GIVEAWAY! Win Retrograde – A Vintage Film Plugin for FCPX

first_imgGive your video footage a vintage film look with Retrograde, a film emulator for Final Cut Pro X. We’ve got 5 copies to give away!Retro looks are all the rage.  Instagram, Hipstamatic…Retrograde.Want to give your footage a cool vintage film look?  Crumplepop and Red Giant Software, makers of quality post production plugins and effects have released Retrograde – a vintage film emulator for FCPX.Crumplepop has provided us with 5 copies of Retrograde to give away!  Enter to win by following Premiumbeat and tweeting the message below!  You have until midnight on Friday, October 26th to send the tweet.  Winners will be contacted on the 27th.  Only enter once!  Multiple entries will be disqualified.1. Follow us on Twitter 2. Tweet the Following:GIVEAWAY! I just entered to win Retrograde for FCPX from @CrumplePop & @Premiumbeat! #RetrogradeYou can quickly give your footage an 8mm or 16mm film look by dragging and dropping Retrograde onto your footage in Final Cut Pro X.  You’ll get the trademarks of shooting with analog film – grain, dust, scratches and a vintage tinged color palette.  No need to layer filters and effects.This FCPX effects pack was created using real analog source material giving it an organic analog effect.  Customize and tweak the effect to achieve your own unique look.DOWNLOAD RETROGRADE for $49 or test out the free trial.Retrograde in action:The Making of Retrograde:last_img read more

BJP jumps from No. 4 to No. 1

first_imgThe Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) impressive performance in 25 Zilla Parishads and 283 Panchayat Samitis has elevated it to number one position among the four major political parties in the State. It previously stood at number four.As per results made available by State Election Commission (SEC), BJP topped the chart by winning 406 seats out of 1,509 which went to polls. The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) steps down to second position with 360 seats and Congress to third from its previous second with 309 seats.Despite the tough fight it offered the BJP in Mumbai and Thane, Sena finds itself at number four with 271 seats.In 2012, the seats won by NCP, Congress, Sena and BJP were 511, 419, 243 and 165 respectively.“Our wins have made us more humble than ever before. Now it is our responsibility to deliver on the promises that we made,” Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had said after the victory on Thursday.Spectacular performanceThe BJP’s spectacular performance can be gauged from the fact that except for Jalgaon, Jalna, Beed, Wardha and Chandrapur the party could not reach double digit mark in 2012.While it retained dominance in Jalgaon, Jalna, Wardha and Chandrapur it wrested Congress strongholds Latur in Marathwada and Sangli in western Maharashtra.The BJP also managed to dent the Congress bastion of Kolhapur and Ahmednagar.For the Congress, the polls have turned out to be a forgettable affair. Except for senior leader Narayan Rane’s hometown of Sindhudurg and State unit chief Ashok Chavan’s home pitch Nanded, it does not enjoy any power on its own.Consolation win for NCPIn Pune, though the BJP all but routed other major political players in the municipal corporations, the NCP managed to retain the ZP, bagging 41 of the 75 seats. The Shiv Sena came second, winning 13 while the BJP secured only six seats.“The results of the ZP and Panchayat Samiti elections prove we still have the support of the rural voters in Pune district. Likewise, in the case of Satara and Ahmednagar,” said NCP MP Supriya Sule.The NCP coasted along in the Satara ZP, winning 34 of 64 seats. It emerged as the single-largest party in the Solapur ZP as well, winning 23 of the 68 seats. The BJP came second here, securing 15 seats.But the NCP’s brightest spot was a small upset it managed in Marathwada, by denting the BJP’s base in Beed, winning 25 of the 60 seats.This setback for BJP leader Pankaja Munde on her home-turf caused her to offer to resign soon after the results were announced.The chief architect of Ms. Munde’s defeat was her estranged cousin, NCP leader Dhananjay Munde, which made her defeat personal.In fact, both the NCP and the Congress made decent gains in Zilla Parishad elections in the Marathwada division. The NCP won the Osmanabad ZP, snaring 26 of the 55 seats.The Congress came off even worse than the NCP in the municipal polls. It performed abysmally in the Solapur Municipal Corporation and was routed in Pune and Pimpri-Chinchwad, where it failed to open its account.Yet, as consolation, it emerged as the single-largest party in the Ahmednagar Zilla Parishad poll, winning 20 of the 72 seats. The NCP came a close second bagging 17 seats.Another commendable win was in the Konkan region, where the Congress scored an absolute majority in the Sindhudurg Zilla Parishad, winning 27 of the 50 seats.Century for GadkariIn Nagpur, the BJP has become the first party to get a clear majority in 40 years.Despite being at the helm of the Nagpur Municipal Council in the last two terms, and was dependant on other parties for outside support.“I was expecting 80 to 85 seats but 108 out of 151 is a great victory,” Union Minister and Nagpur MP Nitin Gadkari told reporters at his residence on Thursday.According to political observers, infighting in the Congress was one of the main reasons for the BJP’s victory.Until 2014, Nagpur was a Congress bastion. In the Lok Sabha elections that year Mr. Gadkari defeated seven-time Congress MP from Nagpur, Vilas Muttemwar, by 2,84,000 votes. In the Assembly elections four months later, the BJP defeated Congress in all six Assembly segments.last_img read more

June 25: A red letter day in Indian cricket

first_imgToday is the day when India made its mark on the world cricket. June 25 is the date when the world cricket body recognised the cricket of India and rest, as they say, is history.On June 25, 1932, India stepped up on a cricket pitch as a Test playing nation for the very first time. In the iconic Lord’s stadium, India became the sixth nation to get the Test status and played England donning the white jersey.Cut to June 25, 1983, From the iconic Lord’s again, Indian cricket took off on a remarkable journey as Kapil Dev-led Team India beat the mighty West Indies to lift their first World Cup. It was after this victory that the passion for cricket in India rose and as is well known, India is cricket’s haven today.Indian cricket is built on this date and as India take on West Indies in their 2nd ODI today, hopefully rain won’t spoil the party and India will beat West Indies yet again.June 25, 1932:India played their first Test against England at the Lord’s — a three-day match — that India lost by a massive 158 runs.Winning the toss, England chose to bat first and posted 259 runs in the first innings riding on Douglas Jardine’s 79* and Les Ames’ 65 runs. Mohammad Nissar in the first innings of his first Test registered a 5-wicket haul.In reply, India could manage only 189 runs with CK Nayudu ending up as the top scorer with 40 runs.In the second innings, England posted an even-bigger score of 275 with Jardine playing a match-winning 85-run knock while Jahangir Khan shone for India with the ball picking up four wickets.advertisementWhile batting in the second innings though, India once again got all out at 187 with Syed Wazir Ali managing the highest knock of 39 runs.June 25, 1983:In the final of the 1983 World Cup, India was up against a lethal West Indian unit that had the great Vivian Richards at the centre of things.West Indies won the toss and chose to field. Put to bat first, India failed to build a substantial partnership and West Indies’ feared bowling attack bundled India for 183. Kris Srikkanth ended up as India’s top scorer with just 38 runs on board.When West Indies came to bat, India struck early by dismissing Gordon Greenidge for just 1 run when West Indies had managed to put only 5 runs on the board.Bidding to defend a low total, Madan Lal struck West Indies their big blow when he picked the wicket of Vivian Richards when he had scored 33 off 42 balls. Thereafter, West Indies crumbled to end up not out at 140, giving India their biggest moment in the Indian cricket history.last_img read more

Smashing Debut: “Greek Freak”, Bucks Cruise in New Arena’s Opener

first_imgGiannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks put on a smashing opening-night performance at their new arena.Antetokounmpo had 19 points, 13 rebounds and five assists, and the Bucks routed the Chicago Bulls 116-82 on Wednesday night in the first game at the Fiserv Forum.The Bucks had the look of contenders under new coach Mike Budenholzer, scoring 63 points in the first half of their preseason opener and leading by as much as 34 points.Their new arena opened in August and the Bucks looked right at home there against the Bulls, overwhelming them on the backboards with a 64-43 rebound advantage.Bobby Portis led Chicago with 17 points and Kris Dunn added 10.BUCKS: Eric Bledsoe added 16 points, Khris Middleton scored 15 and Pat Connaughton had 12 points on four 3-pointers. … First-rounder Donte DiVincenzo scored just two points on 1-of-9 shooting but grabbed seven boards in 19 minutes … Budenholzer spent the last five seasons as Atlanta coach.Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo loses the ball after he was fouled during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Chicago Bulls Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)BULLS: Jabari Parker was 1 of 12 from the field and scored two points in his return to Milwaukee, where the Bucks’ former No. 2 pick played his first four seasons. … No. 7 pick Wendell Carter Jr. had nine points on 4-of-8 shooting.UP NEXT: The Bucks (1-0) play Minnesota at the Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa, on Sunday. The Bulls (1-1) visit Charlotte on Monday.PISTONS 97, THUNDER 91Andre Drummond had 31 points and 16 rebounds, and scored the go-ahead points on a three-point play that gave visiting Detroit a 94-91 lead with 1:37 left. Ish Smith’s 3-pointer with 17 seconds left capped the scoring.Stanley Johnson scored 10 of his 14 points in the first half for the Pistons.Dennis Schroder had 21 points and nine assists and Steven Adams added 17 points and 12 boards for Oklahoma City.Oklahoma City Thunder guard Dennis Schroeder (17) shoots as Detroit Pistons guard Jose Calderon (81) defends in the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)PISTONS: Blake Griffin did not play. … Glen Robinson III had 11 points, and Reggie Bullock and Zaza Pachulia scored 10 each. … Dwane Casey made his debut as the Pistons’ head coach after seven seasons in Toronto, including a 59-win campaign in 2017-18.THUNDER: Russell Westbrook and Paul George did not play. … Raymond Felton had 12 points on 5-of-14 shooting in 19 minutes.UP NEXT: The Pistons (1-0) travel to San Antonio on Thursday. The Thunder (0-1) visit Minnesota on Friday.KNICKS 107, NETS 102Rookie Allonzo Trier scored 25 points, Enes Kanter had 22 points and 20 rebounds, and the Knicks took the first of two preseason meetings between the city rivals.Caris LeVert scored 15 points for the Nets in their preseason opener.The teams meet again at Madison Square Garden on Oct. 12 on the final night of preseason play.KNICKS: New York closed the first half with a 24-6 burst, turning a 40-26 deficit into a 50-46 lead. … Rookie Mitchell Robinson limped to the locker room early in the fourth quarter with an apparent ankle injury. … Veteran Courtney Lee missed his second straight game with a strained neck.NETS: Spencer Dinwiddie and rookie Rodions Kurucs each scored 13 points. … D’Angelo Russell had 11 points but shot just 4 for 12. … The Nets were 8 for 41 (19.5 percent) from 3-point range. DeMarre Carroll missed all four of his attempts in an overall 0-for-5, scoreless performance. … Brooklyn was without veteran forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (left abductor strain) and newcomers Shabazz Napier (strained right hamstring) and Kenneth Faried (sore left ankle).Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen (31) defends against New York Knicks center Enes Kanter (00) during the second half of a preseason NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, in New York. The Knicks won 107-102. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)UP NEXT: New York (2-0) hosts New Orleans on Friday. … Brooklyn (0-1) visits Detroit on Monday.SUNS 91, NEW ZEALAND BREAKERS 86No. 1 pick Deandre Ayton reached a double-double with five minutes left in the second quarter and finished with 21 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks.The Suns briefly trailed in the middle of the first quarter before taking the lead for good at 17-15.Corey Webster led the Breakers with 27 points and seven assists.SUNS: Ayton is shooting 62.1 percent from the field and averaging 22.5 points and 12 rebounds in two preseason games. … Trevor Ariza added 16 points and TJ Warren scored 13. … No. 10 pick Mikal Bridges had two points in 19 minutes.NEW ZEALAND BREAKERS: Tai Wesley added 15 points and Patrick Richard scored 11. … New Zealand made just 35.6 percent from the field and 6 of 25 from 3-point range.UP NEXT: The Suns (1-1) host Portland on Friday.CLIPPERS 128, TIMBERWOLVES 101Tobias Harris shot 4 for 5 from 3-point range and scored 23 points, and Danilo Gallinari added 22 points and Boban Marjanovic had 15 points in 11 minutes for the Clippers.Los Angeles never trailed after the early moments and pulled away in the second quarter.Karl Anthony-Towns led Minnesota with 18 points. Andrew Wiggins and Tyus Jones added 12 points each.CLIPPERS: Rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had a pair of 3-pointers in the first quarter and finished with 12 points. … The Clippers’ other first-round pick Jerome Robinson scored five. … Gallinari had 14 points in the first eight minutes and 20 in the first half. … Avery Bradley and Luc Mbah A Moute did not play.TIMBERWOLVES: Jimmy Butler, the subject of ongoing trade rumors, did not play for a second straight game. … Second-round pick Keita Bates-Diop had 11 points and Anthony Tolliver scored 10.UP NEXT: The Clippers (2-0) face the Lakers at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, on Saturday. The Timberwolves (1-1) host Oklahoma City on Friday.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

High school teacher jailed six months for secret videos of students chests

first_imgColin Perkel, The Canadian Press TORONTO — A high school teacher convicted by Canada’s top court of voyeurism for secretly video recording female students with a pen camera has been handed a six-month jail term.In his decision, Superior Court Justice Andrew Goodman rejected a defence plea for a conditional sentence, saying it would be contrary to the public interest.“This offence can be classified as a breach of trust perpetrated on young female adolescents,” Goodman wrote. “The significant denunciatory effect of jail is required.”Police in London, Ont., charged Ryan Jarvis with voyeurism for recordings he made in 2010 and 2011 as he chatted with 27 female students aged 14 to 18.In November 2015, Goodman blasted the English teacher’s behaviour as “morally repugnant and professionally objectionable.” Nevertheless, Goodman acquitted him on the basis that, while the students had an expectation of privacy at school, the teacher had no sexual purpose.The Court of Appeal in a split decision disagreed with Goodman, but nevertheless upheld the acquittal in October 2017. While Jarvis’s recordings of the chest areas of the clothed students were obviously sexual, the appellate court said, the students had no reasonable expectation of privacy.The Supreme Court of Canada, however, ruled unanimously in February that a student would not expect to be singled out by a teacher to become the subject of a secretive, minutes-long recording focusing on her body. The high court, dealing with the offence of voyeurism for the first time, convicted Jarvis and sent the case back to Goodman for sentencing.In his sentencing decision on Tuesday, Goodman noted the impact Jarvis’s actions had on his victims, such as feeling betrayed, having their trust in authority damaged, or being left traumatized.“It had lasting effects on me, even to this day, nine years later,” M.W., who was a 14-year-old student when Jarvis videoed her, said in a victim impact statement. “It has had an effect on my relationships with men, even today.”In crafting his sentence, Goodman also rejected the prosecution call for a 12-to-18-month term for the first-time offender. The judge noted that supporters, such as his parents, partner and friends, described Jarvis as considerate, caring and always ready to help others in need.“My first question to him was, ‘Did you do it?’” a friend, Christopher See, wrote in a submission to the court. “Ryan did not hesitate. ‘Yes,’ he responded. ‘I didn’t think anyone would get hurt. It was stupid, wrong, and I shouldn’t have done it’.”Nevertheless, Goodman was adamant that a strong message needed to be sent. Cameras, cellphones and other devices capable of recording people without their knowledge or consent are everywhere, he noted.“In my view, this increases the need for sending a message to the general public that taking pictures of individuals in compromising positions — for example, women who might be wearing a top that is loose or showing cleavage — is inappropriate,” Goodman said. “That is what Mr. Jarvis did, repeatedly and with guile.”In addition to jail time, Goodman placed Jarvis on probation for 12 months during which time he can’t have contact with any of his victims.Jarvis was stripped of his licence to teach in April after he admitted to professional misconduct. The discipline committee of the Ontario College of Teachers found he had abused his position of trust and authority egregiously.“He took advantage of the fact that he had access to young female students and he recorded videos of their breasts and cleavage for a sexual purpose,” the committee said. “(His) criminal conduct was sexually abusive and completely unacceptable.”last_img read more

The Célinaissance How Celine Dion became cool

first_imgIn today’s Big Story podcast, Céline Dion has been many things throughout her career, but “cool” has rarely been one of them. As one of the bestselling artists to call this country home, and an unabashedly proud Canadian and Quebecer, Céline should have won us all over long ago. But she never quite broke through to the more cynical younger generation.Until that generation stopped being cynical, that is. It turns out Céline Dion was always cool. She was just waiting for us to come to her. And over the past few years, we have, by the millions.GUEST: Suzannah Showler, the WalrusYou can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google and SpotifyYou can also find it at


first_img Twitter NEW YORK — “You Oughta Know” Alanis Morissette is coming to Broadway.The singer-songwriter has allowed songs from her 1995 breakthrough album “Jagged Little Pill” to be used in a new musical and producers plan to land it on Broadway this fall. “You Oughta Know” was a song on that Grammy-winning album.“Jagged Little Pill” played the American Repertory Theater last summer. It’s directed by Diane Paulus and has an original story by Diablo Cody, who wrote “Juno.” Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Morissette wrote the album with Glen Ballard, who collaborated with Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics on the music for “Ghost: The Musical.”Morissette joins a glut of pop and rock stars to try their hand at Broadway, including Bruce Springsteen, Sting, The Go-Go’s, Sara Bareilles, Billy Joel and Cyndi Lauper.The Associated Press Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img

Lenders invoke IBC norms to keep stressed assets in NCLT

first_imgNew Delhi: Lenders will cite one day default clause under Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) to defend their action against erring promoters taken to insolvency under the now defunct February 12, 2018 circular of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). Sources said promoters of about half a dozen stressed power entities referred to National Company Law Tribunal have approached the bankruptcy court to quash insolvency proceedings against them as it has become non-maintainable following the Supreme Court order declaring the RBI circular ultra vires. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalBut banker’s are confident that stressed assets referred to NCLT will continue to face bankruptcy proceedings as IBC clearly states such referral even if there is one day delay or default by any entity in meeting its loan commitments. “There is no question that stressed assets referred to NCLT will come out from there following the apex court’s ruling. These assets continue to remain stressed and lenders are sure that resolution under IBC framework would work best for all stakeholders,” said chairman and managing director of a leading state-owned financial institution asking not to be named. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost”If need be, lenders would also file an affidavit with NCLT to continue the bankruptcy proceedings in the case of companies that faced such action over the earlier RBI circular,” he added. Five stressed power producers, including 3,600 MW KSK Mahanadi Power Co. Ltd., 1920 MW Lanco Amarkantak Power Ltd., 600 MW Avantha Power (Jhabua), 1350 MW Rattan India Nashik Power Ltd. (formerly Indiabulls) and 1,350 MW Rattan India Power (Amravati project) are preparing to oppose insolvency proceedings as lenders filed petitions against them as per February 12 RBI circular. The projects owe about Rs 50,000 crore to banks. Lanco Amarkantak has sought time from the NCLT to submit documents that suggests that Axis Bank had initiated insolvency proceedings against it under the now-defunct RBI circular. KSK Mahanadi and Avantha Power have also cited the apex court order in earlier NCLT hearing. The other projects are also thinking of taking up the matter in the court. The February 12 RBI circular had also mandated resolution process by lenders even if there was one day delay in repayment by debtors. This stands annulled by Supreme Court. However, IBC gives powers to any creditor to take a company to NCLT even if there is one day delay in repayments and the outstanding amount is in excess of Rs 1 lakh. As this provision stands, lenders want to maintain bankruptcy proceedings against assets that remain in stress. In all about 70 cases with total bank exposure of about Rs 4 lakh crore was declared as stressful by the banks post the RBI circular. This included 34 stressed power projects worth 40,000 MW having total bank of close to Rs 1.8 lakh crore. Its not that institutions, including PFC did not try to resolve certain power projects, but none of the attempts remained successful. In the case of KSK Mahanadi, Adani Group showed interest but it soon withdrew from the race as lenders were divided on the level of hair cut and UP state regulator sought cut in tariff for the project. In case of an Rs 600 crore one time settlement scheme worked out for Lanco Amravati, the sole investor backed out from the race at the last minute. With relation to Avantha Power (Jhabua) an Rs 100 crore settlement for PFC got stalled after one of the operational creditors took the asset to NCLT.last_img read more

Morocco to Build a Large Mosque in Chad Train Chadian Imams

By Zainab CalcuttwawalaRabat – Morocco and Chad signed Wednesday in Rabat an agreement on Islamic cooperation and a protocol of understanding on training Chadian imams in Morocco.A new round of collaboration between Morocco Chad will lead to the construction of a cultural complex and a large mosque in N’Djamena, chad’s capital. The mosque will be built under the orders of King Mohammed VI, according to an announcement by the Moroccan minister of Endowment and Islamic Affairs. The announced projects represent the renewed friendship between the Kingdom and its fellow African countries, according to Ahmed Attawfeeq, The Moroccan minister of Endowment and Religious Affairs.The Chadian ministry will also be afforded a position in the King Mohammed VI’s institute for African Scholars, which encourages women to participate in religious studies and careers – a field generally reserved for men in Chad. The institute was recently created in order to emphasize and integrate the values of peaceful Islam in African Islamic Education.A total of 200 Chadian Imams will also complete three to four-month tours in Morocco under a new, special program under the King Mohammed VI Foundation for the Training of Imams. Set up in late-2014, the foundation was praised by US Secretary of State John Kerry and put Morocco in a leadership role to fight extremism in the MENA region.Over 50 French Imams began studying at the foundation’s training center in Rabat in September, according to earlier reports.Morocco began working with Chad to improve Islamic education in the country in 1997 when the two countries’ Ministers of Islamic Affairs met in Rabat to create the Protocol for Islamic Collaboration. Both countries renewed the Protocol in 2007 during another meeting in Rabat. read more

Bob Dylan whiskey distillery to open fall 2020 in Nashville

NASHVILLE — More information is being released about music icon Bob Dylan’s project in downtown Nashville in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of his “Nashville Skyline” album.Dylan is set to help open a whiskey distillery in fall 2020 under the brand “Heaven’s Door.”A news release says Heaven’s Door Spirits will transform the 160-year-old Elm Street Church into the Heaven’s Door Distillery and Center for the Arts, featuring the distillery, a whiskey library, a restaurant and a 360-seat live performance venue.It will also feature Dylan’s paintings and metalwork sculptures.The group unveiled the opening date and some facility details Tuesday to coincide with the anniversary of the release of Dylan’s ninth album.The Associated Press

UN committee on Palestinian rights calls for action to end Israeli settlements

17 January 2011A United Nations committee on Palestinian rights today called on the international community to take steps to compel Israel to end its “illegal” settlement activity in occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, warning that such actions preclude the possibility of peace. A United Nations committee on Palestinian rights today called on the international community to take steps to compel Israel to end its “illegal” settlement activity in occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, warning that such actions preclude the possibility of peace. “The future of the peace process hangs in the balance,” the Bureau of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People said in a statement, voicing “great alarm” at the recent upsurge in Israeli settlement activity, despite repeated international calls for a complete cessation. “The international community should send a clear and unambiguous message: settlement activity is illegal and incompatible with peace. It must stop. This is imperative for having credible negotiations that can achieve the stated objective of the peace process,” it added, referring to various UN resolutions and internationally agreed objectives based on a two-State solution, with Israel and Palestine living side by side in peace.Israel did not renew a 10-month settlement moratorium, which did not include East Jerusalem, when it expired at the end of September and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has refused to resume peace talks with Israel until it ends all settlement activity.The Committee, set up in 1975 by the General Assembly to enable the Palestinians to exercise their rights to self-determination, national independence and sovereignty and to return to their homes and property from which they were displaced, noted that Israel’s settlements were illegal under international law and a major obstruction to resuming the peace process for a comprehensive, just and lasting settlement of the question of Palestine.The recent allocation of more than $500 million in subsidies to expand settlements through 2012 signals “Israel’s clear intent to continue its illegal policies, thus rendering the negotiations with the Palestinians futile and further threatening the possibilities for achieving the two-State solution on the basis of the pre-1967 borders,” it said, referring to the lines that existed before the Six-Day War brought Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem under Israeli control.“Palestinian homes continue to be demolished to make room for illegal settlers in defiance of universal condemnations of such unlawful and provocative practices,” said the Committee, referring to recent activities in East Jerusalem.“In addition, actions by settlers, such as the uprooting of olive trees belonging to Palestinians, vandalism, theft, desecration of cemeteries, and harassment and intimidation of Palestinians have become an almost daily occurrence and often seem to be tolerated by the Israeli authorities. Such actions violate Palestinian human rights, raise tensions between the two sides, and must be halted,” the statement stressed.The Committee declared its full support for the “principled stance” of the Palestinian leadership which “has demonstrated political maturity by engaging in direct negotiations with Israel, while making it abundantly clear at the outset that Israel would have to choose between settlements and peace.”It regretted the lack of political will by the world community, despite an unambiguous consensus on the illegality of the settlements, to take action to stop settlement expansion and eventually remove them, and called on all international stakeholders to “unequivocally reaffirm their position of principle on the settlement issue with a view to compelling Israel to live up to its obligations.”These obligations, it noted, stem from various Security Council resolutions, the Geneva Conventions on occupied territory, and the Road Map peace plan for a two-State solution sponsored by the diplomatic Quartet comprising the UN, European Union, Russia and the United States. read more

UN calls for protecting civilians as fighting though reduced continues in northwest

“While deploring the attacks on the security forces and noting their sober response to these attacks, we continue to underline the importance of caution to avoid any loss of innocent lives or damage to properties of the local population from the continuing operations against the attackers,” UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric told journalists during the daily press briefing at UN Headquarters in New York. “We also note the strong commitment expressed by the Government in upholding the rule of law, proceeding against the perpetrators in accordance with proper judicial process and guarding against any looting, provocation or hatred among the people or incitement to communal violence,” he added. According to an update issued Monday by the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), border posts in the region were attacked on 9 October resulting in the displacement of several hundred people. Some 1,200 people are confirmed to have taken shelter in a school at Buthidaung (a town located in the far-west of Myanmar, about 25 kilometres from Maungdaw, near the country’s border with Bangladesh). At the briefing, Mr. Dujarric also reported that tight movement restrictions in the “operation zone” continue to be imposed, thereby blocking access to the UN and other international partners as well as for local Muslim villagers. OCHA too had reported that its response had been hampered by movement restrictions. Since the day of the attack, almost all humanitarian activities have been suspended and many international non-governmental organizations continue to have national staff members stuck in the affected areas, Mr. Dujarric said. Bangladesh has also sealed its borders with Myanmar to deny the attackers an easy escape and has handed over two suspects to the Government authorities. “The UN hopes that this situation can be resolved quickly so that Rakhine state can be restored to normalcy so that its people can move forward towards a peaceful, prosperous and harmonious future,” added Mr. Dujarric. read more

This Budget gives young people one guarantee emigration Sinn Féin reacts to

first_imgThis government, like its Fianna Fáil predecessor, has embraced forced emigration as a policy choice. Punitive measures against the young unemployed will actively encourage yet more young people to leave.The party’s Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald said that it seemed the Government had “a hang up or problem with young people”.She asked did the Government regard under-25s as a “layabout generation” and said that young people had been given no option but to leave the country.The party’s Youth Affairs spokesperson Senator Kathryn Reilly said that the Budget gave young people one guarantee – emigration.“Despite promising to provide a youth guarantee for the 53,800 young people officially unemployed the Government has slashed their job seekers payments.“Young people aged 21 to 24 will lose almost 33 per cent of their weekly payment while 25 year olds will lose 25 per cent of their payment.Today the Government have broken their promise not to cut core social welfare payments.“To add insult to injury the much talked about Youth Guarantee scheme is been given a paltry €14 million. This is just 4 per cent of what is required according to best practice across the EU.”Aengus Ó’Snodaigh, the party’s social protection spokesperson said that the Budget would “kick young people in the teeth”.“Today, the Labour and Fine Gael parties are kicking our young people in the teeth once again and this time they are kicking them even harder, giving them the choice of suffering even more hardship and poverty at home or taking the boat or plane.”Read: Budget 2014: the key things to know from today’s announcement SINN FÉIN HAS accused the Government of forcing young people into emigration following today’s Budget.The issue of emigration and hitting young people, particularly with cuts to Jobseeker’s Allowance, was consistent across the statements and speakers from Gerry Adams’ party.Adams himself said this morning that Fine Gael and Labour had made emigration “a policy choice”.last_img read more

I gave up my wedding to make my Irish debut it may

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Shane Costello Monday 17 Apr 2017, 9:30 PM ‘To be told at the last minute that I wouldn’t even be on the bench, it was a sickener’ 37,923 Views Follow us: Share Tweet Email “Middlesbrough asked if I could come over for a week, but I had taken all of my holidays.” Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOIT FELT LIKE it just wasn’t going to work out. Maybe not good enough. Maybe not lucky enough. But Curtis Fleming was capable; the perfect opportunity just hadn’t arrived yet.After leaving school, the former Belvedere man felt the frustration building. A move across the water into professional football looked as distant as ever. The chance to make a career from the game, he believed, may have already passed him by.“I felt I had enough of football; I just wanted to play with my mates,” Fleming tells The42.“I had all these League of Ireland managers coming down to my house asking me to sign. I was turning them away.“But then Brian Kerr came down and he said: ‘I want you to sign for Pat’s. Some people say you can’t make the step up from schoolboys to League of Ireland, but I am going to play you in the first 10 games of the season. If you don’t do well enough, then I may drop you, but I can’t see that happening.’“I signed and then had a wonderful time with Pat’s. I probably didn’t appreciate it enough back then, but there was so much laughter.”Under the guidance of Kerr, the Saints won their first title in 34 years in what was Fleming’s second season with the club, and he believes the manager was instrumental to the side’s success.“The facilities we had to train in were terrible. We used to train on this astro pitch, but we had to go over it with the brushes and brush the glass off before we started.“But Brian was probably ahead of his time. His scouting and his detail were brilliant. The club had no money, he just did it all himself.”An opportunity to make a permanent switch to Second Division side Swindon Town after the title-winning season failed to materialise with Fleming soon returning home to Pat’s, but the full-back felt he came back to Dublin in the best shape of his life.“Things like that have you thinking it is never going to happen, but the manager, Lou Macari, used to get us on this running track twice a week and I must have lost about two stone, so when I came back to Ireland I was absolutely flying, which looking back probably helped me in the future.” Before moving to England, Fleming cut his teeth in the League of Ireland with St Pat’s. Source: © INPHOFleming, who was born in Manchester to an Irish mother and Jamaican father, moved to Dublin when he was only four months old, where he was brought up by his mother, Mil.His mother, who acted in the Gaiety and Olympia Theatre, and also had a small role in the film ‘My Left Foot’, even had the footballer thrown into the role of an actor as he was growing up, to help her rehearse.But not long after Fleming reached adulthood, his mother passed away, leaving him to care for his teenage siblings.When a chance to move to Joe Royle’s Oldham then arose, wages proved to be a stumbling block and the move fell through, as the money the club offered wasn’t enough to provide for his family.Fleming, who worked in various retail outlets in Dublin, calculated that he would have been earning less in England with Oldham than he would if he stayed in Ireland working in his day job, while also receiving a modest amount from Pat’s.“At the time I was bringing my brother and sister up. I still had to pay the bills. I knew I would have to send money back for washing and shopping. I was only angling for more money to send home to keep a roof over the kids’ heads,” he explains.Although Shamrock Rovers had also showed interest, it was the chance to join Middlesbrough in the Second Division, then English football’s second tier, that proved to be a turning point in Fleming’s career in 1991.“When I got the call to go to Middlesbrough on trial, I had just played for Ireland in the Toulon tournament, so I already had used up my holidays from work.“They asked if I could come over for a week, but I couldn’t – I had taken all of my days. I didn’t want to lose my job.“I think they thought I was taking the mick. I asked if I could fly over and just play a match and they had no problem with that. Luckily enough I flew over and it went quite well and they decided to take me.” Up against a young Steven Gerrard and Liverpool in 2000. Source: EMPICS SportFleming ended up playing the vast majority of his career with Middlesbrough, but there is one period of his 10-year stay that sticks out more than the others as the club transformed.Two heart-breaking cup final defeats plus a controversial relegation from the Premier League would make for a season that most teams would want to forget – but the Middlesbrough side from the 1996/97 season were no ordinary team.The town of Middlesbrough for years had tried to remove the perception of the area as being a tired, declining industrial part of England’s North East.But that side and its box-office signings aroused interest and made Middlesbrough, the football club at least, feel strangely modern and ahead of its time.“It was like playing for two different clubs. When I first arrived we were playing at Ayresome Park, then Bryan Robson came in during my third season with the club,” Fleming recalls.“The new stadium was being built, but we were in the Championship [then known as Division One] at the time and we knew we had to get promoted. Robbo was player-manager and we won the Championship in his first season in 1995.“It was a fantastic day and a relief too because we knew we were playing Premier League football in a new stadium going from a crowd of 16,000 to over 30,000.” David Ginola: Newcastle also brought some foreign flair in the 1990s. Source: EMPICS SportAn impressive new ground meant the stage was all set for Middlesbrough’s return to the top flight. To raise expectations even further, multi-millionaire chairman and lifelong fan of the club, Steve Gibson, decided add a sprinkle of stardust to the club.Nick Barmby arrived from Spurs, while the vastly experienced Brazil international defender Branco also made the move to Boro, but it was the signing of the Brazilian Footballer of the Year, Juninho, that captured people’s attention.A 12th-place finish allowed the club to consolidate and build again for the following season.In the following summer, another highly rated Brazilian midfielder arrived in the form of Emerson from Porto, to add yet more flair to a team that also contained Irish internationals Alan Moore and Chris Morris.But it was the signing of the Champions League winner and deadly Italian striker Fabrizio Ravanelli that felt like a game-changer.In a period before unfashionable Premier League clubs could sign worldwide stars, this transfer was a statement of intent.“We started bringing in these players and you’re saying to yourself: ‘Jesus Christ – this is Middlesbrough! This isn’t meant to happen,’” Fleming says.“People were ringing me saying Ravanelli was coming and I’m thinking he just scored in the European Cup final for Juventus – how are we going to get him when every club in Europe would want him?“It helped make the club a household name because I remember when I signed, some of my mates didn’t even know where Middlesbrough was.“But it was a brilliant time – it was like a carnival every game – we had samba bands playing at the matches. Everybody was talking about us.” Relegation in 1997: “I do believe that team would have kicked on.” Source: ALLSPORT/INPHORavanelli, the silver-haired 27-year-old forward, was reportedly on wages of over £40,000 per week but instantly started to repay the £7 million that big-spending Boro paid for his services.A hat-trick on the opening day of the season in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Liverpool was the first of his 16 league strikes that season, as his shirt-over-the-head celebration became a regular sight.But in many ways, that match was a microcosm of Middlesbrough’s season – they could mix it with the best but their defensive vulnerabilities left the side exposed.“We conceded a lot, but we were very attack-minded. Defending is not just about the back four and the goalkeeper. We were always worked and overworked because we had such an offensive team,” the former Ireland defender explains.“Maybe we didn’t concentrate enough on the defence. But the Middlesbrough fans loved it because they knew in every game and every week they were coming they were going to get a show – not a boring 0-0.”Meanwhile, Juninho’s outstanding performances throughout the season proved on many occasions to be worth the entrance fee alone on Teeside.His superb dribbling ability left defenders across the league bewildered and helped the Brazilian maestro to cultivate a legendary status at the club, while his 12 league goals saw him named Premier League Player of the Season.But heading into a hectic festive period, Middlesbrough were winless in 12 league games, and in a season which promised to leave fans optimistically looking upwards, they were fearfully looking down. Marking Eric Cantona. Source: EMPICS SportA pivotal pre-Christmas clash with relegation rivals Blackburn Rovers looked set to have a huge bearing at the bottom of table, and it did, but not for the reasons you may think.Boro failed to fulfil the fixture as they had 23 players unavailable for the game due to illness, injury or suspension as a virus hit the club.The club decided against taking a depleted squad to Ewood Park with the no-show resulting in a three-point deduction despite the club’s high-profile appeal. Ultimately, the ruling would prove decisive.“If we had put an U18 team out we would have probably lost and been fined, but we wouldn’t have been deducted any points.“The club felt the FA had treated the club very harshly, as did the fans. There was a real togetherness between the team and the fans then,” Fleming says.Despite the problems in the league, the side flourished in the two domestic competitions.A late extra-time goal from Leicester’s Emile Heskey denied Middlesbrough what would have been their first major piece of silverware in the 1997 League Cup final, with Martin O’Neill’s side coming out on top in the replay.However, their league form could not be recovered enough to save the side from relegation on the last day of the season. The club was relegated back down to Division One by two points – the three-point deduction proving crucial.“We were unlucky I thought. I would have loved to have stayed up that season, but we got to two cup finals and we had loads of games.“Supposedly, we had another couple of big players to come in again and I do believe that team would have kicked on.”Something could still have been salvaged from a bitterly disappointing season, with the FA Cup final against Chelsea the following weekend.But a lightning-quick start from Ruud Gullit’s side put a severe dent in Middlesbrough’s aspirations, as Roberto Di Matteo scored what was then the fastest-ever FA Cup final goal after just 43 seconds, with rumours of discontent among the players prior to the game reportedly contributing to Middlesbrough’s poor start.At the start of the following season, tension between Ravanelli and Fleming reached boiling point.“He was very good at the start, a real good guy. A couple of times he went away on international duty and we heard a few stories come back from Italy that said he wasn’t happy at Middlesbrough, but we had just seen him leave the club smiling and laughing.“Near the end of the season we were fighting for our lives, but he went back to Italy because he pulled his hamstring. The iconic Ravanelli celebration. Source: EMPICS Sport“I was named man of the match in a game against Blackburn and I was asked about him and I said I thought he should be here with us. A big thing was made of it in the papers.“The following season when he came back, we had a punch-up just before the first game – it is the only punch-up I’ve ever had in my career.“To be fair if I was picking a team tomorrow, he would definitely be in it. If I was going to have a dinner party, I probably wouldn’t invite him.”Despite making 146 Premier League appearances in his career, opportunities at international level were limited, with Fleming making 10 senior Ireland appearances, but most of them came in friendlies.Looking through the full-backs in that era, it is not surprising chances to impress were in short supply with competition for places intense within the Irish team, with players such as Stephen Carr, Gary Kelly, Steve Finnan, Denis Irwin, Ian Harte and Steve Staunton all vying for a place in the squad during Fleming’s career.“At the time we were inundated with full-backs, we probably could have had a team of full-backs and it wasn’t like they were average players, they were all playing for the big teams in England. Fleming: 10 Ireland caps. Source: INPHO“I was playing in the Premier League on a constant basis or at the top of the Championship – if you do that now, you are probably in contention to play for your country.“Having said that when I was playing with Pat’s when I was 21 or Belvo when I was 18 or playing with my school Joey’s in Fairview, I never ever thought I would get one.“I had calls to play for Jamaica – who went on to play in the 1998 World Cup – because my father was from there. I was asked to play but I wouldn’t.“I was brought up Irish and I am mad about Ireland, so I wanted to wait. I knew if I just got one cap for Ireland I would be buzzing and luckily enough I got 10.“And making my debut against Portugal was an amazing feeling. Standing there singing the national anthem with the shirt on – being one of the 11 Irishmen that can play – for me that was a dream.“I gave up my wedding, it may have been a once in a lifetime chance, I had to take it. We were due to get married in Las Vegas but I got a call from Mick McCarthy, so we ended up getting married in the Middlesbrough Registry Office.”Fleming, who ended his career with spells at Crystal Palace, Darlington and Shelbourne, was still playing non-league football at the age of 38 with Billingham Synthonia before going into coaching.Now a first-team coach with Championship side QPR after leaving his position as assistant manager at Hartlepool United earlier this season, the 48-year-old has a wealth of coaching experience, having started at Middlesbrough’s Academy before stints at Livingston, Bolton, while also briefly working alongside R’s manager Ian Holloway at Crystal Palace.“I wasn’t sure I wanted to coach initially. I came to the professional game quite late; I didn’t go over to England until I was 22 or 23. For about 10 years I still thought I was going back to Ireland, whether I was good enough or not.“I always had that drive in me that I felt I needed to work harder and harder. At that time, I wasn’t really thinking of anything else.“But as you can imagine, it is never a dull moment working with Ian, every day is enjoyable.“He brought me in because he wanted a bit more organisation with what he was doing. As you can see with Ian, I sometimes have to calm him down, but he has been brilliant to work with.” Fleming and Holloway: I sometimes have to calm him down. Source: Mike EgertonFleming’s focus is certainly with QPR for the foreseeable future but that is not to say becoming a manager is not on his radar further down the line.“I think so, but there are only so many jobs at this level. You have to work really hard. I was at Crystal Palace for two-and-a-half years and the same at Bolton, and Hartlepool for a year, and now I’m at QPR for a few years hopefully – then we will see if something comes up.“I am learning everyday – exactly like I did as a player – I am always trying to improve.“I don’t think I’m brilliant or I know it all, but I honestly think something will come up and I will make a breakthrough. Like everybody else my big goal is to be involved with the national team, whether that may be with the U18s or U21s.”Although black footballers are widespread in the game, the fact that there are still very few black managers at the top of English football is a concern for Fleming, with fellow Irishman Chris Hughton the only black manager in the top two divisions.A supporter of the charity Show Racism the Red Card as well as a patron of Justice First, Fleming has become one of the leading voices on the issue in the UK, which even took him to the House of Commons.“First and foremost, I think myself as a coach that happens to be black, but I don’t think of myself as a ‘black coach’. I love my football. I was a footballer – not a black footballer – I was just footballer that happened to be black.“What we have to say to black men and women is get your qualifications. I know when I go into an interview, I have got my Pro Licence, I’ve played at a very good level, I’ve worked my way up and coached at a very good level. That may or may not get me the position but it’s increasing the chances of me getting the job.“Some players have come out and said they want to be a coach and they want to do this and that, but it is like any job, you’ve got to do your apprenticeship. It’s very hard to just walk into a job. Fleming returned to the League of Ireland for a spell with Shelbourne. Source: INPHO“There are lads out there for years doing their stuff. I was in Middlesbrough’s academy for five or six years before I got a chance.“I went to Ajax years ago on my Pro Licence with the FAI and their U12s coach was Denis Bergkamp, and Patrick Kluivert was also there coaching kids. They were putting their foot on the ladder doing their groundwork.“They are saying there should be different ethnicities and genders interviewed for jobs now. I think it is something that has to come because I do think sometimes people judge a book by its cover.”Although the Dubliner experienced racism while playing in the League of Ireland – he doesn’t believe that it was as bad as other black players experienced in England at the time.“There was racism there – no doubt about it. It did shock me and did surprise me when I was younger, but I think at the time people thought it was acceptable.“I played in a couple of games where I got some monkey chants with people saying ‘Go back to the jungle’ and ‘Go back to where you’re from’ and I was thinking: ‘Where? Ballybough? It’s not far from here.’“At the conferences I go to I am told it happened every week in England, but I didn’t have that here.“My teammates such as Johnny McDonnell, Pat Fenlon, Damien Byrne were all really good blokes and they wouldn’t stand for that, and it didn’t happen too many times.“But I think the work we do will help promote and let people know they have a chance if they do all their badges. I won’t tell people there are no jobs for black coaches because I do not like that mantra. You have got to break the glass ceiling. Just keep going.”The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! 16 Comments ‘I gave up my wedding to make my Irish debut – it may have been a once in a lifetime chance’ Former Ireland international Curtis Fleming speaks to The42 about his time with the cult Middlesbrough side of 96/97 and his move into coaching. Apr 17th 2017, 9:30 PM Short URLlast_img read more

Asian community in uproar in Paris after police shoot dead Chinese man

first_img 14,476 Views Image: Michel Euler AP/Press Association Images Tuesday 28 Mar 2017, 1:09 PM 36 Comments Mar 28th 2017, 1:09 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share2 Tweet Email FRENCH POLICE SAID they had arrested 35 people after a demonstration by the capital’s Asian community over the killing of a Chinese man by a policeman turned violent.The Paris police force said that around 150 “members of the Asian community” gathered late yesterday outside a police station in the northeast of the capital.Three officers were slightly injured in the running clashes and one police vehicle was damaged by an incendiary device.The angry demonstrators were protesting against police violence after an officer shot dead a Chinese man on Sunday night.Police sources told AFP that officers were called to the Chinese man’s house after reports of a domestic dispute.The man attacked the officer with a knife “as soon as the door opened”, injuring him, according to these sources.A police colleague then opened fire, killing the man, authorities say.However, Calvin Job, a lawyer for the relatives of the dead man, said the family “totally disputes this version of events.”“He didn’t injure anyone,” said Job.According to the family, there was no domestic dispute and a neighbour called the police after hearing shouting.“Police forced open the door of the apartment, pushing him back,” the lawyer said. The Chinese man did not rush towards the officers who “shot without warning,” according to the lawyer’s version of events.A police watchdog will interview the family later today, Job said. Demonstrators stand off against Riot Police in Paris Source: Xinhua/SIPA USA/PA ImagesBeijing complaintAs tempers frayed between Paris and Beijing, the Chinese foreign ministry said it had filed an official complaint to France over the events in the French capital.Beijing calls on Paris to “guarantee the safety and legal rights and interests of Chinese citizens in France and to treat the reaction of Chinese people to this incident in a rational way,” ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a regular press briefing.“Meanwhile, we hope that our citizens… in France can express their wishes and demands in a lawful and reasonable way,” the spokeswoman added.Estimates put the size of the Chinese community in Paris at between 200,000 and 300,000. Many of the first-generation Chinese nationals who live in the French capital came here in the 1980s and many work in the textile industry.French police have come under fire for suspected violence in recent months following the highly publicised case of a black youth worker allegedly raped with a police baton.There have been several demonstrations since the 2 February incident involving the 22-year-old named only as Theo.© – AFP, 2017Read: Violence at French protest over alleged police truncheon rapeRead: Hundreds riot in Paris protest after black man allegedly raped with policeman’s baton Short URL By AFP Image: Michel Euler AP/Press Association Images Asian community in uproar in Paris after police shoot dead Chinese man in home Police arrested 35 demonstrators at a protest against the shooting yesterday in Paris.last_img read more

Muslims mark Eid outdoors

first_imgThousands of Muslim immigrants attended outdoor prayer services across Athens Tuesday to mark the festival of Eid-al-Adha, while police clashed with a small group of protesters from an extreme right group at one of the sites.The services at eight public squares and other areas in greater Athens occurred peacefully, but police cleared one square where Greek local residents and members of the far-right Chrysi Avgi – a group widely linked to a number violent attacks against immigrants – gathered. Police later briefly clashed with several dozen of its members.Protesters played loud music from a nearby apartment, threw eggs, and jeered at the immigrants throughout the hour-long service in the city’s Attiki Square.The incident occurred as tension grows over illegal immigration in Greece, the busiest transit point for human trafficking in the European Union.Leader of Chrysi Avgi, Nikos Michaloliakos, was elected to Athens’ City Council in local government elections that ended last weekend.Michaloliakos campaigned on anti-immigrant issues and against a long-delayed government plan to build a state-funded mosque in the Greek capital.“This is a protest against the effort to turn Athens’ public squares into an area of outdoor prayer for Muslims,” Michaloliakos told supporters who gathered at Attiki Square late Monday.On Tuesday, a group representing Muslim immigrants described the incident at Attiki Square as minor and thanked Greek authorities for sanctioning and policing the outdoor services, which were also held opposite Athens City Hall and outside the Athens University.“We don’t want to let anyone blacken the image of this country,” Naim Elghandour, head of the recently created Muslim Association of Greece, told Skai television.“We want to peacefully coexist with everyone else,” he said. “The prayers held today is not to exert pressure to build a mosque in Athens. That is a question of civilization, because Athens is the only capital city in the European Union without a mosque.”Athens’ Muslim community usually hold their prayer sessions at cultural centers or community halls or private apartments around the city.In the past, moves to build a mosque in the capital have been met with opposition from local residents and some priests of the Greek orthodox church.However, the current archbishop supports the construction of a mosque and the socialist government has set aside a site close to the city center, although building has not yet begun. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Listen Steamed Hams But Its Michael Jacksons Thriller

first_imgStay on target Steamed Hams But It’s A Visual Novel Made Entirely From Stock ArtGoogle Drive is Dying, Kinda From Metal Gear Solid spoofs to stock art visual novels, we thought we had seen it all when it comes to the deliciously weird Simpsons meme that is Steamed Hams. But then we thought, “What if Steamed Hams was instead a cover of the hit Michael Jackson song Thriller?” Unfortunately, we couldn’t find it, so we decided to make it ourselves. And when I say we, I mean I, Jordan Minor, wrote the lyrics, Geek’s own Nick Mangione provided his dulcet Vietnam vet tones for the vocals, and the instrumental comes from Sing Sing Karaoke.So enjoy the unforgettable “Steamed Hams But It’s Michael Jackson’s Thriller.” Lyrics below, sing along!It’s close to luncheonSuperintendent’s lurking from the darkBefore the munchingYou burn a roast and almost stop your heartYou try to screamBut terror takes the sound before you make itYou try to fleeAs Chalmers looks you right between your eyesYou’re paralyzed‘Cause this is Steamed HamsSteamed Hams nightAnd no one’s gonna save youFrom the flames about to strikeYou know it’s Steamed HamsSteamed Hams nightYou’re fighting for your liesInside of not clams, Steamed Hams tonightYou hear the door slamAnd realize there’s nowhere left to runYou served the Steamed HamsAnd hope he doesn’t look beneath the bunYou close your eyesAnd hope the fast food passed as your cookingBut all the whileHe sees the hams are obviously grilledYou’re getting killed‘Cause this is Steamed HamsSteamed Hams nightThere ain’t no second chancesWhen he’s been to Krusty BurgerYou know it’s Steamed HamsSteamed Hams nightCan’t see those Northern LightsJust share a not clams, Steamed Hams tonight, yeahDarkness falls across the landAurora Borealis is close at handSeymour crawls in search of foodTo create an unforgettable moodAnd whosoever shall be vexxedAbout the source of this expressionMust show their New York State I.D.Reveal that they’re from AlbanyThe Krusty stench is in the airThe Hams of forty thousand yearsAnd grizzly ghouls from every tombAre closing in to seal your doomAnd though you fight to stay politeYour mind detects the shamFor an odd fellow with devilish delightCan steam a damn good hamLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Survey suggests retirement benefits valued over health plans

first_imgPeople are more willing to gamble with their health than their retirement, a new study found.Some 62 percent of workers said they were willing to pay more if it meant they would have guaranteed retirement benefits, according to a recent survey by professional services consulting firm Towers Watson. But only 34 percent said they would pay up for more predictable medical costs.Why is this the case? It could be because people are already fed up with having to pay more for health insurance, said David Speier, a retirement consultant in Towers Watson’s Arlington office. Workers are often asked to shoulder a greater share of their health costs through high deductible plans, higher premiums and bigger copayments.A separate study released earlier this year by Towers Watson and the National Business Group on Health found that employees’ share of premium costs increased to $2,975 in 2014, up nearly 32 percent from $2,262 in 2009. And health-care costs are rising at a faster clip than inflation and outpacing wage growth, Speier said.Consumers also reported being less content with their health-care plans overall. The survey found that 59 percent of workers said they were happy with their health coverage in 2013, down from the roughly seven in 10 workers who said they were satisfied with their plans in 2007. Towers Watson surveyed more than 5,000 full-time workers in the United States between July and September 2013.Among the least satisfied were those who were most likely to need their benefits — those who were older or in poor health. While 62 percent of employees said their health plans met their needs, only 45 percent of workers in poor health said their plans were sufficient.last_img read more

Scientific Games completes first installation of Quartz Hybrid at Seouls Seven Luck

first_imgScientific Games Corporation has completed the very first installation of its newest electronic table system terminal, Quartz Hybrid, at South Korea’s Seven Luck Casino in Gangnam, Seoul.The installation includes 45 terminals featuring games such as Baccarat, Roulette and Sic Bo, according to Scientific Games.“We are very happy that shortly after the launch of Quartz Hybrid at G2E Asia this year, the first terminals have been installed at Seven Luck Casino in Seoul, South Korea,” said SG’s Vice President and Managing Director for Asia, Ken Jolly. “This installation will give players the opportunity to experience firsthand our most technologically-advanced Electronic Table System gaming terminal.”Quartz Hybrid runs on Scientific Games’ exclusive ArgOS operating system platform for enhanced game play and player experience. Multigame configurations may be linked to both virtual games and hybrid live dealer games, or operate independently. The increased connectivity of Quartz Hybridallows operators to link up to 50 individual live gaming tables.The Quartz Hybrid terminal features HD graphics on a new 26.5” 1920×1920 resolution touch screen giving players a more immersive experience. Updated content includes a new player interface that adds game statistics as well as dealer activity display. Players can choose to view up to eight games at any one time on the single screen.last_img read more

Husband kills wife after brawl over drug

first_imgMap of FaridpurA pregnant woman was allegedly strangled to death by her husband in Phulsuti village in Nagarkanda, Faridpur on Wednesday, reports UNB.The victim is Chaina Begum, 26, wife of Shohag Mollah of the village.Syed Lutfur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Nagarkanda police station, said getting information of Chaina’s illness, her relatives went to Chaina’s house and found her dead body lying on the floor around 9:00am.On information, police recovered the body and sent it to local hospital morgue.Quoting family members, police said Shohagh Ali used to torture Chaina, a mother of a four-year old child, since their marriage as she prevented him from taking drugs.Nannu Matobbar, brother of Chaina, claimed that Shohagh strangled Chaina sometime in the night following brawl over drug and left the scene to escape arrest.A case was filed with Nagarkanda police station in connection with the death.last_img