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first_imgMesut Ozil has “lost his motivation and desire”, according to Emmanuel Petit, with a man seeing his Arsenal future called into question on a regular basis now “waiting for his retirement”.Despite having committed to fresh terms with the Gunners less than a year ago, the World Cup-winning midfielder could soon be heading for the exits at Emirates Stadium.His agent has sought to quash talk of an imminent transfer, but Unai Emery continues to overlook him and offer little suggestion that the 30-year-old is an important part of his plans. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Petit believes the German playmaker has fallen out of favour because he has achieved that all he set out to in a distinguished career, with a man who once graced the very top of the game now merely going through the motions.The ex-Arsenal midfielder told the Mirror: “I think he lost his motivation and desire. He now looks as if he is just waiting for his retirement.“A player losing his motivation happens a lot. We are not robots. Sometimes you get into a new season and it’s just not the same. It’s very difficult to play at the same level all of the time.“If you earn so much money, have already won so many titles and, on top of that, if you have problems in your private life… I don’t know what’s going on in his life, but I can see what’s going on out on the pitch and his body language is not good.“It’s a great shame because I hope he can do something not just for himself but also for the club. He’s a beautiful player, but he needs to be loved.“It’s January. In two weeks’ time, the market is closed. I don’t see him leaving the club. Where would he go? To China? Honestly. Do you want to see Ozil finish his career in China?“I’ve nothing against China, but for a player like Ozil, that cannot happen.“I think the club needs Ozil. Ozil needs to understand that and he must get over his frustration and try to fight until the end. To somehow save his pride.”Mesut Ozil Germany 2018While suggesting that Ozil needs to feel wanted in north London, Petit believes the issues which led to international retirement being announced in the summer of 2018 have contributed to the struggles of a player with undoubted ability.The Frenchman added: “What happened with the national team, has had a big impact on him.“I was following the story for weeks and weeks in Germany and Turkey and I thought to myself, ‘It’s far beyond the limits.’ Some people attack Ozil as a person, not as a footballer.“This is the life of a modern sportsman, you need to do that. You need to fight.“I don’t want him to leave Arsenal, I just want him to come back on the pitch and to do what he’s being paid for.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

first_imgErik Lamela has warned that Tottenham have no time to feel sorry for themselves after Thursday’s Carabao Cup exit as they continue to fight for silverware on three fronts.Spurs’ first shot at a trophy ended at the semi-final stage as they were beaten on penalties by Chelsea after the Blues overturned a 1-0 first-leg deficit at Stamford Bridge.The tie ended 2-2 on aggregate before Eric Dier and Lucas Moura both failed with their spot-kicks, handing Chelsea a place in the final against holders Manchester City. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? And while disappointed, Lamela says Spurs should not dwell on their elimination given they are still in the Premier League title race, the FA Cup and the Champions League.”The season is long and we need to move on,” he told the club’s website..@LucasMoura7 sees his penalty saved and Luiz converts to send the home side through to the final.— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 24, 2019″It’s another game in three days [in the FA Cup fourth round against Crystal Palace] and the season isn’t finished.”We’re out of this competition, that’s hard for us but we need to keep going forward, always.”Fellow teammate Jan Vertonghen is confident Spurs will bounce back from the disappointment and end their 11-year wait for silverware.”I think it was a brilliant performance from us, obviously Chelsea played well, so it’s a shame,” he told Spurs TV.”We probably both think that we deserved to win. I think that Tottenham definitely deserved to go to the final but this is life.”We have a lot of chances to come back and we will, this is what we do. We’ve had it in the past but we’re so strong mentally and physically in every single way, that is what makes us good.”Next up for Mauricio Pochettino’s men is a trip to Crystal Palace in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday, before a return to Premier League duties against Watford three days later.last_img read more

first_imgzoom Bangladesh’s Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) has selected three companies to carry out a feasibility study, which started in September 2016, for the Bay Terminal, a new facility to be constructed at the port. The companies, including HPC Hamburg Port Consulting, a subsidiary of Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA), Hamburg-based Sellhorn Engineering and KS Consultants from Dhaka, Bangladesh, have prepared a new port master plan according to which the expansion plans are set.“The plan is to construct a port facility that focuses on containers on the Patenga coast, close to the existing port, which is located 16 kilometers inland,” HHLA said.Funded by the Asian Development Bank and budgeted at USD 1.9 billion, the plan would enable the construction of another container terminal and a multi-purpose terminal.“Building this terminal will significantly reduce transport costs incurred during import and export,” Mahbubul Alam, President of the Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI), said.Chittagong is situated in the south of Bangladesh, handling 92 percent of the country’s seaward traffic.Image Courtesy: HHLAlast_img read more

first_imgMathematics may not be everyone’s bag, but that may soon change for Nova Scotia’s youngest students. Hundreds of elementary students across Nova Scotia are now getting a fresh perspective on adding and subtracting thanks to new Mathematics homework kits for Grade Primary to Grade 3. The Mathematics Home Activity Packs, which are stuffed with math games and other fun activities, are designed to help students and their parents understand and explore basic concepts at home. Building blocks, coloured beads, illustrated books and even toy robots are among the hands-on materials included in the 30 activity bags packed inside each pack. Each bag includes a math activity instruction card along with a variety of tools or books to complete the activity. Each activity helps students develop a better understanding of number concepts, geometry, equations, graphing, patterns and making predictions. “We are hoping these home activity packs will make it easier for our youngest students to grasp a variety of concepts by making math homework more fun,” said Education Minister Jamie Muir. “Student success in mathematics is one of our top priorities.” He said it’s important young students use concrete materials to enhance their understanding of sometimes complicated concepts before progressing to more abstract theories in the later grades. The home activity packs, promised in Learning For Life II, the province’s plan for education, are especially helpful to families, who can participate more meaningfully in their child’s education. The activities also give a glimpse into the concepts being taught in the classroom. “The home activity packs provide a window on the classroom for parents,” said Donna Karsten, mathematics consultant for the Department of Education. “They were created here, by Nova Scotia teachers, for Nova Scotia teachers.” About 2,000 of the packs have already been sent to elementary schools across the province. Mr. Muir personally delivered the last of the kits to Brookfield Elementary School, today, March 27. Brookfield teacher Holly Peers, a member of the provincial team that developed the baggie concept, said her students and their parents love the packs. “Parents tell me that this is the way children should learn and these are the types of things they should be doing,” she said. “Everybody is really excited about the math bags.”last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA – Both China and Russia will be integral to securing peace on the Korean peninsula, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau conceded Monday even as he defended the decision to leave the two countries out of this week’s international gathering on the perils posed by North Korea.Trudeau made the remarks after Russia became the latest to slam the meeting — taking place Tuesday in Vancouver and co-hosted by Canada and the U.S. — as a threat to peace efforts.China, meanwhile, has already derided as “Cold War thinking” the involvement of only those allies that supported South Korea during the Korean War.“There are always going to be different venues and different groupings happening, and I think a diversity of approaches is better than picking one lane and deciding that this is going to be the way it happens,” Trudeau said in an interview with The Canadian Press.“This is an opportunity to gather together a group of nations that are historically linked through the Korean War that will be another piece, we certainly hope and feel, in the path towards resolving the conflict.”But Trudeau also acknowledged that any successful resolution will ultimately need to include China and Russia, both of which he called “important partners” in resolving one of the world’s greatest threats to peace.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson last month announced plans to co-host the Vancouver meeting in response to growing concerns about North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs.The meeting has sparked plenty of condemnation, most recently from Russia, whose foreign minister didn’t pull his punches Monday in a two-hour news conference.“We openly said that we think this meeting is harmful,” Sergey Lavrov said, echoing earlier sentiments from the Chinese government.U.S. officials have suggested that while not invited, Russia and China were generally supportive of the decision to hold a meeting in Vancouver. Lavrov described such assertions as “an outright lie.”He also questioned the list of 20 countries invited to attend, all of which supported the UN force that fought against the North Koreans, Chinese and Russians during the Korean War from 1950 to 1953.“When we found out about this meeting, we asked: ‘Why do you need all those countries together? Greece, Belgium, Colombia, Luxembourg. What do they have to do with the Korean peninsula today?’”Similar sentiments have been expressed by the Chinese foreign ministry and even a Japanese official, raising questions about the purpose of the meeting — and its likelihood of success in curbing North Korea’s nuclear program.U.S. officials have previously said the meeting will look at ways to crack down on the many smuggling and money-laundering schemes that Pyongyang has employed to sidestep sanctions and pay for its nuclear program.Sanctions continue to be a critical point of leverage for the international community over North Korea, said Eric Walsh, Canada’s ambassador to South Korea. The challenge remains the sheer number of sanctions and the resulting patchwork of implementation, Walsh said Monday during an event at the University of British Columbia.“One of the things we want to do is look at how we can improve enforcement, how we can identify where sanctions are being evaded and maybe give some assistance to countries,” he said.U.S. officials have said the discussions will include whether to start intercepting North Korean shipping, which is certain to spark anger and threats from Pyongyang and could involve Canadian warships.Underlining the military backdrop, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis were scheduled to attend a dinner with Freeland and Tillerson on Monday night in advance of Tuesday’s gathering.Yet Walsh said the meeting will include a significant focus on potential diplomatic avenues given by bringing together various countries that agree North Korea is a big challenge, but don’t necessarily see eye-to-eye on other issues.“We want to think practically … about how we can improve prospects for a diplomatic solution and create space for long-term stability and prosperity on the peninsula,” he said.“I think we’ll get a more nuanced sense of what diplomatic options may be available to us.”NDP foreign affairs critic Helene Laverdiere on Monday called on the Trudeau government to emphasize diplomacy during the Vancouver meeting, especially in the face of the Trump administration’s “dangerously bellicose rhetoric.”“It is more important than ever for the Canadian government to chart a very different course,” she said, “and assert to governments around the world that diplomacy is paramount, even when economic sanctions are underway.”— With reporting from Laura Kane in Vancouver.— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – A new stress test for all uninsured mortgages is unnecessary and could increase costs for homebuyers, a report by the Fraser Institute said Wednesday.Study author Neil Mohindra wrote the proposed stress test “will do more harm than good” by limiting access to mortgages for some homebuyers.“The mandatory standard for stress testing could result in a less competitive and more concentrated mortgage market,” he wrote in the report.The study comes as the federal Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions finalizes new lending guidelines.Among the changes being contemplated is a requirement that homebuyers who have a down payment of 20 per cent or more and do not require mortgage insurance still have to show they can make their payments if interest rates rise.The head of OSFI has said that Canada’s banking regulator wants to reduce the risk of mortgage defaults because of high levels of household debt.“We are not waiting to see those risks crystallize in rising arrears and defaults before we act,” OSFI head Jeremy Rudin said last week.Canadian household debt compared with disposable income hit a record high in the second quarter. Statistics Canada reported last month that household credit market debt as a proportion of household disposable income increased to 167.8 per cent, up from 166.6 per cent in the first quarter.However, Mohindra said that instead of a prescriptive test, OSFI could use its existing powers to fix what it believes are deficiencies in policies and procedures.The Bank of Canada has raised its key interest rate target by a quarter of a percentage point twice this year.The increases have pushed up the big bank prime lending rates which are used to determine rates for variable-rate mortgages and lines of credit.The Fraser Institute is an independent, non-partisan organization that tends to prefer free-market policies over government regulation.last_img read more

first_imgCALGARY – Bryan de Lottinville’s relationship with charities is complicated.As the founder and CEO of Calgary-based Benevity Inc., the 58-year-old wants to help as much as he can by providing his multinational corporate clients like Nike, Coca-Cola, Google and Apple with software solutions that more efficiently extract money, volunteer hours and general “goodness” from employees.But he really wishes there were fewer than two million charitable organizations from around the world in his cloud-based database. And that they could be a little more organized in how they collect and spend money.“Charities, there are way too many of them,” he says during an interview.“If they were companies, they wouldn’t survive. Someone would come along and roll them up into an efficient infrastructure. But in the not-for-profit sector, all it takes is one or two well-intentioned donors to keep something alive that would be better combined with something else.”The giving business is giving back for Benevity, which took over three floors of a brand new seven-storey building on the north side of the Bow River in downtown Calgary late last year and is already looking to expand into a fourth floor.The company has come a long way from 2008 when de Lottinville decided to execute his idea to reinvent corporate giving.From four software developers working in a tiny office over a shawarma shop, the company has grown to employ 425 people, mainly in Calgary, but also in offices in Victoria, San Mateo, Calif. and Gloucester, U.K.This year it expects to distribute about $1.2 billion to 150,000 charities around the world.The Benevity system is all about choice and options, de Lottinville says.Participant companies can design their programs to allow any level of matching for any term by any group of employees. They can support as many or as few charities as they wish. They can also use the system to handle grant requests.About 87 per cent of donations via Benevity are distributed electronically, compared with only about eight per cent of the $390 billion per year in donations to charities in North America.Most of Benevity’s revenue comes from extracting a 2.9 per cent “support fee” from donations made by about 300 big corporate clients, with the fee capped for large individual transactions.Like many software-as-a-service businesses, Benevity isn’t making profits — yet. De Lottinville says the equity investments allow the company to grow bigger, more efficient and, hopefully, profitable.Last year, Benevity was hired to track a program at Telus Corp. through which the telecommunications company gives $1 per volunteer project hour worked to a charity of the employee’s choice. This year, it asked Benevity to organize its donation-matching program for its 28,000 staff in Canada.“They have created this system where they already interface directly with charities,” said Jill Schnarr, Telus vice-president of corporate citizenship. “Before … there was a huge administrative burden.”In January, the company announced that General Atlantic, a US$25-billion New York-based growth equity investment firm founded by American philanthropist Chuck Feeney, had become a major owner and partner with an undisclosed investment.Since then, Benevity bought companies in the U.K. and California to expand its geographic reach and gain access to their brand name clients.The financial injection allowed de Lottinville to pay back with interest the 40 or so small private investors who initially invested in Benevity — he jokes they thought they were making a charitable donation at the time. The company was also able to reduce the stake held by JMI Equity of Baltimore, which initially invested $38 million in 2015.Alex Crisses, managing director at General Atlantic, said it decided to invest in Benevity because it is “truly different” than the other companies in the space.“It’s really about employee engagement and making sure employees feel valued,” he said.He said General Atlantic is a long-term investor with no pre-set targets or liquidity timetable. It has a presence on Benevity’s board of directors but fully supports de Lottinville’s vision.De Lottinville is talkative when discussing business but turns quiet when asked if his childhood growing up in Ottawa shaped his interest in helping others. When pressed, he concedes it’s a factor, and part of the reason he volunteers with YWCA Calgary.“I grew up with a single mom and she was a vulnerable person, so some of that is personal resonance,” he said.His business resume starts with training as a lawyer in Ottawa and working in Toronto with a corporate finance practice.There he met Mogens Smed, founder of a company that made modular construction components in Calgary.The two hit it off and he joined Smed International as an executive in the mid-1990s. He helped grow it from $20 million in annual revenue and 200 workers to $300 million and 2,500 staff before it was taken over by a competitor in 2000.De Lottinville then joined iStockPhoto as chief operating officer. It was one of first multi-sided platform businesses to employ user-generated content and crowdsourcing. It was sold for $50 million to Getty Images in 2006.Building and selling businesses paid handsomely but the “recovering lawyer” said he yearned to do something to make the world a better place.He decided he lacked the skill and patience to work directly for a charity. He made an angel investment in a “consuming for good” software loyalty program startup but it failed miserably.Benevity satisfies both his entrepreneurial and philanthropist sides.De Lottinville said his latest goal is to find a way to help companies work together on big projects — water conservation, for example — instead of donating to multiple charities all trying to do the same thing.The efficiency appeals to him.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.last_img read more

New York (UN) – The UN Security Council deemed, on Tuesday, that a mutually-acceptable political solution to the artificial dispute over the Moroccan Sahara and a reinforced cooperation within the Arab Maghreb Union will contribute to stability in the Sahel region. Reaching a political solution to the long-running dispute and a reinforced cooperation between the member states of the Arab Maghreb Union will contribute to the stability and security in the Sahel region, said the fifteen member states in resolution 2152, adopted unanimously and extending for one year the MINURSO mandate.This is the second time that the UNSC links the settlement of the artificial conflict to the crisis in the Sahel region. The UN has repeatedly warned against insecurity in the region and activities by terrorist groups which actively recruit to strengthen their presence and armory. read more

Under the 1 April Joint Statement by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and US President Barack Obama, the two countries will take concrete steps to fulfil their obligations under the UN-backed Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which forms the foundation of the world’s nuclear non-proliferation regime. In a statement issued today by his spokesperson, Mr. Ban said that their leadership is “vital to the process leading the achievement of a nuclear-weapon-free world.” Along with their commitment to this goal, the Secretary-General said other “significant undertakings” include the presidents’ pledge to realize reductions in their strategic offensive arsenals by replacing the current Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) with a new, legally binding pact. The statement noted that Mr. Ban is encouraged by the leaders’ efforts to overcome difference pertaining to missile defence deployment, welcoming their commitment to further strengthening the NPT, the global regime for the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and the means of delivery of these weapons. He also welcomed the leaders’ declaration of support for the Security Council resolution on preventing non-State actors from obtaining WMD-related materials and technologies. “The promotion of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, heightened efforts to make nuclear weapons and materials secure, and to combat nuclear terrorism will contribute to addressing important nuclear challenges,” he noted. As depository of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban-Treaty (CTBT), which outlaws all nuclear explosions and establishes a verification regime to monitor compliance, the Secretary-General said that he is “particularly pleased” by Mr. Obama’s confirmation that he will work towards US ratification of the pact, which Russia has already done. Mr. Ban has repeatedly appealed to the members of the Conference on Disarmament – the world’s only multilateral disarmament negotiating forum – to break their deadlock and move to the negotiations phase, including on a treaty banning the production of fissile material. The Conference has not been able to agree on a programme of work for 10 years. Therefore, the Russian and US leaders’ support for these negotiations is “most welcome,” the statement said. Yesterday, the head of the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said he believes the commitments by the two leaders will help move the world beyond the Cold War mentality. IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei said that the Joint Statement could also generate momentum towards the universal adherence to comprehensive safeguards agreements. 3 April 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today welcomed the commitments made by the leaders of Russia and the United States to accomplish nuclear disarmament and intensify nuclear non-proliferation efforts. read more

A new poll suggests more Canadians are living debt-free this year compared to 2011.The annual RBC survey found that 26% of respondents had no personal debt — excluding mortgage debt — in 2012, up from 22% last year.However, the poll found that on average Canadians are carrying $13,141 in non-mortgage debt, up $84 from last year.Ontario residents were carrying the heaviest load at $15,361 while Quebecers had the least at $10,171.Some 40% of those polled said they were comfortable with their current debt level, down from 45% last year.And one-in-three respondents said their debt levels are a source of anxiety — up slightly from 2011.[np-related]Richard Goyder, vice-president of personal lending at RBC, says it’s “encouraging that the results show more Canadians have become debt-free over the past year.”The poll also found a majority of respondents — 51% — said it’s more important right now to pay down debt rather than save and invest for the future.And 76% said they’re in better financial shape than their neighbours.Finance Minister Jim Flaherty and Bank of Canada governor Mark Carney have repeatedly warned Canadians about borrowing too much and identified household debt as a key risk to the economy.The International Monetary Fund also raised concerns in a report this week about the amount of borrowing in Canada and how it could affect the economy.Canadian average household debt, which includes mortgage debt, in relation to disposable income rose to a record 152% at the end of 2011.The online poll of 2,041 Canadian adults was conducted from July 27 to August 2.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population.The Canadian Press Find FP Personal Finance on Facebook read more

They particularly welcomed the upcoming meeting of a parliamentary committee, consisting of religious and political leaders from all communities, set up to discuss the issue. The envoys also visited the Sri Dalada Maligawa. They said that Sri Lankans know all too well the consequences of not addressing religious and ethnic hatred, and reiterated the importance of political, religious and community leaders taking the initiative to counter hate speech and racist stereotypes. The envoys emphasised that there must be no impunity for such crimes. (Colombo Gazette) During a frank and constructive exchange, the envoys emphasised the importance of starting a systematic dialogue with other religious leaders to avoid the recurrence of the recent violence. The Ambassadors met representatives of the Muslim community to discuss the recent communal violence, and its aftermath. They expressed their sympathies for the loss of life and the destruction of homes, mosques, and businesses.Addressing the media in Kandy, they noted that the violence in Kandy district underscores the need to redouble efforts to support national reconciliation. The Ambassador of the European Union, Tung-Laï Margue, the Ambassador of Romania, Dr. Victor Chiujdea, and Heinz Walker-Nederkoorn, the Ambassador of Switzerland visited Kandy district from 27-28 March 2018, the EU mission in Colombo said today.The Ambassadors paid their respects to the Chief Prelate of the Asigiriya Chapter, the Most. Ven. Warakagoda Sri Gnanarathana Thero, and the Chief Prelate of the Malwatte Chapter, the Most Venerable Thibbotuwawe Sri Siddhartha Sumangala. read more

An autopsy will be performed Monday on a 29-year-old man who died while swimming in Lake Huron.Ontario Provincial Police in the municipality of South Huron say they responded to a call shortly before 6 p.m. Saturday about a man in distress in the lake.They say the Mississagua man had been swimming with friends and family when he submerged.The man was pulled from the water unconscious. Police say all efforts to resuscitate him failed and he was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency responders.

“Inextricably linked to resource mobilization efforts is the equally urgent need to improve the management of grant disbursements,” Mr. Annan told the ninth high-level session of the Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, a unique public-private partnership created nearly three years ago on his initiative.”The urgency of the AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria epidemics demand that already committed resources reach those who need them far more rapidly than they do today,” he said in a message to the meeting in Arusha, Tanzania, delivered by Peter Piot, Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).Whil oversight was necessary to ensure the money is being spent wisely, equal attention should be paid to overcoming system constraints to disbursement at the country level by working with partners to strengthen key national institutions and systems, he added.”Clearly, the Fund cannot do this alone. But without progress in this area, it will remain difficult to persuade donors to make further contributions to the Fund,” he said.The Board session, ending on Saturday, is focusing on how increased investments can drive back the three pandemics in the Great Lakes area of Africa, one of the world’s worst-affected regions, and will decide when to call for a new round of grant applications which would be submitted for approval next year.Since it was created in early 2002, the Fund has approved proposals worth $3.1 billion to 314 grants in 128 countries. Of this $570 million goes to the countries of the Lake Victoria region. read more

A civil engineer is suing British Airways for damages of up to £10,000 after he sat next to a passenger so “obese” it left him “pinned to the side of the cabin”.Stephen Prosser, 51, claims he suffered soft tissue damage after a traveller “wedged” himself into the seat next to him on a flight from Bangkok to London Heathrow on January 10 in 2016.Mr Prosser, of Tonypandy, South Wales, claims that the obese passenger, who he described as 6ft 5in and 23 stone, was “so large” that his body fat “spilled” into his seat by several inches.His lawyers say the engineer was “forced to adjust his body and sit in an awkward and uncomfortable position” for the whole 12 hour and 40 minute flight.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––Mr Prosser said he was left suffering symptoms from his injuries for the following three months – and is now seeking damages. Mr Prosser's case is set to be heard at Pontypridd County Court on Friday But British Airways deny the claims – stating Mr Prosser “did not not display any signs of injury” when leaving the flight.Mr Prosser, who is 5ft 2in and weighs 10 stone, said: “Just as the plane door was about to close, this 6ft 5in elk, weighing about 23-stone got on-board and sat between myself and another passenger who had the aisle seat. British Airways has denied the claims made by Mr ProsserCredit:Tim Ockenden/PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Mr Prosser’s case is set to be heard at Pontypridd County Court on FridayCredit:Wales News “He was a huge bloke, not just overweight but really big boned as well. He was a real lump.”I felt discomfort as soon as he sat down because I was pinned against the side of the cabin. “I asked whether they could move him or move me but it was a full flight and they decided not to move me to a crew member’s seat because I’d have to keep on getting up to allow them to get to the galley. British Airways has denied the claims made by Mr Prosser “They said there wasn’t anything they could do so I said I wanted to make a formal complaint which I did with the on-board customer services rep.”I had no choice but to go back to my seat and the discomfort at being squashed up against the cabin soon turned to agony.”He is claiming between £5,000 and £10,000 as general damages for pain, suffering and loss of amenity.The case is set to be heard at Pontypridd County Court on Friday.Before the hearing, a spokesman for BA said: “As the case is subject to ongoing proceedings, it would be inappropriate for us to comment.” read more

first_imgTESCO HAS ANNOUNCED that it will be creating 200 jobs in Ireland in the next year.The announcement was made today and involves the opening of seven new stores and six mobile phone shops across the country.Some 80 new jobs will be created before Christmas as part of the company’s €70 million capital investment progarmme for 2013. This includes 48 jobs with the opening of five new Express stores in Douglas Road in Cork and College Green, Dorset Street, Leonards Corner and Glasnevin Avenue in Dublin.The company is also recruiting 18 third-level graduates based in stores around the country and at its head office in Dun Laoghaire.A further 120 new jobs will come with the opening of new stores in Dundalk and Honeypark (Dun Laoghaire) next year. Construction work on these stores is now well underway.Minister Simon Coveney welcomed the announcement today saying that the food sector “is showing resilience and dynamism”.Tesco Ireland’s CEO Philip J Clarke said that these permanent new jobs “will help boost local economic activity at a difficult time for the Irish economy”.The stores at Finglas and Douglas are due to open this week.Read: Tesco blames property tax for fall in Irish sales>Read: 102 jobs lost as Superquinn stores to be renamed SuperValu>last_img read more

first_img‘They told me I was getting a home … it was real surreal’ Focus Ireland launched its annual report for 2018 this morning. By Hayley Halpin Brian Somers 15,858 Views 26 Comments Thursday 5 Sep 2019, 1:15 PM Share1 Tweet Email1 center_img Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Brian Somers Image: Focus Ireland Sep 5th 2019, 1:15 PM BRIAN SOMERS BEGAN abusing solvents when he was just a child. Through the years, this gradually led to him using class A drugs, imprisonment and homelessness. When his daughter turned a year old, he decided to “get clean” for the first time. However, he soon relapsed. 11 years ago, some time after his relapse, Somers’ entered the Coolmine addiction treatment centre. This time, he was successful with coming off drugs. After nine months clean and living in emergency accommodation, Somers received the news that he was going to be housed.“I remember going to a meeting with Focus Ireland … and they were telling me that I was getting this place from Dublin City Council. I actually thought they were telling me lies,” Somers said today, speaking at the launch of Focus Ireland’s 2018 annual report. “It was real unfamiliar and it was real surreal,” he said. Fast forward to today. Somers now works as an homelessness case manager with Coolmine Rehab Centre and helps others on their path to recovery. His story was included in Focus Ireland’s 2018 annual report. “As focus Ireland’s motto says ‘Challenging homelessness and changing lives’ – they most definitely have changed mine,” he says in the report. Annual reportFocus Ireland today announced that it helped a record number of over 15,500 people last year who were homeless or at risk – a 7% rise on the year previous. The charity said its housing wing, Focus Housing, had provided an additional 176 homes last year. The charity provided 184 homes in 2017. “I am proud we’ve delivered 495 homes over the last three years and are on track to achieve our target of doubling our housing stock by 2020. By the end of 2018, Focus Ireland owned or managed a total of 1,176 homes for people who were previously homeless or at risk,” Focus Ireland CEO Pat Dennigan said. July – the latest month for which figures are available – was the sixth consecutive month in which emergency accommodation figures remained over 10,000. In July, a total of 10,275 people were recorded in emergency accommodation in Ireland  – 6,497 adults and 3,778 children. Focus Ireland has said that last year it supported over 1,600 families who were homeless and that it helped over 500 families to leave homelessness. Meanwhile, the charity said it provided 5,891 people with advice and information. A total of 434 people took part in Focus Ireland’s education programme last year. The charity also served a total of 44,276 hot meals to those in need last year. In the annual report, Focus Ireland found Sr Stanislaus Kennedy highlighted the financial and human cost of homelessness, and noted the damage being done to children. “The consistent response by the government in recent years to homelessness has been to say that it takes time to tackle the crisis,” Sr Kennedy said. “However, the nearly 4,000 children who are homeless don’t have time. They are having their childhood’s stolen by homelessness and every day spent in homelessness is doing them harm. Sr Kennedy said she is “very concerned” about the government’s “continued focus on the delivery of family hubs rather than permanent homes”. “We need the government to set a cast-iron deadline that no person or family would be homeless for longer than six months and we also need a detailed sub strategy on family homelessness to get to grips with this ever deepening crisis,” she said. Image: Focus Irelandlast_img read more

first_imgThe Onassis Public Benefit Foundation and the S. Onassis Foundation Cultural Centre non-profit organisation welcome to Athens 250 students from Greece and other countries of the European Union, the USA, Australia and Asia, for a three-year program to participate in summer schools.The Summer Schools project is an independent and integral project within the broader framework of the European project ‘The Academy of Plato: Development of Knowledge and Innovative Ideas’, which is being implemented jointly by the Athens National and Kapodistrian University (EKPA), the Onassis Foundation Cultural Centre non-profit organisation and the Foundation of the Hellenic World. The program constitutes a multidisciplinary educational intervention with the most contemporary and appropriate methodologies of lifelong learning, it addresses different age groups and is inspired, as its title suggests, from Plato’s Academy. Plato’s Academy was well-known as a leading spiritual centre in ancient Greece. It determined the philosophical and scientific thought, and contributed to the shaping of modern civilisation. Through an educational procedure, the program aims to offer guest students the chance to really familiarise themselves with Greek historic figures, events and sites that have influenced global history, science and culture.The Onassis Foundation summer schools are essentially a journey into knowledge, as the high school guest students are introduced, during their stay, to modern Athens and Greece, to Greek history, philosophy and culture from antiquity to date through contemporary and attractive teaching methods. Summer schools last a month and are divided into two two-week cycles. In this time, a theoretical interdisciplinary approach is applied to the history of Greece and its people by means of a diachronic examination of the local history, thought, speech, science and art. At the same time, guest students from abroad are introduced to contemporary Greece, meeting the city and its people, their everyday routine and life. In an attempt firstly to escape the repetition of the cognitive process that children, in Greek schools mostly, experience during their school years, and also for the program to be comprehensible to children visiting from abroad, given that this was considered new knowledge for those children, theoretical knowledge needed to be linked to living experience, and speech, image and live stimulus to be merged into one whole. The course cycle is accompanied by lectures, visits, walks, workshops and activities through which children can absorb the knowledge they have acquired through experience, can apply it and add to it.Based on this reasoning, the courses are divided into separate thematic sessions on Greek history, literature, art, the course of philosophical thought, the technological and scientific achievements of Greeks in their country and abroad, the material and everyday life of modern Greeks. Greek children and children from abroad meet, collaborate in joint events, and have fun together, exchanging experiences, concerns, thoughts and setting the foundations for future relationships. Through this comprehensive study program, summer schools emerge as efficient tools for social and cultural development.Since the inception of the idea, the working group of the Onassis Foundation accepted that summer schools are a significant venture and focused on two axes that would ensure the program’s success. Those were the multimember educational procedure and the appropriate coordination of all teams so that both guest students and escort teachers return to their countries safe, satisfied and full of new images and experiences. The feat of organising this year’s summer schools proved demanding and challenging right from the start. After the study program had been finalised, the first challenge was to set forth the selection criteria for schools in Greece and abroad to ascertain which would be eligible to participate in the Summer Schools program – after all, the applications were many and the available positions limited. As far as Greek schools were concerned, the first selection criterion was for them to be located outside Athens, in the countryside, then for them to have participated in certain actions for collaboration with other Greek or foreign schools, or their children and teachers to have displayed significant presence in extracurricular activities. For foreign schools, the first criterion was geographic dispersion. Then, schools with a classical study curriculum which teach Ancient Greek were favoured, and finally, schools which participate in actions trying to probe into the Greek civilisation and the dissemination of the Greek language.In the first two journeys into knowledge which took place in two cycles in the summer of 2012, the participants from Greece were students and escort teachers from the 5th High School of Ioannina and the 2nd High School of Kilkis, as well as students and teachers from the Lycée Galilée in Combs-la-Ville, France and the Klasična Gimnazija in Zagreb, Croatia. The pilot program was crowned with success.The Onassis Foundation continued this project in the summer of 2013 by hosting 70 students from the High School of Rodolivos, Serres (Greece), the Stedelijk Gymnasium Leiden from Leiden (Netherlands), the National High School for Ancient Languages and Cultures ‘St Constantine Syril, the Philosopher’ from Sofia (Bulgaria), the Institut du Sacré-Coeur from Mons (Belgium) and the Frederick Douglass Academy from New York (USA). This year’s summer school started last week with the participation of students from Adelaide, Granada Spain, Beijing, New York and the Greek region of Evros. So far more than 190 high school students have taken part in the program.The project is financed by the European Union (European Social Fund) and national resources through the operational program ‘Education and Lifelong Learning’.For more information on the Summer Schools, you can visit the project’s website at Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgUne réponse au problème d’autonomie de l’iPhone 4S ?Il y aurait une explication et une solution au problème d’autonomie de l’iPhone 4S d’Apple. Une simple manipulation permettrait d’améliorer la durée de la batterie du smartphone.Le dernier smartphone d’Apple, l’iPhone 4S connaît un problème d’autonomie persistant. Selon Mac Plus, ce problème pourrait s’expliquer par une requête continue de l’appareil fuseau horaire par géolocalisation.Il serait possible d’y faire face en se rendant dans les “Réglages” puis dans le menu “Service de localisation” et enfin dans “Services système”. Selon nos confrères, il faut faire en sorte que la barre d’état de l’iPhone 4S ne soit plus continuellement violette. Dans ce cas, le smartphone chercherait toujours à se localiser, utilisant beaucoup de ressources.Selon 9To5, les iPhone 4 et 3GS gagnent en autonomie à la suite de cette opération.Le 2 novembre 2011 à 10:48 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgRonde ou carrée, la forme d’une table influence le comportement des convivesPubliée dans le Journal of Consumer Research, une étude expérimentale canadienne montre que placer les membres d’un groupe en rond ou en ovale réveille inconsciemment leur esprit d’équipe, alors qu’une disposition en carré exacerbe l’individualisme.De quelle forme est votre table ? Ronde, carrée, rectangulaire ? Posée ainsi, la question peut paraitre étrange mais ce facteur joue un rôle crucial, et pas seulement pour le nombre de convives que vous parviendrez à installer autour. En effet, selon une nouvelle étude, la forme d’une table aurait une influence sur le comportement des convives qui y sont installés.sÀ lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Pour en arriver là, les chercheurs des universités de l’Alberta et de Colombie-Britannique (Canada) ont placé des volontaires autour de tables de formes diverses avant de leur soumettre des spots de publicité. L’expérience a alors révélé que les personnes assises à une table ronde ou ovale se montrent plus sensibles aux pubs véhiculant des valeurs de groupe (une famille, un groupe d’amis…), tandis que celles assises à une table rectangulaire ou carrée semblent plus sensibles aux publicités dépeignant des attitudes individuelles (ou individualiste).”La forme géométrique de la disposition des sièges peut avoir un impact sur les consommateurs en amorçant l’un de ces deux besoins fondamentaux : la nécessité d’appartenir [à un groupe] ou la nécessité d’être unique. Un arrangement de forme circulaire met en valeur le besoin d’appartenir, tandis que des sièges disposés en une forme angulaire font primer le besoin d’être unique”, expliquent Juliet Zhu et Jennifer Argo, les auteurs de l’étude.Un facteur qui joue aussi dans les lieux publics “La disposition des sièges influence les consommateurs dans un large éventail d’établissements tels que les restaurants, les halls d’hôtel, les transports en commun, les salles d’attente des aéroports ou des cabinets médicaux. (…) La disposition des sièges, un signal environnemental subtil, peut activer des besoins humains fondamentaux, et ces besoins, à leur tour, peuvent influer sur les réponses des consommateurs”, concluent-elles. Le 21 juin 2013 à 20:10 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic has agreed to honour the bet he made with David Beckham after Sweden were knocked out of the World Cup by EnglandThe former Paris Saint-Germain teammates made a bet with each other prior to Sweden and England’s quarter-final meeting at the World Cup.If England lost, Beckham would have had to have taken Ibrahimovic to IKEA to buy him any item of his choosing for his new mansion in LA.But if Sweden were the losing side, then Ibrahimovic would have to accompany Beckham to an England game in the nation’s football shirt and eating fish and chips at half-time.And it was Sweden who were the losing side with England grabbing a 2-0 victory on the day.“David, we made a bet, I lost,” Ibrahimovic said, as quoted by Metro.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I’m coming to Wembley to watch an England game in an England shirt and eat fish and chips so that’s it.“Just give me time to breath and cool down after the loss but it’s okay, I’m looking forward to the game.”England next game will be against Switzerland on September 11 at home.Zlatan Ibrahimovic isn’t backing out of his bet with David Beckham…@Ibra_official #ENG #SWE #WorldCup #MUFC— BBC RM Sport (@BBCRMsport) July 19, 2018last_img read more