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Too many foreigners managing Premier League teams: Ryan Giggs

first_imgThere are too many foreign managers in the Premier League and little opportunity for local talents, according to former Manchester United winger and assistant manager Ryan Giggs.Giggs, who was the caretaker boss for four games at United in 2014, was linked with a return to management at Swansea City before American Bob Bradley’s appointment in October and was considered again before Englishman Paul Clement took charge in January.”I don’t think there’s enough (British managers) at the moment,” Giggs told the BBC.”I think it is (important British coaches get a chance). There’s a lot of top quality foreign coaches in the Premier League, but there’s also a lot of quality British coaches and managers out there.”Seven of the 20 Premier League clubs have British managers, but the current top-seven sides are all managed by foreigners, with Welshman Tony Pulis’ West Bromwich Albion the highest-placed team with a British manager.”If you don’t get the chance, you don’t get the chance to prove what you can do and see what you can do with a talented team,” Giggs added.”As I say, there are quality foreign coaches as well. I just think on the balance, there’s too many foreigners at the moment and British coaches probably just don’t get the chances.”last_img read more

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See you shortly Ireland, Rohit Sharma says after Yo-Yo test

first_imgIt looks like Rohit Sharma has cleared his Yo-Yo test.The ace Indian batsman was scheduled to take the necessary fitness test along with other members of the squad earlier in the week. However, it was deferred and Hitman finally took the Yo-Yo test Wednesday afternoon.Yo-yo test is the fitness test that is compulsory for all players to pass in order to get a place in the Indian national team.Considering the developing intensity of the game of cricket and the culture of fitness coming in the dressing room, with captain Virat Kohli leading from the front, Ravi Shastri and the Indian team management have set their yo-yo parameter on 16.1.Kohli, MS Dhoni, Jasprit Bumrah, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu and a few other members selected for the tour of Ireland and England took the Yo-Yo test last week.Rayudu, who had returned to the Indian ODI side on the back of an impressive run in the 2018 IPL with 602 runs, was dropped after he failed the Yo-Yo test. He was replaced by Raina.Shami was also dropped from the Indian squad for the one-off Test against Afghanistan after he failed to clear his Yo-Yo test.Rohit had a poor season with Mumbai Indians but he posted a picture on Instagram looking fit and suggesting he might have cleared the test. He will be expected to play a crucial role for India in the limited-overs leg in England, who are in sensational form.advertisementOn Tuesday, England smashed their own record for the highest total in men’s ODIs – they hammered 481 against Australia before decimating the reigning world champions by 242 runs.last_img read more

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Warne picks Kuldeep, Rashid and Yasir as favourite spinners in limited-overs cricket

first_imgShane Warne doesn’t like defensive bowlers in limited overs cricket and that’s the reason three of his current favourites are India’s Kuldeep Yadav, Pakistan’s Yasir Shah and Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan, who are “not at all scared of getting hit”.In the past couple of years, the wrist spinners have dominated the white ball space primarily due to their wicket-taking ability but the legendary Australian refuses to buy the argument that finger spinners are losing relevance in limited overs format.”A good spinner bowler is a good spin bowler. It doesn’t matter if he is a wrist spinner or a finger spinner. Saqlain Mushtaq, Muttiah Muralitharan, Daniel Vettori, there were so many good finger spinners in my time,” Warne, who is a brand ambassador of Rajasthan Royals, told PTI during an interaction.But having a good wrist spinner in a line-up has it’s own set of advantages.”If you get a good wrist spinner, they are always going to get picked as they will always take wickets. They might go for a few more runs than someone else but they will always pick wickets. ODI cricket or even T20 is all about taking wickets in the middle overs and it is generally spin,” said Warne.Asked about his favourite spinners in white ball cricket, Warne said: “The top three who I like watching and certainly I believe has an influence on (ODI/T20) games are Rashid Khan, Yasir Shah and Kuldeep Yadav. Those three are the best three going around at the moment and I really enjoy them watching the most,” the 49-year-old said.advertisementWarne doesn’t mind each one possessing different strengths as long as it gives desired results.”They are very different from each other but they get the job done. And one thing that they all do. They attack. They don’t defend and they don’t mind being hit for runs. So I am looking forward to watching these three guys going against each other in the World Cup and watching them confuse batsmen which I like to see.”For someone, who loves a bit of flamboyance, Warne said that he would love to see young Rishabh Pant travelling to England for the World Cup as a specialist batsman despite a string of low scores.Warne believes that it will be a smooth transition whenever Mahendra Singh Dhoni decides to bid adieu to international cricket.”MS Dhoni has to play in the World Cup. MS Dhoni is a class act and Virat Kohli needs his leadership experience as well to help him when the times are tough. You have a successor and the name is Rishabh Pant. He takes over when Dhoni decides to retire,” Warne put it in a matter of fact manner.World’s second highest wicket-taker in Test cricket feels that it doesn’t need to be Dhoni versus Pant.”I believe that Rishabh can play in the World Cup. They (Dhoni and Pant) can both play together in the XI. Dhoni is the keeper and Rishabh bats. I don’t think you have to say its Rishabh or Dhoni.”Dhoni should be that experienced player, the keeper, the leader, the finisher and Pant can bat anywhere from 1 to 6. So when Dhoni decides to retire, Rishabh Pant takes over. It’s that easy,” he signed off.Also Read | Rishabh Pant as opener with Rohit in World Cup? Gavaskar backs Shane Warne’s ideaAlso Read | IPL 2019: Shane Warne reveals how Rajasthan Royals signed up Ashton TurnerAlso Read | Yuzvendra Chahal is no robot, he is a champion bowler: Muttiah MuralitharanAlso Read | Shane Warne explains how to dismiss Virat Kohli, Australia do exactly thatlast_img read more

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McKayla Maroney says she was abused by Larry Nassar ‘hundreds’ of times

first_imgWas this helpful? 1996 “He told me he was going to do a check-up on me and that was the first day I was abused,” Maroney, 22, told Guthrie. “He said that nobody would understand this and the sacrifice that it takes to get to the Olympics, so you can’t tell people this.” “He didn’t say it in a way that was mean or anything like that,” Maroney added. “I actually was like, “’That makes sense. I don’t want to tell anybody about this’. And I didn’t believe that they would understand.” 1986 Larry Nassar joins USA Gymnastics as a trainer Support The Guardian Eighteen women file a lawsuit against Nassar, USA Gymnastics, MSU and Twistars Gymnastics Club. The lawsuit alleges Nassar assaulted the women over a period of 20 years and the institutions named in the suit failed to prevent his behaviour.  Timeline Larry Nassar abuse case November 2017 1992 In October, Maroney became the first household name to come forward when she first revealed that she was sexually abused by Nassar from the age of 13 until her retirement from the sport last year.“People should know that this is not just happening in Hollywood,” Maroney wrote in a lengthy Twitter post inspired by the #MeToo movement, the hashtag campaign that’s encouraged victims of sexual harassment or assault to step forward with their stories. “This is happening everywhere. Wherever there is a position of power, there seems to be potential for abuse. I had a dream to go to the Olympics, and the things that I had to endure to get there, were unnecessary, and disgusting.”Her revelations were soon followed by Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, Jordyn Wieber and dozens more whom Nassar abused over two decades at Michigan State University, where he was a respected faculty member celebrated for his two-decade body of work with the United States’ world-beating women’s gymnastics team.Nearly 200 of them offered testimony during two sentencing hearings in Michigan this year.The scandal prompted the entire board of directors at USA Gymnastics, the sport’s governing body in the United States, to resign, along with the president and athletic director at Michigan State University, where Nassar also worked.A series of criminal and civil investigations have been launched into the United States Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics and Michigan State after numerous accusers said their complaints about Nassar were ignored for years. Nassar becomes national medical coordinator for USA Gymnastics before the Atlanta Olympics. He will go on to treat athletes at the next five Olympics and abuse many of them. Olympic champions Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and McKayla Maroney are among those who said they were abused by Nassar under the guise of medical treatment.  According to a lawsuit, Nassar commits his first recorded assault, abusing a 12-year-old girl in the guise of medical research. A year later Nassar gains his medical degree from Michigan State University, where he will commit many of his assaults. Since you’re here… Thank you for your feedback. Share on Facebook McKayla Maroney was molested “hundreds” of times by former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, the Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast said on Wednesday.Maroney, who helped the US gymnastics team known as the Fierce Five to the team gold at the London Olympics, told the Today Show’s Savannah Guthrie that the abuse by Nassar started at her first meeting with him when she was 13 and continued for years afterwards.Nassar pleaded guilty to molesting female athletes under the guise of medical treatment and was sentenced this year to life in prison. Nassar pleads guilty to seven charges of criminal sexual abuse. He later pleads guilty to three further accounts as part of a plea agreement.  Claims against Nassar go public for the first time after the Indianapolis Star publishes an investigation into sexual abuse at USA Gymnastics. Rachael Denhollander files a criminal complaint against Nassar, saying she was first abused by him when she was 15. Share on Messenger In an interview with NBC news program Dateline airing on Sunday, Maroney opens up about the years of abuse by Nassar. Bela and Martha Karolyi, the former USA Gymnastics national team coordinators, will also speak for the first time about the sex abuse scandal. Share on WhatsApp ‘I was molested by Dr Larry Nassar’: how the gymnastics sexual abuse scandal unfoldedcenter_img … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Nassar is given a jail term of up to 175 years for sexually abusing athletes in his care. In total, 156 women make impact statement at his sentence hearing, saying he abused them. Handing down the sentence, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina says: “I just signed your death warrant”. Share on LinkedIn January 2017 Show Topics Michigan Share via Email August 2016 Gymnastics Read more Simone Biles Share on Twitter 1997 Hide The first recorded complaints about Nassar are received. According to a 2017 lawsuit, youth gymnastics coach John Geddert fails to investigate the allegations.  Share on Pinterest TODAY (@TODAYshow).@McKaylaMaroney reveals she was molested “hundreds” of times https://t.co/uaHKHzt3nlApril 18, 2018 January 2018 Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Stanley Cup: Capitals take series lead over Golden Knights after Game 3 victory

first_imgWashington Capitals Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored, Braden Holtby made enough saves to compensate for his giveaway and the Washington Capitals beat the Vegas Golden Knights 3-1 on Saturday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Stanley Cup final.Ovechkin scored his 14th goal of the playoffs and joyfully watched Kuznetsov wrist a shot past Vegas goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury not long afterwards. Kuznetsov was a game-time decision after leaving Game 2 clutching his left arm, but he looked fine and for good measure unleashed his signature bird-flapping celebration as Ovechkin screamed and raised his arms on the bench.Holtby stopped 21 of the 22 shots he faced, more than enough to withstand a puck-handling miscue that led to Tomas Nosek’s third-period goal to cut Washington’s lead to 2-1. Devante Smith-Pelly scored for the Capitals with 6:07 left to put them two wins away from the franchise’s first title.Fleury stopped 23 of 26 shots, but Vegas lost back-to-back games for the first time in the playoffs and looked nothing like the team that won 13 of 16 games through three rounds. The Golden Knights’ magical, historic run is now in danger of coming to an end with Game 4 back in Washington on Monday. … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Stanley Cup Share via Email US sports Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Vegas Golden Knights match reports Since you’re here… Topics Share on Twitter Support The Guardian NHL Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Notre Dame Fans Upset With Referees For Not Calling Targeting On Torii Hunter Hit

first_imgNotre Dame's Torii Hunter Jr. suffering an injury.Notre Dame fans are very upset after a Texas defender was not called for targeting on a hit on Torii Hunter Jr.Notre Dame wide receiver Torii Hunter Jr., who is the son of former Major League Baseball star Torii Hunter, was injured Sunday night during the third quarter trying to make a play for his team against Texas. Hunter, who went for four catches, 37 yards and a touchdown on the night, almost had a second score.Quarterback Deshone Kizer found Hunter in the end zone, but as Hunter caught the ball and went to the ground, he was clocked by Longhorns safety DeShon Elliott. Hunter was unable to hang onto the ball.No targeting? pic.twitter.com/KiWWaNjKPa— ⓂarcusD (@_MarcusD2_) September 5, 2016As you can see, there was no penalty called on the play. The booth also didn’t call it in for targeting. Notre Dame fans went bananas.That is HORRIFIC. The amount of kids we’ve lost to suspect targeting calls and THAT doesn’t get called is a flat out joke.— Mike Golic Jr (@MGolicJR57) September 5, 2016Wait…how is THAT not targeting?— Pam Chvotkin (@reddusfoximus) September 5, 2016That is Targeting… These refs are going to have some explaining to do— Chase Hounshell (@chasehounshell) September 5, 2016Targeting, as defined by the NCAA rule book. pic.twitter.com/ldIvoWovjC— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) September 5, 2016Officials even had all that extra time during injury to look at it. How they didn’t call that targeting is inexplicable— Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) September 5, 2016Did anyone tell the replay booth they’re allowed to call targeting now? Seems like kind of a missed opportunity.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) September 5, 2016No review for targeting followed by a blocked field goal. Yeah, we might be talking about that Monday.— Brian Hamilton (@BrianHamiltonSI) September 5, 2016Hunter’s parents left the stands to be by his side in the locker room. It’s safe to say that the school is going to put him through concussion protocol at the very least.What do you think? Did Elliott get away with it? Or is everyone overreacting?last_img read more

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Prosafe Secures New Contracts for Its Accommodation Rigs

first_imgzoom Prosafe and BG Group have agreed a change to the Safe Bristolia accommodation support vessel work programme in 2014 to allow inclusion of a contract award from ConocoPhillips Petroleum Company U.K. Limited for the provision of the vessel at the Judy platform in the U.K. sector of the North Sea.Operations at Judy are planned to commence in May for a firm period of 4 months. Thereafter, from September 2014, the Safe Bristolia will relocate to BG Group’s Everest platform for a firm period of approximately 3 months. As a result, the overall work programme for the vessel increases by 24 days and has a value of approximately USD 8.3 million.Prosafe has also secured extension for accommodation rig Safe Astoria with Swiber. The contract, signed in December last year, has been extended by a firm period of 43 days at the same dayrate. The contract value of the extension is USD 4.7 million.Reference is made to the press release dated 19 December 2013, in which Prosafe announced the award of a 60-day contract by Swiber for Safe Astoria. The contract has been extended by a firm period of 43 days at the same dayrate. The contract value of the extension is USD 4.7 million.Prosafe, April 14, 2014last_img read more

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Port of Gothenburg Bolsters RoRo Service to UK

first_imgzoom Ro-ro companies SOL Continent Line and P&O Ferries have joined forces to establish a new service between the Port of Gothenburg and the British ports of Tilbury and Teesport.This new collaborative venture involves the transshipment of freight at the Belgian port of Zeebrugge, to which both companies have regular direct services. Four SOL Continent Line ships depart each week from the Ro-Ro Terminal at the Port of Gothenburg bound for Zeebrugge. P&O Ferries has daily departures from Zeebrugge to the UK ports of Tilbury and Teesport.“This arrangement allows us to offer our customers a convenient, frequent, rapid link between the largest port in Scandinavia and the United Kingdom and it has been well received by the market,” said Ragnar Johansson, Chief Executive of Svenska Orient Linien AB.Despite the fact that the companies each cover just part of the route, customers only need to make one booking via the SOL Continent Line booking system, according to the port of Gothenburg’s press statement.The United Kingdom is Sweden’s third-largest export market. In 2014, Swedish exports to the United Kingdom totalled 80 billion kronor, equivalent to 7.2% of total Swedish export volumes, port data shows.last_img read more

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15yearold girl shot in stomach outside metro station north of Montreal

first_imgMONTREAL – A 15-year-old girl is recovering in hospital after being shot in the stomach shortly after midnight Tuesday morning.Police say the girl was with friends outside a metro station in Laval, north of Montreal, when she was hit.Const. Franco Di Genova says her injuries are not life threatening and she’ll likely remain in hospital for two to three days.Police say a dispute among several people preceded the shooting but add they don’t believe it was connected to street gangs.Di Genova says investigators haven’t been able to question the victim yet but have spoken with her friends who are co-operating.He says police have not made any arrests.last_img read more

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Canadas Actors Union Hires Lawyer to Review Sexual Harassment Policies

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement “I will accept that we need to do more,” said ACTRA Toronto head Theresa Tova.Spurred by the Harvey Weinstein scandal, ACTRA Toronto, the Canadian actors union’s biggest branch, has hired a veteran labor lawyer to conduct a review of its internal sexual harassment policies.The Directors Guild of Canada has also agreed to an independent audit of its own internal policies around sexual harassment. The moves follow accusations that Canadian performers allegedly experiencing workplace harassment have not felt adequately protected by Canadian unions and guilds.“The industry collectively has not done enough. Have we done enough? Absolutely not,” Theresa Tova, president of ACTRA Toronto, told The Hollywood Reporter on Monday. Her union, now facing a flood of workplace complaints by Canadian performers, has tapped Victoria Shen as a special adviser to look internally at policies and practices around sexual harassment allegation and resolution processes. Facebook ACTRA Toronto president Theresa Tova – Photo Courtesy of ACTRA LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img But Tova claims the Canadian film and TV industry as a whole has to grapple with systemic sexual harassment and bullying of young performers that mostly takes place away from film and TV sets and often in casting sessions. “I know there’s things we can do now, like we [the industry] agreeing that we’re not going to enable it, agreeing that you don’t set up casting sessions in hotel rooms — simple things that protect 18- and 19-year-olds from abuse,” she said.READ MORE Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

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Julia Roberts reboots and diversity part of new TV season

first_imgBEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – What’s the television industry’s top summer destination? A hotel in which 200-plus U.S. and Canadian entertainment reporters and critics gather for an early look at next season’s shows and the chance to question the actors, writers and producers who create them.The Television Critics Association’s just-ended biannual conference was both a micro look at programming and a macro view of the medium’s direction (hello streaming, and hang in there, broadcasting!). In a parade stretching over two weeks, about 30 networks, channels and streaming platforms held more than 100 Q&A sessions and countless one-on-one interviews to prove they’ve got what viewers want.While the meeting was held in the ballroom that’s also home to the Golden Globes ceremony, it’s turned into a mundane conference room lacking glamor (except for nicely dressed actors). Among the revelations this time around: How Julia Roberts, President Donald Trump and Thomas Magnum’s charm, but not his moustache, fit in to what you might watch next season.THE BIG PICTUREStreaming platforms including Netflix and Amazon and ambitious cable channels have the buzz, the programming bucks and the big stars. The once-mighty broadcast networks took a back seat at the meeting, both by virtue of effort and programming. In the past, ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC staked claim to two full days each to present robust schedules of new or returning fall series.They’ve been slowly contracting to a single day of presentations, and this time two networks, ABC and NBC, had half-day schedules with a handful of panels. Altogether, the major networks had a combined 23 panels out of the nearly 120 offered. Among the competitors taking up the slack with movie star-led series: Amazon Studios and its “Homecoming” starring Roberts; HBO’s “Sharp Objects” with Amy Adams, and Netflix’s “The Kominsky Method” starring Michael Douglas.Name-brand producers including Ryan Murphy also count as catches, and FX presented two of his series, “Pose” and the latest installment of “American Horror Story” anthology. Murphy’s career shows how the small-screen landscape is changing: After successes on FX and broadcast (Fox’s “Glee”), he’s moving to greener pastures with a five-year Netflix deal reportedly worth up to $300 million.Impressive, but just a nibble of the astounding $8 billion that Netflix said it would spend developing and producing TV projects and movies this year. How can traditional TV, with its steadily eroding slice of the audience, manage to compete?YOU LIKED IT BEFORENetworks have become deeply fond of live programming that can entice viewers into enduring commercials, including contests such as NBC’s “The Voice,” Broadway musicals and sports. Another passion: reboots and revivals, both in evidence at the TV meeting.The implosion of ABC’s “Roseanne” following its star’s Twitter screed didn’t stop networks from reaching into the past again. After all, the sitcom was a success during its brief run last season, as is NBC’s resurrection of “Will & Grace” with its original cast. Enough said for CBS, which promoted a reboot of “Magnum P.I.” with a new hero, sans ‘stache but with bravado and a red Ferrari.The “Magnum” formula is comfort food served with a dollop of nostalgia, not creatively groundbreaking but maybe inviting enough to keep viewers tuning in as they have for eight seasons with CBS’ remake of “Hawaii Five-0.” The shows are from the same producer, Peter Lenkov, who also resurrected “MacGyver.”Lenkov’s succinct explanation for the general recycling trend: “Escape.”“Murphy Brown” creator Diane English has a polar opposite reason for bringing the show starring Candice Bergen as a TV journalist back after two decades: Political relevancy.“The First Amendment and free press (are) under attack like I’ve never seen before, I don’t think anybody’s ever seen before,” English said. “The press is not the enemy of the people, and these guys, our characters, are the press. So we deal with that a lot.”DIVERSITY, #METOO DIG INTV is coming into its own as a reflection of society. The explosion of programming, combined with outside pressure, are yielding the kind of ethnic diversity that was non-existent until recently, while the fledgling MeToo movement is gaining a quick foothold.CBS, long criticized for featuring mostly white characters, is serving up more shows with actors of colour, including “God Friended Me” starring Brandon Micheal Hall, an African-American actor most recently seen in ABC’s short-lived “The Mayor.”Asian-American actor Jake Choi, starring in ABC’s “Single Parents,” told reporters that after auditioning for too many stereotypical, one-dimensional roles he relishes the chance to play a character who is imperfect and “not defined by his ethnicity.”Allegations of sexual misconduct in Hollywood are making headlines and contributing to story lines. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” which is moving to NBC after being cancelled by Fox, has taken on topical issues in the past and is mulling addressing the MeToo movement, said executive producer Dan Goor.The subject hits close to home for series star Terry Crews, who alleges he was groped by an agent (Adam Venit, who has denied the claim through his attorney). Crews said his colleagues’ support helped give him the security to go public.HAVEN’T WE MET?The shows are new but the faces are definitely familiar as actors rotate to new projects or old projects at new networks. Tim Allen exemplifies the latter, with his cancelled ABC sitcom “Last Man Standing” starting anew at Fox this season.Fans of former “Hawaii Five-0” star Grace Park will find her in ABC’s “A Million Little Things,” which also features Ron Livingston (“Loudermilk,” ”Sex and the City”). Liked Max Greenfield on “New Girl”? You’ll find him on CBS’ “The Neighborhood,” along with Cedric the Entertainer (“The Last O.G.”) and Tichina Arnold (“Everybody Hates Chris”).Don Cheadle (“House of Lies”) stars in Showtime’s “Black Monday,” with Brad Garrett (“Everybody Loves Raymond”), Taran Killam (“Saturday Night Live”) and Leighton Meester (“Gossip Girl”) also in the ensemble cast. Nathan Fillion of “Castle” is still a crime-buster for ABC, but this time as a new police officer on “The Rookie.” Jeremy Sisto (“Suburgatory”) is a lawman too, on CBS’ “FBI.”FOR THE RECORDThe network custom of making top executives available for a Q&A with reporters has begun to falter among broadcasters, with both NBC and ABC skipping such panels. CBS might have, especially since the TV meeting came on the heels of sexual misconduct allegations against CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves (he’s denied misusing his position). But Kelly Kahl, CBS Entertainment president, showed up and fielded a barrage of questions about the company’s workplace culture and treatment of women. Reporters frequently prefaced their queries with thanks to Kahl for making himself available, and he answered the questions calmly and without rancour as he defended his division’s record and the company’s HR policies. It would have made for a good, even instructional TV drama episode.___Lynn Elber is a national television columnist for The Associated Press. She can be reached at lelber@ap.org and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/lynnelber .last_img read more

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Acting IGP appears before the HRCSL

Acting IGP Pujith Jayasundara and a group of senior police officers appeared before the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) today.They were asked to appear before the Commission with regards to the alleged assault on students who staged a protest in Colombo last week. The police have been accused of assaulting students who took part in a protest in Colombo last week over several demands.Meanwhile Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has appointed a committee headed by Dr. BMS Batagoda to investigate the incident. Jayasundara and the senior police officers had yesterday appeared before the National Police Commission (NPC) over the same incident. The NPC later decided to appoint a three member committee to probe the clash between the police and students of the Higher National Diploma in Accountancy (HNDA). The Government said that if the police had misused their powers then action must be taken against the responsible officers. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Hudsons Bay Co looking to raise 365 million in initial public offering

by The Canadian Press Posted Nov 20, 2012 7:54 pm MDT Hudson’s Bay Co. looking to raise $365 million in initial public offering AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Canada’s oldest company, Hudson’s Bay Co., returned to the public stock market Tuesday with muted reaction as shares in the company closed slightly lower than the initial asking price of $17.HBC (TSX:HBC) plans to sell a total 21 million shares — about one-fifth of the company’s stock — raising about $365 million through an initial public offering. The $17 asking price values the company at about $2 billion.Shares in the company closed 25 cents lower than its initial bid price at $16.75 after some 4.3 million changed hands Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange in early trading before the sale of its shares closes next week.True share trading under the symbol “HBC” is expected to begin on the closing of the offering, expected Nov. 26.The owner of the Bay, Home Outfitters and U.S. retailer Lord and Taylor says the IPO will primarily consist of a treasury offering of 14.7 million common shares, grossing about $250 million before expenses.Proceeds from that portion of the IPO will go to HBC, which will use the funds to reduce its debt.There will also be a secondary offering by Hudson’s Bay Company (Luxembourg) of 6.7 million common shares, for gross proceeds of $115 million for the selling shareholder.The private Luxembourg holding company will continue to have about 98 million common shares of the Toronto-based public company, or about 82 per cent of the Hudson’s Bay Co.’s outstanding stock.The company says the IPO price values the department store company at about $2.04 billion.The offering is being made through a syndicate of underwriters led by RBC Capital Markets, BMO Capital Markets, CIBC and BofA Merrill Lynch.Hudson’s Bay says the Toronto Stock Exchange has conditionally approved the listing of the company’s common shares subject to fulfilling the customary TSX requirements.HBC last traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange in 2006 before it was taken private by U.S. businessman Jerry Zucker, who later died unexpectedly. New York-based NRDC Equity Partners acquired the company in 2008 for $1.1 billion from Zucker’s widow.Since then, the company has been working to transform its stores and revamp its image into a more upscale retailer.Hudson’s Bay Co. said in a revised prospectus its preliminary results suggest its third quarter revenues were up 3.8 per cent from the same time last year but its margins were squeezed by shortages and seasonal clearance markdowns.Preliminary results showed total revenue rose to $930.4 million for the third quarter ended Oct. 27.That’s up $33.7 million from $896.7 million in the comparable quarter last year.The company, which plans to use the proceeds of the offering to repay debt, said it has improved sales productivity and earnings growth, partially through a capital investment of more than $420 million since 2009, but added it has more work to do.HBC said it plans to pay a quarterly dividend with a target payout ratio of 20 to 25 per cent of expected net earnings. read more

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Paying your LPT or getting a tax refund Revenue wants to remind

first_imgACROSS THE COUNTRY, 1 January is a day of recovery, a day to get over the Christmas period.However, the Revenue Commissioners are reminding people not to forget two deadlines that fall on New Year’s Day.Firstly, the Local Property Tax deadline for payment with a cheque, through a service provider or by credit or debit card falls on the first of the year.To date, revenue says, returns have been filed in respect for over a million properties with approximately 89 per cent doing so online. At the end of November, approximately €287m from the tax had been transferred to the Exchequer by Revenue.In addition, Revenue says there are just over 60,000 items of correspondence in relation to the LPT that they are responding to.Revenue also moved to remind people that there is a four-year deadline for claiming tax refunds.They said that over €400 million had been refunded to PAYE workers in 2012.Read: Tax dodging costs Europe €1 trillion a year say campaignersRead: Late payment penalties for the household charge amounts to €9.3mlast_img read more

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French media criticised for undeniable deference to Francois Hollande over affair claims

first_imgBRITAIN’S NEWSPAPERS HAVE been left mystified by their French counterparts’ reluctance to quiz President Francois Hollande over claims of an affair, concluding “they do things differently” across the Channel.The Socialist leader admitted he and his partner Valerie Trierweiler are going through “painful moments” and indicated that the status of his long-term girlfriend would be clarified before a scheduled trip to the United States next month.Trierweiler, France’s de facto First Lady, has been invited to accompany Hollande on an official visit including an overnight stay at the White House.She has been in hospital since Friday with stress linked to last week’s revelation that Hollande, 59, has been having a secret liaison with Julie Gayet, 41.Britain’s rowdy media was gleefully awaiting an inquisition over his reported affair with actress Julie Gayet as he arrived to deliver a press conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris.But they were left disappointed when “deferent” journalists largely left Hollande free to explain a series of economic reforms.‘Undeniable deference’“How odd it all felt,” said the Daily Telegraph’s Michael Deacon.“For centuries we had mockingly stereotyped the French as sex-mad. When, in reality, these spotlessly abstemious souls have so little interest in sex that when their own head of state is caught up in the juiciest scandal to hit politics since Clinton-Lewinsky, they only want to ask about social security,” he joked.He asked whether the French “were mad, or are we?”The left-wing Guardian, generally supportive of Hollande’s claims to a private life, admitted that “they do things differently in France”.“Would he get away with this in Britain or America? Possibly not,” said the paper’s columnist Jon Henley. “But, outraged tweets by Anglo-Saxon hacks notwithstanding, this was France.”He praised the general quality of French journalism, but argued “there is a certain undeniable deference to the president, the living embodiment of the republic.”The paper carried a front-page photograph of the beleaguered leader under the headline “A very French affair”.The Times compared the developing story to the Profumo Affair, the 1963 British sex-scandal that forced the resignation of secretary for war John Profumo.‘Kid gloves’ The Rupert Murdoch-owned paper said it was “clear that the big topic of the day would be treated with kid gloves by the French press corps.”“When Mr Hollande’s speech ended, Alain Barluet, a political correspondent for Le Figaro and the chairman of the Presidential Press Association, seized the microphone and rose to his feet with the look of a man facing a firing squad,” wrote the paper’s Adam Sage.“A couple of other French journalists did broach the issue again, but that was pretty much that. In short, they ensured that the peace had been safeguarded in the republic once again.”Quentin Letts from the centre-right Daily Mail mocked those charged with quizzing Hollande, who he called the “most unlikely swordsman since Inspector Clouseau”.“Before him sat a salon of oyster munchers, the powdered, poodling, truth-smothering trusties of polite Parisian opinion,” he wrote.“They are aghast that the peasants should be told about presidential legeauver (sic). No wonder they never tell their people the truth about the European Commission,” he added.Popular tabloid the Sun slammed Hollande’s performance as “the dullest hour of anyone’s life”.It also said his insistence on privacy was a technique used “by elites worldwide since the dawn of democracy” to “let them be seen as they want to be seen — not as they are”.© AFP, 2014Read: French magazine alleges Francois Hollande affair with actressRead: Francois Hollande confuses Japanese with Chinese on State visit to Japanlast_img read more

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Migrants trying to reach Europe being sold as slaves for as little

first_img Saturday 15 Apr 2017, 4:00 PM Image: Shutterstock/ChameleonsEye Migrants trying to reach Europe being sold as slaves for as little as €200 The slaves are forced to call their families, and beaten while on the phone, to get money demanded for their freedom. Share Tweet Email 51 Comments 20,482 Views Apr 15th 2017, 4:00 PM Image: Shutterstock/ChameleonsEye By AFP http://jrnl.ie/3337515 Short URL AFRICAN MIGRANTS TRYING to reach Europe are being sold into slavery in Libya, including for sex, for as little as $200 (€188).Having paid human traffickers in the hope of finding a better life many instead were held hostage and their families extorted for ransom.The International Organization for Migration said “slave market conditions” and detention were increasingly common as criminal gangs sought to cash in.“Selling human beings is becoming a trend among smugglers as the smuggling networks in Libya are becoming stronger,” Othman Belbeisi, the IOM’s chief of mission in Libya, told reporters in Geneva.“Migrants … are being sold in markets as a commodity” at a going rate of between $200 and $500 (€188 and €470) a head, he said.While some migrants sold this way managed to escape, many wallowed in captivity for months before being bought free or sold on.The UN agency could not provide statistics over how many people were affected, but relied on accounts provided to its staff on the ground.In one case, a Senegalese migrant identified only as SC, told IOM staff he had been held captive for months after he made the journey to Libya.After paying a trafficker more than $300 (€280) to arrange for him to be driven through the desert, he was apparently conned when he arrived in Libya, with a truck driver saying the trafficker never paid him the money.Sex slavesThe driver had taken SC and other migrants to a parking area where a “slave market” was taking place, an IOM statement said.“Sub-Saharan migrants were being sold and bought by Libyans,” the statement said, citing staff in Niger who took the man’s testimony.SC described being bought and taken to a private home where more than 100 migrants were held as hostages.They were forced to call their families back home, and were beaten while on the phone, to try and make sure they would get the money demanded for their freedom.“When somebody died or was released, kidnappers returned to the market to ‘buy’ more migrants to replace them,” the statement said.Women too were bought by private individuals …(and) were forced to be sex slaves.An IOM staff member in Niger had spoken with a number of migrants in recent days who “all confirmed the risks of being sold as slaves in squares or garages” once in Libya, it said.Some migrants, mainly Nigerians, Ghanaians and Gambians, were also “forced to work for the kidnappers/slave traders as guards in the ransom houses or in the ‘market’ itself,” the IOM staff member said.One migrant, whose name was not given, told IOM he and 25 other Gambians were taken to a “prison” in Libya, and was beaten every day for nine months before his father paid for his release by selling the family home.When he was freed he weighed just 35 kilos and was suffering from severe malnutrition and numerous torture wounds.- © AFP, 2017Read: European police forcing migrants to strip and walk back over border according to NGO report> Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Raising Christmas funds for newlyarrived Greek families in need

first_imgChristmas is meant to be a time of celebration with families coming together all around the world. However, if times are tough or if you are a long way from home, it can be a difficult time for many. The staff at Delphi Bank, together with PRONIA, recently engaged in fundraising efforts to help give hope to families in need this Christmas, opting out of their annual Kris Kringle activities and instead donating money towards the purchase of vouchers for families who are in need during this festive period. Through the program Provide Settlement Services for People Newly Arrived from Greece, PRONIA supports individuals during settlement by providing information, referral and liaison with health, social security, housing, employment, education and training services, as well as crisis intervention, information and referral for skills recognition and skills building. It also offers seminars and workshops for job seekers, practical support and advocacy to access fundamental rights and services, migration information and a referral service.This initiative is just one of the many ways Delphi Bank aims to give back and assist others who are not always as fortunate at Christmas, to help their customers and strengthen the prosperity of the communities around them having developed a diverse community engagement program over the years, with the organisation proudly supporting 300 charities, volunteer groups and cultural causes. For further information on the Newly Arrived People from Greece Program contact Konstantina Kouroutsidou – community settlement services officer at PRONIA on (03) 9388 9998. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Zico says Messi could never match Maradona or Pele

first_imgAccording to the Brazilian legend, the Argentinean superstar is having a great season and is close to the level Diego Maradona had.The question is always there: Is Lionel Messi a better player than Argentina’s Diego Armando Maradona or Brazil’s Pele?And for former Brazilian legend Zico, Messi is close to Maradona, but would never equal Pele.“Messi is close to Maradona,” Zico was quoted by Four Four Two.“That means, in my opinion, he can’t be compared to Pele. I still consider Maradona in front of Messi. With Pele, no.”FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“Pele has all the qualities and characteristic that a football player has to have,” he explained.“When God created him [Pele], he put every quality a footballer needs; speed, strength, impulse, technique, kicking ability, heading, dribbling – all of it, everything that a player might have.”“Few people could jump like him for a header. He is 170 centimeters tall. His foundations are perfect, [he had] mastery of the ball, [and mastery of] headers,” he added.“[Messi has] almost everything, but he doesn’t have the World Cup titles that Pele has. This [means] a lot.”last_img read more

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Chinas VR and mobile eSports games industry poised for explosive growth in

first_imgThe gaming industry in China is likely to witness explosive growth amid robust exports as the quality of virtual reality (VR) games and mobile eSports improves further, according to a report by research firm IDC.Chinese new year: Why red is the most important colour in ChinaAfter the extreme success of Onmyoji and other premium mobile games last year, more high-quality mobile games are expected to emerge in 2017. At the same time, 5G mobile networks will also help feature more exquisite graphics in richer worlds.Meanwhile, revenues from mobile eSports games in China are expected to touch $7.7 billion by 2020. In 2016, eSports games generated revenue to the tune of $7.3 billion in China, of which mobile eSports games contributed 34 percent, or $2.5 billion. Sub-segment wise, light mobile eSports games such as chess and card games and heavy mobile eSports games such as shooting and multiplayer online games would remain favourites among eSports players.Johnny Zhou, analyst at IDC China, said: “While remaining closely involved with the traditional PC and mobile industries, the gaming industry will draw from artificial intelligence, wearables, virtual reality, big data, cloud service and other emerging technologies and use animation, literature, movie and TV, live broadcasting, themed amusement park and other traditional entertainment industries to create more disruptive value.”In terms of exports, companies like Youzu, ELEX and Perfect World saw handsome returns from overseas markets. Social networking platform Facebook is also planning to strengthen its cooperation with Chinese game companies. Additionally, Google Developers Platform officially opened to Chinese developers on December 8 last year, allowing domestic mobile game developers to use the platform to promote their products to overseas markets.IDC projects China’s VR game industry to reach $11.5 billion by the end of 2020. Currently, the VR game hardware industry is relatively fragmented and there is a lack of large-scale distribution platforms for VR content. This will result in game distribution channels and content production standards playing an important role in the development of the VR industry in China.As far as console game market is concerned, Chinese market is expected to have reached $576 million in 2016, including both game and hardware sales revenue. This market will be driven by the number of console game users in China, which is expected to rise 10 times to 10.5 million by 2020.Artificial intelligence (AI), with its core functions of computing, sensing and cognition, and wearable devices markets are also likely to gather momentum in the coming years.However, the gaming industry is expected to face a severe talent shortage in China and hence professional gamers are expected to be in high demand in the country. Demand will be especially strong for professional eSports players, management personnel, eSports relaying personnel, VR game R&D personnel and game anchors.last_img read more

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Eid being celebrated in 40 Chandpur villages

first_imgResidents of 40 villages in Chandpur district are celebrating holy Eid-ul-Fitre on Sunday today amid much enthusiasm and religious fervour, reports news agency UNB.The villagers of Hajiganj, Faridganj, Matlab South and Kachua upazilas are celebrating Eid today as Saudi Arabia and other Muslim countries of the Middle East.The main congregation of the Eid-ul-Fitr was held at Shadra Senior Madrasa premises in Shadra village under Hajiganj upazila at 10:00am, said Maulana Abu Jofar M Abdul Hye, former principal of the madrasa and eldest son of late Maulana Ishaque, who introduced this practice in 1931.He further said devotees of these villages began fasting on the same date with the people of Saudi Arabia.last_img read more