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Microsoft Needs To Come Clean On Skype Privacy

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Microsoft#privacy#Skype Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… markhachman 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Forty-five organizations concerned with online privacy co-signed a request Thursday for Microsoft and Skype to finally come clean on whether the service is well and truly private.In an open letter addressed to Skype president Tony Bates, Microsoft chief privacy officer Brendon Lynch and Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and others criticized Microsoft for its “persistently unclear and confusing statements about the confidentiality of Skype conversations,” especially whether or not repressive governments and other organizations can monitor Skype conversations.At press time, Microsoft representatives said only that they were reviewing the letter.Essentially, the groups are asking for a regular statement of accountability, includingQuantitative data regarding the release of Skype user information to third parties, broken down by the country of origin of the request, the number of requests made by governments, the type of data requested, and the proportion of requests with which it complied — and the basis for rejecting those requests it does not comply with.Specific details of what data Microsoft and Skype collect and retain.Skype’s “best understanding” of what data possibly malicious third parties may collect from Skype users.Its responsibilities under the Communications Assistance For Law Enforcement (CALEA) Act and others for cooperating with law enforcementIts relationship with China’s TOM Online and other licensed users, including if they’re legally allowed to monitor and censor their user’s Skype calls.Matching The CompetitionThe groups argued that both Twitter and Google already present similar disclosures, so Skype and Microsoft would merely be falling in line with more established practices.Skype’s ~600 million users are spread across the world, where many of the service’s users attempt to avoid censorship or discovery by chatting on Skype rather than on a mobile phone. This can be problematic, depending on your perspective; on one hand, insurgents and rebels can use Skype, but so can protesters against tyrannical regimes. Unfortunately, some see those regimes as existing within the United States, and a story by The Washington Post last July claimed that Skype had expanded its “cooperation” with U.S. law enforcement to make online chats visible to police, even though the article noted that it still wasn’t entirely practical to do so. Reporters Without Borders told The Verge that many journalists had reported that their calls had been intercepted.The other issue is that, after acquiring Skype, Microsoft closely tied the VOiP Internet calling service to Windows 8, as well as Windows Phone 8, where the initial preview release of Skype wouldn’t turn off.Does Skype Live Up To Microsoft’s Own Policies?The letter comes a day after Microsoft published a series of online privacy guides for its own products, including Bing, Internet Explorer and the Xbox – but not Skype. An Australian privacy agency wondered, however, wherther Microsoft had gone far enough. Some of those privacy protections include what the company calls Tracking Protection, the refusal to disclose any third-party information to a “blacklist” of sites that the user selects.As Scott Fulton III noted on ReadWrite last year, the problem of online privacy, at least within Web browsers, dates back to 1996, when Google was accused of circumventing privacy protections to deliver Web ads. But Microsoft’s Tracking Protection within Internet Explorer has created a high bar for the rest of the company’s online products. It’s easy to ask for or or order Microsoft to do the same for Skype, although coding that protection in would almost certainly require some development work. What the EFF and over a hundred individuals are asking for is a good first step.As of now, even basic levels of privacy within Skype remain problematic. The service makes it exceedingly easy to search out new Skype contacts, even those you’ve never “met” or connected with before. That opens up users to being spammed, phished or even monitored.The authors of the letter say they realize that the acquisition and integration of Skype within Microsoft may have made “questions of lawful access, user data collection, and the degree of security of Skype communications temporarily difficult to authoritatively answer.” But they note the merger was announced in October 2011 – giving Microsoft plenty of time to plan its privacy strategy for Skype.Given Microsoft’s recent very public statement about its commitment to privacy – and the upcoming Data Privacy Day on January 28th, this might be the perfect opportunity for Microsoft to explain Skype’s commitment to privacy as well.Image from Skype.com. IT + Project Management: A Love Affairlast_img read more

ANALYSIS: Can scientists put a face on basic research?

first_imgWhen academics argue for more U.S. government spending on basic research, they usually haul out statistics that demonstrate how research has played an outsized role in spurring economic development. Those numbers may appeal to other scholars, but to date that approach hasn’t been particularly effective in winning over Washington policymakers. Bart Gordon prefers the Peyton index.“There are two ways we can compete with the rest of the world,” explains Gordon, the former chair of the science committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. “If we compete on wages, which are less than $2 a day for half the people in the world, the standard of living for my 13-year-old daughter’s generation will be dramatically reduced. Or we can invest in research and innovation.”Gordon made the reference to his daughter, Peyton, at a media briefing this week on a new report by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. It recommends a huge increase in federal spending as well as changes to the U.S. research enterprise that will make it more efficient. The title, Restoring the Foundation: The Vital Role of Research in Preserving the American Dream, is meant to highlight the link between research and the country’s future prosperity. 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And while they all talked about a brighter future for the country, their physical appearance conveyed another message, namely, that America’s best days may be behind her. The homogeneous demographics also seemed out of place for a report that argues for a more diverse scientific workforce.Jonathan Fanton, the academy’s new president, admitted after the event that he was concerned about the age and lack of diversity of those delivering the report’s message. “I realize how it looks,” said the 70-year-old historian. “It’s something we need to address.” The optics also interfere with another of the report’s key points: that research is part of the fabric of society and that scientists can come from all walks of life. “The public still thinks of research as something that’s done by an old man in a white coat working alone in some laboratory,” says Norman Augustine, an engineer and former CEO of Lockheed Martin who, at 79, co-chaired the committee along with the 76-year-old Neal Lane, a former presidential science adviser and physics professor at Rice University. “We need to erase that image and replace it with the idea that scientists can come from all walks of life.”The more that research is seen as separate from the everyday needs of society, Augustine says, the harder it will be to win political support for the increased federal investment that the report recommends. “You can’t take for granted that people think [more research] is the right thing to do,” Gordon says. “You have to put a face on it.”For nearly a decade, Peyton has been that face. She was only 4 years old when Gordon joined three lawmakers from both parties in asking the U.S. National Academies to describe the 10 most important steps the federal government should take to strengthen U.S. science. Its answer, in a report called Rising Above the Gathering Storm by a panel that Augustine chaired, emphasized the importance of research and science education.Gordon cited his daughter repeatedly in public events touting the report’s findings, implying that her future well-being rested in the hands of U.S. policymakers. Many of the report’s recommendations were embodied in the America COMPETES Act, a bill that breezed through Gordon’s science committee in 2007. Despite significant Republican opposition, he shepherded through a 3-year extension in 2010.It was a crowning achievement for Gordon, a Tennessee Democrat who retired from Congress in 2010 after 26 years and is now a lobbyist at the Washington, D.C., law firm of K&L Gates. But a lot has changed since then. “I don’t candidly expect Congress to stand up and salute this report,” he told the audience at Tuesday’s event, adding that it’s not just because the Republicans now control the House.“There are a lot of members who believe there is no role for the federal government in investing in R&D,” Gordon noted. “If there’s a profit to be made, they say, then the private sector will pursue it. Others may favor just a little bit of basic research. Then there are a lot of our compatriots, who believe that research is important. But they say there are other, more pressing priorities, like feeding children.”Given that range in attitudes, Gordon thinks the community’s best bet is not to try to win over individual legislators but rather to build a national constituency for the idea. “I hope you can find some champions, and then use the committee process to flesh out these ideas,” he says. “But to make big changes, it takes a national referendum. And presidential elections are national referendums.”“Our challenge is to take the specifics, add others to them, percolate them through all the [scientific and professional] organizations, and then get involved in the presidential election. … If that happens, then I think you’ll see Congress start to move.”So the question comes down to: Can the community make it happen before Peyton graduates from college?last_img read more

India’s Elavenil Valarivan Wins 10m Air Rifle Gold at Shooting World Cup in Rio, Joins Elite List

first_img apurvi chandelaElavenil Valarivangold medalISSF World Cup First Published: August 29, 2019, 8:56 AM IST Elavenil Valarivan on Wednesday became only the third Indian shooter after Apurvi Chandela and Anjali Bhagwat to win the gold medal at the senior ISSF World Cup in the 10m Air Rifle category. The 20-year-old shot gold with 251.7 points, while Seonaid Mcintosh from Great Britain took the silver with 250.6 points.Valarivan had narrowly missed out on a medal at the ISSF World Cup in Munich as she finished fourth in the final. However, on Wednesday, Elavenil was at her best as she pipped her senior compatriots Anjum Moudgil and Apurvi Chandela. World number 2 Anjum Moudgil (166.8 points) finished sixth at the event. Earlier, Apurvi Chandela narrowly failed to qualify for the final, finishing at 11th place in the qualifying round. The world number two Anjum has already secured a quota for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Valarivan and Moudgil had qualified for the final with scores of 629.4 and 629.1 respectively. Chandela hit 627.7 after a poor final qualification round, eventually finishing 11th, outside the eight qualification spots. Elavenil wins gold!It’s a wonderful start to the #Shooting WorldCup in Rio as 20yr old #TOPSAthlete @elavalarivan wins a gold in women’s 10m air rifle with a score of 251.7.It’s a 1st ever Sr. WC medal for this talented shooter.We congratulate her!@KirenRijiju @DGSAI pic.twitter.com/0q3XPlYVyK— SAIMedia (@Media_SAI) August 28, 2019 #NationalSportsDay gets sweeter. @elavalarivan wins her first senior World Cupon the day GNSPF’s efforts are recognised through the Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puraskar! Thanking the universe! @narendramodi @KirenRijiju @Media_SAI @RaninderSingh @OfficialNRAI pic.twitter.com/tw1Yv1X3bT— Gagan Narang (@gaGunNarang) August 28, 2019 This is Elavenil Valarivan’s maiden medal at senior World Cup. The 20-year-old from Tamil Nadu had earlier won gold medals at ISSF Junior World Cup in Sydney and Suhl in 2018. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Ellsbury Steals Home, Win For Yanks

first_imgNEW YORK — Jacoby Ellsbury just took off.Ignoring all danger, Ellsbury stole home April 22. His daring dash seemed to startle most everyone at Yankee Stadium and helped New York rush past the Tampa Bay Rays 6-3, ending a three-game skid.“I was a little shocked,” Manager Joe Girardi said. “I’m still stunned by what happened,” Yankees catcher Brian McCann said.Ellsbury wasn’t worried. “It’s a risk I was willing to take,” he said, adding, “That’s the ultimate adrenaline rush for a basestealer.”Ellsbury became the first Yankees player to pull off a straight steal of home since Derek Jeter since 2001. Ellsbury’s timing in the fifth inning was really surprising: He bolted with two outs on a full-count pitch to Brett Gardner, who let it go high for ball four.Gardner stood in the left-handed batter’s box as Ellsbury hurtled toward him. Had Gardner swung, who knows what might’ve happened — a foul ball could have nailed the defenseless Ellsbury from extremely close range.“He loses a head,” McCann said. Or, perhaps, a big backswing by Gardner hits him in the face.Gardner saw the play developing and in a split-second had his own plan. If the pitch was a strike, “I probably take a short, abbreviated swing and try to hit a chopper,” he said.With the Yankees trailing 3-2, the infield playing back and the count full, the speedy Ellsbury started wandering down the line. When the left-handed Matt Moore (1-1) went into a full windup, Ellsbury broke for the plate.“I knew if I took off, I’d make it,” he said.Gardner watched the fastball whiz past as Ellsbury made a headfirst dive, his right hand barely reaching the plate under catcher Curt Casali’s tag. The crowd cheered even louder when a replay was shown after the inning ended.“I was trying to do anything to stop the play, but I guess I can’t call time in the middle of a steal of home attempt,” Casali said.“Gardner can see him the whole way and I honestly didn’t see him until he was halfway. It was an aggressive play,” he said. “Very, very odd. Unexpected.”Said Moore: “I saw him coming.”“I’m not sure if I actually saw it or felt it. I can hear different things: ‘Step off, hurry up.’ And it was sometime right about when my hands are over my head that I tried to shorten the whole thing up and just get it there,” he said. “If it was just a foot lower, Curt doesn’t have to reach as high and go back down.”The Yankees had seen this before from Ellsbury — in 2009 with Boston, he pulled off a straight steal of home against Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte. “That kept me up for a few nights,” Girardi said. “It’s good to be on this side.”Chris Young was the previous Yankees player to swipe home, as part of a double steal in 2014.Ellsbury singled with two outs in the fifth and Didi Gregorius followed with a single off Moore. A balk moved the runners to second and third while Gardner was batting, setting up the rare sequence.Ellsbury, who didn’t start the game, added a two-run double in eighth. McCann hit an early two-run homer, then sliced a tie-breaking single in the sixth.Ivan Nova (1-0) won in relief of CC Sabathia. Dellin Betances struck all three batters in the eighth and Andrew Miller closed for his fourth save as a light sprinkle fell.Logan Forsythe doubled twice, drove in two runs and scored for the Rays. New York had managed only 18 runs while losing seven of its past eight.(BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

India will definitely enter World Cup semis, predicts Chaminda Vaas

first_imgTerming India a well-balanced and in-form outfit, former Sri Lanka pacer Chaminda Vaas predicted that Virat Kohli and his men would reach the semi-finals of the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup.The former left arm bowler was however guarded when talking about his own country’s chances in cricket’s showpiece event to be held in England and Wales from May 30, while mentioning sling-arm pacer Lasith Malinga as a key factor.”Indian cricket has been dominating in the last two-three years. They have good back-up fast bowlers. They will do wonders. Indian team is very balanced. They will do well. My prediction is, India will definitely reach the semifinals (in the World Cup),” Vaas told reporters here on Tuesday.Vaas is on a visit to Mumbai to inaugurate a local T20 tournament along with former teammate, left-arm spinner Rangana Herath.On Lanka’s chances he said, “For the last few months, Sri Lanka hasnt done so well. But if you analyse the combination of the team which we picked for the World Cup.”I’m pretty sure that the selectors have done the right thing. We have to take it from there and it’s upto the players to get themselves in and play well for the country. There is no doubt that Malinga is one of the best in the world and the best in Sri Lanka. We depend on him as a bowler and he showed his leadership qualities.”He has given 100 per cent for the team and we have seen, him playing in Mumbai (in IPL) on one day and playing in Sri Lanka (in a domestic event) the next day,” he said.advertisement”It shows the commitment he has, and the commitment he has given to the team and the country. He will be the key for Sri Lanka cricket in the upcoming World Cup,” said Vaas, who has 400 ODI and 355 Test wickets to his credit.The Sri Lanka selectors have handed over Cup captaincy to Dimuth Karunaratne and Vaas was optimistic that the island nation would stand united behind the new captain and do well in the marquee event.”Well, it is very difficult to say anything about it because for the past six months we (Sri Lanka) have been selecting captains and the captains havent given anything to the team. We lack in experience and performance in the middle.”But the selectors and the Sri Lanka cricket have put their trust in Dimuth and given him an opportunity to captain the sid. I’m pretty sure that the team will unite and will do well in the upcoming World Cup,” he hoped.Vaas also took a dig at the Sri Lankan board saying that the biggest issue was that the selectors are chopped and changed often leading to lack of clear-cut selection policies.”We have talent and we need to give them opportunity to play longer, rather than giving them one or two games and then pushing them out. Players need some time to perform well.”In Sri Lanka, the biggest problem is that the selectors keep changing. There is no such thing as selection policies. Once they have a policy, it is easy to build the team. That’s the biggest problem we face. Ultimately the players get caught up and they are suffering. You need to show faith,” Vaas signed off.Also Read | ICC cricket World Cup 2019: Karunaratne named Sri Lanka’s ODI captain, Malinga oustedAlso Read | Dinesh Chandimal not named in Sri Lanka’s 15-member squad for 2019 World Cuplast_img read more

Hertha Berlin level with Bayern Munich at top of Bundesliga after stunning win

first_img Read more Impressive Hertha Berlin finally start to catch the imagination Stéphane Ruffier made a superb double save from Adama Traoré and Djibril Sidibé to preserve the hosts’ lead before Khazri struck again in the 54th minute. Rémy Cabella fed the Tunisian forward and his quick control and shot from 25 yards took Benaglio by surprise.Defeat means Monaco are winless in eight matches. And they face a daunting trip to Dortmund in the Champions League on Wednesday. Share on LinkedIn Monaco are starting to pay for their mistakes in the transfer window Hertha Berlin Topics Share on WhatsApp European club football Share on Twitter match reports Share via Emailcenter_img Share on Pinterest Bayern Munich Ligue 1 Share on Facebook Bundesliga Share on Messenger Franck Ribery then linked well with Lewandowski but the Polish striker’s header did not force Thomas Kraft into a save – and Bayern’s missed chances came back to haunt them when Boateng conceded a 22nd-minute penalty.The centre-back brought Kalou down inside the box following a brilliant save by Manuel Neuer from an Ibisevic header. The Bosnian forward stepped up to slot the ball calmly home and put his team in front.Hertha were buoyed by their goal and it could have got worse for Bayern when Niklas Stark was left unmarked inside their box but his header sailed over the bar.They did not have to wait much longer to double their advantage, though, going 2-0 up a minute before half-time. Kalou found the full-back Valentino Lazaro with a perfectly timed pass and he cut the ball back to Duda, whose first-time shot flew into the roof of the net, leaving Neuer with no chance.Thomas Müller replaced Arjen Robben early in the second half but, despite greater intensity from the visitors, Hertha maintained their two-goal cushion, frustrating opponents who could only draw 1-1 with Augsburg earlier this week.“We weren’t 100% present in the first half,” Neuer said after the game. “But we were better after the break. If we had scored [one] in the second half, then we could have turned the game around.”Monaco’s poor start goes on in Ligue 1Wahbi Khazri’s double earned Saint-Étienne a 2-0 win over Monaco to lift them to second place in Ligue 1 and leave the 2016-17 champions in the relegation zone.The former Sunderland man broke the deadlock in the 41st minute, controlling Ole Selnaes’ long pass, turning and firing the ball past Diego Benaglio. Read more Bayern Munich crashed to their first Bundesliga defeat under their new manager, Niko Kovac, as they were beaten 2-0 by Hertha Berlin at the Olympiastadion. First-half goals by Vedad Ibisevic and Ondrej Duda stunned the league leaders as Hertha held off a second-half fightback to move level on points with their opponents.Bayern, unbeaten in the last 14 games against their hosts, looked to settle quickly but Hertha made a brighter start when Salomon Kalou and Ibisevic combined well before Jérôme Boateng cleared the danger.Robert Lewandowski was Bayern’s most potent threat during the initial flurries and the close attention Hertha afforded him was underlined when Karim Rekik brought him down, before Boateng sent a header wide following a pinpoint James Rodríguez cross. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Brighton v Manchester City: match preview

first_img 12 8 Substitutes Premier League 5 Dunk 30 Otamendi 26 Mahrez Corners 31 Ederson 10 Andone 16 Jahanbakhsh 13 Gross Match previews Share on Messenger 75 25 1 Ryan 9 Locadia Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook 27 Button 3 Danilo Fouls (s 88′) 49 Muric 4 Brighton Off target 11 Man City 2 Brighton On target 9 Man City 5 Stones 2 6 Topics 20 Bernardo Silva 17 Murray Substitutes (s 67′) 22 Montoya 11 Knockaert Brighton & Hove Albion 33 Burn 2 Saltor 8 Bissouma 19 Sane 2 Walker Man City 8 Gundogan 35 Zinchenko 14 Laporte Vincent Kompany’s unforgettable winner against Leicester had the feeling of a title-winning goal, the 70th minute strike releasing a flood of relief and celebration from the Etihad Stadium. The danger for Guardiola’s side now though, is that the race is not over just yet, with three points needed against Brighton to ensure the Premier League trophy stays put. After wracking up 100 points last season, City are on course to collect 98 points this campaign, which over the two seasons equates to an intimidating 2.6 points per game. A domestic treble remains on the cards for City. Benjy NurickSunday 3pm Sky Sports Premier LeagueVenue Amex StadiumLast season Brighton 0 Manchester City 2Referee Michael OliverThis season G29 Y83 R7 3.1 cards/gameOdds H 18-1 A 2-11 D 8-1BRIGHTONSubs from Button, Balogun, Bong, Burn, Locadia, Jahanbakhsh, Gyökeres, Molumby, Andone, Montoya, Pröpper, KayalDoubtful Pröpper (hamstring)Injured Izquierdo (knee, unknown)Suspended NoneDiscipline Y60 R4Form LLDLDDLeading scorer Murray 12MANCHESTER CITYSubs from Muric, Grimshaw, Sané, Mahrez, Danilo, Sandler, Otamendi, Jesus, Delph, Stones, De Bruyne, F NmechaDoubtful De Bruyne (match fitness)Injured Bravo (achilles, Aug), Fernandinho (knee, Aug), Mendy (knee, unknown)Suspended NoneDiscipline Y44 R1Form WWWWWWLeading scorer Agüero 20 (s 84′) (s 67′) 7 Sterling 10 Aguero 30 Bernardo 21 Silva Share on Pinterest Goal attempts MNC BRI Share on Twitter 4 Duffy Share on LinkedIn (s 86′) 33 Gabriel Jesus Brighton Match stats Possession 3 Bong news 17 De Bruyne MNC75BRI25% Manchester City 4 Kompany Share via Email (s 78′) 49 Molumby Lineups 7 Kayal Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Report: Real Madrid 3 Alaves 0

first_imgKarim Benzema continued his scoring streak as he netted for the sixth time in four games to help Real Madrid cruise to a 3-0 victory over Deportivo Alaves on Sunday. The Frenchman struck after 30 minutes of a one-sided contest at Santiago Bernabeu where Gareth Bale made his first start overcoming a calf injury but Vinicius Junior stole the show, including scoring his side’s second. It was the 18-year-old who unlocked the Alaves defence with a killer pass in the build-up to Benzema’s opener, and he converted Marco Asensio’s low cross to double Madrid’s advantage 10 minutes from time. 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? Substitute Mariano Diaz added a late third as Madrid moved to within two points of second-placed Atletico – who lost 1-0 away at Real Betis earlier in the day – in the table after a fourth consecutive win in LaLiga.4 – @Benzema has scored last four games for @realmadrid in all competitions (six goals), his best run since January 2017 (five games in a row). Tone pic.twitter.com/vVJgHS2IwX— OptaJose (@OptaJose) February 3, 2019Guillermo Maripan’s error almost allowed Dani Ceballos to open the scoring after three minutes but his shot deflected over the bar, while Benzema curled an effort narrowly wide from just inside the box moments later.Vinicius slalomed through the Alaves defence before stinging the palms of Fernando Pacheco with a shot from 15 yards before playing a key role in the first goal.The Brazilian teenager had the vision to see Sergio Reguilon’s run and played him in behind the Alaves defence, with the defender sending over a low cross that Benzema side-footed into the net.Ruben Duarte volleyed a rare Alaves chance wide from an acute angle at the start of the second half before Bale tested Pacheco with a low drive at the other end.Santiago Solari replaced Bale and Benzema with Mariano and Asensio in the final half-hour and the latter’s centre bounced through the Alaves box to the feet of Vinicius, who calmly provided the finish.Alvaro Odriozola was denied a goal by an offside decision but did set up Mariano in additional time, the forward’s firm header wrapping up a thoroughly convincing win for the hosts in the Spanish capital.What does it mean? Second place in sight After a tumultuous start to the season, Madrid have worked their way back into contention for a top-two finish and are now within striking distance of Atletico, who they play next in the league. Catching Barcelona – who are eight points clear of Solari’s side – may be a tall order, but they will be focused on making sure they finish above their neighbours.Vinicius growing in confidence The hefty fee – reportedly €45million – Real Madrid spent to bring Vinicius to Spain last year looks like a bargain after the young forward put in a performance full of maturity and poise.Fit-again Bale short of form While Vinicius and Benzema zipped around the pitch, Bale looked rusty on his first start since January 3. The Wales international needs to hit form quickly with key games, both at home and in Europe, looming on the horizon.Key Opta facts – Real Madrid have won their last four LaLiga games – their best run in the competition since March 2018.- Madrid faced just one shot on target against Alaves. It equals their lowest tally in a single game this season in all competitions (the same as against Sevilla and Getafe, all at Santiago Bernabeu in LaLiga).- Karim Benzema has scored 10 goals in LaLiga this season. That is double the amount he scored in the last campaign (five).- Mariano Diaz has scored his first goal for Madrid in LaLiga since December 10, 2016 against Deportivo Coruna.- Alaves boss Abelardo Fernandez have just won one of his six games against Real Madrid as manager in LaLiga (D1 L4).What’s next? Madrid play the first of three forthcoming games against Barcelona in the Copa del Rey semi-final on Wednesday before facing Atletico, while Alaves will hope to return to winning ways when they take on Levante. read morelast_img read more

Too Much Turkey? Use It Up with These Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipes

first_img How to Make Loco Moco, a Hawaiian Staple Dish “I like to put all the Thanksgiving leftovers in a giant bowl and mix them together. I’m talking everything—vegetables, turkey, potatoes, gravy, a little cranberry sauce. Line some ramekins with ready-made pie crust and brush some butter on the inside, then fill them up with the leftover mixture. Put the pie crust on top to seal them, and bake! Basically you’re making Thanksgiving pot pies. Wrap them up in wax paper and foil and you can put them in the freezer to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner through Christmas. One of my favorite memories as a kid!”Leftover Turkey Steamed BunsChef Jason Dady, owner of Tre Trattoria, Tre Enotec, Two  Bros. BBQ Market, and more in San AntonioIngredients:6 steamed buns, frozen12 oz. leftover turkey leg and thigh meat, shredded 2 oz. butter1 leek¼ cup Hoisin sauce2 tsbp Sriracha 1 English cucumberMethod:Steam the frozen buns until soft and tender. About 2 minutes, using a classic bamboo steamer.Using a heavy bottom sauté pan, sear the turkey until crispy and golden brown. Season with salt and pepper as needed.Slice the cucumber into 1/8 inch slices and set aside.Chiffonade the leek and set aside.Add the Sriracha to the hoisin sauce and set aside.Other Great OptionsTurkey TacosEveryone loves tacos and what better way to use up the five pounds of turkey meat? The best part about tacos is the flavors are so different from Thanksgiving that it will be a welcome palate cleanse. Make sure to have some tortillas, jalapeños, lime, cilantro, and mild cheese on hand and wow whatever family is still kicking around your house the next day by making these bad boys for lunch.Turkey TetrazziniIf you’re feeling more adventurous and want to really up your leftover game, try this turkey tetrazzini. The best part about this dish is that you’ll end up with a bunch of leftovers so when no one feels like cooking over the weekend you can choose between the traditional Thanksgiving leftovers and this creamy crowd-pleaser.Turkey Bahn MiThe classic leftover sandwich is always a great fallback option, but how about spicing things up this year and making a Bahn Mi with that leftover bird? Because of the similarity in ingredients, you can even offer up a Bahn Mi option next to your taco option and let your guests pick their poison. Make sure to pick up some bread and a few extra carrots and cucumbers and you’re all set.Turkey SoupMake sure to have some extra ingredients from your green bean casserole and your sweet potato pie so you can whip up this warm soup on Friday after standing in line at Best Buy for way too long. You’ll be warmed up and you won’t have to work too hard for a very satisfying meal. Best part again: more leftovers for the weekend.While you’re working your culinary magic in the kitchen, listen to our delicious cooking playlist: The Best American Liqueur You’re doing it! You’re surviving Thanksgiving! No amount of heartburn, football or awkward family political “discussions” could thwart enjoying your delicious meal! Despite the traditional overindulgence, there are usually leftovers. This year, chefs from some of California and Texas’ best restaurants gave us their favorite ideas and recipes for repurposing those Thanksgiving leftovers along with a few other great ones grabbed from around the web. And if you’re looking for a drink to wash it all down with, we’ve got your covered, too.Chef’s RecipesMeat Mac n’ Cheese and Turkey Shepherd’s PieChef Jose “Junior” Melendez from BOA Steakhouse in Los Angeles“When I have Mac n Cheese leftover from Thanksgiving and the dark meat of the turkey or ham, I like to dice up the meat and reheat the mac and cheese with milk or cream, then add the meat, and put in a casserole dish, add more cheese on top, and bake until golden brown.  Another fun thing is making Turkey Shepherd’s Pie with the leftover mashed potatoes and turkey meat with gravy. You heat up the turkey with the gravy (you can also add leftover mushrooms or Brussels sprouts if you like) and put that mixture in a casserole dish, then place mashed potatoes on top, sprinkle parmesan cheese and chopped parsley, and bake until golden brown.  I also like to take my turkey meat and reheat with my leftover mushrooms and serve with a side of creamed spinach that I reheat and add a little Parmesan cheese too.”Turkey PorchettaChef Denis Dello Stritto of Vinoteca at the Four Seasons in Beverly HillsImage Credit: Serious Eats Image Credit: Serious Eats“Pork Porchetta is a traditional Christmas dish in Rome,” explains Chef Denis. “But I usually use the same technique to make turkey Porchetta after Thanksgiving.”IngredientsTurkeyFennelPepperRosemarySalt“I’ll debone my turkey, pound it out into a large sheet, and season the inside with traditional Roman spices for Porchetta—like fennel, black pepper, and rosemary. Then I’ll grind the turkey scraps, roll them up inside the pounded turkey (with the skin facing out), and roast the entire bird for 3 to 4 hours at 300°F. Once it cools, you can then make thinly sliced turkey Porchetta sandwiches and grill them on a plancha. you can serve the meat cold and sliced very thinly for sandwiches or sliced thicker for sandwiches that you can make on a grill or plancha.”Thanksgiving Pot PiesHead Teppan Chef Michael Monzon from ROKU in West Hollywood Pro Chefs Dish on the Perfect Seven-Layer Dip Recipes center_img Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Editors’ Recommendations For a Grown-Up Spin on a Slushy, Try A Mangoneadalast_img read more

Trudeau fined 100 for not disclosing gift of sunglasses from PEI premier

first_imgOTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was forced to pay a $100 fine for violating conflict of interest rules by not disclosing a gift given to him last year by P.E.I. Premier Wade MacLauchlan.The gift was two pairs of leather-covered aviator sunglasses presented to Trudeau during a visit to Prince Edward Island in June 2017.Each pair, made by Fellow Earthlings sunglasses company in Guernsey Cove, P.E.I., was worth $300.Federal conflict of interest rules dictate all gifts valued over $200 must be publicly declared within 30 days of acceptance.Trudeau’s press secretary says an administrative error was to blame for not filling out the proper forms and declaring the gift within 30 days.Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion’s office confirmed he administered a financial penalty of $100 to Trudeau, which has since been paid.“The prime minister has great respect for the work of the commissioner’s office and will continue to follow his advice and guidance,” PMO press secretary Eleanore Catenaro said in an emailed statement.This marks the second time Trudeau has been censured by the ethics office. In December, then-commissioner Mary Dawson found Trudeau broke Canada’s ethics laws over two all-expenses-paid family trips to a private island in the Bahamas owned by the Aga Khan.For his part, MacLauchlan was pleased to offer the made-in-P.E.I. sunglasses to the prime minister and his wife last year, says Mary Moszynski, the premier’s acting director of communications. Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, have been spotted wearing them on several occasions in Vietnam and in Ottawa, much to the delight of the local company owners.MacLauchlan himself sports a pair of eyeglasses from the same company.“The premier is always pleased to showcase locally-made products from the Island,” Moszynski said.-Follow @ReporterTeresa on Twitter.last_img read more

DRAKE RELEASES CARE PACKAGE PROJECT BRINGING UNOFFICIALLY RELEASED TRACKS TO STREAMING SERVICES

first_imgAdvertisement The OVO boss announced the release via Instagram on Thursday afternoon, confirming it would include stand-alone tracks that were never officially released. Care Package features fan-favorite songs like “5AM in Calabasas,” “Can I,” “Dreams Money Can Buy,” “Jodeci Freestyle” featuring J. Cole, and the Rick Ross-assisted “Free Spirit.” READ MORE Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Advertisement Image via OVO Facebook DRAKE RELEASES ‘CARE PACKAGE’ PROJECT BRINGING UNOFFICIALLY RELEASED TRACKS TO STREAMING SERVICESDrake is bringing a bunch of heat to streaming services this Friday (Aug. 2). The 6 God is blessing fans with a plethora of tunes that only lived on SoundCloud or YouTube and packaging them up as part of the Care Package compilation project.Drizzy made the announcement ahead of OVO Fest on Thursday (Aug. 1). “Available Friday on all platforms. Some of our most important moments together available in one place. Care Package,” he wrote to IG. READ MORESTREAM DRAKE’S ‘CARE PACKAGE’ COMPILATION PROJECT F/ J. COLE AND RICK ROSSAhead of the ninth annual OVO Fest in Toronto, Drake surprised his fans with a special delivery: a 17-track compilation project called Care Package.last_img read more

Minnesota judge tosses charges midtrial against 3 activists

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS – A Minnesota judge abruptly dismissed charges against three climate change activists during their trial on Tuesday, saying prosecutors failed to prove that the protesters’ attempt to shut down two Enbridge Energy oil pipelines caused any damage.Clearwater County District Judge Robert Tiffany threw the case out after prosecutors rested their case and before the protesters could use their defence: that the threat of climate change from using crude oil drilled from Canadian tar sands was so imminent that the activists’ actions were not only morally right, but necessary.The attorneys had long fought to use a “necessity defence” during the trial of the three Seattle-area residents, two of whom admitted turning the emergency shut-off valves on the northwest Minnesota pipelines in 2016 as part of a co-ordinated action in four states. Such a defence has been used by other activists protesting pipelines.Their attorney, Lauren Regan, acknowledged outside the courthouse in Bagley that she and her clients were surprised that the judge granted their motion to dismiss the case. The three defendants faced felony charges involving criminal damage to critical public service facilities. They could have faced up to a year in jail, according to prosecutors.“I’m very relieved the state of Minnesota acknowledged that we did no damage and intended to do no damage,” defendant Emily Johnston said. “I also admit that I am disappointed that we did not get to put on the trial that we hoped for.”Clearwater County Attorney Alan Rogalla declined to comment afterward.Climate change activists have increasingly turned to direct actions against oil and gas pipelines, with mixed legal success . Valve-turner cases in other states resulted in convictions that are under appeal. A Massachusetts judge in March cleared 13 gas pipeline protesters who used a necessity defence. While the cases generally have not set binding legal precedents, activists are hoping they help legitimize direct action as a tactic against climate change.In the Minnesota case, Johnston and Annette Klapstein readily acknowledged turning the emergency shut-off valves on two Enbridge Energy pipelines on Oct. 11, 2016, near Leonard, about 210 miles (338 kilometres) northwest of Minneapolis. A third defendant, Ben Joldersma, called in a warning to Enbridge. Charges were earlier dropped against a fourth defendant.They did it as part of a co-ordinated action by Climate Direct Action activists to shut down five Canadian tar sands crude pipelines in Minnesota, North Dakota, Montana and Washington state. A total of 11 activists were charged in the four states.Calgary, Alberta-based Enbridge temporarily shut down the two pipelines as a precaution before any damage occurred. The company issued a statement Tuesday saying the protest was “reckless and dangerous.”“The individuals involved in these activities claimed to be protecting the environment, but they did the opposite and put the environment and the safety of people at risk — including themselves, first responders and neighbouring communities and landowners,” the company said.The defendants insisted there was never any danger.“We did everything in our power to make sure this was a safe action, and we did this to protect our children and all of your children from the devastating effects of climate change,” Klaptstein said at the activists’ news conference afterward.While the judge took the unusual step of allowing allowed the necessity defence in a ruling last October, he said the defendants had to clear a high legal bar to succeed. He said the defence applies “only in emergency situations where the peril is instant, overwhelming, and leaves no alternative but the conduct in question.”The valve turners had hoped to put climate change itself on trial by presenting expert witnesses who would have backed up their claims that climate change was making natural disasters worse, and that the threat of climate change from Canadian tar sands crude — which generates more climate-damaging carbon dioxide than other forms of oil — was so imminent that they had no legal alternatives. But they never got the chance.last_img read more

Gender inequality the focus of Migiros visit to Denmark and Spain

23 March 2010Women’s empowerment in the workplace and the wider economy is at the top of the agenda as the Deputy Secretary-General heads to Denmark for the first leg of a two-nation European visit. Asha-Rose Migiro will be in Copenhagen tomorrow to address an international conference examining progress towards the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) focused on gender equality, which calls for the elimination of educational disparities between girls and boys.The conference is charged with devising recommendations for September’s high-level event at United Nations Headquarters in New York in which world leaders will gather to assess what needs to be done to try to attain the MDGs by their target date of 2015.Earlier this month the Deputy Secretary-General noted at a UN meeting that women and girls “still face discrimination and disadvantage socially, economically and politically,” and she called for stepped-up action to help women realize their rights.While in Copenhagen this week Ms. Migiro will also hold meetings with senior Government officials and visit a key warehouse for the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) that is based in the Danish capital, according to information released by a UN spokesperson today.The Deputy Secretary-General then travels to Valencia, Spain, to deliver the opening address this weekend at a two-day European Union event about women’s empowerment. That meeting will consider economic development, education, and sexual and reproductive health.Ms. Migiro will also hold bilateral discussions with Spanish Government officials and other dignitaries attending the Valencia gathering. read more

Vehicle production – April 2006

% of total19.7%24.9%27.5%33.1%20.7%25.9%‘Production was down 7.8 per cent over the year to date, with the late Easter break accounting for some of April’s losses,’ commented Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive. ‘Inevitably, the focus with manufacturing falls to the number of cars that roll off the line. However, Ford has announced further expansion of engine production at its Bridgend plant, investing £100 million and creating 250 new jobs. This is good news from the automotive sector, and we need to shout about it.’ ‘CV production is steady over the year to date, with total volumes just 308 units below those of 2005,’ commented Christopher Macgowan, SMMT chief executive. ‘Production for export remains strong on the back of a growing van and truck market in mainland Europe, up 9.1 per cent year to date and with a 3.5 per cent increase on April last year.’* Please see attached for full details* April’s special focus is Honda of the UK at SwindonDownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Source: SMMT LtdCarsCommercial VehiclesTotal vehicles Export95,173396,57411,80349,526106,976446,100 Apr-06YTD 2006Apr-06YTD 2006Apr-06YTD 2006 -32.6%-22.8%-40.2%-15.4%-34.0%-21.7% -9.4%-1.5%3.5%9.1%-9.1%-0.4% Total118,572527,87616,28973,982134,861601,858 -15.2%-7.8%-13.9%-0.4%-15.0%-7.0% Vehicle production – April 2006 % of total80.3%75.1%72.5%66.9%79.3%74.1% Home23,399131,3024,48624,45627,885155,758 read more

Football Ohio State still eyeing the field for a safety

Ohio State then-freshman safety Isaiah Pryor (14) takes down UNLV quarterback Armani Rogers in the third quarter of the Ohio State- UNLV game on Sep. 23. Ohio State won 54- 21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThere’s safety in numbers.Or at least, there should be. Ohio State has an opening in its defensive backfield at the field safety position opposite junior safety Jordan Fuller. Despite having three people competing for the position, head coach Urban Meyer said he views the position battle as the No. 1 concern for his team exiting spring practices because no one has made any noticeable separation to this point.“We’re just not quite sure who that is,” Meyer said after the Spring Game. “[Defensive coordinators Greg] Schiano and Alex Grinch, we’re going to meet probably next Wednesday and they’re going to give me a depth chart and we’ll go from there.”One of the many positions vacated by a senior from last season, safety has not been a major debate for Ohio State in past seasons. Vonn Bell and Tyvis Powell, both now in the NFL, held the roles in 2015. Damon Webb and Malik Hooker were viewed as the clear starters in the 2016 season, and while Fuller split snaps with Erick Smith across the field from Webb in 2017, Fuller soon overtook Smith. Now, there’s three players — sophomores Isaiah Pryor and Brendon White, as well as redshirt sophomore Jahsen Wint — battling against one another for the opening. Pryor, the No. 8 safety in the 2017 recruiting class according to 247Sports composite rankings, entered the spring considered by many to be the favorite to grab the position. Meyer said on March 26 those were the only three competing for the spot, but also suggested freshmen Marcus Hooker — Malik’s younger brother — and Josh Proctor could put themselves into the fight as well.Almost three weeks after that, Schiano still refused to rule those two players out.“Around here, there’s no freshman, sophomore, junior. I mean, if you’re the best guy, you’ll play,” Schiano said after the Spring Game. “There’s a guy by the name of Hooker too that’s coming to town. Who knows? Somebody in his family played that position pretty well.”Hearing the coaches talk about the position battles for the upcoming year, it becomes apparent that the second safety position could be the last decided on defense. The coaching staff appears to have several players in mind for the two linebacker openings.But safety, a position that had an early frontrunner in Pryor, now might not have an answer until the end of the summer.“I know we [won’t] come out of spring with a clear-cut guy,” Schiano said. “The competition will continue into training camp and I’m confident we’ll have two guys that start that game that will be game-ready. It’s developing depth behind it that will be the challenge.”It remains to be seen how that depth will shake out. Even if Pryor separates himself from the rest of the pack, it is unknown how White and Wint will be as backup options.White was burned several times in coverage during Saturday’s Spring Game. And while Wint appeared to have a solid Spring Game performance, he is the only former three-star recruit of the group. There also is four-star safety Amir Riep, who despite coming in with lofty expectations, has not been mentioned as someone ready to start.Part of what has made Ohio State successful in the past with developing young members of the secondary was the ability to plug incoming freshmen onto special teams and have them gain in-game experience while waiting for their chance to shine. If Meyer’s concern over the group of safeties is warranted, some of the freshmen might be in a position where one injury could force them to play meaningful snaps, which is a less-than-ideal situation.But Schiano did not seem worried after the Spring Game. “I do feel we have guys that can play, but you would always like — it’s cleaner if you come out with a guy that established himself,” Schiano said. “It’s not that none of them show things. They did. It’s just none of them showed it that much more than the other that you can say, ‘That’s the guy.’”Regardless of if the talent necessitates the concern, it is not an optimal position for Ohio State. The Buckeyes will leave spring camp unsure who even the top two people are at a key position on the defense. Ohio State’s track record of developing players in the defensive backfield should provide belief that the void will be filled. There is typically safety in numbers. Yet, Ohio State will find more safety if it can narrow that number down to one sooner rather than later. read more

ScotiaBank suffers 243M in loan loss expenses last year

… slashes non-performing loans by 50 %ScotiaBank Guyana has managed to cut its losses from loans, including bad loans by almost half when comparisons are made between last year and 2015’s figures. This is according to the Canadian based institution’s condensed Financial Statements for the period up to October 2016.The statements have to be published on a quarterly basis as stipulated by the Bank of Guyana’s supervision guideline No 10, which deals with Public Disclosure of Information. While ScotiaBank suffered a loan loss expense of $446.9M in 2015, that figure totaled $243.7M for last year.The loan loss expense field covers the cost the bank attracts when loans are non-performing. It is normally associated with customers defaulting on loans or renegotiated loans that may translate to lower yields.Collectively, the Bank’s net income for the year 2016 amounted to $2.4B. This is also a positive indicator for ScotiaBank, as their net income for 2015 was $2.1B. Tax expenses cost the bank over $1.7B for 2016, compared to $1.5B the previous year.In addition to loan loss, the bank’s expenses included money which went to salaries and benefits, premises and technology, communication and marketing campaigns, as well as other unspecified expenses. This amounted to $3.1B, an increase compared to 2015’s $3B figure.Last year, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) had issued a warning to the Guyana Government. Among its concerns had been non-performing loans.According to the IMF, there was need for heightened vigilance due to increases in non-performing loans. Welcoming the changes to credit reporting legislation, they had encouraged the authorities to continue to strengthen the financial sector’s supervision.It had also suggested tightening provisioning requirements, large exposure limits, restrictions on certain lending policies and loan classification rules.Bank of Guyana Governor Dr Gobind Ganga had told media operatives at a press conference, following the warning that the elevated level of non-performing loans, comparable to the levels in the Caribbean, was due largely to the decline in non-oil commodity prices and reclassification of exposes by a few banks.Dr Ganga had stated that non-performing loans represented about 11.3 per cent of the industry’s total credit portfolio, which was about 1.3 per cent above the end-December 2015 level. He estimated some $28 billion in non-performing loans.Moreover, the BoG Head pointed out that these non-performing loans are usually fully collateralized with safeguards set up by banks. Nevertheless, he noted that this issue is among top priority of the bank.“Non-performing loans remain the focus of intense scrutiny by the Bank of Guyana as we continue to monitor and encourage financial institutions to implement measures to reduce this level of non-performing loans.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCitizens Bank records $440M profitMay 16, 2016In “Business”Citizens Bank profits plummet during peak business seasonMay 24, 2017In “Business”Scotiabank to close several branches in the CaribbeanNovember 5, 2014In “Business”,… slashes non-performing loans by 50 %ScotiaBank Guyana has managed to cut its losses from loans, including bad loans by almost half when comparisons are made between last year and 2015’s figures. This is according to the Canadian based institution’s condensed Financial Statements for the period up to October 2016.The statements have to be published on a quarterly basis as stipulated by the Bank of Guyana’s supervision guideline No 10, which deals with Public Disclosure of Information. While ScotiaBank suffered a loan loss expense of $446.9M in 2015, that figure totaled $243.7M for last year.The loan loss expense field covers the cost the bank attracts when loans are non-performing. It is normally associated with customers defaulting on loans or renegotiated loans that may translate to lower yields.Collectively, the Bank’s net income for the year 2016 amounted to $2.4B. This is also a positive indicator for ScotiaBank, as their net income for 2015 was $2.1B. Tax expenses cost the bank over $1.7B for 2016, compared to $1.5B the previous year.In addition to loan loss, the bank’s expenses included money which went to salaries and benefits, premises and technology, communication and marketing campaigns, as well as other unspecified expenses. This amounted to $3.1B, an increase compared to 2015’s $3B figure.Last year, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) had issued a warning to the Guyana Government. Among its concerns had been non-performing loans.According to the IMF, there was need for heightened vigilance due to increases in non-performing loans. Welcoming the changes to credit reporting legislation, they had encouraged the authorities to continue to strengthen the financial sector’s supervision.It had also suggested tightening provisioning requirements, large exposure limits, restrictions on certain lending policies and loan classification rules.Bank of Guyana Governor Dr Gobind Ganga had told media operatives at a press conference, following the warning that the elevated level of non-performing loans, comparable to the levels in the Caribbean, was due largely to the decline in non-oil commodity prices and reclassification of exposes by a few banks.Dr Ganga had stated that non-performing loans represented about 11.3 per cent of the industry’s total credit portfolio, which was about 1.3 per cent above the end-December 2015 level. He estimated some $28 billion in non-performing loans.Moreover, the BoG Head pointed out that these non-performing loans are usually fully collateralized with safeguards set up by banks. Nevertheless, he noted that this issue is among top priority of the bank.“Non-performing loans remain the focus of intense scrutiny by the Bank of Guyana as we continue to monitor and encourage financial institutions to implement measures to reduce this level of non-performing loans.” read more

Greek community turns 90

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Australia’s second oldest Greek Orthodox community will celebrate its 90th anniversary midway next year.The St George Greek Orthodox Church & Community of Port Pirie, founded in 1924 and incorporated in 1925, will hold a glendi on July 4, with a dinner dance and a ball at the local Northern Festival Centre, followed by a church procession the next day to commemorate the community.The South Australian town, approximately two hours north of Adelaide, is native to roughly 100 Greek families that are rallying together, under a new committee elected in April, to maintain the town’s Hellenic roots beyond its already strong 90 year existence.Community president Emanuel Skorpos told Neos Kosmos the community’s influence in the area, with its church at the forefront, needs to remain open, functional and inclusive if it is to continue. “The community itself, although it’s small, has come to realise, with a young committee coming on board, that for it to have a strong and positive influence it needs to come together and support all the facets of the church’s and the community’s interests and the functions that surround that.”“Despite the community being small and the ties being Australia-wide, members of our community have family in Darwin, in Queensland, in Sydney, Melbourne, Tasmania and Perth, so we need to rally together to be able to ensure that we can maintain our traditions, within the community.” Port Pirie was an early destination for many migrant Greeks because of its then thriving agricultural sector, and its smelter which employed just over 360 Greeks in 1925, the same year the Kastellorizon Brotherhood was formed in the town.The community is now actively working with the younger generation, in the hope that the “responsibility for the church and the community’s future”, will continue to prosper by uniting its former residents around the country.last_img read more

How successful people stay calm

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Ninety per cent of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in times of stress a TalentSmart research project has revealed.Surveying more than a million people, TalentSmart found that some of the best performing workers were able to remain calm and in control in stressful situations.Psychologist Travis Bradberry, author of Emotional Intelligence 2.0 has tabled ten ways successful people are able to remain calm.How successful people stay calm: 1. They appreciate what they have 2. They avoid asking “what if” 3. They stay positive 4. They disconnect 5. They limit their caffeine intake 6. They sleep 7. They squash negative self-talk 8. They reframe their perspective 9. They breathe 10. They use their support system. So next time you’re in a very stressful situation at work think of these useful steps. It might save you a lot of hassle and put you up for a promotion!Source: Linkedinlast_img read more