Manchester United eyeing shock last-gasp raid on Arsenal

first_img Mathieu Debuchy 1 Manchester United want to sign Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy on loan, according to reports in France.The 30-year-old is itching for a move away from the Emirates in search of first-team football ahead of Euro 2016 this summer.Clubs in France have shown an interest, with the right-back’s former side Lille particularly keen.However, according to L’Equipe, Manchester United have now enquired about Debuchy’s availability.Louis van Gaal wants to bring the France international to Old Trafford on loan until the summer to provide competition for Matteo Darmian.Arsenal, however, are said to prefer a permanent deal for Debuchy if they were to let him go to United.last_img read more

Schedule of Archbishop Makarios visit to Melbourne

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Australia’s recently-appointed Greek Orthodox Archbishop Makarios is arriving in Melbourne on Saturday.The official program of the Archbishop’s visit was released on Tuesday and is jam-packed until his departure on Tuesday 15 August.He is scheduled to land in Melbourne on Saturday 3 August at 11.00 am, and will be formally welcomed by the clergy, dignitaries and faithful with an official doxology at St Eustathios Church in South Melbourne.Speaking to Neos Kosmos, Bishop Ezekiel of Dervis, who is in anticipation of the Archbishop’s visit, revealed that it was requested His Eminence be in Melbourne for the feast day of the Dormition of the Theotokos, a particularly sacred time for the Orthodox community.READ MORE: Programme on Archdiocese site“It is the first time Archbishop Makarios will be visiting Melbourne, which is certainly the Australian city most densely populated by Greeks. Our dearly departed Archbishop Stylianos always characterised Melbourne as having a Greek manner, and now our new Archbishop is coming to see our Greek Melbourne; to see the Greek community, to see our lives, to see our works, to see the way we continue to live as Greek Orthodox Christians with deep faith and pronounced love for our homeland,” Bishop Ezekiel said“He will visit a number of parishes, where he will perform ecclesiastical and divine liturgies. His wish is to see as many things as he can in all areas, and so he will meet with a lot of people, visiting a number of institutions and communities of the diaspora.”The Archbishop’s program includes Neos Kosmos’ Head Office, the Greek Centre for Contemporary Culture, the Hellenic Museum, 3XY Radio, TA NEANewspaper, as well as the Hellenic Medical Society of Australia, among others. He will also be visiting Alphington Grammar, Oakleigh Grammar and St John’s Greek Orthodox College.READ MORE: Archbishop Makarios meets with Sydney’s ImbriotsWhile in Melbourne, the Archbishop had organised meetings with the Consul-General of Greece in Melbourne Dimitrios Mihalopoulos, Governor of Victoria Linda Dessau, State Opposition leader Michael O’Brien, along with plans to meet with Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, which has yet to be confirmed.Excitement and preparationsPresident of the Greek Community of Melbourne, Bill Papastergiadis, said that he was looking forward to the primate’s visit to the Greek Centre. “We had the privilege some years ago to have Archbishop Stylianos make his first visit to the Greek community of Melbourne. That visit marked a turning point in the relationship between the Greek community and the Archdiocese.” The visit to Melbourne represents “a continuation of our excellent relationship but also the start of a new path of collaboration and friendship.”Churches around Melbourne are also preparing for the visit.Father Peter Alexandros from St Nicholas, Yarraville, told Neos Kosmos that the church will be hosting a special welcome celebration at 6.30pm Saturday and is urging those from the Greek Orthodox community to attend. “The celebration will include ‘Paraklisi’ supplication to the Holy Mother. We are very honoured to have Bishop Makarios visit our community and will welcome him with open arms,” Father Alexandros said.Father George Frangos, the parish priest of the Dormition of Our Lady in Altona North, points out the importance of the visit for Greeks of Melbourne. “We await him with much love and anticipation, having seen the significant impact he has had already, with the people of Sydney and Perth whom he has already spent time with and visited,” Fr Frangos told Neos Kosmos. “We await to receive his blessing, to hear his kind words of wisdom and to be partakers of the unconditional love he has shown for all.”Meanwhile, North Altona parish school president Christos Dimitriou expressed his delight that His Eminence will be visiting the region on Wednesday, with events planned to show the newly-anointed Archbishop that he is among friends. “‘Your Eminence, you are not in an unknown place among strangers, but among Greek friends who love their country, church and Archbishop,’ is the message we want to give,” Dimitriou said.READ MORE: ‘A Caring Father, An Honest Brother and A Sincere Friend’ – Archbishop Makarios Enthroned in SydneyFor those wishing to greet Archbishop Makarios upon his arrival at the airport, Bishop Ezekiel said they are welcome to do so, but must be mindful as the airport authorities advised the Greek church about safety restrictions.“My message is for the faithful to come to the official reception at St Eustathios,” he said, though he is not stopping anyone from greeting the archbishop at the airport provided that safety restrictions are complied with.READ MORE: Archbishop Makarios feels ‘blessed’ to be coming to AustraliaPROGRAMME HIGHLIGHTS3 August11am Archbishop arrives at Tullamarine airport1.30 Official doxology and formal welcome of His Eminence at St Eustathios Church, South Melbourne4 August7.30am Divine liturgy at St Eustathios Church, South Melbourne12pm Lunch at St Eustathios Hall6.30pm Great Paraklisis Service at St Nicholas Church, Yarraville, followed by dinner at the parish5 August7am Divine liturgy at St Efstathios Church, South Melbourne7pm Festal Vespers Service at the Transfiguration of Our Lord Parish, Thomastown, followed by dinner at the parish6 August7am Festal Divine Liturgy at the Transfiguration of Our Lord, Thomastown1pm Lunch offered at the Transfiguration of Our Lord Parish Hall6.30pm Paraklisis Service at St Haralambos, Templestowe, followed by dinner at the parish hall7 August7am Divine liturgy at St Efstahios Church, South Melbourne6.30pm Small Paraklisis Service at St Vasilios Church Brunswick, followed by dinner8 August7am Divine liturgy at St Efstathios Church2pm Archbishop Makarios to visit St John’s College, and a College Assembly will be held in his honour6.30pm Great Paraklisis service at St Haralambos Church, Templestowe followed by dinner at the parish hall9 August7am Divine Liturgy at St Efsthatios Church6.30pm Small Paraklisis Service at St Raphael Nicholas and Irene Church, Bentleigh, followed by dinner10 August8am Divine Liturgy at the Presentation of Our Lady to the Temple, North Balwyn6.30pm Vespers Service at St Athanasios Church, Springvale11 August7.30am Divine liturgy for the Holy Monastery of Axion Estin, Northcote12pm Meal offered at Holy Monastery of Axion Estin6.30pm Great Paraklisis Service at St Andrew Church, Forest Hill, followed by a dinner at the parish hall12 August7am Divine liturgy at St Eustathios Church, South melbourne6.30pm Paraklisis at St Catherine Church, East Malvern, followed by dinner13 August7am Divine liturgy at St Eustathios Church, South melbourne6.30pm Great Paraklisis Service at South Melbourne7.45pm Lecture presented by his Eminence Archbishop Makarios to the youth of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia in Melbourne at St Eustathios Church14 August7am Divine Liturgy at St Eustathios Church7pm The Dormition of the Theotokos Church, followed by dinner at the parish hall15 August7.30am Liturgy for the Dormition of the Theotokos Feast, Panagia Soumela Church, Eastxxx12pm Meal at Panagia Soumela Parish Halllast_img read more

MovieBob Reviews Bohemian Rhapsody

first_img Is Bohemian Rhapsody good?Not very.What’s it about — and DON’T just do a joke about people trying to find hidden meanings in the lyrics of the song.Yeah, they… do a couple of those in the movie.Egh. Well, at least that’s not as tacky as a Wayne’s World reference, I guess?Mike Myers turns up in a cheesy cameo as a (fictional) EMI executive who turns down “Bohemian Rhapsody” because “It’s just not a song young people are ever gonna put on in a car and bang their heads to!”Oh come on!Yeah…Okay, so is this a Queen movie or a biopic of Freddie Mercury?Both… kind of. It’s a film yanked back and forth between two distinct tracks united only by their complimentary coldness of their respective calculations: Specifically, the drive to cement the studio/media/casting-industry agreed-upon next-big-thing-hood of Mr. Robot’s wunderkind Rami Malek via the kind of show-the-work exhausting “meticulously-detailed imitation of a famous dead person’s widely-remembered mannerisms” performance that’s been known to induce priapic erections in Academy Awards voters and the equally strong drive of the surviving members of Queen (plus whichever other entities have a financial stake in the band’s substantial album catalog) to have their songs fly back up the charts one more time and make impending retirement comfortable enough that nobody has to host a Reality Show.I’ve heard it ends very strong, though?It does, with a  blow-out re-enactment of Queen’s now-legendary performance at Live Aid that serves as the film’s climax and is indeed a legitimately magnificent piece of standalone filmmaking; showcasing the best visualization of musicianship, use of iconic music and full unbound force of Malek’s impressively committed performance to be found in the entire film… and unfortunately, to get there you’ve got to endure the entire  film; the rest of which is otherwise a plodding, dreary, uninspired trudge through the “rock icon bio” Mad Libs screenplay format I can’t believe any filmmaker still goes unironically back to a decade after Walk Hard.But Malek is good?No one will deny that Malek is throwing 200 percent effort at inhabiting a dead-on recreation of a very unique and specific persona, but the script just isn’t giving him a character to play underneath the impression. Freddie Mercury didn’t lead a boring or formulaic rock-star life, but Bohemian Rhapsody is determined to tell his story focusing mainly on the aspects that would fit comfortably in one while breezing past or hugely reworking everything that wouldn’t.Such as?Early rumors that the film would attempt to somehow gloss over the subjects of sexuality or his death from AIDS turn out to be somewhat overstated; but the approach is still palpably… well “cowardice” would be too generous — every moment feels hamstrung between fears of alienating a “mainstream” audience and inability to figure out how it can depict Mercury’s personal journey and identity struggles and concurrent flaws, demons and tragic ending without seeming inappropriately judgmental by correlation. There’s also an off-putting undercurrent of score-settling to the revisionism, with the surviving members of Queen (all of whom had veto power over the film and use of music) alternately depicted as an Audience POV Greek Chorus of average regular blokes caught up in Mercury’s whirlwind (marveling at his superhuman talent, bewildered by his exotic flamboyancy) but also as a trio of paternal-surrogate wingmen exasperated with the antics of a flighty immature man-child.That seems… uncomfortable?It is. One can certainly sympathize with wanting to correct the record vis-a-vi Rock History treating the rest of Queen as… well, just “The Rest of Queen;” but the tonal whiplash of doing it in the tacky Greatest Hits infomercial you’re dressing up as your deceased frontman’s bio is pretty intense; a constant back and forth between “Freddie Mercury was a brilliant visionary firebrand taken too soon whom even we, his closest friends and family, may only have ever partly comprehended!” and “BUT HEY! He could also be a real pain in the neck diva and he was kinda nothing without us, right??”How much does that matter though, since it’s not purporting to be a documentary?Some, I think? Mostly because you can feel the compromises and pullbacks in the overall weakness of the film. The mechanical lunges for both figurative and literal “gold” plays everything so safe and rearranges history in the name of dramatic license to such a cartoonishly brazen degree that you’ve probably seen more naturalistic authenticity from actual gilded lilies. And all that’s without even taking into account that the finished product we’ve wound up with is to one degree or another a post-production Frankenstein stitch-up of sequences filmed under original director Bryan Singer and additional work by uncredited director Dexter Fletcher, who took over the production after Singer was removed for [ahem] reasons.So you don’t recommend it?I can agree that the Live Aid sequence is a very strong finish, but the “tying up loose ends” business that leads into it is embarrassingly melodramatic (to say nothing of absurdly ahistorical) treacle and otherwise… no, not really. This is one of the most nakedly cynical creations I can remember seeing play out onscreen technically meeting the qualifications of a narrative feature film that wasn’t just openly marketing a line of toys, smartphone apps or a comic book property — and even then I can name plenty of movies about action figures and superheroes with more integrity and self respect. A lead performance with this energy deserves an actual character. A moment in time this vibrant deserves a braver vision. Music this good shouldn’t play over scenes so dull and a life this big shouldn’t be made to feel so small.More MovieBob reviews:MovieBoReviews: ‘Suspiria’MovieBob Reviews: ‘Halloween’MovieBob Reviews: ‘First Man’ MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Stay on targetlast_img read more

The Hidden Employee Costs Of FCPA Scrutiny And Enforcement

first_img Free 90 Minute 2017 FCPA Year In Review Video A summary of every corporate enforcement action; notable statistics and issues to consider; compliance take-away points; and enforcement agency and related developments. Click below to view the engaging video tutorial. As highlighted in the article “FCPA Ripples,” settlement amounts in an actual Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement action are often only a relatively minor component of the overall financial consequences that can result from FCPA scrutiny or enforcement. Other ripples include, most prominently, pre-enforcement action professional fees and expenses, post-enforcement action professional fees and expenses as well as a host of other negative business consequences.As long as there has been FCPA enforcement, it has been known that culpable employees have been terminated or disciplined in connection with FCPA investigations and enforcement actions.Yet, as highlighted in this post, in certain recent FCPA enforcement actions (but not all – the SQM and Las Vegas Sands enforcement actions were silent on this topic) the DOJ has quantified the number of employees terminated or disciplined. According to DOJ resolution documents, in six recent enforcement actions approximately 160 employees have been terminated or disciplined. (This figure is in addition to numerous third parties terminated by companies resolving FCPA enforcement actions).These employee figures represent yet another “ripple” of FCPA scrutiny and enforcement. The aggregate costs of this ripple are surely meaningful when one considers certain inevitable wrongful termination or separation costs, lost productivity, and the time and expense of recruiting and hiring replacements.The November 2016 DOJ NPA used in connection with the JPMorgan enforcement action appears to be the first instance of the DOJ providing specific number on this topic.As highlighted in this prior post, the NPA stated in pertinent part:“the Company and JPMC engaged in extensive remedial measures, including: (1) causing five employees who participated in the misconduct described in the Statement of Facts to separate from the Company—one employee resigned after being placed on leave, one employee received a notice of separation while on leave, and three employees resigned or retired after receiving a notice of separation; (2) causing one employee who failed to identify issues with referral hiring and failed to take appropriate steps to mitigate risks to separate from the Company; (3) disciplining an additional twenty-three employees who failed to detect the misconduct, failed to supervise effectively those who were engaged in the misconduct, failed to take appropriate steps to mitigate corruption and compliance risks, and/or who were lower-level employees engaged in the misconduct at the direction of supervisors; (4) imposing more than $18.3 million in financial sanctions on former or current employees in connection with the remediation efforts.”Thereafter, as highlighted in this December 2016 post, the Odebrecht plea agreement stated in pertinent part:“the company engaged in extensive remedial measures, including: (i) terminating the employment of 51 individuals who participated in the misconduct; (ii) disciplining an additional 26 individuals who were engaged in the misconduct, including suspensions of up to a year and a half, significant financial penalties, and demotion to non-managerial, non-supervisory, non-decision making roles, for each of the 26 individuals.”Similarly, as highlighted in this December 2016 post, the Teva plea agreement stated in pertinent part:“the Company and the Defendant engaged in remediation measures, including: (1) causing at least 15 employees who were involved in the misconduct described in the Statement of the Facts to be removed from the Company, because their employment was terminated, they resigned after being asked to leave, or they voluntarily left once the Company’s internal investigation began.”Likewise, as highlighted in this December 2016 post, the General Cable NPA stated in pertinent part:“the Company has enhanced and has committed to the Fraud Section to continue to enhance its compliance program and internal controls, including ensuring that its compliance program satisfies the minimum elements set forth in Attachment B to [the NPA], the Company has engaged in extensive remedial measures, specifically by: (1) terminating the employment or accelerating the previously-planned departures and resignations of 13 employees who participated in the misconduct, (2) causing the resignation of 2 employees and accelerating the previously-planned departure of an additional employee who failed to supervise effectively others who were engaged in the misconduct described in the Statement of Facts, (3) causing the resignation of an additional employee who failed to take appropriate steps in response to identifying the misconduct; (4) terminating the business relationships with 47 third-party agents and distributors who participated in the misconduct described in the Statement of Facts;”This trend continued into 2017 as this prior post highlighted how the Zimmer DPA stated in pertinent part:“the Company has engaged in remedial measures, including: (1) terminating or causing the resignation of five employees who participated in the misconduct described in the Statement of Facts; (2) terminating one employee who failed to identify issues with the use of a prohibited distributor in Brazil and failed to take appropriate steps to mitigate risks; (3) disciplining two employees who failed to detect the misconduct, failed to supervise effectively those who were engaged in the misconduct, and failed to take appropriate steps to mitigate corruption and compliance risks, including by placing an official letter of reprimand in their employment files, reducing their bonuses, and requiring them to take additional anticorruption training;”Finally, as highlighted in this post, in the DOJ’s most recent corporate FCPA enforcement against Rolls-Royce the DPA stated in pertinent part:“the Company engaged in significant remedial measures, including: (i) terminating 6 employees and accepting resignations from 11 other employees who were the subject of internal disciplinary investigations, where all 17 employees were implicated in the corrupt schemes described [in the DPA] or in other conduct that the Company disclosed to the [DOJ] prior to signing the [DPA]; (ii) terminating the Company’s business relationships with all third-party intermediaries involved in the corrupt schemes …” Viewlast_img read more