SG Flensburg Handewitt are German champions again – VfL Gummersbach relegated

12.Lemgo3411419861:88526 8.Goppingen3417215901:89936 2.Kiel3431031018:80662 3.SC Magdeburg3427071010:86754 SG Flensburg Handewitt 15.Stuttgart3410321912:99823 14.Minden3412121941:97625 5.MT Melsungen3421013922:90042 ← Previous Story Besiktas Mogaz lose most of foreign players Next Story → Aalborg Handbold are new Danish champions! 6.Fuchse Berlin3419015923:89838 18.Bietigheim-Metterzimmern346226809:98314 16.Ludwigshafen345425802:95514 SG Flensburg Handewitt are the new-old German champions! Team of Maik Machulla saved the advantage ahead of THW Kiel in the last match of the season against Bergischer 27:24. This is the third Championship title for the team from the German-Danish border.The second place is won by THW Kiel, who will take back the place at VELUX EHF Champions League. SC Magdeburg, Rhein Neckar Lowen, MT Melsungen and Fuchse Berlin will play at EHF Cup.Very interesting was in the relegation battle won by Ludvigshafen, the team who won 7 points in the last four matches and stay safe at the end after draw between Bietegheim and VfL Gummersbach 25:25, which put these two teams under the line.Bergischer – Flensburg-H. 24:27Bietigheim-Metterzimmern – Gummersbach 25:25Fuchse Berlin – HSG Wetzlar 25:27Goppingen – SC Magdeburg 24:31Kiel – Hannover-Burgdorf 30:26Leipzig – Rhein-Neckar 28:26Ludwigshafen – Minden 31:30MT Melsungen – Lemgo 31:27Stuttgart – Erlangen 27:28STANDING 9.Erlangen3414218853:88230 4.Rhein-Neckar342428960:85150 17.Gummersbach346226809:96314 PHOTO: SG Flensburg Handewitt Facebook 11.Leipzig3412319861:87127 10.HSG Wetzlar3414119859:88329 1.Flensburg-H.343202958:76864 7.Bergischer3418214891:88038 13.Hannover-Burgdorf3412220935:96026 read more

Tough draw for Kumamoto – France Netherlands and Norway to clash before

Women’s IHF World Championship 2019 Groups are ready for the Women’s IHF World Championship 2019.Five venues in Kumamoto, Japan, will host the tournament of 24 best nations which will be also decisive for Olympic Games 2020.The first three teams from groups A and B, but, C and D, as well, will qualify for the Main Round. Two best from both groups will clash during final weekend in December 2019.Places 2-7 will qualify for the Olympic qualification tournaments. ← Previous Story Draw for Women’s World Championship 2019 on Friday in Tokyo Next Story → Dominik Klein – DO Handball #13: My goal is to make handball in Munich stronger read more

The government is going to review the way Ireland treats asylum seekers

first_imgTHE GOVERNMENT IS to establish a working group to review the Direct Provision system’s conditions.Minister Frances Fitzgerald confirmed the news in an interview with the Irish Times today.A spokesperson from the Department of Justice told that the working group would undertake the review next year.It is believed the Minister would hope to undertake the review early next year.She told the Irish Times the review would look at issues such as welfare payments and restrictions to third-level education for people in the direct provision system.There are more than 4,000 asylum seekers living in direct provision reception centres.NGO Nasc welcomed the news, with its CEO Fiona Finn saying that they look forward to an opportunity to input into the Working Group on the urgent problems with direct provision that need to be addressed.However, she said they remain concerned about the scope of the review.There are significant legal and human rights issues with the direct provision system that have been raised over the years by ourselves and other direct provision campaigners – most notably Dr Liam Thornton of UCD – that cannot be ignored. Direct provision does not operate on a legislative basis; RIA is not on any statutory footing; there is no independent complaints system in place for residents.Finn said that reform of the system must not be piecemeal and “must not result in a continuation of the system in the form of ‘direct provision lite’”.A humanitarian and effective model for the reception of asylum seekers lies right on our doorstep in the form of the EU Receptions Directive. The Working Group should be looking to this model in reforming direct provision and calling on the government to immediately opt in to this Directive and the reformed Common European Asylum System.Proposals for reformJunior Minister Aodhán Ó Riordán said in July that proposals to reform the system of direct provision would be presented to Cabinet in September.He described it as a “key area where we have to get reform in”.Ó Ríordáin, who is Minister of State with special responsibility for Equality, New Communities and Culture, also said he intends to set up a working group with a ‘range of people with great expertise’ from areas such as health, education, and justice, and to look at potential legislation in the area.He said that:The way we treat asylum seekers and people in the system says a lot about us as a country.There is a balancing act between having a system that doesn’t encourage people to come into the State, but that also treats people with respect.Read: ‘The way we treat asylum seekers says a lot about us as a country’ – Ó Ríordáin>Read: Direct Provision: ‘None of us can stand over it, it’s just not acceptable’>last_img read more

Irelands World Cup dream comes crashing down under English control

first_imgIreland Women 7England Women 40IRELAND WOMEN’S WORLD Cup dream came crashing to an end at the Stade Jean-Bouin in Paris, as an impressive England controlled the semi-final and deservedly won on a 40-7 scoreline.Inspired by rangy outside centre Emily Scarratt, Gary Street’s English side oozed composure and utterly dominated the possession and territory stakes. While Ireland did threaten on occasion with ball in hand, those instances were disappointingly limited.Ireland will still achieve their best-ever finish in a World Cup when they take on the loser of the Canada v France semi-final in Sunday’s 3rd/4th place play-off, but this defeat will be difficult to come to terms with.Having weathered England’s opening attacking storm in the Parisian venue – notably with a Ashleigh Baxter tackle on the already-threatening Scarratt – Ireland looked for width from their set-piece attack, repeatedly shifting the ball into Niamh Briggs’ hands.Two early steals of English throws at the line-out boded well, although it was tit-for-tat at the breakdown inside the opening 10 minutes.A scything Lynne Cantwell half-break on the 12-minute mark allowed Ireland to batter the English tryline, and when a series of pick and gos yielded a kickable penalty, Philip Doyle’s side bravely opted for the corner.The well-organised Irish maul surged over unstoppably from five metres out, but referee Amy Perrett consulted her TMO before awarding the try to scrum-half Tania Rosser. Briggs’ sweeping conversion topped off a clinical five-minute spell for Ireland and meant a 7-0 lead. Ireland’s maul yields the opening try of the game.England swept back, as we knew they would, surging up the left through Kay Wilson, before threatening on the right via Katherine Merchant’s pace.Ireland did turn the ball over, but Baxter’s clearing kick was panicked and from a five-metre line-out, England showed their own power to batter over through loosehead prop Rochelle Clark in the 26th minute.Scarrett’s conversion attempt was wide, and at the first water break a 7-5 scoreline in Ireland’s favour just about reflected the balance of play. England were in the lead soon after, however, as their overwhelming dominance of the scrum began to tell.Gary Street’s forwards shunted the Irish pack three metres backwards on their own put-in, and Scarratt slotted the penalty from straight in front of the uprights.The Lichfield centre then created England’s second try, making a scorching outside break on Nora Stapleton’s right shoulder off a midfield scrum. England recycled and spun the ball wide to the right, where Merchant swatted off Alison Miller’s tackle to dot down. Alison Miller threatened with ball in hand, but Katherine Merchant swept past the Portlaoise wing for her try.Scarratt’s touchline conversion put England out to 15-7 with 37 minutes on the clock. A miscued line kick from Briggs after Ireland earned a breakdown penalty gave up her side’s last opportunity at a meaningful first-half attack.The Munster fullback was then pinged for not releasing after the tackle and Scarratt kicked England into a well-earned 18-7 half-time lead after a superb second quarter.Street’s side picked up where they left off immediately after the interval, as centre Rachael Burford stepped inside Stapleton’s tackle for a clean bust of the Irish line. The scrambling defence infringed and Scarratt extended the lead by three points from the tee.Jenny Murphy arrived onto the pitch in the 47th minute to make a thunderously violent hit on Danielle Waterman, but possession and territory continued to be dominated by the Katy McLean-directed English.In the 56th minute, Clark and her front-row compatriots again drove impressively from a scrum inside the Ireland 22, providing the platform for Wilson to beat Baxter down the left-hand touchline and score. Scarratt missed the conversion, but the 26-7 lead was an accurate measure of England’s utter control. Outside centre Lynne Cantwell battles against the English control.Finally, Ireland looked to regain momentum after a bruisingly direct Murphy carry in midfield won a penalty and Briggs kicked to the corner. But having been turned over, Doyle’s side gave up 90 metres as Wilson and Waterman surged away downfield.An inevitable fourth England try came in the 70th minute, when replacement flanker Mollie Packer sniped over from close-range, fellow sub Ceri Large converting the try. A clever grubber behind Ireland’s defence led to try number five, again through Packer, with Large adding the extras. Ireland scorers:Tries: T RosserConversions: N BriggsEngland scorers:Tries: R Clark, K Merchant, K Wilson, M Packer [2]Conversions: E Scarratt, C Large [2]Penalties: E Scarratt [3] Ireland: Niamh Briggs; Ashleigh Baxter, Lynne Cantwell (Hannah Casey ’68), Grace Davitt (Jenny Murphy ’47), Alison Miller; Nora Stapleton, Tania Rosser (Larissa Muldoon ’66); Fiona Coghlan (capt.), Gillian Bourke, Ailis Egan (Sharon Lynch ’66); Sophie Spence (Laura Guest ’73), Marie Louise Reilly; Paula Fitzpatrick, Claire Molloy, Heather O’Brien (Siobhan Fleming ’47).Replacement not used: Fiona Hayes.England: Danielle Waterman; Katherine Merchant, Emily Scarratt (Claire Allan ’68), Rachael Burford, Kay Wilson; Katy Mclean (capt.) (Ceri Large ’68), LaToya Mason (Natasha Hunt ’58); Rochelle Clark (Laura Keates ’63), Victoria Fleetwood (Emma Croker ’63), Sophie Hemming; Tamara Taylor (Rebecca Essex ’63), Jo McGilchrist; Alex Matthews, Margaret Alphonsi (Marlie Packer ’63), Sarah Hunter.Referee: Amy Perrett (Australia).Ireland’s Niamh Briggs nominated for IRB World Player of the YearTe’o signing fits perfectly with Matt O’Connor’s vision for Leinsterlast_img read more

Kefalonia Ten months onward nobody knows why the model from Australia committed

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Toxicology reports of Sinead McNamara, 20, the Instagram model found hanging on board the luxury superyacht of Mexican billionaire businessman Alberto Bailleres in Kefalonia, show that there was no alcohol or drugs in her blood.The model died in Kefalonia, finishing her final day on the luxury US$140m Mayan Queen IV. She reportedly died while being flown to hospital.The billionaire owner had left the Mayan Queen IV 48 hours prior to her suicide.The coroner had ruled the death a suicide but the family called for further investigation. The new toxicology tests show that there were no substances in the young woman’s body.READ MORE: Sinead McNamara called her family ‘in tears’ over brawl with crew member moments before she was found deadPiraeus coroner Elias Bogiokas told Proto Thema that nothing was found to shed further light on the issue.The Mayan Queen IV docked in the port of Argostoli at Kefalonia on August 28. The passengers of the boat disembarked a few hours after arriving and left for the island’s airport where they took off on a private plane. The body of the girl was found hanging by a rope a little before 2 am on Wednesday.Many media outlets had highlighted a strange post she had uploaded on her social media accounts where she said her head was about to explode.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

Androcur questce que cest et quels sont les dangers de ce traitement

first_imgAndrocur : qu’est-ce que c’est et quels sont les dangers de ce traitement hormonal ?L’Agence nationale de la sécurité du médicament (ANSM) et l’Assurance Maladie ont annoncé (ANSM), le 6 septembre, que ce traitement hormonal multiplie par 20 le risque de développer une tumeur du cerveau. Maxisciences fait le point sur cette information inquiétante surtout pour les 89.000 femmes qui se le sont vu prescrire.  Coup de tonnerre dans le milieu médical et dans l’industrie pharmaceutique en cette fin d’été. L’Androcur dont le nom générique est l’acétate de cyprotérone est un médicament fabriqué par les laboratoires Bayer. D’après un rapport de l’ANSM qui vient d’être rendu public, il multiplierait les risques de développer un méningiome. Maxisciences fait le point.  Qu’est-ce que l’Androcur ?Prescrit depuis près de 40 ans, ce médicament, qui est un dérivé de la progestérone, a pour but de bloquer les hormones mâles. Il est généralement prescrit pour lutter contre les problèmes de pilosité excessive (hirsutisme), d’acné, de kystes ovariens ou encore pour soulager les femmes souffrant d’endométriose. 89.000 femmes ont reçu une prescription d’Androcur en 2017. Ce médicament est aussi recommandé chez les hommes victimes de certaines formes de cancers de la prostateet aussi chez les personnes transgenres afin de faire baisser le taux d’hormones masculines. Risques accrus de tumeur des méninges À lire aussiMucoviscidose : espérance de vie, symptômes, traitement, de quoi s’agit-t-il ?Les effets secondaires de ce médicament, qui est disponible dans 5 pays européens dont la France qui représente 60 % du marché, ne sont pas anodinset avaient été sous-estimés jusqu’à présent. «On s’attendait à trouver un risque mais son importance chez des femmes traitées à haute dose et sur de longues durées nous a surpris » a indiqué Jean-Michel Race, endocrinologue de l’ANSM, dans une interview à l’AFP que rapporteL’Union. En effet, l’étude, menée avec le service de neurochirurgie de l’hôpital Lariboisière (Paris) sur 250.000 femmes sous Androcur, a comparé les conséquences de ce médicament selon le dosage et la durée du traitement. Il en est ressorti que le risque de développer un méningiome, une tumeur cérébrale la plupart du temps bénigne, est multiplié par 7 lorsque les femmes sont traitées à fortes doses (plus de 3 grammes sur 6 mois) et qu’il est multiplié par 20 après 5 années de traitement. Le produit ne sera pas retiré du marché Mais alors quelles vont être les conséquences de cette découverte ? Si pour l’instant, un retrait du marché de l’Androcur n’est pas envisagé, un comité scientifique spécialisé temporaire a été mis en place afin de demander à l’Europe d’établir d’ici 2019 de nouvelles lignes « en termes d’indication, de durée et de posologie » du médicament. Pour l’instant, les autorités sanitaires invitent les patients concernés à ne pas arrêter leur traitement sans l’avis de leur médecin. Le 10 septembre 2018 à 15:40 • Marina Marcoutlast_img read more

Jeux pour enfants Les meilleures jeux éducatifs scientifiques gratuits ou presque

first_imgJeux pour enfants : Les meilleures jeux éducatifs scientifiques gratuits (ou presque)Pour occuper ses enfants ou pour les initier à la science, il existe de nombreuses expériences qui leur permettront d’apprendre en s’amusant. Découvrez avec Maxiscience comment divertir vos enfants avec des réactions chimiques étonnantes.Créer de la pluie, c’est simple !Si vos enfants vous demandent régulièrement comment les gouttes d’eau se forment, vous allez pouvoir leur répondre avec cette expériencetrès facile. Munissez-vous d’une bouteille en verre, d’une assiette, d’eau et de glaçons.Faites bouillir l’eau puis versez-la – encore très chaude — dans la bouteille. Remplissez environ 1/3 du récipient. Posez l’assiette sur le goulot et attendez une à deux minutes. Posez les glaçons sur l’assiette et observez avec votre enfant la réaction : de fines gouttelettes viennent se déposer sur les parois de verre. Ils pourront ainsi observer les différentes formes que peut prendre l’eau – liquide, gazeux, solide – et les différentes réactions qu’elle subit.S’amuser avec l’électricité statiqueCette expérience est très simple à réaliser et demande peu de matériel. Un peigne en plastique, quelques confettis et un miroir sont suffisants. Passez le peigne dans les cheveux de votre enfant durant deux minutes – pas moins — et observez avec lui la réaction dans un miroir. Ses cheveux vont se dresser. Vous pouvez ajouter quelques confettis qui seront attirés par la chevelure électrisée pour mettre un peu de couleurs dans l’expérience.  Si votre enfant vous demande le pourquoi de cette réaction, vous pouvez lui indiquer que lorsque deux éléments non métalliques se frottent, il y a production d’électricité statique. C’est une excellente solution pour faire tester à votre enfant cette réaction avec différents objets.Fabriquer de l’encre invisibleLes petits espions apprécieront cette expérience ! C’est aussi l’occasion de montrer aux enfants comment la chaleur peut modifier certains éléments. Pour cela, il vous faut une feuille blanche, un coton-tige, du jus de citron et une bougie allumée.Imbibez le coton-tige avec le jus de citron et demandez à votre enfant de dessiner sur le papier. Laissez sécher puis allumez la bougie. Passez la feuille au-dessus de la flamme. Le dessin va progressivement apparaître comme par magie ! Réalisez cette expérience en toute sécurité en vous plaçant près de votre évier afin de plonger la feuille de papier si celle-ci prend feu – si vous la passez trop près de la flamme – et ne laissez pas vos enfants la réaliser seuls.Créer un volcanVous allez émerveiller vos enfants en créant une petite éruption volcanique chez vous.  À lire aussiBébé : 3 conseils pour être un super papa selon la scienceIl vous faudra du bicarbonate de soude, du vinaigre blanc, de l’encre noire ou rouge – pour la couleur -, une cuillère à soupe et un récipient en verre.Mettez dans le récipient une portion de vinaigre et l’encre. Ne les mélangez pas – vous pouvez en profiter pour montrer à vos enfants la façon dont l’encre descend dans le vinaigre.Versez une cuillère de bicarbonate dans le mélange en une seule fois. Vos enfants pourront alors observer une petite éruption dans le verre. Lorsque les deux éléments – vinaigre et bicarbonate – entrent en contact, ils produisent des gaz. Ces gaz vont se déplacer et déplacer de la matière. C’est ainsi que les éruptions se produisent. Le 14 septembre 2018 à 12:27 • Morsli Paulinelast_img read more

These Noise-Cancelling Headphones Are on Sale for Over 30% Off

first_img This $500 SEO Tool Is Only $24 TodayThis Easy-to-Fly LED Drone Performs Acrobatic Moves Stay on target AirPods may be the greatest thing since sliced bread, but they lack one essential feature that prevents them from achieving perfection: noise cancellation. You can crank them up all you want, but if you’re in a noisy place, you’re not gonna hear everything. Fortunately, there’s a great pair of over-the-ear headphones the combines all the best features of AirPods with noise cancellation: the Culture Audio V1 Noise-Cancellation Bluetooth Headphones.These best-in-class active noise-canceling headphones give you perfect audio and crystal clear phone calls. They also have swipe controls so you can easily adjust the volume or skip tracks from the headphones themselves and AptX/AAC low latency technology so you’ll never experience any lag when you’re playing video games or watching TV. And just like AirPods, a built-in smart sensor automatically pauses your music whenever you take the headphones off your head.The Culture Audio V1 Noise-Cancellation Bluetooth Headphones normally cost $200, but you can get them now for just $135, or 32% off.center_img Culture Audio V1 Noise-Cancellation Bluetooth Headphones – $135See Deallast_img read more

Apple TV Gets Real Video Game Controllers

first_img iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More ProblemsApple Arcade Launches Next Week This really does seem to be the year when Apple has finally realized that it is one of the biggest video games platform holders considering the sheer variety of games (however free-to-play poisoned) on devices like iPhone and iPad. First we got a surprise look at games like Elder Scrolls: Blades and augmented reality Angry Birds that felt as traditional a game demo as we’ve ever gotten from Apple. But this was just a prelude to the announcement of Apple Arcade, Apple’s upcoming premium video game subscription service set to take on rivals like Google Stadia later this year.And at WWDC we learned another small but pretty exciting new detail about Apple’s new gaming initiatives. Real video game controllers are coming to Apple TV.Aside from the sketchy business models, controllers have always been the biggest issue for gaming on Apple products. The native touch screens aren’t suited for more precise hardcore games, and neither was the nifty but simple remote for the original Apple TV. These devices do support third-party controllers with more normal interfaces, but those have always felt like weird niche products that Apple and other developers hold at arm’s length. I don’t see many people plugging their iPhones into Gamevice.However, with Apple TV’s upcoming tvOS 13 players will be able to use the most widely used video game controllers imaginable: the Xbox One controller and DualShock 4 for PlayStation 4. Instead of using some knock-off controller on Apple TV, just use the good controller you already own from your console. These controllers are also both standards that developers are already very familiar with. Games like Flappy Fighter have found brilliant ways to translate deep gameplay to intuitive touch controls, but real controllers will make it much smoother for traditional games to come to Apple TV and Apple Arcade.So add Apple to the list of companies Sony and Microsoft have now decided to play nice with. But Apple has its eyes set on more than just video games. Here’s the latest on Apple’s plans for news, TV shows, and even credit cards. Stay on targetlast_img read more

How to gain value on investment from employee benefits

first_imgJust how organisations approach the issue of employee benefits, and the broader topics of engagement, motivation and retention, differs from sector to sector and one employer to another.Alan Ritchie, head of trustee and employer proposition at Standard Life, believes there are fundamentally two types of employer. “There are those which see their pension and benefits as a cost to the business and want to minimise that, and those which see these as a profit centre because they see their people as one of their biggest assets and they want to use them to get an edge in a competitive employment market,” he explains.This tallies with the experience of Debra Corey, group reward director at Reward Gateway. “I have worked at some [organisations] where I couldn’t be a penny over my starting point on benefits, and I had to get really creative,” she says. “But now I work for [an organisation] that does HR technology, so my board gets it, and I haven’t had to convince them of the importance of what I’m doing.”She has just completed her first global benefits review and has been pleasantly surprised by the emphasis being placed on the value of investment rather than the return on investment (ROI). “I’ve increased my benefits spend by 50%,” she says. “I kept thinking they were going to pull the plug on all the new benefits that I was implementing.”Business caseMost organisations sit somewhere in the middle and policies can also change according to market conditions or other factors. Richard Morgan, head of Vebnet, says: “There’s one client I’m working with at the moment that wanted to embark on flex for the first time and [it was] probably a little bit behind the kerb.“The business case started off around employee engagement, because [it] really hadn’t done an awful lot around that to sell the employee value proposition to employees, and the other was efficiency. But in the last three months, [its] particular industry has slowed down somewhat, the focus has changed, and now it’s gone back to a financial ROI and how we can save [it] money. It just depends on what the particular focus the board happens to be at the time.”In some cases, benefits can be introduced as a result of a personal affiliation, says Charles Cotton, performance and reward adviser at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). “Suddenly someone on the management team may have an issue with their parents, and the next minute eldercare shoots up the corporate agenda,” he says. “Lots of organisations are doing interesting things in that area, and it’s often because of the personal experience of somebody at the top.”Justifying benefitsOften, it can be hard to justify why benefits exist at all, adds Duncan Brown, head of HR consultancy at the Institute for Employment Studies. “Sometimes they are just there, and employers struggle to give a reason for it,” he says. “If they do it’s a history lesson, rather than because they want to take the business in a certain direction.”A well-thought-through benefits package needs to factor in both what the organisation is looking to achieve and can afford but also what employees want, says Cotton. “There’s not much point in having an aligned benefits strategy if it’s not going to meet the needs and the aspirations, and wants of employees, because [employers] are not going to get the talent that [they need,” he says. “Similarly, there’s not much point in having a fantastic benefits package if you’re going to run out of money eventually because you can’t afford it.”Google is perhaps the ultimate example of shaping a strategy around the needs of employees, implementing specific initiatives such as free washing machines for staff simply because that was what its founders needed at the time, says Brown. “[It] didn’t have a written defined strategy, but the people setting it up probably needed a washing machine at work, or their friends did, and as the business grew that’s stayed integral to the whole concept of a benefits package that supports people,” he says.Yet, the reality for many organisations is that there are restrictions on what they can afford, and also what they need to do to attract talent, says Brown. “Rather than it being two ends of the spectrum, the labour market often divides into talented professional employees in a superstar market versus organisations where they maybe have a small core of professionals but otherwise it’s a case of keeping that cost to an absolute minimum.”Impact of national living wageThe impact of the national living wage, which came into effect in April 2016, has clearly had an impact on the ability of retailers to spend money on benefits, adds Corey. “I don’t know how [employers] will be able to afford it because it’s really challenging when you have to increase those salaries so much,” she says. “It’s the right thing to do, but it can be very costly. But that wasn’t what the government was trying to do, to disrupt good benefits packages.”Yet employers operating in low-paid sectors may increasingly find themselves having to choose between paying people a higher salary and offering them more through benefits, says Brown. “There are clearly choices around the type of deal that [employers] are going to give and what the emphasis on pay and benefits is,” he says. “Are employers going to say their staff are intelligent people and give them the cash so they can make the decisions themselves? Or are they going to provide a much better offer and try to distinguish themselves from the competition?”Benefits professionals have a role to play here in helping to make the case for continuing to invest in benefits, as well as other employee initiatives, which can mean talking to executives in their own language, attempting to demonstrate a bottom-line return. “I remember when I [worked for] a retailer I used to say that the stores only have to sell one more pair of jeans a day for me to put this new benefit in,” says Corey. “I truly tried to convert it into their language.”Putting value on benefitsOne potential problem here, though, is that it can be hard to put a value on certain elements that are actually hugely appreciated by employees. “Engagement surveys quite clearly show that some benefits are valued more than their economic cost,” says Brown. “If I’m able to work flexibly and I need to do that to look after my kids, actually that’s invaluable, and if another employer didn’t offer that, it could offer me a rich pension or £50,000 more salary, but I wouldn’t want to do it. What’s interesting is that some employers with rich packages do it because it’s part of what their identity, whereas other businesses want to see the analysis and what employees think of it.”Some benefits, too, should be above any business case, adds Corey. “If I put in an employee assistance programme, I’m doing it to help the 5% of the employees that I know might use it,” she says. “If I know that it saved somebody from committing suicide, to me that’s an ROI. A lot of the time we just put benefits in because we think it’s the right thing to do.”last_img read more

2 rescued after boat capsizes off Haulover Beach

first_imgHAULOVER BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Crews came to the rescue of two people after their boat capsized off the coast of Haulover Beach.Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and U.S. Coast Guard units responded to the scene about one mile from shore, just before 2:45 p.m., Saturday.Crews were able to pull the boaters out of the water.No one was hurt.The boaters were taken back to dry land.Officials took the opportunity to remind residents and visitors to wear life jackets whenever they go boating.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

School Is Open But We Dont Have To Go

first_imgThis annual fundraiser is on August 29 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. at Martin’s West. Retired educators from Baltimore City School systems and surrounding counties are coming together to raise scholarship money for students attending college. This year’s theme is “Wake up Everybody.” Contact Mildred Long Harper by email at for more information.last_img

Wilson Moves From Sagamore to Hopkins

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, AFRO Baltimore Editor, syoes@afro.comAlicia Wilson, the ascending attorney and civic leader rooted firmly in the East Baltimore community where she grew up, has been tapped for a new position of leadership at Johns Hopkins University.The university announced Wilson, 35 will become their vice-president for economic development starting in July.Alicia Wilson, a graduate of Mervo High School in East Baltimore, is moving from her position as a vice president of Sagamore Development, to her new position as vice-president of Economic Development for Johns Hopkins University. (Courtesy photo)“In this new role, Wilson will lead a core team driving Johns Hopkins’ institution-wide strategy and initiatives as an anchor institution in and around Baltimore, and elevating and expanding Hopkins signature commitment to the city through investments in economic and neighborhood development, healthcare, and education,” Hopkins said in a statement.Wilson, a 2000 graduate of Merganthaler Vocational-Technical High School, (known as Mervo) in East Baltimore comes to Hopkins from what many characterize as her standout work with the Port Covington Development team, from Plank Industries, Sagamore Development, Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group and Weller Development Company.Since 2016, Wilson who graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), has served as senior vice president of Impact Investments and senior legal counsel for Port Covington Impact Investments and vice president of Community Affairs and legal advisor for Sagamore Development Company. A 2007 graduate from the University of Maryland Carey Law School, Wilson led the execution of the largest community benefits agreement in Baltimore City’s history as part of the Port Covington redevelopment project in South Baltimore.Prior to her work at Sagamore, Wilson spent eight years as a labor and employment and litigation partner at Gordon Feinblatt LLC.“I’m from East Baltimore, but I feel like I’m just from Baltimore right? And…Hopkins is an economic driver in this city, state and region. So, to get to be at the helm, strategizing and implementing economic development strategy, as well at both the health system and the university is really a chance of a lifetime,” Wison said by phone.“That’s really my main motivation for wanting to take a next step in progression of just being able to invest in this city that cared for me.” Wilson begins her new role on July 29 and she will report directly to Johns Hopkins University President Ronald J. Daniels and Kevin Sowers, president of the Johns Hopkins Health System and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine.“It’s the creation of a new office and the positioning of me as a direct report to the president, I think, is a huge move, in the sense that where it is positioned within the institution speaks volumes about the authority within that space,” Wilson said, referring to the new location of her office on the Homewood Campus.Wilson, who still lives in East Baltimore’s Frankford community where she grew up, said she is fully aware, “as a student of history,” of the many systemic practices, often rooted in racism, that have devastated mostly Black communities throughout Baltimore over generations. She approaches the work of economic redevelopment in these communities from a very personal place. “I’m more like a pilot on a plane, so I have to live with the very same decisions that I’ve been able to make,” Wilson said. “That’s been part of my sensitivity to the challenges. But, also understanding opportunity and being in the business world…I was a partner in a law firm, having all that within my background, allows me to approach this with a little bit of a 360 view on the challenges that we face. And also with an understanding of a school that allows for revitalization to happen in a way that honors indigenous people in neighborhoods that is honorable to communities and allows for them to move forward without leaving people behind,”she added.Yet, given the lens of history she alluded to during her conversation with the AFRO, Wilson seems clear-eyed about the challenges, limitations and possibilities of her new position.   “You have to be honest about this stuff…the way certain streets look is not by accident, Wilson said. “Organizations are filled with imperfect people. We have to examine what we do and how we do it and charge forward differently. I wouldn’t want [people] to believe we are going to boil the ocean or melt the ice caps, but I would want [people] to come away with believing this is not business as usual.”last_img read more

Expanding Spot on Venus Puzzles Astronomers

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. ( — The expanding spot discovered on Venus last month may not have garnered as much attention as the meteor impact with Jupiter, but its cause is certainly more puzzling. While astronomers are pretty sure that the new spot seen in Jupiter’s landscape is caused by impact, there is evidence that this is not true of the spot seen on Venus. New Scientist reports on why astronomers don’t think the spot of Venus was caused by a meteor:”The spot is bright at ultraviolet wavelengths, which may argue against a meteoroid impact as a cause. That’s because rocky bodies, with the exception of objects very rich in water ice, should cause an impact site to darken at ultraviolet wavelengths as it fills with debris that absorbs such light, says Sanjay Limaye of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a member of the Venus Express team.”Some of the reasons being advanced for the spot in Venus’ atmosphere include:* Volcanic eruption. (This option is considered unlikely, since the thick atmosphere would likely block most volcanic activity from being visible to us.)* Charged particles from solar interaction with Venus’ atmosphere.* Atmospheric turbulence concentrating bright material in a confined area.The other interesting point about the Venus bright spot is that it — like the Jupiter “scar” — was first noticed by an amateur astronomer. The fact that astronomy is so accessible to a wide range of people is interesting in terms of encouraging interest in the sciences.© 2009 Astronomers are trying to determine the cause of an expanding spot seen in Venus’ atmosphere. Explore further The light and dark of Venus Citation: Expanding Spot on Venus Puzzles Astronomers (2009, August 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more

Four arrested for heckling constable attacking Tollygunge police station

first_imgNew Delhi: Kolkata Police arrested four people, including two women, for allegedly attacking police officers and barging into the Tollygunge police station.A group of people had stormed the Tollygunge police station on Sunday night and assaulted an officer after he arrested three men for drinking in public, prompting the authorities to crack down on the attackers. “Four have been arrested and raids are still on,” said a senior police officer. Those arrested have been identified as Chotka Dalui, Deepak Adhikari, Purnima Das and Putul Haldar. Chotka and Deepak were arrested on Monday night and were produced in Alipore court Tuesday. They have been remanded in police custody till August 17. Purnima and Putul were arrested Tuesday and would be produced in the court the next day. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata However, the incident drew criticism from the BJP. “Bengal Police now needs Army to ensure their safety,” said BJP state president Dilip Ghosh. On Monday, a video of policeman being beaten up inside the police station went viral. TMC general secretary Partha Chatterjee said, “I saw the video. The way a policeman was being heckled and people barged into the police station are unacceptable.” Minister Firhad Hakim took a dig at BJP saying, “It is an one-off incident. Law will take its own course. They should worry about places where people are being killed everyday in mob lynching.” Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state Meanwhile, a similar incident took place in Malda where policemen were attacked by a mob following a road accident. The incident took place in Ratua, where seven policemen were injured and several vehicles were damaged. The scuffle between police and local residents turned violent. Police resorted to lathicharge to disperse the mob, which turned the situation worse. People started hurling stones at on-duty policemen. People accused police of opening firing on them, which was denied by senior policemen. “Twenty people have been arrested,” said a police official.(With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

CaseShiller Indices Continue to Grow at Record Pace

first_img June 25, 2013 416 Views Home prices posted their strongest monthly gain on record in April, increasing more than 2.5 percent, according to the “”Case-Shiller Home Price Indices””: released Tuesday.[IMAGE]The monthly 20-city index rose 2.5 percent in April, while the companion 10-city index increased 2.6 percent. Year-over-year, the 20-city index was up 12.1 percent, and the 10-city index was up 11.6 percent, each being the strongest yearly gain since March 2006.Economists had expected the 20-city index to increase 1.1 percent from March, a 10.9 percent annual improvement.All 20 cities showed year-year gains in April, according to the index reports.The sharp increases are likely to revive concerns of a growing housing bubble.The Case-Shiller Indices have gone up for five straight months and 11 times in the last 13; each index dipped last October and November.Overall, the 10-city index rose to 165.63, its highest level since November 2008, while the 20-city index improved to 152.37, also the highest level since November 2008. [COLUMN_BREAK]Of the 20 cities surveyed, Detroit was the only area not to show an increase in April. The April index of Detroit home prices was 81.28, barely down from 81.30.Month-over-month, the 10- and 20-city indices improved 1.4 percent in March, the fastest gain for each index since last July. The national index advanced 1.2 percent for the quarter.The median price of an existing single-family home rose 4.3 percent in April, an annual gain of 10.4 percent, according to the National Association of Realtors.The previous record monthly increase in the 10-city index came in June 2004, when it rose 2.3 percent; the previous record for the 20-city index came last May, when it increased 2.4 percent.The month-over-month index gains were led by San Francisco, where the price index rose 4.9 percent, followed by Atlanta (up 3.8 percent), San Diego (up 3.7 percent), and Los Angeles (up 3.4 percent). San Francisco also showed the strongest yearly increase–up 23.9 percent–followed by Las Vegas (up 22.3 percent), Phoenix (up 21.5 percent), and Atlanta (up 20.8 percent).The report showed a steady improvement in prices in the West. Prices have increased in Phoenix for 19 straight months, in Los Angeles and San Francisco for 14 straight months, and in Las Vegas for 13 straight months. The 10-city index is down 26.8 percent from its June 2006 high of 226.29, and the 20-city index is off 26.2 percent from its July 2006 peak of 206.52._Hear Mark Lieberman Friday on P.O.T.U.S. Radio, Sirius-XM 124, at 6:20 a.m. Eastern._ Agents & Brokers Appraisals Attorneys & Title Companies Consumer spending Existing-Home Sales Home Prices Investors Lenders & Servicers Mark Lieberman National Association of Realtors Processing S&P/Case Shiller Home Price Indices Service Providers Valuation 2013-06-25 Mark Lieberman in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicingcenter_img Case-Shiller Indices Continue to Grow at Record Pace Sharelast_img read more

Retirees Stuck in Buying vs Renting Dilemma

first_img Share in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News, Origination Retirees Stuck in Buying vs. Renting Dilemma Buy vs. Rent Retirees Trulia 2016-04-25 Staff Writercenter_img April 25, 2016 818 Views Should retirees plan to buy a home or rent one once their working days are done? According to a newly released Rent vs. Buy Report from Trulia, that depends on the legacy they want to leave behind.Though nationally, the report shows that buying is slightly cheaper than renting on the whole, that’s only if the retiree cares about leaving an inheritance for their loved ones upon death. If they don’t care about the home equity they leave behind, the report shows that renting a home is actually the more affordable option in 98 of the top 100 U.S. cities for retirees.The reasoning? The Rent vs. Buy Report says that comes down to the benefits of both homeownership and renting. For homeowners, one of the biggest benefits is the equity value – how much they own of the house and how much they stand to earn when the property is sold.  If this value is left out, the report says, the advantages of buying no longer outweigh those of renting.If home equity is of importance to the retiree, then buying is cheaper than renting in all major metropolitan areas by 41.8 percent. For all households – including those retiring and those not – buying is 34.8 percent cheaper than renting. Thanks to declining mortgage rates, that’s up from last year, when buying was 34.2 percent cheaper.To little surprise, the report shows Florida as the best place to save on a retirement home purchase in the U.S.  Retirement communities showed the widest margins in buying versus renting for retirees. In fact, in The Villages, Florida buying a home is 71.6 percent more affordable than renting one. Other Florida cities with high margins were Naples, Venice, Delray Beach, Deerfield Beach, Marco Island, Pompano Beach, Englewood, Titusville, and Hallandale Beach.But Florida wasn’t the only state to offer a buying-over-renting savings for retirees. Other top cities included: New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Memphis, Tennessee; Birmingham, Alabama; Greenville and Charleston, South Carolina; and Atlanta, Georgia.Trulia’s Rent vs. Buy Report is released biannually and assumes a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage with a 20-percent down payment for all calculations.last_img read more

Baa Atoll seeks to offer its best as a destination

first_imgBaa Atoll seeks to offer its best as a destination this summer, bringing together six resorts for the first-ever Baa Atoll Summer Festival 2018. Commencing on the 20th July and ending on the 3rd August 2018, the festival will be a showcase of each of the restaurants’ finest dining experiences. The participating resorts are Soneva Fushi, Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru, Dusit Thani, Amilla Fushi, Vakkaru Maldives and Finolhu.Guests from each resort will experience the varied cuisines Baa Atoll has to offer as a destination on dedicated nights. This will give them a taste of the creativity and service of each resort, with a chance to explore other islands during their stay.“The Baa Atoll Summer Festival is a brilliant concept and opportunity, and hopefully becomes an annual event that resorts and guests look forward to.”, says MATATO (Maldives Association of Travel Agents & Tour Operators President) President Abdulla Ghiyas.The Baa Atoll Festival will launch on Friday 20th July 2018, with a cocktail event in each of the resorts. From Saturday 21st July, each resort will welcome the guests from other resorts with a set menu for dinner in their featured dining restaurant on a designated night.Each resort will present a set menu for $120++ per person with a special menu for kids, and the price of the menu in each featured restaurant will be the same.The Baa Atoll Festival closing ceremony will once again bring the teams together for a Catamaran Regatta competition on Sunday 3rd August 2018.All images courtesy of Soneva.last_img read more