WASHINGTON D.C. – JANUARY 06: Sportscaster Tim Brando with Fox Sports looks on during a college basketball game between the Georgetown Hoyas and the Marquette Golden Eagles at the Verizon Center on January 6, 2015 in Washington D.C. The Hoyas won 65-59. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)The 2019 college football season sits just under two months away and the media has started to make their predictions for how the season will play out.On Thursday afternoon, college football analyst Tim Brando was a guest on the Paul Finebaum show.During his stint on the show, Brando broke down how he sees the end-of-season rankings playing out. At the end of the 2019 season, Brando thinks the Clemson Tigers are on top once again.While he didn’t go out on a limb with that prediction, he did surprise a few fans with his prediction of the No. 8 team in the country. Brando thinks the Nebraska Cornhuskers will surprise this season and hold down the No. 8 spot by the end of the year.The full top-10 can be seen below.…and here is Timmy B’s Top 5, he sees Michigan finally getting past Ohio State, and Clemson staying ahead of the Crimson Tide pic.twitter.com/eNZiLUNtOW— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) July 11, 2019Brando thinks Michigan will take home the Big Ten this season as Ohio State goes through a few changes.He also sees Oregon taking a significant step forward with star quarterback Justin Herbert back for another season. In the end, he has Clemson, Alabama, Michigan and Georgia fighting it out in the College Football Playoff.Can the Tigers repeat or will another team besides the Tigers or Tide win the title this year?
Being a woodworker, Mr. Saunders also grasped the opportunity to make and sell bee boxes, filling a void in the parish, as there were a growing number of bee farmers in Westmoreland who were travelling to Manchester to obtain supplies. Apiculture is big business for 49-year-old Roan Saunders of Beeston Spring in Westmoreland.He started out in the industry eight years ago with one colony of feral (wild) bees, which had taken up residence near his woodwork shop. Since then, the number of colonies has grown to more than 200.Being a woodworker, Mr. Saunders also grasped the opportunity to make and sell bee boxes, filling a void in the parish, as there were a growing number of bee farmers in Westmoreland who were travelling to Manchester to obtain supplies.His enterprise, dubbed Nabs Bee Farm Honey, is a thriving family business, which sells mainly beekeeping-related items and, of course, honey.His son, 23-year-old Shamere Saunders, who works in the business full-time, says beekeeping can also provide “a good side income” once proper time management is practised.“This is what I do full-time – make boxes, frames, cover, bottom board. If you know how to structure your time well, you can do it and anything else that you desire, because… you don’t need to be in the apiary on a daily basis,” he points out.Mr. Saunders credits the success of his enterprise to the advice and expertise of the Apiculture Unit in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries.He tells JIS News that initially, he had the colonies at the back of the house “but I went to training in Eltham with the Apiculture Unit and they told us red ants eat bees and I would go there and see red ants, so I moved them”.“When (Attoy Williams) came to Westmoreland as the Apiculture Extension Officer, I had 11 colonies, and he said if he were living here, he would breed and sell bees, and from that day I started breeding and selling bees. I got a lot from the Apiculture Unit. I used that advice and I can’t regret it,” he says.The beekeeping industry in western Jamaica continues to grow in leaps and bounds, generating income for thousands of persons in honey production, bee breeding, and provision of supplies.Bee farmers attribute the success largely to the work of the Apiculture Unit over the past two decades.The extension officers are responsible for monitoring and inspecting all activities across the island. They stage regular training free of cost and work closely with the bee farmer groups within the parishes.According to apiculture extension officer for St. Elizabeth and Westmoreland, Attoy Williams, a lot of emphasis is placed on promoting value-added products.Mr. Williams says the apiculture industry has grown tremendously over the past six years, as, increasingly, “people have now realised that beekeeping is one of those things that can generate a very good income in a short period of time”.Agriculture Extension Officer for St. Elizabeth and Westmoreland, Attoy Williams, uses a hive tool to separate bee frames during a training session in Beeston Spring, Westmoreland, recently. Story Highlights His son, 23-year-old Shamere Saunders, who works in the business full-time, says beekeeping can also provide “a good side income” once proper time management is practised. Apiculture is big business for 49-year-old Roan Saunders of Beeston Spring in Westmoreland. “Between St. Elizabeth and Westmoreland we have approximately 700 farmers having between 11,000 and 12,000 colonies of bees. About seven years ago, there were about half of this, but because of the emphasis that has been placed on beekeeping, because of how lucrative the industry is, more and more people are coming – doctors, lawyers people from every strata of society want a piece of the beekeeping industry,” he points out.“Our duty is to teach you everything, from start to finish; from the moment you become interested in beekeeping until the time you become an established beekeeper,” Mr. Williams adds.The growth of the industry has been particularly strong in Hanover, which now houses the only functioning honey-bottling plant on the island, which is operated by the Hanover Bee Farmers’ Cooperative.Manager of the facility, Winfield Murray, tells JIS News that the Apiculture Unit has been a bastion throughout the 31 years of existence of the Hanover-based organisation, strengthening the farmers’ beekeeping skills through, among other things, workshops and in-the-field training.“The Apiculture Unit has been involved in the whole business of research and guiding the farmers, based on the research of course. The bee extension officers would visit the farmers’ apiaries, give whatever guidance they require and update them on the latest technology and the latest developments in beekeeping,” he explains.“They have been effective because the training that we got – myself and other older bee farmers – we got it through the Apiculture Unit. They were the ones who organised the training seminars and the workshops… . We benefited tremendously from their activities over the years,” says Mr. Murray, who is also a past president of the All-Island Bee Farmers’ Association.Another bee farmer, Donald Campbell of Dias in Hanover, tells JIS News that his competence in beekeeping has also been due to the foundation set by the Apiculture Unit.Mr. Campbell, who also offers apiculture consultancy services, says he benefited significantly from training in areas such as disease control, pest management and hygienic practices.“I have learnt how to split colonies and divide them, queen rearing, honey harvesting… . The Apiculture Unit has been supportive of farmers right across the island. Whenever we have problems that are beyond us, they are the experts; they are more knowledgeable…,” he explains.The Ministry values Jamaica’s apiculture industry at $2 billion, and according to JAMPRO, the estimated return on investment is 23 per cent.Jamaica exports honey to several countries, including the United Kingdom (UK), United States, Bermuda and the US Virgin Islands. The importation of honey into Jamaica is restricted.
Health Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, says the final draft of the National Health Insurance Plan is being prepared for submission to Cabinet.“We held a series of consultations with a range of stakeholders. We still may do a few more, but ultimately, Cabinet will have to approve it; then there is the matter of how you operationalise it. So, it is a scheduled implementation and will take some time to get to full throttle,” he said.He was speaking to JIS News at the opening of the ninth annual National Health Research Conference at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston on Thursday (November 22).Dr. Tufton said that the insurance plan aims to “get more people involved (in accessing) health coverage”, and will ensure that the most vulnerable have some basic insurance.“A lot of Jamaicans are accessing health coverage in terms of the National Health Fund (NHF) but that is (just) drugs. There is 20 per cent of the population that have private health insurance; about 12 per cent of those are government workers and then the rest are private,” he pointed out.“The insurance that is being envisioned will enhance some of the other components of benefits, whether it is diagnostic or otherwise, and develop a more organised way to outsource some of those benefits. So it is an attempt at a more holistic approach to ensuring universal access to healthcare,” he explained further.The two-day Health Research Conference is aimed at giving recognition to research being conducted in the public sector and partner institutions across the country.The conference entails the sharing of findings on health studies conducted by the Ministry and other institutions and individuals in Jamaica; identifying operational research with the potential to influence or be translated into policy; and facilitating special discussions and presentations on the conference theme, ‘Achieving Healthy Goals: Don’t Wish for it, Work for it’.Dr. Tufton said that the event provides an important means of promoting research and evidence-based decision-making in informing public health interventions.He noted that research is “what informs the identification and measurement of milestones for (health) interventions and helps us to determine when we need to shift gears to accelerate progress. We see this very clearly as we contemplate the challenges we face with non-communicable diseases (NCDS)”.Pan-American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) Representative in Jamaica, Dr. Bernadette Theodore-Gandi, commended the Ministry for staging the forum to discuss the outcomes of research findings, with the aim of strengthening existing systems and providing encouragement and support to the researchers.“As the specialised international health agency for this region, one of PAHO’s core functions is to strengthen capacity for research… and the generation, dissemination and translation of knowledge, promotion of research governance, and the monitoring of ethics and standards with research practices,” she noted.Dr. Theodore-Gandi said the WHO recognises research and innovation as foundations for sustainable development and providing medical, social and environmental solutions.During the opening of the conference, student researchers, as well as their principal investigators, were presented with grants by the Ministry of Health, valued at $1.5 million, for the execution of research that supports the priorities of the Ministry.There were various presentations, including the findings of the Jamaica Health and Lifestyle Survey by Principal Medical Officer in the Ministry, Dr. Karen Webster-Kerr.
Having left school more than 15 years ago when she was in Grade 8, Bernadette Davis, from Bass River, Colchester Co., is now going to adult education classes in the same rural community as her two children. Ms. Davis is part of the Side By Side family literacy pilot project, which is designed to help participants improve their literacy and parenting skills so they can help their children at home. Ms. Davis will be speaking during Family Literacy Day celebrations hosted by the Department of Education in Bass River on Saturday, Jan. 28. “My kids think it’s great that we all attend school in the same community and we get to travel to school together,” said Ms. Davis. “I never thought I would see myself making a public speech, but now I do believe that learning and education are the key to success.” The Side By Side pilot, organized by the Colchester Adult Learning Association, offers workshops for parents, guardians and grandparents from the Bass River area. Workshops include positive parenting, improving self esteem, stress management, personality dimensions and simplifying your life. “We want to encourage family members to improve their literacy and parenting skills so they can help their children learn outside of school,” said Bonnie MacDonald, a project coordinator and instructor with the Colchester Adult Learning Association . “The workshops provide valuable information and guidance, and in many cases they prompt parents and family members to get involved in other adult learning programs.” Bass River is the location of one of five family literacy pilot projects organized by the Department of Education in partnership with community literacy organizations. Pilot projects will also be introduced with the Guysborough Adult Learning Association, Hants Literacy Network Association, Eastern Shore Resource Centre and Conseil scolaire acadien provincial. All of the projects are designed to foster opportunities for family members and children to learn together, at school and at home. The Department of Education’s Family Literacy Day celebrations will include reading circles, children’s activities and entertainment, and remarks from family literacy leaders and participants in the region. “Creating a positive learning environment at home is what family literacy is all about,” said acting Education Minister Angus MacIsaac. “Not only do we want to teach children to read and write at school, but we want those literacy skills to be reinforced outside of school hours. The Side By Side project is a strong example of how reinforcing parenting skills can help expand learning opportunities beyond the classroom.” Family literacy is an inter-generational approach to education that fosters learning and literacy within the family. Examples of family literacy programs include reading circles and homework clubs for parents or caregivers and children, adult literacy programs that focus on the adult as a parent and workshops for parents and caregivers on how to support their child’s educational development. Family Literacy Day was created by ABC Canada Literacy Foundation in 1999 to promote the importance of family literacy. It is now celebrated every Jan. 27 by families, schools, communities and literacy-related organizations across Canada. More information about Family Literacy Day activities in Nova Scotia is available at www.nald.ca/famlitns/events/fld2006 . For more information about the family literacy pilot projects, please call 902-893-7200.
TRENTON, N.J. — A lawsuit claiming the NFL violated New Jersey’s consumer fraud laws with its ticketing policies for the 2014 Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium has been dealt a defeat in court.New Jersey’s Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the NFL didn’t violate the laws when it released 1 per cent of tickets to fans through a lottery.The rest of the tickets were withheld for teams, sponsors and other insiders.A New Jersey man’s federal lawsuit claimed he was forced to pay more than double the face value for a ticket on the secondary market because of the NFL’s policy.Josh Finkelman has sought class-action status for himself and thousands of other fans.A federal appeals court ruled the suit could go forward depending on how New Jersey’s Supreme Court ruled.The Associated Press
Beijing: An affiliate of China’s ruling Communist Party has called for a ban on child news anchors on live streaming platforms following allegations that minors are being used to spread vulgar and pornographic content. A regulation banning minors from acting as news anchors on live streaming platforms and protection on their use of the internet need to be issued, according to a proposal submitted by the All-China Youth Federation (ACYF) to the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), a national advisory body which is currently holding its annual session Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinpinghere. The ACYF, which represents many youth groups in the Communist Party of China (CPC), including the influential Communist Youth League of China, said its proposal was aimed at protecting minors from illegal content, the official media here reported. The draft of the regulation is needed since some live streaming platforms provide vulgar and pornographic information, which affects the values of minors, violates their privacy and causes financial losses due to “irrational” rewards to the network anchors, The Beijing News quoted members of the National Committee of ACYF as saying. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangCommenting on the proposal Wang Sixin, a media law professor at the Communication University of China in Beijing, said “the ability for minors to control their language is weak.” Under this circumstance, when they do not know how to deal with provocative language, it will be harmful to their physical and mental health, Wang was quoted as saying by the state-run Global Times on Monday. “Minors are at a critical stage in the development of moral habits and their capacity of discern is weak. They might mistakenly believe that the vulgar acts they watch through live streams can be attractive, profitable and even emulated, which causes a negative impact on their values,” delegates from the ACYF were quoted by China National Radio (CNR) as saying. The number of online users in China reached 425 million as of June 2018, an increase of 2.94 million compared with 2017, and the user utilisation rate was 53.0 per cent. The percentage of students in elementary, junior and senior high schools who regularly watch live broadcasts reached 6.4 per cent, 18.3 per cent and 20.5 per cent respectively, another survey quoted by CNR stated. The ACYF has proposed that the regulation needs to clarify the criteria for an anchor and strengthen the investigation and punishment of live streaming platforms for illegal content inspection and supervision. Facial recognition and big data could be used to identify registered users and a “parental control mode” can be applied to monitor and prevent minors from getting away from parental supervision, the Global Times report said. Some young live streaming users would use their parents’ bank cards to reward the anchors, but is difficult to get a refund, the report said.
Rabat – Is Amine Harit free of all charges? According to Arabic outlet Al Akhbar, Moroccan footballer Amine Harit has made a financial agreement with the family of the victim.The Schalke 04 football player supposedly “had to propose a fairly large amount to the family.” According to Al Akhbar, “The negotiations were not easy and it was the footballer’s lawyer who put the two sides in contact.”The Atlas Lion was involved in a road accident that fatally injured a pedestrian in Marrakech. The accident occurred while the player was driving with his 14-year-old brother on Saturday, June 30, shortly after midnight. Twenty-one-year-old Harit has recovered his passport and his driving license, which police had retained, on Tuesday, June 3. On Tuesday, the Schalke 04 sports director, Christian Heidel, announced that his player had regained his passport and license, shortly after landing in China with the rest of the team. Heidel said that Amine Harit got his passport and driver’s license back.He can now return to Germany, where his club Schalke 04 and his teammates are waiting on him to begin training.This week, the family of the young victim spoke to the media about their son’s death.The mourning family complained about the way Moroccan authorities handled the accident. Moreover, they claimed that they did not want money.“I just want to understand why they didn’t call me when my son died. He had the accident around 11 p.m. and I received the call at 7 a.m.,” the mother said.Addressing rumors of an amicable agreement involving money, she clarified her situation. “Amine Harit’s father and his uncle came to offer their condolences. When they left, the press said they came to give us money,” she said, insisting that there was no money involved.“I don’t want money; nothing will ever replace my son.” As for the victim’s father, all he wants is that “the justice do its job.” Did the family have a change of heart?
LAS VEGAS — The Hooters hotel-casino off the Las Vegas Strip has been sold to an Indian hotel company and will be rebranded as the OYO Hotel and Casino.The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the hotel change is set to begin in September.OYO and Highgate purchased the hotel from Junius Real Estate Partners and Trinity Hotel Investors LLC.Spokeswoman Rachel Henry says the OYO will keep the Hooters restaurant in the rebranded hotel. Highgate will manage the property and Las Vegas-based Paragon Gaming will oversee the casino.Terms of the deal have not been released.The Associated Press
by LuAnn LaSalle, The Canadian Press Posted May 5, 2013 4:00 am MDT MONTREAL – Bell is heading to the CRTC for a second time in hopes that its plan to sell off the majority of Astral Media’s TV channels will be enough to appease the regulator’s worries its takeover of the media company would not be good for Canadians.A new round of public hearings on Bell’s revised plan to buy Astral starts Monday after the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission killed the plan last fall, citing concerns it would restrict choice and raise prices for consumers.Janet Lo, legal counsel with the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, said the revised deal isn’t all that different from Bell’s first attempt to win approval to buy Astral.“For us, it raises the same concerns for competition as the first transaction,” said Lo, who will appear before the CRTC at the hearings.This time, parent company BCE Inc. will keep just eight of Astral’s 25 specialty channels, including premium Movie Network, and 77 of its 84 radio stations.Lo said the deal still raises questions about whether independent broadcasters will be able to provide the diversity of voices that Canadians expect.“We are continually concerned by media concentration and what that means for independent producers being viable, what that means for Canadians being able to access content they want to pick and pay for, and whether a very concentrated market means less competition for consumers.”Bell (TSX:BCE) and Astral Media Inc. (TSX:ACM.A) have pointed out it will control less of the market under the revised deal.“Even after the sale of half of Astral’s French-language specialty TV services, Bell Media would increase its viewing share in this market to 22.6 per cent — still less than the 31 per cent viewing share enjoyed by Quebecor, but a significant enhancement to market competition nevertheless,” Bell Media president Kevin Crull said recently.Telecom consultant Eamon Hoey said the question remains whether the acquisition is in the public’s best interests.“It’s going to take some guts for the CRTC to turn it down,” said Hoey, managing partner at Hoey Associates Management Consultants Inc. in Toronto.Media concentration is still a big concern, he said.“It’s only moving the pieces of chess around the board,” Hoey added.Cogeco Cable Inc. has said it’s still opposed to the deal, arguing that consumers will have higher costs and less choice.Bell has said it wants to buy Astral to put content from its television channels and radio stations across traditional TV screens, smartphones, tablets and laptops, and to compete with foreign online TV and movie services like Netflix.Bell already has approval of its revised deal from the federal Competition Bureau to keep eight of Astral’s TV channels including the Movie Network, which includes HBO Canada, and TMN Encore as well as the French-language SuperEcran, CinePop, Canal Vie, Canal D, VRAK TV, and Z Tele.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX:CJR.B) has approval from the Competition Bureau to buy the remaining half of Teletoon and other specialty TV interests from Astral.In addition, Bell said it will also sell the English-language Family including Disney Junior English and Disney XD services, and the French Disney Junior, Musimax and MusiquePlus services.When the CRTC killed the deal last October, commissioner Jean-Pierre Blais said had the regulator allowed the deal, BCE would have controlled almost 45 per cent of the English TV viewership and almost 35 per cent of the French.As well, it would have become the largest radio station operator in Canada and would have controlled over half of TV pay and specialty services. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CRTC takes second look at Bell-Astral deal after turning it down the first time
Two women were abducted at random by a man in north London and raped in what police have described as a “terrifying ordeal”.The women were snatched separately on Thursday, the first shortly after midnight from a street in Chingford and the second around 12 hours later at 12.15pm from a street in Edgware.The pair, both aged in their 20s, escaped the white male suspect after a struggle in Osborn Road in Watford at around 2.30pm on the same day, the Metropolitan Police said.The man, who abducted the women in a car, is described as having a muscular build.Detective Chief Inspector Katherine Goodwin, who is leading the investigation, said: “This was a terrifying ordeal for both women who were abducted by the suspect in separate areas.”At this stage there is nothing to suggest either victim were specifically targeted for any reason, but both appear to have been selected at random.”A number of active leads are being followed up urgently including reviewing CCTV footage and forensic analysis. We are also working closely with our colleagues in Hertfordshire to establish what links the suspect may have in that area.””Stranger attacks like this are extremely rare. That being said, I would urge everyone in these areas to remain vigilant and report anything suspicious to police immediately via 999.” Anyone with information is asked to contact police. 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.
10,623 Views File photo. Image: Shutterstock/KieferPix Sunday 3 Mar 2019, 6:55 AM File photo. Share26 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/4513998 While problem gambling can result in the problem gambler – and their family – bearing the severest of economic and of course personal costs, the social costs of problem gambling can extend to their employers and to public institutions in the health, welfare and justice systems; such costs ultimately borne by taxpayers.Donohoe even cited recent research from the UK Gambling Commission in his response in the Dáil on the social effects of gambling. At the time of his speech, there was no similar State-funded research published in Ireland. However, this week, an official report found that 0.8% of the population are problem gamblers.Furthermore, the government has said its own bill to regulate the gambling industry and set up a dedicated control body – that was published in 2013 – is now obsolete given how technology has progressed and changed the gambling industry since then.TheJournal.ie understands that an inter-departmental working group set up the Department of Justice has been reviewing that bill with a view to giving it the necessary updates and bringing it to the government by the end of March. LobbyingBehind the scenes, it is some of the biggest gambling firms in Ireland that are making efforts to lobby the government.In a letter sent to Donohoe prior to Budget 2019, Paddy Power Betfair CEO Peter Jackson said that the effect on jobs of any further taxation on the industry would be “particularly pronounced in the independent sector”. “We are deeply proud of our roots and status as one of Ireland’s largest and most successful companies,” he said, before outlining “compelling reasons” why the betting duty should remain as is.A letter sent following the Budget announcement by Paddy Power Betfair chairman Gary McGann was far less conciliatory, as he requested an urgent meeting to discuss the tax increase.“It is ironic that Ireland now has a low 12.5% tax regime which was primarily designed to attract foreign direct investment and at the same time has a betting tax regime significantly higher than the international average, which impacts on one of Ireland’s few successful global players,” McGann said.This budgetary move does give the impression that Ireland is less interested in companies like PPB than it is in foreign investment. I hope you can facilitate a meeting at some stage in the coming days. A spokesperson at the department said that no such meeting took place. In a subsequent mail to Secretary General Derek Moran – the most senior civil servant at the Department of Finance – an invitation was extended to him to attend Paddy Power Chase Day at the Leopardstown races over Christmas.A staff member on behalf of Moran replied on 21 December that he would be unable to attend. Lobbying was also done on behalf of the betting sector by the Irish Bookmakers Association.In its pre-Budget submission, it outlined the effects that the increase in betting duty would have, claiming it would put hundreds of shops out of business, lead to thousands of job losses and a loss of taxation for the exchequer. In further lobbying after the Budget, it wrote to Oireachtas members calling for the measure to be reversed and said not doing so would have a “devastating effect on many families” through “unnecessary job losses”. The Irish Bookmakers Association also said the move would “reduce competition, force customers to bet with online operators, and force customers to bet with illegal operations in areas where there is no betting shop”. A number of bookmakers also provide funding for the Dunlewey Addiction centre, which provides a number of problem gambling services. Problem gamblingThere hasn’t been a clear picture in Ireland of the extent of problem gambling, compared to our counterparts in the UK, until this week. In England, the percentage of the population believed to suffer from this is just under 1%. In Northern Ireland, it is 2.3%. Data from the Health Research Board this week said that 0.8% of the population in Ireland are problem gamblers, but activists say that isn’t the full story. Since 2015, the HSE’s stats show that over 800 people have been treated for gambling addiction but it admits its own figures don’t paint an accurate picture of the scale of gambling addiction in Ireland.Barry Grant is CEO of Problem Gambling Ireland, which provides supports to those facing addiction. It had 60,000 unique visitors to its website last year, from all over the country.He told TheJournal.ie that the problem here probably mirrors the Northern Irish situation more, and the government should be providing the funding to tackle it.“It’s unbelievably frustrating,” he said. “I started this in early 2016, and the government had published the Gambling Control Bill three years previously. I thought it my naivety it would be enacted soon, and we’d have proper regulation in place now.”In Grant’s opinion, the bigger bookies won’t be affected as much by the increase in betting duty but that it could squeeze some smaller ones who’ve already felt the weight of competition from the larger firms, as well as online gambling. But he is adamant that money from the tax should go into proper supports for problem gamblers.Grant said: “Absolutely, it’s a no brainer. We’re not saying to put it all in. But 10% of that extra income from the tax would come to in and around €5 million. If we’re going to raise €100 million a year in betting duty, is there an argument that 5% of that goes towards people affected by problem gambling and their families. We would say so.This sentiment is shared by Sinn Féin TD Louise O’Reilly. Commenting on the lobbying undertaken from the likes of Paddy Power Betfair, she said: “It is unfortunate, but unsurprising that large multinational gambling companies use their power to lean on the government. These companies are multi-billion euro operations, with all of that money raised off the back of ordinary people losing it.The industry needs to pay more to reflect the potential damage it causes and some of the money raised needs to be ring-fenced specifically for problem gambling treatment. It is the local shop and its workers that we need to consider when deciding how this happens not hugely profitable companies.Alongside the €100 million to be raised this year through the government’s increase to the betting duty, the State is also providing funding to the tune of €84 million to the horse racing and greyhound industry. With indications this week from the government that it was finally set to move forward with legislation, Grant said it remains essential that it takes action now to properly regulate the industry and address the issue of problem gambling.“We’ve [as a country] no strategy around gambling addiction. But it’s never too late to do the right thing,” he said. “I worked at bars and restaurants, I never would have believed the smoking ban would have worked. And we were the first to do it.It is possible to implement public health measures, even with something that’s as embedded into social structures as that was. With reporting from Christina Finn Short URL 17 Comments By Sean Murray DESPITE RESISTING LOBBYING from gambling firms when it came to raising tax on betting, the government will not be reinvesting money from the extra €50 million raised into problem gambling services.Advocates for enhanced services for problem gambling say that putting even a fraction of the money into services would go some way towards helping individuals and families dealing with this issue, but the government has said the money has not been ring fenced in this way.A spokesperson for the Department of Finance told TheJournal.ie that the extra money raised through the tax won’t be put directly into problem gambling services as “ring fencing of taxes does not generally occur in the Irish tax system”.However, with the government set to finally move on long-awaited legislation in the coming months, an actual strategy to regulate the gambling industry and the issues around it could finally be put in place.Gambling taxThe increase in the gambling duty from 1% to 2%, and the betting intermediary duty rise from 15% to 25%, came into effect on 1 January. It had fallen from 2% to 1% back in 2006, with the latest measure reversing that. Under the 1% rate, the government collected just over €50 million a year, with this expected to double to €100 million with the rate increase.The Irish Bookmakers Association was among groups critical of the measure, saying it would disproportionately affect smaller, independent bookies and put them at risk of shedding jobs or going out of business altogether.Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe told the Dáil in February that it was “too early to draw any conclusions on the impact of these increases”.Donohoe said he had sympathy for small bookmakers who may have ongoing problems competing with large retail and online bookmakers.“However, I could not apply the increase in betting duty to some bookmakers and not others,” he said. “In any discussion on betting duty, we must acknowledge the raised public consciousness of the problem of gambling in society. Image: Shutterstock/KieferPix Mar 3rd 2019, 12:06 AM Government resisted lobbying on betting duty but won’t use the funds for problem gambling services An extra €50 million is set to be raised from the betting duty this year, and activists are asking for even 10% of it for problem gambling.
Bayern Munich legend Stefan Effenberg is adamant that Sergio Ramos is the main threat that his former club must fear the most, ahead of their semi-final against Real Madrid in the Champions LeagueThe captain will return from his one-match ban for the first leg at the Allianz Arena in Munich today, as Real look to save their season by winning their third consecutive Champions League title.While much of the spotlight has been on Cristiano Ronaldo, who has scored 15 goals in the competition in 10 games, heading into the highly anticipated tie. But Effenberg, who himself was named the UEFA Club Footballer of the Year in 2001, believes that it is Ramos that Bayern should consider to be the main threat.“Cristiano is an important player, but the key player is Sergio Ramos.” Effenberg told AS.Report: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…“I did not want to play against him.“I do not lie when I say that Madrid would not have won so many titles without Ramos.“The same applies to Toni Kroos.“His commitment has helped Madrid make the final step towards the world elite.”
Manchester United assistant coach Michael Carrick has praised their 2-1 win away at Watford saying it was a combination of impressive attacking football and ‘great character’.Carrick in an exclusive interview with Manchester United website spoke about United’s 2-1 win at Vicarage Road and provided an insight into the character of the players.“The lads showed great character. There were a few tired legs out there towards the end. You know what to expect coming here, and they’ve had a great start to the season. They’re a good team.” Carrick said.“The front two cause you a lot of problems when the ball gets played into them, and they have runners off them and it is difficult to play against. I thought first half we played some good football at times, and created chances and obviously got the goals.Vidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“Paul’s one would have been a great goal to send us in right at half-time – it was a great save from Ben [Foster]. And then we knew what to expect second half; it wasn’t going to be a relaxing affair. They were going to come at us – they had to. In the end, we saw it through.”
Italian defender Jacopo Sala gave a detailed account of his experience going one-on-one with none other than Cristiano Ronaldo in Sampdoria’s last game of 2018Ronaldo is widely regarded as one of the most prolific goalscorers in history and has been noted for his intelligent and fast movements across the pitch, which time and time again has proved to be problematic for defenders.But, perhaps, one of the aspects of Ronaldo’s play that doesn’t get mentioned enough is his ability to lose and anticipate his markers, something which Sala can fully appreciate now.The Italian played against Ronaldo on December 29 in the final Serie A game of 2018, where the Portuguese forward scored twice to hand Juventus a 2-1 win over Sampdoria.“He is a top player, he tricked me twice,” said Sala, according to Calcio Mercato.“The first one: he scored one goal and I could’ve done more. I watched the action on the replay and I could have forced him to kick with his weak foot”.Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…“The second trick was after the final whistle. I asked his shirt but he had already given it to another one of my team-mates.“He promised, however, that he’d give it to me the next time we play one against the other”.“During the game, he doesn’t say a word. He is just focused on the game and his performance, he impressed me”.“I had never played more than four games in a row, I knew there were criticisms but now my performances are good. I marked Ronaldo and things are changing”.Ronaldo will return to action in Juventus’ Coppa Italia clash with Bologna on Saturday.
Jerome Boateng has hit back at Lothar Matthaus’ claim that his Germany days could be over by stating he has no interest in what a so-called expert thinksGermany coach Joachim Low left Boateng out of his 24-man squad for the international break.The Bayern Munich defender stated the decision was taken due to his need to rest.But Germany’s 1990 World Cup winner Matthaus suggested there was more to it and that the national team have seen the last of Boateng – or for as long as Low remained in charge anyway.Report: Bayern are held by Leipzig George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Bayern Munich was held to another draw, this time by RB Leipzig.Bayern Munich finds themselves in the unfamiliar position of sitting third in the…“Since when do we have experts in Germany? I don’t know any,” Boateng told Hamburger Morgenpost on Matthaus’ comments.“What’s important to me is what my coaches say. They are the football experts for me – that’s why they’re very good coaches.“They don’t just sit somewhere and talk about something to make themselves interesting.”Germany defeated Russia 3-0 in a friendly on Thursday night at Leipzig and will next take on Holland in a UEFA Nations League match on Monday.
00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — UCSD Campus Police are on the look out for a suspect who has been secretly recording under the skirts of females around campus and posting the videos online.The suspect(s) have also posted videos of women wearing shorts and/or yoga pants in public places on school grounds.Police are asking for the public’s help to identify any suspects involved.Anyone with information surrounding this investigation has been asked to call UCSD campus police at 858-534-4357 or email UCSD police at firstname.lastname@example.org.UCSD officials released the following information for anyone who is a victim of an invasion of privacy and how to reduce the risk of your privacy being invaded:If you are a victim of an invasion of privacy: Your personal safety is most important.Be aware of your surroundings. Be aware if someone is following directly behind you, especially if they are carrying something below your waist level. John Soderman, UCSD police searching for suspect secretly posting invasive videos of women online Updated: 9:03 PM March 3, 2018 To help reduce the risk of being the victim of an invasion of privacy: Report suspicious activity immediately to the UC San Diego Police Department by calling 9-1-1.Think ahead. Thinking about your options ahead of time and discussing them with others may help you make quick decisions under difficult circumstances.Use the UC San Diego Safety Escort Program. Call (858) 534-WALK, available daily from dusk to dawn.Know the location of Campus Emergency Telephones on routes to and from campus destinations. Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: UCSD FacebookTwitter Try to maintain a calm demeanor. Don’t try to apprehend the suspect yourself. Concentrate on remembering a description of the suspect and possible recording device and when safe to do so, call police immediately by dialing 9-1-1.Assess the situation. Remember every situation is different; you are the only one who can decide the appropriate course of action.Consider contacting confidential campus support resources:o UC San Diego students – visit Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS): http://caps.ucsd.edu and (858) 534-3755.o UC San Diego faculty and staff – visit Faculty & Staff Assistance Program (FSAP): http://blink.ucsd.edu/sponsor/hr/org-chart/fsap.html and (858) 534-5523.o UC San Diego Health Sciences benefits-eligible faculty and staff – visit Liveandworkwell operated by Optum/United Behavioral Health: http://liveandworkwell.com and (866) 808-6205 (use company code UCSDMC). Posted: March 3, 2018 John Soderman, ,
From soil health, succession planning and weed management—to the importance of the Renewable Fuel Standard and transportation infrastructure—experts will cover these and several other agriculture topics during educational sessions at the 19th Annual Commodity Classic in San Antonio, Texas.Learning Center sessions are offered at Commodity Classic from Feb. 27-March 1, 2014. The 19 sessions offer in-depth discussions of current issues and topics that have a direct impact on a grower’s bottom line, with speakers from around the country.“Commodity Classic Learning Centers are the place to experience a first-hand look at the latest in new agriculture technology and information” said Commodity Classic Co-Chairman Rob Elliott. “It’s a chance to hear from others in the ag industry from around the U.S. and share ideas and best practices.”Commodity Classic features a line-up of world-class speakers from all around the U.S. to discuss timely, relevant topics. Learning Center sessions at the 2014 Commodity Classic include: a panel of growers talking about ways they increased their yield; marketing specialist Edward Usset exploring a different approach to marketing and a panel of transportation specialists, discussing U.S. infrastructure. Be sure to mark your schedule for the closing Learning Center session with Jolene Brown, Iowa grain farmer and professional speaker, who will discuss leadership, family businesses and overcoming challenges.This year’s Learning Center line-up is sure to provide farmers with the information they need for a productive 2014 season.For a complete list of Learning Center speakers and times, visit the 2014 Commodity Classic website.The 19th annual Commodity Classic is Feb. 27-March 1, 2014, along the banks of the famous River Walk at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Tex.Presented annually by the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers and National Sorghum Producers, Commodity Classic is America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and trade show. The event offers a wide range of learning and networking opportunities for growers in the areas of production, policy, marketing, management and stewardship—as well as showcasing the latest in equipment, technology and innovation. Check out the 2014 Commodity Classic website for additional information.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR New homes at the former Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis are selling much quicker than anticipated, prompting the reuse project’s first single-family home builder to move up the start of its second phase of construction.David Weekley Homes broke ground in March 2015 on The Residences at Lawrence Village. The Houston-based builder’s first phase covered 36 lots; the second phase will encompass 38 lots. Six prospective homebuyers already have expressed interest in buying a home in the second phase, reported the Indianapolis Business Journal.“It’s a good development,” said Michael Luedke, the builder’s division vice president. “The Fort Harrison Reuse Authority has done a great job rebooting that area.”FHRA Executive Director Freddie Burrus attributes the popularity of the new homes to the project’s proximity to Fort Harrison State Park, retail businesses and other amenities such as a YMCA.“It helps us to be more competitive,” Burrus said. “We have the metro feeling with the historical setting.”More apartments also are on the way at Lawrence Village at the Fort. Cincinnati-based Ackermann Group plans to begin construction in the summer on 101 units on a tract near the 224-unit Fort Apartments it acquired from the original developer, according to the story.Fort Ben was shuttered in 1995 after the BRAC Commission approved it for closure during the 1991 round.
Android 161/12Very few of the entries on this list are completely silent, but every single one is generaly uncommunicative, including Dragon Ball Z’s Android 16. Created by the villainous Dr. Gero, Android 16’s massive, intimidating appearance belies a generally kind, gentle personality – though he’s still a monstrous fighter when he wants to be.<><> Aubrey Sitterson is the creator of the ongoing sword & sorcery serial podcast, SKALD, which currently features a ton of bonkers martial arts action. Find it on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, & Podomatic. Follow Aubrey on Twitter or check out his website for more information. OK, let’s get this out of the way first: These are not exclusively karate-men. In fact, they aren’t even predominantly karate-men. Thing is, as much as I fought it, my editors tell me that “quietest karate-men” is much better for SEO than “the most reticent masters of assorted martial arts.” [Editor’s Note: We’re right] So, accuracy be damned, here we are.Sally forth, intrepid list-reader, and make sure to shout at me in the comments about who I missed!
Explore further Great Tit, Parus major. Image: Luc Viatour, via Wikimedia Commons. Gray bats may be making a comeback Researchers from the Max Planck Institute in Seewiesen, Bavaria, studied the Great Tits (Parus major) at a cave in the Bukk mountains in northeastern Hungary for two successive winters, and witnessed the birds deliberately seeking out and eating hibernating pipistrelle bats (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) on over a dozen occasions. They also discovered bat carcasses with peck marks. The scientists, Péter Estók, Sándor Zsebők, and Björn M. Siemers, said the birds flew close to the cave walls, often disappearing into crevices to look for bats. When the hibernating bats are disturbed, they squeak in a range audible to the Great Tits, and the researchers thought the birds may have learned to listen out for the squeaks. To test the hypothesis, they recorded bat squeaks. When played back, the birds were interested 80% of the time.Pipistrelle bats have tiny bodies, being around one-quarter the size of the Great Tit. The birds were able to capture them on the cave floor or on the rocks, and either ate the bats where they found them or carried them out of the cave to devour them in trees near the entrance. The report, published in the Royal Society’s Biology Letters, said the birds’ behavior indicated they hunted the bats systematically and killed them for food. The question is, how did they develop this behavior? The scientists could only speculate it might have been a type of cultural learning.There have been a few previous reports of meat-eating Great Tits in Poland and Sweden, but it was unclear whether in those cases the birds had killed the bats or found them already dying or dead. If they did hunt the bats, Dr Siemers said it could be possible the hunting behavior was transmitted along the birds’ migration routes. The scientists believe the birds would need a wide-mouthed cave such as the one in Hungary, to provide enough light for the birds to hunt. This again suggests the behavior would be extremely rare.When the researchers provided alternative food for the birds, they took it in preference and the number of attacks on bats fell, which implies their hunting behavior was a response to the harsh winter food shortages. It seems when times are tough, the Great Tit gets even tougher.More information: Péter Estók, Sándor Zsebők, and Björn M. Siemers, Great tits search for, capture, kill and eat hibernating bats, Biol. Lett. published online before print September 9, 2009, doi:10.1098/rsbl.2009.0611© 2009 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — The Great Tit is an aggressive songbird found in Britain, continental Europe, parts of Northern Africa, and much of Asia. It is believed to survive mostly on seeds, nuts, fruit, insects, beetles, and spiders, but scientists studying a cave in Hungary have now discovered a population of Great Tits that kill and eat hibernating bats. Citation: Great Tit Turns Out to be a Killer (2009, September 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-09-great-tit-killer.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.