A refugee soccer player who was detained in Thailand for three months under threat of extradition to Bahrain shook hands Thursday with Australia’s prime minister, whom he credits with securing his freedom.Three days after he was released from a cramped Bangkok cell, Hakeem al-Araibi was welcomed into Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s ornate office in Parliament House.Morrison and Foreign Minister Marise Payne had repeatedly lobbied the Thai and Bahrain governments on al-Araibi’s behalf for his return to Australia where he is a permanent resident.”Thank you very much. I’m so happy to be back in Australia now and I’m grateful to be here to live in this country,” the 25-year-old said.Morrison said he was pleased al-Araibi had come home and looked forward to him soon becoming an Australian citizen.Al-Araibi had arrived in his home city of Melbourne on Tuesday on a flight from Bangkok where he had been detained since November following an extradition application from his native Bahrain.He came to Parliament House on Thursday morning to watch a soccer match played by lawmakers, supporters and stars of the Australian national women’s team wearing the yellow uniform of Amnesty International and the blue of al-Arabi’s Melbourne team Pascoe Vale Football Club.The former Bahrain national team player watched from the sidelines with the foreign minister, explaining that his hamstrings remained too tight after weeks in a crowded cell to play.The soccer match had been planned as a demonstration of support for al-Araibi when he faced indefinite detention. But instead, it became a celebration of his release.advertisementFormer Australia national team captain Craig Foster had been a leader in the campaign for al-Araibi’s release and played for Pascoe Vale on Thursday.”We’re all very worried about him,” Foster said. “He’s obviously riding on incredible adrenalin and elation. “”I would image … in the next week or two or three, he’s going to need some help. He’s been through an incredible ordeal and I think that’s exacerbated by the fact that he was a torture survivor previously,” Foster added.Al-Araibi has said he was blindfolded and had his legs beaten while he was held in Bahrain previously. He said he believed he was targeted for arrest because of his Shiite faith and because his brother was politically active in Bahrain. Bahrain has a Shiite majority but is ruled by a Sunni monarchy.Bahrain wanted him to serve a 10-year prison sentence in an arson attack that damaged a police station. He has denied those charges and says the case is politically motivated.Al-Araibi was detained by mistake upon arrival in Bangkok on his honeymoon. Interpol rules do not allow refugees to be deported to the countries from where they fled persecution.He was released when Thai authorities shared a letter indicating that Bahrain had withdrawn its request for al-Araibi.Officials in Bahrain said the country “reaffirms its right to pursue all necessary legal actions against” al-Araibi.Al-Araibi says he fled Bahrain because of political repression and that he fears torture if he returns.Also Watch:
Real Madrid 1 Levante 1: Zidane rotations fail, Marcelo sent off as champions draw again Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 20:59 9/9/2017 Getty Images Real Madrid were held to a 1-1 draw by Levante, making it two points from two consecutive home games in LaLiga. A much-changed Real Madrid dropped points for the second LaLiga home game in a row as Levante held them to a 1-1 draw on Saturday.Lucas Vazquez cancelled out Ivi’s surprise opener but it was another frustrating 90 minutes for the champions at the Santiago Bernabeu, as they handed Barcelona another early boost in the title race.Zinedine Zidane’s side drew 2-2 with Valencia prior to the international break and they were once more unconvincing as they failed to take all three points against last season’s LaLiga123 winners, with Marcelo sent off for a petulant kick in the dying minutes. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? 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 Madrid handed first starts of 2017-18 to Theo Hernandez and Marcos Llorente, with Isco, Casemiro and Gareth Bale all on the bench and Luka Modric and Keylor Navas rested entirely following their exploits for their national teams, while Cristiano Ronaldo remained sidelined through suspension.Zidane had stressed the importance of utilising his squad prior to the match but they looked well short of their best against a disciplined visiting side, who kept Madrid restricted to half-chances after Vazquez levelled following Ivi’s early goal.Karim Benzema picked up a suspected hamstring injury and Marcelo saw red late on to compound a poor outing for the home side, who will be four points behind Barca after only three games if Ernesto Valverde’s side win the derby with Espanyol later on Saturday.3 – Real Madrid have received three red cards this season, one more than they had last campaign (2 – all competitions). Strange. pic.twitter.com/hseM9s3lPc— OptaJose (@OptaJose) September 9, 2017The half-full-looking Bernabeu crowd were stunned when Levante took the lead after only 12 minutes, Ivi pouncing on a loose ball and lifting it over Kiko Casilla after the Madrid defence failed to deal with an Ivan Lopez long throw.Matters got worse for Madrid when Benzema hobbled off after slipping when controlling the ball, forcing Zidane to throw on Bale after only 27 minutes.Frustrations were starting to build but the hosts drew level 10 minutes before the break, Vazquez tapping home after Raul Fernandez had just kept out a header from Sergio Ramos, who was back from suspension. @Lucasvazquez91 36′ #RealMadrid 1-1 @LevanteUD pic.twitter.com/xYGSukh89Q— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) September 9, 2017Bale glanced a header narrowly wide but should have done better two minutes later, the Wales international breaching the offside trap but failing to beat Raul from inside the penalty area.The Wales forward nodded over another presentable chance before Zidane decided to try to force the initiative and introduced Isco from the bench just past the hour mark.Madrid’s control of possession did not let up but the end product in attack was becoming increasingly erratic, with Marco Asensio slicing wide after a good run and Dani Carvajal sending a cross from a promising position straight into Raul’s gloves.The Levante keeper endured a nervy moment when he spilled a Carvajal volley before gathering but he produced the save of the match to deny Asensio from inside the penalty area with only eight minutes left.Bale missed another headed opportunity as Madrid poured forward in the dying stages, but it was far too little too late from the European champions ahead of the start of their Champions League defence next week.Marcelo forced another fine save from Raul but was promptly sent off for kicking out at Jefferson Lerma as he attempted a block before Toni Kroos struck the post in stoppage time, leaving Zidane with plenty to ponder ahead of a busy month to come. Key Opta stats:- Real Madrid have scored in their last 71 games in all comps, the longest scoring streak ever in the top five European leagues.- Levante have recorded their first draw at Santiago Bernabeu in LaLiga on their 108th birthday.- Real Madrid have failed to win their two first LaLiga home games for the first time since 1995-96 (three matches).- Toni Kroos has become the fifth German player to reach 100 appearances in LaLiga (Bernd Schuster 316, Uli Stielike 215, Mesut Ozil 105 and Sami Khedira 102). read more
Inter Milan superkid Sebastiano Esposito excited being part of Italy U18 squadby Carlos Volcano16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveInter Milan superkid Sebastiano Esposito is delighted to be part of Italy’s U18 squad.Carmine Nunziata’s young Azzurri are preparing for the U-17 World Cup, which will start on 20 October in Brazil.Esposito told Sky Sport: “I’m really happy to be here, I’m enjoying being part of the National Team and I get on well with all the other guys here. It’s a great honour, a great source of pride to wear the Azzurri shirt. We want to make ourselves known at the World Cup for how we play and for the values of this team.“I have to remain calm and humble and I need to continue to work. Obviously, I have objectives and dreams, such as making my debut in Serie A and winning with both Inter and in the shirt of Italy.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
July 4 is known as Independence Day in America and for Arjen Robben in 2019 the date marked the perfect time to announce his split from the beautiful game.After playing over 500 matches for club and country, the Dutch winger has decided the time is right to fly away into retirement at the age of 35.And with a trophy haul that includes league titles across England, Germany, Netherlands and Spain – who can blame him? Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare While Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have battled it out publicly over the past decade for the crown of world’s best, Robben has operated eloquently in the shadows with his impressive achievements showing he is more than deserving of a place alongside this generation’s greatest. Inevitably wherever the Dutchman has gone in his career, success has always followed.Starting out in the Eredivisie with Groningen in 2000 as a 16-year-old, Robben ended his first season with the club as their player of the year.Sealing a move to PSV two years later, he hit the ground running, scoring 12 goals from 33 matches to taste league success for the first of what would be many times.After attracting interest from Manchester United, the pacey attacker moved to Chelsea in 2004 and despite a number of injuries, still managed to strike seven times as the Blues picked up the Premier League title – something they’d also replicate the following season. Robben’s three years in England ended with him claiming two league titles, two League Cups, one FA Cup and one FA Community Shield – a haul any foreign player today could only dream of. Real Madrid was the winger’s next stop where he once again experienced immediate success as he ended his first season in Spain with a La Liga title.Only one more campaign in Madrid would follow for Robben however with the arrival of Ronaldo among others leaving the Dutchman on the outer. “It was not just Ronaldo. Perez returned as the club’s president. He then bought Ronaldo but also Kaka, Benzema and Xabi Alonso,” Robben told Goal in May. “Real spent so much money and we were told that they needed to make a bit of money back on outgoing transfers.” Humbly bowing to the star power that surrounded him, Robben happily moved to Bayern and once again took very little time to shine as he finished as the club’s top scorer in the 2009-10 season and picked up a Bundesliga title in the process.While domestic success came incredibly easily for Robben, European glory proved a harder nut to crack but one he was always destined to prise open.In the 2012 Champions League final against Chelsea, the winger infamously had an extra-time penalty saved with his former team ultimately triumphing in a shootout. Back in the decider the following year, Robben returned with a vengeance and after setting up the opener, scored an 89th-minute winner as Bayern beat bitter rivals Borussia Dortmund 2-1. It was a man-of-the-match performance to rival any other considering the turmoil the Dutchman had gone through following his penalty miss the year before – with his own fans booing him during an exhibition match between Bayern and the Netherlands played in the aftermath. “For a moment I could not believe what was happening in our own stadium. I was shocked,” Robben said.Down but not out, Robben was always destined to pick himself back up after such disappointment and it was this innate ability to rebound both physically and mentally that ensures he leaves the game as a true legend. Despite playing consistently crucial roles in his team’s success over the years, Robben rarely got the individual recognition he deserved. The fact he never finished in the top three for Ballon d’Or voting is just one example of how the Dutch flyer managed to sneak under the radar. Unbelievably, even after winning the Champions League and a domestic treble in 2013, Robben still somehow finished eighth that year in voting. But for an attacker whose assist tallies were never far off his goal-scoring returns, it’s safe to say Robben was never a player looking for individual recognition. Incidentally, playing for his native Netherlands remains one of his crowning achievements, despite the fact he never lifted a trophy with the Oranje.”It might be a cliche, but there really is no better thing than playing for your own country,” Robben said at his retirement announcement.”In the end, I decided to quit in 2017 after 96 international caps. I got to play six big tournaments and was the captain during my last years with the team.”All together, it’s an unforgettable time that I’ll always cherish.”As one of the more intelligent footballers that have graced the pitch over the past two decades, Robben’s confirmation that he was hanging up his boots had a rather poetic feel to it.”It’s July again. The time for a soccer player to be preparing for the next season. Not me,” Robben said.”I’ve used the last couple of weeks to think things through. As everybody knows I took some time after my last match for Bayern Munich to make up my mind for the future. And now I have decided to end my career as a professional player.”This has been without a doubt the hardest decision I have had to make in my career. A decision in which ‘heart’ and ‘head’ bumped into each other. The love for the game and the conviction that you can still take over the world versus the reality that it doesn’t always go like you want it to and that you’re no longer a 16-year-old boy who doesn’t know what it’s like to be injured.”And with that thoughtful farewell, one of the game’s all-time greats has said goodbye but it’s safe to say he won’t be forgotten anytime soon and should be remembered alongside the very best of this generation.
Ghaziabad: A 3rd-year Dalit student of Law at Ghaziabad-based Inmantec Institute committed suicide after being harassed by his upper caste classmates — a girl and three boys, police said on Saturday. According to the police, Vipin Verma (20) hanged himself at his home in Shastri Nagar area of Ghaziabad on Thursday, but the FIR was lodged by his father Police Constable Virendra Kumar at the Kavi Nagar police station late on Friday night. Police said, Neha Chaudhary and his friends Anu, Ankur and Arun had been harassing Vipin since June 14 over his Dalit identity. Vipin shared his plight with his mother Bhagwati Devi, who consoled him and asked him to focus on his studies. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items According to the FIR, Bhagwati Devi then shared the problem with her husband, who contacted the group over phone on Thursday to resolve the issue. The group assured Virendra Kumar not to harass his son again. But that very evening between 5 and 6 p.m., Vipin hanged himself at his home. Virendra Kumar in his complaint said: “I am a Dalit and the accused are influential persons of higher caste, so my complaint was delayed and the accused are still at large.” However, Superintendent of Police – City Shlok Kumar said: “We have registered the complaint, investigation is underway. We will arrest the accused soon.”
About 195 visas have now been issued to UN staff alone, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), and a joint assessment team of 250 people – involving UN agencies, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and 18 Government ministries – is on the ground in affected areas.That needs assessment is likely to provide preliminary findings by 25 June, but OCHA said it may still be some time before a clear picture of the situation is completed.OCHA said that in the meantime international relief workers still need much more sustained access to the Ayeyarwady Delta area, which was hardest-hit by Cyclone Nargis and the subsequent tidal wave that struck on 2-3 May.Some workers are currently limited to stays of only two or three days at a time, and there is a particularly strong need for skilled technical staff such as sanitation engineers, hygiene promoters and water plant technicians.More than 134,000 people are dead or missing as a result of Cyclone Nargis and the subsequent tidal wave, and as many as 2.4 million people were affected and now need humanitarian assistance.The UN World Food Programme (WFP), which has dispatched at least 11,000 tons of food assistance in the past six weeks, now has 10 chartered helicopters flying in the Delta. This allows critical supplies to arrive directly at remote villages and previously unreachable areas, such as Bogale and Labutta. 16 June 2008The United Nations humanitarian wing says authorities in Myanmar are making some progress in granting visas to aid workers seeking access after last month’s devastating cyclone but much more needs to be done to ensure help reaches those living in the hardest-hit areas.
Ohio State co-offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson influencing running backs in first season in Columbus. Credit: Jacob Myers | Assistant Sports EditorOhio State released the contracts of its three new football assistant coaches, collectively worth $1.15 million in the 2017 fiscal year and $1.55 million in 2018.Co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Ryan Day and co-offensive coordinator and tight ends coach Kevin Wilson have agreed to two years with the program. Linebackers coach Bill Davis has only a one-year deal.According to the terms of the agreement, Davis is slated to make $500,000 in base salary this season.Day signed a two-year, $1.2 million contract. He will make $400,000 in base salary in the upcoming season and the remaining $800,000 his second season.Wilson’s two-year deal is worth $1.4 million. His base salary will be $650,000 in his first year; it will climb to $750,000 the following season. Wilson’s first-year salary is the same compensation former OSU co-offensive coordinator Ed Warinner made in 2016.Like most contracts across college football, the assistant coaches can earn significant additional pay from success-based incentives.If OSU wins the Big Ten East, each coach will earn an 8.5 percent raise on their base salary. They’ll receive 4.25 percent raises if the Buckeyes win the Big Ten championship game. If the team wins at least nine games and doesn’t make a College Football Playoff bowl game, coaches will receive a 4.25 percent raise.Each coach will receive a 17 percent raise from their base salary if the team plays in a postseason CFP game. If the Buckeyes make it to a semifinal CFP and lose, the coaches will receive a 21.25 percent raise on their base salary. Should they win the semifinal game and advance to the finals, each coach will see a 25.5 percent raise in their base salary. Any of the aforementioned incentives will be issued out to the coaches within 60 days following the conclusion of the semifinal game.Though OSU has yet to pay an assistant coach a base salary of at least $1 million, if the highest total of incentives are reached, Wilson would surpass the threshold in his first and second years, while Day would be paid in excess of $1 million in his second year.If OSU wins the Big Ten East, the Big Ten championship game and makes it to the national championship game in 2017, Wilson will make $359,125 in addition to his $650,000 salary. If the Buckeyes were to do the same in 2018, Wilson’s total plus incentives would be $1,164,375, and Day’s total would be $1,242,000.According to multiple media outlets that received the contracts, three Michigan assistant coaches will make over $1 million in base salary in 2017.Wison, Day and Davis are budgeted $600 per month to spend on a car. The trio is also compensated with six football tickets and two men’s basketball tickets.If Davis, Wilson or Day leave OSU to take an assistant coach position at a Power 5 conference, Notre Dame or BYU, they would have to pay OSU $100,000, if they leave before April 30, 2018, and $50,000 if they leave the school between May 1, 2018 and Dec. 31, 2018.Ryan Day contractBill Davis contractKevin Wilson contract
The malware has been taken apart by researchers seeking its creators (EPA Image)(BBC) As organisations around the world clean up after being caught out by the WannaCry ransomware, attention has now turned to the people behind the devastating attack.The malware uses a vulnerability identified by the US National Security Agency, but it has been “weaponised” and unleashed by someone entirely different.So far, nobody seems to know who did it nor where they are.Mikko Hypponen, head of research at security company F-Secure, said its analysis of the malware had not revealed any smoking gun.“We’re tracking over 100 different ransom Trojan gangs, but we have no info on where WannaCry is coming from,” he told the BBC.The clues that might reveal who is behind it are few and far between.No RussiansThe first version of the malware turned up on 10 February and was used in a short ransomware campaign that began on 25 March.Spam email and booby-trapped websites were used to distribute WannaCry 1.0, but almost no-one was caught out by it.Version 2.0, which wrought havoc over the weekend, was the same as the original apart from the addition of the module that turned it into a worm capable of spreading by itself.Analysis of the code inside WannaCry had revealed little, said Lawrence Abrams, editor of the Bleeping Computer security news website, which tracks these malicious threats.“Sometimes with ransomware we can get a clue based on strings in the executables or if they upload it to Virus Total to check for detections before distribution,” he said.Those clues could point to it being the work of an established group, he said, but there was little sign of any tell-tale text in the version currently circulating.“This launch has been pretty clean,” said Mr Abrams.The malware infects machines in Russia – a location lots of viruses avoid (BBC Image)Other researchers have noticed some other aspects of the malware that suggest it might be the work of a new group.Many have pointed out that it is happy to infect machines running Cyrillic script.By contrast, much of the malware emerging from Russia actively tries to avoid infecting people in its home nation.Plus, the time stamp on the code suggests it was put together on a machine that is nine hours ahead of GMT – suggesting its creators are in Japan, Indonesia, the Philippines or the parts of China and Russia that are a long way east.There are other hints in the curious ways that WannaCry operates that suggest it is the work of people new to the trade.To begin with, the worm has been almost too successful, having hit more than 200,000 victims – many times more than are usually caught out by ransomware aimed at large organisations.Administering that huge number of victims will be very difficult.Whoever was behind it unwittingly crippled the malware by not registering the domain written in its core code.Registering and taking over this domain made it possible for security researcher Marcus Hutchins to limit its spread.There are other methods used to administer infected machines, notably via the Tor dark web network, and these addresses are being scrutinised for activity.There are other artefacts in the code of the malware that might prove useful to investigators, said cyber-security expert Prof Alan Woodward from the University of Surrey.In particular, he said, law enforcement might be probing use of the kill-switch domain to see if it was queried before the malware was sent out.Other signifiers might be in the code for an entirely different purpose.“It’s often the case that many criminals put deliberate false flags in there to confuse and obfuscate,” he said.Tracking the movement of ransom payments might lead police to the attackers Getty ImagesMoney talksAlso, most large-scale ransomware campaigns typically generate a unique bitcoin address for each infection.This makes it straightforward for the thieves behind the malware to make sure they restore the files only of people who have paid.WannaCry uses three hard-coded bitcoin addresses to gather ransom payments, and that is likely to make it challenging to work out who has paid, assuming the gang behind it does intend to restore locked files.The bitcoin payments might offer the best bet for tracking the perpetrators, said Dr James Smith, chief executive of Elliptic, which analyses transactions on the blockchain – the key part of bitcoin that logs who spent what.Bitcoin was not as anonymous as many thieves would like it to be, he said, because every transaction was publicly recorded in the blockchain.This can help investigators build up a picture of where the money is flowing to and from.“Ultimately criminals are motivated by money,” he said, “so eventually that money is going to be collected and moved.“The timing of that movement is going to be the big question, and we expect that will be down to how much gets paid in ransoms over the next few days.”Currently, the total paid to those bitcoin addresses is more than $50,000 (£39,000).“Everyone is watching those addresses very carefully,” said Dr Smith. 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Senator the Hon Arthur Sinodinos AO, Australia’s Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, announced new funding for LaserBond under the Cooperative Research Centre Projects (CRC-P). This initiative supports short-term industry-led collaborations to solve industry problems and deliver tangible outcomes. The LaserBond lead project in conjunction with its partners (University of South Australia & Boart Longyear) receives A$2,616,000 of funding to support a multi party, A$8,266,000, three year collaboration project associated with the material science and use of laser technologies to improve a spectrum of wear points, many associated with drilling for mining. In conjunction with these R&D activities, LaserBond and Boart Longyear recently signed a non-binding strategic partnership to pursue mutually beneficial commercial products and services. University of South Australia and LaserBond already have a collaborative R&D agreement for the development of technology, systems, processes and applications associated with wear resistant surface engineered cladding for resource, agricultural and other heavy industries. The parties see this as an important foundation step towards improving productivity in mining through mutually beneficial collaboration. The picture shows drill stabilisers forming part of the drill string to prevent unintentional side tracking and reduce vibration (rod rattle) in the drill string, thus ensuring a higher quality hole. When they are laser clad with appropriate metallurgy they extend life by three to five times.
Steve Jobs is still around, he’s just working from home. Three weeks after temporarily turning the company’s reigns over to COO Tim Cook, Apple’s founder’s is still playing an integral part in the running of the company–according to The Wall Street Journal‘s usual roundup of anonymous sources.Apple PR confirmed Jobs’s continued role within the company, stating, “Steve is the CEO of Apple and during his medical leave he’ll continue to be involved in major strategic decisions.”AdChoices广告Jobs, 55, took leave of the company in mid-January, citing unspecified reasons. The executive has been plagued by health concerns for the past, having undergone treatment for pancreatic cancer and a liver transplant.In spite of his most recent absence, Jobs has been spotted on Apple’s Cupertino campus in the past few weeks.
One fun feature Nintendo offers up to 3DS owners is access to Nintendo Zone content, which includes coupons, preview videos, and playable game demos. The downside is that you can’t access the Zone at home. At least you’re not supposed to be able to — but it turns out you can.At around the one minute mark of HAVortexDude’s video you’ll find the key to the process: a minor adjustment to your wireless router. Apparently all the Nintendo Zone looks for is the correct SSID and unencrypted connections when it’s deciding whether or not users can access its content. By changing the name of your wireless network to attwifi and turning off encryption, your 3DS should be able to access Zone content from anywhere.Now, it’s never a good idea to simply shut off encryption on your router at home. Not your main one, anyway. You can pick up a spare 802.11G router for a few bucks, set its SSID to attwifi and leave encryption turned off, and then run a network cable from its WAN port to one of your main router’s LAN ports. This will work with just about every router on the market — as they’re set to grab DHCP information from an ISP by default. Your main router will also pass along an IP and DNS info, thereby granting internet access to the new router and any devices attached to it.If you plan on using this method to connect to the Nintendo Zone frequently, you might want to set up a MAC address filter on the new router so that it blocks any unknown devices from connecting. Without encryption turned on, less scrupulous neighbors could simply connect to your Nintendo Zone router and surf to their hearts’ content.More at The Escapist
Former Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett has showed his support for the taxi industry and taken aim at Professor Allan Fels over proposed taxi reforms. Mr Kennett criticised Fel’s review and says it will “deliberately destroy” individuals’ superannuation assets. “Allan is wrong in arguing you need to destroy an individual’s final asset to secure meaningful taxi reform,” he said. A sentiment many have been heralding in the wake of the Fel’s Review. Mr Harry Katsiabanis, the Media Liaison of Taxi industry Stakeholders Victoria (TISV) wholeheartedly agrees with the former premier. He said about Mr Kennett’s comments: “common sense has prevailed”. “Here is someone that understands the industry, was intricately involved in the industry and understands all aspects and came out with a supportive and concise message,” he told Neos Kosmos. During his time as Premier, Mr Kennett pushed through a number of reforms for Victorian taxis. Among them, the Premier introduced the compulsory yellow taxi colour, driver uniforms and a driver training program. Under the Fel’s review, the price of taxi licences would be devalued from $500,000 to $20,000 in attempt to flood the market with more cabs on our roads. Mr Kennett said he did support many of the recommendations in the review but believed some were “unworkable” and would lead the industry into decline. Professor Fel’s said the policy of “doing nothing to improve taxi services if it has a negative effect on license values” had been the key to the failure of successive governments to regulate for a good industry that provided excellent service. The Taxi Industry Stakeholders of Victoria is quick to note that they understand reform needs to happen. Mr Katsiabanis says “change is needed in any industry to survive”. Licences though are not part of that picture, when the livelihoods of many are at risk, the TISV believes. “Licences are what self-retirees live off,” Mr Katsiabanis says. “The fact that they worked all the working lives to create an asset base and somebody wants to decimate that asset base now”. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) introduced the “Genetically Engineered Food Right-To-Know Act” last week; legislation that would require nationwide labeling of foods containing biotech ingredients.ASA’s policy is to support current Food and Drug Administration policy, also endorsed by the American Medical Association, that labels on biotech products where there are no safety, nutritional or health differences are unwarranted and provide no useful information to consumers.The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), with whom ASA has partnered on many biotech-related issues, posted the following statement on the BIO website last week:”Although we haven’t seen the language of the proposed bill, it’s important to note that the biotech industry does not oppose food labeling. However, we have opposed proposals that require food labels that could confuse consumers into believing that foods containing biotech-derived ingredients are somehow different in safety and nutritional characteristics when compared to conventional or even organic foods, when this is not the case.”We have also supported a voluntary and market-driven approach to food labeling. Labels that identify foods as ‘certified organic’ or ‘Non GMO’ provide the necessary information for consumers who are looking for such products. These are existing programs that have proven to be successful in the marketplace.”Unfortunately, advocates of mandatory ‘GMO labeling’ are working an agenda to vilify biotechnology and scare consumers away from safe and healthful food products.”ASA will keep members updated on this legislation as it progresses.
MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) – A former reality star spent the night in a South Florida jail.Peter Thomas from “Real Housewives of Atlanta” was arrested at Miami International Airport, Friday.Miami-Dade Police took Thomas into custody on a warrant issued in Louisiana for allegedly writing fake checks.Thomas is currently being held without bond.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Awami LeagueThe ruling Awami League will finalise sharing of parliamentary seats with its alliance partners and allies once the seat sharing of the Jatiya Oikya Front and the BNP-led 20-party alliance partners is completed, according to party insiders.AL leaders said prime minister and AL president Sheikh Hasina has already prepared a draft list of party candidates for 300 constituencies ahead of the 11th parliamentary election.In order to make last minute changes, they said the party will make selected candidates sign nomination withdrawal forms so that they can be changed at the last moment. The nomination then can be cancelled soon after the submission of nomination forms to the returning officers, the AL leaders added.The AL may publish the list of candidates this week. The party will sit with the 14-party alliance partners and allies including Jatiya Party (JaPa) and the Jukta Front-led by Badruddoza Chowdhury.According to the AL-led 14-party alliance, the seats of the partners will decrease in the upcoming parliamentary election on 30 December as the principal opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has decided to contest the election.Besides, a number of parties including Jukta Front, Islamic Front, Zaker Party and Islami Oikya Jote joined the ruling alliance.A 14-party alliance leader seeking anonymity said AL has no concern over seat sharing with its alliance partners. But AL has to face hurdles to sharing seats with JaPa, the leader added.The leader also said the AL has included Jukta Front in a bid to bring in some BNP leaders and leaders of its alliance partners.After the finalisation of the nomination of the BNP and the Jatiya Oikya Front, the deprived leaders may join Jukta Front, the 14-party alliance leader said, so AL is waiting.Party insiders said the submission of nomination papers may take place on 29 November, the last day of submitting nomination papers.AL joint general secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif said his party is working to select candidates for 300 constituencies. The candidature of 50 per cent of the constituencies has already been finalised, he said adding the seat sharing with its alliance partners and allies will be finalised within a week.In the one-sided election of 5 January 2014, the 14-party alliance partner Workers Party was given six seats and the Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD-Inu) five.Bangladesh Tarikat Federation and Jatiya Party led by Anwar Hossain Manju got two seats each. Seats of these parties may decrease.Cricketer Mashrafe Bin Mortaza has collected nomination from to contest polls from Narail-2 constituency.So the nomination of Hafizur Rahman, the current member of parliament from Workers Party, is now uncertain.Tarikat Federation and the Jatiya Party (Anwar Hossain Manju) may get one seat each.Workers Party general secretary Fazle Hossain Badsha, however, said the seats of the 14-party alliance partners will not decrease. If the opposition comes to the parliament, the 14-party alliance leaders will be required to face them, he said adding the JaPa and others will not be able to play role.The AL is considering sharing 60 seats with its allies including the JaPa, the Jukta Front and some religion-based parties.Currently the JaPa has 36 members of parliament. The JaPa is now bargaining for 80 seats. It may get 40 seats, sources said.On condition of anonymity a senior AL leader said the party will not leave any seat to its alliance partners or allies in the constituencies where the AL candidate is strong. The AL will leave seats in the constituencies where opposition parties are strong.However, the party will considers if the Jukta Front brings in any top leader of BNP, the leader said.AL list of candidates as per surveyAL policy makers said they have conducted four surveys by different agencies and two surveys by foreign organisations. The position of prospective candidates has been examined during the survey.Party president Sheikh Hasina has prepared the draft list of candidates of 300 constituencies, AL insiders said.The survey results have been shared with the members of AL parliamentary board. The parliamentary board held several meetings.The candidature of Rajshahi, Rangpur, Khulna and Barishal divisions has already been discussed. After two more meetings, a formal list of nominated candidates can be prepared, the board members said.Some 4,023 nomination seekers collected forms.AL general secretary Obaidul Quader on Friday said the nomination of the party will be finalised in two or three days. The seat sharing with the alliance partners and allies will be completed within a week, he added.*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Rabiul Islam
Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for CoachellaLizzo performs onstage at Coachella on April 21 in Indio, Calif. The flute-playing singer and rapper celebrates self-acceptance on her latest album, Cuz I Love You.Lizzo was in fifth grade when it came time to choose instruments for band. The choice was made for her when the music teacher paired her with the flute.It turned out to be a good match: The singer and rapper fell in love with the instrument and went on to pursue a degree in music performance and music theory with the hopes of becoming a professional flutist. “I saw a life of concert black and Boston Pops and traveling the world,” Lizzo says. “When that didn’t pan out for me, I was very depressed.”But Lizzo, who grew up in Detroit then Houston and found her footing in the Minneapolis music scene, was also a natural at freestyle rapping. She began working with local R&B and soul artists, eventually meeting and collaborating with Prince.A self-described “showgirl at its finest,” Lizzo began touring even before she had albums. She says the high energy “hallelujah moments” of her shows reflect a childhood listening primarily to gospel music.But Lizzo’s musical persona isn’t all flash. Her third studio album, Cuz I Love You — her major label debut under Atlantic Records — reveals a deep vulnerability, especially as she sings about self-love and body positivity. It’s a message born from Lizzo’s own long journey toward body acceptance.“About 10 years ago, I made the decision that I just wanted to be happy with my body and I just wanted to be happy with who I am,” the artist says. “That was the beginning of my journey with learning how to love my body. … You have to find that love for yourself deep down inside, underneath all of that questioning and ickiness.”Interview HighlightsOn her role in producing Cuz I Love YouI am classically trained in music theory and music performance, so I have an innate ear and actually a highly skilled ear when it comes to frequency and harmony and dissonance and melody. So for me, it’s this thing that I can feel in my body. I’m almost like a tuning fork where if I hear the beat and I vibrate at the level that I’m supposed to, I know that that’s what I want to get on. And from being trained, I think it’s easier for me to speak a language to producers, and I can speak engineer to the engineers. I think we all just have so much fun nerding out. … I’m credited as a producer on a couple of the songs because I was there, and my DNA is in there as well.On the idea that it’s odd to have a flute in rap musicYou hear a lot of flute in rap! Have y’all heard of J Dilla? Have y’all heard of Metro Boomin? Like, these producers use flute all the time. One of the biggest hits was “Mask Off,” and … the chorus was just a flute solo. I think we don’t see rappers play flute. We hear it and we don’t subconsciously put two and two together. I think it would have been way more impactful to see Future actually playing the line on the flute to “Mask Off,” but he wasn’t.I think that flute and hip-hop are very sexy. I think that flute and hip-hop have gone together for a long time. I think this is just the first time you actually see the artist actually playing the flute. There wasn’t a disconnect. Growing up in Houston, freestyle rapping was very first nature to me. That was what I wanted to do. That’s what you had to do as a rite of passage. I was very nerdy, and the fact that I knew how to freestyle on a bus, or freestyle in the cafeteria and bang on the desk, just gave me a little get-out-of-being-a-nerd-free pass.Houston … that’s the city that freestyle really found its swag, and I’m just lucky that I was a part of that while it was happening — and also a classically trained flute player. I think it’s just weird to everybody else, but it’s not weird to me!On writing “My Skin,” her first body positive song Someone asked a question. … They asked me what’s my favorite thing about myself? And I told them my personality. And they said, “OK, but physically, what’s your favorite thing about yourself?” And I did not have an answer.For the first time in my life I had to actually think about something that I liked about myself physically, and because it was so difficult, I was moved to tears.In that moment, I remembered that I’d just fallen off a cliff. … I was rope swinging into the river, and I am just so heavy, and I fell off the rope and fell on the ground. It was really scary and traumatizing. I’ll never do anything like that again, but I scraped up my skin and I remember my friend was like, “Look what you did to your beautiful skin!”I still had the cane and I had the bandages on my legs during this interview. And I looked down and I was like, “Oh, my God. My skin. That is my favorite thing about myself.” And it was in that moment where I realized I damaged my skin where I saw the value in it. That was the first time I’d ever discovered my body love, and I just started with my skin and moved on from there. I wrote this song to celebrate that moment because it literally changed my life.The thing that I like about myself the most is the thing that’s weaponized against us. People with black skin, you know, we get that weaponized, and this was [during] the beginning of #BlackLivesMatter, when there was such a public amount of executions of unarmed black people by police officers. And so, I think that it was almost oxymoronic to be like, “I love my black skin,” when that was the thing that’s held against me the most in this society. I wanted to write a song about that too, and talk about how I’m proud of it no matter what.On posing naked for her album coverWe had done a lot of poses that day, and I was tooting my butt up and then my back was hurting a little bit, so I just kind of relaxed and leaned forward and then the photographer, he was like, “Look at me,” and I looked at him, and that was the shot. So that was me just so comfortable not trying to cover anything up. But, you know, that’s just how the magic happens.Atlantic Records“That was me just so comfortable not trying to cover anything up,” Lizzo says of the cover photo for Cuz I Love You.On how her wearing sexy clothing is seen as a feminist statement I feel like if I were a thin woman, maybe that wouldn’t be the case. I feel like women who are smaller aren’t really given the opportunities to be body positive or role models either, because we’ve been conditioned to believe that women are using their bodies for the male gaze. … And I think if I were slimmer I don’t think people would look to me with the same type of like, “Oh wow, she’s so brave she’s doing this and representing everyone!” [the way they do,] because I’m big.I think what’s happening here is that there’s different waves of feminism. It’s like a generational thing. … Like, one generation asks one thing, and then that next generation is going to ask the complete opposite of it.So where there was a wave of feminism where we were burning bras, now I’m like, “Bitch, my bra is in your f****** face!” And I think that that is just a testament to human beings and how we evolve. … I think that the wave of feminism right now that’s overtly sexual and in your face I think is just the response to where we were. Like, I’m going to wear a suit and I’m going to boss up on you. … You-can’t-tell-me-what-to-do type vibes, and [I’m] like, “No, I’m gonna tell you what to do!”Amy Salit and Seth Kelley produced and edited the audio of this interview. Bridget Bentz, Molly Seavy-Nesper and Sidney Madden adapted it for the Web.Copyright 2019 Fresh Air. To see more, visit Fresh Air. Share
Prince Resorts welcomes business functions to its newly designed meeting spaces and has new promotional packages for group stays at Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki and Golf Club, Mauna Kea Beach Hotel and Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel.“With all of the new renovations and upgrades at our three Prince Resorts Hawaii, we are more confident than ever that meeting planners will experience flawlessly serviced meetings and events in some of the best locations in the islands,” said Brian Soma, Corporate Director of Sales and Marketing for Prince Resorts Hawaii.”Mauna Kea Beach Hotel has a newly designed Kona Boardroom which comes equipped with ‘board of director’ chairs, flat-screen TV, in-table power options, a built-in white wall and a foyer to set up light refreshments.Outside the boardroom, the new trellised area showcasing the pool and Kaunaoa Bay offers a space for breaks or cocktail receptions.The resort’s new meeting space also includes the 1,196 square-foot Kohala Room, with two flat-screen TVs, side counters for refreshments, automatic blackout privacy shades and glass doors facing the ocean with an atrium and deck.The Kaunaoa Ballroom features three sides of floor-to-ceiling windows of the Kaunaoa Bay with 3,500 square-feet of indoor function space and a spacious outdoor area, including lanai surrounding the ballroom and a nearby mural.Guests can experience Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel, with more than 85,000 square feet of meeting rooms that highlights the renovated Hapuna Ballroom with 8,428 square feet of open space. For flexibility, the room can be separated in two and is equipped with advanced audio and video requirements. Along with the ballroom, the resort has included six newly furnished conference rooms with two executive boardrooms and an open-air courtyard.In Oahu, Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki revealed its renovated Piianaio Ballroom as a 6,960-square-foot banquet space that can also be divided in two. The resort includes a 408-square-foot Manoa Boardroom, the 1,293 Palolo Meeting room that can also be separated into four rooms, and the Maikiki Room with 1,594 square feet of space. Near the pool is the protected outdoor venue, the Muliwai Deck. Additional space can be found in resort’s restaurants, The Captain’s Room and 100 Sails Restaurant & Bar.Guests will receive guaranteed oceanview rooms at special rates including complimentary Internet access. Qualified groups can also enjoy access to the resorts golf courses with a complimentary foursome and US$100 food and beverage credit at course restaurants and beverage carts.New group inquires at all three properties may also select additional amenities including a 5% savings off 2017 banquet menus, 2% rebate on master-billed guestrooms or one per 40 complimentary room nights based upon actualization. Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki and Mauna Kea Beach Resort are also offering an upgrade to a one-bedroom suite for every 50 room nights booked as a concession option.Starting now through March 31, group packages are available for all new group inquires for travel between Jan. 3 and Dec. 15. Packages are available with a minimum of 25 rooms booked with at least a three-night stay.For more details go to princeresortshawaii.com. << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Hawaii Tuesday, February 28, 2017 Posted by Travelweek Group Share Prince Resorts unveils redesigned meeting spaces & group packages
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: J.L The death toll from Saturday’s 8.8 magnitude earthquake in Chile has risen to over 700 and is expected to climb further as rescue workers continue to dig through the rubble.The earthquake, which was one of the most powerful recorded, has left around 1.5 million homes damaged and nearly half of the country’s regions declared as catastrophe zones.President Michelle Bachelet told reporters yesterday that the death toll had soared from a previous 300 to 708.”The catastrophe is enormous” she said, adding that 541 had died in Maule region, 64 in Biobio and a total of 103 in other areas, with a growing number of people listed as missing.The Chilean Government have since declared a curfew in two of the worst-hit areas of Maule and Concepcion to speed up the delivery of aid, according to BBC News.Bachelet said supplies would be flown in while the military would distribute them. Basic goods will be handed out free of charge in Maule and Biobio while the government continues to work on restoring electricity to homes.However, the government will have to work fast as looting and public disorder has been reported in some areas.In Concepcion, police were forced on Sunday to use tear gas and water cannons to disperse looters from a supermarket, but the mayor said food was running out and people were afraid to return to their homes.”It’s going to keep happening because it has been two nights of this and people are desperate,” one Chilean man told ABC News.”They are desperate and the only way to survive is to come and get what you need.”Despite the unrest, Chile has not requested foreign assistance, saying it can handle the immediate relief effort. Foreign Minister Mariano Fernandez said Chile did not want aid offers to be “a distraction.” “Any aid that arrives without having been determined to be needed really helps very little” he said.
Share Does This Advocacy Group Have the TRID Answer? May 10, 2016 619 Views CFPB Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Moody’s Investor Service TRID 2016-05-10 Staff Writer in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News The Structured Finance Industry Group’s (SFIG’s), a member-based, trade industry advocacy group focused on improving and strengthening the broader structured finance and securitization market, recently proposed an initiative that would standardize the framework for reviewing and grading loans for TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure (TRID) rule compliance.Moody’s Investor’s Service followed up on Tuesday with a seal of approval for this proposal by noting in a report that it is adequate to address compliance risks that are likely to cause losses to residential mortgage-backed securitization (RMBS) trusts despite uncertainties. However, there was one grading provision in the SFIG’s proposal that the rating’s agency did not agree.The SFIG said that the proposal will be incorporated in the RMBS 3.0 Green Papers and that the project will not supplant SFIG’s efforts to pursue a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) resolution to the current uncertainty related to TRID exceptions.The draft “assumes TRID is interpreted by regulators and courts in accordance with the principles of liability set forth in a December 29, 2015 letter from Richard Cordray, the Director of the CFPB. The proposed exception grading and remediation does not necessarily reflect how courts and regulators, including the CFPB, may view liability for TRID violations in the future,” SFIG stated in a release.However, Moody’s stated that it believes “that any risks to RMBS trusts from these positions are minimal over the long term. Furthermore, the SFIG proposal will likely benefit from the official guidance that the CFPB has signaled it will provide in July, as well as from feedback from other market participants.”The SFIG framework uses a grading scale to separate actual TRID violations from immaterial ones, Moody’s said.Moody’s found that of the three possible grades for each section of the rule that a third-party review (TPR) firm will review:EV1-A represents that no TRID violation has been determined to carry assignee liability;EV2-B represents an immaterial violation that, while it may carry assignee liability, is nevertheless unlikely to cause losses to an RMBS trust because it would not carry statutory damages; andEV3-C represents a material violation that is likely to carry assignee liability and statutory damages.Moody’s also determined that the impact of the letter from the CFPB will minimal, and the Bureau will issue a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in July in response to SFIG’s efforts.”Although the Cordray Letter provided some clarity on a number of TRID compliance issues, the Cordray Letter is not an official interpretation published in the Federal Register and is not binding on the CFPB, other regulators, or courts,” Moody’s said. “SFIG caveats its framework with a notice that the proposal is an attempt to resolve compliance issues under TRID and that there is no guarantee how the CFPB or the courts will view the Cordray Letter. In tandem with designing the framework, SFIG has been leading the effort to encourage the CFPB to release an official interpretation of the TRID rule.”