MOST READ Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations With a classic Flash performance like that, it was impossible for Wade’s fellow NBA players not to take notice.Respect, @DwyaneWade pic.twitter.com/OjdAWnPepH— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) February 28, 2019 A legend with a legendary shot!!! 💥 #flash @DwyaneWade https://t.co/7lUgDIDo5e— Goran Dragić (@Goran_Dragic) February 28, 2019 Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES One of his closest friends, Chris Paul of the Houston Rockets, even poked fun at their upcoming matchup.Aight now @DwyaneWade…don’t come down to Houston with that nonsense tomorrow night!! 😂🤣😂 #OneLastDance— Chris Paul (@CP3) February 28, 2019In the post-game interview, Wade said he had fellow future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant and his “mamba mentality” to thank for that insane clutch shot.“Thank you for showing me the way. Mamba Mentality!” said Wade.My man @DwyaneWade 💪🏾 #lastdance https://t.co/BEqk4qA1bV— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) February 28, 2019 It may have just been one of his last attempts to carry the Heat, who are struggling to make a decent playoff run in the East, on his shoulders–something which he had done countless of times in all his career in a Miami jersey.After heaving a one-legged three that banked off the glass and into the hoop as the time expired, Wade ran to the stands and thumped his chest in front of the overjoyed Heat fans at American Airlines Arena, his home for the last 16 years. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants This Is What He Does!!! Congrats @DwyaneWade for doing it once again 🙌🏻 #Legend pic.twitter.com/RL7YwF19f7— Mike Miller (@MikeMiller_13) February 28, 2019 On the same night, his bestfriend LeBron James also hit a tough clutch triple to help the Lakers beat the New Orleans Pelicans at home.READ: LeBron James’ 33, clutch 3 lift Lakers past Anthony Davis’ PelicansJames naturally took the opportunity to troll Wade, whom he won two championships with at Miami.“Mine was a little bit more difficult than his,” James said with a smile.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Sporting classic cornrows in tribute to Allen Iverson, Wade brought everyone back to his prime, delivering an unforgettable desperation three at the buzzer to carry the Heat to a 126-125 win over the defending champions Golden State Warriors.READ: He called game: Dwyane Wade banks in straightaway 3 to lift Heat past WarriorsDWYANE WADE buries the #TissotBuzzerBeater for the @MiamiHEAT victory! #ThisIsYourTime #OneLastDance pic.twitter.com/wxAFaxNn6X— NBA (@NBA) February 28, 2019ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ADVERTISEMENT It must’ve been the hair or the fact that he is counting down to his last games in the league, but Dwyane Wade just showed why he’s one of the best to ever play in the NBA. Please don’t retire @DwyaneWade— Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) February 28, 2019 P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA D-League: Batangas-EAC manhandles McDavid View comments
New Delhi: Manaaditya Singh Rathore combined with Anushka Singh Bhati to clinch the mixed trap gold for Rajasthan in the 63rd National shooting championship on Saturday.It was the second gold for Manavaditya, who is the Khelo India Youth Games champion, who had won the junior men’s gold on Friday. He had also won the team gold for Rajasthan among the juniors and the team silver among the men. In the thrilling final, Manavaditya and Anushka were tied on 37 with Priyanshu Pandey and Manisha Keer of Madhya Pradesh in the gold medal contest. The Rajasthan team prevailed 3-2 in the shoot-off.Earlier, Manavaditya and Anushka had topped the qualification phase with a score of 143, with almost equal contribution from both. In qualifying, the pair had shot one point more than the team from Madhya Pradesh. Their total was also two points more than of the Tamil Nadu’s duo of N Nivetha and Prithviraj Tondaiman, who had started off spectacularly but lost their way.Asian Games silver medallist Lakshay Sheoran shot the best individual score of 73, to help Haryana make the bronze match with Bhavna. The duo went on to beat the Tamil Nadu pair 47-44, for the bronze medal.Manavjit Singh Sandhu who had won the men’s trap gold was unable to pull Punjab into the medal round, as he in partnership with Inaya Vijay Singh finished sixth, with a total of 137. Anushka Singh BhatiGoldgold medalindian shooting First Published: November 23, 2019, 7:06 PM IST 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.
From K J M VarmaBeijing, May 11 (PTI) Pushed by the burning ambition of President Xi Jinping to make China a superpower in football, the country is going “crazy” hiring top foreign players and coaches at whopping amounts to make a strong pitch for winning the world cup.China could win the World Cup within the next 20 years, said former England football manager Sven-Goran Eriksson who led UK from 2001 to 2006.Eriksson, 68, the currently head coach of leading Chinese Super League (CSL) team Shanghai SIPG, believes everything is now in place for China to succeed.”This season its gone crazy, totally crazy. The president of the country is pushing for football. And if the government push for something in China things will happen,” Eriksson told BBC.Driven by Xi, who has emerged as the most powerful leader in the country after Mao, China is investing billions of pounds to hire foreign coaches and players to create a football buzz in the country.While international players hardly looked at China in the past, currently 50 of the top players this year signed up for Chinese clubs with money totalling to 122 million pounds which eventually will enable CSL join the football super league.Thirteen of the 16 football coaches hired by the country to train millions of schools children are foreigners.According to the latest government plan to develop the sport, China will have more than 70,000 soccer fields by the end of 2020, in the country, state-run Global Times reported today.China hopes football will be played by over 50 million people by 2020.advertisementThe report said the growth in the CSL has seen some of the biggest names in world football sign for Chinese clubs in recent years.The top stars who joined CSL include Brazil international Ramires who joined Jiangsu Suning from Chelsea for 25 million pounds, while Argentinas Ezequiel Lavezzi left Paris St-Germain for Hebei China Fortune for a reported fee of 23.5 millin pounds.”Its going crazy right now. We have a saying that the only two players who are not coming to China right now are Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi,” said Romain Woo, the founder of Van Hao sports agency.”The other names? Its all highly possible. I know most of the big agents in Europe and they are all trying to push their clients to China right now if theyre not having a good time in Europe,” he said.(MORE) PTI KJV AMS AKJ AMS
I am available for the T20I series vs South Africa next month: Mithali RajThe selectors are scheduled to meet in Mumbai on September 5 to pick the squad for the first three T20 Internationals against South Africa. The series in Surat will be followed by three ODIs in Baroda.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiAugust 27, 2019UPDATED: August 27, 2019 16:42 IST India will play South Africa in 5-match T20I series that starts on September 24. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia are to play South Africa in a 5-match T20I series followed by 3 ODIsIndia ODI captain Mithali Raj said she is available for selection for the T20IsThe five-match T20I series begins on September 24India veteran Mithali Raj on Tuesday made herself available for the upcoming T20 home series against South Africa but with the focus on youngsters ahead of next year’s World Cup, the selectors may not pick her.The five-match series begins on September 24, while the T20 World Cup is scheduled in Australia in February-March.The 36-year-old, who is the ODI captain and remains committed to play the 50-over World Cup in 2021, is not an automatic pick in the T20 eleven.”I am definitely available for the T20 series next month but, at the moment, haven’t really thought about the T20 World Cup. I usually take it series by series,” the Indian women’s cricket great told PTI when asked about her plans for the shortest format.The selectors are scheduled to meet in Mumbai on September 5 to pick the squad for the first three T20 Internationals. The series in Surat will be followed by three ODIs in Baroda.”Mithali has been a great of the game but she needs to decide soon on her T20 career. The T20 World Cup is six months away and the selectors need to try out a few players. And for that, they also need to know what Mithali’s plans are. She is also not an automatic pick in the eleven,” a BCCI official said.It has been learnt that the selectors will speak to Mithali about her plans ahead of the team selection.While India are doing okay in ODIs, they need a lot of improvement in T20s, having lost their previous six games. The team doesn’t have much time left to sort out its combinations. After the South Africa series, India travel to the West Indies before playing a tri series in Australia ahead of the T20 World Cup.advertisementMithali acknowledged the issues facing the team in T20 cricket.”As a team, we still have a lot to catch up on the T20 format but we do have youngsters coming in and with the exposure of T20 leagues around the world they will get more experience and mature faster,” she said.The shortest format is a lot about power-hitting and that is one of the areas India need to improve significantly.”Genetically we can’t be like other teams but we can be more smart in our planning and shot selection. We worked very hard on our fitness in the recent camp in Bangalore and you can see the girls are much fitter on the ground and that reflects in their drills,” added Mithali.Speculation has been rife over Mithali’s future in T20s ever since she was controversially left out out of the playing eleven for the World T20 semifinals against England last year.There were reports that she would retire after the home series against England in March but ended up playing all three games.Also Read | I wanted to get away from cricket, Harmanpreet Kaur on World T20 controversyAlso Read | 2019 World Cup: India have match winners, Dhoni’s expertise, feels MithaliAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Mithali RajFollow India vs South Africa T20IFollow T20 world cup Next
Pickpocket Prevention: Don’t Become a Mark While Traveling This Indoor Market Takes You to Japan Without Ever Leaving New York City When people think of Dallas, they think of cowboy hats, who shot J.R., oil and George W. Bush — not exactly the types of things that make you itch to visit a city. But on our recent trip, we saw a sophisticated city filled with pride, sports, culture and fashion. Yes, Dallas — the ninth most populous city in the United States — is having a renaissance.We arrived in Dallas on a rainy afternoon and checked in to The Joule (1530 Main Street; 214-748-1300), one of the city’s hippest hotels. Situated in a 1920’s neo-Gothic building, this hotel incorporates sleek design, impeccable service and comfortable accommodations. Don’t have time to see any art? Do it at your hotel! The Joule’s collection includes works by Andy Warhol and Richard Phillips. The rooftop swimming pool was hands down our favorite part of The Joule. One wall of the pool is entirely transparent and looks over Main Street. Spend every free moment you have in it, like we did. It’s breathtaking.First thing’s first. Dinner time! A visit to a steakhouse is a must when you’re in Texas. We suggest you try Pappas Bros. Steakhouse (10477 Lombardi Lane; 214-336-2000), where you can get quality cuts of Prime Ribeye and New York Strip seasoned with kosher salt, black pepper and butter. Afterwards, go down a bottle of Lone Star, Texas’s official beer, at Club Schmitz (9661 Denton Drive; 214-350-3607), a quintessential Dallas dive bar.Rise and shine! It’s not football season, so football fans, do the next best thing to watching a game in Texas and arrange a tour of Cowboys Stadium (1 Legends Way, Arlington, Texas; 800-745-3000). We got to see where Tony Romo changes, where the VIPs can party on in private and we even got to throw a few passes on the field. And if you’re not into football, the stadium also an immense art collection.We know you’re anxious to spiffy up your wardrobe while in Dallas, so head out the Joule’s doors and walk down Main Street. First, stop at Traffic L.A. (1530 Main Street; 214-748-1300), which has got to be the coolest menswear boutique in the city. Indulge in Comme des Garçons, Viktor & Rolf, Rick Owens, Paul Smith and more. Then walk down the street to one of Dallas’s most famous exports, Neiman Marcus (1618 Main Street; 214-741-6911). If you have enough money, treat yourself to the most coveted item in menswear by a Texas native: a Tom Ford suit.Wind down your day with some authentic Tex-Mex at Tupinambá (12270 Inwood Road; 972-991-8148), and have some chili con queso before moving on to some scrumptious West Texas Enchiladas.Wake up and head over to the Dallas Museum of Art (1717 North Harwood Street; 214-922-1200), the city’s finest art institution. Check out “Chagall: Beyond Color” and the Cindy Sherman retrospective, which we think is quite well hung. Jokes aside, the artist’s conceptual self-portraits look a lot better here than they did at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. When you’re finished, walk over to the Nasher Sculpture Center (2001 Flora Street; 214- 242-5100) to admire works in its sprawling garden by Richard Serra and Nathan Mabry.If you’re all into seeing where people got killed and conspiracy theories, venture to Dealy Plaza to see the spot where John F. Kennedy got shot in 1963 and the grassy knoll that was the location of a lot of the post-assassination melee. Then go to the Sixth Floor Museum (411 Elm Street; 214-747-6660) to learn about every detail of the Kennedy assassination.New York has Williamsburg, Los Angeles has Silver Lake, and Dallas has Deep Ellum. Explore this creative neighborhood, which is filled with microbrews, music venues, vintage shops and galleries. Afterwards, satiate your appetite with good old Dallas barbecue at Mama Faye’s (2933 Commerce Street; 214-741-3144), and order some beef brisket, pulled pork and baby back ribs, get some turnip greens and mac and cheese, and wash it down with some sweet tea. The Nomadic Beer Maestros of Evil Twin Brewing Find a Permanent Home in Queens Your Guide to a Road Trip Across New York State Everlane Wants You to Have a Daily Uniform to Make Dressing Easier Editors’ Recommendations
The 12 Best Laptop Bags for Men 16 Best Action Movies on Netflix Right Now Editors’ Recommendations The Best Travel and Adventure Documentaries on Netflix Right Now Chances are, we don’t need to tell you that Samsonite is a reliable brand when it comes to bags and luggage. The name recognition is well-earned; Samsonite products are well-built, long-lasting, and thoughtfully designed. After over 100 years in business, you wouldn’t think there would be much left that the company hasn’t done — but you’d be wrong.For the first time in over a century, Samsonite has released a line of travel and lifestyle bags that are reinforced with Kevlar, the very same material used in bulletproof vests and bicycle tires because of its intense-yet-lightweight strength.The new SXK line includes five pieces, all built with a tough exterior of nylon reinforced with DuPont Kevlar and designed with all the organizational and security features you’ve come to expect from Samsonite. The Amped Duffel is perfect for weekend getaways, with a padded shoulder strap, interior and exterior pockets, magnetic release sliders for easy one-hand closure, a removable storage bag, and a Smartsleeve feature that lets you slip it conveniently over the handle of most upright luggage. The Core Messenger Bag includes specially designed tech compartments to keep your laptop or tablet secure during travel, multiple pockets to keep small accessories handy, and an RFID data vault to keep sensitive essentials safe.Also included in the series are three backpacks. The Slim backpack is ideal for everyday use, with dedicated laptop and tablet compartments, multiple pockets, an easy-access RFID protected lumbar pocket, and mesh back and shoulder padding to keep you comfortable and cool. The Prime Expandable Backpack is great if you need extra space, including all the Slim Backpack’s features but adding a 1.5-inch expansion on all four sides for added packing capacity. Finally, the Roll Top Backpack stacks on even more features, with a full-length side zipper for easy access and a zippered side pocket that’s perfect for stashing a water bottle.Aside from the added strength and durability of Kevlar, the entire line also boasts a sleek black and silver exterior and glass filled nylon zipper pulls that are extra durable. All five bags are available now, and with a bounty of protective and convenience features, they’re a definite upgrade to your existing bag stash.SXK Slim Backpack – $320See ItSXK Prime Expandable Backpack – $350See ItSXK Core Messenger – $250See ItSXK Rolltop Backpack – $250See ItSXK Amped Duffel – $350See It The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now The Best Podcasts to Listen to During Your Workout
POINTE-CLAIRE, Que. – A man was rescued from the icy waters of a lake near Montreal on Saturday evening after the small tractor he was driving fell through the ice.A spokesman for Montreal’s fire department says he believes the man was working to remove the snow on a boat ramp in the western suburb of Pointe-Claire when the vehicle went into the lake at about 5 p.m.Operations Chief Ian Ritchie says the man was able to climb onto the roof of the vehicle and wait for help.The fire department’s ice rescue team was able to extend a ladder to the man, who was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure.
After years of recession, Calgary’s economy seems to be turning around and CBRE’s 2018 real estate forecast suggests that is good news for the market.CBRE’s Alberta Regional Managing Director Greg Kwong doesn’t see any major distress this year.On the retail side, the most volatile segment of the market, expect the up and down to continue.“Certainly a lot of churn,” said Kwong. “We haven’t seen a major increase in our vacancy rate and we’re still seeing smaller regional shopping centres being built in some of the newer areas.”There are green shoots of hiring which is good news when it comes to office space and vacancy rates will remain flat, at around 26 per cent. Kwong said it will likely be like that for the next few years.“There’s no real sentiment that we’re going to bounce back and be back to a 2 per cent vacancy and that all those people that lost their jobs are going to be back in the next two months,” he explained.The situation is also helped by the fact there aren’t any huge office towers opening.Industrial space continues to be in high demand in Calgary with the vacancy rate continuing to dip this year.The multi-family rental market is improving. Vacancies are expected to be about 6 per cent, a full percentage point lower than 2016, with average 2-bedroom going for $1,250. The number of new units will also be half that of 2017.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz on Monday won Iowa Republican caucuses with a comfortable lead over billionaire developer Donald Trump despite Trump’s dominance in the Republican field over the past six months.Dr. Harsha de Silva said that the media also has a responsibility to highlight those who instigate racism. Meanwhile the Deputy Foreign Minister said that Sri Lanka is preparing to receive the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein and the Indian Foreign Minister later this week.He said that at the talks with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights the Government will place on record what Sri Lanka has achieved over the past several months. (Colombo Gazette) “Even in America society is not prepared to accept people like that,” he said. The Deputy Foreign Minister said that Trump lost the Iowa Republican caucuses today because he promoted racism. The Government today warned that anyone who attempts to promote racism will lose like billionaire developer Donald Trump who lost the elections in Iowa in the US.Deputy Foreign Minister Dr. Harsha de Silva said that no matter how much somebody spends and promotes racism that person will lose since society rejects it.
Telecom company FairPoint, unions for 1,700 workers reach tentative deal to end 4-month strike AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by David Sharp, The Associated Press Posted Feb 19, 2015 1:46 pm MDT PORTLAND, Maine – Northern New England’s primary landline provider, FairPoint Communications, and two unions representing more than 1,700 workers have reached a tentative agreement to end a four-month strike, officials announced Thursday.A joint statement from the company and unions didn’t provide any details of the proposal that will be put to workers for ratification votes starting Friday. Voting will take place following briefings held through the weekend, and workers will return to their jobs on Wednesday, union officials said.“The new labour agreements will provide employees with wages and benefits that are among the best in northern New England. At the same time, the agreements permit the company to achieve a much more competitive position in the marketplace,” the statement said.FairPoint workers in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont went on strike in October.The tentative agreement follows more than six weeks of federally mediated negotiations.Mike Spillane, a business manager for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Burlington, Vermont, said negotiators found middle ground on pensions, health care and contract work without sacrificing the unions’ core principles.“There are things that you like and things that you need. We got what we needed,” he said. “We’ll put it out to members. They’ll be pleased with some of the things in there.”Workers greeted the announcement with enthusiasm.“Nobody expected it to go on this long. It’s unfortunate that it had to go on this long,” said Matt Polo, a line worker based in Bangor, Maine. “I’m anxious to hear the details, and I’m anxious to get back to work.”Added Steve Soule, who works out of Manchester, New Hampshire: “There is a feeling of great pride in the resolve of our membership.”On Thursday, pickets were gone from FairPoint’s state headquarters in Maine. The Falmouth Police Department was told officers were no longer needed as of Friday. Meanwhile, the Portland Police Department was told to scale back to a single officer outside the building.Leading up to the announcement, there was a big gulf between the two parties.The previous contract included lucrative provisions that dated to the days when Verizon was the owner, and FairPoint said the new contract needed to bring worker benefits in line with changes in the industry.Negotiators from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and the Communications Workers of America knew concessions were necessary but contended the company was asking for too much too fast.FairPoint Communications Inc., based in Charlotte, North Carolina, wanted to require workers to contribute to health care costs for the first time, freeze and replace the old pension, eliminate retiree health care benefits for current workers, and have the ability to hire outside contractors.Pete McLaughlin, chairman of the unions’ bargaining committee, said a gag order imposed by mediators allowed both sides to speak freely and to make progress toward a “fair” deal. “We achieved our objective in protecting good-paying jobs with good benefits in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont,” he said.The stakes were high for both the company and workers. During the 17-week strike, service outages and restoration delays brought criticism from consumers and regulators alike. New Hampshire temporarily held up a $13 million contract amid complaints.FairPoint, which bills itself as the nation’s sixth-largest telecom company, provides service in 17 states, but the lion’s share is in the three northern New England states, where the company has about 1 million lines.The company has struggled since buying Verizon’s landline holdings to the region for $2.3 billion in 2007. Eighteen months after the deal closed, it filed for bankruptcy after losing customers because of operational and integration problems. It has continued to struggle since emerging from bankruptcy in 2011.___Associated Press reporter Patrick Whittle in Portland contributed to this report.___Follow David Sharp on Twitter at https://twitter.com/David_Sharp_AP FILE – In this Jan. 23, 2015 file photo, Fairpoint employees Amber Lyman, left, and Julie Sawtelle picket outside the Fairpoint offices in Portland, Maine. Northern New England’s primary landline provider, FairPoint Communications, and two unions representing more than 1,700 workers announced Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015 that they had reached a tentative agreement to end the four-month strike. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)
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Torex Gold is weighing up the use of an innovative technology that could provide an efficient and cost effective means of moving people, mining devices, and ore out of steep underground mines.The company, which is back in action at its ELG gold mine in Mexico after a long strike at the operation that started in 2017, said in its June quarter results that it had recently come to an agreement with its CEO, Fred Stanford, to acquire his interests in ‘Muckahi’.Stanford conceptualised and patented the Muckahi process and has been working with Canada-based engineering firm MEDATECH to develop his methods and come up with the necessary equipment to make his process work.Muckahi makes use of overhead rails as an efficient and cost effective means of moving people, mining devices and ore out of steep underground mines. The modififed machinery also allows for increased production rates and less handling, moving the process towards continous production, according to MEDATECH.The mining system is currently in the evaluation stage, but is being considered for use at Torex’s Media Luna gold project in Mexico. There is a revised preliminary economic assessment on Media Luna due soon that is expected to feature the use of this technology.The 2015 PEA on Media Luna envisioned an underground operation with expected average annual production of 313,000 oz of gold-equivalent at an average all-in sustaining cost of $636/oz.The recovery of the Media Luna resource was planned to be through underground mining methods at 7,000 t/d with the mineralised material transported via a hybrid underground/aerial/underground rope conveyor to the ELG processing plant. The conveyor belt would be 6.7 km in length with a 360 m vertical drop over its length.Torex said it was planning to run a technical session for investors and analysts on the Muckahi process next month.
Supervising Agricultural Minister Vangelis Apostolou has once again been forced to withdraw the draft law for pets and strays in the country, which the majority of the public deemed cruel and irrational.The new draft law would transfer all management of strays and pets to municipalities, penalising stray’s care and adoption promotions via social media. The cruel amendments to the law would also fine vets for helping animals that have not been desexed and microchipped and impose several fees, taxers and even fines on pet owners.“The draft law will be re-introduced when relevant changes have been made,” Apostolou said in a short statement earlier this week defending the draft in was was described as “aggressive tone” by his critics on social media.The aim was to transfer the management of strays to municipalities, excluding animal welfare societies from the process while creating online e-shops for the adoption of strays via municipalities websites.“Foreigners could combine their holidays in Greece with the adoption of an animal by surfing in the municipalities websites,” the draft states.People posting on social media or other media promoting pet adoption would see fines up to 1,000 euros.Meanwhile, sterilisation of all pets would be mandatory unless an owner would have one male and one female animal where each animal would require a cash fee of 100 euros. Non – sterilised pets would also be fined with 100 euros.The new proposal would also enforce accommodation criteria for pet owners who would have to register their pets at the municipality and have mandatory passports issued at 15 euros. The passports would have to be found on the owner even when taking the dog (or cat) for a walk around the area, not only when travelling. The fine for not complying was suggested at 300 euros.Only one pet would be kept in a flat of 35 sq meters. Dogs would require an additional dog house even if in an apartment lacks balcony or backyard space.Vets would be prohibited from treating non-sterilised and non-microchipped animals brought in even if they were seriously injured or sick; a violation would see the vet be fines with 3,000 euros.A fee would also be imposed on pet food, and another 10 euro fee on every sterilised pet.While the extent of some of these measures and the amount of fines that would go towards people caring for strays may seem absurd, the same draft-law suggested reduced penalties for animal abuse.Moreover, the draft-bill only recognises cats and dogs as companion animals; bunnies, guinea pigs, birds, reptiles and so on are not considered pets.Additionally, every person that cares, feeds, protects in any way a stray animal would be defined as an animal owner asked to pay for every animal he is seen feeding or interacting with on the street. The new measures “will force volunteers to stop caring for stray animals thus keeping stray animals off the streets”.At the moment, animal welfare organizations had taken it upon themselves to procure marking microchips at a low cost from the free market making it easy for people wanting to adopt pets to do so. This would no longer be legal; only municipalities would be able to issue microchips at a much higher cost.Animal welfare organisations and animal owners are pushing for the minister’s resignation as the government is now allowing massive euthanasia and exile of strays, or pets that cannot be kept in the house based on the new amendments. If such a bill is passed thousands of Greek citizens would be obliged to discard their pets.According to media, Apostolou withdrew the draft law following a meeting the Panhellenic Animal Welfare and Environment Federation and which was supposed to remain for consultation for three months. However, the first draft of the law was withdrawn in February 2018 and was reintroduced this week in even harsher form.After the withdrawal announcement, veterinarians, animal welfare organisations stated that “we will fight with all our means to ensure no such animals law comes to effect,” adding that the new draft bill should not just list cats and dogs as pets. Thousands of vets and animal lovers that have made it their life’s cause to care for animals demand that they won’t be fined or persecuted for treating strays or wild animals.Minister Giannis Tsironis of Greece’s Eco-Greens party said in a statement that the new draft-bill will be released for public consultation in 30 days. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
There are ton of video games out there, way more than any person could ever play, and many of them you shouldn’t play. But some games are so good, so iconic, so important that you should absolutely play them if it’s the last thing you do. And Jordan Minor from Geek.com, along with some friends from Mashable, is here to tell you what those games are in Games To Play Before You Die, a new panel discussion show (and podcast) that’s pretty self-explanatory.This week, we’re talking about Red Dead Redemption, the first cowboy open-world opus from Rockstar Games with a prequel, Red Dead Redemption 2, that’s currently dominating the gaming conversation right now. In this first segment we talk about how Red Dead Redemption put other Wild West games of the era to shame.In the next segment we talk about the music Red Dead used to invoke both the history of cowboys as well as the history of cowboy movies.More than just Grand Theft Auto with horses, we talk about how Red Dead improves upon gameplay ideas from Rockstar’s more famous open-world crime game franchise.And finally we talk about Red Dead’s mature and ambiguous morality systems, systems that get further expanded upon in the sequel.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Check out the whole, uninterrupted discussion.For more thoughts on Red Dead Redemption check out our review of Red Dead Redemption 2 as well as other Wild West games to play when you’re finished.Buy Red Dead Redemption 2 Watch: ‘Diablo III’ Is A Game To Play Before You DieWatch: ‘Kingdom Hearts III’ Is A Game To Play Before You Die Stay on target
Paul Merson lambasted his former side Arsenal for their poor handling of Aaron Ramsey’s contract situation.Arsenal are set to lose Ramsey to Juventus for nothing this summer after the Wales international agreed on a deal with the Serie A champions after his contract was allowed to run down.Merson went on to call his former club “stupid” for letting an experienced player like Ramsey leave the club in the prime of his career.“It’s stupidity from Arsenal to allow someone of Ramsey’s quality to let their contract run down,” he told Sky Sports.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“It’s yet another player after Alexis Sanchez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Theo Walcott. Players’ contracts come to an end then they all leave on frees.“In footballing terms, it’s criminal. It’s like buying an £80m house, waiting for the leasehold to run out and losing the house.“Arsene Wenger sorted out his contract every year but seemed to forget everyone else’s!“I wouldn’t mind if all these players were 35 years of age or older, but they are in the prime of their careers when they are playing their best football ever.”
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This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 3 min read Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now June 29, 2007 Who: Hayden Hamilton, 30What:GreenPrint Technology, eco-friendly software that eliminates wasteful pages before they’re printedWhere: Portland, OregonAnyone who works in an office or has a printer at home has experienced the frustration–and guilt–of printing a one-page e-mail, only to be forced to throw away three extra pages of unwanted legal jargon and banner ads. Thanks to GreenPrint Technology’s analytical software, you’ll not only save money wasted on paper and ink, but you’ll also save a tree or two.The average employee prints six wasted pages per day. At an average of $0.06 a page, employers are spending nearly $85 a year–per employee–in wasted paper.”On top of the clear waste it’s producing, it’s also creating inefficiency,” says company founder Hayden Hamilton. For him, the final straw came after noticing the huge amounts of wasted paper being created at his former office. The large, five-story office building had 20 to 30 print stations, each overflowing with unwanted printouts by 11 a.m. The mess forced busy executives to root through stacks of paper on the printer–and even the floor–trying to locate a document they printed 10 minutes earlier.Hamilton’s solution was a program that analyzes the content of each print job for pages that have wasteful characteristics, such as legal jargon you’d find in an e-mail from a bank or airline and pages that contain a single URL or banner ad. All the pages in the document are displayed on one screen, with the pages detected as wasteful highlighted in red. The user has the option of quickly adding and removing pages from the print job with a click of the mouse. In addition, images you don’t need to print, such as pictures and ads, can be removed to save ink. According to Hamilton, GreenPrint can save larger companies up to 20 percent in reduced costs and increased efficiency.Starting an eco-friendly company was only natural for Hamilton, who grew up in the Pacific Northwest and headquartered his company in Portland, Oregon, one of the top 10 “green” cities in the U.S., according to National Geographic’s “The Green Guide.” “Being environmentally conscious was instilled in me at an early age,” he says, recalling the time he spent at his grandmother’s house every summer, hiking and playing outdoors. As an active member of the eco-friendly Sierra Club, she taught Hamilton the importance of protecting the environment.Today, Hamilton is proud of GreenPrint’s potential impact on the environment. According to his website, a Fortune 500 company using GreenPrint Technology would save more than $2 million in reduced costs, save more than 4,000 trees and prevent 12,623 tons of carbon dioxide emissions each year. And if all new computers used GreenPrint, it would save more than 36 million trees every year and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 117 million tons–the equivalent of removing 23 million cars from the road for an entire year.Hamilton is hoping to make this predicted environmental impact a reality. He’s already working with Fortune 500 companies, and the product can currently be purchased online for $35 for the home-user version.Hamilton, who launched GreenPrint in 2005, expects sales of $5 million to $10 million in 2007. His biggest reward, however, is seeing the impact his small company of five full-time employees is making on the world. As his mission statement so proudly boasts, he really is saving money today, trees tomorrow.
Go back to the enewsletterA welcome that is well thought-out and personalised creates the kind of memory that brings luxury travellers back again and again. Take the arrival at InterContinental Lisbon. It was 11.45 p.m. The lift stopped at the 17th floor (you know that from blue and white Portuguese tiles set on the wall opposite the lift doors to form a metre-high 17). In room 1710, a unique Lisbon treat awaited me in the form of three really warm custard tarts. And not just any tarts but Pastéis de Belém, as made since 1837, today still fashioned by hand to a recipe from the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos that was devised by de-frocked monks after monasteries were closed during Portugal’s Liberal Revolution in 1820.This is a 331-room hotel that, thanks to Eric Viale, IHG’s Area Manager – and soon to be head of France – continually reminds you of Portugal, past and present. The samovar in the Club Continental lounge, a clever conversion of the rear of the main lobby, has Portuguese tiles as buttons (and there are the hotel kitchen’s excellent version of custard tarts on the breakfast buffet).This is a 19-floor hotel that literally, from the high spot above Parque Eduardo VII, dominates this beautiful city. And beautiful it is, litter-free and full of lovely, helpful people. In 2017, the number of tourists to Portugal surged 12% to 12.8 million and this year a further rise of 12% is expected (hotels are full and there are not enough of them). The InterCon, as it is often called, opened in 1985 as Le Méridien Lisboa. In 2003, as part of the Tiara group, it was renamed Park Atlantica Lisboa, and in 2014 the owners sensibly decided that InterContinental was a better brand. It is a very well thought-out hotel, with an excellent 24/7 LifeFitness gym, with lots of fresh fruit – always a sign that the GM cares about wellness.As I left what is really an unforgettable and admirable hotel, I marvelled at the futuristic video in the elevator. I went out, into the blazing sunshine, to be greeted by a posse of television cameras, and then up rolled a mammoth BenficaTV bus. Lisbon’s Benfica football team (‘The reds’), a publicly quoted company, has, with 14 million supporters worldwide, the honour of having the highest percentage of supporters in its own country. It can certainly pay for such a bus. Last September it reported profits of €44.5 million, enough also to support its own television network, BenficaTV, and a weekly newspaper. From custard tarts to a football bus, I smile at lovely Lisbon today.One of the many reasons the city is such a tip-top luxury destination, by the way, is its infrastructure – buy a Lisboa card online beforehand for free transport and many cultural admissions, and pre-booked airport pickup to avoid peak-time lines for taxis. Another reason is its really super people, who normally have excellent English and, regardless, want to help. After leaving the InterContinental I was on my way to Estoril and had not realised some buses do not run at weekends. I was rescued by a non-speaking Jehovah’s Witness, who understood the written words Estoril and Alcântara-Mar station; she left her conversion booklets and became a guide for seven minutes. Thirty minutes later, I got off the train at Mont-Estoril, the last stop before Cascais. On one side, immediately, was the beach. On the other side, high above the train station, soared a futuristic grey-steel sculpture of a hotel.This is InterContinental Estoril, an anomaly, 52 rooms slotted into one end of three floors of a seven-floor residential block, but fortunately, the power of the brand means the IHG logo is as big as it can be, both ends of the block. I think the interior was divided up by Dr Rubik, or a jigsaw maker. To get to lovely end suite 201 from the lobby I turned right, then left, past the all-glass wall looking into the Atlantica Residences’ lobby: at the lifts on my left I pressed where I wanted to go, and took the arriving lift down to the second floor. Sometimes, at that floor, it let me out one side, to the spa, sometimes to the other, to the corridor. But I did immediately fall in love with my suite. I looked down at the hotel’s garden and outdoor pool, and across over the tops of trains to the ocean. And I was quickly enamoured of the food.The hotel’s restaurant, which is run by IHG, is Atlantico, an old single-floor tiled-roof house three minutes’ walk from the hotel, with full signing privileges. It is superb. At lunchtime, there is a sizeable terrace, but as evening progresses, this is covered in with a concertina of glass panels. No flowers on the tables; only big inner-lit white glass bowl-shaped lights on gold stands. Turquoise Chilewich mats are so suitable for this ambience, and I went Portuguese, including a local red wine, Monte da Ravasqueira 2017. Bread included half-slices of rustic white, olive baguette or brown wholemeal, with Portuguese Distintus oil.I should know by now that you cannot keep a good chef down and Daniel Abreu, helped by consultant Miguel Laffan, sent out a deep-fried cod patty as a preamble. Then it was my choice. I started with Azores tuna tartare with ginger, lime and sesame oil, and went on to seafood tagliatelle with champagne and saffron sauce. Although there are dozens, if not more, casual eating places within 20 minutes’ walk, Atlantica was doing very nicely indeed, both from the unusually discerning guests this unique hotel attracts and also from local residents. I hear Estoril is so popular with expats, who get 10 years’ tax exemption if they move here, that it has four international schools.Estoril is mentally uplifting, even for a brief visit. That was my first thought on waking up and looking across the two balconies of suite 201 at the sunrise. Estoril also has unusually thoughtful and creative people. As well as selections of fruit and lots of water, waiting in suite 201 was a spiral-bound book, a personalised travel journal. Carina Rodrigues, who says she herself always keeps a travel diary, had led this compilation, and over a dozen of her colleagues had signed the foreword. It was actually amazingly humbling to look through and realise how much work had gone into all this, a reminder of travels that had covered much of the world, with photos going back many years as well as 2018’s Greenland and Iceland.Memories came rushing back. I arrived in Geneva once when Mandarin Oriental had a lifesize cow-for-charity outside its front door. Philippe Leboeuf, GM of Mandarin Oriental Paris, was visiting, and he joined his Geneva colleague, Lars Wagner, for a photo. The book went on and on, but I had things to do, like find my way back to the gym, which uses mind-fitness to find, through several all-wall glass panels which sometimes open automatically, sometimes not. I joined the locals, too, in an early morning power-walk along the coast path, between the rail line and the sea: it is only 15 minutes to Cascais. Later in the day, the small, sandy protrusions that constitute beaches will be chock-a-block with sun worshippers. Now, there are only sunbeds, in military order.Breakfast at InterContinental Estoril is a delight, especially if you are early. You are in the main hotel, rear of the sunny lobby which opens on to a glass-sided terrace. An adjacent inner room has the full buffet. I meditated while enjoying great figs and papaya, and looking at the view. There is a library room here, too, where previous guests have left books. An eclectic collection in English, German and Portuguese gives an indication of who stays here – a couple of times I have talked to an athletic father and two early-teen kids who have also just arrived. The daughter, about 13 and as poised as model Kalya Gerber (16 years old and new ‘face’ of Karl Lagerfeld), carries a Louis Vuitton shoulder bag, suitably worn.This is a hotel for the discerning, who want quality. The curvilinear outdoor pool, below my terrace, is uncluttered, as if it were your pool back home. For those who are driving, the valet service was one of the quickest I remember – there is a mass of carpark space under the hotel, as you see when taking a shortcut to the rail station and the sea. For those, like me, who relish every bit of exercise, you can bypass the lift-down-to-carpark and, instead, walk outside, two minutes down a cobbled slope and then take 50 wood steps down to the rail station carpark. Just as I got there, the time for my train, 11.09, approached, and only two seconds later, in pulled the railcar and I began my scenic coast-hugging trip back to central Lisbon.Go back to the enewsletter
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