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Vydra and Rams chop down Forest

first_imgDerby County 2 Nottingham Forest 0: Vydra’s rapid start sets Rams on their way Harry West 22:06 10/15/17 MatejVydra - Cropped Getty Images Matej Vydra’s goal after just 24 seconds set Derby County on their way to a 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest in Sunday’s Championship clash. Derby County claimed the spoils from Sunday’s east Midlands clash as Matej Vydra’s goal after 24 seconds set up a 2-0 win over fierce rivals Nottingham Forest.The Czech Republic international struck the fastest goal of the Championship season so far – a left-footed effort from 20 yards – as the Rams made an ideal start at Pride Park.That strike was Vydra’s ninth in eight outings against Forest, who recovered smartly from that dreadful opening, Barrie McKay clipping the outside of the post before he was denied by Scott Carson when clean through in the 35th minute. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. As in the first, Derby made a bright start to the second period and doubled their lead within five minutes of the restart, Vydra the provider this time as he slipped a pass through for David Nugent to slot home into the bottom-left corner.It was almost three when Tom Lawrence’s cross from a free-kick struck the top of the crossbar as Derby celebrated a victory that sees them leapfrog their rivals into 13th, four points adrift of the play-off spots with a game in hand.— Derby County (@dcfcofficial) October 15, 2017last_img read more

Neymar & Mbappe ‘get PSG privileges’

first_imgNeymar Neymar and Mbappe enjoy PSG ‘privileges’, says Rabiot Joe Wright 17:57 2/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) kylian mbappe neymar - cropped LOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images Neymar PSG Kylian Mbappé Real Madrid v PSG Real Madrid Ligue 1 UEFA Champions League The big-money strike duo get a certain level of star treatment at Parc des Princes, admits a club colleague, but there is no jealousy amid team-mates Paris Saint-Germain stars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe get certain “privileges” at the club, according to team-mate Adrien Rabiot.The Ligue 1 leaders stunned the football world last August when they signed Neymar from Barcelona after activating his €222 million release clause.That world-record transfer was followed by a deal for Monaco striker Mbappe, who moved to Parc des Princes on a season-long loan deal and will join on a permanent basis for a reported fee of €180m this year. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The forwards have formed a devastating attacking trident with Edinson Cavani in 2017-18, helping PSG to a 10-point lead at the top of the table and a place in the Champions League knockout stages, with Unai Emery’s side aiming for a clean sweep of trophies.Rabiot says the pair enjoy a certain star treatment at the club but he insists he has no reason to be envious.”Neymar doesn’t think of himself as a star,” he told L’Equipe. “In the dressing room, he’s a very straightforward guy.”He could be a bit more arrogant, but that’s not the case at all.”He is necessarily someone who has some privileges. Kylian does, too. It doesn’t bother me and I don’t pay it any attention. I’m not jealous of either.”PSG face Real Madrid in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday in a match that could have a huge impact on the future of Zinedine Zidane.The Madrid head coach is under pressure to deliver a third successive triumph in Europe’s top competition, with his side 19 points behind LaLiga leaders Barcelona and out of the Copa del Rey.Rabiot expects the holders to be fired up for the encounter but considers the tie to be finely balanced.”Madrid will want to save their season,” he said. “They will be really motivated. They have great experience in this competition, which is less so in our case.”In my view, it’s 50-50.”last_img read more

ESPN’s Paul Finebaum Is Trashing 1 Head Coach Today

first_imgESPN's Paul Finebaum.Twitter/@MikeAndMikeESPN college football analyst Paul Finebaum is not happy with how a major college head coach has handled his team’s quarterback situation.No. 2 Georgia, which fell in an upset loss at LSU on Saturday night, stuck with sophomore Jake Fromm behind center, despite calls from many to play true freshman Justin Fields.The Bulldogs’ offense struggled greatly against the Tigers’ defense.Finebaum said this morning that head coach Kirby Smart has “blown” it.“I’m not bailing on Georgia, but it’s very tempting,” Finebaum said this morning, per 247Sports. “They still have a chance. I don’t believe they will get to the Playoffs this year because I think Kirby Smart has blown the quarterback situation. It’s time to make the move. Jake Fromm has proven he’s not an elite passer in the big games. We saw that against Alabama and we saw that again yesterday. Look what they have left — Florida and Kentucky is more challenging than people (think). Auburn, forget that one.“If they get to Atlanta, they’re not beating Alabama.”Georgia’s offense does feature a ton of talent, but it really struggled to do anything on Saturday against the Tigers.Smart did not reveal after the game that a change was coming, but it’s possible the Bulldogs’ head coach will consider making a move.Stay tuned.last_img read more

Georgia NFL Combine Invites Announced

first_imgDeandre Baker celebrates an interception for Georgia Bulldogs.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: Deandre Baker #18 of the Georgia Bulldogs reacts to an interception during the third quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Under Kirby Smart, Georgia football has really restocked with talent.The Bulldogs went to the College Football Playoff national championship two years ago, and followed it up with a return to the SEC title game, and a near defeat of Alabama.Last year, Georgia overtook Alabama for the No. 1 recruiting class, though the Crimson Tide took back the recruiting throne in 2019.Georgia will be well represented at the NFL Draft as well.With nine players invited to the NFL Combine, only three schools have more going to the event than Georgia football.The full list of Bulldogs invited:-RB Elijah Holyfield-WR Terry Godwin-WR Mecole Hardman-WR Riley Ridley-TE Isaac Nauta-OL Lamont Gaillard-EDGE D’Andre Walker-DL Jonathan Ledbetter-CB Deandre BakerLast year, it was Georgia’s elite defense that took the biggest hit from graduation and early departures to the NFL Draft.This year, the offensive skill positions were the most affected positions.A recent mock draft has two Georgia players being selected in the first round: cornerback Deandre Baker to the Raiders at No. 24, and Holyfield  at No. 31 to the Green Bay Packers.The full list of NFL Combine invitees is available at read more

The Manual Wind: RGM Pro Aviator 151A

Shinola’s New Detrola Watch Collection Is As Modern As It Is Colorful When the word boutique is associated with a brand, the perception is immediately that of something high end and out of reach.  In an industry who’s products are still an artisan craft, this association has exceptions.  One American made exception is the brand RGM.  Started in 1992 by the brands namesake, Roland G. Murphy, this small manufacturer out of Lancaster, Pennsylvania  has always made it their  goal tomaintain American watch manufacturing.  Known for his very limited production and bespoke timepieces, RGM has indeed been able to maintain his American watchmaking dream.RGM’s latest offering, the Pro Aviator 151A, is a classic pilots watch with a twist.  Where as pilot watches are generally very large diameters, 44mm and above, the 151A is a conservative 38.5mm.  This makes for a Pilot style sized for casual dress.  It’s not always necessary to sport an oversized timepiece and with this design you are typically forced to.  Made from steel or titanium, and priced accordingly, the piece offers all the basics.Uniquely designed partially skeletonized hands sweep the bi-finish black dial.  Adorned with SuperLuminova arabic numerals and markers in a patina like color, the dial is classic pilot with great detail.  Beneath the dial lies the ETA2892 workhorse slightly modified by RGM.  Date function and 40 hour power reserve make for a trustworthy timepiece.  Attached to a waterproof brown calf leather strap, the look is complete.Being such a small manufacturer with an annual production of roughly 250 pieces, most pieces are special orders.  Priced at $3,350 in steel and $4,350 in titanium, this boutique brand with its place of origin, Lancaster, Pa right on the dial, offers a piece of America’s watchmaking past along with this exclusivity. The Best Watches Under $1,000, From Classic to Sporty The Best Casio Watches For Every Occasion The Best Men’s Skeleton Watches — No Bones About It Affordable Watch Hunting: 10 Best Timex Watches For Men Editors’ Recommendations read more

HMS Queen Elizabeth’s Flight Deck Completed

first_img Print  Close zoom The flight deck of the Navy’s future flagship is now complete after two giant sections were fixed into place on HMS Queen Elizabeth.The mighty Goliath crane lifted the sponsons – the sections protruding from the hull which give an aircraft carrier their unique shape – to join the remainder of ship in its dry dock in Rosyth.At just under 500 tonnes, the final sponsons weigh roughly the same as a Sandown-class minehunter – although by the standards of the Queen Elizabeth, the segments are relatively small; the larger sections weighed in at more than 10,000 tonnes (heavier than a Type 45 destroyer).Now physically complete – the special paint to protect it from the rigours of the weather and blasts from the F35 Lightning II jets which will land and take off from it – the flight deck is the size of 60 tennis courts (and just a bit smaller than three football pitches).For those F35 operations (trials are due to begin with the successor jump jet in 2018), a ski ramp will be installed next month – mirroring the feature which propelled the Harrier skywards on the Invincible class of carriers.The Queen Elizabeth-class project is probably at the peak of effort right now with around 10,000 people involved in building the two leviathans, or providing equipment and systems to be installed on them.While almost all the media attention is focused on the future flagship, there’s also an all-out effort across the land to build her younger sister Prince of Wales, which is around two years behind Queen Elizabeth.Sections of three quarters of the Prince’s hull are under construction in Portsmouth, Govan, Merseyside and Tyneside. My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Royal Navy, October 3, 2013last_img read more

US stocks swing back to gains Dow up 330 on turbulent day

first_imgA late-afternoon rally reversed steep losses for U.S. stocks Friday, lifting the Dow Jones industrial average more than 300 points and capping a turbulent week on Wall Street that left the market with its steepest weekly slide in two years.The big point swings that pummeled stocks reflected a return of volatility after an unprecedented period of calm. Until this week, the market had not endured a 5 per cent drop since January 2016.“There’s a fair amount of volatility in the market, and our belief is the volatility is leaving investors riddled with stress and uncertainty, which is likely to continue,” said Terry Sandven, chief equity strategist at U.S. Bank Wealth Management.The swiftness of the market’s slide into a correction, or a drop of at least 10 per cent from a recent peak, was unparalleled. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index, the benchmark for many index funds, took only nine days to fall 10 per cent from its all-time high on Jan. 26.“The S&P 500 hasn’t moved into correction mode this quickly, ever,” said Lindsey Bell, investment strategist at CFRA Research.Since hitting that high last month, the S&P 500 has lost about $2.49 trillion.For a while Friday, it was anybody’s guess whether the weeklong sell-off would ease or worsen. Stocks struggled to stabilize much of the day as investors sent prices climbing, then slumping in unsteady trading a day after the market entered its first correction in two years.The Dow Jones briefly sank 500 points after surging more than 349 points earlier in the day and then swung to a 330-point gain in the final hour of trading. The blue chip average suffered its second 1,000-point drop in a week on Thursday.At one point, the market was on pace for its worst weekly decline since October 2008, at the height of the financial crisis.“History does show that, even though we haven’t seen this quick of a movement from a peak to correction mode, what we do know is the swifter the way down, the sooner the market will bottom and start moving up,” Bell said.All told, the S&P 500 rose 38.55 points, or 1.5 per cent, to 2,619.55 Friday. The Dow gained 330.44 points, or 1.4 per cent, to 24,190.90. The Nasdaq composite added 97.33 points, or 1.4 per cent, to 6,874.49.The three indexes finished the week down more than 5 per cent. They’re also now all in the red for the year.Technology companies accounted for most of the broad gains, outweighing losses in energy stocks, which slumped as U.S. crude prices declined. The price of oil fell below $60 a barrel for the first time this year.Bond prices also fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury rose to 2.86 per cent from 2.83 per cent late Thursday.U.S. stocks started to tumble last week after the Labor Department said workers’ wages grew at a fast rate in January. Investors worried that rising wages will hurt corporate profits and could signal an increase in inflation that could prompt the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates at a faster pace, putting a brake on the economy.Also contributing to the big swings this week was the blow-up of exchange-traded products that were built to profit if markets remained calm. Once volatility spiked, it led to huge losses for the investments, which may have exacerbated the market’s swings. Other automated trading programs, which sell stocks when volatility rises, may have also contributed, among others.The market, currently in its second-longest bull run of all time, had not seen a correction for two years, an unusually long time. Many market watchers have been predicting a pullback, saying stock prices have become too expensive relative to company earnings.Not only are corrections common during bull markets, they’re seen as entirely normal and even healthy. They allow markets to remove speculative froth after a big run-up and allow investors to buy stocks at more reasonable prices.Analysts warned that stocks had become too expensive. As of Jan. 26, the S&P 500 traded at 18.6 times its expected earnings — a popular measure of stocks’ value — compared with a median level of 15.2 since 2000. The measure dropped to 16.4 as of Thursday, meaning stocks were less expensive but still not cheap.The prospect of ballooning deficits also stoked jitters among investors this week after Congress agreed to a $400 billion budget deal just weeks after voting to slash taxes.Rising deficits could drive interest rates higher. That’s because growing deficits force the U.S. Treasury to issue more bonds, and investors are likely to demand higher rates before buying them.The market’s reversal came just as Jerome Powell took over as Federal Reserve Chairman.The central bank may have to more aggressively raise short-term rates to offset the economic stimulus from higher government spending and lower taxes, which also unnerves investors.The economy is already running hot, with the nation’s unemployment rate at a 17-year low of 4.1 per cent. The extra stimulus threatens to send inflation higher.Even so, Wall Street analysts note that the outlook for corporate America and the broader global economy remains positive. Major economies around the world are growing in tandem for the first time since the Great Recession, and corporate profits are on the rise. The housing industry is solid, and manufacturing is rebounding.“By many metrics, the earnings picture looks good, and higher earnings provide the basis for valuation support and, I think, still higher stock prices if you look toward the end of the year,” Sandven said.Benchmark U.S. crude lost $1.95, or 3.2 per cent, to settle at $59.20 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Oil has not been below $60 a barrel since Dec. 28. Brent crude, used to price international oils, slid $2.02, or 3.1 per cent, to close at $62.79 in London.In other energy futures trading, wholesale gasoline fell 7 cents to $1.70 a gallon. Heating oil shed 7 cents to $1.86 a gallon. Natural gas fell 11 cents, or 4.2 per cent, to $2.58 per 1,000 cubic feet.The price of gold declined $3.30, or 0.3 per cent, to $1,315.70 an ounce. Silver lost 20 cents, or 1.2 per cent, to $16.14 an ounce. Copper fell 5 cents to $3.03 a pound.The dollar fell to 108.53 yen from Thursday’s 108.84 yen. The euro dipped to $1.2231 from $1.2263.The turbulence in U.S. stock indexes followed a broad slide in global markets.In Europe, Germany’s DAX fell 1.2 per cent, while France’s CAC 40 lost 1.4 per cent. Britain’s FTSE 100 shed 1.1 per cent. Asian markets fell more sharply. Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 lost 2.3 per cent and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng gave up 3.1 per cent.___Associated Press writers Stan Choe in New York and Paul Wiseman in Washington contributed to this report.last_img read more

200 thousand Moroccan manipulate the law to benefit from RAMED program

first_imgRabat- In a shocking figure revealed on Wednesday by Moroccan Minister of Health El Hussein El Ouardi, more than 200 thousand Moroccan citizens have registered for the System of Medical Assistance known as RAMED while being enrolled in the Mandatory Health Insurance, according to Akhbar Al Yaoum in its issue of Friday, January 24th.RAMED is a national solidarity program based on the principles of social welfare in favor of the poor. However, the recent figures revealed by the Health Ministry show that there are thousands of Moroccans who are already covered by the Mandatory Health Insurance and tend to register for RAMED in order to benefit from the free –of- charge services it provides at the expense of the poor who are truly in need.The same source went on to add that in spite of being overseen by the Interior Ministry, the distribution of RAMED cards demonstrates a deep inequity and a blatant manipulation of the law. El Ouardi stressed that the Government will retrieve the value of medical treatments from those who have benefited from RAMED program outside the law and make sure that only those who are uncovered will have access to a RAMED card.The Minister also said that the Government would try the private sector option to overcome the problems facing RAMED by means of allowing private institutions to treat RAMED beneficiaries.5.6 million is the number of people registered for RAMED at the end of October 2013, including 4.4 million in situation of poverty and 1.1 million in situation of precariousnes.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

UN warns that resources to tackle mental health problems are grossly insufficient

Published to coincide with the observance today of the International Day of Mental Health, WHO’s Mental Health Atlas 2005 shows no substantial change in global mental health resources since 2001 and a growing gap between allocations in high and low-income countries.The survey of 192 countries shows that Europe has 9.8 psychiatrists per 100,000 people in Europe compared to just 0.04 in Africa. The Atlas notes that many countries continue to spend only a very small proportion of their total health budget on mental health. One fifth of the more than 100 countries supplying figures to the survey spend less than 1 per cent of their health budget on mental health. This is in stark contrast to WHO’s estimate that 13 per cent of all disease burden is caused by the wide range of neuro-psychiatric disorders.“The new Atlas findings reflect the ongoing reality that the world still considers mental health care as a low priority within public health,” said Dr. Benedetto Saraceno, Director of Mental Health and Substance Abuse at WHO. He called for public health planners and decision-makers to “take the mental health needs of their populations more seriously.”This year’s observance of the Day is focused on raising awareness of the need for systems of treatment and care to be responsive to individuals throughout their lifespan. In his message marking the occasion, Secretary-General Kofi Annan noted that each stage of life brings different challenges and different needs. “Recognizing and addressing these differences can improve the health and functioning of individuals and families, and contribute to building successful communities,” he said.According to WHO, 450 million people worldwide are affected by mental, neurological or behavioral problems at any time, and about 873,000 people die by suicide every year. read more

Lebanon UN envoy supports start of national dialogue to strengthen State control

Terje Roed-Larsen, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Envoy for the Implementation of resolution 1559, spoke by phone yesterday with Nabih Berri to convey Mr. Annan’s views in that regard.In a statement last month on the issue, the Security Council said that much progress had been made since the adoption of resolution 1559, which called for an end to foreign influence in Lebanon, including the withdrawal of Syrian forces and the holding of credible parliamentary elections in May and June 2005.However, it called on the Government of Lebanon to make more progress in controlling its territory and disbanding militias, while also calling on Syria to cooperate with those efforts and to take measures to stop movements of arms and personnel into Lebanon.The Council said such progress should be made through “a broad national dialogue.” read more

Calling all Badgers

Return, reunite and relive your Brock experience this September.Energy on campus is building as Brock University prepares to celebrate our milestone 50th anniversary at the 2014 Homecoming Weekend, Sept. 18-21. From across the Niagara region and Canada, Brock alumni, students and friends will reunite to celebrate and relive the best years of their lives. Join us as we paint the town red.On Friday, Sept. 19, Badger Nation will cheer our men’s hockey team in the annual RBC Steelblade Classic. The excitement will continue in downtown St. Catharines at the historic Mansion House. Reminisce over a pint and enjoy live music with “sociable” Pat Hewitt – a familiar face for many Brock grads, as well as local student performers Tea with Lincoln.On Saturday, Sept. 20, we’ll honour alumni accomplishments at the Alumni Recognition Reception. Brock President Jack Lightstone will raise a toast to all cameo club, distinguished alumni and Faculty award recipients.The celebrations will continue at our Homecoming highlight—the Red Dinner. This signature event will showcase Niagara’s finest cuisine on wheels—food trucks include Avella’s Wood Fired Oven, the Tide and Vine Oyster Company, the Itty Bitty Pie Company, and Southern Smoke Truck. Pair your meal with a glass of wine from one Niagara’s outstanding vineyards—including select wines produced by Brock alumni. Dance the night away with musical entertainer Mark Lalama.Remember to show your Badger pride by sporting your Brock gear and memorabilia all weekend.Tickets are selling fast, so register now at to reserve your spot at Brock’s historic 50th Anniversary Homecoming Celebrations. read more

Harry and Meghan to include first female state trumpeter at a Royal

Lance Corporal Kate Sandford is to become the first woman from the band of the Household Cavalry to play the fanfare at a British Royal wedding, it is believed, as she joins an elite group of six on May 19th. As befits a bride so dedicated to the cause of gender equality, those trumpets will be loud enough not only to impress the millions watching around the world, but to shatter a glass ceiling along the way. 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. Joined by her husband, Lance Corporal of Horse Julian Sandford, the pair will, it follows, become  the first married couple to play… As Meghan Markle takes her first steps down the aisle of St George’s Chapel on Saturday, she will be met with the glorious fanfare of the State Trumpeters. read more

15 million to multicultural seniors

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Over 800 multicultural senior citizens organisations in Victoria are set to benefit from the second year grant payment allocation. The initiative from the Victorian Multicultural Commissions Community Grants Program will open up $1.5 million to help seniors organisations meet more regularly and continue to offer culturally specific programs. The Minister for Cultural Affairs and Citizenship, Nicholas Kotsiras, says the grants not only support and empower Victoria’s culturally, religiously and linguistically diverse communities but they also provide the opportunity to preserve the heritage of the cultures that have helped shape Victoria. The Multicultural Senior Citizens Grants now operate on a three-year funding cycle and each group successful in application to the program is entitled to apply for complementary public liability insurance, which greatly assists the groups to facilitate regular activities for their members. In 2012, over 113,000 senior citizens benefited from the grants, with the a boost in participation in programs such as language classes, heritage sharing activities with youth, as well as culturally specific health and well-being programs for isolated seniors. “These grants provide significant support to our State’s culturally and linguistically diverse community organisations, and strengthen their capacity to offer important social services and cultural activities to their members, assisting with the prevention of social isolation,” Mr Kotsiras said.last_img read more

Why the Greek Film Festival matters

first_imgWith the Delphi Bank 24th Greek Film Festival underway, there’s no denying Nia Karteris has a demanding schedule. As Chair of the Greek Film Festival in Sydney, for Nia a typical day starts with training in the wee hours of the morning, followed by an early start as she juggles the demands of property management based in the Hellenic heartland of Earlwood, and the responsibilities of chairing the festival and serving as Vice President of the Greek Orthodox Community of NSW.Sitting across from Nia over coffee, as we talk I can see a phone sitting on the table with a constant onslaught of messages and emails coming through, most likely in the hundreds per week. But somehow Nia makes it work.Having had a chance to look at the set up and the hard work that goes on behind a Greek Film Festival and the Greek Festival of Sydney, one that stretches for nine weeks, I can only take my hat off to the hard work of those who make it happen. In Sydney, the community has a gem in Karteris, who is an individual that manages to make amazing things happen for the cultural program of the Greek Orthodox Community of NSW.Born in Greece and raised in Sydney, it comes as a surprise that there was a period in her life when she didn’t completely embrace her cultural heritage. “Having grown up in the 70s and 80s, it was an era when racism was at its peak,” Nia explains. It would eventually take a visit back to the place of her birth, Agrinio, in 1991 for her to understand how powerful the Greek culture is and, in turn, how connected she felt to Greece. Nia (R) with Harry Danalis, President Greek Orthodox Community of NSW. With the connection to her Hellenic culture re-established, Nia became involved with the Greek Festival in the late 90s. This was the era when the festival was called a glendi by locals and was held in a suburban ground for years. By 2002 Nia had not only joined the Board of the Greek Community, she was actively involved and driving a vision of growth along with her colleagues. By the following year she was chair of the Festival, and it was no coincidence that the event was experiencing fundamental changes and subsequent growth. These changes over time included a strong engagement with mainstream media, the move to Brighton – close to the beach – and then the landmark move to Darling Harbour. As a result, the success of the festival has encouraged the Darling Harbour authorities to host numerous other cultural festivals, and as Nia puts it, they became the pioneers of the two day Greek Fest.To help nurture the culture of the Greek community, and especially the language, this new era ushered in progress for the Greek Film Festival which now attracts tens of thousands of cinema fans across the country and has arguably become one of the top five film festivals in Sydney. Attend a premiere such as this year’s Roza of Smyrna or Alex Lykos’ Alex and Eve and you will see all seats filled, with an atmosphere matched only by Cannes! “When the film festival first started, some of the sessions may have had just a few people in the cinema; if we had 50 people attend we were happy,” Nia recalls. “We have grown the film festival to what you experience today.” Together with the backing of a strong Board including President Harry Danalis and a number of talented festival coordinators over the years has elevated the festival’s status significantly. A quick scan of the festival program reveals highly rated films the likes of Yorgo Lanthimos’ The Killing of a Sacred Deer starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell.The curated program manages to connect with its audience given the mixture of thought provoking, and also entertaining movies. Amerika Square, which comes highly recommended by Nia, is a film that provokes the audience into thinking about real issues. Contrast that with the heart warming romantic comedy Bachelor and a powerful Australian produced documentary titled Dogs of Democracy and you get the picture – “There is something here for everyone,” Nia says.Asked what helps make the film festival, and by extension the Greek Festival of Sydney special, she doesn’t hesitate. “We have a high calibre of local artists and international artists and a cultural vision that connects with the community, Greek and non Greek,” Nia states, exemplified by partnering with the City Recital Hall which provides Sydney with at least one inspiring performance per year, usually led by the talented conductor George Ellis. One of the defining moments for the Greek community from a cultural point of view was arguably Mikis Theodorakis’ Axion Esti with George Ellis and Vasilis Lekkas from Greece.With the Greek Festival of Sydney due to start its unique cultural program that delivers up to 35 events from February, Nia makes the point that while “we are the biggest multicultural festival in Australia … however, we need the government to support and play their part with funding.” While this point is crucial, on the flip side the strength of financial supporters and sponsors is an essential element to events across the community.With the Delphi Bank Greek Film Festival taking place across Australia, members of the community and the broader public are encouraged to support the efforts of Hellenic filmmakers and the efforts of those in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, Darwin and Canberra rolling up their sleeves to bring high quality Hellenic films and cultural events to the general public. It is their dedication and tireless efforts that are paying off, as we see our culture thriving and gaining mainstream attention.The Delphi Bank 24th Greek Festival is now on. To view session times and purchase tickets, visit Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Study Twitter is a toxic place for women

first_img Comments Twitter Tags 5 Politics Tech Industry Twitter headquarters in San Francisco. James Martin/CNET Twitter can be a toxic place for female journalists and politicians, and online abuse is even worse if you’re a black woman, a study by Amnesty International and Element AI found. Using volunteers, the groups examined 288,000 tweets that mentioned 778 female politicians and journalists in the UK and US last year. About 7.1 percent of the tweets sent to these women were “problematic” or “abusive,” the study found. On average, women received these harmful tweets every 30 seconds. Abusive tweets are posts that violate Twitter’s online rules, including death threats and racist tropes. Problematic tweets can reinforce gender or racial stereotypes but might not reach the level of abuse, the organizations said. A tweet that read “Be a good girl… go wash dishes” was an example of a problematic post.Black, Asian, Latino and mixed-race women were 34 percent more likely to be the target of abuse or harassment than white women. Black women were 84 percent more likely than white women to be subjected to threats, racial slurs and other abusive tweets. Both liberal and conservative women were the targets of online abuse.Twitter has been under fire for years for not doing enough to combat online harassment and abuse. In October, the company apologized for failing to pull down a death threat sent to Rochelle Ritchie, a former press secretary for Congress, from pipe-bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc.”Online abuse against women on this scale should not and does not have to exist on social media platforms,” the report said. “Companies like Twitter have a responsibility to respect human rights, which means ensuring that women using the platform are able to express themselves freely and without fear.” Vijaya Gadde, legal, policy and trust & safety global lead at Twitter, said in a statement that the company is committed to improving the health of the platform and welcomes discussion around what the tech firm should do about “problematic” tweets.The company relies on computers and human reviewers to determine whether a tweet is abusive and violates Twitter’s online rules. “Twitter’s health is measured by how we help encourage more-healthy debate, conversations and critical thinking. Conversely, abuse, malicious automation, and manipulation detract from the health of Twitter,” Gadde said. “We are committed to holding ourselves publicly accountable towards progress in this regard.”The study acknowledged it had some limitations. It looked only at tweets that mentioned women in certain professions and didn’t include deleted tweets or those from accounts that were suspended in 2017.CNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The place to find the best tech gifts for 2018Infowars and Silicon Valley: Everything you need to know about the tech industry’s free speech debate. Share your voicelast_img read more

AI accuses Myanmar military of fresh war crimes

first_imgAmnesty InternationalMyanmar’s military is guilty of committing new “war crimes”, extrajudicial killings and torture in its fight against ethnic Rakhine rebels, Amnesty International said Wednesday.The armed forces have deployed thousands of troops and heavy artillery across northern Rakhine state in recent months where Arakan Army (AA) rebels are fighting for more autonomy for the state’s ethnic Rakhine Buddhists.The state was also the scene of the military’s bloody crackdown against the Rohingya Muslim community in 2017.That campaign pushed some 740,000 Rohingya into Bangladesh in violence UN investigators say warrants prosecution of top generals for “genocide”.Amnesty said Wednesday it had “new evidence” that Myanmar’s military is now “committing war crimes and other human rights violations” against the ethnic Rakhine, listing extrajudicial killings, arbitrary arrests, torture and enforced disappearances.Access to the conflict area is heavily restricted but details of civilian deaths have emerged over recent weeks and months.But the army has confirmed it shot dead six detainees late last month in the village of Kyauk Tan.Amnesty’s report is based on scores of interviews with people from various ethnic groups, photographs, videos and satellite imagery.It documents seven unlawful attacks that killed 14 civilians and injured dozens more, saying notorious infantry units have been deployed against the ethnic Rakhine.Some Rohingya Muslims who have remained in the area have also been killed.”The new operations in Rakhine State show an unrepentant, unreformed and unaccountable military terrorising civilians,” said regional director Nicholas Bequelin.A Myanmar army spokesman could not be immediately reached for comment on the report.The rights group also criticised the government for choosing to “remain silent” while supplies of medicine, food and humanitarian relief remain blocked by authorities.In an unprecedented move after the AA attacked police posts in January, Aung San Suu Kyi’s government ordered the army to “crush” the rebels.Although the military was the main perpetrator, AA insurgents have also “committed abuses against civilians”, Amnesty said, alleging they have sent letters with bullets to local administrators and business people.”I can firmly say it does not happen,” AA spokesman Khine Thu Kha told AFP by phone, denying the claims.last_img read more

Toyota demos Window to the World vehicle back seat smart window technology

first_img( — Designers from the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design and engineers from Toyota have been working together and have come up with a unique and innovative concept they call the “Window to the Word” where the window of the back seat of an automobile is converted into a see-through touch-screen device capable of allowing people, likely children, to draw images with their finger, magnify objects they see outside the car, learn by having objects they touch converted into another language, get distance for objects seen and be given information about objects they see. Watching the video the team has created of a child using the new technology is both awe inspiring and head scratching. On the one hand, you have to give the designers and engineers credit for even thinking of such a thing, and for portraying it in such a beautiful and simplistic way. But, on the other, the practicalities of such a technology soon surpass the feelings of wonder at this new demonstration of the power of applied technology. Would window smudging ruin the effect after awhile, for example, or would a child bother with it if buckled in so tight that turning to use the window would become a strenuous activity; or would kids prefer to just have a tablet computer on their lap, etc. Using the new technology, which was demoed at the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association meeting last month, in Belgium, appears to be straightforward and simple. To zoom in on an object, two fingers are spread outwardly from a single point, as on a tablet device. To draw, a single finger is pressed against the window and moved about, again, similar to any other touch-screen. Menuing is controlled via a designated area in the lower left corner of the window. One truly interesting feature is that objects drawn on the window appear to move out of the framed window at the same rate as the car is moving, giving the illusion that the object drawn was actually part of the outside landscape and is being left behind as the car heads off.Whether or not the “Window to the World” concept ever makes it to real world vehicles, the ideas behind it demonstrate that car manufacturers are intent on using every bit of available technology to make driving, or riding in cars in the future, a better experience for all of us. Explore further © 2010 CeBIT: Window-shopping in the future at giant tech fair Citation: Toyota demos ‘Window to the World’ vehicle back seat smart window technology (w/ video) (2011, July 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Scale Back Your Corporate Network

first_img Register Now » 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. February 12, 2009 Paul KorzeniowskiThe R word has permeated the business lexicon. With the nation’s economy slip-sliding into a recession that some think will last for quite a while, small and midsize businesses find themselves making various adjustments. While many had been focused on expanding their reach, the emphasis now is on scaling back deployments and closing offices, and the repercussions from this shift in thinking are being seen in the networking space.Increasingly, corporate networks are shrinking. Market research firm Vertical Systems Group found that the number of companies disconnecting network locations reached its highest level in six years in 2008. Fourteen percent of companies reported that they eliminated one or more network locations without adding or moving others during the year. That number was up sharply from 2007’s figure of 9 percent shutting down some sites. While a few industries, such as retail and financial, were particularly hard hit, downsizing appears to be in vogue in just about every business sector. With many businesses bracing themselves for an extended downturn, more of the same is expected in 2009.As a result, budget cuts are either looming or already being implemented. Businesses that had been freely increasing their network purchases will be less inclined to spend, and the fallout from that shift will be evident in a couple of areas.Small and midsize business IT staffs will need to hunker down. With the reduction in the number of locations will come a reduction in personnel needs. Therefore, management will probably be trying to reduce head count, so network managers will need to protect themselves.However not all IT sectors will suffer. During cutbacks, companies often turn to third parties as they opt for more contract work and less full-time help. Consequently, some internal operations could be funneled to resellers, outsourcers, and SaaS service providers. If an IT executive had ever dreamed about how it might feel working on the other side of the street, now may be a good time to make that switch.In addition, corporations will spend less on their network infrastructure. In some cases, they will delay migrating from higher-speed connections, so employees may have to wait a few minutes longer to download needed information.Recently, the network industry’s focus shifted to mobile communications. Many suppliers had been pointing to 2009 as the year when adoption of high-speed 802.11n wireless connections would occur. While that area may generate increased sales, its growth may not come as quickly as some had anticipated.VoIP and unified communications could be another growing area impacted by the cutbacks. Many organizations have been slowly rolling out VoIP connections because the technology enables them to reduce their telecommunications costs. Now that they have that infrastructure in place, they were looking for ways to use it to increase productivity. Consequently, interest in unified communications had been rising. However, this area had been stuck in a chicken-or-egg phase: Vendors charged premium prices for these products because few companies had implemented them, and the high prices kept many small and midsize businesses from deploying them. Recently, suppliers had become creative in marketing these applications. They have been bundling the cost into hardware purchases, maintenance costs, and upgrade contracts. Customers can expect to see more of those options, which could help them justify unified communication deployments.As companies close up remote locations, they will be saddled with unneeded network equipment, such as routers and switches. Consequently, used equipment suppliers could find themselves with a flood of new inventory. This represents good news for those companies whose plans have not been as severely impacted by the economy. They should be able to find some very good deals as a variety of outlets vie for their business. Vertical Systems found that 16 percent of companies plan to add new locations to their networks in 2009. So during this recession, the rich will get richer — once again.See more columns by Paul Korzeniowski.Paul Korzeniowski is a Sudbury, Mass.-based freelance writer who has been writing about networking issues for two decades. His work has appeared in Business 2.0, Entrepreneur, Investor’s Business Daily, Newsweek, and InformationWeek. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Oceania Cruises has lau

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterOceania Cruises has launched an incentive for its travel partners, offering a bottle of Dom Pérignon to the first 50 agents who book any 2019 sailing aboard Oceania Cruises for their clients.The incentive runs from 20 February until 31 March 2019 and is only open to travel partners in Australia and New Zealand.“This incentive is inspired by Oceania Cruises’ exclusive The Dom Pérignon Experience, a first-of-its-kind dinner which pairs six courses with six different Dom Pérignon vintages, and is currently available aboard Riviera and Marina,” said Steve McLaughlin, Vice President of Sales, Australia and New Zealand for Oceania Cruises.“We always look to reinvent the ways in which we can incentivise our valued travel partners, who are such an important part of our success in the local cruise market,” McLaughlin added.The Dom Pérignon Experience costs US$295 per guest (gratuities additional) and is held in the elegant dining room of La Reserve aboard Marina and Riviera, the only place in the world where travellers can enjoy this experience.Advance bookings are recommended, and reservations may be made via travel agents, directly with Oceania Cruises or on board at the Specialty Dining Desk.*Terms & Conditions apply: Offer valid for the first 50 new bookings made between 20 February–31 March 2019 for sailings departing in 2019. The prize is a bottle of Dom Pérignon, which will be sent to the winning travel agents in April or once final payment has been received, whichever comes first. The prize is applicable to travel agents within Australia and New Zealand only.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

After endless hours of preparation and five days o

first_imgAfter endless hours of preparation and five days of intense lectures and examinations, Stephen Clark was officially named Advanced Sommelier. Clark is one of eleven sommeliers who successfully passed the Court of Master Sommeliers Advanced Exam, administered October 26 to 30 at the Bellagio Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Through the test, the candidates demonstrated an advanced understanding of wine theory, the beverage service industry, and a highly sophisticated tasting ability that few in the world possess. With the Advanced Exam success under his belt, Clark is now permitted to make a run at the highest sommelier designation in the world, that of Master Sommelier.Clark has been with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company since 2001 and works as the resident wine expert, Sommelier and Director of Banquets at The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Georgia. He attended Baltimore Culinary College, is a graduate of Disney’s Culinary Apprentice Program and has had professional wine training through the International Sommelier Guild.49 candidates in total sat for the recent exam, one of three Advanced Exams to be offered by the Court this year. The Advanced Examination is exponentially more challenging than the prerequisite Introductory Sommelier and Certified Sommelier examinations, demonstrated by the 22 percent passing rate for this elite group. Achieving the level of Advanced Sommelier leaves only one challenging step before these dedicated wine aficionados can earn the coveted title of Master Sommelier, which has been achieved by only 168 professionals worldwide.“I continue to be amazed by the dedication and talents of the sommeliers who commit to the Court’s educational program,” stated Jay Fletcher, Chairman of the American Chapter of the Court of Master Sommeliers. “I commend the successful Advanced Exam candidates and look forward to watching them strive for even greater knowledge in the years to come.”www.ritzcarltonlodge.comlast_img read more