March 22, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 At least 50 Tibetans convicted for sending information abroad ChinaAsia – Pacific China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes News Follow the news on China March 12, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts ChinaAsia – Pacific Organisation RSF_en Help by sharing this information June 2, 2021 Find out more News April 27, 2021 Find out more Since the March 2008 unrest in Tibet, at least 50 Tibetans have been arrested – and in some cases sentenced to long jail terms – for sending reports, photos or videos abroad. The latest to be convicted is a netizen called Dasher who has been given a 10-year prison sentence on a charge of “separatism” for sending reports and photos of the March 2008 protests.“The repression has never stopped since the March 2008 uprising in the Tibetan regions,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This persecution of Tibetans who take risks to send evidence of the human situation abroad is a tragic illustration of the state of exception that reigns in Tibet. We call for their immediate release.”Dasher was convicted and sentenced by an intermediate court in Lhasa in late February. The exact date of his trial is not known. He is currently been held in Lhasa’s Chushur prison.He has been detained ever since his arrest on 13 March 2008. In other words, nearly two years elapsed between his arrest and trial. It was a representative of the National Democratic Party, a Tibetan exile organisation, who revealed that the real reason for his arrest and conviction was his reports and photos of the protests.Dasher lived in Nepal before returning to his country of origin. He is the son of Adri Rinpoche, the head of a Tibetan Buddhist monastery who is also being sentenced to a prison sentence by the Chinese authorities.According to the information gathered by Reporters Without Borders and verified with the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights And Democracy (which is based in India), at least 50 Tibetans have been arrested for sending information out of China. Most of this material was sent via the Internet, which is under very close surveillance in Tibet.One of the latest detainees is Tashi, a 24-year-old Tibetan from Rata (a village in the district of Sog, in eastern Tibet), who was arrested in mid-February. A Tibetan from the same village told Reporters Without Borders he is accused of having contact with people abroad and watching political videos online. He is currently held in the district of Nagchu.Gyaltsing, a resident of Sog who was sentenced to three years in prison in December on a charge of “communicating information to contacts outside China” after downloading photos of the Dalai Lama (http://www.rsf.org/More-Tibetans-arrested-in.html), is able to receive family visits but is interrogated every week and is often given beatings.Tibetan journalists say a campaign of reeducation in Sog has led to the arrest of several Tibetans for refusing to comply with the “Love your religion, love your country” campaign. to go further China’s Cyber Censorship Figures
By Dialogo June 22, 2009 Bogotá, 18 June (EFE). – Today Colombian anti-narcotics police arrested thirteen alleged members of a money-laundering network led by Fabio Ochoa Vasco, a cocaine trafficker who surrendered to U.S. law-enforcement authorities in January. At least 200 million dollars were laundered by this organization, according to the Anti-Narcotics Office of the National Police, which conducted the roundup in coordination with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC). The network controlled accounts in banking institutions located in the United States, Panama, Mexico, the Virgin Islands, Ecuador, and several European countries, the anti-narcotics police indicated in a report issued in Bogotá. The report explained that these money launderers carried out their operations by means of legally-established businesses supposedly dedicated to construction, carpet sales, property management, accounting, and legal consulting, among other fields. The anti-narcotics police added that these firms are part in a group of fifty properties owned by the same network, which will be confiscated by the state, and assess the value of this property at around 30 million dollars. The operation was carried out in the departments of Antioquia (northwest), Cundinamarca (center), and Valle del Cauca (southwest), the capitals of which are Medellín, Bogotá, and Cali. The press release did not identify those arrested, but it indicated that they include “lawyers, statutory auditors, business executives, and accountants.” Ochoa Vasco, nicknamed “Carlos Mario” or “the man of the cartel,” turned himself in to the United States almost five months ago after three years of negotiating his surrender to U.S. law-enforcement authorities, who offered a five-million-dollar reward for information leading to his capture. The Colombian drug trafficker conducted the negotiations from Mexico, where he was living in hiding. The Colombian authorities said that Ochoa Vasco, who was allied to the Mexican Juárez cartel, was the subject of an extradition request by a court in Tampa, in the U.S. state of Florida. With a twenty-year history of drug trafficking, this criminal boss had his center of operations in Medellín and, according to the anti-narcotics police, shipped six to eight tons of cocaine a month to the United States.
38SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Will Rose Will Rose is the Director of Marketing at Newtek Business Services Corp. Previously at Newtek, he held the position of VP of Alliance Systems, where he managed software development and … Web: www.newtekone.com Details While Silicon Valley likes to focus on how the next startup will “disrupt” an entire industry, most of the exciting new trends in business technology are actually attempting to do the opposite – help industries become leaner, more secure, and better equipped to scale. The biggest challenge, then, for most organizations, particularly those who are not technology companies themselves, is where to start. Here, we will explore two significant IT trends that your credit union should at least be aware of, and how they might help your credit union in the areas of cost reduction, security, risk management and, more importantly, how they can better position your credit union to succeed in today’s ultra-competitive marketplace.Desktops as a Service (DaaS)Over the past thirty years, no other technology trend has been more transformative than the desktop computer. Try to imagine any business operating today without desktops; even the most blue-collared corners of our economy still depend on computing and the software it powers.But let’s also think about some of the major pitfalls of owning and operating desktops in the modern work environment. For one, there is the capital expense to purchase the hardware and all the necessary software. Then there is the ongoing maintenance, security updates, troubleshooting, and failed components. More importantly is the constant security threat. We all know by now how vulnerable every internet-connected computer is to hacking, viruses, and other cyber threats. The challenges of managing an office full of traditional desktops include:Enabling secure mobility to your workforce.Upgrading operating systems and other software.Maintaining hardware needs with tight IT budgets.Desktop as a Service, or “DaaS”, which is not a new technology, but a technology development that has become, more recently, a cost-effective option. Daas takes the computing and storage element out of your office, virtualizes it, and houses it in a more manageable, centralized location — typically in a secure data center.DaaS provides more freedom for users in device choice and connectivity, without exhausting your credit union’s bandwidth; there is no hardware and less software to purchase or manage; your users’ apps, data, and personalized desktops live in “the cloud”; and security, support, and compliance are easier to achieve. Additional benefits include:Lower and predictable costs, based on the number of users you have.Business continuity, with backup and recovery capabilities baked right into the offering.More mobility: users can securely access their desktop anywhere they have an internet connection.Bottom line: moving your office desktops to the cloud will empower your IT team to control costs and keep your credit union more secure, while also giving your workers more flexibility in terms of accessing their data and apps no matter where they are located.Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)If your network or systems experienced a catastrophic event and became unavailable for an extended period of time (such as over 48 hours), what would happen to your credit union? Fallout from such an event could be as simple as the loss of a day’s productivity to more long-term damage that may include a dent in member confidence in your credit union. Worse: could your credit union suffer a complete or partial (and unrecoverable) loss to your critical business or member data?As organizations become more dependent on digital data and assets for all aspects of the operation, from customer databases to financial data, serious planning to ensure those digital assets are secure and recoverable becomes critically paramount.The great news for a growing swath of businesses and organizations today is the accessibility of more affordable disaster recovery solutions for organizations that do not have the benefit of an enterprise-sized IT budget.Fundamentally, a true disaster recovery solution would require that data is backed up and/or simultaneously housed in a secondary geographic location. Because of this, major challenges include:Investing in multiple facilities – there is a significant cost and effort to operate a secondary physical recovery facility.Doing it on your own – IT’s focus is taken away from core tasks that add value to the organization.Disaster Recovery as a Service, or “DRaaS”, allows you to cost effectively outsource your disaster recovery point of presence to a specialized provider – a provider that has already made the significant investments to build out a facility and hire the qualified professionals needed to support such a solution. Benefits of DRaaS include:Predictable costs – a fixed monthly cost makes budgeting and scaling much easier.Maximized IT resources – your IT team can focus on core tasks instead of managing a facility or secondary infrastructure.Improved compliance – selecting a DRaaS provider with in-house compliance experts means you don’t need to hire the additional high-cost staff.The important thing to keep in mind when considering either DaaS or DRaaS is that these are not out of the box products. These are, rather, solutions that are developed and managed by what are known as “Managed Technology Providers”, who have invested in the necessary infrastructure and expertise to help organizations leverage technologies that have previously only been accessible to enterprise-sized organizations.Final Thoughts: Do Your Due DiligenceIt goes without saying, you can’t trust just anybody with your critical data and digital assets. When doing your due diligence for selecting a IT provider, ask the following:Can you visit their data center facility to inspect their operations and security?Can you view their financials to ensure the provider will be around for the long haul?How long has the provider been in business, and what experience do they possess?What security and compliance requirements and/or audits can they meet or exceed?Will the provider consult, strategize and plan your solution?Ultimately, if your credit union wants to reduce costs, be more competitive, and minimize security risks, look for providers that will empower your credit union to take advantage of enterprise-level technologies without having to build and manage it all on your own.
4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Stuart R. Levine Founded in 1996, Stuart Levine & Associates LLC is an international strategic planning and leadership development company with focus on adding member value by strengthening corporate culture.SL&A … Web: www.Stuartlevine.com Details People hold their values dearly. They are important to them. They are a force that directs a person’s life. Values affect relationships, how people spend their time, how they think about their work, and how they make decisions. Someone’s values might include honesty, integrity, respect, teamwork and communication. Like personal values, organizational values determine priorities and drive decisions. A common set of core values helps people work together to achieve goals. The productivity of the workplace and profitability are positively affected by values that encourage teamwork, decrease workplace frictions, inspire innovation and support the employees in serving the credit union’s members.Studies show that when it comes to organizational values, it matters that leadership actually lives them. University of Chicago Booth School of Business published an in-depth examination of values: “The Value of Corporate Culture” by Luigi Zingales et al. The vast majority of S&P 500 companies list great sounding values on their websites. The top ones listed were, not surprisingly, innovation, integrity, respect, quality, and teamwork. Booth found, however, that the types of values that a company listed were not correlated with performance. Yet, Booth did find that when employees understood that their leaders lived the organization’s values, it moved the dial on profitability. Specifically, organizations exhibited measurably better performance when the employees sensed that “management’s actions match their words,” and that “management is honest and ethical in its business practices”.So, applying values to decisions, matters for performance. Unfortunately, however, Gallup reports that only 23% of employees think they can apply their company’s values regularly in their work. Only a slightly greater percentage (27%) strongly believe in their company’s values. Gallup and Booth point out the dramatic disconnect that many companies face between stated values and the way many businesses operate. Since values drive decisions, when management’s actions don’t match stated values, other values are operating and disconnects take place.Leaders must uncover what really is driving their decision-making. It takes courage and effort to look closely at how decisions are made and the principles that underpin them. But this knowledge is needed to create and maintain a culture that is a generator and sustaining foundation for productivity and profitability. Management must decide if the values truly guiding decisions are fully serving the credit union and its members. An outside advisor, as a trusted third party with expertise in culture, leadership and governance, can help. They can work together with both boards, the CEO and management to uncover the underlying principles that really are in operation. If the operating values do not fully support the business, they need to be adjusted. If adjustment is required, an advisor can help management determine how best to do so.If continuous learning is a stated organizational value, what would being true to this value look like in day-to-day actions and decisions? Are budgets reflective of learning as a priority? Is learning incorporated into job descriptions and responsibilities? Are learning, skill growth, and leadership’s priorities for employee growth rewarded through compensation and recognition? Are managers held accountable for the learning and development of their staff? A culture rests on values, and employees notice whether management’s decisions align with them or not. Productivity and profitability hang in the balance.
We are constantly breaking tourist records, and this year we have crossed the magic limit of 100 million overnight stays. Statistically excellent and it is certainly a great success of the whole sector, but regardless of the whole euphoria, you need to be honest, open your eyes and talk openly and argumentatively about all the challenges.One of the challenges is certainly the awareness and the need to provide parking for guests. A logical and banal, but again so neglected problem. Why is there still a chronic lack of parking in our tourist destinations. When we invite guests to leave their Euros in our destinations, I wonder: Can’t we provide them with the most basic thing – parking?Again, due to the non-strategic development of our tourist destinations, the only thing that has grown in the past 20 years are accommodation capacities. The entire infrastructure did not follow this development, from the sewerage to the electricity network, so HEP sends us notifications every season not to turn on the air conditioning because the whole system is overloaded. Also, the beaches have remained the same, parking is declining, and destinations are suddenly rapidly increasing in population due to the arrival of tourists. All this is a huge burden on the entire infrastructure of the tourist destination, and the analysis of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce speaks in favor of that – “Simulation of food and beverage consumption in August“. Thus, Nin and Medulin are Croatian record holders in terms of population growth during the summer. According to the estimates of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, the population of these cities increases by almost five and a half times during the summer season due to tourists, ie the number of inhabitants in Nin jumps by 461 percent in August, while the population of Medulin increases by 447 percent. Also, population growth in, say, Split-Dalmatia County ranges from 38 percent to as much as 123 percent in Istria County.Every year we witness cities cracking at the seams, especially this summer season, so it’s just a matter of how much the numbers can still grow without investing in infrastructure. But let’s get back to the topic of this article – parking. First I wonder where all that money that cities make goes? Secondly, does that thing really hurt us so much for our guests that we can’t even provide them with parking. Yes, it is best that the guests do not even come, but only to send money.If we care about our guests, shouldn’t we care where they will park their vehicles, ie will they be able to park in the destination at all? We are still primarily a destination where in most cases tourists come by car, even if guests come by plane they should use transport to the accommodation, whether public transport, taxi or car rental during the year. Now, if someone travels five to ten hours to our destination and knows that it will be difficult to find parking at the start we have a big problem. Before dipping his feet into the sea, he already has a negative perception and stress in his head.If we talk about destinations that develop primarily through tourism – live from tourism, especially those in Dalmatia whose space is further cramped due to the highway, why none of these destinations such as Vodice, Trogir, Biograd na Moru, etc. kup did not buy land above the highway and provide tourists with parking? If we are talking about destinations that have money, live from tourism and tourists, shouldn’t that be in their interest?First: They would solve the problem of incredible congestion, and thus rapidly reduce pollution as well as noise in citiesSecured parking would solve a big problem for tourists because they would know that they do not have to look for parking after “ten” hours of driving to the destination, which is extremely frustrating. It is clear to you that tourists when they finally come to the destination, all they want is to settle down and refresh themselves in the sea, especially if you are traveling with children, and not again looking for hours for parking. Here I immediately ask the hosts in the family accommodation: Do you greet them with a cold welcome drink and some indigenous snack?Secured parking would show that you care about tourists, reduce crowds in the city / destination, guests would go down to the destination by electric vehicles, and thus encourage environmental and sustainable development in combination with electric benches, smart city, LED lighting, organic products etc.… Also, there comes efficient public transport as well as various forms of integrated transport such as public bicycle system, car sharing services, rickshaws, segway… the story is only spreading in one other direction. Speaking of which, why don’t we have a fast and efficient “boat” line, ie electric boats, which connect destinations by sea, so as not to burden the roads. We have boats, we have an electric motor, it’s just a matter of implementation. Again, not to go on big ships, but on small boats which are our tradition and which would employ a lot more people.Second: We will encourage guests to move and explore the whole region / destination If there was no problem with parking, guests would use their cars more often without fear of having to look for parking again, and would free them up and encourage them to move by car to visit and experience the surrounding destinations. By doing so, they would have a much better experience of the whole region. Certainly how guests want to experience as much as possible, and one destination cannot provide them with all seven days. In the end, the only thing that matters is how the guest feels at the end of their vacation, ie whether they are satisfied with the destination or not, and whether they will come back and recommend it. We have to care, that’s a key element.Did we live up to expectations? Or maybe surpassed? What is good and what is not good in the destination? What do guests want? Ask them, they are with you, this is your best free research. My first encounter with tourism was through animation in tourism. As an animator, I communicated with the guests every day and I knew everything that was good and what was not in the hotel, camp, destination. Unfortunately, then, and as far as I can see today, the management still has no ear to listen to its guests, of course honoring the positive exceptions. We have to start dealing with tourism, and not live on rent, so we sell forms without content.Third: Increasing tourist spendingAlso, if we would provide parking to our tourists, it would further encourage tourist spending, precisely through increased guest mobility. Of course, nights and arrivals should be counted, but I wonder why no one counts tourist spending, ie non-board consumption, which is more important than the numbers of overnight stays. On the contrary, it is crucial for understanding tourism, because the goal of tourism is to increase the quality of life of the local population and to spend as much and as much local participants as possible on the local economy, not just to earn some and ultimately make money from tourism.Win-win, right? But first we must care about tourists and the strategic development of tourism.Some cities such as Split, Dubrovnik and Zadar have started this year with applications for public transport, but this is just the tip of the iceberg because the problem is complex, and it is impossible to solve the whole problem with one intervention. We need to look at the bigger picture and close the whole circle. Tourism is extremely dynamic, complex, heterogeneous, multidisciplinary and connects various industries vertically and horizontally. That is why it is complex and must not be developed by inertia or accident, but only strategically and sustainably.Let’s start from the beginning and provide parking for our guests.PS This has nothing to do with the Ministry of Tourism and the CNTB, because the cities themselves are in charge of the development of tourist destinations.
Today in Rijeka, the Agreement on Cooperation between the Lika Destination Cluster and the Kvarner Health Health Tourism Cluster was signed.Excellent cooperation and synergy between the two clusters whose cooperation is certainly a new step in the tourism development of Croatia. The more such connections and cooperation, the better, because it directly affects the quality of the tourist product as well as the complete tourist story.On this occasion, the President of the Lika Destination Cluster and the leader of the LIKA LAG Tomislav Kovačević expressed his satisfaction with the launch of cooperation in the segment of health tourism which, due to exceptional cleanliness and healthy nature and food in Lika destination, certainly has a future. With numerous segments of tourism that the Lika Destination Cluster is developing, health tourism has not been represented so far, and cooperation with the Kvarner cluster and the area that has centuries of experience in health tourism is just the beginning of this story.Doc.dr.sc. Vladimir Mozetič, President of the Kvarner Health Cluster, also pointed out a number of benefits that will be possible through synergy. Apart from its beauty, the Kvarner destination is known and recognizable for its modern health facilities and services that extend the tourist season. The leader of the Lika Destination Cluster Petra Butković spoke about the importance of this cooperation in the gastronomic offer segment, emphasizing the possible placement of Lika Quality food on the tourist market of Kvarner, which was also supported by Mr. Alfrend Franković, Kvarner cluster leader. He further emphasized other potentials and benefits of future cooperation, such as joint participation in EU projects, joint market presence and the like.One of the problems when we talk about the development of health tourism is certainly the non-existence of a complete tourist product. It all comes down to the individual efforts of individual clinics, which invest their own resources, turn from necessity into tourist boards and DMC agencies, just to offer tourists the whole package, which is neither logical nor natural. Healthcare facilities need to be what they are and the best at it, not worry about what the guest will be doing seven days in the destination.This cooperation is the right path of quality development and a great example of how cooperation can generate new value. Lika is certainly a great authentic tourist story, as well as LAG Lika who are pioneers in the strategic development and branding of Lika as an authentic destination. This cooperation offers clinics exactly what they need, a quality and authentic tourist product, ie content during the rehabilitation period, because it is certain that clients should be offered content, and not to be in a hotel for three days. Lika as a destination is certainly unique and authentic, especially through its natural resources and food, and necessary to complete the whole story about health tourism.The INTEGRA LIKA 2020 project, which is the initiator of the entire development of Lika and the sub-Velebit region, today confirms the vision and systematic work of LAG LIKA, which initiated the establishment of the Lika Destination Cluster and the LIKA COOP Cooperative, which will also find interest in selling Lika products in the Kvarner area. .Related news:HEALTH TOURISM – AN OPPORTUNITY WE MUST NOT MISSLAG LIKA AS AN EXCELLENT EXAMPLE OF STRATEGIC DEVELOPMENT AND BRANDING OF LIKA AS AN INDIGENOUS TOURIST DESTINATION EUR 860.000 APPROVED FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF HEALTH TOURISM IN KVARNER
For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Virat Kohli has amassed plenty of records in his playing career. The Indian cricket team skipper has scored plenty of runs in all conditions and has established himself as one of the best batsmen in the modern-era. Ahead of the Test series against Australia, Kohli was tipped to repeat the dominance in the 2014/15 season in which he smashed 692 runs at an average of 86 with four centuries, including two in the same Test in Adelaide. However, he was dismissed cheaply in the first innings, the first time he was dismissed for a low score at a venue where he has done brilliantly across all formats.On closer inspection, Kohli’s failure in the first innings points to a deeper issue. The Indian skipper has struggled against this particular bowler. So much so that he has not managed to score a run against him. The bowler is young Australia pacer Pat Cummins. The Adelaide failure comes close to the previous series between both the sides in India in 2017, where Cummins got the better of Kohli on a flat wicket in Ranchi.Read More | Pujara’s milestones with Dravid is the mother of all coincidencesThe Ranchi Test was Cummins’ first in Tests after a gap of six years. The young pacer, who had made a sensational debut in the Johannesburg Test against South Africa in 2011, could not play a Test for many seasons due to a combination of back injuries. However, in Ranchi, Cummins made a comeback and he impressed with his pace and variations on a placid deck.Read More | Nathan Lyon concedes unwanted world record, enters this double centuryAustralia had reached 451 thanks to a century from Steve Smith and India made a strong start by reaching 223/2. Australia took the second new ball in the 80th over and Cummins came into the attack. Cheteshwar Pujara flicked a full ball to deep midwicket and Glenn Maxwell put in a great dive to save a boundary. Cummins’ first ball to Kohli was a full ball outside off and the Indian skipper edged it straight to second slip.Kohli did not play in Dharamsala due to a shoulder injury and in Adelaide, he squared up against Cummins again. However, after safely playing two balls, Kohli was again lured into the drive by a full ball outside off but this time, Usman Khawaja dived full length to his left to take a stunning one-handed catch.In total, Cummins has bowled four deliveries at Kohli, taken his wicket twice and not conceded a single run. The Indian skipper, for the moment, literally cannot score a run against Cummins.
Erling Braut Haaland made history by becoming the first substitute to score a hat-trick on his Bundesliga debut as the 19-year-old inspired Borussia Dortmund to a 5-3 win at AugsburgParis, France | AFP | Barcelona won their first game under Quique Setien, Erling Braut Haaland enjoyed a dream debut with Borussia Dortmund and Juventus ominously extended their lead at the top of Serie A at the weekend.AFP Sport looks back at some of the main talking points from around Europe:– Setien’s Barca carry Guardiola hallmark –Quique Setien’s first game in charge of Barcelona ended in victory, but they needed a late Lionel Messi goal to beat 10-man Granada 1-0 at the Camp Nou and stay ahead of Real Madrid atop La Liga.Barcelona dominated possession, with nearly 83 percent of the ball — more than in any game since Pep Guardiola’s days in charge.But if that signalled a change in approach, chances were limited for a Barca side without the injured Luis Suarez.It took the sending-off of German Sanchez midway through the second half and the introduction of the 20-year-old Riqui Puig to help turn the game the home side’s way before Messi struck.“I would give us a B grade. We hope to improve, to above all become more fluid and do better with our finishing,” said Setien, who replaced the sacked Ernesto Valverde last week.– Haaland history-maker on Dortmund bow –Rising Norwegian star Erling Braut Haaland made history by becoming the first substitute to score a hat-trick on his Bundesliga debut as the 19-year-old inspired Borussia Dortmund to a 5-3 win at Augsburg.Lucien Favre’s team were 3-1 down when Haaland came on in the 56th minute for his first appearance since a 20 million-euro ($22 million) move from Salzburg.He promptly scored three times from his first three shots, becoming the first Bundesliga player to grab a debut hat-trick since Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in 2013 — his treble also came for Dortmund against Augsburg.“That was a dream debut. When I spoke to him, he just told me: ‘That’s what you bought me for’ — and it’s true,” said Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc.It was a sixth hat-trick of the season for Haaland, who had already scored 28 goals in 22 games for Salzburg.– Inter’s ‘Lu-La’ have off-day – Inter Milan attacking duo Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez came up short in a 1-1 draw against Lecce which could prove costly for Antonio Conte’s title-chasers.Lukaku has scored 18 goals in total in his first season in Italy, while he and Martinez together have accounted for 24 of Inter’s 41 league goals.But the pair were frustrated by the relegation-threatened side from the heel of Italy, where Conte was born and where he began his footballing career.“We needed to be more determined and ruthless,” admitted Conte. Just like Juventus were, perhaps, in beating Parma 2-1 thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo brace that moved the champions four points clear of Inter at the top of Serie A.– Has France seen the next big thing? –The country that produced the likes of Thierry Henry and Kylian Mbappe may have witnessed the emergence of its next big thing, as the 16-year-old Rayan Cherki dazzled in a 4-3 win for Lyon at Nantes in the French Cup.Cherki scored twice and then set up two more goals, either side of winning a penalty that was missed by Moussa Dembele.It was a stunning display from the youngster, who only turned 16 in August — neither Mbappe nor former Lyon star Karim Benzema had played a first team match at his age.“We know he’s a boy who has the ability to decide a match,” said Lyon coach Rudi Garcia.– Kompany shows his class –Vincent Kompany has endured a tough time this season since returning to Anderlecht, where he is captain and manager.A 2-1 home defeat against runaway Belgian league leaders Club Brugge left Anderlecht ninth in the table, but the game was also marked by a touch of class from the ex-Manchester City man.When a firecracker was thrown onto the pitch and exploded next to Brugge’s ex-Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, Kompany came across to remonstrate with his own team’s fans.“Simon is a player for the Belgian national team. That comes before anything else. We are going through a difficult time, but we still have to show some class,” said Kompany.Share on: WhatsApp
As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continue to rise, so do the number of deaths caused by the virus.On Friday the death toll from coronavirus in Florida rose from from 29 to 46 in one day.Two of those deaths include people from Palm Beach County. PBC now has 5 total deaths, according to the state Health Department. All victims were older than 60 years old.St. Lucie County reported its first death Friday, a 59-year-old man, who also was the first in the Treasure Coast, and Miami Dade County, had its first two deaths Friday, a 40-year-old man with no previous health issues, and a 79-year-old man.Miami-Dade county still leads the state with the most confirmed cases at 869 total cases.
To Our Readers,It really is all about community, and a bit about the weather.So many positive things are happening and the entrée of Spring today is just one of them! I’ve got my eye out for those oh-so-welcome purple, pink and white Crocus and those perky yellow and white Daffodils, as are the many members of garden clubs in this area.Even some of the multitude of pesky, tire-popping potholes are starting to disappear thanks to the hardworking municipal, county and state public workers, who didn’t exactly have an easy Old Man Winter.St. Pat’s Day has seemed like a month-long adventure this year and I’m not complaining. I had the pleasure of marching in the sun-touched Rumson St. Pat’s Parade two weeks ago with staff from The Two River Times along with the dogs, horses and most wonderfully, the children. One of the more moving moments of the parade was the Hudson County Pipe and Drum Corps rendition of “Amazing Grace” back at the Rumson Fire Company in honor of the founder of that parade, Mike Larkin, who passed away unexpectedly at the end of last year. It was one of the more moving pipers’ tributes I have ever heard, and being a Shaughnessy, believe me; I’ve heard a few. And I look forward to hearing them again when we drive, not march this time, in the Highlands parade tomorrow. My brother Bill played the pipes and when I mentioned to one of the corps that I had never heard anything like it, I realized he was teary eyed himself. It was a moment.Then there’s Mater Dei Prep’s team effort to save the school. And it’s got wonderful momentum. The fundraising dinner will be Saturday at the Shore Casino. With 22 days to go, they have managed to raise $769,000 of the million-dollar mandate. And they’ve received 412 pledges totaling $1.1 million.It looks as though The Save the Seraphs is going to make it after all.Finally, everyone came together and took the first steps to correct pedestrian and cyclist safety in Red Bank as promised by the task force assembled by The Two River Times. The borough council has passed two resolutions to move safety forward. They have requested the county put in place an “all red phase” traffic signal for pedestrians and cyclists at the Broad and West Front Street intersection. That resolution has been forwarded to the county who is considering it and Freeholder Thomas Arnone is advancing the issue. The second resolution calls for the state to lower the speed limit on Route 35 as it traverses through Red Bank and Sen. Jennifer Beck has supported that suggestion and has promised to help advance safety ideas as they pertain to state roadways. It’s going to take quite an effort since she has to get the borough into a suspended state program, but she’s trying.It’s been a good week or two. Why? Because it’s always lovely to see a community come together: the parades, the fundraisers, the concern for each other’s safety.That is what the Two River area is all about, isn’t it? We think so and we’re listening.Let’s Have Coffee.Jody [email protected]