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Mixed results for offshore statistics

first_img Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Mixed results for offshore statisticsOn 1 Oct 2001 in Personnel Today One more person died working offshore between April 2000 and May this yearthan in the year before, according to the HSE. The provisional incident and injury figures reported three fatalities in theperiod, compared with two in 1999/2000 but a fall in the number of major andover three day injuries, to 50 from 53 and 176 from 193 respectively. However, the number of reported dangerous occurrences was higher than in theprevious year – 713 against 647. The figures come against a backdrop of an increasing number of peopleworking offshore, with the population rising to 23,330 workers, compared with19,000 in 1999/2000. www.hse.gov.uk Comments are closed. last_img read more

Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson dies at 87

first_imgEmail Address* Share via Shortlink Sheldon Adelson and the Venetian in Las Vegas (Gettty)Billionaire Sheldon Adelson, who developed and operated casinos throughout Las Vegas and Asia and was a major donor to the Republican Party, died at 87. The cause was complications from lymphoma, the New York Times reported.Adelson, CEO of the Las Vegas Sands Corp., pioneered the concept of casinos as resorts, building properties like the Venetian in Las Vegas and Marina Bay Sands in Singapore that included shopping centers, museums and convention centers along with the usual slot machines, blackjack tables and hotel rooms.After taking Las Vegas Sands Corp. public in 2004, he became one of the world’s richest executives, whose net worth was estimated at $35 billion by Forbes.Adelson was also a major political player, donating millions of dollars to Republican lawmakers and candidates, and influencing policy decisions, particularly through his support of President Trump. In the 2020 election season, the Adelsons contributed more than $54 million to Republican leaning or conservative committees, by far the most of any real estate player.His own gamble on the casino business began in the 1980s, according to the Wall Street Journal, when he bought the Sands Hotel and Casino on Las Vegas’s Strip with the intention of replacing it with a convention center. The Venetian, which has a canal with gondoliers winding through the property, eventually rose in its place.The Las Vegas Sands Corp. now operates nine resort casinos in Las Vegas, Singapore and Macao. In recent months, the company was reportedly exploring a sale of its three Vegas casinos, which could have potentially fetched as much as $6 billion.In a statement, Dr. Miriam Adelson praised her late husband’s “grit and genius, inspiration and integrity.”“His was an all-American story of entrepreneurship,” her statement read. “When Sheldon launched a new venture, the world looked on with anticipation.” [NYT, WSJ] — Amy PlittContact Amy Plitt Full Name* Message* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink TagscasinosCommercial Real EstateLas VegasSheldon Adelsonlast_img read more

Watch out, there’s a review about! ‘TripAdvisor’ for student accommodation rolls out across UK

first_imgHome » News » Watch out, there’s a review about! ‘TripAdvisor’ for student accommodation rolls out across UK previous nextProducts & ServicesWatch out, there’s a review about! ‘TripAdvisor’ for student accommodation rolls out across UKCribAdvisor was launched in July by two students in their adopted home city of Lincoln and will now be launched in other UK university cities.Nigel Lewis15th November 20190809 Views A reviews website for student accommodation landlords and letting agents launched in Lincoln this year has been so successful that it is to be rolled out across the UK.CribAdvisor is a TripAdvisor for student tenants which enables them to leave anonymous reviews about landlords and letting agents.The site has already attracted 450 reviews for properties in Lincoln, which is where founders Natasha Hopewell and Lawrence Thorpe completed their degrees.Although reviewers are able to leave moderated but anonymous comments about landlords or letting agents, they must register on the site using a valid student email address. Those they criticise have a right to reply.The idea for their website – which is a familiar one – came after battling a letting agent in their third year over a dispute which they only won after promising to sign a non-disclosure agreement.Hot waterHopewell claims one of her rental properties featured a broken hot water boiler that took weeks to fix and maintenance and letting agent staff who let themselves in without warning.Following these experiences, Hopewell has told The Guardian that she wants to “improve the standards of [rented properties] by giving students the tools to take control of their tenancies and demand from their providers,” she says.“Students renters are first-time renters. We are naive and inexperienced, with no idea of what to expect, our rights or what to do when things go wrong. Providers take advantage of students because they think they can get away it.”Lincoln is a hotbed for property service innovation. Earlier this year specialist student lettings firm Student Lets started up in the the city, and fast-growing hybrid agency Accommodation.co.uk was initially based there.Read more about Lincoln.CribAdvisor Natasha Hopewell City of Lincoln student accommodation November 15, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

What’s in the Bill: The American Health Care Act (AHCA)

first_img The American Health Care Act: What You Need to KnowDr. Bucshon’s Statement on Passage of the American Health Care ActThe Good News and Faulty Assumptions in CBO’s New Analysis of the American Health Care Act (AHCA) The Washington Post: Outrageous AHCA Claim is FalseThe Washington Post Fact Checks Rhetoric on Preexisting ConditionsDr. Bucshon Cosponsors Bill to Ensure Members of Congress Aren’t Exempt from Health Care LegislationThe American Healthcare Act: What Indiana Republicans Are Saying FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharecenter_img  In the politics of Washington, D.C., the clear reality that the Affordable Care Act is failing patients gets lost in the shuffle.  But as millions of Americans know firsthand, the facts are simply undeniable.Under the Affordable Care Act, 28 million Americans remain uninsured. According to data from the Department of Health and Human Services, Obamacare premiums have doubled since 2013 – an increase of 105% across the country and 74% in the state of Indiana. Across one-third of the country, patients have access to only one insurer on the Obamacare exchanges.If a patient can’t afford insurance or can’t find a provider that offers insurance in their market, they don’t have access. Additionally, if patients lose their insurance or doctor of choice, they don’t have access. Despite the promises made and rhetoric surrounding the Affordable Care Act, that’s the reality patients are facing across the country.In the face of these challenges, inaction would be immoral and irresponsible. The vast majority of Hoosiers agree and strongly support repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act.That’s why Congress has been working diligently to pass reforms to ensure every American has access to the health care they need at a cost they can afford. Recently, the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which advances our goal of repealing and replacing Obamacare.The AHCA delivers relief from Obamacare’s taxes and mandates that have hurt job creators, increased premiums, and limited options for patients and health care providers. It returns control of health care from Washington back to the states and restores control to patients and physicians so Americans can access quality, affordable health care options that are tailored to their needs.In contrast, Obamacare is based on a one-size-fits-all approach that put bureaucrats in Washington in charge of your health care. As a result, this has led to higher costs, fewer choices, and less access to the care people need.The AHCA will deliver the control and choice individuals and families need to access the care that’s right for them by providing the freedom and flexibility states, job creators, and health care providers need to deliver high-quality, affordable health care options.Specifically, the AHCA:Repeals $1 trillion in Obamacare taxes that have hurt job creators, increased premium costs, and limited options for patients and health care providers—including taxes on prescription drugs, over-the counter medications, health-insurance premiums, and life-saving medical devices.Eliminates the government mandate penalties, which forced millions of workers, families, and job creators into expensive, Obamacare plans that they don’t want and cannot afford.Allows dependents to continue staying on their parents’ plan until they are 26, helping young adults access health insurance and stabilize the marketplace.Guarantees coverage to Americans with pre-existing conditions. Under our plan insurance companies are prohibited from denying coverage on the basis of a pre-existing condition, banned from rescinding coverage based on a pre-existing condition, and prevented from raising premiums on individuals with pre-existing conditions who maintain continuous coverage.Lowers premiums by allowing states to redesign their insurance markets to expand choices and promote more affordable options for consumers.Provides a monthly, advanceable tax credit – between $2,000 and $14,000 a year – for low- and middle-income individuals and families who don’t receive insurance through work or a government program. Americans can use this tax credit to purchase affordable, private, quality coverage of their choice.Enhances and expands Health Savings Accounts (HSAs)—nearly doubling the amount of money people can contribute and broadening how people can use it, so that individuals and families can spend their health care dollars the way they want.Establishes a $138 billion risk sharing program to provide states the flexibility to meet the unique needs of their patient populations, help low-income Americans afford health care, and provide a backstop safety net for Americans with pre-existing conditions.Designates $15 billion for mental health and substance abuse, which builds on the $650 million Congress recently appropriated and $500 million Congress appropriated in December 2016.Modernizes and strengthens Medicaid so states can better serve the patients most in need and protecting states’ ability to design programs like Healthy Indiana Plan 2.0. The Medicaid reform represents the biggest entitlement reform in a generation and puts the program on a sustainable fiscal path so Medicaid can be refocused on helping the most vulnerable.Eliminates taxpayer funding for abortion providers like Planned Parenthood, and increases funding for Federal Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), which are community based, patient-centered organizations that provide health services to medically underserved individuals. FQHCs provide comprehensive medical, dental, mental health and other primary care services.MORE >> Read the Billlast_img read more

Virtual EE

first_imgEach spring, thousands of K-12 students attend environmental education camps at Georgia 4-H facilities across the state. They hold snakes, hike through creeks and marshes, visit historic sites and enjoy nature; all with a goal of learning about the environment. Since the COVID-19 outbreak has public schools closed, school buses parked and Georgians sheltered in place, the Georgia 4-H Environmental Education Program is now being offered virtually.To continue reaching students, Georgia 4-H centers have created “From The Mountains To The Sea,” an online educational series. The lessons began on March 30 and a new lesson will be added every weekday through May 22.“Thousands of K-12 grade students and teachers would have filled our 4-H facilities this spring, building memories and bringing learning to life using Georgia as a classroom without walls,” said Melanie Biersmith, associate state 4-H leader. “We hope that by offering these short programs each weekday, we can give youth and adults a way to stay connected to our facilities and our programs during this time when we aren’t able to physically participate in field studies. We can’t wait to welcome everyone back to our facilities and give students these experiences in person, once it is safe to do so.”Each weekday afternoon, a different Georgia 4-H center uploads or live streams an environmental education lesson. Lessons will cover a range of topics such as herpetology, entomology and beach or stream ecology as well as highlight specific amenities at the 4-H centers including historic landmarks, salt marshes, tidal creeks, natural history museums and species exhibits.During the first week of lessons, the series reached more than 17,000 people. Topics included a tour of the Rock Eagle 4-H Center Wildlife Laboratory during feeding time, a lesson on diamondback terrapin turtles on Tybee Island, macroinvertebrates and stream ecology in the Georgia mountains, a walk through the maritime forest on Jekyll Island and an introduction to the farm area at Fortson 4-H Center.As one of the nation’s largest providers of residential environmental education, the Georgia 4-H Environmental Education Program provides opportunities for high-quality day and overnight educational experiences. The research-based curriculum correlates to the Georgia Standards of Excellence and provides hands-on learning in the context of the real world. Since the program began in 1979, it has reached over 1.2 million youth.Georgia 4-H offers environmental education at each of its six facilities: Rock Eagle 4-H Center located in the piedmont in Eatonton, Georgia, Wahsega 4-H Center in the Dahlonega mountains, Fortson 4-H Center in Hampton, Georgia near Atlanta, Burton 4-H Center on Tybee Island and Georgia 4-H at Camp Jekyll and 4-H Tidelands Nature Center on Jekyll Island.To join in on the lessons, follow the Georgia 4-H Centers on social media or review the lessons in the series archive at https://georgia4h.org/environmental-education/from-the-mountains-to-the-sea-archive/.The centers and their Facebook pages are as follows:Rock Eagle 4-H Center for Mondays at The Mound, www.facebook.com/RockEagle4HCenter;Burton 4-H Center for Tuesdays on Tybee, www.facebook.com/Burton4H;Wahsega 4-H Center for Wahsega Wednesdays, www.facebook.com/wahsega4h;Georgia 4-H at Camp Jekyll/4-H Tidelands Nature Center for Thursdays with Camp Jekyll/Tidelands, www.facebook.com/CampJekyll or www.facebook.com/Tidelands4H; andFortson 4-H Center for Fortson Farm Fridays, www.facebook.com/Fortson4HCenter.Georgia 4-H empowers youth to become true leaders by developing necessary life skills, positive relationships, and community awareness. As the largest youth leadership organization in the state, 4-H reaches more than 242,000 people annually through the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension offices and 4-H facilities. For more information, visit georgia4h.org or contact your local Extension office.last_img read more

New UN Arms Trade Treaty Boosts Central American Gun Control Efforts

first_img “In a crime scene, all that’s left are shells, so we want the investigation police to be able to track each shell back to the manufacturing batch and back to the person who bought them,” Chacón explained. This means that if passed, both the UN treaty and Costa Rica’s proposed law would require the participation of gun manufacturers around the world. The United States, Japan, China, Russia and Brazil remain the world’s largest gun-producing countries and compliance with new requirements would be necessary for these initiatives to have a broad impact. “It may be difficult for them to agree,” said Castillo. “But it would have to start with the manufacturers themselves, reporting their production and sales in detail such as number, type, buyer’s identity and inventory.” New gun-control laws spring up throughout the region Costa Rica is not the only country in Central America striving for better gun-control mechanisms. In 2012, Guatemala passed a reform that extended the registration period of guns by two more years, while Panama changed its penal code to double the penalty for illegal arms purchasing and sales, as well as for possession of drugs. El Salvador is now working on new gun-control legislation, with help from the UN Development Program. And in Honduras, that nation’s congress is discussing changes to its arms law, after a recent study showed that 81 percent of guns there are illegal. Nicaragua’s particular social system, in which communities organize themselves to keep the organized crime out of their neighborhoods, has also worked as a shield from violent gangs, protecting Costa Rica and Panama to the south. “As a region, in this way, we are divided: the countries in the north are caught in a bloody fight where they must attack the criminals that have already permeated society, while the rest of us in the south have to strengthen our prevention programs,” Chacón said. In 2011, the Central American Integration System (SICA) approved a single security strategy that offers countries a guide on how to tackle escalating homicide rates. But so far, only the countries in the south have lowered their homicide rates, while Central America’s so-called “northern tier” remains the most violent region on the planet outside a war zone. Treaty is a wake-up call for the world, say advocates The isthmus’s geographic location is both a blessing and a curse, said Morataya of CASAC. “It’s attractive for its rich natural resources and for facilitating trade,” he said. “But among other merchandise, drugs are traded from the south to the north and guns are traded down from the north to the south.” Organized crime is not just in the business of drug trafficking, says Costa Rica’s Chacón. Illegal arms dealing, money laundering and human trafficking also help diversify criminals’ income. She said “forced labor and human trafficking now constitute the second-highest source of income for organized criminals in this region.” Despite the increased presence of criminals in Central America, Chacón remains optimistic now that the highly visible UN resolution is shining a light on the global gun-control debate. “Regardless of what happens from here on, what matters is that this vote is the first in history to back up a global consensus that says that the weapons market should be regulated in some form, and it establishes criteria to do it,” she said. “This tells us that 154 countries agree something must be done so that guns are not taken to countries where they would be used in crimes against humanity — and that really matters.” SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica — Central American security officials hope that an international arms treaty which has just been approved by the United Nations will aid their struggle against a drug war that has exponentially increased the influx of guns into the region. On April 2, the UN General Assembly approved the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) by a vote of 154-3, with only Iran, Syria and North Korea blocking it. Another 23 countries abstained, including China, Russia, Bahrain, Myanmar and Sri Lanka. The historic ATT — which took seven years to negotiate — aims to regulate the global weapons market, estimated at $60 billion to $70 billion a year. The treaty’s goal is to ban the transfer of weapons when there are substantial reasons to believe their use would violate human rights or impair social and economic development, Costa Rican Foreign Minister Enrique Castillo explained. Costa Rica is among the seven countries that first proposed such a treaty at the UN in 2006. The ATT would also block the transfer of guns if there is a risk of gender-based violence, or if the weapons might fall into the hands of organized criminals. It does not, however, “interfere with domestic arms commerce or the right to bear arms in Member States; ban the export of any type of weapon; harm States’ legitimate right to self-defense, or undermine national arms regulation standards already in place,” according to the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs. Gun-control advocates praise ATT’s passage “This agreement could prove particularly helpful to Central American nations, where one of the biggest problems is the illegal traffic of guns. So we would hope that this could contribute to putting an end to the consequences of this trade,” said Hefer Morataya, director of the Nicaragua-based UN Coordinating Action on Small Arms in Central America program (known by its Spanish acronym CASAC). “Of course, the fact that the treaty has been approved doesn’t mean that it will start working immediately,” he added. “It’s going to take time and ratification by individual governments.” In fact, ATT needs at least 50 countries in order to be put into action, with all the challenges and setbacks that could entail. But Central America has no time to waste, said Marcela Chacón, the vice-minister for security in Costa Rica, where a heated public debate on arms regulation is now underway. President Laura Chinchilla is pushing lawmakers to pass a new arms law that would tighten gun-holding permits as well as rules on the importation and sale of ammunition. “A gun with no ammunition is simply a useless metal bludgeon,” Chacón said. Illegal weapons flooding Central America, says UN Of the 2.9 million firearms that have poured into Central America, only one million are legal, according to the 2010 UN Human Development Index. But officials say that for every registered firearm, as many as four more unregistered — and therefore illegal — guns are in circulation. And that number, they say, is rising as drug traffickers expand their business south of Mexico and depend on weapons to operate. Costa Rica’s proposed law would prohibit arms dealers from selling bullets without gun permits, while limiting the sale of bullets only to people who fit those permits’ profiles. It also would forbid the importation of ammunition that is not individually registered by the manufacturer. By Dialogo April 22, 2013last_img read more

Pink Slip Jan ’14: Christie, Bloomberg, Kim Jong-Un – You’re Fired

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York [colored_box color=”red”]MEGYN KELLYApparently when Megyn Kelly says she’s dreaming of a white Christmas, the Fox News figurehead isn’t fibbing. “Kids, Santa Claus is white… And just because it makes you feel uncomfortable doesn’t mean it has to change…” she said, adding that “Jesus was a white man, too.” You could make the case that’s she’s wrong on so many levels but why bother? She’s the darling of Fox prez Roger Aisles, the right-wing political mastermind for Rupert Murdoch’s conservative cablevision channel and she’s no dummy. She knows what she’s doing—and for whom she speaks. When her Caucasian Claus comment hit the airwaves and lit up the Internet, she took enough heat to make the North Pole hotter than a Virgin Island. She then played the victim, saying that “race is still an incredibly volatile issue in this country, and Fox News and yours truly are big targets for many people.” Considering that the average Fox viewer is a 65-year-old white guy, the only thing more shocking would be to see Kelly turn up in a blackface minstrel show. She should make the crossover to movies right away. She’s already shown a knack for dark comedy.CHRIS CHRISTIENew Jersey’s biggest bully of the Boardwalk won a cakewalk re-election as governor of a blue state, making him a contender in the national Republican Party’s next presidential bid. But it didn’t hurt that he spent $24 million in taxpayer money to hold a special election in October pitting Newark’s Democratic mayor Cory Booker against a Republican no-name for an open Senate seat and ensuring that Democrats would be less drawn to the polls in November when the state’s most popular African-American politician wasn’t on the ballot then. Christie has said he’ll reimburse the counties to cover their costs, but judging from his well-reported penchant for retribution, what county official would dare to do that? Let’s recall that when Christie first came to office, he arbitrarily cut his state’s funding of the much-needed rail tunnel project to Penn Station that would have benefited all railroad commuters, even LIRR riders, by relieving overcrowding and easing the commute. Christie used the bogus excuse that he was worried that what he termed the “tunnel to Macy’s basement” would lead to future cost-overruns, even though his headline-grabbing action as so-called fiscal conservative actually cost the state money, derailed this vita mass-transit project for our region, and curtailed thousands of construction jobs. Christie still has to come up with a plan to pay for a new rail passenger tunnel as well as improvements to highways and bridges. And that brings us, by extended detour, to the most controversial example of this thin-skinned guy’s demeanor, the outrageous closure of the George Washington Bridge. The dirty work was done by his two top henchmen, David Wildstein, his pal since high school whom he parked at the Port Authority for $150,000 a year, and Bill Baroni, another buddy he placed at the Port Authority with a salary of almost $300,000. Lanes at the GWB were closed on Sept. 9, causing a huge traffic gridlock in New Jersey, ostensibly to conduct a “traffic study” that Port Authority Chairman Patrick Foye admitted in December he knew nothing about—all reportedly to harass the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee for not endorsing the governor’s reelection. Fat chance that was ever in doubt. Christie’s greasy fingerprints are all over this political payback. If the Republicans want to nominate this porcine pol for president in 2016, go ahead—but nothing they can say will make his pettiness ever look presidential.DAVID DINSMOREForever looking across the pond for inspiration, we are disheartened to discover that David Dinsmore, the editor of The Sun, Sir Rupert Murdoch’s Fleet Street tabloid, had to run a recent apology after his not-so-esteemed rag had dubbed Lucy M. Powell, a Member of Parliament, “one of the 10 laziest MPs” based on her voting record. Actually, she was on maternity leave, and thus, as The Sun had to concede, “It was therefore wrong for us to say that she is lazy.” It’s a story that you’d think would be thoroughly fact-checked before it ever got ink. But that’s what a real newspaper is supposed to do. Perhaps, we shouldn’t hold The Sun to the same standard. Before Dinsmore became editor, Rebekah Wade was in charge—and she had to retire for her rancid role in the phone-hacking scandal for which she is on trial at the venerable Old Bailey. We pity the readers who get Sun burned.MICHAEL BLOOMBERGOne of New York City’s shortest but wealthiest mayors, Michael Bloomberg unquestionably did do a lot of good during his three terms—despite breaking his promise to observe term limits. But the billionaire’s callous disregard for those less fortunate finally reached the breaking point, and we’re glad to bid him good riddance. Under his reign, the rich got richer, the middle class shrank, and the poor grew by leaps and bounds. As Ralph Da Costa Nunez, president and CEO of the Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness, wrote in a Daily News op-ed, “Manhattan has effectively been transformed into a Hamptons on the Hudson, a Gold Coast of expensive and opulent housing that was snatched up by the ultra-wealthy, often before it is even built… Almost half (46 percent) of all New Yorkers live in or near poverty; the waiting list for public housing has grown by 19 percent to more than 167,000 families; and the overall number of homeless families seeking shelter is up a whopping 75 percent, while the number in shelters on any given night has almost doubled during Bloomberg’s time in office, from 7,000 to more than 12,000.” According to The New York Times, a record 22,000 children are homeless. The sad struggle of one of those kids, Dasani, was chronicled by the paper in a series called “Invisible Child.” Asked to comment on the girl’s plight, which was clearly worsened by city policies Bloomberg had instituted, the mayor was dismissive. “This kid was dealt a bad hand,” he sniffed. “I don’t know quite why. That’s just the way God works.” As well-known public policy advocate Diane Ravitch put it, “Some people have $22 billion; some people live in rat-infested shelters. That’s life.” If Bloomberg ever found himself in that kind of shit hole, would he be so forgiving? We doubt it.KIM JONG-UNParty on in ole Pyongyang! Hot times a-plenty in North Korea’s capital thanks to the pudgy leader of the people’s republic, Kim Jong-un, who not only got his uncle removed from power, he had him executed for “acts of treachery.” As our loyal readers know, we just give out Pink Slips, not execution orders. C’mon, Kim Jong-un, act civilized—Jang Song-thaek was family! In this country we only put people to death who’ve never held positions of power. What’s he thinking? Sure, state-run media in North Korea had called Uncle Jang “despicable human scum” and you know that’s the worst kind. But frog-marching the old man out of the communist party session and killing his top aides with antiaircraft machine guns (or  a pack of starved dogs) does seem rather harsh. And to think that Kim and Jang used to look so cute together in their near matching Mao suits. Fortunately, once Kim Jong-un is fired, he’ll have lots more time to improve his rebounding under the tutelage of Dennis Rodman. But what will they do with all those nuclear weapons?ETHAN COUCH & JEAN BOYDEthan Couch is the 16-year-old Texas teen who stole booze from a Walmart, piled his pals into his pickup and then drove 70 mph in a 40-mph zone, striking and killing four pedestrians, including a pastor. Couch’s blood-alcohol count was .24, and he also had Valium in his bloodstream. Prosecutors hoped the reckless youth would get up to 20 years in prison. Instead, the judge agreed with the rich kid’s defense attorneys that Couch was the poor pitiful victim of “affluenza,” a malady he caught because his parents had only taught him that “wealth and privilege shield consequences.” Couch was sentenced to probation. For his treatment, his parents are sending him to a “swanky” $500,000-a-year counseling facility in California. Tough love.Jean Boyd is the State District Judge in Fort Worth, Texas, with a soft spot for rich kids apparently. She gave Ethan Couch probation even though the 16-year-old teen had gotten behind the wheel of his pickup drunk as a skunk and plowed into four pedestrians, killing them and leaving a passenger pal riding in his pickup brain dead. The judge listened to Couch’s attorneys argue that his parents were responsible for the teen’s irresponsible behavior, letting him drive since he was 13 and drink when he was even younger. But Judge Boyd had a different reaction to the action of a 14-year-old African American who reportedly punched a person who died. She sentenced this juvenile to 10 years in prison. And they say justice is blind. Not in Texas.PHIL ROBERTSONWe don’t know how lucky we are to be living in the Age of the Reality Star. Phil Robertson, the Bible-thumping red neck patriarch of the multi-millionaire “Duck Dynasty” clan immortalized by A&E, has a right to denounce whoever he wants in the privacy of his duck blind. But when he’s a public figure, he’s got a different thing coming. He said in an interview in GQ magazine that “homosexual behavior” leads to “bestiality,” and, equally memorable, “It seems like, to me, a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man’s anus.” The unedited Robertson in print now has a slew of opportunistic right-wing fans, like Sarah Palin, who are happy that he’s managed to piss off a whole group of people who had probably never heard of him before. His network has the right to suspend him when his idiocy in real life threatens a good thing created by his image in unreal life. His family’s three seasons of tramping through the bayou have spawned best-selling books and drawn in 14 million viewers, 9 million alone for its Christmas special. But it’s hard to reconcile the intolerant views of this homophobic bigot with the Christian spirit of compassion, just as it’s impossible to imagine Jesus Christ ever putting on hip-waders and going duck-hunting with a shot gun. Of course, the whole show is fishy—especially if the photographs on RefinedGuy.com of the three brothers—pre-ZZ Top beards—can be believed, as they’re posing like any clean-cut affluent family with their wives and kids on the beach before they joined the hit show. This “Dynasty” family may wear camouflaged attire but they can’t hide in plain sight forever. As the oldest, Robertson is all quacked up. Let the feathers fall where they must.MIKE SHANAHANThe sporting life isn’t fair. Fans can never fire the owners. We can think of at least two rich guys around these parts who shouldn’t even be allowed to carry their teams’ towels. But that’s not why we’re also giving the boot to Mike Shanahan, the head coach and executive vice president of the offensively named but offensively challenged (3-13 season) Washington Redskins. Let him take the fall for all the misguided masters of their universe whose large ego and short vision are too much to take when the results don’t live up to their delusions of glory. Shanahan doomed his team when he let his franchise player, quarterback Robert Griffin III, wreck his right knee last January. This season the team suffered while RG3 recovered from reconstructive surgery. At least, they managed to make the dreadful Giants look good. But Redskins’ owner Daniel Snyder dropped the ball. We don’t envy Shanahan’s son Kyle, who was the play caller. Who’d want to be on the receiving end of what New York Times sports columnist Harvey Araton referred to as Shanahan’s “piercing horror-film eyes”? Nobody, especially a manic coach, should have that much power to put a talented athlete’s promising career at risk. Let his firing be a warning shot. If ESPN dares to make Shanahan an NFL analyst, we’ve got more Pink Slips where this one came from.VLATKO MARIC & FRANCOIS MOLINSThe timing was off, to say the least. Days before France awarded Bob Dylan with the Legion of Honor, its most distinguished prize, a Parisian prosecutor named Francois Molins had filed preliminary charges against Dylan for “public injury” and “incitement to hatred.” Apparently, Vlatko Maric, the head of the Representative Council of the Croatian Community and Institutions in France, with some 30,000 members, had finally gotten around to objecting to Dylan’s remarks in an interview that he’d given Rolling Stone in September 2012, when he was denouncing racism. “It’s a distraction,” Dylan said in the interview. “People at each other’s throats just because they are of a different color. It’s the height of insanity, and it will hold any nation back—or any neighborhood back. Or anything back. Blacks know that some whites didn’t want to give up slavery—that if they had their way, they would still be under the yoke, and they can’t pretend they don’t know that. If you got a slave master or Klan in your blood, blacks can sense that. That stuff lingers to this day. Just like Jews can sense Nazi blood and the Serbs can sense Croatian blood. It’s doubtful that America’s ever going to get rid of that stigmatization. It’s a country founded on the backs of slaves.” Apparently those were fighting words. As Maric told the Guardian, “You cannot equate Croatian [war] criminals with all Croats.” If Maric took offense, why didn’t he write a letter to Rolling Stone? Dylan was just making a rather discursive observation that in no way should prompt an investigation by Molins, the Paris prosecutor, or as they say in France: “procureur de Paris.” Le Monde says he’s “competent’ and “contested.” We won’t dispute that. We’ll just give Molins and Maric each a pink slip. But we have to admit it does sound better in French: “Vous êtes renvoyés!”RAND PAULTheir thinking is stinking. But the pain they’re causing is profoundly real. Sen. Rand Paul, the Tea Party-backed radical rabble-rouser from Kentucky, recently shed light on the Congressional Republicans’ mindset when they cruelly let federal unemployment benefits expire Dec. 28, casting a dark shadow over the holidays for 1.3 million Americans who’ve been out of work longer than 26 weeks—and more suffering looms on the horizon. Rand said on Fox News (where else?) that spending $25 billion to extend the benefits nationwide would actually be a “disservice” to them. “When you allow people to be on unemployment insurance for 99 weeks, you’re causing them to become part of this perpetual unemployed group in our economy,” Rand said. It’s not like the Great Recession is behind us and happy days are here again. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics there are about 2.9 unemployed workers for every job opening. Studies have shown that companies will barely consider the résumés of anybody who’s been out of work for 27 weeks or more because the employers tend to assume there must be something wrong with these job applicants or somebody else would have hired them. So, the conservative reasoning goes, screw the unemployed because it builds character, and do nothing for them but cut taxes for the rich. It’s a shame that Rand Paul and his ilk can’t end up in a soup kitchen.THAMSANQA JANTJIEAccording to news reports, Thansanqa Jantjie was not mentally fit to stand trial for murder but was fit enough to stand next to President Obama at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service in South Africa and be one of the weirdest sign language interpreters the world has ever seen. Jantjie later claimed he had a schizophrenic fit while on stage because of the stress. Experts said his bizarre gestures were meaningless and declared him a “complete fraud,” as one described him. Since the mid-1990s he’d been arrested at least five times, and in 2003 he reportedly faced murder, attempted murder and kidnapping charges. The African National Congress-led government should have given this nut job the cold shoulder once and for all. Wave goodbye, Jantjie.[/colored_box]last_img read more

Restaurant MICHELIN’S star was officially awarded

first_imgOne of the historic days for both our gastronomy and tourism is certainly a great success and recognition of the restaurant Monte from Rovinj, which became the first and only Croatian restaurant with a MICHELIN star.Late last week, Metro, which is a global partner of the MICHELIN guide, officially handed over the MICHELIN star to the Monte restaurant. Along with Monte, twelve restaurants from the Istrian County – Meneghetti, Batelina, San Rocco, Konoba Morgan, Zigante, Marina, Damir & Ornella, Konoba Čok, Sv. Nikola, Wine Vault, Alla Beccaccia and Pergola – entered selection of MICHELIN’s gastro guide for 2017 and presented them with plaques in METRO in August, the so-called MICHELIN plates.”METRO recognized the strength and potential of Istrian gastronomy in 2014 when we opened the first wholesale center in Istria adapted to hotels, restaurants and caterers. METRO has also cooperated with MICHELIN’s guide in Croatia in order to help Croatian restaurants and caterers take their place on the gastronomic map of the world.”, Said Roberto Mancuso, President of the Management Board of METRO Cash & Carry Croatia, adding that more than a third of METRO customers in Croatia come from the HoReCa sector, including 32 restaurants with a MICHELIN recommendation.With more than 100 years of experience in restaurant selection, the MICHELIN guide today recommends more than 20.000 restaurants in 30 countries around the world. Whether it is Europe, Asia or America, MICHELIN inspectors apply the same criteria in assessing the quality of every restaurant they visit anonymously. Using a unique process perfected over the decades, the MICHELIN guide has become an international reference for fine-dining, and the MICHELIN guide plaque is an official recognition that the restaurant is part of the 2017 selection. The MICHELIN guide presents a selection of the best restaurants and hotels in the 28 countries it covers.last_img read more

In sports, coronavirus shows no respect for stars or youth

first_imgHigh-level sports was one of the first social activities shut down by the coronavirus pandemic and many athletes, who play in front of crowds and train with team-mates, have been among the high-profile victims.While only one sports personality, the 76-year-old former Real Madrid president, Lorenzo Sanz, has so far died, those infected spread across the age range and the sporting spectrum, with clusters in Italian football, the NBA and cycling.The numbers could be higher because not all clubs are testing.  Topics : Valladolid in the Spanish Liga rejected test kits saying they should be used on those who need them. The NBA’s Golden State Warriors said they would only test players with symptoms.”We’re treating ourselves like people, which is what we are,” said general manager Bob Myers. “We’re just a basketball team.”Here, AFP Sport looks at some of the most high-profile cases.center_img — Sanz, who died on March 21, was in charge of Real Madrid from 1995-2000, overseeing two Champions League titles.”My father has just passed away. He did not deserve this ending and in this way,” tweeted his son, Lorenzo Sanz junior.– On March 17, while the International Olympic Committee and local organizers were still insisting the Tokyo Games would go ahead as scheduled this summer, Japan Olympic Committee deputy chief Kozo Tashima said he had contracted coronavirus.”I have a mild fever. Examinations showed a symptom of pneumonia, but I’m fine,” the 62-year-old Tashima said in a statement, issued via the Japan Football Association, which he also heads.– Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for COVID-19. The English Premier League was suspended the day after the Gunners announced Arteta had tested positive. As a result of the Spaniard’s diagnosis, the Arsenal squad were sent into self-isolation for 14 days.– Callum Hudson-Odoi, the 19-year-old Chelsea and England winger on March 13 became the first Premier League player to test positive.The club said at the time that the teenager was “doing well.”– Among other young, rising, stars to catch the virus is 20-year-old Brazilian tennis player Thiago Seyboth Wild who announced on Wednesday that he had tested positive.He said he started feeling ill “about 10 days ago.”That came after a globe-trotting period typical of the tennis circuit.On March 1, Seyboth Wild won his first ATP title in Santiago Chile. The following week he played in a Davis Cup tie in Adelaide, Australia. “I really don’t think he’s the only player who has it,” former player Lindsey Davenport told Tennis Channel. “We have so many players all over the world.”– Former NBA season MVP, Kevin Durant, a 31-year-old forward former NBA most valuable player,is one of four Brooklyn Nets players to have tested positive. The forward had been sitting out the season recovering from an Achilles injury.– Utah Jazz star Rudy Gobert tested positive for the virus. The Frenchman had to apologise after pointedly touching every microphone and voice recorder on a table in front of him at a media conference, only to then test positive for COVID-19.–  Defender Daniele Rugani at Italian champions Juventus was the first player from Italy’s Serie A to test positive.Since then, team-mates Blaise Matuidi, a World Cup winner with France, and star striker Paulo Dybala have  tested positive.– Former AC Milan defender Paolo Maldini, another World Cup winner, and his footballer son Daniel announced they were positive.– Six players at Sampdoria, Bartosz Bereszynski, Albin Ekdal, Morten Thorsby, Antonio La Gumina, Manolo Gabbiadini and Fabio Depaoli, along with team doctor Amedo Baldari, have tested positive. But team-mate Omar Colley said reports that he had tested positive were wrong.– In Spain, center-backs Ezequiel Garay from Argentina and Frenchman Eliaquim Mangala are among five cases.– In Germany, Luca Kilian is among four known cases in the Bundesliga but the news is good for the 20-year-old Paderborn defender. The club’s sporting director, Martin Przondziono, told German media Kilian “had two days of real trouble, with fever and chills, but he’s better now.”– Sean Payton, the long-time head coach of the New Orleans Saints in the NFL, announced March 19 that he has coronavirus. “If people understand the curve, and understand the bump, we can easily work together as a country to reduce it,” 56-year-old Peyton, who led the Saints to their only Super Bowl victory in 2009.– Another iconic coach, Fatih Terim, 66-year-old manager of Istanbul football giants Galatasaray, has tested positive. — Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini, the former Manchester United and Everton midfielder who is with Shandong Luneng Taishan in China also reported that he had tested positive.– Former England cricketer Alex Hales self-isolated after showing symptoms. Two other England cricketers, Tom Curran and Jade Dernbach, who had gone out to play darts with Hales to celebrate Curran’s 25th birthday, also self-isolated.– The first sportspeople to be hit by the virus were at cycling’s UAE Tour in late February. One of the victims, Colombian rider Fernando Gaviria tweeted on March 12: “I’m okay and I’m feeling good”. But as recently as Monday, cycling media were reporting that he was one of eight people still quarantined in a hospital in Abu Dhabi. last_img read more

Man City and Arsenal target Kostas Manolas described as ‘Chiellini’s heir at Juventus’ by Fabio Capello

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Manolas has been a regular in the Roma team since 2014 (Picture: Getty Images)‘In any case, you need to know how to make wine with the grapes available, and champagne comes out with Juve players. Indeed, it is better to speak of Italian products.’Napoli and AC Milan are also interested in the 28-year-old and it had looked like it was Napoli that had won the race for his signature.Carlo Ancelotti’s side had attempted to drive down the price for the defender by offering a player swap deal instead of meeting the £32m release clause, but Roma rejected the deal.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityA deal could still be done between Napoli and Roma, but the negotiations have allowed other clubs the time to try and swoop for Manolas.Gazzetta have reported that Napoli have agreed personal terms with the Greek, offering him £3.2m-per-season on a four-year deal, but the clubs have not come to an agreement yet.MORE: Arsenal confirm backroom shake-up as Unai Emery replaces Steve Bould with Freddie LjungbergMORE: Arsenal ‘reach agreement’ with William Saliba ahead of transfer from Saint-Etienne Advertisement Man City and Arsenal target Kostas Manolas described as ‘Chiellini’s heir at Juventus’ by Fabio Capello Metro Sport ReporterMonday 17 Jun 2019 7:39 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link43Shares Kostas Manolas is wanted by a number of big clubs this summer (Picture: Getty Images)Fabio Capello has talked up a move to Juventus for Roma’s Kostas Manolas, which could disappoint Manchester City and Arsenal who are both interested in the defender.The Greek centre-back is wanted by a number of Europe’s top clubs this summer and with a release clause of £32m, he looks quite affordable.City are looking to replace Vincent Kompany, Arsenal need numerous defensive reinforcements, while Juventus are looking to bring in a younger model with Giorgio Chiellini turning 35 this summer.Former Juve and England boss Capello thinks that Manolas is the man to replace the eight-time Serie A winning Italian defender.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘​We would need a great central defender, which in the future could be Chiellini’s heir,’ Capello told Gazzetta dello Sport. ‘The most suitable would be Manolas, but I don’t go into their strategies.last_img read more