The BJP’s massive win in Uttar Pradesh has paved the way for the first reshuffle of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s Council of Ministers as three Ministers have won the Lok Sabha election creating vacancies in the State Cabinet. Also, a vacancy was created after disgruntled Minister and Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party leader O.P. Rajbhar was sacked by the Chief Minister for his outburst against his senior NDA partner, the BJP.Rewarding leadersThe ruling party is likely to reward its leaders for their hard work during the election campaigning which resulted in it winning 62 seats, BJP sources said. This would be the first Cabinet reshuffle since Mr. Adityanath was sworn in as the Chief Minister in March 2017. He indicated during an interview that a Cabinet reshuffling was very much on the cards and he was likely to take a decision soon. “We will do it (Cabinet expansion). We will do everything as and when time comes. We will do everything in the interest of the State,” the Chief Minister had said.Four Cabinet Ministers in the U.P. government were in the poll fray. Of them, three won and one lost. With the monsoon session of the Assembly likely in the next couple of months, it is to be seen whether the reshuffle takes place before or after it.
Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Brazilian Grand PrixCharles Leclercferrariformula one First Published: November 18, 2019, 6:37 PM IST Sao Paulo: Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto has called drivers Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc to a clear-the-air meeting after their collision wrecked the team’s hopes at the Brazilian Grand Prix.The pair, who collided while fighting for fourth place on Sunday, were forced to retire from the race, leaving Ferrari embarrassed and pointless and the drivers arguing about who was to blame. “There will be time (for us all) together at Maranello to understand what happened,” said Binotto, in the wake of a tempestuous race won with authority by Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.”It’s not for me to blame them, it’s for them to recognise it.”Speaking to reporters in the aftermath of a costly race for the scarlet scuderia, Binotto said he needed time to take stock and review the crash, on lap 66 of the 71-lap race.Both cars were damaged and forced to retire in the incident, which came after a Safety Car restart when Vettel ‘closed the door’ on a challenging Leclerc.It resulted in Ferrari’s first scoreless race since the 2017 Singapore Grand Prix and refocused criticism on the team’s habit of generating self-inflicted damage — and the fractious relationship between their drivers.SORRY”I have not reviewed yet, I don’t want to do it yet,” insisted Binotto. “I think doing things in the heat of the moment, we may have the wrong conclusion.”I heard both drivers, but they will come as well together to discuss again what happened and there will be time for the team to analyse all the video and the data.”Whatever will be the judgement, more important is we are disappointed and sorry for the team.”But first, the two drivers should be sorry for the team — as it has been a very small crash with big consequences…”They are silly things that should not happen.”It’s a matter of recognising eventually what have been the actions and mistakes. It’s important, because that can only make you better.”He said the Maranello meeting would not be about apportioning blame and punishment.”It’s not a matter of fining or blaming,” he said. “They were free to fight, we let them race and the reason for that is that we have the second place in the constructors’ (championship) …”Free to fight doesn’t mean to do silly actions, especially between the two team-mates and the two Ferraris. For me, it was simply a silly action.”There is always something you can do better, but today the mistakes were from the drivers. As a team, what could we have done better? We need to think…”And, certainly, we need to improve that for the future and that it is not to happen anymore.”
Mike Ditka, a legend in pro football, who won championships as a player, assistant coach, and coach, and has since been a football announcer, recently blasted the uproar over the Washington Redskins name, calling those insisting on a change “politically correct idiots,” USA Today reported.Ditka said: “I went through it in the 60s, too. I mean, come on. Everybody lined up, did this. It’s fine to protest. That’s your right, if you don’t like it, protest. You have a right to do that, but to change the name, that’s ridiculous. Change the Constitution — we’ve got people trying to do that, too, and they’re doing a pretty good job.”He added: “What’s all the stink over the Redskin name? It’s so much [expletive] it’s incredible. We’re going to let the liberals of the world run this world. It was said out of reverence, out of pride to the American Indian. This is so stupid it’s appalling, and I hope that owner keeps fighting for it and never changes it, because the Redskins are part of an American football history, and it should never be anything but the Washington Redskins. That’s the way it is.”TweetPinShare0 Shares
Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Industry Continue Reading Previous How to build seamless UIs and applications for the IoTNext Why every embedded software developer should care about the Toyota verdict Out of all the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) events that take place around the world each year, the Silicon Valley ESC boasts a certain je ne sais quoi .In addition to the fact that ESC Silicon Valley is co-located with the BIOMEDDevice show (you can’t get much more embedded than a device that’s implanted inside a human being), it also takes place in conjunction with the ACE (Annual Creativity in Electronics) Awards.(Source: UBM) In partnership with EE Times and EDN, the ACE Awards showcase the best of the best in today’s electronics industry, including the hottest new products, start-up companies, design teams, executives, and more.This is actually something of a sumptuous event — a bit like the engineering equivalent of the Oscars — including exuberant cheers from the winners and frustrated grimaces from the losers. Happily, a good time is had by all.(Source: UBM) Of course, no one knows who the winners are until the night. For each category, various companies are informed that they are finalists, but the ultimate victor remains a secret until the announcement is made on-stage.To the best of my knowledge, we’ve never had an Oscar-esque ‘Moonlight,’ not ‘La La Land’ blunder. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we will maintain our unblemished record this year, because yours truly has been invited to present the Ultimate Products Awards. I will, of course, be dressed appropriately for the occasion — I will be sporting a formal [black and white] Hawaiian shirt (along with trousers, socks, and shoes, of course).The ACE Awards Ceremony is the place to be see and be seen. An individual ticket costs $199, or your company can reserve its very own ten-person table for $1,850.Will you be attending ESC Silicon Valley and/or the ACE Awards? If so, be sure to stop me and say “Hi.” I’ll be the one in the Hawaiian shirt. As always, all you have to do is shout “Max, Beer!” or “Max, Bacon!” to be assured of my undivided attention. Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.
Anita Jat SouthamptonJune 20, 2019UPDATED: June 20, 2019 20:42 IST India will face Afghanistan in their next World Cup game on June 22. (Twitter/@BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSIndia are so so far unbeaten in the World Cup tournamentIndia defeated Pakistan in their last World Cup game on SundayThe Indian team will next face Afghanistan in their World Cup game on June 22The Indian team has so far been undefeated in the 2019 Cricket World Cup with formidable wins over South Africa, Australia and arch-rivals Pakistan and are next gearing up for their clash against Afghanistan on June 22.After their clinical win over Pakistan on Sunday, India enjoyed a two-day off before hitting the training ground in Southampton on Wednesday.With just two days to go for their next World Cup match, a relaxed Indian team opted to warm-up in a unique fashion.Captain Virat Kohli and his men, along with Rishabh Pant-the recent inclusion in India’s World Cup squad- were seen playing football with a challenge to not drop the ball and the Indian men succeeded in keeping the ball in air for 41 times.BCCI shared a video of India’s practice session and captioned it, “#TeamIndia’s fun warm-up before the nets. The boys kept the ball in the air for 41 times, how many times can you do the same?”#TeamIndia’s fun warm-up before the nets. The boys kept the ball in the air for 41 times, how many times can you do the same?#CWC19 pic.twitter.com/v4c5cx9xMCBCCI (@BCCI) June 20, 2019Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant was included in India sqaud after being named the replacement for Shikhar Dhawan, who was ruled out of the tournament with a broken thumb.Rishabh Pant joined the Indian team on June 14 as cover for injured Dhawan but after observing Dhawan for a few days, the Indian team management finally decided to replace him with Pant on Wednesday.advertisementAlso Read | World Cup 2019: India players to wear orange jerseys against England on June 30Also Read | David Warner creates World Cup history with brutal 166 vs BangladeshAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Rishabh PantFollow Virat KohliFollow India vs Afghanistan World Cup 2019: Team India warms up in style ahead of Afghanistan clashWorld Cup 2019: India are currently placed 4th on the points table with 7 points and will next face Afghanistan on June 22 in Southampton.advertisement Next
Premier Darrell Dexter visited ZIM Integrated Shipping Services Ltd. in Haifa, Israel, today, Oct. 25, to tour the facility and recognize the company’s 40-year relationship with the Halifax Port Authority. “Next April marks four decades of business between our two regions — a milestone that should be celebrated,” said Premier Dexter. “Today’s visit was an opportunity to meet with senior executives of the shipping line, including president and CEO Rafi Danieli, to learn about their experiences in Halifax, discuss opportunities to grow the business and promote the Port of Halifax as a key entry point into North America.” The premier noted that Nova Scotia’s role as a gateway to international trade relies on the global connections that are made possible through relationships like the one the province and the Port of Halifax have with ZIM. “I want to thank the team at ZIM for choosing to do business in Nova Scotia,” said Premier Dexter. “The province looks forward to many more years of continued co-operation and support with the shipping line.” ZIM stops in Halifax on a weekly basis to offload cargo from its Asia line, including such items as furniture, building materials and textiles. Karen Oldfield, president and CEO of the Halifax Port Authority, joined the premier in Israel to mark the event. The visit is part of a seven-day trade and investment mission to Israel and the West Bank to explore opportunities for growth and investment and build relationships with the region. The mission wraps up Wednesday, Oct. 26.
New York – Google CEO, Sundar Pichai, declared his support for Muslims in an open letter he wrote on Friday, via Medium, a blog platform.The latest Islamophobic acts and hate speech against Muslims in America has reached a dangerous level of fear and intolerance, made worse by instigation of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump who plans to ban all Muslims from entering the U.S.Meanwhile, other key figures in business and politics, like Internet giant Google’s CEO, have expressed their support for the Muslim community. In a letter titled “Let’s not let fear defeat our values”, Pichai denounced discrimination and intolerance, while indirectly referencing to Donald Trump’s anti-Muslim rhetoric.“That is why it’s so disheartening to see the intolerant discourse playing out in the news these days — statements that our country would be a better place without the voices, ideas and the contributions of certain groups of people, based solely on where they come from, or their religion,” Pichai wrote.Born in Madras, India, Sundar Pichai opened up about his life when he immigrated to the U.S. with his family and spoke of all the support and opportunities he found that made them feel welcome.“I came to the US from India 22 years ago. I was fortunate enough to gain entry to a university here, and time after time, I saw that hard work opened other doors. I have built a career and a family and a life here. And I’ve felt as much a part of this country, as I felt growing up in India,” he said.Google’s boss called America the “land of opportunity”, a country built by millions of immigrants.“And it’s not just about opportunity. The open-mindedness, tolerance, and acceptance of new Americans is one of the country’s greatest strengths and most defining characteristics. And that is no coincidence — America, after all, was and is a country of immigrants,” Pichai affirmed.As CEO of the third “World’s Most Valuable Brands” and the number one “America’s Best Employers” company, according to Forbes magazine, Pichai stressed that the “mix of races and cultures” in his company is key for its success.“I firmly believe that whether you’re building a company or leading a country, a diverse mix of voices and backgrounds and experiences leads to better discussions, better decisions, and better outcomes for everyone, he said.Pichai leads an enterprise of nearly 54,000 employees from all around the world.He urged everyone to stand up against intolerance and hatred, while sending a message of hope and support to those who feel oppressed.“But I feel we must speak out — particularly those of us who are not under attack. Everyone has the right to their views, but it’s also important that those who are less represented know that those are not the views of all,” the famous CEO concluded.Last week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a statement supporting Muslims that no one should be “persecuted for the actions of others” and “we must stand up against attacks on all communities.”
Sri Lanka is to work with former peace negotiator Erik Solheim once again, this time however on environmental issues.Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe had talks with Solheim in Switzerland on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum. “Green economy. Sustainable tourism. Wildlife. Water. Agreed cooperation between Sri Lanka and UN Environment w Ranil,” Solheim tweeted. As a negotiator of the peace process in Sri Lanka between 1998 to 2005, Solheim attempted to reach a compromise between the Government and the LTTE.Wickremesinghe was Prime Minister when Solheim was involved as a Norwegian peace negotiator but Solheim was later accused of being biased towards the LTTE.Norway eventually withdrew from the peace process as the former Government decided to defeat the LTTE militarily. (Colombo Gazette) Solheim is the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme and he has agreed to work with Sri Lanka through his new role. The Prime Minister’s office, meanwhile, said that Wickremesinghe sought Solheim’s assistance on environmental issues.It was decided at the talks to appoint a committee to study the proposals on collaboration between Sri Lanka and the United Nations Environment Programme.
Police are turning to the public for help in locating a Haldimand man who has been reported missing.Haldimand OPP say Peter Jarvis, 54, was last seen Friday at a Grand Sports Drive residence in Cayuga.A family member concerned for Jarvis’s well-being contacted police on Saturday afternoon.Jarvis is described as an Indigenous male, about 5′ 8″ in height and weighing about 240 pounds. He has black hair, brown eyes and goatee-style facial hair.Police say he is believed to be operating a grey 2010 Ford Focus with Ontario licence plate CBMY 213. He may have been travelling to the Barrie area.Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Ontario Provincial Police at 1- 888 – 310 – 1122.
B.C.’s beetle-gnawed, carbon spewing forests recovering quickly says researcher by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 11, 2016 12:32 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 11, 2016 at 1:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VICTORIA – A study out of University of Victoria says nature is finding a way to heal from the devastation of British Columbia’s mountain pine beetle outbreak.The research from the U-Vic-led Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions says global warming is making B.C. forests grow faster and the trees are taking in more carbon dioxide, the gas associated with the globe’s steadily climbing temperatures.Under normal conditions, forests act as so-called “carbon sinks,” scrubbing the atmosphere by pulling in CO2 while releasing oxygen.But researchers say that over the span of the pine beetle epidemic, dead and rotting trees pumped more carbon into the environment, helping global warming by turning B.C.’s forests into a gas producers.Lead researcher Vivek Arora says the waning outbreak means forests are recovering, and oxygen output due to speedy growth caused by climate change will soon compensate for the carbon emitted by rotting trees.The study, which was published in the publication Geophysical Research Letters, says the switch will happen by 2020, faster than scientists had expected.
A new study estimates that 83 percent of gay male youth athletes in the United States are keeping their sexual orientation hidden from some or all of their teammates. Lesbian athletes in the same age group (under 22 years old) were more willing to be public about it — 63 percent said they were hiding their orientation.The reason for the secrecy — even in an age when polls show that acceptance has been increasing — is often fear. Nearly half of gay men and 44 percent of lesbians around the world who kept their sexual orientation hidden said they did so in order not to be bullied. In addition, fear of discrimination from coaches or officials was mentioned by 32 percent of gay men and 28 percent of lesbians.The survey found that 80 percent of the respondents, both gay and heterosexual, had witnessed or experienced homophobia in sports.Titled “Out On The Fields,” the report was based on a survey of nearly 9,500 gay, bisexual and heterosexual people and claims to be the largest-ever study on homophobia in sports. (The questions only related to sexual orientation, not gender identity, so the study offers no information about transgender athletes.)After publicizing the anonymous online questionnaire through various media outlets,1 They included Outsports, Gay News Network, Star Observer, Same Same, Fairfax Media, The Guardian, ESPN, EILE Magazine Ireland, Gay NZ, GayStar News, Daily Xtra and Pink News UK. the researchers received answers from several English-speaking countries. The highest numbers of responses came from Australia (3,006), the United States (2,064), the United Kingdom (1,796), Canada (1,123), New Zealand (631) and Ireland (501).The United States received the lowest overall “inclusion score” of all the countries analyzed, with a high number of respondents saying the U.S. was not accepting of gay athletes. (Though because of the small sample sizes for respondents from New Zealand and Ireland, it isn’t necessarily fair to say that the U.S. ranks worst.)In a phone interview, the survey’s lead author, Erik Denison, said attitudes about privacy among athletes are often related to the perception of homophobia in sports.“I made that decision myself when I kept in the closet,” he said. “Implicitly it is about discrimination, though. The straight men can talk openly in conversations about what you did at the weekend, the women they met. If you’re gay though, you either have to make up stories or be excluded. It’s not the same.”The large scale of the survey, though, doesn’t mean that it is the definitive word on homophobia in sports. Even in countries that had a high number of respondents, it can be difficult to tease out more detailed trends because the subgroups are far too small. Responses were split into youth and adult sports (i.e. under age 22 and over age 22) but also broken out by sports played and the sexual orientation of the respondents.What’s more, not everyone even said they played sports — among U.S. respondents, for example, 81 percent of gay women and 75 percent of gay men said they participated in youth sports, while 63 percent of gay women and 42 percent of gay men said they participated in adult sports. As a result, the finding that 83 percent of gay male youth athletes keep their sexuality hidden from teammates is based on just 114 individuals.Denison and his co-author, Alistair Kitchen, both members of Australia’s first gay rugby team, said they were are aware of those limitations. Their international approach was partly informed by the fact that past smaller-scale studies on homophobia in sport have been dismissed for being too limited in scope. The final methodology and findings were reviewed by seven academic experts prior to publication.Overall, these results should be treated as estimates in an under-researched area filled with speculation, rather than definitive numbers about gay athletes.Gay respondents were more likely than heterosexual ones to say that homophobia was more common in team sporting environments than in general society. But LGB athletes also related positive reactions to revealing their orientation to their teammates. In its write-up of the report, the gay sports site Outsports.com acknowledged many of the issues cited by respondents but added that “people in sports behave very differently when an athlete actually comes out,” often welcoming the LGB athlete and apologizing for language used in the past.Denison also described what he called “the snowball effect” — the notion that the more LGB athletes there are who are open about their sexual orientation, the more accepted gay athletes will become in sports. As evidence for that, Denison pointed to the higher share of lesbian athletes in the U.S. who are open about their sexuality with their teammates and the fact that lesbian athletes around the world are more likely to say teams offer them a “supportive and safe environment.”Because of their visibility, LGB professional athletes are likely more influential than amateurs in getting the snowball effect rolling, but few seem comfortable speaking publicly. The survey allowed respondents to submit detailed stories about themselves — around 1,600 did so. Denison said that about three dozen of those who provided narrative accounts were professional athletes, including at least two on their respective countries’ national teams.Last year, after the professional football player Michael Sam told ESPN and The New York Times that he is gay, he said he received messages from many fellow athletes who “had the courage to tell me that they were also gay, but they do not have the same courage as I do to come out.”So far, Sam’s decision has not created a snowball effect in the U.S. — partly because there will need to be other outspoken gay athletes before the sport reaches what Denison describes as “a critical mass.”
OSU junior H-back Curtis Samuel (4) rushes upfield with his teammates during their game against Michigan on Nov. 26 at Ohio Stadium. The Buckeyes won 27-30. Credit: Mason Swires | Assistant Photo EditorThe chain-link between an orange, black-striped marker at the 25-yard line and an orange, black-striped marker at the 15-yard line was what everyone was watching. That and the spot of the football on which the game between No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 Michigan rested.One of the greatest rivalries in sports came down to the position of a ball that is 11 inches in length and 22 inches in circumference. Ohio State needed just one of those inches to reach the marker.It did. First down.All anyone can remember is that fourth-down play and Curtis Samuel’s 15-yard touchdown run on the next play to clinch the Buckeyes’ 30-27 double-overtime victory, which cemented him as the hero in the greatest game ever played in the 113th meeting of the rivalry.It will torment every Michigan fan, coach and player for an eternity — because Michigan was the better team that day and everyone knew it. It was obvious.The Wolverines dominated Ohio State for three quarters, but when it mattered most, all of a sudden Jim Harbaugh’s defense couldn’t stop the Buckeyes.After kicker Tyler Durbin missed a 21-yard field goal that would have tied the game with 7:01 remaining, it should have been over. All Michigan had to do was gain a couple of first downs and run the clock out and it would have headed to the Big Ten championship game.It couldn’t and Ohio State got the ball back.The Buckeyes had a third-and-7 in their own territory. Michigan was called for pass interference on a ball that sailed over Samuel’s head and the drive continued.With the game on the line, Ohio State had third-and-goal from the 16 with a shaky Durbin on the sideline. Michigan allowed a 10-yard completion and Durbin connected on his 23-yard field goal instead of being forced to attempt a 33-yarder.Hysteria had set into Ohio Stadium well before the first overtime began and it lasted all the way through the moment when a sea of scarlet sang Neil Diamond’s timeless hit “Sweet Caroline.” By then, Urban Meyer was back on his feet after falling to the turf as Samuel was hoisted into the air by center Pat Elflein.One play made that scene, but there were many plays before it that turned the game into a classic.The reality of last year’s game will continue to torment Michigan fans and elate Ohio State fans as Fox replays Samuel’s touchdown over and over on Saturday’s broadcast. The rivalry will probably never have another game like 2016.You’d need a book thicker than the King James Bible to write down every moment that mattered in that edition of the Ohio State-Michigan game. Parents will tell their children about how Ohio State was counted out and still beat the Wolverines. Michigan fans will pass down the story of how Harbaugh and the Wolverines were screwed over on that fourth-down play.How do you capture a game that will live forever?It’s simple. You play it again.
(AFP) — An Indian man died after being sucked into an MRI machine while visiting a relative at a hospital in Mumbai, police said Monday.Rajesh Maru, 32, was yanked towards the machine by its magnetic force after he entered the room carrying an oxygen cylinder, the city’s police said in a statement.“We have arrested a doctor and another junior staff member under section 304 of the Indian penal code for causing death due to negligence,” Mumbai police spokesman Deepak Deoraj told AFP.The incident occurred on Saturday night at the Indian financial capital’s Nair Hospital.Police said preliminary reports suggested that the man had died from inhaling liquid oxygen that leaked from the cylinder.It is thought the cylinder was damaged after hitting the machine.Ramesh Bharmal, the dean of the hospital, told AFP that an investigation had been launched to determine the exact cause of death, adding CCTV footage of the incident had been handed over to police.The victim’s uncle said Maru had been asked to carry the cylinder by the junior staff member who assured him the machine was switched off.“The ward boy who was supposed to prevent such incidents told my family members to go inside when the machine was turned on. We are shocked and devastated,” Jitendra Maru told AFP.The state government of Maharashtra, of which Mumbai is the capital, announced compensation of 500,000 rupees (US$7,870) for the victim’s family.MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging, machines use a powerful magnetic field to produce images of the body’s organs. Metallic objects are pulled towards it and must not be carried into the room.In 2014 two hospital workers sustained injuries when they were pinned between an MRI machine and a metal oxygen tank for four hours at a hospital in New Delhi.In 2001, a six-year-old boy undergoing an MRI scan in New York was killed when a metal oxygen tank flew towards the machine and crushed his skull. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMan ‘kills 14 members of family’ – then himselfFebruary 28, 2016In “World”Indian teen raped, raped again, then killedJuly 26, 2016In “World”At least 99 dead after consuming toxic alcohol in IndiaFebruary 11, 2019In “latest news”
TÁNAISTE EAMON GILMORE has faced a call to resign at the Labour Party conference in Killarney this morning.The party has debated and voted on a number of health motions including cuts to disability services, medical cards and fluoridation of the water supply.One speaker, Gerry Kerr from the Dublin North West branch, called on Gilmore to resign over the “disproportionate and cumulative effect” that spending cuts have had on the disabled community.Kerr claimed that Gilmore had promised during the general election that his number one social policy priority was the protection of the disabled and that subsequent cuts have “proved he has failed on this”.“Words like fair but tough, decent, protection of the vulnerable, no longer have a currency or a credibility when spoken by Eamon Gilmore,” Kerr said.“I believe the requirements of this motion will not be fulfilled unless there is a change in leadership. I want to call for Eamon Gilmore to resign.” Kerr, who has previously criticised Ruairí Quinn over DEIS school cuts, was speaking on a motion put forward by the Finglas branch of Labour. The motion called on the party to ensure there are not further cuts to services, benefits, allowances or grants to people with disabilities. Junior health minister Kathleen Lynch defended Gilmore saying he has done an “incredible job” in defending the disability budget.“We are doing our very best,” she said, adding that she would “dread” to think what might happen if Labour was not in government.The conference carried all but one of the health motions considered this morning with a debate on water fluoridation sparking some interesting comments from the party’s chief whip Emmet Stagg.He said that fluoridation of the Irish water supply is a “most unscientific way in taking a substance” calling it “mass medication”.Others spoke against the motion which called for an examination of the practice of fluoridation. One delegate, Padraig McLoughlin, said the campaign against fluoridation is “vociferous but misguided”. There have been no major protests at the conference this year with security tight following protests at last year’s event in Galway.The Psychiatric Nurses Association is holding what it says is a “canvass” outside the event, calling on the government to end the “current and long standing second class status afforded [to] mental health services”.LIVE: The 66th Labour Party national conference in KillarneyRead: Burton hopes voters will reward Labour next year as day two of conference gets underway
The crisis in the property market looks set to continue for another two to three years, according to 56.3 per cent of real estate experts who took part in a survey by the Statistics Department of the Athens University of Economics and Business. Almost three-quarters of respondents said that house prices will decline in the next six months, while almost all said there is an oversupply of professional properties. Falling demand, lower incomes, tighter bank lending and fears of job losses are some other factors that, according to report, will hinder possible property market recovery within the next six months. The report didn’t not mention how many agents were surveyed. Eight out of 10 interviewees said demand for commercial properties will be much lower, with 70 per cent saying prices will fall as a result. According to current figures house price declined five per cent in the first quarter while the number of property transactions involving lending from financial institutions fell almost 48 per cent from the same quarter in 2010, the Bank of Greece said in May. The university’s general real estate confidence index dropped to 35.8 points for the second half this year from 36.3 points in the first six months, the University said. Austerity measures agreed to by the government last year in return for 110 billion euros ($159.8 billion) of emergency loans have deepened Greece’s recession as unemployment has risen and consumers have bought less. The Greek Parliament last week approved further budget cuts that were key to receiving further financial aid. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Watch These Movies Before ‘Don’t Let Go’‘Cannon Busters’ Is The Black Anime We’ve Been Waiting… Stay on target After being first willed into existence two years ago, famous follow-up to beloved but bad 1990s basketball movie Space Jam is getting even closer to actually existing. Instead of Michael Jordan, LeBron James is the live-action superstar athlete because of course. His cartoon co-stars remain Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and the rest of the Looney Tunes. However, the most recent news is that Terence Nance of the experimental HBO sketch comedy show Random Acts of Flyness will be directing while new filmmaking superstar Ryan Coogler is producing. Like we said, Space Jam is a bad movie. But Coogler’s sterling record now has us interested in the sequel. Keep reading to learn more about the artist who made Black Panther’s this year smartest superhero hit.At last, like a king ascending his throne, Black Panther has completed his journey from underappreciated long-running Marvel Comics character to Captain America: Civil War supporting character all the way up to star of his own masterpiece of a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie. On-screen we can now see great actors like Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, Forest Whitaker, and Angela Bassett bring Wakanda’s rich cast of characters to life. However, before we all see the movie, I want to talk about the man behind the camera who has worked so hard to give us the Afrofuturist superhero movie we deserve. Let’s talk about why Ryan Coogler is such a cool director.A USC film school graduate, Coogler directed various short films from 2009 to 2011. Considering the types of short films folks fresh out of film schools tend to direct, the fact that Coogler’s work won several awards was an early hint that he was the real deal.However, movie buffs really started paying attention to Coogler in 2013 after he wrote and directed his first feature-length movie Fruitvale Station. On paper, the film tells the story of the death of Oscar Grant, a young Black man from San Francisco unjustly shot and murdered by police officers in 2009 at the titular train stop. But the bulk of the movie is a fictionalized take on the day before Grant’s death, a day that to him and everyone else was just a normal day. Grant’s life is what mattered, not just the tragedy of his death. This film also marked the first collaboration between Coogler and actor Michael B. Jordan, who has appeared in every one of Coogler’s films since including the upcoming Black Panther.After the critical success of the relatively serious and low-key Fruitvale Station, Coogler surprised everyone by choosing to direct Creed, the next Rocky film. Set after the climactic Rocky Balboa, the film stars Jordan as Adonis Creed, the conflicted son of the late Apollo “Not Muhammad Ali” Creed training under an even older Rocky of course played by Sylvester Stallone. Considering Stallone’s attachment to the series despite its varying levels of quality, it was hard to predict how this one would turn out. Would it be great or would it fail to unseat bad Floridian grunge bands and video games about assassins as the one true Creed?Amazingly, Creed was arguably the best film of 2015. It was fun and emotional and inspiring and artistic. It was full of life and charm and modern energy while still feeling absolutely like a Rocky movie. It’s the best kind of fan fiction in that it builds upon what works about the world of the original with rejuvenating fresh ideas and characters. It made me cry. Just like the original, Oscar-winning 1976 Rocky, Creed was a real film with real themes about legacy and family, not some dumb cartoon about punching Russians. Sorry The Force Awakens, but Creed was by far the best seventh entry in a beloved 1970s movie franchise released in 2015. Stallone gives his greatest performance in decades, but the real miracle is that the film ultimately feels like the work of Ryan Coogler.Fruitvale Station showed Coogler wanted to imbue his films with a Black social consciousness and unique auteur look and feel perspective. Creed proved he could still do that while also making crowd-pleasing blockbusters that were part of long-running franchises controlled by other people with big egos. All of these traits are crucial for making an authentic Black Panther movie while still operating under the thumb of Disney and Marvel.We already saw hints of Coogler’s take, on the character. He rewrote some of T’Challa’s scenes in Civil War, and most agree Black Panther is a particularly bright spot in that movie. Ava DuVernay would have been an amazing pick for a Black Panther director, but after she declined in favor of A Wrinkle in Time, courting Coogler next to write and direct was a brilliant move on Marvel’s part. Coogler has already said this is his “most personal” film yet.The modern blockbuster movie machine has a young talent problem. The crop has not been maintained. As old masters get too old or disinterested to direct these vital studio tentpole features, there aren’t enough up and coming filmmakers to take their place. Studios get so desperate they pluck indie guys (but never gals) with potential but not nearly enough experience to survive the big-budget obstacle course.Colin Trevorrow directed the pretty good $750,000 comedy Safety Not Guaranteed and then immediately directed the profitable but bad $150 million Jurassic World. Josh Trank directed the great superhero movie Chronicle and then the awful Fantastic Four reboot. Some can weather this transition like Godzilla/Rogue One’s Gareth Edwards and Pete’s Dragon’s David Lowery, but this unsustainable practice can seriously sour audiences on promising filmmakers who aren’t quite ripe yet.What first gave me hope for Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther, besides the high quality of his previous movies, is that we have watched him come up through the studio system the right way. The scale of his movies has grown safely and naturally, and he properly prepared himself to comfortably tackle a big-budget superhero film while retaining his auteur touch. This is the same reason why Rian Johnson was a great choice to handle famous cannibal film Star Wars: The Last Jedi. And now Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther has prove once again that both the character and the artist are the real deal.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Former England U-21 international Callum Wilson insists he’s confident about shining for the senior national team ahead of his potential debut on Thursday night.The Bournemouth striker was called up to Gareth Southgate’s latest squad after his impressive goalscoring run his club and could feature when the United States men’s national team come to Wembley.“He gave me an opportunity at that level, a lot has happened since then and I think as you get older you appreciate more getting recognition for England,” Wilson said, according to Sports Mole.“When I was younger, got called up for the Under-21s, a lot of players in that squad were playing in the Premier League and I was in the Championship at the time.”Eddie Howe pleased with attacking poise, but feels Wilson was too honest Stuart Heath – August 25, 2019 A.F.C Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe felt as though his striker Callum Wilson was too honest against Manchester City and may have won a penalty,…“You felt like you’re here and they are there sort of thing.”“I suppose I didn’t appreciate it, I didn’t feel like I was meant to be there then whereas now I think my performances in the Premier League have shown that I am able to be here.”The former Coventry City striker also revealed the commitment it took to get from recovering from two long-term injuries to the brink of representing his country.“I actually missed the birth of my second child being out (of the country) doing rehab, so that’s the sort of sacrifices I made to get to this point,” Wilson said.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, December 28, 2017 – Montego Bay – Residents of Montego Bay, St. James, whose houses and other belongings were destroyed by the flood that swept through sections of the city on November 22, have received assistance from the Government.Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, presented cheques to the first set of 80 recipients on December 22, at the temporary Montego Bay regional offices of the Ministry on Cottage Road.“Over 150 persons were affected. We had to send back some of them to get their Taxpayer Registration Number (TRN) as they were incorrect, or we never got a TRN for them,” Mrs. Robinson explained. “We know that the money can’t buy back everything that you lost, but we are making an effort,” she told the gathering.The flooding resulted from excessively heavy rains, estimated at 3.5 inches, which lashed the city for about four hours. Several roadways were blocked for hours and extensive damage was done to private and public properties. Many residents living on William Street, King Street, Norwood, Dome Street and other areas were impacted.During a tour of the affected sections of the city on November 23, Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, promised that in addition to a $20-million emergency allocation from the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, he would convene a meeting with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security to come up with further support in order to ensure that persons, particularly homeowners, were given assistance.In an interview with JIS News following the presentation, Mrs. Robinson said representatives of the Ministry are continuing their fieldwork to collect the relevant TRNs, so that the remaining 70 persons will get assistance.“The Ministry of Labour and Social Security stands ready to do its part in times of emergencies like this,” she said.Release: JIS Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp