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Champions League: Arsenal face Bayern Munich, Barcelona meet Paris Saint-Germain in last 16

first_imgIn another edition of a one-sided Champions League rivalry, Bayern Munich will play Arsenal in the round of 16 for the third time in five seasons.Bayern ousted Arsenal in back-to-back seasons in the first knockout round in 2013 and ’14, though they traded home wins in the group stage last season. However, this time Arsenal is seeded and will host the return match.Also in Monday’s draw, defending champion Real Madrid will host Napoli first, and Barcelona will travel first to play Paris Saint-Germain.Leicester, the only debutant in the round of 16, was drawn to play first at Sevilla, the Europa League winner for the past three seasons.Also, it was: Manchester City vs. Monaco; Benfica vs. Borussia Dortmund; FC Porto vs. Juventus; and Bayer Leverkusen vs. Atletico Madrid.The Manchester City-Monaco pairing will pit the underachieving defense of coach Pep Guardiola’s team against the highest scoring team in any of the top European leagues.Borussia Dortmund, which set a Champions League record by scoring 21 goals in a six-game group stage, will play at Benfica first.The first legs will be played from Feb. 14-22, with return matches from March 7-15.The final will be on June 3 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.UEFA will pay clubs 5.5 million euros ($5.8 million) for playing in the round of 16. Each team already earned 16-20 million euros ($17-$21.2 million) in prize money and results bonuses during the group stage.last_img read more

Live Aqua Urban Resort San Miguel de Allende wins 2019 Prix Versailles award

first_imgThe urban resort developed by Mexican architecture and design firm received the highest recognition for architecture and design less than a year after its official opening; now competes for the Grand Title Mexico City, Mexico (June 17, 2019) – La Colección Resorts, Posadas’ prestigious collection of distinctive resorts located in Mexico’s most desired destinations, is honored to announce that Live Aqua Urban Resort San Miguel de Allende has been awarded the Prix Versailles for Architecture and Design in North America under the Hotels category. Known as the world architecture award for stores, hotels, and restaurants, the Prix Versailles celebrates commercial architecture projects from around the world, promoting successful interactions between culture and economy across all continents including Africa and West Asia, Central America (the South and the Caribbean), North America, Central Asia and the Northeast, South Asia and the Pacific and Europe. With four overarching categories including Shops & Stores, Shopping Malls, Hotels, and Restaurants, the Prix Versailles, in association with UNESCO and the International Union of Architects (UIA), recognize the best projects around the world distinguished in “extraordinary architecture and design.” “Since its conception, our vision for Live Aqua Urban Resort San Miguel de Allende was to make it a remarkable development and this honor is a testament to that ideation and drive,” said Enrique Calderón, COO of Posadas. “At Posadas, we strive to continuously raise the bar for the   experiences we offer to our guests, and the architecture and design of this property does just that by offering a singular experience unlike anything else in the city. We are proud to receive this Prix Versailles award, a tremendous recognition of our work.” Inaugurated in November 2018, Live Aqua Urban Resort San Miguel de Allende is the largest resort set in this renowned city designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2008. The property introduces urban modernity and elements of the brand’s signature concept of awakening the senses to one of Mexico’s most popular and historic cities. Upon arrival, guests appreciate its presence – a hacienda-style structure with massive double wooden doors that invites guests to experience impressive design features such as elevated ceilings, arches, courtyards, enormous art pieces, water features, and more. The resort was developed by award-winning AoMa Estudio, based in Mexico City, that took inspiration from San Miguel de Allende by bringing in both small and large details from the city’s culture and colonial architecture such as plazas, gardens and patios, as well as is vast array of textures and shapes. The impressive design continues into the 153 guestrooms and seven suites with unique elements such as glass encased bathrooms, exposed brick, mosaic tiles and rustic wooden floors. The resort offers numerous experiences including celebrity Mexican Chef Eduardo Palazuelos’ Zibu, a fine-dining venue that presents a modern take on Mexican cuisine and the Spice Market, a 100% cutting-edge pan-Asian culinary experience. Other amenities include an outdoor pool and jacuzzi, a state-of-the-art fitness center and a beauty parlor and the Feel Urban Spa. The award ceremony for the Prix Versailles will be held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France, on September 12, 2019 where Live Aqua Urban Resort San Miguel de Allende will be competing for the World Title against the best hotels selected in each continent. Live Aqua Urban Resort San Miguel de Allende rates begin at $350USD/night and reservations can be made by visiting https://www.lacoleccionresorts.com/en/live-aqua-urban-resort-san-miguel-de-allende  About La Colección Resorts La Colección Resorts is comprised of 14 distinctive resorts located in Mexico’s most desired destinations. The resort collection encompasses the brands Live Aqua Resorts, Grand Fiesta Americana Hotels & Resorts, Fiesta Americana Hotels & Resorts and The Explorean. Showcasing the best of Mexico including its rich culture and warm hospitality, guests are privy to unrivalled accommodations, amenities and entertainment that ensure a superior, world-class vacation experience. The resorts within La Colección include: Live Aqua Beach Resort Cancun All Inclusive Adults Only, Live Aqua Boutique Resort Playa del Carmen, Live Aqua Urban Resort San Miguel de Allende, Grand Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive Adults Only, Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun, Ú by Grand Fiesta Americana, Grand Fiesta Americana Los Cabos All Inclusive Golf & Spa, Fiesta Americana Cozumel All Inclusive, Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun All Inclusive, Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive & Spa, Fiesta Americana Cancun Villas, Fiesta Americana Acapulco Villas, The Explorean Cozumel and The Explorean Kohunlich. For further information, please visit: www.lacoleccionresorts.com/last_img read more

Gov’t Pushes Public Awareness on Lottery Scam Impact

first_imgGovernment has set about to educate the average Jamaican of the cruel impact of the lottery scam, through a public awareness programme.Minister of National Security, Hon. Peter Bunting, says the public awareness exercise is aimed at changing the mindset of many who see the lottery scam as a victimless crime.One of the segments of the programme is dubbed, ‘Silence Brings Violence’, which is being rolled out in schools islandwide.He noted that that in some ways, the scam can be “as vicious as if you held up the person at gun point or knife point, in terms of the emotional and financial trauma it inflicts on the victim.”[RELATED: Jamaica Way Ahead of Us in Fight Against Lotto Scam – US Official]The Minister said that the current hearing by the United States Senate Special Committee on Ageing, into the Jamaican lottery scam, has created an opportunity to focus on the issue and share ideas for best practice.“Let us use this as an opportunity to bring the urgency of the situation to every single Jamaican in particular, to understand how corrosive this activity is and that everyone has to find a way to contribute to stamping it out,” Mr. Bunting said.The Minister was addressing a press briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), on Thursday, March 14, where he provided an update on his recent trip to the US, where he met with members of Congress to submit Jamaica’s sworn testimony to the Committee, detailing the country’s efforts to fight lottery scammers.Mr. Bunting declared that Government will be putting all the resources at its disposal to attack the lottery scammers and he urged various leaders to use their influence to get the scammers to stop their illicit activity.“Whether you are a political representative, a pastor, a civic leader, you may know persons who are involved, please use your influence and talk to them as citizens. Talk to your neighbours. But at the end of the day, the Ministry of National Security and our law enforcement agencies are resolved that we are not going to allow this activity to continue, and that we will be putting all the resources at our disposal to attack the issue,” Mr. Bunting said.The Minister, along with Chairman of the Anti-Lottery Scam Inter-Ministerial Committee, Hon. Julian Robinson, made several appearances in the US and provided updates to media and key constituents on the country’s efforts in dealing with the criminal activity.“We went on a mission to protect Jamaica’s brand and minimise the impact on our reputation. This administration is fully focused on that, and I invite the Opposition and all well thinking Jamaicans who share the embarrassment and distress we feel for our country, to get on board the mission of ridding Jamaica of this scourge,” Mr. Bunting said.He pointed out that the Government has been working with US officials to fight the problem and has conducted several major operations over the past year.The Minister further informed that there have been regular meetings between the Major Organised Crime and Anti-corruption Task Force (MOCA), and the finance, remittance and business processing outsourcing companies.These meetings discuss strategies on how to make it more difficult for persons to use their services for illicit purposes and how to detect them speedily.By Andrea Braham, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

School of Education Restructures Access

first_img The School of Education (SOE) at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, is restructuring the way it allows access to education.This was disclosed by Undergraduate Coordinator and Deputy Dean of the SOE, Dr. Aisha Spence, while speaking with JIS News recently.She said the restructuring is aligned to the National Development Strategy of the Government, and the SOE sees this as an important strategic move.Teachers and school administrators now have the opportunity to pursue higher education at the Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) degree level, Master of Education (M.Ed.) level and Doctoral (PhD) degree level.The options available within the undergraduate B.Ed. programme include Information Technology or Computer Science, English Language or Literacy Studies, History, Geography, Social Studies and the Sciences. There is also the undergraduate Education Administration.The undergraduate programme targets teachers who already hold a teaching Diploma from a teachers’ college, and high-school graduates wishing to pursue teacher education and have the requisite matriculation requirements.According to Dr. Spence, the SOE is also collaborating with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information to ensure that teachers who have been teaching subject areas, but do not have the requisite qualification, will have the opportunity to do so.The Ministry now requires that every teacher have a degree in their subject area, she noted.The Postgraduate platform includes a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration, which prepares individuals to become provosts, heads of departments and deans in tertiary-education institutions.There is also the Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Education Planning and Policy. This targets individuals seeking to become senior technical advisors to Ministers of Education across Jamaica and the region, and those working with organisations, such as UNESCO, that support education initiatives globally and locally.This platform also includes an M.Ed. in Curriculum Development, Psychology, Language Education, Science Education and Mathematics Education. The SOE also offers a Doctorate of Philosophy in all the areas mentioned under the M.Ed.According to Dr. Spence, the institution will soon offer the Doctor of Education (D.Ed.) which will be complementary to the PhD.  “Our mission at the SOE is to ensure that we put out leaders,” she said.“Teachers don’t have to stick to the classroom. We want to contribute to the transformation in the education system by helping students to broaden their own vision of education. They are needed in the classroom, but we also need them in other places and training and professional development is available at the SOE,” Dr. Spence said. The School of Education (SOE) at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, is restructuring the way it allows access to education. According to Dr. Spence, the institution will soon offer the Doctor of Education (D.Ed.) which will be complementary to the PhD.  “Our mission at the SOE is to ensure that we put out leaders,” she said. The Postgraduate platform includes a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration, which prepares individuals to become provosts, heads of departments and deans in tertiary-education institutions. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Survey finds minimal progress in militarys fight against sexual misconduct

first_imgOTTAWA — A new Statistics Canada survey of military personnel suggests the Canadian Forces has made minimal progress in eradicating serious sexual misconduct from the ranks despite years of effort.According to results released Wednesday morning, 1.6 per cent of regular-force members — or about 900 full-time military personnel — reported being the victim of a sexual assault over the previous 12 months.The rate among reservists was even higher, with 2.2 per cent — or about 300 part-time military personnel — reporting they were the victim of a sexual assault, which includes sexual attacks, unwanted sexual touching or sexual activity without consent.The numbers represent only a slight improvement from a similar survey conducted by Statistics Canada two years earlier, raising questions about the effectiveness of the military’s efforts to eliminate such behaviour.In a statement, the military’s second-in-command, Lt.-Gen. Paul Wynnyk, says the number of military personnel who continue to be affected by sexual misconduct is “completely unacceptable.”At the same time, Wynnyk says it is encouraging the vast majority of service members see such actions as unacceptable and have confidence in the military’s ability to deal with reports of misbehaviour.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

FRMF Invites 110 Moroccan Referees to Receive VAR Training

Rabat – Ahead of the adoption of the video assistant referee (VAR) in Morocco’s first football league, Botola Pro, the FRMF is organizing a 10-day-training session in the National Center of Football (CNF) in Mammoura, (near the Royal palace of Sale) to introduce the new technology to Moroccan referees.FRMF previously announced that the VAR would go into effect starting from the next football season.The 10-day-training starts Thursday, August 1 and aims to present the VAR basic elements to the Moroccan referees to ensure they are familiar with the technology. The referees will also be updated on FIFA’s new refereeing regulations, reported Assabah newspaper in its August 1 edition. FRMF has invited 110 referees and assistant referees of both genders to attend the training. They will also pass a fitness test.A Spanish company will carry out the project to set up the VAR across Moroccan stadiums.Read also: EST-Wydad Case: CAS Dismisses Wydad’s Requests, Deepens ConfusionAssabah added that the Spanish company has finished evaluating Moroccan stadiums to ensure that they match VAR’s technical set-up requirements.A report will be prepared and submitted to FRMF’s president Fouzi Lekjaa.The Spanish company requires a minimum of 15-hour-training per referee.A video of the referees will be sent to FIFA to evaluate their readiness and efficiency before they can be officially named VAR Referees. read more

High unemployment blights Palestinian lives – UN report

24 August 2011The economy of the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) grew by 9.3 per cent last year, but that expansion was not enough to reduce the area’s 30 per cent unemployment rate, the United Nations trade and development arm said in a new report released today. The economy of the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) grew by 9.3 per cent last year, but that expansion was not enough to reduce the area’s 30 per cent unemployment rate, the United Nations trade and development arm said in a new report released today.Gaza saw a 15 per cent growth, while the West Bank’s economy expanded by 7.6 per cent, the UN Conference of Trade and Development (UNCTAD) said in its annual report on assistance to the Palestinian people. The Palestinian per capita gross domestic product (GDP) last year was still seven per cent below the levels of 1999, according to the study.The report stresses that there is considerable fiscal “leakage” as a result of substantial levels of indirect imports. Palestinian imports from Israel are not taxed, but a significant portion of such imports is made up of goods produced in the rest of the world and re-exported to the oPt, with import revenues accruing to the Israeli Treasury, the report notes.A recent study by the Bank of Israel indicated that about 58 per cent of what is officially reported as Israeli exports to oPt actually comes from abroad through Israel’s trade sector. Customs revenue from those imports is captured by the Israeli authorities and not transferred to the Palestinian Authority (PA). The loss to the Palestinian treasury is estimated to be in the range of $480 million per year, or 25 per cent of Palestinian public revenue.The UNCTAD assessment of the economic and employment cost of the fiscal leakage suggests that were these funds available as fiscal stimulant, the Palestinian GDP could expand by an additional 10 per cent ($500 million per year) and employment could increase by 4 per cent or 30,000 to 40,000 jobs per year.The loss to the Palestinians highlights the urgency of reconsidering the revenue clearance arrangement between the PA and Israel, and the need for measures to remedy the negative impacts of information “asymmetry” between the two sides, according to UNCTAD. The new evidence on Palestinian imports confirms that much of Palestinian trade is actually with the rest of the world rather than with Israel.The report also contends that the growth recorded in 2010 is not a sign of sustainable recovery, but rather reflects an economy rebounding from a low base.It shows that the growth has come after a decade-long economic regression and continuing de-industrialization. Concerns about the sustainability of growth arise from observed technological regression and the fact that the 2010 growth relied on substantial donor aid and public expenditure.Private-sector revival is still constrained by the construction of the separation barrier, movement and access restrictions, limited access to external markets for the export of goods or the import of production inputs, and a much reduced productive and natural resource base.The movement of Palestinian people and goods in the West Bank last year was obstructed by more than 500 obstacles and checkpoints. Palestinian exports to Israel, which account for about 90 per cent of total oPt exports, fell by an alarming 30 per cent during the 2008-2009 period and are yet to recover.Restrictions on the movement of people and goods to, from or within the West Bank and Gaza have fostered small-scale cost inefficiencies and technological decline and have blocked the emergence of an export sector capable of substantial contributions to economic development, the report notes. Prohibitive transaction costs, long waiting periods, and damage to goods at crossing points undermine existing Palestinian businesses and discourage potential investment, it adds.Despite massive destruction of private and public property during the 24-day military confrontation in the Gaza Strip in December 2008, importation of construction material into Gaza is still banned, with exception of imports by international organizations. However, in 2010 a modest relaxation of the Israeli blockade resulted in some improvement in economic activity in Gaza, though humanitarian conditions are still dire, according to the report.Prolonged periods of high unemployment and interruption of production activities carry the risk of a loss of skills for Palestinian workers and long-term damage to human capital.An estimated 26 per cent of Palestinians in the oPt live in poverty. In Gaza, poverty levels are as high as 38 per cent, while in the West Bank they are at 18 per cent. Half of all households were food insecure or vulnerable to food insecurity last year, the UNCTAD study shows.Another significant constraint on the Palestinian economy is the growing physical and demographic separation of East Jerusalem from the rest of oPt, the report notes. read more

Cabinet approves Certificate of Absentee for missing

Nonetheless, if a missing person is not acceptable to his relatives as a person who has died, in such occasions under the clauses of this Act it is not possible to register such a person as a person who has died.It has been observed that in such an event the relatives of such a person could not obtain the rights and dues entitled for them. Since regulations related to registration of deaths under such conditions do not cover in the said Act, the Act No. 19 of 2010 relating to registration of deaths (temporary regulations) was introduced as a solution for this impediment. Accordingly in compliance with revising the Act No. 19 of 2010 relating to registration of deaths (temporary regulations) to facilitate this procedure of the internationally recognized mechanisms, the Cabinet of Ministers approved a proposal made by the Minister of Home Affairs Vajira Abeywardene to register  such a missing person as a person who cannot be found and issue a “Certificate of Absentee” and to revise Act No. 19 of 2010 relating to registration of deaths (temporary regulations). The cabinet has approved a proposal to issue a “Certificate of Absentee” for people reported missing and in the event the relatives refuse to accept a death certificate for such a person.By the regulations of Act No. 17 of 1951 covering the registration of Births and Deaths, the Registrar General’s Department has been empowered with the task of registering deaths. However this does not cover the registration of deaths relating to non-natural causes such as terrorism activities, people’s commotions, natural disasters and deaths that have been caused by non-natural causes and in the event of inability to find the dead bodies. read more

Senior UN envoy to visit Somalia next week to push for early

The delegation will be headed by Mr. Annan’s Special Representative for Somalia, François Lonsény Fall, and will include representatives of the Somalia Advisory Contact Group of interested countries established earlier this year to support the peace process, the UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS) announced today.Mr. Annan’s appeal two days ago was his latest call for dialogue between the Union of Islamic Courts, which controls the capital Mogadishu, and the Transitional Federal Parliament based in Baidoa.The third round of peace talks between the parties in Khartoum, Sudan, were scheduled to be held on 30 October but were postponed because the two parties came with some preconditions and are now scheduled to be held in mid-December, Mr. Fall told the Security Council earlier this month. They are intended to discuss security and power sharing in the impoverished drought-stricken country, which has been wracked by factional fighting and has had no functioning national government since President Muhammad Siad Barre’s regime was toppled in 1991.“The talks which are now suspended should resume very quickly,” Mr. Annan said on Wednesday. “I also urge the two groups, the Transitional Government and the Islamic Courts, to avoid further confrontation and military action.”In his briefing to the Council, Mr. Fall called on neighbouring States to avoid interfering in its affairs and using it for a proxy war. He told reporters afterwards that “there’s a real danger of engulfing this crisis to all the Horn of Africa because we see there is some interference in the Somalia issue” and said the UN was doing its best “to recall to all the Member States in the region to respect the maximum restraint, to not interfere directly in the Somalia issue because we know that Somalia can be the theatre of a proxy war between some countries in the region.” read more

Lebanese President appeals for support to assist hundreds of thousands of Syrian

Calling the Syrian refugee crisis “the most pressing and biggest burden” facing Lebanon, Mr. Sleiman said his country’s resources have been stretched to their capacity, with more than one fourth of Lebanon’s population now made up of Syrian refugees.According to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), as of August this year, Lebanon was hosting more than 700,000 Syrian refugees.While he thanked countries that had pledged donations in January, Mr. Sleiman stressed that these commitments have only been partially fulfilled as needs have dramatically increased.“As it is not possible to impose on nations – and individuals – the “impossible”…it is important for me to reiterate, from this very rostrum, my call for your States to support the proposals I have already put forth, in order to ease this escalating burden […],” Mr. Sleiman said.Those proposals include providing sufficient funds to meet the basic humanitarian and livelihood needs of Syrian refugees, consolidating frameworks and spaces to lodge refugees on Syrian territories that are out of reach of the ongoing conflict, and holding an international conference on the issue of Syrian refugees to look for ways to share the burdens and numbers among States.He also called for support for the International Support Group for Lebanon, which “has placed the issue of the refugees at the top of its priority list – all of this pending the sought political solution for the Syrian crisis, which would ensure a safe and dignified return of the refugees to their country, as soon as possible.”Mr. Sleiman emphasized that while Lebanon remains committed to Baabda Declaration, which sets out Lebanon’s disassociation from the negative fallout of regional crises. The Lebanese will continue to support friendly countries facing the negative repercussions of external conflicts. “Not only do [the Lebanese] look up to that assistance out of brotherly and friendly solidarity, but also based on the common responsibility thrust upon the international community as a whole, regarding the problems which pose a threat to regional and global security in general,” he said.He is one of scores of leaders to speak at the annual General Assembly session at which heads of State and Government and other high-level officials will present their views and comments on issues of individual national and international relevance. The General debate opened today and concludes on 1 October. read more

UN envoy continues Syria consultations seeking views on launching political process

Among those who met with Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura was the Islamic scholar Muhammad Al Habash, who shared his thoughts on methods and processes to facilitate a peaceful solution to the conflict, based on religious perspectives and traditions, according to UN spokesperson Farhan Haq.Mr. Haq said the Special Envoy also met with Hind Kabawat and Asma Kftarou from a civil society organization called ‘Tastaqil,’ discussing the unacceptable suffering of the Syrian people and the urgent need to end violence and reach a political solution, and he also received a delegation from the Kurdish National Council, with whom he shared views on ways to end the conflict, with due respect for Syrian diversity while maintaining the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria.The Spokesman said that Mr. de Mistura also met with Najla Riachi Assaker, the Permanent Representative of Lebanon to the UN in Geneva. They discussed ways to support Syria in launching a political process, as well as the urgent need to alleviate the humanitarian suffering and its impact on the neighbouring countries.Mr. de Mistura also received with deep sadness news of the kidnapping of a priest, Father Jacques Mourad, yesterday in Homs, describing the “grave act” as being unfortunately not the first of its kind and “one of the sad consequences” of the raging conflict. read more

Carlos Perez still main Hungarian power

← Previous Story Double Austrian win over Portugal Next Story → Valero Rivera: “Our dream to repeat history of Football” Carlos PerezHungary handball Negotations coming to the end, succesful. Legendary Cuban, Carlos Perez (40) will play at next World Championship in Sweden for Hungarian national team. Very vital, powerfull left back, who came to Vezsprem in late 90’s, became one of the most important players in last decade of the Hungarian national team.However, Laszlo Nagy, right back of Barcelona and the biggest Hungarian handball star, still is unavaliable for the national team.Hungary is in the Group B of WC 2011 with Norway, Austria, Iceland, Japan and Brasil. At the last WC 2009 in Croatia, Hungary won 6th place. read more

Gardaí investigate sudden death of teen found in community centre

first_imgGARDAÍ ARE INVESTIGATING the sudden death of a teenager who was reported to have been found in a community hall in Blessington.It is not believed to have been a violent death. A garda investigation is underway to establish the circumstances.The gardaí were contacted by a Naas hospital after the teen was brought there.He later passed away in the hospital.He had been found at St Kevin’s Community Centre in Blessington.More as we get it.last_img

Community Employment places to be expanded as Varadkar calls them essential and

first_imgCommunity Employment places to be expanded as Varadkar calls them ‘essential’ and ‘worthwhile’ The minister says the schemes “do work that has to be done”. Short URL Friday 7 Apr 2017, 10:46 PM Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar. By Rónán Duffy https://jrnl.ie/3330182 THE GOVERNMENT WANTS to make it easier for people to take part in community employment schemes and is to reduce the entrance age from 25 to 21.The CE scheme is designed to help disadvantaged people or those in long-term unemployment gain work in the local community as a stepping stone to regular work.Frequently though, the work is used to bridge a gap in local services and, while the schemes grew during the recession, Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar claims it is getting more difficult to fill the places.“Unemployment has gone down by two-thirds and as a result of that some very important CE schemes around the country, who do work that has to be done, you know meals on wheels, looking after graveyards, sports clubs, tidy towns they’re having great difficulty filling the vacancies in those essential schemes,” Varadkar told RTÉ’s News at One.As well as reducing the age by which people can enter a scheme, it will also be made easier for people to re-enter a scheme or apply to extend it for a second year.Those over 55 years of age will be allowed to remain on a CE scheme for three years.The scheme has been running since 1994 and there are 32,000 places on CE schemes this year.Based on 19.5 hours worked, the minimum payment rate for CE schemes is €215.50 per week. It is paid by sponsor which receives a grant from The Department of Social Protection.The scheme is seen as having a dual role and those roles are to be formalised with places on the scheme soon to be categorised as being either social inclusion or activation.Varadkar made reference to that dual role when asked about them this afternoon: Apr 7th 2017, 10:46 PM Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar. Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ie We’re going to protect the number of CE places, really recognising two things, that community employment isn’t just about employment activation but also about social inclusion, giving people who quite frankly, let’s be honest find it difficult to hold down a job and give them something worthwhile to do.“And also recognising the fact that the work that they do is essential work that would have to be done anyway. In fact, probably should be done by local authorities and health services, but it’s not,” he added.Read: Unemployment down but over 100,000 people now ‘trapped’ in part-time work >Read: Unemployment rate drops to post-crash low of 7.2% > Share472 Tweet Email16 21,259 Views 38 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Leah Farrell/RollingNews.ielast_img read more

Constantinou pleads not guilty to sex workers murder

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Steve Constantinou, 49, has pleaded not guilty in the Supreme Court to murdering sex worker Johanna ‘Jazzy O’ Martin. 65 year old ‘Jazzy O’ was found in Port Melbourne on October 11, 2011, wrapped in a sheet with her ankles tied and a mark around her neck. According to the Crown prosecutor Mark Rochford, Constatinou had the motivation to seriously injure Ms Martin due to owing the sex worker a substantial sum of money. The accused confessed to being with Ms Martin when she died, however told the court he believed it was “a sex act gone wrong”. It was discovered that Ms Martin’s last phone call was to the accused on the day her body was found. Following further investigations of Constantinou’s GPS, it appears that the accused had driven to the location of the dumped body that same day. The case put forward by Mr Rochford is that Constantinou strangled Ms Martin in his apartment, after which he went on to sell her jewelry at a pawn broker in Footscray for the sum of $2100, then picked up the body and dumped it in Lormier Street, Port Melbourne. According to Mr Rochford, the accused effectively claimed that Ms Martin “strangled herself to death”. However, during the trial this possibility was disproven by a pathologist, explaining that this would have been impossible to do. Despite this, Mr Rochford’s claim that Constantinou made a conscious and deliberate decision to murder Ms Martin is currently being disputed as the trial continues.last_img read more

Un anticancéreux de SanofiAventis autorisé en Europe

first_imgUn anti-cancéreux de Sanofi-Aventis autorisé en EuropeHier, le laboratoire Sanofi-Aventis a fait savoir qu’il avait obtenu l’autorisation de la Commission européenne pour lancer son médicament contre le cancer de la prostate en Europe. Il y a quelques jours, le groupe pharmaceutique français Sanofi-Aventis retirait du marché international son médicament Anzemet en raison des risques qu’il pourrait faire prendre aux patients, et cela au milieu du scandale du Médiator. Hier, c’est une meilleure nouvelle que le groupe pharmaceutique a annoncé.À lire aussiUn ventre à bière cachait en fait une tumeur cancéreuse de trente-cinq kilosDans un communiqué, il a fait savoir : “Sanofi-Aventis annonce aujourd’hui avoir obtenu de la Commission européenne une autorisation de mise sur le marché pour Jevtana, en association avec de la prednisone ou de la prednisolone, pour le traitement des patients atteints d’un cancer de la prostate métastatique hormono-résistant traités antérieurement par une chimiothérapie à base de docétaxel1”. L’autorisation de lancement est valable pour les 27 États membres de l’Union européenne, ainsi que la Norvège, l’Islande et le Liechtenstein. Il y a quelques mois, l’Agence européenne du médicament avait commencé à étudier le Jevtana, rendant en janvier dernier un avis favorable à son sujet. Déjà en vente aux États-Unis et au Brésil, le médicament constitue un “espoir pour les patients européens pour lesquels les options de traitement sont limités, lorsque la maladie progresse après un traitement de première ligne” a expliqué le laboratoire.Le 21 mars 2011 à 14:28 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Atari VCS opens preorders at 249 for retro console featuring 4K gaming

first_img Preview • The PlayStation Classic looks great, but you’ll only want to play half of its games See It Now playing: Watch this: 4:42 Computers Gaming Desktops Share your voice $29 Tags $44 Aug 19 • Borderlands 3: FL4K, new endgame content and everything else we know E3 2019 $59 If you want the most traditional-looking Atari experience, the version sold directly by Atari is your best bet, coming in a retro Black Walnut design. GameStop is getting the all-black Onyx design, while Walmart is getting a design named Kevlar Gold, with gold details on its front panel.atari-web-exclusive-atari-vcs-800-black-walnut-all-inThe classic walnut look. Atari Orders from Walmart and GameStop are expected to ship in March, 2020, while supporters of last year’s IndieGoGo campaign could get their systems as early as December of this year. The Atari VCS runs an AMD processor with Radeon Vega graphics, and supports 4K video output for streaming video as well as for games. The native dashboard UI runs under an Atari OS, which the company has previously said is “based on a modified version of the Linux kernel.” The system will also offer a sandbox mode, which the company says will turn the VCS into an “open and expandable multimedia PC.”In further details announced at the end of E3, the company further described the software and OS platform behind the VCS. The heart of the experience will be a new Atari 2600 emulator, designed by Rob Wyatt, a system architect who has worked on everything from the original Xbox to the PlayStation 3. Additionally, running additional operating systems will be both supported and encouraged. The company says, “Accessing familiar operating systems like Windows, Ubuntu, Chrome OS, and others is easily accomplished by simply attaching an external USB drive that has the desired OS installed.” Type A USB 3 ports on the back of the system are used to connecting external drives (the internal storage is 32GB, so you’ll want to run other OSes from an external drive). In a hands-on demo with dev kit hardware, we were able to easily play Borderlands via Linux with an Xbox controller. The 8GB VCS 800 model will support 4K and HDR output, while the 4GB 400 model tops out at 1080p output. atari-peripheralsThe classic joystick and a more modern gamepad controller. Atari It’s a significantly different business model than the last wave of retro game consoles. Led by the Nintendo NES Classic Edition, gaming brands have been pushing small, under-$100 set-top boxes preloaded with emulated versions of classic games.The NES Classic and SNES Classic boxes were genuine hits. The PlayStation Classic was not, perhaps indicating the limits of retro gaming demand. atari-vcs-onyx-usbThe Onyx version with red highlights is only available at GameStop . Atari By supporting both classic and new games, and giving gamers the option of having a simple plug-and-play experience, installing new software or even running streaming video apps, the Atari VCS looks to be more of an all-in-one entertainment device. From these early details, it feels a bit like the Nvidia Shield, a living room device that offers access to both PC and Android games, video streaming and much more.More details on the Atari VCS and its features, games and hardware are expected later in 2019.Originally published June 10. Updated June 13 with additional software details.  Walmart News • The Sony PlayStation Classic hits its lowest price: $20 Sony PlayStation Classic Review • Sony PlayStation Classic review: A fine line between ‘classic’ and ‘old’ Only Walmart will offer the Kevlar Gold design.  Atari The classic Atari brand is making yet another return, this time as a retro-styled set-top box gaming console. Originally launched as a crowdfunding campaign in 2018 and raising more than $3 million, the Atari VCS console is available to preorder today from retailers Walmart and GameStop, as well as from the company website.Several models are being offered, with slightly different specs, designs and accessories. The Atari VCS 400 model has 4GB of RAM, and costs $249, while the 8GB 800 version is $279. A $389 “all in” version of the 800 console includes both a joystick and gamepad. The $49 classic-style joystick and $59 modern gamepad will also be sold separately.center_img Aug 28 • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order trailer, gameplay footage and everything we know Best Buy E3 2019 reading • Atari VCS opens preorders at $249 for retro console featuring 4K gaming plus Linux and Windows support. The new Atari VCS console is more than a retro game box See All See It • Post a comment 0 Mentioned Above Sony PlayStation Classic Aug 3 • E3 journalists see their personal info exposed by security flaw CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Jul 26 • Doom Eternal: QuakeCon ‘Year of Doom’ keynote shows more ‘Battlemode’ action See it Walmart Nvidia Nintendo GameStoplast_img read more

Senate defies Walkers call to weigh nominees

first_imgThe main doors of the Alaska Capitol face the Dimond Courthouse. (Photo by Skip Gray, 360 North – Juneau)Governor Bill Walker tried and failed to get lawmakers to vote on his nominees Thursday.Listen nowFive minutes after starting a joint session, the Legislature voted along caucus lines, 32 to 26, to adjourn without holding a vote.Senate President Pete Kelly said he plans to hold votes on the nominees before the legislative session ends. The deadline to end the session is May 17th.Kelly said the Legislature should focus on the budget and a plan to draw from the Permanent Fund to balance the budget. While some nominees have been controversial, Kelly denied that was a factor in the delay.“There’s nothing about this that has anything to do with any person,” Kelly said. “There’s no one that I know of with a target on their back. I think there’s some people who may have some difficulties. There’s no question about that. But none of this has anything to do with any of the nominees.”Kelly and other Republican lawmakers have raised questions about Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth, Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission member Hollis French and Human Rights Commission member Drew Phoenix.They and another 100 nominees will continue to act in their positions until either a vote or the end of the session. If there’s no vote, all of the nominees must leave their positions.House Speaker Bryce Edgmon said the Legislature should act on the nominees and then move on to other business.“I was very disappointed that we couldn’t get that work done today, knowing the workload that lies before the Legislature,” Edgmon said.Walker issued a proclamation on Wednesday calling the Legislature into a joint session, after the Senate twice turned down the House’s invitation to meet.In a letter to Walker, Kelly called the proclamation “an unproductive distraction.”Of the legislators present at the session, every Senate majority and House minority member voted to adjourn, while every Senate minority and House majority member voted against adjournment.last_img read more

Jet Airways to sell 6 Boeing 777 aircraft in a bid to

first_imgA Jet Airways passenger aircraft prepares to land at the airport in the western Indian city of AhmedabadReuters fileJet Airways and its stakeholders of late haven’t really been experiencing the joy of flying, thanks to the financial woes dogging the carrier. The airline, which is reeling under a debt of about Rs 1,800 crore, is now reportedly planning to sell six of its Boeing 777 aircraft, and the amount received from the sale will be used to clear dues.Speaking of the plan, Jet Airways chief financial officer Amit Agarwal told analysts on Tuesday that six aircraft have been identified for the purpose.”The airline has identified six Boeing 777 aircraft, which it will sell to lessors under sale and leaseback and use the proceeds to pay most of the aircraft debt,” Livemint quoted Agarwal as telling the analysts.The sale and leaseback process is one in which an airline sells its aircraft to a buyer and then leases it from the latter for operations. By doing this, the balance sheet of the carrier is cleared of the aircraft, as well as, all the liabilities associated with it.The full-service carrier also plans to finance the purchase of additional Boeing 737 Max aircraft through the sale and leaseback process and may sell the remaining 10 planes that it owns.Agarwal also said that Jet will receive 15 new Boeing 737 Max aircraft in fiscal 2020, and remove 75 old Boeing 737 aircraft from service by 2025.To improve its financial situation, Jet also said that it will restrategise its business module on routes that aren’t profitable and also hopes that the fares will rise soon.The Naresh Goyal-owned airline has consistently been making losses, due to which Goyal was said to be looking for a new investor to raise working capital. He had reportedly spoken to Mukesh Ambani and Ratan Tata, and on November 13, Livemint had reported that the Tata Group had already started conducting due diligence of the carrier. In July 2017, Jet Airways had asked its junior pilots, who joined the brand in 2016, to take a 30 percent pay cut or leaveReutersHowever, Jet Airways has called the report speculative, declining to make any comments on the matter. “…The subject news is speculative in nature and that there is no discussion or decision in the board which would require a disclosure…,” Jet Airways said in a response, according to the Press Trust of India.It was earlier also reported that the management of the carrier had told its pilots that it may have to ground about 23 Boeing 737 aircraft to cut costs.The issue was raised during a meeting with the National Aviators Guild (NAG), the pilot union of Jet, on October 9, attended by the carrier’s CEO Vinay Dube, and chief people officer Rahul Taneja. “The management suggested it is looking at grounding 23 Boeing 737s operating on domestic routes to mitigate losses,” one of the senior pilots, who was at the meeting, told the Financial Express.However, Jet Airways has denied the reports of 23 Boeing 737s being grounded, calling the information “factually incorrect” and “misleading.””Jet Airways categorically denies your information which is factually incorrect and misleading. The airline also urges the publication to refrain from reporting speculative information being circulated via sources with malicious intent,” a Jet Airways spokesperson told the Financial Express.last_img read more

Internet Gutter Steam Shovelware

first_imgStay on target Online is a strange and terrifying place. It’s enabled us to connect with one another, advance the causes of science and culture, and unite the world with a glowing net of data. It’s also enabled people with very… particular interests to find each other. In this weekly series, we’ll be dipping into the Internet Gutter – the strange subcultures and weird worlds lurking in the dark pockets of the World Wide Web.Steam ShovelwareIn the olden days, if you wanted to buy a new computer game you had to haul your ass down to an Electronics Boutique or a Babbage’s or whatever and take a box home. That obviously was less than ideal, so we’re thankful that Gaben and the boys at Valve came up with Steam. Steam’s great! But it also has a few pretty big problems. Because the company doesn’t make any pretensions towards quality control, certainly less than salubrious publishers use Steam as a place to dump cheaply-made games to make a quick buck. The dark and grimy world of these games is our latest culvert in the Internet Gutter.AdChoices广告Stolen Asset ValorSo here’s the thing: it’s easier than ever to make a video game. There are so many engines and tools out there that you can use.But it’s still pretty hard to make a good video game. And most people don’t. They have a half-ass idea and slap some screenshots up on Greenlight, hoping for the best. While the system was originally designed to weed out the crap, it’s not really working. It’s too easy to rig Greenlight votes, and just about anything eventually gets through.Gamers have been begging Valve to incorporate some kind of quality control filter, but it doesn’t look likely. Seemingly every day, at least one new awful game makes its way live on Steam. One of the best places to learn about these games is the ShittySteamGames subreddit, which keeps a close eye on the latest trash to hit the platform.This Looks FamiliarThere are a couple of genres of games that you’ll see over and over on Steam Greenlight.First is the “rolling ball simulator,” where you control an orb of some sort through a landscape of polygons. No, Marble Madness clones aren’t popular in 2017. This is a favorite tutorial for the Unity game engine, which dumb developers think they can sell as an actual game with enough spin. Needless to say, they’re rarely successful.Second is the over-ambitious “survival game,” based on hits like DayZ. That game gives players a rich canvas to explore, filled with other players and tense encounters. The host of imitators fail on every one of those, typically populating vast, empty areas with stock assets and praying that the servers hold up with more than three or four people. Spoilers: they don’t.Inept first-person shooters are very popular, as are Minecraft clones and Five Nights At Freddy’s ripoffs. There are also more than a few dumb Final Fantasy tributes made in RPG Maker. Originality, in general, is in short supply on Steam these days.Last year saw an exciting new genre hit the platform: atrocious VR. Now you can enjoy every played-out genre listed above, but this time with added nausea and eye strain.The Kings Of CrapThe undisputable overlords of the Steam shovelware scene were brothers James and Robert Romine, who churned out cruft under the studio name Digital Homicide. Using the Unity game engine and a bunch of pre-created assets, they produced generic, buggy action titles that somehow made it through Greenlight. In 2016, they churned out thirteen games – and that’s even considering they went out of business in October.Digital Homicide’s path of destruction on Steam is littered with brutally bad reviews where pissed-off gamers point out the shoddy workmanship on display. Their games are woefully simplistic, ugly as hell and insultingly short.What really puts the Romine brothers over the top is their attitude towards criticism. Every platform has haters, and Steam is no different. But while most developers read user comments and think about how they could improve their games, Digital Homicide went in the other direction and sued the critics. In addition to YouTube pundit Jim Sterling, the company targeted a hundred Steam users in an $18 million suit.Valve finally had enough and booted the Romine brothers off the platform, an unprecedented move. They’re currently trying to level a suit against Valve as well.Rats OffWe’re going to end this Internet Gutter dive with a game that’s so bad it’s wrapped around to become a huge success. Bad Rats is a physics puzzle game that hit Steam in 2009, long before the platform opened up for the shovelware glut we’ve been writing about. No bones about it: it’s terribly bad.Because Steam lets you give games to friends, it became popular to troll other users by gifting them copies of Bad Rats. That then spawned a meme where people wrote the most absurdly glowing, over-the-top reviews possible. All this attention led to the developers actually releasing a (just as bad) sequel in 2016.If you look for games from 2009 that people are still talking about and playing, you’re not likely to find that many. The longevity of Bad Rats is a testament to exactly how goofy Steam is as a service. The fact that a game that is undeniably capital-B bad can become a steady seller that’s found in the libraries of thousands of gamers probably gives a kernel of hope to all the other crap developers out there.Keep on shooting for the stars, guys. We’ll see you in the gutter. Internet Gutter: Crisis ActorsInternet Gutter: Mukbang last_img read more