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Alaba vows to stay at Bayern Munich

first_imgTransfers Alaba vows to stay at Bayern Munich amid Real Madrid rumours Goal 15:30 6/7/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) David Alaba, Bayern Munich, 17/18 Getty Images Transfers Bayern München Real Madrid Primera División Bundesliga The Austria international has been linked to the European champions in recent months but insists he will not be looking for a move ahead of next term David Alaba says he has no desire to leave Bayern Munich amid reports that Real Madrid are interested in him.The 25-year-old Austria international has spent 10 years with the Bavarian side, ending 2017-18 with his seventh Bundesliga title since his debut in 2010.The left-back has been repeatedly linked to a move to Spain in recent months, however, as his father and agent left the door open to a summer move last month when he claimed Madrid’s interest is “no secret”. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now However, Alaba has dismissed talk of him heding for the Allianz Arena exit, as his future remains in Bavaria for the time being.”I’m staying at Bayern,” he told Bild. “I have a contract until 2021. I’m feeling very well in Munich, there’s nothing more to say about it.”Bayern crashed out of the Champions League at the semi-finals after losing 4-3 to Madrid on aggregate, making it five years since they last sealed the European crown.But Alaba is sure his side can bounce back eventually and go all the way in Europe’s most prestigious club competition.”With our squad we have absolutely the potential to continue to get very far in this competition,” he added, insisting the issue is not down to the coaches the club have appointed.”Our bosses at Bayern have shown over the past few years how much experience they have in putting together big teams that have also been successful in the Champions League.”last_img read more

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15 days agoBarcelona comms chief Vives denies Valdes kicked out back door

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona comms chief Vives denies Valdes kicked out back doorby Carlos Volcano15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona comms chief Josep Vives denies the club kicked Victor Valdes out the back door.Valdes was sacked as U19 coach this week.Vives said, “It is a technical decision and it is not the responsibility of any spokesperson. The club always tries to make people, not just the referents, leave in the best way possible. “We disagree with the issue that Valdés has gone out the back door.”He added: “It always hurts when a person leaves the club, and more with the history of Victor. The club wanted it to work well and that his stage was long and successful.” last_img read more

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World Cup 2019: India players to leave for Mumbai on July 14

first_imgWorld Cup 2019: India players to leave for Mumbai on July 14ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: India were ousted in the semi-final of the World Cup after an 18-run defeat to New Zealand in Manchester. The Virat Kohli-led team is expected to return together from London. advertisement Press Trust of Inda LondonJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 13:56 IST World Cup 2019: India lost to New Zealand in the semi-final in Manchester on Wednesday (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia were ousted in the semi-final of World Cup 2019All the players are expected to return together from LondonThere were speculations that the players will take a break before West Indies tourThe Indian cricket team, which lost in the semifinals of the ongoing World Cup, will head home on Sunday. The side went down by 18 runs to New Zealand in its last-four stage clash, which lasted two days owing to inclement weather in Manchester.”All players have dispersed. They will assemble in London tomorrow. On 14th everyone is returning together from London. They will arrive in Mumbai,” a BCCI source told PTI.The World Cup final is scheduled to be held on the same day between hosts England and New Zealand. England knocked out defending champions Australia on Thursday.Earlier, there was speculation that some Indian players will take a break after a gruelling seven weeks on the road during the World Cup.All eyes will be on Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who is expected to lay out his future plans upon return amid speculation that he might retire from international cricket.It is learnt that the 38-year-old will leave for his hometown Ranchi after arriving in Mumbai.The wicketkeeper-batsman had an average World Cup, scoring a 50 in the semifinal loss, which is being considered his last outing in national colours.The former captain, who led India to two world titles (the 2007 World T20 and the 2011 ODI World Cup), has been facing severe criticism for his waning finishing skills with the bat.Skipper Virat Kohli has, however, refrained from making any statement on the senior player’s future.”He hasn’t told us anything,” was Kohli’s response to a query on Dhoni’s future after the loss to New Zealand.advertisementAlso Read | We needed his experience later: Ravi Shastri defends decision to send MS Dhoni at No. 7 vs New ZealandAlso Read | Failed to deliver as a team when it mattered: Rohit Sharma on World Cup semi-final defeatAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow MumbaiFollow LondonFollow India cricket team Nextlast_img read more

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RollsRoyce Finferries to Optimise Ship Safety Efficiency

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Rolls-Royce UK-based Rolls-Royce and Finnish shipowner Finferries will jointly develop strategies and solutions to optimise the safety and efficiency of marine operations.This will be undertaken through developing the technology for decision supporting systems, the companies informed, adding that they would also demonstrate remote and autonomous ferry operations.Under the collaboration agreement, the parties said their key focus will be to consider a new research project, called SVAN (Safer Vessel with Autonomous Navigation), whereby Rolls-Royce and Finferries will look to implement the findings from the Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications (AAWA) research project, which formally ended in late 2017.Funded by Business Finland, AAWA brought together a number of stakeholders from a myriad of shipping industry sectors to research the commercial and technical viability of a next generation of advanced ship solutions. Both Rolls-Royce and Finferries were involved in the project.“This new collaboration agreement could take safer, cleaner shipping to the next level. Rolls-Royce will develop solutions to enhance the safety and efficiency of marine operations in the ferry sector, which will be demonstrated in the test platform provided by Finferries,” Karno Tenovuo, Senior Vice President, Rolls-Royce Ship Intelligence, said.last_img read more

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Canada hasnt issued any permits for companies to ship waste government says

first_imgOTTAWA — The federal government has issued no permits for Canadian companies to ship trash overseas since regulations changed three years ago — raising questions about how waste is still ending up on the shores of Asian nations.Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says the 2016 changes were made to prevent more unwanted Canadian trash from being dumped on places such as the Philippines.Her department today says no such permits have been given.Still on Tuesday Malaysia said it is shipping back to Canada a container filled to bursting with Canadian garbage, which like the Philippines containers, was intended for recycling but was too contaminated with non-recyclables to be usable.The latest garbage embarrassment is shining new light on what Greenpeace Canada calls the “myth of recycling.”Environmental Defence program director Keith Brooks says most Canadians have no idea that when they dutifully drop their plastic packages and soda cans into blue bins, a lot of them still end up in landfills or burned in far-flung countries.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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A closer look at AFN national chief candidates with Mohawk scholar Taiaiake

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe campaign for national chief of the Assembly of First Nations is in full swing.APTN National News host Cheryl McKenzie dissects the large field of candidates with Mohawk professor and author Taiaiake Alfred.Taiaiake is chair of Indigenous governance at the University of Victoria.last_img

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BJP activists son found hanging from tree in Purulia

first_imgArsha (WB): A BJP activist’s son was found hanging from a tree on Thursday morning in Arsha block of Purulia district, police said. Sishupal Singh (22), the son of a BJP activist and local panchayat committee member, was missing since Wednesday, Purulia Superintendent of Police (SP) Akash Magharia said. “A missing complaint was filed by Singh’s family members Wednesday evening. He was spotted hanging from a tree on the outskirts of Senabona village around 9am by the locals, who then reported the matter to the police station,” he said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja It’s a case of “unnatural death” and the body has been sent for post mortem, the SP said, adding that an investigation has been initiated into the matter. Last June, Dulal Kumar, a member of the saffron party, was also found hanging from a power transmission tower in Purulia district’s Dava village. The state CID started an investigation into Dulal’s death, following a huge protest by the BJP. Soon after, Joy Biswas was replaced by Magharia as the district superintendent of police.last_img read more

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Moroccans Foresee Better Life Standards but Less Employment HCP

Rabat – The Moroccan Household Confidence Index rose sharply in the second quarter of 2017, as Moroccan households expressed increased faith in current and future life conditions compared with 2016, according to a report published July 24 by the High Commission for Planning (HCP).The household confidence index is seen as a critical measure of the overall economic and social situations, indicating households’ perceptions of and predictions for their life conditions.The Household Confidence Index was at 85.8 points during the second quarter of 2017, compared with 78.2 points during the first quarter of 2017 and 75.7 during the same quarter in 2016. Unemployment: Still Negative, But Less SoIn the second quarter of 2017, 69.8 percent of households expect an increase in unemployment over the next year, while 15.5 percent see that unemployment will decrease.The balance of opinion remained negative, at -54.3 points. However, perception on unemployment improvement compared with the previous quarter of 2017 when it was -64.9 points and the same quarter of the previous year at -69.0 points.Standard of Living: Households Anticipate Strong ImprovementIn the second quarter of 2017, households’ opinions on past changes in living standards remained negative at -8.1 points, instead of -12 points in the previous quarter of 2017 and -15.2 points a year earlier .Overall, 40.1 percent of households reported a deterioration in the standard of living, and 32.1 percent reported an improvement.Over the next year, 24.4 of households expected a deterioration in the standard of living, 40.1 percent expected that living standards will remain the same,and 35.5 percent foresaw an improvement.Data showed that positive opinions rose to 11.1 points, from 5.7 points the previous quarter and -7.6 points a year before.Financial Situation: Households Predict ImprovementIn the second quarter of 2017, 58.2 percent of households estimated that their incomes cover their expenses, 33.6 percent reported debt or draw on their savings, and 8.2 percent said they were saving part of their income.The balance of opinion on the current financial situation of households remained negative at -25.3 points, with an improvement over the first quarter of 2016, which recorded -27.8 points and a deterioration compared to the second quarter of last year, which amounted to -23.0 points.In assessing the evolution of their financial situation over the last year, 32.8 percent of households consider that it has deteriorated. This perception is thus negative, with a balance of opinion of -16.6 points instead of -26.8 points and -22.8 points respectively in the previous quarter and the second quarter of 2016.On the other hand, the view on the future of the financial situation of the same households remains optimistic.Over the next year, 34.6 percent expected an improvement in their financial situation, compared with 12.5 percent ??who did not.The balance of opinion remained positive at 22.1 points, a improvement both in comparison to the previous quarter, when it was at 13.4 points and the same quarter of the previous year, when it registered 2, 3 points.Ability to Save: Less Pessimistic PerceptionIn the second quarter of 2017, 20.5 percent of households expected to savemoney in the coming year, while 74.5 said that they would not be able to save .The balance of opinion remained negative at-59.1 points, up from-64.1 points last quarter and -66.6 points a year earlier.Food Prices: Households Still Expect RiseIn the second quarter of 2017, 87.5 percent of households estimated that food prices increased in the past 12 months, while only 1.1 percent say that they have experienced a decrease.Data showed that opinions on food prices remained negative at -86.4 points, after being-86.8 points the previous quarter and -87.9 points a year earlier.Over the next 12 months, food prices are expected to continue to rise, according to 77.1 percent of Moroccan households. Only 2.6 percent expected prices to fall.The balance of opinion remained negative at -74.5 points, while the last quarter of 2017 recorded -77.7 points and the same quarter of 2016 recorded -77.3 points. read more

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Princess Lalla Khadija Appears in First Ceremony with King Mohammed VI

Rabat – For the first time, Morocco’s Princess Lalla Khadija has accompanied her father, King Mohammed VI, in an official ceremony.Alongside her brother Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan, Princess Lalla Khadija appeared accompanying Morocco’s King in a presentation ceremony on Moroccan state-owned television channels on Monday at the Royal Palace of Rabat.The monarch chaired the ceremony “to present [the King with] the report and executive program on supporting schooling and implementing the reform of education and training,” Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) reported today. Speaking before the King, Minister of Education Said Amzazi stated that the program is in line with the King’s speeches delivered for Throne Day on July 29 and on the Day of the Revolution of the King and the People on August 20.King Mohammed VI chaired the signing ceremony of three partnership agreements.Mohamed Benchaaboun, minister of economy and finance, and Amzazi signed the first agreement on the development of the Tayssir program, boarding schools, and school canteens. The Tayssir program is provisional social measures which could make education reforms bear fruit.The second agreement was on the establishing of two vocational training centers in health professions in Rabat and Casablanca. It was signed by Benchaaboun, Amzazi, Minister of Health Anas Doukkali, and Loubna Tricha, director general of the Office of Vocational Training and Labor Promotion (OFPPT).The third agreement, signed by Amzazi and  Rachid Talbi Alami, minister of youth and sports, concerned “the establishment of integrated school programs ‘sport-study,’ and vocational training and higher education courses for athletes,” wrote MAP.During the ceremony, many professors and officials from the Ministry of Education received the King’s Throne medal (Wissam Al Arch).Princess Lalla Khadija is the second child of King Mohammed VI and Princess, King Of Morocco Wife, Lalla Salma, after Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan. She was born on May 28, 2007.On May 25, 2017, Princess Lalla Khadija took part in a ceremony with her mother, Lalla Salma, in Rabat. Lalla Salma received the gold medal of the World Health Organization (WHO) in recognition for her action and commitment to fighting cancer in Morocco and worldwide. read more

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Lebanon UN again protests against Israeli overflights

11 January 2010The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Lebanon has strongly protested to Israel over the significant number of over-flights in Lebanese airspace during the last few days in violation of a Security Council resolution ending the 34-day war between Israel and Hizbollah militants in 2006. Such violations of Lebanese sovereignty tend to exacerbate local apprehensions and are in contravention of the mission’s objectives and efforts to reduce tensions and establish a stable security environment in south Lebanon, the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) said, adding it had reported the incidents to the Council through the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO).Since it was enlarged following the 2006 war, the 13,000-strong UNIFIL has continually protested the alleged repeated Israeli over-flights.On Friday, it announced that, in close coordination with the Lebanese army, it was investigating a significant cache of explosives found in southern Lebanon near Israel, the latest such incident in the area where Israel and Hizbollah militants fought.Last October there were two series of explosions in the area and other incidents included the firing of rockets into Israel, as well as repeated Israeli over-flights, all in violation of Council resolution 1701, which calls for an end to hostilities between Israel and Hizbollah, respect for the so-called Blue Line separating the Israeli and Lebanese sides, disarming of militias and an end to arms smuggling. In an October report, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called disbanding militias in Lebanon “of vital importance” to the country’s democracy. “The threats posed by the existence of militias outside the control of the State, especially Hizbollah’s vast paramilitary infrastructure, cannot be overstated,” he said. read more

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Over 240 returnees apply for Sri Lankan citizenship at Mannar ICMC

During the two-day ICMS, 242 applications for citizenship were received, 59 consular birth certificates were issued, and clarification was provided to those seeking advice and guidance on matters related to citizenship and birth certificates. Foreign Minister Tilak Marapana participated in the ICSM on 12 August and interacted with the people seeking assistance.Officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Registrar General’s Department and the Citizenship Division of the Department of Immigration and Emigration conducted the ICMS. The purpose of the ICMS was to address the consular related needs of those who had sought refuge overseas during the conflict and returned to Sri Lanka following the end of the conflict. Over 240 returnees had applied for Sri Lankan citizenship at an integrated Consular Mobile Service (ICMS) held in Mannar this week, the Foreign ministry said today.The 2nd Integrated Consular Mobile Service (ICMS), coordinated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was held on 12 – 13 August 2018 at the Mannar Town Hall. The 1st ICMS was held in Killinochchi on 01 – 02 July 2018 at which 201 applications for citizenship were received and 61 consular birth certificates were issued. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Annan receives award from Ghana for international achievements

“We should all be thankful that so many people are prepared to take great risks for the cause of peace,” he told the audience in Ghana’s capital, Accra, on the second anniversary of the fatal terrorist attack on UN headquarters in Baghdad, Iraq. The awarding of the MEAs is a national event held every five years to honour Ghanaian men and women who have excelled in advancing such causes as peace, gender balance, agriculture, education and science, rural development, and industrial development. The awards are given by Ghana’s Excellence Awards Foundation, a private institution established in 1999. In answer to questions from leading Ghanaian media figure Kojo Yankah, Mr. Annan said: “When I heard you list all the crisis areas that we deal with, one wonders if there is any hope or any promise.” But he added: “I believe there are lots of positive things also happening in the world, particularly on the economic front. We are out to fight poverty. We are out to reduce the number of people living in abject poverty by 50 per cent by 2015, ensure everyone has clean water, boys and girls are in school.” He said he wanted to see an African agricultural revival. “We need to take agriculture seriously. I would love to see the day when Africa can at least feed itself. I saw the lady who won the Agricultural Award. I was very impressed by her and I hope we will have many more like her so that in future we will be able to tackle our economic development very seriously.” Mr. Annan noted that at the 2003 Monterrey Conference on financing for development, the developing countries were to improve governance, create transparent government, fight corruption and the donor community of rich countries was to increase development assistance, offer debt relief and collaborate on trade reform. “When you look at the proposals before the United Nations this year for reform, we are making progress,” he said, adding: “So there is hope, all is not hopeless.” Eighteen African countries have been given debt relief, official development assistance (ODA) will increase by $25 billion and officials are working on getting an additional $50 billion, he said. In August 2002, Mr. Annan received the Ashanti title of Busumuru, “Son of the Sword” or “wise and most respected adviser” for his service to humanity, the first non-royal person in Ghana to do so. His father was part-Ashanti. In 2001 in Sierra Leone, he received another high traditional title, equivalent to “great warrior,” in recognition of his work. read more

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Research In Motion posts loss but BlackBerry maker still surprises

Research In Motion posts loss, but BlackBerry maker still surprises TORONTO – Even though it posted another round of losses and weakened revenue, BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion delivered a surprisingly positive second-quarter earnings report on Thursday that wasn’t as bad as many analysts expected.The technology company, which is based in Waterloo, Ont. and reports in U.S. dollars, posted a quarterly loss of US$235 million or 45 cents per diluted share.The results compare with a profit of $329 million or 63 cents per share a year ago.For many companies these results would be dismal, but for RIM — which has been struggling with numerous obstacles including the delay of its new smartphones and BlackBerry 10 operating system and massive layoffs — the fact that its bad news wasn’t worse proved encouraging to some.Much of the optimism was gleaned from adjusted earnings per share, which filter out one-time costs like expenses related to job reductions and cost cuts.RIM’s adjusted loss was $142 million or 27 cents per share, better than analyst expectations of a loss of 47 cents per share, according to a poll from Bloomberg.Despite impressing investors, RIM still has many challenges ahead. Its revenues were notably weaker, down 31 per cent to $2.87 billion from $4.17 billion a year ago.RIM said it shipped about 7.4 million BlackBerrys during the quarter, down from 7.8 million in the first quarter, showing that interest in its existing models is starting to wane.However, Jeffries analyst Peter Misek said he was surprised that RIM managed to keep so many customers interested.“Management sold more Blackberries than we thought,” he noted in an emailed response.RIM also shipped more PlayBook tablets to stores in the quarter, at 260,000 units compared to 130,000 in the first quarter.The results show that RIM is making some progress as it moves towards to its next generation of BlackBerry smartphones and completes its cost reduction plan, said chief executive Thorsten Heins.“While this transition is challenging and the competitive environment tough, we have made steady progress in these areas in this quarter,” Heins said in a conference call.“Our teams are very focused on maintaining a strong financial position as we go through this transition.”Shares in RIM were up 19 per cent to US$8.54 in after-hours trading in New York at 6:40 p.m. ET. The company’s shares rose eight cents to close at $6.96 at the Toronto Stock Exchange on Thursday.Other encouraging signs came from RIM’s subscriber count, which grew to 80 million at the end of the quarter, an increase of about two million subscribers from the previous three months.Cash reserves grew by $100 million to $2.3 billion as of Sept. 1. Analysts had been concerned that the company would have to dip into its savings to survive during this period before its new product launch.“Against low expectations, management did an excellent job in protecting and actually growing its two key strategic assets: its cash pile and its subscriber base,” said analyst Kevin Smithen of Macquarie Capital in an emailed comment.RIM still faces pressure in its cash flow from operations, which was down significantly to about $432 million in the quarter, compared to $710 million in the first quarter.The company has made significant reductions across its operations, closing facilities, severing ties with certain manufacturers and announcing plans to lay off 5,000 workers across its global operations in an effort to save $1 billion in its fiscal year, which ends in February 2013.“I’m particularly pleased with the progress we have already made as we approach the halfway point of our fiscal year,” Heins said.“These things are essential as the company completes the transition to BlackBerry 10. We are in the midst of building a leaner and stronger organization.”The company’s board is still in the midst of a review of its strategic options, which have kept the doors open to everything from a sale of certain assets to various partnerships with other companies.“I have not set a specific timeline for the completion of the process, however I do want to be clear that the board is taking this review very seriously and with the appropriate sense of timeliness needed at this point in our company’s evolution,” Heins said.In its outlook, RIM said it expects there will be continued pressure on operating results for the remainder of its financial year.“We continue to see a very aggressive environment in terms of pricing and we expect this will continue on a global scale for the foreseeable future,” Heins said.RIM anticipates it will report an operating loss in the third quarter as it works through the transition.What was missing from RIM’s earnings report was any further detail on when the company would launch its new BlackBerry phones and operating system, expected sometime early next year.The new devices and operating system are seen as the key to the company’s success after losing much of its market share to Apple’s iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy S3.So far consumers haven’t seen the new BlackBerry devices, but on Thursday footage purported to be of the touch screen and keyboard devices briefly appeared on video-sharing website Vimeo before quickly being pulled down.A spokesman for RIM would not immediately comment on the video.Heins has said that the first wave of new devices would be targeted to higher-end users, but on Thursday he noted that he expects the company to start developing a model for “mid-tier” customers this fall.He said the company is also discussing a lower-priced model which will be created for “entry level” customers who tend to chase very low-priced options.“We feel very strongly about BlackBerry 7 in that segment, so you might see even a new product based on BlackBerry 10 in the entry level coming out next year,” he said. 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US unemployment claims rise slightly to 315000 last week in latest sign

US unemployment claims rise slightly to 315,000 last week in latest sign of few layoffs by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Jul 3, 2014 6:36 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits edged up slightly last week but remained at a level that indicated a healthy labour market.The Labor Department says weekly unemployment benefit applications rose by 2,000 to 315,000. The four-week average, which smooths out week-to-week volatility, was essentially unchanged at 315,000.The average has fallen by 9 per cent since the beginning of this year. Unemployment benefit applications are a proxy for layoffs, so the declines indicate that companies are cutting fewer jobs.A separate report Thursday showed that the economy created 288,000 jobs in June, the fifth straight month of strong job creation above 200,000 per month. The unemployment rate dropped to 6.1 per cent, the lowest rate since September 2008. read more

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Marking World Pneumonia Day UN calls for greater efforts in preventing child

“Pneumonia is still a very dangerous disease – it kills more children under five than HIV/AIDS, malaria, injuries and measles combined – and though the numbers are declining, with nearly 1 million deaths a year, there is no room for complacency,” said Mickey Chopra, head of UNICEF’s global health programmes, in a press release today. “Poverty is the biggest risk factor, and that means our efforts need to reach every child, no matter how marginalized,” he added.Pneumonia is still among the leading killers of children – accounting for 15 per cent of deaths, or approximately 940,000 children per year – but deaths from the disease have declined by 44 per cent since 2000, according to figures released recently by UNICEF.Deaths from pneumonia are highest in poor rural communities, the agency noted. Household air pollution is a major cause of pneumonia, so children from households that rely on solid fuels such as wood, dung or charcoal for cooking or heating are at high risk. Overcrowded homes also contribute to higher pneumonia levels. In addition, poor children are less likely to be immunized against measles and whooping cough – which are also among major causes of the disease – so strategies must target low-income communities, UNICEF stressed.The increased use of pneumonia vaccines, particularly in low-income countries, has led to progress against the disease, but inequities exist even in countries with wide coverage.“Closing the treatment gap between the poor and the better off is crucial to bringing down preventable deaths from pneumonia,” Mr. Chopra said. “The more we focus on the causes and the known solutions, the faster we will bring this childhood scourge under control.”Also today, UNICEF’s Supply Division called on innovators to work on improved and more easily affordable respiratory rate timers to aid in the timely recognition and management of pneumonia. Scaling up the availability of inexpensive medicines, such as the antibiotic amoxicillin, will help to reduce the treatment gap, especially among hard-to-reach populations, UNICEF said.Simple measures such as early and exclusive breastfeeding; hand-washing with soap; vaccination; and provision of micronutrients will also reduce the incidence of pneumonia, UNICEF said.In a separate news release, the Global Coalition Against Child Pneumonia stressed that as the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) deadline of 2015 approaches, it is necessary to increase progress and boost political commitment towards reducing child mortality. This requires addressing preventable deaths from pneumonia, other infectious diseases, and complications around prematurity at childbirth.“Combatting pneumonia is essential to achieving the Millennium Development Goals related to health and child survival, and to laying the groundwork for ending all preventable maternal and child deaths by 2030,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in the Coalition’s statement.“We need a persistent and integrated approach to this preventable and treatable killer of children. I call on all sectors to come together now to defeat this disease,” he added.The Coalition stressed that although the number of under-five deaths worldwide has decreased by half since 1990, many countries are not on track to reach MDG 4, which calls for a two-thirds reduction in under-five mortality by 2015.Poor and rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia are most behind on achieving this goal, with India, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Ethiopia accounting for almost 50 per cent of total pneumonia child deaths.Together, pneumonia and diarrhoea account for one quarter of all under-five deaths worldwide, and can largely be targeted by the same interventions. Moreover, bringing childhood healthcare closer to the homes of those most affected increases their access to quality prevention and care, which can save the lives of hundreds of thousands of children. The Coalition noted that the Integrated Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Pneumonia and Diarrhoea of the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF proposes a cohesive approach to ending preventable pneumonia and diarrhoea deaths.“Tackling pneumonia requires an integrated approach to look at ways to prevent and protect children from developing pneumonia in the first place, as well as ways to accurately diagnose and treat the infection when present,” stressed Flavia Bustreo, WHO’s Assistant Director-General for Family, Women’s and Children’s Health. A key intervention is to prevent exposure to indoor air pollution, she said, noting that those most vulnerable include young children as well as women, who spend the most time near the domestic hearth. Globally, more than 50 per cent of pneumonia deaths among children under 5 are linked to household air pollution.Seth Berkley, CEO of the GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance said the partnership is working to accelerate the availability of vaccines that protect the world’s children against pneumonia. “Since 2000, GAVI has helped immunize nearly 200 million children with pentavalent vaccine and more than 25 million with pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, both of which protect against leading causes of pneumonia,” he said. “We are committed to further expanding access to these vaccines as part of an integrated approach to pneumonia prevention and control.”Several events commemorating World Pneumonia Day are being held today in countries throughout the world. In India, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Sudan and South Africa, ministries of health and partners in child health, such as UNICEF, WHO, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Jhpiego, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the International Vaccine Access Center at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the Malaria Consortium are organizing various activities, including panel discussions, press briefings, roundtables, lectures and a parade, the Coalition said.The Global Coalition Against Child Pneumonia was established in 2009 to raise awareness about pneumonia and advocate for global action to protect against, treat and help prevent the illness. The Coalition comprises more than 140 non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, academic institutions, government agencies and foundations. read more

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SMMT backs accreditation scheme for car technicians

A new initiative to raise standards in car servicing has been welcomed by the motor industry. The new scheme, based on National Occupational Standards, is called Automotive Technician Accreditation and is a voluntary assessment system designed to recognise and increase technical competence. The tests will comprise a number of timed practical tasks, adjudicated by an ATA registered assessor and an on-line knowledge test. Individuals will be able to achieve three levels of accreditation; service maintenance technician, diagnostic technician and master technician. To ensure qualifications are kept up-to-date, technicians must be reassessed after five years to maintain their credentials. It is hoped that the system will help improve confidence in the retail motor sector. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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Today FM team given stern talking to about weak ck comment

first_img Saturday 3 Dec 2016, 11:00 AM Today FM team given stern talking to about ‘weak c**k’ comment The presenter was talking about the literal translation of a German word. 50,554 Views http://jrnl.ie/3115384 Share4 Tweet Email1 37 Comments By Michelle Hennessy Dec 3rd 2016, 11:00 AM Image: microphone image via Shutterstock Image: microphone image via Shutterstock TODAY FM HAD a “stern” talk with the Fergal D’Arcy show team after a discussion that led to the use of the term ‘weak cock’.A complaint was made to the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, which stated that two DJs were discussing the German term ‘Schlappschwanz’, which is used to describe a person as a ‘wimp’ During this conversation, presenter Fergal D’Arcy mentioned that it can literally be translated as ‘weak cock’.The complainant felt this type of language was “not acceptable” on live radio. The BAI rejected the complaint, noting the remark was made in passing and was in line with the general approach of the programme. The authority also said that while some people listening may have found the humour offensive, the content was not likely to have caused widespread offence.In its response to the BAI complaint, Today FM said it was “confident no innuendo was used” and that the mistranslation was delivered in “a mostly factual tone”.Though the radio station said it was satisfied that it had not breached regulations, it had “spoken with the team very sternly about having a better content filter and to avoid such a juvenile approach in the future”.Read: Radio show allowed special needs children to be called ‘mongos’>Read: ‘That f**king thing’: Tommy Tiernan receives complaint over ‘blasphemous’ comment> Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Millions cast their ballot early

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A record number of over 2.5 million Australians have already cast their vote in the 2013 Australian Federal Election. There are a number of reasons why Australians choose to vote early from having to work today, travel, family events such as weddings, or just, a simple wanting to avoid the polling booths on such a busy election day Tomorrow, there will be over 8,000 polling places open around the country from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm local time. Over 43 million ballot papers have been printed with 50,000 ballot boxes producsed and distributed. The counting of votes will begin in every polling place after doors close at 6:00 pm on election day. Polling officials will count all first preferences on the House of Representatives ballot papers. Next they will conduct a two-candidate-preferred count of all House of Representatives ballot papers.Once this task is complete, all polling places will commence counting the Senate first preferences. In some of the largest counting (scrutiny) centres, completion of the Senate first preference count may be finalised on Sunday.All results are updated constantly on the AEC Virtual Tally Room, accessed via the AEC website./Provision of results through the VTR continues in the following days and weeks until the election is concluded.last_img read more

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Labor amends no contact adoption policy

first_imgThe Victorian government has amended the state’s 1984 Adoption Act to repeal laws that prevented natural parents from attempting to contact their adult children who were adopted during childhood. Under practices introduced by the previous Liberal government, adopted children could lodge a ‘no contact’ statement that restricted contact initiated by their natural parents. Breach of such a statement is treated as a criminal offence. Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos spoke of the one-sided and discriminatory nature of the ‘no contact’ statements, particularly for parents whose children were forcibly removed.“Natural parents, mothers in particular, have told me how hurt they have been by contact vetoes and I am proud to deliver on Labor’s commitment to amend the Adoption Act to get rid of the vetoes and criminal penalties,” said Ms Mikakos.“It was cruel of the previous government to make it an offence for mothers to contact their adult adopted children.”Under the changes, both parents and children, and related parties, are still able to record their wishes regarding their desire to establish contact and other personal information through the Adoption Information Registrar.Individuals seeking personal and family information, or support regarding past experiences with adoption can contact Family Information Networks and Discovery (FIND) on 1300 769 926. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Tougher measures ahead to deal with squatters

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #Squatters Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 3rd 2017 – Providenciales – Tougher measures are on the horizon as the Turks and Caicos Government takes aim at squatting.Squatting or illegal construction is a long standing problem and the new PDM Administration through Minister Goldray Ewing said the Planning Department is already empowered to deal with squatters or anyone building illegally in the Turks and Caicos, but amendments in Parliament will give planning officers more immediate power to deal with unlicensed building.It is a problem rampant throughout the islands and often, work permit holders are doing it but now, employers are put on notice by the Minister who reminded that housing for expatriate staff is a legal requirement; no foreign worker should be forced to have to build their own dwelling.  Low cost housing is also planned as an option by Government for those constructing illegally, as Minister Ewing said that the crackdown is less about making people homeless and more about regulating for quality constructions.center_img #MagneticMediaNewslast_img read more

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