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‘Scared’ Italy captain Buffon ready to risk life for Euro 2016

first_imgItaly captain Gianluigi Buffon admits the terror threat ahead of Euro 2016 is “scary” but insisted he is ready to risk his life to give happiness to football lovers.Europol has warned that there are “great concerns” about the Euro football championship to be held in France between June 10-July 10 as it will be “an attractive target for terrorists”.Last year on November 13, French capital Paris came under terrorist attacks and it means that a high-level of security will be put in place during the event that is one of the most popular in Europe.’Ready to take risks for Euro 2016′ “It’s certainly scary, and it’s right to be cautious,” Buffon told football-italia.net on Tuesday.”But we’re important social instruments and we can give people dreams. If you want to do that, unfortunately at this moment in history you have to run a few risks,” added the 38-year-old, one of the best goalkeepers in football history.”I’m happy to do that if I can give happiness to those who follow football.”Juventus’ title run in Serie A The 2006 World Cup winner captained Juventus to a fifth consecutive Serie A title this season. He played a big part in helping the Turin-based giants recover from a poor start before snatching the lead from Napoli.Talking about the season, Buffon said: “I think this title showed Juventus’ real qualities and those of the men in the team. Never before was the team in greater need of a drive to keep surprising people and to resist what initially seemed like a destined result.”advertisement”We kicked off the season worst than anybody else. Things changed when we understood that thinking of Inter, Roma and Napoli would be conceited, when our position in the standings disallowed for it. We needed to get down and dirty before we could return to our positions.”‘I don’t play for personal records’ Buffon also posted a new goalkeeping Serie A record for the longest run without conceding a goal (974 minutes).”My personal record doesn’t add anything for me. Nothing changed in terms of pride and personal gratification, but I’m glad I was able to reach such an important result with this team,” he reflected.”The record goes under the name Buffon, but must be credited to defenders (Andrea) Barzagli, (Giorgio) Chiellini, (Leonardo) Bonucci and everybody else.”last_img read more

Guardian Life Awards Top Boy and Girl Scholarships

first_img Grace-Lee Bolt and Alex Gray are this year’s recipients of Guardian Life Limited’s Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) Top Girl and Boy scholarships. The students, who will be attending St. Andrew High School for Girls and Campion College in September, have received $250,000 each, to cover the full five-year period of study at secondary school. Story Highlights Since 2005, Guardian Life Limited established a GSAT Scholarship programme for the benefit of the top-performing boy and girl from a list of applicants comprising children/legal wards of policyholders. Grace-Lee Bolt and Alex Gray are this year’s recipients of Guardian Life Limited’s Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) Top Girl and Boy scholarships.The students, who will be attending St. Andrew High School for Girls and Campion College in September, have received $250,000 each, to cover the full five-year period of study at secondary school.They were presented with their awards, which included a gift basket and a certificate, during a ceremony held today (August 23), at Guardian Life’s head office on Trafalgar Road in St. Andrew.Eight children of employees also benefited from $250,000, each under a programme launched by Guardian Life, which will cover the full five-year period at secondary school.In addition to the GSAT scholarships, the entity has provided grants valued at $25,000 each to 11 staff members’ children who sat the examination. Six students from the Denham Town, Alpha and Duhaney Park Primary schools received grants valued at $30,000 each, while four students received tertiary scholarships valued at $300,000 each for a period of three years.In his remarks, President of Guardian Life Limited, Eric Hosin, lauded the outstanding performance of the students.He said it is important for the scholars to not only understand and appreciate the value of a solid education, but to also enjoy themselves while seeking knowledge.“You need to enjoy life too, and I want to encourage our parents to allow our children to do so… ; while they have to do their studies (also) allow them to enjoy life”, he urged.He encouraged the recipients to manage their time effectively, to focus on their goals, and to choose their friends wisely.In the meantime, he encouraged parents to be active members of their school’s parent-teacher association.“Get involved with the school and know what is going on. Most of the child’s life is going to be formed inside of that school environment, and if the school is bad and you are not there to help it, you are part of the problem,” he said.He said this year, the company disbursed scholarships and grants valued at approximately $4 million to children of policyholders and employees of the company.“It is a way of giving back to our policyholders and the society. A lot of what we give also is to needy children, and what you see here is just a representation,” he said, adding that assistance is provided islandwide.For her part, Chief Executive Officer, NexxStepp Personal Development, Tishauna Mullings, urged the students to serve as ambassadors of positivity.In her response, Grace-Lee thanked Guardian Life for the scholarship and enriching the lives of the recipients.“By awarding me the Guardian Life scholarship, you are enabling me to continue to excel and focus on what is truly important – my education,” she said.Expressing gratitude, Alex said the funds will assist in offsetting expenses throughout the secondary level.“This scholarship is now my litmus and my beacon, a permanent reminder that with discipline and hard work, one can do anything that they choose to set their mind on doing,” he said.For his part, Tertiary Scholar, Phillip Bushay, said investment in young minds will benefit the students and country.“With the current investments taking place in our country, it is good to know that we have a company like Guardian Life, not just investing in physical assets and material stuff but also investing in young minds,” he said.Since 2005, Guardian Life Limited established a GSAT Scholarship programme for the benefit of the top-performing boy and girl from a list of applicants comprising children/legal wards of policyholders.The selection is based on criteria established by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information and is administered through the Ministry. The scholarships go to the top performers who are not the recipients of any other award.last_img read more

From the Real Housewives to Killing Eve the 10 best TV series

first_img Facebook Pose is a visual, musical and poetic feast of personality. One of Ryan Murphy’s many television offspring, it tells the tale of the New York City drag scene in the late ’80s. The AIDS epidemic lingers as we watch the poor and the privileged intersect behind closed doors with a genuine, un-exploitative eye. Pose also happens to feature the largest LBGTQ ensemble ever gathered for a scripted series, with Mj Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson and Indya Moore, all trans women of colour, leading the way. Each episode packs an emotional punch.9.A VERY ENGLISH SCANDALForget Mary Poppins. The greatest English comeback of the year has been Hugh Grant’s. First, with the great Paddington 2. And here, where he plays the two-faced Jeremy Thorpe, a British MP who, in 1979, was accused of conspiring to murder his former lover, Norman Scott (a similarly two-faced Ben Whishaw), when homosexuality was still illegal. The witty, melodramatic three-episode miniseries follows what transpired after Scott threatened to expose Thorpe post-break-up. The entire affair is a promising sign of where Grant’s resuscitated career could take him, transforming his once indelible rom-commy charm into something much scarier. Advertisement There have never been more options on television. It’s worth keeping this in mind while reading from the end-of-year bemoaning that this year’s crop of series has been a sorry display. Truth be told: there’s simply too much to make a call. Any concept of “catching up” was left behind in 2017. From animation to drama to even procedural, the options are limitless as cable and streaming networks continue to duke it out in not only the battle for the best but the most.While that certainly leaves a lot of space for a lot of trash (of which we saw plenty this year), there have also been dozens of gems. Here’s a smattering of the best:HONOURABLE MENTION: BARRY (CRAVE)It’s long been said that the greatest comic talents have the deepest reserves of drama. In Barry, Bill Hader plays a depressed assassin who follows his latest target into an acting class, suddenly propelling him into dreams of a new life as a (very bad) actor. That is, if the mob who hired him lets him go. It’s a delicious new era for Hader, who captures a man seemingly devoid of emotion, so desensitized to the crime around him.10.POSE (FX CANADA) Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Sharp Objects, Killing Eve, Forever. (Crave/Amazon/National Post) Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

Nunavuts NDP candidate in federal election is 25 just like the Inuit

first_imgKent Driscoll APTN News Mumilaaq Qaqqaq walks up to the agreed meeting spot wearing a light fall coat and purple hat to ward off the crisp air that has landed on Iqaluit early in this federal election.The city she now calls home is spread out behind her.Qaqqaq, 25, is the NDPs choice candidate to win the open riding.That’s young by federal standards, but things are different in Nunavut.Nunavut’s average age is 25, and there is a history of younger people getting things done.Qaqqaq was ready for the age question.She smiles as it is delivered- and has a quick response on hand.“When we think back to when Nunavut was first being created, all of those people, most of those people were in their 20s, all those Inuit,” says Qaqqaq.“When we look at other politics and other political leaders, often they start in their political career very young, in their 20s.”Winning the Nunavut riding and claiming a seat in the House of Commons wouldn’t be her first time taking a seat there.In 2017, Qaqqaq was a part of Daughters of The Vote, a program that brought young women together from across the country and put them on the floor of the House of Commons as MPs.She delivered a speech about suicide in Nunavut that brought the assembled women to their feet –twice- for standing ovations.She ended by asking, “where are our non-Indigenous allies?”The video took off online.“I took every opportunity that I could, and one of those ended up being Daughters of the Vote, where I got to speak in Parliament,” says Qaqqaq.“The video got way bigger than I thought it was going to, and what I had planned on. The aftermath of that was working with Inuit Tapariit Kanatami and working with Susan Aglukark for her Arctic Rose foundation.”Originally from Baker Lake – both her parents are teachers there and her brother is a full time hunter.She has called Iqaluit home since 2017.Her decision to run is based on those Baker Lake experiences, and what she learned next.“I’m running because I care, and I understand that there are things that need to change, and new things that need to be done, for us to see betterment for Nunavummiut, for Inuit. We all know that the suicide rate is higher here than anywhere else in Canada, and there are things that need to change.“I think it is important to see people like myself and people who look like me, in these kinds of positions,” says Qaqqaq.The Nunavut riding is unique in this election.There are three Inuit women running for the three leading parties.Qaqqaq is up against former Conservative cabinet minister Leona Aglukkaq and Liberal candidate Megan Pizzo-Lyall.For Qaqqaq, backing the NDP platform was a natural fit.“The NDP’s priorities line up with mine, and it’s a lot of things that we need up here. It’s a very diverse group, and they very openly promote that. 50 per cent of their candidates are women, they have a wide variety of LGBTQ and Indigenous people, and it’s really great to see that diversity.“One of their focuses is reconciliation, but true reconciliation, and putting things like the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People into law,” explains Qaqqaq.Aside from being Inuit women, the three candidates have things in common.All three are from smaller Nunavut communities, but all have lived in Iqaluit.All three favour handmade Inuit earrings – Qaqqaq’s new ones are bright NDP orange- and all three always manage to be wearing at least a little seal fur when campaigning.That’s surface stuff -the differences are in the policies- but Qaqqaq is happy to be joined by two Inuit peers.“It’s powerful, it’s so exciting – no matter what the outcome is- that’s what were going to see. Three Inuit women, that in itself is really amazing,” states Qaqqaq.kdriscoll@aptn.ca@kentdriscolllast_img read more

Napoli and PSG are special to me Lavezzi

first_imgEzequiel ‘Pocho’ Lavezzi recently revealed he is anticipating the Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain Champions League tie because both teams are in his heart.Both teams are hoping to seal a place in the knockout rounds with Liverpool currently top of the table.Lavezzi wore the Napoli jersey from 2012-16 before moving on to Paris and is currently in China.“They’re the two teams I carry in my heart,” according to reports from Football ItaliaOpinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“Of course, it’ll be a special moment for me. But it’s above all a very important game for the two teams because qualification is at stake. They both know that they have to win if they want to have a chance of getting into the knockout stage.“Napoli are a compact team, the players are always well positioned on the pitch. They showed some good things in the first game, it’s up to Paris to show they are stronger and can get the win. One thing is certain, it’ll be a great game.“The Champions League is a very special competition. It’s very difficult to win it, because you’re taking on the best teams in Europe. And there are a lot of teams equipped to win it.“The fact I didn’t win it at Paris is something painful for me.”last_img read more

PGE to cut emissions at coalfired plant

first_imgPortland General Electric, owner of a northeastern Oregon coal-fired plant that is a major source of air pollution in the Columbia River Gorge, has agreed to pay $2.5 million to restore land on both sides of the Columbia River, create clean-energy jobs and reduce pollution in advance of a 2020 state-mandated deadline for ending the burning of coal at its Boardman plant.The settlement was announced Tuesday by Friends of the Columbia Gorge, the Sierra Club, Columbia Riverkeeper, the Northwest Environmental Defense Center and the Hells Canyon Preservation Council and by PGE.“This settlement is a win for the environment, for human health and for special places like the Columbia River Gorge,” said Friends conservation director Michael Lang. “It means that over the next 10 years, air quality will improve in the Columbia Gorge and Gorge residents can breathe cleaner air. It also means that PGE will agree to pay to restore damage from 30 years of emissions.”Emissions from the 550-megawatt Boardman plant, Oregon’s only coal-fired plant, are a major contributor to impaired visibility in the Gorge. A study released last year by the Yakama Nation revealed that PGE Boardman is responsible for up to 50 percent of air pollution in the Gorge during periods when air quality there is at its worst. Those days tend to be in the fall and winter, when prevailing winds are from the east.Year-round, a separate study found that the Boardman plant contributes an average of 14.9 percent of the fine particles measured at a federal air quality monitoring site in the Gorge.last_img read more

In Other News University Creates Video Highlighting DualUse Nature of Security Technologies

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The University of Southern Mississippi’s College of Business and Economic Development has produced a video highlighting opportunities for the defense industry to support the sports security industry. The video, developed through the Mississippi Defense Diversification Initiative and funded by the Office of  Economic Adjustment, targets defense contractors with dual-use technology as well as emergency managers, fire services, event management and law enforcement, reports Southern Miss Now.Photo courtesy of the Department of Homeland Securitylast_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Thursday June 16

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3u From 5-7 P.M.National politics including, the battle for gun control legislation and Trump versus the GOP, with Eugene Craig, third vice chair of the Maryland GOP and radio host and political commentator Anthony Nolen. These stories and much more coming up on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img

Skin diseases more common in elderly men

first_imgRanked as the fourth most common cause of human illness, skin diseases increasing with age are more frequent in elderly men than in women, say researchers. The study, published in the Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, showed that skin diseases are more prevalent than thought earlier, but many affected people do not consult a physician. Over 70 per cent elderly men were found suffering from skin diseases, which is more than women (58 per cent). Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Skin diseases might be even more prevalent than previously thought. Considering their significant impact on individual, family and social life, as well as their heavy economic burden caused by inadequate self- or non-physician treatment, the public health importance of skin diseases is underappreciated,” said Alexander Zink, of the Technical University of Munich. For the study, the team included 2,701 individuals. Of these, at least one skin abnormality was observed in 1,662 of the participants (64.5 per cent). The most common diagnoses were actinic keratosis (26.6 per cent), rosacea (25.5 per cent), and eczema (11.7 per cent). But nearly two-thirds of the affected participants were unaware of their abnormal skin findings. “Information and awareness campaigns are needed to better address this neglected issue and to reduce the global burden of skin diseases,” Zink added.last_img read more

CrowdCall App Revolutionizes Conference Calling

first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free March 5, 2013 No assembly required: Randy Adams’ CrowdCall streamlines group calling.Photo © David Fentoncenter_img SocialDial was a simple idea: an app that would call contacts through their LinkedIn profiles, without users having to know the phone number. But a few months and 50,000 downloads after the app’s 2011 launch, SocialDial co-founder Randy Adams and his partners realized that a group-calling option that was “buried under two or three layers of menus” was being used far more than any other feature.The popularity of that feature led the team to ditch the original service and launch CrowdCall, a specialized conference-calling app available for iOS and Android smartphones and the web. Instead of scheduling a dial-in line, e-mailing all parties involved and then hoping everyone calls at the appointed time, CrowdCall’s interface lets users choose up to 20 participants from their contacts list and LinkedIn connections and dial them immediately (assuming the contacts have added their phone number to their LinkedIn profiles). When participants answer, they simply push “1” to enter the conference–they don’t even need to have the app to participate.The pivot worked. Approximately three months after the mobile launch last spring, roughly 100,000 people were using the app on a weekly basis. The majority of users were taking advantage of the free version (limited to 500 minutes per month). Revenue from sales of premium versions–priced at $9.99 for 1,000 minutes per month; $49.99 for 10,000 minutes; or $99.99 for unlimited calling–reached nearly $100,000 about four months after launch. Adams’ CrowdCall is now used for some 30,000 calls in the U.S. per month.The app has a mix of commercial and consumer users, but one feature in particular makes it attractive to small businesses. Because the call originator controls invitations, unauthorized participants can’t use dial-in information to access the call, providing a measure of security when discussing sensitive information.Word-of-mouth has been the app’s growth driver–each time someone receives a CrowdCall, that person become a potential customer. “We haven’t spent a dime trying to acquire users,” Adams says.So far the company has raised more than $1 million to launch the app and is working on acquiring $5 million in venture funding, which it hopes to close by the end of the year. That money will be used to build out infrastructure, including an investment in servers to better handle overwhelming demand.Sounds like a good call. 2 min read This story appears in the February 2013 issue of . Subscribe »last_img read more

Sony Now Predicts a 11 Billion Loss Shuts Down PC Business

first_img Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. February 6, 2014 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 3 min read Sony is shuttering its computer business, refocusing its TV division on high-end units and laying off 5,000 people. It is also predicting a massive loss of 110 billion yen, or $1.1 billion, for the fiscal year, a drastic change from its prediction three months ago of a 30-billion yen profit ($294 million).There was a time, long ago, when it looked as if Japanese electronics companies — and foremost among them Sony — would take over the world. But no longer. Apple and Samsung dominate the consumer market for tablets and smartphones, and Sony is now being forced to undergo costly restructuring to survive.Sony’s TV business has long been a loser. It has cost the electronics giant $7.8 billion over the past decade, according to Reuters. Sony plans to spin it off into a subsidiary company by July of this year, hoping to streamline processes and return it to profitability by the end of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2015.To some observers, this move could look like preparation for disposing of the TV division altogether. But Sony chief Kazuo Hirai told reporters in Tokyo that “we have absolutely no plan” to sell off the TV business, according to Reuters. The way forward, Hirai thinks, lies in high-end models, especially ultra-high-definition 4K TVs, which have yet to go mainstream.Related: 10 Thoughts on Tech, Trends and Innovation at CES 2014Sony will be posting a net loss for the fifth time in six years. As part of restructuring, the Japanese electronics maker will let go more than 3 percent of its global work force by March 2015. The company expects the layoffs to save 100 billion yen, or $1 billion, in annual costs. As of September 2013, Sony had 145,800 employees.Sony’s computer business is also a goner. After spring 2014, when its final lineup of personal computers will launch, Sony will stop manufacturing and selling computers. Its PC business will be sold to Japan Industrial Partners, an investment fund, and about 250 to 300 Sony employees will move to the new company which the fund will set up to manage the PC business.Even Sony’s successes are somewhat muted. Its Playstation 4 gaming console is on pace to beat sales expectations of 5 million units by the end of March. But this latest iteration of the popular Playstation was so expensive to develop that it will take two years to break even on the console, Sony said.One Sony division is performing admirably, however. The financial services unit did so well in the fiscal quarter from October to December 2013 that Sony managed to post an operating profit of more than 90 billion yen, nearly twice the previous year’s amount.Related: This New Startup Aims to Revolutionize Selling Your Old Electronics Listen Nowlast_img read more