When you did you become aware Fultz was injured?“I don’t know.”Did you know Fultz had a cortisone shot?“I don’t even remember.”The Sixers also don’t know if Fultz will stick with his new shooting motion or go back to the one he used at Washington once he’s medically cleared.“I can’t wait to play with him because I think me and him on the pick-and-roll are going to be unstoppable,” Embiid said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The 76ers traded the No. 3 overall pick and a future first-round pick to the Boston Celtics for the No. 1 pick with the intention of drafting Fultz. Team president Bryan Colangelo said there had been “no medical reason” not to play Fultz this season and the shoulder had no structural damage.“At some point, you’ve got to know your body can no longer go through certain things,” Embiid said.Colangelo and the Sixers were caught on their heels for the second time this season over the severity of their stars’ injuries. The Sixers said in January that Embiid was out with swelling and a bone bruise in his left knee until news broke it was actually a torn meniscus. It’s difficult to imagine the Sixers would have said Fultz was treated with a shot had it not been for the agent’s erroneous statement to ESPN.“I think we are unfairly scrutinized, sometimes,” Brown said. “I understand we have been put in funnysituations.”The Sixers have made a heavy investment the last few years in their medical department, building a new training complex that offers round-the-clock care. The team sent out a press release when it hired itsfirst-ever “Vice President of Athlete Care.”But no amount of sports science has kept Philadelphia’s cornerstones healthy.The fact that Fultz even played has gone against one of the core principles of “The Process,” which is patience. The Sixers did not hesitate to shut down Noel, Embiid and Simmons and never wavered in the decision not to play them, even at times when they were dunking and shooting 3s in warmups.Brown was stymied at times in a pregame scrum that featured nearly three dozen members of the media andfelt more like a “60 Minutes” interrogation than a loose Q&A.How could you tell the injury affected Fultz?“I don’t want to comment on that.” NBA: DeMarcus Cousins regrets being loyal to Sacramento Kings LATEST STORIES Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups As for the ugly shot, did Fultz change his mechanics because his shoulder hurt or does his shoulder hurt because he changed his mechanics? Even that isn’t really clear, though the latter seems more likely.“I don’t dismiss that it could have been a possibility,” Brown said.Fultz, though, now has a spot on the Injured 76ers Rookies list that boasts such recent prospects as Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. That trio of first-round picks all missed their rookie seasons (Embiid missed his first two) and Fultz for now is only scheduled to miss Wednesday’s game against the Houston Rockets and road games Saturday at Dallas and Monday at Houston.“I think that we all understand there were some things going on,” coach Brett Brown said. “I feel like it’s a time where we can take a deep breath and help move him forward in a cleaner way.”Fultz is shooting 33 percent, 50 percent from the free-throw line and has not attempted a 3-point shot all season, all as a reserve.“I watched hundreds and hundreds of his shots,” Brown said. “I get so excited because you see so clearly why he was the first player chosen. The kid is a baller. He can really play.”ADVERTISEMENT In this Oct. 9, 2017, photo, Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz during the first quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston. Fultz gets to start the next chapter of his career in a familiar spot. The No. 1 pick in the draft will make his NBA debut for the 76ers on Wednesday night, Oct. 18, at the Washington Wizards, about a half-hour from home. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)PHILADELPHIA — Markelle Fultz has a sore right shoulder and the 76ers benched him for three games.The injury and his absence — for now, at least — are about the only things certain for the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NBA draft.ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Fultz has made the wrong kind of headlines in his brief tenure for shooting mechanics that resemble something akin to a toddler learning to shoot a basketball. Take a quick scan of YouTube videos, and highlights of the 6-foot-4 guard out of Washington can be found under the titles “Markelle Fultz Gruesome Free Throws ,” ”This Is Why Markelle Fultz’s Free Throws Look Like Trash” and “Are the 76ers Cursed?”Cursed? Nah.Confused? Certainly.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingFultz, whose shooting form has been widely mocked all season, was finally shut down by the Sixers on Wednesday and he will be evaluated again next week.But no one in the organization can pinpoint when Fultz’s form went awry, though he’s had soreness since the summer. Fultz’s agent caused a brief panic this week when he said Fultz had fluid drained from his shoulder. The truth was, Fultz simply had a cortisone injection this month to treat the shoulder — a procedure the Sixers curiously did not reveal until the facts became confounding. 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BCCI, some members of the team management and national selectors are mighty miffed with Nitin Patel, Indian team’s physio, according to sources. Apparently, they are put out by the way Nitin handled Ishant’s injury case. Rumours are, that the committee is discussing if any necessary action needs to be taken against Ishant for trying to play, even with an injury.Ishant, who was in the squad for the recent Australian tour, did not play the third Test. When the selectors asked the physio on the day of World Cup team selection (Jan 6), Nitin Patel assured of Ishant’s recovery in time.However, Ishant did not play the fourth Test, as a result of prolonged injury. Despite that, he was picked for the ODI against Australia, but the team was washed out. He couldn’t bowl a single ball in the ODI, and before the next game, he continued to declare himself as injured. That’s when the cat was out of the bag, and as a result he was dropped from the India’s World Cup squad. Sources also confirmed, that the management was very unhappy with the manner the player’s injury woes were tried to be brushed under the carpet. This has put Nitin Patel under the scanner for handling the case of Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, who on the other hand is clearly not 100 per cent fit.
This is a post from a member of the Freelancers Union community. If you’re interested in sharing your expertise, your story, or some advice you think will help a fellow freelancer out, feel free to send your blog post to us here.If you are starting out as a freelancer, sooner or later you decide to start a blog. As a blogger, you take on many different roles. You’re a writer, marketer, and designer (unless you’re a rock star at outsourcing). With so many tasks to manage, are there ways to make it all easier?Most definitely.Check out these amazing (and free!) tools that bloggers can use to streamline their tasks.1. TrelloTrello is a productivity and organization tool that helps you manage your endless to-do list.Start by creating a “board” and assigning custom lists within each board. Then, add “cards” or tasks under each list to organize everything in an easy-to-digest manner.For each card, you can add comments, files, due dates, and more. You can even invite others to view your board, which makes collaborating on a multi-author blog super easy.Take Trello with you on the go with Android, Apple, Kindle, and Windows apps.2. CanvaIf you like the look of overlaid text on blog post images, don’t hassle with expensive or confusing software.Canva offers a free solution complete with templates, images, shapes, and more. If you want more personalized options, upload your own images and design custom text layouts.You’ll also be able to choose from predetermined sizes, such as those optimized for social sharing, or you can enter in your own dimensions.This service comes completely free, but you can choose premium features for $1 apiece.3. PixabayWhen you’re seeking a cheap image options, opt for photos free from Pixabay.There’s no charge to download them, and you don’t even have to attribute the photos. You’re also free to modify them as you wish.Create an account to save your favorites, and if you’d like to support the photographers, you can do so via PayPal donations.Join a community of freelancers sharing bright ideas (it’s free!)Become a Freelancers Union member4. Google AnalyticsIf you’re not already using this tool for your blog, now is the time to start. Google Analytics delivers reports about your website’s traffic and its sources.With its in-depth insights, you get more than just traffic numbers. You also get reports detailing how people are using your site, making this free tool key to discovering new ways to make your blog better.You can upgrade to Analytics Premium if you’re working at the enterprise level, but most bloggers will be satisfied with the free version.5. Google PageSpeed InsightsYou’re probably already using a ton of Google’s tools, like their Webmaster and keyword tools, but their PageSpeed Insights can be invaluable to bloggers as well.Page speed is reportedly used as a ranking factor by Google, but even if that doesn’t matter to you, it’s still a good idea to maintain a quick site to enhance the user experience.With this tool, all you have to do is enter your blog’s URL and you’ll get an instant report on the good and bad about your page with tips on how to improve.6. BuzzsumoBuzzsumo is a fantastic content research tool. When you’re trying to come up with blog post ideas, this site will show you what types of topics are trending based on a certain keyword.Use this as inspiration to expand on trending topics on your blog or to put a new spin on them.Further your research by analyzing content for specific domains and even taking a look at all trending topics on the web. Use this tool for free, or upgrade for more options.7. TweetDeckFor bloggers who are active on Twitter, TweetDeck can help you better manage your account. Use it to customize searches, get alerts, and even schedule your tweets. Tracking analytics are also available, allowing you to track hashtags, events, and topics.It’s organized in an easy-to-digest way where you can view your home page activity, notifications, and messages all from one screen, making the Twitter experience for your blog easier.8. QuicksproutQuicksprout.com is packed with excellent resources for bloggers. The first of which is their tool that delivers an SEO, speed, and social media report for your domain, complete with suggestions on how to improve your site.You’re also able to add competitor domain names to see how your site compares to theirs. Along with this tool, there are also numerous educational resources on the site.Start at the blog where you’ll find hundreds of articles on blogging and marketing topics, and then take a look at the free guides, like The Complete Guide to Building Your Blog Audience.9. FeedlyIf you’re not using this RSS reader in 2015, you should sign up now. As a blogger, you probably read a lot of other blogs. Not only is this practice great for keeping up-to-date on industry news, but it helps with networking, which can ultimately grow your audience.Feedly organizes all your favorite blogs in one place. With this tool, there’s no reason to go checking back for new content on each site as it all shows up in your account feed.Plus, you can download the Feedly mobile app to take the latest stories with you on the go.10. Hemingway AppHemingway App is an incredible tool for all writers, but it isn’t your average proofreading tool. While it will catch your spelling errors, Hemingway App also highlights sentences that are hard to read, makes suggestions for how to clear up your language, and lets you know when you’re using passive voice.Use this app to tweak your blog content so it’s easier to read. Your audience will thank you!11. Rescue TimeLike most bloggers, you probably get easily distracted when working on projects, but sometimes, you don’t really know how much you’re getting distracted. Rescue Time changes that.By installing this free browser plugin, you’ll start to learn which sites take up most of your time so you can adjust your habits and boost your blogging productivity.If you upgrade to the premium package, you’ll be able to set a schedule for blocking certain websites.12. Click to TweetAs a blogger, social shares are important to you. With Click to Tweet, you can boost your chances of readers sharing your content by making it easier for them.Develop your own custom Tweet, and then insert a Click to Tweet link into your content. Basic links are always free, but if you’re looking for more features and activity tracking, you can upgrade to a Pro plan for less than $5 per month.You can also use this as a WordPress plugin to easily create attractive Tweet links straight from your editing dashboard.13. Headline AnalyzerYou’re well aware that great headlines are important to your blogging strategy. With CoSchedule’s Headline Analyzer, you can instantly run a report on the quality of your headline.Reports cover word balance, character count, and keywords. Aim for a green check in these categories to create headlines that draw crowds and have impact.14. MailChimpWhile there are plenty of email list applications out there, MailChimp is perhaps the best one that will get you started for free.Under the free option, you can have up to 2,000 email subscribers. It’s easy to create eye-catching email newsletters, and it’s simple to integrate with WordPress.15. SumoMeA free account with SumoMe will get you started with all their apps that can help improve your site. For instance, take advantage of their heat map application that shows where people are clicking on your site, or check out their content analytics tool that tells you how much of your content people are reading. With these reports, you can better develop a blog suited to your audience’s browsing habits.Running a blog can be a time-consuming endeavor, but with these tools, you can save time all while productively managing your blogging tasks. Which mentioned tools are you already using, and which ones are you eager to try?I’m Mike. Graduated media student who is interested in blogging, social media, SEO and PPC. When I’m not online, I’m probably at woods making pictures since my personal hobby is photography. Check out my website here!
zoom Bulgarian shipping company Navibulgar Services has teamed up with Marichem-Marigases, a Greek manufacturer of chemicals and gases for the maritime industry.The two companies entered into a deal which will make Navibulgar part of Marichem Marigases’ global distribution network as of July 1st.Under the new partnership between the two companies, Varna-based Navibulgar will be supplying vessels at all ports in Bulgaria and Romania with a range of Marichem-Marigases products.Marichem Marigases has been manufacturing and providing globally high quality marine chemicals, coatings, gases and refrigerants, chemical equipment, welding machinery, accessories and equipment for the shipping and other industries for almost half a century.The network of Marichem Marigases encompasses 196 stock points, providing service in over 2,100 ports worldwide.
Le Bureau de gestion des urgences rappelle aux Néo-Écossais de prendre les mesures nécessaires en prévision des pluies abondantes et des inondations possibles qui pourraient toucher plusieurs régions aujourd’hui 1er octobre et demain. Les pluies abondantes sont causées par deux systèmes météorologiques, c’est-à-dire une dépression importante qui se déplace déjà au-dessus des Maritimes, ainsi que le système lié à l’ouragan Ophelia. La trajectoire la plus probable de l’ouragan sera bien au large des côtes, mais le système entraînera davantage de pluies abondantes dans la province. Environnement Canada a modifié ses prévisions de pluies abondantes pour inclure une plus grande partie de la Nouvelle-Écosse, de la région de Shelburne en direction nord-est au-delà de Truro, ainsi que dans les régions du sud-est de la Nouvelle-Écosse continentale et au Cap-Breton. Le BGU conseille aux gens qui habitent dans des régions vulnérables aux inondations d’être alertes et d’écouter les prévisions locales. Il est également possible que des routes soient emportées par les eaux, particulièrement où il y a des travaux de construction. Des renseignements détaillés sur la façon de se préparer en vue de pluies abondantes et de toute autre situation liée aux intempéries se trouvent sur le site Web du BGU au www.gov.ns.ca/emo (en anglais seulement). Des mises à jour et des prévisions météorologiques sont disponibles sur le site www.meteo.gc.ca/canada_f.html.
Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has approved a business development incentive in the form of an innovation rebate for McConnell Gordon Estates Limited, also known as Benjamin Bridge Vineyards. McConnell Gordon Estates Limited is investing in an expansion of its winery operations to increase capacity. The Gaspereau, Kings Co.-based company is proceeding with a $5,359,125 total capital investment to develop its winemaking facilities with new automated equipment and infrastructure. With the expanded facility, and automated equipment, they can accept and fulfil new, bigger orders. The company is eligible to earn a maximum innovation rebate of $1,317,375 upon completion of its project, based on eligible capital spending of $5,269,500. To be considered for an innovation rebate, a company’s total project costs must be between $2 million and $15 million. An approved rebate is up to 25 per cent against eligible project costs. Information on NSBI transactions can be found at http://www.novascotiabusiness.com/fundingdisclosures . -30- Quick facts: the Innovation Rebate Program was developed in consultation with Nova Scotia companies the Innovation Rebate Program provides financial incentives on projects that enable a company to increase innovation capacity through private-sector capital investments or adoption of new technologies and business processes the program provides up to a 25 per cent rebate based on eligible project costs, as defined in the Innovation Rebate Program Guidelines the total project cost must be between $2 million and $15 million. The maximum amount of eligible project costs to which the rebate will be applied is $15,000,000 the maximum rebate amount for an eligible project, including related parties, cannot exceed $3,750,000 over a 24-month period the innovation rebate works as a rebate against a company’s direct costs and is only paid out once the project is complete
OTTAWA — A diminished version of the United We Roll convoy left Ottawa Wednesday afternoon, words of support from one more Conservative MP trailing behind.“Listen, we stand together united as a country,” Lethbridge MP Rachael Harder told the crowd. “This is about developing an energy industry that keeps us alive and gives us a place on the world stage.”It was also about other things. Members of the convoy, which left Red Deer, Alta., on Feb. 14, expressed a wide variety of demands. Primary among them were scrapping the federal carbon tax and two bills that overhaul environmental assessments of energy projects and ban oil tankers from the northern coast of British Columbia.Another equally prominent complaint is that Canada signed a non-binding United Nations agreement on migration in December, supposedly surrendering its immigration policies to foreigners.Mark Friesen, a convoy organizer from Saskatoon, spoke for a second time Wednesday, attacking so-called “global governance” and saying policies down to the municipal level were the results of agreements with the United Nations to implement its sustainable development agenda.Friesen, like many of the convoy participants, is affiliated with the populist “yellow-vest” movement, which critics have accused of being racist and anti-immigrant. Other organizers said that yellow-vest members were welcome but the convoy was not a yellow-vest action.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, finance critic Pierre Poilievre, several other Tories, and People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier also addressed the demonstration Tuesday, all sticking to their support of oil and gas pipelines and the energy industry and staying away from talk about the United Nations, immigration and the idea that appeared on some protest placards that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should be arrested for treason.When the convoy left Alberta, it claimed more than 150 vehicles and about that many people gathered on Parliament’s lawn Tuesday. By Wednesday, an assortment of about 40 semis, pickups and cars occupied several blocks in front of Parliament and 50 or so people listened to the final speeches.Stephen Cook, The Canadian Press
UNICEF USA has appointed Somali-American supermodel and activist Halima Aden as the newest UNICEF Ambassador.The announcement follows Aden’s travels with UNICEF and UNHCR to Kakuma, the refugee camp in Kenya where she was born. Aden was formally introduced to UNICEF USA via their partnership with Endeavor (formerly WME|IMG).As a UNICEF Ambassador, Halima will use her voice to engage young people across the U.S. to support UNICEF’s mission to put children first. She will bring awareness to programs that save and protect children’s lives and use her platforms to advocate for children’s rights. As a refugee herself, she uniquely understands the needs, along with the hopes and dreams, of the 30 million children around the world who have been forcibly displaced by conflict.“Partnering with UNICEF has been a lifelong dream and is my proudest accomplishment to-date,” said UNICEF Ambassador Halima Aden. “I’ve seen the organization’s incredible, impactful work for children first-hand. When I was young, UNICEF gave me an education, empowering myself, my family and our community in the process. It’s an honor to have this platform with UNICEF USA and I look forward to advocating for children around the world, just as others advocated for me.”In September 2017, Aden traveled to Mexico with UNICEF NextGen to view UNICEF’s programs to support migrant and refugee children at the border of Guatemala and see ongoing recovery efforts from the 2017 earthquakes. In March 2018, Aden inspired students at UNICEF USA’s Annual Summit in Washington D.C. by speaking on the Women’s Empowerment and Leadership panel session.This June, she joined TedX, UNHCR and UNICEF for the first-ever TedX conference from a refugee camp. Aden shared her personal story to thousands of refugees and emphasized, “Although the children here [in Kakuma] may be refugees, first and foremost they are children. They deserve every opportunity to flourish, to hope, to dream, to be successful.”“To know Halima Aden is to know a fiercely passionate, intelligent and motivated young woman who pours her heart and soul into everything she does,” said Caryl M. Stern, President & CEO of UNICEF USA. “Her story is one of resilience and triumph and we are honored to officially welcome her to the UNICEF family where she will advocate on behalf of the world’s most vulnerable children.”“In Halima’s first meeting with us, she shared a long-standing dream of returning to Kakuma to help those who are experiencing what she once did. We believe that by connecting clients within the Endeavor network like Halima to partners such as UNICEF USA, we can bring often-neglected stories to new audiences in ways that drive real action. Halima becoming a UNICEF Ambassador is a full-circle moment, and we could not be more proud of the journey she has already begun to embark upon,” said Tascha Rudder, Executive Director of the Endeavor Foundation.As a UNICEF Ambassador, Aden joins a list celebrities who advocate for children’s rights on behalf of UNICEF including the late Audrey Hepburn, Selena Gomez, Pink, Alyssa Milano and Tea Leoni among others.Aden was born in Kakuma refugee camp and lived there until the age of seven. She and her family then relocated to the United States where she became the first woman to compete in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant in a hijab. Following the pageant, she attracted national media attention and became the first hijab-wearing model to be signed with IMG Models. She has since appeared on the covers of BRITISH VOGUE, ALLURE and TEEN VOGUE, among others.
4 January 2011The joint United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission in Sudan’s war-torn Darfur region (UNAMID) is maintaining “a robust presence on the ground” to ensure the safety of thousands of people displaced by recent clashes. In an update on the fighting that erupted last month between the Government and rebel movements, UNAMID said today that security in all affected areas in North and South Darfur was reported to be calm, with the resumption of public transportation to some locations. Aid continues to reach the thousands of displaced people, many of whom have sought shelter outside nearby UNAMID team sites, it added.The mission is also looking into reports of inter-tribal violence between the Misseriya and Rizeigat communities in West Darfur.UNAMID was set up to protect civilians and quell the violence in Darfur, where nearly seven years of fighting between the Government, its militia supporters and rebel groups seeking greater benefits for the vast region, has killed at least 300,000 people and driven 2.7 million others from their homes.The latest fighting erupted in December between Government troops and forces of the Sudan Liberation Army/Minni Minawi (SLA/MM).
BRUSSELS — A top European court has ruled that automaker Fiat will have to pay up to 30 million euros ($33 million) in back taxes to Luxembourg.The Luxembourg-based General Court ruled Tuesday that the EU’s anti-trust regulator, the European Commission, had acted correctly in 2015 when it ordered Fiat Chrysler Finance Europe to return the tax break.The commission says a Luxembourg tax ruling favoured Fiat companies in Europe and was incompatible with EU state aid rules. Luxembourg and Fiat challenged the decision.The court says the commission was “fully entitled to conclude that the tax ruling at issue conferred an advantage” to the group.The commission has been tightening loopholes in EU legislation that allow big multinational companies to conclude sweet tax deals with member countries.The Associated Press
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Jul 5, 2012 4:04 am MDT Moody’s lowers Barclays outlook following executive resignations in wake of scandal LONDON – Moody’s took a step Thursday toward downgrading the credit rating of Barclays in the wake of a trading scandal that’s seen three senior officials, including chief executive Bob Diamond, hand in their resignations.Though it maintained its ratings on the bank, the agency said it was lowering Barclays’ outlook from ‘stable’ to ‘negative’ in light of the resignations. That means that a downgrade of the actual rating is now more likely.Moody’s said the change reflected concerns that the resignations of Diamond, Chairman Marcus Agius and Chief Operating Officer Jerry del Missier, and the consequent uncertainty about the company’s direction could negatively impact on bondholders.The three men resigned in the wake of last week’s action by U.S. and British agencies to fine Barclays $435 million for making false submissions on borrowing costs, which along with data from other banks sets a key financial benchmark, the London interbank offered rate (LIBOR).“The bank could be challenged to replace the three senior staff and in particular find a new CEO who not only has a sufficient understanding of the investment banking business to run Barclays, but also has the credibility and ability to swiftly address the weaknesses that the LIBOR incident revealed and stakeholders’ perceptions of the investment bank,” Moody’s said.Moody’s said the resignations could lead to pressure on the bank “to shift its business model away from investment banking and reform perceived failures in its business culture.”In any case, the British government has said it intends to pass legislation to insulate retail banking from the riskier activities of investment banking, a structural change which Barclays has strongly opposed.Moody’s said its concerns were mitigated “by Barclays’ broad and strong management team, which provide the firm with stability and continuity” while it searches for a new chief executive and chairman.Chairman Agius continues to serve as executive chairman until his successor is chosen.The company’s shares were 0.3 per cent higher at 166.5 pence as trading opened in London.
Released today, the Irregular Maritime Movements in South-East Asia report, documents an alarming rise in the number of Rohingya and Bangladeshis being smuggled across the Bay of Bengal and towards Thailand’s border with Malaysia in the three-month period spanning January to March 2015.Estimates now place the number of those crossing one of the world’s most dangerous sea routes at 25,000. At a recent press briefing in Geneva, spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Adrian Edwards observed that the swelling number of migrants coincided with an increase in the profitability of smuggling in the region. “Smuggling networks by sea from the Bay of Bengal area to Thailand and onwards to Malaysia have become increasingly lucrative for smugglers,” Mr. Edwards explained, “and increasingly dangerous for their human cargoes.”In addition to the surge in crossings, the report also describes scenes of harrowing human experience as thousands of migrants are increasingly lured into life-threatening compromises by the smugglers themselves, signalling a stark shift in how smugglers recruit passengers. During the reporting period, in fact, UNHCR staff spoke with several hundred survivors of such journeys and documented numerous cases in which passengers are initially lured by low boarding costs or free passage on condition that they repay the debt with future earnings in their country of destination. On occasion, false promises of work and even small cash incentives are offered in order to sweeten the deal. The prospects of a hopeful crossing, however, end there, as what begins as a journey of human smuggling is quickly transformed into human trafficking. Those who change their minds about crossing the Bay of Bengal, for example, and ask to be let off the smugglers’ boats are frequently forced to remain. The UN agency has noted cases of children being abducted off the streets or while fishing and forced onto boats while, for the most part, people remain unaware that money will be extorted from them later in the journey. In some cases, smugglers have even resorted to holding passengers for ransom at sea. Once payment is made, people are taken by fishing or speed boats directly to Malaysia. According to a non-governmental organization’s (NGO) estimates cited by UNHCR, currently several thousand people could be held – and dozens could have already died – in these ‘offshore camps.’Against that backdrop, irregular migrants are also paying for the Bay of Bengal crossings with their lives. Based on survivor accounts, UNHCR estimates that 300 people died at sea in the first quarter of 2015 as a result of starvation, dehydration or abuse by boat crews. One survivor, the agency’s report says, compared his 62 day experience at sea to a graveyard and said he lost hope of reaching shore alive. The UN report comes just days after the grisly discovery of dozens of bodies in smugglers’ camps in Thailand which prompted UNHCR’s appeal for a regional effort to end human trafficking and protect those who escape difficult conditions from the hands of smugglers.
YOU’VE TRAINED FOR months and the big day is finally here. Hopefully you had a good sleep last night and you’re all set. However, whether it’s your first race or your 15th, it’s important to remember some key things as you face into today’s adventure.1. Don’t forget breakfastIt’s easy to skip breakfast at the best of times and even more so when you’ve got race day nerves. However, if you don’t have a simple, high-carb breakfast — think bagels, bananas or energy bars — you’re going to be in trouble as your glycogen levels will drop dramatically around the 20-mile mark.2. Protect your bodyYou just can’t have enough vaseline with you today. Vaseline your feet to stop blisters, vaseline your nipples to stop them bleeding, vaseline your eyebrows so the sweat doesn’t get into your eye. You don’t really want to have trained all this time to have your race ruined by bloody chafed nipples.3. Don’t overdressThe likelihood is it’ll be cold and wet by the time you reach the start line today but if you overdress you’ll sweat more and risk increasing your body temperature which can lead to dehydration. A gilet or something similar that protects against the rain but allows heat to escape gives you the best of both worlds.4. Don’t do anything newToday is not the day for new shoes, socks, watch or anything that’s going to be key to you getting around the course in the time you want. It’s difficult with the bunch start, but try go through the same routine you used before your long training runs and it should set you up nicely.5. Drink lots early, top up laterRunning long distances slows absorption of fluids from your stomach so it’s important to get as much water as you can early. This might mean a trip to the toilet during the race but there are plenty of them along the route so don’t worry. Water near the end will also help you through those tough final steps.6. Know the course For a larger map, click here.Whether it’s the hill at Chapelizod or the three torturous miles from Milltown Road to Foster’s avenue, the Dublin City Marathon is not without its challenges. However, those climbs are only scary if you don’t know they’re coming. By this stage, you should know the route inside out.7. Run an even paceIt doesn’t matter if you’re aiming for three hours or five, the key to hitting your goal is pacing. With nerves and excitement running high at the start line it’s incredibly easy to go off too fast only to pay for it later on. Remember, it’s much better to run slightly slower early on than it is to set off too fast.8. Make adjustments quicklyShoelace open? Tie it now. Need to use the toilet? Go now. Hungry? Eat now. While a stone in your runner or a craving for sugar might be minor nuisances on a short run, on a 26.2 mile effort you’ll find that the sooner you fix them, the better.9. Listen to your bodyThe sad truth is that not everybody who starts today’s marathon will finish it because of injury or illness. If you feel anything wrong, slow down. If it doesn’t improve, seek medical assistance. If you’ve looked at your map you’ll know exactly where all the first aid facilities are but don’t be afraid to ask for help at any stage, there are lots of volunteers along the route who can call for the assistance you need.10. Enjoy every stepThis might be the only time you ever run a marathon so enjoy it. If you’re running with other people, this is easy but, if you’re on your own find someone running your pace — there’ll always be one — and make them your best friend. Their support, along with the crowd’s, will get you to the finish line. You’ve trained for months for this, why not savour it.Open thread: What are your Dublin City Marathon memoriesPremier League wrap: Late, late shows from Chelsea and Spurs
If you’re still hunting for an iPad 2 and haven’t been able to find one at your local Apple Store or Best Buy, next month you’ll be in luck: the tablet will be stocked at Toys R’ Us stores. Toys R’ Us confirmed that they’re training employees on what the iPad really is, what accessories the retailer carries that are compatible with it, and where you’ll be able to find them in their stores. The iPad certainly wouldn’t be the first high-tech device to land in Toys R’ Use stores: the company made waves when it started stocking Nintendo Wii game consoles shortly after they were released and everyone else had run out. Even so, the iPad is popular with people of all ages, including teenagers and children as well as their parents. Apple, for its part, has been working hard to get the iPad in as many retailers as possible as well as in stock in its own stores: expanding the reach of iPad 2 sales to Toys R Us just opens the door to additional product sales in the future.
https://jrnl.ie/3853837 Share5 Tweet Email By Christina Finn Thursday 15 Feb 2018, 4:51 PM 11,773 Views Feb 15th 2018, 4:51 PM ‘Aisling’s curve is now 70%’: Minister says waiting four years for scoliosis surgery is too long Aisling Corcoran had steel rods removed from her back in 2014. A WOMAN WHO is in need of complex surgery on her spine due to scoliosis will have to wait a further three months for her operation, the Dáil has been told.Independents 4 Change TD Joan Collins raised the situation with Tánaiste Simon Coveney during Leaders’ Questions today, stating that Aisling Corcoran had rods inserted when she was a young child because she had scoliosis. However, in 2014, she had to have the rods removed as they were infected.She then went on the waiting list for surgery to get rods re-inserted. The 31-year-old was assessed and put on the surgery list as a priority, the Dáil was told, and eventually, she was given a date of 5 September 2017 for her operation.It later transpired that her surgery was cancelled by the surgeon “due to personal matters”.Collins said that while this was a “huge letdown” for the family, these things can happen. The surgery was rescheduled for a later date.Surgery delayed “Again, she underwent pre-operative assessment, X-rays and scans. It involved getting organised, getting her bags packed and anxiety. At the eleventh hour, the operation was, again, cancelled due to personal matters. This was a massive letdown mentally and physically for Aisling,” Collins told the Tánaiste.Collins said no professional contact has been made with Aisling or her family, and no new date has been set out.“In the meantime, Aisling’s curve is now 70%. There is a danger that her walk, structure and organs will be affected. Her life is on hold. She gets terrible spasms of pain and often ends up in accident and emergency departments or stays in bed for days. Aisling cannot plan her future,” she said, adding that Aisling, who travelled with her mother from Mayo this morning to be in the Dáil chamber, is seeking “an honest answer and expects an honest reply”.The Tánaiste said he had been in contact with the Health Minister Simon Harris’ office, who has in turn been in contact with the hospital involved.Coveney told the Dáil that he had received a letter from the hospital this morning confirming that the surgery will take place in three months time.He added that Aisling’s surgery is “too complex an operation” for it to be done abroad, adding that the procedure involves two consultant doctors because of its complexity.“One of those consultants is not available for personal reasons between now and when it can be done but we have a commitment in writing today that this procedure will take place in three months time so I hope that will give Aisling and her family some certainty,” said Coveney.Three-month wait Collins told the chamber that she received the letter this morning confirming the three-month wait, adding: 25 Comments Image: Shutterstock/ChooChin I do not think it is acceptable. This is an ‘arse-covering’ exercise as far as I can see… Are we saying that patients have to wait for consultants at the consultants’ call? … Are we saying that this consultant is the only consultant who can do this surgery? Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/ChooChin Short URL This is an emergency case. She is a priority. If it cannot be done here within a reasonable period of time, not three months because something else could happen in three months time, we should bring some expert over from London or Europe to carry out this surgery.The Tánaiste said he accepted that nobody should have to wait four years, but said the case is not one that can be covered under the National Treatment Purchase Fund (a government fund which pays for people to travel abroad for health treatments).“Would the Tánaiste accept waiting for four years? Would he accept his daughter walking around in severe pain for four years? It is not acceptable and the health service should be able to respond and service their patients,” she said.Coveney admitted that the operation should have been done before now. “We are trying to ensure that it is and the procedure can take place as quickly as possible,” he said.He highlighted that the paediatric scoliosis action plan launched last year is delivering results, stating that 321 surgeries took place in 2017, compared to 220 in 2016, representing a 46% increase in activity.The HSE has confirmed that it will maintain a four-month target into 2018 and beyond, he said. Coveney said he would meet Aisling and her family today to discuss her case.Read: ‘D. R. A. F. T – not the final draft’ – Taoiseach spells out his position in row with cross-party TDs>Read:Vacant Seanad seat should be filled by someone with a unionist background, says senator>
A section of the leaders and activists in the Oikya Front rally in Dhaka on Tuesday. Photo: Abdus SalamThe rally of Jatiya Oikya Front, led by Dr Kamal Hossain, began at Suhrawardy Udyan in the capital to drum up public support in favour of the alliance’s various demands and announce its plans over the next general election, reports UNB.The rally activities formally started around 1:30pm on Tuesday with recitation from the holy Quran.Dr Kamal will address the rally as the chief guest while JSD president ASM Abdur Rob as the main speaker with BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir in the chair.On Monday, the alliance got conditional permission from the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) to hold the public rally at Suhrawardy Udyan.As per the conditions, the rally must be concluded by 5:00pm.It is the third rally of the Oikya Front as the alliance held rallies in Sylhet and Chattogram on 24 and 27 October respectively.Thousands of leaders and activists of the BNP holding placards, banners and portraits of its founder Ziaur Rahman, chairperson Khaleda Zia and acting chairman Tarique Rahman started gathering at the rally venue since 11:00am.They were chanting various slogans demanding Khaleda’s release from jail. Huge law enforcers have been deployed around the rally venue to maintain law and order.On Monday night, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said they will announce action programmes from the rally to push for their various demands for holding the forthcoming election in a fair and credible manner.Fakhrul, however, said they will not announce any such programme which may hamper their scheduled talks with the prime minister on Wednesday morning.The rally is going to be held a day before the Oikya Front leaders’ second phase of small-group talks with prime minister Sheikh Hasina. The dialogue will be held at Ganobhaban at 11:00am on Wednesday.Oikya Front leaders said they will give some important messages for the nation from the rally ahead of the national election.The Oikya Front’s seven-point demand includes installation of a neutral interim government, dissolution of parliament, reconstitution the Election Commission, release of all the political prisoners, deployment of army and cancellation of the move to use Electronic Voting Machines (EVMS) for holding the next polls in fair and acceptable manner.On 13 October, BNP together with Dr Kama Hossain-led Jatiya Oikya Prokriya, JSD and Nagorik Oikya launched the Jatiy Oikya Front to press for their seven-point demand.
Rovio is not short of cash, but the company is dead set on milking the Angry Birds IP for everything it’s worth, and that includes merchandise surrounding the games. We’ve seen plush toys, smartphone covers, key rings, a board game, and even a recipe book.That last one, entitled Angry Birds: Bad Piggies’ Egg Recipes, got released in December last year as a hardcover book for $14.99. It was a mere 96 pages long, contained 41 recipes, and generally got good reviews.Typically, such a book would get released in a Kindle edition and for other digital book stores, but Rovio is taking a different approach in a bid to sell many more copies and make another small fortune from an Angry Birds product. What Rovio has done is take the $15 book and turn it into a $.99 interactive iPad recipe app called Bad Piggies Best Egg Recipes.The app version contains exactly the same recipes as the book, but is backed up by step-by-step guides across multiple screens, some Bad Piggies animating graphics and illustrations, an egg timer, and the ability to capture and share photos of the food you make on social networks.It’s a very clever move that bucks the trend of just releasing a digital version of a book and is sure to see many more sales than it would in book form on a Kindle or Nook. Rovio is also enticing you to purchase early as the price will increase to $4.99 at some point in the future.Read more at Rovio or purchase the Bad Piggies Best Egg Recipes app
You need not fly down to Brazil to absorb the excitement of the FIFA World Cup – giant screens at Delhi pubs and restaurants will capture it for you with awesome food and drinks to go with the thrills and spills of the game.Teams from 32 countries will compete for the one of most coveted crowns in world sport, football’s showpiece event, from 12 June- 13 July.Many popular pubs and restaurants in the city would be screening the matches live, offering some irresistible deals to tempt the football buffs. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘We will be showing the 9.30 pm matches live on our television sets and with some authentic Italian food. We have an offer for beer guzzlers – buy three and get two free’, Virender Singh Vohra, manager at Baci restaurant in Sunder Nagar market told IANS.Both the fans and the restaurateurs are disappointed that they cannot have more fun as the scheduling of the matches is in a time zone that doesn’t help public viewing here beyond midnight.The World Cup has five time slots in India – 9.30 pm(IST), 12.30 am, 1.30 am, 3.30 am and 6.30 am. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixMost pubs and restaurants in Delhi shut by midnight, latest by 1 am, so that leaves the restaurateurs with just one time slot where they can show matches live.‘Last time in South Africa the timings were perfect. We put up a projector screen and showed all the top matches live but this year unfortunately most matches are taking place in the wee hours of the day’, Trilok Singh, manager at Gulmohar Sports Club, said.As the world warms up to the extravaganza, we at Jaypee Greens Golf and Spa Resort promise to take your football frenzy to the next level. Offers abound at Eggspectation, our 24 hour restro café and Matrix, the contemporary lounge bar. Cheer for your favorite football team with your buddies as you catch the excitement live on the giant screens at Eggspectation with special themeddishes and unlimited beer.Priced at Rs.1299/- per person, the FIFA Fever offer kick starts from 12 June to 13 July. Matrix with elegant ambience and live screening paired with finest of spirits, wines and concoctions, is ready to offer an unparalleled experience. Relax and enjoy the champion blends by our expert bartenders and catch the global football fever live at Jaypee Greens Golf and Spa Resort.Where: Eggspectation and Matrix at Jaypee Greens Golf and Spa Resort.When: 12 June – 13 JulyTIMINGS: During live screening of the football world cup matches.PRICE PER PERSON:1299/-
September 9, 2015 Register Now » How do you visualize data? As tons of little atom-like pieces whizzing through the air? Or is it more like a huge spreadsheet that you’re constantly adding to and cross-referencing?Related: Why You Need to Embrace the Big Data Trend in HRMaybe you’d rather avoid visualizing data altogether, simply because it’s too difficult to imagine. But, putting your data chain into a clear, visual format could be the best thing you do for your startup this year. Because data and innovation are the yin and yang of entrepreneurship. In the tech-heavy startup scene, you’re going to need urgency, motivation and information behind your own innovation, to ensure that you keep moving forward effectively rather than just blindly experiment.According to research by MIT, companies that inject data and analytics deep into their operations see productivity and profit rates 5 percent to 6 percent higher than those of their competitors.A data-innovation map can give you a bird’s-eye view of your customers’ experience and show you how you can be more innovative with data — not to mention save time and drive revenue. Without a data-innovation map, you’re likely missing out on places in your strategy where you could more effectively use data and inadvertently give your competition a leg up.Here’s how to make a map tailored to your company and use it to drive innovation:1. Step into your customers’ shoes.The first step in creating a data-innovation map is to plot out each step of your customer journey. You should know it like the back of your hand. Uber’s customer journey, for example, starts when a potential customer requires transportation to a destination, and ends with the payment and feedback process at the end of the trip.2. Add your internal processes. So, you’ve got your customer journey mapped from start to finish. Now, you need to add in the processes you already have in place for assessing and fulfilling your customers’ needs. At which points in your journey are you interacting with them? Taking data from them? Or offering them support? If there are gaps in this thread of your map, you may be missing an opportunity to connect with your customers.3. Link the ‘three phases’ of data.When constructing your map, always keep data in mind. It helps to consider your data journey in three phases: consuming, producing and leveraging. Go through your map, look at where your customer journey and internal processes align and fill in your data activity at each point. Are you consuming data from an external source such as a government database? Are you producing data by gathering it from your customer profile?Related: By the Numbers: Facebook Likes, Tinder Swipes, Uber Rides and More (Infographic)The third phase is the most important one. Are you leveraging the data you’ve collected? If there are obvious gaps in this phase, you’re probably missing innovation opportunities, and your customers’ experience may be lacking without your realizing it. Once you’ve imposed these three data phases onto your map, you should end up with a clear picture of the unique data landscape of your company.4. Hold yourself accountable.The purpose of a data-innovation map is to illuminate points in your process that could be better linked to data and make you accountable for data-driven innovation in your company. These points represent opportunities. So, zoom into them with your team. Explore the solutions that could fill the gap.When you visualize data, you don’t have to think about whizzing atoms or giant computers at all. Instead, you can look at your data-innovation map and clearly view your company’s data journey. Then, if people ask you what data looks like in your startup, you won’t have to start with “storytelling.” You can just show them.Related: 7 Startups That Are Owning the Data Game Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 4 min read
Tech industry leaders including Alphabet Inc.’s Google, Facebook Inc., Microsoft Corp., AT&T and more than two dozen other Internet and technology companies filed legal briefs on Thursday asking a judge to support Apple Inc. in its encryption battle with the U.S. government.The rare display of unity and support from Apple’s sometime-rivals showed the breadth of Silicon Valley’s opposition to the government’s anti-encryption effort, a position endorsed by the United Nations human rights chief.Apple’s battle became public last month when the Federal Bureau of Investigation obtained a court order requiring the company to write new software to disable passcode protection and allow access to an iPhone used by one of the shooters in the December killings in San Bernardino, Calif.Apple pushed back, arguing that such a move would set a dangerous precedent and threaten customer security, and asked that the order be vacated. The clash has intensified a long-running debate over how much law enforcement and intelligence officials should be able to monitor digital communications.Apple’s industry allies, along with several privacy advocates, filed amicus briefs — a form of comment from outside groups common in complex cases — t o U.S. District Judge Sheri Pym, in Riverside, Calif., who had set a Thursday deadline.Six relatives of San Bernardino attack victims on Thursday weighed in with their own amicus brief opposing Apple. Three California law enforcement groups, three federal law enforcement groups and the San Bernardino district attorney also filed in favor of the government.The companies backing Apple largely echo the iPhone maker’s main argument, that the 1789 All Writs Act at the heart of the government’s case cannot be used to force companies to create new technology.One amicus filing, from a group of 17 Internet companies including Twitter Inc. and LinkedIn Corp., asserted that Congress has already passed laws that establish what companies could be obliged to do for the government, and that the court case amounted to an “end run” around those laws.Apple, and some of the other briefs, did not go quite that far, but also asserted that Congress, not the courts, needed to address the issue. Congress has struggled without success for years to address law-enforcement concerns about encryption.The victims’ families argued that Apple’s arguments were misplaced because the government had a valid warrant, and “one does not enjoy the privacy to commit a crime.” The families also asserted that Apple “routinely modifies its systems” to comply with Chinese government directives.Apple has also advanced a free speech argument, on the grounds that computer code is a form of expression and cannot be coerced. The families pushed back against that defense: “This is the electronic equivalent of unlocking a door — no expression is involved at all,” they said.The San Bernardino District Attorney’s summary argument, contained in its application to file an amicus brief, alleges the iPhone might have been “used as a weapon to introduce a lying dormant cyber pathogen that endangers San Bernardino County’s infrastructure.” The court document contained no evidence to support the claim.Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, urged U.S. authorities to proceed with “great caution,” warning: “A successful case against Apple in the U.S. will set a precedent that may make it impossible for Apple or any other major international IT company to safeguard their clients’ privacy anywhere in the world.””It is potentially a gift to authoritarian regimes, as well as to criminal hackers,” he said in a statement.Two big coalitionsThe tech and Internet industries largely coalesced around two filings. One includes market leaders Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon.com and Cisco Systems, along with smaller, younger companies such as Mozilla, Snapchat, Slack and Dropbox.That group noted that Congress passed the All Writs Act more than 200 years ago, and said the Justice Department’s effort to use the law to force engineers to disable security protections relies on a “boundless” interpretation of the law that is not supported by any precedent.The brief also advanced constitutional arguments, saying the order violated free speech, the separation of power and due process.The second industry coalition, which includes Twitter, eBay Inc. and LinkedIn, contended in its filing that the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) of 1994, along with other statutes, has already made it clear what the companies could or could not be forced to do.CALEA requires telephone companies to allow interception of communications, but notably excludes “information service” companies from such mandates. Apple said it was rightly considered an information company in this context.AT&T’s filing, by contrast, called for a “new legislation solution” that “applies equally to all holders of personal information,” an apparent reference to the exemption for information providers in CALEA.Semiconductor maker Intel Corp. filed a brief of its own in support of Apple.”We believe that tech companies need to have the ability to build and design their products as needed, and that means that we can’t have the government mandating how we build and design our products,” Chris Young, senior vice president and general manager for the company’s Intel Security Group, said in an interview.The Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Society filed a separate brief on Thursday on behalf of a group of well-known experts on iPhone security and encryption, including Charlie Miller, Dino Dai Zovi, Bruce Schneier and Jonathan Zdziarski.Privacy advocacy groups the American Civil Liberties Union, Access Now and the Wickr Foundation filed briefs on Wednesday in support of Apple.Salihin Kondoker, whose wife, Anies Kondoker, was injured in the San Bernardino attack, also wrote on Apple’s behalf, saying he shared the company’s fear that the software the government wants Apple to create to unlock the phone could be used to break into millions of other phones.Law enforcement officials have said that Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, were inspired by Islamist militants when they shot and killed 14 people and wounded 22 others on Dec. 2 at a holiday party in San Bernardino. Farook and Malik were later killed in a shootout with police, and the FBI said it wants to read the data on Farook’s work phone to investigate any links with militant groups.Earlier this week, a federal judge in Brooklyn ruled that the government had overstepped its authority by seeking similar assistance from Apple in a drug case.(Reporting by Jim Finkle in Boston and Dustin Volz in San Francisco; Additional reporting by Dan Levine, Heather Somerville, Sarah McBride, Julia Love in San Francisco and Stephanie Nebehay in Geneva; Editing by Jonathan Weber, Grant McCool, Bill Rigby, Richard Chang and Leslie Adler) 6 min read This story originally appeared on Reuters Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. March 4, 2016 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now »