The Maharashtra government has announced that villages that were fully submerged in the recent floods will be rehabilitated either on State land or private land that the government is willing to buy at market rate, said Chandrakant Patil, Cabinet Minister for Revenue, PWD (Excluding Undertakings) and Guardian Minister for Kolhapur and Pune, on Wednesday.The senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said the plan will be put in place first for over 100 villages on an immediate basis. The first of the villages to be fully rehabilitated on revenue land will be in the vicinity of Pune. “If that is not available, we will rehabilitate the village on private land,” he said.The minister also took stock of the affected areas in the region and said the government is providing all the required assistance, including ₹5,000 as immediate relief and foodgrains. Mr. Patil said the government will do everything possible to rehabilitate over 300 submerged villages in Pune and Kolhapur. “It has also undertaken on a priority basis rehabilitation of damaged bridges. We are informing the victims of State benefits made available after the floods,” he said, after the tour on Wednesday. The Maharashtra Cabinet has already announced ₹6,813-crore assistance for flood-hit people, out of which ₹4,708 crore was allocated to Kolhapur, Sangli and Satara and ₹2,105 crore to the Konkan and Nashik.The State Cabinet has already decided to pay ₹16,602 as compensation towards the destruction of a pucca home while approving ₹5,200 for partial damages. Meanwhile, ₹4,000 will be compensated for a hutment. An estimated 23,000 homes have been destroyed while others have been partially damaged, officials said. Senior officials said the Cabinet has approved ₹222 crore for rebuilding homes and may eventually tap into schemes such as Ramai Awas Yojna and Shabri Gharkul Yojna. The floods have caused damage in over 750 villages, while near 4.5 lakh people have been displaced.
By the time Lionel Messi checked in at halftime, Erik Lamela, Ezequiel Lavezzi and the rest of his team-mates had Argentina well on its way to the top spot in Group D of the Copa America.Lamela and Lavezzi scored 2 minutes apart early in the first half, Victor Cuesta scored his first international goal later in the half and Argentina dominated Bolivia 3-0 on Tuesday night to be the only team in the entire tournament to win all three group games.Messi subbed on at the beginning of the second half for his most extensive game action since Barcelona beat Sevilla 2-0 to win the Copa del Rey on May 22.In the time since, Messi suffered a back injury, testified in his tax fraud trial in Spain and scored a hat-trick off the bench in a 5-0 win over Panama last week.But the goals came from his team-mates as Argentina clinched a matchup with Venezuela in the quarterfinals. And all that dominance came with Messi relaxing on the bench, hearing his name chanted by the crowd throughout the first half as they eagerly anticipated the chance to see the best player of this generation coming off a memorable reserve performance just a few days earlier against Panama. (Chile qualify for Copa America quarterfinals )”People want to see him. People pay all over the world to see him and he has to deal with that,” Argentina manager Gerardo Martino said through an interpreter. “Sometimes he has to play and sometimes he has to be on the bench but he has that obligation to follow through for the fans who are paying to be there. He has to live with that.”SEARCH FOR TROPHYadvertisementArgentina is in search of its first major international championship since winning the Copa America in 1993.Bolivia last beat Argentina in 2009, but that victory came at 12,000 feet at home in La Paz. At sea level in Seattle, the Bolivians stood no chance.The closest Messi came to finding the net was a free kick from 30 yards early in the second half that teased the far post but didn’t curl enough. Bolivia’s Diego Bejarano was Messi’s shadow, ignoring anyone else in white with the ball and focusing just on No. 10.Messi’s best moment came in the 77th minute when he was flagged for offside, but continued the play long enough to nutmeg Bolivian goalkeeper Carlos Lampe as he dribbled around the penalty area.”Regardless of the result, regardless after the first half he knew he was going to play for 45 minutes,” Martino said of Messi. “He is growing compared to the last game. The last game he played 30, today 45 and he is feeling more confident. That is what we were going to do regardless.”Bolivia played with a defensive posture all night, but it held for all of 13 minutes until Lamela’s free kick deflected off the back of Yasmani Duk and left Lampe moving the wrong direction as the shot found the net.Two minutes later, Gonzalo Higuain headed down a cross that was saved by Lampe but directed right to Lavezzi who pounded the loose ball into the goal.And Argentina capped its dominant first half when Lavezzi picked up an assist as his cross was redirected by Cuesta’s toe for his first international goal.Bolivia didn’t even attempt to play possession, simply clearing balls out of its own end anytime a pass escaped Argentina’s feet. Argentina had 81 percent of the possession in the first half and the only time goalkeeper Sergio Ramos was asked to even move was on the few free kicks Bolivia lofted into the penalty box.Argentina completed 357 passes in the first half; Bolivia completed 38. For the game, the disparity was 757-61.”I was very happy to see this test,” Martino said.
Mumbai, Jul 4 (PTI) Barefoot Sports Quiz Festival will come to the city on July 9 at IIT Bombay.An event that has developed a massive following among the sports lovers and quizzers of Delhi in the last half a decade plans to enthrall sports lovers of Mumbai and neighboring regions with its seventh edition. Earlier, Aniket Mishra, the founder of Barefoot, had taken the Quiz festival to Kolkata for the fifth edition in June 2016.The festival is a one-day affair which will see high octane quizzing action with three open quizzes taking place one after the other. The football quiz will be hosted by the renowned quizmaster captain Chandrakant Nair. The sports quiz has been set by Gokul Satish, Aniket Mishra, Joy Bhattacharya. The cricket quiz will be hosted by Amit Sinha. As always, participation in all the quizzes is open to everyone. Shedding light on the same, Mishra said, “We at Barefoot welcome even those who just want to sit through a day of intense quizzing and learning for their love of sports or quizzing.” PTI AH AH
Captain Faf du Plessis led from the front with a hard-earned century to give South Africa a commanding 205-run advantage at the end of the second day of the second Test against Pakistan at Newlands on Friday.Du Plessis failed to score in either innings in the first Test in Pretoria last week, but made 103 in a 226-ball knock as South Africa piled up 382 for six in reply to Pakistan’s 177 all out on the opening day.Pakistan will be up against it on Saturday when South Africa resume with Quinton de Kock not out on 55 and Vernon Philander on six as they look to press home their advantage.Du Plessis had to toil for his ninth Test century on an uneven pitch, hitting some superb shots through extra cover but also surviving being dropped on 96 to an easy catch down leg that Pakistan wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed spilt.He was eventually out to a feint tickle off teenager Shaheen Shah, who finished the day with the best Pakistan figures of 3/112.Temba Bavuma, who saw two reviews go his way, made 75 and it was his 156-run fifth wicket partnership with the skipper that enabled South Africa to take the game away from their opponents after losing two wickets early in the day.South Africa were on 123/2 overnight but Hashim Amla (24) and Theunis de Bruyn (13) departed in the morning session before Bavuma, having scored three, was reprieved by the third umpire after appearing to be caught in the slips.It was decided that the catch had been taken off the turf.advertisementHe also survived a lbw decision with the review going his way to the exasperation of Pakistan.Bavuma was eventually caught by Sarfraz off Shaheen, who then also bagged du Plessis but only after another review, which this time went Pakistan’s way.De Kock hit fours off his first two deliveries and never looked back as he raced to his half century off 59 balls.Also Watch:
The England cricket team’s dressing room had a unique visitor and even found food as it walked around the area picking food while a few of the staff and players arrived to watch the guest with fun. England are currently in the Caribbean Islands for almost a two-month long tour of Tests, one-day internationals, twenty20 internationals.England cricket’s Facebook handle posted a video of a chicken in the dressing room with a line of food in the centre. The players’ kits and everyone were on the side while the chicken walked picking food in the centre.Towards the end of the video, a few from the staff watched the chicken from near the door. A staff member could be seen making a video while Moeen Ali laughed along at the back.Last year, England had a surprise visitor in the practice session at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium when they were on tour in Sri Lanka.Snakes had invaded England’s training session and in the video put up by England cricket’s social media, the groundsmen could be seen trying to contain the ‘Cobra’ using pipes and sticks.England are set to play three Test matches against the Windies, starting January 23. Ahead of the Test series, they will play one two-day practice match against West Indies Cricket Board President XI in Barbados on January 17 and 18.After the Test series, England will play another practice game against UWI Vice Chancellors XI in Barbados ahead of the start of the ODI series.England and the Windies will play a five-match ODI series from February 20 to March 20 and a three-match T20I series from March 5 to March 10.advertisementMeanwhile the build-up to the 2019 ICC World Cup in England has already begun with England and India being termed as favourites in the tournament.England are currently the top-ranked ODI team in ICC rankings while India are a close second. On Wednesday, former Australia fast bowler Jason Gillespie termed England as the favourites while he felt the current Indian bowling attack led by Jasprit Bumrah makes India one of the favourites too.”I think the Indian attack is well balanced. Bumrah has been rested for obvious reason but their attack is still quite good,” Gillespie told PTI in an interview.”Everyone offers different things, and you add Bumrah to it, so they are well placed to mount a challenge for the World Cup. I think England are the obvious favourites, but India won’t be far behind,” he insisted.Also Read | Yuvraj Singh harbours hopes of playing 2019 ICC World Cup in England and WalesAlso Read | Celebrating Kapil Dev who won India’s first World Cup in England
India captain Virat Kohli feels that it would have been “more logical” if his team could have played a couple of more ODIs instead of the two T20 Internationals as a part of their World Cup preparations.India are playing two T20 Internationals and five ODIs against Australia in what will be their last international assignment before the opening World Cup fixture against South Africa in Southampton on June 5.”Probably, a couple of more ODIs would have been more beneficial for both the teams not just us. It would have been more ideal and logical,” Kohli said on the eve of the opening T20.Even though it’s a T20 game, Kohli would like to treat these shortest format games also an extended preparation for the World Cup.”But look we have to utilise what’s in front of us as best as possible. And as I said we’re going to look to get into the right kind of frame of mind as a team,” the skipper added.The core team for the World Cup is set but skipper didn’t rule out an exceptional performer getting a look in.”We’re more or less sorted. But through the course of the series you might see something which might surprise you as a team and which you might want to change immediately. But those are things that are upon how circumstances come in front of you,” he said.”As of now, we feel pretty balanced as a side and I don’t see any concerns or areas that we need to think about anymore. Everything is more or less sorted,” world’s No 1 batsman sounded quite assured.advertisementThe skipper didn’t reveal whether leg-spinner Mayank Markande will be given preference over regular wrist spinner Yuzvendra Chahal. Chahal and Krunal Pandya have been the two specialist spinners in the T20 format.”Look, he (Markande) has been given an opportunity because he’s done well. It’s purely giving a youngster a chance, who has done well over the last couple of seasons and bowled well in the IPL and T20 cricket.”The Indian captain marked Marcus Stoinis as the most dangerous player in the Aussie set-up. Stoinis is set to play in the IPL for Royal Challengers Bangalore.Kohli termed Aussie all-rounder Marcus Stoinis as a threat for the upcoming series. Stoinis scored 533 at 53.30 with a strike rate of 130.63 for his franchise Melbourne Stars in the BBL.”If I had to single out one player that can make more impact, that would be Stoinis. He has come around really well during the BBL and he’s making stand out performances. You can see he’s grown in confidence and he’s definitely going to be a very important player for them.””A few of the guys have done really well in the BBL. But from the last time that we played, the games were close contests, both of them. One was washed out, but the other two were really exciting games. We obviously expect a stiff competition overall from the Australian team,” he signed off.Also Read | Virat Kohli’s advice to World Cup-bound Indian team: Don’t pick up bad habits in IPLAlso Read | Virat Kohli on World Cup clash vs Pakistan: We will go by what government and BCCI decide
Higuain fast losing confidence of AC Milan owners and teammatesby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan’s owners Elliott Management are seriously considering ending the loan of Gonzalo Higuain.Corriere della Sera says Higuain is losing the confidence of management and teammates as he struggles for goals.On-loan from Juventus, Higuain can be signed permanently for €36m. But Elliott are now fast losing confidence in the deal.There are also concerns about Higuain’s status amongst the squad, where the younger players believe he is enjoying preferential treatment.Indeed, when Patrick Cutrone was hooked during the stalemate with Bologna ahead of his senior teammate, he was caught complaining to teammates in the dugout, “Why me?” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
Watch This Bugatti Chiron Shatter a World Speed Record at More Than 300 MPH A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing Editors’ Recommendations 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RFMazda’s hotly anticipated folding hardtop MX-5 Miata finally gets a price tag. Pre-orders for the 2017 Mazda Miata MX-5 RF Launch Edition will be accepted starting at 12PM PT today.Only 1,000 examples of the Launch Edition RF are pegged for production, each starting at $33,850 for the 6-speed manual and $34,925 for the 6-speed automatic. Which transmission you prefer is your only option for these first PRHT models when you put down a $500 refundable deposit. Deliveries for the Launch Edition RF’s will begin in February of 2017.Unique to these first 1000 models is a Machine Gray Metallic paint job, Auburn Nappa leather interior trim with a hand-painted black roof panel, and bespoke doorsill plates. These features won’t be available on other hardtop Miatas, so if you desperately need that black roof, you only have one chance.Read More: 2016 Mazda X-5 Miata Review“After a tremendously positive response to our global reveal of the 2017 Mazda MX-5 Miata RF, we knew we had to do something unique for the MX-5 RF Launch Edition,” said Robert Davis, senior VP, U.S. Operations, MNAO. “Exclusive access to the pre-sale is a way we can offer something special to our most loyal customers who can’t wait to get behind the wheel of one of the most anticipated vehicles in Mazda history.”The folding hardtop version of the new MX-5 is expected to ride a bit softer than its convertible counterpart as a “grand touring” option in the MX-5 portfolio. Don’t expect the sports car to turn mushy, but with the added weight of a hardtop and softer springs, it may be slightly slower around a track or curvy mountain road than the ragtop iteration.If you are thinking of grabbing a Launch Edition RF, you’d better hope for an invitation, as other special edition MX-5’s tend to sell out fast. If, however, those invited do not book all 1000 examples, then ordering will be opened to the public on October 3, 2016. As a bonus, Mazda will throw in a custom-designed, serialized 42mm Tourneau watch with your purchase.All prices exclude an $835 destination and handling fee. The Lampuga Air Inflatable Jetboard Is a Go-Anywhere Aqua Thrill Ride 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now The New Land Rover Defender Is Just as Glorious as We Expected
CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Highway 105 Highway 105 will be closed for 30 minutes at about 3 p.m. today, Aug. 12, near the intersection of the Point Aconi Road. The closure is needed to remove a large truck that has gone off the road. An earlier detour on Trunk 4, east of St. Peter’s, is expected to remain in effect for several more hours as cleanup continues there from a truck accident. -30-
APTN National NewsThe defrocked priest facing more than 70 sex related charges against Inuit children.APTN’s Kent Driscoll has been covering the trial.
APTN National News OTTAWA–The Federal Court of Appeal has upheld a Federal Court decision that found the Metis have the same rights as Status Indians under the Canadian Constitution.The appeal court, however, did not include non-status Indians in the decision, arguing it was a separate issue that needed to be dealt with on a case by case basis.The appeal court’s decision in the Daniels case, if it stands, means Ottawa now has a fiduciary responsibility to the Metis who can now access programs and services previously exclusively offered to status First Nations people and Inuit. At the core, the case hinged on whether Ottawa or the provinces had jurisdiction over the Metis and non-status Indians.“The Court declares that the Metis are included as ‘Indians’ within the meaning of section 91(24) of the Constitution Act, 1867,” said the decision written by Justice Eleanor Dawson and concurred with by Justice Marc Noel and Justice Johanne Trudel.Clement Chartier, president of the Metis National Council, said he was “very pleased” with the ruling.“It is a significant victory and it is going to make it easier for us as we continue dealing with the federal government and continue our relationship building with the federal government,” said Chartier.There are about 350,000 Metis in Canada.Ottawa can still try to challenge the decision with the Supreme Court of Canada.“We are reviewing all elements of (Thursday’s) decision to determine next steps,” said Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt’s office in a statement.Valcourt’s office said it was “pleased” non-status Indian issue severed from the ruling on the Metis.The Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, which represents Metis, non-status and off-reserve status people, said it was studying whether to appeal ruling to seek clarity on the non-status component.“It’s a new ear of collaboration,” said CAP National Chief Betty Ann Lavallee.Labrador’s NunatuKavut Community Council said it was “thrilled” with the decision.“This is a major step towards the recognition and equality that we deserve,” said NCC President Todd Russell. “The Daniels decision should help change that, Government needs to bite the bullet and move forward to negotiations with us, rather than continue to ignore our rights and their obligations.”The NCC, formerly the Labrador Metis Nation, has been trying to negotiate a land claim with Ottawa for 23 years.The Daniels case was started in 1999 by Harry Daniels, a Metis leader who was president of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, and Leah Gardner, a non-status Indian woman from northwestern Ontario. After Daniels died in 2004, his son Gabriel Daniels was added to the case along with Terry Joudrey, a non-status Mi’kmaq from Nova Scotia.Ottawa has long held the position that it was only responsible for status Indians registered under the Indian Act and the Inuit. The Inuit had to to also fight for that recognition in court and won it in 1939.The appeal court, however, excluded non-status Indians from its ruling.“The reasons for excluding people from Indian status are complex, far-ranging and often unrelated to one another,” the appeal court said. “To determine the limits of the word ‘Indian’ as it pertains to non-status Indians under the division of powers it is necessary to analyze the reason each class of individual was excluded from the Indian Act on a case-by-case basis.”email@example.com
Amsterdam – Former Dutch MP of Moroccan origin, Naima Azough, has recently been appointed as the new Special Rapporteur on radicalization and extremism in the Netherlands.Naima Azough will be asked to present by the end of the year a report on the strengths and shortcomings of the adopted approach to fight radicalization and extremism in the Netherlands, said Monday Dutch press agency (ANP).Azough, a member of the Green Party (GroenLinks), was appointed to this position at the request of the minister of culture, education and science and of the Secretary of State for public health and sport. Her main task will be to examine the approach taken by social workers, police, education professionals and families to counter youth isolation and radicalization.Born in 1972 in Asdif in Morocco, Naima Azough was a member of the Dutch House of Representatives from 2002 to 2010. She studied English and German at the University of Antwerp (Belgium) before joining the University of Amsterdam to specialize in international relations.
SANTA ANA, Calif. — Wells Fargo has agreed to pay at least $385 million to settle a California lawsuit alleging it signed up thousands of auto loan customers for costly car insurance without their consent, resulting in many having their vehicles repossessed.The bank filed the agreement Thursday in a federal court in Santa Ana. It still needs a judge’s approval.Another defendant, National General Insurance, agreed to pay $7.5 million.The lawsuit alleged that for years, Wells Fargo tacked on unneeded insurance to customers’ car loans. The suit says the additional cost led to some 25,000 car owners losing their vehicles.San Francisco-based Wells Fargo confirmed the agreement Friday and calls it “an important step in making things right.” The bank says it will be sending checks to affected customers.The Associated Press
An auto-driver in Tami Nadu set himself on fire this morning to protest against the visit of Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapakse, who will be in India later this week. Vijayraj, the driver, is in hospital in critical condition.The Sri Lankan president will inaugurate a Buddhist university in Madhya Pradesh. Parties in Tamil Nadu have described his visit as “unacceptable”. Opposition leader Vaiko from Tamil Nadu said he will lead a protest in Madhya Pradesh against the Sri Lankan president’s tour. Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has appealed to him to re-consider, pointing out that the trip has no political agenda, and it should be seen as an endeavour to promote peace and harmony among Asian countries. In Puducherry today, a day-long bandh has been called by actor-director Seeman and his party to protest against Mr Rajapakse’s visit. Several shops and schools are closed.Political parties in Tamil Nadu have also expressed their opposition to the union government’s decision to allow the training of Sri Lanka defence officers in India. In July, nine air force officers were moved from an air base in Tamil Nadu to Bangalore after objections by Jayalalithaa. However, she came in for much criticism after she recently ordered school and college football teams from Sri Lanka to leave the state. (NDTV) Sri Lankan forces have been accused of violating the rights of thousands of Tamils in the final months of the island’s civil war, which ended in May 2009. The rebel LTTE tigers were defeated. Political parties in Tamil Nadu staunchly support the rights of Sri Lankan Tamils, who have for decades complained about persecution by the majority Sinhales.
Meanwhile 49 houses were fully damaged around the island and another 2907 partially damaged. Water levels in several reservoirs in the country had also overflowed after days of heavy rain.The Disaster Management Center said that four people were killed in Kalutara while 1 death each was reported from Jaffna and other parts of the country. The Disaster Management Center said that six people have been killed and 69,659 others displaced following the heavy rain and strong winds as of today.A DMC spokesman said that several roads in and around Colombo were also blocked by floods and uprooted trees while train services were also affected. He said that 1841 people were displaced in Mullaitivu and 1728 in Jaffna. Director of the center Pradeep Kodipilli said that the displaced people were housed in temporary shelters. A part of the southern expressway was also closed today as the exit was flooded.Cyclone ‘Nilam’ had struck Sri Lanka this week but it began to gradually move towards southern India today.Report by Easwaran Rutnam
According to reports, Parliamentary elections are likely to take place in January.The move to dissolve Parliament comes after the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) confirmed today it did not have the numbers to show majority in Parliament on November 14th. (Colombo Gazette) President Maithripala Sirisena has dissolved Parliament, cabinet co-spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella said.He said that President Maithripala Sirisena has signed the Gazette notice.
Niagara Regional Police continue to search for a missing man from St. Catharines.18-year-old Quintin Bingley hasn’t been seen since Friday May 25 when walking into his home in the area of Parnell Rd. and Pearce Ave.Niagara Police say their marine unit was out again Monday morning and they are now working with Erie County to search areas along the shoreline.Bingley is described as 5’7″, slim, 140 lbs with short dirty blonde hair.He has an earring in his left ear and an arrow tattooed on his right forearm.Bingley was last seen wearing a light-coloured t-shirt with khaki shorts.Anyone with information of his whereabouts is asked to call police at 905-688-4111 x 4233.
by Lynn Elber, The Associated Press Posted Aug 11, 2015 2:01 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 11, 2015 at 2:42 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Malin Akerman participates in the “Billions” panel at the Showtime Summer TCA Tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2015, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP) Damian Lewis: Keep an open mind about hedge-fund manager in Showtime drama series ‘Billions’ BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – Don’t expect to boo the scheming hedge-fund king in Showtime’s new drama series “Billions.”Andrew Ross Sorkin, a financial journalist and author (“Too Big to Fail”), told a TV critics’ meeting Tuesday that he’s aware of the negative perceptions surrounding high-flying moneymakers.“I cover this world,” and getting to know its inhabitants shows them to be layered and complex, said Sorkin, a producer of the series that debuts Jan. 17.They are competing as much for power and pride as the billions of dollars at stake, he said, adding, “the money piece of it is really just the scorecard.”Damian Lewis plays fund manager Bobby Axelrod opposite Paul Giamatti’s federal prosecutor Chuck Rhodes. The cast also includes Malin Akerman, David Costabile, Condola Rashad, Maggie Siff and Toby Leonard Moore.Might viewers end up rooting for Axelrod, as they did for meth-maker Walter White in “Breaking Bad,” a reporter asked the cast and producers and creators Sorkin, Brian Koppelman and David Levien.“We’re not moralizing,” said Koppelman.“Stay more open-minded, dude,” Lewis advised the questioner.The British-born actor played another powerful figure, King Henry VIII, in “Wolf Hall,” and acknowledged parallels between the two. But Axelrod was not born to wealth and influence in New York.“Bobby is a blue-collar guy, nouveau riche, new money,” living by street rules that mean those who fail to demonstrate loyalty are “ruthlessly dispatched,” Lewis said.Because he’s slipped easily into American accents in projects including “Homeland,” Lewis said he thought he’d have a “fantastic time pretending to be some gangster from the Bronx.”That was until the producers said the effort was “awful” and asked that he stop, he said.He reverted to a more neutral accent with a few tweaks to distinguish it from others he’s done. It was a “generic, Midwest nothing,” he said, then hastily added, “Anyone from the Midwest, I apologize.”
TOPS, a non-profit organization promoting healthy weight loss/maintenance and group support, is coming to Brock University.Meetings will be held Tuesdays at noon to 12:45 p.m. in Mackenzie Chown D350L and participants are welcome to bring a lunch.TOPS diet plan, based on sensible food choices, can be followed or you can follow your own plan. TOPS is a non-commercial network of weight-loss support groups and a wellness education organization. It offers tools and programs for healthy living and weight management, with group fellowship and recognition. Read more at: http://www.tops.org/tops/HomeCost: Annual membership of $36.Location: Mackenzie Chown D350LWant to learn more? Attend an information meeting on Sept. 13 at noon, and/or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
LUCY GAFFNEY, DENIS O’Brien’s right hand woman has said that she believed the O’Reilly business dynasty acted in a way they thought was right for Independent News and Media (INM) but said under the new board they were now refocusing the business.Gaffney is the Chairwoman of Communicorp and board member of INM and Digicel.She began working for Denis O’Brien in 98FM before he offered her the job as its sales and marketing director, just after the radio market became deregulated.Speaking with George Lee on RTE Radio 1′s The Business about the changes to the board at INM, she said that if there were any fights or battles “they were the right thing to battle for and fight for”.INMShe said that they were refocusing the business of INM stating that they had taken out a lot of the costs out of the model, they are refocusing the digital strategy, and are “focused on bringing the business back to where it should be from a media perspective”.When asked about the removal of Tony O’Reilly from the board she said “it has been a colourful past, but we are firmly focused on the future now”. She added:“I think they did what they thought was right for the business every time. They are part of an Irish business dynasty and every time I think they did something it was because they thought it was the right thing, that’s all I can say… ”She said that under the O’Reilly control:There was too much fat in the company, too many people doing the job that fewer people could have done. I think the level of debt they incurred was far too high and I think they didn’t see the writing on the wall quick enough in the way the market was going to turn in terms of digital, for example.I think that it swelled to a degree that was not going to be sustainable. The focus now is trimming it back… to where we become agile once again. Not a newspaper companyShe said: “INM does not see itself as a newspaper company but as a media company, whether that’s in print, whether that is on a mobile device, or tablet device, it doesn’t really matter. The important thing is how do people consume news now, and we have to stay relevant with that.”Speaking about the man that is Denis O’Brien, she said he is “very encouraging, he likes people, he likes to get a sense of their energy levels – he doesn’t put boundaries around people when he meets them, he doesn’t put them into a box”.Not a ruthless manShe said he was very demanding but she stopped short of saying that he is ruthless.He is a very compassionate man, a very fair man, a very tough man, a very demanding man – not ruthless. My understanding of ruthless is you try to get something at any cost, and that isn’t the way he works.When Lee asked her if issues around the Moriarty Tribunal continually cropped up she said “… there are a small amount of people in Ireland that are concerned about the Moriarty Tribunal,” but said “when you go outside a small amount of people, people talk about the Digicel Foundation, certainly around the Caribbean and the Pacific, so it is not an inhibitor in any way”.She said it is never raised at any share holders meeting she has attended, stating:I can honestly say there’s not been one question about the tribunal by a shareholder. It is one facet of a man and it’s not his story.Speaking about the new arrival of Pat Kenny to Newstalk she said “it is going great”. She said people were shouting at him “I’ve moved the dial Pat,” adding, “my own parents moved the dial, which was a big deal”.Global Irish Economic Forum to get underway at Dublin Castle>Pat Kenny on revealing his salary: ‘I don’t have to, I’m not going to, that’s the new world!’>