrypting that traffic so it isn’t traced back to them, thus “ensuring privacy and online freedom”. Started back in 2016, Tor’s Crowdfunding campaigns allow the community to realize the opportunity that Tor promises. Their vision to deliver significant advancements in the hidden services field aims to draw contributions from donors, further facilitating their participation in shaping the evolution of hidden services. Tor announced that Mozilla will match donations up to a total of $500,000. This means a significant portion of the donations Tor receives during this campaign will be automatically be doubled. This is not the first time that Mozilla, Tor’s long term ally, has supported its network. Its partnership with Tor helped the organization raise over $400,000 from a similar campaign. Mozilla’s support has been beneficial to Tor, who began soliciting ‘crowdfunded’ donations in 2015 to offset its reliance on government grants. 2018 has been a busy year for the Tor network who have always aimed to take a stand against restrictive online practices and foster privacy and online freedom to its users. In wake of the same, they build the Tor Browser 8 based on Firefox’s 2017 Quantum structure and the Tor Browser for Android  to reach out to users in nations that have tightened restrictions on free expression and accessing the open web and not much freedom is provided to its citizens. Looks like Mozilla has given them a good head start to continue their work in 2019. Tor plans to do the following in 2019 with community support: Improve the capacity, modularization, and scalability of the Tor network Make improvements and integrations into other privacy and circumvention tools easier and reliable Better test  and design solutions around internet censorship Strengthen the development of Tor Browser for Android And much more! You can head over to Tor’s official Blog to know more about this news. Read Next Tor Project gets its first official mobile browser for Android, the privacy friendly Tor Browser Tor Browser 8.0 powered by Firefox 60 ESR releasedlast_img read more

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Boosting its corporate appeal, Virgin Australia has unveiled new kerbside valet parking at Brisbane’s domestic terminal.Launched yesterday, the new seven day weekly service will open half an hour before the first flight and after the last service and is part of the airline’s commitment to its guests, according to Virgin Australia group executive product and guest services Martin Daley.“The Premium Valet offering is designed to provide frequent and valued customers with a streamlined, hassle-free experience,” Mr Daley said. “All guests have the convenience of leaving their car with an attendant before stepping into an exclusive reception area. “A dedicated check-in desk will be available for guests with carry-on baggage only.”The new car parking service in Brisbane starts from AU$55 for up to 14 hours and $65 for up to 24 hours.As well as the new valet parking, the airline also announced a new concierge service at Hold Coast and Canberra airports, expansion and upgrade at its Sydney and Melbourne domestic hubs and a new Gold Coast lounge.last_img read more

first_imgAccorHotels principally creates wealth in its host countriesThe Group contributes €22 billion to world GDP, which is the equivalent of a country like Cyprus. This contribution encompasses the value added directly by the Group, plus the value generated by the activities of its suppliers, by household consumption and by public spending.The economic impacts from the Group’s activities correlate with its local presence. France, Germany, Australia, Great Britain and Brazil, for example, enjoy substantial portions of this wealth. This said, in emerging countries like India and Ivory Coast, where the Group has a smaller presence, a very large share of their contributions to GDP remains firmly rooted in the host country (close to 90%).In Asia Pacific*, close to 56,000 direct jobs and about 250,500 indirect and induced jobs are sustained by the activity of AccorHotels. According to the study, every €1.00 in revenue that AccorHotels generates in Asia Pacific* contributes globally to €1.75 of GDP, and Asia Pacific* therefore represents about 20% of the Group’s contribution to worldwide GDP (€22bn).*For the purpose of this study, Asia Pacific countries cover Australia, China, India, Indonesia and ThailandOutlookThis study underscores the fact that the Group’s value creation drive is firmly rooted in local communities, and that it thus needs to continuously step up its economic and social responsibility in its host countries.To that end, in 2014, AccorHotels updated its Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility Charter and appointed a Committee to supervise observance and to enhance responsibility in the areas of management ethics, integrity and legal compliance.This footprint also sheds light on the deep interconnections between the Group, its stakeholders and its host countries. AccorHotels’ role as business partner and customer entails substantial responsibility.This has led it to set up monitoring mechanisms throughout its value chain and, in particular, to develop joint innovation initiatives with its key partners in order to improve the sector’s practices.AccorHotels will use these findings to fine-tune the new chapter in PLANET 21, its sustainable development program, which it will be presenting in the second quarter of this year. AccorHotelsSource = AccorHotels AccorHotels, the world’s leading hotel operator, has published the findings from its first socio-economic footprint study.This study is embedded in the Group’s corporate social responsibility drive, and its goal is to quantify and analyze its activity’s ripple effects throughout the worldwide and local economies.The findings from this impact map will help the Group to home in on more effective levers to:Strengthen the positive impacts in the communities around its hotels;Limit any negative impacts that may arise from its development.Two key findings: AccorHotels sustains around 880,000 jobs (direct, indirect and induced)Over and above the jobs revolving directly around its core business, the Group’s activity has created or supports some700,000 indirect and induced jobs around the globe, in three main sectors: corporate services (laundry, cleaning, security), agriculture (as a result of its F&B activity) and public services (education, healthcare and transportation).Study findings suggest that every job created in an AccorHotels brand supports more than four other jobs around the world.last_img read more

first_imgMore Brits are booking flights to destinations that offer value-for-money as well as warmth, the latest currency trend from the International Currency Exchange (ICE) has revealed.According to the ICE’s monthly report, the Thai baht has broken into the top three foreign currencies bought by British travellers, while the East Caribbean dollar made the list for the first time.The Brazilian real jumped to seventh position, experiencing an increase in orders of 85 percent.While destinations offering guaranteed sun are proving popular, a number of people appear to have been booking flights to Czech and Swiss ski resorts, with both the koruna and Swiss franc remaining in the lists top ten.Andrew Hamilton, ICE’s head of marketing, said it was a “big surprise” that the Thai baht had managed to push ahead of the Australian dollar.”Even further abroad, Brazil looks set to be this season’s Mexico, as Brits recognise the great exchange rate on the Brazilian real,” he said.The top two currencies bought by UK travellers in February were the euro and the US dollar, while the New Zealand dollar and Polish zloty were the eighth and ninth most popular.Last month the ICE said that Russia, Mexico and Brazil were the destinations where British holidaymakers are able to get better value for their sterling.Related Reading: Don’t Ignore the Eurozone ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedThailand is Brits’ third most popular holiday destinationThailand has remained the third most popular holiday destination for Brits, research from the ICE has revealed.More Brits book flights to long-haul destinations this half termThere has been a “surge in demand” for overseas currencies as more people book long-haul flights this half term.More Brits could book flights to Iceland last-minuteIceland, Jamaica and Hungary offer the best value for money for British travellers.last_img read more

first_img Categories: News 09Oct Price, Michigan House support Breast Cancer Awareness Month Rep. Amanda Price (fourth from right) and her fellow female Republican legislators wear pink in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Price was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer in 2001.last_img

first_img Categories: Glenn News State Reps. Gary Glenn, left, and Lee Chatfield provided testimony to the House Tax Policy Committee April 15 on their legislation to prohibit Michigan Economic Growth Authority tax credits beyond the state’s current $9.38 billion liability. The bills were unanimously approved today by the committee and now go to the House for consideration.Michigan House Tax Policy Committee members today voted unanimously in favor of legislation to protect taxpayers from additional financial liability through Michigan Economic Growth Authority (MEGA) tax credit extensions.The committee includes state Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland, who introduced House Bill 4334 to prohibit extensions currently allowed under the Michigan Business Tax Act. The committee also approved HB 4333, which addresses similar language in the Michigan Economic Growth Authority Act.“The MEGA credits and program expansion did what was intended at a time when Michigan was struggling through the recession by retaining the key industries and jobs that are now helping our state lead the nation’s economic rebound,” Rep. Glenn said. “While those past financial commitments can be honored with gratitude we must now look to ensure a fiscally responsible and realistic future that is stable and sustainable for Michigan taxpayers.”The MEGA tax credits were greatly expanded in 2008, and even though the program was ended by the Republican-led Legislature and Gov. Rick Snyder in 2011, there is a taxpayer liability of $9.38 billion projected over the next 17 years, including a $325 million state obligation this budget year.Current state law allows the existing credits to be increased and extended further, but the legislation approved today by the committee will freeze the existing program and its credit liabilities.HB 4333-4334 now go to the full House for consideration. 29Apr House committee approves Rep. Glenn bill to prohibit MEGA tax credit extensionslast_img read more

first_img17Jan Rep. VanderWall attends State of the State Categories: VanderWall News,VanderWall Photos State Rep. Curt VanderWall, R-Ludington, is joined by his wife, Diane, to listen to the governor’s State of the State address on the House floor on Tuesday evening.###last_img

first_imgMonday, Aug. 218 to 9 a.m. at Daniel’s Restaurant, 55 E. South Ave. in Hesperia;10 to 11 a.m. at One East Main, 1 E. Main St. in Fremont; andNoon to 1 p.m. at the Newaygo County Building, Board of Commissioners room, 1087 E. Newell St. in White Cloud.             Rep. Scott VanSingel of Grant invites residents to attend his upcoming office hours during the month of August.“Being in touch with residents is one of my top priorities,” VanSingel said. “I encourage anyone who has ideas or concerns about our state government to attend my upcoming office hours.”Rep. VanSingel will be available at the following times and locations:Monday, Aug. 149 to 10 a.m. at Iron’s Café, 5408 W. 10 ½ Mile Road in Irons;10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Luther Public Library, 115 State St. in Luther; andNoon to 1 p.m. at the Lake County Building, Board of Commissioners room, 800 10th St. in Baldwin. No appointments are necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. VanSingel’s office at (517) 373-7317 or by email at ScottVanSingel@house.mi.gov. Categories: VanSingel News 07Aug Rep. VanSingel announces August office hourslast_img read more

first_img15Mar Rep. Hauck bill addressing drone use passes House committee vote The House Committee on Communications and Technology this week advanced a bill proposed by state Rep. Roger Hauck of Union Township as part of a larger legislative package establishing needed state guidelines for drones.Hauck’s bill, House Bill 5495, highlights facilities where use of unmanned aircraft systems will be prohibited under state law. The language refers to knowingly and intentionally interfering with “key facilities” as defined in the Michigan Penal Code, including manufacturing plants, electric or natural gas utilities, correctional sites and telecommunication facilities. Companion legislation sponsored by state Rep. Jim Lower of Cedar Lake offers a sentencing guideline making intentional drone interference with a key facility up to a four-year felony.“Over time, improved education will lead to more educated use,” Hauck said. “My bill allows for a lot of prosecutor discretion because of how new this technology is. Knowledge and intent will be two big things within that discretion. A surveyor who flies a drone over a highway or high voltage power line may not know that he is breaking a law. This proposal improves safety, offers clear deterrents for bad actors, grants leeway for hobbyists and puts rules on the books that can be better recognized and accepted the longer we have this technology.”A 2016 Federal Aviation Administration report estimated 2.5 million drones were being operated nationwide for a variety of purposes, including hobbyist and commercial. That number could grow to a projected 7 million by 2020.A 27-member Unmanned Aircraft Systems Task Force, appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder, began work in April 2017 to develop statewide recommendations on the operation, use and regulation of unmanned aircraft in Michigan. The bills offered largely reflect the task force’s policy recommendations.“There needs to be some definition here where the letter of the law could be clearly identified regarding drone usage,” Hauck said. “There are a lot of hobbyists and recreational drone users and not a lot of education or information on where you can and can’t use them.”The bills within the package, HBs 5494-98, advance to the House floor for further consideration.PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Roger Hauck, of Union Township, provides testimony in support of House Bill 5495 before the House Committee on Communications and Technology on Feb. 13. Hauck’s legislation is part of a bill package aiming to regulate unmanned aircraft at the state level. Categories: Hauck News,Newslast_img read more

first_img21Feb Rep. Hernandez sets local office hours Categories: Hernandez News State Rep. Shane Hernandez will host local office hours on Friday, March 1 to meet with residents of Sanilac and St. Clair counties.“Input from the people in our community is essential to effectively representing you in Lansing,” Hernandez said. “One of my top priorities as a state legislator is being open and accessible to you. I welcome anyone to attend.”The office hours are scheduled for the following times and locations:10:30 a.m. at the Horseshoe Grill, 4000 Main St. in Brown City; and12 p.m. at the Mainstreet Café, 40 S. Elk St. in Sandusky.No appointment is necessary to attend office hours. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Hernandez’s office by calling (517) 373-0835 or by email at ShaneHernandez@house.mi.gov.last_img read more

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesSeptember 9, 2014; StatelineMarsha Mercer writes for Stateline that that Cooperative Extension is in the process of reinventing itself for the twenty-first century. President Woodrow Wilson created the Extension Service in 1914 as a program to share the research of land-grant universities on agriculture, home economics, and rural energy with all levels of government and communities. At the time, America was still a significantly rural community, with half of the nation living in rural communities and 30 percent of the workforce engaged in farming. Today, Mercer says, the numbers are sharply reduced—17 percent of the population living in rural areas, two percent engaged in farming. The Extension Service has shrunk drastically as America’s rural connections declined. Today, Extension relies mostly on volunteers and on its website for the distribution of information.Mercer’s article contends that Extension aims at more than helping farmers and ranchers, having branched into environmental protection, food safety, natural disaster response, energy independence, and workforce development. We would add more. Our experience with Extension in many communities has shown its staff to be often credible and imaginative actors in community development and community organizing—and in both urban and rural communities.Mercer identifies new Extension initiatives such as its establishment of bilingual 4-H clubs for immigrant children and their parents in southwest Kansas, assistance to consumers in choosing health insurance on the Affordable Care Act exchanges in Maryland and Delaware, and Smart Families food choice programs in Delaware, Idaho, Illinois, Nebraska, and Washington.Is there a nonprofit connection to the 21st-century Cooperative Extension Service? One is that Extension used to be basically government-funded, one-third each by federal, state, and county government sources. Now, Extension is increasingly dependent on private contributions, ranging from dairy owner Steve Irsik, who came up with the idea of the bilingual 4-H clubs and donated $50,000 to get them started, to the ConAgra Foods Foundation, which provided a $2 million grant for the Smart Families pilots.With federal funding of extension down to about 10 percent of costs, Extension Services have had to reach out to foundations, but the unequal distribution of philanthropy shows up strongly in records of foundation grantmaking. Cornell Cooperative Extension has gotten solid support from a variety of foundations, notably the Park Foundation; Michigan State University’s cooperative extension has received support from community foundations; and North Carolina Cooperative Extension seems to access grants from the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of North Carolina, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, the Duke Endowment, and community foundations. However, much of the nation’s extension programs reside in areas where institutional philanthropy doesn’t appear to have been much engaged with extension’s distinctive role.Beyond foundations, is there a nonprofit stake in the reinvention, revitalization, and sustainability of Cooperative Extension? Of course. At Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Institute for Non-Profits was created as an educational program of Cooperative Extension of Rockland County in 1995; the Institute evolved from the working relationship of Extension with a variety of local community organizations seeing the need for assistance to help nonprofit organizations grow and thrive. The University of Wisconsin Extension runs the Center for Community and Economic Development, established in 1990, which helps communities recognize and deal with issues of community change, addressing issues such as asset-based sustainable development, community demographic and market analysis, entrepreneurship development, and rural urban business market assessment. Among the HUD-approved foreclosure counseling organizations in Florida are nonprofit CDCs to be sure, but also Cooperative Extension offices in Holmes County, Washington County, Levy County, Brevard County and Pasco County—just to name a few.Most nonprofits are probably unaware of the importance of Cooperative Extension as a partner to their efforts and know even less of the role of Extension as a component of the nonprofit infrastructure serving rural and small communities in particular. Extension should be a component of the national nonprofit advocacy agenda.—Rick Cohen ShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgShare26TweetShare12Email38 SharesBy U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist Gary Ward [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsMay 3, 2017, New York TimesAt “Woodstock for capitalists,” Berkshire Hathaway’s annual meeting this past Sunday, Warren Buffett said that healthcare, not taxes, is the real problem facing corporate America. Since 1960, corporate taxes as a share of GDP have fallen from 4 to 2 percent, while health care costs have risen from 5 to 17 percent of GDP.A new study published May 1st in Health Affairs suggests that increasing physical activity among children represents a colossal cost savings as well as a necessary public health intervention. Bruce Lee, the director of the Global Obesity Prevention Program at Johns Hopkins and lead author of the study, and his colleagues, including team members from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center at Carnegie Mellon University, developed a computational simulation model utilizing their Virtual Population for Obesity Prevention software platform to represent the current population of U.S. children. They showed how even modest changes in levels of physical activity can positively affect them throughout their lifetime and the resulting economic impact. According to The New York Times:The results were staggering. According to the computer model, the costs of today’s 8- to 11-year-olds being inactive and consequently overweight would be almost $3 trillion in medical expenses and lost productivity every year once the children reached adulthood and for decades until their deaths.But when the researchers tweaked children’s activity levels within their model, the numbers began to look quite different. If they presumed that, in an imaginary America, half of all children exercised vigorously for about 25 minutes three times a week, such as during active recess or sports or, more ambitiously, ran around and moved for at least an hour every day, which is the amount of youth exercise recommended by the CDC, their virtual lives were transformed.There are presently 31.7 million American children aged 8 to 11. Two-thirds of these children rarely exercise. Many are overweight or obese. The computer model created an electronic avatar for every American child today growing up, changing each virtual child’s body incrementally as they grew into adulthood.As the simulated children became adults, the scientists then modeled each one’s health, based on obesity-associated risks for heart disease, diabetes, stroke and cancer, and also the probable financial price of dealing with those diseases (adjusted for future inflation), both in terms of direct expenses for hospitalizations, drugs and so on, and lost productivity because of someone’s being ill.In addition to the priceless physical and psychological benefits enjoyed by healthier living, this first-of-a-kind study indicates that if all sedentary children exercised daily, the United States could save more than $120 billion a year in health care and associated costs.Nevertheless, on the same day this startling study was published, new U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced a rollback of school lunch standards, one of Michelle Obama’s signature accomplishments as first lady and which became a lightning rod for criticism by some students and parents. On May 1st, Perdue declared that the new administration would “Make School Meals Great Again.” Obama’s “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act” legislation, which authorized funding and set policy for the USDA’s core child nutrition programs, became law in 2010 and was implemented in cafeterias at the beginning of the 2012–13 school year. Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign included better food labeling and more physical activity for children as well.The potential future scenarios revealed in this new study at Johns Hopkins, “Modeling the Economic and Health Impact of Increasing Children’s Physical Activity in the United States,” may not be enough anymore. Today, science itself is conditional. Lee and his colleagues, as well as their peers devoting themselves to any number of public health issues, may need to build into their research projects the time and resources necessary to plan a protest march in order to be heard.—James SchafferShare26TweetShare12Email38 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgBelgacom increased its TV subscriber base by 236,000 last year, ending December with a total of 1.2 million.The Belgian telco lost some of the rights it held to broadcast Jupiler League football matches but CEO Didier Bellens said this was not longer affecting churn rates. “In 2011 we had to make some strategic choices, for which we maintained our discipline and opted not to take the easy road but to hold on to our end goal, value creation. As such we were vigilant not to overpay for Belgian football broadcasting rights. This now proves to have been the right choice since football-related churn is back to previous levels, when we had all the rights”Revenue from TV services increased 14.3% year-on-year to €208 million.Belgacom said its bundling strategy was paying off. Last year it added 219,000 multi-play subscribers, ending December with a total of 1.09 million ‘Packs’ customers.The telco reported total revenues of €6.4 billion for 2011, down 3% year-on-year.last_img read more

first_imgThe IBC exhibition had recorded 49,808 people through the door at 10.30 this morning, which IBC CEO Michael Crimp said was comparable with last year’s 50,462 and up on 2010. Crimp said that registrations had fallen a little behind on last year over the Olympics period, but had recovered ahead of the show. “At the end of the day we didn’t seem to be impacted by the Olympics,” he said. “However, it explains why we had a different pattern of registrations.”Crimp said that record space had been sold to exhibitors this year, which saw the introduction of a new hall, Hall 14, outside the Rai building. This introduced 6,000 sq. metres of additional space. IBC had sold 20,000 sq. metres of space for next year’s show as of last night, he said.Referring to the introduction of recording artist and Intel creative director will.i.am as a conference speaker at this year’s event, Crimp said that his session had attracted 500 viewers, filling the main conference Forum space. This year’s IBC marked the second year of the Leaders’ Summit, a closed session for media leaders, this year featuring FremantleMedia CEO Gary Carter as an after-dinner speaker.A ‘Rising Stars’ event for new entrants to the industry and students attracted 120 attendees, while the Innovation Awards had attracted a significant number of nominations from end users as well as vendors, said Crimp.Phil White, director of technology and events, highlighted Japanese broadcaster NHK’s 8K demonstration and the world premier of a movie – Hugo 3D – screened on a laser projector.IBC conference chairman Michael Lumley said this year’s show had seen the introduction of new formats, including breakfast briefings. The IBC Awards had given a genuine representation of the breadth of the industry, he said.last_img read more

first_imgTesco, the UK’’s largest retailer, has started testing its Club Card TV streaming service and is expected to roll it out to its customers soon.The over-the-top service is in beta test mode and only available to Tesco employees. It is being run by Blinkbox, the streaming service that Tesco acquired in 2011.The Club Card programming line-up will include TV series and movies and there is content from Warner Bros. and the BBC among others.TV series include BBC comedy series Goodness Gracious Me and Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps and Electric Sky-distributed fashion series Fashion Avenue. There are also animated kids series including Care Bears and Justice League.Movie titles include Mazes and Monsters and Cheesecake Casserole. There are also kids animated titles including Superman: Brainiac Attacks and The Return of the King.The service will be free for Tesco customers who are part of the Club Card loyalty scheme. Consumers without a Club Card can get one free of charge and then access Club Card TV.Tesco is the largest retailer in the UK with a nationwide network of supermarkets. It also offers financial and other services under the Tesco brand.last_img read more

first_imgScripps Networks Interactive has secured carriage for its Food Networks and Travel Channel services on Virgin Media’s network. The rebranded Travel Channel will bring content including Jonathan Phang’s Caribbean Cookbook, Bizarre Foods America with Andrew Zimmern, International House Hunters, Hotel Impossible, Dangerous Grounds and World’s Greatest Motorcycle Rides to Virgin Media viewers.The addition of Food Network to Virgin Media’s line-up brings shows including Barefoot Contessa, Man V. Food Nation, Amazing Eats, Diners, Drive-ins & Dives and Guy’s Big Bite to the platform.Both channels were added to Virgin Media’s TV service yesterday, with a variety of programming also set to be made available via the operator’s video-on-demand and catch-up TV services from July.“Scripps Networks Interactive is a leading developer of lifestyle content globally” said Jon Sichel, managing director of Scripps Networks UK/EMEA, “Our strategy is to make our award-winning content accessible to UK audiences via a variety of platforms and devices and we believe Virgin Media’s pioneering TV platform will be the perfect combination to bring Virgin customers the best in lifestyle and entertainment programming.”last_img read more

first_imgMovie and TV streaming service Wuaki.tv has launched a new app that will make it available on Windows 8.1 PCs, laptops and tablets for the first time. The free app was developed in partnership with Microsoft, and is available from today.“At Wuaki.tv, we are committed to providing the best possible user experience and HD quality plays an important role within that. Our users are increasingly used to seeing the latest movies in high definition on their Smart TVs, consoles, and other devices, and now they can add their PC or laptop to this list too,” said Wuaki.tv founder and CEO, Jacinto Roca.last_img read more

first_imgAdam SawickiDeutsche Telekom-owned T-Mobile Polska has appointed Netia CEO Adam Sawicki as its next chief executive, effective June 1. Sawicki is currently chief exec and president of the management board at Netia, Poland’s second largest fixed line operator. In his new role he will report directly to Claudia Nemat, board member for Europe and technology at Deutsche Telekom.The appointment will see Sawicki take over from Zacharias Piperidis, who has held the T-Mobile Polska top job on an interim basis since November in addition to his role as chief operating officer at Greek telco OTE Group – in which Deutsche Telekom is the largest shareholder.Piperidis stepped in to replace Miroslav Rakowski, who left T-Mobile Polska on October 31 “upon his own request to pursue new challenges outside the Deutsche Telekom Group.”“With Adam Sawicki at the helm of T-Mobile Polska, it is clear that we have the right man to tackle the Polish telecommunications market and industry,” said Nemat.“As a former CEO of GTS Central Europe and with his extensive international experience in the business and residential markets, he is a perfect strategic fit to help us ‘lead in business’ – a key element in our company’s strategy – and integrate the GTS operations we recently acquired.”Sawicki was president of the management board and chief executive officer of Ruch Internet between 2011 and 2012 and was CEO of GTS Central Europe from 2008 to 2011.last_img read more

first_imgPortuguese pay TV operator Nos is to add to its catalogue of Ultra HD content by airing 4K UHD coverage of a tribute concert to ‘30s and ‘40s movie star Carmen Miranda featuring the Real Combo Lisbonsense today at 22:00 local time.Saudade de Você – às voltas com Carmen Miranda em Várzea de Ovelha, a concert from her home town of Várzea de Ovelha to mark the 60th anniversary of the death of the star of movies including Down Argentine Way and The Gang’s All Here, will be broadcast in 4K to Nos cable and fibre customers and via the Hispasat satellite position.last_img read more

first_imgLorenz GlatzFormer Kabel Deutschland chief technology officer Lorenz Glatz has joined the board of data analytics specialist Guavus.The company said that Glatz’s appointment is part of its on-going commitment to advance progress for the cable industry, following its strategic investment injection from Liberty Global and the launch of the latest version of Guavus Service Reflex 3, its analytics engine that combines network operations, care operations and field operations.Guavus has also joined the SCTE Standards Programme, where it will collaborate and help shape the future of industry-wide standards for the deployment of network maintenance, service assurance and customer experience management solutions. The company will work with SCTE to ensure that big data analytics products and data assets are available to further initiatives such as the Energy 2020 programme, the Network Operations Subcommittee (NOS) and the Special Working Group on Readiness for DOCSIS 3.1.“I see tremendous promise in Guavus’ products. They have pioneered a new category of service operations analytics that allow enterprises to not only correlate the impact network events have on service quality, but to take action in real-time to positively affect customer experience. This holistic approach, which can be applied to virtually any industry, is exactly what businesses need to compete, grow and succeed in today’s rapidly changing market,” said Glatz.“We are fortunate to have a Board of Industry Advisors that are so effective and engaged and are now privileged to welcome Lorenz to the team,” said Anukool Lakhina, CEO and founder of Guavus.“His expertise and guidance will be instrumental as we continue to extend into new markets around the world and to pioneer new products that allow the cable industry to exceed customer expectations across multiple channels, increase profits and rapidly bring new offerings to market.”last_img read more

first_imgCDN and video streaming services provider, Broadpeak, will showcase a range of solutions for the cable, IPTV, OTT, hybrid TV, and mobile markets at ANGA COM.Broadpeak will showcase version 1.3 of its nanoCDN technology, which is designed to let operators cost-effectively deliver live 4K content. It will also launch of version 2.3 of its BkA100 analytics solution, which lets operators and content providers collect data from users’ devices.An enhanced version of Broadpeak’s umbrellaCDN V3.1 promises to enhance quality of experience (QoE) thanks to a new technology called CDN Diversity.Broadpeak said it will additionally demo a series of user experience-focused technologies, including a new video delivery technology aimed at improving video browsing on tablets and smartphones. An extension of Broadpeak CDN services’ footprint for worldwide reach is also listed as another ‘key technology demo’ that will be new at ANGA COM.Overall, Broadpeak will present a number of solutions for operators, including Cloud PVR; nanoCDN multicast ABR demo with 4K content; and its ‘CDN in a box’ solution.For content providers it will present solutions designed to “optimise OTT video delivery through various options”. These include: hosting the origin server; using a CDN selector; deploying local cache servers; CDN services; and a new standalone video analytics solution.Broadpeak will exhibit at ANGA COM in hall 10.1, stand U38last_img read more

first_imgKenya-based Econet Media has launched a free-to-air sports channels that will offer coverage of English Premier League football as well as NBA basketball, Extreme Fighting Championship combat sports and NFL American football.The channel, Kwesé Free Sports, will be available on digital-terrestrial TV and on satellite in Kenya via free-to-air set-top boxes.The channel has exclusive free-to-air rights to air one Premier League match of the week every Saturday.Kenyan content on the channel includes Xtreme Outdoor Africa, Ball N’Africa and Sports Stars Uncovered.Econet Media is a unit of Econet Wireless, a mobile telecommunications operator founded by Zimbabwean businessman Strive Masiyiwa. Masiwiya revealed at the end of last year that he was planning to launch a broader pay TV service called Kwesé TV, offering a mix of sports and entertainment programming across sub-Saharan Africa, including to mobile users.He said that the company’s satellite unit, Liquid Sat, had built a platform to deliver the service via DTH.“We are thrilled to have reached this important milestone. Our goal is to bring African viewers the very best viewing experience and we are able to provide this for free in a way that is accessible for our viewers,” said Ben Amadasun, CEO Kwesé Free Sports.“Not only will we air local content, but we will also commission the production of original work by local production companies, as part of our commitment to developing the local industry”, said Monicah Ndungu general manager of the channel.last_img read more

first_imgUkrainian broadcaster 1+1 Media Group is to use capacity on SES’s satellite at 5 degrees East to broadcast eight channels.Under a long-term agreement between the pair, 1+1 will lease of one transponder on the Astra 4A satellite positioned at 5 degrees East.The capacity contracted by 1+1 Media will enable the group to host all of its eight channels on SES’s satellite. Seven of its DTH channels serve the Ukrainian market: 1+1, 2+2, TET, PlusPlus, Bigudi, Unian TV and Kvartal TV.The other channel of the group, 1+1 International, is targeted at the Ukrainian diaspora in Europe, and is an international version of the 1+1 channel.1+1 Media Group recentlystruck a deal to add the latter channel to a new OTT service aimed at expatriate and ethno-linguistic groups launched by Cisco in partnership with Sky.“1+1 Media Group is one of Ukraine’s major players in the market. We have already been hosting some of the group’s TV channels. This new agreement brings our long-standing relationship to a new level, and we are very much looking forward to delivering all of 1+1 Media Group’s channels to both Ukrainian and international audiences,” said Ferdinand Kayser, chief commercial officer of SES.“We have been relying on SES’s services over the past several years, and we are very pleased that our collaboration is expanding. SES has extensive experience in the Ukrainian market, and a proven track record in delivering top quality services. We are confident in SES as a partner in bringing our channels to our audiences in Ukraine and abroad,” said Yaroslav Pakholchuk, chief operational officer of 1+1 Media Group.last_img read more

first_imgJames PurnellThe BBC has called for on-demand players like its iPlayer service to be guaranteed prominence on all major TV platforms.In a article for the Telegraph ahead of a House of Lords debate on the issue this week, the BBC’s director, radio and education, James Purnell, said it is important that content from the BBC and other public service broadcasters can be easily found in an increasingly digital age.“Fourteen years ago, Parliament took a far-sighted decision. It insisted that the public service channels including BBC One, ITV and Channel 4 should be at the top of the programme guides on all TV platforms,” said Purnell.“It made our channels easy to find – especially important for the BBC, whose programmes people have already paid for via their licence fee. But the world has changed, with the rapid growth of digital channels and new services.”He said that the new generation of set-top boxes have a limited number of content options on their home pages and that if those places are filled by content from the platform owners like Sky, or from Netflix, Amazon or YouTube, “that leaves little room for the on-demand services from our public service broadcasters”.“Some pay-TV platforms are already making ‘free to air’ services harder to find. On the new Sky box, Sky Q, there is no one button on the remote control that takes you to live TV, the single most popular thing Sky customers do. Instead, ‘Home’ takes you to Top Picks – a set of recommended programmes chosen by Sky,” he complained.Purnell also argued that the BBC’s children’s channels, CBeebies and CBBC, should be moved up the Sky EPG, as they are currently listed behind 12 US cartoon networks.A Sky spokesperson described Purnell’s comments as “blatant self-interest”, adding that “for many years we’ve provided the top five slots on the programme guide to public service broadcasters, making them easily accessible.”last_img read more

first_imgSocial networks’ share of advertising spend in the UK will overtake television ad spend by 2020, according to stats published by eMarketer.The research firm said that come 2020, social network ad spending will account for 20% of all media ad spend in the UK, compared to 17.8% for broadcast TV.As it stands today, social networks’ share of ad spending has overtaken all traditional media formats in the UK, with the exception of TV, and is expected to grow throughout the year.eMarketer estimates that marketers in the UK will spend £3.3 billion on social network advertising in 2018, a 24% increase over 2017.It has also increased its social ad projections since its previous forecast due to diversification in the marketplace, which it says is driving up overall social network user rates and resulting in increased spend.“While Facebook has been losing teen users, Snapchat has been adding them,” said Bill Fisher, eMarketer’s UK senior analyst.“The result is a growing social media market, and one that advertisers are keen to utilise. Media-rich targeting options, with video a particularly big play, make platforms like Snapchat and Instagram especially attractive.”last_img read more

first_imgGiuliano GiorgettiEleven Sports has named Giuliano Giorgetti as managing director for Italy.Giorgetti, who begins his role immediately, will be responsible for expanding Eleven’s growth in Italy, increasing revenues, developing strategic partnerships, and overseeing the day to day operations.He previously worked for football clubs AC Milan and the Inter Milan.At AC Milan he led the club’s digital efforts with a special focus on content strategy, user experience, social media, and marketing. Giorgetti is also credited with helping to deliver a modern entertainment business for Inter Milan by managing the re-brand of the club’s TV channel. He was also responsible for digital partnerships, media rights and fan acquisition across social and owned media platforms.As well as his role at Eleven Sports Italy, Giorgetti will also act as head of digital and commercial partnerships at global investment company and Eleven Sports’ parent company, Aser. According to the company he will offer his expertise in helping Aser become a leading global media innovator in content creation and distribution.Former Eleven Sports Italy managing director Bruno Stirparo will stay as an advisor.Giorgetti will report directly to Eleven Sports Group managing director Danny Menken and Aser managing director Marco Pistoni.Menken, said: “Since we entered the Italian market following our acquisition of Sportube last year, we have made great strides with our rights acquisitions, distribution and popularity amongst the fans. Giuliano’s knowledge and experience of the Italian sports media industry makes him the perfect person to lead our team in Italy as we look to continue our progression.”Giorgetti, said: “I am extremely excited to take on two such interesting roles in a dynamic and fast moving organisation. Eleven Sports has made remarkable progress in Italy, and I am delighted to be joining such a talented team. I am looking forward to applying my skills that I have developed over nearly two decades in the sports and media sectors to help drive innovation and change. We are open to every opportunity in this moment where the scenario changes rapidly.”Separately, Eleven Sports has added live and exclusive coverage of Dutch Eredivisie, Chinese Super League and Allsvenskan football to its line-up of content for UK and Ireland viewers.Coverage of the Eredivisie will start with the upcoming 2018-19 season, while the Chinese Super League will begin on Eleven from the 2019 season, and coverage of the Allsvenskan will start with the currently ongoing 2018 season.last_img read more

first_imgOn Friday ands Saturday night the place will be rocking with the super-pub disco back with DJ Marty Curran spinning the decks.It promises to be yet another SUPER weekend at Sister Sara’s.Check out all the snaps from last weekend below. SUPERB DRINK PROMOTIONS ON OFFER TO CELEBRATE ‘END OF TERM’ PARTY AT SISTER SARA’S was last modified: May 20th, 2015 by stephenstephen Tags: EntertainmentFeaturesNewsSister Sara’s ShareTweet WEEKEND PREVIEW: Management at Sister Sara’s are providing a real treat to help student’s wind-down after a stressful exam period with a superb drinks promotion.It’s been tough for all you academics at the LYIT and we all know that exams are a stressful and tiring time. However, we all know that when the exams finish you need a MASSIVE party to blow off some steam. At Letterkenny super-pub Sister Sara’s we’re hosting a HUGE end of term party to kick-start your summer.We’re also offering some superb offers on drink to get you in the partying spirit.You can get THREE beers for just €10, FOUR JAGER BOMBS for just €10 and you can buy one get one FREE on our Strawberry Daiquiri’s.last_img read more

first_imgMary Blake Tourism Officer with Council who is leading the local campaign said: “We are delighted that our bid is through to the shortlisted stage. Derry is galvanised under the ‘LegenDerry Food’ mantra, promoting exceptional quality and locally sourced food.“The ancient Walled City has many high quality and independently accredited restaurants along with quality cafes and delis.“Eminent food critics such as Georgina Campbell have claimed that we are now justifiably flagged as the North West’s Gourmet Capital.“Winning Foodie Town Ireland would be a real testament to the food revolution that has been taking place in our city over recent years.“Voting for Derry will support all our hardworking chefs, artisan food producers, fishermen, farmers, restaurateurs and hospitality staff.”Derry has been named among the top ten food destinations in Ireland and two independent assessors will now visit the city in the coming weeks to see what’s on the local menu. A national public vote will carry equal weight in the deciding the overall winner.You can register your support for the local food industry by going to www.foodietowns.ie and voting before 5pm on October 2nd.DERRY HAS A BITE AT FOODIE TOWN TITLE was last modified: September 17th, 2015 by John2John2 Tags: DERRY HAS A BITE AT FOODIE TOWN TITLEFOODIE TOWN OF IRELANDMARY BLAKETOURISM OFFICER ShareTweet “The city is undoubtedly establishing itself as a premier food destination and with the success of our recent food festivals, including the Flavours of the Foyle and the Legenderry Food Festival, our reputation continues to grow.“I am a huge supporter of local restaurants and food producers and Council is committed to supporting and growing the food industry here in the North West.“Winning the Foodie Town of Ireland title will gain further national recognition and enhance the city’s profile as a top destination for food tourism.”The Foodie Town of Ireland competition recognises the efforts made to establish a location’s foothold in the food tourism market, through events and activities such as food festivals, gourmet trails and markets, as well as establishing a reputation for dining excellence. THE Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District, Councillor Elisha McCallion, is calling on people across the district to back an online campaign to have Derry crowned the Foodie Town of Ireland.The city has been shortlisted in the prestigious national industry competition which is organised by the Restaurants of Ireland and a public vote could sway the outcome.With two weeks left to vote, Mayor McCallion urged local food fans to register their support online. “I am thrilled to see Derry shortlisted and I’ve already voted online.last_img read more

first_imgIt states that police have submitted a file on an additional suspect who has been reported to the PPS by the PSNI.The letter says: “The suspect is not a soldier and is not alleged to have shot any civilian. The file relates to alleged Official IRA activity on Bloody Sunday.”In 1969, the IRA split into the Official IRA and the Provisional IRA.The Bloody Sunday Inquiry, led by English judge Lord Saville, was the longest and most expensive in UK history.During the inquiry, former members of the Official IRA – giving evidence anonymously – said the organisation had shot at soldiers very early on in retaliation for the shooting of two of the protesters.They denied that the organisation had fired first on Bloody Sunday.The letter from the PPS reveals that the republican suspect under consideration, will be subject to the same test for prosecution as the soldiers.It also states that they understand that the police are preparing another file on a second person over the activities of the Official IRA, and that file will be based on statements due to be made by some people who have previously not given statements to the PSNI.The PPS is also examining eight further files on Bloody Sunday but adds that the file on the Official IRA suspect is brief and should not take a great deal of time to consider.But, overall, the introduction of the new material will mean that they will not be able to move towards a decision for another six months.A spokesperson for the PPS told BBC Radio Foyle that they have provided regular updates to all the families over the Bloody Sunday case and the PSNI, in the last year, provided about 35 files of material.The PPS added that its focus is on completing examination of those files and all relevant legal issues.It confirmed that one further suspect has been added and another report is expected. But, they don’t believe this will add significantly to the timescale for their decision.The Ministry of Defence said that due to ongoing legal proceedings it was inappropriate to comment.The PSNI confirmed it had sent a number of files to the PPS.OFFICIAL IRA MEN MAY FACE PROSECUTION OVER BLOODY SUNDAY was last modified: September 29th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: THE Public Prosecution Service is considering bringing charges against former members of the Official IRA for their role in the events of Bloody Sunday.The PSNI has forwarded a file to the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) on one former IRA member and is understood to be preparing a file on a second.Thirteen people were shot dead when the Army’s Parachute Regiment opened fire on civil rights demonstrators in 1972. ShareTweet LORD SAVILLEOFFICIAL IRA MEN MAY FACE PROSECUTION OVER BLOODY SUNDAYPPSPSNI Another died of his injuries some months later.The details have emerged in a letter sent by the PPS to relatives of Bloody Sunday victims on 19 September.It outlines why it will take at least another six months to come to a decision on whether or not to bring possible charges, including murder against former members of the British Parachute Regiment.But the possibility of prosecutions against republicans for their activity on the day has also been raised.last_img read more

first_img Previous PostUPDATE: A Man Wanted For Theft At Coal Mine Turns Himself In Tumblr CHARLESTON, WV (WOAY) – Gov. Jim Justice announced Wednesday his intention to prioritize road maintenance as the main focus of the West Virginia Division of Highways moving forward.“We’re going to get back to the basics,” Gov. Justice said at a Wednesday press conference. “The Division of Highways is, at its core, a maintenance organization — and maintenance will be our first priority.“I told the people of this state we were going to fix the damn roads,” Gov. Justice said. “I haven’t changed my philosophy in any way, shape, form or fashion.”Gov. Justice also laid out a plan to fix existing issues with West Virginia’s secondary roads system, announcing that state Revenue, Transportation, and other administration officials will analyze every dollar coming in and out of the Division of Highways to find the most fiscally-responsible way to fund all the necessary secondary roadwork, noting that the Legislature has authorized the DOH to shift pay-as-you-go money toward core maintenance funding.The focus on road maintenance will begin immediately, with Gov. Justice announcing that the DOH will begin a spring and summer statewide paving and resurfacing program, which will include a combination of contracted work as well as work done by DOH crews using state equipment.Gov. Justice announced that the repurposed funds will allow the DOH to hire over 100 temporary employees to supplement the maintenance workforce. Some of the new workers will have the opportunity to become full-time employees.The Governor said that the funds will also allow the DOH to purchase new equipment to ensure district offices have the necessary tools to address a backlog that’s been building up since before Gov. Justice took office.“When I walked in the door here, your secondary roads were falling all to pieces,” Gov. Justice said. “We absolutely sold equipment that could have been doing maintenance in the counties. We starved our crews and everything.“I’ve said from day one, it’s a crying pitiful shame the shape of our secondary roads and we need to do something about it,” Gov. Justice said. “And so we embarked on that through our Roads to Prosperity program but we weren’t getting it done at the pace that it needs to be able to have gotten done.”The Governor went on to say all options are on the table to secure the funding, but that officials will look at the possibility of using the bonds from the Roads to Prosperity program in addition to portions of regular annual federal funding while remaining fiscally responsible.Gov. Justice said that all planned Roads to Prosperity projects will still be completed, but the DOH may look to re-bid certain projects that come in over-estimate.On Wednesday, Gov. Justice also announced that he intends to name Byrd White as Acting Secretary of Transportation.In addition to patching potholes and fixing slips on secondary roads across the state, there will also be a focus on preventative maintenance, as crews will also complete piping and ditching work to allow proper water flow near roads to mitigate future damage. Home NewsWatch Gov. Justice announces plans to fix secondary roads and refocus Division of Highways as maintenance-first agency Twitter Facebook Google+ NewsWatchState NewsTop Stories Gov. Justice announces plans to fix secondary roads and refocus Division of Highways as maintenance-first agency By Tyler BarkerMar 13, 2019, 14:32 pm 263 0 Tyler Barker Tyler Barker is currently the Interim News Director and Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. I was promoted to this job in Mid-November. I still will fill in on weather from time to time. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email me at tbarker@woay.com Next PostW.Va. State Fire Marshals Determine Raleigh County Church Fire To Be Arson, Reward Offered Linkedin Pinterest Maillast_img read more

first_img“We are on the cusp of curing aging.” Those are the words of molecular biologist Dr. William Andrews, founder and CEO of Sierra Sciences, a company with the stated goal to “cure aging or die trying.” In the quote above, which comes from a September 2010 Sierra Sciences press release, Andrews is referring to a nutraceutical (i.e., a natural food-derived product meant to provide health or medical benefits, like vitamin C or folic acid) that his company discovered, known as TA-65. It supposedly slows down the aging process in humans by activating an enzyme called telomerase. Telomerase acts on telomeres—simple repeating sequences of nucleotides (the building blocks of DNA) found at the tips of chromosomes that are important to cell division and replication. Cells must replicate their genes accurately and completely whenever they divide, or the so-called daughter cell will malfunction and die. However, most DNA polymerases (the enzymes that replicate DNA) cannot copy chromosomes all the way to the end. Thus, during each cell division, a small region at the tip of the chromosome (part of the telomere) remains uncopied. So, the telomeres have a crucial function: they act as a buffer zone during cell division, protecting the genes in the chromosome and ensuring that they fully replicate. But there’s a cost: successive divisions cause the telomeres to erode over time. When telomeres erode away, parts of critical genes remain uncopied, eventually spelling death for the cell. Some scientists think that this telomere erosion is what imposes a limit on our lifespans and causes our health to decline as we age; they also think that an answer to this dilemma might be telomerase activation. Telomerase combats telomere erosion by adding telomeric subunits (repeating sequences of nucleotides) to the ends of the chromosome, thereby allowing it to continue to divide intact. The origin of telomerase still remains a mystery. It appears to be critical during human embryonic development, but then fades away. Little is found in the body after birth, for reasons we don’t yet understand. Some scientists, like Dr. Andrews, think telomerase activation could be the cure for aging that his company is looking for, and he views TA-65 as a potential big first step in that direction. According to Andrews: TA-65 is going to go down in history as the first supplement you can take that doesn’t merely extend your life a few years by improving your health, but actually affects the underlying mechanisms of aging. Better telomerase inducers will be developed in the coming years, but TA-65 is the first of a whole new family of telomerase-activating therapies that could eventually keep us young and healthy forever. Well, if proven true, that’s a game-changer, to say the least. Just keep on living until you meet with a fatal accident. Woo hoo! But… hold on. Turns out we shouldn’t get irrationally exuberant just yet. It might not be such a good idea to activate telomerase, after all—because of the role it seems to play in cancer. Cancers can arise when genetic mutations inside a cell cause it to escape from normal controls on replication and migration. The cell and its offspring multiply uncontrollably while invading and damaging nearby tissue. With the presence of telomerase, cancerous cells—which apparently synthesize the enzyme—avoid telomere erosion. They essentially become immortal, dividing for as long as the host survives. A 2012 study by the MD Anderson Cancer Center found that activating telomerase following telomere degradation actually made tumors stronger and more deadly. So alas, TA-65 and telomerase activation might not be the miracle aging “cure” Dr. Andrews was hoping for. But what about other areas of anti-aging/longevity research? There’s a lot of talk these days about humans becoming essentially immortal in the near future, but is the hype supported by any actual research? Let’s see. The Quest for Immortality Continues People have been obsessed with the idea of immortality and living forever for centuries. According to Adam Gollner in The Book of Immortality: The Science, Belief, and Magic Behind Living Forever: The twenty-five-year old Emperor Ai of Jin died in 365 CE, after overdosing on longevity drugs. He wasn’t the last leader to die trying to live forever. The fascination with chemical immortality reached an ironic apogee centuries later, during the T’ang dynasty (618-907 CE), when elixirs poisoned those hoping for precisely the opposite effect. In the late 1300s, legend has it that alchemist Nicolas Flamel created a “sorcerer’s stone” that was then used to produce a potion, the elixir of life, which is said to make the drinker immortal. The idea was so alluring that despite a complete lack of evidence to support the existence of the stone and the elixir, other scientists, including the great Sir Isaac Newton, later tried to replicate Flamel’s results. To no avail. And of course there’s the fabled Fountain of Youth that became associated with Spanish explorer Ponce de León in the early 1500s. We know what happened to him. People today are no different. Not wanting to die is as natural as life itself. Below we’ll present a few interesting discoveries that may (or may not) mark some progress in our quest to live forever. But first we must answer a question. What Is Anti-Aging Medicine? The telomere erosion we talked about earlier certainly plays a part in aging, but most scientists don’t believe that it’s the only factor. They typically view aging as a sort of ongoing cellular wear and tear, where stresses from the environment and inside our cells (such as errors in DNA replication) accumulate throughout life and eventually wear out our cells and tissues. Scientists who search for a modern anti-aging elixir seek to slow down or reverse this process in order to extend both the maximum and average lifespan of people. And even if that doesn’t pan out, advocates of anti-aging medicine contend that at the least, targeting and altering the underlying mechanisms of aging will bring us more efficient ways to deal with age-related conditions like heart disease and many cancers. Now critics dispute the portrayal of aging itself as a disease, of course, but that’s not for us to debate here. Let’s just agree with the commonly stated goal of anti-aging medicine, to “add more years to your life, and life to your years.” Caloric Restriction Mimetics In 1934, scientists at Cornell University found that mice on an abnormally low-calorie diet lived about twice as long as mice who ate as much as they wanted. Scientists have since found that this caloric restriction also lengthens the lives of fruit flies, rats, and even primates, suggesting that this is an avenue worth pursuing in anti-aging medicine. The going (very basic) hypothesis of why these animals live longer is that their bodies treat food scarcity as an extreme type of stress. So they mount a physiological response to cope with the lack of nutrition. And that toughens them up, promoting health and longevity during the time of deprivation, even if that time is significantly extended. Starving yourself in order to get stronger? That sure seems counterintuitive. But the results from numerous experiments make a compelling case. The problem with caloric restriction is that it’s not a very pleasant way to live if you’re fortunate enough to be able to consume a “normal” amount of food on a regular basis (which is between 2,400 and 3,000 calories a day for active males). So scientists are trying to develop drugs (called caloric restriction mimetic drugs) that re-create the anti-aging benefits of caloric restriction without having to change one’s diet. Resveratrol, which is found in the skin of red grapes, was an early favorite in this category. It was first thought to activate a class of enzymes called sirtuins that have been associated with the anti-aging benefits of caloric restriction; but more recent studies have raised serious doubts about whether this compound (and more potent versions of it) actually activates these enzymes and has life-extending benefits. A drug called rapamycin has shown more promise as a caloric restriction mimetic by inhibiting a molecular signaling pathway called TOR. The TOR pathway acts as sort of as a food sensor and helps regulate the body’s response to nutrient availability. Blocking it has been shown on multiple occasions to extend the lifespan of lab knockout mice while keeping them lean and healthy in their later years. Unfortunately, however, the drug’s anti-aging potential in humans is offset by its potent immunosuppressant effects. Overall, research in this field has a long way to go. NAD As we noted above, aging is a sort of cellular wear and tear. According to Dr. David Sinclair of Harvard Medical School, there’s a specific biological signal that accompanies aging and tells cells it’s time to check out. It’s triggered when the cell perceives a lack of oxygen. That makes the mitochondria less efficient at converting fuel (such as glucose) into the ATP needed for cells to function properly. But Sinclair and his colleagues recently found a way to counteract that signal. Using a natural chemical compound called NAD, they were able to revive older cells in mice and make them appear energetic and young again. After receiving NAD for just one week, two-year-old mice tissue came to resemble that of six-month-old mice. “When we give the molecule, the cells think oxygen levels are normal and everything revs back up again,” Sinclair explained. “If a body is slowly falling apart and losing the ability to regulate itself effectively, we can get it back on track to what it was in its 20s and 30s.” Let’s hope. FOXO Molecular biologist Cynthia Kenyon thinks she may have found another of the keys to a long life through her study of tiny worms called C. elegans. By tweaking just one gene in these worms (to simply make it more active), she was able to take two-week-old C. elegans (which is a creaky old age for these things) and make them appear about half that age. And her modified worms lived twice as long as the normal worms. “So they’re like 90-year-old people who look 45,” said Kenyon. The gene Kenyon changed: FOXO. FOXO is a sort of master gene that helps C. elegans protect and repair its tissues (and live longer) by controlling a number of other genes. According to Kenyon: You can think of it as a superintendent of a building. So if you have a building, a nice big building, obviously it has to be maintained. What FOXO does, or the building superintendent does, is to keep the building in good working order. It makes sure that the walls are painted, by hiring painters; it makes sure that the floors are swept. The building superintendent would hire workers to do these different things. What FOXO does, in the cell, is it switches on other genes … I’d say, altogether, there are probably about a hundred worker genes that have very important roles. And, together, what you get is a cell or tissue or an animal that stays in really good working condition for a lot longer. What’s particularly exciting about Kenyon’s work is that the FOXO gene is also found in humans, and that a more protective version of FOXO (as in Kenyon’s modified worms) is associated with longer, healthier lives. Molecular biologist Timothy Donlon found in his studies that if you have this more protective version of FOXO, you have a twofold greater chance of living to 100. And if you have two copies of it, you have a threefold greater chance of living to 100, while remaining healthy. So the gene is indeed associated with adding life to your years and years to your life. If scientists could create a drug to tweak FOXO in humans like Kenyon did in her worms, it seems like we’d have an effective anti-aging medicine on our hands. We could go on with other examples of promising research in anti-aging medicine, but that’s a reasonable sample. It’s the ultimate area of scientific research, really. Moreover, it seems likely to bring benefits to humankind (and also be lucrative for savvy investors) whether aging is a disease that can be “cured” or not. And before leaving you today, I do want to remind you once more about the opportunity to get in on Casey OnePass. It’s just open until Monday, and it’s your only chance to get all eight of our newsletters for a huge discount. Click here to learn more and get started.last_img read more

first_img – NEW WARNING FROM DOUG CASEY – READ IMMEDIATELY Over the years, Doug Casey’s forecasts have caused a lot of controversy… Like during the peak of the dot-com bubble when he warned a major crash in tech stocks was near… Or near 2008 when he warned America’s financial structure would be threatened with collapse. Critics called him “offensive,” “brash,” “irreverent.” But Doug was spot-on, every time. Not only that… Folks who heeded his warnings had the opportunity to make rare and extraordinary gains of 770%, 1,333%, and more. Yet, those could be a drop in the bucket if his latest controversial forecast about President Trump is right. Click here for the full story. Recommended Links — WARNING: Don’t File Social Security Benefits Until You See This We just uncovered something shocking that could mean the difference between collecting a meager $1,000 from Social Security… Or getting up to $6,235 a month you can use for your retirement. That’s real cash deposited in your account… coming from the private sector. But according to a law that governs this special situation, you must act before April 21. Click here to get started today. Editor’s note: The “Greater Depression” has started… Yesterday, Casey Research founder Doug Casey compared what happened in the 1930s to what’s going on today. Below, he breaks down more of these likely differences… By Doug Casey, founder, Casey Research PRICES 1930s Prices dropped radically because billions of dollars of inflationary currency were wiped out through the stock market crash, bond defaults, and bank failures. The government, however, somehow equated the high prices of the inflationary ’20s with prosperity and attempted to prevent a fall in prices by such things as slaughtering livestock, dumping milk in the gutter, and enacting price supports. Since the collapse wiped out money faster than it could be created, the government felt the destruction of real wealth was a more effective way to raise prices. In other words, if you can’t increase the supply of money, decrease the supply of goods. Nonetheless, the 1930s depression was a deflationary collapse, a time when currency became worth more and prices dropped. This is probably the most confusing thing to most Americans since they assume—as a result of that experience—that “depression” means “deflation.” It’s also perhaps the biggest single difference between this depression and the last one. Today Prices could drop, as they did the last time, but the amount of power the government now has over the economy is far greater than what was the case 80 years ago. Instead of letting the economy cleanse itself by allowing the financial markets to collapse, governments will probably bail out insolvent banks, create mortgages wholesale to prop up real estate, and central banks will buy bonds to keep their prices from plummeting. All of these actions mean that the total money supply will grow enormously. Trillions will be created to avoid deflation. If you find men selling apples on street corners, it won’t be for 5 cents apiece, but $5 apiece. But there won’t be a lot of apple sellers because of welfare, nor will there be a lot of apples because of price controls. Consumer prices will probably skyrocket as a result, and the country will have an inflationary depression. Unlike the 1930s, when people who held dollars were king, by the end of the Greater Depression, people with dollars will be wiped out. THE SOCIETY 1930s The world was largely rural or small-town. Communications were slow, but people tended to trust the media. The government exercised considerable moral suasion, and people tended to support it. The business of the country was business, as Calvin Coolidge said, and men who created wealth were esteemed. All told, if you were going to have a depression, it was a rather stable environment for it; despite that, however, there were still plenty of riots, marches, and general disorder. Today The country is now urban and suburban, and although communications are rapid, there’s little interpersonal contact. The media are suspect. The government is seen more as an adversary or an imperial ruler than an arbitrator accepted by a consensus of concerned citizens. Businessmen are viewed as unscrupulous predators who take advantage of anyone weak enough to be exploited. A major financial smashup in today’s atmosphere could do a lot more than wipe out a few naives in the stock market and unemploy some workers, as occurred in the ’30s; some sectors of society are now time bombs. It’s hard to say, for instance, what third- and fourth-generation welfare recipients are going to do when the going gets really tough. THE WAY PEOPLE WORK 1930s Relatively slow transportation and communication localized economic conditions. The U.S. itself was somewhat insulated from the rest of the world, and parts of the U.S. were fairly self-contained. Workers were mostly involved in basic agriculture and industry, creating widgets and other tangible items. There wasn’t a great deal of specialization, and that made it easier for someone to move laterally from one occupation into the next, without extensive retraining, since people were more able to produce the basics of life on their own. Most women never joined the workforce, and the wife in a marriage acted as a “backup” system should the husband lose his job. Today The whole world is interdependent, and a war in the Middle East or a revolution in Africa can have a direct and immediate effect on a barber in Chicago or Krakow. Since the whole economy is centrally controlled from Washington, a mistake there can be a national disaster. People generally aren’t in a position to roll with the punches as more than half the people in the country belong to what is known as the “service economy.” That means, in most cases, they’re better equipped to shuffle papers than make widgets. Even “necessary” services are often terminated when times get hard. Specialization is part of what an advanced industrial economy is all about, but if the economic order changes radically, it can prove a liability. THE FINANCIAL MARKETS 1930s The last depression is identified with the collapse of the stock market, which lost over 90% of its value from 1929 to 1933. A secure bond was the best possible investment as interest rates dropped radically. Commodities plummeted, reducing millions of farmers to near subsistence levels. Since most real estate was owned outright and taxes were low, a drop in price didn’t make a lot of difference unless you had to sell. Land prices plummeted, but since people bought it to use, not unload to a greater fool, they didn’t usually have to sell. Today This time, stocks—and especially commodities—are likely to explode on the upside as people panic into them to get out of depreciating dollars in general and bonds in particular. Real estate will be—next to bonds—the most devastated single area of the economy because no one will lend money long term. And real estate is built on the mortgage market, which will vanish. Everybody who invests in this depression thinking that it will turn out like the last one will be very unhappy with the results. Being aware of the differences between the last depression and this one makes it a lot easier to position yourself to minimize losses and maximize profits. So much for the differences. The crucial, obvious, and most important similarity, however, is that most people’s standard of living will fall dramatically. The Greater Depression has started. Most people don’t know it because they can neither confront the thought nor understand the differences between this one and the last. As a climax approaches, many of the things that you’ve built your life around in the past are going to change and change radically. The ability to adjust to new conditions is the sign of a psychologically healthy person. Look for the opportunity side of the crisis. The Chinese symbol for “crisis” is a combination of two other symbols—one for danger and one for opportunity. The dangers that society will face in the years ahead are regrettable, but there’s no point in allowing anxiety, frustration, or apathy to overcome you. Face the future with courage, curiosity, and optimism rather than fear. You can be a winner, and if you plan carefully, you will be. The great period of change will give you a chance to regain control of your destiny. And that in itself is the single most important thing in life. This depression can give you that opportunity; it’s one of the many ways the Greater Depression can be a very good thing for both you as an individual and society as a whole. Editor’s note: America is about to enter a crisis far more severe than what we saw in 2008–2009. It could all start after Trump’s inauguration and could change everything… in sudden, unexpected ways. This is exactly why Doug and his team put together a time-sensitive video explaining how it could all go down. Click here to watch it now.last_img read more

first_imgCLEVELAND — On a night of celebration, there were two surprising, strange sights: LeBron James back on Cleveland’s bench. The Knicks back in the NBA playoff chase.Carmelo Anthony shook off a congested chest and a horrid shooting start to score 26 points, leading New York to its third straight victory, 107-97 over Cleveland on a March 8 when James was briefly reunited with the Cavaliers.Amare Stoudemire added 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Knicks, whose winning streak began after a seven-game slide and amid reports Phil Jackson may accept a job in New York’s front office.Anthony missed his first six shots, but found his touch in time to help the Knicks in their late-season run at the playoffs. J.R. Smith scored 17 and Tyson Chandler added 15 points and 11 boards for New York, which is 3½ games out of the final postseason spot in the Eastern Conference.“You can see something different over the last couple of games,” Anthony said. “It seems like everyone has a sense of urgency right now. We’re playing for something. We control our own destiny. We want to win as many games as we can down the stretch.”Kyrie Irving had 30 points, eight assists and eight rebounds for the Cavs, who retired center Zydrunas Ilgauskas’ No. 11 jersey at halftime. Spencer Hawes had 21 points for Cleveland, which dropped to 0-4 in March.The Knicks were as good as done just a few days ago.But with New York fans ready to write them off again, and coach Mike Woodson’s future looking shakier than ever, the Knicks have responded with wins over Minnesota, Utah and Cleveland. There’s still plenty of work to do, and the Knicks will likely need some help, but a dreadful season to this point has some hope.“There’s no room for error,” Woodson said. “We have to play each possession like it’s our last possession. The mental approach is a little different now. It’s been a tough season for all of us. Now, they’re playing for something.”The Knicks made four 3-pointers during a 14-1 run early in the fourth to take control.With New York down 80-77, Pablo Prigioni drained a 3, Smith followed with a long-range shot and Prigioni dropped another 3 to give the Knicks an 88-81 lead. After a Cleveland turnover, Anthony made his fourth 3-pointer, putting the Knicks ahead by 10 with 7:38 left.Cleveland never recovered and the Knicks outscored the Cavs 30-17 over the final 10 minutes.“We’re fighting for our lives,” Cleveland coach Mike Brown said. “This team was a game behind us and I just feel like we didn’t come out with the right mindset to compete with this team for the eighth spot.”The loss put a damper on an otherwise memorable night for the Cavs.At halftime, they retired Ilgauskas’ jersey during a poignant ceremony. The big man overcame serious foot injuries early in his career to become the club’s career leader in rebounds, games played and blocked shots.Ilgauskas thanked Cleveland fans during the ceremony, which included James sitting again on Cleveland’s sideline.James, who famously left Cleveland as a free agent in 2010, kept a low profile as Ilgauskas’ jersey was raised to the rafters, but afterward he greeted his close friend and then posed for photos on the floor with former teammates Delonte West and Daniel “Boobie” Gibson.Anthony said the long halftime break helped. “It was good for me because I got some rest,” said Anthony, who was unaware James was at the game. “I got a chance to lay on the floor and let Z do his thing. He took some time up. I appreciate him for that.”Anthony couldn’t buy a basket in the early minutes before heating up. He scored nine straight points to help the Knicks open a 45-35 lead, and then made his sixth shot in a row, a 3-pointer, to give New York a 14-point cushion.Hawes made consecutive 3-pointers to get the Cavs within six, but Smith dropped the first of his five 3-pointers and New York pushed its lead to 58-43.Irving, though, closed the second quarter with seven quick points to pull the Cavs to 58-50 at halftime.(Tom Withers, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The NFL Players Association filed a federal lawsuit Dec. 15 for Adrian Peterson, asking the court to dismiss an arbitration ruling that upheld the NFL’s suspension of the star running back.The petition also requested a court order for Peterson’s immediate reinstatement, arguing that Peterson has served far more than what’s allowed by the collective bargaining agreement between the league and the players.Attorneys for the NFLPA asked to expedite the case in Minnesota, where the union has often gone to contest labor matters with the NFL.Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Peterson without pay for the last six games of this season and through at least April 15, the result of the child-abuse case that has kept the 2012 NFL MVP out of all but one game this year. Harold Henderson, the arbitrator appointed to hear Peterson’s appeal, affirmed the entirety of Goodell’s decision.The union argued that Henderson’s decision was biased and overreaching, contrary to “fundamental principles of notice, fairness and consistency” and the essence of the CBA.Henderson, the former NFL Executive Vice President for Labor Relations, has heard 88 appeals, according to the league.In the petition, the NFLPA said Henderson “ran roughshod over the required procedural protections of the CBA” and “summarily rubber-stamped the unlawful process and punishment of Mr. Peterson” with his ruling.In his written decision last week, Henderson backed Goodell’s assertion in determining punishment that Peterson lacked remorse for badly injuring his 4-year-old son with a wooden switch in an attempt to apply discipline. Peterson has said he’s sorry and meant no harm.“The fact that Arbitrator Henderson dismissed what Mr. Peterson actually said in favor of unverified and out-of-context news reports speaks volumes about his evident partiality,” the NFLPA wrote in the petition.The union accused Goodell of punishing Peterson to satiate “public calls for his resignation due to prior disciplinary failures” and said he picked Henderson to hear the appeal to “to avoid another embarrassing reversal” of his decision.Goodell initially suspended Baltimore’s Ray Rice for two games and then declared him out indefinitely Sept. 8 after video surfaced of the running back delivering a knockout punch to the woman who’s now his wife. Between those decisions was Goodell’s announcement Aug. 28 of tougher penalties for players involved with domestic violence, including a six-game suspension for a first-time offender.The injuries to Peterson’s son occurred in May. The union said Peterson should not have been subjected to the enhanced personal conduct policy.The arbitrator in Rice’s case overruled Goodell and reinstated him, though he had no team to return to because the Ravens had released him Sept. 8. In the petition for Peterson, attorneys pointed to that arbitrator’s ruling that Goodell lacked the CBA authority to apply the enhanced policy to punish prior conduct.The NFL declined to comment.The case was originally assigned to U.S. District Judge David Doty but referred instead to U.S. Magistrate Judge Janie Mayeron.The NFLPA again hammered away at NFL executive Troy Vincent, devoting about 10 of the 74 pages in the petition to recorded conversations between Vincent and Peterson informing the player he’d face only a two-game suspension under the previous policy and could rejoin the Vikings in late November.“Mr. Vincent expressed to Mr. Peterson that the NFL believed he had already ‘paid the price’ for his conduct and that, accordingly, his time on the Commissioner’s Exempt List prior to November 4 would be factored into any discipline the NFL would impose,” the union’s lawyers wrote.The transcripts of the phone calls, used in Peterson’s appeal, were provided to The Associated Press by a person familiar with the case. The person provided the transcripts on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to release them. The talks took place after Peterson reached his plea agreement in Texas on Nov. 4 and before Goodell announced the suspension Nov. 18.The NFLPA also criticized the NFL for keeping Peterson in “continued purgatory” on the exempt list, essentially paid leave, between those dates.Peterson called Vincent to find out how many games he would be suspended, and Vincent tried to convince Peterson to meet with Goodell and other NFL executives to discuss personal progress and expectations for moving forward.Vincent told Peterson that NFL officials responded favorably to Peterson’s suggestion he be suspended an additional two games provided Peterson agreed to meet.In his ruling, Henderson dismissed the contention that Peterson was retaliated against for not meeting with Goodell on Nov. 14.___By Dave Campbell. AP Pro Football Writer. AP Pro Football Writers Barry Wilner in New York and Rob Maaddi in Philadelphia contributed to this reportTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares The Russian Olympic body “will coordinate all efforts in Russia to address the issues mentioned” in the WADA report, the IOC said, adding that all athletes, coaches and officials who are accused of involvement in doping will be punished.“All doped athletes will be sanctioned. … All clean athletes will be protected,” the statement said.Bach and Zhukov met Thursday at IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. Zhukov is also a senior Russian political figure and ally of President Vladimir Putin.“The Russian Olympic Committee is determined that the clean athletes should compete in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro,” Zhukov said in the IOC statement. “Anyone found guilty of using illegal drugs or anyone who facilitated or was complicit in their use must be punished.”Monday’s report by the WADA panel accused the Russian federation’s coaches and officials of operating a vast doping program with state backing, while the Russian anti-doping agency, known as Rusada, and the national lab were alleged to have covered up failed drug tests by Russian athletes.A crucial meeting is scheduled Sunday of the Russian athletics federation leadership to discuss the fallout of Russia’s exclusion from competition. It will take place at the Sports Ministry and will be attended by Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko in attendance, federation spokeswoman Alla Glushchenko told The Associated Press.Mutko has spoken of his readiness to make personnel changes to ensure Russia can return to competition for the Olympics. To “fire everyone” would be an acceptable price to pay, he told reporters Friday.Also Saturday, the head of the federation said he could appeal the ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.The track federation’s acting president, Vadim Zelichenok, said Russia is focused on finding “a rational compromise” to have the ban lifted but could appeal to CAS if the IAAF “tells us clearly that it doesn’t accept any of our arguments.”He added that lengthy court proceedings might actually reduce Russia’s hopes of having its ban lifted in time for the Rio Olympics, which are just nine months away.Zelichenok also told Russian media he had considered resigning, but suggested it would not be of use since any successor would not necessarily be better. Under federation rules, the successor would be chosen from among the six vice-presidents rather than being an outsider with no links to the doping scandal.The European track and field association also confirmed Russia was banned from its competitions. European Athletics said in a statement that it would formally notify Russia of the suspension Saturday. The first competition Russia would miss is the European cross country championships in France next month.JAMES ELLINGWORTH, AP Sports Writer__This story has been corrected to show that the European cross country championships will be held in France next month.A car is driven past the Anti-Doping Center, Russia’s national laboratory for sports drug testing in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015. Russian track and field athletes could be banned from next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro after a devastatingly critical report accused the country’s government of complicity in widespread doping and cover-ups. The World Anti-Doping Agency commission set up to investigate doping in Russia said even the country’s intelligence service, the FSB, was involved, spying on Moscow’s anti-doping lab, including during last year’s Olympics in Sochi. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko) MOSCOW — IOC President Thomas Bach said Saturday he is confident Russia will enact the necessary anti-doping reforms in time for its track and field athletes to be cleared to compete in next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.Bach gave his backing to Russian Olympic Committee head Alexander Zhukov, who has been tasked with overseeing reforms to Russia’s athletics federation, anti-doping agency and national drug-testing lab, all of which were implicated in a sharply critical World Anti-Doping Agency independent commission report Monday.The IOC announced the agreement with Zhukov a day after Russia was provisionally suspended from international competition, including the Olympics, by the International Association of Athletics Federations.“We are confident that the initiatives being proposed by the ROC, with the responsible international organizations, WADA and the IAAF, will ensure compliance as soon as possible in order to provide participation of the clean Russian athletes at the Olympic Games,” Bach said in a statement.last_img read more

first_imgCLEVELAND (AP) — Kevin Durant stood calmly near midcourt — and a very familiar spot — as teammates Stephen Curry and Draymond Green screamed at him in celebration.Another momentous shot for Durant.And soon, probably another NBA championship.Durant scored a career playoff-high 43 points, draining a long 3-pointer in the final minute to cap his magnificent performance, and the Warriors beat LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers 110-102 in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night to move within a victory of a sweep, their second straight title and third championship in four years.The Warriors are on dynasty’s doorstep.Afterward, the defending champs could be heard loudly celebrating inside their locker room, perhaps a warmup for a bigger party to come.The Cavaliers, meanwhile, are in a hole that might as well be 6 feet deep. Teams that have fallen behind 3-0 in the playoffs are 0-131.It might be time for the guys from Northern California to order some champagne from Napa Valley.With the Cavs down 103-100, Durant stood defiantly and almost motionless after dropping his 33-footer — just a few feet from where he made one in Game 3 last year — and effectively ended the fourth straight finals matchup between two teams who have gotten to know each other well since 2015.After Durant scored, Curry and Green rushed to his side and the trio walked back toward Golden State’s bench where the other Warriors were hugging and high-fiving.As always Durant stayed cool.“I don’t want to downplay anything, but I don’t want to act like this is the end of the road,” Durant said. “So just get back to work tomorrow and figure out a better game plan.”Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James leaves the court after Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 110-102 to take a 3-0 lead in the series. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Durant said the similarity with last year’s shot — a moment that helped define his first championship — didn’t occur to him.“No, not at all,” he said. “I just took the shot.”There was nothing James or the Cavs could do but think about what might have been after losing two games that were within their reach.“Tonight will be tough,” said James, who scored 33 and rolled his right ankle in the first half. “Tomorrow I’ll replay some plays and some moments and things of that nature. When I wake up Friday morning I’ll be locked in on the game plan of what needs to be done to help our team win. That’s just who I am.”Golden State will now have four chances to wrap up its title starting with Game 4 on Friday night. The Warriors are trying to join a select list of teams to win three championships in four years.Kevin Love added 20 points for the Cavs, who have fallen into a hole in which no team has ever emerged. Cleveland came back from a 3-1 deficit to stun the Warriors in the 2016 finals, but that was when Durant was in Oklahoma City and James had a different supporting cast.The Warriors won despite a 3-of-16 shooting performance from Curry, who did come up big down the stretch as the Cavs were trying to salvage their season.Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James goes to the basket against Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green in the second half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Now Cleveland could be down to one final game with James, who recorded his 10th triple-double in the finals. The three-time champion can opt out of his $35.6 million contract and test free agency this summer, and it may be time for the 33-year-old to find a team capable of beating the Warriors.These Cavs can’t figure it out.Durant, who tilted this rivalry toward the West Coast when he signed with the Warriors as a free agent before last season, was brilliant from the start. He helped offset a rough night for Curry, who made a finals-record nine 3-pointers in Game 2, but was just 1 of 10 from behind the arc and didn’t score his second field goal until there were under three minutes left.Curry’s scoop shot put the Warriors up 98-97 and defensive specialist Andre Iguodala, who didn’t play in Games 1 or 2 because of a knee injury, came up with a steal under the basket. Curry finally buried a 3 and after James matched him with a long shot, Iguodala drove the lane for a thundering dunk.Moments later, Durant delivered his dagger to silence Cleveland’s crowd.“No, that wasn’t the same shot,” James said when asked to compare Durant’s 3 to last year’s. “The one he made tonight was about four or five feet behind the one he made last year. He’s an assassin. That was one of those assassin plays right there.”Durant scored 24 in the first half, when the Warriors attempted 13 free throws to zero for the Cavs, a disparity that induced further wrath on the officials from Cleveland fans still stinging from the now infamous reversed call in Game 1.Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant celebrates with teammates after Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 110-102 to take a 3-0 lead in the series. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)James arrived at 6 p.m. dressed more casually — camouflage pants, purple hoodie, “Billionaire Boys Club” baseball cap — than on the road where he and the Cavs have been wearing suits during the postseason.Everything is more relaxed and familiar at home for James and his teammates, who were counting on a return to their own noisy building, where they play better and shoot better, to get them back into the series.The Warriors had other plans.TIP-INSWarriors: Green passed Wilt Chamberlain (922) for the most rebounds in Warriors playoff history. … Klay Thompson played in his NBA-high 390th game over the last four seasons. Green is second with 387, while James is third at 381. … Curry has made a 3-pointer in 89 consecutive playoff games, and a record 43 on the road.Cavaliers: Kyle Korver continued to struggle. He missed all four shots and is now 8 of 29 dating to Game 1 of last year’s Finals. … James (238) broke a tie with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and moved into fourth place for the most playoff games. Only Derek Fisher (259), Tim Duncan (251) and Robert Horry (244) have made most postseason appearances.COMEBACK KIDIguodala, the 2015 finals MVP, scored eight points and made one steal in 22 minutes, but his impact went beyond those numbers.“It was good just having him, settling the game down,” guard Shaun Livingston said. “His defense was strong, whoever he was up against — LeBron or someone else — and his toughness makes everyone out there better.”HOOD HELPSLue gave Rodney Hood a chance and the seldom-used forward came through with 15 points on 7-of-11 shooting with six rebounds. Hood only played four minutes in the first two games.“That was Rodney Hood, man,” James said. “It was more than just what he did for the team. For himself, that was just a huge moment.”UP NEXTGame 4 is Friday night.Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James shoots against Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green during the first half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. (Gregory Shamus/Pool Photo via AP)Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kevin Love shoots during the first half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. (Gregory Shamus/Pool Photo via AP)Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James shoots over Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant during the first half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. (Gregory Shamus/Pool Photo via AP)Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James looks to move past Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry during the first half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. (Joshua Gunter/The Plain Dealer via AP)Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green celebrates after Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Wednesday against the Cleveland Cavaliers, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 110-102 to take a 3-0 lead in the series. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgATHENS (AP) — Organizers of Greece’s top division have called off games scheduled for this weekend after referees announced a two-week walkout to protest the beating of a colleague by unknown assailants.The country’s soccer federation said Thursday that Greek cup matches would go ahead as scheduled. It said top-league referees called the walkout “for psychological reasons” after the “cowardly and unacceptable” assault.Referee Thanassis Tzilos was attacked Wednesday by three masked men near his home in Larissa. He was treated at a local hospital for head and leg injuries and released Thursday.Nobody has been arrested for the attack, which Sports Minister Giorgos Vassiliadis strongly condemned.No top-flight games are scheduled from Dec. 24 to Jan. 11, the league’s winter break. Organizers said games will resume after the protest ends Jan. 4.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more