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Juanfran is still hoping to earn a Spain recall despite not playing for the national team for the last two years.The Atletico Madrid defender, a European champion in 2012, started all four of Spain’s games at Euro 2016 but has not featured for them since.Spain coach Luis Enrique has not named Juanfran in either of his squads to date, with Wolves defender Jonny Castro Otto called up for his month’s matches with Wales and England in the absences of Dani Carvajal and Sergi Roberto. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! However, the 33-year-old insists he will not turn his back on international football.”I would be happy, until I retire, to be available to the national team,” Juanfran told Onda Madrid.”I wish Luis Enrique could have called me up. I feel very proud to wear that shirt.”I consider it my home because I have been a European champion with the national team, I have been to the World Cup.”OFICIAL | Lista de convocados de @LUISENRIQUE21 para los partidos de la @SeFutbol ante Gales e Inglaterra#UnaNuevaIlusiónhttps://t.co/9jbgBLH3n7 pic.twitter.com/xbTNRJLux1— Selección Española de Fútbol (@SeFutbol) October 4, 2018Juanfran’s Atletico team-mate Lucas Hernandez this week revealed he had rejected an offer to join city rivals Real Madrid.Lucas’ younger brother Theo is already on Madrid’s books, having joined from Atleti, but Juanfran feels the World Cup winner understands what it takes to play for Diego Simeone’s side.”He is a squad player and he knows what Atletico is. He feels very identified with this shirt,” Juanfran added.”It is what we want from our players and from those who come from outside: that they become involved and know immediately the values and what is needed to play at Atletico.”Diego Godin, named on the 30-man Ballon d’Or shortlist this week, was also singled out for praise by Juanfran, who said: “He is the best centre-back in the world.”
First, meet Rajinikanth the movie star. The superhero with lush hair and Elvis Presley sideburns, sporting a Batman-like costume in his latest release 2.0. He is a one-man army out to save the world with a robot clone of him equipped with multiple guns that can fire bullets in a,First, meet Rajinikanth the movie star. The superhero with lush hair and Elvis Presley sideburns, sporting a Batman-like costume in his latest release 2.0. He is a one-man army out to save the world with a robot clone of him equipped with multiple guns that can fire bullets in a 360-degree arc. He is invincible.Then meet Rajinikanth the person. Unlike most film stars, he unabashedly exposes his balding pate with frazzled shrubs of hair on the sides. He doesn’t hide the wrinkles and freckles on his face with make-up. He wears a spartan white kurta and pyjama and prefers to travel the streets of Chennai in an innocuous Innova. Unlike his I-dare-you on-screen characters, he is self-effacing and remains circumspect about his political plans even a year after proclaiming his intent to join the fray.The day of reckoning, though, is nigh for Rajinikanth, and he should, as one of the memes puts it, Mind It! Costing Rs 540 crore, Shanmugam Shankar’s 2.0, the sci-fi sequel to his 2010 film Enthiran (Robot), is the costliest film ever made in the history of Indian cinema. As 2.0 hit 10,000-odd screens in 14 languages around the world on November 29, there was a lot more riding on the film than just recovering the loads of money invested in it. For Rajinikanth, it will either magnify his superstar status and boost his electoral appeal or puncture his stardom and, with it, his ambitions of becoming a stellar actor on the Tamil Nadu political stage. Fans cheer as Rajinikanth arrives at a Chennai college in April 2018It is truly boom or bust time for the ageing film star. But Rajinikanth remains unworried and, in a rare interview with india today at his Poes Garden residence in the heart of Chennai, insists he would never bank on films to promote his political agenda unlike Tamil Nadu leaders, such as M.G. Ramachandran and M. Karunanidhi. Reason: “My films are different and my life is entirely different. Why should I merge the two? I am paid as an actor for films, whether I like the role or not. If I enter politics, I will be myself. I want to introduce a new and different kind of politics. I am 67 years of age, my health too is in a check-up stage. It is not easy to enter politics at this age, it is not a path of flowers. But still you have to change things, change that will make a difference in politics.” (See accompanying interview.)advertisementYet those who interpret Rajinikanth’s prudence in politics as timidity or a lack of clarity may rue such hasty conclusions. Rajinikanth has seen hard times-he began his working life as a bus conductor-and has slogged to attain the pinnacle he currently occupies. As one of the highest-paid film stars in Asia, with over 150 films, many of them blockbusters, in his bag, Rajinikanth has demonstrated that he has the talent, the temperament and the toughness to endure any test. Asked why, unlike his films where he moves at superfast speed, his political thrust has been at a snail’s pace, he said, “Politics is a very big game and very dangerous too. So I have to play it cautiously. And timing is very important.”Timing has always been key to Rajinikanth’s success, whether knowing when to flip a cigarette to his lips with panache or when to announce his intentions to join politics. In his superhit film Muthu, his best-known dialogue is “Naan eppo varuven, epdi varuvennu yarkum theriyathu. Aana vara vendiya nerathile vandidven (Nobody knows when or how I will come, but I will come when the time is right).” Rajinikanth had nurtured political ambitions for a long time, but it was only after the death of chief minister J. Jayalalithaa in December 2016 that he sensed an opportunity to fill the leadership vacuum. M. Karunanidhi, the DMK stalwart and Jayalalithaa’s rival, was also seriously ill then. (He passed away in August this year.) Rajinikanth created a wave of excitement by announcing his intention to join politics. Tamil Nadu politics has been dominated since 1967 by two Dravidian parties-the AIADMK, or the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, and the DMK, or the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam. Both parties have enduring cadres and since 1984 alternated as the ruling party in Tamil Nadu till Jayalalithaa broke the rule by winning consecutive assembly elections in 2011 and 2016. In the 2011 and 2016 polls, the AIADMK and allies polled 51.93 per cent and 41 per cent of the votes, respectively, while the DMK and partners polled 39.53 and 40 per cent. In the 2016 election, the AIADMK and its allies won 134 of Tamil Nadu’s 234 assembly seats while the DMK combine won 98. In between, in the 2014 Lok Sabha poll, the AIADMK and allies logged 43.3 per cent of the votes while the DMK along with its partners notched up a 26.8 per cent vote share.advertisementSignificantly, over the past decade, alliances without either the AIADMK or the DMK leading them have vanished, exposing their non-existing voter base. To emerge as a force, Rajinikanth will have to capture a substantial amount of the vote share both parties enjoy. With Karunanidhi anointing his son Stalin as the leader of the DMK before his death, that void is slowly being filled. Though the AIADMK continues to be in government following Jayalalithaa’s death, it has lost cohesion and the ferment among those jockeying for power continues. The party has no clear leader with the kind of charisma and stature that Jayalalithaa enjoyed.Some analysts argue that Rajinikanth is targeting the AIADMK’s vote bank because the party is without a leader and he is a leader without a party. In his interview with india today, Rajinikanth made it a point to praise MGR and even Jayalalithaa despite their differences and the fact that he had campaigned against her in 1996. He had nice things to say about Narendra Modi too. Though the BJP drew only two per cent of the votes in the state, Rajinikanth doesn’t want to antagonise the prime minister. But it is the AIADMK cadres that Rajinikanth is targeting to win the election. With the various factions hanging on together to prevent a collapse of government before the end of its term in 2021, Rajinikanth calculates that he still has time on his hands. He seems to be waiting for people’s disillusionment with the AIADMK government to peak before stepping in.The star, meanwhile, has focused on quietly revitalising the Rajini Makkal Mandram (RMM)-his statewide network of fans-and building a cadre of political workers and leaders at the grassroots level. The RMM is so far the bulwark of his political foray. Some of these diehard supporters had joined him in his campaigning to encourage blood and cornea donations since the 1980s, organising camps on the occasion of his birthday, December 12, every year. They can be leveraged to help him take the plunge at an appropriate time. Rajinikanth does not want to lose any steam with an early build-up. He is conscious of the fact that regaling cine-goers and rallying voters are two distinct talents.RMM members scrupulously observe the 36-page blue book released by Rajinikanth that outlines how they should conduct themselves in politics. The book, which has on its cover a reflective Rajinikanth and the symbol of a hand, popularised by his film Baba, spells out ideals and values for RMM activists. Rajinikanth has directed the RMM to go all-out to draw the younger generation and first-time voters by engaging them on social media. His website, rajinimandram.org, got a million hits and 300,000 registrations in the first 24 hours. He wants his fans to be part of his campaign for a ‘total revolution’ along with RMM members who hail from all age groups. Yet, so far, analysts estimate, this will account for only around 15 per cent of the electorate. It is a good beginning, but he needs at least 35 per cent of the vote share to rule the state should there be a three-way split among parties. Therefore, he needs to win over not only those drifting away from the AIADMK but also to capture the imagination of a large percentage of the DMK supporters as well as the uncommitted voters.When Rajinikanth announced his decision to enter politics on December 31 last year, he defined his vision of “spiritual politics” as one without shades of caste or religion. Hard work, transparency, public service, honesty and casteless politics would be the cornerstone of his party, he said. His optimistic supporters reckon that the charisma of Rajinikanth and the determination of RMM cadres together will free Tamil Nadu from the stranglehold of Dravidian rule. Chennai-based RSS ideologue S. Gurumurthy has welcomed the entry of Rajinikanth and endorsed the superstar’s brand of ‘spiritual politics’ as a potential game-changer, liberating the state ‘from the anti-god politics, concealing within it the Dravidian anti-Hindu sentiments, which has become outdated and counterproductive in Tamil Nadu’s increasingly pervasive religiosity’.advertisement Rajinikanth, though, is careful not to be branded as being backed by the BJP and risk losing the minority vote. Barely a month after announcing his political entry, he modified the original RMM logo to exclude the lotus and the snake to doubly ensure that his brand of spirituality does not alienate non-Hindus from his politics. Both the Ramakrishna Mission and Swami Vivekananda have been influences in his early life and contributed to those elements in the RMM logo. “He is simple, honest and straight-forward,” gushes Raju Mahalingam, one of those who bankrolled 2.0 before he quit Lyca Productions to be the first to join Rajinikanth’s political campaign. “He is the need of the hour for Tamil Nadu.”In his interview to india today, Rajinikanth did elaborate on what he thought were the key issues facing Tamil Nadu. He believes there is a leadership vacuum in the state that is preventing the people from realising their full potential. He is clear that the “first priority should be to eradicate poverty, create employment, take care of youth and ensure economic growth for the upliftment of the state. Everyone is suffering…farmers, youngsters…we should resolve all these things”. Rajinikanth seemed to indicate that he was staying away from Dravidian politics and focusing instead on presenting himself as the messiah of the poor and needy on the lines of AIADMK founder MGR, a strategy that proved highly successful with the electorate.Experts are sceptical about Rajinikanth’s gameplan to inherit MGR’s political legacy. “In election campaigns, he can try to create the MGR aura, and also come up with a poll manifesto of the MGR ‘populist’ kind. But the gap between the two is huge. What’s more, MGR was known and seen as doing in real life what he promised on reel life long before he became chief minister. Rajinikanth slips badly on that score,” says political analyst N. Sathiya Moorthy. The star gained much of his early popularity playing the roles of villain’s characters who smoked and drank, paying no heed to building any future political image.Other analysts point out that there was a contextual evolution of MGR the actor as a politician. “Who does not want to be an MGR in Tamil Nadu cinema and politics? Only a few can understand that MGR’s image, including myths and realities, evolved with the DMK’s rise and the Dravidian movement between 1955 and 1967. Rajinikanth is far removed from the masses and cannot even be a copy of MGR in his outreach and the ideological force of Dravidian identity and power politics,” says Professor Ramu Manivannan, head of the department of political science and public administration at the University of Madras. “In cinema,” he goes on to add, “he entered as a villain (anti-hero) and emerged as a hero. But, in politics, he is an unknown hero who will be dismissed as a villain.”Yet, Rajinikanth is in demand. Much of what the RMM is doing in organisation-building, particularly forming polling booth committees, has a ring of what the BJP has done successfully in recent years in capturing power in several states. Rajinikanth’s political strategy team seems to be working on several imponderables, starting with the purported uncertainties in the AIADMK ranks, the perceived dwindling of the DMK cadre strength and possible churn in the equally strong ranks of non-committed voters, who play a decisive factor in Tamil Nadu elections. Whether they will vote for him because of that is another question.Rajinikanth will also face other challenges, both before and after contesting his first election. Apart from policy predicaments, he cannot induct corrupt and self-defeating politicians from other parties and go and tell voters that he is here to cleanse the system. Rajinikanth holds the promise of a bold experiment of bringing a new kind of politics and politicians-a Tamil Nadu 2.0. But right now he is a one-man army and it will be a tall order for Rajinikanth to emerge as a superhero in real life for the people of Tamil Nadu.
All-rounders will play a key role at the upcoming 50-overs World Cup in England and Wales and India could have one of the best in Hardik Pandya, 2011 player-of-the-tournament Yuvraj Singh has told Reuters.Yuvraj scored 362 runs and 15 wickets as India won the World Cup for the second time in 2011 and the 37-year-old believes the rules of this year’s edition will make those players who can contribute with both bat and ball even more valuable.A maximum of four fielders will be allowed outside the 30-yard circle between overs 10 to 40, making it difficult for captains to stack their teams with frontline batsmen and rely on part-timers to pitch in with the bowling.”It’s a five-fielder rule and part-timers don’t get away with that kind of bowling, it’s going to be tough to bowl the sixth bowler,” Yuvraj told Reuters in an interview.”But if you go with five (frontline) bowlers, then you know somebody has to bowl four to five overs maximum. If somebody is not bowling well, then someone has to chip in.”Yuvraj was confident seam-bowling all-rounder Pandya can execute the role he played eight years ago to perfection when the 12th World Cup kicks off on May 30.”I was actually having this conversation with him,” the left-handed batsman said of his Mumbai Indians team mate Pandya.”I told him that ‘you have a great chance of performing really well with the ball and bat’, the kind of form he is in at the moment. Definitely, the way he is batting at the moment, it is phenomenal and I hope he carries that form.advertisement”He has been bowling well in patches but as I said it is all about how you handle the pressure… I just hope that Hardik has an awesome tournament.”After going through the most difficult period of his fledging career in the past few months, during which he had to deal with injury problems and controversy off the field, Pandya has been back to his best in the Indian Premier League.BROAD BLUDGEONEDThe 25-year-old has been a vital cog in Mumbai’s march to the final of the Twenty20 tournament, scoring runs at a breathtaking strike rate of almost 200 and also picking up 14 wickets with his medium pace bowling.In his heyday, Yuvraj was one of the cleanest strikers of the ball in the game – as England’s Stuart Broad found out when he was bludgeoned for six sixes in one over during the 2007 World Twenty20.A veteran of three World Cups, Yuvraj is certain the wickets in England and Wales will allow a continuation of the trend towards high scoring at World Cups.India’s wristspin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have had lot of success in the recent past and Yuvraj implored the Virat Kohli-led side to include two spinners in their side during the quadrennial tournament.”I feel we need to go with our strength,” Yuvraj added at an event to launch MoneyGram’s microsite through which fans would be able to send wishes to their teams for the World Cup.”Our strength is that our spinners have been successful against South Africa, Australia and England and we should go with that. I would say go with our four best bowlers and fifth is Hardik.”The format for the May 30-July 14 tournament has also seen a change from the previous years with all 10 teams playing each other before the top four advance to the semi-finals.Recalling India’s exit from the 2007 World Cup in West Indies when the side departed at the group stage having lost two out of three matches, Yuvraj felt the new format would allow teams a shot at redemption.”Playing everybody and nine games will definitely be tougher (but) it’s actually going to work in both ways,” he said.”It’s tougher, yes, but you also have an opportunity to bounce back. We lost the 2007 World Cup and suddenly we felt that we needed more games. Those times there was no opportunity to bounce back.”Also Read | Mumbai Indians’ enviable record in IPL finals: 3 wins, 1 loss out of 4 finalsAlso Read | MI played a nice brand of cricket in our conditions: CSK coach Stephen FlemingAlso See
zoom Nakilat Damen Shipyards Qatar (NDSQ) has signed an agreement with Qatar’s New Port Project (NPP) to construct 11 workboats for use at the port.NDSQ will build four 29m-long Azimuth Stern Drive (ASD) tug boats, three 16m-long mooring boats and four 15m-long glass reinforced plastic (GRP) pilot boats. The 11 vessels will be built entirely at Qatar’s Erhama Bin Jaber Al Jalahma Shipyard in Ras Laffan for delivery in 2016. The vessels will be engaged in service at NPP performing a variety of marine support services to vessels visiting the port.The new Doha port is one of the largest infrastructure projects in Qatar, located on 26 square kilometers along the main port centers, with a cost around QAR 27 billion (USD 7.42bn). The new port will consist of a container terminal, general cargo berth, imported cars, imported cattle and grain, and support vessels station, coastguard vessels station and marine support unit and support ships.
zoom The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has declined the use of the most probable number (MPN) method for evaluating the biological efficacy of UV-based treatment technologies in ballast water, which could cause a delay in the first type approval of any ballast water management system to the summer of 2016, according to international classification society DNV GL.USCG said that the method, submitted individually by four BWMS manufacturers, does not evaluate the performance of a BWMS to that discharge standard.The MPN method evaluates the ability of an organism to reproduce and hence its ability to colonize a new environment. As such, the method does not have the same results as the USCG’s preferred method vital staining.Under the current USCG policy, BWMSs using UV technology need to apply a more conservative treatment dose to immediately kill organisms, therefore the new method, yet to be approved, will unlikely be a UV system.However, DNV GL said that the MPN method is the most relevant method and is a reliable way of evaluating the performance of UV technologies.“That method has been validated to a greater extent than most of the methods described in the Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) Protocol (prescriptive guidance incorporated by reference to US regulation), and UV technologies are commonly accepted in other water treatment industries,” DNV GL added.DNV GL, having provided much of the MPN analysis done for the four BWMS manufacturers, said it expects the manufacturers will appeal the USCG decision.DNV GL added that shipowners should consider possible operational limitations of UV-T, holding time, energy consumption and reduced flow rate when discharging ballast in US waters with UV systems.
Rabat – Morocco’s Agadir has been named the best value luxury holiday destination for 2015, according to a new research.The research, conducted by UK’s beach holiday specialist “On the Beach“, ranked the southern Moroccan coastal city as the best value destination in the 5 stars category.Agadir topped the list ahead of Malta (2nd), Portuguese coastal region of the Algarve (3rd), followed by Hammamet in Tunisia (4th) and Cyprus’ Paphos making up the top five, says the British online travel agent. The same source added that Spain reigns in the four-star holiday category with three destinations in the top five.Spain’s Costa Brava is leading the way, followed by Algarve (Portugal), Malaga (Spain), Alicante (Spain) and Greece’s Halkidiki.The research also revealed that upgrading the hotel to a higher class can often save money.“Our beach holiday report shows that for those looking for a great value holiday in 2015, there are some fantastic destinations to choose from,” On the Beach’s chief marketing Officer Alistair Daly was quoted as saying.“The report also shows that holidaymakers really need to do their homework and check across a range of destinations and hotels as the lower grade holidays are not always the cheapest,” he added.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Macy’s Inc. reported a disappointing profit for its second quarter and cut its outlook for the year on Wednesday. The department store chain blamed shoppers’ reluctance to spend for a rare slip in sales.Its shares fell 4 per cent in regular trading. Over the past year, its stock is up almost 27 per cent.The second-quarter weakness raises worries about consumer spending, an important part of the economy, and how other merchants fared during the spring and early summer.Macy’s, the first of the major retailers to report second-quarter results, has been a standout among its peers throughout the economic recovery. It’s a barometer of spending among middle- to upper-income shoppers.Wal-Mart Stores Inc., Kohl’s Corp. and Nordstrom Inc. are among the major retailers scheduled to report later this week.Like other retailers, the Cincinnati-based operator of Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s is grappling with a yo-yo economic recovery that’s making people careful about their purchases heading into the heart of the key back-to-school selling period.While jobs are easier to get and the turnaround in the housing market is showing promise, the improvements haven’t been enough to get most Americans to spend more. Most are juggling tepid wage gains with higher costs of living.“We believe that much of our weakness is due to the health of the consumer and to the fact that consumers seem to be choosing to make purchases in non-department store categories such as cars, housing and home improvement,” Karen Hoguet, Macy’s chief financial officer, said during a conference call with investors.To lure shoppers back in the store, Macy’s said it is stepping up marketing but declined to offer details.For the three months that ended Aug. 3, Macy’s said it earned $281 million, or 72 cents per share. That’s short of the 78 cents per share analysts expected. It was the first time Macy’s profit missed expectations since 2007. A year ago, the company earned $279 million, or 67 cents per share.Revenue slipped to $6.07 billion, also short of the $6.26 billion analysts expected, according to FactSet.Revenue at stores open a year, a key metric because it strips out the impact of newly opened and closed locations, slid 0.8 per cent. That was Macy’s first decline since the fourth quarter of 2009.Macy’s now expects the figure to climb between 2 per cent and 2.9 per cent for the full year, down from its previous projection of a 3.5 per cent increase.Hoguet said that weakness during the quarter affected most types of products, including shoes and cosmetics. The company had to mark down prices after a cool spring. But she said she was encouraged by early back-to-school sales so far in August.But other retailers such as teen clothing sellers American Eagle Outfitters Inc. and Aeropostale Inc. have warned of a slow start to the period.Macy’s also lowered its full-year earnings forecast to $3.80 to $3.90 per share, down from the previous outlook of $3.90 to $3.95 per share.Macy’s results were also surprising because analysts believed that the chain should be benefiting from the woes of J.C. Penney.Penney, based in Plano, Texas, is trying to stabilize its business after a transformation strategy spearheaded by its former CEO Ron Johnson backfired and led to disastrous results.During a question-and-answer session with analysts, Hoguet declined to comment on how Penney’s moves to bring back discounts had affected Macy’s.Still, Macy’s results don’t bode well for Penney, which reports second-quarter results on Tuesday, said Brian Sozzi, chief equities strategist for Belus Capital Advisors.Shares of Macy’s fell $2.07 to $46.43 in mid-day trading. Over the past 52 weeks, the stock has traded between $36.30 and $50.77.___AP Retail Writer Candice Choi in New York contributed to this report. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press Posted Aug 14, 2013 8:21 am MDT Macy’s reports disappointing 2Q profit as sales slip; forecast lowered
Brock student Tanghui (Eddie) Liu practises his English with a student at a university in Brazil using a program called Teletandem that allows the students to converse face to face. For five weeks this spring, 20 Brock students turned up at a Plaza language lab, booted up computers and set about to improve their English-speaking skills.Their lessons, however, took them beyond Brock’s campus, and connected them with fellow university students more than 8,000 kilometres away.The students, part of Brock’s Intensive English Language Program, were meeting virtually with others from the Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP) in Sao Paulo, Brazil.Together, they spent 30 minutes every Tuesday practising their English and learning about life in their respective universities, countries and cultures through an online program called Teletandem, which let’s the students see each other while conversing.“It’s been a lot of fun so far and we’ve really appreciated both these groups’ efforts,” said Jim Papple, academic co-ordinator of speaking in ESL Services. “Having someone to have a conversation with on the other end is really thrilling.”The five-week session, called In Tandem: A student language and cultural exchange, was a pilot to create more engaging opportunities for students to work on their English and succeed at Brock.It came to be thanks to the success of Science Without Borders, a Canadian-Brazilian scholarship program that sees the Brazilian government pay to send its students abroad to study, intern and conduct science research in Canada.Brock has partnered with UNESP in that program, making it easy to collaborate on other educational opportunities, such as In Tandem, which involved UNESP Prof. Ana Cristina Biondo Salmão.The Brazilian students are in their third or fourth year of studies, while the Brock students are going into their first at the University. While they have life skills to offer, Brock students have language to share in return, Papple explained.In Tandem has given Brock student Abigail Yao an experience she wouldn’t have gotten in any of her business classes. She also made a friend with whom she’ll stay in contact to continue the English lessons after the program ends.“My friend is beautiful, very funny and very talkative,” Yao said. “I enjoy the time with her. It’s also improved my English-speaking skills because in class, we don’t have time to speak a lot. I’ve benefitted a lot from this class.”Instructor Jun Du said the sessions became the highlight of the week for students here and in Brazil.“They’re excited for it every Tuesday,” she said. “If a Brazilian student can’t be reached, they’ll reschedule. That tells us they’re enjoying it, too.”
Cressida Dick has revealed that she has encountered sexism since being named the first female head of Scotland Yard.The 57-year-old, who last year became the first female Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police in its 189-year history, said men can struggle with working with a female boss who they think of as either a “governness or dominatrix”.Ms Dick said that she still meets men who seemed “threatened, baffled and confused” by her position.She said: “I long for the day when we can all be ourselves, whoever we are, and express ourselves in whatever way we like, and we don’t have these kinds of funny constraints in our heads that make us feel ‘Ooh, there’s a different power relationship because that’s a man and that’s a woman’. And we still get that. It’s not helpful.”The Commissioner, who took a £40,000 pay cut to lead the country’s biggest police force, also described rising through the ranks of the Met in a “very male-oriented environment”. Cressida Dick with the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, last year at the launch of a new Knife Crime StrategyCredit:Lauren Hurley/PA In an interview at the launch of a leadership academy, she said: “It was at least 25 years since I thought regularly about the fact that I was a woman, doing this job. I think about it when people remind me. But I have on occasion suddenly realised that some men feel slightly threatened by, or slightly baffled by, or confused by, possibly even now, by having a woman in . . . a very powerful role. She said she feels fortunate to have been given “confidence” as a child, but fears more and more children are not being instilled with the same self-belief.“One of the things that I feel very blessed about is that I was given a fair amount of confidence as a young person and I constantly meet young people, even today, maybe even more today, when it is clearly not a given that they will have a reasonable amount of confidence.“It’s incredibly important that it doesn’t develop into arrogance. But a sense of — in old-fashioned speak — ‘I am OK, I do deserve to be here, I can do what I want to do, I can be myself, I can express myself’ is really important as you go into the working world.” “It must be very odd for [men]. There are now women at every level in every part of policing.”Ms Dick, who gave a keynote speech at the launch, recalled a talk she attended with other officers by the second female director of MI5, Eliza Manningham-Buller.She was surprised, she said, when colleagues began “talking about her [Manningham-Buller] as if she was a governess or a dominatrix”.Since her appointment in April 2017, Britain’s top police officer has presided over several terrorist attacks, a rise in violent crime and the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Hitachi Ltd yesterday announced at its Social Innovation Forum Queensland that over the past 18 months it has invested approximately A$875 million of the A$1.25 billion it committed to investing in its Australian Social Innovation business by FY2020. Owing to the company’s belief that Australia’s mining sector is an undisputed world leader, Hitachi has focused the bulk of this investment in Australian mining in order to further accelerate the industry locally through digital advancements and the IoT (Internet of Things), and then export this innovation to other parts of the world.By 2030, Hitachi predicts that Australia’s mining industry will be operated almost entirely by autonomous machines. Game-changing innovations, such as remote and integrated operations centres, autonomous vehicles and analytics, will have been filtered down from being used only by Australia’s largest mining companies, to being commonplace across the entire industry in less than 15 years.Such advances in technology are predicted to increase productivity and reduce costs by up to 25%, which will have a significant impact on retaining Australia’s competitiveness in the Asia Pacific region, in addition to major positive social impacts such as the ability for mining employees to work in metropolitan areas. Hitachi also predicts that by 2030 most mines will have fully integrated IoT systems that will connect all mining operations to central analytics hubs where strategic decisions can be made and implemented thousands of kilometres away from the mining site.Despite a period of downturn, current strong demand for commodities has meant the market has begun to recover and the world views Australia’s mature mining industry as rich with opportunity. Hitachi’s Managing Director, Atsushi Konishi, said: “There are several large mining companies that are looking at Australia to implement new digital technologies in order to then replicate them in other regions of the world. Embracing smart technology including digitisation and IoT (Internet of Things) in the mining industry is imperative for Australia to maintain its leadership position.”One of the key technologies that will drive the autonomous mining revolution is Hitachi’s Autonomous Haulage System (AHS). AHS leverages technologies developed for Hitachi Ltd.’s automotive and railroad solutions as well as fleet management and dispatch system to increase productivity and lower the total cost of ownership.Since 2016, Hitachi has made several acquisitions relevant to mining, including the purchase of Bradken, HE Parts and Sullair. Hitachi has increased its Australia workforce by employing an additional 2,000 employees since 2016 and today has about 3,650 employees in the region. Hitachi is on track to triple its FY2015 revenue total in Australia to reach A$3.75 billion by FY2020.
Warning: this story contains graphic images. A WOMAN IN Co Tipperary has been convicted on five counts of causing unnecessary suffering to dogs, after an ISPCA inspector discovered five dogs living in “horrendous conditions”, confined to a “filthy pen without access to water, food or adequate shelter”.The woman, from Thurles, was fined €2,500 and ordered to pay €1,108 in veterinary costs and €1,000 in legal costs at Cashel District Court on 23 March.ISPCA inspector Alice Lacey visited the defendant’s property on 7 December 2015, after allegations had been made that a number of dogs were in poor condition there.A pomeranian, three black labrador crosses and a saluki were found on site, all underweight for their breed and size with two of the younger puppies having a heavy worm burden.All of the dogs were signed over to the care of the ISPCA. Source: ISPCAThe pomeranian, who rescuers named Hector, was covered in faeces and had an extremely matted coat when found, according to the ISPCA.His condition was so bad that Lacey was initially unable to distinguish what breed of dog he was. A veterinary examination revealed that Hector had lost all of his teeth except for two.Inspector Lacey said: “The living conditions these dogs were kept in were horrendous and animal neglect will not be tolerated.If owners are unable to care for their animals appropriately, our inspectors will provide advice or give instruction. However, in certain circumstances animals will be seized and we will instigate legal proceedings in serious cases. By Sean Murray 37,515 Views Tuesday 28 Mar 2017, 3:16 PM Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Lacey said that all of the dogs had been re-homed since their discovery, including Hector who took about a year to recover.In a statement, the ISPCA added that it believes the right balance of enforcement and education would result in long terms changes in attitudes towards animal welfare in Ireland. Source: ISPCA“We would like to see animal welfare taught as part of the national school curriculum,” the group said.Since March 2014, ISPCA Inspectors have carried out 11,065 investigations and over 2,795 animals have been seized or surrendered.A total of 92 prosecutions have been initiated, 25 of which have been finalised in court to-date.Members of the public should report animal welfare concerns to the ISPCA by contacting the National Animal Cruelty Helpline on 1890 515 515 or report online in confidence here. Source: ISPCARead: In photos: ISPCA report reveals cases of starving dogs and ponies in filthy conditions with no waterRead: Puppies found covered in urine and faeces with no access to food or water Short URL ‘Hungry, thirsty, filthy’: Woman fined €2,500 after dogs discovered in horrendous conditions One of the dogs was missing all but two of his teeth. http://jrnl.ie/3310962 55 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share362 Tweet Email5 Mar 28th 2017, 3:16 PM
WASHINGTON — Addressing a deeply divided nation, President Donald Trump called for a “new American moment” of unity Tuesday night and challenged lawmakers to make good on long-standing promises to fix a dangerously fractured immigration system, warning of evil outside forces seeking to undermine the nation’s way of life.Trump’s State of the Union address blended self-congratulation and calls for optimism amid a growing economy with dark warnings about deadly gangs, the scourge of drugs and violent immigrants living in the United States illegally. He cast the debate over immigration — an issue that has long animated his most ardent supporters — as a battle between heroes and villains, praising the work of an immigration agent who arrested more than 100 gang members and saluting the families of two alleged gang victims.He also spoke forebodingly of catastrophic dangers from abroad, warning that North Korea would “very soon” threaten the United States with nuclear-tipped missiles.“The United States is a compassionate nation. We are proud that we do more than any other country to help the needy, the struggling and the underprivileged all over the world,” Trump said. “But as president of the United States, my highest loyalty, my greatest compassion, and my constant concern is for America’s children, America’s struggling workers and America’s forgotten communities.”Trump spoke with tensions running high on Capitol Hill. An impasse over immigration prompted a three-day government shutdown earlier this year, and lawmakers appear no closer to resolving the status of the “Dreamers” — young people living in the U.S. illegally ahead of a new Feb. 8 deadline for funding operations. The parties have also clashed this week over the plans of Republicans on the House intelligence committee to release a classified memo on the Russia investigation involving Trump’s presidential campaign — a decision the White House backs but the Justice Department is fighting.The controversies that have dogged Trump — and the ones he has created– have overshadowed strong economic gains during his first year in office. His approval ratings have hovered in the 30s for much of his presidency, and just 3 in 10 Americans said the United States was heading in the right direction, according to a poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. In the same survey, 67 percent of Americans said the country was more divided because of Trump.
Eric Holt was another face in a sea of red.In the midst of teacher strikes in Clark County, educators clad in red T-shirts flooded Esther Short Park on an afternoon in early September to rally for their demands. Wearing a crisp dress shirt, red tie and pair of running shoes, Holt strode into the crowd.Holt had risen at 3 a.m. at the homestead in Hockinson that he shares with his wife and three boys to get to his job as a safety and operations manager at a mining company in Portland. After getting home from work, Holt had a few minutes with his wife before it was off to meetings with county officials as well as elected leaders and a labor group as part of his run for Clark County Council chair.“Relationships are everything,” said Holt. “With everybody. With the people you run against, with the groups that support you, with the groups that oppose you.”Amid the speeches and cheers at the rally, Holt could pick out familiar faces of supporters and people he’d worked with. Holt once thought he’d never do anything like run for office. But after moving to Clark County in 2010 and getting involved in local Democratic politics, Holt, 45, has steadily won over much of the party’s establishment in his run for chair.In the August primary, Holt went toe-to-toe with two seasoned politicians vying for council chair and emerged in second place with 24 percent of the vote. In the November general election, Holt will square off with Republican County Councilor Eileen Quiring, who received 38 percent of the vote. The two candidates offer notably different visions of economic development, planning, taxation and other issues.
A potential January departure for Thorgan Hazard has allegedly been ruled out by Borussia Monchengladbach boss Dieter HeckingSince arriving Gladbach in 2014 from Chelsea, Hazard’s consistently good performances in Germany over the years has made him one of the most wanted players in Europe.The 25-year-old winger has recently been linked with moves Liverpool, Atletico Madrid and AS Roma.But BILD understands that Hecking has told the Gladbach director of sport Max Eberl and the board that Hazard will not be allowed to go anywhere in next month’s transfer window.The Belgium international has managed nine goals and six assists in 17 Bundesliga games this season and is contracted at Gladbach until June 2020.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.However, the report did add that a summer return to Chelsea may be on the table for Hazard as the club have an option to buy him back.The Blues included a clause into his contract at Gladbach when they sold him and will have first refusal on him.Hazard had joined Chelsea back in the summer of 2012, along with his older brother Eden, from French side RC Lens.But Hazard never made an appearance for Chelsea and was immediately sent on loan to Belgian club SV Zulte Waregem for two seasons.Afterwards, he went on another loan spell to Gladbach before the German side decided to make him a permanent member of the squad in 2015.
Sasha Foo, October 18, 2018 Posted: October 18, 2018 Updated: 11:58 AM Sasha Foo 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN ONOFRE (KUSI) — A San Diego philanthropist is joining the battle to get millions of pounds of radioactive waste removed from the beach at San Onofre.Jennifer Moore is donating $300,000 to a group that is suing the San Onofre nuclear power plant.KUSI’s Sasha Foo has the story. Watchdog group gets $300,000 to fight San Onofre waste dump Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
Kathie Durbin, an author and award-winning journalist who had covered the Washington Legislature and the environment for The Columbian, died Friday in a Portland hospice facility.Durbin, who was 68, had been battling pancreatic cancer. She had been at Legacy Hopewell House Hospice since Monday. A Portland resident, Durbin was on The Columbian’s reporting staff from July 1999 until December 2011, when she retired.Her award-winning reporting included big regional stories like the removal of the Condit Dam on the White Salmon River and the wind-power boom in Klickitat County.Durbin also was honored for her coverage of more intimate and personal topics. They include the story of a woman whose son’s genetic disorder was so rare that it didn’t even have a name.The native of Eugene, Ore., graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in journalism. She spent almost 16 years as a reporter at The Oregonian in Portland, from 1978 to 1994.
Tool Announce European Tour As Fans Wait For Album Release The tour will launch June 2019 in Berlin, Germany. The band will tour until July 2 in cities including Vienna, Austria, Amsterdam, Madrid, Spain and Lisbon, Portugal. While an album release date has not been set, frontman Maynard James Kennan took to Twitter last month to update fans it’s a “Long way 2 go but much closer,” teasing a release sometime in 2019 with his hashtags.It is an understatement to say Tool fans are excitedly waiting for this album. It’s been 12 years since the band has dropped an album and their tour announcement is only adding to the growing anticipation. The band performed in San Bernardino, Calif., last year and has performed here and there, only bringing down hope that the tour announcement doesn’t necessarily mean the album will be ready before it. In June, producer and engineer Sylvia Massy took us back to the album that started it all. Massy helped capture Tool’s live energy in their debut, Undertow.”Tool was a fantastic live band, and my biggest challenge was to capture the live energy in a studio setting, so generally during the first recordings I was just letting them do their thing,” Massy told the Recording Academy. “However, on Undertow as we started pre-production in rehearsals, I could see them getting stuck with some songwriting challenges so I stepped in as a tie-breaker.”The album, released in 1993, was the introduction to Tool’s intensely good, hard rock and something not heard at the time.”That is why it endures to this day. And for me it was a milestone in my career. It was when people started knocking on my door, instead of the other way around,” Massy said. “It’s been 25 years since Tool’s Undertow was released, yet I still get messages from Tool fans about it. It made an impact on a lot of people.”Years later, fans can only wait for Tool’s next clue. A Perfect Circle’s Billy Howerdel On New Music, Touring Again & MoreRead more Tool Announce Europe Tour Dates tool-announce-european-tour-fans-wait-album-release Could the tour dates give us a clue as to when the GRAMMY-winning band’s fifth-studio album will drop?Jennifer VelezGRAMMYs Oct 24, 2018 – 2:46 pm GRAMMY-winning rock band Tool have announced European tour dates for summer 2019. The announcement comes as fans continue to wait for their much-anticipated fifth studio album. Could this be their next clue? Twitter News Facebook Email
Vijayawada: The women devotees on Tuesday brought the Holy Ashada Sare to present it to the Goddess Kanaka Durga atop Indrakeeladri on a grand note. The devotees performed traditional dance and played traditional music instruments while carrying the Sare. More than nine batches of devotees were given permission to offer Sare. Vedic pundits blessed all the women who offered Sare to the goddess with Vedic hymns.
Warangal: Warangal Urban District Collector Prashant Jeevan Patil on Thursday urged the people to help those youth undertake adventurous sports.He gave a cheque for Rs 22,000 to 20-year-old mountaineer Rasamalla Akhil of Kishanpura in Hanamkonda who was chosen to climb the 6,153-meter Stok Kangri, the highest mountain in the Stok Range of the Himalayas. The HDFC Bank released the funds under their corporate social responsibility. Akhil and another youth from Telangana are among 21 mountaineers who are scheduled to trek Stok Kangri from August 5 to 15. G Mallikarjuna of Nagarkurnool is also selected from Telangana. Patil asked Akhil to hoist the Kakatiya thoranam along with the national flag when he reaches the summit.
Meghan Markle and Prince HarryGetty ImagesMeghan Markle and Prince Harry may be making quite the drastic decision when it comes to their baby. And we have to say that the Royal Palace may not be too pleased.Apparently, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry don’t want their baby to be identified by as a royal, it has been revealed.Harry apparently has hinted that he does not want their child to be valued on its royal background. Prince Harry recently spoke to 12,000 students at London’s Wembley Arena and said: “You don’t judge someone based on how they look, where they’re from, or how they identify.” The Prince has struggled with his royal status since the death of his mother when he was just 12.Since then, he has prided himself on being “one of the guys”.While on tour in Afgahniation in 2013, he proudly told journalists: “I am one of the guys, I don’t get treated any differently.” Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesIngrid Seward editor of Majesty Magazine said: “I don’t think there’s been a member of the royal family that hasn’t said they want their children to have a normal upbringing.”Even the queen said she wanted her children to have as normal an upbringing as possible. But with the media attention, it’s actually not possible to have a totally normal upbringing.”Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are trying to carve their own path it seems but the Queen and the Royal Palace seem to be having none of it. It seems that the Queen is afraid that the Duchess of Sussex will overshadow the Royal Family. The Queen had to reportedly step in to settle the apparent feud between Kate Middleton and Megha Markle.