Finn Cole Anna Sawai join Fast Furious 9

first_imgLos Angeles: Finn Cole, Anna Sawai, and Vinnie Bennett are the newest additions to “Fast & Furious 9”. According to Entertainment Weekly, the details of their characters are under wraps. Cole is best known for playing Michael on “Peaky Blinders”. He currently stars as Joshua ‘J’ Cody on “Animal Kingdom”. Sawai’s biggest cinematic outing was 2009’s “Ninja Assassin”, whereas Bennett is well known for his performances in films such as “Ghost in the Shell” and “Human Traces”. Justin Lin, who was at the helm of franchise’s third, fourth, fifth and sixth installments, is directing the new film. Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Nathalie Emmanuel, and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges are returning to the action series, with new entrant John Cena.last_img read more

Provinces challenge Trudeau government over contentious tax proposals

first_imgOTTAWA – Provincial pressure is intensifying against the Trudeau government’s controversial tax-reform proposals, which have angered business owners, doctors and farmers across Canada.On Friday, provincial leaders representing different political stripes — Liberals, New Democrats and Conservatives — spoke out about tax reforms recommended by Ottawa’s Liberal government.Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister, flanked by business owners and a farmer, held an afternoon event in Winnipeg where he aired his frustration over the federal tax proposals.On the East Coast, Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil expressed concern that the changes could hurt his province’s physician recruitment efforts and hamper the ability of small businesses to create financial cushions as protection during downturns. McNeil was scheduled to meet federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau later in the day to directly convey this message.Out West, British Columbia Finance Minister Carole James said she didn’t think Ottawa had consulted enough on an issue that has spread fears of the “unintended consequences” on small business owners.The comments by the provincial leaders added to waves of complaints that have come from a range of sectors — as well as backbench Liberal MPs. Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball has also said he thinks the tax changes would hurt his province.At issue are Ottawa’s plan to eliminate several tax incentives designed for private corporations.Morneau and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have argued that the tax system unfairly encourages wealthy Canadians to incorporate, so they can get a better tax rate than middle-income earners.They say the changes are meant to end tax advantages that some wealthy business owners have unfairly exploited and to ensure all Canadians have a level playing field.But the federal explanations have yet to ease many concerns.Pallister added his voice to the uproar about the potential damage he believes the changes could inflict on thousands of small- and medium-sized businesses and their employees.“There is no room here for class warfare. The communications department in Ottawa have chosen to use language like ‘loopholes, tax evasion’ — recriminatory and accusation language that has no place in this discussion,” Pallister said.“These proposed changes will take millions of dollars out of the hands of Manitobans and deliver them straight to Ottawa.”In Halifax, McNeil urged Ottawa not to overlook the importance of these incentives for some small business owners and doctors who lack retirement plans.“I’ve raised the issues that I’ve heard from Nova Scotians and I’ve raised my concerns that I have with them as well,” he said of his discussions with Ottawa.In Vancouver, James told business leaders after a speech that she believes in closing what Ottawa has described as “tax loopholes.”“But I also believe that there wasn’t good consultation done,” she said of the federal strategy.“I have heard from many people, including many small business owners, that this doesn’t close loopholes. In fact, it causes unintended consequences for many small business owners.”Morneau first released the government’s three-part tax plan in mid-July.The package includes restrictions on the ability of business owners to reduce their tax rate by sprinkling their income to family members in lower tax brackets, even if those family members do not contribute to the company.Morneau also proposed limits on the use of private corporations to make passive investments that are unrelated to the company. Another change would limit business owners’ ability to convert regular income of a corporation into capital gains, which are typically taxed at a lower rate.On Friday, before his meeting with McNeil, Morneau said there was “some pretty obvious misinformation” circulating about the impacts of the proposals. Ottawa has been trying to bring clarity to the debate.“Our objective here is to deal with wealthy people that are incorporating in order to find themselves at a lower tax rate than middle-class Canadians,” Morneau said.“Our goal, of course, is (a) long-term, fair tax system that provides a basis for people to invest, to make our country successful.”He added that, for example, only business owners who have annual incomes of at least $150,000 can really benefit from the passive income incentive.The government launched a 75-day public consultation period in July, which ends Oct. 2. Morneau has said he’s listening to feedback about the proposals and that he’s open to making changes, if necessary.Manitoba Finance Minister Cameron Friesen wrote Morneau to demand that he hold off on the tax reforms until after the provincial finance ministers meet him in December.Late Friday, Winnipeg-area Liberal MP Dan Vandal said he was “completely surprised” that Manitoba’s premier would join the national debate over federal tax proposals, which are still only in the consultation phase.“It’s not like the premier doesn’t have work to do,” said Vandal, who also noted Pallister’s past as a federal Tory MP.“He’s still going to bat for the national Conservative party.”Vandal, who’s been hearing concerns about the tax plan from his own constituents, said he expects Morneau to make changes to the proposals.A vocal opposition has grown since Morneau first announced the proposals in the summer.An organized movement has argued the tax incentives targeted by the Liberals are critical for Canada’s economically crucial small-business sector. It insists the current tax structure is necessary for entrepreneurs, including those in the so-called middle class, who take personal financial risks when they decide to open a company.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter— with files from Aly Thomson in Halifax, Geordon Omand in Vancouver and CJOB in Winnipeglast_img read more

Nepal UN human rights official voices concern about promotion of army officer

7 July 2009The top United Nations human rights official in Nepal has raised concerns with the country’s defence ministry about the proposed promotion of an army officer who commanded a battalion responsible for acts of torture, arbitrary detention and other human rights violations. Richard Bennett, the Representative of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), met yesterday with Nepal’s Defence Minister Bidhya Bhandari to voice concern about the plan to promote Toran Jung Bahadur Singh from Major General to Lieutenant General.OHCHR issued a report in 2006 on its investigation into torture, arbitrary detention and disappearances carried out at Maharajgunj Barracks, which was under the control of a battalion led by Maj.-Gen. Singh in 2003-04 during the conflict between Government forces and Maoists.The report concluded that Maj.-Gen. Singh “knew or ought to have known about these actions” and recommended that “those potentially implicated directly or through command responsibility for units involved should be suspended from any official duties pending the investigation, and should not be proposed for participation in UN peacekeeping missions.”Mr. Bennett said that “given these serious and credible allegations, the Government should investigate General Singh’s involvement before taking a decision on his promotion.”In a press release issued yesterday, OHCHR said it also acknowledged the contribution of Nepal on various UN peacekeeping missions, which obligate peacekeepers to maintain the highest standards of compliance with human rights. read more

Ground broken for NYC film and television production complex

NEW YORK, N.Y. – A 10-acre vacant New York City lot will be transformed into a film and television production complex.The project had a groundbreaking Tuesday in the Bronx. Queens-based York Studios is behind the project. The studio is home to the CBS series “Elementary” and the movie “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” among others.The new campus in the Soundview neighbourhood will eventually house nine sound stages, production office space and workshops for each stage.Government officials predict the project could generate nearly $100 million in new tax revenues for the Bronx. They say it will create hundreds of construction jobs and employ about 400 production industry professionals.Completion of the first phase is expected in 16 to 18 months. by The Associated Press Posted Jun 6, 2017 1:41 pm MDT Last Updated Jun 6, 2017 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Ground broken for NYC film and television production complex read more

Yoga centre will shatter the peace and tranquility on our quiet street

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. A new yoga centre will shatter the peace and tranquility on our quiet residential Oxford street, residents have complained. Proposals have been made to demolish a building which has stood for over 90 years on East Street – a road so quiet residents claim to be able to “hear their clocks ticking”.If given the go-ahead, the plans would see the demolition of a white garage said to have once housed the artworks of late local artist Hugo Powell, in favour of a two-story yoga studio. Before the plans can be given the go-ahead, they will be presented to a planning comittee at Oxford Town Hall on Tuesday. The planning proposal for the studio on Oxford City Council’s website has already gained over fifty comments from members of the public.One resident told the council: “The client/customer intensive nature of a studio business will shatter the calm from morning to night, seven days a week.”On the hour, every hour, during the day, as one class goes and the next one arrives, there could be a 40-person hiatus on the East Street narrow pavement.” Although many residents have voiced grievances about the proposals, for some the yoga studio is a welcome addition to the area. One commenter stated: “Since the Yoga Garden, Summertown closed a couple of years ago, there has been a great need for a dedicated, independent yoga space. “We need a space able to host and support a diverse community of teachers and students.”If approved, the studio will employ two full-time staff and 20 part-time staff. It will also encourage users to cycle to the venue, with bike spaces included in the plans. read more

Hundreds of Corkbased Apple contractors lose jobs after hearing Siri users private

first_imgHundreds of Cork-based Apple contractors lose jobs after hearing Siri users’ private conversations Apple has apologised to Siri users after it emerged that workers heard people having sex and discussing private medical matters. By Ceimin Burke Apple are responsible for the position these workers find themselves in and Apple cannot just turn their backs and ignore the workers’ plight.A spokesperson for Apple declined to comment on the situation as the workers were not Apple employees.“We believe that everyone should be treated with the dignity and respect they deserve — this includes our own employees and the suppliers we work with in Ireland and around the world,” Apple said in a statement.GlobeTech’s CEO, Kevin Kelly, said it’s a “difficult situation for everyone involved”. Share119 Tweet Email7 Aug 29th 2019, 3:10 PM Short URL 67 Comments Thursday 29 Aug 2019, 3:10 PM HUNDREDS OF CONTRACTORS working for Apple who heard private information and interactions while checking Siri recordings at the tech giant’s Cork facility have lost their jobs.Earlier this month the company said it had halted the practice of “grading” – where people listen to recordings to improve accuracy – following reports that workers had heard people having sex, discussing private medical information and conducting drug deals. Apple European headquarters at Hollyhill industrial estate in Co Cork. Source: Niall CarsonIn Cork the grading was carried out by workers employed through contracting firms including GlobeTech Services Ltd.Apple’s decision to suspend grading left the contractors without any work and many were informed last week that they no longer had a job.Cork North Central TD Mick Barry said today that Apple needs to be held to account for the treatment of the workers.The Solidarity politician said that some of the workers travelled halfway across the world to perform the contract and that they had been treated very shoddily by the corporation.“It is not acceptable that workers can be made unemployed with no notice given and then paid off with just one weeks’ pay,” he said. The nature of our business means that the majority of our employee contracts are fixed purpose and are linked to client requirements and project life cycles.“We are committed to supporting our employees through potential redeployment opportunities, where possible,” he added.Apple apologised to Siri users that workers listened to recordings in a statement yesterday evening.It revealed that it plans to resume grading but only for users who opt in and added that only its own employees will be able to access the recordings, not third-party workers from external companies. 80,596 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Exclusive Matthew Guy promises to establish Vic gov business office in Thessaloniki

first_imgVictorian Opposition Leader Matthew Guy, speaking exclusively to Neos Kosmos, has announced that if elected his government will open a Victorian government business office in Melbourne’s Greek sister city, Thessaloniki.The proposed $1.7 million investment would increase access to export markets and facilitate Victorian investment and by building relationships into the region.“The establishment of such an office in Thessaloniki will provide a huge boost to Victoria’s access to European export markets, facilitating tighter business relationships between Victoria, the Balkans and Turkey,” Mr Guy said.“It will also attract potential investment to Victoria, which will grow the economy.”The establishment of a Victorian government business office would recognise the contributions of the Hellenic Australian community to Victoria, providing a strong foundation for professional and business relationships to form and flourish.The goal would be for these international links to promote the state as a desirable destination to live, study, do business and visit, allowing all Victorians to benefit from the social, economic and business opportunities created by prominent diaspora communities.“The Greeks of Victoria have made an enormous contribution to our culture. The establishment of this office [would] recognise this and will further encourage this contribution,” the Leader of the Opposition said.“I recently visited Thessaloniki and was enormously impressed with the progress of the city, in particular the stunning new waterfront development, which I have pledged to emulate in Geelong.“Thessaloniki is an amazing city and I believe we should do more to strengthen the sister city relationship between Thessaloniki and Melbourne,” he added.Equally important is the need to have strategic business offices close to businesses in other parts of the world, providing the opportunity for direct dialogue between overseas business and the Victorian government.Mr Guy’s plan has been embraced by Paul Mavroudis OAM, president of the Thessaloniki Association of Melbourne and Victoria ‘The White Tower’ who agreed that the establishment of this office would help to bring Victorian and Greek businesses together, strengthening the relationship between the sister cities.“The Thessaloniki-based business groups I have spoken with are very excited at the prospect of developing closer ties with Victoria, as is the local government,” Mr Mavroudis enthused.“This announcement is recognition of the great contribution that Greeks have made to Victoria over the generations.”Chair of the Hellenic Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Georgina Poulos is also supportive of this initiative which as she stated, “will foster and promote bilateral trade and investment between Australia and Greece”.*The Victorian government currently has international business offices in twelve global locations. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

87 ports de plaisance récompensés par le Pavillon bleu

first_img87 ports de plaisance récompensés par le Pavillon bleuCette année, 87 ports de plaisance se sont vu attribuer le “Pavillon bleu” pour récompenser l’excellence de leur gestion environnementale et de politique de tourisme durable.Depuis 25 ans, le Pavillon bleu est un label international présent dans 46 pays à travers le monde. Initialement, il concernait plutôt les ports du littoral mais depuis 10 ans les ports continentaux sont également concernés. Il vise ainsi à récompenser les ports de plaisance qui remplissent certains critères dans les domaines de la sensibilisation du public au respect de l’environnement, des équipements, de l’offre de services, de la prévention et de la réduction des nuisances, des déchets et des pollutions notamment.Pour figurer à ce palmarès, les ports de plaisance doivent constituer un dossier de candidature chaque année. En 2012, plus de 3.450 sites ont été primés et les lauréats font l’objet d’une visite de suivi tout au long de l’année, un jury international étant chargé de vérifier le respect des critères de sélection. En France, le nombre de ports primés est en constante progression, passé de 77 en 2010 à 84 l’an dernier et 87 cette année. Le classement a été annoncé la semaine dernière dans le port de Dieppe, en Seine Maritime. Ce port est en effet labellisé depuis 2010 pour le traitement écologique des déchets, ses stations de pompage pour les eaux noires et grises et les kits d’intervention dans chaque bassin pour les pollutions accidentelles par hydrocarbures, entre autres.Cette année, trois nouveaux venus rejoignent ainsi le palmarès : les ports de Rochefort (Charente Maritime), Bouzigues (Hérault) et le relais nautique de l’Anse du Jard à Chalons-en-Champagne (Marne). Le port de Douarnenez (Finistère) revient dans le classement écologique pour lequel il n’avait pas été candidat en 2011. Certains ports arborent néanmoins le Pavillon bleu depuis le début à l’image des ports de Carentan (Manche) et du Cap d’Agde (Hérault). D’autres depuis 20 ans : Carnon (Hérault) et les Marines de Cogolins (Var). Une demi-douzaine d’autres allant de La Napoule (Alpes Maritimes) au Port du Grand Large de Dunkerque (Nord) en passant par Saint-Quai Portrieux (Côtes d’Armor) affichent 15 ans de labellisation.Des initiatives écolos et exemplaires dans les ports À lire aussiSoleil : Pourquoi est-ce que l’on bronze ?Certains exemples sont également relevés pour inspirer d’autres candidats. Ainsi, Port Miou, entre Marseille et Cassis, a été cité en exemple pour sa distribution gratuite à tous les usagers de feuilles absorbantes pour les eaux de fonds de cale. Le port de Saint-Cyprien dans les Pyrénées-Orientales a quant à lui investi dans un bateau dépollueur, le “In’Clean” qui aspire tous les déchets en suspension sur l’eau. A La Rochelle (Charente Maritime) pour économiser l’eau, les plaisanciers disposent d’une nouvelle station de lavage de pont fonctionnant à l’eau désalinisée.Pour en savoir plus, rendez-vous sur le site dédié : www.pavillonbleu.orgLe 7 mai 2012 à 14:01 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Orton vs Nakamura on Smackdown Live RAW on Christmas night update

first_img WhatsApp Facebook WWE Announces Rey Mysterio Match For SmackDown 1000 Now Playing Up Next About my last tweet…apparently it’s the network’s decision…not WWE’s…but still…— Beth Hardy (@BethBrittHardy_) September 4, 2017 Orton vs. Nakamura on Smackdown LiveScheduled for tonight’s Smackdown Live in Sioux Falls, South Dakota is Randy Orton vs. Shinsuke Nakamura to determine a new No. 1 Contender for the WWE Championship.Also advertised for the show is WWE Smackdown Women’s Champion Natalya vs. Carmella in a non-title match, one week before Natalya defends her title against Naomi.Tonight will also be the first night for Corey Graves on Smackdown Live commentary after news broke on Friday that JBL would be leaving his spot at ringside going will have live coverage of Smackdown tonight starting at 8:00 p.m. ET.RAW on Christmas night updateIn response to WWE confirming on Monday that the company would be presenting live RAW broadcasts on both Christmas and New Year’s night, both Reby and Beth Hardy took to Twitter to respond to the announcement. Day. Really??? Some are sensitive to my “public complaining” so let me NOT publicly complain about our Christmas Day without Jeff— Beth Hardy (@BethBrittHardy_) September 4, 2017 WWE Superstar Natalya Comments On Jim Neidhart’s Death Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipNatalya Neidhart on Why Total Divas Name Didnt Change After WWE Started Calling Women SuperstarsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:06/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 8.41%0:02Remaining Time -1:05 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.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.Replay the list Natalya Neidhart 11 matches scheduled for WWE Clash of Champions tonight in Charlotte, Live Post-Show Natalya Neidhart on Why Total Divas Name Didnt Change After WWE Started Calling Women Superstars Videos Articles Chris Jericho takes on Hangman Page to crown first AEW Champion tonight on All Outcenter_img Google+ Rumored Plans For Rey Mysterio Upon WWE Return Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Why Total Divas Didnt Change Their Name After WWE Rebranded Twitter Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Smackdown Live Preview: Daniel Bryan still wants an apology, King of the Ring Quarterfinals Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Forlan believes in Atletico Madrids advantage

first_imgDiego Forlan is in support of Atletico Madrid despite the star-studded Juventus side ahead of their last 16 Champions League first leg tie.Forlan once made a strong claim that Juve were poised to win the Champions League after they signed Ronaldo last summer.However, the 39-year-old – who won a Europa League with Atleti in 2010 made it clear he is backing the Spaniards to spring a surprise.“It’ll be a tough game for both sides,” he told Football Italia via“They are two very similar teams, equipped with strong squads and who never give up.“Today the difference is certainly represented by Cristiano Ronaldo, but Atletico Madrid also have great players like Griezmann, Morata, Diego Costa and their No 13, Jan Oblak.“This is why I have no doubt in regarding Atletico as favourites for the victory.”The former Uruguay striker spent the 2011-12 campaign with Juve’s rivals Inter but netted only two goals for the Serie A side.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…On this day in 2010, Diego Forlán single-handedly won the Europa League for Atlético Madrid with a brace vs. Fulham in the final.— Warriors of Uruguay (@UruguayanHeroes) May 12, 2017“On balance, I’d have liked to play more for Nerazzurri,” he added.“Unfortunately, however, I had a lot of injuries, which limited my performance levels. As for Juventus, I remember the rumours but there was never anything concrete.“I never received an offer from the Bianconeri.”Juventus are still aiming to win their first Champions League title since 1996 and a win over the Rojiblancos will be a huge statement of intent.last_img read more

Wordy Woman

first_imgWhat:Celebrating the Slogan Gown trend in a one-of-a-kind dress made by ISA Couture Fabrics — while exploring Miami’s famed Little Havana.Why:Words mean something — it’s a phrase that I live by, especially as a journalist. I pour over thousands and thousands of them a week; creating, crafting, writing and rewriting stories. Not just for television and #FavoriteThings, but in life, too. Intimate exchanges, friendly hello’s, meaningful conversations, spirited debates and heated arguments. Words are everything.As a writer, they’re my sanctuary, my therapy, my comfort. The gift of self-expression in written form is a skill I’ve been honing since grade school. Back in the day, I wrote monster stories, alien stories, love stories and eventually human interest stories — which led me to journalism and now, blogging.Words are an expression of our inner-most thoughts, feelings and emotions. They share joy, pain, sadness, empowerment and if you truly fall in love with them, they become art via poems, books, movies and oration. Yes, I am and will always be a “Wordy Woman”…That’s why I can’t resist the latest haute couture fashion trend known as “Slogan Gowns.” The idea was birthed by Viktor & Rolf at this year’s Paris Fashion week. Big, beautiful ball gowns floated down the runway, featuring words & phrases like: “I’m not shy I just don’t like you,” “I am my own muse,” and “No photos please.” The slogan trend isn’t exactly new, especially with the whole “say how you really feel” on a T-shirt craze — which has exploded over the past decade.Not to be outdone by sayings on coffee cups, purses, gym bags, shoes — the list goes on. This day and age, it’s all about expressing yourself and no word or saying is off-limits, especially if you add a hashtag. I’m partial to the “Slogan Gown” trend because of its quirky, unexpected nature. Pulling the look off isn’t easy, but with the help of ISA Couture Fabrics, originality is not a problem…The boutique isn’t just a South Florida staple, it’s the best couture fabric store in Miami. Not only is it a family-owned business with more than 50 years experience; its owners, Jason & Jackie Castro, are working hard to modernize the way people understand & utilize fabric, hence the DALE’ dress. They created it to celebrate the “Slogan Gown” trend, adding a unique Miami spin. Combining exquisite tulle and organza, they layered the dress with tropical personality. The detachable train gives it just the right amount of sophisticated drama. If you’re thinking “WOW, that’s a lot of dress,” well, that’s kind of the point. ISA Couture Fabrics can help any fashionista stand out in a crowd and that’s no easy task in a city that eats and breathes head-turning fashions.Whether they’re customizing a special dress or elevating textiles for local, national and international designers, ISA Couture Fabrics is doing it like no other place in the Magic City. And, instead of just writing about it, this time I’m wearing it, too and that’s why “Wordy Woman” is one of my Favorite Things. DALE’!Where:ISA Couture Fabrics200 NE 30th StreetMiami, Florida 33137isafabrics.comBe Social:IG: @isacouturefabricsFB: @isacouturefabricsTwitter: @IsaCoutureMiami“I like good strong words that mean something.” — Louisa May Alcott, Little WomenJames Woodley PhotographyDale Dress by @isacouturefabricsearrings: @baublebarSunglasses @amazonfashionBooties: @mackinj_shoesHair & Make-up: Odett HernandezDigital Editor: Jessie Neft-SwingerEditor: Matthew “Wordsmith” Auerbach Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

School Board Members in Greater Houston Concerned about Early Enrollment Figures

first_img Laura IsenseeHISD Trustee Sergio Lira joined other Latino school leaders at a press conference on Sept. 6, 2018, to urge Hispanic families to enroll their children in school.School board members from Aldine, Houston and Goose Creek are worried about the same thing: Early figures show a dip in enrollment, especially in predominantly Hispanic communities.In Aldine, they’re down about 500 students, according to Trustee Viola Garcia.In the Goose Creek Consolidated School District in Baytown, Trustee Agustin Loredo said that they expected a 2 percent jump in enrollment because business is booming in the surrounding petrochemical industry — but that growth hasn’t appeared. And in Houston, Trustee Sergio Lira said that some principals have seen enrollment for Hispanic students drop between 3 and 5 percent. He added it’s especially a concern in the southwest part of Houston. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: “It’s the fear factor because of the anti-immigrant, zero-tolerance policies that are very prevalent in our country right now,” Lira said.Other factors, Lira said, could involve families displaced by Harvey and more transfers to charter schools. Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo raised similar concerns last week and urged families that schools are safe.“We just implore the families to come back,” said Garcia, who’s served on the Aldine school board since 1992. UPDATE:The Houston Independent School District said that preliminary numbers this week show a decrease of less than 2 percent in student enrollment compared to enrollment at the end of last school year. What’s more, HISD reports that decrease is shown across several ethnic groups. Administrators plan to have a “Grad Walk” later in September to encourage students who haven’t returned to school to come back to class. Xcenter_img 00:00 /00:50 Listen Sharelast_img read more

How the Internet Might Be Bad for Your Health Infographic

first_imgTweet min read Tweet Enroll Now for Free December 1, 2012 Share Click to Enlarge (+) Share This story originally appeared on PR Daily That’s the question explores in an infographic. The answer is a depressing, “Probably.”A couple highlights that speak to this slow decline in health: As many as 10 percent of us are addicted to the internet. Some internet addicts saw up to 20 percent brain shrinkage. Internet overuse can be linked to eye strain and bad posture. It also causes sleep deprivation, provides a forum for bullying and is a conduit for relationship stress.So keep it up, internet lovers — but keep it up safely, if you would. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now We all suspect that the internet is rotting us to the very core of our souls. But is it bad for our physical health as well? This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img read more

Gay beach vacations in Crete The essentials

first_imgThese gay-friendly countries will upgrade your upcoming romantic holidaysThe seafront Minos Beach Art Hotel gives the experience of luxury living in CreteGuam Visitors Bureau goes LGBT with IGLTA at the Annual Global Convention in TorontoRead the full article on Gaystarnews: : Gay Holidays in Greece are certainly linked with the most popular destinations of Mykonos, Athens and Thessaloniki. But have you ever considered visiting Crete?Crete, the second largest island in Greece, is known for its crystal-clear beaches (many of which are awarded with a blue flag), beautiful cities with intense nightlife and handsome locals. So, this island will gift you lots of new experiences to remember! Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… There are two beach clubs at the main beach, however, the gay part is located on the right side of the shore. You just have to walk 2-3 minutes from the main beach, to get to the gay section.4. Maherida Beach near Chania: Maherida near Chania is gradually becoming one of the most popular gay beaches in the region. It is visited by both gay locals and travelers, while there is a lot of cruising going on in the afternoon.In addition to Maherida, the nearby beaches of Agia Roumeli and Agioi Apostoloi also attract LGBT travelers.Photo: ShutterstockSince none of the above beaches are branded as gay, you should keep in mind that you might not find any gay people at all when you have a chance to visit Crete. That depends on the period that you visit and, of course, the latest trends.That’s why there are most probably more gay beaches in Crete, which you cannot find through the internet.Since trends come and go, the best source to find the trending gay beaches is through the gay locals. Applications like Grindr and PlanetRomeo will make it much easier for you, but, be careful and make sure that your source is trust-worthy. Don’t hesitate and ask gay locals to guide you.You can find details about the above beaches and 3 other gay beaches here!The Top Gay-Friendly Hotels in Crete!There are not any gay-only hotels or guesthouses on the island, however, the majority of the hotels and resorts in Crete are gay-friendly. Whether you are a gay family in need of a big resort with family facilities, or a gay couple searching for an adults-only hotel to stay, or simply a group of friends searching for a hotel that allows you to explore the local gay scene with ease, let’s discover together some of the top gay-friendly hotels in Crete:Lato Boutique Hotel: Overlooking the Port!Photo: Lato Boutique HotelLato Boutique Hotel is located in the heart of Heraklion, making it a great option for gay travelers who want to discover the local nightlife. It’s located in a walking distance from Heraklion’s city center (and its only gay bar).The hotel offers advanced facilities, including a modern restaurant and luxurious rooms overlooking the city’s marina. The hotel is also an excellent choice if you want to visit Crete during the low season, since it operates all-year-around.Useful Tip: The hotel is located at a walking distance from many remarkable sightseeing attractions, including the historic center of the city as well as the Old Port!Olive Green Hotel: A luxurious, eco-friendly Hotel!Photo: Olive Green HotelOlive Green Hotel is an eco-friendly hotel located in the heart of Heraklion, very close to Heraklion’s Archaeological Museum. It is distinguished by its minimal and modern design and its ecological character.

Naturally, it’s a great hotel if you want to explore the local gay nightlife as well, while it offers various excursions in and around the city which can keep you busy through your holidays.Useful Tip: Don’t miss to visit the hotel’s café/bar/restaurant called “626”. It’s among the most popular hotspots for evening cocktails and casual dinners, visited by both locals and travelers.Domes Noruz Chania, Autograph Collection – For Wild City & Countryside ExcursionsPhoto: Domes Noruz ChaniaDomes Noruz is a luxurious boutique hotel in the beautiful city of Chania that has picked the interest of the LGBT travelers.It stands out for its breathtaking architecture and design, while it can become the reference point for your city and countryside excursions.Domes Noruz is ideal for any kind of explorer – whether you want to discover the multicultural city of Chania or go trekking at the worldwide famous Samaria Gorge.
Useful Tip: The hotel is located ten minutes drive from the city’s center, so you can discover the city of Chania with ease!Minos Beach Art Hotel – The Perfect Beach Hotel!Photo: Minos Beach Art HotelMinos Beach Art Hotel is a beautiful resort in the breathtaking Agios Nikolaos. Its luxury character can be easily observed from its aromatic gardens to its outdoor gallery exhibits.The hotel is a splendid option for both romantic and family vacations, while its gay-friendly attitude has won the heart of the LGBT community as well. The staff is distinguished for its friendliness and its respect of privacy!Useful Tip: The hotel is very close to Elounda Bay, the most popular beach resort in Crete, while it offers easy access to various beautiful beaches!Thalassa Beach Resort – exclusively for couplesPhoto: Thalassa Beach ResortThalassa Beach Resort is an adults-only hotel that was specially created for little love-birds. The hotel’s perfect beachfront location and gay-friendly attitude has made it a favorite with gay couples and honeymooners.Of course, your romantic experience can be further upgraded by taking one of the six special experiences for couples.Useful Tip: Don’t miss to try the Sweethearts Package, specially crafted for couples. During the therapy, you will relax in your private Thermal Suite, you will both enjoy a delirious Aromatherapy Body Massage and Facial Massage. And you will unwind in the indoor pool with a fresh fruit salad and cocktail!Of course, these are only some of the gay-friendly hotels in Crete. There are much more hotels and resorts around the island, with each one of them giving you a different reason to stay. If you are searching for gay-friendly sea-front hotels in Crete, check out this list that we have created here.Now, that you have discovered the gay life of Crete, you should not forget that Crete has much more to offer than that. Crete has an extensive culinary tradition that is based on the Mediterranean diet.Almost all of the local dishes are made with pure local ingredients like extra virgin olive oil, Greek feta, and homemade rusks.It is an island of great historical value, packed with astonishing sightseeing attractions and museums to explore. Some of the most important sights in Crete are Knossos Palace, Samaria Gorge, and Heraklion Archaeological Museum. We highly recommend you to devote at least a day to explore some popular sites nearby your hotel.In case you want to find the most popular places to visit in Crete, take a look at this interesting map and start planning your trip now!Travel by Interest is a client of Gay Star News.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Cretans are distinguished for their great hospitality, which has also become part of their culture. Their behavior is so honest and sincere, that you will feel like you are with your best friend.That said, you will notice that some Cretans might become very ‘touchy,’ almost flirting. That’s due to their extreme friendliness and poor understanding of personal space, so don’t misunderstand and think that they are trying to hit on you because you will surely put yourself into a very awkward situation!Crete is a great destination to visit, either you choose to spend your entire holidays on the island, or simply include it as a stop of your trip in the Mediterranean Islands.Atlantis Gay Cruises organizes a gay tour in the Mediterranean every year from 21-31 August, and Crete is a major stop during the trip.The ship stops in Heraklion for eight hours, so you will be able to see various sightseeing attractions or meet a local or two. In case you are organizing your own gay tour in the Greek islands, then you have to stay in Crete at least three days to fully explore it and understand its beauty.Since Crete is a big island, a car is necessary in case you want to explore its beaches and picturesque villages!Let’s discover the gay scene of Crete, the top Beaches around the island, as well as amazing gay-friendly resorts!Gay Life in Crete: Vivid but discreet!Image: ShutterstockEven though there are actually many gay men and lesbian women on the island, they choose to follow a discreet lifestyle. The locals are still bound by traditional family values, so they, especially men, are pressured to maintain them. Nonetheless, an overall improvement on that subject has been noticed, and the locals become more and more open throughout the years.Gay acceptance in Crete was greatly influenced by the island’s first Gay Pride, which took place in 2015. Since then, many locals seem to be open with their sexuality while more and more Cretans seem to accept homosexuality up to one point.The best way to meet other gay locals is through gay chatting applications like Grindr and Planetromeo and in gay venues, which can be found mainly in and nearby major cities like Hersonissos and Heraklion.The very few gay bars, clubs and saunas on the island attract crowds mainly during the summer months of June, July and August, while some of them close during the winter due to the lack of visitors.The best season to visit Crete for socializing and meeting other gay men is from mid-July to late-August, since this is the high season for the Greek Islands, thus attracting more tourists. The best city for gay nightlife in Crete is Heraklion.Crete’s best cities, towns and villages!Image: ShutterstockAs a big island, Crete is packed with small traditional villages to explore, luxurious seaside towns for paradise-like beach vacations, as well as three major cities: Heraklion, Chania and Rethymnon, which stand out for their great shopping opportunities and urban character.Heraklion is the island’s capital and the biggest city in Crete. The locals are overall more open-minded than in the countryside towns and villages, thus it attracts the majority of the gay travelers.The city offers easy access to major Cretan destinations like Agios Nikolaos, Rethymnon and Hersonissos as well as beautiful beaches like Agia Pelagia. The majority of the local businesses are gay-friendly; however, the local gay community shows a particular preference for cafe-bistros and cocktail bars.The cities of Chania and Rethymnon are two excellent alternatives if you want to avoid the large crowds of the capital, while also given the opportunity to get a taste of the Cretan urban lifestyle.Both cities feature cozy café/bistros, cocktail bars, traditional taverns and gourmet restaurants, so you will have plenty of entertainment options.There are not any gay bars in Chania or Rethymnon, however, there are some local venues, highly preferred by the local gay community. If you meet or chat with local guys during your visit, we are sure that they will tell you all about the trendiest places to be!Hersonissos, Agios Nikolaos and Malia are three very popular seaside towns, which are distinguished for their gay-friendly attitude and rich entertainment options. In Hersonissos, you will find the most popular gay beach on the island, Sarantari Beach, as well as other beautiful beaches like Agia Pelagia. There is also a gay bar called Y.O.L.O Bar, located in the port of Hersonissos.Malia is located relatively close to Hersonissos, about 15 minutes driving from the town. The town of Malia is known for its intense nightlife, while there is also a gay bar in the town called Nova Bar.Malia’s main beach is quite huge, but it’s packed with beach bars, which get pretty crowded every summer.Agios Nikolaos, about 20 minutes driving from Malia, is widely popular for its breathtaking beaches, with white sand and crystal-clear waters. There are various beach and cocktail bars in the town, however, there are not any gay venues.Similar to Chania and Rethymnon, we recommend you ask gay locals to find out the top ‘unofficial gay hotspots.’As you might have already noticed, Crete is all about its beaches. All the major destinations offer direct access to the beach, even big cities like Heraklion and Rethymnon. So, let’s discover:The best Gay Beaches in Crete!As a Greek island, Crete takes pride in its breathtaking beaches and sunny landscapes. The island has a coastline that spreads through 650 miles, so it could not but feature a wide diversity of beaches, from secluded — where you will most probably be alone — to organized ones with sunbeds and umbrellas.You might have heard about the greatness of Crete’s beaches in the past, but the gay beaches are the ones which are going to intrigue you the most. Many of them are nudist, while some of them may attract straight couples as well. Nevertheless, these are the top four gay beaches in Crete:1. Sarantari Beach in Hersonissos: Sarantari Beach is an easily accessible beach located near Hersonissos. It’s located in front of a tavern called Sarantaris, while the nearby Creta Maris and Hersonissos Maris Hotels can help you find it even easier.We recommend you access the beach via the nearby Sarantaris Main Beach, since the gay part of the beach is located right in the following bay.2. Komos Beach near Matala: Komos Beach is located nearby Matala Town, a small and peaceful Cretan village, located on the eastern side of the island.Komos is an organized beach that attracts large crowds during summer, however, there is a gay part located on the right side, facing the sea. The gay part of the beach is about five minutes’ walk from the main beach area.Photo: Shutterstock3. Kavros/Peristeras beach near Georgioupolis: At the second km of the road that connects Georgioupolis with Paralia Kourna, there is a beautiful gay beach called Kavros, or else Peristeras.last_img read more

Densitas Enters Partnership Agreement With TeleMammography Specialists

first_img News | Breast Imaging | August 02, 2019 Volpara to Distribute Screenpoint Medical’s Transpara AI Solution Volpara Solutions and ScreenPoint Medical BV signed an agreement under which Volpara will sell ScreenPoint’s Transpara… read more News | Electronic Medical Records (EMR) | August 01, 2019 DrChrono Teams With DeepScribe to Automate Medical Note Taking in EHR DrChrono Inc. and DeepScribe announced a partnership so medical practices using DrChrono EHR can use artificial… read more Image courtesy of Imago Systems Related Content Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read more February 14, 2019 — Breast imaging analytics company Densitas Inc. announced a new collaboration partnership with TeleMammography Specialists of Decatur, Ga. TeleMammography Specialists will be the first U.S. beta user for the new densitasquality solution from Densitas, which will be used to improve the communications and information sharing needed to meet EQUIP (Enhancing Quality Using the Inspection Program) guidelines. TeleMammography Specialists will also implement the recently released densitasdensity automated breast density assessment software.Densitas will highlight the benefits and capabilities of both products at the 2019 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) annual meeting, Feb. 11-15 in Orlando, Fla.TeleMammography Specialists LLC. is an international teleradiology services provider that is specialized in breast imaging. Densitas Quality will help:Streamline efforts to meet the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) EQUIP guidelines and prepare for mammography inspections;Enable real-time feedback from the interpreting physicians to the technologists;Automate EQUIP audit documentation requirements of the lead interpreting physician/auditing physician;Simplify the ability to meet the proactive quality control requirements of EQUIP; andIdentify technologist performance issues quickly and accurately to facilitate ongoing training and communication that improves image and service quality.By making densitasquality and densitasdensity available to all of TeleMammography Specialists clients, over 60,000 women will benefit annually. “Densitas will help us provide consistent quality and standardize density assessment among our radiologists”, said Martha H. Garrison, M.D., president and CEO of TeleMammography Specialists, LLC. “We will be able to more proactively manage the needs of our clients and provide consistently high quality of care.”The artificial intelligence (AI)-powered densitasdensity software delivers fully automated, standardized and reliably reproducible breast density assessment. Additionally, densitasdensity results can be incorporated in risk models to generate standardized and reliably reproducible breast cancer risk assessment.For more information: FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Mammography | August 14, 2019 Imago Systems Announces Collaboration With Mayo Clinic for Breast Imaging Image visualization company Imago Systems announced it has signed a know-how license with Mayo Clinic. 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Costa Rica TV spot competes in World Tourism Organization contest

first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rican sloths promote tourism at Los Angeles building Singing animals will ‘save the Americans’ (and the Canadians) in a new Costa Rica tourism ad campaign Upbeat outlook for Costa Rica tourism, as visitors, revenue up in 2014 Costa Rica rises in global ranking of travel, tourism competitiveness The singing sloths and sea turtles from the Costa Rican Tourism Board (ICT)’s TV spot are attracting not only tourists but also international recognition. The ad is a finalist in a first-ever international competition held by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).The “Save the Americans”/“Save the Canadians” spot is part of ICT’s ad campaign aimed at promoting Costa Rica as a holiday oasis and the ideal place to take a break from daily stress in these countries. Canada and the U.S. are two of the main sources of tourists to Costa Rica.The spot was produced in Costa Rica and includes the participation of Tico vocal group Master Key, which performed the voices of a singing sloth, a bird, turtles, scarlet macaws and a howler monkey who invite overworked Americans and Canadians to come to Costa Rica.Videos were submitted from 51 countries and the winner will be chosen by popular vote. The winner will be announced during the 21st General Assembly of the UNWTO to be held in Medellín, Colombia, Sept. 12-17.The video already won a “Webby” for Best Online Film & Video in the “Travel & Adventure” category.Destination Marketing Association International also chose the campaign as a success case in promoting a destination, during its international forum last July.ICT Promotions Director Ireth Rodriguez said the promotional spot is an invitation for those who have not visited the country to consider Costa Rica as their next vacation destination.The $3.3 million campaign began in December 2014 and will continue through January 2016. The singing animals spot is being shown on TV, in movie theaters. In the coming days, it will also be projected on buildings in the U.S. and Canada.You can vote for Costa Rica’s spot here. The deadline for voting is Sept. 10. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Top US regulators warn of new threats to financial system

first_img Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Comments Share It said that greater attention must be paid to developing ways to combat computer hackers and it urged greater collaboration among financial institutions and government agencies to share data that could help thwart a growing threat.“Over the past year, financial sector organizations and other U.S. businesses experienced numerous cyber incidents, including large-scale data breaches that compromised financial information,” the panel said in its report.The council was created by the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act which Congress passed in the wake of the worst financial crisis in seven decades. It is chaired by Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew and includes representatives from other government financial regulatory agencies including the Federal Reserve, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.Lew was critical of legislation being pushed by Senate Banking Committee Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, which Lew said would put the country at greater risks of another crisis.“Senator Shelby’s bill … contains changes to our financial regulatory framework that would roll back the clock and leave us with weakened oversight, fewer consumer protections and less effective tools to address risks in the system,” Lew said. “It would also needlessly tie this council in knots with delays and hurdles that would significantly impair our ability to identify and mitigate threats to financial stability, while leaving potential risk unchecked.” Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Top Stories How do cataracts affect your vision? Check your body, save your life New Valley school lets students pick career-path academiescenter_img WASHINGTON (AP) — The panel created to prevent a repeat of the 2008 financial crisis said Tuesday that banks and other financial institutions are stronger now but regulators must remain alert to new risks including the danger posed from cyberattack.In its annual report to Congress, the Financial Stability Oversight Council said recent cyberattacks have heightened concerns about the potential of even more destructive attacks that could significantly disrupt the workings of the financial system. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, accompanied by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, speaks during a Financial Stability Oversight Council meeting at the Treasury Department in Washington, Tuesday, May 19, 2015, on the Council’s 2015 annual report and a discussion of charters for the Council’s committees. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Arizona families, Arizona farms: working to produce high-quality milk Shelby’s bill would raise the asset threshold for banks whose failure would present the greatest risks to the financial system from $50 billion to $500 billion. These banks are subject to greater regulatory oversight. The measure also gives regulators greater oversight powers over the Federal Reserve.Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, who did not address the pending legislation in her remarks, said that the largest and most complex banking firms have made “great strides” in building up their capital cushions. But she said more work is needed to understand new threats posed by rapidly changing markets.“While we have made considerable progress in recent years in reforming the financial system, our job is not done,” Yellen said. “We must continually look ahead to new risks to build and maintain the resilient financial system that can support economic growth.”Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Sponsored Stories last_img read more

FHFA Expands Push for Diversity on Federal Boards

first_imgFHFA Expands Push for Diversity on Federal Boards April 30, 2015 481 Views Share The Federal Housing Finance Agency Thursday announced new requirements aimed at furthering diversity on federal boards.The FHFA now requires that Federal Home Loan Banks and their Office of Finance include demographic data related to their boards of directors in their annual minority and women inclusion reports to the agency. The banks also must now include descriptions of their outreach activities and strategies designed to promote diversity in nominating or soliciting nominees for positions on boards of directors.The “Final Rule,” as the FHFA calls it, is an amendment to the 2008 Housing and Economic Recovery Act that is designed to ensure “diversity in the governance, management, employment, and business activities of the entities it regulates,” according to an FHFA statement. The regulations include specific actions a board may take when nominating and electing directors, as well as limitations on the banks’ actions. For example, each FHLB may conduct an annual assessment of members of its board to determine whether any member can enhance that board in areas such auditing and accounting, derivatives, risk management, or the law, according to the report.For all its push to promote diversity, however, the FHFA does not include a definition of diversity itself in its Final Rule. “The banks and the Office of Finance have the flexibility to conduct their outreach activities and strategies to promote board diversity beyond that contemplated by the rule,” the report stated. However, FHFA expects these entities to report on strategies that promote minority and women inclusion.The agency does define some guidelines for what can be considered outreach activities. For example, boards may include information about general outreach activities aimed at creating a more diverse pool of nominees, EEO statements, or a board’s efforts to encourage diversity in trade associations.Another important factor in the Final Rule is that the demographic status of a director or candidate is not a requirement for eligibility. Completion of the annual director certification forms is mandatory, but submission of minority and gender classification data is voluntary. Boards are also allowed to collect demographic information anonymously. Directors, in other words, may voluntarily self-identify their minority or gender status without using personal, identifiable information, the report stated.center_img Diversity Federal Home Loan Banks Federal Housing Finance Agency FHA 2015-04-30 Scott_Morgan in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, Newslast_img read more

The subject of gay players in professional sports

first_imgThe subject of gay players in professional sports has been talked about for decades, but has picked up steam in recent months.Phoenix Mercury rookie Brittney Griner matter-of-factly announced her sexuality in an ESPN interview after four years of keeping it quiet during a record-setting career at Baylor University.Earlier in the offseason, veteran NBA center Jason Collins announced he was gay in an article for Sports Illustrated, and became the first player in any of the four major North American sports leagues to come out. “Fans and the regular public are a lot more homophobic than players, so I one-hundred percent agree with Bruce Arians. I’m glad he had the courage to say that, because a lot of coaches, you know they kiss up to the people, but I respect that.”Missanelli then brought up the fact that many athletes, such as Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, have stated that they would have trouble accepting a gay teammate.“I think that those guys should be able to say that if they feel like that,” Barkley responded. “But that don’t mean they can discriminate.” Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments Share Collins’ announcement fuels the age-old question, “would a gay player be accepted in a professional locker room?”New Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians has a definitive answer to that question.“I don’t think the locker room would have any problem with it,” Arians told in a telephone interview Wednesday. “The problem would be with the fans. I think especially opposing fans. Some of the things that are said are over the top and out of control that I can imagine what some fans would say to an openly gay player.”Arians brings up a great point. The locker room and home stadium would be more accepting, but the road can be a rough place for any opposing player — even when sexuality is not part of the equation. The reigning NFL Coach of the Year may be one of the few coaches to speak out on the subject, but his comments are being supported by another prominent Phoenix sports figure — former Suns MVP Charles Barkley.In a radio interview with Mike Missanelli on 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia, Barkley applauded Arians’ stance on the matter.“A hundred percent agree with that, one-hundred percent, a thousand percent,” Barkley said. “I’ve said many times to a lot of reporters who have never been in the locker room, to a lot of fans who have never been in the locker room, we’ve all played with gay players. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Sale of Shacolas properties part of BoCs property fund strategy

first_imgThe recent acquisition of three properties from the Shacolas Group appears to be connected to the creation of a company that will manage commercial properties likely to be announced by Bank of Cyprus in the coming days.There is reasonable cause to assume that the sale of the properties, “is part of the creation of a real estate portfolio for a Cyprus Stock Exchange (CSE) listing, Yiannis Telonis, a former senior manager at Hellenic Bank said in a telephone interview. “Because they are large chunks, their value is timeless and will offer significant return”.The largest Cypriot bank’s chief executive officer, John Hourican, said on November 21, that as part of the lender’s efforts to reduce non-performing loans it was planning to register the real estate fund as an alternative investment fund (AIF) as part of a listing on the Cyprus Stock Exchange.On February 8, Woolworth (Cyprus) Properties, a member of the Shacolas Group, announced the sale of the Shacolas Tower on Ledra Street, the Super Home Center (DIY) department store in Strovolos, and Debenhams Apollon in Limassol, for a consideration of a €44m.A source said the fund, that will manage assets worth €190m, will be a “self-managed” company seeking to create revenue from the administration of commercial properties.Participation in the fund will be restricted to “institutional and other well-informed investors” and as its share will not be traded to retail investors, no prospectus issue is planned, the source said.“The fund will manage a certain amount of properties and as things stand, it is not going to buy other properties,” the source continued, adding that profit for investors in the fund will result both from the revenue from leasing the buildings as well as via capital gains from the sale of administered properties.“Bank of Cyprus’s business is not property management and the reason behind their acquisition is related to certain (loan restructuring) arrangements,” the source said. The bank’s stake in the fund will show in its balance sheet as a participation in a subsidiary and not as illiquid real estate assets.You May LikeSolar SolutionsCalifornia – New Program Giving Solar Panels to Homeowners With Electricity Bills Over $100/mthSolar SolutionsUndoLCR HealthTop Doctor Warns Against Abdominal “Deep” Fat (And How To Get Rid Of It)LCR HealthUndoVehicleBuff ReviewWhat 5 Car Wax Sealants Were Voted Best of 2019?VehicleBuff ReviewUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more