Steinbrenner Says A-Rod Asset

first_imgNEW YORK — Now that Alex Rodriguez is back on the field and producing, the New York Yankees have put all the acrimony behind.Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner is pleased with A-Rod’s performance in his return from a season-long drug suspension.The 39-year-old, shifted to primarily designated hitter, began May 20 with a .248 batting average, and his 10 homers and 22 RBIs were both second on the team behind Mark Teixeira.Speaking before a Major League Baseball executive council meeting on May 20, Steinbrenner said “He’s been a great asset. And he’s been playing well, and he’s been producing.”Steinbrenner did not discuss details of the dispute between Rodriguez and the team over a $6 million marketing bonus. General Manager Brian Cashman has said the Yankees feel they don’t owe the payment to A-Rod, a stance that could trigger a grievance.“If there’s any contractual obligations on our end, we’re going to meet them,” Steinbrenner said.(RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

LLull and Doncic led Madrid to the win over Olympiacos

first_imgThe new era of Euroleague started with Real Madrid beating Olympiacos 83-65 and demonstrating that this season in which every team will play against each other, things can get really hard for anyone from day one.Sergio Llull with 22 points was the leader of Whites and 17 years old Luka Doncic added 11 points and 5 rebounds for the Spanish champs who got a big win at the premier of the season, even if after the first 20 minutes of action nothings seemed easy.Despite an electric start by Llull who scored 15 points in the first quarter and gave to Real Madrid a 24-17 lead, at half time the hosts had just a two points game advantage (42-40) with Vasilis Spanoulis beating the buzzer with a lay up.However things changed in the second half. Olympiacos just couldn’t buy a bucket and Real Madrid ended the third period with a 62-53 advantage after a techical foul that Dimitris Agravanis received in the last minute. The Greeks picked up their defense, but still they just couldn’t score. With three minutes left Real Madrid was leading by 12 (75-63).The hosts kept Olympiacos to a total of 25 points in the second half and the only prize left to the Reds was to trim the final points difference. They couldn’t do even that.Matt Lojeski scored 14 points for Olympiacos, Spanoulis had 12 points, 5 assists and also 5 turnovers, as the defense of Madrid was focused on him like usual. Giorgos Printezis with 11 points was the only other player of the Reds who was a threat to the hosts’ defense.On the contrary Jayce Carroll (10 p.) and Gustavo Ayon (9 p.) gave the extra boost to Real Madrid when that was needed.Source: Eurohoops.netTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Clay Helton Getting Crushed For USC’s Opening Kick Mistake

first_imgClay Helton holding a football.LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 01: Head Coach Clay Helton of USC Trojans before the game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Los Angeles Coliseum on October 1, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)USC’s football program didn’t get off to a very good start in Game 1 of the 2019 college football regular season.The Trojans got the ball first against Fresno State and had a huge kickoff return, only for it to be called back.The reason: Two of USC’s players were wearing the same number.College football teams often have players on the roster with the same number, though rules state that they can’t be on the field at the same time.USC had, oh, about eight full months to prepare for this kickoff.The Clay Helton hot seat season starts with two No. 7’s on the kickoff return team, killing a 61 yard return.— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) September 1, 2019It’s certainly not what you wanted to see from a team with a head coach very clearly on the hot seat in 2019.Great start to the USC season: 61 yard kick return wiped away because Clay Helton sent out two guys wearing number 7 on the kickoff— Jack McGuire (@JackMacCFB) September 1, 2019USC ended up getting past this mistake, at least, as the Trojans went down and scored a touchdown anyway.Helton’s team is up, 7-0, early in the first quarter. The game is on ESPN.last_img read more

Erin Andrews Reacts To This Morning’s College GameDay Sign

first_img Andrews found the sign quite amusing, responding on Twitter with a simple “Haha.”Check it out:Haha 🏈❤️🏈❤️— Erin Andrews (@ErinAndrews) September 7, 2019Andrews spent time as a co-host on College GameDay and sideline reporter for ESPN. She then moved over to FOX Sports to become a full-time reporter for the company’s NFL coverage.There are nearly two hours left on the show, which means it’s possible that another sign on GameDay receives significant attention from its national audience.College GameDay is being aired on ESPN until noon ET, as Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso and Desmond Howard give their analysis on all the top games on the schedule in Week 2. erin andrews works the sideline during a gameDENVER, CO – SEPTEMBER 17: Fox sideline reporter Erin Andrews works on the sideline during a game between the Denver Broncos and the Dallas Cowboys at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 17, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)ESPN’s College GameDay is electric on this Saturday as its crew previews the Texas-LSU game that will take place. As usual, there are a handful of great signs in the crowd.We already saw an interesting sign go viral that said “We want Maryland.” This is because Texas has lost to Maryland in back-to-back meetings.It appears there’s another sign at College GameDay that has caught the eye of a famous media personality.Toward the second hour of the show, a sign that reads “Bring Back Erin Andrews” was caught on camera. Clearly, the former ESPN reporter was paying attention.last_img read more

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Honours Long-Serving Employees

first_imgStory Highlights Eight employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade have been honoured for service ranging from 30 to 38 years. Eight employees of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade have been honoured for service ranging from 30 to 38 years.Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, handed out certificates of appreciation during a ceremony held on Wednesday (September 6) at the Ministry’s headquarters at 21 Dominica Drive, New Kingston.Those recognised are Undersecretary, Multilateral Affairs Division, Ambassador Sheila Sealy Monteith; Senior Secretary, Prudence Hamil; Undersecretary, Diaspora, Protocol and Consular Affairs Division, Ambassador Sharon Saunders; Undersecretary, Foreign Trade Division, Marcia Thomas; Director, Caribbean and Americas Department, Angella Comfort; Librarian, Andrea Noble; Assistant Director, Protocol Department, Sharon Burrell Green, and Protocol Officer, Cecile Christie.The appreciation ceremony formed part of the Ministry’s 55th anniversary celebrations, which got under way on September 4 with the launch of a two-week-long exhibition and two commemorative publications.The Prime Minister joined Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith and the honourees in cutting a cake to celebrate 55 years of the Ministry’s existence.In his remarks, the Prime Minister commended the Ministry for more than five decades of service to Jamaica.“The Ministry continues to maintain very high standards and I would consider it one of the flagship ministries. The pool of talent that exists here certainly does do Jamaica justice and represents us well on the international stage,” he noted.“Minister, you have my compliments and public commendation,” he added.The afternoon’s proceedings included musical interludes from the Ministry chorale and video-recorded anniversary messages from the overseas missions.Earlier, the Prime Minister toured the exhibition, which highlighted the entity’s achievements since 1962.It features publications, photographs, and videos showcasing Jamaica’s diplomatic relations with the international community over 55 years.Visitors will be able to tour the various departments and learn about their work, the role of the overseas missions, and about the bilateral partners.In the visitor’s book the Prime Minister hailed the display as an “enlightening presentation of the history and functions of the MFAT”.center_img Those recognised are Undersecretary, Multilateral Affairs Division, Ambassador Sheila Sealy Monteith; Senior Secretary, Prudence Hamil; Undersecretary, Diaspora, Protocol and Consular Affairs Division, Ambassador Sharon Saunders; Undersecretary, Foreign Trade Division, Marcia Thomas; Director, Caribbean and Americas Department, Angella Comfort; Librarian, Andrea Noble; Assistant Director, Protocol Department, Sharon Burrell Green, and Protocol Officer, Cecile Christie.last_img read more

Ban stresses role of philanthropy in preventing deaths from child birth tropical

“Health is a foundation for prosperity, stability and poverty reduction,” Mr. Ban said at the opening of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) meeting aiming at advancing progress in strengthening maternal and girls’ health, as well as fighting neglected tropical diseases.Every year more than half a million women die from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth, almost all in developing countries, he told the over 400 participants, including leaders from the business, philanthropic, academic and global health community, including companies such as IKEA, Merrill Lynch and Toyota.“We must put an end to these senseless deaths,” Mr. Ban insisted, adding that “women are engines of development and drivers of improved health.”At a press conference ahead of the event, Marianne Barner, who heads IKEA’s Social Initiative, announced a $48 million donation to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) programme in India.She said the funds will impact the lives of 90 million people: 80 million children and young people and 10 million women.“This brings our total investment in India to around $120 million and our total commitment to UNICEF globally to over $180 million until 2015,” added Ms. Barner.Reducing the maternal mortality rate by two-thirds is among the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of internationally agreed targets aiming to slash poverty, hunger and eradicate other social ills by 2015.“Maternal health is a critical component of the well-being of any society. Yet among all the Millennium Development Goals, this is where there has been least progress,” warned the Secretary-General.He called for the UN family and national governments to coordinate their efforts, drawing from the expertise of foundations, research centres and academia, as well the innovative spirit of the private sector and the dynamism of civil society. Mr. Ban pointed to the example set by cutting down the incidence of malaria in many countries as a way forward with other health issues. “By making joint efforts and strengthening coordination, the malaria community has achieved real gains. In some African countries there has been a dramatic decline in the incidence of malaria,” he said.The Secretary-General also highlighted the challenge faced by neglected tropical diseases that “afflict about one billion of the world’s poorest people. Yet these diseases are largely treatable.” Controlling these diseases offers a strategy for tackling many of the conditions that promote poverty, which is especially important at the present time of economic crisis, he said.“The economic crisis is putting at risk the unprecedented rise in public and private funding we have witnessed in recent years. The food crisis and the threat posed by climate change have profound implications for people’s health and well-being,” he warned. Mr. Ban challenged participants “to think radically about how we can take our efforts to the next level and forge a truly powerful global partnership for global health.”Former United States President Bill Clinton will be offering closing remarks to the Special Event on Philanthropy and Global Public Health Agenda, which was co-organized by the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and the UN Office for Partnerships (UNOP). 23 February 2009The role of philanthropists and philanthropic organizations is crucial in tackling some avoidable health threats which kill millions of vulnerable people every year, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today. read more

New Bank of Canada governor boosting dollar

by News Staff Posted Jun 6, 2013 2:46 pm MDT New Bank of Canada governor boosting dollar Canadian dollar|european central bank|stephen poloz TORONTO, Ont. – The Canadian Dollar is seeing a boost as of late, and Canadians can thank Stephen Poloz for that success.The incoming central bank governor made his first appearance in front of Canadian lawmakers in Ottawa, predicting a recovery in foreign demand which in turn, would boost the country’s exports.As a result, that lit a fire under the Canadian Dollar, leaping more than a full cent intra-day and now trading comfortably above 97 cents U.S.Also helping the Canadian Dollar is the European central bank, which kept rates unchanged.However, Poloz did warn he will not be providing a running commentary on whether our dollar is overvalued. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

In Peru UN chief meets with World Bank highlighting its major role

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon highlighted the important role of the World Bank today in the implementation of the adopted 2030 Agenda, noting that it could “step up capacity building and the mobilization of resources for sustainable development by drawing on its rich technical expertise.” Mr. Ban is currently in Lima, Peru to participate in the 2015 Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund. In his remarks at the Development Committee meeting of the World Bank Group, he noted the importance of the 2030 Agenda, emphasizing that it addressed the “structural factors that have hindered poverty eradication, inclusive growth and sustainable development.” He also highlighted the importance of the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs), the Agenda’s Means of Implementation mechanisms, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development and the upcoming climate change conference in Paris. The World Bank, said the Secretary-General, “has an important role in economic empowerment, sustainable agriculture and infrastructure, the fight against hunger, combating climate change, building resilience, and promoting effective governance and the rule of law.” “I count on the World Bank to encourage other multilateral and regional financial institutions and development banks to incorporate the SDGs into their programmes and work,” he added. The Secretary-General also noted that all the SDGs must be pursued together and that, more than ever, “the World Bank, the United Nations and the world’s international and regional institutions must work hand in hand.” “At the global level, we have put in place inter-agency teams around several important issues, notably the follow-up to Addis,” he continued, highlighting that it was “essential that the World Bank Group participates in the mechanisms for follow-up and review of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” He also encouraged the World Bank to join him at the inaugural Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Forum on Financing for Development, and added that 2016 will see the first full session of the UN High-Level Political Forum on sustainable development, a forum where national, regional and thematic reviews of the 2030 Agenda will join together, and that the World Bank will engage in supporting the Forum’s work. Mr. Ban also met with Mr. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group. The two leaders exchanged views on a wide range of issues including small states, gender equality and water and sanitation, and agreed to work closely on the SDGs. The Secretary-General also attended an international stakeholders’ roundtable meeting for the Middle East and North Africa region and a Development Committee Ministerial event on “investing in evidence.” read more

Neos Kosmos honoured at the 2018 HACCI Excellence Awards Gala

first_imgNeos Kosmos was honoured last night at the annual HACCI Excellence Awards Gala, an event held to acknowledge the best and brightest of the Hellenic-Australian community. Recognised as the premier business and community awards for the Hellenic Australian community, the Hellenic Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Excellence Awards acknowledge and reward organisations and individuals that have achieved excellence in seven distinct areas of endeavour.Dimitrios and Christopher Gogos were the recipients of the Bank of Sydney Award for Business Excellence, in recognition of the ongoing contribution that Neos Kosmos has been making to the Greek community, throughout six decades of continuous publication.Dimitrios Gogos was presented with the Bank of Sydney Award for Business Excellence, in recognition of Neos Kosmos’ ongoing contribution to the Greek community.A migrant from Chios, Dimitrios, also known as Takis, arrived in Australia in 1950 and has made a significant mark in the community, through his involvement in a series of organisations and initiatives. He was also an active member and executive of the Greek Orthodox community of Melbourne and Victoria as well as the secretary of the Pan-Hellenic association Orpheus, which developed cultural events and services in support of newly settled Greek immigrants. His work led to the establishment of a Modern Greek Department at the University of Melbourne while he was a founding member of the Antipodes Festival. But his outstanding contribution to the community is the newspaper he founded in 1957. For 61 years, Neos Kosmos has been telling the stories of the people within the Greek Community, fighting for social justice and for democracy. Taking up the mantle from his father, Christopher Gogos is steering Neos Kosmos into the digital age.The full list of recipients of the HACCI Excellence Awards, that were held last night at the Plaza Ballroom in Melbourne, reads as follows:The Spiros Stamoulis Award for Lifetime Achievement : Dimitrios Alexopoulos and Cathy AlexopoulosThe Bank of Sydney Award for Business Excellence: Dimitris Gogos, Neos KosmosThe Award for Sporting Excellence, awarded by Heidelberg United Football Club: Peter FilopoulosThe Award for Community Service, awarded by Pronia: Anastasios StathopoulosThe Award for Professional Excellence, awarded by Moore Stephens: George DonikianThe Chris Saristavros Award for Young Achievement: Kelly EuripidouThe Award for Women of Influence, awarded by Emirates: Suzi DafnisThe recipients of the Hellenic Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Excellence Awards for 2018.The Awards ceremony was part of a glamourous night that included a gourmet dinner and top quality entertainment including acts like Strofes Band, Gertrude Opera, George Kapiniaris and the 14-year-old Greek Australian prodigy Jason Mavroudis, culminating to an authentic Greek glendi on the dancefloor!“I wish to congratulate all of tonight’s award nominees and recipients. I stand here tonight extremely proud as a Hellenic Australian, as I am sure you are too, having heard our award winners’ outstanding achievements, success and contributions made in their respective fields and to the wider community,” said HACCI Chair Georgegina Poulos.A more extensive report, featuring photos from the glamorous event, will be featured in Monday’s Greek edition of Neos Kosmos. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Amazon narrows list to 20 for its second headquarters

first_imgNEW YORK — Amazon narrowed its search for a second headquarters city Thursday to 20 locations, concentrated mostly in the East and the Midwest. Toronto made the list as well, as the company kept its international options open.The online retailing giant said that after sorting through 238 proposals, the potential locations still include tech-strong places such as Boston and New York. Other contenders: Washington, D.C.; Chicago; Indianapolis; Columbus, Ohio; and Los Angeles, the only West Coast city to make the list.Among those that didn’t make the cut were Detroit, a disappointment for those excited about progress since the city came out of bankruptcy, and Memphis, Tennessee, where Mayor Jim Strickland said the city gave it its “best shot.”“Getting from 238 to 20 was very tough,” said Holly Sullivan, who oversees Amazon’s public policy. “All the proposals showed tremendous enthusiasm and creativity.”The Seattle-based company’s announcement last fall that it was looking for a second home touched off a fierce competition among states and cities looking to lure Amazon and its promise of 50,000 jobs and construction spending of more than $5 billion.Both Texas and Pennsylvania had two cities that made the cut: Austin and Dallas, and Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. In the South, Miami and Atlanta are being considered.last_img read more

House votes to add Trumps wall money as shutdown looms

first_imgWASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s demand for border wall funds hurled the federal government closer to a shutdown as House Republicans approved a package Thursday with his $5.7 billion request that is almost certain to be rejected by the Senate.The White House said Trump will not travel to Florida on Friday for the Christmas holiday if the government is shutting down. More than 800,000 federal workers will be facing furloughs or forced to work without pay if a resolution is not reached before funding expires at midnight Friday.The shutdown crisis could be one of the final acts of the House GOP majority before relinquishing control to Democrats in January. Congress had been on track to fund the government but lurched Thursday when Trump, after a rare lashing from conservative supporters, declared he would not sign a bill without the funding. Conservatives want to keep fighting. They warn that “caving” on Trump’s repeated wall promises could hurt his 2020 re-election chances, and other Republicans’ as well.The House voted largely along party lines, 217-185, after GOP leaders framed the vote as a slap-back to Nancy Pelosi, who is poised to become House speaker on Jan. 3 and who had warned Trump in a televised Oval Office meeting last week that he wouldn’t have the votes for the wall.Trump crowed about the vote on Twitter, saying: “Nancy does not have to apologize. All I want is GREAT BORDER SECURITY!”last_img read more

Closing arguments in Jahi Turner trial leave many unanswered questions

first_img Posted: March 13, 2018 Closing arguments in Jahi Turner trial leave many unanswered questions KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A 2-year-old boy was injured and died in San Diego 16 years ago while his stepfather did nothing to get him care, a prosecutor said Tuesday, but a defense attorney told a jury that there were still many unanswered questions in the case.In her closing argument, Deputy District Attorney Nicole Rooney said that Jahi Turner died on the second day he was being watched by Tieray Jones, either by inflicted injury or as the result of an accident. Jones got rid of the child’s body and fabricated a story that Jahi was kidnapped from a park about a mile from their Golden Hill apartment, the prosecutor alleged.Jones, 39, was watching Jahi while his wife and the child’s mother, Tameka Jones, was out to sea with the Navy. The defendant had no money and was frustrated with Jahi wetting the bed, Rooney said.In 2002, Jones told police that Jahi disappeared the afternoon of April 25 when Jones went to buy a drink from a vending machine. On the witness stand, the defendant admitted that he actually lost Jahi two hours earlier.“You make up a story like this to get away with murder,” Rooney told the jury. “The word of an admitted liar, that is all you have.”The prosecutor said the tot was never seen after April 22. Two days later, neighbors saw the defendant carrying three full large trash bags toward a Dumpster, Rooney said, telling jurors that Jahi “was thrown away like a piece of trash.”The child’s body was never found.Jones told his wife that Jahi fell off the bed and hit his head. The defendant wrote in a journal that Jahi was “lethargic” and was “not really moving” two days before he reported him missing.“I don’t want him (Jahi) hating me for something I can’t control,” the defendant wrote.Deputy Public Defender Courtney Cutter told the jury that police focused on Jones ever since he called 911 to report his stepson missing.“Mr. Jones has always, always been their guy,” Cutter said of law enforcement.Cutter said Jones may not have been the “best guy,” but wasn’t a man who would “watch his stepson die and throw him away in the garbage.”“He’s an imperfect father but not a reluctant one,” Cutter said.Jones was flawed, but wasn’t a cold-blooded killer, his attorney told the jury.“If he (Jones) killed him for wetting the bed, why is he writing about it the next day?” Cutter said in his closing argument.Jones was arrested in April 2016 in North Carolina and brought back to San Diego to face charges of second-degree murder and child abuse. Judge Joan Weber dismissed the child abuse count following the prosecution’s case.Jury deliberations were to begin Wednesday. March 13, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Trade Ministers Fail to Close TPP Deal

first_imgAfter week-long negotiations in Hawaii, trade ministers representing the 12 countries in a proposed Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) failed to reach agreement on a deal last Friday night.  While reporting they made significant progress across many areas, they were unable to reach agreement in a few key areas including: market access for dairy; auto rules of origin and tariffs; some textile issues; and intellectual property/patent issues for pharmaceuticals, notably new biologic medicines.No definitive time frames for completing the talks or scheduling the next ministerial meeting were announced.  On agricultural market access issues, it appears from comments made by ministers during the press conference that Canada was unwilling to deal on dairy. New Zealand, Australia and the United States are demanding that Canada open its protected markets for dairy and poultry. Both New Zealand and Australia are asking for increased access to the U.S. market for dairy, which the United States is unwilling to provide in the absence of access to the Canadian market.Thus, the willingness of Canada to deal on dairy is a key, but the ruling Conservative Party Government of Prime Minister Harper faces a close re-election battle with votes in the key dairy producing provinces of Quebec and Ontario thought to be pivotal.  Many have speculated that the Harper Government will not be able to offer concessions on dairy before elections are held.  On Sunday just two days after trade ministers failed to reach agreement on TPP due to differences on dairy and other issues, the Harper Government did call for elections to be held in Canada on Oct. 19.  So it now will be interesting to see if negotiators will need to wait until after Canadian elections to attempt to close on a TPP agreement.The failure to reach consensus on TPP last week makes it unlikely for a final agreement to come before Congress this year due to congressional procedure on trade agreements. As such, the U.S may face added hurdles as it tries to pass TPP during the 2016 election year.last_img read more

15 have access to a returntowork programme at their organisation

first_imgMore than one in 10 (15%) of respondents state that their organisation currently has a return-to-work programme in place, according to research by Hays.Its Hays UK gender diversity report 2017, which surveyed 5,400 UK respondents, also found that 70% of respondents believe that there would be greater gender equality if more return-to-work programmes, or similar initiatives, were introduced.The research also found:32% of respondents feel that men who take shared parental leave may be seen as being less committed to their careers.31% of female respondents take on a part-time role when they return to work after starting a family, 28% of women remain in the same position at the same hours, 15% resign to look for more flexible work, and 6% decide to become self-employed.24% of male respondents are likely to be promoted after having children, compared to 10% of female respondents.79% of respondents who are fathers either retained their current role or moved in to a more senior position when returning from a career break after having children. This compares to 38% of female respondents who either stay in their current role or progress their careers after having children.76% of female respondents believe choosing to work flexibly will limit their career, compared to 65% of male respondents who think this.Yvonne Smyth (pictured), head of diversity at Hays UK and Ireland, said: “Our report highlights that [while] parents have the freedom to choose how they want to progress their career after starting a family, the majority of women who do choose to continue their career are less likely to be promoted or continue at the same level.“For those returning to work after a career break, employers should look to improve the transition process so they feel they have the opportunities to progress their careers, should they wish to. For example, our report found the majority agree that structured return-to-work programmes will help towards bridging the gender gap, and encourage more people back into work.“Encouraging equality when returning to work can start before parental leave begins by improving communication to make it more culturally acceptable for parents to split their leave, or take flexible working upon return, thereby helping both men and women.”last_img read more

Houston City Council Unanimously Approves Civility Ordinance For The Near Northside

first_img 00:00 /01:15 X Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Florian MartinThe Houston City Council unanimously approved a civility ordinance, which will ban sitting, laying or sleeping on public sidewalks from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., for the Near Northside neighborhood.The Houston City Council unanimously approved a civility ordinance for the Near Northside neighborhood, but some city council members are wondering whether measures of this kind should apply to the whole city.The civility ordinance will ban sitting, laying or sleeping on public sidewalks from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.Residents of the Near Northside hope it will help to combat vagrancy, trespassing and drug dealing.Leonardo Matamores lives in the neighborhood and said he thinks the main problem is the vagrant and transient populations that go to the Near Northside using the light rail. Franco Folini/flickrHomeless sleeping on the sidewalk“As soon as the rail opened up, people were coming in the neighborhood that didn’t live there,” Matamores said.Council Member Karla Cisneros represents District H, which includes the Near Northside.As she spoke to Mayor Sylvester Turner during the city council meeting, she brought up the possibility of creating a civility ordinance for the entire city.“What I would like to request of you is to look at the ordinance and to see how we can make it better,” Cisneros commented.Turner says he is trying to find comprehensive solutions to the problem.But he warned that if a measure of that kind were applied in all of Houston, the city could risk losing funds from the federal government if it thinks the city is criminalizing homelessness. Listenlast_img read more

New Research Suggests Blacks Have Predisposition to Alcoholism

first_imgAs the nation kicks off Alcohol Awareness Month, new research has come to light. It suggests that in addition to the stigma associated with alcoholism, African Americans suffer from a genetic predisposition to greater negative effects of alcohol consumption.Tamika Zapolski, assistant professor of psychology in the School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), recently examined a paradox in African-American drinking. She found that despite African Americans reporting an initiation to drinking at an older age, lower rates of use, and lower levels of use in nearly all age groups, they still encountered higher levels of problems related to alcohol when compared to whites.“So much research has compared drinking habits and effects between African Americans and European Americans, but no one is truly investigating the reasons,” Zapolski said. “Understanding the reasons for these differences can ultimately improve diagnoses and intervention plans.”Zapolski posits that genetic, historical, and sociocultural factors, including cultural norms with religious beliefs and societal disapproval, make African Americans more likely to abstain from drinking and drink less than other groups. So why do Blacks encounter more negative consequences and greater risks for alcoholism or other alcohol problems?According to Zapolski, and others including Drs. Denise M. Scott and Robert E. Taylor, there exists a number of genetic variants of ADH and ALDH genes in African Americans that account for a higher rate of alcohol metabolism. This means that liquor breaks down quicker, is more potent, and has a greater effect in smaller amounts in their consumption. It also means a reduced likelihood of a family history of alcoholism and a greater likelihood of alcohol related chronic conditions such as cirrhosis.“In plain English, the data is saying that liquor is poison to some of our bodies, just like ingesting arsenic,” said Wendell Carby, a recovering alcoholic with 20 years’ sobriety. “I took my first drink as a freshman in college and was a drunk before the semester ended. It was like kryptonite to my body, but I couldn’t stop drinking even after it started making me ill.”Carby said the addiction was so swift and all-encompassing – creating damage in his nerves, stomach, and liver – that he had little time to brace himself for the financial difficulties and failed relationships that lay ahead. It was only when he began experiencing blackouts that Carby sought help.With growing concern over the prevalence of heavy drinking among African-American youth, Carby believes national campaigns should focus more attention on steering young adults away from alcohol. The rate of binge drinking (drinking five or more drinks on a single occasion for men) among African Americans ages 12 and up was 20.1 percent – compared with the national average of 22.9 percent. Similarly, African Americans aged 12 to 20 in 2013 reported past-month alcohol use at a rate of 17.8 percent, compared with the national average of 22.7 percent.“Our young people need to understand that alcohol is dangerous at any level because some of us are wired to become drunks and have to fight ‘putting the bottle down’ for the rest of our lives. The message should be the same as it was with crack in the ‘90s, ‘Just say no,’” Carby said.Alcohol intoxication can be harmful or risky for a variety of reasons: impaired brain function resulting in poor judgment, reduced reaction time, a loss of balance, coordination, motor skills, or slurred speech, as well as increased risk of certain cancers, stroke, and liver diseases (e.g., cirrhosis).last_img read more

CRUSA Foundation creates competition to strengthen nonprofit organizations

first_imgCosta Rican nonprofit organizations seeking to jumpstart their fundraising, outreach, or overall capacity can now apply for support from a new source.The Costa Rica USA Foundation for Cooperation (CRUSA), a nonprofit based in San José, will issue grants of up to $10,000 to organizations with notable, scalable and innovative plans in Costa Rica.From Jan. 23 until March 1, legally registered nonprofits interested in receiving support from the CRUSA Foundation may apply here to receive funds through the “Catalyst Donations Program.”“The CRUSA Foundation recognizes the important work done by many non-profit organizations in communities across the country,” said Flora Montealegre, Executive Delegate of the CRUSA Foundation. “We want to support those innovative and impactful initiatives so that they are sustainable long-term, and for that we need to strengthen organizations.”CRUSA will target nonprofits whose applications accomplish one or more of the following:Improve skill development for the nonprofit’s staffIncrease the nonprofit’s resource-generating capacityCreate internal resources for generating capacities or models that can be scaled or shared with other Costa Rican nonprofit organizations.Because the Catalyst Donations Program finances the development of a nonprofit organization so it can increase its impact over time, recurrent expenses will not be financed.The proposals will be reviewed by the CRUSA team according to the following criteria: innovation, scalability potential, clarity of objectives, feasibility and justification of the budget, the organization’s capacity for execution, and measurable impact on organizational capacity.Although grants are not limited to a geographical area or thematic focus, additional consideration will be given to the initiatives of nonprofit organizations that work outside the Greater Metropolitan Area and those that are aligned with the thematic priorities of CRUSA in 2019. These include climate change and sustainable development, and human capital, knowledge and innovation.The organizations selected to receive grants through the Catalyst Donations Program will be announced in April.Those interested in participating can visit the website: article was sponsored by the Costa Rica USA Foundation (CRUSA). The Tico Times Costa Rica Changemakers section is a sponsored partnership between The Tico Times and CRUSA. Brought to you by the Costa Rica USA Foundation (CRUSA). Brought to you by the Costa Rica USA Foundation (CRUSA). Courtesy of CRUSA Facebook Comments Related posts:Kids Saving the Rainforest: the Costa Rican initiative that’s gone global Textiles for change: La Carpio enterprise sews with a purpose Through adaptive surfing, disabled athletes conquer Costa Rica’s waves Benefit concerts for Guatemala to take place in Costa Rica, Mexicolast_img read more

Air Seychelles Soars In Skytrax Rankings

first_imgSkytrax ranks an airline’s frontline product and service standards based on an internationally recognised quality analysis system and professional evaluations. The performance analysis is completed annually and rankings are categorised by region and across the world. “The results demonstrate our commitment to training, our investment in our people and our product and further demonstrates the value of our partnership with Etihad Airways,” he said. Air Seychelles is now ranked fourth globally in the Most Improved category. This year, Air Seychelles’ overall ranking is 56, up from133 last year and the highest in its history. Source = Air Seychelles Cramer Ball, Chief Executive Officer of the airline, said: “This is a significant achievement for Air Seychelles and further confirmation that the airline is moving in the right direction. To climb so quickly in the Skytrax rankings in such a short time is evidence of our team’s determination to be the best airline in the Indian Ocean and to fulfil Air Seychelles’ vision to be a high quality, profitable airline The national carrier of the Republic of Seychelles is now ranked the No. 2 airline in Africa, up eight places from its previous ranking of 10 last year, and now holds the No. 3 spot for Best Airline Staff in Africa, a category in which the airline held no ranking last year. “The Global Airline Awards are based on traveller feedback, so it is pleasing to see that our customers are recognising the rapid progress we are making towards being the best airline in the region.” Air Seychelles soared high in the recent Skytrax rankings released at the Skytrax World Airline Awards at the Paris Air Show. Mr. Ball said Air Seychelles’ staff and the whole Seychellois community should be rightly proud of the national airline.last_img read more

NetOxygen Boasts High Levels of Scalability and Stability

first_imgNetOxygen Boasts High Levels of Scalability and Stability May 30, 2012 553 Views in Origination, Servicing, Technology Agents & Brokers Company News Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2012-05-30 Sara Ortegacenter_img Lending solutions provider Wipro Gallagher Solutions (WGS) announced Wednesday the results of a third-party scalability test of its loan origination system, NetOxygen, at levels of 10,000 to 20,000 users.[IMAGE]””Our testing found that WGS’ NetOxygen provides full loan management and origination functionality with fast processing times, even at high user loads,”” Kevin Tolly, president of Tolly Group which conducted the test. “”The architecture allows for scaling both horizontally and vertically.””[COLUMN_BREAK]The test database simulated the size of a typical large lender and was pre-populated with more than half a million loans. At 20,000 user load levels, more than 34,000 price-related transactions occurred during peak hours and more than 17,000 documents packages were created. On average the response time remained flat throughout peak at both 10,000 and 20,000 user loads.””We conducted a third-party review of our NetOxygen platform to provide a level of assurance to clients and prospective clients on the validity and integrity of our platform and to demonstrate its scalability at levels which exceed the needs of the nation’s largest lenders,”” said Narayan Bharadwaj, business head for WGS. The tests were conducted to validate NetOxygen’s ability to support large multi-channel, multi-product implementations, emphasize the full end-to-end loan origination functionality from lead management to post closing and demonstrate key transaction volumes to emphasize scalability. Wipro Gallagher Solutions is based in Tennessee and offers a variety of pricing models, including variable cost and outcome-based; business process outsourcing services; and rules-based workflow-enabled processes across the user’s enterprise. Sharelast_img read more

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first_imgGreen Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones (89) can’t make the catch as Arizona Cardinals cornerback Justin Bethel (28) defends during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers made headlines earlier this week when he claimed all the pressure is on the Arizona Cardinals when the two teams meet in the NFC Divisional Playoffs Saturday night in Glendale.Maybe he believes it, maybe it’s a good player on an inferior team looking for some sort of psychological edge.The Cardinals smacked the Packers 38-8 in Week 16, and according to ESPN NFL insider John Clayton, the tape of that game doesn’t lie. Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments   Share   center_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Clayton’s point is a valid one, and one that has affected the Packers all season. Green Bay averaged just 10.99 yards per completion which ranked 28th in the NFL. With a healthy Jordy Nelson, the Packers ranked second in the same category a year ago, averaging 12.74 yards per completion.Clayton believes this will be too much for Rodgers and Green Bay to overcome.“It’s not going to be the same blowout, but I can’t see this changing,” he said.Saturday’s game kicks off at 6:15 p.m. and can be heard on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. Extended pregame coverage begins at 11:00 a.m. Your browser does not support the audio element. LISTEN: John Clayton, ESPN NFL insider “This is kind of a discount reality double-check and (Rodgers) needs to look at the film of the last game,” Clayton told Doug and Wolf Friday morning on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM. “Every time I saw a Packers receiver, I saw some cornerback from the Arizona Cardinals on his hip.“That’s because the Packers can’t run and the Cardinals can cover. What’s changed? What’s changed is that Davante Adams is now out and you have one less guy to get into the route. I don’t see much different.”Adams, a second-year wide receiver who had been making strides in recent weeks, injured his knee in the Packers’ 35-18 Wild Card win over the Washington Redskins and won’t play Saturday. Adams was Green Bay’s third-leading receiver this season with 50 catches for 483 yards and a touchdown.“You saw how slow those receivers are — the lack of separation. The only thing that Aaron Rodgers could do except for picking himself up after being sacked eight times, was maybe throw a back-shoulder throw to James Jones or to maybe try a little bit of a crossing route,” Clayton said.“The downfield routes are covered and I can’t imagine with a week where the Cardinals defenders have been able to rest, that they’re going to be able to slow down.”last_img read more