Betis concerned by impact of Barcelona potentially leaving La Liga

first_imgBarcelona’s hypothetical expulsion from Spanish football in the event of Catalonia breaking away from Spain would leave a huge hole in La Liga, Real Betis’s general manager said on Wednesday, and negatively impact on clubs such as his own.La Liga president Javier Tebas, a former member of a far right group and strong opponent of Catalan independence, has repeatedly threatened to banish 24-times champions Barcelona and all other teams in the region if Catalonia were to secede.In the latest sign of the Catalan independence drive impacting sport, Tebas has delayed negotiations to renew the league’s international television rights deal due to unrest in the wake of Catalonia’s disputed Oct. 1 independence vote.Betis general manager Ramon Alarcon said kicking out Barcelona would have huge ramifications on Spanish football and negatively affect clubs like his.”The unease that Catalan society could break from Spain affects every sector, including football, and the departure of Catalan teams would be a real shame because they are clubs with a lot of tradition,” Alarcon told Reuters in Madrid.In addition to Barcelona, Catalonia is home to two other La Liga clubs: Girona and Espanyol, as well as a host of clubs in lower leagues.”La Liga is not just Real Madrid and Barcelona. But if Barcelona left the other teams would have to work a lot harder to fill that gap if La Liga were to remain the best in the world.”Barcelona, which is owned by more than 140,000 club “members”, says it respects their diversity of opinion by not taking a position for or against independence, but supports the right of the people of Catalonia to decide their own future.advertisementReuters Photo On Oct. 1, the day of the banned referendum, the team played its match with Las Palmas at the Nou Camp behind closed doors, which club president Josep Maria Bartomeu said was to show opposition to police violence against voters.After the referendum, the club said in a statement it would not speculate on the future, but was “not planning for any other scenario than playing in the Spanish league. The club is competing in this competition and wants to win it.”Tebas has said Barcelona’s hypothetical departure would see the value of La Liga’s television rights drop by 20 percent.Alarcon has no doubt losing Barcelona would seriously damage the league’s brand and hurt other Spanish teams such as Betis.”Having a global brand like La Liga logically helps us, and obviously the success of Real Madrid and Barcelona helps the brand of Spain and La Liga,” he said.”PAINFUL SITUATION”Betis, Liga champions in 1935, are one of the best supported clubs in Spain, with 50,000 season ticket holders. They are ranked fourth, behind Barcelona, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid in social media engagement.The Seville club are ninth in the standings after making their best start to a season since returning to the top flight in 2015 and beat champions Real 1-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu in September.Alarcon called Betis “a sleeping giant” and hopes they can harness their huge fan base to become one of the top teams in Spain again, but is wary of the impact the current political uncertainty in the country could have on his club.”Tebas has said that [Barcelona staying in the league if independence were declared] wouldn’t be legal, so logically it couldn’t happen. But sincerely I think Barcelona will stay in the Spanish league and we’ll come to an understanding over this situation, which is very painful for everyone.”last_img read more

Odell Beckham Jr trade shows NFL teams value draft picks over talent

first_imgBut this isn’t about skill. This is a cultural battle. There’s an ongoing, generational feud between the league’s players and its decision-makers.Star players feel empowered. They want a larger say in the shape of the organization or, more often, to renegotiate their contracts on a year to year basis, regardless of how long is left on their present deal. And they want to have fun.Older general managers want to keep the sport as close to the good old days as possible. Players should be all about the team, not individual accolades. There should be no dancing. Anybody but the statuesque quarterback, the face of the franchise, should be seen but not heard.Giants general manager David Gettleman is carved into the Mount Rushmore of old-school thinkers. He’s the author of this gem: “There’s two kinds of players in this league, folks. There are guys that play professional football and there are professional football players.”That’s a real quote from an NFL executive.Gettleman is a general manager of unrivaled arrogance, a tough thing to pull off in professional football.This is a man who loves to punctuate the football as he recites the expression “The New York Football Giants”, as though we will forget the team he runs or the sport he’s discussing.Gettleman proudly flaunts his lack of understanding of analytics and market inefficiencies, typing on an imaginary keyboard at his introductory press conference. Applying basic economic principles to a salary-capped sport is for nerds, apparently.And that’s not to mention his brazen draft strategy: Gettleman refuses to trade down and add assets, staunch in his belief that he will pick the right players in the right spot. He doesn’t need to throw more darts at the dartboard, because he’s David Gettleman.We’ve become used to the viewpoint that talent wins out in the NFL. That organization will overlook anything and everything if the player is talented. But more and more we’re seeing teams value their culture, and the allure of hope – by way of future draft picks – over talent. ‘Wow’: Odell Beckham Jr stunned after blockbuster trade to Cleveland Browns Odell Beckham’s penchant for highlight-reel catches has made him one of the NFL’s brightest stars. Photograph: New York Daily News/NY Daily News via Getty Images Pinterest features Facebook Since you’re here… Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian Share on LinkedIn Of course Kareem Hunt already has a second chance in the NFL Topics Share on Facebook The Steelers relationships with Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown, their top two skill-talents, disintegrated before both left for virtually nothing. The Raiders traded away Khalil Mack after Jon Gruden questioned whether Mack wanted to stay with the Raiders.In Beckham, Brown and Mack, we’re discussing three future Hall of Famers, all traded in their primes for non-football reasons.Browns general manager John Dorsey may fit the Football Guy casting call, but he’s working as a new age executive in this stuffy league. From real, awful crimes (Kareem Hunt’s domestic assault allegation) to football ones (Beckham), Dorsey is willing to take on everyone’s cast-offs.That right there is the current dichotomy across the NFL. There are teams hoarding talent: The Rams out in LA, Dorsey in Cleveland. And there are those, like Gettleman, like the Steelers, who believe in the good old days: that their brand power and culture can conquer raw talent.That mindset has left the Giants resembling an expansion team with a 38-year-old quarterback who only remains on the team because of his surname and relationship with the owners. And they have $34m in dead money.The Beckham trade is the kind of deal gets everybody fired. It’s tough to evaluate the effectiveness of a team’s culture if a team isn’t winning.It will be easy to evaluate the outgoing presence who has been labeled as toxic: Beckham is an all-time great at the peak of his athletic powers. Moving to a more advanced offense, with a better quarterback and complimentary pieces will re-assert his claim as the NFL’s best.“Ernie [Acorsi] taught me something a long time ago,” Gettleman said at his introductory press conference a year ago. “Don’t quit on talent.”Rather than start a rebuild in earnest and build around their star, the Giants decided to plunge for the unknown, betting on the ego of their general manager and the culture he hopes to foster. Sportblog Cleveland Brownscenter_img The Giants traded Odell Beckham Jr to the Browns on Tuesday night, weeks after paying the star receiver a $20m signing bonus, and after general manager David Gettleman proclaimed less than two weeks prior: “We didn’t sign Odell to trade him. That’s all I need to say about that”.Gulp. In return, the Giants picked up a first- and third-round pick, safety Jabrill Peppers … and $16m in dead money. It is the kind of trade that would cause a mutiny in your fantasy league.An organization waits a lifetime to draft a player like Odell Beckham, a star so singularly gifted he can tilt a game with a single play, and help a rickety quarterback age gracefully through the twilight of his career. … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Read more Share on Messenger Share on Twitter New York Giants Share via Email Twitter Beckham’s first couple of years in the league are almost without precedent. He became a household name with that catch and has been tabloid fodder and Hall of Fame producer ever since.In his first three seasons in the league, Beckham eclipsed 1,300 yards and double-digit touchdowns each year. He snagged an average of 9.6 passes a game at an average of 14.3 yards per reception. The only player to match those numbers in each of their first three seasons in the modern era? Randy Moss.Like Beckham, Moss was considered a cultural distraction, a Me First guy who couldn’t exist in the NFL’s ever-conservative ecosystem. He was too much of a show pony. Too interested in his own numbers, not enough in the collective.The Vikings got tired of Moss after seven seasons. It took the Giants all of five – one missed mostly due to injury – to cut bait on Beckham.Beckham’s last year in New York was good, not great. Anchored by Eli Manning and one of the league’s weaker offensive lines, the Giants became plodding and predictable on offense, relying on sparkles of magic from Beckham and rookie Saquon Barkley.Beckham has become one of the 10 most important non-quarterbacks in the league. Not because of his star wattage or place in the discourse, because he affects wins. Beckham finished ninth among non-QBs in Pro Football Focus’s Wins Above Replacement metric. NFL US sports Read more Share on WhatsApp Reuse this contentlast_img read more

9 days agoMan Utd crock Pogba struggling for visit of Liverpool

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd crock Pogba struggling for visit of Liverpoolby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Paul Pogba remains a doubt for the visit of Liverpool on Sunday.The Manchester Evening News says Pogba has still not returned to the club’s Carrington training complex, having spent over a week in Dubai during the international break for some warm weather training.Pogba, 26, has missed four of United’s last six games with an ankle injury and flew to Dubai with a protective boot on, and United sources are pessimistic about the possibility of him recovering for the Liverpool game on Sunday.United are hopeful Anthony Martial will be fit to start for the first time since he suffered a thigh injury in the 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace on August 24. last_img read more

Xiaomi Redmi K20 will come with massive 4000mAh battery, company confirms

first_img Sneha Saha New DelhiMay 22, 2019UPDATED: May 24, 2019 09:48 IST HIGHLIGHTSRedmi K20 launching on May 28.The Redmi K20 will be powered by Snapdragon 855.It is expected to come with pop-up selfie camera.A lot of details about the Redmi K20 have been confirmed by the company. Now, via a new poster Xiaomi’s sub-brand Redmi confirms new details. According to the latest teaser posted by Redmi Global the upcoming Redmi K20 will come with Redmi Note 7 series like 4000mAh battery setup. This means the rumours were pretty authentic. Until now all the leaks and rumours revealed that the Redmi K20 series of phones will pack massive 4000mAh battery.Xiaomi Redmi took to Chinese microblogging site Weibo to announce the battery details of the Redmi K20. In the Weibo post the company notes, “#Redmi K20# Every trick of the Big Devil is a big move! The fourth type: wish to grow Forward microblogging and pump one K20.” In the same post, Xiaomi Redmi attached a post that noted “4000mAh”. This confirms that the Redmi K20 will sport the same battery setup as the Redmi Note 7 series. Some rumours suggest that the phone will come packed with 27W charging capability that’s has been previously seen on the Mi 9. Redmi is yet to confirm these details.A lot has been talked about the Redmi K20 of late. Let’s take a quick look at everything we know about the Redmi flagship phone so far:–Redmi K20 is set to launch in China on May 28. –Xiaomi India has confirmed that the Redmi K20 willl come to India soon. –The Redmi K20 is expected to come in two variants — Redmi K20 and Redmi K20 Pro. –In India the Redmi K20 Pro is expected to come as Poco F2. There are no official information about the Poco F2 from the company yet. –The Redmi K20 series is tipped to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor. –Rumours suggest Redmi K20 will come with a 6.39-inch OLED display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. — Redmi K20 is expected to include a pop-up selfie camera with a 32MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture.–Leaked specs sheet suggests, on the rear panel, the phone will include a 48MP primary camera with f/1.7 aperture, a 13MP secondary camera with f/2.4 aperture, and third will an 8MP with f/2.4 aperture.–New leak suggests that the Redmi K20 Pro will come packed with 48MP Sony IMX586 camera and 960fps slow-motion recording support. –In AnTuTu the Redmi K20 flagship killer manages to score as high as 458,754.advertisementALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi Note 7S quick review: Redmi Note 7 with 48MP camera and extra price of Rs 1000ALSO READ | Redmi Note 7S vs Redmi Note 7 Pro: Which 48MP camera Xiaomi phone should you buy?ALSO READ | Redmi Note 7 vs Redmi Note 7S: How they are different, which Xiaomi is better buyGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySneha Saha Tags :Follow XiaomiFollow Redmi Xiaomi Redmi K20 will come with massive 4000mAh battery, company confirmsXiaomi sub-brand Redmi has confirmed to launch the Redmi flagship aka Redmi K20 on May 28. Meanwhile, Xiaomi India has also announced to bring the Redmi K20 to the country very soon.advertisementlast_img read more

Crowley Injects USD 21 Mn More in Isla Grande Terminal

first_imgzoom Crowley Puerto Rico Services, part of Florida-based Crowley Holdings, has assigned an additional sum of USD 21 million within a construction contract for improvements and upgrades at its Isla Grande port terminal in San Juan.The construction contract has been awarded to Del Valle Group, S.P. of Toa Baja, Puerto Rico, and includes expanding the terminal capacity for handling refrigerated containers and paving 15 acres to accommodate container stacking. It also encompasses installing a new electrical substation to provide power for three ship-to-shore gantry cranes, constructing a new seven-lane terminal exit gate and installing hardware required for a new terminal operating software system, as explained by Crowley.The awarded contract is the third associated with Crowley’s investment in its Isla Grande terminal in preparation for the arrival next year of the first of Crowley’s two new LNG-powered, Commitment Class ships being built in Pascagoula, Mississippi.“We are very pleased to have this final contract awarded as part of the transformation of our terminal at Isla Grande,” Jose “Pache” Ayala, Crowley vice president, Puerto Rico said, adding that the improvements will enable faster gate times and overall shorter turn times for truckers in and out of the terminal.The latest contract follows a USD 48.5 million construction contract in 2015 for a new pier at the Isla Grande terminal. That investment by Crowley came after an agreement with the Puerto Rico Ports Authority (PRPA) for a 30-year lease extension for the Isla Grande property.“This contract represents the last major contract to be awarded in our half-a-billion-dollar investment in our Puerto Rico Jones Act service,” John Hourihan, Crowley senior vice president and general manager, Puerto Rico said.last_img read more

Video: Celebrity Infinity Hits Pier in Alaska

first_imgzoom The 2001-built Celebrity Infinity has continued its journey after it allided with a pier in Ketchikan, Alaska while it was trying to dock on June 3.According to the vessel’s owner, the Miami-based cruise line Celebrity Cruises, the Celebrity Infinity “struck the pier due to inclement weather,” as the weather on scene was reported to be gusting at 45-miles per hour.“Initial assessment shows minor scraping damage to the ship’s hull above the waterline, which our crew has been able to repair,” the company told World Maritime News.There were no injuries reported on board the 11,778 dwt vessel or on the pier, and there were no signs of pollution at the site.Since the incident, Celebrity Infinity has been cleared by authorities and departed Ketchikan, Celebrity Cruises said. The vessel continued on its itinerary and arrived to Vancouver on Sunday, as scheduled.The cruise ship, which features a length of 294 meters and a width of 32 meters, sailed from Vancouver yesterday morning and is currently on its way to Icy Strait Cruise Port, according to the latest AIS data from Marine Traffic.The US Coast Guard has launched an investigation to determine the cause of the accident.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Minister Appoints Mediator in Capital Health NSGEU Negotiations

first_imgLabour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan appointed veteran mediator Bruce Outhouse today, March 19, to help in contract negotiations between Capital District Health Authority and the NSGEU Local 97, which represents 2,500 registered nurses. “Mr. Outhouse is an experienced mediator, arbitrator and lawyer who has extensive experience dealing with these types of disputes at both the regional and national levels,” said Ms. Regan. “A mediator always brings fresh perspective on the issues and I’m hopeful that Mr. Outhouse will be able to help the parties come to an agreement.” Mr. Outhouse’s appointment comes after several attempts at private negotiations and conciliation failed, and talks broke off on March 17. Mediation will begin Thursday, March 20. Mediation is a non-binding tool used to help parties reach a settlement.last_img read more

FM discusses budget proposals with financial sector regulators

first_imgNew Delhi: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman reviewed the state of the economy and discussed various budget-related suggestions and proposals at a meeting with financial sector regulators here on Wednesday. Sitharaman will present the first budget of Modi 2.0 government on July 5 against the backdrop of India’s economy hitting a five-year low growth of 6.8 per cent in 2018-19. Financial sector regulators, including RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das, Sebi Chairman Ajay Tyagi, and IRDAI chief Subhash Chandra Khuntia, and top finance ministry officials were present in the meeting of the Financial Stability and Development Council (FSDC) headed by the finance minister, an official release said. “As discussed in the other FSDC meetings, there was a general review of the current state of the economy, of the overall macro-economic situation, global developments, and there was a discussion on the forthcoming budget and various budget-related suggestions and proposals,” the RBI governor said after the meeting. The regulators and the concerned secretaries of the government were present in the meeting, he said. The FSDC is the apex body of sectoral regulators. Finance Secretary Subhash Chandra Garg, Financial Services Secretary Rajiv Kumar, Revenue Secretary Ajay Bhushan Pandey and Expenditure Secretary G C Murmu attended the meeting along with IBBI chairman M S Sahoo, and Corporate Affairs Secretary Injeti Srinivas. Asked about the outlook for the economy, Das said current situation has already been spelt out after the Monetary Policy Committee meeting earlier this month. “In the post MPC press conference, I have personally elaborated on the risks to global growth. On the outlook for India, for the current year, we have projected 7 per cent. We have also flagged the other issues in the MPC resolution, and in the statement which I made after the MPC. Beyond that I have nothing to add,” he said. Concerns with regard to focus on financial stability have been the underlying theme of all monetary policy decisions, he said. “It is not explicitly stated. Should it be explicitly stated, the jury is still out, and a view has to be taken,” he said. Asked if any stimulus is required to prop up the economy, the governor said, “It is for the government to decide, and its the finance minister’s prerogative to take a call on such matters.” The RBI governor further said that the Bimal Jalan committee, which is looking into the size of capital reserves that the RBI should hold, is likely to submit its final report by June-end. The 20th meeting of the FSDC reviewed the current global and domestic economic situation and financial stability issues including, inter-alia, those concerning Banking and NBFCs, an official statement said. The Council was also apprised of the progress made towards setting up of the Financial Data Management Centre (FDMC) to facilitate integrated data aggregation and analysis as also a Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-Fin) towards strengthening the cybersecurity framework for the financial sector, it said. The Council also held consultations to obtain inputs and suggestions of the financial sector regulators for the Budget, it said, adding, all the regulators presented their proposals for the Union Budget 2019-20. The Council also took note of the activities undertaken by the FSDC Sub-Committee Chaired by Governor, RBI and the action taken by members on the decisions taken in earlier Meetings of the Council. Others who attended the meeting included Chief Economic Adviser Krishnamurthy V Subramanian, Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India chairman Subhash Chandra Khuntia and Ravi Mital, Additional Secretary, Department of Financial Services & in charge, Chairperson, Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority.last_img read more

British Royal Navy to escort UKflagged ships in Gulf strait

first_imgLondon: Britain on Thursday ordered its navy to escort UK-flagged ships through the Strait of Hormuz after Iranian soldiers seized a tanker in the flashpoint entrance to the Gulf. “The Royal Navy has been tasked to accompany British-flagged ships through the Strait of Hormuz, either individually or in groups, should sufficient notice be given of their passage,” the defence ministry said in a statement. The week-long standoff over the British-flagged Stena Impero and its 23-member crew has inflamed tensions between the Islamic republic and the United Kingdom. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USBritain responded on Monday by proposing a European-led mission that could secure the passage of vessels through the world’s busiest oil shipping lane. But France said Thursday it was not willing to send extra military assets to the Gulf, but would share information and coordinate its currently deployed assets. Iran had earlier warned Britain that it intended to retaliate for UK marines’ involvement of the seizure of its own supertanker near Gibraltar on July 4. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsBritain currently has the HMS Montrose warship in the Gulf and a handful of smaller naval vessels. The Montrose had tried to rush in to rescue the Stena but arrived too late to the scene. Britain has already raised its security level in the region to the highest level and advised all boats in Iranian waters not to enter the strait. Its guidance before Thursday was for ships to notify the navy and receive instructions on “the safest way to transit” into the Gulf. “It is not possible for the Royal Navy to provide escorts for every single ship,” now-former foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt told parliament on Monday. The UK department of transport had earlier advised British-registered ships not to sail through the area. Hunt told parliament that two to three UK-flagged ships pass through the strait daily. He added that the Montrose had escorted 30 merchant vessels through the strait in 17 separate transits as of Monday.last_img read more

Former Shaw Communications CEO dies at 60 following brief illness

first_imgCALGARY – Jim Shaw, the former chief executive of Shaw Communications Inc., died Wednesday following a brief illness.The Canadian telecommunications company says in a statement that the vice-chairman passed away peacefully at the age of 60.He joined Shaw in 1982, working as a construction worker and cable installer, and later served as the company’s second CEO from 1998 to 2010.Current CEO Brad Shaw says in a statement that he not only lost a brother, but a great friend and mentor.The company’s board of directors and employees expressed their condolences to the Shaw family.last_img read more

SC pulls up Bihar govt for delay in appeal

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court has “strongly deprecated” the “casual manner” in which Bihar has filed an appeal before it after a delay of over 700 days and said a clear signal has to be sent to the government authorities that they cannot approach the court as and when they please. A bench comprising Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Indira Banerjee dismissed the appeal filed by the Bihar government in a service matter and imposed a cost of Rs 20,000 on the state, saying it was a “complete wastage” of judicial time. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe apex court noted that an appeal against the division bench order of the Patna High Court was filed before it after a delay of 728 days and the state sought condonation of this “extraordinary” delay stating that it took time to obtain all the sanction from the respective departments and receive the affidavit. “We are of the view that a clear signal has to be sent to the government authorities that they cannot approach the court as and when they please, on account of gross incompetence of their officers and that too without taking any action against the concerned officers,” the bench said in its order. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroad”No detail of this delay of 728 days have been given as if there is an inherent right to seek condonation of delay by state government. The law of limitation apparently does not apply to the state government according to its conduct,” the bench said. Referring to an earlier judgement of the apex court, the bench noted in its order that such condonation of delay is no more admissible on the pretext of “government working lethargy”. The bench also noted that the state had earlier filed an appeal before a division bench of the high court against an order of its single judge in the matter after a delay of 367 days. The division bench of the high court had dismissed the application filed by the state seeking condonation of delay on the ground that there was no sufficient cause shown for it. “We strongly deprecate the casual manner in which the division bench (of the high court) was approached…,” the bench said.last_img read more

Israel to free 26 Palestinians on Monday

first_imgThe 26 Palestinian prisoners Israel has agreed to free as part of ongoing peace talks will be released on Monday, a source in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said.Netanyahu had agreed to the release of 104 Palestinian prisoners in line with commitments to the US-backed peace talks, which resumed in July, and groups have been freed on August 13 and October 30.“Their release should come on Monday night after the 48-hour delay given for appeals from victims’ families to the supreme court,” the official in Netanyahu’s office told AFP on condition of anonymity. In the past, Israel’s supreme court has turned down all appeals against the release of Palestinian prisoners.Netanyahu’s government gave the green light on Saturday for the latest tranche of prisoners to be freed.“All of the released prisoners perpetrated offences prior to the (1993) Oslo accords and have served sentences of 19-28 years,” an Israeli government statement on Saturday said.“If any of those to be released resume hostile activity they will be returned to serve the remainder of their sentences,” the statement warned.The planned release of the latest group of detainees comes as US Secretary of State John Kerry prepares for a fresh tour of the region on New Year’s Day to try to push talks forward.It will be his 10th trip to Israel and the West Bank since March, with his most recent visit in early December.Kerry has been piling on the pressure in a bid to nudge the Palestinians and Israelis to reach an interim framework ahead of a full accord ahead of a deadline set to expire in late April.Meanwhile, Israel is set to announce plans for new settlement construction to coincide with the prisoners’ release, an official said on Thursday.Media reports say the plans are for 1,400 settler homes.Kerry and the European Union earlier this month urged Netanyahu to delay plans to announce new settlement construction on land Palestinians want for their future state.But Netanyahu was bullish in the face of international pressure over settlement construction.“We will not stop, even for a moment, building our country and becoming stronger, and developing… the settlement enterprise,” he told members of his rightwing Likud party last week.last_img read more

Markham mayor says city to be a living lab for Bell IBM

MARKHAM, Ont. — The City of Markham, Bell Canada and IBM Canada are teaming up to test a new generation of internet-connected systems for monitoring city infrastructure and detecting problems such as storm flooding.Mayor Frank Scarpitti says Markham will serve as a “living lab” for technologies that will improve the city’s operating efficiency and enhance services for residents.The program will combine Bell’s broadband networks, IBM data analytics and data from sensors placed in various parts of the city of 355,000 residents, northeast of Toronto.They say the system will be designed to detect leaks in water supply pipes, storm flooding, energy usage in city buildings as well as environmental conditions such as temperature and humidity. Financial details and other terms of the partnership were not immediately available.The announcement comes as Canada’s major telecommunications companies, including Bell, invest billions to expand their capabilities to do widespread data collection through high speed fibre optics and wireless networks. Companies in this story: (TSX:BCE)The Canadian Press read more

In Egypt Annan urges world unity to promote stable and prosperous Iraq

“Let Iraqis come together as one people. Let the nations of this region and the world come together to help them,” he told the International Conference on Iraq in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. “And let us all work towards one goal: a stable Iraq, a peaceful Iraq, a democratic Iraq – a new Iraq,” he added, pledging continued UN aid to the Iraqi people. “Acts of violence and terror are being committed against them and against aid workers too, and they are caught in the cross-fire of deadly conflict,” he said. But, he added: “Who can doubt that they have the courage and the ability to triumph over the challenges that beset them today? The Iraqi people want a better future for their country, and they are determined to achieve it.” The conference participants agreed to a communiqué that affirmed the right of the Iraqi people to a secure and stable life, and to determine freely their future through democratic means and to exercise full control over their natural and financial resources.Mr. Annan said a stable and united Iraq, at peace with itself, and in a peaceful region was a compelling concern for every peace-loving nation, noting that elections due in January are a critical part of the country’s transition, now threatened by insecurity and indiscriminate acts of terror. He stressed that every effort must be made to provide incentives for various Iraqi groups to participate in a national reconciliation process and the broadest possible spectrum of opinion must be persuaded of a shared interest in realizing the potential of a united and peaceful country. Countries in the region should take the lead in helping to normalize Iraq’s regional and international relations and Mr. Annan underlined the world body’s role in the country, where a terrorist bomb last year killed top UN envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello and 21 others, leading to the withdrawal of international staffers. “We cannot ignore the security risks,” he declared. “But nor must we let them deter us from doing all we can, under prevailing circumstances, to help the Iraqi people.” He noted that the UN “did our utmost under difficult conditions” to help form an interim Iraqi government and an electoral commission and was now working to coordinate international aid and assist the electoral authorities. “And we will be at the side of Iraq in the future,” he vowed. “The measure of our success is not the number of staff we have in Iraq. It is the degree to which we translate our commitment into effective support for Iraq’s transition. With support from both inside and outside Iraq, I am confident we can do our part in helping the Iraqi people.” On the margins of the Iraq conference, Mr. Annan had a series of bilateral meetings with European Union High Representative Javier Solana, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa.In a meeting with German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer, he held a briefing on the timetable of the release of the report of the High-Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change. read more

ECHLs Brampton Beast looking to add local investors to ownership group

ECHL’s Brampton Beast looking to add local investors to ownership group by Gregory Strong, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 19, 2017 2:39 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 19, 2017 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Brampton Beast have made strides over three seasons in the ECHL. Now the team is looking for local investors to join the club in its push to take things to a higher level.Community members will soon have an opportunity to buy a piece of the minor-league franchise, which is the second-tier affiliate of the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens. Beast owner Gregg Rosen is putting nearly half of his stake in the club up for sale with team president Cary Kaplan planning to meet with interested parties Thursday.“We want to pick the right group,” Kaplan said. “So it’s not necessarily the person with the most money. It’s who will be excited and add value.”Kaplan and local businesswoman Tina Larsen thought the franchise would get a boost by adding co-owners from Brampton or the Greater Toronto Area. The goal, Kaplan said Wednesday, is to find investors interested in a 5-10 per cent stake in a team he estimates is worth between $5-10 million.Rosen, a businessman based in Kingston, Ont., owns 97 per cent of the team and Kaplan owns the remaining three per cent. Instead of an auction, the plan is to sell stakes at a fixed price with Rosen retaining a share of 51 per cent.It’s hoped that local co-owners will help create more awareness for a team brand still in its relative infancy.“The idea is that if we get eight to 10 … people within driving distance, they could talk it up, be active in the community,” Kaplan said. “We think it’ll help grow the ticket base and sponsorship.”Brampton finished third in the North Division standings last season with a 40-24-3-5 record. The Beast reached the second round of the playoffs before falling to the Manchester Monarchs.Sale plans were unveiled a couple weeks ago, a few months ahead of the 2017-18 regular season.“We’re doing a lot of things on the business and player side, we’d like to have this locked up in a matter of weeks,” said Kaplan, who added another meeting with potential investors could be held next week. “We’re confident so far that it’s been heading in a very positive direction. There’s a lot of interest.”The Beast have seen steady attendance growth at the 5,000-seat Powerade Centre despite a crowded hockey market in the Toronto area. The NHL’s Maple Leafs and American Hockey League’s Marlies play just down the highway and several Ontario Hockey League teams play in the southern Ontario region.Brampton had an OHL team for 15 years before the Battalion franchise moved to North Bay in 2013 after attendance sagged.However, the Beast drew an average of 3,106 fans at home games last season. That was up from 2,784 in 2015-16 and 2,572 in 2014-15.Kaplan is bullish on a city that is growing rapidly and has shown it likes the ECHL brand of hockey.“A big part of this initiative is rather than taking five more years to sell out every game, maybe this initiative allows us to sell every game out in two years,” he said. “But we’re trending in the right direction.”———Follow @GregoryStrongCP on Twitter. read more

US Navy take part in war games off Scotlands coast as they

first_imgMembers of Britain’s new carrier strike group are engaged with the US Navy and other international allies in Exercise Saxon Warrior, aboard American aircraft carrier the USS George HW Bush.The 97,000-tonne and 1,092ft Nimitz class aircraft carrier was off the coast of Scotland on Sunday in the latest phase of the war game, ahead of the UK’s carrier strike group setting up on the Queen Elizabeth in the coming months. Personnel stand in steam created after a plane took off during joint military exercise, Saxon Warrior, aboard the USS George H.W. Bush on August 6, 2017 F/A-18 Hornet pilots return from a flight during joint military exercise, Saxon Warrior, aboard the USS George H.W. Bush on August 6, 2017 off the north west coast of the United KingdomCredit:Getty Images Europe/ Dan Kitwood Commander Betton, commander of the Royal Navy’s carrier strike group, told the Press Association the two new carriers marked a huge step for UK defence that would “usher in a new era of carrier strike activity”.Speaking aboard USS George HW Bush, he added: “Carrier enabled power projection, which is the formal term for this capability, offers strategic choice to Her Majesty’s Government.”The ability to scale from humanitarian assistance, response to natural disasters, through to a poise to try and deter a potential conflict and if necessary to engage as a serious tier one partner in the international coalition to take our place at the top table.”As a United Nations permanent security council member, I feel it’s firmly the right thing for the United Kingdom to be doing.” Personnel stand in steam created after a plane took off during joint military exercise, Saxon Warrior, aboard the USS George H.W. Bush on August 6, 2017Credit: Dan Kitwood/ Getty Images Europe The Royal United Services Institute recently warned that the £3 billion carrier could be disabled with a single strike from a relatively cheap missile costing less than £500,000, and sunk by multiple missiles.center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. F/A-18 Hornet pilots return from a flight during joint military exercise, Saxon Warrior, aboard the USS George H.W. Bush on August 6, 2017 off the north west coast of the United Kingdom Cmdr Betton said the two British carriers would operate at a high state or readiness, with one or the other always available at short notice to undertake carrier strike operations.Cpt Houlberg added: “We’ve got to get from two carriers the sorts of things the Americans get from a lot more, and that’s going to be quite a challenge, but it’s something I’m confident we can deliver.” Other recent warnings around the Queen Elizabeth have concerned its technology and vulnerability to cyber attack, as well as the number of ships and maritime aircraft available to protect it.Captain Ken Houlberg, the UK carrier strike group chief of staff, said the capability delivered by an aircraft carrier and strike group “sets that nation on the world map – it’s a player”.He added: “It’s got hard power tools that can deliver capability across the spectrum of conflict, from humanitarian and disaster relief through defence engagement to full high-end war fighting with our coalition allies.”It sets Britain apart.”Both men were also confident the UK’s two carriers could compete with the American fleet, with the USS George HW Bush one of 10 in the US Navy.last_img read more

GOCMV election in limbo

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The elections for the new board of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne Victoria (GOCMV) seem to be in limbo as a result of imminent resignations from the electoral committee that will be supervising the upcoming GOCMV elections and a new petition by 120 members calling for a Extraordinary and Annual General Meeting (EGM).Over the weekend Dennis Patisteas resigned from the GOCMV Electoral Committee, citing concerns about way the elections were proceeding. “I accepted the invitation to be part of the electoral committee so that I could offer my knowledge and experience and to contribute to the orderly conduct of the elections,” Mr Patisteas said. “However recent development have upset me so I decided to resign. I do not forsee the election proceeding in an orderly manner and I don’t want to get caught up in any of the rumoured court actions.”Mr Patisteas is one of three people who joined the Electoral Committee following the agreement arising from the court action in December between the opposing factions in the GOCMV. Sources have also suggested that the another three people who were appointed to the Electoral Committee following the agreement will resign tonight at a scheduled meeting of the Electoral Committee.The weekend also saw six members of the GOCMV executive release a public statement accusing GOCMV president Bill Papastergiadis of dragging his feet in organising a Board meeting to discuss the petition submitted by 120 members.The petition calls for a repeat of the EGM and AGM that was held on 22 November as they believe that the Constitution of the organisation was breached during those meetings. Their petition was sent to the General Secretary the President and members of the GOCMV Board last Monday. GOCMV Executive members George Fountas, Eugenia Grammatikakis, Con Dikeos, John Lioupas, Christos Tsirkas and Zisis Pouros criticized Mr Papastergiadis for scheduling a meeting on 14 January, two days before the elections, and for stating that the petition will need to be dealt with by the new GOCMV Board after the elections.They also hold Mr Papastergiadis personally responsible for any legal action that may arise from his decision to defer consideration of the petition until after the elections.Mr Papastergiadis responded strongly and emphasised the action he was taking was legal and in accordance with the constitution.He pointed out that the meeting on the 14 January was in line with the constitutional requirement for giving 7 days notice.The GOCMV President also highlighted that the upcoming elections cannot be postponed or deferred as members have already been notified.Mr Papastergiadis was not aware of any resignations from the electoral committee and indicated that any resignations would not disrupt the proceeding of the elections as anybody who chose to resign would be replaced by the runner ups in the vote held for the election to the electoral committee.The latest round of infighting began on Monday when 120 members of the GOCMV submitted the petition.In their letter outlining their arguments, the undersigned members dispute the constitutionality of the settlement between Mr Papastergiadis and Mr Paikopoulos claiming that it is not serving the best interest of the Community’s members. “Further, we believe that the agreement/settlement signed by the President to alter the composition of the members of the election Committee and to hold elections for a new Board….during the summer vacation period while many members and their families are away to be in breach of the constitution…,” the undersigned members state in an excerpt from the covering letter. As part of that compromise the two sides agreed to reconstitute the electoral committee in a bipartisan way.A core claim of the plaintiffs was that unconstitutional irregularities occurred during the November meetings during which the Election Committee was elected. Neos Kosmos English Edition (NKEE) understands that this new petition has been largely organised and spearheaded by the former President of the GOCMV George Fountas who has consistently called for a repeat of the November meetings refusing to compromise with anything less.To complicate things even more sources close to the Community who are speaking to NKEE on the condition of anonymity, say that the opposition to Mr Papastergiadis’ faction is divided and that if the elections go ahead as planned there could be a possibility of an open split in the Opposition ticket.It has come to NKEE’s attention that members of the opposition led by Treasurer Con Dikeos disagree with the new petition and, at least unofficially, are expressing angst about the effects of this latest Community squabble.last_img read more

LIran victime dun nouveau virus informatique

first_imgL’Iran victime d’un nouveau virus informatique L’agence Mehr rapporte les propos d’un haut responsable iranien qui a indiqué que certains des systèmes informatiques de l’Iran étaient la cible de nouvelles cyberttaques. C’est le nouveau virus “Stars” qui est à l’origine de cette attaque.   Le général Ghlam Reza Jalali, commandant de la défense passive iranienne, a fait part de l’attaque dont certains systèmes informatiques iraniens étaient victimes. Le virus “Stars” s’est introduit dans les ordinateurs “sous couvert de dossiers officiels, et il ne produit au départ que des dommages limités”. Pour l’heure, les experts informatiques ne savent pas exactement les dégâts que ce virus est réellement capable d’engendrer.  À lire aussiPourquoi le tapis rouge est-il rouge ?En 2010 déjà, l’Iran avait été la cible du virus “Stuxnet”. Ce virus aurait eu pour objectif de perturber les installations nucléaires du pays. A l’époque, 30.000 ordinateurs avaient été touchés et l’usine de Natanz produisant de l’uranium enrichi avait été stoppée, rappelle Le Monde.  Le 16 avril, le général Jalali a accusé les Etats-Unis et Israël d’être à l’origine du virus “Stuxnet”, ce virus qui constitue encore une menace pour l’Iran estime le militaire. “Le fait d’avoir contenu le virus Stuxnet ne signifie pas que la menace a été totalement éliminée, car les virus ont une certaine durée de vie et il se peut qu’ils poursuivent leur activité en se transformant”, a-t-il expliqué.Le 26 avril 2011 à 17:18 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Manchester in agreement to sign Jorginho

first_imgIt seems Manchester City are out to sign a deal with Napoli midfielder Jorginho as his agent claims they now have a verbal agreement in place.The Italy international appears to be one of the topmost attractive players in the transfer list this summer, as manager Pep Guardiola moves to bolster his options in the middle of the park.Agent Joao Santos has now claimed that the transfer is still well on course to completion despite no documents having been signed by either party.“Jorginho is now in Fortaleza with his family on vacation,” Santos is quoted by CalcioNapoli24 via City Watch.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“In football you need signed documents, without this you can do little.“We have a verbal agreement with City, now we are waiting for Napoli to find the agreement and Manchester [City] to define the deal. Everything depends on this aspect, next week could be the one.”Jorginho has represented Napoli more than 130 times since joining from Italian rivals Hellas Verona in 2014.last_img read more

More Corportate Entities urged to provide jobs for vulnerable youth

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, September 4, 2017 – Kingston – Programme Manager for the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP III), Simeon Robinson, is imploring more corporate entities to provide job opportunities for vulnerable youth in communities where the programme operates.He noted that while several companies have offered skills training, internships and other job-readiness training “we need more private-sector partners to enable permanent employment for these youth”.He commended entities such as the Shipping Association of Jamaica, the Marriott and Jewel Resorts, the Jamaica Public Service (JPS), Wisynco Group, Progressive Grocers, Xerox Limited and others for “putting their money where their mouth is” in providing employment opportunities for the youngsters.Mr. Robinson was addressing a function at the Red Stripe headquarters in Kingston on Thursday (August 31), where schools bags were handed over to 50 youngsters who participated in the company’s ‘Summer Bounce’ camp.Red Stripe, through its Desnoes & Geddes (D&G) Foundation, partnered with the CSJP to engage the youth from the De La Vega City and March Pen communities in Spanish Town, St. Catherine, in the four-week camp.Over the period, they were exposed to lessons in art and craft, life skills training, motivational talks, workshops, a field trip and fun day.Mr. Robinson thanked the Foundation for its contribution to positively impacting the lives of the youngsters, aged 10 to 15, some of whom have described the experience as “life changing”.“This summer camp was also a catalyst for a behavioural revolution for many of the participants,” he said, noting that it also provided opportunity for intercommunity bonding.In her remarks, Head, Corporate Affairs, Red Stripe, Dianne Ashton-Smith, said the company was pleased to be involved in the CSJP and National Security Ministry’s efforts to address the high level of crime and violence in vulnerable communities across Jamaica through strategic interventions such as the summer camp.   She further pledged the D&G Foundation’s continued support of the youngsters’ development.CSJP is a multifaceted crime-prevention programme of the Ministry of National Security being implemented in 50 communities across eight parishes.It focuses on treating with the root causes of violent behaviour among youth by providing a suite of services aimed at reducing their risk of being involved in crime and violence and increasing their ability to become productive citizens.   Among the services are case management, counselling, community justice, and monitoring and evaluation.Since its inception in 2001, more than 20,000 youth have benefited from various services, including an employment internship programme.CSJP is funded by the Government of Jamaica, the Inter-American Development Bank, Global Affairs Canada and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development.Phase three, which is the final phase of the programme, will end in 2019.last_img read more