US Sanctions against USC Not Fatal, but Still a Headache

first_imgzoom The U.S. sanctions against Russian state-owned naval designer and shipbuilder JSC United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) will make life difficult for the company, especially with respect to financial transactions with payments in USD, according to the Corp. President Alexey Rakhmanov.However, the sanctions “are not fatal” for the USC, Rakhmanov told “Russia 24” TV Channel, adding that the company is mulling ways of switching to payments in alternative currencies, such as the Chinese Yuan Renminbi (RMB) and that “is not fantastic.”Regarding other aspects of USC’s business operation, contracts will not be affected significantly, as the corporation has no significant deals with the U.S. based companies.“The format in which the sanctions have been announced present for United Shipbuilding Corporation is more a nuisance rather than a significant obstacle in the operations and execution of the existing contracts. The Group is currently exploring all aspects of the USC situation prevailing in the imposition of sanctions, and then we will work out a solution to minimize the risks involved while executing our commitments to all our customers and partners,” the USC said in a statement.Nevertheless, Rakhmanov voiced the need for for Russia to achieve a 100% import substitution in naval shipbuilding, as sanctions get tougher in Europe.The corporation head said that he is concerned about the possible termination of cooperation with European partners in the field of marine equipment necessary for offshore projects. In this case, said Rakhmanov, Russian engineers and draftsmen will have “use again to the drawing board.”The U.S. Department of the Treasury imposed prohibitions on additional Russian entities on Tuesday, July 29th operating within the financial services sector of the Russian economy pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13662, as explained, “in response to Russia’s continued efforts to destabilize eastern Ukraine.”Specifically, Treasury imposed sanctions that prohibit U.S. persons from providing new financing to three major Russian financial institutions, limiting their access to U.S. capital markets, those being Bank of Moscow, Russian Agricultural Bank, and VTB Bank OAO,The Treasury has also designated one Russian state-owned defense technology firm United Shipbuilding Corporation pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13661 and blocked its assets.This addition expands upon the list of eight defense technology firms designated on July 16.As a result of the action, any assets of the entity designated that are within U.S. jurisdiction must be frozen. In addition, transactions by U.S. persons or within the United States involving the entities designated are generally prohibited.These measures coincide with actions taken to suspend U.S. export credit and development finance to Russia.“In light of Russia’s continuing support for separatists in Ukraine, we took additional steps today to further increase financial pressure on the Russian government,” said Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence David S. Cohen. “These actions, along with actions announced today by the European Union, significantly increase the costs to Russia for its efforts to undermine Ukraine’s sovereignty. We are prepared to continue to expand these sanctions if Russia refuses to change course.”World Maritime News Staff, July 31, 2014; Image: polyloglast_img read more

Chahal registers best figures with 451

first_imgSouthampton: Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal spun a web around the South Africa batsmen on Wednesday and returned with the best figures in this World Cup so far — 4/51 from his 10 overs. Chahal first castled Proteas skipper Faf Du Plessis, followed it with the wicket of Rassie van der Dussen, before dismissing David Miller and all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo. The Proteas batsmen just didn’t have an answer to Chahal’s guile as he kept beating them with flighted deliveries. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach ArunIn an interview, the 28-year old leg-spinner had said that while people on the outside may think that all spinners want rank turners, he likes wickets which are flat and have a bit of bounce on offer — just like the ones being prepared in this World Cup. In fact, he made it clear that he has more faith in his own abilities than looking at tracks for assistance. “There was a bit of turn for the spinners even during the England-Pakistan series before the World Cup. But a lot will depend on the overhead conditions. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-up”Personally, I don’t like rank turners. I love bowling on flat wickets with a bit of bounce. That personally suits my game. Also, as a wrist spinner you do induce turn irrespective of how the wicket is and I have never believed in looking at tracks for assistance. “Bowling on rank turners is also an art, but if you ask me, I would love flat wickets with a bit of bounce and that gets me going. You can’t bowl fast on flat wickets and you need to give it loop so that the ball takes turn. On turning wickets, the pace has to be increased since you already are getting turn,” he said.last_img read more

Bishnu Sethi named deputy leader of BJP in Odisha Assembly

first_imgBhubaneswar: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday appointed legislator Bishnu Sethi as the deputy leader of the party in the Odisha Assembly. BJP spokesperson Golak Mohapatra said that Dhamnagar MLA Sethi has been appointed the deputy leader of the BJP legislature party. Besides, Mohan Charan Majhi, who represents Keonjhar Sadar constituency, has been appointed the chief whip of the party. Recently, BJP President Amit Shah had named Bhawanipatna MLA Pradipta Kumar Naik as the leader of the BJP legislature party. The BJP emerged as the second largest party in the recently held Assembly polls. It has 23 members in the 147-member Assembly. The first session of the 16th Odisha Legislative Assembly commenced on June 25 and will continue till August 8 in two phases.last_img read more

NCAER NIPFP to get funds from US eBay founders Omidyar Network

first_imgNew Delhi: Omidyar Network India Tuesday said it will provide Rs 16 crore (USD 2.3 million) grant to Brookings India, NCAER and NIPFP to conduct research on issues related to property rights in the country. The grant would be utilised to create a multi-organisation research consortium that will focus on issues linked to secure rights to assets, Omidyar Network said in a statement. The Rs 16-crore fund includes an innovation fund of Rs 3.5 crore (USD 500,000) to back proposals from across the country. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalBrookings India, National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) and National Institute of Public Finance Policy (NIPFP) would develop “evidence-based solutions to address chronic challenges in providing secure access to land, housing and property rights”. Omidyar Network India is part of a global network funded by the philanthropic capital of Pierre Omidyar, the founder of eBay, and his wife Pam Omidyar. “The aim is to have these institutions, and hopefully other collaborators in the future, develop in-house expertise on important issues that are relevant for policy makers, build evidence around these issues and propose solutions that can truly improve the lives of people on the ground. said Shreya Deb, Director, Investments, at Omidyar Network India. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostNIPFP’s Professor Ila Patnaik said the consortium brings together many research institutions and experts and the knowledge it will generate will break new ground, and have a far-reaching impact. “I expect that the work we do as a whole will add up to more than the sum of the parts. And as the consortium grows, we will be growing India’s research capacity to deal with challenging land issues. Our own NCAER Land Policy Initiative will break new ground on gauging how the Indian states are doing on modernising their land records. said Shekhar Shah, Director-General, NCAER. Shamika Ravi, Director (Research) at Brookings India said well-defined and secure property rights are fundamental to the economic progress of a society. All participating institutions in the consortium will share their knowledge, as well as their networks and data sets, to enable more collaborative learning and research. Omidyar Network India makes equity investments in early stage enterprises and provide grants to non-profits in the areas of digital identity, education, emerging tech, financial inclusion, governance and citizen engagement, and property rights.last_img read more

Voters weigh in on long and expensive federal election campaign

With the longest federal election campaign in recent history underway, candidates are preparing for a grueling eleven weeks.They’ll will be playing the long game ahead of October’s election.Prime Minister Stephen Harper kicked off the lengthy campaign Sunday.The question is while candidates have begun the mid-summer marathon will anyone be paying attention? Jeyan Jeganathan asks Canadians what thy think of the longer than usual campaign.According to recent polls, all three parties are practically in a dead heat. read more

Annan speaks with US Iraq Study Group as sectarian violence soars

The Iraq Study Group, which is led by former US Secretary of State James Baker and Lee Hamilton, the former Chairman of the US House of Representatives International Relations Committee, had been seeking to arrange a meeting with the Secretary-General since September, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters in New York.Its members, who spoke by teleconference today with Mr. Annan, have also had conversations with Deputy Secretary-General Mark Malloch Brown as well as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative to Iraq Ashraf Qazi.Over the weekend, Mr. Qazi continued his denunciation of rising violence in Iraq, calling recent terrorist attacks a “cancer in its body politic,” and urging the country’s people and leaders to hold a genuine national dialogue.In the absence of a national consensus in support of policies and measures to prevent extremists from destroying Iraq, he warned that the country “would continue to descend into a civil war-like situation and its people would become the victims of an unprecedented human rights catastrophe.”Mr. Annan echoed this view in remarks to reporters today. Asked whether Iraq was in civil war, he replied “Given the developments on the ground, unless something is done drastically and urgently to arrest the deteriorating situation, we could be there. In fact, we are almost there.” read more

Clashes in Greece as thousands protest austerity

by Elena Becatoros And Derek Gatopoulos, The Associated Press Posted May 17, 2017 10:38 am MDT Last Updated May 17, 2017 at 12:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Greek police officers take part in an anti- austerity protest outside Greece parliament in Athens, Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Greek workers have walked off the job across the country for a nationwide general strike to protest new austerity measures to be imposed beyond the end of Greece’s third bailout next year.(AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis) ATHENS, Greece – An anti-austerity rally in Greece’s capital turned violent Wednesday as a general strike halted flights, ferries and public transportation, and thousands joined protest marches across the country.A small group of protesters threw gasoline bombs and fired flares at riot police after the marches ended in Athens. Police responded with tear gas. The clashes broke out after peaceful marches involving around 12,000 people.In a separate evening protest, more than 3,000 police, firefighters and coast guards angry at impending pay cuts gathered outside parliament chanting slogans. A small number tried to force their way past police guards into the building and were repulsed.The protests occurred as lawmakers were set to approve another batch of reforms that will impose years more hardship on austerity-weary Greeks.The new belt-tightening measures that will be imposed beyond the end of Greece’s third bailout next year, including pension cuts and tax hikes. The left-led coalition government agreed to the cuts as part of a deal with the country’s international creditors to release funds from its bailout.Thousands of protesters were marching through central Athens toward parliament in a series of demonstrations as part of the strike.“No to the new looting of salaries and pensions,” civil servants union ADEDY said.Police unionists hung a giant banner off the side of Lycabettus Hill in the centre of Athens, with a slogan in German and Greek reading “how much is the life of a Greek policeman worth?”Public hospitals were functioning with emergency staff only, while public transport was disrupted, leaving many main roads gridlocked in the capital. Intercity trains were not running, and there was no subway service between Athens airport and the city. Courts were shut while lawyers and notaries public backed away from official duties, and customs and local government offices were closed.Air traffic controllers were holding a four-hour work stoppage in the middle of the day, leading to the rescheduling or cancellation of more than 150 flights. Ferries were also tied up in port until late Friday after seamen began a four-day strike Tuesday.Unless bailout funds are unlocked, Greece would once more struggle to meet a spike in debt repayments due this summer and face another brush with bankruptcy.In parliament, lawmakers were debating the measures that include additional pension cuts in 2019 and higher income tax from 2020, ahead of a Thursday midnight vote.On the streets of Athens, opinions on the strike diverged.“It doesn’t make a difference whether you strike or not. All the measures will pass anyway,” said Apostolos Seitanidis as he walked in the city centre.But another Athenian, Panagiotis Adamopoulos, disagreed.“Every strike is a holy thing,” he said. “If we dismiss it, surely we’ll end up getting 300-euro ($330) salaries and 200-euro pensions.”Unions and the opposition have compared the new measures to those of a fourth bailout, but without the corresponding funding from international creditors. The government, which came to power in 2015 promising to repeal previous austerity measures, has vehemently rejected the accusation, emphasizing that it will also take other measures to relieve poverty.Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras spoke Tuesday morning with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose country has been the single largest contributor to the Greek bailouts, and discussed the issue of Greece’s debt, his office said Wednesday.While the country’s finances have improved under the bailouts, the belt-tightening has led to spiraling poverty. Unemployment, while down from highs of above 27 per cent, hovers at around 23 per cent.___Follow Elena Becatoros at and Derek Gatopoulos at Clashes in Greece as thousands protest austerity read more

Dayton topranked Michigan lie ahead for Ohio State softball

OSU softball players during a game against Penn State on April 6 at Buckeye Field. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorThe Ohio State softball team has another busy week ahead, beginning with a game against Dayton set for Wednesday at 6 p.m. After the Flyers, the Buckeyes are scheduled for three games against No. 1 Michigan  from Friday to Sunday in what could be their toughest matchup of the season.The No. 24 Buckeyes (24-8-1, 9-1-1) have just under a month of regular-season play left before heading to the Big Ten tournament. Last weekend at Rutgers, OSU swept the Scarlet Knights in three games, continuing its five-game win streak.OSU coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly said she is eager to head into the second half of the season with a team that is building momentum.“What a fun week for us,” she said of last week’s sweeps of Rutgers and Penn State. “So we’re not really working on anything specific this week.”Scouting DaytonThe Flyers (17-14-1) have won seven of their last eight games, including a 2-1 series win at George Mason last weekend. The team is ranked second in the Atlantic 10 Conference, in which it claimed the No. 1 spot in 2015 with a 39-14 overall record.At the plate, Dayton is led by junior Gabrielle Snyder, who is hitting .412 with 10 extra-base hits. The Flyers’ highest individual RBI total is 11, shared by freshman Lisa Tassi and junior Katie Ryan. Nine Buckeyes best this figure, as they have 215 RBIs to their opponents’ 118. Dayton’s roster has combined for 79 RBIs this season, while OSU redshirt junior Alex Bayne has 43 alone.The Flyers are boasting the Atlantic 10’s reigning pitcher of the week in sophomore Manda Cash. The left-hander pitched two shutouts last week, including a career-high 13 strikeouts in seven innings on Saturday. While Cash’s ERA is 1.51, Snyder’s falls at an impressive 1.29 with a 6-1 record.OSU junior Shelby Hursh continues to lead OSU’s pitching staff with 105 strikeouts and a 12-3 record. Hursh pitched her second career no-hitter in the team’s first game against Penn State on April 6.“I’d still like to cut down on my walks,” Hursh said, noting her 72 walks. “It’s still a testament to my defense though when I walk a lot of hitters and they still can’t put up any runs.”Fellow junior Lena Springer made her mark with a shutout against Rutgers last weekend, which brought her career ERA to 2.73.“It has been a very interesting season with the pitching staff. Each has found their moment to shine, and we have relied on them in so many different situations,” Schoenly said. “I’m hoping for them to continue to shut down batters.”Monitoring MichiganHeading into its rivalry matchup against the Buckeyes, Michigan (29-4, 7-2) has claimed the No. 1 spot in both the USA Today and ESPN polls. Despite this title, the Wolverines, who have had 38 consecutive winning seasons, are ranked third in the Big Ten standings behind Minnesota and OSU.In the conference, Michigan, Schoenly’s alma mater, leads in team batting, pitching and fielding percentages as it ventures into a midweek matchup against Michigan State.The Wolverines’ offense is the crown jewel of the Big Ten, boasting the top three conference hitters: senior Sierra Romero, junior Sierra Lawrence and sophomore Tera Blanco.Romero, who has earned two Big Ten Player of the Week honors so far this season, is hitting .500 with 55 RBIs, 12 home runs and a .989 slugging percentage.The senior infielder, a member of the 2015 United States Women’s National Team, was named Big Ten Player of the Year in 2013 and 2014, along with being a first-team All-American the past two seasons. She also holds program records for all-time runs scored, home runs, RBIs, slugging percentage, batting average and grand slams. She owns single-season records in runs scored, home runs, RBIs and batting average, too. Michigan is outhitting its opponents .364 to .204, with six players hitting above .350. The team has collected 261 RBIs, while holding its opponents to only 84.In the circle, the Wolverines rely on two pitchers, junior Megan Betsa and redshirt senior Sara Driesenga. The right-handed duo has struck out 218 batters and only given up 69 earned runs in 45 appearances.Driesenga, a two-time first-team All-Big Ten selection who missed most of last season with an injury, currently holds a perfect 14-0 record on the mound. Blanco, on the other hand, has pitched 25.1 innings with 22 strikeouts in 2016 but spends most of her time at first base.Swinging for the fencesEleven Buckeyes have hit home runs so far this season, led by Bayne with 17. Schoenly said that her hitters are feeling good and expressed her confidence in their continued success at the plate, especially Bayne.OSU junior Alex Bayne (2) is welcomed by her teammates at home plate after hitting a homerun during a game against Penn State on April 6 at Buckeye Field. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo Editor“Bayne is within two home runs of the Ohio State home runs record, and there have been some unbelievable hitters in this program in the past,” Schoenly said. “I’m most proud of her for keeping a consistent approach at the plate.”Bayne was named Big Ten Player of the Week on Monday, making her the second OSU player after senior Erika Leonard to earn the honor this season. Over the last five games, she hit .579 with a slugging percentage of 1.368.Another player who Schoenly lauded was freshman Emily Clark, who has now taken on a full-time starting role at second base.“I think she really gained her confidence when she started playing every day. She definitely packs power in her swing,” Schoenly said.The second baseman hit .429 last week, and three of her four home runs on the year were recorded in the series against Rutgers. On the season, she has a .606 slugging percentage, which is third highest on the team behind Bayne and senior catcher Cammi Prantl.“(Clark) had those kind of numbers this fall and we had high expectations for her, so we are glad she’s more comfortable,” Schoenly said. “I think it comes down to her being aggressive at the plate.”Coming upAfter the Wolverines, OSU is scheduled to face another nonconference opponent when it heads to Ohio University for a doubleheader on Tuesday, with an expected first pitch at 4 p.m. After the Bobcats, the Buckeyes are set to continue their Big Ten schedule with a home series with Purdue from April 22 to 24.“This time of the year is a grind, and we’re feeling confident right now,” Schoenly said. “We want to ride that wave.” read more

The Jaguars Finally Rank First In Something Besides Ineptitude

MIA60OAK54OAK 27, MIA 24+12.4– Jacksonville (yes, Jacksonville) has the NFL’s best defenseThe Jaguars’ defensive ranks since 2012 PER GAME 72009Jets8.99-7Lost in conference championship PHI75PHI77DEN 23, PHI 51-1.0– 102011Ravens7.912-4Lost in conference championship NO79NO74TB 10, NO 30-4.2– 32006Ravens10.813-3Lost in divisional playoffs Jaguars defense could end up being the best in a decadeTop 10 defensive expected points added per game since 2006 42008Steelers10.212-4Won Super Bowl KC52KC59KC 17, DAL 28-10.1– NYG51LAR62LAR 51, NYG 17+9.5– 12008Ravens11.611-5Lost in conference championship Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 9Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 9 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game JAX62JAX65CIN 7, JAX 23+0.1– 22017*Jaguars11.05-3 SEA76SEA73WSH 17, SEA 14+1.8– 20142626222718 2017*131271 ARI66ARI62ARI 20, SF 10-5.7– 62008Eagles9.09-6Lost in conference championship *Through Week 9Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.RESULTREADERS’ NET PTS YEARPOINTSYARDSPASS YARDSRUSH YARDSEPA HOU72HOU73IND 20, HOU 14-4.5– Another half of the football season still remains, and Jacksonville has work to do to ensure a playoff berth. But their chances of making the postseason are partly predicated on the strength of their remaining schedule: Of their eight remaining games, the Jags have a higher Elo rating than seven of their opponents. But that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll finish with a 12-4 record — they do play four of those remaining games on the road, and they are still the Jaguars after all. (Sorry, we had to slip one more in.)FiveThirtyEight vs. The ReadersWeek 9 in the NFL saw plenty of teams fighting for their playoff spots — in some cases quite literally. Jacksonville’s Jalen Ramsey and Cincinnati’s A.J. Green’s double ejection sparked an all-out brawl. And things got heated in New Orleans when the Saints and Buccaneers got into it on the Tampa Bay sideline. In our NFL prediction game this week — in which we invite you to outsmart our Elo algorithm — the readers had a couple of double-digit wins, the largest of which came as the Lions beat the Packers on the road to net the readers a whopping 18.8 points. For some reason, Elo picked Jay Cutler and Miami and was punished for doing so in the Raiders’ 27-24 win over the Dolphins, which netted readers 12.4 points. Make sure you get your Week 10 predictions in early — see you next week. RANKYEARTEAMEPA/GAMERECORDPLAYOFFS OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION *Through Week 9Source: ESPN STATS & INFORMATION GROUP 20132827252927 52006Bears9.113-3Lost Super Bowl The Jags’ rapid ascent to the top of the league’s defensive rankings has been sudden, so you’d be forgiven for missing it. Of their eight games so far this year, they’ve held opposing teams to 7 points or fewer in four of them (most in the NFL), compared with zero all of last year. And they’re not just the best in 2017. Seth Walder of the ESPN Stats & Information Group neatly detailed before Week 9 that the Jags’ secondary is on pace to become the best pass defense since 2006 — yes, better than the Legion of Boom. From an overall view, of the 10 defenses with the highest expected points added per game since 2006, only Ray Lewis’s 2008 Baltimore Ravens rank ahead of Doug Marrone’s defense. 201625651913 We would like to use this moment to offer a formal apology to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Over the past few years, pointing out Jacksonville’s many hilarious inadequacies has been one of our favorite hobbies (like we did here, here and here). And on occasion, we’ve gone out of our way to insert jokes about the Jaguars into articles that weren’t even about them (such as here and here). In our defense, they did deserve it: Between 2011 and 2016, Jacksonville won just 22 games — the fewest in the NFL. But this season, no one is laughing about the Jaguars, who are 5-3 and tied for first place in the AFC South. For the first time since 2010, the Jags have an Elo rating of more than 1500, meaning that after seven years, they’re finally an above average team again.1An Elo rating of approximately 1500 is considered average.The last time Jacksonville was this good, the Apple iPad was just a few months old, “The Social Network” had just been released, and the Chicago Bears were playoff-bound. And the Jaguars aren’t just above average. With their 23-7 win over the Bengals in Week 9, the Jags now have an 83 percent chance of making the postseason for the first time since 2007, according to our NFL Elo predictions. While much-maligned (by us) quarterback Blake Bortles has shown marginal improvements this year, it’s been the defense that’s had the biggest influence on the Jaguars’ winning ways. (“Jaguars” and “winning ways” sounds so strange to say aloud.)In the past two drafts, almost two-thirds of Jacksonville’s picks have been on the defensive end, including Yannick Ngakoue, who has 6.5 sacks so far this season. In free agency this year, the Jags signed Calais Campbell to a four-year, $60 million deal, and Campbell currently leads the league in sacks with 11. The dividends this season of the team’s focus on defense have been tremendous: Through Week 9, the Jags rank No. 1 in the league in points per game allowed with just 14.6 and expected points added with 11 per game. GB66%DET54%DET 30, GB 17+18.8– 82012Bears8.410-6Missed playoffs 20122930223028 TEN56TEN55BAL 20, TEN 23-2.6– BUF59BUF64BUF 21, NYJ 34-8.4– ATL51ATL52ATL 17, CAR 20-2.7– 20153124291524 92013Seahawks8.013-3Won Super Bowl The scoring system is nonlinear, so readers’ average points don’t necessarily match the number of points that would be given to the average reader prediction. read more

Off The Ball to go to sevendayaweek schedule

first_imgJOE DUFFY MAY have been talking about a different version of Off The Ball when he said ‘they never go home, those boys’ but it applies more than ever at Newstalk’s award-winning sports programme.The station have today announced that the show will move to a seven-day schedule from Tuesday, meaning the weekend sports shows are to be shelved.The week night programme will continue to go out between 7 and 10pm while the weekend broadcast is pencilled in for 2pm until 6pm on Saturdays and between 1pm and 6pm each Sunday.Newstalk sports editor, Ger Gilroy, has added former GAA stars Colm Parkinson and Diarmuid Lyng along with one-time 98FM broadcaster Adrian Barry to the team since the exit of the five journalists behind the Second Captains podcast and TV show.“Extending Off the Ball to a seven-day show is a revolution in sports radio in Ireland,” says Gilroy. “We’re bringing together the best in live coverage with the best in analysis, all under one roof.“We’ve grown the team significantly and we now have big game experience and expertise on tap from Colm and Diarmuid, while we’re also able to call on the radio nous of Adrian. Adding them in to the panel of experts we call on each week – John Giles, Pat Nevin, Graham Taylor, Graham Hunter, Keith Wood, Eddie O’Sullivan, Liam Toland, Conor Deegan, Jamesie O’Connor, Dáithí Regan, and David Brady – means we’re the first stop for great sports radio.”Here’s the ‘unfinished business Cork v Clare’ promo to get you psyched for the replayItalian athlete caught with fake penis in dope testlast_img read more

Sitdown Sunday 7 deadly reads

first_imgPic: AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq3. Killing warMathieu Aikins tells us about the discovery of the bodies of 10 missing Afghan villagers, which were dug up outside a US Special Forces base last spring. US Special Forces had arrived in the area the year before, and were accused by locals of war crimes. But were these accusations true?(Rolling Stone– approx 41 minutes reading time, 8289 words)Last winter, tensions peaked and President Karzai ordered an investigation into the allegations. Then on February 16th, a student named Nasratullah was found under a bridge with his throat slit, two days, his family claimed, after he had been picked up by the Green Berets. Mass demonstrations erupted in Wardak, and Karzai demanded that the American Special Forces team leave, and by April, it did. That’s when the locals started finding bodies buried outside the American base in Nerkh, bodies they said belonged to the 10 missing men.3. Being Wes AndersonAlex Buono writes a wonderfully in-depth and somewhat nerdy piece about how he created an SNL parody video based on the director Wes Anderson’s work. Film buffs and Anderson fans will delight in all the little details that went into the short trailer.(Alex Buono– approx 40 minutes reading time, 8111 words)One thing was immediately clear: there is no way we were going to find a location that would look enough like Wes Anderson’s “World” – we would have to build sets. The script called for a living room, kitchen and bedroom, along with a handful of tableau sets for character introductions (such as “closet full of antique typewriters”) – all of which we could build on stage. Pic: AP Photo/Wally Santana5. Everybody poopsYasmin Nair writes about a subject that no one really wants to read about – but we are all connected with it. It’s poo (or sh*t, as she puts it – be warned that this word is used extensively within), and it’s time to face up to what happens once it leaves our bodies. Best not to eat while reading this one.(The Awl – approx 30 minutes reading time, 6092 words)Some describe, with a smugness that sometimes floats to the surface, the fact that the ritual of going to the toilet was once upon a time a communal experience, with people laughing and chatting away and catching up on gossip as they went about their business.6. The corpse discoveryEmily Bazelon writes about a woman’s shocking discovery about what happened to the bodies of political dissidents in Berlin during WWII, and how the study of anatomy has a murky and disturbing history in some quarters.(Slate – approx 40 minutes reading time, 8111 words)When informed consent is not the rule, the people whose bodies and tissues go to medicine have been overwhelmingly the poor and the marginalized. In an article in Clinical Anatomy published last year, bioethicist Gareth Jones and anatomist Maja Whitaker, both from New Zealand, called for an international standard of informed consent. “Anatomists should cease using unclaimed bodies,” they write.…AND ONE FROM THE ARCHIVES…File: Kelly Flaherty Clark, right, director of animal training at SeaWorld Orlando, works with killer whale Tilikum. Pic: AP Photo/Phelan M EbenhackIn 2010, Tim Zimmerman wrote about Tilikum, the killer whale who is the subject of the recent film Blackfish. The whale was housed in SeaWorld, and ended up being involved in a number of deaths – including the demise of his trainer. Zimmerman investigates what could have driven the whale to do this.(Outside – approx 42 minutes reading time, 8580 words)Eyewitness accounts and the sheriff’s investigative report make it clear that Brancheau fought hard. She was a strong swimmer, a dedicated workout enthusiast who ran marathons. But she weighed just 123 pounds and was no match for a 12,000-pound killer whale. She managed to break free and swim toward the surface, but Tilikum slammed into her. She tried again. This time he grabbed her.Interested in longreads during the week? Look out for Catch-Up Wednesday every Wednesday evening.More: The best reads from every previous Sitdown Sunday >The Sports Pages – the best sports writing collected every week by > IT’S A DAY of rest, and you may be in the mood for a quiet corner and a comfy chair. We’ve hand-picked the week’s best reads for you to savour.1. Battle for AmericaJill Lepore writes about the relationship America has with guns, taking in the Columbine High School shootings and their impact on the country, the huge number of privately-owned firearms, and why some want guns banned.(New Yorker – approx 40 minutes reading time, 8110 words)Inside, there’s a shop, a pistol range, a rifle range, a couple of classrooms, a locker room, and a place to clean your gun. The walls are painted police blue up to the wainscoting, and then white to the ceiling, which is painted black. It feels like a clubhouse, except, if you’ve never been to a gun shop before, that part feels not quite licit, like a porn shop.2. Crowdfunding a family journeySteven Krutz meets the Harteau family, who undertook a trip around the southernmost tip of South America with the help of crowdfunding. In looking at their story, he examines if it really is justified to get others to pay for your trip – or if crowdfunding is an ingenious way of making dreams come true, while giving back to supporters.(New York Times – approx 10 minutes reading time, 2139 words)“We loved the idea of bringing our home with us,” Mr. Harteau said. “We could live in our van and drive to South America, and it would be awesome.” If this was the 1960s and the Harteaus were traveling in a VW van, they might have raised gas money by selling handicrafts or hash oil. In the Internet era, they turned to social media, initiating a Kickstarter campaign.last_img read more

NeYo Gets Real On RB Essence Fest More

first_imgNews Ne-Yo Gets Real On R&B, Essence Fest & More ne-yo-gets-real-rb-essence-fest-more Email Twitter Facebook Ne-Yo Gets Real On R&B, Essence Fest & More “I need my music to feel like something again…”GRAMMYs Jul 7, 2018 – 12:48 pm It’s no secret that Ne-Yo is a maker, lover and champion of R&B music. So it comes as no surprised that the GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter and Recording Academy member would be spotted in New Orleans at this year’s Essence Festival—the venerable celebration of Black artists and music, which is now in its 24th year.  We caught up with R&B’s gentleman to chat about the festival’s impact, his love of Erykah Badu, his musical legacy, who’s on his musical radar, and why real singing still matters.There are so many music festivals these days, what makes Essence special for you?Essence Festival is special because [it celebrates] black women—one of our most precious commodities. This is about them, and anything celebrating them I’m always going to be for. I’ve been a champion for women pretty much my whole career, my whole life. My mama wouldn’t have it [any] other way, so I’m always here to celebrate female Black excellence.Anybody you’re really looking forward to seeing this year?Erykah Badu. [I have] been a huge fan of Erykah Badu since the beginning of her career. I love how she’s just unapologetically her. You know what I’m saying? She is who she is, whether it’s trendy, whether you get it or not, she’s like this is me, love it or leave it alone. You can’t do anything but respect people like that.R&B and rap are dominating the music charts these days, and both have become king amongst music consumers. Can you see that effect of those genres on the world of music and pop culture?  I mean I can definitely see it. You can definitely feel it. You can feel it in every aspect of music. Have you listened to country music lately? You can definitely [hear] the influence there. Pop music [too]. I’m happy that we are in the process of swinging things back towards R&B music, with artists like H.E.R., Daniel Caesar, Ella Mai, Jorja Smith, [and me]—I’ve got to include myself in there. I need music to feel like something again. I feel like we’re swinging back towards that. We’re swinging back towards real emotion in music. You know? Real voices. Real singing and that makes me really happy.What are you listening to right now? I’m a really, really heavy on H.E.R. I love what she does. She works with DJ Camper, who I work with a lot as well. He actually produced [my] song, “Good Man” [the latest single and the title track off his seventh studio album]. Daniel Caesar, and I listened to Jorja Smith’s album [Lost & Found] because I think it came out right around the same time mine did, so I wanted to see what the competition was sounding like. Not that there is any animosity or anything, I just wanted to [hear it]. Mind you, she’s amazing. And I love Drake’s new one [Scorpion]. Love what he’s sounding like.So, if you could set up your dream collaboration with any artist or band alive right now, who would it be? For me it would have to be Stevie Wonder. I have my five kings that have been my inspiration, pretty much, from the start of my love for music: Prince, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Sammy Davis Jr., [and] Marvin Gaye. Now, of the five I’ve named, only one is still living. That’s Stevie Wonder. So, I got to get in with Stevie.When your fans look back on you in 50 years from now what do you want them to remember about you as the artist Ne-Yo and your music?I want them to remember that Ne-Yo wrote from the heart. Ne-Yo spoke from the heart. Whether [or not] what he was saying or doing was the most popular thing at the time or not, it was always real. And that he was a good man that could write the hell out of a song.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more

Visiting Houston Medicare Chief Says Key PostHarvey Priority Is Safety Of Health

first_img Listen Al OrtizHouston resident Zachary Gay (left) speaks with Seema Verma (right), Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, as she toured a facility where he gets his dialysis treatment near the Texas Medical Center.Seema Verma, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), visited Houston Monday to assess health care access following Hurricane Harvey.Verma said her department’s priorities for the weeks and months of the post-Harvey recovery process include guaranteeing that facilities providing health care through Medicare and Medicaid are in good condition.“Over the long term, we’re really going to be focused on safety of the health care facilities,” Verma said. “We are going to be doing surveys and certifications, kind of working with the hospitals and the providers, to make sure that the facilities that our Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries are going to are safe.”Because the post-Harvey recovery will be lengthy, Verma highlighted that CMS is providing waivers to beneficiaries of both programs.In the case of Medicare recipients, the waivers give them more flexibility about the hospitals and clinics they can go to, while for Medicaid beneficiaries, they can, for example, increase the period of time they are eligible to be covered by the program.The federal government says there are four million Texans enrolled in Medicaid and 3.8 million enrolled in Medicare.Verma visited and toured a dialysis facility located near the Texas Medical Center and her schedule also included a visit to a nursing home. 00:00 /00:58 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Sharelast_img read more

Mexico said set to announce new capital airport opening in 2018

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica ranks 83rd in the world for doing business GlobalTies highlights role of public diplomacy at 2015 Latin America Dialogue Most Mexico policymakers warn against raising rates before US There’s a real estate boom in Cuba, but for now, only Cubans can buy MEXICO CITY — President Enrique Peña Nieto is poised to announce a new, larger airport for Mexico City that would open in 2018 to end persistent delays at Latin America’s busiest hub, people with direct knowledge of the plan said.The project may be unveiled next week, possibly as soon as Peña Nieto’s Sept. 2 state of the nation speech, said three people, who asked not to be identified because details aren’t public. They said it initially would have at least three runways, one more than the current Benito Juárez International.Peña Nieto’s commitment to the plan, with its promise of more passenger capacity, would cap months of deliberations on how to ease air-traffic congestion in the capital. The new airport probably will be the biggest public-works effort of his six-year term, with a previous government estimate of an investment of 120 billion pesos ($9.2 billion).The site is within a few kilometers of Benito Juárez International, east of Mexico City’s center, two people said. The land between Mexico City and the nearby city of Texcoco would have room for expansion, and the runways eventually may double to six, two people said.The 2018 target date would be Peña Nieto’s last year in office. Empresas ICA, Mexico’s largest construction company, and Grupo Carso, which is controlled by billionaire Carlos Slim, are standing by to vie for the work, according to the Mexican Construction Industry Chamber trade group.Rodolfo González, a spokesman for the Communications and Transportation Ministry, declined to comment about the government’s airport planning. Messages left for comment with Mexico City-based ICA and a spokesman for Slim weren’t immediately returned.The construction plan is being spurred by congestion at Benito Juárez International, which led Latin American airports in takeoffs and landings and handled a record 31.5 million passengers last year.After months of planning, Mexico abandoned an attempt to build a $3 billion airport near the location of the proposed new facility in 2002 when farmers seeking to protect their land staged machete-wielding demonstrations.The current project has languished until now as the 48- year-old Peña Nieto focused on opening up the oil and gas industry to more private investment, boosting competition among telecommunications companies and overhauling the nation’s education system.ICA and Grupo Carso are among nine Mexican companies set to present a joint bid to build the new airport, said Ángel Macias, executive vice president of the Mexican Construction Industry Chamber. The project would include three runways and two stages of construction, Macias said in a telephone interview.Cemex is among companies that have signed on to the memorandum of understanding as providers to the main bidders, Macias said. A spokesman for the Monterrey, Mexico-based cement maker didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.© 2014, Bloomberg News Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Care centre provides food parcels for 50 homesCare centre provides food parcels

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Sikhona Care Centre put smiles on faces for Mandela Day by generously donating 50 food parcels to 50 families in the Ezakheni area. The food distribution was held at the Sikhona offices in Ezakheni B-Section on Saturday.Funds were made available by the Department of Social Development to allow the centre to cater for the 50 families.The parcels consisted of food items and also household products.The delight on the faces of the recipients made the staff of Sikhona Care Centre feel proud of their efforts.Project manager LR Mazibuko encourages people to serve in their community in any way they can and to make every day a Mandela Day.last_img read more

Accident outside hospital

first_imgAn accident took place outside Ladysmith Provincial Hospital this morning.A light-blue Chevrolet was turning from Hospital Street into Malcolm Road and collided with an Audi A4.There were children in the Chevrolet and nurses in the Audi, but luckily no one was injured. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img

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