‘It matters more when there is money on it’ is a dangerous indoctrination

first_imgIn April 2016, when the FA unveiled its reported £4m per year sponsorship deal, the Ladbrokes chief executive, Jim Mullen, did not attempt to hide his central purpose. Describing football as “the holy grail of sporting sponsorship opportunities,” he said the company wanted to be “at the beating heart of the beautiful game,” and that his aim had been to “ramp up our marketing spend in those places where we know our customers are engaged. Being at the heart of football in this country is precisely what I had in mind.”Two months after its ban on Barton and his accusation of two-facedness, football’s governing body suddenly ended that four-year deal, announcing a policy not to “partner” with betting companies. The FA’s policy, its chairman, Greg Clarke, explained, was based on the need to uphold the rule against players betting, not to prevent the indoctrination of fans. EFL’s extended deal with bookmaker draws criticism from campaigners Topics Share on Facebook Since you’re here… Support The Guardian Joey Barton, whose football career was in effect ended early by his suspension last year for gambling, now says the ban on players betting is hypocritical given the game’s dependence on gambling sponsorship and that half of all players could be breaching the rule anyway. He sharply made that point at the time of his 18-month ban last April, later reduced to 13 months; pointing out the Football Association, which solemnly imposed the suspension on him, was sponsored by Ladbrokes.Barton argues the rule, which is aimed at preventing match-fixing, is too absolute, because players like him casually or even addictively gambling on matches are a world away from taking money to throw or fix games. But given huge wages and match-fixing’s existential danger, there will be no moves to relax the rules. The FA and leagues may see Barton’s protest as a sign the ban is hurting, so it must be working.Yet Barton has a much more urgently valid argument about the relentless marketing, advertising and sponsorship by betting companies. The use of clubs’ kits as billboards and the constant, shouty adverts during the broadcast of football matches and other sports (BT Sport’s coverage of Ashes cricket being a glaring example) has become a constant haranguing of supporters to bet, a tendency which, as Barton says, was already “culturally ingrained”. Share on Messenger The EFL, though, said brazenly at the time it was “of the firm belief there is no conflict in having a commercial relationship with the gaming industry”. The SkyBet partnership will continue, as will the sponsorships of clubs by myriad gambling companies. Barton bitterly pointed out in his BBC interview that the Premier League is also drenched in betting sponsorship and advertising; its clubs, mostly owned by billionaires, feasting on the most lucrative TV deals ever, cannot be said to need the money.A dangerous culture is being stamped into British sport, that it matters more when there is money on it. Barton’s fall illustrates its power, that even young men who are prohibited by their professional rules from gambling and risk career ruination find it impossible to resist. It is an epidemic and someone needs to get a grip. Serial warnings are being sounded against this corporate campaign to convert fans into gamblers but the sports themselves are banking the money and not inclined to care. The Gambling Commission warned last year that British people lost £13bn gambling and that more than two million people had a problem or were at risk of addiction. That is a hideous trauma which can result in people losing relationships, homes and their mental health. Dr Sean Cowlishaw of Bristol university found that one in four men aged 18-24 – the prime target group for the bookies’ marketing – displayed signs of a gambling problem.The risks of excessive gambling were recognised for decades, the bookies restricted in their marketing, their high street windows frosted up, until the last Labour government ceded to their lobbying and relaxed the rules with the 2005 Gambling Act.In the deluge since then the betting companies, many registered in offshore tax havens, have worked ruthlessly to soak the urge to bet into the very experience of being a supporter. Skybet, the betting division of BSkyB which already makes fortunes from its exclusive buy-up of live TV rights, made that explicit with its endlessly repeated slogan: “It matters more when there is money on it.”That is a highly contestable claim – having a fiver on a game arguably makes it mean less than heartfelt involvement as a supporter – yet the English Football League in effect endorses this emotional manipulation by twinning the very name of its competition with SkyBet. Share on WhatsApp Sport betting Read more Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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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 LinkedIn Read more Share via Email Joey Barton claims at least half of all footballers are breaking FA betting rules Share on Pinterest comment The FA’s new policy was based on the need to uphold the rule against players betting, not to prevent the indoctrination of fans Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Besiktas 1 Bayern 3 (1-8 agg)

first_imgBesiktas 1 Bayern Munich 3 (1-8 agg): Heynckes’ men cruise into quarter-finals Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 02:47 15/3/2018 Thiago Alcantara Twitter/@FCBayern Bayern Munich remain on track for another treble under Jupp Heynckes after easily coming through a Champions League tie with Besiktas. Thiago Alcantara scored but was substituted due to injury as Bayern Munich won 3-1 at Besiktas to cruise into the quarter-finals of the Champions League.A 5-0 victory in last month’s first leg in Munich had put Bayern in a commanding position and there was never any sign of a miraculous comeback in Istanbul on Wednesday.Thiago finished from a Thomas Muller cross to extend Bayern’s advantage and score their 100th goal of the season, but the Spain international was withdrawn before the break, coach Jupp Heynckes perhaps wishing he had rested more key names after picking a strong side. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Gokhan Gonul’s own goal in the first minute of the second half appeared to settle the tie for good, before Vagner Love scrambled home his first Champions League strike since 2011 to spark Besiktas’ best period of the tie.Sandro Wagner, though, restored Bayern’s two-goal cushion with his first strike in the competition in the 84th minute.Heynckes’ men could claim the Bundesliga title at the weekend if results go their way and they remain on track for another treble, the veteran coach having won the Champions League among three trophies before departing Bayern at the end of his third spell in 2013.Bayern, who have reached the Champions League semi-finals in six of the last eight seasons, will find out their quarter-final opponents in Friday’s draw.Despite their massive first-leg lead Bayern made a bright start, Arturo Vidal heading wide.Thomas Muller scored twice in last month’s game and he should have opened the scoring in the 10th minute, blasting over the rebound after Tolga Zengin parried David Alaba’s free-kick.@Thiago6 celebrates @FCBayern’s 100th goal of the season in all comps. #UCL pic.twitter.com/MxjzHrZYRz— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) March 14, 2018But Muller created a fine goal for Thiago to get Bayern up and running, the midfielder timing his run into the box perfectly to tuck away a first-time finish from a pinpoint right-wing cross.Thiago limped off before half-time, giving Bayern an injury concern for the rest of the season.Besiktas had played reasonably well in the first period but the Turkish champions gifted Bayern their second moments after the restart.An innocuous right-wing cross from Rafinha should have been easy to clear, but Gonul poked the ball past Zengin under no pressure whatsoever.Referee Michael Oliver then had to briefly pause the game as a cat invaded the pitch.Miau. Miau. #BJKFCB pic.twitter.com/yPqg6Hzu89— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) March 14, 2018Besiktas gave their fans something to cheer in the 59th minute, Alaba losing the ball in his own half, with Gonul setting up Love to squeeze the ball past Jerome Boateng on the line.Mustafa Pektemek forced a save from Sven Ulreich as Besiktas tried to level the game on the night, Bayern understandably lacking energy given their comfortable position.Bayern made sure of their win, though, substitute Wagner chesting home from close range with six minutes to go after Alaba’s cross deflected up perfectly for him. Key Opta Facts:- Bayern Munich have now reached the Champions League quarter-finals for the seventh successive season.- Jupp Heynckes is the first manager in Champions League history to win 11 consecutive games.- Bayern have now won six Champions League matches in a row, their best-ever run in a single campaign in the competition.- The last time Bayern won at least six consecutive games in a single European campaign was back in the 1995-96 UEFA Cup, when they won seven on the bounce on the way to lifting the trophy. – The German side are responsible for four of the seven biggest aggregate victories in Champions League knockout stage history (12-1 vs Sporting Lisbon 2008-09, 10-2 vs Arsenal 2016-17, 7-0 vs Shakhtar Donetsk 2014-15 and 8-1 vs Besiktas 2017-18).- All seven of Bayern Munich’s away goals in this season’s Champions League have been scored by different players (Lewandowski, Martinez, Coman, Tolisso, Thiago, Wagner and a Gokhan Gonul own goal).- Besiktas have now lost all four of their Champions League matches against Bayern, losing by an aggregate score of 1-12.  read morelast_img read more

The Case for Mason Rudolph in Pittsburgh

first_imgThere has been much consternation in Pittsburgh Steelers country over the injury to Ben Roethlisberger (who is looking more like a thumb all the time), but at least one person is bullish on Pittsburgh getting better under No. 2 than they were under No. 7.That person is Rodger Sherman, and he writes for The Ringer. This week he wrote a great piece laying out the case for Rudolph (and Washington!) in the yellow and black.For the most part, prognosticators have treated the Roethlisberger injury like an iceberg ripping through Pittsburgh’s steel hull. Before Week 2, FiveThirtyEight gave Pittsburgh a 46 percent chance of making the playoffs and expected the team to post a positive point differential for the season. Now, the Steelers are listed with an 8 percent chance of making the playoffs with the third-worst projected point differential in the league. [Ringer]I think this actually has more to do with the 0-2 start than anything else. In the last 12 years only 12 of the 98 teams that have started 0-2 have gone on to make the playoffs. Here’s Sherman again.I actually think the Steelers are in better position to succeed with Rudolph than they were with an injured 37-year-old Roethlisberger at quarterback. For starters, Big Ben was abysmal in his limited playing time this season. On 62 passes, Roethlisberger had 35 completions for 351 yards and an interception, putting him 29th or worse in completion percentage, yards per attempt, passer rating, and QBR.In came Rudolph, and in one half, Pittsburgh scored more points than it did in the three with Roethlisberger as quarterback. Rudolph did throw an interception, but, well, you can blame Donte Moncrief for that. [Ringer]I’m not deep in the NFL game so I didn’t realize BB had been that weak, but I do have takes on why this is the perfect time for Rudolph. First, one last thought from Sherman.And throughout the game, Pittsburgh vastly increased its usage of play-action—a tool which basically always makes offenses more efficient, but has never been a staple of the offense with Roethlisberger. The Steelers, somehow, ran just one play out of play-action in their season-opening loss to the Patriots. Now, they realize play-action is a necessity to buy Rudolph time, and they’re running it.Pittsburgh’s offense looked more modern once Rudolph got in the game. It was no longer an offense designed specifically for the traits of an aging franchise quarterback, but an offense that proved it could succeed elsewhere.… Rudolph the deep-ball dime-disher and Washington the speedster work well together in theory and worked together in practice. Hopefully Washington turns into the player Pittsburgh thought it was drafting last year and takes some of the pressure off of JuJu Smith-Schuster after the departure of Brown. [Ringer]Here’s my thing with all of this: The timing could not be more perfect for Rudolph. You walk in and don’t have to be the guy from Day 1. You get to learn within a strong infrastructure behind a Hall-of-Fame dude who — despite his childish public antics — has actually had an amazing career.But you also don’t have to wait five years and go rusty on the thing you were drafted to do. It’s the best timing you could ask for, Rudolph — according to people who actually watch the games — is a bit more versatile in what he can do than Ben, and it sounds like everybody who needs to be bought in is bought in.Only time will tell if Rudolph can Wally Pipp Big Ben, but there’s no better time for it to take place than right now. It wouldn’t be the first time Rudolph got thrust into a role unexpectedly and went on to experience a high level of success in the subsequent years. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

NSW wins Friends of Rugby League match

first_imgIn what could have been an omen for the main event, the New South Wales politicians’ team was victorious over Queensland in Wednesday morning’s annual ‘Friends of Rugby League’ Touch Football match at the Senate Oval, Parliament House.  A very foggy morning and chilly temperatures failed to dampen the spirits of all participants and spectators, including the support of a number of South Sydney Rabbitohs players who were fresh from a regional visit on the South Coast, with all involved getting into the Origin spirit. Led by Alex Hawke (New South Wales) and Barnaby Joyce (Queensland), the sides had some very handy additions, including Petero Civoniceva and Rhys Wesser for the Maroons and Nathan Hindmarsh for the Blues. A roaming NRL CEO, Dave Smith in an Australian Kangaroos jersey, helped out both sides, while the ACT’s three Australian Youth squad members, Rob McCarthy, Steph James and Kasey Dragisic also took to the field for New South Wales. New South Wales were 2-0 winners in what was an exciting match, retaining the title after last year’s win. Touch Football Australia would like to thank Touch Football ACT referee, Adam Flint for refereeing the game. To view some of the photos from the event, please visit the Touch Football Australia Facebook page – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia.  Related LinksParliamentary Touch Gamelast_img read more

Former Ohio State FB Star Has A Message For People Destroying Nike Gear

first_imgOhio State players making an O shape with their arms after a football game.COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 29: The Ohio State Buckeyes celebrate their 42-28 victory over the Michigan Wolverines by performing their alma mater song Carmen Ohio at Ohio Stadium on November 29, 2014 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)On Monday, Nike announced that NFL free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick is the face of the 30th anniversary of its famous “Just Do It” advertising campaign.As expected, the decision has drawn praise from one side of the political spectrum, and ire from the other.Those who dislike Kaepernick for the NFL protests that he kickstarted a few years ago, before he was released by the San Francisco 49ers and became unable to find a job, have declared that they will boycott the apparel giant.Some have gone as far as to destroy their Nike gear. The most notable tweet is probably the one from John Rich of country band “Big & Rich,” whose soundman cut the Nike logos off of his socks.Our Soundman just cut the Nike swoosh off his socks. Former marine. Get ready @Nike multiply that by the millions. pic.twitter.com/h8kj6RXe7j— John Rich (@johnrich) September 3, 2018Others have gone as far as to burn their Nike shoes. That’s a pretty expensive decision, but to each their own.That move has drawn criticism as well, as there are plenty of people who could use unwanted Nike shoes and socks, namely underprivileged children and homeless or struggling veterans.Joshua Perry, a former Ohio State star linebacker, has a great offer to those who have decided to protest Nike in response to the Colin Kaepernick news.Rather than destroy or throw away the gear, send it to him so that he can get it in the hands and on the feet of those who need it, he says.Perry posted a P.O. Box address to which people can send unwanted Nike gear. He says that it will be given to kids who are stuck wearing “battered shoes and clothes that don’t fit.”So any people with a burning desire to get rid of their @Nike (or other gently used clothing/shoes for that matter), please send to: @JoshuaPerryFF P.O. Box 164, Lewis Center, OH, 43035 and I’ll find an appreciative home for your stuff. https://t.co/1IAW3fEAuQ— Joshua E Perry (@RIP_JEP) September 4, 2018Great question! They aren’t jerks for their opinions. They’re jerks for ruining good products that could be donated to folks that would appreciate them. A lot of kids will go to school this fall with battered shoes and clothes that don’t fit. https://t.co/FOmCQs07h0— Joshua E Perry (@RIP_JEP) September 4, 2018This is undoubtedly a better use of those clothes than burning them for some retweets and likes. People certainly have the right to protest the company if they want, but this is definitely a more productive way to do so.Perry just finished up his NFL career, retiring after two years in the league, which he spent with the Chargers and Colts. He was in camp with the Seattle Seahawks this year but retired, citing multiple concussions.The Ohio State national championship-winner does work with kids in the Columbus area, according to WKYC.last_img read more

Trident Alliance Boosts Ranks

first_imgzoom Fourteen more shipping companies have joined Trident Alliance,the shipping industry initiative for robust enforcement of maritime sulphur regulations, with some of Germany’s and Denmark’s prominent shipping companies joining its ranks together with new members from Chile, Greece, The Netherlands, Sweden, Norway and Belgium.The latest addition, which includes among others Hapag Lloyd and DFDS, brings membership to a total of 31 companies. The member company CEO’s have each signed a Statement of Commitment, in which they commit to supporting robust and transparent enforcement of sulphur regulations as well as to comply with said regulations.Roger Strevens, Chairman of Trident Alliance, said: “We are just a few weeks away from what will be a sea-change in the regulatory landscape for shipping, namely the introduction of the 0.1 % sulphur limits in ECA zones on 1 January 2015. It is reassuring to witness that so many companies want to make sure the new regulations are implemented in a way that ensures the expected environmental benefits as well as a level playing field.”The Trident Alliance continues to participate in industry conferences, working groups and media outreach to realize its objective of raising awareness around the lack of enforcement of sulphur regulations and the entailing risk to human health, the environment and fair competition.Among other, the Trident Alliance has been invited to present at a European Parliament event in Brussels on sulphur compliance on December 11. The meeting, entitled “Cutting air pollution from ships – Will ships comply? Will ports enforce new sulphur directive?” is hosted by Jytte Guteland, MEP.“We welcome recent statements from the US Coast Guard and EPA, showing that they are taking coordinated action to step up enforcement activities to ensure compliance with the new requirements effective 1 Jan, 2015. The announced combination of checking bunker delivery notes, fuel oil sampling and in-the-field screening should be effective,” said Strevens.Press Releaselast_img read more

Premier Congratulates Nova Scotia University Athletes on Great Month

first_imgPremier Darrell Dexter congratulated the Saint Mary’s men’s hockey, women’s basketball, and St. Francis Xavier women’s hockey teams for winning medals at Canadian Interuniversity Sports championships. The Saint Mary’s hockey team battled to the final, winning a silver medal after a 2-0 loss to conference rival UNB in the championship game. The X-women defeated the Toronto Varsity Blues 3-2 in overtime to win the bronze medal in hockey. The Saint Mary’s women’s basketball team won a bronze with an 83-73 victory over the University of Calgary. “All Nova Scotia teams had a tremendous year and it was very exciting to see their success on the weekend,” said Premier Dexter. “All the student athletes competed at the highest level, against the best teams in the country, and showed great pride and teamwork throughout the season. They demonstrated great resiliency and determination. “We are all very proud of their accomplishments.” The women Huskies were led by CIS player-of-the-year Justine Colley who scored 33 points in the bronze-medal game. “Whenever the game is on the line, Justine always shows great poise and leadership and the bronze-medal game was another example of that,” said Premier Dexter. “I know her friends and family in East Preston, on the SMU campus, and across Nova Scotia were cheering her and her teammates on as they won the bronze.” For the men’s hockey team, forward Cory Tanaka was named to the all-tournament team. Antigonish native Erin Brophy scored two goals, including the game winner for the X-women.last_img read more

ED files supplementary charge sheet in Delhi court against Lalus daughter others

first_imgNew Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) filed a supplementary charge sheet in a Delhi court Wednesday in an alleged money laundering case against RJD Chief Lalu Prasad’s daughter Misa Bharti and others. In the charge sheet, the probe agency named 35 new accused out of which around 15 are individuals and rest are companies. Out of the 15 individuals, there are eight Chartered Accountants named as accused in the charge sheet which also mentioned the details of shares worth Rs 8,000 crore. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day The charge sheet was filed before Special Judge Arun Bhardwaj by Special Public Prosecutor Atul Tripathi. The agency had raided the farmhouse and a few other locations in July 2017, as part of probe against two brothers — Surendra Kumar Jain and Virendra Jain — and others, who were alleged to have laundered several crores of rupees using shell companies. ED had also arrested Rajesh Agrawal, a chartered accountant who had allegedly mediated and provided a cash amount of “Rs 90 lakh to the Jain brothers in advance so as to invest in M/s Mishail Packers and Printers Pvt Ltd as share premium”. Bharti and her husband are alleged to have been directors in this firm in the past. ED had alleged that the Jain brothers, Agrawal and the daughter and son-in-law of Prasad, who is a former Bihar chief minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal chief, were the “key persons behind the laundering of Rs 1.2 crore”.last_img read more

NewsAlert Crown wont appeal Oland verdict

first_imgFREDERICTON — New Brunswick’s Public Prosecution Service will not appeal last month’s acquittal of Dennis Oland on a charge of second-degree murder in the 2011 bludgeoning death of his multi-millionaire father, Richard.Oland, 51, was charged with the killing in 2013 and spent close to a year in prison after being convicted by a jury in 2015.That verdict was overturned on appeal in 2016 and the new trial ordered — this time before judge alone.In his July 19 decision, Justice Terrence Morrison of the New Brunswick Court of Queen’s Bench said Crown prosecutors failed to prove their case against Oland.The prosecution service says it reviewed Morrison’s decision and determined that there is no basis for an appeal.More coming.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

A justice system that fails children ultimately fails society UN rights expert

The UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers Gabriela Knaul made public her findings during the presentation of her latest report to the UN Human Rights Council. “Every day throughout the world, countless children suffer adverse consequences at the hands of justice systems that disregard or even directly violate their fundamental human rights,” she noted. “Not only do children face the same obstacles as adults to access justice, but they also encounter challenges and barriers linked to their status of minors.” “Children still count among the most vulnerable to human rights violations and other types of abuse,” Ms. Knaul said, calling on States to develop justice systems adapted to their needs and rights. “Justice must be child-sensitive; it needs to respect, protect and fulfil the rights of children and take into account their best interests.” Despite the quasi-universal ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the report notes that children still count among the most vulnerable to human rights violations and other types of abuse, and Ms. Knaul said “it is unacceptable that children who come into contact with the justice system are often victimized or re-victimized.”“For this reason, the importance of child-sensitive justice – justice that respects, protects and fulfils the rights of children – cannot be overemphasized,” the expert said in her report. “An administration of justice that fails children ultimately also fails society.”According to the report, “between 1 March 2014 and 28 February 2015 inclusive, she sent a total of 117 communications alleging violations of human rights in the context of her mandate to 54 Member States. Of these communications, 86 were urgent appeals and the remaining 31 were letters of allegation.”“Every day throughout the world, countless children suffer adverse consequences at the hands of justice systems that disregard or even directly violate their fundamental human rights,” Ms. Knaul said. “Not only do children face the same obstacles as adults to access justice, but they also encounter challenges and barriers linked to their status of minors.” Ms. Knaul called on states to develop justice systems adapted to their needs and rights because “justice must be child-sensitive; it needs to respect, protect and fulfil the rights of children and take into account their best interests.” Among her 19 recommendations, the Special Rapporteur called for adoption of alternative mechanisms to complement or replace judicial proceedings, in order to mitigate or avoid the trauma that can result when children go through the established process. “Judges, prosecutors and lawyers can influence the future course of children’s lives,” the expert said. “To discharge such a great responsibility, it is essential that they receive specialized education and training in international human rights and in particular children’s rights.” Ms. Knaul took up her functions as UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers on 1 August 2009. Experts like Ms. Knaul work on a voluntary basis; they are not UN staff and do not receive a salary for their work. They are independent from any government or organization and serve in their individual capacity. read more

With hidden lives vital to our own seafarers matter says UN on

“Even though seafaring can provide the basis for a fulfilling and life-long career, it is still a very difficult and demanding job,” Kitack Lim, the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), said in his message on Day of the Seafarer. In addition to personal issues, conditions onboard ships and in ports, unpaid wages, and even abandonment, mariners have to contend with long periods away from family and friends and the pressure to perform in a challenging economic environment, which multiply the anguish. “It is easy for seafarers to feel lonely and isolated. To imagine that they do not matter. This year, we want to show [everyone] that seafarers do matter,” stressed Mr. Lim, which is also the theme for this year’s commemoration. In particular, he praised the role of seafarer’s centres at port cities, where sailors and crew of ships visit for a “small taste of home” – a sanctuary where they can rest, recuperate, connect with loved ones back home, especially through social media, and if necessary avail of support to help them adjust and cope. “We want to create a platform to give ports and seafarer centres the opportunity to demonstrate how much seafarer matter,” noted the IMO chief, at the Duckdalben Seafarer’s Centre in Hamburg, Germany, one of Europe’s biggest ports. He also spoke of events organized at ports and seafarer’s centres around the world to connect the general public to seafarers and celebrate their contributions. “As in previous years, the campaign will be centred on social media [to] spread the word as far as possible,” he added, calling on everyone to contribute and tag their messages, photos and videos to IMO’s social media channels (on Twitter and on Facebook). “We ask all of you to join us and say Seafarers matter!” The Day of the Seafarer, marked annually on 25 June, was established in a resolution adopted by the 2010 Diplomatic Conference in Manila, the capital of Philippines, to recognize the unique contribution made by seafarers from all over the world to international seaborne trade, the world economy and civil society as a whole. read more

In crisistorn eastern DR Congo UN food relief agency expands operations to

To prevent famine in the Kasai region, the World Food Programme (WFP) is stepping-up cash distributions to the most vulnerable, and specialist support to check acute malnutrition in women and young children.“The nutrition and cash programmes are life-saving, and must quickly expand,” Claude Jibidar, WFP’s Representative in DRC, said Friday.Since last week’s cash initiative launch – a cost-efficient alternative to in-kind support that allows beneficiaries to buy what they want in recovering local markets – 38,000 people have each received the equivalent of $15 for a month, enough to meet their basic food needs with the intention to more than double that reach in the coming weeks.“We’re not doing nearly as much as we could in Kasai because the obstacles are huge,” Mr. Jibidar continued, “but unless we collectively rise to the challenges, many more people, including the weakest women and children, will die.”Plumpy’Sup, a micronutrient-rich ready-to-use supplementary food, has been airlifted from France to enable a significant scale-up of WFP’s nutrition interventions in Kasai. Up from 21,000 in the final quarter of last year, 56,000 malnourished children were reached there in January with the expectation of a 20,000 a month increase to 140,000 by June.Following the eruption of brutal political and ethnic violence in mid-2016, which claimed countless lives, razed entire villages and forced hundreds of thousands of families from their homes, WFP launched its assistance programme.Assessments showed that 3.2 million people, a quarter of the region’s population of mostly subsistence farmers, were desperately short of food. AUDIO CLIP: Claude Jibidar, WFP Country Director for Democratic Republic of Congo, by UN News – AudioWith no prior presence in Kasai, between September and December WFP achieved a tenfold increase in the number of people receiving food rations – to 400,000. However, lagging donations forced cereal, beans, vegetable oil and salt rations to be halfed in November.Continued funding constraints, an upsurge in fighting between pro- and anti-Government forces and a rapid, rainy season deterioration of the already poor road network saw the number receiving half-rations drop to 130,000 in January.“That reversal has to be corrected, and quickly,” continued Mr. Jibidar.Limited funding is also a major challenge in the eastern DRC provinces of Tanganyika and South Kivu, where WFP is scaling up to meet the needs of growing conflict-displaced populations as part of a broad push by UN agencies and non-governmental organizations.   “We’ve shown we have capacity to deliver, but to reach sufficient scale we need the fighting to stop and donors to step up,” he concluded. read more

Gator Bowl ticket sales continue to disappoint

Ticket sales for the 2012 TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl have improved for Ohio State, but don’t expect the university to exhaust its supply or make much more progress between now and game day. OSU might not even exceed the number of tickets sold by Big Ten rival Michigan for the 2011 Gator Bowl.  Brett Scarbrough, OSU’s senior director of ticketing, confirmed to The Lantern Thursday that the university has sold 7,500 of the 12,750 tickets it was allotted for the Buckeyes’ Jan. 2 bowl game against the Florida Gators in Jacksonville, Fla. As of Dec. 14, 6,500 tickets had been sold. The university will absorb the cost of any of the 5,250 remaining tickets, should they remain unsold. Ticket prices range from $60-$125. Scarbrough said he’s optimistic that there will be a good atmosphere when the Buckeyes take the field at Everbank Field, home of the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars. He isn’t optimistic many more tickets will be sold, though. “Not really — based on what we’ve seen over the last couple of days, we’re not expecting any big jump (in ticket sales),” he said. “It’s a little disappointing.” Scarbrough said any number of factors could be to blame for the slow ticket sales. “It’s the first time we’re not in a Bowl Championship Series bowl (since the 2004 season),” he said. “The economy could be a part of it. The fact that classes (at OSU) start the next day.” Michigan played Mississippi State in the 2011 Gator Bowl before a sellout crowd of 77,497. The Wolverines lost to the Bulldogs, 54-14. David Ablauf, Michigan’s associate athletic director, said that while he did not have a precise figure for ticket sales for the 2011 bowl game, he believes Wolverines fans purchased more tickets than members of Buckeye Nation have to this point.  “We think the number was 8,000 tickets sold,” Ablauf said.  Scarbrough said OSU football would not lack support when the 2012 installment of the Gator Bowl finally arrives on Jan. 2. “We sold through a good, fair amount of tickets,” he said. “We’ll have a lot of Buckeyes there to support the team.” The Buckeyes and Gators will kickoff at 1 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ESPN2. Tickets for the game can be purchased at ohiostatebuckeyes.com read more

Nicola Sturgeon Theresa May has to concede that Britain must remain in

Nicola Sturgeon has been accused of talking down the importance of the UK market after she claimed Theresa May would have to concede “sooner or later” that Britain must remain in a customs union with the EU.She said it was the “only credible” option after Brexit, adding that the Prime Minister was only listening to “mad Brexiteers” – naming Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, Michael Gove, the Environment Secretary, and the Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg.The First Minister claimed the UK Government’s position of pulling out of the single market and the customs union was “unsustainable”.She was speaking in Brussels after meeting Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator, on a trip her political opponents claimed was about “weaponising” Britain’s departure from the EU to help her push for another independence referendum.Ms Sturgeon said: “It is important for Scotland to trade freely across the UK. It’s vital for the rest of the UK to trade freely with Scotland. Nicola Sturgeon met the chief EU negotiator for Brexit in BrusselsCredit:AFP “But it’s really important for Scotland also to continue to be able to trade freely within the single market. The single market is eight times the size of the UK market, so we shouldn’t have to be in a position where we are having to choose one or the other.” Annie Wells, the Scottish Conservative MSP, said her comments on the single market were “plainly misleading” as the SNP government’s own figures showed the “UK single market” was four times more important to Scotland than the EU. In the audience event with the website Politico, she also argued a customs union was important to prevent the return to a hard border in Northern Ireland, adding that without similar arrangements for Scotland it could be left at a “competitive disadvantage”.She told BBC Scotland the “clock is ticking” and said the longer it took for the UK to reach a sensible position, the greater the risk of a “no deal” outcome, which would be in “absolutely nobody’s interest”.Asked whether she thought there would be sufficient clarity on Brexit by the autumn to make a call on indyref2, she said: “Clearly, there are lots of issues that have to be resolved between now and then, but I don’t hear anything from the UK Government or indeed from the EU side of this negotiation that is moving away from there being a fairly detailed political statement about the future relationship in the autumn. So that remains my working assumption.”She said she would give her view on what she thought the “correct thing is to do at that stage”. She also said that if Mrs May refused to support a referendum, as she did last year, she would “confront” the issue when it arose. She also criticised the First Minister for claiming the independence referendum in 2014 was a more pleasant experience than the Brexit vote.Ms Wells said this was a “fantasy analysis”, adding: “The behaviour throughout that campaign, and since, from some of her most fervent supporters was appalling, and the SNP would do well to confront that.”The Tories also said the First Minister was distancing herself from some of the key findings of the SNP’s Sustainable Growth Commission report – on the economy of an independent Scotland – which was published on Friday.Ms Sturgeon described proposals for a separate Scotland keeping the pound informally as “recommendations” rather than policy.Meanwhile, Jim Fairlie, a former SNP deputy leader, and George Kerevan, a former MP, both attacked its findings.Mr Fairlie said the policy meant a second referendum would be lost before it started, while Mr Kerevan said it had let down the SNP’s working-class base. nicola sturgeon 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. read more

Clark Talks explores scientific research hitech votech in Vancouver

first_imgDid you know some of the country’s most talked-about research is happening in Vancouver? Have you heard about a college’s work to meet a growing need for skilled trade workers?In this week’s episode of Clark Talks, The Columbian’s podcast dives into education.Columbian reporters Kaitlin Gillespie and Dameon Pesanti introduce small cities reporter Adam Littman. Then they talk with scientist Christine Portfors about some of the ground-breaking research happening at Washington State University Vancouver and the advantages and disadvantage of being a smaller, newer campus than the Pullman flagship.They also speak with Clark College Welding Department head Caleb White about his institution’s drive to embrace technology and efforts to fill a growing void of industrial welders.The podcast is free and available on SoundCloud. Smartphone users can also subscribe to it via the Stitcher and iTunes apps.last_img read more

Police release statement on death of Arthur Morris Jr

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, June 27, 2016 – The death of 29 year old Arthur Morris Jr still has the community reeling and Police today gave a timeline in the apparent drowning death of the man.  Officer Kevin Clarke in a media release said that the 20ft speed boat reportedly began taking on water at the rare of the boat, the stern and quickly sank.  Both men on board tried swimming to shore, but only one was rescued; he was reportedly found floating around 6pm in the water of Leeward Cut by a water tour operator.The rescue launched a search led by Marine Police which stretched well into the night, it was suspended at 9:45pm and resumed by 5:45am Sunday.  Around 10:30am on Sunday, AJ’s body was spotted.  Police say an autopsy will say for sure how AJ died.  Arthur Morris Jr, originally from Pinedale, Eight Mile Rock in Grand Bahama had just become a father less than six months ago. Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Parrot reportedly grounds its toy drones

first_img News • Parrot Anafi Thermal ultracompact drone does live thermal and 4K video for $1,900 The toy mini drones are done for, it seems. James Martin/CNET If you’re a fan of Parrot’s Bebop or Mambo drones, you might want to snag one while you still can. The French drone maker is reportedly pulling out of the mini drone market as it focuses future development on its flagship line of Anafi drones.Tech site Wirecutter on Thursday tweeted that it “got official confirmation” that Parrot was pulling out of the mini drone market. In an email Friday, a representative for Parrot confirmed the Mambo and Bebop product lines have been retired, though they can still be found at select retailers. Parrot’s future production and development will be focused on the Anafi line. Amazon’s drones and robots want to take over your deliveries See it See It Post a comment Parrot’s mini drones weren’t really designed for shooting great aerial videos. The smaller drones, like the palm-sized Mambo, aimed to let you experience the fun of piloting a drone without forking out too much cash.Last year, Parrot launched its compact, lightweight Anafi camera drone. Since then, Parrot has updated the Anafi with new photo and video features and released a version with a thermal camera. The Anafi lineup includes drone configurations aimed at both consumers and professionals, according to Parrot. $649 .@wirecutter got official confirmation today that @Parrot is indeed pulling out of the mini drone market. Websites like Amazon have slowly been running out of stock. We’ll be retiring the Mambo and Swing as our top picks and testing new drones soon. https://t.co/WbvyIxs3Fj— Signe Brewster (@signe) July 18, 2019 Parrot Anafi Adorama 1:32center_img Mentioned Above Parrot Anafi Now playing: Watch this: Preview • Parrot’s new 4K camera drone folds up to the size of a water bottle Drones Sci-Tech Tech Industry $699 0 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Tags Share your voice Droneslast_img read more

Collector Sarfaraj Ahmad inspects court infrastructure in

first_imgKarimnagar: District Collector Sarfaraj Ahmad wanted special arrangements to be made to investigate child sexual abuse. Along with Commissioner of Police VB Kamalasan Reddy and District Judge G Anupama Chakravarthy, and others he inspected the construction works and infrastructure of the court building complex in Karimnagar on Wednesday.Later he reviewed the provision of basic amenities in the court. The Collector said women, aged persons, who come to court should have proper accommodation. He told the officials concerned to plant saplings in the court premises and instructed the engineers to give a plan to construct necessary buildings in the court premises. Judges Srinivas Reddy, Siva Jyoti, Special Officer Pravinya, Chief Forest Conservator MJ Akbar and others accompanied the Collector.last_img read more

Tata Steel Shares Slump on Sharp Fall in Profit

first_imgShare of Tata Steel plunged on the bourses on Thursday after the company reported disappointing results for the March quarter.  The stock fell almost 5 percent on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) and closed at ₹344.40.The country’s biggest steel maker reported net loss of ₹5,674 crore for the quarter ended March 2015 as against net profit of ₹1,036 crore for the quarter ended March 2014. The total income dropped 20.6 percent to ₹33,666 crore from ₹42,428 crore for the quarter ended March 2014. The company said that a steep fall in steel prices in the past few months due to a surge in cheap imports, particularly from China, Japan and Korea, led to a fall in revenues.An analyst said the trend of falling prices will persist in the near future, making things more difficult for Tata Steel.”We see further challenges ahead, as the company is yet to use 1.5 mt high cost iron ore and domestic prices fell further by ₹1000- 1500/ tonne. We have further reduced our estimates on standalone business factoring in drop in steel prices and higher iron ore costs,” Brokerage firm Emkay told Firstpost.The company’s earned a profit of ₹814 crore in March quarter from Indian market, down 59 percent from ₹1978.6 crore on year-on-year basis.”Our performance this year in India was impacted by surging imports, declining commodity prices, muted demand and regulatory uncertainties in our captive mining operations,” said Koushik Chatterjee, group executive director, Tata Steel.The results have forced many analysts to downgrade their outlook for the stock.Credit Suisse maintains a ‘underperfom’ rating for the stock with a target price of ₹210 per share, and notes that a “precipitous drop in Indian profitability is alarming”.Deutsche Bank has kept its ‘buy’ rating unchanged, but cut the target price to ₹400 per share.The bank expects improvement in profitability and volume trajectory in India operations in the second half of 2015-16, moneycontrol.com reported.last_img read more

Tamilnad Mercantile Bank set to hold 6 AGMs in January 2016 may

first_imgTamilnad Mercantile Bank (TMB) will be holding its 88th to 93rd annual general meetings (AGMs) on 29 January, 2016, following the removal of legal hurdles that had prevented the bank from holding any AGM since the 87th meeting in 2010.”NOTICE is hereby given that the 88th to 93rd Annual General Meetings (AGMs), pertaining to years 2010 to 2015, respectively, of the members of Tamilnad Mercantile Bank Limited will be held on Friday, the 29th of January, 2016 from 10.00 a.m. onwards at Manickam Mahal, 1/1A, Tiruchendur Road, Thoothukudi – 628 003 to transact the business mentioned in the Notices convening the said AGMs. The AGMs are being convened pursuant to an order passed by the Hon’ble High Court of Madras on November 26, 2015 vacating an earlier order of the said court staying conduct of AGMs in a Writ Petition No. 11159 of 2011 filed by a shareholder,” the bank said on 21 December.The 88th AGM of the private sector lender could not be held in 2011 following a Madras High Court in 2011 in response to a writ petition. Subsequently, the High Court on 26 June, 2015 bank to hold all the six AGMs on a single day within 70 days from the date of the order. When the writ petitioner failed to secure an interim injunction against the 26 June order, the bank initiated the process of convening the AGMs.TMB was established as Nadar Bank Ltd on 11 May, 1921, predominantly for Nadar business community. The bank earned a net profit of Rs 379.40 crore in 2014-15, up 26.1% from Rs 300.77 crore in the previous year. Its advances stood at Rs 19,335.95 crore in 2014-15, an increase of 12.7% from Rs 17,143.85 in 2013-14.Total deposits were up 13.2% at Rs 25,649.86 in 2014-15. The gross and net NPA were 1.63% and 0.67%, respectively.Investments were valued at Rs 7,671 crore as on 31 March, 2015.The per-employee business was Rs 10.92 crore and the profit per employee Rs 9.21 lakh. There are 451 branches of the bank, according to its website.The bank’s low capital base of Rs 28.45 lakh means that the bank could distribute largesse in the form of dividend.On 9 January, 2015, it paid 9,000% interim dividend (Rs 900 per share), followed by second interim dividend of 7,000% (Rs 700 per share) on 1 June, 2015.The bank declared a dividend of 1000% for financial years 2005-06 and 2006-07. The dividend proposed by the Board of Directors for the financial year ended 31 March, 2008 was 5000%.The book value per share rose phenomenally from Rs 79,788 in 2013-14 to Rs 91,203 in 2014-15, according to the bank’s financial statement.If the 94-year-old bank were to decide on 29 January on an initial public offering (IPO), as has been reported, it would be interesting to see the pricing, given the book value.On 24 December, the book value of Axis Bank was Rs 188.47, ICICI Bank Rs 138.72, HDFC Bank Rs 247.40 and State Bank of India Rs 172.04.last_img read more