FIFA told to take strict action against 2022 World Cup hosts Qatar for human rights violations

first_imgA Harvard professor tasked by FIFA with recommending human rights obligations for soccer’s governing body has concluded that World Cups should be removed from countries if hosts are failing to eradicate abuses.John Ruggie, who formulated business and human rights principles for the United Nations, was mandated by FIFA to produce a report largely in response to concerns about the mistreatment of workers in 2022 World Cup host Qatar.Among his conclusions, Ruggie writes “where FIFA is unable to reduce severe human rights impacts by using its leverage, it should consider suspending or terminating the relationship.” Ruggie says that should apply to any entity FIFA has a relationship with – from World Cup hosts to sponsors.FIFA’s latest statues include a commitment to protect “all internationally recognized human rights.”last_img read more

Huddersfield v West Ham: Arnautovic leads line again for Hammers

first_imgHuddersfield Town could win back-to-back Premier League games for the first time since February when they host West Ham United on Saturday.The Terriers gained a vital three points in their bottom-of-the-table clash against Fulham on Monday night, and victory against the Hammers could see them move to the lofty heights of 14th.For Manuel Pellegrini’s men, they will be hoping to put some distance between themselves and the relegation candidates. A win in Yorkshire could see them eight points clear of the drop zone. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Summer recruit Felipe Anderson was superb in last week’s 4-2 victory against Burnley. Another good showing from the Brazilian could prove to be the difference between the sides on Saturday. Game Huddersfield Town v West Ham United Date Saturday 10th November Time 3pm GMT / 10am ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream NBC Sports Live fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will not be shown on television or livestreamed. UK TV channel Online stream N/A N/A Squads & Team News Position Huddersfield players Goalkeepers Lossl, Hamer, Schofield Defenders Smith, Kongolo, Lowe, Jorgensen, Schindler, Stankovic, Hadergjonaj, Durm Midfielders Hogg, Bacuna, Billing, Kachunga, Mooy, Diakhaby, Sobhi, Van La Parra, Mbenza, Pritchard, Sabiri Forwards Depoitre, Mounie David Wagner has a full-strength squad to select from and has stuck with the same XI that defeated Fulham on Monday night.Huddersfield XI: Lössl; Kongolo, Zanka, Schindler, Hadergjonaj; Billing, Mooy, Hogg, Lowe; Pritchard; Mounie. Position West Ham players Goalkeepers Fabianski, Adrian Defenders Cresswell, Balbuena, Zabaleta, Ogbonna, Diop, Fredericks, Masuaku, Rice Midfielders F.Anderson, Snodgrass, Obiang, Antonio, Holland, Diangana Forwards Arnautovic, Chicharito, Perez Skipper Mark Noble remains unavailable for the Hammers as he serves the second of his three-game suspension. Long-term absentees Andy Carroll and Jack Wilshere are nearing a return to fitness, and both miss Saturday’s game.West Ham XI: Fabianski; Zabaleta, Diop, Balbuena, Cresswell; Obiang, Rice; Diangana, Snodgrass, Felipe Anderson; Arnautovic.Betting & Match Odds West Ham are slight favourites with Bet365 giving odds 13/10 ahead of the game. The home side are outsiders at 5/2, while the draw is 9/4.Click here to see more offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match PreviewSteve Mounie, HuddersfieldMonday’s victory against Fulham was Huddersfield’s first of the season, and moved them up to 18th in the table.It was a strong performance from the Terriers, who perhaps even deserved a few more goals from the game. Ultimately, they didn’t even net the game’s decisive strike, rather an own-goal from Fulham defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah settled proceedings.With a fully fit squad to select from David Wagner will have hope against a West Ham side ravaged by injury. The London side are missing four key midfielders ahead of the trip north, with Andriy Yarmolenko (achillies), Jack Wilshere (ankle), Carlos Sanchez (knee), Manuel Lanzini (knee) all unavailable.As a result, Robert Snodgrass was forced to start in central midfield during last week’s 4-2 win against Burnley, alongside Pedro Obiang. The pair know they will be in for a real battle at the John Smith’s on Saturday, when they come face-to-face with Huddersfield’s Jonathan Hogg and Philip Billing.West Ham will again look to their star man Marko Arnautovic for inspiration. The Austrian has scored five in nine league appearances this season and has netted in all three of the Hammers’ victories.last_img read more

Year-ender 2017: Rising Pune Supergiant soar as big guns disappoint in landmark edition

first_imgThe Indian Premier League (IPL) is two months of entertainment and this year was no different.From Samuel Badree, Andrew Tye’s hat-tricks and the Royal Challengers Bangalore getting bowled out for just 49 to hundreds from Sanju Samson, Hashim Amla — the season had it all.However, this season was even more special because of Mumbai Indians — who became the first team in the history of the IPL to lift the trophy three times. The Paltans, under Rohit Sharma, won the trophy thrice in 2013, 2015 and 2017.And giving them stiff competition was Rising Pune Supergiant, who took a huge decision and created history in their own way right before the tournament started. RPS became the first-ever team to sack Mahendra Singh Dhoni as captain and replace him with the red-hot Steve Smith at the helm. This was the first time MS Dhoni was sacked as a captain. Before this, he was the one to step down from the Indian and Test captaincy and Mahi also led the Chennai Super Kings for all the eight seasons before they were suspended.And that was not all, the franchise took a few more bold decisions and they turned out to be gold. RPS bought Ben Stokes the second highest paid player in the auction in February, paying him a whopping amount of 14.5 crore INR and decided to replace the injured Ravichanran Ashwin with Washington Sundar. Come May, the duo turned out to be major game changers for the Pune side.The team that won just five of their 14 matches a year back, emerged victorious nine times out of 14 games in the league stages in 2017. The now defunct side finished second in the group and played the qualifier 1 and defeated Mumbai Indians to go straight to the final.advertisementThey were high on spirit as they beat their neighbours thrice earlier in the tournament. But their luck ran out as they lost the final by 1 run to Mumbai after making a mockery of a small target in Hyderabad.Smith and Stokes starred for them throughout the tournament. The Australian captain accumulated 472 runs from 15 games. Stoke returned with 312 runs and 12 wickets. He scored a ton as well before leaving ahead of the qualifiers.Mumbai, the eventual champions, had nothing new to offer. It was the same story, different year.BCCI PhotoThey lost the first game of the tournament to Pune and then went on a six-game unbeaten streak. They then lost to Pune again and then won two games straight and the next match was tied. Mumbai then defeated the Royal Challengers and Delhi Daredevils and again lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab. The Paltans won their last match versus the Kolkata Knight Riders to finish on top of the ladder.Eventually they ended with 10 wins from 14 games.Nitish Rana top-scored for them with 312 runs from 10 games while Mitchell McClenaghan got the most number of wickets with 15.The eventual champions beat KKR in the second qualifier thanks to a superb bowling performance. They bowled out the two-time champions for a paltry 107 and chased that down in 14.3 overs to march into the final.The final however, turned out to be nail-biter. Mumbai, who lost to Pune thrice in the season, had a point to prove in the ‘Maharashtra Derby’Mumbai were down out with a low total of 129/8 from their 20 overs. Krunal Pandya scored a fighting 47 off 38 balls to take them to a respectable total. But once again, their bowlers stepped up when needed. The likes of Karn Sharma and Lasith Malinga kept it tight while Mitchell Johnson picked up three wickets and was ably backed by Jasprit Bumrah, who bagged two.RPS needed 13 runs off the last over and Johnson after being hit for a four off the first ball, gave only three runs away and picked up two wickets in the last five deliveries to take Mumbai to a historic third title at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.And the joy was evident on the faces of the players and they all spoke about how closely knit the group is and that resulted in the victory on the day.But the question is…will of them be together again? As the mega-auction nears, these players will have their fingers crossed to end up on the same side and plot a title defence once again.last_img read more

AFC Asian Cup 2019: Gurpreet Singh says India will take one match at a time

first_imgIndia goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu feels the key to India’s success in the upcoming AFC Asian Cup will be in approaching the games smartly, one at a time. The continental tournament is set to begin from January 5 in the UAE.India have been clubbed in Group A alongside Thailand, Bahrain and hosts UAE. They play their first match on Sunday against Thailand, followed by games against UAE and Bahrain on January 10 and 14, respectively.”No team will come into the Asian Cup without doing their homework. I am sure the other three teams will hold us in high regards as well. All of our three opponents are big challenges to face,” Gurpreet was quoted as saying by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) website.”We have to be smart in our approach. We have to take it one game at a time, look to get the best possible result in the first game, and then approach the second match accordingly,” he added.Ranked 15th in Asia, India played against three quality sides — China, Oman and Jordan — in their build-up to the Asian Cup. The Stephen Constantine-coached side drew goal-less against China and Oman and lost to Jordan 1-2.’Communication between defenders and goalkeeper vital’ Sandhu insisted that for a team to be successful, communication between defenders and goalkeepers is vital.”Communication between the defenders and goalkeeper is a hallmark of a strong team and in my opinion, we have done well in that respect. Once you play with each other and gain confidence, it gets better. The more you play together, the trust level increases.”advertisementIn the 2011 edition goalkeeper Subrata Pal rose to the occasion and was praised across the continent for his performance, even earning the nickname ‘Spiderman’.Asked if he feels pressure living up to Pal’s performance, Gurpreet said the tournament was an eye-opener for him.”Even at that point in time, with no disrespect to someone like Subrata-bhai, I felt that I should be the one playing… Just kidding. I had the desire to play for the country and it was an eye-opener for me the manner he played. He was absolutely stunning and made a number of brilliant saves.”Gurpreet, who has been one of the top performers in the national squad since 2015, said that the “team is working to avoid situations where the goalkeeper has to make saves all the time”.”I would like us to put in strong team performance, and be a difficult team to play against,” he added.The goalkeeper also rated the current squad, that includes several young players, above the 2011 side.”The 2011 side was filled with a number of legends, all of whom were incredibly talented, and played under an incredible coach. However, in terms of team development and playing under the same system for a long time, I feel the batch of 2019 has the upper hand. The desire and the fire to learn defines our squad.””I was the youngest player in the 2011 team at 18, and this time we have so many U-23 players in the squad. It highlights the development of the sport at the grassroots level in the last 7-8 years,” he said.Also Read | We are a team who hate to lose and we have proven it, says ChhetriAlso Read | Bhaichung Bhutia talks up India’s chances of reaching second roundAlso Read | India play 2019 AFC Asian Cup with dreams of 2026 FIFA World Cuplast_img read more

Umtiti facing eight weeks out with injury

first_imgBarcelona Umtiti facing eight weeks out with hamstring injury Omnisport Last updated 1 year ago 00:52 12/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) umtiti-cropped Getty Images Barcelona Barcelona v Celta de Vigo Real Madrid v Barcelona Real Madrid Celta de Vigo Primera División Barcelona will be without the French defender in El Clasico after he suffered a hamstring issue that could keep him out for two months Samuel Umtiti is facing up to eight weeks out of action and will miss December’s Clasico clash with Real Madrid after suffering a hamstring injury in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Celta Vigo.The France international pulled up in the second half when chasing Iago Aspas in the build-up to the visitors’ second goal and immediately signalled to be substituted.Barca sent the player for tests and have since confirmed he has a muscle injury that will keep him sidelined until the new year. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “The draw between Barca and Celta has left some bad news in the form of an injury,” the club said in a statement.”Tests carried out have confirmed that first-team player Samuel Umtiti has an injury to the femoral biceps of his right hamstring.[INJURY NEWS] @samumtiti is out for 8 weeks. More details: https://t.co/mlXSOk4IvY pic.twitter.com/fT18f4qsvF— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) December 2, 2017″The approximate time out is eight weeks.”The centre-back is therefore set to miss at least all of Barca’s games before the winter break, which include a Champions League clash with Sporting CP as well as league meetings with Villarreal, Deportivo La Coruna and Madrid on December 23.The club will hope to have him available for the derby with Espanyol on February 3.last_img read more

10 months agoSherwood can’t see Spurs winning title

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Sherwood can’t see Spurs winning titleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood doesn’t rate his old club as title contenders.Liverpool are top on 42 points, a point clear of Manchester City, with Spurs five points back after making one of their best-ever starts to a Premier League campaign.”I was surprised Mauricio said that because he’s been playing it down for a number of years now, saying we’re on a different project here at Tottenham – they absolutely are,” Sherwood told Sky Sports.”But when you look through the side, the likes of Lloris, Trippier, Rose, Harry Kane, Eriksen, Moura who comes off the bench and sometimes starts, Son, they can play in the top-four teams.”You could pretty much put them up for sale and they would go for big, big money to probably the best teams in Europe.”The only reason they aren’t title contenders in my opinion is because I’ve got such a soft spot for Man City and I think they are far and above everyone else.” last_img read more

$34 Billion Raised Under Jamaica Venture Capital Programme

first_imgStory Highlights The JVCP was established by the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) in 2013 to provide micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) with access to alternative equity financing. A total of $34 billion (approximately US$265 million) was raised over the last four years from equity fund investments facilitated under the Jamaica Venture Capital Programme (JVCP). A total of $34 billion (approximately US$265 million) was raised over the last four years from equity fund investments facilitated under the Jamaica Venture Capital Programme (JVCP).The JVCP was established by the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) in 2013 to provide micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) with access to alternative equity financing.Coordinator of the JVCP, Audrey Richards, says the out-turn, which was generated through four regional fund facilities, includes $13 billion (US$98 million) raised from Jamaican investors.She was speaking at the launch of the 2019 National Business Model Competition for tertiary institutions, at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Wednesday (February 27).Mrs. Richards said $7 billion (US$56 million) of the sum raised has been invested in 20 Jamaican businesses, so far, while noting that local angel investors have also invested $188 million in another 12 entities.Angel investors provide capital for business start-ups, usually in exchange for convertible debt or ownership equity.Mrs. Richards said these developments suggest that the Jamaican equities markets “are beginning to come into their own” and that private equity, as an asset class, has “gained traction” locally.“Entrepreneurs and Jamaican businesses are now more receptive [of] equity financing. Issues of risk-taking and sharing of ownership were not [previously] part of the general national psyche. However, I think more people are becoming attuned to what it means to be an equity partner. Local capital market players are now willingly including private equity and other alternative investments in their portfolios,” she added.The DBJ established the Jamaica Venture Capital Programme in 2013 with technical assistance and financial support from the Inter-American Development Bank’s Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF)Activities supported under the JVCP represent a new approach by the DBJ to create sustainable development of Jamaica’s venture capital industry.This, by focusing on establishing an ecosystem conducive to venture capital development through partnerships with private-sector interests on projects that impact entrepreneurs, fund managers and investors.Mrs. Richards said other developments under the JVCP include 560 fund managers, investors and lawyers being trained and enlightened on the tenets of private equity and venture capital investments.The National Business Model Competition, which is organised through the JVCP, promotes and encourages student entrepreneurship on the campuses of local tertiary institutions.This year’s sixth staging is slated for The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston from March 21 to 22.The event is jointly staged by the Development Bank of Jamaica and the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ). Coordinator of the JVCP, Audrey Richards, says the out-turn, which was generated through four regional fund facilities, includes $13 billion (US$98 million) raised from Jamaican investors.last_img read more

JES Removed from China’s White List

first_imgWorld Maritime News Staff, October 1, 2014 zoom Chinese shipbulder Jiangsu New East Marine Equipment Co has been removed from the official White List of shipbuilders issued by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT).The list has been reduced now to 50 shipyards from previous 51. The Ministry did not disclose the reason behind this decision.The Supreme People’s Court of China has blacklisted Jiangsu Eastern Heavy Industry (JEHI), also a subsidiary of Singapore-listed JES International for failing to settle its debt obligations in July this year.The parent company JES International has been coping with losses as it recorded a first half net loss of RMB11.93 million (USD 1.94 million).The said 50 companies form part of the first batch of review, with a further 21 shipyards being scrutinized for the second batch of the “white list”.last_img read more

VIDEO: ADPC Launches Maqta Gateway

first_imgzoom Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) has launched a new innovative port community system project called Maqta Gateway, a system that will serve the community by interlinking all of the relevant parties involved in Abu Dhabi’s growing import and export trade business.Maqta Gateway will offer ports, exporters, importers, shipping lines, customs and government agencies a single point of contact and real time information at any time of the day – even via mobile, enhancing processing times and communication procedures.The system will ensure smooth transport and logistics operations involving Abu Dhabi ports, airports and railway networks. It will feed into wider global supply chain communication platforms and act as an accelerator for development and trade in the Emirate, a core objective for ADPC and a central pillar of the Abu Dhabi Economic Vision 2030.“Maqta Gateway will help facilitate the next generation of trade in Abu Dhabi and will dramatically transform the Emirate’s way of doing business. It will make import and export activities more efficient, transparent and thus more time and cost effective while guaranteeing optimum supply chain efficiency”, said Capt. Mohammed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO, ADPC.Maqta Gateway takes its name from the Maqta Bridge which was the first crossing to communicate Abu Dhabi island with the mainland.last_img read more

Why didnt police take her to the hospital despite charges Debra Chrisjohns

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe family of Debra Chrisjohn says they still have a number of questions about her death that the police have never answered.In a statement following the announcement that two police officers have been charged with Chrisjohn’s death by Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU), the family said many things are still a mystery.“Why didn’t the police take her to the hospital sooner when they knew she was sick and needed help? Asked Debra Chrisjohn’s father Robert Chrisjohn. “The police arrested her and were responsible for making sure she was okay. This happens way too often in our community.“This happens all the time. The police don’t seem to care.”On Thursday, the SIU announced that Ontario Provincial Police Const. Mark McKillop, and London Police Service (LPS) Const. Nicholas Doering are each facing one charge of criminal negligence causing death, and failing to provide the necessities of life.According to the SIU and the release sent out by Aboriginal Legal Services of Toronto (ALST) that is representing the Chrisjohn family, Debra Chrisjohn was in contact with police on Sept. 7, 2016 after it was reported that she was obstructing traffic.She was arrested by Doering who learned that she had an outstanding warrant for shoplifting – but in another jurisdiction. Doering handed Debra Chrisjohn over to Mckillop at an OPP detachment.Less than three hours after being taken into custody – Debra Chrisjohn was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead.“Aboriginal Legal Services has long been concerned with the relationship between Indigenous communities and the police,” ALST Lawyer Caitlyn Kasper said in the statement. “This is an important issue not just for Debra’s family, but for all Indigenous people across Ontario.”Mckillop and Doering are scheduled to appear in court on July 31.news@aptn.calast_img read more

Work week starts with a shake small earthquake rattles central Alberta

first_imgSYLVAN LAKE, AB – Natural Resources Canada says there has been a 4.6 magnitude earthquake in central Alberta.The federal department’s website says the quake occurred around 5:55 a.m. local time Monday and was lightly felt in Red Deer and in the town of Sylvan Lake to the west.It says the quake was about a kilometre beneath the surface. There were no immediate reports of damage but Joanne Gaudet, communications officer for Sylvan Lake, says the power went out in most of the town.The utility company Fortis was expected to restore full service by mid-morning.The U.S. Geological Survey website says an earthquake similar to the one that struck Alberta has a sensation like a heavy truck striking a building that can rattle windows and may break some dishes or windows.Gaudet said there has been seismic activity in the past between Sylvan Lake and the community of Rocky Mountain House.Gaudet, who lives in Red Deer, said “at the very least it woke me up.”last_img read more

Annan names acting Special Representative for Iraq

At UN Headquarters in Geneva, he told reporters that Mr. Mountain would visit the country, as needed, from the temporary main UN base for Iraqi operations in Nicosia, Cyprus, “with a presence also in Amman,” Jordan, until security improves.In his latest report to the UN Security Council on Iraq, released today, Mr. Annan says very real progress has been made in the past few months in advancing basic human rights, but he adds, “At the same time, the dangers posed by insurgents, whose attacks have been growing in sophistication and strength over the past months, are real.“Mr. Mountain first joined the UN in 1973 and, after serving in a variety of positions, was appointed Assistant Emergency Relief Coordinator and director of the Geneva office of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in August 1998. He headed the OCHA Crisis Task Team for Iraq and last visited Iraq in July.“I have worked in the Middle East before and it will be a return to dealing with obviously an extremely acute issue,” Mr. Mountain told the news conference. “The United Nations did not leave and has not left Iraq.” The UN would continue to focus on humanitarian aid and reconstruction pending further decisions by Mr. Annan and the Security Council, he said.The UN’s local staff continued the organization’s work after international staff members were pulled out following the bombing.Mr. Annan has said he will name a permanent Special Representative for Iraq next year.He was asked whether he had a timetable for returning international UN staff to Iraq.“No, I cannot have a timetable,” he said. “It depends on the security situation. We need a secure environment to operate in and, of course, security is not just necessary for the United Nations staff, it’s necessary for reconstruction, it’s necessary for ordinary Iraqis and it’s necessary for the UN and the humanitarian workers.“As you all know, we had a great tragedy in Iraq last August and we need to be prudent. But as soon as the security situation permits, we will be back.”He was asked about a directive by US Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz excluding French, German and Russian companies for competing for $18.6 billion in contracts for Iraqi reconstruction.Mentioning the advisory panel of representatives from the Middle East and the Security Council that he recently convened to work on Iraq, Mr. Annan said: “I have been doing what I can to unify the nations. “I hope we will all take steps that are unifying, that bring us together to tackle this important issue in Iraq because no one is interested in a chaotic Iraq in the middle of that region. Stability of Iraq is everyone’s business and we should pool our efforts and avoid steps and decisions that are divisive.” read more

More job cuts at BlackBerry

by News Staff Posted Aug 20, 2013 5:52 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email 570news|blackberry|BlackBerry jobs cuts|product testing facility|Waterloo Close to 100 local jobs were cut on Monday, BlackBerry confirmed to Rogers’ 570News in Kitchener, Ont.It follows 250 jobs losses at its new product testing facility in Waterloo in late July.The employees laid off on July 23 were part of the New Product Testing Facility, a department that supports BlackBerry’s manufacturing and research and development efforts.The global smartphone company announced plans last year to cut about 5,000 employees jobs as part of its restructuring efforts.BlackBerry is trying to recover a stronger position in the highly competitive smartphone market with its new BlackBerry 10 line of phones and operating system. More job cuts at BlackBerry read more

Video Business report with Mike Eppel

Video: Business report with Mike Eppel The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development releases its worldwide economic growth forecast, senior business editor Mike Eppel explains. business report|economic growth forecast|mike eppel|OECD by News Staff Posted Nov 19, 2013 6:57 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email

Week In Brussels – Week ending Friday 10 June 2011

DOWNLOAD On this page you will find the current news from Brussels. These weekly reports are archived every Friday. Week in Brussels can be e-mailed to you on a regular basis if you register for News Alerts.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)

Unlikely Tandem in Vegas Mayweather and Justin Bieber

Odd couple: Justin Bieber and Floyd Mayweather Jr.It seemed like a joke at first, like someone at the Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Miguel Cotto fight party had consumed enough libations to alter his vision and enhance his imagination. But the guy was right: That was pop sensation Justin Bieber marching just behind boxing champion Mayweather toward the ring at the MGM Grand.His wiry body wrapped in two of Mayweather’s five championship belts, Bieber made his way with Team Mayweather, which included rap mogul 50 Cents. Bieber did not flash that 18-year-old smile that makes the girls croon. He played the part, unsmiling, focused.How did this unlikely connection happen? No one is sure. There are thoughts that they connected on Twitter and Mayweather made the young music phenomenon an offer to join him, and Bieber accepted.Bieber and 50 Cents flanked Mayweather as he was announced pre-fight in the ring and Bieber was a vocal supporter from ringside throughout the fight.The real test of if Bieber is part of Mayweather’s circle? If he visits the fighter as he serves an 87-day prison stint for domestic violence and harassment starting June 1. read more

Three Labour senators targeted over dole cut but theyll support measure

first_imgClick here to see a larger version of this imageA POSTER BEING distributed online is urging young people to lobby three Labour senators to stop the Seanad passing dole cuts for young unemployed next week, but all three have said they will the vote for the bill.The upper house debates the Social Welfare and Pensions Bill next week which includes a provision to cut jobseekers’ allowance to €100 for people under 25, a measure that has drawn considerable criticism in recent weeks.Labour senators John Whelan, John Kelly and Denis Landy are pictured on the leaflet with people urged to send their job rejection letters to the senators.Given the government’s slim majority in the Seanad their opposition could swing the vote. However all three Labour senators have confirmed they will be supporting the passage of the bill. The poster was produced by the umbrella group ‘We’re Not Leaving!’ and is supported by the National Youth Council of Ireland and the Union of Students of Ireland.USI president Joe O’Connor said that the three senators have been used to “personify the overall message” and said that he has been in contact with them and members of the Reform Alliance given the government’s slim majority in the Seanad.But Labour’s Denis Landy told TheJournal.ie: “I am very conscious of the difficulty that this issue has visited on younger people. “But in the context of what Joan Burton was required to do, and in the round of all the other options, she made the best job of what she could.”He acknowledged that it was a difficult cut but said that he would be challenging the government to ensure there are adequate training places for young people.Whelan said that what Social Protection Minister Burton had done in reducing the cut to her overall budget from €440 million to €290 million was akin to the “miracle of the loaves and the fishes”.“I will be supporting the government on the social welfare bill,” he said.His colleague, John Kelly, pointed out that the cut does not affect current jobseekers in that their present rates will be maintained and it will only be for new entrants.He also said that people cannot answer the question of what alternatives there are to the cuts announced in the social welfare budget.O’Connor suggested that a comensurate increase in the banking levy would make up the €32 million Burton is looking to save through the measure announced as part of Budget 2014. He intends to meet with all three Labour senators in the coming days and said he has also lobbied the Reform Alliance senators, Fidelma Healy-Eames and Paul Bradford, on the issue. The Social Welfare and Pensions Bill is due for debate in the Seanad next week. Column: The exploitation of young people has been cemented by this governmentRead: Dáil passes Social Welfare Bill which implements Budget 2014 cutslast_img read more

Samsungs latest pointandshoot is the 146MP superzoom WB700

first_imgCorrected– The WB700 shoots video at 720p, not 1080p.Samsung didn’t just see fit to announce one new camera today, they announced two. Meet the WB700, their new premium point-and-shoot.AdChoices广告The successor to Samsung’s WB600 and WB650 digicams, the WB700 boasts a fourteen megapixel sensor, a wide angle zoom lens crafted by Kreuznach capable of 24x levels of magnification (eighteen of which are optical, the rest digital) as well as some sweet support for 720p video captured in good old H.264.Samsung’s putting a lot of weight in this cam upon a feature they call Smart Filter 2.0, which allows you to artistically filter your photos in real time using tools like soft focus, half-tone dot, cinema, fish-eye, miniature and sketch. There’s also a new Zoom Noise Reduction mode that “actively cancels out the zoom noise” when you zoom the lens during HD movie filming. Cool.The camera should cost you $299.99 when it hits shelves, which is due to happen in April. Check out the press release below for more information.Editor’s thoughtsAt $300 this camera isn’t cheap, but at least it won’t have to worry about competing with the excellent cameras at the $400 mark (Canon S95 and so on). The is looking like a solid camera for people who want a quality point-and-shooter but that don’t get hung up on the features, sensors size, or other details. It’s not particular extraordinary though, so if you are looking for one step up, check out Samsung’s TL-500 (aka the EX1).last_img read more

Greece to spend over €1b on refugee crisis

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The cost of dealing with the refugee crisis in Greece this year could exceed €1 billion, or more than 0.5 per cent of gross domestic product, Alternate Minister for Migration Policy Yiannis Mouzalas told parliament on Thursday.His warning came as NATO confirmed that one of its rapid reaction forces would begin patrols in the Aegean aimed at tackling human traffickers who send refugees and migrants across the sea in dinghies from Turkey to Greece.Earlier this week, Bank of Greece governor Yannis Stournaras told MPs that the country’s central bank sees the fiscal impact of the refugee crisis at €600 million this year. However, Mouzalas said that his department expects it to be higher.“We think that the expenses will surpass €1 billion,” he said. “The money that we have received [from the European Union] so far, but which has not been distributed yet – through no fault of ours – is enough to construct the hot spots and relocation camps and to operate them for six or seven months.”Shipping and Island Policy Minister Theodoros Dritsas said Thursday that he expects the five hot spots, where migrants and refugees will be registered and processed, as well as the two relocation camps (one in Athens, the other in Thessaloniki), to be operational by the end of the month.In Brussels, NATO officials confirmed that an agreement had been reached on patrols in the Aegean to track down or deter human traffickers.“This is about helping Greece, Turkey and the European Union with stemming the flow of migrants and refugees and coping with a very demanding situation … a human tragedy,” said NATO secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg.Hours after the agreement to deploy NATO’s maritime force in the eastern Mediterranean for fighting smugglers, the vessels set sail.Supreme Allied Commander General Philip Breedlove said the mission plan would be refined during the time they were en route.Under the terms of the agreement, NATO will return migrants to Turkey even if they are picked up in Greek waters.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Shares Housing First director Garrett retires

first_imgAfter 15 years of serving the homeless at Share, Katherine Garrett is retiring. She was honored Thursday evening at the nonprofit’s Fromhold Service Center by her friends, family, co-workers, board members and colleagues at other social service agencies.Most recently, she worked as the agency’s Housing First director and had an office at Lincoln Place, the 30-unit apartment complex for people who were chronically homeless. She started her tenure at Share as a graveyard-shift case manager, then operated Share House and Share Outreach.Olivia Resnick, former Housing Solution Center director at the Council for the Homeless, will be the new Housing First director. She has a master’s degree in social work and experience with Housing First programs on the East Coast.Last year, Garrett received the Iris Award presented by the Clark College Foundation that honors female leaders in Southwest Washington.“Her passion, vision, strength of character and dedication to the hungry and homeless of our community have profoundly impacted the lives of so many and continue to greatly inspire all who know her,” Diane McWithey, Share’s executive director, said in a news release. “She always put our clients first and her ability to do that with our hardest to serve clients makes her one of my most admired women.”last_img read more