Henderson & Lallana could be available for Saints clash

first_imgPremier League Liverpool duo Henderson & Lallana could be available for Southampton clash Peter Hanson Last updated 1 year ago 03:54 11/16/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) jordan henderson - cropped Getty Images Premier League Liverpool Liverpool v Southampton The England internationals may provide welcome returns for The Reds as the English top flight action returns this coming weekend Liverpool have received a potential double fitness boost ahead of the return to Premier League action after Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana took part in full training on Wednesday.Reds captain Henderson was unavailable for the 4-1 rout of West Ham before the international break with a thigh complaint, and was absent for England’s friendlies against Germany and Brazil as a result.Fellow midfielder Lallana has not played since August after damaging his thigh, and has been working on an individual programme. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player However, both players were part of the team session on Wednesday ahead of this weekend’s Premier League encounter against Southampton to potentially bolster Jurgen Klopp’s options.Lallana 13/2 to score last v SaintsKlopp himself visited hospital on Wednesday after feeling unwell, with Liverpool stating the manager may need further medical check-ups. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1 top scorers 2019-20

first_imgShare on Pinterest European club football Share on Twitter Pinterest Soccer Twitter Facebook Pinterest La Liga Share on LinkedIn Ligue 1 Topics Twitter Premier League Share via Emailcenter_img Premier League10 Jamie Vardy (Leicester)9 Tammy Abraham (Chelsea)9 Sergio Agüero (Manchester City)8 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Arsenal)7 Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)6 Harry Kane (Tottenham)6 Sadio Mané (Liverpool)6 Teemu Pukki (Norwich)5 Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)5 Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)5 Callum Wilson (Bournemouth)La Liga8 Gerard Moreno (Villarreal)7 Karim Benzema (Real Madrid)7 Loren (Real Betis)6 Dani Parejo (Valencia)6 Luis Suárez (Barcelona)6 Lucas Pérez (Alavés)5 Karl Toko Ekambi (Villarreal)5 Maxi Gómez (Valencia)5 Lionel Messi (Barcelona)5 Ángel Rodríguez (Getafe)5 Willian José (Real Sociedad) Bundesliga14 Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)9 Timo Werner (RB Leipzig)6 Gonçalo Paciência (Frankfurt)6 Rouwen Hennings (Fortuna Düsseldorf)5 Paco Alcácer (Dortmund)5 Nils Petersen (Freiburg)5 Amine Harit (Schalke)5 Marco Reus (Dortmund)5 Marcus Thuram (Mönchengladbach)5 Kevin Volland (Bayer Leverkusen)5 Wout Weghorst (Wolfsburg) Facebook Serie A13 Ciro Immobile (Lazio)9 Romelu Lukaku (Internazionale)8 Luis Muriel (Atalanta)7 Domenico Berardi (Sassuolo) 6 Duván Zapata (Atalanta)5 Andrea Belotti (Torino)5 Edin Dzeko (Roma)5 Christian Kouamé (Genoa)5 Marco Mancosu (Lecce)5 Lautaro Martínez (Internazionale)5 Arkadiusz Milik (Napoli)5 João Pedro (Cagliari)5 Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus)5 João PedroLigue 19 Wissam Ben Yedder (Monaco)8 Moussa Dembélé (Lyon)8 Habib Diallo (Metz)7 Memphis Depay (Lyon)7 Victor Osimhen (Lille)5 Darío Benedetto (Marseille)5 Kylian Mbappé (PSG)5 Islam Slimani (Monaco) Gerard Moreno (left) is leading La Liga’s scoring charts. Photograph: Soccrates Images/Getty Images Serie A Bundesliga Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski is breaking scoring records in a flying start to the season. Photograph: Jens Meyer/AP news Reuse this content Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Share on Messengerlast_img read more

Washington Is Without Star All-American vs. Ohio State

first_imgThe Rose Bowl game for Iowa vs. Stanford.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: A general view of the exterior of the Rose Bowl before the 102nd Rose Bowl Game between the Stanford Cardinal and the Iowa Hawkeyes on January 1, 2016 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Maxx Wolfson/Getty Images)In the most-important game of the season for the Washington Huskies, one of the team’s best players is watching from the sideline as he nurses a hip injury.Washington is battling Ohio State in the Rose Bowl, but it’s doing so without All-American safety Taylor Rapp. His absence on the field is showing.Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins hit wide receiver Parris Campbell over the middle for a 12-yard touchdown. Campbell was wide open over the middle in what appeared to be a blown coverage by the Huskies defense.Brandon McKinney is making his first career start for Washington, which could explain the miscommunication with his teammates.All-American safety Taylor Rapp out with a hip injury. Brandon McKinney making his first career start. https://t.co/h1UzpZLWXM— Adam Jude (@A_Jude) January 1, 2019Rapp was named a freshman All-American in 2016 and made the All-Pac-12 first team in 2017 and 2018. It’s a tough blow for the Huskies who are facing their toughest test of the season in the Buckeyes.Ohio State leads the contest 7-3 late in the first quarter.last_img read more

Los Angeles moves toward legal pot sales milestone

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – In March, Los Angeles voters endorsed a plan to bring order to the city’s long-unruly marijuana market while clearing the way for recreational sales to begin next year, making L.A. the biggest city with legal pot sales in the country.But it’s taken months to work out the fine print.On Wednesday, the City Council is expected to consider a dense set of regulations that will dictate where pot can be grown and sold in the new market, along with how businesses that grow and trade in the leafy plant will be licensed.The rules would keep pot businesses largely out of residential neighbourhoods, while creating buffer zones around schools, libraries and public parks.The long-delayed guidelines would be a milestone: Growers and sellers need local licenses before they can apply for state permission to operate in the new, legal pot economy.But with the new year just weeks away — and the holidays coming — industry experts say it’s not clear how many L.A. businesses will be ready to open their doors on Jan. 1 — if any.How many businesses will be licensed in the city on Jan. 1 for legal recreational sales?“I don’t know,” said Adam Spiker, executive director of the Southern California Coalition, a cannabis industry group.Spiker and others fear a bottleneck in the emerging system that stalls or slows recreational sales could encourage customers to turn to the illegal market that has flourished in California for years.If demand is not satisfied by legal sales then “you are just giving oxygen to the black market we all want to eradicate,” Spiker said.The route to legalization began last year when state voters approved Proposition 64, which opened the way for recreational pot sales to adults in the nation’s most populous state.Come January, the newly legalized recreational sales will be merged with the state’s two-decade-old medical market, which is also coming under much stronger regulation.For years Los Angeles has been largely unregulated terrain for the marijuana industry, where hundreds of illegal dispensaries proliferated.Earlier this year, L.A. voters endorsed another attempt to regulate the pot business locally, leading to the regulations that will be considered Wednesday.The legal marketplace is seen as a way to impose order, pushing out rogue operators while raising tens of millions of dollars in taxes for City Hall.In general, California will treat cannabis like alcohol, allowing people 21 and older to legally possess up to an ounce and grow six marijuana plants at home.California is among 29 states where cannabis is legal, either for medical or recreational purposes.As recreational sales approach, anxiety is widespread.Many cities are struggling to fashion local rules for pot shops and growers. Without the regulations, there could be limited options in many places for consumers eager to start the new year with a legal pot purchase.At first, the state will issue only temporary licenses. And big gaps loom in the system intended to move cannabis from the field to distribution centres, then to testing labs and eventually retail shops.last_img read more

Barrick share down as company swings to loss forecasts higher costs

first_imgTORONTO – Barrick Gold Corp. closed down Thursday as the company swung to a net loss in the last quarter and upped its expected costs going forward.The miner, which reports in US dollars, said its net loss was $314 million or 27 cents per share, compared with earnings of $425 million or 36 cents per share last year.The loss was largely due to a $916 million impairment charge on its long-lived assets, stemming both from a major tax and export dispute between its 64-per-cent owned Acacia Mining and the Tanzanian government, and the partial writedown of its Pascua Lama project after the Chilean government ordered it to close all surface facilities.Barrick said its all-in cash cost per ounce is expected to be between $750 to $875 per ounce for 2018 and $750 to $875 per ounce between 2019 and 2022.The 2018 guidance is an increase from the $710 to $770 per ounce the company expected a year ago, and well off the $700 per ounce target it had set for itself in 2016.The company said the higher cost guidance for the year ahead is mostly related to lower anticipated gold production from its Nevada operations, Pueblo Viejo and Veladero mines, increased processing of higher-cost inventory, and higher costs at Acacia, its Tanzanian operation.“We made significant strides towards driving costs out of our business. However, not sufficient to offset the change in production profile,” said chief operating officer Richard Williams on a conference call.The long-term costs are also going up as the company invests in mine modernization, including with mine site exploration to add reserve ounces.“We are making deliberate decisions to invest in our assets. … This has meant we’ve had to adjust our expectations around costs in the near term.”The company said adjusted net earnings came in at $253 million, or 22 cents per share, higher than average analyst expectations of $221.8 million or 21 cents per share.Barrick’s share price closed down about three per cent at $16.62 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Companies in this story: (TSX:ABX)last_img read more

Randeep to play a cop in Bhansalis comicthriller

first_imgMumbai: Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s next production will feature actor Randeep Hooda in the role of a cop. The film has been a described as a comic-thriller with a social message. “The film is a thriller comedy. It is a rom-com. It has a social message and deals with an issue, that is considered taboo in small town. “It has Randeep in the lead as a cop. He will be seen in a different avatar. It is not like Dabangg style cop. We are looking for the female lead,” sources close to the development said. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaThe film will mark the directorial debut of Balwinder Singh Janjua, the scribe of films such as Mubarakan, Firangi and yet-to-be-released Saand Ki Aankh – straring Bhumi and Taapsee in lead roles. It will be produced by Bhansali’s banner. The project will go on floors by September or October and is likely to release in the first quarter of next year. Bhansali is currently busy with his next directorial venture Inshallah, featuring Salman Khan and Alia Bhatt. Randeep will next star in Imtiaz Ali’s remake of Love Aaj Kal, featuring Sara Ali Khan and Kartik Aaryan in the lead.last_img read more

Activists to Protest Friday in Rabat Before Journalist Bouachrines Sentencing

Rabat- The protest, starting at 6 p.m. today, will come during the sentencing hearing which started Friday afternoon and will announce the verdict in Bouachrine’s case at the Casablanca Court of Appeals. Nearly 10 months since his arrest and repeated delays in his trial, Bouachrine will give his closing argument Friday before the court hands down its ruling. The Truth and Justice Commission condemns the “use of judicial power to settle differences in political opinions” and rejects “the crackdown on journalists and freedom of the press in the country.” In a press statement, the commission wrote: “All those who care for the freedom of press are invited to join the protest before the Parliament at six p.m., to bring justice for Bouachrine” and call for a “fair trial.”Bouachrine is the owner and director of the Akhbar Al Yaoum newspaper and Al Yaoum 24 news website. Police arrested the journalist at the newspaper’s headquarters in Casablanca.Read Also: Moroccan Students March in Protests of GMT+1Bouachrine is facing several charges, including exploiting people in need, and abusing power for sexual purposes—complaints brought by his coworkers.The journalist is also suspected of other crimes, including violent rape and attempted rape. Some believe the charges were fabricated because of Bouachrine’s critical reporting on prominent politicians.Bouachrine appeared before the criminal court in Casablanca for the first time on March 8 after he was arrested and put into custody on February 28.A lawyer for one of the complainants, Mohamed Kerrout, said in September that some leaked videos and screenshots of evidence published in some Moroccan news outlets were real. Some of the photos published showed what appears to be Bouachrine with women in his office. read more

Browns hat trick helps Kings down Oilers 52

LOS ANGELES — Dustin Brown recorded a hat trick and the Los Angeles Kings defeated the Edmonton Oilers 5-2 on Sunday night.Anze Kopitar scored the go-ahead goal early in the third period and had two assists. Matt Luff also scored and Cal Petersen made 32 saves for the Kings, who snapped a five-game home losing streak.Alex Chiasson scored twice for the Oilers, who went 1-1-1 during their first road trip under new coach Ken Hitchcock. Connor McDavid had an assist to extend his point streak to six games, and Cam Talbot made 27 saves.Kopitar put the struggling Kings in front 4: 27 into the third period when Derek Forbort sprung the Kings’ captain for a breakaway with a long pass into the neutral zone. Kopitar used a wrist shot through Talbot’s legs for his third goal in the last five games.Brown completed his hat trick at 19:06 with an empty-net goal, and Luff, a rookie, added an empty-netter at 19:33 to extend his scoring streak to four games.Brown scored on the power play to tie the game at 2-all 4:13 into the second period after Chiasson put Edmonton in front at 2:16.Chiasson tied it at 1-1 at 13:19 into the first period with his ninth goal of the season. McDavid picked up his 10th point and seventh assist during his point streak.Brown gave the Kings a 1-0 lead at 7:56, tapping in a pass from Kopitar at the back post after they got in behind three Oilers. It was Brown’s first goal since Nov. 3 and ended a stretch of eight games without scoring.NOTES: Kings F Carl Hagelin was placed on injured reserve after sustaining a sprained MCL in his knee against Vancouver on Saturday. Hagelin will have an MRI on Monday. . Kings G Jonathan Quick is expected to return during the team’s upcoming three-game Canadian road trip, coach Willie Desjardins said. Quick has not played since sustaining a knee injury in practice on Oct. 27 that required surgery.UP NEXTOilers: Host the Dallas Stars on Tuesday.Kings: Visit the Canucks on Tuesday.___More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/tag/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsDan Greenspan, The Associated Press read more

After OSU lacrosse players helmet partially shatters company assures safety

When a player for the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team took a shot to the head during practice on Jan. 29, part of his helmet shattered.A photo of the player wearing the broken STX Stallion 500 helmet surfaced on Monday, and OSU released a statement Tuesday saying the shot that fractured the helmet came “at close range from high speeds” and the player wearing it did not sustain debilitating injuries. “The involved student-athlete was immediately examined by the medical staff for injuries and was able to continue practicing and competing without any interruption,” the statement said.The statement did not identify the player involved.STX stepped in right away for OSU, according to the statement.“Following the incident, STX, the helmet supplier, immediately replaced the outer shell of all of the team’s helmets and there have been no issues during practices or competitions,” it said.This incident came following a turbulent few months for the lacrosse helmet manufacturing business, starting in November when the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment revoked the safety certification of OSU’s previous helmet, the Cascade R.NOCSAE announced the R’s loss of certification, and executive director Mike Oliver said the investigation began after STX sent the board self-tested results showing the Cascade helmets to be unsafe.“We have conducted other investigations in the past, but the problems were not as severe or obvious, and there were solutions available short of decertifying helmets in the field,” Oliver told Lacrosse Magazine in December.Cascade then modified its product and re-gained certification under NOCSAE standards in mid-December, but OSU moved forward with the switch to STX. The modified Cascade helmet is referred to as the R-M.STX president Jason Goger upheld the safety of the helmet, telling Inside Lacrosse that the OSU player wearing the broken helmet remained protected during the “really severe incident” and does not anticipate any changes to the helmet itself or the company’s partnership with OSU.“The situation has been replicated — firing a ball at high speeds at low temperatures,” Goger said. “This (helmet fracture) is something that has not been duplicated in a testing capacity.”The OSU men’s lacrosse team played its first two games in the repaired STX helmets without any further incidents, and the OSU Department of Athletics maintains that the safety of players is its No. 1 priority.The Buckeyes are scheduled to return to the field Sunday to take on the Delaware Blue Hens. Opening faceoff is set for noon at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.Correction: An earlier version of this story stated Cascade had NOCSAE re-sertify the R helmet, when in fact, Cascade remodeled the helmet under NOCSAE standards and named the new model R-M. read more

Russian money laundering investigation was ordered to stop says former head of

The former senior police officer in charge of investigating corruption has revealed that he was ordered to halt an inquiry into Russian money laundering. Mr Benton’s claim is deeply embarrassing for the Government which insists it is clamping down on Vladimir Putin’s cronies who have stashed their wealth in the UK. Mr Benton, a detective superintendent, headed up the international  corruption unit (ICU) when it was set up in 2015. He retired last year. In March 2016, a 37-page dossier alleging money laundering in London by… Jon Benton, who headed up the National Crime Agency’s international corruption unit, said a more senior official linked to the Foreign Office told him to drop his inquiry.

MetroCoal – coal fuels and energy in Australia

first_imgQueensland resources group Metallica Minerals has successfully raised A$1.5 million in seed capital for its MetroCoal subsidiary – paving the way for the potential float and ASX listing of a new Australian coal, associated fuels and energy focused company. The seed raising represents the first step in the establishment of the pure play coal and coal fuels company to develop seven coal exploration tenements covering a combined 4,000 km2 of the Surat Basin in southern Queensland.The A$1.5 million raising was placed primarily through Southern Cross Equities and ABN Amro Morgans Sydney.  Metallica retains 84% of MetroCoal. “This strategy adds considerable value to Metallica, allowing it to focus on its core business as a nickel-cobalt developer in North Queensland while creating a real opportunity for MetroCoal to be a dedicated coal and energy company, to grow in the emerging Underground Coal Gasification (UCG) and Coal to Liquids (CTL) energy fuels sectors,” Metallica’s Managing Director, Mr Andrew Gillies, said.The UCG process enables deeper coal deposits (150-350 m) to be converted into syngas (or coal gas – comprising mostly CO+H2) suitable for use as a fuel in power generation or the manufacture of petro-chemical products, including diesel.Metallica previously outlined its intention to raise the seed capital to fund a 5,000 m drill program to assess the resource potential in specific target areas within the seven Surat Basin tenements.Gillies said MetroCoal has a strong team in place, headed up by Mike O’Brien as CEO, who has considerable experience in the coal industry, and Neil Forbes as exploration manager. The Directors are David Barwick as Chairman, with John Haley, Michael Hansel and Gillies as Non-executive Directors.“Most of the drilling is expected to be completed by late this year, to provide the confirmation of attractive large targets and expand the Surat coal and UCG-CTL project data base for a proposed MetroCoal IPO and ASX listing early in 2009, but would not rule out late 2008. Recent activity in the Australian energy sector in general, and in the UCG and CTL sector in particular, has reinforced Metallica’s view that MetroCoal’s projects which are underlain by a vast area of coal strata, can – in addition to conventional coal mining – form the foundation of a worldclass petrochemical industry in the Surat coal basin, producing clean diesel, other fuels and chemical products,” Gillies said.“To deliver this strategy, MetroCoal will in the near term concentrate on proving up its coal deposits before locking in their respective development options – whether in export thermal coal, UCG-CTL, and or electricity production.” “Enduring high export coal prices will allow MetroCoal to continue to pursue opportunities for underground mining or, where possible, opencast mining in areas of the tenements where the coal seems are of appropriate thicknesses or are too shallow for UCG.”Gillies said the $1.5 million MetroCoal raising would conserve Metallica’s existing cash reserves of over A$6 million and its share investment in Cockatoo Coal worth (at current prices) approximately A$22 million. “Metallica continues to look for opportunities to enhance and fund its core nickel projects and to divest or joint venture its non-nickel-cobalt mineral properties, such as its MetroCoal assets,” he said. “This in turn enables Metallica to maintain focus on its key Flagship NORNICO nickel project which is currently undergoing a feasibility study into becoming a long term nickel producer at approximately 8,000 t/y nickel.last_img read more

McLanahan adds hard rock crushing expertise with Universal Engineering acquisition

first_imgCrushing equipment major McLanahan has announced the acquisition of Universal Engineering of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Universal manufactures long-lasting equipment for the aggregate and mining industries. McLanahan is kwown for its expertise and focus in crushing soft minerals using roll crushers, feeder breakers and rotary breakers to process minerals such as coal, salt and trona. The Universal acquisition now adds hard rock crushing as well as apron, pan and wobbler feeders, which will complement McLanahan’s existing lines and add a new dimension to the dynamics of the company.“It is our hope to grow the sales of Universal equipment around the world,” said George Sidney, McLanahan president and COO. “We are excited to have Universal’s high quality, respected machines in our line-up, but we are more excited to have a professional, highly-trained group of people join our team.” Universal products include 28 models of jaw crusher with capacities ranging from 5 to 2,700 t/h as well as double roll crushers, impact crushers, screens and feeders. The company was founded in 1906.last_img read more

Footballer comes out walks away from game at 25

first_img“I could not be happier with my decision. Life is so full of amazing things. I realised I could only truly enjoy my life once I was honest. Honesty is a b**** but makes life so simple and clear.“My secret is gone, I am a free man, I can move on and live my life as my creator intended.”In an emotional announcement, Rogers revealed the difficulties he faced before deciding to go public and reveal he was gay because of the potential effect on both his football career and personal life.“For the past 25 years I have been afraid, afraid to show whom I really was because of fear,” Rogers said. “Fear that judgment and rejection would hold me back from my dreams and aspirations. Fear that my loved ones would be farthest from me if they knew my secret.  Fear that my secret would get in the way of my dreams.“Dreams of going to a World Cup, dreams of the Olympics, dreams of making my family proud.  What would life be without these dreams? Could I live a life without them? Life is only complete when your loved ones know you.  When they know your true feelings, when they know who and how you love. Life is simple when your secret is gone.  Gone is the pain that lurks in the stomach at work, the pain from avoiding questions, and at last the pain from hiding such a deep secret.”Rogers made his USA debut against Sweden in January 2009 and established himself as a regular for the national team.Bayern scalp could fuel title run, says WengerDavid Bentley goes out on loan once again USA WINGER Robbie Rogers has publicly announced that he is gay and revealed that he is retiring from professional football.The 25-year-old most recently played for Championship side Leeds United before his release from Elland Road last month and also had a brief a loan spell at Stevenage.Rogers had been an MLS Cup winner with Columbus Crew in 2008 before he made his move to England after a successful start to his career in America.“Secrets can cause so much internal damage,” Rogers wrote on his personal blog. “People love to preach about honesty, how honesty is so plain and simple. Try explaining to your loved ones after 25 years you are gay. Try convincing yourself that your creator has the most wonderful purpose for you even though you were taught differently.“I always thought I could hide this secret. Football was my escape, my purpose, my identity. Football hid my secret, gave me more joy than I could have ever imagined… I will always be thankful for my career. I will remember Beijing, The MLS Cup, and most of all my team-mates. I will never forget the friends I have made along the way and the friends that supported me once they knew my secret.”Along with the announcement that he is gay, Rogers also said the decision would mark the end of his playing career. He added: “Now is my time to step away. It’s time to discover myself away from football.last_img read more

Domestic workers being exploited in Ireland

first_imgTHERE ARE THOUSANDS of domestic workers in Ireland, caring for the old, the sick, the frail; cleaning family homes; or caring for children.Today, 16 June, is Bloomsday – but it’s also International Domestic Workers Day, a day when the work done by these men and women is acknowledged. It’s also a day when the focus is on what needs to be done to make life better and safer for these workers.Today is the third anniversary of the international adoption of the ILO Domestic Workers Convention. However, the Irish government has not yet ratified the Convention.The Migrant Rights Commission in Ireland said today that au pairs, carers, childminders, cleaners and housekeepers in Ireland “continue to experience exploitation and poor working conditions”.MRCI’s Domestic Workers Action Group (DWAG) believes the Government is failing the thousands of domestic workers in the State.PromisesReynelde Mahilum, a domestic worker and DWAG campaigner, said:The Government are too slow, this is not good enough. We have been promised the Convention and we desperately need it, to protect us all from exploitation and abuse. We recognise that Ireland made good progress in terms of pushing the convention forward at EU level, but since then Minister Bruton has not moved to ratify it in Ireland.She described the thousands of domestic workers in Ireland as “working in a hidden and undervalued sector” and “vulnerable to exploitation, underpayment and denial of their basic rights”.Recent cases have shown how young women working as au pairs are particularly vulnerable to abuse. If the Government truly believes that carers, cleaners, au pairs and housekeepers have rights, why won’t they show that and sign this Convention? Justice delayed is justice denied; we need action.Hilda Regaspi, Chair of Migrant Rights Centre Ireland and DWAG member said that they have also been waiting five years for measures from the Department of Foreign Affairs to protect migrant domestic workers employed in embassies and diplomatic households.“We’ve been told these standards are at drafting stage for the last two years and still no action,” she said.Read: ‘No one ever notices the cleaner’>Read: Government called to act on exploitation of domestic workers>last_img read more

HP has a change of heart opts to keep PC business

first_imgIn a surprising bit of news, Hewlett-Packard (HP) has done an about-face and decided not to ditch its PC business after all. New CEO Meg Whitman said that the reversal came down to research data, which indicated that the projected damage to its supply chain and procurement was going to be too great.They had originally decided to spin-off and sell Personal Systems Group, their once-booming PC business, and focus on enterprise. The move was similar to that of IBM in 2005, who spun off their PC business and sold it to Lenovo. HP’s decision to spin off PSG was in August, under then-CEO Leo Apotheker. He has since been replaced by former eBay CEO Meg Whitman. On arrival, Whitman vowed to continue along this course, but apparently she had a change of heart.The company claims that Hewlett-Packard stands by Personal Systems Group, and that it will continue to evolve. Todd Bradley, executive vice president of Personal Systems Group, said “We intend to make the leading PC business in the world even better.”What does this mean for HP? It’s possible that they didn’t find any interested buyers of the PC division. It also wasn’t likely to benefit shareholders to spin it off. Personal Systems Group is still profitable, so perhaps what it comes down to is that keeping it offers the path of least resistance. The about-face also sounds like it was motivated by their experiencing unexpected supply chain problems due to the decision. HP, after all, can offer a one-stop-shop for businesses looking for solutions, and without their hardware arm that would not have been possible.Nothing was mentioned of the mobile division, so this doesn’t appear likely to change the previous decision to drop WebOS and cease smartphone and tablet production. As Android’s, iOS’, and even Windows Phone’s app libraries are rapidly maturing, the WebOS ecosystem is probably too far behind to bother jumping back into the fray. So sorry, guys, this probably won’t lead to more $99 Touchpads.Full release at BusinessWirelast_img read more

Are you ready for bonafide highend speakers for 650 a pair

first_imgThe Magnepan LRS.  Magnepan The Magnepan LRS — it stands for little ribbon speaker — isn’t your typical high-end speaker, and not just because it’s not expensive, at $650 a pair. The sound is remarkably clear, so music feels right.Picture a “normal” speaker and what do you see? A box with a tweeter and a woofer. The box might be shiny black or maybe have a pretty wood veneer. The Magnepan LRS isn’t a box, it’s a slender, cloth-covered panel speaker, 1.25 inch thick. You don’t have to be an audiophile to hear that it that doesn’t sound like a box speaker — it sounds bigger than that. Music sounds closer to life-size. Magnepans also differ from conventional speakers in the way they project sound into a room: Box speakers radiate sound forward, whereas Magnepan panels radiate sound from their front and rear surfaces. Most speakers have dome tweeters and cone midrange and/or woofer drivers, but the LRS features a thin-film “ribbon” diaphragm that produces bass, midrange and treble frequencies.The LRS is a big speaker, at 48 inches high and 14.5 inches wide. The panel comes in your choice of black solid oak or dark cherry edge trim, with off-white, gray or black fabric grilles. Impedance is rated at 4 ohms. Like more expensive Magnepans, the LRS is hand-crafted in White Bear Lake, Minnesota.All good speakers should be placed with care to sound their best, but Magnepans are finickier than most. They only start to strut their stuff when placed a minimum of 3 feet (1 meter) from the wall behind them. That said, the LRSs are light enough to easily be moved into position for listening sessions, and pushed back up against the wall when the music’s over.The speakers were designed with audiophiles in mind — people who are more likely to pair these speakers with high quality electronics, something better than an average AV receiver. The LRS works best with high power amps.I say that because I experimented with a few amps with the LRS. The Dayton Audio DTA Pro sounded sweet and full, but lacking in detail. The NAD C 316BEE was too bright. At the other extreme was my Pass Labs XA25 amp, which unleashed the LRS’ ultimate resolution potential. After jockeying those amps in and out of the system I spent the bulk of my LRS audition time with the $699 Schiit Vidar amp, which delivers 200 watts per channel into 4 ohm speakers (the LRS is a 4 ohm design). dsc6427aa Steve Guttenberg/CNET Listening to the LRSThere’s something especially satisfying about the way the LRS reproduced the sound of Pascal Rogé’s piano on his Satie: 3 Gymnopoedies album. The instrument’s transients and rich harmonics were rendered with incredible beauty. Rogé’s phrasing and touch are extraordinary, and the LRS brought them to life. The sound isn’t warm or rich, so the LRS doesn’t pretty up the sound of harsh or compressed pop recordings, but most of what’s good shines through. The better the recording the better the LRS sounds, and you’ll hear deep into the music. Turntablist Kid Koala’s 12 Bit Blues album of palpable beats and textures exercised the LRS panels. Its bass may not be the biggest and baddest, but its lowdown clarity was sublime with the timpani drums on my old Igor Stravinsky Conducts Histoire Du Soldat Suite LP. The tautness of the sound of tympani drums was preserved by the LRS. I measured bass down to 50 Hz, so the LRS can sound full, but a subwoofer would be required for folks craving room-shakingly deep bass. Achieving a smooth bass blend between Magnepans and subs isn’t easy, but I know lots of folks who get there. I mostly use Magnepans sans sub, but if the music calls for bass I’d recommend one of the smaller Hsu Research or REL models for use with the LRS. Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood’s inspired and altogether unsettling score for Paul Thomas Anderson’s film The Master was a treat for my ears. The orchestral sound blossomed over the LRS panels — the strings were simply gorgeous. The panels may be thin, but the sound is anything but. With Steve Reich’s Clapping Music, the fleshy quality of hand claps sounded just right. It’s a great, hypnotic recording.I didn’t have the Klipsch RP 600M bookshelf speakers ($549 a pair) on hand for a direct comparison, but I know that speaker well enough to guess how it would go. The RP 600 is more dynamically alive, it’s more rock and roll. The LRS is more refined, transparent, and it presents a bigger, closer to life-size sound. The RP 600M is a lot more sensitive, so it doesn’t need a lot of power to fill a room.The Magnepan LRS is the most transparent, high-definition sounding speaker you can buy for $650 a pair. It’s amazing for the money, but Magnepan’s .7 speaker offers a more natural midrange, superior dynamics and bass power for $1,395 per pair. The LRS is available directly from Magnepan with a 60-day home trial. The speakers are also available from selected Magnepan dealers in the US and Canada. 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TTD Security wing proposes ban on old vehicles on ghat road

first_imgTirupati: Shortly, the TTD may not allow the movement of the vehicles whose lifetime has been completed on Tirupati-Tirumala ghat road. Security and Vigilance wing of TTD is proposing total ban on the entry of old vehicles on ghat road. Since 1944, the TTD has been maintaining the ghat roads for the convenience of devotees who are coming to have darshan of Lord Venkateswara Swamy. The vehicles which have completed 20 years are also being used as taxis on the ghat road which is not safe for commuters who are travelling to the shrine on Tirumala hills from Tirupati. Also Read – Women docs appointed in key posts in Tirupati Advertise With Us In order to reduce pollution levels in Sheshachalam forest area, TTD Chief Vigilance and Security Officer Gopinath Jetti took a decision to stop entry of old vehicles on ghat road. As a first step, Vigilance Guards Officer (VGO) of Tirumala ML Manohar held a meeting with the taxi owners and drivers. He indicated that the old vehicles will be banned on ghat road. It is noticed that several vehicles which have completed 20 years of service are being run as taxis between Tirumala and Tirupati. Also Read – Event management students of SPMVV exhibit talent Advertise With Us Tirumala ghatroad is under TTD maintenance, and security officials are planning to get permission from EO Anil Kumar Singhal to implement the system. According to TTD officials statistics, every day more than 10,000 of various types of vehicles – buses, cars, lorries and vans – are going to the hill shrine. Other than taxies hundreds of private cars are also going to Tirumala and the movement of vehicles is raising levels of Co2. According to TTD security officials, the vehicles which were registered before 2000 year will be banned. TTD Vigilance Guards Officer ML Manohar said to The Hans India that imposing of ban on old vehicles is essential to protect environment from pollution.last_img read more

Merck CEO resigns from Trump council in protest

first_imgKenneth Frazier & Donald TrumpMerck & Co Inc Chief Executive Kenneth Frazier resigned from US president Donald Trump’s American Manufacturing Council on Monday, saying he was taking a stand against intolerance and extremism.A gathering of hundreds of white nationalists in Virginia took a deadly turn on Saturday when a car plowed into a group of counter-protesters and killed at least one person.Trump had said “many sides” were involved, drawing fire from across the political spectrum for not specifically denouncing the far right.”America’s leaders must honor our fundamental views by clearly rejecting expressions of hatred, bigotry and group supremacy, which run counter to the American ideal that all people are created equal,” Frazier said in a tweet announcing his resignation.Trump responded in a tweet, now that “Ken Frazier of Merck Pharma has resigned from President’s Manufacturing Council, he will have more time to LOWER RIPOFF DRUG PRICES!”Several executives from top US companies have stepped down from a number of presidential advisory councils in protest to Trump policies.Tesla Inc CEO Elon Musk and Walt Disney Co CEO Robert Iger left the President’s Strategic and Policy Forum, a business advisory group, in June, after Trump said he would withdraw from the Paris climate accord. Musk also left the manufacturing council.Former Uber Technologies Inc CEO Travis Kalanick quit the business advisory council in February amid pressure from activists and employees who opposed the administration’s immigration policies.last_img read more

From the land of the Buddha

first_imgTitled Architecture of the Buddhist World: Southeast Asia, the exhibition hosted by India International Centre is a study of architecture shaped by philosophy and practice of Buddhism in Southeast Asia. It presents a comprehensive survey of the diversity and complexity of architectural models and drawings with three dimensional renditions, supported by original photography.The exhibition traces the evolution of architectural form and spaces in response to changing ideas, material realities, and building traditions of Southeast Asia. Taking an interdisciplinary and holistic approach, it brings together art, architecture, archaeology, history, religion and philosophy to understand how Buddhist thought and ritual interacted with local traditions to produce distinctive architectural forms. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Buddhist monuments from six Southeast Asian countries, Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand are included such as Pitaka Taik in Mynmar, Sukothai in Thailand, Wat Mai in Laos, Mot Cot in Vietnam, Neak Pean in Cambodia, and Candi Sewu in Indonesia.The exhibition is derived from the recently published book, Architecture of the Buddhist World: The Golden Lands by Vikram Lall, where he searches for answers to questions such as: How did Buddhist thinking and ritual determine distinctive architectural designs? What are their origins and transformations? What were the architectural design strategies adopted to satisfy functional, technical, aesthetic and symbolic requirements? What distinguishes the different building typologies found in Buddhist cultures — a monastery from a stupa or a pagoda? What is the influence of the cultural context and how have different regions developed such distinctive architecture? What are the similarities and differences in the patterns of design of Buddhist monuments in different regions; the interconnection between these architectural forms and the sacred geography and cosmology of the Buddhist world? And to what places do these sacred spaces help us journey?When: June 12 – 19Where: India International Centrelast_img read more