Thiago Alcântara: ‘The most important thing in football is thinking fast’

first_imgShare on Pinterest World Cup Facebook Pinterest interviews Share via Email “Total ecstasy,” Thiago calls it. “Plates fly into the air, food goes up, the olive oil flies, the knives and forks too. It was some party. Shirts off, jumping up and down on the tables. And when the final whistle went, everyone threw themselves into the pool. After the goal, we could barely see the rest of the game because the telly was covered in water and olive oil.”He grins: “They passed us the bill for the damage.”That was the second time Thiago had celebrated a World Cup success. In 1994 his dad, Mazinho, won the tournament with Brazil, a mini World Cup sitting atop the television ever since. Thiago was only three but recalls the celebrations. “I don’t remember the games but I remember my dad arriving in Brazil because all the family was waiting for him. It was huge. Football’s a religion there. He’s loved, idolised. At that age you have no idea why people are reacting like that. I remember them being very excited, and I was just happy my dad was home.“I always loved football so much and I knew from a very young age I was going to be a footballer; I used to watch the way they did everything really closely. I lived with it.”Thiago’s father joined Celta, bringing the family to Spain, and so, in 2010, he was celebrating again. “When we watched the 2010 final I wouldn’t say we felt part of the team as such but nor were we just fans. The sensation was that our colleagues had done something that, bloody hell, we want to do that as well. It generates a joy in you and also a desire, a hope that one day it could happen to you.” Read more Thiago looks to hold off Morocco’s Younes Belhanda. Photograph: Manu Fernandez/AP Don’t they lack a certain control in midfield, though? A player like him? “That’s your problem, not mine,” he says, grinning. “And anyway look at Liverpool’s midfield: Henderson, Milner, Chamberlain, they pressed like animals in the Champions League. They ate up the midfield. They were fantastic.”Spain’s approach is different, and has been since Thiago watched them win the World Cup from Las Rozas. “Spain started to generate a very good playing style from Pep Guardiola’s arrival at Barcelona,” Thiago says. “Vicente del Bosque is intelligent and he takes the footballers that have that grounding with Pep and instils that: the way we train, the way we see football, and from there you see a style. He adds Xabi Alonso, Sergio Ramos, David Silva, players with quality to adapt. They start to have more of the ball, to lose that fury, which hadn’t been much use to them anyway. Read more Share on Twitter Share on Messenger “There was a difference between what is original – what was happening at Barcelona – and the concept that already existed with the Spain team but I remember the under-15 and under-17 Spain teams and there were already good footballers who treated the ball well. The difference comes when you insist on that regardless of whether it brings [immediate] results. Spain play that way because we’re brought up with it, we feel more comfortable. More than us having an idea, it’s the clarity, the certainty. This is our style and we stick with it until the end.” Read more Russia prepare for ‘match of a lifetime’ against Spain after satisfying fans Sign up for the World Cup Fiver. World Cup 2018 Topics David Squires on … World Cup cliques, Germany going home and group chat Eight years on, it really could. Thiago arrived in Russia ready, loaded up with box sets. The midfielder arrived with high hopes and two of his fellow food-throwers from 2010: Rodrigo and Koke.Koke has been before, in 2014, but this is Thiago’s first World Cup; against Morocco he made his first start at a major tournament. At 27, the outstanding player of his generation, runner-up at that 2010 Euros, an under-17 champion in 2008 and at under-21 level in 2011 and 2013, when he was the player of the tournament, it feels a little late. Yet he has no sense of lost time.“I feel a much more important player now than before but that’s also because there’s been a generational change. There’s a group of players from the under-21s who are now a big part.”What has not changed is his football, or Spain’s. That, at least, is the theory. But the start to this World Cup has, for the first time in a decade, brought a debate. Thiago played with Julen Lopetegui in the under-21s and he prefers to pass over all that happened, but the manager’s sacking and Spain’s unconvincing progress through Group B have created an uncertainty about their identity. The new manager, Fernando Hierro, asked whether they needed “more muscle”, then insisted that muscle was not really their thing but the fact the question was even posed was striking. Some are advocating a revolution. Iker Casillas lifted the World Cup coated in olive oil. He did from where Thiago Alcântara was sitting anyway. Spain against the Netherlands in Johannesburg in July 2010 is the biggest TV event in the country’s history and among the 15,605,000 people watching when the ball sat up in front of Andrés Iniesta 8,000km away were the country’s under-19s, together in the dining room at the Federation’s Las Rozas HQ north-west of Madrid, where they were preparing for the European Championship. Thiago remembers it well; he tells it well too. He stops, takes a deep, theatrical breath. Huuuh. “The pause,” he says. “That was the moment.“Both teams were tired. Holland had their chances: we still had the fear from the Arjen Robben chance Iker had saved. There were nerves. You’re thinking: ‘Bloody hell, this is going to penalties.’ Suddenly, the ball’s there, and Andrés, and the goalkeeper is there, and everyone freezes. And then it turns out the way it turns out … Share on WhatsApp Quiz: who are the missing players in these World Cup teams? Share on Facebook Twitter Reuse this content Spain It can be hard to stick to a style when things are going wrong. “But it’s our way of playing,” Thiago says. “We have footballers to play that way. We also have a lot of footballers who are versatile and can play other styles: counterattack, longer balls. There’s variety.”Thiago admits Spain, who play Russia in the last 16 on Sunday, are “not exactly where we wanted to be” and that five goals conceded are “too many” and that they have an “enormous margin for improvement”. They also topped the group and are on a theoretically easier side of the draw. “We have to focus on generating our football,” he says.If others have doubts, there is a remarkable clarity about him. Listening to Thiago, it is easy to be convinced. Eloquent, analytical, direct, he not only symbolises Spain’s style; obsessed with the game, he also believes in it. Yet he welcomes in variety too and if there is a recurring word in conversation it is “adaptability”; he, after all, is a symbol of cross-fertilisation, too. Born in Italy to Brazilians, a volleyball player and a footballer, raised in and representing Spain, enamoured of English football and playing in Germany for Bayern Munich, the question then is what is he? A Brazilian footballer? A Spanish footballer? A German one? “A footballer,” he says.At heart, he says his game is about one thing: making his teammates better. It’s about ideas, intelligence. “Football’s always been cerebral. The most important thing is thinking fast. I have my personality, my style, but my development’s been about adapting. I’ve always wanted to learn in the areas where I’m most lacking.”There is a breadth and authority to his analysis, a warmth as he talks about how the game is played elsewhere, the differences he sees. There is even a warning. “I’m generalising here,” he says. He knows there are nuances.“Barcelona’s football education has concepts different to the Brazilian game and at Bayern you grow physically. I have my own way of playing but I showed from the start I could handle it. Physically I’m strong. What there is less of in Germany is technical quality, so that allowed me to make the difference. And I’ll always play according to the team’s needs. In Spain everything’s more tactical, more technical, with more possession. In Germany it’s more physical; it’s about the runs you make, the counterattacks and the German mentality is unique: whatever the score, you go to the 90th minute.”And England? Even if he says the birth of his son means he is less likely to watch a Bournemouth-Huddersfield match these days, he is an avid viewer. “In England it’s as physical as Germany but it’s about the duels you win: defender against forward, midfielder against his opposite number. There’s more long balls, more players arriving in the area too. It’s not so much speed as strength. I love watching English football. It’s the league I most enjoy. And the national team have undergone a good transition: they have a very good team.” Share on LinkedInlast_img read more

G-G Ends Jamaica 50 Tour in Kingston

first_imgThe students and staff of Windward Road Primary and Junior High School in East Kingston gave a warm welcome to Governor General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, when the Head of State paid a special visit to the institution on October 30. The school was the Governor General’s first stop in a tour of sections of Kingston to wrap up his islandwide Jamaica 50 parish tours. He told the gathering, which included parents and members of the wider school community, that he was ending the tour on “a very high note” at their school. The Governor General lauded the institution on its achievements over the years, noting that the school has received high commendation from the Ministry of Education. He also commended the parents for their support and urged the students to continue to “labour for learning”.    Following a musical presentation by the students, the Governor General, who was accompanied by Mayor of Kingston, Councillor Angela Brown Burke, toured the school campus and interacted with the school community. In an interview with JIS News, Vice Principal, Noel Pennant, said the visit was important because, “for us as a school, we look forward to persons of interest and importance coming to the school…it helps to boost the school morale (and) the students’ self esteem”. The Governor General then went on to Port Royal, where he toured Fort Charles and the Coast Guard Station.   He also visited the Caribbean Maritime Institute where he addressed teachers and students; the Gleaner Company for a conversation with business leaders; and the Kingston Book Shop, where he addressed Justices of the Peace. The Governor General’s Jamaica 50 tour began in March. In his Independence Day message, the Head of State told the nation that in celebrating the country’s Golden Jubilee, everyone should embrace justice and social equity – responding to the needs of the poor, marginalized, and weak, and being good neighbours to everyone.last_img read more

NSWMA Pre-Feasibility Study Completed

first_img The Prime Minister, who was addressing a ceremony for the handover of 11 new garbage trucks to the NSWMA at Jamaica House on Tuesday (October 24), pointed out that privatisation of the agency would allow it to focus on being a regulator rather than an operator. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the pre-feasibility study on the divestment of the commercial activities of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) is now complete.The study was conducted by the Riverton Disposal Site Enterprise Team, which was commissioned by the Prime Minister in October last year.It explored options for public-private partnerships (PPPs), as well as potential changes in regulations, to achieve an integrated solid-waste-management system (ISWMS) in which every type of waste will be transformed into some form of value-added product.The study also looked at an implementation plan that will guide the Enterprise Team in undertaking the PPP.The Prime Minister, who was addressing a ceremony for the handover of 11 new garbage trucks to the NSWMA at Jamaica House on Tuesday (October 24), pointed out that privatisation of the agency would allow it to focus on being a regulator rather than an operator.He argued that garbage collection “is a service that the Government need not provide”.“I strongly believe that whatever service that the private sector could provide more efficiently, more effectively, Government should step back (or) away from that and allow the private sector to provide it. The role of Government is to regulate; the role of Government is to set standards and police those standards,” he argued.Chairman of the Enterprise Team, Lyttleton Shirley, in providing details about the outcome of the study, said it found that waste could be harvested and converted to energy through mechanisms other than incineration, such as anaerobic digestion or landfill gas-to-energy.It was also recommended that some disposal sites may need to be converted into sanitary landfills or closed, and that alternative transfer stations, which are strategically located, could be employed.“A rationalisation has to be done in tandem with the plans for the PPP, to ensure that waste can be moved to treatment sites from the source more efficiently,” he added.Mr. Shirley said that with the completion of the pre-feasibility study, the Enterprise Team has now begun the consultation process to move to the next phase.This, he said, will involve engaging in deeper and more focused due diligence to prepare a PPP transaction.“The due diligence will involve interviews with the private sector to determine their requirements. Additionally, there will be more consultations with the Government to specify the scope and requirements of a request for proposal, and consultations with communities and industry players to ensure a sustainable buy-in,” he said.The pre-feasibility study was conducted with assistance from the World Bank. Story Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says the pre-feasibility study on the divestment of the commercial activities of the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) is now complete. Chairman of the Enterprise Team, Lyttleton Shirley, in providing details about the outcome of the study, said it found that waste could be harvested and converted to energy through mechanisms other than incineration, such as anaerobic digestion or landfill gas-to-energy.last_img read more

MOL, Gas Sayago Move Forward with Uruguay LNG FSRU Deal

first_imgzoom Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, has, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Lakler S.A., agreed to conclude a charter contract with Gas Sayago, a joint venture between Uruguay’s state oil company ANCAP and state power company UTE, for a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) project in Montevideo, Uruguay.The two companies aim to reach a final deal on the project in June this year, MOL said.The FSRU that is intended to serve this project is currently under construction at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering in South Korea.According to MOL, it will be equipped with the largest LNG storage tank (263,000m3) of any FSRU in the world. After completion at the shipyard, it will travel to Uruguay to begin LNG receiving and regasifying operations. The FSRU is expected to be ready for service in mid-2017.The groundwork for the deal was set in October, 2015 when MOL reached a basic agreement with Gas Sayago, to continue the FSRU project, following cancellation of a contract by Uruguay’s government with GNLS S.A., a 50-50 joint venture between ENGIE of France and Marubeni Corporation.In October 2013, MOL signed a 20-year charter contract for an FSRU in the port of Montevideo, Uruguay, with GNLS, which was entrusted with the construction, ownership, and operation of the terminal project. This is the first FSRU project in which MOL will solely build, own, and operate the facility.As MOL anticipates continued growth in the FSRU field, the company said that it was “aggressively seeking new opportunities, drawing upon more than 30 years of experience and a strong track record in LNG loading/discharging, vessel operation, and maintenance.”last_img read more

Jamaica Reiterates Decision to Withdraw its Recognition of Socalled SADR

Kingston – Jamaica reiterated on Wednesday its decision to withdraw its recognition of the so-called “SADR” in a statement by its Prime minister published on the official website of the Jamaican government.“The country’s position of neutrality is intended to allow the ongoing UN process towards a peaceful and mutually acceptable resolution of the conflict in the Sahara to continue without pre-empting its outcome and to also encourage a process of continued dialogue and negotiation amongst the parties concerned,” the statement pointed out.“The Government remains committed to the principles of peace, security and justice enshrined in the United Nations Charter, which are critical to the attainment of a mutually acceptable and lasting political solution to the dispute in the Sahara,” the source added. read more

Millennial Money Theres more than 1 way to slay a debt

The saying that debt is easy to get into and hard to get out of hits home for younger Americans: At the end of 2018, 18- to 29-year-olds carried over $1 trillion in debt, according to the Federal Reserve. That’s the highest level since 2007.“Understanding your options and making a plan is imperative,” says Billy Hensley, CEO of the National Endowment for Financial Education. “Anyone doing that is going in the right direction.”Knowing a few key points can help anyone — new to debt or not — resolve their debt faster and potentially save hundreds or thousands of dollars.CUT YOUR INTEREST RATEA high-interest credit card or loan is costly. But you may be able to pay less interest, and pay off debt faster, with these tools:BALANCE TRANSFER CARDS. Roll the balance of your existing cards onto a new one offering a promotional 0 per cent interest rate. With your entire payment going to the debt, not interest, you’ll pay it off faster and save money. Two caveats: Pay it off within the promotional period; and you’ll need good or excellent credit to qualify.CONSOLIDATION LOAN. You can consolidate multiple debts into a single payment with a personal loan. You might try this if your card balances are too much for a balance transfer card. This also requires good to excellent credit.DEBT MANAGEMENT PLAN. If you’re having trouble paying your minimums, a debt management plan from a non-profit credit counselling agency can cut your interest rates and put you on a repayment plan.TIP: Weigh the pros and cons. “Debt consolidation or balance transfer makes sense when monthly payback, interest and payment terms are less than your current payments,” Hensley says.He cautions, though, that transferring debt can tempt you to take on more debt. “The question is, will you be strong enough to not use that original credit card again to make ends meet or to fill a desire?”MAKE STUDENT LOANS MORE AFFORDABLEIf you’re struggling to handle monthly payments, consider these options:FEDERAL LOANS: You have several repayment options if the standard plan isn’t affordable. With the income-driven plan, for example, your payment will generally be around 10% of your discretionary income.PRIVATE LOANS: Call your lender about repayment options. You may also be able to refinance student loans at a lower interest rate, though you’ll need good credit to qualify.TIP: Before you miss a payment you can’t afford, look into ways to manage your student loans.QUESTION MEDICAL BILLSMedical bills can be costly, complicated and confusing if there isn’t a clear path to resolve them. But you have a few options to manage them.First, make sure any insurance coverage has been properly applied. You should receive what’s called an “explanation of benefits” letter from your insurer stating how much it covered. Compare that with your bill to check that charges are accurate.Next, figure out how you’re going to pay what you owe. For bills you can’t cover in one payment, ask the service provider to establish a payment plan.For large bills, such as from a hospital stay, tap the help of a medical bill advocate. These professionals can spot errors in bills and negotiate the total owed.TIP: Medical bills can be malleable — don’t take them at face value.FIND OUT YOUR RIGHTS ON OLD DEBTAll debts have a “statute of limitations” after which you can no longer be legally sued for payment. But you still owe the debt — and debt collectors will likely remind you of that.Debts in collections are often sold and resold. That means a collection agency could demand payment for long-forgotten bills. Act fast if you’re being pursued for an old bill, saya Cara O’Neill, legal editor at Nolo, the do-it-yourself legal advice publisher.“Find out your state’s statute of limitations period, whether your state requires the debt collector to disclose its expiration, and any penalties the creditor could face for failing to do so,” she says. If a debt is past its statute of limitations, paying even one dollar can reset that clock and leave you vulnerable to being sued for payment.Check out your consumer rights under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and your own state’s regulations before engaging with debt collectors.TIP: If the creditor violates your consumer rights or state regulations, contact your state’s consumer protection agency or try tapping free legal aid from your local court._____________________________This column was provided to The Associated Press by the personal finance website NerdWallet. Sean Pyles is a columnist at NerdWallet.” Email: Twitter: @seanpyles.RELATED LINKS:NerdWallet: Student loan repayment: Find the best plan for you Pyles Of Nerdwallet, The Associated Press read more

MR sees attempt to split the country

Speaking here the President hailed the services rendered by the  Army Artillery Regiment during the war against the LTTE. President Mahinda Rajapaksa says there are attempts being made by some pro LTTE groups to split the country.He says these groups have been very active overseas even after the military defeated the LTTE four years ago. He said that terrorists are terrorists and one cannot defer from the other or be labelled differently.The President said that several countries although they are very powerful are still unable to defeat terrorism and they are suffering from the scourges of terrorism, and bombs are being blasted in several towns in the powerful countries. The President said that with dedication and determined efforts terrorism can be defeated and said that he is praying for befall of wisdom on all countries in the world to totally eliminate terrorism. The President said this during the colors presentation of the Army Artillery Regiment at Panagoda this evening. The President also pointed out that Sri Lanka had silenced the guns of terrorists in 2009 and since then Eelamist’s have realized that they cannot divide the country by the force of weapons. However, terrorist remnants now residing in other countries are resorting to new tactics to divide the country. read more

ECOSOC adopts resolution on the implementation of outcomes of UN conferences

By the terms of the text adopted yesterday during its annual meeting in Geneva, ECOSOC welcomed the UN General Assembly resolution on the same topic, as well as that body’s request for the establishment of a multi-year work programme for ECOSOC’s coordination segment, based on a focused and balanced list of cross-sectoral thematic issues common to the outcomes of major UN conferences and summits.ECOSOC Vice-President Murari Raj Sharma said in many ways the work of the Assembly had facilitated the Council’s task and formal consultations on cross-sectoral themes for future work would be launched soon.The Council also expressed its determination to finalize the list of cross-sectoral thematic issues and the multi-year work programme, with the aim of reaching a decision before its 2004 session. read more

Is safety and a small plot of land too much for DR

Holding up a picture of a mother who lost two of her children, as well as her husband when their village in restive eastern DRC was attacked and burned down by armed militia in January, UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock – who undertook a mission the country last week – explained:“This is Mwasi Kallunga and her seven children, including her 18-month-old baby. You all have this picture in front of you […] They fled, walked for two straight days and now live in squalid conditions under a plastic sheet in a tiny so-called shelter in a congested, cramped, unsanitary, hilly camp at constant risk of fire and flood.”Across the country, over 4.5 million people are displaced and most among them cannot even contemplate returning home due to the scale of violence and insecurity.Furthermore, over the last year, humanitarian needs have doubled and an estimated 13 million people are in need of assistance, including 4.6 million acutely malnourished children – about half of them suffering severe acute malnutrition.,Related news:■ In crisis-torn eastern DR Congo, UN food relief agency expands operations to stem hunger■ DR Congo: UN warns of spike in displacement amid funding shortfall■ Flaring tensions could ‘plunge Kasai region into new violence,’ UN warns,“There is also an epidemic of sexual violence, most of it unreported and unaddressed, and much of it against children,” added Mr. Lowcock, warning that without the work of humanitarian actors on the ground, “things would be much worse.”Humanitarian work, however, remains severely challenged, including kidnappings and hijackings of aid workers as well as lack of funding for relief programmes.,‘There is despair, but there is also hope’In spite of the overwhelming challenges, the selfless solidarity of many Congolese families is remarkable, stated Mr. Lowcock, who is also the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs.“They have so little, yet they welcome their brothers and sisters from within and outside the country into their homes when those people are displaced by violence.”The same solidarity is needed from the international community, he urged, stressing that the humanitarian situation in the DRC has to be kept on the agenda and solutions to the root causes of the worsening crisis – including on the political front – must be found.“I asked [Mwasi] about her hopes for the future. She wants to be resettled, given a small plot of land to farm, and to get her children back into school. It’s not so much to ask for, is it?”Update:  Read Security Council Press Statement on humanitarian situation in Democratic Republic of Congo read more

Exports drive UK engine manufacturing growth in May

British engine manufacturing rises again in May, up 5.1% to 242,391 units.18.7% growth in production for export offsets -12.4% decline in domestic demand.Six in 10 UK-built engines now shipped to global car plants, with 779,809 exported year-to-date. Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,It’s great to see yet another month of growth for Britain’s engine factories, which, thanks to previous investment into new facilities and product, continue to fulfil global demand for their high-tech low emission engines.With almost two thirds of output destined for car plants across the world, the majority in Europe, it is vital government acts to safeguard the free and frictionless trade that has driven the sector’s success. That means securing a deal which retains the benefits of the single market and membership of the customs union.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Thesis defences — Nov 12 to 16

The following is a list of thesis defences taking place at Brock from Nov. 12 to 16.All are open for the University community to attend.Social Justice and Equity Studies MA thesis defenceSocial Justice and Equity Studies student Shannon Kitchings will defend the thesis “Inside Voices Witnessing Oral Disclosures of Trauma” on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. in WH 147. The examination committee includes Dawn Zinga, Chair; Walter Gershon, External Examiner (Kent State University); Sue Spearey, Supervisor; Mary Breunig, Graduate Program Director; and David Butz and Spy Denomme-Welch, Committee Members.  Master of Education thesis defenceEducation student Andria Joy Chin will defend the thesis “Self-Regulated Learning and Psychomotor Skill Development in Second-Year Veterinary Students” on Thursday, Nov. 15 at 10 a.m. in WH 147.The examination committee includes Lissa Paul, Chair; George Zhou, External Examiner (University of Windsor); Kamini Jaipal-Jamani, Supervisor; and Candace Figg and Xiaobin Li, Committee Members. read more

Soaring numbers of children forced to have teeth taken out in hospital

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The number of children having teeth removed in hospital has risen almost a fifth in six years, new figures show.Dentists said it was a “scandal” that so many teeth were being left to rot, amid a diet of too much sugar and too little toothbrushing.The NHS figures show more than 45,000 hospital operations to remove teeth from teenagers and children in 2017/18 – a rise of 18 per cent since 2012/2013.The severity of the tooth decay means that the treatment has to be undertaken in a hospital under general anaesthetic, rather than a dentist.They included 75 cases in which children had to have every single tooth removed – a 40 per cdnt rise over the period.The Local Government Association (LGA)  urged ministers to introduce measures to cut sugar consumption – including labels showing how many teaspoon labelling on food packaging.Ian Hudspeth, chairman of the LGA’s community wellbeing board, said: “These figures, which have risen sharply, highlight the damage that excessive sugar intake is doing to young people’s teeth.”The fact that, due to the severity of the decay, 180 operations a day to remove multiple teeth in children and teenagers have to be done in a hospital is concerning and also adds to current pressures on the NHS.”This trend shows there is a vital need to introduce measures to curb our sugar addiction which is causing children’s teeth to rot.”There must be a reinvestment in innovative oral health education so that parents and children understand the impact of sugar on teeth and the importance of a good oral hygiene regime.Mick Armstrong, chairman of the British Dental Association said: “The Government says prevention not cure is the mantra, but still treats dentistry as an optional extra.”Tooth decay remains the number one reason for hospital admissions among young children, but ministers have not put a penny of new investment into early years prevention.”In the NHS’s 70th year ministers need to offer more than unfunded gimmicks. We require a dedicated and properly resourced national effort to end the scandal of childhood decay.” read more

NMA comments on Senator Obamas coal policy

first_imgNational Mining Association (NMA) President and CEO Hal Quinn today responded to comments Senator Obama reportedly made in a January 17 interview with the San Francisco Chronicle.  In response to a question, the senator said his climate change policy would “bankrupt” US coal: “Bankrupting the coal industry would be tantamount to bankrupting the American economy. Coal generates half of our nation’s electricity, employs hundreds of thousands of Americans and provides millions of dollars in revenue to coal states.“Destroying the coal industry would break America’s energy backbone.  It would raise the cost of energy for households and businesses throughout the country and create massive job losses.  We trust the candidates understand this and do not believe that destroying the coal industry is part of the change we need.”last_img read more

The documents Heres exactly why the Garth Brooks gigs were refused permission

first_imgDUBLIN CITY COUNCIL has said that it would have been “unprecedented” to allow all five Garth Brooks concerts to go ahead as the local authority outlined the reasons for refusing permission for two of the gigs.In the event licence, seen by, Dublin City Council says that the concerts are being restricted to a maximum number of three in order to “minimise disruption to the neighbourhood in which the concerts are due to take place”.Explaining its reasons, DCC said that the scale, magnitude and number of concerts would have never been seen before at Croke Park.The local authority received a total of 373 submissions from members of the public about the granting of the licence.It also noted that three consecutive concerts have already taken place in Croke Park in May when One Direction played.Dublin City Council said in a statement that it considered all of the information submitted by the applicants – Croke Park Stadium and Aiken Promotions – as well as the information outlined at a series of event-related meetings.“Given that Croke Park is situated in a heavily populated residential area, five shows in a row following on from the three concerts already held there this year is considered an over intensification of use of the stadium for the holding of special events/concerts”.It would be in effect permitting an increase of 100% in terms of the maximum number of concerts that had previously been held in Croke Park in any given years since the redevelopment of the stadium.DCC said that the “cumulative effect” on residents and some businesses in the Drumcondra/Ballybough area of Dublin of allowing five shows to go ahead – three of them on weekdays – would lead to an “unacceptable level of disruption to their lives/livelihoods over an unprecedented and prolonged period caused by concert-related noise, access restrictions, traffic disruption, illegal parking and potential antisocial behaviour”.The City Council would also be concerned with the precedent that would be created if five consecutive concerts in a row of this scale were licenced.Read: Permission granted for just THREE of the scheduled five Garth Brooks concerts > Read: The 11 most important Twitter reactions to the Garth Brooks news >last_img read more

Congress wants to force piracy sites off the internet entirely

first_imgProdded on by the RIAA and the MPAA are trying to pass a new bill that would allow sites that dealt in piracy to be shut off from the American internet for good.The bill comes in the form of S. 3804, aka the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act, or COICA. The wording of the bill allows the United States Attorney general to target Internet sites “dedicated to infringing activities,” then grab an injunction and prevent anyone in America from being able to access the site.AdChoices广告According to the bill, any service provider that has “no demonstrable, commercially significant purpose or use other than” piracy or sharing copyrighted files will be universally blocked by the US-based DNS lookup services. ISPs will be compelled to make sure that their customers don’t somehow slip through the cracks.The bill goes further than that, though: it also prevents United States companies from doing business with piracy companies. For example, services like Google Adwords could not legally serve context-based ads to a site like The Pirate Bay. Moreover, credit card companies like VISA or Mastercard also couldn’t do transactions with the site.On the surface of things, the proposal seems sound but extreme, but look at how old media has abused the provisions of the DMCA to take down perfectly legal content, like YouTube mashups. Expecting them not to abuse the power to take entire sites off the internet for the most frivolous of reasons? Absurd.Read more at Arslast_img read more

Fianna Fáil sees boost in support in latest opinion poll

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article By Michelle Hennessy 114 Comments Fianna Fáil sees boost in support in latest opinion poll Fine Gael is holding steady at 32% but the gap is closing. SUPPORT FOR FIANNA Fáil may be growing, according to a new opinion poll which puts just 3% between the two main political parties in Ireland.The Red C/Sunday Business Post poll findings show no change for Fine Gael at 32%, while Fianna Fáil jumped three points to 29%.Sinn Féin is down one point to 14%, Labour is at 6% and the Independent Alliance is at 3%.Support for the Greens and Social Democrats is at 2%, while Solidarity/People Before Profit dropped two points to 1%.The Sunday Business Post said the poll was taken at a time when Fianna Fáil was voicing its strong opposition to the potential sale of 18,000 Permanent TSB mortgages to an unregulated vulture fund.Read: Harris on PTSB home loan sale: ‘It’s time to see a bit of humility from our banks’>Read: Leo says ‘bullying won’t be tolerated in Fine Gael’ following sexism allegations made by senator> Micheál Martin’s party has seen a three point bump in the latest poll. Saturday 24 Feb 2018, 7:02 PMcenter_img Share642 Tweet Email3 19,380 Views Feb 24th 2018, 7:02 PM Image: Short URL Micheál Martin’s party has seen a three point bump in the latest poll. Image: RollingNews.ielast_img read more

Pizza Hut turns pizza boxes into functional DJ decks

first_imgYou know what goes great with a piping hot Stuffed Crust Pepperoni Lover’s pizza? A side order of sick beats, mixed just the way you like in the pizza box it was delivered in.No, Pizza Hut isn’t giving away sampler discs or passing out download cards Starbucks-style. They’re actually going to give away real, functional DJ gear to a handful of lucky customers. But while the Pizza Hut DJ Pizza Box will work like one of Hercules’ USB controllers it really is going to be built out of cardboard.It’s not a complete surprise to see a gimmick like this cooked up for Pizza Hut. Pizza Hut happens to be owned by the same people that own KFC, and they’ve already given away tray liners that work as Bluetooth keyboards and takeout boxes that can recharge your phone.The basic controls are all there. Each side gets its own cue, play, and sync buttons. You can independently adjust the pitch and volume on both sides and fade tracks in and out. You’ll even be able to scratch on the Deck’s printed, motionless turntables. The action will probably be nice and smooth, too, given all the pizza grease that generally winds up on the bottom of a delivery box.The box’s printed buttons and sliders should work just fine with whatever your preferred DJ software is. All you need to do is connect the DJ Pizza Box to your PC and pick a couple of your favorite tracks out to get the party started.So, where can you get your hands on a DJ Pizza Box? Only in the U.K., it seems. But hey, Stateside you’ll get first crack at their next stuffed crust abomination. Maybe this time they’ll go hip and healthy and fill it with kale instead of building a pizza retaining wall of out greasy pigs-in-a-blanket.last_img read more

IDFC Bank in talks to buy RBS corporate banking business for Rs

first_imgIDFC Bank is reportedly in advanced talks to buy Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS’s) corporate banking portfolio in an estimated deal worth about Rs 3,000 crore.IDFC, which recently commenced operations as a universal bank, will be able to expand its branch network in India’s biggest cities if the deal goes through.”This will help kickstart IDFC Bank, especially personal and corporate banking, a little earlier,” a source told The Economic Times. “It will give IDFC Bank presence in mid-corporate, consortium lending and retail banking… The valuation could be anywhere between Rs 2,000 crore and Rs 3,000 crore.”The latest move to sell its corporate banking business is part of RBS’ decision to pull out of the Indian market as it looks to focus on consolidation in the home market. Currently, the bank has assets worth Rs 10,500 crore in 10 branches and savings deposits of Rs 2,000 crore, which will value its business at Rs 3,000 crore.The acquisition will enable IDFC to gain access to those 10 branches located in the metros, which will accrue additional interest income to the bank. Besides, it can increase fee-based income by selling a range of financial products from the branches.The deal will also help IDFC to grow its customer base “quickly” as setting up branches in the cities on its own would involve huge costs and also require opening branches in towns and villages under Reserve Bank of India guidelines.”The acquisition will give IDFC a heads-up in acquiring customers and also help them scale up,” said Alpesh Shah, partner at consultant Boston Consultancy Group, according to the daily. “IDFC will begin with servicing this customer base and cross-selling its other products.”However, IDFC would face challenges in funding and integration areas after the deal, according to some consultants.”The cost is a significant issue of acquisition for IDFC Bank,” said a partner at a large consultancy firm. “The bigger issue is of integration for IDFC.”As part of its global restructuring plan, Britain’s state-owned bank RBS had sold its diamonds and jewellery financing division to IndusInd Bank in April last year. It had also sold its retail loan portfolio to RBL Bank last year.last_img read more

Then and Now 10 Most popular Ekta Kapoor television actors

first_imgHiten Tejwani: First seen in Ghar Ek Mandir, Hiten became a household name with his portrayal of Pratham in Kutumb. Hussain Kuwajerwala: Hussain stole a million hearts with his portrayal of Sumit Wadhwa in Kumkum. Amar Upadhyay: Amar Upadhyay gained maximum love and popularity for his portrayal of Mihir Virani in Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi. Kiran Karmakar: Kiran played the role of Om Agrawal in Kahani Ghar Ghar Ki and helped in making the show an iconic one on the Indian screen. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular male actors of Ekta Kapoor’s shows, then and now. Ram Kapoor: Before Ram Kapoor won our hearts with Bade Achhe Lagte Hain, he was seen as the powerful Mr Walia in Kasam Se and as Rahul in Ghar Ek Mandir. Cezanne Khan: Every year, rumours of Cezanne Khan joining Bigg Boss makes news but, every year, we are left disappointed. Not only was Cezanne Khan immensely loved by the ladies but his hairstyle too emerged as a rage back then among the boys. While his fans in the country were left yearning for more, the actor went back to his hometown in Pakistan where he did a number of popular TV shows. Aman Verma: With his phenomenal acting skills and powerful voice, Aman Verma was one of the most popular TV personalities back then. Though we don’t get to see him that often now, but, his popularity hasn’t lessened a bit. Varun Badola: Varun Badola emerged as the actor to look out for with his portrayal of a mentally-challenged man, Neeraj, in Koshish Ek Aashaa. Desh Mein Nikla Hoga Chand and Astitiva Ek Prem Kahani, were the other shows which made people sit upright and notice his immaculate acting skills. Rajeev Khandelwal: Rajeev Khandelwal emerged as an overnight sensation with his show – Kahi To Hoga. His to-die-for looks and magnetic personality became the talk-of-the-town. Ronit Roy: Ronit Roy’s portrayal of the ruthless Mr Bajaj made women go weak in their knees. Though Ronit Roy continues to dominate the small-screen with various web-series, his role as Mr Bajaj will probably remain his most popular roles ever.last_img read more