Neymar: ‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf’ deserves sympathy

first_imgThe story of ‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf’ rarely provokes any sympathy among its readers. If anything, his grisly end is usually deemed just punishment for such incessant deception. As a player long accused of feigning injury to win fouls, Neymar would be a most fitting protagonist for any footballing version of Aesop’s fable. Indeed, he lay prone on the pitch for a staggering 14 minutes of Brazil’s 2014 World Cup campaign yet remarkably emerged unscathed. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Thus, Wednesday’s news that he now faces 10 weeks on the sidelines with a foot injury is unlikely to result in every single football fan wishing Neymar a speedy recovery. Even some fellow footballers will struggle to summon up any empathy for the stricken Selecao skipper.He certainly won’t be receiving a ‘Get well soon’ card from Strasbourg’s Anthony Goncalves.He watched team-mate Moataz Zemzemi kick Neymar three times in quick succession in last week’s Coupe de France clash at Parc des Princes, a sustained assault that led to the 26-year-old leaving the pitch injured and struggling to hold back the tears.Nonetheless, Goncalves’ post-match response was devoid of even a shred of compassion, still coloured by the attacker’s perceived showboating.”Neymar’s a great player but we’re not there to have fun with him,” he declared. “We respond with our weapons and we have colours to defend.”We’re not here to joke around, so he must not come and cry afterwards.”Neymar Goncalves PSClearly, when it comes to Neymar, patience is running thin on the ground. And has been for some time.After a Champions League game against PSG in which Neymar was booked for diving, Celtic defender Mikael Lustig said of the winger’s theatrics: “It was the same as usual from Neymar. “He is an unbelievable footballer but we have seen the other stuff before and we will see it again.”I have said before that it’s part of his game. He tries to overreact a bit to make the defender step off. We will see it again and again.”If he wants to be liked as much as [Lionel] Messi, maybe he needs to stop that.”He didn’t, though, and he won’t. Not as long as he continues to feel referees aren’t doing enough to protect him from overly aggressive opponents. There is even mounting evidence to suggest that he believes he is little more than a moving target in Ligue 1.According to reports in Spain last week, Barcelona officials showed Frenkie de Jong messages from Neymar complaining about the treatment he was receiving in France, in a bid to persuade Ajax’s in-demand midfielder to move to Camp Nou rather than Parc des Princes.This latest injury is, therefore, only likely to strengthen the former Santos star’s resolve to leave Paris.He sensationally quit Barca in 2017 to escape Lionel Messi’s shadow, sold on the idea of winning the Champions League and, as a consequence, the Ballon d’Or.Neymar Lustig PSHowever, he now risks watching PSG crash out of the competition for the second consecutive season with the same injury (to the same foot) that ruled him out of last year’s last-16, second-leg loss to Real Madrid.That would make for a most painful and concerning case of déjà vu, and cast considerable doubt over his future in the French capital.As we well know by now, Neymar is an emotional and sensitive soul. As countless team-mates – past and present – have testified, he is, by nature, a happy-go-lucky character and, therefore, a predominantly positive presence in the dressing room and on the training field.However, he is, like many of us, prone to sudden mood changes when faced with obstacles or adversity.As Thiago Motta has previously mused, “Neymar needs to be happy to be on the field. “When all goes well, he smiles, dances, puts on music and the three hours that we spend together in training run at one go.”But sometimes I saw him arrive in the morning and I said to myself, ‘Oh, it’s going to be difficult today.'”This could be related to his personal life or to what he had eaten at breakfast!”Given his demeanour can be so easily influenced by trivial matters, it’s hardly surprising, then, that injuries have always hit Neymar hard. And understandably so. Few players better appreciate the precarious nature of a footballer’s career than Neymar. Neymar Thiago Motta PSHe was very nearly left paralysed by the knee in the back he received from Juan Camilo Zuniga at the 2014 World Cup.  That incident alone could explain his apparent aversion to tackles, or, in fairness, even the slightest of contact, which is often followed by the kind of exaggeration that even his compatriot Pele felt compelled to address last week.However, what is of greater concern than Neymar’s reaction to challenges, is his body’s. This will be the 11th time since arriving in Europe in 2013 that he has been out of action for 10 days or more. What’s more, at the time of writing, only Ismaila Sarr has suffered more fouls (91) across Europe’s ‘Big Five’ leagues this season than Neymar (88) – and even then, the Rennes winger has played six more games. Essentially, the hits keep coming and they are clearly taking their toll, giving rise to the very real fear that this impudent talent runs the risk of being kicked out of the game.That would be a tragic loss of talent, even accounting for the fact that diving is a plague, the most obvious on-field manifestation of the win-at-all-costs mentality that now pervades the game, and Neymar is viewed as its most high-profile exponent. He may well be football’s answer to ‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf’ but that doesn’t make his pain any less worthy of sympathy.last_img read more

Youth at the Centre of Development – Senator Reid

first_img Meanwhile, he assured the young people gathered that there is no need for fear or panic from the introduction of the National Identification System (NIDS). “We want to make sure that there is no more army of unattached youth,” the Minister said, while addressing Youth Conference 2017 on Monday (November 27) at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says young people are at the heart of the Government’s economic development programme.He noted that policies and programmes have been put in place to fully engage the youth and ensure that they have access to education and training, to take full advantage of opportunities in the country.“We want to make sure that there is no more army of unattached youth,” the Minister said, while addressing Youth Conference 2017 on Monday (November 27) at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston.He noted that Jamaica has the capacity, once the human potential is developed, to be one of the greatest countries in the world, “and that is the mission of the Administration”.Meanwhile, he assured the young people gathered that there is no need for fear or panic from the introduction of the National Identification System (NIDS).He explained that NIDS is intended to be a secure and reliable system to verify an individual’s identity and will have no negative impact.“This is an advanced system of identification, which is what is likely to be replicated across the world… . We have passed a law, which is an intent into how we want an ID system to work,” the Minister said.He noted that many of the concerns regarding implementation of the system have been addressed, and other matters will be dealt with as the regulations are developed.“All the interest groups, including students; all the church groups; and all the persons who have concerns, you will be allowed to make representation,” he noted.The forum was organised by the Jamaica Youth Advocacy Network (JYAN) and included presentations from several agencies and private groups that are working for the development of young people. Story Highlights Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says young people are at the heart of the Government’s economic development programme.last_img read more

COSCO Shipping Forecasts Return to Profit in H1

first_imgzoom Chinese shipping major COSCO Shipping Holdings, the container arm of China Cosco Shipping Group, expects to book a profit of CNY 1.85 billion (USD 272 million) for the first half of this year, the company said in a stock exchange filling citing preliminary forecast.This is a major rebound when compared to the last year’s loss of CNY 7.2 billion for the corresponding period.The recovery builds upon the positive results reported for the first quarter of this year when the company posted a net profit of CNY 270 million (USD 39.1 million) against a net loss of CNY 4.46 billion year-on-year.The shipping firm’s revenues for the first three months surged by 48 percent to CNY 20.1 billion from CNY 13.5 billion seen a year earlier, while its operating profit reached CNY 425 million, bouncing back from an operating loss of CNY 4 billion.COSCO attributed the shift to the recovery of the container shipping market, market stabilization along with the company’s reorganization activities aimed at cost cutting.As informed, the average freight rates for box shipping business have risen, accompanied by cargo volume increase of 34.72% year-on-year, and earnings have continued to rise since the fourth quarter of last year.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Nova Scotia Celebrates Womens History Month

first_imgEach year, Canada celebrates Women’s History Month in October andmarks Persons Day on Oct. 18, the day in 1929 when Canadian womenwere recognized as persons under the law. This year, Premier John Hamm and Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, Ministerresponsible for the Advisory Council on the Status of Women Act,signed a proclamation at Province House on Wednesday, Oct. 15, tohonour both Women’s History Month in Canada and Persons Day. “We celebrate the long line of Nova Scotian women who have foughtfor full equality, at home, in the workplace and in public life,”said Premier John Hamm. The theme of Women’s History Month this year is: What do YouMean, Women Couldn’t Vote? In Nova Scotia, women’s politicalinvolvement began with the fight for voting rights through the1890s and up to 1918, when most Nova Scotian women won theirright to vote and stand for election in federal and provincialelections. “We applaud all the women who have run for office, win or lose,and continue to encourage more women to pursue political office,”said Ms. Bolivar-Getson. The Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women iscommitted to advancing equality, dignity and fairness for allwomen and continues to promote women’s political participation. -30-last_img read more

Nikki Balch Sarah Conrad Latest Democracy 250 Youth Ambassadors

first_imgTwo more youth ambassadors have signed up to lend their talents and voices to the Democracy 250 initiative. Nikki Balch, Z103.5 morning host, and Sarah Conrad, Nova Scotia’s 2006 female athlete of the year, are taking the message about the importance of voting to young Canadians. “I signed up the moment I heard what Democracy 250 was trying to achieve,” said Ms. Balch. “When I found out that 75 per cent of young Canadians under 25 didn’t vote in the last federal election, I knew I wanted to do my part to turn things around.” Ms. Conrad has packed up her snowboard and taken the Democracy 250 message along for the ride to Whistler B.C., where she is competing in the one of the world’s largest snow boarding festivals. “This is a fantastic opportunity to reach tens of thousands of young people from all over the world,” said Ms. Conrad. “I’m amazed by the wonderful response Democracy 250 is receiving and really proud to be a Nova Scotian.” Ms. Balch and Ms.Conrad are the latest talented, young Nova Scotians to join in and make their mark. Other Democracy 250 youth ambassadors are: Jordan Croucher Dwight d’Eon Chad Denny Stephanie Hardy Brad Marchand Travis Price and DJ Shepherd (Pink Shirt Boys) “Democracy 250’s youth ambassadors are enthusiastic supporters who are helping spread the word about the value of democracy, the importance of voting, and how lucky we are to live in a free country,” said Democracy 250 co-chair Russell MacLellan. “Having youth talk to youth about the need for engaged, active citizens who participate in their communities and vote is a great way to celebrate democracy.” For more information on Democracy 250, visit www.Democracy250.ca .last_img read more

Ottawa imposes new measures on fishermen in effort to protect endangered whales

first_imgFREDERICTON – Ottawa is imposing strict new measures on the lobster fishery in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in an effort to protect North Atlantic right whales.A total of 18 North Atlantic right whales were killed in Canadian and U.S. waters last year — mainly due to vessel strikes and entanglement in fishing gear.There are only about 450 of the whales left, and many spend their summers feeding in the Gulf.Moira Brown, senior research scientist with the Canadian Whale Institute, said unless the numbers change, the North Atlantic right whale could become functionally extinct in less than 25 years.The new measures announced by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans on Tuesday include restrictions on the amount of rope used.“No rope attaching a lobster trap to a primary buoy shall remain floating on the surface of the water after the lobster trap has been set,” the new rules state.It will be mandatory to report any lost gear.“The new management measure will help quantify the amount of gear lost annually and identify the need to increase efforts to retrieve gear that has been lost, which would reduce the risks of whale entanglements.”Lobster fishermen are also required to report all whale sightings and document any interactions such as collisions or entanglements.When whales are spotted, an area around them will be temporarily closed to fishing.“Closures will be in force for a minimum period of 15 days and will be extended by 15 days from the last North Atlantic right whale sighting.”The department is also imposing a static closure in an area where 90 per cent of the whale observations occurred in 2017 to provide a large gear-free area for the whales.Similar measures had already been imposed on the Gulf-region crab fishery.On Monday, New Brunswick Liberal MP Karen Ludwig put forward a private member’s motion in the House of Commons, in an effort to have the Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans do a study on all endangered species of whales in Canada.last_img read more

Canadian facing child exploitation charges arrested near US border

first_imgHOULTON, Maine – U.S. border patrol officers have charged three Canadians with unlawful entry after they were seen walking in northern Maine, including one man facing child exploitation charges in Nova Scotia.According to court documents filed June 1 with the U.S. District Court in Bangor, Maine, the three were apprehended May 31 near Houlton, Maine, which is not far from the border crossing at Woodstock, N.B.The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency alleges that Jesse Christopher Leblanc, Chelsey Ann Fitch of Fredericton and Aaron Byron Cumberland of Nova Scotia crossed the border at a spot that is not designated as a port of entry.In an affidavit submitted to the court, border patrol agent Matthew McLellan said the three were seen carrying backpacks on the Canadian side of the border on a road parallel to the international boundary before they were spotted on a road in Maine that leads away from the border.The agent said a fingerprint check later determined Cumberland is facing charges in Nova Scotia, including luring a child and invitation to sexual touching, though he had been released on conditions.McLellan’s affidavit says those conditions include an order that he remain in Nova Scotia and refrain from possessing any electronic device that can access the internet. The affidavit says Cumberland had a cellphone and a laptop with him when he was arrested.McLellan said all three initially offered false identities, saying they had “no claimed countries of citizenship.”The agent said none of them was carrying proper identification.“They also initially claimed to not believe in or recognize international borders or boundaries but believe that travel between countries should be free and uninhibited.”last_img read more

How Moroccan Health System Killed My Father

Rabat – My recent experience with the tragic death of my father has enlightened me on the subject of the many Moroccan health issues that I had formerly only heard of, but with which I had no personal experience. These highly problematic issues range from ambulance delays to unsterilized emergency rooms (within even the most urban areas in Morocco), the lack of competent doctors to disorganized medical staff as well as emotionally inept security agents. Overall, the Moroccan health system is unwell and is in need of care just as urgent as my father before he died.When my father was at death’s door, we had to wait a very painful hour for an ambulance even though my house is a mere fifteen minutes by bike to the hospital. In East England an ambulance held up for fifteen minutes is considered late, but in Rabat waiting an hour is standard, particularly if there is no serious injury. This inefficiency may be to blame in terms of many patients; untimely death. To make matters worse, once my relatives and I arrived at Ibn Sina Hospital in Rabat, there was another two hour wait for my father’s basic medical examination and the necessary tests specific to his case, a brain scan and CAT scan. Why were my father’s critical three hours wasted while his brain hemorrhage diagnosis could have been announced in just twenty minutes according to specialists? When I asked the reason, a doctor in training, not even a certified doctor, replied “we have to wait for a doctor to show up, an available hospital bed, and an oxygen tank. Please take a seat and if you see an empty hospital bed inform us.”In addition to my father’s untimely death, a recent video of a pregnant woman delivering on the floor of a Moroccan hospital in Casablanca further unveils the inferiority of health care in Morocco. Despite many attempts from Mr. ELhoussaine Louardi, Minister of Health in Morocco, to reform the health system it still suffers from serious logistical problems.  Specifically, emergency rooms appear to be packed, and medical staff stockpile patients in hospital beds in the waiting room near outpatients.A Moroccan man of 55 years waiting outside the hospital for a sick relative said, “security agents treat us as if we are some kind of sheep that must be gathered outside with no respect or consideration for our feelings.” In fact, security agents in Ibn Sina Hospital push patients’ family members outside of the building instead of allowing them to sit in the waiting rooms. Psychologically speaking, the Moroccan Health Ministry must collaborate with the security companies to train agents to recognize the psychological crisis that patients’ family members endure in hospitals and handle it appropriately.Although the Moroccan government spends an estimated figure of $5 billion a year on health care, recent studies conducted by World Health Organization ranked Morocco  an embarrassing 103rd on healthy life expectancy while Tunisia ranked 59th. According to the New York Times, World Bank data published last year showed that Moroccan public health spending accounted for 6.5 percent of all public spending compared with 6.2 percent in Tunisia.  Breaking this down into annual spending per person, in Morocco it is $147, higher in Algeria at $186 and even higher in Tunisia at $246. Critics of health care systems explain that the lack of management skills represent a major obstacle for the improvement of the health care system.The bottom line is that health care itself is sick in Morocco. We do not have courageous and honest ministers who pledge to heal it or resign their posts because of embarrassingly poor performances during their office. It seems clear that those who are responsible for our safety in the Ministry of Health can be said to have blood on their hands.The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Morocco World News’ editorial policy© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

Importance of population censuses flagged as experts meet at UN symposium

“A census seeks to touch everybody in a country, one way or another,” Hermann Habermann, the Director of the Statistics Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, told a UN news conference. He pointed out that the four-day meeting of 55 population experts was organized in order to find ways of improving the census exercise to make sure everyone is counted.The aim of the meeting, known formally as the “Symposium on Global Review of 2000 Round of Population and Housing Censuses: Mid-Decade Assessment and Future Prospects,” is to examine the issues and problems that emerged during the current census round, which began in 1995 and was due to conclude in 2004. According to Mr. Habermann, the people represented at the Symposium are responsible for counting approximately three-fourths of the world’s population. Their work forms the basis for all other data collections and provides the chance, every five or 10 years, for a country to step back and take a look at itself. Examples of the challenges faced by census experts include nomadic groups who may need to be counted at local watering holes because they move seasonally, or homeless people and refugees who do not have permanent addresses or locations, or indigenous people who may need to be carefully informed about the purpose of the questions being asked in order to allay whatever suspicions they may have. The use of new technologies in census operations is one of the six main issues that the symposium is focusing on. Participants are discussing how countries should select the appropriate technology, taking into consideration the high costs of equipment, access to maintenance and the lack of necessary expertise. read more

UN agency to back project distributing sturdy lowcost laptops in poor countries

Aiming to give poor communities access to the benefits of information technology, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has announced plans to support an innovative project which aims to put cheap and energy-efficient laptop computers in the hands of the world’s most disadvantaged students.The innovative $100 laptop project, designed to give children in developing countries access to the knowledge and educational tools that could lift them out of poverty, will take a step closer to realization on Saturday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.There, UNDP Adminstrator Kemal Dervis and Nicholas Negroponte, Chairman of One Laptop per Child, (OLPC), the non-profit organization set up to oversee the $100 Laptop project, will sign an agreement on working together with local and international partners to deliver the new technology to targeted schools in the least developed countries. The $100 laptop is an inexpensive, robust computer, with open-source software, very low power consumption, and the capacity to be powered by hand cranking. It was unveiled at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Tunisia last November.On that occasion, Secretary-General Kofi Annan called the laptops an “impressive technical achievement” and said they were able to do almost everything that larger, more expensive computers could do, unlocking the “magic with each child, within each scientist, scholar or plain citizen-in-the-making.” read more

Mothers children lacking basic nutrition in North Korea UN food aid chief

“I see a country that is working hard to achieve food security and good nutrition,” said the Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), David Beasley, at the end of his four-day visit to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK).WFP aims to assist 650,000 women and children in DPRK every month, providing highly nutritious, fortified cereals and biscuits that can address crucial gaps in their diets.Funding shortfalls, however, have meant that rations have had to be reduced and even suspended in some cases.“I came to DPRK to listen, look and learn with an open mind. This visit has given me a first-hand opportunity to assess the needs and evaluate WFP’s operations on the ground,” he said. “There is a real need for continued humanitarian assistance, especially when it comes to meeting the nutritional needs of mothers and young children,” he added.Last month, UN Resident Coordinator in the north Asian country, Tapan Mishra, said that the UN and its partners are urgently requesting $111 million in humanitarian funding to assist millions of people in DPRK, including children whose growth has been stunted because they are not getting enough nutritious food to eat.The appeal was based on the Needs and Priorities Plan 2018, which said that amidst political tensions, an estimated 10.3 million people across DPRK continue to suffer from food insecurity and poor nutrition, as well as a lack of access to basic services.During his visit, Mr. Beasley spent two days in the capital, Pyongyang, meeting with senior government officials, and two days visiting WFP projects in different parts of the country.He travelled to Sinwon County in South Hwanghae Province where he visited a “food-for-assets” project in Komchon Ri village as well as a WFP-supported children’s nursery.He also travelled from Pyongyang to Sinuiju City in North Pyongan province, visiting a local factory where WFP produces fortified biscuits for its projects.WFP has had a long relationship with the country, stretching back 23 years.“Much progress has been made, but much work lies ahead,” the WFP chief said. read more

LG threatens to sue Samsung over foulmouthed insult

first_imgYou may not like the competition, but you should never outright insult them, as a Samsung executive is learning today, after ranting to journalists about the competition over at LG.Earlier this week, Kim Hyun-Suk, vice president of Samsung’s digital media business, ended up going off the rails a little bit and ended up describing LGs engineers as “really stupid sh*ts” when asked about LG’s claims that their latest 3D televisions were Full HD and flicker free compared to Samsung’s competing active-shutter 3D systems.AdChoices广告“I heard that LG Display’s Kwon Young-soo said its TVs are full HD, I think his engineers are really stupid sh*ts,” Hyun-Suk What a lame argument with no theoretical grounds. It’s just unreasonable.”Anyone shocked that LG took offense? I thought not, but what was surprising was just how much LG was offended by the jibe: they actually started talking about legal action.“There are business ethics and practices to follow even if we are competing with each other over technological standards,” a spokesperson said. “It is very disappointing and unacceptable if an executive at a respected global company humiliated its rival company’s employees at an official event hurling a curse.”Samsung has since apologized for the remark, and LG has accepted the apology:“We spoke about the letter with our engineers and decided to accept the apology because we believe Samsung Electronics and the executive in question have gone through self-reflection,” said LG in a statement.Well, also probably because there’s no legal case to be won. Even so, it’s nice to see this all healed with a handshake and a hug.Read more at Slashgearlast_img read more

Someones million euro Lotto ticket has just become a useless piece of

first_imgSomeone’s million euro Lotto ticket has just become a useless piece of paper The 90 days to claim the prize have now passed. Share89 Tweet Email THE UNLUCKY WINNER of the Christmas Millionaire Raffle draw has missed out on their €1 million prize as the deadline to claim the cash has passed.The National Lottery had warned that the player was in danger of missing out on the money and had even sent some of its reps to Cork, where the ticket was sold, to help re-jig the minds of those who played in the Rebel County.The Christmas Millionaire top prize-winning ticket was number 179740.The ticket was purchased at the Topaz Service Station on Lower Tivoli Road in Cork on 21 December 2016.Ticketholders had 90 days from the date of the draw to claim their prize in person at National Lottery Headquarters on Abbey Street in Dublin. But after the clock struck midnight on Saturday morning, the chance to claim the money was gone.Throughout the 30 year history of the National Lottery, players have often left it late to claim prizes with some coming forward on the last day. In August 2016, a family syndicate claimed their €381,863 EuroMillions Prize just one hour before the deadline following a media campaign.A spokesman for the National Lottery said: “As stipulated in National Lottery game rules, players have 90 days in which to claim their prize. Any prizes not claimed within 90 days become expired, and in accordance with the licence, are used to promote the National Lottery and so increase funds for good causes.”Read: Dental nurse called ‘a f***ing skankhole’ by Dublin Bus driver loses 75k damages claim >Read: Ten dead, around 50 injured in blast in St Petersburg underground system > 29,060 Views By Garreth MacNamee 20 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3322083 Image: Lottery.ie Apr 3rd 2017, 4:15 PM Image: Lottery.ie Short URL Monday 3 Apr 2017, 4:15 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Five women named Iris Awards recipients

first_imgFive local women will receive the 2019 Iris Awards honoring women of achievement in concert with International Women’s Day, Clark College announced Thursday. The awards ceremony will be March 7, the eve of International Women’s Day, at the college’s Gaiser Student Center.The program began in 1985 as the Southwest Washington Women of Achievement Awards and was reintroduced as the Iris Awards in 2012.• Ann Fischer founded Healthy Equitable Living Project, a pantry at First Presbyterian Church in Vancouver, in 2013 when the local health department asked the church if it could help schools with families experiencing food insecurity. Fischer solicited donations from grocery stores and assisted five families. The pantry has since grown and now serves between 50 and 60 families from 14 different schools.“Fischer hand-selects many of the products that the pantry offers, with a focus on high-quality, nutritious and organic foods. It is not unusual for Fischer to remember individual patrons’ specific dietary needs, from vegan to gluten-free,” according to a news release from Clark College.She also created a breakfast club where families are served hot breakfast while they wait to shop at the pantry.• Stacey Graham has been president of the Humane Society for Southwest Washington since 2013 when she was tasked with increasing the nonprofit agency’s profile and animal save rate, as well as making the organization more financially sustainable. Under her leadership, the local Humane Society launched a five-year, $6 million capital campaign. Last year, it was named the best nonprofit in Clark County.Previously, Graham worked in the Oregon Legislature and Oregon Governor’s Office, United Way of the Columbia-Willamette, and the former First Independent Bank.Her community service includes serving on the city council in her hometown of Stayton, Ore., being part of the giving circle Empower Women + Girls and serving on several nonprofit boards.last_img read more

JAMAICA Community access points being retrofitted with solar panels

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, November 8, 2017 – Montego Bay – Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, says Community Access Points (CAP) across the island are being retrofitted with solar panels in order to make them more energy-efficient.  He said the objective is to ensure that the overall operation of these sites “is as cost-effective as possible”.Dr. Wheatley informed that he had commissioned an audit of all the CAP sites, and “one of the things we immediately found out was that the electricity costs to maintain these centres were alarmingly high”.“That’s when I realised we had to find a cheaper way to bring those (expenses) down,” he said, noting that cost is one of the greatest obstacles to Internet access in most countries.Dr. Wheatley was addressing teachers and students at the opening of the Mayfield All-Age School Community Resource Centre in St. Elizabeth on November 1.   The project, which was undertaken by the Universal Access Fund (UAF) at a cost of $4,617,310, will serve as a CAP site. A $3,261,210 centre was also opened at the neighbouring Top Hill Primary on the day.   A total of 257 CAP sites have been established across the island by the UAF.The Minister said through the CAP project, communities no longer have to worry about information and communications technology (ICT) access and affordability.“We are breaking down the barriers. Many people in these communities cannot afford computers, and, as a result, may be digitally illiterate. With the establishment of these CAP sites, we are seeking to change that situation,” he noted.Dr. Wheatley said the Government believes that every single Jamaican is entitled to access the benefits of the Internet.   “That, essentially, is why we are here today.   We see universal access as one of the paths to growth, and it is for this Government a national priority,” he pointed out.“We want all Jamaicans – young, old and in-between – to be able to access the Internet, to use ICT to learn more, find easier ways to do things, and, most of all, to better their lives,” he added.Dr. Wheatley noted, further, that “when we establish a Community Access Point, it is not just about facilitating your ability to read your e-mail.   It is not just about being able to do research for your homework, check your Facebook page, or simply to browse the Internet.   When we establish a CAP site, it is also about using ICT to find a path to prosperity.   As Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook (pointed out) during a speech at the United Nations (UN) in 2015, Internet access is the key to ending extreme poverty”. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Kingsley Coman explains retirement comments

first_imgBayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman caused some concern among fans when he suggested that he would consider retirement if he required foot surgery againThe France international has suffered from two ligament tear injuries in his left ankle in the past year and suggested he would consider his future in football if he had to undergo more surgery.But now Coman insists his comments were merely misinterpreted.“That was misinterpreted,” Coman told Bild.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“I meant that I wouldn’t feel like having to go to rehabilitation again if I suffered the same injury once again in the same year – meaning in the next few weeks. I didn’t comment on anything further out in the future.”The 22-year-old made his return for Bayern this month after being sidelined since August after Bayern’s opening day win over Hoffenheim.Coman has made seven appearances for Bayern across all competitions this season.last_img read more

Manda Krishna Madiga fires salvo at Jagan

first_imgHyderabad: Madiga Reservation Porata Samithi (MRPS) founder-president Manda Krishna Madiga fired a salvo at Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy over the latter’s alleged controversial remarks on the long pending demand for categorisation of SCs (Scheduled Castes). Speaking to newsmen here, he questioned Jagan for taking U-turn on the SC categorisation. It was Jagan in the capacity of YSR Congress party president who wrote a letter to the President in 2010 and requested to accept the demand raised by the Madiga Reservation Porata Samithi. Also Read – Two Urban forest parks inaugurated in Hyderabad Advertise With Us Jagan’s father and former Chief Minister of erstwhile united Andhra Pradesh Y S Rajashekhara Reddy extended all out support to the samithi, he observed. The MRPS leader also alleged that Jagan is not permitting the MRPS to conduct padayatra in AP on SC categorisation demand. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu assured the MRPS of fulfilling the demand but no steps were taken towards this end. Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy also responded positively during the recent meeting with the Minister. Krishna madiga ruled out his joining BJP in the future. As part of seeking central support for SC categorisation, he is meeting BJP leaders, he clarified.last_img read more

With DramaFevers Demise Other Services Step Up to Cater to KDrama Fans

first_imgAmong general-entertainment SVOD services, Netflix’s lineup of Korean shows includes “Strong Girl Bong-soon,” “Something in the Rain,” “Boys Over Flowers” season 1, and exclusive series including “Mr. Sunshine” and “Black.” Hulu’s selection includes “Heirs,” “The Legend of the Blue Sea,” “Bride of the Water God,” “Descendants of the Sun,” “While You Were Sleeping,” “Oh My Venus” and “Just Between Lovers.” Amazon Prime Video had a distribution deal with DramaFever; those titles are listed as no longer available on Prime Video.Other streaming services with Korean programming include ODK Media’s OnDemandKorea, which offers ad-supported and subscription-based access to shows including “I’m a Mother, Too,” “My Only One,” “Ms Ma, Nemesis,” “Madam Cha Dal-Rae’s Love,” “Sunny Again Tomorrow,” “Two Lives One Heart,” “Love to the End,” and “Matrimonial Chaos.”In announcing the DramaFever closure, Warner Bros. Digital Networks cited “business reasons” and “the rapidly changing marketplace for K-drama content.” In other words, according to a source, the cost of licensing Korean programming had been increasing rapidly.Soon after announcing the DramaFever shutdown, Warner Bros. also deleted the service’s accounts on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. A notice posted on the DramaFever website on Oct. 16 said the company will “be issuing refunds as applicable, and subscribers will receive an email from us with details in the coming days.”Pictured above: “Suspicious Partner” on Rakuten’s Viki Viki offers an array of more than 1,100 K-dramas and Korean variety shows, including perennial favorite “Boys Over Flowers,” “Suspicious Partner,” “My Love From the Star,” “Descendants of the Sun,” “Strong Woman Do Bong Soon,” “Pinocchio,” “Fated to Love You,” “To the Beautiful You,” “The Great Doctor,” “The Legend of the Blue Sea,” “She Was Pretty,” “Oh My Venus” and “While You Were Sleeping.”Titles on Viki are available to watch free with ads; Viki’s ad-free, HD service costs $34.99 annually; Viki Pass Plus, which includes access to Kocowa’s programming, is $99.99 per year.Globally, Rakuten says Viki reaches more than 40 million fans through its platforms, which includes Soompi, an English-language news site for K-pop and Korean entertainment, and Viki, which uses a crowdsourced subtitling model with content that has been translated into more than 200 languages.Korea Content Platform’s Kocowa, which launched a year ago, is a joint venture of Korean broadcasters KBS, MBC and SBS. The Kocowa service streams popular Korean television programs on-demand in the U.S. delivered five hours after airing in Korea. To date, it has attracted 500,000 users, including for ad-supported VOD content.Kocowa’s lineup of Korean shows includes exclusive U.S. distribution of spy rom-com “My Secret, Terrius,” which previously was available on DramaFever. Other series include “Matrimonial Chase,” “My Healing Love,” “Where Stars Land,” “Should We Kiss First,” “Heart Surgeons” and “My Only One.”Kunhee Park, CEO of KCP, said he expected DramaFever to make some kind of change in its business given its aggressive spending on programming rights. But he said he expected Warner Bros. to try to sell DramaFever rather than kill it off. “They spent a lot money in the market, in the Korean production ecosystem, to acquire content,” Park said. KCP had approached DramaFever about bundling Kocowa with the service, “but they were not interested in a nonexclusive approach.”Ad-free access to Kocowa is available for 99 cents per day, $6.99 monthly or $69.99 per year, in addition to the bundle offered by Viki. Besides scripted shows, Kocowa also features popular Korean variety programs, including “Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth,” “Wok of Love,” “Star Show 360” and “Running Man.” The abrupt termination of the DramaFever service this week by Warner Bros. left U.S. aficionados of Korean dramas distraught and angry — and looking for alternative streaming services to meet their K-drama fix.Services like Viki, owned by Japan’s Rakuten, and Kocowa, a streaming service from the three biggest broadcasters in Korea, offer a range of Korean and other Asian television shows to consumers in the U.S. Among other services, Netflix and Hulu also have a variety of K-dramas.“As a company that values and understands the passionate K-drama community worldwide, we are saddened by the sudden news of DramaFever shutting down,” said Clara Kim, head of brand and communications for Rakuten Viki.Kim added, “K-drama holds a special place in all of our hearts and we stand committed behind our Soompi and Viki services to continue providing the best of Korean dramas, variety shows and other international entertainment to global fans.” Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Carter US airstrike kills senior AlQaida commander

first_img IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Friday that a U.S. airstrike recently killed a senior Al-Qaida operational commander in eastern Afghanistan.The airstrike killed Abu Khalil Al-Sudani on July 11, Carter said in a brief statement given to reporters traveling with him in Iraq.Carter called Al-Sudani a senior shura member and head of Al-Qaida suicide and explosive operations, and said he is directly linked to plots to attack the United States. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility He said Al-Sudani also directed operations against coalition, Afghan and Pakistani forces, and maintained a close association with Ayman Al-Zawahiri, the leader of Al-Qaida.Carter added that two other “violent extremists” were killed in the airstrike. He did not name the two others.The strike was in the Bermal district of Paktika province, which borders Pakistan.A U.S. military official in Kabul said that Al-Sudani had also been close to Osama bin Laden before his death, and had fought alongside bin Laden in the 10-year anti-Soviet war that followed the invasion of Afghanistan in 1979. The official spoke on the condition that he not be identified because he was not authorized to provide the information.“Al-Sudani was directly linked to external attack plotting against the United States and directed operations against the coalition, Afghan and Pakistani forces,” the official said.“The death of al-Sudani will further degrade Al-Qaeda command-and-control operations across the globe,” he said.___Associated Press Writer Lynne O’Donnell contributed to this story from Kabul, AfghanistanCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories Quick workouts for men Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academiescenter_img Comments   Share   How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Top Stories U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, center, stands with Col. Otto Liller, commander, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), second from right, as he observes Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service forces participate in a training exercise at the Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service Academy on the Baghdad Airport Complex in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, July 23, 2015. Carter is on a weeklong tour of the Middle East focused on reassuring allies about Iran and assessing progress in the coalition campaign against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, Pool)n How do cataracts affect your vision?last_img read more

Brits said to be fuming over halloumi shortage

first_imgBrits are suffering from a shortage of halloumi, UK tabloids are reporting.The Daily Mail and the Sun say farmers in Cyprus are struggling to meet increasing demand from the UK, halloumi’s biggest market outside the island.“Supermarkets are running out of halloumi almost as quickly as they put it on the shelves, with heartbroken shoppers telling of their frustration on social media,” the Daily Mail said.One wrote: “Are people panic buying it? I’ve been trying to get hold of some for two weeks.”According to the Sun, Twitter user Lauren, said: “This is going to sound silly but… Is there a shortage of halloumi? Are people panic buying it?“I’ve been trying to get hold of some for 2 weeks and none of the local shops have it in stock… All I want is a salty, cheesy fix!”It added, Rosie tweeted: “Been to two different shops now and NEITHER had any halloumi is this a joke?? Is there a national shortage????”The Daily Mail said Pittas Dairies was sending emergency supplies across Europe by road to stores that do not want to wait the normal four weeks for it to arrive by sea.“It costs more money to send it that way but Brits love their halloumi,” company director John Pittas told the newspaper.Leading scientists were also addressing the issue, the paper said.A team from the Roslin Institute at Edinburgh University, where Dolly the sheep was cloned, is helping Cypriot farmers to increase their milk production to boost halloumi yields. The institute’s Ricardo Pong-Wong said: ‘The team in Cyprus are doing a fantastic job and they are already seeing benefits.’The Sun said the halloumi crisis followed the excitement of Aldi’s halloumi fries – which flew off the shelves and left customers fuming.“Scores vented on Twitter as the frozen food keeps being displayed as ”sold out” in a string of stores across the UK,” said the paper.It added that one angry customer wrote: ”Sixth time the charm I thought.. Previously I’d been in the evening so understood them being sold out but how were they sold out at 10 in the morning?“@Aldi you’re going viral with a product then at least make sure you’re stocking it.”You May LikeWatch DistroTVWatch Flour Power on DistroTV. Learn delicious baking recipes.Watch DistroTVUndoCheap Flights | Sponsored LinksFlight Price From India to USA Might Surprise YouCheap Flights | Sponsored LinksUndoSkip and GiggleMan Finds Plane Hidden In Jungle, But When He Looks InsideSkip and GiggleUndo New York state decriminalizes pot, stops short of Cuomo’s legalisation callUndoFilms and food at RialtoUndoFilm review: Child’s Play ***Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more