Rakitic benched for Olympiakos clash

first_imgBarcelona Barcelona team news: Rakitic benched as Catalans face Olympiakos Goal Last updated 2 years ago 01:41 10/19/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Ivan Rakitic Barcelona 12092017 Getty Barcelona UEFA Champions League Barcelona v Olympiakos Piraeus Olympiakos Piraeus The Croatia star is rested and will not start at Camp Nou, with Paulinho picked to play alongside Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets in the middle Ivan Rakitic has been benched as Barcelona continue their Champions League campaign against Olympiakos on Wednesday.Paulinho starts ahead of the Croatia midfielder in the engine room, alongside Sergio Busquets and Andres Iniesta. Rakitic’s absence gives him a much-needed rest, after being almost ever-present for Barcelona and Croatia so far in 2017-18. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Ernesto Valverde is also without Jordi Alba, out with a muscle complaint, meaning Lucas Digne fills in at left-back. Barca are otherwise at near full-strength for the visit of Olympiakos, with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez starting after a strenuous past week with club and country. The pair, who helped Argentina and Uruguay qualify for the World Cup, are joined by Gerard Deulofeu up front at Camp Nou.There is no room, however, for Nelson Semedo, as Sergi Roberto gets the nod from Valverde to start on the right side of defence.Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Pique, Umtiti, Digne; Paulinho, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, Suarez, Deulofeu.Substitutes: Cillessen, Semedo, Rakitic, Denis, Mascherano, Alcacer, Andre GomesOlympiakos: Proto; Elabdellaoui, Botia, Nikolaou, Koutris; Gillet, Romao, Zdjelar; Carcela-Gonzalez, Odjidja, Androutsos.last_img read more

Carvajal suspended for intentional yellow card

first_imgReal Madrid Carvajal to miss Champions League last-16 first leg for intentional yellow card Stephen Creek Last updated 1 year ago 04:01 12/8/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) danicarvajal-cropped Getty Images Real Madrid APOEL v Real Madrid APOEL UEFA Champions League The Real Madrid defender has been given a two-match ban by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body Real Madrid defender Dani Carvajal will miss the first leg of his side’s Champions League last-16 tie after being suspended for two matches by the UEFA Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) for an intentional yellow card.The CEDB launched an investigation after Carvajal was booked for delaying a throw-in during stoppage time near the end of Madrid’s 6-0 victory over APOEL in the Champions League on November 21.The booking was Carvajal’s third in the competition this season and it meant that the 25-year-old was suspended for Madrid’s final Group H game against Borussia Dortmund, which they won 3-2. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Had he escaped punishment, Carvajal would have been eligible to return to Champions League action when the knock-out stage commences in February, but the CEDB’s decision means he will miss the first leg of Madrid’s round-of-16 tie.A statement released by the CEDB said: “The CEDB has decided to suspend the Real Madrid CF player Dani Carvajal for two (2) UEFA competition matches for which he would be otherwise eligible.”Given that the Real Madrid CF player Dani Carvajal did not participate in the match Real Madrid vs Borussia Dortmund played on 6 December 2017, the player still has to serve one (1) UEFA competition match for which he would be otherwise eligible.”Carvajal was in the starting line-up for three of Madrid’s six group games, helping them to finish second in Group H behind Tottenham.last_img read more

10 months agoSevilla ready bid for Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Sevilla ready bid for Chelsea striker Alvaro Morataby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSevilla are ready to bid for Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata.The Mirror says Sevilla sporting director Joaquin Caparros has sounded out Morata’s representatives and they are trying to persuade Chelsea to do a deal this month.The Spanish club are offering a loan deal worth £5m until the summer when they will pay £35m plus add-ons for the Spain international.Morata has become disillusioned at Chelsea after falling out of favour with Maurizio Sarri.But Chelsea are still reluctant to let Morata go without strengthening their own squad first. last_img

4 days agoArsenal boss Emery fumes over Sokratis penalty call: Where was VAR?

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Arsenal boss Emery fumes over Sokratis penalty call: Where was VAR?by Freddie Taylor4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveUnai Emery believes Arsenal were robbed of a clear penalty against Sheffield United on Monday night. The Blades won the match 1-0 thanks to a first-half strike from Lys Mousset.But Emery says the Gunners were unlucky not to have a chance to equalise from the penalty spot after Sokratis was fouled in the box.He told Sky Sports: “The scorer was with our goalkeeper and we had three players free to attack the ball. They gave us a key moment – the goal and another one when we should have had a clear penalty on Sokratis.”Bukayo Saka drives forward but I do not know if it was a penalty. It is a hard action for a yellow card. With VAR, the foul on Sokratis should have been reviewed. it was clear but we have to accept it.” last_img read more

Labour Ministry Officials to Tour Businesses During Workers Week

first_imgAs part of National Workers Week activities this year, representatives of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security will tour several businesses that have benefited from the interventions of the Jamaica Productivity Centre (JPC).The interventions have focused on issues such as waste reduction, energy conservation, productivity-linked wage systems, and non-monetary compensation systems.Speaking at the launch of National Labour Day 2013 and National Workers Week on Monday, May 13, at Jamaica House, Portfolio Minister, Hon. Derrick Kellier, said that the Ministry’s main focus this year is on achieving “a productivity revolution”.“Hence, we intend to get into the workplace to see exactly what is happening and see what the interventions of the Jamaica Productivity Centre have been achieving,” he stated.He informed that on May 16, there will be a tour of the Jamaica Bedding Company, as well as a facility on Slipe Road in Kingston, where several small businesses operate. The tours will begin three days before the official start of Workers Week, which will be observed from May 19 to May 23.The JPC is the national organisation responsible for promoting and facilitating productivity enhancement at the national, sectoral, industry and enterprise levels.It is a tripartite organisation comprising the Ministry, Jamaica Confederation of Trade Unions and the Jamaica Employers’ Federation.The Minister, in the meantime, is urging the society to use the occasion of Workers Week 2013 to reflect on ways in which persons can exercise greater support and voluntary action towards the vulnerable.He also encouraged that Labour Day 2013 be used “as a public manifestation of our care and concern for the less fortunate by lending a hand to build our land.”“Let us exercise maximum volunteerism this Labour Day. Let us touch the areas of deepest impact in the lives of our vulnerable brothers, sisters and children. Let us highlight their strengths over their weaknesses, let us fortify their faith in humanity, especially our humanity,” he encouraged.The Ministry will also be using the electronic and print media to get its message of volunteerism and workers rights to the public.President of the Jamaica Civil Service Association (JCSA), Oneil Grant, who brought greetings, noted that although the workers have come a far way, the struggle continues.“We need to come to a point where we have dialogue; where we consider the people, who work for us not as cold machines that just churn out productivity, but as persons who have needs, persons who are impacted by what is in their environment and this will impact the work that they do,” Mr. Grant said.Labour Day and Workers Week 2013 are being celebrated under the theme: ‘Lend a Hand…Build Our Land’.Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, informed that the national project will be the St. Mary Infirmary in Port Maria.She also pointed out that the launch of Labour Day and Workers’ Week 2013 is being celebrated against two significant milestones – the 40th anniversary of the declaration of Labour Day by late former Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Michael Manley, and the 75th anniversary of the birth of the modern trade union movement, following the labour riots of 1938.Contact: Andrea Brahamlast_img read more

La province célèbre les services en français et la Journée internationale de

first_imgLes membres de la communauté acadienne et francophone de la Nouvelle-Écosse se sont joints aux représentants du gouvernement à Halifax, aujourd’hui 20 mars, pour célébrer les améliorations aux services en français offerts par la province. Le ministre des Affaires acadiennes, Chris d’Entremont, affirme que les gains ont été réalisés grâce à un partenariat entre le gouvernement et les membres de la communauté. « Les Acadiens et les francophones nous indiquent quels sont les services gouvernementaux qui, selon eux, doivent prioritairement être offerts en français, et nous répondons à ces priorités, » a déclaré M. d’Entremont. « Les Néo-Écossais reçoivent maintenant plus de services en français que jamais, que ce soit en personne, par téléphone et par Internet. La Journée internationale de la Francophonie constitue l’événement idéal pour souligner ces progrès et remercier les personnes concernées. » La Journée internationale de la Francophonie a débuté en 1998 pour permettre aux membres de la Francophonie de célébrer leur lien commun, la langue française, ainsi que leur diversité. La Francophonie est formée de 56 États et gouvernements membres qui utilisent la langue française. Des événements ont lieu partout dans le monde dans le cadre de cette journée. La Loi sur les services en français de la Nouvelle-Écosse a été adoptée en 2004. Le règlement en vertu de la loi est entré en vigueur à la fin de l’année 2006. « Nous avons vraiment travaillé en équipe pour répondre aux besoins de la communauté, » a dit M. d’Entremont. « Et bien qu’il y ait encore du travail à faire, je reconnais que des premiers pas très importants ont été fait. » M. d’Entremont a également souligné qu’il présentera un rapport d’étape sur les services en français au cours des prochaines semaines.last_img read more

Tough start to 2019 for stocks after weak data from China

first_imgNEW YORK — Global stocks are falling to start 2019 after more shaky economic news from China. The stock market turned volatile late in 2018 as investors grew increasingly worried about threats to global economic growth, and those concerns could define the market’s path new year as well.A government survey and one by a major business magazine showed Chinese manufacturing weakened in December as global and domestic demand both cooled. That weighed on big exporters Wednesday, with technology companies like Microsoft and Netflix and industrials like Boeing and Caterpillar taking sharp losses. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 300 points.The major U.S. indexes and the global market are coming off their worst year in a decade. The benchmark S&P 500 fell 6 per cent last year, its first substantial loss since 2008, and it’s fallen more than 15 per cent since late September. Many other stock indexes around the world fared even worse last year as traders saw signs the global economy was growing at a slower clip after a few years of strength.From September through the end of December, investors became more and more worried that challenges including U.S.-China trade tensions, rising interest rates, and political uncertainty could slow the economy and company profits more dramatically, and possibly tip the U.S. economy and the global economy into a recession. The U.S. economy has been expanding for almost a decade, and stocks have risen steadily over that time.The S&P 500 index fell 30 points, or 1.2 per cent, to 2,476 as of 9:45 a.m. Eastern time. The Dow fell 311 points, or 1.3 per cent, to 23,023. The Nasdaq composite dropped 96 points, or 1.5 per cent, to 6,538.The Russell 2000 index, which tracks smaller companies, shed 20 points, or 1.5 per cent, to 1,327. Most markets were closed on Tuesday for the New Years’ Day holiday.France’s CAC 40 fell 1.4 per cent and Germany’s DAX retreated 0.6 per cent. London’s FTSE 100 was down 0.7 per cent. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng tumbled 2.8 per cent and Seoul’s Kospi gave up 1.5 per cent. Tokyo’s markets were closed.Prices on long-term government bonds rose, a sign investors had concerns about economic growth and were looking for safer options. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.65 per cent from 2.69 per cent. The yield on the 2-year Treasury note fell to 2.48 per cent from 2.49 per cent.Among technology companies, Microsoft gave up 1.9 per cent to $99.60 and Apple fell 1.8 per cent to $154.88. Industrials were also weak, with Boeing down 2.2 per cent to $315.26 and Caterpillar falling 2.3 per cent to $124.16. Among internet stocks, Netflix shed 3.6 per cent to $258 and Alphabet, the parent company of Google, lost 1.2 per cent to $1,032.Benchmark U.S. crude lost 1.8 per cent to $44.59 per barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, slumped 1.4 per cent to $53.05 per barrel in London. Oil prices fell sharply over the last three months of 2018 as investors reacted to the possibility of weaker demand for energy as economic growth slowed.All 11 of the stock groups that make up the S&P 500 were lower Wednesday morning. All but two of them finished last year with losses, as health care and utility companies made small gains.Electric car maker Tesla sank after its fourth-quarter vehicle deliveries fell short of Wall Street projections. The company also says it’s cutting the prices of its three different cars by $2,000 each to help customers handle the gradual phase-out of federal electric vehicle tax credits. The stock gave up 9.4 per cent to $301.65.The dollar fell to 109.31 yen from 109.61 yen. The euro fell to $1.1369 from $1.1445. The British pound slid to $1.2602 from $1.2752.____AP Markets Writer Marley Jay can be reached at http://twitter.com/MarleyJayAPMarley Jay, The Associated Presslast_img read more

CID tells court no evidence to back claims on Dr Shafi

The Criminal Investigations Department (CID) has informed court today that there was no evidence to back the allegations made against Dr. Shafi Shihabdeen, the doctor attached to the Kurunegala Teaching Hospital.Lawyers appearing for Dr. Shafi told the Colombo Gazette that the CID made the submission to court when the case was heard today in Kurunegala. The CID had also informed court that reports by some media on the allegations against the doctor were false.Dr. Shafi Shihabdeen has already filed a Fundamental Rights petition in court against his arrest.The case has been postponed by two weeks. (Colombo Gazette) The CID had submitted a report to court based on the investigations conducted by the OIC of the CID Gang Robberies Branch, IP Nishantha Silva. However, the CID said that there was no evidence to prove the allegations.The CID had also said that it will seek approval to lift the Detention Order (DO) on Dr. Shafi. The doctor, who is now in CID custody, had been accused of illegally sterilizing several women during operations he had conducted, preventing them from being able to give birth again. read more

UN calls on Israel to stop violating Lebanese air space

Expressing concern at the large number of violations, the office of Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Personal Representative, Staffan de Mistura, noted that five such incidents were recorded yesterday, and a further eight today. No anti-aircraft fire was reported. “These breaches of Lebanese airspace disturb a calm that has prevailed over recent weeks,” the office said in a statement released in Beirut. “The United Nations renews its call on Israel to cease these violations and reminds all parties that one violation cannot not justify another.” Mr. de Mistura issued a similar warning a month ago.

BC auditor general questions governments surplus calculations

B.C. auditor general questions government’s surplus calculations by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 28, 2017 4:25 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 28, 2017 at 5:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VICTORIA – British Columbia’s auditor general is raising questions about the way the provincial government records revenue it receives from the federal government.Carol Bellringer’s office is taking issue with the surplus recorded for the 2015-16 fiscal year in the annual report on the government’s public accounts.The government recorded revenues of $47.6 billion and reported expenses of $46.9 billion, leaving a surplus of about $700 million.The auditor general’s office says it disagrees with that amount, because revenue from federal government transfers for capital assets was deferred.Bellringer says this is the fourth year in a row that her office has differed with the government on the way it records funding from other levels of government.She has previously concluded that the government should have recorded a higher annual surplus and that over time the government has inappropriately deferred a total of $4.2 billion.“As we have stated in previous reports, this practice of recording revenue … clouds the true financial health of the province,” Bellringer says in the report. “Also, when the province’s financial statements differ from Canadian public sector accounting standards, it reduces their comparability, understandability and usefulness.”In response to the audit, the acting comptroller general says the province’s approach to its financial statements is consistent with accounting standards used by senior levels of government in Canada.“Governments fund the capital requirements of public sector entities through grants that are restricted for a specific purpose such as the construction of a school, hospital or highway,” Carl Fischer said.“Those contributions have been recorded as a liability rather than revenue when received because it best represents the ongoing obligation of the recipient to deliver the service to taxpayers for the useful life of the asset.”The annual audit looks at the financial statements of the province after the government combines the results of more than 140 public organizations — such as Crown corporations, colleges and school districts — to determine whether they are fairly presented based on accounting standards for the public sector.The report also found that the B.C. Lottery Corp. took in $3.1 billion in revenue in 2015-16. It says the lottery corporation paid out 24 cents in cash prizes for every dollar it took in.The government also earned $372 million in the sale of assets in the last fiscal year. read more

Only small changes to tax code in federal budget expert

A pretty boring budget.That’s how one tax expert summed up the document presented by the Trudeau government Wednesday, but there are still some changes coming that will affect families and small business owners.Kevin Steinstra, senior tax manager with Grant Thornton, says there was some expectation we could have seen more changes but he says the fact we didn’t may be part of the Donald Trump effect.“They don’t want to start increasing taxes if the U.S. government is going to be reducing taxes because then it could put us at a competitive disadvantage with them,” he explained.Steinstra says the government really seemed to focus on tax fairness.“Having, it appears, the wealthier Canadians and business owners pay their fair share of tax and to stop certain tax loopholes that might be available for the rich that aren’t available for the average Canadian,” he said, referring to a tax planning strategy which allows business owners to pay spouses and adult children income to reduce taxes.The Liberals did get rid of the public transit tax credit. Steinstra says that’s in line with what we’ve seen from this government.“Last year they started eliminating the child fitness tax credit – it got more or less cut in half for the 2016 tax year, and now that’s going to be eliminated in 2017,” he said.He believes to some degree the tax code continues to get more complex for businesses but on the personal tax side, things may be getting easier. by Jonathan Muma Posted Mar 23, 2017 7:08 am MDT Last Updated Mar 23, 2017 at 7:10 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email (Pexel) Only small changes to tax code in federal budget: expert Related Stories Calgary’s mayor pleased with federal budgetHighlights from 2017 federal budget read more

Mens Basketball No 17 Ohio State welcomes Indiana in first matchup of

Ohio State redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop (33) works his way into the lane in the first half of the game against Penn State on Jan. 25 in the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorNo. 17 Ohio State (18-5, 9-1 Big Ten) suffered a devastating loss at home to Penn State, falling 82-79 on a buzzer-beating, near-half-court shot from guard Tony Carr for its first Big Ten loss of the season.After four days of rest, which ties their longest break of the season, the Buckeyes will try to get back in the win column at 7 p.m. Tuesday when they welcome Indiana (12-10, 5-5 Big Ten) to the Schottenstein Center.Projected StartersIndiana:G — Josh Newkirk — Redshirt senior, 6-foot-1, 195 lbs., 8.1 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.9 apgG — Zach McRoberts — Redshirt junior, 6-foot-6, 205 lbs., 2.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.5 apgG — Robert Johnson — Senior, 6-foot-3, 195 lbs., 14.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 2.5 apgF — Juwan Morgan — Junior, 6-foot-8, 230 lbs., 16.3 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.2 apgF — Justin Smith — Freshman, 6-foot-7, 220 lbs., 5.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 0.3 apgOhio State:G — C.J. Jackson — Junior, 6-foot-1, 175 lbs., 13.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 4.4 apgG — Kam Williams — Redshirt senior, 6-foot-2, 185 lbs., 8.0 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 0.6 apgF — Keita Bates-Diop — Redshirt junior, 6-foot-7, 235 lbs., 19.9 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 1.3 apgF — Jae’Sean Tate — Senior, 6-foot-4, 230 lbs., 12.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.8 apgC — Kaleb Wesson — Freshman, 6-foot-9, 270 lbs., 11.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.1 apgMiller vs. HoltmannBefore accepting the head coaching position at Indiana, Archie Miller was Dayton’s head coach from 2011 to 2017 and an Ohio State assistant coach under Thad Matta from 2007 to 2009. His Ohio roots made him appear to be the most-likely successor when Ohio State and Matta parted ways.However, Miller took the Indiana job in March, three months before Matta was fired by Ohio State. Five days after Matta‘s tenure ended, Ohio State hired former Butler head coach Chris Holtmann to run the sputtering program.Indiana was not exactly a program coming off a sterling 2016-17 season. But given Ohio State’s losses of Trevor Thompson, JaQuan Lyle and Marc Loving, most people viewed the Hoosiers as the more potent Big Ten team. Instead, the Hoosiers have trudged through an inconsistent season while Ohio State has become a surprise Big Ten title contender. Still, it is too early for either coach’s tenure to be judged. But the rapid rise of the Buckeyes and the tradition of the Hoosiers makes Tuesday’s game the first installment of a new-era matchup between two coaches assigned with the task of getting their programs back to the top. Holtmann said he has not put too much thought into the narrative of the game between two of college basketball’s up-and-coming coaches, but knows those conversations will circulate around the programs.“Obviously, there were, what, three new coaches in the league. So to some degree, you recognize that there’s always going to be some comparison when you have three new coaches in the league,” Holtmann said. “How are they doing? What’s their year shaped up like? And I’m sure that will continue in the years to come.”Scouting IndianaIndiana has been involved in a number of close games lately, with each of its past three games being decided by single digits. Unfortunately for the Hoosiers, two of those were losses, including a 73-71 defeat at home to a middling Illinois team. Miller’s squad has been strong in the interior, shooting with 54.2 percent on 2-point field goals and holding teams to just 47.9 percent inside the 3-point arc. Both percentages place the Hoosiers in the top-100 teams in the nation. Outside the perimeter has been a different story. The Hoosiers have allowed opponents to shoot 37.8 percent from 3-point range, 297th-best in the country. Offensively, they have only mustered a 30.5 percent 3-point shooting percentage, which is 335th-best out of 351 total teams. Forward Juwan Morgan, who typically starts at center, leads the Hoosiers with both 16.3 points and 7.1 rebounds per game this season. Like the team, he has struggled to shoot from 3-point range with only a 26.5 percent clip, but has shot 65.2 percent inside the perimeter.While Ohio State does not rely on 3-point shooting, it is a team that can shoot from beyond the arc with accuracy. The Buckeyes’ 3-point percentage of 36.3 percent is the 113th-highest rate in the country. They also defend teams well, both outside the arc (34.1 percent allowed) and inside (46.1 percent allowed). With interior defenders like redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop and freshman center Kaleb Wesson, Ohio State will force the Hoosiers to find production outside of the paint and will make Miller rely more heavily on his guards than usual. read more

Revealed The First World War through childrens eyes

first_imgYou can view the full archives online by visiting  The First World War through the eyes of London’s Jewish children.  They were found on top of a cupboard at the LJS in the 1980s during a refurbishment, only to be put back into storage again, this time in a damp basement. In 2014 the synagogue’s archivist, Sharon Lewison, re-discovered the collection. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The tranche of documents, which are now being showcased as part of a digital archive aimed at capturing and preserving stories of London’s Jews in the First World War, are a compilation of work by pupils aged between eight and 16 from the religion classes of the Liberal Jewish Synagogue (LJS) in St John’s Wood, north London.Ian Cooke, head of contemporary British publications at the British Library, said that such a large collection of children’s work from the war era is extremely rare.“In our own collection at the British Library we only have two accounts written by children about a Zeppelin raid in London, but I’ve never seen anything else like this from Britain,” he said.“The chances of children’s work surviving 100 years is pretty slight. “You tend to find school photos, or the propaganda messages aimed at children, but not actually work done by children. To actually preserve children’s voices like this is very rare.” It has undergone extensive restoration over the past three years and will now go on display for the first time in a century as part of a online digital archive, set up by a Heritage Lottery funded project called London Jews in the First World War.Project Director Alan Fell said that the discovery “exceeded all expectations”, adding: “We feel privileged to be able to provide the vehicle to bring it to public view”.One picture, by Sybil Izbicki, shows a young girl in a red dress with tears rolling down her face, pointing to a sign which says “Your King and Country need 10,000 men”, as she asks “why wasn’t I born a man?”Another drawing, by Alice Engelbert, is titled “The Judgement Day: The Kaiser crowned by sin” and shows the German Kaiser dressed in military garb with spikes coming out of his boots and belt.The Kaiser ponders whether to “confess all my sins before the Almighty”, but resolves “perhaps I had better go to the devil because he has always been my best friend and advisor all my life.” Why wasn't I born a man? By Sybil Izbicki Dr Tim Powell, a senior advisor at the National Archives, said the children’s work is “lively and engaging”. He added: “The First World War features prominently in the pages and through the contributions we get a sense of popular perceptions of and reactions to the war among a section of the youth of London”.LJS senior rabbi Alexandra Wright said: “These extraordinary volumes reveal the views and thoughts of young LJS Londoners experiencing hostilities, a century ago. We should listen to their voices and recognise their courage and their loss of innocence as war consumes their world.” "Kaiser Bill", poem by Israel Leslie; illustration by E Yeatman Woolf "War time extravagance", a sketch by Doris Englebert “The Judgement Day” by Alice EngelbertCredit:London Jews in the First World War “War time extravagance”, a sketch by Doris EnglebertCredit:London Jews in the First World War Why wasn’t I born a man? By Sybil IzbickiCredit:London Jews in the First World War After the war, the  two bound volumes of work, titled Side Issues of the Religion Classes, had been placed in storage boxes, where they had been gathering dust for decades.  “Kaiser Bill”, poem by Israel Leslie; illustration by E Yeatman WoolfCredit:London Jews in the First World War "To The Kaiser": a poem by Joe Links, aged 11 “To The Kaiser”: a poem by Joe Links, aged 11Credit:London Jews in the First World War "The Judgement Day" by Alice Engelbert An extraordinary collection of children’s poems, essays and drawings created during the First World War is to be exhibited for the first time, after being lost and forgotten about for decades.Two bound manuscripts of work from 1915 and 1916 offer a remarkable insight into children’s perceptions of the British war effort, both on the battlefields and on the home front.They include a picture of a young girl crying because she cannot join men in fighting for her country, and a cartoon of the German Kaiser “crowned by sin”. Included in the works is a poem by 11-year-old Joe Links who dedicates it to “His Hopelessly Imperial Insane Majesty Mad Kaiser Wilhelm II”.The opening verse of his poem, written in purple ink and illustrated with a sleeping Tommy, reads: “Kaiser Bill, Kaiser Bill; You must really take a pill; For your ways are really getting quite annoying; You are clucking like a hen; And dismissing all your men; And with the whole wide world you are toying.”last_img read more

Trump ready to tax all Chinese imports

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTrump announces $50bn in China tariffsMarch 22, 2018In “World”China hits back in trade war with USMay 13, 2019In “latest news”IMF’s Lagarde warns of worse trade hit to global economyNovember 28, 2018In “World” (BBC) President Donald Trump says he is ready to intensify his trade war with China by slapping tariffs on all $500bn of imports from the country.U.S. President Donald Trump“I’m ready to go to 500,” he said in an interview with the CNBC channel.Mr Trump’s comments come before the most recent round of US tariffs has had time to take effect.Last week, Washington listed $200bn (£150bn) worth of additional Chinese products it intends to place tariffs on as soon as September.The list named more than 6,000 items including food products, minerals and consumer goods such as handbags, to be subject to a 10% tariff.It is still under public consultation, to last until the end of August.US ‘penalized’The President has also been complaining that a strengthening dollar has been hurting US business.In a series of tweets he blamed the higher dollar on currency “manipulation” by China and the European Union.Mr Trump also criticised the US Federal Reserve for raising interest rates.“The United States should not be penalized because we are doing so well. Tightening now hurts all we have done,” he said in a tweet.The US and China have already imposed tit-for-tat tariffs of $34bn on each other’s goods. The President’s threat to raise that to $500bn represents a major escalation.“We’re down a tremendous amount,” Mr Trump told CNBC, reiterating his view that China’s trade surplus with the US amounts to unfair trading practices.When asked if the move might cause a stock market sell-off, he responded: “Well, if it does, it does. Look, I’m not doing this for politics. I’m doing this to do this right thing for our country.”The US also wants China to stop practices that allegedly encourage transfer of intellectual property – design and product ideas – to Chinese companies, such as requirements that foreign firms share ownership with local partners to access the Chinese market.Mr Trump has previously hinted at such an escalation, telling reporters two weeks ago that there was “$300bn in abeyance” after the $200bn of goods covered by the latest list, but this is his most explicit threat yet.Many companies in the US are opposed to the administration’s use of tariffs against China, saying they risk hurting business and the economy without being likely to change behaviour.European stock markets fell after the interview was broadcast, with the FTSE 100 down 0.4% in afternoon trade.“It’s proof, if it were needed, that the president is prepared to go all the way in the trade war to exact concessions from China, which simply cannot match the US firepower,” said Neil Wilson, chief market analyst for Markets.com.“In light of the EU and others saying they are ready to respond to tariffs on cars, the stakes are rising fast. Whether we get to the point where there is a full-blown trade war remains debatable, but the odds are shortening by the day.” read more

296 garda retirements in 2013 and 100 station closures

first_imgALMOST 300 GARDAÍ retired from the force last year, of which 279 were voluntary retirements, 11 compulsory and six came under the gardaí’s cost neutral early retirement scheme.The latest figures for garda staff levels show that by the end of last year, the garda force was 13,093 strong, including 1,860 sergeants and 270 inspectors.The total strength – including garda reserves (1,164) and civilian support staff (2,071) – was 16,328.Forty-four gardaí availed of the garda career break scheme last year, a 10% increase on 2012. Under the scheme, gardaí can take unpaid leave for between six months and five years for family, educational or other personal reasons.The Garda Annual Report for 2013 shows a jump in gardaí taking parental leave last year, from 174 in 2012 to 214. Meanwhile, 413 gardaí took paid maternity leave and 117 unpaid maternity leave.Last year, 100 garda stations were closed and 28 districts amalgamated, bringing the total station closures and amalgamations to date to 139 and 32 respectively.The first garda recruitment in five years got underway late last year and 100 candidates are due to start their two-year training programme in September. The Public Appointments Service received over 20,000 applications for the 100 spaces.Read: Nearly 8,000 people were reported missing last year, 298 remain untraced >Commissioner: The guards are damaged and hurting – but we aren’t broken >last_img read more

Review Borderlands 2

first_imgIt takes a lot for a first person shooter to really set itself apart from the swarm nowadays. During the E3 presentations this year it felt like all of the shooters just blended together into one amorphous blob of shipping containers and jungle scenes. Borderlands was an FPS in a league of its own, not so much because it was a superior game in any particularly relevant way, but because you could easily pick the game out of a lineup.There’s no doubting what game you are looking at when you see a screen from Borderlands. And the original proved so popular that a sequel has been made, bringing four new Vault Hunters back to Pandora in search of a new Vault. Borderlands 2 is a bizarre return to a bizarre world, but done is such a way that old and new fans of the original will love it.If you played the original Borderlands, this new sequel will feel immediately comfortable. Very little about the actual gameplay has changed. Everything on the HUD is in mostly the same place, save for an infinitely more helpful mini map in the top right corner. Even the story told at the beginning of the game comes right out and says that much of history is repeating itself. You are a Vault Hunter, returning to Pandora to locate the secret treasures and riches found within a new and somehow better vault. Before the actual gameplay starts you are introduced to Handsome Jack, your new villain, as well as the seemingly magical AI that is guiding you to save Pandora. It’s all very familiar to Borderlands players, but that doesn’t stop you from marching right in and killing everything that stands in your way.Each of the four characters have been tweaked quite a bit from the original types, but still offer fairly similar gameplay experiences. The Siren’s special abilities, for example, have been modified to only work on one enemy at a time. The new Assassin class has taken the position of the Siren in the previous game, focusing on stealth and decoys to make the quick and silent kill. The Gunzerker is a heavier weapons adjustment to the original Beserker, allowing for the occasional dual wielding of just about anything. Finally, the Commando class feels just a bit watered down now that the Turret doesn’t have the ability to shield you until later in the game. It’s clear by playing with each of these characters for a bit that these tweaks are designed to encourage a balanced multiplayer game, instead of four players running the same power build.Despite looking and feeling very much like the original Borderlands, this sequel is absolutely filled with polish. The animations for Second Wind experiences, as well as the animations for resurrecting into your New-U have been greatly improved. The driving experience when in vehicles has greatly improved as well, allowing you to drive even at high speeds with much greater control of the vehicle. Even the cutscenes look much better than the original Borderlands, but all of this was done without straying from the almost cell shaded animation that has made this game so unique. It’s a really bizarre experience to be able to say that everything feels the same, but at the same time everything has been improved upon.Borderlands 2 has captured the continuous gameplay experience that the original game stumbled on a bit. The beginning of the game features exactly zero of the “kill x creatures and report back” type of grinding. Instead, the plot offers you what feels like a simple objective and then puts half a dozen smaller challenges in front of you until you reach that original goal. The game flows remarkably well, pitting you against groups of enemies in various stages of difficulty, each time forcing you to think about what weapons you have equipped to take out the bad guy. The slower parts in between these skirmishes are spent either purchasing better equipment, or re-organizing your weapon layout for the next fight. By the time you get to the first real boss fight, you’ve gained a more than appropriate handle on which weapons are the best against which enemy.Like the original, the scenery in Borderlands 2 is mostly indestructible. While you can benefit from this with the understanding that the tank that just rolled up on you can’t shoot past the 2″ bar in between him and you, it’s more than a little frustrating when a flag waving in the breeze catches your sniper fire. To help add a little balance in this situation, there are new environment variables that can be used both against you and to your advantage. There are exploding tanks that spray fire in every direction, barrels full of corrosive materials that can deal damage through your shields, and trees that behave like Tesla coils when shot or run into. It only takes being affected by these variables once or twice before you pay closer attention to them, but your enemies in game never quite seem to remember not to hide behind them.Gearbox Studios has pulled off what very few sequels are able to, which is to make the next title just as much fun as the first without messing with the core game. Borderlands 2 is every bit as violent, engaging, and hilariously vulgar as the original. The core game is far from all there is to do, especially since we already know that there are at least four DLC additions being released, and eventually including a whole new player class.For $60 on PS3, Xbox 360, and PC, Borderlands 2 is well on its way to being one of the best games released this year.last_img read more

Phil Hogan I think Irish Water has seen the test of time

first_img 104 Comments Sunday 23 Apr 2017, 5:42 PM Apr 23rd 2017, 5:42 PM Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article I’m talking about the entity which is a centralisation of the 34 local authorities. We pooled their work into a centralised agency called Irish Water. Remember Ivan, when I took over the job as Minister for the Environment, we were within six to 12 months of having no water for 250,000 households in Dublin. We had a web summit that you could not guarantee the people that would visit this country would have a shower.Yates then said that a lot of people see Hogan as the “bogeyman” in Irish Water, and asked him if he had any regrets. Hogan responded:I think Irish Water has seen the test of time. It has come through the difficulties of any particular organisation that has been established and it’s now able to stand…The presenter interrupted to ask if he had “not one single regret”, but Hogan said that he would have that conversation in the future, but he wouldn’t have it right now.Read: Citizens’ Assembly recommends abortion to be allowed without restrictions up to 12 weeksRead: Bishop says new maternity hospital should obey rules of Catholic Church https://jrnl.ie/3354644 Image: Mark Stedman/Photocall Irelandcenter_img Share Tweet Email2 Short URL FORMER MINISTER OF the Environment Phil Hogan has said that Irish Water “has seen the test of time” and refused to say whether he had any regrets on the setting up of the semi-state entity.Irish Water was formally registered as a company in 2013, but the issue of water charges has plagued successive governments since.After years of public outcry and political wrangling, a final report from the Oireachtas Committee on Water Charges this month recommended that water charges be rolled back with people only charged for excessive usage.Irish Water is here to stay, however, with householders who waste water eligible to receive a bill from the water utility company in the future.This comedown from charging all households for water has seen the suspension of water meter installations in houses.Hogan, who was Minister of the Environment when Irish Water was set up, faced a string of headaches with the various scandals at the company. He is now employed as the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development.Speaking to Yates on Sunday, with Ivan Yates, on Newstalk today, Hogan defended his record on Irish Water, saying that it was essential to set up and that it’s doing a good job.He said: “All of the various experts including yourself who said that Irish Water was a disaster. It’s still there and it’s doing a good job.”When Yates put it to Hogan that Irish Water’s revenue base was a “disaster” and “doesn’t exist”, the former minister said the company managed to successfully integrate services across the country. He said: By Sean Murray 21,478 Views Phil Hogan: ‘I think Irish Water has seen the test of time’ Ivan Yates said that people see Hogan as the “bogeyman of Irish Water” in a radio interview today.last_img read more

Explainer What does the European Commissioner for Trade do and why is

first_imgExplainer: What does the European Commissioner for Trade do and why is the role important? Phil Hogan will begin a second 5-year term as Ireland’s commissioner in Europe – this time for trade. Phil Hogan in Berlin, January 2019. Tuesday 10 Sep 2019, 4:55 PM AFTER SPENDING FIVE years as EU commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Phil Hogan has today been announced as the new commissioner for trade by incoming commission president Ursula von der Leyen. Each country within the EU nominates a commissioner and earlier this year the former Fine Gael TD for Carlow-Kilkenny was chosen for a second time, this time by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.The new president of the commission has delegated 26 portfolios to the commissioners nominated by each EU member state – these briefs vary from jobs and economy to health, equality, and transport.Each commissioner will work with a team of experts and policymakers to promote the EU’s agenda for their respective portfolio, which they will oversee and act as the face of. So today, with Ireland’s commissioner taking over trade we’re looking at what exactly the EU Commissioner for Trade does and why the role is so important.The face of trade in EuropePhil Hogan will act as the face of trade in Europe for the next five years.He is expected to visit each of the member states within the first six months of his term, and will thereafter meet with national parliaments and take part in citizen dialogues and government meetings across the EU27.  As terms of new and existing trade deals are negotiated, the commissioner will be responsible for heading up discussions and securing the best deals for the single market. As it stands, the EU has the largest web of trade agreements in the world, with around 70 deals in place across five continents. It also has more than a dozen ongoing trade deals under negotiation at this moment including deals with North America, Latin America and China. These trade deals have a massive knock on effect in terms of job creation – as many as 31 million jobs are created as a result of exports and trade agreements between Europe and other trading partners. Hogan’s appointment today to the Trade portfolio comes at a time when the Mercosur deal with Latin America sits at the top of the agenda, alongside the proposals on how to handle trade with Britain when it leaves the EU (and whether that’s with or without a deal). As a result, some experts in the field of EU relations, have suggested Hogan’s new role will be one of the most important in the EU over the next few years. “The EU is one of the largest, if not the largest, trading [blocs] in the world, it is a massive market for anyone looking to sell into Europe, let’s be honest,” Dr Aidan Regan, Assistant Professor in the School of Politics and International Relations at UCD said.“Let’s assume there is an orderly withdrawal of Britain from the EU, let’s just assume that for a minute. That obviously gives them huge influence, it’s about setting the agenda… and particularly where we are in the politics at the minute is important. “There’s a protectionist turn in the US, so the EU’s position on world stage in terms of promoting liberal trade means the commissioner for trade represents the EU in all of these spaces, and in that sense he will be the face of the EU.”So what’s on the agenda for the coming five-year term? Source: Virginia MayoIn her mission statement to Hogan today, Von der Leyen outlined the approach she expects from him over the coming five-year term, including working “towards a positive, balance and mutually beneficial trading partnership”. She also asked him to “step up negotiations with China on a Comprehensive Agreement on investment, with the aim of reaching agreement by the end of 2020″ and to “prioritise our trade and investment partnership with Africa”. On Brexit, she said: “Once there is more clarity, we should be ready to pace the way for an ambitious and strategic partnership with the United Kingdom.”In a series of tweets today, Hogan responded to his appointment saying: “This is undoubtedly one of the most important economic portfolios in the College of Commissioners and the appointment comes at a very important time for the European Union.”“Trade is a political priority for the European Commission and one with which I have been very closely involved during my term as Commissioner for […]Agriculture & Rural Development,” he added. Will Ireland benefit from Hogan’s new role?The former Fine Gael TD has been known to be frank and avoid mincing his words. His appointment, at a time when Irish farmers have been calling for greater protections for the beef industry, has been seen by some as a good thing for Ireland’s interests.In his role as agriculture commissioner, Hogan warned the Mercosur deal should not pave the way for the EU to be flooded by South American and Latin American products to the detriment of Irish and other European farmers.It is in this context that he is perceived as a positive influence for in Europe for Ireland’s interests. “This is a very important portfolio for both the Union and Ireland and his appointment is a clear recognition of the good work Mr Hogan did as agriculture commissioner over the last five years,” Sean Kelly, MEP for Ireland South said.But Regan, the UCD international policy expert, cautioned against jumping to such a conclusion before he has even taken up his new appointment. “Because Phil Hogan is Irish and given his background as agriculture commissioner, there is an assumption that Phil Hogan equals the beef sector in Ireland and that’s not the case,” he said. “He might be a strong advocate for strong competition and free market,so I would not just assume because he is Irish he will somehow be in favour of defending beef interests in Ireland. “It means he will be closer to their concerns and it might be easier for the beef sector to have a meeting with him perhaps or have access to him but I wouldn’t assume anything other than that.”It remains to be seen how Hogan will settle in to his new brief but with Ireland’s economy hugely reliant on the beef sector and the Mercosur deal still to be voted in, the new EU Commissioner for Trade has a lot on his plate to work out.  Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 9,271 Views https://jrnl.ie/4803243 Short URLcenter_img Phil Hogan in Berlin, January 2019. 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OLYMPIC HOUSE OPENED

first_imgBy Sulayman BahThe Gambia National Olympic Committee headquarters which was closed by the State has been finally opened, Foroyaa Sport report.The move to open the headquarters follows an announcement by the National Sports Council after months of intense negotiations.The Gambia Olympic House was forced to cease operations and the staff denied access by security personnel acting on orders ‘from the top’ in April this year in the wake of a series of disputes between the GNOC executive and government.The furore between the two began after the technical arm of government, the Sports Council, questioned the credibility of the NOC’s elections in which Sheriff Jammeh, the incumbent’s rival, for the position of president, boycotted the polls raising issues with the voters’ list.The brouhaha reached a point when the International Olympic Committee warned of meddling into NOC matters and urging affiliate members to instead resolve their differences internally.Matters took a new trajectory after the NOC bureau was stormed and shut down for close to four months with the dust only settling after government and few NOC officials sat on a round-table meeting to reach a peaceful agreement.What was agreed there was not disclosed, but NSC yesterday declared the closed office opened.A press statement from the NSC reads: “The National Sports Council wish to bring to the notice of the general public that following the closure of the Gambia National Olympic Committee’s office some four months ago, as a result of internal differences and wrangles within the GNOC, series of meetings were held with the concerned stakeholders with a view to reaching a peaceful end to their long standing disputes. Considering the difficulties that the athletes and secretariat staff of the GNOC have been going through during this period, the NSC is pleased to announce that a breakthrough has been reached to reopen Olympic House to all essential staff and the general public.In the meantime, the NSC will continue to explore all avenues to work with all concerned stakeholders in order to bring about a final and an amicable end to all internal differences at the GNOC. As the leadership of the country continues to safeguard, protect and promote the general welfare of the youth, particularly the athletes in this case, the NSC therefore solicits the cooperation and support of all in its quest to regularize and develop Gambian sports.”There was still a security presence when this news outlet visited the bureau yesterday afternoon.Efforts to sound the GNOC president Momodou Dibba’s view proved unsuccessful at the time of going to press.]]>last_img read more