Historic Curacao win sets back Honduras

first_imgThe golden generation of Honduran soccer is gone, the team that went to three consecutive Gold Cup semifinals and back-to-back World Cups now a distant memory.This Honduras won’t even get out of the Gold Cup group stage. Curacao topped Los Catrachos 1-0, the first-ever Gold Cup win for Curacao, and confirmed the final group game next week will be Hondura’s last in the tournament.Fabian Coito is five matches into his tenure as Honduras manager. If he survives he’ll exit with a record of no wins, a pair of draws and three defeats. The aggregate is skewed by a 7-0 loss to Brazil in preparations for this tournament, but it sits at 12-3 in the favor of Honduras’ opponents. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Even so, it would be harsh for him to be given his marching orders. The long-time Uruguay youth coach has been brought in partly to build from the bottom. Honduras knows it needs fresh blood. The Norway U-20 team smashing the Honduran equivalent 12-0 at last month’s World Cup showed there is still much to do.”As a manager, what I say is that I’m continuing to draw conclusions, but, well, logically as a manager each game is a test,” said a calm but frustrated Coito after the match. “There’s always the chance something happens depending on what happens in the games. Really, I’m not worried about being here or not being here. It’s not my decision if I’m out. If not, what interests me is try to work and move forward, turn this adverse situation around and, well, it’s not the first time this situation has happened to me in a team or national team.”How to turn things around will be a tough decision. It would be easy to glance over the team and determine the issue is with Honduras’ aging back line. It certainly is a spot that should bring concern in the upcoming years. But the 36-year-old Maynor Figueroa, 33-year-old Emilio Izaguirre and 33-year-old Brayan Beckeles, who left the contest at halftime, bear little blame for the early elimination. Even if it was the 26-year-old Henry Figueroa whose heroic last-gasp tackle prevented a second Curacao goal, the rest of the unit mostly pulled their weight as well.The real culpable player was Curacao goalkeeper Eloy Room. The PSV No. 2 is undoubtedly Curacao’s No. 1, making 13 stops. Nine of those came in the first half, with Alberth Elis darting down the right wing and looking to set up center forward Antony Lozano or Michaell Chirinos on the other side. Even when one of the players found a good effort, Room was there to block, tip over the bar or smother the ball.”I wanted to help the team and get the first victory in the Gold Cup. So many saves, I didn’t count them in the game,” Room told Goal  after the contest. “But I wanted to win. After the game, everyone was happy after we won the game – especially for the fans of Curacao and our island. We won the game, and I’m proud of the team. I helped the team win it, and that’s nice.”Coming up on the wrong end of an historic triumph, and at that one that eliminated the team from the knockout stage, always was going to be frustrating. But Coitio said the team lost its way late in the second half, letting the moment get the best of it. Room’s heroics played no small part in adding to the mental anguish of the Hondurans, who were urged on by a partisan crowd at BBVA Stadium but never seemed to have the energy to mount a serious late charge.”Of course we were frustrated by that, and everything else. We tried to score but weren’t able to do it,” Figueroa said of the goalkeeper’s fantastic evening. “There are games where you have no chances, but obviously we have the responsibility to finish.”Coito said he hasn’t considered stepping aside, but Figueroa and several other veterans may be wondering about their international careers. The Nations League, and the pressure of a potential relegation, looms large as does another World Cup qualification cycle. Figueroa and his defensive counterparts may consider retirement, but who will replace them? Does Honduras’ pool really contain up-and-comers overlooked by Coito?Victor “Muma” Bernardez attempted to retire internationally after the 2014 World Cup only for the coaching staff to attempt to lure him back. There simply were no other options as good as the veteran. That’s not a good situation, but it’s the situation Honduras finds itself in once again.How to get better? For Figueroa, it’s not about mixing things up but rather about pushing even harder in the way Honduras has been pushing.”We have to do the same thing. When you win, you have to keep working, and when you lose, work even harder. We’ve got to keep working, getting better,” Figueroa said. “There are a lot of things to improve upon, and that’s it. Keep believing, keep trying every day.”That may be good advice for individual players, but Honduran fans will find it hard to continue believing in this national team. With the glory days so clearly gone, it’s hard to blame them.last_img read more

Stillhouse Spirits Names G-Eazy Partner & Co-Creative Director

first_img How 2 Noma Alumni Brought Their Flavorful Spirits Line to the United States Editors’ Recommendations Raleigh Denim Workshop Makes Jeans with Artistry and Ingenuity in the U.S.A. What Wrangler Is Doing to Make Denim More Sustainable You’ve seen Stillhouse Spirits around, even if you don’t know it. Packaged in distinctive (and proprietary) red stainless steel cans (the ones that look like paint thinner, but won’t kill you if you drink it, obviously), they stand out on the shelves (and, according to the company, “go where glass can’t”).This stand-out approach extends to their product line which, in addition to having an un-aged corn whiskey, has flavors such as coconut, mint chip, and crisp apple. The man behind these products, CEO & Founder Brad Beckerman is taking the company a step further with the announcement that multi-platinum rapper and producer G-Eazy is now a Partner and the Co-Creative Director for Stillhouse Spirits.Stillhouse CEO Brad Beckerman and G-Eazy/StillhouseThe Oakland-based G-Eazy (Gerald Earl Gillum), known for songs such as “I Mean It” and “Shake It Up” (as well as his new album “The Beautiful & Damned”) said he wanted to work with Stillhouse because of a shared vision with Beckerman.“I wanted to partner with Brad because he has this infectious energy and passion for the brand he’s continuing to grow,” Gillum said in a statement.On Beckerman’s end, he said Gillum’s drive and creativity were keys for him in entering this partnership. Gillum’s partnership is his first in the spirits industry and, according to a release, helped close a significant round of funding for Stillhouse.The first task Gillum will be taking on is the expansion of the brand into the Louisiana market, a big deal for the rapper as it is where he went to school. Mountain Hardwear Is Bringing Augmented Reality to the Great Outdoors Rabbit Hole Rebrands and Launches New Whiskeylast_img read more

Jamaica Investment Forum Focusing On Priority Sectors and Business Opportunities

first_img Jamaica’s advancements in technology, economic growth strategy and growing business potential will also be explored by the panelists, while investors in attendance will get the opportunity to speak with persons who have already invested in Jamaica, as well as view testimonials from others. Story Highlights Six priority sectors and the potential business opportunities they present will be the highlight of the Jamaica Investment Forum (JIF), slated for June 12 to 14 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James.Discussions and presentations will focus on agri-business, business process outsourcing, energy, logistics, manufacturing and tourism, and how these sectors can drive Jamaica’s continued growth and development.The triennial event, organised by the Government’s trade and investment agency, Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO), is being held under the auspices of Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, who will be the guest speaker at the opening ceremony on June 12.JAMPRO’s Vice President for Sales and Promotion, Claude Duncan, said JIF presents a unique opportunity for investors and business executives to discover new ventures across the target sectors.“The sectors were selected based on a combination of internal and external factors…internal having to do with the readiness of (those areas) to receive investments and whether enough opportunities are there (for them) to receive the investments, while the external side examines if there is an appetite out there for these kinds of projects or interest in these sectors,” he explained.Commenting on each sector, Mr. Duncan noted that Jamaica continues to attract significant interest and attention as a tourist destination, which is evident in the various projects that have recently been completed and others in the pipeline.He pointed out that tourism continues to be a very vibrant sector for investments, noting that this is evident in the increasing number of hotel rooms, and emerging interest in medical tourism.“We have (also) made tremendous strides in the logistics area, having divested the Port of Kingston with close to US$1billion invested in port infrastructure such as dredging of the harbour, port expansion and related activities,” he further highlighted.Other investments in this sector include bunkering projects being executed by the West Indies Petroleum; Kingston Wharves Limited’s thrust in warehousing and logistics; and initiatives by the Government such as the implementation of the Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) which has significantly improved the effectiveness and efficiency of operations within the customs and port communities.Additionally, Mr. Duncan said there is the opportunity to attract logistics players and manufacturers to occupy the special economic zones.The JAMPRO executive further pointed out that “with the improved logistics at the ports, it puts us in a better position to attract some manufacturing-type investments, whether (from investors targeting the) domestic market or those interested in serving bigger markets such as CARICOM, and other regions.”Mr. Duncan said business process outsourcing has evolved into a robust sector that continues to drive growth and job creation, noting that sector now employs about 26,000 persons.On the matter of energy, he informed that the Government is currently developing an integrated resource plan from which a slew of investment projects will be created in renewables.“Agriculture is said to be one of the pillars for growth, going forward, as it is good for business and the country. So we will be shining the spotlight on this sector as agri-business covers, not just agriculture, but the entire value chain including distribution, manufacturing, and retail,” Mr. Duncan added.The forum, being held under the theme ‘Connect for Business!’, will facilitate various plenaries, panel discussions and breakout sessions highlighting the six sectors.The topics include: ‘Outsourcing’; ‘Logistics and Special Economic Zones: the Jamaican Advantage’; ‘Energy: Towards a Sustainable Energy Hub’; ‘Manufacturing: Jamaica- the Key Link in the Global Supply Chain’; ‘Agri-business: Growing from the Ground Up’; and ‘Tourism: from All-inclusives to Eco-exclusives’.Jamaica’s advancements in technology, economic growth strategy and growing business potential will also be explored by the panelists, while investors in attendance will get the opportunity to speak with persons who have already invested in Jamaica, as well as view testimonials from others.The Jamaica Investment Forum is being held with support from a wide cross section of sponsors. They include:Headline sponsors: JAMPRO; Foundations for Competitiveness and Growth Project (FCGP), a project of the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ); New Fortress Energy; and Scotiabank;Platinum sponsors: Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF); Kingston Wharves Limited (KWL); and Factories Corporation of Jamaica (FCJ);Gold sponsors: Port Authority of Jamaica; Inter-American Development Bank (IDB); Urban Development Corporation (UDC); GK Capital Management Limited; Heart Trust/NTA; Cable and Wireless Business; Main Event Entertainment Group Limited; PwC Jamaica; Montego Bay Convention Centre; J. Wray and Nephew Limited; and Jamaica Special Economic Zone Authority (JSEZA). Commenting on each sector, Mr. Duncan noted that Jamaica continues to attract significant interest and attention as a tourist destination, which is evident in the various projects that have recently been completed and others in the pipeline. Six priority sectors and the potential business opportunities they present will be the highlight of the Jamaica Investment Forum (JIF), slated for June 12 to 14 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James.last_img read more

Guaidos Potential Government to Reconsider Recognizing SelfProclaimed SADR

Rabat – The foreign affairs advisor at the Venezuelan National Assembly, Manuel Avendano, said on Tuesday that Venezuela will “reconsider its recognition of the Sahrawi Republic” under the potential government of Interim-President Juan Guaido.He told Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) that recognizing the self-proclaimed Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) is more in line with “left ideologies, like those of Nicolas Maduro’s regime” rather than “to a real quest for a peaceful and political solution to the dispute over the Sahara.”Avendano said that Guaido’s government wants a “peaceful solution “to the conflict, adding that they support any “process that would lead to this end, within the framework of the UN.” Read Also: Venezuela’s Juan Guaido Wants Diplomatic Recognition from MoroccoGuaido’s government requested Morocco’s support after declaring himself interim president on January 23. He gained support from much of South America and elsewhere internationally, including from Trump’s administration.On Tuesday, Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs spoke with Guaido by phone, informing him that Morocco is closely following the developments in Venezuela.Bourita also expressed Morocco’s support for Guaido for all his actions to meet the legitimate aspirations of the Venezuelan people for democracy and change.During the phone conversation, Guaido reiterated his government’s determination to restore diplomatic ties between the two counties on “healthy and serene bases” and to remove the obstacles that hampered their development.Moroccan observers, including Abdelfettah Fatihi who spoke with Morocco World News, believe that Morocco’s support for Guaido’s presidency would be favorable for Morocco’s position on the Western Sahara conflict, especially because the majority of Venezuela’s previous presidents supported the ideologies of the Polisario Front.Read Also: Sahrawis Urge Polisario, Algeria to Explain Fate of Kidnapped PersonMorocco severed ties with Venezuela in 2009, when the latin government expressed full support for the front, a threat to Morocco’s territorial integrity.In statements to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP), Avendano said that his government is ready to restore the diplomatic ties because both countries “had cultural and economic exchanges that we want to grow.”“At the diplomatic level we are seeking more support, but unlike the Maduro regime, we are doing so under the Venezuelan constitution,” contended the advisor.He added that the Guaido government wants “to obtain the recognition of the Kingdom of Morocco.” read more

International Criminal Court issues warrants for first Darfur war crimes suspects

2 May 2007The International Criminal Court (ICC) today issued its first warrants for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sudan’s conflict-wracked Darfur region, giving the country’s Government responsibility for the arrest of a Sudanese minister and a militia commander. The International Criminal Court (ICC) today issued its first warrants for war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sudan’s conflict-wracked Darfur region, giving the country’s Government responsibility for the arrest of a Sudanese minister and a militia commander. The court’s Pre-Trial Chamber I issued warrants of arrest for Ahmad Muhammad Harun, former Minister of State for the Interior of the Government of Sudan and currently Minister of State for Humanitarian Affairs, and Janjaweed militia leader Ali Muhammad Al Abd-Al-Rahman, also known as Ali Kushayb. “As the territorial State, the Government of the Sudan has a legal duty to arrest Ahmad Harun and Ali Kushayb,” ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo said, adding, “This is the International Criminal Court’s decision and the Government has to respect it.” The two men are accused of targeting civilians in attacks on four villages in West Darfur between August 2003 and March 2004, according to the warrant that outlines multiple counts of personal responsibility for murder, pillaging and rape for each. “In his public speeches, Ahmad Harun not only demonstrated that he knew that the Militia/Janjaweed were attacking civilians and pillaging towns and villages, but also personally encouraging the commission of such illegal acts,” the judges concluded. It alleges that Ali Kushayb, leader of the Janjaweed in the Wadi Salih, “enlisted fighters, armed, funded and provided supplies to the Militia /Janjaweed under his command thereby intentionally contributing to the commissions of the crimes.” The Court noted that he “personally participated in some of the attacks against civilians.” According to the Court, in early 2003, Mr. Harun was appointed head of the “Darfur Security desk,” where his main task was to manage and personally recruit, fund and arm the Janjaweed militia – forces that would ultimately number in the tens of thousands. The communiqué emphasizes that the case highlights the connection between a high Government figure and a powerful Janjaweed leader, and shows the underlying operational system that enabled massive crimes against civilians who were known not to be involved in the conflict. The issuance of the warrants comes amid increasing international efforts to stop the bloodshed and improve humanitarian assistance in Darfur, where more than 200,000 people have been killed and at least 2 million others forced to flee their homes since 2003. Despite numerous recent attacks against relief workers in Darfur, the humanitarian community continues to explore ways to increase its access and resume activities in hard-to-reach areas, the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) reported today.The mission said that a key road in West Darfur has been re-opened for humanitarian traffic after being declared a ‘no go’ zone in October 2006, and that efforts are being undertaken to resume operations in other areas of West Darfur that had been plagued by road attacks over the past few months.Also today, in an effort to further facilitate humanitarian activities, Sudanese Government and UN officials met with representatives of the European Commission, Jordan and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) at the Ministry for Humanitarian affairs in Khartoum. read more

Government has plan in place in case of second recession Harper tells

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 5, 2012 9:30 pm MDT OTTAWA – Prime Minister Stephen Harper is warning that Europe is running out of time to fix its debt problems, but his government has prepared “contingency plans” just in case Canada is forced to contend with a second global recession.The frank assessment came in an interview Harper gave CBC’s The National while attending the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations Tuesday in London.At one point during the interview, the prime minister admitted that not only is he worried about Europe’s financial future, he has been for some time.“I am concerned,” he said. “Even since mid-’08, I have been constantly worried.”At times, he strikes an almost exasperated tone as he discusses the failure of European leaders to deal once and for all with their on-again, off-again financial crisis.The Bank of Canada said Tuesday that those problems have worsened in the past few weeks — so much so that they have prompted a “sharp deterioration” in global financial conditions. The latest crisis concerns the solvency of European banks, particularly those in Spain, but a Greek exit from the eurozone following mid-June elections also looms as a potential shock.“We are four years in,” Harper said of the duration of Europe’s problems.“I don’t want to sound too alarmist, but we are kind of running out of runway here … I am told already by my counterparts around the world that it has already been affecting most other economies.“We just can’t say, ‘Let’s wait until the Greek election.’ We cannot have a Greek election determining the future of the global economy, that’s not fair to anybody.”North America has been relatively immune from the fallout of Europe until this point, “but if it gets much deeper it will affect us all,” he added.Harper described the economic recovery, even in Canada, as fragile and said he is worried that short term solutions of the kind Europe has tried so far are not going to be sufficient.Throughout the interview, Harper repeatedly referred to what occurred in 2008, after New York investment bank Lehman Brothers collapsed, exposing an inter-connected global financial system that had bet heavily on overpriced housing, bad debt and credit hedges few could cover.“We do have contingencies in place to minimize the impact on us as we did in 08-09,” Harper said.He was not specific, but suggested the measures would be similar to ones deployed during the recent recession, when Ottawa and the provinces spent billions to pump up the economy and the Bank of Canada slashed rates and injected liquidity to ensure banks continued to lend.“If we found ourselves in catastrophic situations as we did in ’08-’09, (there) would be additional things we would have to do,” he said.Earlier this week, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty also suggested the government would return to stimulus if a recession occurred. He pointed out that unlike many advanced countries, Canada’s finances are in sufficiently good shape to afford new spending.Economists say the most immediate impact of European contagion would be through a reduction in global demand for Canadian exports, including oil, and a fall in commodity prices. An accompanying stock market plunge would sap wealth from Canadian households and a credit squeeze would also slow economic activity.Harper offered some advice for Canadian investors: “Don’t cut and run.”He noted with some chagrin that during the 2008 election campaign, in the aftermath of the collapse of equity markets, he famously advised Canadians to take advantage of low prices and invest in stocks.While he might have expressed himself badly, he said, he remains of the same opinion.“Have a mid- to long-term game plan and stick with it,” he said. “Things will go up and down in (the) short term … (but) there will always be solid businesses, and solid markets will always experience growth over time.” Government has plan in place in case of second recession, Harper tells CBC read more

Raising taxes would make people happier says Archbishop of Canterbury

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. “Public safety and security, clean air and beautiful natural environments, public parks and spaces, arts and culture, the sense of belonging to a community – these are all important contributors to individual wellbeing; but can only be enjoyed if we pay for and secure them collectively.”For these reasons, the very nature of public goods highlights the importance of public taxation in contributing to public, shared prosperity.”Senior figures in the Church of England have previously said people should pay more taxes, with Archbishop of York John Sentamu suggesting last year that taxpayers should be allowed to voluntarily “top up” their income tax to boost public spending. The Archbishop also urged large tech companies to pay a “proper” share of tax, telling the BBC: “They should pay a fair amount based on the revenues that they earn from our country.”If we are going to have a hope-filled future… everyone has to contribute who takes from this country. Everyone has to put things back and they have to put it back most of all in tax.” Raising taxes will make people happier, the Archbishop of Canterbury has said at the launch of an IPPR report. Speaking as the think-tank launched its report about finance and inequality on Wednesday, Archbishop Justin Welby said that prosperity was driven by wellbeing as well as income. He suggested that higher taxes could fund the improvement of the environment and culture, which could improve overall happiness.The report was published by a commission set up two years ago by the left-leaning think-tank, which also included the TUC and economists.Among 73 recommendations, it suggests putting workers on company boards, an increase in corporation tax and higher pay for workers on zero hours contracts, as well as regulating digital media firms in a similar way to utility companies. The commission reported that in the decade since the financial crisis, the living standards of tens of millions of people had “stagnated”, young people had seen life chances deteriorate, and the economic gulf between London and the South East and the rest of the country had widened.The Archbishop said: “Prosperity depends on the security and quality of work, and the balance of work and life, the quality of our relationships, and not just about the amount of income we receive. Everyone has to put things back and they have to put it back most of all in tax.Archbishop Justin Welby “It rests on the common good as well as individual wellbeing,” he said. The “common good” includes elements such as political discourse, science and culture, and protecting the environment, he added.  read more

Cooling underground mines with ice

first_imgSetting new standards for health, safety and energy-e­fficiency, Pierre Brisset of KTI-Plersch Kältetechnik, explains how ice cooling can enable sustainable productivity gains and profit consolidation. Faced with the challenge of increasing demand for more ore at a cheaper cost, several South African mines have resorted to ice technologies to manage heat at deep mining levels.“Modern ice cooling systems enable to achieve acceptable work conditions underground and enhance safety with productivity gains and spectacular energy savings.“Heat and humidity are a constant issue and limiting factor in these underground mines. Getting deep, the virgin rock temperature may reach 60°C. With the added heat of excavation, the working conditions become very critical for the miners, with detrimental effects to their health, safety and performance.“As heat-loads increase with depth, the heat-rejection capacities underground become more limited. Meanwhile, surface water chillers and bulk air coolers also rapidly reach their limits. The mass flow of water to be introduced from surface to cool deep mines and the associated electricity costs to pump it back, are huge. Likewise, cold air circulation entails expensive airways. Furthermore, the efficiency of surface chillers is impaired by the heat exchange between the chilled water and the warm surrounding environment to the lower levels (chilled water) and/or by the auto-compression temperature rise (air chillers). In deep mines, Ice cooling then becomes a valid alternative or complement.“The advent of a new generation of modern ice plants, makes it possible to overcome these limitations and reintroduce ice in the mines. After mixed experiences with liquid ice, encouraging results were obtained with solid ice (98 % Ice Mass Fraction).“Ice is colder than water and/or conditioned air. It displays a far greater cooling potential. Furthermore, Ice falls down the pipe at higher speed (3 km in two minutes) and still reaches the low levels at 0°C, with minimal heat-loss. These unique properties make it a very attractive and energy-efficient cooling medium.“To put it simply, the ice systems:Significantly lowered the temperatures at the heart of the mineDrastically reduced the mass flow of water to be pumped up to surfaceOvercame the limitations of heat rejection undergroundProvided megawatts of refrigerationSaved pumping energyEnabled thermal storage.“These benefits stem from the unique physical property of the ice. Ice is pure cooling energy. Thanks to its unique latent heat of fusion, (capacity to absorb heat as it melts), a given mass of ice provides much more cooling than the same water quantity. Whilst one litre of water absorbs 4kj/kg, 1 kg of ice absorbs 333kj as it melts (from -0°C to +0°C). Introducing ice in the mine shaft, thus enables to reduce the liquid mass to be returned to surface.“Another advantage is the reduced heat-loss while the cooling medium is travelling from the surface to the stope. Chilled water picks up 5oC for every 1 km travelled underground. Water is already lukewarm as it reaches the low levels. On the contrary, ice drops down in a few seconds, with only minimal warm-up and melt (The heat intake is in the range of 10 kJ/kg/1,000 m). After thawing, the melt water is still colder than any water introduced from the surface.“As an example, at 2,000 m below surface, 25,000 t of 5°C water are required to fight a heat load oflast_img read more

Kristina Bille Hansen in Krim Mercator

Slovenian champion and one of the TOP sides of Women’s elite handball, Krim Mercator confirmed that Danish right wing, Kristina Bille Hansen (25) will play in Ljubljana in next season. In her career, Kristina played for two famous teams – Viborg HK and Aalborg DH.photo: eurohandball.com ← Previous Story Dutchman, Iso Sluijters in San Antonio Next Story → “Last train for Germany” – EHF EURO 2012 qualification decisions Krim MercatorKristina Bille Hansen

Enid Tahirovic retires Hope I didnt disappoint you

Enid TahirovićEnid Tahirovic retires ← Previous Story Flensburg smash Kiel in “eternal derby”! Next Story → Alexander Petersson to miss WCh 2013 – Olafur is back! The best goalkeeper of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the last decade, Enid Tahirovic (40) has finished proffesional career with the last match for Frisch Auf Goppingen in Lemgo (22:25). Experienced goalkeeper came in Bundesliga in 2008 and played for FA Goppingen,but also he spent this Autumn in HSV Handball. Before German experience, he was a member of Slovenian Cimos Koper and Bosna Sarajevo.Tahirovic’s career example is something unusual in proffesional sports. He was unknown goalkeeper almost until age of 30, when he went back to Sarajevo and began to play for Zeleznicar Sarajevo (2000-2003). In just a few years with Bosna Sarajevo (2003-2007), Tahirovic became the most important handball player in domestic League, but also one of the most known athlete in whole country.– I want to express my gratitude to all the people who followed my career all these years. There were a lot of beautiful moments, of course, some others, but after all I hope that I didn’t dissapoint you – Thank you” – wrote Enid on his FB profile. read more

Iraq executions top 150 this year so far

first_imgIRAQ HAS CONFIRMED seven more executions, pushing the number of people put to death this year to more than 150 in defiance of widespread international condemnation.Those executed, who included a Libyan, had all been convicted of offences related to “terrorism”, a statement posted on the justice ministry website on Thursday said.They bring to at least 151 the number of people put to death by Iraqi authorities this year, compared to 129 for all of 2012, according to an AFP tally based on reports from the ministry and officials.The statement, which was accompanied by an image of a noose, listed 19 executions between November 7 and 17 , but 12 of them had already been announced by a ministry official earlier this week.The statement named the Libyan put to death as Adel Omar Mohammed, adding that he had been convicted of carrying out two car bombings.The list of executionsIn a departure from its normal practice, the ministry published the names of those executed, and the offences they had been found guilty of.Executions in Iraq, usually carried out by hanging, have increased this year despite persistent international calls for a moratorium.UN human rights chief Navi Pillay said this year that Iraq’s criminal justice system was “not functioning adequately.”She highlighted “numerous convictions based on confessions obtained under torture and ill-treatment, a weak judiciary and trial proceedings that fall short of international standards.” She added:The application of the death penalty in these circumstances is unconscionable, as any miscarriage of justice as a result of capital punishment cannot be undone.But Iraqi Justice Minister Hassan al-Shammari has insisted that the executions are carried out only after an exhaustive legal process.A level not seen since 2008The growing use of the death penalty comes as violence in Iraq has reached a level not seen since 2008, when the country was just emerging from a brutal sectarian conflict.More than 5,800 people have died so far this year in surging unrest that has prompted Iraq to appeal for international help in combating militancy.But diplomats and analysts say that Baghdad has not done enough of its own to address the root causes of the bloodshed.- © AFP, 2013Iraqis blame government for not stopping Eid attacks>One person became a refugee every four seconds last year>last_img read more

Vicky Phelan apologises to Leo Varadkar after referring to him as a

first_imgVicky Phelan apologises to Leo Varadkar after referring to him as ‘a gay man’ during criticism Phelan made the comments in an interview with The Irish Times. Campaigner Vicky Phelan. By Rónán Duffy Short URL What I said, you know I was trying to make the point that the issues faced by the women are wide-ranging. They involve input from a wide-range of players from the Department of Health, HSE, legal profession, medical profession and the Attorney General’s office.“And the inertia on behalf of one player can hold everyone up and that’s exactly what has happened in the last 12 months,” she added.Phelan’s criticism of the Taoiseach related to his pledge that women affected by the scandal would not have to go to court.A non-adversarial system such as this has not been established yet, in part because of the difficulties if the labs involved do not wish to take part in mediation.Varadkar has previously acknowledged this difficulty and said he regretted “not being clearer” in his pledge.Late last year, the government promised to establish an independent statutory tribunal to deal with claims arising from the CervicalCheck scandal. Apr 25th 2019, 3:22 PM Thursday 25 Apr 2019, 3:22 PM Share Tweet Email2 Campaigner Vicky Phelan. Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie 83 Comments https://jrnl.ie/4606545 VICKY PHELAN HAS apologised after referring to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar as “a gay man” when criticising him over the CervicalCheck scandal.Phelan made the remarks in an interview with The Irish Times on the one-year anniversary of her speech outside the High Court when she received damages due to incorrect smear test results.Phelan has been an outspoken critic of the government’s response to the CervicalCheck scandal and has been particularly critical of Varadkar.Earlier this year, she described the Taoiseach as being “all talk and no action” while also praising Health Minister Simon Harris.Speaking to the Irish Times, Phelan delivered more criticism of Varadkar, saying he “just doesn’t get it”.“The classic example is him going on Six One News saying no woman would ever have to go into court, and look what’s happened. That’s still the case and not only that, the tribunal has not yet been established in order for that not to happen.”“I don’t think he gets it at all. And it’s not just because he’s a gay man, I just don’t think he gets it,” Phelan added.Following up on these comments after the interview’s publication, Phelan told RTÉ’s Today with Miriam that she apologised to the Taoiseach and claimed she was “taken out of context”.“I’m critical of the government in general, I think some of what I said was taken out of context and I would like to apologise to the Taoiseach for the comment in today’s article,” she said 75,505 Views last_img read more

Funding boost for Greek schools in Victoria

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek schools in Victoria received $22,300 in the latest grants offering by the Victorian government this week. Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Nicholas Kotsiras announced this week a total of $140,000 in grants to 85 community languages schools across Victoria. The schools that received the funding are: AHEPA Victoria; Greek Orthodox Community of Frankston Inc.; Greek Orthodox Community of Oakleigh; Greek Orthodox Community of Oakleigh District; Greek Orthodox Community Parish of St Anathasios; Greek Orthodox Community of St Nicholas Yarraville; Greek Orthodox Community Parish of Coburg and Pascoe Vale; Omiros College; St Anthony Greek School; and two schools of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne Victoria. “Learning languages other than English is important for developing an international perspective and building relationships with other nations,” Kotsiras said. The funding, offered through the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship’s (OMAC) education grants program, will support voluntary after-hours community language schools. They will support and improve the quality of teaching and the professional development of staff. The grants will also go towards new materials, resources and operational costs. “Community language schools build new generations of multilingual speakers while enhancing Victoria’s reputation as Australia’s multicultural capital,” Kotsiras said. For more information about the OMAC’s grants programs go to www.multicultural.vic.gov.aulast_img read more

Hubble Snaps Dreary Dying Star in Space

first_img Hubble recently snapped a dying star and it is a dark, gloomy sight in the constellation of Gemini (the Twins).The star puzzled astronomers when it was first analyzed because of its swirly, blob-like appearance, said a NASA press release. Instead of being classified as a single object, astronomers recorded it as two separate bodies. Known as NGC 2371 and NGC 2372, the pair is sometimes referred to NGC 2371/2 and together, they form a symmetrical lobed structure in space.In the atmospheric image, the two lobes are shown to the lower left and upper right of the frame and they create a planetary nebula. NGC 2371/2, a somber duo in space, developed when a sun-like star was about to die and blasted off its outer layers, causing the constituent material to shed and get pushed out into space. All that’s left is a superheated stellar remnant and it can be seen as the illuminated star in the center of the frame, where it is neatly placed between the two lobes.This object confused astronomers who first studied it — rather than being classed as a single object, it was recorded as two objects (NGC 2371 and NGC 2372). Now we know it’s a planetary nebula, seen here by NASA/ESA @HUBBLE_space, called NGC 2371/2! https://t.co/YRhwH7ent3 pic.twitter.com/xMvxuXvGej— ESA (@esa) August 19, 2019The superheated stellar remnant has a complex structure that’s filled with knots of gas, speeding jets that appear to be shifting direction over time, and expanding clouds of material that stream outwards on diametrically opposite sides. The scene’s patches glow brightly as the remnant star discharges energetic radiation that causes the gas within these regions to light up.NASA predicts that this gloomy scene will evolve over the next couple of thousand years and eventually, the knotted lobes will completely break apart and the remnant star will cool down and be less bright when it forms a white dwarf.More on Geek.com:Hubble Space Telescope Captures Star’s Eerie Gaseous GlowHubble Space Telescope Observes ‘Galactic Duo’ in SpaceHubble Space Telescope Image Details Jupiter’s Dynamic Atmosphere Hubble Captures Saturn’s ‘Phonograph Record’ Ring SystemHubble Captures Gorgeous Star’s Final Stages of Life Stay on targetlast_img read more

Activity Continues Around Potential WRDA House Chair Cites Importance to Soy

first_imgWhile floor consideration of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) in the Senate has been put off in favor of gun control and immigration, there continues to be significant activity on the waterways infrastructure and policy issues.The delay in Senate floor consideration provides an opportunity to educate members on the importance of addressing the funding issues related to inland waterways infrastructure. The WRDA that was passed by the Senate Environment & Public Works (EPW) Committee has many positive aspects, but does not yet address the key revenue and financing issues that would enable progress on the ageing locks and dams on the Upper Mississippi River.EPW Committee leaders have indicated that there will be a manager’s amendment that will include federalization of Olmsted Lock & Dam, raising the federal general treasury contributions to major rehabilitation projects and inclusion of a user fee increase. However, it is not yet clear if there is sufficient support in the Senate to pass those provisions.ASA Washington staff joined with representatives of the National Grain & Feed Association, National Oilseed Processors Association, and other agriculture industry partners in a series of meetings with Senate offices to reiterate the needs and priorities for U.S. agricultural commodities. ASA Washington staff will also meet with staff for Members of the House Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I) Committee offices in the coming week.The House T&I Committee held a hearing on WRDA this week with representatives from the waterways industry serving on the panel of witnesses. In addition, the committee has held a “roundtable” discussion for Members and WRDA 101 briefings have been conducted for staff.In his opening statement and the T&I Committee hearing, Chairman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) relayed the importance of inland waterways to the soybean industry saying, “I was visiting with the soybean folks and they explained to me how it costs $85.19 to ship a metric ton of soybeans down the Mississippi from Davenport, Iowa, through Louisiana’s ports, and on to Shanghai, China. It costs Brazil $141.73 to ship the same amount of soybeans approximately the same distance. However, Brazil is planning to invest $26 billion to modernize its ports and has begun major investments in its waterways so that it can better compete with the United States.”ASA Washington staff along with the Soy Transportation Coalition met with Chairman Shuster in March and provided the information that the Chairman has utilized frequently when talking about the importance of enacting a WRDA.last_img read more

Dave Matthews Bands Samurai Cop Drops Previewing Come Tomorrow

first_img https://twitter.com/davematthewsbnd/status/994564590116753410 Facebook At the 39th GRAMMY Awards, Dave Matthews Band’s “So Much To Say” from their 1996 album Crash won for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal. Since then five of their studio albums went to No. 1 on the Billboard 200, most recently 2009’s Big Whiskey And The Groogrux King, nominated for Album Of The year at the 52nd GRAMMY Awards. As a solo artist, Dave Matthews won Best Male Rock Vocal Performance at the 46th GRAMMY Awards for “Gravedigger” from his 2003 Some Devil album.In other words, expectations are high that Come Tomorrow will make its mark this summer. It’s surely off to a nice start.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more As anticipation builds for DMB’s next studio album, first single gives fans a preview of what’s to comePhilip MerrillGRAMMYs May 10, 2018 – 11:44 am On May 10, Dave Matthews Band released “Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin),” the first single from the band’s highly anticipated Come Tomorrow album, scheduled for release on June 8. With its underlying message of unity, the song has been a fan favorite since Dave Matthews began playing it live in May 2016.In anticipation of the album’s release, DMB’s 2018 summer tour kicks off on May 18 in Texas and continues through its final date Sept. 10 in Los Angeles. More material from Come Tomorrow is expected to be previewed, and Brandi Carlile is featured on the album’s title track. Dave Matthews Band’s “Samurai Cop” Drops, Previewing ‘Come Tomorrow’ Email Dave Matthews Band Drops Latest: “Samurai Cop” dave-matthews-bands-samurai-cop-drops-previewing-come-tomorrow News Twitter last_img read more

This year belongs to BNP democracy

first_imgMirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir. File photoThe Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general, Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, on Friday asserted that the year of 2018 would be a year of democracy, people of the country, BNP and its chairperson Khaleda Zia.The BNP spokesperson expressed the confidence despite difficulties in demonstrating against what his party found as repressive regime and uncerainty about formation of a poll-time government demanded by the BNP for holding free and fair elections.“A democratic movement against a fascist force is not easy. It involves a lot of sacrifices. And we’re doing that sacrifice now,” Fakhrul told a discussion meeting at the Supreme Court Bar Association building in the capital.Pro-BNP Jatiyatabadi Lawyers’ Forum organised the discussion in observance of what the BNP calls ‘Democracy Killing Day’ to observe the fourth anniversary of the controversial 5 January elections that brought the Awami League back to power.Calling on all the democracy-loving people to forge a unity against the “fascist regime to restore democracy”, the BNP leader said, “We now need to get united, need to rise up, and need to make the people rise up to create a mass upsurge.“I feel sorry for the Awami League as today is the most disgraceful day for it,” he added.He came down hard on the government for not allowing his party to hold rallies to observe the ‘Democracy Killing Day’.“The police didn’t give us the permission. While coming here, I found that the entire area of Banani and Gulshan roads were blocked.”Claimed that the AL will fall if a fair election is held, he said, “The Awami League has a long history of democratic movement and that very party has reached such a stage that it now needs to use weapons of police and RAB to stay in power.”Mirza Fakhrul alleged that the people are now living in a suffocating situation.Speaking on the “wholesale arrest” of BNP activists across the country, he gave a statistics that some 78,000 cases were filed accusing as much as 700,038 BNP men.“Many of our activists were killed. Some 744 BNP activists were forced to disappear. None of the lawyers belonging to the opposition camp was spared from being accused in politically motivated cases,” Fakhrul claimed.last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Monday November 21

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uFrom 5-7 P.M.National politics with Byrd and Breeze, including the latest Trump transition shenanigans, and the scramble for leadership of the Democratic Party. Plus, a conversation with Chief Melvin Russell of the Baltimore Police Department, talks about the Unity Bowl and all his vital community work.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.last_img

NYCC 2018 Steve Aoki Shares His Neon Future Universe

first_imgStay on target “Neon Future” is more than the word to Steve Aoki. Tattooed on his arm, it’s also the title of his trilogy of albums of the same name beginning with 2014’s “Neon Future I,” “Neon Future II” (2015), and Aoki’s upcoming third installment (“Neon Future III”)—there’s even a fourth on the way in 2019. Sci-Fi, technology, and the beyond are recurring themes in the DJ’s art, music, and now comics. The “Neon Future” comic series, which debuts this month and will continue as three, six-issue series written by Jim Kreuger (Marvel’s “X-Men,” “The Avengers,” and DC Comic’s “Justice”) and released by Impact Theory, follows Kita Sovee, a persona Aoki first created as a teenager, as he survives 30 years in a future when the country is prohibiting all advanced technology. At NYCC, Aoki broke down “Neon Future” for Geek.com.Photo Credit: Impact TheoryGeek: Why did you want comics to enter your “Neon Future” world?SA:  It’s more than just the words “Neon Future.” I have a tattoo on my arm. It’s an idea that we live in a future where we converge with technology in a way where can find these limitless possibilities, and it needs a story. I had the music component. I’m working on “Neon Future III,” which is dropping [in] November. In each album, I collaborate with scientists—not just musicians, artists, and producers. On “Neon Future I,” I have Ray Kurzweil on a song (“Transcendence”). On “Neon Future II,” I have J.J. Abrams (“Warp Speed”). On “Neon Future III,” I have Bill Nye. How cool is that?The other side is the storytelling component, and I tell my stories through my music videos. The song I did with Fall Out Boy (“Back to Earth”) was shot in the future. In the video for “Singularity,” Ray Kurzweil cameos in it, and I tell the story of how I died, became a cyborg, and woke up. So I want to tell a story, and the best way to tell it is through comic books.For me, growing up, the first stories that made me imagine as a kid, where I was gripping with my hands, was “Wolverine” and the “X-Men.” I still have that box of comics in my house that is priceless. I have “Wolverine” [that] I framed. I’m a comic book geek first and foremost. Then I got into books and reading about “Singularity” (written by Kurzweil in 2005). But, it all starts with comic books.Geek: How does the “Neon Future” comic series align with your music, artificial intelligence, and other components that may be introduced alongside it?SA: I love the idea of flipping this idea of what the Sci-Fi narrative has always been. Before “Neon Future,” I decided to call my album something that would embrace technology and science with humanity and music in this way, I made a song called “Singularity” (based on book written by Ray Kurzweil). In the video, that was my first real take at making this visual journey into becoming robots. I die and come back as a cyborg, but don’t really know who I am.I’m embracing artificial intelligence (AI) to the fullest potential. I really feel that we can use AI eventually to the point where we become cyborgs, where we will merge with AI so much that we will be AI. It doesn’t worry me, because that’s part of our evolutionary process. We bring in new technology to advance and serve us. It sounds crazy. If you become a robot or a cyborg, it’s absurd, but there are more absurd things that have happened.Geek: Why was Impact Theory the perfect home for Kita and “Neon Future?”SA: I always believe you invest your time with people, not ideas. People with ideas. We bonded (Impact Theory’s Tom Bilyeu and Aoki). We talked about stuff and bonded over this techno optimism, the future of using technology to have the limitless potential. That’s how we first bonded. Then we started talking more about this idea of storytelling. One small conversation grew from our past with comic books. It took about a year to develop and a full team from Tom’s side and Jim’s amazing storytelling to get us to this place. It’s just those chance moments from years back that can really fill in something.More from NYCC 2018:The Most Hyped Things at New York Comic ConNYCC 2018: Best Moments of New York Comic ConNYCC 2018: The Cast of Stan Against Evil Talks Humor, Horror, and Hell Atlantis Rising: SJ Mueller on DC Universe Online’s Atlantis UpdateSupernatural Forces: Interview With Control’s Courtney Hope and Sa… last_img read more