Security concerns overtaking rights in global asylum systems says UN official

The top protection official with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today warned that in more and more countries, the rights of individuals are being trumped by security concerns which are impacting the functioning of asylum systems.“The world of borders is particularly shadowy, with interception, turn-arounds and refoulement taking place outside the frame of any proper scrutiny,” Assistant High Commissioner for Protection Erika Feller told the annual meeting of the agency’s 72-nation Executive Committee.Citing the findings of UNHCR’s annual report on international protection, she stated that “security is driving the operation of asylum systems in an increasing number of countries, contributing to the growth of a culture of thinking where rights are becoming peripheral.”Particularly worrying is arbitrary detention, including of children, and the privatization of detention “which in some countries has turned into an industry,” she said.Ms. Feller added that in some regions, asylum is a “lottery,” with the inconsistent application of the 1951 Refugee Convention among States.“The widely divergent refugee recognition rate among States is a telling indicator, with research showing, for example, that persons from Iraq, Sri Lanka or Somalia have very different prospects of finding protection depending on where their claim is lodged,” she told the gathering.While the report contained some positive news such as 700,000 refugees being able to return home in 2006, UNHCR was concerned about the growth of a class of “untouchables” deemed undesirable for resettlement, including politically sensitive ethnic groups, elderly persons, large families or refugees with low educational levels. 3 October 2007The top protection official with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today warned that in more and more countries, the rights of individuals are being trumped by security concerns which are impacting the functioning of asylum systems. read more

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Brock to launch new community homecoming event

A press conference will be held Tuesday to announce details of a new annual event being organized as part of Brock University’s Homecoming celebrations.Every September, Brock hosts a series of reunions, awards, varsity sporting events, receptions and family programming as part of its Homecoming weekend.This year’s celebrations feature a new event in downtown St. Catharines on the evening of Friday, Sept. 16 that will include a varsity matchup between two OUA rivals and a pre-game community tailgate party.Details of the event will be announced Tuesday, Aug. 9 at 2:30 p.m. at Kully’s Original Sports Bar on St. Paul Street in St. Catharines. The announcement is open to everyone. read more

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Pots for Qatar 2015 are ready

IHF has announced the Pots for the upcoming draw for the World Championship in Qatar, which will be held on July 20 at 21.30hrs in Doha.Pot 1:Spain, France, Denmark, CroatiaPot 2:Bosnia-Herzegovina, Poland, Sweden, SloveniaPot 3:Russia, Qatar, Macedonia, AlgeriaPot 4:Austria, Argentina, Belarus, Czech RepublicPot 5:Tunisia, Egypt, Brazil, BahrainPot 6:Iran, United Arab Emirates, Chile, Germany ← Previous Story New experience of handball in Szczecin Next Story → QATAR 2015 DRAW: The strongest and weakest possible groups are… handballQatar 2015 read more

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Portrait of former Cork Mayor removed after victims plea

first_imgTHE PORTRAIT OF a former Lord Mayor of Cork has been taken down from Cork City Hall after a plea from the woman he sexually assaulted.Cork City Hall has confirmed to TheJournal.ie that the portrait of John Murray was removed after a meeting between party whips yesterday afternoon.  It was agreed by all that the portrait should be removed.Murray, 83, from Gregg Road, Cork was convicted last week of sexually assaulting a woman and jailed for one year.The assault took place between 1996 and 1998 when the victim was a teenager.The Examiner reported that the woman who was assaulted contacted  the current Lord Mayor of Cork, Catherine Clancy, saying that she wanted the portrait of Murphy removed from Cork City Hall.Former Lord Mayor of Cork sentenced to 12 months in jail>Toronto Mayor stripped of all powers>last_img read more

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Be careful Most accidentprone days of the year are Stephens Day and

first_imgLAST YEAR, ACCIDENTS increased by almost 50 per cent on Stephen’s Day in comparison to a typical Wednesday in December. On 27 December there was an increase of 60 per cent of accidents in relation to a typical Thursday in December.According to VHI Swiftcare Clinics, these two days are the busiest days of the year for treating accidents, illnesses and injuries. Last year, VHI clinics treated 575 patients over these two days, with the most common types of injuries and injuries being coughs, colds, minor burns and injuries from falls.This year, Dr Brian Gaffney, Medical Director of Vhi SwiftCare Clinics said they were asking people to be extra cautious this year.Burns, flu and sprainsOver the Christmas people people may be cooking a lot, perhaps in a crowded house, where it can be easy to take your concentration away from hot pans and pots of boiling water. The weather is also generally cold, resulting in icy paths and roads resulting in more sprained ankles and wrists. While other illnesses like the winter vomiting bug and flu are just common illnesses to occur over the winter period.“We know that generally accidents frequently occur in the kitchen –  this is particularly so over Christmas when the oven is on for longer periods, there can be pots of boiling water and also sharp carving knives to contend with. Many families move furniture around and use extension cables to accommodate Christmas trees which this can lead to unfamiliar trip hazards,” he said.However, if you find yourself in the unfortunate situation where you need medical attention Dr Gaffney said: Read: All set for Christmas, but now you’re sick? What should you take to help?>Read: Love/Hate’s Fran, Colin Farrell and Katie Taylor rally support for Merryn> If the worst comes to the worst, I would advise people to seek medical attention over Christmas rather than waiting, to prevent an illness or injury from deteriorating further.Many GP practices offer out of hours services and theVhi SwiftCare Clinics in Dundrum, Airside, Swords and Cork are open all year around, including Christmas Day from 8am to 10pm.last_img read more

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Review Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 2013 mechanical keyboard

first_imgThere are exactly two kinds of people when it comes to mechanical keyboards, those who own them and those who have to choose whether or not to tolerate the people who own them. The fact is, some people don’t feel at home on a computer unless the keyboard keys push back against them when they type.Unfortunately, there are fewer companies out there making good mechanical keyboards anymore, let alone mechanical keyboards that can keep up with non-mechanical keyboards in terms of features. The Razer BlackWidow Ultimate 2013 edition Best Price at Amazon was designed to offer a backlit mechanical keyboard with all the trimmings, and for the last three weeks this keyboard has replaced my Logitech K800 $59.99 at Amazon to see how it stood up against my heavy daily usage.If you’ve never used a mechanical keyboard before, the BlackWidow is huge. Actually, even if you’ve been using mechanical keyboards all your life, this keyboard is pretty big. Aside from being heavy enough at 3.31 pounds that you’ll never need to worry about they keyboard sliding around on you, the keys themselves are raised higher than most keyboards. It almost feels like Razer decided to solve the need for an ergonomic design by making the keys so tall you couldn’t rest your wrists and type at the same time.The actual reason for the taller than average keys comes in how Razer has implemented the individual key press. While you can push the keys all the way down, the Razer keyboard registers the button push at about the half way mark as the key travels down to the base. Razer claims this is so you can press buttons faster, and while I didn’t find that to be the case, I did notice that the keys respond very well to several levels of pressure.The BlackWidow Ultimate’s long braided cable looks like a single wire, but is actually multiple cables woven together. The cable carries with it a headphone and microphons cable, as well as a USB passthrough cable. The USB, microphone, and headphone port on the right hand side of the keyboard make a nice addition for easy access, and allow users to sit further back from their tower, and can forego extension cables for a pair of headphones, for example. The cable itself is very rigid, allowing you to create smooth bends that are retained for weaving it around obstacles on your desk.It wouldn’t be a Razer keyboard if it weren’t chock full of fun gamer-specific toys. Every button on the keyboard is individually backlit, and the whole keyboard glows with 20 different levels of intensity. You have to set the brightness manually, but the keyboard is capable of glowing even when in direct sunlight, and in a dark room the keys themselves are incredibly distracting at the maximum brightness.The left hand side of the keyboard sports five fully programmable keys, either through the macro recording function on the keyboard or using Synapse 2.0. The “gaming mode” function on the keyboard ensures that you can roll over on 10 keys at once, allowing you to deliver a killer combo or to achieve even greater typing speed if you’re the type to need it.There was a software problem in previous generations of this keyboard where keys would become unusable until you disconnected the board, effectively rebooting the keyboard. During the three weeks that I have been using this keyboard, I have not experienced this particular issue. Being a mechanical keyboard, however, the BlackWidow is inescapably loud. If you regularly find yourself on the phone or in a video chat while using the keyboard, expect there to be commentary on how incredibly lour your keyboard is.Razer has done a solid job with the 2013 edition of the BlackWidow Ultimate. My experience has been incredible, and being able to use Synapse 2.0 to import and adjust macros on the fly makes for an incredible experience if you find yourself using multiple computers on a regular basis. For $125, this keyboard is well worth it for anyone who finds themselves in need of a good backlit mechanical keyboard.last_img read more

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Another man arrested in connection with Mark Desmond murder

first_img Updated 10.55amGARDAÍ HAVE ARRESTED another man in connection with the murder of Mark Desmond.A man in his late 20s was arrested in the early hours of this morning in Dublin city centre and was taken to Ronanstown Garda Station, where he is currently being detained under Section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act.Three men and one woman arrested as part of the investigation were released yesterday evening and late last night. Another man remains in custody at Lucan Garda Station.Desmond was killed in the Lucan area of Dublin on 2 December last.A file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions and investigations are ongoing.Read: Two more men and a woman arrested by armed gardaí in investigation into Lucan park murder By Órla Ryan 11 Comments Another man arrested in connection with Mark Desmond murder Last night, four people arrested over the murder were released. 10,932 Views GardaÍ at the scene in Lucan in December http://jrnl.ie/3447135 Friday 16 Jun 2017, 10:55 AMcenter_img Share4 Tweet Email Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie Short URL Jun 16th 2017, 10:55 AM GardaÍ at the scene in Lucan in December Image: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ie Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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€57 billion subtranche to be disbursed to Greece this month

first_imgOn Monday Greece successfully complete its third bailout review, with eurozone finance ministers approving the a sub-tranche of €5.7 billion to be unlocked for Greece this month.Before the money is handed over however, the decision will first have to pass through the parliaments of individual eurozone states.The total tranche is €6.7 billion, with the additional billion euros to be given to Greece as soon as the country repays overdue debts to the private sector, and it secures full and undisturbed online home auctions.“We are expecting the completion of national procedures and then the Board of Directors will make the final decision on the disbursement of the tranche before the end of the month,” said European Stability Mechanism President, Klaus Regling.With Greece’s €86 billion bailout program due to end in August, on Monday Eurogroup President Mario Centeno revealed that they are working on debt relief measures and steps that will help underpin the country’s economic recovery.Among the options being discussed is making any funds that remain unused after the bailout program ends on 20 August, estimated to be up to €27 billion, available for use, or alternatively returning profits made by the European Central Bank on Greek bonds.Both options would come with conditions linked to reforms, and could see increased supervision by EU institutions after the bailout ends.Greece is already showing signs of improvement, with the economy growing by 1.6 per cent in 2017, with further growth of 2.5 per cent forecast by the European Commission for this year and 2019 respectively.To successfully exit the bailout program, Greece will be required to complete a fourth review before August. It will include 88 reform actions, including new privatisations and reform of the gas and electricity markets. Centeno said he is feeling positive about their ability to come through.“I am confident Greece will implement all remaining deliverables to conclude the program successfully,” he enthused. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Dont fall back on springing time forward this weekend

first_imgWASHINGTON — There’s no time like the present to watch the shifting sands of the hourglass foretell the inevitable forward march of time.It’s time again to abide by the old adage to spring forward (though it’s not yet spring) and mark the shift from standard to daylight saving time. The change occurs at 2 a.m. local time Sunday across most of the United States, so set your clocks an hour ahead before going to bed Saturday night.Daylight will begin to last longer into the evening, but the sun will take an hour longer to emerge in the morning.No time change is observed in Hawaii, most of Arizona, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Marianas.Standard time returns Nov. 3.last_img read more

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Washington man convicted in 1987 killings of Canadian couple gets life

first_imgEVERETT — A man convicted of killing a young Canadian couple more than three decades ago after a trial that hinged on DNA evidence and newly-emerged genealogical technology was sentenced by a judge in Washington state Wednesday to life in prison.William Talbott II received two consecutive life terms with no parole, The Daily Herald reported .Tanya Van Cuylenborg, 18, and her 20-year-old boyfriend, Jay Cook, disappeared in November 1987 after leaving their home near Victoria, British Columbia, for what was supposed to be an overnight trip to Seattle. Their bodies were found in separate locations in northwestern Washington state about a week later.Investigators preserved DNA evidence but they didn’t know whose it was until last year. Authorities used genetic genealogy to identify the suspect as Talbott, a construction worker and truck driver who was 24 at the time of the killings and lived near where Cook’s body was discovered.Talbott, now 56, did not testify during the trial and jurors rejected a suggestion from his lawyers that he had sex with Van Cuylenborg but did not kill her or her boyfriend. It’s still unknown how Talbott encountered the pair and what exactly happened before they were killed.Jay Cook’s mother believes her son pulled over to help a stranger on a cold night. “Jay would’ve picked anyone up, on a night like that,” Lee Cook said in court Wednesday.last_img read more

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CDC Flu shot did poor job protecting seniors against worst bug

first_imgATLANTA — This year’s flu shot is doing a startlingly dismal job of protecting senior citizens from the harshest strain this season, proving only 9 percent effective, the government said Thursday.Health officials don’t know why this is so, but it helps explain why so many older people have been hospitalized with the flu this year.Flu vaccine tends to protect younger people better than older ones and never works as well as other kinds of vaccines. But experts say the preliminary results for seniors are disappointing and highlight the urgent need for a better vaccine.Overall, the vaccine’s effectiveness is a moderate 56 percent, which means those who got a shot have a 56 percent lower chance of winding up at the doctor with the flu. That is nearly as good as other flu seasons, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.For those 65 and older, it offers far less protection. It is 27 percent effective against the three strains in the vaccine, the lowest in about a decade but not far below from what’s expected. But the vaccine did a particularly poor job of protecting older people against the toughest flu bug, which is causing more than three-quarters of the illnesses this year. CDC officials say it’s not clear why.last_img read more

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How can employers offer more than the minimum level of support for

first_imgThere is no such thing as a traditional working pattern for parents; a household may consist of two full-time workers, one full-time and one part-time worker, two part-timers, or a sole breadwinner. Viewpoint: Working parents need long-term benefits The Working Families shared parental leave (SPL) pioneers list highlights those employers offering above and beyond the minimum legal requirements for SPL. Not only are these employers offering enhanced SPL benefits, but the majority also support their expectant parents throughout the pregnancy or adoption process. They, along with many other organisations, have recognised just how important this is and the long-term benefits it can bring. Fathers have the legal right to unpaid leave to attend two antenatal appointments with their expectant partner. However, some organisations allow fathers paid time off or give them the opportunity to work flexibly so they can attend all appointments. With young fathers demonstrating an ever more involved role in their children’s early years, this can be an important motivator and engagement mechanism. Parenting networks offer expectant and new parents mentoring and support during this exciting but also nerve wracking time. They are also a useful way for organisations to better understand the needs of their workforce. Good and early communication is vital for ensuring that the leave process is managed smoothly, and can help both line managers and the employee plan for absence.If a new parent takes only a short period of leave, it can be easy for colleagues to forget that their lives have experienced a huge change.  Looking after a baby is exhausting – both parents are likely to be sleep-deprived, and this can take a huge toll. Simple actions like avoiding booking early or late meetings and allowing flexible start and finish times can smooth the transition back to work.Many organisations have already recognised the importance of supporting expectant and new parents in the workplace and for two simple reasons: recruitment and retention, and gender diversity. It makes sound business sense to protect the investment made in recruiting and developing staff by focusing on retaining talent after they have taken time out for family reasons, and any improvement in retention is a significant factor in achieving better gender diversity, especially at the higher levels of an organisation.Julie McCarthy is head of policy, research and communications at Working Families With flexible working requests and shared parental leave becoming commonplace, employers need to consider whether their support provision for working parents goes above and beyond the legal minimum.What is the legal minimum?As a bare minimum, rights for working parents include paid and unpaid maternity leave; paid paternity leave; paid and unpaid adoption leave; shared parental leave; the right to request flexible working and time off for dependants.In addition to these requirements, it is becoming popular among employers to offer enhanced shared parental leave. For example, over and above the 50 weeks of leave and 37 weeks of pay which can now be shared between parents, some organisations are offering enhancements such as additional pay on top of the statutory entitlement.Supporting working parents can bring business benefits to an employer. Offering additional benefits will help with recruitment and retention, as well as reducing the costs associated with replacing someone who might otherwise not have been able to return to work. Laura Czapiewski, product manager for childcare vouchers at Edenred, says: “It’s a retention issue; it could encourage people to stay at their organisation.”What can be offered? Becoming expectant parents can be a daunting period for employees, just as it can be trying to find childcare cover for teenagers in the summer holidays. Employers can offer support to staff in the form of advice and education. Articles, webinars, online information hubs and speaker sessions can cover a range of topics and appeal to many working parents. An employer can arrange these, or tap into the additional services offered by many childcare voucher providers. For example, Edenred offers access to an online hub with information and resources for working parents. Czapiewski says: “The benefit is that it’s all in one place. For working parents, time is of the essence and [they can] have all the information at [their] fingertips.”Childcare supportIn July 2015, the Supreme Court ruled that the launch of the government’s tax-free childcare scheme will be delayed until 2017 from its initial date of autumn 2015. This means employers have longer to implement a scheme if they do not already offer one, and employees have more time to sign up to employer-supported childcare. The delay to tax-free childcare could be a relief to many working parents, says Jo Dalby, finance director at Busy Bees. “The longevity of the scheme, and the more people that can join it for the better savings, is very important,” she explains.Larger employers can also provide on-site workplace nurseries. The cost of a child’s place in an on-site nursery is exempt from tax and National Insurance contributions and can be paid for through a salary sacrifice arrangement. Again, a workplace nursery can be a strong recruitment and retention tool, but it depends on the size of the organisation and the resources it has available.Emergency childcare is also seen as a valuable benefit for working parents. This is offered by many childcare voucher providers to help out parents if they run into trouble with their usual childcare, or if a childminder is ill, for example. “There is a lot that [employers] can do because all that makes a huge difference to parents financially,” says Dalby.Employers can also help to signpost working parents to find the childcare that best suits their needs. Services can offer advice and support on things such as maternity nurses, nannies, nurseries, childminders and schools in the local area. Sarah-Jane Butler, founder of one such provider, Parental Choice, understands the demands placed on working parents and their employers. “Where we see this as really vital is [to prevent] that loss of talent and experience when a person decides not to go back to work because they can’t find the right childcare or it’s too stressful,” she says.Parenting networks and coachingParenting networks are becoming more popular but do not have to be the preserve of large employers. A way of putting working parents in touch with others in similar situations, networks can be run by the employer at little cost to the organisation. They can be used to organise speaker sessions and offer advice and information on a range of topics.Coaching for parents can also be a valuable benefit, and again can be used as a strong recruitment and retention tool. Employers can offer coaching for expectant parents, before they take leave and after they have returned to work.Whatever benefits an employer chooses to support its working parents, offering more than simply the bare minimum helps to ensure the organisation retains the talent and experience that might otherwise be lost after parental leave. Case study: EY supports working families with multiple optionscenter_img If you read nothing else, read this…With different working patterns for parents, a variety of support measures will help recruit and retain valued staff.Shared parental leave and flexible-working policies can help parents balance their work and home life commitments.Parental networks, coaching and online information hubs can provide over and above the minimum level of support for staff. Professional services firm EY takes a long-term approach to supporting working parents. It is mindful of the life events that many of its employees will experience during their time at the organisation, which includes starting a family.Its approach is made up of a number of components to ensure that it is able to respond to employees’ changing home situations and offer them a high level of support.Maggie Stilwell, managing partner for talent at EY, says: “One of the first elements we offer working parents is flexible working. For all of our people, at whatever level of the organisation, we are empowering them to make sensible, individual decisions around how, when and where they work.“Flexible working is very much used by our working dads, not just mums. It’s something that draws people to EY because they hear of people doing it, and being supported doing it, and how that makes a difference to their ability to manage a family.”EY also offers all its working families access to its parents’ network – just one of its 14-plus employee networks. “It offers a variety of topics that are of interest to working parents,” explains Stilwell. “It offers a buddy scheme for when [an employee] returns to work, and speakers, for example, on helping a child to read.”The organisation also uses the network to consult with staff – for example, when it considered introducing shared parental leave (SPL).EY launched enhanced SPL policies in April 2015. “It’s still early days but we expect between 5% and 10% of our men who are parents to take SPL, and I think it will snowball,” says Stilwell.In addition, EY offers coaching sessions for employees before they take up parental leave, during their leave and on return to work. Stilwell says: “It’s about getting a better transition for people as they come out of the workplace, and then thinking about how they return. We manage that transition more successfully for the business and less stressfully for the indivdual.”last_img read more

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Is this what actually transpired between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during

first_imgMeghan MarkleGetty ImagesSo, everybody remembers the exchange between Meghan Markle and Prince Harry during Trooping the Colour 2019. Nobody can be sure what exactly was said between the spouses, nobody but Royal fans that is, who have themselves convinced that they know exactly what the couple Sussex was talking about.Fans are of the opinion, contrary to popular belief, Prince Harry was not, in fact scolding Meghan but there might have been more to the exchange on the Buckingham Palace balcony after all.Fans are forming a new theory based on a newer version of the clip. Apparently, the original viral clip of the exchange had no sound – and a fresh version of the clip shared by royal fans has revealed the awkward moment took place a second or so before the National Anthem started to play. And so, fans believe that Prince Harry was merely alerting Meghan Markle that the National Anthem was about to begin.  Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesHe was looking out for her so that she wasn’t caught unawares. Though it might have been a heads up. Experts have speculated that there might have been some sternness involved.Trooping the Colour 2019 was Meghan Markle’s first public appearance after the birth of baby Archie. So, it is not unexpected that the Duchess o Sussex would be a little distracted. Reports have suggested that the Duchess may have had more important things on her mind during the event, namely her child. Both Prince Harry and Meghan Markle seemed like they would have rather preferred to be anywhere else but at the event. However,  both Meghan and Harry more often than not, do look like they try to perform their Royal duties to the best of their abilities. You can check out the video here: The real video not the one that was altered and silenced #SussexSquad #DuchessofSussex #TroopingTheColour #PrinceHarry #meghanmarkle #MeghanAndHarry pic.twitter.com/gP9LDoGfdx— ??King Archie Harrison?? (@Sussex__Archive) June 13, 2019last_img read more

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How Wonder Woman Succeeds Where Captain America and Thor Fail

first_imgDid you hear the news? The DC Extended Universe finally put out a great movie! While I’d argue that Man of Steel isn’t terrible, Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad sure are. But critics and audiences (and myself) agree that Wonder Woman eclipses them all. It’s a legitimately amazing movie in its own right.But why? It’s a fun movie, but plenty of superheroes are fun these days. Despite what some think, that’s not really a novel concept anymore in the nearly decade-long age of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And speaking of the MCU, some have attributed Wonder Woman’s success to the ways it apes its successful Marvel rivals. Our own excellent review by Bob Chipman compares it to a star-making Marvel Phase 1 film like the first Iron Man. On a more aesthetic level, the film mashes up aspects of the first Captain America and Thor movies (even if those are actually just inherent elements of a comic character who was contemporary with or predated those properties).I think it goes deeper than that, though. Or rather, I think elements found in the 2011 Captain America and Thor movies are better realized in Wonder Woman. And without too many spoilers, I want to talk about why.Let’s start with the war. Much has been said about how while Wonder Woman debuted as a World War II character, the World War I setting is a much braver, unconventional but better choice. It lets the film be more morally ambiguous and get across a message that all war is a petty, pointless, violent, deadly, dumb series of never-ending tragedies endemic to the darkest parts of human nature. Using the first modern global war, a war that was the biggest, worst example of that darkness in human history at the time, just makes more sense.Not only can the incredibly good but incredibly naive Diana not understand the war, most participants and audiences probably couldn’t give a succinct summary of the tangled trench mess that is WWI either. It wasn’t just “Kill Nazis, stop Hitler.” It’s the perfect, poison gas-filled way to cruelly complicate Diana’s simplistic world view and send her on the fascinating character arc of going from an innately sweet but sheltered and restless girl who wants to stab the bad guy and save everyone to a supremely emotionally intelligent woman who selflessly cares and fights for flawed humanity unconditionally.So right off the bat being a hero that remains a hero but grows and changes as a person (and not just grows more muscles) makes Diana a more dynamic and interesting hero than WWII-era Captain America. But the WWI setting and a costume that literally doesn’t look like the flag of a hegemonic superpower also frees Wonder Woman of the nasty jingoistic political baggage Captain America likes to pretend doesn’t exist. Wonder Woman is a true transcendental global figure, an ambassador from a hidden island taken from Greek myth. She’s not this unrealistically perfect, boring “normal” guy who happens to come from the streets of Brooklyn. But she also doesn’t have to start as a complete jerk like Thor.Speaking of Thor, Wonder Woman’s godly connections are where the Thor comparisons come in. Both films also use “classical warrior deities as fish out of water” for plenty of sex-tinged comedy. But again I think Wonder Woman is a stronger example of the idea’s dramatic potential, too. Gods as ancient aliens is a fascinating science-fiction concept, but Thor’s recasting of Norse mythology in this way, even if it is directly from Jack Kirby, has always felt like a cop-out to me. It’s a way to sidestep the theological implications of Thor’s existence. Thor drawing a tree around some constellations as if it means something about how “magic=science” just equals dumb.In Wonder Woman, these are capital-G Gods. Zeus and company created and ruled over the Earth thousands of years ago. And as such, their relationship to humanity oscillates between paternal and condescending but on a mythic, operatic scale. Diana is curious about these tiny faraway beings called men. Her Amazon queen mother rejects them and leads an island of all-female armed immortals where the only child was sculpted from clay. Villainous war god Ares has nothing but contempt for his father’s creations and tries to lead them astray.Diana sees the war as the ultimate embodiment of Ares’s subversion of the goodness of humanity she believes to be inherent. But the true end conflict and resolution are much more nuanced, mature, intelligent, and satisfying. Both eras, modern tanks and ancient armor, combine in a final fight that uses the chaotic nightmare aesthetic of past DCEU films (full of fire and lightning and rubble and brown smears) not to look awesome but to hammer home how war is incomprehensible hell, how the temptation to aggressively hate, even when the combat seems righteous, should always be rejected in favor of empathy. We have to accept and embrace the entirety of each other.Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman (Photo: Screenshot via YouTube/Warner Bros.)At the intersection of the mythic wonder and realistic drudgery is another blonde hunky white Chris playing a doomed wartime Steve, Chris Pine as Steve Trevor. But even as he understands and admires Diana’s unbelievable world and abilities, the depression of the war keeps him, and eventually her, constantly grounded. Imperfect but noble, he’s a real person, as are his diverse multilingual war buddies, slightly more memorable than Cap’s Howling Commandos. The Native American teammate remarks how Steve’s people stole land from his people, but they fight alongside each other regardless. What else are they going to do? It’s an appreciated bit of racial intersectionality in a film that rightly puts feminism at the forefront. Together the men represent the unexpected humanity heroes like Diana don’t deserve but the humanity they need regardless.These elements combine into a smart, moving, creative, singular film that stays incredibly true to the character while also offering compelling arguments on love and conflict even if you don’t care at all about superheroes, or the fact this is the first, major, good female superhero movie (which is also awesome). DC may continue to make bad movies in the future. Gal Gadot’s next appearance as Wonder Woman will be in this fall’s questionable-looking Justice League movie. But between Richard Donner’s Superman, Christopher Nolan’s Batman, and now Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman, the DC trilogy has finally been given justice on the big screen, and that can never be taken away from us. Oh, and Robin Wright basically plays The Boss from Metal Gear Solid 3, and that’s fantastic.Buy This Comic! Wonder Woman Annual #1Perfect Gifts for the Wonder Women You KnowJustice League’s Susan Eisenberg on What It Means to Be Wonder Womanlast_img read more

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Perhaps the most unsung group in the league Chand

first_imgPerhaps the most unsung group in the league. Chandler Jones and emerging Markus Golden teamed for 23½ sacks last year and will be joined by Jarvis Jones, who can handle dirty work outside. Deone Bucannon — he was at the forefront of making safety/linebacker hybrids chic, earning him the distinctive “$LB” position in Arizona — is an impact player, but ankle issues are presently a concern. Not to worry, first rounder Haason Reddick, who’s shifting inside after starring at defensive end for Temple, could be a mismatch, especially on passing downs. Ever-reliable Karlos Dansby returns after he and Kevin Minter (Bengals) switched sides in free agency.Jones and Golden were the only teammates in the NFL to each have double-digit sack totals in 2016. Jones was rewarded with a massive five-year, $82 million contract in the offseason.There is some concern about Bucannon. The dynamic fourth-year player had ankle surgery in June and is a candidate to start the year on the Physically Unable to Participate (PUP) list when training camp gets underway. Reddick, the 13th overall pick out of Temple, will see plenty of playing time in camp in Bucannon’s absence.Dansby, an ageless free agent signing, is back for his third stint with the Cardinals. When he last wore the red and white, Dansby put together an incredible 2013 season, registering a team-high 122 tackles to go along with 6.5 sacks and four interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns. Since leaving Arizona in free agency, Dansby has continued to put up big numbers in Cleveland and Cincinnati. 16 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Undoubtedly, the strength of the Arizona Cardinals’ defense is their linebacking corps.Comprised of dynamic edge rushers and playmakers in the middle of the field, Arizona’s linebackers helped their defense hold opponents to just 305.2 yards per game in 2016, the second-lowest total in the league.Nate Davis of USA Today continued his series of ranking individual position units around the NFL, and he has the Cardinals’ linebackers at No. 4 in the league. Top Stories center_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Jarvis Jones, Gabe Martin, Kareem Martin, Alani Fua and former University of Arizona standout Scooby Wright will battle to fill depth positions among the linebackers.Davis ranked the Carolina Panthers’ unit, led by Luke Kuechly and Thomas Davis, as his top group in the NFL. They were followed by Denver and Seattle, with the Kansas City Chiefs rounding out the top five. Arizona Cardinals outside linebacker Chandler Jones (55) and linebacker Markus Golden (44) celebrate after an NFL football game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. The Cardinals won 40-7. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelolast_img read more

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first_imgAlmost 90 per cent of Cyprus’ exports, as well as over 80 per cent of imports, to and from European Union member states are done by small and medium enterprises (SMEs), data published by Eurostat on Tuesday showed.According to Eurostat, SMEs account for an overall 98 per cent of companies trading goods within the EU, including around 70 per cent that are micro-enterprises (up to 9 people employed).SMEs, the agency said, are responsible for about half the value of intra-EU trade in goods.Specifically, they account for 51 per cent of intra-EU imports and 45 per cent of intra-EU exports.In five member states, SMEs generate more than two-thirds of the total value of intra-EU exports of goods: Cyprus (88 per cent) and Latvia (81 per cent), followed by Belgium (70 per cent), Estonia (68 per cent) and the Netherlands (67 per cent).At the opposite end of the spectrum, SMEs account for less than one third of intra-EU export value in France (21 per cent), Germany (26 per cent), Slovakia (30 per cent) and Ireland (32 per cent), followed by Poland (35 per cent), the Czech Republic (36 per cent) and Finland (38 per cent).According to Eurostat, from all SME size classes, micro-enterprises are the largest contributors to intra-EU exports in six member states: Belgium (where micro-enterprises account for 46 per cent of total intra-EU export value), Malta (37 per cent in 2013), Hungary (26 per cent), the United Kingdom (23 per cent), Romania and Sweden (both 19 per cent).In contrast, in ten member states they generate less than 10 per cent of total value: France, Germany, Finland (all around 4 per cent), as well as the Czech Republic, Italy (both around 5 per cent), Poland (6 per cent), Denmark (8 per cent), Slovakia, Luxembourg (both around 9 per cent) and Portugal (10 per cent).In all member states, more than 90 per cent of enterprises exporting within the EU are SMEs, ranging from 90 per cent in the Czech Republic to over 99 per cent in Slovenia.In the vast majority of member states, at least half the value of intra-EU imports of goods comes from SMEs.In particular, SMEs are responsible for more than three-quarters of total import value in Latvia (85 per cent), Cyprus (82 per cent), Estonia (79 per cent), Lithuania (78 per cent) and Malta (77 per cent in 2013).Only in France (31 per cent), Germany (34 per cent), the Czech Republic (47 per cent), Slovakia (48 per cent) and Poland (49 per cent), SMEs account for less than half of the imports.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndoKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue BookUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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first_imgDOCTORS in Russia believe that a blind six-year-old boy from Paphos will eventually gain his sight after a series of ground breaking operations, the first of which was carried out successfully.Iordanis Demetrof (Dani) was born blind and has recently returned from a trip to Russia where he underwent the first of a series of treatments invented by a renowned Russian professor, Ernst Muldashev. His treatment has only been made possible by fundraising and donations from supporters and well-wishers.After rigorous tests, doctors in Russia came to conclusion that Dani currently only reacts to light in one eye.“If Dani undergoes a series of regular operations over a few years, they are positive that Dani will start seeing,” Dani’s grandmother, Neli Yordanova, told the Sunday Mail.For more serious results time is needed. Probably three or four treatments are needed, she added. “Professor Mudashev personally made the operation and said in the future he will be able to see.”Dani was born blind and was diagnosed with severe optic disc hypoplasia by a specialist at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. So far, his treatment has been a success, as he was previously unable to speak or walk and was 100 per cent blind.The youngster now speaks two languages, can take things in his hands and plays with other children.Dani won over the public when he received a Cyprus Heart of Gold award in 2015 and courageously walked, with the help of his mother, Rafaela Dimitrova, for one of the first times to the stage to collect his award.Dani already had to undergo a number of risky and painful treatments abroad, which have helped him to react to light.Previous treatments in Thailand in 2013 and 2014 involved stem cells, injections, physical rehabilitation, aquatic exercise, an occupational therapy programme, acupuncture and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.The latest treatment took place in Russia where Dani and his family stayed for a few weeks in June/July. The surgery used a biomaterial called Alloplant, this can help when standard medicine cannot. It was invented by Muldashev and when inserted into a body, stimulates the regeneration of the recipient tissues.Dani outside the clinic in Russia a few days after the second operationDani’s grandmother said that the clinic is very well equipped and staff went out of their way to be kind and helpful with all of the patients and their families.“The operation went well, it involved a large procedure on Dani’s right eye and a smaller one on his left eye. The operation was done with full anesthesia and was very painful for him, but he is a brave boy,” said Yordanova.The operation, the stay in the clinic and the airline tickets cost around €5000 and in six months’ time, it is necessary that the opposite procedure is carried out, a small operation on Dani’s right eye and a larger one on the left, she added.Further operations every six months must be carried out for the treatment to work, and it is not yet clear how many he will need, and therefore how much it will cost in total.“Dani already has appointments booked for December 2017 and June 2018. It depends on the type of the operation each time and the treatments after that as to how much it will cost,” said Yordanova.The family said that there is currently enough money in Dani’s bank account to cover several visits in the clinic.Dani said: “I enjoyed my stay in Russia and I really wish to be able to see the world around me. I like going to school and the thing I like most is music.”Media appeals, social media appeals, a ‘go get funding’ page and events have all contributed towards raising money.“Dani and his family would like to thank all of the people who have supported us on his journey to sight, without you all, this would not be possible,” Yordanova said. To make a donation to Dani’s appeal: https://gogetfunding.com/iordanis-needs-help/Or Bank of Cyprus, Rafaela Dimitrova, account number: 357013739469, Iban: CY29002001950000357013739469To contact Dani’s family: dany_boy701127@abv.bgYou May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Sarris we fought to the point of tears

first_imgBy Poly PantelidesTHE FORMER government’s delay in agreeing to an international bailout and the rejection of an original bailout proposal for Cyprus in March, sealed the fate of the now defunct Laiki, an inquiry heard on Thursday.Laiki’s systemic importance as the island’s second biggest bank, its massive liquidity problems and “problematic Greek portfolio” endangered the banking sector as a whole, Michalis Sarris told the inquiry into the economy’s near collapse.Sarris served the current government as finance minister during the March banking crisis. Previously he had headed Laiki.  He took over as non-executive chairman for the bank in January 2012, until he was ousted in August that year by the recently-appointed Central Bank governor after the state took over control of the bank.  He resigned as finance minister in April in the wake of fallout from the bail-in in March and because the inquiry would be looking into his time as Laiki chairman.“We fought to the point of tears,” Sarris said of the Eurogoup meetings that ended in the unprecedented  bail-in for depositors. He said there were no friends to be found during the Eurogroup meetings.In the end, Cyprus had to agree to shut down Laiki and restructure its biggest bank, the Bank of Cyprus, forcing major losses for the depositors of those banks.Laiki lost €3.5 billion from a writedown on Greek sovereign debt. It also posted a €4.1 billion loss in 2011, partly because the new board had realised had realised the risks and damage from the bank’s Greek exposure were “much worse than the official bank data”.But despite knocking on doors and visiting Greece’s then prime-minister, Lucas Papademos, as well as Greece’s Central Bank governor, Sarris failed to convince them to take on Laiki’s Greek branches on a package of some €50 billion the eurozone had agreed would go towards alleviating the impact of Greek banks’ losses during a Greek sovereign debt write-down.“We argued that as a bank we had a strong presence in Greece and in Greek lending and we should also be part of a similar treatment.” Eurozone and IMF brass also said they would not help Cyprus’ banks directly unless the government took austerity measures to control its deteriorating finances, Sarris said. But as long as Laiki had a presence in Greece, there could be little interest from investors, Sarris said. Eventually, the state was forced to bail out the bank in May last year to the tune of €1.8 billion, acquiring 84 per cent of the bank.In the run-up to Laiki’s state bailout, Sarris was one of the people assessing the real damage the bank had incurred from a massive expansion in Greece. Former Laiki bank strongman Andreas Vgenopoulos was forced to leave in November 2011, and other executives and board members followed suit. A new leadership started assessing the situation at hand, with the help of forensic experts. Laiki’s balance sheets for example showed in 2010 some €200 million in non-performing loans related to the Greek portfolio, but “recognising that the Greek portfolio was very problematic,” the new management set the 2011 figure at €1.6 billion, Sarris said.There was a lack of “the necessary objectivity and courage” evident in the figures previously released by the bank, which the newly appointed Laiki board tried to correct, Sarris said.There were also questions raised over some €600 million that Laiki lent to Vgenopoulos’ Greek investment company, Marfin Investment Group and questions about “the great risks and strange ways” in which lending took place in Greece, Sarris said. He was warned by the inquiry’s head, Giorgos Pikis, not to elaborate since the committee has decided not to touch matters relating to criminal investigations.“A healthy bank needs a strong board that can ask difficult questions,” he said. When executives dominate the board or when there is no clear distinction between board and executives you have a “recipe for disaster,” he said. Internal checks within a bank fall apart and the Central Bank’s supervision becomes more important, Sarris said. But he added steps the Central Bank would take to control bank lending were deemed as interference with the then-booming property market and “infuriated businesspeople”.Nonetheless, the prevailing belief was that the bank’s serious problems “could be handled,” Sarris said. This, despite a May 2012 statement by then President Demetris Christofias during an official visit to Vienna which spooked investors who heard from Cyprus’ head of state, the island was trying to help a non-viable major local bank.But that faith relied on the belief a memorandum would be signed “soon” in 2012, Sarris said.Despite the delay, during which Laiki amassed over€9 billion in emergency liquidity assistance – over half of the country’s GDP –  an original eurozone agreement in March was better if unpalatable, of spreading out a bail-in or haircut across all deposits – insured or not – in all local banks, Sarris said.The former World Bank director, a man with a reputation for being sensible and cautious, had to dive right into negotiating a bailout amid foreign press reports “assumed to have been leaked by the IMF or the eurozone” of a potential bail-in. You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementBad Digestion Slowing You Down? 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