Vigilant security in place for Games

first_imgWatertight security has been put in place for the Asian Games with the organisers not willing to take any chances.There is constant vigil everywhere in the Asian Games.Given China’s superb arrangements during the Beijing Olympics, when the threat of disruptions from Tibetan protesters loomed large, there are fewer worries here. But there is constant vigil everywhere in the Asian Games city. Even when the road is empty, cabs follow the traffic signals as CCTV cameras are there at almost every position recording proceedings.”Everything is in place. After six years of hard work, I am pleased to announce that the preparatory work for the Asian Games has been completed,” announced Guangzhou vice mayor Xu Ruisheng.With more than 1,00,000 policemen on duty at various venues, the Games Village and the media centre, getting past security barriers is an exercise. However, the cops and volunteers seem better equipped as even if they speak broken English, they are courteous.”As the Guangzhou Asian Games will have the biggest ever number of athletes, officials and reporters in the history of the Asian Games, the security work has been a great challenge,” a statement from the Games security commission said.”The security panel has adopted effective and necessary measures to ensure a safe Games. We have done our best to provide a safe and favourable environment. We cannot take any chances. We want the Games to be a grand success and we want the world to remember Guangzhou for all the good reasons” said an official.advertisementThe officials are confident that the Asian Games will help transform the city into one of Asia’s top destinations, at par with Beijing and Shanghai. For the Games, a new railway station, trade centre, subway lines, housing projects, highways and bridges have been constructed.last_img read more

Spain win sets standard for England – Trippier

first_imgKieran Trippier described England’s performance in the 3-2 win over Spain on Monday as “perfect” and believes it should become the new standard for Gareth Southgate’s side.An impressive display in Seville saw the Three Lions claim their first victory in the Nations League, in the process ending Spain’s 15-year unbeaten run at home in competitive internationals.Raheem Sterling scored twice while Marcus Rashford also found the net to put England in complete control at half-time, as Spain conceded three times at home outside of friendly games for the first time. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Despite goals from Paco Alcacer and Sergio Ramos after the break, Southgate’s side held on to secure the win and put down a marker for the future, according to full-back Trippier.”I thought, all round it was a perfect performance,” the Tottenham defender told reporters. “It is certainly up there for me personally in my career and I know for all the other lads.”Spain haven’t lost in over 10 years in a competitive game [at home] so it just shows what we can do, the attacking threat we’ve got.That was a huge performance and a memorable night @England— Kieran Trippier (@trippier2) October 15, 2018″We want to beat the big teams. In the past few games we have had draws and not scored but I think we showed we can beat the top teams and defend well against the top teams.”It was a statement last and hopefully in the future we can put performances in like this as well. We want to win every game and play like that in every game. We know how well we can play as a team and in the first half we showed that.”It is something to build on, we have a lot of confidence going into the next games. We just have to keep working on our formation in training and hopefully on match days we can put out the performances.”Sterling, who scored for the first time in an England since 2015, admitted it was a “beautiful feeling” to get back on the scoresheet. England return to action on November 15 for a friendly against the United States before facing Croatia in the team’s final Nations League match.last_img read more

Exclusive: A-League wannabes try to buy CCM and Phoenix

first_imgA-League The Covert Agent: Southern Expansion make offers to buy Central Coast and Wellington Phoenix The Covert Agent Last updated 1 year ago 18:05 11/20/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Central Coast Mariners Stadium A-League Central Coast Mariners Wellington Phoenix EXCLUSIVE: Goal’s resident spy reveals the backers behind the new franchise have made offers for two top flight clubs Aspiring A-League franchise Southern Expansion has made separate offers to buy current A-League clubs Central Coast Mariners and Wellington Phoenix, but were rejected on both proposals.The Cover Agent can reveal the Chinese investors behind Southern Expansion are tired of waiting for the FFA to figure out their expansion agenda and decided to test the resolve of two existing clubs.The offers that were put to Mariners owner Mike Charlesworth and Phoenix chairman Rob Morrison both exceeded $7 million but were turned down after dialogue was initiated. 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 Southern Expansion are hoping to be the third A-League team in Sydney and cover an area south of the CBD, including St George, Sutherland and South Coast football communities.Council approval has been obtained to build a 30,000-seat stadium in Loftus, with the franchise committing $9 million to the project in their proposal to the FFA.last_img read more

Message By The Minister Of Foreign Affairs And Foreign Trade On UN Day

first_img1.       No one is  left  behind;2.       Sustainable development is put at the core of the agenda;3.       Economies are transformed so as to create  jobs and inclusive growth;4.       There is a  building of  peace and effective, open and accountable institutions for all;5.       A new global partnership is forged. Every year since 1948, the 24th of October has been celebrated globally as United Nations (UN) Day. This is in commemoration of the founding of the Organisation with the ratification of its Charter by the five (5) Permanent Members of the Security Council, namely: France, the People’s Republic of China, the former Soviet Union (now the Russian Federation), the United Kingdom and the United States of America.  As a member of the United Nations since independence, Jamaica is pleased to join with the International Community in celebrating United Nations Day which, this year, is being celebrated under the theme: “Global Progress”.The United Nations has remained true to its mandate in the more than six (6) decades since its inception and continues to be at the forefront in the quest for international peace and security, development and the promotion and protection of human rights.  It has also proved to be responsive to the dynamic global environment as the United Nation strives to address the new and emerging challenges of the 21st Century.  This is being advanced as the United Nations  sustains its role as a multifaceted global steward and  continues to lead the charge on issues such as climate change, sustainable development, health, disarmament, democracy and good governance- all while coordinating efforts for a safer and more just world.As a responsible member of the Organisation, Jamaica continues to contribute actively to the framing of the various aspects of its work.  Many Jamaicans have worked at senior levels in the Organisation thus making tangible contributions.  We also continue to participate in peacekeeping, as Jamaican policemen and policewomen serve as members in peacekeeping troops in various conflict areas of the world.  Here at home, we continue to value highly the support provided by the United Nations through the United Nations Resident Coordinator and the staff in the various UN offices, as they work to implement the cooperation programme provided through the United Nations Development Assistance Framework.We look forward to the deepening of such cooperation particularly as the United Nations will, in 2014, be paying particular attention to the concerns of Small Island Developing States.  As a Small Island Developing State, Jamaica welcomes the designation of 2014 as the International Year of SIDS and looks forward to the convening of the Third International Conference on SIDS also in 2014.The Organization, however, is not without its fair share of challenges. It has been forced to rethink its strategy in response to the changing global needs, particularly in the developing world. The Government of Jamaica, therefore, commends the United Nations on its recognition of the need for the elaboration of a Post-2015 Development Agenda that is universal, people-centered and sustainable.Jamaica is supportive of such an agenda as it should lead to an end to extreme poverty and allow for an inclusive and sustained path to prosperity.   The five big transformative shifts articulated in the Report of the UN Secretary-General’s High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, which are also in line with the objectives of Jamaica’s Vision 2030 – National Development Plan, can assist in the achievement of development of all.  To ensure this, the five transformative shifts will require that: The Government of Jamaica commends the United Nations on its recognition of the need for the elaboration of a Post-2015 Development Agenda that is universal, people-centered and sustainable. Story Highlights Jamaica fully believes in the building and effective execution of global partnerships as these are key to ensuring global peace and development. We therefore welcome Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s proposal for a new UN Initiative in the form of a UN Partnership Facility, geared towards harnessing the full potential for partnerships with corporate society.In line with this, the Government of Jamaica has already forged its own Social Partnership Agreement in July 2013 with a range of stakeholders, including the trade unions, civil society and the private sector. The United Nations is therefore strategically placed to advance such global partnerships.As we commemorate the 68th anniversary of the entry into force of the UN Charter, it is our hope that the principles and the purposes enshrined therein will continue to be observed. I take this opportunity to reaffirm the firm commitment of the Government of Jamaica to the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter and to ensuring that the aims and objectives of this noble institution are advanced in fulfillment of the needs of both present and future generations.last_img read more

WHO Tunisians Heaviest Alcohol Drinkers in the Region

Rabat – Tunisians are the heaviest drinkers in the Maghreb region, says a report published by the World Health Organization (WHO).With a consumption of approximately 26.2 liters per year, Tunisians’ intake of alcoholic beverages exceeds that of the Russians (22.30), the British (13.80), the Germans (14.70) and the Polish (24.20).According to the World Health Organization, men are the main consumers of alcohol in Tunisia, with an average of 35.1 liters of alcohol consumed per year. The same source added that Tunisian ladies, however, only consume one liter.Similar to their Moroccan counterparts, Tunisians prefer consuming beer (68%), followed by wine (28%) and spirits (4%).Tunisia’s alcohol consumption surpasses that of neighboring countries such as Morocco (17.10 liters), Algeria (10.90), Libya (2.5 liters) and Egypt (6 liters).The WHO report went on to add that the United Arab Emirates are the largest consumers of alcohol in the Middle East region, followed by Iran (24.80) and Lebanon (23.90 liters).In Africa, the biggest alcohol consumers are the Chadians with an estimated (33.90 liters), followed by Gambia (30.9) and Mali (29.30). read more

UN agencies help worlds tourist resorts adapt to climate change

Island destinations are particularly prone to the effects of climate change with many of them relying on warm waters and long hours of sunshine to attract tourists to their beaches, and a similar plan is being prepared for the low-lying Indian Ocean island nation of the Maldives, which could be threatened by rising sea levels.Alterations in weather patterns can have a serious impact on the programming of trips, the comfort of tourists and their health. Extreme climatic events can affect natural attractions, with storm surges and rising sea levels eroding beaches and higher sea temperatures bleaching coral. There is also the increased risk of drought and the possibility of physical damage to both people and property.The projects will be coordinated by the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) in conjunction with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and financed by the Global Environment Facility, an independent financial organization that provides grants to developing countries for projects that benefit the global environment and promote sustainable livelihoods in local communities.“Addressing the impact of climate change on Small Island Developing States has become a priority, given the heavy dependence of their economies on tourism, their high level of vulnerability and their relatively low adaptive capacity,” the Programme Officer in UNWTO’s Sustainable Development of Tourism Department, Gabor Vereczi told an Agency workshop in the Fijian capital of Suva earlier this month. “Climate change should not be seen by tourism administrations and businesses as a distant phenomenon, but one that is already affecting destinations and the daily operation of the tourism sector.“Basic adaptation measures, such as early warning systems and preparedness for cyclones, or the better use of climate information provided by national meteorological services can make a huge difference in preventing and mitigating climate-related risks and hazards,” he added.UNWTO will be further addressing the challenges posed by climate change at a conference on “Building Tourism Resilience in Small Island Developing States (SIDS),” to be held in the Bahamas capital of Nassau from 7-9 June. read more

GOP leaders claim momentum as health bill clears hurdles

GOP leaders claim momentum as health bill clears hurdles WASHINGTON – Republican leaders drove their long-promised legislation to dismantle Barack Obama’s health care law over its first big hurdles in the House on Thursday, claiming fresh momentum despite cries of protest from right, left and centre.After grueling all-night sessions, the Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means committees both approved their portions of the bill along party-line votes. The legislation, strongly supported by President Donald Trump, would eliminate the unpopular tax penalties for the uninsured under the Affordable Care Act, replacing Obama’s law with a conservative blueprint likely to cover far fewer people but — Republicans hope — increase choice.The vote in Ways and Means came before dawn, while the Energy and Commerce meeting lasted past 27 hours as exhausted lawmakers groped for coffee refills, clean shirts and showers.Angry Democrats protested that Republicans were acting in the dead of night to rip insurance coverage from poor Americans. But Republican leaders sounded increasingly confident that, after seven years of empty promises about undoing Obama’s law, they might finally be able to overcome their own deep divisions and deliver a bill to Trump to sign.“This is the closest we will ever get to repealing and replacing Obamacare,” Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin said at a press briefing where he arrived in shirt-sleeves to deliver a wonky power-point presentation on the GOP bill, part TED Talk and part “Schoolhouse Rock.”“The time is here. The time is now. This is the moment. And this is the closest this will ever happen,” Ryan said.Leaders are aiming for passage by the full House in the next couple of weeks, and from there the legislation would go to the Senate and, they hope, on to Trump’s desk. The president has promised to sign it, declaring over Twitter on Thursday, “We are talking to many groups and it will end in a beautiful picture!”Yet at the same time the president is leaving himself a political out, privately telling conservative leaders that if the whole effort fails, Democrats will ultimately shoulder the blame for the problems that remain. That’s according to a participant in the meeting Wednesday who spoke only on condition of anonymity to relay the private discussion.Democrats reject that notion, and the entire GOP effort.“What we have seen is the Republicans’ long-feared and job-killing health bill that means less coverage and more cost to American people,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California. “I don’t think the president really knows what he’s talking about.”The GOP legislation would kill Obama’s requirement that everyone buy insurance by repealing the tax fines imposed on those who don’t. The bill would replace income-based subsidies Obama provided with tax credits based more on age, and insurers would charge higher premiums for customers who drop coverage for over two months.The extra billions Washington has sent states to expand the federal-state Medicaid program would phase out, and spending on the entire program would be capped at per-patient limits. Around $600 billion in tax boosts that Obama’s statute imposed on wealthy Americans and others to finance his overhaul would be repealed. Insurers could charge older customers five times more than younger ones instead of the current 3-1 limit but would still be required to include children up to age 26 in family policies, and they would be barred from imposing annual or lifetime benefit caps.Democrats said the Republicans would yank health coverage from many of the 20 million people who gained it under Obama’s statute, and drive up costs for others. And they accused Republicans of hiding bad news by moving ahead without official estimates from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office on the bill’s cost to taxpayers and its anticipated coverage.And even as Republican leaders expressed confidence, enormous obstacles remained. A growing coalition of interest groups has lined up in opposition, including AARP and numerous medical professionals, from mental health providers to doctors, nurses, hospitals and more. Republican senators from politically divided states have voiced qualms about the changes to Medicaid, and opposition remains from conservative lawmakers and groups.There were signs, though, that some of that conservative opposition could be softening amid concerted lobbying from Trump, Vice-President Mike Pence and other administration officials. Trump dined Wednesday night with Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, a skeptic of the bill, and kept up his wooing efforts Thursday, inviting a group of lawmakers including two influential House conservatives to lunch at the White House.One of them, Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, who chairs the House Freedom Caucus, said afterward that there are still “major concerns that need to be addressed, but I really appreciate the president’s willingness to consider issues that are important to all Americans.”Meadows and other conservatives were pushing the administration to change a provision in the House bill that phases out extra Medicaid dollars for states beginning in 2020; they hoped to move the date up to 2018. But that would make the bill more difficult to swallow for a pivotal group of Republican senators whose states expanded Medicaid under the Obama law.House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy rejected any need for change. “It’s a good bill,” he said. As for how to attract conservative lawmakers, he asked rhetorically, “They’re going to support Obamacare?”The Senate loomed as perhaps the tougher challenge, as GOP Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas voiced new objections over Twitter. “House health care bill can’t pass Senate w/o major changes. To my friends in House: pause, start over. Get it right, don’t get it fast,” Cotton wrote.And in another measure of concern, the chief medical officer at Medicaid, Dr. Andrey Ostrovsky, registered his opposition over Twitter, saying he was aligning himself with medical professionals opposed to the bill “despite political messaging from others at HHS,” the Health and Human Services Department.___Associated Press reporters Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Julie Bykowicz, Andrew Taylor, Kevin Freking, Mary Clare Jalonick, Stephen Ohlemacher and Ken Thomas contributed to this report. Graphic shows process of health care overhaul bill moving through House of Representatives; 3c x 4 inches; 146 mm x 101 mm; by Erica Werner And Alan Fram, The Associated Press Posted Mar 9, 2017 2:15 am MDT Last Updated Mar 9, 2017 at 6:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

WORLD FEMALE HANDBALL PLAYER 2014 – Vote until January 6

female handballHeidi LokeWomen’s handballWorld Female Handball Player 2014World Female Player 2014Zsusanna Tomori ← Previous Story Norway win EHF EURO 2014! Next Story → WORLD FEMALE HANDBALL – LEFT WING 2014 announces the official nominations for the WORLD FEMALE PLAYER 2014 based on opinion of the 17 handball journalists from all over the world! Jury of Experts made the lists of four best players in 2014 per position in the team, while the last member of the Jury, handball fans across the Globe can vote in the next few weeks (until January 6) and support their favorite players. Visitors’ votes will be added to the existing number of votes given by the journalists, after which will announce who is the WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER 2014 and the best players per position  – “BEST 8”.Here are the nominations (CLICK AND VOTE):BEST LEFT WING 2014BEST LEFT BACK 2014BEST PLAYMAKER 2014BEST RIGHT BACK 2014BEST RIGHT WING 2014BEST LINE-PLAYER 2014BEST GOALKEEPER 2014BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER 2014VOTE UNTIL JANUARY 6!JURY MEMBERS:Bjorn Pazen (Handball Woche, Germany)Riči Gjamovski (Makedonski Sport, Macedonia)Lojze Grčman (SIOL, Slovenia)Stig Nygard (TV 2, Norway)Patrick Andersson (, Denmark)Jelena Bagarić (, Croatia)Jorge Dargel (MARCA, Spain)Luca Zadra (Pallamano Italia, Italy)Yuki Hattori (Japanese Handball Magazine, Japan)Laura Agena ( correspondent, Argentina)Marian Ursescu (GAZETA SPORTURILOR, Romania)Zorica Radojković (, Serbia)Yves Michel (, France)Ibolya Szekeres (TimeOut Magazine, Hungary)Mark Hegedus (female handball expert, Austria/Hungary)Nikola Nikolić (, Montenegro)Larissa Rocha (Brazilian Confederation, Brazil)JURY MEMBERS FROM EUROPE, ASIA AND SOUTH AMERICAThis year made the biggest Jury until now in order to get opinion from the countries with various handball tradition. Our Jury members are the recognized handball specialists in their countries, which coming from the biggest media (Marca, TV 2 NO, SIOL), but also from specialized websites and newspapers as,, and so on…LOKE, TOMORI, LOKEThis is the fourth year of Contest for the WORLD HANDBALL PLAYER. The winner in 2011 and 2013 (88.631 votes of fans) was legendary Norwegian line player Heidi Loke, while in 2012 won Hungarian back Zsuzsanna Tomori.ŽRK BUDUĆNOST’S DOMINATION – NORGE POWERThe most players nominated for the WORLD FEMALE PLAYER 2014 are coming from ŽRK Budućnost – 6, ahead of Hungarian Gyor – 5. Macedonian TOP team ŽRK Vardar Skopje and Danish Viborg HK have four nominees, while ambitious Romanian team HCM Baia Mare has three. Two nominated players have Norwegian Larvik HK and second Romanian team CSM Bucuresti. There are six other teams with a single nomination (Metz Handball , Savehof , Team TVIS Holstebro , FC Midtjylland, Team Esbjerg, RK Krim Mercator)In total, 32 nominees coming from 12 teams.Situation with the national teams is little bit different (13 in total). Norway are giving the biggest number of players (6 – in total 7 due double nomination of Heidi Loke) followed by Montenegro (4). Denmark, France and Sweden with 3. Brazil, Romania, Serbia and The Netherlands have two nominations each.Croatia, Hungary, Spain and Germany have also nominations for the WORLD FEMALE PLAYER 2014.WORLD FEMALE HANDBALL PLAYER – OFFICIAL PARTNER read more

Never say never Trapattoni open to Serie A return reports

first_imgREPUBLIC OF IRELAND boss Giovanni Trapattoni says he’s open to the idea of managing in Serie A again, according to reports.Trapattoni, who spent more than 20 seasons as a club coach in Italy, was asked about the possibility of a return some day and said —  ”Never say never.”“I always want to win,” Italian media reports Trap, 74, as saying. “Even returning to a Serie A side like Napoli – why not?Am I putting myself forward for the job? Everyone knows my motto: never say never in football.I also tell club Presidents: don’t look at my birth certificate, because that doesn’t reflect my real age. Trapattoni and assistant Marco Tardelli have been under increased pressure since Ireland’s calamitous 6-1 defeat against Germany last year and face an uphill battle to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.Trap heads to Carrick-on-Shannon on Monday where he will announce his squad for the upcoming friendlies against England, Georgia and Spain as well as next month’s qualifier against the Faroe Islands.Who will win this weekend’s Premier League and FA Cup games, and whylast_img read more

Gattuso AC Milan need to step up their game

first_imgAC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso admits they will have to be back to their best ahead of Saturday’s game against FiorentinaThe Rossoneri haven’t won their last three games and were knocked out of the Europa League following a surprise 3-1 defeat to Olympiacos.Despite the struggles though, Milan remain in fourth-place in the Serie A and Gattuso hopes his players are ready to step up their efforts to consolidate a Champions League qualification spot.“The club wants to reach the Champions League, it will not be easy but we will do our best,” said Gattuso on the club website.“Now we are in fourth place though we have to do more, but I am calm. We have to make fewer mistakes.“We do not look for excuses, we have to keep working and improving. We lost some important points but our opponents also slowed down.Serie A, Gian Piero GasperiniGasperini reveals why he rejected Inter Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Atalanta manager, Gian Piero Gasperini, has revealed why he rejected Internazionale Milan’s job proposal over the summer transfer window.“We have some strengths and weaknesses and we have to be careful. I enjoy training people with passion and flair in their eyes, who have the spirit of football within them, whether they are young or old”.Facing Milan at the San Siro are Fiorentina, who sit 10th in the standings and just five points behind.“Tomorrow we will play against a strong opponent, who can hurt us in attack. Fiorentina are a team with very good players technically, playing within 60-70 meters,” said Gattuso.“We will have to be good at imposing our game, not giving an inch on the pitch. I want to see a team that plays well and with vehemence: only in this way will we be able to win.“Bologna has taught us that making a sterile ball possession leads to nothing”The Milan-Fiorentina game will begin at 15:00 (CET).last_img read more

Good Shepherd Catholic Schools Ukulele Benefit Concert

first_img Posted: May 22, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Good Shepherd Catholic School will have their 9th Annual Ukulele Benefit Concert to raise money for the San Diego Humane Society.3rd graders will perform several songs on Friday, May 24 at 6:30 p.m. May 22, 2019 KUSI Newsroom The Good Shepherd Catholic School has their 9th Annual Ukulele concert this Friday at 6:30pm to raise money for the @sdhumane Get a sneak peak on @KUSI_GMSD @KUSINews— Allie Wagner (@alliewagnertv) May 22, 2019center_img Good Shepherd Catholic School’s Ukulele Benefit Concert KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Entertainment, Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img

Melco Resorts launches latest Cyprus recruitment drive

first_imgMelco Resorts & Entertainment has launched the latest recruitment drive for three of its recently opened satellite casinos in Cyprus.The company announced this week that it is looking for at least 19 new employees to work as dealers and gaming machine attendants at Cyprus Casinos (C2) in Ayia Napa, Nicosia and Limassol. They will join around 800 mostly local residents already employed by Melco at its Cyprus properties ahead of the opening of the €550 million City of Dreams Mediterranean in 2021. RelatedPosts 70% of Macau gaming market driven by 400,000 premium players: brokerage Sihanoukville authorities threaten legal action against 10 building owners over demolition orders Load More SkyCity sees 900 New Zealand casino workers strike for second straight weekend The successful dealer applicants will undergo a three-month training program with gaming machine attendants to attend an intensive two-month training program that will include theoretical and practical on-the-job training as official Melco employees.“More important is the quality of the training which is consistent with our global Melco Hiring Philosophy where we hire on attitude, image and potential and we train on skills,” said VP Human Resources of Melco in Cyprus, Victoria Michaelidou.Melco says it will boast a 2,400-strong workforce in Cyprus once City of Dreams Mediterranean opens its doors.last_img read more

Brandon Victor Dixon On Jesus Christ Superstar John Legend We Are New

first_imgJudas from “Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert” opens up about working on one of the year’s most-lauded TV specials and his new platform to marry music with making a differenceNate HertweckGRAMMYs May 11, 2018 – 5:22 am When “Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert” aired on April 1, fans of both the classic Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice musical and its modern all-star cast rejoiced. While viewers recognized the marquee recording artists who appeared, for many it was Judas who stole the show. The man behind that role? Brandon Victor Dixon, an accomplished actor and two-time Tony and GRAMMY nominee who has just released his first single, the uplifting and unifying “We Are.”Originally from Washington, D.C., Dixon has performed on Broadway in “The Color Purple” and “Hamilton,” on television in “One Life To Live” and “Law & Order,” and on stages from Los Angeles to New York to London. A true Renaissance man, Dixon formed his own production company two years ago to develop film and TV content. But his arrival as a recording artist is anything other than your typical stage-to-stereo crossover, and “We Are” is much more than a mere single.”I’m not necessarily building a recording career,” says Dixon. “I’m a very philanthropically oriented individual. There are a lot of causes that I support, and I’m a big fan of advocacy. In this day and age, I feel like if you’re not advocating for somebody or something then you have to ask yourself what you’re doing. I feel like the more we speak for and support others, the less we’ll have to worry about speaking for and supporting ourselves.”To that end, “We Are” represents a message of equality and compassion Dixon hopes to share with the world. The song originated when fellow actor Daniel J. Watts asked Dixon to write something to go along with a performance he was doing at a benefit event. Dixon crafted the hook and the rest fell into place with the help of South African producer Greg Dean Borowsky.Next, Dixon walked the walk and chose Young New Yorkers, an organization aimed at enrolling sentenced juveniles in arts programs instead of sending them to jail, as the beneficiary of the single’s proceeds.”It’s creating the #WeAre movement and the song is really designed to get people to remember that there’s no you without me, there’s no me without you and remember that, at one point, we knew how close we were as human beings together on this planet,” says Dixon. “This first movement and this first song is about children, and the children that are caught up in our for-profit justice system.” Brandon Victor Dixon On Music & Philanthropy brandon-victor-dixon-jesus-christ-superstar-john-legend-we-are-new-single Brandon Victor Dixon On “Jesus Christ Superstar,” John Legend & “We Are” New Single Facebook Twitter Email Dixon speaks passionately about several different philanthropic efforts, including mass incarceration, gun control, LGBTQ issues, racial equality, and feminism. Music provides him with an avenue to reach people and advocate for these causes.”I started writing music over the last couple years, particularly when I was doing ‘Motown.’ I started to connect with people in the music industry, and Ryan Shaw, who played Stevie Wonder in that show, and I started working on some projects together,” says Dixon. “Then this year, coming off of ‘Hamilton’ and going into ‘Jesus Christ Superstar,’ I just felt it was time to start putting out some music.”Dixon’s “… Superstar” experience put him shoulder to shoulder onstage and in living rooms around the world with GRAMMY winners such as John Legend.”It was really awesome to see someone like John … voluntarily step out into a slightly more foreign territory and be just as dedicated and giving of himself and, beyond that, to stretch forward to drive himself into a new creative territory,” Dixon says. “You don’t see that in everybody who is established and comfortable with what they’ve built.”He was excited by all the wonderful work happening around him. John produced it, and he was very proud and excited about the overall project and the reaction to it.”Dixon’s breakout performances of “Heaven On Their Minds,” “Superstar” and “The Last Supper,” a pivotal confrontation with Legend, introduced him to a whole new audience. While he cites Sara Bareilles’ beautiful rendition of “I Don’t Know How To Love Him” as among his personal highlights, choosing his top moment of the night comes easy.”Coming out in a bedazzled tank top and silver jeans and singing ‘Superstar’ with a 36-piece band and 28 dancers around me is one of the dopest things I’ve ever had the opportunity to do,” says Dixon.The adrenaline rush of taking the stage was no doubt magnified by the performance being broadcast live on television. Though  Dixon’s initial approach to his role as Judas and the show was not unlike his prior work on Broadway, the live filming element added another layer of technical wrinkles.”We want everybody at home to feel what we’re doing live in the arena, and it seems like they really succeeded at that,” says Dixon. “The storytelling and the heart came through, and that’s largely because of the technical ability of the group we had around us.”The hard work was worth it, as the show Dixon calls “a permanent part of our cultural artistic fabric” made a huge splash with TV audiences, spurring a host of acclaim from critics and the public alike.”I think the best thing somebody said to me was, ‘The way you portrayed Judas and the way this production told the story, it makes me think about the world around me in a very different way,'” says Dixon. “That’s moving for me, because, for this show, you walk into it labeling Judas as a villain, and evil and bad, and the goal for me was to strive to make people feel differently about someone they thought they knew. And hopefully that will translate to the real world where you can think differently about people around you that you think you know … maybe even help you think a little differently about yourself.” News With so much under his belt already as an entertainer, it’s clear Dixon’s true purpose moving forward is all about enacting positive change, a daunting task for any artist. Naturally, maintaining a balance is also important.When he’s not onstage or in the studio, Dixon says he can be found playing pickup soccer in New York City or snagging a stack of comic books and a bag of Twizzlers to unwind. But he’s quick to assure us more music and videos are in the works, all aimed at showing the world we are one.”My message is very democratic, so hopefully that’s the spirit in which people will receive it and will feel happy to share it.”Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more

Walker campaign says Republicanfunded group didnt disclose ad spending

first_imgThe seal of the state of Alaska in the governor’s temporary offices in Juneau, June 19, 2016. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)The campaign of Gov. Bill Walker and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott said a Republican-funded group failed to properly disclose that it bought political TV ads.Listen nowThe campaign filed a complaint Monday with the Alaska Public Offices Commission. It said the group Families for Alaska’s Future – Dunleavy failed to report ads the Republican Governors Association bought in Alaska.Walker-Mallott campaign manager John-Henry Heckendorn said the violations are serious.“Unfortunately, it’s not that hard to set up a front group that is nothing but a name on a piece of paper, effectively, to conduct your expenditures on your behalf, and then hide all of your donors, so no one has any idea where the money’s really coming from,” Heckendorn said.The complaint has two counts. The first count said the group failed to register with the commission before spending money, which violates state law. It said the group bought $735,000 in ads with KTUU two months before it registered. And it never reported the money with the commission.Heckendorn said the spending is among the highest in Alaska history, and is by politically savvy people.“They understand media and campaign disclosure requirements, and have just failed to comply with them,” Heckendorn said.The second count said the group failed to file accurate spending reports. The Republican Governors Association initially reported that the RGA bought advertising with seven Alaska TV stations. Then it changed the name on the contracts to Families for Alaska’s Future. And that group never reported either the ads or that it benefited from the RGA’s ad buy.Families for Alaska’s Future – Dunleavy couldn’t be reached for comment.The commission could fine the group if it finds a violation.last_img read more

Weekly off a great relief to cops in Mancherial

first_imgMancherial: Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police Sanjeev said weekly off to police personnel is a great relief, who will deal with work stress daily. The Telangana government has declared weekly off to cops, which is being implemented from Wednesday (June 26).Following the orders of Ramagundam Commissioner of Police V Satyanarayana, he held a meeting with armed and police officers at police headquarters in Ramagundam on Wednesday. Also Read – Solve farmers problems, demands Congress in Kamareddy Advertise With Us He said that this weekly off system has been introduced in order to forget the six days of hardship and enjoy a day of relaxation with the family. He instructed the staff and officials, who utilise the weekly off, should not leave the district headquarter without informing their officer. He also said this order should be implemented with the cooperation from all the staff. As part of friendly policing, Sanjeev asked the police personnel to increase the respect among the people for police department. The staff of police department were happy over the implementation of weekend holiday. RI (Admin) Sundar Rao, RI (MTO) Madhukar, RSI Santosh and others were present.last_img read more

Kamal warns AL govt of unthinkable punishment

first_imgJatiya Oikya Front leaders, activists and supporters have joined for its second rally in Kazir Dewri in Chattogram city. Photo: Prothom AloJatiya Oikya Front (National Unity Front) leader Kamal Hossain on Saturday said the people as ‘owner of the republic’ gave judgement in favour of fair elections.“If you disregard or ignore this verdict, you will get punishment even beyond your imagination,” he told a rally, issuing a note of warning to the ruling Awami League government.The police gave permission for holding this rally at Kazir Dewri Morh in the port city, instead of traditional venue of Laldighir Maidan.Criticising such move, Kamal, the Gano Forum president who leads the new opposition coalition, said the people were made to suffer and those who are responsible for this must be accountable.“You have to be accountable why permission for holding the rally at Laldighir Maidan was not given. It’s forefather’s property of someone. It’s the people who are the owners of it,” he said.Kamal, who is dubbed framer of the constitution in 1972, maintained that the people are the owners of the republic while the government is the service provider.BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, the front’s leader and JSD president ASM Abdur Rab, and Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna addressed the rally among others.UNB adds: Oikya Front chief Kamal Hossain accused the government of ‘regularly’ overriding the constitution, and warned that it has to be accountable to people for it one day.”The constitution is being violated every day…they must be held accountable for it,” he said.Kamal, also a reputed lawyer, said the government’s men will have to face trial for harassing people by implicating in ‘false’ cases.He criticised the government for not releasing BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail.Jatiya Oikya Front chief Kamal Hossain, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir and other leaders of newly formed alliance have joined its second rally in Kazir Dewri in Chattogram city. Photo: Jewel ShillHe said the government will be forced to accept their alliance’s seven-point demand, including holding the next polls under a non-party government and dissolution of parliament, as people have got united.”There’s nothing impossible to achieve when people get united as we had proved it in the past, including during the liberation war,” he added.Chattogram city unit BNP president Shahdat Hossain presided over the rally that started around 1:30pm with recitation from the holy Quran and holy Gita.Before the beginning of the rally, senior leaders of the Front visited the shrine of Hazrat Shah Amanat (R) and offered fateha there.This was the second rally of the newly formed alliance as it held its maiden one in Sylhet on 24 October.Several hundred leaders and activists of the party holding placards, banners and portraits of BNP founder Ziaur Rahman, chairperson Khaleda Zia and acting chairman Tarique Rahman started gathering at the rally venue since noon.Huge law enforcers were deployed around the rally venue to maintain law and order.The Front’s seven-point demand includes installation of a neutral interim government, dissolution of parliament, reconstitution the election commission, release of all the political prisoners, deployment of army and cancellation of the move to use electronic voting machines (EVMs) for holding the next polls in fair and acceptable manner.On 13 October, the BNP together with Kama Hossain-led Jatiya Oikya Prokriya, JSD and Nagorik Oikya launched the Jatiy Oikya Front to press for their seven-point demand.last_img read more

Cards Drop Regular Season Finale at NC State 21

first_img ACC Network Extra Story Links Live Stats NC State 2 – Louisville 1 Next Game: vs. North Carolina 5/9/2019 | 1:30 p.m. Previewcenter_img Watch Live Full Schedule Roster Senior Madison Cousineau’s home run in the sixth helped the University of Louisville softball team erase a 1-0 deficit, but an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh lifted NC State to a 2-1 win in the final game of the regular season Sunday afternoon at Dail Softball Stadium.Louisville (33-20, 12-12 ACC) will return to action next week in the ACC Championship.Redshirt senior Sidney Melton, junior Celene Funke and sophomore Maddy Newman each had a pair of hits and Cousineau collected Louisville’s only RBI as the Cards outhit the Wolfpack 8-4.The Wolfpack (29-26, 9-15 ACC) used two walks and two hits, including an RBI single by Skylar Johnston to take a 1-0 lead in the first.  After four scoreless innings, the Cardinals broke through behind Madison Cousineau’s solo home run in the fifth. The senior catcher’s first homer of the season evened the score at 1-1.NC State’s game-winner came in the home half of the seventh when Sam Russ reached on a leadoff error, stole second and came home on April Visser’s single to left field for the 2-1 final.Louisville had an early scoring opportunity when Funke and Melton led off the game with back-to-back singles and senior Megan Hensley walked to load the bases, but a strikeout and a double play stranded all three runners. The Cards also had bases loaded in the fourth after hits by Newman and Funke and a walk to Melton, but could not capitalize and would go on to leave 10 runners on base in the game.Redshirt freshman Taylor Roby (13-4) took the loss after giving up one unearned run on two hits and striking out one in 3.0 innings of relief.Kama Woodall (3-3) got the win, retiring all six batters she faced in the final two innings.LOUISVILLE TEAM NOTES: • Louisville leads the series with NC State 10-6• As a team, Louisville has registered a program-record 99 stolen bases on 114 attempts on the season. The previous record was 68 (95 attempts), set in the 2010 season.PLAYER NOTES: • Sidney Melton has reached safely in the last 17 games• Melton leads the team with a .343 batting average.• Melton also leads the team with a career-high 32 stolen bases and owns Louisville’s single season record.• She now has 65 stolen bases in her career, placing her second on Louisville’s all-time list. Audrey Rendon (2004-07) holds the school record with 82.• Kyra Snyder has reached safely in 13 straight games. Matchup History  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more