More Stars Join Host Committee For Global Citizen Festival

first_imgSome of the world’s biggest artists, advocates and influencers will again join the Global Citizen Festival on the Great Lawn of New York’s Central Park on September 26, with the goal to galvanize the largest movement to end extreme poverty by 2030.The 2015 Global Citizen Festival, headlined by Pearl Jam, Beyonce, Ed Sheeran, and Coldplay, is timed to coincide with the launch of the United Nations’ new Global Goals designed to fight inequality, protect our planet and eradicate extreme poverty. Common, Tori Kelly, Sunidhi Chauhan and others will perform as special guests at the free, ticketed event.The Host Committee of the 2015 Global Citizen Festival includes: Amani Toomer, Bill Nye, Bonnie Wright, Bridget Moynahan, Camren Bicondova, Colin Hanks, Connie Britton, Daymond John, and Erin Heatherton, along with Erin Richards, Eve Hewson, Freida Pinto, Gayle King, Isha Sesay, Jake Clemons, Jason Ralph, Katie Holmes, Laverne Cox, Malin Akerman, Miri Ben-Ari, Nev Schulman, Rachel Brosnahan, Shantell Martin, Soledad O’Brien, Sophia Bush, Tamzin Merchant, Tim Fain and Usher. Host Committee members will participate on-stage and backstage at the ‘Global Citizen Action Hub,’ where they will engage with fans and take actions on social media to help end extreme poverty.The announcement of the Host Committee and special guests coincides with the Global Citizen Day of Action for girls and women’s equality. Girls and women are at a disadvantage across nearly every segment of society and are disproportionately affected by lack of access to education, proper healthcare, water and sanitation, food and nutrition, and work opportunities. These factors keep girls and women trapped in a cycle of poverty, which, in turn, prevents entire communities from developing. Today, global citizens everywhere are encouraged to take action by tweeting at world leaders from Norway, the Netherlands and Sweden, as well as World Bank Group President Dr. Jim Yong Kim and asking them to invest in water, sanitation, and hygiene for girls and women.In August, Global Citizen announced that Stephen Colbert, CHIME FOR CHANGE co-founder Salma Hayek Pinault, Deborra-Lee Furness and Hugh Jackman, Kerry Washington and Olivia Wilde will appear as the lead hosts for the Festival. MSNBC will air a live simulcast of the full concert on MSNBC and YouTube will carry the livestream. NBC will air a one-hour special of the event on Sunday, September 27 and BBC One in the UK on Monday, September 28. BBC Worldwide will serve as the global distributor for the TV special.Proud core partners of the 2015 Global Citizen Festival include: Presenting partner Gucci and the CHIME FOR CHANGE campaign, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Citi, Unilever, YouTube, TIDAL, Google, iHeartRadio, Clear Channel Outdoor, msnbc, New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, H&M, and T- Mobile. Supporting partners are BBC Worldwide, Universal Music Group Distribution, Pratt Foundation, Waislitz Foundation, The Huffington Post, Milk Studios, RYOT and Riot House.People everywhere are invited to sign-up and take actions to be entered in the ticket lottery. The last ticket draw for free tickets to the 2015 Global Citizen Festival will take place on Thursday, September 17.For more information and to sign up to become a Global Citizen, visit: read more

Noah Cyrus Cages Herself On Beach To Call For SeaWorld Boycott

first_img“Trapped” underwater in a tiny tank excruciatingly close to the wide-open ocean, singer and actor Noah Cyrus stars in a powerful new PETA campaign that proclaims, “Life’s No Beach in Captivity. Boycott SeaWorld.”Noah Cyrus PETA AdThe ad — which aims to put pressure on the abusement park to retire the long-suffering orcas it hold captive to seaside sanctuaries — was shot by top celebrity photographer Brian Bowen Smith and was made possible by James Costa and The Archibald Family Foundation, both proud PETA supporters.“I love animals so much. To think that any animal would be trapped — it makes me so sad,” says Cyrus in an exclusive interview with PETA. “It’s like living in your bedroom for your entire life and never being able to go outside.”PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” — notes that in the wild, orcas form complex relationships, work cooperatively to find food, and traverse up to 140 miles in the ocean every day. But orcas at SeaWorld are housed in incompatible groups inside tiny tanks, and some are even given the drug diazepam to manage their stress-induced aggressive behavior. So far, 41 orcas have died on SeaWorld’s watch, and six marine mammals have died at its parks this year alone.Cyrus previously starred in a “Dissection Kills” ad for peta2, PETA’s youth division.last_img read more

Infantino Not Against EuropeanMoroccan World Cup Bid

Rabat – Spanish sports news outlet AS said that FIFA chairman Gianni Infantino is “willing to support” a joint 2030 World Cup bid between Morocco and EU countries.The news site said that Infantino recalled that the Fifa  status does not prohibit a cross-confederation between European countries and an African country.Infantino came to Morocco to take place at FIFA’s Executive Football Summit in Marrakech from January 15-17. Upon his arrival, President of Morocco’s Royal Football Federation Fouzi Lekjaa and President of the Confederation of African Football Ahmad Ahmad received Infantino.“I am happy to be here in Marrakech,” Infantino told reporters.During the event, FIFA President will review the possible joint bid between Morocco, Spain, and Portugal.Read Also: FIFA to Review Possible 2030 Morocco-Europe World Cup BidThe event agenda also includes the discussion of strategic football issues and discussing the best practices between the leaders of member associations in open and constructive debates.FIFA will also discuss its future competitions, and the development of Women’s in particular, as well as the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).This meeting will be marked by the examination of proposals from FIFA’s national member associations to increase the number of teams qualified for the World Cup from the next edition scheduled for 2022 in Qatar.Infantino already showed his respect towards joint bids for the World Cup, during the 2026 competition between Morocco and Canada-Mexico-US bid.Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced his idea of a cross-confederation bid during his visit to Morocco in November 2018.Read Also: FIFA Executive Football Summit to Meet in Marrakech Next Week“We are launching a joint message, which is that this will be a bid between two continents. The King of Morocco is receptive and we’re going to work on it with Portugal. We are very excited about it,” said Sanchez. He also told the press that Morocco’s government welcomed the idea of a joint bid. Morocco, which is determined to submit a bid again for the 2030 World Cup, did not comment on Spain’s offer.Although FIFA said that its status does not prevent a cross confederation bid for the massive tournament, the President of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Aleksander Ceferin said that he is completely against the joint bid between Africa and EU.“Someone should say once to the politicians it’s not up to them to speak if they will be hosts of the Euros or the World Cup or not,” said the UEFA president.This will be Morocco’s sixth attempt to host the competition. read more

IndoSri Lanka fishermen talks end in stalemate

“There were no agreements during the talks. We have clearly articulated our position at the dialogue that we will not tolerate any illegal poaching in our waters…Not even for three minutes forget about three years,” said V. Thavachchelvam, president of Fishermen Cooperatives Societies Federations at a press conference. The Sri Lankan fishermen want their Indian counterparts to stop engaging in bottom-trawling, a fishing practice known to harm the marine ecosystem.Indian fishermen on Thursday demanded they be allowed to do fishing for 85 days per year for the next three years following which it will withdraw the fishermen completely, A. Mariyarasa, President of Rural Fishermen Society Federation said. A fresh round of talks between Indian and Sri Lankan fisher leaders over a long pending issue ended in a stalemate in New Delhi today, The Hindu newspaper reported.The Sri Lankan fisher leaders rejected a demand from their Indian counterparts for a three year phasing out period from Sri Lankan waters. Twelve fishermen association members from Tamil Nadu and 10 of their counterparts from northern Sri Lanka met here at the Ministry of External Affairs after a gap of nearly one and a half years, with all previous rounds of negotiations related proving futile. However, this was the first meeting in which high-level government officials from both sides were also present. “But we strongly put forth our position that we will not release any single vessel arrested by us without following due procedures, said N. V. Subramaniyam, former president of Jaffna Fishermen Societies, who led the 10-member Sri Lankan delegation. Since 2014, Sri Lanka has refused to release over 100 seized trawlers, deterring Indian fishermen from venturing deep.The Sri Lankan fisher leaders demanded “compensation for the losses incurred” due to alleged fishing by Tamil Nadu fishermen in their waters before “moving forward with further dialogue.” The Sri Lankan fishermen alleged that Tamil Nadu fishermen “illegally hatch fisheries stock” causing huge losses to them.Foreign Ministers of India and Sri Lanka, along with Sri Lanka’s Minister of Fisheries and the Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare – also in-charge of fisheries – will now meet here on Saturday for the first time to possibly develop a joint strategy to tackle the fisheries conflict. “But we will not change our position,” Mr. Thavachchelvam said. The fisheries issue was also raised by President Maithripala Sirisena in Goa recently, with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Colombo Gazette) read more

InnVest Hotels acquires former Trump Tower for an undisclosed amount

TORONTO – InnVest Hotels LP is acquiring the luxury hotel formerly known as Toronto’s Trump International Hotel and Tower from JCF Capital for an undisclosed amount.As part of the deal, the 65-storey facility will get a significant renovation and be renamed the St. Regis Toronto once the revamp is done.But before the full rebranding is complete, the site will operate as the Adelaide Hotel Toronto while it undergoes a renovation to the lobby, guest rooms, public areas and food and beverage outlets.JCF Capital said earlier this week that the hotel, which has struggled financially and been the focus of a long-running legal battle, will no longer bear Donald Trump’s name.The U.S. president never owned the building, but his Trump Organization licensed his name and operated the property.InnVest is a Canadian company that holds one of largest hotel portfolios in the country.Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter. by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 29, 2017 1:11 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 29, 2017 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email InnVest Hotels acquires former Trump Tower for an undisclosed amount read more

Quarterback play in focus for Buckeyes Bearcats

Left: Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett scores a touchdown during a game against Virginia Tech on Sept. 6 at Ohio Stadium. OSU lost, 35-21.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorRight:Redshirt-sophomore quarterback Gunner Kiel celebrates during a game against Toledo on Sept. 12 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. The Bearcats won, 58-34.Credit: Courtesy of MCTThe matchup everyone seems to be talking about heading into Ohio State’s game against Cincinnati is the Bearcat pass offense against the revamped Buckeye defense.And while the Buckeye offense has briefly been discussed, it has been the high-flying aerial assault of the Bearcats and Cincinnati redshirt-sophomore quarterback Gunner Kiel getting the attention.Kiel, who was the No. 3-rated quarterback by ESPN coming out of high school, has the Cincinnati offense ranked ninth in the country in pass offense.Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville classified his wide receiving corps as the best he has ever coached.But OSU coach Urban Meyer said Wednesday that any quarterback is can succeed with talented teammates.“You put a great offensive line and good receivers and a quarterback becomes great,” Meyer said. “You put that same quarterback with a makeshift offense line and some struggling receivers, and there’s a really bad quarterback, so a quarterback is the product of those around him.”Kiel has been exceptional in his first two games, averaging 344.5 pass yards per game to go along with 10 passing scores. Not only has he tossed 10 touchdowns, but he’s spread those passes out to seven different receivers.In that respect, Kiel has out-distributed  “the distributor,” OSU redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett, who was given the nickname by his coaches earlier in the season. Just five different Buckeyes have been on the receiving end of Barrett’s nine passing touchdowns.One of the receivers on the end of Barrett’s passes has been redshirt-freshman H-back Jalin Marshall, who said Wednesday that he, along with the rest of the Buckeye offense, is capable of producing more for Barrett.“Of course we want to do more,” Marshall said Wednesday. “Being a playmaker, you always want to make plays for the team. I feel like we have practiced hard this last bye week and this week. I feel like we have more opportunity to make plays this week.”Marshall, who scored his first collegiate touchdown against Kent State on Sept. 13, said he was recruited by the Bearcats to play quarterback, a position he excelled at in high school.“I was recruited by Cincinnati, Tennessee and UCLA, schools like that but that kind of dropped off as I committed here to play receiver,” Marshall said. “I was looking at the bigger picture, it (OSU) is a great university.”Marshall even alluded to the possibility that Buckeye fans could see him take snaps at the quarterback position on Saturday in Ohio Stadium.“We have done a little bit of it,” Marshall said in regards to him playing quarterback in practice. “Hopefully on Saturday we can start some of it.”While Marshall teased the idea of taking the snaps from center, Barrett seems to have control of the Buckeye offense. He is averaging 252.3 passing yards per game and has been, for the most part, consistent in replacing senior Braxton Miller, who is out for the season after tearing the labrum in his throwing shoulder during fall camp.Junior offensive lineman Jacoby Boren said Wednesday that he believes Barrett has played well since taking over for Miller.“J.T. is a great quarterback. He stepped up big time, I think, since week one. Everybody has their bumps in the road but he is a great quarterback,” Boren said. “(He has) great leadership. He is an awesome leader on this team. He is a really smart guy.”Despite Barrett and Kiel being relatively inexperienced, Meyer stood firm on his belief that a quarterback’s play hinges on his surrounding teammates.“I think it is all relative. Who’s the best quarterback usually has the best players around him,” he said.Which quarterback has the best supporting cast remains to be seen Saturday, as the Buckeyes and Bearcats are scheduled to kick off at 6 p.m. at Ohio Stadium. read more

Mens Hockey Mason Jobsts impact on program felt as he enters final

Ohio State senior forward Mason Jobst (26) looks down the ice in the game against Minnesota on Feb. 15. Ohio State lost 4-3. Credit: Nick Hudak | For The LanternThe Jobst family was not known for its talent on the ice.One uncle played some adult hockey, and the family members were Chicago Blackhawks’ fans who played pond hockey from time to time, but no one had played in a professional setting.Because of his aunt, Mason Jobst wanted to change that.Alissa Prather, called Aunt Sissy by Jobst, bought him a hockey stick and ball when he was 18 months old.The quality of the stick was low: a plastic, blue-and-yellow stick that was bought at Toys R Us. But to Jobst, the stick was everything.When he was a toddler, Jobst woke up from a nap while his mom was still asleep and his dad was at work. With his beloved hockey stick and the Blackhawks on his mind, Jobst emptied a large tub of baby powder onto the hardwood floors throughout his house, creating a white surface that resembled an ice rink.“He said, ‘Look Mom! I made a skating rink!’ and he had socks and a diaper on and was skating around the house, hitting with a stick and a puck,” John Jobst, Mason Jobst’s father, said. “We got the video camera out, and he was like showing me what he’d done, and he’d bounce himself into the walls acting like he was being checked.”The gift from his aunt and a pair of Size 2 hockey skates his mother bought him from Play It Again Sports changed Jobst’s life forever.Before becoming a second-team All Big Ten member, a captain for a Frozen Four team and the highest scorer for Ohio State in 30 years, senior forward Mason Jobst was just a kid who didn’t want to take his skates off.In his final season for the Buckeyes, Jobst is the active collegiate leader with 164 career points in his four seasons with Ohio State, the 13th-most points in school history.Before making his way to Columbus, Jobst went to Muskegon, Michigan, to play for the Lumberjacks in the United States Hockey League. On the surface, Jobst finished with 88 points in 155 games and did enough to earn a scholarship at Ohio State.But his time at Muskegon wasn’t that easy. In his second year with the Lumberjacks, Jobst tore the labrums in his left and right shoulders, both of which required surgery. The strategy for the surgeries and recoveries was simple: a procedure on one shoulder each year for the next two offseasons.This was not as easy as Jobst hoped.After fixing his left shoulder during the first offseason, Jobst was unable to work out while the season approached, leaving him at around 140 pounds.Jobst’s second season was his hardest for Muskegon, playing despite his right shoulder popping out of place every game.Despite being named a team captain the next season, Jobst didn’t read too much into the title.“I’d been in the league for so long that it was like, who else were they gonna pick at that point?” Jobst said.The following offseason, Jobst had the surgery on his right shoulder, which the doctor promised would be his last, John Jobst said.Mason Jobst with his first hockey stick. Credit: Courtesy of John JobstAfter a 45-point season in 49 games, his best season with the Lumberjacks, the stitches came out, and a third surgery — the second on his left shoulder — was required, forcing the then-20-year-old to miss the majority of another season.“It was a pretty dark time in my life. Hockey had been taken away from me for so long,” Jobst said. “It really sucked.” During his time with the Lumberjacks, Jobst did not receive many Division I offers.His dream of playing at a Big Ten school nearly got him to walk on at Penn State, but without the money to do so, Jobst waited, eventually committing to the Buckeyes over Nebraska Omaha and Western Michigan.“Through juniors he had three shoulder surgeries that made me think that he was about done,” John Jobst said. “I didn’t think he could make it through four years of college and … miss a game because of injury. It’s pretty amazing.”Hardships did not end for Jobst when he came to Ohio State. The Buckeyes lost their first seven games to start the 2015-16 season.Senior defenseman Sasha Larocque said his first impression of Jobst was “small,” but that the now 5-foot-8-inch forward made an impression on him as well as the rest of the team despite the team’s overall struggles.“The first time I met him, I wasn’t sure, and I knew he had a lot of injury problems and tough shoulders,” Larocque said. “But from his first time being here, he was always so positive, and you could tell he was gonna be a leader on this team from the day we got here.”Through the first seven games, Jobst had one goal to his name. In his final 28 games for the Buckeyes during the 2015-16 season, Jobst had 11 goals and 29 points, leading the team with nine goals in Big Ten play.The significant rise in points was a surprise to everyone, even his dad.“I thought he would be a role player at best; I mean we used to talk a lot about where he’d be as a freshman — he’d play and hopefully get some fourth-line stuff,” John Jobst said. “I definitely was underestimating him.”Jobst followed up his first season with a dominant sophomore year, finishing at the top of his team and tying for No. 1 in the Big Ten with 55 points. After two seasons in the USHL of missing out on workouts, dealing with a pair of bad shoulders and failing to deliver as much as he hoped to, Jobst was finally bringing as much production on the ice as he had as a leader in the locker room.“I mean, as an undersized guy, I’d always kind of been someone that had to produce,” he said. “I really just told myself that in my college career, I have to produce so much that people can’t turn their backs on me.”Jobst’s junior season saw the newly named captain lead Ohio State with 21 goals on its way to a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament and the second-ever Frozen Four trip in program history.But Jobst didn’t lose the chip on his shoulder.“Even though we were a No. 1 seed, people still were like always doubting us, and people were never really giving us credit,” he said. “People were still like disrespecting us almost and like never giving us really a chance.“It was kind of a f**k you mentality.”In Jobst’s final season with the Buckeyes, no one is doubting him or his team. Ohio State was ranked No. 1 in the poll before its’ season began, and the Buckeyes have just won the program’s first Big Ten regular season title, clinching the conference after Jobst scored a goal against Michigan in overtime.Ohio State then-junior forward Mason Jobst celebrates a trip to the Frozen Four after a 5-1 win against Denver in the 2018 NCAA tournament. Credit: Nick Hudak | For the Lantern“A moment like that is the reason why you stay here, get your degree and then have a chance to win championships, and he won a championship by scoring a game-winning goal,” Ohio State head coach Steve Rohlik said.Jobst is leading the team in goals and points and is on the ballot for the Hobey Baker award for the best player in college hockey.But the 25-year-old has no confirmed NHL career after this season. The Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins and Minnesota Wild have all hosted Jobst for NHL development camps, but his future still remains unknown.“I’d be lying if I said I don’t look forward a little bit,” he said. “I really am trying to take it day by day. But your dream your whole life is to play in the NHL, and I feel that I’m so close to that right now.”For all the accolades and statistics Jobst, or anyone at Ohio State, has accomplished, none have amounted to a title for the Buckeyes.When Jobst thinks about leaving Ohio State, he wants to cement his legacy with the program’s first national championship.“It’s not like anyone has better facilities or anything than Ohio State. The only thing that they have is the history of winning, and that’s gotta start somewhere for this school,” Jobst said. “I want it so bad.”Jobst has the scoring numbers to go down in Ohio State history, but his legacy goes past the statistics.Rohlik and Larocque said Jobst’s leadership has been a driving point for the team, coming from doing the right things and working extremely hard, Rohlik said.The result is an Ohio State men’s hockey team that has nine more wins in its past two seasons than in the two seasons before it, and one that has the expectations that Jobst has had from the beginning.“He left it on the line every day,” Rohlik said. “His work ethic and his passion for the game of hockey will go down as one of the all-time greats here at Ohio State.”Looking back, Jobst said he returns to his time at Muskegon, where he wasn’t a player getting dozens of offers, where he was looked at as undersized and over-injured.“No one really gave me a chance to do what I’ve done,” he said.With a pair of tournaments to go, Jobst’s time at Ohio State is not quite finished.But when it is, his impact, from the stats to the leadership to the change in direction for the program, will be felt.That didn’t seem like a reality for Jobst a few years ago. It didn’t feel like a possibility for a kid from Speedway, Indiana, who wore skates through the house until his ankles bled.“I knew we had a hockey player when we took them off for bed and all four ankle bones were rubbed raw and were bleeding, and he never said a word, never bothered him,” John Jobst said.Maybe it never bothered him because he knew what walking around in those Size 2 skates would mean for him in the future. read more

Column The Youth Guarantee is an escalation of the governments war on

first_imgDURING IRELAND’S PRESIDENCY of the European Union last year, agreement on a European Youth Guarantee was reached and was much promoted, by Labour MEP Emer Costello for example, as guaranteeing “young people a quality offer of employment, education, an apprenticeship or a traineeship, within four months on becoming unemployed or leaving full-time education.”  Now that rhetoric has to be backed up by some details, contained in the government’s implementation plan, it has become entirely clear that all we have here is an empty promise, together with the threat to cut dole for those who refuse to go on free labour schemes.No guarantee at allThe purpose of the ‘Youth Guarantee’ is really to allow the Labour Party and the other establishment parties in Europe to pretend they are doing something about this crisis of youth unemployment. But underneath the nice name, what is there? No guarantee at all and a continuation of forced emigration and worsening wages and conditions.The Irish government is promising a ‘Youth Guarantee offer’ within four months to those with most need and for nine months for those with less need. This is already a betrayal of the promise of an offer within four months for all. What’s more, it is to be ‘progressively’ rolled out and will only be fully ready by the end of 2015.The real kicker is the definition of a ‘Youth Guarantee offer’. In other countries where this has been introduced, young people thought that they had a guarantee of work or training in an industry which they were interested in. This wasn’t the case. In Denmark, they actually dropped the use of the word guarantee from their youth scheme because of the expectations it carried and the subsequent disappointment and disillusionment with it from young people.In Finland for example, large numbers of young people who had no interest in cutting down trees were pushed into the forestry industry. This was often for major multinationals with no wages or a JobBridge type payment. Rather than being given a start in your career of choice, it just means any offer at all – mean training or ‘work experience’ in whatever industry has a gap. It will mean someone who wants to work as an artist ending up as a JobBridge intern as a ‘sandwich artist’ in Subway.Doing it on the cheapA primary reason for the empty nature of this guarantee is that it is massively underfunded. The EU has agreed to spend €6 billion. Yet, the International Labour Organisation estimates that to implement a programme that offered young people a real guarantee would cost €21 billion. Despite posing as champions of the youth guarantee, Labour MEPs along with all other southern Irish MEPs apart from myself, voted against an amendment to increase the Youth Guarantee funding to that level.In Ireland in the last budget, the government committed €14 million to the guarantee, at the same time as cutting €35 million directly from young people, through dole cuts and apprenticeship fees! Including EU funding, the government plans to spend €46 million implementing the Youth Guarantee in 2014. This falls massively short of the €273 million estimated by the National Youth Council of Ireland as necessary.This also does not take into account the resources which would have to be put into staffing the guarantee. Indeed, in the government’s document, references are made to the ‘scarce resources’ which are already struggling to cope with the unemployment crisis. For the guarantee to work, young people will need a case worker to put time and effort into assessing their education, skills and career ambitions. Experiences from Finland and Sweden show that if each case worker is overloaded with hundreds or thousands of cases, then the individual specialisation which is required will not be met, and instead a conveyor belt of box ticking will take its place.The only guarantees: dole cuts and free labourThe Youth Guarantee adds nothing to help young people get off the dole. Instead, it brings in measures which make it compulsory to engage with slave labour schemes like JobBridge under the threat of having welfare payments reduced. This could see a young person, already trying to survive on a measly €100 a week, being cut to €75. For those receiving €144 per week they will be reduced to €111. The government’s real guarantee is this – take part in these free labour schemes or they will drive you into poverty or to the airport.The Youth Guarantee cements free-labour schemes like JobBridge, TUS and Gateway at the heart of the government’s ‘solution’ to unemployment. This is the ushering in of an Irish version of the despised WorkFare scheme which has operated in the UK. The compulsory nature of the Youth Guarantee will no doubt be accompanied by the usual propaganda about the unemployed, specifically unemployed young people, that they sit at home in front of plasma screen TVs and need to be ‘incentivised’.A bounty on their headsParallel to the ‘Youth Guarantee’ is the privatisation of the welfare system. G4S are currently tendering for the outsourcing of the contracts at a local level. This will see private companies tender for the right to implement aspects of the unemployment service. They will be paid on a results based basis – the more people they can put off the dole the more they get paid. This gives an incentive to them to get young people off the dole by whatever means necessary, without reference to the needs of the unemployed. Together with the new compulsory aspects introduced in the Youth Guarantee, this means a bounty has now been placed on the heads of the unemployed.Far from being something which young people should welcome, the Youth Guarantee is an escalation of the government’s war on young people. It is a continuation of the government’s real response to unemployment, which is two-pronged.The first is a policy of forced emigration. This has been pursued through slashing the dole for young people, hiking college and apprenticeship fees and engaging in a vicious propaganda campaign to portray youth unemployment as a lifestyle choice. The result is that 177,000 people aged 15-24 have left in the past five years.The second is using the existence of mass unemployment to try to drive down wages and conditions further in the hope of becoming more ‘competitive’ and increasing exports. So far, while profits are up over 50 per cent since 2008, unit labour costs are down 12 per cent since 2008.A real guarantee is needed for young unemployed people instead of free labour schemes. That can only be done with investment in education, meaningful training and the creation of jobs. The campaign against JobBridge, which I initiated, will shortly be launching a RealJobs programme to detail how this could be done.Read: Under-25s who fail to accept some JobBridge internships could face dole cutRead: Burton confident about Youth Guarantee despite concernslast_img read more

Man appears in court charged over racially abusive Facebook clip

first_imgMan appears in court charged over ‘racially abusive’ Facebook clip Jason Hayes was arrested yesterday in connection with a garda probe 23,661 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Mar 8th 2019, 6:21 PM A MAN HAS appeared in court in Limerick today charged with making comments that were likely to stir up hatred.Jason Hayes, (44), with an address at Upper Henry Street, Limerick city, was arrested yesterday in connection with a garda probe into a video posted on Facebook, which appeared to show two males making racially abusive comments about members of the public going about their business on Parnell Street, Limerick.Hayes is accused of engaging in actions likely stir up hatred, contrary to Section 2 of the Prohibition of Incitement To Hatred Act, 1989.The charge relates to an unknown date between 1 September 2017 and 1 September 2018, gardai told Limerick District Court.Sergeant Adrian Whelan, Roxboro Road garda station, gave evidence of arresting Hayes and charging him under caution.He said Hayes “made no reply” to the charge, which Sergeant Whelan said related to “a video clip on Facebook”.Hayes was granted bail, by consent, on a number of strict conditions.These include that, he stay away from Parnell Street, save for attending a specific premises on the street on one occasion every month; that he sign on three times a week at Henry Street garda station; that he stay sober in public; and that he continue to reside at his current home address.Judge O’Leary remanded Hayes on bail to appear before Limerick District Court again in June for directions from the Director of Public Prosecutions.Comments are closed as legal proceedings are ongoing. Image: Laura Hutton via Shutterstock Image: Laura Hutton via Shutterstock Share19 Tweet Email1 Friday 8 Mar 2019, 6:21 PM Short URL No Comments By David Raleigh last_img read more

Ederson said he has improved under Guardiola

first_imgThe Brazilian goalkeeper has picked up a League Cup and an English Premier League trophy in just his first season with Manchester City.25-year-old Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson joined Manchester City in 2017.And since then, he has won a League Cup and an English Premier League trophy.“I’ve improved a lot,” Ederson explained to the club’s official website.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Pep gives me the confidence to play.”“I have made mistakes which allowed a goal, but I haven’t allowed this to affect me,” he added.“The freedom and confidence from Pep give helps me a lot and I adapted quite fast to his style – not just me, but all the team!”last_img read more

Thirddegree black belt waiter stops thief during attempted robbery

first_img“That was my money in the register. It was my manager’s money in the register. And it was my IHOP’s money in the register,” Arnold said. “And I’m not going to let anybody take that.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. SAN ANTONIO, Texas (WSVN) — An IHOP waiter in Texas is credited with serving up justice to a would-be robber.Elijah Arnold told Fox 29 that he jumped into action when a man entered the restaurant and popped open the cash register.Arnold, who has a third-degree black belt, rushed to stop the suspect from getting away with the money. That’s when the man swung a crowbar at him.“I’ve been in martial arts for a very long time and my instincts just took over. I deflected the crowbar and just tackled him to the ground,” Arnold recalled. “I got him in a submission hold where I held him until police got here.” Even as he held the man down, the robber wasn’t done trying to get away with the cash.“Even on the ground when I was holding him, he was begging me, ‘Please let me go, just give me the money, you should understand this,’” Arnold said.Arnold didn’t have sympathy for the man; after all, he had just gotten the job at IHOP a few weeks prior and had been recently homeless, according to Fox 29. last_img read more

Boeing to hire 800 direct employees in India Report

first_img Close Aircraft manufacturing giant Boeing is planning to hire around 800 direct employees in India, as the company aims to expand operations in the country’s aerospace industry.The US-based company is going to hire employees for job profile ranging from core engineering to frontline factory workers, and for human resources, according to Mint.Currently, Boeing’s Indian subsidiary has 1,200 direct employees and around 7,000 contract workers, who work on its projects through third-party firms based in India.”We have 144,000 employees worldwide approximately. The population here has grown very quickly and we have aspirations to add more beyond that (1,500 by year-end),” Heidi Capozzi, Boeing’s senior vice-president for human resources globally, told the business daily in an interview.Indian aerospace industry is growing at fast pace, so much so that according to a report by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), India is set to become the third-largest aviation market by 2025.To take the full advantage of the airline business in India, many international firms operating in the space and planning expand further. The IATA report further stated that by 2036 the country will have about 478 million air passengers, which is more than that of countries like Japan and Germany. The logo of Dow Jones Industrial Average stock market index listed company Boeing (BA) is seen in Los Angeles, California, United States, April 22, 2016.Reuters”We’ve set aspirations to have 25 percent of our footprint outside the US. We’ve focused on key target markets and obviously India is a big one of those,” Capozzi said.The company has already set up two consortiums with the National Centre for Aerospace Innovation and Research with Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay and Aerospace Network Research Consortium with the Indian Institute of Science-Bangalore to help them in hiring in India.Since the aerospace industry is growing rapidly, nearly every single state wants to develop that market, Boeing’s India vice-president Pratyush Kumar told Mint.”We evaluate very closely where to put a new engineering centre and there was very tough competition, and frankly a lot of incentives, from other states to go there. But the talent is in Bengaluru,” Kumar added. Boeing is casting its center_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

International Film Festival The Nutcracker and other happenings around Costa Rica

first_imgRelated posts:Yoga Day, Father’s Day exhibit and other happenings around Costa Rica ‘Abominable Creatures,’ contemporary dance, and other happenings around Costa Rica Dance Company performance, La Llorona, and other happenings around Costa Rica Nrmal Festival, Expo Tattoo, and other happenings around Costa Rica International Film FestivalApproximately 45 films from all around the world will be screened at this year’s festival. Locations include the Magaly Theater, 1887 Theater, La Aduana Theater, and National Cultural Center (CENAC) Amphitheater, from Dec. 11-18. Check out the whole program here.“Festival Internacional de Cine” takes place Dec. 10 – 18 at various theaters around San José. ₡1,000 – 1,500 ($2 – 3), free for seniors. More info: Festival Internacional de Cine Facebook page. Buy your tickets here.Creative VillageFifty producers, designers, and artists have united to create a unique cultural offering at two December fairs. Drop by to check out products including jewerly, self-care products, art, food, and beautiful Christmas gifts.“Aldea Creativa” takes place Dec. 11 – 13 at the National Culture Center (CENAC), downtown San José next to Parque España, and Dec. 15 – 22 at Hotel 1492, Barrio Escalante. 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. Free. More info: Aldea Creativa Facebook page.Arte SanoArt that’s produced in environmentally friendly and holistic ways: Approximately 20 organic producers and artisans will offer ice cream, coconut oil, snacks, medicinal infusions, candies, fruits, vegetables, cosmetics, jewerly and many other products. Activities during the day include yoga, Indian dance and peña flamenca classes, and live music featuring guitars, harps, trova and Irui. Organizers will donate 30% of all earnings will to the Territorio de Zaguate animal-welfare organization; the remaining 70% will go to the Agro-Ecological and Artisanal Market.“Arte Sano” takes place Dec. 12 at Alquimia Earth Market, Santa Ana. 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. ₡1,000 ($2). More info: Event Facebook page.Free Yoga and Gift DriveAs part of the annual Barrio Otoya gift drive to benefit children in the indigenous region of Talamanca, that neighborhood’s yoga studio, Downtown Yoga Costa Rica, is teaming up with Mercado Combai in Escazú to offer a free yoga session: your ticket in is a gift for a child. (No time to shop beforehand? There’s a Pague Menos store right next door.)“Yoga Gratis con Donación de Juguete” takes place Dec. 13 at 10 a.m. at Mercado Combai, across the highway from Multiplaza Escazú. More info: Event Facebook page.Art Exhibit: “Under the Sun”U.S. artist Cher Compton will unveil her latest exhibit, “Bajo el sol” at Guanacaste’s Hidden Garden Art Gallery. Her paintings reflect the beauty of the simple elements that characterize Costa Rican life.“Bajo el sol” will be exhibited Dec. 12 – Feb. 5 at Hidden Garden Art Gallery, 5 km west of the Daniel Oduber International Airport, Liberia, Guanacaste. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Free. More info: 2667-0592/8386-6872. The National Theater presents its annual Christmas play, the famous ballet, “The Nutcracker.” With the music of P.I. Tchaikovsky, and the performances of both Costa Rican and international high level dancers, “The Nutcracker” has become one of the most popular shows for Ticos during Christmas. The ballet is being presented at the National Theater in San José from December 4-13 at 8pm each night. Alberto Font/The Tico Times“The Nutcracker”The National Theater kicks off the Christmas season with its annual performance of the classic ballet.“Ballet El Cascanueces” will be performed Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 13 at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. At the National Theater, downtown San José. ₡17,000 – 34,000 ($34 – 68). More info: National Theater Website.Christmas ConcertsThe Municipal School of Integrated Arts (EMAI) will offer Chritmas concerts with its Youth Orchestra, Intermediate Orchestra and Lyric Choir.“Conciertos navideños” will be performed Dec. 11 at Piedades Elderly Center, Santa Ana, 7 p.m.; Dec. 12 at the Children’s Home in La Virgen de Sarapiquí, 5 p.m. and at the Rainforest Lodge in Sarapiquí, 7 p.m.; Dec. 19 at the Church of La Cruz, Guanacaste, 7 p.m.; Dec. 20 at the Cathedral of Liberia, Guanacaste, at 11 a.m.; and Dec. 24 at the Church of Santa Ana,  8 p.m. Free. More info: EMAI  Website.Tropical MarketJust in time for your holiday shopping, the annual Tropical Market returns with the best from Costa Rican artisans. Artwork, crafts, natural cosmetics, gourmet products, independent publications, local food products, and more.“Mercado Tropical” takes place Dec. 18 – 20 at Mercado Antiguo, Ciudad Colón. Free. 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. More info: Mercado Tropical Facebook page.Gangoche ChristmasA Christmas play by famous Costa Rican puppeteer Juan Cuentacuentos, “Gangoche Christmas” describes a humble but hopeful Christmas Eve.“Navidad de Gangoche” takes place Dec. 13, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, and 23. ₡7,000 ($14). At La Fortuna Theater, Paseo de las Flores, Heredia. More info: 2560-7777.Staged Narration of “A Christmas Carol”The Little Theatre Group will celebrate its first Christmas at their new home with 7 performances of a stage narration of Charles Dickens traditional story, “A Christmas Carol.”“Staged Narration of A Christmas Carol” will be performed Dec. 9 – 13. Wed- Fri: 7:30 p.m. Sat – Sun: 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Little Theatre Group headquarters on Calle Rolex, San Rafael de Escazú; detailed directions are here. Suggested donation ₡6,000 (approximately $12) adults, and ₡3,000 ($6) children and students. Reservations are required. More info: Little Theatre Group Website or 8858-1446.Upcoming Concerts:John Carey & JR: New Orleans “Harmonica Wizard” John Carey will play along with Costa Rica’s own JR Blues Band, with special guest Manuel Obregón on the piano. Dec. 11 at Amón Solar. 8 p.m. ₡8,000 ($16). More info: 2221-2302.Rock Classics: Gira Earth band will play the rock hits of the 70s, 80s and 90s. Dec. 11 at Oz Bar. 9:30 p.m. ₡2,500 ($5). More info: 6053-3220. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Vegas cabs taking travellers for a ride

Audit reveals cabs overcharged travellers US$15 million in 2012. Image: Nevada Taxicab Authority Nevada taxi drivers overcharged almost one million and a half travellers going to and from McCarran International Airport to the tune of almost US$15 million last year, a recent report from state auditors has revealed.According to the legislative audit, of the 6.6 million rides going to and from the Nevada airport, some 23 percent were “deceptively long”, the Las Vegas Sun reported.This so-called “long hauling” can increase the average cab fare by about US$10.The report has called on the Taxicab Authority to take “preventative measures” such as providing price guides at the airport.The official Las Vegas Tourism website advises that the average taxi fare from the airport to a Strip hotel is $US11 and also points to popular airport shuttle services as alternative means of transportation.Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G. A. read more

New Yatracom TVC promotes eCash and airfaredrop protection

first_imgThe OTA launched its new series of advertisement commercials featuring its brand ambassador – Actor Ranbir Kapoor. Conceptualised by Ogilvy and Mather, the ad films reflect an exquisite blend of the contemporary world with the vintage charm of Indian cinema.The two films highlight its eCash loyalty program and its unique feature of protecting customers from a drop in airfare post them making a booking. eCash now not only gets a traveller discount on future bookings but is also transferable to friends and family, as well as convertible into shopping vouchers from Yatra’s partners.Commenting on the new TVC series, Sharat Dhall, COO (B2C),, said, “We are focused on innovating in terms of customer features and benefits, and this set of ads highlight two such industry-first features –eCash loyalty points and the airfare-drop protection. With these films, we are looking to attract new users to our fold, while retaining the connection with our existing customer base.”The ads feature Kapoor grooving to Clinton Cerejo’s beats, which not only captivates the audiences by getting them to smile and hum along but also reinforces Yatra’s brand message of being ‘India ka travel planner’.Kapoor added, “ has always managed to surprise me with its innovative ideas of engaging with travellers. I am delighted to also get the opportunity to pay a tribute to the evergreen members of my family via these unforgettable classic songs that are a part of these ads.”last_img read more

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first_img Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   When the Arizona Cardinals acquired Kevin Kolb from the Philadelphia Eagles, they thought they were getting their franchise quarterback of the future.While Kolb’s time in the desert has been rocky, to say the least, the 28-year-old is hoping to continue his road to redemption when he faces his former team on Sunday.If he’s taken anything of value from his experience in Philadelphia, it’s how to handle adversity in one of the toughest markets to play. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ “The problem is that [Juan Castillo] wasn’t the defensive coordinator when I was there so they have a different defense and they’ve changed a lot from last year,” Kolb said. “I think most of the advantage is going to be me just talking to the defensive guys and helping them out with the system but now that I am a year and a half removed I am not sure if it’s quite as fresh in my mind as it was.”The Cardinals are hoping any insight Kolb can provide will help them secure their third win of the season Sunday. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away “When it’s high there, when things are going good, you can’t buy into it because there is a lot of hype,” Kolb stated. “Everybody is patting you on the back. And when it’s low, good gosh, is the sun going to come up tomorrow?”And while Arizona isn’t nearly as intense of an environment, Kolb said he tries for the most part to tune out criticism.“Most the time I don’t even read it,” Kolb said. “I don’t know about it. If it’s valid then I try to work on it.”Kolb is certainly still working on trying to win over Cardinals fans. But, he’s accepted the highs and lows that go with playing such a high profile position.“As a quarterback especially, you have to be able to ride those waves and stay level-headed with every experience,” Kolb said.Kolb has shown his fair share of resiliency so far this season, filling in admirably for the injured John Skelton. He is 21-for-35 for 206 yards and two touchdowns in the Cardinals two wins this year.Despite the notion that Kolb might have an edge when facing the Eagles due to his past ties with Andy Reid’s squad, the Cardinals signal caller said he’s not as familiar as you might think. What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinkelast_img read more

Paphos doctor denies abusing hospital procedures

first_imgA former doctor at Paphos general hospital on the receiving end of a complaint by the hospital’s A&E chief, defended himself on Wednesday insisting that he did nothing out of line.He had been accused by Neophyta Chrysanthou, who heads the emergency department, of allegedly bringing in a patient he was treating privately to the hospital for a CT scan without following proper procedures and failing to ensure the patient registered properly.Outlining her accusations in a letter to Health Minister Yiorgos Pamborides, she also said the doctor in question left with the scans before they were administered into the hospital records system.On Wednesday however, Panayiotis Papadopoulos said he was the doctor Chrysanthou was accusing and said according to the medical association, when a patient is brought in from the private sector to the state hospital, there is no need to go through the emergency department as they are registered in the clinic where they are being treated.Additionally, there is also a line of communication between the private doctor and the specialist at the hospital that will see the patient, Papadopoulos said.Chrysanthou had argued that “the doctor” had worked at the hospital for 15 years before moving to the private sector and had thus been helped by friends and former colleagues to get the job done faster.Papadopoulos said Chrysanthou should have been aware of the procedure “and not leave hints that these procedures have to do with financially benefiting someone”.“If she does not know, she can appeal to the chairman of the medical association who I have already spoken to and confirmed the procedures,” he said. “Unfortunately, some people like to constantly create problems at Paphos hospital.”Chrysanthou had also alleged that the problem was rife at the hospital and particularly common during public holidays.The allegations were denied by head of radiology at the hospital Lia Psara who said the patient in question had followed the proper procedures.  You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoGundry MDHow To Make Your Dark Spots Fade (Effortless 2 Minute Routine)Gundry MDUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoAuthorities release five of 12 Israeli rape suspects, seven due in court FridayUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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actually, I also pay more attention to this form of affiliate marketing. In the next 5 years or 10 years, joint marketing will be developed quickly. This development may be faster than the physical evolution of online sales. The enormous potential of joint marketing also let us see the hope for the development of individual industry. No longer need a huge amount of advertising fees, agency fees, manufacturers and agents perform their duties, division of labor. Low threshold, low agency fee, and even no agency fee. The shift from reality to networking has made this sales model easier. You don’t even need any money to join, and you don’t need to spend any resources. You just need to sit in front of the computer and use your mouse. In the or the forum sent to the designated joint sales alliance provides links to you, there are people to click on your links or buy goods through your links, you can get some benefits. read more