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Will your emails stand out this year?

first_imgThis week Marketing Profs published “The Inbox Is a Battlefield,” an infographic from ReturnPath that underscores the importance of standing out with email. According to this research, email subscribers receive an average of 416 commercial messages per month! That’s a mountain of messages to sift through, and doesn’t include personal or work emails. It’s no wonder many use the delete button as the default way to deal with email. It’s a matter of survival. Unfortunately, it’s a matter of survival for nonprofit fundraisers as well. As we head into year-end fundraising season, just when you need your messages to stand out the most, do you think there will be more competition for your donors’ attention or less? The good news is that there is a lot you can do to improve your odds of capturing your donor’s attention and inspiring action with your email campaigns. Now is the time to polish your email strategy and optimize your messages. The testing and optimization you do in September and October will pay off in spades when it’s time to put those emails to work in December. Experts from Constant Contact and Network for Good will be on hand on Tuesday, September 10 at 1pm EDT to show you how to create nonprofit email campaigns that stand out and get results. Register for this free webinar to get advice on making the most of emails for your year-end fundraising campaign. If you can’t attend the live session, it’s worthwhile to still register so you can receive the recording and slide presentation.Nonprofit Emails that Get ResultsTuesday, September 10, 2013 at 1pm EDTWhat are your biggest email challenges? Post your questions in the comments and we’ll answer them in upcoming posts.last_img read more

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José Mourinho keen to bring Ajax’s Justin Kluivert to Manchester United

first_imgJosé Mourinho Transfer window Topics Sign up for The Fiver and get our daily football email. Share via Email Share on Twitter Tempers flare as Manchester United seal second with draw at West Ham Share on Messenger Manchester United Share on Facebook Ajaxcenter_img news Mourinho said Romelu Lukaku may be fit enough for a place on the bench for next Saturday’s FA Cup final against Chelsea. The striker has missed United’s past two matches with an ankle injury and will be absent when they host Watford on Sunday. “We hope he can play the final,” Mourinho said. “He is in Belgium having his treatment with communication between the Belgian doctors and our medical department. We are just waiting to see if it is possible for him to be involved in the final. If not starting, at least on the bench.”Mourinho said Marcus Rashford and Martial would return against Watford. There will also be starts for Sergio Romero, Eric Bailly, Daley Blind and Juan Mata, and Michael Carrick will be captain in his final appearance before joining United’s coaching staff. “He is not going to finish the match because I want him to leave the pitch alone and I want him to feel what the Manchester United supporters feel about him,” the manager added of Carrick. Kluivert scored 10 goals in 30 league games this season and believes he deserves fresh terms to reflect his growing status. He is on the wage of his initial professional contract, signed in 2016, which ends next summer. Kluivert made his international debut in March, as a replacement in the Netherlands’ 3-0 win over Portugal.Kluivert likes to play as a wide forward and can operate on either wing. Mourinho was a coach at Barcelona in the late 1990s when Patrick Kluivert played for the club.Mourinho’s interest in Kluivert casts further doubt over the future of Anthony Martial. The 22-year-old has been unable to hold down a starting place. The United manager criticised him after last Friday’s 1-0 defeat at Brighton and he was on the bench for Thursday’s goalless draw at West Ham. Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Read more Share on Pinterest José Mourinho is targeting Ajax’s Justin Kluivert this summer, with the 19-year-old favouring a move to Manchester United.Kluivert, the son of the former Barcelona and Netherlands centre-forward Patrick, has been in contract discussions with Ajax. It is understood talks have broken down because of his demand to be the highest-paid player at the club.Kluivert asked for a sizeable rise to €1.5m (£1.3m) a year and a proportion of any transfer fee to be split between him and his agent, Mino Raiola. Ajax’s policy is to pay no player more than €1m, so Kluivert demanded a significant signing-on fee. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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Tyson Fury has beaten his demons to become a champion for mental health

first_imgThis insight, that the carrots we often chase in life aren’t the ones that nourish us, is one we don’t often expect to hear from 6ft 9in man-mountains. Wisdom on the emptiness of materialism is usually left to philosophers – not boxers. As a smiling Fury danced around the ring in Los Angeles, a man no longer lost in a cloud of depression, I thought of the people who experience mental illness as a dark room with no door. The UK is neck-deep in a mental heath crisis. The mood is gloomy, but the Gypsy King embodied the recovery model in practice, to a global audience. This is what I’d woken up for.Then in the 12th round Fury was brutally floored with a Wilder hammer-blow. “Get up, get up!” I pleaded into my laptop, my cup of tea sloshing over the duvet. But he was out cold, eyes rolled back, the umpire counting him out: “3… 4… 5…”I could hear the pessimistic words strangers tell me at parties ringing in my ears: “People never really get better from mental illness.” But Fury peeled himself off the canvas, regained his feet, and saw out a dramatic draw. US fans don’t always take British boxing seriously – Fury showed they should Health Share on Twitter Boxing Share on Pinterest 1:33 Since you’re here… It’s a harmful misconception that the mentally ill don’t recover. To many fans, Fury joined previous sporting heroes in a spiral of addiction and attempted recovery. Athletes return from pulled hamstrings and fractured metatarsals but mental scars take longer to heal, if at all, they said.Yet 12 months later and Fury had shed 10 stone, along with his demons, and was taking on hard man heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder. Help had come in the form of a psychiatrist, a psychotherapist, family support, regular exercise, abstinence and renewed faith.Before the fight a BBC journalist asked: why did you shave the beard off? “New look, new day, new dawn, new me.” What would it mean to be the heavyweight champion of the world? “Not a great deal.” It’d be nice to go home with the belt though? Fury said yes but it’s no different from a nice jacket, watch or car. “I’m not going to make love to the belt, am I? The most important thing is going home to my family and enjoying Christmas.” Opinion Share on LinkedIn Read more As a psychiatrist whose job is to preserve healthy minds, it feels a little unusual to be championing a mental health advocate who punches people in the head for a job. But that’s where I find myself with Tyson Fury.On Sunday, having set my alarm for silly o’clock in the morning, I got up, boiled the kettle and sat down to watch two grown men try to knock each other into states of unconsciousness; the kind I’d always been taught to avoid at medical school. I’m not really a fan of boxing. Besides the risk of chronic traumatic encephalopathy induced by a head injury (“punch-drunk syndrome”), I’ve never understood how bloody violence is permissible in society so long as it’s within a ring?I didn’t naturally warm to Fury either; the brash, outspoken fighter, who expressed archaic views on women and homosexuals and whose father was jailed in 2011 for gouging someone’s eye out.In 2015 Fury defeated Wladimir Klitschko to take three world heavyweight titles, fulfilling his lifelong dream. But feeling no subsequent sense of purpose he spiralled into madness – my area of expertise. “When you’ve won all the world title belts there’s nothing else after that,” he said. He fell into depression which was closely followed by its good friend, addiction. He looked for salvation in alcohol, drugs and grimy strip clubs. “I’ve been living like a rock star. But that ain’t a great thing.” He received a drugs ban, and suicidal thoughts led him to nearly drive his Ferrari off a bridge at 190mph. “I prayed for death on a daily basis,” Fury said. Topics Richard Williams Play Video … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you.center_img Depression Mental health Share via Email Read more ‘We both go home as winners’: Wilder praises Fury after WBC heavyweight draw – video Share on WhatsApp comment The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Tyson Fury Anxiety “I ain’t a special human being,” Fury said afterwards. “I’m just a normal man. But with the right help and the right guidance, anyone can turn their life around.”The judges controversially scored the bout as a draw thereby robbing Fury of one of the great sporting comebacks. Not that he seemed to care. Post-fight he pledged to donate his £8m fee to the homeless and declared: “For all the people out there with mental health problems, I did it for you guys.”Because as they say; it’s not the winning, it’s the taking partially acknowledged myths and rewriting them that counts.• Dr Benji Waterstones is a general adult psychiatrist based in London Share on Facebook Support The Guardian Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

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10 months agoMendes: Ronaldo only ever wanted Juventus

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Mendes: Ronaldo only ever wanted Juventusby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSuper agent Jorge Mendes insists Cristiano Ronaldo only wanted to leave Real Madrid for Juventus.Mendes oversaw Ronaldo’s €112m move to Juve in August.“In January 2018, I and the few people who knew what was happening thought it would be very difficult to bring Cristiano Ronaldo to Juve,” Mendes told Rai Sport.“However, I want to make it clear that the idea started with the player himself. Ronaldo told me he only wanted to play for Juventus.“That’s where it began and I was in talks with the Bianconeri directors for months, so we all know how those negotiations ended up.“Now Cristiano is happy with the club and his teammates, he is satisfied with Serie A and truly happy at Juventus.”Juve are top of the Serie A table and will face Atletico Madrid in the Champions League round of 16.“Many have asked me about Juve and the Champions League. It will take a bit of luck to win it too, but Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival has certainly made Juventus stronger.“I’d say all of Italian football has benefited from his presence.” last_img read more

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Higuain will see out Juve contract says agent

first_imgGonzalo Higuain is determined to see out his contract at Juventus, despite speculation about him moving to Roma, his brother and agent Nicolas Higuain has said.The former Argentina international was loaned to Chelsea from Turin in January of last year, appearing in 14 Premier League games and bagging five goals in the process.He has now returned to the Bianconeri and intends to play two more seasons at the Allianz Stadium, with Juve being the only club he’d consider playing for in Italy, according to his representative. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “Gonzalo wants to respect his contract and therefore stay with Juventus for another two years,” Nicolas Higuain said.“His performances at Juve have been good and playing for another team in Italy isn’t a workable solution.“I don’t want to disrespect anyone, but if Gonzalo plays in Italy again then he only will for Juve, who own him.”Higuain’s move to West London was a chance to reconnect with Maurizio Sarri who oversaw the 31-year-old’s most prolific season, for Napoli in 2015-16 when he bagged 36 Serie A goals, the most in a single season since 1928-29.Sarri is now heavily linked with the Juventus hot seat and will face the same ire from Napoli fans as Higuain did when he made the switch from Naples in 2016.His brother understands why the fans were upset with the striker but believes it is testament to the passion of the Neapolitan support.“The parties wanted each other. The Neapolitan people always loved Gonzalo and the boos he received after his transfer at Juve prove it.“The pain was strong, but I think their reaction was normal because we’re talking about a passionate set of fans.”Another rumour has linked Higuain with a return to Argentina to finish his career where it began, at River Plate.His agent believes it’s too soon for that and supported his sibling’s choice to withdraw from national team contention.“I think it’s still too early [to return to River Plate] because Gonzalo is 31 and, once he’s recharged his batteries, he’ll be good enough for Juventus.“He has no second thoughts about quitting the national team. He felt he had to give way to younger players because staying in the national team for such a long time is a great responsibility and he preferred to withdraw himself.”last_img read more

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Inter confirm Godin signing

first_imgInter have confirmed the signing of former Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin on a three-year deal.Godin, 33, announced in May he would be leaving Atletico after nine seasons with the La Liga giants.The Uruguay international’s expected move to San Siro was then confirmed by Inter on Monday after his Copa America commitments had come to an end. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare “FC Internazionale Milano announces that a contract has been agreed with Diego Godin that will run until 30 June 2022,” a statement from Inter read. | ANNOUNCEMENTThere’s a new sheriff in town @diegogodin is an Inter player! #WelcomeDiego #NotForEveryone #FCIM pic.twitter.com/7XMbNYH1vH — Inter (@Inter_en) July 1, 2019 Godin became an Atletico great after joining the club from Villarreal in 2010 and went on to make over 300 appearances for the club in all competitions.He won La Liga, a Copa del Rey and two Europa Leagues with the Spanish club, while also reached two Champions League finals.Godin joins an Inter side looking to rebuild under Antonio Conte, having finished fourth in Serie A last season and 21 points behind champions Juventus.Though some way behind in the league race, Inter’s defence was the second best in Serie A as they conceded just 33 goals across 38 games, with Godin’s arrival set to further strengthen their back line.The Uruguayan defender was recently in action at the Copa America where he saw his side lose to Peru in a penalty shootout in the quarter-finals. “I had a lot of enthusiasm and desire to move forward, but we did not succeed,” Godin said.”We tried our hardest but we missed three big chances and towards the end, there was no strength left.”I thank the people, I thank the supporters, they have given us a lot, not only today, but always. I am proud of my teammates, this is a spectacular group of players.”Inter are set for a busy pre-season with games scheduled against Manchester United, PSG and Tottenham as part of the International Champions Cup.last_img read more

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Crossworld to Hold Seafarer’s Symposium on October 21 …

first_img此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 My location zoom Crossworld Marine Services Inc., one of the country’s leading maritime manning agencies, is set to hold a seafarer’s symposium on October 21 at the AIM Conference Center in Makati City.The event will focus on current maritime problems including drug trafficking, marine pollution and prevalent sea crimes. The speakers for the event are Mr. Louie Lagasca of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and Com. Ivan Roldan of the Philippine Cost Guard.Crossworld and Varship Shipping’s Capt. Leonidas Varias will also be giving a ship owner’s perspective on the said topics during the symposium. Also gracing the event is Capt. Eleazar Diaz, President and CEO of Crossworld Marine Services Inc.Over 400 seafarers and maritime stakeholders are expected to participate in the symposium. The program will start at 1 o’clock in the afternoon. Print  Close Crossworld Marine Services, October 16, 2013last_img read more

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Letter sent across town in Wynyard Sask takes a week makes 330km

first_imgWYNYARD, Sask. – A woman in an eastern Saskatchewan community wasn’t impressed recently when a letter she sent to a home just blocks from hers took over a week to arrive.Janice Belak says she went to her post office in Wynyard to find out what the problem was and to voice her displeasure.She says she was told her letter was first sent to Yorkton, about 130 kilometres to the southeast, and then back west and even further south to a sorting centre in Regina.The letter was finally sent back to Wynyard to be scanned and sorted for delivery.Belak says it added up to a 330-kilometre trip for a letter sent to a house in a town of about 2,000 people.Canada Post confirmed to CTV News that most local mail must be shipped to a provincial sorting centre before it is sent to its final destination.“This ensures that all mail, regardless of the address or destination, is handled and processed in the same way, and that all of our customers receive the same level of service,” the postal service said in a written statement.Canada Post also said mail is always entering and leaving small towns, and trucks that normally pick up and drop off local mail are driving the longer routes anyway.Taking the mail to sorting machines in the city is easier than hiring someone to do it by hand locally, it told CTV.Canada Post said the system is used by large shipping companies across the country, even if packages take a longer journey than originally intended.Belak would like to see mail in smaller communities stay closer to home.“(It’s) creating more waste by wasting fuel. People these days are very concerned about emissions,” she said. “The cost of our postage keeps going up.”(CTV Regina)last_img read more

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Cost to twin Trans Mountain pipeline now 19B higher Kinder Morgan

first_imgOTTAWA – Kinder Morgan Canada documents say expanding the Trans Mountain pipeline will cost the federal government another $1.9 billion beyond the company’s original construction estimate and will take another full year to complete.The figure is included in documents Kinder Morgan Canada filed Tuesday with the United States Security and Exchange Commission related to the company’s plan to sell the pipeline to the Canadian government for $4.5 billion.Kinder Morgan has long said it would cost $7.4 billion to build a second pipeline parallel to the first in order to triple its capacity, but the financial documents now say the company expects a $9.3-billion price tag.The documents also suggest construction won’t be done until December 2021 — a full year beyond the last projection of December 2020.Finance Minister Bill Morneau has been reluctant to discuss how much more it will cost to build the pipeline while the deal is still being finalized, and the closing date for that deal is now being pushed back well into the fall.The documents also say shareholders will meet Aug. 30 in Calgary to vote on the proposed sale.last_img read more

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Asian stocks mixed on US-China fears at start of quiet week

SINGAPORE — Asian markets were mixed Monday amid speculation over next steps in the dispute between the U.S. and China over technology development and trade following meetings in Washington last week.Markets in mainland China and Taiwan are closed for the week for Lunar New Year celebrations. South Korean markets were closed for a holiday.American and Chinese negotiators ended two days of talks in Washington last week without word of a deal, though those involved — including U.S. President Donald Trump — were optimistic about the road ahead.Trump said he plans to meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to sort out contentious issues. “I think when Xi and I meet, every point will be agreed to,” Trump said, without specifying a date or location. A tariffs cease-fire between the U.S. and China is set to end on March 2, and the U.S. is expected to raise import taxes from 10 per cent to 25 per cent for $200 billion in Chinese goods.“There is rising optimism on the trade talks between the U.S. and China, although no details have been nailed down. The upside is limited as President Trump also mentioned that if the talks are not successful a new round of tariffs is imminent,” Alfonso Esparza, senior market analyst at OANDA, said in a commentary.KEEPING SCORE: Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index edged 0.1 per cent higher to 27,951.27. Japan’s Nikkei 225 index advanced 0.5 per cent to 20,893.95 and Australia’s S&P ASX 200 gained 0.4 per cent to 5,884.60. New Zealand’s NZX index shed 0.2 per cent to 9,747.49. Shares fell in Singapore and the Philippines.WALL STREET: A strong jobs report showing that U.S. employers added 304,000 jobs in January, far more than what analysts were expecting, lifted most major indexes on Friday. But Amazon’s disappointing revenue outlook caused some traders to steer on the side of caution. The broad S&P 500 index rose added 0.1 per cent to 2,706.53 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.3 per cent to 25,063.89. The tech-heavy Nasdaq composite lost 0.2 per cent to 7,263.87. The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies was 0.2 per cent higher at 1,502.05.CHINESE DATA: A private survey released on Sunday suggested that China’s services activity slowed in January. The Caixin services purchasing managers’ index fell to 53.6 for the month, down from 53.9 in December, likely due to domestic conditions. Numbers over 50 indicate expansion on the index’s 100-point scale. But new export sales grew at the fastest pace in more than a year, in a nod to an easing trade standoff between the U.S. and China.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude fell 2 cents to $55.24 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It added $1.47 to settle at $55.26 per barrel on Friday. Brent crude, used to price international oils, lost 1 cent to $62.74 per barrel. The contract gained $1.91 to $62.75 per barrel in London.CURRENCIES: The dollar strengthened to 109.62 yen from 109.50 yen late Friday. The euro rose to $1.1450 from $1.1447.Annabelle Liang, The Associated Press read more

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Funding for AIDS drugs suffering due to global financial crisis say UN

28 April 2009A new United Nations study finds that the global financial crisis is impacting the ability of people with HIV to obtain life-saving drugs, a serious concern given that some two thirds of those in need of such medications still do not get them. A survey conducted last month by the World Bank, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) found that 8 out of 69 countries already face shortages of antiretroviral drugs or other disruptions to AIDS treatment. The results of the survey, published in the report “Averting a Human Crisis during the Global Downturn: Policy Options from the World Bank’s Human Development Network,” also show that respondents in 22 countries in Africa, the Caribbean, Europe and Central Asia, and Asia and Pacific expect the crisis to impact treatment programmes over the coming year. Together, these countries are home to more than 60 per cent of people worldwide on antiretroviral treatment. Although the number of people receiving treatment globally has expanded recently, two thirds of those in need of such drugs still do not get them, and the current economic downturn could worsen the situation, including by impacting prevention programmes. “This new report shows that people on AIDS treatment could be in danger of losing their place in the lifeboat,” says Joy Phumaphi, the World Bank’s Vice President for Human Development and former Health Minister for Botswana.“We cannot afford a ‘lost’ generation of people as a result of this crisis,” Ms. Phumaphi adds. “It is essential that developing countries and aid donors act now to protect and expand their spending on health, education and other basic social services and target these efforts to make sure they reach the poorest and most vulnerable groups.”The Bank is encouraging countries which depend extensively on external donor AIDS financing to identify impending cash shortages as far as possible in advance, and to liaise with the Bank and other partners to help to mobilize ‘bridge financing’ that prevents interruptions to AIDS treatment. It also warns that maintaining and expanding effective HIV prevention programmes during the current crisis is essential to guard against a resurgence of new infections. Providing universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services to those in need by 2010 is one of several targets world leaders committed themselves to as part of the anti-poverty objectives known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). To assist countries during the current downturn, the World Bank last week announced it was mobilizing up to $3.1 billion this year in health financing to help poor countries battle threats to their social services, and doubling its education financing in low- and middle-income countries to $4.09 billion. read more

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UN urges help for health sector in warstricken West Africa

The World Health Organization (WHO) issued a joint Action Plan to alleviate human suffering in crisis-shaken West Africa during a three-day meeting in Accra with regional health officials. According to the agency, the proposed plan focuses on enhancing coordination, disease surveillance and emergency response. It also includes health worker training, surveillance of the population’s nutritional status and supply of essential drugs and vaccines. To help implement these activities, WHO said it needs a total of $3.5 million for the next nine months.”WHO urges donors to respond to the humanitarian disaster in West Africa,” Dr. Melville George, WHO’s Representative in Ghana, told the meeting. “We must take immediate action to assist countries to deal with the crisis.”The meeting was organized as part of a UN situation analysis mission led by Carolyn McAskie, Secretary General Kofi Annan’s Humanitarian Envoy to the crisis in Côte d’ Ivoire. The ongoing political turmoil has disrupted the health system in the northern part of that country where more than 85 per cent of health workers have given up their homes and jobs. Bordering countries are also suffering related effects, with the mass movement of populations from Côte d’Ivoire to Liberia, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Mali and Guinea. Health services have not had a chance to prepare for such an influx.The health status of all West African countries remains far below minimum standards and epidemics, such as cholera, diarrhoea, yellow fever and meningitis, have caused devastation in the region. Malaria kills thousands of children each year and HIV/AIDS spreads rapidly among the civilian population and refugees. read more

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Jilted policeman left sex toy on his ex girlfriends car after he

first_imgA jilted policeman left a sex toy on his ex girlfriend’s car after he found out she had an affair, a court heard.PC Adam Merriman was accused of leaving the toy in an Ann Summers bag on Alex McLaren’s car outside Wembley Police Station, where they both worked.It came after the 29-year-old had checked Ms McLaren’s phone and discovered she had kissed a colleague on a drunken work night out, Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard. He wanted to “embarrass” her after she ditched him, it was said.Merriman was also said to have shoulder barged her in a door way at work when they were both on shift on the day of the 2016 FA Cup semi-final between Everton and Man Utd on 23 April last year.He was accused of harassment without violence and assault by beating.The court heard Merriman and Ms McLaren, who were in the same response team, had met while training at Hendon police training school and had been dating for two years.   They were together when Ms McLaren drunkenly kissed her colleague before going back to Merriman’s flat. Merriman discovered what she had done after he checked messages on her phone and discovered the affair.Ms McLaren said that, following the discovery, Merriman had parked his car next to hers at work three times in one week. She was with a colleague when she noticed two carrier bags on her car bonnet on April 4 last year.One contained photographs, cards and receipts from their relationship and another with the Ann Summers bunny logo on it. I was completely embarrassed, I was worried people at work had seen itAlex McLaren 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. “One was from when we were in Mexico, it had all the birthday cards, Christmas cards, valentines day cards, cinema tickets and restaurant receipts in,” said Ms McLaren.”The other bag was an Ann Summers carrier bag and in it there was a vibrator. I was completely embarrassed, I was worried people at work had seen it.”Ms Mclean also told the court that Merriman had cheated on her on a number of occasions and said she had been left scared to leave the station when it was dark and was constantly looking over her shoulder.Merriman, who has no previous convictions, was acquitted of harassment without violence and assault by beating.District Judge Mike Snow said he did not find the text messages to be harassment, as she had replied many times, and explained that although he did find the leaving of the personal items including a vibrator harassment, the way the prosecution had brought the case meant that had to be dismissed.”The problem the prosecution face is that just leaves the placing of the bags on her car on the 4th April as the conduct but a single action cannot be a course of conduct,” he said.”Very personal items, pictures, cards, cinema receipts, were left as well as the item from Ann Summers, that is harassing to her but it is not sufficient. It is my duty to find Mr Merriman not guilty of that charge as a result.”Merriman no longer works at Wembley Police Station. last_img read more

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Theatre upgrade may lead to more Greek cinema

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek Australians in Melbourne used to flock to smaller suburban theatres for screenings of popular Greek films, and they may be able to again after an announcement for a major upgrade for a theatre in Melbourne’s southeast. They were telling me how much the missed, and how much they used to love the Greek language films that they used to have on, so this is certainly something that council will be considering.As the state election draws closer, the Victorian government announced a $400 000 contribution to the redevelopment of Parkdale’s Shirley Burke Theatre, matching the $560 000 input from the local council. City of Kingston Mayor Steve Staikos said the idea for using the theatre to screen foreign films came from a meeting this week with the Greek community at the Orthodox Church in Clayton. “They were telling me how much the missed, and how much they used to love the Greek language films that they used to have on, so this is certainly something that council will be considering,” he said. “There’s definitely that potential.” He said the local theatre, first opened in 1928, was “really quite a popular venue.” “We’re hoping that because it’s right in the heart of the city of Kingston, it will bring it up to such a standard that it will open it up for further community groups,” he told Neos Kosmos. The contribution is part of the Victorian government’s $6.6 million Arts in the Suburbs program. Arts Minister Peter Batchelor said local community theatres were essential to Victoria’s flourishing arts scene. “Arts in the Suburbs recognises the importance of facilities like this theatre to the cultural life of the local community, and enables us to work with local councils to ensure the best possible outcome for residents,” he said.last_img read more

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Cretan dance lessons with the master

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Pancretan Association of Melbourne is hosting its 2nd International Cretan Dance Seminars with the renowned and highly experienced dance teacher and choreographer Giannis Megalakakis. The association aims to provide youth, and in particular the second, third and subsequent generations, with the opportunity to be enthralled by five days of Cretan life through dance, music, songs and lyrics. Giannis will cover over 20 Cretan dances ranging from all over the island regions using a methodology that will be easy to follow for any person from junior to senior levels. Giannis Megalakakis is from Hania and Rethymno in Crete. His family background has played an influential role in his decision to pursue a career as a Cretan dance teacher and researcher. He began teaching Cretan dances in 1994 at a number of cultural organisations in Greece and he went on to found the Expression of Cretan Dance Group (Ομάδα Έκφρασης Κρητικών Χορών) in 1998 together with his twin brother Giorgos Megalakakis . In 2004 Giannis Megalakakis performed at the closing ceremony of the Athens Olympic Games. The following year, Giannis and Giorgos performed with their dance team at the New Benaki Museum in Athens where they presented their film documentary on Cretan dance When I hear about Crete (Όταν ακούω Κρήτη), as well as releasing the documentary on DVD. The film is a rare record of traditional Cretan music and dance. In 2006 Giannis and Giorgos founded the Centre for Research and Teaching of Cretan Dance (Κέντρο Έρευνας και Διδασκαλίας Κρητικού Χορού) in Athens. In the same year, the brothers inspired the director of the film El Greco to choreograph the dance scene in his movie. In 2008 the brothers performed with their group at a dance concert entitled ‘Crete of Dreams’ (Η Κρήτη των ονείρων) with the musical family Xilouris at Vrachon Theatre at the Byron Festival in Athens. That year also saw them perform at the World Expo 2008 in Zaragoza, Spain. Together with Spanish dance group Grupo Flamenco, they presented a performance with Cretan and Spanish flamenco dances. 2010 saw Giannis Megalakakis release his first book, ‘Horografontas’ (Χορογράφοντας), on Cretan dance and poetry, while in 2011 he produced a second film documentary on Cretan dance, Dancing on Crete for Centuries (Χορεύω αιώνες στην Κρήτη). Giannis Megalakakis has also provided Cretan dance lessons to the cast of the popular Greek television series The Island (Το Νησί). Giannis Megalakakis continues to travel throughout Cretan villages to research and document the history of Cretan dance and culture. Together with his brother and their dance group, he also continues to hold performances throughout Greece and other parts of Europe. Giannis Megalakakis has conducted dance workshops and seminars in cities including, Brussels, Monaco, Zurich, Paris, London, Luxembourg and Milan as well as in Athens, Thessaloniki and numerous Greek islands. Further information on Giannis and Giorgos Megalakakis and their Centre for Research and Teaching of Cretan Dance can be found at: www.megalakakis.gr All members of the Hellenic Community are encouraged to get involved and especially the members of other Greek Australian Dance Groups. Giannis Megalakakis will host a series of dance seminars at the Members Pavilion of the Cretan Village, 90 Cathies Lane Wantirna South between the 17-21 April. For those interested in participating, please register with Aggie Mihelakis on 0439 324 445 or via email on info@pancretan.com.aulast_img read more

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Storm Season Heating Up

first_img TCI Premier & Governor gives “all-clear” after Hurricane Irma Related Items:bahamas weather, Tci, Tci weather, Tropical storm gonzalo Happy Hours All Weekend at Outback Steakhouse Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTropical Storm GONZALO Public AdvisoryTROPICAL STORM GONZALO ADVISORY NUMBER 2NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL082014500 PM AST SUN OCT 12 2014…GONZALO STRENGTHENING EAST OF THE LEEWARD ISLANDS……HURRICANE WATCH AND TROPICAL STORM WARNING ISSUED…SUMMARY OF 500 PM AST…2100 UTC…INFORMATION———————————————-LOCATION…16.4N 59.5WABOUT 125 MI…205 KM E OF GUADELOUPEABOUT 160 MI…255 KM ESE OF ANTIGUAMAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…45 MPH…75 KM/HPRESENT MOVEMENT…W OR 270 DEGREES AT 12 MPH…19 KM/HMINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1004 MB…29.65 INCHESWATCHES AND WARNINGS——————–CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY…A HURRICANE WATCH AND A TROPICAL STORM WARNING HAVE BEEN ISSUED FORPUERTO RICO…VIEQUES…CULEBRA…AND THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS.THE GOVERNMENT OF ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA HAS ISSUED A HURRICANE WATCHAND A TROPICAL STORM WARNING FOR THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS.SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT…A HURRICANE WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR…* PUERTO RICO…VIEQUES…CULEBRA…AND THE U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS* BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDSA TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR…* GUADELOUPE* DESIRADE* LES SAINTES* MARIE GALANTE* ST. MARTIN* ST. BARTHELEMY* ST. MAARTIN* SABA* ST. EUSTATIUS* BARBUDA* ANTIGUA* ANGUILLA* ST. KITTS* NEVIS* MONTSERRAT* PUERTO RICO* VIEQUES* CULEBRA* U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS* BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDSA HURRICANE WATCH MEANS THAT HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE WITHIN THE WATCH AREA. A WATCH IS TYPICALLY ISSUED 48 HOURS BEFORE THE ANTICIPATED FIRST OCCURRENCE OF TROPICAL-STORM-FORCE WINDS…CONDITIONS THAT MAKE OUTSIDE PREPARATIONS DIFFICULT OR DANGEROUS.A TROPICAL STORM WARNING MEANS THAT TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED SOMEWHERE WITHIN THE WARNING AREA…IN THIS CASE WITHIN THE NEXT 24 TO 36 HOURS.FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA IN THE UNITEDSTATES…INCLUDING POSSIBLE INLAND WATCHES AND WARNINGS…PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR LOCAL NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORECAST OFFICE. FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA OUTSIDETHE UNITED STATES…PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED BY YOUR NATIONAL METEOROLOGICAL SERVICE.DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK——————————AT 500 PM AST…2100 UTC…THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM GONZALO WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 16.4 NORTH…LONGITUDE 59.5 WEST. GONZALO IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST NEAR 12 MPH…19 KM/H…AND THIS GENERAL MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE THROUGH MONDAY…FOLLOWED BY A TURN TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST MONDAY NIGHT. ON THE FORECAST TRACK…GONZALO IS EXPECTED TO MOVE THROUGH THE CENTRAL LEEWARD ISLANDS BY EARLY MONDAY MORNING…AND APPROACH PUERTO RICO AND THE VIRGIN ISLANDS MONDAY NIGHT AND TUESDAY MORNING.REPORTS FROM AN AIR FORCE RESERVE RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT INDICATE THAT MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE INCREASED TO NEAR 45 MPH…75 KM/H…WITH HIGHER GUSTS. ADDITIONAL STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 48 HOURS…AND GONZALO IS EXPECTED TO BECOME A HURRICANE BY EARLY TUESDAY MORNING.TROPICAL-STORM-FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 60 MILES…95 KM FROM THE CENTER.THE MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE RECENTLY MEASURED BY RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT WAS 1004 MB…29.65 INCHES.HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND———————-WIND…HURRICANE CONDITIONS ARE POSSIBLE WITHIN THE HURRICANE WATCH AREA BY EARLY TUESDAY MORNING…WITH TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS EXPECTED BY MONDAY EVENING.TROPICAL STORM CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED TO REACH THE WARNING AREA IN THE LEEWARD ISLANDS BY MONDAY MORNING…MAKING OUTSIDE PREPARATIONS DIFFICULT OR DANGEROUS.RAINFALL…GONZALO IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE TOTAL RAINFALLACCUMULATIONS OF 4 TO 8 INCHES ACROSS THE LEEWARD ISLANDS…BRITISH AND U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS…AND EASTERN PUERTO RICO…WITH ISOLATED MAXIMUM TOTALS OF 12 INCHES POSSIBLE.SURF…SWELLS GENERATED BY GONZALO WILL AFFECT THE LEEWARD ISLANDS TONIGHT AND MONDAY MORNING FROM DOMINICA NORTHWARD…AND REACH THE U.S. AND BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS BY MONDAY AFTERNOON. THESE SWELLS ARE LIKELY TO CAUSE LIFE-THREATENING SURF AND RIP CURRENT CONDITIONS. PLEASE CONSULT PRODUCTS FROM YOUR LOCAL WEATHER OFFICE. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Hurricane Irma hits TCIlast_img read more

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EGM growth leads Paradise Co to slight September revenue boost

first_imgWhile September growth was slow, revenue for the first nine months of 2018 increased 17.0% to KRW462.4 billion, with table games up 16.9% to KRW430.4 billion. Table drop over the same period grew 12.4% to KRW4.2 billion.Paradise Co’s revenue is calculated from four properties – Paradise City in Incheon, Paradise Walker-hill, Busan and Jeju Grand. South Korea’s foreigner-only casinos see revenues grow in August RelatedPosts Korea’s Kangwon Land enjoys first positive revenue, profit growth in 10 quarters Korean foreigner-only casino operator Paradise Co has enjoyed a slight 0.9% year-on-year revenue increase in September, led by 37.4% growth in electronic gaming machines (EGMs).The company announced on Thursday revenue of KRW53.1 billion for the month, up from KRW52.6 billion in September 2017. Table game revenue actually fell slightly to KRW49.5 billion but Paradise Co moved into positive growth for the month thanks to revenue of KRW3.6 billion from EGMs, up from KRW2.6 billion. Table games were impacted by bad luck, with September table drop growing 6.0% to KRW489.2 billion. Korea’s Paradise City to turn profitable in third quarter: JP Morgan Load Morelast_img read more

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Regional Acquires Shutters Competing Magazine

first_imgRegional  publisher Tiger Oak Publications has acquired Washington CEO magazine from Sabey Corp., a Tukwila, Washington-based real estate developer. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.As part of the deal, Tiger Oak will shutter Washington CEO and fold its assets into Seattle Business  magazine. Tiger Oak also publishers Seattle, Northwest Meetings and Events and Urban Pages magazines.“Acquiring Washington CEO was a good strategic move for Tiger Oak,” says Kim Mac Leod, president of Regional Media Advisors. “The title was a former competitor but smaller and a potential acquire by another publishing company. Folding it into the buyer’s stronger magazine—Seattle Business—leverages the former subscribers of Washington CEO along with potentially some good staff, and strengthens Tiger Oak’s foothold in the Seattle and surrounding markets.   “We’ve seen several of these types of sales to market competitors and it strengthens the regional publishing sector as a whole,” Mac Leod added.Washington CEO was published monthly and had a circulation of 32,500. The December issue will be its last.last_img read more

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Syed Ashraful to be buried at Banani graveyard

first_imgSyed Ashraful IslamThe body of Awami League leader Syed Ashraful Islam will be brought back home on Saturday evening and he will be laid to rest on Sunday, reports UNB.The mortal remains will be flown back on a Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight which will take off from Bangkok at 4:00pm local time and reach Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka around 5:30pm, said Syed Ashraful’s assistant personal secretary AKM Sazzad Hossain.An AL delegation, led by party general secretary Obaidul Quader, will receive the body at the airport, said an AL press release on Friday.From the airport, the body will be taken to his Bailey Road official residence and later, it will be kept at the mortuary of the Combined Military Hospital for Saturday night.Sazzad said the first janaza will be held at the South Plaza of the Jaitya Sangsad at 10:30am on Sunday.Later, Ashraful’s body will be taken to his home district Kishoreganj by a helicopter where his second janaza will be held at the Old Stadium at 12 noon. Then his body will be taken to Mymensingh where another janaza will be held at Anjuman Eidgah at 2:00pm, he said.The mortal remains will be flown back to the capital from Mymensingh and the Awami League leader will be laid to rest at Banani graveyard after Asr prayers, the APS said.Syed Ashraf, former general secretary of Awami League and public administration minister, died of lungs cancer at Bumrungrad International Hospital in Bangkok around 9:45pm on Thursday at the age of 67.He, son of national leader and Bangabandhu’s close associate Syed Nazrul Islam, left behind one daughter and a host of relatives to mourn his death.Syed Ashraful was elected member of parliament from Kishoreganj-1 constituency five times – 1996, 2001, 2008, 2014 and 2018. In Sunday’s election, the AL leader came out successful from the parliamentary seat.He, however, could not take oath on Thursday when all the Awami League MPs were sworn in. The AL leader submitted a letter to the speaker on the day seeking time for taking the oath.His wife Shila Islam died of cancer at a London hospital on 22 October last.Syed Ashraful, a member of the 10th parliament, took a 90-day leave from the Jatiya Sangsad from 18 September last for receiving treatment in Thailand.In 2008, Syed Ashraful returned home from London to steer Awami League during the army-backed government when the party went through a difficult time.He was made the party’s general secretary in 2009 and served for two consecutive terms till 2016.Syed Ashraful was made LGRD and cooperatives minister after Awami League formed the government through the 29-December election in 2008. He was given the charge of the same ministry after the party won the 5-January election in 2014.He was, however, removed from the ministry on 9 July, 2015 and made a minister without portfolio.A week later, he was made the public administration minister.last_img read more

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Summer Play Time Fostering creativity in children

first_imgIn an endeavor to promote Indian handicrafts, handlooms and the spirit of craftsmanship, CCIC has organized ‘Summer Play Time’ – a special exhibition cum sale of summer wear and educational craft for children. It will be held in CCIC’s showroom at Jawahar Vyapar Bhawan, Janpath until June 10.The exhibition showcases traditional ‘Do it yourself Craft Kits’ with materials and instructions required to create unique crafts including hut making, hand block printing, bead craft, Indian folk paintings and Panchatantra tales. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe exhibits also include wooden educational toys, wooden play toys, indoor games and exclusive summer wear collection comprising of stitched sarees, suit sets, skirts, tops, kurta pyjama sets, palazzos wraparounds, and jackets.For the entertainment of children, the special attraction like puppet show, kite making, potter’s wheel and paper cutting and more are also being arranged on June 6 and 9, for which the entry is free. One can visit the exhibition from 10 am to 7 pm.The exhibition has been specially curated to reconnect children with the indigenous roots, traditions, and crafts of India in multifarious ways with the view to widen their imagination and creativity through various crafts activities while splurging in entertainment.last_img read more

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